Monday, April 06, 2020

Israel/World

Jewish Federations of North America Launches National Effort for Nonprofits in Crisis

(JNS) Following the enactment of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the largest emergency aid package in U.S. history, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has announced a national program to help Jewish nonprofits access financial support made possible through the legislation.

Gov. Cuomo Renames State Hate-Crime Bill After Late Victim of Chanukah Stabbing

(JNS) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this week that he will rename the state’s Domestic Terrorism Act after Yosef Neumann, who died on March 29 of the injuries he suffered three months earlier during a stabbing attack on the last night of Chanukah in Monsey, N.Y.

Cuomo has called on the state

Cooperation Between Israel, Palestinians in Fighting Virus Applauded During UN Call

(JNS) The U.N. Security Council held its monthly discussion on the Middle East via a video conference this week.

Special Coordinator for the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov opened the discussion by praising the recent cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians in the fight against the coronavirus

Pentagon Considers Keeping Paratroopers in Middle East Amid Iranian Threat

(JNS) The Pentagon is looking into keeping a reaction force of roughly 3,500 U.S. troops sent to the Middle East in January in response to Iranian-backed riots at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

The Daily Beast reported this week about the possible extension of the deployment of the 1st Brigade Combat Team

Syria Claims It Shot Down Missiles Fired From Israeli Warplanes

(JNS) Syrian air defenses shot at missiles this week fired from Israeli warplanes and shot down some of them, Syrian state media said.

The jets fired missiles while flying in Lebanese airspace and targeted a Syrian army position, the outlet said according to a report by the Associated Press

US to Designate New ISIS Leader as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’

(JNS) The U.S. State Department has announced that it intends to designate new Islamic State leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, or SDGT.

Al-Mawla succeeds former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who died in October. Al-Mawla was active in

Israeli Startup to Donate 120,000 Face Masks to Hospitals, Medical Personnel

(JNS) An Israeli startup will donate around 120,000 masks made with an anti-pathogen, anti-bacterial fabric it developed that could help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), to Israeli hospitals, medical professionals and coronavirus patients, reported The Jerusalem Post.

“Sonovia Ltd. is

Amazon Bans Selling of Most Editions of ‘Mein Kampf,’ Books on Nazi Propaganda

(JNS) The online retail giant Amazon has banned the sale of most editions of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” and other Nazi propaganda books after being pushed to do so for decades by leading Holocaust-education charities and Jewish groups, The Guardian reported on Monday.

Amazon informed booksellers

Israel to Evacuate Backpackers Stranded in Peru

(JNS) Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced that a passenger jet will be sent to Peru to begin evacuating Israelis that were stranded in the South American country when it shut its borders in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said Peruvian authorities

Netanyahu Election Lead Shrinks, Raising Prospect Of Another Israel Vote

(Algemeiner) At press time, Israel appeared headed into another political stalemate after nearly complete results indicated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had failed to secure a clear majority for a right-wing bloc in parliament, despite his claim of victory.

With 99% of votes counted,

Israeli Government Releases More Guidelines to Combat Spread of Coronavirus

(Ynetnews) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yaakov Litzman announced that Israelis arriving from France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Spain must enter a two-week period of quarantine. Non-Israelis will be allowed in from those same destinations if they can be quarantined for the first two weeks of their

Sanders and Biden Secure Victories on Super Tuesday

(Arutz Sheva) Primaries for the Democratic presidential nomination were held on Super Tuesday.

 As of 11:15 p.m. EST on Tuesday, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was the biggest winner, having been projected to win in Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas,

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