Thursday, July 02, 2020


El Al Ceases All Flights

(JNS and combined sources) Israel’s national carrier El Al Airlines has ceased all flights to and from Tel Aviv until further notice, amid a rise in COVID-19 infection both at home and abroad, as well as the company's financial crisis.

EL Al CEO Gonen Usishkin ordered all the company’s aircraft to


Iran: US Efforts to Extend UN Arms Embargo Are Endangering Nuclear Deal

(JNS) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said this week during a United Nations Security Council session that the U.S. attempts to extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran are endangering the 2015 nuclear accord.

The U.N. arms embargo was established by UNSC Resolution 2231 and is set to expire on


State Department: ‘There Must Be Justice’ for Slain Jewish Journalist Daniel Pearl

(Jackson Richman/JNS) The U.S. State Department called for “justice” one day after Pakistan’s Supreme Court refused to suspend a lower court’s ruling freeing Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was convicted of being part of the 2002 killing in Pakistan of Wall Street Journal Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl, paving the way for him to walk


Interpol Rejects Iranian Request for Trump Arrest on Murder Charges

(JNS) The International Criminal Police Organization Interpol has denied a request from Iran to issue an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump and 35 other unnamed officials whom Tehran claims were involved in the assassination of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3.


Boris Johnson: London Will Not Recognize Israeli Sovereignty

(JNS) U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Israel not to extend its sovereignty to Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley in a front-page Hebrew op-ed published by Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot.

Calling himself a “passionate defender of Israel,” Johnson said that for Israel to follow through with


Supreme Court: Exclusion of Religious Schools From Montana’s State Scholarship Program Is Unconstitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that Montana’s exclusion of religious schools, including Jewish ones, from a state scholarship program violates the U.S. Constitution.

The 5-4 decision is a win for Jewish and other religious schools.

The case started in 2015


Progressive Jamaal Bowman Set to Oust Veteran Congressman Eliot Engel

(JPost) Jamaal Bowman, a liberal Black middle-school principal, was ahead in early Democratic primary election results Tuesday in his bid to oust long-time U.S. Representative and longtime pro-Israel advocate Eliot Engel from a congressional seat representing part of New York.

New York officials said


Israel Puts Two Cities on Partial Lockdown as Coronavirus Cases Surge

(JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a partial lockdown on Tuesday on the haredi city of Elad in central Israel, and on five haredi neighborhoods in Tiberias. Non-residents are forbidden to enter the restricted zones for one week starting on Wednesday at 8 a.m., except to go to work or to take high school matriculation


Report: EU Divided Over Planned Israel Sovereignty Move

(JNS) Despite a push from Luxembourg’s foreign minister and other officials urging the European Union to strongly oppose Israel’s planned application of sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and parts of Judea and Samaria, a Reuters investigation into internal documents and interviews with more than two dozen diplomats and officials


Washington Wants Arms Embargo On Iran Extended Indefinitely

(JNS) The administration in Washington wants the arms embargo on Tehran to be extended indefinitely, U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said this week.

“We think the right policy is to have an arms embargo in


Jordan’s King Abdullah: Israeli Sovereignty Plan ‘Undermines Regional Peace and Stability’

(JNS) Jordan’s King Abdullah warned this week that Israel extending its sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and parts of Judea and Samaria would undermine regional stability.

“Any unilateral Israeli measure to annex lands in


Netanyahu Sets Aug. 1 Target to Restart International Flights

(JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week that Israel hopes to begin allowing international travel starting in August, with Greece and Cyprus being among the first authorized travel destinations.