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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, August 19, 2017


A spokesman for Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau said Monday that the chief rabbi was “stunned” at the existence of a blacklist of 160 rabbis, including several prominent American Orthodox leaders, who appear to have been banned by the Chief Rabbinate from performing conversions or confirming the personal status of immigrants.

The unnamed spokesman said the chief rabbi summoned Moshe Dagan, director general of the chief rabbinate, to explain the existence of blacklist, and said the document was composed and published without Rabbi Lau’s knowledge or approval.  The document disqualifies 160 Diaspora rabbis from testifying that immigrants to Israel are Jewish.

According to the religious Zionist Kipa news site, an advisor to Lau said the

President Reuven Rivlin last Thursday evening officially opened the 20th Maccabiah Games, being held this year with the theme of celebrating 50 years of a united Jerusalem.

Also speaking at the opening ceremony was Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The event was attended by around 30,000 athletes and their supporters, and saw a procession of 80 national teams from all the countries represented at the Games.

“Welcome to Jerusalem, welcome to Israel. Welcome home. How great it is to see you

Israel will continue to uphold its red lines in Syria, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday as a Russian-American-Jordanian brokered ceasefire went into effect in the southwest of the war-torn country, including in areas running along the Golan Heights border.

“We will continue to monitor developments beyond our borders while strongly upholding our red lines: Prevent the strengthening of Hezbollah via Syria, with emphasis on the acquisition of precision weapons, prevent Hezbollah – or

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu read from the Bible at the weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday to protest what he called UNESCO’s  “delusional resolution” to list the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron as a Palestinian heritage site.

Quoting from the Torah portion Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:16-19, Netanyahu read the story of Abraham’s purchase of the Machpelah Cave from Ephron the Hittite in Hebron for 400 shekels of silver.

And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver

Labor Party newcomer Avi Gabbay was elected party chairman Monday, beating party veteran Amir Peretz 16,080 to 14,734.

Outgoing party chairman Yitzhak Herzog, who ran for re-election before supporting Amir Peretz in the run-off, spoke to Gabbay following the announcement, congratulating his successor and pledging to help unify the party in order to defeat Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the next general election, scheduled to be held by November, 2019.

“I just spoke to Avi Gabbay and