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12/13 Links Pt1: Ben Shapiro: The Left’s Grotesque Politicization Of Anti-Semitism; UK: Conservatives crush leftist Labour Party in massive election landslide; John Podhoretz: Thank You, British Voters


From Ian:

Ben Shapiro: The Left’s Grotesque Politicization Of Anti-Semitism
The Left, increasingly, does not care about anti-Semitism.

That’s been true for a while— just look at the British Labour Party’s embrace of anti-Semite Jeremy Corbyn (today, the UK Guardian openly editorialized, “The pain and hurt within the Jewish community, and the damage to Labour, are undeniable and shaming. Yet Labour remains indispensable to progressive politics.”), or the Democratic Party’s defense of Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. But the Left has been able to cover for its own anti-Semitism problem by focusing in on the rise of white supremacist violence, connecting that violence with President Trump.

Here’s a quick rule of thumb: If you only want to have a conversation about anti-Semitism when you can blame anti-Semitism on your political opponents, you don’t care about anti-Semitism.

And that’s precisely what we’ve seen over the past 24 hours.

On Tuesday, two shooters targeted a kosher supermarket in Jersey City; six people died, including the shooters, three civilians, and a police officer. The shooters were apparently affiliated with the Black Hebrew Israelites, a fringe black supremacist group claiming that Jews aren’t actually the true Jews — that the actual Jews are black Americans. Members of this group have been involved in violent incidents in the past, of course.

The identity of the shooters meant that the media Left was eager to ignore the case. And indeed, within 24 hours, it was no longer trending on Twitter. No broad discussions of left-wing tolerance for anti-Semitism, particularly in minority communities, ensued. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio had the temerity to tweet, “This tragically confirms that a growing pattern of violent anti-Semitism has now turned into a crisis for our nation. And now this threat has reached the doorstep of New York City.” Now, broadly speaking, violence against Jews in New York City has been spiking in the past few years — none of that violence attributable to white supremacists. But we already know why De Blasio has been able to ignore that violence – The New York Times told us as much back in November 2018:

If anti-Semitism bypasses consideration as a serious problem in New York, it is to some extent because it refuses to conform to an easy narrative with a single ideological enemy. In fact, it is the varied backgrounds of people who commit hate crimes in the city that make combating and talking about anti-Semitism in New York much harder. … [B]ias stemming from longstanding ethnic tensions in the city presents complexities that many liberals have chosen simply to ignore. …

New Jersey AG: Shooting ‘fueled by anti-Semitism,’ being probed as terror attack

The two killers who stormed a kosher market in Jersey City were apparently acting alone and were “fueled both by anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs,” New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Thursday.

Grewal said the attackers expressed interest in the Black Hebrew Israelites, a fringe group whose members have been known to rail against white people and Jews. He told a news conference that authorities are investigating the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism.

While there have been fears since the shooting Tuesday that a hatred of Jews was behind the attack, Grewal and some others had been cautious in describing the motive, noting it was still under investigation.

Surveillance video released Thursday that was apparently shot from a security camera above the store entrance showed the two assailants entering the supermarket, as well as a man who was inside the shop when they entered fleeing down the street.

The FBI on Wednesday searched the Harlem headquarters of the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, which is the formal name of the Black Hebrew group, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation, who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

“The evidence points toward acts of hate,” Grewal told reporters. “I can confirm that we’re investigating this matter as potential acts of domestic terrorism fueled both by anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs.”

Orthodox leaders floored by amount of donations raised for police officer slain in Jersey City

A fund set up by a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY, to benefit the family of Detective Joseph Seals, who was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 10 in Jersey City, NJ, raised more than $48,000 in less than 24 hours. Originally, organizers were hoping to raise $25,000 from members of the Jewish community to show their appreciation to the officer who gave his life to save others.

Seals was killed by two attackers early on Tuesday afternoon at the Bayview Cemetery in Jersey City. The suspects, a man and a woman, then drove approximately one mile to the JC Kosher Supermarket in the city’s Greensville section, home to a significant population of religious Jews.

