On a quiet Jerusalem morning, I stood at the Western Wall with my Jewish friend Caleb — one hand clasping his shoulder, the other grasping the ancient stones of the wall. In that moment, the affinity for Israel I’d been raised to appreciate solidified.
I was a poor college student in 2008 with a co-op job for a local utility for which I had to drive all around southeast Michigan. Keep in mind, this was during a time when the gas prices in the U.S. had spiked to the unthinkable price of $4 per gallon for the first time. Because of this, people started to change their car-buying behaviors, turning in their gas-guzzling SUVs for gas- sipping sedans.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is campaigning against existing and proposed federal and local laws that would deter boycotts of Israel popularized by the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement (BDS). Their argument is that requiring all businesses who want to contract with the state to certify that they do not engage in a boycott of Israel violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
(JNS.org) A new maritime version of the Iron Dome missile defense system has been declared operational by the IDF following months of testing.
“Today, the Naval ‘Iron Dome’ Aerial Defense System was qualified for operational use. This innovation will help protect Israel’s strategic assets at sea and naval troops operating in the area,” the IDF said in a statement.
(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A crisis within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition ended on Sunday with the prime minister’s Likud party and Israel’s haredi parties striking a compromise that will keep the coalition intact.
(JNS.org) Vice President Mike Pence said that President Donald Trump is “actively considering” moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a campaign pledge the president has yet to fulfill.
On Feb. 13, ADL Washington D.C. Regional Director Doron F. Ezickson submitted the following written testimony for the record to the Maryland Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee in support of SB 416, Lessons of the Holocaust and Genocide Act, introduced by Maryland State Senator Ben Kramer (D-19). The bill seeks to ensure that schools across the state are teaching students about the Holocaust and other acts of genocide.
In July, the Gedera-based special education school of ALEH, Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, transformed its robotics class into an innovative art program that makes painting accessible to its students with severe complex disabilities, those for whom hand-eye coordination skills are exceedingly difficult to acquire and the manipulation of a paintbrush is an insurmountable task.
(JNS.org) Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia encouraged the U.S. to “bomb Iran” before the 2015 nuclear deal was brokered by the Obama administration and other world powers.
(JNS.org) The Tel Aviv District Court ruled that Uber must end its rideshare services in Israel as of Nov. 29, following an appeal brought by the app’s competitor, Gett, as well as the Israel Taxi Drivers Association.
(Yona Schnitzer/TPS) MKs Yehuda Glick (Likud) and Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Jewish Home) have petitioned the Knesset to annul a two-year-old decision restricting MKs from visiting the Temple Mount. Prime Minister Netanyahu unilaterally barred MK visits to the site in 2015 following several violent incidents in and around Eastern Jerusalem by Islamic groups protesting pilgrimages by Jews to the Mount.
- Multi-Million Dollar “Go Beyond” Initiative Aims to Develop Israel’s North, South, and Jerusalem Through Aliyah
- Amazon Goes on Aggressive High-Tech Hiring Spree in Israel
- Zehut’s Moshe Feiglin Pulls No Punches
- Israel Sci-Tech Schools Praises Ulta-Orthodox Alumna’s Contribution to Nation’s Security
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Israel Trip Promises Deepening Economic and Cultural Ties
- Race to Lead Israel’s Labor Party Tightening
- A Different Kind of Pro-Life Group, EFRAT, is Honored in Washington, D.C.
- Celebrating a Unified City
- Trump, Netanyahu, and Barkat Receive ‘Jerusalem Declaration’
- On Independence Day, UNESCO Denies Israeli Sovereignty Over Jerusalem