Israeli civilian sentenced to 100 days community service for beating death of Eritrean national mistaken for terrorist

(JTA) – An Israeli civilian was sentenced to 100 days of community service for taking part in the beating of an Eritrean national who he mistook for the terrorist who had just carried out an attack.

David Moyal slammed Eritrean national Haftom Zarhum with a bench in the Beersheba Central Bus Station after an Israeli soldier was stabbed and killed by an assailant at the station in October 2015. Two other men also beat Zarhum on the head and torso while he was down on the ground after being shot by the station’s security guard. All of them had mistaken Zarhum for the terrorist. [Read more…]

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Twitter blocks Hamas, Hezbollah accounts in Israel

Members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatieh, Nov. 8, 2017. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatieh, Nov. 8, 2017. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatieh, Nov. 8, 2017. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Twitter has blocked two accounts belonging to Hamas and closed or blocked some 35 Hamas and Hezbollah accounts in Israel.

The action comes about two weeks after Israel’s public security and strategic affairs minister, Gilad Erdan, sent a letter to the social media network’s CEO and executive chair saying that Twitter has been “largely irresponsive to requests by the Israeli authorities to remove terrorist content and shut down terrorist accounts.” [Read more…]

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Three Arab men convicted of firebombing Swedish synagogue

Police arrive after a synagogue was attacked in Gothenburg, Sweden, late Dec. 9, 2017. (Adam Ihse/AFP/Getty Images)
Police arrive after a synagogue was attacked in Gothenburg, Sweden, late Dec. 9, 2017. (Adam Ihse/AFP/Getty Images)

Police arrive after a synagogue was attacked in Gothenburg, Sweden, late Dec. 9, 2017. (Adam Ihse/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Three Arab men were convicted of the attempted arson of a synagogue in Sweden.

The three men – two Palestinians and a Syrian – were convicted and sentenced Monday in Gothenberg District Court. Two were sentenced to two years in prison and the third to 15 months. [Read more…]

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Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered, appeals court confirms

The grave of late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman at La Tablada Israelite cemetery in Buenos Aires, Jan. 10, 2018. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)
The grave of late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman at La Tablada Israelite cemetery in Buenos Aires, Jan. 10, 2018. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)

The grave of late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman at La Tablada Israelite cemetery in Buenos Aires, Jan. 10, 2018. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered as a direct consequence of his accusation against former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of a cover-up of Iran’s role in the1994 AMIA Jewish centre bombing, a federal court ruled.

The Argentinean Federal Chamber of Appeals on Friday backed the federal judge who is leading the investigation, Julian Ercolini, who ruled last December, more than two years after Nisman death, that it was a murder and not a suicide. [Read more…]

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British Labour Party opposes call for blanket ban on Hezbollah

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in London after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, June 24, 2016. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, seen in London, on June 24, 2016, described Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” in 2009. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Britain’s Labour Party advised its members to block an effort in parliament to ban Hezbollah entirely.

The House of Commons planned to debate the issue Thursday at the request of Joan Ryan, a Labour lawmaker and chair of the party’s Friends of Israel group, The Jewish Chronicle reported. [Read more…]

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Al-Qaida commander who called on Muslims to attack Jews and Americans put on U.S. terror list

(JTA) – A senior al-Qaida leader was placed on the U.S. State Department’s list of global terrorists a day after he called on Muslims to “attack the Jews and the Americans everywhere” in response to the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

According to the State Department announcement Tuesday regarding Khalid Batarfi, “This designation seeks to deny Batarfi the resources he needs to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks.” Among the consequences of the designation, “all of Batarfi’s property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.” [Read more…]

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‘Baby Moshe’ returns to Mumbai Chabad House where his parents were massacred

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu measures the height of Moshe Holtzberg, 11, in his old bedroom in the Mumbai Chabad House. (Chabad Lubavitch of Mumbai/Chabad.org)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu measures the height of Moshe Holtzberg, 11, in his old bedroom in the Mumbai Chabad House. (Chabad Lubavitch of Mumbai/Chabad.org)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu measures the height of Moshe Holtzberg, 11, in his old bedroom in the Mumbai Chabad House. (Chabad Lubavitch of Mumbai/Chabad.org)

Moshe Holtzberg with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sandra Samuel, the nanny who saved his life, dedicate a plaque memorializing the terror attack at the Mumbai Chabad House. (Chabad Lubavitch of Mumbai / Chabad.org

Moshe Holtzberg with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sandra Samuel, the nanny who saved his life, dedicate a plaque memorializing the terror attack at the Mumbai Chabad House. (Chabad Lubavitch of Mumbai / Chabad.org)

(JTA) – Moshe Holtzberg, who lost both his parents in a 2008 terror attack at the Chabad House in Mumbai, visited his old room accompanied by the Indian nanny who saved his life and by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Moshe, 11, known even now in the Indian media as “Baby Moshe,” found the marks on his wall where his mother had measured his height as a toddler. Netanyahu marked his present height on the same wall during their visit on Thursday. [Read more…]

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French Jews protest release of Lebanese-Canadian synagogue bombing suspect

(JTA) – French Jews protested the release of a man who was extradited from Canada on suspicion that he was involved in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue.

CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, said on Friday that it was “indignant” about the release of Hassan Diab, a Lebanese-Canadian academic accused in the 1980 bombing of the synagogue on Copernic Street, which killed four people. Diab has denied any connection to the act, which Israel and other Western countries believe was the work of terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Earlier this week a judge said the prosecution did not have enough “convincing” evidence on Diab and released him. [Read more…]

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U.S. Justice Dept. reopens Hezbollah drug probes

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is setting up a special task force on Hezbollah’s drug trade activities to revive investigations that languished during the Obama administration.

“The Justice Department will leave no stone unturned in order to eliminate threats to our citizens from terrorist organizations and to stem the tide of the devastating drug crisis,” Sessions said Thursday in announcing the establishment of the Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team. [Read more…]

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