August 13, 2022

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12/16 Links: ‘Our baby united the Jewish people’ say parents from Ofra terror attack; Palestinian Red Crescent honors murderers, respects the Martyrs’ blood; IDF uncovers 4th Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnel

From Ian:

‘Our baby united the Jewish people’ say parents from Ofra terror attack
Amichai Ishran, the father of the the infant who died following the terror attack outside Ofra, said his son managed to unite the Jewish people during the three days he was alive.

During an emotional press conference held in Shaarei Tzedek Hospital by Amichai and his wife Shira who were both shot and wounded last Sunday, the two bereaved parents gave heartfelt thanks to the outpouring of love they said they have felt following the terror attack which they said had given them physical and psychological strength.

“Our baby, Amiad Israel, managed to unite the Jewish people in the three days he was alive, something most people never manage to do during their entire lives,” said Amichai.

“Everyone wanted to come and help us and wish us well, secular, religious, haredi, from across the spectrum of Israeli society,” he continued.

Amichai said that the Jewish people should take the importance of unity to heart from the death of their baby, and remain united despite differences of opinion.

“We are brothers first and foremost, that they will not succeed in taking from us. They can stab us, shoot us, run us over, throw stones at us, murder us, murder our children, but they cannot break us, we wont let them,” he said emotionally.

Bennett, 8 other ministers join protest against government response to terror

Nine government ministers, including Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett and four members of the ruling Likud party, joined a protest against the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, accusing him of being weak on combating a spate of West Bank terror attacks.

Bennett addressed the rally outside the Prime Minister’s Office, where he accused Netanyahu of failing to protect Israelis against terror attacks, before tearing into the premier at the cabinet meeting over his security policy.

Speaking to the crowd of some 200 right-wing activists calling for a tougher response to recent terror attacks in the West Bank, Education Minister Bennett said that the “security establishment… has chosen the rights of Palestinians over the security of Israelis.”

Bennett said that when Netanyahu appointed himself defense minister two weeks ago — a position that the Jewish Home leader had unsuccessfully demanded for himself — he “promised a change in policy, to restore power” over Israel’s enemies.

“That has not happened yet,” Bennett charged in front of a banner reading, “We’re done being silent because we’re sick of dying.”

“Bibi, resign, you are not wanted anymore!” the crowd chanted, using the nickname of the prime minister.

Netanyahu warns Hamas after spate of terror attacks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he had issued a warning to Hamas after recent deadly attacks in the West Bank, including two shootings claimed by the Gaza-based terrorist group.

Netanyahu referred to a controversial Gaza ceasefire in November that ended the worst escalation between Israel and Hamas since a 2014 war.

“I conveyed a clear message to Hamas — we won’t accept a situation of a truce in Gaza and terror in Judea and Samaria,” Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting, using the biblical name for the West Bank.

“We will exact a high price for them,” he said of the attacks.

Hamas runs the Gaza Strip but also has a presence in the West Bank.

Netanyahu’s comments came after two soldiers were shot dead at a bus stop outside the outpost of Givat Assaf, in the central West Bank.

Hamas leader ‘not denying’ that West Bank terror attacks were ordered from Gaza

Hamas Politburo chairman Ismail Haniyeh said on Sunday he does not deny that orders to carry out recent deadly terror attacks in the West Bank came from the Gaza Strip.

Haniyeh made the remark during a speech he delivered to tens of thousands of Hamas supporters in a Gaza City square at a rally marking the 31st anniversary of the terror group’s founding.

“I will also respond to the Zionists who are saying what is happening in the West Bank is based on directives and arrangements from Gaza,” Haniyeh said in the hour-long speech. “This is an accusation we do not deny… because it is a source of pride reigning over all of us.”

IDF Central Command chief Maj. Gen. Nadav Padan said last week that Hamas was behind recent shooting attacks in the West Bank.

