The last known Jew in Afghanistan is leaving

(JTA) — The man who has been known as the last Jew in Afghanistan for well over a decade is leaving for Israel, fearing that the U.S. military’s promise...

Jews In 6 Gulf Nations Form First Association To Enhance Regional Jewish Life

As Jewish life continues to flourish and grow in the Gulf, the local Jewish communities of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have come...

Despite the Capitol violence, this Israeli town is still named after Donald Trump

BY SAM SOKOL JERUSALEM (JTA) — In Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump’s administration is unraveling following an insurrection by his supporters. But in Israel’s mountainous Golan Heights region, construction...

Pakistani Court Frees Four Involved in Daniel Pearl Kidnapping

BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ (JTA) — A court in Pakistan on Thursday ordered the immediate release of four men who had been jailed there since 2002 for the murder of the Jewish-American...

150 House Democrats Sign Letter Backing Reentry into Iran Deal

BY RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — A letter backing President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to reenter the Iran nuclear deal without any new conditions has garnered 150 signatures from House Democrats —...

50,000 Israelis Visit UAE in Two Weeks

BY GABE FRIEDMAN (JTA) — Over 50,000 Israelis have visited the United Arab Emirates since the recent normalization pact between Israel and the UAE, according to a report this week in The Washington...

Bahraini, UAE Representatives Attend Hanukkah Ceremony at Kotel

A delegation from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain took part in a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall on Monday night. Speaking at the event, Western Wall Rabbi...

What Israel and Morocco Will Gain By Reestablishing Ties

The Dec. 10 announcement of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel marked the fourth time in the past four months that Muslim-majority nation officially “friended” Israel. But...

Morocco Agrees to Normalize Ties With Israel

(JTA) — Israel will establish diplomatic relations with Morocco, which becomes the fourth Arab country to announce it will recognize Israel in the last year. President Donald Trump announced the...

Democratic Centrists Succeed Engel, Lowey as Chairs of House Panels

BY RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Democratic Party centrists with solid Israel bona fides defeated progressives as the chairs of two key House committees, succeeding pro-Israel stalwarts Eliot Engel and Nita...
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