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Widow of Orlando shooter pleads not guilty to aiding him

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Noor Salman, the widow of the gunman responsible for the shooting attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando this past June pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges she aided her husband in planning the attack, AFP reported.

Salman, 30, entered her plea at a hearing in federal court in northern California where she was arrested on Monday in relation to last year's assault by her husband Omar Mateen.


Fighting in the 'lawfare' battlefield

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Watch: ILTV speaks with Patent Attorney Larry Goldstein, author of “A Table Against Mine Enemies”.


Abbas threatens a 'diplomatic response' to American embassy move

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday promised a “diplomatic response” if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump follows moves the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Speaking at a press conference in Bethlehem, Abbas called on Trump not to move the embassy to Jerusalem, warning that there would be a “political and diplomatic” response to such a move. He did not elaborate.


Australian mayor declines synagogue invite over 'occupation'

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The mayor of a Sydney suburb who said he is half-Jewish declined to attend a ceremonial service at the city’s Great Synagogue, citing his opposition to Israel’s actions in Judea and Samaria, JTA reported on Wednesday.

Mayor Peter Abelson of the Mosman municipality thanked Rabbi Benjamin Elton for the invitation to the annual Law Service but said he would not be attending.


Three people missing after avalanche in Italy

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Several people are missing after an avalanche struck a hotel in Pescara, in the Abruzzo region in Italy on Wednesday night.

Russia Today (RT), which cited Italian media, reported that the avalanche occurred at the base of the Gran Sasso mountain range, near the Rigopiano di Farindola hotel.


Egypt adds former soccer star to terror blacklist

Thursday, January 19, 2017

An Egyptian court has added former soccer star Mohamed Aboutrika to the authorities’ terror list based on suspicions he financed the banned Muslim Brotherhood, AFP reported on Wednesday.

In 2015 a government committee froze the assets of the former player for Cairo-based club Al-Ahly and Egypt’s national team, two years after he retired, according to the news agency.


German official blasts right-wing politician's Holocaust remark

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Germany's vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, on Wednesday blasted remarks by a prominent member of the German right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, who suggested that Germany should end its decades-long tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past.

Bjoern Hoecke also criticized the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, saying, "We Germans, our people, are the only people in the world who have planted a monument of shame in the heart of the capital.”


Report: Istanbul terrorist acted on direct orders from ISIS

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Abdulgadir Masharipov, the terrorist who killed 39 people in Istanbul's Reina nightclub on New Year's Eve, told police he acted on direct orders from the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group in Syria, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Masharipov was captured by Turkish security forces on Monday evening in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul after a two-week manhunt.


Swastika drawn at home of Canadian Jewish newspaper columnist

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Swastika drawn in the snow on the front lawn of a columnist for a Canadian Jewish publication.


Senate committee confirms Trump's Defense Secretary

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Senate committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved James N. Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Defense, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Mattis thus became the first of Trump's Cabinet picks to clear the crucial hurdle.


Dismissed Army Radio broadcaster: I don't support ramming attacks

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Khen Elmaleh, the radio broadcaster who was fired from the Galgalatz radio station after she appeared to express sympathy with the terrorist who carried out the car ramming attack in the Negev Bedouin village of Umm Al-Hiran, responded on Wednesday night to her dismissal in a post on Facebook.

"I do not support ramming attacks. I will not let the headlines turn me into someone who supports killing. I saw with my own eyes people who were pushed into a corner, tied onto gas tanks, fighting back, becoming criminals and outlaws in an instant just because they demonstrated and defended their rights. The media which wrote these shocking headlines can keep looking, Army Radio and Yaron Dekel – I’ll settle the score with them when the storm passes," she wrote.


Auschwitz museum appeals for personal SS documents

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Director of Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum appeals to Germans and Austrians to donate documents related to the SS staff of the camp.


FBI to probe bomb threats against JCCs

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The FBI said on Wednesday it would probe the wave of false telephone bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the United States.

The announcement came after 27 JCCs in 17 U.S. states reported receiving bomb threats, a week after 16 Jewish community centers in nine states received similar threats.


Al-Qaeda claims Mali suicide bombing

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Al-Qaeda's North African affiliate on Wednesday claimed a suicide bomb attack on a military camp in northern Mali, saying it was punishment for groups there cooperating with France.

Following the attack, in which 60 people were killed and more than 100 others were wounded, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced three days of national mourning.


1,500 rabbis call on Trump administration to support refugees

Thursday, January 19, 2017
More than 1,500 U.S. rabbis sign a letter calling on the incoming administration to maintain the federal refugee resettlement program.


Waiting for the big Friday

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Michael Fragin begins his "Countdown to the Inauguration" with Phil Goldfeder, YU's Assistant VP for Government Relations.


Glick welcomes new government ministers

Thursday, January 19, 2017

MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) on Wednesday evening welcomed the appointments of Ayoob Kara and Eli Cohen as ministers.

