Facebook’s new ‘Safety Check’ tool tells loved ones you’re safe

New function on your Facebook account alerts family & friends back home that you’re safe, in the event of a catastrophe or natural disaster.


As authorities in Nepal continue the hunt for missing trekkers, Facebook launched a new feature to help users let loved ones know they are safe when disaster strikes.

Screenshots of the 'Safety Check' feature on Facebook.

The “Safety Check” tool allows users to “let friends and family know you’re safe; check on others in the affected area; and mark your friends as safe,” Facebook said Wednesday in a press release.

The social media giant started developing the tool after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, it said. Continue Reading »

Giuliani: Met’s Klinghoffer “opera is factually inaccurate & extraordinarily damaging”

“This murder was ordered, organized, & planned. It was not the act of people feeling oppressed. This was the act of an organized group seeking int’l recognition, moral equivalency, & money.”…. hundreds of millions of dollars going to Arafat, some of which is with Mrs. Arafat in the South of France & most of which never got to the people it was intended to help—the Palestinians.

By Gil Ronen


Former New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani has penned an article in The Daily Beast in which he explains why he joined a demonstration outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday night before the first performance of the opera “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani – Flash 90

As a story attempting to recount the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, “the opera is factually inaccurate and extraordinarily damaging to an appropriate description of the problems in Israel and Palestine, and of terrorism in general,” he wrote. Continue Reading »

East Jerusalem Arabs riot in neighborhood after Jews move in

Arab residents in Silwan complain they are being driven out after Jews bought 6 properties in the Jerusalem neighborhood last month.

By Noam (Dabul) Dvir, News Agencies



Arab residents in East Jerusalem on Monday night threw Molotov cocktails and firecrackers at a building in Silwan into which nine Jewish families moved the night before. No one was hurt and no damage was caused.

Israeli police guard the entrance to house in Silwan that Jewish settlers moved into (Photo: AP)

Israeli police guard the entrance to house in Silwan that Jewish settlers moved into – Photo: AP

Police and Border Police forces disperse the rioters using crowd dispersal means. A Molotov cocktail found by police was taken to a forensics lab for testing. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Defense Minister at UN to Defend Israel Against False Hamas Allegations

Analysis: Defense Minister Ya’alon will have to chronicle to Ban Ki-moon the list of war crimes committed by Hamas & other Gaza terror organizations, and defend Israel against false claims.

By Mark Langfan, A7 UN Reporter


Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who is on a five-day visit to the US, came to the United Nations’ headquarters in New York City Monday to begin to fight the ultimate battle of the Hamas-Israel War that began in the summer of 2014.

Yaalon with Ban

Yaalon with Ban – Photo: Sarah Brittany Somerset/UN

Now, long after the guns fell silent in Gaza, Ya’alon has perhaps the toughest of all fights: explaining to an extremely skeptical and biased United Nations that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fought the Gaza War in accordance with “international law.”

Here, on a beautiful, crisp, sunny autumn day, on the 38th Floor of the UN Secretariat Building with spectacular views, thousands of miles from Israel and Hamas, Ya’alon first shook hands with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Continue Reading »

UN, EU & US Ignores Western Aid Finances Renewed Hamas Preparations for Future Terror Attacks

After world pledges over $5 billions to rebuild Gaza, the West talks of renewed peace negotiations when they know for a fact, past aid money went to building tunnels, and are fairly certain Hamas is again brazenly restoring terror tunnels with western financial assistance.

By Israel Today Staff


An official Hamas newspaper, Al-Risalah, openly and proudly acknowledged this week that the terror group had renewed the digging of attack tunnels connecting the Gaza Strip to targeted Jewish communities in southern Israel.

A Hamas tunnel digger inside a terror tunnel. – Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

And this just days after the international community pledged billions of dollars to Hamas-ruled Gaza, and while Western leaders are again putting pressure on Israel to restart peace talks with a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas.

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Israel’s Agreement to Sell $700 Million in Natural Gas to Egypt Awaits Gov’t Approval

Israel’s Tamar gas field’s partners announced signed letter of intent to sell 5 billion m3 of gas valued at $700 million to Egypt over the next 3 years, awaits final approval by Israel & Egypt.

By Hezi Sternlicht, Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff


The partners in Israel’s offshore Tamar gas field announced Sunday that they have signed a memorandum of understanding for the sale of at least 5 billion cubic meters of gas to Egypt’s Dolphinus Holdings over the next three years, via an old pipeline built to send gas in the other direction.

The Tamar offshore drilling site [Archive] – Photo: Albatross

Energy industry experts hedged Monday that the deal could be worth some $700 million.

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Jewish Condemnation at US Federal Gov’t for Compensating Deported Convicted Nazis with $Millions


Jewish world outraged: Convicted Nazi war criminals who immigrated to America, hiding & lying about their past, were subsequently expelled from the US, but collected millions in social security payments.



Revelations that the United States currently pays social security and other benefits to concentration camp guards and others involved in carrying out the Holocaust has scandalized the Jewish world, eliciting harsh condemnations from many quarters.


The entrance to the Auschwitz death camp. – Photo: REUTERS

That such payments continue to be made to participants in the Nazi genocide who were deported from the US due to their crimes was revealed by the Associated Press on Monday, following an extensive investigation. Continue Reading »

Hamas source tells Turkish press: Israel seized bodies of 2 Hamas fighters in Gaza war

The Palestinian sources told Turkish news agency that a subsequent Hamas investigation revealed 2 of their elite fighters fell in battle with IDF troops near Khan Younis.