“In the past few days, a Hamas terror group cell managed to harm us and exact from us a heavy price,” Padan said on Thursday. “We will pursue them and settle the score with this cell.”

PMW: Palestinian Red Crescent honors murderers, respects the Martyrs’ blood

In honor of three terrorists – two of whom succeeded in murdering Israelis and one of whom tried but failed – the Palestinian division of the Red Crescent decided to cancel its celebrations for the 50th anniversary of its establishment. The organization stated that the cancellation was:

“Out of respect for the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) who ascended to Heaven recently after being shot by the Israeli occupation…”
[WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 13, 2018]

In the hours before the cancellation last week, two terrorist murderers were shot and killed when they opened fire on Israeli forces who came to arrest them. Saleh Omar Saleh Barghouti murdered a baby who died as a result of the shooting attack last week in which he wounded 7 Israelis, including the pregnant mother who was carrying the baby. Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwa shot and murdered 2 of his Israeli coworkers earlier this year. A third terrorist, Majdi Mteir, was shot and killed while carrying out a stabbing attack just prior to the cancellation.

It is these three terrorists the Palestinian Red Crescent refers to as “Shahids” – “Martyrs.” An Islamic Martyr – someone who died for Allah – is presented by the Palestinian Authority as the highest achievement a Muslim can reach.

How Israel’s calls for countries to move their embassies has boomeranged

Similar to Russia’s unloved declaration, “the Australian government has also resolved to acknowledge the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a future state with a capital in East Jerusalem,” Morrison said.

He also stressed that “Jerusalem’s ultimate status, including its borders and boundaries, is a final status issue to be resolved between the parties.” To make things even worse, he noted Australia’s abiding commitment to United Nations Security Council resolutions 478 and 2334, which in no uncertain terms condemn Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem.

In a Q&A session that followed his speech, Morrison explicitly pledged allegiance to “the 1967 boundaries.”

He also denounced Israel’s settlement policies.

“The Australian government has expressed our strong concern over Israel’s land appropriations, demolitions and settlement activity,” he said earlier. “The settlements undermine peace — and contribute to the stalemate we now see.”

That he also promised to open a “trade and defense office in West Jerusalem” and to start looking for premises for an eventual embassy there — which he stressed would only move “after final status determination” — was small comfort to Israeli officials, who made no effort to hide their disappointment.

As counterintuitive as it may sound, from the perspective of the Israeli government, no recognition of Jerusalem at all is better than a partial recognition that implies a future partition of the city.

Had Netanyahu known that this was what even Israel’s closest allies would make of Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, he might have simply said, “Thanks, mate, but no thanks.”

Good intentions

Jerusalem’s unofficial response to Australia’s decision to recognize “west Jerusalem” as the capital of Israel was “No, thanks.”

The question of whether Israel should embrace or spurn nations that recognize “west Jerusalem” as Israel’s capital was settled years ago by the Israeli diplomatic establishment. Although there are diplomatic advantages in a recognition of the western half of the city, the final decision was to hold off from accepting such offers.

No sane person doubts Israel’s sovereignty over the western half of the city, and only the status of the eastern half is disputed. Therefore, the minimum expected of nations is recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli, without geographic delineation, as the Americans did. The statement by the Australians, and by the Russians before them, is obvious and simply unnecessary. The Australian decision is regretful, particularly in light of the high expectations created by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the issue.

But even if Australia has disappointed us now, this is still progress on the Zionist scale. Seventy years ago, no one talked about Jerusalem belonging to Israel. Today, there is no doubt about the west of the city. At this rate, there is a good chance that in 70 more years, the doubts about its eastern half will also dissipate. This should the perspective from which we discuss a city so rich in history, sensitivity, international pressure and holiness to most of humanity.

Half-recognition means redividing the capital

In Europe, under very different international circumstances, the government of West Germany decided many years ago to relocate its capital from a divided Berlin to the nondescript city of Bonn. Democratic West Germany could not come to terms with the Berlin Wall splitting the city in two.

