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Tuesday, August 15, 2017  

In this Issue:

• News, Views and Analysis

• Illinois Senate passes resolution to recognize white supremacists, neo-Nazis as terrorist organizations


JUF Link presents news and analysis concerning the delegitimization and demonization of Israel and the Jewish people through BDS, anti-normalization and related activities.

Exposing the linkages between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, JUF Link 
shows JUF/Federation and its partners' impact in defeating anti-Israel and anti-Jewish forces.


JUF's Israel Education Center has launched the Lexicon, an encyclopedia of Israel-related terminology commonly used on campus and in the community.
Check it out here.


News, Views and Analysis

A Senate bill that would force the Palestinian Authority to stop compensating convicted terrorists or their family members passed through the Foreign Relations Committee and will proceed to the Senate floor

The Democratic Socialists of America voted to endorse a BDS motion at their biannual convention in Chicago last week. The vote, while endorsed by some Jewish members in attendance, was condemned by the group's founders and took place on Shabbat, a trend in the BDS movement

While BDS activists continue to advocate for the one-state solution, recent polling reveals only 11 percent of Palestinians support a one-state solution

Anti-Israel activists held "A Farewell to Rasmea Odeh" event in Chicago on Saturday ahead of the twice-convicted terrorist's impending deportation

Munich became the first German city to pass an anti-BDS bill banning municipal funding and support for BDS activities. Lawmakers in Frankfurt are now following Munich's lead

Elliot Abrams examines how the BDS movement is "falling flat"

Many academic associations and professors remain obsessed with delegitimizing Israel. A.J. Caschetta asks: Where's their outrage over Turkey?

A revised Knesset bill would allow anyone harmed by calls to boycott Israel to sue without proof of damages

Two prominent U.S. senators are voicing concerns about the educational content at a Ramallah summer camp for Palestinian-Americans

Tablet Magazine has hired Gretchen Rachel Hammond, the Windy City News reporter who broke the Chicago Dyke March story and was consequently reassigned to non-journalistic duties

The Forward has ranked the 22 best universities for Israel-loving students

Illinois Senate passes resolution to recognize white supremacists, neo-Nazis as terrorist organizations

In response to the vitriolic and anti-Semitic events in Charlottesville this past weekend, the Illinois Senate has passed a resolution calling on law enforcement agencies to recognize white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations.

"It is vital that we stand in total opposition to the hatred, bigotry and violence displayed by the white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville this past weekend," sponsoring Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) told the Chicago Tribune. "They are the heirs to the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazis. We fought two bloody wars in opposition to their ideologies. We must continue to fight those same twisted ideologies today."

The resolution urges law enforcement to "pursue the criminal elements" of these groups with the "same fervor used to protect the United States from other manifestations of terrorism," according to the bill

"The hateful worldview of white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups like the KKK have too often morphed into criminal violence and terrorism against minority groups," said Emily Sweet, executive director of JCRC and Government Affairs. "We applaud the Illinois Senate for accurately labeling these groups as terrorist organizations that have no place in our country."

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