The two stormed the store and fired round after round of bullets as they engaged police during an hours-long standoff. When police entered the market officers discovered the bodies of Leah Mindel Ferencz, 33, who owned the store with her husband, Moshe Dovid Ferencz; Moshe Deutsch, 24, of the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY; and Miguel Douglas, 49, who worked at the store. Ferencz’s husband had left the store just moments before the attack to attend afternoon prayer services at a synagogue next door.

“There is an extremely massive outpouring of grief and outrage at the attack that occurred in Jersey City,” said Jewish community leader Chaskel Bennett, a co-founder of the civic and political group Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition (FJCC), who spearheaded the campaign with fellow Flatbush community leaders Leon Goldenberg and Moshe Wulliger. “Obviously, when an event of this magnitude happens and we see the victims that are identifiably Orthodox Jews, automatically it hits home a little bit harder.”

“Orthodox Jews care deeply about the people who stand on the front lines protecting us,” added Bennett.

John Podhoretz: Thank You, British Voters

I will confess I was terrified earlier this week as I heard from friends in London and read articles all over the place about a surge toward Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in the days before the British election. Pieces like this one followed in the wake of pieces like this one from mid-November, with most of the press coverage in mainstream venues suggesting Boris Johnson’s effort to bait the Labour Party into agreeing to an early election might backfire on him the way it had backfired on his predecessor, Theresa May, in 2017.

My fear wasn’t over the fate of Brexit; I can see both sides of the argument about the virtue and/or value of Brexit. And as I’m not a British citizen, it’s not really my business anyway. Nor is it because I find Boris Johnson a wonderfully enjoyable political player who (I have to admit) functions as a kind of fantasy version of… me—by which I mean he is around my age, was a conservative journalist, magazine editor, and author of a few books who is now running an entire country.

My only concern was that the potential victory of Jeremy Corbyn would represent a nightmarish turn in the history of open, blatant Jew-hatred—showing its power and demonstrating its emergence as a key element of the ideological makeup of the leader of the greatest of all European nations. Instead, Corbyn is out. While it is certainly the case that Johnson didn’t win because of Corbyn’s anti-Semitism, the general sense of Corbyn as an out-of-phase extremist surely was key to the size of his drubbing.

Johnson meets Queen as final UK results gives him largest win since Thatcher

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has won a thumping majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament — a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election that should allow Johnson to fulfill his plan to take the UK out of the European Union next month.

With 649 of the 650 results declared on Friday, the Conservatives had 364 seats and the main opposition Labour Party 203.

“We did it — we pulled it off, didn’t we?” a jubilant Johnson told supporters. “We broke the gridlock, we ended the deadlock, we smashed the roadblock!”

A few hours later, Johnson was whisked to Buckingham Palace to meet with Queen Elizabeth II as part of the constitutional ritual of forming a new government. He is the 14th prime minister to be asked by the monarch to form a government.

Johnson received a standing ovation from staff as he returned to Downing Street after accepting the Queen’s invitation to form a new government.

Johnson’s victory paves the way for Britain’s departure from the European Union by Jan. 31.

The victory makes Johnson the most electorally successful Conservative leader since Margaret Thatcher, another politician who was loved and loathed in almost equal measure. It was a disaster for left-wing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who faced calls for his resignation even as the results rolled in.

James Delingpole: Rejoice! Rejoice! Britain Just Dodged the Marxist Bullet!

So Britain doesn’t, after all, want to be run by an antisemitic, terrorist-supporting Marxist and his gang of nasty, aggressive, intolerant, historically illiterate Social Justice Warriors who think the only problem with Communism is that it hasn’t been tried properly yet…

Who would have thought, eh?

Well, I did, for one. I’ve been calling a big Conservative win ever since this general election was announced: not because I’m Nostradamus but because it seemed to me that all the Tories’ stars were so obviously in alignment.

