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

Jewish museum in Portugal’s oldest synagogue reopens

October 27, 2019 by  

A museum inside Portugal’s oldest synagogue has been reopened following a two-year renovation. Read more

District court rejects boycott of Israelis by Spanish city

October 27, 2019 by  

A district court in Barcelona recently issued a temporary injunction that rejects a boycott of Israeli individuals and businesses by the city of Molins de Rei. Read more

Israel to send biggest delegation ever to 2020 Olympics

October 20, 2019 by  

Israel is set to send to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo its largest delegation of athletes ever. Read more

Anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted on project commemorating Jewish life in Lithuania

October 20, 2019 by  

Anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered in Vilnius, Lithuania, last week on a project depicting Jewish life before World War II. Read more

Friedman: Trump plan will not evict Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria

October 18, 2019 by  

The U.S. administration will not call for the evacuation of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria under the much-anticipated Mideast peace plan, according to U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Wednesday. Read more

Former concentration-camp guard stands trial in Germany

October 18, 2019 by  

A former concentration-camp guard is facing trial in Germany in what may be one of the country’s last trials of Nazi war criminals. Read more

Day 3 of Netanyahu pre-indictment hearings gets underway

October 7, 2019 by  

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s legal team arrived at the Justice Ministry on Sunday for the third day of the premier’s pre-indictment hearings. Read more

UK University, College Union apologize for Holocaust email omitting Jewish victims

October 5, 2019 by  

Social media users called the omission “shocking” and “sickening,” with some suggesting that the inclusion of “non-Jewish Poles” showed that the Union deliberately decided who to include and leave out. Read more

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