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A Taliban spokesman sat down with Israeli state TV. He says he didn’t mean to.

By PHILISSA CRAMER

(JTA) — The interview that aired Tuesday was surprising not for what the Taliban spokesman said, but because of who was conducting it: a reporter for Israel’s state TV news channel.

Suhail Shaheen, who has been giving interviews in English from Qatar since the Taliban retook control of Afghanistan, said he had no idea that he was speaking to someone from an Israeli news organization. The Taliban,...

Poland is considering canceling Israel’s annual school trips to former concentration camps

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Amid a growing diplomatic crisis between Israel and Poland, a senior Polish diplomat said his government is considering canceling annual educational school trips from Israel to former Nazi death camps.

Paweł Jabłoński, deputy minister of foreign affairs, told journalists Monday that his government is “reviewing” the trips, which he called “propaganda,” Gazeta Prawa reported. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, tens of thousands of Israeli youths annually visited...

Arizona is the 8th state to launch review into possible Ben & Jerry’s sanctions

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — Arizona has become the eighth state to begin reviewing whether Ben & Jerry’s plans to withdraw from doing business in the West Bank merits sanctions under its law targeting the Israel boycott movement.

In emails obtained by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the state’s treasurer last week asked Unilever, the ice cream manufacturer’s parent company, to comply with its 2016 law. It requires state entities, including...

Teen Israel Leadership Institute to offer free virtual presentations

The Center for Israel Education has announced a closing date for applications on Sept. 5, 2021 for its next virtual Teen Israel Leadership Institute (TILI),to be held at 11:00 CDT on two consecutive Sundays, Sept. 19 and 26. Teenagers between 15 and 18 are encouraged to apply.

TILI’s interactive presentations are designed to enhance teenagers’ understanding of Israel and the Jewish State’s complexity as well as its unique role in establishing...

Natan Sharansky offered advice to cope with COVID lockdowns. Now, he’s recovering from the virus.

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — When the world shut down last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Natan Sharansky figured his experience as a Soviet political prisoner meant he had a thing or two to teach the millions of people who were suddenly confined to their homes.

So he recorded a video providing his advice that went viral among the many Jews around the world who have long seen him...

Israel to name Michael Herzog, the president’s brother and a longtime adviser to peace negotiators, as US ambassador

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Michael Herzog, a brigadier general who has a longtime relationship with an influential Washington think tank, will be the next ambassador to the United States, according to Israeli media reports.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid have settled on Herzog, the brother of President Isaac Herzog, for the role, The Jerusalem Post first reported Thursday. Other Israeli media confirmed the pick.

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Ben & Jerry’s franchisees call for company to rescind Israel decision

By AARON BANDLER

 Several U.S. Ben & Jerry’s franchisees have sent a letter to the company calling on them to rescind their July 19 decision to stop doing business in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

The letter was signed by franchisees in Seattle, Boston, San Francisco and St. Louis, among other major cities, that operate 30 stores and generate $23.3 million in combined revenue.

“There is a...

Israel’s judo team wins bronze medal in Olympics mixed team competition

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — Israel’s top judokas failed to medal in their individual competitions, but as a team, they came together to take home a bronze medal.

“Everyone had a week that was very disappointing on a personal level, but something about this special day led to everyone giving a little more for the team, and that’s what made the difference,” judoka Peter Paltchik said. “We were eulogized too...

Israel rolls out COVID ‘booster’ shots for the elderly in nursing homes

(TEL AVIV) – Under the direction of the Ministry of Health, Magen David Adom (MDA) began an extensive vaccination booster campaign on Sunday in nursing homes throughout Israel in an effort to curb the Delta variant and protect vulnerable populations.

“As Israel’s national rescue organization that has been at the forefront of the fight in Corona, we are proud to take on the national mission assigned...

Woman suffers injury in rock attack; synagogue vandalized in Bnei Brak

(TPS) — Arab terrorists threw rocks at an Israeli bus and other vehicles driving between Yakir and Revava on the West Bank on Sunday night, damaging the bus and injuring a woman.

The woman, who suffered injured to both eyes, was treated at the scene by a medical team, which then evacuated her to a nearby hospital.

This follows a report of vandalism at a synagogue in Bnei Brak on...