Worldwide Jewish population now 14.8 million

September 27, 2019 by  

As we prepare to welcome the Jewish year 5780, the number of Jews worldwide stands at 14.8 million, compared to 14.7 million in 5779.

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World Jewish Congress welcomes UN special rapporteur’s unprecedented report on antisemitism

September 23, 2019 by  

The World Jewish Congress has welcomed the unprecedented report compiled by UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Ahmed Shaheed, which identifies antisemitic-motivated violence as “toxic to democracy and mutual respect” and urges states to adopt a “human-rights based approach” to combating the hatred of Jews. Read more

Shavuot in Lodz

June 13, 2019 by  

The Polish city of Lodz hosted its first-ever Jewish celebratory event, The Festival of Tranquility, over the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

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Israeli forces kill shooter of IDF soldier, rabbi near Ariel

March 20, 2019 by  

Israeli special units have shot dead a Palestinian suspected of stabbing and killing 19-year-old Sgt. Gal Keidan, stealing his gun and using it to fire at Israeli soldier Alexander Dvorsky and Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger outside the city of Ariel on Sunday. Read more

Blast-off to the moon scheduled for 12:45pm Friday

February 19, 2019 by  

Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have announced that Israel’s inaugural voyage to the moon – the world’s first privately funded lunar mission – will begin on Feb. 21 at approximately 8:45 p.m. EST, when the lunar lander “Beresheet” (“In the Beginning”) blasts off aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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Polish Olympian refuses to coach Malaysian swim team due to anti-Israel policy

January 30, 2019 by  

Four-time Polish Olympic swimmer Bart Kizierowski has rejected an offer to coach Malaysia’s national swimming team, saying that he would not train the Malaysians after they refused to admit Israeli athletes into the country. Read more

Aiia laid to rest

January 24, 2019 by  

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken with Saeed Maasarwe, the father of Aiia Maasarwe, the Israeli student murdered in Melbourne last week. Read more

Israel officially leaves UNESCO

January 2, 2019 by  

Israel is no longer a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO. Read more

Barkan terrorist shot dead in Nablus raid

December 14, 2018 by  

Ashraf Naalowa, the 23-year-old  Palestinian who murdered two Israelis in a terrorist attack at the Barkan Industrial Zone on October 7, was shot dead by a Border Police counter-terrorism unit.

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Jewish cemetery vandalised in Poland

November 22, 2018 by  

The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) condemns the vandalization of the Dewastacja Jewish cemetery in Sochoczew, Poland, which took a place last weekend.  Read more

US supports Israeli detention of pro-BDS activist

October 14, 2018 by  

The United States expressed its support on Wednesday for Israel denying a University of Florida graduate from entering Israel due to her pro-BDS activism. Read more

Israeli man stabbed to death in Judea by Palestinian teenager

September 17, 2018 by  

A 45-year-old father of four and prolific pro-Israel activist was stabbed to death by an Arab teenager on Sunday morning outside a shopping center in Gush Etzion, Judea. Read more

After caring for thousands of wounded Syrians, including kids, IDF closes aid unit

September 16, 2018 by  

With the Syrian regime again in control of its side of the Golan Heights border, the Israel Defence Forces said on Thursday that it would shut down its “Good Neighbor” campaign after two years of operations, during which it provided humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians across the border. Read more

FIFA suspends Palestinian soccer head for inciting hatred and violence

August 26, 2018 by  

Jibril Rajoub, the president of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA), has been given a one-year suspension by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), effective on Aug. 24, for inciting hatred and violence against Argentinian soccer superstar Lionel Messi. Read more

SodaStream sold to Pepsi for $3.2 billion in cash

August 21, 2018 by  

Israel’s popular homemade seltzer company, SodaStream, has been sold to U.S.-based PepsiCo Inc for $3.2 billion in cash. Read more

One dead, two wounded, in terror attack north of Jerusalem

July 27, 2018 by  

One Israeli was killed and two were injured in a stabbing attack in the Jewish settlement of Adam, a few miles north of Jerusalem. Read more

After massive IDF retaliation following death of soldier, ceasefire holds

July 22, 2018 by  

A tense ceasefire held on the Gaza border Saturday following several waves of Israeli strikes on Hamas targets in the Strip in retaliation for the death of a soldier shot dead by sniper fire. Read more

KKL-JNF to sue Hamas for environmental damages in areas surrounding Gaza

June 7, 2018 by  

Keren Kayemet Le’Israel-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) will sue Hamas in international legal court for the severe environmental damages that were caused to KKL-JNF land in the area surrounding Gaza from firing of rockets and mortar shells, and from incendiary kites sent to Israel.
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French PM cancels Israel visit

May 24, 2018 by  

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has cancelled a planned trip to Israel at the end of the month, citing scheduling issues, French media reported Wednesday.

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Diplomats celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary

April 20, 2018 by  

Australia’s ambassador Chris Cannan joined ambassadors diplomats from across the world at President Reuven Rivlin’s residence in Jerusalem to celebrate Israel’s 70th Independence Day. Read more

Anne Frank House initially bars (then allows) Jewish employee from wearing a ‘kipah’

April 16, 2018 by  

Of all the places on earth, the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam prohibited its Jewish employees from wearing kipot, head coverings worn by observant Jews that are also referred to as yarmulkes. Read more

Journalist killed on Gaza-Israel border was reportedly a Hamas officer

April 11, 2018 by  

A journalist contracted by the Norwegian Refugee Council, who was killed on April 6 during the violence along the Gaza-Israel border, has reportedly been exposed as an officer in the Hamas terrorist group. Read more

In a Passover message, British premier recognises fight against anti-Semitism

April 4, 2018 by  

In a message to the Jewish community on the occasion of Passover, British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke of anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom. Read more

Israel Reaches Unprecedented Common Understanding with UNHCR

April 3, 2018 by  

The State of Israel and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees have reached an unprecedented common understanding on the issue of migrants.
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Shock and emotion follow barbaric murder of Holocaust survivor in Paris

March 28, 2018 by  

The umbrella representative body of French Jewish organizations, known as Crif, has called for a rally on Wednesday in Paris in memory of Mireille Knoll, an 85-year-old Jewish woman brutally killed in her apartment. Read more

‘No to Anti-Semitism’: Rally calls for Labour Party to investigate cases of anti-Jewish conduct

March 28, 2018 by  

They criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whom British Jewish leaders have charged with enabling anti-Semitism in the party. Read more

British Jews rally in London to protest Labour Party’s anti-Semitism under the motto: ‘Enough is Enough’

March 27, 2018 by  

British Jews, who accuse Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn of “siding with anti-Semites rather than with Jews,’’ have been called to rally on Monday in Parliament Square in London as Labour Parliament members meet inside. Read more

WJC hosts 70 leaders from 40 countries

March 20, 2018 by  

The World Jewish Congress has hosted a special delegation of 70 Jewish leaders from 40 different countries in Jerusalem this week for a two-day mission under the leadership of President Ronald S. Lauder focusing on strengthening Diaspora-Israel relations. Read more

Israel provides support to Papua New Guinea following devastating earthquake

March 9, 2018 by  

Israel, a world leader in disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, provided forty generators and other support to Papua New Guinea, following a devastating earthquake which struck the region. ​​​​

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Jewish group outraged by BDS founder’s address to E.U. Parliament

March 4, 2018 by  

The American Jewish Committee has condemned the European Parliament for hosting Omar Barghouti, the founder of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Read more

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