Yitzhak Rabin assassin Yigal Amir files request for retrial

Yigal Amir, the Israeli assassin of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. (Flash90)

Yigal Amir, the Israeli assassin of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. (Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Yigal Amir, who assassinated Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, filed a request for a retrial.

The request was submitted to Israel’s Supreme Court Sunday after Amir met with his attorney, Gabi Shachar, in prison. During the meeting, Amir signed the documents necessary to request the retrial, the Hebrew-language Hadashot news reported. [Read more…]

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Rabin assassin Yigal Amir to ask for retrial

Yigal Amir, the Israeli assassin of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. (Flash90)
Yigal Amir, the Israeli assassin of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. (Flash90)

Yigal Amir, the Israeli assassin of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. (Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Yigal Amir, who assassinated Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, is asking for a retrial.

Amir, 47, was sentenced to life in solitary confinement in prison for the murder, which occurred after a peace rally in Tel Aviv. Amir confessed to shooting Rabin and reenacted it for police. [Read more…]

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Tens of thousands of Israelis attend rally marking Yitzhak Rabin’s murder

Israelis attending a rally marking 22 years since the assassination of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, Nov. 4, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Israelis attending a rally marking 22 years since the assassination of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, Nov. 4, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Israelis attending a rally marking 22 years since the assassination of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, Nov. 4, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

(JTA) – An estimated 85,000 rallied in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to mark the 22nd anniversary of the assassination of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

The rally Saturday night was controversial for stressing national unity over peace. The rally, organized by two centrist organizations: the Darkenu movement and Commanders for Israel’s Security, was held under the slogan “We are one people,” and did not include national politicians on its list of speakers. [Read more…]

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Leader of Israeli extremist group arrested for threatening Jewish women dating Arab men

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The leader of an Israeli extremist anti-coexistence group was arrested for allegedly threatening Jewish women in relationships with Arab men.

Benzi Gopstein, leader of the Lehava organization, was arrested late Saturday night after a police raid on his home. The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Sunday remanded him to house arrest. [Read more…]

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Haredi Orthodox man indicted in Israel for death threats against Reform leaders

Vandalism at a Reform synagogue in Raanana, Israel (Beit Samueli, Kehillat Ra’anan via Facebook)
Vandalism at a Reform synagogue in Raanana, Israel (Beit Samueli, Kehillat Ra’anan via Facebook)

Vandalism at a Reform synagogue in Raanana, Israel (Beit Samueli, Kehillat Ra’anan via Facebook)

(JTA) – A man from the haredi Orthodox town of Bnei Brak was indicted for making death threats against leaders of the Reform movement and vandalizing a Reform synagogue.

The man, whose name has not been made public, was arrested last month and prosecutors asked that he be held in custody until the end of his trial. He was indicted Monday on charges of extortion, threats, vandalism and intent to commit arson. [Read more…]

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Israel’s Supreme Court rejects request of slain Palestinian teen’s family to raze home of Jewish killer

Mother of Muhammad Abu Khdeir seen at the District Court in Jerusalem, Feb. 4, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Mother of Muhammad Abu Khdeir seen at the District Court in Jerusalem, Feb. 4, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Mother of Muhammad Abu Khdeir seen at the District Court in Jerusalem, Feb. 4, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Supreme Court rejected the request of the family of a Palestinian teen killed in a revenge attack by three Jewish extremists to order the demolition of the murderers’ homes.

A three-judge panel of the high court announced on Tuesday that such an action, usually undertaken against the homes of Palestinian terrorists for the purpose of deterrence of future attacks, was not an option in this case since it would not be a deterrent after too much time had elapsed between the attack in 2014, the request for demolition one year ago and the present. [Read more…]

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22-year-old Israeli convicted of arson at historic Galilee church

Yinon Reuveni, right, and Yehuda Asraf speaking to their lawyers at the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court, July 29, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)
Yinon Reuveni, right, and Yehuda Asraf speaking to their lawyers at the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court, July 29, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Yinon Reuveni, right, and Yehuda Asraf speaking to their lawyers at the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court, July 29, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

(JTA) – A 22-year-old Israeli man was convicted in the 2015 arson at a historic church in the northern part of the country.

The Nazareth District Court convicted Yinon Reuveni for the attack on the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes in the Galilee, The Times of Israel reported. The Roman Catholic church is built at the site where Christians believe Jesus multiplied bread and fish to feed 5,000 people. [Read more…]

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Haredi Orthodox mob in Jerusalem pelts Israeli police with stones, calls soldiers ‘Nazis’

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Haredi Orthodox Jews pelted police with stones, eggs and other objects while the officers tried to remove three Israeli soldiers who were being verbally attacked at evening services in Jerusalem.

The three soldiers were in uniform when they entered the synagogue in the haredi Mea Shearim neighbourhood on Wednesday night. Residents surrounded the synagogue and prevented the soldiers from leaving, shouting epithets including “Nazis” at them, before the police were arrived, Ynet reported. [Read more…]

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Residents of West Bank settlement Yitzhar launch pair of attacks on Israeli army vehicles

IDF ambulance damaged in attack by residents of Yitzhar. (IDF Twitter)
IDF ambulance damaged in attack by residents of Yitzhar. (IDF Twitter)

IDF ambulance damaged in attack by residents of Yitzhar. (IDF Twitter)

(JTA) – Residents of Yitzhar stoned an army ambulance near their West Bank settlement, which has a history of radical activity.

They attacked the vehicle on Saturday after it was called to Yitzhar in the northern West Bank to care for another resident who reported being dehydrated. The ambulance’s windshield was cracked in the attack, according to the IDF. [Read more…]

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