Unelectable Opposition led by crabby hard-left ideologue with very dodgy friends? Check.
Charismatic, entertaining, optimistic former Mayor of London, household name, with track record of winning elections? Check.
Massive public desire to Get Brexit Done? Check.
Tory party united behind a common goal? Check.
Voters — especially the working classes — just sick of rampant PC? Check.
Ruthlessly effective Tory election machine? Check.

But just because it was inevitable doesn’t stop it being an amazing result.

Maybe a Corbyn victory was never a likely possibility, but that wasn’t how it felt yesterday when all manner of polls and rumours were predicting all sorts of strange things and even the most unflappable among us began wondering whether the time had come to pack our bags for Costa Rica or Switzerland or frankly anywhere where John McDonnell wasn’t going to be Chancellor and Diane Abbot Home Secretary.

Had these people won, it really would have been curtains for Britain. (And the markets knew it: which is why sterling plummeted yesterday on rumours of that Labour stood a chance).

UK chief rabbi: Election is over but concerns over anti-Semitism, racism remain

British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who took an unprecedented stand against the Labour Party ahead of the elections, said Friday that although the vote is over, there are still many challenges that must be faced, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

“The election may be over, but concerns about the resurgence of anti-Semitism very much remain,” Mirvis said in a statement.

“Islamophobia, racism and other forms of prejudice continue to afflict our communities and, as has been well publicized, even our political parties,” he said. “It is vital that we now bring the country together, ensuring that the voices of people from across our society are heard and respected. We must focus on our shared values and leave all hatred and prejudice far behind us.”

In an unprecedented op-ed published last month, Mirvis said he was compelled to intervene in politics because Britain’s Jews were “gripped by anxiety” over the future of the community and of Judaism in the country amid the prospect of a Labour win.

Without explicitly calling on people not to vote for Labour, or mentioning its leader Jeremy Corbyn by name, Mirvis warned that “a new poison – sanctioned from the top – has taken root in the Labour Party.”

Corbyn’s Loss Is Jews’ and Israel’s Gain

Not only does this mean that there is a future for British Jewry – something that many British Jews had said might not have been certain had Corbyn won – but it also means that Israel has dodged a bullet.

The United Kingdom is currently Israel’s largest trading partner in Europe, a major intelligence partner and an important friend of Israel on the international stage.

All that would have been in jeopardy had Corbyn won. Corbyn pledged to end arms sales to Israel and recognize a Palestinian state. He would have been a significant advocate for Palestinian maximalist positions on the world stage. Israel would have suffered a mighty diplomatic blow had he taken the reins of power. That he didn’t is obviously something that will be enthusiastically welcomed in Jerusalem.

In 2002, they die was cast for the deterioration of Turkish-Israeli ties when Recep Tayyip Erdogan won elections there. There was a fear that a similar situation would result had Corbyn won these elections in Britain.

If the British exit polls hold true, those fears – as well as fears for the future of British Jewry – will prove happily unfounded.

Corbyn, and the anti-Semitism swirling around him, repudiated in Johnson victory

The leader’s defeat now gives Labour, once the traditional party of working class Jews, the opportunity to remake itself into a palatable and credible political force. Whether it does so will depend on whether the Corbynites outlive Corbyn — whether many of the radicals who have flooded into Labour on his coat-tails retain their positions of power or are now returned to the margins.

On Sky News Friday morning, presenter Kay Burley discussed the reasons for Labour’s whopping defeat with its chairman, MP Ian Lavery. Interrupting his attempts at an explanation, Burley asked him bluntly whether it all came down to voters’ belief that “Your leader is an anti-Semite, and as a result they didn’t trust him on the security and safety of the nation.”

Lavery tried to respond, denying that assessment, but Sky had to cut him off and turn its cameras elsewhere. Boris Johnson was making a victory speech.

