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Israel Building Wall to Block Tunnels from Gaza: Report

By Reut CohenB'nai Brith Canada Israel may be constructing an underground wall to deter Hamas’s construction of tunnels from Gaza into Israel, The Washington Post reports.  Continue reading

MP Asks Government to Apologize to Jewish Community

Member of Parliament Deepak Obhrai By B'nai Brith Staff A Member of Parliament is calling for Canada to acknowledge its harsh treatment of Jewish refugees.  Continue reading

Rhode Island Approves Anti-Boycott Bill

By Jordan ZaitchikB'nai Brith Canada Add Rhode Island to the growing list of governments to turn anti-boycott bills into law. Continue reading

Dutch Parliament Cuts Funding for Israel Boycott Supporters

Credit: Embassy of Israel in The Netherlands By Jordan Zaitchik B'nai Brith Canada After weeks of divisive debates, the Dutch government passed a motion this week to cut funding to organizations promoting the Boycott and Sanctions movement against Israel. Continue reading

Florida Sportscaster Fired after making Racist, Anti-Jewish Comments

Former Fox Sports Florida Reporter Emily Austen (Credit: Linkedin) *UPDATE: Austen has since apologized for her remarks.* By Tevy Pilc Staff Writer/ResearcherB'nai Brith Canada A Florida sportscaster has apologized for making racist and anti-Jewish comments on a webcast, which resulted in her firing by Fox Sports Florida. Continue reading

Knesset Passes Major Law in Fighting Terrorism

The Knesset building in Jerusalem (Credit: Wikipedia Commons) By Jordan ZaitchikB'nai Brith Canada Earlier this week, the Knesset passed new and expanded anti-terrorism legislation. The new laws penalize convicted terrorists, supporters and organizers of terror harsher and more effectively than ever before. Punishments range from heavy fines to life sentences. Continue reading

Glasgow University Palestine Society in Hot Water over Pro-Tel-Aviv Attack Post

Credit: Facebook By Reut Cohen B'nai Brith Canada The Algemeiner reported on Friday that a pro-Palestinian student group at the University of Glasgow is under investigation by university administration, after publicizing a Facebook post that justified the recent terror attacks in Tel Aviv. Continue reading

Knesset Committee Proposes Mammoth Punishments for Israeli Flag Burning

  By Jordan ZaitchikB’nai Brith Canada Flag burners in Israel are about to get burned in the third degree. Continue reading

Son of Jewish Refugee Wins Peruvian Election

  Peru's new president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (Credit: Reuters) By Simon PelsmakherB'nai Brith Canada Peru has a new president. And he’s a member of the tribe. Continue reading

This week in Jewish History: June 5-11

By Simon PelsmakherB'nai Brith Canada The first week of June this year marks the anniversary of several important events in Jewish and Israeli History. Although many of these events are often celebrated on the hebrew dates, listed below are when they occurred on the english calendar.  Continue reading
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