Tag: Jews

Anne Frank’s diary is now a comic book

PARIS (JTA) — In a bid to preserve interest in the Holocaust by future generations, the Basel-based Anne Frank Foundation unveiled the first authorized comic book based on the teenager’s famous diary written in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam.

The 148-page adaptation, which is to be published Sept. 18 in France and in some 40 languages worldwide, was presented to journalists in the French capital Thursday by the graphic diary’s illustrator, David Polonsky from Israel, and its writer, the Israeli film director Ari Folman, who is working on the first full-length authorized animation film based on the comic…

Why you should fear skin cancer – and how to avoid it

This story is sponsored by the Israel Cancer Research Fund.

JERUSALEM — The dog days of summer have arrived, and by now we all know the drill: Cover up, slather on the sunscreen or go back inside.

With all the public awareness about the dangers of sun exposure, you’d think that skin cancer rates would be falling.

They’re not.

In fact, the number of people being diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has skyrocketed over the past three decades. And Jews are at higher risk than most.

It seems we just can’t kick…

Rescue service establishes kohanim unit with eye on future Temple Mount attacks

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The ZAKA search and rescue organization has established a kohanim unit to respond to future attacks on the Temple Mount.

The unit announced Sunday was formed by the haredi Orthodox organization in the wake of the July 14 terror attack on the Temple Mount, in which three Arab-Israelis shot and killed two Druze Israel Police officers at the site holy to Jews and Muslims.

Kohanim, members of the priestly class, do not usually volunteer for ZAKA, since they are prohibited from coming into contact with dead bodies.

Many rabbis, including the Chief Rabbinate, forbid Jews to…

Temple Mount attracts record Jewish crowd on Tisha b’Av

JERUSALEM (JTA) — More than 1,000 Jews visited the Temple Mount on Tuesday, a new one-day record for Jewish visitors.

At least 1,046 Jews visited the site on the observance of Tisha b’Av by early afternoon. More were expected to visit later in the day when the site reopens to visitors, Haaretz reported, citing Jewish Temple Mount activists.

The fast day marks the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.

On Jerusalem Day, in May, some 900 Jews visited the Temple Mount.

The visitors passed through metal detectors at the Mughrabi Gate, the only one allotted…

Mother of Palestinian who killed three members of Israeli family arrested for incitement

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The mother of the Palestinian terrorist who killed three Israelis as they sat at their Shabbat table was arrested for incitement.

Israeli troops arrested Ibtisam al-Abed on Monday night, the Israel Defense Forces said. She is accused of “aggravated incitement” against Jews.

Following the attack Friday night by her son Omar, 19, in the West Bank settlement of Halamish, al-Abed said in a statement captured on video and widely distributed on social media, “Praise Allah, I am proud of my son. May Allah be pleased with him.”

On Monday, the al-Abed family hosted guests and al-Abed…