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 By Josefin Dolsten    News    May 17, 2019

Swedish-Israeli NASA astronaut Jessica Meir gets ready for her first trip into space

(JTA)-Jessica Meir has been preparing to go into space since the age of 5. She attended her first space camp after finishing middle school and a training program at the Kennedy Space Center following...

 

'One of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th century'

(JNS)—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday that the creation of the State of Israel was “one of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th century.” “My view of the establishment of the State of Israel is one of the greatest...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Hundreds attend funeral of American killed by Hamas rocket By Sam Sokol JERUSALEM (JTA)—An American citizen killed while running for cover from a Hamas rocket was laid to rest in Jerusalem on Sunday evening. Hundreds turned out to bury Pinchas Men...

 

March of the Living focused on Greek Holocaust victims

(JNS)-More than 10,000 Jewish and non-Jewish youth from 40 countries and dozens of Holocaust survivors and dignitaries from around the globe participated in the 31st annual International March of...

 
 By Sam Sokol    News    May 10, 2019

Gaza battle 'not over'

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Despite Monday morning’s cease-fire, which ended two days of intense fighting between Israel and Hamas, the “campaign is not over,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. “Over the last two days we struck...

 

Israelis stand still for two minutes

(JNS)-As they do every year on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israelis across the country stood at silent attention on Thursday morning as sirens wailed. On Wednesday evening, as Holocaust Remembrance...

 

March of the Living founder: 'The only thing worse than Auschwitz is the world forgetting Auschwitz'

(JNS)-On Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom Hashoah) on May 2, under the theme "Say No to Anti-Semitism," more than 10,000 Jewish and non-Jewish youth from 40 different countries, together with dozens of...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 10, 2019

Survivor Ed Mosberg, 93, braved cancer to march at Auschwitz, perhaps for the last time

KRAKOW, Poland (JTA)-At the age of 93, Holocaust survivor Ed Mosberg is saying his goodbyes to the city of his birth. Flanked by two physicians who accompanied him all the way from New Jersey,...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 10, 2019

French Jews say officials are reluctant to call out anti-Semitism by Muslims

(JTA)—For most of his adult life, Sammy Ghozlan has worked with French authorities fighting crime. Ghozlan, 75, started as a police officer, ascending through the ranks to become a police commissioner in the Paris area. And since 2002 he has...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 10, 2019

How Venezuela's remaining Jews are hanging on amid the crisis

(JTA)—One night years ago, when a Jewish man was driving to his parents’ house in Caracas, Venezuela, two cars blocked off the street he was on and held him up at gunpoint. He got into their car and began answering questions: who he was, where...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

FBI got tip about Poway shooter 5 minutes before synagogue attack By Marcy Oster (JTA)—The FBI was tipped off to a threat about five minutes before the deadly shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue, but it was too late to stop the attack. The...

 

Israel's ambassador to UN goes biblical

(JNS)—Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said during a special session of the U.N. Security Council that the Bible does “prove the case for Jewish ownership of the Land of Israel.” Danon, who addressed the global forum on a...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    May 3, 2019

Sixth BDS national conference sheds light on movement's intentions

(JNS)-At the sixth BDS National Conference on March 16 in Ramallah, the BDS National Committee presented a comprehensive 2019-2020 strategic plan for the movement, focusing on expanding boycott...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    May 3, 2019

International funding platforms are severing ties with BDS-affiliated organizations

(JNS)—Several international funding platforms are severing ties with the BDS organization Samidoun after its purported ties to a Palestinian terrorist group. According to an email obtained by JNS from the International Legal Forum, PayPal said it w...

 
 By Laura Ben-David    News    May 3, 2019

What it's really like for Palestinians at the Israeli checkpoints

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (JTA)-I believe in the Jewish people's right to live in our homeland. That profound belief has no bearing on the rights of others to live here as well. There are Palestinians who...

 
 News    May 3, 2019

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Florida Passover guests left in the lurch when program organizer fails to pay resort or vendors By Josefin Dolsten (JTA)—Guests at a Passover program in Florida faced eviction after it emerged the organizer owed at least $75,000 to the resort,...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 26, 2019

2 Jewish billionaires pledge $122 million for Notre Dame

(JTA)-Two Jewish billionaires have pledged a total of $122 million toward the restoration of Paris' Notre Dame cathedral, which was ravaged in a fire. Lily Safra, a Brazilian philanthropist, said she...

 

Palestinians 'definitely' going to reject Trump's Mideast peace plan

By Ariel Ben Solomon (JNS)—The Mideast peace plan soon to be presented by the U.S. administration is likely not going to get very far upon its initial presentation, but it could provide Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President D...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 26, 2019

Netanyahu's promise to annex West Bank settlements, explained

(JTA)—Just days before Israel was to hold national elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to annex parts of the West Bank as Israeli territory. “I’m going to extend sovereignty,” he said in an interview with Israeli Channel...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Official US maps now show Golan Heights as part of Israel By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)—Official U.S. maps now include the Golan Heights as part of Israel. Jason Greenblatt, the top White House Middle East peace negotiator, posted a map Tuesday...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    April 26, 2019

9 takeaways from Israel's historic election

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel’s election on Tuesday was contentious, historic, crazy—and somewhat predictable. Benjamin Netanyahu seems poised to become the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history, with the help of his strengthened...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 19, 2019

Netanyahu wins narrow victory

(JTA)-Benjamin Netanyahu appears likely to win a fifth term as Israel's prime minister as right-wing parties apparently have maintained their majority in the nationwide elections held Tuesday. With mo...

 

Beresheet space craft crashes on the moon

The Israeli SpaceIL spacecraft Beresheet-Hebrew for Genesis-is on the moon, but not in the way that was hoped. Beresheet snapped its first "selfie," with the help of NASA, as it was landing, 22 kilome...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 19, 2019

Airbnb will cancel ban on West Bank

(JTA)—In a reversal of a 2018 policy announcement, Airbnb will not remove West Bank settlement listings from its website. The policy change came after two federal court settlements Monday between the vacation rental company and two groups of...

 

Engineers explain why Beresheet crashed into the moon

YEHUD, Israel—Preliminary data supplied by the engineering teams of SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries suggests a technical glitch in one of Beresheet’s components triggered the chain of events yesterday that caused the main engine of the...

 

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