Israel’s Supreme Court rules some Tel Aviv businesses, supermarkets can operate on Shabbat

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that some businesses and supermarkets may remain open on Shabbat.

The decision issued Wednesday dealt with the operation of businesses in entertainment complexes including the Tel Aviv and Jaffa harbours along with the old train station, as well as the opening of supermarkets in some parts of the city. [Read more…]

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Israelis rally in Tel Aviv in solidarity with Women’s March

(JTA) – Hundreds of Israelis, mostly women, rallied in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington.

The rally on Saturday night, marking the first day that U.S. President Donald Trump spent in office, was one of dozens taking place in cities around the world in support of the human rights march in Washington, D.C. which drew about 2.6 million people. Hundreds of thousands of people also marched in cities throughout the United States and around the world. The march in downtown Ottawa drew an estimated 6,000-8,000 people. [Read more…]

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Obama told Trump that embassy move to Jerusalem could be ‘explosive’

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Barack Obama said he conveyed to his successor Donald Trump that moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem could be “explosive.”

“Obviously it’s a volatile environment when sudden unilateral moves are made that speak to the core issues or sensitivities of either side. That can be explosive,” Obama said Wednesday at his final news conference when asked whether he had consulted with Trump about moving the embassy from Tel Aviv. [Read more…]

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Trump’s defense pick: Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of defense said at confirmation hearings that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital – apparently at odds with the president-elect, who has said he intends to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

“The capital of Israel that I go to, sir, is Tel Aviv, sir, because that’s where all their government people are,” James Mattis, a retired four-star general, told the U.S. Senate hearing on Thursday morning in response to questions about policy on Israel. [Read more…]

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Portuguese eatery trashed over chef’s visit to Israel

The Cantinho do Avillez restaurant in Porto, Portugal following vandalism on Nov. 19. 2016 attributed to BDS activists . (Photo courtesy of WJC)
The Cantinho do Avillez restaurant in Porto, Portugal following vandalism on Nov. 19. 2016 attributed to BDS activists . (Photo courtesy of WJC)

The Cantinho do Avillez restaurant in Porto, Portugal following vandalism on Nov. 19. 2016 attributed to BDS activists . (Photo courtesy of WJC)

(JTA) – Anti-Israel activists vandalized a restaurant in Portugal because its head chef participated in a food festival in Israel.

The perpetrators, who are believed to be activists for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, on Friday night spilled red paint on the facade of the Cantinho do Avillez restaurant in the northern city of Porto and posted signs on it reading: “Free Palestine,” “Avillez collaborates with Zionist occupation” and “Entrée: A dose of white phosphorus.” [Read more…]

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Rabbi: Parking garage collapse due to Sabbath desecration

Rescue personnel digging in the search for missing workers at a construction site collapse in Tel Aviv, Sept. 5, 2016. (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)
Rescue personnel digging in the search for missing workers at a construction site collapse in Tel Aviv, Sept. 5, 2016. (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

Rescue personnel digging in the search for missing workers at a construction site collapse in Tel Aviv, Sept. 5, 2016. (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

(JTA) – An Israeli rabbi said the collapse of a parking garage under construction in Tel Aviv that killed six occurred due to lack of Sabbath observance.

Rabbi Meir Mazuz, the head of the Tunisian Jewish community in Israel, made the comments during a lecture he delivered on Saturday night in Bnei Brak, Ynet reported. [Read more…]

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Death toll in Tel Aviv construction site collapse rises to 3

Rescue personnel digging in the search for missing workers at a construction site collapse in Tel Aviv, Sept. 5, 2016. (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)
Rescue personnel digging in the search for missing workers at a construction site collapse in Tel Aviv, Sept. 5, 2016. (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

Rescue personnel digging in the search for missing workers at a construction site collapse in Tel Aviv, Sept. 5, 2016. (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

(JTA) – The body of a worker was pulled from the rubble of the collapse of a four-level underground parking structure under construction in Tel Aviv, bringing the death toll to three.

Four other workers, two Israeli and two Palestinian, are believed to still be trapped under the rubble, more than 24 hours after the collapse at the building site late on Monday morning. At least 20 people were injured in the accident. One of the dead has been identified as a Ukrainian worker. [Read more…]

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IDF razes homes of Sarona Market attackers

Israeli security forces arriving at the scene of a suspect terrorist opened fire at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, June 8, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Israeli security forces arriving at the scene of a suspect terrorist opened fire at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, June 8, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

(JTA) – The West Bank homes of the two terrorists who killed four Israelis in a shooting attack on the popular Sarona Market in Tel Aviv were demolished.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) razed the Hebron-area homes of cousins Mohammed Mahamra and Khaled Mahamra on Wednesday night using bulldozers and explosives. They reportedly did not meet with any resistance or rioting. [Read more…]

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