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Biden acknowledges Armenian genocide + letter from Jan Schakowsky pushes alternative definitions of anti-Semitism


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💥 Big boom: A mysterious explosion at an Israeli air base last week was believed to have been caused by a rocket engine test, analysts said.

☢️ Sanctions requests: Iranian diplomat Abbas Araghchi said the United States must remove sanctions from 1,500 people in order to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

🇮🇷 Insurance: Brett McGurk, the National Security Council’s coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, told Jewish leaders on Friday that the administration will not lift sanctions on Iran until any agreement is reached on the 2015 deal .

💰 Big deal: Israeli Delek Drilling is working on plans to sell its stake in Tamar’s offshore drilling plant to Mubadala Petroleum in Abu Dhabi for $ 1.1 billion.

🕵️ Exposed: A man posing as an American Jewish rabbi living in Jerusalem has been denounced as a Christian missionary working to secretly convert ultra-Orthodox Israelis.

🏢 New roots: Blackstone is opening a new outpost in Tel Aviv, led by Yifat Oron, the former CEO of technology banking platform LeumiTech.

🗳️ Refuse: The Virginia GOP has rejected a call by the state’s Jewish leaders to allow absentee voting at its next nominating convention on a Saturday.

🌐 Incoming Ambassadors: President Joe Biden is set to appoint Mark Gitenstein and Julie Smith as his ambassadors to the European Union and NATO, respectively.

✍️ Change the times? DC insider David Rothkopf, who is close to White House chief of staff Ron Klain, suggests in a Daily beast said “key elements of Israel’s special status in Washington may be at risk” after the end of the Trump era.

🚔 Manhunt: Four synagogues in the Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale were vandalized over the weekend, and police believe a suspect is responsible for the attacks.

🎤 Origin story: “CBS this morning” looked the origins of Billie Holiday’s activist anthem “Strange Fruit”, written by Jewish professor Abel Meeropol.

⛓️ Delayed: The conviction of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, the former Chabad chief of Poway who pleaded guilty to tax evasion, has been delayed by six months.

📈 Big deal: PSPC founders can still profit even if the companies they partner with to go public suffer losses, reveals The Wall Street Journal.

🏫 Allegation: Former hedge fund manager Sanjay Shah has been accused of using Ezra Academy, a Jewish school in Queens, to execute $ 1.1 billion in transactions, evading tax authorities.

📺 Late at night: Gal Gadot appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last week to talk about her new documentary series, her pregnancy, and how Israel is beating COVID.

🔪 Back in the saddle: Legendary Zabars lox slicer, 91, Len Berk returned to work on Thursday after a year off due to the pandemic.

⚽ Sports flashing: The Glazer family are reportedly considering selling Manchester United football club for £ 4 billion.

🗞️ Style switch: The Associated Press Style book ad he was officially updating his guidelines to spell out anti-Semitism without a hyphen.

🕯️ Remember: Fashion designer Alber Elbaz has died aged 59 from COVID-19. United Talent Agency co-founder Marty Bauer has passed away at 74. Radio host Bob Fass has died aged 87.


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