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 2020-11-24 10:41 

Times of Israel

Marijuana plants seized from Argentine synagogue's courtyard...

Mayor says historic synagogue in Medanos not at fault as people took advantage of free space with historic site closed due to pandemicMayor says historic synagogue in Medanos not at fault as people took advantage of free space with historic site closed du...

 2020-11-24 10:27 

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California high schoolers face anti-Semitic harassment for 2nd time this term...

Tamalpais Union district near San Francisco takes action after social media users deny Holocaust, make threats in repeated incidentTamalpais Union district near San Francisco takes action after social media users deny Holocaust, make threats in repeated i...

 2020-11-24 10:18 

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Leave your chutzpah at home, branding expert advises Israelis as UAE ties beckon...

Joanna Landau, founder of a nonprofit that seeks to showcase Israel and increase its global brand, offers dos and don't for businesspeople eyeing the EmiratesJoanna Landau, founder of a nonprofit that seeks to showcase Israel and increase its global b...

 2020-11-24 10:17 

Times of Israel

Dutch right-wing politician resigns in wake of party's anti-Semitism scandal...

After members of Forum for Democracy youth group shared Nazi songs and praised Nazi propaganda, Thierry Baudet quits, protesting calls to kick offenders out before review completedAfter members of Forum for Democracy youth group shared Nazi songs and prai...

 2020-11-24 10:15 

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COVID-19 vaccines offer hope as world leaders plan for future...

Some nations ease restrictions while others continue to struggle ahead of Thanksgiving and Christmas; WHO leader warns drugs must be distributed fairlySome nations ease restrictions while others continue to struggle ahead of Thanksgiving and Christmas; WH...

 2020-11-24 10:04 

Times of Israel

Qantas is 1st airline to say it'll require COVID vaccine for international trips...

Australian carrier says conditions for travel will change when shot is available; International Air Transport Association in final stages of developing digital health passAustralian carrier says conditions for travel will change when shot is available; In...

 2020-11-24 09:46 

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Netanyahu says Bahraini crown prince invited him to Manama in 'near future'...

A week after first-ever visit to Jewish state by Gulf island's foreign minister, PM says he will accept invitation 'with pleasure'A week after first-ever visit to Jewish state by Gulf island's foreign minister, PM says he will accept invit...

 2020-11-24 09:41 

Times of Israel

Bucking widespread fear, experts say Israel not on the cusp of a 3rd COVID wave...

The transmission rate has been rising but the full picture is less alarming than it seems, with outbreaks highly localized and most of the country 'shining green'The transmission rate has been rising but the full picture is less alarming than it s...

 2020-11-24 09:37 

Times of Israel

Daily cases swell to highest level in a month as grades 5-6 return to class...

300,000 kids head back to school; task force notes rise in hospitalizations not linked to testing; health chief warns against easing too many restrictions300,000 kids head back to school; task force notes rise in hospitalizations not linked to testing; he...

 2020-11-24 09:15 

Times of Israel

'This is going nowhere': Gantz, Netanyahu shout at each other at cabinet meeting...

In latest manifestation of coalition crisis, debate over pandemic response said to devolve into recriminations; Likud minister says he expects Knesset to be dissolved in DecemberIn latest manifestation of coalition crisis, debate over pandemic response sa...

 2020-11-24 08:34 

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Pittsburgh teacher's sidewalk math is fun neighborhood equalizer...

Pedestrians can chalk their brightened days up to award-winning educator Leslie Frischman, whose colorful underfoot brain teasers bring pandemic-distanced residents togetherPedestrians can chalk their brightened days up to award-winning educator Leslie Fr...

 2020-11-24 07:00 

Times of Israel

Saudi Arabia put on list of 'green' countries, sparing Netanyahu quarantine...

Health Ministry reportedly adds Gulf nation to list at Foreign Ministry's behest; travelers from Bahrain also exempted from self-isolationHealth Ministry reportedly adds Gulf nation to list at Foreign Ministry's behest; travelers from Bahrain also...

 2020-11-24 06:47 

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Residents try to jump from windows as fire engulfs Jerusalem residential complex...

