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…]


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…]


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…]


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…]


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…]


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…]


Lone Duma firebombing survivor, 6, taken for ‘solidarity visit’ to Hamas terrorist’s demolished home

(JTA) – The Palestinian boy who was the lone survivor of an attack on his family’s West Bank home in Duma was taken for what was described as a “solidarity visit” to the demolished home of a Hamas terrorist who killed three, including an American citizen.

On Saturday, Ahmed Dawabsheh, 6, went with his grandfather Hussein to the Hebron home of Mohammad Abed al Basset Harub, Ynet reported. They were accompanied by Mohammad Qiq, a Hamas member who in February ended a 93-day hunger strike in an Israeli prison to protest his administrative detention – being held without charge or court appearance. [Read more…]


West Bank Jewish resident charged with inciting attacks on Israeli soldiers

(JTA) – A 24-year-old Jewish woman from the West Bank settlement of Yizhar was charged with incitement for online comments in support of attacks on Israeli soldiers and Arabs.

Eliraz Fein was arrested two years ago for participating in an online discussion in which she said it was permissible under Jewish law to use potentially lethal force against Israeli soldiers “under certain circumstances,” The Times of Israel reported. Fein was charged by Israeli prosecutors on Tuesday. [Read more…]