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Coronavirus provides family difficulties

A mother's struggles as her autistic son is placed under lockdown.

New NIS 40 million Hechal Hatarbut arts center opens in Pisgat Ze'ev

“After many years, it is time to welcome the finished article,” said Mayor Moshe Lion. "In the coming years we will continue investing in Pisgat Ze’ev and in other neighborhoods. Enjoy."

Kalo café and the kashrut certificate controversy

According to kashrut rules, a non-Jewish cook cannot light the burners (or the stove).

This week in Jerusalem: A round-up of city affairs

Pisgat Ze'ev's new cultural institution has a 400-seat auditorium, space for workshops and courses, the only movie theater in that part of the capital.

How one event-planner has adapted to the coronavirus age

In this time of the coronavirus, we – experts in rejoicing and loving and family and friends – are now struggling with uncertainty and with life itself.

Treasures of Israeli folklore explored in new volume

In this 400-page volume, which is lavishly illustrated, each tale is accompanied by a scholarly commentary that provides an insight into its background, origins and history.

Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, speaks on AI
Israel obtains observer status on European AI committee

"Israel joins Canada, the US, Japan, Mexico and the Vatican, who are already serve as observers on the committee."

Television and the Israeli spy drama: Is it entertainment?

I want to be entertained by my television, not further disquieted. Life right now is disquieting enough as is.

Israeli ambassador to UN Danon looks back on past five years of service

Danon noted that of the 193 member states, Israel holds formal relations with 160 and even more behind closed doors.

Annexation and Jewish historical sites: Holding on to our heritage

Under the terms of the Trump administration’s peace plan, Israel would be required to transfer hundreds of important Jewish religious and historical sites to Palestinian control.

Tour Israel: Healthy hikes in Nahal Ashalim

The area surrounding Nahal Ashalim is full of magnificent rock canyons, breathtaking views and an impressive waterfall. After a winter full of rain like we had this year, the stream is still gushing.

Pride Month, 2020 style: Celebrating pride under the cloud of coronavirus

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the celebrations of Pride Month in Israel.

Dame Vera Lynn: The passing of a British icon

If any one person, apart from Winston Churchill, could be said to symbolize the Second World War for Britain, it was Vera Lynn.

Israel’s underrated daytrips: From farms to wineries

While tourists and locals alike never tire of hitting the beaches in Tel Aviv, visiting the Old City, or floating in the Dead Sea, there are plenty of worthy day trips in and around these regions.

El Al cargo plane arrives from China with medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus outbreak,
Government holds upper hand in bailout talks as El Al grounds fleet

Foreign airlines pick up slack, but quarantine seen as having bigger impact on tourism to Israel.

Israel's Banai dynasty - Singing a Persian Jerusalemite tune

A new exhibition at the Tower of David Museum tells the truly remarkable story of an Israeli musical and cultural dynasty from the most unlikely of beginnings.

Laurie Cardoza-Moore
Evangelical leader compares Netanyahu and Trump to Biblical figures

Laurie Cardoza-Moore spoke in a special video titled "Sovereignty Now," produced in honor of the Israeli plans to annex portions of the West Bank.

Vatican summons US, Israeli envoys over annexation moves

The Vatican appealed to Israelis and Palestinians to do everything possible to reopen the process of direct negotiations.

IAI CEO resigns as the company prepares to lay off 900 employees

Harel Locker, chairman of the IAI board, thanked Sheffer for his contribution during this challenging time and for heading complex strategic processes that greatly benefited the company.

Teenager with special needs violently arrested for not wearing a mask

In a video depicting the arrest, the policemen are shown pinning down the teenager as he screams out in pain.

JUST GIVE HIM one more chance. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump at the W
US official to ‘Post’: July 1 was never an annexation deadline for America

“The administration is appreciative of the ongoing conversations and serious considerations that have gone into our recent discussions with the Israeli government,” the official said.

A man wears a face mask for fear of the coronavirus as he takes the train to Haifa, on March 17, 202
Knesset reinstates Shin Bet surveillance of coronavirus infected citizens

Program authorized for 21 days, long-term bill still under debate

State investigating possible hack into Netanyahu bribery case files

A prosecutor at some unspecified time logged on to the staff’s files only to find certain files missing.

IDF chief of staff: Commanders can make mistakes, but we will back them up

Kochavi also referred to the movie "Jenin, Jenin" directed by Mohammed Bakri and criticized its twisted portrayal of soldiers who fought during Operation Defensive Shield in 2002.

Annexation: Much ado about nothing... yet - analysis

It was like Super Bowl Sunday without the actual Super Bowl game: no main event following all the hype.

Leumit HMO head: Israel health care system is one of the best in the world

All Israeli citizens contribute with taxes according to their financial capability, while medical services are provided according to their medical needs.

