Latest News Briefs (Page 5)

06:12 drops Swiss hotel over anti-Semitic signs

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Online hotel reservation service has dropped from its website a Swiss establishment whose management put up signs singling out Jews and urging them to shower before entering the swimming pool, JTA reported on Wednesday.

A representative told Shimon Samuels, the Paris-based director of international affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, that it has dropped Paradise Apartments in Arosa, some 80 miles southeast of Zurich, from the service because of the signs its management put up during the weekend.


Khamenei mocks Trump over Charlottesville

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Wednesday mocked U.S. President Donald Trump over the violence in Virginia last week.

"If US has any power, they better manage their country, tackle #WhiteSupremacy rather than meddle in nations' affairs. #Charlottesville," Khamenei's official Twitter feed posted.


Russia hopes Iran won't withdraw from nuclear deal

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday he hoped that Iran would not quit the nuclear agreement it reached in 2015 with world powers, Reuters reported.

His comments came a day after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that Iran would abandon the deal "within hours" if the United States imposed any more new sanctions on the Islamic Republic.


Canada: Anti-Semitic graffiti found in Winnipeg

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Anti-Semitic graffiti was found at multiple spots around the Canadian city of Winnipeg on Wednesday, Global News reports.

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman condemned the incident and called on locals to denounce acts of hate.


UN chief on North Korea: Time for diplomacy

Thursday, August 17, 2017

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Wednesday that tensions on the Korean peninsula are at their highest level in decades and called “to dial down the rhetoric and to dial up diplomacy,” The Associated Press reported.

Speaking to reporters, the UN chief said the world needs to heed the lessons of history and not repeat the mistakes that led to the Korean War, which started 67 years ago and killed more than three million people.


Holon: Teen suffers serious injuries in fall from fence

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A 15-year-old boy suffered serious injuries on Wednesday night after falling from a fence in Holon.

He was evacuated by paramedics to the Wolfson Hospital.


No change in U.S. Jewish donations to Israeli charities

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Two months after the public row between the Israeli Government and American Jewish organizations over prayer arrangements at the Western Wall and the issue of conversions, Israeli charities and non-profits are seeing no effect on donations from American Jewry, popular Israeli online donations platform said on Wednesday.

With the annual Jewish high holiday season kicking off in a month, Israeli charities and non-profits are preparing their appeals for what is traditionally the most productive period of the year for contributions, noted Jgive.


Report: Hamas members wounded in explosion in Rafah

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Interior Ministry in Gaza said on Wednesday night that a suicide bomber blew himself up at the Rafah crossing on the Egyptian border, according to reports in Israeli and Arab media.

The reports said Hamas security personnel arrested two people who approached the crossing, when one of them blew himself up.


Queens Museum reinstates celebratory event

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Queens Museum has reversed its decision to renege on an earlier agreement for Israel’s Mission to the United Nations to hold an event celebrating 70 years to the UN resolution which called for the establishment of the Jewish state, the Israeli Mission said on Wednesday. 

This decision followed strong protests by Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon and the pro-Israel community in New York. The structure, which today houses the Museum, served as UN headquarters from 1946 to1950.


Hapoel Be'er Sheva defeats Maribor in first playoff round

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Israel's national soccer champion, Hapoel Be’er Sheva, on Wednesday evening defeated Slovenia's Maribor by a score of 2-1, in game one of the Champions League first playoff round.

The second match between the two will take place in Slovenia next Tuesday.


Hamas leader threatens to 'pummel' Israel

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Yahya Sinwar, Hamas’s leader in Gaza, on Wednesday threatened to “pummel” Israel if necessary.

"Hamas is not seeking a confrontation, but if such a confrontation should arise, Hamas will pummel Israel," said Sinwar, according to Yediot Aharonot.


Family of 18 rescued from stream in Galilee

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Volunteers from the Galilee Rescue Unit on Wednesday evening rescued a family of 18 who lost their way in Nahal Amud, a stream in the Upper Galilee.

Searches are now underway for two additional missing persons in the area.


Pence on Virginia: I stand with the president

Thursday, August 17, 2017

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday said he stands by President Donald Trump’s remarks a day earlier, in which he said both sides were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last week.

“What happened in Charlottesville was a tragedy, and the president has been clear on this tragedy and so have I,” Pence told reporters on Wednesday, according to The Hill.


Disruptions in work of lifeguards in Tel Aviv expected Thursday

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The city of Tel Aviv announced on Wednesday evening that the work of lifeguards in the city’s beaches is expected to be disrupted on Thursday.

