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Trump to sign order targeting anti-Semitism at colleges

Dec. 10, 2019 7:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Wednesday targeting antisemitism on college campuses, the White House said. The order, which is likely to draw criticism from free speech advocates, will broaden the federal government's definition of antisemitism and instruct it to...

Natan Sharansky receives Israel's prestigious Genesis Prize

Dec. 10, 2019 11:43 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky has been awarded Israel's prestigious 2020 Genesis Prize for a lifetime of work promoting political and religious freedoms, organizers announced Tuesday. The $1 million award is granted each year to a person recognized for outstanding professional...

Vandals damage cars in Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem

Dec. 9, 2019 10:30 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Vandals slashed the tires of over 160 vehicles and sprayed slogans such as “Arabs=enemies” in a Palestinian neighborhood of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, Israeli police said Monday. Elsewhere, Palestinian residents of the volatile West Bank city of Hebron staged a general...

Lebanese-born donor of Hitler items welcomed in Israel

Dec. 8, 2019 12:56 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday welcomed a Lebanese-born Swiss real estate mogul who purchased Nazi memorabilia at a German auction and is donating the items to Israel. Rivlin called Abdallah Chatla's gesture an “act of grace.” Chatila, a Lebanese Christian who has...

In Florida, Trump says he's Israel's best pal in White House

Dec. 8, 2019 1:56 AM EST

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that Israel has never had a better friend in the White House than him because, unlike his predecessors, “I kept my promises." Trump energized an audience that numbered in the hundreds at the Israeli American Council National Summit in...

Case against Netanyahu includes billionaire witnesses

Dec. 2, 2019 2:09 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s attorney general on Monday officially submitted his indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges, laying out a sweeping case in which over 300 people, including a number of well-known billionaires, could be called to testify. But in a break for...

Vatican returns relic from Jesus’ manger to Holy Land

Nov. 29, 2019 6:23 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians on Friday celebrated the return to the Holy Land of a tiny wooden relic they believe was part of Jesus’ manger nearly 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope. The thumb-sized relic was unveiled to worshippers Friday at the Notre Dame church in...

Rights researcher deported by Israel vows to continue work

Nov. 24, 2019 12:05 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A human rights researcher who is being deported from Israel over his alleged boycott advocacy said Sunday he will remain in his position and continue doing the “important, urgent work” of documenting violations in Israel and the Palestinian territories from abroad. Omar...

Netanyahu’s woes mirror those of his ally Trump

Nov. 23, 2019 2:38 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — He was accused of using his high office to advance his personal political interests. He derided the investigation as a “witch hunt” fueled by “fake news” — an “attempted coup.” He counted on his right-wing base, his hand-picked attorney...

Israel’s Netanyahu indicted on corruption charges

Nov. 21, 2019 3:48 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted Thursday in a series of corruption cases, throwing Israel’s paralyzed political system into further disarray and threatening his 10-year grip on power. He rejected calls to resign, angrily accusing prosecutors of staging “an...