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Monthly Archive for July, 2011

Jellyfish invading Israeli shores

Israelis have been dealing with a seaborne invasion of sorts this summer.

Millions of giant jellyfish, called warty comb jelly, have been washing up on their beaches, causing discomfort to beach goers. The jellyfish themselves pose no danger to humans. But all those eggs in the water can leave bathers feeling a mild sting.

As Al Jazeera’s Tom Ackerman reports from Netanya, Israel, they’re causing even bigger problems for the country’s biggest power station.

“Palestinian unity de-legitimizes Israel'”

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby has condemned Israel’s interception of a boat attempting to break the Gaza blockade, calling it an “act of piracy”.

Christian Zionists unite for Israel

Thousands of Christians joined together with Jewish leaders to show their support for the nation of Israel as part of the annual Christians United for Israel Summit. Organized by pastor and televangelist John Hagee, the CUFI summit boasts plenty of big names—this year, they include TV host Glenn Beck, former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren.

Israeli Knesset passes “anti-boycott” law

On the night of July 11th, the Israeli parliament passed the controversial anti-boycott law. The law was written in response to the mounting global movement of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (or BDS) against Israel and profits from its settlements and industry in the occupied West Bank. The Boycott movement began as a mass Palestinian civil society call, and has been supported from the beginning by some Israelis. The new law bans them from publicly calling for a boycott, classifying it a civil wrong.