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Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man reads Lamentations outside one of the entrances to the Temple Mount, during the annual Tisha B'Av (Ninth of Av) fasting and a memorial day, commemorating the destruction of ancient Jerusalem temples, on August 14, 2016, in Jerusalem's Old City. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man reads Lamentations outside one of the entrances to the Temple Mount, during the annual Tisha B'Av (Ninth of Av) fasting and a memorial day, commemorating the destruction of ancient Jerusalem temples, on August 14, 2016, in Jerusalem's Old City. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)

The Times of Israel liveblogged Sunday’s events as they took place.

Abbas asks Arab Israeli leaders to mediate between Fatah, Hamas

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has suggested that Arab members of Knesset mediate between Fatah and Hamas, Israel Radio reports.

He made the suggestion during a meeting on Saturday with Muhammad Barakeh, Arab MKs and local Arab leaders.

Abbas also said that the Arabs of Israel can serve as a bridge for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. “We need to reach every Israeli and show them that we really want peace,” he said.

Russia bombs Islamic State arms cache in Deir Ezzor

Six long-range bombers from Russia on Sunday destroyed Islamic State group weapon stores around the jihadist stronghold of Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria, the Defense Ministry in Moscow says.

The ministry says in a statement that the Russian Tupolev bombers carried out raids to the southwest, east and northeast of the city, wiping out two command posts, six arms depots, IS vehicles and “a large number of fighters.”

IS controls large parts of Deir Ezzor city and most of oil-rich Deir Ezzor province in the east of the country, and has battled Syrian regime forces for control of a key military airbase there.

Russia has been flying a bombing campaign in support of long-time ally President Bashar Assad since September that has helped shore up the strongman’s crumbling forces.

IS militants were on Friday forced out of the city of Manbij near the Turkish border by a US-backed Arab-Kurdish alliance in a blow the Pentagon said showed the extremists were “on the ropes.”

Russian-backed government forces are also battling other rebels groups in fierce fighting for the country’s second city of Aleppo, a fortnight on from the launch of a major rebel offensive.

— AFP

Boko Haram releases new video of captive schoolgirls

Boko Haram releases a new video appearing to show some of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the radical Islamist group over two years ago, the Independent reports.

Minister pushes for more money for medalists

Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev is putting forward legislation to help Israeli Olympic athletes by making their prize money tax free and allocating more state funds to winning athletes, Channel 2 reports.

Two Israelis — Yarden Gerbi and Ori Sasson — have won bronzes at the Rio Olympics thus far during the Games.

Mid-divorce, father sends kids to US without telling mom

An Israeli couple were in the midst of a divorce mediation when the father flew the kids to the US without notifying the mother, Army Radio reports.

The mother tells the radio station that the father said he was taking the kids for vacation in Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee, and that he would call social services if she doesn’t fork over $4,000.

Archaeologists find new Galilean synagogue from first century CE

Archaeologists found a previously undiscovered ancient synagogue from the first century CE in the Galilee last week.

The Tel Rechesh synagogue, located around five miles east of Mount Tabor, was uncovered by Dr. Motti Aviam of the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology, Ynet reports. He says that it’s the first synagogue from the early Roman period found in a Galilean village.

Other synagogues in the region from that period — the final years of the Second Temple and the time of Jesus — are from larger towns.

Police arrest 2 Jewish men on Temple Mount

Police say 400 Jews and 583 tourists visited the Temple Mount complex on Sunday, the Jewish day of mourning of Tisha B’Av. During the visiting hours two Jewish men were arrested and 10 detained for violating visitation regulations.

An Arab man was detained for obstructing a police officer in performing their duty.

Trump blames media for plummet in polls

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hits out at the media for his plummet in the polls in recent weeks, claiming the press’s distortion of his words has caused his fall. If it weren’t for that, he says, he would be up by 20 points.

FiveThirtyEight blog’s polls-only forecast puts Hillary Clinton’s odds of winning at 87.8% to 12.2%.

Swiss train attacker dies

A man who carried out a stabbing and arson attack on a Swiss train, killing one and injuring five others, has died in the hospital, police say.

“The accused 27-year-old Swiss man has died of his injuries,” police from Switzerland’s eastern Saint Gallen region said in a statement.

— AFP

Nigeria ‘in touch’ with Boko Haram about video

The Nigerian government says it’s “in touch” with Boko Haram over the latest Chibok girls video.

— AFP

 

Jerusalem cabbie fined for refusing to drive blind woman

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court has fined a cab driver for refusing to drive a blind woman because he was worried her guide dog would dirty the car.

The court orders the cabbie to pay the woman NIS 10,000 ($2,500) in damages for discrimination, Walla news reports.

East Jerusalem man arrested for keeping kestrel

An East Jerusalem man is arrested after a search of his house yielded a common kestrel. Keeping birds of prey is against the law, and moreover the creature was kept in an improvised cage without food or water, police say. The kestrel was handed over to the Nature and Parks Authority.

Knife found in Palestinian car near Bethlehem

A Palestinian man was arrested near Bethlehem after a search of his car yielded a knife, Ynet reports. The suspect was taken in for questioning by Israeli authorities.

US-backed Syria forces say next IS target after Manbij is Al-Bab

US-backed Syrian forces say they have established a military council to push Islamic State group fighters out of their northern bastion of Al-Bab having ousted the jihadists from Manbij.

“We announce… the creation of the Al-Bab Military Council,” tasked with driving IS from the town in Aleppo province, says the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters in a statement, two days after driving the last jihadists from Manbij.

— AFP

Health Ministry: Prince Tahina was ‘negligent’

The Health Ministry finds that Prince Tahina operated in a “negligent, irresponsible, inappropriate and unprofessional” manner, which led to a salmonella contamination of its products.

Abbas, Erdogan said to meet at the end of the month

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will reportedly meet at the end of the month.

A Palestinian official tells the Qatari newspaper Al-Halij online that the meeting, the first since the failed coup attempt last month, will discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip

Reported attempted stabbing in northern West Bank

Initial reports are coming in of a possible stabbing attempt at the Shaked checkpoint in the northern West Bank.

Unconfirmed reports say the alleged attacker was shot by Israeli forces.

Soldier very lightly hurt in attempted stabbing

An IDF soldier was reportedly very lightly injured overpowering a Palestinian attacker in the northern West Bank, according to Channel 10.

The condition of the attacker isn’t clear.

Palestinian stabber apprehended

The suspected Palestinian attacker involved in a stabbing in the northern West Bank has been arrested by Israeli security forces and is being interrogated, the IDF says.

The soldier is lightly hurt and receiving medical treatment.

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Live updates (closed) Latest: Palestinian stabber apprehended

Archaeologists find new Galilean synagogue from first century CE

Archaeologists found a previously undiscovered ancient synagogue from the first century CE in the Galilee last week.

The Tel Rechesh synagogue, located around five miles east of Mount Tabor, was uncovered by Dr. Motti Aviam of the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology, Ynet reports. He says that it’s the first synagogue from the early Roman period found in a Galilean village.

Other synagogues in the region from that period — the final years of the Second Temple and the time of Jesus — are from larger towns.