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Read below about the German Parliament denouncing the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Movement as anti-Semitic and reminiscent of Nazi-era Jewish boycotts, as well as the proposed anti-BDS resolutions being put forward by both the US House and Senate.
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1. ‘IT HAS SHOCKED THE ENTIRE JEWISH COMMUNITY’: ARSONS PROBED AT ARLINGTON, NEEDHAM CHABAD CENTERS
By Travis ANDERSON
Authorities are investigating three acts of arson at Chabad houses in Massachusetts in what appear to be the latest in a troubling string of anti-Semitic incidents. The home of Rabbi Avi Bukiet at the Chabad Center in Arlington, MA was targeted by an arsonist on May 11 and again last Thursday, while another fire was intentionally set at the Chabad Center in Needham, MA about one hour later Thursday night, officials said. Read More.
2. CHICAGO POLICE BOOSTING PRESENCE AT JEWISH SCHOOLS, SYNAGOGUES AFTER MOLOTOV COCKTAILS FOUND
By ALICE YIN
Worshippers at a Lakeview East synagogue noticed broken glass on their way to Sunday morning services but didn’t think anything of it. Later that morning, they saw charred rags and realized there had been an arson attempt on Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation. Police were contacted after “several incendiary devices” were found. Read More.
3. MY CHICAGO SYNAGOGUE WAS FIREBOMBED—BUT WE’RE NOT LEAVING
BY LEAH SARNA
Our sacred space had been violated, but the Torah had something to say about it. The Torah knows that people living in proximity occasionally cause one another harm, even through fire, and the Torah tells us: It’s worth it. Stay. And so, we will defiantly continue to gather. Together we will rise above the fear that the arsonist so desperately hoped to instill in us. Read More.
4. FINAL WHISTLE ON HATE: REVOLUTION, CHELSEA FC FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM
BY LIAM MARTIN
Last week, a soccer game in Foxboro, MA took place with a unique goal: fighting hatred. The New England Revolution played the Chelsea Football Club with proceeds going toward fighting anti-Semitism. The fundraiser kicked off with a $4-million boost from team owners Robert Kraft, Roman Abramovich and other donors. Read More.
5. JEWISH SCHOOLS SEEK PIECE OF PUBLIC GRANTS FOR SECURITY
BY MARC LEVY
Students and staff at Pennsylvania Jewish schools went to the state capital to ask lawmakers for help paying for security measures by including non-public schools in a $60 million school security grant program. It is a conversation that is growing nationwide – New Jersey doubled money for such grants in January and California’s governor is upping his spending request to $15 million — from $500,000 — for increased security at nonprofit organizations at higher risk of hate crimes. Read More.
6. THE HOUSE MUST STAND AGAINST THE TOXIC BDS MOVEMENT
BY MITCH MCCONNELL & KEVIN MCCARTHY
Congressional Republican leaders call on the House to pass bi-partisan anti-BDS legislation that passed in the senate with 77 votes. “… [BDS] is an effort to weaponize grievance politics and attack Israel’s sovereignty under the guise of defending the Palestinian cause. BDS’s real aim is to exclude, isolate and delegitimize Israel…and echoes a long, dark history of anti-Semitic boycotts visited upon the Jewish people since well before the establishment of the modern state of Israel.” Read More.
7. CONGRESS IS CONSIDERING TWO RESOLUTIONS TO OPPOSE BDS
The bipartisan resolutions would put Congress on the record in opposition to the BDS movement and all efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state. The resolutions reiterate support for direct negotiations, not boycotts and other coercive measures. The resolution supports efforts to counter boycotts through enhanced government-wide U.S.-Israel scientific and technological cooperation. These bills come on the heels of the German Parliament approving legislation designating the BDS movement as anti-Semitic.
8. RASHIDA TLAIB’S UNBELIEVABLE LIES
BY LIEL LEIBOVITZ
There were 433 Holocaust survivors killed by Palestinians and Jordanians violently opposing the creation of a safe haven for Jews in what had historically and spiritually been their homeland. To attempt [to] rewrite their well-documented experiences is to victimize them yet again, an unforgivable and deeply anti-Semitic act. Read More.
