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ZOA calls on Rex Tillerson to quit over State Department saying Palestinian terrorism stems from ‘lack of hope’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Zionist Organization of America called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to resign over the State Department terrorism report that the ZOA called “bigoted, biased, anti-Semitic, Israel-hating (and) error-ridden.”

“This Tillerson State Department Report blames Israel for Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks on innocent Jews and Americans,...
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Muslim worshippers stay away from Temple Mount despite removal of metal detectors, security cameras

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Metal detectors and security cameras installed at entrances to the Temple Mount for Muslim worshippers were removed, but the religious trust that administers the holy sites there said Muslims should continue to stay away.

The Muslim Waqf said Tuesday that it rejected any security measures, including advanced...
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Israeli police dismantle Temple Mount metal detectors

(TPS) — Israel Police dismantled metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount compound overnight between Monday and Tuesday less than two weeks after they had been placed there in the wake of the July 14 murder of two policeman adjacent to the site.

After a meeting that ran...
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Western Wall heckling worse than ever for monthly service, Women of the Wall says

JERUSALEM (JTA) — More than 100 women who assembled for the Women of the Wall’s monthly Rosh Chodesh service at the Western Wall faced more intense heckling than ever, the group said.

The women, who smuggled in a small Torah scroll for the service, were attacked verbally and physically, the...
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Jordan allows Israeli Embassy employees, including guard who killed attacker, to return to Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The members of Israel’s diplomatic mission in Amman, Jordan, including a security guard who shot and killed his teenage assailant and a bystander, are back in Israel.

The embassy employees, who had been confined to the embassy compound all day Monday following the stabbing attack Sunday evening...
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Second anti-Israel protest staged outside Istanbul synagogue

(JTA) — For the second time in less than a week, protesters demonstrated against Israel outside a synagogue in Istanbul over Israel’s decision to put up metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount.

The latest incident reported in the Turkish media occurred Saturday outside the Ahrida Synagogue on...
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BDS activists reportedly prevented from boarding flight to Israel

(JTA) — Five members of an interfaith delegation to Israel were prevented from boarding their flight from Washington, D.C., due to their activism on behalf of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

The Jewish Voice for Peace organization said in a statement Monday that the delegation tried to check into...
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Pope Francis appeals for ‘moderation and dialogue’ over Temple Mount violence

ROME (JTA) – Pope Francis appealed for “moderation and dialogue” in the wake of recent violence in Jerusalem centering on the Temple Mount.

Addressing crowds who braved fierce heat to gather for his Sunday Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square, the pope said he was “following with trepidation the grave...
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Israeli tank fires on Hamas post in Gaza in retaliatory strike

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli army tank attacked a Hamas post in the southern Gaza Strip in response to rockets fired on southern Israel.

The Israeli attack came early Monday morning after two rocket attacks Sunday on Israel — in the morning and late evening. Both rockets fell in open...
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Famed Israeli singer dies after rescuing his niece from drowning

(JTA) — Amir Fryszer-Guttman, former lead singer of the popular Israeli boy band Hi Five, has died after rescuing his 5-year-old niece and a family friend who were overcome by a wave at a beach south of Haifa.

Fryszer-Guttman, 41, was taken to Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center in serious condition...
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