Latest News Briefs (Page 5)


Rouhani: We'll continue to support 'Palestine'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday promised to continue to support Palestinian Arabs, calling on other Muslim nations to do so as well.

"The Iranian nation has paid a heavy price for supporting the Palestinian nation and opposition to the Zionist regime's actions but it will continue its support with resolve and determination," Rouhani said in a meeting with Palestinian Authority (PA) politician Salim al-Zanoun in Tehran on Wednesday, according to the Fars news agency.


IDF soldier lightly wounded during operation in Shechem

Thursday, February 23, 2017

An IDF soldier was wounded overnight Wednesday when an explosive device was thrown at IDF troops that were operating in the Balata neighborhood of Shechem. The soldier was evacuated for medical treatment in a hospital.

He was treated for minor injuries.


Hollande: France insists on 'two-state solution'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

French President Francois Hollande reiterated on Wednesday night that his country is committed to a “two-state solution” for the Middle East conflict.

The French leader, addressing an event hosted by the CRIF umbrella grouping of Jewish organizations, said a two-state solution was the only guarantee for Israel to remain a "pluralist and democratic society", reported AFP.


McCain secretly visits Syria

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) secretly visited the Kurdish-held region of Syria during a trip to the Middle East last weekend, where he met with United States military officials, The Hill reported Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for McCain later confirmed the trip in a statement.


No hate crime charges in robbery of French Jewish couple

Thursday, February 23, 2017

French prosecutors decided to omit any reference to hate crimes from the indictment of four men suspected of rape and robbery at a suburban Paris home they acknowledged was targeted because it belonged to Jews, JTA reported on Wednesday.

The incident occurred in 2014 in Creteil, when the men who were armed with a pistol and a shotgun stormed the home of a young Jewish couple, raped the woman and stole jewelry and bank cards while uttering anti-Semitic insults.


Waze puts morning drivers to Jerusalem in a (traffic) jam

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Error by Waze causes major headache for Israeli drivers heading to Jerusalem.


Toronto mosque apologizes for anti-Jewish prayer

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A downtown Toronto mosque has issued an apology for a hateful prayer supplication in which an imam wished for the death of Jews.

Earlier this week, the CIJnews website exposed excerpts from the supplications (originally in Arabic) which recited by Aymen Elkasrawy and Shaykh Abdool Hamid at the Masjid Toronto mosque in 2016.


CIA aid to Syrian rebels frozen after jihadist attack

Thursday, February 23, 2017

CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under a major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said on Wednesday, according to the Reuters news agency.

The sources said that no official explanation had been given for the move this month following the jihadist assault, though several said they believed the main objective was to prevent arms and cash falling into Islamist hands. They added they expected the aid freeze to be temporary.


JCC near San Diego evacuated after emailed bomb threat

Thursday, February 23, 2017
San Diego-area JCC evacuated after receiving a bomb threat in an email.


Toronto mayor: No place for anti-Semitism in this city

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Toronto Mayor John Tory and leaders in the city’s Jewish community on Wednesday condemned the recent discovery of anti-Semitic notes inside a condo building in the city’s Willowdale neighborhood.

Post-it notes bearing a Swastika and reading “No Jews” were found on the front doors of several Jewish residences in the building, while a number of residents also reported the theft of a mezuzah from their front doors.


'The two-state solution has been dead for a decade'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

MK Avi Dichter (Likud) on Wednesday stressed that there will not be a “one-state solution” in which there is one state with an Arab majority, but also made clear that the “two-state solution” is no longer viable.

The comments come amid an apparent change of thought in the White House, after President Donald Trump last week told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he would not commit to the two-state solution as the only way to solve the Israeli-Arab conflict.


Warsaw initiates deadline for renewing restitution claims

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Warsaw publishes list of 48 buildings claimed in dormant restitution suits, opens six-month window for new claims under recent legislation.


Homeland Security Secretary: No mass deportations of immigrants

Thursday, February 23, 2017

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Wednesday said U.S. authorities were not carrying out mass deportations of immigrants and would follow the law.

At the same time, Kelly who spoke during a visit to Guatemala stressed that deportees would be returned their home countries more quickly than in the past.


White House delays announcement of new immigration order

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The White House has pushed back the release of a new executive order on immigration, a White House official said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

The order is now expected to be issued "sometime next week," the official said.


US company buys Israeli medical cannabis startup

Thursday, February 23, 2017
“Kalytera” pays over $10 million for Israeli “talent biotechs” firm - renowned for cannabis-based medical therapies.


National Union party: History in the Supreme Court

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The National Union party commented on Wednesday evening on the selection of four new judges to the Supreme Court.

"The party welcomes and supports Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, for her determined and professional work in choosing four worthy judges to the Supreme Court,” said the National Union.

"Gone are the days of the justice system being unilateral and homogeneous. History was made here," it added.


Elkin congratulates Shaked

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Minister Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) on Wednesday night congratulated Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) following the election of four new judges to the Supreme Court.

