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Get prepared for the great debate

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Michael Fragin updates you on the behind the scenes of American politics, outlining the road to victory.


Rabbinate rejects conversions by leading American Orthodox rabbi

Sunday, September 25, 2016
The Rabbinical Council of America is fuming after Israel's Chief Rabbinate rejects four conversions by a leading American rabbinic authority.


Lev Tahor leaves Guatemala City area

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The 500-member Lev Tahor community of haredi-religious Jews living outside Guatemala's capital moved out Sunday, claiming persecution because of faith, according to Agence France Presse. Lev Tahor's leader, American Rabbi Uriel Goldman, said his people are moving to a village in the eastern part of the Central American country because of harassment, including a raid on the group's buildings on September 13th.

Guatemalan authorities said that search was carried out at the request of Israeli authorities to search for a girl who was barred from leaving Israel. They also said the raid was also aimed at investigating allegations of child abuse. Lev Tahor left Israel, Canada and the United States amid child abuse allegations, denied by Guatemalan David Sandoval.


Partisan Yoseph Hermetz passes away

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Yoseph Hermetz, a member of the Vilna ghetto underground who took part in partisan revenge against Germans in the city of Nuremberg following World War II, passed away, last week, at the age of 91, according to Yedioth Ahronoth.

He was also active in getting Jews to immigrate to Israel.


Security prisoners declare hunger strike

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Security prisoners held by Israel declared a three-day hunger strike on Sunday, according to Walla!.

The declaration followed the death of security prisoner Yasser Hamdouni.


4 shot in Malmo

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Police are responding to a shooting in the southern part of the Swedish city of Malmo. At least four people were hit. An eyewitness said 20 shots were fired from a vehicle before it sped off.

Police were out in force, Sunday evening, because of a soccer match involving crosstown rivals.


Details of Tzabar salads suspected of salmonella

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Health Ministry publicized, Sunday evening, the five Saltei Tzabar (Tzabar Salads) products suspected of being infected with salmonella:

Hummus Samir 400 grams, expiration date October 20, batch 6252196505,
Hummus Tzabar 200 gr., October 19, 6251196504,
Hummus 850 gr., October 19, 6251196502,
Hummus Tzabar 1kg, October 19, 6251196501, and
Green Tehina, 400 gr., October 19, 6251196507


Jewish peer resigns from Labour party after Corbyn re-elected

Sunday, September 25, 2016
The senior Jewish member "divorces" Labour, claiming Corbyn is "lukewarm" on anti-Semitism.


California anti-BDS bill signed into law

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Californian Governor Jerry Brown signed into law, Saturday, a measure that prevents the state from making contracts worth over $100,000 with companies that boycott or discriminate against any sovereign state, including Israel, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The bill does not prohibit companies working with the state from boycotting Israel. Rather, companies have to certify that they do not violate California civil rights laws in boycotting a foreign country – including Israel, the only country mentioned by name – according to The Jewish Journal. An earlier version of the legislation was modified to include reference to other countries in order to satisfy critics, who said it violated the constitutional right to boycott.


Attorney General has harsh words for 'Amona Law'

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is becoming more extreme in what he is saying about a proposed bill to authorize the Samarian Jewish community of Amona, which is slated to be demolished by the end of December under a Supreme Court order, according to Channel 10 Television.

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Mishor Adumim: Hundreds of kilos of meat destroyed

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Intelligence on a slaughterhouse operating illegally in the Mishor Adumim industrial zone, east of Jerusalem, led to the seizure of 500 kilograms of inedible meat whose expiration date was months ago.

The meat was destroyed on the spot on the direct order of the Health Ministry.


Trump: We'll recognize Jerusalem as the united capital

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Donald Trump's headquarters said, Sunday afternoon, that the Republican presidential candidate and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu discussed the unbreakable relationship between Israel and the United States, as well as military assistance and Middle East security and stability during their 80-minute meeting.

The headquarters statement said, "Trump acknowledged that Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish people for over 3000 years, and that the United States, under a Trump administration, will finally accept the long-standing congressional mandate to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the state of Israel."

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Russia: Peace in Syria almost impossible now

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, told the Security Council on Sunday that peace in Syria was "almost an impossible task now," according to Reuters.

Russia and the United States, who back opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, have been trying to salvage a ceasefire deal that effectively collapsed after an aid convoy was hit last week.


UN Chief: End the nightmare in Syria

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations urged world powers on Sunday to work harder to end Syria's civil war. The conflict has taken half a million lives and created an international refugee problem since it started in March of 2011.

Addressing an emergency session of the Security Council, Ban asked, "What excuse is there for anything less than determined action to stop the
mayhem? How much longer will all those with influence allow such cruelty to continue? I urge all involved to work harder for an end to the nightmare."


Treasury: Thousands own 3 or more dwellings

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ahead of the Knesset fight on a bill to tax owners of three or more apartments a percent of the apartments' value, the Finance Ministry released figures on Sunday showing that 54,000 people own three or more dwellings, among them thousands who own up to six units and hundreds who own between seven and ten apartments. Those apartments represent 12 percent of Israel's rental market.

