Tuesday, September 22, 2020


Israel’s ‘Ofek 16’ Spy Satellite Sends Back First Images From Orbit

(Israel Hayom via JNS) A week after the successful July 6 launch of Israel’s “Ofek 16” spy satellite, the country’s Defense Ministry and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) reported that the satellite’s camera is operational and that the first images transmitted to the ground control center were of “excellent” quality.


Cases Spike, Stomachs Rumble: New COVID-19 Wave Leaves Israelis Scrambling for Food

Israel’s coronavirus cases are at an all-time high. We’ve entered a harsh new reality, and it’s not just a story of health, it’s a story of hunger too. We’re entering a second wave of want.

It’s a disaster for many thousands who could well be headed toward hunger. Already,


Camp Seneca Lake Delays Opening After Counselor Tests Positive for COVID-19

(JL Staff and combined sources) Camp Seneca Lake, located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, was forced to delay its 2020 opening by a few days when a counselor tested positive for the coronavirus upon arriving at camp for staff orientation last week.

The camp, which was set to receive campers beginning on July


NY Judge Denies Permission for Sleepaway Camps to Operate

(Vosizneias and combined sources) This week, a federal judge ruled against the Association of Jewish Camp Operators (AJCO) and upheld New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to close New York sleepaway camps this summer.



Ezras Nashim Granted License to Operate Ambulance in Brooklyn

(JL Staff and combined sources) Ezras Nashim, the first all-female volunteer EMT team, was granted a license this week by a state administrative judge to operate an ambulance in Brooklyn’s Boro Park and Kensington sections. This ruling reverses a decision handed down in November 2019 by


Israeli Researchers Develop 30-Minute Coronavirus Test

(Ynetnews) An Israeli start-up company has developed a coronavirus testing kit that provides results within 30 minutes. The kit is designed to detect the pathogen at its early stages, and has proven to have a 90% success rate in identifying COVID-19 carriers.

The kit’s components give it the ability to


ALEH Dedicates Garden in Memory of Rhoda Fischer, z”l

(Courtesy of ALEH) On Sunday, July 5, ALEH (www.ALEH.org), Israel’s network of care for individuals with severe complex disabilities, hosted a virtual memorial ceremony and dedication to honor the life and legacy of Rhoda Fischer, z”l, who advocated passionately for the advancement of disability care and


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