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State Dept. report notes ‘marked resurgence’ in Iran-sponsored terror

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Iran-sponsored terrorism showed a “marked resurgence” last year, the State Department said in its annual report on terrorism. The report released Thursday named the Qods Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, its ministry of intelligence and Hezbollah, its ally in Lebanon, as behind the resurgence. “Iran and Hezbollah’s terrorist activity has reached a […]

Eastern Jerusalem construction gets final go-ahead

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s housing minister granted the final approval for the construction of 300 homes in the eastern Jerusalem Jewish neighborhood of Ramot. Minister Uri Ariel of the Jewish Home party gave the go-ahead Thursday with the announcement of a building contractor, according to reports. The construction had been approved months ago and was […]

Bar mitzvah when he’s 64

Moshe Aoflko celebrating his bar mitzvah in the Western Wall in Jerusalem, May 30, 2013. (Sasson Tiram) Mariusz Robert Aoflko is not your average bar mitzvah boy. In fact, he’s not a boy at all, but a 64-year-old attorney from Krakow. For most of his life, Aoflko believed he was Catholic. But 13 years ago, […]

SEC permits TIAA-CREF pension fund to ignore divestment proposal

WASHINGTON (JTA) — TIAA-CREF does not have to consider an investor’s proposal to divest from companies allegedly complicit in Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, the Securities and Exchange Commission said. The SEC, responding to a TIAA-CREF request in March to omit the divestment proposal for consideration at its annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C., in […]

Jewish girls gone wild on Bravo’s ‘Princesses: Long Island’

(Bravo) Just when you thought “Shahs of Sunset” was the worst thing Bravo could ever do for the Jews, the cable network has gone and released the preview for “Princesses: Long Island” into the world. At least “Shahs,” a reality show set in Los Angeles’ Persian community, isn’t explicitly a Jewish show. Yes, we became […]

Will Britney Spears save Amanda Bynes?

The meltdown of the once beloved Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes is still going on, and it still feels like sitting next to a crying baby on a plane – it’s annoying, it’s painful, it’s slow and we are stuck with it for what seems like eternity. But hey, we might as well report about it. […]

Can Google Glass transform Jewish life?

Chaim Cohen wearing his Google Glass. (Matthew Hersh/Hub City Communications) HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. (JTA) — Over the past few weeks, strangers have begun stopping high school computer science teacher Chaim Cohen on the street. A few accuse him of recording them without their knowledge. Even fewer blame him for all of society’s ills. But many […]

Israel denies asylum to Eritrean refugee in first state response to application


Coalition partners split on bill to prioritize Israel's Jewish identity


Israeli scientists develop bionic eye for people born blind


Israel doubts Assad possesses S-300 system, but has good reason to worry


Bedouin man wounded in Be'er Sheva bank shooting wakes up, says police shot him


Netanyahu calls in the army to bust strike by Foreign Ministry officials


Palestinian medical school grads protest exclusion from Israeli hospitals


Israel’s Religious Services Ministry to allow non-Orthodox, state-funded community rabbis

In response to High Court petition, Religious Services Ministry headed by Naftali Bennett to phase out state-employed neighborhood rabbis, channel funds to communities hiring them.     

Assad dodges questions about delivery of Russian-made S-300 missiles to Syria

In interview with Hezbollah-affiliated television station, embattled Syrian president appeared to contradict previous claim that Damascus had taken delivery of air defense systems.     

ADL gets $7.5 million to launch global anti-Semitism index

In its first year, the project will poll and measure anti-Semitic attitudes in 50 countries.     

U.S.: Iranian support for terror has reached 20-year-high


Nigeria nabs Hezbollah cell plotting attacks on Israeli, Western targets

Nigerian security forces say raid on Lebanese suspects’ homes reveals anti-tank landmines, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenades, among other weapons.     

Dreyfus letter fetches nearly $500,000 at Paris auction


High Court justice removed from panel hearing petition against his West Bank settlement


Intel joins bidding for Micron microchip plant


Israel holding more than 100 prisoners, including minors, in isolation under harsh conditions

Figure revealed by Knesset debate held in wake of a Haaretz report on Israel’s Eshel Prison; report revealed dozens held in isolation illegally in dark, damp, bug-filled cells.     


Photo of the day: this photo was taken recently by a VOM team visiting Nigeria. The team was blessed to meet with Nigerian Christians, hear their stories of persecution and faith, and pray with them for God to bless them and to bless the church in Nigeria. Please pray for Christians in Nigeria.

Assad: Syria will respond to any future Israeli strike

Beleaguered Syrian president agrees ‘in principle’ to attend next month’s Geneva conference, but voices pessimism at chance of results.     

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