One man lightly injured after leaping from 1st floor, others suffer from smoke inhalation; fire chief says buildings had number of risk factors that worsened severity of blazeOne man lightly injured after leaping from 1st floor, others suffer from smoke i...

 2020-11-24 04:38 

Times of Israel

Coronavirus cabinet approves plan to reopen schools in most areas...

High schools in green and yellow areas will reopen on Sunday, while middle schools will follow a week later; ministers also call for pilot plan to reopen marketsHigh schools in green and yellow areas will reopen on Sunday, while middle schools will follow...

 2020-11-24 04:05 

Times of Israel

Where Blinken stands on Jewish issues, from immigration to Israel...

Nominee for US secretary of state has a world view shaped by both his heritage and his decades of foreign policy serviceNominee for US secretary of state has a world view shaped by both his heritage and his decades of foreign policy service...

 2020-11-24 03:17 

Times of Israel

In tapping Blinken, Biden will be served by confidante with deep Jewish roots...

Secretary of state nominee's work with president-elect spans decades and while the two sparred with Israel over Iran, they remain guided by fundamental support for Jewish stateSecretary of state nominee's work with president-elect spans decades an...

 2020-11-24 02:41 

Times of Israel

Amid criticism, Dianne Feinstein steps down as top Judiciary Democrat...

Veteran California senator under fire for handling of Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearings; Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin to seek postionVeteran California senator under fire for handling of Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirm...

 2020-11-24 01:44 

Times of Israel

Amid virus crisis, Knesset unanimously votes to freeze pay raises for lawmakers...

Opposition leader Yair Lapid calls automatic annual pay increase for Knesset members 'scandalous,'; calls upon MK's to 'strengthen the public trust in the Knesset'Opposition leader Yair Lapid calls automatic annual pay increase for Knes...

 2020-11-24 00:58 

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In bumbling speech, Netanyahu accidently says 'women are animals... with rights'...

During plea to end violence against women, PM goes off on a tangent about animal rights and ends up appearing to equate the twoDuring plea to end violence against women, PM goes off on a tangent about animal rights and ends up appearing to equate the two...

 2020-11-23 23:48 

Times of Israel

Trump directs team to begin aiding Biden transition, but vows to keep up fight...

President's tweet comes as General Services Administration finally determines Biden is 'apparent winner' and will start giving him access to federal resources for transitionPresident's tweet comes as General Services Administration finally...

 2020-11-23 23:13 

Times of Israel

High Court upholds light plea deal for soldier who killed Palestinian...

Court says it lacks justification to intervene in military plea bargain that hands soldier 3 months community service for wrongfully shooting two Palestinians, killing oneCourt says it lacks justification to intervene in military plea bargain that hands s...

 2020-11-23 22:23 

Times of Israel

Biden to tap Janet Yellen as first woman to lead US treasury...

Yellen, 74, previously served as Federal Reserve chair where she shifted focus from inflation to bringing down unemployment, she will be 3rd Jewish treasury secretary in a rowYellen, 74, previously served as Federal Reserve chair where she shifted focus f...

 2020-11-23 21:57 

Times of Israel

Cop to face disciplinary action, not criminal charges, for hurling bucket at boy...

Police Internal Investigations Department says excessive force used during attempted arrest last month in Haredi town of Beitar Illit; lawyer slams decision, vows legal fightPolice Internal Investigations Department says excessive force used during attemp...

 2020-11-23 21:50 

Times of Israel

Egyptian singer to face charges over photos with Israelis...

Mohamed Ramadan accused of causing 'offense' to Egyptians after he was seen in picture with singer Omer Adam and soccer player Diaa SabiaMohamed Ramadan accused of causing 'offense' to Egyptians after he was seen in picture with singer Ome...

 2020-11-23 21:09 

Times of Israel

Israeli conscientious objector released from military prison...

Army board accepts that 19-year-old Hallel Rabin's pacifism is sincere, not driven by 'political considerations'Army board accepts that 19-year-old Hallel Rabin's pacifism is sincere, not driven by 'political considerations'...

 2020-11-23 20:46 

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Netanyahu, Pompeo hoped for normalization, but Saudis said no — report...

