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ISIS Attack on Israeli Embassy in Rome Thwarted

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An Islamic State plot to attack the Vatican and several foreign embassies, including the Israeli Embassy in Rome, was recently uncovered by Italian authorities, local media reported over the weekend. Four suspected Islamic extremists were arrested in connection to the terrorist plot, and arrest warrants were issued for two...

Canadian Institute Places Israel’s Space Program at the Center of Its Universe

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“Do you remember when Leonard Nimoy said, ‘Live long and prosper?’” Dr. Frederick Krantz asked an audience at the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of Montreal. Listeners chuckled in approval of his “Star Trek” reference, indicating that a large percentage were familiar with the iconic TV series and had fond memories of the late Canadian-Jewish actor. Krantz continued, “Well, that is very true. Israel is not only a power in the Middle East, but will be a power in space.”

The Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR) on April 14 held its 28th anniversary gala, an event titled “Israel in Space.” It was North America’s largest-ever gathering dedicated to...

Watching BDS Like a Hawkeye: Iowa Latest State to Stand Against Israel Boycotts

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Iowa recently became the latest U.S. state to pass legislation designed to undermine the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In a 38-9 vote with three excused absences, the Iowa Senate passed one of the strongest anti-BDS bills in the country. While all nine “no” votes came from Democrats, that party controls the state Senate with a 26-24 majority.

The prospective law would prohibit both investment and contracting by the so-called “Hawkeye State” with companies participating in BDS, either against Israel or “territories controlled by Israel.” The bill also prohibits secondary boycotts by extending its ban to boycotters of those who do business in...

Zarif Slammed Over Claims That Iran Doesn’t Support Holocaust Cartoon Contest

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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum challenged Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s claim that his government has nothing to do with a Holocaust cartoon contest scheduled to take place in Tehran later this month.

Zarif asserted that the contest was neither “controlled” nor “endorsed” by the Iranian government in an interview with The New Yorker last week. He added that the contest didn’t require a permit, and that the only control the government exerted was by granting visas for participants.

However, in a statement on Friday, the museum observed “that the organizations associated with the contest are sponsored or supported by government entities...

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Netanyahu Orders Halt of Cement Shipments to Gaza After Tunnel Discovery

(JNS.org) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday ordered a halt to Gaza-bound cement shipments, following the discovery of a Hamas terror tunnel under the Israel-Gaza border.

Israel had allowed cement to enter Gaza as part of the rehabilitation efforts there following Operation Protective Edge in 2014. Although some 10,000 buildings were damaged during that summer’s war, Hamas has used the cement mostly for military purposes.

Netanyahu also said Monday that a seaport would not be established in Gaza, adding that Gaza would only have access to Israel’s Ashdod port, enabling Israel to inspect any incoming...

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