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UN Security Council president: Israelis and Palestinians need to ‘get back to negotiating table’
January 18, 2022
The Norwegian ambassador speak about her current term as president of the U.N. Security Council, including her renewed focus on the peace process, Israeli settlements and Palestinian incitement.
New Berlin poster campaign aims to get Germans to recognize anti-Semitic biases
January 18, 2022
“It’s clear that German culture and society is still coming to terms with the Jewish component of their history. And while the politics have moved forward, we still see many take deep fallback positions when talking about the Jewish community,” said Joel Rubin, executive director of the American Jewish Congress and a former U.S. State Department official.
At new Israel office, Abraham Accords Peace Institute sees ‘explosive growth’ on horizon
January 14, 2022
“The scholars and fellows program that we’re working on—with a goal of having student and faculty exchange between universities in the region—is something that’s going to be a game-changer because this is bringing a peace between peoples,” said David Aaronson, deputy director of Abraham Accords Peace Institute’s new Israel office.
‘A lost Jewish history reclaimed’: New digital archive reveals pre-Holocaust world
January 10, 2022
“We were not simply the beat-up remnants of a civilization, the victims of anti-Semitism. It was a dynamic, thriving, self-reflective and ambitious culture,” says CEO of YIVO Jonathan Brent.
After delays, will UN update its blacklist of companies tied to Israeli settlements?
January 6, 2022
“The High Commissioner will say privately that she inherited this problem, but we think she had the ability to postpone the release of the blacklist. She knows it doesn’t serve any kind of positive purpose,” said former Israel Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon.
Israel remains optimistic bias may shift as UAE, other nations join UN Security Council
January 5, 2022
The Emiratis join Albania, Brazil, Gabon and Ghana in installing their countries’ flags outside the council chamber, replacing Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam.
UN inquiry comes with new independent facade, same anti-Israel bias
December 29, 2021
“It has the appearance of being run by judges, like a court case. That’s the effect, and that’s why it can be so troubling for Israel in the eyes of the global public,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.
Israeli apartheid comparison spurs call for ‘moral clarity’ in weighing Desmond Tutu’s legacy
December 28, 2021
“People in the human rights community were looking for a cause to replace the South African anti-apartheid movement, and they found it in Tutu. It’s a tragic part of his story and a real problem for his historical legacy,” said Dexter Van Zile, a Christian media analyst for CAMERA.
Striving for substance over flash, former envoy’s book goes behind the scenes of Trump peace efforts
December 27, 2021
“To me what's very important for people to understand is that it’s a new Middle East, that there aren’t a lot of people who lived through the most recent four years of this Middle East,” Jason Greenblatt tells JNS.
Stalemate on Palestinian consulate issue is all about the symbolism
December 24, 2021
Jake Walles, the U.S. consul general and chief of mission in Jerusalem from 2005-2009, recently said that, for almost all practical matters, it makes little difference in the end whether the sign above the door reads, “U.S. Consulate” or “Palestinian Affairs Unit.”
UN official warns of looming flare-up between Israelis and Palestinians
December 22, 2021
While U.N. Special Coordinator for the Peace Process Tor Wennesland urged steps to prevent “another destructive and bloody round of violence,” Russia used the U.N. Security Council’s monthly meeting on the Situation in the Middle East to call for Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas to reunite.
Jake Sullivan heads to Israel to discuss near-term plan for Iran’s nuclear program
December 21, 2021
As U.S. national security advisor prepares for his trip to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, senior Biden administration official says Washington and Jerusalem “will talk about where we see the state of Iran's nuclear program and some of the timelines.”
EXCLUSIVE: Illinois poised to divest from Unilever amid continued Ben & Jerry’s boycott fallout
December 20, 2021
The Illinois Investment Policy Board is scheduled to vote on divesting its pension funds of investments in Unilever at its meeting on Wednesday morning in Chicago, multiple sources told JNS.
Amid warming ties with Muslim world, observers see Bangladesh as potential partner for Israel
December 20, 2021
“Bangladesh has centers of innovation, a big population, resources and people understand that the next step in business is innovation, as the old technologies are cold and spoiled, and have a limited lifespan,” said Ilan Sztulman Starosta of the Israeli Consulate in Dubai.