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The Kenyan-born Israeli runner, Lonah Chemtai Salpeter was chosen to be Israel’s female flag bearer at the upcoming Paris Olympics opening ceremony on July 26, according to Israel’s Ynet news. She is reportedly scheduled to hold the Israeli flag along with Ukrainian-born Israeli shooter Sergey Richter, a top candidate for male flag bearer. Salpeter (35), who was born in a tiny village in the African nation, is considered to be one of the world’s best long-distance runners and one of Israel’s leading medal candidates. As a child, she grew up without running water and used to run 16 km (10 miles) round…

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Australian Border Force has detained several citizens returning home, questioning them in order to make sure their actions while fighting for Israel do not constitute a criminal offense, the Guardian reports The Australian Border Force has scrutinized at least three citizens suspected of planning to travel to Israel to enlist in the IDF, the Guardian reported. This investigation underscores the Australian government’s cautionary stance toward its citizens who consider serving in the military of a foreign nation. Continue reading this article on ynetnews.com

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Twenty-year-old swimmer Adam Maraana qualified for the 2024 Olympics in Paris in the 100-meter backstroke event after equaling a national record. Swimmer Adam Maraana last week made history by becoming the first Arab Israeli athlete to represent Israel at the Olympics in 48 years. Maraana, 20, qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics in the 100-meter backstroke event during the Olympic trials held at the Wingate Institute in Netanya on June 6. Clocking in at 53.60 seconds, Maraana equaled the Israeli national record set by Yakov Toumarkin in 2017. The result was a fourteenth of a second faster than the qualifying time for the 2024 Olympics. Maraana said…

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Local politician Karoline Preisler is unafraid to defend Israel in the face of threats. Despite not being Israeli or Jewish, over the past several months Karoline Preisler has endangered herself time and again by demonstrating support for Israel at numerous pro-Palestinians held in Germany since Oct. 7. The local German politician from the liberal FDP party usually goes at it alone, finding her place among the crowd while quietly lifting signs with messages like, “Rape is not resistance” or “Believe Israeli women.” “It motivates me that this way, I can do something practical against the glorification of terror and antisemitism.…

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International investigation establishes links between European criminal gangs attempting to attack Israeli embassies and Iran. Ahead of the Olympic games in Paris, France, Israeli intelligence services—Mossad, Shin Bet, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Intelligence, as well as the National Security Council—exposed Iranian sponsorship of terrorist activity targeting Israelis and Jews across Europe, the Israeli authorities said on Thursday. Working with the European partners, Israeli intelligence discovered that two criminal networks—FOXTROT and RUMBA—were behind some of the recent attempted terrorist attacks in Europe. Namely, the statement mentions the incident in which two grenades were thrown at Israeli embassy in Brussels, Belgium…

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As the 68th Eurovision Song Contest kicks into full gear, organizers who insist the event is “non-political” are fighting a crescendo of protests over Israel’s participation amid the ongoing war in Gaza. The European Broadcasting Union, which organizes the global competition held in the Swedish city of Malmö this year, has tirelessly pushed one slogan: “United by Music.” But the group’s decision to keep Israel among 37 nations vying for a trophy has instead divided Malmö, triggered global petitions, caused artists to boycott and generated plans for a flood of street protests. Eurovision launched with its first semifinal on Tuesday.…

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Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said there were no known Israeli casualties. A mob of pro-Hamas demonstrators attempted to break into a hotel where Israeli tourists were staying in Athens, according to media reports and videos circulating on social media. The anti-Israel protests against the war in Gaza escalated into riots, with some demonstrators attempting to breach the hotel premises. Greek police were reportedly dispatched to the scene at Omonia Square, where they deployed gas grenades to disperse the crowd and restore order. Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said there were no known Israeli casualties, i24 News reported. The incident…

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‘It is unacceptable that Jews face fear and unrest just trying to access public transportation.’ A bus driver in Manchester, England kicked an Israeli woman off of a bus after she commented on a pro-Palestinian symbol the driver was wearing on his uniform. Following the incident, the Manchester Jewish Council released a statement condemning the bus driver’s actions. “As the Jewish community exits its Passover, we are once again frightened by company employees contracted by Manchester City Council who are openly displaying political symbols relating to the current conflict in the Middle East.” They noted that Jewish passengers are facing…

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Petro again described Israel’s siege of Gaza as “genocide.” He previously suspended purchases of weapons from Israel and compared that country’s actions in Gaza to those of Nazi Germany. “Tomorrow, diplomatic relations with the State of Israel will be broken … for having a genocidal president,” Petro said during an International Workers’ Day march in Colombia’s capital. “If Palestine dies, humanity dies, and we are not going to let it die.” Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz quickly rebuked Petro’s comments on the platform X. “History will remember that Gustavo Petro decided to side with the most despicable monsters known to…

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Rachel Goldberg-Polin has met with numerous world leaders and addressed the UN twice in her advocacy efforts. Rachel Goldberg-Polin, whose 23-year-old Israeli-American son is still being held hostage by Hamas terrorists following the Oct. 7 attacks in southern Israel, has been included in this year’s Time magazine annual list of the “100 most influential people” for her global campaigning efforts to secure the release of her son and all the hostages in Gaza. Hersh Goldberg-Polin was abducted by Hamas terrorists from the Supernova music festival on Oct. 7. A video from his abduction shows Goldberg-Polin being shoved onto a pickup…

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