The Times of Israel liveblogged Thursday’s events as they unfolded.
Suspected stabbing attack in East Jerusalem
Israeli media reports a stabbing attack in East Jerusalem.
Large numbers of security forces are said to have rushed to the scene.
The attacker reportedly struck using a screwdriver before fleeing the scene. The condition and number of victims are unclear.
German interior minister: Jihadists should lose citizenship
Germany’s interior minister says citizens with dual nationality who fight for a terror group should be stripped of their German citizenship, as he unveils tough new measures after two attacks by Islamic State militants.
“Germans who participate in fighting abroad for a terror militia and who have another citizenship, should lose their German nationality,” says Thomas de Maiziere.
Some 820 people have left Germany to fight alongside jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq, according to estimates by Germany’s secret service.
With around one in three fighters having since returned to Germany, fears are running high of the threat they may pose on European soil.
De Maiziere also announces plans to make being a “threat to public security” grounds for deporting foreign suspects.
He says there will also be an increase in police numbers, with 4,600 new posts being created. By 2020, he says, spending on security-related issues will be raised by 2 billion euros.
One hurt in East Jerusalem attack — report
Israel Radio says one person is injured in the stabbing attack in East Jerusalem.
The attack took place in the A-Tur neighborhood, near the Mount of Olives, the radio says.
TV: 18-year-old lightly-moderately hurt in East Jerusalem stabbing
Channel 10 television says the victim of the East Jerusalem stabbing attack is an 18-year-old Jewish man who is lightly to moderately wounded.
US Holocaust Museum calls for world intervention in Aleppo
The United States Holocaust Museum is calling for the international community to protect civilians in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, which has become a battleground for rebels and the Assad regime.
The online journal Foreign Policy reports that the museum has released a new video made inside the besieged city, which includes “distressed Syrians and a Syrian-American aid worker calling for the creation of a no-fly zone or humanitarian corridor.”
Aleppo has been rocked by a recent surge in violence, with residents on both sides of the bloody front line living in fear of being trapped by renewed hostilities. An estimated 1.5 million people still live in the battered city, including about 250,000 in rebel-held eastern districts.
Doctors in the eastern half today implored US President Barack Obama to protect civilians from repeated atrocities in their city.
“Unless a permanent lifeline to Aleppo is opened it will be only a matter of time until we are again surrounded by regime troops, hunger takes hold and hospitals’ supplies run completely dry,” they say in a letter to the president.
Berlin hotel denies anti-Israel claim by ‘Shoah’ director
A five-star hotel in Berlin is dismissing claims of anti-Israel bias by French Jewish filmmaker Claude Lanzmann.
The director of the Holocaust documentary “Shoah” is quoted in a German newspaper as claiming that the Hotel Bristol intentionally left Israel off a list of international dialing codes.
Lanzmann tells Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that a hotel employee informed him the omission was requested by Arab guests.
But hotel director Birgitt Ullerich denies there were any such instructions, telling the AP that only 34 countries are on the list and Israel’s absence is “simply an oversight.”
The hotel is part of the Kempinski group, which has its roots in a restaurant founded by German Jewish businessman Berthold Kempinski.
Berlin interior minister Frank Henkel is urging the hotel to investigate Lanzmann’s allegation.
Maker of tehina at center of salmonella scare blames faulty pipe
The vice president of Prince Tahina, which supplies the company whose salads have been tainted with salmonella, says they have located the source of the contamination — a faulty pipe.
“I want to make an important point, we are not blaming anyone,” Yehiel Karat tells a press conference, according to Maariv.
“A flexible pipe was found to be faulty, and is likely the source and root of the problem. This is an internal error for us and we believe that the flexible pipe in the factory is the source,” he says, adding that further inspections are already underway.
IMF, Cairo agree to $12b loan to fix Egypt’s ailing economy
The International Monetary Fund signs an initial agreement with Egypt to loan it $12 billion over three years, in hopes the funds will help fix the ailing economy of the Arab world’s most populous country.
