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New York Jewish man assaulted for wearing Star of David necklace – report

05/23/2021

A 29-year-old Jewish man in New York City claims he was attacked in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood for wearing a Star of David necklace, The New York Post reported on Saturday.

Ike Tobias and his wife had been walking through the neighborhood after attending a rally in the city, which had focused on the conflict between Israel…

Israel’s secret weapon: We have nowhere else to go

05/23/2021

There’s a story that US President Joe Biden has told many times over the years, about his first trip to Israel.

As a freshman senator in 1973, Biden was granted a meeting with prime minister Golda Meir, who together with Yitzhak Rabin briefed Biden on the many threats Israel faced, showing him a series of maps.

“I guess she…

Police Arrest Man Accused Of Attacking Jewish Men Outside L.A. Sushi Restaurant

05/22/2021

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has taken a suspect into custody in connection to a possible anti-Semitic hate crime captured on video outside a sushi restaurant earlier this week.

City News Service reports, “Police Saturday said a man was taken into custody, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal Service, as one of the…

‘Israel destroyed 62 miles of Hamas tunnels and killed 25 top operatives’

05/21/2021

In the 11 days of the Israeli Defense Forces’ “Operation Guardian of the Walls,” Israeli forces destroyed some 62 miles of Hamas’s tunnel network in the Gaza Strip, according to IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Hidai Zilberman.

Speaking hours after an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire took effect on Friday, Zilberman reported that some 200…

Biden: No peace until region recognizes Israel’s right to exist

05/21/2021

During a press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-In on Friday, US President Joe Biden said there had been no shift in the Democratic Party’s commitment to the security of the State of Israel, reiterating the party’s long-standing support for a “two-state solution” to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Suspect Arrested in Attack on Jewish Man in New York’s Times Square

05/21/2021

A man was arrested and several others were being sought in connection with an attack on a Jewish man in New York’s Times Square that drew the attention of several politicians and is being investigated as a hate crime, police said on Friday.

The attack on Thursday, captured in a video that was shared on social media, followed rival…

Sanders push to block arms sale to Israel doomed in Senate

05/21/2021

An effort by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to block a $735 million arms sale to Israel appears doomed in the Senate.

Progressives are mounting a late effort to try to stop the sale amid the conflict between Israel and Hamas, which entered a cease-fire phase on Thursday evening.

But Sanders’s effort is shaping to be largely…

Iranian opposition activists defend Israel in latest round of conflict with Hamas in Gaza

05/20/2021

After more than a week since Hamas terrorists began launching rockets at Israeli cities, a growing number of non-Jewish Iranian activists, journalists and individuals in Iran and outside the country have been vocal in their support for the people of Israel.

Whether via social-media messages or by demonstrating alongside pro-Israel…

Israel announces unconditional ceasefire with Hamas, ending Gaza combat

05/21/2021

The Israeli security cabinet voted to accept a ceasefire late Thursday as the Israeli South and Gaza remain inflamed.

The security cabinet unanimously agreed to a “mutual and unconditional” cessation of hostilities, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

A barrage of rockets fired from Gaza into southern…

Israel destroyed over 100 km of Hamas tunnels during Gaza military operation

05/21/2021
IDF says that 225 Gaza terrorists killed, including 25 senior commanders

As the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel held into Friday morning, Israel touted the success of its completed military campaign against terrorist targets in Gaza, dubbed Operation Guardian of the Walls.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that it destroyed…

438 percent increase in antisemitic incidents, with most relating to Israel-Gaza

05/18/2021

There have been 86 reports of antisemitic incidents over the past ten days, the Community Security Trust has confirmed.

New statistics published on Monday confirmed a staggering 438 percent rise in such incidents since hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians erupted on May 6.

Of the 86 antisemitic incidents, almost all…

US seeing wave of ‘textbook anti-Semitism’ amid Israel-Gaza tensions

05/21/2021
From New York and California to Illinois and Utah, the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza has generated a disturbing backlash against American Jews – who have found themselves the targets of death threats, hate speech and violent physical attacks.
“Stop telling me this is about Israel and Gaza,” said a New Yorker who was…

A Cease-Fire Is Not Enough When It Comes to Hamas

05/20/2021

Since war broke out in Israel last week, President Joe Biden has walked a fine line. His administration has touted its high-level diplomacy in hopes of reaching a cease-fire, while also defending Israel’s right to defend itself.

On Wednesday, the president mildly increased the pressure on the Israelis, saying he expected to see…

Hamas targets IDF bus with anti-tank missile, soldier lightly injured

05/20/2021

Hamas’s Izzadin Al-Qassam Brigades targeted a bus that had been carrying Israeli soldiers north of the Gaza Strip with an anti-tank missile and subsequently launched a barrage of mortar shells towards the site where the bus allegedly was targeted on Thursday morning. 

The IDF reported that the bus was empty and one soldier was…

Mother of six-year-old Sderot boy killed in rocket strike: ‘We just want to live’

05/20/2021

The mother of a six-year-old boy from the southern Israeli town of Sderot who was killed in a rocket attack last week expressed her grief on Wednesday to a representative of the World Health Organization, saying her son “absorbed the wound for all of us.”

Ido Avigal was killed on May 12 when a nearby house suffered a direct hit…

Israel shot down armed Iranian drone near border with Jordan – Netanyahu

05/20/2021

The drone Israel shot down near the border with Jordan on Tuesday was Iranian, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

“While we were engaged in these hostilities a few days ago, Iran sent an armed drone from Iraq or from Syria,” Netanyahu told German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who was in Jerusalem. “Iranian forces…

Hamas, not Israel, is to blame for the latest bloodshed

05/19/2021

I was born in the Jordanian-occupied Old City in Jerusalem and lived in a UN refugee camp from 1966 until 1999. During the First Intifada, I worked for B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, and in 1996 I founded the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring group. With my…

IDF drops 122 bombs on Gaza terrorist tunnel network Tuesday night

05/18/2021

The Israel Defense Forces said Tuesday night that the military conducted an aerial bombardment of Gaza’s terrorist tunnel network.

At around 10 pm, 52 Israeli Air Force planes unloaded 122 bombs on some 40 underground targets that are part of the so-called “Hamas Metro,” focusing their aim on the southern Gaza Strip in Khan Younis…