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All 50 governors sign anti-BDS statement

Governors of all 50 states have signed a pledge to reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

Organized by the American Jewish Committee, the Governors United Against BDS statement declares that “the goals of the BDS movement are antithetical to our values and the values of our respective states, our support for Israel as a vital U.S. ally, important economic partner and champion of freedom.” The statement does not commit the governors to specific actions.” At least 16 states have passed legislation targeting BDS, usually by banning state entities from investing in businesses that boycott Israel or its settlements.

“Our nation’s 50 governors, as well as the District of Columbia mayor, recognize the pernicious goals of the BDS movement, which singles out Israel from among all the nations of the world for relentless and undue criticism, and whose efforts undermine the prospects for advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace,” AJC CEO David Harris said in a statement.

The signers also affirmed support for the two-state solution.

Attorney: Jailed teen accused of bomb threats has made 5 suicide attempts

JERUSALEM – The attorney for the Israeli-American Jewish teenager accused of making threats against Jewish community centers in the United States said his client has attempted suicide five times in the past two weeks.

The 19-year-old from Ashkelon, in southern Israel, is in the psychiatric ward of an Israeli prison after being charged in Tel Aviv district court with thousands of counts on offenses that also include publishing false information, causing panic, computer hacking and money laundering. He also faces U.S. federal charges in Florida, which include threats to the Tampa JCC preschools, and Georgia. “The teenager I am representing is in a bad state,” Shira Nir told Israel’s Channel 10. “In the past two weeks he has made five suicide attempts.”

Nir said prison officials “are currently weighing whether to transfer him to a psychiatric hospital inside of the jail” and that a crowdfunding campaign had been launched to help her client pay for medical treatment.

Hebrew University will not play Israel’s national anthem at grad

JERUSALEM – Hebrew University will not play Israel’s national anthem at a graduation ceremony, saying it does not want to offend the university’s Arab students. The decision not to play “Hatikvah,” at the end of graduation ceremony for the Humanities Department on the Mount Scopus campus in Jerusalem was reported on Army Radio.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, responding to reports of the decision, called it “shameful” and “the height of subservience and the opposite of the national pride.”

The university’s decision comes over concern that the Arab students and their families may feel excluded by “Hatikvah” because of its emphasis on Jewish historic aspirations for a state. Reports said the national anthem also was not played at graduation ceremonies last year, and possibly over the past four years.

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