9. WHY HASN’T MEL GIBSON BEEN CAST OUT IN HOLLYWOOD?
BY EMILY BURACK
Mel Gibson is anti-Semitic. This isn’t just a guess, its actual fact based on things Gibson has said. Yet he’s still working in Hollywood, where it was announced recently that Gibson would star in a new project called “Rothschild,” seemingly about the wealthy Jewish banking family that is at the heart of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, as the villainous family patriarch of the piece. Read More.
10. ORTHODOX JEWISH COMMUNITIES FACE ANTI-SEMITISM OVER MEASLES OUTBREAK
BY ERIN DURKIN
Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn grappling with a measles outbreak say they are now dealing with a second scourge: fear, profiling and anti-Semitism inspired by the outbreak. Incidents have piled up in recent weeks as measles cases continued to rise, community leaders say. Read More.
Israel and the Rest of the World
1. BRUTAL ATTACK ON SWEDISH WOMAN SENDS SHIVER THROUGH TINY JEWISH COMMUNITY
BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
A man wielding a large knife approached the secretary of the Jewish community of Helsingborg, Sweden, from the back and delivered near-fatal stab wounds to her upper body. Southern Sweden, where Helsingborg is located, has a disproportionate anti-Semitism problem, in which the region’s 1,200 Jews encounter dozens of hate crimes annually – figures that rival the anti-Jewish hate crime statistics recorded in Stockholm, where most of Sweden’s approximately 20,000 Jews live. Read Here.
2. POLICE INVESTIGATE ALLEGED RACIAL ABUSE AND ASSAULT NEAR ST JOHN’S WOOD SHUL
BY MATHILDE FROT
Police are investigating allegations of anti-Semitic abuse and assault in broad daylight near St John’s Wood synagogue in London. According to Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, the victim, a Jewish father walking home after shul with his two sons, was kicked in the back by an assailant on Grove End Road opposite the synagogue. Read Here.
3. EU TO PROBE PALESTINIAN TEXTBOOKS FOR INCITEMENT TO HATRED, VIOLENCE
BY MICHAEL BACHNER
The European Union will conduct an examination of new Palestinian school textbooks following a study that found them to be more radical than in the past and containing incitement to violence against Jews and rejection of peace with Israel. The development comes after the European Parliament passed legislation geared to prevent hateful content in Palestinian textbooks. In October the parliament’s budgetary committee recommended freezing more than $17 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority over incitement against Israel in its textbooks. Read Here.
4. AIDE TO FAR-RIGHT FRENCH POLITICIAN PICTURED WEARING ORTHODOX JEWISH COSTUME
BY CNAAN LIPSHIZ
An assistant of the general-secretary of France’s far-right National Rally party was photographed grimacing while dressed as an Orthodox Jew and extending claw-like fingers. Labeled by the French media as an “anti-Semitic caricature,” the image from 2013 of Guillaume Pradoura, which surfaced in social networks this week, exposed the party to fresh criticism of anti-Semitism in its ranks. Read Here.
5. PARIS HOLOCAUST MONUMENT FOR CHILDREN ‘CENSORED’ IN UNUSUAL CASE OF VANDALISM
BY CNAAN LIPSHIZ
Parts of a text commemorating the murder of Jewish children in the Holocaust were painted over, as if redacted, at a newly opened memorial park for victims of the genocide in Paris. Among the sentences painted over was an assertion that victims were “killed in terrible and cruel conditions” as well as the words “extermination” and that the Nazis wanted to “annihilate” Jews. Read Here.
6. ‘A MIXED BLESSING,’ SAY JEWS FIVE YEARS AFTER THE REVOLUTION
BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
Despite years of anti-Semitism and the glorification of anti-Semitic national figures, Ukrainian Jews are cautiously optimistic about the election of Jewish actor Vlodymyr Zelensky as President. The Ukraine is now the only country besides Israel to have both a Jewish President and Prime Minister. Read Here.
