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New website aims to block anti-Zionist activists from getting jobs: Zio-Watch, 5/28/2015


Dr. Patrick Slattery’s News Roundup, May 28, 2015

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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

This new website wants to prevent pro-Palestinian activists from getting jobs

Take a pro-Palestinian activist, any one. Perhaps he or she has participated in Students for Justice in Palestine events on a college campus or advocated for divesting from Israel in a public forum. Now…

…[I]magine this same girl a few years later. She has finished her degree in Anthropology and is looking for a job in academia, or business, or anywhere, for that matter… Her resume reflects her impressive GPA, the time she spent teaching kids to read, and her summers visiting family in the Middle East. There is no mention of the three years she spent as president of SJP, on the board of her university’s MSA chapter, or spearheading the BDS movement on her campus. There is no link to her videos showing her spewing venom at pro-Israel students…

In this day and age of the internet[sic], researching potential employees is easy. One can google [sic] a name or search someone on Facebook and have access to a prospective employees private life. But all too often, when there are fifty prospective employees, so many resumes to wade through, and candidates that are seemingly highly qualified, intensive background research might fall by the wayside. And this is a problem…There is no recourse for spending endless hours relentlessly calling for the destruction of Israel…

The language above is taken straight from the Canary Mission website, whose founders have proved difficult to track down. As Josh Nathan-Kazis describes in a piece in the Forward, the group’s philosophy seems to be that pro-Palestinian or anti-Israel activists should be barred from getting jobs because of their political beliefs. The site is a database of individuals and organizations that the site’s founders find “anti-Freedom,” “anti-American” and “anti-Semitic.” Individuals on the list include Omar Barghouti, one of the founders of the BDS movement, and Hatem Bazian, a professor of Middle Eastern studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Several are college students or recent graduates, and their pages on the site include several detailed paragraphs on their activism histories and links to their social media profiles. The list of organizations is even more diverse, and includes Jewish Voice for Peace, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood alongside blogs such as Mondoweiss and Ali Abunimah’s Electronic Intifada. All appear to be linked with some level of criticism of Israel.
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 From The Independent

Rocket fired from Gaza Strip into Israel: Hamas blames ‘unknown’ militants for launch

Nobody was injured in the incident, according to authorities

Tuesday 26 May 2015

A rocket has been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel near the city of Ashdod – the longest-range strike since the truce that ended last year’s 50 day war.

Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the rocket, although a Hamas official has said unknown militants in the Gaza Strip were responsible.

Nobody was injured in the incident and no damage has been recorded, police and the military have said.

Security forces have been searching for remnants of the rocket after it landed near Ashdod some 20km north of the Gaza border.

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From PressTV

A boat pulls small boats into the port in Gaza City, April 29, 2015. (AFP photo)

At least one Palestinian fisherman has been injured by Israeli naval forces who opened fire on him off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The fisherman, identified as Islam Murad, was injured by Israeli fire on Wednesday in the coastal waters west of Gaza.

He was the third fisherman to have been injured by Israeli forces in less than a week.

Tel Aviv declined to provide any explanation as to why its forces opened fire on the fisherman when asked by media in the occupied Palestinian territories about the incident.

Palestinian fishermen face almost daily military attacks and harassment by Israeli forces and also, according to Palestinians, from Egyptian naval forces.
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From Ynet News

Sources: US defense aid to Israel to rise over Iran deal fears

Israeli and American officials say they expect assistance to increase to more than $3.5 billion annually after 2017, possibly to assuage fears over nuclear deal. US defense aid to Israel is likely to increase after 2017, sources on both sides said on Thursday, seeing a possible link to Washington’s efforts to assuage its ally’s fears over nuclear diplomacy with Iran.
A current package worth $3 billion a year expires in 2017. A US official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said negotiators were close to a new deal that would bring annual payouts to $3.6-$3.7 billion on average.
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From Ynet News

UN envoys wants IDF on blacklist with Islamic State

Israel pressuring UN chief Ban not to include it in list – which also includes al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and the Taliban – of organizations or countries that regularly cause harm to children.

The UN secretary-general’s envoy for Children and Armed Conflict recommended this week to include the IDF on a blacklist of countries and organizations accused of regularly causing harm to children.
The blacklist includes terror organizations like al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, the Islamic State, and Taliban, as well as African countries such as the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and others.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

U.S. chief Iran negotiator Wendy Sherman to leave post after nuclear deal deadline

(JTA) – Wendy Sherman, the United States’ chief negotiator with Iran, will leave her post shortly after the June 30 deadline for a final deal with the Islamic Republic.

Sherman, the under-secretary of state, made the announcement in an interview published in the New York Times on Wednesday.

She made the announcement as she left for Vienna, where a final round of talks before the deadline is taking place.

Earlier on Wednesday, Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi told Iran’s state TV that the talks to reach a nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers may be extended beyond the stated June 30 deadline in order to formulate “a good deal that covers our demands.”
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From PressTV

A Palestinian woman pauses amid destroyed buildings in the northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip during a truce on July 26, 2014. © AFP

The United Nations is seeking to put the Israeli military on its blacklist over the regime’s aggressive policies against the Palestinian people, particularly children.

The move is recommended by Leila Zerrougui, the UN secretary-general’s special representative for children and armed conflict.

Zerrougui said such an act must be taken because of some 500 Palestinian children who were killed and 3,300 others who were injured during last summer’s Israeli aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip.

