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  • Fugitive Hasidic rabbi in South African prison over Passover

    (JTA) — A fugitive Hasidic rabbi charged with sex abuse is spending Passover in a South African prison while authorities determine whether or not to extradite him to Israel. Rabbi Eliezer Berland, 78, was arrested in early April in Johannesburg, four years after first fleeing sex abuse charges in Israel. A founder of the Shuvu…

  • Young Palestinians skeptical of negotiations and supportive of violence, poll finds

    (JTA) — The overwhelming majority of young Palestinians believe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be resolved through negotiations. A poll of Palestinian youth, defined as ages 16-30, published Monday by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center depicts a community that is socially conservative, supports violence against Israel, is skeptical about its leadership and opposes the Islamic…

  • Martin Gray, author of best-selling Holocaust memoir, dies at 93

    (JTA) — Martin Gray, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor whose memoir about his experiences during World War II inspired a successful TV miniseries, has died at 93. Gray was found in the swimming pool of his second home in Ciney, Belgium, but officials said no foul play was suspected, the BBC reported. In 1971, the Warsaw native…

  • Family makes restitution claim on Israel Museum’s Nazi-looted ‘Birds’ Head Haggadah’

    (JTA) — The grandchildren of a German Jewish lawmaker killed in the Holocaust are demanding the Israel Museum hand over a historic Haggadah that they say is rightfully theirs. According to The Associated Press, grandchildren of Ludwig Marum say that the museum’s “Birds’ Head Haggadah,” believed to be the world’s oldest illustrated Haggadah, was stolen…

  • Israeli police ban lawmakers, ministers from Temple Mount over Passover

    (JTA) — Citing “security reasons,” Israeli police announced that Knesset members and government ministers are banned from visiting the Temple Mount during the eight-day Passover holiday, which begins Friday night. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld announced the rule Friday, the Times of Israel reported. Rosenfeld said that “the visits of tourists and Jewish visitors can continue…

  • Ronit Elkabetz, three-time Israeli Oscar winner, dies at 51

    (JTA) — Ronit Elkabetz, a three-time winner of Israel’s version of the Oscars, has died at 51. Elkabetz, who won Ophir Awards for her performances in “Sh’Chur,” “Late Marriage” and “The Band’s Visit,” died Monday night of cancer. “Late Marriage” (2001) was Elkabetz’s first film that was widely viewed outside of Israel, performing particularly well…

  • Ex-leader of Orthodox security patrol charged with bribing NY cops

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A former leader of an Orthodox volunteer security patrol in Brooklyn has been charged in federal court with bribing New York police officers to “expedite” gun permit applications for members of the Orthodox community. Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein was indicted on bribery and conspiracy charges Monday after an officer in the New…

  • Tel Aviv rally for soldier accused of manslaughter draws 2,000

    (JTA) — A Tel Aviv rally for the Israeli soldier charged with manslaughter after shooting dead a disarmed Palestinian stabber drew approximately 2,000 people on Tuesday night, according to police estimates. The number of demonstrators at the rally in Rabin Square was considerably lower than the tens of thousands anticipated by organizers and police, according to the…

  • JDC mobilizes Ecuador, Japan relief efforts

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is organizing relief efforts in response to a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador that has killed at least 272 people and injured more than 2,500. The New York-based JDC said in a statement released Monday that it has begun assessing needs and coordinating relief efforts…

  • Jordan drops Temple Mount video surveillance plan

    (JTA) — Responding to Palestinian objections, Jordan announced Monday that it will not install surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount. Jordanian Prime Minister Abudullah Ensour said his country was abandoning the plan, which had been part of a deal brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last fall to defuse tensions at the Jerusalem compound,…