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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Israel/World

White House Holds First-Ever Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

Last week, the White House held its first-ever celebration and commemoration of Yom Ha’atzmaut. On the occasion of Israel’s 69th birthday, Vice President Mike Pence gave a stirring speech; Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator, took attendees on an emotional trip down memory lane; and Israel

Jerusalem Day June ’67: Witness to History

Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts excerpted from journal entries kept by Fried, an American volunteer in Israel just before and during the Six-Day War, culminating with the reunification of Jerusalem.

As I write these words, jet fighters are battling above us, bombs are

Tamar Berger Ben Tzvi Is Living the Dream in Israel

* From: West Orange, New Jersey (born in Philadelphia, grew up in Cherry Hill). Tamar went to Kellman Academy for elementary school and Maayanot for high school. Her family davens at Congregation Ohr Torah.

* Graduate of Stern College for Women, Judaic studies

IDF Soldiers Celebrate Independence Day With Young Adults With Special Needs

Yom Ha’aztmaut (Israel Independence Day) has brought together two very different sectors of Israeli society to celebrate the country’s 69th anniversary. Thirty Israel Defense Forces soldiers visited Seeach Sod’s adult vocational center in Jerusalem, just ahead of the annual celebrations. It was a unique and

Abbas Meets Trump Amid Calls to Stop Palestinian Terror Payments

(JNS.org) As Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas was set to meet President Donald Trump for the first time Wednesday at the White House, U.S. lawmakers called for the PA to end its payments to jailed terrorists and their families.

Palestinian officials expressed uncharacteristic

On Independence Day, UNESCO Denies Israeli Sovereignty Over Jerusalem

(JNS.org) As millions of Israeli and Diaspora Jews marked Israel’s 69th Independence Day, the United Nations cultural body UNESCO voted Tuesday to adopt a resolution denying Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.

The resolution—which passed in a 22-10 vote, with 23 abstentions—states that

Despite UNESCO Vote, Netanyahu Proclaims Stronger Global Support for Israel

(JNS.org) Despite the latest UNESCO vote opposing Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed stronger global support for Israel.

“Today there are more countries abstaining or supporting Israel than countries against Israel,” Netanyahu said at a reception for foreign diplomats marking Israel’s

Trump Vows to ‘Confront Anti-Semitism,’ Earns Praise From Jewish Leaders

(JNS.org) President Donald Trump vowed to “confront anti-Semitism” and called Holocaust deniers “an accomplice to horrible evil” in a wide-ranging and forceful speech delivered Tuesday at an event marking the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Days of Remembrance.

“This is my

Studies: US Anti-Semitic Incidents Surge 86% as Global Anti-Semitism Declines

(JNS.org) New statistics released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Monday, in the organization’s annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents, show an 86-percent 

increase in U.S. anti-Semitic incidents during the first quarter of 2017.

During 2016,

UN Chief Vows to Combat Anti-Israel Bias and Anti-Semitism

(JNS.org) United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reassured Jewish community leaders Sunday he would oppose any anti-Israel bias at the United Nations.

“As secretary-general of the United Nations, I consider that the State of Israel needs to be treated as any other state,” Guterres

BDS Movement Founder Receives Gandhi Peace Award at Yale

(JNS.org) Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the anti-Israel BDS movement, received the Gandhi Peace Award from the Connecticut-based organization Promoting Enduring Peace at Yale University Sunday.

Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of the anti-Israel group Jewish Voice for Peace,

For Israel’s Memorial Day, New Initiative Seeks to Honor ‘Last Descendants’

(JNS.org) Ahead of Israel’s Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron), a new campaign seeks to honor fallen soldiers who may not have any living relatives or friends to do so.

Project GalEd, an initiative started by Michal Serfaty to map out the graves of deceased relatives, has launched a campaign to