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Minister of Education bans groups that degrade IDF, Israel from schools

Minister of Education bans groups that degrade IDF, Israel from schools

Monday, January 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Education Minister Yoav Gallant issued an order on Sunday banning organizations that degrade IDF soldiers or the state of Israel from lecturing or conducting activities in schools. Read more

Jibril Rajoub to US officials: I will work to ensure Abbas’s victory

Jibril Rajoub to US officials: I will work to ensure Abbas’s victory

Monday, January 18, 2021 at 5:57 pm

“Marwan Barghouti, a senior Fatah prisoner imprisoned in Israel, is determined to face Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] for the Palestinian presidency and is expected to run with the full support of Muhammad Dahlan, a Fatah official ousted by Abu Mazen,” said a senior Fatah official. Read more

Fatah official: ‘Criminal jackass’ Trump thrown into garbage bin of history

Fatah official: ‘Criminal jackass’ Trump thrown into garbage bin of history

Monday, January 18, 2021 at 5:18 pm

Senior Palestinian official Jibril Rajoub said in a recent interview that U.S. President Donald Trump, whom he referred to as a “criminal jackass,” had been thrown in the garbage bin of history, and that those Arab leaders that have normalized relations with Israel will share his fate. Read more

Parents of terror victim launch ‘Happy Birthday 2 You’ initiative to unite Jews around the world

Parents of terror victim launch ‘Happy Birthday 2 You’ initiative to unite Jews around the world

Monday, January 18, 2021 at 10:09 am

Bat-Galim Shaer and her husband Ofir have launched an initiative to bring Jews around the world in a unique way in memory of their son Gil-ad, who was kidnapped and murdered in 2014 by Hamas terrorists together with two other Israeli youths. Read more

Family of Israeli doctor found dead in IDF uniform: he was murdered

Family of Israeli doctor found dead in IDF uniform: he was murdered

Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 8:10 pm

Dr Avi Harlev, a senior doctor at Barzilai Hospital and an officer in the IDF’s reserves, was found dead on Tuesday night in the Lahav Forest, in the vicinity of his home in Har Hebron area. Read more

Delivery man to be deported from France for refusing kosher orders

Delivery man to be deported from France for refusing kosher orders

Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 1:21 pm

A French court on Thursday convicted a delivery driver of discrimination against Jews after refusing to accept orders for kosher food. Read more

US enacts sanctions targeting Iranian shipping, arms proliferation

US enacts sanctions targeting Iranian shipping, arms proliferation

Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 1:12 pm

In the final days of the Trump administration, the United States on Friday imposed sanctions targeting Iran’s shipping sector and conventional arms proliferation. Read more

Trump orders US military’s Central Command to include State of Israel

Trump orders US military’s Central Command to include State of Israel

Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 1:10 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees the mission of the U.S. military in the Middle East, to include Israel, reported The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, citing U.S. officials. Read more

Businessman and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson laid to rest on Mount of Olives

Businessman and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson laid to rest on Mount of Olives

Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 1:02 pm

Businessman and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson, whose contribution to Israel and Jewish life throughout the world, was laid to rest on Friday in a private ceremony in Jerusalem with close family members present. He passed away on Jan. 11 at the age of 87. Read more

Iran positions ‘suicide drones’ in Yemen, within range of Israel

Iran positions ‘suicide drones’ in Yemen, within range of Israel

Friday, January 15, 2021 at 5:34 pm

As tensions escalate in the Red Sea region, Iran has sent several Shahed-136 loitering munitions, known as “suicide drones,” to its proxies in Yemen, Newsweek reported on Thursday…reports Eran Itzkovitch. Read more

Israel sells Slovakia 17 advanced radar systems in extensive defence export deal

Israel sells Slovakia 17 advanced radar systems in extensive defence export deal

Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9:40 am

The Israel Ministry of Defence will deliver 17 radar systems produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to the Slovak Ministry of Defence, in a massive defence export agreement that amounts to approximately A$235 million. Read more

With eye on Iran, Israeli envoy presents UN with 5-point plan to combat global terrorism

With eye on Iran, Israeli envoy presents UN with 5-point plan to combat global terrorism

Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:43 pm

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Gilad Erdan presented a five-point plan for combatting global terrorism to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, calling on members to unite in the global fight against all acts of terrorism. Read more

Al-Qaeda calls on Muslims to target Israeli visitors to Arab countries

Al-Qaeda calls on Muslims to target Israeli visitors to Arab countries

Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 3:24 pm

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula blasted the governments of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco for normalizing relations with Israel, calling on Muslims to target Israelis who visit these countries, according to a report shared exclusively with JNS by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)’s Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). Read more

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Australia takes big step on road to Maccabiah 21 with team managers and coaches inductions

Australia takes big step on road to Maccabiah 21 with team managers and coaches inductions

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 3:47 pm

Maccabi Australia has taken a big step forward in their preparations for the 21st Maccabiah Games in 2022 with the Australian management recently conducting induction sessions for team managers and coaches in Melbourne and Sydney.

