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Uruguay summons Israeli ambassador over tweet about Jerusalem status

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The government of Uruguay slammed Israel’s ambassador for using social media to criticize a statement by the country’s chancellor that called Tel Aviv the capital of the Jewish state.

“Surprised and disappointed to hear the chancellor declaring that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel,” Nina Ben-Ami tweeted in Spanish in her personal account on Dec. 7. “Capaz Salto is the capital of Uruguay? Israel has a capital, Jerusalem, for 70 years. The Knesset, the ministries, the residence of the Prime Minister and the President, the Supreme Court, are there.”

Montevideo is the capital of…

Amsterdam kosher eatery assailant reportedly was ex-fighter from Syria

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The man whom Dutch police released hours after he attacked a kosher restaurant while waving a Palestinian flag reportedly is a Damascus-born ex-combatant in Syria’s civil war.

GeenStijl reported Wednesday that the perpetrator of the Dec. 7 assault in southern Amsterdam is Saleh Ali, who has said that he participated in the war fighting against the Islamic State terrorist group, according to information obtained by the news site.

Police knew this information when they released him several hours after two officers arrested him outside the restaurant, the report said. The officers and passers-by looked on as the…

Soccer star Lionel Messi on board as ambassador for Israeli startup

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — An Israeli startup has hired Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi as its brand ambassador.

Moshe Hogeg, a co-founder and co-CEO of Sirin Labs with Tal Cohen, posted a photo of himself and the world’s most famous soccer player on his Facebook page.

The company has developed what is says is an ultra-secure mobile phone using blockchain technology, which is a continuously growing list of computer records, called blocks, that are linked and secured using cryptography.

“We are excited to have Lionel Messi, the best soccer player in the world, as the global brand ambassador for Sirin Labs,”…

Palestinian man stabs Jerusalem security guard in the chest

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian man stabbed and seriously injured a security guard in Jerusalem at the city’s central bus station.

The apparent terror attack Sunday came as Palestinians continued to protest against the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, clashing violently with security forces.

On Saturday evening, the Palestinian man wrote on Facebook: “For Allah, we must boost Jerusalem’s status, restore religion’s glory and sanctify Al-Aqsa, and the blood will flow from us,” Ynet reported.

The man has no ties to terrorist groups and committed the attack as a “lone wolf,” according to Hebrew media reports.

The…

Hungarian lawmaker posts photo of dead pig in alleged reference to George Soros

(JTA) — A lawmaker from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling party posted a photo of a dead pig on Facebook with what critics said was a veiled reference to billionaire George Soros — who said the government was using Nazi-era propaganda tools to incite hate against him.

The photo, which Fidesz lawmaker Janos Pocs said was sent to him by someone from his electoral district, shows people standing over a slain and charred pig, with “O VOLT A SOROS!!!” inscribed on the animal. The phrase could translate either as “It was his turn” or as “This was Soros,” Bloomberg