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Palestinian gunmen wound three Israelis at Joseph’s Tomb

(JNS.org ) –Three Israelis were wounded on Wednesday night in a shooting at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus/Shechem.

Israeli forces and a civilian group they were escorting to the site came under “massive” Palestinian gunfire, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. Two civilians and one officer  suffered light wounds in the attack. Israeli forces returned fire while evacuating the civilians, according to the IDF.

One of the Israeli casualties...

BDS movement disavows Boston project mapping Jewish groups as some in Congress push for a federal investigation into its use

By ANDREW LAPIN

(JTA) – The global Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement targeting Israel has disavowed a controversial website mapping Boston-area Jewish groups a day after lawmakers urged a federal investigation of the project’s potential to be used by extremist groups.

The announcement by the BDS movement on Wednesday aimed to distance the group from the Mapping Project, an anonymous collective of Boston-area pro-Palestinian activists. The project lists the names and...

UN concludes Israeli military killed Palestinian journalist, as Israel continues to fight the claim

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) – The United Nations Human Rights Office concluded that a Palestinian-American journalist was killed by Israeli security forces last month, and said Israel’s failure to conduct a criminal investigation into her death was “deeply disturbing.”

In response, the Israel Defense Forces called the UN probe “biased” and reiterated its call for the Palestinian Authority to hand over the bullet that killed Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu...

Israel headed to 5th elections since 2019 after leaders concede collapse of governing coalition

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — After weeks of fending off threats to their governing coalition, Israel’s top leaders have announced that they will instead seek to dissolve the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, and hold new elections.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced their decision Monday, setting Israel on a path toward a fifth round of elections since 2019 and potentially allowing Benjamin Netanyahu, Bennett’s predecessor, to regain...

Massachusetts Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren and Ayanna Pressley, condemn pro-Palestinian project mapping Boston Jewish groups

By ANDREW LAPIN

(JTA) – Massachusetts’ two Democratic Senators have joined at least four Democrats in Congress, including one vocal critic of Israel, in speaking out against a Boston pro-Palestinian activist group’s initiative mapping “local institutional support for the colonization of Palestine,” saying the map, which includes the names, addresses and staff members of many Jewish organizations, could incite violence against the Jewish community.

http://www.ccjn.net/tci_whitelist.php“At this moment of rising antisemitism,...

Lawmakers launch bipartisan push for defense arrangement between Israel and Arab neighbors

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bipartisan slate of lawmakers launched a bill that would establish an “integrated air and missile defense capability” joining the United States, Israel and Arab countries in a bid to deter Iran.

Senate and House members of the Abraham Accords Caucus rolled out the bill, called the DEFEND Act, in a press conference Thursday outside the Capitol and described it as means of advancing...

Folk band Big Thief won’t play in member’s native Israel, days after defending concerts there

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Days after defending their decision to play in Tel Aviv, the hometown of their bass player, the indie folk rock band Big Thief canceled two scheduled Israel shows, writing that they “oppose the illegal occupation and the systematic oppression of the Palestinian people.”

Last week, the Grammy-nominated band had announced two shows at Tel Aviv’s Barby venue in July, and said that they would donate...

Vote on extending Israeli protections to Jewish settlers fails and threatens Bennett government

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — A vote that would maintain the extension of Israeli law to Jewish West Bank settlers failed in the Knesset, threatening Naftali Bennett’s fragile government.

The vote Monday to extend the “Judea and Samaria” law lost 58-52. The law, expiring at the end of this month, must be extended every five years. Failure to extend the statutes would render chaotic the status of Jewish settlers and,...

Jon Ossoff and Mitt Romney join in bipartisan demand for query into Shireen Abu Akleh killing

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Jon Ossoff, a Jewish Democrat from Georgia, joined with Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah in calling on the Biden administration to “ensure a full and transparent investigation is completed and that justice is served” in the killing last month of Shireen Abu Akleh.

The letter sent Monday to Secretary of State Antony Blinken raises the stakes for Israel as it seeks to...

IDF demolishes home of Bnei Brak terrorist; Hamas terrorist killed in gunfight

– One Palestinian gunman was killed and several were wounded in Ya’abad near Jenin on Wednesday night during clashes that erupted when Israeli forces entered the village to carry out a demolition order.

The order was for the home of Diaa Hamarsheh, who killed five people in Bnei Brak on March 29 before being killed by police.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, “hundreds” of Palestinians participated in...