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Are Israelis facing a tightening of religious restrictions?

Haviv Rettig Gur

In a single week, ultra-Orthodox MKs overturned conversion reforms, advanced bills bolstering the rabbinate’s kashrut monopoly and reclaimed control of state religious bodies In just two days this week, the ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism took dramatic steps to reclaim control of Israel’s state religious institutions.

The summer camp where Jewish folk music was born turns 50

The URJ’s Kutz Camp, known for being the birthplace of modern spiritual Jewish folk music and the home of songleader Debbie Friedman, celebrates its 50th anniversary this Fourth of July weekend.

On women and Judaism

Aharon E. Wexler

As women continue to take on their roles as doctors, lawyers, CEOs and heads of state, there cannot be a dissonance between the roles women play as human beings and as Jews.

Worldwide Jewish population nears pre-Holocaust numbers

The worldwide Jewish population is approaching the size it was before the Holocaust, a new report by an independent Jerusalem-based think tank says.

Swedish ship sets sail from Italy in bid to break Gaza blockade

Ship loaded with solar panels and medical supplies to join two others in flotilla; pro-Palestinian activists aboard say no violence will be used.

‎Palestinians to submit accusations against Israel to ICC

The Palestinians were expected to submit a document detailing their accusations against Israel of war crimes and violations of international law to the International Criminal Court at The Hague on Thursday, the Guardian reported.

‎White House backs Israeli self-defense against Gaza rockets

The White House said it supports Israel’s right to defend itself after Israel retaliated for ‎strikes on the country from Gaza. ‎ ‎ “Clearly the U.S. stands with the people of Israel as they defend their people and their ‎nation against these kind of attacks,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Sunday ‎in Germany, where the G7 summit of the world’s economic powers is being held. ‎

‎Report: Abbas announces dissolution of Palestinian unity government

The Palestinian unity government that includes officials backed by both Fatah and Hamas will ‎dissolve within the next 24 hours so that a new unity coalition could be formed, Palestinian ‎Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told Fatah officials in Ramallah.‎

Hamas Official: Armed Resistance Against Israel is Not Negotiable

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar said that armed resistance against Israel is not ‎negotiable, according to a report published on the Saudi-backed website Alresalah on Monday.‎


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Analysis: Are Belgium’s Jews
any safer now?

Belgian Jews marked the first anniversary of a shooting attack on the Brussels Jewish Museum, which left four people dead, and many are asking if the community is any safer today.

Meet The Top 5 Israeli Mobile Apps Revolutionizing Parking

By Jacob Ryan

Sick and tired of the parking woes in congested cities? Despair not, as a slew of new Israeli mobile apps have risen from tech-geek dens to quickly locate available curbside parking spots – and the fastest way for you to snatch them.



 

Netanyahu: Israel is the focus of contemporary anti-Semitism

PM addresses crowd at the opening of the 5th Global Forum for Combating anti-Semitism. Israel has became the focus of latter-day anti-Semites, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday evening at the opening of the fifth Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism.

Oldest complete copy of Ten Commandments goes on display in Israel

By Daniel Estrin

The world's oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is going on rare display at Israel's leading museum in an exhibit tracing civilization's most pivotal moments.

Yom Hazikaron for Veterans

By Yair Rosenberg

Tuesday night marks the start of Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Memorial Day. Across the country, vigils will be held commemorating those lost in war and terrorist attacks.

France set to propose new Palestinian state resolution at UN

By The Media Line

Fatah member describes proposal as a possible 'backdoor' for negotiations, saying 'all actors, including the Americans, now realize that all other ways have been explored, without success'.

Former Tunisian president to sail on new Gaza 'Freedom Flotilla'

Flotilla set to sail this summer will include political, religious, and business figures, and is now making the final preparations to leave for Gaza, organizer says.

Mayim Bialik: My Thoughts on the Israel Elections

I tend to not write a lot about politics here; it's so divisive and complicated. I am a bleeding heart liberal when it comes to things like the death penalty, and while I tend to be socially conservative.
 

Out, Proud, and Kinda Loud at Yeshiva University

By Daniela Alexandra Porat
Dasha Sominski rushed into the Shabbat service reeking of smoke and perfume, her curly blue bangs covering her right eye. She had skipped all the prayers and rituals.

 

Kerry defends Israel before UN Human Rights Council

Amid bitter dispute between Washington Jerusalem over Iran deal, Kerry calls on UN rights panel to take more balanced approach toward Israel.
 

US vaccination crisis due to poor patient-doctor communication

By Renee Ghert-Zand
In new book 'Vital Conversations,' an Israeli-American pediatrician argues for better and less expensive medical care through mere talk.

Hamas hails Greek far-left Syriza faction for election victory, opposition to 'Israeli crimes'

 

The Palestinian Islamist Movement Hamas on Tuesday congratulated the head of Greece's far-left Syriza coalition for his election victory on Sunday.

Obama: Paris terror attacks are painful reminder of need to fight anti-Semitism

 

"Today we come together and commit, to the millions of murdered souls and all survivors, that it must never happen again."

From Kibbutz To Empire: WeWork Building $5 Billion Global Startup Community

By Einat Paz-Frankel and Anouk Lorie

 

When Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey started renting out office space through Craigslist in 2008, they didn't envision that by 2015 they would own a $5 billion empire that is transforming office real estate as we know it.

Hezbollah vows revenge, says attack on Israel 'is inevitable'

 

One pro-Hezbollah source told the Lebanese daily A-Safir that the group "will not rush to decide what steps should be taken" in retaliation to the assassination of Jihad Mughniyeh.

Prosecutor in Argentina Jewish center bombing found shot dead

 

Alberto Nisman had accused government of covering up Iranian involvement in 1994 attack, was set to testify before lawmakers.

Woody Allen Getting New Amazon Series

By Tal Trachtman Alroy

 

After its Golden Globes success with Transparent, Amazon continues to pursue its television revolution. The network signed Woody Allen, the controversial, critically acclaimed director of film like Annie Hall and Blue Jasmine, to create his first ever television series.

Israelis to testify before UN commission probing Gaza war crimes

By Itamar Eichner

 

Gadi Yarkoni, who lost both his legs in summer war, travels in secret to present testimony to UN inquiry into Operation Protective Edge.

Netanyahu launches Likud campaign buoyed by departure of right-wing nemesis

By Jonathan Lis

 

The prime minister celebrates Moshe Feiglin's quitting of the party and says the center-left 'wants to capitulate' on the Palestinian issue.

Major Jewish Group Demands Clarification From Spanish Foreign Minister Over Financing of Anti-Semitic Activities

By Paul Berman

 

Spain's Foreign Ministry has been taken to task by the Simon Wiesenthal Center for funding what the Jewish advocacy group described as "antisemitic activities and forums" through one of its subsidiary institutions.

1989 and the Jews

By Paul Berman

 

Eastern Bloc liberalism changed the Former Soviet Union and now Ukraine. Will the Velvet Revolution end there?

China to begin free trade negotiations with Israel in 2015

By Ben Blanchard

 

China will additionally speed up free trade talks with six countries on Arabian peninsula, which have been ongoing since 2004.

At Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, Sarah Silverman doesn't hold back

By Danna Harman

 

The stand-up comedian talks about growing up 'Jew-ee' in New Hampshire, and admits that she's probably a little naïve about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

France has never known such serious danger, says PM

 

11 hurt as driver plows into Nantes Christmas market, in 3rd such incident in 3 days; officials urge vigilance but insist violent acts isolated.

Eight major victories for non-Orthodox Judaism in 2014

By Judy Maltz

 

Despite a few setbacks, this year showed signs of growing, though at times begrudging, acceptance of Israel's Reform and Conservative movements.

My Jewish Feminist Problem

By Phyllis Chesler

 

These days, Israel is far too dangerous a word to pronounce in a Western intellectual or social setting. Say it - and you risk uncivil argument.

The Problem With Israel's Nationality Law Is How Profoundly Un-Jewish It Is

By Liel Leibovitz

Judaism is all about complexity and ambiguity, but the Knesset's legislation is a sad display of simplistic thinking.

Researchers Analyze DNA Of Primitive Centipedes To Shed Light On Evolution

Centipedes, those many-legged venomous creatures that startle us in our homes and gardens, have been genetically sequenced for the first time. An international team of over 100 scientists has now revealed how this humble arthropod's DNA provides new insight into the diverse forms of life that came to be on our planet.

'Clothes Don't Just Make the Man, They Can Save the Man'

By Chavie Lieber

In his memoir 'Measure of a Man,' Martin Greenfield recalls how he survived Auschwitz to become an iconic tailor to the stars

Former Mossad chief: For the first time, I fear for the future of Zionism

By Shabtai Shavit

The nation of Israel is galloping blindly toward Bar Kochba's war on the Roman Empire. The result of that conflict was 2,000 years of exile.

Iran's 'Big Lie' on Israel

By Mark Langfan

Iran's Supreme Leader Hosseini Khamenei's propaganda-machine is on warp-speed. Nonstop, Khamenei's twitter feed is posting claims like "#Iran considers the use of WMDs as an unforgivable sin. Nuclear energy for all and nukes for none."

Arafat's widow: Armed struggle will only lead to Palestinians being crushed

In interview with Italian daily 'La Repubblica,' Suha Arafat says her late husband would be sorry to see Palestinians still fighting on the tenth anniversary of his death.

