Classified State Department report could bust myth that millions of refugees need UNRWA

State Department Hiding ‘Game Changer’ Report on Myth of Palestinian Refugees
by Adam Kredo
January 18, 2018

The State Department is hiding a classified report on Palestinian refugees that insiders say could be a game changer in how the United States approaches the situation and allocates millions in taxpayer funds to a key United Nations agency, according to multiple sources briefed on the situation. As the United States moves forward with a decision to slash funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the agency responsible for providing education and support to some five million Palestinian refugees, officials on Capitol Hill and elsewhere have been pressuring the State Department to declassify a report that is believed to show the actual number of refugees is far fewer than the U.N. claims. READ MORE

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“Committee overseeing Ken Marcus nomination ambivalent to anti-Israel groups attacking Trump nominee”

Education Department nominee Ken Marcus: a case study of the new anti-Semitism
by Sarah N. Stern
January 16, 2018

Recently, much of this anti-Semitic invective has been directed against a colleague of mine, Ken Marcus, who has been nominated to serve as assistant secretary of education for civil rights within the Department of Education. For reasons I will explain, Marcus has been the victim of an ugly and disgusting smear campaign. Marcus served in a similar capacity from 2004-2008 under President George W. Bush, as assistant secretary of education for civil rights and later as staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He monitored and investigated complaints against minority groups such as African-Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ individuals and people with disabilities. READ MORE

JNS We don’t care about anti-Semitism in this office,’ Senate aide allegedly says

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“What’s happening in Newton is an outrage against all Jews, yet Jewish organizations condone and perpetuate”

Newton School Retaliates Against Students and Staff Who Report Antisemitism
by Evan Jacobi
January 15, 2018

Many Algemeiner readers are aware that students in Newton, Massachusetts, Public Schools (NPS) — as well as other US high schools — use anti-Israel materials as part of the class curriculum…Publications by CAMERA and other organizations, including the Jewish Telegraph Agency, Fordham Foundation, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, and Verity Educate [see 152-page report] confirm that the issue is widespread. An equally pernicious problem has so far remained unmentioned, however: retaliation against students, parents and teachers who report antisemitic incidents or protest anti-Israel materials. READ MORE

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“The great taboo for the Arab and Muslim world is still that of cultural exchanges with the hated “Zionists””

Arab Regimes Terrified by Israel’s Freedoms
by Giulio Meotti
January 16, 2018

…A prominent Tunisian-born French movie producer, Saïd Ben Saïd, after being forced to pull out of North Africa’s most prestigious film festival, recently issued one of the frankest denunciations of anti-Semitism in the Arab world. He revealed, in an op-ed for the French daily Le Monde, that an invitation to preside over the jury of the Carthage Film Festival had been rescinded because of his work with the Israeli film director, Nadav Lapid, and for having participated on a panel at the Jerusalem Film Festival earlier this year. The real culprit, Ben Saïd argued, was the prevalence of anti-Semitism fueled by Islamic extremists across the Middle East…READ MORE

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Abbas called Israel a “colonialist project that has nothing to do with Jews”

Abbas’s speech is a grenade in the Israeli right’s lap
by Avi Issacharoff
January 16, 2018

After nine years of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telling us there is “no partner,” we finally received proof that the “magician from Balfour Street,” as he is sometimes known, was right again: There is no peace partner at the moment and it doesn’t like there will be one anytime soon. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas succeeded in creating a rare consensus in Israeli society with his speech on Sunday, having made clear what Israeli right-wingers have been saying at every turn in recent years: The issue isn’t the 1967 borders; it is Palestinian unwillingness to accept the existence of the Jewish state. READ MORE

YNET Netanyahu: Abbas tore off mask, without change in position there will be no peace

NEW YORK TIMES Abbas Calls Oslo Accords Dead and Blasts U.S.: ‘Damn Your Money!’

HAARETZ Abbas Rips Into Trump: Palestinians Are Original Canaanites, Were in Jerusalem Before the Jews

TIMES OF ISRAEL Rewriting history, Abbas calls Israel a ‘colonial project’ unrelated to Judaism

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“Desperately ill boy from Gaza receives his brother’s kidney in lifesaving surgery at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center”

Gazan teenager saved by kidney transplant in Israel
by Rebecca Stadlen Amir
January 11, 2018

A 13-year-old boy from the Gaza Strip received a lifesaving kidney donation from his brother, an undergraduate student in Algeria, in an operation performed at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. The result: a functional kidney, a reunion between family members, and proof that conflict doesn’t penetrate hospital doors. It wasn’t the first time the boy, K., had traveled to Israel for treatment. He was born with a hereditary kidney defect, leading to hospitalizations and surgeries at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and Sheba Medical Center in central Israel. READ MORE

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“Trump to pick David Schenker, former Rumsfeld adviser and director of pro-Israel think tank to serve as top US diplomat to the Middle East”

Report: Trump to tap pro-Israel Rumsfeld adviser to State Dept
by David Rosenberg
January 11, 2018

President Donald Trump is expected to tap an adviser to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for a key State Department position, a senior Trump White House official told BuzzFeed News Thursday night. According to the report, President Trump is poised to announce the selection of David Schenker to serve as the State Department’s Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. The move would make Schenker America’s top diplomat to the Middle East. If chosen, Schenker would be the first non-career diplomat to fill the position in some two decades.” …Schenker is currently a senior member of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a pro-Israel think tank formed by former American Israel Public Affairs Committee members in the 1980s. READ MORE

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