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Backlash prompts mental health group to rethink canceling Israel confab

Thursday, August 8, 2019

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A European mental health association said it will rethink a decision to cancel a planned conference in Israel following widespread objections by academics worldwide. The European Network for Mental Health Service Evaluation, or Enmesh, had decided to scrap the gathering out of concern that it would cause pushback from pro-BDS groups. Instead … Read More

Saudi, U.S. officials express concern over threat to maritime traffic in Gulf

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Saudi Arabia Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih met U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Tuesday in Washington and said both sides expressed concern over threats targeting freedom of maritime traffic in the Arabian Gulf. “The meeting… dealt with the two countries’ concern over threats targeting freedom of maritime traffic in the Arabian Gulf. We affirmed our … Read More

Top UNRWA officials accused of sexual misconduct, other ‘serious ethical abuses’

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

An internal ethics report has alleged mismanagement and abuses of authority at the highest levels of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees even as the organization faced an unprecedented crisis after US funding cuts. The allegations included in the confidential report by the agency’s ethics department are now being scrutinized by UN investigators. The agency … Read More

Captured Israeli-Arab ISIS fighter: Israel is a democratic state

Monday, July 29, 2019

A captured Arab ISIS fighter in Syria who holds Israeli citizenship has said that living through the Second Intifada and in the West Bank has taught him that Israel “has not done 1% of what Bashar al-Assad has done.” In an interview with BBC Arabic’s Feras Kilani, as reported by MEMRI, Sayyaf Sharif Daoud said … Read More

Delegation of Arab journalists to make unprecedented Israel visit

Monday, July 22, 2019

Arab journalists from around the Middle East will flock to Israel on Sunday following an invitation from the Foreign Ministry. Six reporters from countries including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt will cross into Israel via the Allenby Bridge for a series of meetings and events with Israeli officials. “The delegation will … Read More

U.S. SECRETARY OF ENERGY VISITS KOTEL, YAD VASHEM

Monday, July 22, 2019

    United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry visited the Western Wall and the Yad Vashem museum in a visit to Jerusalem on Sunday. Perry was accompanied by his wife, Anita. Both were welcomed by Israel energy minister Yuval Steinitz. “Welcome to Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish nation,” Steinitz said to Perry. … Read More

Israel: Hundreds evacuated as fires engulf homes during scorching heatwave

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

    Several people treated for smoke inhalation as fires rage across the country Hundreds of Israelis were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday as brush fires sparked by a scorching heatwave raged across the country. Fires were reported from north to south, with Israel’s Fire and Rescue Services declaring an emergency situation and calling … Read More

False rocket alert jolts southern Israel for second time this week

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Residents of southern Israel were roused Wednesday morning by a rocket alert siren after a projectile fired from the Gaza Strip landed in open waters. The alarm was triggered in the city of Sderot and surrounding communities, which lie adjacent to the northern Gaza border. “Following reports regarding sirens which sounded in the city of … Read More

Synagogues are now conducting active shooter drills during services

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

(JTA) — When the ushers locked the door to the sanctuary, and the congregants prepared to flee the synagogue in preparation for a mass shooting, Rabbi Neil Cooper made sure it all happened before they had to take the Torahs out of the ark. Ten minutes later the worshippers were back in the pews, doors … Read More