Israeli police officer suspended after attacking Palestinian truck driver over fender bender

JERUSALEM (JTA) – An Israel Police officer was suspended after being caught on video assaulting a Palestinian truck driver two days after a fender bender.

The truck driver said he hit the police officer’s parked car on Tuesday, but did not leave his insurance information. He said he knew that security cameras in the area would pick up his license number and that he would be contacted. [Read more…]

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Head of foundation that helps Jews settle in Jerusalem Arab neighbourhoods wins Israel Prize

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The founder and chair of the Ir David Foundation, which assists Jews in settling in Arab neighbourhoods in eastern Jerusalem, will be awarded an Israel Prize for 2017, one of the country’s highest honours.

David Beeri will receive the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement, Education Minister Naftali Bennett announced Thursday. [Read more…]

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Two Israeli police officers injured in Palestinian stabbing attack

Israeli security forces at scene where a Palestinian man stabbed two Israeli border police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City, March 13, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Israeli security forces at scene where a Palestinian man stabbed two Israeli border police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City, March 13, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli security forces at scene where a Palestinian man stabbed two Israeli border police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City, March 13, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Two Israeli Border Police officers were injured in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The officers were stabbed by an alleged Palestinian assailant overnight on Sunday at their post near the Lions Gate. A third officer reportedly shot and killed the man, identified by the Palestinian Maan news agency as Ibrahim Mahmoud Matar, 25, a resident of the eastern Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabal al-Mukabar. [Read more…]

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Obama envoy to Israel outlines a path for U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Daniel Shapiro, just retired as the Obama administration’s ambassador to Israel, laid out a path for moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

The lengthy article by Shapiro appearing this week in Foreign Policy, coming from an insider with an administration that like its predecessors resisted recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, suggests that an issue that has dogged U.S.-Israel relations for decades may not be so intractable. [Read more…]

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UN chief says Temple Mount was home to Jewish temple, Palestinians demand apology

The Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem (Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

The Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem (Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

(JTA) – Palestinian officials are demanding an apology from the new United Nations chief after he said it was “completely clear that the Temple that the Romans destroyed in Jerusalem was a Jewish temple.”

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also told Israel Radio in an interview Friday with its New York correspondent that “no one can deny the fact that Jerusalem is holy to three religions today,” including Judaism.  [Read more…]

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Netanyahu calls for U.S. embassy in Jerusalem after his commitment to the move is questioned

The Embassy of the United States of America in Tel Aviv, June 14, 2016. (Flash90)

The Embassy of the United States of America in Tel Aviv, June 14, 2016. (Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the U.S. embassy should be relocated to Jerusalem after the head of a Republican group in Israel said the prime minister was holding up the move.

“Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and it is proper that not only should the American embassy be here, but all embassies should come here, and I believe that over time most of them will indeed come here, to Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said Sunday morning at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting. [Read more…]

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Too early to discuss moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, Trump says

(JTA) – In his second media interview as U.S. president, Donald Trump said it was too early to discuss moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and praised Israel’s separation barrier as effective at providing protection.

“The wall is necessary,” Trump said in replying Thursday to a question by Fox News’ Sean Hannity about Trump’s plan to erect a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. “That’s not just politics, and yet it is good for the heart of the nation because people want protection and a wall protects. All you’ve got to do is ask Israel.” [Read more…]

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