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‘Schindler’s List’ waffle fries taken off Aussie restaurant’s menu By Marcy Oster (JTA)—A restaurant in Australia removed “Schindler’s List” waffle fries from its menu following a complaint by a Jewish customer. The manager of The...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    February 8, 2019

Israeli company's claim for cancer cure may be too good to be true

JERUSALEM (JTA)-A team of scientists at a biotech company in Israel claimed that they will have a cure for cancer-all cancer-within a year. Sadly, their claims were shot down by fellow scientists. In...

 
 By Brian Blum    News    February 8, 2019

Could an immunotherapy treatment from Israel cure cancer?

(ISRAEL21c)-Ten years ago, Dr. Michael Har-Noy, founder and CEO of a Jerusalem-based startup developing an immunotherapy treatment that could potentially cure cancer, lamented that the fight against...

 
 By Yori Yalon    News    February 8, 2019

Birthright Israel sees record participation in 2018

By Yori Yalon (Israel Hayom via JNS)—Birthright Israel reached a new milestone in 2018, with a record 48,000 participants from around abroad and 8,300 Israelis. Birthright Israel, also known as Taglit in Hebrew, brings Jewish youths from around the...

 

Israelis aiding search at Brazilian mine disaster are met with praise and criticism

By Marcus M. Gilban RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA)-Less than one month after Benjamin Netanyahu gained pop star status across Brazil for blending in with the locals during the very first visit of a sitting Isra...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    February 8, 2019

2 political power players join forces to take on Netanyahu in Israel's upcoming elections

JERUSALEM (JTA)-There's a new political power in team in Israel, and it hopes to defeat longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in upcoming elections. Benny Gantz, a former head of the Israeli...

 

JNF leaves no one behind

Jewish National Fund is once again calling attention to people with special needs and disabilities during Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance, & Inclusion Month. As part of its focus on improving quality of life for all in Israel, JNF-USA is...

 
 By Yisrael Medad    News    February 8, 2019

San Francisco files lawsuit against Airbnb

By Yisrael Medad (JNS)—A new lawsuit has been filed against Airbnb, this time in San Francisco. It alleges that the company, in its decision to delist accommodations owned by Jews in the geographical area of Judea and Samaria, is engaging in an ...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Israel lawmakers cancel visit to Ireland after parliament passes West Bank boycott By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA)—The speaker of Israel’s Knesset cancelled an official delegation of Israeli lawmakers to Ireland, after its parliament advanced a...

 

Rescuers Without Borders receives Global Impact Award

In a full-scale ceremony on Jan. 16, Rescuers Without Borders founder and president Arie Levy received the Global Impact Award in Tel Aviv, presented by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the Tel...

 

Worldwide terror attacks shrink to lowest level since 2011

(JNS)—Worldwide terror attacks decreased by one-third in 2018 compared to 2017, while resulting non-militant fatalities fell by more than one-quarter, according to the annual Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre Global Attack Index, released...

 

Israel set to revoke UNRWA permits for Jerusalem schools

(JNS)—Israel will revoke permits issued to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency due to accusations that the organization incites terror against Israel. According to a Hadashot television news report on Saturday, Israel’s National Security...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    February 1, 2019

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel struck Iranian targets in Syria, hours after an Iranian-made ground-to-ground missile was fired by an Iranian force in Syria at northern Israel. The targets struck by Israel Defense Forces warplanes late on Sunday night...

 

PA claims that Israel, Hamas planning to assassinate Abbas

(Palestinian Media Watch via JNS)—Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’s adviser on religious affairs has accused Israel and Hamas of planning “an attack against Abbas.” Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “There is suspicious and dangerous coordinat...

 

Danon to UN: Iran spends $7 billion a year on terrorism

(JNS)—Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon warned the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday about Iran’s terror network in the Middle East, spending $7 billion annually to threaten Israel. “Iran is exploiting the regime to...

 

An in depth look at Israel's upcoming national election

This is part 1 of a four-part series. Just after Christmas it was announced that Israel will be holding early elections on April 9. In the coming months there will be heavy campaigning, countless polls, stunts, pundits’ predictions, and endless...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Israel takes 5th place in Bloomberg ranking of world’s most innovative nations By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel moved up to fifth place in the 2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index, an annual ranking of the world’s 60 most innovative countries....

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 25, 2019

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said state will sanction Airbnb for delisting Jewish settlements

(JTA)—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida would take action against Airbnb for its decision to remove listings of rooms and homes for rent in West Bank Jewish settlements. Airbnb announced in November 2018 that it would remove the listings of...

 

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft wins $1 million 'Jewish Nobel' prize

(JTA)-New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is the winner of the $1 million Genesis Prize, the so-called Jewish Nobel. Kraft, 77, will be giving the money "to initiatives combating anti-Semitism...

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    January 25, 2019

This Greek school has a novel solution to problem faced by many small Jewish communities

ATHENS-In a small, nondescript classroom in Greece's capital city, 10 Jewish eighth-graders study a biblical text about Jacob and Esau under the guidance of Rivkah Carl, a Jewish teacher from...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

IKEA Israel to open fifth store in Tel Aviv (JNS)—The Swedish furniture and home accessories chain IKEA will open its fifth store in Israel later this year in Tel Aviv. The store will have just 21,500 square feet of floor space. It will focus on...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    January 18, 2019

Israel's border fence with Egypt has transformed the south

(JNS)-This time six years ago, Israel completed its high-tech border fence with Egypt, marking the start of a transformation in the situation along this restive frontier. With its network radars and...

 
 By Ariel Picard    News    January 18, 2019

The wisdom behind Israel's crazy multi-party system

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israeli politics looks like a big mess right now. In the past few weeks, three new parties have been launched and one party has kicked out a former partner. More changes are likely,...

 

Congressman calls for halting federal funds to Nation of Islam

(JNS)-Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) called on the U.S. Department of Justice to end funding for the Nation of Islam. The Washington Examiner first reported this development and the funding of "at...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 18, 2019

Call on US to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas again called on the United States to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Israel is stepping up its campaign for international recognition of its claim to the...

 

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