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Eleven Bnei Menashe couples who immigrated to Israel from northeastern India were remarried in a group ceremony near Netanya after completing their formal conversion to Judaism by the Chief Rabbinate, Feb. 3, 2021. Photo by Laura Ben David, courtesy of Shavei Israel.

Bnei Menashe couples from India remarry near Netanya

Eleven Bnei Menashe couples who immigrated to Israel from northeastern India were remarried in a group ceremony at Shavei Israel’s absorption center near Netanya after completing their formal conversion to Judaism by the Chief Rabbinate. The 11...

Don’t think a ‘reality czar’ would spare Israel and the Jews

It’s easy to scoff at some of the latest ideas being floated in some prestigious quarters for new limits on freedom of expression. But at a time when Big Tech companies are flexing their...
Daniel Schwen, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons HTML

Biden’s foreign policy: A preliminary assessment

It is customary to give new U.S. administrations a grace period before assessing their policies, but no administration in modern history has changed so much so fast. Literally dozens of executive orders signed by...
An airstrike in Syria on June 24, 2020. Source: Twitter/Majd Fahd.

Syria demands UNSC take ‘immediate’ action following alleged Israeli strike

The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Thursday demanded that the United Nations Security Council take “firm and immediate” action in the wake of missile strikes on Syrian targets allegedly carried out by Israel on Wednesday...
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas with Israel's President Reuven Rivlin in March 2018. Credit: Spokesperson Unit of President of Israel/Wikimedia Commons.

German cabinet officially recognizes IHRA as an international institution

The German cabinet officially recognized the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) as an international institution on Wednesday. The move will grant the IHRA certain immunities, including tax privileges, said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in...
The courthouse in Antwerp, Belgium, where Iranian diplomat Assadolah Assadi was convicted. Credit: Fred Romero via Wikimedia Commons.

Belgian court convicts Iranian diplomat of bomb plot in France

A Belgian court sentenced an Iranian diplomat to 20 years in prison for his role in planning a 2018 bomb attack on the annual rally of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)...

A sensitive Holocaust history for teens

A Light in the Darkness: Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, and the Holocaust by Albert Marrin, Alfred A. Knopf, 2019; ISBN 9781524-701215l; 334 pages plus 54 pages of notes, bibliography, and index; $19.99 Notwithstanding its title, this...
Dubai deputy police chief Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim. Source: Screenshot.

UAE official: Israel could ‘easily’ take out Iranian nuclear facilities

Dubai deputy police chief Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim said on Wednesday that Israel could easily destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities. “Israel can attack the nuclear facilities in Iran. And it would be easier than you...
Maccabi Haifa players celebrate a goal during the Israeli Premier League match between Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Haifa at the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem on July 7, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

UAE, Israeli soccer clubs to play first friendlies since normalization

United Arab Emirates soccer club Al-Ain will play Israel’s Maccabi Haifa in two friendly matches, the Emirati club announced on Wednesday. The announcement was made during the virtual signing of a deal between the two...
Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Avi Dichter, Aug. 13, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

Former Shin Bet chief calls for Israel to ‘initiate military operations against Iran’

In light of Iran’s fast-moving efforts to develop a nuclear bomb, Likud Knesset member and Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Avi Dichter, a former director of the Shin Bet, has called “to...