Tag Archives: BDS

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Gazans Forced to Pay Thousands In Bribes at Egypt Border Crossing

Gazans Forced to Pay Thousands In Bribes at Egypt Border Crossing

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Arab reports picked up by i24 News, many Palestinians who last week left Gaza via the Rafah border crossing to Egypt were forced to pay the Egyptians bribes of up to $3,000. Al-Sawaf said that not only were people forced to pay bribes, but the amount differed between the authorities.

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Who Killed Hezbollah’s Mustafa Badreddine?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mustafa Badreddine, Hezbollah’s highest ranking commander, was killed in a mysterious explosion near Damascus International Airport. Whodunnit? Hezbollah blames Islamic State, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights disputes this. The New York Times notes the deafening silence on claims of responsibility while Anshel Pfeffer ranks the possible culprits. According to Le Figaro’s

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Radio Station: Happy Birthday Israel Message Too Toxic to Air

Today’s Top Stories 1. For sponsoring a day’s broadcast of Michigan Public Radio, Lisa Lis was told she was entitled to have a message broadcast on the air. She chose a four-word sentence, “Happy 68th birthday, Israel.” The station rejected that line as too radioactive, saying, “this message would compromise the station’s commitment to impartiality and

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Facebook Under Scrutiny for Manipulating Trending News

Today’s Top Stories 1. Former Facebook staffers told Gizmodo they routinely suppressed conservative news from the platform’s trending news section, “even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.” They also said they were instructed to sometimes add selected stories to trending news, “even if they weren’t popular enough to warrant inclusion at all.”

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American Studies Association Sued Over BDS

Today’s Top Stories 1. Two professors filed a lawsuit against the American Studies Association over its support for BDS. Professors Simon Bronner and Michael Rockland took to The Hill to explain why. We now fear what will happen to academic programming in American studies. We see how the ASA’s anti-Israel boycott has alienated our students.

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Hezbollah Commanders Smuggling Sons to Europe to Evade Syria Combat

Today’s Top Stories 1. What does US use of roof-knocking mean for the International Criminal Court’s view of Israel’s use of it? 2. The FBI arrested a man who planned to throw a bomb into an Aventura, Florida synagogue while it was crowded with Passover worshippers, Miami’s 7News reports. 3. According to Arab media reports

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Independent Panel to Probe UK Labour Party Anti-Semitism

Today’s Top Stories 1. UK Labour Party leader Jeremy announced he appointed an independent investigation of anti-Semitism in the party. Shami Chakrabarti, the former head of civil rights group Liberty, will lead a panel which will consult with the Jewish community and examine ways to tackle anti-Semitism and discrimination. The panel will present its results

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Terror Links Behind Anti-Israel “Activist” Groups

Today’s Top Stories 1. Where do anti-Israel organizations get their funding? Brett Stephens of the Wall Street Journal exposes links to terror organizations behind SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine) and other “BDS” related organizations. Alternate link here. 2. Some Israelis visit the Temple Mount on Passover, and Israel works to avoid sparking tensions. This week Jordan has been weighing in on

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Palestinians Launch Nobel Peace Prize Campaign for Convicted Terrorist

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinians have launched a worldwide campaign to nominate jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize – despite his life imprisonment for five terrorist murders. According to the JPost, the campaign will include organizing rallies and marches throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip in support of the nomination.

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Russian Role in Lebanon to Blunt Hezbollah Influence?

Today’s Top Stories 1. NOW Lebanon has my antennae twitching. Lebanese opposition leaders are courting Moscow in an effort to blunt Hezbollah and Iranian influence on the country. A new Russian role in Lebanon would add to Vladimir Putin’s weight in the Mideast. Hmmmmm. 2. Mahmoud Abbas suspended funds to the PFLP — not because the

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