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Egypt Sentences Al-Jazeera Reporters to Death

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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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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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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New York Governor Signs Executive Order Against BDS

Today’s Top Stories 1. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order instructing state agencies “to divest themselves of companies and organizations aligned with a Palestinian-backed boycott movement against Israel.” More at the New York Times. I am signing an Executive Order that says very clearly we are against the BDS movement. If you

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Is Salafism Gaining Ground Among Israeli Arabs?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Ultra-conservative Salafists are becoming increasingly assertive in the Israeli Arab community, AFP reports. “The question of national identity is not their priority,” he said. “They seek only to control society’s thinking.”   They also want to rein in Muslims who have joined the Israeli establishment, such as the southern branch of

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Israel Arrests Journalist on Terror Suspicions

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking news *** Just before this roundup was published, police confirmed to the Times of Israel that a journalist who works for the Iranian news outlet al-Alam was arrested in the Golan Heights on terror suspicions. Bassem Safadi is suspected of disseminating information promoting terror, which falls under an law forbidding

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