September 19, 2018

Eric Trump Accuses Woodward of Trying to ‘Make Three Extra Shekels’

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Eric Trump, President Trump’s second-oldest son, accused veteran journalist Bob Woodward of trying to “make three extra shekels” with his latest book.

In a Wednesday interview on Fox and Friends, Eric Trump was asked by co-host Steve Doocy about critics of the president who say that the Trump administration “is in chaos” based on the information presented in Woodward’s book and the anonymous New York Times op-ed.

Eric Trump dismissed the “chaos” perception presented by Woodward’s book and the op-ed.

“You can write a sensational nonsense book – CNN will definitely have you on there because they love to trash the president,” Eric Trump said. “It’ll mean you sell three extra books, make three extra shekels at the behest of the American people, at the behest of our country and a president that’s doing a phenomenal job by every quantifiable metric.”

Eric Trump’s remarks were condemned by various people on Twitter:

Jewish Telegraphic Agency noted:

The modern Israeli currency is named after currency referenced in the Bible. Shekels is also an American and Irish term slang for money, showing up in old potboilers like Mickey Spillane’s “I, The Jury”: “Generally a runner made plenty for himself, taking a chance that the dough he clipped wasn’t on the number that pulled in the shekels.”

But on some anti-Semitic corners of the web, like the anti-Semitic site The Daily Stormer, it is often used sarcastically to refer to Jewish greed or influence.

 Woodward’s book, titled “Fear: Trump in the White House,” claims that some Trump officials hide documents from Trump and that Trump frequently belittled members of his administration and vice versa. Trump and officials named in the book have pushed back on Woodward’s book as being inaccurate.

Sarsour: American Muslims Shouldn’t ‘Humanize’ Israelis

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Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour said over the weekend that Muslims shouldn’t be humanizing Israelis, referring to Israel as the “oppressor.”

As reported by The Investigative Project for Terrorism and the Algemeiner, during the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)’s conference, Sarsour declared that American Muslims “are complicit in the occupation of Palestinians, in the murder of Palestinian protesters” if they’re not actively promoting the Palestinian cause.

“If you’re on the side of the oppressor, or you’re defending the oppressor, or you’re actually trying to humanize the oppressor, then that’s a problem,” Sarsour said.

Sarsour added that Muslims who didn’t speak out were not patriotic:

“When I stand up here and I’m fighting for your rights and the rights of all people in these United States of America, I am a true patriot. And those of you who have fear in your hearts and don’t have the courage to stand up for your deen (religion), for your communities, for your religious institutions, for your children, that is not just a question of your patriotism. It is a question of your iman (faith).”

Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper told the Journal in a phone interview that Sarsour’s comments about humanizing the oppressor are what “you would associate… with Hamas.”

“You wouldn’t automatically associate such language on the part of someone who is touted as an elite spokesperson for women’s rights, equal rights in the United States,” Cooper said.

Cooper added that Sarsour’s comments likely stem from “desperation” due to recent global developments of Gulf Arabs having “unprecedented normal contact” with Israelis.

“This has nothing to do with making America a more inclusive and welcoming society,” Cooper said. “This is about recasting the values of our nation to fit her mindset and we can only hope that there will be more and more voices within the progressive leadership that denounce her.”

Sarsour has previously called Zionism “creepy” and that someone cannot be both a Zionist and a feminist, telling The Nation, “You either stand up for the rights of all women, including Palestinians, or none.” She also doesn’t believe in a two-state solution, as Sarsour is an advocate for a single Palestinian state.

Sarsour also made headlines recently for being arrested for disrupting Supreme Court nominee’s Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

Corbyn’s Danger: Coddling of Terrorists, Not Only Anti-Semites

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Not a day goes by without headlines in the British media that detail the scourge of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. But a deeper look at the behavior of the party’s controversial leader reveals an even more severe problem, one that would shake to its core the country’s bilateral relations with the United States  – as well as the war on terrorism.

Extreme left-winger Jeremy Corbyn was elected as Labour leader in September 2015. Half a year later, the first significant accusations of anti-Semitism in the party surfaced when Alex Chalmers, co-chair of the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC), resigned because club members made anti-Semitic remarks. It also became widely known that Corbyn had, in earlier years, been a frequent supporter of terrorists and terrorism movements. Furthermore, he supported and associated with Holocaust distorters, including Paul Eisen, also an extreme anti-Israel inciter.

Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) limited publication to the summary of OULC anti-Semitism investigator Baroness Royal’s report. Additional disclosures about anti-Semitic remarks by elected representatives led Corbyn to appoint an investigator, Shami Chakrabarti, who was unfamiliar with the issue. Her report, published on June 30, 2016, was unfocused and superficial. Soon, word got out that Corbyn had offered Chakrabarti a membership in the House of Lords. She then became Baroness Chakrabarti.

Regular disclosures about anti-Semitic statements by elected Labour representatives continued. Corbyn repeatedly promised that he would fight anti-Semitism in the party, but he did nothing. All the while, several Jewish Labour parliamentarians received thousands of hate letters and other threats. One of them, MP Ruth Smeeth, arrived the party’s annual conference in September 2016 with a bodyguard in tow. At the meeting, Corbyn’s associates managed to obtain control of the NEC.

In April 2018, most Jewish Labour MP’s spoke in the House of Commons about the harassment they underwent. A non-Jewish MP John Mann – long involved in the battle against anti-Semitism – mentioned a rape threat against his wife. She also received a dead bird courtesy of a Labour extremist. Unprecedented actions by British Jewish leaders included a street protest in March 2018. A subsequent meeting of two Jewish leaders with Corbyn produced no results.

The conflict intensified when the NEC recently accepted a diluted version of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition (IHRA) of anti-Semitism. The latter is commonly subject to discussion before approval. These expressions of institutionalized anti-Semitism are odious and threatening to British Jewry, but it is Corbyn’s long-term embrace of terrorists that should concern all democratic leaders and anyone committed to Western values.

Corbyn’s public friendship with terrorists – mainly Arab but also of the Irish Republican Army – dates back decades. In 2009, he invited members of Hamas and Hezbollah to the House of Commons and called them “his friends.”  On another occasion, Corbyn called Hamas “his brothers.” In November 2012, he hosted a meeting in parliament with Musa Abu Maria, a member of banned terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad.  

The Daily Mail recently exposed that, in 2014, Corbyn stood with a wreath next to the graves of several perpetrators of the Black September murders, which claimed 11 Israeli athletes during the 1972 Munich Olympics. He also once shared a platform with Black September terrorist and hijacker Leila Khaled.

It is also settled fact that terrorist supporters were among important financiers of his 2015 election campaign to become Labour leader. These included Dr. Ibrahim Hamami, a columnist for an official Hamas journal. Dr. Hamami gave Corbyn £2000.

Tedd Honderich, a retired professor at London’s University College, contributed £5000 to Corbyn’s campaign. This academic has publicly stated that Palestinians have a moral right to blow up Jews. He even encouraged them to do so by saying, “to claim a moral right on behalf of the Palestinians on their terrorism is to say that they are right to engage in it, that it is permissible if not obligatory.” Honderich has repeated such statements frequently.

According to Electoral Commission returns, previous donations to Mr. Corbyn included a gift of £2,821 from Interpal, a British charity that the U.S. designated as a terrorist organization, in 2013, due to its alleged ties to Hamas. A donation of £1,300 to Corbyn came from the Palestinian Return Centre. This organization has, in the past, faced accusations of being “Hamas’s organisational branch in Europe.”

Meanwhile, as the United States and many other Western governments are battling international and domestic terrorism mainly from Muslim perpetrators, the governing Conservative British government has great difficulty in developing a viable policy in the Brexit negotiations with the European Union. As a result, Labour has a realistic chance to win the next parliamentary elections that could take place earlier than the scheduled date in 2022. A Corbyn-led U.K. could present the introduction of a big Trojan horse into their own ranks.

Corbyn’s Labour Party has now belatedly adopted the IHRA’s full definition of anti-Semitism but attached a rider allowing for continuing criticism of Israel. If this move represents the beginning of dealing with anti-Semites and anti-Semitism within the party, including anti-Semites masquerading as anti-Zionists, then the Party can begin to write a new chapter. The fact that criticism of Israel and Palestinian issue were added to the adoption could be used to subvert the agreement by those who hate the Jewish state, home to the world’s largest Jewish community.

