Kibbutz movement to celebrate 50 years of settlements in disputed Golan

(JTA) – Left-wing members of the kibbutz movement are protesting the organization’s sponsorship of an event celebrating 50 years of settlement on the Golan Heights, which the critics say is occupied territory.

Several members of the left-leaning Meretz party who belong to the movement wrote an open letter last week expressing their disapproval of the plan to hold an event in the near future celebrating the anniversary in the Golan Heights, the nrg news site reported Friday. [Read more…]

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Israeli planes strike in Syria, triggering interception of anti-aircraft fire

(JTA) – Israel’s military carried out aerial strikes in Syria and intercepted missiles launched at its aircraft from the ground, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson said in an unusual statement.

The strikes took place Thursday night, according to the statement. No Israelis were hurt during the strikes or from the anti-aircraft fire, the statement also said. Whereas Israel is believed to have carried out several attacks on Syrian soil in recent years, it usually refrains from confirming or denying reports on its alleged actions there. [Read more…]

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Jewish groups decry Trump’s new immigration executive order

(JTA) – Jewish groups condemned an executive order issued by U.S. President Donald Trump banning new visas to the United States for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries.

Trump on Monday signed an order blocking for 90 days new visas for citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Iraq, which was included in an earlier version of the order that was blocked by federal judges, was not included in the new order. [Read more…]

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Trump ban order leads Florida authorities to hold seven Jews

(JTA) – Among the travelers delayed for hours by the Trump administration’s executive orders banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries were seven people with ties to the Syrian Jewish community, according to a report.

Florida Today, the state’s subsidiary of USA Today, reported Monday that federal authorities had detained the seven people for over six hours disembarking at Port Canaveral from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. At least three of them were U.S. born, the news site said, quoting Ruth Singer, an attorney involved in the case. [Read more…]

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Iran and Syria must pay $178 million to family of Jewish infant killed in Hamas attack, U.S. court rules

(JTA) – A U.S. court ruled that Iran and Syria must pay a total of $178.5 million US in damages to the family of an infant with dual American-Israeli citizenship who was killed in a terrorist attack by a member of Hamas.

Chaya Zissel Braun was three months old when she was thrown from her stroller and killed in October 2014 in a car-ramming attack in Jerusalem. [Read more…]

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Liberman says Assad and Iran must leave Syria as part of deal

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks at the Saban Forum in Washington D.C. on December 2 2016.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks at the Saban Forum in Washington D.C. on December 2 2016.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks at the Saban Forum in Washington D.C. on December 2 2016.

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said any outcome in Syria must include the ouster of the Assad regime and its Iranian backers, a posture that could lead to tensions with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

“What is crucial for any deal on Syria, two preconditions: Assad out of Syria, Iranians out of Syria,” said Liberman, speaking Friday at the annual Saban Forum, a convocation of Israeli and U.S. leaders organized by the Brookings Institution. [Read more…]

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