The IMF says the loan, which is subject to approval by its executive board, is in support of a government reform program that aims to alleviate the demand for black market dollar trading, bring down the budget deficit and government debt, as well as raise growth and create jobs.
“Egypt is a strong country with great potential but it has some problems that need to be fixed urgently,” the IMF says, adding that planned government measures include tax increases and cuts in energy subsidies. Egypt earlier this week already announced it would raise electricity prices by a least a quarter, a jump forward in its plans to eliminate the subsidies altogether by 2019.
ADL condemns attacks outside NY rabbis’ homes
The Anti-Defamation League condemns firebomb attacks in front of the homes of two rabbis in Rockland County, New York.
According to reports, one device exploded Tuesday night under a car parked outside the New City home of Rabbi Simcha Morganstern, an associate rabbi at the Chabad of Rockland. Moments later, a similar attack took place one block away in front of the home of Avremel Kotlarsky, the Director of Chabad of Rockland.
No one was injured in the small blazes that resulted. Kotlarsky described the explosions as “coordinated” and a “premeditated hate crime.”
“We are outraged by this shocking incident in what appears to be the alleged targeting of two prominent rabbis, and we join with local leadership, including the Jewish Federation of Rockland County, in strongly condemning this brazen act of violence,” says Evan R. Bernstein, regional director of ADL New York.
USA Today: Israeli athletes among Olympics ‘best-dressed’
Israel’s Olympians are the second best-dressed at the Rio Games, according to USA Today.
“That’s how you do athletic jackets with style,” says the blurb accompanying an image of the Israeli delegation at the opening ceremony on August 5 in the Brazilian city. The Israelis wore dark blue jackets with a Star of David emblazoned across the front in lighter blues.
Israel has so far won just one medal at this year’s Games, with judoka Yarden Gerbi claiming the bronze in the women’s under-63 kg competition on Tuesday.
Health Ministry: Prince Tahina knew about contamination weeks ago
The Health Ministry says the company believed to be responsible for salmonella in hummus and tehina in Israel knew about the contamination some two weeks ago.
The head of the ministry’s public health services, Prof. Itamar Grotto, tells reporters that the managers of the Prince Tahina factory were called in for a hearing where they were told unequivocally to destroy the raw tahina at the plant, Ynet reports.
Grotto also says that the factory’s license to produce tehina has been revoked.
Prince Tahina said earlier today that it has located the suspected source of the contamination — a faulty pipe in the factory.
Jewish lecturer becomes only Israeli to join Turkish Muslim sect
Al-Jazeera profiles Jewish college lecturer Miki Cohen as he becomes the only Israeli in history to join the Mevlevi Order, a Turkish Muslim sect founded by 13th-century Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi.
The members of the order, also known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their spinning dance of worship, are based in the Turkish city of Konya, in the Anatolia region.
Netanyahu: I care more about Palestinians than their leaders
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posts a video message on Facebook, lambasting Hamas for allegedly colluding with aid workers, and claiming to care more about the Palestinian people than their own leaders.
“I’m going to say something now that some of you will not believe. But I’m going to say it anyway because it’s true,” the PM says in his message, apparently recorded in his office. “I, the prime minister of Israel, care more about Palestinians than their own leaders do. Israel cares more about Palestinians than their own leaders do. That sounds incredible, right?”
He continues: “But consider the following. A few days ago, the world learned that Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules Gaza, stole millions of dollars from humanitarian organizations like World Vision and the United Nations. Innocent and impoverished Palestinians were denied vital aid supplied from nations around the world. Hamas used this stolen money to build a war machine to murder Jews. I want you to think about that. Let that sink in. Hamas stole critical support for Palestinian children so that they could kill our children. So I ask you — who cares more about Palestinians?”
Frozen food company recalls products over listeria fears
Israel’s Milotal Frozen Vegetables company starts recalling products as lab tests show listeria contamination in its frozen french fries.
The company insists, however, that there is no danger to the public as the low temperatures of the freezing process would kill any bacteria, the NRG website reports.
