Bibi to Kerry: Declare Israel Doesn’t Commit Extrajudicial Killings

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly asked John Kerry to publicly state that Israel does not carry out extrajudicial killings, after a group of U.S. lawmakers asked the secretary of state to investigate such claims. Meanwhile, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the lead lawmaker making the request, rebuked Netanyahu for his initial response…

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U.S. ‘Concerned’ About Israel Destroying Palestinian Homes

The United States is “concerned” about Israel’s demolition of Arab buildings in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a State Department spokeswoman said, adding that it raised questions about Israel’s commitment to a two-state political solution to the Palestinian conflict.

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Hasidic Businessman Who Flipped AIDS Home Part of Sect With Cozy Ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio

The owner of a nursing home company involved in controversial Lower East Side deal is a member of a Hasidic group with close ties to New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Hamas Says It Has 2 Israeli Captive and Remains of 2 Others

(JTA) — Hamas said for the first time that it is holding two Israeli men and the remains of two Israeli soldiers. The Islamist group’s military wing released a televised statement Friday through official Hamas media, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Thousands Run Bethlehem Marathon To Protest Israeli Restrictions

(JTA) — More than 4,000 people participated in a Bethlehem marathon designed to highlight travel restrictions imposed on Palestinians by Israel. First conceived in 2013, the fourth annual “Right to Movement” marathon set out Friday from the Church of the Nativity past Israel’s security barrier, which cuts around much of the city, before passing Duheisha refugee…

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