News Nosh 11.29.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday November 29, 2018

NOTE: News Nosh will be published in a truncated version from December 2-13. Happy Hannukah!

You Must Be Kidding: 
"To greet in Arabic, Masa' al-Kheir
To greet in Arabic, Masa' al-Kheir
To greet in Arabic, Masa' al-Kheir
At the beginning of her words in every program,
Lucy says her words also in Arabic.
This is inappropriate and very jarring..
--Words from a letter written by a viewer of the TV news show presented by Arab-Israeli journalist Lucy Aharish. Aharish and her Jewish-Israeli husband turned the words into a song and performed it on TV.**

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Caught - Suspect in murder of 13-year-old Silvana Chagai was arrested
  • Expose - The surveillance on the home of the head of Shin Bet
  • “There are ministers who are jealous of me” - After the ‘Loyalty in Culture’ Law fell: Miri Regev speaks
  • Under the supervision of the Taba Rabbinate: The first Kashrut certificate for a hotel in Sinai
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom
  • The murderer (of 13-year-old Silvana Chagai) was caught
  • (Coalition) Work plan: Small victories // Mati Tuchfeld
  • Exclusive - The baby was not immunized against measles - and became a vegetable
  • Today is for them - Today Teacher’s Day is celebrated
  • In Friday’s paper: Riki Yaakobi’s journey to meet the grandchildren of the priest who saved her in the Holocaust
  • The special needs youth choir which dreams of (reaching) Eurovision
  • Orit Siani Goldblum is the first female race car driver in Israel
News Summary:
Top stories in today's Hebrew newspapers: After a call from a citizen, who recognized him from photos, police caught the suspect in the brutal murder of the 12-year-old Eritrean girl, Sylvana Tsegai, an asylum seeker. The boyfriend of the girl’s mother is suspected of beating and raping Sylvana before choking her to death.

At the Knesset, the opposition failed to pass a bill, despite the narrow one-seat coalition, and Education Minister Naftali Bennett said, “The business is failing,” while earlier an unnamed coalition official said that the “Government's days are numbered.” And, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met wtih former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz, one of the hottest names for the next elections, but said that it was only a “security consultation.”

In regards to Gaza and Israel, both sides are preparing for a fights: diplomatic and military. The head of the Home Front Command sparked a storm among Tel-Avivis, when he said that in the next war, “There won’t be a situation where we are fighting in the north or in Gaza and in Tel-Aviv they’ll be drinking coffee.” In his defense, he said he meant that the next war will be much more difficult than any Israelis experienced before. On the ground, Israeli forces concluded a combined urban and tunnel warfare exercise simulating fighting in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli official said that the timing of the drill, two weeks after the worst exchange of violence on the Israel-Gaza Strip border since 2014, as well as the fact that it included extreme case scenarios, was meant as a message to Hamas.

At the UN, both sides prepared for battle. The US and Israel prepared for a vote tomorrow or Monday on an unprecedented resolution that excoriates Hamas for its rocket fire on Israel, incitement to violence and use of civilian resources for military purposes. However, in a letter to the UN General Assembly, Hamas politburo chief, Ismail Haniyeh asked for support for the Palestinian right to bear arms against the Israeli occupation, saying that the US resolution is trying to "delegitimize" the Palestinian resistance. “We reiterate the right of our people to defend themselves and to resist the occupation, by all available means, including armed resistance, guaranteed by the international law,” Haniyeh wrote. Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon said it was "Like a serial killer who asks for police assistance.” Haniyeh called on the international community "to take all possible and legitimate measures to put an end to this hated occupation and to help our people to achieve freedom and independence.” (Also Maariv)

Meanwhile, Israel's Foreign Ministry is urging diplomats to cut funding to UNRWA, the UN organization helping Palestinian refugees in the Middle East and calling on the countries they live in to make them citizens. Also, Ambassador Danon said that the US could unveil its peace plan at the start of 2019

