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Ashkenazi asks Cyprus to help with Europe’s annexation response – The Jerusalem Post

| June 24, 2020

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi called on Cyprus to try to moderate the EUs response to Israeli plans to move forward with the Trump peace plan, in a meeting with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides on Tuesday.Ashkenazi said Israel is committed to promoting a peace process in a responsible way and in coordination with different factors in the region while protecting Israels strategic and security interests, based on [US President Donald] Trumps peace plan.The plan includes having Israel extend sovereignty to 30% of the West Bank, including all settlements and the Jordan Valley, though Ashkenazi and Defense Minister Benny Gantz have sought to have Israel apply its civil law to a smaller area.EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell and a number of European foreign ministries and UN ambassadors have made strong statements against any Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank. Cyprus has yet to say anything publicly on the matter, but is sensitive to the matter because it is involved in its own land dispute, with Turkey occupying northern Cyprus. Turkey also continues to encroach on Cyprus exclusive economic zone in the Mediterranean Sea.Ashkenazi asked Christodoulides for Cyprus to be a moderate voice in the discourse with European states.The foreign ministers also discussed reopening tourism between Israel and Cyprus, which recently downgraded Israel due to an increase in local coronavirus cases.Ashkenazi said Israel is trying to reduce the COVID-19 morbidity to allow flights and tourism to begin again.Christodoulidess visit was in lieu of one by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades with several ministers, which was canceled because of the hike in coronavirus cases in Israel.Israel is the first country Christodoulides visited since the coronavirus outbreak, which Ashkenazi said, shows the strong, stable and solid friendship between the countries that are marking 60 years of ties between them.Christodoulides arrived in Ben-Gurion Airport via helicopter, and the meeting was held in a special coronavirus green zone in the airport, created for the purpose of allowing such diplomatic visits.Ashkenazi said after the visit that Israel and Cyprus have many shared interests in strategic, diplomatic, economic and security matters

The Politician, season two: A voice of a generation without a voice of his own – Forward

| June 24, 2020

Season two of Netflixs The Politician belongs, like a Ralph Lauren cologne ad or a Nancy Meyers film, to the culturally confused yet well-worn aesthetic of WASPy Jewishness. And somehow, even after all the decades of Jews having country clubs and garden parties of their own, it still feels transgressive. As Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), adopted son of a well-heeled family, graduates from a race for school president to an upstart candidacy for state senate in New York, he finds himself and his convictions

Thinking of How I Teach My Black, Jewish Daughters About This Moment in History – Jewish Journal

| June 24, 2020

Igrew up in an upper middle-class home in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the 1980s and 90s. My parents were well educated; my dad owns his own business and I was taught that I could be and should be anything I want.

Hot dogs are the greatest American Jewish food. Here’s why. – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| June 24, 2020

This story originally appeared on The Nosher. American Jewish food is most typically defined as pastrami sandwiches, chocolate babka or bagels and lox. But I am here to argue that the greatest American Jewish food may actually be the humble hot dog.

COVID-19 brought the world together George Floyd’s death tore it apart – The Jerusalem Post

| June 24, 2020

The famous 19th century British missionary and explorer David Livingstone once wrote, It wasnt the lions and tigers that got us, it was the gnats. (He died of malaria in 1873 in what is today Zambia). The point he was making was very powerful: Sometimes, and often unexpectedly, its the little things that make the biggest difference.This past winter humanity got a big dose of that lesson with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anti-Semites and Holocaust Deniers Are Using TikTok to Target Youth, Study Shows – Jewish Journal

| June 24, 2020

The popular TikTok video-sharing service is being used for more than just awkward dances by users, according to a new study in Israel. Anti-Semites, Holocaust deniers and other far-right extremists are going on the social media platform to reach young people,researchers from the University of Haifa and Israels Institute for Counter Terrorism found in a report titled Spreading Hate on TikTok. From February through May, it said, there were 196 postings related to far-right extremism, with one-fifth of them related to anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial

Google adds fact checking labels to its images to combat spread of doctored photos – iNews

| June 24, 2020

Google will start applying fact check labels to the search results in its Images section in a bid to curb the spread of doctored photos contributing to fake news online. The search giant will display a few lines of contextual information below certain images in the Images section of search and within fact checking articles that contain pictures, the company confirmed in a blog post. Fact check labels appear on results that come from independent, authoritative sources on the web that meet our criteria, said Harris Cohen, Googles group product manager for search.

Norman Tebbit and the Telegraph can’t be let off the hook for rewriting Nazi history – The National

| June 24, 2020

THE Tory right has tried for a very long time to avoid the inconvenient truth that Adolf Hitler and his mass murdering fanatical regime was an expression of extreme right-wing nationalism. In this sad tradition Norman Tebbit former Tory Cabinet minister, ex-chair of the party and long-time Thatcher ally in a Daily Telegraph column earlier this week called Hitler extreme left clearly a continuation of this long and dishonourable practice. The only supporting evidence Tebbit provides is the schoolboy debating point that the full name of the Nazi Party was the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP)

More Americans are being harassed online because of their race, religion, or sexuality – The Verge

| June 24, 2020

Online harassment remains one of the internets hardest problems to fix, and new data suggests the problem is only getting worse for minority groups.

US Soldier Charged With Plotting Deadly Attack on Own Unit – Voice of America

| June 24, 2020

A U.S. Army soldier has been charged with plotting a mass attack on his unit by sending sensitive military information to an occult-based white supremacist group, the Justice Department announced Monday


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