Turkey’s Erdogan: Israel restricting Muslim worship

(JTA) – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey accused Israel of restricting Muslim worship while calling on all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem.

Erdogan made the call to Muslims on Tuesday during public remarks at the Symposium of Jerusalem Platform in Istanbul. A Turkish government document sent to JTA summarized his remarks. [Read more…]

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Israeli Knesset bans short dresses, miniskirts

(JTA) – The Israeli Knesset has issued a new dress code, banning visitors and employees from wearing miniskirts and short dresses.

The rules were based on an earlier version and were “intended to clarify, as much as possible, the ambiguity that existed in the past – while expressing sensitivity and attempting not to hurt the feelings of our visitors and guests,” Yotam Yakir, a Knesset spokesman, told The Times of Israel on Wednesday. [Read more…]

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UN president marks Palestinian solidarity day with Palestinian flag scarf

(JTA) – The president of the United Nations General Assembly wore a scarf featuring an image of the Palestinian flag during a special session to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Peter Thomson of Fiji also donned a traditional Palestinian kaffiyeh during the meeting Tuesday to mark the observance held each year in the United Nations on Nov. 29 – the day in 1947 that the international body voted to recognize the Partition Plan that called for the creation of the State of Israel and an independent Arab state. [Read more…]

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Israeli archaeologists find 3,800-year-old artifact resembling Rodin’s ‘Thinker’

The jug, which was broken when it was found, being restored in the laboratories of the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem. (Clara Amit)
The jug, which was broken when it was found, being restored in the laboratories of the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem. (Clara Amit)

The jug, which was broken when it was found, being restored in the laboratories of the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem. (Clara Amit)

(JTA) – Israeli archaeologists discovered a 3,800-year-old clay jug near Tel Aviv that resembles August Rodin’s famed statue “The Thinker.”

“For the best of our knowledge, no such jug had ever been found before,” Gilad Itach, a doctoral candidate at Bar-Ilan University who works with the Israel Antiquities Authority, told The New York Times on Tuesday. [Read more…]

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Ryerson students walk out on vote to mark Holocaust Education Week

(JTA) – Students at Ryerson University in Toronto staged a walkout rather than vote on a resolution to commemorate Holocaust Education Week.

Local members of Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Students Association reportedly staged the walkout Tuesday night during the semiannual general meeting of the Ryerson Student Union. The meeting lost its quorum, according to B’nai Brith Canada. [Read more…]

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OSCE member states failing to report hate crimes

(JTA) – The “overwhelming majority” of participating countries in the world’s largest regional security group, the Organization for Society and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), are not adequately reporting hate crimes, according to a new report.

Of the 57 countries in the OSCE – its participating states are located in North America, Europe and Asia – 41 submitted official information and 34 provided data to the organization about hate crimes, according to a study by the Anti-Defamation League and Human Rights First released Wednesday. Hate crime data is supposed to be submitted for an annual crime report by OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). [Read more…]

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Over 600 rabbis, cantors sign pledge to hold Trump administration accountable for human rights

(JTA) – More than 600 rabbis and cantors have signed a pledge to hold the Trump administration accountable for protecting the human rights and civil liberties of all people.

T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is circulating the pledge, which was posted on the organization’s website two weeks ago. It had garnered 635 signatures as of Wednesday morning. The list included several Canadian-based clergy including Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton of Ottawa. [Read more…]

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Israeli general charged in rape of female subordinates offered plea deal

Israeli Brig.-Gen Ofek Buchris visiting the Tel Hashomer army base, Nov. 22, 2010. (Flash90)

Israeli Brig.-Gen Ofek Buchris visiting the Tel Hashomer army base, Nov. 22, 2010. (Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – An Israeli general who was indicted in the rape and sexual assault of two female subordinates has been offered a plea bargain.

Under the reported deal, Brig.-Gen. Ofek Buchris would be convicted of prohibited sexual relations by consent instead of three counts of rape. He would be demoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and would receive a suspended sentence rather than jail time, according to reports. [Read more…]

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