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UN council issues blacklist of 112 companies tied to Israeli firms in Judea and Samaria

The United Nations Human Rights Council has released a list of more than 100 companies it says are operating in Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. In a report issued on Wednesday, the council said that the activities of these companies “rais...

 

Report shows improvement in Saudi textbooks

(JNS)—The first full review of the Saudi curriculum in more than a decade shows that while improvements have been made, extremist content still exists. For example, Jews are blamed as assassins, described as monkeys, and will be fought and killed...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Independent Jewish day school in Connecticut to close, cites finances and enrollment By Marcy Oster (JTA)—Carmel Academy, an independent Jewish day school in Greenwich, Connecticut, will close at the end of this school term, citing the “current...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    February 21, 2020 

Lebanon poses acute threat to Israel with Hezbollah, Iran controlling its government

(JNS)-The last several months have not been good for Lebanon, as it's been wracked by economic and political instability. Protesters upset over years of government mismanagement, sectarianism and...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    February 14, 2020

Magen David Adom sends protective gear to Chabad in China

(JNS)-A shipment of medical supplies from Magen David Adom in Israel were delivered on Monday morning to Chabad in China to help prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus. At the request of Chabad,...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    February 14, 2020

Chabad on Campus emissaries train at Yad Vashem to be Holocaust educators

(JNS)-Some 30 campus Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries concluded an eight-day training program at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, learning cutting-edge, relevant and effective tools that will allow them to teach...

 

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Yad Vashem apologizes for ‘unfortunate errors’ in films screened at Auschwitz commemoration By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)—Yad Vashem apologized for what it said were inaccuracies in some Holocaust films shown at a ceremony it hosted last month. The...

 

Putin pardons Naama Issachar

(JNS)-Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Wednesday to pardon Naama Issachar, an Israeli-American woman imprisoned in Russia for possessing and smuggling a small amount of cannabis....

 

Trump administration's Mideast proposal receives subtle support from Muslim nations

(JNS)-The words were barely out of U.S. President Donald Trump's mouth-and the much-anticipated peace plan to resolve the century-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict for good was barely uploaded to the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    February 7, 2020

Palestinians warn of violence tied to Trump peace plan

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The Trump administration’s peace plan is an attempt to destroy the Palestinian cause and could lead to violence on the part of the Palestinian public, Palestinian Authority officials warned. In addition, a senior aide to...

 

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Top Jewish children’s books include stories about a Yiddish culture rescuer and the Holocaust By Penny Schwartz (JTA)—A picture book about the founder of the National Yiddish Book Center and a debut graphic novel of a gripping Holocaust story...

 

New head of ORT aims to rebuild

(JNS)-Barbara Birch, 45, of New York was tapped last month as the new president and chief executive officer of ORT America. She most recently served as vice president of development at the Shalom...

 

Putin tells Issachar's mother that 'everything will be fine'

(JNS)-Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday assured the mother of Naama Issachar, an Israeli-American woman imprisoned in Russia whose family has been anxious to secure her release, that...

 
 By Sam Sokol    News    January 31, 2020

Putin skews Holocaust history at global Auschwitz commemoration event in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Russian President Vladimir Putin's prime speaking slot at a Holocaust commemoration event here was generating controversy even before the longtime leader took the podium. His remarks...

 
 By Aaron Bandler    News    January 31, 2020

StandWithUs conference teaches students how to fight anti-Semitism

(Jewish Journal via JNS)-Under the banner "Israel in Focus," this year's StandWithUs International Conference focused on educating students about anti-Semitism and how to fight it. The pro-Israel...

 

Belgian leader celebrates Holocaust rescuer's 100th birthday

(JTA)—One week before International Holocaust Remembrance Day, dozens of European officials arrived in Poland for a large commemoration event at Auschwitz. The delegation from the Brussels-based European Jewish Association visited the former Nazi d...

 

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Orthodox-run soup kitchen brings together Jewish and black leaders for MLK Day By Ben Sales NEW YORK (JTA)—An Orthodox-run soup kitchen brought together a diverse group of local leaders to stock shelves for charity on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Th...

 
 By Ariel Kahana    News    January 24, 2020

At the UN, Israel and Russia to jointly mark liberation of Auschwitz

Russian veterans and survivors of infamous Nazi concentration camp will attend a historic event at U.N. headquarters in New York (Israel Hayom via JNS)—In recent months, Israel and Russia have been forging a unique partnership at the United Nations...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Israeli intelligence helped US assassinate top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani By Marcy Oster (JTA)—Israeli intelligence reportedly helped the United States assassinate top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. NBC News reported Friday that Israeli...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    January 17, 2020

Iran seeks to end direct clash with America and return to an asymmetrical comfort zone

(JNS)-The wave of Iranian ballistic missiles that struck two military bases in Iraq early on Wednesday that house U.S. personnel was a clear Iranian attempt to conclude the current phase of escalation...

 

First empirical evidence shows anti-Israel faculty promotes boycotts in their classrooms

(JNS)-Faculty who support the academic boycott of Israel are actively promoting BDS directly to students in their classrooms, according to a report released on Wednesday by the campus watchdog AMCHA...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

US embassy in Jerusalem issues security alert following Soleimani killing By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA)—The United States Embassy in Jerusalem issued a security alert on Monday for U.S. citizens in Israel after the assassination of top Iranian...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 17, 2020

Iran announces it will not honor any part of the nuclear deal

(JTA)—Iran will no longer honor the nuclear deal it signed with world powers. The announcement came Sunday following a meeting of the Islamic Republic’s National Security Council to discuss the country’s nuclear policy following the...

 

Soleimani killed in US airstrike 

By Jackson Richman (JNS)-The head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, announced the U...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    January 10, 2020

Iran crossed red line with Trump administration; US, Israel, region brace for response

(JNS)—The American airstrike assassination of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force commander, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad early on Friday follows a major miscalculation on the part of Tehran in the decision to up the...

 

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