Palestinian shot dead in attempted stabbing attack in West Bank

(JTA) – Palestinians rioted in the West Bank at the site of an attempted stabbing attack by a Palestinian against a group of Israeli soldiers, who shot and killed the assailant.

During the clashes Thursday afternoon near the Palestinian village of Teqoa, the Israeli forces shot live bullets and rubber-coated steel bullets toward the crowd, injuring a Palestinian police officer who was hit by a rubber-coated steel bullet, according to the Palestinian Maan news agency. Teqoa is near the Israeli settlement of Tekoa in the Gush Etzion bloc. [Read more…]

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Two Israeli soldiers hurt in car-ramming try near Hebron; Palestinian driver shot and killed

(JTA) – Two Israeli soldiers were injured when a Palestinian attempted to drive his car into troops stationed at the entrance to a West Bank village near Hebron.

The soldiers hurt in the attack in Beit Anoun were taken to a Jerusalem hospital for treatment. Soldiers on the scene shot and killed the driver.

The Palestinian Maan news agency quoted a witness as saying there were two people riding in the car with Palestinian license plates. He also alleged that the soldiers denied a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance access to the wounded Palestinian driver.

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Abbas’ Fatah party calls for ‘day of rage’ following Temple Mount clashes

Israeli Police trying to clear Muslim worshippers from the area of the Lions’ Gate after they performed their noon prayers outside the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 17, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Israeli Police trying to clear Muslim worshippers from the area of the Lions’ Gate after they performed their noon prayers outside the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 17, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli Police trying to clear Muslim worshippers from the area of the Lions’ Gate after they performed their noon prayers outside the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 17, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

(JTA) – The party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for a “day of rage” in eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank to protest new security measures at the Temple Mount.

The call on Tuesday by Fatah for a day of rage on Wednesday followed a night in which Muslims protesting the installation of metal detectors on the Temple Mount clashed with Israeli security forces. About 50 Muslim protesters and one Israeli officer were hurt in the violent protests in eastern Jerusalem. [Read more…]

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Israeli soldier who shot downed Palestinian moving to house arrest

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting a downed Palestinian terrorist, will be released to house arrest.

Azaria, who was convicted in January and sentenced in February, has been confined to the closed Nachshonim military base since being arrested in March 2016. However, his military service is ending Thursday and he must leave the base.  [Read more…]

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Canada reverses ban on labelling West Bank products as ‘Made in Israel’

Vered Saadon toasts with an Israeli tour group in Rahelim, West Bank, June 21. (Andrew Tobin)

Vered Saadon toasts with an Israeli tour group in Rahelim, West Bank, June 21. (Andrew Tobin)

(JTA) – Federal government authorities withdrew a guideline that prevented goods produced in the West Bank from being labelled “Made in Israel.”

In a statement released July 13, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said that two wines that had fallen under the labelling ban did in fact “adhere” to the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement and could be sold as labeled. [Read more…]

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Ontario vendors ordered to stop selling West Bank wines labelled ‘Product of Israel’; B’nai Brith Canada predicts order will be rescinded

(JTA) – The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) has ordered wine vendors to stop selling wines labelled as “Product of Israel” if they are manufactured in the West Bank.

A letter sent on Tuesday from the LCBO to liquor vendors singles out the Psagot and Shiloh wineries, located in the Ramallah area of the West Bank. The vendors are asked to remove the wine from their shelves and to discontinue importing them. [Read more…]

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After UNESCO vote, Netanyahu reads from Bible to prove Jewish ties to Hebron

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put a kippah on his head and read from the Bible during the weekly cabinet meeting to illustrate the Jewish people’s and Israel’s connection to Hebron.

Sunday’s display came after the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on Friday acting on a request from the Palestinians, declared Hebron’s Old City to be a heritage site in danger. [Read more…]

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