Tag: The Times of Israel

Iran and Iraq reject Israel’s offer of aid for earthquake victims

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel offered humanitarian assistance to the victims of the earthquake that killed hundreds of people in Iran and Iraq but was turned down.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told American Jewish leaders gathered in Los Angeles that he was motivated to direct the aid by photographs of the devastation caused by Sunday’s magnitude 7.3 earthquake, which has killed at least 530 people in Iran and several in Iraq.

“I just saw the pictures of the destruction in Iran and Iraq from this week’s earthquake, and I saw these heartbreaking images of men and women and…

UAE judo chief apologizes after athlete refuses to shake Israeli judko’s hand

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The head of the Judo Federation in the United Arab Emirates apologized after one of the country’s athletes refused to shake the hand of his Israeli opponent.

Mohammad Bin Thaloub Al-Darei, president of the UAE’s Judo Federation, and Aref Al-Awani, a senior UAE sports official, apologized to Israeli Judo Association head Moshe Ponte on Saturday after UAE athlete Rashad Almashjari refused to shake the hand of the winner, Israeli judoka Tohar Butbul, in the first round of the men’s lightweight category. Butbul won a bronze medal in the competition.

Israel bans a decade-long scam that bilked millions worldwide

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s multibillion-dollar binary options industry, which has scammed millions around the world over the past decade, is out of business.

On Monday, the Knesset unanimously passed a law to ban the industry, with 53 votes in favor and none against. By the time the measure goes into effect in three months, all binary options firms will have to shutter. Individuals who stay involved in the industry will face up to two years in jail.

“We worry about the BDS movement,” Knesset member Rachel Azaria of the Kulanu party said in her introduction to the law. “This…

Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz questioned in money-laundering case

(JTA) — Police in Israel detained the businessman Beny Steinmetz and four others for questioning in a money-laundering investigation involving real estate deals abroad.

The five were questioned Monday under caution, meaning they are considered suspects in the case, The Times of Israel reported. They are accused of money laundering, falsifying documents, using fake documents, false registration of corporate documents, fraud, breach of corporate trust, obstruction of justice and bribery, police said.

Raids were also carried out at their homes and offices, according to The Times of Israel. The other four suspects were not named, but a media report identified…

A T-shirt company tried to reclaim the swastika as a peaceful symbol. It didn’t go so well.

(JTA) — An American company is facing criticism for marketing T-shirts that frame the swastika as a symbol of “love” and “life.”

KA Designs was selling the shirts, which feature white swastikas on a rainbow-colored background with the words “peace” or “zen,” on the U.S.-based clothing company Teespring’s website.

Before the Nazis tainted the swastika by using it as their official symbol during World War II, it had been — and remains — a religious icon in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism for thousands of years.