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Hagee: Meant to call Obama anti-Israel, not anti-Semitic

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 08:20

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Pastor John Hagee “clarified” that he did not mean to call President Obama anti-Semitic but anti-Israel.

Hagee, the Christians United for Israel founder, in a statement Friday said he was issuing a clarification to comments he made Nov. 23 to the Zionist Organization of America’s annual dinner in New York following “conversations with friends in the pro-Israel community.”

The “friends” included Robert Sugarman and Malcolm Hoenlein, respectively the chairman and executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

“The prepared text of my remarks before the Zionist Organization of America called President Obama one of the most ‘anti-Israel’ presidents in U.S. history,” Hagee said in his statement. “During my speech, I inadvertently called him one of the most ‘anti-Semitic’ presidents in history.”

The statement added, “While I regret my misstatement, I stand behind my prepared remarks. I believe that those of us who love Israel must be aggressive in our criticism thereof.”

The Anti-Defamation League had slammed Hagee for calling Obama anti-Semitic, saying it was a “serious denigration and distortion of the term.”

Japanese newspaper apologizes for ad featuring anti-Semitic author

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 07:58

(JTA) — A conservative national Japanese newspaper apologized for publishing an advertisement for books by an author who claimed that the Jews were behind the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed 18,000.

The apology for the ad featuring Richard Koshimizu was published Saturday in the Sankei Shimbun newspaper by its president, Takamitsu Kumasaka. It followed a letter of protest from the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“It is extremely regrettable that such disreputable content was published and was delivered to our readers,” Kumasaka said in a statement about an ad that appeared in the Nov. 26 edition of Sankei Shimbun. “I deeply apologize to our readers and to every member of the Jewish community.”

Koshimizu also blames the Jews for the 9/11 terror attack on the World Trade Center, claims the Holocaust was a myth designed to establish the State of Israel and says that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government elected in 2012 was part of a Jewish plan for global domination.

British soccer star facing ban over ‘racist and anti-Semitic’ Instagram post

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 07:37

(JTA) — British soccer player Mario Balotelli, the foster son of a Jewish mother, is facing a five-game ban over what his league deemed a “racist and anti-Semitic” message on social media.

The British Football Association on Friday charged Balotelli, 24, who plays for the Liverpool team, with breaching a league rule that bars “abusive and/or insulting and/or improper” social media posts.

His Instagram post featured a photo of Nintendo computer game character Super Mario and read, in part, that the character “jumps like a Black man and grabs coins like a Jew.”

Football Association rules do not allow postings that include “a reference to ethnic origin and/or color and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief.”

Balotelli, who is nicknamed Super Mario, apologized Dec. 2 on Twitter for the post. He is the son of immigrants from Ghana.

Jewish leaders in Britain criticized the Super Mario post as anti-Semitic and racist.

Following criticism of the post, Balotelli responded with a tweet that said, “My Mom is jewish so all of u shut up please.”

Balotelli has until Dec. 15 to respond to the league’s charges.

The rest of the Super Mario post reads: “Don’t be racist. Be like Mario. He’s an Italian plumber, created by Japanese people, who speaks English and looks like a Mexican.”

Balotelli’s apology tweet said in part, “I apologize if I’ve offended anyone. The post was meant to be anti-racist with humor. I now understand that out of context it may have the opposite effect.”

Brazilian pool sports giant swastika

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 07:13

(JTA) — A large swastika was discovered painted on the bottom of a swimming pool in southern Brazil.

The large Nazi symbol was identified during a kidnapping investigation last week, where police used aerial surveillance, CNN reported.

Located on private property in Pomerode, in the southern state of Santa Catarina, the swastika reportedly has decorated the bottom of the pool for 13 years.

No charges will be filed since the pool is located on private property, according to CNN, citing local officials.

The homeowner is not promoting Nazism, according to local officials.

Many Germans and Austrians immigrated to the Santa Catarina region, which according to a Brazilian tourist website is home to the second largest Oktoberfest in the world, attracting well over 1 million people every year.

