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Shabbat Shalom from Israel!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Arutz Sheva is stopping its round-the-clock news updates of at this time in honor of the Sabbath. Jerusalem candle lighting time is 17:13 Summer Time (Friday). Our North American desk will keep you informed until the 17:38 EDT candle lighting time in New York.

The updates will resume Saturday night from Israel, following the conclusion of Shabbat at 18:29 Jerusalem time.

Shabbat Shalom!


Court orders Ashdod Port mechanical workers to return to work

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Regional Labor Court in Be'er Sheva on Friday accepted the Ashdod Port management's request and ordered the mechanical equipment employees to return to work.

The Histadrut Labor Federation told the court that the employees were never instructed to work overtime.


Oren Hazan celebrates his birthday in Ariel

Friday, October 28, 2016

Friends and family of MK Oren Hazan (Likud) on Friday celebrated his 35th birthday in his parents' home in the city of Ariel in Samaria.

The celebration was held in the background of this week's court verdict stating Hazan used hard drugs and served as director of a casino in Bulgaria before he became an MK.


'I miss you grandfather'

Friday, October 28, 2016
Ceremony held marking 30 days since passing of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.


Ivanka: My father always supported my decision to convert

Friday, October 28, 2016
Daughter of GOP nominee says Judaism inspires her and serves to shape her 'moral compass'.


When God created the Universe

Friday, October 28, 2016
Rabbi Dr. Ari Zivotofsky on how the Torah and science don't contradict at all.


Teens break into Israeli school, torture and kill classroom pets

Friday, October 28, 2016
Police arrest 16-year olds after animals found tortured to death in Israeli school.


Trump gains on Clinton as election day nears

Friday, October 28, 2016
Polls show Clinton's lead shrinking nationally and in battleground states as race enters final days.


BDS vandals target Israeli goods in Canadian mall

Friday, October 28, 2016
Consumers at Winnipeg mall shocked to discover stickers urging boycott of Israel placed on boxes containing Israeli products.


Arab vandals torch memorial to victims of Second Intifada

Friday, October 28, 2016
The memorial to Yoav Doron and Yehuda Ben-Yosef on Antenna Hill was desecrated by Arab vandals.


The Land of Israel and the Torah are intertwined

Friday, October 28, 2016
The mitzvot are intrinsic to Israel. The Torah and Land of Israel are inseparable - the one can only flourish with the other.


Stolen Torah scrolls recovered intact

Friday, October 28, 2016
Four Torah scrolls stolen from a Brooklyn synagogue returned.


Watch: Anti-Israel protesters trap pro-Israel students

Friday, October 28, 2016
Anti-Israel protesters block exit from pro-Israel event at London University, trap attendees inside.


Arabs raid IDF outpost

Friday, October 28, 2016
Arabs broke into an IDF outpost near Yitzhar, taking advantage of the easing of travel conditions during the olive harvest.


Roger Waters loses millions over BDS support

Friday, October 28, 2016
Roger Waters loses $4 million sponsorship deal because organization uncomfortable with his anti-Israel activism.


Flights cancelled and roads closed as Eilat hit by floods

Friday, October 28, 2016
Heavy rains in southern Israel force closure of airport, roads as cars trapped in flood waters.


Abbas plans Fatah congress amid succession rumors

Friday, October 28, 2016
Aging Palestinian Authority leader agrees to first Fatah congress since his term expired in 2009, amid speculation of possible replacement.


Gush Etzion mayor resigns amid sexual misconduct claims

Friday, October 28, 2016
Davidi Perl to step down following revelation of secret agreement with accuser, including payment of hundreds of thousands of shekels.


Haaretz writer accused of sexually assaulting US journalist

Friday, October 28, 2016
Haaretz's Ari Shavit downplays accusation, calling incident a 'misunderstood courtship'.


Abbas and Mashaal meet in Qatar

Friday, October 28, 2016

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday met in the Qatari capital Doha with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal to discuss the issue of "Palestinian national unity '' and general elections.

Also present at the meeting were PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat and senior Hamas official Ismail Haniyeh.


Anti-Semitic British lawmaker suspended

Friday, October 28, 2016

British lawmaker Jenny Tonge has been suspended from her Liberal Democrat party over her latest anti-Israel rhetoric, JTA reported on Thursday.

The party suspended Tonge, who serves in the upper house of the Parliament, after she hosted an event earlier this week at the House of Lords that featured critical observations about the Balfour Declaration of 1917, in which the United Kingdom committed to viewing favorably the establishment of a Jewish national home in what would later become the British Mandate on Palestine.


Chinese airline flies to 'Palestinian Territories'

Friday, October 28, 2016

A passenger aboard a flight of Chinese Hainan Airlines from Beijing to Israel was shocked to notice that the airline was sending him to the “Palestinian Territories” instead of Israel, the European Jewish Press (EJP) reported on Thursday.

According to the report, the passenger wrote on Facebook that he described during the flight that Israel was not featured on the in-flight navigation map and that instead, “Palestinian Territories” was listed.


Russia: Report on Syria chemical weapons unconvincing

Friday, October 28, 2016

Russia on Thursday dismissed as "unconvincing" the findings of a UN-led investigation showing that Syrian forces had carried out three chemical attacks, saying that no sanctions should be imposed.

"We believe that the proof is not there for any punitive action to be taken. It's simply not there," Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters following a closed-door Security Council meeting, according to the AFP news agency.


Jewish feminist magazine celebrates 40th anniversary

Friday, October 28, 2016
Jewish feminist magazine Lilith celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special issue.


Netanyahu holds secret meeting on Hazan

Friday, October 28, 2016

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held a secret meeting on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing saga surrounding Likud MK Oren Hazan, Channel 2 News reported.

The meeting came after a court determined that there was evidence to believe that Hazan consumed hard drugs in Bulgaria before he was elected to the Knesset.


Former pitcher fires back at liberal Jewish critics

Friday, October 28, 2016

Curt Schilling, the former All-Star pitcher and prospective U.S. Senate candidate, criticized liberal Jewish leaders who criticized his comments on Jews and Democrats and referred to them as “clowns”, JTA reported Thursday.

Schilling made headlines last week when he appeared on CNN and asked Jewish host Jake Tapper why Jews in the United States continue to vote for the Democrats when they have been so clearly anti-Israel.


Anti-Semitic graffiti found near Virginia campus

Friday, October 28, 2016
Local police investigating anti-Semitic graffiti left on a building near the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville.


Trump: Cancel the election and declare me the winner

Friday, October 28, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested on Thursday that he'd like to "cancel the election" and be declared the winner.

"Just thinking to myself right now, we should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump," he said during a rally in Toledo, Ohio, according to CNN.


Israeli documentary named to shortlist for Academy Awards

Friday, October 28, 2016
Israel’s Oscar quest for 2017 gets off to a hopeful start by placing on the first shortlist of documentary contenders.


French Jews urged to rally over UNESCO resolutions

Friday, October 28, 2016

The main Jewish groups in France urged members to rally in front of the headquarters of the country’s Foreign Ministry to protest its failure to oppose UN resolutions that ignore Jewish ties to Jerusalem, JTA reported on Thursday.

On Wednesday, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee passed a resolution denying the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

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