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Contentious Knesset Bills Delayed Amid Factional Friction

Contentious Knesset Bills Delayed Amid Factional Friction

Today’s Top Stories 1. Two controversial Knesset bills were postponed to next week amid coalition infighting. We’re talking about the “Regulation bill,” which would retroactively legalize unrecognized settler outposts, and the “Muezzin bill,” which would bar mosques from using loudspeakers to call Muslims to prayer. The clock’s ticking on the Regulation bill: the legislation is

Palestinians File War Crimes Suit Against Israeli Judges

Today’s Top Stories 1. A group of Palestinians living in Chile filed a war crimes suit against three Israeli Supreme Court justices who in 2015 authorized construction of the security barrier in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem. Chilean law buys into the concept of universal jurisdiction. (What’s universal jurisdiction?). According to Haaretz: The claimants are six

Radioactive Material Disappears From Iranian Nuclear Facility

Today’s Top Stories 1. Either the mullahs stashed the iridium-192 for their own nefarious reasons, or someone really stole enough radioactive material from the Bushehr nuclear facility to make a dirty bomb. Asharq al-Awsat reports the material disappeared during transportation. I hope the Mossad dunnit . . . 2. Israel’s Security Cabinet approved the purchase

First Major IDF-Islamic State Border Clash

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF and Islamic State had their first ever major exchange of fire this morning. Israeli forces traded fire along the Syrian border this morning east of Moshav Avnei Eitan. Credit the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) for the clearest summarizing snippet: An Israeli unit was conducting an operation

Thousands Evacuated as Israel Battles Expanding Wildfires

Today’s Top Stories 1. Wildfires continued to spread around Israel as flames threatened homes and national infrastructure. Some 60,000 people were forced to evacuate in Haifa alone. The Jerusalem Post, i24 News and Haaretz report new fires broke out in the areas of Modiin, Nazareth, the Hebron Hills, and Rishon LeTzion (suspiciously across from a

Swedish Editor Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Cartoon

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Local picks up on a spat in which the editor in chief of one of Sweden’s most widely read papers apologized for his paper publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon. The image, by Dagens Nyheter cartoonist Magnus Bard, depicted Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu in a litter carried by Orthodox Jews, Zionists

Back Channel Contact Between Hamas and International Criminal Court?

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking news *** After this roundup was published, YNet reported that the Israeli Navy intercepted a Palestinian smuggling boat en route to Gaza. After the Navy opened fire, the vessel was destroyed by secondary explosions caused by weapons on board. Developing . . . 1. Is the International Criminal Court maintaining

What Would It Take to Spark Media Introspection Over Mideast Coverage?

Since the US elections, the journalism industry has been humbled by Donald Trump’s unexpected win. Long-held assumptions are flying out the window. Long-held practices will hopefully be re-examined. A “reality check,” after all, means you may not be in sync with reality. How big a problem is it? It’s coming out that journalists operated in

Arab League Pressing Abbas for Successor

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas is resisting significant pressure from the Arab League to appoint a successor. MEMRI picked up on Egyptian press reports. On November 16, the independent Egyptian Islamic daily Al-Misriyyoun published a lengthy report on this matter, according to which Abu Al-Gheit presented ‘Abbas with the names of three possible successors:

New Congressional Bill Penalizes Compliance With BDS

Today’s Top Stories 1. New Congressional legislation in the Capitol Hill pipeline would extend criminal penalties to compliance with BDS and settlement boycotts. The House bill amends language in bills passed in the 1970s to combat the Arab League boycott of Israel to encompass the modern Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement – and to include

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