Egyptian Jewish leader buried

Nadia Haroun, the deputy head of Egypt’s Jewish community, was buried Tuesday. She died last Thursday from a heart attack at the age of 59. The funeral ceremony was led by Haroun’s sister, Magda, who is now the leader of the country’s small remaining Jewish community. The burial was held in Cairo’s downtown Gates of… Read More

Anti-Semitic incidents on the rise in the Netherlands

A Dutch Jewish watchdog group reported a 23 percent increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents last year in the Netherlands. The Hague-based Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI) recorded 147 anti-Semitic incidents in the Netherlands in 2013, compared with 114 in the previous year. CIDI’s annual report was released Tuesday. Verbal assaults… Read More

Jewish Russian aboard missing plane

One of the passengers aboard the Malaysian Airlines plane that vanished is a Jewish Russian national. Nikolai Brodskii, 43, of the Siberian city of Irkutsk, appears on the missing plane’s passenger manifest. He is a husband and father of sons aged 17 and 11. Rabbi Aharon Wagner, a Chabad rabbi for the region, contacted Brodskii’s… Read More

Boosting STEM

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In Israel, high school education is mandated by law, and the government grants each student an equal financial allocation for education. But a town such as Afula, with fewer residents than Tel Aviv, gets less government funding overall. This is also true for small villages of concentrated minorities. With the backdrop of that challenge of… Read More

Looking for a Replacement

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Meeting in Geneva for its annual spring session, the United Nations Human Rights Council will be deciding on a replacement for Richard Falk, the body’s Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, a process that is being closely monitored by U.N. watchdog groups, the United States and Israel. The applicant list recently has been reduced by… Read More

Abu Dhabi-based airline removes Israel from its flight map

An airline owned by the United Arab Emirates that is a partner of American Airlines has removed Israel from its flight map and refuses to transport Israelis. Etihad Airways’ travel-route map shows all countries in the Middle East with the exception of Israel and its major cities, the New York Post reported Monday. The airline… Read More

Egyptian court bans Hamas activities in Egypt

An Egyptian court outlawed Hamas activities in Egypt, branding it a terror organization. The ruling, which came Tuesday as part of the Egyptian government’s crackdown on Islamist organizations in the country, bans all Hamas dealings with the government and shuts down the group’s Egyptian offices. Hamas, the terrorist group that governs Gaza, is a daughter… Read More

Flight carrying 20 Israelis makes emergency landing in Tehran

A Turkish Airlines flight carrying 20 Israeli passengers made an emergency landing in Tehran. The flight Tuesday from Istanbul to Mumbai landed in the Iranian capital so a passenger could receive emergency medical treatment. After sitting on the runway for two hours, the plane departed without incident and continued to its destination. The passengers did… Read More

British PM David Cameron to visit Israel in March

British Prime Minister David Cameron will visit Israel and address the Knesset on March 12. Cameron was originally scheduled to visit Israel in February but had to postpone the trip because of flooding in the United Kingdom. This will be Cameron’s first visit to Israel since becoming prime minister in 2010. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein… Read More

Whose Rights?

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A 10-member delegation of Jews and Muslims told the Danish ambassador to the United States that his country’s ban on ritual slaughter has sullied Denmark’s reputation. Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, led the Feb. 27 delegation in protest of the ban, which went into effect at the end of February…. Read More