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Your Daily Spiel For July 23

Members of the LGBTQ community and supporters participate in a protest against a Knesset bill amendment denying surrogacy for same-sex couples, at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on July 22, 2018. Flash90 Photo.

Thousands of protesters in support of the LGBT community marched through Tel Aviv and blocked the main Ayalon highway on Sunday to protest a new surrogacy law that does not include gay couples. The day’s main protest was a rally in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on Sunday night, which amounted to approximately 60,000 people.

Randi Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg’s sister and former director of marketing at Facebook, made a statement agreeing with her brother that banning Holocaust deniers from social media “will not make them go away.” She suggested that a national debate was needed on Holocaust deniers’ right to have a voice on social media platforms in order “to expand the conversation more broadly and legislate at a national level.”

A new Israeli bill, which will allow pregnant women to skip to the head of lines at “supermarkets, shops, pharmacies, the post office and other places that provide public service,” was passed on Monday. The bill came just over a year after the Knesset passed a similar law granting citizens over 80 the same privilege.

The first kosher food bank in Toronto will be forced to close its door to the 150 families it feeds every week, unless it receives help soon. Officials with the Pride of Israel Synagogue’s kosher food bank said that its two main benefactors can no longer continue their support.

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