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The Daily Brief – Today’s News And Views About Israel & The Mideast – March 30

by Mike Fegelman
  • Excellent commentary over at the UByssey by editor Koby Michaels entitled: “BDS will bring bigotry, hatred and even violence to UBC”. Michaels argues: “BDS makes me feel unsafe because, at its heart, the movement calls for the destruction of the state of Israel. It claims Jewish people do not have a right to self-determination and that they are not a singular group. It claims I have no right to be Jewish and safe.”
  • Times Colonist has AP coverage about how Arab leaders on Wednesday endorsed key Palestinian positions in the conflict with Israel — a signal to President Donald Trump that a deal on Palestinian statehood must precede any Israeli-Arab normalization.
  • The Globe and Mail reports that “After weeks of heightened unease over the stance of the United States under the new administration of President Donald Trump, Arab leaders reaffirmed on Wednesday their commitment to a two-state solution to the decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict.”
  • Maclean’s has coverage of the swearing in of attorney David Friedman as America’s envoy to Israel.
  • Over at Windsor Square, learn about Israeli wines courtesy of Robert Stephen.
  • Metro News covered how Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian woman who attacked officers on duty with a pair of scissors near Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday, a police spokesman said.
  • CBC Radio’s Q program with Tom Power covered Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel and myopically described the raison d’être of the Israeli security barrier as such: “But eventually, she landed at the West Bank city of Bethlehem, where Banksy has set up his latest project, the Walled Off Hotel, so named because it sits beside the wall Israel built to keep Palestinians out. Petrin prepared as much as she could, based on a one-liner statement: “British colony on the verge of collapsing.” Actually, the barrier is meant to keep Palestinian terrorists out, not just ordinary Palestinians. It is not a separation wall or a de facto border, it’s a barrier which is 95% fence which is meant to prevent deadly terror attacks. The 5% walled section is in place to stop Palestinian sniper fire.

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