UN human rights office calls Israeli soldier’s prison sentence ‘excessively lenient’

(JNS.org) The human rights office of the United Nations described the 18-month prison sentence of Israel Defense Forces Sgt. Elor Azaria, who killed an incapacitated Palestinian terrorist last March, as “excessively lenient” and “unacceptable.”

Posted on February 24, 2017 .

Israel closes Hamas-operated school in eastern Jerusalem over incitement

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israeli Education Ministry, Jerusalem District Police and Shin Bet security agency Thursday shut down a Hamas-operated school in eastern Jerusalem for incitement.

Posted on February 24, 2017 .

Impeachment proceedings underway for Arab Knesset member

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin filed a petition with Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to begin impeachment proceedings against Arab lawmaker Member of Knesset Basel Ghattas, following Ghattas’s indictment for allegedly smuggling cell phones and other materials to Palestinian security prisoners.

Posted on February 24, 2017 .

India’s Modi approves $2.5 billion missile deal with Israel

(JNS.org) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the $2.5 billion purchase of an advanced Israeli-made anti-aircraft missile system for India's army Wednesday.

Posted on February 23, 2017 .

South Carolina the latest state to tackle campus anti-Semitism

(JNS.org) South Carolina lawmakers are considering a new bill to help school administrators better combat anti-Semitism at state universities, making their state the latest to tackle the phenomenon of campus anti-Semitism.

Posted on February 23, 2017 .

Jewish, Christian groups to fund and implement security upgrades for Jews in Nice

(JNS.org) Two international organizations announced that they will fund and implement security upgrades to protect the Jewish community in the French city of Nice, where an Islamic State truck-ramming terror attack killed 86 people last July. 

Posted on February 23, 2017 .

New Iron Dome interceptor successfully tested, Israel’s defense ministry says

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A new missile interceptor developed for the Iron Dome defense system was recently successfully tested, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The routine tests are part of the anti-rocket system's ongoing developments and upgrade, the ministry said.

Posted on February 23, 2017 .

Israel names four new conservative justices to Supreme Court

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel’s Judicial Nomination Committee named four new justices to the country’s 15-member Supreme Court, out of 27 candidates who were short-listed for the bench.

Posted on February 23, 2017 .

Pence visits vandalized Missouri Jewish cemetery, pitches in on repair effort

(JNS.org) Vice President Mike Pence visited the Jewish cemetery near St. Louis, Mo., Wednesday to pitch in on efforts to repair more than 170 tombstones that were damaged by vandals.

Posted on February 23, 2017 .

ADL receives bomb scare amid wave of threats to Jewish community

(JNS.org) The national headquarters of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was targeted with a bomb threat Wednesday amid a wave of threats against the American Jewish community.

Posted on February 22, 2017 .

UN envoy Haley mets with family of slain IDF soldier kidnapped by Hamas

(JNS.org) U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley met with the family of Lt. Hadar Goldin, an Israeli soldier who was killed in action by Hamas then kidnapped during Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip in 2014.

Posted on February 22, 2017 .

Netanyahu speaks of rising anti-Semitism in address to Australian Jews

(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of the rising anti-Semitism across the world in an address to Australia’s Jewish community Wednesday.

Posted on February 22, 2017 .

Arab media report Israeli strikes on Hezbollah targets near Damascus

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Arab media claimed Wednesday that the Israeli Air Force struck Hezbollah targets in Al-Qutayfah, northeast of Damascus, Syria. The report has not been corroborated by any official Israeli source.

Posted on February 22, 2017 .

First Christian Arab earns spot in elite Israeli Air Force pilots course

(JNS.org) An Israeli Christian Arab was among the cadets who began the Israeli Air Force's 179th pilots course three months ago, Israel Hayom reported. The young man, whose name cannot be revealed, is the first Christian Arab to make it into the prestigious course.

Posted on February 22, 2017 .

Israeli prime minister makes historic visit to Australia

(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his historic visit to Australia, the first by a holder of his office, Wednesday by praising his counterpart Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s commitment to standing up for Israel on the world stage.

Posted on February 22, 2017 .

Ancient Hebrew inscriptions found in Galilee synagogue

(JNS.org) Two ancient Hebrew inscriptions dating back some 1,800 years to the Roman period were found on the capital of a limestone column during restoration work being carried out in an ancient synagogue in the Western Galilee town of Peqiʽin in Israel.

Posted on February 21, 2017 .

Egyptian, Jordanian leaders urge not to 'give up' on two-state solution

(JNS.org) The leaders of Jordan and Egypt, Israel’s two main Arab allies, reaffirmed their support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at a meeting in Cairo Tuesday.

Posted on February 21, 2017 .

Iran’s Khamenei calls for Palestinian intifada, Israel a ‘cancerous tumor’

(JNS.org) Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on the Palestinians to pursue another intifada (violent uprising) against Israel while claiming the Israeli government is a “cancerous tumor” that should be confronted.

Posted on February 21, 2017 .

Netanyahu declares ‘pivot to Asia’ during Singapore visit

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel is “pivoting toward Asia” during an official visit to Singapore.

Posted on February 21, 2017 .

Vandals damage Jewish cemetery, more bomb threats aimed at JCCs

(JNS.org) Vandals recently damaged some 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Missouri, and nearly a dozen Jewish community centers (JCCs) received bomb threats Monday, amid an uptick in anti-Semitism across the U.S.

Posted on February 21, 2017 .