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UAE-Israel Agreement to be Signed at White House on Sept. 15

By JTA &

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will travel to Washington, D.C., next week for a signing ceremony of the Abraham Accord normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Netanyahu said in a statement issued Tuesday evening that he will travel to Washington "at the invitation of President Trump and to participate in the historic ceremony at the White House on the establishment of a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates." The signing ceremony will take place on Sept. 15, according to reports. A UAE delegation is slated to arrive in Israel the week after to build on the agreement, Haaretz reported. As part of the agreement made public last month, Israel agreed to suspend its plan to apply its civil law to parts of the West Bank. Late last month, the UAE canceled the law boycotting Israel, which was passed in 1972. The UAE claims that the United States said it would allow them to purchase F-35 fighter jets following normalization, which Israel opposes.

Israel-UAE Deal may Position Abu Dhabi as 'Idea Capital' through Higher Education Ties

By Israel Hayom & JNS

When Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a normalization agreement earlier this month, University of Haifa President Ron Robin immediately contacted his Emirati colleagues to set into motion a process where higher education could serve as a central vehicle for the growing relationship between the Israelis and Emiratis. During his time as vice provost at New York University, Robin, an American history professor, was responsible for establishing its international campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, both of which he describes as "idea capitals." Launched in 2010, the NYU Abu Dhabi campus was the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. A decade later, Robin finds himself poised to facilitate Israel-UAE higher education ties on the heels of the "Abraham Accord." In the following interview, he provides his vision for future collaboration. Q: How does higher education collaboration fit into the broader vision for Israel-UAE ties? "It was critical in the agreement for NYU Abu Dhabi, and now the agreement between the UAE and Israel, that we learn from each other. This is not the West coming to enlighten the natives, so to speak. This is two different cultures, and they need to learn from each other. I think the Emirates can learn from us a spirit of enterprise and creativity. We don't have the funds that they have; we don't have the resources that they have. But we bring a culture of creativity, and I'm sure that's what they're looking for. When creativity meets resources, great things happen.

"I'm working to establish ties with universities in the Emirates because I believe very strongly that this ecumenical bond between people who do research under the auspices of a university, we can fast forward a robust relationship with the Emirates by establishing these ties. We'll be cultivating ties with universities that I know well in the region, and we'll work on fields in which we have something to contribute to the Emirates and the Emirates have something to contribute to us. One example is marine research. We have the same challenges in the Emirates as we have in Israel: fast-rising temperatures that affect marine culture and the marine ecosystem, a lifeline for both societies. In both societies, the sea is the source of potable water. The sea is the source of our energy. Finally, because of climate change and the dramatic drop in precipitation and rainfall, the seal is also the source of our protein." Q: Do you envision a future University of Haifa campus in Abu Dhabi? "We're looking for research and student exchange. I don't see us building a campus like anything NYU has in the Emirates. I rather see this as an exchange of knowledge, whether its students or research, but not a full-blown campus at this particular point in time. I'm not sure that part of the world is ready for such a large Israeli presence. We're beginning with baby steps. We do not want to impose ourselves. We want this to happen in an organic fashion." Q: Could Israel-UAE collaboration in higher education help counter the BDS movement on

Amazon Caught Selling T-shirts with Yellow 'Juden' Star

By Israel Hayom

Yet more Holocaust-themed merchandise has been discovered for sale on the online retail giant Amazon. This time, it was Amazon in Britain ( that was forced to remove items that made light of the Holocaust – in this case, T-shirts printed with yellow Stars of David bearing the word "Juden," the type of badges Jews under Nazi occupation were forced to sew onto their clothing leading up to the Holocaust. In February of this year, pulled German children's books from the 1930s that served as propaganda to disseminate Nazi anti-Semitism. Last year, stopped sales of a line of clothing printed with the image of a Holocaust victims kneeling before a Nazi firing squad. Despite the offense caused, the shirts were actually marketed as "remembrance gifts" and a way to "honor" Holocaust victims. The UK Jewish news site The JC, which broke the story, quoted an Amazon official who said that all sellers on its platform must respect Amazon's guidelines, and that the shirts had been removed from its site. "The Holocaust was not something to create merchandise for profit, it was the systematic murder of 6 million Jewish men, women, and children," Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust Karen Pollock told The JC.

