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Synagogue gunman spoke of ‘genocide and desire to kill Jews’

PITTSBURGH: The Pittsburgh synagogue gunman spoke of "genocide and his desire to kill Jewish people" during his attack, authorities said Sunday, as they identified his 11 victims and worked to console the living. Forty-six-year old suspect Robert Bowers, who was taken into custody after a firefight with police, could face the death penalty after being charged with multiple counts of murder and hate crimes over Saturday's attack. "During the course of his deadly assault on the people of the synagogue, Bowers made…

Synagogue gunman kills 11 in America’s worst attack targeting Jews

A gunman faces 29 charges of violent crimes after opening fire during a baby-naming ceremony at a Pittsburg synagogue on Saturday, killing 11 people and injuring six in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in recent US history. The shooter -- identified as a 46-year-old Robert Bowers -- reportedly yelled "All Jews must die" as he burst into the Tree of Life synagogue, where congregants gathered for Sabbath services. Taken into custody after a shootout with police, the suspect was transferred to a hospital. US…

Thousands of Palestinians protest on Balfour Declaration centenary

RAMALLAH: Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of various cities on Thursday to protest on the 100th anniversary of Britain's Balfour Declaration, which helped lead to Israel's creation and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas used the occasion to denounce the declaration, writing in a newspaper opinion piece that "the creation of a homeland for one people resulted in the dispossession and continuing persecution of another". Several Palestinian leaders have called on…

Israeli rabbi: women joining army become ‘non-Jews’

JERUSALEM:  An Israeli rabbi was fiercely criticised on Wednesday for saying women who join the army come back as "non-Jews," in a controversy that coincided with International Women's Day. Ultra-conservative rabbi Yigal Levinstein, who heads a pre-military academy in the Eli settlement in the occupied West Bank, said in a lecture that women enter the army as Jews and come out non-Jews. "Who will marry them?" he asked. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman condemned the comments and urged Levinstein to consider his…

Israeli Jews born in US travel ban countries exempted: embassy

JERUSALEM: Israeli Jews born in the seven countries included under US President Donald Trump's travel restrictions will not be banned from America, the country's embassy in Tel Aviv said on Tuesday. The executive order signed on Friday banned nationals of seven mainly Muslim countries from the Middle East and Africa for 90 days but has sparked confusion in its interpretation. Israel is home to around 140,000 people born in the seven countries covered by the decree, including about 45,000 from Iran and 53,000 from Iraq,…

‘If you register Muslims, I will register as a Muslim’ Jewish leader tells Trump

NEW YORK: The Jewish director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which campaigns against anti-Semitism and other bigotry, said Friday that he would register as a Muslim if Donald Trump establishes a database of Muslims in America. "The day they create a registry for Muslims is the day that I register as a Muslim because of my Jewish faith, because of my commitment to our core American values, because I want this country to be as great as it always has been," Jonathan Greenblatt told AFP. During his campaign,…

New clashes at Al-Aqsa mosque compound

AL-QUDS: New clashes broke out on Monday morning between Israeli police and Palestinians at flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, an AFP journalist said, with further trouble feared in the week ahead as Jews celebrate the Sukkot holiday.