"Congratulations to Ayelet Shaked for the determination and success in the appointment of four new judges to the Supreme Court. I hope that, together with the appointments of former Minister Ne'eman z”l they will bring a fundamental change," he said.


Watch: Pence prays at vandalized Jewish cemetery

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday made an unannounced visit to the Jewish Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery near St. Louis which was vandalized earlier this week.

"I spoke words earlier today in St. Louis that were from the heart. There is no place in America for hatred, prejudice, or acts of violence, or anti-Semitism,” he said.


We will never forget: The Merkaz Harav Massacre

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Memorial on Thursday for the 8 young Torah scholars brutally murdered nine years ago.


Pence to attend AIPAC conference

Thursday, February 23, 2017

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will attend the annual AIPAC policy conference to be held next month in Washington.

It remains unclear whether President Donald Trump will attend and speak as well.


Le Pen's chief of staff put under formal investigation

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The chief of staff of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was put under formal investigation on Wednesday over the alleged misuse of EU funds to pay parliamentary assistants, a judicial source said, according to Reuters.

Catherine Griset was taken into custody for questioning along with Le Pen's bodyguard Thierry Legier, who was later released without being put under investigation, the source added.


'There's nothing moral about suicide"

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Watch: ILTV speaks with Israelis who took to the streets to react to the Azariya court sentencing.


How to turn spending money into an educational experience

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Use real experiences to teach your kids about money.


New Supreme Court justices positive - not a revolution

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir welcomed the changes in the Supreme Court, but said it was too soon to claim victory.


Ambassador Haley meets with Goldin family

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
US Ambassador to the UN meets with family of fallen soldier, pledges to work to return bodies of soldiers held by Hamas.


How to turn spending money into an educational experience

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Radio: Use real experiences to teach your kids about money


Bennett: Shaked has achieved the unbelievable

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett responded Wednesday to the appointment of four new judges to the Supreme Court.


Analyzing the Azaria court sentencing

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Watch: ILTV speaks with security and military experts on the Elor Azaria case.


VP Pence: We condemn vandalism of Jewish cemetery

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Speaking in Missouri, US VP Mike Pence condemned the vandalism of the Jewish cemetery in St. Louis.

"Now, before we get started I would like to address something that happened here in St. Louis over the weekend, on Monday morning America awoke, discovered nearly 200 tomb stones were toppled in a nearby Jewish graveyard. Speaking yesterday president Trump called this a horrible and painful act and so it was. That along with other recent threats to Jewish community centers around the country. He declared it all a sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.

"We condemn this act of vandalism and those who perpetrated in the strongest possible terms."


MK Mualem: Knesset legislates, High Court adjudicates

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Chairman of the Jewish Home faction MK Shuli Mualem Refaeli reacted to the news of the appointment of 4 new Supreme Court justices.

"Blessings to Minister Shaked at the close of a significant process for the State of Israel. The choosing of judges not from the school of judicial activism is an important condition for separation of powers in the State of Israel. The job of the Knesset is to legislate, and the job of the Court is to adjudicate."


ADL, North Carolina Jewish school receive bomb threats

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Jewish day school, ADL headquarters receive bomb threats following threats against US JCCs.


'Anne Frank Center should not attack defender of Israel'

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Samaria Regional Council head asks how Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect can accuse Trump of 'encouraging anti-Semitism' and not UN.


Bennett: Shaked did the unimaginable

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Chairman of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett reacted to news of the four new Supreme Court justices.

"Congratulations to Justice Minister Shaked, who did the unimaginable and led the real revolution in the Judicial Selection Committee, which chose excellent conservative judges. Go Ayelet!" he tweeted.


4 judges chosen for the Supreme Court

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Judicial Selection Committee of the Supreme Court announced that it has chosen four new judges to serve on the Supreme Court: Dr. David Mintz - a Jerusalem district judge, Yael Vilner - a Haifa district judge, Yosef Elron - President of the Haifa district court, and George Kara - a Tel Aviv district judge.

These four judges will replace outgoing Supreme Court justices Naor, Rubinstein, Jubran, and Zilbertal.


Understanding the "anti-V15" legislation

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
New law would limit NGOs’ abilities to influence elections. ILTV reports.


Miri Regev makes waves in Turkey

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Minister of Culture and Sport.Miri Regev 'made waves' in Turkey when she waved the Israeli flag at Ironi Nahariya's basketball game.


J.K. Rowling donates to Muslim fund to repair Jewish cemetery

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Muslim-American activists raise thousands of dollars to repair tombstones in Jewish cemetery damaged in anti-Semitic incident


Arab petitioners against Ofra residents refuse sealing

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Arab petitioners claiming they own the property on which 9 Ofra homes are built told the Supreme Court that they oppose the Ofra residents' request to seal - rather than destroy - the homes.


From the Most Sublime Commandments to the Most Mundane

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
How a Band of Runaway Slaves Purchased Their Own Freedom by Answering G-d, "We Shall Hear and We Shall Do!"


Israel's missile defense systems pass muster

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
New Tamir anti-missile interceptor product of Israeli-American cooperation.

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