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Friday, September 21, 2018

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Nativ: Helping Israel One Conversion at a Time

Today, 4,000 members of the IDF, young men and women who grew up with strong Jewish roots and pride, are defending Israel despite the government not considering them Jewish. Many of them grew up in Israel and yet they are not allowed to legally marry Jews. But all that is going to change, thanks to Nativ. Founded

Jerusalem College of Technology Hosts Its First Hackathon for Women

(Courtesy of Jerusalem College of Technology) Nursing mothers holding their babies while first-year college students stay up all night learning how to code, and ultimately developing a web-based math learning program for children—these surreal scenes and others were part of the Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) Lev

Israel’s Noa Yechezkel-Lubin Is NASA’s Bright New Star

(Courtesy of AFBIU) On an official mission from Israel, Noa Yechezkel-Lubin, a graduate student in artificial intelligence in Bar-Ilan University’s Computer Science Department and a software developer at Amazon, has her sights on space after becoming the first Israeli to work at NASA.

It’s Not Just Iran: Israel Is Under Massive Chinese, Russian Cyber-Espionage Attack

Editor’s note: The closed-to-the-public aggravated espionage trial of former Israeli Energy/Infrastructure Minister Gonen Segev, accused of spying for Iran in wartime, began July 2 and continues. As a result of his arrest, a sweeping Shin Bet survey of counter-espionage found severe breaches of Israel’s computing networks, not

Report: Iranian Forces Retreat 85 Kilometers From Israeli Border

(Yona Schnitzer/TPS) Iran has withdrawn its troops in Syria to 85 kilometers away from the Israeli border, Russia’s special envoy to Syria Alexander Lavrentiev said earlier this week, adding also that the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) will return to the border in order to uphold the 1974 Disengagement of Forces

UN Exhibit in New York Shows Fire Damage in Israel From Incendiary Kites and Balloons

(JNS) An exhibition featured at the U.N. headquarters in New York will show viewers the damage that Gazan terror kites and flammable balloons have caused inside Israel.

An initiative of Yesh Atid Party Knesset member Haim Jelin, the former head of the Eshkol Regional Council, the exhibit contains

Pence Reacts Strongly to Synagogue Vandalism in Home State of Indiana

(JNS) Vice President Mike Pence expressed sympathy and outrage early this week after a synagogue in his home state was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti.

“Sickened and appalled by the cowardly act of vandalism at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla; a beautiful synagogue in Carmel, Indiana, where I have

Daughter of Shas Party Founder Establishes New Party

(Mara Vigevani/TPS) Israel Prize laureate Adina Bar-Shalom, the oldest daughter of the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, announced that she would form a political party to challenge the existing haredi political leadership during the next election cycle. The new party, to be called Ahi Israeli (My Israeli Brother), will aim to bridge cultural

Palestinian Inmates Deliberately Waste Water, Says Prison Service

(Israel Hayom) The Israel Prison Service is reportedly exploring the possibility of limiting Palestinian security prisoners’ time in the shower, after learning that they are wasting water on purpose.

Israel is grappling with a five-year drought, and the public has been asked to use the precious

Netflix Won’t Run Louis Farrakhan Documentary, Citing ‘Internal Miscommunication’

(JNS) A documentary featuring the notorious Louis Farrakhan will not be available to Netflix customers next month after all, with the media streaming giant citing an “internal miscommunication.”

“This film will not be released on Netflix. Due to an internal miscommunication, it appeared to be

Palestinian Clerics Warn of Israeli Plot to Cause Artificial Earthquake to Topple Al-Aqsa

(JNS/Memri) Following a series of low-magnitude earthquakes felt in northern Israel and in neighboring countries in early July, Palestinian clerics, both Muslim and Christian, stated that some elements in Israel are acting to demolish the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the Jewish Temple in its place, and warned that Israel may exploit a natural

Amid Nation-State Law Controversy, PM Urges Lawmakers to ‘Fight for the Truth’

PM Netanyahu defends controversial law defining Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, saying debate is “one-sided” and demanding that Likud ministers express ”unreserved and unapologetic” support • PM calls Left’s criticism “hypocritical”

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