Nikki Haley, fierce defender of Israel, resigns as U.S. ambassador to UN

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations in New York, March 8, 2018. (Haim Zach/Israeli Government Press Office)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations in New York, March 8, 2018. (Haim Zach/Israeli Government Press Office)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations in New York, March 8, 2018. (Haim Zach/Israeli Government Press Office)

NEW YORK (JTA) – Nikki Haley, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations and a strong defender of Israel in the world body, has resigned, according to reports.

Axios and The New York Times reported Tuesday morning that the former South Carolina governor had stepped down from her position. [Read more…]

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Required University of Michigan lecture compares Netanyahu to Hitler

(Alexa Smith/Facebook)
(Alexa Smith/Facebook)

(Alexa Smith/Facebook)

(JTA) – A required lecture for University of Michigan art students featured a speaker who compared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler.

Emory Douglas, part of the Penny Stamps Speakers Series Presentation of the Stamps School of Art & Design, displayed a slide that showed a picture of Netanyahu and Hitler with the words “Guilty Of Genocide” written across their faces. Below the photo was a definition of genocide. [Read more…]

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Israeli Cabinet approves plan to reunite 1,000 Ethiopian Falash Mura with family

Ethiopian Jews arriving at Ben Gurion Airport as part of Operation Wings of a Dove, which supposedly ended the Ethiopian immigration to Israel, Aug. 28, 2013. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Ethiopian Jews arriving at Ben Gurion Airport as part of Operation Wings of a Dove, which supposedly ended the Ethiopian immigration to Israel, Aug. 28, 2013. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Cabinet approved a plan to bring some 1,000 Ethiopian Falash Mura who have children living in Israel to the country.

The plan approved on Sunday was put forward by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon.

Under the plan, the interior minister will evaluate and approve the entry of candidates who meet the criterion of having children who entered Israel under previous government decisions regarding the Falash Mura community. The parents will be able to bring with them their partners and their unmarried children who do not have children. [Read more…]

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Fraud trial of Sara Netanyahu opens in Jerusalem

Sara Netanyahu at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sara Netanyahu at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The trial of Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, opened in a Jerusalem courtroom.

Sara Netanyahu appeared on Sunday in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court where she is on trial in the so-called Prepared Food Affair, charged with fraud and breach of trust. [Read more…]

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2 Israelis killed, 1 injured in West Bank terror attack

Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, 29, of Rosh Haayin, was killed in a terrorist attack at the Barkan Industrial Park, October 7, 2018. (Facebook)
Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, 29, of Rosh Haayin, was killed in a terrorist attack at the Barkan Industrial Park, October 7, 2018. (Facebook)

Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, 29, of Rosh Haayin, was killed in a terrorist attack at the Barkan Industrial Park, October 7, 2018. (Facebook)

Ziv Hajbi, a 35-year-old father of three from Rishon Lezion, was killed in a terrorist attack at the Barkan Industrial Park, October 7, 2018. (Facebook)

Ziv Hajbi, a 35-year-old father of three from Rishon Lezion, was killed in a terrorist attack at the Barkan Industrial Park, October 7, 2018. (Facebook)

(JTA) – Two Israelis were killed and another injured in a terror attack in a West Bank industrial area that employs thousands of Palestinian and Jewish workers.

The attack in the Barkan Industrial Park factory took place shortly before 8 am Sunday, at the beginning of the work week. The gunman, a 23-year-old Palestinian who remains at large, had been employed at the factory for several months and reportedly knew the two dead victims – a man and a woman from central Israel. Both had been tied up and shot at close range; they died of their injuries at the scene. [Read more…]

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In Jerusalem, Angela Merkel emphasizes Germany’s obligation to fight anti-Semitism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Oct. 3, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Oct. 3, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Oct. 3, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized her country’s special obligation to combat anti-Semitism during a speech at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Thursday, calling the Nazi genocide an “unprecedented” crime.

“Nearly 80 years ago, on the pogrom night of Nov. 9, the Jewish people in Germany faced unprecedented hate and violence,” she said in reference to the Kristallnacht pogrom. “But what followed were the unprecedented crimes of the Shoah and its break with civilization. From this comes the everlasting responsibility of Germany to remember this crime and to oppose anti-Semitism, xenophobia, hatred and violence.” [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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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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Trump, alongside Netanyahu, says he favours two-state solution

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)
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) – U.S. President Donald Trump said ahead of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he favours the two-state solution and that he hopes to reveal his peace plan within four months.

“I like the two-state solution,” Trump said, appearing Wednesday with Netanyahu at the United Nations during the world body’s General Assembly. “That’s what I think works best.” [Read more…]

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