British Jewry cannot afford to suffer the normalization of anti-Semitism in a government charged with protecting all of its citizens, and the world cannot afford to lose one of the strongest and most stalwart fighters of terrorism. The time has come for the U.S. to voice strong disapproval of a major party leader who is manifestly unfit to lead a great democracy. And to those people of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland who support Labour, we have one message: You are better than this.


Rabbi Abraham Cooper is the associate dean, director Global Social Action Agenda at the Simon Wiesenthal Center

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld is a prolific author and expert on European anti-Semitism. He is the former chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

Labour Party Amends Anti-Semitism Definition

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After being plagued by allegations of anti-Semitism, the Labour Party voted on Tuesday to adopt the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, but added a “free speech” qualification that has garnered criticism from Jewish groups.

The party issued a statement accompanying the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism that said that it doesn’t “undermine freedom of expression on Israel or the rights of Palestinians.”

Various Jewish groups denounced this caveat.

“A ‘freedom of expression on Israel’ clause is unnecessary and totally undermines the other examples the party has supposedly just adopted,” Labour Friends of Israel director Jennifer Garber said in a statement. “Labour appears determined to provide a safe space for anti-Semites. This decision is a sad reflection on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the party and the culture it has instilled.”

Labour MP Margaret Hodge, who called Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn an anti-Semite to his face, tweeted that the party’s move was “two steps forward and one step back.”

“Why dilute the welcome adoption IN FULL of the #IHRA definition of #Antisemitism with an unnecessary qualification?” Hodge wrote.

Other Jewish groups, such as the World Jewish Council, viewed the move as progress for the Labour Party, but more work needed to be done.

Additionally, Corbyn reportedly attempted to introduce language that would have stated that it wasn’t anti-Semitic to describe “Israel, its policies or the circumstances around its foundation as racist.” He was rebuffed by his party.

In July, the Labour Party had only adopted part of the IHRA’s definition of anti-Semitism, but wouldn’t embrace the aspects of the definition that stated it was anti-Semitic to compare Israel to Nazi Germany.

Corbyn himself has been embroiled in a myriad of scandals in recent weeks, including a prior speech of him saying that Zionists don’t understand “English irony” and laying a wreath at the graves of the 1972 Munich terrorists.

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Columbia Professor Says It’s Anti-Semitic to Call Israel ‘the Jewish State’

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Columbia Professor Joseph Massad, who has a history of criticizing Israel, wrote on an anti-Zionist website that it’s anti-Semitic to refer to Israel as “the Jewish state.”

In an August 24 Electronic Intifada piece titled “Anti-Semitism vs. anti-colonialism,” Massad argued that the ongoing anti-Semitic controversies involving Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party was predicated on Zionists equating criticisms of the Israeli government to anti-Semitism.

“In naming its state ‘the Jewish people,’ the Zionist movement conflated and conflates its colonial project with all Jews, even when the majority of world Jewry did not support the movement and continues to refuse to live in, and become citizens of, Israel,” Massad wrote. “Therefore, it is imperative to emphasize that it is Israel and its supporters who conflate Israel with all Jews, and then claim that condemning Israel, its laws, policies, actions and ideology amounts to condemning the Jewish people.”

Massad added that Palestinians are simply resisting Israel’s “racist and colonial nature.”

“If there should be a definition of anti-Semitism to be adopted by the Labour Party (or any other political party or institution) in Britain today, it should include the condemnation of anti-Semitic and colonial expressions such as: ‘Israel is the Jewish state,’ or ‘Israel is the state of the Jewish people’ or Israel ‘speaks for Jews,’ or colonizing the land of the Palestinians is a ‘Jewish value,’” Massad wrote.

Massad has written similar statements in the past, such as in 2003, when he wrote that Israel has turned “the Jew into the anti-Semite, and the Palestinian into the Jew.”

Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper told the Journal in a phone interview that Massad is “a denier of reality.”

“This professor at Columbia University is going to teach us who is a Jew, what is anti-Semitism, and he has to come up with a construct that makes him feel comfortable,” Cooper said, “and along the way, by constructing it his way, he gets to blame the victim.”

Cooper added that the “blame the victim” tactic has been used by anti-Semites for years, stating that it goes as far back as “the church in the Middle Ages,” when they said that bad things happened to the Jews because they wouldn’t convert to Christianity.

“Now, it’s real simple: ‘Oh, if only the Jews would walk away from the largest Jewish community in the world, there would be no more anti-Semitism,’” Cooper said. “It’s an old tactic dressed up in the most fancy, post-modern lexicon, but it still comes down to old-fashioned Jew hatred.”

According to the Canary Mission website, Massad has previously stated that “the Jewish state is a racist state that does not have the right to exist” and that Zionists were allied with the Nazis.

A student who took Massad’s class on Palestinian and Israeli Politics wrote in an August 2017 post on an anonymous student review site of Columbia professors:

He really blurs the line between facts and opinions, which gets on everyone’s nerves. 
Massad treats a lot of his course like a media appearance advocating for one side and berating the other. I can’t say he is as intense as some of his fans in the course who think everyone criticizing him is just trying to paint him as an anti-Semite, but Massad can be frustrating to work with. 

He brings a lot of analysis to the course but much of that is skewed, something that wasn’t obvious to classmates of mine who were less familiar with the course material than I was.

H/T: Columbia University Monitor

Former Chief Rabbi of Britain Calls Out Corbyn on ‘Anti-Semitic’ Remarks

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of Britain, spoke out against Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s recently unearthed comments on Zionists not understanding “English irony” as “the language of classic pre-war European anti-Semitism” in an interview with the New Statesman.

In the interview published on Tuesday, Sacks decried Corbyn’s comments as “the most offensive statement made by a senior British politician since Enoch Powell’s 1968 ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech.”

“It was divisive, hateful and like Powell’s speech it undermines the existence of an entire group of British citizens by depicting them as essentially alien,” Sacks said.

Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech involved then-Defense Minister Powell railing against massive immigration into Britain.

Sacks added that Corbyn “has given support to racists, terrorists and dealers of hate who want to kill Jews and remove from Israel from the map.”

“When he implies that, however long they have lived here, Jews are not fully British, he is using the language of classic pre-war European anti-Semitism,” Sacks said. “When challenged with such facts, the evidence for which is before our eyes, first he denies, then he equivocates, then he obfuscates. This is low, dishonest and dangerous. He has legitimized the public expression of hate, and where he leads, others will follow.”

The Labour Party is claiming that Corbyn was only talking about “a particular group of pro-Israel activists as Zionists,” but Corbyn’s remarks seem to have been a breaking point for some British Jews. The London Times’ Josh Glancy wrote in a Monday New York Times op-ed:

The video was a watershed for many. Daniel Finkelstein, a Tory peer and columnist for The Times of London, called the revelation “qualitatively different from anything that has come before.” Ben Judah, a Labour-voting author, said that “the nasty comment from Mr. Corbyn on ‘Zionists’ not getting ‘English irony’ has finally snapped the benefit of the doubt extended by many Jewish progressives.” 

A writer for The Guardian, Simon Hattenstone, who has repeatedly defended Jeremy Corbyn against charges of anti-Semitism, called his speech “unquestionably anti-Semitic.” And it wasn’t just the Jews. George Monbiot, a giant of the British left, described the comments as “anti-Semitic and unacceptable.”

And from Mr. Corbyn’s most vehement defenders, such as the Guardian columnist Owen Jones or the Novara Media columnist Ash Sarkar? Crickets.

“This was classic anti-Semitism,” Glancy wrote. “Here were a group of Jews with whom Mr. Corbyn has a political disagreement. And he smeared them not on the basis of that disagreement but on the basis of their ethnicity. He accused them of failing to assimilate English values, of not fitting in, of still being a bit foreign. Had they been Christian Zionists, he could not have insulted them in this way.”

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, a British watchdog group, has called on Corbyn to step down from the Labour Party.

“We had hoped that the Labour Party might at some point rise to the defense of British Jews by removing Jeremy Corbyn or by demanding his resignation, but the institutions of the once proudly anti-racist Labour Party are now corrupted and will not act,” the watchdog organization said. “Instead, they merely persecute those members who stand up to anti-Semitism.”

