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Former PM advisor Perach Lerner's case to be closed

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Prosecutors have reached an arrangement with Perach Lerner, an advisor of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who was suspected of conflict of interest in connection with her husband's work, fraud and breach of trust

Under the agreement, the criminal case against her will be closed but she will be fired and cannot work in the civil service for five years. In addition, she will pay a fine of 20,000 shekels.


Surprise inspections at nursing homes

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Welfare Ministry conducted surprise inspections at nearly 130 nursing homes around the country Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

The inspections follow reports of nursing-home residents suffering from abuse. Results of the inspections will be published at the start of next week.


Eldad Yaniv will run for Labor chair

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Attorney Eldad Yaniv has informed Chairman Yitzhak Herzog of the Labor Party that he will run for the party chairmanship.

He joins Knesset members Amir Peretz and Erel Margalit as announced candidates for the post.


Steve Jobs final project has an opening date

Thursday, February 23, 2017
After six years of planning and building, Apple's new headquarters is set to open this April.


Bill: Cameras for senior nursing wards

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A bill to require installation of various types of cameras as a condition for obtaining a license to operate nursing wards was submitted to the Knesset on Thursday morning.

The measure follows reports of recent cases of abuse in senior citizen centers. Extending the bill to other types of institutions which house the helpless is also being considered. Under the legislation, the cameras would be monitored by the Health Ministry under normal conditions with the police to be given access under court orders if abuse is accepted. A patient's family would have the right to refuse monitoring of the camera.


Watch: Where does your cotton come from?

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Many children are forced to work long hours in extreme conditions in order to fill the high demand for cotton around the world.


Police: Release Kfar Saba mayor to house arrest

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Police will ask a court to release to Kfar Saba Mayor Yehuda Ben Hamo to house arrest under restricted conditions.

Ben Hamo was recently arrested on suspicion of a number of counts of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.


Shaked: Next task - a haredi justice

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Following Wednesday's announcement of the appointment of three conservative judges to the Supreme Court, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told Israel Defense Forces Radio on Thursday, "We still don't have a haredi-religious Supreme Court judge," adding, "That's definitely the next task."

Referring to the latest appointments, Shaked said, "The move will strengthen public confidence in the justice system and I am not afraid to say clearly that the move will strengthen the right-wing public's trust in the Supreme Court."


Hearing for girls arrested for praying near Temple Mt

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Four girls who were arrested on Wednesday while praying near one of the gates of the Temple Mount remained in custody overnight.

They face a Thursday-morning hearing in the Jerusalem Magistrates Court.


Report: PM will meet with Putin in two weeks

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, is due to travel to Moscow in about two weeks to meet President Vladimir Putin, according to a Thursday-morning report by Channel 10 Television.

The two leaders will discuss coordination regarding the war in Syria, among other things.


Watch: Aftermath of dam collapse

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Many were told to evacuate as water burst through a California dam, leaving many homeless.


Netanyahu: I still support pardon for Elor Azariya

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said, Thursday, that he still supports amnesty for soldier Elor Azariya, even after the 18-month manslaughter sentence given Azariya in the shooting death of a wounded terrorist.

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Holocaust records digitization a weapon against denial

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Director of International Affairs Paul A. Shapiro of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, who fought for the opening and access to and subsequent digitization of the nearly 200 million historical documents from the Holocaust by the International Tracing Service, told a Wednesday evening symposium in Jerusalem, “These archives and their growing accessibility are a potent weapon against rising Holocaust denial.” He said, “It is also an important lesson for today about resurgent Antisemitism. In the Holocaust, when hatred was unleashed it wasn’t limited to Jews. Just as today when Antisemitism is on the rise, its dangers extend beyond the Jewish community.”

For decades, the International Red Cross and governments around the world, including the US and Israel, did not allow the archives to be opened for public use. Holocaust scholar Elana Heideman, who heads the Israel Forever Foundation, said “It is our hope that this digitization process will revive interest in the Holocaust, especially among the descendants of Holocaust victims,” adding, “This process will make the facts and reality of the Holocaust accessible for future generations, especially as survivors are dwindling in number.”


