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PA president’s statements come after Jerusalem denied truce negotiations with terrorist group; explosion rocks Bangkok, killing dozens and injuring many

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

  • Palestinians protesters clash with Israeli police during a demonstration in Ashkelon on August 16, 2015.  (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
    Palestinians protesters clash with Israeli police during a demonstration in Ashkelon on August 16, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
  • Israeli soldiers argue with Palestinian protesters blocking a road near the village of Palestinian prisoner, Mohammad Allaan, near Nablus, August 15, 2015 (Flash90)
    Israeli soldiers argue with Palestinian protesters blocking a road near the village of Palestinian prisoner, Mohammad Allaan, near Nablus, August 15, 2015 (Flash90)
  • A priest inspects the damage caused to the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel, which was set on fire in what police suspect was an arson attack, June 18, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)
    A priest inspects the damage caused to the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel, which was set on fire in what police suspect was an arson attack, June 18, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)
  • Destroyed motorbikes pictured at the scene of devastation after a bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok, August 17, 2015.  (AFP/AIDAN JONES)
    Destroyed motorbikes pictured at the scene of devastation after a bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok, August 17, 2015. (AFP/AIDAN JONES)
  • This file photo taken on September 9, 1999 shows tourists paying homage to the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok. (AFP Photo/file/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)
    This file photo taken on September 9, 1999 shows tourists paying homage to the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok. (AFP Photo/file/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)
  • Officials close off an intersection after an explosion in central Bangkok, Monday, August 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Sackchai Lalit)
    Officials close off an intersection after an explosion in central Bangkok, Monday, August 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Sackchai Lalit)

The Times of Israel liveblogged Monday’s events as they unfolded.

‘Hunger striker plotted terror from jail’

State prosecutors argue that Palestinian hunger-striking prisoner Mohammad Allaan had planned terrorist activities while he was held in an Israeli prison and that releasing him therefore would endanger the lives of Israeli civilians.

Meanwhile, Allaan’s attorney Jamil Khatib says he plans to reject a proposal submitted to the High Court on behalf of the state, according to which the prisoner will be released if he agrees to leave the country for four years.

“The proposal shows that administrative detention became a heavy and prolonged punishment without trial, which is based on extraneous considerations,” reads a statement issued by Khatib. “We will argue in court that even according to the logic of security authorities, the rationale behind the detention is to prevent the security threat posed by the detainee, and that therefore Mohammad Allaan must be released, because he cannot pose any threat in his current state. His detention has thus become a detention of revenge and retaliation which serves no proper purpose, all without filing an indictment against him.”

Allaan has been held by Israel without trial since November under an anti-terror measure called “administrative detention.” He is said by Israel to be affiliated with the Islamic Jihad terror group, and Israeli intelligence claims he played a role in the group’s activities. He has been hospitalized since Friday at the Barzilai Medical Center, where he remains unconscious but stable after being given fluids and salts intravenously. He was also breathing with the aid of an artificial respirator.

Judge says Allaan ‘currently not dangerous’

Supreme Court Judge Hanan Meltzer says Mohammad Allaan does not pose any danger to the public at the moment, a fact that “changes the circumstances and implications of the continuation of [the prisoner’s] administrative detention,” according tot Ynet.

Meltzer says that if Allaan, who is currently in a coma and has been described in critical condition following over 60 days of a hunger strike, recovers and begins taking part in illegal activities again, the security establishment may again imprison the alleged terror activist.

Joint (Arab) List urges release of prisoner

MK Youssef Jabarin, a member of the Joint (Arab) List, tells The Times of Israel that prisoner Mohammad Allaan must be released immediately as his life is in danger.

“Administrative detention runs counter to the basic principles of fair trial,” says Jabarin, a Georgetown University-trained international law professor. He adds that 400 Palestinians are currently being held by Israel in administrative detention, including 10 on hunger strike.

Jabarin rebuffs the state’s proposal to release Allaan on condition that he leave the country for 4 years.

