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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Cars, homes vandalized in eastern Jerusalem and Galilee in ‘price tag’ attacks

JERUSALEM (JTA) – About 20 cars were vandalized in eastern Jerusalem and in the Galilee area of northern Israel in what are being investigated as anti-Arab hate crime attacks.

The cars were vandalized in eastern Jerusalem overnight in a swath running from the Arab Shuafat neighbourhood to the haredi Orthodox neighbourhood of Ramat Shlomo. The damage was discovered early Tuesday morning. [Read more…]

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Family of Palestinians killed in arson attack sues Israel

(JTA) – The family of a six-year-old Palestinian boy whose parents and brother were killed in an arson attack on their West Bank home has filed a lawsuit against the State of Israel demanding $2.78 million US in compensation, saying its settlement policies led to the attack.

Right-wing Jewish extremists were indicted in the July 2015 firebombing in the Palestinian village of Duma in the northern West Bank. Ahmed Dawabshe, then four, was the only survivor of the attack that killed his brother, Ali, 18 months old; father, Saad; and mother, Riham. [Read more…]

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Palestinian boy, 6, won’t get compensation for attack attributed to Jewish arsonists

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A six-year-old Palestinian boy whose parents and brother were killed in an arson attack on their West Bank home is not eligible for compensation given to terror victims, Israel’s defense minister said.

Avigdor Liberman offered the official response in a letter Sunday to Arab Joint List lawmaker Yousef Jabareen, who had asked why the child, Ahmed Dawabshe, had not received money from the state. [Read more…]

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