In Jerusalem’s mayoral race, one slate paints the other as tools of the haredi Orthodox

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The right-wing Jewish Home party has come under fire for a campaign that portrays the leading Jerusalem mayoral candidates wearing black hats and sidelocks.

The party’s message in the campaign is geared toward Religious-Zionist voters, the party’s main constituency, and is meant to warn them that if they do not vote for the Jewish Home candidates in October’s municipal elections, the next mayor will head a coalition stacked with haredi Orthodox lawmakers. [Read more…]

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Haredi Orthodox men vandalize campaign poster of woman running for Jerusalem mayor

Rachel Azaria, the only female candidate for mayor of Jerusalem. (Twitter)
Rachel Azaria, the only female candidate for  mayor of Jerusalem. (Twitter)

Rachel Azaria, the only female candidate for mayor of Jerusalem. (Twitter)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Several haredi Orthodox men were captured on video vandalizing the campaign posters of Rachel Azaria, the only female candidate for the mayor of Jerusalem.

The incident took place on Sunday night, hours after the posters were affixed on 300 Jerusalem city buses. The half-dozen vandals, clad in long black suit jackets and black hats, removed the photo of Azaria, which showed her from the shoulders and up. [Read more…]

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Number of terrorist attacks in Jerusalem drops to 3-year low

(JTA) – Israeli security services documented only six terrorist attacks in Jerusalem in June – the lowest figure on record for any given month in at least three years.

The tally constitutes a sharp drop in attacks in Jerusalem from May, when security forces documented 34 such incidents in the capital. The decrease was part of an overall drop of 40 per cent in the number of terrorist attacks documented in June, when 220 such incidents were registered, the Israel Security Service said in its monthly report published this week. [Read more…]

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White House says improved ties with Israel show U.S. more ‘beloved’ around the world

President Donald Trump with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, May 23, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, May 23, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, May 23, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Improved ties with Israel proves that the United States is more “beloved” around the world than under the previous administration, a White House spokesperson said.

He also said that Israel was “virtually” thought of as an enemy of the United States under the Obama administration. [Read more…]

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Ban on lawmakers visits to Temple Mount lifted

Likud lawmaker Yehuda Glick sitting outside the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem in protest on the ban on Knesset members visiting the site, Aug. 14, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Likud lawmaker Yehuda Glick sitting outside the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem in protest on the ban on Knesset members visiting the site, Aug. 14, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A ban on all Israeli lawmakers visiting the Temple Mount was lifted.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said in a letter to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein that all lawmakers, including government ministers, will be permitted to visit the Temple Mount once every three months. [Read more…]

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Prince William places note in and prays at Western Wall during Jerusalem visit

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, June 28, 2018. (Flash90)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, June 28, 2018. (Flash90)

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, June 28, 2018. (Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Britain’s Prince William placed a note between the stones of the Western Wall and spent several moments there in prayer as part of a visit to the Old City of Jerusalem.

The prince wore a blue kippah to the site on Thursday morning, the last day of his three-day visit to Israel. [Read more…]

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