Sens. Graham, Cruz introduce bill to defund UN over measure against Israeli settlements

(JNS.org) U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced a bill that seeks to cut off funding for the United Nations until U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israel’s settlement policy, is repealed.

Posted on January 13, 2017 .

ADL to Huffington Post Arabic website: remove blog blaming Jews for Mohammad death

(JNS.org) The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is calling on the Huffington Post to remove a blog from its Arabic-language website that promotes the conspiracy theory that Jews poisoned to death the Islamic prophet Mohammad. 

Posted on January 13, 2017 .

World nations glean emergency-response expertise from Israel’s Magen David Adom

(JNS.org) Amid the rise in global terror attacks, countries around the world are turning to Magen David Adom (MDA)—Israel’s national emergency medical, disaster relief, ambulance and blood services organization—to learn from its method of shortening emergency-response times.

Posted on January 13, 2017 .

Palestinian TV keeping up with Kim Kardashian, displays ‘fundamental’ anti-Semitism

(JNS.org) Official Palestinian Authority (PA) television, in its follow-up coverage on an Israeli media report on arrests in the Kim Kardashian jewelry heist case, falsely stated that Jewish “thieves” are definitively behind the robbery.

Posted on January 13, 2017 .

Poll: 85% of Jews worldwide have experienced or seen anti-Semitism

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Eighty-five percent of Jews around the world have witnessed or experienced anti-Semitism at some point in their lives, according to a new survey by the World Zionist Organization's International Center for Countering Anti-Semitism. The poll also found that around 50 percent of respondents from Europe and North America said they had either witnessed or experienced anti-Semitism in the past year.

Posted on January 13, 2017 .

Italian city to build first new synagogue in more than 500 years

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) In a ceremony in Palermo, Italy, the local archbishop announced Thursday that the site containing ruins of the city's ancient synagogue is being returned to the local Jewish community. The community plans to build a new synagogue—the first in 524 years in Palermo, a city situated on the island of Sicily—near the ruins of the old one.

Posted on January 13, 2017 .

Trump’s pick for defense secretary, James Mattis, names Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital

(JNS.org) Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of defense, said in a nomination hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee that he considers Tel Aviv—not Jerusalem—as Israel’s capital.

Posted on January 12, 2017 .

Thousands rally for Israel in NYC ahead of Paris Mideast peace conference

(JNS.org) Roughly 5,000 people turned out Thursday at the French Mission to the United Nations in New York City to rally in support of Israel ahead of the Jan. 15 international Middle East peace conference in Paris.

Posted on January 12, 2017 .

Jewish foundation launches second ‘Inspired by Israel’ video contest

(JNS.org) The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, in partnership with the Israel Video Network and the 12Tribe Films Foundation, has launched the second annual “Inspired by Israel” video contest.

Posted on January 12, 2017 .

Nazi war criminal died in squalor in Syrian jail in 2001, new report reveals

(JNS.org) Notorious Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner, who was responsible for the deaths of roughly 130,000 Jews in the Holocaust, died in squalor in a Syrian jail in 2001, a new report has found.

Posted on January 12, 2017 .

Report: Qatar trying to broker Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Qatar has been trying to broker a prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas that would see the Gaza Strip-based terrorist group return two captive Israeli citizens and the remains of two Israeli soldiers, the Nazareth-based Kul al-Arab newspaper reported Wednesday.

Posted on January 12, 2017 .

South African opposition leader defies calls for boycott, visits Israel

(JNS.org) South Africa’s opposition leader met Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, just days after South African President Jacob Zuma called on officials to refrain from visiting the Jewish state.

Posted on January 12, 2017 .

In Senate confirmation hearing, Tillerson calls ‘two-state solution’ an ‘aspirational goal’

(JNS.org) In his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, former ExxonMobil CEO and Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson said that a “two-state solution” is an “aspirational goal” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but he also shed doubt on whether or not it could come to fruition.

Posted on January 11, 2017 .

Israel’s fund for Holocaust survivors receives and will allocate $63 million

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Holocaust Restitution Company of Israel announced plans to allocate 243 million shekels ($63.1 million) to help Holocaust survivors. The funds became available following the sale of Bank Leumi shares worth 232 million shekels ($60.2 million).

Posted on January 11, 2017 .

Hamas hacks cellphones of IDF soldiers to gain sensitive information, probe reveals

(JNS.org) A joint Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Shin Bet security agency operation has uncovered a Hamas network aiming to hack the cellphones of Israeli soldiers by posing as women on social media in order to gain sensitive information.

Posted on January 11, 2017 .

Large Roman theater unearthed at dig in northern Israel

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A large Roman theater has been discovered at an archaeological excavation run by the University of Haifa at Sussita (Hippos) in Israel’s northern Golan Heights region. The theater is located outside the walls of the ancient city, leading researchers to believe it was mainly used for religious rites rather than as an entertainment venue.

Posted on January 11, 2017 .

Michigan becomes latest state to pass anti-BDS legislation

(JNS.org) Michigan has become the latest state to pass legislation aimed at combating the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Posted on January 10, 2017 .

Israeli researchers develop new smartphone app to diagnose sleep apnea

(JNS.org) Israeli researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed a new system to help diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) while the patient is still awake using their smartphone.

Posted on January 10, 2017 .

Poll: majority of Israelis support settlement building, believe Obama ‘unfriendly’ to Israel

(JNS.org) A new survey published in the aftermath of the United Nations Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements, which passed after the Obama administration refused to veto the measure, says that 62 percent of Israeli Jews support continued settlement building and 57 percent believe President Barack Obama was “unfriendly” to Israel during his two terms.

Posted on January 10, 2017 .

Trump names Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner as senior adviser

(JNS.org) President-elect Donald Trump has appointed his Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as senior adviser to the president.

Posted on January 10, 2017 .