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Monday, June 25, 2018

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Trump Signs Executive Order to Keep Detainee Families Together

OU, Agudath Israel & RCA among dozens of Jewish organizations publicly opposing the child separation policy.

With the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy in which all unlawful border crossings were referred for prosecution, adults have been moved to the custody

Citing ‘Chronic Bias Against Israel,’ US Quits UN Human Rights Council

(JNS) U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced this week that the United States is pulling out of the U.N. Human Rights Council, citing the world body’s “chronic” bias against Israel as one of the primary factors for the withdrawal.

“For too long, the human-rights

Jewish NGO Condemns ‘Wholesale Misappropriation’ of Holocaust Amid Outcry Over Border Policy

(Sean Savage/JNS) The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights NGO that teaches the lessons of the Nazi Holocaust, has denounced the “wholesale misappropriation” of the Holocaust amid on the ongoing outcry over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating children from migrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico

Like Presidents Before Him, Trump Vows Not to Pressure Israel on Nuclear Issue

(Israel Hayom/JNS) Israel has managed to secure a written pledge from four successive U.S. presidents, including President Trump, to safeguard its presumed nuclear deterrent, The New Yorker magazine reported on Monday.

According to uncorroborated reports in the foreign media, Israel has as many as 200

Pro-Israel Groups Laud New Bill to Protect US Businesses From BDS Pressure

(JNS) A coalition of pro-Israel groups, including the World Jewish Congress, the Lawfare Project, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and Israeli-American Coalition for Action, applauded the introduction of a bill in Congress that protects American businesses from pressure to comply with boycotts of U.S.

IfNotNow Accosts Taglit Birthright Groups at New York Airport

(Eliana Rudee/JNS) At New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on Monday night, Birthright Fellow and student leader Ariel Tidhar reported that the American Jewish activist group IfNotNow waylaid their group, as well as four other Taglit Birthright groups trying to check into their flights to Israel.

Netanyahu Has Rare Meeting With Jordan’s King Abdullah

(JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a rare face-to-face meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah this week ahead of a visit to the region by the top Trump administration officials.

The trip to Amman was only announced by the Prime Minister’s Office after it had been completed.

Kremlin: Putin, Netanyahu Agree to Boost Israel-Russia Coordination in Syria

In phone call, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discuss “joint efforts to ensure security around the Syrian-Israeli border” and voice readiness to step up “combating international terrorism,” Kremlin says.

Russia’s President

ALEH Opens Israel’s First Hydrotherapy Pool With Accomodations for Nonverbal Children

(Courtesy of ALEH) In March, the Jerusalem facility of ALEH (www.ALEH.org), Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, inaugurated a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool, providing its residents with easy access to the water-based therapies that allow them to build muscle mass, improve

AMIT Modi’in Boys’ Robotics Team Wins Second Place in International Competition

(Courtesy of AMIT) The robotics team from the Mr. and Mrs. Lester Sutker AMIT Modi’in School for Boys came in second place in the First Lego League (FLL) international competition held in Estonia last week.

The team, known as the Kipa Bots, competed against teams from more than 100

PUAH’s Annual Jerusalem Conference for Women Draws Overflow Crowd

(Courtesy of PUAH) Before Prof. Sheli Mazaki, director of Perinatal Unit and High-Risk Pregnancy Department at Sheba Medical Center, began his presentation at PUAH’s recent annual Jerusalem Conference, he paused to survey the crowd of over 1,400 women filling the large Binyanei HaUma hall and commented, “I’ve been to

In Jerusalem, Austria’s Kurz Says it Took His Country Too Long to Own up to Holocaust

(JNS) Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who is on a visit to Israel this week, said that it took his country “too long to be honest” about its role in the Holocaust.

“To remember means also to admit the truth. At that time, many Austrians supported the system, which killed over six