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3-month-old baby Chaya Zissel Braun was killed in a terror attack Wednesday when an East Jerusalem Hamas member drove full speed onto a Light Rail platform. The baby was laid to rest Thursday in the capital’s Har Hamenuchot cemetery.

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Swedish FM Wallstrom responds to Lieberman's 'sense of humour': 'I will be happy to send him a flat pack of IKEA furniture and he will also see that what you need to put that together'

By Yossi Lempkowicz STOCKHOLM (EJP)---Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom told CNN she would be “happy” to send Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman some IKEA furniture, in response to the minister’s statements denouncing Thursday’s decision by the Swedish government to recognize the Palestini... Full Article

Israel recalls its ambassador to Sweden after Stockholm's decision to recognize a state of Palestine

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman decided Thursday to recall Israel’s ambassador to Sweden Isaac Bachman to Jerusalem for consultations to protest Sweden's recognition of a Palestinian state. Sweden is the first European Union member state to do so. In a statemen... Full Article

Israel decides to prohibit access to Temple Mount to Muslim and Jewish worshippers following shooting of Israeli activist

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---Israel has decided to prohibit access to the Temple Mount Thursday to both Muslim and Jewish worshipers and visitors until further notice, following the shooting in Jerusalem of Rabbi Yehudah Glick, a right-wing activist with the Temple Mount Faithful. Glick was shot three t... Full Article

Yad Vashem posthumously honors Rigtheous Among the Nations from France

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---A ceremony posthumously honoring Antoine Sala and his daughters Henrietta, Louise and Marie-Paule, along with her husband Giovanni Angeli, from France, as Righteous Among the Nations will take place Thursday at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. The medal and c... Full Article

Obama administration tries to distance itself from sharp criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu attributed to American officials

By Yossi Lempkowicz WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (EJP)---Amid reports of a ‘full-blown crisis', the Obama administration tried to distance itself Wednesday from sharp criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attributed to American officials. "Certainly that's not the Administration's view, and we think su... Full Article

New EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to visit Israel days after assuming her new post

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---The new European foreign policy chief, Italian Federica Mogherini, who is to take her new post on November 1, will visit Israel a few days later. While the visit has not been officially confirmed in Brussels, EJP has learned that Mogherini will be in Israel on 7 November for... Full Article

EU seeks ‘clarification’ from Israel on new plan to build new homes in Jerusalem

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)---The EU said Monday it was seeking clarification from Israel of reports it planned to build another 1,000 homes in Jerusalem, threatening once again to sever ties with the Jewish state if it failed to follow the bloc's plan for the Middle East, Agence France Presse reported. ... Full Article

Polish and Israeli Presidents to inaugurate Tuesday the core exhibition of POLIN, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews

By Yossi Lempkowicz WARSAW (EJP)---Once the largest and most vibrant Jewish community in the world, the Jewish community of Poland has now its Museum in Warsaw on the site of the former Jewish ghetto. “We are reconstructing something that was completely destroyed,” says Dariusz Stola, director of the POLIN M... Full Article

Reuven Rivlin first Israeli President to attend Kfar Kassem memorial ceremony

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---Reuven Rivlin became Sunday the first Israeli president to attend the annual memorial ceremony to mark the 58th anniversary of the Kfar Kassem during which Israeli border police shot to death 49 Arab Israelis. He condemned the massacre, calling it a “terrible crime” that... Full Article