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  • Parents of soldiers killed in Gaza war heckle Netanyahu at memorial ceremony

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The parents of soldiers killed during Israel’s 2014 war with Hamas in Gaza heckled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a memorial ceremony. “We don’t believe you,” shouted Yoram Tal, whose son Omri, a captain, was killed during Operation Protective Edge. “My son died for democracy, not for this government.” Tal’s shouts at…

  • While fishing for Pokemon, Israeli teen collapses in Mediterranean

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli teen lost consciousness in the Mediterranean Sea while tracking a Pokemon Go character. Assaf Ben Guzi, 17, of Ashdod, told Israel Channel 2 that he caught the Wartortle Pokemon before losing consciousness in the sea on Monday night. “I managed to catch it and then collapsed in the water, and…

  • Deadly attack on French church is attack against all religions, European Jewish Congress says

    (JTA) — An attack on a Catholic church in northern France that saw an 84-year-old priest killed is an attack against all religions, the head of the European Jewish Congress said. Two assailants who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State also critically wounded at least one other person during the Tuesday morning attack in…

  • Netanyahu calls on Arab citizens to become more involved in Israeli society

      JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a video message called on Arab citizens of Israel to become more involved in Israeli society. The message was released Monday evening in Hebrew and English with subtitles in Arabic. “Before my election, I said Arab voters were going to the polls in droves,” Netanyahu…

  • Israel strikes target in Syria following mortar fire on Golan

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli fighter jets struck Syria in retaliation for mortar fire that landed in Israeli-controlled areas of the Golan Heights. The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement Monday that its Air Force had “successfully targeted the source of the fire in Syria.” It was not known whether the Israeli airstrike caused any damage or…

  • Museum of Jewish Heritage in NY taps ex-Center for Jewish History head as president

    (JTA) — Michael Glickman, who led the Center for Jewish History in New York for nearly a decade, has been named president and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Glickman, who currently serves as chief of strategic partnerships and university advancement at Long Island University, will take up his new…

  • Israeli woman gang raped in India, 2 arrested

    (JTA) — Two men have been arrested in connection with the gang rape in India of a 25-year-old Israeli tourist. The woman said she was attacked on Sunday in the northern Himalayan resort town of Manali while riding in a vehicle with six men to a nearby town. She told police the other men did nothing…

  • Israel says it’s ready to sign 10-year security assistance deal soon with US

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel is ready to sign a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding on security assistance with the United States “as soon as possible.” The acting head of Israel’s National Security Council, Brig. Gen. (Res.) Jacob Nagel, will travel to Washington, D.C., on July 31 for meetings with his U.S. counterparts with the purpose of “signing a…

  • Bill exempting haredi schools from teaching core subjects moves to full Knesset

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli government committee has approved a bill that would exempt haredi Orthodox schools from teaching the core curriculum of general studies. Following Sunday’s approval by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, the measure could come up for a first reading in the full Knesset this week. The committee’s passage means that government coalition lawmakers…

  • Ex-Georgia congresswoman: Israel responsible for Nice and Munich terror attacks

    (JTA) — A former Georgia congresswoman claimed that Israel was responsible for the recent terror attacks in France and Germany. Cynthia McKinney posted on Twitter Saturday night: “Same Israeli photographer captures Nice and Munich tragedies. How likely is that? Remember the Dancing Israelis? …” The tweet includes a link to a video about the photographer’s…