“Israel Apartheid Week” Kicks Off

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Today’s Top Stories

1. With Angela Merkel arriving in Israel this evening, YNet gave op-ed space to Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talked peace on German TV. The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Deutsche Welle, and Dan Margalit all assess Israeli-German relations.

2. Egypt’s interim government resigned, which, Reuters explains, will “pave the way for army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president.”

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3. Israel Apartheid Week, which begins today in the US and UK, is a major component of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. See HonestReporting’s Fighting BDS on Facebook for updates and strategies on how you can fight back against the apartheid slur.

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4. The Apartheid Smear Debunked: A new pamphlet shows how Israel is not an apartheid state, explains how the smear works against peace, and more.

5. HonestReporting at Houston Yom Limmud: HR’s USA director, Gary Kenzer, was in H-town, discussing Israel’s media battle. Next up: Winnipeg.

Rest O’ the Roundup

Boycott shmoycott. Reuters reports that Israeli exports to Europe rose six percent in 2013. And that’s not all:

According to the latest Bank of Israel data, direct investment was $10.51 billion in the first nine months of 2013, up from $9.5 billion for the whole of 2012.

 Thumbs up to Chloe Valdary for calling out Richard Silverstein’s shockingly bigoted tweet, which went beyond the pale of respectful dialogue. Nor has Silverstein’s tedious missive addressed Valdary’s original points about Judith Butler.) Judge for yourself.

Richard Silverstein

•. Pass the popcorn:

Top Al-Qaeda operative killed in Syria suicide blast

• According to the NY Times, Syria wants a new delay in the disarmament of its chemical weapons stockpile. Surprise, surprise.

 Might the US actually use force against Iran? Jeffrey Goldberg weighs in.

Volunteers brave war zone to aid elderly Jews in Kiev.

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