As Gulf opens to Jewish life, Muslims spark interest in learning about High Holidays

September 8, 2021 by  

With Jews around the world set to begin the High Holiday season, the small Jewish communities in six Gulf states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are planning to take part publicly in some of the traditional holiday rituals for the first time in decades. Read more

How three Israeli filmmakers wound up becoming the story in Africa

August 5, 2021 by  

Three Israeli documentary filmmakers arrived home safely from Nigeria at the end of last week, after what they described as 20 “hellish days” detained under inhumane conditions by the government’s Department of State Services (DSS) security agency. Read more

Israel’s lone soldiers bolstered by ‘family,’ new program instituted for digital ambassadors

July 18, 2021 by  

An inaugural conference was held in Jerusalem’s Knesset on Thursday to pay homage and discuss the strategic contributions made by lone soldiers in the Israel Defence Forces, while also addressing some of this community’s needs. Read more

If current Mideast violence a test, some experts say Biden is failing

May 13, 2021 by  

The Biden administration has come under withering criticism in the United States and Israel for its poor handling of the current situation in the Middle East. Read more

Is Palestinian incitement driving the tensions in Jerusalem?

May 11, 2021 by  

Thousands of Arab protesters have been violently rioting on the Temple Mount (known by Muslims as Haram al-Sharif) throughout the “Jerusalem Day” holiday and over the course of the last several days, accusing Israel of attempting to “storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and “Judaize” the entire city. Hundreds of rioters have been injured, along with dozens of Israeli police and security personnel. Read more

View from the other side of violence: Saving lives in eastern Jerusalem

April 28, 2021 by  

Jerusalem has seen nightly violent clashes between Arabs and Jews in the past two weeks with the epicentre of confrontation taking place near the Old City’s Damascus Gate. Read more

Amid ongoing political deadlock, is it time for Israel to consider electoral reform?

April 25, 2021 by  

Israel held its fourth legislative election in the past two years on March 23, voting 120 members of Knesset (Parliament) into power as representatives of the 24th Knesset since the establishment of the State. Read more

Parents of slain Australian/US teen appeal to Biden to pressure Jordan to extradite Jerusalem terrorist

March 19, 2021 by  

Frimet and Arnold Roth, whose 15-year-old daughter Malki, a U.S. national, was murdered in August 2001 in the Sbarro pizzeria bombing in Jerusalem, published a new video this week calling on the Biden administration to pressure the Kingdom of Jordan to extradite Ahlam Ahmad Tamimi—the Hamas terrorist who orchestrated the bombing—so that she can stand trial in a U.S. federal court. Read more

EU living in ‘alternate universe’ over criticism of construction in strategic Jerusalem neighbourhood

February 17, 2021 by  

The decision by the Israel Lands Authority last month to award contracts to several building companies allowing them to begin marketing 1,257 new housing units in Jerusalem’s 42-acre southern Jerusalem neighbourhood of Givat Hamatos has been applauded by some, while also garnering international attention, including rousing condemnation from others. Read more

The ongoing battle over illegal construction in Judea and Samaria

February 16, 2021 by  

According to Gabi Harow, a resident of the Israeli settlement of Nokdim in Gush Etzion, there have been massive changes in the landscape since he moved to the community with his family in 2012. Read more

Why Ze’ev Elkin believes it’s his time in the political spotlight

February 4, 2021 by  

At the end of December, Likud minister and longtime confidant to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Ze’ev Elkin stunned the Israeli political community by announcing that he was leaving the party. Read more

30-day mourning period for Israeli Esther Horgen to be observed online

January 20, 2021 by  

Family and friends of Esther Horgen, the 52-year-old Israeli mother of six who was murdered by an Arab terrorist last month, are organizing a Zoom event for the general public on Wednesday evening, Jan. 20, to mark her shloshim—the culmination of the traditional 30-day Jewish mourning period since her death. Read more

Activists and experts demand German transparency on UNRWA support

December 1, 2020 by  

The Jerusalem-based Center for Near East Policy Research held a Zoom seminar this week in order to share research about the prevalence of anti-Israel hate education as an official part of the curriculum within Arab schools for children of all ages in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria, and Jerusalem being run by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA). Read more

Israel: Tackling phoney social-media accounts ‘major strategic challenge to be dealt with’

October 30, 2020 by  

Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs released a 37-page report this week titled “Manipulating Social Media: The effort to delegitimize Israel through coordinated inauthentic behaviour online.” Read more

Watchdog: EU donates tens of millions to NGOs linked to Palestinian terror, anti-Semitism

October 22, 2020 by  

A new 30-page report released by NGO Monitor indicates that in 2019, the European Union authorized more than 40 grants, totalling as much as 33 million euros (about A$55 million), to NGOs in the Palestinian Authority and Israel that have terror-linked beneficiaries, glorify terror, promote anti-Semitism or are involved with politicized projects against the Jewish state. Read more

Despite COVID-19, and partly because of it, Jewish-Arab business partnerships progress

