Don’t Believe the Hype: More Arabs standing up for Israel

Israeli Arabs’ Growing Israeli Identity
by Evelyn Gordon
October 17, 2017

Over last week’s Sukkot holiday, Israeli Arab couple Khalil and Reem Bakly launched their own personal coexistence venture by building a completely kosher sukkah (aided by an Orthodox Jewish employee of Khalil’s dental practice) and inviting any and all Israeli Jews to come visit. That same week,delegation comprised entirely of Israeli Arabs—Muslims, Christians, and Druze—made final preparations for a speaking tour defending Israel on American college campuses…But as a recent poll of Israeli Arabs proves, the community is changing…Most striking was the fact that a decisive majority of respondents identified primarily as Israeli rather than Palestinian, which is something that wasn’t true even a few years ago. READ MORE

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BDS: “#UNHRC’s effort to create a database of companies working in and with Israel is being viewed by pro-Israel leaders as an effort to intimidate Israeli and Western businesses”

UN Accused of ‘Blackmailing’ Israeli Telecomm Company to Cut Services to Jews
by Adam Kredo
October 16, 2017

The United Nations Human Rights Council is pressuring a major Israeli telecommunications company to cease operations in disputed areas of the Jewish state or face a potential designation as a human rights abuser, according to a copy of communications sent by the Human Rights Council that is being viewed as an attempt to blackmail international corporations into boycotting the Jewish state. The UNHRC recently sent a letter to the CEO of Bezeq, a major Israeli telecoms firm, accusing it of promoting settlement activity in Israel and of providing cellular services to areas that the Council believes are Palestinian territory. READ MORE

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“After Haaretz Report, Israeli Government Suspends Controversial Plan to Set Up Database of Jewish Students in U.S.”

Israel Scraps Plan for Database of American Jewish Students
by Ari Feldman
October 16, 2017

The Israeli government has suspended a plan to create a database of the names of all Jewish college students in the U.S., Haaretz reported. The plan was scuttled after Haaretz released an article detailing the controversial initiative. The company that was supposed to run the initiative, Mosaic United, is run by Israel’s Ministry of Defense. Hillel International, the largest Jewish student organization in the world, released a statement saying that Mosaic United had agreed to stop the database plan after hearing Hillel’s concerns. “We believe the initiative in this tender is not in the best interest of engaging American Jewish college students,” the statement read. READ MORE

HAARETZ After Haaretz Report, Israeli Government Suspends Controversial Plan to Set Up Database of Jewish Students in U.S.

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“One has to give Hamas credit for being clear, honest and consistent about its goal of destroying Israel”

What is Really Uniting the Palestinians?
by Bassam Tawil
October 15, 2017

Buoyed by the “reconciliation” agreement reached with President Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority (PA), Hamas has announced that it seeks to unite all Palestinians in the fight against the “Zionist enterprise.” In other words, Hamas views the agreement as a vehicle for rallying Palestinians behind it toward achieving its longtime goal of destroying Israel. When Hamas talks about the “Zionist enterprise,” it is referring to the establishment of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. Hamas is not only opposed to the existence of Israel on what it and most Muslims perceive as “Muslim-owned” land; it reiterates, at every opportunity, its desire to annihilate Israel. READ MORE

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Archaeological find: Temple Mount may have been used after fall of the Second Temple

Massive section of Western Wall and Roman theater uncovered after 1,700 years
by Amanda Borschel-Dan
October 16, 2017

Archaeologists are one step closer to solving the riddle of what took place in Jerusalem following the destruction of the city by Romans in 70 CE. Israel Antiquity Authority archaeologists announced Monday that for the past two years they have been excavating and exposing a massive eight-meter deep section of Jerusalem’s Western Wall, unseen for 1,700 years. And in the course of their work, which has been quietly proceeding directly beneath Wilson’s Arch — the area immediately adjacent to the men’s section of the Western Wall — they unexpectedly discovered a small Roman theater. READ MORE

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“The day after the US and Israel announce their departure, UNESCO selects a French Jew named Audrey Azoulay as the new chief. Speculation abounds as to whether she will initiate reforms”

Day after US and Israel quit UNESCO, French Jew named as new chief
by Associated Press
October 15, 2017

UNESCO’s executive board voted Friday to make a former French government minister the UN cultural agency’s next chief after an unusually heated election that was overshadowed by Middle East tensions. The board’s selection of Audrey Azoulay, a French Jewess, over a Qatari candidate came the day after the United States and Israel announced that they intend to pull out of UNESCO because of its anti-Israel bias. The news rocked a weeklong election already marked by geopolitical resentments, concerns about the Paris-based agency’s dwindling funding and questions about its future purpose. READ MORE

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EVENT StandWithUs Chicago 6th Annual Campus Champion Gala Sunday November 5

StandWithUs is an amazing organization that educates high school and college students about Israel in our increasingly anti-Israel world. There is no organization like it sponsoring hundreds of pro-Israel events yearly on campuses around the country with regional staff providing support to students who need our help combatting BDS and the forces who delegitimize Israel.

I proudly service on the Chicago board of StandWithUs and support their mission. Please consider joining Nancy and me at their 6th Annual Chicago Gala:

5:00 PM Sunday November 5, 2017
B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim (BJBE)
1201 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL

C L I C K  H E R E  T O  R E G I S T E R

Honoring Dr. Sheri Ross and Charles Glick
Featuring Ambassador Dore Gold
Emcee Elon Gold

StandWithUs, also known as the Israel Emergency Alliance, is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your gift to StandWithUs is fully tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

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