British PM Frontrunner: Zionists Have ‘No Sense of English Irony’

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Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has found himself in yet another anti-Semitic controversy, as a video clip from 2013 shows him stating that Zionists have “no sense of English irony.”

Corbyn was speaking at a London conference that was promoted by Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ propaganda arm, that featured “a range of anti-Semites, homophobes and conspiracy theorists,” according to the UK Daily Mail. Corbyn said that British Zionists “don’t want to study history, and secondly, having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives, they don’t understand English irony either.”

Other speakers at the conference included Daud Abdullah, who called for attacks against the Royal Navy and led a boycott against Holocaust Memorial Day.

Corbyn has been heavily criticized for these unearthed remarks. For instance, the UK Guardian’s Simon Hattenstone wrote on Friday that while he has been defending Corbyn in a string of recent controversies, the “no sense of English irony” comment is “unquestionably anti-Semitic.”

“To generalize about any race or religion is discriminatory,” Hattenstone wrote. “And if there were ever a clear example of somebody conflating Zionist with Jews, this appears to be it. Let’s play the traditional ‘swap the minority’ game. Instead of ‘Zionists’ let’s make it, say, Muslims or African-Caribbeans or Asians or Irish needing lessons in history or irony. Not nice, eh?”

Corbyn has also come under fire for laying a wreath at the graves of the Munich 1972 terrorists.

Britain’s Corbyn Reportedly Met With Hamas Leaders in 2010

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A recent report from i24 News states that UK Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn met with Hamas leaders in 2010, back when he was a largely unknown member of parliament.

According to i24, Corbyn visited Hamas leaders Aziz Dweik, Mahmoud al Ramahi, Muna Saleem Mansour, Naser Abd El-Jawad and Omar Abdel Razeq in Ramallah, as well as Hamas leaders Ahmed Attoun, Khaled Abu-Arafah and Muhammad Totah in East Jerusalem. Corbyn did not meet with a single Jewish Israeli on his trip.

After the trip, Corbyn wrote in The Morning Star, “It is time to bring those Israelis who committed crimes against humanity to account and to end the EU [European Union] Israel Trade Agreement while the occupation and settlement policy continues.”

The trip was funded by Middle East Monitor (MEMO) and Friends of Al-Aqsa. The aforementioned groups provided Corbyn with £927 ($1,500), well above the £660 ($840) gift threshold in which MPs have to report to parliament. But Corbyn never reported the trip to parliament.

The i24 report is the latest in a series of Palestinian terror-related controversies for Corbyn. Photos unearthed by the UK Daily Mail showed Corbyn laying a wreath at a Tunisia ceremony commemorating the 1972 Munich terrorists. An August 21 Daily Mail report showed photos of Corbyn in 2015 speaking to Hamas supporters in Parliament, including one Hamas supporter who said he wished he could conduct a suicide bombing for “Palestine.”

Palestinian Ambassador Manuel Hassassian praised Corbyn and the Labour Party for being “principled” on their watered-down anti-Semitism rules. Hamas said they “Salute Jeremy Corbyn’s supportive positions to the Palestinians.”

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University of Arizona Hires Hezbollah Supporter to Teach Course on Politics

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New documents obtained by Judicial Watch reveal that the University of Arizona is paying Noam Chomsky, a long-time critic of Israel who has praised Hezbollah, at least $62,500 a year to teach a political course for the university.

According to Judicial Watch, Chomsky was initially brought on as a guest lecturer, and then became a part-time “consultant” for the university, where he was paid $10,000 per lecture and was only required to show up for six lectures. The university then signed Chomsky to a three-year deal from 2017-2020 with annual salary of $250,000; the average yearly salary for a full-time engineering professor at UA is $80,000. The university disputes the $250,000 figure, claiming that Chomsky will only receive 25 percent ($62,500) of that salary.

Chomsky is teaching a general education course at the university called “What Is Politics?”, a general education course that discusses “political analysis” and “how governments differ” as well as giving seminars on linguistics.

Chomsky has long been a critic of Israel. In 2014, he told Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman in 2014, “In the Occupied Territories, what Israel is doing is much worse than apartheid. To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel.” Chomsky also said that interview that he is “strongly supportive” of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

His criticism for Israel goes as far as expressing support for the Hezbollah terror group; in 2006, Chomsky said that “Hezbollah’s insistence on keeping its arms is justified” after he met with the terror group in Lebanon.

“I think [Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan] Nasrallah has a reasoned argument and [a] persuasive argument that they [the arms] should be in the hands of Hezbollah as a deterrent to potential aggression, and there is plenty of background reasons for that,” Chomsky said.

As the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) points out, shortly after Chomsky’s comments Hezbollah launched “an unprovoked attack on Israel.”

Additionally, UK Media Watch’s Adam Levick noted in an Algemeiner column that Chomsky recently told the UK Independent, “Israeli intervention in US elections vastly overwhelms anything the Russians may have done.” Levick also cited past statements from Chomsky in which he claimed that anti-Semitism is only an issue because “Jews in the US are the most privileged and influential part of the population” and that “Hitler’s conceptions have struck a responsive chord in current Zionist commentary.”

Chris Sigurdson, The UA’s vice president of communications, has defended the decision to have Chomsky teach a class by arguing that the campus has frequently hosted conservative speakers, such as filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza.

Corbyn Ties Ceremony Honoring Terrorists to ‘Peace Process’

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Photos recently unearthed by the UK Daily Mail showed UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn laying a wreath at a 2014 Tunisia ceremony commemorating the terrorists behind the 1972 Munich massacre at the Summer Olympics. Corbyn told Channel 4 News that he did so to “have a peace process.”

Channel 4’s Clare Fallon asked if he laid a wreath on or nearby the graves of the terrorists, prompting Corbyn to respond that the terrorists were killed in Israeli operations in Paris and Beirut that resulted in others dying “who were not involved in” the 1972 massacre, such as Yasser Arafat’s deputy, Abu Yusuf.

“I, along with other colleagues who were delegates at the conference, laid a wreath in memory of all those that have died in the hope that we have a peace process and peace in the future,” Corbyn said, “so those raids are never repeated.”

Corbyn added that “the way forward is of peace” and “dialogue” instead of “bombing” or “shooting civilians in Gaza.”

The Labour Party leader was asked again if he laid down a wreath; he responded that the wreath was in honor of those that died in the 1985 Israeli strike on Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) headquarters. Fallon pressed again on if the wreath was laid nearby the Munich terrorists and Corbyn said it was laid for “all those that had died.”

Corbyn was then asked if he took part in laying that wreath, and he replied by saying he “totally condemned” the 1972 Munich massacre.

Fallon eventually asked Corbyn if he ever “laid a wreath at the graves of Israelis who were killed in Palestinian attacks.”

“I’ve met many people from the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, over the years,” Corbyn responded. “I’ve indeed visited the Knesset and I met visiting Israeli delegations into Britain and, of course, anybody killed in this awful conflict has to be mourned.”

However, The Israel Project’s Julie Lenarz noted in National Review, “Corbyn time and again has missed opportunities to meet with Israeli delegates and boycotted events with Israeli officials in attendance.”

In response to Corbyn, The UK Daily Mail showed a layout of the graves to argue that the photos do indeed show that Corbyn was at the graves of the Munich terrorists, not those that died in the 1985 strike against PLO headquarters.

The controversy appears to be taking a toll on Corbyn, as in another recent interview he is seen rolling his eyes in response to a question about the wreath. He has refused to apologize for attending the ceremony.

Corbyn is also under fire over an unearthed image of him giving the Muslim Brotherhood salute at a mosque in February.

 

Missouri State House Candidate Who Praised Hitler Wins GOP Primary

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Steve West, who has uttered numerous anti-Semitic statements, including praise for Adolf Hitler, won a GOP primary in Missouri state House race on August 7.

West has issued his anti-Semitic statements through his radio and YouTube channel persona “Jack Justice,” where he wears a curly-black wig and faux facial hair. During his radio broadcast on January 23, 2017, West said, “Unfortunately, Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it.”

