Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Israeli Leaders: ‘World Cannot Remain Silent After Syrian Massacre’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “sharply condemned” the chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Idlib province on Tuesday and called on the international community to complete the process of removing all of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.

“When I saw pictures of babies suffocating

UNESCO Chief: ‘Jerusalem Is the Capital of King David’

(JNS.org) UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has rebuffed attempts by the U.N. cultural body to deny a historic Jewish connection to Jerusalem.

“In the Torah, Jerusalem is the capital of King David, where Solomon built the Temple and placed the Ark of the Covenant,” Bokova said

Columbia University Student Council Overwhelmingly Rejects BDS Resolution

(JNS.org) Columbia University’s student council this week overwhelmingly voted down a resolution that would have given the school’s entire student body an opportunity to express support for the anti-Israel BDS movement.

The council voted 26-5, with one abstention, to reject the

Conference of Presidents Leaders Meet With Newly Elected DNC Chair Tom Perez

(COPMJO release) The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations hosted newly elected Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Tom Perez at a meeting of leaders of member organizations of the conference. Chairman Perez emphasized the Democratic party’s strong commitment to maintain the overwhelming

UN Envoy Haley to Refocus Security Council Away From Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

(JNS.org) U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced she will refocus the U.N. Security Council away from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and instead toward longstanding issues that have been neglected in recent years, while she assumes the body’s presidency this month.

Trump Meets Jordan’s King Abdullah Amid Talk of Regional Peace Initiative

(JNS.org) Jordan’s King Abdullah II meets with President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday, following an Arab summit hosted in the Hashemite kingdom last week and amid talk of a new regional peace initiative headed by the Trump administration.

Trump and Abdullah are expected to discuss

10 Indian Bnei Menashe Couples Are Married in Israel

(Shavei Israel release) Ten Bnei Menashe couples, all of whom immigrated to Israel from Mizoram, India, in February, married at Shavei Israel’s absorption center in Kfar Hasidim on Sunday, April 2, under Jewish law in the wake of their formal conversion.

The 10 couples were among 102 new

Palestinian Official: No Negotiations Without Settlement Freeze

(Ilana Messika/TPS) Nabil Shaath, Fatah Commissioner for International Relations, said Wednesday that the Palestinian leadership will not come back to the negotiating table as long as Israel does not stop building in Judea and Samaria. He added that all settlement options must be based on the two-state solution.

AIPAC Conference Is an Exercise in Managing Reality

WASHINGTON—In recent years, the AIPAC lobby’s policy conferences have centered on hot-button issues such as the emerging and later finalized Iran nuclear deal, tension between the Obama administration and Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to Congress, and the surprising rise of candidate and now

Terror Attack Outside Parliament Stuns London

At press time, four people had been confirmed dead, a police officer had been stabbed and as many as 40 people had been run over outside London’s Parliament building as it was in session on Wednesday. The incident was being treated as a terror attack. London’s metropolitan police were called to the Parliament building at around

Palestinian Terrorist Who Killed American Teen Gets Four Life Sentences

(JNS.org) Palestinian terrorist Mohammed Abdel Basset al-Kharoub, who murdered American teen Ezra Schwartz, 18, in November 2015, received four life sentences from Israel’s Ofer military court.

Schwartz, a Massachusetts native, was studying in Israel for his gap year before his

US Boycotts UN Human Rights Session Targeting Israel

(JNS.org) The U.S. State Department announced Monday that it plans to boycott a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that will examine alleged Israeli human rights abuses against the Palestinians.

“As an expression of our deeply held conviction that this bias

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