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April 20, 2018  RSS feed
Just a Nosh

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Birthright co-founder Michael Steinhardt shows anti-Israel protesters exactly how he feels outside a gala dinner in New York City celebrating 18 years of the program. 
Twitter Birthright co-founder Michael Steinhardt shows anti-Israel protesters exactly how he feels outside a gala dinner in New York City celebrating 18 years of the program. Twitter Birthright Israel founder flips off protesters outside gala

Michael Steinhardt, the co-founder and major supporter of Birthright Israel – a program that has brought more than 600,000 Jewish young adults from around the world to Israel for free 10-day trips – gave the middle finger to a group of anti-Israel, anti-Birthright activists outside a gala Birthright celebration on April 15.

When Steinhardt arrived at the dinner in New York celebrating Birthright’s 18th anniversary, more than 150 protesters verbally accosted him, including members of the Palestine Solidarity Alliance, Democratic Socialists of America and Students for Justice in Palestine. His responding gesture was captured on film and going viral around the Jewish world.

The protest was led by “Return the Birthright,” a campaign calling on young Jews to boycott Birthright and support Palestinian claims to the land. Participants wrapped themselves in tallit and read out the names of Palestinian villages that existed prior to Israel’s independence, as well as the names of 32 Gaza Palestinians who were killed in riots on the Gaza border in the last three weeks, most of whom have been identified as operatives for Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, who recently announced that they were contributing an additional $70 million to Birthright, were presented with the “Guardians of the Jewish Future” award at the event.

40 UN ambassadors visit Israel as nation celebrates 70th anniversary

JERUSALEM – Forty ambassadors to the United Nations visited Israel as the nation celebrated its 70th Independence Day. Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, led the five-day visit. No ambassadors from Arab countries participated.

The visitors included ambassadors from Serbia, Jamaica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Liberia, Ukraine, Uganda, Slovenia, Malta, Mozambique and Ethiopia. Not all of the countries represented vote with Israel in the U.N. Security Council.

Fifteen of the ambassadors first joined Danon in Poland last week for the March of the Living, which was held on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was the first time that U.N. ambassadors had joined in the March of the Living.

The visit is the largest to come to Israel so far. There were nine participants in 2016 and 14 in 2017.

French mayor denied entrance to Israel

JERUSALEM — Patrice Leclerc, the mayor of Gennevilliers, a suburb of Paris, and his wife, were barred from entering Israel from Jordan via the Allenby Bridge border crossing due to his support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel and for a Palestinian state.

Ordered by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, the denial was widely reported in French newspapers.

Leclerc said in a post on Facebook that he had been detained at the border for six hours and questioned six times before his entry was denied. He called the situation whereby Israel can refuse supporters of a Palestinian state entry into Israel “intolerable.”

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