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Jewish extremist group calls for Linda Sarsour’s brother’s firing: American extremist group the Jewish Defense Organization (JDO), an offshoot of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), posted fliers in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighbourhood calling for a kosher restaurant to fire one of its managers, Mohammed Sarsour, who is brother to the Palestinian American activist Linda Sarsour. The JDO refers to Linda Sarsour as a “Hardcore Hamas Islamic Nazi terrorist” and says “let us run [her brother] out now before it is too late.”
Academic boycott rejected: The Modern Language Association, the principal professional association in the United States for scholars of language and literature, has voted to reject academic boycotts of Israel.
Miss Trans Israel speaks at D.C. event: In honour of LGBT Pride Month, the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. held a reception for Jewish and Israeli activists and leaders in the arena, including an address by the first winner of the Miss Trans Israel beauty pageant, Talleen Abu Hana.
A novel wins an award: Israeli novelist David Grossman has won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for his novel A Horse Walks Into a Bar, about a day in the life of a struggling Israeli stand-up comedian.
Bad ranking from Brits: Israel’s airline El Al came last in five out of seven categories in The Fly Quiet and Clean League Table, a list assembled by Heathrow Airport to encourage airlines that operate out of it to fly more fuel-efficient planes.