Israel’s Budding Relationship with the GCC

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,263, August 25, 2019 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Though largely motivated by mutual concerns about surging Iranian imperialism, the strengthening of Israel’s relationship with the GCC monarchies could ultimately help reignite the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Since the establishment of the state of Israel, the Arab states have refused to grant it any form of recognition. It was not until March 1979 that Egypt breached this rejectionist wall by signing a peace treaty with the Jewish state, with Jordan following suit in 1994. The rest of the Arab world remained uniformly hostile to the idea of any warming of relations with Israel. Recent events indicate

Shurat HaDin NGO asks court to block Rep. Omar from entering Israel

A 2017 Israeli law allows the state to block foreigners that promote BDS from entering the country. However, Israel has already said it will allow Omar to enter the country out of respect for the U.S. Congress. (August 1, 2019 / JNS) Israeli NGO Shurat HaDin filed a petition to an Israeli court this week seeking to block Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from visiting the country. Omar has made several vocal anti-Semitic comments and recently introduced a pro-BDS resolution in the House. She has also accused American Jews of dual loyalty to Israel. A 2017 Israeli law allows the state to block foreigners that promote BDS from entering the country. The motion seeks to force Interior Minister Aryeh Der

Nearly 60,000 attend Jennifer Lopez’s first concert in Israel

“There was nothing that was going to stop us from being in Israel. Nothing,” said The superstar’s manager, Benny Medina. Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park was packed on Thursday night with nearly 60,000 people gathered to watch pop icon Jennifer Lopez, aka “J.Lo,” give her first concert in Israel. Lopez, who recently celebrated her 50th birthday, did six outfit changes during the 90-minute set, and sang both her new and classic hit songs, including “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “I’m Real,” “Dinero” and “Limitless.” Concert organizers added additional space two days ahead of the show to accommodate the number of fans wanting to attend the sold-out concert, according The Jerusalem Post. Lopez told the cro

Making change

Good afternoon: Acts of bigotry and hateful rhetoric are on the rise nationally and locally. But so are acts of loving kindness. This reality is playing itself out on at the Lake Harriet Community School's Upper Campus, where Nazi-inspired graffiti was sprayed onto an exterior door of the building. This is the 17th antisemitic incident reported to the JCRC in 2019. While this incident was meant to inspire fear, division, and even violence, the community has responded with love, compassion, and unity. We saw that this morning as children, parents, educators, neighbors, law enforcement, and others gathered to chalk positive and inclusive messages on the sidewalk outside the school. The school

BDS, Antisemitism, and the Christian Faith

Dear Christian Leaders, Greetings from CAMERA’s Christian Leadership Network, an outreach of CAMERA’s Partnership of Christians and Jews! And welcome to those of you who are getting this newsletter for the first time. This newsletter is part of a regular series, sent for the purposes of: Informing you about current issues in relation to Israel and the Jewish people Equipping you as Christian leaders with information that will enable you to counter efforts to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish State Arming you with material that will help you protect those in your circle of influence from the veritable storm of anti-Israel propaganda, which inevitably turns adherents of that propagand

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