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Daily Archives: July 2, 2020

The Greenfeld family celebrate a brit milah at their home in Beitar Illit, Israel, on April 5, 2020. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90.

Masked mitzvot or joy undimmed: Welcoming new life in the era of COVID-19

“In this time of great darkness, the souls who come down now must be sources of great light.” — Rabbi Doniel Katz, whose youngest child was born this spring There is a tradition among the Jewish...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem on June 28, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

Israeli sovereignty is now officially on the clock

Israeli media and international objectors waited on Wednesday with bated breath for an announcement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the upcoming implementation of sovereignty in much of Judea and Samaria. July 1 had...

Can Jews shed their prejudice against religious schools?

In the last several weeks, Americans have been debating how best to address the question of lingering racial prejudice in society. As the country struggles to shed any remnants of the sordid legacy of...
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Credit: The Carter Center.

Jimmy Carter speaks out against Israeli sovereignty plans, touts former accords

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has criticized Israel’s plans to apply sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria, more commonly known as the West Bank. “Israel’s planned annexation of up to 30 of the...
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt appearing on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show “Politics Nation With Al Sharpton” on June 28, 2020. Source: Screenshot.

ADL CEO under fire for partnering with Sharpton in pressing Facebook boycott

Anti-Defamation League national director and CEO Jonathan Greenblatt has come under fire from Jewish groups for appearing on the MSNBC show “Politics Nation With Al Sharpton” on Sunday to promote the ADL’s call for...
Fatah Central Committee member and Palestinian Football Association head Jibril Rajoub speaks during a press conference on the cancellation of the soccer match between Argentina and Israel, in Ramallah on June 6, 2018. Photo by Flash90.

Rival Palestinian factions declare unity: ‘We have no enemy except for Israel’

Representatives of rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas on Thursday united against Israel’s plans to extend sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. At a press conference in Ramallah, senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub declared, “We are now...
Mike Evans, manager of the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem, on May 16, 2017. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90.

Mike Evans: Trump will lose election if he ‘pulls support’ for Israel

The pro-Israel evangelical Christian community in the United States has been voicing criticism of the delay to Israel’s plan to announce sovereignty in the Jordan Valley, and parts of Judea and Samaria. Evangelical leader...
(Former) Israeli Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan speaks during a ceremony of the North District Police Command, on July 9, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

Israel set to formalize appointment of Gilad Erdan as new UN, US ambassador

The Israeli government is set to formalize the appointment of outgoing Regional Cooperation Minister and previous Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan as the country’s next ambassador to the United Nations. The appointment is expected...
Israeli Finance Minister Israel Katz holds a press conference at the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem on July 1, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel heading to elections if annual budget isn’t approved, says finance minister

Israeli Finance Minister Israel Katz on Wednesday threatened new elections unless the law is changed to allow the passing of an annual budget instead of a biennial one. During a press conference at the opening...
Israeli police officers guard at the entrance to a neighborhood in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, on July 2, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Israel, Palestinians declare new lockdowns as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise

A seven-day lockdown on several neighborhoods in the Israeli cities of Lod and Ashdod went into effect on Thursday morning as the number of daily coronavirus infections in the country continued to climb, approaching...