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Israeli Leaders: ‘World Cannot Remain Silent After Syrian Massacre’

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “sharply condemned” the chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Idlib province on Tuesday and called on the international community to complete the process of removing all of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.

“When I saw pictures of babies suffocating from a chemical attack in...

UNESCO Chief: ‘Jerusalem Is the Capital of King David’

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(JNS.org) UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has rebuffed attempts by the U.N. cultural body to deny a historic Jewish connection to Jerusalem.

“In the Torah, Jerusalem is the capital of King David, where Solomon built the Temple and placed the Ark of the Covenant,” Bokova said last week at the policy conference of the European Coalition for Israel, a grassroots Christian initiative.

“To deny, conceal or erase any of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions undermines the integrity of the site, and runs counter to the reasons that justifies its inscription in the UNESCO World Heritage List,” she added.

Bokova’s comments represent a sharp contrast to previous statements...

Columbia University Student Council Overwhelmingly Rejects BDS Resolution

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(JNS.org) Columbia University’s student council this week overwhelmingly voted down a resolution that would have given the school’s entire student body an opportunity to express support for the anti-Israel BDS movement.

The council voted 26-5, with one abstention, to reject the addition of a question on BDS to a campus-wide referendum.

The BDS resolution was initiated by anti-Israel student group Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD) and was debated by the student council for almost four hours. The school’s public safety officers stood guard outside the contentious meeting.

More than 120 people attended the student council meeting, which included presentations by...

Conference of Presidents Leaders Meet With Newly Elected DNC Chair Tom Perez

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(COPMJO release) The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations hosted newly elected Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Tom Perez at a meeting of leaders of member organizations of the conference. Chairman Perez emphasized the Democratic party’s strong commitment to maintain the overwhelming bipartisan support for the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel and to Israel’s enduring safety and security. He spoke of his own personal connection to Israel and the Jewish people and recalled the deep impact visiting Israel had on him. He sharply condemned efforts by the BDS movement to isolate, undermine and delegitimize the State of Israel and...

UN Envoy Haley to Refocus Security Council Away From Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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(JNS.org) U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced she will refocus the U.N. Security Council away from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and instead toward longstanding issues that have been neglected in recent years, while she assumes the body’s presidency this month.

“So much has been put toward Israel and the Palestinian Authority and not enough has been put toward some of the other issues,” Haley said at a press conference Monday, noting that she will focus an April 20 Security Council debate around issues such as Iran’s support for terrorism, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas.

“That is our goal for the Middle East—open debate,” she said.

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