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 By Yaakov Lappin    News    October 18, 2019 

Leaving Syria: A blow to US deterrence, a boost to Middle East Islamists

(JNS)-The decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull back troops from northern Syria in the face of a likely Turkish offensive against Kurdish forces is a blow to American deterrent power in the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 18, 2019 

Gunmen kill 2 on Yom Kippur

(JTA)—At least two gunmen opened fire on a synagogue during Yom Kippur services and a kebab shop in Halle, a town in eastern Germany. The shooters reportedly were from the far right. The masked gunmen reportedly were repelled by the synagogue’s...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    October 18, 2019 

The German synagogue shooter was a far-right extremist-here's why that's rare in Europe

(JTA)-The identity of the German synagogue attacker may have sounded familiar to American Jews, who have endured multiple attacks by far-right extremists over the past year. But the suspect's...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    October 18, 2019 

Jewish and pro-Israel groups react to Trump's decision on Syria and the Kurds

(JNS)—Jewish and pro-Israel groups reacted unfavorably to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Sunday evening to withdraw U.S. forces from northeast Syria, ahead of an expected invasion by Turkey against Kurdish forces. The White House...

 

Major Swedish party calls for banning circumcision in the country

(JNS)—A major Swedish political party has voted to change its official stance in favor of banning circumcision. The Swedish Centre Party tally at its annual meeting was 314-166, overturning the 18-member party board’s unanimous rejection of the...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Hundreds of etrogs held up at airport in England over new import regulations By Marcy Oster (JTA)—Hundreds of etrogs, the citron fruit used for the holiday of Sukkot, were seized at an airport in England. The Animal and Plant Health Agency held up...

 
 By JTA Staff    News    October 11, 2019

JTA launches Hebrew website

NEW YORK (JTA)—The Jewish Telegraphic Agency has launched a Hebrew-language website and syndication service aimed at the Israeli public. The service features original Hebrew articles and videos with Hebrew translations of items published in...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    October 11, 2019

As Moscow waits for Israeli electoral outcome, the future of Syria looms over relations

(JNS)-When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Sochi in Russia last month to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the event turned into a political football back in Israel. Seizin...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Broward County, Florida commission passes anti-Israel boycott resolution By Marcy Oster (JTA)—A county commission in southeastern Florida unanimously passed a resolution opposing the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. The Br...

 

Photo of Australian Jewish boy being forced to kiss classmate's shoes sparks outrage

(JTA)—Two reports of anti-Semitic bullying at schools in Australia are receiving widespread media coverage. A photo that allegedly shows a 12-year-old Jewish student being forced to kneel to kiss the shoes of a Muslim classmate was circulated on...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 27, 2019

Hamas and ISIS hate Israel-and each other

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Explosions earlier this week at two Hamas police checkpoints in Gaza City left three policemen dead. But it wasn’t Israel that planted the explosives, as many might have suspected. Hamas says it was Islamic State suicide bombers....

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

‘Seinfeld’ will move to Netflix in 2021 By Ben Sales (JTA)—Starting in 2021, Netflix will officially be the master of the “Seinfeld” domain. The iconic “show about nothing,” whose episodes are currently available to stream on Hulu,...

 

Rabbi on ground in battered Bahamas organizes supplies, volunteers for relief efforts

(Chabad.org)—As Hurricane Dorian was unleashing its unimaginable devastation on the Bahamas earlier this week, Rabbi Sholom and Sheera Bluming, co-directors of Chabad of the Bahamas, hunkered down in the capital city of Nassau, making phone...

 

No water, no electricity, and whole families living in cars

(ISRAEL21c)-Michal Bar, head of emergency operations for Israeli humanitarian NGOIsraAID,  doesn't mince her words. "The level of destruction is shocking," she says. "Since we arrived in the Bahamas...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 13, 2019

Jewish groups provide emergency help to the Bahamas in wake of Dorian

(JTA)-The Israel-based humanitarian group IsraAID, B'nai B'rith International and Chabad are among those pitching in to help the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian's devastation, which has...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    September 13, 2019

In remembering 1929 Hebron massacre, top Israeli leaders visit... and make history

(JNS)-"We are not strangers in Hebron, and we will stay here forever!" were the climactic remarks made on Wednesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an official state ceremony at...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 13, 2019

Missiles fired from Lebanon strike Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Anti-aircraft missiles were fired from Lebanon at an Israeli military base and at military vehicles. “There are a number of confirmed hits,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement on Sunday afternoon.  It later...

 
 By Dov Lipman    News    September 13, 2019

Ahead of Sept. 17 elections, Ayelet Shaked lays out right-wing vision for Israel

(JNS)-While many Israelis might already feel fatigued by the upcoming elections on Sept. 17, former justice minister Ayelet Shaked, who heads the newly formed right-wing Yamina Party, is both making...

 

Jewish and pro-Israel groups, leaders react to news of Greenblatt resignation

(JNS)—Jewish and pro-Israel community leaders and groups reacted to the White House announcement on Thursday that U.S. Middle East special envoy Jason Greenblatt plans to resign within the coming weeks. “Mr. Greenblatt has played a pivotal role...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 13, 2019

Netanyahu says he will extend 'Jewish sovereignty

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will extend “Jewish sovereignty” over all communities in Judea and Samaria. He made the remarks Sunday to the new first graders on the first day of school at a national religious...

 

Oasis of peace

To many, the term “Middle East peace” represents the impossible dream, if not the ultimate contradiction in terms. But there is a place in the region where Jews, Muslims and Christians meet peacefully every day on the basis of shared concerns...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 13, 2019

The New York Times exposé

(JTA)—As of this writing, Israel has not bombed Iran’s nuclear program. But according to an exposé in The New York Times that dropped Wednesday, it could still happen. And nearly did. The 10,000-word story details how close Israel came to...

 

Upcoming Israeli elections-Part II

In case you missed it, Israel will be holding national elections on Sept. 17. Yes, this is the second time this year. Hopefully the outcome will not be a stalemate like last time. Please enjoy this series of articles offering insight to perspectives...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Far-right Alternative for Germany party makes large gains in two state elections By Toby Axelrod (JTA)—The head of Germany’s Jewish community is urging democratic political parties to clearly distance themselves from the right-populist...

 

Facing tensions on multiple fronts, is Israel on the verge of an all-out war?

(JNS)—The big news in Israel is not that Iran attempted to send kamikaze drones into Israeli territory last week or that Israel targeted that terrorist cell in Syria; these are not completely out...

 

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