7. MALAYSIA’S ISRAEL OBSESSION MUST BE ADDRESSED
BY SHIRA LOEWENBERG, AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE
93-year-old Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir does not deny his longstanding hostility towards Jews and Israel. In his book, Mahathir wrote “the Jews are not merely hook-nosed but understand money instinctively.” Relying on these two historic tropes of anti-Semitism, he also has asserted that “anti-Semitic is a term invented to prevent people from criticizing the Jews for doing wrong things.” Mahathir implied that the methods used by the Nazis could serve as an example of what could be done (again) to counter “the Jewish threat.” Just this month the U.S. special envoy for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism, Elan Carr, said that the United States may review its ties with countries it deems to be anti-Israel. Read Here.
8. LABOUR ACTIVIST BEHIND ANTI-SEMITIC RANT IS TO DELIVER TRAINING ON JEW-HATE TO PARTY MEMBERS
BY LEE HARPIN
A far-left Labour activist who delivered an anti- Semitic tirade at a pro-Palestinian demonstration in central London last weekend is to provide training on Jew-hate to Labour members at an official party event later this month. Addressing the rally, Glyn Secker described the Jewish Labour Movement as a “fifth column”, referred to “Jews in the gutter with these rats” and said, “Jewish leaders are turning a blind eye to the extreme right”. Read Here.
9. [British] NEO-NAZI JACK RENSHAW SENTENCED TO LIFE IN JAIL OVER PLOT TO KILL HIS MP, ROSIE COOPER
BY CAMPAIGN AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM
Jack Renshaw, the former spokesman for National Action, a neo-Nazi terrorist group, has been sentenced to life in prison over his plot to kill his MP, Rosie Cooper. In sentencing Mr Renshaw, Justice McGowan said that: “Your perverted view of history and current politics has caused you to believe it right to demonise groups simply because they are different from you. This is a case in which only a sentence of life imprisonment can meet the appalling seriousness of your offending.” Read Here.
10. PALESTINIAN TERROR GROUP HAMAS THANKS JEREMY CORBYN FOR HIS SUPPORT
BY JAKE WALLIS SIMONS
The Palestinian terror group Hamas has officially thanked Jeremy Corbyn for his support. In a carefully worded statement, the militant organisation, whose armed wing is responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians, ‘saluted’ the Labour leader after he sent a message to a major anti-Israel rally in London last weekend. Read Here.
11. BRIDGET PRENTICE: FORMER LABOUR MP REBUKES ‘CORBYN CULT’ AS SHE QUITS PARTY
BY JON CRAIG
Bridget Prentice, a government whip and junior minister for 18 years as a Labour MP, hit out at a “Corbyn cult” and claimed the party had been destroyed. “It is with the deepest sadness and some anger that I resign from the party as it is presently formed as it no longer represents the values, aspirations or vision that led me to join it so many years ago. Over the past three years I have watched in horror as Jewish members have begged for support against the growth of anti-Semitism both within and out with the party. Read Here.
12. ROMAN ABRAMOVICH URGES CHELSEA FANS TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM AS ‘SPORT IS ABOUT FAR MORE THAN TROPHIES’
BY INDEPENDENT NEWSDESK
Roman Abramovich has said Chelsea is “open to all” as he voiced concerns over a rise in anti-Semitism. The billionaire Blues owner spoke of a “battle” against anti-Semitism and invoked the horrors of the Holocaust as a reminder of the atrocities that can result from a failure to tackle hate. Chelsea have seen challenges in tackling cases of anti-Semitism by fans and they have been praised for their efforts in eradicating the issue. Read Here.
1. SEPARATE AND UNEQUAL FOR JEWISH GROUPS ON CAMPUS
BY K.C. JOHNSON
The student government at Williams College, one of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges, utilized two sets of criteria— one for a proposed pro-Israel group composed mostly of Jewish students, another for every other current and potential student group on campus. Often, debates about biased attitudes toward campus pro-Israel voices and the mistreatment of Jewish students raise ambiguous issues. This was not one of those cases. Read Here.