Kfar Maccabiah Hotel opens Israel’s largest extreme-sports complex

The complex is a significant milestone in making the Kfar Maccabiah Club a leader in Israel in professional and popular sports, Kfar Maccabiah CEO Dror Morad said.

Strategic affairs minister: increasing attacks on Israel’s legitimacy

“We oppose attacks on the existence of the State of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people.”

Artists, musicians work outdoors amid coronavirus restrictions

Increasingly, culture-venue honchos are turning to al fresco events as a way of getting their creative wares out to the public without contravening capacity limits and social distancing rules.

The new grassroots movement that is fighting antisemitism worldwide

A close-up look at the fight against antisemitism, both among interfaith groups, and among supporters of grassroots campaigns

20 MPs from Europe, Latin America, Africa sign pro-annexation letter

The signatories, who are leaders of the Israel Allies Caucuses in their countries, signed the letter on the date when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is allowed to bring annexation to the Knesset.

Revitalizing Israel’s Periphery: KKL-JNF leaders discuss ‘Israel 2040’

With the advent of working from home and remote locations, It no longer matters where an employer is situated. “Someone can hire an employee that is living in Zefat or Kiryat Shemona."

Haim Bibas: Lessons of first wave of Corona will help in future outbreaks

The chairman of the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel said the organization utilized its national emergency command center to communicate with its network of mayors, and leaders.

Jewish Agency Head Isaac Herzog predicts massive Aliyah in next 3-5 years

"Israel is emerging as a place that sets the example, and in a global platform, we are dealing with the challenges of current communities in education, security, and leadership.”

Shaked: Netanyahu will lose support if Palestinian statehood advanced

The Yamina Party is opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state, even the demilitarized one as set out in US President Donald Trump’s peace plan.

IFCJ, Social Services Ministry set up emergency COVID-19 fund

Totaling $1.74 million, these funds will help the local welfare departments bring immediate financial aid to families and the elderly who are suffering from coronavirus restrictions.

‘THE SHOCK, trauma and carnage wrought by coronavirus should be cause for introspection and reflecti
Coronavirus: Israel on the precipice of a disaster

Because Israel does not randomly screen people, the country cannot easily and quickly enough identify and separate the infected people who are asymptomatic, so they continue to spread the disease.

Expert panel: Antisemitism flourishes during corona

Some blame Jews for using the coronavirus to control the world, while the new form of antisemitism blames Israel for using coronavirus to control the Palestinians.

THE KNESSET – lawmakers have different ways of expressing their frustration over the coalition crisi
Coalition votes down term limits for prime minister

Lapid: "Netanyahu is proof of why term limits are needed. Had there been term limits, Netanyahu would have left three years ago, and we would have been spared three indictments and three elections."

Annexation decision likely to be made next week

July 1, the first day on which the coalition agreement allowed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bring sovereignty to a vote, passed without any progress on that front, as was expected.

Jewish Agency aliyah head tells of assistance to diaspora during corona

In addition to providing financial support, Shay Felber said that the Jewish Agency has continued providing educational activities and connections to Israel

High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the
Reform, Masorti movements to insist High Court rule on conversion case

Deadline for postponing decision on 2005 petition requesting Israeli citizenship to non-Israeli nationals who convert in Israel with the non-Orthodox movements, falls later this month

Gas production briefly halted on the Leviathan gas rig

Gas production resumed several hours later, and company said that no environmental impact is expected due to the malfunction.

An activist waves an LGBT flag near Israel's Knesset building
Coalition MKs threatened with sanctions after voting for surrogacy law

The bill, which was sponsored by Yesh Atid MK Idan Roll, fell by a 47 to 29 vote, despite the support of the rebellious MKs.

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Avichai Mandelblit faces a decision that not only will determine his career.
Prosecution oversight czar: State attorney should have cleared Mandelblit

The oversight czar sent former prime minister Ehud Olmert to jail and criticized Mandelblit and the prosecution on a number of issues – meaning he is not viewed as being in anyone’s pocket.

A medical illustration of drug–resistant, Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria
Spike in STI rates despite coronavirus restrictions

The high numbers were recorded despite expectations that the nationwide lockdown and social distancing regulations would decrease the infection rate of STIs.

NETTA performs at home
Netta Barzilai enthralls international crowd with ‘at home’ set

The performance raised money for New York’s Downtown Women’s Center.

KKL-JNF Chairman: Israel will bring thousands to Negev and Galilee

Daniel Atar says that ‘Israel 2040’, KKL-JNF’s plan for settling massive numbers of people in the Negev and Galilee, can make these areas become bloom in 20 years.

‘Education is the key to everything,’ Says World ORT chair

Parents want to provide their children with the very best education, and children look to education as a social outlet for friends and for climbing the ladder of success in life.

