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…]

Comment

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…]

Comment

‘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…]

Comment

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…]

Comment

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…]

Comment

Tunisian synagogue torched amid unrest

(JTA) – Unidentified assailants hurled a firebomb at the Ghriba synagogue in the Tunisian island of Djerba, causing minor damage and no injuries.

The incident occurred on Tuesday night amid protests over economic condition in several Tunisian cities, though not in Djerba itself, Reuters reported. [Read more…]

Comment

Fire ravages 2 Paris-area kosher shops on Hyper Cacher anniversary

Security standing guard outside the kosher supermarket in Paris where four Jewish men were murdered when held hostage by an Islamist gunman, Jan. 11, 2015. (Serge Attal/Flash90)
Security standing guard outside the kosher supermarket in Paris where four Jewish men were murdered when held hostage by an Islamist gunman, Jan. 11, 2015. (Serge Attal/Flash90)

Police standing guard outside the kosher supermarket in Paris where four Jewish men were murdered when held hostage by an Islamist gunman, Jan. 11, 2015. (Serge Attal/Flash90)

(JTA) – Two kosher shops were damaged in a fire near Paris on the third anniversary of the slaying of four Jews at a different kosher supermarket in that city.

The fire Monday night at the Promo Stock store in the Paris suburb of Creteil and at the local branch of the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket chain store comes two weeks after swastikas were painted on both stores. [Read more…]

Comment

Bedouin-Israeli women, 19, charged with planning attack for ISIS

(JTA) – Two Bedouin citizens of Israel were arrested for allegedly planning to carry out an attack for the Islamic State terrorist group.

The 19-year-old residents of Lakiya in the Negev in southern Israel were indicted Monday in a Beersheba court on charges of being in contact with Islamic State terrorists. The charges also include planning a deadly terror attack and joining an illegal organization. [Read more…]

Comment

Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi opposes death penalty for terrorists bill

Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef attending a conference in the city of Beit Shemesh, Israel, Jan. 13, 2016. (Yaakov Lederman/Flash90)

Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef attending a conference in the city of Beit Shemesh, Israel, Jan. 13, 2016. (Yaakov Lederman/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi, said in his weekly address that he is opposed to a bill that would allow the death penalty for terrorists.

Yosef said he was concerned about a Jewish terrorist receiving a death sentence, and referred specifically to the Jewish extremists who firebombed a Palestinian home in the West Bank village of Duma, killing three people including an infant. [Read more…]

Comment