Tag: Jerusalem

Jerusalem Hostel Blacklists Jon Stewart and Other Alleged ‘Haters of Israel’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A hostel in Jerusalem’s Old City has published a list of “haters of Israel” who have been banned “because of crimes committed against the Jewish people,” drawing derision and ridicule from those blacklisted.

The Jerusalem Heritage House describes itself as an institution that provides “warm and comfortable accommodations for Jewish travelers in the heart of the Old City for a nominal fee.” It boasts of having hosted more than 60,000 guests since 1985.

Posted on Twitter by journalist Jacob Kornbluh, the list includes figures such as comedian Jon Stewart, politician Bernie…

10 US Firefighters Volunteer to Battle Blazes on Gaza Border

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ten volunteer firefighters from the United States are in Israel to help battle the blazes sweeping across southern Israel caused by arson kites and balloons sent from Gaza.

The firefighters arrived in Israel and went to work Tuesday alongside Israeli firefighters and soldiers. They have been dispatched to the cities of Sderot, Ashdod, Askelon and Netivot.

Thousands of…

Booking.com Labeled Jerusalem As An ‘Israeli Settlement’

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The online travel reservation service Booking.com amended its definition of the city of Jerusalem as an “Israeli settlement” following a critical query from a Belgian Jewish newspaper.

The Amsterdam-based company acted on Tuesday, a day after Michael Freilich, editor in chief of the Joods Actueel newspaper in Antwerp, asked the firm about its characterization of the capital city, he said.

“I thought it was a hoax until I checked it out and saw it with my own eyes,” Freilich said of his verification of a tip by one of his readers.

Booking.com has not responded to…

David Friedman Makes Rare Visit By US Ambassador to Terror Victim’s Home in West Bank

JERUSALEM (JTA) — David Friedman made a rare visit by a U.S. ambassador to Israel to the family of a terror victim in the West Bank.

Friedman made the condolence call Monday during the weeklong shiva grieving period to Yotam Ovadia’s widow and two children, ages 2 years and 7 months, in the Adam settlement.

Ovadia was stabbed to death Thursday night outside of his home in the settlement of 5,000 north of Jerusalem. His assailant was a Palestinian teen who had climbed over the security fence surrounding the community. Two others…

West Bank Palestinian Teens Enter Israel Carrying Submachine Guns

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Palestinian teens from the West Bank entered Israel carrying home-made machine guns.

The teens, from Nablus, were found by a Border Police foot patrol in the Seam Zone, between the Green Line and Israel’s security barrier, outside the community of Oranit near central Israel. They had tried unsuccessfully to run away, according to Israel Police.

The teens, ages 17 and 18, carried the Carlo-style submachine guns and cartridges in a colorful school backpack. They were taken for questioning.

The infiltration came two days after a 17-year-old Palestinian climbed over the fence of the Adam settlement…