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Middle East Roundup: March 7, 2017

Israeli Knesset passes bill banning BDS supporters from entering country (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Knesset Monday approved a controversial bill to deny visas and residency permits to people who support boycotting Israel. The new law, approved in a 46-28 vote, gives Israel’s interior minister the authority to decide on any exceptions to the rule. […]

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Middle East Roundup: March 6, 2017

Israeli government votes to decriminalize recreational marijuana use (JNS.org) The Israeli government voted in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, joining several other European countries and U.S. states that have adopted similar measures. At Israel’s weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a team of experts had studied the issue and that “this […]

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Charting the anti-Semitic surge: February 28, 2017

Bipartisan House taskforce on anti-Semitism resumes in wake of recent incidents (JNS.org) The U.S. House of Representatives announced Monday, Feb. 27, its relaunch of a bipartisan taskforce for combating anti-Semitism in response to the recent bomb threats at Jewish community centers and vandalism at Jewish cemeteries. The lawmakers heading the taskforce include U.S. Reps. Nita Lowey […]

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Middle East Roundup: February 28, 2017

Israel carries out evictions in Ofra settlement (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Some 100 Israeli security officers arrived Tuesday in the Samaria community of Ofra to carry out the court-ordered eviction of nine homes that were illegally built on private Palestinian land. The evictions were carried out a week ahead of the March 5 deadline set […]

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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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Middle East Roundup: February 21, 2017

Netanyahu declares ‘pivot to Asia’ during Singapore visit (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel is “pivoting toward Asia” during an official visit to Singapore. Netanyahu enjoyed a state dinner Monday with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, with both leaders praising the nation’s strong bonds and similarities. Lee praised […]

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Middle East Roundup: February 17, 2017

Gallup poll: 71% of Americans view Israel favorably (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Although an increasing number of Americans oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state, a new Gallup poll shows the U.S. public is divided over that issue. Currently, 45 percent of Americans say they support the creation of an independent Palestinian state in the […]

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Middle East Roundup: January 31, 2017

Israel and Turkey renew diplomatic dialogue for first time in 6 years (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Yuval Rotem will visit Turkey next week in a move meant to renew dialogue between Jerusalem and Ankara for the first time in six years. Rotem is scheduled to meet with his Turkish counterpart […]

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Middle East Roundup: January 30, 2017

  PBS map Diplomatic spat opens between Israel and Mexico after Netanyahu tweet on walls (JNS.org) The ongoing U.S.-Mexico tension over a border wall extended to Israel following a tweet by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that commented on Israel’s successful fence along its border with Egypt. “President Trump is right,” Netanyahu tweeted Saturday night. “I […]

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Middle East Roundup: January 24, 2017

Obama reportedly released $221 million to Palestinians in final hours of presidency (JNS.org) In its waning hours, the Obama administration reportedly transferred $221 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA) that had been blocked by Republican members of Congress. According to a State Department official and several congressional aides, former President Barack Obama’s departing administration formally […]

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Middle East Roundup: January 17, 2017

Official from anti-IDF group Breaking the Silence: shooting Israeli soldiers ‘not terrorism’ (JNS.org) An official from Breaking the Silence (BtS), a left-wing NGO that publicizes the testimonies of former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers in order to spread criticism of the Israeli military, was reportedly caught saying that he does not consider shooting IDF soldiers […]

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Middle East Roundup: January 16, 2017

Gaza’s Palestinian residents angered by Hamas’s failure to address energy crisis (JNS.org) Residents of the Gaza Strip are angered by the failure of Hamas, the Palestinian terror group that governs their territory, to address the area’s severe energy crisis. Gaza’s recent power shortage has left residents with only three to four hours of electricity per […]

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Middle East Roundup: January 10, 2017

Poll: majority of Israelis support settlement building, believe Obama ‘unfriendly’ to Israel (JNS.org) A new survey published in the aftermath of the United Nations Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements, which passed after the Obama administration refused to veto the measure, says that 62 percent of Israeli Jews support continued settlement building and 57 percent […]

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Middle East Roundup: January 9, 2017

Israeli security cabinet orders IDF to raze home of Jerusalem terrorist (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel’s diplomatic-security cabinet approved several security measures in the wake of the Jerusalem truck-ramming attack that killed four Israeli soldiers and wounded at least 16 Sunday. Israeli government ministers voted unanimously to order the Israel Defense Forces to raze terrorist […]

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