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Barney Breen-Portnoy


Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Barney:

New Group Seeks to Bolster Support for Israel in US Congress

The US Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. A new organization has been established with the goal of bolstering support for Israel in the US Congress — a task that has received greater impetus following the election last November of several representatives with unsympathetic views toward the Jewish state. The group, Pro-Israel America, announced 27 initial endorsements… → Read More

Israel’s Netanyahu to Meet Putin in Moscow Later This Month for Talks on Iran, Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, … → Read More

Top Jewish Group Laments ‘Epidemic of Antisemitism’ in Europe After Holocaust Memorial Defaced in Northern Greek City

A Holocaust memorial in the northern Greek city of Kastoria was defaced on Tuesday with black spray-paint. The white marble... → Read More

Trump’s Decision to Pull US Troops Out of Syria Draws Lukewarm Israeli Response

The Trump administration’s announcement on Wednesday that a withdrawal of US troops from Syria had begun drew a lukewarm response... → Read More

Ohio Man Arrested Over Alleged Plot to Conduct Pittsburgh-Style Shooting at Toledo Area Synagogue

A Ohio man was arrested on Friday for allegedly plotting to conduct a shooting attack at a synagogue in the Toledo... → Read More

Canadian Jewish Official: New Data Showing Sharp Rise in Antisemitic Hate Crimes in Country ‘Simply too Stark to Ignore’

Newly-published data showing a sharp rise in antisemitic incidents in Canada “is simply too stark to ignore,” the head of... → Read More

For First Time in Two Decades, Israeli Leader Visits Gulf State of Oman

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to Israel on Friday after making a secret trip to the Gulf state of Oman.... → Read More

Riding High in Polls at Home, Israeli PM Netanyahu Set to Talk Iran During Three-Nation European Swing

Iran will be at the top of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s agenda this week during a three-nation swing through... → Read More

Israeli Defense Minister: Idea of Achieving Middle East Peace Is an ‘Illusion’

The idea of achieving peace in the Middle East is an “illusion,” Israel’s defense minister said on Friday during a... → Read More

Top Azerbaijani Diplomat in US Praises Growing Ties Between Israel and Muslim World

Until recently, the close ties between Israel and Azerbaijan were something that flew under the radar, even for people who... → Read More

Mother of IDF Soldier Who Never Returned From Gaza Still Waiting to Welcome Him Home

In the summer of 2014, Zehava Shaul’s son, Oron, went off to war in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. He never... → Read More

Top Israeli Officials Celebrate Trump Administration’s Announcement of Impending Embassy Move to Jerusalem

Top Israeli officials welcomed Friday’s announcement by the Trump administration that the US Embassy in Israel will be relocated from... → Read More

Israeli Man Killed in West Bank Stabbing Attack

An Israeli man was stabbed to death on Monday in an attack at a hitchhiking post at an entrance to... → Read More

Jewish Groups Urge Warsaw to Rethink Legislation That Would Criminalize Blaming Poles for Holocaust-Era Atrocities

A number of major Jewish groups from around the globe have criticized the advancement of legislation in Poland that would... → Read More

Major Mainstream Jewish Groups Slam Trump Over Questioning of Taking Immigrants From ‘Shithole’ Countries

A number of top mainstream US Jewish groups have criticized President Donald Trump following his reported questioning on Thursday of... → Read More

On the Trail of Japanese Holocaust-Era Hero Chiune Sugihara

A picturesque hilltop in the rustic countryside of central Japan’s Gifu Prefecture is the last place one might expect to... → Read More

Security Preparations in Full Swing Ahead of Pence’s Israel Visit; Police Expect Palestinian Protests Against VP Over Jerusalem Recognition

Security preparations are in full swing in Israel ahead of US Vice President Mike Pence impending arrival on Wednesday for... → Read More

Israeli Border Police Officer Wounded by Palestinian Stabber Wearing Apparent Bomb Belt

An Israeli Border Police officer was stabbed and moderately wounded on Friday by a Palestinian assailant during a riot near... → Read More

Head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps: Any New War in Middle East Will Lead to Israel’s ‘Eradication’

Any new war in the Middle East “will lead to the eradication of the Zionist regime,” the head of Iran’s... → Read More

On 40th Anniversary of Sadat’s Jerusalem Trip, Egyptian Envoy Visits Knesset, Says There Is ‘Real Opportunity’ for Regional Peace

Egypt’s envoy to Israel visited the Knesset on Tuesday to mark the 40th anniversary of the late President Anwar Sadat’s... → Read More