Students show courage in face of anti-Israel votes

What would you do if someone called you ‘a f—ing Jew’? asks Pauline Colwin.

‘Great, just what I want to see, a f—ing Jew.”

These ugly, hate-filled words were said recently to Eyal Podolsky, a Jewish University of Ottawa student, as he walked on campus. Podolsky is a well-known youth leader. In 2017, he won the prestigious Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s Student Award for “demonstrating leadership and outstanding commitment to the Ottawa Jewish community.” [Read more…]

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Israel asks Irish ambassador to explain legislators’ calls for a West Bank boycott

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Irish ambassador to Israel was summoned for a “clarification meeting” over a legislative initiative in Ireland calling for a boycott of trade in West Bank settlements.

The summons to meet with officials of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday came at the order of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who in a statement Tuesday condemned the initiative. [Read more…]

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Israeli teens suing BDS activists over cancellation of Lorde concert

Lorde at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Jan. 26, 2018. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Lorde at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Jan. 26, 2018. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Lorde at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Jan. 26, 2018. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Three Israeli teens are suing two activists in New Zealand for allegedly convincing pop star Lorde to cancel a concert in Israel.

The teens are being represented by the Israeli legal rights group Shurat HaDin, which reportedly filed the lawsuit in a test case of a law passed in 2011 that allows civil lawsuits to be filed against people who call for a boycott against Israel. [Read more…]

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New Orleans rescinds human rights resolution celebrated by BDS activists

(JTA) – The City of New Orleans rescinded a resolution, celebrated by anti-Israel activists, that would have prohibited investment with human rights violators.

Although the measure passed 5-0 on Jan. 11 did not mention Israel or the Palestinians, it was drafted by the New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee, which cheered its passage. The resolution, authored by Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, “encourages the creation of a process to … avoid contracting with or investing in corporations whose practices consistently violate human rights.” [Read more…]

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Amnesty International UK ‘targeting Jewish community,’ British Jewish group alleges

(JTA) – The main umbrella group of British Jews accused its local branch of Amnesty International of targeting the community following the abrupt cancellation of a joint event.

The accusation by the Jewish Leadership Council – a charity founded 15 years ago comprising 32 groups with different politics, including the Board of Governors of British Jews, the Jewish World Relief aid organization and several synagogues – came Monday following the cancellation of an event concerning Israel and the United Nations. [Read more…]

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Palestinian women’s group pulled out of Women’s March over Jewish actress Scarlett Johansson

Jewish actresses Scarlett Johansson, right, and Mila Kunis speaking onstage at the 2018 Women’s March Los Angeles at Pershing Square, Jan. 20, 2018. (Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for The Women’s March Los Angeles)
ewish actresses Scarlett Johansson, right, and Mila Kunis speaking onstage at the 2018 Women’s March Los Angeles at Pershing Square, Jan. 20, 2018. (Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for The Women’s March Los Angeles)

Jewish actresses Scarlett Johansson, right, and Mila Kunis speaking onstage at the 2018 Women’s March Los Angeles at Pershing Square, Jan. 20, 2018. (Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for The Women’s March Los Angeles)

(JTA) – A Palestinian women’s group pulled out of the Women’s March Los Angeles over the inclusion of Jewish actress Scarlett Johansson as a featured speaker.

Several other pro-Palestinian groups also boycotted the march held on Saturday, one of dozens that took place across the United States and Canada to fight for women’s rights and progressive causes. The first march held last year took place in cities around the world the day after U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration. [Read more…]

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New Orleans mayor-elect withdraws support of seemingly pro-BDS resolution

(JTA) – New Orleans Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell has walked back her support for a resolution she authored and supported that seemingly lends support to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

The resolution to boycott investments with human rights violators, which passed the New Orleans City Council on Jan. 11 with all five members present voting in support, mentions neither Israel nor the Palestinian territories, but BDS and anti-Israel activists claimed the passage as a victory for their cause. [Read more…]

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