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An international science journal has rejected a study by an Israeli doctor because she refused to remove “Israel” from the address of Ariel University, which is located in the West Bank and is considered by some as a “settlement.”

Dr. Mindy Levine submitted a study that was set to be published in the January 2021 edition of the journal “Molecules.”

However, a group of anti-Israel chemists from around the world, led by Prof. George Smith, winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Prof. Malcolm Levitt, a Fellow of the Royal Society, lobbied for the address to be changed to: “Ariel University, illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel, Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

The group is called No Academic Business as Usual with Ariel University (Chemists are not known for their creativity!)

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With her announcement that she will play Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, in an upcoming film, Israeli actress Gal Gadot was the recipient of some deranged criticism. 

Criticism ranged from those saying a Jew should not play the part of an Egyptian to others who claim that a “white” Israeli displaced Arab or black actresses who should have gotten the part.

The anti-Israel, anti-Semitic attacks against Gadot — who rose to international stardom for her role as Wonder Woman — even slammed her “bland” looks, which are anything but.

“Which Hollywood dumbass thought it would be a good idea to cast an Israeli actress as Cleopatra (a very bland looking one) instead of a stunning Arab actress like Nadine Njeim? And shame on you, Gal Gadot. Your country steals Arab land and you’re stealing their movie roles,” Sameera Khan asked on Twitter. 

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In the quest for more countries to normalize relations with Israel, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister while a former Sudan politician said he is trying to organize a delegation of Sudanese citizens to visit Israel in a push for peace with the Jewish state.

The United States brokered historic peace deals between the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain with Israel resulting in the signing of the Abraham Accords on Sept. 15 at the White House.

“We hope Saudi Arabia will consider normalizing its relationships as well, and we want to thank them for the assistance they’ve had in the success of the Abraham Accords so far,” Pompeo said on Wednesday at a meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.

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With no relations between the two countries — in fact, they are technically at war — it is nothing short of historic that Lebanon and Israel have agreed to engage in talks over its maritime border, let alone that those opening talks were deemed “productive” by all parties.

The negotiations — which just began Wednesday — are being held under the direction of the United States and the United Nations who said in a joint statement that the delegates had “reaffirmed their commitment to continue negotiations later this month.”

Neither Israel nor Lebanon are operating under the illusion that a border dispute resolution would lead to normalization or peace, following the historic agreements between Israel with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. 

In fact, Hezbollah and another Shiite party, Amal, issued a statement warning of just that.

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The Knesset is expected to overwhelmingly ratify the normalization treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised on the floor of the Israeli parliament that there are no “surprise deals” in the agreement which he signed with the UAE on Sept. 15 at the White House. U.S. President Donald Trump brokered the historic agreements between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain. 

Netanyahu reiterated his hope that more Arab countries would follow.

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