October 21, 2020 by  

The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has devastated economies and businesses around the world, but a bright spot exists towards the opening of new avenues of investment for Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurs. Read more

Tackling the ‘Tour,’ Israelis cycle their way to history

September 3, 2020 by  

For the first time in its 107-year-old history, a team representing the State of Israel is dressed in blue-and-white jerseys and participating in the 21-stage Tour de France, the most prestigious bicycle race in the world. Read more

Diplomacy marches on its stomach: One rabbi helps cook up kosher fare for UAE delegation

September 2, 2020 by  

Top Israeli and American officials arrived in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on Monday departing from Tel Aviv aboard an El Al Boeing 737 aircraft and in an unprecedented occurrence flying over Saudi Arabian airspace for the first-ever visit towards normalization between Israel and the UAE. Read more

Amid criticism of Trump plan by leaders in Judea and Samaria, others see ‘historic opportunity’ despite flaws

June 5, 2020 by  

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing to lay the groundwork to begin the process of applying Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and parts of Judea and Samaria, a debate has emerged among leaders in those Jewish communities over the ramifications of the Trump Administration’s so-called “Deal of the Century.” Read more

Recalling San Remo, and international law regarding the Jewish state, 100 years later

April 28, 2020 by  

Exactly 100 years ago this week, World War I allied powers including the British Empire, Italy, France and Japan, along with the United States serving as an observer nation, met in San Remo, Italy, and ratified the 1917 Balfour Declaration, calling for a national home for the Jewish people in “Palestine.” Read more

Israelis face extra hardships in preparing for Passover this year

April 7, 2020 by  

In Israel, the days leading up to Passover are usually the most bustling time of the year in local supermarkets, with shoppers stocking up on kosher-for-Passover products ahead of the week-long holiday. Read more

Former MK Yehuda Glick arrested for ‘provocative behaviour’ on Temple Mount

February 23, 2020 by  

Former Knesset member Yehuda Glick was arrested three times over the course of a 24-hour period this week, accused by police of carrying out provocative behaviour on a visit to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. He was subsequently charged with disrupting court procedures by stealing investigative materials from a police investigation room. Read more

‘We’re here to save lives,’ stress those associated with Israel’s ‘Rescuers Without Borders’

December 1, 2019 by  

It was the year 2000, at the beginning of the Second Intifada, and Arab terror attacks were being carried out against Israelis on a nearly daily basis throughout the country, and particularly on the roads in Judea and Samaria. Read more

Navigating fine line between Torah observance and Israeli military service, politics aside

October 31, 2019 by  

This past week an organization called “Forum of Reserve Rabbis,” a group of rabbis who serve as reserve soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces, released a new 50-page booklet roughly titled in English, “And he was a holy apprentice: Modesty laws for soldiers.” Read more

In remembering 1929 Hebron massacre, top Israeli leaders visit … and make history

September 5, 2019 by  

We are not strangers in Hebron, and we will stay here forever!” were the climactic remarks made on Wednesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an official state ceremony at the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron commemorating the 90th anniversary of the 1929 Jewish massacre. Read more

Is anti-Semitism becoming mainstream? Experts see alarming trend in media, campus and public life

June 16, 2019 by  

Moderating a panel in Jerusalem this week titled “The Mainstreaming of Anti-Semitism: The Media, BDS and Celebrated Bigotry,” David Hazony, executive director of the Israel Innovation Fund, analyzed the issue right off the bat: “What you are seeing on [North American college] campuses is only a thin slice of the anti-Semitic beast that has emerged in our public life around the world in the last six months, in the last year.” Read more

Israeli Justice Minister: Trump peace plan ‘calls for Palestinian state in most of Judea and Samaria’

February 14, 2019 by  

U.S. President Donald Trump’s soon-to-be-announced Middle East peace plan will call on Israel to “turn over large swaths of land in Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority, and will lead to the establishment of Palestinian State.” Read more

Group raises alarm over UNRWA’s anti-Israel incitement within its Jerusalem schools

January 30, 2019 by  

Perhaps unbeknown to many Israelis is the shocking fact that only 12 minutes from downtown Jerusalem by light rail, a neighbourhood exists within the city’s jurisdiction in which Arab children are being taught that they will one day destroy Israel and replace it with a Palestinian state. Read more

Israeli and Palestinian drivers celebrate new road, as critics accuse Israel of ‘apartheid’

January 21, 2019 by  

Once again, Israel found itself under attack by international media, left-wing non-governmental organizations and the Palestinian Authority, but this time for a different reason—they simultaneously accused the Jewish state of carrying out a policy of apartheid against its Arab population…writes Josh Hasten/JNS. Read more

Is Israel’s security barrier a terrorism deterrent or political tool?

December 27, 2018 by  

Many have pointed to Israel’s security barrier in Judea and Samaria as being one of the primary contributors to the reduction in Palestinian terrorism since the years of the Second Intifada, from 2000 to 2005. Read more

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