Vienna to host Kindertransport museum

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 06:47

(JTA) — Vienna will be the home of what organizers are calling the world’s first permanent museum dedicated to the story of the Kindertransport.

The memorial museum known in German as “For the Child” is set to open in the center of the Austrian capital on Wednesday.

The Dec. 10 opening is on the 76th anniversary of the departure of the first group of Jewish children from Vienna as part of the Kindertransport — the German-language name for the organized shipment of Jewish children, often by their own parents, to save them from the Holocaust.

The museum is dedicated to the stories of the people who helped organize the shipment of approximately 10,000 children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland to England between 1938 and 1939.

The modest-sized museum will open in a basement on the Radetzkystrasse, which the Nazis used to house Jewish families before their deportation.

It was made possible with donations from five sponsors, according to Milli Segal, a Viennese communications professional who was involved in the museum’s creation. Visitors must make arrangements in advance through contact details available on her website.

The main exhibition comprises 23 posters of suitcases with objects that children who survived the Holocaust thanks to the Kindertransport took with them when they left. Over several years, curators Rosie Potter and Patricia Ayre collected photographs, books, dolls, ice skates, school reports and clothes. One child’s suitcase contained an apron believed to have belonged to the child’s mother.

Among those scheduled to attend the opening are Ingrid Joseph from Britain and her son, Julien. In her diary, which she later turned into a book, Joseph documented her arrival in Britain from her native Vienna at the age of 12 with her sister Lieselotte, where the sisters learned of their mother’s death in a German Nazi camp.

IDF launches criminal probes into Gaza operation incidents

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 06:36

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces opened criminal investigations into eight deadly incidents that occurred during its 50-day Gaza operation.

The investigations, involving the deaths of 30 Gazan Palestinians, were announced Saturday night by the IDF’s Magistrate Advocate General service. Among the incidents is a July 20 airstrike on the home of the Abu Jama family in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza, that left 27 dead. Most were believed to be civilians.

Some 13 cases are currently under investigation. About 85 incidents are under “various stages of review,” according to the IDF.

The IDF also announced Saturday that seven other cases were closed in which the investigation “did not find that the forces’ actions in these reported incidents appeared to substantiate reasonable grounds for suspicion of criminal behavior, and therefore there is no basis for an investigation.”

The Fact Finding Assessment Mechanism was established during the summer’s Gaza conflict to investigate individual incidents and decide if a criminal investigation is warranted. It also will “assist in preventing exceptional incidents in the future,” Maj. Gen. Danny Efroni, the army’s chief military advocate general, who appointed the fact-finding commission, said in a statement.

More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza operation, according to figures furnished by Gaza institutions that said most of the victims were civilians. Some 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel were killed.

Israel, Presidents Conference urge Pollard release after collapse

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 04:13

WASHINGTON (JTA) – In the wake of news that Jonathan Pollard collapsed in prison and was taken to a hospital, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the United States to release the convicted spy for Israel.

Netanyahu called Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday night, a day after Pollard’s collapse.

“Pollard’s life is in danger,” Netanyahu said after the phone call. “After 30 years in prison, it’s time he should be released and live the rest of his life as a free man.”

Pollard reportedly will be returned to the infirmary of the federal prison in Butner, N.C., in the coming days and will require surgery soon, The Jerusalem Post reported, citing activists working on behalf of Pollard’s release.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations also urged President Obama to release Pollard following news of his collapse.

“We urge President Obama, especially in this holiday season and given Mr. Pollard’s worsening health, to take steps immediately to expedite Mr. Pollard’s release and to commute his life sentence to the more than 29 years he has already served,” said the statement issued Friday by the Presidents Conference, the U.S. Jewish foreign policy umbrella.

Pollard has been jailed since his arrest in 1985 for spying for Israel. He had surgery in March and has been hospitalized several times in recent years, mostly for kidney and liver problems.

The former civilian U.S. Navy analyst was sentenced to life in prison in 1987. Many former U.S. officials involved in his identification and prosecution now advocate for his release.

