Tag: State of Israel

Cornell and Israel’s Technion institute open high-tech campus in NY

The Cornell Tech campus is located on Roosevelt Island in New York. (Iwan Baan)

By Josefin Dolsten

NEW YORK (JTA) — A high-tech teaching and research center born of a collaboration between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology inaugurated its newly built campus on Roosevelt Island.

Over 500 people were present for the inauguration Wednesday morning of Cornell Tech and the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Cornell University President Martha Pollack and Technion Institute President Peretz Lavie.

“Today we take a bold step in the tech…

Israel to revoke Al Jazeera reporter’s press card

(JTA) — Israel’s Government Press Office said it will revoke the press card of a senior reporter for the Al Jazeera network based in Jerusalem.

The press office director, Nitzan Chen, wrote in a statement Wednesday that he had decided to void the certificate and privileges it affords Elias Karram pending a hearing, citing a May 2016 interview with the Turkey-based television network Dar al-Iman in which Karram reportedly referred to his “media work [as] an integral part of the resistance and its educational political activity.” The press office says the network is affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Haim Saban, wife fund construction of Druze Soldiers Heritage Center in northern Israel

(JTA) — Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban attended a groundbreaking ceremony in Israel’s northern Galilee for a Druze Soldiers Heritage Center.

Saban, an entertainment mogul, and his wife, Cheryl, are funding construction of the center, which is also a memorial for fallen Druze Israeli soldiers, through Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, or FIDF.

Also attending Thursday’s ceremony were Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman; Sheikh Muwaffak Tarif, the spiritual leader of the Druze community in Israel; and former Member of Knesset Shachiv Shanan, the father of Advanced Staff Sgt. Maj. Kamil Shanan, one of the two Israeli Druze police officers killed by terrorists…

Leader of fringe haredi Orthodox sect reportedly drowned in Mexico

(JTA) — The leader of a fringe haredi Orthodox sect suspected of abusing children drowned in a river in Mexico, according to local media.

Israeli-born Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans reportedly was found drowned in a river Friday in the Mexican state of Chiapas.

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Saturday night that it is looking into the reports of Helbrans’ death to determine if they are accurate.

The sect, which has about 230 members, relocated to Guatemala from Canada in 2014 following allegations of mistreatment of its children including abuse and child marriages.

It moved in 2016…

United Church of Christ resolution condemns Israel for treatment of Palestinian children

(JTA) — The United Church of Christ overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning Israel for its treatment of Palestinian children living in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and Gaza.

The vote Sunday night by delegates at the 31st General Synod of the United Church of Christ in Baltimore, Maryland, was 79 percent in favor, 13 percent against and 9 percent abstaining, according to a statement issued by the church.

The resolution calls on Israel to “exercise an absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment of detained children.”

It also calls on the United States to withhold military assistance from Israel over what…