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6,000 Christian pilgrims celebrate Sukkot with Israel

(JNS)-A whopping 7,000 faces and hundreds of flags of every color painted Israel's capital on Thursday, parading through the streets in the 2018 Jerusalem March. The diverse participants, decked out...

 

JDC responds to Indonesia tsunami, earthquake

Following the deadly earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi island on Friday, Sept. 28, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is providing emergency medical services, critical supplies, and psychosocial support with...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    October 12, 2018 

Polish town accused of turning Jewish cemetery into soccer field

(JTA)—A state-funded sports complex was built on a disused Jewish cemetery in southeastern Poland, several Jewish groups complained. The complex, comprising a basketball and soccer court, was inaugurated on Sept. 6 at a ribbon- cutting ceremony in...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

American Jewish University in Los Angeles halts undergraduate admissions (JTA)—The American Jewish University in Los Angeles is stopping its undergraduate admissions and phasing out its undergraduate curriculum. The university, which has about 70...

 
 By Yossi Lempkowicz    News    October 12, 2018 

European Parliament to vote on freezing aid to PA

(EJP via JNS)—The European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee will vote on whether to freeze more than 15 million euros ($17 million) in aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it removes incitement to violence against Israel in its school...

 

At UN, Netanyahu reveals hidden Iranian nuclear site, secret Lebanon missiles

(JNS)-In his address at the U.N. General Assembly's 73rd session on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visual in hand, revealed a hidden Iranian nuclear facility and secret...

 

55 House Republicans urge Trump to allow 'Israel' on passports of Jerusalem-born

WASHINGTON (JTA)—A letter from 55 U.S. House of Representatives Republicans to President Donald Trump asks him to direct the State Department to allow U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birth country on their passport....

 

IDF braces for fresh violence on Gaza border, spurred by Hamas

(JNS)—The Israel Defense Forces braced for violent clashes on the Gaza Strip-Israel border on Friday as the “March of Return” national committee urged Gazans to take part in demonstrations and disturbances along the border. Judging by past...

 

Haley: Iran proxies in Iraq working on missile production

In her remarks at a UN Security Council briefing on the situation in the Middle East, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned that “Iranian proxies in Iraq operate openly, with funding, training, and weapons supplied by Tehran. The Iranian...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    October 5, 2018

Could Chinese involvement in Israeli ports pose a security risk?

(JNS)-A decision by the Israeli government to award Chinese companies contracts to manage and build key Israeli ports is drawing controversy in Israel. Haifa's growing port, located close to a naval b...

 
 By Ariel Kahana    News    October 5, 2018

Israel to deduct PA's payments to Fuld's killer from tax revenues

(Israel Hayom via JNS)—Israel will act to counter the Palestinian Authority’s planned payments to the family of a terrorist who murdered an Israeli citizen last Sunday by cutting the same amount from the tax dividends Israel transfers to Ramalla...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Progressive Jewish groups denounce Senate panel’s vote to advance Kavanaugh, while conservatives praise it (JTA)—Progressive Jewish organizations denounced the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge B...

 

'Enemy cyber threat growing,' warn security experts amid Hamas cyber attacks

(JNS) The ability of Israel's enemies to target civilians and members of the armed forces with cyber attacks is growing, security experts have warned. In August, the Israeli ClearSky cyber-security...

 

Iran sanctions will change how nations do business

(JNS) WASHINGTON—Ahead of the second round of American sanctions on Iran in November since the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Friday that those measures will drastically change the way any...

 

How an injured skateboarder became an Israel Navy submarine officer

(JNS)-When Lt. S (full name withheld), a professional skateboarder, slammed into a safety barrier while traveling at 60 kilometers an hour during a sports event-breaking his back, pelvis and shin a...

 

Symbol of Jewish life honors legacies of four boys killed in Israel

(JNS)-Four years ago, the world waited with bated breath to learn the fate of three Israeli boys-Gilad Shaar, 16; Naftali Fraenkel, 16; and Eyal Yifrach, 19-after they went missing just outside the Gu...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 28, 2018

Israelis want American Jewish help

(JTA)—For years, American Jewish groups have agitated for more religious pluralism in Israel. And year after year, the Israeli government has acted as if the country’s demographic and political realities make any kind of substantial reform...

 

A new Torah scroll symbolizes a Liberal Jewish revival in the Czech Republic

PRAGUE (JTA)-A new Torah scroll is being used in this historic city by one of its two Reform Jewish congregations to welcome the High Holidays and the series of solemn and joyous celebrations that...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

One of Hezbollah’s most important members arrested in Brazil BUENOS AIRES (JTA)—One of Hezbollah’s most wanted members, Assad Ahmad Barakat, was arrested near Brazil’s border with Argentina and Paraguay on Friday. Barakat has been labeled by...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    September 21, 2018

Deconstructing the Oslo Accords 25 years later: Was it a gift or a curse?

(JNS)-It's hard to believe that it's been a quarter of a century: Sept. 13 marked the 25th anniversary of the 1993 signing of the U.S.-brokered Declaration of Principles between Israel and the...

 

Trump shutters PLO office in D.C.

(JNS)—Amid tensions between the Trump administration and the Palestinian Authority, the former announced on Sept. 10 that the Washington offices of the Palestine Liberation Organization will close in the same week as the 25th anniversary of the...

 

US Congress votes $38 billion defense aid to Israel into law

(JNS)—A bipartisan bill that would cement U.S. military aid to Israel into law has passed a major hurdle on Wednesday night. The U.S. House of Representative approved the measure, known as the Ileana Ros-Lehtinen U.S.-Israel Security Assistance...

 

Paraguay's embassy is leaving Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel closed its embassy in Paraguay following an announcement by the South American country that it was relocating its embassy back to Tel Aviv four months after moving to Jerusalem. The move comes as Paraguay joins the effort to...

 

US ambassador believes Golan will be 'part of Israel forever'

(Israel Hayom via JNS)-U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman believes that the Golan Heights will remain under Israeli sovereignty, and certainly won't be placed back in the hands of Syria's...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Thousands mourn Ari Fuld, prominent Israel activist stabbed to death by Palestinian JERUSALEM (JTA)—For more than four hours, thousands mourned at a West Bank cemetery for Ari Fuld, the victim of a terrorist stabbing who is being called a hero and...

 

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