British police ask to interview Livni on war crimes allegations

Tzipi Livni, leader of the Hatnua party, speaking at The Jerusalem Post diplomatic conference in Herzliya, Dec. 12, 2012. (Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/FLASH90/JTA)

Tzipi Livni, leader of the Hatnua party, speaking at The Jerusalem Post diplomatic conference in Herzliya, Dec. 12, 2012. (Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/FLASH90/JTA)

(JTA) – British police asked Tzipi Livni to appear for an interview regarding war crimes allegations while she was Israeli foreign minister in 2008-2009.

Livni, who was headed to London for a conference convened by the Haaretz newspaper, received the summons on Thursday before leaving Israel, the newspaper reported on Sunday. [Read more…]

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Rocket fire hits Sderot kindergarten

(JTA) – Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip hit a building in Sderot.

The Associated Press reported that the building, hit Friday, was a kindergarten.

In response, Israeli combat aircraft hit components of Hamas’ infrastructure in Gaza, the army said in a statement Saturday.

No one was injured in the exchange. The kindergarten was empty at the time it was hit.

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Israeli minister: Mark Zuckerberg has terror victim’s ‘blood’ on his hands

(JTA) – Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has some of the “blood” of recent Israeli terrorism victims on his hands for allowing Palestinian incitement and hate speech to appear on the social media site.

Erdan charged Saturday that Facebook impedes Israeli police in their efforts to catch terrorists, and sets too high a bar for removing inciteful material. [Read more…]

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Donald Trump deletes tweet showing Hillary Clinton and Star of David image

Donald Trump's tweet using imagery traced to an anti-Semitic message board. (Twitter)
Donald Trump's tweet using imagery traced to an anti-Semitic message board. (Twitter)

Donald Trump’s tweet using imagery originating on an anti-Semitic message board. (Twitter)

(JTA) – Donald Trump removed a tweet showing a Star of David shape and dollar bills superimposed over an image of Hillary Clinton, which critics suggested evoked anti-Semitic stereotypes and a web site linked to a far-right anti-Semitic movement.

The tweet, which appeared on the presumptive Republican U.S. presidential candidate’s Twitter feed Saturday, bore the words “most corrupt candidate ever” inside a red six-pointed star. [Read more…]

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Mideast Quartet blames Palestinians for incitement, Israel for settlement expansion

(JTA) – Israel welcomed a highly anticipated report from the Middle East Quartet for citing Palestinian incitement as an obstacle to peace, but regretted what it calls the report’s failure to address the “real core” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “the persistent Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people in any boundaries.”

Released on Friday after a two-day delay, the report by the so-called Quartet – comprising representatives from the United Nations, Russia, the United States and the European Union – expresses grave concern over the future of the two-state solution, blaming Israel for a policy that “is steadily eroding” its viability. [Read more…]

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Israeli man killed, wife badly hurt in shooting attack on family car

An officer examining the scene of an attack on a family car near Hebron in Israel’s West Bank, July 1, 2016. (Judea and Samaria Rescue Services)
An officer examining the scene of an attack on a family car near Hebron in Israel’s West Bank, July 1, 2016. (Judea and Samaria Rescue Services)

An officer examining the scene of an attack on a family car near Hebron in Israel’s West Bank, July 1, 2016. (Judea and Samaria Rescue Services)

(JTA) – A rabbi was killed and his wife was severely wounded in a shooting attack on Friday near a West Bank settlement.

The attack near Beit Hagai took place as the family travelled in their car on Route 60, Army Radio reported. Two of the family’s children were wounded: a 15-year-old boy, Pedayah, who sustained moderate wounds and his 13-year-old sister, Tehilah, who was lightly wounded. The man killed was identified as Michi Mark, 48, the head of the yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Otniel, situated eight miles southwest of Hebron. His wife, Havah, was wounded in her head and is not conscious, Army Radio reported. [Read more…]

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