Tag: Jerusalem

Conservatives cheer Mike Pence when he mentions Trump’s Jerusalem move

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence earned one of his biggest applause lines at an influential conservative conference when he cited President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Pence, speaking Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, outlined the promises that Trump has fulfilled his first year in office.

“America once again stands without apology as leader of the free world,” he said. “For decades after one president after another promised to move our embassy to the capital of our most cherished ally, on Dec. 6, President Trump made history when the United States of America…

Israel appoints first female haredi Orthodox judge

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli judicial committee appointed the first female haredi Orthodox judge.

The Judicial Selection Committee on Thursday appointed Havi Toker to the Jeursalem Magistrate’s Court.

Toker, 41 and the mother of four, was appointed in Israel a year after 

Personal seal of prophet Isaiah believed to be uncovered in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An impression of what is believed to be the 2,700-year-old personal seal of the prophet Isaiah was uncovered in Jerusalem.

Isaiah lived during the eighth century BCE and prophesized about the return of the Jews from the Babylonian exile.

Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar of the Hebrew University reported on her discovery Thursday in the Biblical Archaeology Review magazine.

The impression of the seal, or bulla, was found during excavations in the area just below the southern wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The seal was found about 10 feet from where a seal of King Hezekiah was found…

US congressmen questioned by Israeli police after removing olive branch from Temple Mount

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two U.S. congressmen were questioned by police after they removed an olive branch from the Temple Mount compound.

Reps. Scott Tipton of Colorado and David McKinley of West Virginia, both Republicans, visited the site holy to Muslims and Jews on Thursday morning. They are part of a weeklong fact-finding mission hosted by Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, a pro-Israel evangelical group, and Jaffe Strategies, which runs a pro-Israel lobby group.

The Islamic Waqf guard that was accompanying the congressmen complained to the Israel Police escort about the action. It is forbidden to remove objects from the…

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…