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Israel in the News features timely news stories and on-site reporting on a variety of topics related to Israel and the Jewish people. You’ll also hear weekly commentary from those with an on-the-ground vantage point in the Holy Land, including Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), Yael Eckstein (The Fellowship’s Senior Vice President), and other Fellowship staff. The show presents listeners with up-to-date reports on what is ...
 
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This month we’re talking about Crossing Delancey, a film that’s new to us, as we honor the memory of Joan Micklin Silver, the director, who recently died. And for our second segment we’re talking about the recent conspiracy theory exposed by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, that California forest fires were started by space lasers financed […] The post …
 
Instagram’s distinguished “influencers” were sent into a panic after a technical glitch concealed “likes” from many users’ posts, in what the platform called a “bug” as it experiments with doing away with “likes” for good. While Instagram clarified the move was in error – saying it’s been “testing a new experience to hide likes on Feed posts,” but …
 
The Italian government has ordered all schools to close in the areas with the highest Covid-19 infection rates as part of a series of new measures set to last until after Easter amid the threat of more contagious viral variants. On Tuesday, Italy’s new prime minister Mario Draghi signed an emergency decree that will see public health measures tight…
 
Fresh protests have erupted in Lebanon on Tuesday, following the record crash of the Lebanese pound against the US dollar on the black market, as the country lurches further into crisis. Demonstrators blocked off several of the main thoroughfares in the capital Beirut by burning tires and dumpsters, causing traffic jams, including on roads leading …
 
Up to 61 percent of people who previously had Covid-19 could be reinfected with the highly contagious Brazilian 'P1' variant, a new study has found. Scientists say it's too early to know if it's harder for vaccines to tackle. Scientists studying people in the Brazilian city of Manaus, where the P1 variant first emerged, found that out of 100 people…
 
The French health authorities have granted permission for the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine to be given to people aged 65 to 75. However, a much lower number of doses of the jab than projected have been administered so far. On Tuesday, a French health ministry official said that only 24 percent of Covid-19 vaccines delivered to France by AstraZe…
 
At least 10,000 children have fallen victim to sex abuse by clergy and other officials of the Catholic Church in France since the 1950s, an independent commission set up to investigate such crimes said in its preliminary report. “It’s possible that the figure is at least 10,000,” head of the commission, Jean-Marc Sauve, told AFP, adding that number…
 
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to improve the country's human rights protections and bolster freedom of expression, as he set out a series of sweeping new legal reforms on Tuesday. The move comes as Turkey is set to have its long-running membership bid for the European Union (EU) reassessed later this month, with its human righ…
 
The European Union has denied reports that its bloc-wide vaccination program against Covid-19 is falling apart, adding that the European Medicines Agency ensures the efficacy and safety of the inoculation strategy. Speaking on Tuesday, European Commission spokesman Stefan de Keersmaecker said that individual countries have the right to seek their o…
 
China has said that the door to Xinjiang “is always open” for UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, after she claimed Muslim Uighurs are suffering arbitrary detention and ill-treatment in the area. The statement was made on Tuesday by the Chinese delegation to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in response to comments by Bachelet claiming an i…
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has filed a criminal complaint in Germany accusing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other high-ranking Saudi officials of committing crimes against humanity. On Monday evening, RSF published a press release confirming they had filed a 500-page complaint with the German Public Prosecutor General of the Federal Cou…
 
Health authorities in Saudi Arabia have said that any Muslim wanting to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca will first need to be provide proof that they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19. Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry confirmed the decision in a statement on Tuesday, saying that vaccination would be “the main condition for participation…
 
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has announced plans to break away from the EU’s joint vaccine procurement program to create a second-generation Covid-19 vaccine and explore treatment options for the virus. “The need for Austria alone is estimated at around 30 million vaccine doses,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said in a statement to the Austria Press Agenc…
 
The governor of Zamfara state has said that all 279 girls who were abducted from the Government Girls’ Science Secondary School (GGSS) in Jangebe last Friday have been released by their captors, largely unharmed. “Alhamdulillah! It gladdens my heart to announce the release of the abducted students of GGSS Jangebe from captivity,” Zamfara State Gove…
 
Israel has unveiled a coronavirus-tracking bracelet as an alternative to a two-week quarantine for incoming travelers, sparking privacy concerns as a top court moved to curb the Shin Bet spy agency’s role in contact tracing. A pilot program for the tracking bracelet kicked off at Ben Gurion Airport on Monday, where 100 devices were doled out to arr…
 
Demonstrators in Myanmar were shot at by law enforcement on Monday, local media reported, less than a day after 18 protesters were killed on what was the country’s bloodiest day yet since the military seized power on February 1. In the southern city Yangon – Myanmar’s largest – police and the military fired live rounds at protesters and used tear g…
 
