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Attacks have Jerusalemites learning self-defense

The current wave of terrorist stabbing attacks has left many Israelis living in Jerusalem and the rest of the country on edge. In light of the current security situation, the Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Jerusalem has started to offer Jerusalem residents the opportunity to learn the necessary self-defense techniques for fending off potential stabbing attacks.

“One of the residents of the Nachlaot neighborhood [near Jerusalem’s city center] sought to organize a self-defense training session and I took the initiative upon myself since I have an academy of self-defense here in Jerusalem,” said Roi Walther, head instructor of the Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy to TPS.

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National

United to add a San Francisco-Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV — United Airlines is adding a San Francisco-Tel Aviv route. United will begin the direct flight in April, the Israeli business daily Globes reported last week. It will offer three flights per week from each airport using Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 passenger jets. United Airlines Israel managing director Avi Friedman told Globes that the opening of the new route was in response to demand from customers, “especially businessmen and high-tech people.”
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International

Timeline of terror in Israel

Timeline of terror in IsraelTEL AVIV — The past week has seen a wave of Palestinian attacks on Israelis and Israeli military operations, prompting fears of a third intifada. Here’s a timeline of the lead-up to the unrest and the attacks themselves. September Sept. 9: Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon outlaws the Mourabitat, an Islamist protest group that Israel says is violent, from the Temple Mount. Muslims revere the site as the Noble Sanctuary. Sept. 13: Israeli security forces raid the mount in the morning, ...
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Israel

Hate and violence in the Holy Land

Hate and violence in the Holy LandTEL AVIV — First it was clashes on the Temple Mount. Then a mother and father — Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin — were shot before the eyes of their four children, Oct. 1. Then two men were killed in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City, Oct. 3. Then a 15-year-old was stabbed in the Old City, Oct. 4. At press time, on Oct. 7, the IJN received word of a 36-year-old male stabbed in the Old City; at least three people stabbed in Petach Tikva; a car stoned at a Har Homa checkpoint in Jer...
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National

Maryland Jewish attorney represents anti-Semitic vandal

WASHINGTON — From murderers to sex offenders, some of the least desirable citizens of Maryland’s Montgomery County have walked through the doors of attorney Barry Helfand’s office. But it took a quiet teenager to make Helfand question his responsibility as a lawyer. Sitting in Helfand’s Rockville office this spring, 18-year-old Sebastian Espinoza-Carranza detailed how he, along with three juveniles, had spray-painted swastikas, “KKK” and other graffiti on the Shaare Torah Congregat...
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Amid complicity debate, Polish clergy to attend 70th anniversary of post-Holocaust pogrom

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Netanyahu calls for ‘direct, bilateral negotiations’ with Palestinians

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is ready to start “direct, bilateral negotiations” with the Palestinians. The invitation, which Netanyahu has repeated... [Link]

Palestinians riot as Jewish worshippers visit Joseph’s Tomb

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinians in Nablus attacked Israeli soldiers escorting a convoy of Jewish worshippers who entered the West Bank city to visit Joseph’s Tomb. The 26 busloads of worshi... [Link]

Sides swap character attacks in trial over Bay Area’s Koret Foundation

Andrew Silow-Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (J., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California via JTA) — A civil trial focused on control of the $500 million Koret Foundation is pitting its founder’s widow, Susan Koret, a... [Link]

As Jews flee Belgium, a seder marks a family exodus

Cnaan Liphshiz BRUSSELS (JTA) — I was feeling nervous about coming to Brussels for seder with my family. Making the 130-mile trip there from my home in Amsterdam meant taking my 5-month-old son on a train that... [Link]

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