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  • ‘Breaking the Silence’ and Gaza

    1 week ago

    The shooting war in Gaza was again accompanied by a massive political and media attack against Israel, with accusations of “war crimes” and “human rights violations” in parallel to the barrages of rockets and missiles.

    The weapons and soldiers in the political war are led by the...

  • What really happened in the battle of Khuzaa, Gaza?

    By Simone Wilson

    2 weeks ago

    No neighborhood along the eastern half of the Gaza strip — the half closest to Israel — emerged unscathed from the recent 50-day war in Gaza, which left more than 2,000 Palestinians dead.

    But in Khuzaa, a middle-class farming town of around 10,000 in southern Gaza that pushes up...

  • Israeli NGOs bringing their expertise to meet Africa’s needs

    February 27, 2014 | 10:09 am

    When they first arrived in northern Kenya in 2011 at the height of a massive drought, the Israeli refugee aid organization IsraAid planned to offer food and other core necessities to the 100,000 residents of the Kakuma refugee camp.

    When the drought subsided a year later,...

  • UNESCO postpones Israeli-Jewish history show

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 23, 2014 | 4:19 pm

    When UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, abruptly and indefinitely postponed the Jan. 20 opening of an exhibition in Paris on the 3,500-year history of Jews in the land of Israel, Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and co-founder of the Simon...

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  • The Bedouin, human rights, and ‘legitimacy’: A final word to Gerald Steinberg

    December 19, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    Gerald Steinberg has asked that I respond to the specific charges he levies against human rights organizations, my colleague Rabbi John Rosove, and me regarding our involvement in protecting the rights of some 30-40,000 Bedouin to avoid forced expulsion from their homes. At the...

  • A response to Gerald Steinberg on the Prawer-Begin plan

    December 16, 2013 | 3:42 pm

    In his recent column for the Jewish Journal, Gerald Steinberg of NGO monitor once again seeks to defame lovers of Israel who dare to believe that the Jewish state can and should live up to the moral values of our tradition. He dismisses as anti-Semitic or misguided those of...

  • The forgotten refugees of Ghouta, Syria

    By Simone Wilson

    December 12, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    The most infamous attack over two-and-a-half years of civil war in Syria – a silent sarin gassing in the city of Ghouta that killed more than 1,500 and sent allied countries to the brink of world war – came in the middle of the night.

    When I woke up, I found that everyone in my...

  • Jews helping Syrians: Never invited, always welcome

    By David Suissa

    August 30, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    As President Barack Obama and the world deliberate over how to respond to Syria’s murderous decision to use chemical weapons, a group of Israeli Jews have been fighting the humanitarian crisis the old-fashioned way—by smuggling aid into Syria. For these Jews, a life lost is a life...

  • VIDEO: Israelis, get out or you’re dead

    August 6, 2013 | 10:28 am

    At a protest in downtown Toronto over the weekend, a speaker identified as Elias Hazineh, made this statement:

    We have to give them an ultimatum. You have to leave Jerusalem. You have to leave Palestine … When somebody tries to rob a bank the police get in, they don’t...

  • In Syria, peaceful demonstrators frustrated

    June 11, 2013 | 4:52 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Khalid Walid spends most of his days drinking coffee and smoking French cigarettes on a dusty Aleppo street corner. With the war shutting down the local university, he no longer attends classes.

    The paralysis that plagues...

  • NGO: Eritrean asylum seekers pressured to leave Israel

    February 15, 2013 | 5:17 am

    Israel attempted to deport 25 Eritrean asylum seekers in violation of international conventions, according to an Israeli NGO supporting the rights of migrants.

    A group of some 25 Eritrean refugees were pressured by Israeli immigration officials to sign a declaration saying they...

  • EU court throws out NGO funding case brought by Israel-based group

    December 24, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    The European Court of Justice threw out a lawsuit filed nearly three years ago against the European Union that would have required the E.U. to release details of its funding of NGOs.

    The lawsuit filed in January 2010 by the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor charged that the European...

  • Chanukah in Chad

    December 10, 2012 | 10:03 am

    Janice Kamenir-Reznik is the Co-Founder and President of Jewish World Watch (JWW), a leading organization in the fight against genocide and mass atrocities worldwide. JWW’s work is currently focused on the ongoing crises in Sudan and Congo. Janice is currently traveling along with...

  • No suspects in Malmö JCC attack, police say

    November 16, 2012 | 9:22 am

    Police in Malmö, Sweden have no suspects in September’s attack on the city’s Jewish community center.

    Anders Lindell, a police spokesman, told JTA that all charges were dropped against the two young men whom police arrested shortly after the Sept. 28 attack.

    “We have concluded...

  • Israeli NGO to advise UN on disabled kids

    August 24, 2012 | 10:28 am

    The UN Economic and Social Council has named an Israeli NGO as a special consultant on assisting disabled children.

