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Barney Breen-Portnoy is the Washington, D.C.-based managing editor of The Algemeiner. He previously worked in Tel Aviv, Israel as a journalist and served in the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. Barney holds a BA degree in Government and History from the University of Virginia. He can be reached at Follow Barney on Twitter @bbreenportnoy.

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August 23, 2017 9:22 am

Netanyahu to Putin: Iran’s Growing Military Presence in Syria Threatens Israel, Middle East and Entire World

At a sit-down in Sochi with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a growing risk to international security posed...

August 21, 2017 3:48 pm

Yavne Supermarket Stabbing Victim Recalls Attack, Says Terrorist Asked Him Where Bathroom Was 15 Minutes Prior

Three weeks after being critically wounded by a knife-wielding Palestinian terrorist at a supermarket in Yavne, Niv Nehemiah has spoken to the media for the...

August 17, 2017 3:25 pm

Israeli Political Figures, Jewish Groups Across Globe Condemn Deadly Barcelona Terrorist Attack

Israeli political figures and US Jewish groups issued condemnations on Thursday of the deadly attack in Barcelona in which a terrorist plowed a vehicle into pedestrians...

August 16, 2017 4:11 pm

Queens Museum Reverses Decision to Cancel Anniversary Celebration of UN Resolution Establishing State of Israel

The news of the abrupt reversal on Wednesday of the Queens Museum's decision to renege on a deal to host an upcoming event celebrating the 70th anniversary...

August 16, 2017 12:51 pm

Israeli, Czech Special Forces Soldiers Conduct Joint Urban Warfare Training Exercise

Over the past two weeks, Israeli and Czech special forces soldiers conducted a joint urban warfare training exercise at the Tze’elim base in the Negev...

August 15, 2017 4:30 pm

Israeli Crowdfunding Campaign Raises 1 Million Shekels for Policewoman Paralyzed in Jerusalem Terror Attack

An Israeli crowdfunding campaign on behalf of a policewoman who was paralyzed by a Palestinian terrorist in Jerusalem last year has reached its goal of...

August 13, 2017 12:07 pm

Mossad Chief: Middle East ‘Changing for the Worse,’ Iran Threat Growing Post-Nuclear Deal

The regional threat posed by Iran is growing, Mossad chief Yossi Cohen told Israeli cabinet ministers on Sunday, according to media reports. The Middle East is...

August 13, 2017 10:06 am

American Jewish Groups and Leaders Unite in Condemnation of White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville

The violence perpetrated by white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend has drawn across-the-board condemnation from prominent American Jewish groups and leaders. “It is utterly...

August 11, 2017 3:08 pm

Trio of Top Trump Administration Officials, Including Kushner, to Return Soon to Middle East as Part of Ongoing Bid to Revive Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

A trio of top Trump administration officials -- including the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner -- will soon travel to the Middle East...

August 11, 2017 2:46 pm

Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science Ranked Sixth Worldwide in Annual Innovation Index

The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot was ranked sixth in an annual innovation index that was published this week by Nature. The Israeli public research university...

August 10, 2017 2:19 pm

Residents of Southern Israel Welcome Construction of New, Technologically-Advanced Barrier on Gaza Border

Israelis who live near the Gaza Strip are welcoming the construction of a new technologically-advanced border wall, the Hebrew news site Ynet reported on Thursday. The...

August 9, 2017 3:36 pm

Israeli Envoy: We Won’t Let UN Agencies Become Branches of Hamas

Israel will not permit United Nations agencies to “become branches of the Hamas terrorist organization,” the Jewish state’s envoy to the global body vowed on...

August 9, 2017 1:50 pm

IDF Honors Off-Duty Soldier Who Took Down Halamish Terrorist

Staff Sgt. I. -- the off-duty Israeli solider who shot the Palestinian terrorist who murdered three members of the Salomon family in Halamish last month...

August 8, 2017 3:13 pm

New Report Finds 85% of Israelis Feel Safe Walking Around Their Neighborhoods Alone at Night

A vast majority of Israelis -- around 85% (93% of men and 77% of women) -- feel safe walking around their neighborhoods alone at night,...


Jay-Z Refutes Accusations of Antisemitic Lyrics: ‘It Was an Exaggeration’

Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z has slammed claims that lyrics on his recently released album included...

Hollywood Pays Tribute to Iconic Jewish Comic Jerry Lewis Following His Death at Age 91

A number of celebrities shared tributes to comedic legend Jerry Lewis, who died...

Israel’s Sam Spiegel School Named One of World’s Best Film Academies

The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School has been named one of the...


Palestinian Authority Payments to Terrorists Far Exceed Regular Welfare Payments

Palestinian terrorists and their families are receiving far higher payments than Palestinian welfare...

Jewish Beard Growers Strive to Be the Face of Global Facial Hair Showdown - Visitors to the Otto Weidt Workshop for the Blind Museum in Berlin often meet Haim...

With Kurdistan, Israel May Gain ‘Stable, Tolerant’ Ally in Fight Against Islamic Extremism - During the last several years, Israel has witnessed the crumbling...


What’s in a Translation? Atlanta School Reflects on ‘Mein Kampf...

Students at a prestigious independent school in Atlanta are reaching the end of a hot summer embroiled in a controversy...


Israeli PM Netanyahu Meets With Visiting Bipartisan US Congressional Delega... - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Tuesday with a bipartisan delegation from the US Congress, thanking the lawmakers for...

Middle East

Lebanese Beauty Queen Stripped of Title After Israel Visit Revealed – A winner of a Lebanese beauty pageant has been stripped of her title after it was revealed she visited Israel. Dual Swedish-Lebanese citizen Amanda Hanna, who won the Miss Lebanon...