Netanyahu: Gantz’s plan to form minority government with Arab parties is ‘madness’

November 18, 2019 by  

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Likud lawmakers during an emergency conference call on Saturday that the Blue and White Party intends to form a minority government supported by the Arab parties, something he said would be an “unprecedented disaster” for the State of Israel. Read more

Jack Black, Flaming Lips and Haim among those to join Hanukkah album

November 17, 2019 by  

A holiday-inspired music album titled “Hanukkah+” will be released on Nov. 22 and feature a collection of Jewish classics and originals from artists, including Haimthe Flaming Lips, Jack Black and Yo La Tengo, The Rolling Stone reported. Read more

British public figures sign letter refusing to vote Labour over anti-Semitism scandal

November 17, 2019 by  

Twenty-four British public figures signed an open letter refusing to vote for the Labour Party in the United Kingdom’s Dec. 12 general elections due to party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s multiple ties to anti-Semitism. Read more

Netflix to edit Demjanjuk docuseries after pressure by Polish government

November 17, 2019 by  

Netflix says it will edit its documentary miniseries “The Devil Next Door,” about alleged notorious Nazi guard John Demjanjuk after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki complained of inaccuracies in the series, Variety reported on Thursday. Read more

Pope Francis condemns anti-Semitism in address from St. Peter’s Square

November 17, 2019 by  

Pope Francis denounced anti-Semitism against Jews worldwide during his weekly general audience. Read more

Orthodox Jew from Golders Green announces Brexit Party run against Corbyn

November 17, 2019 by  

An Orthodox Jewish man has announced that he will be running for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Parliament seat in the United Kingdom’s general elections on Dec. 12. Read more

Ceasefire off to shaky start as sirens wail in southern Israel

November 15, 2019 by  

A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza-based terrorist groups that went into effect early Thursday morning was immediately put to the test as five rockets from Gaza sent Israelis scrambling for shelter in the south. Read more

Israel faces second day of rocket fire from Gaza

November 14, 2019 by  

Israelis faced a second day of rocket barrages from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist group in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, after a brief overnight lull gave way to renewed launches in the morning hours. Read more

Jewish Agency provides emergency funds to families hit by rockets from Gaza

November 13, 2019 by  

In the wake of the rocket fire on Israel, the Jewish Agency for Israel put its emergency operations into gear, providing assistance to 6,500 new immigrants in absorption centres and 5,000 seniors in assisted-living facilities located in southern Israel, as well as 7,700 young Jews visiting on Israel Experience programs. Read more

Poland presses Netflix to amend documentary about Nazi death-camp guard

November 13, 2019 by  

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has pressed Netflix to make changes to a documentary about a Nazi death-camp guard that includes a map highlighting Nazi concentration and death camps inside modern Poland. Read more

Netanyahu, Knesset mark 25 years of peace between Israel and neighbouring Jordan

November 12, 2019 by  

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday marked 25 years of a peace agreement between Israel and Jordan. Read more

Overwhelming majority of UN Human Rights Council reps praise Iran on record

November 12, 2019 by  

Ninety-five out of 111 delegates, or 85 per cent, of the delegates to U.N. Human Rights Council’s Nov. 8 review session on Iran’s human-rights record praised the Islamic Republic, according to Geneva-based NGO U.N. Watch. Read more

Bernie Sanders: ‘It’s not anti-Semitic to criticize Israel’

November 12, 2019 by  

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, said that “it is not anti-Semitic to criticize the policies of the Israeli government,” adding on to his prior stance that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is “racist.” Read more

Netanyahu offers Bennett defence ministry job

November 10, 2019 by  

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday offered New Right Party leader Naftali Bennett the spot of the country’s defence minister in a move perceived as a way to stop Bennet from joining a coalition led by the rival Blue and White Party. Read more

UAE to allow Israelis to visit for 2020 World Expo, and perhaps afterwards as well

November 10, 2019 by  

The United Arab Emirates will open its doors to Israelis for the 2020 World Expo in Dubai and may allow them to continue to visit even after it’s over. Read more

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg expected to run for president

November 10, 2019 by  

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to run for president after announcing earlier this year that he would not run for the Democratic nomination. Read more

UNRWA head resigns over misconduct allegations

November 8, 2019 by  

The head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced his resignation on Wednesday, following allegations of sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority. Read more

New UK House of Commons Speaker said Jewish MPs ‘face worst of it’ online

November 6, 2019 by  

U.K. Labour Party member Lindsay Hoyle was elected on Monday as Speaker of the U.K. House of Commons amid his party facing backlash and the United Kingdom reaching a deal to leave the European Union. Read more

Fatah official says PA chief Abbas, soon to turn 85, won’t run for re-election

November 6, 2019 by  

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas will not run for re-election, senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub told Palestine TV on Monday. Read more

Supreme Court rules Israel can deport Human Rights Watch official

November 6, 2019 by  

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that Human Rights Watch Israel and Palestine director Omar Shakir may be deported, upholding a district court ruling that found him guilty of promoting anti-Israel boycotts. Read more

Jewish astronaut Jessica Meir shares photos of Israel captured from space

November 6, 2019 by  

Jewish astronaut Jessica Meir has shared photos of Israel she took from space.

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Israeli court stops auction of letter written by 11-year-old Jewish Holocaust victim

November 3, 2019 by  

The Tel Aviv District Court blocked the sale of a letter written by an 11-year-old Jewish-Polish girl who was killed in the Holocaust following protest by her family members. Read more

In a first, Jewish Labour Movement withdraws party support due to anti-Semitism

November 1, 2019 by  

For the first time in its 100-year history, the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) in the United Kingdom will not be campaigning for members of the Labour Party outside of “exceptional circumstances and for exceptional candidates,” announced the group amid criticism over the party’s handling of anti-Semitism complaints. Read more

If Israeli prime minister, Gantz promises to ‘embrace all streams of Judaism’

October 31, 2019 by  

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz has said that if he succeeds in becoming Israeli’s next premier, he will “embrace all streams of Judaism.” Read more

Belgium’s first female PM is married to an Australian

October 30, 2019 by  

Belgium’s first female prime minister, Sophie Wilmès, is Jewish.

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Jewish Agency to rebrand as a global hub for the Jewish world

October 28, 2019 by  

At the board of governors meeting that began on Sunday in Jerusalem and runs until Oct. 29, the Jewish Agency announced its new strategic plan, which includes rebranding the 90-year-old organization as a hub for the Jewish world. Read more

Historic copy of Hebrew Bible returns to Spain to go on display in 2020

October 27, 2019 by  

One of the oldest and most expensive copies of the Hebrew Bible was returned to Spain, where it was created in 1476, and will go on display next year. Read more

Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh announces plans to reopen post-shooting

October 27, 2019 by  

The Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh announced on Facebook plans to reopen its building following the deadly shooting almost one year ago on Oct. 27, 2018, when 11 Jewish worshippers were shot and killed during Shabbat-morning services by a lone gunman. Read more

US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg wins $1 million prize for social-justice work

October 27, 2019 by  

Jewish U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was awarded $1 million to give to charitable organizations of her choice for her contributions to social justice and gender equality. Read more

Israel’s second attempt to land aircraft on moon just years away, says engineer

October 27, 2019 by  

A representative from the Israel Aerospace Industries has spoken about Israel’s continued hopes of becoming the fourth country to land softly on the moon, following a failed attempt in April. Read more

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