13 dead, over 50 injured in Barcelona van-ramming attack near kosher restaurant

Medical staff members and policemen standing in a cordoned off area after a van ploughed into the crowd on the Rambla in Barcelona, August 17, 2017. (Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images)
Medical staff members and policemen standing in a cordoned off area after a van ploughed into the crowd on the Rambla in Barcelona, August 17, 2017. (Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images)

Medical staff members and policemen standing in a cordoned off area after a van plowed into the crowd in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona, August 17, 2017. (Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A van plowed through a crowd of people on Barcelona’s main shopping street, reportedly killing at least 13 people and injuring over 50 others.

Police said they were treating the Thursday incident as a terrorist attack, according to the French news agency AFP. [Read more…]

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Temple Mount saw record number of Israeli visitors, despite tensions

A group of Jewish worshippers at the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, Nov. 7, 2016. (Sebi Berens/Flash90)

A group of Jewish worshippers at the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, Nov. 7, 2016. (Sebi Berens/Flash90)

(JTA) – July saw the largest number of Israelis visiting the Temple Mount in any single month since it came under Israeli control in 1967.

Some 3,200 people visited the site, which is holy to both Jews and to Muslims, who refer to the compound as Haram al Sharif, Army Radio reported Friday. In previous years, approximately 11,000 Israelis visited the site annually. [Read more…]

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Israeli court revokes citizenship of Arab-Israeli man over terrorism conviction

(JTA) – An Israeli court revoked the citizenship of an Arab-Israeli man over his terrorism conviction – reportedly for the first time – in a stabbing and car-ramming attack.

The Haifa District Court on Sunday agreed to the request of Interior Minister Arye Deri in the case of Alaa Ziad of Umm al-Fahm. Ziad seriously injured three Jewish Israelis in the October 2015 attack at the start of what has been called the “stabbing intifada.”  [Read more…]

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ZAKA establishes Kohanim unit for future Temple Mount attacks

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The ZAKA search and rescue organization has established a Kohanim unit to respond to future attacks on the Temple Mount.

The unit announced on Sunday was formed by the Haredi organization in the wake of the July 14 terror attack on the Temple Mount, in which three Arab-Israeli men attacked and killed two Druze Israel Police officers at the site holy to Jews and Muslims. [Read more…]

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New Jersey men sentenced for firebombing synagogues, rabbi’s home

(JTA) – Two New Jersey men convicted in the firebombing of North Jersey synagogues in 2011 and 2012 were each sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Anthony Graziano and Aakash Dalal were charged on a 30-count indictment in 2013 with arson and bias-related incidents that occurred from December 2011 to January 2012 in the Bergen County towns of Paramus, Rutherford, Maywood and Hackensack, according to NorthJersey.com, which reported their sentencing Friday. [Read more…]

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Muslim worshippers stay away from Temple Mount despite removal of metal detectors, security cameras

Muslim women protesting at an entrance to the Temple Mount at the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 25, 2017. Muslim worshippers still refused to pray on the Temple Mount following the government’s decision remove the metal detectors and instead place more security cameras on the compound. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Muslim women protesting at an entrance to the Temple Mount at the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 25, 2017. Muslim worshippers still refused to pray on the Temple Mount following the government’s decision remove the metal detectors and instead place more security cameras on the compound. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Muslim women protesting at an entrance to the Temple Mount at the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 25, 2017. Muslim worshippers still refused to pray on the Temple Mount following the government’s decision remove the metal detectors and instead place more security cameras on the compound. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Metal detectors and security cameras installed at entrances to the Temple Mount for Muslim worshippers were removed  hours after the announcement of a Security Cabinet decision to do so.

By Tuesday morning the security measures that had been put in place less than two weeks ago were completely removed. [Read more…]

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