President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed that he will "immediately" demand that US troops leave the Philippines if Washington ever attempts to place its nuclear weapons in the Southeast Asian country. While there appear to have been no recent statements from American officials about plans to place nukes in the Philippines, Duterte was on Sunday asked ab…
 
The Jordanian foreign ministry has blasted Israeli authorities after police failed to stop a group of orthodox Jews bursting into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, in Jerusalem on Sunday. Daifallah Al-Fayez, a spokesman from the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Expatriates, claimed the failure to prevent the breach represents…
 
Quarantined travelers formed an angry mob in the lobby of a Toronto hotel after it allegedly ran out of food and bottled water, leaving guests waiting hours to be fed during their mandatory stay. Canada's system of mandatory quarantine hotels for those entering the country from abroad are now in question, after a series of endless, chaotic setbacks…
 
Helsinki has declared a state of emergency on Monday in a bid to stem the rapid spread of coronavirus. The measure would allow it to impose a lockdown and potentially “restrict the fundamental rights of citizens.” The state of emergency is effective “immediately” and will stay in force for an indefinite period of time “until it is repealed,” the go…
 
One of Israel’s top medical centers has published a worrying study about the long-term effects of the coronavirus, revealing that 45-year-old former patients performed during physical tests as if they were aged 80. Some 30 people aged 45, on average, took part in the survey carried out by the Beilinson Medical Center in Petah Tikva, the Times of Is…
 
Beijing has urged Canberra to take a look at the reasons behind worsening relations between the two nations and called on Australia to abide by the free-market conditions and trade rules it has always advertised. On Monday, foreign ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, cited a study by the Institute of East Asian Economics of the Australian National …
 
Some 30,000 police and soldiers have been deployed across the Czech Republic and at 500 security checkpoints set up in a bid to enforce toughened coronavirus rules, as the country battles the world’s worst infection rate. The new measures, introduced on Monday, ban Czechs from leaving their district except for essential reasons, like caring for vul…
 
French President Emmanuel Macron has called on the nation to “hold out” for at least another month before the country can think about easing Covid-induced restrictions and the current 6pm curfew. Speaking with a group of industrial trade trainees on Monday, Macron dismissed, with a smile, the request of a young man to relax France’s 6pm curfew. The…
 
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of corruption on charges of trying to bribe a magistrate. The judge sentenced Sarkozy to three years in prison, with two years suspended. Judge Christine Mee, who presided over the case, stated that the 66-year-old former political leader had “used his status as former French president” …
 
A Myanmar court has slapped the country’s ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi with additional charges, as mass-protests against the military coup that toppled her refuse to die down, even after a deadly weekend. The ousted politician appeared before the court via videolink on Monday, and was seen in public for the first time since the February …
 
Japanese leader Yoshihide Suga has apologized after his spokeswoman, Makiko Yamada, resigned for “breaching the ethics law” by attending expensive dinners hosted by the prime minister’s TV executive son, Seigo Suga. Yamada formally quit her position as the cabinet public relations secretary in the wake of the scandal around her attendance at the ex…
 
The European Commission president has said Brussels will launch a proposal for the introduction of digital vaccine passports for use across the bloc in March, after the German chancellor said it should be ready by the summer. “As for the question of what the digital green passport could look like, we will submit a legislative proposal in March,” Co…
 
Tehran has dismissed claims made by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran was behind an attack on an Israeli merchant ship in the Gulf of Oman last Thursday, adding that security in the region is just as important for Iran. “The Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman are Iran’s immediate security areas,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh tol…
 
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has urged obedient members of the public to call out violators of coronavirus rules, as it emerged people have been concealing Covid-19 contacts. Speaking on Monday about recent Covid-19 cases that are linked to breaches of anti-coronavirus restrictions, Ardern aimed mighty jabs at rule breakers. Even wit…
 
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) has accused Beijing of using Covid-19 as “yet another way to control journalists,” curbing visas and surveilling reporters. China says it’s protecting its citizens from the virus. The FCCC, which is the professional association of Beijing-based journalists reporting on China, has argued that 2020 had…
 
Indian PM Narendra Modi has received his first shot of the country’s domestically produced Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, kicking off the second stage of the nation’s massive inoculation drive, which is now focused on the elderly. India entered its next stage of the mass-vaccination campaign on Monday, expanding the drive to include people aged over 60…
 
At the height of the Jim Crow era in Chicago, Noble Drew Ali founded the Moorish Science Temple of America. Using the language of Islam, he articulated a new religio-racial identity that subverted the racially oppressive lens of “negro” that had been used for decades as a powerful legal tool to subvert the rights of people of color after the Civil …
 
