SodaStream bringing 74 West Bank Palestinians back to work at Negev plant

SodaStream’s West Bank factory was relocated to the Negev following international criticism. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

SodaStream’s West Bank factory was relocated to the Negev following international criticism. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

(JTA) – Some 74 Palestinian employees of SodaStream, who lost their jobs when the company shut its West Bank plant in the face of international pressure, will return to work at its factory in southern Israel.

The employees’ work permits, which allowed them to enter Israel from the West Bank, expired in February 2016. [Read more…]

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Meeting with Abbas, Trump calls Manchester attackers ‘evil losers’

President Donald Trump shaking hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a joint news conference in Bethlehem, in the West Bank, May 23, 2017. (Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump shaking hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a joint news conference in Bethlehem, in the West Bank, May 23, 2017. (Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump shaking hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a joint news conference in Bethlehem, in the West Bank, May 23, 2017. (Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, Donald Trump condemned those behind the deadly bombing in Manchester, England, the night before as “evil losers.”

“So many young beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term,” Trump said in a joint news conference with Abbas on the second day of the U.S. president’s two-day visit to Israel and the West Bank. “They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are.” [Read more…]

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Israeli settler under attack by rock throwers kills Palestinian man, injures journalist

(JTA) – An Israeli settler opened fire on a group of Palestinians throwing rocks at his car, killing one and injuring a journalist.

The shooter, a father of eight from Itamar in the West Bank who was on his way home from the supermarket, said he felt his life was in danger when he opened fire Thursday afternoon into a crowd of 200 Palestinians who were protesting in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, according to reports citing the Israel Defense Forces. [Read more…]

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White House: Trump staffer’s Western Wall comment do not reflect administration policy

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Reported remarks by a Trump administration official rejecting Israel’s claim to the Western Wall were “unauthorized” and do not represent the position of U.S. President Donald Trump, the White House said.

“The comments about the Western Wall were not authorized communication and they do not represent the position of the United States and certainly not of the president,” a White House official told JTA.  [Read more…]

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Trump Israel visit team member reportedly says Western Wall is ‘part of the West Bank’

Worshipers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Jan. 17, 2017. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Worshipers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Jan. 17, 2017. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Worshipers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Jan. 17, 2017. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A senior member of the U.S. delegation for President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel next week reportedly angered Israeli officials when he said the Western Wall was “part of the West Bank.”

Israel’s Channel 2 reported Monday that the U.S. delegation rejected Israeli requests that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and an Israeli TV crew accompany Trump on his visit to the Western Wall. The U.S. official then reportedly said, “It is not your territory, it’s part of the West Bank.” [Read more…]

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FIFA again delays decision on Israeli soccer teams in West Bank

(JTA) – The governing body of international soccer said it was “premature” to make a decision on the status of Israeli teams that play in the West Bank.

The council of FIFA removed from the FIFA Congress agenda a resolution that would require the teams to stop playing or be sanctioned, and which calls for Israel’s removal from FIFA. It marked the third straight year that the FIFA Congress has delayed making a ruling. [Read more…]

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Cars, homes vandalized in eastern Jerusalem and Galilee in ‘price tag’ attacks

JERUSALEM (JTA) – About 20 cars were vandalized in eastern Jerusalem and in the Galilee area of northern Israel in what are being investigated as anti-Arab hate crime attacks.

The cars were vandalized in eastern Jerusalem overnight in a swath running from the Arab Shuafat neighbourhood to the haredi Orthodox neighbourhood of Ramat Shlomo. The damage was discovered early Tuesday morning. [Read more…]

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Family of Palestinians killed in arson attack sues Israel

(JTA) – The family of a six-year-old Palestinian boy whose parents and brother were killed in an arson attack on their West Bank home has filed a lawsuit against the State of Israel demanding $2.78 million US in compensation, saying its settlement policies led to the attack.

Right-wing Jewish extremists were indicted in the July 2015 firebombing in the Palestinian village of Duma in the northern West Bank. Ahmed Dawabshe, then four, was the only survivor of the attack that killed his brother, Ali, 18 months old; father, Saad; and mother, Riham. [Read more…]

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