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Spanish City Boycotts Israel, Loses Tel Aviv Flights

Credit: El Al By Jordan ZaitchikB'nai Brith Canada Santiago de Compostella, a Spanish city trying to increase its tourism, has lost its direct connection with Israel over its support for boycotting the Jewish state the Times of Israel is reporting.  Continue reading

Knesset Passes Law that can Expel Members

Israel's Knesset building in Jerusalem (Credit: Wikipedia Commons) By Simon PelsmakherB’nai Brith Canada A law has been passed by the Israeli Knesset that allows for a sitting member to be expelled for incitement to racism or violence against the state. Continue reading

Republican National Convention Live Comment Section Turns Antisemitic

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle speaking at the Republican National Convention (Source: Screenshot from YouTube) By Jordan Zaitchik B'nai Brith Canada The Republican National Convention disabled its live chat window/comment section after antisemitic postings ran rampant Monday night.  Continue reading

Leaked Document Reveals Questionable Intent of Iran's Nuclear Program

The P5+1, European Union, and Iranian signatories of the Nuclear Deal.  By Simon PelsmakherB'nai Brith Canada According to leaked documents exposed by the Associated Press, Iran plans to rapidly expand its uranium enrichment program after the first 10 years of its nuclear deal. Continue reading

Elie Wiesel to be Honoured by US Congress

  Elie Wiesel (Source: Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity) By Jordan Zaitchik B'nai Brith Canada The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee has approved a bill to honour the life and work of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel.  Continue reading

Man Who Threatened Colorado JCC Sentenced to Work Release, Probation

  Jeffrey Thomas Klinkel (Credit: Boulder County Sheriff's Office) By Jordan Zaitchik B'nai Brith Canada  Boulder District Court (Colorado) has sentenced a man who threatened a Jewish Community Center to a one-year work release and four years of probation. Continue reading

Republican National Committee Rejects a Two-State Solution

By Jordan Zaitchik B'nai Brith Canada The Republican Party has approved a new platform that does not call for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying it will no longer support the establishment of a Palestinian state. Continue reading

German Police Raid Antisemitic Social Media Offenders

  Source: Hesse State Police, Germany Jordan Zaitchik B'nai Brith Canada The German Federal Criminal Police launched a raid in Germany this week targeting social media users who have posted antisemitic and other racial hatred. The police entered the homes of more than 60 media users across the country.  No arrests were made, according to Times of Israel.  Continue reading

Israel opens new delivery point into Gaza for the first time in nine years

By Reut CohenB'nai Brith Canada On Thursday, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that a photographer had captured images of deliveries into the Gaza strip arriving through the Erez crossing, which has been closed for the past nine years.  The Erez crossing has been restricted to individuals since 2007, with deliveries to Gaza arriving solely through the Kerem Shalom crossing in the north. Residents surrounding Kerem Shalom had been complaining about the heavy congestion caused by deliveries into the Gaza strip.  Continue reading

Hebrew University Top Ranked in the Middle East

  By Jordan Zaitchik B'nai Brith Canada  Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been ranked the top university in the Middle East, according to a study by Center for World University Rankings. Continue reading
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