Israel targets Syrian army post in retaliatory strike

(JTA) – An Israeli airstrike hit a Syrian army post near the border in retaliation for a rocket that struck Israeli territory in the Golan Heights.

The rocket that fell in Israel on Thursday afternoon is believed to be spillover from Syria’s long running civil war and did not cause any injuries or damage. The Israel Defense Forces typically responds to spillover gunfire and mortars with return fire. There were no reports on Syrian injuries. [Read more…]

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Israeli hospital gets grant to help Syrian refugee kids with hearing loss

A Syrian injured during fighting in Syria’s civil war is rushed into Ziv Medical Center in Sefad, Israel, in 2015. (Photo via Ziv Medical Center)
A Syrian injured during fighting in Syria’s civil war is rushed into Ziv Medical Center in Sefad, Israel, in 2015. (Photo via Ziv Medical Center)

A Syrian injured during fighting in Syria’s civil war is rushed into Ziv Medical Center in Sefad, Israel, in 2015. (Photo via Ziv Medical Center)

(JTA) – An Israeli philanthropist has made a six-figure grant to a hospital in northern Israel to fund treatment for Syrian children who have suffered hearing loss as a result of their country’s civil war.

Morris Kahn’s pilot grant to Ziv Medical Center in Safed is part of the Genesis Prize Foundation’s global initiative to aid refugee causes and encourage other Jewish foundations and philanthropists to do the same. The refugee focus was chosen by British sculptor Anish Kapoor, who was awarded the 2017 Genesis Prize, which honours leading cultural figures who have showed a dedication to the Jewish community and Jewish values. [Read more…]

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Israel-Russia trade leaps by 25%

(JTA) – Amid tightening of economic cooperation between Russia and Israel, their trade has grown in 2017 by 25 per cent, officials from both countries revealed.

The increase in the first six months of 2017 was over approximately $380 million US in trade exchanged hands between Russia and Israel in the corresponding period the previous year. [Read more…]

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U.S. Holocaust museum pulls back study of Obama’s Syria policy in wake of criticism

(JTA) – The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum withdrew from its website a study that critics said absolved the Obama administration of criticism that it did too little to prevent genocide in Syria.

The Tablet online magazine, which obtained portions of the study, reported Tuesday that it was met with “shock and harsh criticism by prominent Jewish communal leaders and thinkers.” [Read more…]

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Iran is entering Syria where Islamic State leaving, Netanyahu warns Putin

(JTA) – Iran’s effort to establish a military base in Syria “poses a danger to Israel, the Middle East and to the entire world,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Mr. President, we are all winning a tremendous international effort for Daesh, and this is welcome, but what is not welcome is that in places where Daesh is leaving, Iran is entering,” Netanyahu said Wednesday in front of reporters at the start of a meeting with Putin in the Black Sea Russian resort town of Sochi. Daesh is another term for the Islamic State. [Read more…]

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