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Radical Israeli rabbis come under fire amid settler violence

Extremist rabbis settler movement A small group of extremist Israeli rabbis who for years have made incendiary remarks against Arabs are drawing criticism from lawmakers and moderate religious leaders after authorities broke up a ring of Jewish extremists accused in a series of attacks on Palestinian and Christian targets.

These fringe rabbis, mainly affiliated with the settler movement in the West Bank, are blamed for nurturing a venomous atmosphere that led to the killing of three Palestinians in a July firebombing. Critics say their rhetoric must be restrained to prevent more youths from further radicalization.


Germany Latest to Call for Trump Ban

Germany Trump banA German lawmaker has called for Donald Trump to be banned from entering the country, arguing that the Republican presidential candidate's comments on Muslims incite racial hatred.

Dieter Janecek, a member of Germany's Green Party, told the online version of Spiegel magazine that Trump's "rants of hate against minorities and refugees could constitute the criminal offence of incitement of hatred".



Besieged town awaits food aid as Syrians eat pets, grass to survive

Syrian town beseigedImages of starving children and emaciated residents of a besieged Syrian village have drawn fresh attention to the civilian toll of the country's civil war, as the government in Damascus finally agreed to allow in international aid.

The United Nations said in a statement Thursday it was preparing to deliver humanitarian assistance in the coming days to the town of Madaya, which has been cut off by government forces for months, and to two Shia towns in Idlib province that have been isolated by rebel fighters.


1,000 Fake Life Jackets Seized in Turkey

Fake life jackets seized in TurkeyTurkish police have seized more than 1,200 unsafe life jackets destined for use by migrants trying to reach Greece by sea, in a raid on an underground workshop that used Syrian child labour, a report said Wednesday.

The authorities seized 1,263 life jackets that failed to correspond to safety standards in the raid on the workshop in the centre of Izmir, a city on the Aegean Sea, the Dogan news agency said.


Revered Composer/Conductor Pierre Boulez Dies at 90

BoulezPierre Boulez, the former principal conductor of the New York Philharmonic who moved between conducting, composition and teaching over a long career that made him one of the leading figures in modern classical music, has died at age 90.

A spokesman for the Paris Philharmonic, Hamid Si Amer, confirmed that Boulez had died in Baden-Baden, Germany.


IDF soldier who ‘spied’ for Jewish extremists gets 45 months

IDF soldier spied for extremistsAn IDF soldier from the Etzion Brigade was sentenced Tuesday to three years and nine months in prison for leaking classified information to Jewish extremists in the West Bank.

Corporal Elad Sela, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin, passed information regarding future IDF operations to “price tag” hate criminals, helping them evade authorities and continue their attacks.


Israeli-Arab and Palestinian abandon plane after passenger complaints

Israelis shout Arabs off planeTwo passengers with Israeli documents left an Aegean Airlines flight after other Israelis protested about their presence, the company has said.

Israeli media identified the two as an Israeli-Arab and a Palestinian, and said the protesting passengers were Jewish. The incident occurred on Sunday night, delaying the flight from Athens to Tel Aviv by more than 90 minutes.


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