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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Historic Israeli church reopens after $1 million renovation from 2015 nationalistic attack

(JTA) – A historic church in northern Israel reopened nearly two years after an arson and vandalism attack allegedly by extremist Jews.

The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, where Christians believe Jesus miraculously fed thousands of people, reopened Sunday after eight months of repairs and renovations costing about $1 million US. The government of Israel reportedly contributed some $400,000 to the rebuilding. [Read more…]

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Hate graffiti, death threats left at Reform synagogue in Israel

(JTA) – Hate graffiti was painted on the walls of a Reform synagogue in Raanana and death threats left in envelopes held down by a knife addressed to prominent Reform leaders were left at its doorstep.

The graffiti was discovered Thursday morning at Kehilat Ra’anan in the central Israel city. A similar attack occurred in January, though did not include death threats. [Read more…]

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Rabin memorial rally turns political as left lambastes Netanyahu

(JTA) – Opposition politicians attacked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a rally in memory of assassinated prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Tens of thousands of people gathered Saturday night in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, the site where Rabin was murdered 21 years ago. The rally was sponsored by the Labor Party after the commemoration committee announced it would be unable to hold the annual event due to lack of funds. It became less of a memorial and more of a protest against the current government and its policies. [Read more…]

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