20,000 People Walk with Israel in Toronto - Daniel Koren (Canadian Jewish News)
A record 20,000 people participated in UJA Federation of Greater
Toronto's 46th annual Walk with Israel event on May 29 in Toronto.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement noting,
"Canada has been a friend of Israel for almost seven decades, through
triumph and tragedy. We will continue to stand with Israel, one of our
closest friends and partners, thanks to our shared values and the
presence of a dynamic and thriving Jewish Canadian community."
French Jews Flee Paris Suburbs over Rising Anti-Semitism - Pauline Froissart and Benoit Fauchet (AFP)
When Alain Benhamou walked into his apartment near Paris in July
2015 and saw the words "dirty Jew" scrawled on the wall, his second such
break-in in less than three months, he knew it was time to leave Bondy,
a Paris suburb he had called home for more than 40 years.
"Until the years 2000-2005, the town was nice and quiet, with 250
to 300 Jewish families and synagogues full on the Sabbath. Now, only
about a hundred Jewish families remain," Benhamou says.
Teacher Sent to Nepal after Quake Named Outstanding Reservist - Nitzi Yaakov (Israel Hayom)
One of the 45 IDF reservists cited Monday for outstanding service
is Tom Shay, 32, a civics teacher from Tel Aviv. Shay performs her
reserve duty with the National Search and Rescue Unit in the IDF
Last year when she was dispatched to Nepal following a devastating
earthquake. She set up an emergency situation room and within 24 hours
had contacted 180 Israelis in the country that were unreachable.
Israeli Start-Up Develops Remote Biomedical Sensor (Globes)
Israeli start-up ContinUse Biometrics has developed a sensor
capable of remote continuous detection and monitoring of bio-medical
indicators with no need for contact.
The sensor can detect heartbeat, blood pressure, breathing pace,
glucose level, oxygen saturation and alcohol levels in the blood even if
the subject is located a few meters away and is fully dressed.
Tyco, a global security, access control and fire extinguishing corporation, is to invest $1 million in the technology.
Israeli Food Exports Expand in East Asia (The Tower)
Costco stores throughout Japan hosted an Israeli food festival last
week, with similar food festivals held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City,
In addition, four Israeli wineries attended the China (Guangzhou) International Wine & Spirits Exhibition this year.
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- Iran-Led Push to Retake Falluja from ISIS Worries U.S. - Tim Arango
While American commandos are on the front lines in Syria in a new push
toward the Islamic State's de facto capital in Raqqa, in Iraq, Iran has
become the face of an operation to retake the jihadist stronghold
of Falluja from ISIS. Tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers, police
officers and Shiite militiamen backed by Iran are preparing for an
assault on the Sunni city, as Iran has placed advisers, including its
top spymaster, Qassim Suleimani, on the ground to assist in the
The U.S. has long believed that Iran's role, which relies on Shiite
militias accused of sectarian abuses of Sunnis, can make matters worse
by making the Sunnis more sympathetic to ISIS militants. In a widely
circulated video, a Shiite militia leader is seen rallying his men with a
message of revenge against the people of Falluja, whom many Iraqi
Shiites believe to be Islamic State sympathizers rather than innocent
(New York Times)
- Future of Syrian Peace Talks in Doubt as Syrian Opposition Negotiator Quits - Dana Ballout and Raja Abdulrahim
Mohammad Alloush, the chief Syrian opposition negotiator in Geneva, has
resigned, citing both the international community's failure to make
concrete progress toward ending the country's conflict and continuing
hostilities by the regime. The latest cease-fire attempt, brokered by
the U.S. and Russia, broke down weeks after it began in February. "The
last three rounds of negotiations in Geneva under UN auspices have been
unsuccessful because of the unwillingness of the regime to compromise
and its continuation in the bombing and aggression against the Syrian
people," Alloush said Sunday.
(Wall Street Journal)
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- Israeli Soldier Stabbed by Palestinian in Tel Aviv
An Israeli soldier was stabbed by a Palestinian in the Nachalat Yitzhak
neighborhood of Tel Aviv on Monday. The 17-year-old attacker from the
West Bank was arrested. (Ynet News)
- Israel Intercepts 10 Gaza-Bound Drones
Israeli security forces intercepted a mailed shipment of 10 motorized
drones at the Erez Crossing between Israel and Gaza, the Defense
Ministry announced Monday. Security checks have thwarted dozens of
attempts to send weapons through the mail.
- Sisi: Egypt Will Not Play a Leading Role in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Moves
In a recent speech, Egyptian President al-Sisi pointed to the range of
options on the table for Israeli-Palestinian peace moves, saying that
Egypt is willing to support whichever efforts lead to progress, but that
Egypt would not be taking a leading role.
"There is currently an Arab initiative, a French initiative, there are
American efforts and there is the Quartet that are all working toward a
solution to this issue. In Egypt, we do not intend on playing a leading
role or to be leaders of this issue, but we are prepared to exert all
efforts that will contribute to finding a solution to this problem."
