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Articles from the June 14, 2024 edition


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  • Israelis rejoice after four saved from Gaza

    Amelie Botbol|Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) - Thousands of Israelis converged on "Hostage Square" in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, many euphoric over the daring operation to rescue four captives from Gaza even while demanding a deal with Hamas to secure the freedom of the remaining 120 Israelis held by the terrorists. During a complex daytime operation in the heart of a crowded residential neighborhood, Israeli forces recovered from Hamas captivity Noa Argamani, 26, Almog Meir Jan, 21, Andrey Kozlov, 27, and Shlomi Ziv, 40. "I was so...

  • IDF hostage rescue renamed 'Operation Arnon' in honor of fallen commander

    Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) - Israel will rename Saturday's hostage rescue operation after Chief Inspector Arnon Zamora, a member of the Israel Border Police's "Yamam" National Counter-Terrorism Unit who was mortally wounded during the mission. Zamora, 36, from Sde David, a moshav in southern Israel, leaves behind a wife, Michal, and two children. His wife eulogized him in a Facebook post. "Everything is now filled with the image of the hero Arnon Zamora. Long before he was a warrior and hero, he was a sweet and...

  • Four freed!

    Charles Bybelezer|Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) - Israeli forces on Saturday rescued four hostages from two separate locations in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip. During a complex IDF/Border Police/Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) daytime operation in the heart of a crowded residential neighborhood, the forces recovered from Hamas captivity Noa Argamani, 26; Almog Meir Jan, 21; Andrey Kozlov, 27; and Shlomi Ziv, 40. A fighter from the Border Police's Yamam National Counter-Terrorism Unit was mortally wounded during the rescue missio...

  • International reactions mixed

    Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) — Western officials have expressed relief at the rescue by Israeli forces of four hostages Saturday, though some have also echoed Arab countries in condemning the operation in Gaza’s Nuseirat camp as a “massacre.” “Noa Argamani, Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov and Shlomi Ziv are free and safe today. We share the relief of their families and call for the release of all the remaining hostages,” tweeted E.U. High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. He went on to call for the implementat...

  • Nova massacre survivor wins gold at European jujitsu championship

    Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) - Israeli jujitsu fighter Yarin Shriki won a gold medal at the European Championship in Germany over the weekend, seven months after surviving the Hamas massacre at the Supernova music festival near Gaza. "I dedicate the victory to my good friend Yohai Ben Zecharia, may God avenge his blood, who was murdered on October 7, as well as to the speedy return of all the hostages," Shriki told Israel's Channel 14 News. Shriki entered the final against Belgian Florian Bayili, ranked No. 1 in the...

  • AIPAC taps its No. 2, Elliot Brandt, to be its next CEO

    Ben Sales|Jun 14, 2024

    (JTA) — The next leader of AIPAC will be Elliot Brandt, who has served as a senior official of the pro-Israel lobby for decades and will take the helm shortly after the November elections — a move toward continuity as Israel faces volatile conflicts on multiple fronts. Brandt, currently the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s vice CEO, will succeed longtime CEO Howard Kohr, who is stepping down at year’s end after nearly 20 years leading the group. Under his leadership, the organization burgeoned and, in recent years, shifted to launchi...

  • Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Passing generational wisdom: Enriching family bonds

    Jun 14, 2024

    In family and community life, seniors serve as reservoirs of wisdom acquired over a lifetime. Recognizing the value of this wisdom, this article explores the importance of passing down skills and traditions to younger generations. — Value of Generational Wisdom Seniors bring a wealth of skills and talents, cultivated through years of experience, enriching family and community life. The transfer of knowledge goes beyond mere skills encapsulating the essence of generational wisdom and shaping family narratives. — Identifying Key Skills and Tra...

  • German Holocaust reparations increase again this year

    Philissa Cramer|Jun 14, 2024

    (JTA) — The German government has agreed to allocate $1.5 billion in Holocaust reparations this year, setting a new record for how much the country is spending to support survivors. The increase from a total of $1.4 billion last year is due to a rise in the amount the government is paying to reimburse survivors’ medical expenses. But the sum paid directly to survivors has once again declined, reflecting the accelerating deaths of survivors. And the growth in the total package is expected to end soon as the number of living survivors plu...

