U.K. education secretary calls for inquiry into Hasidic sect’s female driving ban

(JNS.org) British Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has called for an inquiry into reports that the Belz Hasidic sect is seeking to ban female drivers.

 

Posted on May 29, 2015 .

Cyprus police arrest alleged Hezbollah operative planning attack on Israelis

(JNS.org) Police in Cyprus this week arrested a man who they suspect of planning to target Israeli interests on the island country following the discovery of two tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer in his basement. 

 

Posted on May 29, 2015 .

Palestinians drop bid to have Israel suspended from FIFA

(JNS.org) The Palestinians on Friday dropped a motion to have Israel suspended from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), world soccer’s governing body, during the 65th FIFA Congress in Switzerland.

 

 

Posted on May 29, 2015 .

Netanyahu: Arab states’ involvement in peace process ‘a welcome thing’

(JNS.org) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that enlisting the help of moderate Arab nations to promote the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process would be a positive development, but that any agreement would still require Israeli control over Judea and Samaria.

 

Posted on May 29, 2015 .

Islamic State-affiliated group threatens missile attack on Eilat

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A Sinai-based jihadi group affiliated with the Islamic State terrorist organization warned Thursday that the Israeli resort town of Eilat could expect a barrage of missiles in the coming days.

 

 

Posted on May 29, 2015 .

U.S. defense aid to Israel to increase to more than $3.5 billion, sources say

(JNS.org) United States defense aid to Israel is likely to increase to more than $3.5 billion per year after 2017, sources say. 

 

Posted on May 28, 2015 .

Obama meets with slain Israeli-American journalist Steven Sotloff’s family

(JNS.org) President Barack Obama met with the family of slain Israeli-American journalist Steven Sotloff during a visit to Miami on Thursday. 

 

Posted on May 28, 2015 .

Final steps underway for Jerusalem’s City of David visitor’s center

(JNS.org) Final steps are underway for the City of David’s “Kedem” visitor’s center in Jerusalem, with a number of Israeli public officials and prominent archaeologists speaking out in support of the project.

 

Posted on May 28, 2015 .

United Nations official for children pushing to include IDF on terror blacklist

(JNS.org) The United Nations special representative of the secretary-general for children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, is set to recommend the blacklisting of the Israel Defense Forces for allegedly regularly causing harm to children. The designation would place the IDF in the same group as terror groups such as Islamic State, Boko Haram, and the Taliban.

 

 

 

Posted on May 28, 2015 .

Jewish organizations raise relief funds after Houston flood

(JNS.org) Jewish organizations are raising disaster-relief funds following the devastating flooding in Texas earlier this week, during which Houston’s Jewish community sat at the center of the damage experienced by that city.

 

Posted on May 28, 2015 .

Southern Israelis call for stronger response to Gaza rocket fire

(JNS.org) Following Tuesday’s rocket fire launched from the Gaza Strip into the Gan Yavne area near Ashdod, residents of southern Israel are demanding a tougher response to the cross-border rocket attacks from the Hamas-controlled Palestinian enclave.

 

Posted on May 28, 2015 .

Sen. Graham vows ‘violent backlash’ against U.N. Palestinian state resolution

(JNS.org) U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a likely Republican presidential candidate, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday and vowed to stand up for Israel in the United Nations. 

 

Posted on May 27, 2015 .

Amnesty International accuses Hamas of war crimes against fellow Gazans

(JNS.org) The human rights group Amnesty International issued a scathing report in which it accused the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terror group Hamas of carrying out a campaign of abductions, torture, and unlawful killings of Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel during last summer’s conflict in Gaza. 

 

Posted on May 27, 2015 .

Israeli-American group congratulates Cavaliers’ Blatt on reaching NBA Finals

(JNS.org) An organization whose work focuses on the estimated population of 500,000-800,000 Israeli Americans congratulated David Blatt, the Jewish head coach of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers and a longtime Israel-based coach, for clinching an appearance in the NBA Finals.

 

Posted on May 27, 2015 .

Natan Sharansky supports Riskin’s continuation as chief rabbi of Efrat

(JNS.org) Natan Sharansky, the famed refusenik and current chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel, spoke out in support of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s retention of his position as chief rabbi of the community of Efrat in Judea and Samaria. Riskin’s future in that role, which he has held since 1983, is reportedly being evaluated by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate.

 

Posted on May 27, 2015 .

Iran suggests that nuclear talks may go beyond June 30 deadline

(JNS.org) As signs of a potential deal-breaker emerge in the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, a senior Iranian nuclear negotiator suggested that the talks could go beyond the June 30 deadline for a final agreement.

 

Posted on May 27, 2015 .

Tony Blair to step down as Middle East Quartet envoy

(JNS.org) Former British prime minister Tony Blair will be stepping down from his position as special envoy of the Middle East Quartet.

 

Posted on May 27, 2015 .

Israeli police chief looking into legalizing medical marijuana

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel Police Chief Insp. Gen. Yohanan Danino said he has decided to establish a professional committee to investigate the cannabis policies of other western nations and look into the ramifications of making medical marijuana use legal in Israel.

 

Posted on May 27, 2015 .

IDF deploys mortar shell alert system along southern border

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israel Defense Forces announced Tuesday the deployment of a tactical radar system in southern Israel, designed to warn residents of incoming mortar attacks from the Gaza Strip.

Posted on May 27, 2015 .

Student exposes Dutch textbook’s distortion of Israeli history

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) An official high school history book in Holland claims that during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, “Jewish militias committed murder in Arab villages. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled and arrived in refugee camps across the border.”

 

Posted on May 27, 2015 .