The Consul General of Israel in New York, Danny Dayan, met with Rina Ariel, mother of Hallel Ariel who was murdered in her sleep in a terror attack in Kiryat Arba. The Consul described Ariel on Twitter as "an impressive woman, idealistic and determined to do good."
The Tel Aviv municipality has placed a lien on the Tel Aviv Great Synagogue due to its debts to the municipality. The president of the synagogue, Shlomo Fibko, told his friends that "I am forced to close the doors of the Great Synagogue. The municipality has placed a lien on my bank account and I have no option but to close the synagogue."
The municipality responded by saying that the synagogue does not need to pay property tax except for the period when it conducted private events and received money from them.
The director general of the Zionist Union party, Eran Hermoni, announced the final list of candidates for the party's leader and candidate for premier, which has been presented to the election committee headed by former justice Yaakov Shimoni.
Nine candidates are running for party leader: Avi Gabai, Avner Ben-Zaken, Erel Margalit, Dina Dayan, Hod Kerovi, Yitzhak Herzog, Omer Bar-Lev, Amir Peretz and Amiram Levin. The primaries are due to take place on 4 July 2017
Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush(UTJ) visited the Shaar Hashamayim school in Beit El which Porush was instrumental in establishing when he served as Deputy Housing Minister. Porush met with Rabbi Yechiel Pachter the director of the school, Beit El council head Shai Alon and the educational director Rabbi Yechezkel Azar.
Porush watched in admiration as pupils studying the 'Zilberman' method repeated the portion of the week with cantillation.
Porush said that "everyone here has the potential to be a Torah leader, and Torah leaders have great character traits which is the way to achieve perfection. You are receiving the perfect education to prepare you for the future."
The man who has replaced Marine Le Pen at the helm of France’s far-right National Front claimed in 2000 that the poison used by Nazis to kill Jews in the Holocaust could not have been applied in reality, according to a report by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Jean-François Jalkh, who took Le Pen’s place this week so that she can focus on her presidential campaign ahead of the run-off vote on May 7, made the remark about the Zyklon B poison in an interview, in which he advocated a distinction between “serious” Holocaust deniers and ones who deny the Holocaust or aspects of it as a provocation.
“Personally, I think that it is impossible from a technical point of view to use for mass extermination,” he said of the use of Zyklon B in gas chambers. “Why? Because it takes several days for a place where Zyklon B was used to be de-contaminated.”
The interview was found by Laurent de Boissieu, a journalist for the La Croix Christian daily, while researching Jalkh – a relatively unknown figure within the National Front.
Claims based on bogus science and chemistry especially is an old tactic of Holocaust deniers, especially David Irving of the United Kingdom. According to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, “Zyklon B was delivered to the camps in crystal pellet form. As soon as the pellets were exposed to air they turned into poisonous gas. A Nazi equipped with a gas mask would empty the crystals into the packed gas chamber through a small opening. Within minutes, the victims were dead.”
National Front’s founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has several convictions for denying aspects of the Holocaust, as well as for inciting racial hatred against Jews.
His daughter, Marine, who succeeded him in 2011 as party leader, has attempted to rehabilitate the party’s image, condemning the Holocaust and distancing herself from her father’s anti-Semitic rhetoric. But last month she said that “France is not responsible” for its authorities’ actions during the Nazi occupation, when French police officers helped Nazis round up Jews and send them to be murdered.
A bereaved mother and the Shurat Hadin organization petitioned the Interior Minister to invalidate the work permit of Human Rights Watch activist Omar Shakir. The permit, which allows Shakir to work in Israel and in the PA-occupied territories, was granted after a media battle and despite Israel's stated policy of not allowing BDS activists to enter its territory.
Attorney Nitzana Darshan-Leitner said that "Israel has once again capitulated to foreign pressure.Omar Shakir is not a human rights activist but rather an anti-Israel activist and it is outrageous that Israel provides him with a work permit to continue his work against Israel and the IDF."
Hundreds of women joined Women of the Wall for the group’s monthly Rosh Hodesh service, which included a Torah scroll smuggled in to the women’s section of the Western Wall, according to a Jewish Telegraphic Agency report.
Among the some 300 women who assembled for the service on Thursday morning to mark the new Hebrew month of Iyar were those from nine pre-army leadership training programs from across the religious spectrum, the group said in a statement.
The women prayed enclosed in metal security barriers at the side and back of the women’s section manned by police and Western Wall security.
Some Orthodox women protested the service with signs and by making noise with sticks to drown out the prayers and Torah reading.
In January, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of women being allowed to read from the Torah in the women’s section at the Western Wall, and put a halt to security searches of the women for items such as Torah scrolls, tallitot and tefillin. The Western Wall Heritage Foundation had prevented women from bringing Torah scrolls and religious items into the women’s section.
President Rivlin visited the soldiers and officers who participated in the rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations to take place next week at the president's residence under the slogan "all of Israel from Jerusalem."
