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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 […]

Map at School’s “Multicultural Night” Replaces Israel

March 14, 2019, by

At an Atlanta middle school’s “multicultural night,” a map that showed Palestine in place of present-day Israel. The map was placed on a table dedicated to Palestinian culture at the event held by the Autrey Mill Middle School in Alpharetta. There was no contextual information displayed, nor did the exhibit mention Israel. “We condemn this attempt […]

A Resurgence of Yiddish in Finland

March 14, 2019, by

There are about 1,500 Jews in Finland, 1,200 of whom live in Helsinki. The history of the Jews in Finland begins with the Cantonists, Jewish boys from Czarist Russia who were conscripted into the military from the 17th through the 19th centuries. After being discharged, Russian authorities allowed them to settle in Finland, where a number […]

Israel Ranked 10th Healthiest Country

March 6, 2019, by

The Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index has ranked 169 nations based on life expectancy, sanitation, access to medical care and other factors, imposing penalties for such health risks as tobacco use and obesity. According to this index, Israel is the 10th healthiest country in the world. The Mediterranean diet, common not only in Israel but also in […]

How to Decode a Kosher Label

March 6, 2019, by

Fewer than 2% of America’s population is Jewish but 41% of packaged food in America is kosher. According to the marketing firm Lubicom, there are 35 million non-Jewish consumers of kosher products and the kosher food market is projected to grow 11.6% by 2025. As the world of kosher certification grows, the public’s questions grow […]

Chief Rabbi of Argentina Beaten in Home Attack

February 27, 2019, by

Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich, the chief rabbi of Argentina, was assaulted in a home invasion by a gang who broke into his apartment. The chief rabbi was hospitalized with serious injuries, including nine broken ribs. “We know that you are the AMIA (Jewish center) rabbi,” his attackers shouted before beating Davidovich. The attack happened at approximately 2:00 […]

Will Israel Reach the Moon?

February 22, 2019, by

For decades, the moon was the exclusive domain of the superpowers. The Soviet Union landed Luna 2 on the moon in 1959. The United States landed Ranger 4 three years later. These were both “hard landings” (i.e., crash landings); both countries made “soft landings” (i.e., controlled descents) in 1966, followed by China five decades later, […]

Oxford Students Call to Ban Kosher Meat

February 21, 2019, by

The Junior Common Room, a student association at Oxford University’s Somerville College, has passed a non-binding motion that effectively bans all kosher and halal meat. The ban calls on the college to serve only meat that has been stunned before being killed. This excludes kosher and halal meat, which cannot be stunned before slaughter. “We want all our […]

Former Saudi Intelligence Chief Reveals Secret Relations with Israel

February 21, 2019, by

Former Saudi Intelligence Chief Turki Al-Faisal has revealed secret relations between Israel and a number of Arab nations dating back as far as 25 years. Israeli journalist Barak Ravid says that Al-Faisal agreed to speak to a program called “The Secrets of the Gulf,” which explores the secret relations between Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and […]

In Brussels, Formerly Vibrant Synagogues are Dying

February 15, 2019, by

Thirty years ago, the Sephardic Synagogue on Pavillion Street was packed with children and teens, playing for hours and scampering around the synagogue’s spacious yard. Now, the building once occupied by the congregation is deserted and the yard is overgrown with vegetation in what has become one of the Brussels’ seediest areas. Coinciding with increasing anti-Semitism, government-led crackdowns […]