Month: July 2017

Haim Saban, wife fund construction of Druze Soldiers Heritage Center in northern Israel

(JTA) — Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban attended a groundbreaking ceremony in Israel’s northern Galilee for a Druze Soldiers Heritage Center.

Saban, an entertainment mogul, and his wife, Cheryl, are funding construction of the center, which is also a memorial for fallen Druze Israeli soldiers, through Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, or FIDF.

Also attending Thursday’s ceremony were Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman; Sheikh Muwaffak Tarif, the spiritual leader of the Druze community in Israel; and former Member of Knesset Shachiv Shanan, the father of Advanced Staff Sgt. Maj. Kamil Shanan, one of the two Israeli Druze police officers killed by terrorists…

Israeli family flees home after embassy guard’s name made public in Jordan

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The family of the Israeli Embassy security guard who shot and killed two Jordanians after being stabbed has left its home after a newspaper in Jordan made the guard’s identity public.

The identity of the guard, Ziv Moyal, 28, from a moshav in southern Israel, had been censored in Israeli reports, which identified him only by his first name and his photo blurred.

On Sunday, Jordan’s al-Ghad published the photo of Moyal’s embassy ID, which listed his full name in Arabic.

Moyal’s family, fearing for its safety, reportedly moved in with relatives.

During the incident, which…

Blogger jailed in Azerbaijan asks to be extradited to Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli blogger who was sentenced to three years in prison in Azerbaijan for illegally entering Nagorno-Karabakh has asked to be extradited to Israel.

Alexander Lapshin, who also holds Russian and Ukrainian citizenship, appealed to Israel to extradite him from Azerbaijan, Haaretz reported, citing Lapshin’s attorney.

He said he did not want to be extradited to Russia because his family, including a young child, is in Israel and he wants to remain in contact with them.

Alexander Lapshin, 40, of Haifa, writes a Russian-language travel blog called Life Adventures that chronicles his trips to 122 countries,…

London’s Sunday Times fires columnist over anti-Semitic story

(JTA) — A columnist for the London-based Sunday Times was fired for a column in which he made anti-Semitic references.

Earlier on Sunday, the newspaper had removed the column over the BBC’s gender pay gap by Kevin Myers, a columnist for the Ireland edition, and apologized, calling it “unacceptable.”

Myers had noted that two of the BBC’s best-paid female presenters, Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz, are Jewish.

“Good for them. Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price, which is the most useful measure there is of inveterate, lost-with-all-hands stupidity,”…

Argentina delivers thousands of WWII-era documents to US Holocaust museum

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — The Argentine Foreign Ministry delivered to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington a series of documents about World War II, some of them related to Nazi war criminals.

The digital copies of the documents delivered are mainly letters, telegrams, newspaper articles, notes and reports, totaling almost 40,000 documents. An agreement for this transfer was signed on Friday in Buenos Aires between Argentina´s Secretary of International Cooperation Ernesto Gaspari and USHMM representative Samanta Casareto.

The 38,779 documents were produced by Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 1939 and 1950.

Among the documents are the communications between Argentina and…