Israeli troops fire on Syrian army post following mortar launch

Israeli forces standing guard on the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights, Nov. 27, 2016. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Israeli forces standing guard on the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights, Nov. 27, 2016. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

(JTA) – Israeli troops opened fire on a Syrian army post that they said was used for firing a mortar round at Israel.

No Israeli troops were injured in the exchange and the mortar round landed in the buffer zone separating land controlled by Israel from Syria, the Israel Broadcasting Corp., or IBC, reported. [Read more…]

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Israeli soccer fans harassed at World Cup in Moscow

(JTA) – Soccer fans displaying Israeli flags at World Cup matches in Russia have been subjected to threats, harassment and violence.

In one incident, a man wearing an Israeli flag around his shoulders was filmed as he was being chased around Moscow’s Red Square by men shouting “Palestine,” including one wearing a Tunisian flag. The man wearing the Israeli flag, who was also wearing a kippah, was filmed walking away from the growing group of hecklers along with another man who walked alongside him. [Read more…]

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Flames ravage 19th-century Russian Jewish cemetery

(JTA) – A fire that raged for hours in the city of Voronezh in Russia consumed large parts of its 19th century Jewish cemetery.

The fire appears to have started Friday in the immediate vicinity of the cemetery in the country’s northwest, the news website 36on reported Monday. Police are investigating whether it was the result of arson directed against the Jewish cemetery in an anti-Semitic attack, the report said. The Jewish cemetery in Voronezh has been targeted in such attacks in the past. [Read more…]

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U.S. Treasury’s ‘Putin list’ features at least two Jewish billionaires

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, Sept. 4, 2016. (Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, Sept. 4, 2016. (Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images)

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, Sept. 4, 2016. (Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images)

(JTA) – At least two Jewish billionaires, including the head of the European Jewish Congress, appear on a list of Russian politicians and oligarchs published by the U.S. Treasury as part of a sanctions law against Moscow.

The list of 114 politicians and 96 oligarchs, which was ordered by the U.S. Congress in response to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, all rose to power under Russian President Vladimir Putin. They are considered to be fair game for sanctions under legislation meant to punish Russia for its interference in the U.S. election, as well as other actions such as human rights violations, annexation of Crimea and ongoing military operations in eastern Ukraine. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu, Putin to discuss Iran after Moscow Holocaust commemoration event

MOSCOW (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made firm statements about Iran before leaving for Russia to discuss the Islamic Republic with one of its key allies, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In Russia, Netanyahu said in a statement published Monday morning that he will discuss with Putin “Iran’s effort to turn Lebanon into one giant missile site, a site for precision missiles against the State of Israel, which we will not tolerate.” [Read more…]

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Report: Ukraine had more anti-Semitic incidents than all former Soviet countries combined

(JTA) – In its main annual report on anti-Semitism, Israel’s government singled out Ukraine as unusual in Eastern Europe for the alleged increase in attacks there, triggering protest by Kiev.

The allegation appeared in the anti-Semitism report for 2017 that the Ministry for Diaspora Affairs under Education Minister Naftali Bennett published last week, ahead of the Jan. 27 International Day of Holocaust Remembrance. [Read more…]

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