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JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Arab League is threatening to boycott the Burger King restaurant chain for opening a fast-food branch in the Jewish settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim several weeks ago.

The league announced Sunday it is awaiting the outcome of negotiations between Burger King and a U.S. Muslim group, which last week called for the boycott.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Ma'aleh Adumim warned that the boycott is a "big mistake." Mayor Benny Kashriel added that such a move could harm Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Jewish settler shot while driving car

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel sealed off part of the West Bank after a Jewish settler was moderately wounded in a shooting attack there Tuesday night.

The settler was ambushed while he was driving in his car near the entrance to the settlement of Mevo Dotan, southwest of the Palestinian self-rule town of Jenin. He was taken to an Afula hospital.

Islam-Israeli trouble over Temple Mount

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday that Islamic officials violated the law when they widened an opening in a wall of Jerusalem's Temple Mount compound earlier this week.

Barak praised the response of Israeli police, who before dawn on Tuesday sealed off a door-sized opening excavated at the Al-Aksa Mosque. Barak's stance was viewed as a signal that he would take a tough line regarding the status quo in Jerusalem's Old City. Islamic officials denounced the police action, saying they have control over the site.

Israeli police search for serial rapist

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A single person is suspected of raping and sexually assaulting more than 20 women in the Tel Aviv area during the past three years, Israeli police said.

Stumped in their efforts to find the suspect, the police lifted a ban on publishing details of their investigation in the hope that the Israeli public will help them.