The Presidents Conference in its statement also scored the U.S. Parole Commission for turning down Pollard’s first application for parole, earlier this year.

“It is regrettable and inexplicable that the Parole Board denied his application after serving 30 years, much of it in solitary confinement, far beyond anyone accused of a comparable crime,” the statement said.

Senate passes ‘No Social Security for Nazis’ bill

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 03:41

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate approved a bill that would end Social Security payments to former Nazis.

The No Social Security for Nazis Act passed Dec. 4 by voice vote. Having passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously earlier in the week, the bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.

It closes a loophole that had allowed ex-Nazis who lied about their past when immigrating to the United States — and had been identified and deported by the Justice Department — to continue receiving Social Security and other benefits.

It seems likely Obama will sign the bill, as the White House has encouraged bids to close the loophole.

News of the continued benefits came in October, when The Associated Press published an expose.

There are at least four living beneficiaries, including Jakob Denzinger, a former guard at Auschwitz. Denzinger, 90, lives in Croatia, where he receives approximately $1,500 a month in Social Security payments.

NJDC, Moline part ways

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 14:32

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The National Jewish Democratic Council and its director, Rabbi Jack Moline, parted ways after less than a year.

Moline, a longtime rabbi in northern Virginia who was prominent in the Conservative movement and close to Obama administration figures, assumed the position at the beleaguered advocacy group in January of this year, and left by Nov. 18.

His absence was noticed only this week, when community figures noted to reporters that his name no longer appeared on the group’s correspondence.

An NJDC spokesman said the decision was mutual, and would not elaborate. Moline declined comment.

His tenure was not without controversy: Within weeks of taking the job, he sharply criticized the American Jewish Committee and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee of “strong arm” tactics in pressuring Democrats in Congress to oppose President Obama’s Iran policies.

He eventually apologized to the AJC, but would not do so to AIPAC.

After the Democratic blowout in this year’s midterm elections, Moline told JTA that the party had not done enough to mobilize Jewish voters in key states.

The NJDC has in recent years lagged behind its GOP counterpart, the Republican Jewish Coalition, in raising funds.

Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate and a prominent funder of Republicans, is appealing a federal court’s dismissal of his defamation lawsuit against the NJDC.

British architects rescind Israel suspension

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 14:07

(JTA) — The leading association for British architects has rescinded a previous policy to suspend its Israeli counterparts from an international architects group.

On Thursday, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) concluded that a motion to suspend the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from the International Union of Architects (UIA) was  “not in furtherance of the charitable objects of the RIBA” and “should not have been placed before RIBA Council.”

In March, RIBA approved a motion calling on the UIA to suspend the Israeli Association of United Architects from membership until they refused to accept projects in the West Bank.

In a news statement RIBA President Stephen Hodder said that seeking this suspension was “wrong” and that “it is a widely held view that the resolution passed in March . . . did not make a constructive contribution to the current situation.”

Jewish food historian Gil Marks dead at 62

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:13

(JTA) — Acclaimed Jewish food writer and historian Gil Marks passed away Friday morning in Jerusalem. Marks had been battling lung cancer for three years; he was 62.

Marks was the author of five books on the subject of Jewish food and was the founding editor of Kosher Gourmet Magazine. His 2004 cookbook “Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World” was a winner in the 2005 James Beard Foundation Awards, an annual awards show often referred to as the “Oscars of Food.”

In 2010, he published “The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food,” the first attempt within the American Jewish culinary community to compile a comprehensive reference guide for Jewish food. The critically acclaimed volume was nominated for another James Beard Award, and earned Marks a spot on the Forward 50, a list of the 50 most influential American Jews of that year.

Along with his accomplishments in the world of food, Marks was also an Orthodox rabbi, with ordination from a Yeshiva University affiliate.

Marks, who lived most of his life in New York, was diagnosed with lung cancer in November of 2011 and made aliyah to Israel the following year. He was active on social media, and documented his three-year struggle with the disease on Facebook along with personal posts about food, Judaism and family.