2. Get Out
BY LIEL LEIBOVITZ
American universities have become whirlpools of downward mobility that target the people and the ideas that they once cherished and protected. It’s not just that the number of Jewish students in the Ivies are plummeting—Harvard’s class of 2020, for example, is only 6% Jewish. It’s that the universities themselves, responding to a host of larger cultural, social, and political trends, have divested themselves of the values and practices that have made them mighty engines of American intellectual and economic growth as well as a springboard for striving Americans, Jews and non-Jews alike. Read Here.
3. UK UNIVERSITIES URGED TO ADOPT IHRA WORDING ON ANTI-SEMITISM
BY RICHARD ADAMS
The government and Jewish student groups are urging universities to adopt an agreed definition of anti-Semitism to help tackle an upsurge in hate crimes on campus. Jewish students are frustrated at the slow pace of action at many universities, as well as cases where Jewish groups have been billed by universities for providing security for on-campus events. Chris Skidmore, the universities minister for England, said institutions should formally adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism – the same wording that caused controversy in the Labour party last year. Read Here.
4. WHAT I LEARNED WHEN I CALLED OUT AN ANTI-SEMITIC CARTOONIST AT STANFORD EARLIER THIS MONTH
BY ARI HOFFMAN
In an open letter to fellow students who want to write about Israel and anti-Semitism, Ari Hoffman urges students to write with moral confidence about Israel, to stand up and step forward at a time of crisis and to play a role in encouraging others to action, both because the need on campus is acute and because on these issues there is increasingly little distance between the campus and the world outside it. Read Here.
5. UCLA Guest Lecturer Calls Zionists White Supremacists
BY AARON BANDLER
During a guest lecture to a UCLA anthropology class, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities Professor Rabab Abdulhadi called Zionists white supremacists. A Jewish student in the class, Shayna Lavi raised her hand during the question-and-answer session and challenged Abdulhadi, saying she was “personally offended” that Abdulhadi “categorized pro-Israel students, Zionists and Jewish students as white supremacists.” Read Here.
6. NYU COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER PRAISES SJP AND DEPARTMENT THAT SUPPORT BDS AGAINST “APARTHEID GOVERNMENT IN ISRAEL”.
BY JENI FINK
Watch NYU’s 2019 commencement speaker, Steven William Thrasher, as he praises NYU’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis for supporting the “BDS movement against the apartheid government in Israel.”
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Chief Rabbi of Holland, Binyomin Jacobs, discusses the anti-Semitism he and his community have experienced in The Netherlands.
Anti-Semitism has been perpetrated over the centuries. Today, we are seeing age-old anti-Semitic stereotypes being recycled as well as new forms of anti-Semitism. In order to effectively combat anti-Semitism, it is important to understand, define and highlight all its manifestations and ideologies.
1. WHY DON’T YOU SUPPORT ISRAEL?
BY PRAGER U
Israel is one of the freest and most prosperous countries in the world. Not only is Israel a booming economy and a wellspring of innovation, it is the only democracy in the Middle East. So why is it so controversial to support the Jewish state? Stephen Harper, the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada, lays out several fundamental truths about America’s most critical ally. With all the brutal and violent regimes, not only in the Middle East, but around the world, how is one to explain singling out Israel for condemnation? Sadly, only one explanation fits: anti-Semitism.
2. PALESTINIAN ANTI-SEMITISM SPILLED INTO THE ARAB WORLD
BY LYN JULIUS
The Jewish world is justifiably in an uproar about comments made by U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). Scholars and journalists have rebutted her revisionism by drawing attention to the pivotal role the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, played in Arab politics, to the Arab-Nazi alliance he spearheaded, and to the anti-Semitic propaganda he broadcast during the four years he enjoyed Hitler’s hospitality in Berlin. They have pointed out that the overwhelming majority of Palestinian Arabs were Nazi sympathizers; The Arab leadership led an anti-Semitic campaign within Palestine as early as the 1920s. Read Here.
3. AL JAZEERA PULLS VIDEO CLAIMING JEWS EXPLOITED HOLOCAUST TO CREATE ISRAEL
BY STUART WINER
Al Jazeera on Saturday removed an Arabic-language video that questioned Holocaust history, accused Jews of exploiting the massacres of their European communities in order to establish the State of Israel, and suggested that Zionism itself is derived from Nazi ideology. The seven-minute video, published on the network’s AJ+ channel Friday, drew sharp condemnation from the [Israeli] Foreign Ministry and the World Jewish Congress, which both denounced the video as promoting anti-Semitism in the Arab world. Read More.
