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Rare find: Coin with image of emperor who abolished Sanhedrin

Friday, April 19, 2019
Students find a 1,600-year-old coin with the likeness of Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II, a first of its kind to be discovered in Israel.

Orthodox school ends religious exemptions from vaccines

Friday, April 19, 2019
SAR Academy and High School in NYC will not longer accept religious exemptions from vaccination requirement.

USAID to lay off most of its staff in Judea, Samaria, Gaza

Friday, April 19, 2019
Federal aid agency to lay off nearly all of its staff members operating in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority.

Jewish comedian on track to become president of the Ukraine

Friday, April 19, 2019
41-year-old Volodymyr Zelensky, a Ukrainian Jewish actor, in the lead for April 21st run-off vote in presidential election.

IDF confirms: Home of Ori Anbsbacher's murderer demolished

Friday, April 19, 2019

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit confirmed that IDF soldiers demolished overnight Thursday two apartments in Hevron belonging to Arafat Irfaya, who Ori Ansbacher in Jerusalem two months ago.

The Palestinians reported that clashes broke out between IDF forces and Palestinians during the demolition of the home, but no injuries were reported.


PA report: Clashes during demolition of terrorist's home

Friday, April 19, 2019

Palestinian Arab sources reported that during the overnight demolition of the home of the terrorist who murdered Ori Ansbacher about two months ago, clashes broke out between the IDF and young Arabs.

It was also reported that the forces fired tear gas.


Iran showcases domestic fighter jets

Friday, April 19, 2019

Iran on Thursday showcased its domestically made fighter jets by flying the aircraft over Tehran during a military parade marking National Army Day, The Associated Press reported.

TV footage showed the aircraft performing during the parade, including the latest all-Iranian fighter jet dubbed Kowsar, which in Islamic meaning refers to a river in paradise and is also the title of a chapter in the Quran.


PA to launch campaign against US peace plan

Friday, April 19, 2019

Nabil Shaath, international relations adviser to Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, said on Thursday that the PA will launch a campaign to counter the US peace plan, known as the "Deal of the Century", reported the Xinhua news agency.

The campaign will target "the crime and conspiracy that aim at liquidating the Palestinian cause under the so-called century deal," said Shaath in a statement.


House Majority Leader: Not worthwhile to pursue impeachment of Trump

Friday, April 19, 2019

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Thursday that it would not be "worthwhile" for House Democrats to pursue impeachment of President Donald Trump in the aftermath of the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

"Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point. Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgment," Hoyer told CNN.


US: North Korean test was not of a ballistic missile

Friday, April 19, 2019

Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Thursday that a weapons test announced by North Korea was not of a ballistic missile.

"There was a test," Shanahan told reporters as he met his Albanian counterpart at the Pentagon, according to AFP.


Toulouse terrorist's brother sent to 30 years in prison

Friday, April 19, 2019

A Paris appeal court on Thursday handed a 30-year jail term to Abdelkader Merah, brother of French jihadist Mohamed Merah who shot dead seven people in Toulouse, finding him guilty of being an accomplice in the 2012 murders, AFP reported.

Abdelkader Merah, 36, was jailed in 2017 for 20 years being part of a terrorist conspiracy but had been cleared, by the lower court, of having a direct hand in his brother's shooting spree.


Fear and loathing on the way to being the PM of Israel

Friday, April 19, 2019

Israeli journalist Anshel Pfeffer talks about how Netanyahu uses fear and loathing to win elections.


PA concern: Trump will agree to Israeli sovereignty

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Palestinian Authority (PA) “foreign ministry” said on Thursday that the US administration is delusional in its belief that the Palestinians' consent to sell their homeland can be bought with money.

In a statement, the PA bureau said that the American administration had gradually begun to implement the “Deal of the Century”, as the Trump administration’s plan for resolving the conflict has come to be known, without declaring it.


'Declaration of war on the Supreme Court'

Friday, April 19, 2019

Senior officials in the justice system have said that the appointment of Yariv Levin or Bezalel Smotrich as Justice Minister would mean "a declaration of war against the Supreme Court."

According to a Channel 13 News report on Thursday, the senior officials attacked Levin and Smotrich and said they "want to destroy the existing system and have been declaring it for several years now.”


Democratic senators call to restore aid to PA

Friday, April 19, 2019

Six Democratic senators have introduced a resolution to restore US humanitarian aid to Palestinian Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, JTA reported Thursday.

Congress appropriated $257.5 million in 2018 for bilateral assistance to the Palestinian Authority, but the Trump administration has not distributed the money because of perceived intransigence on peace talks by the Palestinian Arabs and payments to the families of terrorists who have attacked Israelis.


Pesach's message: The hottest news

Friday, April 19, 2019
What is the good answer for those who ask who are the Jewish people, and what are they doing here?

Swastika graffiti found in NJ school district

Friday, April 19, 2019

A school district in New Jersey has been hit with its sixth incident of anti-Semitic and racist graffiti since November, JTA reported on Thursday.

A swastika was found a week ago in the sixth-floor girls’ bathroom at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School in Summit, a Central Jersey suburb of some 21,000 about 25 miles west of New York City.