Knesset Christian Allies Caucus relaunches headed by Haskel

Aim is to have caucuses in 50 countries by end of 2020.

Aliyah interest skyrocketing since COVID-19, says NBN executive director

This year, nearly 25,000 families contacted the organization about making aliyah in the first three weeks of June.

Blue and White, Likud officials squabble on social media

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi reveals he does not know whether the annexation will take place on July 1, saying it is highly unlikely to happen on Wednesday.

Released lone soldiers to receive NIS 8,000 for housing assistance

Funds are in addition to earlier NIS 4,000 provided by Defense Ministry due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

IDF: Mandatory service shortened from 32 months to 30

Starting July 1st, recruits to serve two and a half years. But the law might still change

Israeli big data processing start-up Upsolver secures $13 million

Upsolver's software compresses data lakes to analyze large volumes of structured and unstructured statistical in a cost-efficient manner.

Boris Johnson to Israeli paper: Don't annex, negotiate

"There is another way," urged Johnson, pushing for the renewal of peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis.

El Al Israel Airlines planes are seen on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International airport in Lod
El Al cancels all flights until further notice

El Al CEO Gonen Usishkin, ordered all of the company's aircraft to return to Israel. All flights, including both passenger and cargo flights, are cancelled until further notice.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Dutch Parliament.
Dutch parliament calls for sanctions on Israel in case of annexation

The ruling VVD party and the Party for Freedom were among the parties that opposed the motion titled “Measures in case Israel goes ahead with annexing Palestinian area.”

Kirsten Gillibrand
Top Democrat announces $500M in anti-missile funding for Israel

This is the third year that Gillibrand, along with the senior New York senator, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, led advocacy for the missile defense funding.

Yair Lapid warns of huge crisis if 'angry Democrats win'

He says Netayahu harmed bipartisan relationship

Bernie Sanders joins AOC's anti-annexation letter

"We cannot allow US tax dollars to be used to violate Palestinians' human rights," the Senator tweeted

Netanyahu claims A-G Mandelblit attempting to ‘conspire’ against him

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Mandelblit’s “scheme to overthrow government” had been “exposed.”

Spencer Partrich
Who is Spencer Partrich?

Partrich bought half of Netanyahu’s parents’ home from his brother Ido for NIS 8.4 million, according to a 2016 report by Haaretz. He was later investigated in the probe of Case 1000.

ISRAELI ACTRESS Niv Sultan plays an undercover Mossad agent and gifted computer hacker who is tasked
‘Tehran’ cast bridges Israeli, Iranian cultures

In a recent phone interview, director Daniel Syrkin and Iranian-American actor Shaun Toub shared their thoughts about the series and building bridges between Iranians and Israelis.

THE NETANYAHU FAMILY at the grave of Yoni Netanyahu.
The Left is not dead – just dormant

As happens every year around this time, Netanyahu, his wife, Sara, and his sons, Yair and Avner, visited the military cemetery on Mount Herzl to stand at the graveside of Lt.-Col. Yonatan Netanyahu.

David Elhayani
Settler leader: It will be a gift to Trump if Netanyahu annexes alone

‘Israel’s annexation window will soon close.’

Orit Farkash-Hacohen (Blue and White)
Minister to ‘Post’: There is a ramp up of attacks on Israel’s legitimacy

Strategic Affairs Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen was in conversation with Jerusalem Post Editor-in-Chief Yaakov Katz.

JEREMY PARGO (left) made a stellar Hapoel Jerusalem debut  against former team Maccabi Tel Aviv, but
Maccabi Tel Aviv gets the better of arch-rival Jerusalem

Wilbekin, Stoudemire double-doubles pace yellow-and-blue • Rishon routs Holon • Eilat sinks Ashdod

Education Ministry tells schools to prepare for online classes in Sept.

Elementary and middle schools will cut their obligatory lesson plans down to around 70%, in order to allow more flexibility when dealing with unexpected coronavirus-related issues.

Benjamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu against the world - analysis

Netanyahu went through three elections to get 18 months in power to implement the annexation plan, and he is not going to squander it.

WITH DEPUTY Public Security Minister Gadi Yevarkan and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the memo
Ethiopian youth call on Netanyahu to honor election pledge to bring them to Israel

In the run up to the election, Netanyahu met with the leaders of the Ethiopian community in Israel and promised that he would bring the remainder of the Flash Mura community still in the cities of Addis Ababa and Gondar to Israel.

