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Israel unveils monument to fallen soldiers ahead of Memorial Day

(JTA) — The Israeli Defense Ministry unveiled a new memorial in Jerusalem to the 23,000 fallen Israeli soldiers.

The site, revealed just days before Israel’s Memorial Day, Yom Hazikaron, will be marked on Sunday evening. It is located in Mount Herzl national cemetery and next to the country’s Holocaust memorial...
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6 Palestinians injured in West Bank clashes with Israeli troops

(JTA) — Six Palestinians were wounded in a series of clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

The clashes Friday came amid a so-called day of rage in support of Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli prisons, The Times of Israel reported.

In the village...
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A US government body on religious freedom is accused of going easy on Israel

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The U.S. State Department’s most recent religious freedoms report includes more than 1,400 words on access to holy sites in Israel.

The most recent report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has zero words on access – or on anything to do...
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Fed up with Shabbat laws, secular Israelis fund bus service to the beach

By ANDREW TOBIN

TEL AVIV (JTA) – These secular Israelis are done playing by the rules on Shabbat. They’re going to the beach.

Noa Tnua, a tiny Tel Aviv busing cooperative, has crowdfunded hundreds of thousands of shekels to dramatically expand its service to the coast on the weekends, when most of the...
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Israeli police question second American businessman in Netanyahu corruption probe

(JTA) — Israeli police reportedly questioned Jewish-American businessman Spencer Patrich as part of a corruption investigation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Haaretz reported Friday that the police have interviewed Patrich, a real estate investor who lives in Michigan. Police also have reportedly questioned Arnon Milchan, a Los Angeles filmmaker,...
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Birthright co-founder Michael Steinhardt to make history lighting Israel Independence Day torch

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jewish-American investor and philanthropist Michael Steinhardt has been selected as one of two Diaspora Jews to light an official torch at the state Israel Independence Day ceremony.

Steinhardt, the co-founder and major funder of Taglit-Birthright Israel, will join Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center,...
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Netanyahu cancels meeting with German foreign minister

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a meeting with Germany’s foreign minister after demanding he scrap a scheduled meeting with representatives of a left-wing Israeli organization.

Netanyahu said he would cancel his meeting scheduled for Tuesday with Sigmar Gabriel, who arrived in Israel on Monday, if he...
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Israel opens Holocaust Remembrance Day at Yad Vashem Memorial

By ANDREW FRIEDMAN

ISRAEL (TPS) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin, and dozens of Holocaust survivors gathered at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem on Sunday night as Israel ushered in the annual Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day.

In a furious condemnation of the...
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Allies could have saved 4 million Jews, Netanyahu says at Holocaust remembrance ceremony

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel opened its Holocaust Remembrance Day with a ceremony during which six Israeli Holocaust survivors lit torches in memory of the six million Jews who died in the Shoah 70 years ago.

The ceremony was held on Sunday night at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum in...
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Teen accused of threatening JCCs charged in Israel with extortion, causing panic

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli-American teenager accused of making threats against Jewish community centers in the United States was charged with extortion and several other offenses in a Tel Aviv court.

The teen from Ashkelon, in southern Israel, was charged Monday in district court with thousands of counts on offenses...
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