The California State University (CSU) agreed to a settlement on March 20 that includes them issuing a statement acknowledging Zionism’s importance to Jewish identity.
The case, Volk v. Board of Trustees, involved two San Francisco State University (SFSU) Jewish students alleging that SFSU and the CSU Board of Trustees engaged in anti-Semitism against them when SFSU prevented the campus Hillel from participating in the campus’ “Know Your Rights” fair in February 2017.
They were represented by The Lawfare Project and Winston & Strawn LLP.
Story HERE | Lawfare Project Press Release HERE.
The Israel Defense Forces launched a massive manhunt for the individual who committed terrorist attacks on Sunday morning near the Ariel junction.
IDF soldier Gal Keidan and Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger were killed in two separate shooting attacks. Despite suffering massive bleeding, Rabbi Ettinger bravely fired fours shots at the attacker in an attempt to neutralize him. One IDF soldier, also shot at, is in serious condition.
Cars heading for the center of Israel are being searched to ensure that the attacker doesn’t try to reach populated areas. Israel also deployed large numbers of troops and special forces to the site of attack.
“The PA celebrates attacks on Jews” US ambassador to Israel rips Palestinian Authority. ~David Rosenberg
The 2018 Human Rights Reports, released late this week by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, include a section on the Golan Heights, Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
AFSI is quite pleased to learn that for the first time the report refers to the Golan Heights as “Israeli-controlled” and not “Israeli-occupied.”
The words “occupied” and “occupation” have been dropped from everything related to Judea and Samaria and Gaza.
Read the report HERE.
The Israeli army has uncovered a new Hezbollah terrorist cell on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. This network is designed to carry out attacks against Israel. Israel promptly issued a formal complaint to the United Nations Security Council over the “Golan Project.”
Israel “…will not ignore the conversion of Syria and Lebanon to a military front against us and will act with force against the aggression from Tehran,” wrote Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon to council members.
Hezbollah’s New Terror Project Mastermind: ”Worst of the Worst’ ~Anna Ahronheim
Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan renewed the twin city alliance with New York’s Hempstead municipality.
Bruce Blakeman, of the Hempstead City Council, is very close to the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. He is also a staunch supporter of Israel.
Both Blakeman and Dagan’s goal in the creation of “twin schools” is to promote joint activities for the schools of Samaria Council and New York City.
“We believe this will be another joint activity of cooperation and understanding between our students that are the future of both countries,” Blakeman said.
The US House of Representative broadly condemned hate after a dispute over anti-Semitic comments made by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. While Omar was originally named in the first resolution, the Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, caved in to radical Congresswomen Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez by changing to resolution to condemn all hate. Omar’s name was not mentioned in the final resolution.
Pelosi stated that she did not believe Omar understood the “weight of her words” or that they would be seen by some as anti-Semitic. We remind everyone that Omar graduated from an American college and most certainly understood what she was saying when she was spewing anti-Semitic tropes. Omar’s connection to radical terror groups further confirms exactly what she intended to say.
“The Democrats have become an anti-Israel and anti-Jewish party,” said U.S. President Donald Trump.
Senator Ted Cruz plans to introduce a resolution condemning anti-Semitism.
Earlier this week: Rep. Zeldin tweeted: “House Dem Leadership should bring H.Res.72 to a vote to condemn the anti-Israel & anti-Semitic hate infiltrating US politics, college campuses & the halls of Congress. Now has 100 cosponsors.” – @RepLeeZeldin. Zeldin also reiterated a call to remove Rep. Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
It should be noted that Rep. Omar’s name is not mentioned in the House Resolution 72. Read the full resolution HERE.
What’s the latest?: The House vote on the resolution to condemn anti-Semitism has been delayed. Now Democrats scramble to rewrite the motion to include all forms of prejudice and progressives. The Democrats in true hypocritical fashion have come to the defense of their embattled colleague.
Keeping track: On Monday, 12 pro-Israel groups delivered a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Eliot Engel, urging for the removal of Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
AFSI is among the 12 groups that signed the letter. American Jewish organizations NOT among the 12 signers: AIPAC, NORPAC, JNF, AJC, & ADL.
President Trump criticizes House Democrats for not taking a stronger stand against anti-Semitism; blasts Omar for her disgraceful comments.
In the halls of Congress, “why isn’t antisemitism afforded the same treatment?” tweeted Ambassador David Friedman who weighed in on this issue.
Some Democrats find their patience with Omar is running on low.
Laurie Cardoza-Moore says Omar may be in violation of a federal statue for raising funds for two Muslim Brotherhood charities.
He was born in Poland and immigrated to Israel in 1933. A proud Zionist, he represented the Haganah. Prwyes was an avid supporter of Jews settling in the Land of Israel and sacrificed his life for the values he believed in.
Do you know his story and why he’s being honored now? Arutz Sheva article HERE.
It’s a first and we love it! Beresheet, the Israeli spacecraft took its first selfie in space. Taken roughly 20,000 miles away from Earth, it shows the Southern Hemisphere and a clear shot of Australia in the background.
Beresheet is scheduled to land on the Moon on April 11.
In the image, a plaque that was installed at the front of the spacecraft features the Israeli flag and the message “Am Yisrael Chai.”
A legislative initiative for the U.S. to recognize Israel’s sovereignty in the Golan Heights was introduced into Congress this week.
Lori Lowenthal Marcus’ excellent article clearly defines and substantiates why Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan Heights matters.
· Israeli control of the Golan Heights is a bulwark against Iranian and Russian efforts to dominate the Middle East
· The Golan Heights provides perfect snipers’ nest
· The Syrian civil war has dramatically expanded the roles and types of terrorist groups in the region
· Diplomatic integrity
· Practical application if the bill becomes law.
AFSI’s Spring Mission will visit the Golan and see this first-hand! Come with us!!