Linda Sarsour apologizes to Jewish members of the Women's March

 

Linda Sarsour speaks at BET’s Social Awards at the Tyler Perry Studio in Atlanta, Feb. 11, 2018. (Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for BET)

(JTA) — Linda Sarsour released a statement apologizing on behalf of the Women’s March for causing harm to the movement’s Jewish members and for being too slow to show its commitment to fighting anti-Semitism.

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Shaked to Trump – Deal of the Century is a waste of time

 

 

Shaked Deal of the Century is a waste of time

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said the Trump administration's so-called “Deal of the Century” for peace in the Middle East is still unknown to her. But efforts to reach a peace deal at this time are a waste of time, she said.

“The gap between Israelis and Palestinians is too wide,” she said. “I don't see there's a way to bridge [the gap] now.”

“I want peace like everyone else,' Shaked added. “I'm just being realistic.”

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Chanukah legacy in the USA

The legacy of Chanukah – the centrality of liberty and morality, freedom of religion and defiance of immense odds – has played a major role in shaping the American ethos and state of mind from the Early Pilgrims, through the Founding Fathers’ War of Independence and their composition/ratification the US Constitution until today.

The Chanukah holiday sheds light on Judeo-Christian values, which have imbued the United States since the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620, including the unique and positive attitude, by most Americans, toward the Jewish State.

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Israel pushes back on AirBnB Boycott

 


Airbnb’s statement Monday that the company would be removing some 200 listings of rental properties in the disputed territories is getting considerable push-back from the Israeli government. HR’s Simon Plosker was at the Jerusalem Post’s Diplomatic Conference to hear Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan’s reaction.

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Facebook shuts more accounts aimed at political meddling

An illustrative picture taken on April 28, 2018 shows the logo of social network Facebook displayed on a screen and reflected on a tablet in Paris. (AFP/Lionel Bonaventure)

Social network removes users linked to Russia-based troll farm that amassed 1.25 million followers, 600,000 of them in the US.

Facebook on Tuesday said it shut down more accounts aimed at influencing the US midterm election and that it is exploring a possible link to Russia.

“As we’ve continued to investigate, we detected and removed some additional Facebook and Instagram accounts,” head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in an update posted at the social network.

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Personalized Tissue Implants Now Available

Groundbreaking Research: Israeli Scientists Can Create Personalized Tissue Implants

Israeli researchers at Tel Aviv University have invented the first fully personalized tissue implant, engineered from a patient’s own materials and cells.

The new technology makes it possible to engineer any kind of tissue implant from one small fatty tissue biopsy.

“We were able to create a personalized hydrogel from the materials of the biopsy, to differentiate fatty tissue cells into different cell types and to engineer cardiac, spinal cord, cortical and other tissue implants to treat different diseases,” says Prof. Tal Dvir of TAU’s Department of Biotechnology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and the Sagol Center for Regenerative Biotechnology, who led the research for the new research study.

“Since both the cells and the material used derive from the patient, the implant does not provoke an immune response, ensuring proper regeneration of the defected organ,” Prof. Dvir says.

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Cars could be powered by water with new Israeli technology

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by Brian Blum for Israel21c.org

Could cars someday run on water, not oil? Australian-Israeli startup Electriq-Global is giving a wet thumbs-up to a new fuel technology that extracts hydrogen from water and turns that hydrogen into electricity to power the vehicle.

Using hydrogen to power a car’s engine is not unique to Electric-Global; hydrogen fuel cells using compressed hydrogen in gaseous form already compete with lithium-ion battery-powered electric vehicles, like those from Tesla.

Electriq-Global’s difference is that it gets its hydrogen from a fuel comprised of 60 percent water.

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U.S.-Backed Offensive Against ISIS In Syria Resumes

A Syrian Democratic Forces soldier attends the funeral of a fellow fighter, killed in clashes with Islamic State, in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishly in northeastern Syria. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Analysts warn that the terrorist group is small but nimble; it can simply elude capture and continue its activities elsewhere

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have resumed a large ground offensive against a pocket of Islamic State (ISIS) fighters in eastern Syria with the aim of eradicating the terrorist group from the war-torn country. But given the ability of ISIS fighters to quickly relocate to different areas of the vast desert region, analysts warn that the operation could prove futile.

The SDF halted its assault on ISIS in late October when Turkey began shelling Kurdish military posts in northwestern Syria. Ankara considers the SDF a “terrorist” organization as it is composed primarily of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which is viewed as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. The latter has waged an insurgency against Turkey for decades in hope of achieving an autonomous Kurdish region straddling the borders of Turkey, Iraq and Syria.

Since the offensive ground to a halt, ISIS has carried out a series of counter-attacks on SDF troops, killing or wounding scores.

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U.S. designates son of Hezbollah leader a terrorist

 


Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters via a screen in Nabatiyeh, Lebanon, November 10, 2018. Photo UCI/REUTERS/Aziz Taher

by Lesley Wroughton for Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Tuesday designated Jawad Nasrallah, son of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, a terrorist and accused him of carrying out attacks against Israel in the West Bank.

The department also blacklisted Al-Mujahidin Brigades (AMB), which it said had links to Hezbollah and had plotted a number of attacks against Israeli targets from a base in the Palestinian Territories.

“Today’s designations seek to deny Nasrallah and AMB the resources to plan and carry out terrorist attacks,” the State Department said in a statement. It said the actions denied Nasrallah and AMB access to the U.S. financial system.

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Lawyers for migrant caravan members give them stark advice 'It's going to be difficult'

 

MEXICO CITY – The park here hosting some 7,000 migrants looks like something out of a renaissance fair, with dozens of small tents giving away shoes or offering a host of services, like dental work, medical care, telephones, haircuts, food and, perhaps the most important product – legal advice.

A line began to form Tuesday outside the Institute for Women in Migration before a 10 a.m. seminar. A dozen men formed a circle around U.S. attorney Anna Joseph when she began to speak.

“We are telling them it’s going to be difficult,” she said. ”We’re telling them this administration is not amenable to asylum right now, so even though many have legitimate claims, they’re going to be up against a very tough system at the moment due to orders from above.”

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