Tuesday, September 22nd 2020   |


Is Saudi Arabia about to go nuclear with China’s help?


– The recent normalization deals between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have fundamentally shifted the region’s alliances. Both Gulf countries maintain close ties with Saudi Arabia, and speculation abounds as to whether or not the Saudis will be the next country to formalize ties with the Jewish state.

While Israel may be on the verge of cementing a close alliance with major Sunni...

Hearing in trial of Hyper Cacher store killings set for Yom Kippur, and court won’t change the date

(JTA) — A hearing in the trial of alleged accomplices in the 2015 Hyper Cacher kosher store attack in Paris that left four people dead was set for Yom Kippur.

Lawyers for the families of victims have asked for a postponement for the Sept. 28 hearing, i24 News reported Tuesday. On the Day of Atonement, the most sacred on the Jewish calendar, Jews are prevented from traveling, working, eating and...

Germany pledges extra $26 million for Jewish security


(JTA) – Germany has pledged an additional $26 million to the country’s Jewish umbrella organization this year to cover security costs as Jewish leaders fret over a rise in right-wing anti-Semitism.

The announcement comes nearly a year after a violent attack on the synagogue in Halle, on Yom Kippur, which left two passersby dead. The alleged perpetrator, who attempted to enter the synagogue with a gun but...

NCJW to sponsor Virtual Town Hall for judges

The New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has just announced a new coalition with several other highly visible political organizations intended to educate and inform the public about the upcoming elections for area judges. 

Titled “The Justice We Want Depends on the Judges We Choose,” these Virtual Town Halls will hear from each of the candidates in a setting of 50-minutes...

The Israel-UAE-Bahrain peace deals, explained


(JTA) — Israel has signed diplomatic agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, two of its Arab neighbors, and the word “historic” has been used a lot. 

For Israel and the region, the so-called Abraham Accords signings truly were historic: There was a big ceremony on the White House Lawn, which conjured memories of Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shaking hands after signing...

White House ceremony celebrates new era for Israel, UAE and Bahrain — details to follow


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu has complained for years about Arab leaders telling their people one thing in Arabic and diplomats saying another to Western audiences in English.

Not on Tuesday.

Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, was on the White House lawn speaking — in Arabic — about the “innate principle” of peace and thanking the Israeli...

New York yeshiva closes after 13 students test positive for COVID-19

(JTA) – At least 13 students at a yeshiva in Queens, New York, tested positive for COVID-19 just weeks into the new school year and days before Rosh Hashanah.

Yeshiva Darchei Torah will transition to distance learning temporarily while the Health Department conducts an investigation, according to Politico.

The cases come on the heels of school closures and quarantines of entire classes in several Jewish day schools in the New...

Rockets fired from Gaza at Israel as Israel and UAE sign agreement in Washington

(JTA) — Rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israel on Tuesday during the signing ceremony in Washington, D.C., of the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted one of the two rockets, according to the Israeli military.

At least two people were injured by shrapnel near a mall in Ashdod, Israel’s Channel 12 News reported. Several cars also were damaged...

Swastikas spray-painted in Chattanooga, Tenn.

(JTA) — Swastikas were spray-painted on public spaces in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The swastikas were discovered on Sunday morning painted on the Walnut Street Bridge and in the Bluff View Art District. They were cleaned off by Monday.

The Chattanooga Police Department is looking at footage from security cameras, the Chattanoogan reported.

“While we do not know the intent of those who perpetrated this act, we know that the end result...

Trump campaign calls Mike Bloomberg an ‘elitist globalist’ after he pledges $100m to defeat Trump in Florida

(JTA) — The Trump campaign called former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg an “elitist globalist” after he pledged $100 million to help Joe Biden defeat President Donald Trump in the key state of Florida.

“Accepting Mini Mike’s money means Biden and Harris will be indebted to an elitist, globalist billionaire who said Biden lacked ‘management experience’ and wouldn’t be an effective president,” the campaign said Sunday in a release.