If the Australian government recognizes only half of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, will Israel acknowledge this gesture, which predetermines the repartitioning of Jerusalem? We hope Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is appropriately questioning the move through the proper channels. The Netanyahu government should not accept a “half-recognition” of this sort. On the matter of Jerusalem – the “heart of the conflict” – Israel’s right-wing government should insist on the united city principle, under one sovereign country and beholden to one law enforced equally in both parts of the city.

We should note that Morrison’s declaration has already reverberated near and far: Muslim countries Indonesia and Malaysia will certainly scale back relations with Australia, the regional power. Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world, and it is not for nothing that Morrison’s first trip abroad as prime minister was to Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. Indonesia has already frozen negotiations with Australia over a substantial trade agreement. Other countries in the Arab-Muslim world have also condemned Australia. They did so after Morrison first announced he was “pondering” the gesture.

Australia’s opposition Labor party is also criticizing the move.

We should express our reserved appreciation for the Australian gesture, but we also wish that it and many other countries one day recognize all of Jerusalem and move their embassies there.

Bahrain foreign minister defends Australia’s decision on Jerusalem

The foreign minister of US ally Bahrain has defended Australia’s formal recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying the move would not affect a future Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.

Australia’s government announced the decision on Saturday, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but said it would not immediately move its embassy there.

The United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem in May.

The Arab League had issued a statement criticizing the Australian decision as “blatantly biased towards the positions and policies of the Israeli occupation.”

But Bahraini minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa described the statement as “mere rhetoric and irresponsible.”

“Australia’s stance does not impact the legitimate Palestinian demands, first among them being East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, and it does not contradict the Arab Peace Initiative,” he tweeted on Saturday.

BBC News continues to sell audiences short on Jerusalem

Similar or identical portrayals have often been seen by visitors to the BBC News website in the past; most recently in November 2018 and October 2018.

Obviously if the BBC’s audiences are to understand the background to this story they need to be told of the inclusion of Jerusalem in the territory assigned by the League of Nations to the creation of a Jewish homeland. They also need to be informed of the belligerent Jordanian invasion and subsequent ethnic cleansing of Jews who had lived in Jerusalem for generations from districts including the Old City in 1948, together with the destruction of synagogues and cemeteries, as well as the fact that the 1949 Armistice Agreement between Israel and Jordan specifically stated that the ceasefire lines were not borders.

Once again readers of this report found the BBC’s usual partisan framing of ‘international law’ and ‘settlements’ with no mention of the fact that some of the Jerusalem neighbourhoods it chooses to define as such were inhabited by Jews until the Jordanian occupation.

Since the BBC began covering stories concerning the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in late 2016 – and particularly since the US announcement concerning its embassy’s relocation in December 2017 – the comprehensive background information which would enable BBC audiences to fully understand these stories has been serially withheld.

With every new announcement by a foreign government of recognition of Israel’s capital it becomes more and more obvious that the BBC’s chosen framing of the story is not intended to meet its obligation to “provide accurate and impartial news, current affairs and factual programming of the highest editorial standards so that all audiences can engage fully with issues across the UK and the world”.

New Jewish Marine was never prouder than standing before Jerusalem’s US embassy

Private First Class Zachary Zeff was awestruck when he first laid eyes on the new United States embassy in Jerusalem this past summer.

Zeff wasn’t officially a Marine then — he was, in fact, several weeks shy of reporting to Parris Island, South Carolina, for boot camp. It was simply his last summer as a civilian, a summer that included a Birthright trip followed by a visit with his older sister in Tel Aviv.

But it was in Jerusalem on the new embassy grounds where Zeff’s pride in being American and Jewish came together.

“It was awesome. All embassies are guarded by Marines, and so it was just so cool to see them. It was exciting and I felt so proud,” Zeff said.

