Tag: Israel

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Calls for ‘Reverse Birthright’ at Opening of Jewish Federations’ Conference

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has called for a “reverse Birthright” that would take Israelis to see the American Jewish community firsthand.

Rivlin made his remarks Monday at the opening of the General Assembly, the annual conference of the Jewish Federations of North America, in Tel Aviv.

Titled “We Need to Talk,” the three-day conference is focusing on the divisions between Israeli and Diaspora Jews. More than 3,000 participants are on hand for the event.

The Jewish Federations of North America is the umbrella body for nearly 150 Jewish federations, which…

Jerusalem US Consulate, Serving Palestinians, To Become Part of Embassy to Israel


A newly hung sign pointing to the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, which was inaugurated on May 14, 2018. (Ben Sales)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The U.S. consulate in Jerusalem, which primarily serves Palestinian-Americans, will merge operations with the U.S. embassy to Israel, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced.

The consulate on Agron Street in the center of western Jerusalem will merge operations with the new Israeli embassy in Arnona, on the…

International Criminal Court cautions Israel that destroying Bedouin village would be war crime

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor warned Israel that the planned demolition of a Bedouin village in the West Bank may constitute a war crime.

In a statement issued hours after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip destroyed a home in Beersheba, Fatou Bensouda also warned that she is “similarly alarmed by the continued violence, perpetrated by actors on both sides, at the Gaza border with Israel.” Israel retaliated for the bombing by striking 20 Hamas targets in the coastal strip.

Israel’s Supreme Court in September rejected a petition by residents of Khan…

Wharton Professor Amir Yaron Tapped as Next Governor of Israel’s Central Bank

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Amir Yaron, a finance professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, has been nominated to be the next governor of the Bank of Israel.

Yaron, 54, is a dual Israeli and American citizen who has lived in the United States for the past two decades. He will succeed Karnit Flug, who became the first woman to 

2 Israelis Killed, 1 Injured in Terror Attack in West Bank Industrial Zone

Israeli security forces at the scene of a shooting attack at a factory in the Barkan Industrial Zone in the West Bank, Oct. 7, 2018. (Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Israelis were killed and another injured in a terror attack in the Barkan industrial area in the West Bank.

The attack took place on Sunday morning shortly before 8:00 at the beginning of the work week in the settlement’s industrial zone that is…