“This proves Allan isn’t really dangerous,” he said. “If he can direct terror activity once released he can do the same from abroad. He should be released immediately so that his torture ends.”

— Elhanan Miller

3 arrested for blocking Jerusalem construction

Three ultra-Orthodox protesters are arrested after attempting to prevent construction work from taking place on Jerusalem’s Yosef Burg street, adjacent to Sacher Park. The protesters claim there are Jewish graves at the construction site and that the work desecrates the memory of the dead.

Construction resumes after the three are arrested, the NRG news site reports.

Remand extended for suspect in church arson

Nazareth District Court orders the extension of the remand of a detainee suspected of setting fire to the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes in the Galilee in July, which left the church badly damaged. The judge rules that there is enough evidence pointing to suspect Yinon Reuveni’s involvement in the arson attack to detain him until the end of procedings, Israel Radio reports.

Of five suspects in the arson attack, three have already been indicted.

A series of arrests over the past couple of weeks came as the government declared a crackdown on fundamentalist Jewish ideologues in the wake of a deadly arson attack in a Palestinian village in the West Bank on July 31 that left a father and his baby son dead — and was thought to have been carried out by Jews.

A priest inspects the damage caused to the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel, which was set on fire in what police suspect was an arson attack, June 18, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

A priest inspects the damage caused to the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel, which was set on fire in what police suspect was an arson attack, June 18, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Israel has approved the detention without trial for six months of three Jewish activists — Meir Ettinger, the grandson of the late Israeli-American ultranationalist Rabbi Meir Kahane; Mordechai Mayer; and Eviatar Slonim. Ettinger has been linked by the Shin Bet to the arson attack on the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes as well.

IDF appoints new chief military prosecutor

Colonel Sharon Afek is appointed as the IDF’s new chief military prosecutor, replacing Major General Danny Efroni.

The appointment was decided upon by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon based on the recommendation of IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, Ynet reports.

Court hearing on hunger striker to resume Wednesday

The High Court rules that “there is no change in the justification for holding [Mohammad Allaan] in administrative detention,” and that the court hearing concerning the possible release of the hunger striker will resume on Wednesday.

Earlier, MK Youssef Jabarin, a member of the Joint (Arab) List, told The Times of Israel that prisoner Allaan, who is currently in a coma and has been described in critical condition following over 60 days of a hunger strike, must be released immediately as his life is in danger.

Maazouze, the mother of Mohammed Allaan, a Palestinian prisoner who is on a long-term hunger strike, holds a portrait of her son during a rally calling for his release in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba on August 9, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)

Maazouze, the mother of Mohammed Allaan, a Palestinian prisoner who is on a long-term hunger strike, holds a portrait of her son during a rally calling for his release in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba on August 9, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)

“Administrative detention runs counter to the basic principles of fair trial,” said Jabarin, a Georgetown University-trained international law professor. He adds that 400 Palestinians are currently being held by Israel in administrative detention, including 10 on hunger strike.

2 dead as bomb rocks central Bangkok

A bomb explodes outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok, killing at least two people and wounding scores more, according to an AFP reporter at the scene.

Body parts are scattered across the street after the bomb went off outside the Erawan Shrine in the downtown Chidlom district of the Thai capital.

“I can confirm it was a bomb, we can’t tell which kind yet, we are checking,” national police spokesman Lieutenant General Prawut Thavornsiri tells AFP.

— AFP

5 Palestinians accused of killing 2 Israelis

The military prosecution files an indictment with the Judea Military Court against five Palestinians suspected of carrying out two terrorist attacks that killed Israeli civilians Danny Gonen and Malachi Rosenfeld in June.

Mohammed Abu Shaheen, Ashraf Amar, Amjad Eduan were indicted on suspicion of being involved in the murder of Gonen, an electrical engineering student and the eldest of five siblings, who was shot in the upper body at point blank range as he and a friend drove away from the Ein Bubin spring near the Jewish settlement of Dolev, northwest of Jerusalem.

