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Janice Weinman. Source: YouTube.

Hadassah CEO to step down after nine years at helm

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Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, announces that chief executive officer/executive director Janice Weinman will step down after nine years as the organization’s leader, effective July 1. During her tenure at Hadassah, Weinman worked in...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Turkey: Anti-Semitism was widespread in 2020

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“The Holocaust story is exaggerated,” “Israel does not get enough of blood and wealth,” “Jews kidnapped Christian children and performed rituals with their blood,” “Jews has sent coronavirus to Turkey to exterminate Turks” … Those...
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on March 9, 2016. Photo by Flash90.

Biden urges democracy abroad, but will it apply to Palestinians?

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In a stirring speech last week, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke eloquently of America’s commitment to fostering democracy and civil rights around the world. I wonder if any leaders of the Palestinian Authority were...
The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room of the Palace of Nations, in Geneva. The room is the meeting place of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Credit: Ludovic Courtès via Wikimedia Commons.

US to return to ‘flawed’ UN Human Rights Council

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U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced that the United States will return to the U.N. Human Rights Council, reversing a move by the Trump administration, which withdrew from the international body in 2018. The...
A Palestinian child plays with a toy gun on his father's shoulders at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, Nov. 6, 2015. Photo by Muammar Awad/Flash90.

Coalition to press UNICEF to demand Palestinians stop militarizing children

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Ahead of the second annual Palestinian Child Soldier Week, the Coalition to Save Palestinian Child Soldiers announced that their goal this year was to press UNICEF—the “global leader in children’s rights”—to issue a statement...
Palestinian students affiliated with UNRWA in the southern Gaza Strip, Nov. 25, 2020. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

UNRWA textbooks under scrutiny by EU Parliament committee

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Palestinian textbooks provided by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) came under scrutiny during a recent hearing of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. The attention was prompted by a report issued by the Institute for...
An artist's impression of the World Zionist Village in Beersheva in Israel's south. Credit: JNF-USA.

JNF-USA opens design competition for Beersheva World Zionist Village

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The U.S. arm of the Jewish National Fund has opened a design competition for the campus of its World Zionist Village project, to be built in Beersheva. The World Zionist Village is a 20-acre, $350...
U.S. President Biden on the campaign trail in Henderson, Nev., on Feb. 14, 2020. Credit: Flickr/Gage Skidmore.

Biden says no to lifting Iran sanctions before Tehran complies with nuclear deal

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U.S. President Joe Biden told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he would not lift sanctions on Iran as a way of persuading it to return to the negotiating table, and that it would...
Israelis at the beach in Tel Aviv as Israel exits its third COVID-19 lockdown, Feb. 7. 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Top Health Ministry official: Israel may not achieve herd immunity against COVID-19

Israel may be unable to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 even if 100 percent of those eligible to be vaccinated against the disease are inoculated, a Health Ministry expert told the Knesset on Sunday,...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Jerusalem District Court for a final pretrial hearing. He faces criminal allegations of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, Feb. 8, 2021. Photo by Reuven Kastro/POOL.

Netanyahu pleads not guilty at final pretrial hearing in Jerusalem

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The Jerusalem District Court on Sunday resumed proceedings in the corruption trial against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu, who attended the hearing in compliance with a court order, pleaded not guilty and then left...