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NEWSLETTER MAY 21ST, 2020

ELON, NC POLICE LAUNCH HATE CRIME INVESTIGATION AFTER MENORAH KNOCKED OVER AT CHABAD CENTER
MONUMENT TO SYNAGOGUE IN SCHÖNEBERG, GERMANY SMEARED WITH SWASTIKAS
OUTCRY AS TOMB OF MORDECHAI AND ESTHER IN IRAN SET ABLAZE
IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER RELEASES ANTI-ISRAEL 'FINAL SOLUTION' POSTER

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THIS WEEK’S CONTENT

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Special Feature

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1. Olive trees planted in Israel honor the memory of shooting victim Lori Kaye

By JNS 

A total of 25 olive trees were planted at a ceremony in southern Israel to honor the memory of Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, who was shot and killed on April 27, 2019 at Chabad of Poway in California. The ceremony took place at Kfar Silver Youth Village, where local children helped plant the trees. The tree-planting initiative was spearheaded by Michael Ross, one of the winners of the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement’s Venture Creative Contest to fight anti-Semitism. Read Here

2. Common Destiny for Humanity: National Muslim Jewish Interfaith Iftar

 

Please join us on Thursday, May 21st, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT, for a National Muslim-Jewish Interfaith Iftar (Ramadan break-fast), co-hosted by the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) and the American Muslim Women’s Empowerment Council (AMWEC). The online event will bring together high-profile speakers and religious leaders from multiple faiths, who will break bread and discuss building bridges between communities. Register Here

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UNITED STATES

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1. Police, FBI continue investigating vandalism of two Huntsville-area synagogues

By Dallas Parker

It’s been more than a month since two Huntsville-area synagogues were vandalized. The Huntsville Police Department, with the help of the FBI, has continued investigating. “The investigation is far from over,” explained Lt. Michael Johnson. “We do have a suspect or suspects in mind. There’s evidence being reviewed and there are some issues with this evidence, it has to be processed.” Read Here

2. Anti-Defamation League Says Signs at Rallies Anti-Semitic

By Amanda Vinicky

Signs with swastikas. Posters equating Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritkzer, who is Jewish, with Adolf Hitler. Some of the activity at rallies protesting Pritzker’s stay-at-home order is “vile” and racist. “The comparison of Illinois’s democratically elected governor to Hitler is anti-Semitic – period. Such vile comparisons trivialize and dishonor the memories of the millions killed by Nazi Germany.”  Read Here

3. Elon, NC police launch hate crime investigation after menorah knocked over at Chabad Center

By FOX8 Digital Desk

Police are investigating after someone knocked over the large menorah in front of the Chabad Center in Elon. Police have surveillance video of the vandalism as it was committed. Police say the video shows a person stop their vehicle in the road, get out and knock over the menorah. Officers are investigating the case as a hate crime.  Read Here

4. Alaska lawmaker apologizes ‘for any offense taken’ after likening pandemic regulations to Nazi rules

By MARCY OSTER

A Republican state lawmaker in Alaska said he did not mean to offend people when he compared restrictions aimed at curbing the coronavirus pandemic to measures imposed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. But State Rep. Ben Carpenter said he believes the comparison remains apt in a column published in Must Read Alaska, a right-wing website.  Read Here

5. Police investigating anti-semitic graffiti found scrawled on Philadelphia Red Cross building

By FOX 29 Philadelphia

Philadelphia Police are investigating after someone spray-painted swastikas on the American Red Cross building in Center City. The four pillars in front of the building are now patched up. So far, no arrests have been made.  Read Here

6. In Tweets, Ex-US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney Questions Number of Holocaust Victims

By Benjamin Kerstein

Cynthia McKinney, a former US congresswoman and notorious anti-Israel activist and conspiracy theorist has engaged in Holocaust denial on social media twice. She posted an article that explored how the number of victims of the Holocaust was calculated. McKinney commented, “So, the figure wasn’t six million after all?? What about those punished and even imprisoned for saying so??”  Read Here

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WORLD News

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1. IN-DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE UK

EHRC may now include leaked pro-Corbyn anti-Semitism report in its own hate probe

By Lee Harpin

The leaked report into Labour anti-Semitism that attempted to shift the blame away from Jeremy Corbyn could be incorporated into the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s formal investigation into the crisis. Legal sources have confirmed that while the 860-page document – which appeared to have been strategically leaked last month – contained “little evidential value”, it was “suggestive of the endemic problem”.  Read Here

