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PFLP terrorist leading anti-Trump movement

A female terrorist from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) is among the leaders of the next “women”s march” against President Donald Trump, The New York Post reports. Anti-Trump activists are planning such a protest on March 8, but instead of a regular protest, organizers are planning a “general strike” called the […]

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200 Israelis attend funeral of lonely Holocaust survivor

More than 200 Israelis attended the funeral of a complete stranger — a Holocaust survivor from the Canary Islands who was buried in a Tel Aviv cemetery. Hilde Nathan’s final wish was to be laid to rest in Israel alongside her mother, the United With Israel organization said on its website. Nathan, who did not […]

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Eric Canin, Cal State lecturer, suspended for hitting College Republicans member

A faculty member at California State University, Fullerton has been suspended after striking a College Republicans member during a campus protest earlier this month. The altercation occurred Feb. 8 as pro-Palestine students and counter-protesters marched peacefully through campus. Anthropology part-time lecturer Eric Canin reportedly approached the group of counter-protesters – many of them being CSUF […]

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White Helmets, grateful for Oscar nod, hope for peace in Syria

Beirut (dpa) – Members of the Syria Civil Defence group, a neutral team of some 3,000 volunteers providing aid to Syria’s rebel-held areas, expressed joy on Monday that a film documenting their work won an Oscar for best short documentary. The 40-minute Netflix film “The White Helmets” tells the stories of the group’s volunteers as […]

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Iranian scientist who accepted Oscar says US is turning away the best and brightest

Former NASA scientist Firouz Naderi has done some pretty amazing things. He helped land a rover on Mars. He searched for signs of life beyond the solar system. But he never thought he’d be standing next to Shirley MacLaine, clutching an Oscar statuette. But that’s exactly what happened Sunday night. Naderi and fellow scientist Anousheh […]

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Statecraft requires talking to your enemies

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — It’s understandable, even if often immature, that individuals don’t speak to those they consider to be enemies. But it’s deplorable when states behave like that. That’s how I understood Ephraim Halevy, a former high ranking Israeli intelligence chief, when he spoke in Jerusalem earlier this week. His analyses based […]

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Middle East Roundup: February 27, 2017

Report: US considers withdrawing from UN human rights body, citing anti-Israel bias (JNS.org) The U.S. is reportedly considering withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), a body that has been accused of harboring deep anti-Israel bias and favoring countries with authoritarian governments. A former State Department official said the UNHRC’s anti-Israel bias is […]

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Bacteria in a sponge species can render arsenic inert

TEL AVIV, Israel (Press Release) — Arsenic is the leading freshwater contaminant on the planet, affecting millions of people worldwide and causing an untold number of deaths every year. Removing arsenic from groundwater and freshwater is a major challenge still facing scientists and policymakers. Now a new Tel Aviv University study published in Nature Communications […]

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Azaria case points up Israel’s complexity

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — The still unfolding story of Elor Azaria is only the latest saga reflecting the difficulties faced by Israel, and the struggle of officials and others to deal with contending values and aspirations. Azaria was an IDF draftee who became the center of events that seem to have been beyond the […]

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Hamas blames Egypt for death of 3 in Gaza tunnel

Five others injured in digging accident on Rafah border while attempting to fix a shaft destroyed by the Egyptian army By Itamar Sharon and Times of Israel staff In this Monday, September 30, 2013 file photo, a Palestinian worker rests inside a smuggling tunnel in Rafah, on the border between Egypt and the southern Gaza […]

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Tourism Ministry approves Jordan River promenade

The Upper Galilee Regional Council has announced a plan to build a promenade from where the Snir (Hasbani River) and Hermon (Banias) streams meet until the Pekak Bridge. The promenade will include parking garages, picnic tables, bike paths, small bridges, and entertainment infrastructure, and will cost 30 million NIS. Work will begin in 2017 and […]

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6 members of Congress, 4 MKs, 1 Palestinian negotiator, no top Republicans at J Street confab

Liberal group’s first conference of Trump era features Bernie Sanders, Saeb Erekat, Joint (Arab) List leader MK Ayman Odeh By Eric Cortellessa US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks as he debates with Democratic presidential candidates former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during their MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire on February […]

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‘Give this Holocaust survivor the respect she deserves’

One of the world”s smallest and most geographically isolated Jewish communities has united behind an effort to fulfill a Holocaust survivor”s last dying wish, and give her a proper Jewish burial in the Land of Israel. The Jewish community of the Canary Islands – an Atlantic archipelago under Spanish sovereignty west of Morocco – numbers […]

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Over 150 lawmakers call on France to recognise Palestinian statehood

More than 150 French lawmakers signed an open letter on Sunday urging outgoing President Francois Hollande to officially recognise the Palestinian Territories as a state. The move comes during a period of renewed international determination to revive the two-state solution, after the last talks brokered by then US secretary of state John Kerry collapsed back […]

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