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U.S. blasts UN for ‘anti-Israel bias’ at Security Council meeting by Edith M. Lederer

azbmckarm5aajowuwvitnb6yjm.png He called the council’s “obsessive” focus on Israeli settlements a “farce”, saying settlements aren’t keeping Israel and the Palestinians from negotiating peace, and said the council should instead condemn Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad for recently firing hundreds of rockets into Israel from Gaza. ...
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European leaders strongly condemn Gaza rocket fire on Israel by Raphael Ahren

000_1g55ko-e1556959538603-640x400.png Attacks ‘must stop immediately,’ EU says; Israel’s security is ‘a raison d’état,’ Austria declares; Berlin and Madrid urge restraint ...
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Victory Against BDS: Airbnb Includes Rentals in Judea, Samaria by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner

airbnb-for-everyone-video-e1543265803723.png Airbnb has agreed to completely retract its policy of delisting Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria, the Tel Aviv-based Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center announced on Tuesday. ...
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South African activists talk apartheid, Arab-Israeli conflict by Liat Weinstein

stk.new_.southernafricanactivists.4.1.19.0225online.jpg?itok=if3v7o5p.png Mokgomole was an active member of the BDS student group at the University of Witwatersrand. Molepo never officially joined the movement as a student at the University of Cape Town, but still believed Israel was an apartheid state. ...
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Good Move on the Golan Heights by Douglas J. Feith

rts2eujo.jpg?fit=789%2c460_xtr_ssl=1.png President Trump didn’t spell it out, but there’s a sound rationale for America’s recognizing the Golan Heights as a permanent part of Israel. ...
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Proclamation on recognizing the Golan Heights as part of the State of Israel by Whitehouse staff

America recognises Israel's sovereignty over Golan Heights ...
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Thanks to Trump, diplomatic taboo around Western Wall comes tumbling down by Raphael Ahren

trump-us-israel_horo-1-1024x640.png Foreign VIPs used to insist no Israeli officials escort them to site, lest they be seen as tacitly recognizing Israeli sovereignty there. Now, the US is not alone in flouting rule ...
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Egypt warns Hamas that they bring about their own downfall by Unknown

el_sisi-1280x640.png Egypt told Hamas: “Israel will destroy you and we won’t do a thing to stop it” after rockets fired at Tel Aviv ...
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Israeli-Palestinian conflict low-priority for Americans by Grace Sparks

190213103514-ilhan-omar-exlarge-169.png Original headline: "Israeli-Palestinian conflict low-priority for Americans" was altered by CNN to: "Democrats spat over Ilhan Omar reflects larger divide in party, but Israeli-Palestinian conflict still low-priority for Americans" ...
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The ACLU’s shameful role in promoting antisemitism by David E Bernstein

By falsely portraying state anti-BDS laws as requiring "loyalty oaths," the ACLU is appealing to -- thereby propagating -- latent and blatant antisemitism. ...
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Rep. Ilhan Omar should be condemned -- Religious, racial and ethnic hatred must find no refuge in Congress by Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Religious, racial and ethnic hatred must find no refuge in the halls of the United States Congress. Elected officials who spread the poison of prejudice must be condemned clearly and loudly by Republicans and Democrats alike, and must be held accountable for trying to turn Americans against each other in our diverse country. ...
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Trump’s Special Envoy Greenblatt “is a mongoloid” - op-ed in official PA daily by Maurice Hirsch, Nan Jacques Zilberdik

In an unprecedented personal attack, Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, a regular columnist for the official PA daily and once the advisor to former PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on national affairs called US President Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, a “mongoloid.” ...
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US says closing consulate in Jerusalem is no policy shift by Isabel Debre

880a413f94de4cdabe8cfa7cf5d52dd8.png FILE - In this June 30, 201, file photo, then U.S. Consul General of Jerusalem Daniel Rubinstein gives a speech during a reception for the upcoming July 4 U.S. Independence Day celebrations at the American Consulate in Jerusalem. The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the U.S. Embassy to Israel. The announcement from the State Department came early Monday, March 4, 2019 in Jerusalem, the merger effective that day. (Gali Tibbon/Pool Photo via AP, FIle) ...
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US closes Jerusalem consulate in sign of souring relations with Palestine by Foreign Staff

telemmglpict000190360422_trans_nvbqzqnjv4bqpvlberwd9egfpztclimqfyf2a9a6i9ychsjme The United States downgraded its diplomatic mission to the Palestinians on Monday, the latest in a series of steps by President Donald Trump's White House Palestinian leaders say is aimed at wiping out their cause. ...
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Williamson sacked over his ‘pattern of behaviour’ — they should look at Corbyn too: he’s up to his neck in antisem by The Sun

nintchdbpict000472314031.jpg?strip=all.png Chris Williamson was caught saying Labour was 'too apologetic' about its widespread anti-Semitism but Corbyn secretly agrees with him ...
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Jared Kushner : 'We've been working hard on the peace initiative for two years now' by Interviewers

kushner.png?f=16x9_xtr_w=1200_xtr_$p$f$w=1cba661.png the White House senior adviser's comments on President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan ...
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Hezbollah to be added to UK list of terrorist organisations by BBC Editors

_103536768_mediaitem103536804.png UK Parliament set to classify all of Hezbollah as a terrorist ...
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TV report: MI6 spy chief makes secret Israel trip amid new Iran nuclear activity by TOI Staff and Agencies

ap_070409010207-640x400.png Alex Younger holds talks with Mossad chief as Iran renews centrifuge production; Israeli assessment: Regime has not yet made political decision to break out to bomb ...
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No more mere ‘honorary consuls’ in Jerusalem, Israel tells world by TOI Staff

f140325ys02-e1509482231855-640x400.png Foreign Ministry sent a letter in November to all nations with which Israel has diplomatic relations, telling them any mission in Jerusalem must be more than honorary ...
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Apologists for extremism in the West by Majid Rafizadeh