The average owner is 56, with a monthly household income of NIS 46,000, three times the Israeli average.


US: Russia's action in Syria is barbarism

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, told the UN Security Council on Sunday that Russia's action in Syria was barbarism, not counter-terrorism, according to Reuters. The ambassadors of Britain and France said war crimes have been committed there.

Russia backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against rebels seeking to topple him. UN special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura told the council he was convinced the situation in Syria could still be turned and said he would not quit, as Russia and the United States try to salvage a ceasefire. A number of countries have criticized the superpowers' efforts as ineffective.


Netanyahu and Trump meet for more than an hour

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Republian presidential candidate Donald Trump for an hour and twenty minutes, Sunday afternoon. The Prime Minister's Office issued a statement that said, "Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed with Mr. Trump issues relating to Israel's security and its efforts to achieve stability and peace in the Middle East. Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked Mr. Trump for his friendship and support for Israel."

Netanyahu will meet later with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.


'Day of Jewish unity' declared amid tumultous election

Sunday, September 25, 2016
An outreach group calls for a "Day of Jewish Unity" this Tuesday - one day after first United States presidential debate.


Hotovely to Norwegian ambassador: cut anti-Israel video

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely protested to Norway's ambassador to Israel, Sunday, about a video scheduled to be shown at an Oslo cultural festival Sunday evening, which calls for a boycott of Israel and its Habima theater. The video describes Israel as an apartheid state which is carrying out ethnic cleansing of Arabs.

Hotovely said the boycott call does not fall within the definition of freedom of expression, calling the video lying propaganda. She called on the ambassador to act for removal of the video from the program.


Rock attack at El-Aroub

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Arabs in the El-Aroub refugee camp threw rocks at vehicles on the Jerusalem-Hevron Highway, Sunday evening.

No injuries or damage were reported.


Obama calls Yesha 'Palestinian,' contrary to Oslo and Int'l Law

Sunday, September 25, 2016
President Barack Obama of the United States calls Judea and Samaria "Palestinian" - in contradiction to international law.


IDF: Gaza tunnels will become a death trap

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A senior officer in the Israel Defense Forces' Southern Command said, Sunday, that Israel's extensive underground barrier to combat Hamas terror tunnels along the length of the Gaza border will be completed in a matter of months, according to nrg.

The anonymous officer said flooding of the tunnels was an option as part of the goal to make the terror-tunnel network a "death trap".


France: War crimes committed in Aleppo

Sunday, September 25, 2016

France's envoy to the United Nations asserted Sunday that war crimes were being committed in Syria's battered city of Aleppo as the Security Council meets for urgent talks on the escalating military campaign, according to Agence France Presse.

Ambassador Francois Delattre told reporters, "They must not be unpunished and impunity is simply not an option in Syria."


12 years prison sought for 14-year-old terrorist

Sunday, September 25, 2016

State prosecutors asked, Sunday, 12 years imprisonment for a 14-year-old Arab terrorist convicted on two counts of attempted murder.

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Marlins' starting pitcher killed in boating accident

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Jose Fernandez found dead following boating accident off Miami Beach.


Histadrut against Commission on women's retirement age

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Chairman Avi Nissenkorn of the Histadrut Labor Federation asked Treasurer Moshe Kahlon, Sunday, not to adopt the findings of the Finance Ministry's commission on raising the retirement age of women.

Nissenkorn said he shared the position of the Histadrut's representative on the commission that the report does not produce a correct balance of protection for disadvantaged female public workers.


Male-artist concert replaced by Selichot service

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A pre-Yom Kippur concert featuring a lineup of only male artists at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square was cancelled on Sunday, following complaints about discrimination against women.

The woman who handles public relations for the concert said, "Because of the desire to be responsive to the public and strengthen the unity of the people... we invite the people of Israel arrive in great numbers to pray and sing together the Selichot set forth for this day and together wish a good year in love to each and every one [male and female] of the people of Israel."


Rabbi Sistruk remembered for fighting assimilation

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of The Conference of European Rabbis, reacted to the passing of Rabbi Yoseph Haim Sistruk by saying, "Rabbi Sitruck, who for 21 years was the chief rabbi of France and for twelve years as president of the CER, generated a spiritual renaissance of France's Jewry, which counterbalanced assimilationist tendencies prevalent in France.

"I still remember my first meeting with him when he was rabbi of Strasbourg and later as rabbi of Marseille. He was a young energetic and charismatic leader with integrity and faith. These strengths led him later to be elected chief rabbi of France and after the death of Harav Lord Jakobovits, he was elected the first non-British president of the CER."


Netanyahu meets Trump

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has begun his meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Netanyahu will meet Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton later in the day.

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Washington State mall shooter ID'd as Turkish immigrant

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Five people were killed in a mall outside of Seattle on Friday.

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