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 News    July 3, 2020 

Tel Aviv University cybersecurity course ranked top in the world

(JNS) — Tel Aviv University’s free online cybersecurity course has been ranked the top online cybersecurity course in the world by Class Central, a website which compares reviews of online university training platforms around the world. The...

 
 By Shira Rubin    News    June 26, 2020

Tel Aviv's very Israeli response to staying at home

TEL AVIV (JTA) - For years Shlo Shalfy, a kindergarten teacher here, thought about the day she would send her 18-year-old son off to the army. She would drive him to Bakum, the enormous military induc...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    June 19, 2020

Plans to annex early as July 1

(JTA) - While the world has had its attention fixed on the George Floyd protests and the ongoing threat of COVID-19, a political development with monumental implications has been brewing in the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 19, 2020

Palestinians could declare state on 1967 borders

JERUSALEM (JTA) — If Israel annexes parts of the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority will declare a state on the 1967 borders with a capital in eastern Jerusalem, the P.A. prime minister said Tuesday. Mohammad Shtayyeh made the remarks in Ramallah...

 

Some 200,000 Israelis have had COVID-19, new study shows

By Maytal Yasur Beit-Or (JNS) — According to a new study by Tel Aviv University in conjunction with Magen David Adom and the Israeli Health Ministry’s Center for Disease Control, some 2.5 percent of Israel’s population, or some 200,000 people,...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    June 5, 2020

Netanyahu presumed innocent in Israel's court of public opinion

(JNS) — Israeli media and their left-wing anti-Netanyahu allies have been anticipating for years the moment Benjamin Netanyahu would be dragged into a courtroom. Unable to beat Israel’s...

 

6 coronavirus vaccine developments from Israel to watch

(ISRAEL21c) — Research groups across the world are using a variety of approaches to formulating vaccines that could protect people from COVID-19. Big money and urgent demand are accelerating the normally lengthy process of vaccine development....

 
 By Natalie Sopiinsky    News    June 5, 2020

Bouncing back, life is feeling normal

This week, life is feeling normal. There are an average of 15 new cases of coronavirus daily. The numbers are decreasing on all fronts Corona-wise and we are suffering from a massive heat wave. It's...

 
 By Arik Rudnitzky    News    June 5, 2020

This eastern Jerusalem village could become a part of a future Palestine - its Arab residents are horrified

JERUSALEM (JTA) - Election rallies for the Arab parties in Israel rarely garner much attention or excitement. But recent policy proposals engineered thousands of miles away may have re-energized a...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 5, 2020

Sharansky is using his 'Jewish Nobel' winnings to help

JERUSALEM (JTA) — When Natan Sharansky learned in December that he would become the eighth Genesis Prize honoree, he decided he would use his $1 million prize money to promote issues to which he has devoted his life: human rights and Zionism. That...

 

Israeli study reveals why some COVID-19 patients do much worse than others

(Israel21c via JNS) — An immune system run amok may be responsible for some COVID-19 patients faring worse than others, suggests a new international study led by immunology researchers at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science. In the study,...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    May 22, 2020

Israel sends 'a big hug' to Diaspora Jewish communities hard hit by COVID-19

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The flags of countries that are home to Jewish communities hard hit by COVID-19 were projected on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. The event held Tuesday night by the Diaspora...

 
 By ISRAEL 21C    News    May 22, 2020

Herd immunity: Israel to test 100,000 people to thwart second corona wave

Israel’s sampling of 100,000 citizens’ blood will provide insights into how widely the novel coronavirus has spread and whether Israelis have sufficient “herd immunity” against a second outbreak. “This is the most important mission: Get rea...

 

Israel to begin mass testing for virus antibodies

(JNS)—Israeli health- care providers plan to start testing the population for coronavirus antibodies this week in an attempt to discover how many Israelis have developed immunity to the virus, Israeli media reported on Sunday. Depending on the...

 
 By Natalie Sopiinsky    News    May 22, 2020

Ten ways Israel Is fighting the coronavirus-and winning

Israeli medics have been on the front lines of the corona crisis playing an integral part of the national strategy to effectively fight the spread of infection. But the coordinated effort came...

 
 By Paul Shindman    News    May 15, 2020

Breakthrough in corona antibody

Israel’s biological defense research lab has discovered what they say is a “breakthrough” in finding an antidote to the coronavirus by isolating and developing an antibody that attacks the virus, defense officials said Tuesday. The Israel...

 

Israel gears up for mass coronavirus antibody testing

(JNS)—A top Israeli health official said on Tuesday that the government is about to launch a campaign to test the population for coronavirus antibodies. Israeli Health Ministry director-general Moshe Bar Siman Tov told The New York Times that...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    May 15, 2020

US will recognize West Bank annexation with conditions

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The United States is ready to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and other parts of the West Bank with conditions, the U.S. ambassador to Israel told an Israel newspaper. In an interview with the Israel Hayom...

 

Netanyahu lauds Israel's coronavirus 'success,' announces gradual reopening of economy

(JNS)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday touted Israel's "major success" in confronting the coronavirus pandemic, and laid out the government's plan for a phased reopening of the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    May 8, 2020

Sirens wail throughout Israel at start of Memorial Day

JERUSALEM (JTA)-As they do each year, Israelis stood at attention Monday for one minute as sirens wailed throughout the country to usher in Yom Hazikaron, or Memorial Day. What happened afterward was...

 
 News    May 8, 2020

Biden affirms he won't move embassy back to Tel Aviv

(JNS)—Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, reiterated on Wednesday that if elected in November, he would keep the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. “The move shouldn’t have happened in the...

 
 News    May 8, 2020

US prepared to recognize Israeli law to areas of the West Bank

(JNS)-A U.S. Staate Department spokesperson said on Monday that the United States remains ready to recognize Israel's annexation of territory in the West Bank, but expects Israel to continue...

 
 By Shira Rubin    News    May 8, 2020

Arab Israelis fear that Ramadan could bring a coronavirus surge

TEL AVIV (JTA)-On Friday, the first day of Ramadan, the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem was virtually empty. A handful of masked worshippers kneeling on prayer rugs, distanced several feet apart from one...

 
 By Ruth Ebenstien    News    May 8, 2020

No time for a breather: A nurse's account of Israel's first coronavirus death and life inside a COVID-19 ward

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Nearly six weeks have passed since Arie Even, an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor, died of the coronavirus. It happened at the end of Shabbat dinner on a Friday night in March at the Sha...

 
 By Dov Lipman    News    May 1, 2020

Ins and outs of Israel's unprecedented national emergency unity government

(JNS)-Israel's 15-month political stalemate, which led to three election cycles within the course of a year, has come to a close with the signing of a unity government deal between Israeli Prime...

 

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