Posts by Miriam Elman  (Page 5)
 

Temple Mount, Passover 2016: Muslims Riot, Harass Visitors

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Posted by    Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 10:30am 5/1/2016 at 10:30am

This past week, during the intermediate days of Passover (Chol Hamoed), nearly 900 Israeli Jews, roughly 100 to 300 per day, ascended Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

Thousands of tourists also visited the sacred place over the course of the week.

The site is the place of the two Jewish Temples in antiquity. It’s considered...

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Anti-Israel activists hijack Passover, turn it into Palestinian liberation event

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Posted by    Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 1:51pm 4/21/2016 at 1:51pm

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is a non-Jewish organization that gives cover to the anti-Israel boycott movement (BDS) and its political war on Israel by washing away the stains of anti-Semitism that are central to the BDS movement’s founding, actions and identity.

As we noted in a prior post, JVP operates in...

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Time to Honor Our April 14, 2004 Commitments to Israel

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Posted by    Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:00pm 4/14/2016 at 7:00pm

Twelve years ago President George W. Bush delivered a two-page letter to the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

The exchange took place at a White House press conference on April 14, 2004.

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Unitarian Universalist Association joins anti-Israel divestment effort

http://www.uua.org/ga/program
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Posted by    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 7:15pm 4/10/2016 at 7:15pm
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In a recent post, we highlighted how Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) is being promoted in America’s liberal Protestant churches.

As we discussed, a malicious strain of anti-Israelism has taken root in these progressive churches largely because of a deep-seated organizational dysfunction:

A vocal and strong minority within the church have led the...

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Free Avera Mengistu – Mentally disabled Israeli captive in Gaza

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 8:30pm 4/6/2016 at 8:30pm

In a post last December we highlighted the history of Israel’s prisoner exchanges with various Palestinian armed factions. As we noted:

For the past three decades, Israel has been forced to exchange scores of incarcerated terrorists for a mere handful of its POWs. In the majority of these lopsided prisoner swaps the...

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U.S. Embassy: Next Year in Jerusalem?

http://diplomacy.state.gov/discoverdiplomacy/explorer/places/170432.htm
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Posted by    Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 9:30pm 3/27/2016 at 9:30pm
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The Republican candidates made a lot of pledges to the record-breaking pro-Israel crowd at last week’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Among them was the promise that they’ll move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

So, if he becomes President, will Donald Trump, Ted Cruz...

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State Dept: ISIS Committing Genocide

http://video.state.gov/en/video/4805322967001
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Posted by    Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 2:30pm 3/17/2016 at 2:30pm
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At a 9:00am press conference this morning, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the Islamic State’s actions perpetrated against ethnic and religious minorities, including Christians, are “genocidal” and constitute crimes against humanity.

In the brief (10 minute) statement, Kerry refers throughout to the Islamic State (ISIS) as Daesh, its Arabic acronym.

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Congressional Deadline to Classify ISIS Atrocities as Genocide Looms

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 6:00pm 3/16/2016 at 6:00pm

This past Monday, in a rare example of bipartisanship, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously (393 to 0) passed a non-binding resolution declaring the horrors committed by the Islamic State against Christians and other religious monitories to be genocide and crimes against humanity.

The State Department has until tomorrow (March 17) to...

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The Legal Case for Israel’s ‘Settlements’

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Posted by    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 5:45pm 3/10/2016 at 5:45pm

Most people around the world firmly hold to the view that Israel’s residential housing communities built in Judea and Samaria/the West Bank are “illegal”.

For years, this fictitious claim has fed a wild campaign of incitement and ‘lawfare’ against Israel, based on the myth that Jews have no legal right to live...

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ALERT: Three U.S. Churches to Vote on Anti-Israel Resolutions this Spring

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Posted by    Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 7:30pm 2/21/2016 at 7:30pm

This spring three U.S. mainline churches, the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), the United Methodist Church (UMC), and the Unitarian Universalist Church (UU), will feature a number of anti-Israel BDS-related resolutions at their annual meetings.

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) activists are already anticipating that “2016 could be the biggest year yet for...

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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

In November 2015, The Nation, a prominent progressive magazine, published an essay by controversial professor Steven Salaita which raised compl...

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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

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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Five Lessons from the Iran-Saudi Blowup

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 7:00am 1/5/2016 at 7:00am

The fallout from the execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia on Saturday will roil the Middle East region for some time to come. Below, I review the recent developments since our last posts (see here and here) and discuss some of the lessons to be learned from...

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Scottish BDS Activist Gets 12 Months for Acid Attack

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Posted by    Monday, December 28, 2015 at 7:30pm 12/28/2015 at 7:30pm

According to media reports last week (see, for example, here and here) Scott Harrison, a Scottish anti-Israel activist, was sentenced last week to a year in jail.

Back on October 25, 2014 he threw acid in the face of an 18-year-old woman manning a stall in Glasgow shopping center. The stall was...

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Guide to How Anti-Israel Activists Hijack Christmas

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Posted by    Friday, December 25, 2015 at 11:00am 12/25/2015 at 11:00am

Drawing on the stories of the annunciation of the birth of Jesus, Christmas is viewed as a time of peace and goodwill to all.

But for anti-Israel activists and organizations, the holiday season is a perfect occasion to conduct political warfare against the Jewish state.

NGOs, The PA, and The Hijacking

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The Palestinian Prisoner-Exchange Extortion Racket

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 11:30am 12/23/2015 at 11:30am

In two recent posts (see here and here) we reported on the December 20 assassination of Lebanese Druze terrorist Samir Kuntar in Jaramana, a suburb of Damascus.

As we highlighted, Kuntar received three life sentences for his role in a 1979 terrorist attack which brutally devastated an entire Israeli family.

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Anti-Israel activists attack progressive St. Louis Rabbi who supports #BlackLivesMatter

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 11:31am 12/8/2015 at 11:31am

A controversy brewing in St. Louis progressive activist circles sheds light on how the anti-Israel movement’s effort to demonize Israel by hijacking the Black Lives Matter agenda is intensifying.

At issue is an offensive poster and cartoon featuring the image of a prominent St. Louis Rabbi Susan Talve. Both were circulated last...

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