And Arab-Israeli TV presenter, Lucy Aharish, made news twice on the Hebrew news websites. First, Aharish and her Jewish-Israeli actor-singer husband, Tzachi Halevi, performed a song Halevi wrote and composed in which he turned an angry complaint into a song. Channel 2 received complaints from some viewers because Aharish uses the Arabic words for 'Good Evening,' 'masa' al-kheir,' to greet viewers at the start of her news program, in addition to Hebrew. Video of their song here. And here are the words of the song translated:
"To greet in Arabic, Masa' al-Kheir
To greet in Arabic, Masa' al-Kheir
To greet in Arabic, Masa' al-Kheir
At the beginning of her words in every program
Lucy says her words also in Arabic
This is inappropriate and very jarring
The fact that she is an Arab does not give her legitimacy
To greet in Arabic, Masa' al-Kheir
To greet in Arabic, Masa' al-Kheir
To greet in Arabic, Masa' al-Kheir
Lucy broadcasts on an Israeli channel
And it is improper to allow her
To say in Arabic
Even if her speech is brief
Her managers should criticize her to stop
The custom she had created on her own for some time
To greet in Arabic, Masa' al-Kheir
To greet in Arabic, Masa' al-Kheir
To greet in Arabic, Masa' al-Kheir
To greet in Arabic, Masa' al-Kheir
To greet in Arabic, Masa' al-Kheir
To greet in Arabic, Masa' al-Kheir."
At the end of the song, Lucy sings alone 'Masa' alkheir' and calls Tzachi to join her. He answers her in half-Arabic, half-Hebrew: "Stop, you've made me crazy with that 'masa' al-kheir,'" and then he gets off stage. Lucy looks after him and says, "Darling, but turn on the hot water (for a shower), will you?" The couple got married last month, sparking an uproar among religious and right-wing people, such as Likud MK Oren Hazan and Interior Minister Arieh Deri.

Maariv reported on the other incident, when former prime minister Ehud Barak expressed himself in a controversial manner when Lucy Aharish interviewed him on her TV program. Aharish had asked if the situation vis-à-vis Hamas were perhaps convenient for us (Israelis). Barak responded: “It may be comfortable for you because of your background, but it's very inconvenient for us," he said, adding: "I am an Israeli and you are an Israeli, we can tell the truth. I do not like what this government is doing..." Barak later clarified on Facebook: “Lucy, and I, are no less Israelis, not a drop less than Bibi or Bennett, or any other minister in the cabinet. And what is convenient for the government, and for Bibi, in Gaza - is not good for us Israelis! He's bad! The rest is said with a smile as you can see (if my beard does not hide it). For those who did not understand - and for Lucy, if, heaven forbid, she was insulted - I’m sorry."

