Tag: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Polish president signs bill on Holocaust rhetoric, drawing rebuke from US

(JTA) – Polish President Andrzej Duda signed and finalized a law limiting rhetoric about the Holocaust, leading to a rebuke from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The United States is “disappointed,” Tillerson said Tuesday, following Duda’s final approval of a law introduced on Jan. 26 in the Polish parliament. It prescribes up to six years in prison to anyone who blames the Polish state or nation for crimes the law says were perpetrated exclusively by Nazi Germany during World War II.

The “enactment of this law adversely affects freedom of speech and academic inquiry,” Reuters reported  Tillerson as…

Israeli forces kill head of terror cell behind West Bank rabbi’s murder

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli security forces shot and killed the Palestinian terrorist behind the murder of an Israeli father of six.

Nearly a month after Rabbi Raziel Shevach was killed in a drive-by attack at the Gilad Farms outpost junction in the northern West Bank, Ahmed Nassar Jarrar, a resident of Jenin, was killed Tuesday morning, the Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, said in a statement.

Jarrar was the head of the terrorist cell that perpetrated the Jan. 9 shooting and personally participated in the attack, according to the statement.

Tuesday’s operation was a joint effort of the…

B’nai B’rith honors Guatemalan president for embassy move to Jerusalem

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The president of Guatemala was honored with an award from an international Jewish organization for his decision to move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem and for his unwavering support of Israel.

Jimmy Morales received the Human Rights Award from global and regional B’nai B’rith officials during a ceremony Thursday in Guatemala City.

“We praised Morales for his courage and determination for the embassy announcement and for recognizing that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” said B’nai B’rith International Director of Latin American Affairs Eduardo Kohn. “Additionally, B’nai B’rith reiterated our commitment to human rights,…

Mike Pence says US Embassy will move to Jerusalem by end of next year

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. Embassy would move to Jerusalem by no later than the end of next year during an address to Israel’s parliament.

In his address Monday, the first by a U.S. vice president to the Knesset, Pence also called the Iran nuclear deal a “disaster” and said “the United States of America will no longer certify this ill-conceived agreement.”

As he began to speak, Arab-Israeli lawmakers from the Joint Arab List party began waving signs protesting the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, leading to their expulsion from the Knesset…

African migrants facing deportation sought work, not refuge, Netanyahu says

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he plans to go ahead with plans to deport tens of thousands African migrants to Israel despite protests, including from an array of U.S. Jewish groups.

“We are not acting against refugees. We are acting against illegal migrants who come here not as refugees but for work needs. Israel will continue to offer asylum for genuine refugees and will remove illegal migrants from its midst,” Netanyahu said Sunday at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting.

In recent weeks, major American Jewish groups have called on Netanyahu not to…