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Jerusalem Arabs Paid by Palestinian Authority to Riot Over Temple Mount

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, March 28, 2016

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas — known to the Arab world by his nom de guerre, Abu Mazen — quietly, and also not so quietly, did whatever he could this month to provide a springboard for the launch of a third intifada. But it was only this week that the actual extent of his financial dedication to the cause became known.…

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‘Not Your Average Food Basket’

There is a well-known problem among the poorer segments of society that in addition to facing challenges of lack of food, they are also eating the wrong foods. This leads to problems of obesity, diabetes and other diet related health problems.

Combating this trend is a central part of Colel Chabad’s Food Security Program where beneficiaries are provided with food staples and fresh fruits and vegetables, but also educational resources to help them eat in a more healthy way, and to manage their homes in a sustainable manner.…

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Israel to Launch Research Satellite, Will Track Climate Change

Israel’s first scientific observation satellite to conduct agricultural and ecological research, the VENµS, is also the first environmental research satellite.

by Andrew Friedman

Israel will launch its first environmental research satellite, VENµS, into space on August 2 on the “Vega” launcher from French Guiana. The satellite, which stands for “Vegetation and Environment Monitoring on a New Micro Satellite,” is a flagship project of the Israel Space Agency (ISA) and its French counterpart CNES.…

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Free Beit Hamikdash Model for Kids

Beit HaMikdash Model Project

Download instructions at the end of the article.

Children at summer camp are learning about the Beis Hamikdosh during the Nine Days. Tzivos Hashem Crafts Workshops is offering a paper model of the Beis HaMikdosh for kids age 8 and up to assemble, free of charge. You must get a free password, download the model and instructions, print it and go to work, cutting, folding and pasting.…

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INTO THE FRAY -The Temple Mount: No Longer in our Hands?

The Flag of Israel flying in Jerusalem with the Temple Mount in the distance

It is extremely important that a solution to the current crisis be found by Friday this week…The dangers on the ground will escalate if we go through another cycle of Friday prayer without a resolution to this current crisis, Events in Jerusalem have the potential to have catastrophic costs well beyond the walls of the Old City, well beyond Israel and Palestine, well beyond the Middle East itself – Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, January 24, 2017.…

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Saudi Foreign Minister Slams Qatar for Same Plan Riyadh Suggests for Jerusalem

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir speaking at the 2016 Munich Security Conference

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir is accusing Qatar of demanding the internationalization of the Islamic hajj pilgrimage, according to a report on the Lebanon Daily Star website.

The Saudi foreign minister said in a statement on Sunday to his own country’s Al Arabiya website, “Qatar’s demands to internationalize the holy sites is aggressive and a declaration of war against the kingdom.…

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Stoning Attack North of Jerusalem

Israeli journalist Aharon Granot shows his smashed windshield, damaged in a stoning attack by Arab terrorists near the Judea city of Halhul, in Gush Etzion. (October 22, 2015)

Arab terrorists hurled rocks at Israeli vehicles on Sunday afternoon traveling on the road between the Jewish community of Adam and the Arab village of Hizme, north of Jerusalem.

Although no one in the cars was physically injured, several vehicles were damaged, according to Hatzolah of Judea and Samaria.…

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Nearly 20K Tons of Goods Delivered to Gaza Via Kerem Shalom Crossing

Nearly 20 tons of goods were delivered to Gaza via the Kerem Shalom Crossing in just one day.

Inspectors at the Israel side of the Kerem Shalom Crossing with Gaza were busy this past Thursday.

According to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Yoav Mordechai, 628 trucks filled with 19, 119 tons of goods entered the Hamas-ruled region via Israel on Thursday alone.…

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Rivlin Appears at Protest for Mengistu Captive Held by Hamas

Family members of Avraham (Aberu) Mengistu speak with media at their home in Ashkelon, after a gag order has been lifted over his disappearance in Gaza.

President Reuven Rivlin appeared Sunday at a protest held in front of the official president’s residence in Jerusalem, advocating for the release of Ethiopian Israeli immigrant Abera Mengistu, who has been held captive by Hamas in Gaza for more than three years.…

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Telegram Politely Informs Iran It Won’t Place Servers There

The highly encrypted and super popular Telegram messaging service has arrived in Iran, but its founder and CEO has courteously informed Tehran that no, the company is not willing to install its servers in the country, policy notwithstanding.