Also, last Friday, the papers reported that Channel 10 aired an investigative documentary in which Israelis admitted that Israel mistakenly sank a Lebanese refugee boat, killing 25 people, during the 1982 war error, killing 25 people. Petitioning the High Court with the nonprofit "Consumers’ Movement for the Promotion of a Fair Society and Economy," known in Hebrew as Hatzlacha (Success), they were able to lift the IDF Censor ban and release information on the incident. In short, the captain of Israeli submarine thought a boat was carrying PLO fighters and he sunk it. A navy probe found he acted mistakenly, but ruled that no crime was committed. A former officer accused the IDF of a cover-up. And in today's Op-Eds (below), Maariv's Ran Edelist says Israel should own up and pay up.
Quick Hits:
  • In 'historic ruling,' Israel Rules in Favor of Illegal Settlers after 22-Year Legal Battle - This solved the conflict between the Himnuta, the daughter company of the Jewish National Fund (JNF/KKL), and Ibrahim Jawdallah, the Palestinian (land-owner). The plot is 522 dunams (129 acres) of Palestinian land around today's Kibbutz Rosh Tzurim. Justices Fogelman, Mazuz and Baron were the judges for this case. Last year KKL-JNF registered another 880 dunams in Gush Etzion. Danny Attar, JNF's chairman: "A tremendous Zionist achievement. This historic event, and the fruitful cooperation between KKL-JNF and the Gush Etzion Council, are proof that KKL-JNF's mission has not changed and its mission to preserve Jewish sovereignty in the State of Israel is still in place." (Calcalist Hebrew, Israel Hayom Hebrew, Maan)
  • Israeli demolition leaves Palestinian Jerusalemite family homeless - Israeli forces forced Mahran al-Mughrabi, his wife and two children out of their home, as Israeli bulldozers demolished it and a commercial building Wednesday, in the Jabal Al-Mukabbir neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. (Maan)
  • Latin Patriarchate objects to Israel's seizure of its land in Jordan Valley - Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said it received a copy of (document on) appropriation of hundreds of dunams of church lands in the northern Jordan Valley. In addition, the Islamic Christian Council said that the Israeli authorities seized 267 dunams (66 acres) of church land in the Palestinian villages of Bardala and Tayasir in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tubas and the northern Jordan Valley. (Maan)
  • Israeli forces demolish Palestinian (house) structure in Hebron district - Local sources said that the demolished structure was a larger caravan, which was donated by an international organization to Palestinian resident, Nabil al-Hayla, in Soba village, near Dura, after Israeli forces had previously demolished al-Hayla’s home several years ago. No reason was given for the demolition. (Maan)
  • Officials: Rise in 'price tag' attacks may trigger security escalation - So far this year, 118 nationalistically motivated incidents have been reported in Judea and Samaria, compared to 79 in 2017 • Security officials are concerned that if an Israeli vandal is caught by a Palestinian mob, he would be at risk of being lynched. (Israel Hayom)
  • Lawmakers Reach Across Aisle to Block Bill Permitting Strip Searches of Detainees - In a Knesset hearing, the police announced they would try to formulate an alternative version of a law that allows detainees to be searched without suspicion. Police legal advisor Aya Goretzky told committee: “Currently we can do a search down to the underwear. We cannot remove anyone’s underwear and we find ourselves at risk. Detainees hid knives, narcotics, telephones in intimate places…It’s a matter of life or death.” Committee Chairman MK Nissan Slomiansky criticized the police. “For 70 years we’ve been managing fine, what happened, have detainees gotten more suspicious?” (Haaretz+)
  • (Son of Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro meets Kushner to discuss moving Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem - 'Not a question of whether we will do it, but when we will do it,' Eduardo Bolsonaro reportedly told Kushner. (Haaretz+)
  • Erekat applauds Chilean parliament for standing by Palestinian rights - Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, applauded the Chilean parliament, on Wednesday, for standing by Palestinian rights in a resolution it had passed calling on its government to review all agreements between Chile and Israel to ensure their applicability to the 1967 borders. (Maan)
  • Jewish Americans sue Airbnb over West Bank listing ban - 18 plaintiffs file lawsuit against the home rental company in Delaware, claiming Airbnb's decision to removing listing of some 200 homes in West Bank is 'redlining' Jewish-owned properties while letting Muslims and Christians rent their homes. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Israeli Minister Calls on U.S. Governors to Act Against Airbnb Over Settlement Ban - Illinois governor asks state's investment board to defund Airbnb after Gilad Erdan calls the firm's move 'the modern form of anti-Semitic practice.’ (Haaretz+, i24News and Maariv)