    The inclusion will allow Beit Issie Shapiro to “provide Israeli expertise in the field of disability rights and represent the innovations coming out of Israel,”...

  • NGOs call on Israel to lift Gaza blockade

    June 14, 2012 | 1:50 pm

    Some 50 nongovernmental organizations called on Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip.

    “For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.6 million people have been under blockade in violation of international law,” the groups said in a petition issued Thursday. “More than half of...

  • Survey: EU hate crimes monitors lack reliable data

    April 17, 2012 | 10:33 am

    More than half of the nongovernmental organizations monitoring hate crimes in the European Union have no working definition for what constitutes a hate crime, according to a new survey.

    The survey was conducted in the form of a questionnaire answered by representatives of 44...

  • Egypt: U.S. aid cut may force Israel treaty review

    February 16, 2012 | 8:45 am

    The Muslim Brotherhood has warned that Egypt may review its 1979 peace deal with Israel if the United States cuts aid to the country, a move that could undermine a cornerstone of Washington’s Middle East policy.

    Washington has said the aid is at risk due to an Egyptian probe into...

  • Israeli lawmaker says McCarthy was right

    December 5, 2011 | 10:30 am

    The Israeli lawmaker who sponsored a bill to limit funding to left-leaning NGOs said Joseph McCarthy “was right in every word he said.”

    Likud lawmaker Ofir Akunis told a political television show on Dec. 4 that McCarthy, the Wisconsin senator who presided over a U.S. Senate...

  • Knesset committee to vote on bill limiting foreign funding for NGOs

    November 9, 2011 | 10:37 am

    A Knesset committee will vote on two bills imposing restrictions on foreign funding to nongovernmental organizations in Israel.

    The bills, which were discussed in June in the ministerial legislative committee and then frozen, are scheduled for a vote Sunday. They reportedly have the...

  • Knesset rejects bill authorizing NGO inquiries

    July 20, 2011 | 5:22 pm

    Israel’s Knesset voted down a bill that would have established inquiries into human rights groups.

    The bill fell in the parliament on Wednesday by a vote of 57 to 28 following hours of debate.

    Two members of the governing coalition parties—Danny Danon of Likud and Faina...

  • Knesset, ahead of vote, debating bill authorizing NGO inquiries

    July 20, 2011 | 10:40 am

    Israel’s Knesset is debating a controversial bill that would authorize parliamentary investigations of Israeli groups critical of the country’s policies toward the Palestinians.

    Knesset members were addressing the plenum into Wednesday evening ahead of a vote scheduled on the same...

  • Knesset approves panels to probe left-wing NGOs

    February 2, 2011 | 10:09 am

    The Knesset House Committee approved the establishment of parliamentary panels to probe the funding and activities of left-leaning human rights groups and NGOs.

    The vote to establish two commissions of inquiries passed the committee Wednesday by a vote of 10 to 6.

    One committee...

  • Opportunity knocks

    By Rob Eshman

    January 19, 2011 | 3:27 pm

    Is it possible that when you clink glasses and say, “Happy New Year,” someone is actually listening?

    That’s what it felt like this week, with two enormous pieces of good news to start the year off.

    First there was outgoing Mossad director Meir Dagan’s assessment that...

  • Quash bill probing NGOs, Peres tells Knesset

    January 18, 2011 | 10:16 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres called on the Knesset to reject proposed legislation that establishes a committee to investigate the funding of left-leaning human rights groups.

    By a vote of 47-16, the Knesset earlier this month gave preliminary passage to the measure. The...

  • NGO inquiry committee has wrong focus, framework

    January 12, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    Since the notorious NGO Forum of the 2001 Durban conference, nongovernmental organizations have implemented a coordinated strategy against Israel—isolation and demonization in the international arena. Influential Israeli and Palestinian NGOs are very active in this strategy, and...

  • Hummus and Whiplash in Ramallah with Bassem Eid

    By David Suissa

    August 10, 2010 | 11:31 am

    It was the best hummus I’ve ever tasted. It came in a bowl, drenched in olive oil, with a few small garbanzos and shreds of parsley and hot green peppers sprinkled on top, and just the right amount of lemon juice. The elderly Palestinian man had made the hummus from scratch and...

  • ANALYSIS: Israel and NGOs Clash Over Gaza War Assessments

    August 26, 2009 | 6:28 pm

    The fighting in Gaza ended months ago, but the fight over the war rages on between Israel and NGOs.

    NGOs have been issuing reports accusing Israel of war crimes. In response, the Israeli army recently released a 163-page, 460-point account seeking to rebut such claims and discredit...

  • Ideological Insults

    By Michael J. Jordan

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As terror struck New York and Washington, D.C., Jewish activists were still recovering from the ideological bomb of a U.N. conference that lashed out at Israel as racist and apartheid.

    The final governmental declaration adopted here last Saturday by the U.N. World Conference Against...

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