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U.S. designation of Iran's IRGC as a terrorist group draws reaction

April 11, 2019

rominent Jewish and pro-Israel organizations reacted positively to the Trump administration announcing that the United States will officially designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including its Quds Force, as a terrorist group—the first time that a part of a foreign state has been officially designated a terrorist group by the United States.

“Iran’s IRGC owns and/or controls a large part of Iran’s economy, and has, in fact, been attacking American troops and our allies for years. The Pentagon recently reported at least 603 Americans were killed in Iraq by Iranian forces,” Jewish Policy Center senior director Shoshana Bryen told JNS.

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Airbnb reverses its decision to blacklist Jewish properties in Judea and Samaria

April 9, 2019

“Airbnb has always opposed the BDS movement. Airbnb has never boycotted Israel, Israeli businesses or the more than 20,000 Israeli hosts who are active on the Airbnb platform,” added the company. “We have always sought to bring people together and will continue to work with our community to achieve this goal.”

(April 9, 2019 / JNS) The online hospitality service Airbnb announced on Tuesday that it has reversed its November decision to blacklist about 200 Jewish-owned properties in Judea and Samaria and has settled all lawsuits.

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U.S. designation of Iran's IRGC as a terrorist group draws reaction

April 9, 2019

Prominent Jewish and pro-Israel organizations reacted positively to the Trump administration announcing that the United States will officially designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including its Quds Force, as a terrorist group—the first time that a part of a foreign state has been officially designated a terrorist group by the United States.

“Iran’s IRGC owns and/or controls a large part of Iran’s economy, and has, in fact, been attacking American troops and our allies for years. The Pentagon recently reported at least 603 Americans were killed in Iraq by Iranian forces,” Jewish Policy Center senior director Shoshana Bryen told JNS.

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History Made, and Celebrated, in San Antonio

April 8, 2019

In an unprecedented event, hundreds from San Antonio’s Jewish community, joined by Jewish leaders from throughout the US and Israel, celebrated and expressed appreciation for the past four decades of Pastor John and Diana Hagee’s ardent support for the state of Israel.

Arguably, this is the first time any Jewish community came together to express true respect and appreciation for a Christian leader. This was not just a once-in-a-generation event, it’s the first in any generation.

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Trump Signs Proclamation Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

March 25, 2019

President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Monday, March 25, officially recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in Syria.

The proclamation states, “Any possible future peace agreement in the region must account for Israel’s need to protect itself from Syria and other regional threats. Based on these unique circumstances, it is therefore appropriate to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”

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Texas Warns Airbnb Over anti-Israel BDS Efforts

March 3, 2019

Texas blacklists Airbnb over West Bank settlement boycott

On Friday the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar publicly updated the list of businesses on the state’s “List of Companies that Boycott Israel” to include Airbnb.

The state of Texas has blacklisted the global vacation rental company Airbnb over its boycott of West Bank settlements.

“We welcome this decision very much and we hope that it will be emulated by other states and other countries in the world,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said on Saturday night.

On Friday, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Glenn Hegar, publicly updated the list of businesses on the state’s “List of Companies that Boycott Israel” to include Airbnb.

Texas’s move followed a decision by Florida in January to place Airbnb on its list of scrutinized companies.

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Senate Passes Pro-Israel, Anti-BDS Bill

February 10, 2019

Anti-BDS Bill Passed Senate, but Trouble Awaits in House

Some Democrats are convinced decision to tie controversial bill together with motions on aid to Israel and Jordan and sanctions on Syria was designed to spark intra-Democratic fighting

WASHINGTON – The Senate passed a bill last week that encourages state governments across the United States not to sign contracts with supporters of boycotts against Israel and its settlements in the occupied...

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