It wasn’t Jewish outrage at anti-Semitism in Labour that stands at the heart of the Conservatives’ victory. But as Sky’s Burley highlighted, one factor was indeed many Britons’ revulsion for that anti-Semitism, and their internalization of what it said about Corbyn and the kind of government he would have led.

Netanyahu, Rivlin congratulate Johnson on reelection, say it will boost UK ties

Israel’s leaders on Friday congratulated British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his landslide victory in the country’s elections, with some of the reactions feting the result as a “glorious defeat” for his rival, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has long been accused of anti-Semitism.

Johnson’s Conservative Party on Friday won a majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament — a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election that should allow Johnson to fulfill his plan to take the UK out of the European Union next month. The party took the 326 seats needed and looked set to win in a landslide.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted that the Conservative Party’s victory in the election was a “great day” for the British people and for the relationship between the UK and Israel.

“Congratulations my friend Boris Johnson on your historic victory. This is a great day for the people of Great Britain and for the friendship between us,” the prime minister posted, with a photo of the two leaders shaking hands in London.

Israeli Right and Left relieved at Johnson’s win in UK

Politicians on the Right and left expressed relief at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s loss in the UK general election overnight Thursday, congratulating UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on securing a majority.

Netanyahu wrote on his twitter account: “Congratulations my friend Boris Johnson on your historic victory. This is a great day for the people of Great Britain and for the friendship between us.”

The prime minister attributed Johnson’s victory to “the people, not the media” choosing him, as part of “a global tidal wave for secure borders, a free economy, and sovereignty,” he said in a video posted online.

The officials and lawmakers pointed to the many accusations of antisemitism by Corbyn himself, and that he allowed hatred of Jews and Israel to grow, unfettered in Labour.

Foreign Minister Israel Katz said Johnson’s victory is “not just political. It is first and foremost a victory of values.”

Watch Michael Gove tell Jewish community “You should never have to live in fear again” as Britain rejects of politics of hate

Relief in the Jewish community is palpable after the country resoundingly rejected the politics of hate.

Conservative frontbencher Michael Gove gave a powerful reassurance to the Jewish community this morning, declaring that Britain has “comprehensively rejected Jeremy Corbyn’s politics of division, extremism and antisemitism”, adding that “I also want to say something to a very special group of people: our Jewish friends and neighbours. You have had to live in fear for months now, concerned that we would have a Prime Minister who trafficked in anti-Jewish rhetoric and embraced anti-Jewish terrorists. You should never have to live in fear again.” The clip can be watched below.

In his statement, Gideon Falter, Chief Executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Not for the first time, our nation has stood firm against antisemitism. The British public has watched the once proudly anti-racist Labour Party become infested with Jew-hatred and it has resoundingly decided to stand with its Jewish community and give the antisemites a crushing rebuke. The faith that British Jews showed in our country has been vindicated.”

The historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, speaks for many when he says: “ Britain has spoken and it is the decent country we prayed it was. For Jews its nightmare [has been] redeemed. We so appreciate you non-Jews who dared support us. Thank you.”

Johnson invokes legacy of Britain’s first Jewish Prime Minister

Boris Johnson has evoked the legacy of Britain’s first Jewish-born Prime Minister to lay out his plans for the country as he forms a new government.

Taking to the podium after his own constituency results were announced, Johnson said on Friday morning: “This One Nation Conservative government has been given a powerful new mandate.” It is a phrase he used repeatedly as the results came in.

But what is One Nation Conservatism?

The phrase springs from Benjamin Disraeli’s 1845 novel Sybil, which explored the gap between the working classes and the wealthy.

Britain, in Disraeli’s view, was made up of “two nations; between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets.”

Disraeli strove to unite the nobility with the working classes, in opposition to the liberal middle classes of the 1840s. He advanced this stance through paternalistic policies which encouraged the wealthy to support the needy through the provision of safety nets and social reforms which gave the working classes greater freedom.

