E.U. countries continue to do business with China, Iran, and Turkey despite blatant, glaring human rights violations and occupations in Tibet, Syria, and Northern Cyprus. But it’s only with Israel they draw the line.

Singling Out Israel
by Janet Levy
August 16, 2019

The European Union has just announced a proposal that all Israeli products made in contested areas — Samaria, Judea, and other Israeli settlements — would be required to carry consumer warning labels specifying their origin.  This action comes only a few months after Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry uncovered evidence that the E.U. was funding more than a dozen NGOs, including some linked to militant groups that promote the Hamas-inspired Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel. The E.U.’s “official” position is that it does not support or fund BDS. READ MORE

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Rashida, we can’t hear you…Police threaten to arrest members of al-Qaws, Palestinian LGBT group

PA police ban Palestinian LGBT group from holding activities in West Bank
by Adam Rasgon
August 19, 2019

Palestinian Authority police have banned a Palestinian LGBT rights group from organizing any activities in the West Bank and threatened to arrest them…In a statement Saturday, police spokesman Louay Arzeikat said events such as those organized by the group al-Qaws “go against and infringe upon the higher principles and values of Palestinian society.”…“The Palestinian police’s statement regarding the barring of the gathering of ‘gays’ and activists from the al-Qaws organization and threatening to pursue them and asking citizens to secretly inform on ‘suspects’ is very bad…” READ MORE

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“Overreach by Israel’s Rabbinate has turned marriage into a symbol of dissatisfaction with religious authority and a key issue in the upcoming election”

Israel’s Undemocratic Marriage Laws
by Phil M. Cohen
August 20, 2019

… In one significant measure, however, a Jewish minority is allowed to subvert the democratic will of a vast Jewish majority—that is when it comes to marriage laws…According to Regev, some 600,000 Jewish Israelis are denied a religious wedding ceremony because their Jewishness is in question, according to the Rabbinate, Israel’s institutional body of rabbinic authority. This is an astounding figure, as it accounts for approximately 8.5% of the Jews in Israel. The number includes some 400,000 immigrants from the former Soviet Union who were deemed Jewish enough to be granted citizenship in Israel but insufficiently Jewish to be married beneath a chuppah in their new country. READ MORE

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“Watch as Ilhan Omar tells outrageous lies about Israel. She is either breathtakingly ignorant or a pathological liar. You decide”

Lies, lies and more lies: The Omar/Tlaib press conference
by Morton A. Klein
August 19, 2019

Tlaib/Omar repeatedly falsely claimed that Israel occupies “Palestinian land” and demanded an “end to occupation” – their Orwellian method of calling for Israel’s destruction: In fact, Israel is not an “occupier” because Israel, Judea/Samaria (a/k/a the ‘West Bank’) and Jerusalem are all lands designated for the Jewish homeland, both historically and under binding international law. There has never been a state of “Palestine,” ever. The only way one can be an “occupier” is to occupy another nation’s sovereign land. Israel is not, and cannot be an “occupier” of her own land. Additionally, the Palestinians rejected a state 4 times in the last 19 years on virtually all the disputed lands—because it required them accepting Israel as a Jewish State and agreeing to no further claims. READ MORE

THE LID Before Miftah Organized Tlaib’s Trip-They Praised Killer Of A U.S. Senator’s Niece First, they praised the terrorist who murdered a U.S. Senator’s niece. Then they were chosen by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib to organize her now-canceled trip to Israel. Tlaib’s outrageous choice of the pro-terrorist group “Miftah” to run her trip is a slap in the face of the United States Congress and deserves to be investigated by the House Ethics Committee…Ironically, one the “Palestinian realities” of which Miftah reminds us is that the Palestinian Authority and its American supporters regard Palestinian Arab murderers of American citizens as heroes.

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“Nor are these imams unusual; most Israeli Arabs shun violence”

As the PA and Jordan foment riots, Israeli Arab imams preach peace
by Evelyn Gordon
August 14, 2019

At first glance, Sunday’s Arab riots on the Temple Mount fit nicely into the media storyline that Israel’s “extremist right-wing nationalist” government is undermining relations between the Jewish majority and the Arab minority. Yet the most notable element of those riots was how many Israeli Arab religious leaders rejected the Jerusalem Waqf’s all-out effort to foment them. In mosque after mosque throughout Israel, imams preferred to send a message of peace, thereby underscoring the true story of the past few years—not a breakdown of Jewish-Arab relations, but growing Arab integration. READ MORE

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World Jewish Congress condemns Rashida Tlaib for condemning Bill Maher for condemning BDS

World Jewish Congress condemns Tlaib for suggesting boycott of Bill Maher’s show
by Owen Daugherty
August 18, 2019

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Sunday responded to Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-Mich.) suggestion to boycott comedian Bill Maher’s HBO show over his recent criticism of the international movement to boycott Israel, saying it finds the move “deeply disturbing.” In a news release, WJC President Ronald Lauder slammed Tlaib for proposing the boycott and pointed to the lawmaker’s support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. “Serious questions need to be asked about Tlaib’s motivation in supporting the extremist BDS Movement, which is allied with terrorists and is not shy about its ultimate aim of destroying Israel,” Lauder said in the release. READ MORE

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“A recently released transcript shows just how biased the New York Times really is and how little they want to do to fix it”

The New York Times Is Clueless About Conservatives
by David Marcus
August 16, 2019

This week, Slate released a transcript of a meeting held by New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and his staff. The meeting was apparently called because of reaction to a headline about Donald Trump’s speech in the wake of the El Paso shooting. But much of the meeting was concerned with something else: when and how the paper of record should use the term “racist.” Before getting to that subject specifically, though, a few general thoughts about the meeting. As a conservative, what leaps off the page is the fact that the staffers actually seem to think the paper skews right, and they want it to skew more progressive. READ MORE

SLATE The New York Times Unites vs. Twitter In a transcript of the newspaper’s crisis town-hall meeting, executive editor Dean Baquet grapples with a restive staff and outside scrutiny…Dean Baquet: “It got trickier after [inaudible] … went from being a story about whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and obstruction of justice to being a more head-on story about the president’s character. We built our newsroom to cover one story [Trump and Russian collusion], and we did it truly well. Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story [i.e. from Trump-Russia to Trump-is-a-racist]”

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