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ZABŁUDÓW SYNAGOGUE, Poland, 1895.
Reviving a lost world: Bible stories wrapped into today

All conscious Jews share the one great tragedy that befell our people in Europe, the Shoah – the catastrophe – in English, the Holocaust.

White House to publish peace plan imminently - reports

"The Americans are fully involved in the elections here."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Naama Issachar from Russian prison: I believe Putin, I am hopeful

Russia's Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova visited Naama in prison to oversee her conditions in jail.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Eran Tzur reflects on life in the public eye and ‘The Beast Within’

Jewish wisdom and culture remain an important source of inspiration for Tzur. “I am an atheist but have musician friends in Jerusalem who combine religious life with creativity."

23/01/2020
US Vice Pres. Pence vows to stand with Israel against Iran

Netanyahu calls on world leaders to unite against Iran, Macron, Charles, Prince of Wales, assert importance of Holocaust remembrance.

French President Emmanuel Macron visits the Memorial to the Deportation of Jews from France, January
Macron lays wreath at Memorial to the Deportation of Jews from France

The President met with Holocaust survivors and their descendants at the memorial event.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
23/01/2020
GAL GADOT
Gal Gadot fights vampire in a new ad

Gal Gadot is many things — superstar actress known for playing Wonder Woman, model and pitchwoman, IDF veteran, unofficial goodwill ambassador for Israel— and now she’s a fearless vampire hunter.

German artist Gunter Demnig puts three 'Snublesten', or Stolpersteine, in front of the Synagogue in
Cobblestones commemorating Holocaust turn a new corner

By tying a victim's fate to a capsule biography, the 'stumble stones' seek to reduce the epic scale of the Holocaust to a more comprehensible human story.

By REUTERS
23/01/2020
Market
With Holocaust forum here, a slow day at the Shuk

Yet, while some are aware of the conference occurring today at Yad Vashem and its topic, others are less informed and are more focused on the presence of Putin.

By CARMEL MADADSHAHI , HANNAH HEPNER
23/01/2020
Diamond
Luxury jewelry coming to Ramat Aviv mall

The luxury jewelry brand H. Stern is launching a new store in the Ramat Aviv mall.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Did Bennett teach Netanyahu
Bennett looks to demolish illegal Palestinian businesses at Ariel Junction

The defense minister reportedly gave the order after meeting with Tamar Ettinger, widow of Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger, who was killed at Ariel Junction last year along with 19-year-old St.-Sgt. Gal Keidan.

The UK's Prince Charles meets with President Reuven Rivlin ahead of the Fifth World Holocaust Forum,
Prince Charles meets Reuven Rivlin, visits Israel Museum

Among others, Charles was accompanied by the Chief Rabbi of the Commonwealth Ephraim Mirvis.

What Kushner's canceled trip to Israel might mean

"There is no reason to release a plan now if one wanted it to be seriously considered," former ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told The Jerusalem Post.

IDF Kfir Brigade training exercise
Kfir brigade to turn into maneuvering infantry force

Decision by IDF Chief of Staff will see significant changes to the military's largest infantry brigade.

Putin Tel Aviv
Putin to receive 'Friends of Zion Award' in Jerusalem

The award, commissioned by Israel's ninth president Shimon Peres, will be presented to Putin on behalf of the Russian republic, which saved scores of Jewish people during World War II.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend dedication of the Memo
Putin, Netanyahu unveil Leningrad Siege heroes monument in Jerusalem

The 8.5-meter high monument honors the estimated 600,000 to 1.5 million Russians who died during the 900-day Nazi siege of the city today called St Petersburg.

Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits the Western Wall on January 23, 2020.
Ukrainian President gives up seats at Holocaust event for survivors

Yad Vashem criticized Zelensky's decision.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Yaffa Issachar meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin together with Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu
Vladimir Putin to Yaffa Issachar: Everything will be OK

Iran will be at the center of Netanyahu’s planned meeting with Putin, as well as a potential pardon for imprisoned Naama Issachar.

MDA
Young boy dead after falling from window, he had posted 'sick of living'

Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics arrived on the scene, provided first-response care and immediately transferred him to the hospital in critical condition.

