Photo Credit: WikiCommons
July 11, 2019
The main headlines
11.03.08-DAILY MAIL COLUMNIST, MELANIE PHILLIPS.
What to do about the ‘fangs’ of anti-Semitism in Britain’s Labour?
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party UK with MP Andrew Gwynne. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
The British oil tanker "British Heritage." Source: screenshot, vesselfinder.com.
UK confirms Iranian attempt to divert British tanker in Strait of Hormuz
According to the British government, three IRGC vessels “attempted to impede” the tanker “British Heritage,” backing down only after verbal warnings from a Royal Navy warship.
briefBritain’s Boris Johnson to Iran: ‘Cease this madness’ or sanctions will be reimposed
The man expected to become Britain’s next prime minister responds to the Iranian threat, BDS and anti-Semitism with the Labour Party.
briefBritish oil tanker sheltering in Persian Gulf over fear of potential Iranian attack
The tanker “British Heritage,” belonging to British Petroleum, was sailing towards Basra, Iraq, when it suddenly retreated to the safety of the Saudi Arabian coastline.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a conference of Israel Hayom newspaper at Davidson Center in Jerusalem Old City on June 27, 2019. Credit: Aharon Krohn/Flash90
As election race heats up, Netanyahu may return to familiar campaign strategy
He will be “throwing a series of ‘Hail Mary’ passes at every opportunity on every issue, including diplomacy, security, social welfare, religion and economy,” said adviser Mitchel Barak, CEO of Keevoon Research, Strategy and Communications Ltd.
Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli security forces on the Israel-Gaza border on July 5, 2019. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.
Palestinian media: Hamas commander killed by IDF on Gaza border
IDF confirms soldiers opened fire on two armed men approaching the security fence • Hamas: death will not go “unpunished.”
briefHamas conducts surprise drill in Gaza Strip
During the exercise, Hamas fighters deployed along the borders, closed streets and shut down fishing off the coast.
briefIDF discovers attack tunnel under the Gaza-Israel border
According to the army, the tunnel was uncovered during construction work on Israel's anti-tunnel barrier and detection system.
briefPA doubles salary of terrorist responsible for murder of 3 Israeli teens
According to Israeli NGO Palestinian Media Watch, the P.A.’s monthly payments to the terrorist who planned the 2014 murders of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel have been increased from NIS 2,000 to NIS 4,000.
Jonathan S. TobinJNS
Do you distrust Christian friends? Call it Evangelicalphobia
Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel, speaks at the 2019 CUFI conference in Washington, D.C. Credit: CUFI via Facebook.
Rafael’s SPICE guidance system on-board an F-16 now produced by Lockheed Martin. Credit: Rafael.
Israeli defense firms team up with Lockheed Martin to enter US market
IAI-Elta is offering its radar to the U.S. Army’s Patriot system; Rafael is marketing its advanced SPICE guidance kits to the U.S. military.
Professor Rabab Abdulhadi. Credit: YouTube.
Eighty groups urge California State University reprimand anti-Israel professor for ‘hateful’ Facebook posts
San Francisco State University professor Rabab Abdulhadi has an extensive anti-Israel history that includes calling the presence of pro-Israel students on campus a “declaration of war” against Arabs and Muslims.
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). Credit: YouTube.
Tlaib condemns bipartisan anti-BDS resolution as ‘unconstitutional’
The resolution, which currently has 336 cosponsors, would allow state and local governments the right to punish state or local contractors from engaging in boycotting Israel.
briefRep. Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff dons T-shirt of Hitler ally
Saikat Chakrabarti wore it in a video produced by the left-wing outlet NowThis News, titled “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief of Staff on Acting Fast in Congress,” in December 2018.
View of the Blue Lagoon in Paphos, Cyprus, on May 30, 2018. Photo by Mendy Hechtman/Flash90.
Israel expresses solidarity with Cyprus in dispute over offshore oil rights
“Israel follows with serious concern recent steps taken by Turkey in the waters off Cyprus’ northeast coast,” says Foreign Ministry spokesman, joining Egypt and the E.U. in condemning Turkish drilling operations.
newsEastMed pipeline project gains American support, though debate remains over feasibility
The envisioned pipeline would take natural-gas reserves from Israeli and Cypriot waters, and carry them into Greece and beyond.
newsEconomic interests supersede identity politics in Israel-Lebanon maritime border negotiations
Each party has an incentive to settle the territorial dispute so that international companies exploring waters will invest.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. Credit: Screenshot.
