Jewish group congratulates Catholic Church on canonization of popes

(JNS.org) The American Jewish Committee (AJC) congratulated the Catholic Church on the upcoming canonization of Popes John XXII and John Paul II, to take place at the Vatican on April 27.

Posted on April 24, 2014 .

Spanish town mulls changing ‘Kill Jews’ name

(JNS.org) The small Spanish village of Castrillo Matajudios will hold a referendum on whether or not it should change the second part of its name, which means "Kill Jews." On May 25, the village's 56 registered voters will be asked whether the name should be kept or revised to an earlier, less offensive version. 

Posted on April 24, 2014 .

Controversy erupts over Nakba ceremony request at Galilee forest

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Moti Dotan, the head of Israel's Lower Galilee Regional Council, and the Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Internally Displaced Persons in Israel are at loggerheads over the latter's request to hold a Nakba Day procession in the Lavi Forest on Israeli Independence Day.

Posted on April 24, 2014 .

Palestinian unity pact followed by rocket fire at Israel

(JNS.org) Following the signing of a unity agreement between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party and the Gaza-based terror group Hamas on Wednesday, five Qassam rockets were launched from Gaza toward Israel, with four failing to reach Israeli territory and the fifth exploding near the Israel-Gaza border fence.

Posted on April 24, 2014 .

U.S. to ‘assess’ aid to Palestinians if new unity government formed

(JNS.org) The U.S. may reassess its current financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in light of the unity pact signed Wednesday by PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party and the terror group Hamas.

Posted on April 24, 2014 .

Fatah and Hamas sign pact to form Palestinian unity government

(JNS.org) Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party and the Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas on Wednesday signed a pact to form a unity government within five weeks and to hold parliamentary elections within six months. 

Posted on April 23, 2014 .

Israel to begin recruitment of Christians into military service

(JNS.org) Israel has announced increased efforts to encourage Christians to join the Israeli military.

Posted on April 23, 2014 .

Israeli-American journalist detained in Ukraine

(JNS.org) The Israeli embassy in Kiev is communicating with Ukrainian authorities in the eastern city of Slovyansk regarding an American-Israeli journalist being held by pro-Russia separatists. Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for global news channel Vice News, holds dual Israeli-American citizenship and was abducted Tuesday, according to Ukrainian media reports.

Posted on April 23, 2014 .

Suffolk University students protest ADL director Abraham Foxman’s commencement speech

(JNS.org) Some students at Boston's Suffolk University are protesting the decision by the university's law school to invite Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman to be its commencement speaker on May 17.

Posted on April 23, 2014 .

U.S. to resume partial military aid to Egypt

(JNS.org) The United States is likely to resume limited military aid, including the release of Apache helicopters, to Egypt.

Posted on April 23, 2014 .

Starbucks in talks to buy stake in Israel’s SodaStream

(JNS.org) American global coffee giant Starbucks is reportedly in talks with the Israel-based SodaStream beverage-carbonation company to buy a 10-percent stake in the company, Globes reported.

Posted on April 23, 2014 .

Palestinians suspected of torching terror victim’s memorial

(JNS.org) A memorial monument for Gilad Zar—a 41-year-old Israeli security officer for the Shomron Regional Council who was shot dead by Palestinian terrorists in May 2001—was torched Tuesday. Palestinians are suspected to be behind the torching.

Posted on April 23, 2014 .

France withholds funds slated for Israeli association beyond Green Line

(JNS.org) French parliamentarian Meyer Habib was recently informed that a financial grant he initiated for an Israeli association in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo has been withheld because the organization sits just beyond the Green Line, Israel Hayom reported.

Posted on April 23, 2014 .

Ancient chisel discovered at Western Wall

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) An ancient chisel that may have used been in the construction of the Western Wall has been discovered during an archaeological dig at the site.

Posted on April 23, 2014 .

Record 1.3 million passengers travel through Ben-Gurion Airport during Passover

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A record 1.3 million passengers passed through Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport on more than 8,200 flights during the Passover holiday, a 30-percent increase from 2013.

Posted on April 23, 2014 .

JNS Briefs 4-20-14

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Posted on April 20, 2014 .

Temple Mount violence injures two police officers, forces visiting rabbi to evacuate

(JNS.org) Two Israeli border police officers were injured and 24 arrests were made Sunday morning as Arab youths rioted violently at the Temple Mount, throwing fireworks and rocks at security forces, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Posted on April 20, 2014 .

Abbas reportedly threatens to dismantle Palestinian Authority

(JNS.org) Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly threatened to dismantle the PA, a move that would potentially dissolve the 1993 Oslo Accords and leave Israel—according to international law—vulnerable to legal action over its construction activities in Judea and Samaria.

Posted on April 20, 2014 .

After Hezbollah arrests, Israel asks Thailand to bolster security

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israeli Embassy in Bangkok has asked the Thai capital’s Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) to increase security measures around the embassy and various other Jewish and Israeli establishments and tourist attractions, the Bangkok Post reported. The request follows the arrest of two Hezbollah terrorists who were believed to have been plotting an attack against Israeli tourists in Thailand.

Posted on April 20, 2014 .

OECD projects 3.5% growth for Israeli economy in 2015

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently projected that Israel’s economy will grow by 3.5 percent in 2015, a rate higher than the one attributed to the OECD’s other 33 member states.

Posted on April 20, 2014 .