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Newsline: Israel’s embassy blurs lobster in envoy’s lunch with Brazil’s president

Israel’s embassy in Brazil shared a photo of its ambassador eating lunch with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, but not before blurring out the lobster dishes the two appeared to be enjoying. (https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/israels-ambassador-camouflages-pricey-non-kosher-meal-with-brazilian-president) The camouflaged picture made headlines in Brazil, with local media noting that the crustacean is an expensive delicacy and international media noting it is decidedly non-kosher. Black smudges blur what appear to be lobsters from a picture posted on social media on Sunday of Ambassador Yossi Shelley having lunch with Bolsonaro.


Newsline: Israeli Police Investigate Claim That Local Winery Scammed US Ambassador

Israeli police are investigating an allegation previously reported by Calcalist, that an Israeli winery scammed US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman out of $730,000. A lawsuit was filed in Tel Aviv district court in December by New York-based wine investment company Karraben Wine against Israeli wine company Montefiore Winery and its owner and CEO Arnon Geva. Friedman owned Karraben Wine prior to his appointment as ambassador but sold it to Texas-registered firm Mar Wine in March 2017 to avoid conflict of interest. (https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/06/13/israeli-police-investigate-claim-that-local-winery-scammed-us-ambassador/) According to the lawsuit, Montefiore Winery and Geva had presented Friedman — and later a representative of Mar Wine — with fraudulent documents including financial reports, bank transfers, and correspondence, to persuade them to make an investment.

Newsline: Palestine slams Moldova decision to move embassy to Jerusalem

The Palestinian foreign ministry has condemned the decision by acting Moldovan President Pavel Filip to shift his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “The decision is a flagrant violation of international law, international legitimacy and the UN resolutions,” the ministry said in a statement on June 12. (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/palestine-slams-moldova-decision-move-embassy-jerusalem-190612134959410.html) The Moldovan decision came after a political crisis in the Eastern European country, which on June 9 saw the top court revoke President Igor Dodon’s powers and appoint former Prime Minister Filip as interim president. He then swiftly dissolved the country’s parliament and called a snap election to be held in September. Announcing the embassy move on June 11, Filip said the decision was “a long overdue commitment to support our allies” and that he wanted it to be respected “regardless of what happens after the snap elections”.

Newsline: US Ambassador to Germany Appears At Counterprotest to Anti-Israel Rally

Richard Grenell, America’s ambassador to Germany in the Trump era, is infuriating Europeans by standing up to Muslim anti-Semitism. He was participating in a counterprotest to the Al Quds hate rally and urging Merkel to ban the Islamic terror group, Hezbollah. The US Embassy in Germany wrote on its Twitter feed on June 3: “Germany’s federal courts decided years ago that Hezbollah is a unified organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Symbols of Hezbollah are banned, why not the entire organization?” The undersecretary in Germany’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, Niels Annen, said shortly after the UK banned Hezbollah in March that Germany won’t designate all of Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Annen celebrated Iran’s Islamic revolution at the Tehran Embassy in February. Iran’s regime is the chief financial sponsor of Hezbollah.

Newsline: Ukrainian lawmakers want embassy moved to Jerusalem

Nearly one-fifth of Ukraine parliament members co-signed a draft resolution urging their new president to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy there. Of the 450 members of the Verkhovna Rada, 86 signed on as co-authors of a bill submitted for a vote on May 24, the news site Ukraina reported. (https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/dozens-of-ukrainian-lawmakers-want-embassy-moved-to-jerusalem) Parliament calls on “the President of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to transfer the Embassy of Ukraine in the State of Israel to its capital, the city of Jerusalem,” reads the explanatory note to the bill. The embassy is currently in Tel Aviv. A vote has not yet been scheduled for the measure, which will not be binding on the government if it passes. The Verkhovna Rada has seen several failed initiatives to have Ukraine follow the U.S. recognition in 2017 of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but the issue has never received the support of so many lawmakers.

Newsline: Police Files Charges Against Israeli Who Spat at Polish Ambassador

Israeli prosecutors filed charges against a man accused of spitting at Poland’s ambassador, an incident that drew strong condemnation from Warsaw and underscored tensions between the countries over anti-Semitism and Holocaust history. The suspect, Erik Lederman, was indicted for assault and criminal threats, Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court papers showed. Police said that in May 14 incident in Tel Aviv he had struck the roof of a car carrying Ambassador Marek Magierowski with his hand, then opened a door and spat twice on the envoy. (https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-police-files-charges-against-israeli-who-spat-at-polish-ambassador-1.7249611) The counts carry a maximum sentence of five years in jail.

Newsline: Polish ambassador to Israel attacked near his embassy in Tel Aviv

Poland’s Ambassador to Israel, Marek Magierowski, was attacked on May 14 outside the Polish Embassy in Tel Aviv, according to a report by the Hebrew website Ynet. Magierowski was standing outside the embassy when a man started to physically and verbally assault him. The ambassador was too overwhelmed to understand the words his attacker said. All he heard was, “Polish, Polish,” said Magierowski, Ynet reported. The Polish Embassy immediately filed a complaint with the Israeli Police, while Magierowski filed a complaint with the Foreign Affairs Ministry. (https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Polish-ambassador-to-Israel-attacked-near-embassy-in-Tel-Aviv-589731) The ministry contacted the police and asked them, as well as the authorities charged with security of the foreign embassies in Tel Aviv, to treat the incident with the utmost importance. Magierowski managed to take a picture of the attacker and his vehicle, which led to the man’s arrest 90 minutes later. The ambassador was informed by the Foreign Ministry that the man had been arrested, and he commended the police and their efficiency.