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Israeli Security Forces Uncover Gaza Smuggling Ring That Used Washing Machines

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(JNS.org) A joint operation by Israel’s police, military and Shin Bet security agency uncovered a network of Palestinian smugglers who were using common household devices to smuggle goods into the Gaza Strip that were destined for the Hamas terror group.

According to the Shin Bet, the smuggling network brought in hundreds...

Israeli Legal Rights Group Files Lawsuit Against Twitter Over Role in Islamic State Attacks

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(JNS.org) The Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center, a Tel Aviv-based legal rights organization, has filed a lawsuit against Twitter over the social media giant’s alleged role in aiding and abetting the Islamic State terror group in attacks in Paris (November 2015) and Brussels (March 2016).

Shurat HaDin filed the lawsuit on behalf of the families of victims of the aforementioned terror attacks.

“This is the first lawsuit to document Twitter’s key role in the rise of ISIS to become the most feared terrorist organization in the world, and to detail how ISIS used Twitter specifically in connection with two of the worst terror attacks in Europe’s recent history,” Nitsana...

Trump Names Son-In-Law Jared Kushner as Senior Adviser

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(JNS.org) President-elect Donald Trump has appointed his Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as senior adviser to the president.

The 35-year-old Kushner, an Orthodox Jew married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who converted to Judaism, played a key role in the 2016 presidential campaign. His new position is expected to test the limits of federal anti-nepotism rules.

“Jared has been a tremendous asset and trusted adviser throughout the campaign and transition, and I am proud to have him in a key leadership role in my administration,” Trump said in a statement.

“He has been incredibly successful, in both business and now politics. He will be an invaluable member of my team as I set...

High Court Orders State to Explain Refusal to End Western Wall Discrimination

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(Andrew Friedman/TPS) The High Court of Justice has given the state 30 days to explain why women are not being allowed to pray freely at or near the Western Wall.

Attempts by non-Orthodox Jewish groups to read the Torah, to wear Jewish prayer shawls and to hold mixed-gender prayers at the holy site has caused friction, and occasional violence, with ultra-Orthodox visitors to the site for years.

Last February, Prime Minister Netanyahu and the cabinet approved the establishment of an egalitarian prayer section, also adjacent to the Western Wall to the south of the current plaza, outside the jurisdiction of the Orthodox-dominated Israeli chief rabbinate. But following an uproar from the...

Israeli Security Cabinet Orders IDF to Raze Home of Jerusalem Terrorist

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(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel’s diplomatic-security cabinet approved several security measures in the wake of the Jerusalem truck-ramming attack that killed four Israeli soldiers and wounded at least 16 Sunday.

Israeli government ministers voted unanimously to order the Israel Defense Forces to raze terrorist Fadi al-Qanbar’s home in the Eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber. Members of the terrorist’s family will not be able to meet with relatives who live in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and his body will not be returned to his family for burial.

Al-Qanbar—a 28-year-old father of four—had a criminal record, but had no known ties to any terrorist...

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