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Nigerian mother and her 4 children deported from Israel after being jailed for 3 weeks

Givon prison

A view of the Givon prison in the Israeli town of Ramla, July 29, 2013. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Nigerian woman and her four children were deported from Israel on Sunday night after they spent three weeks in an Israeli prison.

The case of the woman, identified as Marcy, who had been in Israel illegally since 2010, gained public attention after her children were brought to prison three weeks ago, after school let out for the summer. The children range in age from 2 to 7 years old.

Marcy, who had defied several court orders to leave Israel, departed after being persuaded by Nigerian diplomats there. One of the diplomats accompanied her on the flight back to Nigeria, Israel’s Channel 10 News reported Sunday night. The TV station first reported the woman’s story.

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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Syria says it downed Israeli missiles targeting airbase

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Syrian government said it downed several Israeli missiles that were targeting an airbase in western Syria.

The official Syrian news agency, SANA, reported that Syria’s air defense system on Sunday evening downed the strikes aimed at the Homs base. SANA also reported that the military hit one of the attacking planes, which forced all of the planes to leave Syrian airspace.

Israel, as is its usual practice, neither confirmed nor denied the airstrikes in response to queries from the international and local media.

The Homs airbase has been reported to be the site for deployment of Iranian drones like the one Israel shot down in February. The drone was loaded with explosives and believed to be on an attack mission.

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In Jerusalem, Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrates her commitment to tikkun olam

Benjamin Freidenberg, an Israeli filmmaker, interviews Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, July 5, 2018. (Natasha Kuperman)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg described how grateful she was for her Jewish heritage during a screening of a new documentary film about her life and career at the Jerusalem Cinematheque.

“The demand for justice, peace and enlightenment runs through Jewish history and tradition,” she said Thursday, describing how she is reminded of this fact every day when she enters her judicial chambers and is confronted with a poster proclaiming the biblical verse “Justice, justice thou shalt pursue.”

“My room has the only mezuzah in the U.S. Supreme Court,” she said, noting that “growing up Jewish, the concept of tikkun olam, repairing tears in the community and making things better for people less fortunate, was part of my heritage. The Jews are the people of the book and learning is prized above all else. I am lucky to have that heritage.”

In Jerusalem to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Genesis Prize Foundation, Ginsburg — who is equally well known for her scathing dissenting opinions as for her lifetime commitment to gender equality — was feted by the Jewish state’s political and judicial elites.

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From PressTV

Thu Jul 5, 2018 05:13PM
This file photo shows Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (L) next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem al-Quds.
This file photo shows Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (L) next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem al-Quds.

An Israeli minister has warned Syria that Israel could strike Syrian government troops if they are stationed in a border zone subjected to a UN demilitarization agreement, a few days after Tel Aviv announced that it had beefed up its military presence in the occupied Golan Heights near the Syrian border.

“We must verify and do everything to clarify vis-a-vis the Russians and [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad’s government, that we will not accept any armed presence by the Assad regime in the areas which are meant to be demilitarized,” said Gilad Erdan, the regime’s public security minister, in an interview with the Israeli news website Ynet on Thursday.

In 1967, the Israeli regime waged a full-scale war against Arab territories, including those of Syria, occupied a large swathe of Syria’s Golan Heights and annexed it four years later, a move never recognized by the international community.

In 1973, another war, known as the Arab-Israeli War or the Yom Kippur War, broke out between the Israeli regime and a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria. A year later, a United Nations-brokered ceasefire came into force, according to which the Israeli regime and the Syrian government agreed to separate their troops, and create a buffer zone patrolled by the UN Disengagement and Observer Force (UNDOF).

Erdan’s comments came as Syrian government troops have managed to liberate a string of towns and villages in the southern and southwestern regions of the country from the clutches of militant outfits in recent weeks.

Syria, which has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011, has said that the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies have been aiding Takfiri terrorist groups.

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South Africa will not reinstate ambassador to Israel

(JTA) — South Africa will not reinstate its ambassador to Israel, despite pressure from Jewish groups in the country.

In May, South Africa recalled its ambassador, Sisa Ngombane, “until further notice” after Israeli troops killed more than 50 Palestinian protesters and wounded hundreds during protests at the Israel-Gaza border, part of the so-called Great March of Return that has been ongoing since mid-March. The violence reached a peak on May 14 with the dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

“I’m very glad that I recalled the ambassador because we could have not been in the situation that we are at now,” International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu told the local media last week during a briefing in Pretoria, SABC news reported. “It’s been a violation that has been going on for a long time, and we can’t be looking away. We are holding back on our ambassador until we are certain that we are making headway. For us this is an unacceptable situation, completely unacceptable.”

Ngombane has served as ambassador to Israel since early 2013.

