Belgian parliament calls on EU to prepare list of ‘countermeasures’ against Israeli annexation


(JTA) — Some lawmakers in the Belgian parliament want to play the sanctions card on Israel should it follow through on stated plans to annex part of the West Bank.

The lower house, the Chamber of Representatives, passed a non-binding resolution on Friday morning calling on the...
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Israel immigration group Nefesh B’Nefesh reports highest number of applications since its founding

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organization that helps North Americans immigrate to Israel, said it has received the highest number of applications since its founding nearly two decades ago.

In the first half of June, over 900 applications have been submitted to the group for making the move to...
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New York Times hires opinion editor from The Intercept, a news site that’s harshly critical of Israel

(JTA) — Weeks after The New York Times drew a barrage of criticism after publishing an op-ed calling for the military to be deployed in American cities, the newspaper has hired the editor of a progressive news site that is harshly critical of Israel to help lead its opinion efforts.

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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to perform free online concert

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will offer a free concert available online as part of a virtual fundraising gala to help overcome losses due to COVID-19.

Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren will host the event. Registration is required to receive the link.

The program includes short performances by...
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Chuck Schumer and 2 other key pro-Israel Democrats warn Israel against annexation


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Three of Israel’s most stalwart boosters among Democrats in Congress are warning the country against annexing parts of the West Bank.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, and Sens. Ben Cardin of Maryland and Robert Menendez of New Jersey released a...
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With the number of cases rising, Israel extends emergency measures to halt spread of coronavirus

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Knesset approved extending emergency measures targeting the spread of the coronavirus as the number of cases in Israel saw its largest one-day increase in the past two months.

The legislation, which will remain in force for 45 days starting Wednesday, was approved late Tuesday night, as...
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Full text of the letter from House Democrats warning Israel about annexation of the West Bank

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Four Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are circulating a letter among their colleagues that would warn Israel of the perils of annexation. The full text is below.

Dear Colleague,

Recent reports indicate the Israeli government may soon consider annexation in the West Bank. We believe...
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House Democrats push new letter aimed at unifying the party behind an anti-West Bank annexation message to Israel


WASHINGTON (JTA) — House Democrats have put together a letter that they hope will unite their entire caucus in warning Israel against annexation of part of the West Bank.

The letter, now circulating among the party’s House caucus and obtained exclusively by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, warns...
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Israeli rabbis are divided over temperature checks on Shabbat, a tool to stop the spread of disease

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Top haredi Orthodox rabbis in Israel and the Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel are split over the use of thermometers on Shabbat as part of health checks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In Israel, the thermometers are used at the entrance to hospitals to make sure...
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US sanctions ICC officials pushing war crimes’ investigation against allies

The Trump administration authorized sanctions against International Criminal Court (ICC) officials who are investigating alleged war crimes against the United States and its allies, including Israel.

The administration also authorized visa restrictions on Thursday against ICC officials and their family members.

The ICC, which U.S. Secretary of...
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