Jewish actor Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83

(JNS.org) Jewish-American actor Leonard Nimoy, most famous for his iconic role as Spock on “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 83.

Posted on February 27, 2015 .

Italian parliament becomes latest European body to back Palestinian state

(JNS.org) The Italian legislature became the latest European body to back a non-binding resolution supporting the unilateral recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Posted on February 27, 2015 .

Madonna warns of growing anti-Semitism in Europe

(Paul Miller/JNS.org) As the international press repeatedly aired Madonna’s stage tumble during the “Brit Awards,” the American singer/actress was addressing more serious issues.

Posted on February 27, 2015 .

Jeb Bush to Israeli newspaper: U.S. approach to Iran nuclear talks ‘inexplicable’

(JNS.org) Former Florida governor and expected Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said in an interview with Israel Hayom published Friday that the Obama administration’s approach in the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran is “inexplicable.”

Posted on February 27, 2015 .

Argentine judge dismisses Iran cover-up case against President Kirchner

(JNS.org) An Argentine federal judge has dismissed a complaint against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner over her alleged cover-up of Iran’s involvement in the 1994 Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish center bombing, a probe launched by late prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

Posted on February 26, 2015 .

White House sending Susan Rice and Samantha Power to address AIPAC conference

(JNS.org) The White House will be sending National Security Advisor Susan Rice and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power to address the March 1-3 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference.

Posted on February 26, 2015 .

Liberty University student government disavows anti-Israel BDS legislation

(JNS.org) The student government at Virginia’s Liberty University on Tuesday passed an amendment to its constitution that forbids legislation supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

Posted on February 26, 2015 .

Israel and Jordan sign ‘historic’ agreement to replenish Dead Sea

(JNS.org) The governments of Israel and Jordan have signed a major agreement to build a desalination plant near the Jordanian tourist resort of Akaba, with the goal of working together to replenish the Dead Sea.

Posted on February 26, 2015 .

Survey: Israelis pay Palestinian workers double the wages of PA and Gaza employers

(JNS.org) A European Union-funded survey conducted by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) between October and December of 2014 shows that Palestinians working in Israeli-controlled territory earn more than double the wages of Palestinians working in Palestinian Authority (PA)-controlled areas of the West Bank.

Posted on February 26, 2015 .

UC Berkeley student government unanimously passes bill condemning anti-Semitism

(JNS.org) Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), the student government at University of California (UC), Berkeley, on Wednesday passed a bill condemning anti-Semitism in a unanimous 20-0 vote.

Posted on February 26, 2015 .

Apple CEO: ‘We have enormous admiration for Israel’

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met with Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday in Jerusalem. Cook is heading an Apple delegation visiting Israel ahead of the inauguration of the computer giant’s new local office in Herzliya.

Posted on February 26, 2015 .

Al-Jazeera retracts and apologizes for false story on Gaza flooding

(JNS.org) The Al-Jazeera network retracted and issued an apology for a story that claimed Israel purposely opened up dams in southern Israel that caused severe flooding in Gaza on Feb. 23.

Posted on February 25, 2015 .

Jewish Agency honors Christian groups for assistance with Ukrainian aliyah

(JNS.org) The Jewish Agency for Israel paid tribute to several Christian groups for their assistance in aliyah operations from Ukraine.

Posted on February 25, 2015 .

NYC removes Jewish circumcision regulation in favor of increased health checks

(JNS.org) The administration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is repealing a regulation established by former mayor Michael Bloomberg that requires mohels (Jewish ritual circumcisers) to get signed permission from parents before they can orally remove blood from an infant's wound during a brit milah.

Posted on February 25, 2015 .

UCLA student vying for student government asked if Jewishness is ‘conflict of interest’

(JNS.org) The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) student government is under fire after questioning the candidacy of a Jewish student based on her religion.

Posted on February 25, 2015 .

Anti-Islamist Libyan general to meet with Israeli officials in Jordan

(JNS.org) Libyan General Khalifa Haftar, who is attempting to form a coalition to fight Islamists in Libya, will reportedly meet with Israeli officials in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

Posted on February 25, 2015 .

Report: Saudi Arabia may lend Israel its airspace for attack on Iran

(JNS.org) In closed talks with European lawmakers, Saudi diplomats have expressed their willingness to cooperate with Israel on a possible attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities, Israel’s Channel 2 television network reported Tuesday.

Posted on February 25, 2015 .

Israel’s Arrow 2 missile interceptor upgraded after failed test

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel’s Arrow 2 missile interceptor has recently undergone a series of upgrades and improvements following a failed test held last September, during which it was able to acquire its target but failed to neutralize it, a defense official said Tuesday.

Posted on February 25, 2015 .

#BibiSpeaks4Me rally planned for day of Netanyahu speech in Washington

(JNS.org) Israel’s Voice and Voice of the Copts, along with other grassroots organizations, are organizing a rally in Washington, DC to support Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's March 3 speech to Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat.

Posted on February 24, 2015 .

Descendants of Jewish art dealers sue Germany over Medieval artifacts

(JNS.org) The descendants of Jewish art dealers persecuted during the Holocaust have filed a U.S. lawsuit against Germany, asking that a German museum return a Medieval Christian art collection that belonged to their ancestors.

Posted on February 24, 2015 .