  • Facebook removes viral video protesting Airbnb boycott - Song by British-Israeli musical duo protesting Airbnb's decision to remove Israeli listings in Judea and Samaria garners over 70,000 views before being pulled by Facebook • Florida Gov. Desantis blasts Airbnb's discriminatory policy, vows to take action. (Israel Hayom)
  • Irish Senate Advances Bill to Boycott Sale of Products From West Bank Settlements - The bill prohibits the export and selling of products and services which come from 'illegal settlements in occupied territories.’ Vote was postponed earlier this year after Israel broached the subject. (Haaretz)
  • Hanan Ashrawi: Netanyahu aims to complete total annexation of Jerusalem from Palestine - In light of the recent grave developments in Jerusalem and the Israeli occupation's accelerated and egregious violations committed against the Palestinian people's national and human rights in the occupied city, Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member, Hanan Ashrawi, said on Wednesday that “the reality and future of Jerusalem is a litmus test for the world.” (Maan)
  • Israeli journalist lectures against 'Zionist racism' in Prague - The Palestinian Embassy to the Czech Republic arranged on Wednesday, in cooperation with the Faculty of Philosophy at Charles University, a lecture for Israeli-Canadian journalist David Sheen in Prague, the capital of Czech, on the International Day for Solidarity with the Palestinian People. (Maan)
  • Pro-Israel groups launch campaign against Rand Paul over bid to block military aid - AIPAC, Christians United for Israel invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in ads against Sen. Paul, who is trying to block bipartisan security aid to Israel. (Haaretz+)
  • Sara Netanyahu to head delegation to Guatemala - PM’s wife invited by first lady of South American (sic - Central American) nation; visit said to be first time she will head a diplomatic delegation. (Times of Israel and Maariv)
  • 'Noah's Ark' on its way to Israel - A Dutch carpenter, who is a devout Christian and a staunch supporter of Israel, reconstructs the biblical ship; now it is on its way to the 'land of God,' carrying life-size plastic animals. (Ynet)
  • Homefront Command joins elite UN international rescue force - Military's Search and Rescue Unit passes 230-criteria test devised by International Search and Rescue Advisory Group. Certification will see unit join U.N. aid missions to disaster-stricken countries, including those that have no ties with Israel. (Israel Hayom, Maariv+VIDEO)
  • "Disproportionate force": An Ethiopian youth claims he was detained and beaten at the police station - The head of the government unit for the battle against racism contacted the director of the Police Unit Investigating Police, following a case in which a young man who approached the police in order to report violence by his brother was taken to the Hadera police station, detained for interrogation and beaten (Maariv)
  • Before Resigning as Defense Minister, Lieberman Acted to Gain Control of Sensitive Security Unit - The Defense Ministry’s security department, known by its Hebrew acronym, Malmab, is among the state’s most highly classified units, responsible, among other things, for the nuclear research center in the Negev. Malmab officials visit installations and investigate corruption and leaks of classified material. Defense Ministry does not disclose Malmab’s activities or budget. Over the years Malmab has amassed powers and status. Some have described it as an intelligence agency in addition to Military Intelligence, Shin Bet and the Mossad. Decision to bring Malmab under Lieberman’s direct authority was not implemented, Netanyahu is examining the matter. (Haaretz+)
  • Hamas: Elite IDF unit in botched raid repeatedly entered Gaza - Palestinian collaborator allegedly helped Israeli force in mission to plant listening devices in the Gaza Strip, Hamas official claims in interview with Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Akhbar; the troops entered through the Erez border crossing using IDs that belong to real Gazans. The Israeli agent in Gaza allegedly transported the espionage equipment to the site of a secret underground communications center used for internal communication between different Palestinian militant factions. (Ynet)
  • Israel Blocks Hamas' Websites, Redirects to Government Page - The block comes as the Israeli military censor tries to prevent distribution of images Hamas says show Israeli soldiers involved in the botched Gaza op, which Lebanese paper says was meant to monitor and control Hamas' communication network. (Haaretz+)