Now officially a Marine after completing boot camp in November, Zeff is on a 10-day leave at home in Florida before reporting to the fort for advanced infantry training. Zeff spoke with The Times of Israel about being the only Jewish recruit in his company of 600 and how much he misses Israel.

Zeff grew up in Davie, Florida, just west of Fort Lauderdale. As a triplet, along with his two brothers Nathan and Stephen, Zeff went to Jewish day school for a couple of years. After their bar mitzvah, the brothers left Hebrew school and Zeff’s Judaism was more relegated to large family gatherings for the holidays, he said.

Funding deal for Al Quds rally group will be terminated, European Commission says

The European Commission is to end its association with the group that organises the Al Quds rally, after it emerged it received more than £140,000 in funds.

The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), which is based in Wembley and organises the annual march through the centre of London, has charitable status and says it campaigns “for justice for all peoples regardless of their racial, confessional or political background.”

But newspaper reports said EU funds had been signed off for the group in 2016 despite criticism for the Al Quds rally, which sees participants waving the flag of Hezbollah and demonstrators expressing antisemitic views.

The Board of Deputies is among several groups that have described the IHRC as a “disgraceful organisation”.

The EU funding for IHRC was part of a funding package worth £525,000 for a University of Leeds project called the “Counter Islamophobia Toolkit”.

Anatomy of Palestinian riots and how Israel works to prevent violence

During the clashes Friday, the Palestinians set dumpsters and tires alight along the road. Palestinian medics from the Red Crescent, in well-marked colored vests, came to wait for injuries. Media also came. The potent mix of young male demonstrators with media and medics among them means the IDF must be careful in dealing with the protesters. This is an important issue because in Gaza, for example, Israel has often used live fire over the course of Hamas’s nine-month-long Great March of Return. This has resulted in thousands of injuries and more than 200 deaths. But in the West Bank things are different, depending on the situation.

On Friday, the demonstrators hurled stones and shouted for two hours after prayers ended at 1 p.m. By 3 p.m., the IDF and Border Police decided to disperse the rioters. Using drones to monitor the protest, the IDF advanced quickly to clear the road. Border Police used tear gas to push the protesters back. Few were injured and the youth who had gathered ran away. A bulldozer cleared the burning dumpster. Palestinian medics stood and watched, meters from the soldiers, as the street was re-taken.

It appears, from watching this and other past protests, that Israel has learned the lessons of the previous Intifadas. It has learned to reduce the use of live fire, and also to reduce the point of contact between rioters and riot control to a bare minimum of seconds or minutes, so that the number of possible injuries are reduced. This also changes the media war, which is an important part of the modern battlefield. Israel is engaged in an “asymmetric” war between an army that possesses the best technology in the world and an adversary that generally possesses only stones.

This is not to say that Palestinian terrorism is not sometimes deadly. But in the clashes Israel often faces in the West Bank, the IDF, trained for war, does not always face an adversary that is more than a few dozen teenagers rioting. Israel’s strategy has become more precise over time, as revealed in reports about the lengths Israel goes to when it warns residents of Gaza about pending air strikes. This precision also appears in the West Bank, through the use of hi-tech to monitor protests. This includes electro-optical devices, drones and other means. It allows security forces to concentrate effectively and deal quickly with serious incidents while allowing less serious riots to play out, so long as they can be contained away from a major thoroughfare or in a Palestinian area.

Netanyahu’s gov’t advances bill to legalize 70 West Bank outposts

A bill that would likely legalize some 70 West Bank outposts was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation Sunday in the aftermath of a tumultuous week in which three terror attacks sparked a wave of right wing political anger against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The terrorists will know that we are here to stay. Attacks will not deter us,” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) said in support of the bill, which needs Knesset approval to be passed into law.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) said the bill is “the best response to terror…Strong settlements are the best response to terror and Palestinian murderousness.”

The ministers’ remarks came after they participated in a settler-led demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s Office calling for a stronger response to last week’s spike in terrorism in the West Bank.

