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  • Israel-Diaspora Initiative names CEO in bid to get back on track

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A struggling Israeli initiative aimed at forging closer ties with the diaspora named a CEO in a bid to revive the project. On Tuesday, the Israel-Diaspora Initiative named Amy Holtz, a Philadelphia-based lawyer and an entrepreneur, to lead what has been a two-year effort for the initiative to find its feet. Holtz, until… More ▸

  • Israeli woman, 23, dies of wounds sustained in supermarket stabbing

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli woman seriously injured in a stabbing at a West Bank supermarket has died. Shlomit Krigman, 23, died early Tuesday morning. She was in the Beit Horon settlement, located between Jerusalem and Modiin, on Monday visiting her grandparents when she was attacked in the market. Krigman, who grew up in the… More ▸

  • Uber not welcome in Israel, transportation minister says

    (JTA) — Israel’s transportation minister wants to prevent alternative taxi company Uber from entering the Israeli market, even as he faces opposition from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said Monday at a Knesset Finance Committee meeting that if Israel changes regulations that currently block Uber from legally operating in Israel, the government will owe… More ▸

  • Testimony uncovered by accident offers new details on Nazi medical experiments

    .textad {display: none!important;} (JTA) — Newly discovered testimony provides brutal new details about Nazi medical experiments on concentration camp prisoners, including reportedly locking one man inside a glass cage with thousands of mosquitoes in order to infect him with malaria. An archivist recently stumbled upon an undated, three-page deposition submitted by a Jewish survivor of several concentration camps while… More ▸

  • Mort Zuckerman launches $100M program to foster US-Israel scientific collaboration

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Media tycoon Mortimer Zuckerman is launching a $100 million program promoting scientific collaboration between the United States and Israel. The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program, announced Monday at a New York event that featured Gov. Andrew Cuomo and with several Nobel laureates on hand, promises to provide over $100 million in scholarships… More ▸

  • Netanyahu orders ramped-up security for settlements

    (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is demanding the army create a “detailed and encompassing program” to protect West Bank settlements from terrorist attacks. Netanyahu’s order, which the Times of Israel reported on Monday, came in response to three terror attacks occurring inside settlements within eight days. Earlier Monday, two women were wounded,… More ▸