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What You Need to Know About Trees, Tu B’Shevat and the Jewish National Fund

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The Midrash in Kohelet Rabbah teaches that God told man He created everything for him. “Be careful not to spoil or destroy my world—for if you do, there will be nobody after you to repair it,” God said.

For more than a century, Keren Kayemet LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), which calls itself...

Mobilizing for Israel’s Injured Soldiers

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This past summer, as Israel was facing a wave of terrorism, a stolen car breached a checkpoint not far from Jerusalem. In the bedlam of the attack, the checkpoint’s commander, a Bedouin border patrol officer from the north of Israel, was seriously wounded.

The commander’s wife and several small children raced to Jerusalem to be by his side as he was hospitalized, and their lives were thrown into disarray. When Yashar LaChayal’s staff heard about the family’s predicament (the injured officer being the primary breadwinner) they knew they had to act.

Yashar LaChayal is a non-profit organization that was funded during the Second Lebanon War for a single purpose—to provide...

State Department to Review Obama’s Last-Minute Aid to the PA

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The State Department confirmed to The Jewish Link that it is reviewing a last-minute decision by former Secretary of State John Kerry to send over $220 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the final hours of the Obama administration.

On Monday, The Associated Press published an article stating that then-President Barack Obama defied Republican opposition and quietly released the money to the PA, in his last official act, just before Donald Trump became president.

The State Department said on Tuesday it would look at the payment and could make adjustments to ensure it complies with the Trump administration’s priorities.

“In a final act, then-Secretary of State John Kerry...

White House Mum on Latest Israeli Settlement Construction Announcement

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(JNS.org) In a departure from the Obama administration, the White House was mum on the latest announcement of Israeli settlement construction.

On Tuesday, Israel approved the construction of 2,500 new homes for settlers in Judea and Samaria, which was the largest announcement in several years.

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, White House press secretary Sean Spicer was silent on the Israeli announcement, a stark departure from the Obama administration that routinely criticized Israeli construction and considered it an obstacle to peace.

“Israel continues to be a huge ally of the United States,” Spicer said, without directly addressing the issue of settlements. “[Trump]...

Israeli Rape Victim Recognized as Victim of Hate Crime

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(Ilana Messika/TPS) A Jewish student who was sexually assaulted by a group of Palestinians was granted recognition as the victim of a “hate crime,” meaning she will be entitled to the benefits accorded to victims of terror.

Defense Ministry Attorney Yedidya Oron said the decision was based on the police investigation’s evidence, which demonstrated that the victim had been “attacked for being a Jew and therefore the incident must be understood as having a nationalistic background.”

In February 2008, the then-25-year-old woman was attacked by a group of Palestinians in a public garden near the Old City of Jerusalem. The perpetrators, minors at the time, surrounded, robbed, and...

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