Tag: Gaza

Hamas Paid Family of 8-Month-Old To Say She Died During Gaza Border Clashes

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hamas paid the family of an 8-month-old baby to say she died during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops, a family member said.

Mahmoud Omar, 20, told Israeli investigators that his 8-month-old cousin Layla al-Ghandour died of a blood disease, the same disease the baby’s brother died from a year earlier. He said he heard about his cousin’s death while protesting at the border in early May.

The information was contained in testimony by Omar filed as part of an indictment in Beersheba District Court on Thursday. Omar, who was captured attempting to…

Haim Saban Criticizes Democratic Senators for Signing Bernie Sanders Letter on Gaza Crisis

(JTA) — Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban took several Democratic senators to task for signing on to a letter organized by Sen. Bernie Sanders that calls on the U.S. to “act urgently in order to help relieve the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.”

Twelve Democratic senators and Sanders, an independent who ran for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 2016, signed the letter dated May 11 that was sent to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. It also said the Trump administration should encourage Israel to ease restrictions on Palestinians living in Gaza.

Saban sent emails to six of…

Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt Meet With Jordan’s King Abdullah

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, two of the Trump administration’s point men on negotiating a Middle East peace plan, met with King Abdullah of Jordan.

Kushner, a senior White House adviser, and Greenblatt, the Middle East peace envoy, met with the king on Tuesday in Amman. A day earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an unannounced visit to the Jordanian capital to meet with Abdullah.

Kushner, who is Jewish and the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, and Greenblatt discussed with the king “increasing cooperation between the United States and Jordan, regional issues, the humanitarian situation in…

Israel Hits Hamas Targets In Retaliatory Attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel said its airstrikes hit nine Hamas targets in Gaza after three rockets were fired from Gaza on southern Israeli communities.

The Israeli strikes targeted two military compounds and a munition manufacturing site in the northern Gaza Strip. The Israel Defense Forces said they were also in response to the arson attacks from explosive kites and balloons that have been flown into Israel causing damage to thousands of acres of agricultural fields and woodlands.

“These are terrorist acts that endanger Israeli residents living in southern Israel and damage extensive areas in Israeli territory,” the IDF said in…

Israel Praises Trump Administration, Nikki Haley for Support In UN Over Gaza

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the Trump administration and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, for its support of Israel during a U.N. General Assembly emergency meeting on Gaza.

On Wednesday evening, the General Assembly in a 120-8 vote passed a resolution condemning Israel for an “excessive use of force” during weekly Palestinian protests on the Gaza border and rejected a U.S. bid to amend the resolution to also condemn Hamas, the terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip. Among those voting against the measure were Israel, the United States and Australia. There…