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University Students Adopt and Beautify Jerusalem School

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Hebrew University and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design students who are recipients of scholarships from the ISEF Foundation are rolling up their sleeves and have begun to renovate and beautify the Givat Gonen School in Katamonim. The Katamonim neighborhood is an area whose residents suffer from a low socioeconomic...

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Israeli Court Sentences Hamas Terrorist to 15½ Years in Prison

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel’s Beersheba District Court on Tuesday sentenced 24-year-old Muhammad Abu Draz, an operative of Hamas’s Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, to 15½ years in prison after convicting him of membership in a terrorist organization, conspiracy to commit an act of terror, attempted murder, several illegal arms offenses, and a series of national security offenses.

Draz was convicted and sentenced as part of a plea bargain that his defense attorney had negotiated with Israel. A resident of the Gaza Strip, Draz was apprehended by security forces during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge...

Israel Is Lone Nation Criticized by UN for Women’s Rights Violations

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(JNS.org) In Friday’s annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Israel was the only country the commission criticized for alleged women’s rights violations.

A CSW report titled “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women” criticizes Israel for what it calls “high levels of unemployment and poverty” among Palestinian women due to Israel’s control over territories including the West Bank, Gaza, and eastern Jerusalem. (Gaza is governed by the Hamas terrorist group.)

“Palestinian women and girls still face significant obstacles in accessing basic services, health care, psychosocial support, water and sanitation, justice institutions...

US House Speaker John Boehner to Visit Israel by End of March

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(JNS.org) Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner (R-Ohio) will travel to Israel later this month to meet with newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The speaker will visit Israel during the next district work period,” Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith said in a statement on Friday. “He looks forward to visiting the country, discussing our shared priorities for peace and security in the region, and further strengthening the bond between the United States and Israel.”

Boehner, who will reportedly lead a Congressional delegation of Republican lawmakers on the Israel visit, recently angered the Obama administration by arranging Netanyahu’s March...

Meet Emily: A Lone Soldier From the IDF

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“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43:2-3)

Emily Young, originally from Scarsdale, NY, is one of many lone soldiers who served in the IDF. Breaking Israel News spoke with Emily in an exclusive interview to find out what the life of a lone soldier was like.

Emily, who was recently released from the IDF Foreign Affairs Unit, begins her story with the enlistment process. She...

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