The private members bill put for was by the influential Knesset Land of Israel Caucus’ leaders, Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi) and Yoav Kisch (Likud) set a two-year deadline for authorizing 70 fledgling communities in the West Bank.

Smotrich put the bill on the ministerial agenda in the aftermath of a shooting attack… in the aftermath of a shooting attack at a bus stop outside the Ofra settlement that injured seven people.

Israel Destroys Home of Palestinian Terrorist Who Killed Israeli Special Forces Soldier

Israeli forces on Saturday demolished the family home of a Palestinian charged with killing an Israeli soldier in the West Bank, the military and witnesses said.

Israel says Islam Abu Humaid, 32, threw a 40 pound (18 kg) marble plate from a rooftop, killing an Israeli special forces sergeant, Ronen Lubarsky, 20, during a May arrest raid in El Amari refugee camp in the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

Israeli forces arrived at the El Amari camp before dawn on Saturday, sealed off the four-story Abu Humaid house and destroyed it, the military said in a statement.

The Abu Humaid family home has been destroyed before and rebuilt. Two other Abu Humaid sons are in Israeli custody, charged with the killings of five Israelis, and another two face lengthy incarceration for serious security offences.

A sixth Abu Humaid son was killed by Israeli forces in 1994 after himself being involved in a deadly ambush against an Israeli intelligence officer in the West Bank.

According to the indictment against him, Islam Abu Humaid told interrogators that he wanted to avenge the injury of one of his brothers in a previous Israeli army raid.

IDF to demolish home of terrorist who murdered American-Israeli Ari Fuld

The IDF issued an order Sunday to demolish the home of the terrorist who murdered Ari Fuld in Efrat in September.

The order was signed by OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Nadav Padan against the objection filed by the terrorist’s family.

The home is on the top floor of a third-story building. The family has until Dec. 18, 2018 to appeal to the High Court of Justice.

American-born Fuld, a father of four, was standing between the Gush Etzion Mall and the Rami Levi supermarket when he was stabbed multiple times in his upper body by 17-year-old Jabarin.

Mortally wounded, Fuld chased his Palestinian attacker, jumping over a short stone wall and shooting him, before collapsing. Evacuated to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, he succumbed there to his wounds.

IDF uncovers fourth Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnel

The IDF announced on Monday the discovery of a fourth cross-border Hezbollah attack tunnel which infiltrated into northern Israel from Lebanon.

In a statement, the army said that the tunnel, which was found over the weekend, “is under IDF control and does not pose an imminent threat.”

While the military did not disclose the location, the statement said that the heads of relevant local authorities were notified and updated on the discovery.

Like the previously discovered tunnels, it was filled with explosives ahead of its neutralization in order to prevent any possible use of it by Hezbollah militants.

“Anyone who enters it from the Lebanese side endangers their life,” the army said.

“The Lebanese government is responsible for the digging of the tunnels from Lebanese territory. This is a serious violation of Israeli sovereignty.”

Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians accuse IDF of using their security cameras against them

Palestinian activists launched a campaign to prevent the IDF from using security camera footage to track down Palestinians who carry our attacks against Israelis. The activists believe that footage from surveillance cameras seized by the IDF helped reveal the identities of some of the Palestinians involved in the recent wave of terrorism in the West Bank.

Shortly after last week’s drive-by shooting attack outside Ofra, IDF troops raided a number of buildings in Ramallah and its twin city of Al-Bireh and confiscated security camera footage belonging to families and businesses, as well as Palestinian Authority public institutions.

Some activists said on Sunday that they don’t rule out the possibility that the footage confiscated by the IDF may have assisted in uncovering the identity of Saleh Barghouti, a resident of the village of Kobar near Ramallah, who was killed last week last by IDF soldiers. Israeli security sources have described the 29-year-old Barghouti as a member of the cell that carried out the shooting attack outside Ofra. Seven Israelis were wounded in the attack, including a pregnant woman and her husband. The woman’s prematurely born infant died three days later.

