Tag: Muslims

Knife-wielding motorist in France suspected of threatening to ‘kill the Jew’ in front of his family

(JTA) — A motorist with a knife threatened to “kill the Jew” after nearly hitting the man and his family in Cannes, according to a French anti-Semitism watchdog.

The victim, identified by the Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism as B. Olivier, said the suspect assaulted him on Thursday morning while he was trying to cross a road with his wife and baby in the southern French city, the watchdog known as BNVCA said in a report Monday on the incident. Olivier reportedly said the man, who appeared to be of European heritage, failed to stop his car at the pedestrian…

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…

American Muslims intermarry way less and are far more religious than American Jews

NEW YORK (JTA) — Since it came out in 2013, the “Pew study” — a landmark survey of American Jewish demographics, beliefs and practices — has been at the center of American Jewish scrutiny and handwringing.

Now it’s American Muslims’ turn.

On Wednesday, the Pew Research Center released a survey of American Muslims focusing not only on numbers and their way of life, but also on how the community has responded to the election of President Donald Trump.

Comparing the two studies shows a Muslim sector in America that is more religious, growing faster and feels more embattled than…

Muslim worshippers stay away from Temple Mount despite removal of metal detectors, security cameras

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Metal detectors and security cameras installed at entrances to the Temple Mount for Muslim worshippers were removed, but  the religious trust that administers the holy sites there said Muslims should continue to stay away.

The Muslim Waqf said Tuesday that it rejected any security measures, including advanced technologies, calling for “completely” free worship for Muslims at the site.

That morning, the security measures that Israel had been put in place less than two weeks ago were completely removed, hours after its Security Cabinet made the decision.

Late Monday night, the Security Cabinet said it would instead…

UN Mideast envoy calls for Temple Mount solution by week’s end

(JTA) — The Middle East envoy for the United Nations called for a solution to the current conflict over the Temple Mount by Friday, the largest day for Muslim prayer at the holy site.

The U.N. Security Council held a closed-door meeting Monday to discuss the volatile situation at the behest of Sweden, Egypt and France.

The envoy, Nickolay Mladenov, told reporters after his closed-door briefing to the Security Council that the conflict over the Temple Mount has “potential catastrophic costs well beyond the walls of the Old City,” Reuters reported.

“The dangers on the ground will escalate if…