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 News    March 27, 2020 

Israel evacuates backpackers stranded in Peru

(JNS)—Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that a passenger jet will be sent to Peru to begin evacuating Israelis that were stranded in the South American country when it shut its borders in an effort to contain the coronavirus...

 
 By Meryl Jacobs    News    March 27, 2020 

Inside the coronavirus outbreak ward at Hadassah Hospital

JERUSALEM (JTA)—In late February, I flew to Long Island to help my 77-year-old mom following her knee replacement surgery. I arrived in the United States with the remnants of a mild winter cold, a slight cough and runny nose—nothing I was...

 

Netanyahu and Gantz agree to work toward emergency unity government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called for the formation of an emergency government to confront a growing crisis over the coronavirus, offering a potential way out of the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 20, 2020

Gantz tasked to form government

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will give Benny Gantz the task of forming a new government, his office said Sunday. Rivlin met Sunday with the heads of all the parties that won seats...

 

Thousands of Israelis in the US called home as coronavirus restrictions tighten in their homeland

NEW YORK (JTA)—Purim celebrations at Oakland Hebrew Day School on Tuesday included a surprise, un-festive addition: farewells to two young Israeli women whose work in the Northern California school was being cut short by the global coronavirus...

 

Israel's hospitality industry suffering worst-ever crisis, says Israel Hotel Association

(JNS)-Amid the worldwide tourism slowdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, Israel Hotel Association president Amir Hayek warned on Monday that the hotel industry is "on the brink of collapse." "Mass...

 

Israel to require 14-day quarantine for all travelers from abroad

(JTA)—Israel will require all travelers from abroad to complete a 14-day quarantine, according to the latest regulation aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus in the country. The decision,...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 13, 2020

All the drama that has happened in Israeli politics since this week's election

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israel held its unprecedented third election in less than a year on Monday and, yet again, the results raised more questions than answers. At first it seemed as if Prime Minister...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    March 13, 2020

My family is among the 80,000 Israelis in quarantine

MODIIN, Israel (JTA)—When our seventh day of quarantine began with a knock on the door from a guy in a hazmat suit, it was almost a relief finally to have a visitor in the house. He had come to test my wife and me for coronavirus. My four children...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    March 13, 2020

Extension of high-speed rail to Old City Jerusalem expected to alleviate traffic, boost tourism

(JNS)—In what is being dubbed as a historical development, Israel’s Transportation Ministry announced this week that it is moving forward with plans to extend the new Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed rail line in order to connect Ben-Gurion...

 

'Biggest victory of my life' says Netanyahu

“This is the biggest victory of my life,” Netanyahu said, according to Israeli news website N12, after winning 60 Knesset seats, one short of a majority. Last September, Likud won 56 seats—not a majority, which led to the third elections....

 

Israel hopes to have vaccine shortly

Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis told the Jerusalem Post that Israeli scientists are on the cusp of developing the first vaccine against the novel coronavirus. If all goes as planned, the vaccine could be ready within a few weeks and...

 

55,000 students miss school as rockets rain down on southern Israel

(JNS)-At least 14 Palestinian rockets rained down on southwestern Israel on Monday, with one striking and damaging a playground in the town of Sderot and another shattering a car windshield in Nir...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 6, 2020

Nearly 200 Israeli middle school students quarantined after contact with coronavirus

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Over 200 Israelis, most of them middle school students, have been ordered into quarantine after coming into contact with a group of South Korean tourists, some of whom were infected with the coronavirus. Students and teachers from...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 6, 2020

Israeli coronavirus carrier infected his wife and sold Purim costumes to children while sick

(JTA)—The owner of a toy shop near Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport infected his wife with the coronavirus, bringing the number of known cases in that country to three. The man, who was not named, spent about 30 hours at the Red Pirate costume shop...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    March 6, 2020

Hamas fails to curb Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which has no interest in stabilizing Gaza

(JNS)-For months, the Israeli government has pursued the objective of trying to stabilize the Gaza Strip. It tried to reach new truce understandings with Hamas through indirect negotiations-brokered...

 
 By Naama Barak    News    February 28, 2020

Water for Gaza

(ISRAEL21c)-Israel-based company Watergen has begun supplying water to a Gazan neighborhood via its water-from-air machine that can generate up to 800 liters per day. Watergen's 780-kilogram GEN-M a...

 

Worried about coronavirus, Israel bars high-risk foreigners

(JNS)—Foreigners who recently traveled to countries in Asia where the coronavirus has spread will be barred from entering Israel, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced on Monday. Deri said that guidelines by Israel’s Ministry of Health and gener...

 

Netanyahu's trial to start just weeks after Israeli elections

(JNS)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial will start on March 17, just two weeks after Israel holds its third election in less than a year, the country’s Justice Ministry announced on Tuesday. The Justice Ministry said...

 

Supporting Christian Arabs in the IDF

In a first-ever for Israel and the IDF, recently a Christian Israeli Arab enlisted as an Israeli Air Force cadet. Nationally, only 10 percent of cadets who begin the prestigious course graduate and earn their pilot wings. Yet, for this Christian...

 

The Hadassah Foundation awards $330,000 to organizations in Israel promoting gender equality

NEW YORK, NY—The Hadassah Foundation, a nonprofit organization that awards grants to social change programs that empower women and girls in Israel and the United States, is pleased to announce $330,000 in new grants. The recipients are six...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    February 21, 2020

'Christian Birthright' brings thousands of college students to Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)-As evening descended on Jerusalem one Friday last month, 1,000 students gathered at the Western Wall for the traditional prayers to welcome the Jewish Sabbath. They joined the throngs...

 

Amid a spate of Palestinian attacks, Israel's security forces seek to prevent an explosion of violence

(JNS)-The quick succession of Palestinian attacks on Israeli security forces in the past 24 hours appears to be a chain reaction of unorganized incidents, each one forming the "inspiration" for the...

 

Israeli dad documents his family and the coronavirus

(JTA)-Like many parents when their small children are a bit under the weather, Ofer Dekel measures his boy's temperature frequently. But in Dekel's case, his concern for his son Liam is exacerbated...

 

Redrawing maps while wearing a red string: 5 takeaways

NEW YORK (JTA)—Jared Kushner didn’t realize his father-in-law was serious about running for president until Donald Trump asked his daughter Ivanka, Kushner’s wife, to help launch his campaign. That’s one revelation in Kushner’s exclusive...

 

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