#NataliePortman’s “initial reason for concern was the clashes in #Gaza”

Natalie Portman’s Evolving Excuse for Refusing Israeli Genesis Prize
by Brent Scher
April 24, 2018

…The Genesis Foundation “went out of its way to accommodate Portman’s concerns about Netanyahu,” according to JewishInsider, which says the foundation told Portman she wouldn’t have to sit with him, wouldn’t be presented the award by him, and was free to say anything she wanted during the event. Portman insisted Netanyahu be uninvited from the event, which was “a bridge too far” for the foundation, according to the report. Portman’s representatives reportedly pushed Genesis to say a “scheduling conflict” forced it to cancel the event rather than blame Portman. READ MORE

FORWARD Natalie Portman Has Snubbed Israel. Why Aren’t Pro-Israel Groups Snubbing Her?

CAROLINE GLICK BLOG Natalie Portman’s calculated betrayal of Israel

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“In dramatic turnaround, state tells High Court ‘no possibility’ to expel migrants at this time after officials fail to reach deal with Uganda”

How Netanyahu turned victory into all-around defeat in African migrant crisis
by David Horovitz
April 25, 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu solved Israel’s African asylum-seeker crisis. Twice over. And yet it is now utterly unresolved — with negative consequences for the migrants themselves, for the veteran residents of south Tel Aviv where most of the Africans live, for Israel’s moral choices and its reputation, for the well-being of the Supreme Court, and even for the standing of Netanyahu himself, who has managed to snatch defeat in every aspect of the crisis from the jaws of his own victory. READ MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL Israel scraps deportations of all African asylum seekers, extends visas

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As paraphrased on Twitter, “We think you can rest assured we never did”

German CEO: Israel should no longer rely on Germany for its existence
by Benjamin Weinthal
April 24, 2018

In an eye-popping commentary in the Die Welt newspaper last week, Mathias Döpfner, the pro-Israel CEO of the Axel Springer media conglomerate in Berlin, wrote that the Jewish state should no longer depend on Germany if it is attacked and its existence is on the line…He said for the 70th year anniversary of Israel’s founding, “Germany distinguishes itself as the world master of paying lip service. The solidarity to Israel and the fight against antisemitism take place on paper.” READ MORE

JTA Don’t wear kippahs in public, top German Jewish leader says, suggesting instead that Jewish people living in the major cities should “wear a baseball cap or something else”

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JUF of Metro Chicago Celebrates Israel @ 70 [VIDEO]

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“In a first for the US, State Department erases references to ‘Israeli occupation’ in annual report. PA says ‘US has sided with Israel'”

Trump admin drops references to Judea, Samaria as ‘occupied’
by David Rosenberg
April 21, 2018

The US State Department has dropped claims that Israel’s presence in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem constitutes an “occupation” from its annual human rights report, a significant shift from the position held by previous administrations under both Republican and Democratic presidents. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which covers 2017, the first year of President Donald Trump’s presidency, was released by the State Department on Friday. While in previous years, the report’s section covering Israel was entitled “Israel and the Occupied Territories”, Friday’s report refrained from using the term “occupied”… READ MORE

ARUTZ SHEVA Is the State Dep’t preventing exposure of PA UNRWA textbook content?

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Stephens: “Jews cannot rely for their safety on the kindness of strangers, least of all French or German politicians”

Jewish Power at 70 Years
by Bret Stephens
April 20, 2018

To be Jewish — at least visibly Jewish — in Europe is to live on borrowed time. That’s not to doubt the sincerity and good will of [Heiko] Maas or other European leaders who recommit to combating anti-Semitism every time a European Jew is murdered or a Jewish institution attacked. It’s only to doubt their capacity….The German government is mulling a proposal to require recent arrivals in the country to tour Nazi concentration camps as a way of engendering a feeling of empathy for Jews. It doesn’t seem to occur to anyone that, to the virulent anti-Semite, Buchenwald is a source of inspiration, not shame. READ MORE

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“An impressive new movie dramatizes the story behind the famous Supreme Court case about whether it is permissible for the government to condemn homes in order to promote private “economic development” [VIDEO]

Little Pink House” Brings the Kelo Case to the Big Screen
by Ilya Somin
April 18, 2018

The soon-to-be-released independent film Little Pink House dramatizes the story behind Kelo v. City of New London, the notorious 2005 Supreme Court decision in which the justices ruled that it is permissible for the government to condemn homes in order to promote “economic development.” Although the Fifth Amendment only permits the taking of private property for “public use,” a narrow 5-4 majority ruled that a taking that transfers property to private developers is permissible. The Kelo case generated a massive public reaction, with over 80% of Americans opposing the ruling…READ MORE


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