“In banning the entire organization of Hezbollah, the UK joins Canada, the U.S., Israel, the Netherlands and the Arab League”

GATESTONE
UK Bans Hezbollah
by Judith Bergman
March 23, 2019

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid recently proscribed the Iranian terrorist proxy organization, Hezbollah (‘Party of God’) in its entirety under the UK Terrorism Act 2000, a government decision that the UK Parliament also recently approved. “There have long been calls to ban the whole group with the distinction between the two factions derided as smoke and mirrors,” Javid said during a debate on the prevention and suppression of terrorism in the House of Commons. READ MORE

FLORIDA DAILY Brian Mast Wants Sanctions on Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla…paired up with the two leaders of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee–chairman U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY, and top Republican U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Tex.–and U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-NJ, to introduce the  “Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act”.

FREE BEACON Omar Holding Secret Fundraisers With Islamic Groups Tied to Terror Closed-door events spark further questions about anti-Semitic rhetoric

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“Phillips has won a well-earned reputation as a stalwart opponent of the misrepresentations and downright lies about Israel that constantly fill the world’s media”

JERUSALEM POST
The transformational autobiography of Melanie Phillips
by Neville Teller
March 22, 2019

…She believes that the world-view promulgated by the left-wing intellectual élite in both countries grew increasingly out of step with the opinions of ordinary working and middle-class people. Progressive thinkers, perceiving the Western nation state as the source of colonialism and oppression, put their faith in transnational institutions like the European Union and the United Nations.  They took no account of the pride that many ordinary people feel in their nation, their institutions and their independence. This, Phillips believes, largely explains the intense shock the US establishment felt at the election of Donald Trump as president…READ MORE

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Dershowitz: “If Jewish power and influence are used in the cause of peace and justice, we should not be ashamed of it. It should be a source of pride”

JEWISH PRESS
We Need More Jewish Power, Not Less
by Alan Dershowitz
March 21, 2019

When I hear that Jews are too powerful, my response is, we are not powerful enough. When I hear that AIPAC is too influential a lobby, I say it must become even more influential. When I hear that Jews contribute too much money to support pro-Israel causes, I say we must contribute more. When I hear that Jews control the media, I ask “Why is so much of the media so anti-Israel?” When I hear that Jews have too much influence on the outcome of elections, I say we need to increase our influence. READ MORE

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Trump’s tweet on US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights came as his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, visited Jerusalem

FDD POLICY BRIEF
Trump Calls for Israeli Sovereignty over Golan Heights
by Jonathan Schanzer and David Adesnik
March 21, 2019

President Trump wrote on Twitter this afternoon, “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights.” The announcement has been jeered by critics of the administration, but there is less controversy than meets the eye. Israel captured most of the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War, which was a pre-emptive war Israel launched in self-defense. United Nations Resolution 242, issued following the conflict, called for “withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict.” This text, now somewhat famous for its ambiguity, never called for withdrawal from “all territories.” READ MORE

NATIONAL REVIEW Why Trump’s Golan Heights Gesture Won’t Derail Peace Since there’s no peace process worthy of the name, it’s better to stand with our ally — and send a warning to Iran.

THE HILL Syria slams Trump on Golan Heights declaration Syria on Friday slammed President Trump over his surprise declaration that the U.S. should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, saying the decision was “irresponsible” and threatened international stability.

TIMES OF ISRAEL EU says it will not follow Trump in recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan Syria, Russia, Iran and Turkey condemn US president’s surprise announcement, warn it could destabilize region.

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“J Street’s primary goal, like that of the numerous other anti-Israel organizations in the US…is to create antipathy and distrust for Israel, so that Americans will oppose pro-Israel actions by the US government”

ABU YEHUDA
J Street uncovers a secret about Netanyahu and Trump
by Victor Rosenthal
March 22, 2019

…There’s no doubt that liberal and progressive American Jews hate Trump passionately, and there’s no better way to attack Netanyahu among that group than by associating him with their bête noire. The first J Street video is here. It’s very professional and probably didn’t come cheap. The question is, why did J Street spend a considerable sum of money on such a campaign? Americans don’t vote in Israeli elections (although J Street probably wishes they did). Why attack Netanyahu in the USA? It’s not a simple question and I don’t have a simple answer. READ MORE

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After Ilhan Omar demonizes AIPAC, many progressives follow suit and blow off Policy Conference

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
2020 Democrats to skip AIPAC
by Zachary Halaschak
March 21, 2019

Five Democratic presidential candidates say they will not attend this year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference. The announcements come a day after progressive advocacy group MoveOn urged candidate to skip the conference, which is widely attended by lawmakers in both political parties. Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California will not be attending,  according to reports. Neither will independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish. READ MORE

JTA Democratic candidates are steering clear of AIPAC. Is it business as usual or a mini-revolt? This week MoveOn, the progressive advocacy. group, asked candidates not to attend the conference of the AIPAC and has been keeping a list of the no-shows: Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; Washington Gov. Jay Inslee; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Housing Secretary Julian Castro; former Maryland Rep. John Delaney; and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

FREE BEACON Omar Shares Praise for Democrats Boycotting AIPAC Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) appeared to take credit on Twitter for the Democratic Party’s decline in support for Israel Thursday. She shared two tweets from progressive organization MoveOn and from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D., N.Y.) chief of staff that praised Democrats for not attending the AIPAC annual Policy Conference.

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“A world that shrugs at Hamas’s abuse of its own people merely licenses the abuse to continue”

NEW YORK TIMES
Palestinian Lives Don’t Matter*
(*Unless Israel is to blame)
by Bret Stephens
March 21, 2019

The people of the Gaza Strip are protesting again, and soldiers are shooting again, and civilians are being victimized again. Only this time you may have missed the story, because these protests barely rated a buried paragraph in most Western news accounts. That’s odd: Some media outlets are prepared to devote months of journalistic effort in order to trace the trajectory of a single bullet that accidentally kills a Palestinian — provided the bullet is Israeli. The difference this time is that the shots are being fired by Hamas, the militant Islamist group that has ruled Gaza since 2007READ MORE

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