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Just a Nosh

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Screenshot from YouTube Screenshot from YouTube Baltimore Ravens lineman wears Israeli flag on his cleats in NFL game

As a defensive lineman for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, Michael Pierce has no love for quarterbacks. But the non-Jewish,340-pound athlete from Alabama does have a soft spot for Israel.

Pierce selected the Israel Collective (IC), a millennial arm of the Christians United for Israel organization, as his cause for the league’s “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign. His cleats feature Israel’s flag and the IC logo.

In a video, Pierce said he felt a “oneness and connectedness” in the country during a visit, and after “growing up reading the Bible,” to “learn exactly where Jesus walked was awesome.”

“I went to Shabbat dinner, I just enjoyed their company and learned so many different customs,” he said. “How warm people are [in Israel] is definitely something that I hope people will read about, and then maybe go over … to see exactly what’s going on.”

Jewish Americans sue Airbnb over plan to remove listings in settlements

JERUSALEM – A group of Jewish Americans is suing Airbnb over the company’s announcement that it will remove the listings of homes in Jewish West Bank settlements.

The 18 plaintiffs, mostly families who own properties in Israel, filed the civil rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Delaware alleging that the internet hospitality firm has enacted a new policy discriminating against them based on their religion.

The suit, filed under the Fair Housing Act, accuses Airbnb of redlining the Jewish-owned properties while continuing to allow Muslim and Christian homeowners to rent theirs, thus also taking a side in the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians over West Bank land.

It asks the court to prevent Airbnb from discriminating against Jewish homeowners and seeks compensation for lost rental income.

The plaintiffs are 12 Jewish-American families who own properties in Israel and one U.S. citizen who has used Airbnb to rent properties in areas of the West Bank.Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center, a human rights law organization, organized the suit.

Airbnb announced earlier this month that it would remove the some 200 listings for rentals in the West Bank. As of Nov. 29 the listings remained on its website. The company said that it consulted with experts to learn about the historical disputes in the region in order to make a decision about whether it should be doing business in “the occupied territories.”


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