Israel

Illinois warns Airbnb of blacklist placement over its settlement boycott

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — The Illinois state body that sets investment policy gave Airbnb 90 days to explain why it will not list properties in West Bank settlements.

At the request of Gov. Bruce Rauner, the outgoing Republican governor, the Illinois Investment Policy Board on Wednesday unanimously voted to...
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Natalie Portman thinks Israel’s nation-state law is racist

(JTA) — Natalie Portman isn’t a fan of Israel’s controversial nation-state law, which defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

The Jerusalem-born actress slammed the law, which was criticized as it was debated and adopted over the summer, in an interview with BBC’s Arabic language channel published Sunday.

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2 Israelis killed, 2 seriously injured in second West Bank attack

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Israelis were killed and two seriously injured in a second shooting near a bus stop in the West Bank.

The attack on Thursday morning occurred at a bus stop outside of the Givat Asaf settlement, about a mile down the same road from...
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Christmas tree in Israeli mall called a ‘disgrace’ by Orthodox city official

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Ashdod mall put up a Christmas tree for the first time — that’s not sitting too well with the northern Israeli city’s haredi Orthodox deputy mayor.

“This is something intended to hurt anyone who identifies as Jewish,” Avi Amsalem said in a post...
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Here’s why the arrest of a Chinese tech mogul matters for Iran — and Israel

By RON KAMPEAS 

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Canadian authorities, acting on a U.S. request, arrested a major Chinese tech mogul in Vancouver between flights on Dec. 1.

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou has already rattled U.S.-China, China-Canada and U.S.-Canada relations. China has demanded from the United States and Canada the release...
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Pregnant woman in critical condition and 6 others injured in West Bank terror attack

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A pregnant woman is in critical condition and six others are injured in a terror attack near the West Bank settlement of Ofra.

Shots were fired from a passing car on Sunday night into a crowd of people waiting at a bus stop at the...
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Israeli special ops force was in Gaza for two months before its firefight with Hamas, report says

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — An Israeli special operations force caught last month in a firefight with Hamas had been in  Gaza for about two months before their cover was blown.

The team, which entered both through the Erez border crossing and through a breach in the security fence, had...
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Hezbollah tunnels are ‘concrete threat’ to Israel’s Galilee region, Netanyahu says

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hezbollah is building tunnels “with direct support and funding from Iran” in an effort to capture northern Israel’s Galilee region, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

“Capturing parts of the Galilee by Hezbollah is a concrete threat,” Netanyahu said in a televised news conference from the country’s defense...
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UN General Assembly approves 6 anti-Israel resolutions

(JTA) — The United Nations General Assembly approved six anti-Israel resolutions including two that reject Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem.

The resolutions were passed on Friday.

The resolution on Jerusalem, which refers to the Temple Mount only by its Arab name of Haram al-Sharif and states that...
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Israel to destroy home of Palestinian teen who killed American-Israeli activist Ari Fuld

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli army will demolish the family home of the Palestinian teen who fatally stabbed American-Israeli activist Ari Fuld outside a West Bank shopping mall.

The family of Khalil Jabarin, 17, lives in a third-floor apartment in the West Bank village of Yatta, near Hebron. The family, which was told...
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