In Paris, 250 European leaders, conference attendees to confront anti-Semitism in full force

February 27, 2020 by  

Some 250 participants and European leaders gathered in Paris at the European Jewish Association’s (EJA) annual policy conference this week under the topic “Jews in Europe: United for a Better Future.” Read more

Manila American cemetery changes five Latin crosses to Stars of David

February 14, 2020 by  

The headstones of five U.S. soldiers buried in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial were changed on Tuesday, righting a historical wrong. Read more

WIZO celebrates 100 years of caring for the disadvantaged in Israel

February 6, 2020 by  

The Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) celebrated its centennial year last week in Israel. Read more

Chaim Soutine artwork exhibited for first time in Israel in 50 years

January 19, 2020 by  

Now through March 21, Mishkan Museum of Art in Ein Harod, a kibbutz in northern Israel, is exhibiting the works of Chaim Soutine, one of the leading artists of the 20th century, for the first time in Israel in 50 years. Read more

Lord Polak: British taxpayer dollars funding Palestinian ‘pay-for-slay’ terror campaign

January 14, 2020 by  

“Israel is being singled out ‘with nauseating frequency,’ to borrow a phrase, and we are joining in,” said Lord Baron Stuart Polak, president of Conservative Friends of Israel, in a House of Lords speech on Jan. 7. Read more

Israeli auction house to sell Chagall painting in Israel, a first in more than 20 years

December 19, 2019 by  

Israel’s largest auction house, the Tiroche Auction House, will put “Jacob’s Ladder”—a painting by the world-renowned Jewish artist Marc Chagall—up for sale on Jan. 25. Read more

A new kind of ambassador: The rise of Israel’s Shalva Band and Netta Barzilai

December 3, 2019 by  

As the Shalva Band and 2018 Eurovision Song Contest winner Netta Barzilai redefine what it means to be beautiful and successful, perhaps they are, at the same time, redefining what it means to be a “traditional” Israeli ambassador. Read more

Theme of Diaspora-attended conference in Jerusalem: Making Judaism work for all

November 3, 2019 by  

Judaism, said organizers of a conference this week in Jerusalem pertaining to religious issues long discussed by Jews worldwide, “is often seen in Israel as an exclusive religious teaching that manages to exclude large parts of Israeli society and Diaspora Jewry.” Read more

Report on Palestinian teachers’ guides illuminates methods of anti-Jewish indoctrination

September 8, 2019 by  

The recently published study “Israel, Jews and Peace in Palestinian Authority Teachers’ Guides” by Dr Arnon Groiss of the Centre for Near East Policy Research showed that Palestinian teachers’ guides promote an attitude towards the “other” based on delegitimization, demonization and war indoctrination instead of peace education. Read more

Israeli government makes wine a smart brand to export culture and identity abroad

August 29, 2019 by  

As Israel’s government ministries endeavour to represent and communicate the singularity and attractiveness of Israeli culture and industry to audiences abroad, wine has topped the list as one way to effectively represent Israeli culture and history. Read more

What to do after ‘slaughter the Jews’ is spray-painted in Arabic on part of the Western Wall?

A young Arab girl and her older teenage sister spray-painted the words “slaughter the Jews” in Arabic on Friday on the Kotel HaKatan (“little wall” in Hebrew), a portion of the Western Wall on the Temple Mount about 650 feet south of the Western Wall Plaza and next to the Iron Gate entrance to the Old City. Read more

Is there hope to end anti-Israel bias at the UN Human Rights Council?

