JTA: “Lauder vs. Adelson: Which Jewish billionaire has Trump’s ear on Israel?”

JTA reports that Trump takes advice on Israel from Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate; and Ronald Lauder, the cosmetics heir and president of the World Jewish Congress. Both are major supporters of Israel, with differing views. Lauder wants Trump to court Mahmoud Abbas. Adelson wants him to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem…

International campaign is criminalizing criticism of Israel as ‘antisemitism’

IAK INVESTIGATION: For two decades, some Israeli officials and partisans have worked to embed a new, Israel-focused definition of antisemitism in institutions around the world, from international bodies and national governments to small college campuses in heartland America. This effort is now snowballing rapidly. As a result, advocacy for Palestinian rights is well on the way to being curtailed and even criminalized as “hate.”

Remembering Maidhc Ó Cathail

Maidhc was an honest seeker, painstaking researcher, and talented writer. He cared deeply about those who are oppressed and worked to end injustice. He exposed information about Israel, Palestine, and related subjects that is of profound importance… Maidhc deserves to be remembered and honored. While luminaries ignored him and are unlikely to mention his passing, the rest of us can and must share his work.

This week in Palestine: Mass hunger strike continues, Israeli forces kill Palestinian girl

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights documents crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territories in weekly reports. We summarize their reports and stories from other news agencies with the goal of informing Americans of the ongoing violence that Palestinian families face each day under Israel’s occupation of their ancestral lands. The Israeli government receives $3 billion per year in direct military aid from U.S. taxpayers. May 4, 2017…

“Guardian of Zion” award will be given to former US ambassador to UN John Bolton

Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton will receive the award from Israel’s Bar Ilan University for “his fostering of relations between the United States and Israel, and for his lasting contributions to the strengthening of Jerusalem as the eternal city of the Jewish people and throughout the world.” Other recipients: NY Times Editor A.M. Rosenthal, journalist Charles Krauthammer, NY Times columnist William Safire, historian Sir Martin Gilbert, author Cynthia Ozick, Senator Joseph Lieberman, author Herman Wouk, and last year’s honoree, Ambassador Ronald Lauder…

A disturbing video shows Israeli police demonstrating to hundreds of elementary school children how to make sure “assailants” are dead—by continuing to fire at them as they lay on the ground.