When confronted by the Kansas City-Star about his Hitler comment, West initially denied that he made the statement at all, but when the Star provided proof to him, West claimed that the full context of his remarks show otherwise:

He said Islam is a political movement masquerading as a religion and that it’s trying to create an autocratic theocracy in the U.S., and that it should be stripped of all benefits religions receive.

“Jewish people can be beautiful people, but there’s ideologies associated with that that I don’t agree with,” he went on. “Jews today are a remnant of the tribe of Judah that rejected Christ.”

West again asked to speak about issues related to the job of a state representative. When asked about Jewish people in Missouri, he said, “Well, maybe they shouldn’t vote for me.”

West has made several other anti-Semitic comments under his Jack Justice persona, most notably that “Jewish cabals” are behind Planned Parenthood’s practice of “harvesting baby parts.” He has also promulgated the classic conspiracy theories that “Jews control the media…Jews control the legal system” and that Jews are “compromised” to Israel because of their Jewish faith. West has also claimed that “Jews who are involved in Republican politics are grooming America, just as a pedophile grooms his victim and grooms his victim’s family as they are preparing the way for them to violate those children.”

West’s campaign website also alleges that there is some sort of conspiracy to use sodium fluoride to poison water and argues that getting vaccinated should be optional.

He won the GOP primary for the House with nearly 50 percent of the vote, easily defeating three other candidates in the primary. The Missouri Republican Party has denounced him.

“Steve West’s shocking and vile comments do not reflect the position of the Missouri Republican Party or indeed of any decent individual,” the party said in a statement. “West’s abhorrent rhetoric has absolutely no place in the Missouri Republican Party or anywhere. We wholeheartedly condemn his comments.”

West’s opponent, incumbent state Democrat Rep. Jon Carpenter, told The Pitch, “This is anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, and racism to a degree that truly shocks the conscience. It is my hope that folks who voted for [West] in the Republican primary weren’t aware of any of this stuff. I sincerely hope that’s true.”

Karen Aroesty, who is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)’s regional director in St. Louis, had a similar reaction.

“I’m trying to get sense of why he flew under the radar, and I’m not sure I have a great answer,” Aroesty told the Star.

H/T: Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)

AMCHA Report: Anti-Israel Harassment ‘More Likely’ to Create Hate Toward Jews on Campus Than ‘Classic Anti-Semitism’

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A new report from the AMCHA Initiative has determined that anti-Israel harassment on college campuses in 2017 were more likely to create an antagonistic environment against Jewish students on campus than “classic” anti-Semitic incidents.

AMCHA concluded that while “classic anti-Semitic incidents” such as two swastikas drawn on a library desk at Macalester College vastly outnumbered the anti-Israel incidents (205 to 71), only 23% showed “intent to harm” while 94% of anti-Israel incidents showed such intent.

Of that 94% of anti-Israel acts, 76% involved the “personal targeting” of pro-Israel students, with some examples being Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) targeting the Claremont Progressive Jewish Alliance president at Pomona College as “a proud racist” on social media based on her support of Israel and a handbook created by anti-Israel activists on Tufts University campus claiming that by supporting Israel, Hillel is endorsing “a white supremacist state.”

Forty-four percent of the anti-Israel acts with intent to harm involved attempts to censor pro-Israel speech, such as when anti-Israel students attempted to prevent people from entering a speech by Israeli United Nations Ambassador Danny Danon at Columbia University; the anti-Israel students also heckled Danon several times throughout the speech.

“When Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Mr. Danny Danon, came to speak at an SSI event, BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] activists blocked the entrance to the auditorium, physically preventing people from entering and intimidating those who managed to get in,” a Columbia student told AMCHA. “During the ambassador’s 25-minutes speech, the BDS activists disrupted him seven times with calls to Boycott Israel…the BDS activists’ message was clear: The only freedom of speech worthy of protection is their own. Those who disagree, or dispute their view of the world, would be violently disrupted.”

AMCHA also determined that anti-Israel incidents with intent to harm were “6.5 times more likely to have multiple perpetrators than classic anti-Semitic incidents with harmful intent, and 7 times more likely to have perpetrators with affiliations to on-campus or outside groups.”

“Taken together these data suggest that in 2017, Israel-related anti-Semitic incidents were considerably more likely to 16 contribute to a hostile environment for Jewish students than incidents involving classic anti-Semitism,” the report concludes.

The AMCHA report included some student testimonials as well.

“For every swastika, there’s a million little conversations that go on that are much more harmful than that,” a William and Mary College student said. “Everyone can get behind, ‘Alright, there’s a swastika. That’s ridiculous, that’s not OK. But for the little conversations that are more political in nature people just assume that it’s OK to say, ‘Well, you’re a Zionist, so I don’t like you,’ and that’s part of our culture.”

A UC Davis student told AMCHA, “I’ve had foul and intolerable words yelled at me while I’m studying because I had a sticker of Israel on my laptop. When Arab-Israeli Diplomat George Deek came to speak on campus, anti-Semitic students shouted, ‘Death to Jews’ at my friends and me. I’ve known Jewish students who are afraid to speak up in class against anti-Semitic professors because they’re afraid of what might happen to their academic reputations.”

Additionally, a University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana student told AMCHA that anti-Israel students have compared Zionists “to the KKK, to violent fascists and accused of perpetuating white supremacy all because we believe that the Jewish people have a right to self-determination.”

The report argues that such anti-Israel sentiments are often allowed to grow on college campuses due to many administrators looking the other way.

“University administrators rarely recognize anti-Zionist harassment as a form of unlawful discrimination, because they see it as motivated by political considerations rather than ethnic or religious ones,” the report states. “In addition, when acts of classic antisemitism occur on campus, many in the campus community are sympathetic with Jewish students and stand in solidarity with them, but this is not the case when acts of anti-Zionist harassment occur. Few in the campus community are sympathetic to the plight of pro-Israel students, and many are even complicit in creating a hostile environment for them.”

Read the full report here.

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Brown University Denounces Anti-Semitic Incident on Campus

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UPDATE: Brian Clark, Brown University’s director of news and editorial development, told the Journal in an email that they “have no mechanism to independently verify the identities of the individuals with certainty.”

ORIGINAL:

Brown University issued a statement on August 3 condemning an anti-Semitic incident that took place on campus on July 31.

According to a notice from Brown University Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity Shontay Delalue, the incident involved two people who were not affiliated with the university “displaying a vulgar and highly offensive anti-Semitic sign, and attempting to engage members of our community in discussion.”

“While we welcome free expression, behavior that creates a hostile environment on campus is not tolerated,” Delalue wrote. “This includes expressions of hatred based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and any other protected classes. I and other members of Brown’s senior leadership — including the offices of the President, Provost and Campus Life — have been in close discussion to learn as much information as possible about this incident. We are saddened that some Brown community members and campus visitors had to witness such abhorrent behavior. “

Delalue added that the two individuals involved in the incident were told that they had to move their actions from campus – which is privately owned – to public property.

“The unfortunate reality is that hate speech activities that occur on the public city sidewalks and streets that intersect campus are beyond Brown’s control, but we will continue to offer resources and support to members of our campus community who are directly impacted as a result of hate speech,” Delalue wrote.

Delalue concluded her notice by announcing that the university will be establishing a call-in line to report bias incidents.

The university’s handling of the matter was praised by Jewish organizations.

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Patrick Little, the neo-Nazi who ran for Senate in California and failed, is currently on a “Name the Jew” tour where he holds signs like “Jews Rape Kids” and attempts to spread anti-Semitic propaganda. One of the stops on his tour was Providence, RI – where Brown University is located – and he came on July 31, the same day as the incident occurred. It is not yet known if the incident that Delalue condemned involved Little.

As of publication time, Brown University has not responded to the Journal’s request for comment.

Stanford Student Who Threatened to ‘Physically Fight’ Zionists Steps Down from RA Position

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Hamzeh Daoud, the third-year Stanford student who threatened to “physically fight” Zionists in a Facebook post, announced that he would be stepping down from his position as Resident Assistant (RA) to a Stanford dormitory in the fall.

In an August 3 op-ed in The Stanford Daily, Daoud described himself as “a third-generation Palestinian refugee” and called his Facebook post “an emotion filled moment” in response to the recently passed nation-state law.