WJC honors Henry Kissinger with Theodor Herzl Award

Former US Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger was this year's laureate of the World Jewish Congress Theodor Herzl Award. At the annual gala dinner in New York, the 91-year-old Kissinger was presented with the award by US journalist Barbara Walters.

Israeli students find affordable housing in shipping container apartments

By Ruth Eglash

What to do with rusty old shipping containers no longer fit to haul goods across the high seas? Here in this southern Israeli town, they have been cleaned of rust, given a lick of paint and recycled into a chic but cheap living space, replete with two bedrooms, a living room, kitchenette and bathroom.

The man who killed Rabin killed peace

The three shots fired at Israel's prime minister 19 years ago completely changed the direction in which the state was headed and on which it was building its future.
 

CIA, FBI employed at least 1,000 ex-Nazis as spies during the Cold War, book claims

One such spy was involved in the Lithuanian massacre of tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust; another worked closely with Adolf Eichmann, according to the book.
 

Israelis Discover Clear Link Between Diabetes And Parkinson's Disease

For some time, doctors and neuroscientists have suggested that people with diabetes are more likely to develop neurodegenerative diseases than non-diabetic individuals, but were unable to prove their hypothesis.
 

Czech Republic to award 'British Oskar Schindler' with highest civilian honor

A British man known as the British Oskar Schindler is due receive the Czech Republic's highest civilian honor at the end of October.
 

The boy who put equality
back on the agenda

Reuven (Rubi) Rivlin did what no other Israeli leader is doing. He heeded the call of a tender Arab boy – and followed him in support of tolerance and equality. This is how George Amireh and Rivlin pose an alternative to an entire society,
 

Adolf Eichmann Is Alive and Well and Living in the Middle East

By David Mikics

Philosopher Bettina Stangneth's brilliant, newly translated study of the origins of evil shows why radicals like ISIS act like Nazis.

After winning Ophir prize, 'Gett' to represent Israel at Oscars

By Maya Cohen

The movie "Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem," about an Israeli woman whose intransigent husband refuses to grant her a certificate of divorce (in Hebrew, a "gett"), will represent Israel at the 2015 Academy Awards.
 

Yad Vashem among world's
top 10 museums

Israel's Yad Vashem Museum, one of the world's biggest Holocaust memorials in the world, has been named the 10th best museum in the world by the popular TripAdvisor travel website, which relies on reviews and comments of tourists and travelers from around the world.
 

Former Unit 8200 commander lashes out at reservists' public criticism

Former IDF cyber unit 8200 commander Nadav Zafrir on Sunday at a cyber conference at Tel Aviv University lashed out on a personal level at a group of 43 reservists from the same unit who have publicly refused to take action against the Palestinians on moral grounds.
 

Hate Crime in the Classroom

By Monica Gebell

In the middle of an exhausting, first year of teaching in a public high school in southern Massachusetts, I, like most teachers who come in contact with hundreds of students every day, contracted a virus, and took my first sick day. In the middle of that sick day, I got a call from the gym teacher, who I hardly knew.
 

Hasidic Rock Band Bulletproof Stockings Just Want an All Girl Party

By Erica Euse

In early August, Bulletproof Stockings made headlines for performing the first women-only show at Arlene's Grocery, a rock venue in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Dalia G. Shusterman and Perl Wolfe are the founding members of the New York-based all-girl indie band.
 

Stallone, Schwarzenegger lead Hollywood assault on Hamas

A long list of Hollywood heavyweights have put their names to a letter slamming Hamas over the "devastating loss of life endured by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza."

A Jewish Matchmaker Whose Hand Led Hundreds Down the Aisle

By Mark Oppenheimer

When I walked into Tova Weinberg's large house here in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, she looked me up and down and asked, "Are you Jewish?" I told her I was. "Are you married?" Yes, I said.
 

An Open Letter to Selena Gomez, From Two 12-Year-Old Fans in Southern Israel

Dear Selena, I'm writing to you on behalf of two 12-year-old girls living in Southern Israel who were upset by something you posted to Instagram a few weeks ago—a post which expressed sympathy for the people of Gaza, but also provided a space for your followers to condemn and delegitimize the State of Israel in the comments.
 

Spanish Journalist on Why Hamas Never Photographed in Action: ‘If Ever We Dared Point Our Camera on Them They Would Simply Shoot at Us and Kill Us’

Joshua Levitt

A Spanish journalist told Israeli filmmaker Michael Grynszpan that the reason television news does not broadcast images of Hamas fighters in action is because of fear of immediate execution.
 
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It's Hard to Write Anything With Israel on My Mind

Mayim Bialik

Besides the fact that I am recovering from major hand surgery, I am finding it difficult to write these days. I am using a dictation program as well as utilizing Fancy Assistant Brandon's typing skills, so it's not that I have no way to communicate with the outside world.

The boy who put equality
back on the agenda

Reuven (Rubi) Rivlin did what no other Israeli leader is doing. He heeded the call of a tender Arab boy – and followed him in support of tolerance and equality. This is how George Amireh and Rivlin pose an alternative to an entire society,

Adolf Eichmann Is Alive and Well and Living in the Middle East

By David Mikics

Philosopher Bettina Stangneth's brilliant, newly translated study of the origins of evil shows why radicals like ISIS act like Nazis.

After winning Ophir prize, 'Gett' to represent Israel at Oscars

By Maya Cohen

The movie "Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem," about an Israeli woman whose intransigent husband refuses to grant her a certificate of divorce (in Hebrew, a "gett"), will represent Israel at the 2015 Academy Awards.

Yad Vashem among world's
top 10 museums

Israel's Yad Vashem Museum, one of the world's biggest Holocaust memorials in the world, has been named the 10th best museum in the world by the popular TripAdvisor travel website, which relies on reviews and comments of tourists and travelers from around the world.

Former Unit 8200 commander lashes out at reservists' public criticism

Former IDF cyber unit 8200 commander Nadav Zafrir on Sunday at a cyber conference at Tel Aviv University lashed out on a personal level at a group of 43 reservists from the same unit who have publicly refused to take action against the Palestinians on moral grounds.

Hate Crime in the Classroom

By Monica Gebell

In the middle of an exhausting, first year of teaching in a public high school in southern Massachusetts, I, like most teachers who come in contact with hundreds of students every day, contracted a virus, and took my first sick day. In the middle of that sick day, I got a call from the gym teacher, who I hardly knew.

Hasidic Rock Band Bulletproof Stockings Just Want an All Girl Party

By Erica Euse

In early August, Bulletproof Stockings made headlines for performing the first women-only show at Arlene's Grocery, a rock venue in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Dalia G. Shusterman and Perl Wolfe are the founding members of the New York-based all-girl indie band.

Stallone, Schwarzenegger lead Hollywood assault on Hamas

A long list of Hollywood heavyweights have put their names to a letter slamming Hamas over the "devastating loss of life endured by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza."

A Jewish Matchmaker Whose Hand Led Hundreds Down the Aisle

By Mark Oppenheimer

When I walked into Tova Weinberg's large house here in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, she looked me up and down and asked, "Are you Jewish?" I told her I was. "Are you married?" Yes, I said.

An Open Letter to Selena Gomez, From Two 12-Year-Old Fans in Southern Israel

Dear Selena, I'm writing to you on behalf of two 12-year-old girls living in Southern Israel who were upset by something you posted to Instagram a few weeks ago—a post which expressed sympathy for the people of Gaza, but also provided a space for your followers to condemn and delegitimize the State of Israel in the comments.
 
 

Spanish Journalist on Why Hamas Never Photographed in Action: ‘If Ever We Dared Point Our Camera on Them They Would Simply Shoot at Us and Kill Us’

Joshua Levitt

A Spanish journalist told Israeli filmmaker Michael Grynszpan that the reason television news does not broadcast images of Hamas fighters in action is because of fear of immediate execution.
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It's Hard to Write Anything With Israel on My Mind

Mayim Bialik

Besides the fact that I am recovering from major hand surgery, I am finding it difficult to write these days. I am using a dictation program as well as utilizing Fancy Assistant Brandon's typing skills, so it's not that I have no way to communicate with the outside world.

Winning on the Third Front

Dvir Kahana

Mother of Naftali Fraenkel expresses sympathy for family of Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

Rachel Fraenkel Offers Condolences to Family of Murdered Palestinian Teen

Elissa Goldstein

Mother of Naftali Fraenkel expresses sympathy for family of Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

On the Edge of the Earth: Supporting Jewish Life and Connection
to Israel in Chile

Jeremiah Baronberg

This past April, I spent a week in Chile with a delegation of Jewish activists from across the globe on an AJC ACCESS young leaders mission.

Facebook campaign calls for 'vengeance' against Arabs

Hundreds of users photograph themselves, and a cat, holding signs urging retribution for the killing of kidnapped Israeli teenagers

Nazi Seizing of Stores Earns Jewish Family $68 Million Judgment

Elon Gilad

A court in Berlin ordered Germany to compensate the descendants of the Jewish owners of a department store chain that was seized by Nazis with an additional 50 million euros ($68 million), The Associated Press reported.

On Abbas, Netanyahu moves slowly from
‘No’ to ‘Yes, but’

Raphael Ahren

The PM was unmoved when the PA chief condemned the Holocaust, and was critical too, at first, when Abbas weighed in against the kidnapping. But he’s changed tone, a little, this week.