Iran was behind the explosions on an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman last week, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed. The Jewish state reportedly retaliated by launching a missile attack in Syria. The incident on Thursday evening involving the MV ‘Helios Ray’ was “clearly” Iran’s doing, Netanyahu said on Monday in an interv…
 
Myanmar security forces have again employed live fire against those protesting the military coup in the Southeast Asian country, killing at least 18 protesters and injuring dozens, the UN human rights office said. Sunday became the bloodiest day of protests that have been ongoing since early February, when the army arrested the democratically elect…
 
Local approval of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine would be enough for the Czech Republic to begin using it, PM Andrej Babis has said, signaling that the country would not wait for a green light from EU health regulators. Speaking to CNN Prima News on Saturday, Babis confirmed that Prague will not wait for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to a…
 
Israel is the only democracy in the world to prohibit its citizens from returning home during the pandemic, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) said, urging authorities to relax an entry ban that, it says, violates human rights. All entry points into Israel by land, sea and air remain shut tight since January 25 as part of the Benjamin Netanyahu g…
 
Myanmar riot police repeatedly opened fire and used stun grenades against anti-coup protesters on Sunday as part of a continuing crackdown. At least two people were reportedly killed and several more injured. Law enforcers shot at protesters in Myanmar’s largest city of Yangon on Sunday, according to local media reports backed up by multiple videos…
 
Violent protests over the jailing of rapper Pablo Hasel have resumed in Barcelona, reportedly leading to more than a dozen arrests as rioters torched a police van, threw objects at officers and damaged banks and other businesses. Video footage posted Saturday on Twitter shows men in dark hoodies dousing a police van with flammable liquid to stoke a…
 
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has accused Iran of likely being behind Friday's blast on an Israeli-owned transport ship in the Gulf of Oman, saying it's their "initial assessment" that the incident was an Iranian attack. Based on the Saturday statement, it would appear that the claim by Gantz wasn't backed by any actual intelligence, but was…
 
The recent US airstrikes on Iran-backed militias in Syria has shown that Washington is seeking to “revive” terrorism in the region and support now-shattered Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), a senior Iranian official has said. The airstrike on militias stationed on Syria’s border with Iraq commissioned by US President Joe Biden earlier this week, …
 
The World Economic Forum, globalist champion of the Great Reset, has ruffled feathers online with an “out-of-touch” tweet how Covid-19 lockdowns are “quietly improving cities” across the globe. A video accompanying the Friday tweet by the WEF shows images of deserted streets, grounded airliners and idle factories, then notes record declines in air …
 
Adamu Chan and Edmond Richardson met while they were incarcerated at San Quentin about two years ago, and have been best friends ever since. Adamu was released last fall, and they’ve kept in touch by writing letters to each other. We’ll hear part of an episode Adamu helped produce for the KALW Public Media podcast, “Uncuffed.” Then, we mark the los…
 
Riyadh has rejected the US intelligence report blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as “abusive and incorrect,” even as the kingdom is unlikely to face serious punishment. “The kingdom's government categorically rejects the abusive and incorrect conclusions contained in the report about the ki…
 
At least five people were killed and more than 170 wounded in clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in Iraq's fourth largest city, Nasiriyah, according to local reports. The unrest in the main city of the Dhi Qar Governorate, located some 360 km southeast of Baghdad, has continued since erupting on Sunday when demonstrators…
 
The Public Prosecutor's Office in Brazil has asked the Federal Audit Court to suspend an order for 20 million doses of the Covaxin Covid-19 jab made by India's Bharat Biotech, ahead of a vaccine factory inspection next week. Just one day earlier, Brazil's health ministry inked a deal with the private Indian firm worth 1.6 billion reais ($290,000), …
 
A proposal to plunge Paris into a hard three-week Covid-19 lockdown and then fully reopen the French capital's entire economy was slammed by the country's Prime Minister Jean Castex on Friday. The PM said it was “nonsense” that a so-called “circuit-breaker” lockdown would allow Paris to reopen after just a few weeks due to the threat of new, more i…
 
Numerous people across Israel flouted the nationwide curfew on the first day of the Purim holiday, with police breaking up over 100 parties, issuing thousands of fines and making dozens of arrests. Celebrated for three days, Purim is the one of the merriest Jewish holidays, with costume parties and big feasts with family and friends. Read more 50% …
 
India’s newspapers have joined the offensive against Google, urging it to raise the ad revenue share for publishers to 85 percent. The tech giant has recently faced demands to pay local outlets for news in multiple countries. The bold demand was produced on Thursday by the Indian Newspaper Society (INS), which brings together print media houses of …
 
German authorities have raided a far-right crime network, in their second major operation in two days. More than 500 officers, including special units, targeted 27 homes and business premises. Ten arrests have been made. The detained were aged between 24 and 55, and were members of a far-right network allegedly involved in drug and weapons traffick…
 
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