The president expressed his joy at receiving soldiers from all the different branches of the IDF and greeted each soldier individually, telling them that the country depends on them to deal with its challenges and to exploit opportunities.
200 of the world's biggest philanthropists arrived over the past few days in Israel to participate in the opening of the new National Shalva center for special needs children . The ceremony was attended by the president's wife Nehama Rivlin, Welfare Minister Haim Katz, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Olympic medalist Ori Sasson who established a special school for Judo for disabled children at the center and Dina Samta, who will light a torch at the Independence Day ceremony.
The new center, which cost an estimated 250 million dollars, includes innovative and trailblazing educational programs, which will enable thousands of disabled children to benefit from them daily.
Kalman Samuels, president and founder of Shalva said that "we started with 4 children and today we provide solutions for more than a thousand special-needs children with world class advanced equipment. I didn't believe the dream would come true."
Chairman Naftali Bennett of the Jewish Home party has cast his ballot in the party's primary election. Polls are open until 10:00 pm and results are expected shortly thereafter.
Leaving the precinct, Bennett said, "We must not be complacent, at this time the polling stations are opened and there is a fear of too low turnout among the voters. In order to continue working for you in security, education, settlement, law, so that we can continue to be the right-wing moral compass in Israeli politics and to continue to stand firm against political opponents, get out to vote."
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced on Thursday that the political-security cabinet will meet on Sunday to discuss the Syrian issue, according to Israel Defense Forces Radio.
The government in Damascus accused Israel of attacking the capital's airport in the early-morning hours "to help the rebels." They said that "this aggression is a desperate attempt to raise the morale of the terrorist groups that are collapsing under the blows of our armed forces,"
Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked has announced that she intends to promote legislation in the coming months that will allow Holocaust survivors to receive free legal aid to take advantage of their rights. Under current income standards, most survivors don't qualify.
In addition, the minister announced that she has asked the Ministry of Finance to ensure that survivors continue to receive the monthly allowance they received from the Corporation for the Return of Holocaust Assets, which is expected to close. The budget is NIS 100 million, which was approved by the Ministry of Finance.
Keren Orbach, mother of Second Lieutenant Erez Orbach, who was murdered in a terrorist attack on the Armon Hanatziv Promenade and the "Shurat HaDin" Israel Law Center have petitioned the Jerusalem District Court to revoke the work visa granted to HRW activist Omar Shakir, which enables him to represent the organization in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
According to Nitzana Darshan Leitner, chairman of Shurat Hadin, "The Israeli government has surrendered once again to foreign pressure. Omar Shakir is not a human rights activist but an anti-Israeli BDS activist." Calling the granting of the visa "inconceivable", she warned, "In the end, our soldiers and our army will pay the price for the government's surrender and they will be the ones who will be accused in vain of war crimes. Shakir is a fake human rights activist, and today he is starting to write the first page of the next Goldstone Report."
Damage was caused by rock throwers to the windshields of buses outside the Palestinian Authority villages of Hizme, north of Jerusalem, and Tiqua', near the Jewish community of Tekoa, south of the capital.
Tourists on a bus in Jericho suffered psychological trauma from a stoning.
Retired major-general Yom Tov Samia announced on Thursday that he has decided not to run in the primaries for the Labor Party, according to Maariv.
The former head of the Southern Command did not cite a specific reason in a statement in which he said, "I intend to continue (my) social and public-political action for the future of the state, the future generation and the love of the homeland. I believe and know that we will see each other later on."
The Shabak Israel Security Agency is launching a unique recruitment campaign, "thwarting the next threat, defending Israel" via a website, launched Thursday, which will allow the general public, as well as potential candidates for a career in the Shin Bet security service, to know what can be revealed about the organization's past and present activities.
As part of the technological strengthening of the ISA against the challenges facing it, and as part of the organization's desire to recruit the best minds from cyberspace and technology in Israel, the agency is presenting a particularly challenging cybercrime puzzle. The cyber geniuses who will solve the riddle will be invited to apply for one of the unique technological posts at the forefront of technology and to integrate into the unique and new development tracks and careers offered by the ISA to these candidates.The Shaback notes that all those interested in developing a career in the security service will significantly shorten the process of applying for various positions, so that within a few minutes a candidate can complete the process in a simple and user-friendly way.
An Israeli diplomatic source says the executive board of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization "refuses to stop the politicization that is undermining the status of the organization."
Commenting on a decision to be accepted by UNESCO that states that Israel is not the sovereign in Jerusalem, the source said. "UNESCO is repeating the ritual of an anti-Israeli political decision that undermines any action Israel is making in Jerusalem, adopts past decisions that denied the Jewish connection to the city and recites political condemnations against Israel with regard to Gaza."
(AFP) - A huge blast which struck near Damascus airport early on Thursday was caused by Israeli missiles hitting a "military position", Syria's state SANA news agency reported, citing a military source.
The source said the missiles caused "material damage". The source did not specify whether the military position belonged to the Syrian army or one its allies. Other sources said earlier that the position was staffed by Iranian personnel.