A short history of Hebrew literature,
from Genesis to Etgar Keret

Elon Gilad

It's Hebrew Book Week, and the perfect time to glance back at Hebrew writing from biblical times to the post-modernist escapists.

Ayelet Zurer named Best Actress in
Monte Carlo festival

Ran Boker

Israeli series 'Hostages' wins Best International Drama Series award at 54th annual Golden Nymph Awards ceremony in Monaco, beating 'House of Cards.'

Rivlin beats Sheetrit
to become Israel's 10th president

Moran Azulay

Likud's Reuven Rivlin was declared the tenth president of the State of Israel on Tuesday afternoon, beating Hatnuah's Meir Sheetrit in a second-round runoff by 63 votes to 53.

Israel can be both Jewish and democratic.
Here's how

Alexander Yakobson

Denmark, Greece, Croatia and others have embraced a national religion or majority peoplehood - but they have also guaranteed civic equality to all.

Are Italian Jews 'too cozy'
with the Catholic Church?

Italy's conservative Jewish community accuses progressive Jews of being too Catholic-friendly.

A Polish Nun Finds Her Jewish Roots

 
What happens when a young Polish aspiring nun learns about her Jewish past?

For Jews in Eastern Ukraine anarchy is a concern but not anti-Semitism

 
Separatists in the Ukrainian provinces bordering Russia held plebiscites on independence Sunday.

Two Israeli Companies Combine To Give Google Glass Some Serious Competition

By David Shamah
Two cutting-edge Israeli optics companies have joined forces to develop a Google Glass-style night-vision display system.
 
A New Playground for the Children of Kibbutz Sufa, Near Gaza
"We have been living in an insecure situation here. The biggest symbol of this playground for us is to know that there are people that care about what is happening to the children and the residents here."

Is ‘Dirty Dancing’ the Most Jewish Film Ever?

By Stephanie Butnick
A week ago, I told Eleanor Bergstein, the writer and co-producer of the incredibly popular film Dirty Dancing, that when I first saw the film years ago, I hadn’t realized how heavily influenced it was by Jewish culture.

2014 Israel Prizes awarded at state ceremony in Jerusalem

As Israel celebrated its 66th birthday, 10 Israel Prizes were awarded during a state ceremony in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

The settlements of Gaza were destroyed 10 years ago. Israel has been paying the physical price of the strategic lunacy of the withdrawal ever since

Caroline Glick

Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza 10 years ago was a strategic disaster. But it could have been much more devastating if the ideologues behind it had had their way.

Exclusive: Reform rabbis approve streamlined conversion process

Sandy Rashty

A person with a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother will not have to convert, under a Reform Movement motion passed on Tuesday People with a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother will no longer have to undergo a full conversion process, the UK Assembly of Reform Rabbis has decided today.

The best Arab food
you never tasted

Ronit Vered

“Everyone knows – in the territories, too – that Sandala’s mulukhiyah is the best in the country,” proudly declares Omari Nabil, a farmer from the Arab village in northern Israel.

No-stitch corneal transplants

Groundbreaking fiber-optic laser system seamlessly closes incisions after corneal transplants, and could be used in many other surgeries.

Women in both Israel and New York were ordained as clergy

Elana Sztokman

The past two weeks have been historic for Jewish women. Orthodox women in both Israel and New York were ordained as clergy – although with a variety of titles from Maharat to Rabba to Rabbi, but effectively all as rabbis.

Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

Shin Bet chief says Hamas losing its ability to govern in Gaza, facing funding challenges, a stagnant effort to rebuild after war, and increasing resistance by ISIS aligned groups from within the territory; 'We will uproot the state of the Jews (Israel) and you and Fatah,' ISIS militants tell Hamas in new video.

Jurassic World’s Jewish writers

Screenwriting husband-and-wife team Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have been married 25 years and share credit for several box-office hits.

Ya'alon: Cyber 'is its own battlefield'

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon called cyber "its own battlefield" Wednesday at a Cyber Conference at Tel Aviv University. He said Iran, terror organizations, cyber hackers, and Hezbollah activists have all threatened Israel militarily and economically in the cyber sphere.

‎Residents near Gaza border say they hear ‎underground tunnel-digging ‎

An Israeli army officer during an army organized tour for journalists in a tunnel said to be ‎used by Palestinian terrorists for cross-border attacks. (photo credit:REUTERS) ‎ Local government officials in towns near the Gaza border reported on Sunday receiving ‎complaints from residents who say they hear digging underground.‎

‎Inscription bearing name from Davidic era found at ancient site‎

By Ilan Ben Zion

Ishba’al son of Beda, inscribed on 10th century BCE jar, likely not the same as a rival to King ‎David with the same name, but discovery confirms popularity of moniker 3,000 years ago.‎

Egypt's Blockade of Gaza

Khaled Abu Toameh

Since the beginning of this year, the Egyptians have opened the Rafah border crossing for ‎five days only.

Google boss: Israelis succeed because you don't follow the rules

By Sagi Cohen

Eric Schmidt tells Weizmann Institute meet that 'impact Israelis are having on science and ‎technology is immense, that's why I'm here.'‎

‎8 gems from Natalie Portman's speech to Harvard seniors‎

By Jaime Bender ‎

The A-list actress tells graduates at her alma mater to use their inexperience as an asset.‎ Natalie Portman was 11 years old when she made her film debut in the 1994 film "The ‎Professional."‎

Israel's judo team suffers ongoing harassment in Morocco

Israeli delegation arriving for World Masters competition held up at Rabat airport for more than eight hours, competition's organizers remove Israeli flag, and local audience waves Palestinian flags and chants 'we will murder you.'

So, what went wrong
with the arab spring?

By Ann Marlowe

Post-Qaddafi Libya was supposed to be something other than the chaos it has become. "What went wrong with the Arab Spring?" is a stupid—and unanswerable—question.

Natalie Portman Says She Feels 'Nervous' as a Jew in Paris

With the rise of antisemitism in Europe, even Natalie Portman does not feel altogether comfortable living there. In an interview published by the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, Portman, 33, responded to the question of whether she felt "nervous" as a Jew in France, a country where "antisemitism is terrifyingly on the rise," with a blanket, "Yes."

Nasrallah: Downfall of Assad would mean fall of Hezbollah

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah emphasized the importance of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, saying that it cannot fall as it would mean the fall of the party and the fall of the axis of resistance, a Lebanese newspaper reported on Tuesday.

US Navy called in after Iran fires at cargo ship in Persian GulfPentagon says Iranians board Marshall Islands-flagged Maersk Tigris; Iran says ship is owned by US, held over financial dispute

Iranian patrol vessels fired warning shots across the bridge of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel that was traversing the Strait of Hormuz in Iranian territorial waters, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.

Obama Kept Iran's Short Breakout Time a Secret

By Eli Lake

The Barack Obama administration has estimated for years that Iran was at most three months away from enriching enough nuclear fuel for an atomic bomb.

Seven Start-Ups From Israel That You May Want To Watch

By Giovanni Rodriguez

If you've been following this column over the past two weeks, no doubt you are wondering, "OK, which start-ups from Israel – Start-up Nation – do you actually like?" I spent a full week in Israel – as part of a delegation of entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley –

US rabbi wants to hold Holocaust commemoration in Ramallah

One of the American Jewish community's most visible proponents of Muslim-Jewish dialogue has announced that he would like to organize a Holocaust memorial ceremony next year in the Palestinian Authority capital of Ramallah.

Rivlin to members of 20th Knesset: End the paralysis of the gov't

President Rivlin opens swearing-in ceremony by urging MKs to conclude coalition talks as soon as possible; new 120-strong parliament includes 39 freshman lawmakers, and record 28 women MKs.

Islamic State recruits 400 children since January

'Cubs of Caliphate', all aged under 18, get hardline indoctrination, military training teaching them to fire live ammunition, fight in battles, drive.

How it feels to win an election

A personal recollection of the elation when the first results in your favor arrive, from the aide to prime ministers Rabin and Barak.

Reporter's Notebook: Meet the woman who voted in all 20 Israeli elections

By Niv Elis
Voting day is special for the people who have lived Israel's history, fought in its wars, grappled with its economic challenges, and seen its political tides turn.

Up to 14% of voters still undecided

Less than a week before elections, thousands of Israelis continue to debate how to vote and could tip the balance of power.

Israel charges 4 businessmen for allegedly smuggling weapons-making material to Hamas

The Southern District Attorney's Office on Monday filed indictments with the Beersheba District Court against three Israelis and a fourth man, all businessmen in large companies, for helping illegally smuggle iron to Gaza groups linked to Hamas in exchange for millions of shekels.

Tim Cook: Apple's Herzliya R&D center second-largest in world

By David Shamah
Visiting CEO and Israel's President Rivlin talk education, diversity, environment and Israeli engineering talent.

Terrorism has no religion....
Really!?? Please read

 

The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim
The Beltway Snipers were Muslims
The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim
The Underwear Bomber was a Muslim...

Dwindling group of survivors to visit Auschwitz 70 years later

 

1,500 Holocaust survivors marked 60th anniversary of death camp's liberation, while only 300 are expected to mark 70th; 'In 10 years there might be just one,' says 85-year-old survivor.
 

