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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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In a first, a senior ambassador from the United Arab Emirates appealed directly to Israelis in an op-ed published in an Israeli newspaper on Friday, stating that Israel’s unilateral annexation of the West Bank could reverse years of progress and normalization of ties between Israel and the Arab world. 
 
Minister of State Yousef Al-Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the U.S., wrote in Yedioth Ahronoth about the potential losses and destabilisation that annexation could cause.
 
“We have conducted quiet diplomacy and sent very public signals to help shift the dynamics and promote the possible,” he wrote. However, an Israeli annexation “will certainly and immediately upend Israeli aspirations for improved security, economic and cultural ties with the Arab world and with UAE.”
 
“Recently, Israeli leaders have promoted excited talk about normalization of relations with the United Arab Emirates and other Arab states. But Israeli plans for annexation and talk of normalization are a contradiction,” he wrote.

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With world leaders lining up to warn Israel against unilaterally declaring sovereignty over parts of the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering a less controversial alternative — the annexation of three large Jewish cities for now.

The annexing of Maale Adumim, Ariel and Gush Etzion could happen after July 1, according to top government sources. The three large “settlements” are already well-defined and would require additional planning, if any.

The sources said that Netanyahu would likely focus on these established blocs rather than declare an overall annexation in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley on July 1, apparently hoping to mitigate opposition while also appeasing right-wing factions of his government.

The United States at the moment seems less enthusiastic for recognizing any Israeli annexation without approval first from a joint U.S.-Israel mapping committee. The committee has been unable to progress these past few months due to the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns. 

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The Iranian parliament unanimously passed a law that bars use of any product that was invented in Israel or uses Israeli technology — and good luck with that as experts estimate it could set the Islamic nation back 50 years.

This boycott of Israel is enforceable by authorities. The regime called cooperation with Israel “equal to enmity towards God and corruption on earth,” and “activities of the Israeli software platforms in Iran and using its hardware and software products are forbidden.”

“Based on the first article of the bill, all Iranian bodies are required to use the country’s regional and international capacities to confront the Zionist regime’s measures,” said Iranian parliamentary spokesman Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini.

Saul Singer, who co-authored “Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle,” said Iran “would make North Korea look advanced and cosmopolitan.” 

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