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Your daily spiel for Wednesday, August 30

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Sebastien Gorka speaks at the International Special Training Centre's Military Assistance Course in Pfullendorf, Germany in 2015. 7th Army Training Command FLICKR

Your Daily Spiel is The CJN’s (almost) daily roundup of trending stories in the Jewish world.


Call for vigilance: Jews need to be vigilant and vocal right now regarding what Sara Horowitz called the “emboldened voices of racism” in her column this week.

Israel and the left: Our former intern and a master’s student at U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs writes this week about what he says is a fairly lengthy history of “anti-Zionist rhetoric within academia, and in progressive politics.” 

Unyielding on settlements: Days after meeting with a White House delegation to address restarting peace negotiations with the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a forceful statement about Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Gorka’s beef with “liberal elements” of U.S. Jews : Appearing yesterday as a guest on a conservative talk radio show, former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka complained of Forward magazine’s “smear campaign” against him in its reporting on Gorka’s ties to a Hungarian nationalist group that was connected to the country’s Nazi-allied government during the Second World War. He also accused the “liberal elements” of the American Jewish community of having become “anti-Israeli.”

Illegal wedding broken up: Police in the Israeli city of Lod arrested a groom and the father of the bride before the former, reportedly in his 20s, married a 14-year-old girl. The girl’s father, who’s the rabbi of the Breslov chassidic sect where the family lives, was supposed to perform the ceremony.

Most importantly, a monkey named Niv and this chicken have become fast friends.