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Ilhan Omar, one of Israel’s fiercest critics in Congress, ekes out primary victory in Minnesota

By ANDREW LAPIN

(JTA) – One of Israel’s strongest critics in Congress narrowly survived a tough Democratic primary, as Rep. Ilhan Omar eked out a victory Tuesday in Minnesota’s 5th congressional district.

Omar, a two-term member of Congress who supports the movement to boycott Israel and once grouped Israel and the United States with Hamas and the Taliban in a statement about human rights abuses, faced a challenge from Don...

Report: Israeli hackers took down IRGC’s ‘Fars News’ website

– A hardline Iranian media outlet connected to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Fars News Agency, has reportedly had its website hacked by Israeli hackers.

According to an opposition-linked website, Iran International, the hackers took responsibility for the cyberattack on Sunday night.

Following the denial-of-service attack, which aims to render a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users by temporarily or permanently interrupting the services of a...

Ben & Jerry’s fears its new Israeli owner could sell ‘Judea and Samaria’ ice cream in latest court hearing

By ANDREW LAPIN

(JTA) – Could the new owner of Ben & Jerry’s Israeli business interests rename a flavor “Judea and Samaria”?

Avi Zinger, who bought the company’s Hebrew and Arabic branding from parent company Unilever last month, recently told an Israeli news outlet that he had the right to do so, and even proposed renaming “Chunky Monkey” to the Biblical name for the West Bank. 

And that threat, Ben...

White House issues statement on ceasefire in Gaza, Israel

(THE WHITE HOUSE) – President Joseph Biden issued the following statement on Sunday evening: 

I welcome the announcement tonight of a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza-based militants after three days of hostilities. 

Over these last 72-hours, the United States has worked with officials from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, and others throughout the region to encourage a swift resolution to the conflict. I thank President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and the senior...

Operation Breaking Dawn’: Heavy rocket barrages across Israel ahead of ceasefire with Islamic Jihad

– Terrorists in the Gaza Strip on Sunday night fired heavy barrages of rockets at southern and central Israel, as an Egypt-mediated ceasefire between the sides came into effect at 11:30 p.m. local time.

A statement from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that a truce had been reached, and thanked Egyptian mediators for their efforts.

“If the ceasefire is violated,” the statement qualified, “Israel maintains the right...

Islamic Jihad pummels Israel with rockets as IDF’s ‘Operation Breaking Dawn’ enters second day

(JNS.org) – The Israel Defense Forces on Saturday night was preparing for a “week of fighting” against Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, as terrorists in the enclave fired over 350 projectiles towards the Jewish state in the previous 24 hours.

The IDF said that the Iron Dome missile defense system had successfully intercepted 95 percent of the approximately 170 projectiles fired by PIJ that were headed for populated regions....

JFS holds Spring Soirée in August

In a case of better late than never,  Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFS) held its Spring Soirée, its first live gathering since 2019,  on Thursday, August 4 at Calcasieu, a Donald Link venue at 930 Tchoupitoulas Street. Originally scheduled for March, it was rescheduled because of an uptick in the COVID infection rate in March.

JFS, one of the constituent agencies of the Jewish Federation of Greater...

UN investigator apologizes for ‘Jewish lobby’ remark and other comments deemed antisemitic

By MADELINE FIXLER

(JTA) — A United Nations investigator has apologized for recently using the phrase “Jewish lobby” and suggesting that Israel could lose its U.N. membership, comments that drew widespread condemnation, including from U.S. officials.

Miloon Kothari sent an apology letter on Thursday to Federico Villegas, head of the U.N. Human Rights Council, for statements he made during a podcast interview last week with the anti-Zionist Mondoweiss site.

Kothari...

IDF attacks Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza

Israel Defense Forces (IDF), acting in cooperation with the Israel Security Agency, struck at several targets on Friday night in Gaza. which they had identified as part of an Islamic Jihad terror cell. According to Israeli officials, Taysir al-Jabari, one of the top two commanders in Islamic Jihad, was listed as having been killed as well as several others who were preparing to launch a missile attack against Israel.

“The...

Canada says Jews were most-targeted religious minority for hate crimes last year

By DAVID LAZARUS

MONTREAL (JTA) — Canada’s 380,000 Jews were the most targeted religious minority for hate crimes reported to police in 2021, the country’s official numbers keeper reported Tuesday.

Statistics Canada said that the Jewish community, comprising about 1% of the population, were victims of 14% of reported hate crimes. Jews saw a 47% rise in reported hate crimes compared to 2020, according to the bureau.

“We are deeply...