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U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaled. Source: Twitter.

Meeting with Mayorkas, Shaked aims for Israel to join visa waiver program by 2023

Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked met with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday in part to discuss Israel’s efforts to join the Visa Waiver Program. “We are both determined to promote the exemption...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his official visit to Serbia in 2017. Credit: Sasa Dzambic Photography/Shutterstock.

Israeli officials fear Turkey’s Erdoğan will exploit imprisoned Israeli couple as political pawns

An Israeli couple was arrested by Turkish police on Friday in Istanbul for taking pictures of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s residence while touring the country. They have been charged with political and military espionage. Israeli officials...
Israelis relish falafel sandwiches, as part of a social-media campaign called “#SadSadIsrael.” Source: Twitter.

Online campaign ridicules ‘Times’ article describing Israelis as ‘angry,’ ‘displeased’

A viral social-media campaign poking fun at The New York Times was the No. 1 Twitter trend in Israel, even garnering the attention of the nation’s official Twitter account. The newspaper published an article on Oct. 26,...
Diego Schwartzman. Photo by Howard Blas.

Jews (and even an Israeli) match rackets at US Open

When Diego Schwartzman outlasted Kevin Johnson in Wednesday night’s rain-drenched match—requiring relocation from Louis Armstrong to Arthur Ashe Stadium mid-game—he became the identified Jewish player who is guaranteed to go deepest in this year’s...
Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram (bottom) posing with her gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Village. Source: Facebook/Israel Olympic Committee.

Jewish athletes celebrate Olympic success at Tokyo games

Many in the Jewish world are sharing in Israel’s record-setting four medal wins at the just-concluded 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Leading the pack were rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram and men’s gymnast Artem Dolgopyat, both of whom captured...
Israeli world champion judoka Sagi Muki (right) and Iranian champion Saeid Mollaei embrace at the Paris Grand Slam, Feb. 10, 2020. Source: Instagram.

Iranian judo defector Mollaei dedicates Olympics silver medal to Israel

Iranian defector Saeid Mollaei, who now represents Mongolia, dedicated his silver medal to the State of Israel after the match on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics. “This medal is also dedicated to Israel, and I...
Israeli high school students at the 62nd International Math Olympiad (IMO) in St. Petersburg, Russia. Source: Facebook.

Israeli high school students win six medals (three gold) at International Math Olympiad

Israeli high school students won six medals at the 62nd International Math Olympiad (IMO) in St. Petersburg, Russia. Israel’s national team finished in seventh place, its best ranking to date, among all countries involved in the two-day...
Dan Harel, then-director-general of the Defense Ministry, at a press conference at the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem on Nov. 18, 2015. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Former deputy IDF chief Dan Harel enters political arena

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, who recently established the “Israelis Party” to run in the upcoming Knesset elections, announced on Tuesday that his slate will include a high-ranking defense-establishment official and four female candidates,...
April Benayoum, 21, Miss Provence 2020 and runner-up in the Miss France 2021 beauty pageant. Source: Instagram.

Miss France 2021 runner-up faces anti-Semitic hate over Israeli father

Anti-Semitism in France reared its ugly head over the weekend after the runner-up in the Miss France 2021 beauty pageant revealed that her father was Israeli. After April Benayoum, 21, revealed her Israeli ancestry, she...
Rabbi Mendy and Mazal Sternbach, co-directors of a new Chabad center in Africa's most populous city of Lagos, Nigeria, with the continent's fourth-largest economy. Credit: Chabad.org/News.

Largest city in Africa gets its first full-time rabbi

When Mendy Sternbach first traveled to Nigeria from Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2014 as a 21-year-old rabbinical student to help out for the High Holidays, he didn’t expect that one day he would be putting down...