Hazem Abu Shanab, a senior member of Fatah's Revolutionary Council,
dismissed claims last week that a three-way Cairo "summit" involving
Sisi, Abbas and Netanyahu was being planned. The senior Palestinian
official added that normalization of relations between Israel and Arab
states at this time would be a "stab in the back" for the Palestinians.
- Paris "Peace" Talks the Usual Charade - Jeff Robbins
This Friday the French government is convening a one-day "peace
conference" in Paris to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Eager
to curry favor with its large Muslim population in advance of upcoming
elections, France recently backed a Palestinian resolution in UNESCO
denying any link between Jews and Jerusalem's Temple Mount.
The French have said that their purpose is "saving the two-state
solution" and "bringing the parties back to the negotiating table." This
is a head-scratcher, since the Palestinians have repeatedly rejected
the two-state solution and have refused to negotiate with Israel for
many years now, rejecting its request for negotiations as recently as
"The Palestinians are not able to agree to any resolution that
doesn't involve them getting 100% of what they want," says David Roet,
Israel's deputy permanent representative to the UN. In 2000, 2001 and
2008 they were offered an independent state on virtually all of the West
Bank, all of Gaza and a capital in east Jerusalem. They said "no." The writer is a former U.S. delegate to the UN Human Rights Council.
- Meet the New Head of Iran's Assembly of Experts - Editorial
Iran's Assembly of Experts, which will select the Islamic Republic's
next supreme leader, voted last Tuesday to make Ayatollah Ahmad
Jannati, 89, its speaker. His speeches should be instructive.
On America: "They are the masters of terrorism world-wide and the teachers of terrorists."
On Jews: "The Zionists have the appearance of humans, but they aren't humans and have the bearing of pigs and predators."
On Israel: "The fall of Israel and its fellow travelers is coming, and soon we will witness this event."
Jannati has said he will aim to preserve the Assembly of
Experts' "revolutionary" mission. His rise means that whoever follows
Khamenei as supreme leader is unlikely to alter the regime's core
anti-Western philosophy. (Wall Street Journal)
- "Reservists on Duty" Fighting to Counter BDS - Lidar Grave-Lazi
"Reservists on Duty" is attracting the support of hundreds of IDF
reservists from across the political spectrum, says the group's
co-founder, Amnon Goldstof. "The main goal of our organization is to
fight against the new anti-Semitism and the groups that lead it,
primarily BDS," says Goldstof, who adds that the boycott movement is a
manifestation of classic anti-Semitism "pure and simple." "Old
anti-Semitism wanted to see a world without Jews, and the new
anti-Semitism wants to see a world without a Jewish country."
"In Israel, we are comfortable because we live with a certain
security, but when you go on campus [in the U.S.] you see Jews being
attacked, whether they are Zionist or non-Zionist, simply because they
are Jewish." He called it "unbelievable" that in 2016, Jews are afraid
to walk around on the streets of many countries in the world and that
every Jewish institution must hide behind a security barrier.
"We see this as our civic duty to fight for the Jewish people and for
See also Poll: Third of American Students Say BDS Justified
One-third of American students believe that a boycott of Israel is
justified and represents a legitimate means of bringing pressure to
bear, according to a survey by Ipsos in the U.S., Israel's Channel 2
reported. Nevertheless, 62% of respondents in the U.S. and 50% in the
UK consider the BDS movement to be a modern form of anti-Semitism.
Moderation Postponed in Iran - Walter Russell Mead (American Interest)
Somehow all those plucky moderates elected in Iran don't seem to be
having much impact on actual decisions as Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, an
ultraconservative who called for the execution of opposition activists,
was chosen on Tuesday to lead Iran's Assembly of Experts.
What's really going on in Iran has almost nothing to do with
the happy Beltway talk about peaceable mullahs and the kinder, gentler
theocracy they aspire to create. Unfortunately, hardline values are
hard-wired into the Iranian regime and Iranian foreign policy, and no
White House spin can make that grim reality go away.
Iran is a multi-ethnic state where Kurds, Azerbaijanis, Arabs,
Baluchis and many others share the territory with ethnic Persians, who
comprise about 60% of the total population, but the large majority of
Iran's citizens are Shi'a.
Shi'a identity is the ideological bond that keeps the country
together, more than Persian nationalism. If Tehran sacrificed its hard
Shi'a edge, it would face the same kind of centrifugal forces that have
torn apart many other multiethnic conglomerate states in recent decades
such as the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.
But if Iran's unity is linked to hardline Shi'a politics, its
international position is even more tightly wedded to hatred of America
and Israel. Iran needs to legitimate its presence as an aspiring
hegemon in a mostly Arab, mostly Sunni part of the world.
is where the rage against the U.S. and Israel comes in. Iran positions
itself as the only true leader of Islamic "resistance" to American
imperialism and Zionist aggression. If Iran drops the anti-Americanism
and anti-Zionism from its foreign policy, it doesn't have an ideological
leg to stand on in the struggle for hearts and minds in the modern
The writer is professor of foreign affairs and humanities at Bard
College and professor of American foreign policy at Yale University.