Anti-Israel protestors kick doors of Istanbul synagogue

(JTA) – Leaders of Turkish Jewry condemned anti-Israel demonstrators who rallied around a synagogue in Istanbul, kicking the building’s doors and hurling objects at it.

The Turkish Jewish Community on Twitter called the incident Thursday night outside the Neve Shalom synagogue, where several dozen men gathered with anti-Israel signs, “intimidation and provocation.” It called on authorities to make sure it “stops” and that the people responsible are prosecuted for a hate crime. [Read more…]

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Two Palestinians reported killed in riots over Temple Mount metal detectors

Israeli police and Palestinians clash in eastern Jerusalem, July 21, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Israeli police and Palestinians clash in eastern Jerusalem, July 21, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli police and Palestinians clash in eastern Jerusalem, July 21, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

(JTA) – Two Palestinians were killed in clashes between rioters and police in Jerusalem over the Israeli government’s decision to keep in place indefinitely metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount, the Palestinian media reported.

Thousands of Israeli soldiers and troops were deployed in eastern Jerusalem following riots Thursday, which resumed Friday afternoon, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. Six police officers and an unknown number of rioters were injured Friday outside the Old City of Jerusalem, a spokesman for the Israel Police reportedly told the Palestinian Maan news agency. The police said they were not immediately aware of fatalities in clashes. [Read more…]

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin speaks with Turkey’s Erdogan despite objections by Israel’s Foreign Ministry

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by phone at the Turkish president’s request despite objections from Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

The call took place a week after a terror attack at the Temple Mount by three Arab Israelis left two Druze Israel Police officers dead and led to the installation of metal detectors at the holy site, sparking tensions and riots in eastern Jerusalem. [Read more…]

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Israeli operation assisting thousands of Syrians harmed by civil war

(JTA) – The Israeli military said an operation it started a year ago has treated thousands of Syrians and provided thousands of tons of aid to Syrians dealing with its nation’s civil war.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced its “Operation Good Neighbour” on Wednesday, saying it has a “moral imperative” to provide aid to the Syrians on the country’s northern border. [Read more…]

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Radiohead concert in Tel Aviv draws 47,000

(JTA) – Radiohead played its longest concert in 11 years for the 47,000 fans who flooded a Tel Aviv park.

“A lot of stuff was said about this. But in the end, we played some music,” frontman Thom Yorke told the crowd Wednesday in Yarkon Park before the last song of the night, a reference to calls from artists affiliated with the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for the British rock band to cancel its performance. [Read more…]

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Guide at Anne Frank Centre in Berlin compares Jewish suffering under Nazis to Palestinians under Israel

BERLIN (JTA) – The Anne Frank Centre in Berlin has distanced itself from the statement of a freelance guide who compared the suffering of Jews under the Nazis to that of Palestinians under Israeli occupation today.

At issue was a profile of Nesreen Hajjaj, a 24-year-old Berliner of Palestinian background, in the July 19 online English version of Al Arabiya. Hajjaj is one of 25 freelance guides who introduce visitors to the exhibition at the Anne Frank Zentrum Berlin. [Read more…]

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