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With a resurgence in the number of coronavirus cases and an 18 percent increase in the number of patients hospitalized in serious condition, the Israeli government is re-imposing certain restrictions in an effort to get a handle on the virus. 

Ministers in the coronavirus cabinet unanimously voted this week to limit public gatherings to 50 people and chopped the capacity of people at event halls to 100 people — down from 250 for indoor venues. These new guidelines will continue through July 31 unless extended.

This limit affects places of worship including synagogues, mosques and churches. 

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The freshman congresswomen in the U.S. House of Representatives who have been pushing their anti-Israel agenda in Congress are now calling on the United States to cut off aid to Israel should the Jewish state go through with annexing land in the West Bank. 

Radical Solcialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Michigan’s anti-Semitic Rashida Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent, addressed the letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. 

“Should the Israeli government move forward with the planned annexation with this administration’s acquiescence, we will work to ensure non-recognition as well as pursue conditions on the $3.8 billion in U.S. military funding to Israel, including human rights conditions and withholding funds for the off-shore procurement of Israeli weapons equal to or exceeding the amount the Israeli government spends annually to fund settlements, as well as the policies and practices that sustain and enable them,” they wrote. 

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As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces his self-imposed date of July 1 for when he can decide whether to unilaterally annex portions of the West Bank, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson published a front-page op-ed in a major Hebrew newspaper urging Israel not to follow through.

“I profoundly hope that annexation does not go ahead. If it does, the UK will not recognize any changes to the 1967 lines, except those agreed to between both parties,” Johnson wrote in Yedioth Ahronoth. “As a lifelong friend, admirer and supporter of Israel, I am fearful that these proposals will fail in their objective of securing Israel’s borders and will be contrary to Israel’s own long-term interests.”

Johnson noted that moving forward without negotiations could also jeopardize Israel’s relations that have developed over the years with states in the Arab and Muslim world. 

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A 30-year old video has recently come to light revealing a long-term strategy by the president of the Arab American Institute to undermine Jews and support for Israel among Americans. 

The video, released by Americans for Peace and Tolerance in Frontpage Magazine on June 15, shows James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, telling a Jordanian television interviewer about his plan to raise up Arab Americans in politics while simultaneously sowing the idea of “Israeli oppression” among the public. His strategy was a long-term undermining of Israel and Jews as a race preying all the while on the liberal persuasion of left-wing Jews.

“It is Israel today that is the anti-democratic force in the Middle East. That is a significant statement that we need to develop,” he said in the interview believed to be from 1990. “It is Israel today that is behaving in the West Bank and Gaza among its own citizens as (Nikolai) Ceausescu was operating in Romania.”

“We need to be casting the image that way because that is reality and that will win influence and, I think, friends in America.”

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The Associated Press succumbed to pressure from the Palestinian Authority to fire a journalist because he dared to protest the PA’s detention and beating of another reporter.
 
“I have been working for AP for 20 years,” said Eyad Hamad, a veteran Palestinian cameraman. “I covered many events in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and a number of Arab countries. The decision came as a surprise to me and my colleagues.”
 
Hamad, along with several other Palestinian journalists, protested the arrest and beating of another Palestinian journalist who is still imprisoned. Hamad was threatened by PA officials who said they would make sure he lost his job — which he eventually did.
 
The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate denounced Hamad’s “arbitrary dismissal” and called on the AP to reverse its “unfair and unjust decision.”

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