“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op-ed for the French daily Le Monde, that an invitation to preside over the jury of the Carthage Film Festival had been rescinded because of his work with the Israeli film director, Nadav Lapid, and for having participated on a panel at the Jerusalem Film Festival earlier this year.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

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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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Trump admin announces UNRWA funding cuts

Trump’s Decision To Cut UNRWA Funding Is The First Step Toward Middle East Peace
by Jonathan Greenberg
January 17, 2018

The United States has taken the welcome step of cutting half of our planned $125 million in funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. UNRWA, which provides aid to Palestinians displaced by the Israeli War of Independence and their descendants, has been referred to as “one of the greatest obstacles to peace.” Despite the jeremiads who believe U.S. aid is charity untethered to policy outcomes, this is a peace-encouraging  development toward dismantling UNRWA entirely, folding its operations into those of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and ending international maintenance of the Palestinian “refugee crisis” now reaching into its fourth generation. READ MORE

BLOOMBERG U.S. Slashes Aid to Palestinians Through UN to $60 Million

THE TOWER U.S. Cuts Contribution to UNRWA in Half, Following Its History of Corruption, Terror Support

XINHUANET UN Palestinian refugee agency launches crowdfunding campaign following U.S. aid cut

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Palestinians protest arrest of #AhedTamimi AKA “Shirley Temper” [VIDEO] #Pallywood

Palestinians clash with Israeli troops at rally for soldier-slapping teen
by Alexander Fulbright and Jacob Magid
January 13, 2018

Hundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops on Saturday near the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, as a rally was held there in support of a 16-year-old Palestinian girl arrested for slapping and shoving IDF soldiers. Ahed Tamimi, along with her mother Nariman and cousin Nour, was arrested in December over a widely shared video in which the three could be seen violently accosting soldiers in Nabi Saleh, in an apparent attempt to provoke them. The mother and daughter were both charged in a military court earlier this month with aggravated assault of soldiers over the incident and remain in Israeli custody. READ MORE

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