Israeli air force strikes terror target in Gaza in response to rocket

(JNS.org) The Israeli Air Force has struck "terrorist infrastructure" belonging to Hamas in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired at southern Israel earlier on Friday. 

Posted on December 19, 2014 .

Hamas reportedly rebuilding its terror tunnels and rocket arsenal

(JNS.org) Hamas has reportedly renewed work on its terror tunnels, using building materials transferred from Israel for the reconstruction of Gaza following this summer’s war.

Posted on December 19, 2014 .

Israel grants Palestinian Christians travel visas for Christmas

(JNS.org) Israel has granted travel visas to Palestinian Christians ahead of Christmas.

Posted on December 19, 2014 .

Chabad public menorah commemorates Sydney terror attack victims

(JNS.org) Chabad-Lubavitch set up a 32-foot-tall Hanukkah menorah in downtown Sydney to commemorate the victims of the recent jihadist siege on the Australian city’s Lindt cafe.

Posted on December 19, 2014 .

Israeli-Canadian architect wins prestigious award for Singapore hotel

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded the Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safie with its 2015 Gold Medal for his international work in planning structures in public and cultural spaces.

Posted on December 19, 2014 .

Christian-Jewish group sends delegation to aid Ukrainian Jews in distress

(JNS.org) A delegation from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) landed in Ukraine on Dec. 17 to provide aid to poverty-stricken Jews. IFCJ has allocated a special budget of $5.1 million to provide food, clothing, and heating for Ukrainian Jews in need.

Posted on December 19, 2014 .

Kansas Jewish sites shooter found mentally competent, state seeks death penalty

(JNS.org) White supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan member Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr., who fatally shot three people at two Jewish facilities in Kansas earlier this year, in a hearing on Thursday was found mentally competent enough to stand trial for the charge of capital murder. Additionally, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said the state of Kansas would seek the death penalty for Miller.

Posted on December 18, 2014 .

CAMERA launches latest billboards accusing NY Times of biased reporting on Israel

(JNS.org) A series of new billboards in New York City calls out The New York Times for what a media watchdog group says is persistent anti-Israel bias in the newspaper’s reporting.

Posted on December 18, 2014 .

Israeli archaeologists uncover entryway to King Herod palace

(JNS.org) Israeli archeologists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have announced the discovery of an elaborate entryway to the Herodian hilltop palace in Herodium National Park.

Posted on December 18, 2014 .

Abbas continues to pursue U.N. measure on Israeli withdrawal from West Bank

(JNS.org) Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution outlining Israel’s United Nations-imposed withdrawal from the West Bank. The measure is currently being considered by the U.N. Security Council.

Posted on December 18, 2014 .

Israel’s Lieberman to boycott Swedish counterpart’s visit over Palestinian state recognition

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is refusing to meet with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem during her upcoming visit to Israel next month, in response to Sweden’s recent recognition of a Palestinian state.

Posted on December 18, 2014 .

Israeli military courts aim to cut off Hamas funding

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) In the wake of a European Union (EU) court removing Hamas from the EU’s terror blacklist, Israeli military courts are countering that move by imposing harsher penalties on anyone caught transferring funds to terrorist groups.

Posted on December 18, 2014 .

Obama announces renewal of diplomacy with Cuba after Alan Gross release

(JNS.org) Following Wednesday's release of Jewish-American aid worker Alan Gross from a Cuban prison, President Barack Obama announced his intent to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba after a five-decade diplomatic stalemate.

Posted on December 17, 2014 .

Harvard suspends purchases from SodaStream after anti-Israel pressure

(JNS.org) After anti-Israel pressure, Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) has suspended its purchase of soda and water machines produced by Israel-based SodaStream, the beverage carbonation company with a plant in Judea and Samaria.

Posted on December 17, 2014 .

American-Jewish couple names son after slain Israeli Druze police officer

(JNS.org) A Jewish couple from New York has named their newly born son after Israeli Druze police officer Zidan Saif, who died while defending Jewish worshippers during last month's Palestinian terrorist attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood.

Posted on December 17, 2014 .

Iran and Hamas mend ties

(JNS.org) Iran and the Palestinian terror group Hamas have mended their political and military ties, which were strained by differences over the Syrian civil war, a Hamas leader said.

Posted on December 17, 2014 .

EU still considers Hamas a terror group, bloc’s envoy to Israel says

(JNS.org) European Union (EU) Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Anderson said that the 28-member bloc of countries still considers Hamas to be a terrorist organization, despite an EU court’s decision on Wednesday to remove the Palestinian terror group from its blacklist.

Posted on December 17, 2014 .

Canada, Australia boycott Geneva Convention conference over concerns of anti-Israel bias

(JNS.org) Canada and Australia on Wednesday boycotted a conference in Switzerland discussing the Fourth Geneva Convention and the situation in the Palestinian territories due to concerns about the conference’s anti-Israel bias.

Posted on December 17, 2014 .

EU Parliament supports Palestinian state based on pre-1967 lines

(JNS.org) Members of the European Union's (EU) parliament on Wednesday passed a resolution supporting "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution." The measure backs a Palestinian state based on Israel's pre-1967 lines, borders deemed indefensible by the current Israeli government.

Posted on December 17, 2014 .

Jewish contractor Alan Gross released from Cuban prison after 5 years

(JNS.org) Jewish-American aid worker Alan Gross was released from Cuban prison Wednesday and returned to the United States. The U.S. and Cuba also took part in a prisoner swap, but both countries said Gross was freed on humanitarian grounds and not in the exchange.

Posted on December 17, 2014 .