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Trump impeachment: Dershowitz tells CNN abuse of power not impeachable offense

Haaretz - Sun, 2020-01-19 19:05
Alan Dershowitz clashed with CNN's legal analyst, with Jeffrey Toobin asking if he was 'embarrassed' to defend Trump

Knesset to vote next week on forming panel to discuss Netanyahu immunity bid

Haaretz - Sun, 2020-01-19 18:44
Speaker says full Knesset to convene next week, repeats opposition to discussing immunity before election

By firing a critical teacher, Israel is surrendering to incitement

Haaretz - Sun, 2020-01-19 18:42
In a democratic society, education has the job of providing a variety of viewpoints, including those that deviate from mainstream consensus

Police fire water cannons as Beirut protests turn violent

Haaretz - Sun, 2020-01-19 18:33
It was the second consecutive night of violent protests in the heart of the Lebanese capital

Dead Sea sinkholes look like ecological catastrophe. They're an opportunity

Haaretz - Sun, 2020-01-19 18:14
Mega-sinkholes are forming as the Dead Sea shrinks. Israelis feel it’s a disaster, but the Geological Survey of Israel begs to differ and has a quirky suggestion for adapting to the evolving landscape

Trump is failing to protect Israel against Iran

Haaretz - Sun, 2020-01-19 18:03
Three years of Trump’s limited and chaotic efforts to thwart Iranian regional expansionism and end Tehran's nuclear ambitions have failed. And Israel is on the frontline of those failures

Jordan parliament passes draft law to ban gas imports from Israel

Haaretz - Sun, 2020-01-19 17:27
The import of Israeli gas has become a major focus in the kingdom and sparked protests and calls for both the deal and the peace treaty to be scrapped

Jewish high school student tells Donald Trump that fellow students drew swastikas on her arm

JTA - Sun, 2020-01-19 17:07

(JTA) — A Jewish high school student told President Donald Trump that her fellow students drew swastikas on her arms and pushed her around in her school’s hallways due to her religion.

Ariana Hoblin, a junior at Wellington High School in south Florida, spoke about the incidents at the White House on Thursday, during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office.

Trump signed an executive order protecting prayer in public schools coinciding with National Religious Freedom Day, among several sweeping Trump administration rule changes announced the same day that loosen church-state separations and that drew the ire of Jewish civil liberties groups.

Christian and Muslim students also told Trump about incidents of religious intolerance. They were joined by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.

“(I)n my middle school, I was the only Jewish person and I was very open with my religion,” she told Trump. “And when we started our Holocaust unit, it ended with everybody being nice to me because I spoke out about it.  And I wanted to inform people and I wanted to help people learn.  And (then) the students started to write swastikas on my belongings, on my arms.  I was pushed and shoved in the hallway.”

It was not clear what the abuse Hoblin described had to do with school prayer. Muslim and Christian students at the event described how their attempts at prayer had been frustrated by school policies.

Hoblin also said that her fellow students “went so far as to take my face and put it on Anne Frank’s body.  And it was sent around to three different schools.  And I was terrified to say I was Jewish.  And that should never be in anyone’s mind.”

She told Trump that her high school has been very supportive of her and have helped her to “be a leader in the Jewish community.” She also thanked Trump “for everything you’ve done, and for Israel and for everything that you’ve truly done for all of us.”

The rules introduced Thursday in nine government agencies make sweeping changes to restrictions on government funding for religious activity, for instance, removing a requirement that government-funded religious groups administering aid programs advise recipients of alternatives. A number of Jewish groups decried the changes.

“Today’s proposals seek to give license to discriminate and do harm against the many vulnerable people who rely on government-funded services,” the Anti-Defamation League said. “We oppose these changes in the strongest of terms.”

The Reform movement’s Religious Action Center said the new rules “distort the meaning of religious freedom to roll back civil rights.”

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3 more men alleged to be members of extreme neo-Nazi group arrested in Georgia

JTA - Sun, 2020-01-19 16:43

(JTA) — Three more men alleged to be members of a white supremacist and neo-Nazi hate group known as The Base were charged with conspiring to kill a married couple who are anti-fascist protesters.

The three men were arrested on Friday in Georgia after an undercover FBI agent infiltrated the group, The Associated Press reported.

The undercover agent participated in shooting drills with the men. The drills were to prepare for the collapse of the United States and a race war, the AP reported citing a police affidavit.

The Base believes in an extreme form of survivalism and preparation, in order to prevent the “extinction” of the Caucasian race, the FBI has said.

The men were identified as Luke Austin Lane, Michael Helterbrand, and Jacob Kaderli.

Their arrest came a day after three other members were arrested on federal charges in Maryland and Delaware. They had planned to travel with firearms to a pro-gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia, scheduled to be held on Monday. Gov. Ralph Northam signed an executive order to temporarily ban weapons from the state Capitol grounds before and during the rally.

Authorities said the men arrested in Georgia planned to kill a married couple who were part of the Antifa movement, and believed that killing the couple would send a message to enemies of The Base, according to the AP. One of the men told the undercover FBI agent that he wanted to burn their house down after killing them.

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Tell me how rich you are, I’ll tell you if you’ll vote Netanyahu

Haaretz - Sun, 2020-01-19 16:33
An analysis of the last election results appears to show Israeli politics as a class struggle between warring tribes

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to lead US delegation to Poland for Auschwitz ceremonies

JTA - Sun, 2020-01-19 16:33

(JTA) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will lead the U.S. delegation to Poland for the ceremonies surrounding the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

The events on the grounds of the former Nazi camp that will be held on Jan. 27, 2020, the anniversary of the Soviet army’s liberation of the camp in 1945, are hosted by the Republic of Poland and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

In addition to Mnuchin, who is Jewish, the delegation includes U.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher; U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft; U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Cherrie Daniels; Bonnie Glick, the deputy sdministrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development; U.S. Consul General in Krakow, Poland Patrick T. Slowinski; Thomas Rose, senior advisor to Vice President Michael R. Pence; and Ellie Cohanim, deputy special envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti- Semitism in the U.S. Department of State.

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Maher interviews Pelosi on Trump impeachment, warns of civil war

Haaretz - Sun, 2020-01-19 16:03
Maher also ripped into Dershowitz: 'Who’s defended Weinstein, O.J., and now Trump. Wow. Think about that. Weinstein, Trump and O.J.: flabby, grabby and stabby'
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