Hebron area sees rash of stabbing attempts by Palestinian teens

(JTA) – A Palestinian teenager was shot and wounded while attempting to stab Israeli soldiers near Hebron in the fourth attack in the area in the past seven days – three by teens.

The assailant, who was reported as being 13 or 15, ran toward a bus stop at the Elias Junction, near the entrance to the Kiryat Arba settlement adjacent to Hebron, waving a knife, according to the Israeli army. Soldiers opened fire and injured him. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Three of the attacks over the past week have come at checkpoints near the flashpoint Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. On Tuesday, a 15-year-old male was stopped for questioning and pulled a knife he had been hiding under his shirt on police officers.

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Palestinian security officer charged with incitement over Facebook posts

(JTA) – Israel has charged a senior member of the Palestinian security service with incitement after he allegedly posted calls on Facebook to carry out acts of violence against Jews.

The posts also included words of praise, admiration and support for acts of terrorism, the Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, said in a statement issued Tuesday. They also featured photos of Adolf Hitler and Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann alongside expressions of longing for men like them. [Read more…]

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Israel’s cabinet approves transfer of nearly $17 million for new settlement

Israeli settlers scuffling with security forces during an evacuation operation of the Amona outpost, Feb. 1, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Israeli settlers scuffling with security forces during an evacuation operation of the Amona outpost, Feb. 1, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s cabinet approved the transfer of additional funds to complete infrastructure work on a new settlement to house the evacuated residents of the Amona illegal outpost.

The cabinet at its weekly meeting Sunday approved a resolution to transfer nearly $17 million to the Interior Ministry to pay for the work on the new Amichai settlement, located near the existing communities of Shiloh and Eli, north of Ramallah. Amichai means “my nation lives.” [Read more…]

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Terrorist attacks on Israelis doubled in July

(JTA) – Israel’s security services last month recorded 222 terrorist attacks against Israelis, the highest number in any month since December 2015.

The attacks resulted in the killing of five Israelis – two police officers shot by terrorists and three members of one family – and the wounding of seven, according to the Israel Security Agency’s monthly report for July published earlier this week. Several Palestinians also died, some while perpetrating attacks and others during clashes with security forces. [Read more…]

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Israeli Supreme Court freezes controversial law legalizing some West Bank outposts

Construction beginning in the West Bank on the new Israeli settlement Amichai meant for the evacuees of the Amona outpost, June 20, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Construction beginning in the West Bank on the new Israeli settlement Amichai meant for the evacuees of the Amona outpost, June 20, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israeli Supreme Court froze a controversial law that legalizes certain wildcat West Bank outposts built on private Palestinian land.

The court’s interim order issued Thursday postponed for two months implementation of the Regulation Law, which several Palestinian authorities had challenged. The government has until the end of the freeze to respond. [Read more…]

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French Jews call for extradition of Palestinians accused of terror attack 35 years ago

(JTA) – On the 35th anniversary of a deadly attack on a Paris kosher restaurant, French Jews called for the extradition of three Palestinians suspected of carrying out the terrorist attack.

CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities and organizations, issued a statement on the matter on Wednesday, August 9, the date in 1982 when six people were murdered and 22 injured on Rosiers Street in Paris in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in France after World War II. [Read more…]

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Brazil to extradite Israeli settler convicted of killing Palestinian in 2004

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – A German-Israeli settler who fled to Brazil after killing a Palestinian will be extradited to serve his sentence in the Jewish state.

Brazil’s Supreme Court decided unanimously on Wednesday to accede to an Israeli request to extradite Yehoshua Elitzur back to Israel to serve a prison sentence for killing Palestinian taxi driver Sael Jabara al-Shatiya in 2004. Brazilian Judge Luis Roberto Barroso hailed the Israeli government’s effort to punish the settler, and read a report from Brazil’s umbrella Jewish organization, the Brazilian Israelite Confederation. [Read more…]

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