Top UK Jewish Group Urges Facebook’s New Oversight Board to Adopt International Anti-Semitism Definition

By Benjamin Kerstein

A top UK Jewish organization has formally asked Facebook to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism in order to combat hate speech and incitement on its platform. The request from the Board of Deputies of British Jews came after it was threatened with violence in a Facebook comment. Read Here

Police investigating ‘Zionist police state’ graffiti in Hackney

By JACK MENDEL

Police are investigating reports of anti-Semitic graffiti daubed in Hackney. The phrase “Zionist police state” was daubed in two locations, including on a canal towpath and on a boat called ‘Shalom’. Police from the Central East Command are investigating.   Read Here

Hampstead anti-Semitic graffiti: Two arrested on suspicion of ‘racially motivated hate crime’ over daubings in NW3

By Sam Volpe

A 26 year-old man and a 45-year old woman have been arrested in relation to anti-Semitic graffiti daubed on a number of buildings in Hampstead and Belsize in December – including on the walls of South Hampstead Synagogue. Police confirmed the duo had been arrested on suspicion of a racially motivated hate crime.  Read Here

Holocaust tattoo hate video gets over 600,000 hits on TikTok

By Lee Harpin

An openly anti-Semitic video attempting to poke fun at the tattoos given to Jews and other prisoners inside the Nazi death camps has received over 600,000 views on the platform TikTok. The clip is accompanied by the song No Scrubs by pop group TLC and the lyric “No I don’t want your number” can be heard as a man gets into a taxi cab under the subtitle “Jewish guy getting in my taxi.”  Read Here

Actions are what matter, JLM tells Sir Keir in meeting

By Lee Harpin

The Jewish Labour Movement’s national chair Mike Katz has said “actions are what matter” after the group held formal talks with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and his deputy, Angela Rayner. Discussions took place on Labour’s response to the forthcoming publication of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission’s report into claims of institutional anti-Semitism within the party.  Read Here

Roger Waters sings: ‘We’ll take back the land, from the Jordan to the sea’

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

Roger Waters, co-founder of the British rock band Pink Floyd, garnered criticism for taking part and singing the highly-controversial Palestinian rallying cry “We’ll take back the land, from the Jordan River to the sea” during a performance at an online Nakba Day event in collaboration with British filmmaker Ken Loach, an ardent critic of Israeli policies.  Read Here

2. IN DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM in germany

Monument to synagogue in Schöneberg smeared with swastikas

By Tagesspiegel

A memorial in memory of the former synagogue in Schöneberg has been smeared with Nazi symbols by unknown persons. Officials found several National Socialist symbols and a green monogram on the memorial in front of an elementary school. State security had taken over the investigation.  Read Here

LEIPZIG Jewish memorial smeared with swastika

By Juedische Allgemeine

Unknown persons smeared a swastika on a Jewish memorial in Leipzig. The property damage is around 200 euros. The Great Community Synagogue, which was destroyed by the Nazis in 1938, had stood at the site since 1855.  Read Here

 

Germany’s populist AfD party boots far-right leader Kalbitz

By DW

Top chiefs of the populist AfD party have voted to expel state leader Andreas Kalbitz over his past connections with a Neo-Nazi youth movement. Kalbitz was one of the heads of the AfD’s radical “Wing” faction. ​ Read Here

Alarm in Germany as ‘corona demos’ take off

By AFP

A growing wave of demonstrations in Germany by conspiracy theorists, extremists and anti-vaxxers has alarmed even Chancellor Angela Merkel. Initially starting as a handful of protesters decrying tough restrictions on public life, the protests have swelled to gatherings of thousands in major cities. Sometimes violent in nature, the demonstrations have also been increasingly tinged by anti-Semitism.  Read Here

Time to Abandon ‘Utopian’ Dream of German Society Free of Anti-Semitism, Jewish Leader Admits

By Ben Cohen

The head of the German Jewish community said that he had abandoned hope of his country ever being free of anti-Semitism. Josef Schuster — president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany — said that recent protests against coronavirus restrictions, many of which have featured anti-Semitic tropes, had persuaded him to abandon the “utopian” notion that Germany society could shake off the influence of anti-Semitic beliefs. ​ Read Here

