Tag: Haaretz

Israel delays deportation of African migrants to after Passover

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s deportation of African migrants will be delayed until after Passover.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to a government request for an extension on the court’s order for a brief to outline the state’s deportation policy and related issues to April 9. The original deadline was March 26.

The state said it needed more time to respond to the court’s request for clarification of the policy and said it will submit classified documents as part of its filing, which are believed to include information on the African nation that Israel is deporting them to.

The…

Israel opens investigation into Facebook over Cambridge Analytica breach

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Justice Ministry has opened an investigation into Facebook amid reports of the transfer of users’ data from the social media platform to the British data-mining company Cambridge Analytica.

The ministry’s Privacy Protection Authority said in a statement Thursday that it will “investigate whether personal data of Israeli citizens was illegally used in a way that infringes upon their right to privacy and the provisions of the Israeli Privacy Law.”

Under the Israeli privacy law, personal data may only be used to the purpose for which it was given and with the consent of the individual.

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…