Persian speakers demand Iran be punished for banning soccer stars who played against Israel

(JTA) – Thousands of speakers of Persian appealed on social media to the world soccer federation to punish Iran for its banning of two athletes on the national soccer team from playing for their country over their participating in a match against Israelis.

The players, Masoud Shojaei, 33, the captain of the national team, and Ehsan Haji Safi, 27, one of Iran’s most promising players, were banned Thursday for playing for their Greek club team, Panionios, in a home game last week in Athens against Maccabi Tel Aviv from Israel, the New York Times reported. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu opposes Syrian cease-fire, fearing Iranian military expansion

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he opposes the cease-fire brokered by the United States and Russia in southwest Syria, near the border with northern Israel’s Golan Heights.

On Sunday, Netanyahu told reporters in France following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron that the cease-fire that went into effect last week will allow Iran to expand its presence in Syria close to the Israeli border.  [Read more…]

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DNA identified in AMIA Jewish centre bombing points to suicide attack

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – A new set of DNA has been identified among the 85 fatalities in the AMIA Jewish centre attack in Buenos Aires, strengthening the hypothesis that the 1994 attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

The discovery was announced Monday by the AMIA Special Investigation Unit of the General Prosecution two weeks before the 23rd anniversary of the bombing, which also injured hundreds. The final report after two years of investigation by a forensics team reveals for the first time the existence of a genetic profile among the reserved remains in the laboratory of the Federal Police that “doesn’t belong to any known victims.” [Read more…]

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear restitution case from ’97 Hamas bombing in Jerusalem

Masked Hamas militants mourning a suicide bomber at a symbolic funeral in Ramallah, March 29, 2001. (David Silverman/Newsmakers)
Masked Hamas militants mourning a suicide bomber at a symbolic funeral in Ramallah, March 29, 2001. (David Silverman/Newsmakers)

Masked Hamas militants mourning a suicide bomber at a symbolic funeral in Ramallah, March 29, 2001. (David Silverman/Newsmakers)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the restitution case from a 1997 Hamas bombing in Jerusalem in which survivors are seeking Iranian artifacts to pay a $71.5 million judgment.

The high court said Tuesday it would hear arguments and determine the outcome of the case during its next term, which begins in October. [Read more…]

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Iran used Star of David as target for missile test

Star of David used as a target by Iran in a missle test. (Israel at the UN/Facebook)
Star of David used as a target by Iran in a missle test. (Israel at the UN/Facebook)

Star of David used as a target by Iran in a missle test. (Israel at the UN/Facebook)

(JTA) – Iran used the Star of David as a target for a ballistic missile test, Israel told the United Nations.

The Israeli diplomatic mission on Wednesday distributed to members of the UN Security Council  satellite images of the site set up during a test carried out last year. [Read more…]

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Iranian protesters say destroying Israel is Muslim world’s top priority

(JTA) – Protesters attending anti-Israel rallies across Iran declared that destroying the Jewish state is “the Muslim world’s top priority.”

Iranians participating in Quds Day, a worldwide event held annually to protest Israel and Zionism, also called for unity among pro-Palestinian groups against the “child-murdering” Israeli government in a resolution released after the marches, according to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency. [Read more…]

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