  • Yesha Council head lobbies against Palestinian state in DC

    Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) — Israel Ganz, chairman of the Yesha Council and head of the Binyamin Regional Council, is in Washington this week to advocate against a Palestinian state. Ganz met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday in an effort counter the push by the White House to establish a Palestinian state in the wake of the Hamas-led massacre of Oct. 7. “There is no room for a two-state solution. [President Joe] Biden cannot appoint conditions for Israel, whether with regard to the Palestinian state or to stopping the war with Hamas. We in the United Sta...

  • Ben-Gvir suspends gov't role until terms of ceasefire deal made clear

    Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) — Otzma Yehudit Party leader Itamar Ben-Gvir on Wednesday said he would suspend his role in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition until the premier revealed the details of the ceasefire proposal announced by U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday. “As long as the prime minister continues to hide the details of the deal, Otzma Yehudit will disrupt his coalition,” tweeted the right-wing leader, who also serves as Israel’s national security minister. The proposal was announced publicly by Biden in a televised address o...

  • Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on July 24

    Ben Sales|Jun 14, 2024

    (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on July 24, his fourth time appearing before the legislative body. The Netanyahu speech, coming against the backdrop of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, is meant to demonstrate American support for Israel at a time when Israel has come under widespread criticism for its military campaign and Netanyahu faces a possible arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court. “We look forward to hearing the Israeli government’s vision for defending democ...

  • Who's funding the pro-Hamas protests? Are they aiming to take down America?

    Robert Williams|Jun 14, 2024

    (Gatestone Institute via JNS) — The answers to the question of who is funding the groups behind the pro-Hamas, anti-Israeli protests on U.S. campuses continue to grow in complexity. It appears that a multitude of donors are falling over each other to help promote the cause of the officially designated terrorist group, whose openly stated aim is the destruction of Israel and the Jews, to impressionable young students and the public at large. Politico revealed—to those who still had doubts—that many of the people bankrolling the campus prote...

  • The rise of the protester-terrorist

    Benjamin Kerstein|Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) — For Jews the world over, the past eight months have been little more than a series of catastrophes. Contrary to their expectations, American Jews have proved to be no exception. They have discovered that no Jewish community is ever immune to history. American Jews are reeling from this terrible realization. To an extent, so are all Americans, and with good reason. After all, what has emerged since the Oct. 7 massacre has been rather remarkable: A self-declared “antiracist” movement that embraces antisemitism. An unholy alliance betwe...

  • The Middle East's fateful moment

    Melanie Phillips|Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) — If people think the war in Gaza is intolerable, they should buckle up for what may now be coming. This week, the north of Israel burned as fires caused by barrages of Hezbollah rockets from Lebanon consumed 3,460 acres of land. In addition, Hezbollah, which has been subjecting northern Israel to rocket and missile attacks for eight months, expanded its range as far south as Acre and Nahariya. This escalation may mean that Israel, which has been carefully limiting its responses to Hezbollah’s aggression, now takes the gloves off and mou...

  • 10 meters from Eichmann

    Jonathan Feldstein|Jun 14, 2024

    There I stood, in Jerusalem’s Beit Ha’am theater, delivering remarks to hundreds of people gathered from some two dozen countries at the opening session of “March of the Nations.” I stood 10 meters from where Adolph Eichmann stood trial in 1961, behind bullet proof glass, and where he was sentenced. 62 years ago this week, Eichmann was executed for actual genocide and crimes against humanity, unlike the conflated obscene charges brought against Israel today. The “March of the Nations” was a redemptive respite we all needed. In the middle of a...

  • Daring Israeli rescue discredits appeasement

    Daniel Greenfield|Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) — After months in which it was falsely claimed that the only way to rescue hostages was to cut a deal with Islamic terrorists, Israel launched a daring daylight rescue operation, simultaneously hitting two houses where four hostages were being held. The operation brought together the Israel Defense Forces, the Israel Security Agency (its version of the FBI), and the Israel Police National Counter-Terror Unit “Yamam,” penetrating deep into enemy territory in a risky rescue mission that required precise timing and holding off hordes of te...