By Ynet


Palestinian sources on Sunday told Turkish news agency Anatolia that Israel is holding the bodies of two Hamas field commanders missing since the end of the 50-day conflict in Gaza during the summer.

Hamas fighters during the Gaza conflict (Photo: Reuters)

Hamas fighters during the Gaza conflict – Photo: Reuters

According to the sources, Anatolia said, the fate of the two bodies, both belonging to members of Hamas’ military wing, was uncovered after a month-long intensive investigation.

The Palestinian sources named the Hamas men as Basel Abu al-Naja, and Ibrahim al-Amur, saying they were both members of the Hamas elite forces, the news agency said. Continue Reading »

Israeli rowing team makes debut near Harvard University

One of the team members, Moran Samuel, is a para-rowing champion who was on Israel’s national women’s basketball team, before she suffered a stroke at 24.



For the first time, an Israeli rowing team is being represented in the Head of the Charles Regatta, the world’s largest two-day rowing event.


Rowing World Cup on lake Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland, July 8, 2011 – Photo: AP

The event was being held Saturday and Sunday on the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass.

The annual event attracts over 11,000 athletes from around the world and 400,000 spectators who line the banks and bridges of the river near Harvard University.

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9 Jewish Yemenite families return to Jerusalem neighborhood ancestors expelled from

Despite the fact the homes were purchased  legally in a Jerusalem neighborhood where Jews were expelled from by the Jordanians in 1948, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said “the US condemns the recent occupation of residential buildings in the neighborhood of Silwan.”

By Oranit Etzer, Ari Yashar


After a similar move last month led to American condemnation and Arab riots, nine Jewish families on Sunday night moved into their newly purchased homes in Jerusalem’s Shiloach (known as Silwan by local Arabs) neighborhood.

Home purchased by Jews in City of David

Home purchased by Jews in City of David – Photo: Arieh King – Facebook

The neighborhood is located adjacent to the City of David, an area thought to be the heart of the Jewish capital in Biblical times located just south of the Old City. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Prime Minister: We will continue building in Jerusalem, Israel’s capital

Israeli leader says construction benefits Jews and Arabs alike, “for Jerusalemites of all religions.”

By i24news



Israel’s construction in Jerusalem will continue, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, stressing that “we are building for Jews and Arabs alike, for Jerusalemites of all religions.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – PMO

Netanyahu spoke at a ceremony in the Israeli capital marking the unveiling of a new road named after the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, famous for his hawkish views.

Championing the legacy of the late premier, whose son Yair serves in Netanyahu’s government as the Minister of Agriculture, the leader said that Shamir “emphasized at every turn our obligation to safeguard Jerusalem’s unity.

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Israelis go out of their way to save stranded Nepal trekkers


One healthcare worker says the locals are “amazed” at solidarity among the Israelis.
• Israel’s Harel Insurance charters helicopter to airlift Israelis
• IDF, Magen David Adom, & other organizations dispatch specialists in search & rescue of Israelis

By Shlomo Cesana, Eli Leon, Nitzi Yakov, Meital Yasur Beit-Or, Ilan Gattegno


The Nepalese government’s search and rescue operation in the Himalayas has entered its fifth day, less than a week after hundreds of trekkers were caught off guard by a blizzard and an avalanche in the popular Annapurna Range.

Israelis embraced each other in Katmandu after being rescued from the Annapurna Range – Photo: AFP

Nepalese authorities have confirmed the death of 43 people, including 3 Israelis.

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Nazi-inspired beauty pageant seeks the most anti-Semitic of the Baltic states

Nazi fanaticism is thriving in the Baltic States. Last week Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that a trend of “open neo-Nazism” is becoming “commonplace” in  the Baltic states as well as Latvia & Ukraine.



A Nazi-inspired beauty pageant dubbed “Miss Hitler 2014″ is calling for attractive women to participate in the contest held on the Russian equivalent to Facebook .

Alina Veronina from Miss Hitler 2014 Contest - Photo: VKONTAKTE‏

From Miss Hitler 2014 Contest – Alina Voronina from Moscow is the Miss Hitler for you. As a young child, Voronina became infatuated with the Third Reich when she studied World War II. Now she is intently focused on Holocaust revisionism.

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Hamas’ leader, who calls for Israel’s destruction, had daughter in Tel Aviv Hospital

The daughter of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, was admitted to a Tel Aviv hospital in October after suffering complications from routine procedure performed in Gaza.

By Reuters



A daughter of the leader of Hamas in Gaza was admitted to an Israeli hospital for emergency medical treatment this month after she suffered complications from a routine procedure, two sources familiar with the case said.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh ( AFP )

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh – Photo: AFP

Ismail Haniyeh’s daughter’s week-long admission to a hospital in Tel Aviv – which Israeli and Palestinian officials declined to confirm or deny – shows humanitarian coordination between the sides continues just weeks after the Gaza war ended. Continue Reading »

Israeli Physician joined Islamic State, Killed in Combat

Dr. Othman Abdel-Kian, a resident at the Barzilai Medical Center, was killed in fighting according to Arab media sources.


A doctor who worked as an intern at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon joined the Islamic State, the hospital confirmed on Sunday.

ISIS fighters in Raqqa, Syria.

Fighters from the Islamic State marching in Raqqa, Syria, January 2014. – Photo: AP

Arab media outlets reported that the doctor, Othman Abdel-Kian, was killed while fighting with the terrorist group.

Abdel-Kian, said to be a 26-year-old resident from the Bedouin village of Hura, completed his medical studies in Jordan and passed the tests to receive a temporary medical license to practice in Israel.

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