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Michigan students pass call to probe Israel investments

Michigan students pass call to probe Israel investments

The student government at the University of Michigan passed a resolution recommending the university’s governing body investigate its investments in Boeing, Hewlett Packard and United Technologies, companies that profit from Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights. The victory follows years of attempts by student activists to pass such a measure. Student senators voted in support of the resolution with a vote, …

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French lawmakers walk out of parliament in protest of anti-Palestinian comments

French lawmakers walk out of parliament in protest of anti-Palestinian comments

French lawmakers walked out of the National Assembly yesterday in protest of comments made by a representative against a French-Palestinian national held by Israel, according to the Electronic Intifada. Meyer Habib, who represents French nationals living in the Eastern Mediterranean, made the comments in response to European affairs minister Nathalie Loiseau, who told parliament that the French government “hopes for …

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US Treasury blocks relief fundraising to Iran quake victims

US Treasury blocks relief fundraising to Iran quake victims

The US Treasury Department has blocked online donations made by Iranian expatriates to help the survivors of a powerful earthquake which caused extensive damage and loss of life in western Iran. Tohid Najafi, a medical professional based in Detroit, US, told Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera that the Treasury blocked the Facebook page he had set up Monday to raise money …

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Israel ready to share intel on Iran with Saudi Arabia

Israel ready to share intel on Iran with Saudi Arabia

Chief of Staff of Israeli military, Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot, says Tel Aviv is ready to share intelligence with Saudi Arabia in their joint efforts to confront Iran. In an interview with the Saudi-owned Elaph online newspaper on Thursday, Eizenkot claimed that Iran was the “biggest threat to the region” and was seeking “to take control of the Middle East.” …

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Leaked: Saudis have ‘plans for official ties with Israel’

Saudis have ‘plans for official ties with Israel’

A Lebanese newspaper has published a secret undated letter from Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that puts forward a plan to normalize ties with Israel despite “risks” of a public backlash. Lebanon’s al-Akhbar daily released the correspondence on Tuesday in the wake of reports that Riyadh and Tel Aviv are increasingly tilting toward one …

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US hate crimes increased in 2016: FBI

US hate crimes increased in 2016

The FBI has released new statistics illustrating a nearly 5 percent rise in hate crimes for the second consecutive year in 2016, especially against Muslims. In incidents where the criminals were identified, the FBI found that about 58% of crimes were motivated by the victims’ race, ethnicity or ancestry. Meanwhile, 21 percent of crimes were motivated by religion and nearly …

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Israel bars entry of pro-BDS French MPs

Israel bars entry of pro-BDS French MPs

Israel has refused to grant an entry visa to a group of French politicians, who intended to visit jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti, over their support for a global pro-Palestine campaign against the regime’s occupation and land grab policies. Israeli authorities said Monday that they would bar the seven-member delegation, including mayors and members of the EU Parliament, who were …

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First-ever bill on Palestinian human rights introduced in Congress

First-ever bill on Palestinian human rights introduced in Congress

Members of Congress on Tuesday introduced a bill in the House to prevent U.S. tax dollars from paying for human rights violations against Palestinian children during the course of Israeli military detention. The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act requires the Secretary of State to certify annually that no funds obligated or expended in …

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Orthodox leaders urge probe into Israeli arms for Myanmar

Orthodox leaders urge probe into Israeli arms for Myanmar

A group of prominent Orthodox leaders has asked the Knesset to investigate reports that Myanmar is using weapons sold by Israel to commit atrocities against Rohingya Muslims. A dozen Orthodox rabbis submitted a letter to lawmaker Avi Dichter who chairs a Knesset committee tasked with overseeing Israel’s arms exports, Ha’aretz reported on Monday. “Has Israel sold arms to Myanmar in …

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