The activists also believe that security camera footage seized in Ramallah and Al-Bireh by the IDF helped locate the car that was used in the Ofra shooting attack. The car was found in the Ain al-Musbah neighborhood at the same time that Saleh Barghouti was shot and killed by IDF soldiers a few kilometres away near the village of Surda, north of Ramallah.

In the past few days, activists distributed leaflets in Ramallah and Al-Bireh calling on local residents to take precautionary measures to prevent the Israeli authorities from using security camera footage to identify Palestinians involved in “resistance” attacks against soldiers and settlers. “We call upon you to switch off the cameras installed at your homes and businesses, and to shift their direction away from the street,” the leaflets read.

IsraellyCool: Mocking Hamas’ Soundcloud Music

So it turns out the Hamas terrorist organization has a Soundcloud account where they upload their sick beatings beats.

It is glorious.

Glorious, because for people like me who thrive on mocking these evil POS’, it is comedy gold.

Behold, my first creation, using the first tune that appears on their accoun

Women’s March leaders hurt the cause by tolerating anti-Semitism

Mallory and Sarsour asked not to be held accountable for Farrakhan’s words. They argued it takes away from their agency, and it is unfair to hold them accountable for his hate speech. Indeed, it would be unfair to hold them accountable had they not attended his speeches, praised his leadership, or raised his profile but they have done all of these things.

In fact, Mallory posted an instagram picture of herself with Farrakhan after a rally, calling him the “GOAT” – the greatest of all time. Those words hurt. To add to the specter of anti-Semitism, Mallory tweeted a classic rallying cry of anti-Semites in the midst of being questioned about Mr. Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism. She tweeted, “If your leader does not have the same enemies as Jesus, they may not be THE leader!” The Anti-Semitic reasoning is that Jews are the enemies of Jesus and so deserve persecution. She remained unmoved even after having the appearance of anti-Semitism explained.

Sarsour and Perez have been more specific in condemning Farrakhan’s hate speech, but not his leadership. In addition, they have stepped onto anti-Semitic landmines regarding the way they discuss Jews and the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. They and Bob Bland also support Mallory’s approach to addressing anti-Semitism.

The board of the National Women’s March reflects on all of the women and allies of the movement. Part of embracing intersectionality is conscientiously listening, talking, and helping address the wrongs we even commit against each other. In this spirit, I am calling in the board of the National Women’s March. Their struggles with anti-Semitism are wounding; stepping down to work together with their Jewish sisters and allies to continue the important dialogue essential in an intersectional movement would be healing. Handing over leadership to other extraordinary women who are free from the specter of anti-Semitism would be uniting.

Rashida Tlaib to be sworn in to US Congress in Palestinian gown

Rashida Tlaib, the newly elected Democratic congresswoman from Michigan, plans to wear a traditional Palestinian robe for her swearing-in ceremony next month.

Tlaib, whose parents are from the West Bank village of Beit Ur al-Foqa, near Ramallah, posted a photo to her Instagram account Friday showing the hand-woven garment, called a thobe, she said she will wear at the event.

“Sneak peek: This is what I am wearing when I am sworn into Congress,” she wrote of the thobe, which was black with a deep red flower pattern.

Palestinian women wear hand-embroidered gowns with a unique pattern that represents the city of origin of the wearer.

Tlaib, who is Palestinian-American, is one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to the United States Congress. The other is Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, who will become the first US lawmaker to wear a hijab, the Muslim headscarf for women.

Earlier this month Tlaib said she plans to lead a trip of incoming US lawmakers to the West Bank.

IsraellyCool: Linda Sarsour’s Hypocrisy on Full Display

Linda Sarsour, November 15th 2018:

Linda Sarsour, December 15th 2018:

So you can add hypocrite to the list of adjectives to already describe her (if you hadn’t already).

