President Donald Trump and his administration have long been on a path to diminish Palestinian declarations of statehood. The Trump administration recognized the Golan Heights as part of Israel, and in a historic move relocated the American embassy to Yerushalayim. David Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel, is recognized for engaging the White House on such a transference, and must be commended for his painstaking efforts since assuming his position.

The recent comments by freshman Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib during a podcast have been discussed thoroughly in the Jewish, and non-Jewish, community. Tlaib, who spun an ahistorical lie that the surviving Jews of the Holocaust were welcomed with open arms by her Palestinian ancestors, has her defenders in the Democratic Party. The nefarious aspect of the defense tactics is not claiming that she is right; rather, they attack the criticizers themselves. By doing this, their goal is to silence their opponents, and this silence has a history all its own.

Not only one has risen against us to annihilate us, but in every generation they rise against us to annihilate us.” These words, recited during the most emotional point of the Pesach Seder, still ring true, despite the incredible freedoms American Jews enjoy. Six months after the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, last week another shooting occurred at the Chabad in Poway, California. A few days earlier, The New York Times published a cartoon of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu depicted as a big-nosed dog with a Jewish star necklace leading a yarmulke-wearing, blind President Trump. Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head in many forms, and American Jews must be knowledgeable of who our enemies are and where they come from if we are to continue to survive.


 Pro-Israel groups and Jewish allies are calling for the defunding of City University of New York’s (CUNY) public law school after a graduating student, Fatima Mousa Mohammed, delivered a commencement speech accusing Israel of indiscriminate violence against Palestinians. Mohammed also labeled laws as “white supremacy” and criticized the “fascist” nature of the NYPD and U.S. military. She celebrated CUNY Law’s support for the anti-Israel BDS movement and praised the school for endorsing it. The speech was initially taken down from YouTube but was later reinstated due to public outcry. Pro-Israel groups condemned Mohammed’s speech, accusing her of promoting anti-Semitic tropes, and called for the defunding of CUNY Law.

Recap: Libby speaks with Marnie and Sabrina’s mom about the New York trip. Libby is still nervous about flying. Libby missed a call from Ruth Tilney from Israel. Libby wonders why Mrs. Tilney is calling when she isn’t even working for the flight school anymore.


 Aphoto agency has responded to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s claims of a “near catastrophic car chase” in New York City, stating that the photographers had no intention of causing harm and were merely covering newsworthy events. The agency clarified that they received photos and videos from freelance photographers who reported that one of the SUVs in Prince Harry’s security escort was driving recklessly and was even pulled over by the police. The agency denied the allegations of near collisions or endangerment, stating that the photographers did not perceive any immediate danger to the couple. The NYPD also confirmed that there were no reported incidents, injuries, or arrests during the transportation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.