Tag: Muslims

Temple Mount reopens to Jewish visitors

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Temple Mount was reopened to Jewish visitors three days after being closed following a terror attack that killed two police officers.

Both Jewish visitors and tourists were allowed on the holy site Monday, a day after two of the nine entrances reopened to Muslim worshippers with metal detectors and security cameras installed. The Mughrabi Gate entrance for Jews and tourists already had metal detectors in place.

Monday marks the first time that Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount are not under scrutiny by guards for the Muslim Waqf, the Islamic trust that oversees the holy site, since…

After UNESCO vote, Netanyahu reads from Bible to prove Jewish ties to Hebron

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put a kippah on his head and read from the Bible during the weekly Cabinet meeting to illustrate the Jewish people’s and Israel’s connection to Hebron.

Sunday’s display came after the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on Friday acting on a request from the Palestinians, declared Hebron’s Old City to be a heritage site in danger.

“I would like to read from Genesis 23:16-19,” Netanyahu said in opening up the meeting. “And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the hearing of the…

Muslims and Jews in Europe hammer out strategies for blocking bans on ritual slaughter, circumcision

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A spokesman for Europe’s major intergovernmental agency assured Jews and Muslims in Amsterdam that attempts to limit religious customs like kosher slaughter and circumcision are forms of “intolerance and discrimination.”

Ilan Cohn of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or OSCE, made the assertion at the end of a two-day roundtable meeting on nonmedical circumcision of minors, ritual slaughter of animals and other religious customs that it organized in the Dutch capital this week for European Jews, Muslims and anti-racism activists.

Dozens of Jewish and Muslim community leaders, as well as anti-racism activists, attended the…

Ceremony marks 71st anniversary of Kielce pogrom

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Jews, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists prayed together at the gravesite of the victims of the 1946 Kielce pogrom, marking 71 years since non-Jewish neighbors killed 37 Jews who had returned home after surviving the Nazis.

“We are here to say that we remember and we will not let such excesses happen again,” Michał Sobelman, a spokesman for the the Israeli Embassy in Poland, said Tuesday at a ceremony organized by the Jan Karski Society, a group named for the Polish underground figure who delivered news about the genocide of Europe’s Jews during World War II.

The…

Abbas welcomes Latin American Jewish Congress plan to host post-Ramadan meal for Palestinians and Jews

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed an initiative by the Latin American branch of the World Jewish Congress to organize a joint Ramadan break-fast meal with the Jewish and Palestinian Muslim communities in Buenos Aires.

Abbas expressed his agreement in a letter to Claudio Epelman, the executive director of the group’s Latin American affiliate.

“We welcome your initiative on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan to organize a joint Iftar with the Jewish and Palestinian Muslim communities at the office of the Latin American Jewish Congress in Buenos Aires,” Abbas wrote in a…