Was Erdoğan’s meeting with rabbinic leaders a ‘spectacle of tolerance’?

December 29, 2021 by  

When the Alliance of Rabbis in Islamic States (ARIS) gathered its members for the first time under one roof in a multiday conference last week in Istanbul, the event became more than a garden-variety gathering when, to the rabbis’ surprise, they found themselves invited to dinner at the presidential palace in Ankara by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Read more

Israeli conviction of Spanish citizen in terror-funding case could be ‘game-changer,’ say observers

November 18, 2021 by  

A Spanish citizen who admitted to raising funds for a Palestinian NGO that were diverted to a terrorist organization agreed to a plea bargain on Nov. 10 in an Israeli military court. Read more

Rescuing Afghanistan’s last Jew

September 23, 2021 by  

One of the most extraordinary stories of the Afghan pullout is the rescue of Afghanistan’s last Jew—Zebulon Simantov, who lived in and took care of Kabul’s synagogue. Read more

Israel vs. Facebook: Knesset bill seeks to rein in social-media censorship

August 3, 2021 by  

Knesset member Galit Distel-Atbaryan of the Likud Party, who says Facebook targeted her for her right-wing views, introduced a law in June to give citizens recourse should they find themselves out of favour with the social networks. Read more

Iranian dissident delegation meets with Israeli Foreign Ministry

July 27, 2021 by  

It was billed as the first Iranian delegation to Israel since the fall of the Shah 42 years earlier. Read more