Smotrich: Seal, don't destroy

Thursday, February 23, 2017

MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) submitted an urgent request Thursday morning to join the respondents in a petition by residents of nine houses in the Samarian Jewish community of Ofra to seal them instead of destroying them under a Supreme Court order in light of the enactment of the regulation law for Jewish commuities in Judea and Samaria.

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Erdan: If no attack in Umm Al-Hiran, apology is due

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan used his Facebook page, Thursday morning, to respond to criticism of the police following the death of an Bedouin whose vehicle fatally ran over a police officer during the demolition of illegal structures in the Negev community of Umm Al-Hiran.

Erdan wrote, "Umm al-Hiran event was a serious event, whether it was an attack or not." Referring to the driver, he continued, "We will accept and act according to the conclusions of the Police Investigative Department, whatever it may be. If it turns out that it was a not a terrorist attack, then we certainly have to apologize to his family."

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Computer failure closes Transportation Ministry offices

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Transport ministry offices throughout the country have been closed due to a malfunction of the ministry's central computer, according to Kol Yisrael government radio.

Ministry teams are working to locate the source of the problem. Licensing offices will reopen to the public as soon as repairs are made.


Remand hearing in anti-Arab soccer violence case

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A hearing on extention of detention is scheduled on Thursday morning for three youths suspected of attacking an Arab about a month ago.

Police arrested the youths following the attack, which allegedly took place at the end of a soccer match between Beitar Jerusalem and Bnei Sakhnin.


Israeli arrested for Bogota airport bomb threat

Thursday, February 23, 2017

An Israeli civilian about the age of 50 threatened to bomb the airport in Bogota after his flight was delayed, according to Thursday-morning reports in Colombian media.

The passenger was detained by immigration police after he threatened "to use a bomb in his possession if the flight did not leave soon." Following this, security procedures were activated and the police were called to investigate the baggage of the Israeli and the rest of the passengers.


PA resident killed in accident near Shavei Shomron

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A woman from the Palestinian Authority was killed Thursday morning when the vehicle she was driving collided with a bus next to the Samarian Jewish community of Shavei Shomron.

Two other PA residens were injured and taken to hospital.


France won't agree to doubt on Jewish ties to Jerusalem

Thursday, February 23, 2017

French President Francois Hollande has told the annual banquet of Jewish organizations in France that his country will not agree to cast doubt on the historical connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem.

Holland also said in his speech that France continues to adhere to the two-state solution and "the establishment of a Palestinian state".


63% in favor of amnesty for Elor Azariya

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A poll published by Yisrael Hayom on Thursday shows 63 percent of the Jewish Israeli public in favor of pardoning soldier Elor Azariya, following the 18-month sentence handed down this week on his manslaughter conviction for killing a wounded terrorist last March.

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1-day warning strike by crane operators

Thursday, February 23, 2017

About 1,200 operators of various types of cranes are striking on Thursday to protest an impasse on negotiations regarding working conditions.

A labor dispute was declared two weeks ago.


Sentencing due for Rabbi Metzger

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Jerusalem District Court is scheduled on Thursday to sentence former Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yona Metzger on a conviction for accepting bribes totaling about five million shekels.

Metzger was convicted in a plea bargain in which he admitted the offense and is expected to serve three years in prison.


1,200 worshipers at Joseph's Tomb

Thursday, February 23, 2017

About 1,200 Jewish worshipers entered the Tomb of Joseph on the outskirts of the Samarian Palestinian Authority city of Shechem on Wednesday evening.

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Congestion on southbound Route 2 at Kfar Shmariyahu

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Congestion is reported on southbound Highway 2 at Kfar Shmariyahu due to a disabled vehicle.

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes.


13 wanted terror suspects arrested

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Israel Defense Forces arrested 13 people, Wednesday evening in Judea and Samaria, who were wanted for involvement in terror and violent disorders directed at Israelis.

Four terrorists were arrested in each of the following places: Aboud, Beit Ummar and Qabatiya. The other arrest took place in Abu-Dis. The detainees were turned over to security agencies for further investigation.


Rouhani: We'll continue to support 'Palestine'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday promised to continue to support Palestinian Arabs, calling on other Muslim nations to do so as well.

