Louisiana sheriff allegedly called federal prosecutor a ‘sorry son-of-a-bitch Jew bastard’

(JTA) – A Louisiana sheriff charged with abusing prison inmates allegedly called a U.S. federal prosecutor a “sorry son-of-a-bitch Jew bastard” and talked about shooting him between his “god-damned Jewish eyes.”

According to court papers filed Wednesday, Louis Ackal of Iberia Parish, a county two hours west of New Orleans, made the remarks about Mark Blumberg during secretly recorded conversations, Louisiana’s Advocate newspaper reported. [Read more…]

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Murdered Israeli girl had U.S. citizenship

Rina, the mother of Israeli Hallel Ariel, a 13-year-old girl who was fatally stabbed by a Palestinian attacker in her home, mourns during her funeral in the Kiryat Arba settlement outside the West Bank city of Hebron, June 30, 2016. (Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP/Getty Images)
Rina, the mother of Israeli Hallel Ariel, a 13-year-old girl who was fatally stabbed by a Palestinian attacker in her home, mourns during her funeral in the Kiryat Arba settlement outside the West Bank city of Hebron, June 30, 2016. (Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP/Getty Images)

Rina, the mother of Israeli Hallel Ariel, a 13-year-old girl who was fatally stabbed by a Palestinian attacker in her home, mourns during her funeral in the Kiryat Arba settlement outside the West Bank city of Hebron, June 30, 2016. (Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The 13-year-old Israeli girl murdered in her West Bank bedroom on Thursday also was an American citizen.

A U.S. State Department spokesman confirmed at a news briefing that Hallel Yaffa Ariel of Kiryat Arba, a Jewish settlement near Hebron, was a U.S. citizen, several media outlets reported. [Read more…]

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Palestinian assailant stabs 2 in Netanya, shot dead by civilian

(JTA) – An Israeli man and woman were injured in a stabbing attack in the coastal Israeli city of Netanya.

The man, reportedly in his 40s, and the woman, reportedly in her 60s, were moderately to severely injured in the Thursday afternoon attack near the city’s market, according to Israeli reports citing Magen David Adom, which treated the injured. They were taken to Laniado Hospital in Netanya. [Read more…]

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Palestinian attacker, 17, who killed girl in her bed wanted to die a martyr

(JTA) – The teenage Palestinian attacker who killed a 13-year-old Israeli girl in her bed while she was asleep wanted to die a martyr, according to months of Facebook posts.

Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah, 17, of the village of Bani Naim, adjacent to Kiryat Arba where he perpetrated Thursday’s attack, repeatedly posted about his wish to die and his admiration of martyrdom for the Palestinian cause. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu proposes another controversial ambassador to Brazil

(JTA) – Less than one year after Brazil’s unprecedented rejection of a former settler leader as Israeli ambassador, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering a candidate who once was barred from public office to represent the Jewish state in Latin America’s largest nation.

Yossi Sheli, a former businessman, has no diplomatic experience or state advocacy credentials, Ynet reported Wednesday. [Read more…]

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Canadian billionaire can sue Israeli newspaper for libel in Ontario, appeals court rules

TORONTO (JTA) – Ontario’s top court has cleared the way for a Canadian billionaire who owns an Israeli soccer team to sue a leading Israeli newspaper for libel.

In a 2-1 ruling this week, the Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that Toronto-based real estate developer Mitchell Goldhar, who owns the Maccabi Tel Aviv club, may sue Haaretz in Ontario over an article he argued impugned his reputation. [Read more…]

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Jeremy Corbyn compares Israel to ISIS in speech against anti-Semitism

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in London after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, June 24, 2016. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in London after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, June 24, 2016. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn drew parallels between Israel and the Islamic State terrorist group in a speech condemning anti-Semitism.

“Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for those of various self-styled Islamic states or organizations,” Corbyn said Thursday in London, The Sun daily newspaper reported. [Read more…]

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Israeli girl, 13, stabbed to death in her bedroom by Palestinian assailant

Medics wheeling Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, who was stabbed by a Palestinian attacker in the bedroom of her Kiryat Arba home, into the emergency room of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, June 30, 2016. She died of multiple stab wounds. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Medics wheeling Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, who was stabbed by a Palestinian attacker in the bedroom of her Kiryat Arba home, into the emergency room of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, June 30, 2016. She died of multiple stab wounds. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Medics wheeling Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, who was stabbed by a Palestinian attacker in the bedroom of her Kiryat Arba home, into the emergency room of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, June 30, 2016. She died of multiple stab wounds. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

(JTA) – A 13-year-old West Bank girl was stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager while she was in her bed.

Hallel Yaffa Ariel of the Kiryat Arba settlement was stabbed several times and died of her wounds at a Jerusalem hospital, where she reportedly arrived unconscious and not breathing on Thursday morning. [Read more…]

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