“After spending a few hours away from Facebook, I read over my post again and realized how infused it was with the same hatred that has caused my own family so much suffering,” Daoud wrote. “It was the antithesis of why I chose this path in life. A sloppy comment made during an emotion-filled reaction to yet another layer of trauma, the comment did not convey my values, who I am currently, or who I hope to become.”

Daoud went onto explain that he later revised his post to read “intellectually fight Zionists on campuses” while acknowledging that he had originally written “physically fight” because he didn’t want to “be misrepresented and misunderstand.”

“Although I was accused of horrible things and began to receive graphic death threats and messages filled with Islamophobia and xenophobia, I acknowledge the language in my first post had a strong negative effect on many in our Stanford community,” Daoud wrote. “I apologize from the bottom of my heart to everyone who was triggered by it. I recognize that I was projecting my own trauma onto others in a way that is never acceptable.”

Daoud added that he would begin undergoing “trauma-based therapy” at the university so he cann better manage his emotions.

“I am hopeful that I can continue to grow and become a person I can be proud of; someone whose actions aligns with their values,” Daoud wrote. “I am incredibly grateful to everyone who has helped me through this, including the Stanford administration.”

He then concluded his op-ed by announcing his resignation as a Stanford RA so he “can focus on my studies and on processing the repercussions of my post.”

In an August 3 statement, Stanford University said on their website that they determined that Daoud “does not pose a physical threat to other members of the community.”

“At the time of the original Facebook posting, the author rapidly amended it to make clear that he does not support physical violence, and he apologized for the original post in a letter to members of the Jewish community at Stanford,” the statement read. “In addition, in a new statement he has made, the student acknowledges the adverse effects this episode has had in our community. His decision to step down as an RA puts the interests of the broader community first.”

However, some Jewish groups think that Stanford needs to do more to address the issue.

“It is important that Stanford rightly recognizes that ‘threats of physical violence have absolutely no place in the Stanford community’ and commits to meeting with affected students to find ways to address issues of intolerance and create a safe learning environment for all,” Anti-Defamation League Central Pacific Regional Director Seth Brysk said in a statement. “This incident requires proactive measures by the Stanford administration to enforce established community norms and expectations as enumerated in the university’s Fundamental Standard. Jewish students must feel safe on campus, and threats of physical violence against Jews, or anyone, cannot be tolerated.”

Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper said in a statement sent to the Journal that even though Daoud has stepped down from his RA positions, “the issue for the Jewish community is not closed.”

“So-called ‘activists’ like him act with impunity against Jewish students and other supporters of Israel at many major universities,” Cooper said. “The reaction of the Administrations are tepid or non-existent.  People like Hamzeh Daoud and the groups they are involved must be held fully culpable for such bullying, hate and intimidation. We will continue to pursue this goal with Stanford and other schools as well as push for the passage of the Anti-Semitism Act in Congress that would pave the way for the US Department of education to protect Jewish students from such campaigns.”

Lawfare Project Executive Director Brooke Goldstein said in a statement sent to the Journal:

“We  are  proud  of  how  the  Jewish community  came  together  to  make  clear  that  these blatant threats are  absolutely  unacceptable.  When  we  are  united,  we  can  stop  discrimination.

“There  is  no  world  in  which  a  student  who threatens other students should  be  in  position  of  authority  on  campus.  Even though the student at issue  resigned  from  his  position,  Stanford  is still in a position to take disciplinary action.  Further, we hope the DA’s office will look into whether there was a violation of the California criminal code which specifically outlaws the making of willful threats to harm another. This is a necessary step to prevent this kind of behavior from being repeated.

“For  too  long,  Jewish  students  have  faced  bigotry  and  discrimination  under  the  guise  of  anti-Zionism.  There  is  no  excuse  for  this.  Our  community  must  continue  to  work  together  to  ensure  that  pro-Israel  and  Jewish  students  are  not  victimized  on  college  campuses.”

Kudos to Netflix For Dropping Farrakhan ‘Documentary’

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Those who create the magic that is Hollywood are currently confronting a multitude of challenges, from new technologies to mega-mergers to working with partners from cultures far different than our own. Another challenge facing studios, content creators and social media companies is how to navigate the sometimes thin line between freedom of speech and dangerous hate that should not be tolerated. For that reason, some were concerned this week by Netflix’s eleventh-hour decision not to stream a 2013 film about Louis Farrakhan that was produced by his son. That wasn’t the case, however, for us at the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

We are convinced that Netflix did the right thing, and we thank them for doing it. Here’s why.

In 1997, Simon Wiesenthal, the late heroic Nazi hunter, agreed to bestow his name on our new institution with one caveat: You must fight the new haters with the same vigor that I pursue the old ones. For 40 years, we have strived to live up to our end of the deal, as haters have come in and out of the picture. There were aging Nazi criminals and, since the 1978 Skokie March, young (neo) Nazis. There was state-sponsored anti-Semitism from the now-defunct Soviet Union, and genocidal anti-Semitism from today’s Ayatollahs in Iran. And, in the 1980s, bigots spread their message by putting flyers under windshield wipers, while bigots today do so via social media.

Over the years, one man, the “honorable” Rev. Farrakhan, has never deviated from his hate. In 1985, his full-blown demagogic attack at the Forum, before a roaring crowd of 14,000, led Hollywood icon and founding Simon Wiesenthal Center Board member, Frank Sinatra, to express his concerns to us about Farrakhan’s bigotry and urge us to “keep fighting!”

Throughout the decades, the Center protested Farrakhan’s attacks against Jews, Judaism, gays and immigrants. We also placed him on our Top 10 Anti-Semites List and released a study that debunked his Big-Lie that Jews played a central role in slave trade in the 19th century. But Rev. Farrakhan’s charisma and message of Black empowerment has caused some to overlook his decades-long anti-Semitic and homophobic demagoguery.

Here, in his own words from 1984 to 2018, is the real Louis Farrakhan.

In 1984, Farrakhan labeled Judaism a “gutter religion,” later insisting that he meant to say “dirty religion.” That same year, Farrakhan repeatedly called Hitler “a great man”: “[T]he Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man. He wasn’t a great man for me as a black person, but he was a great German. Now, I’m not proud of Hitler’s evils against Jewish people, but that’s a matter of record. He raised Germany up from nothing. Well, in a sense you could say there’s a similarity in that we are raising our people up from nothing.” (Source: Southern Poverty Law Center)

In 1985, before a crowd of 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden, Farrakhan threatened Jews, stating that if any harm befell him, “All of you will be killed outright!,” and adding, “You cannot say ‘Never again’ to God because when he puts you in the oven, never again don’t mean a damn thing.’’

That same year, while speaking at the Los Angeles Forum before 14,000 people, Farrakhan denounced Israel as a “wicked hypocrisy” and then taunted, “Don’t push your six million down our throats when we lost 100 million (to slavery).” In his divisive speech, he also mocked and derided Los Angeles’ first African American mayor, Tom Bradley, a moderate political leader and a symbol of tolerance and inclusion.

In 1996, in a Saviours’ Day speech in Chicago, Farrakhan addressed Jews: “You are wicked deceivers of the American people. You have sucked their blood. You are not real Jews, those of you that are not real Jews. You are the synagogue of Satan, and you have wrapped your tentacles around the U.S. government, and you are deceiving and sending this nation to hell.”

A decade later, at the same gathering, he said: “These false Jews promote the filth of Hollywood that is seeding the American people and the people of the world and bringing you down in moral strength. … It’s the wicked Jews, the false Jews, that are promoting lesbianism, homosexuality. It’s the wicked Jews, false Jews, that make it a crime for you to preach the word of God, then they call you homophobic!”

And six years later, once again in Chicago on Saviours’ Day, he asserted: “In 100 years, they control movies, television, recording, publishing, commerce, radio, they own it all. Magazines. Why do you want all, everything?”

That same year, as part of his Holy Day of Atonement Keynote Address in Chicago, he spewed, “Now, you know I’m going to be lambasted and called anti-Semitic… They’ll say Farrakhan was up to his old canards; he said Jews control Hollywood. Well, they said it themselves! Jews control the media. They said it themselves! Jews and some gentiles control the banking industry, international banks. They do! In Washington, right next to the Holocaust Museum, is the Federal Reserve, where they print the money. Is that an accident?”

