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Israeli Father of 5 Attacked Outside His Home Saves His Children

March 2, 2016, by

From the JTA: A father of five who was attacked by two Palestinian teens said he managed to shove his assailants out of his West Bank home before they could hurt his family. Roi Harel was heading to army reserve duty in uniform at 5 a.m. Wednesday when the assailants attacked him with clubs and

1,600-Year-Old Wine Press Discovered in Old Jerusalem Army Base

March 2, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: An ancient wine press likely dating from Roman times was uncovered within the grounds of a disused IDF military base in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiques Authority said on Wednesday. The IAA excavated the former Schneller base ahead of the construction of residential buildings on the site for the capital’s ultra-Orthodox

Two Thirds of Americans Favor Israelis Over Palestians

March 1, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: Nearly two thirds of Americans (62 percent) favor Israel more than the Palestinians, as they have done for the past seven years, according to a Gallup poll published Monday. Just 15% say their sympathies lie with the Palestinians, up from a 20% peak in 2007. One in five respondents said

5 Young Chinese Women Arrive in Israel to Make Aliyah

February 29, 2016, by

From the JTA: Five women in their 20s from the Chinese Jewish community of Kaifeng arrived in Israel to make aliyah. The women, who have been studying Hebrew and Judaism in their native Kaifeng, arrived on Monday and then traveled to the Western Wall. They must still undergo a formal conversion by the Chief Rabbinate

Oberlin President Defends Free Speech of Anti-Semitic Professor

February 29, 2016, by

From the Forward. In response to an article revealing that an Oberlin College professor made numerous postings about Jews and Israel to Facebook, the liberal arts college’s president said the college “respects the right of its faculty, students, staff and alumni to express their personal views.” Marvin Krislov’s statement came after The Tower on Thursday

Miriam Peretz’s Speaking Engagements

February 29, 2016, by

Monday March 14 Yeshiva University Beren (Midtown) Campus 8:30 PM (Lecture + book sale & signing)   Tuesday March 15 The Edmond J. Safra Synagogue 11 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10065    

Hungarian Jews Will Rebury Remains of Nazi-Era Victims

February 25, 2016, by

From the Forward: Hungary’s Jewish community received government permission to bury human remains from the Holocaust that were found in the Danube River. The bones, which were discovered five years ago during construction work on the Margaret Bridge, belong to several people who were murdered either by being shot on the banks of the river

Netanyahu: World Must Condemn Iran for Paying Families of Terrorists

February 25, 2016, by

From The Times of Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday urged the world to condemn Iran for providing financial support to the families of Palestinian terrorists. The prime minister also called on the international community to denounce Palestinian incitement, which he said is the “number one cause of terrorism.” “Our fight against terrorism, which

Sudanese Stabber in Israel Was Islamic State Adherent

February 25, 2016, by

From the JTA: A Sudanese national who stabbed an Israeli soldier in Ashkelon was influenced to carry out the attack by the Islamic State, the Shin Bet said. The results of a joint investigation by the security service and police released Thursday determined that the assailant, Kamel Hassan, 32, was a devout Muslim and adherent

Meet 5 Israeli Companies Driving Disability Tech

February 24, 2016, by

Ben Sales of the JTA has this story: After a missile strike during the 1973 Yom Kippur War left Omer Zur’s father paralyzed from the chest down, his dad vowed to continue life as normal. But there was one Israeli pastime he couldn’t enjoy: hiking. “He’d say, ‘I’ll go in the car and meet you

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