Palestinian ex-terrorist deported from U.S. for lying on citizenship application

(JTA) – A Palestinian who lied about her involvement in terrorist attacks was ordered to be deported for illegally obtaining her citizenship from the United States, where she has lived for 22 years.

On Thursday, a U.S. federal court in Detroit ordered Rasmea Odeh’s deportation, citing her admission to lying on her citizenship application, the news site Click on Detroit reported. [Read more…]

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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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Elor Azaria enters military prison

Elor Azaria at a military court hearing in Jaffa, Aug. 30, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Elor Azaria at a military court hearing in Jaffa, Aug. 30, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

(JTA) – The Israeli soldier convicted of shooting a downed Palestinian terrorist entered military prison to begin serving his 18-month sentence.

Elor Azaria arrived at a military base in the center of the county on Wednesday, a day after the Military Court of Appeals denied his request to delay the beginning of his sentence until IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot decides whether or not to commute his sentence. The appeals court upheld his conviction and sentence last week. [Read more…]

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Rocket fired from Gaza lands near Ashkelon

(JTA) – A rocket fired from Gaza exploded in southern Israel.

The rocket fired Tuesday evening landed in an open area near Ashkelon, causing no damage or injuries, according to the Israeli military.

No group claimed responsibility, though Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks emanating from the coastal strip.

The Code Red rocket alert siren sounded in Ashkelon and the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council before the attack.

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Israeli soldier asks army chief for leniency after losing appeal in shooting of downed Palestinian

Sgt. Elor Azaria sitting with his parents in a courtroom at a Tel Aviv military base, July 30, 3017, awaiting the verdict of his appeal in the 2016 shooting death of a downed Palestinian attacker in Hebron. (Flash 90/Avshalom Sasoni/Pool)

Sgt. Elor Azaria sitting with his parents in a courtroom at a Tel Aviv military base, July 30, 3017, awaiting the verdict of his appeal in the 2016 shooting death of a downed Palestinian attacker in Hebron. (Flash 90/Avshalom Sasoni/Pool)

(JTA) – The Israeli soldier convicted of shooting a downed Palestinian terrorist has asked the head of the Israel Defense Forces for leniency.

Elor Azaria made the request of Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot days after a military appeals court upheld both the conviction and the 18-month prison sentence, which the prosecution had called too lenient. Azaria reportedly will not appeal the decisions to Israel’s Supreme Court. [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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