  • CCTV camera installed near Shin Bet chief's home - House of Shin Bet Director Nadav Argaman was under surveillance for several days before the hidden camera, installed by a civilian company for a private client, was detected by the Protective Security Department. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Interior Ministry Finds No Fault in City Council's Oath to Maintain Afula's ‘Jewish Character’ - Ministry says council members were 'sworn in according to law, and the addition that was stated does not invalidate the wording of the oath.’ (Haaretz)
  • US demands PA release American held for selling land to Jews - Palestinian Authority is holding Issam Akel for allegedly selling property in east Jerusalem to Jews • Palestinian law says such sales "cement occupation" • U.S. ambassador: Akel's arrest antithetical to U.S. values. We demand his immediate release. (Israel Hayom)
  • Jerusalem Socioeconomic Rank Falls to Second-lowest Decile - The city claims that the index contained 'serious distortions', accusing statistic bureau of using partial and dated figures. (Haaretz and Maariv)
  • Co-ed battalions united under new brigade - The Caracal and Bardalas battalions, where men and women serve together, will be united under the Paran brigade as IDF reorganizes to better confront Sinai drug smuggling. (Ynet)
  • Victim confronts terrorist: I'm alive— you lose - Ohad Hertz, was disabled in a 2015 stabbing, he confronted his attacker in court: 'You represent evil, I preach love and compassion'; terrorist sentenced to 17.5 years in prison, ordered to pay NIS 30,000 in compensation. The attack took place three years ago, when Hertz, a combat paratrooper at the time, was standing at a bus stop at the Ariel Junction. (Ynet)
  • Egyptian Cop Fired at IDF Vehicle on Border, Senior Israeli Officer Says - Officer says Israeli military investigating incident together with Egyptian army. (Haaretz+)
  • Ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo moved to tears in Jerusalem - Hall of Famer says his devout parents made him dream of visiting the holy city. Mutombo, in Israel to inaugurate sports center for Israelis and Palestinians at YMCA, says life in conflict-ridden Congo helps him relate to "politically troubled" places. (Israel Hayom)
  • Days after concert, Gaza's only grand piano seized by merchant - The The Edward Said Conservatory, which sponsored the concert, proudly showed off the piano, which it had painstakingly restored after sustaining damage in Israeli airstrikes on Al-Nawras Resort, where it was located in the resort's theater. The piano was slated to become the centerpiece of Gaza's only music school. But merchant Saed Herzallah says he bought the piano, donated by Japan, with the contents of the abandoned Al-Nawras resort. (Israel Hayom)
  • WeWork Invests in Former Israeli Premier Ehud Barak's Marijuana Firm - Teva recalls blood pressure drug after detection of a probable cancer-causing impurity. (Haaretz)
  • Smear campaign against Shaked seeks to stop extradition - Campaign planned to dissuade Justice Minister Shaked from signing extradition order for Malka Leifer, a former school principal charged with sexual crimes against children, to Australia; 'We will expose Shaked's reprehensible conduct in the Leifer case, and the questionable connection between the minister and people of wealth and power in Australia,' campaign organizers write. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Archaeologists recover rare 9,000-year-old mask found by West Bank settler
  •  - The Neolithic-era stone mask found in the Hebron Hills could have been a local way to stake a claim to land in the transition from hunting and gathering to farming, archaeologists suggest. (Haaretz+ and Ynet and Maariv+VIDEO and Maan)
  • Ring of Roman Governor Pontius Pilate Who Crucified Jesus Found in Herodion Site in West Bank - The ring was found during a dig led by Professor Gideon Forster from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem 50 years ago, but the only now was the inscription deciphered. (Haaretz+)
  • Dutch national rail company to pay reparations for WWII deportations - After being threatened with legal action, Holland's NS rail to review how it can pay individual reparations for its role in mass deportations of Jews during World War II • Over 100,000 Jews – 70% of the Dutch Jewish community – perished in the Holocaust. (Israel Hayom)
  • Syria Must Account for Thousands of Detainees Who Died in Custody, Says UN - UN war crimes experts seek clarity for families of detainees. (Haaretz)
  • Explained Will Saudi Crown Prince, Under the Specter of Ordering Khashoggi's Murder, Be a Pariah at G-20? - Prince Mohammed bin Salman needs this G-20. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Muslim Fundraisers Falsely Accused of Not Handing Over Money to Jewish Victims of Pittsburgh Shooting - Crowdfunding project has donated $155,000 to synagogue, but Israeli activist and others wrongly accused it of pocketing all of it but $10,000. (Haaretz+)
  • Ocasio-Cortez Hits Back Hard at Gorka Over Criticism for Comparing Migrant Caravan to Jews Fleeing Nazis - 'Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime. It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda.’ (Haaretz)

