Teen with dual Israeli-American citizenship arrested in Israel for JCC bomb threats

(JTA – A teen with dual Israeli and American citizenship who lives in Ashkelon in southern Israel was arrested on suspicion of carrying out more than 100 bomb threats on Jewish institutions in the United States and Canada.

The suspect, 19, was arrested by Israel’s anti-fraud squad and his home searched on Thursday. He also is accused of a series of threats made in Europe, Australia and New Zealand in the last six months, according to reports in Israel. [Read more…]

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British Jewry, Israel, Canada offer condolences in wake of deadly London attack

Paramedics loading a victim into the back of an ambulance as members of the emergency services work on Westminster Bridge, alongside the Houses of Parliament in central London after a shooting, March 22, 2017. (Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images)
Paramedics loading a victim into the back of an ambulance as members of the emergency services work on Westminster Bridge, alongside the Houses of Parliament in central London after a shooting, March 22, 2017. (Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images)

Paramedics loading a victim into the back of an ambulance as members of the emergency services work on Westminster Bridge, alongside the Houses of Parliament in central London after a shooting, March 22, 2017. (Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – At least two civilians and a police officer were killed in a car-ramming and knife attack outside of the houses of Parliament in London.

British authorities are calling the attack a “terrorist incident” as they continue to investigate the motive in the Wednesday afternoon attack. [Read more…]

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Japanese hotel chain gives in-house magazine with anti-Semitic article to guests in Canada

(JTA) – The in-house magazine for guests of a Japanese hotel chain contained an article with anti-Semitic statements written by the chain’s CEO.

An article by Toshio Motoya of the APA Group in the February edition of Apple Town, the magazine for guests staying at the chain’s Canadian hotels, says that “Jewish people control American information, finance, and laws, and they benefit greatly from globalization because they move their massive profits to tax havens so they don’t have to pay any taxes,” according to reports. [Read more…]

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Dual Israeli-Canadian citizen facing death penalty in Arab country

(JTA) – A dual Israeli and Canadian citizen who joined a militia in an unnamed Arab country to fight the Islamic State is being held in prison there and could face the death penalty.

The Jewish man, Ben Hassin, 21, is the son of an Israeli father and a mother who has lived in Canada for 30 years. He has been under arrest since June 2015 in the Arab country for the murder of a taxi driver, who he shot after the cabbie threatened to kill him for being Jewish and Israeli, according to reports citing Hassin’s father, Ilan, of Tel Aviv. [Read more…]

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Canadian university umbrella group targets BDS

MONTREAL (JTA) – An umbrella body representing 97 Canadian universities made it much tougher for the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement to be promoted on campuses.

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, known as Universities Canada, on Thursday added “places of origin” to its list of discrimination criteria on campuses, which was widely seen as a way to stifle anti-Israel BDS activities there. The criteria already prohibit discrimination based on race, religion and sexual orientation. [Read more…]

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Israeli women wed in Toronto with a little help from Facebook

TORONTO (JTA) – Two Israeli women who wanted to be legally married in Toronto had to depend not only on a foreign country but on the kindness of strangers.

Einav Morgenstern and Tamar Yahel had booked a City Hall wedding ceremony for 11 am Sept. 20 with the requisite witnesses and nonrefundable deposit. When the witnesses – two friends – announced at the last minute that they couldn’t make it, the betrothed hurriedly put out the word on social media that they needed help. [Read more…]

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