"The Iranian nation has paid a heavy price for supporting the Palestinian nation and opposition to the Zionist regime's actions but it will continue its support with resolve and determination," Rouhani said in a meeting with Palestinian Authority (PA) politician Salim al-Zanoun in Tehran on Wednesday, according to the Fars news agency.


IDF soldier lightly wounded during operation in Shechem

Thursday, February 23, 2017

An IDF soldier was wounded overnight Wednesday when an explosive device was thrown at IDF troops that were operating in the Balata neighborhood of Shechem. The soldier was evacuated for medical treatment in a hospital.

He was treated for minor injuries.


Hollande: France insists on 'two-state solution'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

French President Francois Hollande reiterated on Wednesday night that his country is committed to a “two-state solution” for the Middle East conflict.

The French leader, addressing an event hosted by the CRIF umbrella grouping of Jewish organizations, said a two-state solution was the only guarantee for Israel to remain a "pluralist and democratic society", reported AFP.


McCain secretly visits Syria

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) secretly visited the Kurdish-held region of Syria during a trip to the Middle East last weekend, where he met with United States military officials, The Hill reported Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for McCain later confirmed the trip in a statement.


No hate crime charges in robbery of French Jewish couple

Thursday, February 23, 2017

French prosecutors decided to omit any reference to hate crimes from the indictment of four men suspected of rape and robbery at a suburban Paris home they acknowledged was targeted because it belonged to Jews, JTA reported on Wednesday.

The incident occurred in 2014 in Creteil, when the men who were armed with a pistol and a shotgun stormed the home of a young Jewish couple, raped the woman and stole jewelry and bank cards while uttering anti-Semitic insults.


Waze puts morning drivers to Jerusalem in a (traffic) jam

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Error by Waze causes major headache for Israeli drivers heading to Jerusalem.


Toronto mosque apologizes for anti-Jewish prayer

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A downtown Toronto mosque has issued an apology for a hateful prayer supplication in which an imam wished for the death of Jews.

Earlier this week, the CIJnews website exposed excerpts from the supplications (originally in Arabic) which recited by Aymen Elkasrawy and Shaykh Abdool Hamid at the Masjid Toronto mosque in 2016.


CIA aid to Syrian rebels frozen after jihadist attack

Thursday, February 23, 2017

CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under a major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said on Wednesday, according to the Reuters news agency.

The sources said that no official explanation had been given for the move this month following the jihadist assault, though several said they believed the main objective was to prevent arms and cash falling into Islamist hands. They added they expected the aid freeze to be temporary.


JCC near San Diego evacuated after emailed bomb threat

Thursday, February 23, 2017
San Diego-area JCC evacuated after receiving a bomb threat in an email.


Toronto mayor: No place for anti-Semitism in this city

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Toronto Mayor John Tory and leaders in the city’s Jewish community on Wednesday condemned the recent discovery of anti-Semitic notes inside a condo building in the city’s Willowdale neighborhood.

Post-it notes bearing a Swastika and reading “No Jews” were found on the front doors of several Jewish residences in the building, while a number of residents also reported the theft of a mezuzah from their front doors.


'The two-state solution has been dead for a decade'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

MK Avi Dichter (Likud) on Wednesday stressed that there will not be a “one-state solution” in which there is one state with an Arab majority, but also made clear that the “two-state solution” is no longer viable.

The comments come amid an apparent change of thought in the White House, after President Donald Trump last week told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he would not commit to the two-state solution as the only way to solve the Israeli-Arab conflict.


Warsaw initiates deadline for renewing restitution claims

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Warsaw publishes list of 48 buildings claimed in dormant restitution suits, opens six-month window for new claims under recent legislation.


Homeland Security Secretary: No mass deportations of immigrants

Thursday, February 23, 2017

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Wednesday said U.S. authorities were not carrying out mass deportations of immigrants and would follow the law.

At the same time, Kelly who spoke during a visit to Guatemala stressed that deportees would be returned their home countries more quickly than in the past.


White House delays announcement of new immigration order

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The White House has pushed back the release of a new executive order on immigration, a White House official said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

The order is now expected to be issued "sometime next week," the official said.

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