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Knife-wielding man threatens Swiss Jewish family on way to synagogue


A view of the Lowenstrasse synagogue in Zurich. (Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) — A man was arrested in the Swiss city of Zurich after allegedly threatening Orthodox Jewish children and chasing a Jewish family with a large knife.

The incident, in which no one was injured, occurred Saturday night, the Blick news website reported Sunday. The man was released the following day pending an investigation, the report said. Police said he “was obviously very drunk.”

Witnesses said the man accosted the Jewish children on the street, shouting anti-Semitic profanities at them. Thirty minutes later he allegedly began harassing the family of a Jewish man from Zurich whom Blick identified only as Johnny T. He followed the family, who were walking to synagogue with small children, from some distance while shouting and brandishing a knife.

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Jewish man assaulted in Berlin for wearing a Star of David


(JTA) — A Syrian Jewish man was assaulted in a Berlin park by a group of young adults and teens after they noticed he was wearing a Star of David.

The man had asked the group for a light for his cigarette before he was attacked on Saturday night, the German news service Deutsche Welle reported. He was hospitalized for his injuries.

Ten people, males and females aged 15 to 21, were detained in the park and later released pending an investigation. The group included six Syrians and three Germans, according to the report.

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3 who committed Paris-area anti-Semitic rape and robbery are sentenced to prison

(JTA) — Three men who committed an anti-Semitic rape and robbery in a Paris suburb four years ago were sentenced in a French court.

Two of the men, Abdou Salam Koita, 26, and Ladje Haidara, 23, who committed the rape in Creteil, were sentenced to eight years and 13 years, respectively, on Friday. They were in court in Val-de-Marne, southeast of Paris, when the sentences were announced.

A third man, Houssame Hatri, 22, remains on the lam and was sentenced to 16 years.

Two accomplices in custody were sentenced to five and six years in prison.

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Germany boosts funding to Jewish community to fight anti-Semitism

People attending a job fair for refugees in Berlin, June 8, 2017. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Germany has increased state benefits for the Central Council of Jews in Germany for the first time since 2011. And the funds will give the fight against anti-Semitism a shot in the arm.

In a joint statement issued Friday, Central Council President Josef Schuster and the federal minister of the interior for building and community, Horst Seehofer, announced that the annual state support for the Jewish umbrella organization would be raised from 10 million euros to 13 million euros (more than $15 million).

Noting his concern about “the rise in anti-Semitism in our society,” Seehofer said the Central Council “faces increasing challenges” that the funding will help meet. “Whoever threatens our Jewish citizens threatens all of us,” he said.

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From PressTV

Mon Jul 9, 2018 06:43AM
Men look out of a building at the Kingdom Center Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 1, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)
Men look out of a building at the Kingdom Center Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 1, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)

Israel has reportedly drawn a number of “red lines” it expects the United States to observe regarding a deal being finalized for the sale of nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia. 

According to Israel's Channel 10 News, Israeli officials have realized that they would not be able to thwart the deal because of billions of dollars which it would bring in profit to the US. 

Israel’s energy minister and top nuclear official Yuval Steinitz met with his US counterpart Rick Perry in Washington and presented him with a series of steep demands about the need to keep a strict tab on the kingdom's activities. 

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman raised eyebrows when he told CBS in May that his country was prepared to pursue nuclear weapons.

The announcement sparked uproar around the world as it raised fresh worries about a country which is home to the extremist Wahhabi ideology, having inspired terrorist groups such as Daesh, Nusra Front and al-Qaeda.   

Following the outcry, a Saudi journalist with ties to the royal family, Louai a-Sharif, released a video statement aimed at Israelis and delivered in Hebrew.

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New Jersey borough discriminated against Orthodox congregation, federal lawsuit alleges

Screenshot of a menorah outside Valley Chabad. (Google Streetview)

(JTA) – The federal government is suing a New Jersey borough over allegations that it improperly restricted an Orthodox Jewish congregation from expanding its house of worship.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a civil lawsuit against Woodcliff Lake, a Bergen County suburb about 20 miles northwest of New York City.

As reported by NorthJersey.com, the Valley Chabad congregation operated a 3,194-square-foot building on a 1.27-acre site since 1998, often holding events off-site, as it claimed the site did not meet its needs.

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Illinois governor: ‘Vote for anybody’ but neo-Nazi congressional candidate

Arthur Jones, a former leader of the American Nazi Party, is running for Congress in a Chicago-area district. (Jeffrey Guterman/Twitter)

(JTA) — The governor of Illinois, who called on a neo-Nazi candidate for a Chicago-area congressional seat to drop out of the race, has called on voters to “vote for anybody” else.

Last week, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner denounced Arthur Jones, also a Republican and a former leader of the American Nazi Party, but declined to endorse the opposing Democratic candidate or recommend a write-in candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat.

His response differed from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a former presidential candidate, who in a tweet had called on Illinois voters to “write in another candidate, or vote for the Democrat” running against Jones.

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