(JTA) — A week of pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel events began calmly at the University of California, San Diego, despite fears of a repeat of last year’s hostilities.
“We learned a lot from last year, and there isn’t the anxiety,” Keri Copans, the Hillel director on the San Diego campus, said Tuesday.
This marks the first year that pro-Israel students have responded to Justice in Palestine Week, an annual event run by the Muslim Student Association at San Diego, by staging pro-Israel events of their own.
New York’s Court of Appeals will decide whether Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes must release records in an alleged sex-abuse case that a lawyer believes will show political favoritism by Hynes.
The New York Law Journal reported that the state’s top court will consider reversing a lower court’s ruling regarding Rabbi Abraham Mondrowitz, who fled to Israel in 1986 amid allegations that he abused patients in his psychotherapy practice.
(JTA) — Renowned Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim will present a “peace concert” in the Gaza Strip.
Barenboim will direct an organization of 25 European musicians on Tuesday, the French news agency AFP reported. The so-called “Orchestra for Gaza” was announced Monday by the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process.
(JTA) — Israel's Supreme Court has postponed the date that former President Moshe Katsav must begin serving his prison sentence on rape and sexual assault convictions.
Katsav had been scheduled to enter prison May 8 to serve a seven-year sentence, but the court granted a delay Tuesday following his appeal the previous day. The court set a May 11 date to hear a final appeal by Katsav's attorneys.
The conviction was handed down in the Tel Aviv District Court in December.
(JTA) — An Australian citizen was arrested by Israel and charged with spying for Hamas.
Iaad Rashid Abu Arja, 46, a computer expert, was indicted in Petach Tikvah District Court last week, accused of being recruited by the banned Islamic organization.
Israeli prosecutors allege that Arja, who holds dual Australian and Saudi citizenship, was asked to provide intelligence and surveillance information on key technology companies in Israel. He also holds a Jordanian passport.
(JTA) — A man suspected of setting a fire in a Southern California synagogue is facing 19 felony charges of burglary and arson.
Dmitry Sheyko, 21, is in custody in Los Angeles, charged with the April 14 fire at Temple Israel of Hollywood, according to The Associated Press. He is charged as well with breaking into several homes near Beverly Hills.
Sheyko, who has pleaded not guilty, is being held on $3 million bail. A hearing is set for May 2.
(JTA) — The nephew of an Israeli government minister was killed and at least four men were injured during a visit to Joseph's Tomb near the West Bank city of Nablus.
Ben-Joseph Livnat, 25, a father of four from Jerusalem and the nephew of Science and Culture Minister Limor Livnat of the ruling Likud Party, was among a group of 15 Breslov Chasidim who arrived early Sunday morning in three cars to worship at the site, which is holy to Jews and is located in West Bank territory under Palestinian control.