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Israel

Phoenix Children’s Hospital lets go of doctor who accused Israel of cannibalism

(JNS.org) – A doctor who worked in radiology at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona is no longer affiliated with the center after posting on social media that Israel was a state based on inhumanity and even cannibalism, reinventing one of the oldest anti-Semitic tropes.

“All children in the care of Phoenix Children’s receive hope, healing and the best possible health care, regardless of race, color, disability, religion, gender, gender identity,...

Honduran embassy inaugurated in Jerusalem

(JNS.org) – Honduras dedicated its new embassy in Jerusalem on Thursday, becoming the fourth country to open an embassy in Israel’s capital, following the United States, Kosovo and Guatemala.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, who flew to Israel Wednesday to participate in the event, met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem prior to the dedication ceremony.

Following the private meeting, the two leaders held a working meeting with Foreign...

This is the secret to how Israel’s leading technology institute manages to drive so much innovation

By RENEE GHERT ZAND

In the century or so since its founding as Israel’s first university, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has acquired a reputation as a driving force of Israeli innovation.

Four Nobel Prize winners and several recipients of the prestigious Israel Prize are among its more than 100,000 graduates and faculty — not to mention creators of billion-dollar companies, life-saving medical technologies, and too many startups and innovative...

Palestinian Authority cancels deal for 1 million COVID vaccine doses from Israel

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — The Palestinian Authority canceled a deal that would have seen Israel give it one million COVID vaccine doses in exchange for a later shipment.

The P.A. made the move because many of the doses were set to expire in the coming weeks, according to Haaretz. By time Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila announced the cancelation, 100,000 of the doses had already been delivered.

The decision,...

Israel strikes more Hamas sites as incendiary balloons continue from Gaza

(JTA) — The Israeli military hit Hamas sites in Gaza with rockets for the second time this week on Thursday night in retaliation for incendiary balloons sent in to spark fires in southern Israel, raising fears that the recent Israel-Hamas cease-fire could be in jeopardy.

The cease-fire last month brought an end to over a week of intense fighting between Israel and Hamas that killed about 230 Gazans and 12...

How Naftali Bennett’s kippah stays on his bald head and why it matters

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Israel’s new prime minister is probably the first one who has stuck a wad of chewing gum to his head right before a public event.

Naftali Bennett, who took office this week, is the first prime minister in the country’s history to regularly wear a kippah, or Jewish ritual head covering. Unlike his secular predecessors, he identifies as a religious Zionist and practices Modern Orthodox...

Biden officially nominates Thomas Nides as ambassador to Israel

(JNS.org) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday officially announced the nomination of Thomas Nides to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Israel.

Nides, 60, has held prominent roles in the private and public sectors.

From 2010-2013, he served as the State Department’s Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. As part of the Obama administration, Nides played a key role in the administration’s approval of an extension on loan...

Palestinian charges Israeli checkpoint with a knife, is shot dead by guard

– An Israeli security guard on Saturday shot and killed a female Palestinian after she drew a knife and charged security forces at the Qalandia checkpoint on the West Bank.

The civilian guard called on the woman to halt several times, but she continued to advance, shouting several times, according to police. The guard then fired several rounds at the suspect, neutralizing her. She was pronounced dead...

Netanyahu’s political party says his claims of ‘election fraud’ are different from Trump’s

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that his rivals are perpetrating the “greatest electoral fraud in the history of the country,” he’s not actually talking about voter fraud or negating a peaceful transfer of power, his Likud party said.

In a series of tweets in English Thursday, Likud sought to dispel the idea that Netanyahu was casting doubt on the actual results of the...

Israeli haredi publication blurs face of Labor Party’s female leader

(JTA) — A haredi Orthodox publication in Israel published a photo on its website Monday that blurs the face of the Labor Party’s leader, Merav Michaeli.

Bechadrei Charedim did not explain its decision on the photo, which was used with a story about Israel’s incoming government, but the reason was likely because Michaeli is a woman.

Haredi Orthodox publications have blurred, photoshopped or otherwise excluded photos of women from their...