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  • Israeli professor who refuses wife a religious divorce arrested in Belgium

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli professor who has refused to grant his wife a religious divorce for more than four years was arrested in Antwerp, Belgium. Oded Guez, who was a physicist at Bar-Ilan University, was arrested this week on suspicion of using a forged passport and taking on a false identity, Ynet reported. He…

  • Arab-Israeli actress detained by security personnel at Ben Gurion Airport

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Arab-Israeli actress was detained for more than two hours by security services at Ben Gurion Airport. Samar Qupty was traveling on Wednesday night to the Colombia Film Festival to promote her film “Junction 48.” Qupty said in a post on Facebook that she showed the security personnel the invitation to the…

  • Pokemon Go warning in Israel: ‘Take precautions and be aware of dangers’

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli emergency service Magen David Adom warned about the dangers of playing Pokemon Go after several Israelis were injured in accidents while playing the mobile search game on their cellphones. MDA’s general-director, Eli Bain, in his warning to the Israeli public called the game “a dangerous phenomenon that is gaining momentum,”…

  • 2 Waqf officials arrested after attack on Jewish visitors to Temple Mount

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two members of the Islamic Waqf, the Jordanian body that oversees the Temple Mount, were arrested after allegedly attacking a group of Israeli archaeologists visiting the site. On Thursday, a day after the arrests by Israeli police, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court extended their custody while the incident is investigated. A group of…

  • All 6 suspects arrested in gang rape of Israeli tourist in India

    (JTA) — All six suspects in connection with the gang rape of a 25-year-old Israeli tourist have been arrested, police in India announced. The remaining four suspects were arrested Wednesday. Two had been arrested hours after the early Sunday morning attack in the northern Himalayan resort town of Manali. Three of those arrested are minors,…

  • Jewish Week Media Group to publish New Jersey Jewish News

    (JTA) — The New York-based Jewish Week Media Group will soon begin publishing the New Jersey Jewish News. The agreement for a subsidiary of The Jewish Week to assume editorial sales and administrative responsibilities for the weekly newspaper was reached between the Jewish Week Media Group and the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest in New…

  • State Department ‘deeply concerned’ by Israel’s new settlement construction plans

    (JTA) — The U.S. State Department said it was “deeply concerned” over Israel’s construction plans in eastern Jerusalem. On Wednesday, the Israeli government announced the approval of tenders for 323 apartments in neighborhoods there on top of plans for 770 units in  Gilo, a Jerusalem suburb with a population of 40,000 also in eastern Jerusalem….

  • US rabbi calls on Pope Francis to remove church at Auschwitz II

    (JTA) — On the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to Auschwitz, a U.S. rabbi has called on him to remove a Catholic church from the premises of the Nazi death camp. The letter sent from Rabbi Avi Weiss, national president of AMCHA-Coalition for Jewish Concerns, was first reported by The Algemeiner on Wednesday. Francis arrived…

  • SodaStream hires hundreds of new employees in southern Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — SodaStream has hired 300 new employees for its production plant in southern Israel. The company, which had come under fire when it was based in the West Bank, now has 1,400 employees in the Idan Hanegev industrial park near Rahat, one-third of them Bedouin Arabs from the surrounding area, the Israeli business…

  • ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot attacked as ‘Zionist’ on Twitter

    (JTA) — Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who will star in the upcoming “Wonder Woman” feature film, is being attacked on Twitter for being a “Zionist.” Gadot, who was a fashion model and actress in Israel, and was Miss Israel 2004 before she broke into films, performed two years of compulsory service in the Israel Defense…