949.png My message to apologists for Islamism is simple: Those who are whitewashing the purveyors of radical violence and extremism -- by changing the subject or accusing others, often unjustly, of racism, discrimination, oppression, or "Islamophobia" -- are contributing to their empowerment. ...
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BDS is anti-Semitic, aids terrorists, says Arizona attorney general by Yair Altman and Israel Hayom Staff

dwriter_15005473531.png Public funds should not support "economic warfare" against Israelis and their country, Mark Brnovich tells federal court • Stance could mark first time a U.S. government body has formally acknowledged that the BDS movement aids actors engaged in terror. ...
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69 years after joining, Israel formally leaves UNESCO; so too, does the US by Raphael Ahrens

f170717sa10-640x400.png UN cultural agency’s efforts to convince Washington and Jerusalem fail; ‘we aren’t going to be a member of an organization that deliberately acts against us,’ Israeli envoy says ...
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Iran fumes over Brazil’s Jerusalem embassy move by Staff

ap_18271468463451-615x400.png Iran denounced Jair Bolsonaro’s plan to move Brazil’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish state. ...
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Why did Abbas proclaim the dissolution of PA parliament? by Pinhas Inbari

joint_war_hamas.jpg?resize=500%2c282.png On Dec. 22, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas announced he will dissolve the Palestinian Parliament that was elected in accordance with the Oslo accords, to be followed by new elections. Abbas is attempting to revive the old PLO, but organizations such as the Popular and Democratic Fronts, and Islamic Jihad, as well as other parties and civil society groups, stand by Hamas. With Hamas, they have established a joint war room to manage the riots at the Gaza border fence. Following the move of the other organizations toward Hamas, Abbas was not able to convene the PLO institutions in Ramallah, which very likely led to his resolution to dissolve the Legislative Council. In any case, the Legislative Council has not convened since 2006. ...
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UNIFIL confirms Hezbulla violations of UN resolution 1701 by Editors

Technical investigations conducted independently in accordance with UNIFIL's mandate, at this stage confirm that two of the tunnels cross the Blue Line. These constitute violations of UN Security Council resolution 1701. ...
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Australia to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital, delay embassy move – report by Tamar Pileggi

ap_18238341531848-640x400.png (I cannot verify this from an Australian source yet - R.Z.) Scott Morrison’s cabinet said to approve shift in foreign policy, while putting off relocating mission due to $200 million price tag ...
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Billionaire-turned-activist behind push for Australian Magnitsky act by Nick O'Malley

a82969a20abfb283a3d3f18d238d41c44170ff4c.png Explaining his bill in a comment piece for the Herald and The Age this week, Danby argued that since the murder of 38 Australians aboard a civilian airliner shot down by a Russian missile, Australia has a significant and immediate interest in seeing an Australian Magnitsky act passed. ...
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EU, in unusual move, warns Palestinians to drop Muslim-only language for Temple Mount by Tovah Lazaroff

432447.png In an unusual move, the European Union has publicly warned the Palestinians that they must drop their United Nations bid to reference the Temple Mount solely by its Muslim name of al-Haram al-Sharif. ...
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Magnitsky act second reading speech by Michael Danby

Michael Danby introduces a bill aiming to prevent prescribed foreign persons engaged in gross violations of human rights and corruption from visiting Australia and spending and investing their money here. It does this by enabling the Governor-General on the advice of the minister to target these individuals with immigration, financial and trade sanctions; ...
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Egypt and Qatar are working on 2 very different deals for Gaza; both are stalled by Avi Issacharoff

000_x61o8-e1516396290305-1024x640.png The rivals are pushing for conflicting sequences en route to a truce with Israel, and for a different end result. Oh, and there's a battle for credit, too ...
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Feckless West can’t keep falling for Hamas propaganda by Alexander Downer

The vast majority of Israelis favour a two-state solution with secure borders. But the Palestinians are more equivocal. At best, they regard the two-state solution as an interim arrangement. In the end they want one multicultural state incorporating Israel and the Palestinian Territories. ...
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Nikki Haley: Israel DID act with restraint by Carol Morello

t_1526394512047_name_1920_danny_danon_scaled.png Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told an emergency meeting of the Security Council that Israel had acted with restraint. She dismissed suggestions that the violence was related to the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, and said that Hamas, backed by Iran, had urged protesters to burst through the fence separating Israel from the Gaza enclave. ...
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Me too. I complied with Hamas censorship by Matti Friedman

merlin_138225027_fcddc255-6a0a-4924-96ca-98c78ff477a4-articlelarge.jpg?quality=9 I (New York Times) complied with Hamas censorship in the form of a threat to one of our Gaza reporters and cut a key detail from an article: that Hamas fighters were disguised as civilians and were being counted as civilians in the death toll. ...
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Netta Barzilai of Israel wins Eurovision with a chicken dance by Annalisa Quinn

merlin_138064479_9c07c0cf-3a40-4b41-85e4-48c06786b85b-articlelarge.jpg?quality=9 A bit off topic, but there is a lot of good news stuff in the last several days, so we thought we'd include it ...
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Why we must stand with Trump and Israel to stop Iran from creating a Shiite empire by Julie Lenarz

telemmglpict000162879241_trans_nvbqzqnjv4bqqvzuuqpflyliwib6ntmjwfym0yypw4nrz756g A new Iran deal needs to limit all the regime's crimes, not just its nukes ...
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