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Several third-party businesses, including Uber, DoorDash and Ritual, are severing ties with a Toronto restaurant after it refused to take back an anti-Semitic post on social media: “#zionistsnotwelcome.” Zionist simply means Jew.

Foodbenders already has a history of anti-Semitism and controversy in general. It posted a sign, “f—k the police” and another sign saying it was now open to “non-racist shoppers,” adding the hashtags “freepalestine” and “zionistsnotwelcome.” Its social media accounts have also been rife with statements such as “police brutality is an Israeli export” and “Zionists are Nazis,” including hashtags such as #intifada. Instagram shut the restaurant’s account after several complaints.

As a result of the incident, delivery services cut ties with the restaurant and several Canadian politicians have denounced the establishment.

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Israel made history this week when it appointed a Bedouin citizen of the Jewish state to serve as its ambassador abroad.

Ishmael Khaldi will become Israel’s ambassador to Eritrea. He also made history as the first Bedouin Israeli to serve as a diplomat in the Foreign Ministry since joining the foreign service in 2004. He has held several diplomatic posts in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Khaldi, who is Muslim, is from a Bedouin community in the North. While he grew up living in a tent and working as a shepherd, Khaldi has forged a trailblazing career in the Jewish state. He served as a police officer and received a master’s degree in political science from Tel Aviv University before rising to senior levels of the Foreign Ministry. 

For more than a decade now Khaldi has been a staunch defender of Israel, countering Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) efforts abroad. He often speaks of his national pride as an Israeli Arab.

Khaldi made news last month and has filed a complaint against police after being roughed up by three offices as he was taking video at a bus station. The officers pinned him down to the floor.

“I screamed ‘I can’t breathe. I can’t move,’’ he said.

Despite this, Khaldi rejected any comparisons to George Floyd, the black American man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. Nevertheless, Khaldi said he will be vindicated by security camera footage and has demanded it be made public. He may also sue for defamation.

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The BDS movement organized a series of anti-Israel rallies across North America where protestors called for another Intifada and the destruction of the Jewish state. 

All last week, marches and caravans took place in several American cities and in Canada, replete with hate-filled rhetoric against Israel.

Boycott Divestment Sanctions activists took advantage of the ongoing protests against police brutality in the aftermath of the death African-American George Floyd, 46, on May 25 in Minneapolis police custody. They equated the struggle of African Americans with Palestinians calling it the “Black Intifada.”

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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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