Patrick Goodenough
As news of the murder of seven Israelis near a Jerusalem synagogue spread on Friday night, Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank took to the streets in celebration, honking car horns, handing out candy and sweet pastries, lighting bonfires, letting off fireworks, and chanting Allahu Akbar (“Allah is greater.”)
Defending herself against allegations of a pattern of antisemitic statements, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said on Sunday that since a controversy blew up over comments she made in early 2019, she had been on a learning journey. “I wasn’t aware of the fact that there are tropes about Jews and money,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”  “That has a been very enlightening part of this journey.”
The religious freedom advocacy group Open Doors on Tuesday released the 30th edition of its closely-watched annual list of the 50 countries where it is most dangerous to be a Christian. It said that one in seven Christians worldwide now suffer “high” levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) said Thursday she voted against a measure this week creating a bipartisan select committee on the security, economic, and technological challenges posed to the U.S. by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) because it will “embolden anti-Asian rhetoric and hate.”
 The State Department on Thursday restated U.S. opposition to the normalization of relations with the Assad regime, acknowledging that the issue has led to differences with some U.S. allies and partners in the region.
Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday praised President Biden for not having built “even one meter of wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border, noting that it is a situation that “the conservatives don’t like.”
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.), chairman of a new select committee on challenges posed by the Chinese Communist Party, said Tuesday it was essential it was a bipartisan effort: “The CCP doesn’t pose a danger to just Republicans or Democrats, it’s a threat to all Americans.”
During a visit to Kentucky last week, President Biden raised some eyebrows when he declared, in reference to America, that other countries in the world are “not a patch on our jeans.”
The State Department said on Thursday it will with immediate effect begin calling Turkey “Türkiye,” after a request from the Turkish Embassy.
Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Gilad Erdan told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that when he heard it was holding an emergency meeting on a government’s minister’s “quiet, orderly and uneventful” visit to the Temple Mount – Judaism’s holiest site – he thought world peace had broken out. Meanwhile Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour challenged all Israeli and Jewish claims to Temple Mount.