Volkswagen Blasted for Nazi Display in Dealership

By` the Algemeiner
German car giant Volkswagen apologized on Monday after a customer at one of its showrooms in Mexico tweeted a photograph of Nazi imagery on the walls that quickly went viral. Fernanda Martinez, a writer based in Mexico City, photographed the offending image during a visit to the Volkswagen showroom in Coyoacán on Saturday. A stylized photograph of a Nazi rally being addressed by Adolf Hitler was hanging from the wall. Martinez tweeted the photo with an appeal to Volkswagen to act. "The fact that their historical memory is an apology for racism causes sadness and deep concern," she wrote. In a response posted the following day, the car manufacturer said that the image did not correspond to its "corporate image" and action would be taken. "We have a history that we have learned from," the company said on its Mexican Twitter feed. "We value respect, fairness, inclusion and freedom. We do not tolerate manifestations of hatred and discrimination. The images do not correspond to our corporate image or that of the distributors. We will take action." In a letter to Steffen Reiche — president of Volkswagen's operation in Mexico — the Simon Wiesenthal Centre (SWC) urged the company to cut ties with the dealership where the Nazi imagery was spotted. "We expect you to immediately identify those responsible and publicly announce the action you will take. The most appropriate would be to drop the concession completely, in order to pass a clear message to your customers that you have learned from your history," the letter stated. The Volkswagen brand was leading symbol of German Nazism in the 1930s, billed as the "people's car." The company was centrally involved in the subsequent Nazi war effort, producing military vehicles for the German armed forces.

Report: US Global War on Terror Has Displaced Up to 59 Million People

By VOA News

The U.S. war against global terrorism has displaced as many as 59 million people since 2001, according to a new report released Tuesday by Brown University. The study, published by the Rhode Island-based university's "Costs of War Project," says between 37 million and 59 million people in eight countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East "fled their homes in the eight most violent wars the U.S. military has launched or participated in since 2001," when the al-Qaida terror group attacked the United States. The figures in the report, titled "Creating Refugees: Displacement Caused by the United States Post-9/11 Wars," show that displacements have risen sharply from 21 million in 2019. The majority of those displaced were from Iraq, with at least 9.2 million. Syria saw the second-highest number of displacements, with at least 7.1 million, and Afghanistan was third with at least 5.3 million people displaced. The study's authors say the estimate was derived by counting refugees, asylum seekers pursuing protection as refugees, and internally displaced people or persons (IDPs) in the eight countries that the United States has most targeted in the post-9/11 wars: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Philippines, Libya and Syria. The report said 37 million displaced people is "almost as large as the population of Canada" and "more than those displaced by any other war or disaster since at least the start of the 20th century with the sole exception of World War II." "We are not suggesting the U.S. government or the United States as a country is solely responsible for the displacement. Causation is never so simple. Causation always involves a multiplicity of combatants and other powerful actors, centuries of history, and large-scale political, economic, and social forces," the study's authors noted. "Even in the simplest of cases, conditions of pre-existing poverty, environmental change, prior wars, and other forms of violence shape who is displaced and who is not." The study does not include "the millions more who have been displaced by other post-9/11 conflicts where U.S. forces have been involved in 'counterterror' activities in more limited yet significant ways, including in: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Niger, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia."

First Hebrew Class Opens in West China

By the Jerusalem Post
The first Hebrew studies option in western China opened at a high school in Chengdu on Monday. Ran Peleg, Consul General of Israel to West China, was present at a ceremony marking the opening of the course and gave an introductory class about Israel and the Hebrew language to the 51 students who signed up. "This is considered the hardest out of all the electives, but it's the most special," said one student, Peleg wrote on Facebook. The students received textbooks and pins for the young diplomats club of Israel's consulate in Chengdu. "I told the children that language is the truest and most substantial bridge that exists between cultures, between people," wrote Peleg. "They should learn it well and then in the future they can be this bridge." During the ceremony on Monday, an olive tree was planted "as a symbol of the ancient peace and friendship between the people," added Peleg.

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