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Replacement for UNRWA’s Ousted Gaza Director Rebukes Predecessor’s ‘Indefensible’ Admission That Israel Did Not...

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). The temporary replacement for Matthias Schmale, the Gaza director of the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency — who left the Strip after...

Netanyahu Joins Trump, Bolton, Pompeo in ‘Dustbin of History,’ Iran’s Zarif Says

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). i24 News – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday launched a bitter broadside against Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,...

UNRWA chief calls for ‘clear and unequivocal guarantees’ on staff safety in Hamas-controlled Gaza...

Phillipe Lazzarini issued a strongly-worded statement on Thursday, expressing serious concern at the “magnitude of attacks directed against the senior management of UNRWA in the Gaza...

Unknown assailants shoot at the house and car of Arab Israeli journalist Hassan Shelan

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). New York, June 3, 2021 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the shooting attack on the home and car...

Head of IDF Southern Command: ‘We’re Ready for Next Stage’ of Operation Against Hamas

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). The head of IDF Southern Command told Israel’s Channel 13 on Thursday that the IDF is preparing for “the next stage”...

Israeli Company Temi’s Robots to Be Protected by Firedome Cybersecurity in New Partnership

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). CTech – Firedome, which offers cybersecurity solutions for IoT devices, has entered a partnership with fellow Israeli company Temi to secure...

Netanyahu, Battling for Political Life, Attacks Deal to Unseat Him

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday fought back against an agreement by his political opponents for a government of left-wing,...

Jerusalem Women’s Hackathon Students Develop Image-Processing Technology to Improve Lives

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – Nearly 25 percent of senior citizens in Israel live alone, causing a potentially fatal situation when one of them...

Corporations Should Not Have the Power to Undermine the Global Battle Against COVID-19

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Originally published in Inequality.org. President Joe Biden’s support for suspending COVID-19 vaccine patents to facilitate the global production of immunologic agents is...

Israel Asks Argentina to Explain Vote at Hostile UN Forum

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – Israel’s Foreign Ministry has asked Argentina for clarifications regarding its recent support for a United Nations inquiry into the...

UNRWA Gaza Director Departs the Strip After Backlash for Saying Israel Did Not Target...

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). The Gaza director of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees on Wednesday departed the Strip and will be temporarily replaced, after...

Retired Egyptian journalist Tawfik Ghanem detained on terrorism charges

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). On May 21, 2021, Egyptian state security forces arrested Tawfik Ghanem, a retired journalist who most recently worked as the Cairo-based...

Specimen of Invasive ‘Super-Termite’ Captured in Israel, Raising Hopes of Controlling the Species

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). A specimen of an insect species so damaging that it is sometimes called the “super-termite” has been captured in Israel, giving...

Hamas Claims Iran Already Resupplying It With Thousands of Rockets

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). i24 News – The Iranian regime has reportedly begun to restock its Islamist proxy in the Gaza Strip — Hamas, which...

Iran’s Biggest Navy Ship Sinks After Fire in Gulf of Oman: Media

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Iran’s largest navy ship the Kharg sank on Wednesday after catching fire in the Gulf of Oman, but the crew were...

Former Center-Left Politician Herzog Elected Israel’s President

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Israel’s parliament on Wednesday elected former center-left politician Isaac Herzog as the country’s president, a role that is largely ceremonial but...

Israeli Defense Minister Gantz to Make Snap White House Visit to Talk Iran, US...

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz will make a snap visit to the US on Thursday for talks with the White House,...

Israel Aerospace Industries Signs a $200 Million Contract With Unnamed Asian Country

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). CTech – Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on Tuesday that it has recently signed a $200 million contract to provide unmanned...

Egypt Invites Mahmoud Abbas to Lead Palestinian Reconciliation Talks in Cairo

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). i24 News – Egyptian media on Tuesday reported that the Egyptian government has invited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to lead...

Israel Announces Lifting of Nearly All Pandemic Restrictions

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – Israel’s government announced on Tuesday that it was lifting most public restrictions connected to the coronavirus pandemic. “This decision was...

Netanyahu Challenge to Legality of Rival’s PM Bid is Rebuffed

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). A last-gasp legal challenge by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to thwart a bid by a rival rightist to head a...

Terrorist Neutralized After Infiltrating Into Israel From Gaza

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – An Israeli security officer sustained light wounds on Sunday after intercepting an armed Palestinian man who had infiltrated into...

2,000-Year-Old Roman Basilica, the Largest in Israel, Discovered in Ashkelon

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). The Israel Antiquities Authority said that the basilica was first discovered in the 1920s by British archaeologist John Garstang, who covered...

National Geographic Names Haifa Professor as an ‘Emerging Explorer’

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). CTech – National Geographic has announced that it has named Dr. Aviad Scheinin from the University of Haifa as one of...