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Several dead, injured in Munich shooting near site of ’72 Olympic massacre

Police officers responding to a shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) in Munich, Germany, July 22, 2016. (Joerg Koch/Getty Images)

Police officers responding to a shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) in Munich, Germany, July 22, 2016. (Joerg Koch/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Several people are dead and injured, and parts of the city are under lockdown, in what is suspected to be a terror attack near the site of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

Three gunmen are at large after opening fire at Munich’s Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall, several media outlets reported. The shooting began in a McDonald’s restaurant there shortly after 6 pm. [Read more…]


In rare call, Netanyahu offers Abbas his condolences over brother’s death

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to offer condolences on the death of Abbas’ brother.

Omar Abbas died in Qatar Thursday, with the funeral taking place on Friday. He had been suffering from cancer and had been undergoing treatment in Tel Aviv’s Assuta Medical Center, the AFP news agency reported. [Read more…]


For fifth time since May, Israeli child dies of heat in parked car

(JTA) – Following the fifth death in two months of an Israeli child who had been left in a parked car, the country’s children welfare watchdog called for regulations that would prevent the recurrence of such cases.

Vered Windman, the director of the Israel National Council for the Child, made the call Friday, urging the government to it mandatory to install alert systems. [Read more…]


Pokemon Go played at German Holocaust sites, U.K. Jewish cemetery

(JTA) – The Pokemon Go craze has hit Holocaust memorials in Germany and a Jewish cemetery in Britain, in what some Jewish community representatives said was a show of insensitivity that the game’s developer should help prevent.

According to news reports, players have been gleefully seeking Pokemon creatures using their cell phones at a memorial for the 320 murdered Jews of Aurich, a town in Lower Saxony. Pokemon Go is a game which superimposes animated figures onto the video feed of smartphone cameras. Players can “catch” the animated figures if they stand near enough to the geographical area designated by the program as a PokeStop. [Read more…]


Ex-Netanyahu aide Ari Harow off the hook in fraud probe

(JTA) – After a week in house arrest in connection with a fraud investigation, police released Ari Harow, a California-born former chief of staff of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Harow, 43, was detained for questioning at Ben-Gurion airport last week and questioned for 14 hours in connection with suspected financial violations involving Netanyahu but he was released on Friday. Police said they will not seek to extend his detainment at this time, the NRG news site reported. The investigation, which is subject to a partial gag order, involved suspicions of massive money laundering, Israeli media reported. [Read more…]


T’ruah calls for censure of two Israeli rabbis for ‘denigrating’ remarks

(JTA) – T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is urging action in Israel against two rabbis who made “denigrating” comments about LGBT people and women, among other comments that stirred controversy in recent days.

The rabbinic network, which represents some 1,800 rabbis in North America, said in a release Thursday that the Israel Defense Forces should rescind Rabbi Eyal Karim’s appointment as the Chief Rabbi of the IDF, and end government funding for the pre-military academy headed by Rabbi Yigal Levinstein. [Read more…]