Israel

Torture Laws Must Apply To Arab And Jew Alike

01/12/2016 - 12:04
Special To The Jewish Week

Last week, Israel’s State Attorney filed indictments against two Jews in the July arson attack that killed a toddler and his parents in the Arab village of Duma. They were charged not only with murder but also with being members of a terrorist organization with the goal of spreading terror among non-Jews and escalating the security situation for nationalist and religious reasons. 

Mordechai Kremnitzer

12 Israeli Technologies Changing the Lives of People With Disabilities in 2015

Editor's Note: This blog originally appeared on Forbes.com

We’re used to talking about the Israeli tech ecosystem as the Startup Nation, focusing on the young country’s ability to quickly launch and scale innovative ideas and build companies from the ground up. Tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Apple understand the role the Startup Nation plays globally and they routinely acquire startups here.

What’s sometimes lost in the cool-whiz-bang-awesomeness of some of the startups coming out of Israel is the fact that some of these companies are dramatically changing lives. Israel has an entire tech sector dedicated to enabling the disabled. The impact Israeli tech has on people is almost biblical in nature: whether it’s helping quadriplegics to walk (and look their loved ones directly in the eyes or use their hands or move more efficiently) or the deaf to hear and the vision-impaired to see, Israel is a leading medical innovator.

3 Israelis Injured, 3 Assailants Killed In 3 Attacks In West Bank

12/24/2015 - 11:04

Three Israelis were injured and three of their assailants killed in three separate terror attacks in the West Bank.

Visiting Israel: No Reason Needed

12/17/2015 (All day)
Jewish Week Online Columnists

I am leaving this coming week for a brief trip to Israel, and will be returning to Forest Hills right after the New Year. Inasmuch as this is rare time away from office and home, I shall be utilizing this opportunity to take a two-week hiatus from my weekly articles in this space (barring unforeseen circumstances), and look forward to coming back to the weekly challenge with batteries recharged and perspectives similarly revitalized. Thank you to all of my faithful readers!

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Putin Endorses Trump

I don't know how well it will go over with the neo-cons and the anti-Communist wing of the GOP, but Vladimir Putin is backing Donald Trump.

The Russian President told reporters at his annual news conference in Moscow that the American capitalist "is a very outstanding man, unquestionably talented." 

Israeli-American Camp Embraces Autistic Boy, Increases Camper Compassion

No one had ever asked to take a selfie with Yarin, a 19-year-old boy with autism. But when his mother arranged for him to spend one week at the Israeli-American Council’s Machane Kachol Lavan summer camp, the resulting understanding and friendship changed everyone.

Car Ramming Attack At Entrance To Jerusalem Injures 11 Including Baby

12/13/2015 - 19:00

A baby was among 11 people injured in a car ramming attack at the entrance to Jerusalem.

Car Ramming Attack At Entrance To Jerusalem Injures 11 Including Baby. JTA

Israeli Synagogues To Mark ‘Accessibility Shabbat’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An “Accessibility Shabbat” will be held in communities across Israel.

The program being held this coming Shabbat is designed to highlight the need for greater respect for the handicapped and disabled within the religious community, and in Israeli society in general. The initiative is being spearheaded by the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization.

The initiative was launched via a video campaign demonstrating the Shema prayer recited in sign language is being held in coordination with the International Accessibility Day on December 3.

For Israel, Mixed Progress On Arabian Peninsula

While several Gulf State airlines are refusing Israeli passengers, Israeli mission coming to the UAE.

12/01/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

At the same time Israel is returning to the Arabian Peninsula with the planned opening of a diplomatic mission in the United Arab Emirates, other Arab nations are displaying their hostility by denying Israelis seats on their national airlines.

Kuwaiti Airlines considers Israeli citizens to be enemy aliens and thus a security risk. Via commons.wikimedia.org

An Ethiopian Holiday Celebrated In Israel

11/23/2015 - 19:00

In their homeland of Ethiopia, they marked their unique Jewish holiday, Sigd, on a nearby mountain.

Photos By Getty Images
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