UK’s Labour drops security firm with Israel ties
Britain’s Labour Party is left without security arrangements for its annual conference in Liverpool next month, following a boycott of a longtime contractor with ties to Israel.
The decision to drop British-Danish G4S security multinational firm follows a controversial vote last year by members of Labour’s National Executive Committee, leaving the party with no fixed arrangements for the Sept. 25 event, The Telegraph reports.
G4S has faced criticism over its involvement in Israeli prisons where Palestinians are held. Labor MK Hilik Bar wrote to a British counterpart complaining about reports that suggested the party’s boycott was over Israel. Labour denies any link, and following a recommendation from one committee member, altered the minutes of the session on G4S to exclude any mention of Israel, The Jewish News reported in January.
With no security firm to handle the Sept. 25 conference, the Home Office and police could shut down the event. Three companies declined the offer of a contract and one withdrew its bid after carrying out a risk assessment, the Telegraph reports.
Trump campaign director pointed gun at aide, lawsuit claims
A former paid worker for Donald Trump’s presidential bid is accusing the campaign’s North Carolina state director of pointing a loaded handgun at him.
Vincent Bordini files a civil lawsuit in state court against the Trump campaign and recent state director Earl Phillip. The lawsuit alleges assault and battery, seeking monetary damages for emotional distress. Bordini says Trump’s national campaign leadership refused to address the February incident.
The lawsuit says Bordini and Phillip were traveling by car in South Carolina when the campaign director suddenly pulled out a gun and pressed the barrel to his kneecap.
Phillip tells The Associated Press that he resigned as state director and deputy chair of Trump’s National Diversity Coalition, and refers further questions to his lawyer.
After 22 years, final AMIA bombing victim identified
The only unidentified fatality of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires has been named as Augusto Daniel Jesus.
He was identified as the victim with more than 99.99 percent certainty, based on an analysis of DNA taken from the body and from his mother, says the Argentina government’s AMIA Special Investigating Unit.
Jesus and his mother were among the 85 people killed and 300 were injured in the solo suicide bombing — most of them Jews.
The DNA analysis is conducted by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team and verified by the team along with the University of Buenos Aires. Efforts to identify the body began in 2002 after Jesus’ identity card was discovered in the debris at the scene.
Jesus and his mother were attending a class at AMIA on caring for people with health problems when they were killed, according to relatives. Jesus was 20 years old.
Reagan’s daughter slams Trump call for gun owners to stop Clinton
Ronald Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis, lambastes Donald Trump on Facebook for his call for gun owners to stop Hillary Clinton appointing Supreme Court judges should she be elected president in November.
“I am the daughter of a man who was shot by someone who got his inspiration from a movie, someone who believed if he killed the President the actress from that movie would notice him,” she writes, referring to her father’s Jodie Foster-obsessed would-be assassin John Hinckley.
“Your glib and horrifying comment about ‘Second Amendment people’ was heard around the world,” she continues, before warning that Trump’s comment could spur someone to carry out a violent act, and accusing him of disregarding such a danger.
“It was heard by the person sitting alone in a room, locked in his own dark fantasies, who sees unbridled violence as a way to make his mark in the world, and is just looking for ideas,” she says. “Yes, Mr. Trump, words matter. But then you know that, which makes this all even more horrifying.
Bar Refaeli gives birth to baby girl
Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli gives birth to a baby girl, her first child.
Refaeli and her husband, Adi Ezra, issue a statement thanking Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, where she delivered daughter Liv Ezra earlier today. The baby weighed 3.18 kilos, and both she and her mom are doing fine.
Kennedys join Reagan, King relatives in scolding Trump for gun remark
Members of the Kennedy family sternly rebuke Donald Trump for joking about “the possibility of political assassination,” joining the relatives of other slain or wounded US leaders in condemning recent rhetoric by the Republican presidential nominee.
Trump alarmed many in the political world and beyond on Tuesday when he suggested that “Second Amendment people” — those who support gun rights — could act against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton or the justices she would appoint to the US Supreme Court if she were president.
