Israel admits U.S. arrivals despite virus restrictions for second time in week

By Itay Blumenthal, Ynetnews— Dozens of passengers traveling from the United States were allowed entry to Israel on Thursday, despite regulations requiring any non-nationals to enter a 14-day quarantine at a state-run facility. It is the second time in days that such a breach has happened. According to health regulations that came into effect overnight…

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Colleges and Title VI: Stopping Anti-Semitism

By Sarah Stern, Emet— “Never underestimate the power of ideas. Philosophical concepts nurtured in the stillness of a professor’s study could destroy a civilization” – Heinrich Heine Among the manifestations of contemporary anti-Semitism are its ubiquitous nature, and its emergence in some of the least expected places. One might expect it, perhaps, in a working-class…

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Red Alert: What Choices will BDS Enthusiasts Make?

The COVID-19 Virus continues to haunt every nation, every people– nearly every corner of the globe. In so doing it has crippled life as we know it with stay-at-home and quarantine orders. Not only has it disrupted life, including freedom of movement and assembly, it has been crippling economies. Certain sectors, however, are flouring to…

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Southwestern Ends Largest Evangelical Archaeology Program

By Gordon Govier, Christianity Today— The nation’s leading evangelical archaeology program is closing, partly in response to COVID-19. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) will shut down its archaeology program in May, terminating five professors and discontinuing its degree program, which currently has more than 25 graduate students. The decision came as “part of campus-wide budgetary…

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Christian Zionism Isn’t the Caricature of Popular Imagination

By JOHN D. WILSEY, Christianity Today— Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first president baptized in office. Shortly after his inauguration, Edward L. R. Elson of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington baptized the president in a private ceremony. For several reasons, Elson was an interesting figure during America’s civil-religious awakening of the 1950s. First, he…

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Infected health minister accused of flouting rules, endangering Israel’s leaders

By Jacob Magid, Times of Israel-— Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, who tested positive for the coronavirus late Wednesday, allegedly broke his own ministry’s guidelines on social distancing by attending group prayer services in the days before he was diagnosed, a TV report said Thursday. Litzman’s positive test has forced almost all the Israeli politicians, officials,…

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Number of corona cases in Israel exceeds 8,000 as death toll continues to rise

By Maytal Yasur Beit-Or , Gadi Golan , Ariel Kahan , Efrat Forsher, Israel Hayom—- The Health Ministry on Sunday released updated figures on the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Israel, which now stands at 8,018 people. The number of deaths caused by the virus is now 48, with the latest fatality being that…

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In Effort To Curb Corona Outbreak – United Hatzalah Initiated Publicity Campaign for Charedim To Stay Home

By Raphael Poch, Israelrescue.org— United Hatzalah initiated a campaign aimed at explaining to the Charedi communities around Israel the importance of adhering to Health Ministry Regulations when it comes to Covid-19 Coronavirus. The campaign consists of tens of thousands of pashkvillim being posted in Charedi cities and communities, recorded phone calls targeting some 500,000 Charedim…

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Israel’s unemployment soars to over 1 million – one quarter of workforce

By Paul Shindman, World Israel News— The coronavirus crisis passed a new milestone Wednesday as the number of unemployed Israelis passed one million – one in every four members of the workforce, Ynet reported. The country’s previously robust economy has been sent into shock. The unemployment rate, an envious 3.4 percent in December, has rocketed…

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Coronavirus: Why Palestinian Leaders Are Not Helping Gaza to Combat It

By Bassam Tawil, Gatestone Institute— After the discovery of the first coronavirus cases in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is ignoring appeals to lift a series of sanctions it imposed on the two million Palestinians living there. Actually, the PA leadership has done virtually nothing to help the Gaza Strip confront the…

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Israel’s lockdown can be a model for Britain

By Melanie Phillips— For the past 12 days I have been under effective house arrest in Jerusalem. That’s because, just over two weeks ago, Israel started requiring everyone arriving in the country, even if they were citizens, to self-isolate for 14 days. Now all foreign visitors with no place of permanent residence are banned. My…

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