Netanyahu pledges to limit Israeli settlement expansion as gesture to Trump

(JTA) – Israel will curb settlement construction as a gesture to U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his top ministers.

In a security cabinet meeting Thursday night, Netanyahu said any future construction would be limited to existing settlement boundaries or adjacent to them. Israel will also prevent the construction of any new illegal outposts, he said. [Read more…]

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NYC to automatically ban mohels if children they treated orally get herpes

(JTA) – New York City’s health department said it will ban mohels automatically from performing circumcisions in case of a herpes infection in any infant they treated orally.

Mohel is Hebrew for a person, often a rabbi, who is trained to perform nonmedical circumcision on boys according to the laws of the Jewish faith. Some [haredi Orthodox] mohels draw blood from the circumcision wound in a controversial procedure known as metzitzah b’peh (oral suction). This custom is thought responsible for giving several infants herpes. [Read more…]

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U.S. understands construction of new Israeli settlement, White House official says

(JTA) – White House officials appeared to show understanding of the Israeli government’s decision to build a new settlement in the West Bank for the first time in 20 years, despite condemnations at the United Nations and by the Palestinians of the move.

One official told the Times of Israel yesterday that “we would note that the Israeli prime minister made a commitment to the Amona settlers prior to President Trump laying out his expectations” that Israel reduce construction in settlements. The official spoke on condition of anonymity. [Read more…]

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St. Louis man accused of eight bomb threats passes on bail request

(JTA) – A former journalist from St. Louis accused of making at least eight bomb threats against Jewish community centres and the Anti-Defamation League did not seek bail at during his  appearance in a New York federal court.

Juan Thompson, 31, made his first appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan and will likely remain in jail until his next hearing on April 10. He is facing cyberstalking charges for the threats, which federal prosecutors say were copycat crimes during a wave of nearly 150 bomb threats to JCCs and other Jewish institutions since the beginning of the year. [Read more…]

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Arab leaders: We’ll try to relaunch Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

(JTA) – Arab leaders declared their willingness to help advance the two-state solution, signaling that Palestinian demands would have to be addressed before, not after, any regional embrace of Israel.

The closing statement of the annual Arab League Summit, hosted by Jordan, said Wednesday that “peace is a strategic option” for its members. The Arab states declared their willingness to “continue to work to relaunch serious Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations” based on their longstanding framework. [Read more…]

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JDL members charged with hate crime for attack on Arab teacher outside AIPAC conference

Police helping a protester during clashes between demonstrators at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C., March 26, 2017. (Andrew Biraj/AFP/Getty Images)
Police helping a protester during clashes between demonstrators at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C., March 26, 2017. (Andrew Biraj/AFP/Getty Images)

Police helping a protester during clashes between demonstrators at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C., March 26, 2017. (Andrew Biraj/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Two men were charged with a hate crime for an assault on an Arab teacher allegedly carried out by members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) outside this week’s AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C.

The report released Thursday by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia listed Kamal Nayfeh as the victim. [Read more…]

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