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Report: Swedish synagogue attackers are Syrian and Palestinian

The Swedish police on Wednesday extended the arrests of two of the three suspects who were arrested in connection with Saturday”s firebomb attack on a synagogue in Gothenburg, Israel”s Channel 10 News reported. The police say at least ten people took part in the attack, but it is not clear at this stage whether there […]

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German President: Racism and hatred have no place in Germany

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday morning received a phone call from President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, during which President Steinmeier conveyed his sincere condemnation of what he noted were deeply distressing expressions of anti-Semitism witnessed during a wave of anti-Israel activities in Berlin over the last week. Of note, during demonstrations against US President […]

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Haredi radicals defame Rabbi Shteinman, celebrate his death

While hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Bnei Brak to mourn the passing of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Steinman on Tuesday, some radical haredi anti-draft activists celebrated his death, with posters hailing the death of one of the most widely respected decisors of Jewish law in the haredi world as a “great event”. Followers of […]

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‘Fake news’ and its purveyors

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — At a first reading, most Israelis appear to share President Trump’s views about fake news. According to a poll commissioned by the respected Israel Democracy Institute, only 28% of Israelis polled trust the media. However, this view seems to be based less on personal impressions and more on what […]

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Two-state solution still viable after Trump’s declaration

By Alon Ben-Meir NEW YORK — I was in Israel when Trump made his announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Initially, I thought Israelis would pour out into the streets celebrating this ‘historic’ moment, but other than small chatter here and there, and some expressions of jubilation, not much else gripped the nation. On the […]

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UK Labour leader says he opposes BDS

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the British Labour party, said Wednesday he does not support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, but does back targeted action against Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. Corbyn”s spokesman clarified the Labour leader”s position after a cabinet split emerged over the issue when Kate Osamor, the […]

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PA’s anti-Israel spokesman seeks treatment in Israeli hospital

A senior Palestinian Authority negotiator and a perennial critic of Israel was spotted recently at an Israeli hospital. Saeb Erekat earlier this year blasted US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman for claiming that Jewish communities built in beyond the pre-1967 Green Line were part of Israel, including Jewish neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem. Erekat, who serves […]

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Israel hits Gaza after rocket fire: army

Israel’s air force hit the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers early Wednesday after Palestinians fired at southern Israel on Monday, the army said. Late Tuesday night the military said that an undefined “projectile” was fired from Gaza towards southern Israel. A spokeswoman told AFP that it was “very probably” a rocket but that it was not […]

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Protesters burn Israeli flags in Vancouver

Pro-Palestinian protesters who demonstrated in Vancouver against U.S. President Donald Trump”s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel”s capital burned Israeli flags, the Canadian Jewish News reported on Tuesday. The protests took place in downtown Vancouver on December 8 and 9, and were held in front of the U.S. consulate and the Vancouver Art Gallery, according to […]

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‘Arabs rioted – and Jewish residents defended themselves’

[video:2036146] Tzvi Sukkot, Chairman of the ring-wing Otzma Yehudit organization, was an eyewitness to an occurrence this afternoon during which residents of the community of Yitzhar in Samaria entered the Arab village of Burin. While Israeli media had initially reported that some 40 “masked settlers” had entered the village and “started throwing stones” without providing […]

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Arab outpost was built on privately owned Jewish land

The State has agreed with petitioners that an illegal Arab outpost was built on privately owned Jewish land in Samaria. The illegal outpost was built by the Ramadin tribe near the Jewish town of Alfei Menashe in western Samaria. The land in question belongs to the Himnuta organization, a subsidiary of the Jewish National Fund. […]

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Ancient Jewish town from Hasmonean period discovered

Coins, pottery, and ritual baths recently uncovered revealed a Hasmonean-era Jewish town at the Susya in Mount Hevron. The findings are surprising in light of historical reports about Hasmonean activity to convert the Edomites who lived in the region, in year 112 BCE. The discovery a settlement site from the time of the Hasmonean Kingdom […]

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Istanbul Hosts Summit Against Trump’s Jerusalem Recognition

Twenty-two leaders in the Islamic world are due to gather in Istanbul Wednesday in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The meeting comes as unrest in the Middle East continues, along with growing criticism over the Jerusalem move. The gathering is under the auspices of the […]

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Palestinians have right to east Jerusalem as capital: Saudi king

Palestinians have the right to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital, Saudi King Salman said Wednesday, echoing calls at an Islamic summit in Istanbul from which he had stayed away. “The kingdom has called for a political solution to resolve regional crises, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue and the restoration of the Palestinian […]

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