Iranian government regulations require social media and messaging companies to work from their servers within the country, and according to the semi-official ISNA news agency, on Sunday Iranian Communications Minister Mahmoud Vaezi reportedly said that as a result of “meeting with Telegram managers, some of its servers have been moved to the country.”


But Vaezi also said – perhaps as a clarification – that Telegram, which is based in Berlin, was planning to use content delivery networks (CDNs) in Iran.…

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Reince Priebus OUT Gen. Kelly New Chief-Of-Staff

Reince Priebus, White House Chief of Staff for incoming Trump administration.

On Friday afternoon as Airforce One arrived back at Andrews Air Force Base President Trump announced (via twitter) that Chief of Staff (COS) Reince Priebus, was gone and he was going to be replaced by DHS Secretary General John Kelly.


Priebus took the Airplane trip to Long Island with the president and upon landing (before the press got the word) Priebus, Steven Miller, and Dan Scavino loaded into one suburban but moments later Miller and Scavino got out and loaded another van.…

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Politicians Call for Pardon After Court Upholds Azaria Conviction

IDF Sgt Elor Azaria seen during military court proceedings in Jaffa, October 26, 2016

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman added a request to the family not to appeal the decision further, but rather to ask IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot to pardon Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier who was convicted of manslaughter for the March, 2016 killing of a neutralized terrorist.…

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Holiday Sensation, No Arabs, on Temple Mount on 9 B’Av Week

Jews visiting the Temple Mount on the 9 B’Av week

The week of the 9th of Av (Monday night) began with joy, the Temple Organizations Headquarters reported Sunday morning, as 278 Jews strolled around the periphery of the holiest site on the planet.

Despite the security brouhaha and shameful capitulation, which followed five cowardly and brutal murders by Arab terrorists, a new week began on the Temple Mount and hundreds of Jews crowded at the entrance, eager to ascend to our Father’s place all mikvah-cleansed joyous.…

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Court Denies Sgt. Azaria’s Appeal of Manslaughter Conviction, Does Not Increase Sentence

IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria arrives to hear the military court decision on his appeal, July 30, 2017.

When Major General Doron Piles, head of the military appeals court, on Sunday morning read the court’s decision regarding Sgt. Elor Azaria’s appeal of his manslaughter conviction, it was clear from the start that the court did not overturn the lower court’s decision. That’s because, had the court decided to overturn, this would have been disclosed in the first paragraph of the ruling.…

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Mixed Messages On Preserving Modesty

Dr. Shani Verschleiser

I knew something was wrong as soon as I saw Chaim sitting out the swim session at day camp. Chaim was my son’s playdate and had been at our house the previous weekend when the kids, among other things, put on their swimsuits and swam in our neighbor’s pool.

When I asked the day camp counselor about Chaim, he said, “Chaim is afraid of water.”


Being “afraid of water” or having a chronic “stomach ache” are excuses we have all heard.…

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From Oleh to Politician

I was born and raised for the most part in Queens, New York, with significant stints in Venezuela and Brazil. However, from a young age I understood that Israel was my home. I got to fulfill that dream 20 years ago, when in 1997, together with my wife and two young children we landed at Ben-Gurion Airport with a one-way ticket courtesy of the State of Israel.…

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Elovitch Expected to Cede Control of Bezeq

Tel Aviv Stock Exchange

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

Businessman Shaul Elovitch, the majority owner of Israel’s telecommunications conglomerate Bezeq, will reportedly give up control of the company as part of negotiations to negotiate a NIS 1.2 billion debt owed by the Eurocom group, which is controlled by Elovitch and his brother, Yosef.


Earlier in July, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange suspended trading on Bezeq Israeli Telecommunications Corp Ltd (TASE: BEZQ) shares after the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) said it would a expand a corruption investigation to include a deal between satellite operator Spacecom Satellite Communications and DBS Satellite Services (YES), a satellite television provider.…

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