Security officials said to fume after PM keeps them in the dark about trip to enemy state for secret meeting with crown princeSecurity officials said to fume after PM keeps them in the dark about trip to enemy state for secret meeting with crown prince...

 2020-11-23 20:21 

Times of Israel

Health official warns COVID-19 'getting out of control' in Gaza strip...

Number of confirmed cases in densely populated, Hamas-controlled enclave stands at 15,457, including 69 deathsNumber of confirmed cases in densely populated, Hamas-controlled enclave stands at 15,457, including 69 deaths...

 2020-11-23 19:00 

Times of Israel

US president-elect nominates Latino Jew as Homeland Security secretary...

In 2016, Alejandro Mayorkas expressed worries over 'ascension of anti-Semitism and hate crimes,' said threats to Jewish communities 'keep me up at night'In 2016, Alejandro Mayorkas expressed worries over 'ascension of anti-Semitism and...

 2020-11-23 19:00 

Times of Israel

Biden announces Blinken as secretary of state, John Kerry as climate envoy...

President-elect announces new national security team members with Linda Thomas-Greenfield named next UN envoy, Avril Haines to become first woman director of National IntelligencePresident-elect announces new national security team members with Linda Thom...

 2020-11-23 18:59 

Times of Israel

Israel to receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as early as December report...

Medical personnel to be vaccinated first, with general population possibly facing winter with no immunizationMedical personnel to be vaccinated first, with general population possibly facing winter with no immunization...

 2020-11-23 18:25 

Times of Israel

UAE to open to Israelis in coming weeks, before visa-waiver deal takes effect...

As mutual program will take at least 30 days to begin, Foreign Ministry says Emiratis will allow airlines to grant permits electronically; El Al announces flights from December 13As mutual program will take at least 30 days to begin, Foreign Ministry says...

 2020-11-23 17:33 

Times of Israel

Saudis constantly weighing normalization with Israel, visiting US official says...

Assistant secretary of state refuses to comment on Netanyahu's meeting with crown prince, but says Riyadh's drive for reforms would require joining Abraham AccordsAssistant secretary of state refuses to comment on Netanyahu's meeting with crow...

 2020-11-23 17:04 

Times of Israel

In threat to Iran, US sends heavy bombers to Middle East via Israel...

Move comes amid reports and speculation Trump administration may take military action against Tehran before Biden enters officeMove comes amid reports and speculation Trump administration may take military action against Tehran before Biden enters office...

 2020-11-23 17:04 

Times of Israel

US House progressives urge Pompeo to decry Israel's razing of Palestinian hamlet...

40 lawmakers sign letter slamming 'violation of international law' they say was made possible by US silence, demanding to know if US-sourced equipment was used in demolition40 lawmakers sign letter slamming 'violation of international law'...

 2020-11-23 16:01 

Times of Israel

Netanyahu, Gantz trade fire on submarine inquiry as coalition collapse looms...

After defense minister forms inquiry committee into Case 3000, Likud raps his 'shameful use' of IDF; Deri apparently walks back vow that Gantz will be PMAfter defense minister forms inquiry committee into Case 3000, Likud raps his 'shameful us...

 2020-11-23 15:47 

Times of Israel

Upping pressure on Blue and White, Lapid vows no-confidence vote next week...

As defense minister and Netanyahu race to the brink, opposition leader says 'nothing good will come of this government'As defense minister and Netanyahu race to the brink, opposition leader says 'nothing good will come of this government'...

 2020-11-23 15:08 

Times of Israel

Voyage to the bottom of the coalition: What the press is saying on November 23...

The government is seen as drowning after Gantz announces he is launching a probe of the submarine affair, one derided as toothless but that can still embarrass NetanyahuThe government is seen as drowning after Gantz announces he is launching a probe of th...

 2020-11-23 14:56 

Times of Israel

Despite confirmation by Saudi advisers, Riyadh FM denies prince met Netanyahu...

Hours after Israeli and US media report on meeting, Faisal bin Farhan says no Israelis were present; Netanyahu doesn't deny he flew to Gulf kingdom, but won't commentHours after Israeli and US media report on meeting, Faisal bin Farhan says no Isr...

 2020-11-23 14:12 

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Mastercard ranks Israel as best country for female entrepreneurs...

