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Australian PM reiterates support for two-state solution

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, reiterated his country’s support for the two-state solution, while rebuking critics of Israel’s construction in Judea and Samaria.

In a column for The Australian newspaper published on Wednesday, ahead of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to Australia, Turnbull wrote that Australia recognized that Israel and the Palestinian Arabs “need to come to a settlement and we support a directly negotiated two-state solution so that Palestinians will have their own state and the people of Israel can be secure within agreed borders.”


Toddler loses consciousness while asleep in Samaria

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A two-year-old lost consciousness while sleeping at his parents' home in the Shomron community of Etz Efraim.

Volunteers from United Hatzalah provided him with medical treatment and he was then transferred to hospital in critical condition.


Lithuania reconsiders plans to build atop former Jewish cemetery

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Lithuania’s government reportedly reconsidering plans to build convention center atop former Jewish cemetery in Vilnius.


Missouri governor to help repair vandalized Jewish cemetery

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Jewish governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens, said on Tuesday that he will volunteer to help repair a St. Louis-area Jewish cemetery where at least 170 gravestones were toppled over the weekend.

Greitens in a news release cited the concept of "tikkun olam," or repair of the world, and asked helpers to bring rakes, garbage bags, wash rags and more cleaning supplies.


11 dead in air strikes in Syria's Deir Ezzor

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

11 people were killed on Tuesday in unidentified air strikes on a gas station and parking garage in an ISIS-held village in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The group was unable to identify who carried out the bombing raids.


Meet Jewish filmmaker behind Trump's 'fake news' on Sweden

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Jewish-American filmmaker Ami Horowitz puts spotlight on Sweden’s problems with immigration and crime.


ISIS claims rocket fire on southern Israel

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist organization on Tuesday evening claimed responsibility for firing two rockets on the Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel on Monday.

A statement quoted by the Amaq news agency, considered the mouthpiece of ISIS, said, "Islamic State fighters yesterday attacked the residents of the Israeli Eshkol region with two Katyusha-type rockets, south of Palestine."


Hadar Goldin’s parents visit 9/11 memorial

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The parents of IDF Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, who was killed in Gaza in 2014 during Operation Protective Edge and whose body is still being held by the Hamas terror group, visited the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan on Tuesday with the father and brother of Nancy Morgenstern, who was killed in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.

Harvey and Jeffrey Morgenstern met Simcha and Leah Goldin at an event on Sunday hosted by the Belev Echad organization. Mr. and Mrs. Goldin are currently in New York to rally support for their campaign calling for the return of their son's remains.


Hazan asks Rivlin to pardon Azariya

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

MK Oren Hazan (Likud) on Tuesday evening asked President Reuven Rivlin to grant clemency for Elor Azariya, so that he does not spend a single day in prison.

"You need to step in and decide on clemency for Elor in order to prevent the intervention of the Knesset,” Hazan wrote the president.


One dead, seven injured in accident near Nazareth

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

One person was killed and seven others were injured, among them two seriously, in a collision between three vehicles on Route 79, near Nazareth, on Tuesday evening.

A Magen David Adom helicopter was dispatched to the scene.

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Watch: Netanyahu lands in Australia

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Netanyahu to attend economic conference and meet local Jewish leaders during Australia visit.


Yeshiva alumni, staff, ask graduate Kushner to fight travel ban

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
180 alumni and staff of New Jersey yeshiva Kushner attended ask him to halt President's executive order restricting travel from 7 countries.


Crane operators to strike Thursday

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Crane operators will cease all activity Thursday to protest lack of employment benefits and rights and the safety hazards in their work.


'Trump will continue to fight hate and anti-Semitism'

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer fielded multiple questions on the Trump Administration's response to recent anti-Semitic incidents during a White House press briefing Tuesday. "It's through deed and action, talk about how we can unify this country and speak about hate, anti-Semitism, racism, [and President Donald Trump is] going to continue to do that," Spicer said.


PA condemns 'light sentence' for Azariya

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Ramallah PA government meeting concludes with condemnation of Azariya sentence, calls on residents to pay electric and water bills.


British University cancels 'Israel Apartheid Week' event

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The University of Central Lancashire announced the cancellation of an event by anti-Israel activists for unlawfully "contravening" the definition of anti-Semitism which has been adopted by the British government, the Jewish Chronicle reported. The session, titled “Debunking Misconceptions on Palestine," was scheduled to take place during 'Israel Apartheid Week' on campus.


'Attack on free speech' as Irish university cancels Israel event

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Trinity College Dublin condemns protest which caused cancellation of event with Israel’s ambassador to Ireland due to security concerns. The university stated that the forced cancellation of the event is an unacceptable attack on free speech. The Israelly embassy said the protesters chanted “genocidal refrains, which call for Israel’s destruction, while barring access to the lecture theater."


'Amona residents forsaken'

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Former Amona resident Tamar Nizri afraid of future facing residents, 'We expect PM to fulfill promise, but our confidence is shaken.'


Vatican to join with Rome Jewish community on menorah exhibition

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Exhibition will feature menorahs from around the world, as well as Christian artifacts inspired by Temple menorah.