The municipality said that this is due to unilateral action by several lifeguards, who abandoned the rescue stations during the day without the approval of management and without the consent of the workers' organization.

In the morning hours, the Tel Aviv municipality will publish the beaches in which rescue stations will operate as usual.


Man injured by heavy object in northern Israel

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A 56-year-old man was moderately injured on Wednesday evening when a heavy object fell on him in a factory in the Naaman industrial zone.

He was evacuated by Magen David Adom paramedics to the Nahariya Hospital with bruises on his limbs.


Blessings and curses - and choosing between them

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The many levels of seeing – and being seen

Alt-right leader 'Jews are disproportionately represented in US policy-making '

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
White supremacist defends racist rally, says Jews dispossessing whites in US while dominating the left.

'Supreme Court biased towards the Reform'

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
MK Eichler calls High Court decision letting woman head rabbinical courts 'A missile in the anti-religious artillery."

Report claims Israeli education among worst in developed world

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
A damning report lists a number of statistics. Israeli teachers earn little, work many hours in small and overcrowded classrooms.

Watch: IAF Patriot missiles

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The Israeli Air Force held a wide-ranging exercise training its air and missile defense.

Mike Pence commemorates Holocaust, terror victims in Argentina

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
US Vice President visits memorial to victims of 1992 and 1994 terror attacks on Argentinian Jewish community.

President Rivlin sends message to American Jewish community

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Israeli president sends letter to US Jews expressing Israel's support for them following neo-Nazi rally.

Comparing IDF recruitment to Auschwitz: Not criminal

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
State Prosecutor says no incitement investigation into booklet telling haredi students IDF recruitment office is like Nazi death camp.

'Time to deport the terrorists parents to Gaza'

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Tova Salomon, who lost her husband, son and daughter in the Halamish attack, reacts to the IDF destroying the terrorist's home.

'Promoting an extremist feminist agenda in the IDF'

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The 'Brothers in Arms' organization blasts Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman after he insisted that IDF not promoting feminist agenda.

Ambassador Shapiro: Trump makes me sick

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Former US Ambassador to Israel says US president backing neo-Nazi and racist groups with statements blaming both sides for Virginia violence

Swiss lawmakers to vote on banning import of kosher, halal meat

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Ban on import ritually slaughtered meat would make keeping kosher impossible in European state where shechitah has been illegal since 1894.

'This is destroying the future of Israeli agriculture'

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Arson and other acts of destruction against Jewish-owned farms. Farmers say they are sure these are done from nationalist motives.

Inside Israels efforts to win a seat on UN Security Council

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
A new report sheds light on the immense effort Israel is investing in attaining a coveted seat on the UN Security Council.

Queens Museum boycotts Israel

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NY Museum where historic UN partition vote took places cancels planned reenactment of vote at behest of pro-BDS director.


Al Jazeera loses press credentials

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Government Press Office strips Arab news agency accused of incitement and supporting terrorism of its Israeli press credentials.

2 Gazans arrested sneaking into Israel

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
IDF arrests 2 men trying to enter Israel from terrorist-run enclave.

School security official charged with spreading child porn

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Israeli school security official charged with possessing tens of thousands of files of child pornography, sharing files with others.

Yair Netanyahu: Neo-Nazis are bad, but extreme left is stronger

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The PM's son says that while Nazis are dangerous, the extreme left is a bigger threat to Israel.

'Liberman is making fun of the settlers'

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Jewish Home MK says Liberman's promise to recognize Jewish homes in a year and a half is simply dragging his feet.

Historian seeks to exhume bodies of Jedwabne massacre victims

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Polish state historian wants to examine bodies of 340 Jews murdered by their neighbors following new testimony on massacre.

Trump: Kim Jong Un made a very wise and well reasoned decision

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

US President Donald Trump responded on Twitter to North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un's decision not to act, and to wait to see what the US would do.

"Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision. The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!" Trump tweeted.


Dozens of rioting Arabs arrested in Jerusalem

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Jerusalem District Police Commander Halevi says 'anyone involved in violence, riots, will be arrested and brought to court.'

'It's an organized plan to bring down Trump'

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Chief of Republicans Overseas Israel speaks about neo-Nazis, courts, and the Charlottesville violence - and how it's connected to Trump.

United Nations: November 29 Israel Independence reenactment event canceled

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
BDS and Palestinian pressure cancel event; Israel's UN ambassador Danon struggles to reverse decision.
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