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Students at Columbia University voted to urge the school to adopt a policy of boycotting and divesting from companies that “profit from or engage in the State of Israel’s acts towards Palestinians.” 

A 61 percent majority of the students at the ivy league university in New York voted in favor of the referendum, according to The Jewish Week.

Members of Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD) celebrated the results of the vote on Tuesday.

“We are so excited to announce that our divestment referendum has passed with majority student support at Columbia College! Thank you for your support and for voting, we couldn’t have done it without you! Full statement coming soon,” the group posted on Facebook.

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After coming under pressure from from pro-Palestinian activists, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democrat congresswoman from New York, withdrew her participation from an event in memory of an assassinated Israeli prime minister. 

The event in honor of Yitzhak Rabin on the 25th anniversary of his assassination is scheduled for Oct. 20. 

Americans for Peace Now announced that Ocasio-Cortez agreed to join the online event, but within one day of the announcement she reversed her decision after Palestinian activists called her participation showed “total contempt for Palestinian lives.”

“Palestinians remember (Rabin) for his brutal rule suppressing Palestinian protest during the First Intifada, as someone who reportedly ordered the breaking of Palestinian bones,” a reporter wrote on Twitter.

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Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, walked out of the General Assembly during a speech by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday in which he castigated Israel.

“The dirty hand that reaches the privacy of Jerusalem, where the sacred places of the three great religions coexist, is constantly increasing its audacity,” Erdogan said.

Erdogan criticized the peace agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, while commending the Palestinians for standing up to “Israel’s policies of violence and intimidation for more than half a century.”

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According to media reports, Israeli government and business leaders flew to Bahrain on Wednesday in order to finalize the normalization treaty signed last week but he two countries in Washington D.C. last week.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa spoke by phone and apparently arranged the high-level delegation trip. During the call Salman “underscored the importance of securing regional and international stability and enhancing efforts to support peace in the region,” according to the state-run Bahrain News Agency.

The two leaders reiterated the content of the so-called Abraham Accords that both nations signed on Sept. 15.

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The biggest news in Israel this week was the signing of a historic peace agreement between Israel and two Gulf states — the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain — at a distinguished ceremony at the White House on Tuesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump hosted the event at the White House promising, “there are more nations to follow.”

“We are very far down the road with about five. Frankly we could’ve had them here today…. at least five or six countries are coming through very quickly,” Trump predicted repeatedly in interviews throughout the day.

“You’re going to have peace in the Middle East without being stupid and shooting everybody, and killing everybody, and having blood all over the sand,” he said in a Fox News interview.

Trump even predicted that the Palestinians would eventually “come along” as well. 

Trump led Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE’s Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed (ABZ) and Abdullatif Al-Zayani, the foreign minister of Bahrain, onto a balcony overlooking the South Lawn of the White House. These two countries became the third and fourth Arab states to agree to full diplomatic relations with Israel after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

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