Eduan, 35, a former security prisoner, is suspected of providing Abu Shaheen with ammunition, serving as a scout for other shootings and accompanying him on other aborted terror attacks. Amar, 24, an active member of the PA’s military intelligence branch, has no prior record but allegedly joined Abu Shaheen to carry out attacks that did not come to fruition.

Images of five suspects involved in a deadly shooting in the West Bank in June 2015 that left one Israeli dead. Clockwise from top left: Muhammad Abu Shaheen, Ashraf Amar, Amjad Eduan, Osama Assad, Muhammad Eduan

Images of five suspects involved in a deadly shooting in the West Bank in June 2015 that left one Israeli dead. Clockwise from top left: Muhammad Abu Shaheen, Ashraf Amar, Amjad Eduan, Osama Assad, Muhammad Eduan

Abdullah Ashaq and Faiz Hamed were indicted for their role in the murder of Malachy Rosenfeld near the West Bank settlement of Shvut Rachel, north of Ramallah.

Last week, prosecutors charged Palestinian Osama Asa’ad with manslaughter, arms trafficking, and possession of an illegal weapon, with the indictment maintaining the West Bank resident helped plan the attack on Gonen and hid the murder weapon in his house afterwards.

Asa’ad, a former Palestinian prisoner who was released as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal in 2011, was arrested last month along with four other residents of the Qalandiya refugee camp in connection with the attack.

12 killed in Bangkok blast

The BBC reports that at least 12 people are killed in an explosion in central Bangkok.

UK’s Labour to investigate anti-Semitic texts

The United Kingdom’s Labour party will open an investigation after some of its members recieved anti-Semitic messages for opposing a candidate for party leadership.

Labour MP John Mann, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, has received dozens of anti-Semitic emails and tweets during the past six weeks, according to the Jewish Chronicle. Mann is a vocal opponent of Jeremy Corbyn, a member of Parliament running for the leadership of the Labour party who has referred to anti-Israel terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends.”

The Chronicle reported that Mann received messages calling him “utter filth” and a “Zionist stooge.” Mann said other Labor MPs have received similar messages.

“I have very serious concerns about Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters,” Mann told the British Sunday Express, according to the Chronicle. “I’ve received some vicious anti-Semitic abuse and I’m expecting the Labour Party to take action against this.”

— JTA

PA says Palestinian stabber shot in ‘cold blood’

The Palestinian Authority criticizes Israel after a border policeman shot and killed a Palestinian man who stabbed a second border policeman at the Tapuah Junction checkpoint in the West Bank. The Palestinian was shot “in cold blood,” a statement by the authority says, according to Israel Radio.

According to initial reports, the Palestinian approached the security personnel at the checkpoint south of Nablus and said that he was not feeling well and asked for water.

Border policemen  at the scene where a Palestinian man attempted to stab an Israeli soldier and was shot dead, in Tapuach Junction,near Nablus, August 15, 2015. (Flash90)

Border policemen at the scene where a Palestinian man attempted to stab an Israeli soldier and was shot dead, in Tapuach Junction,near Nablus, August 15, 2015. (Flash90)

When the soldiers indicated that he could come closer, he pulled out a knife and attacked them.

3 workers badly hurt after falling into pit

Three Palestinian construction workers are severely injured after falling into a pit in the Ma’aleh Ephraim industrial area in the West Bank. The workers will be airlifted to the Beilinson hospital in Petah Tikva for emergency medical treatment shortly, a statement by Magen David Adom says. Two other workers are lightly wounded and are rushed to a nearby hospital.

No Israeli casualties reported in Bangkok blast

The Foreign Ministry says it is constantly being updated by the Israeli embassy in Bangkok concerning a blast that rocked the city’s center earlier Today. At the moment, no Israeli casualties are reported.

Thailand is an extremely popular tourist destination among Israeli vacationers and backpackers.

