Israeli family flees home after embassy guard’s name made public in Jordan

(JTA) – The family of the Israeli Embassy security guard who shot and killed two Jordanians after being stabbed has left its home after a newspaper in Jordan made the guard’s identity public.

The identity of the guard, Ziv Moyal, 28, from a moshav in southern Israel, had been censored in Israeli reports, which identified him only by his first name and his photo blurred. [Read more…]

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Argentina delivers thousands of WWII-era documents to U.S. Holocaust museum

(JTA) – The Argentine Foreign Ministry delivered to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington a series of documents about World War II, some of them related to Nazi war criminals.

The digital copies of the documents delivered are mainly letters, telegrams, newspaper articles, notes and reports, totaling almost 40,000 documents. An agreement for this transfer was signed on Friday in Buenos Aires between Argentina´s Secretary of International Cooperation Ernesto Gaspari and USHMM representative Samanta Casareto. [Read more…]

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Israeli soldier loses appeal of manslaughter conviction

Sgt. Elor Azaria sitting with his parents in a courtroom at a Tel Aviv military base, July 30, 3017, awaiting the verdict of his appeal in the 2016 shooting death of a downed Palestinian attacker in Hebron. (Flash 90/Avshalom Sasoni/Pool)
Sgt. Elor Azaria sitting with his parents in a courtroom at a Tel Aviv military base, July 30, 3017, awaiting the verdict of his appeal in the 2016 shooting death of a downed Palestinian attacker in Hebron. (Flash 90/Avshalom Sasoni/Pool)

Sgt. Elor Azaria sitting with his parents in a courtroom at a Tel Aviv military base, July 30, 2017, awaiting the verdict of his appeal in the 2016 shooting death of a downed Palestinian attacker in Hebron. (Flash 90/Avshalom Sasoni/Pool)

(JTA) – A military appeals court upheld the manslaughter conviction of Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier convicted of shooting a downed Palestinian terrorist.

The five-judge panel in its ruling Sunday also upheld the soldier’s 18-month prison sentence, which the prosecution had called too lenient. [Read more…]

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26 Venezuelan Jews flee social chaos, immigrate to Israel

(JTA) – Twenty-six Jews from Venezuela immigrated to Israel fleeing the South American country’s political, social and economic unrest.

After several years of discontent with the far-left government under President Nicolas Maduro and his slain predecessor and political godfather Hugo Chavez, Venezuela has been racked by protests that began in April against Maduro’s government. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu defends decision to remove Temple Mount security

Israeli police officers and private security guards monitoring new security cameras and metal detectors placed at the Lions’ Gate entrance to the Temple Mount for Muslim worshippers, July 24, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli police officers and private security guards monitoring new security cameras and metal detectors placed at the Lions’ Gate entrance to the Temple Mount for Muslim worshippers, July 24, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister publicly defended his decision to remove metal detectors and other security measures from the Temple Mount, calling it a difficult choice, but one made with a broad view.

Netanyahu also announced at the beginning of Sunday’s regular cabinet meeting, that he has authorized the reinforcement of security forces on the Temple Mount and throughout the Old City of Jerusalem, as well as instructed Israel Police and the cabinet to approve a $28 million budget for the development and acquisition of technology in order to create new security solutions for the site. [Read more…]

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Canada announces support to empower young peace advocates in Middle East

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale yesterday announced a contribution of $168,011 to the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Tel Aviv-Jaffa to train and empower Israeli, Palestinian and other Middle Eastern and North African young leaders as peace advocates.

The Peres Center was launched in 1996 by Shimon Peres, a former prime minister and president of Israel. [Read more…]

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