Tag: Jews

Women’s blessing at Jerusalem’s Western Wall curtailed

A bid by a Jewish women’s group to challenge tradition at Jerusalem’s Western Wall with a blessing usually conducted by men was curtailed Sunday after a decision by Israel’s attorney general.   The plan was the latest by the Women of the Wall group to push for equal prayer rights at the site, the holiest […]

Jews arrested for trying to sacrifice on Mount

Israel Police arrested two Israeli Jews in Jerusalem on Friday morning, as they carried a young goat up to the Temple Mount.   They were arrested on account of “behavior which was bound to break the peace,” Police said in a statement.   Shortly thereafter, the police also found another young goat tied to a […]

Israel Will Never Give Golan Heights to Syria, Netanyahu Vows

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel led a cabinet meeting in the Israeli-controlled portion of the Golan Heights on Sunday, calling on the world to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the conquered territory and vowing that Israel would never give it back to Syria.Mr. Netanyahu made his remarks at what his office described as a “festive” […]

Temple Institute claims it held secret Jewish wedding on Temple Mount

The Temple Institute, an organization whose self-declared goal is to “establish the Third Temple,” claimed on Tuesday evening that it held a secret Jewish wedding on the Temple Mount in what could reignite hostilities at the sensitive holy site and elsewhere.   A post on the Temple Institute’s Facebook page claims that Rabbi Chaim Richman, […]

Anti-Semitism in Austria up by more than 80%

The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in Austria increased more than 80 percent last year, the Austrian Forum Against Anti-Semitism said on Wednesday, according to the Reuters news agency.   The group said that reported internet postings denouncing Jews more than doubled during that time.   The forum, which began monitoring anti-Semitic incidents in 2003, […]

ADL Director: comments about reform Jews ‘very troubling’

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO and National Director Jonahan Greenblatt gave an interview to Ynet, in which he discussed several issues of interest to the organization. Greenblatt, who recently took over the role held by Abraham Foxman for nearly three decades, spoke about the anti-Israel boycott movement, anti-semitism, and his concerns over bigotry inside Israeli society. […]

Gov has 3 months to come up with new Kotel plan

(JTA) The Supreme Court of Israel gave the government an extra three months to present a plan for egalitarian Jewish prayer at the Kotel.   Sunday’s ruling also declined to issue a temporary order allowing women to use the site’s Torah scrolls in the women’s section in contravention of the orders of the rabbi of […]

Erdogan: Anti-Semitism is a crime, Islamophobia should be too

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with CNN ensured that Jewish citizens living in Turkey will be safe, and slammed European countries for not heeding his terror warnings.   When asked by CNN correspondent Christine Amanpour about the heightened threat towards Jews in Turkey, Erdogan firmly replied: “We have a very significant number […]

Netanyahu’s dilemma: Détente with Turkey or recognition of Syrian Kurds

Last Friday, April 1, President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan had his first encounter with a group of American Jewish leaders, at his request. The full details of its contents were hard to sort out because the Turkish translator censored his master’s words with a heavy hand to make them more acceptable to his audience. But Erdogan’s […]

Report: ISIS planning attack on Turkish Jews

According to the network, information on what intelligence officials are describing as “an imminent” attack against Jewish targets in Turkey was obtained from six ISIS operatives who were arrested in the southern city of Gaziantep over the last week.   The most likely target of an attack is Istanbul’s synagogue in Beyoglu, which also has […]