The United Nations Human Rights Council met on Monday to single out Israel under the anti-Israel “Agenda Item 7,” a UNHRC mandate that a discussion of Israeli human rights abuses against Palestinians must be part of every council session. Read more

Hamas endorsement of UNRWA elections underscores the agency’s inherent flaws

Following the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) union elections in Gaza on April 24 and the publishing of the results mid-May, various terror groups, including the Islamic Jihad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Hamas, have endorsed the new leadership of UNRWA’s union of teachers and administrators. Read more

World Health Organization’s singling out Israel over health conditions in disputed territories a ‘fantastic lie’

May 24, 2019 by  

The 72nd Assembly of the U.N.’s World Health Organization (WHO) voted 96-11 this week for a resolution, co-sponsored by the Arab bloc and the Palestinian delegation, which singled out Israel over “health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east[ern] Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan.” Read more

Ahead of peace plan, Israeli and Palestinian leaders meet in Hebron over kosher Iftar meal

May 19, 2019 by  

In the context of the Trump administration’s plan to roll out a Middle East peace proposal after the end of Ramadan on June 4, businessman and aspiring politician, Sheikh Ashraf Al Jabari has sent a clear message: Palestinian and Israeli business leaders are ready to cooperate towards a shared economic future. Read more

Submission to UN urges rights for Palestinian, Israeli children subjected to Hamas abuse

In a legal brief filed with the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child shortly before the one-year anniversary of the Palestinian “March of Return” on March 30, the independent human-rights group U.N. Watch urged that the Palestinian Authority be held to account for violating children’s rights, alleging that it has “failed to protect both Palestinian and Israeli children in armed conflict.” Read more

Victims of Palestinian terrorism speak out about Israeli government’s ‘pay to slay’ backtracking

June 28, 2018 by  

The Palestinian Authority pays terrorist prisoners and families of martyrs and wounded nearly $1 million every day. According to the P.A.’s 2018 projections, 7.5 percent of its annual budget will go to terrorism, a little less than the 14.5 percent of the annual budget received from foreign aid…writes Eliana Rudee/JNS. Read more

Big splash at Caesarea Harbor with new Crusader market, upcoming visitors centre

New promenade walls and a 700-year-old Crusader market at the Caesarea Harbor were unveiled on June 10 in Caesarea National Park in the presence of Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, and various representatives from funding and cooperating parties…writes Eliana Rudee/JNS. Read more

A dose of innovation in security and medical technology at Rambam Hospital

As Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary, its largest hospital in the north celebrates its 80th anniversary, mirroring the Jewish state’s rise to prominence in innovation and security…writes Eliana Rudee/JNS. Read more

Pedal to the metal: In Israel, Giro d’Italia to bust out bikes big time

The biggest biking event in the history of the Jewish state is about to arrive, placing Israel in the center of the sporting map. The Giro d’Italia is second only to the Tour de France as professional cycling’s most important race. Read more

Alan Dershowitz on Israel at 70: ‘A Light Unto the World’

Ahead of Israel’s 70th birthday in May, longtime Harvard University Law Professor, attorney and author Alan Dershowitz announced that he is donating an ambucycle to Israel’s volunteer medic organisation, United Hatzalah, in honor of his 80th birthday. Read more

International Women’s Day: Real-life ‘Wonder Women’ of Israel’s volunteer medic team

They respond to emergency calls from the public, often putting themselves in danger in order to save lives. They perform CPR, deliver babies and comfort victims of traumatic events. They work behind the scenes in an often thankless job. And they are all volunteers, with their own busy lives, children and challenges…writes Eliana Rudee/JNS. Read more

Trump made ‘yuge’ changes on Jerusalem. What do the city’s residents think about it?

December 12, 2017 by  

Jerusalemite opinions about President Donald Trump’s landmark policy changes on their city run the gamut, reflecting the diversity of the Israeli capital itself.  Read more

Israeli Musical Diplomacy: A Win over BDS and Israel Knockers

Steven Goldstein’s connection to Israel predates his now-renowned acting and operatic career…writes Eliana Rudee/ Read more

Blooming orchids and Women of the Wall: a Q&A with Anat Hoffman

February 24, 2016 by  

Anat Hoffman is a founding member of Women of the Wall, a religiously diverse group of women from around the world who seek equal rights for people of all genders and religious expression at the Western Wall. The group is best known for working to gain the right to read Torah at the Western Wall wearing a prayer shawl (tallit)—a Jewish commandment that is not traditional for women, but also not outlawed in scripture. Read more