This photo of Boris Johnson with Lord Buckethead, Count Binface and Elmo perfectly sums up British democracy

As you are most likely aware by now, Boris Johnson and the Conservatives have swept to a resounding victory in the general election, achieving an overwhelming majority and a strong mandate for Brexit.

Before he achieved all that, he had to actually win his seat in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, which some had thought was potentially up for grabs, thanks a strong campaign by the Labour candidate Ali Milani.

Unfortunately for Milani, it wasn’t meant to be, as Johnson won 25,351 votes to Milani’s respectful 18,141. At the end of the day, it was only ever going to be these two gentleman who were going to win the seat.

Here are the results in full:
Boris Johnson, Conservatives, 25,351
Ali Milani, Labour, 18,141​
Joanne Humphreys, Liberal Democrat, 3,026
Mark Kier, Green, 1,090
Geoffrey Courtenay, UKIP​, 283
Lord Buckethead, Monster Raving Loony Party, 125
Count Binface, Independent, 69
Alfie John Utting, Independent, 44
Yace “Interplanetary Time Lord” Yogenstein, Independent, 23
Norma Burke, Independent, 22
Bobby ‘Elmo’ Smith, Independent, 8
William John Tobin, Independent, 5

The Greatest Show – Boris Johnson

CAA statement as British public resoundingly decides to stand with its Jewish community and reject antisemites

Over these past few years, the Jewish community has learned a lot about our country. It has learned who its true friends are — the many — and it has identified the few upon whom it cannot rely when tough decisions need to be made: those who say all the right things but decline to match their words with action.

However, the Jewish community has discovered that a portion of its fellow citizens maintain an ill-disposition towards Jews and that a significant segment of the population is indifferent to Jewish concerns and plight. But it has also seen tremendous goodwill towards Jewry throughout the country, and for that, our small Jewish minority is profoundly grateful.

Whether a change in Labour’s leadership comes to represent a new chapter in the Party’s — and our country’s — story remains to be seen. But Campaign Against Antisemitism will continue to do its work exposing and combating antisemitism in all political parties and across society, and we will continue to rely on your support to do so.

Gideon Falter, Chief Executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Not for the first time, our nation has stood firm against antisemitism. The British public has watched the once proudly anti-racist Labour Party become infested with Jew-hatred and it has resoundingly decided to stand with its Jewish community and give the antisemites a crushing rebuke. The faith that British Jews showed in our country has been vindicated.

“We urgently need to return to a time when antisemitism had no place in our politics. We must not allow ourselves to forget the fear that many British Jews felt yesterday when a Jeremy Corbyn premiership remained a possibility. Firm action must now be taken against antisemites in politics and those who enabled them, but an antisemite cannot be trusted to rid the Labour Party of this evil. The next Labour leader must be someone who has not been implicated in this crisis and we will hold them to account. They will need to comply with the Equality and Human Rights Commission when it releases its recommendations and, as the complainant in the Commission’s statutory investigation into Labour antisemitism, we will be meeting them today.”

Tom Gross: Thanks to Corbyn, Conservatives increased vote after 10 years in power

Extracts from a report about the Conservative party landslide at the British general elections. Dec. 12, 2019. Full report at i24 news.

Diehard supporters of Jeremy Corbyn turn their attention to the world’s oldest scapegoat

While votes were still being counted, notorious Jew-baiter Ken Livingstone already reportedly noted that “The Jewish vote wasn’t very helpful”.

Labour frontbencher Dan Carden also claimed that Jeremy Corbyn is “one of the most attacked and smeared leaders of a party we’ve ever had in this country.”

Asa Winstanley, who called the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) an “Israeli Embassy proxy” and was reportedly suspended from Labour in March, pending an investigation, observed: “The manufactured ‘antisemitism crisis’ spreads from Labour to a state-backed McCarthyist witch hunt. It was a fatal mistake to indulge these lies, and indulge liars like [former MP] John Mann [the Government’s independent antisemitism advisor].”

