Tag: Jews

Kerry: US quietly helping embattled European Jews

Anti-Semitism is on the rise again, said Secretary of State John Kerry, and the US is reaching out to Jewish communities across Europe suffering from harassment and hate crimes.   Speaking on Tuesday at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, Kerry addressed the issue of religious freedom […]

Hundreds of Jews pray at Joseph’s Tomb

Hundreds of Jewish worshipers prayed at Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem on Wednesday night, defying Muslim violence at the holy site.   The Jewish pilgrims were accompanied by a heavy IDF security escort into the Palestinian Authority-controlled city, in honor of Passover.   As the busloads of visitors made their way into the city, they came […]

VIDEO: Muslim worshipers attack Jews trying to pray on Temple Mount

Video footage from Arab television emerged on Tuesday showing Muslim worshipers on the Temple Mount attack a small group of Jews who ascended to the holy site and attempted to pray.   Israeli authorities on Tuesday evicted eight Jewish visitors from the Temple Mount complex in response to what security forces said was inappropriate behavior […]

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 […]