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 By Toby Axelrod    News    July 10, 2020

110-year-old Jewish business mural reveals when building torn down

BERLIN (JTA) - In May, a demolition crew tore down a building in the western German city of Gelsenkirchen. As the walls fell, a 110-year-old advertising mural on the adjacent brick wall was exposed....

 
 By Laura E. Adkins    News    July 3, 2020

Chabad says 100,000 people attended Zoom commemoration

(JTA) — The Chabad-Lubavitch movement estimates that 100,000 people on 45,000 devices gathered in an online Zoom event to honor the late Chabad rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Schneerson, who died in 1994, led the movement’s transition...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 3, 2020

Chuck Schumer and 2 other key pro-Israel Democrats warn Israel against annexation

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Three of Israel's most stalwart boosters among Democrats in Congress are warning the country against annexing parts of the West Bank. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    July 3, 2020

New Irish government rejects effort to boycott Israeli products

(JNS) — The anti-Israel movement in Ireland has suffered a major defeat. Earlier this month, the political parties working on forming the next government in Ireland eliminated a key bill that would have placed a boycott on products produced in...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

After 3 months and 5 days, the synagogue at Chabad headquarters reopens to unmasked crowds By Shira Hanau (JTA) — It closed with dancing and it reopened with dancing. The main Chabad synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn reopened to a large...

 

Israel's ambassador to UK reflects on global issues, namely Iran, before leaving office

(JNS) - Israel's ambassador to the United Kingdom Mark Regev discussed Israel's relations with Britain and its neighbors during a webinar on Thursday, his last livestreamed event before ending his...

 

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Israeli government to bail out El Al, could gain full control (JNS) — Israel’s Finance Ministry on Sunday proposed to loan $250 million to El Al airlines, far short of the $400 million the struggling airline had requested. However, the government...

 
 By Ben Harris    News    June 19, 2020

Palestinian counterproposal to Trump peace plan

(JTA) — The Palestinian Authority has submitted a proposal for an independent demilitarized Palestinian state in Gaza, the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said Tuesday that the P.A. had submitted a proposal to the...

 

No Pie for Palestine

Once, I was down to the last bite of a really good blueberry pie. My wife moved in with her fork to have some and I (playfully) stabbed her in the hand with my fork. Suffice it to say, I didn’t end up with the last bite of pie, and my stabbing her...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 19, 2020

AIPAC tells lawmakers it won't push back if they criticize annexation

WASHINGTON (JTA) - The leading pro-Israel lobby in the United States is telling lawmakers that they are free to criticize Israel's looming annexation plans - just as long as the criticism stops...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 19, 2020

World Council of Churches wants EU sanctions on Israel if it annexes West Bank lands

(JTA) — The World Council of Churches is asking European diplomats to punish Israel with sanctions if it annexes West Bank lands. The request has triggered a heated debate in Christian circles. The call to punish Israel came last month in a letter...

 

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Suspect arrested for attack on Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick (JNS) — A suspect was arrested on Friday in connection with the assault on former Likud Knesset member Yehuda Glick a day earlier, at the mourning tent of an autistic Arab man shot...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 12, 2020

Breaking China: A rupture looms between Israel and the United States

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Israel's announcement last week that an Israeli consortium would build Sorek 2, the world's largest desalination plant, surprised many who had been watching the deal: The contract h...

 

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Oklahoma’s governor signs anti-Israel boycott legislation By Marcy Oster (JTA) — Oklahoma can no longer contract with companies that boycott Israel. On Tuesday, Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, signed a bill that would apply to state contracts...

 
 By Israel Hayom    News    June 5, 2020

NY Times blasted for vicious libel against Israel's corona battle

Israeli Ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer leveled scathing criticism at The New York Times on Friday over an article pointing out that the Israel Defense Forces’ research and development efforts, which have proven crucial in Israel’s battle...

 

In the race for a coronavirus vaccine, first doesn't mean best

(Israel21c via JNS) — About 120 research groups from various countries are racing to develop vaccines for the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19). Several formulations have already advanced to human safety trials. Although the frontrunners in this race...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    June 5, 2020

Is Tehran taking advantage of coronavirus pandemic to continue its nuclear pursuit?

(JNS) - Despite facing one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks, Iran appears to be continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons, as well as its aggressive regional behavior. Iran has already ackn...

 

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Hasidic school in upstate New York found operating with ‘hundreds of students inside’ By Marcy Oster (JTA) — A school in the Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel in New York was ordered to close after it was found operating with hundreds of students...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 29, 2020

Abbas ends security cooperation

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to all agreements with Israel, including security cooperation, effectively turning over to Israel’s government the running of the entire West Bank. “The Palestine...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    May 29, 2020

Palestinians reject COVID-19 aid from UAE because it was coordinated through Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority rejected a humanitarian shipment of medical supplies sent by the United Arab Emirates because it coordinated the shipment with Israel. The Etihad Airways flight that landed Tuesday night in Israel...

 

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Italian synagogues and churches reopen, but with fewer worshippers allowed By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Synagogues and churches have reopened in northern Italy, where they had been shut down since that area went into lockdown following the first major...

 

Evangelical TV host says stop GOD TV from proselytizing Jews

(TENNESSEE)-Laurie Cardoza-Moore has called on the Israeli government to ban GOD TV from broadcasting programs focused on converting Jews to Christianity. Cardoza-Moore is the founder of Proclaiming...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Government to bail out El Al, though harsh cuts in order (JNS)—The Israeli government plans to bail out national airline carrier El Al, granting loan guarantees for 80 percent of a $400 million loan. It was agreed on Sunday evening at a meeting at...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    May 15, 2020

How the coronavirus is hitting Jewish communities worldwide

(JTA)—The impact of the coronavirus on the Jewish world is a study in contrasts. In Israel, where the total death toll as of Tuesday was 238 and the number of new daily infections below 50, the country has significantly eased its lockdown. School...

 

Biden pledges to resume US assistance to Palestinians

(JNS)—Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that if elected president, he would reopen the Palestine Liberation Organization Diplomatic Mission in Washington, D.C., and restore U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority. The...

 

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