A year later, he was at it again, stating, as part of his lecture series The Time and What Must Be Done, Part 20: Making Satan Known, “The Jewish media has normalized sexual degeneracy, profanity and all kinds of sin.”

This year, Twitter temporarily removed Farrakhan from its platform after a speech in which he claimed, the Jerusalem Post reported, that Hollywood’s Jews have forced aspiring actors into anal sex to get parts, and that former president Barack Obama was under “under Jewish influence” when he advocated for same-sex marriage, something which he deemed “Satanic.” The 85-year-old asked a cheering audience, “I wonder, will you recognize Satan? I wonder if you will see the satanic Jew and the synagogue of Satan… because Satan has deceived the whole world.”

Also this year, he launched a new anti-Semitic attack in Chicago: “Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out, turning men into women and women into men… White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled a cover off of that Satanic Jew, and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.”

Anti-Semitism and bigotry are more widespread today than they have been at any time since the Holocaust some 75 years ago. This is in large part thanks to demagogues like Louis Farrakhan. Netflix should be applauded for not availing its immense platform to America’s foremost merchant of hate.


Rabbi Marvin Hier is the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a two-time Academy Award winner and the only Rabbi who is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. Rabbi Abraham Cooper is the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

French Synagogue Vandalized With Anti-Israel Graffiti: ‘No to Zionists, No to Israel’

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A French synagogue was vandalized with anti-Israel graffiti as well as stickers of Palestinian, Lebanese and French flags on the shul’s entrance.

Here is a picture of the graffiti on the main Shul in Le Havre:

The graffiti, written in French, translates to: “No to Zionists, No to Israel.”

The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism (BVNCA) said in a statement that a mailbox at the Shul had bullet holes in it in 2016.

“Anti-Zionist rhetoric targeting Israel that is placed on a synagogue confirms that anti-Zionists are notorious anti-Semites,” the BVNCA said.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt also denounced the vandalism, tweeting, “Vandalizing synagogues with anti-Zionist or anti-Israel messages is anti-Semitism, plain and simple. They are deliberately targeting French Jews.”

Rabbi Dov Lewin, the shul’s rabbi, wrote on Facebook that while he was shocked at the vandalism, “the community remains strong.”

An investigation is still underway, but police believe that the vandalism was committed by a novice given Israel was misspelled as “Isrrael.”

On July 27, Vice President Mike Pence highlighted the rising anti-Semitism in France.

“It is remarkable to think that within the very lifetimes of some French Jews — the same French Jews that were forced by the Nazis to wear identifiable Jewish clothing — that some of those same people are now being warned by their democratic leaders not to wear identifiable Jewish clothing,” Pence said. “These acts of violence and hatred and anti-Semitism must end.”

It’s Not Us — It’s Them

The Forward recently ran an open letter by Rabbi Philip Graubart headlined “ ‘Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor’ Is Not the Book We Need Right Now.”

Seeing the headline only, I thought, because most Palestinian leaders engage in blatant Holocaust denial, promote anti-Semitic canards such as Jews poison water wells, deny any Jewish connection to the land of Israel, and endorse the murder of Jews, that this open letter would argue Jews need to wait for a Palestinian sea change before Yossi Klein Halevy’s “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor” could advance peace.

Instead, this open letter accused Halevy of being too stuck in the Jewish “narrative.”

Imagining a theoretical “Palestinian moderate,” Graubart posited that after reading Halevy’s book, this moderate might say, “Why waste time in dialogue with you? … We already agree on the basics.”

Query: What “basics” does Graubart think Palestinian “moderates” and Halevy agree on? Based on Halevy’s scholarship, he believes Jews have a deep connection to the land of Israel. The “moderate” Palestinian leaders don’t believe Jews are even a people, let alone a people with a 3,300-year-old love affair with the land of Israel. 

Graubart asserts his issue with Halevy’s book is that it makes allegations about Halevy’s “loving embrace of religious, biblical narrative” that “no Palestinian could accept” and that the “biblical impulse to build settlements in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] is precisely what’s sabotaged an agreement.”

So, according to Graubart, it isn’t rabid anti-Semitism, rejection of any Jewish connection to Israel or even the rejection of offer after offer to have an independent Arab state in Judea and Samaria and Gaza, which is to blame. It is the Jews’ “biblical impulse” to live in Judea.

There are so many problems with this perspective. The most obvious is that it implies the Palestinians bear no responsibility for their actions. 

Graubart’s piece, however, does a great job of capturing the growing divide between many Jews in the U.S. and the overwhelming majority of Jews in Israel. 

This divide is represented strikingly in Graubart’s letter, where he writes, “if your book taught me anything, it’s that we must begin the admittedly difficult process of privileging basic values over national, religious narratives.” Graubart adds that for peace, Jews need to be “a people who value[d] peace … over historical/religious narrative. … People who loved peace more than they loved the ancient stories of their people.”

Thankfully, our ancestors didn’t think abdicating our faith was the way to go.

Plainly, many American Jews have not internalized the lessons most Jews in Israel have over the past 100 years. 

Also, if we just “privileged basic values over national, religious narratives,” then why drain swamps, irrigate deserts, revive Hebrew as our national language, or even fight for our independence against five Arab armies and numerous Arab militias sworn to destroy us?

After all, if we value “peace” above everything else, we could all just give up on our indigenous faith, stop being “stiff-necked” Jews, and convert. Plainly, that would have made the Jew-haters much happier and much more “peaceful” toward us.

Thankfully, our ancestors didn’t think abdicating our faith and our “religious longings” to live in Zion was the way to go.

By Graubart’s definition, the Maccabees would also be disparaged as “willing to sabotage future peace negotiations by giving in to religious longings.” As unwilling to “love peace more than they loved the ancient stories of their people.” 

Most Palestinians, however, reject that there were ever Maccabees. And this is where Graubart is the most mistaken. Graubart assumes the obstacle to peace is Jewish love of our “historical/religious narrative.” But it is the Arab rejection of Jewish history that is the obstacle to peace. 

This is the ultimate message of Halevy’s book. In order for there to be peace, the Palestinians are going to have to meet us halfway and stop asking us to accept that their new Palestinian identity deserves two Arab states — all while they reject history and Jewish sovereignty anywhere in the land of Israel.


Micha Danzig is a practicing attorney in San Diego and board member of T.E.A.M. (Training & Education About the Middle East).

Indiana Billboards Show Solidarity With Vandalized Synagogue

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The residents of Carmel, Indiana, decided to show their solidarity with the synagogue that was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti on July 28.

Congregation Shaarey Tefila was laced with a Nazi flag two iron crosses that morning; Shabbat services proceeded as normal. An investigation is still ongoing.

In the meantime, the synagogue continues to gain support in the midst of the incident, with the latest being billboards depicting the following:

There are total of 12 such billboards across the state.

Chris Iverson, vice president and general manager of Lamar Advertising, told WISH TV that they, as well as Outfront Media and Fairway Outdoor Advertising, put up the billboards in order to send “a positive message” to the synagogue.

“We have their back,” Iverson said. “We love them and we want to promote that sense of tolerance that was a horrible act. We don’t tolerate it and this is our way of shoring our support for them.”

Additionally, hundreds of people of varying religious affiliations gathered at Shaarey Tefila on July 30 to show their support for the synagogue in the aftermath of the vandalism; WFYI described it as being “standing room only.” A GoFundMe page was started on July 31 to help Shaarey Tefila “respond, recover, and restore our property as a result of the graffiti incident.” As of publication time $1,633 had been donated to the page; the synagogue is hoping to reach a goal of $15,000.

“Right now, I want to see it just as vandalism,” Shaarey Tefila President Corey Freedman told WISH TV. “I want the individuals to know that it hurt. But, it doesn’t sting and it doesn’t stay forever.”

H/T: Times of Israel

Netflix Claims Farrakhan Documentary Won’t Be Released, Blames ‘Internal Miscommunication’

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Netflix has announced that a documentary of Louis Farrakhan will not be released on their platform, stating that indications to the contrary were due to an “internal miscommunication.”

Farrakhan tweeted that on July 30 that the documentary would air on Netflix on August 1, although that tweet has since been deleted. Some lists of upcoming releases on Netflix showed the documentary as appearing

“This film will not be released on Netflix,” a Netflix spokesperson told Fox News on July 31. “Due to an internal miscommunication, it appeared to be scheduled for release on Netflix, but it is not. We apologize for any confusion this has caused.”

