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With concern rising after a string of terror attacks, airport representatives from 40 countries will visit Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport next month to learn about Ben-Gurion’s innovative security procedures. Ben-Gurion is one of the world’s safest airports—no flight departing Israel has ever been hijacked, and there hasn’t been a terrorist attack at Ben-Gurion since 1972. The...

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Human Rights

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Iran has given messaging apps one year to move its storage of user data inside the country, raising concerns that Iranians using the apps could have their data accessed by the government. Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace, whose members are appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a directive on Sunday warning that...

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Iran

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The election last week of 89-year-old Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati to head Iran’s Assembly of Experts, which will choose the country’s next Supreme Leader to replace Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, shows that “whoever follows the increasingly frail Mr. Khamenei as Supreme Leader is unlikely to alter the regime’s core anti-Western philosophy,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote (Google link) Monday. Jannati...

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Iran

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An Argentinian court will allow a recording of former Foreign Minister Hector Timerman acknowledging that Iran was behind the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires to be admitted as evidence in an inquiry to determine if he is guilty of treason, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported...

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More than 30 students were lashed 99 times each after they were arrested for dancing at a graduation celebration attended by members of the opposite gender in the Iranian city of Qazvin, The New York Times reported Saturday, citing Iranian media. The arrests and punishments, which took place in a 24-hour span, were part of a...

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June 1-2 is the 75th anniversary of the Farhud, the 1941 pogrom by pro-Nazi Arabs attempting to exterminate the Jews of Baghdad. Hundreds were murdered and raped, and many Jewish homes and business looted and burned during a two-day orgy of hate and violence orchestrated by the Grand Mufti of...

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Israel

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A Catholic Israeli-Arab was crowned the first winner of the Miss Trans Israel pageant on Friday. 21-year-old Ta’alin Abu Hanna, a ballet dancer from the northern Israeli city of Nazareth, called her victory “historic” and said that it promoted equality. She told reporters that she is “proud to be an Israeli Arab,”...

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Israel

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Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins had an exciting announcement as he took the podium at a Canadian Embassy-sponsored networking event in Tel Aviv in mid-May. He told the 200-plus guests about two medical miracles he’d just observed in Israel: Save a Child’s Heart Foundation (SACH) and the PillCam. While...

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Israel

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As Israel’s economic ties expand across East Asia, so does the popularity of the Jewish state’s food products. Costco stores throughout Japan hosted an Israeli food festival last week, featuring pita, matza, Wissotsky teas, Angel cookies, Adafresh spices, Hanasich tahini, and a variety of Israeli wines. The festival was sponsored by the...

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Europe

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A Protestant pastor from the northern German city of Bremen who caused an uproar when he publicly declared that he was an anti-Semite has resigned his position as the church’s representative on a city council committee for promoting religious dialogue, Benjamin Weinthal of The Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday. “My...

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