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Israeli Technology

Germans flock to Israel seeking technology

According to IVC, deals with German involvment accounted for 30% of the number of European deals in the Israeli ecosystem in the first half of 2019.
"You don't have to go the US to find people and ventures to cooperate with. For me, Israel is Europe's Silicon Valley, so I decided to initiate this tour," says Kristina Sinemus, Minister of Digital...

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

CA State Board of Education Says Proposed Ethnic Studies Curriculum Will ‘Be Substantially Redesigned’

 

The California State Board of Education (SBE) announced on Aug. 12 that the proposed anti-Israel Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) will be replaced with an entirely new draft.

SBE President Linda Darling-Hammond, Vice President Ilene Straus and Board Member Feliza Ortiz-Licon said in the statement, “The current draft model curriculum...

Hamas

PA official: Iran helping Hamas rebuild West Bank terror network

Behind the appalling terrorist attack in Gush Etzion last week that claimed the life of Dvir Sorek, the riots on the Temple Mount during the Tisha B'Av day of fasting, and the infiltration attempts from Gaza that could have ended tragically had they not been foiled at the last moment, is a guiding hand originating in Tehran – senior Palestinian...

Hamas

Hamas threatens to rain barrages of ‘hundreds’ of rockets on Israel

(August 14, 2019 / Israel Hayom) The leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, said on Tuesday that during the next round of fighting between Israel and Hamas the terrorist organization would rain “hundreds of rockets” on the Jewish state at a time. Hamas claimed in June to have overwhelmed Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system with...

Antisemitism

Brooklyn Jewish school installs bullet-resistant classroom doors in wake of mass shootings

An Orthodox girls’ school in Brooklyn has installed bullet-resistant classroom doors to keep out shooters.

Bnos Menachem in the heavily Hasidic Crown Heights neighborhood is the first of more than 50 Jewish schools and synagogues in Brooklyn to have the 150-pound metal doors installed by an Israel-based manufacturer, the New York Post reported...

Israel Defense Force (IDF)

Israel bolstering defenses with new wall on Israel-Gaza border

Over the last 10 days there have been three deadly clashes on the border between the IDF and Palestinians

The Israeli military is bolstering its defenses on the Israel-Gaza border with a new addition to its security barrier.

Jerusalem is currently developing plans to build a massive wall in the northern section of the Gaza security fence in an...

US-Israel Relationship

Pompeo: ‘Clock is ticking’ on Iran arms embargo

U.S. secretary of state urges America’s allies to stop Iran from engaging in "destabilizing behavior," warning of a possible Mideast arms race after U.N. arms embargo on Iran expires.

(August 13, 2019 / JNS) Warning that sanctions and an arms embargo on Iran will expire in the coming months, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday urged...

US-Israel Relationship

US ambassador, Israel president pay condolence visits to family of slain student

President Reuven Rivlin paid a condolence visit Monday to the family of Dvir Sorek, the 18-year-old killed in a terror attack in the West Bank last week, calling the youth an “inspiration.”

Rivlin’s visit came shortly after US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman also paid a condolence call to the family in the settlement of Ofra.

Sorek was...

Israeli Technology

NEW ISRAELI SATELLITE AIMS TO DEEPEN UNDERSTANDING OF THE UNIVERSE

The Weizmann Institute of Science has partnered with the Israel Space Agency to launch a new scientific satellite that could offer previously unseen insights into the Universe around us.

With a projected launch date of 2023 and weighing just 160 kg., the ULTRASAT satellite will be equipped with a telescope designed to operate in ultraviolet...

Israel Defense Force (IDF)

IDF thwarts third infiltration attempt from Gaza in a week

(August 13, 2019 / JNS) Israeli troops on Monday arrested an armed Palestinian man attempting to infiltrate into Israel from the Gaza Strip, according to the IDF.

“A short time ago, IDF soldiers arrested a suspect crossing the security fence into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip in the south,” the IDF said in a statement on social media....