3. IN DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST

Outcry as Tomb of Mordechai and Esther in Iran reportedly set ablaze

By TOI STAFF

An ancient shrine revered by Iranian Jews as the burial place of the biblical Esther and Mordechai was set on fire. The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency appeared to confirm the attack, but said there was no major damage to the shrine. The incident followed reports in February that Iranians were threatening to raze the shrine in an act of revenge against Israel and Washington.  Read Here

Iran to mark annual anti-Israel Al Quds rally with vehicles, online

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL

Iran is slated to mark its annual anti-Semitic Quds Day rally, calling for the obliteration of Israel by permitting people to drive in vehicles and participate in an online event rather than march through the streets. The elite Revolutionary Guards will be in charge of organizing the rallies.  Read Here

 

Iran’s Khamenei lashes out in anti-Semitic tweets against Israel, UK

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL

The Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei issued a series of anti-Semitic-laced tweets against Israel and Britain. He wrote that “The Zionist regime and its criminal supporters recognize no bounds in brutality and trampling of moral norms. They consider genocide, destruction, the massacre of children and women and any oppression permissible in Palestine. This rabid, predatory dog attacks innocent ppl.” Read Here

Iran’s supreme leader releases anti-Israel ‘final solution’ poster

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL

Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei published an anti-Semitic poster evoking Nazi Germany’s “final solution” that destroyed European Jewry, in order to advance Tehran’s quest to abolish Israel. The poster’s language reads: “Palestine will be free. The final solution. Resistance is referendum.” The picture shows a conquered Jerusalem with photos of the late Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp leader Qassem Soleimani.  Read Here

4. IN DEPTH: OTHER WORLD NEWS

Twitch announces safety advisory board following Halle synagogue shooting stream

BY JERUSALEM POST STAFF, REUTERS

Amazon’s video game live-streaming platform Twitch is forming an advisory council of experienced users, online safety experts and anti-bullying advocates to help improve safety on the site. Twitch, which was used to stream footage from the shooting attack on the synagogue in Halle, Germany, said it had doubled the size of its safety operations team and added new tools to help its volunteer channel moderators.  Read Here

AS TWITTER POLICES U.S. POLITICAL ADS, ANTI-SEMITIC HASHTAG TRENDS IN FRANCE

By BENJAMIN FEARNOW

A Twitter trend emerged in France, prompting outcries of unchecked anti-Semitism days after French lawmakers passed sweeping online anti-discrimination legislation. The hashtag #sijetaitunjuif, which translates to “If I Was Jewish,” began appearing at the tops of French users’ Twitter feeds as a barrage of tweets hit the network mocking the Holocaust and touting terrorist attacks against Jews.  Read Here

Paris prosecutors say murder of Holocaust survivor was anti-Semitic

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

Two men who allegedly killed and robbed a Holocaust survivor in her Paris apartment will stand trial for murder that was aggravated by anti-Semitic hatred, Paris prosecutors said. The charred body of Mireille Knoll, 85, was discovered in her apartment on March 23, 2018.  Read Here

Spanish government cancels tolerance seminar by group accused of anti-Semitism

BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA

A regional government in Spain canceled its teacher training contract with an organization that is widely regarded as anti-Semitic. The government of Valencia pulled offline the inscription form for the training by the BDS Pais Valencia organization titled “Solidarity and human rights. Learning to teach against hatred and racism (Judeophobia, Islamophobia, and Palestine-Israel).” The 20-day online seminar for teachers was scheduled to begin June 8.  Read Here

Thousands in Sarajevo protest against Mass for Nazi collaborators

By AP 

Thousands of Bosnians, many wearing masks, demonstrated against a Mass in Sarajevo for Croatia’s Nazi-allied soldiers and civilians killed by partisan forces at the end of World War II. The Mass in Sarajevo was a replacement for a controversial annual gathering usually held in Bleiburg, Austria, which was canceled due to the coronavirus.  Read Here

Brazilian CNN commentator says Jews helped choose health minister

BY MARCUS M. GILBAN

A Brazilian journalist implied on CNN that the Jewish community was involved in choosing the country’s health minister. “Nelson Teich was aided by people who are part of the Jewish community and supported him at the helm of the Ministry of Health,” political analyst Basilia Rodrigues said during a broadcast of CNN Brasil’s “Live CNN” show. “They were at the table to choose the minister of health: businessmen, doctors and Jews.”  Read Here

