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Legislation boycotting the anti-Israel boycotters proliferates

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 12, 2016 at 3:00pm 2/12/2016 at 3:00pm
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There has been quite a bit of BDS-related legislative activity in the several weeks, with two anti-BDS measures moving through Congress, and activity in several state legislatures.  While the legislatures universally oppose BDS, President Obama has weighed in in opposition to Congress’s pro-Israel legislation.

Federal Anti-BDS Legislation

First, Wednesday afternoon Senators Mark Kirk...

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Bernie Sanders’s Questionable Israel Advisers

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 8, 2016 at 11:30am 2/8/2016 at 11:30am
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Bernie Sanders gave a glimpse at his potential foreign policy on Sunday, and his choices of BDS supporter James Zogby and left-wing J Street raise serious questions.

Sanders, the Jewish Senator from Vermont, is infamous for his avowed socialism.  On foreign policy, he is more or less a blank slate, making his...

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The Regressive Left in Israel and the West

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 6:16pm 2/6/2016 at 6:16pm
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Consider this a follow-up to our prior reporting on the Regressive Left:

The concept of masochists defending sadists came from this article, The Masochists Who Defend Sadists: The Regressive Left in Theory and Practice:

I think they hated the idea of the West and of Empire, so they made a practical and intellectual alliance...

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China and Japan Bet Big on Israeli High-tech Sector

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 11:30am 2/4/2016 at 11:30am
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With the high-tech sector making up about half of its total industrial exports, Israel is forging strong trade ties with the emerging economies of Asia. Leading nations of Far-East Asia — namely Japan, China and Singapore — have launched series of efforts to court Israeli technology sector.

In the age of global competition where technological...

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UN Admits Own Impotence, Sort Of

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 3:30pm 2/2/2016 at 3:30pm
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As negotiations to negotiate an end to the Syrian civil war plod along, the UN has admitted, internally, that it is powerless to enforce any Syria peace deal.

According to Foreign Policy, the UN knows it cannot enforce or even monitor any peace deal it brokers:

In a confidential strategy paper exclusively obtained...

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NY Times “can never quite find elusive answer to question why Palestinians keep murdering Jews”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 1, 2016 at 2:35pm 2/1/2016 at 2:35pm
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The NY Times, as most of Western media, always is looking for a “reason” for the current Palestinian wave of terror that is unrelated to Palestinian responsibility. It’s always a search for a way to excuse the terror, including the knifings by Palestinian teens of Israelis, particularly targeting Israeli women.

A January...

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Vox Don’t Know Much ‘Bout Middle East History

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10:00am 2/1/2016 at 10:00am
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In the middle of January, I dissected Vox video purporting to distill the Arab-Israeli conflict into 10 minutes. But those ten  minutes were littered with countless errors and omissions. I wasn’ t the only one weighing in, of course.

Elder of Ziyon, one of the longest running pro-Israel bloggers has taken the...

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The Nation magazine mishandles prominent Rabbi’s complaint of anti-Semitic essay

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 7:30pm 1/31/2016 at 7:30pm
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In November 2015, The Nation, a prominent progressive magazine, published an essay by controversial professor Steven Salaita which raised compl...

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No, NLRB did not rule that unions could boycott Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 29, 2016 at 10:00am 1/29/2016 at 10:00am
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The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) decided earlier this month that unions may “endorse” the boycott, divest and sanction (“BDS”) campaign against Israel without running afoul of the National Labor Relations Act’s (the “Act”) ban on so-called “secondary boycotts.” But the case did not affirm that unions actually could engage in...

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Israeli Technology to Track Terrorists on Social Media, Prevent Attacks

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 2:30pm 1/28/2016 at 2:30pm
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With the recent wave of terrorism unleashed on Israeli civilians, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government is investing in technology to pre-empt “lone wolf” attacks. Since September 2015, more than 100 stabbings attacks have taken place and 29 Israelis have died, including an American teenager. The terror attacks in Israel are not limited to knife attacks alone, about 40...

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Today in terror – Twin sisters in bomb plot and Israeli fights off stabbers with shopping cart (Updated)

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 25, 2016 at 7:41pm 1/25/2016 at 7:41pm
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Terror attacks in and against Israeli Jews now are daily occurrences. Most don’t make their way into the U.S. media.

Two recent examples are twin 18-year old sisters arrested for bomb making, and at stabbing attack which left two Israeli women injured but could have been much worse.

The Times of Israel reports:

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Jewish Voice for Peace helps disrupt Israeli LGBTQ group Sabbath event

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 9:00pm 1/24/2016 at 9:00pm
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A Wider Bridge is an Israeli group that promotes not only LGBTQ rights, it does so in the context of promoting cooperation across religious and ethnic lines.

When A Wider Bridge was scheduled to hold a Sabbath event at the Creating Change conference in Chicago, the invitation initially was revoked under pressure...

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Vox Distorts History In 10-Minute Video About Arab-Israeli Conflict

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 3:34pm 1/21/2016 at 3:34pm
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Vox.com, which purports to “explain” things, has turned its attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The results are not pretty. Truth takes a backseat to revisionism and a combination of ignorance and propaganda forces out knowledge.

Here’s the video, but be sure to read the explanation below as to how it misleads:

In general the content...

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Rising Anti-Semitism in Germany: Ominous Indicator

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 11:30am 1/21/2016 at 11:30am
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Shocked by the wave of violent anti-Semitism in Germany following the Gaza conflict of 2014, the Central Council of Jews, apex body of Jewish organisations in Germany in called for the rally “Stand up! Never again anti-Semitism!” on September 14, 2014. The event was attended by German Chancellor Merkel, President Joachim...

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15-year old Palestinian arrested in stabbing murder of Israeli mother in front of children

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 12:53am 1/19/2016 at 12:53am
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We reported recently on the murder of Israeli fertility nurse and mother of six Dafna Meir by a Palestinian.

Meir fought back but was stabbed to death in front of her children, as one child tried to help her:

A tear-choked Renana Meir, 17, apologized over her mother’s body on Monday for...

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Reports: Palestinian stabs Israeli woman to death at home in front of children (Update)

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 4:30pm 1/17/2016 at 4:30pm
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This has eerie resemblance to the stabbing to death of the Fogel family in 2011, including 6 month old Hadas as she slept in her crib.

Reports indicated that a Palestinian man entered a home in a settlement near Hebron, and stabbed to death a mother in front of her three children....

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Fighting The Hate: When Does Anti-Israel Become Anti-Semitic?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 8:00pm 1/16/2016 at 8:00pm
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Last week I drove out to Rochester, NY to give a talk titled ‘Fighting the Hate: When Does Anti-Israel Become Anti-Semitic?’.

Sponsored by ROC4Israel, a new pro-Israel organization that we featured in a post back in October, my lecture centered on how legitimate criticism of Israel can be distinguished from criticism that...

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