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  • 2 Israeli soldiers wounded in Palestinian stabbing attack near Hebron

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Israeli soldiers were wounded in a Palestinian stabbing attack in the West Bank near Hebron. The soldiers were stabbed with a screwdriver on Monday afternoon while carrying out a routine patrol on Route 60, a well-traveled West Bank thoroughfare, near the al-Aroub refugee camp north of Hebron. One of the victims…

  • UNESCO committee delays vote on Jewish ties to Jerusalem sites

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A United Nations committee has delayed a vote on a draft resolution that negates Jewish historical ties to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem. The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, was scheduled to consider the joint Palestinian-Jordanian resolution on “the Old City of Jerusalem and…

  • Alden Ehrenreich introduced as the new Han Solo

    (JTA) — Jewish actor Alden Ehrenreich will play a young Han Solo for a “Star Wars” prequel about the early life of one of the series’ most beloved characters. Ehrenreich, 26, was introduced Sunday at the Star Wars Celebration Europe event in London, E! News reported. Rumors floated two months ago that the Los Angeles…

  • Netanyahu video message to Abbas lists 5 steps toward peace

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a video message to Mahmoud Abbas listing five steps the Palestinian Authority president can take to help bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The message was released Friday in English. “President Abbas, since over the past several years, you refused to meet me and sit…

  • On anniversary of Iran deal, 14 Dem senators call for sanctions extension

    (JTA) — On the anniversary of the Iran nuclear deal, more than a dozen Democratic senators called for an extension of the existing sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Sens. Ben Cardin of Maryland and Charles Schumer of New York, along with 12 others, introduced legislation on Thursday to renew the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996,…

  • Bill honoring life of Elie Wiesel approved by House committee

    (JTA) — A bill to honor the life and work of Elie Wiesel was approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The bill was introduced earlier this month by three congressional members of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council — Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y.; Patrick Meehan, D-Pa., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla. Wiesel, who was well known internationally…

  • Israel’s Patriot missiles turn away drone from Syria over Golan

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Patriot missiles turned away a drone shot over the Golan Heights that is believed to have come from Syria, the Israeli military said. The unmanned aerial vehicle had breached Israel’s airspace in the North late Sunday afternoon, the Israel Defense Forces said. The Patriot missiles failed to intercept the drone, the…

  • Man who sent threatening letters to Colorado JCC, synagogue to spend one year in prison work release

    (JTA) — A Boulder man who sent threatening letters containing a suspicious white powder to two Jewish organizations in the Colorado city was sentenced to a year of prison work release. Jeffery Thomas Klinkel, 34, will work during the day and spend the night in jail. At the sentencing Friday in Boulder District Court, the…

  • Lone soldier from New Jersey one of 2 soldiers killed in grenade incident

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Israeli soldiers, including a lone soldier from New Jersey, were killed Sunday morning when a grenade one was carrying exploded. Three other soldiers were injured in the explosion near Majdal Shams, a Druze village located near Mount Hermon in southern Israel. Sgt. Shlomo Rindenow, 20, was the American killed, according to…

  • Palestinian man carrying bombs prevented from boarding Jerusalem Light Rail

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian man in his 20s was stopped on Sunday morning while attempting to board the Jerusalem Light Rail with a bag containing pipe bombs that police said he planned to detonate. The man, a resident of the West Bank near Hebron, was stopped as he began boarding the crowded train before…