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Far-right livestreamer charged for vandalizing menorah in Arizona

A white supremacist and livestreamer is facing criminal charges for allegedly defacing a Hanukkah menorah in Arizona last year, The Daily Beast reported. Anthime Joseph “Tim” Gionet, 34, who calls himself “Baked Alaska,” was arrested earlier this year...
Negotiations in Vienna over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the existing Iran nuclear deal, May 2021. Source: Enrique Mora/European External Action Service/Twitter.

Report: US warns Israel attacks on Iran nuclear facilities ‘counterproductive’

U.S. officials have warned Israel that attacks against Iran are “counterproductive” and are only encouraging Tehran to speed up its nuclear program, The New York Times reported on Sunday. Citing officials familiar with the behind-the-scenes talks between...
A panel discussing the “Dream Palaces: Twenty Years After 9/11; The Legacy of Dr. Fouad Ajami” featuring Professor Russell Berman, Col Joel Rayburn, Professor Franck Salameh, Michelle Ajami and Asaf Romirowsky. Source: Facebook.

Facing anti-Israel and left-wing ideology, Mideast academics chew over challenges in field

For attendees, the annual conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) represented a bulwark against the academic elitism and suppression of divergent ideas in their field. Coming...
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaled. Source: Twitter.

Meeting with Mayorkas, Shaked aims for Israel to join visa waiver program by 2023

Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked met with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday in part to discuss Israel’s efforts to join the Visa Waiver Program. “We are both determined to promote the exemption...
Duke University. Credit: Forge Productions/Shutterstock.

Pro-Israel campus group at Duke University protests veto of club recognition

Students Supporting Israel (SSI) said in an open letter that it urges the Duke University Student Government (DSG) to vote against its president, who vetoed a decision to formally recognize the organization. DSG president Christina Wang vetoed...
A Ben & Jerry's ice-cream shop in Australia. Credit: Enchanted_Fairy/Shutterstock.

Republican attorneys general discuss countering Ben & Jerry’s boycott against Israel

Representatives from 11 Republican state attorney general offices in the United States met in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss how to address Ben & Jerry’s refusal to sell products in the West Bank...
U.S. House of Representatives building and the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol. Credit: Flickr.

Bipartisan lawmakers endorse bill to thwart funding Hamas via cryptocurrency

A bill aimed to cut off funding of the Hamas terror group that rules the Gaza Strip was endorsed on Wednesday by the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus. The Hamas International Financing Prevention Act would create sanctions...
The former U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, July 19, 2009. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

100-plus House Republicans introduce bill to block reopening of US consulate

More than 100 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill on Wednesday that aims to block the Biden administration’s efforts to reopen the U.S. consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem. The bill, known...

Enrique Morones: U.S. Must Be More Welcoming to Migrants

Migrant  rights advocate Enrique Morones told a Tifereth Israel Synagogue audience that the United States should adopt an immigration policy that is more coherent and more humane. Morones, founding president of Gente Unida (People United), said approximately...
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaking with Ellie Cohanim. Source: Screenshot.

Haley: Hold China accountable for its support of Iran, violation of US sanctions

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley believes that the United States and Western powers need to do more to hold China accountable for its ongoing support of Iran, including helping Tehran...