Tag: Israel

After Israel Snub, Natalie Portman Won’t Get to Distribute Her Genesis Prize money

Natalie Portman will no longer get to choose where her $2 million Genesis Prize will be donated after saying she will not travel to Israel to receive the award.

Instead, the Genesis Prize Foundation will decide where the money goes.

Portman is refusing to travel to Israel to receive the prize because “recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel,” the foundation announced Thursday. It has canceled the award ceremony in June as a result.

The prize, known as the “Jewish Nobel,” has been awarded…

Israeli army chief: Live fire allowed if Palestinians at mass protest breach Gaza border

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel is preparing for a mass Palestinian protest on the border with Gaza for the annual Land Day observance.

The army’s chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, said in interviews Wednesday ahead of the planned protests of an estimated 100,000 Palestinians and another six weeks of protests that soldiers could use live fire if the protesters breach the security barrier between Gaza and Israel and if it is determined that Israeli lives are in danger.

Land Day has been observed by Palestinians around the world since 1976, when six Israeli Arabs were killed and another…

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…

3 grenade-carrying Palestinian infiltrators captured in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three Palestinians armed with grenades and knives who infiltrated Israel from Gaza were captured near an army base in southern Israel.

The three men were arrested Tuesday near the Tzeelim army base, which is located about 12 miles from the Gaza border. They also were carrying the tools they allegedly used to cut through the border fence.

Israeli troops had noticed the breach in the fence and footprints leading away from it, triggering a search for the men, which ended a little more than an hour later, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

A…

NYPD letter about wanted pedophile presented in Jerusalem court

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A convicted pedophile from New York is wanted in the city for another alleged offense, according to a document issued by the New York Police Department that was presented in an Israeli court.

The document was presented Thursday at a preliminary hearing in Jerusalem District Court for a libel suit filed by the convicted pedophile, Yona Weinberg, against Rabbi Yanky Horowitz, an anti-abuse activist from Monsey, New York.

According to the police document dated March 7,  Weinberg’s move to Israel in 2014 with his wife and young children has prevented him from being arrested and charged with…