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German Prosecutors Investigating Facebook

German Prosecutors Investigating Facebook

Today’s Top Stories 1. German prosecutors are investigating Facebook and its top executives, including Mark Zuckerberg, over racist and Holocaust-denying posts, as well as others deemed inciting violence on the social media platform. According to the complaint, Facebook failed to remove more than 400 such posts despite repeated requests from readers. UPI adds: Justice Minister

Palestinians Lay Claim to Dead Sea Scrolls

Today’s Top Stories 1. Over at UNESCO, the Palestinians are now laying claim to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Qumran is on the list of preservation areas which the PA wants to see registered under the “state of Palestine” on the World Heritage List.   2. PA foils large-scale attack against IDF forces in Hebron. 3.

Hamas Weighs Joining PLO

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking news *** Just before this roundup was published, the IDF confirmed that a Palestinian trying to stab a soldier near the settlement of Ofra was shot this afternoon. 1. The Knesset is mulling a bill that would cut off EU support for illegal Palestinian building. The Jerusalem Post explains: If

Arabs Pushing PA Power-Sharing Deal?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Although Muhammad Dahlan is ruling out a run for the PA presidency, the former Gaza strongman and rival to Mahmoud Abbas told the New York Times he’s open to a power-sharing agreement. And it looks like he has leverage: Realizing that Mr. Dahlan’s reputation and Gaza roots may make it difficult

EU: Israel Boycott is Protected Free Speech

Today’s Top Stories 1. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini: Boycotting Israel is protected free speech: “The EU stands firm in protecting freedom of expression and freedom of association in line with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which is applicable on EU Member States’ territory, including with regard to BDS

Hezbollah Ally Elected Lebanese President

Today’s Top Stories 1. Following two years of stalemate, Lebanon’s parliament elected Gen. Michel Aoun as president. Aoun, an 81-year-old Maronite Christian, aligned his Free Patriotic Party with Hezbollah back in 2006, which is why analysts say his victory is good news for Hezbollah and Iran (or maybe not that much). Lebanon has been without a

Haaretz Columnist Quits Over Sexual Harassment Scandal

Today’s Top Stories 1. After outing himself as the Israeli journalist who sexually harassed Danielle Berrin, veteran journalist Ari Shavit resigned from Haaretz and from Channel 10 where he offered commentary and analysis. Meanwhile, a second woman is accusing Shavit of similar harassment. Last week, Berrin, a Jewish American journalist created a stir by describing

Muddling the Mayhem of a Palestinian Protest

UPDATE The Evening Standard responded to HR reader complaints by revising the wording of its “Israel Occupation Forces” reference. The term’s not in the reporter’s voice anymore, but A) highlighting the term in the first place and B) not identifying the name of the Friends of Palestine Society spokesman who said it is still poor

8-Year-Old Palestinians Sent to Attack Israelis

Today’s Top Stories 1. Two Palestinian boys — both eight-years-old — were caught with knives outside Migdal Oz, a settlement just south of Jerusalem. The kids told police they were sent to carry out a terror attack. Times of Israel coverage. 2. While UNESCO thumbed its nose at Jewish ties to Jerusalem, Israel came up

UNESCO Passes 2nd Resolution Denying Jewish, Christian Ties to Jerusalem

Today’s Top Stories 1. Once again, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization passed a resolution ignoring Jewish and Christian links to Jerusalem. Today’s resolution passed without the majority of UNESCO’s 21 board members. The Jerusalem Post explains: Instead, Tanzania and Croatia had asked for a secret ballot. When the votes were counted, only 10

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