The photo dated March 13, 2015 shows Palestinian children playing amidst debris of houses that were destroyed during last year’s 50-day Israeli war, in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun. (© AFP)

Observers believe the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon seems likely to resist the call because the move could fully terminate ties between Tel Aviv and the UN.

On Wednesday, US senator Lindsey Graham said the US will cut funding to the UN, should the world body continue to function in a manner that “marginalizes” Israel.

Israel started its latest war on the Gaza Strip in early July last year. The onslaught ended on August 26, 2014, with a truce that took effect after indirect negotiations in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
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From Russia Today

Ukraine humanitarian crisis ‘one of the world’s worst’ – UN refugee agency

Published time: May 28, 2015 01:12The rise in the number of refugees in the Ukrainian conflict is resulting in one of the world’s “worst humanitarian crisis” today, the UN has confirmed, as sporadic fighting and a lack of aid forces civilians flee to neighboring countries, mainly Russia.The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and those seeking refuge abroad is reaching catastrophic proportions despite the February-implemented Minsk II ceasefire agreement which barely holds ground with intermittent fighting continuing in the Donbass region.The latest statistics from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) show that some 857,000 Ukrainians have sought asylum in neighboring countries. That is an increase of about 23,000 people in the last two weeks.READ MORE: ‘How do I live through this?’ Grief in Gorlovka, E. Ukraine, after deadly shelling (FOOTAGE)
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From Russia Today

Martial law in Ukraine can be declared within hours – Poroshenko

Published time: May 28, 2015 16:44

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Palinchak)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Palinchak)

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says he can declare martial law in his country within hours, in case there is an advance on the Ukrainian army’s positions.

Poroshenko spoke in the interview program titled “A year of Poroshenko”, dedicated to the anniversary of him being elected president after the previous leader was toppled in a coup. Ukrainian TV aired the program on Thursday night.

He said he would sign a decree introducing martial law immediately, should there be an offensive against Kiev’s army in the east of the country: “My key position: if the ceasefire is broken now, if the line of confrontation is crossed, if an advance against the Ukrainian armed forces is organized, at that very moment I will sign the decree on introducing martial law and pass it to parliament.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Hasidic sect in Britain bans women from driving

(JTA) — The Hasidic Belz sect of Britain has barred its women from driving.

A letter sent out last week by the sect’s rabbinic leaders said that allowing women to drive goes against “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp,” the Jewish Chronicle reported Thursday.

The letter also said that as of August students would not be allowed to enter school if their mothers drove them there.

According to the letter, the increasing numbers of mothers who drive has led to “great resentment among parents of pupils in our institutions.”
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

German man loses appeal on ‘anti-Zionist’ chants

(JTA) — An anti-Semitic agitator has lost his appeal in a German court on his conviction for incitement to hate.

An appeals court in the Essen District has upheld January’s verdict in the groundbreaking case against Taylan Can, who unsuccessfully argued that his chants at an anti-Israel demonstration last summer were purely political.

In January, Judge Gauri Sastry had stated that calling for “death and hate to Zionists” was tantamount to anti-Semitism. She sentenced Can to three months of probation and a fine of about $200.

The appeals court has affirmed her verdict and extended the probation period to 10 months.
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From PressTV

FIFA President Sepp Blatter (L) and Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub speak to the press during their visit to the sports club in the village of Dura al-Qaraa, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, May 20, 2015. (AFP photo)

The Palestinian Football Association’s president, Jibril Rajoub says a vote aimed at seeing the expulsion of Israel from the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) will go ahead as planned.

The Palestinian football chief made the announcement on Wednesday.

“Nothing has changed, the vote is still on the agenda,” Rajoub said.

Rajoub said the scheduled vote would be held on Friday, following a meeting with FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who has been trying to convince Palestine to avoid the vote.

He said the vote would go ahead despite a recent corruption scandal involving FIFA.
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From Ynet News

Iranian cartoon features Netanyahu leading Islamic State

New exhibition asked cartoonists to mock ISIS; among the works are cartoons criticizing US and Israel’s ‘help’ in ISIS rise to power.

After putting on an exhibition that deal with Holocaust denial, the Iran regime is organizing a new exhibition in which cartoonists are asked to mock the Islamic State group and the atrocities it committed.
According to Iranian news agency IRNA, cartoonists from around the world were told to focus on the “crimes committed by ISIS.”
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From Ynet News

Israeli, US Jewish leaders discuss Jewish solidarity in polarization times

Annual Jewish People Policy Institute brainstorming conference in Long Island focuses on changing relationships in Jerusalem-Washington-US Jewry triangle and on Jewish values and use of force in armed conflict. Dr. Henry Kissinger analyzed the impact of the new world order on the Jewish future and the State of Israel at the annual Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) brainstorming conference held on Glen Cove, Long Island earlier this month.


In the same session, Dr. Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google, praised Israeli high-tech and discussed how the nation’s innovations can contribute to Israel’s place in the world.

Ambassadors Dennis Ross, Stuart Eizenstat and JPPI President Avinoam Bar-Yosef convened the gathering which brought together 60 American and Israeli leaders and academics from both countries.
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From Ynet News

Dutch textbook: Jews murdered Arabs, Begin was a terrorist

Required high school schoolbook says that during Israel’s founding, Jewish militias committed murder against Palestinians, and that Menachem Begin ‘was known as a terrorist and a radical’. An official Dutch textbook says that “Jewish militias committed murder in Arab villages” during the formation of the Israeli state, and that as a consequence “hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled and arrived at refugee camps beyond the border”.

The history book, which was approved by the Dutch Education Ministry ahead of final examinations, also describes former Prime Minister Menachem Begin as a terrorist.
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