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Helping affix a mezuzah at the Israel Diamond Exchange in Dubai’s Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) are (from left): Alex Peterfreund, co-founder and cantor of the Jewish Council of the Emirates (JCE); Rabbi Dr. Elie Abadie, senior rabbi of the JCE; and Ahmed Bin Sulayem, executive chairman of the DMCC, Jan. 28, 2021.

Jews in six Gulf countries form association to enhance Jewish life in the region

As Jewish life continues to flourish and grow in the Gulf states, the local Jewish communities of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have officially come together today to...
Tucson, Ariz. Credit: Pixabay.

‘Arizona Jewish Post’ to end print publication by March 1

In part due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Arizona Jewish Post announced that would end its print publication at the end of the month. The Jewish Community Federation of Southern Arizona, which owns and operates the...
Former President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, listen as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci delivers remarks during a coronavirus update briefing on April 16, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. Credit: Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks.

Dr. Fauci among seven laureates of 2021 Dan David Prize honoring public health

The Dan David Prize announced on Monday that the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been named a recipient of the award for 2021, along with...

Honoring Menachem Begin and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thirty years ago, we—a Jewish Democratic alderman and a Baptist pastor in New Haven, Connecticut—became friends. What brought us together? First, we recognized that we shared common beliefs and values. Second, we both felt that in...
A sign for "Israeli Apartheid Week," the annual international anti-Israel showcase, on the campus of the University of California, Irvine, in May 2010. Credit: AMCHA Initiative.

CAMERA on Campus Plans to Disrupt “Israel Apartheid Week”

It’s happened every year since 2005. Anti-Israel activists on college campuses around the world hold a weeklong series of events, usually in March, that demonize Israel as an “apartheid state.” Speakers at these events falsely...

Imagining Sisyphus Happy. An Escape From Trumpian Farce

“One must imagine Sisyphus Happy.” Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus The “Theatrical” Dilemma As literary genre, the grimly corrosive Trump years are best described not as tragedy (which is ennobling), but as “farce.” Though not readily apparent,...
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Sunday. Credit: Haim Zach /GPO.

Israel, Cyprus announce ‘green passport’ travel agreement

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades announced at a joint press conference in Jerusalem on Sunday that the two countries had reached a “green passport” tourism agreement. Under the agreement, which...
A man exercises at an outdoor gym on an empty beach in Tel Aviv during the nationwide lockdown. January 17, 2021. Indoor and outdoors gyms are scheduled to open again on Sunday. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israel’s Cabinet OKs plan for second, third stages of lockdown exit

Israel’s Cabinet on Monday approved in principle a Health Ministry outline for the second and third stages of the exit from the country’s COVID-19 lockdown. The second stage is slated to begin on Sunday at...
Vials of Pfizer's BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centerl in Tzfat, on Feb. 14, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Pfizer vaccine 94 percent effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19, new study finds

Data from 1.2 million members of Israel’s largest health-maintenance organization shows the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 94 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and 92 percent effective in preventing serious disease in vaccinated people who...
Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alevi (right) sitting next to Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei. Source: Khamenei.ir.

Despite appearances, Iran’s intelligence minister hasn’t broken ranks

Iran’s Tasnim news agency (affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) has strongly criticized Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi over his remarks in a television interview regarding the future of Iran’s nuclear program and the investigation...