Israeli attorney general to investigate security services’ interrogations of liberal activists

Peter Beinart attending the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, June 21 2012. (Flash90)

Peter Beinart attending the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, June 21 2012. (Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Attorney General’s Office in Israel is investigating a spate of incidents in which prominent left-wing activists have been detained and questioned about their politics and ideologies when trying to enter the country.

According to a report in Haaretz, Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber has asked the Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence service, to clarify the reasoning behind its actions, which have been a source of controversy both domestically and abroad. Her investigation follows a complaint by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. Zilber plans on chairing a meeting on the issue in September. [Read more…]

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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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