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UN General Assembly approves Palestine as head of largest bloc of developing countries

Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 22, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 22, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The United Nations General Assembly voted to approve the observer state of Palestine as the head of the largest bloc of developing countries.

Some 146 countries on Tuesday voted in favor of Palestine to head the Group of 77. Three countries – Israel, the United States and Australia – voted against, and 15 countries abstained. Twenty-nine countries did not vote. [Read more…]

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Rocket fired from Gaza levels home in Beersheba

Israeli security forces survey a home hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, Oct. 17, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli security forces survey a home hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, Oct. 17, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

(JTA) – A rocket fired from Gaza landed on a home in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, reducing the home to rubble.

Several rockets were fired from Gaza at civilian areas of southern Israel beginning at about 3:30 am on Wednesday. Israel responded Wednesday morning by bombing at least 20 military targets in Gaza, including a terror tunnel that stretched from Gaza into Israeli territory. [Read more…]

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Report: Jewish woman kicked in the face while protesting anti-Semitism in British Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn addresses the crowd in Trafalgar Square in London, England, July 13, 2018. (NIKLAS HALLEN/AFP/Getty Images)

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses the crowd in Trafalgar Square in London, England, July 13, 2018. (NIKLAS HALLEN/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A demonstrator protesting the British Labour Party’s handling of its anti-Semitism problem was kicked in the face outside a meeting of pro-Palestinian supporters of the party in London, witnesses said.

The incident, which left the protester moderately injured, occurred on Tuesday night outside the Mayton Street venue for an event titled “Corbyn, Anti-Semitism and Justice for Palestine – North London.” It was attended by the U.K. leader of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and anti-Israel activists. [Read more…]

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Ugandan Jew denied visa to study at yeshiva in Israel

This was the first time that Ugandan Jews have participated in the free Birthright trip. (Birthright Israel)

This was the first time that Ugandan Jews have participated in the free Birthright trip. (Birthright Israel)

(JTA) – A Jewish man from Uganda who led a Birthright trip to Israel in September was denied a visa to study at a yeshiva there.

Asiimwe Rabbin, 28, had intended to participate in a program at the Conservative yeshiva in Jerusalem, but was told this week he would not get the required visa because Israel’s Interior Ministry does not recognize his community as Jewish, Haaretz reported. Last month, Rabbin led the first-ever Birthright trip for Jews from Uganda. [Read more…]

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Israeli teen who urinated on memorial at Auschwitz ordered to pay fine

(JTA) – An Israeli teen who was caught urinating on a memorial commemorating the victims of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp has been ordered to pay a fine.

The Israeli man, 19, in March urinated on a monument located near the ruins of the crematoria in the former Birkenau camp. The museum’s guide saw and notified guards, who in turn called the police. He was questioned for several hours and released at the time. [Read more…]

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Australia considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving embassy

Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia (Wikipedia)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia (Wikipedia)

(JTA) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is considering officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the Australian embassy there.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement issued on Monday night in Israel that he had thanked Morrison for his remarks during a phone call. [Read more…]

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Jewish woman says she was threatened with firearm outside her home in Belgium

(JTA) – A Jewish woman whose family has endured months of anti-Semitic intimidation in Belgium said a man pointed a gun at her outside her home.

The woman, identified in the Belgian media only as Nicole, told the SudPresse media group that the incident happened on Oct. 9 outside their home in Marchienne-au-Pont, a suburb of Charleroi, 30 miles south of Brussels, the media group’s report from Friday said. [Read more…]

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Palestinian shot and killed while attempting to stab Israeli soldier

(JTA) – A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli troops as he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier stationed in the West Bank.

The incident took place Monday morning at the Gitai junction, near the West Bank city of Ariel. The junction is also located near the Barkan Industrial Park where two Israeli factory workers were murdered last week by a Palestinian co-worker. [Read more…]

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