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Florida State University. Credit: Flickr.

Florida State University student senate to vote on BDS resolution

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Florida State University’s student senate is scheduled to vote on a resolution on Wednesday that calls on the university to divest from companies that do business in Israel. The BDS resolution calls on “FSU trustees to review...
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) delivering a speech at the American Muslims for Palestine convention in Chicago on Nov. 30, 2019. Credit: American Muslims for Palestine.

Tlaib calls Israel ‘racist’ for not offering COVID vaccines in Palestinian territories

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) accused Israel of being “racist” for not distributing coronavirus vaccines to the Palestinian territories, despite the fact that the West Bank is under the control of the Palestinian Authority, and...
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 2019. Credit: U.S. Senate Photographic Studio via Wikimedia Commons.

Cruz: ‘Biden’s policy on Iran could pose existential threat to Israel’

As the United States enters the Biden era, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warns that the relationship between Washington and Jerusalem is poised to become particularly fragile, mainly because he believes the policies the new...
A woman holds up a sign against anti-Semitism at a rally in New York City on Sept. 22, 2019. Photo by Rhonda Hodas Hack.

Progressive Jewish groups seek to undermine adoption of universal anti-Semitism definition

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As the Biden administration prepares to take on major international issues of the day, a debate has emerged within the American Jewish community over whether the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism...
Kaveh Afrasiabi. Source: Screenshot.

US charges political scientist for acting as unregistered agent of Iranian government

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A political scientist has been charged with acting and conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of the Iranian government. A criminal complaint charging Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi, also known as Lotfolah Kaveh Afrasiabi, was unsealed on...
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, co-founder and director of the California-based AMCHA Initiative. Credit: IU Europe Gateway.

New attacks on Israel and Zionism may fuel campus anti-Semitism

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Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the fallout from the 2020 election, anti-Semitism continued to morph and grow during 2020. While the school year for many students consisted of online or hybrid learning, anti-Semitic and...
Elan Carr, the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, and El Mehdi Boudra, president of the Morocco-based Association Mimouna, signing an MOU to combat anti-Semitism on Jan. 18, 2021. Source: Twitter/Elan Carr.

US, Morocco sign MOU on combating anti-Semitism

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The United States and Morocco signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Friday to combat all forms of anti-Semitism. The MOU was signed by Elan Carr, who leads the U.S. State Department’s Office of the...
U.S. Capitol. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

US House reintroduces bill to sanction fiscal supporters of Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad

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A bill that would impose American sanctions on supporters of Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) or their affiliates has been reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Brian Mast (R-Fla.)...
The Pentagon. Credit: David B. Gleason/Flickr.

Trump orders US military’s Central Command to now include Israel

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U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees the mission of the U.S. military in the Middle East, to include Israel, reported The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, citing U.S. officials. Until now,...
An aerial overhead view of “Ops Town” at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, which serves as the forward operating base of the U.S. military's Central Command. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

‘Next big step’: Experts advocate relocating Israel to US military’s Central Command

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As the Middle East remains on edge due to sky-high tensions between the United States and Iran, and with the U.S. Air Force holding a joint drill with Saudi Arabia’s Royal Air Force, the...