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Man charged in Hanukkah attack pleads not guilty

Jan. 16, 2020 3:02 PM EST

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — The man charged in an attack at a suburban New York Hanukkah celebration that left five people wounded, one critically, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges on Thursday. Grafton Thomas appeared in Rockland County Court. On Monday, he also pleaded not guilty to...

Jewish neighborhoods in NYC to get 100 new security cameras

Jan. 10, 2020 4:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will install 100 new security cameras in ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in an effort to prevent anti-Semitic attacks, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday. Fear has gripped the city's Orthodox Jewish community since the the fatal Dec. 10 attack at a kosher grocery store...

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018 file photo, Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. Leifer is wanted in Australia for 74 charges of sexual assault and the country's request for her extradition has been delayed for years. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Panel: Alleged pedophile wanted by Australia fit for trial

Jan. 9, 2020 11:06 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli psychiatric panel has determined that a woman facing dozens of sex-abuse charges in Australia is fit to stand trial for extradition, the Justice Ministry confirmed Thursday. The decision is a major breakthrough in a years-old case that has strained relations between Israel and...

In this Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 photo, Jewish Orthodox women attend an event celebrating the completion of the 7 1/2-year cycle of daily study of the Talmud, in Jerusalem. This week, Jews around the world celebrated the end of the cycle of study of the Talmud, with assemblies from Jerusalem to London to New York. Most of the celebrations were overwhelmingly male affairs. But in Jerusalem, over 3,000 people joined an event that was overwhelmingly female to recognize the dozens of women who completed the lengthy study process. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Orthodox women seek bigger role as Jews end Talmud cycle

Jan. 7, 2020 10:25 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — As Orthodox Jews worldwide conclude a grueling marathon of daily Talmud study, a growing number of Israeli women have joined the effort, spotlighting collapsing gender barriers in the male-dominated community. Over the past week, Jews around the world have celebrated the end of a 7...

Orthodox Jewish people gather on a street in Monsey, N.Y., on early Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, following a nearby stabbing late Saturday at a Hanukkah celebration. A knife-wielding man stormed into a rabbi's home and stabbed five people in the Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City. (AP Photo/Allyse Pulliam)

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Jan. 4, 2020 1:02 AM EST

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes New Year’s celebrations in Germany and China; Orthodox Jews standing...

CORRECTS SPELLING TO KOHEN, NOT COHEN - Nicky Kohen, the daughter of Josef Neumann who was critically injured in an attack on a Hanukkah celebration, speaks to reporters in front of her home in New City, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Kohen told reporters she hopes her father regains consciousness and finds a changed world while making an emotional plea to end hatred and anti-Semitism. Her 72-year-old father has been unconscious since he was wounded Saturday in a machete attack at a rabbi's home in Monsey, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Hanukkah stabbing suspect questioned in prior Monsey attack

Jan. 2, 2020 7:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The man charged in the machete attack on a Hanukkah celebration north of New York City had been questioned by local authorities in connection with an earlier stabbing of an Orthodox Jewish man in the same town, police said Thursday. Grafton Thomas faces state and federal charges in...

Flower bouquets rest on the doorstep of a rabbi's residence in Monsey, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, following a stabbing Saturday night during a Hanukkah celebration. (AP Photo/Julius Constantine Motal)

Family: Man stabbed in Hanukkah attack may have brain damage

Jan. 1, 2020 1:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A man wounded in the Hanukkah stabbings north of New York City may have permanent brain damage and be partially paralyzed for the rest of his life, his family said. The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council released a statement from the family of Josef Neumann, 71, and a graphic photograph...

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018 file photo, Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. Leifer is wanted in Australia for 74 charges of sexual assault and the country's request for her extradition has been delayed for years. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Drawn-out sex crimes case rattles Israel-Australia ties

Dec. 28, 2019 1:07 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Nicole Meyer endured years of sexual abuse allegedly at the hands of her former school principal. She’s had to watch as her alleged abuser fled her residence in Australia for Israel, evaded justice for years and is now undergoing a protracted extradition process that critics have...

In this photo made on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, first ever public bus operated on Shabbat, drives through central Tel Aviv, Israel. Tel Aviv has taken a major step to cement its status as Israel's secular mecca, launching a public transit system operating on Saturdays and redrawing the lines in the Jewish state's culture wars between religious and secular citizens. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Sabbath buses barrel through Israel’s religious-secular rift

Nov. 29, 2019 2:04 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Tel Aviv has taken a major step to cement its status as Israel’s secular mecca, launching public transportation services on the Jewish sabbath and redrawing the lines in the country’s culture wars between religious and secular citizens. The defiant move circumvents the...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds the Conservative Party's Manifesto for the General Election campaign, in Telford, England, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. Britain goes to the polls on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Top UK rabbi slams Labour, says ‘soul of nation’ at risk

Nov. 25, 2019 5:36 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s most senior Jewish religious leader stepped into Britain’s election campaign Monday, saying the country’s main opposition leader has allowed the “poison” of anti-Semitism to take root in his party. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, spiritual leader of...