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Philly mayor conducts same-sex wedding ceremony for Israeli diplomat

An Israeli diplomat was married in a same-sex marriage ceremony conducted by the mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter along with a Conservative rabbi.

Elad Strohmayer, the deputy consul general of Israel in the city, and partner Oren Ben-Joseph were married at the Philadelphia City Hall on Thursday, Jan. 15 in front of about 150 guests.

Gay marriage has been legal in Pennsylvania since May. Israel’s Foreign Ministry recognizes same-sex couples and lists them as official spouses, though samesex weddings may not be performed in Israel.

Strohmayer met Ben-Joseph during a gay pride event in Tel Aviv in June. Ben-Joseph joined him shortly after in Philadelphia, and they were engaged in October.

“The fact that the local media and the leadership of the community is expressing great interest and will come to the wedding is really moving and also enables us to expose another facet of Israel that is not usually displayed in world media,” Strohmayer told Ynet.

CNN veteran Jim Clancy out following anti-Israel tweets

Veteran CNN anchor Jim Clancy stepped down on Friday, Jan. 16, one week after a series of Twitter posts in which he mocked pro-Israel tweeters on a thread discussing the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Neither CNN nor Clancy gave a reason for his departure, which was reported by AdWeek. Clancy had worked at CNN for 34 years.

Although Clancy’s Twitter account no longer existed as of Jan. 15, the tweets have been preserved on a number of websites, including Twitchy and Mediaite. On Jan. 7, Clancy posted a tweet arguing that the cartoons posted by the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked by Islamist gunmen who killed 12, did not mock the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

“The cartoons NEVER mocked the Prophet,” he wrote. “They mocked how the COWARDS tried to distort his word. Pay attention.”

Challenged on the accuracy of the statement, Clancy tweeted, “Hasbara?,” a Hebrew term used to describe public relations efforts by the Israeli government. In the ensuing debate, Clancy argued that “Pro-Israel voice [sic] try to convince us that cartoonists were really anti Muslim” and accused a pair of Twitter accounts of being part of a public relations campaign for Israel.

Ad campaign on San Francisco buses likens Islam to Nazism

The American Freedom Defense Initiative, a group many characterize as anti-Islam, is running advertisements on San Francisco public buses comparing the religion to Nazism. The ad features photos of Adolf Hitler and 20th-century Palestinian Muslim leader Haj Amin al-Husseini, who opposed Zionism, with the caption “Islamic Jew-Hatred: It’s In The Quran.”

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency cited the First Amendment protection of freedom of speech, “including speech that is considered offensive,” in explaining why it allowed the ads to be placed.

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