Israeli politicians warmly welcome Jonathan Pollard’s impending release

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli politicians warmly welcomed the news that Jonathan Pollard, the Israeli spy imprisoned in the U.S. for nearly 30 years, is due to be freed on parole in November.

Posted on July 29, 2015 .

Israeli High Court rejects appeal, orders demolition of disputed Beit El homes

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel’s High Court of Justice on Wednesday morning rejected an appeal against the demolition of two disputed residential structures in the Dreinoff neighborhood in Samaria’s Beit El community. The ruling means that the structures must be demolished by Thursday.

Posted on July 29, 2015 .

Reports: Israel Air Force strikes vehicle in southern Syria

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israeli Air Force struck a vehicle in the Quneitra region of southern Syria on Wednesday, Arab media outlets reported.

Posted on July 29, 2015 .

Study: 75% of North American Jewish college students report anti-Semitism

(JNS.org) Nearly three-quarters of Jewish college students in North America have experienced some form of anti-Semitism during the past year, a new study has found. 

Posted on July 28, 2015 .

Jonathan Pollard, long-imprisoned Jewish spy, to be released Nov. 20

(JNS.org) Jonathan Pollard, the Jewish spy who has been incarcerated for three decades over a conviction for giving Israel classified information on America, will be released on Nov. 20.

Posted on July 28, 2015 .

European Maccabi Games show ‘Jewish life in Germany is reviving,’ host says

(JNS.org) About 2,000 Jewish athletes have gathered at the 14th European Maccabi Games, whose opening ceremony was on Monday. The games are being held July 27-Aug. 5 at Berlin's Olympiastadion, the same Olympic stadium built and used for the Summer Olympics of 1936 during the Nazi era. At that time, Jews were discouraged from participating. 

Posted on July 28, 2015 .

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah calls Israel a ‘cancerous tumor’ to be destroyed

(JNS.org) In an address on Tuesday, Hezbollah terrorist chief Hassan Nasrallah said that Israel is a “cancerous tumor” that needs to be “wiped out.”

Posted on July 28, 2015 .

JNS Briefs 7-28-15

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Posted on July 28, 2015 .

Majority of Americans want Congress to reject Iran nuclear deal, poll says

(JNS.org) A majority of Americans want Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, a new survey has found. 

Posted on July 28, 2015 .

PM: Israeli gov’t opposes demolition of disputed Jewish homes in Beit El

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) After months of legal battles, Israeli police forces clashed with Jewish residents as two disputed structures in the Dreinoff neighborhood of the Beit El community in Samaria were evacuated before dawn on Tuesday.

Posted on July 28, 2015 .

Indian president to make historic visit to Israel, echoing prime minister

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Indian President Pranab Mukherjee will become the first holder of his office to Israel later this year, a further illustration of the growing ties between the two countries. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will do the same this year.

Posted on July 28, 2015 .

ZOA says it agrees with Mike Huckabee on Iran-Holocaust analogy

(JNS.org) The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) said Monday that it agrees with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s Holocaust analogy on the Iran nuclear deal. Huckabee had said that President Barack Obama’s trust in the Iranians “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven,” a reference to the Nazis’ crematoria.

Posted on July 28, 2015 .

Kerry to skip Israel during Mideast visit focused on Iran deal

(JNS.org) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to travel to Egypt and Qatar next week to alleviate concerns about the Iran nuclear deal with Arab leaders, but will not visit Israel during the trip.

Posted on July 27, 2015 .

ICC prosecutor appeals request to re-open Gaza flotilla case

(JNS.org) International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has appealed a decision by a panel of judges to re-open an investigation of Israel for alleged war crimes over the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident.

Posted on July 27, 2015 .

Israel eases patient access to medical marijuana

(JNS.org) Israel’s deputy health minister, Member of Knesset Yaakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism), on Monday announced new measures to make it easier for Israelis to obtain medical marijuana by allowing pharmacies to dispense prescriptions for it to patients. 

Posted on July 27, 2015 .

At Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av, Arabs attack Jews with rocks and firebombs

(JNS.org) Violence engulfed the Temple Mount on Sunday when dozens of masked Muslims attacked Jewish pilgrims and Israeli police officers with firebombs and rocks amid the marking of Tisha B’Av, a Jewish fast day commemorating the destruction of both Jewish Temples that once existed at that holy site.

Posted on July 27, 2015 .

Huckabee defends Holocaust ‘oven’ comment condemning Iran deal

(JNS.org) Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee defended his weekend comments that referred to Holocaust concentration camp crematoria in condemning the Iran nuclear deal.

Posted on July 27, 2015 .

Israeli minister meets secretly with chief Palestinian Authority negotiator

(JNS.org) Israeli Interior Minister and Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) held a secret meeting with chief Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat in the Jordanian capital of Amman last week.

Posted on July 27, 2015 .

Iran’s Khamenei tweets image of Obama pointing a gun to his own head

(JNS.org) In the aftermath of his country reaching a nuclear deal with a group of world powers that includes the United States, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday tweeted a graphic of President Barack Obama pointing a gun at his own head. 

Posted on July 27, 2015 .

Netanyahu views 2,000-year-old Book of Lamentations scroll on Tisha B’Av

(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu viewed a 2,000-year-old scroll of the Book of Lamentations (Megillat Eichah), the text that is read each year on Tisha B’Av, the fast day commemorating the destruction of both Jewish Temples in Jerusalem.

Posted on July 26, 2015 .