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Israeli attorney general to investigate security services’ interrogations of liberal activists

Peter Beinart attending the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, June 21 2012. (Flash90)

Peter Beinart attending the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, June 21 2012. (Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Attorney General’s Office in Israel is investigating a spate of incidents in which prominent left-wing activists have been detained and questioned about their politics and ideologies when trying to enter the country.

According to a report in Haaretz, Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber has asked the Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence service, to clarify the reasoning behind its actions, which have been a source of controversy both domestically and abroad. Her investigation follows a complaint by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. Zilber plans on chairing a meeting on the issue in September. [Read more…]

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Ronald Lauder, in second public rebuke, asks if Israel ‘is losing its way’

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder speaking at the Neue Galerie in New York, June 19, 2015. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder speaking at the Neue Galerie in New York, June 19, 2015. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

(JTA) – The president of the World Jewish Congress issued another rare rebuke to Israel on Tuesday, panning the recently passed nation-state law, calling out the country’s Orthodox monopoly and accusing the Netanyahu administration of damaging “the sense of equality and belonging of Israel’s Druze, Christian and Muslim citizens.”

Writing in The New York Times, Ronald Lauder, a usually vociferous defender of Israel, listed a number of recent incidents – including the arrest of a Conservative rabbi for conducting weddings and the exclusion of same-sex couples from a newly passed surrogacy law – that he believes “are creating the impression that the democratic and egalitarian dimensions of the Jewish democratic state are being tested.” [Read more…]

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Jerusalem hostel ridiculed for blacklist of Jews it says committed ‘crimes against the Jewish people’

A list of names of “Sonei Yisrael,” or haters of Israel, banned from the Jerusalem Heritage House hostel. (Jacob Kornbluh)

Part of a list of names of supposed “Sonei Yisrael,” or “haters of Israel,” banned from the Jerusalem Heritage House hostel. (Jacob Kornbluh)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A hostel in Jerusalem’s Old City has published a list of “haters of Israel” who have been “banned…because of crimes committed against the Jewish people,” drawing derision and ridicule from those blacklisted.

The Jerusalem Heritage House describes itself as an institution that provides “warm and comfortable accommodations for Jewish travellers in the heart of the Old City for a nominal fee.” It boasts of having hosted more than 60,000 guests since 1985. [Read more…]

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Ex-principal of Australian Jewish school who fled sexual abuse charges found fit for extradition hearing

JERUSALEM (JTA) – An Israeli woman accused of molesting several girls while the principal of the fervently Orthodox Adass Yisroel girls’ school in Melbourne, Australia has been found mentally competent and fit to undergo an extradition hearing.

Jerusalem’s District Psychiatrist submitted two reports on Monday asserting that Malka Leifer, 54, is fit to face a hearing despite her longstanding claim that she suffers from crippling anxiety issues that would prevent her from being tried. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu reprimands Corbyn for honouring terrorists; Corbyn then accuses Israel of killing ‘dozens of children’

British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking at the National Transport Design Centre in Coventry, England, Feb. 26, 2018. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking at the National Transport Design Centre in Coventry, England, Feb. 26, 2018. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

(JTA) – British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn issued a scathing critique of Israel after being publicly reprimanded by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his apparent participation in a commemoration ceremony in memory of members of the Black September terrorist organization who took part in the 1972 massacre of 11 Israelis during the Munich Olympics.

Pictures of the event, which seemed to show Corbyn laying a wreath near the terrorists’ graves in a Tunisian cemetery four years ago, were published in the Daily Mail last Friday and immediately led to a political firestorm. [Read more…]

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Israeli Arabs protest controversial nation-state law

TEL AVIV (JTA) – Tens of thousands of Israeli Arabs, some waving Palestinian flags, gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday evening to protest the recent passage of Israel’s nation-state bill enshrining the state’s Jewish character.

At a protest organized by the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, an umbrella group representing Israeli-Arab civil society organizations, speakers railed against what they described as a law that formalized a racial hierarchy among Israeli citizens in which Arabs enjoyed a diminished legal status compared to Jews. [Read more…]

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Journalist Peter Beinart detained and questioned at Israeli airport

Peter Beinart attending the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, June 21 2012. (Flash90)

Peter Beinart attending the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, June 21 2012. (Flash90)

(JTA) – Peter Beinart said he was detained at Ben-Gurion Airport for an hour and questioned by an Israeli security official about his political activism.

Beinart, a prominent liberal Zionist journalist and commentator, was interrogated Sunday at the Tel Aviv airport, according to an op-ed he wrote in the Forward. He was visiting the country with his wife and children for a family affair. [Read more…]

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Israeli minister calls for eliminating ‘terrorists’ sending arson balloons from Gaza

Israeli firefighters extinguish a fire in a wheat field caused from kites flown by Palestinian protesters, near the border with the Gaza Strip, May 30, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli firefighters extinguish a fire in a wheat field caused from kites flown by Palestinian protesters, near the border with the Gaza Strip, May 30, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel should not have acted with restraint in the face of hundreds of kites and balloons carrying incendiary materials launched from Gaza, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Monday.

Bennett, the leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party, said Israel’s reluctance to go after those launching the kites, many of whom are children, allowed the problem to grow unacceptably large. [Read more…]

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