The Daily Brief – Today’s News And Views About Israel & The Mideast – March 10

March 10, 2017
  • “On March 13 and 14, King’s students will vote on whether or not to divide our campus by choosing to boycott Israel, and Israel alone,” says King’s University student Cameran Sleewa in the Western Gazette.
  • CTV featured an AP report headlined: “Putin hosts Netanyahu for talks set to focus on Syria” which detailed that: “Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday for talks focusing on the situation in Syria and Israeli concerns about the role of Iran and its proxies there”
  • AP via Times Colonist reports that: “A Republican-led Senate committee on Thursday narrowly approved the nomination of the combative lawyer selected by President Donald Trump to be ambassador to Israel, brushing aside concerns that David Friedman lacked the temperament for such a critical diplomatic post.”
  • Israel moves into second round at World Baseball ClassicIsrael beat the Netherlands 4-2 to finish in first place in Pool A with a 3-0 record, reports the Toronto Star.
  • Toronto Star reports today that “Israel considers bill that would force mosques to lower volume of call to prayer. Supporters of the bill say the volume is a matter of quality of life, while other citizens see it as an affront.”

  • Metro News says:Israel’s powerful transportation and intelligence minister says he is pushing forward with a proposal to build an artificial island with a seaport off the coast of Hamas-ruled Gaza that he believes will alleviate hardship in the blockaded territory and offer residents their first real bridge to the outside world in a decade.”
  • Sue-Anne Levy in the Toronto Sun notes that the rise in antisemitism is not surprising. She writes: “Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) – now in its 13th year – has returned to university campuses across Canada and the States this week and next. This week events are on tap at York University, which Benlolo called one of the most hostile campuses in Canada for Jewish students a year ago.”


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