Steve Bullock promises to keep US embassy in Jerusalem
The Montana governor joined a handful of other Democratic presidential candidates, including South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, spiritual guru and author Marianne Williamson, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who would not reserve President Donald Trump's decision.
U.S. President Donald Trump, June 20, 2019. Credit: White House Photo.
Trump vows that US sanctions on Iran will be ‘increased substantially’
A special meeting about Iran’s nuclear program, reported by the International Atomic Energy Agency, was convened in Vienna as requested by the United States.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a press conference at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv on June 27, 2018. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.
Netanyahu: There will be no more settlement evictions
Ariel KahanaIsrael Hayom
“We don’t uproot people—we’re done with that nonsense,” says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israel is missing out on an opportunity to settle "tens of thousands" of French Jews in Israel, says Ariel Kendall of the Qualita organization, which provides outreach for French immigrants. Credit: Courtesy.
French immigrants’ organization says Israel is ‘unprepared’ to take in French Jews
Dan LavieIsrael Hayom
Following a sharp drop in immigration numbers last year, the Qualita organization highlights the serious problems faced by French immigrants and calls on the government to create an absorption plan tailored to the needs of the French Jewish community.
Two Israeli F-35I Adir jets fly in formation. Credit: U.S. Air Force/1st Lt. Erik D. Anthony.
Netanyahu to Iran: Israeli jets can reach ‘every place in the Middle East’
The warning came as the Israeli prime minister visited the Nevatim Air Force Base in the northern Negev Desert.
newsPentagon seeks international coalition to guard waterways from Iranian threat
“We’re engaging now with a number of countries to see if we can put together a coalition that would ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab al-Mandab,” said chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford
briefIranian ayatollah to America: ‘Attack us if you want the Persian Gulf to turn red’
Senior Iranian Ayatollah Movahedi-Kermani: “We will enrich uranium as we see fit for energy and scientific research. We don’t want nukes; we can just strike those at Israel’s Dimona reactor.”
A political cartoon by Ben Garrison, who was invited to the White House social-media summit scheduled for July 11, 2019. Credit: Jake Tapper/Twitter.
Anti-Semitic cartoonist not attending White House social-media summit
Facebook and Twitter have reportedly also not been invited to the summit, which is being held as conservatives have criticized social networking cites of censoring right-wing content.
newsPro-Israel groups rebuke White House invitation to cartoonist with record of anti-Semitic work
Political cartoonist Ben Garrison has been accused by the Anti-Defamation League of drawing a “blatantly anti-Semitic” illustration.
U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Credit: Gary Knight/Flickr.
Three UK Labour members quit over party anti-Semitism
David Triesman, who also resigned as the whip in the House of Lords, remarked, “It [is] time to recognize the reality. I always said it was worth hanging on to fight so long as there was a prospect of winning. I now don’t believe with this leadership there is.”
briefBDS resolution in Belfast City Council withdrawn due to questions of legality
“We are glad to see a recognition by Belfast City Council that it would be illegal to boycott Israelis or Israeli businesses,” said U.K. Lawyers for Israel chief executive Jonathan Turner. “We will remain vigilant to resist other attempts to discriminate against Israelis.”
Ross Perot, a 1992 independent presidential candidate, delivers his concession speech on election night. Credit: Screenshot.
Recalling Ross Perot’s relationship with Israel and the Jewish community
The two-time U.S. presidential candidate was a friend and a donor to various social causes.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Qatar's leader Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at the White House on July 9, 2019. Credit: Screenshot.
Qatar’s ‘big win’ in White House visit unlikely to bridge vast policy differences
Experts say that despite the lobbying blitz, big purchases and warm exchanges, it’s unlikely that Qatar’s relationship will significantly deepen with the United States. Nevertheless, Qatar’s emir could wind up with an important seat at the table.
False Cape State Park, Virginia Beach, Va. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
US Coast Guard suspends search for Virginia rabbi in waters in effort to aid student
“We never make the decision to suspend lightly, and in this case, it’s especially difficult,” said Capt. Kevin Carroll, commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. “We share our deepest sympathies with the family of a man who risked his own life to save another.”
U.S. Department of Justice headquarters. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Department of Justice to host summit on combating anti-Semitism
Sessions during the July 15 summit include “combating anti-Semitism while respecting the First Amendment,” “anti-Semitism on campus” and “prosecuting hate crimes.”
Kids at summer camps in the United States will participate in ORT's Start-Up Challenge, which includes interactive educational activities focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) that embrace the entrepreneurial spirit of Israel’s startup nation, July 2019. Credit: Courtesy.
