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Arab-Israeli entrepreneurs get boost, mentorship program

Arab Israeli entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to grow and further establish their businesses and companies through a new program called MoveUp, launching this week. Established in partnership with the Citi Foundation and the British Embassy in Israel, the program will immerse the young entrepreneurs in everything they need to know to be successful in the…

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UN’s Guterres: COVID-19 created antisemitism spike, as neo-Nazism rises

COVID-19 has triggered a new wave of antisemitism at a time when Neo-Nazism and white supremacy was already on the rise, UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said on Monday night."Antisemitism continues to blight our world. It is sad, but not surprising, that the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered yet another eruption of this poisonous ideology," Guterres said…

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    Syrian Arab Army forces position themselves on Mount Hermon – report

    Land military forces — Syrian Armed Forces — of the Syrian Arab Army were spotted on the Lebanese side of Mount Hermon in the north of Israel on Monday night, Syrian state-media reported. The Syrian Army is under the directive of Syrian president Bashar Assad and is comprised largely of Sunni Muslims. Recently, reports have surfaced of both Israeli…

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      Over 300 rights groups call for end to Saudi war on Yemen

      More than 300 anti-war and humanitarian organizations across the world have signed a statement calling for an end to the Saudi war against impoverished Yemen. The statement called for an international day of action on January 25, just days after US President Joe Biden’s inauguration and the day before Saudi Arabia’s “Davos in the Desert” Future Investment…

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          Journalist Totenberg learns of family member’s daring Holocaust escape

          In this Tuesday’s episode of the celebrity genealogy show “Finding Your Roots,” pioneering journalist Nina Totenberg and TV personality Andy Cohen learn about the deep Jewish roots of their family trees.In this exclusive clip from Totenberg’s segment, she reacts to learning how one of her grandmothers escaped to the United States during the Holocaust by…

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            Greece, France sign fighter jet deal amid tensions with Turkey

            Athens' roughly $3 billion purchase of 18 Rafale fighter jets comes as Greek officials meet Turkish counterparts for exploratory talks to resolve disputes. French group Dassault Aviation Chief Executive Eric Trappier (2nd R), French Defense Minister Florence Parly (3rd L), Greek Defense Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos (L) and Chief of the Hellenic Air Force General Staff…

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              Intel: new CENTCOM chief tours Middle East on first trip

              Jan 25, 2021 The commander of US military forces in the Middle East, Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, arrived in the region this week with plans to stop in Israel as the Joe Biden administration seeks strategic dialogue regarding Iran. The Israeli press reported that McKenzie would meet with officials this coming Thursday. McKenzie’s arrival will…

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                Israeli cabinet minister visits Sudan – report

                There was no immediate comment from Sudanese officials. By REUTERS  JANUARY 26, 2021 00:16 A Sudanese protester carries their national flag as they march in a demonstration to mark the anniversary of a transitional power-sharing deal with demands for quicker political reforms in Khartoum, Sudan August 17, 2020 (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH) An Israeli…

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                  An Israeli leader consoled Nancy Pelosi in 2016 with a poem

                  Three weeks after American voters elected Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi found a friendly ear in another politician mourning a loss.During the first weekend of December 2016, Pelosi was a guest at the Saban Forum, an annual convening of Israeli and American political and national security leaders.Then the Democratic minority leader in the U.S. House of…

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                      US allows transactions with Houthis as ‘terrorist’ label reviewed

                      Aid groups warn the Trump administration’s designation of Yemeni rebels could trigger famine in the war-torn country.The United States has temporarily stayed a ban on transactions involving Yemen’s Houthi movement as it reviews a decision by former President Donald Trump’s administration to designate the Iran-aligned group as a “foreign terrorist organisation”. The announcement on Monday…

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                        US police have killed 135 unarmed Black people since 2015: NPR

                        A review of thousands of documents found officers with ‘troubled pasts’ are hired and rarely face prison time over the deaths.An investigation by US broadcaster National Public Radio published on Monday found that 135 unarmed Black people have been killed by police since 2015, often by police with red flags on their record. NPR looked…

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                        Amnesty International condemns ‘deplorable’ conditions in Egypt’s prisons

                        On anniversary of Arab Spring uprising, rights group says detainees held for years in overcrowded prisons suffered torture and sexual abuse Amnesty International denounced inhumane conditions in Egypt's prisons on Monday, 10 years after the start of the Arab Spring in the country. In a scathing report, the rights group shared the experiences of 67 individuals imprisoned across the…

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                        Iranian lawmaker under fire for slapping traffic cop

                        Jan 25, 2021 An Iranian parliamentarian has drawn criticism and may face legal action after an incident with a traffic cop that went viral on Iranian social media. The video of a traffic police officer caught the attention of many Iranians as it went viral over the weekend. The incident reportedly took place on Jan. 22. In…

