Bomb discovered at Joseph’s Tomb ahead of planned visit by 1,000 Jewish worshippers

Jewish settlers praying in Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus, Dec. 28, 2010. (Kobi Gideon / Flash90)
Jewish settlers praying in Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus, Dec. 28, 2010. (Kobi Gideon / Flash90)

Jewish settlers praying in Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus, Dec. 28, 2010. (Kobi Gideon / Flash90)

(JTA) – Israeli security forces discovered and destroyed in a controlled detonation a bomb planted at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus.

The bomb hidden in a cellphone was discovered during a security check late Monday night ahead of a visit by 1,000 Jewish worshippers. [Read more…]

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Hundreds of Jewish clergy urge Netanyahu not to demolish Palestinian village

(JTA) – More than 300 Jewish clergy wrote Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him not to demolish nearly half the buildings in a Palestinian village that Israel has deemed unauthorized.

“The village of Susiya, like its counterparts throughout Area C of the West Bank, has consistently had its applications for building permits denied,” said the letter sent Tuesday, referring to the area of the West Bank wholly under Israeli control. “We are taught in the Torah that there must be one law for all, yet the settlers living alongside Susiya are allowed to participate in the planning and development of their own communities.” [Read more…]

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Palestinians’ fault there is no peace with Israel, U.S. ambassador says in wake of terror attack

Rabbi Raziel Shevach, right, shown with his family, was killed in a shooting near Nablus in the northern West Bank. (Facebook)
Rabbi Raziel Shevach, right, shown with his family, was killed in a shooting near Nablus in the northern West Bank. (Facebook)

Rabbi Raziel Shevach, right, shown with his family, was killed in a shooting near Nablus in the northern West Bank. (Facebook)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The U.S. ambassador to Israel blamed the Palestinians for the lack of peace with Israel in the aftermath of a Palestinian shooting in the West Bank that killed an Israeli man.

“An Israeli father of six was killed last night in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists. Hamas praises the killers and PA laws will provide them financial rewards. Look no further to why there is no peace,” David Friedman tweeted Wednesday morning. [Read more…]

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Israeli father of 5 killed in West Bank drive-by shooting

(JTA) – An Israeli father of five was killed in what is presumed to be a terror-related shooting in the West Bank.

The 35-year-old man, identified as Rabbi Raziel Shevah, 35, was shot Tuesday night by a passing car near Nablus, in the northern West Bank, while he was driving past the Gilad Farm junction.

He died of his injuries at a Kfar Saba hospital. Neighbours said Shevah was a resident of the nearby Gilad Farm outpost, the Times of Israel reported.

Israeli troops were searching the area for the shooter, the army said.

Ynet reported that the attack is presumed to be terror related.

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Palestinian teen believed to be armed killed during West Bank rioting

(JTA) – A Palestinian teen believed to be carrying a gun was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers at a violent protest in the West Bank.

The Israeli military said the teen was among some 30 Palestinian throwing rocks at Israeli troops on Wednesday afternoon in the village of Deir Nidham. Soldiers opened fire after they saw the teen holding what appeared to be a gun, according to reports. [Read more…]

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Iran-backed terror cell foiled in West Bank

(JTA) – Israel said it uncovered an Iranian military intelligence operation in the West Bank that was planning to carry out terror attacks and was collecting intelligence for the Islamic Republic.

The Israel Security Agency (ISA), or Shin Bet, revealed Wednesday that it had detected the cell working in the Hebron area, and that the members were recruited and financed by an Iranian intelligence operative living in South Africa. [Read more…]

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Palestinian teen indicted for slapping IDF soldiers in incident caught on video

Ahed Tamimi, 16, in an Israeli military court following her arrest at her home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Dec. 25, 2017. (Flash90)
Ahed Tamimi, 16, in an Israeli military court following her arrest at her home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Dec. 25, 2017. (Flash90)

Ahed Tamimi, 16, in an Israeli military court following her arrest at her home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Dec. 25, 2017. (Flash90)

(JTA) – An Israeli military court indicted a Palestinian teen and her mother for slapping and harassing IDF soldiers standing guard in a West Bank Palestinian village.

Ahed Tamimi, 16, was charged with aggravated assault, hindering a soldier in the line of duty, incitement, threatening a soldier’s life and rock throwing. The indictment covers six different incidents in recent months in which she got into altercations with Israeli soldiers, including the Dec. 15, 2017 incident that was captured on video. [Read more…]

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Likud’s top body approves resolution to assert sovereignty over parts of West Bank

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Central Committee of the Likud Party voted unanimously to approve a resolution that calls on party leaders to exercise civilian law over parts of the West Bank.

The vote by more than 1,000 members of the 3,000-member committee was held Sunday evening at Airport City in central Israel. While the vote is non-binding, it is considered important by Likud politicians, who need the support of the powerful committee to be considered for Knesset spots in future elections.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the Likud Party, did not attend the meeting. [Read more…]

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