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Two Aussies and one Kiwi in Israel’s cycling 2021 team

Two Aussies and one Kiwi in Israel’s cycling 2021 team

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 4:02 pm

The Israel Start-Up Nation 2021 cycling team will consist of 32 riders from Israel and 16 other countries. Read more

Maccabi Junior Carnival heading for Melbourne

Maccabi Junior Carnival heading for Melbourne

Monday, November 23, 2020 at 3:31 pm

Over the last thirty-five years, Maccabi Junior Carnivals have grown to become an integral part of the Jewish sporting calendar. Read more

New Maccabi club off and running

New Maccabi club off and running

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Sydney weather improved from torrential rain to stunning sunshine marking the inaugural NSW Mac Running Club event on Sunday. Read more

Features and Articles

Israel goes back to the future

Israel goes back to the future

In an interview with The New York Times last month, President-elect Joe Biden restated his intention to return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Israel opposes this plan because the 2015 deal ensures Iran will become a nuclear-armed state. Read more

Are summertime pool parties an intrusion into privacy?

Are summertime pool parties an intrusion into privacy?

Ask the rabbi. Read more

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Feintooner

This week’s cartoon…2+2=5, Obviously! Read more

High Ground: a movie review

High Ground: a movie review

High Ground shows the audience the natural beauty of Arnhem Land, the ugliness of the treatment of Aborigines by some settlers and the kindness and understanding shown by others in the Top End in the early part of the 20th century. Read more

‘Your suffering is our pleasure’: The anti-Zionist glee at Sheldon Adelson’s death

‘Your suffering is our pleasure’: The anti-Zionist glee at Sheldon Adelson’s death

When the former Conservative British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died in 2013, there were some on the left who regarded her passing as a moment for celebration. Read more

Trump’s indecision is sinking his own two-state solution

Trump’s indecision is sinking his own two-state solution

President Trump’s failure to release a detailed plan showing the specific borders of a Palestinian Arab State incorporating Gaza and about 70% of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) – before he leaves office at midday on 20 January – will sink the only two-state solution that has any possibility of being implemented in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Read more

On the other hand

On the other hand

It is ironic that as Israel’s innovations, medical research and discoveries gather pace and benefit humanity the denigrators and boycotters become more agitated. Read more

As America reels from political trauma, Jewish continuity points way to national unity

As America reels from political trauma, Jewish continuity points way to national unity

As ever, Judaism has the best line. “Put not your trust in princes,” said the psalmist. Amen to that. Read more

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What happens when we die?

What happens when we die?

Monday, January 18, 2021 at 5:46 pm

Rabbi Nochum Schapiro of  Sydney’s Chabad North Shore is presenting Journey of the Soul, a new six-session course by the acclaimed Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) which will answer a question which has occurred to every self-reflective person: What happens when we die? Read more

New Jerusalem, Down Under: The search for a Jewish homeland in Australia

New Jerusalem, Down Under: The search for a Jewish homeland in Australia

Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 11:58 am

Adam Rovner will detail the cultural context and legacy of proposals to create mass settlements of Jewish refugees in Australia before, during, and after the Nazi era. Read more

Forum: Change and Suppression Practices in the Jewish Community

Forum: Change and Suppression Practices in the Jewish Community

Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 11:30 am

Jewish Care invites you to a unique community forum to discuss LGBTQA+ conversion practices (sometimes called ‘conversion therapy’) and the current Victorian Change and Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill. Read more

NIF to host event with foreign policy luminaries on the Middle East

NIF to host event with foreign policy luminaries on the Middle East

Friday, January 15, 2021 at 5:13 pm

Less than two weeks after President Joe Biden takes office NIF Australia is hosting seasoned American Middle East negotiator, and NIF board member, Aaron David Miller and former Knesset member Ksenia Svetlova to discuss America’s Middle East policy shift under the new administration. Read more

Never again is Now

Never again is Now

Friday, January 8, 2021 at 1:51 pm

The documentary ‘Never Again Is Now’ about the rising global antisemitism recently became available worldwide in English, Spanish, French, German and Portuguese on YouTube. Read more

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AUJS nets three world awards

AUJS nets three world awards

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students has won awards in three categories at the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) Congress for 2020, in individual and group categories. Read more

Sydney HSC results

Sydney HSC results

Despite a tumultuous and challenging year, Emanuel School’s Year 12 students’ focus and determination have converged to deliver outstanding results. Read more

MASA Israel hosts global Chanukah event online

MASA Israel hosts global Chanukah event online

Masa Israel Journey fellows, alumni and community members from around the world came together to celebrate Masa’s Global Chanukah Event. Read more

2020 Cohort graduates from UIA Philanthropy Fellowship

2020 Cohort graduates from UIA Philanthropy Fellowship

UIA NSW has concluded its inaugural Philanthropy Fellowship with the Australian Jewish Funders recently with an inspiring ‘Night of Giving’. Read more

Thousands celebrate Chanukah at the Zoo

Thousands celebrate Chanukah at the Zoo

Sydney community organisations Jewish House and JNF NSW united to host around 2,000 families and individuals at a family day out at Taronga Zoo. Read more

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