US State Department “infuriated by Friedman’s success in helping to persuade Trump to finally recognize that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital”

Why the establishment despises Trump’s ambassador to Israel
by Jonathan S. Tobin
June 18, 2018

The foreign-policy establishment and the mainstream media agree: David Friedman isn’t their kind of US ambassador to Israel. He’s just too pro-Israel for their taste. Friedman has been taking a pounding from the old hands who have represented Washington in the Middle East and their media echo chamber ever since President Trump named his former bankruptcy attorney to the post. While there’s nothing new or unusual about presidents naming their friends and donors to ambassadorial posts, Israel has always been an exception. READ MORE

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Nikki Haley: UN Human Rights Council “is ‘a cesspool of political bias’; announces US departure”

US quits the UN’s Human Rights Council, citing its ‘chronic bias against Israel’
by Raphael Ahren and Agencies
June 19, 2018

The United States is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council, US ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday, branding the global body a “cesspool of political bias.” “We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights,” she said at a press conference announcing the move. US officials said earlier Tuesday that the administration had concluded that its efforts to promote reform on the council had failed, and that withdrawal was the only step it could take to demonstrate its seriousness. READ MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL Britain condemns ‘anti-Israel bias’ at UN Human Rights Council Boris Johnson calls permanent item on Palestinian territories ‘disproportionate and damaging,’ vows to vote against such resolutions starting next year

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“No doubt, Hebrew Union College expected an edgy talk from Chabon”

Michael Chabon’s Sacred and Profane Cliché Machine
by Elli Fischer
June 13, 2018

Hebron, a small and heavily fortified Jewish community with a violent history, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, exemplifies for Chabon, all that is wrong with particularist Judaism. This, for him, is the reductio ad absurdum of Judaism’s “giant interlocking system of distinctions and divisions,”—between Jew and non-Jew, man and woman, kosher and treif, pure and impure. In fact, though he doesn’t mention it, it was in Hebron that the “sandal-wearing idiot” Abraham was commanded to mark his particularism—his particular mission, his particular covenant with God—on his body….He [Chabon] writes: “Any religion that relies on compulsory endogamy [marrying within one’s faith] to survive has, in my view, ceased to make the case for its continued validity in the everyday lives of human beings.” READ MORE

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You need to understand why being a #Zionist is a good thing

Myth #6: Zionism Versus Hamas – They’re [Somehow] Really the Same
by Micha Mitch Danzig
June 16, 2018

…First, my “cause” and the cause of most Jews and Zionists is to simply support the right of the Jewish people to continue to be sovereign and free in their indigenous homeland, the land of Israel. We do this so that we are no longer dhimmi in Arab lands subject to further pogroms and massacres. And, we believe in Zionism and Israel so we will always have a safe haven to turn to (when the dark hatred of Anti-Semitism rears its ugly face anywhere in the world and becomes rapacious, as it often has throughout history). READ MORE

Myth #1: Before 1948, Muslims, Christians and Jews Lived in Palestine in Harmony

Myth #2: The Idea of a Jewish State Started with the Balfour Declaration

Myth #3: Sabra and Shatila and Deir Yassin & EVEN IF Jews Lived Here at Some Point

Myth #4: Peaceful Arabs vs. Violent Nazi-Like Zionists?

Myth #5: Conspiracy Theory: ISIS Doing Israel’s Work?

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“In the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City, France is providing diplomatic cover for undercover anti-Israel activists”

Fools on the Ground: The World Council of Churches in Israel and Its EAPPI
by Dexter Van Zile
June 17, 2018

These days, France is not a particularly good place to be a Jew. The country that gave us the Dreyfus Trial in 1894 and the round up of Jews at the Vélodrome d’Hiver in 1942 has been the scene of some terrible acts of violence against Jews in the 21st Century. In 2006, the world witnessed the murder of Ilan Halimi, the Toulouse and Montaban killings in 2012, and anti-Jewish riots in 2014. In 2015, the world witnessed the Hypercacher massacre and in 2017 the murder of Sarah Halimi. All this violence bespeaks of a breakdown in French society, a breakdown that is causing many Jews to leave the country and immigrate to Israel. READ MORE

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With more than 70 resolutions against Israel (and 7 against Iran), it’s time for US to exit UN Human Rights Council

US expected to withdraw from UN Human Rights Council: report
by  Avery Anapol
June 15, 2018

The U.S. is reportedly planning to pull out of the United Nations Human Rights Council after clashes over key issues such as Israel. A source told Reuters that the move could be “imminent.” The council will begin a three-week session in Geneva on Monday. Other diplomatic sources told Reuters that the withdrawal was “not a question of if but of when.” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has clashed with the council over its treatment of Israel and has repeatedly voted against U.N. measures that were critical of that country. READ MORE

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“A long-sequestered picture of Mr. Obama laughing it up with the Rev. Farrakhan, who espouses that Judaism is a satanic religion and responsible for the slave trade, elicited barely a glimmer of disapproval”

Politics and anti-Semitism
by Abraham H. Miller
June 12, 2018

Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, is leaving Congress to run for the office of state attorney general. For those who long wished Mr. Ellison well but elsewhere, the move has had unanticipated consequences. No stranger to controversy, Mr. Ellison has been a Nation of Islam supporter and defender of its anti-white, anti-Semitic leader, the Rev. Louis Farrakhan. Now a traditional Muslim, Mr. Ellison has seldom seen a pro-Israel policy he could support or a piece of incendiary Hamas propaganda he couldn’t embrace. READ MORE

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