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Ice Cube scolds Jake Tapper for Farrakhan tweet and denies report he ordered entourage to beat up a rabbi

JTA - Wed, 2020-07-01 18:47

(JTA) — Ice Cube is having some issues with journalists, including CNN’s Jake Tapper for calling Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan an anti-Semite, and the rapper called them out on social media.

On Monday, Tapper tweeted that “Farrakhan is a vile anti-LGBTQ anti-Semitic misogynist. Why is a Fox channel airing his propaganda?”

The Jewish anchor’s post was in response to the announcement that Fox Soul TV would be broadcasting a speech by Farrakhan on July 4. The channel has since canceled the broadcast.

In response, Ice Cube tweeted the same day, “Watch your mouth Jake.”

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, he posted an image of a cease-and-desist order against journalists Charles Nash of Mediaite and Marlow Stern of the Daily Beast for publishing “outrageously false unverified, and disparaging allegations regarding Ice Cube,” whose given name is O’Shea Jackson. Above the letter he wrote “Don’t play with me. This is just phase one.”

The letter sent from a Los Angeles law firm specifically refers to “the ridiculous, false accusation that Ice Cube ordered his ‘entourage to beat up a rabbi,’ was sued for it, and that he is anti-Semitic.”

Last month, the Daily Beast published an article by Stern titled “Ice Cube’s long, disturbing history of anti-Semitism.” In an article published Monday on the Mediaite website, Nash repeated the claims, citing the Daily Beast article.

“The idea that Ice Cube is anti-Semitic is laughable, as anyone who knows the man can attest,” the lawyer letter says. “Ice Cube has no biases against any race, creed, color, ethnicity, religion or gender. His tolerance for all peoples is exactly why he was invited to be the emcee at the national tribute dinner of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in April 2017.”

Also in June, Ice Cube tweeted a mural some have called anti-Semitic, and days later tweeted images associated with multiple conspiracy theories against Jews, including that they control the world.

Don’t play with me. This is just phase one.

— Ice Cube (@icecube) June 30, 2020


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As deadline passes, West Bank settlers say no rush on annexation

The Forward - Wed, 2020-07-01 18:46
Opponents of the plan within the settlement leadership have even gone so far as to actively campaign against the Trump plan.

Knesset passes temporary bill allowing digital tracking of coronavirus patients by security service

Haaretz - Wed, 2020-07-01 18:32
Coalition pushing forward legislation to allow the Shin Bet to track COVID-19 patients, despite promised delay in favor of softer permanent legislation

Annexation target date is here, but Israel made hardly any preparations, officials admit

Haaretz - Wed, 2020-07-01 18:13
Questions posed to officials from various ministries show little in-depth cabinet discussion, no legal prep and no diplomatic policy

Ancient Aboriginal sites discovered off Australian coast

Haaretz - Wed, 2020-07-01 18:01
Around 160 kilometers of Australian continental shelf sank under water but had plausibly been occupied by prehistoric peoples until the Ice Age ended, archaeologists explain

YouTube pages of Richard Spencer, David Duke among 25,000 removed for hate speech

The Forward - Wed, 2020-07-01 17:58
In a Facebook post, the French comedian Dieudonne blamed “Israeli pressures” for the shutdown of his channel.

YouTube pages of French comedian Dieudonne, Richard Spencer and David Duke among 25,000 removed for hate speech

JTA - Wed, 2020-07-01 17:57

(JTA) — YouTube has seen enough of the French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala. White supremacist Richard Spencer and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, too.

Their channels were among more than 25,000 shut down Monday by the online video sharing platform for violating its hate speech rules.

Dieudonne’s page, which was full of videos agitating against Jews, had some 400,000 subscribers. In a Facebook post, he blamed “Israeli pressures” for the removal.

“This deletion follows repeated violations of our YouTube community regulations,” Google France said in a statement, AFP reported.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, many of the videos on the channel have agitated against Jews, French Union of Jewish Students President Noémie Madar told the French media.

Dieudonne has been convicted at least seven times in France for inciting racial hatred against Jews.

The comic is the promoter of the quenelle quasi-Nazi salute and the term shoananas — a mash-up of the Hebrew word for Holocaust and the French one for pineapple — which he uses to suggest the Holocaust never happened without openly violating French laws forbidding such denials.

Spencer, the founder of a white supremacist think tank, has advocated a white ethno-state that would exclude non-whites and Jews.

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3-D printed steaks? An Israeli startup will test them out in high-end restaurants.

JTA - Wed, 2020-07-01 17:55

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Trying to capitalize on the fast-growing global market for meat alternatives, an Israeli startup company has created a plant-based steak using a 3-D printer.

Redefine Meat announced Tuesday that it would begin testing its vegan steaks in high-end restaurants ahead of a more large-scale distribution.

The company makes what it calls Alt-Steak with industrial-scale 3-D food printers using its plant-based formulations. By printing with multiple materials, Redefine says it can create “sustainable, high-protein, no-cholesterol steaks that look, cook, and taste like beef.”

The product has a 95 percent smaller environmental impact than producing actual beef, the company says.

Redefine plans to sell its 3-D meat printers and alt-meat formulations to restaurants beginning in 2021. The restaurants can print steaks to be softer or harder, or juicier with less fat, for example.

The worldwide market for meat alternatives is expected to reach $140 billion annually, according to the company.

Redefine, based in Rehovot in central Israel, says on its website that its products “are designed to appeal to the world’s hundreds of millions of ‘flexitarians’ or ‘conscious carnivores’ who seek to reduce their meat consumption, often as part of their personal sustainability efforts.”

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