 
 

Israeli suspected of Madonna music leak

By Eli Senyor and Amit Cotler

 

Former participant in reality show arrested for hacking into several musicians' computers and selling unreleased songs.

French comedian Dieudonne arrested over Facebook post

 

Activist known for anti-Semitic views is accused of terror 'apologism' for sympathizing with kosher shop killer.

Tablets let bedridden kids 'attend' school

By David Shamah

 

Samsung and Israeli e-book firm E-vrit team up to enable long-term hospital patients to keep up with their classmates

US says opposes revised
Palestinian UN bid

By Michael Wilner, Khaled Abu Toameh

 

State Department says draft bid calling for Israeli withdrawal to pre-1967 lines "sets arbitrary deadlines" for reaching peace deal, doesn't meet Israel's security needs.

Chelsea Handler headed to Israel

Ran Boker

 

Jewish American comedienne expected to visit country next month to participate in fundraiser for Tal Center for Integrative Oncology.

'Sheriff of Mars' Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

 

It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes, and storytellers—high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville's powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the brew of greats such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Townes Van Zandt.

UNESCO designates Tel Aviv as a creative city for media arts

A decade after its White City was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site, Israeli metropolis joins network connecting cities around the world to share experiences, ideas and best practices in the field of creative industries and urban development.

Jewish woman targeted in Paris
rape-robbery told:
You Jews always have money

By JTA, Michelle Malka Grossman

Armed assailants broke into a suburban Paris residence of a Jewish couple, raped the woman while her husband was kept at bay, and robbed the couple. French police arrested two suspects in the incident, which occurred Monday in the suburb of Creteil, the French daily Le Parisien reported. A third suspect remains at large.

High Court: Draw up criteria for funding of non-Orthodox congregations

The High Court of Justice told the state that it must produce fair and equal criteria for the funding of non-Orthodox religious congregations in city jurisdictions during a hearing on Monday.

'Decent' Himmler documentary in running for Oscar

"The Decent One," a documentary by Israeli filmmaker Vanessa Lapa about the notorious Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler, is being considered for an Academy Award nomination.

Google Doodle Partners With Israeli Video Startup To Remember 25 Years Since Fall Of Berlin Wall

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Google today decided to make a very special Google Doodle (the Google logo that changes daily).

5 Viral Misquotes Anti Israel Groups Need To Stop Using

By Deebo

One such spy was involved in the Lithuanian massacre of tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust; another worked closely with Adolf Eichmann, according to the book.
 

Jordan warns settlements may 'imperil' treaty with Israel

Jewish construction, Israeli change to religious status of al-Aqsa mosque is 'incompatible with international law', says Jordan's ambassador to Israel.
 

Analysis: What the U.S. Can Learn From Israel in Targeting ISIS

A British man known as the British Oskar Schindler Less than ten percent of the nearly one thousand air sorties by the United States in Syria ended in dropping bombs – compared to Israeli Air Force strikes during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, due to poor intel, lack of troops on the ground, fear of harming civilians, and long distances involved, Israel's Channel 2 News reported Tuesday.
 

More Orthodox synagogues allowing women to dance with the Torah

By Judy Maltz

Modern Orthodox congregations in Israel are increasingly allowing women to come out from behind the partition and join the men in celebrating Simhat Torah.
 

Zoabi asks High Court to strike down Knesset ban against her

MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) on Tuesday filed a petition with the High Court of Justice to strike down a six month Knesset ban placed on her from all parliamentary activity other than voting, calling it a violation of her free speech rights.
 

What Golda Meir really thought of big Mizrahi families

By Ofer Aderet

The prime minister's candid remarks were made public when the Israel State Archives released transcripts to mark 50 years since the launch of the Campaign to Eradicate Illiteracy.
 

It's Never Too Late To Atone

By Etgar Keret

Even if the person you wronged doesn't remember what you did, it can still make a difference to ask for forgiveness. Maybe.
 

N.Z. Jews welcome John Key's reelection as they sense a shift in anti-Semitism

By Dan Goldberg

Jewish leaders in New Zealand will welcome 5775 this week relieved that conservative leader John Key has been reelected for a third term, but anxious about the increase in anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incidents in the South Pacific nation.
 

Germany's Merkel vows
to fight anti-Semitism

By Erik Kirschbaum and Bethan John

Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.
 

Johnny Cash in the Holy Land

By Shalom Goldman

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash were deeply religious people whose personal and professional lives were imbued with a sense of spiritual struggle and religious engagement.
 

Interview with Nirith Nelson:

By Michelle Hafemann, Anajnu

"I do not believe in academic and cultural boycotts, the majority of people involved in these fields fight for the idea of two states for two nations"
 

Why I'm Unsubscribing
to the New York Times

By Richard A. Block

I am a lifelong Democrat, a political liberal, a Reform rabbi, and for four decades, until last week, a New York Times subscriber. What drove me away was the paper's incessant denigration of Israel, a torrent of articles, photographs, and op-ed columns that consistently present the Jewish State in the worst possible light.
 

Qatar's clout allows it to back Hamas while maintaining ties with US

By Michael Wilner

No government has supported Hamas throughout its war with Israel more stridently than Qatar, hosting its leaders, funding its militarization, and, in recent weeks, blocking cease-fire efforts on Gaza brokered by Egypt and supported by the US.
 

Worse and Worser

By Arlene Kushner

The truth: There is no entirely satisfactory resolution to our war with Hamas (the war that is not called a war).
 

Demonstrators face off outside mixed marriage

By Jack Khoury

Under heavy police guard, Mahmoud Mansour and Morel Malka held their wedding celebration last evening in Rishon Letzion.
 
Destruction, consolation and love

By Joshua Kullock

In general, synagogues are built facing east. Why? Because Jerusalem was that way, at least for the Ashkenazi legislators that came up with that idea.
 
The Crimes of Moisés Ville: A Story of Gauchos and Jews

By Javier Sinay

Juana has lived, since her birth in 1916, the rise and fall of Moisés Ville, which she left 40 years ago, when she started to find herself alone, without more company than that of her husband Santiago, who ran the electric company in the village.

Zoabi asks High Court to strike down Knesset ban against her

MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) on Tuesday filed a petition with the High Court of Justice to strike down a six month Knesset ban placed on her from all parliamentary activity other than voting, calling it a violation of her free speech rights.

What Golda Meir really thought of big Mizrahi families

By Ofer Aderet

The prime minister's candid remarks were made public when the Israel State Archives released transcripts to mark 50 years since the launch of the Campaign to Eradicate Illiteracy.

It's Never Too Late To Atone

By Etgar Keret

Even if the person you wronged doesn't remember what you did, it can still make a difference to ask for forgiveness. Maybe.

N.Z. Jews welcome John Key's reelection as they sense a shift in anti-Semitism

By Dan Goldberg

Jewish leaders in New Zealand will welcome 5775 this week relieved that conservative leader John Key has been reelected for a third term, but anxious about the increase in anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incidents in the South Pacific nation.

Germany's Merkel vows
to fight anti-Semitism

By Erik Kirschbaum and Bethan John

Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.

Johnny Cash in the Holy Land

By Shalom Goldman

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash were deeply religious people whose personal and professional lives were imbued with a sense of spiritual struggle and religious engagement.

Interview with Nirith Nelson:

By Michelle Hafemann, Anajnu

"I do not believe in academic and cultural boycotts, the majority of people involved in these fields fight for the idea of two states for two nations"

 
 

Why I'm Unsubscribing
to the New York Times

By Richard A. Block

I am a lifelong Democrat, a political liberal, a Reform rabbi, and for four decades, until last week, a New York Times subscriber. What drove me away was the paper's incessant denigration of Israel, a torrent of articles, photographs, and op-ed columns that consistently present the Jewish State in the worst possible light.

 
 

Qatar's clout allows it to back Hamas while maintaining ties with US

By Michael Wilner

No government has supported Hamas throughout its war with Israel more stridently than Qatar, hosting its leaders, funding its militarization, and, in recent weeks, blocking cease-fire efforts on Gaza brokered by Egypt and supported by the US.

Worse and Worser

By Arlene Kushner

The truth: There is no entirely satisfactory resolution to our war with Hamas (the war that is not called a war).

Demonstrators face off outside mixed marriage

By Jack Khoury

Under heavy police guard, Mahmoud Mansour and Morel Malka held their wedding celebration last evening in Rishon Letzion.
Destruction, consolation and love

By Joshua Kullock

In general, synagogues are built facing east. Why? Because Jerusalem was that way, at least for the Ashkenazi legislators that came up with that idea.
The Crimes of Moisés Ville: A Story of Gauchos and Jews

By Javier Sinay

Juana has lived, since her birth in 1916, the rise and fall of Moisés Ville, which she left 40 years ago, when she started to find herself alone, without more company than that of her husband Santiago, who ran the electric company in the village.
Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent

David D. Kirkpatrick

Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting.

Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg,
CEO of Facebook

Elliott Hamilton

For the last seven years, I have used your social media service for various reasons. It connected me to two of my best friends who no longer live in the United States. It opened my eyes to differing opinions and points of view by allowing me to see what my friends post on their walls.
Exodus: Why Europe's Jews Are Fleeing Once Again

Adam LeBor

The mob howled for vengeance, the missiles raining down on the synagogue walls as the worshippers huddled inside. It was a scene from Europe in the 1930s – except this was eastern Paris on the evening of July 13th, 2014.
Farewell speech by
President Shimon Peres
Address to the Knesset plenum
I came to thank you for the privilege you granted me to serve our country and its people for the past seven years. I leave the presidency without parting from my faith. I will continue to serve my country as a deep believer that Israel is an exemplary state.
In Lieu of Tel Aviv Concert, Neil Young Donates to Budding Israeli & Palestinian Musicians

Elissa Goldstein

RollingStone.com reports that Neil Young has cancelled his Tel Aviv concert, scheduled for July 17, due to the escalating conflict in Gaza and Israel. With rockets being intercepted daily above Tel Aviv, and 30,00 fans expected to show up to Hayarkon Park for the gig, the security risk was simply too great.
Advisory to Journalists in Middle East: When a "Cease-Fire"
is not a Cease-Fire

David Bedein

In the current conflagration between Israel and Gaza, news agencies mistakenly report that the a "cease fire" is being discussed with Hamas.
Israel's Supporters Must Stop Using These 13 Phrases
Mainstream Western media coverage of Israel is laced with expressions intentionally crafted to delegitimize the Jewish State.
IDF strikes 50 targets across Gaza as massive operation gets underway

Yaakov Lappin

"We are entering into a long operation. This is only the start," senior security source says of IDF's Operation Protective Edge. "We are preparing to increase ground forces on Gaza border."
When Rachel Fraenkel recited the Kaddish, the chief rabbi said 'Amen'
The Mourner's Kaddish has never before been recited in public in Israel by an Orthodox woman of such stature and in front of cameras.
Hundreds of Arabs riot across Jerusalem after Palestinian teen
found murdered
Daniel K. Eisenbud
Arab rioters believe boy killed by Israelis as revenge for 3 Israeli teens; police clarify motive for crime has yet to be determined.
"Apartheid?"
A poster campaign shows the opposite.

89-Year-Old Suspected Auschwitz Guard Arrested Johann Breyer immigrated to the United States in 1952, lives in Philadelphia

Stephanie Butnick

U.S. authorities have arrested Johann Breyer, an 89-year-old suspected former guard at Auschwitz and Buchenwald currently living in Philadelphia, the New York Times reports.

Soviet Jewry activist Michael Sherbourne, who coined term 'refusenik,' dies at 97

Jewish Agency chairman Sharansky spoke about Sherbourne’s greatness and the impact he had on plight of Soviet Jews in 1970s.

 
 

In Gaza, looking back at Hamas’ legacy

By Abeer Ayyoub

Gaza’s younger generation always believed in Hamas’s right to be in power, but Hamas never believed in the youth’s right to take part in their own society.

The trauma of second-generation
Holocaust survivors

By Alex Krista

Rita Goldberg's mother was a Holocaust survivor whose epic escapes from the Nazis were worthy of a film script.

When Auschwitz Was a Jewish Town

Of all the things and places to give an endearing Jewish name, Auschwitz would seem the most unlikely...
 

Israeli chocolatier melts international competition

Chocolatier Ika Cohen won an International Chocolate Awards Gold Medal on Sunday in the flavored dark ganaches and truffles category with a ganache made with za'atar.

A female role model of humanity in Israel

Michael Curtis
In stark contrast to the horrors of Boko Haram, Israel's Dr Rania Okby is a wonderful example of how women should be treated and what is likely to be the consequent female contribution to humanity.

Has al-Qaida lost its mantle as the leading jihadi organization?

By Ariel Ben Solomon
Despite the ongoing horrendous humanitarian catastrophe in Syria, the division between the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and al-Qaida's Syrian branch could be good news for their opponents in Israel and the West.

Amos Oz: Hilltop youth are Hebrew neo-Nazis

 
The Israeli author says “price tag" attacks and their perpetrators are "a monster that should be called by its name”.

Ori Hazar, from Haparvarim:

Michelle Hafemann
“We love South American music and it has influenced the style of Haparvarim for many years”

Scientists seek remains of Don Quixote’s
crypto-Jewish author

Theories relating to Cervantes Saavedra’s birth in Sanabria, Zamora, and to his Jewish origins are growing in number.

About 50 mummies discovered in
Egypt's Valley of the Kings

Wooden coffins and death masks from around 1500-1000 BC were found beside the bodies in tomb, which had been raided in previous eras.

Full transcript of Netanyahu speech for Holocaust Remembrance Day

March of the Living takes place in the Auschwitz extermination camp in Poland, marking 70 years to annihilation of Hungarian Jewry.

The first synagogue in the U.S.
is consecrated in New York City

David B. Green

Shearith Israel was founded in lower Manhattan more than a century before American independence, and it still exists today.

Meet Germany's response to neo-Nazis:
The German Apples Front

Polina Garaev

'We like it when people get confused, this is why we do it,' says leader of political group intent on fighting far-right politics in Germany by ridiculing Nazi political culture..."

Israeli archaeologists find remnants of landmark synagogue destroyed by Nazis

The Great Synogogue was built in the 1600's and remained an important fixture within the Lithuanian Jewish community until the Holocaust.

Unique Mosaics Found In Ancient Israeli Synagogue May Depict Alexander The Great And Samson

Kristina Killgrove

Did Alexander the Great meet a Jewish priest, and was this meeting enshrined in a mosaic floor? It’s probably just a legend, but the mosaic is also the first non-biblical one ever to be found in an ancient synagogue, at a site called Huqoq.

Jerusalem's markets:
the diplomacy of food

By Ann Hermes Christa-Case Bryant

JERUSALEM. Rarely have I seen such a lively, such a broad spectrum of races and socioeconomic classes as I did in the food markets of Jerusalem. The city is divided into a predominantly Jewish western side and a largely Palestinian eastern half.

2,000-year-old sling stones left with anonymous note in courtyard at Beersheba museum

Amos Cohen, an employee of the Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures in Beersheba, did not believe his eyes last week when he opened a bag left in the museum’s courtyard containing two sling stones and a typed, anonymous note, written in Hebrew.

Israeli Researchers Say Autism Can be Detected in Toddlers Through Smell

Shiryn Ghermezian

Researchers in Israel have discovered that a non-verbal smell test may be used to detect autism in toddlers, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reported on Thursday.

Jerusalem family finds 2.000-year-old ritual bath under living room

Ilan ben Zion

Home renovation usually entails picking paints, buying furniture, and dealing with contractors. For the Shimshoni family living in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem neighborhood, it meant calling in archaeologists after stumbling upon a perfectly preserved 2,000-year-old ritual bath under their living room.

Israeli Company ‘X-Test’ Trains Mice To Detect Explosives At Airports‎

Roseanne Tabachnik

Animals are known for their impressive ability to respond to external stimuli, and mice are no exception. While some may consider the furry creatures to be vermin that spread diseases, one Israeli company is debunking that perspective by harnessing the traits that make rodents particularly extraordinary.

Will the UN’s Gaza resolution be totally anti-Israel or just mostly so?

By Raphael Ahren

The EU and Palestinians are haggling over what the Human Rights Council will vote on. A first draft doesn’t bode well for Jerusalem. The final draft might not either.

‎An interfaith appeal for unity at Charleston vigil

William A. Jacobson

Thousands of people hold hands and sing "We Shall Overcome" during a prayer vigil for the nine victims of the Emanuel AME Church shooting at the College of Charleston TD Arena June 19, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)

Mapped: Where Sephardic Jews live after they were kicked out of Spain 500 years ago

After expelling them more than five centuries ago, Spain has finally opened the path to citizenship for Sephardic Jews. On June 11, the Spanish parliament passed the Sephardic ancestry law, which will allow thousands of people scattered all over the world to obtain Spanish nationality, allowing them to live and work in any country in the European Union.

Masorti Movement and President's office ‎trade accusations over Bar Mitzvah ‎ceremony dispute ‎‎

Pres. Rivlin at the 13th annual Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony at the President’s Residence for ‎boys and girls who were either injured themselves or who lost a parent or whose parents ‎were permanently injured in a terrorist incident.. (photo credit:Courtesy).

Fascist Demonstrators to Burn Talmud at London Rally in Jewish ‎Neighborhood

The extreme right-wing organizers of a Saturday protest in a predominantly Jewish London ‎neighborhood plan to burn Israeli flags and even a copy of the Jewish Oral Law, or Talmud, the ‎UK’s Jewish Chronicle reported on Tuesday.‎

Argentina’s Assault On The Judiciary ‎Has Geo-Political Consequences

Luis Fleischman

It is commonly agreed that the group called ALBA, led by Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, ‎Nicaragua, and Bolivia is the only group of countries whose democratic faith is questionable.‎

Denied under Nazis, 102-year-old Jewish woman gets doctorate

‎80 years after having been refused to defend thesis due to Nazi race laws, Ingeborg Syllm-‎Rapoport receives doctorate from the University of Hamburg.‎

Sephardic Jews Feel Bigotry’s Sting in Turkey and a Pull Back to Spain

Ceylan Yeginsu

For Rafi, a local newspaper’s anti-Semitic crossword puzzle was the final affront. He knew he had to leave Turkey.

