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 By Sean Savage    News    September 10, 2021

Florida makes strides in Holocaust education after new standards prioritize source material

(JNS) The Florida State Board of Education adopted new civics and Holocaust-education standards for Florida’s public schools in July, which had been pushed by the state’s governor, Ron DeSantis. The new social-studies standards spell out what...

 

Ben & Jerry's boycott ripples through Jewish world, mixed with legal threats

(JNS) — The fallout over the decision by Ben & Jerry’s to no longer sell its products in what the company calls “occupied Palestinian territory,” which includes parts of Jerusalem, immediately rippled throughout the Jewish world, with...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    June 18, 2021

Jewish Democrats slam Omar for remarks equating Israel and US to Hamas and Taliban

(JNS) — A dozen Jewish Democratic lawmakers have issued a statement strongly condemning recent remarks made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who equated Israeli and U.S. actions to terrorist groups like Hamas and the Taliban. In a tweet on Monday,...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    June 4, 2021

Cambridge, Mass., rejects BDS resolution after contentious council meeting

(JNS) — The city council of Cambridge, Mass., rejected a resolution supporting the BDS movement. The resolution, Policy Order #109, was voted down after nearly seven-and-a-half hours of public testimony by more than 300 people late Tuesday. The...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    June 4, 2021

Ireland approves motion accusing Israel of 'de facto annexation'

(JNS) — The Irish government has endorsed a parliamentary motion condemning the “de facto annexation” of the West Bank by the Israeli government, becoming the first European Union country to do so. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    May 21, 2021

Iran's role in Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be 'overlooked,' say Mideast experts

(JNS) — The escalating conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is one of the first major policy tests for the Biden administration. Despite U.S. President Joe Biden’s hope to shift foreign policy away from the Middle East to deal with...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    April 2, 2021

How CUFI has awakened the 'sleeping giant' of Christian Zionism

(JNS) - As the World Council of Churches goes full throttle against Israel, Christians United for Israel, one of the most powerful voices for Israel in the United States, marked its 15th anniversary....

 
 By Sean Savage    News    April 2, 2021

Hillel reinvents itself to face dual challenges of pandemic and anti-Semitism

(JNS) — Often synonymous with Jewish life on campus, Hillel has been a gathering point for Jewish students across hundreds of campuses in the United States for decades. While being a “big tent” organization that seeks to accommodate a wide...

 

Following 'incessant anti-Semitic harassment,' Tufts student calls on university to intervene

(JNS) — A Jewish student at Tufts University who claims that he has been the subject months-long campaign of anti-Semitic intimidation, harassment and discrimination is calling on the university to intervene. Max Price, a junior who is a member of...

 

With HIAS changing longtime focus, supporters question some of its priorities

(JNS) - The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, better known as HIAS, was for the better part of a century responsible for helping settle generations of Jewish refugees in their new homes in the United...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    September 11, 2020

Several left-wing Jewish groups seek to oust ZOA from Boston JCRC over opposition to BLM

(JNS) — Several left-wing Jewish groups have filed a petition to initiate the removal of the Zionist Organization of America from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston in the latest battle being waged between ZOA and liberal memb...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    July 10, 2020

Jewish think tank urges US to support Israeli sovereignty in Jordan Valley

(JNS) — As the debate over whether or not Israel should apply sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria intensifies as the proposed July timeline for instituting the decision approaches, a new report by the Jewish Institute for National Security...

 

Call to cancel SJP conference

(JNS)-Amid increasing concerns over Israel-related anti-Semitism found on college campuses, the anti-Israel group National Students for Justice in Palestine announced its upcoming national conference... Full story

 

At summer conference, pro-Israel students learn tools to respond to hostile campus environment

(JNS)-Universities have long been one of the toughest environments for pro-Israel students. They have battled stilted curriculums when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more recently,... Full story

 
 By Sean Savage    News    June 14, 2019

Massachusetts pro-Israel groups condemn state Democratic lawmakers for joint CAIR event

(JNS)—A number of Massachusetts Jewish and pro-Israel groups are condemning several Democratic state lawmakers for participating in an Eid al-Fitr event at the Massachusetts State House that was co-hosted by the Massachusetts branch of the Council... Full story

 
 By Sean Savage    News    May 3, 2019

International funding platforms are severing ties with BDS-affiliated organizations

(JNS)—Several international funding platforms are severing ties with the BDS organization Samidoun after its purported ties to a Palestinian terrorist group. According to an email obtained by JNS from the International Legal Forum, PayPal said it w... Full story

 
 By Sean Savage    News    April 26, 2019

SJP promotes Palestinian terror group's imagery at two colleges

(JNS)—The local affiliates of Students for Justice in Palestine at Cornell and Binghamton universities in New York state have been promoting images created by a Palestinian terrorist organization on their respective social-media pages. Ahead of an... Full story

 
 By Sean Savage    News    February 15, 2019

How anti-Israel bias in a Boston suburb's public schools is a case study of emerging nationwide trend

(JNS)—Over the past decade, the Boston suburb of Newton has been beset by controversy over how the conflict in the Middle East is being taught in its public schools. The concern over anti-Israel bias in the school system began in 2011, when a... Full story

 
 By Sean Savage    News    February 15, 2019

How should Jewish leaders confront challenge of BDS groups within their communities?

(JNS)-The decision last week by the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council to pass a resolution declaring that any member organization supporting the BDS movement could be expelled from the... Full story

 

Australian Jewish leader says embassy move to Jerusalem would 'right a longstanding injustice'

(JNS)-Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday that he would consider moving the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would mark a major shift in policy... Full story

 
 By Sean Savage    News    August 10, 2018

Legislation aims to make U.S. aid to Palestinian refugee agency contingent on reform

(JNS)-New legislation introduced in Congress recently is seeking to make American aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the U.N. refugee agency that is solely dedicated to the... Full story

 
 By Sean Savage    News    July 27, 2018

Can the US and Israel rely on Putin to force Iran out of Syria?

(JNS)—U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin just concluded a bilateral summit in Helsinki, Finland, that proved to be one of the most widely anticipated meetings in years—or, at least, since the meeting with North... Full story

 
 By Sean Savage    News    June 1, 2018

Shifting sands? Grassroots element in the Democratic Party moves away from Israel

(JNS)-A great deal of ink has been spilled writing about the growing partisan divide in Washington, D.C. In fact, one of the few remaining bipartisan issues has been support for Israel. But even so,... Full story

 
 By Sean Savage    News    June 1, 2018

Deconstructing the complex, yet sanguine, relations between Israel and the Czech Republic

(JNS)-The transfer of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14 has spurred interest from several countries considering similar moves. Guatemala followed suit just two days later on May... Full story

 
 By Sean Savage    News    May 18, 2018

Jewish and pro-Israel groups' reactions pour in on Trump's withdrawal from Iran deal

(JNS)—Reactions from American Jewish and pro-Israel groups poured in following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday afternoon to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. Among mainstream Jewish organizations... Full story

 

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