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Swiss Lawmakers Lump BDS With Racism, Anti-Semitism

Swiss Lawmakers Lump BDS With Racism, Anti-Semitism

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Swiss National Council passed legislation to stop funding organizations promoting boycotts of Israel. The bill now moves to the legislature’s upper house. Ynet explains the vote’s significance: The BDS, for the first time in any European parliament, was lumped in by the Swiss parliamentarians next to racism and anti-Semitism. Swiss

Questions Raised About Jordanian Stability

Today’s Top Stories 1. Jordanian stability is on the media’s mind today: – Israeli envoy to Jordan worried about kingdom’s increasing instability – Unraveling Jordan‘s hangings – Jordanian who killed 7 Israeli schoolgirls in 1997 set for release – Israel-Jordan gas trade portends brighter future in Middle East – Jordan at the precipice   2.

Another UN Figure in Gaza Reportedly In Senior Hamas Position

Today’s Top Stories 1. Here we go again: Top UN staffer in Gaza said elected to Hamas leadership. Muhammad al-Jamassi, the UNRWA’s infrastructure chief is reportedly an elected member of the terror group’s politburo. More at the Intelligence & Terrorism Information Center, which disclosed Jamassi’s terror ties. The UNRWA recently suspended Suhail al-Hindi over his

Discredited Journalist Arrested for US Hoax Bomb Threats

Today’s Top Stories 1. The FBI arrested a discredited journalist who it says is responsible for hoax bomb threats against eight Jewish Community Centers and the Anti-Defamation League. Juan Thompson, formerly of St. Louis is said to have made the bomb threats in his ex-girlfriend’s name in a bid to ruin her reputation. It’s a

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

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.

UN Warns Lebanon Not to Arm Hezbollah

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN warned Lebanon not to arm Hezbollah after Lebanese President Michel Aoun told Egyptian media: “As long as the Lebanese army is not strong enough to battle Israel … we feel the need for its existence,” Aoun told the Egyptian TV network CBC on Sunday night. He added that Hezbollah

BDS Leaders of Matisyahu Boycott to Go on Trial

Today’s Top Stories 1. Nine BDS leaders in Spain are going on trial “for the boycott and harassment of Jewish American singer Matisyahu in the summer of 2015.” The Jewish-American singer’s performance at a Spanish reggae festival was cancelled — then reinstated — when boycott activists sought to force him to issue a pro-Palestinian statement

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