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  • Israeli police officer suspended after attacking Palestinian truck driver over fender bender

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israel Police officer was suspended after being caught on video assaulting a Palestinian truck driver two days after a fender bender. The truck driver said he hit the police officer’s parked car on Tuesday, but did not leave his insurance information. He said he knew that security cameras in the area would…

  • Trump adviser Jason Greenblatt did not request settlement freeze, Prime Minister’s Office says

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Prime Minister’s Office has denied Israeli media reports that Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s adviser on international relations, asked for a settlement freeze during meetings in Israel. “The reports concerning Mr. Greenblatt’s visit to Israel and any purported U.S. demands of Israel in talks regarding the settlements are false,” read a…

  • Jewish groups, including those targeted, welcome arrest of bomb threat suspect

    (JTA) — Organizations targeted by recent bomb threats and other U.S. Jewish groups welcomed news of the arrest of a suspect, an Israeli with American citizenship who reportedly is Jewish. The Anti-Defamation League, whose headquarters in New York and at least three satellite offices across the country received called-in threats, said in a statement issued…

  • 9 Venezuelan converts arrive in Israel to start aliyah process

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – Nine Venezuelan converts arrived in Israel for the purpose of aliyah after their initial request was denied. The Venezuelans, five adults and four children, arrived without fanfare on Thursday morning, Haaretz reported. The Ministry of the Interior, which claimed the Venezuelans’ engagement in Jewish communal life has not been sufficient, denied their request to make aliyah…

  • Second Montreal mosque hosts imam calling for death of Jews

    (JTA) — A second Montreal mosque hosted an imam offering a speech demonizing Jews and quoting from the Quran to kill them. In a speech last December at the Dar al-Arkam mosque, Muhammad bin Musa al Nasr described Jews as “the most evil of mankind” and as “human demons,” the CIJNews reported Monday. He then…

  • Israeli-American teen arrested in Israel for over 100 JCC bomb threats

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Israeli teenager who also has American citizenship was arrested on suspicion of carrying out more than 100 bomb threats on Jewish institutions in the United States. Israel’s anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-year-old suspect at his home in southern Israel and searched the premises on Thursday. He also is accused of a…

  • Barry Shrage, longtime CEO of Boston Jewish federation, announces retirement

    (JTA) — Barry Shrage, the longtime president and CEO of the Boston-area Jewish federation, announced that he will resign effective next year. Shrage, 69, who has helmed the Combined Jewish Philanthropies for three decades, made the announcement in a letter Wednesday to the local Jewish community — the fourth largest in the United States. A…

  • Netanyahu praises China upon completing state visit there

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walked the Great Wall of China at the end of a state visit to China. During the visit, which ended Wednesday, the University of Haifa signed an agreement with the Hangzhou Wahaha Group, a Chinese conglomerate, and the Institute of Automation at the Chinese Academy of Sciences that…

  • Israel, British Jewry offer condolences in wake of deadly London attacks

    (JTA) — At least two civilians and a police officer were killed in a car-ramming and knife attack outside the houses of Parliament in London. British authorities are calling the attack a “terrorist incident” as they continue to investigate the motive in the Wednesday afternoon attack. More than 20 are reported injured, some seriously. The…

  • $1 million in security grants available for New Jersey institutions

    (JTA) — Nonprofit organizations and religious institutions determined to be at high risk of terrorist attack in nine New Jersey counties can apply for $1 million in security grants, Gov. Chris Christie announced. “Unfortunately, as incidents in the past few weeks have shown, every area of New Jersey is vulnerable to threats and possible attacks,…