Satellite images show complete destruction of Iranian weapons cache
January 15, 2019
New satellite images of an Iranian weapons storehouse at the Damascus International Airport showed the complete destruction of the site following Israeli airstrikes on Friday. Released by the Israeli satellite company ImageSat International, one image taken before the strikes showed a structure that measured 20 by 50 meters and was later missing, leaving three craters where the compound once stood. According to ImageSat, the structure was likely used as a missile storehouse, including the Fajr-5, which can be launched from a mobile platform and has a reported range of 75 kilometers. READ MORE
JNS Israel is still doing America’s dirty work in Syria After years of pounding Iranian forces on the quiet, Israel’s security establishment feels the time is right to make it clear that it will continue to enforce certain red lines in Syria to ensure that the Islamist regime isn’t in position to launch a war on its northern front.
Kosher high-tech office lures Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox
by Clothilde Mraffko, AFP
January 8, 2019
The office in central Jerusalem at first glance resembles many other start-ups — until you notice the religious books and entrepreneurs in traditional black suits. At Bizmax, a shared workspace, all the entrepreneurs are ultra-Orthodox Jews, a rarity in a community where many men shun work for religious study. “The high-tech industry is very fit for the haredim,” said Yitzik Crombie, using the Hebrew word for the ultra-Orthodox. Unlike many other sectors, the flexible schedule allows for religious obligations, he added, sporting a black yarmulke and a red beard. READ MORE
Six years after completion, Israel’s border fence with Egypt has transformed the south
by Yaakov Lappin
January 11, 2019
This time six years ago, Israel completed its high-tech border fence with Egypt, marking the start of a transformation in the situation along this restive frontier. With its network radars and cameras, the obstacle—dubbed “Hourglass” by the Israeli Defense Ministry—issues alerts to Israel Defense Forces units regarding suspicious movements. The barrier has almost completely stopped the mass movement of illegal migration from Africa…In addition, the fence has significantly boosted Israel’s ability to defend itself against Salafi-jihadist terror organizations that are active in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, he added. READ MORE
The March of Hate
by Karen Lehrman Bloch
January 9, 2019
Let’s be very clear: If you decide to participate in the national Women’s March, you are enabling and abetting hatred of the Jewish people. If you are writing sanctimonious apologetics for the organizers, you are sanitizing and normalizing anti-Semitism. It was amazingly useful for Tablet magazine, in a recent report, to confirm that three of the four leaders of the Women’s March are proud anti-Semites — that even at their first meeting they berated a Jewish organizer for what they alleged was her unresolved “white supremacy,” and ultimately pushed her out. READ MORE
FREE BEACON DNC Withdraws Its Sponsorship of the Women’s March The Democratic National Committee has withdrawn its sponsorship of the Women’s March, amidst controversy over the ties of the group’s co-chairs to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and allegations of anti-Semitism. The DNC joins other groups that have withdrawn sponsorship, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and EMILY’s List, Jewish News Syndicate reports. The National Organization for Women and the NAACP also appear to have removed their official support for the Women’s March.
Saying Kaddish for a Rust Belt Congregation
by Alanna E. Cooper
January 8, 2019
On a Sunday morning in November in New Castle, Pennsylvania, 18 individuals gathered in a Jewish cemetery for an unveiling ceremony. American Jews customarily hold this sort of event a year after a person dies to mark the installation of their gravestone, and to share memories of the deceased. This event was different because it marked the unveiling of a gravestone for a congregation, or—more precisely—for its ritual objects. A few minutes before 11 a.m., the cars began arriving. READ MORE
How many hoops must Manny Yekutiel jump through before he’s deemed worthy to set foot in the Mission?
by Joe Eskenazi
January 7, 2019
When you wander into Manny’s at 16th and Valencia, everything is chill. It’s a big space. And it’s crowded. People are working on projects, sipping $1.75 cups of coffee, or reading the literature they can purchase in-house from an adjunct of Dog-Eared Books located in the store (curated titles from Franz Fanon, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Howard Zinn and many others for sale). This space feels casual and accessible. That’s the idea. Owner Manny Yekutiel, in fact, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with United to Save the Mission…READ MORE
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Manny Yekutiel responds: Manny’s builds a real-life space for civic discourse in SF The building has been vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti, is the target of weekly protests, and the business has been ideologically extorted: tell us if you’re a Zionist so we can try to drive you out of business.
Muslim woman running for Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party shunned by family
January 10, 2019
A Muslim Arab woman running as a candidate for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party defended her decision in an interview with i24NEWS on Tuesday, despite her having been shunned as “disloyal” by her family.Dima Tayeh, from the village of Kafr Manda in Israel’s northern Galilee region, announced earlier this week that she would be seeking a spot on the Likud list. If elected, she would be the first Muslim Arab lawmaker to join the Likud party…On Wednesday, Tayeh’s family released a statement denouncing her opinions and shunning her until she “declares loyalty to her people and her faith”. READ MORE
ELDER OF ZIYON/JNS Donna Shalala: The Arab freshman member of Congress you AREN’T hearing about – because she is pro-Israel and anti-BDS “I’m absolutely opposed to a boycott of any kind both in terms of disinvestment, as well as in the attacks on Israeli academics by the British Union. I was one of the first college presidents in the country to denounce that…” Interestingly, Shalala was honored by the American University of Beirut with an honorary degree (she’s of Lebanese ancestry) and students protested because she is “Zionist.”