Netanyahu says U.S. and Israel will work together to vanquish ‘militant Islam’

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Echoing the language favoured by U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told AIPAC that Israel would work with the United States to defeat the “forces of militant Islam.”

“We must be sure that the forces of militant Islam are defeated,” Netanyahu said in a video address Monday morning to the Israel lobby AIPAC’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.  “I’m confident the United States and Israel will stand together shoulder to shoulder to ensure light triumphs over darkness.” [Read more…]

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Rasmea Odeh, Palestinian woman imprisoned in Israel for terror attack, takes U.S. plea deal

(JTA) – A Palestinian woman who had not told U.S. immigration authorities that she had been imprisoned in Israel for two terror attacks accepted a plea bargain that forces her to leave the country.

Rasmea Odeh, 69, would not spend time in U.S. prison or detention but would lose her U.S. citizenship, according to a Thursday statement by the Rasmea Defense Committee. [Read more…]

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Jewish groups, including those targeted, welcome arrest of bomb threat suspect

The American-Israeli teenager arrested on suspicion of making over 100 bomb threats to American JCCs leaving court in Rishon Lezion, Israel, March 23, 2017. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)
The American-Israeli teenager arrested on suspicion of making over 100 bomb threats to American JCCs leaving court in Rishon Lezion, Israel, March 23, 2017. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

The American-Israeli teenager arrested on suspicion of making over 100 bomb threats to American JCCs leaving court in Rishon Lezion, Israel, March 23, 2017. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Organizations targeted by recent bomb threats and other U.S. Jewish groups welcomed news of the arrest of a suspect – an Israeli with American citizenship who reportedly is Jewish.

The Anti-Defamation League, whose headquarters in New York and at least three satellite offices across the country received called-in threats, said in a statement issued Thursday – the day the 19-year-old suspect was arrested in Israel – that it was “relieved” that an arrest has been made in the majority of the bomb threats. [Read more…]

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Trump adviser Jason Greenblatt did not request settlement freeze, Prime Minister’s Office says

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Prime Minister’s Office in Israel has denied Israeli media reports that Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s adviser on international relations, asked for a settlement freeze during meetings in Israel.

“The reports concerning Mr. Greenblatt’s visit to Israel and any purported U.S. demands of Israel in talks regarding the settlements are false,” read a statement issued Thursday from the office, The Times of Israel reported. [Read more…]

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Teen with dual Israeli-American citizenship arrested in Israel for JCC bomb threats

(JTA – A teen with dual Israeli and American citizenship who lives in Ashkelon in southern Israel was arrested on suspicion of carrying out more than 100 bomb threats on Jewish institutions in the United States and Canada.

The suspect, 19, was arrested by Israel’s anti-fraud squad and his home searched on Thursday. He also is accused of a series of threats made in Europe, Australia and New Zealand in the last six months, according to reports in Israel. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu support for Trump’s wall triggers wave of online anti-Semitism in Mexico

(JTA) – The support expressed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in January for U.S. President Donald Trump wanting to build a wall separating the United States and Mexico has triggered an “alarming” wave of anti-Semitism online, according to an Argentine Jewish watchdog.

A report by the Argentine Observatorio Web released earlier this week analyzed comments in 22 online articles from the major Mexican newspapers El Universal, Excelsior and Milenio and concluded that nearly 40 per cent of the comments were anti-Semitic. The most recurrent themes were the vindication of Adolf Hitler, the representation of Jews as avaricious, greedy, usurers and guided purely by economic interest. [Read more…]

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Jewish groups urge U.S. Congress to preserve anti-Semitism monitor

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jewish groups urged the U.S. Congress to preserve the U.S. State Department’s anti-Semitism monitor.

Representatives of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Secure Community Network (SCN) testified Wednesday before the human rights subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. [Read more…]

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