Rashida Tlaib, one of two Congress members to support the boycott Israel movement, defeated a challenger in her Michigan district’s Democratic primary as she bids for a second term.
Major media on Wednesday declared Tlaib the winner against Brenda Jones, who had preceded her in representing the Detroit-area district.
Tlaib, a Palestinian American, favors a binational state as an outcome of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She and Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, favor the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Jones, meanwhile, is a long-time admirer of Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.
Cori Bush, who on Tuesday unseated Lacy Clay, a longtime incumbent Democrat in a St. Louis-area district, also has indicated she favors BDS.
Perspective: A Forward columnist argues that while only a small part of the Democratic Party supports BDS, Tlaib’s victory means Jews should pivot to seek left-wing allies in the fight against right-wing anti-Semitism.
The Tel Aviv municipality projected a Lebanese flag on the side of its building Wednesday, but the gesture was rebuffed by many Lebanese.
Many Lebanese took to social media on Wednesday to express their ire over the attempted gesture of solidarity by the Tel Aviv municipality with the victims of the previous night’s Beirut port explosion. The blast, which was apparently caused by the ignition of 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, has claimed at least 135 lives, and left over 5,000 injured and 300,000 homeless.
Using the hashtag “We don’t want it,” many Lebanese expressed their rejection of both Israeli solidarity and offers of medical aid. Some also shared remarks by politician Moshe Feiglin, leader of the Zehut party, who had said that the Beirut port blast was a “wonderful celebration,” the Times of Israel reported.
The National Library of Israel will suspend its public services and put its 300 employees on unpaid leave.
The closure, which is set to begin on Aug. 17, is due to a cut by the government in the library’s budget along with a “drastic drop” in income and donations, the library announced Wednesday.
Under the suspension, the library will stop the lending of books and close reading rooms. Teacher training also has been canceled. Online cultural events that have been held throughout the coronavirus crisis will be canceled as well.
While Israel has no budget for 2020, every ministry is supposed to get 90 percent of the money budgeted in 2019, but apparently the library did not get its share. The library’s board chair, David Blumberg, and director, Oren Weinberg, called on Israel’s education and finance ministers to help the library and transfer its budget money.
Eli Rozenberg, the son of N.Y.-based nursing home owner Kenny Rozenberg, is closer to acquiring a large stake in El Al Airlines.
Israel’s Government Companies Authority agreed to support Rozenberg’s $75 million bid for a 44.9% controlling stake in the country’s flagship airline, which has been laid low by the coronavirus pandemic, the Israeli business daily Globes reported.
Now El Al must decide whether to accept the offer or take a government bailout package that would include a government-backed loan and a stock offering on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Under the bailout, the state would retain a 61 percent stake in the airline, leading again to its nationalization. The airline was privatized in 2004.
Rozenberg, 30, is a resident of Israel and an Israeli citizen. His father owns the Centers for Specialty Care Group, a national chain of nursing homes and affiliated services in the United States.
How can college students fight back against anti-Semitism? In a Jewish Week op-ed, a rising junior at Florida State University writes about her efforts to start a Jewish student union, to give students like her a voice in student government. “I and other students wanted an organization that could help be another resource for educating the campus on anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and Jewish culture; a student-driven organization that could speak out against unspeakable hatred against the Jewish people.”
The William Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary presents a roundtable asking how schools can continue to explore and address the values of and commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusion during this time of change. With Dr. Shira D. Epstein, dean of the William Davidson School, and Dr. Abigail Uhrman, assistant professor of Jewish education at the William Davidson School. Thursday, August 6, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm.
Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust presents a multimedia program in which Yiddish scholar Miriam Isaacs reveals the inside story of amateur folklorist Ben Stonehill. In the summer of 1948, Stonehill recorded more than 1,000 songs from Holocaust refugees who were being housed temporarily in the lobby of the Hotel Marseilles on New York’s Upper West Side. The recordings are now being disseminated on the web through a partnership with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance. Guest musician Vladimir Fridman will perform songs from the Stonehill archive. August 6, 2:00 pm. Suggested donation: $10.
B’Yachad Together: Spirited by American Jewish University presents Dennis Ross, who served as U.S. point man on the Middle East peace process in four administrations, and David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, in conversation with AJU President Jeffrey Herbst. August 6, 3:00 pm.
Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center presents an evening with Alan Zweibel, one of the original writers for “Saturday Night Live” and the author of a new book, “Laugh Lines,” in conversation with director, producer, screenwriter and comedian Judd Apatow. Moderated by SiriusXM’s Jessica Shaw. August 6, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.