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Europe

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Courts in Madrid and Barcelona delivered legal blows to the foundations of the anti-Israel boycott campaign in Spain this past week. In suits brought by ACOM, a pro-Israel organization that fights the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign, the two courts ruled to overturn discriminatory policies adopted by city councils in...

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Iran

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Ukrainian authorities announced on Friday that they seized a shipment of missile system components that were bound for Iran, in violation of an arms embargo against the Islamic Republic. The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine said that the parts were found on an Iran-bound flight at Kiev’s Zulyany airport, Jane’s Defence...

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Human Rights

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An British-Iranian charity worker who was arrested last year by Iran on charges of attempting to overthrow the government has had her five-year sentence upheld by Iran’s judiciary, the Guardian reported Sunday. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested in April while preparing to depart from Tehran’s international...

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Diplomacy

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President Donald Trump praised the “special relationship” between the United States and Israel while speaking with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone on Sunday, echoing sentiments expressed by previous American presidents. According to the White House’s readout of the call, the two leaders discussed “ways to advance and strengthen the U.S.-Israel special relationship, and...

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Diplomacy

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Robert Dussey, the foreign minister of Togo, on Monday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to an African-Israeli summit on development and security in October. Dussey estimated that 20-25 national leaders will participate in the conference, which Netanyahu agreed to attend. “I want you to know how glad we are that...

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Israel

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The mayor of Jerusalem announced on Monday that he is holding direct talks with members of the new U.S. administration about potentially moving the American embassy to the Israeli capital, describing his interlocutors as “serious about their intention.” Mayor Nir Barkat noted in a statement that the Trump administration’s interest in relocating the embassy...

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Israel

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday expressed his hope that the Iranian and Israeli people could work together to secure a peaceful future for both nations, saying in a video message, “We are your friend, not your enemy.” After acknowledging Iran’s “proud history” and “rich culture,” Netanyahu expressed sympathy...

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Iran

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Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which answers directly to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stands to be the main beneficiary of economic agreements recently signed between Tehran and Damascus, Reuters reported Wednesday. Syrian Prime Minister Emad Khamis signed five memorandums of understandings on a visit last week to Iran, including phosphate mining...

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Israel

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The premise of the recent Paris conference to advance peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians was undermined by a 2013 French court ruling on the legality of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the editors of The Wall Street Journal argued Thursday. While the Paris conference convened to “once more...

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Global Affairs

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About a month ago, I wrote in this column about a group of British animal rights activists who employed Nazi imagery in a vicious campaign against a kosher abattoir (slaughterhouse) in London. This, I said, was another example of the Holocaust being used as a stick with which to beat...

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