Letters to the Editor: Don't Just Write, Act
In response to “Israeli capriciousness at the Bethlehem checkpoint.” That this article is true I have little doubt. I am surprised and angered, however, that Haaretz does not use its clout to have these particular soldiers, and especially their commanding officer at the time, arrested and court-martialed for egregious harassment. (Haaretz)
The Married, Lesbian Palestinian-Jewish Couple Using Comedy to Smash Stereotypes
Jess Salomon is a Jew from Canada, Eman El-Husseini is the daughter of a Palestinian family, together they're a comedy duo to be reckoned with. (Ben Sales, JTA, Haaretz)
Netflix's 'Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj' Is Way Funnier and Fresher Than 'Last Week Tonight'
Netflix’s 'Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj' is the best political comedy you're not watching. (Adrian Hennigan, Haaretz+)
Murder of 12-year-old Girl Shows Human Rights in Israel Are Only for Jews (Vered Lee, Haaretz+) The asylum-seeker community in Israel is in a state of crisis and its women and teenage girls are paying an increasingly heavy price.
In the shock over the murder of Silvana Sagai, there is quite a bit of hypocrisy ([anti-asylum seeker activist] May Golan, Maariv) Where were all the shocked people when the Jewish girls in the neighborhood were constantly attacked by infiltrators from Eritrea? Where were they when old women were robbed and brutally attacked?…It’s time to use an iron hand against the violence, and then as a result there will be fewer murders, of Jews and of infiltrators of all ages. It is time to restore law and order to the Wild West called the State of South Tel Aviv, and which we call ‘Eritrea, corner of Sudan.’ —The writer is a resident of Tel Aviv and the director general of the ‘Hebrew City Association.’
Indecent Proposal (Haaretz Editorial) Police are asking for the authority to order detainees to strip for a 'visual search' of their naked bodies to prevent the smuggling of objects into lockups, even in the absence of a reasonable suspicion. This bad bill should be struck from the legislative agenda.
It's Not So Simple for Israel to Just 'End the Occupation' (Peter Lerner, Haaretz+) There are no instant solutions at hand, and easy, self-righteous slogans don’t help. This is why Israel can't just walk away from the West Bank.
He came to praise and ended up harming (Yossi Melman, Maariv) Following the words of Trump ("Are we planning to keep forces in this part of the world? One reason to do that is Israel."), a new situation could form: If American soldiers die in the battlefield of the Middle East, Israel's opponents and anti-Semites from the American radical-right-wing could blame Israel for that.
Trump’s statements on Israel will boomerang (Ron Ben Yishai, Ynet) ‘Blaming’ US Mideast policies on Israel's security’ needs won’t end well; Gulf states actually need Israel more than Israel needs them; Stability of the global economy is the reason for continued US interest in the region.
The right thing to do about the Dreyfus Operation is to acknowledge responsibility and pay compensation (Ran Adelist, Maariv) The rules of the game say that the moment the event was published and not denied, there will be dance of the skeletons removed from the coffin and mainly a chain of civil lawsuits against the background of the potential of a lawsuit at The Hague Curt for war crimes…The right thing to do is to immediately acknowledge responsibility, pay the victims' relatives compensation, close the case and learn a lesson. As always, there is a fashionable delay here in the State of Israel - but the situation can be corrected, even today. The alternative is to continue digging: as if the commander of the corps knew or confirmed. In short, take the safe route and close the case.
Occupational Apathy (Gideon Levy, Haaretz+) The radical left also has an obsession: the occupation. No obsession is more justified, since the occupation by nature is an obsessive phenomenon. In contrast to other obsessions, those of the Zionist left, for example, being obsessed with the occupation is not a matter of running away from the core problem – it’s a matter of dealing with it. When talking about such a fateful issue – no other one is as fateful for the State of Israel in the most profound sense – one cannot be anything but obsessive. Moreover, being obsessive is required in light of the repression of this issue by society, the media and the political system in this country. Everything is discussed here except the occupation. Thus, when talking about such a decisive matter, from which nearly everyone flees as if from fire, there is no option but to become obsessive. Like every obsession, it’s annoying. Unlike other annoyances, the ones relating to the occupation are almost the last signs of life of a society that’s in the throes of moral dissolution, living in extreme denial. Few societies are lying themselves to death as this one is. But make no mistake: Before anything else, the direct and most pitiful victims of the occupation are the Palestinians, not Israelis. Left-wing Zionists take no interest in their fate. If they reach out to address the fire, it’s always tainted with the permanent sentiments of self-victimization held by Israelis: Look at what the occupation has done to us, how it’s corrupted us; one needs to end it since we want to live in a Jewish state; in the end it will blow up in our faces.
The anti-Semitic propaganda worked on Airbnb (Ben-Dror Yemini, Yedioth/Ynet) CNN's poll proves that the anti-Semitic campaign is alive and well, especially when we consider Airbnb's decision to remove Jewish settlement listings from its services; there is no doubt the decision is anti-Semitic, since other disputed territories don't receive the same treatment.
Israel’s Leaderless Left Turns to Netanyahu (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz) Dear friends, if you’re bored, start building your own leadership and gather round it instead of stealing other leaders. Bibi is not a friend. He’s already taken.
Law will protect the people's vote (Dr. Haim Shine, Israel Hayom) The specter of early elections is holding up vital bills, including one that would prevent political interests from perverting the will of the voters by allowing the president to assign the responsibility for forming a coalition to any Knesset member.
AG's Expansion of Legal Team in Netanyahu Case Could Indicate Leniency to Come (Gidi Weitz, Haaretz+) Decision to increase the number of attorneys raises speculation that he's seeking indictments for only the most minor charges – fraud and breach of trust.
Palestinian aid groups perpetuate the conflict (Odelia Azoulay, Israel Hayom) The U.N. and individual donor states would be wise to invest their energy and resources in finding a tenable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, rather than bolstering the humanitarian aid industry in the Palestinian territories.
South Africa's shameful capitulation to anti-Israel thuggery (Chaim Hames, Haaretz+) As rector of Ben-Gurion University, I call out Stellenbosch University’s shameful, cowardly act - removing Israeli academics from their program. But who are the real victims? South Africans themselves.
Chad: Africa returns to Israel (Omer Dostri, Israel Hayom) The historic renewal of Chad-Israel ties will benefit both nations and shows that PM Benjamin Netanyahu's foreign policy is effective.
If Netanyahu next shakes hands with Sudan’s genocidal president, the bloodstains won’t wipe clean (Mutasim Ali, Haaretz+) Israel should seek allies in Africa. But not war criminals and despots like Chad’s Idriss Deby or Sudan’s Omar Al Bashir, not least when it won’t let survivors of their genocides find shelter in Israel.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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