The Arab regimes will not pay for their crimes against the Palestinians

By Fred Maroun

In the last 67 years, the Arab regimes have been the main reason for the Palestinians’ misery. Is ‎there any chance that they will one day recognize this and try to at least partly atone for their ‎crimes?‎

Shock poll: 81% of Al Jazeera Arabic poll respondents support Islamic State

By Jordan Schachtels

In a recent survey conducted by AlJazeera.net, the website for the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel, respondents overwhelmingly support the Islamic State terrorist group, with 81% voting “YES” on whether they approved of ISIS’s conquests in the region.

Greek city demands removal of Star of David from Holocaust memorial

By Itamar Eichner

A city in Greece has cancelled the unveiling ceremony for a statue commemorating the 1,484 Jews killed in the Holocaust, after the local Jewish community refused a demand by city hall to remove the Star of David.

Knesset speaker calls to rethink stance on Armenian genocide

By Jonathan Beck and Marissa Newman

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein on Tuesday said Israel should reexamine its official position on recognition of the Armenian genocide, two weeks after Israeli officials shied away from using the term at commemorations marking 100 years since the massacre.

Israeli ICU team in Nepal led by iconic doctor

By Itay Blumenthal

His name may not be well known but the photo in which Dr. Adi Nimrod can be seen treating the wounds of Major Tomer Bohadana, who was seriously wounded during the Second Lebanon War, is etched into the Israeli psyche. Today, Dr. Nimrod is saving lives in Nepal at the IDF field hospital in the capital Kathmandu.

BDS advocate Roger Waters urges Robbie Williams to nix Israel concert

Pink Floyd front-man calls on fellow British rocker to cancel show in Tel Aviv in support of Palestinian children's rights.

Auschwitz bookkeeper admits 'moral guilt' at Holocaust trial

Oskar Groening was 21, and by his own admission an enthusiastic Nazi when he was sent to Auschwitz in 1942.

Lessons not learned: The Armenian genocide

Adolf Hitler is believed to have started in 1939, "Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?" Likely unknowingly, Hitler demonstrated an important lesson that remains as relevant today as it was at the time: a failure to confront evil, enables evil.

Greece claims $302 billion from Germany in WWII reparations

By Derek Gatopoulos and Frank Jordans

Greece's defense minister said his country's government has obtained "stunning evidence" to support its claim that German World War II reparations are worth a massive 278.7 billion euros ($302 billion).

Plague of the First Born, A short story for Passover

By Etgar Keret

Ever since he was a child, Etgar Keret has always found it hard not to sympathize with the Egyptians in the telling of the Passover story.

The Teheran-Caracas-Buenos Aires Connection

Leonardo Coutinho
Three former members of the leadership from the Hugo Chavez era tell VEJA that Iran sent money to Cristina Kirchner´s election campaign in exchange for nuclear secrets and impunity in the Amia case, using Venezuela as an intermediary.

ISIS Vows To 'Blow Up The White House, Big Ben And The Eiffel Tower'

By Benjamin Fearnow
En route to conquering the European cities of Paris and Rome, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria says they plan to "blow up" the White House, Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower.

ISIS forced our son to say he was a Mossad spy, family of slain Israeli Arab says

by Dore Gold
A Israelly Arab tenager reportedly killed by Islamic State militants was not a spy for Israel's intelligence service, his parents said on Tuesday.

Historic verdict against PA in lawsuit by terror victims

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Palestinian Media Watch welcomes yesterday's verdict in the lawsuit by 10 American families who are all victims or related to victims of Palestinian terror.

Organizer of new tent protest marks successful first day

By Assaf Kamar
Tents are back on Tel Aviv's swanky Rothschild Boulevard, three and a half years after a hugely popular social protest movement over the high cost of lviving.

Iran says it sent warning to Israel
via US officials

 

Former participant in reality show arrested for hacking into several musicians' computers and selling unreleased songs.

Why Netanyahu Will Speak to Congress Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer's lucid take on the Jewish fate according to Bibi

By Ron Dermer

 

The following is the text of a speech delivered by Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, aka "Bibi's Brain," to an Israel Bonds dinner in Florida on the Eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to address the U.S. Congress on March 3, 2015.
 
 
 

Jihadi terror in Europe

By Tal Trachtman Alroy

Is Europe now ready to take the necessary political, legal and operational decisions to counter the terrorists?

Liberman calls Turkey's Erdogan 'an anti-Semitic, neighborhood bully'

 

The prime minister celebrates Moshe Feiglin's quitting of the party and says the center-left 'wants to capitulate' on the Palestinian issue.

Thousands of Germans protest against anti-Islam rallies

 

Organizers of counter-demonstrations in Berlin, Stuttgart, Cologne and Dresden say rallies are against racism and xenophobia.

'Homeland' Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

 

A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK's Daily Mail reported.

Construction of first Gazan Coca-Cola plant begins

 

COGAT approved the plant, which will compete with an already-existing Pepsi plant, before the summer war with Gaza.
 

A thousand released IDF soldiers celebrate Hanukkah with Holocaust survivors

Omri Efraim

 

Young students part of Friends of IDF scholarship fund visit 500 homes of Holocaust survivors to light the first candle of Hanukkah.

Jerusalem: Amnesty report ignores context of Gaza war

An Amnesty International report accusing the IDF of a war crime for destroying four Gaza high-rises in the final days of this summer's conflict describes the event "out of context," Israel's embassy in London said in a statement Tuesday.

Jewish Jokes

Two Texans are sitting on a plane from Dallas and an old Jewish man is sitting between them. The first Texan says,"My name is Roger. I own 250,000 acres. I have 1,000 head of cattle and they call my place The Jolly Roger."
 

Knesset votes to dissolve;
new elections called for March 17

Knesset members voted unanimously in favor of dissolving the current Knesset in a preliminary vote on Wednesday. Eighty-four MKs supported the measure, none opposed it, and one Knesset member abstained.

Why David Broza Still Has Hope for Peace

By Curt Schleier

David Broza is likely Israel's most famous singer-songwriter. With a throaty Leonard Cohen sound and earthy Bruce Springsteen lyrics, Broza has recorded platinum albums and toured the world to great acclaim.

The Challenge of Planning
an Interfaith Wedding

When I got engaged four years ago, some of my relatives asked if my fiancé Chris was planning to convert. The answer was no: I was Jewish, he was Catholic, and none of that would change once we were married.

Dempsey: Israel went to 'extraordinary length' to avoid civilian casualties in Gaza

By Reuters

The highest-ranking U.S. military officer said on Thursday that Israel went to "extraordinary lengths" to limit civilian casualties in the recent war in Gaza and that the Pentagon had sent a team to see what lessons could be learned from the operation.

Hezbollah agent arrested in Peru after Mossad tipoff

By Shlomi Diaz and Nitzi Yaakov

Mohammed Amadar, 28, has been interrogated since his arrest earlier this week and is suspected of laying the groundwork for a terrorist attack, possibly against Jewish targets • Police find traces of TNT, detonators and other explosives in his home.
 

Palestinians condemn plans for East Jerusalem construction

By Spencer Ho

Abbas says announcement pushes PA to turn to UN; Lapid warns against worsening rift with US, world.
 

BDS and the Politics of 'Radical' Gestures

By Todd Gitlin

Boycotts and divestment can be useful tools for righting wrongs, but they are apolitical tantrums in cases of right versus right.
 

Klinghoffer opera opening draws hundreds of protesters to NY Met

Politicians including former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined a crowd of demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday as part of an ongoing protest over an opera based on the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly disabled American Jew shot dead on a hijacked cruise ship by Palestinian terrorists and dumped overboard still in his wheelchair.
 

Ya'alon: No imminent threat from the North

Yoav Zitun, Moran Azulay

In interview with Ynet, defense minister says Hezbollah was not interested in escalation against Israel, there was no Islamic State presence on the Golan border and Hamas will eventually fall.
 

Reinventing The Used Car Marketplace, One-Year-Old Startup 'Beepi' Raises $60 Milliont

By Shiri Wasserman

After a used car dealer swindled Owen Savir and Alejandro Resnick into buying a "lemon car" that immediately started smoking, the friends joined forces to tackle what they saw as a deadlocked used car industry.
 

Iraqi scholar: Jews persuaded Bush to invade Iraq in 2003 because of Torah prophecy

A new book by an Iraqi scholar argues that the Jews persuaded US President George W. Bush to invade Iraq in 2003, as part of a global Jewish conspiracy rooted in the Torah and ancient history, according to a report in Palestinian media outlet Al Watan Voice.
 

New US counterterrorism NGO working to expose terrorist financing worldwide

By Ariel Ben Solomon

A new counterterrorism NGO led by international leaders and former diplomats called the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) debuted on Monday. It seeks to target the growing threat from radical Islamist groups on multiple fronts, one of which is exposing their financing networks.
 

Hamas admits it DID use schools and hospitals in Gaza Strip as 'human shields' to launch rocket attacks on Israel - but claims it was 'mistake'

By Matthew Blake

Hamas appeared to admit using human shields to fire rockets into Israel for the first time today, but refused to accept responsibility for the slaughter of hundreds of innocent Palestinians killed in retaliatory airstrikes.
 

PA: Donors wary of funding
Hamas-run Gaza

By Associated Press

The deputy Palestinian prime minister said Tuesday that international donors are hesitant to fund the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip so long as Hamas remains in control there and the specter of future wars looms.
 

