Pope Francis on Pittsburgh synagogue attack: ‘All of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence’

Pope Francis waving from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Dec. 25, 2015. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Francis waving from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Dec. 25, 2015. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Pope Francis led prayers for Pittsburgh in St. Peter’s Square, in the wake of an attack on a synagogue there that left 11 worshippers dead.

The head of the Catholic Church said Sunday morning that “all of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence.”

On Sunday, after reciting the prayer The Angelus, the Pope said: “I express my closeness to the city of Pittsburgh, in the United States of America, and in particular to the Jewish community, hit yesterday by a terrible attack in the synagogue. The Most High welcomes the dead in his peace, comfort their families and support the wounded. In reality, we are all wounded by this inhumane act of violence. May the Lord help us to extinguish the outbreaks of hatred that develop in our societies, strengthening the sense of humanity, respect for life, moral and civil values, and the holy fear of God, who is Love and Father of all. “ [Read more…]

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Investigation opened into Palestinian woman’s death by rock throwers

(JTA) – The Israel Security Agency (ISA) has opened an investigation into the death of a West Bank Palestinian mother of eight, who was killed when a rock thrown at the car driven by her husband struck her in the head.

Aisha Mohammed Rabi, 47, was killed late Friday night at the Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank. Thousands attended her funeral on Saturday. [Read more…]

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Syrian man arrested in Berlin for alleged chemical weapons plot targeting Israel

(JTA) – A Syrian man who was recently arrested in Germany belonged to a cell plotting to use chemical weapons in attacks on Israeli targets, a German tabloid reported.

The 21-year-old terror suspect was arrested last Thursday by Germany’s SEK unit in a Berlin cafe according to the report Friday in Bild. He was wanted in connection with an April 14 assault in the German capital, police said at the time of his arrest. [Read more…]

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EU committee votes to freeze $17 million in Palestinian aid over textbook incitement against Israel

(JTA) – A European Parliament committee voted to freeze more than $17 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) incitement against Israel in its textbooks.

The Budgetary Committee’s bill is an amendment to the European Union’s draft budget, which will go to a plenary vote in late October. If the budget passes, the EU will withhold the money from the Palestinian Authority until it commits to reforming its textbooks. [Read more…]

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Israel will withhold from Palestinian Authority stipend paid to teen who stabbed to death Ari Fuld

Israel activist Ari Fuld in a photo from his Facebook page.

Israel activist Ari Fuld in a photo from his Facebook page.

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said Israel will deduct from the tax revenues it collects for the Palestinian Authority the amount of money that is paid to the teen who stabbed Ari Fuld to death.

Kahlon made the announcement on Friday in a tweet.

In the tweet, he also said that he would find ways to prevent the family of Khalil Jabarin, 17, from benefitting from his murder of the 45-year-old dual American and Israeli citizen, who was the father of four children. [Read more…]

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Gaza teen said killed by Israeli troops during Yom Kippur rioting

(JTA) – Hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators rioted along the Gaza border on Yom Kippur, throwing firebombs and rocks at Israeli soldiers, and a Palestinian teen reportedly was killed during the response by troops.

The Israeli troops responded with riot dispersal methods, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. The Gaza Health Ministry said along with the teen killed, at least three others were injured in Wednesday’s riots near Rafah by soldiers using live fire, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported. [Read more…]

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Woman says Ari Fuld shot Palestinian assailant as he tried to stab her

Ari Fuld at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. (Facebook)
Ari Fuld at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. (Facebook)

Ari Fuld at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. (Facebook)

(JTA) – An employee of a falafel shop at the Gush Etzion junction said the Palestinian teen who stabbed Ari Fuld was running at her brandishing his knife when Fuld shot him.

After he was stabbed, Fuld, an American and Israeli citizen who served in the Israeli army and continued to serve in the reserves, ran after the stabber, then planted his feet and shot at him before collapsing to the ground. He was pronounced dead at a Jerusalem hospital after resuscitation efforts failed. A civilian bystander also shot the assailant, who remains in a Jerusalem hospital with slight injuries. [Read more…]

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