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Human Rights

jewish pride

Organizers of a gay pride parade in Washington, D.C. have come under fire for banning Jewish rainbow flags adorned with the Star of David, which they said too closely resembles the flag of Israel, from its Friday event. While the Dyke March is supposed to be a celebration of inclusiveness,...

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Israel

tel aviv pride

Get your rainbow flags out, everyone – Tel Aviv Pride 2019 is kicking off. The Israeli coastal city is not only home to a world-famous Pride Parade – the largest Pride event in the Middle East and Asia – but is also host to a week-long celebration of its vibrant LGBTQ community....

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MidEast

jeremy corbyn

British Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, warned Wednesday that if Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn won a general election, he would be “the first anti-Semitic leader of a western nation since the second world war.” Hancock, who is running to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May who resigned over her inability to deliver...

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MidEast

mahmoud abbas

Palestinian leaders are facing outrage from their own constituents after leaked documents revealed that members of the Palestinian Authority (PA) cabinet gave themselves a secret retroactive pay raise in 2017, resulting in a 67 percent salary hike. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the lavish payouts came at a time...

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Israel

amir ohana

The first openly gay man to become a cabinet minister in Israel was appointed Wednesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Amir Ohana will act as interim justice minister, following the sacking of the previous office holder, Ayelet Shaked. “As a Jew, as an Israeli, as the partner of the...

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Israel

parkinsons disease

An Israeli-British-German study published in Acta Neuropathologica reveals a novel method for detecting the aggregation of the protein alpha-synuclein, a hallmark of Parkinson’s disease. Earlier detection could enable more effective treatment for the incurable, progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting the speech, posture, gait, digestion, sleep, impulse control, and cognition of an estimated one million Americans...

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Iran

bibi

Iran is lying about its nuclear work and is trying to obtain an “arsenal of nuclear bombs,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday, following a meeting with the former deputy head of the UN’s atomic agency at his Jerusalem office. Olli Heinonen, who previously held a senior position at...

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MidEast

red sea coral

Israel has joined several neighboring Arab states in a regional venture for the protection of coral reef ecosystems under the mediation of a neutral third-party, it was announced Thursday. The Red Sea Transnational Research Center, located in Bern, Switzerland, will be staffed by researchers from all the countries bordering the...

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MidEast

youtube

The online video platform YouTube expanded Wednesday its hate speech policy to ban white supremacist content, such as the promotion of Nazi ideology and Holocaust denial. The Google-owned company said in a statement that the move reflects “a tougher stance” toward extremist and terrorist material. YouTube applied the policy with...

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Israel

recycled tools

“Waste not, want not,” goes the age-old adage. So age-old, in fact, that even prehistoric humans adhered to it. These ancient humans, according to new Tel Aviv University research, “recycled” discarded or broken flint tools to create small, sharp utensils with specific functions some 400,000 years ago. These recycled tools...

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