Turkey's new premier says 'no hope' of normalizing ties with Israel unless Gaza blockade lifted

By Reuters

Turkey's new prime minister said on Monday he would pursue strong economic growth and EU ambitions, while in the Middle East he saw no hope of "normalizing" ties with Israel unless it ended a blockade of the Gaza strip.
 

UN to send team to Iraq to investigate Islamic State war crimes

By Stephanie Nebehay

The United Nations agreed on Monday to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on "an unimaginable scale," with a view to holding perpetrators to account.

Unseen images: Trove of Heinrich Himmler's papers revealed

By Judy Maltz

Not only were many "ordinary" Nazis doting husbands and fathers, blessed with a remarkable ability to compartmentalize their lives. So, too, was their head honcho, as a new documentary about the life of Heinrich Himmler reveals.
 

How Israelis and Palestinians Cope — With Two Different Wars

By Naomi Zeveloff

The first thing I noticed when my shared taxi dropped me off in Jerusalem earlier this month were the flags.
 

Jerusalem warns West on Iran: Don't partner with one devil to fight another

By Herb Keinon

Amid signs that Western leaders may try to work with Iran to halt the march of Sunni Islamic extremists like the Islamic State, Jerusalem's message to the world is to be wary of strengthening one bad actor in order to combat another, government officials said Monday.
 
Foreign Press Association blasts Hamas for threatening journalists

By Lahav Harkov

Hamas is using threats and pressure to prevent journalists from providing objective reports, the Foreign Press Association in Israel and Palestine said in a statement Monday.
 
Journalists receive death threats after reporting Hamas uses human shields

Joe Newby

On Thursday, the Jerusalem Post said a number of foreign journalists have received death threats from pro-Hamas Twitter users after reporting Hamas' use of human shields.

Reinventing The Used Car Marketplace, One-Year-Old Startup 'Beepi' Raises $60 Milliont

The artist whose life began with Elijah

Zahava Presser

For much of his childhood, artist Eliyahou Eric Bokobza, now 52, was told he was a gift from the prophet Elijah. The unusual story is the foundation of Bokobza’s new exhibit, “United Colors of Judaica,” which recently opened at Tel Aviv University’s Beit HaTfutsot: The Museum of the Jewish People.

Should American Jews show solidarity with Israel?

David Suissa

Relative of first lady nominated unanimously to serve as ‘titular head of a worldwide community of Black Jews’

Cousin of Michelle Obama to serve as ‘black chief rabbi’

Relative of first lady nominated unanimously to serve as ‘titular head of a worldwide community of Black Jews’

The Troubling Question in the French Jewish Community:
Is It Time to Leave?

Marie Brenner

A demonstrator at a pro-Palestinian rally throws a rock toward riot police during a protest in Paris, Marie Brenner reports on an incendiary wave of anti-Semitism in France and speaks firsthand to one of the hostages from the siege on the Hyper Cacher kosher market.

Israel’s populist energy crisis

Caroline Glick

Direct foreign investment in Israel is in free fall. According to a report published last month by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, (UNCTAD), foreign direct investment in Israel in 2014 was 46 percent below levels in 2013, dropping from $11.8 billion to $6.4bn.

US Expert: Hamas, not Israel, Killed Boys on Beach in Gaza War

Hillel Fendel

One of the incidents most widely disseminated as "proof" of Israeli war crimes during its defensive Operation Protective Edge in Gaza last year was the deaths of four Arab youths on a Gaza beachfront used exclusively by Hamas terrorists.

Israelis' next costly worry: the price of a natural gas ‘monopoly’

The Knesset will vote on a partnership between Texas-based Noble Energy and Israel’s Delek Group to give the two control over developing the two largest gas fields discovered in recent years off Israel’s Mediterranean coast.

Prime minister mourns the passing of Nicholas Winton, who saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday mourned the loss of Nicholas Winton, the man who became known as the "British Schindler" for saving hundreds of Czech children from Nazi persecution in the run-up to World War Two. Winton died at the age of 106 on Wednesday.

Soldier from Operation Protective Edge responds to UN report: 'We have paid for morality in blood'

Captain (res.) Dor Matot

I served in the Shejaiya rescue force. Certain rules of engagement were made clear for our six days there. The night before the ground incursion, a Shin Bet officer came to us and explained that there was a large civilian population in the direction that we were headed.

Tunisia terrorist caught on camera moments before the attack

By Yael Klein

Seifeddine Rezgui, who implemented the terrorist attack in Tunisia yesterday that claimed the lives of 39 people, was caught on camera walking on the beach just moments before the attack.

New Israeli device enables jet to take over if pilot passes out‎

Elbit's Canary has been developed in conjunction with the Defense Ministry, and uses sensors made by the Israeli start-up LifeBEAM

Is Marco Rubio the Victim of an Old Anti-Semitic Stereotype?

By Liel Leibovitz

Have you heard about the immigrant’s son, the arriviste, and his nouveau riche predilections? Wealthy but wily, he’s adept at making money but cannot be trusted with it. It’s just that he doesn’t share our values, you see; he’s showy and tacky and was blessed with none of our genteel sensibilities. He has a flashy mansion, a fast boat, and no taste.

‎ Israel’s Revenge Is That “We Are Still ‎Here”‎

William A. Jacobson

From the Lebanese to Gaza borders, from the Mediterranean Sea to Judea and Samaria, ‎from the cool evenings of Jerusalem to the heat of the Negev Desert, from an apartment in ‎the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem to Bedouin villages in the north and south, ‎from university campuses to military bases, from faculty to students, from Jews to Muslims‎‎… I can’t say we saw it all, but we saw a lot.‎

Evil spirit of BDS growing stronger
in US

By Ben Dror Yemini

Many good people, and not so good people, think that BDS is an organization or a movement. ‎They're wrong. It's an atmosphere. It's an evil spirit. It isn't criticism about the occupation, nor ‎about the settlements.‎

Amnesty’s Reports on Hamas Refute Its ‎Allegations Against Israel

Evelyn Gordon

Over the past two months, Amnesty International has quietly confirmed nearly all of Israel’s main claims ‎about Hamas’s conduct during last summer’s war in Gaza. ‎

Calling for an awakening of conscience: Palestinians are real people

By Bassem Eid and Fred Maroun

Israel is accused by “pro-Palestinian” activists of having little care for Palestinian civilians, of ‎dehumanizing them, but reality is quite different. Although there is extensive dehumanizing of ‎the Palestinians, the guilty party is not who you might think.‎

How an ayatollah's daughter came to preach peace between Israel and Iran

Elise Labott, CNN

Washington (CNN)Maryam Faghih Imani seems an unlikely candidate to give an address that will touch on making peace between Israelis and Iranians, as she will at an international forum in Oslo Wednesday.

Israeli drought aid swings into action in California

By Yitzhak Benhorin

Tech companies move forward with tender bidding in California's water districts, promoting ‎stronger policital ties with the US.‎

Why Israel’s retreat from Lebanon marked the birth of today’s Middle East

By Mitch Ginsburg

The May 2000 withdrawal seemed to be part of a larger land-for-peace trend; instead it raised the curtain on the wars of the 21st century.

Vatican: Pope's 'angel' comment to Abbas not meant to offend

By Marissa Newman, Raphael Ahren and AP

After several days of confusion over whether Pope Francis called Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas an "angel of peace" during a meeting Saturday, two news agencies that reported quote clarified Tuesday that the pontiff cryptically said: "you are a bit an angel of peace."

Gaza engineer seeks solution
to water woes

Palestinian develops machine to make seawater potable as only an estimated 5 years remain before there is no available drinking water for the 1.8 million people in Gaza.

Israel's Iron Lady unfiltered: 17 Golda Meir quotes on her 117th birthday

Judd Yadid

Born Golda Mabovitch on May 3, 1898, in Kiev, present-day Ukraine, Israel's only woman prime minister has been called many things: a trailblazing Zionist lioness; the only "man" in David Ben-Gurion's cabinet; but also, a failure for not properly preparing the country for the bloody Yom Kippur War; and a denier of Palestinian national rights.

What Will Britain Look Like When the Jews Leave? Leeds United

By Amitai Winehouse

In English soccer, Tottenham Hotspur and their "Yid Army" of fans are known as the Jewish club, but in the middle of the last century, Jewish owners helped establish a legacy in the northern city of Leeds that went on to define the local team for almost 40 years.

Auschwitz survivor forgives
former Nazi guard

By Daniel Bettini

Eva Kor, 81, angers other Holocaust survivors when she approaches and embraces 93-year-old Oskar Groening during his trial in Germany. 'I will never understand why anger is preferable to a goodwill gesture,' she explains.

Palestinian prisoner obtains MA degree in Israeli studies

On the 13th anniversary of his detention by Israeli forces, Palestinian prisoner Maslama Thabet has obtained his Master's degree in Israeli Studies from the al-Quds Open University in Abu Dis.

Is Zionism Racism?

I am a person of the left and have been ever since I was a girl and Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers or maybe it began when the Rosenbergs were executed and I knew a great lynching had occurred or maybe it was the photos of Auschwitz that I saw in Life magazine that made it clear I was one of those inside the fence not those waving at passing trains.

How Castro saved Cuba's kosher butcher

Gerald Eskenazi

Just by coincidence, forty-eight hours after President Barack Obama announced a coming détente with Cuba, I was in Havana. And talking to a kosher butcher, of all people. Yes, Havana has a kosher butcher, which sounds like the punch-line of a joke.