By MAAYAN HARONI/MAARIV
23/01/2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin is greeted by Israel's Foreign Minister Israel Kazt after landing a
President Vladimir Putin, US Vice President Mike Pence land in Israel

World leaders are arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport throughout Wednesday and Thursday morning to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , AARON REICH
23/01/2020
An empty Knesset Plenum
Israel falls close to redline in corruption index

The country has fallen from being ranked No. 28 among the world’s countries in 2016 to No. 32 in 2017 and No. 35 in 2019.

Visitors at an exhibition, look at Nazi flags and banners bearing Swastikas, at Yad Vashem World Hol
Holocaust event in Jerusalem drags Israel into European memory wars

Determination to learn the lessons of the Holocaust has become mired in controversy even before it has started,

By SAM SOKOL/JTA
23/01/2020
The question of how teaching the Holocaust without firsthand witnesses

Holocaust educators are being forced to confront a fraught question: What will happen to the teaching of the Holocaust when the firsthand witnesses are gone?

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
23/01/2020
Congo African Grey parrot
Parrots worth NIS 1 million were found in a stolen truck

Border Patrol officers thwarted one of the largest cases of parrot theft from a parrot farm in Migdal HaEmek, northern Israel.

By ALON HOCHMON/MAARIV
23/01/2020
AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE left Hapoel Jerusalem after last year, and played in China for three months before
Amar’e to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv

Former NBA All-Star and Hapoel Jerusalem alum, 37, signs with yellow-and-blue after China stint

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
22/01/2020
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein share a j
Nancy Pelosi cracks impeachment joke during Knesset visit

The Senate began its second day of the impeachment trial while Pelosi and a bipartisan delegation of six members of the house were in Israel to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum.

Colorized ostraca (ink on clay inscriptions) from Samaria, the capital of biblical Israel. The inscr
Two scribes behind 31 inscriptions discovered in biblical Samaria

The landmark inscriptions list shipments of items such as oil and wine to Samaria over the course of at least seven years, providing a glimpse into the logistical infrastructure of the kingdom.

New International Holocaust Remembrance Day exhibit focuses on liberation

The self-explanatory title of the new video-based exhibition at the institute is Liberation – The First Moments.

22/01/2020
Rivlin Putin
Israel and Russia - using gestures to cement a critical relationship

Love him or hate him, Russian President Vladimir Putin is a key actor in the region.

22/01/2020
Banned poetry and the Kurdish question

Kurdish writer Firat Ceweri visits Israel to speak on writing in minority languages

A Palestinian Hamas-hired civil servant displays U.S. Dollar banknotes
Gaza families to receive more Qatari cash despite balloon attacks

Last month, Qatar delivered another cash grant to 75,000 families in the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu apologizes for offending stutterers

Yigal Amir’s wife: Disqualify Labor-Meretz leaders

22/01/2020
Rivlin, world leaders vow to stand united against racism, antisemitism

The King of Spain Felipe VI took the podium on behalf of the guests reunited at Rivlin’s residence, starting his speech by quoting 12th century Jewish thinker Moises Maimonined.

German President meets with Holocaust survivors in Jerusalem

He said it had been important for him to meet with the survivors during his visit, and hear them.

Artificial intelligence
Ex-IDF intel chief Yadlin: AI, tech will not suddenly revolutionize war

Throughout history, anytime a new technology is introduced, it is eventually mitigated to some extent by countermeasures.

Producer Alexander Rodnyansky on being a Jewish Ukrainian filmmaker

‘People like to say Russia is a country with an unstable past.’

Macron is first French leader in over 20 years to visit Western Wall

The Western Wall, one of Judaism’s most holy sites after the Temple Mount, is politically significant because it is located in east Jerusalem.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/01/2020
Israel launches tenders for desalination, solar power plants

According to documents published by the committee on Wednesday, the Western Galilee plant will be located about 1 kilometer in-land.