Shin Bet names Palestinian stabber

The Shin Bet security service names Mahmad Amsha, a 25-year-old Palestinian resident of a village southwest of Jenin, as the man who stabbed a border policeman at the Tapuah Junction checkpoint in the West Bank earlier today.

Amsha, who was shot and killed at the scene by a second border policeman, is not affiliated with any recognized terrorist organizations, the Shin Bet says.

According to initial reports, the Palestinian approached the security personnel at the checkpoint south of Nablus and said that he was not feeling well and asked for water.

When the soldiers indicated that he could come closer, he pulled out a knife and attacked them.

Death toll in Bangkok blast rises to 15

At least 15 people are killed and many injured after a bomb exploded outside a popular religious shrine in Bangkok.

Body parts were scattered across the street after the explosion outside the Erawan Shrine in the downtown Chidlom district, an AFP reporter witnessed.

Charred and shattered motorcycles littered the scene, along with broken glass.

The Erawan is an enormously popular shrine to the Hindu god Brahma but is visited by thousands of Buddhist devotees every day.

— AFP contributed

El Al flight makes emergency stop for sick passenger

An El Al flight from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Vienna after a passenger became ill. The passenger was rushed to a hospital in the Austrian city for emergency treatment.

Thai minister says bomb targeted ‘foreigners’

A Thai minister says the bomb which rocked central Bangkok killing at least 12 people targeted “foreigners,” and the attacker aimed to damage tourism, AFP reports.

27 reported killed in Bangkok bombing

A bomb blast rocked a shrine at a major central Bangkok intersection during the evening rush hour Monday, the government said, reportedly killing more up to 27 people and injuring many others, according to Reuters, while Thai PBS television says 15 people were killed.

At least two bombs were found at the scene, says Major General Weerachon Sukhondhapatipak, a spokesman for Thailand’s ruling junta. He says at least one had detonated.

Weerachon says dozens were injured, and that some foreigners were among the injured.

Thai rescue workers carry an injured person after a bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok late on August 17, 2015. (AFP Photo/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

Thai rescue workers carry an injured person after a bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok late on August 17, 2015. (AFP Photo/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

The explosion took place at the Rajprasong intersection, which was the center of many contentious political demonstrations in recent years. It occurred in front of the Erawan Shrine, a tourist landmark also popular with Thais.

Emergency personnel work at the scene after an explosion in central Bangkok, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Sackchai Lalit)

Emergency personnel work at the scene after an explosion in central Bangkok, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Sackchai Lalit)

The first bomb was found inside the shrine compound, while the second was found opposite the complex, Weerachon says. Car bombs are almost unknown in Bangkok, but have been used in southern Thailand, where a Muslim separatist insurgency has been flaring for several years.

— AP contributed

Rabbis urge Congress to back Iran deal

Three hundred and forty rabbis from all streams of Judaism send a letter to members of Congress urging them to support the agreement between the international community and Iran on the Iranian nuclear program.

“We commend the US and the other negotiating teams for their dedication to reaching an agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. This deal is good for the United States and our allies in the region, and is the best arrangement possible given current international realities,” declares Rabbi Steven Bob of Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Rabbi Rachel Mikva of Chicago adds, “A wide array of views about the nuclear deal exist among American Jews, as demonstrated in the recent Jewish Journal poll that showed 49% approving of the agreement (31% opposed) and 53% wanting Congress to approve it (35% opposed). However many Jewish Federations, AIPAC and other leading national Jewish organizations are campaigning in opposition, which is being interpreted to mean that American Jews want to see the deal scrapped. This is a false and dangerous message that we as rabbis hope to counter with our letter to Congress.”

“If Congress ultimately rejects the deal, the consequences for the United States, Israel, the Jewish community and the world will be significant. We fear that the outcome will be the collapse of the international sanctions regime, an Iranian race for nuclear weapons and an associated arms race in the Middle East and isolation of Israel and the United States from international partners,” says Rabbi Samuel Gordon of Wilmette, Illinois.

