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Israeli airstrike downs Syrian warplane

JERUSALEM – The Israeli Air Force shot down a Syrian warplane that crossed into Israeli airspace. A Patriot anti-aircraft missile hit the warplane after it crossed the border Tuesday morning, Sept. 23, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The breach of Israel’s border with Syria “is a continuation of the growing tension this border has experienced in recent months,” the IDF said.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said that the Syrian warplane had “approached Israeli territory in the Golan Heights in a threatening manner, and even crossed the border.”

Downing the airplane is the first such incident since Israel’s war with Lebanon in 1982, according to reports. The IDF shot down two Syrian MiG-23s that approached them in 1985 over Lebanon.

Syrian state television reportedly confirmed the hit on the plane, which fell near Quneitra on the Israel- Syrian border, the only official crossing between the two countries. The downing of the plane was “in the framework of [Israel’s] support for the terrorist Islamic State and the Nusra Front,” a rebel group linked to al-Qaida, Syrian state television reported, according to Reuters.

The crew reportedly ejected from the plane and landed in Syrian territory.

Mississippi rabbi says he was booted from restaurant for being Jewish

A rabbi in Jackson, MS., said he was slurred, sworn at and thrown out of a local restaurant because he was Jewish.

Rabbi Ted Riter, interim rabbi of the Beth Israel Congregation, told the local media that an employee at the restaurant, Wraps, asked him if he wanted “a full size or a Jewish size” when he ordered a Greek salad. When the rabbi asked the employee what he meant by that, the employee responded, “Small; everybody knows that.”

Rabbi Riter said the employee asked if he was Jewish and then told him to leave, accompanied by swearing and anti-Semitic slurs.

The restaurant owner, who identified himself as John, said the rabbi “didn’t know exactly what he wanted, and we offered him our services, and that’s the extent of it,” according to the Clarion-Ledger newspaper. He also said the rabbi “disrespected” the business.

Witnesses inside the restaurant verified the rabbi’s version, WAPT News reported.

Rabbi Riter has lived in Jackson since July and said he has visited the establishment before with no trouble.

U.S. providing additional aid to Gaza

The United States said it will provide $71 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Palestinians in Gaza. The funds announced Sept. 22 by Secretary of State John Kerry are above the $47 million pledged by the U.S. for emergency needs in Gaza in the wake of Israel’s military operation in the coastal strip.

From the new funding, $59 million will go to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or UNRWA, the State Department said in a statement. The rest will go to other agencies, including the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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