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Israel

Apple sues NSO Group, the Israeli spyware firm sanctioned by US

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — Apple filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against NSO Group, the Israeli firm that was sanctioned by the United States last month for selling its cell phone hacking spyware to governments that used it to spy on activists and journalists.

Apple is seeking a permanent injunction that would prevent NSO Group from using Apple software. The company is also seeking damages of over $75,000.

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IDF seizes 120 kilos of cocaine and marijuana on the border with Egypt

– Israeli forces on Saturday seized narcotics worth tens of millions of shekels on the Egyptian border, the Israeli military reported.

Military spotters identified a number of suspicious individuals along the border on Saturday night, the army said in a statement. The troops scrambled to the scene seized some 120 kilograms of cocaine and marijuana.

It was the second major drug bust by the Israel Defense Forces in...

One dead, three wounded in Old City terror shooting; Hamas terrorist neutralized

– One person was killed and three wounded in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday morning, according to Israeli media reports. The assailant was killed by police officers on the scene.

According to police, at approximately 9 a.m., a man later identified as Fadi Abu Scheidam, of Shuafat, open fire near the Chain Gate to the Temple Mount with a submachine gun, wounding two civilians....

Israeli couple detained in Turkey for 8 days return home

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — An Israeli couple who were detained by Turkish police for eight days because they were suspected of being spies have been freed.

Natali and Mordy Oknin were arrested last week on suspicion of espionage after taking a photo of the presidential palace in Istanbul and sending it to family in Israel. Their family feared the couple could be held for the long term after a...

South African government urges its own representative to boycott Miss Universe pageant in Israel

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — South Africa’s government is urging its national pageant winner to boycott this year’s Miss Universe contest due to its location in Israel. The contest will be held in Eilat on Dec. 12.

Government officials said they would not support the decision by Lalela Mswane, the winner of the country’s beauty contest, and the organizers of the national pageant to participate in the contest in Israel.

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UAE Crown Prince visits Israel Aerospace Industries booth at Dubai Airshow

(Dubai, UAE) – Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, visited the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) booth at the Dubai Airshow on Sunday, Nov. 14.

IAI is exhibiting at the prestigious Dubai Airshow throughout the week. The company is showcasing its state-of-the-art aviation systems, which include products aimed at civil aviation, special-mission aircraft and space systems.

The opportunity...

Israel to buy tens of thousands of doses of Pfizer’s anti-COVID pill

(JTA) — Israel’s government reached an agreement to buy tens of thousands of doses of Pfizer’s experimental new antiviral pill to fight COVID-19.

The pharmaceutical company says the pill slashes the risk of hospitalization or death from the virus by 89%. The news was first reported on Saturday by Israel’s Channel 12 news station, according to The Times of Israel.

President Biden has said the U.S. has also secured millions...

Kamala Harris condemns singling out of Israel spurred by ‘anti-Jewish hatred’

(JTA) — Vice President Kamala Harris is set to denounce the singling out of Israel “because of anti-Jewish hatred” in a speech at the Anti-Defamation League’s annual Never Is Now conference, which begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.

“Three years ago, we suffered the most deadly attack on the American Jewish community in the history of our nation at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” Harris...

Israel approves national budget, averting new government’s collapse and repeat election

By ASAF SHALEV

(JTA) — In what was seen as a crucial test in Israel’s longstanding governing crisis, the country’s lawmakers managed to approve a national budget for the first time in more than three years on Thursday.

A failure to do so by a Nov. 14 deadline would have meant the collapse of Israel’s new government and a fifth national election since 2019. 

The approval of the fiscal framework...

Twitter’s new curator for Middle East news apologizes for anti-Israel tweets

By GABE STUTMAN

(J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — A new Twitter hire responsible for curating news coverage of the Middle East and North Africa has apologized for tweets harshly critical of Israel made in 2010 and 2011 after they generated controversy on social media Monday.

Fadah Jassem, a former journalist who lives in London, also apologized for not including Israel’s flag alongside those of 17...