Monday, June 26, 2017

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Studies: US Anti-Semitic Incidents Surge 86% as Global Anti-Semitism Declines

(JNS.org) New statistics released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Monday, in the organization’s annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents, show an 86-percent increase in U.S. anti-Semitic incidents during the first quarter of 2017.

During 2016, anti-Semitic incidents increased 34

UN Chief Vows to Combat Anti-Israel Bias and Anti-Semitism

(JNS.org) United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reassured Jewish community leaders Sunday he would oppose any anti-Israel bias at the United Nations.

“As secretary-general of the United Nations, I consider that the State of Israel needs to be treated as any other state,” Guterres

BDS Movement Founder Receives Gandhi Peace Award at Yale

(JNS.org) Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the anti-Israel BDS movement, received the Gandhi Peace Award from the Connecticut-based organization Promoting Enduring Peace at Yale University Sunday.

Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of the anti-Israel group Jewish Voice for Peace,

For Israel’s Memorial Day, New Initiative Seeks to Honor ‘Last Descendants’

(JNS.org) Ahead of Israel’s Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron), a new campaign seeks to honor fallen soldiers who may not have any living relatives or friends to do so.

Project GalEd, an initiative started by Michal Serfaty to map out the graves of deceased relatives, has launched a campaign to

Israeli Leaders: ‘World Cannot Remain Silent After Syrian Massacre’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “sharply condemned” the chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Idlib province on Tuesday and called on the international community to complete the process of removing all of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.

“When I saw pictures of babies suffocating

UNESCO Chief: ‘Jerusalem Is the Capital of King David’

(JNS.org) UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has rebuffed attempts by the U.N. cultural body to deny a historic Jewish connection to Jerusalem.

“In the Torah, Jerusalem is the capital of King David, where Solomon built the Temple and placed the Ark of the Covenant,” Bokova said

Columbia University Student Council Overwhelmingly Rejects BDS Resolution

(JNS.org) Columbia University’s student council this week overwhelmingly voted down a resolution that would have given the school’s entire student body an opportunity to express support for the anti-Israel BDS movement.

The council voted 26-5, with one abstention, to reject the

Conference of Presidents Leaders Meet With Newly Elected DNC Chair Tom Perez

(COPMJO release) The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations hosted newly elected Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Tom Perez at a meeting of leaders of member organizations of the conference. Chairman Perez emphasized the Democratic party’s strong commitment to maintain the overwhelming

UN Envoy Haley to Refocus Security Council Away From Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

(JNS.org) U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced she will refocus the U.N. Security Council away from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and instead toward longstanding issues that have been neglected in recent years, while she assumes the body’s presidency this month.

Trump Meets Jordan’s King Abdullah Amid Talk of Regional Peace Initiative

(JNS.org) Jordan’s King Abdullah II meets with President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday, following an Arab summit hosted in the Hashemite kingdom last week and amid talk of a new regional peace initiative headed by the Trump administration.

Trump and Abdullah are expected to discuss

10 Indian Bnei Menashe Couples Are Married in Israel

(Shavei Israel release) Ten Bnei Menashe couples, all of whom immigrated to Israel from Mizoram, India, in February, married at Shavei Israel’s absorption center in Kfar Hasidim on Sunday, April 2, under Jewish law in the wake of their formal conversion.

The 10 couples were among 102 new

Palestinian Official: No Negotiations Without Settlement Freeze

(Ilana Messika/TPS) Nabil Shaath, Fatah Commissioner for International Relations, said Wednesday that the Palestinian leadership will not come back to the negotiating table as long as Israel does not stop building in Judea and Samaria. He added that all settlement options must be based on the two-state solution.

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