22/01/2020
Present Reuven Rivlin hosts some 40 heads of state and heads of delegations at the International Lea
Israel's Reuven Rivlin hosts heads of state in his Jerusalem home - watch

The dinner is taking place at the President's Residence.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/01/2020
Emmanuel Macron
French President Macron orders Israeli police out of French church

Legally speaking, the church is a French-held territory outside of France and is under that country's protection.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/01/2020
Habima stages ‘Masada 1942’ to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

The play, which was written by Glenn Berenbeim, with lyrics by David Goldsmith and music by Shuki Levi, is set in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Kushner, Berkowitz cancel trip to Israel

It is not immediately clear if the peace team is going to reschedule the visit

Cast member Jesse Eisenberg attends the premiere of "Zombieland: Double Tap" in Los Angeles, Califor
Jesse Eisenberg to portray resistance-era Marcel Marceau

The film will be opening in theaters in the US and will be available On Demand starting March 27.

IDF joins TikTok, despite national, international security concerns

Chinese technology companies are required to handover data to the communist government, Israeli security experts and US lawmakers have warned.

22/01/2020
Israel and Russia signed an adoption agreement on January 22, 2020.
Israel agrees to Russia’s no-LGBT adoptions rule

Israel and Russia signed an adoption agreement on Wednesday, after a decade of negotiations on the matter.

Putin to meet with Naama Issachar’s mother in Jerusalem

Issachar, 26, was sentenced in October to 7.5 years in a Russian prison for allegedly possessing 9.5 grams of cannabis in her luggage, while on a stopover in Moscow on her way from India to Israel.

Finishing touches being put to a monument dedicated to the fallen heroes of the Leningrad siege.
Preparations underway for unveiling of Leningrad blockade heroes monument

Israeli and Russian creative teams have worked together on the monument, an 8.5 meter bronze eternally burning candle.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
22/01/2020
Stav Meir with his find.
1,500-year-old Greek inscription uncovered by 13-year-old in Caesarea

"I immediately recognized that it was something ancient," the seventh-grader from Caesarea said.

Larissa Trembovler Amir, wife of Yitzhak Rabin's assassin Yigal Amir, registers her Fair Trial Party
Yigal Amir's wife: Disqualify Labor-Meretz leaders

Larissa Trembovler Amir, wife of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin Yigal Amir, has called for Amir Peretz and Tamar Zandberg to be barred from running in the March election for supporting terrorism.

22/01/2020
The families of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul at a press conference, August 5, 2018
Goldin family: Don’t return bodies of Palestinians until our son is home

The family of missing IDF soldier Lt. Hadar Goldin has urged the government to stop returning bodies of Palestinians until their son is returned.

Tel Aviv, one of the most instagrammable places in the world

Tel Aviv was ranked no.42 on Big 7 Travel's 'World’s Most Instagrammable Places'

By DEBORAH DAHAN
22/01/2020
Lahav 433
Public official under investigation for suspected fraud, breach of trust

This development is part of another fraud investigation that is also being held at the NFIU, which became public a week ago, and with it the need to investigate additional suspicions emerged.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/01/2020
Macron begins Jerusalem visit by underscoring France's history in region

Arriving through the Old City's Lion gate in east Jerusalem, Macron will pay a visit to the Church of St. Anne, where the French tricolour has fluttered since the Ottomans gave it to Napoleon III.

By REUTERS
22/01/2020
New postage stamps to mark Ben Gurion University's 50th anniversary

The stamp was presented to President Rivlin and will be launched on February 4, 2020.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
22/01/2020
Israel Electric Company HQ.
Israeli power cuts to West Bank ends after Palestinians pay debt

Israel Electric Corp (IEC) began sporadic, three-hour power cuts on Dec. 18 to press for payment of some $519 million owed by the Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECO).

By REUTERS
22/01/2020
A pregnant woman
Pregnant woman dies in delivery, baby survives through C-section

A preliminary post-mortem examination revealed that the cause of death was most likely a rupture of the aorta, which occurred on the way to or at the entrance to the hospital.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/01/2020
World leaders arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport – Watch

The lineup of foreign dignitaries includes presidents, prime ministers, monarchs and key officials from a variety of countries from around the world.

