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IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi (left) and IAF commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin (right) promote 105-year old IAF founding member Alex Ziloni to the rank of colonel, Feb. 19, 2021. Source: IDF Twitter.

105-year-old IAF founding member promoted to colonel

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Israel’s top military brass was on hand Friday for the promotion of Alex Ziloni, 105, to the rank of colonel in honor of his “many decades of dedication to the State of Israel,” the...
A panel from the rare medieval Scroll of Esther recently donated to the National Library of Israel. The library announced that it would be viewed online on Feb. 22, 2021. Credit: National Library of Israel.

Israel’s National Library gains gift of rare 15th-century Scroll of Esther

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One of the world’s oldest scrolls of Esther was recently gifted to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, the library’s blog announced on Monday. The scroll, dating from medieval times, was a gift from...
National flags at the entrance of the United Nations European headquarters in Switzerland. The U.N. office was established in Geneva in 1947 and is home to the U.N. Human Rights Council. Credit: Giorgio Caracciolo/Shutterstock.

Engaging with the UN Human Rights Council

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Many people who have never heard of the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) might reasonably ask why this body has the name that it does, upon learning that one of its members, China, is...
U.S. President Joe Biden salutes as he disembarks Marine One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., prior to boarding Air Force One to begin his flight to New Castle County Airport in New Castle, Del., on Feb. 5, 2021. Credit: Official White House Photo by Carlos Fyfe.

Can Biden’s zeal to deal work better than ‘maximum pressure’?

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If, as a New York Times headline noted, Israel’s reaction to the news that the United States is ready to start talking with Iran was “muted,” there was good reason for the low-key reaction. U.S. Secretary of...
French National Assembly Parliament member Yael Braun-Pivet at the Judicial Commission Bench, July 12, 2017. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Hate mail to French Jewish Parliament member: ‘Soon the camps again’

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The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation after a Jewish member of the National Assembly, France’s lower house of parliament, received anti-Semitic hate mail, according to the European Jewish Congress. Parliament member Yael Braun-Pivet published...
Michael Che in 2015. Credit: Arturo Pardavila III via Flickr/Wikimedia Commons.

Jewish groups outraged by SNL ‘joke’ about Israel only vaccinating Jews

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Jewish groups and Israeli officials on Sunday accused NBC’s iconic American late-night variety show “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) of spreading anti-Semitism after one of its skits joked that Israel has been vaccinating only its Jewish...
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Credit: Marc Müller via Wikimedia Commons.

Zarif: Iran expects compensation for $1 trillion damage from US sanctions

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday said that the unilateral sanctions that the United States has imposed on his country have cost the Islamic Republic’s economy more than $1 trillion. Tehran expects to...
A view of a parade float at the Carnival of Aalst in March 2019, featuring two Orthodox Jewish caricatures that were widely condemned as anti-Semitic. Source: Screenshot.

ADL report highlights European anti-Semitism

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The Anti-Defamation League has released a new report highlighting the politicization of anti-Semitism in Europe and its harmful impact on Jews. The report, published on Feb. 18, begins with highlighting the prominence of anti-Semitism in...
A rally marking Palestinian Prisoners Day in the West Bank city of Nablus on April 17, 2019. Photo by Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90.

Report: Ramallah continues to allocate chunk of cash-strapped budget to terrorists

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A new report by Palestinian Media Watch, a watchdog group that documents incitement in the Palestinian Authority, revealed that in 2020, the P.A. allocated 512 million shekels ($156 million), or 3.25 percent of its...
The judges of the International Criminal Court and eminent guests at the opening of the ICC judicial year, on Jan. 18, 2018. Credit: ICC-CPI.

Former world leaders take stand against ICC investigation of Israel

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A group of former heads of state and high-ranking ministers on Friday sent a letter to newly-appointed International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan, warning him against launching a war-crimes investigation against Israel. Such an...