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British University Investigating Student Leader’s Anti-Semitic Tweets

British University Investigating Student Leader’s Anti-Semitic Tweets

Today’s Top Stories 1. Britain’s Exeter University launched an investigation of a Palestinian student leader who posted a series of anti-Semitic tweets. Malaka Shwaikh — also known as Malaka Mohammed — deleted her Twitter account as her controversial tweets surfaced shortly after she was elected to a position representing post-graduate students. The tweets under scrutiny

Trump May Axe Envoy on Anti-Semitism as Incidents Continue

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking news *** The state comptroller’s report on Operation Protective Edge was released after this roundup was published. See Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, Haaretz or Ynet coverage. 1. Facebook shut down the account of Fatah, the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority. According to AFP: The accounts of the 12

UNRWA Suspends Staffer Accused of Having Hamas Leadership Role

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UNRWA suspended staffer Suhail al-Hindi, who Israel accused of having a leadership role in Hamas. The Times of Israel explains: COGAT, the Israeli Defense Ministry agency responsible for civilian affairs in the West Bank and Gaza, says that al-Hindi was appointed to the terror group’s leadership in a February 13

US to Quit UN Human Rights Council?

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Politico, the US is considering quitting the UN Human Rights Council. No immediate withdrawal is expected ahead of the council’s next session, which starts Monday, but discussion of abandoning the council is likely to alarm international activists already worried that the United States will take a lower profile on

Islamic State Seizes Villages Near Israel-Syria Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Jihadis linked to Islamic State seized a several Syrian villages near the area where the Israeli, Jordanian and Syrian borders converge. The villages, which had been held by the Free Syrian Army, were captured in a surprise attack on Monday. More at the Times of Israel. The fighters gained control of

IDF Soldier Sentenced For Killing Injured Palestinian Attacker

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Israeli military court sentenced IDF soldier Elor Azaria to 18 months in jail for killing an incapacitated Palestinian attacker in Hebron. Azaria was convicted of manslaughter for shooting Abdel Fatah al-Sharif after Sharif and another Palestinian tried to stab Israeli soldiers last March. Azaria was caught on film shooting Sharif

Islamic State in Sinai Fires Rockets at Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Islamic State in the Sinai fired two rockets at Israel, landing in open areas and causing no damage. The rockets were fired hours after Islamic State claimed four jihadists were killed by what was claimed to be an Israeli drone strike. An Egyptian military spokesman was quoted by the Jerusalem Post

Will Israel Apartheid Week Breach UK Definition of Anti-Semitism?

Today’s Top Stories 1. British university chiefs were put on notice that Israel Apartheid Week activities hosted on campus run afoul of a definition of anti-Semitism that was adopted by UK Prime Minister Theresa May in December. The Jewish News quoted Michael McCann, director of Israel-Britain Alliance: He added that, as of December, when Theresa

Trump Casts Doubt on Two-State Solution

Today’s Top Stories 1. In a joint press conference (see transcript or video) with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump cast doubt on the future of the two-state solution as a cornerstone of Mideast diplomacy. So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like.

White House Official: Two-State Solution Not a Condition for Peace

Today’s Top Stories 1. A White House official briefing pool reporters ahead of President Donald Trump’s meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that a two-state solution isn’t a condition for Israeli-Palestinian peace. More on that at Ynet, the Times of Israel and Associated Press. The story is based wholly on an anonymous source, so

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