Arab Knesset members respond to speech boycotts by walking out on Netanyahu address

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Members of Israel’s ruling government coalition boycotted speeches by lawmakers of the Arab Joint List at the opening of the Knesset’s winter session, and the Arab lawmakers responded by walking out on the address by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The coalition said in advance of the Israeli parliament’s opening on Monday that its members would boycott the Joint List to demonstrate its anger at the party’s decision to boycott the funeral last month of former president Shimon Peres.  [Read more…]

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Palestinian policeman injures three Israeli soldiers in West Bank shooting

(JTA) – Three Israeli soldiers were wounded in a shooting attack at a West Bank checkpoint carried out by a member of the Palestinian Authority security forces, the Israel Defense Forces said.

One of the soldiers was in serious condition following Monday afternoon’s attack in which the assailant opened fire with an AK-47 assault rifle. The wounded were taken to Jerusalem-area hospitals.  [Read more…]

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Israel seeks seven-month delay in evacuation of West Bank outpost

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israeli government requested a delay in the evacuation of a West Bank settlement outpost in order to better prepare new housing for its residents.

On Monday, the State Attorney’s Office asked for a delay of seven months from the Dec. 25 deadline ordered by the Supreme Court to evacuate Amona, saying it could not arrange alternative housing for the residents before the target date. The government indicated that it would go ahead with the demolition of the settlement on time if required.  [Read more…]

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Raoul Wallenberg is dead, a Swedish government agency declares

A passport photograph of Swedish architect, businessman and diplomat Raoul Wallenberg taken in Budapest, Hungary, June 1944. (Laski Diffusion/East News/Getty Images)

A passport photograph of Swedish architect, businessman and diplomat Raoul Wallenberg taken in Budapest, Hungary, June 1944. (Laski Diffusion/East News/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A Swedish government agency has declared Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazi gas chambers, as dead.

The Swedish Tax Authority, which registers births and deaths in Sweden, confirmed to The Associated Press (AP) that a report Monday in the Expressen newspaper that Wallenberg had been declared dead was accurate. The decision was made last week following a request for a ruling by the trustee of Wallenberg’s estate.  [Read more…]

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Knesset committee advances bill to block porn websites

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A Knesset committee advanced a bill that would require Internet service providers in Israel to block pornographic and other websites deemed offensive by the country’s communications minister – currently Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – unless otherwise instructed by a customer.

The bill, which was unanimously approved Sunday, moves to the Knesset for amendments and approval. [Read more…]

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Break-in at Florida Holocaust Museum causes no damage to displays

(JTA) – A 23-year-old man who broke into the Florida Holocaust Museum did not damage any of the displays or steal anything.

St. Petersburg Police arrested Christopher Michael Venegas early Sunday morning, according to local reports. Surveillance camera footage at the museum in the Gulf Coast Florida city showed Venegas breaking an electronic keypad and call box, which sent a signal to the police, who arrived minutes later. [Read more…]

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AIPAC cancels Ari Shavit events following sexual assault allegations

(JTA) – The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has cancelled Israeli journalist Ari Shavit’s participation in its events after two women accused Shavit of sexual assault.

AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby, confirmed the decision to JTA after Mondoweiss, an anti-Israel publication, reported that a Nov. 10 San Francisco Bay Area event jointly put on by AIPAC and the local Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) had been cancelled. [Read more…]

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