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Haaretz - Sun, 2021-09-12 20:19

Israeli man convicted of stabbing baby daughter to death, attempting to murder wife

Haaretz - Sun, 2021-09-12 19:40
Barak Ben Ami confessed to the charges under a plea deal. Prosecution seeks life sentence for him

Hundreds of pilgrims to Uman suspected of forging negative COVID tests

JTA - Sun, 2021-09-12 19:13

(JTA) — Hundreds of Israelis who traveled to Ukraine for an annual Rosh Hashana pilgrimage to the grave of a Hasidic rabbi are suspected of using forged negative COVID tests to return to Israel after testing positive for the virus.

Tens of thousands of Israelis travel to Uman, Ukraine each year in a pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Nachman, the leader of the Breslov branch of Hasidism. The pilgrimage was essentially canceled last year when Israelis were barred from traveling to Ukraine due to the pandemic. Some who attempted the trip ended up camped on the Ukrainian border in Belarus for weeks, with the Red Cross even coming to their aid, before returning to Israel. This year, the Israeli government agreed to allow travelers to visit the country in accordance with certain rules, including masking and testing requirements.

But the rules appear to have fallen apart on the ground.

The travelers were required to present a negative COVID test before traveling to Ukraine and before returning to Israel. Some of those who tested positive acquired fake test results to board their flights back to Israel. The travelers are expected to be charged with fraud, forgery and spreading an infectious disease, according to Haaretz, and were taken to their homes to quarantine by ambulances.

“The Israeli government takes a very serious view of patients who fraudulently enter Israel by falsifying documents and deliberately spread disease, which constitutes an irresponsible act of harming public peace,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement.

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Building in Tel Aviv suburb topples day after cracks prompt evacuation

Haaretz - Sun, 2021-09-12 19:07
Residents evacuated from 40-year-old Holon building: 'Our entire lives were here in this house, and now we’ve been left with nothing'

Gaza rocket intercepted over southern Israel for third consecutive night

Haaretz - Sun, 2021-09-12 18:09
No casualties or damage reported

Apartment building collapses in Israel one day after being evacuated

JTA - Sun, 2021-09-12 18:01

(JTA) — An apartment building in Israel collapsed Sunday, destroying the homes of some 36 families but leaving no casualties.

The building collapse, coming just a few months after the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida killing 98 people, might have become a similarly horrific tragedy had the building not been evacuated the day before.

Residents of the building said they heard a loud noise Saturday, prompting the authorities to evacuate residents of the apartment building and the buildings next to it. Images of the building before it collapsed that were posted to social media showed huge cracks in the walls with peeling paint and, in some areas, chunks of the wall falling off. The structure collapsed on its own Sunday afternoon, destroying the homes but without any casualties or injuries.

“Professional sources estimate that the quick evacuation of the building carried out yesterday saved 36 families from a terrible disaster,” a spokesperson for the Israel Fire and Rescue Services said, according to the Times of Israel.

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Israel's Lapid presents plan for Gaza reconstruction, saying wars and blockade are not working

Haaretz - Sun, 2021-09-12 16:25
The foreign minister calls for 'economy in exchange for security,' champions internationally-brokered deal but not direct negotiations with Hamas

Israeli grandfather accused of kidnapping boy whose parents died in Italian cable car accident

Haaretz - Sun, 2021-09-12 15:17
'We did not kidnap him. We brought him home,' says Eitan’s maternal aunt Gali Peleg

Citizenship or nationalism: Palestinian jailbreak puts Israel's Arab community in a bind

Haaretz - Sun, 2021-09-12 14:49
Arab citizens of Israel are facing once again the question that has followed it for decades, and some fear a renewed wave of Jewish-Arab violence

They came to New York from a war-torn Israel. Then 9/11 happened

Haaretz - Sun, 2021-09-12 14:47
Four Israelis remember the mood in the city following September 11, how it compared to the homeland they had left behind, and one explains why he felt compelled to immediately go to Ground Zero
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