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 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 29, 2019

Jewish journalist's Purim prank about fleeing anti-Semitism shocks Holland

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-The Netherlands' main Jewish weekly is the kingdom's oldest commercial magazine and one of its most reputable publications. Which is why many Dutch were shocked to read a column...

 

Supreme Court bans Ben-Ari from Israel's April elections

(JNS)—Israel’s Supreme Court banned Otzma Yehudit candidate Michael Ben-Ari from running in the upcoming national elections—the first time Israel’s highest court has ever prevented a single individual from running in an Israeli election—in...

 

Beresheet Lunar landing site revealed

REHOVOT, ISRAEL— The main scientific instrument on board the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft, the SpaceIL Magnetometer, has now been successfully turned on in space and data returned to Earth. After its successful launch, Beresheet is circling Earth...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    March 22, 2019

Rockets on Tel Aviv an escalation that could cost Hamas dearly

(JNS)-Last Thursday night's twin rocket attack on greater Tel Aviv from the Gaza Strip marks a dramatic escalation of the security situation that could prove to be highly costly for Hamas. While it...

 
 By Pinhas Inbari    News    March 22, 2019

Forming the new PA government

(The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs via JNS)-Two developments currently taking place in the Palestinian arena deserve our attention, and both of these are interlinked: the proposed new...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 22, 2019

Political rivals Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu will face off at AIPAC conference

(JTA)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, will speak at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington ahead of national elections next month in Israel....

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 22, 2019

Shtayyeh appointed new PA prime minister

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a Fatah Party insider who was educated abroad as prime minister. Mohammad Shtayyeh, a longtime Abbas ally, was announced on...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    March 22, 2019

Israel has no plans to leave the Golan Heights

(JNS)-After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Golan Heights this week together with U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, former U.S....

 

Journalist turned politician Caroline Glick turns the spotlight on Blue and White Party, Israeli left

(JNS)-Caroline B. Glick, a senior columnist at Breitbart News, was the senior contributing and chief columnist for The Jerusalem Post until she decided to run for the Knesset in the upcoming April...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 22, 2019

Diaspora Jews-a campaign issue

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Diaspora Jews can’t vote in Israeli elections. It’s been proposed and, so far, consistently shot down by Israeli lawmakers. And, let’s be honest, the average Israeli voter rarely, if ever, thinks about Diaspora Jews.  And...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Cruz to introduce resolution condemning anti-Semitism (JNS)—U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has reportedly been spearheading a resolution explicitly condemning anti-Semitism that he plans to introduce early next week. Jewish Insider reported the...

 
 By Yehuda Sugar    News    March 15, 2019

Chassidic rocket scientist overcame Soviet oppression to guide Israel's space launch to the moon

(Chabad.org/News via JNS)—One of the chief engineers involved in the creation and post-launch supervision of the moon-bound Israeli spacecraft “Beresheet” is a Chabad-Lubavitch Chassid who overcame Soviet oppression and anti-Semitism to...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 15, 2019

Belgian carnival float features puppets of grinning Jews

(JTA)-Participants in a street celebration in the Belgian city of Aalst paraded giant puppets of Orthodox Jews and a rat atop money bags. Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs condemned the float Sunday a...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Mayors from around the world form coalition to combat anti-Semitism, BDS (JNS)—Mayors from around the world have announced a coalition to combat anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sentiment. Announcing the launch last week of a Global Mayors Coalition...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 8, 2019

Bibi's scandals explained

(JTA)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is going to court on corruption charges-he says he's innocent. Netanyahu was indicted in three cases Thursday pending a court hearing. It's the first ti...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    March 8, 2019

Israelis and Palestinians unite to create economic viability

(JNS)-With so many new businesses sprouting up in Israeli and Palestinian communities in Judea and Samaria, isn't it possible to create some form of collaboration between them to share resources and...

 

Pompeo on Israeli elections: US not getting 'involved'

(JNS)—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to comment on last week’s controversial merger between the Jewish Home and the far-right Otzma Yehudit parties ahead of the Israeli elections in April. “We’re not about to get involved in an...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 8, 2019

US Orthodox group defends Netanyahu's deal with far-right

NEW YORK (JTA)—An American Orthodox Jewish group is defending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to work with a far-right political party. It is the first statement by a major American Jewish organization defending...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    March 8, 2019

Fear over Otzma Party grips left and right, but is it justified?

(JNS)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to cut a deal with Bayit Yehudi, and its subsequent temporary union with right-wing political parties National Union and Otzma Yehudit, has created a political storm, being called...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 8, 2019

In Britain, Labour Party rebels give Jews hope of a new political home

(JTA)—Even before he was old enough to vote, Justyn Trenner was already a supporter of Britain’s Labour Party. Trenner, now a 54-year-old financial adviser from London, had felt at home there thanks to Labour’s mild socialism and anti-racist...

 

The prophetic ingathering and final rescue of Ethiopian Jews

I’ve been called many things in my life, but never black. Until recently. I was visiting with a friend who is a black pastor in Chicago and at one point he burst out “you must be half black.” He meant it as a compliment, and I received it as...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

$464 million more paid out to victims of Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme By Marcy Oster (JTA)—Another $464 million has been paid out to victims of Bernie Madoff’s $19 billion Ponzi scheme, bringing the total distributions in the case to more than $12...

 
 By Emily Burack    News    March 8, 2019

Rabbi Meir Kahane and Israel's far right, explained

(JTA)-When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brokered a partnership between the extreme right-wing party Jewish Power, or Otzma Yehudit, and the more moderate right-wing Jewish Home, the...

 

We have lift off!

At exactly 8:45 p.m. EST a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off the Florida coast at Cape Canaveral carrying the SpaceIL Lunar Lander, named "Beresheet." The night launch was easily seen from Altamonte...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    March 1, 2019

Sovereignty Movement stands up to anti-Israel activists

(JNS)-When anti-Israel organization "Combatants for Peace" announced recently that it would protest Israel's alleged annexation of Area C-the Israeli-controlled part of Judea and Samaria-the...

 

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