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  • Massive explosions rock Beirut, killing dozens and injuring thousands in Lebanese capital

    By Michael Seinberg on August 5, 2020
    (JNS) – A massive fire, followed by an enormous explosion, rocked Beirut on Tuesday, causing a mushroom-cloud-shaped shockwave damaging nearby buildings, including the official residence of the Lebanese president, Michel Aoun. It shattered windows, overturned cars and caused debris to fly across the Lebanese capital. It’s unclear what caused the explosion, which occurred between the Port of Beirut and the […]
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  • Israeli innovation helps combat coronavirus in Africa

    By Michael Seinberg on July 30, 2020
    By ELIANA RUDEE (JNS) – In the backdrop of expanding Israel-Africa relations in recent years, Israeli organizations and startups are working to help countries on the African continent fight the coronavirus. Magen David Adom, Israel’s national ambulance service, recently built dedicated software for managing a drive through coronavirus testing facility in the honorary consul in Israel, resulting in a similar […]
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  • Amid growing tensions, Hezbollah risks escalation as it seeks retaliation

    By Michael Seinberg on July 29, 2020
    Lt. Col. Sarit Zehavi, CEO of Alma research center, says that although “the last thing Hezbollah needs is an escalation with Israel, this is Western logic. I’m not sure this is Hezbollah logic.” By YAAKOV LAPPIN (JNS) – Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah have reached a fever pitch, with Israel’s defense establishment readying for an attack by the Lebanese terror […]
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  • Security guard disarms ax-wielding man inside Ukraine synagogue

    By Michael Seinberg on July 29, 2020
    By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ NEW YORK CITY  (JTA) – A security guard at a Ukraine synagogue overpowered a man armed with an ax who broke into the compound shouting, “Where’s the synagogue?” The intruder slightly wounded the guard, who managed to wrestle the weapon away from him. No one else was injured in the incident Tuesday, July 28, in Mariupol, in […]
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  • Mourning in 2020: Tisha B’Av spotlights losses old and new

    By Michael Seinberg on July 22, 2020
    By DEBORAH FINEBLUM (JNS) – This year Jews the world over got into the Tisha B’Av mood several months earlier than usual. During a typical summer, Jewish families and individuals tear themselves away from family vacations, beach outings, amusement parks and other hot-weather entertainment to enter a period of mourning known as “the Three Weeks” (no weddings, haircuts or shaving, […]
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  • Erdoğan converts Hagia Sophia back into mosque

    By Michael Seinberg on July 22, 2020
    By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON (JNS) – The decision by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to convert the Hagia Sophia Cathedral longtime museum in Istanbul back into a mosque reinforces his long-held plans for promoting Islamic supremacy and lifts his sagging popularity at home. Built in the sixth century C.E. by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian, the Hagia Sophia served as the […]
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  • Canadian political party leader calls Jews ‘liars and deceivers,’ ‘tribe of parasites’

    By Michael Seinberg on July 17, 2020
    (JNS) – A Canadian political party leader has called Jews “liars and deceivers” and a “tribe of parasites.” A flier posted on the Facebook page of the Canadian Nationalist Party, led by Travis Patron, is titled “Beware The Parasitic Tribe.” It includes New Testament phrases and anti-Semitic tropes, such as calling Jews “so-called ‘inside manipulators’ ” and stating “Everywhere these […]
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  • DC Report: Is Prime Minister Netanyahu playing Potemkin to President Trump?

    By Michael Seinberg on July 16, 2020
    DC Report By Douglas Bloomfield Prince Grigory Potemkin was Catherine the Great’s favorite, not just as a lover, but as her military commander and advisor who did much to please her full range of needs. One of his greatest achievements was displayed on her 1787 trip through Russian province of Ukraine on a cruise down the Dnieper River to the […]
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  • Birthright at 20: An interview with power-couple philanthropists Sheldon and Miriam Adelson

    By Michael Seinberg on July 10, 2020
    By ZVIKA KLEIN (JNS) – Birthright, the  project established in 2000 by philanthropists Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt, has brought 750,000 participants to see Israel for themselves.  The Hebrew daily Makor Rishon recently convened the project’s founders, via video-conference, to explain the impetus behind funding an airplane ticket and hotel accommodations for wealthy young people. In a subsequent Zoom session,  the publication […]
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  • For elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union, COVID-19 lockdown loneliness is debilitating

    By Michael Seinberg on July 9, 2020
    By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Tamara Boronina, an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor living in Ukraine, can barely afford her small Odessa apartment on her monthly pension of $65. She is a widow whose only daughter died in 1999. Unable to visit the local Jewish community center that has been her social lifeline, Boronina now eagerly awaits the weekly […]
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