Antisemitism

Suspect arrested in Crown Heights anti-Semitic attack

A 39-year-old man was arrested over the weekend in connection with an anti-Semitic attack that took place on Friday evening in New York’s Crown Heights neighborhood, just before to the beginning of the Jewish sabbath.

The man, identified as Kenya Dean from Brooklyn, allegedly sprayed a Jewish man with mace after shouting “You Jews, Hitler should...

Israel Defense Force (IDF)

ISRAEL TO BUILD ADDITIONAL WALL WITH GAZA TO PREVENT INFILTRATIONS

Israel’s defense establishment will begin building an additional wall along the northern part of Gaza border fence to protect communities after three infiltrations along the border in under two weeks.

According to a report on Israel’s Channel 12, the Defense Ministry is planning to build a 6 m. (20 feet) high defensive wall inside Israeli...

Israeli Technology

Israeli researchers develop breakthrough sonar technology for identifying hostile divers

Researchers at the University of Haifa have created an innovative system for identifying hostile divers attempting to approach ships or ports in an attempt to sabotage strategic targets.

Amid increasing threats from Iran, the result of its establishment in Syria, and heightening tensions following a series of incidents in the Persian Gulf,...

Israeli Society

Israeli women’s lacrosse teams gives Kenyan opponents brand-new cleats

Israel’s Women’s Lacrosse team has become a worldwide sensation—but not for their performance on the field.

When the Israeli team played Kenya in in the 2019 Women’s Lacrosse U19 World Championships in Ontario, Canada last week, the players noticed the Kenyan team did not have cleats but were wearing regular sneakers.

The day after team Israel’s...

Antisemitism

Iranian pilgrims in Mecca chant ‘Israel is the enemy of Allah, should be erased’

Iranians practicing their hajj pilgrimage duty according to Islam were seen at a ceremony in Mecca shouting, “Israel is the enemy of Allah should be erased from the face of the Earth!” reported the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Saturday.

The footage of the incident aired on IRINN TV, an Iranian TV station, as part of a report...

Israel Defense Force (IDF)

‘Major terror attack thwarted’ after IDF prevents militants from crossing Gaza border

The Israeli army thwarted Saturday morning an attempt to infiltrate Israel from the Gaza Strip. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) opened fire and killed all four fully-equipped fighters who approached the security fence in the southern border.

The IDF spokesperson issued a statement saying that apparent from the manner of operation of the terrorist...

Terrorism

Fire sparked in southern Israel by Gaza balloon, as border tensions heat up

A balloon-borne incendiary device launched from the Gaza Strip sparked a fire in southern Israel Sunday, the local fire department said, amid rising tensions along the border.

The blaze was quickly extinguished and did not spread, a spokesperson for the fire department said in a statement.

“An investigator from the Ashkelon Station of the Fire...

United Nations (UN)

Danon urges action by UN Security Council after terror groups kill Israeli student

(August 8, 2019 / JNS) Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon urged the world body to condemn the murder of an Israeli teen in an apparent terrorist attack in the West Bank on Thursday.

In a letter addressed to Poland’s U.N. ambassador Joanna Wronecka, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council,...

Terrorism

Arson balloon attacks on southern Israel resume

(August 8, 2019 / Israel Hayom) A fire that broke out on Wednesday in the Gaza-adjacent Simhoni forest was the result of an arson balloon flown over the Gaza border fence, an arson investigator from the Ashkelon Fire and Rescue Service determined on Wednesday.

The incident marked the first fire in the area to be caused by an arson balloon from...

Terrorism

Report: Terrorists behind 2001 Jerusalem bombing received over $900K

The terrorists behind the suicide bombing at a Sbarro pizzeria 18 years ago have received $910,823 from the Palestinian Authority, according to a Palestinian Media Watch report released on Thursday.

The bombing in downtown Jerusalem killed 15 people, including two Americans, and wounded around 130 others.

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