Could you imagine if a Jewish Congressman chose to wear, for example, a tie with the Israeli flag on it? I promise you Linda Sarsour and plenty of others would be screaming bloody murder.

Please Ms. Cortez, haven’t the Jews suffered enough?

Socialist Congresswoman-Elect, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has informed us that far back in her lineage were Jews who converted to Christianity because of the Spanish Inquisition. She claims they fled to Puerto Rico.

JEWS? Why is she picking on us? Can’t she claim to be a fake Cherokee like Elizabeth Warren, or fake her race like Rachel Doležal?Why can’t she fake being a conservative like John McCain, or become a fake comedian like Jimmy Kimmel?

Ocasio-Cortez made the claim at a party thrown by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, a very far left organization, and supporter of anti-Semite Linda Sarsour, and groups such as Black Lives Matter which supports the anti-Semitic BDS movement, has called for amnesty of all immigrants, and like Ms. Sarsour, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice is a fierce opponent of the Jewish state.

The freshman congresswoman claims of a Jewish heritage doesn’t really ring as true. Historians will tell you that the converts and conversos (people who said they converted but secretly practiced Judaism) who fled Spain went to Portugal, Europe, and North Africa– most not to the “new world.” The vast majority actually stayed in Spain. About 2,000 of the conversos were found out to be practicing Judaism and killed.

I get it. The Jews are supposed to be the “chosen people,” but why did Ocasio-Cortez choose us? We already have our fair share of famous embarrassments.

IsraellyCool: Marc Lamont Hill: I’m Against Terrorism, But That’s Not What Palestinians Are Doing

Marc Lamont Hill has appeared on Philly morning radio, spewing his usual anti-Israel drivel. And when the topic came to palestinian terrorism, he couldn’t bring himself to condemn it. Watch as he first claims to be against terrorism and against killing innocent people, but then goes on to characterize what the palestinians are doing as legitimate “resistance.”

Note also how he tries to paint himself as sympathetic by speaking about a “Jewish pregnant mother” who was killed in Israel a few days ago. But it was her baby who died after doctors removed him from his mother’s womb after she was critically wounded by a terrorist.

And this is someone who would like us to believe he is an knowledgeable expert on what is going on here.

Muslim Corbynista Suspended over Allegations of Antisemitism

Today’s British Sunday Times reports that having approached Jeremy Corbyn with “a dossier” of antisemitic posts on social media by the Labour Party’s senior organiser in the English West Midlands, a key swing area at general elections, Mohammed Yasin (pictured, with Jezza, at the party’s national conference in September), Mr Yasin has been suspended from his position and an investigation launched.

The paper informs us:
“For more than two years Yasin, not to be confused with the Labour MP with a similar name, shared anti-semitic posts and 9/11 conspiracy theories, praised a homophobic preacher and described his former leader Tony Blair as a “child-killer”.

His Twitter feed, now removed, suggests he was working for Labour when he made most of the posts.

Labour has been riven by allegations of anti-semitism among members and activists, but Yasin is believed to be the first paid member of staff to be implicated.”

According to the paper, Yasin in 2014 wrote:
“US imperialism needs Israel to keep the masses permanently at war”, accusing the Jewish state of “genocide”.

In 2015, the paper claims, he
“shared a cartoon showing the BBC and CNN ignoring butchered Palestinians while training their cameras on a crying baby with a Star of David round its neck.”

The adaptable anti-Jewish virus that won’t die

Many of the protesters have been carrying signs and chanting slogans calling Macron the “whore of the Jews” and “the Jews’ puppet.”

What, you may ask, do the Jews have to do with French economic policy? The correct answer is nothing. But to those wearing the yellow vests, Jews are apparently synonymous with the “establishment”—the unseen and anonymous power-brokers they feel are manipulating their lives and destroying their country.

