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  • Abbas under pressure by Arab states to 'end Trump boycott'

    Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff|Jun 29, 2018

    (JNS)—Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is reportedly facing substantial pressure to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump’s top Middle East advisers this week, despite the rift between Washington and Ramallah. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, will visit Israel, Egypt and Jordan to discuss the upcoming U.S. peace plan for the region. Abbas has rejected the United States as a peace broker in the wake of Trump’s Dec. 6 recogni... Full story

  • Psychology association faces pressure to boycott Israel

    Eli Debra Nussbaum Cohen|Jun 29, 2018

    NEW YORK (JTA)-As its name suggests, relationships are key to members of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists. But there is one relationship some members want to sever: the one between the organization and Israel. At its 2018 conference, held June 14-17 at a Midtown Manhattan hotel, a vocal minority of the association's 2,200 members objected to next year's gathering being held in Tel Aviv, with some pledging to boycott it. The 100 people or so who... Full story

  • Jewish activists are helping families separated at the border

    Ben Sales|Jun 29, 2018

    (JTA)-When Mary McCabe explains America's immigration courts to children who have been separated from their parents, she tries to make it interactive. She draws a sketch of a courtroom and asks kids to identify the figures in the room-like the judge or the lawyers-and where they sit. For younger ones, ages 6 or 7, she brings a box of crayons and a sketchpad for doodling. Older kids sometimes play with a toy that drips colored oil into water. Anything to give them a little diversion from her... Full story

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

    Jun 29, 2018

    Jared Kushner: Abbas might not have the ability to make a peace deal JERUSALEM (JTA)—In a rare interview with a Palestinian newspaper, Jared Kushner called out Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for not having “the ability” to make peace with Israel. “I do question how much President Abbas has the ability to, or is willing to, lean into finishing a deal,” Kushner told Al-Quds on Sunday, according to a transcript released by the U.S. National Security Council. “He has his talking points, which have not changed in the last 25 years. T... Full story

  • Beneath the surface: The untold story of Americans unearthing Israeli archaeology

    Maayan Jaffe Hoffman|Jun 29, 2018

    (JNS)-Can archaeology bring biblical history to life? According to historian and Deputy Minister Michael Oren, it depends who you ask. Speaking at a June 10 Jerusalem event celebrating the opening of the "Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered" exhibit at the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation in Oklahoma, as well as 50 years of archaeological collaboration between the Armstrong Foundation and Israel, Oren said that in Jerusalem, archaeology serves as a tool for proving the... Full story

  • Major BDS groups have ties to Palestinian terrorist organizations

    Ariel Kahana|Jun 29, 2018

    (Israel Hayom via JNS)-The Strategic Affairs Ministry on Tuesday named 42 major anti-Israel organizations as having clear ties to Palestinian terrorist groups. According to the ministry's data, these groups-part of a network of 300 boycott, divestment and sanctions organizations operating worldwide-have traceable ties to Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and receive their orders directly from the Palestinian Authority. This network is directed by the BDS National Commi... Full story

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