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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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…]

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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…]

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3 Israeli teens arrested for anti-Arab hate crimes

(JTA) – Three Israeli teenagers were arrested for carrying out anti-Arab attacks in response to a shooting attack in Tel Aviv.

The teens were arrested earlier this week for spray painting hate graffiti and setting cars on fire in the village of Yafia, located near Nazareth, in the lower Galilee area of northern Israel, the Shin Bet Security service announced in a statement on Thursday. [Read more…]

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Family of murdered Palestinian teen asks court for demolition of Jewish killers’ homes

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The family of a Palestinian teen from eastern Jerusalem killed in a revenge attack by three Jewish extremists has asked Israel’s Supreme Court to order the demolition of the murderers’ homes.

Muhammad Abu Khdeir was kidnapped and killed on July 1, 2014 after the bodies of three kidnapped Jewish teens were discovered near Hebron. Abu Khdeir’s charred body was discovered in the Jerusalem Forest, where he was burned alive by the killers. [Read more…]

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Jewish extremist freed without charges after 10 months in jail

Meir Ettinger, grandson of Rabbi Meir Kahane, seen in court in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth, Aug. 4, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Meir Ettinger, grandson of Rabbi Meir Kahane, seen in court in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth, Aug. 4, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

(JTA) – Police in Israel released from prison the Jewish extremist Meir Ettinger, who had been jailed for 10 months on suspicion that he belonged to a terrorist group targeting Palestinians and Christians.

Ettinger, 24, who is the grandson of the late ultra-nationalist politician Rabbi Meir Kahane, was released on Wednesday with restrictions, including a night-time curfew, a six-month ban on entering the West Bank and Jerusalem, and on engaging in any sort of contact with 92 other far-right activists, Army Radio reported. [Read more…]

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Jewish extremist Meir Ettinger to be released from detention

Meir Ettinger, grandson of Rabbi Meir Kahane, seen in court in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth, Aug. 4, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Meir Ettinger, grandson of Rabbi Meir Kahane, seen in court in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth, Aug. 4, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

(JTA) – Meir Ettinger, the suspected head of a right-wing Jewish terrorist cell who is being held in administrative detention, will be released from jail.

The Lod District Court determined Tuesday that Ettinger would be released in June after the Shin Bet security service said it would not request an extension of his detention. But the Shin Bet also said it would impose restrictions on who Ettinger can come in contact with and what communities he can live in and visit, the Hebrew-language news website Walla reported. [Read more…]

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