23/01/2020
A cityscape of Tel Aviv is seen during the night-time in Israel May 27, 2017. Picture taken May 27,
Israel ranked as world's 20th most talent competitive country

The competitiveness of 132 countries was measured according to 70 talent-related variables.

22/01/2020
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and France's President Emmanuel Macron meet ahead of the
Iran at top of agenda for Netanyahu meetings with Pence, Putin, Macron

Macron clashes with Israeli police, then apologizes on his first visit to Israel, says anti-Zionism is antisemitic.

Dota 2 Tournament for Team YP, Gamergy 2014
Eilat to host 12th world e-sport championships

In a huge move for Israel's e-sports scene, the world's largest and most prestigious e-sports tournament will be held in Eilat in November 2020

22/01/2020
Tzipi Rimmel and her three-week-old daughter, who died in a car accident on Route 443.
Driver indicted for negligent manslaughter after death of mother and baby

An online fund-raising campaign has raised more than NIS 4 million for the family since the accident, which will be used in part to make their home wheelchair accessible.

Netanyahu seeks green light from White House to annex Jordan Valley

"It's kind of like eating steak in coordination with vegan organizations. You don't have to wait for international approval, you have to set facts on the ground," says MK Bezalel Smotrich.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , TOVAH LAZAROFF
22/01/2020
Roads closed due to heavy rains across Israel

Route 31 from Arad to the Dead Sea Road was closed off following the collapse of part of a mountain on the road near the end of the descent to the Dead Sea.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/01/2020
Holocaust survivors celebrate their bar mitzvah at the Western Wall, January 2020
80 Holocaust survivors celebrate bar, bat mitzvah at Western Wall

"My two children don't live in Israel and I lost my husband a long time ago," said Bella. "This event was closure for me."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/01/2020
Mars AR at the Tower of David Museum
Augmented reality and games enhance visitors' experience at Tower of David

Users will be able to see volleys of arrows shot by the Roman archers against Jewish soldiers and to target 1967 enemy planes, but also to take a stroll with historical characters.

The site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau
Israeli Holocaust survivor shows world her diary from Auschwitz

“I will die shortly and I don’t want the people to be forgotten who were murdered,” Miller-Ehrenwald said.

Yellow-and-blue Maccabi Tel Aviv maintains gap atop table

Central defender Eitan Tibi who is having a dream season scored a late-game brace, marking the first time ever a yellow-and-blue defender had scored a pair of goals via headers in a league contest.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
22/01/2020
$1.5m. in sales for Israeli carpet firm at Germany exhibition

During the three days of the exhibition, about 1,500 buyers came to see the new collections for 2020, with the group signing $1.5 million in deals and orders.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
21/01/2020
Rising musician Amitay Lev brings celebration and meditation to his music

The 38-year-old Lev began playing piano at age nine, but quickly switched to bass and performed in a number of rock bands throughout high school.

21/01/2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz on a visit to the Ramat Hanegev Regional Council
Gantz's U-turn on Trump peace plan - Analysis

Why did Gantz suddenly change his mind about the release of Trump's 'Deal of the Century'?

Major road closures are expected as world leaders arrive in Jerusalem for the fifth World Holocaust
Standing at the intersection of inconvenience and history - Comment

Kings, queens, princes, presidents and prime ministers will all be converging on Jerusalem – as if the fulfillment of some Biblical prophecy.

21/01/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting, January 2020.
Likud gives up on positive campaign strategy

Prime Minister Netanyahu attacked Blue and White at Likud's opening rally, saying "whoever votes for them is voting for a fourth election"

21/01/2020
Australian governor-general: 'Never again' is more than just history

The governor-general said that he would not want to see a repeat of the atrocities of the Holocaust, not only as far as Jews are concerned, but to people anywhere in the world.

Israel-Russia talks to release Issachar continue

No headway made toward the discussed exchange of Jerusalem courtyard

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chats with his party's members in Airport City near Tel Av
Netanyahu weighs cabinet, Knesset vote on Jordan Valley annexation soon

Issue of Jordan Valley and Dead Sea sovereignty could now come to a vote at the cabinet Sunday and the Knesset Tuesday, even though there is an interim government.