"I’m happy that a man from among the minorities joins the government, happy that it’s a Druze, happy that it’s Ayoob Kara. Congratulations also to Economy Minister Eli Cohen, a worthy person and a professional. The government has been strengthened,” tweeted Glick.


Obama warns: Moving the embassy could be explosive

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Outgoing President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned his successor Donald Trump against “sudden, unilateral moves” related to the Israeli-Palestinian Authority (PA) conflict, in what appeared  be a reference to Trump’s intention to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"The President-elect will have his own policy," Obama told reports as he held a final news conference, two days before leaving office.

"But obviously it's a volatile environment. What we have seen in the past is when some unilateral moves are made that speak to some of the core issues and sensitivities of either side, that can be explosive," he warned.


Government to approve appointment of two new ministers

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The government will approve at its meeting on Sunday the appointment of two new ministers.

MK Eli Cohen (Kulanu) will be appointed as Economy Minister, while Deputy Minister for Regional Development Ayoob Kara (Likud) will be appointed as a Minister without Portfolio in the Prime Minister’s Office.


'True friend and lover of Israel' elected EU president

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Antonio Tajani was elected president of EU parliament, Conference of European Rabbis welcomed appointment of 'true friend of Jewish nation'.


'The UN already knows that things are going to change'

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Israeli Ambassador to the UN says organization will change after inauguration of Donald Trump, will no longer be able to be as anti-Israel.


Liberman: Words don't bring an indictment

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Avigdor Liberman referred to allegations against the Prime Minister and said that 'words don't bring an indictment.'


Live: Obama's final press conference

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
President Obama holds final press conference before Trump's inauguration.


Trump pick for UN envoy supports moving US embassy to Jerusalem

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says at Senate confirmation hearing the she supports President-elect Trump's pledge to move embassy.


Bennett on BBC: PA envoy to US a Holocaust denier

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Education Minister Naftali Bennett faces off against PA envoy who called Holocaust a hoax, demands he retract statement


IDF deploys for prayers in Joseph's Tomb

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Shomron Brigade Tracking Officer described IDF preparations for secure entries to Joseph's Tomb. Hundreds worshiped there Tuesday night.


Deputy Defense Minister: Interrogate Arab MKs for incitement

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan demanded an interrogation of Arab MKs incitement which led to terror attack in Umm Al-Hiran.


MK Glick: Trump inauguration an event of historical importance

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
MK Yehuda Glick records message on way to Trump inauguration,says Trump could be transformative for the Jewish people like King Cyrus.


'You left at dawn to do your duty'

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Hundreds attended the funeral of Erez Levi, murdered Wednesdayin a terror attack. Police Commissioner and Interior Minister eulogized him.


18 more US Jewish institutions receive bomb threats

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Two weeks after 16 Jewish institutions evacuated due to bomb threats, 18 more evacuated due to similar threats.


Five Jewish Congressmen to boycott Trump inauguration

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
5 Jewish Democrats in Congress to boycott Trump inauguration Friday.


New Arrow 3 missile interceptor reaches IAF

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The Israeli army on Wednesday received new ballistic missile interceptors significantly upgrading Israel's aerial defence systems


Eizenkot's term as Chief of Staff extended by another year

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman decides to extend the appointment of Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot by another year.


Right-wing German politician slams Berlin Holocaust memorial

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Bjoern Hoecke, a right-wing German politician, called the Berlin Holocaust memorial a 'monument of shame in the heart of the capital'.


New Arrow 3 missile interceptor reaches IAF

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The Israeli army on Wednesday received new ballistic missile interceptors significantly upgrading Israel's aerial defence systems


CIA admits to conducting psychic experiments on Uri Geller

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The CIA conducted psychic experiments on famed Israeli magician Uri Geller in the 1970s in an attempt to weaponize psychic abilities, newly declassified documents reveal. About 13 million pages of documents and videos were released Wednesday. Geller was brought to the Stanford Research Institute in 1972 as part of the “Stargate program," where he was placed in a sealed and monitored room, where his alleged psychic abilities were tested.


Right-wing German politician slams Berlin Holocaust memorial

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Bjoern Hoecke, a right-wing German politician, called the Berlin Holocaust memorial a 'monument of shame in the heart of the capital'.


How do Bedouins become radical Islamists?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Dr. Mordechai Kedar, expert on Israeli Arabs, says that Bedouins who feel marginalized in Israeli society are attracted to extremist Islam.


Justice Minister: Arab MKs incitement led to attack

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked blamed incitement from Arab politicians and leftist organizations in Israel for the Negev ramming attack Wednesday morning. One police officer was killed during the ramming attack. Speaking in an interview broadcast Wednesday evening, Shaked said: "These [attacks] are very difficult cases which are mainly the result of the incitement of Arab MKs and extreme leftist groups who entered the picture in the last few days."


Army Radio broadcaster:'I would also run over a policeman'

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Army Radio broadcaster Hen Elmaleh was fired after expressing sympathy on her Facebook page.for terrorist who murdered policeman in Negev.

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