Not everyone is buying Netflix’s explanation.

“Clearly, someone at Netflix thought they were going to stream this starting today,” Hot Air blogger John Sexton wrote on August 1. “Someone also told Farrakhan it was a done deal which is why he was promoting it. I wonder if that’s what killed it.”

Sexton added, “Farrakhan’s teasing of the show on Twitter and the subsequent questions posed to Netflix by Fox News and others probably led someone higher up in the company to realize they were about to make a big mistake.”

The documentary, titled “The Honourable Minister Louis Farrakhan: My Life’s Journey Through Music,” which was produced by Farrakhan’s son Joshua in 2013 and features musicians like Stephanie Mills and Stevie Wonder, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The documentary was shown to attendees at Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam Saviours’ Day Convention in 2014.

Farrakhan has come under public scrutiny for his ties to certain Democrats and progressive leaders as well as his litany of anti-Semitic statements.

Netflix to Launch Documentary On Farrakhan

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Update: On July 31, Netflix said the film will not be released on Netflix and there was an internal miscommunication. More information coming.

Netflix will be releasing a documentary in August about Louis Farrakhan, who has a history of anti-Semitic and homophobic remarks.

Farrakhan announced the documentary’s release in a tweet, stating: “On August 1st, watch the premiere of my music documentary “My Life’s Journey Through Music” on @netflix.”

The documentary, titled “The Honourable Minister Louis Farrakhan: My Life’s Journey Through Music,” was produced by Farrakhan’s son in 2014 and discusses Farrakhan’s life and career.

Farrakhan has been in the news in recent months due to his ties to Democratic representatives like Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Danny Davis (D-IL) as well as progressive activists like Women’s March Board co-president Tamika Mallory.

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL):

“Farrakhan has embarked on a wide-ranging anti-Jewish campaign, which has featured some of the most hateful speeches of his career.  He has repeatedly alleged that the Jewish people were responsible for the slave trade as well as the 9/11 attacks, and that they continue conspire to control the government, the media, Hollywood, and various Black individuals and organizations.”

The ADL also noted that Farrakhan has met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on multiple occasions.

Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper said in a statement sent to the Journal, “We hope that Netflix is planning to afford the opportunity to the Simon Wiesenthal Center and other critics  to share with Netflix viewers Farrakhan’s six decades long history of bigotry and anti-Semitism.”

Netflix has not responded to the Journal’s request for comment.

Pence Highlights Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe in Religious Liberty Speech

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Vice President Mike Pence spoke out against the rising anti-Semitism in Europe in a July 26 speech at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington D.C.

Pence discussed the United States’ commitment to upholding religious liberty at home and abroad and highlighted countries that frequently discriminate against certain religions, such as Iran, China, Nicaragua and Russia.

The vice president then turned to the increasing perils Jews face in Europe.

“Just 70 years after the Holocaust, attacks on Jews, even on aging Holocaust survivors, are growing at an alarming rate,” Pence said. “Last year, hate crimes against Jews hit a record high in the United Kingdom.  And in the same period of time, there were an average of nearly four attacks against Jews every day.”

Pence also mentioned how France in particular has become dangerous for Jews, pointing to the 2015 kosher supermarket terror attack and the 2012 targeted shooting at a Jewish school that killed four children.

“It is remarkable to think that within the very lifetimes of some French Jews — the same French Jews that were forced by the Nazis to wear identifiable Jewish clothing — that some of those same people are now being warned by their democratic leaders not to wear identifiable Jewish clothing,” Pence said. “These acts of violence and hatred and anti-Semitism must end.”

Additionally, Pence talked about ISIS’ “barbarism” and how “ISIS is on the run” thanks to the Trump administration’s efforts; he also mentioned that they are sanctioning Turkey until they release American Pastor Andrew Brunson.

The full speech can be seen below:

H/T: ADL

Jewish Groups Call on Stanford to ‘Take Immediate Action’ Against Student Who Called for Violence Against Zionists

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UPDATE: Stanford University spokesperson E.J. Miranda sent the following statement to the Journal:

Threats of physical violence have absolutely no place in the Stanford community. As we have discussed many times within our campus community, the mission of a university depends on the open exchange of ideas and the sharing of divergent viewpoints, including on controversial issues. At the same time, however, members of our community absolutely must be able to live, work and study at Stanford without fear for their personal safety.

We are actively addressing the issues surrounding the recent Facebook post that was physically threatening to some members of our community. The author of the post amended it to make clear that he does not support physical violence, and he apologized in a personal letter to members of the Jewish community at Stanford. While we recognize these steps taken by the author of the post, we also have an obligation to address the original communication and its effects. Our students must feel they are able to voice their own views on campus without fear of physical retaliation, and they also must feel physically safe in our student residences.

We are addressing these issues now. The author of the post will receive fair and thoughtful consideration, as our work with students demands. In matters involving individual students, privacy laws limit what the university can disclose publicly, and we understand that this may be unsatisfactory to some. We are working to address the issues in a manner that advances our commitment to an inclusive community and a safe campus environment.

ORIGINAL:

Jewish groups are calling on the Stanford administration to “take immediate action” against a student who called for violence against Zionists.

Hamzeh Daoud, who is set to be a resident assistant to a Stanford dormitory, wrote on Facebook that he was going to “physically fight Zionists on campus” who call Israel a “democracy” after the “nation-state” law was passed. Daoud later edited his post to “intellectually fight” and apologized.

In a joint statement, Lawfare Project Board of Directors Chairman Lawrence Hill and its Executive Director Brooke Goldstein, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder and Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations CEO Malcolm Hoenlein called Zionism “a longstanding and sincerely held religious belief central to the Jewish religion” and pointed out that Daoud is in “a position of power over his peers as an incoming Residential Assistant and former student government member.”

Therefore, they argued that Stanford must take action to rectify the situation.

“There should be no room on any campus for these kinds of threats and intimidation,” the joint statement read. “No students should have to live with threats of physical violence because of who they are. Moreover, the law mandates that minority communities be offered protection from this kind of vicious, bigoted targeting.”

Similarly, Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper has told Stanford President Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne in a letter that Daoud’s comments “demands direct action from your office denouncing his verbal thuggery and threat.”

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) called on Daoud to be expelled in a letter to Tessier-Lavigne.

“Daoud does not support the right of anyone at Stanford to express any support for Israel, a full-fledged member of the United Nations,” the letter states. “Indeed, Daoud has called for supporters of the Jewish State to be “abolished” – i.e., destroyed – and he is determined to achieve that goal.  How he might choose to do it is frightening to think about.”

The letter adds, “You have a moral obligation to protect your campus community from harm.  You have a legal obligation under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to ensure that Jewish and Israeli students are physically and emotionally safe at Stanford.  Consistent with Stanford’s own policies, Daoud should be expelled immediately.”

Stanford spokesman E.J. Miranda has previously told the Stanford Daily that the university is investigating Daoud’s comments.

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Corbyn Meets With Terror-Supporting Qatari Emir After Skipping Anti-Semitism Meeting

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Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn skipped a party meeting on July 23 about adopting an anti-Semitism code, but did meet with a Qatari emir that has expressed support for terror groups on the same day.

Corbyn and Qatari Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani reportedly discussed the 2022 World Cup and the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

Al Thani has previously provided millions of dollars in “humanitarian aid” to the Gaza Strip, which prompted a thank-you from Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. Al Thani has also reportedly defended Hamas and Hezbollah, both of which have been described by Corbyn as “friends,” although Al Thani has denied that report.

Additionally, Doha – Qatar’s capital – has recently become warm with the Iranian regime and its terror proxies, resulting in diplomatic isolation from the United States and Qatar’s Arab Gulf neighbors. Qatar has since joined in on sanctions on Hezbollah.

Doha also has a history of providing aid to terror groups like Hamas, al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Labour Party members were irked that Corbyn did not attend the anti-Semitism meeting for the second week in a row and reportedly left the meeting feeling “gloomy.”