Ya'alon: 'Remarks intended to prevent flare-up'

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Former DM rejects Azariya judge claim that his statements prior to investigation wrap-up were improper.


Will MK be investigated for forging PM resignation?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Cabinet Secretary calls for investigation against Zionist Union MK for posting fake resignation letter with PM's signature.


'Golani exercise provides response to all threats'

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman visits Golani brigade exercise comprised of engineers, tanks, artillery.


Military Court slams Yaalon for Azariya comments

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Military court criticizes politicians who rushed to judgement after Azariya investigation began, says Yaalon's comments harmful.


Shas MK calls for Community Center Director's ouster

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Malkieli calls to dismiss Yehiel Levy, describes his war against haredim in Jerusalem's Kiryat Yovel neighborhood.


'Azariya sentence sends wrong message to soldiers'

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Attorney Gil Nadel understands verdict's critics: 'Possible to pass law determining different punishment scale for similar cases.'


Trump condemns 'painful' anti-Semitic incidents

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
US President says bomb threats against JCCs 'reminder of work to root out hate and evil.'


'We cannot look at ourselves in the mirror'

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
MK Oren Hazan pledges to work to free Elor Azariya, calls sentence of 18 months in prison 'sad' and a disgrace.


First time since Six-Day War: ​​Jerusalem to expand

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
250 new acres attached to Jerusalem territory, new residential neighborhood with 2,000 housing units to be built.


Clinton: Trump must speak out against anti-Semitic incidents

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Hilary Clinton calls on US President to speak out against bomb threats against JCCs and other anti-Semitic acts in US.


Watch: Azariya family sings Hatikva in court

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Family of Elor Azariya spontaneously sing Israeli national anthem following reading of sentence of 18 months.


"I will contend for PM after Netanyahu- and I will win"

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz wants to be successor to Netanyahu, says he will "preserve eternal nature of Jewish nation."


'Israel's security requires immediate pardon for Azariya'

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Politicians reacted in different ways to Elor Azariya's manslaughter sentence. Some demanded immediate pardon, others to respect the court's sentence.


'Why does US consulate in Jerusalem refuse to hire Jews?'

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
An open letter to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee notes the United States consulate in Jerusalem seems to completely ignore the Jewish population.


Liberman: Respect the court, stand beside the soldier

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman reacted to the sentence in the Elor Azariya manslaughter case by saying, "I hope that all parties will do what is necessary in order to finally close the matter."

Writing on Facebook, the head of the Yisrael Beytenu party said, "As I said before, even those who do not like the verdict or the sentence are obligated to respect the court and as I also said, the defense establishment should stand by the soldier and his family. This is, on one hand, [the case of] an outstanding soldier and, on the other, [of] a terrorist who came to kill Jews and everyone should take that into account."


Yisrael Katz: I'll lead the Likud after PM retires

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Minister Yisrael Katz repeated, Tuesday, that he will run for the leadership of the Likud party, but will do so only after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decides to retire from political life.

Interviewed by Kol Yisrael government radio, Katz said, ''When that happens I hope to win in reality and not in the polls. Surveys have no meaning now, while the king is sitting on his throne."


Jerusalem tears down celebration tent for freed terrorist

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The municipality clamps down on celebrations for the release of a terrorist from eastern Jerusalem.


Herzog: The court displayed sensitivity to soldier

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog has reacted to the sentence in the manslaughter trial of Elor Azariya by saying, "The court displayed sensitivity and understanding of the plight of the soldier. On the other hand, it implemented, as required, the insistence on the principle of absolute purity of arms in the Israel Defense Forces."

Herzog added, "Elor Azariya is the victim of impossible political circumstances that Israel has been evading for decades. The government, the defense minister, the IDF and senior security officials must now examine the ways to prevent the next difficult case."


PA: Azariya sentence a 'green light' for crimes

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

(AFP) - The sentencing of Israeli soldier Elor Azariya to 18 months in prison for killing a wounded Arab terrorist is a "green light" for the military's "crimes," according to a Palestinian Authority government spokesman.

Tarek Rishmawi told AFP, "The Palestinian government views this light ruling against the murderer soldier as a green light to the occupation army to continue its crimes."


Azariya to begin serving his sentence on March 5

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kirya Military Court decided on Tuesday that Elor Azariya will begin serving his 18-month prison term for manslaughter on Sunday, March 5.

Azariya was convicted of shooting a wounded terrorist last March.


Yogev: Elor should ask his commanders for a reprieve

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Member of Knesset Moti Yogev (Jewish Home) responded to the 18-month sentence for Elor Azariya's manslaughter conviction by saying, "I thought from the start that an incident in an operational seting should have ended up with an military commanders' investigation and, if necessary, judgement by the head of the command."

The retired colonel said Azariah would do well to ask his commanders, including the head of his command and ask for relief from the maximum punishment. It would behoove the head of the command to ease the punishment of the soldier as much as possible. This will prevent further suffering for the soldier and his family and bring about the proper balance. Yogev said every Israeli soldier knows the rules for opening fire and that there are officers who will back them up, even if they made a mistake during an operational incident.

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