4. The New German Anti-Semitism
BY JAMES ANGELOS
Berlin based NYTimes contributor gives an in-depth look at the history and state of anti-Semitism in Germany. For Germany’s estimated 200,000 Jews, new forms of old hatreds are stoking fear. “I’m Jewish,” Solomon said. After class, a teacher told Solomon that he was “very brave.” Read Here.
5. PODCAST: JONATHAN NEUMANN ON THE LEFT, THE RIGHT, AND THE JEWS
President Donald Trump has moved the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; he has recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights; members of his own family are Jewish and he has forcefully spoken out against anti-Semitic comments by some elected Democrats. So of course, the American Jewish community has embraced him…Not quite. Listen to Podcast Here.
Studies and Statistics
1. A GUNMAN SLAUGHTERED 11 JEWISH WORSHIPPERS. THEN PEOPLE HUNTED FOR HATE ONLINE
BY MALLORY SIMON & SARA SIDNER
The deadliest attack on Jews in American history appears to have triggered a spike in anti-Semitic searches on Google. In the hours and days after 11 people were slaughtered inside the Tree of Life Synagogue and after the attack in Poway, so many people typed hateful language into Google that it produced the most anti-Semitic searches seen in the last 12 months. The analysis did not include benign searches for information about the news but users seeking material for “Jews must die,” “kill Jews,” and “I hate Jews,” among others, all of which were searched at alarmingly higher rates than normal. Read Here.
2. 80,000 RESPONSES ON NEO-NAZI WEB FORUM FROM THE UK
BY RICHARD FORD
A white nationalist and neo-Nazi online forum received 80,000 responses from people in the UK, according to Prime Minister Theresa May as she says it is time to confront the growing threat from the far right. Her warning relates to information gathered during an analysis by the Home Office’s Office for Security and Counter Terrorism of extremist and harmful material appearing online. Read Here.
3. REVIEW SHOWS TIMES’ INSTITUTIONAL BIAS AGAINST ISRAEL
BY DAVID BERSNTEIN, CEO, JEWISH COUNCIL FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS
“The Times has long served as the “hometown paper of American Jewry… Amid a flurry of anti-Semitic controversies on the left, many Jews feel increasingly unwelcome in their traditional political home…Does the culture of The Times truly lend itself to anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist reporting and editorial coverage? …My organization wrote a letter to The Times…Now in crisis mode, newspaper officials…agreed to a meeting…In advance of the meeting, my organization reviewed 107 editorials on Israel and Jews published in The Times since 2016 and came away with the following observations…” Read Here.
1. World Jewish Conference Governing Board Meets in Ottawa, Canada; Adopts Resolutions To Combat Anti-Semitism
Jewish leaders were in Ottawa for the World Jewish Congress’ annual Governing Board meeting, aimed at addressing the challenges facing the Jewish world, and to vote on a series of organizational policy decisions. The WJC board adopted several resolutions focusing on the rise in anti-Semitism including Neo-Nazi Marches, Anti-Semitism on University Campuses, and The Need for International Organizations to Prioritize the Fight Against Anti-Semitism. Read Here.
2. Online Anti-Semitism Task Force
Hate speech, incitement to terror, and anti-Semitism have been spreading in mass across the internet. The Task Force is dedicated solely to proactively seeking-out, monitoring and actively reporting online anti-Semitic content to remove it from the web. The Task Force runs an extensive, global, dedicated crowd-reporting community of over 100,000, who report hateful and dangerous content. To date the Task Force has shut down 938 Youtube accounts, 397 Facebook Pages and nearly 85,000 pieces of anti-Semitic content across the web. Below are examples of content from the “Facebook Intifada” that the Task Force has had removed from social media accounts. Warning: Some of the below content is graphic. Learn More Here.
