Gazan Palestinians enter Israel, set fire to IDF outpost

Israeli fire fighters and soldiers attempting to extinguish a fire in a wheat field next to the border with Gaza, May 15, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Israeli fire fighters and soldiers attempting to extinguish a fire in a wheat field next to the border with Gaza, May 15, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Israeli fire fighters and soldiers attempting to extinguish a fire in a wheat field next to the border with Gaza, May 15, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A group of Gazan Palestinians cut through the border fence with Israel and set fire to an empty Israel Defense Forces outpost.

The Palestinians, 10 in all, fled back through the fence into Gaza after the Tuesday morning attack on the outpost used by snipers during the March of Return border protests. [Read more…]

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U.S. dedicates embassy in Jerusalem amid jubilation and violence

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump, adviser to and daughter of President Donald Trump, revealing a dedication plaque at the official opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump, adviser to and daughter of President Donald Trump, revealing a dedication plaque at the official opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump, adviser to and daughter of President Donald Trump, revealing a dedication plaque at the official opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The United States dedicated its embassy in Jerusalem.

Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin during the Monday afternoon ceremony recited the “Shehechyanu” prayer, said when one is thankful for a new or unusual experience. [Read more…]

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10th teen found dead after flash flood in southern Israel

Family and friends at the funeral of 18-year-old Maayan Barhom at the Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem, Friday, April 27, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Family and friends at the funeral of 18-year-old Maayan Barhom at the Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem, Friday, April 27, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Family and friends at the funeral of 18-year-old Maayan Barhom at the Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem, Friday, April 27, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

(JTA) – The body of a missing Israeli teen was found overnight Thursday, bringing to 10 the number of teenage hikers killed by a flash flood during a hike in southern Israel.

Two Palestinian children also died from flooding in the West Bank, Haaretz reported, as the region has been lashed by intense spring rains. [Read more…]

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Trump’s top Middle East negotiator urges Palestinians back to table

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s top Middle East peace negotiator, said efforts to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace were still underway and urged the Palestinians to return to the table.

Greenblatt delivered his appeals twice this week, once at a key policy conference in Israel and then at a special meeting of a funding committee for the Palestinians. [Read more…]

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U.S. diplomats flee West Bank workshop after Palestinian protesters storm event

A view of the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank (Maysa Al Shaer/Wikimedia Commons)
A view of the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank (Maysa Al Shaer/Wikimedia Commons)

A view of the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank (Maysa Al Shaer/Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) – U.S. diplomats holding a business workshop in the West Bank for Palestinians fled after protesters stormed the meeting over the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

About five protesters threw tomatoes and kicked the diplomats’ car on Tuesday as they were leaving the Bethlehem event, Agency France-Presse reported, and held signs expressing their opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem announced last month. [Read more…]

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Palestinian teens shot in legs during attempted stabbing attack

(JTA) – Two Palestinian teens were wounded in their legs after they attempted to stab Israeli security forces at a West Bank junction.

Border Police at an observation point near the Tapuach junction on Tuesday saw the teens approaching a bus shelter at the traffic circle. They called on the teens to stop and after they refused shot into the air, according to the Border Police. [Read more…]

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Palestinian women’s group pulled out of Women’s March over Jewish actress Scarlett Johansson

Jewish actresses Scarlett Johansson, right, and Mila Kunis speaking onstage at the 2018 Women’s March Los Angeles at Pershing Square, Jan. 20, 2018. (Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for The Women’s March Los Angeles)
ewish actresses Scarlett Johansson, right, and Mila Kunis speaking onstage at the 2018 Women’s March Los Angeles at Pershing Square, Jan. 20, 2018. (Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for The Women’s March Los Angeles)

Jewish actresses Scarlett Johansson, right, and Mila Kunis speaking onstage at the 2018 Women’s March Los Angeles at Pershing Square, Jan. 20, 2018. (Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for The Women’s March Los Angeles)

(JTA) – A Palestinian women’s group pulled out of the Women’s March Los Angeles over the inclusion of Jewish actress Scarlett Johansson as a featured speaker.

Several other pro-Palestinian groups also boycotted the march held on Saturday, one of dozens that took place across the United States and Canada to fight for women’s rights and progressive causes. The first march held last year took place in cities around the world the day after U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration. [Read more…]

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Brazil extradites Israeli man convicted of killing Palestinian in 2004

(JTA) – A German-Israeli man who fled to Brazil after being convicted in the killing of a Palestinian taxi driver in 2004 was extradited.

Yehoshua Elitzur, 46, was arrested in Sao Paulo in 2014, putting an end to a decade-long manhunt. He left Brazil on Wednesday and was scheduled to appear in court for a remand hearing after his arrival in Israel, Israel’s Ministry of Justice said in a statement. [Read more…]

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Israeli troops kill man suspected in drive-by shooting death of rabbi

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)

(JTA) – A Palestinian man was killed and two Israeli soldiers injured in a night-time raid in Jenin in the West Bank to capture the man responsible for the drive-by shooting death of an Israeli rabbi.

Hamas and the Palestinian health ministry identified the man killed in the late Wednesday night raid as Ahmed Nasser Jarrar, 22, the son of a senior West Bank Hamas official killed in 2002. Jarrar is believed to be behind the attack that killed Rabbi Raziel Shevach of the Gilad Farms outpost, who was shot as he drove his car near the Gilad Farms outpost in the northern West Bank earlier this month. [Read more…]

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Palestinian teen who slapped Israeli soldiers denied bail

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) – A teenage Palestinian girl and her mother were ordered held without bail until the end of legal proceedings against them for slapping and harassing Israeli soldiers standing guard in a West Bank Palestinian village.

A military judge approved the prosecution’s request in the case against Ahed Tamimi, 16, and her mother, Nariman, on Wednesday in Ofer Military Court in the West Bank. [Read more…]

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