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HonestReporting Speakers in NYC

HonestReporting Speakers in NYC

If you’re in New York City this week, be sure to catch up with our CEO Joe Hyams and our North American Director, Gary Kenzer. Here’s the low-down on their Big Apple appearances.   When: Thursday, June 23 Where: East Northport Jewish Center, 328 Elwood Road Time: 7:00 PM Gary Kenzer to discuss Israel and

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Israel to Ratify Nuclear Test Ban Treaty?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Is Israel ready to ratify nuclear test ban treaty? 2. With both the Israeli and PA Presidents due to address the European Parliament this week, the question people are asking is, Will Reuven Rivlin and Mohammed Abbas meet in Brussels? 3. PA foreign ministry accused Israel of poisoning Palestinian wells. This

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Egypt Sentences Al-Jazeera Reporters to Death

Today’s Top Stories 1. Egypt sentenced two Al-Jazeera reporters to death, and ex-president Mohammed Morsi to 25 years in prison. They, along with several other defendants, were charged with passing national security documents to Qatar and its flagship news station. See AP along with Al-Jazeera. The two Al-Jazeera employees – identified by the judge as

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Israel to Build Underground Wall Along Gaza Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel plans to build an underground wall along its border with Gaza. According to YNet, the wall be “tens of meters” below and above ground and will cost NIS 2.2 billion, or more than a half-billion US dollars. 2. Did Hezbollah clash with Syrian regime soldiers? 3. The US is signalling

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Senior Hamas Figure Reportedly Defects to Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Palestinian media reports, a senior Hamas figure with extensive knowledge about the Gaza tunnel network defected to Israel. Haaretz writes: [Bassam Mahmoud] Baraka reportedly went to the border fence and gave himself up to soldiers who were waiting for him. According to the reports, he was carrying a laptop.

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Is Hezbollah Going to War With Lebanon’s Banks?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Is Hezbollah responsible for an explosion outside the Beirut headquarters of a Lebanese bank? While Reuters reports that nobody has claimed responsibility, Lebanese officials don’t believe Islamic State is responsible, and Hezbollah hasn’t commented on the blast. Reportedly, BLOM Bank was particularly aggressive against Hezbollah’s accounts, which the US Treasury Department is

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Four Israelis Killed in Tel Aviv Terror Attack

Today’s Top Stories 1. A pair of Palestinians opened fire on Israelis in a cafe in Tel Aviv Sarona Market last night, killing four people and wounding 16. The market is located across the street from the IDF’s headquarters. Hamas claimed the gunmen were its members. The four victims of the Tel Aviv shooting attack were

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Is NY Governor’s Order a ‘Tipping Point’ in Battle vs. BDS?

Today’s Top Stories 1. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order to boycott BDS has touched a real nerve with the Israel-bashers. The big debate centers around the claim that the governor’s order bypassed the legislature and unfairly targets free speech. People on both sides of the fight told the JTA that Cuomo’s move is a game-changer.

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American Anthropological Assoc. Votes Down BDS

Today’s Top Stories 1. The American Anthropological Association’s membership voted down a resolution calling on the group to boycott Israeli academia. Inside Higher Ed reports that despite the loss, the AAA still plans to push through several other relatively toothless measures. Thank you @AmericanAnthro for voting against #BDS. Targeting Israeli academics only thwarts peace. https://t.co/6Ln7eGu6zc#BDSFail

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Fear and Loathing In the BBC and Bangladesh

If you enjoy good rumors, conspiracy theories, and unproven allegations, you’ll find plenty of them in the darker corners of the world wide web. You can add BBC News to that list. Care to guess what’s being pinned on Israel now?     A spate of killings in recent days has Bangladeshis on edge. Mahmuda Aktar,

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