Monday, August 10th 2020   |

Israel

Heeding Kerry’s peace call, Jewish groups rap Bennett’s two-state obit

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — It’s almost boilerplate: The American Jewish community asks a foreign leader with whom it has cultivated a close relationship to kindly tell firebrands in the leader’s government to pipe down and fall in with an established policy that happens to be embraced by the U.S. government.

Greece? Romania? Hungary? Russia?

Try Israel.

In a rare rebuke of a sitting Israeli minister, three major centrist...

Prior to coup, Egyptian army moves troops to Sinai

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Egypt, amid major unrest in the country, has moved troops and armored vehicles to the Sinai-Gaza border area in coordination with Israel.

The movement on Tuesday comes as the Egyptian military issued an ultimatum to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, calling on him to step down or face an escalation of the protests against his government. Millions of Egyptians already have taken to the streets to protest Morsi’s...

PA officials refuse to meet with Jewish, Israeli journalists

Palestinian Authority officials have adopted the questionable norm of refusing to meet with Israeli or Jewish journalists, according to veteran journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, in a recent article published by Gatestone Institute.

According to Toameh, Palestinian journalists who try to arrange meetings or interviews with Palestinian Authority representatives for Western colleagues frequently verify that there will be no Jews or Israelis present at the meetings before giving the go ahead.

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Kerry: Coming weeks critical to peace process

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The coming weeks could decide the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said during a tour of Arab states on his way to attempt to broker new peace talks.

“We share a belief with Saudi Arabia and many countries that these next weeks are perhaps – or at least this next period of time — is an important period of time where decisions could...

B’nai B’rith International disavows Jewish newspaper critical of Shalit

(JTA) — B’nai B’rith International disassociated itself from an article critical of Gilad Shalit published in a Canadian Jewish newspaper closely associated with B’nai Brith Canada.

In anticipation of Shalit’s four-city visit to Canada in September, the Jewish Tribune criticized the former captive Israeli soldier.

“The Jewish Tribune story in no way represents the views of B’nai B’rith International or its members and supporters around the world,” B’nai B’rith International...

BDS challenge being met on campus, experts say in Israel

By RONEN SHNIDMAN

JERUSALEM (JNS.org) — Within the past year, three student-run legislative bodies at University of California (UC) state schools—UC Berkeley, UC Irvine and UC San Diego—passed resolutions urging divestment from Israel. These votes occurred amid allegations of the harassment of pro-Israel students on UC campuses. Yet at the same time, such resolutions were defeated at UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Santa Barbara, as well as outside...

Foreign Ministry strike forces Israeli embassies to halt services

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A strike by Israeli Foreign Ministry employees has caused a halt to consular services at Israeli embassies and consulates in the United States and around the world.

“Due to a strike of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, until further notice, NO CONSULAR SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED,” read a statement posted Sunday on the website of the consulate in New York.

Employees at the diplomatic missions will make...

Ancient Roman road revealed in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A section of a 1,800-year-old ancient road from the Roman period running from Jerusalem to Jaffa was uncovered in northern Jerusalem.

The road was discovered during excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Israeli-Arab neighborhood of Beit Hanina in advance of the installation of a drainage pipe.

The road made of large, flat stones and bound on both sides by curbstones is badly worn in some...

Israeli doctors, patients accused of involvement in trafficking kidneys

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An international organ trafficking ring that sold kidneys to patients in Israel and Eastern Europe was broken up by Costa Rica police and Interpol.

The ring also worked with Israeli doctors who have not yet been named, according to Haaretz. Israel’s Health Ministry denied any knowledge of the organ trafficking ring.

The Costa Rican Attorney General’s Office said last week that Israeli doctors had performed kidney-removal operations...

Retaliating for rocket attacks, Israel slams Gaza terror sites

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli airstrikes hit terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks on southern Israel.

Two weapons storage facilities in central Gaza and a rocket launch site in southern Gaza were struck Monday morning, the Israeli military said in a statement.

Earlier that morning, six rockets were launched at southern Israel. Two were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system near Ashkelon and four...