Israelis Dubbed “Thieves and Murderers” at Virtual Toronto al-Quds Event

By B’nai Brith Canada

The ongoing pandemic blocked the Toronto al-Quds Day Committee from conducting its customary occupation of downtown Toronto, but did not prevent it from spreading hate on the internet. Paul Larudee, an Iranian-American activist addressing attendees online, proclaimed, “Let us make Zionist citizens of so-called Israel unwelcome anywhere in the world,” adding, “We must treat them as we would treat any thieves and murderers.”  Read Here

Jewish group calls on Toronto mosque to denounce anti-Semitic ‘prayers’

BY JNS

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center called on a Toronto-area mosque to publicly denounce anti-Semitic remarks broadcasted on its property. A man using a loudspeaker at the Jaffari Center, recited the Islamic call to prayer and instructed followers to boycott “all the Zionist businesses,” claiming that it is “illegal” and “forbidden” for Muslims to do business with “Zionists.” Read Here

‘F***ing Jew’: Victim of anti-Semitic attack in Melbourne tells the ADC of horrifying incident

By Anti-Defamation Comission

The victim of a horrifying anti-Semitic verbal attack told the Anti-Defamation Commission how a man hurled a slur at him near Carnegie station. A ma, with dark straight hair, skateboarding on the sky-rail, made an ugly sign with his hands and said, “You F***ing Jew!”. “I was too shocked to respond in time” David told the ADC.  Read Here

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ON CAMPUS

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1. George Washington University Stands by Appointment of Interim Dean Who Backs Boycott Israel Movement

By Ron Kampeas, JTA

George Washington University is standing by an interim dean at its foreign policy school who has come under fire for past actions supporting the boycott Israel movement. A campus group, GW for Israel, launched a petition calling for the university to reconsider its recent naming of Ilana Feldman as the interim dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs. Read Here

2. GWU Condemns Anti-Semitism, BDS, Says Interim Dean ‘Will Adhere to All of Our Policies’

By Aaron Bandler

George Washington University (GWU) released a statement condemning anti-Semitism and the BDS movement. University Provost M. Brian Blake addressed the matter saying “The university’s policy on the BDS movement is very clear — GW does not support divestment or other actions called for by BDS.” Read Here

3. Hillel Supports Students Worldwide In Lockdown

By Jewish News Reporter

Hillel International is supporting “thousands of Jewish students struggling with isolation, food insecurity and the impact of the coronavirus” on themselves and their families through a range of innovative ideas. Among the Hillel responses has been to provide kerbside delivery of boxed meals and arranging calls to every Jewish student to check in on their mental health, organising extended conversations with at-risk students. Read Here

4. ‘Hateful’ Anti-Israel Tweets of Undergraduate Senator Stir Controversy at Stanford

By Benjamin Kerstein

A candidate for reelection to the Stanford University Undergraduate Senate is facing criticism after a series of anti-Israel tweets she made in the past came to light. Stanford College Republicans published screenshots of a number of tweets by Undergraduate Senate member Mia Bahr that expressed intense hatred toward Israel and its backers. “If you still support Israel, you can choke, honestly,” said one. Read Here

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ANALYSIS

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Nothing serves as a better Petri dish for the incubation of anti-Semitism than a global health crisis that causes economies to crash. Though COVID-19 may be novel, there is nothing new about blaming the People of the Book for the world’s ills. Unlike the Nazi propaganda machine, however, today’s caricaturists have the weapon of social media at their disposal – one that has proven immune to vows by Facebook and Twitter to confront with “community standards” algorithms.  Read Here

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FEATURED PARTNER

Combat Anti-Semitism is proud to be a partner of the Israel Allies Foundation, a global network that is building an active body of pro-Israel legislators. Learn more about Israel Allies Foundation below.

Israel Allies Foundation Names First African Regional Director

By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN

The Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) has appointed its first African regional director to mobilize support for Israel through faith-based diplomacy and expand pro-Israel parliamentary activity throughout the continent . The appointee, Bishop Scott Mwanza, has served as the external director of the Zambian Parliamentary Israel Allies Caucus since its inception in 2018. He has been active in uniting and coordinating the other African Israel Allies Caucuses in South Africa, Malawi, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. Read Here

The Israel Allies Foundation was created in 2007 by 7 Members of Knesset with the goal of enhancing ties between Christian legislators worldwide, and Members of the Knesset. The Israel Allies Foundation now works on a basis of Judeo-Christians values to promote cooperation and communication among members of national and provincial legislatures worldwide who support the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and to have secure borders.

