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Straight Facts Volume #58

In this edition of Straight Facts we look at recent antisemitism at the United Nations, examine the lasting scars of the Pesach terror attack in 2002 and more.

September 11, 2022



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Dear Chaverot

I hope you are all well! Many of you have been on summer vacations and I hope you have had a wonderful time.

In the last weeks, Israel’s children have gone back to school and we wish all of our students a happy and productive years. Representatives of WIZO from our executive in Israel and Federations attended the 125th anniversary of Zionism in Basel, Switzerland and it was a tremendous honour to be a part of such a historical event.

In this edition of Straight Facts we look at recent antisemitism at the United Nations, examine the lasting scars of the Pesach terror attack in 2002 and more.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you all L’Shana Tova Umetukah – may you all be inscribed for a happy, prosperous safe and healthy new year.

I hope this is of service to you.

Warm regards,

Rolene Marks

World WIZO Executive: Public Diplomacy & Hasbarah – Office of the Chairperson

+ 972 52 582 9090

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Hamas Issues Rules – Then Rescinds Reporting on Gaza

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What CNN’s Dana Bash learned Covering Antisemitism

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Amnesty International was once one of the most respected human rights organisations in the world. Sadly, their reputation is plummeting rapidly as they become not only the mouthpiece for Russia but focus obsessively on Israel – while ignoring their own record of institutional racism:

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