  • What's Happening

    Jun 14, 2024

    MORNING MINYANS Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael — Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona — Monday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904-672-9300. Congregation Ohev Shalom — Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-298-4650. GOBOR Community Minyan at Jewish Academy of Orlando — Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Temple Israel — Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-647-30...

  • UAE FM calls PA leadership 'Ali Baba and the forty thieves'

    Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) — United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan called the leadership of the Palestinian Authority “Ali Baba and the forty thieves,” speaking during a meeting of Arab countries that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Axios, citing five sources, reported that a shouting match erupted during the April 29 meeting in Riyadh that also included the top diplomats of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, as well as top P.A. official Hussein al-Sheikh. The meeti...

  • A night of elegance and generosity

    Jun 14, 2024

    On the evening of June 5, Oakmonte Village hosted the much-anticipated Jewish Pavilion Senior Services Cocktail Cabaret party. More than150 attendees gathered to support elders in long-term care, a mission that lies at the heart of the Jewish Pavilion Senior Services. One of the highlights of the evening was the live music, as well as the numerous raffle prizes. There were so many prizes that every single participant walked away a winner. The Jewish Pavilion Senior Services organization is...

  • Cousin describes hostage's condition after 'miraculous' rescue

    Amelie Botbol|Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) - "It's a miracle," Liat Ariel told JNS on Monday. Ariel's cousin Shlomi Ziv, along with Noa Argamani, Almog Meir and Andrey Kozlov, was rescued by Israeli forces in a daring daylight raid on Saturday after spending 246 days in Hamas captivity in Gaza. "We are still digesting the news. We don't really quite understand what happened to us. Suddenly, Shlomi is back," Ariel said. "We are so happy and a bit nervous. We want to make sure that he is fine. He looks alright physically but...

  • Senior US officials applaud freeing of hostages

    Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) — U.S. President Joe Biden, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken commented on Saturday on the Israeli military operation that freed four hostages. All three stressed their belief that a ceasefire deal is the appropriate way to secure the release of the other estimated 120 hostages. Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the freed people during a press conference at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Saturday. “In Gaza, we want to obtain the immediate liberation of hosta...

  • Hostage's father dies hours before his rescue

    Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) - Yossi Jan, 57, died on Saturday just hours before his son Almog Meir Jan was rescued from captivity in Gaza along with three other Israeli hostages. Officials arrived at Yossi's home in the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba around noon to inform him of his son's rescue, only to find him unconscious. Magen David Adom paramedics called to the scene determined his death. The cause of death remains under investigation. "My brother died of grief and didn't get to see his son return. The...

  • 'BBC' asks why Israel didn't warn Gazans before rescue operation

    David Isaac|Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) - BBC news anchor Helena Humphrey was ridiculed after asking former IDF International Spokesman Lt. Col. (res.) Jonathan Conricus on Sunday whether Israel should have warned Gaza's civilians before launching Saturday's rescue operation. Referring to the high Arab casualty count reported by Hamas sources, Humphrey asked, "Would there have been a warning to those civilians for them to get out on time?" Conricus, now a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a...

  • Journalist, doctor held Israelis hostage in Gaza

    Joshua Marks|Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) — A journalist and a doctor were among the family members holding Israeli hostages in their home in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed on Sunday night. “Following checks by the IDF and the Shin Bet, it can be confirmed that [journalist] Abdullah al-Jamal was an operative of the Hamas terrorist organization, who kept the hostages Almog Meir, Andrey Kozlov and Shlomi Ziv in his family home in Nuseirat,” the military said in a statement posted to X. “Abdullah’s family home held hostages alongside family m...

  • Kamala Harris mourns 'innocent' Palestinians killed

    Jun 14, 2024

    (JNS) — Speaking at a Michigan Democratic Party fundraiser, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said on Saturday that she mourns the Palestinians killed during Israel’s raid that freed four hostages. “Before I begin, I just say a few words about the morning which I know weighs heavily on all of our hearts,” Harris said, per Fox News. “On Oct. 7, Hamas committed a brutal massacre of 1,200 innocent people and abducted 250 hostages,” she said. “Thankfully, four of those hostages were reunited with their families tonight. And we mourn all of the in...

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