Palestinians, Israeli troops clash during Jewish pilgrimage to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus

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) – Palestinians in the West Bank city of Nablus threw firebombs and fired guns at Israeli soldiers escorting Jewish pilgrims to visit Joseph’s Tomb.

The Israeli security forces also found two explosive devices in the tomb, which were defused by sappers. [Read more…]

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Israel’s Security Agency thwarted 480 terror attacks in past year, chief says

Israeli soldiers and medics at the scene of a stabbing attack by a Palestinian teen which killed American-Israeli Ari Fuld outside a mall in the Etzion bloc on Sept. 16, 2018. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)
Israeli soldiers and medics at the scene of a stabbing attack by a Palestinian teen which killed American-Israeli Ari Fuld outside a mall in the Etzion bloc on Sept. 16, 2018. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)

Israeli soldiers and medics at the scene of a stabbing attack by a Palestinian teen which killed American-Israeli Ari Fuld outside a mall in the Etzion bloc on Sept. 16, 2018. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israel Security Agency (ISA) thwarted 480 terror attacks in the past year, its director said.

In a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, ISA Director Nadav Argaman called the apparent quiet in the West Bank “deceptive.” He told the lawmakers that Gaza and the West Bank have become “extremely unstable” over the last year. [Read more…]

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Palestinian woman shot after attempting to stab Border Policeman in West Bank

(JTA) – A Palestinian woman who attempted to stab a Border Policeman in the West Bank was shot and wounded.

The woman pulled out a sharp object later identified as a pair of scissors and tried to stab the Border Policeman who was performing a security check at a gas station near the Kfar Adumim settlement, according to the Israel Police. Police officers also found a knife in the woman’s bag. [Read more…]

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Palestinian attempts to stab Israeli civilians and soldier near Hebron

(JTA) – A Palestinian man attempted to stab Israeli civilians and a soldier near the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, outside of Hebron in the West Bank, before being shot by Israeli troops.

The wounded would-be stabber was evacuated for medical treatment, according to the Israel Defense Forces.  No Israelis were injured in the attempted attack early Monday afternoon. The IDF said it is investigating the incident at the Elias junction, located at the entrance to Kiryat Arba. [Read more…]

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At least 40,000 Jews gather in Hebron to mark biblical purchase of Cave of the Patriarchs

(JTA) – Tens of thousands of Jewish Israelis and visitors came to the West Bank city of Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in a yearly pilgrimage to mark the reading of the week’s Torah portion.

This past Shabbat, Jews around the world read the Torah portion Chayei Sarah, in which the Biblical patriarch Abraham buys the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron in order to bury his dead wife Sarah. [Read more…]

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European soccer lifts ban on airing World Cup games in Jewish settlements

The Union of European Football Associations, or UEFA, reversed its position on showing World Cup soccer in Israeli settlements. (Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The Union of European Football Associations, or UEFA, reversed its position on showing World Cup soccer in Israeli settlements. (Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Union of European Football Associations, or UEFA, reversed its position on showing World Cup soccer in Israeli settlements. (Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – In a reversal, Israel’s public broadcaster will be allowed to air the preliminary games of the World Cup and Euro 2020 soccer tournaments, including in West Bank settlements.

The Union of European Football Associations, or UEFA, walked back its original decision not to allow Kan to air its games in West Bank settlements. Kan programming is broadcast throughout the West Bank on regular media airwaves, as well as though satellite and cable television providers. [Read more…]

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Palestinian forces in West Bank and Gaza routinely arrest and torture critics, Human Rights Watch says

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)

(JTA) – Palestinian security forces in the West Bank and Gaza routinely arrest and torture peaceful critics and opponents, a Human Rights Watch report says.

As the Palestinian Authority-Hamas feud has deepened, each has targeted the other’s supporters, the report released Tuesday says. [Read more…]

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Palestinian teen indicted in fatal West Bank stabbing of activist Ari Fuld

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

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

(JTA) – The Palestinian teen who is seen on video stabbing and killing the American-Israeli activist Ari Fuld outside a West Bank shopping mall was charged in military court with his death.

Khalil Jabarin, 17, was indicted Sunday for intentionally causing death, a murder charge in the West Bank military court, as well as several other charges. [Read more…]

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Israeli soldier stabbed by Palestinian assailant in Hebron

Palestinians watching an Israeli soldier on patrol in a street on September 23, 2013 in Hebron, West Bank. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Palestinians watch an Israeli soldier on patrol on September 23, 2013 in Hebron, West Bank. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

(JTA) – An Israeli soldier was stabbed by a Palestinian assailant near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

The soldier was lightly injured in the Monday morning attack.

“After being stabbed, the soldier, along with other troops nearby, shot and neutralized the terrorist, preventing him from stabbing anyone else,” the IDF said.

The assailant was identified by the Palestinian Maan news agency as Muhammad Maamar al-Atrash. Maan reported that he was killed by Israeli forces.

A photo accompanying the Maan article showed the assailant’s body covered with a black bag. Haaretz reported that he is a 42-year-old father of seven.

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