Anti-Semitism Awareness Bill Passes Senate

editor 10 December 2016

By Colleen Flaherty.. The U.S. Senate on Thursday (December 1, 2016) passed the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which seeks to adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism so that the Education Department may consider it in investigating reports of religiously motivated campus crimes. The State Department defines anti-Semitism as “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” Read more »

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Israel’s Burgeoning Sustainable Innovation

editor 10 December 2016

By Momo Mahadav.. From the world’s most environmentally recycled paper to cutting-edge water shortage solutions, sustainable healthcare, energy conservation and the green construction and infrastructure of the future, Israel continues to make strides in sustainable innovation, living up to its status as the world’s top innovator in the field of clean technologies by the Global Cleantech 100 Index. Read more »

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At Fatah congress, Rajoub — and Abbas — walk away with big wins

editor 9 December 2016

By Avi Issacharoff.. In pulling off conference without a hitch and sidelining rival Dahlan, PA president has good reason to be pleased… for now. The Palestinian news agencies on Sunday (December 4, 2016) published the first results in the Fatah Central Committee elections for key positions in the political party. Coming in first place was Marwan Barghouti, held in Israeli prison for murder after orchestrating deadly terror attacks during the Second Intifada, followed by Jibril Rajoub (Photo top right), the head of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA). For months, Rajoub has been seen as the most popular personality in Fatah, after Bargouhti, of course, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Read more »

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Chilean court rejects demand against Israeli judges

editor 9 December 2016

By Patricia Luna.. SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean court rejected lawsuits filed in the South American country against three current or former Israeli Supreme Court justices for endorsing the construction of the West Bank separation barrier and the seizure of lands and the property on them from Palestinians. The Associated Press had access to the ruling Sunday (December 4, 2016) . [Photo top right:  The Supreme Court of Israel with the President and the Prime Minister Photo by Kobi Gideon / GPO] Read more »

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Growth of hi-tech turning Jerusalem into ‘Start-Up City’

editor 8 December 2016

By  Daniel K. Eisenbud.. “When we started here 10 years ago, it was like being on an island, but now it’s unbelievable how much is going on.” The High-Tech scene in Jerusalem is growing exponentially. Drawn to its academic and health-care business sectors – as well as its tax incentives – the number of hi-tech start-ups in the capital grew from 200 to more than 600 since 2012. [Photo top right:Caption I: This year’s OurCrowd Global Investor Summit, which brought thousands of people from over 100 countries to Jerusalem.. (photo credit:Courtesy of Ourcrowd)] Read more »

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Egypt and Turkey Soften Positions on Syria, Benefiting Assad

editor 8 December 2016

By Anne Barnard.. BEIRUT, Lebanon — The Syrian government, flush with pivotal battlefield gains and bolstered by support from Iran and Russia, is finding itself the beneficiary of an evolving regional realignment spurred by the war in SyriaEgypt and Turkey, countries that were once vocal opponents of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, have, to varying degrees, softened their positions. Egypt, the region’s most populous Sunni country and wary of Iran’s Shiite theocracy, has made its tacit, increasing support of the Syrian government public for the first time. And Turkey, a Sunni regional power, is reshaping the Syrian battlefield by edging closer to Russia and dampening its longtime support for rebels fighting Mr. Assad. [Photo top right:A ruined building Friday in Talbiseh, Homs Province. The Arabic graffiti reads, “From Homs, Save Aleppo.” Bombing has escalated in Syria in recent weeks. Credit Mahmoud Taha/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images] Read more »

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Netanyahu: Notwithstanding Obama or Trump, Israel does ‘what it wants’ on settlements

editor 8 December 2016

By Eric Cortellessa and Tamar Pileggi.. WASHINGTON — Israel’s settlement policy is not governed by the United States and the incoming Trump administration will not change that, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the annual Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum for Middle East Policy on Sunday (December 4, 2016). In his comments delivered via video link, the prime minister also said he would raise the “bad” Iran nuclear deal with president-elect Donald Trump, and urged continued US intervention in the Middle East. [Photo top right:Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Saban Forum in Washington via video link on Sunday, December 4, 2016 (screen capture: YouTube)] Read more »

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As Syria burns, the United Nations again bashes … Israel

editor 8 December 2016

By Post Editorial Board.. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault this week called the bloodshed in Syria, where Bashar al-Assad is butchering civilians, “a descent into Hell” and demanded an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. British Prime Minister Theresa May called the situation “horrific.” The Security Council didn’t act — but the UN General Assembly managed to pass six resolutions targeting Israel. [Photo top right: Syria. Photo: AP] Read more »

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Iran’s Mashhad Municipality Opens Military-Religious Amusement Park – To Reinforce Revolutionary Values For Children

editor 8 December 2016

By MEMRI.. On September 24, 2016, the Iranian news agency Raja News, which is close to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), published an interview with Child and the Future Cultural Center director Hamid Sadeghi about an event held during the second half of September that is a military-religious amusement park, called The City of Games for Revolutionary Children. Sadeghi, who operates under the aegis of the Mashhad municipality and also runs the Sharbehesht.ir website, said that his center had set up and inaugurated the City of Games park, and that it is open free of charge to children aged eight through 13. Read more »

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Dysch on politics: The future’s bright, says Dore Gold

editor 8 December 2016

By Marcus Dysch.. Standing in the hotel lobby, Dore Gold could easily be mistaken for another anonymous, jet-lagged businessman awaiting his next meeting. Tourists wandering past him in central London on Sunday (November 27, 2016) evening were oblivious to the presence of one of Israel’s key diplomats of the last quarter of a century. For years, Dr Gold’s mustachioed face has been instantly recognisable as he worked as a leading peace negotiator, ambassador to the UN, and foreign affairs adviser to Benjamin Netanyahu. Read more »

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