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Iran’s role in persecution of Mideast Christians is overlooked, expert says

The West is missing a critical component of the story when it comes to the persecution of Middle East Christians, said Farhad Rezaei, a visiting lecturer at Toronto-based York University, during a Zoom presentation on Feb. 22. And that missing element is Iran.

In the presentation — sponsored by The Philos Project, a Christian group advocating…

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Russia strikes Kyiv TV tower, killing 5 and damaging Babi Yar Holocaust site

A Russian airstrike hit Kyiv’s main television tower in the heart of the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday, knocking out some state broadcasting but leaving the structure intact.

After a blast sounded around the city and smoke was seen rising in the Babi Yar district, the interior ministry said equipment had been damaged and “channels won’t work for…

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Bennett on Iran talks: There is no sunset clause on Israel’s security

Israel will not be limited by an agreement between world powers and Iran at any time, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday.

“The agreement does not obligate us, and the date in another two-and-a-half years, which allows Iran to install countless centrifuges, certainly doesn’t obligate us,” Bennett said in a speech at Mossad…

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‘They lost everything’: Israeli medics treat Ukrainians amid chaos on Moldova border

An Israeli medical team on Ukraine’s border with Moldova said tens of thousands of refugees are crossing over in need of medical and psychological support after harrowing journeys to safety.

The team, from the United Hatzalah emergency response organization, started treating people on the ground on Monday after arriving the night before.

The…

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Saudi political analyst supports ties with Israel, says Iran ‘most dangerous country’

Saudi political analyst Ahmad Al-Rokban, the director-general of the media department at Imam Mohammad bin Saud Islamic University, said in an interview that Iran is “the most dangerous country in this day and age.”

According to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Rokban told Iraqi Al-Ahd TV earlier this month that…

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France’s Macron comes out against claims of Israeli apartheid

French President Emmanuel Macron came out last week against the description of Israel as an apartheid state recently by human rights groups like Amnesty International.

Macron was supposed to deliver a speech at the annual dinner of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) but had cancel to an important meeting….

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One Israeli killed in Ukraine, another reportedly captured by Russian Navy

An Israeli citizen was killed by Ukrainian forces on Monday evening, and another has been taken prisoner by the Russian navy, Israel’s Foreign Ministry reported.

Roman Brodsky, 37, was shot and killed while trying to escape the country. He leaves behind his wife and children. Brodsky’s parents are living in Israel.

“I was saddened to receive…

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Israel to dispatch 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Ukraine

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday pledged to send 100 tons of humanitarian equipment to Ukraine in the next 48 hours.

“In the next two days a plane will arrive in Ukraine with 100 tons of Israeli humanitarian equipment for civilians in the combat zones and those who are trying to leave,” said Bennett during Sunday’s Cabinet…

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Israel seizes cryptocurrency destined for Hamas terrorism funding

A seizure order for Hamas-destined cryptocurrency worth tens of thousands of shekels was signed by Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday morning

This marks the third time within a year that Israel has seized cryptocurrency accounts funding terrorism.

The 12 digital accounts and 30 digital wallets belonged to businesses associated with the…

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US sanctions international network funding Yemen’s Houthis

The United States on Wednesday sanctioned a sprawling international network run by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and a Houthi financier that provided tens of millions of dollars to Yemen’s Houthi rebels, the US Treasury said.

The complex web of individuals and front companies shipped fuel, additional petroleum products and other…

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Kentucky lawmakers apologize after caught on hot mic using anti-Semitic trope

Two Kentucky lawmakers are apologizing after being called out for using an anti-Semitic trope during a committee meeting on Tuesday.

According to the Lexington Herald- Leader, Republican State Rep. Walker Thomas and State Sen. Rick Girdler of the state’s Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee used the phrase “Jew them down” as they…

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Is the Houthi missile-drone combo a Middle East gamechanger?

For more than a decade now, the Houthis, an Iranian-sponsored militia, have used a combination of missile and drone technology to destabilize the Gulf region. However, the Houthi missile attack on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) raised a special alarm. Unlike Saudi Arabia, the UAE has never been targeted before, a demonstration of Iranian…

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Poll: 59% of Israelis hide being Jewish when traveling abroad

Most Israelis fear antisemitism and hide being Jewish when traveling abroad, while also feeling that Israel is not doing enough to fight antisemitism online, a study by the Ruderman Family Foundation has found.

The study’s findings were presented Monday to the Knesset Lobby for Israel-American Jewry Relations.

According to the survey, 62% of…

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Israelis prepare aid packages, relief teams for Ukraine amid Russian onslaught

The Israeli government and a number of Israeli organizations began preparing to deliver aid and assistance to Ukraine in light of Russia’s ongoing invasion of the country, officials said Thursday.

Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai said his ministry was specifically working to send an aid package to Jewish communities in Ukraine, totaling…

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Jerusalem pans Russian attack on Ukraine: ‘A grave violation of international order’

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday morning, calling it “a grave violation of the international order.”

It was Jerusalem’s harshest and most direct condemnation of Moscow since the crisis in Eastern Europe began.

“Israel condemns the attack, and is ready and prepared to provide humanitarian…

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Syria says three soldiers killed in Israeli strikes near Damascus

Three Syrian soldiers were killed on Thursday morning in an Israeli airstrike near the capital Damascus, Syria’s state media said.

The alleged strike came hours after Israel apparently dropped leaflets on Syrian army positions warning that they could be targeted for collaborating with Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah.

“The Israeli enemy…

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Iran nuclear deal: ‘Agreement or collapse next week’

Nuclear talks with Iran will end next week with the outcome still unclear, a diplomat in the negotiations said on Wednesday.

“We will continue until we reach an agreement or announce the collapse of negotiations next week,” French chief negotiator Philippe Errera told Iran International News.

Some of the diplomats in the talks have taken to…

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Video provides rare glimpse into Hezbollah’s entrenchment in southern Syria

Early on Wednesday, the Syrian Arab Army reported that the Israel Defense Forces fired a number of surface-to-surface missiles from the Golan Heights at military positions in Syria’s Quneitra region. There were no reports of injuries, but damage reports surfaced following the attack, which reportedly occurred at around 12:30 a.m. The incident…