Iraq’s Assyrian Christians form militia to fight Islamic State

(JNS.org) Iraqi Assyrian Christians have formed the country’s first Christian militia to defend their ancient villages and to fight the Islamic State terror group.

Posted on September 30, 2014 .

Police suspect Israeli worker who fell from building was murdered by Arab

(JNS.org) Israeli police suspect that Netanel Arami—the 27-year-old construction worker who was recently killed when he fell from the 11th floor of a Petah Tikva construction site—was murdered by an Arab co-worker who cut the rope holding Arami while he was rappelling on the side of the building, Israel National News reported Tuesday.

Posted on September 30, 2014 .

Editor of medical journal that published anti-Israel letter visits Haifa hospital

(JNS.org) The Rambam Health Care Campus (RHCC) in the northern Israeli city of Haifa is hosting a series of meetings this week with Richard Horton, editor of the British medical journal The Lancet, which came under fire this summer for publishing an open letter signed by 24 doctors and scientists who accused Israel of a "massacre" as well as a "ruthless assault of unlimited duration, extent, and intensity" in Gaza.

Posted on September 30, 2014 .

U.S. resumes transfer of Hellfire missiles to Israel after summer holdup

(JNS.org) The United States has resumed the transfer of Hellfire precision surface-to-air missiles to Israel following a summertime controversy over America’s implementation of increased oversight of arms transfers to the Jewish state.

Posted on September 30, 2014 .

Pope Francis summons Mideast envoys to Vatican amid Islamic State threat

(JNS.org) Pope Francis has summoned the envoys of several Middle East countries to the Vatican for a rare meeting, likely to discuss a response to the ongoing threats in the region.

Posted on September 30, 2014 .

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Posted on September 30, 2014 .

Hamas official details possible prisoner swap with Israel

(JNS.org) Hamas and Israel may be on the verge of signing a deal that would involve the release of top Hamas officials and operatives in exchange for the remains of fallen Israeli soldiers.

Posted on September 30, 2014 .

Israeli defense minister: Hamas has 20% of its weapons stockpile left

(JNS.org) Hamas has “around 20 percent of its rocket and mortar stockpile left” after Operation Protective Edge Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Monday.

Posted on September 30, 2014 .

Islamic State paraphernalia found at home of Israeli Arab teacher

(JNS.org) An Israeli Arab high school teacher was arrested Monday on suspicion of supporting the Islamic State terror organization after a search of his Umm al-Fahm home revealed Islamic State flags and jihadist propaganda materials.

Posted on September 30, 2014 .

Temple-era pilgrimage to Jerusalem making a comeback

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Temple-era holiday pilgrimage will make a comeback when some 8,000 people recreate the ancient tradition during a two-day march to Jerusalem over the Sukkot holiday next week.

Posted on September 30, 2014 .

Israeli rhythmic gymnastics team wins silver medal in Turkey

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel's rhythmic gymnastics team won the country's first silver medal at the World Championships in Izmir, Turkey, on Sunday.

Posted on September 29, 2014 .

Netanyahu to U.N.: Hamas and Islamic State from ‘same poisonous tree’

(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the Hamas and Islamic State terror groups are "branches from the same poisonous tree” in his address at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday.

Posted on September 29, 2014 .

Biden’s new national security advisor scrutinized over policy on Israel, Iran

(JNS.org) Dr. Colin Kahl, Vice President Joe Biden’s newly appointed national security advisor, has come under the microscope for his positions on Israel and Iran’s nuclear program.

Posted on September 29, 2014 .

Vatican to contribute to preservation of Auschwitz

(JNS.org) The Vatican has joined 30 other nations in contributing to the historical preservation of Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi death camp in Poland.

Posted on September 29, 2014 .

Netanyahu meets with Indian prime minister

(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on Sunday in New York, marking the first meeting between top leaders of the two countries in more than a decade.

Posted on September 29, 2014 .

Vandals damage Jerusalem light rail and Mount of Olives cemetery

(JNS.org) The Jerusalem light rail came under attack in two separate incidents Sunday, with vandals hurling stones at its cars as it traveled through the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat. No injuries were reported in either incident, but several of the light rail’s cars and windows were damaged.

Posted on September 29, 2014 .

Armed Palestinian infiltrates Israel-Gaza border

(JNS.org) Israeli security forces on Sunday arrested a Palestinian man armed with two knives who infiltrated the Israel-Gaza border, Israel Hayom reported. The man is believed to have been planning a terrorist attack.

Posted on September 29, 2014 .

Hamas seeks to replicate Gilad Shalit abduction and exchange

(JNS.org) Senior Hamas officials on Sunday urged the abduction of Israeli soldiers to facilitate another large-scale prisoner swap, similar to the 2011 deal in which 1,027 Palestinian prisoners were released in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Posted on September 29, 2014 .

Israel earmarks additional $3.8 billion for defense over next two years

(JNS.orgIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, and Finance Minister Yair Lapid agreed on the Israeli defense budget over the weekend, appropriating an additional $3.8 billion to defense over the next two years.

Posted on September 28, 2014 .

3 wounded Syrian children brought to Israel for medical treatment

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Three Syrian children wounded Saturday night when a mortar shell struck a courtyard where they were playing were brought to the Rebecca Sieff Hospital in Safed, Israel, for medical treatment.

Posted on September 28, 2014 .