Joint Israeli-Palestinian Cancer Research Raises New Questions about Genes and Environment

Israelis and Palestinians may be in the midst of a conflict dating back many decades, but they’re also working together to fight a different battle altogether—the fight against cancer. Joint research by Israelis and Palestinian professionals looked at Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) tumors in both Arab and Jewish populations and concluded …

Israel—An Ancient King of Making Glass

Centuries before the Land of Israel was a hub for the high-tech industry, the region was among the world leaders in another profession involving science, skill, and specialized knowledge: glass making. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced in a press release on Monday that they have discovered 1,600-year-old kilns used …

Latest Israeli Missile Defense System—David’s Sling—Launches in 2 Weeks

In just a matter of days last week, Israel experienced missile attacks from both the north and south, a disturbing reoccurrence in a region rife with conflict. To better defend against such attacks, Israel will rely on not one, but four different missile defense systems—the final one of which will …

US Slams ‘Outrageous’ UN Human Rights Council Anti-Israel Agenda Item

It’s time once again for the United Nations Human Rights Council to hold their scheduled discussion of Israel’s imagined abuses, to which the United States has one response. “The United States will not participate… other than to vote against the outrageous, one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions that so diminish what the Human …

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Int’l Standing Improves as Netanyahu Announces First Ever Visits to 3 Nations

October 30, 2016 News
A handshake across the world. Israeli PM Netanyahu & Danish Ambassador Jesper Vahr. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

A handshake across the world. Israeli PM Netanyahu & Danish Ambassador Jesper Vahr. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

Israel is unfairly attacked at the United Nations and other places by the bloc of Arab nations and their allies, but that doesn’t mean Israel is giving up on good relations with the world. Instead, the travel schedule for Israel’s leaders highlights their push to expand their international standing. “In two weeks, President Reuven Rivlin will leave on a visit to India… In the next three months, I will leave for Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Singapore and Australia. For three of these, if I am not mistaken, it will be the first visit by an Israeli Prime Minister,” noted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments released by his office on Sunday

The Israeli leader believes the Jewish state’s efforts are paying off. The latest example were steps by Tanzania and Croatia which limited the impact of a recent anti-Israel vote at UNESCO. “In effect, they torpedoed the practical effect of the second UNESCO decision by preventing consensus,” said Netanyahu. “This is an additional indication of the major change that is taking place in Israel’s global relations, in direct proportion to Israel’s strength.” … Continue Reading

2 Palestinian Car Ramming Attacks in One Weekend; 3 Police Officers Hurt

October 30, 2016 Peace and Conflict
A violent weekend resulted in light injuries for Israelis. Israeli ambulance. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

A violent weekend resulted in light injuries for Israelis. Israeli ambulance. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

A Palestinian terrorist put a newer disturbing twist on an old act of violence on Friday night by first attempting to ram Israelis with a car and then seeking to attack them with a meat cleaver knife. The IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter feed reported that the terrorist was shot, while IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner showed an image of the knife of the terrorist’s weapon on his Twitter page.

Less than 2 full days later, and another Palestinian terrorist attempted to ram a car into Israelis at a different location. That attacker ultimately wounded three Israeli border police officers lightly before the terrorist was shot, according to Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld’s Twitter feed. … Continue Reading

Eight-Year-Old Palestinian Terrorists Apprehended En Route to Attack

October 27, 2016 Peace and Conflict
With heroes like these, some Palestinian children turn into terrorists at a young age. Illustrative banner of terrorists and Dome of the Rock. By Joshua Spurlock

With heroes like these, some Palestinian children turn into terrorists at a young age. Illustrative banner of terrorists and Dome of the Rock. By Joshua Spurlock

Most children under 10 years of age are told not to handle knives, but two Palestinian children were apprehended not only carrying the weapons, but intending to use them. “During initial questioning, the children admitted to being sent to carry out a terror attack,” the IDF Spokesperson said on Twitter.

IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner confirmed the two children were just eight-years-old and said they were on their way to the Jewish community of Migdal Oz south of Bethlehem. Disturbingly, this isn’t the first time that underage Palestinians have been caught attempting terror attacks, thanks to a culture that praises terrorists and promotes violent acts as heroic. … Continue Reading

Islamic States Get Disappointing UN Vote on Israel Thanks to Tanzania, Croatia

October 26, 2016 News
Netanyahu and the ancient Jerusalem receipt. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon / GPO

Netanyahu and the ancient Jerusalem receipt. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon / GPO

Two nations—Tanzania and Croatia—effectively blocked a unanimous “by consensus” vote at the United Nations cultural organization that sought again to undercut Israel in Jerusalem. The UNESCO vote at the World Heritage Committee ultimately passed, but with fewer than half the body’s members voting affirmative, according to The Jerusalem Post. The report said that 10 of the 21 voting members—the Islamic-friendly nations along with Cuba and Vietnam—voted yes, while eight abstained, one was not present, and two—Tanzania and the Philippines—voted against the resolution, which still dismissed Israeli connections to the Temple Mount.

“It was supposed to be passed unanimously, by consensus, because the UNESCO Secretary General said that if it was not passed unanimously, then the decision would not be implemented,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments released by his office. “I would like to thank the leaders of Tanzania and Croatia for demanding a vote. I spoke with them and I very much appreciate their willingness to take a stand there.” The Israeli leader pointed to the result as demonstrating diplomatic progress. … Continue Reading

Arabs Arrested by Israel Reveal Living Conditions under ISIS Rule

October 22, 2016 News
The warzone in Syria and Iraq may not be that far away from Israel, but living under ISIS is another world altogether. Educational sign post showing distance between major locations in the Middle East. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The warzone in Syria and Iraq may not be that far away from Israel, but living under ISIS is another world altogether. Educational sign post showing distance between major locations in the Middle East. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Living under ISIS rule is a vicious reality—the brutal punishments and harsh living conditions experienced and witnessed by those there can even drive away members who journeyed internationally to join the terror group. That is the harrowing story of an Arab family who left Israel to join ISIS, only to eventually make a treacherous trip back to Israel. The details were revealed when the parents were arrested by Israeli security for joining ISIS, also known as Daesh, according to a press release from the Israel Security Agency (ISA).

ISIS content and videos had influenced the couple, who snuck into Syria and Iraq via Turkey with their three children aged 8-years-old and younger, so as to join the terror group. However, their experience there became a nightmare instead of a zealous dream. “Daesh disseminates mendacious publications designed to construct a distorted image of itself as allowing a good and respectable life under an Islamic regime or, alternatively, of religious and military adventure,” warned the ISA press release. “However, the investigations of Israelis who have returned from Syria and Iraq present a completely opposite picture about the dangers and harsh living conditions under Daesh.” … Continue Reading

Israel Arrests Palestinian Terrorists Plotting to Bomb Wedding Hall

October 20, 2016 Peace and Conflict
One of the Palestinian terrorists who plotted to bomb an Israeli wedding hall. Photo courtesy of the ISA

One of the Palestinian terrorists who plotted to bomb an Israeli wedding hall. Photo courtesy of the ISA

A Palestinian from Gaza seeking to enter Israel for commercial purposes had a shockingly different plan in mind—bombing a wedding venue. In addition, Mahmoud Yusuf Hasin Abu Taha also plotted to kidnap and murder an Israeli soldier, and then use him in negotiations with Israel, reported a press release from the Israel Security Agency.

But Abu Taha’s plot didn’t even get across the Gaza border, as he was arrested at the Erez crossing by Israeli security. He had been recruited by a senior terrorist in the Islamic Jihad group in Gaza and was working with two Palestinians illegally in Israel and a third who was living there for “family unification.” One of the illegal Palestinians worked at the events hall where the attack was to take place. The ISA press statement noted the case “reiterates the manner in which terrorists will exploit humanitarian and economic permits to enter Israel, as well as the risk posed by Palestinians present in Israel illegally.” … Continue Reading

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