WIZO and Wikimedia Israel launch competition to promote Israeli women online

Leonardo Coutinho
The Women International Zionists Organizations (WIZO) and Wikimedia Israel have teamed up to launch a competition to add content on leading female figures in Israeli society and in the Jewish world to the internet encyclopedia's site.

On-campus BDS is feeding anti-Semitism: UCLA is case in point

By Eliora Katz
Three of the four UCLA students who questioned a sophomore for being Jewish are pro-BDS activists. Perhaps they let their own anti-Israel sentiments infect their 'impartiality.

Anatomy of a Bad Iran Deal: A Preliminary

by Dore Gold
The lead editorial of the Washington Post on February 5, 2015, expressed the growing concern in elite circles with the contours of the emerging nuclear accord between Iran and the P5+1 (the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany).

Leonard Nimoy on Spock, Yiddish Theater, and the Vulcan Symbol's
Jewish Inspiration

By Abigail Pogrebin
In 2005, Abigail Pogrebin published Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish. The following is an excerpt from the chapter about Leonard Nimoy, the beloved actor best known for portraying Mr. Spock in the Star Trek TV series and films, who died today at 83.
 
By Shiri Wasserman

After a used car dealer swindled Owen Savir and Alejandro Resnick into buying a "lemon car" that immediately started smoking, the friends joined forces to tackle what they saw as a deadlocked used car industry.
 
 

Iraqi scholar: Jews persuaded Bush to invade Iraq in 2003 because of Torah prophecy

 

A new book by an Iraqi scholar argues that the Jews persuaded US President George W. Bush to invade Iraq in 2003, as part of a global Jewish conspiracy rooted in the Torah and ancient history, according to a report in Palestinian media outlet Al Watan Voice.

New US counterterrorism NGO working to expose terrorist financing worldwide

By Ariel Ben Solomon

A new counterterrorism NGO led by international leaders and former diplomats called the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) debuted on Monday. It seeks to target the growing threat from radical Islamist groups on multiple fronts, one of which is exposing their financing networks.

Hamas admits it DID use schools and hospitals in Gaza Strip as 'human shields' to launch rocket attacks on Israel - but claims it was 'mistake'

By Matthew Blake

Hamas appeared to admit using human shields to fire rockets into Israel for the first time today, but refused to accept responsibility for the slaughter of hundreds of innocent Palestinians killed in retaliatory airstrikes.

PA: Donors wary of funding
Hamas-run Gaza

By Associated Press

The deputy Palestinian prime minister said Tuesday that international donors are hesitant to fund the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip so long as Hamas remains in control there and the specter of future wars looms.

Turkey's new premier says 'no hope' of normalizing ties with Israel unless Gaza blockade lifted

By Reuters

Turkey's new prime minister said on Monday he would pursue strong economic growth and EU ambitions, while in the Middle East he saw no hope of "normalizing" ties with Israel unless it ended a blockade of the Gaza strip.

UN to send team to Iraq to investigate Islamic State war crimes

By Stephanie Nebehay

The United Nations agreed on Monday to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on "an unimaginable scale," with a view to holding perpetrators to account.

Unseen images: Trove of Heinrich Himmler's papers revealed

By Judy Maltz

Not only were many "ordinary" Nazis doting husbands and fathers, blessed with a remarkable ability to compartmentalize their lives. So, too, was their head honcho, as a new documentary about the life of Heinrich Himmler reveals.
 

 
 

How Israelis and Palestinians Cope — With Two Different Wars

By Naomi Zeveloff

The first thing I noticed when my shared taxi dropped me off in Jerusalem earlier this month were the flags.

Jerusalem warns West on Iran: Don't partner with one devil to fight another

By Herb Keinon

Amid signs that Western leaders may try to work with Iran to halt the march of Sunni Islamic extremists like the Islamic State, Jerusalem's message to the world is to be wary of strengthening one bad actor in order to combat another, government officials said Monday.
Foreign Press Association blasts Hamas for threatening journalists

By Lahav Harkov

Hamas is using threats and pressure to prevent journalists from providing objective reports, the Foreign Press Association in Israel and Palestine said in a statement Monday.


 
Journalists receive death threats after reporting Hamas uses human shields

Joe Newby

On Thursday, the Jerusalem Post said a number of foreign journalists have received death threats from pro-Hamas Twitter users after reporting Hamas' use of human shields.
 
 
As Israel attacks Gaza, Jews elsewhere feel an impact

John Lloyd

As the death toll in Gaza rises, so does anger against Israel — and sometimes, by extension, Jews — in Europe and elsewhere.
 

The Hardline Soccer Fans Accused Of Killing A Palestinian Teenager

Sheera Frenkel
Six of the suspects in the murder of Muhammed Abu Khudair belonged to a far-right soccer gang in Jerusalem
 

More of Shaer's police call revealed: Gunfire and exclamations of joy

Roi Mendel
Recording released on Tuesday included only part of the call Gil-Ad Shaer made to the police; second part includes uncoherent pieces of conversation between the kidnappers, gunfire and cries of pain.

Syria: Israeli strike flagrant
violation of sovereignty

By Jack Khoury
Syrian Foreign Ministry says Israeli actions are part of its policy of assisting rebels fighting the Assad regime.

Ya’alon: We won’t cease or rest until
we find the abducted teens

By Yaakov Lappin, Tovah Lazaroff, Khaled Abu Toameh
"Everything linked to Hamas is being targeted," says source; soldiers enter Balata and Awarta areas of Nablus; IDF says in protracted campaign to weaken Hamas.

Defeating BDS by bringing pro-Israel,
pro-Palestinian students together

By Gabriel Webber
Jewish students in the U.K. defeated a student union’s academic boycott of Israel - by campaigning on a pro-Palestinian ticket.

German Probe Finds 20 Former
Death Camp Guards

Around 20 former guards at the Majdanek death camp could face charges in Germany, following a widespread probe of the Nazi SS men and women who served there during World War II...

Pakistani Christians protest travel ban to Israel

Pakistani Christians held a demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club in the city of Karachi on Wednesday to demand that they be allowed to visit Israel. 
 

Yiddish book center receives
national medal for museum and library
service from first lady Michelle Obama

The Yiddish Book Center was founded in 1980 by its current president, Aaron Lansky, then a 24 year-old graduate student of Yiddish literature.

ADL: One in four adults 'infected with anti-Semitism'

In first global survey of anti-Jewish attitudes, Anti-Defamation League attempts to gather data-based research on anti-Semitic sentiments across the world.

Palestinians seeking FIFA sanctions against Israel

Palestinian FA president Jibril Rajoub says relationship between sides with deteriorated following arrest of soccer player, shooting of two other players.
 

In “The Jewish Daughter Diaries,” True Stories About Fierce and Funny Jewish Moms

By Elyssa Goodman
"My mom is the only one who gets excited if I tell her I got my bangs trimmed or if I bought a new kind of frozen food at Trader Joe's," Rachel Ament jokes, via email.

Photographing the hidden world of Orthodox Jewish women

Little did I know a visit to a Hasidic family in Brooklyn would send me on a trip around the world and to the depths of my soul.

IDF doctor saves life of Palestinian baby

Yoav Zitu
Parents from village of Beitin bring one-month-year-old baby who suffered a respiratory arrest to IDF checkpoint near Beit El to receive treatment.

Thousands march in Auschwitz to commemorate the Holocaust

March of the Living takes place in the Auschwitz extermination camp in Poland, marking 70 years to annihilation of Hungarian Jewry.

Survey: In 2013, 1,000 Start-Ups Founded in Israel; For Each Start-Up That Closes, Two More Launch

A survey of Israel’s start-up eco-system revealed on Friday that 1,000 nascent ventures came to life in 2013

Online Dog-Sitting Marketplace Makes Sure Your Pet Is In Good Hands When You Go On Vacation

Roi Mitteiler

How and where to leave your dog is is probably your primary and most nail-biting concern every time you leave on holiday.

There’ll be no Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement – so now what?

Paul Gross

The ostensibly moderate leadership claims to support “two states for two peoples,” but denies any historical Jewish connection to the land.

Abbas: The Holocaust against the Jews was "most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity"

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Mahmoud Abbas' recent acknowledgement that "what happened to the Jews in the Holocaust is the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era"

Jewish NYU Students Receive a Fake Eviction Notice

Jillian Scheinfeld
Jewish residents of the Palladium and Lafayette dorms at NYU received a fake eviction slip from pro-Palestinian group, NYU Students for Justice in Palestine, on Thursday.

Putin in Passover greeting: Russian Jews make huge contribution

Russian Jews are making an enormous contribution to strengthening Russian society’s cohesion, President Vladimir Putin wrote in a holiday greeting to the Jewish community.

Black humor and plum jam

Ronit Vered      

They cried, they laughed, they forgave. Bereaved Israeli and Palestinian women created a unique cookbook.

'The First Time I Put On Tefillin Since The War'

An emotional group bar and bat mitzvah ceremony was held on Monday at Jerusalem's Western Wall (Kotel).

Susan Sontag Documentary to Debut at the Tribeca Film Festival

Jillian Scheinfeld

‘Regarding Susan Sontag’ takes an in-depth look into the life of a multi-talented literary icon.
 
     

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