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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Woody Allen ‘sad’ about Harvey Weinstein and worried about a ‘witch hunt’

Woody Allen at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 15, 2015 (Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Filmmaker Woody Allen said he was “sad” for both Harvey Weinstein and his alleged victims and expressed hope that the scandal would not lead to a “witch hunt atmosphere.”

“The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved,” he said in an interview with the BBC published Sunday. “Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that his life is so messed up.

“There’s no winners in that, it’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that,” Allen said.


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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Netanyahu praises Trump’s ‘brave decision’ on Iran nuclear deal

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to refuse to declare Iran in compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal “courageous.”

“It’s a very brave decision, and I think it’s the right decision for the world,” Netanyahu said during an interview with John Dickerson on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday morning.

“I think that right now the deal as it stands guarantees that Iran will have not a single nuclear bomb but an entire nuclear arsenal within 10 years. And I think the president was very courageous in saying, ‘I’m not going to kick this can down the road. I’m not going to say, Well, it’s going to be on somebody else’s watch. I’m going to stop this from happening,’” Netanyahu said.

Trump triggered a legislative review by Congress on Friday by refusing to declare Iran in compliance with the 2015 deal between six world powers, including the United States, and Iran, which trades sanctions relief for a rollback of Iran’s nuclear program.  Trump said in a White House speech on Friday that he would pull the United States out of the deal if he was not happy with the result.


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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

New bill reportedly allows Israeli government to shut down NGOs critical of army

Israeli soldiers saluting during the flag-laying ceremony ahead of Memorial Day at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, April 8, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli government could shut down left-wing NGOS that are critical of the military or call for boycotts of Israel under a bill being prepared reportedly at the behest of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin started working on the measure about five months ago, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. The legislation is set to be reviewed by legal advisers and approved by Netanyahu in the coming weeks for introduction during the Knesset’s winter session.

The bill would affect nongovernmental organizations such as Breaking the Silence, which brings former Israeli soldiers to schools and other venues  inside and outside of Israel to talk about alleged abuses of Palestinians under occupation.


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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

What happens now with the Iran deal

President Donald Trump at the White House speaking on the administration’s Iran strategy, Oct. 13, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump has said what he wants Congress to do with the Iran nuclear deal, which he has called the worst in the world: Make it better.

How does that happen? Is it possible to “fix” the deal without breaking it?

Here’s a breakdown of what Trump wants, what might happen and where the Jewish organizations, many who were fierce opponents of the original deal, are on the issue.

What Trump wants


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From PressTV

Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:26AM
A picture taken on October 12, 2017 shows the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris. (By AFP)
A picture taken on October 12, 2017 shows the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris. (By AFP)

An Israeli daily claims the Tel Aviv regime did not know in advance of a US decision to pull out of the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) over “anti-Israel bias.”

On Monday, Haaretz cited four Israeli and American officials as saying on condition of anonymity that the administration of US President Donald Trump had not coordinated the decision to leave UNESCO with Israel.

The senior Israeli officials said that in recent months the possibility of the US leaving the UN cultural arm had come up in talks between Israeli and US diplomats in New York and Paris. 

They said the issue was also brought up during the June visit to Israel by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. 

However, the sources added, at no point did the Americans give assurances to Israel that Washington had made a decision to pull out of UNESCO.

According to Haaretz, senior US officials also confirmed that Washington was not proactive about informing Israel of its decision.


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