Shorts: Mideast

Wedding bells for terror widower

jerusalem (jta) | An Israeli who lost his wife and children to Palestinian terrorists is remarrying.

David Hatuel, 36, announced his engagement this week to Limor Shem-Tov, whom he met through a religious dating agency.

Hatuel’s wife, Tali, and their four daughters were killed in a Palestinian ambush while driving to their home in a Gaza Strip settlement last year, a tragedy that made international headlines.

“Getting engaged does not put away the memory of my enormous pain and loss,” Hatuel was quoted as telling friends. “The gazes and embraces and the images of Tali and the girls will stay with me as I build my new home.”

The date for Hatuel’s wedding to Shem-Tov, a 32-year-old occupational therapist, has not yet been published.

Jordan pulls TV series that is anti-Semitic

jerusalem (jta) | Jordan stopped the broadcast of an anti-Semitic television series.

Mammou, a private television station, had been running “Al-Shatat,” or “The Diaspora,” a Syrian-made series that revives a number of anti-Semitic canards including Jewish world control and the blood libel.

The Jordanian Embassy in Washington issued a statement explaining that Mammou is one of 84 channels on the “Free Media Zone,” which is not subject to government controls, but that the “personal intervention of responsible Jordanians” brought an end to the broadcasts.

A group of rabbis that had met with Jordanian King Abdullah II in September wrote him a letter urging him to stop the broadcasts. The rabbis’ protest was organized by The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies.

Architect of Hadera bombing killed

jerusalem (jta) | Israeli troops killed the Palestinian terrorist responsible for last week’s suicide bombing in Hadera.

Commandos raided the West Bank town of Kabatiya on Sunday, Oct. 30, killing the local Islamic Jihad planner and two other gunmen from the group in a firefight.

Palestinian sources confirmed that the planner had dispatched the suicide bomber who killed five Israelis at Hadera’s market last week. Israeli officials vowed to press the campaign to eradicate Islamic Jihad in the northern West Bank.