Full STEAM ahead: Bringing Israeli innovation and high-tech to overnight camp
ORT’s Start-up Challenge will provide an opportunity to delve into science, experience cutting-edge technology, and discover Israeli culture in an entertaining and interactive setting.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr.
‘Never Again Education Act’ to be introduced in US Senate
“We are at a dangerous moment in time. Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world and here at home, and the memory of the Holocaust is fading for far too many Americans,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.). “We can combat this by making sure we teach our students, tomorrow’s leaders, about the horrors of the Holocaust.”
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Credit: Flickr.
Warren supports anti-Israel group call to pressure Israel ‘to end the occupation’
Two IfNotNow activists approached Warren, who was campaigning in New Hampshire, with one of them telling her, “We really love the way you’re fighting corruption. We’d really love it if you also pushed the Israeli government to end occupation.”
newsWarren presidential campaign staffer comes under fire for past anti-Israel activism
Berger’s anti-Israel history includes supporting violent demonstrations, as demonstrated by now-deleted Twitter posts.
ColumnSen. Warren, fire Hamas-loving, Israel-hating, IfNotNow co-founder Max Berger
Morton Klein and Mark Levenson
By placing him in a major position in her 2020 presidential campaign, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is making a clear statement of her own Israelophobic hatred towards America’s greatest ally: Israel.
A man casts his vote at the central elections committee warehouse in Shoham on March 25, 2019. Credit: Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.
The real cost of Israel’s ‘do-over’ elections in September
While many in Israel bemoan the financial burden of the new elections this fall, the major cost to the country will likely lie in other realms.
newsDespite the Likud’s best efforts, Israel still headed to the polls in September
Benjamin Netanyahu’s embattled party has only 70 days to win back the supporters responsible for its April 9 victory.
briefEhud Barak names his new political vehicle the ‘Israel Democratic Party’
Former Labor MK Eitan Cabel: “It’s a party where the decisions are made by one man” • Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein: “Ehud, democracy begins with democratic procedure within the party.”
newsPoll: ‘Mega-right’ bloc would win 19 seats; Lieberman will decide
Mati Tuchfeld Israel Hayom
A new Israel Hayom poll conducted this week shows the Likud and Blue and White almost neck and neck, with 31 and 30 seats, respectively.
Secretary-General António Guterres addresses during the opening of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council, Palais des Nations. Credit: U.N. Photo by Violaine Martin
Is there hope to end anti-Israel bias at the UN Human Rights Council?
“There needs to be a groundswell of activism and advocacy demanding an elimination of this gross form of discrimination against Jewish state, and by extension, the Jewish people,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of independent human-rights group U.N. Watch.
Scroll to view more
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party UK with MP Andrew Gwynne. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party UK with MP Andrew Gwynne
The Honorable Jeremy Corbyn MP.
Leader Great Britain’s Labour Party,
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Dear Mr. Corbyn,
I was very disturbed to hear that you and several other Labour officials signed a declaration condemning Israel for carrying out genocide on the Palestinian people calling for an immediate boycott of the Jewish state.
I assume that the genocide started in 1948 when Jews just recently released from the protective custody of German vacation camps tried to move to Israel. Regrettably, many were killed and incarcerated by the British who thought that the Holy Land would be more holy with less Jews. The ones who arrived immediately embarked on a genocide of the local Arabs and by 2019 there were no Arabs left.
Regrettably for this Nazi fantasy, the Arab population of Israel and the West Bank has increased. The Palestinian population is growing at the rate of 2.4% per year, 33%higher than Israel’s growth. Twenty one percent of Israel’s population are Arabs. In 1960 there were 1.5 million Palestinians. By 2014, the population had exploded to 4.55 million and in 2019 the Palestinian population reached 5.008 million. It’s clear that Israel has been an abject failure at mass killing.
Here’s the truth about this fictional genocide. The Palestinians are pathologically jealous that they did not have a Holocaust of their own. They will always be in second place in the victimizations department. This is an impossible burden for them. They are so conflicted that they either pretend to have had a Holocaust of their own, or deny that the Jewish Holocaust happened, or they do acknowledge it, but say that Hitler should have finished the job. Obviously, people like you enable them to have it all three ways.
Mr. Corbyn, you are not very convincing in the role of opposing Jew hatred in your party. The current lie you support that Jews are mass killers is on a par with the libels put out by the German Nazis prior to the transformation of Europe’s Jews into smoke and ash.
I don’t imagine that there’s a single Jew in Great Britain who feels comfortable that the leader of a historical political party is a purveyor of hate. Something tells me you’re not losing any sleep over it.
Lawrence C. Shapiro,