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Fri. Oct 14, 2016 News from Israel

  • Israel suspends cooperation with UNESCO
  • White House slams UNESCO resolution denying Jewish ties to Jerusalem
  • Israel's Ambassador to UN condemns human rights group's participation in Israel settlement debate

Less than a day after the Executive Committee of UNESCO passed a resolution that questions the Jewish people's connection to the Temple Mount and Western Wall, Education Minister Naftala Bennett on Friday issued an order that Israel would immediately suspend its cooperation with UNESCO. He said that UNESCO's shameful decision gives impetus to terror.

UNESCO's director general, Irina Bokova, spoke out harshly against the draft resolution that disregards the historical Jewish connection to Jerusalem, clarifying that the Western Wall is “the holiest place in Judaism.” And State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner also condemned the decision.

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon slammed human rights group B’Tselem’s planned presentation at Friday's UN Security Council forum debate on Israeli settlements, saying the group would be “providing moral cover for anti-Israel activities at the UN.”

The two children killed in a car crash during a family vacation in Georgia earlier this week were laid to rest on Friday morning in Israel's north. Their mother and a brother remain hospitalized.

 

And now for this week's headlines

Saturday, October 8: Education Minister Naftali Bennett recommends a pardon for soldier Elor Azariah if found guilty of manslaughter.

Two people were killed and another two injured in a deadly car accident in Israel's north.  

Sunday, October 9: Two people were killed and 6 more injured in a multiple shooting attack that occurred at three different locations in Jerusalem.

Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh calls on citizens to be alert, but at the same time to maintain their routine in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Jerusalem.

Monday, October 10: Police are on high alert ahead of Yom Kippur and security forces continue to investigate the deadly attacks in Jerusalem.

Police question Israeli-Arab MKs Haneen Zoabi and Jamal Zahalka over corruption allegations in the Balad party.

Tuesday, October 11 and Wednesday, October 12: Israel marks the holiest day of the year, the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.  

Thursday, October 13: Israeli officials were enraged by the passing of the UNESCO resolution put forth by the Palestinians denying all historical connection between Jews and Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

Israeli and Palestinian spiritual leaders meet at the President's Residence in Jerusalem.

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