In Israel, president of Chad said ready to renew diplomatic ties

Chad’s President Idriss Deby met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Nov. 25, 2018. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)
Chad’s President Idriss Deby met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Nov. 25, 2018. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)

Chad’s President Idriss Deby met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Nov. 25, 2018. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The president of the African nation of Chad on a visit to Israel said he is ready to restore ties between his Muslim-majority country and the Jewish State.

The visit to Israel by Chad President Idriss Deby is “historic,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet hours before the president’s arrival.

Deby arrived in Israel for an official visit on Sunday, the first president of the country ever to visit Israel. The two countries severed diplomatic ties in 1972. [Read more…]

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Stone weight likely used in First Temple uncovered

A stone weight likely used in the First Temple to evaluate the half-shekel donation brought by the Jewish people for both the maintenance of the Temple and as a census,was discovered during the sifting of earth from the foundation stones of the Western Wall. (Eliyahu Yanai/City of David)
A stone weight likely used in the First Temple to evaluate the half-shekel donation brought by the Jewish people for both the maintenance of the Temple and as a census,was discovered during the sifting of earth from the foundation stones of the Western Wall. (Eliyahu Yanai/City of David)

A stone weight likely used in the First Temple to evaluate the half-shekel donation brought by the Jewish people for both the maintenance of the Temple and as a census,was discovered during the sifting of earth from the foundation stones of the Western Wall.
(Eliyahu Yanai/City of David)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A stone weight likely used to weigh silver donations to the First Temple in Jerusalem was uncovered in earth from the foundation stones of the Western Wall.

The tiny stone weight engraved with ancient Hebrew letters was found during the sifting of archaeological soil in the Emek Tzurim National Park, under the auspices of the City of David Foundation. [Read more…]

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UNESCO teams with World Jewish Congress to launch a Holocaust education website

(JTA) – UNESCO, the United Nations agency that has rejected Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, and the World Jewish Congress (WJC) have launched a website dedicated to Holocaust education and memory.

The website, called Facts about the Holocaust, was unveiled Monday at UNESCO headquarters in Paris by the scientific and cultural agency’s director-general, Audrey Azoulay, who is Jewish, and WJC President Ronald Lauder. Some 150 presidents of Jewish communities worldwide were on hand to sign a commitment to the preservation of Holocaust memory and to fighting anti-Semitism worldwide. [Read more…]

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Palestinian shunned for selling land to Jews to be buried in Jewish cemetery

(JTA) – A chief rabbi of Jerusalem allowed a Palestinian man to be buried in a Jewish cemetery following his body’s exclusion by imams over his sale of real-estate to Jews.

Rabbi Aryeh Stern, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel’s capital, this week ruled as a rabbinical judge that Alah Kirsh may be buried at a Jewish cemetery as an exception because he was a “righteous gentile,” Ynet reported Friday. [Read more…]

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Israel’s president meets the pope and boasts of freedom of worship in his country

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Nov. 15, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/Israel Government Press Office)
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Nov. 15, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/Israel Government Press Office)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Nov. 15, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/Israel Government Press Office)

(JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at a private audience Thursday with Pope Francis emphasized that his country has “full freedom of worship for all religions in all holy places.”

At their Vatican meeting, the pope and Rivlin also discussed the need to build “greater mutual trust” between Israelis and Palestinians as a basis to resume negotiations and reach a just accord. A Vatican statement said they spoke about “the importance of building greater mutual trust in view of the resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians so as to reach an accord respecting the legitimate aspirations of both peoples.” [Read more…]

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Four Israel Police officers injured in attack at eastern Jerusalem station

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Four Israel Police officers were injured in a stabbing attack at a police station in eastern Jerusalem.

The alleged stabber came to the entrance of the police station in the Armon Hanatziv neighbourhood of eastern Jerusalem, also known as East Talpiot, and attacked three of the officers with a knife. Other officers shot and seriously injured the attacker, according to the Israel Police. A fourth police officer was injured by the live fire. [Read more…]

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Moshe Lion wins runoff for Jerusalem mayor with backing of haredi Orthodox

Moshe Lion
Moshe Lion

Moshe Lion

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Moshe Lion, a right-wing candidate backed by the haredi Orthodox and shunned by Hasidim, will be the first Sephardic mayor of Jerusalem following a narrow victory in a runoff election.

Lion, an accountant and former director-general of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, was declared the winner of Tuesday’s election early Wednesday with 51.5 per cent of the vote to 48.5 per cent for Ofer Berkovitch, a secular activist. [Read more…]

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Haifa elects its first woman mayor, Jerusalem race goes to runoff

(JTA) – A woman was elected mayor of Haifa for the first time, while the mayor’s race in Jerusalem will go to a runoff following municipal elections held across Israel on Tuesday.

In Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai will serve a fifth term as mayor after defeating his deputy.

In Jerusalem, voters will return to the polls in two week to choose between Municipal Council member Moshe Lion and former deputy mayor Ofer Berkovitch, who each received about 30 per cent of the vote, failing to reach the 40 per cent threshold to avoid a runoff. [Read more…]

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