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Fraud case against Sara Netanyahu goes to criminal arbitration

Sara Netanyahu at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sara Netanyahu at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The fraud case against Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is going to criminal arbitration.

The trial, which is scheduled to open in January, will continue to move forward in parallel, at the District Attorney’s request, according to the Israeli public broadcaster Kan. [Read more…]

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Four Israel Police officers injured in attack at eastern Jerusalem station

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Four Israel Police officers were injured in a stabbing attack at a police station in eastern Jerusalem.

The alleged stabber came to the entrance of the police station in the Armon Hanatziv neighbourhood of eastern Jerusalem, also known as East Talpiot, and attacked three of the officers with a knife. Other officers shot and seriously injured the attacker, according to the Israel Police. A fourth police officer was injured by the live fire. [Read more…]

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Moshe Lion wins runoff for Jerusalem mayor with backing of haredi Orthodox

Moshe Lion

Moshe Lion

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Moshe Lion, a right-wing candidate backed by the haredi Orthodox and shunned by Hasidim, will be the first Sephardic mayor of Jerusalem following a narrow victory in a runoff election.

Lion, an accountant and former director-general of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, was declared the winner of Tuesday’s election early Wednesday with 51.5 per cent of the vote to 48.5 per cent for Ofer Berkovitch, a secular activist. [Read more…]

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D.C. man arrested after saying Pittsburgh synagogue killings ‘were a dry run’

Police respond to a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Oct. 27, 2018. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Police respond to a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighbourhood of Pittsburgh, Oct. 27, 2018. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – A Washington, D.C., white supremacist was arrested on a gun charge after family members warned police that he said the Pittsburgh synagogue killings last month “were a dry run.

Jeffrey Clark, 30, appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court on charges of illegally possessing a firearm and a high-capacity magazine, The Washington Post reported. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu defends Gaza cease-fire, laments need to hide ‘sensitive information’ from the public

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the International Conference on Digital Diplomacy at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, Dec. 7, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the International Conference on Digital Diplomacy at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, Dec. 7, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the decision to reach a cease-fire with Gaza terror groups during his address at a state memorial ceremony for David Ben-Gurion, the country’s first prime minister.

“In normal times, a leader must be attentive to the hearts of the people, and our people are wise. But in times of crisis, when making critical decisions in the field of security, the public cannot always be a partner in the crucial considerations that must be concealed from the enemy,” Netanyahu said of his government’s decision to agree to the cease-fire, which was not unanimous. [Read more…]

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French Jewish mayor’s home covered with anti-Semitic graffiti

(JTA) – The home of a Jewish mayor in France was covered with anti-Semitic graffiti and, in a separate incident, headstones in a Jewish cemetery in Germany were toppled over and smashed.

The graffiti were spray painted on Friday, which marked the 80th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogroms by the Nazis against German and Austrian Jews, on the home of Etienne Wolf, mayor of Brumath near Strasbourg in France’s east, France3 reported. Police have no suspects in custody in connection with this action. [Read more…]

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Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman resigns over Gaza ceasefire

Avigdor Liberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, speaking at a news conference at the Knesset, May 18, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Avigdor Liberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, speaking at a news conference at the Knesset, May 18, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman resigned his post, saying the decision to agree to a ceasefire with terrorist groups in Gaza was “a capitulation to terror.”

Liberman announced his resignation at a news conference early Wednesday afternoon, after first informing his Yisrael Beiteinu Party, which he heads. [Read more…]

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Hate crimes against Jews in U.S. rise by 37 per cent

(JTA) – Hate crimes against Jews in the United States rose by more than a third last year and accounted for 58 per cent of all religion-based hate crimes, according to data released Tuesday by the FBI.

Overall, hate crimes increased by 17 per cent in 2017, the data showed, with 7,175 hate crimes reported, up from 6,121 in 2016. Some of the increase may be because more police departments are reporting their hate crimes data to the FBI than ever before, six per cent above the previous year. [Read more…]

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Palestinian terror groups say they will observe cease-fire

A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)Israe

(JTA) – Palestinian terror groups in Gaza reportedly have agreed to commit to a cease-fire of hostilities that have seen more than 400 rockets bombard southern Israel and Israeli retaliation in a 25-hour period.

Four mediators – Egypt, the United Nations, Norway and Switzerland – helped achieve the cease-fire, according to reports. [Read more…]

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