Descendants of Serbian woman who rescued Jews told to leave Israel

(JTA) – Israeli immigration authorities revoked the temporary residency status of two great-granddaughters of a Serbian woman who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

Israel’s Ministry of the Interior sent a letter earlier this month explaining their decision to Ana Dudas, the late rescuer’s granddaughter, who immigrated to Israel with her husband and three daughters in 2011, the Israel Broadcasting Corp., or KAN, reported Wednesday. [Read more…]

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Fast train from airport to Jerusalem launched

(JTA) – Israel Railways launched a new fast connection between Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion Airport, which, it said, will be extended to Tel Aviv next year.

The new connection, whose total journey time will be 28 minutes once extended,  began operating free of charge Tuesday, The Marker reported, but passengers had to reserve a ticket online in advance of the journey. [Read more…]

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Syrian man arrested in Berlin for alleged chemical weapons plot targeting Israel

(JTA) – A Syrian man who was recently arrested in Germany belonged to a cell plotting to use chemical weapons in attacks on Israeli targets, a German tabloid reported.

The 21-year-old terror suspect was arrested last Thursday by Germany’s SEK unit in a Berlin cafe according to the report Friday in Bild. He was wanted in connection with an April 14 assault in the German capital, police said at the time of his arrest. [Read more…]

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At the UN: Netanyahu wants action against Iran, Abbas defends paying ‘hero martyrs’ who kill Israelis

Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, in an address to the United Nations, rejected criticism of the PA for paying monthly salaries to Palestinians who kill Israelis or the families of the killers.

“I pay tribute to our hero martyrs and prisoners of war,” he told the General Assembly on Thursday. [Read more…]

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EU committee votes to freeze $17 million in Palestinian aid over textbook incitement against Israel

(JTA) – A European Parliament committee voted to freeze more than $17 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) incitement against Israel in its textbooks.

The Budgetary Committee’s bill is an amendment to the European Union’s draft budget, which will go to a plenary vote in late October. If the budget passes, the EU will withhold the money from the Palestinian Authority until it commits to reforming its textbooks. [Read more…]

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U.S. ambassador says Israeli security considerations trump Palestinian statehood

U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks on stage on during the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks on stage on during the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli security considerations would come before Palestinian statehood, the U.S. ambassador to Israel said a day after President Donald Trump said he favoured a two-state solution.

David Friedman for the first time also publicly referred to “a two-state solution,” referring to Israel and a future Palestinian state, during an interview with the Israeli public broadcaster Kan. He said that he has difficulty with the term because it means “so many different things to so many different people.” [Read more…]

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel to receive honorary doctorate from Haifa U

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, June 12, 2017. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, June 12, 2017. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, June 12, 2017. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(JTA) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Haifa.

The university said it was awarding the honorary degree in recognition of her leadership grounded in principles of equality, freedom and human rights; for serving as a model to women around the world; in appreciation of her warm friendship and robust ties between The Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Israel.” [Read more…]

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French imam investigated for incitement over anti-Semitic sermon

(JTA) – Prosecutors in France have launched an investigation for incitement against a senior Muslim cleric from Toulouse who recited anti-Semitic religious passages and predicted Israel’s destruction.

On Tuesday, the Toulouse Prosecutor’s Office opened the probe against Mohamed Tatai, the imam of the newly inaugurated Grand Mosque of Toulouse and the leader of an interfaith dialogue group, the Sud Ouest daily reported. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu rejects invitation to UNESCO anti-Semitism conference

President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected an invitation to participate in a United Nations conference on Anti-Semitism.

The conference was held on Wednesday at the United Nations headquarters in New York under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. [Read more…]

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