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Barnard College students vote to boycott companies that work with Israel
Supporters of the measure said that Israel’s power advantage neutralized the need to include pro-Israel voices in the discussion.
Natalie Portman refuses to receive Genesis Prize in Israel
The Israeli-born actress and director does not “feel comfortable” participating in public events in Israel anymore due to “recent events.”
Arab MKs participate in Palestinian march mourning Israel’s founding
Some 10,000 people take part in “March of the Uprooted” near Haifa • Protesters chant, “We will never give up the fight,” “We’ll sacrifice our lives for Palestine” • Arab MK: What happened in 1948 was a human and national disaster by any measure.
Romanian ruling party says it plans to move embassy to Jerusalem
Israel drops leaflets warning Gazans not to approach border
Poland commemorates the 75th anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
“We bow our heads to their heroism, their bravery, their determination and courage,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said at the ceremony at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw.
Jaffa resident indicted for trying to form ISIS cell in Israel
World leaders congratulate the Jewish state on 70 years
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England wrote: “It is my pleasure to congratulate you warmly on the occasion of Independence Day, warm wishes for the joy and happiness of all of Israel’s citizens in the coming year.”
Trump tweets Israel ‘Happy Birthday’ message, reiterates embassy move
He says America “has no better friends anywhere.” It was followed by a Tweet by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who called Israel a “miracle.”
Dutch Jews fume over a plan to turn a historic synagogue into a restaurant
Tom Furstenberg, one of the leaders of the Beth Shoshanna community in the city of Deventer, said it would be “scandalous” if the idea was given a green light, as this would crush the hopes of restoring the site.
Durham, N.C., becomes first American city to ban police training with Israel
In an unanimous 6-0 vote, the council “opposes international exchanges with any country in which Durham officers receive military-style training since such exchanges do not support the kind of policing we want here in the City of Durham,” said in a statement.
Israel’s population tops 8.8 million on 70th anniversary
Having increased tenfold since 1948, it is expected to reach 15.2 million by the 2048 centennial, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.
Netanyahu, Rivlin reflect on Israel’s 70th anniversary in video messages
“This year Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary. That’s 70 years of freedom, 70 years of democracy, 70 years of bettering the world,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Transitioning from mourning to celebration, Israelis kick off 70th-year joy in Jerusalem
“There are those who seek to extinguish the light that emanates from Zion. I promise you; it will not happen,” says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the largest celebration of statehood to date.
Released Palestinian terrorist welcomed by Abbas, received as hero in West Bank
Palestinian Authority TV aired footage from a party for Fatah terrorist Rajaei Haddad, who was released from prison after serving 20 years for his involvement in the murder of an Israeli citizen.