Many of those who are demonstrating are clearly in sympathy with the Front National, the right-wing party founded by notorious anti-Semite Jean-Marie Le Pen and now led by his slightly more respectable daughter, Marine.

But also joining them in the streets are Muslim immigrants from North Africa, whose presence in France the Front National was created to oppose. Among their ranks is French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, another notorious Jew-hater who created the quenelle gesture that is synonymous with French anti-Semitism.

Just as left-wing intellectual elites have joined with Muslim immigrants in many European countries to form a bizarre coalition united only by their hatred for Jews and Israel, so, too, the French populists have brought together disparate strains of anti-Semitism. Neither entirely of the left nor the right, the gilets jaunes have every right to be upset by Macron’s contempt for French workers and farmers. But following tradition, they have adapted myths about powerful Jews controlling the world to explain their troubles.

Scholar Ruth Wisse famously taught that anti-Semitism was the most successful ideology of the 20th century because it adapted to and was used by a variety of disparate movements: fascism, Nazism and communism. In the 21st century, we see that process continues as Islamism, right-wing populism and left-wingers that believe in intersectional theories have embraced Jew-hatred.

Chelsea fans hoist banner with Nazi insignia in Budapest

Fans of the Chelsea English Premier League soccer team are under fire after a picture emerged showing a group of fans in Budapest on Thursday for a game holding a banner with a Nazi insignia.

The team is already being investigated for an anti-Semitic chant sung by fans during the match against Budapest side Vidi in the city’s Groupama Arena on Thursday.

After an uproar, the team promised to take the “strongest possible action” against any supporters found to have been part of the chant, which was seemingly directed at fans of London rival Tottenham, many of whose supporters are Jewish.

According to the Guardian, images posted on Twitter since the match show fans from the Chelsea headhunters, an extremist fan group known for hooliganism, holding a banner featuring the SS-Totenkopf, a skull and bones graphic used by the Nazis.

According to The Guardian, the team is aware of the banner’s existence, but does not believe it was actually displayed at the stadium, as it was carried by fans who traveled to Budapest but did not have tickets to the match.

The anti-Semitic chant on Thursday, which came days after another racist incident involving Chelsea fans, is being investigated by European soccer officials, who could force the team to play a home match without fans as punishment, pending the probe.

Anti-Semitic graffiti found on gate of Jewish cemetery in Poland

A Jewish cemetery in southern Poland was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti.

“Jews to the Sand” and “cyclone B,” referring to the Zyklon B gas used to kill Jews in Nazi death camps, was written on the gate of the Jewish cemetery in Czestochowa.

A sign with information about the cemetery, funded by philanthropist Zygmunt Rolat, who was born in Czestochowa and survived the Holocaust in the Czestochowa Ghetto, was also pulled down.

The police in Czestochowa were informed about the vandalism on Thursday, and opened an investigation. No suspects have as yet been identified.

“For Czestochowa, these inscriptions are a disgrace and another manifestation of anti-Semitism. Authorities have the duty to combat such behavior,” local councilor Jolanta Urbańska told the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper.

Israeli envoy protests glorification of pro-Nazi Ukrainian leader

Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine has sharply criticized a move by local legislators to honor a Ukrainian nationalist leader linked to the mass murder of Jews.

Ambassador Joel Lion posted on Facebook over the weekend that he was “shocked” to see that the regional legislature in Lviv, in western Ukraine, has declared 2019 “the year of Stepan Bandera” to mark the 110th anniversary of his birth.

Bandera was a leader of Ukraine’s nationalist movement, which included an insurgent army that, for a time, sided with the Nazis during World War II. Jewish groups have linked Bandera’s followers to the mass murder of Jews.

“I can’t understand how the glorification of those directly involved in horrible anti-Semitic crimes helps fight anti-Semitism and xenophobia,” Lion said.

“Ukraine shouldn’t forget these crimes committed against Ukrainian Jews and in no way celebrate them through honoring their perpetrators.”

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