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ADL Campus guide describes how to block events about Palestine
By Alison Weir. A new ADL campus initiative conflates criticism of Israel with “anti-Semitism,” tells students how to block events that support Palestinian rights, & recommends joining student governments to block “anti-Israel” activism. Its head endorses legislation that would make supporting boycotts of Israel punishable by a million dollar fine and 20 years in prison… Read the rest of this entry
German government supports new Israel-centric definition of antisemitism
Times of Israel. Angela Merkel and her ministers are the latest to endorse a new definition of antisemitism that focuses on Israel. This is the result of an ongoing international campaign to change the meaning of the word on behalf of Israel and to impede efforts on behalf of Palestinian human rights… Read the rest of this entry


Progressive Illinois candidate knocked off ticket for Israel views
By MJ Rosenberg, Huffington Post. State Senator Daniel Biss, a Democrat running for governor of Illinois, dropped his running mate Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (pictured) for mildly supporting BDS. Bliss said that if he’d have known of his former running-mate’s position on Israel, he would have never chosen him… Read the rest of this entry
Israel advocate Richard Goldberg writes memo pushing Trump to destabilize Iran
By Phil Weiss, Mondoweiss. Phil Weiss reports in Mondoweiss that Richard Goldberg, an Israel lobby operative, has produced an influential confidential memo calling for Trump to undertake policies that would lead to regime change in Iran… Read the rest of this entry
Report: McMaster said Hezbollah is a resistance group, not a terror group
By Tzvi Lev, Arutz Sheva. Arutz Sheva (Israel National News) reports that U.S. National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster yelled at Israeli officials and denied that Hezbollah is a terrorist group. He has also taken other stances that enrage the Israel lobby. The Zionist Organization of America is trying to get McMaster fired... Read the rest of this entry
On the 35th Anniversary of Sabra and Shatila: the forgotten refugees
By Dr. Ang Swee Chai, Arab America. The people of Sabra & Shatila returned to live in the homes where their families and neighbors were massacred in 1982. Today, the Palestinian refugees are denied work permits in 30 professions and 40 trades outside the camps. Denied by Israel the right of return to their homes, they have no passports and are prohibited from owning and inheriting property… Read the rest of this entry
Congress, White House to give Israel $75 million more, Tillerson objects
Ha’aretz. Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon. The State Department has been lobbying the White House to call for Israel to hand back some $75 million in U.S. military aid that was awarded to the Jewish state above the Obama administration’s financial request in 2016… Read the rest of this entry