Israeli spy's body was not found

Friday, April 19, 2019

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office denied on Thursday the reports of the finding of Israeli spy Eli Cohen's body by Russian elements operating in Syria.

Russia on Wednesday issued a similar denial of the report.


Condition of El Al flight attendant with measles worsens

Friday, April 19, 2019

An Israeli El Al flight attendant remains in a coma as a result of a neurological complication subsequent to catching measles, health officials said, according to a CNN report. Her condition is worsening and she may already suffer brain damage.

The flight attendant, a 43-year-old otherwise healthy woman had developed encephalitis, swelling of the brain, which is a severe complication that sometimes develops as a result of measles. She has been hospitalized since a March 26 flight from New York to Tel Aviv.


'I'm a non-Jew. Can I keep Passover?'

Friday, April 19, 2019
Are non-Jews able to observe Passover and other Torah commandments?

German state to offer basic course in Judaism in public schools

Friday, April 19, 2019

The German state of Saxony will be introducing a basic course in Judaism to its public schools.

The course starting in the next academic year will join the available required courses in other religions such as Catholicism and Protestantism. Jewish pupils in Saxony had been exempt from them.


General closure on Judea and Samaria during Passover

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Opening of crossings and lifting of closure will take place after the holiday in accordance with an assessment of the situation.

IDF preparing to demolish home of Ori Ansbacher's murderer

Thursday, April 18, 2019

IDF forces arrived on Thursday evening at the home of the terrorist who murdered Ori Ansbacher in Jerusalem two months ago.

Palestinian Arabs reported that the forces arrived at the home of the terrorist's parents in Hevron, after the Supreme Court last week approved the demolition of the home.

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PM's son takes jab at judicial system

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Yair Netanyahu, son of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, on Thursday took a jab at the Israeli judicial system.

"My American friends! You are blessed that your deep state looks nothing like Israel’s," he tweeted.


Nazi guard, 92, charged with 5,230 accessory to murder acts

Thursday, April 18, 2019

A 92-year old former Nazi concentration camp guard has been charged with being an accessory to thousands of murders by German prosecutors on Thursday.

The former guard, named only as Bruno D., was charged by Hamburg prosecutors with aiding in the "malicious and cruel" killing of prisoners at the Stutthof concentration camp. D. served as a concentration camp guard there for nine months, from August 1944 until April 1945. Stutthof was located in what is presently Poland.


'Notre-Dame of Jerusalem' lit up in solidarity with Paris

Thursday, April 18, 2019
19th-century Vatican structure lit up with colors of French flag as Jerusalem shows its solidarity with Paris after Notre-Dame fire.

Forrest Gump in Israel?

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Michael Wardian, an American ultra-marathoner, ran across Israel and set the fastest-known time for Israel’s National trail.

'Released for publication': Netanyahu with IDF soldiers

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Netanyahu publishes pictures taken in the election period on social media, ridiculing the AG's ban on pictures with IDF soldiers.

Notre-Dame will be rebuilt - Jewish structure's won't be

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Donors from around the world contribute to reconstruction of Notre-Dame cathedral - while many Jewish structures remained destroyed: Opinion

Police warn Smotrich, Regev will allow Passover sacrifice

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Police say Miri Regev and Bezalel Smotrich will allow Passover sacrifice on the Temple Mount if given ministries they want.

Smotrich: If not Justice Minister, I'll be Education Minister

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Ben Caspit and Roni Bar-On speak with MK Bezalel Smotrich on Radio 103FM.

ANALYSIS: How the IDF outsmarted Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Iran moved its facilities in Syria from Damascus to an area it considered immune to IAF strikes - but was soon proven wrong.

Mueller report: Trump attempted to thwart anti-Israel resolution

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Muller report reportedly reveals Michael Flynn testified that Trump team attempted to prevent UN resolution before taking office.


Danny Danon celebrates Passover Seder at the UN

Thursday, April 18, 2019
'Jewish tradition is important so we organized a Passover Seder with the participation of dozens of ambassadors from various countries.'
18:10 compensation claims said to be ‘four times’ higher than expected

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Collapse of payday lender gives customers who purchased expensive loans the chance to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Ivanka Trump concerned about rising anti-Semitism

Thursday, April 18, 2019
President's Jewish daughter warns of growing anti-Semitism in the Democratic party.

Pesach 2019: Drink and learn at the Tura winery

Thursday, April 18, 2019
'The Samaria region is known for its wine industry from 2000 years ago when Jews produced wine here and took it to the Temple in Jerusalem.'

Live: William Barr releases Mueller report

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Attorney General William Barr releases long-anticipated report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian interference in 2016 election.

Toddler's death caused by rare, deadly bacteria

Thursday, April 18, 2019
1-year-old who passed away of Icholov hospital had extremely rare Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.bacteria, which has a morality rate of 75%.

'500,000 Jews in the Galilee, 1 million in the Negev'

Thursday, April 18, 2019
JNF chairman explains organization's growth and activities since its founding 118 years ago.
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