Knesset c'tee approves reinstating Shin Bet coronavirus surveillance

Program authorized for 21 days, long-term bill still under debate

Sheba Medical Center team at the Coronavirus isolation ward of Sheba Medical Center unit, in Ramat G
Gov’t mulls new red zones as 700 diagnosed in a day

Edelstein in first interview: ‘No serious explanation’ why corona testing did not increase sooner

Carl Reiner, American Jewish comedy legend dies at 98

Reiner, whose career began before World War II and continued to his last moments, set the standard for the Jewish-inflected humor that reshaped Hollywood and influenced all of American society.

The law courts in Tel Aviv
'Yediot Ahronot' ordered to pay libel damages to Im Tirtzu

The Tel Aviv Magistrates Court ordered Yediot Ahronot to pay NIS 125,000 in damages and legal fees.

Cellcom overcharged customer NIS 3,000 for new iPhone

Instead of the original agreed upon amount of NIS 4,986, the customer was charged NIS 7,884 by the cellular company.

Jerusalem Municipality grants Nefesh B'Nefesh permanent aliyah center

"We have recently been heavily investing on encouraging aliyah to Jerusalem, while at the same time focusing on assisting the olim transition into their new lives in the city."

Moti Elon
Chief Rabbinate declines to revoke accreditation for disgraced rabbi Elon

Elon, who was convicted in 2013 of two counts of indecent assault by force against a minor, has instead committed not to seek appointment to a state-paid position until the age of legal retirement.

Tourism industry protests outside Finance Ministry, June 30, 2020
Tourism industry protests lack of support amid coronavirus crisis

Other than cases deemed exceptional by the Foreign Ministry, all foreign nationals have been denied entry to Israel since March 18.

Beirut Hamud has been operating on behalf of Hezbollah with her husband Bilal Bizari
Shin Bet reveals attempt by Hezbollah to recruit Israeli citizens

The terrorist group tried to recruit Israeli citizens by using a woman who moved to Lebanon following a Shin Bet interrogation.

Avicahi Mandelblit
A-G to committee: No NIS 10m. for Netanyahu from tycoon to pay legal bill

In February, a new comptroller committee, viewed by observers as more friendly to Netanyahu than the previous panel, held hearings on the issue.

Hot decides not to request new license for Evangelical Shelanu TV

Tthe commencement of Shelanu TV's broadcasts sparked criticism when it became clear that its parent organization God TV is dedicated to preaching the Christian gospel.

F35 Adir fighter jet
Israel to soon get its first female F-35 pilot

Only one other woman has flown the 5th generation plane in combat – an American.

Abraham initiatives present Personal Security Index report to Knesset committee
Solution to violence, crime in Arab communities goes far beyond policing

"Violence and crime is the outcome, the manifestation, of a systematic neglect, discrimination and underdevelopment of the Arab community and Arab citizens in Israel for many decades."

CAN GILAD ERDAN be in two places at once?
Government to authorize Erdan UN appointment on Sunday

Settlements Minister Tzipi Hotovely underwent an interview with the Civil Service Commission on Tuesday, ahead of official appointment as ambassador to the UK.

Comptroller: Complaints against Health Ministry nearly double

Some 69.2% of the complaints against the Health Ministry were found to be valid, up from the already high 61.1% found to be valid in 2018.

2,500-year-old seal shows Jerusalem status in Persian period

The seal impressions – known among experts with the Latin term bullae – were usually made of clay and used to sign documents or containers.

Netanyahu to US Iran envoy: Some things can’t wait until after coronavirus

“We have very important topics to discuss, even ones that can’t wait until after corona,” Netanyahu said.

Knesset moves toward reinstating Shin Bet corona surveillance

Program authorized for 21 days, long-term bill still under debate

Shin Bet surveillance schizophrenia - analysis

No democratic country in the world, including some doing better than Israel in combating corona, is using its intelligence services to track infected citizens.

Cyberattack disrupts Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s online gala

The Sunday afternoon attack on the fundraiser, which was trying to help the orchestra overcome losses due to COVID-19, crashed the websites of the orchestra and its gala partner, Medici.TV.

Jewish women march while police patrol in the Old City during Jerusalem Day, 2019
Police sued after minor claims he was unlawfully arrested

A video of Yedidia Epstein, a 14-year-old resident of Jerusalem, has been circulating social media and led to many criticizing the police, after Epstein is shown handcuffed during his arrest.

Israeli government approves to reinstate some coronavirus restrictions

The message also stated that the Health Ministry will release a plan regarding the activity of daycares during coronavirus.

PFLP to Palestinian NGOs: 'Resist by all means' EU's anti-terror clauses

The PFLP's statement is seen by pro-Israel organizations as indicative of how closely linked the NGOs are with terror groups.

German–Iranian dissidents urge MP to resign from antisemitic BDS NGO

Nouripour should quit due to "his Iranian identity: there is only one dictatorship in this world that has an antisemitic state doctrine, namely the Islamic Republic.”

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