It was beyond the pale for the Kennedys, who wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that Trump’s “dark and offensive rhetoric” should disqualify him from the presidency.
“Political violence is the greatest of all civic sins,” writes William Kennedy Smith and Jean Kennedy Smith, nephew and sister of Democratic president John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963, and senator Robert Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968 as he campaigned for president.
“Today, almost 50 years later, words still matter,” the Kennedys write.
“So it was with a real sense of sadness and revulsion that we listened to [Trump] as he referred to the options available to ‘Second Amendment people,’ a remark widely, and we believe correctly, interpreted as a thinly veiled reference or ‘joke’ about the possibility of political assassination.”
The Kennedy column follows criticism by the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., who was slain two months before Robert Kennedy, and the daughter of Ronald Reagan, who was wounded by a would-be assassin in 1981, 69 days into his presidency.
Trump refuses to back away from false claim Obama founded IS
Donald Trump refuses to take back his patently false allegation that Barack Obama founded the Islamic State group, even when questioned about the logic of his claim.
A day after lobbing the attack against the president during a rowdy rally, Trump presses ahead during a round of interviews — brushing off conservative radio commentator Hugh Hewitt’s attempt to reframe Trump’s observation as one that said Obama’s foreign policy created the conditions in Iraq and Syria that allowed IS to thrive.
“No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do,” Trump says, using another acronym for the extremist group.
Hewitt asks Trump if he would acknowledge that Obama hates the Islamic State, noting that the president is “trying to kill them.”
“I don’t care,” the businessman replies. “He was the founder. The way he got out of Iraq — that was the founding of ISIS, OK?”
He does acknowledge to Hewitt that the root of his argument is that if Obama “had done things properly, you wouldn’t have had ISIS.” But he adds: “Therefore, he was the founder of ISIS.”
In a later speech in Miami, Trump says Hillary Clinton would be given “the most valuable player award” by IS. “Her only competition is Barack Obama,” he says. He later adds: “Oh boy, is ISIS hoping for her.”
Israel’s Maayan Davidovich second in 7th windsurfing qualifier
Israeli windsurfer Maayan Davidovich takes second place in the the seventh preliminary round of the women’s windsurfing competition at the Rio Games.
Her current overall score puts her in a tie for third place with Russia’s Stefania Elfutina. There are five more races before the medal race on Sunday.
Clinton says Trump’s IS claims disqualify him as president
Hillary Clinton admonishes rival Donald Trump for claiming that she and Barack Obama founded Islamic State, saying anyone who would “sink so low” should never be president.
“No, Barack Obama is not the founder of ISIS,” Clinton tweets. “Anyone willing to sink so low, so often should never be allowed to serve as our Commander-in-Chief.”
No, Barack Obama is not the founder of ISIS.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 11, 2016
IS was founded in 2013, months after Clinton left the State Department. It was born out of the terror group al-Qaeda in Iraq that grew in strength in 2006 following Republican president George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
The group flourished with Obama’s withdrawal of US troops from Iraq in late 2011. Republicans said Obama was slow to recognize the threat when he said in 2014 that the Islamic State was a “JV” — junior varsity — team even though they gained ground in Syria and Iraq.
The Democratic National Committee says Trump “should apologize for his outrageous, unhinged and patently false suggestions.”
Twin blasts hit Thailand resort, killing at least 1
At least one person is dead and 10 others injured in twin bombings in the Thai resort of Hua Hin, the BBC reports.
While bombings are common in the country, it is rare for any to target tourist areas, the BBC says. Hua Hin is reportedly popular with both Thai and foreign visitors.
Egged driver takes sick woman to hospital — with bus full of passengers
An Egged driver in Haifa rushes a woman to hospital after she collapses on his bus, taking the rest of the passengers along too.
According to Ynet, the driver realizes that it would take too long for an ambulance to reach the unconscious woman, and so takes matters into his own hands, diverting from his scheduled route to carry out his mission of mercy.
The bus drives straight into the ambulance bay, and medical staff whisk the woman away for tests.
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