Israel opens brutality probe against Shin Bet security service

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Justice Ministry has launched an unprecedented criminal investigation against an interrogator from the Israel Security Agency (ISA) over brutality allegations.

It marks the first time that an investigation has been opened since the Justice Ministry established a unit called Mivtan about 18 years ago to investigate complaints against the ISA, also known as the Shin Bet. [Read more…]


Israel asks Irish ambassador to explain legislators’ calls for a West Bank boycott

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Irish ambassador to Israel was summoned for a “clarification meeting” over a legislative initiative in Ireland calling for a boycott of trade in West Bank settlements.

The summons to meet with officials of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday came at the order of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who in a statement Tuesday condemned the initiative. [Read more…]