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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 …
 
A bomb disposal squad has been deployed to Indian national treasure, the Taj Mahal after a phone tip. The police say they are “99 percent” sure it was merely a prank call, but had to act as a precaution. Bomb Disposal Squad & other teams carried out extensive search at Taj Mahal premises. No such object has been found yet. Man who called up to give…
 
The Israeli government has said Iran is behind a recent oil spill off Israel’s coast which caused huge ecological damage and has been described as one of the worst such pollution incidents in Israel’s history. Israel's Environment Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said on Wednesday that Israeli officials had identified a Libyan-owned oil tanker, cal…
 
The first South Korean soldier who underwent gender reassignment surgery while on active duty – and who was later forcibly discharged – has been found dead at her home, with the cause of death so far unknown. Byun Hee-soo, 23, a former staff sergeant who was locked in a legal battle with the South Korean military ever since her discharge over gende…
 
Brazil's state of Sao Paulo will adopt the country's most severe Covid-19 restrictions this weekend in a bid to curb the spread of the virus and prevent hospitals being overwhelmed, Governor Joao Doria announced on Wednesday. “We in Sao Paulo and Brazil are on the verge of collapse. It requires collective and urgent measures,” Doria told a press co…
 
Alphabet subsidiary Google has pledged it will ditch the third-party cookie-based model of online advertising – and promised not to invent something similar that would allow it to keep slurping up the same kind of data. Google is serious about moving away from privacy-invading micro-targeted ads, Director of Product Management David Temkin insisted…
 
The Pentagon has confirmed that one American died after suffering a “cardiac episode” while sheltering during a rocket attack on the Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq early on Wednesday morning. “There are no current reports of US service member injuries and all are accounted for. A US civilian contractor suffered a cardiac episode while sheltering and s…
 
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced the opening of an investigation into possible war crimes committed in the Palestinian territories since June 2014. The move has been welcomed by the Palestinian Authority. “Today, I confirm the initiation by the office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court of an investigation resp…
 
Homosexuality can be classified as a “psychological disorder,” a Chinese court has ruled, upholding a decision in favor of a textbook publisher. It found only a ‘difference of opinion’ – not fact – between plaintiff and publisher. The inclusion of homosexuality as a psychological disorder in a popular university textbook constitutes “not factual er…
 
The French government has banned ‘Generation Identitaire’, a far-right group which had declared a ‘war on migrants’ and repeatedly tried to prevent people from entering the country, for discrimination and hatred. In a tweet on Wednesday, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin confirmed that Generation Identitaire had been outlawed following a cabinet me…
 
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party has quit the European People’s Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament after EU MEPs voted in favor of a motion that would pave the way for Orban’s party to be excluded. “I hereby inform you that Fidesz MEPs resign their membership in the EPP group,” Orban wrote on Wednesday to the bloc’s ch…
 
Local media claim that as many as nine people have died in Myanmar in deadly clashes between security forces and protesters across the country, with videos showing police abuse. In a day of violence across Myanmar on Wednesday, security forces opened fire on protesters resulting in numerous deaths and many injuries, just one day after a regional di…
 
France’s foreign minister has called for more action from Turkey to fix the fragile ties between the two nations, despite accepting that Ankara has taken steps to cool tensions by ceasing insulting Paris and the European Union. Turkey and the European Union have been in a war of words in recent months, as tensions rise between the two sides, partic…
 
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has registered its concern regarding increasing acts of discrimination against people of Chinese ethnicity and other Asians in Australia over the last year, calling on Canberra to address the problem. Speaking on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said that Beijing was aware of the plight of Ch…
 
A coalition airbase in the western Iraqi province of Anbar has been struck by at least 10 missiles, just two weeks after a rocket attack on US-led forces in northern Iraq killed a civilian contractor. On Wednesday, Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the US military in Iraq and Operation Inherent Resolve, confirmed that the Ain al-Asad airbase had…
 
South Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency has launched an investigation into the cause of the deaths of two people days after receiving the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. The two individuals, who weren’t related and had pre-existing conditions, passed away on Tuesday and Wednesday after falling ill shortly following receiving their …
 
Seven Bolivian college students were killed and five others injured after an indoor balcony railing broke and sent them plummeting, some as far as four floors, to the ground. As a large number of students crowded into a fourth-floor hallway at the Public University of El Alto near the Bolivian capital on Tuesday morning, the balcony railing apparen…
 
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…
 
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