JFK Airport ambush on Birthright participants to deliver IfNotNow’s “simplistic narrative that Israel is wholly responsible for anything bad that happens to the Palestinians”

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IfNotNow accosts Taglit Birthright groups at New York airport
by Eliana Rudee
June 20, 2018

At New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on Monday night, Birthright Fellow and student leader Ariel Tidhar reported that the American Jewish activist group IfNotNow waylaid their group, as well as four other Taglit Birthright groups trying to check into their flights to Israel. IfNotNow attempts “to end American Jewish support for the occupation,” referring to lands administered by Israel after wars, including eastern Jerusalem…Aviva Slomich, international campus director for CAMERA…told JNS, “IfNotNow attacks Israel, making heavily biased statements and facts, distorting the truth and demonizing Israel and the Jewish people.” READ MORE

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Accused spy Segev told Shin Bet interrogators “he did not hand over any classified information to his Iranian handlers”

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Segev: I wanted to fool the Iranians and come back to Israel a hero
by Anna Ahronheim
June 19, 2018

Disgraced former minister Gonen Segev, who has been charged with spying for Iran, has admitted to doing so in order to help Israel and return as a “hero,” Channel 10 has reported. The former energy and infrastructure minister – who also spent time in jail for drug smuggling, forgery and fraud – was extradited from Equatorial Guinea and arrested last month on suspicion of assisting the enemy in a time of war, spying against the State of Israel and providing intelligence to the enemy. According to the TV report, Segev was held in solitary confinement for nine days in a Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) facility…READ MORE

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The Jason Greenblatt-Jared Kushner Peace Process Regional Tour

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Saudis meet with Kushner, Greenblatt to discuss Gaza, peace push
by AFP and TOI staff
June 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince on Wednesday hosted US President Donald Trump’s special envoy Jason Greenblatt and adviser Jared Kushner to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, following a new flare-up of hostilities in Gaza. The meeting with Prince Mohammed bin Salman came as Israeli warplanes pounded Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a barrage of rockets and mortar shells fired from the Palestinian enclave…The visit came a day after Greenblatt and Kushner met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman to discuss the peace process during a regional tour that will also take them to Israel, Egypt and Qatar. READ MORE

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

NEW YORK POST
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”

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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”

JEWISH REVIEW OF BOOKS
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

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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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