His funeral is planned for Sunday.

Cousin of murdered Palestinian teen helped supermarket terror victims

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:14

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A cousin of the Palestinian teen who was burned alive in an apparent retaliatory attack was among the first to help the wounded in a stabbing attack at a West Bank supermarket.

Mahmoud Abu Khdeir, whose cousin Mohammed Abu Khdeir was killed this summer in the Jerusalem forest in apparent retaliation for the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teens, rushed to help the wounded inside the Rami Levy discount supermarket in the Mishor Adumim industrial zone near Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem.

The assailant was identified as a 16-year-old Palestinian male with no prior record from a West Bank village. He was shot in the legs by a supermarket security guard.

Abu Khdeir was working in the supermarket’s storeroom when Wednesday’s attack took place.

He helped stop the bleeding on an injured man’s head and got him upstairs to an office for further treatment.

“That’s how I was taught to behave by my family,” Abu Khdeir told Ynet. “When someone is wounded, you help them. It doesn’t matter where they’re from.

He added: “I was raised in a good family. I’m not at war. At work, when I see something like this, I have to help. It’s a matter of education: I believe that tomorrow the wounded man will see someone else and go help him. I hope that one day the situation will change and we will no longer have incidents such as this. But force brings more force, and peace brings peace.”

Foundation for Jewish Camp launches discount program

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:06

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Foundation for Jewish Camp is launching a program that offers discounted prices for eligible first-time campers at Jewish overnight camps throughout the United States.

BunkConnect, which was piloted last summer at 35 camps on the East Coast, offers middle- and lower-income families whose children have not previously attended Jewish camps tuition discounts ranging from 40 to 60 percent off camps’ listed rates.

Parents of prospective campers can instantly determine eligibility by completing an online form, then search for available sessions that meet their geographic, denominational and other preferences. Participating camps represent a range of movements and denominations.

“BunkConnect marries best practices from the business world, new technologies and learnings from the hospitality industry, and takes a fresh approach to addressing affordability in Jewish life,” said Michael Leven, president and COO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., one of the program’s lead funders.

This summer, the program will offer 1,700 discounted slots at over 75 U.S. camps. Eligibility is determined based on a family’s adjusted gross income, number of dependent children and place of legal residency.  Over 100 children participated in the program pilot. The program seeks not only to make camp more financially accessible, but to boost enrollment among families that might not otherwise consider Jewish camp, or that are unaware of or reluctant to apply for scholarships.

The program’s funders, which include the Avi Chai Foundation and the Leader Family Foundation, are underwriting operating costs. The participating camps absorb the cost of the discounts. The slots and sessions in some cases would otherwise go unfilled.

French Jew who fled lethal hit-and-run gets 5 years

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:57

(JTA) — A French Jew who in 2011 fled a fatal hit-and-run accident in Tel Aviv in which he was the driver was sentenced in Paris to five years in jail.

A passenger who also fled was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Eric Robic, who confessed to driving at the time of the accident, fled Israel with passenger Claude Khayat shortly after hitting Lee Zeitouni, 25, with a rented SUV, the court heard on Wednesday before sentencing the two men, according to a report by RFI radio.

Witnesses said the car was travelling at approximately 62 miles per hour, or double the speed limit. The two men, vacationing in Israel, had just left a nightclub where they drank alcohol, according to witnesses. They left Zeitouni for dead at the scene.

Robic testified in court that he had drunk vodka and whisky that night.

He said he never saw the victim coming because his view was obscured by a truck, but he felt the shock and “saw the body flying” in his rear-view mirror.

Co-defendant Khayat said he was a “coward” for fleeing the scene. “But I was afraid,” he told the court.

Both men have apologized to the victim’s family.

The Zeitouni affair, which coincided with a string of lethal hit-and-run accidents, sparked outrage in Israel at France’s policy of not extraditing French nationals outside the European Union, instead trying them in French courts.

