Hamas announces its ‘heroes’ are digging new tunnels and ‘experimenting with rockets’

(JTA) – Palestinian “heroes” are digging tunnels to be used in future attacks on Israel, Hamas’ senior political leader said.

At a funeral in Gaza City Friday for seven Hamas operatives killed when rain and flooding caused a tunnel they were working on to collapse, Ismail Haniyeh said preparations are underway for the next confrontation with Israel, Agence France Press reported. [Read more…]

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Israeli ‘spy vulture’ captured in Lebanon

A griffon vulture (Wikimedia Commons)
A griffon vulture (Wikimedia Commons)

A griffon vulture (Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) – Lebanese citizens captured a vulture they said was carrying Israeli spy equipment.

The residents of the southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbail caught the bird on Tuesday. The Israel Nature and Parks Authority said the griffon vulture was wearing a tracking device, the Jerusalem Post reported. [Read more…]

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Dutch thrift shop returns 1942 wedding book of couple murdered at Auschwitz

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – Using social media, a thrift store near the Dutch capital succeeded in returning the 1942 wedding book of a Jewish couple who perished in Auschwitz to the couple’s family.

The Kringloper Almere shop on Monday appealed to Facebook users to help locate the owners of a notebook that celebrated the union on May 31, 1942, of Flora and Louis in the presence of at least 10 witnesses, who signed the booklet. [Read more…]

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Tony Blair: Solving Palestinian issue key to Arab-Israeli alliance on ISIS

(JTA) – Former British prime minister Tony Blair said that progress on the Palestinian issue is key to forging an alliance between Israel and Arab states to address rising common threats.

Blair, who served as prime minister in 1997-2007 and as international envoy to the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, said this on Tuesday during a speech in Brussels at an event organized by the European Jewish Congress to celebrate its 30th anniversary. [Read more…]

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U.S. and UK have spied on Israeli army for 18 years

(JTA) – U.S. and British intelligence services have reportedly spied on Israel for 18 years after cracking its army’s encryption for communication between fighter jets, drones and army bases.

The information was reported Friday by The Intercept and the German newspaper Der Spiegel based on documents that came into the possession of Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who worked for U.S. intelligence before publishing classified material and fleeing to Russia. [Read more…]

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Amid tensions with Turkey, Israel announces alliance with Greece, Cyprus

(JTA) – The leaders of Israel, Cyprus and Greece entered a trilateral partnership that they said was not meant to exclude other parties – in a possible reference to Turkey.

The announcement about the trilateral agreement came on Thursday, during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the island of Cyprus, whose northern half is under Turkish occupation. [Read more…]

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Five Palestinians sentenced for killing four-year-old Jewish girl

(JTA) – An Israeli military court sentenced five Palestinians to 15 years in jail for killing Adele Biton, a four-year-old Jewish girl.

The five young men, who were minors aged 16-17 at the time of the incident three years ago, were not convicted of premeditated murder because of their young age when they threw stones at the car carrying Biton, causing a collision, Army Radio reported after the sentencing Thursday night. [Read more…]

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World medical body rejects claims Israelis should be expelled

(JTA) – The World Medical Association will not expel Israeli physicians over pro-Palestinian activists’ allegations that they practice torture, the president of the world body said.

Michael Marmot, the London-born physician who heads the association, announced the group’s decision in a letter he sent Monday to Shimon Samuels, the international relations director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Samuels had urged Marmot to reject the call by 71 British physicians earlier this month to expel Israel from the world body over alleged medical torture of Palestinians. [Read more…]

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Israelis near Gaza border concerned about stepped-up tunnel construction

(JTA) – Israelis living next to the Gaza border are reporting that they can literally feel the effect of Palestinians digging tunnels nearby.

Gadi Yarkoni, the head of the Eshkol Regional Council, said Thursday that many residents of Moshav Pri Gan are complaining that they have heard increased underground digging in the past few weeks and that it even causes the floors of their homes to shake, the Times of Israel reported.  [Read more…]

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