President Barack Obama speaking about the Iran nuclear agreement at American University in Washington, DC, Aug. 5, 2015. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/JTA)

President Barack Obama speaking about the Iran nuclear agreement at American University in Washington, DC, Aug. 5, 2015. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/JTA)

“While we believe the deal is a positive approach to the Iranian nuclear issue, we remain gravely concerned about Iranian support for terrorist groups and other destabilizing actions in the region. These threats must be countered aggressively by the international community. The misguided campaign to scuttle the nuclear deal harms the ability of Israel to join with the United States and regional allies to create a powerful coalition against Iran,” Rabbi Burton Visotzky of New York City concludes.

The full text of the letter:

Members of the US House of Representatives

Members of the US Senate

As rabbis, we support the agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran– The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. We encourage the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to endorse this agreement.

The Obama administration has successfully brought together the major international powers to confront Iran over its nuclear ambitions. The broad international sanctions moved Iran to enter this historic agreement. Should this agreement be rejected by the U.S. congress, those sanctions will end. There will be no new negotiations, as the other member countries are fully in favor of this agreement and have no desire to re-negotiate.

We understand that while this agreement blocks Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb, we recognize it does not deal with Iran’s support for terror, but that was never the purpose of these talks. Now that a nuclear agreement has been reached, we call on the United States and its international partners to strengthen their resolve and dedicate additional resources to confront Iranian threats to Israel and other states.

Most especially, we are deeply concerned with the impression that the leadership of the American Jewish community is united in opposition to the agreement. We, along with many other Jewish leaders, fully support this historic nuclear accord.

Israel denies truce talks with Hamas

An official in Jerusalem denies that any negotiations between Israel and Hamas over a possible truce were taking place, contrary to reports in Arabic media over the past several weeks.

“There are no negotiations on a long-term cease-fire with Hamas,” the unnamed official says, according to the Walla news site. “Not with the help of Turkey, not with the help of Qatar, not Tony Blair nor any other parties,” the official adds.

Earlier today, Haaretz quoted a Turkish official as saying that Israel and Hamas are on the verge of a breakthrough in negotiations over a possible long-term truce agreement. The daily added that other Turkish sources indicated that the establishment of a seaport in the Gaza Strip was being discussed in the talks between Israel and Hamas as well. According to Arabic media outlets quoted by Haaretz, the proposed truce would last for up to ten years, and even the Islamic Jihad terrorist group would join in on the agreement.

IDF vehicle causes fire in Western Galilee

A fire breaks out near Kibbutz Hanita in the Western Galilee after an IDF military vehicle carrying ammunition caught fire and set off several explosions. The fire spreads to a nearby forest.

At least 4 tourists among dead in Bangkok

At least four people killed in the blast in central Bangkok were reported to be foreign tourists. At least 27 people have been reported killed in the bombing.

Abbas says Israel and Hamas reps met in Africa

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claims that direct talks between Israeli and Hamas representatives recently took place in an African country, according to the Walla news site. Abbas did not elaborate any further.

The PA president’s statement came only shortly after an official in Jerusalem denied that any negotiations between Israel and Hamas over a possible truce were taking place, contrary to reports in Arabic media over the past several weeks.

“There are no negotiations on a long-term cease-fire with Hamas,” the unnamed official said, according to the Walla news site. “Not with the help of Turkey, not with the help of Qatar, not Tony Blair nor any other parties,” the official added.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a press conference, June 10, 2015 (AP/Darko Vojinovic)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a press conference, June 10, 2015 (AP/Darko Vojinovic)

Earlier today, Haaretz quoted a Turkish official as saying that Israel and Hamas are on the verge of a breakthrough in negotiations over a possible long-term truce agreement. The daily added that other Turkish sources indicated that the establishment of a seaport in the Gaza Strip was being discussed in the talks between Israel and Hamas as well. According to Arabic media outlets quoted by Haaretz, the proposed truce would last for up to ten years, and even the Islamic Jihad terrorist group would join in on the agreement.

