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Iran arrests another Iranian-American

Monday, July 25, 2016

Iran has arrested another Iranian-American, it confirmed on Sunday, adding to a number of dual nationals the country has detained in recent years, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The Iranian-American was arrested in Gorgan, a city 250 miles northeast of Tehran, Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi said during a press conference broadcast by state media.

No further details about the man's identity were provided, but reports appeared last week that Robin Shahini, an Iranian-American man from San Diego, had been detained in Gorgan.


Netanyahu offers Abbas condolences over brother's death

Monday, July 25, 2016
In a rare phone call, Netanyahu offers PA chairman condolences on the death of his brother.


Wreckage from EgyptAir crash again washes up on an Israeli beach

Monday, July 25, 2016
Wreckage from crashed EgyptAir flight 804 found on the beach in Haifa.


Obama's brother: I'll vote for Trump

Monday, July 25, 2016

President Barack Obama’s half-brother does not plan to vote for his brother's Democratic party in the November presidential election.

Speaking to The New York Post Sunday, Malik Obama said he wants to make America great again so he’ll be voting for Donald Trump and not for Hillary Clinton, who has been endorsed by his brother.


Former KKK leader David Duke to run for Senate

Monday, July 25, 2016
David Duke who endorsed Trump announces he will run for Senate in Louisiana.


Hasidic camp bus crash in Poconos injures at least 9

Monday, July 25, 2016
Accident involving a minibus bringing Jewish campers home from a trip in Pennsylvania injured at least nine teenagers.


Mississippi couple who joined ISIS to be sentenced in August

Monday, July 25, 2016

A federal judge has scheduled sentencing next month for a Mississippi couple who pleaded guilty to planning to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group, The Associated Press reported Sunday.

Online court records show that sentencing for Jaelyn Young, who left her parents a note saying she had planned it all, is scheduled for August 11. Sentencing for Young’s fiance, Muhammad Dakhlalla, will be on August 24, according to AP.


Holocaust survivors from Florida perform in former ghetto

Monday, July 25, 2016
Musical duo of Holocaust survivors from Florida return to their native Poland to perform there for the first time.


WikiLeaks removes anti-Semitic tweets

Monday, July 25, 2016
WikiLeaks removes tweets that described some of its Jewish critics as "establishment climbers."


German police arrest friend of Munich shooter

Monday, July 25, 2016

A 16-year-old friend of the gunman who killed nine people in the German city of Munich on Friday has been arrested by police, Sky News reported late Sunday.

Investigators say the Afghan teenager is suspected of knowing about David Ali Sonboly's planned attack and failing to report it.


Portugal town opens Jewish heritage center

Monday, July 25, 2016
Portugal’s culture minister inaugurates Jewish heritage center in the country’s east.


'Wonder Woman' trailer starring Israeli actress released

Monday, July 25, 2016
Warner Brothers releases first official trailer for "Wonder Woman," starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot in the title role.


Trump surrogate retweets anti-Semitic post, then apologizes

Monday, July 25, 2016
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn retweets an anti-Semitic post and then apologizes, saying it was in error.


Pokemon craze hits Holocaust memorials

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Pokemon Go craze continues and has now hit Holocaust memorials in Germany and a Jewish cemetery in Britain, JTA reported Sunday.

Players who use the highly popular application walk around real-life neighborhoods to hunt and catch virtual cartoon characters on their smartphone screens.


Sanders supporters to fight Clinton's VP pick

Monday, July 25, 2016

Delegates for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) are planning to fight the nomination of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as the party's vice presidential nominee, JTA reported on Sunday.

Speaking at a news conference Sunday, Norman Solomon, a Sanders delegate from California and national coordinator of a group of Sanders delegates called the Bernie Delegates Network, said Kaine's positions on a range of issues were unacceptable to Sanders supporters.


Update: 12 injured in explosion at Germany restaurant

Monday, July 25, 2016
12 people injured in an explosion at a restaurant in Ansbach. The attacker who detonated the explosive was killed.


Kaine cites Holocaust survivor who died in shooting massacre

Monday, July 25, 2016
Tim Kaine cites Holocaust survivor who died protecting others during a shooting.


Iran complains to IAEA over leaked document on nuclear deal

Monday, July 25, 2016

Iran announced Sunday it will lodge a protest with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over recent media leaks of confidential information about the country's long-term nuclear program, PressTV reports.

Last week, The Associated Press news agency exposed a classified document which revealed that key restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program imposed under an internationally negotiated deal will start to ease years before the 15-year accord expires.


Poll: Most ex-religious want children to be traditional

Monday, July 25, 2016

A survey taken by the religious-Zionist polling company Miskar finds that it is "very important" to 14% of those who call themselves "formerly religious" that their children observe at least part of the Jewish traditions. Another 45% said that it is "important" to them.

The poll surveyed 250 datlashim, an acronym for "datiim l'she'avar," or formerly religious.


16-year-old injured in stabbing in Qalansuwa

Monday, July 25, 2016

A 16-year-old boy was seriously injured on Sunday night in a stabbing in the Arab city of Qalansuwa in the Sharon region.

Paramedics evacuated him to the Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba. The incident is of a criminal background.


Germany: One killed in explosion in restaurant in Ansbach

Monday, July 25, 2016

One person was killed and 10 were injured in an explosion at a restaurant in Ansbach, Germany.

It is believed the explosion was caused by a gas leak.

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DNC chairwoman steps down amid leaked emails scandal

Monday, July 25, 2016

Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Sunday announced she would be stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) at the end of the party's convention, which is set to begin Monday, CNN reports.

The Florida congresswoman's resignation comes amid hackers' release of emails that show DNC staffers favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the party's 2016 nominating contest.


This Lithuanian concentration camp is now a wedding venue

Monday, July 25, 2016
Seventh Fort in Vilnius is actually a former concentration camp.


82-year-old man dies in Nazareth Illit

Monday, July 25, 2016

An 82-year-old man was found on unconscious at his home in Nazareth Illit on Sunday night.

Paramedics who arrived on the scene pronounced him dead. The incident is being investigated.


Israel and Cyprus to increase cooperation

Monday, July 25, 2016

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades met on Sunday and agreed to increase cooperation between the two countries.

A statement from the Prime Minister's Office said the two leaders “held wide ranging discussions that reflected the close and very important relations both countries enjoy.”


Coalition team on religion and state legislation to meet Monday

Sunday, July 24, 2016

In accordance with coalition agreements, a team of lawmakers will be established on Monday to discuss religion and state legislation.

The team will include representatives of all factions of the coalition and will be headed by Minister Yariv Levin (Likud).

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