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                        Turkey faces mysterious jihadi enemies in Idlib

                        Jan 25, 2021 Obscure jihadist groups have stepped up attacks on Turkish forces in Syria’s rebel-held province of Idlib, adding to Turkey’s dilemmas amid the fragile status quo in the region.  Al-Qaeda-inspired groups such as Hurras al-Din stood out as potential troublemakers when Turkish forces began to reinforce their presence around the key M4 highway…

                        Egypt: Animation artist arrested for video commemorating revolution

                        The arrest of Ashraf Hamdi coincides with the 10th anniversary of Egypt’s 25 January revolution Hamdi has a large following on his YouTube channel, where he regularly uploads animated videos (Screengrab/YouTube/Instagram) Egyptian authorities arrested caricature artist and animated film director Ashraf Hamdi on Sunday evening, after he published a video marking the 10th anniversary of Egypt’s…

                        Survey: Concerns Related To Job Market Are on the Rise

                        Published January 25th, 2021 – 12:30 GMT Most adults are optimistic about accessing technology, digital tools and training in the next 12 months, but have serious concerns about the state of the climate, job market and global health, said a new World Economic Forum/Ipsos survey. These findings ahead of the Davos Agenda week highlight the…

                        Egypt unveils restored Isis Temple 150 years after its discovery

                        Jan 25, 2021 Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anani inaugurated Jan. 15 Egypt’s newly restored Temple of Isis in Aswan. The more than 2,200-year-old Ptolemaic temple, located in a residential area in the center of Aswan, was discovered in 1871 during the extension of a railway line. (It is not to be confused with the much larger and…

                        Now There is No Trump The Hague’s ICC May Want to Probe Israel’s War Crimes

                        Published January 25th, 2021 – 11:57 GMT Highlights Both have claimed they have credible legal systems that can properly adjudicate human rights violations which make ICC intervention dispensable. Israel is likely to bring up its concerns over a possible International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into war crimes committed by the Israeli regime against the Palestinians…

                        Boeing Plans Commercial Jets Flying on Green Fuels by 2030

                        Published January 25th, 2021 – 11:30 GMT Boeing is setting an ambitious target to advance the long-term sustainability of commercial aviation, committing that its commercial airplanes are capable and certified to fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuels by 2030. Boeing has previously conducted successful test flights replacing petroleum jet fuel with 100% sustainable fuels to…

                        Coronavirus: Law Committee approves full closure of airport

                        The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved the government regulations that prevent Israeli citizens from leaving through Ben-Gurion Airport, except in special cases, until January 31 on Monday.Over one million Israelis have received both shots of the coronavirus vaccine and about half of them are already eligible for the so-called “Green Vaccination Passport,” the Health…

                        New Labor leader Merav Michaeli removing Labor from government

                        Shmuli has been negotiating to join Blue and White and could remain a minister in that capacity. Merav Michaeli sitting on the party leader’s chair at her office in Tel Aviv (photo credit: MICHAELI’S OFFICE) The Labor Party will be leaving the governing coalition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, new Labor leader Merav Michaeli said…

                        Covid-19: Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Israelis protest over lockdown rules

                        Anger has mounted as the government has moved to close illegal religious schools and seminariesPolicemen detain an ultra-Orthodox Jew during a protest over coronavirus restrictions in Ashdod, Israel on 24 January 2021 (Reuters) Hundreds of members of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community have taken to the streets of the country to protest the imposition of lockdown rules…

                        Hayat Tahrir al-Sham challenges FSA in northwestern Syria

                        Jan 25, 2021 ALEPPO — Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has seemingly come a long way in seizing control over Idlib and aspires to expand that control at the Turkish-backed opposition’s expense in northwestern Syria. Since early 2019 and after battling Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions, HTS has directed its attention to the development of the civil administration’s…

                        Yemen warring sides resume prisoner swap talks: UN

                        Fresh talks between delegations from Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and Saudi-backed former government have begun over exchange of hundreds of more prisoners, as part of steps taken to revive stalled UN-brokered peace negotiations, the United Nations says. Ismini Palla, spokeswoman of the office of UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said on Sunday that he…

                        Iraqi group after Daesh attacks: Revenge to target source of fire

                        Iraq’s Kata’ib Hezbollah has said the “the American-Saudi-Israeli alliance” is responsible for recent Daesh attacks, warning that the Iraqi resistance group and fellow fighters will target the main source of Takfiri violence. Abdul-Ali al-Asgari, Katai’b’s security chief, made the remarks in a tweet on Sunday. “The perpetrators of the massacres in Iraq are the US, Saudi Arabia, and…

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