Defense to appeal Elor Azaria manslaughter conviction [VIDEO]

ISRAEL HAYOM
63% of Israelis support pardon for Hebron shooter Elor Azaria
by Lilach Shoval and Gideon Allon
February 23, 2017

Two days after Pvt. Elor Azaria, who was convicted of manslaughter in January for shooting and killing an incapacitated Palestinian terrorist in Hebron last year, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, an Israel Hayom poll reveals that 63% of the public favors a pardon for him. The poll, conducted in conjunction with the New Wave Research Institute, showed that 63% of Israelis wanted Azaria to be pardoned, 24% opposed any reduction to his sentence, and 13% said they did not know. A presidential pardon is one possibly way of commuting Azaria’s sentence. READ MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL Arab League denounces ‘racist’ 18-month sentence for Hebron shooter

JERUSALEM POST Netanyahu says he backs pardon for Hebron shooter Elor Azaria

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“On Monday morning St Louis awoke to discover that nearly 200 tombstones were toppled in a nearby Jewish graveyard” [VIDEO]

DAILY NEWS
Vice President Pence visits vandalized Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, decries anti-Semitism
by Cameron Joseph
February 22, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence visited a Jewish cemetery on Wednesday where vandals recently toppled hundreds of tombstones, decrying anti-Semitism during the stop. Pence swung by Chesed Shel Emeth Society, a historic Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Mo., that suffered extensive vandalism over the weekend amidst a rash of anti-Semitic threats since President Trump’s November election victory. READ MORE

GATEWAY PUNDIT Hundreds of supporters join Pence to clean up vandalized cemetery

DAILY NEWS Muslim-Americans raising funds to help repair Jewish cemetery

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Twenty years ago this week, “two IDF troop-carrying helicopters collided mid-air killing all 73 soldiers in the blink of an eye”

INSPIRATION FROM ZION
How Israel taught me the meaning of “E pluribus unum”
by Forest Rain
February 19, 2017

I can’t believe it’s been twenty years. I remember it like it was yesterday. It’s not the day itself I remember, just one vivid scene that forever changed me. I was in 10th grade. Recess. Suddenly the school sound system was broadcasting the news…There was dead silence. The moment the news began every student froze on the spot. A silent scattering of statues, everyone was listening intently to the report…And then I heard the names. READ MORE

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Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky shares the stage with convicted terrorist and murderer of Jews

OBSERVER
Media Ignores Disturbing Alliance Between ‘Progressives’ and Anti-Semites
by Paul Miller
February 22, 2017

Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner were inseparable friends studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. But that all changed on a fateful February day in 1969, when members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine bombed a SuperSol supermarket, ending the lives of both young men. So, you’ll understand my anger and revulsion when I saw the convicted mastermind of the terror attack, Rasmea Odeh, standing with Representative Jan Schakowsky as she addressed an anti-travel ban rally in Chicago last month. Odeh served 10 years in an Israeli prison before being released in a large-scale prisoner swap. READ MORE

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Fired for observing Passover

JNS
Jewish civil rights groups ignore Jewish victim of discrimination
by Joshua Sharf
February 21, 2017

…What if you sued, and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as well as the local Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) kept a studied silence during your entire legal fight? “Again, not possible,” you insist. Guess again. Because that’s exactly what happened to Susan Abeles. Abeles is an Orthodox Jew, and up until spring of 2015, was an employee of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Every year for the past 26 years, she had taken vacation time for the first two and last two days of Passover, always emailing her supervisors at the beginning of the year to let them know the dates of the Jewish holidays. READ MORE

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Where is Cory Booker on Israel these days?

ALGEMEINER
Cory Booker Condemned David Friedman While Giving Iran a Pass
by Shmuley Boteach
February 21, 2017

Most of all, I was upset by how harshly [David Friedman, nominee for ambassador to Israel] was treated by New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. There is a growing evolution in Cory’s position on Israel that is becoming more aligned with the left wing of the Democratic Party. I hope that Cory resists its pull. Cory was once a steadfast friend and reliable supporter of Israel. And while I don’t question Cory’s love for the Jewish state and his commitment to its security, I do question whether he is allowing himself to succumb to pressure from those on the left who are gravitating away from it. READ MORE

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“For decades now, the educated meritocrats who ran America have enjoyed tremendous status, regardless of election results”

USA TODAY
Trump and the crisis of the meritocracy
by Glenn Reynolds
February 20, 2017

Donald Trump has been president for a month now, and it’s been months more since he was elected. But the division over him, and his presidency, hasn’t settled down. If anything, it’s gotten worse. But why? I don’t think it’s Trump’s policies, which seem to be more popular than he is. And though many of his pronouncements are portrayed as extreme, his statements on, say, immigration seem eerily like what former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton were saying not all that long ago. So why all the anger over Trump? As I’ve pondered this, I’ve gone back to Tyler Cowen’s statement: “Occasionally the real force behind a political ideology is the subconsciously held desire that a certain group of people should not be allowed to rise in relative status.” READ MORE

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