Month: February 2018

Conservatives cheer Mike Pence when he mentions Trump’s Jerusalem move

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence earned one of his biggest applause lines at an influential conservative conference when he cited President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Pence, speaking Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, outlined the promises that Trump has fulfilled his first year in office.

“America once again stands without apology as leader of the free world,” he said. “For decades after one president after another promised to move our embassy to the capital of our most cherished ally, on Dec. 6, President Trump made history when the United States of America…

Israel appoints first female haredi Orthodox judge

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli judicial committee appointed the first female haredi Orthodox judge.

The Judicial Selection Committee on Thursday appointed Havi Toker to the Jeursalem Magistrate’s Court.

Toker, 41 and the mother of four, was appointed in Israel a year after 

Personal seal of prophet Isaiah believed to be uncovered in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An impression of what is believed to be the 2,700-year-old personal seal of the prophet Isaiah was uncovered in Jerusalem.

Isaiah lived during the eighth century BCE and prophesized about the return of the Jews from the Babylonian exile.

Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar of the Hebrew University reported on her discovery Thursday in the Biblical Archaeology Review magazine.

The impression of the seal, or bulla, was found during excavations in the area just below the southern wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The seal was found about 10 feet from where a seal of King Hezekiah was found…

Poland needs a ‘Polocaust’ museum to tell story of its non-Jewish Nazi victims, government minister says

(JTA) — A Polish government minister supported calls for a “Polocaust” museum to tell the story of non-Jewish Poles killed by the Nazis.

Deputy Culture Minister Jaroslaw Sellin offered his support on Tuesday for such a museum in an interview with state media amid already strained relations between Poland and Israel, and world Jewry, over its recently passed Holocaust law criminalizing claims that the Polish nation or state is responsible for Nazi crimes.

The Nazis murdered nearly 2 million Poles during World War II and about 3 million Polish Jews.

“I think that the story of the fate of…

US congressmen questioned by Israeli police after removing olive branch from Temple Mount

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two U.S. congressmen were questioned by police after they removed an olive branch from the Temple Mount compound.

Reps. Scott Tipton of Colorado and David McKinley of West Virginia, both Republicans, visited the site holy to Muslims and Jews on Thursday morning. They are part of a weeklong fact-finding mission hosted by Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, a pro-Israel evangelical group, and Jaffe Strategies, which runs a pro-Israel lobby group.

The Islamic Waqf guard that was accompanying the congressmen complained to the Israel Police escort about the action. It is forbidden to remove objects from the…