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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).


Return to normal temperatures Thursday

Sunday, July 24, 2016

It will be partly cloudy, Sunday evening. Fair skies will prevail through Thursday with temperatures rising slightly above average on Monday. Tuesday will see additional slight warming with an increase in heat stress. Wednesday will continue to be unseasonably hot. Temperatures will drop to their seasonal average on Thursday.

Monday highs:
Jerusalem: 32Celsius/88 Fahrenheit;
Sea of Galilee, Dead Sea, Eilat: 40C/104F;
Golan Heights: 35/95; Haifa, Tel Aviv: 31/88;
Be'er Sheva': 36/96


Rabbi Eliyahu: Rabbi Berland must be incarcerated

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Rabbi Eliyahu responds negatively to the question of whether Rabbi Berland should be freed from jail.


Amona Task Force: Advance the authorization bill

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Task Force in the struggle for the Samarian Jewish community of Amona called, Sunday evening, for advancement of a bill that would authorize Amona as a solution in light of a Supreme Court order to uproot the community by the end of the year.

The task force was reacting to the removal of the bill from Sunday's agenda of the Ministerial Committee on Legislation. The committee will meet on Wednesday to discuss the bill if Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit does not rule in favor of a program to use the Absentee Property Law to allow community residents to stay put until homes are ready on nearby land.


Rabbi Berland confronts complainants

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Police interrogated Rabbi Eliezer Berland, extensively on Sunday regarding allegations of sex offenses. The leader of the Shuvu Banim yeshiva was confronted by a number of the women who filed complaints against him but denied the charges.

Police are expected to seek continuation of Rabbi Berland's remand on Monday.

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Google Commemorates the Leader who Loved the Land of Israel

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Exhibition commemorating the life and times of former Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir launched on Google virtual platform.

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