Meanwhile, a perusal of Twitter reveals how some frustration with the result is finding expression in worrying tropes, for example a journalist at the Irish Times describing the election as a “great result for Zionism: monsters are roaring their delight”.

In the first release of its Antisemitism in Political Parties research, Campaign Against Antisemitism has shown that Jeremy Corbyn is personally responsible for 24 incidents of antisemitic discourse, which is equal to fifteen percent of all recorded incidents involving parliamentary candidates and party leaders. Overall, Labour Party candidates for Parliament account for 82 percent of all incidents.

Former London mayor Livingstone blames Labour defeat on ‘unhelpful Jewish vote’

Former UK Labour MP and ex-mayor of London Ken Livingstone, who has long claimed the evidence of anti-Semitism in the party is “lies and smears,” on Friday lamented party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s crushing defeat in the election, partially blaming the result on “the Jewish vote.”

An exit survey released just after polls closed predicted the Boris Johnson-led Conservatives would get 368 of the 650 House of Commons seats and the Labour Party just 191, which would mark its worst result since before World War II. In the last election in 2017, the Conservatives won 318 seats and Labour 262.

With about half the results declared, Boris Johnson’s rival Conservative Party took the 326 seats needed to win and looked set to clinch a landslide.

“The Jewish vote wasn’t very helpful,” Livingstone said.

“Jeremy should have tackled that issue far earlier than he did,” he said, referring to the anti-Semitism crisis in the Labour party which had snowballed without adequate response.

“It looks like the end for Jeremy, which is disappointing for me since I’m a close ally. I’m sure he’ll have to resign tomorrow,” Livingstone added.

UK baroness: chief rabbi ‘must be dancing in the street’ after Labour defeat

Anti-Israel peer Baroness Jenny Tonge has claimed the Chief Rabbi “must be dancing in the street” after the election was won by “the pro-Israel lobby”.

The former Liberal Democrat politician, who quit the party after being suspended in 2016, took to Facebook following the overwhelming Conservative victory.

Tonge said: “The Chief Rabbi must be dancing in the street. The pro-Israel lobby won our General Election by lying about Jeremy Corbyn.”

Before the election, Chief Rabbi Mirvis made an unprecedented intervention by writing a letter in the Times claiming the Labour leader was unfit for office and calling for people to “vote with their conscience” amid the antisemitism row.

Baroness Tonge has repeatedly courted controversy which has led to her being suspended by her former party, investigated by the Commissioner for Standards in the House of Lords, and forced to stand down as patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

She has been criticised for sharing an article about “Jewish power”, and for claiming that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians was a “major cause” of jihadism and Islamic State. After 11 people were killed at The Tree of Life Congregation in the US, she appeared to blame Israel for antisemitism.

Irish Journalist: Zionist ‘Monsters’ Celebrating UK Election Result

Irish Times journalist Kitty Holland was the recipient of “Most Bigoted Journalist” in HonestReporting’s 2015 Dishonest Reporting Awards for a Twitter exchange where HonestReporting raised a genuine issue which ended with Holland declaring that she was “Not interacting with Zionists anymore.”

In 2018, she was caught tweeting an old and previously discredited fake news story from a fringe media outlet in order to stir up anti-Israel hate.

So, while it’s shocking, it’s not surprising that this is her response to the results of the UK General Election that saw an overwhelming defeat for the institutionally antisemitic Labour party of Jeremy Corbyn:

If you are going to demonize Jews and Israelis, what better way of doing so than describing them as ‘monsters’?

It’s not hard to discern where Holland is coming from with this tweet, which is a clear antisemitic dog-whistle to those who are blaming UK Jews and / or a Zionist conspiracy for Corbyn’s defeat.

The Irish Times should be ashamed that one of its prominent journalists should be tweeting this atrocious filth.