PARTNER Content

Lauder in Arab News: A new page in Muslim-Jewish relations – analysis

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

A quiet revolution is taking place in the Arab world, Ron Lauder wrote. The president of the World Jewish Congress lauded efforts at tolerance that he has seen in recent years as a new page in Muslim-Jewish relations is emerging. The op-ed, which was published over the weekend in Arab News, is unique. The op-ed follows other initiatives that have seen more openness to tolerance of Jews, embracing of mutual heritage and also Israeli relations with the Arab world.  Read Here

Billy Crystal to Host Jewish Event Giving Virtual L’Chaim To First Responders

By Ron Kampeas, JTA

Billy Crystal will be hosting as the Secure Community Network, the security advisory body to the U.S. Jewish community, raises a glass to the first responders who have been on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic. FBI Director Christopher Wray and the chiefs of the Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles police departments will be among the top law enforcement officers joining Crystal in an event dubbed “Virtual L’Chaim.” Read Here

After Zionism Denounced as ‘Satanic’ at Virtual ‘Quds Day’ Event in Canada, Jewish Group Calls for All-Out Ban

By Algemeiner Staff

An online video event in Canada hosted by virulently anti-Zionist activists to mark the Iranian regime’s annual “Quds Day” was distinguished by its anti-Semitic rhetoric, a leading Canadian Jewish advocacy organization said. In a statement, B’nai Brith Canada noted that it was in the process of filing a complaint with Toronto Police “over this act of hatred against Israelis based on their nationality.”  Read Here

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Government & Policy Update

This section highlights the work of government officials around the world that are combating anti-Semitism in their official capacities.

 
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1. Pompeo, Netanyahu accuse Iran supreme leader of endorsing Nazi ‘Final Solution’

By TOI Staff

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran’s supreme leader of calling for the genocide of Jews over a graphic endorsing Israel’s destruction that invoked the term “final solution.” “The United States condemns Supreme Leader Khamenei’s disgusting and hateful anti-Semitic remarks. They have no place on Twitter or on any other social media platform,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter. “We know Khamenei’s vile rhetoric does not represent the Iranian people’s tradition of tolerance.”  Read Here

2. Pompeo says US will ‘exact consequences’ if International Criminal Court continues to investigate Israel

By MARCY OSTER

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. will “exact consequences” on the International Criminal Court if it “continues down its current course” of attempting to “assert jurisdiction over Israel.” Pompeo wrote that the U.S. does not agree that the Palestinians qualify as a “sovereign state.” He also called the court a “political body, not a judicial institution.”  Read Here

3. Missouri House passes bill barring Israel boycotters from large state contracts

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

The Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill that would prevent the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. The Anti-Discrimination Against Israel Act passed in a 95-40 vote. The state Senate passed the measure in a 29-1 vote. The bill advances to Gov. Mike Parson. Missouri is the 28th state to pass legislation against attempts to boycott Israel. Read Here

4. US names deputy special envoy to combat anti-Semitism

By JACKSON RICHMAN

David Peyman has been tapped as the U.S. State Department’s deputy special envoy to combat anti-Semitism for BDS, Eurasia and special projects. “In this role, he is the lead on anti-Semitism occurring in Europe and much of Asia. David will also serve as the lead on certain strategic projects, including the global BDS campaign against Israel.” Read Here

5. US religious freedom body funding research project on anti-Semitism in Europe

By MARCY OSTER

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent body that tracks religious freedoms overseas and has members appointed by both houses of Congress and the president, has issued a tender to launch a research project that examines anti-Semitism in Europe. This research would seek to enhance the understanding of anti-Semitism in Europe and government responses to it, in order to make specific and effective recommendations for United States policy.  Read Here

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6. Rep. Bill Pascrell demands action on COVID-19 anti-Semitism

By Jacob Kornbluh

New Jersey congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) is demanding the federal government step up efforts to combat hate and anti-Semitism amid a surge in attacks on members of the Jewish community during the pandemic. He pointed to a report, which found a 73% increase in anti-Semitic attacks in the state, an all-time high. “That’s nauseating, absolutely unacceptable,” he said. “And things like this don’t start in a vacuum.”  Read Here

7. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Calls on VA to Replace Headstones Inscribed With Swastikas

