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Israel Defense Force (IDF)

IDF humanitarian aid team heads to Albania following earthquake

(December 3, 2019 / JNS) An Israel Defense Forces emergency humanitarian aid delegation has left for Albania following the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that devastated the country on Nov. 26, the IDF announced on Tuesday.

“We just dispatched an IDF humanitarian aid delegation to Albania following the devastating earthquake that took 50+ lives and...

Medical Advancement

Scientists discover molecule that destroys pancreatic cancer cells

(December 3, 2019 / Israel21c) A little molecule named PJ34 can cause cancer cells to self-destruct, according to an Israeli study published recently in the biomedical journal Oncotarget.

Prof. Malka Cohen-Armon and her team at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine conducted an experiment using xenografts—transplantations of human...

Hezbollah

Hezbollah uses Germany to finance terrorism, weapons purchases

The Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah uses a center in Berlin as well as other locations across Germany to recruit members and raise funds for terrorism and weapons purchases, according to a report by the Berlin-based Tagesspiegel newspaper.
Tagesspiegel on Saturday published a detailed exposé on how the Lebanese terrorist organization...

Israel Defense Force (IDF)

IDF strikes Hamas compound in Gaza in response to weapons fire, rocket

The Israel Defense Forces said it launched airstrikes against the Hamas terrorist group in Gaza in the predawn hours of Saturday morning after weapons were fired at Israel from the Strip on Friday, setting off sirens.

“A short time ago IDF warplanes and aircraft attacked terror targets belonging to the Hamas terror organization in the northern...

ISIS

Two IS supporters planned Independence Day terror attacks in Jerusalem

Two Palestinian men were indicted Sunday for planning a terror attack targeting Israeli revelers during the nation’s upcoming Independence Day in April.

The two, 21-year-old Ahmad Ja’abis and 19-year-old Basel Abidat, are residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber.

According to the indictment filed by Jerusalem prosecutors,...

Hamas

Eyeing economic benefits, Hamas wants deal with Israel, IDF believes

Hamas’s leadership in the Gaza Strip, under Yahya Sinwar and Ismail Haniyeh, is currently aiming for an arrangement that will ensure calm with Israel, in order to generate economic progress that will improve the situation in the Palestinian territory, Jerusalem believes.

The Israel Defense Forces have assessed that senior figures in the terror...

Iran

Iranian general: Our missiles are aimed at 21 US bases in the region

An Iranian general has warned that Iran’s missile arsenals are aimed at 21 American military bases in the Middle East and the country is prepared for “the greatest war against the greatest enemy.”

In a November 29 speech, at an event in the southern city of Bushehr commemorating 40 years since the establishment of the Basij paramilitary force,...

Israeli Society

Israel to launch campaign on CNN to boost image in Africa

(December 1, 2019 / Israel Hayom) The Israeli government and CNN are planning to launch a campaign aimed at presenting the Jewish state to Africa, with the goal of branding it as a force for good in the continent.

Despite the network being repeatedly criticized by Israel over alleged bias, several Israeli ministries have hired the network to...

US-Israel Relationship

Netanyahu to meet with Pompeo in London to discuss Iran: report

(December 2, 2019 / JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in London on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the 70th anniversary celebration of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit.

Netanyahu is also expected to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French...

Archeology

Ancient mosaics discovered in Golan strengthen claims of Jewish presence

Colorful mosaic fragments have been uncovered in a site of a rare Roman period synagogue in the Golan Heights, the University of Haifa said in a statement on Monday.

The mosaics unearthed during excavations in the site of Majdulia depict the legs of several animals and birds, although the poor state of preservation does not allow researchers to...

Antisemitism

Italy uncovers plot to create new Nazi party

Italian police said on Thursday they uncovered a plot to form a new Nazi party and seized a cache of weapons during searches across the country.

Police in 16 towns and cities from the Mediterranean island of Sicily to the Alps in northern Italy took part in the investigation, which was launched two years ago.

The probe revealed a "huge and...

Antisemitism

Australia sees 30% spike in anti-Semitic incidents in 2019

A new report on anti-Semitism in Australia revealed a 30% spike in serious incidents involving direct verbal abuse, harassment, and intimidation of Jewish residents.

There were 368 recorded anti-Semitic incidents in Australia during the year ending with Sept. 30, 2019, according to the annual “Report on Antisemitism in Australia,” published by...

US-Israel Relationship

Pompeo to promote normalization of ties with Israel during Morocco visit

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Morocco next week, where his plans include an effort to normalize relations with Israel, officials said on Wednesday.

“Morocco plays a great role across the region as an important partner in promoting tolerance, has these quiet ties and relationship with Israel as well,” an official was quoted...

Israel Defense Force (IDF)

IDF seizes huge shipment of military equipment on its way into Gaza Strip

Israeli security forces have thwarted an attempt to smuggle a massive quantity of military equipment into the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces revealed on Thursday.

The Israeli military said that officials from the Defense Ministry’s Crossings Authority, along with officers from the Gaza District Coordination Office and the Office of the...

Israeli Society

Israel Rescue and Service team assisting emergency operations in Albania

Israel Rescue and Service team from Mevo'ot HaHermon Regional Council sent to Albania, continue their search for survivors Wednesday, in the city of Durres, following a 6.4 on the Richter Scale earthquake that shock the Balkan nation on Monday and resulted in at least 26 dead, more than 650 injured and dozens more still missing.

This was the...

Israeli Society

Bolivia renews diplomatic relations with Israel

Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric announced the renewal of diplomatic relations with Israel on Thursday for the first time in a decade.

The Foreign Ministry held intensive talks recently with Bolivia in an effort to re-establish the ties between the two countries, which were officially severed on January 14, 2009, following Operation Cast...

United Nations (UN)

UN General Assembly adopts Israeli resolutions on agricultural technology

The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday adopted resolutions sponsored by Israel on “Agricultural Technologies for Development.”

A total of 147 countries decided to vote in favor of the resolution. The Arab League chose to abstain from voting, instead of voting against the measures.

The Israeli resolutions, which aligns with the U.N....

US-Israel Relationship

Congressmen introduce bipartisan resolution against rockets fired on Israel

(November 26, 2019 / JNS) Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) have introduced a bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives condemning the recent rocket attacks on Israel and supporting the country’s right to defend itself.

“When heinous terrorist groups like Palestinian Islamic Jihad fire hundreds of rockets at...

Antisemitism

British police arrest man harassing Jewish kids on London train

(November 26, 2019 / JNS) A man was arrested by British police over the weekend after two Jewish children were verbally harassed on London’s Underground.

He was videotaped on Friday reading anti-Jewish Bible passages to two young boys wearing Jewish kipahs while they were traveling with their family on the train. The following day, a suspect,...

Incitement

Jordan conducts military maneuvers simulating war with Israel

(November 27, 2019 / MEMRI) The Jordanian Army conducted a series of military maneuvers this week simulating an attempted invasion of the kingdom, but which also appeared to be a message to Israel.

The maneuvers, which took place on Nov. 25, 2019 in the presence of Jordan’s King Abdullah II, were named “Swords of Karameh,” in an apparent...