Tag: State of Israel

Leader of fringe haredi Orthodox sect reportedly drowned in Mexico

(JTA) — The leader of a fringe haredi Orthodox sect suspected of abusing children drowned in a river in Mexico, according to local media.

Israeli-born Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans reportedly was found drowned in a river Friday in the Mexican state of Chiapas.

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Saturday night that it is looking into the reports of Helbrans’ death to determine if they are accurate.

The sect, which has about 230 members, relocated to Guatemala from Canada in 2014 following allegations of mistreatment of its children including abuse and child marriages.

It moved in 2016…

United Church of Christ resolution condemns Israel for treatment of Palestinian children

(JTA) — The United Church of Christ overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning Israel for its treatment of Palestinian children living in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and Gaza.

The vote Sunday night by delegates at the 31st General Synod of the United Church of Christ in Baltimore, Maryland, was 79 percent in favor, 13 percent against and 9 percent abstaining, according to a statement issued by the church.

The resolution calls on Israel to “exercise an absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment of detained children.”

It also calls on the United States to withhold military assistance from Israel over what…

United Church of Christ to vote on resolution condemning Israel for treatment of Palestinian children

(JTA) — The United Church of Christ will vote on a resolution condemning Israel for its treatment of Palestinian children living in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and Gaza.

Two years after voting overwhelmingly to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s control of the West Bank, delegates to the church’s general synod in Baltimore that begins Friday will consider a resolution that calls on Israel to “exercise an absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment of detained children.”

It also calls on the United States to withhold military assistance from Israel over what the church says are violations of human…

Iran used Star of David as target for missile test

(JTA) — Iran used the Star of David as a target for a ballistic missile test, Israel told the United Nations.

On Wednesday, the Israeli diplomatic mission distributed to U.N. Security Council members satellite images of the site set up during a test carried out last year.

“These images prove beyond any doubt that Iran continues to seek to harm Israel,” the Israeli mission said in a Facebook post. “The Security Council must not stand by silently in the face of these Iranian violations and provocations. We call on the Council to act immediately against this dangerous threat.”

Ohio introduces resolution against Israel boycott on college campuses

(JTA) — The Ohio Legislature introduced a resolution against the boycott of Israel on college campuses.

The measure presented Wednesday in the General Assembly by Rep. Andy Thompson, a Republican, calls for increased ties in business, government, the arts, and education between the state of Ohio and Israel. It also includes a denouncement of the rise in anti-Semitism incidents nationwide.

In March, the Ohio State University student government voted down measures that would have seen the school divest from Israel, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Students debated the issue and protested on campus.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement…