Bernie Sanders addresses thousands protesting the annexation of the West Bank

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Several thousand protesters expressed their opposition to plans to annex parts of the West Bank at a demonstration in Tel Aviv that featured an address by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont.

The protesters, said to number about 6,000, wore face masks and mostly practiced social distancing during the...
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Prominent British Jews urge Israel not to annex West Bank lands

(JTA) — Thirty-seven prominent British Jews, including the former lawmaker Luciana Berger and writer Howard Jacobson, signed a letter urging Israel not to apply its civilian laws in parts of the West Bank.

“It would have grave consequences for the Palestinian people most obviously,” says the open letter published Thursday...
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Dozens of rabbis in Israel call for day of mourning over killings of George Floyd and autistic Palestinian man

(JTA) — Dozens of rabbis from Israel and beyond have called for a day of mourning and fasting over the killings of George Floyd, an African-American man, and Iyad el-Hallak, an autistic Palestinian man, by law enforcement.

“We declare that this Friday we will observe a Taanit. A day of...
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98 Israeli rabbis fly to Argentina to certify thousands of tons of kosher meat and save a growing market

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A special flight from Tel Aviv to Buenos Aires brought 98 rabbis to certify thousands of tons of meat as kosher and help preserve the South American country’s Israeli kosher meat market amid the coronavirus crisis.

Under typical circumstances, as many as 15 Israeli rabbis...
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Slow down annexation process, Jared Kushner and other US officials tell Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a conference call with Jared Kushner and other top White House officials to discuss slowing down West Bank annexation plans, an Israeli TV station reported.

Channel 13  in its report Monday cited an unnamed senior Israeli source that the Trump administration...
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Fatah officials fear Israel is working to replace Abbas


(TPS) – Fatah officials fear that Israel is working to establish an alternative Palestinian leadership that would replace Mahmoud Abbas in response to his decision to cut all channels of coordination with Israel and abolish the Palestinian commitment to the agreements it signed with Israel and the U.S.

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Body of renowned Arab-Israeli dancer Ayman Safiah found on beach

(JTA) — The body of Ayman Safiah, a renowned Arab-Israeli ballet dancer, was found on the beach after he went missing while swimming.

Safiah, 29, had gone missing on Sunday while swimming off the coast of the Neve Yam kibbutz in Israel’s north. Israeli media reports said Safiah had been...
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18 Senate Democrats warn Israel that annexation would ‘fray’ ties with US


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Eighteen Senate Democrats warned Israel that moving ahead with annexing parts of the West Bank would “fray” bonds with the United States.

The letter released Thursday is addressed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, the prime minister-designate.

“We write to...
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Abbas ends Palestinians’ agreements with Israel, including security cooperation

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to all agreements with Israel, including security cooperation, effectively turning over to Israel’s government the running of the entire West Bank.

“The Palestine Liberation Organization and the State of Palestine are absolved, as of today, of all the agreements...
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Pompeo says US will ‘exact consequences’ if International Criminal Court continues to investigate Israel

(JTA)  — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. will “exact consequences” on the International Criminal Court if it “continues down its current course” of attempting to “assert jurisdiction over Israel.”

Israel has for years been accused of committing war crimes in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the...
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