Knife-wielding Palestinian girl, 14, arrested at checkpoint

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:50

(JTA) — Israeli soldiers arrested a teenage girl who approached a checkpoint near Jerusalem holding a knife.

The girl, 14 according to the Ma’an news agency, approached the Qalandiya checkpoint on Thursday evening while holding the knife in her right hand and wearing a white cloth over her mouth.

A video released by Israeli authorities shows an Israeli officer spraying mace into her face before wrestling her to the ground and subduing her.

According to Israel Today, Border Police officers fired warning shots in the air when they saw her approaching, but she kept walking toward them. The paper reported she was from Beit Duqu near Ramallah.

Earlier Thursday, a 20-year-old man from Jerusalem was arrested on suspicion that he stole a firearm from a security guard for the city’s light rail and concealed it in a garbage container.

Palestinian officials have attributed recent disturbances and terrorist attacks in Jerusalem in part to Israel allowing some Knesset members to visit the Temple Mount, a Jerusalem compound containing sites holy both to Jews and to Muslims.

Israeli officials blame Palestinian incitement for the attacks.

Khaled Meshal, a leader of Hamas, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “playing with fire” when he allowed the Temple Mount visits.

“When he [Netanyahu] allows members of his government, the Knesset and the extremists to repeatedly storm the al-Aksa mosque, that’s dangerous,” Meshal said in an interview aired Friday by Sky News. “Our fight is a national fight, but he is turning it into a religious fight.”

Meshal blamed Netanyahu for the Nov. 18 attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, in which Palestinian assailants murdered four worshippers and a policeman, saying it was an expression of “Palestinian anger.”

No Belgian recognition for ‘Palestine’ in sight, politicians say

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:41

(JTA) — Lawmakers from the parties that make up Belgium’s governing coalition denied reports that it had agreed in principle to recognize Palestinian statehood.

The Belgian Le Soir and De Standaard reported earlier this week that the four coalition parties had agreed to pass a motion in parliament favoring Belgian recognition. The government would then enact the recognition, which would make Belgium Europe’s second country to recognize “Palestine,” following Sweden’s lead in October.

The Belgian federal government’s interior minister, Didier Reynders of the Reformist Movement, played down the reports in an interview Thursday with Belgium’s Radio 1. Belgian recognition for a Palestinian state “is not on the agenda yet at all,” he said. “It should not happen in a unilateral manner, but in cooperation between Israel and Europe.”

And Peter De Roover, a lawmaker for the New Flemish Alliance, told the Joods Actueel Jewish monthly that “there is no text available on this subject, so in fact there is currently nothing” to suggest that Belgium’s government intends to recognize a Palestinian state. He said that efforts to promote recognition were a “work in progress.”

Le Soir in its report said it had reviewed the draft of a motion which said that recognition will happen “at a moment deemed appropriate.”

The reports in Belgian media followed symbolic votes in the lower houses of  the French and British parliaments, and ahead of several votes that are scheduled to take place in coming weeks in several European institutions and countries, including the European Parliament and the Danish parliament’s lower house.

Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Randi Weingarten arrested at Garner protest

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 23:56

Marjorie Dove Kent of JFREJ, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and AFT chief Randi Weingarten at Thursday’s protest. (JFREJ)

(JTA) — Several prominent rabbis and the president of a national teachers union were arrested Thursday night while protesting police brutality.

Rabbis Sharon Kleinbaum, Jill Jacobs and Shai Held, along with Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, were taken into custody for blocking traffic to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict the New York police officer who choked Staten Island resident Eric Garner to death. The protests, held on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, were organized by the group Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.

Rabbis David Rosenn, Shai Held, and Jill Jacobs at the Upper West Side protest. (Sari Laufer)

Kleinbaum is the longtime rabbi at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the country’s largest LGBT synagogue, and is also Weingarten’s partner. Directly before the protest, she was honored by JFREJ with a Marshall T. Meyer Risk Taker Award at nearby Congregation B’nai Jeshurun.

