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September 24, 2020
Zoom Blocks Event with Palestinian Hijacker Leila Khaled - Gabriel Greschler (Jewish News of Northern California)
Zoom announced Tuesday that San Francisco State University will not be allowed to use its videoconferencing platform to host an event Wednesday featuring Palestinian hijacker Leila Khaled, citing U.S. anti-terrorism laws.
"In light of the speaker's reported affiliation or membership in a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization... we determined the meeting is in violation of Zoom's Terms of Service."
Khaled hijacked two planes in 1969 and 1970 as a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
See also Facebook, YouTube Cancel Leila Khaled - Rob Eshman and Stewart Ain (Forward)
After being blocked by Zoom, the Sept. 23 seminar featuring Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled moved to Facebook, only to be blocked there too.
When it then moved to YouTube, transmission abruptly stopped before she spoke.
See also below Weekend Feature: El Al Pilot Recounts Outmaneuvering Palestinian Hijacker Leila Khaled - Dan Pine (Jewish News of Northern California)
Some U.S. Anti-Israel Activists Express Support for Terrorist Activity (Anti-Defamation League)
A small but concerning number of U.S. anti-Israel groups and activists have expressed support for groups or individuals who are known to have engaged in terrorist activity in the name of the Palestinian cause.
At UN, Erdogan Assails Israel's "Dirty Hand" in Jerusalem; Israel Walks Out - Jacob Magid (Times of Israel)
Turkish President Erdogan told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that Israel had extended its "dirty hand" over Jerusalem, prompting a walkout from Israel's UN envoy Gilad Erdan.
See also Turkey Diplomatically Isolated in Arab World - Semih Idiz (Al-Monitor)
Israel, Italy Finalize Defense Deal - Judah Ari Gross (Times of Israel)
Israel and Italy finalized a major exchange of military hardware on Wednesday.
Israel will sell Spike anti-tank guided missiles and aircraft simulators in exchange for training helicopters, the Israel Defense Ministry said.
Israeli Firefighter in California - Maya Mirsky (Jewish News of Northern California)
Israeli firefighter Idan Braun came halfway around the world to help fight Northern California's wildfires.
He was part of a team of 10 Israeli firefighters who for nearly two weeks worked shoulder to shoulder with state firefighters to push back against the wildfire in Napa and Sonoma counties. It is nearly fully contained now.
"In the first day, we spent 24 hours straight on the mountain," Braun said.
The Israeli crew also subbed at understaffed firehouses in the Sacramento area.
Israel Sends Emergency Supplies to Malaria-Stricken Chad - Abigail Klein Leichman (Israel21c)
Last week, an Israeli Hercules military transport aircraft flew to Chad with 2,000 six-person tents, personal protection equipment (PPE) for medical teams, and backpack sprayers to eradicate malaria-carrying mosquitoes, donated by Israeli Flying Aid and the American Jewish Committee.
Israeli Rapid Covid-19 Test to Be Used in European Airports - Marcy Oster (JTA)
Israel's Virusight Diagnostic has signed a letter of intent for rapid screening of airline passengers with ICTS Europe, a security provider at major airports in 23 countries.
The test involves gargling with a small amount of special mouthwash and spitting it into a test tube.
A trial of the test last month showed 95% accuracy.
EU Governments Funding Palestinian Legal Actions Against Israel - Ariel Kahana (Israel Hayom)
Denmark, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland are sending money to Palestinian NGOs to help them file lawsuits against Israel in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the watchdog NGO Monitor reports.
The recipient Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) states openly that its goal is to "inundate the [Israeli] occupation with hundreds and thousands of legal suits."
In addition, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights used funding from the Netherlands to petition the ICC.
See also European Governments Fund Gaza NGO Pushing International Criminal Court to Investigate Israel (NGO Monitor)
New Palestinian Curriculum Shows No Improvements, Anti-Semitism Remains - Donna Rachel Edmunds (Jerusalem Post)
The Palestinian Authority's newly released educational curriculum shows no substantive changes for the better, despite assurances earlier this year that egregious examples of anti-Semitism and hate education would be eliminated.
An analysis by IMPACT-se, a research and policy institute that analyzes schoolbooks and curricula through UNESCO-derived standards on peace and tolerance, has found that educational textbooks for use in Palestinian schools throughout the West Bank remain openly anti-Semitic, encourage violence, and promote jihad and martyrdom.
Most of the adjustments this year either keep the problematic material intact or amplify it. Not a single map mentions the name "Israel." European leaders had indicated that they expected changes to be for the better.
Marcus Sheff, CEO of IMPACT-se, said: "There are leaders who understand the importance of a peace education. But Palestinians are bucking the trend, placing themselves firmly in the Iranian school of curriculum development and demanding the Europeans pay for it."
Islamic State Still Brims with Cash, Ambition - Ian Talley (Wall Street Journal)
Islamic State and its affiliates have assets ranging into the hundreds of millions of dollars, holding financial reserves and a range of revenue streams that U.S. and Western security officials warn could pay for a dangerous resurgence.
The group still extorts local populations in areas it controls or has supporters, and donors in several Middle Eastern countries work on raising funds.
UAE Writer: Arab Countries' Expulsion of Jews Was Disastrous Mistake (MEMRI)
Emirati writer Salam Hamid, founder of the Al-Mezmaah Studies and Research Center in Dubai, wrote in Al-Ittihad on Sep. 13:
"During the years that followed the declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, most Arab countries expelled their Jewish citizens, who numbered approximately 900,000, to Israel....Why were these people deported, and what was their crime?"
"The Arabs had lost an elite population with significant wealth, property, influence, knowledge, and culture."
"Any intelligent person is aware that Jews had lived in Arab countries for 2,000 years before being arbitrarily expelled."
Hamas Operative Killed, Several Injured when Terror Tunnel Collapses in Gaza - Daniel Siryoti (Israel Hayom)
At least one Hamas operative was killed Sunday and seven others sustained injuries when a terror tunnel collapsed in northern Gaza, Palestinian media reported.
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