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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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College Campus Anti-Semitism Increased 40 Percent in 2016, Watchdog Group Says

(JNS.org) The AMCHA Initiative, a Jewish nonprofit focused on tracking and combating anti-Semitism, said in a new report that campus anti-Semitism increased by 40 percent in 2016, while genocidal expression doubled last year.

According to the report—which investigated activity at 113 schools

10 Indian Bnei Menashe Couples Are Married in Israel

(Shavei Israel release) Ten Bnei Menashe couples, all of whom immigrated to Israel from Mizoram, India, in February, married at Shavei Israel’s absorption center in Kfar Hasidim on Sunday, April 2, under Jewish law in the wake of their formal conversion.

The 10 couples were among 102 new

Bank of Israel Prepares to Issue New Banknotes Featuring Women

The Bank of Israel on Tuesday revealed that the new 20 and 100 shekel bills, which feature the portraits of prominent Hebrew-language female poets, have reached the final design stages.

The NIS 20 bill is red and will be imprinted with the image of Rachel Bluwstein Sela—commonly known as

Nafi Lieber Connects to Eretz Yisrael at Lev Hatorah

Nafi Lieber is learning at Yeshivat Lev HaTorah. He is from Teaneck, New Jersey, attended the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey for elementary school and Torah Academy of Bergen County for high school. His family davens at Congregation Rinat Yisrael.

His plans for next

Boys Town Jerusalem Graduate Meets With Trump Adviser Jason Greenblatt

Boys Town Jerusalem takes pride in noting that a 1982 graduate of Boys Town Jerusalem, Major-General Yoav Mordechai, met this week with top Trump adviser Jason Greenblatt in Jerusalem. Mordechai, the coordinator of Israeli government activities in the territories, personally briefed Greenblatt on security issues.

UN Chief Reaffirms Jewish Ties to Temple Mount, Vows to Curb Bias on Israel

(JNS.org) United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reaffirmed his recognition of Judaism’s historic ties to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount last week, during a meeting with World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald Lauder in New York.

The meeting took place just hours after

Thousands Attend Anti-BDS Summit at United Nations Headquarters

(JNS.org) Over 2,000 pro-Israel activists and supporters convened at the United Nations headquarters in New York Wednesday to speak out against the boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) movement.

The summit was convened by Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon, in partnership

Israel, US, Russia Reportedly Agree on Ousting Iran From Syria

(JNS.org) The U.S., Russia and Israel have reportedly agreed on the need to restrain and eventually expel Iran and its terror proxies from Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached a consensus with the U.S. and Russia that pro-Iranian forces such as the Shi’a terrorist

US Reportedly Planning Israeli-Palestinian-Gulf Peace Summit

(JNS.org) The Trump administration is reportedly exploring whether or not to hold an Israeli-Palestinian peace summit that would be attended by Arab leaders from the Gulf states.

According to Israeli sources quoted by the Jerusalem Post, U.S. officials are quietly looking into the

At Arab League Summit, Abbas Denies Speculation of New Peace Plan With Israel

(JNS.org) While attending the Arab League Summit in Jordan, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas vehemently denied speculation regarding the possibility of the Palestinian leadership presenting a new peace plan.

“There are no new peace plans or initiatives,” Abbas said in an interview published Wednesday by the Jordanian daily

AIPAC Conference Is an Exercise in Managing Reality

Washington—In recent years, the AIPAC lobby’s policy conferences have centered on hot-button issues such as the emerging and later finalized Iran nuclear deal, tension between the Obama administration and Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to Congress, and the surprising rise of candidate and now

Israeli Authorities Arrest Jewish Teenager in Connection With Wave of JCC Bomb Threats

A Jewish teenager with dual Israeli and American citizenship living in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon was arrested Thursday in connection to the wave of more than 100 bomb threats against JCCs and other Jewish institutions across North America since the beginning of 2017.

The suspect, 19, was arrested by Israel’s Lahav 433 police unit