Hamas plans to hold more than a dozen public executions

(JNS.org) The Palestinian terror group Hamas says it is planning to go ahead with the public executions of more than a dozen criminals in the near future. 

Posted on May 23, 2016 .

Netanyahu tells French prime minister to organize direct Israeli-Palestinian talks

(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told French Prime Minister Manuel Valls that he should help organize direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Paris.

Posted on May 23, 2016 .

Israel returns ancient sarcophagus covers to Egypt

(JNS.org) Israel on Sunday returned two ancient sarcophagus covers to Egypt in a sign of goodwill between the two nations, which have maintained a fragile political peace since 1979 but have seen increasingly warm relations in recent years. 

Posted on May 23, 2016 .

London’s Heathrow Airport considers Israeli security measures

(JNS.org) Due to increased warnings of potential Islamic State terror attacks in Europe, officials at London’s Heathrow Airport are considering implementing more stringent security protocols similar to those employed at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport.

Posted on May 23, 2016 .

Israeli home design app Houzz wins Google Play’s ‘Best App’ award

(JNS.org) The Israeli interior design app Houzz won "Best App" in the first Google Play awards. The app allows people to track design options by saving photos categorized by room type, location, and style. Users can also consult with each other, share choices with friends and family, and find design inspiration from top interior decorators.

Posted on May 23, 2016 .

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Posted on May 23, 2016 .

British feminist historian spurns Israeli prize on ‘political’ grounds

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) British historian Catherine Hall of University College London declined an Israeli award she was set to receive, the lucrative Dan David Prize, for what she called “political” reasons. Hall did not attend the award ceremony at Tel Aviv University (TAU) on Sunday.

Posted on May 23, 2016 .

Northern Israelis fear Lebanese border watchtowers could be manned by Hezbollah

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Residents of northern Israel have expressed concern over watchtowers they say have appeared on the Israeli-Lebanese border in recent days. The watchtowers are situated inside Lebanese territory, near the border fence. Locals fear that although the watchtowers were built by the Lebanese military, they could be manned by Hezbollah terrorists in future conflicts.

Posted on May 23, 2016 .

‘A lot of people just started beating me,’ Arab man says of Tel Aviv supermarket brawl

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A brawl erupted outside a central Tel Aviv supermarket on Sunday between Israeli Border Police officers and an Arab supermarket employee, sparking a massive uproar after witnesses claimed that the policemen used excessive force against the Arab man. Security-camera footage from the scene was inconclusive. 

Posted on May 23, 2016 .

Israel has world’s 6th-highest life expectancy, World Health Organization says

(JNS.org) Despite ongoing security threats and regional instability, Israelis can expect to live well into their 80s, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) newly released global report on life expectancy.

Posted on May 20, 2016 .

Israelis prefer Yisrael Beiteinu over Labor in governing coalition, polls show

(JNS.org) Israelis prefer Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to invite the Yisrael Beiteinu party to join his governing coalition over inviting the Labor party, according to polls.

Posted on May 20, 2016 .

Moshe Ya’alon announces ‘timeout’ from Israeli politics, promises return

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon stunned the political arena Friday by announcing his resignation on social media. In a statement he made later, Ya’alon stressed he was not exiting politics entirely and that he plans to vie for leadership roles in the future.

Posted on May 20, 2016 .

Belgium rejects financial aid request by daughters of slain Israeli couple

(JNS.org) Belgium’s government refused to provide financial assistance requested by the daughters of Israeli parents who were killed in the 2014 terror attack on the Brussels-based Jewish Museum of Belgium, the French-language newspaper La Dernière Heure reported.

Posted on May 19, 2016 .

U.S. House passes religious freedom bill protecting circumcision, ritual slaughter

(JNS.org) The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill expanding the protection offered by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to include male circumcision and ritual animal slaughter.

Posted on May 19, 2016 .

Islamic State threatens Israel with global war

(JNS.org) The Islamic State terror group said in its newsletter this week that its “war against Israel will not be limited by geographical boundaries or by international norms.”

Posted on May 19, 2016 .

French bank closes account of BDS group

(JNS.org) A major French bank has shut down the account of a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement group on the grounds that it is illegal in France to support financial transactions of entities seeking to boycott Israel.

Posted on May 19, 2016 .

Jewish cemetery headstones desecrated in U.K. city of Manchester

(JNS.org) Fourteen headstones at a Jewish cemetery in the British city of Manchester were vandalized in an apparent anti-Semitic act. The headstones were smashed on Wednesday in Charlestown, a ward in northeastern Manchester.

Posted on May 19, 2016 .

EgyptAir plane crash likely terrorism, experts and officials say

(JNS.org) An EgyptAir flight with 66 passengers and crew members heading from Paris to Cairo crashed into the Mediterranean Sea near the Greek island of Crete early on Thursday morning, after first disappearing from radar screens, according to Egyptian and Greek officials.

Posted on May 19, 2016 .

Israeli natural gas deal revived thanks to softening of contested clause

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) After a series of hurdles, a breakthrough has been achieved in the negotiations over a deal that would regulate the exploration, harvesting, and development of Israel’s Tamar and Leviathan offshore natural gas fields.

Posted on May 19, 2016 .

Israel faces ‘moderate’ risk for Zika virus outbreak, WHO warns

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report on Wednesday warning that the Zika virus was expected to spread to parts of Europe and its surrounding region this coming summer, dividing countries into ones that have “moderate” and “low” risks of an outbreak. Israel was labeled as facing a moderate risk.

Posted on May 19, 2016 .