In 2020 index, Israel rises from fourth place last year; report says that women globally have borne the brunt of the pandemicIn 2020 index, Israel rises from fourth place last year; report says that women globally have borne the brunt of the pandemic...

 2020-11-23 14:04 

Times of Israel

Amid shift to work-from-home, Microsoft inaugurates gigantic new Herzliya campus...

US tech behemoth's offices touted as 'greenest in Israel'; the company is still hiring and will woo new employees with open spaces to work and playUS tech behemoth's offices touted as 'greenest in Israel'; the company is still hiri...

 2020-11-23 13:55 

Times of Israel

Israel said to send first official delegation to Sudan...

Talks on agriculture, trade, aviation and migration reportedly set to begin in Khartoum as efforts continue to shore up normalization dealTalks on agriculture, trade, aviation and migration reportedly set to begin in Khartoum as efforts continue to shore ...

 2020-11-23 13:22 

Times of Israel

Germany accuses Iran of systematically breaking nuke deal, as top diplomats meet...

Foreign ministers of Germany, France and UK convene to discuss state of moribund accord, 'strongly' call on Tehran to fulfill obligationsForeign ministers of Germany, France and UK convene to discuss state of moribund accord, 'strongly' ca...

 2020-11-23 13:08 

Times of Israel

Education minister says he'll push to open all grades starting next week...

Yoav Gallant vows to lobby for schools to reopen for grades 7-10; 5th-6th graders heading back to school Tuesday, followed a week later by 11th-12th gradersYoav Gallant vows to lobby for schools to reopen for grades 7-10; 5th-6th graders heading back to s...

 2020-11-23 12:25 

Times of Israel

Not-so-secret meeting with Saudis a major step, but don't say normalization yet...

Establishment of full diplomatic ties may need to wait for Biden to get settled in, but Netanyahu's meeting with crown prince is a significant breakthroughEstablishment of full diplomatic ties may need to wait for Biden to get settled in, but Netanyah...

 2020-11-23 12:21 

Times of Israel

Arab MKs condemn Netanyahu's Saudi visit, warn it could spark war...

Joint List lawmakers, who also opposed normalization with UAE and Bahrain, claim Trump and PM have 'nothing to lose'; Hamas demands explanation from RiyadhJoint List lawmakers, who also opposed normalization with UAE and Bahrain, claim Trump and P...

 2020-11-23 12:08 

Times of Israel

Gantz, Ashkenazi said kept in dark about Saudi Arabia trip...

Defense and foreign ministers decline to comment on reports of historic meeting between Israeli PM and Mohammad bin Salman, and on claims they weren't told ahead of timeDefense and foreign ministers decline to comment on reports of historic meeting be...

 2020-11-23 12:00 

Times of Israel

Israel-UK teams to use AI to help flag patients at risk for osteoporosis...

Israeli startup Zebra Medical Vision and Scottish consultancy Storm ID will work with UK's NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Israel's Assuta to develop the modelsIsraeli startup Zebra Medical Vision and Scottish consultancy Storm ID will work with...

 2020-11-23 11:59 

Times of Israel

Saudis confirm Netanyahu flew in for talks with crown prince on ties, Iran WSJ...

Sources in kingdom say PM flew in for several hours of discussions; no substantial agreements reached; Israel's education minister hails 'amazing achievement'Sources in kingdom say PM flew in for several hours of discussions; no substantial ag...

 2020-11-23 11:58 

Times of Israel

Germany says Iran violating nuclear deal systematically, as European FMs meet...

Top diplomats of Berlin, London and Paris convene to discuss state of moribund accord, 'strongly' call on Tehran to fulfill obligationsTop diplomats of Berlin, London and Paris convene to discuss state of moribund accord, 'strongly' call o...

 2020-11-23 11:11 

Times of Israel

He lost his mom but survived the virus. Now 'long COVID' is wrecking him again...

Shlomi Tova, 46, hoped for health on leaving the pain and isolation of virus ward, where adults 'cry like babies,' but he's one of many crushed by seemingly unshakable aftereffectsShlomi Tova, 46, hoped for health on leaving the pain and isola...

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