SPECIAL ENVOY TO MONITOR & COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM UPDATE
This section also highlights the work of government officials around the world that are combating anti-Semitism in their official capacities.
1. US ANTI-SEMITISM ENVOY CALLS EUROPE’S KOSHER MEAT BANS ‘FORCED EXPULSION’ FOR JEWS
By CNAAN LIPSHIZ
Elan Carr, called legislation in some European countries limiting the ritual slaughter of animals and circumcision of boys a “disgraceful forced expulsion” of Jews. Amid rising anti-Semitism, Carr said, “we have disgraceful pieces of legislation that ban shechitah, that are now contemplating banning brit milah. This is nothing but a forced expulsion of the Jewish community of the country that adopts such legislation. A forced expulsion. And it is intolerable.” Read Here.
2. US SPECIAL ENVOY CARR WARNS ABOUT ANTI-SEMITISM FROM THREE DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS
Elan Carr warned about anti-Semitism from three different directions. “In Europe, we have a confluence of anti-Semitism, from ultra-right ethnic supremacist movements to the ultra-left anti-Israel, anti-Zionist movements, to radical Islam,” he said. “These are movements that should hate each other far more than they hate anything else, and yet they are united in this age-old sickness of humanity, anti-Semitism. “Anti-Semitism isn’t only about the Jews, [its] history’s greatest barometer of human misery, and a society that has imbibed its poison is rotten to the core.” Read Here.
3. REMARKS BY PAUL PACKER, CHAIRMAN OF THE U.S. COMMISSION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF AMERICA’S HERITAGE ABROAD, AT BREST REBURIAL CEREMONY
BY US EMBASSY IN BELARUS
The remains of 1,214 Jews murdered in the Holocaust were reburied in a mass grave in the city of Brest, Belarus after being found at a construction site in the city four months ago. Paul Packer, Chairman of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, presided over the ceremony: “As we remember those whose lives were taken here, we must also renew our commitment to never forget all the victims of the Holocaust, and to never again allow such evils to be committed against the Jews or any other people. We must reaffirm our duty to fight against the rising tide of anti-Semitism, and all other forms of bigotry, that threaten to plunge us once again into the darkness.” Read Here.
4. GERMAN ANTI-SEMITISM COMMISSIONER CALLS ON BANK TO SHUT BDS ACCOUNT
BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
The recently appointed commissioner to combat anti-Semitism in Germany’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, joined the Israeli and American governments in calling for the Bank for Social Economy to close the account of an allegedly anti-Semitic pro-BDS group that is currently promoting a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Read Here.
New in this edition, our Humanity section highlights the good deeds of others working to combat anti-Semitism in their communities.
1. GERMANY DENOUNCES BDS AS ‘ANTI-SEMITIC,’ REMINISCENT OF NAZI-ERA BOYCOTTS
BY RAPHAEL AHREN
German lawmakers on Friday approved a resolution denouncing the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement against Israel, describing its methods as anti-Semitic and reminiscent of Nazi-era calls to boycott Jews. It was filed by the country’s three governing parties, along with two mainstream opposition parties, and passed by a large majority. Read More.
2. ZERO TOLERANCE FOR FARRAKHAN’S ANTI-SEMITISM
BY National Catholic Reporter
The Catholic Community speaks out against Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic church speech. “When he repeatedly smeared the Jewish people, using a combination of thinly veiled discriminatory rhetoric and outright slander, the only proper response from Fr. Pfleger would have been to pull the plug on the microphone and tell his friend that the show was over. He should have apologized himself to the congregation for Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic rant.” Read More.
3. FRIEDMAN CALLS ON EVANGELICAL LEADERS TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM
BY ALEX TRAIMAN
A group of more than 200 evangelical faith leaders, organized by the Latin Coalition for Israel, gathered at the Aish Hatorah World Center in the Old City of Jerusalem to celebrate the one-year anniversaries of the American and Guatemalan embassies’ moves to Jerusalem and called upon others to do so and to fight the new anti-Semitism, manifested through anti-Zionism. The meeting, which overlooked the Western Wall, was attended by U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, the First Lady of Guatemala and the Guatemalan Ambassador to Israel. Read More.
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