Tens of thousands of Israelis attend rally marking Yitzhak Rabin’s murder

Israelis attending a rally marking 22 years since the assassination of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, Nov. 4, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Israelis attending a rally marking 22 years since the assassination of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, Nov. 4, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Israelis attending a rally marking 22 years since the assassination of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, Nov. 4, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

(JTA) – An estimated 85,000 rallied in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to mark the 22nd anniversary of the assassination of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

The rally Saturday night was controversial for stressing national unity over peace. The rally, organized by two centrist organizations: the Darkenu movement and Commanders for Israel’s Security, was held under the slogan “We are one people,” and did not include national politicians on its list of speakers. [Read more…]

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Trump signs waiver, won’t move embassy to Jerusalem now

President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner, left, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017. (Israel Bardugo)

U.S. President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner, left, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017. (Israel Bardugo)

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump signed an order to renew the six-month waiver that allows the U.S. embassy to remain in Tel Aviv rather than moving it to Jerusalem.

As a candidate, Trump promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem, which was required by an act of Congress in 1995 but which successive administrations have delayed with a series of six-month waivers, citing national security concerns. The latest waiver, signed by Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, expired on Thursday. [Read more…]

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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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