Fire breaks out near Jordan border

A large fire breaks out on the Jordanian side of the border, near Kibbutz Gesher. Three firefighting squads are making their way to the scene in case the fire spreads into Israel.

Jury selection begins in Kansas City shooter trial

Jury selection begins in the trial of the white supremacist who admitted to killing three people outside two Jewish facilities in a suburb of Kansas City, Kansas.

The trial of Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., who is representing himself, began Monday, the Associated Press reports. Jury selection is expected to last a week.

Miller, 74, shot two people outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas, and one person outside Village Shalom, a Jewish assisted-living facility.

During an appearance in US District Court in Johnson City, Kansas, last month, Miller said he would argue that he committed the April 13, 2014, attacks in order to stop “the Jewish genocide of the white race.”

Miller, a former Ku Klux Klan grand dragon who also goes by Frazier Glenn Cross, is charged with capital murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case.

Miller told the Kansas City Star last month that he began planning the attacks when he became so sick with emphysema that he thought he would die soon and that he conducted reconnaissance missions of the JCC and Village Shalom in the days before the shootings.

“I wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died,” he told the newspaper. None of his three victims were Jewish.

JTA

PMO denies talks with Hamas

The Prime Minister’s Office issues a statement denying any negotiations between Israel and Hamas, only hours after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claimed that direct talks between representatives of both parties recently took place in an African country.

“Israel officially clarifies that there have been no meetings with Hamas,” reads a statement by the PMO. “Not directly, not through another country and not through intermediaries.”

Earlier today, Haaretz quoted a Turkish official as saying that Israel and Hamas are on the verge of a breakthrough in negotiations over a possible long-term truce agreement. The daily added that other Turkish sources indicated that the establishment of a seaport in the Gaza Strip was being discussed in the talks between Israel and Hamas as well.

According to Arabic media outlets quoted by Haaretz, the proposed truce would last for up to 10 years, and even the Islamic Jihad terrorist group would enter into the agreement.

Jewish groups fume over nixing of Matisyahu gig

The Spanish Federation of Jewish Communities condemns a Spanish music festival that demanded that Jewish-American reggae star Matisyahu endorse Palestinian statehood, and then canceled his upcoming show after the singer declined.

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder also expresses outrage at the festival’s organizers, and demands that Spanish authorities “take appropriate action against those responsible for the decision,” according to Reuters.

The Rototom Sunsplash Reggae Festival called off the formerly Hasidic rapper’s August 22 show, with organizers saying Matisyahu had refused to comply with their demand to pen a statement or a video message backing “the Palestinians’ right to a state.”

Festival organizers were driven by intense pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the reports said. Artists scheduled to perform at the event threatened to cancel their appearances if Matisyahu were to perform, because he was “seen to represent Israel.”

Although not Israeli, Matisyahu has visited and performed in the Jewish state multiple times.

In a statement on Facebook, Rototom organizers said that the move was linked to “the festival’s sensitivity to Palestine, its people and the occupation of its territory by Israel.”

Matisyahu will be replaced by Jamaican reggae artist Etana.

Matisyahu, who was raised a Reconstructionist Jew in West Chester, Pennsylvania, joined the Chabad movement in 2001 and burst onto the music scene in 2004 as a bearded, beat-boxing, Hasidic star. In 2011, he parted ways with Orthodox Judaism, but continues to perform internationally and maintains that his music still draws inspiration from Jewish religious sources.

59 lone soldiers on route to Israel

Two hundred and thirty-two new olim to Israel from the United States and Canada leave New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on a Nefesh B’Nefesh charter aliyah flight. Fifty-nine of the new immigrants are set to join the Israel Defense Forces as lone soldiers.

The passengers on the flight include 29 families with their 75 children, as well as 9 couples and 86 singles.

Young American olim who plan to enlist in the IDF as lone soldiers, August 17, 2015 ( Nefesh B’Nefesh)

Young American ‘olim’ who plan to enlist in the IDF as lone soldiers, August 17, 2015 (Nefesh B’Nefesh)

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