Schumer calls on Trump to press Abbas on incitement

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, the Democratic leader in the Senate, called on U.S. President Donald Trump to press Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to “immediately” end incitement when they meet.

“If President Trump plans to use this gathering to help pave the way towards peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, he should urge President Abbas to immediately pursue a new path,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said in an email to JTA on Monday evening, the eve of Trump’s meeting with Abbas in Bethlehem. [Read more…]

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Knife-wielding Palestinian teen shot and killed in Jerusalem as Trump tours nearby

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel Police officers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager who attempted to stab them just outside the Old City of Jerusalem as U.S. President Donald Trump was visiting holy sites in the city.

The teen, who was identified by the Palestinian Maan news agency as a 16-year-old from Bethlehem, approached the Border Police officers at a guard post in eastern Jerusalem on Monday afternoon with the knife drawn and disputed with the officers before being shot, according to the police.  [Read more…]

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Israeli settler under attack by rock throwers kills Palestinian man, injures journalist

(JTA) – An Israeli settler opened fire on a group of Palestinians throwing rocks at his car, killing one and injuring a journalist.

The shooter, a father of eight from Itamar in the West Bank who was on his way home from the supermarket, said he felt his life was in danger when he opened fire Thursday afternoon into a crowd of 200 Palestinians who were protesting in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, according to reports citing the Israel Defense Forces. [Read more…]

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Hamas absent from European Parliament resolution on peace process challenges

(JTA) – The European Parliament passed a resolution on Israel and the Palestinians that omits any reference to Hamas, but which advocates of the Jewish state said was more balanced than previous documents endorsed by that institution.

Titled “Achieving the Two-State Solution in the Middle-East,” the resolution passed Thursday in Strasbourg “condemns all acts of violence, acts of terrorism against Israelis, and incitement to violence which are fundamentally incompatible with advancing a peaceful two-state solution.” [Read more…]

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Parents of American-born terror victim in Israel sue to recover damages

Stanley and Joyce Boim were awarded $156 million in damages in the West Bank shooting death of their 17-year-old son. (Screenshot from YouTube)
Stanley and Joyce Boim were awarded $156 million in damages in the West Bank shooting death of their 17-year-old son. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Stanley and Joyce Boim were awarded $156 million in damages in the West Bank shooting death of their 17-year-old son. (Screenshot from YouTube)

(JTA) – The parents of an American-born yeshiva student who was shot to death in 1996 at a West Bank bus stop have sued to recover the $156 million in damages they were awarded by a U.S. jury in a landmark verdict.

On Friday, Stanley and Joyce Boim filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago against two U.S. Palestinian groups based in the city – American Muslims for Palestine and Americans for Justice in Palestine Educational Foundation – who they claim are the “alter egos” of three Islamic fundraising groups that were found guilty in December 2004 of funding the terrorism that led to the death of their 17-year-old son, David, near the city of Beit El. [Read more…]

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Palestinian man who stabbed British woman to death on Jerusalem light rail charged with premeditated murder

Hannah Bladon (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Hannah Bladon (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Hannah Bladon (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Palestinian man who stabbed a British woman to death on the Jerusalem light rail was charged with premeditated murder.

The indictment against Jamil Tamimi, 57, of the Ras al-Amud neighbourhood of eastern Jerusalem, was filed Thursday by the Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office. [Read more…]

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Video allegedly shows Palestinian hunger-striker Marwan Barghouti sneaking candy bar

(JTA) – The Israel Prison Service released a video which shows Marwan Barghouti, the high-profile Palestinian prisoner leading a hunger strike, secretly eating in the bathroom of his cell.

The hunger strike launched three weeks ago with a Barghouti op-ed in The New York Times. The hundreds of Palestinian hunger strikers are calling for more favourable prison conditions. Barghouti is serving multiple life sentences for the murder of five Jewish Israelis. [Read more…]

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