All 100 US senators to UN: End ‘unacceptable’ anti-Israel bias

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Times of Israel

    US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley

All 100 US senators signed a letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres Thursday demanding an end to the “unacceptable” anti-Israel bias in the international body.

The strongly worded letter, authored by Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) and released on Friday, was signed by every member of the US Senate.

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Israel strikes arms depot near Damascus airport: sources

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Reuters

Israeli warplanes struck a weapons supply hub operated by Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, targeting arms sent from Iran in commercial and military cargo aircraft, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said.

The Israeli military said later that one of its Patriot anti-aircraft missile batteries intercepted a target over the Golan Heights that Israeli media described as an unmanned drone. It was the second Israeli interception of a target coming from Syria in the past few weeks.

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Israel seeks U.S. backing to avert permanent Iran foothold in Syria

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Reuters

Israel is seeking an “understanding” with the Trump administration that Iran must not be allowed to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria, Israel’s intelligence minister told Reuters on Wednesday.

In an interview, visiting Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said he was also using his meetings with White House officials and key lawmakers to press for further U.S. sanctions on Iran and the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah, which is supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Abbas may cut off cash to Gaza, marking break with West Bank

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Times of Israel

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is set to issue a dramatic ultimatum to the Gaza Strip’s terrorist Hamas rulers, demanding that they either hand over governance of the area or face a funding freeze, sources close to the Palestinian leader said.

Should the PA stop all payments to the Gaza Strip it would mark a complete break between the West Bank, which Abbas controls, and the coastal enclave, which is ruled by Hamas. Needless to say, such an ultimatum would significantly ramp up tensions between Abbas’s Fatah party and Hamas.

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United Nations Secretary-General Vows to Combat Anti-Israel Bias, Antisemitism

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    Antonio Guterres

JNS.org – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reassured Jewish community leaders on Sunday that he would oppose any anti-Israel bias at the world body.

“I consider that the state of Israel needs to be treated as any other state,” Guterres said at the World Jewish Congress offices in New York.

“I have already had the opportunity to show that I’m ready to abide by that principle, even when that forces me to take some decisions that create some uncomfortable situations,” he added, referring to an incident in March in which he forced the retraction of a controversial UN report that accused Israel of implementing “an apartheid regime.”

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German foreign minister calls Netanyahu threat to cancel meeting ‘regrettable’

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Reuters

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Tuesday it would be “regrettable” if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off a meeting between the two in Israel, as he threatened to do if the foreign minister met with an Israeli rights group.

Gabriel said it would be a “remarkable event, to put it mildly,” if Netanyahu canceled their planned talks, arguing it was normal to talk to civil society representatives.

“Imagine if the Israeli Prime Minister … came to Germany and wanted to meet people critical of the government and we said that is not possible … That would be unthinkable,” he told Germany’s ZDF television.

A German foreign ministry spokeswoman had said the minister was due to meet civil society groups but declined to identify them.

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Israel pauses to remember 6 million murdered in Holocaust

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Times of Israel

    People stand still on Jaffa Road, central Jerusalem, as a two-minute siren is sounded across Israel to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 24, 2017

Israelis across the country paused for two minutes Monday morning in memory of the six million Jews who were murdered in Europe under Nazi rule as a siren pierced the clear blue sky in an annual marking of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The 10 a.m. siren was to be followed by ceremonies at schools, memorials and elsewhere in honor of those who lost their lives, as well as Shoah survivors.

The country’s central commemoration event got underway immediately after the siren at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem, where dignitaries will lay wreaths next to a monument commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943.

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The Holocaust: Who are the missing million?

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BBC

    Giselle Cycowicz (born Friedman) remembers her father, Wolf, as a warm, kind and religious man. “He was a scholar,” she says, “he always had a book open, studying Talmud [compendium of Jewish law], but he was also a businessman and he looked after his family.”

Before the war, the Friedmans lived a happy, comfortable life in Khust, a Czechoslovak town with a large Jewish population on the fringes of Hungary. All that changed after 1939, when pro-Nazi Hungarian troops, and later Nazi Germany, invaded, and all the town’s Jews were deported to Auschwitz.

Giselle last saw her father, “strong and healthy”, hours after the family arrived at the Birkenau section of the death camp. Wolf had been selected for a workforce but a fellow prisoner under orders would not let her go to him.

“That would have been my chance to maybe kiss him the last time,” Giselle, now 89, says, her voice cracking with emotion.

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In era of polarizing politics, Israel a unifying force for evangelical Christian press

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    President Donald Trump speaks at the Hermitage, home of former President Andrew Jackson, in March. Trump’s presidency was a major subject of discussions at April’s Evangelical Press Association conference.

… “I would say the majority of those who are a part of the EPA really have a commitment and a strong feeling toward Israel, in terms of supporting Israel,” said Jill Daly, the Midwest director for Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, which was a returning EPA conference sponsor.

Many EPA members and conference attendees had visited Israel with Daly on media trips, and she said she looks forward to leading a similar trip this fall. Daly was hopeful that even as anti-Semitism and the BDS movement continue to gain traction on American college campuses, current and future members of the evangelical press—including dozens of student journalists at the EPA conference—would tell a different narrative than what is usually portrayed in mainstream media.

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