The Daily Brief – Today's News and Views About Israel & the Mideast – February 28

February 28, 2017
  • The Toronto Sun’s Brad Hunter reports that Rasmea Yousef Odeh, a former Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist who killed two students in a 1970 bombing and who lied to get into the U.S., is calling for a “militant” struggle against Donald Trump’s administration. Odeh signed a manifesto published in The Guardian calling for a March 8 general strike called Day Without a Woman.
  • CKNW News Talk AM 980 reports that a UBC student is going to court to “stop a controversial student union referendum boycotting Israeli products. In a court filing, Logan Presch says the question, which calls for a ban on companies supporting alleged Israeli war crimes, is unconstitutional, toxic, and making students on campus feel unsafe.”
  • Credit to CBC for published an AP report on how “U.S. attorney general condemns latest wave of anti-Semitic vandalism, threats”. CBC reports that: “Jewish centres and schools across the nation coped with another wave of bomb threats Monday as officials in Philadelphia made plans to repair and restore hundreds of vandalized headstones at a Jewish cemetery. Jewish Community Centers and day schools in at least a dozen states received threats, according to the JCC Association of North America. No bombs were found. All 21 buildings — 13 community centres and eight schools — were cleared by Monday afternoon and had resumed normal operations, the association said.”

  • Yahoo News (courtesy of Reuters) reports that: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was criticized on Tuesday by Israel’s main government watchdog over what it said was a lack of preparation and cabinet consultation over a network of Hamas tunnels that confounded the military in the 2014 Gaza war.”
  • Over at the PostMedia Newspaper the Times Colonist in B.C. (via an AP report): “Israeli forces began evacuating nine homes in the West Bank settlement of Ofra on Tuesday, following a Supreme Court decision that ruled they were built on private Palestinian land.”



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