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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 2014 U.N. General Assembly address

September 29, 2014 Thank you, Mr. President. Distinguished delegates, I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the people of Israel. I’ve come here to speak about the dangers we face and about the opportunities we see. I’ve come here to expose the brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my […]

Petition calls on El Al to protect female passengers from haredi harassment

(JTA) — Hundreds have signed an online petition calling on El Al Airlines to protect female passengers from being harassed by haredi Orthodox men. The petition on was launched Sunday, days after an El Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv was delayed in taking off when haredi Orthodox male passengers refused to […]

Watch what happens when these non-Jews try Jewish food

Every year, Jews gather to celebrate the High Holidays: They blow the shofar, they fast, they ask for repentance, and of course, they eat. And every year, there’s someone new at the dinner table, tepidly prodding his or her gefilte fish, and assuring the cook with an unconvincing smile that everything tastes “really good.” If you […]

India, Israel may team in cyber-defense project

(JTA) — Israel has invited India to participate in a joint effort on cyber defense. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extended the offer during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York on Sunday, according to the Hindustan Times. The cyber-defense project aims to be a link between civilian and military authorities, […]

New NIF campaign adopts tools of the right

The New Israel Fund says it is getting more aggressive in combating xenophobia and ultranationalism. This anti-Arab graffiti reading “Arabs = thieves. No coexistence” is seen spray-painted on a stone wall surrounding a house in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Sharafat, Feb. 18, 2014. (FLASH90) WASHINGTON (JTA) – In a strategic shift, the New Israel Fund is […]

Rabbis sentenced to prison for selling rabbinic ordination diplomas

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Two rabbis from Israel’s Chief Rabbinate were sentenced to prison terms for selling rabbinic ordination diplomas to Israeli security personnel. Rabbi Meir Rosenthal on Monday was sentenced by the Jerusalem District Court to seven years in prison and a $135,000 fine for handing out more than 1,000 fake ordinations to soldiers, […]

Rome Jewish leader insists on change of location of proposed Holocaust memorial

Head of city’s Jewish community threatens to quit foundation’s board in dispute with city government.

Few buyers for Netanyahu’s warmed-over UN shtick

The PM’s contrived use of Yankees’ demi-god Derek Jeter in an analogy with Iran seemed like the desperate ploy of a worn out copywriter who’s run out of ideas.

Palestinian, Arab Israeli leaders lash out at Netanyahu’s ‘Islamophobic’ UN speech

PM’s speech called ‘pure propaganda that completely ignored the occupation,’ by top PLO official; others praise Netanyahu’s performance.

Ukraine marks 73rd anniversary of Nazi massacre of Jews at Babi Yar

President Petro Poroshenko attends memorial to Jews who died at site of one of worst mass killings during the Holocaust.

1980s play about AIDS arrives, reborn, in Tel Aviv

Director: ‘The years pass and you’re having one-night stands and there’s the Tel Aviv abundance and we’re dulled.’

In time for Yom Kippur: Two words that could change the way we look at Israel

There is immense power in two simple words, especially at this time of Judgment, when we are commanded, each of us, to pry our eyes open and take a clear and uncompromising look at ourselves.

From Muslim to Church Leader

Many people do not realize that there are over twenty million Muslims in China. Fatima*, for example, was born and raised in a Hui family. The Hui people are a predominately Muslim ethnic group in Chi

Constructing an Island of Hope

Open Doors (OD) has always strengthened the persecuted church, equipping the body to be salt and light in the most difficult environments. OD supports a secret rehabilitation center in Central Asia th

Iraqi TV satire slams Islamic State, makes diplomatic faux-pas

Producers reshoot program after trailer implying U.S., Gulf states involvement in formation of Islamic State causes controversy. Jewish character, however, stays on.

Insecurity Continues in Nigeria; Spills into Cameroon

On Friday, September 19th, as trading was in full swing in the northeastern town of Mainoik, Boko Haram fighters reportedly stormed the market place around 1:30pm, opening fire on traders and killing

Netanyahu’s empty UN speech was a tour de force of deja vu

Netanyahu’s speech to a deserted hall was full of threats and dangers, but lacked any strategy or a detailed, diplomatic program.

Bennett at embattled Paris synagogue: ‘Israel is your rock’

Leader of Israel’s religious right tells French Jews: ‘When you know your heritage, you know what you’re fighting for.’

At UN, Netanyahu outs Abbas’ lies about Israel

The contrast between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders’ speeches at the UN couldn’t be clearer: Netanyahu suggested a new pathway to peace, whereas Abbas spewed hateful and unhelpful rhetorical poison.

Minister Ya’alon: Hamas still retains 20 percent of rockets, mortars

Defense minister adds that destruction of 7,000 Gaza homes will be deterrent to Hezbollah.

Egyptian FM: Hamas disarmament only as part of Israel-Palestinian peace talks

In Al-Hayat interview, Egyptian foreign minister says he hopes summer fighting will prompt international efforts to establish Palestinian state.

Firebomb thrown at Kiev’s oldest synagogue

The firebombing at the Great Choral Synagogue on September 24, the eve of Rosh Hashanah, reportedly did not cause damage.

Syria satisfied with U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State, Syria FM says

‘We are fighting ISIS, they are fighting ISIS,’ Walid al-Moallem said, referring to the group by one of its acronyms.

Police arrest Israeli for possessing Islamic State banner

24-year-old teacher detained on suspicion of being associated with the radical group after IS flag, other jihad materials found in his possession.

At UN, Netanyahu asks Arab states for new peace plan

Prime minister tells UN General Assembly Abbas, as Palestinian president, is responsible for Hamas war crimes.

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