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Columbia Professor Compares Israel to Islamic State

April 11, 2019, by

Hamid Dabashi, a professor in Columbia University’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, wrote on Facebook last week that the only difference between Israel and the Islamic State is that Zionist columnists defend the Jewish state’s “terrorist cause.” Dabashi’s post read in part: “The only difference: ISIS does not have a platoon of […]

BD”E Cantor Sherwood Goffin

April 11, 2019, by

Renowned cantor Sherwood Goffin recently passed away at the age of 77. Cantor Goffin received his cantorial degree from Yeshiva University’s Belz School of Jewish Music, where he later taught. He was the founding chazzan at Manhattan’s Lincoln Square Synagogue, where he served for half a century. In 1986, Cantor Goffin received Cantor-for-Life tenure from the […]

Israeli Twitter Trolls BDS-Supporting Celebrity

April 4, 2019, by

As an April Fools’ prank, a Twitter account managed by the Israeli government trolled Roger Waters, the famously anti-Israel co-founder of the band Pink Floyd. 4IL, an account run by Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, announced that Waters would be playing a concert in Tel Aviv in July. Waters was not amused, […]

Yad Vashem Urges End to “Divisive Anti-Semitic Language”

April 4, 2019, by

During the recent AIPAC conference, Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust memorial, ran an ad in The New York Times and The Washington Post urging politicians to put an end to using “divisive anti-Semitic language and distorted Holocaust references.” “We implore all leaders and citizens to refrain from hateful discourse, and to reaffirm the common humanity that binds […]

BD”E Rav Yisroel Avrohom Portugal ztz”l, the Skulener Rebbe

April 2, 2019, by

The Skulener Rebbe, HaGaon HaRav Yisroel Avrohom Portugal ztz”l has passed away at the age of 95. The Rebbe passed away Monday afternoon at John Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore after being hospitalized there for nearly two months. The funeral was held on Tuesday morning at the Skulener Bais Medrash in Boro Park with tens of […]

State Department Drops “Occupied” from Descriptions of West Bank, Golan

March 26, 2019, by

The State Department has ended the policy of referring to the West Bank and the Golan Heights as being “occupied” by Israel. In the Department’s annual report on global human rights issues, the Golan Heights are referred to as “Israeli-controlled.” A State Department official said that the change does not reflect a change in policy regarding […]

Senior Israeli Official: No Cease-Fire With Hamas Yet

March 26, 2019, by

A rocket from Gaza hit central Israel on Monday, leading the Israeli air force to launch an offensive against Hamas targets. Seven people were wounded after a house north of Tel Aviv was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip. The attack prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut short his visit to Washington and return to Israel. Cities near […]

Father of 12 Dies from West Bank Attack

March 20, 2019, by

An Israeli father of 12 who was shot during a terror attack in the West Bank has died of his wounds. Rabbi Achiad Ettinger of Eli is the second to die from the attack at the Ariel and Gitai junctions. Rabbi Ettinger had managed to fire four shots at his attacker after being shot in the […]

Dutch Journalist’s Purim Prank Makes Waves

March 20, 2019, by

Dutch Jews were shocked to read a column by the editor of the country’s main Jewish weekly announcing that she is leaving for Israel because of rising anti-Semitism. “I am leaving for the only country where getting called a dirty Jew simply means I have to take a bath,” wrote Esther Voet, editor-in-chief of Nieuw […]

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt Refuse Clause Prohibiting Normalization with Israel

March 14, 2019, by

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt have rejected a statement by the Union of Arab Parliaments calling for an end to normalization with Israel. Marzouq Al-Ghanim, speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, suggested that the final statement of their 29th meeting include a recommendation to stop normalizing ties with Israel. Speaker of the Saudi Shura Council Abdullah […]