International

Israel designates Palestinian civil society groups as terrorists, U.N. ‘alarmed’

Published by Reuters By Rami Ayyub TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel on Friday designated six Palestinian civil society groups as terrorist organisations and accused them of funnelling donor aid to militants, a move that drew criticism from the United Nations and human rights watchdogs. Israel’s defence ministry said the groups had ties to the Popular

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How to Help Elderly Widows or Widowers

After the loss of a spouse, your senior parent, friend, or relative will likely oscillate between feelings of denial, anger, and depression — but also other stages like bargaining and acceptance. While it won’t be easy, your senior loved one will need to tackle various financial decisions while oscillating between these stages of grief — and your support and guidance will be imperative during this time. How can you help your senior loved one to make important financial decisions while coping with his or her loss? [MentalHealthforSeniors.com]

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Antisemitic Vandals Deface 2 Denver Schools

Police units in Denver are searching for the person or person who defaced a public school with swastikas and anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic messages over the weekend, as well as those responsible for the vandalism of a local Jewish day school. [JNS.org]

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Turkey Arrests 15 as Israeli Spies

Turkish media outlets on Thursday reported that 15 individuals had been arrested on suspicion of spying for Israel, following a large-scale operation by local security forces. According to local reports, 200 members of the Turkish security forces took part in the series of arrests. [Israel Hayom via JnS]

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A Sightseeing Trip to Caesarea and Tzfat, Israel

If you were going away by car for a few days, could you have lunch at a 2,000 year old seaport, once the most modern in the world? Or, could you spend a few days in a Holy City which once was – and still might be – the center of the Kabbala movement? Recently, Michal and I enjoyed a 3-day getaway in northern Israel doing those things. [Steve Kramer]

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Anti-Israel Columnists Need to Stick to the Facts

Mary Christine-Bader, a defender of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, has a penchant for confusion. Try to make sense of the passage below. I sure can’t. “(Rep. Betty McCollum) pointed out that ‘innocent Palestinians who live under military occupation are regularly killed by Israeli security forces’ and have no Iron Dome to protect them,” Bader writes in a commentary for her hometown paper in Minneapolis, The Star Tribune; McCollum represents St. Paul, Minn. [Bruce S. Ticker]

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Intimidation of Jewish College Students on the Increase

As yet more evidence that Jewish students have continued to be targets of bias on university campuses, a Spring 2021 poll by the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, together with the Cohen Research Group, revealed that 65% of students in the leading Jewish fraternity and sorority have “felt unsafe” on campus, while 50% of students surveyed have felt “the need to hide their identity.” [Richard L. Cravatts, Ph.D]

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Friendship Circle Cofounder Resigns, Citing Control by Family of Disgraced Rabbi

A cofounder and former executive director of the Friendship Circle of San Diego, Elisheva Green, has resigned “with a broken heart” from the organization founded to help children and adults with disabilities, citing irregularities in the organization’s governance by members of the family of disgraced former rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of Chabad of Poway. [Donald H. Harrison]

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