Attendees at the ceremony read the names of more than 20 black males who had been killed by New York police, followed by the phrase, “I am responsible.” They then marched to the nearby intersection at 96th Street and Broadway — blocking traffic and holding protest signs.

Protesters recited the Mourner’s Kaddish along with chants and songs. (A video of the group saying Kaddish can be seen here.)

Jacobs is the executive director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights and a prominent social activist. Arrestee Held is co-founder and dean of the educational organization Mechon Hadar and teaches at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary.

Foer, Wieseltier leave The New Republic

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:57

(JTA) — Franklin Foer, the editor in chief of The New Republic, and Leon Wieseltier, the magazine’s longtime literary editor, have resigned over disagreements with the publisher and new CEO.

Foer told his colleagues in a memo Thursday that he was departing because Chris Hughes, The New Republic’s publisher and owner, and Guy Vidra, the CEO, have substantially different visions for the future of the publication, The New York Times reported. Hughes is a co-founder of Facebook and hired Foer after he bought the magazine in 2012.

The departures of Foer and Wieseltier were announced in a subsequent statement on Thursday issued by Vidra, the former general manager of Yahoo! News who was hired by Hughes in September.

Foer will be replaced by Gabriel Snyder, who has worked for Bloomberg Media, The Wire and Gawker, The New York Times reported.

Foer and Wieseltier are both Jewish. Foer is the older brother of novelist Jonathan Safran Foer. Wieseltier had been the literary editor of The New Republic since 1983.

The magazine has a history of Jewish editors and frequently covers Jewish topics and developments in Israel. Its past Jewish editors include Peter Beinart, Hendrik Hertzberg and Martin Peretz.

In July, the magazine published an in-depth story detailing how the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks fell apart.

Vidra’s statement also noted that The New Republic will move to an office in New York from its current location in Washington.

Brooklyn girl killed, pregnant mother injured by van while crossing street

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:40

(JTA) — A 10-year-old Brooklyn girl was killed and her mother, nine months pregnant, was injured when they were hit by a minivan while crossing the street in the Borough Park neighborhood.

The haredi Orthodox woman, Sarah Friedman, was taken to the hospital, where she delivered a healthy baby girl — her fifth child — on Tuesday night. She reportedly was in an induced coma and did not know as of Wednesday afternoon that her daughter Blima had died. The funeral was held Wednesday.

Friedman and Blima were pinned under the van. The mother reportedly called continually to her daughter and to passers-by to see how Blima was doing, according to local news reports.

The vehicle was driven by Bilal Ghumman, 22, an employee of a nearby valet service who had taken the car without the owner’s consent. A Breathalyzer test administered at the scene showed no alcohol in his system, police said.

Ghumman was charged with the unauthorized use of a vehicle without the owner’s consent and given a violation on an active warrant for a marijuana offense, the police said, according to newspaper reports.

It is the second tragedy to affect the family in recent years. During Hanukkah 2009, a fire broke out in the family’s home, severely burning a younger daughter who nearly died. Blima escaped the blaze.

Yehuda Glick rejected in appeal on Temple Mount visits

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:16

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Jerusalem court rejected an appeal by Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick allowing him to return to the holy site.

On Thursday, the Jerusalem District Court upheld a restraining order against Glick, who is accused of pushing a Muslim woman at the Temple Mount, breaking her arm. Glick denies the allegation.

“Taking into account the special sensitivities of the Temple Mount, the tension between the different groups, and on the backdrop of the difficult times we’re in, it seems no one can ensure that if a similar incident happens again, it would end with a broken arm and not a large riot with many casualties,” the court wrote in its decision.

Glick argued prior to the decision that his tours of the Temple Mount, which is holy to Jews and Muslims, are his main source of income and that he had visited the site several times since the incident without sparking riots.

His attorneys have said they will file an appeal with Israel’s Supreme Court.

Glick is recovering from an Oct. 29 assassination attempt outside a Jerusalem conference center, where he spoke on the Jewish right to pray on the Temple Mount.