Tag: Haaretz

Jewish day schools across the country join walkouts demanding action on gun violence

NEW YORK (JTA) — Students at Jewish day schools offered prayers, lit candles and demanded change as part of a nationwide student walkout calling for gun reform in the wake of last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Students around the country walked out of class for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. Wednesday to pressure Congress to approve gun control legislation and to honor the lives of the 17 victims of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. The national walkouts come a week before the March for Our Lives, a protest organized by Parkland students in…

Israeli pop duo Static & Ben-El signs $5 million deal with Capitol Records

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The popular Israeli music duo Static and Ben-El has signed a recording contract with Capitol Records reportedly worth $5 million.

The Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban facilitated the seven-album, 10-year contract for the duo, whose real names are Liraz Russo, 27, and Ben-El Tavori, 26. Saban Capital Group brought the singers and Capitol Records together.

Saban first heard about Static & Ben-El from his nephew Gil Saban, the owner and CEO of Saban Brands Israel, Haaretz reported. It is his first major investment in Israeli singers.

“I believe that the talents of Static and Ben-El will…

Palestinian Authority blames Israel for assassination attempt on prime minister in Gaza

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority and Hamas blamed Israel for an apparent assassination attempt on P.A. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah shortly after he entered Gaza for the inauguration of a wastewater treatment plant.

The office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas initially announced that it held Hamas responsible for the Tuesday morning attack, which it said “directly serves the interest of the Israeli occupation, the main beneficiary from the division” of the West Bank under P.A. rule and Gaza under Hamas rule.

Later Tuesday, however, Hamdallah spoke with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and agreed that Israel and its collaborators…

Palestinian trying to attack Israeli soldiers dies after being shot and beaten by troops

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian man died after he was shot in the West Bank while attempting to attack Israeli troops and beaten by soldiers after he was downed.

Yassin Omar al-Saradih, 33, ran at a soldier with an iron bar while the troops were conducting an operation in Jericho looking for wanted men, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Footage captured by a security camera shows the man throwing rocks at a soldier, then running at him holding the bar. The Palestinian falls after he is shot in the legs, then soldiers hit the man with their rifle butts…

US ambassador to Israel in twitter beef with Haaretz

(JTA) — The U.S. ambassador to Israel offered a rare rebuke of an Israeli media outlet.

David Friedman asked ‘Have they no decency?’ after a columnist for the left-wing Israeli paper Haaretz criticized a West Bank settlement just days after one of its residents was murdered.

Friedman’s tweet Friday apparently was in response to an essay the day before by Gideon Levy, in which the regular Haaretz columnist criticized the diplomat for his personal financial support for the West Bank Jewish settlement of Har Bracha. Describing  Har Bracha, which means “mountain of blessings,” as an Israeli land grab, Levy said…