French Jews call for extradition of Palestinians accused of terror attack 35 years ago

(JTA) – On the 35th anniversary of a deadly attack on a Paris kosher restaurant, French Jews called for the extradition of three Palestinians suspected of carrying out the terrorist attack.

CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities and organizations, issued a statement on the matter on Wednesday, August 9, the date in 1982 when six people were murdered and 22 injured on Rosiers Street in Paris in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in France after World War II. [Read more…]

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U.S. State Department defends controversial terrorism report

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaking at the State Department, June 9, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaking at the State Department, June 9, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaking at the State Department, June 9, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The U.S. State Department defended an annual report on terrorism under fire from pro-Israel groups for saying that a lack of hope drives Palestinian violence.

Meanwhile, the umbrella foreign policy group for Jewish organizations expressed its “deep concerns” about the report, saying it shifts responsibility for terrorism from the Palestinians to Israel. [Read more…]

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In apparent de-escalation, Abbas calls for return to prayer in Al Aqsa

(JTA) – Palestinian officials called on worshipers to return to the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, in a move seen as a de-escalation of a Muslim-Israeli dispute over the site.

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, on Thursday said prayers should be resumed at the mosque, which is situated in the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram Al Sharif, the Maan news agency reported. [Read more…]

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Abbas says security co-ordination with Israel remains frozen despite removal of metal detectors

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said security co-ordination with Israel will remain frozen despite Israel removing the metal detectors it placed at the entrances for Muslim worshippers to the Temple Mount.

Abbas made the announcement on Tuesday hours after the metal detectors and security cameras placed at the holy site less than two weeks ago were dismantled. [Read more…]

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