Friday, 30 September 2016 | New York Senator Chuck Schumer has criticized efforts to delegitimize and boycott Israel, slamming the BDS movement as “a modern form of anti-Semitism…Those who call for boycotts of Israel… are practicing whether they know it or not – a modern form of anti-Semitism,” Schumer told the Israeli American Council’s 2016
Friday, 30 September 2016 | Yossi Antebi, an 80-year-old resident of Tel Aviv, grew up in Aleppo, and is finding it hard to see his childhood home torn apart. “When I hear the reports, it pains me greatly. I see the places explode and know all the names,” shared Antebi. “We lived in the center
It is said to be the most painful experience that a parent will ever have to endure—the death of a child. On June 29, 2016—the beginning of the summer school holidays in Israel—Hallel Yaffa Ariel HYʺD (may HaShem avenge her blood) was sleeping in late. Young Ariel’s hometown, Kiryat Arba, is a stone’s throw away
Friday, 23 September, 2016 | The Sea of Galilee’s Kinneret Authority recently announced that the waterline currently stands at -213.375 meters [-700 ft] below sea level, which is 37.5 meters [123 ft] below the lake’s Red Line. The waterline for the lake needs to be four meters and 57 centimeters [14 ft 10 in] higher
Friday, 26 August 2016 | For a number of years the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction) movement was like a pesky fly buzzing about the heads of Israeli politicians… irritating but certainly not life-threatening. But, as the movement grew and garnered global support, that perception began to change. Gradually it became apparent that if
Friday, 12 August 2016 | Russia was the first country to condemn the attempted coup in Turkey and publically support Recept Tayyip Erdoğan’s regime. The Turkish president, for his part, publically thanked President Vladimir Putin at the start of his press conference in St. Petersburg and even referred to him as his “dear friend.” “This
Tuesday, 09 August 2016 | Arabs and Muslims are up in arms over a controversial visit to Israel by a retired Saudi general, Dr. Anwar Eshki, who is being accused of promoting “normalization with the Jews and the Zionist entity.” If “normalization” with Israel is being denounced as a major crime and sin, one can
“Cover your head in order that the fear of heaven may be upon you” (Shabbat 156b). In the religiously, culturally and ethnically diverse regions of the Jewish Diaspora (the Jewish population outside Israel), kippot (plural of kippah) are often worn simply as outward symbols of Jewishness. On the other hand, Jewish sages teach that the
What to do when nearly 400,000 of your people are legally disenfranchised from other citizens? That is the question that faces Israel regarding those living in Judea and Samaria (commonly referred to as the West Bank). Currently Judea and Samaria are not considered part of Israeli territory to which Israeli civil law applies. At the
Thirty one countries voted to adopt a new working definition of anti-Semitism, a move hailed by human rights activists as an important milestone in countering hatred. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance [IHRA]—an intergovernmental group comprised of 31 nations—adopted a definition based on the 2005 European Monitoring Centre (EUMC) Working Definition, which describes anti-Semitism as “a
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