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.