Toronto Star Publishes Commentary Lauding Jeremy Corbyn as the Jewish Community’s Best Friend

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

In the Toronto Star on December 5, Leo Panitch was intellectually dishonest and morally obtuse by claiming that not only is U.K Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn “not an antisemite… the historical record shows Jeremy Corbyn is a defender of Jews.”

Panitch, an emeritus professor at York University and author of a book on socialism, would have you believe that Corbyn has been wrongly vilified and far from being a hater of Jews, he’s the Jewish community’s best friend and most trusted ally. The trouble is, there’s no substance to this inflammatory and fatuous claim.

Jeremy Corbyn is not just an enabler of antisemitism, but it’s leading proponent and architect. For several decades, he has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with terrorists, Holocaust-deniers, neo-Nazis, and dictators.

Hamas, Hezbollah Unfriend Corbyn on Facebook (satire)

Fearing that their association with the British Labour leader will hurt their popularity in the UK, terrorists from Islamist militant groups including Hamas and Hezbollah have unfriended Jeremy Corbyn on Facebook.

Despite his loyal support for the terror group, senior members of Hamas told The Mideast Beast that they have begun ignoring Corbyn’s calls after exit polls showed him leading his party to its worst outcome since 1935.

“We have appreciated his friendship, but how can we ever expect support from the British public when we are seen as being in league with unpopular radicals like the Labour Party?” Hamas leader Khaled Mashal explained. “Besides, he was getting really clingy. I feel bad ditching him, but it’s honestly kind of a relief.”

Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, meanwhile, said that he “barely knew” Corbyn and was not sure how he ended up being his Facebook friend in the first place.

Ocasio-Cortez Meddles In Foreign Election, Endorses Notorious Anti-Semite

Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) meddled in a foreign election on Thursday when she shared a video promoting far-left British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and encouraged people to turn out and vote in the election.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: “This video is about the UK, but it might as well have been produced about the United States. The hoarding of wealth by the few is coming at the cost of peoples’ lives. The only way we change is with a massive surge of *new* voters at the polls. UK, Vote!”

The video attacks wealthy people in the U.K., Conservatives, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, stating at the end: “The Conservatives have been in power for 10 years. We can’t survive another 5. On your side. For the many not the few. Vote Labour 12 December.”

Washington Examiner Magazine Executive Editor Seth Mandel tweeted out a screenshot of Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet that featured the video from Corbyn’s official Twitter account:

Sanders Endorses Candidate Ousted From Far-Left PAC for Offensive Writings

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Thursday endorsed the candidacy of Cenk Uygur, who is seeking a congressional seat in California. A founding member of the Justice Democrats PAC, Uygur was subsequently forced out of the group when his past, risqué writings on dating resurfaced.

“I’m endorsing Cenk because I know he will serve ordinary people, not powerful special interests,” Sanders said in a statement. “He is a voice that we desperately need in Congress and will be a great representative for CA-25 and the country.”

Justice Democrats, a political action committee that supports far-left candidates who challenge Democratic moderates, pushed Uygur out of its leadership after blog posts he had written about dating and sex resurfaced.

In the early 2000s, Uygur wrote a series entitled “Rules of Dating” which outlined, in lurid detail, his sexual expectations for the women he went out with.

Senate unanimously passes bill to recognize Armenian genocide

The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide in Turkey more than a century ago — a slap at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has denounced the effort.

The White House had directed several GOP senators to block the genocide resolution in recent weeks, preventing it from advancing — until Thursday, when the Republicans abandoned their efforts to block it.

Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey took the issue to floor on Thursday, and then the resolution passed unanimously.

“America’s non-response to the Turkish horrors established patterns that would be repeated … we know all too well the horrors that would be repeated later in the 20th century with the Holocaust and other genocides around the world,” Menendez said, according to Politico.

“Here in the Senate today, we break those patterns. We join the House who voted to do so. Today the Senate shows the same resolve.”

Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz worked with Menendez on the proposal, and called its passage “an achievement for truth, an achievement for speaking the truth to darkness, for speaking the truth to evil.”

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