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Thousands of people cross the Brooklyn Bridge as part of the “No Hate, No Fear” Jewish Solidarity March in January 2020 in response to anti-Semitic attacks in and around New York City. Credit: Lev Radin/Shutterstock.

In partnership with AJC, hundreds of US mayors sign pledge to combat anti-Semitism

American Jewish Committee and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced on Monday that more than 525 mayors across the United States have joined their national effort to combat anti-Semitism. The two organizations are calling...
A view of the Iron Dome air-defense system. Credit: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

Bahrain appoints its first-ever ambassador to Israel

The announcement by the Israeli Defense Ministry earlier this month of successful trials of an upgraded version of the Iron Dome air-defense system represents the latest step in a lengthy arms race. The current upgrade...
Khalid Al Jalahma. Credit: Bahrain Foreign Ministry.

Bahrain appoints its first-ever ambassador to Israel

Bahrain has announced its appointment of the country’s first-ever ambassador to Israel, following the establishment of formal relations in September as part of the Abraham Accords. Khalid Al Jalahma will head the Gulf country’s diplomatic...
Canadian flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Canadian Jews remain most targeted for religious hate crimes, report finds

Jews remained by far the most targeted religious group for hate crimes in Canada, according to the Canadian government’s annual survey of police-reported hate crimes. The report found that there were 1,946 police-reported hate crimes in Canada...
Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich speaks during a meeting of Israel's right-wing bloc at the Knesset in Jerusalem on Nov. 20, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Religious Zionist Party officially endorses Netanyahu for prime minister

Israel’s Religious Zionist Party leader Bezalel Smotrich announced on Tuesday that he plans to recommend that Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin task Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming the next government. “Based on the prime minister’s commitment that...
Israel is home to more than 220 bird species, some rare and some far more common. Photo by Mendy Hechtman/Flash90.

A guide to Israel’s fabulous feathered friends

If yours truly were asked to name all the birds she knows, she’d probably make it to about eight different types. So you can imagine my surprise when I learned that there are no fewer...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressing the opening of the country's parliament on Oct. 1, 2020. Source: Erdoğan via Twitter.

Erdoğan wishes ‘all Jews’ a happy Passover

This year, as every year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan extended to “all our Jewish citizens heartfelt greetings” for Passover, which he took care to mention was one of the most important holidays in...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Source: Turkish Presidency via Twitter.

Turkey ready to resume exchange of ambassadors with Israel, says Ankara official

Turkey has made it clear to Israel that from its perspective it is ready to dispatch an ambassador to Tel Aviv once the Israeli government commits to simultaneously reciprocating the measure, a senior Turkish...
A Yemenite Jewish family in the multifunction room of their home, which would be used for sleeping, eating and entertaining. Photo from a 2018 exhibit in New York City. Credit: Shiryn Solny/JNS.

Houthis expel Yemen’s few remaining Jewish families

Yemen’s millennia-old Jewish population has come down to only four elderly men, after the last few remaining Jewish families were expelled this week by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, the Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reports. According to the...

How Modern Technology Has Transformed Evil

Evil has always been a term that is very hard to define, and yet, in most cases, we know it when we see it.  Being diabolical, cruel, heartless, and mean encompass aspects of evil...