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Throughout his life, a new documentary informs us, Pollard was obsessed with excelling and obtaining accolades. Courtesy of ChaiFlicks

Hippie, hero, traitor, spy — the baffling legacy of Jonathan Pollard

By Simi HorwitzPublished February 22, 2024

The “Pollard Affair,” as it came to be known, was one of the most significant upheavals in the history of American-Israeli government relations. An American Jewish U.S. intelligence officer with a single-minded ambition to save Israel, Jonathan Pollard...

Israeli security and rescue forces at the scene of a terror shooting attack near Maaleh Adumim, in the West Bank, Feb. 22, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

1 killed, 11 wounded in shooting attack on West Bank security checkpoint line

Published February 22, 2024

(JTA) — At least one Israeli was killed in an early morning shooting attack on the highway leading from the Israeli West Bank settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim to Jerusalem. Eleven others were wounded in the terror attack Thursday morning, one seriously....

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr, creative commons.

Senator asks Biden to clarify if US sees Jerusalem as part of ‘West Bank’

Menachem Wecker, JNSPublished February 21, 2024

U.S. President Joe Biden’s Feb. 1 executive order, imposing sanctions on “persons undermining peace, security and stability in the West Bank,” runs 1,699 words. None of those words is “Jerusalem.” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) wrote to Biden...

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, tours the Mount of Olives overlooking the Temple Mount on an official visit to Israel, June 28, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Prince William calls for more aid to Gaza, release of hostages

Rolene Marks (JNS)Published February 20, 2024

  Britain’s Prince William released a statement on Tuesday calling for more aid into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as well as the release of the remaining 134 Israeli hostages being held by Palestinian terrorists. “I remain deeply concerned...

Contrails of Israeli Iron Dome anti-missile defense system strike Hamas rockets overhead as Hamas militants in Gaza continue fire into Israel, despite being targeted by more than 14,000 strikes during eight weeks of Israeli bombardment and a ground offensive, in Sderot, Israel, Dec. 4, 2023. (Scott Peterson/Getty Images)

Joe Biden is pressing Congress to send $14B to Israel. What is the emergency aid for?

Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished February 20, 2024

  WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA) — For months, President Joe Biden has asked for — and Congress has debated — sending wartime foreign aid to Israel as it battles Hamas in the Gaza Strip.  The bill currently on the table, passed in a bipartisan...

Ambulance honoring U-City couple delivers four new lives in Israel

Ambulance honoring U-City couple delivers four new lives in Israel

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished February 14, 2024

In a heartwarming story of generosity and life-saving intervention, former St. Louisan Dr. Irvin Pretsky’s gift to Israel has resulted in four new lives being brought into the world under unique circumstances. In 2022, Pretsky, 88, an anesthesiology...

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Bob Good of Virginia speaks as left to right, Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio, Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina and Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida listen during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol, Feb. 13, 2024. All four were among 14 Republicans who voted against emergency defense aid for Israel.

Republican opposition to Israel aid is the latest headache for the pro-Israel community

Published February 14, 2024

  WASHINGTON (JTA) — Since Oct. 7, a growing number of Democrats have called for a ceasefire in Gaza, harshly criticized Israel or refused to send it more money. But increasingly over the past few weeks, when both chambers of Congress...

Gal Cohen-Solal

His family hid from Hamas for 30 hours. He’s coming to St. Louis Sunday to tell you how they survived

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished February 13, 2024

Following the events of Oct. 7th, misinformation and denial have proliferated, particularly on college campuses across the nation. The "Faces of October Seventh" project was created to combat this by bringing first-hand testimonies of what happened on...

Birthright’s current trips include all the typical highlights of the organization’s tours, including this jeep tour, but also offer opportunities to volunteer and bear witness after Oct. 7. (Oded Antman)

Birthright trippers find visiting Israel during war is a unique and invigorating experience

Elana Sztokman, JTAPublished February 13, 2024

When Alon Fishman visited Israel in early January on a group trip, it wasn’t his first time in the country. But Fishman, 23, had never seen Israel like this before. When his Birthright Israel group arrived at the Western Wall, they found it uncharacteristically...

Repair the World volunteers restore a community garden in Pittsburgh. (Repair the World)

Jewish service can support recovery efforts in Israel and sustain Jewish life in North America

Cindy Greenberg, JTAPublished February 13, 2024

It’s not hard to feel a sense of despair in these extraordinarily difficult times for Jews in Israel and around the world following the horrors of Oct. 7, the upsurge in antisemitism close to home, and the continuing loss of human life. In times...

Norberto Louis Har, 70 (left), and Fernando Simon Marman, 60, were rescued in a nighttime operation in Rafah.

IDF rescues 2 hostages as it steps up operations in Rafah

Ben Sales, JTAPublished February 11, 2024

(JTA) — The Israeli military has rescued two hostages in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, the second such rescue since Hamas took hundreds of Israelis captive on Oct. 7. The overnight rescue operation, which was announced in the early hours of Monday...

Graves of Kibbutz Beeri residents whom Hamas terrorists murdered on Oct. 7, at Kibbutz Revivim, south of Beersheva, Nov. 15, 2023.

35% of younger Americans believe Hamas’s false claims

JNSPublished February 11, 2024

After more than 100 days of fighting since the Oct. 7 massacre, Hamas issued an official document, in Arabic and English, to appeal to international public opinion and try to correct its negative image. A survey conducted by Dr. Irwin J. Mansdorf of...

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