MK Elazar Stern
Religious Blue and White MKs campaign to attract religious-Zionist voters

"Bayit Yehudi is the Neturei Karta of the religious-Zionist community," said Blue and White MK Elazar Stern.

Britain's Prince Charles wearing a 'Yarmulke,' or Jewish skull cap, during the funeral of former Isr
It's raining royals as Israel prepares for second royal visit in two years

Seemingly just like that, visits by members of the royal family have come from something that Israel yearned for as a sign of international legitimacy.

21/01/2020
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest in London in June 2018
‘BDS campaign ineffective so far’ - research analyst

The Jewish state has continued to thrive and has become known as the start-up nation.

World Holocaust Forum events set to start with leaders of 49 countries

“I welcome the leaders from around the world who are coming here, to Jerusalem, to mark with us 75 years to the liberation of Auschwitz,” he said.

Hani Solish, 19, from Netanya, and Sarah Klapman, 24, from Jerusalem
Two ultra-Orthodox young women jump to their deaths in Jerusalem

Suicide note indicates at least one girl was leaving faith and feared disappointing her family.

PROSECUTOR FATOU BENSOUDA waits for the start of trial.
Israel at the ICC - Judges tell Prosecutor: Your brief was too long

Ruling likely to delay decision on Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Government approves Haifa Port privatization plans

The incoming owner will be required to invest approximately NIS 1 billion in the port, including the cost of upgrading infrastructure and financing the layoff of approximately 200 workers.

21/01/2020
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a conference in Jerusalem Wednesday. Will the US act
First Netanyahu immunity hearing will be held on Thursday, Jan 30

Even before approving the Knesset committee, the regulatory committee published the dates for the Knesset committee hearings on the immunity requests of indicted MKs Netanyahu and Katz.

By ARIK BENDER/MAARIV
21/01/2020
Rabbinical courts' use of polygraphs in divorce proceedings ‘unnecessary’

A women's rights organization expressed concern regarding the use of polygraphs tests by the rabbinical courts in divorce proceedings.

Israel humanitarian organization Natan to aid Gaza civilians

Natan will provide medical and trauma aid in a newly built Gaza Health Center

By DEBORAH DAHAN
21/01/2020
Georgian president: Israel can voice our concerns to Russia

Salome Zourabichvili, a former Iran sanctions negotiator for the UN, says world is ‘back to square one’ in curbing Tehran’s nuclear aspirations

Jewish settlers slam Gantz: International community wants us in court

Blue and White leader slammed for saying Israel should coordinate annexation of Jordan Valley with the international community.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
21/01/2020
Peres Center hosts foreign leaders for World Holocaust Forum

During this meeting with the center's chairman, the visiting heads of state aim to discuss peace and innovation in accordance with the vision and legacy of Shimon Peres.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
21/01/2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz (C) tours the Jordan Valley, January 21, 2020
Benny Gantz calls for annexation of Jordan Valley

Netanyahu immediately challenged Gantz to prove his commitment to what would be a highly controversial step by calling on him to immediately implement the annexation through the Knesset.

Bennett: We’ll impose sovereignty on Area C, halt Palestinian building

“The state of Israel is not the United Nations,” he said.

IDF, State to Supreme Court: Petition of women in tanks 'irrelevant'

State attorneys have argued that the military's decision to continue the pilot program renders the Supreme Court's intervention irrelevant.

Auto giant Daimler to test pioneering Israeli waste-to-plastic solution

The thermoplastic designed by UBQ, based in Kibbutz Tze’elim, was named last year as "the most climate-positive material on the planet."

21/01/2020
Thousands of officers to secure Jerusalem for Auschwitz memorial

Dozens of world leaders and dignitaries arriving in Israel for mass commemoration.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting, January 2020.
Netanyahu to TBN: Everyone should rise up against the ICC

"Iran is openly declaring every day that it wants to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth – and, by the way, Israel today has a population of more than six million Jews."

21/01/2020
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