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Israeli soldier killed in suspected terror attack

(JTA) – An Israeli soldier was stabbed and killed in a suspected terrorist attack in the southern city of Arad.

Ron Yitzhak Kukia, 19, of Tel Aviv, was waiting for a bus Thursday night when he was stabbed. Kukia, a member of an infantry unit, died within minutes.

Police and the Israel Security Service are searching for the perpetrators, whom they suspect are Palestinian, Ynet reported.

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Argentina passes law to hold annual memorial day for ’92 Israeli Embassy bombing

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – The Argentina Senate passed a law for an annual memorial day remembering the 1992 terror attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires.

The law passed unanimously by the upper house of parliament on Wednesday also calls for a week of events surrounding the March 17 day of remembrance to raise awareness about the consequences of global terrorism. [Read more…]

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Britain joins U.S., Canada in opposing UN resolution on ‘Syrian Golan’

(JTA) – Britain for the first time joined the United States and Canada in opposing a UN resolution condemning Israel’s control over the Golan Heights and declaring it Syrian.

On Thursday, the British delegate told the assembly he voted no because “resolutions which undermine the credibility of UN bodies risk hardening positions on both sides, and do little to advance peace or mutual understanding,” he said. “It is unnecessary and disproportionate.” [Read more…]

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Israeli retaliatory strikes hit Hamas posts in Gaza

(JTA) – Israeli tanks and planes fired on four Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for mortar shells fired on soldiers working in southern Israel, the Israeli army said.

Following the mortar attacks early Thursday afternoon, trains running between the southern Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Sderot were stopped. Buses were sent to pick up stranded passengers. Service resumed about two hours later. [Read more…]

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Palestinian farmer killed after mob attacks group of Jewish children hiking in West Bank

(JTA) – A Palestinian farmer was shot and killed after a group of Palestinians threw rocks at a group of Jewish children and their adult escorts hiking in the West Bank.

The children were on a hike to celebrate the bar mitzvah of one of the children, and walked near the Palestinian village of Qusra, located near Nablus in the northern West Bank, according to reports. [Read more…]

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Polish Jewish leaders offer support after attack on Warsaw Muslim centre

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Leaders of the Polish Jewish community expressed sympathy with the Muslim community after an attack on a mosque in Warsaw.

On Monday night, rocks and bricks were thrown at the Muslim Cultural Center in Warsaw, smashing the windows of the building. The buildings garden also was destroyed by the vandals. The perpetrators did not get inside the building. Security camera footage shows at least two people perpetrating the attack. It is not the first time the mosque has been targeted. [Read more…]

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Jewish activists for independent Kurdistan promote cause in NY, Jerusalem

Kurdish people rallying for independence in Erbil, Iraq, Sept. 22, 2017. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Kurdish people rallying for independence in Erbil, Iraq, Sept. 22, 2017. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

(JTA) – In Jerusalem and New York, Jewish activists for an independent Kurdistan hosted events promoting the cause with the participation of Israeli, French and British officials.

The New York event Tuesday was a first-of-it-kind screening before 700 people of a documentary by the French-Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy on the Peshmerga, Kurdish fighters combatting the Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria. The British and French missions to the United Nations organized the event at the organization’s headquarters. [Read more…]

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Jewish groups urge Israel not to deport African refugees

WASHINGTON (JTA) – An array of U.S. Jewish groups urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to halt plans to deport tens of thousands of African refugees, offering to assist in their care.

“We are concerned that if you move forward with these plans the lives of thousands of individuals will be put in jeopardy, and the name of the Jewish State and the Jewish People will be irreparably stained,” said the letter sent Wednesday by 25 groups including HIAS, the leading Jewish immigration advocacy group; the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; the National Council of Jewish Women; the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly; and T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. [Read more…]

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Bernie Sanders, Dianne Feinstein lead U.S. senators’ push urging Israel not to demolish Palestinian villages

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Dianne Feinstein at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol, Oct. 4, 2017. The two senators initiated a letter telling Israel’s prime minister that he is imperiling a two-state solution by razing Palestinian villages. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Dianne Feinstein at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol, Oct. 4, 2017. The two senators initiated a letter telling Israel’s prime minister that he is imperiling a two-state solution by razing Palestinian villages. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Ten U.S. senators, among them four Jews, wrote Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him not to demolish Palestinian villages that Israel has deemed unauthorized.

“We have long championed a two-state solution as a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said the letter initiated by Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who are both Jewish. “Yet, your government’s efforts to forcibly evict entire Palestinian communities and expand settlements throughout the West Bank not only directly imperil a two-state solution, but we believe also endanger Israel’s future as a Jewish democracy.” [Read more…]

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