Anti-Semitism has plagued the party since Corbyn took the reins, and has become even more of an issue after Corbyn and the party leadership implemented watered-down anti-Semitism guidelines. Corbyn was even confronted by longtime Labour Party MP Margaret Hodge on the matter. The three leading Jewish newspapers in the United Kingdom penned a July 25 editorial warning that a Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn would pose “an existential threat to Jewish life in this country.”

SFSU Won’t Take Action Against Professor Who Said Zionists Weren’t Welcome On Campus

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San Francisco State University (SFSU) has signaled that they won’t be taking any action against an ethnic studies professor who said that Zionists weren’t welcome on campus, according to the Algemeiner.

As the Journal reported in March, SFSU Professor Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi wrote on Facebook that she was unhappy with SFSU President Leslie Wong for stating that Zionists were welcome on campus.

“I am ashamed to be affiliated with SFSU administration and demand the immediate retraction of this racist, Islamophobic and colonialist statement, and the restoration of SFSU social justice mission,” Abdulhadi wrote.

SFSU’s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) program Facebook page shared Abdulhadi post. University Director of News and New Media Strategic Marketing and Communications Mary Kenny told the Journal at the time that SFSU had requested that AMED remove Abdulhadi’s post.

But Abdulhadi’s post can still be seen on AMED’s Facebook page. SFSU told Algemeiner that while they find the post “offensive,” they are unable to take it down.

“San Francisco State directed Dr. Abdulhadi and asked Facebook to remove the post and is not planning any further actions in that regard,” the university said. “The University’s ability to remove the post is limited since it was generated by an individual on a platform that the campus does not have access to or control over.”

Tammi Ross-Benjamin, director of the anti-Semitism watchdog AMCHA Initiative, told the Algemeiner it was disgusting that a “hateful and discriminatory message targeting Jewish and pro-Israel students remains on an official university program’s Facebook page.”

SFSU is currently facing a lawsuit alleging that the university has allowed the campus to become an incubator of anti-Semitism, citing the university’s refusal to discipline a Palestinian student who threatened to kill Israeli soldiers, as an example.

Labour Party MP Calls Leader Corbyn Anti-Semitic; Party to ‘Take Action’ Against MP

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Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) Margaret Hodge confronted the leader of her party, Jeremy Corbyn, and told him that he’s anti-Semitic. The Labour Party is planning to punish her for doing so.

Hodge decided to confront Corbyn after the party, at Corbyn’s urging, decided to uphold their new rules on anti-Semitism that have been criticized as being too weak.

“It is not what you say but what you do, and by your actions you have shown you are an anti-Semitic racist,” Hodge told Corbyn.

Hodge defended her actions in an op-ed in The Guardian.

“Under Jeremy’s leadership, the Palestinian/Israeli conflict has been allowed to infect the party’s approach to growing anti-Semitism,” Hodge wrote. “It appears to have become a legitimate price that the leadership is willing to pay for pursuing the longstanding cause of Palestinians in the Middle East. Because of that, anti-Semitism has become a real problem in the Labour party. In the last year my colleagues and I have been subjected to a growing number of anti-Semitic attacks on Facebook, Twitter and in the post.”

Hodge noted that while she is a secular Jew, numerous members of her extended family were murdered by the Nazis, including her grandmother and uncle.

She added that the party has been uninterested in dealing with complaints of anti-Semitism and that under the new rules, party members could refer to a Jew as a Nazi and not be punished for it.

“A definition of sexual harassment agreed without the explicit endorsement of women would be unconscionable,” Hodge said. “A definition of Islamophobia that was rejected by the Muslim community would never be entertained. Yet a definition that rolls over the sensibilities of Jews who are the victims of this racism is somehow OK.”

The Labour Party signaled that it is planning on retaliating against Hodge for her actions.

“Under the terms of PLP [parliamentary Labour party] rules, behavior has to be respectful between colleagues and not bring the party into disrepute,” a senior party official told the Guardian. “The behavior was clearly unacceptable between colleagues. Jeremy’s door is always open to discussions with members of the PLP. Action will be taken.”

Seven-hundred people protested the Labour Party’s rules on July 19; no one from the Labour Party attended.

Jewish Groups Slam Zuckerberg for Refusing to Take Down Holocaust Denial Content from Facebook

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a recent interview that while he finds Holocaust denial content posted on Facebook to be disgusting, the social media platform will not remove such content, resulting in blowback from Jewish organizations.

Zuckerberg was asked by ReCode’s Kara Swisher in a July 18 interview if he would take down conspiracy-theory content such as what is promulgated by the Infowars website. Zuckerberg replied by saying that Facebook would take down content that results in violence. He then turned to Holocaust deniers to illustrate his reasoning.

“I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened,” Zuckerberg said. “I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong.”

Swisher interjected by stating that Holocaust may actually be intentionally getting it wrong, prompting Zuckerberg to respond by noting that it’s difficult to prove intent

“The reality is also that I get things wrong when I speak publicly,” Zuckerberg said. “I’m sure you do. I’m sure a lot of leaders and public figures we respect do too, and I just don’t think that it is the right thing to say, ‘We’re going to take someone off the platform if they get things wrong, even multiple times.’”

Zuckerberg added that instead, such content just wouldn’t be widely promulgated by Facebook’s algorithms.

The Facebook CEO’s comments resulted in backlash from Jewish organizations. Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Abraham Cooper said in a statement that Facebook officials told the Simon Wiesenthal Center in 2009 that Holocaust denial content would be removed from the platform.

“Holocaust denial is the quintessential ‘fake news,’” Cooper said. “The Nazi Holocaust is the most documented atrocity in history, allowing the canard of Holocaust denial to be posted on Facebook, or any other social media platform cannot be justified in the name of  ‘free exchange of ideas’ when the idea itself is based on a falsehood.”

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement, “Holocaust denial is a willful, deliberate and longstanding deception tactic by anti-Semites that is incontrovertibly hateful, hurtful, and threatening to Jews. Facebook has a moral and ethical obligation not to allow its dissemination. ADL will continue to challenge Facebook on this position and call on them to regard Holocaust denial as a violation of their community guidelines.”

In response to the blowback, Zuckerberg sent a statement to Swisher that read, “I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely didn’t intend to defend the intent of people who deny that.”

Facebook has also issued a statement doubling down on their policy.

“Reducing the distribution of misinformation—rather than removing it outright—strikes the right balance between free expression and a safe and authentic community,” the company said. “There are certain forms of misinformation that have contributed to physical harm, and we are making a policy change which will enable us to take that type of content down.”

Swedish Parliament Candidate: Israel Should Deport All Jews to the U.S.

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A woman running for Swedish parliament said in a recent interview that her “fantasy” is for all the Jews in Israel to be deported to the United States.

Feminist Initiative Party candidate Oldoz Javid told the Feministiskt Perspektiv in a July 13 interview that Israel caused “people to flee from their own homes, taking their land and stolen their livelihood and freedom.”

Therefore, Javid suggested her “fantasy-based solution” to the matter.

“Israel’s best friend is the United States, another infernal regime with vastly large land areas,” Javid said. “So why not invite their friends over to their land and make room for them on the farm?” They seem to enjoy each other’s company. And the Palestinians can live in peace and again build up the country that once was theirs. I can allow myself at least [to] get [to] a dream about such a solution, right?”

Javid later asked Feministiskt Perspektiv to remove that portion of the interview, claiming that it would be misconstrued as anti-Semitic.

She is already under fire for her comments.

“Here’s [an] inconvenient fact for Swedish politician fantasizing deporting Israelis to US so Palestinians can get ‘their’ land back,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper said in a statement sent to the Journal, “Jewish people have [a] 3,500 year history in their land. What were Swedes doing when Israelis gathered in Solomon’s Temple in 800 BCE? Vikings showed up [in] 800 AD.”

Swedish pro-Israel activist and writer Annika Henroth-Bernstein wrote on Facebook that Javid’s fantasy sounded “like a final solution to me.”

Anti-Semitism is a serious problem in Sweden; for instance, in December 2017 a group of men threw Molotov cocktails at a Swedish synagogue that was hosting a Hanukkah party. Two-hundred protesters in Malmo hurled anti-Semitic slurs after President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

As a 2017 New York Times op-ed noted, synagogues and Jewish day schools have to be heavily armed and secured and Jews don’t feel safe adorning Stars of David around their neck.