By Ron Kampeas, JTA

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to replace three headstones in military cemeteries bearing swastikas and invoking Hitler. “The VA’s decision to leave the swastika’s in place, as well as the messages honoring Hitler, while ignoring calls to take the headstones down is callous, irresponsible and unacceptable – and comes at a time when documented anti-Semitic incidents have reached a new high.”  Read Here 

8. EU official urges probe ensuring no funds benefit Palestinian terror backers

By RAPHAEL AHREN

A senior EU official asked the bloc’s representatives in Israel and the Palestinian territories to investigate whether any EU funds are benefiting terrorists or their supporters. “We have received a number of requests from the Israeli authorities in that regard, also from the public in Israel. I asked both the heads of delegations in Tel Aviv but also in the West Bank and Gaza, to look into the matter,” Olivér Várhelyi, the EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, said. Read Here 

9. Sir Keir must outlaw use of ‘Zionist’ as term of abuse, says government anti-Semitism adviser

By Lee Harpin

Sir Keir Starmer must outlaw the use of the words ‘’Zionist’’ or ‘’Zionism’’ as a term of hatred, abuse, of contempt if he wants “comprehensive anti-racism” across the Labour Party, the Government’s Independent Adviser on Anti-Semitism has said. Assessing the moves the Labour leader must now implement to properly tackle the issue of anti-Jewish racism, Lord Mann said: “The thing Keir Starmer has to do is stick with the clear definition of anti-Semitism, and not waver from that. Read Here 

10. Lord Mann urges Home Secretary Priti Patel to ban ‘right wing extremist’ anti lockdown protests

By Lee Harpin

Lord John Mann has written to Home Secretary Priti Patel urging her to ”intervene and ban” a series of illegal protests against the coronavirus lockdown after warning they are organised by ”right wing extremists.’’ The Government’s Independent Advisor On Anti-Semitism has warned that the protests and mass gatherings are organised by The UK Freedom Movement – which he says are ”a political organisation” led by Jayda Fransen, who was a leading figure in the far-right Britain First party.  Read Here 

11. Burning of Israeli flag leads to German law to ban torching of all flags

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL

An anti-Semitic rally where an Israeli flag was torched caused German lawmakers to pass legislation outlawing the burning of all foreign flags within the borders of the federal republic. The 16-page change in German law that imposes a criminal penalty could lead to a three year prison term for flag burning.  Read Here 

12. Germany relaxes immigration rules for Jews coming from former Soviet Union

By JOE BAUR

Prospective Jewish immigrants to Germany the former Soviet Union will have an easier time under relaxed regulations announced by the government. Jewish immigrants 60 and older, as well as disabled adults of any age, will soon no longer be required to partake in an “Integrationsprognose” – a prognosis or forecast of integration into German society. Regulations pertaining to family reunification for parents and Jewish spouses also will be relaxed.  Read Here 

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HUMANITY

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1. Danon leads UN innovation conference combating coronavirus

By CELIA JEAN

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon found an alternative in place of the UN’s Science Technology and Innovation Forum that Israel was appointed to lead this year, but was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. With the goal of combating the coronavirus, the ambassador decided to initiate a refocused, digital conference on aiding innovation and technological tools.  Read Here

2. Actress Gal Gadot Quotes Late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in Message to 2020 Graduates

By Shiryn Ghermezian

Israeli actress Gal Gadot cited Golda Meir, Israel’s first female prime minister, in an inspiring message for students graduating this year on the CNN special “Class of 2020: In This Together.” The “Wonder Woman” star quoted Meir who famously said, “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. These words had a profound influence on many young people, like myself, growing up in Israel,” Gadot added.   Read Here

3. In first, direct commercial flight from UAE lands in Tel Aviv

By AP and TOI STAFF

United Arab Emirates-based Etihad Airways made history, flying a plane loaded with virus aid for Palestinians on a direct flight from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv, marking the first known direct commercial flight between Israel and the UAE. The Etihad cargo jet landed at Ben-Gurion Airport. The flight struck a rare moment of public cooperation between the UAE and Israel who have begun to increasingly cooperate openly after years of rumored back-channel discussions. Read Here

4. Yiddish: Celebration of life, language of remembrance

By Sertan Sanderson

One language that has been enjoying some growing interest is Yiddish, which was starting to rear its head in popular culture even before the arrival of the novel coronavirus. The renewed popularity of klezmer music and the penetration of Hasidic Orthodox Judaism in popular culture with TV shows like Unorthodox and Shtisel have made Yiddish something of a cool language.  Read Here

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