Monday, October 26, 2015

From Ian:

Legal Insurrection: Winning a Debate with an Israel-Hater
How to challenge anti-Israel extremists in your neighborhood or campus.
“It often happens in the middle of an otherwise pleasant day — you’re shopping, or walking across a college campus, and you encounter THEM. They’re holding signs that claim Israel is an “apartheid state” and charge Israel with committing “genocide” against Palestinians. They’re calling for boycotts against Israeli products, and divestment from companies that do business with Israel.
You know supporting Israel is the right thing to do. And you’re not alone. For decades, polls have shown a large plurality, usually a majority, of Americans back Israel. But here’s the problem: you don’t know how to respond – or if you even should – to these Israel haters.
This is an all-too-familiar sight, and has become more frequent in the past decade as Israel-bashing extremists have taken their hostility into the public square.
Their words don’t represent a simple disagreement with specific actions or policies of the Israeli government. Instead, they’re an open call for the elimination of the one country that shares American values in a region full of despots and anti-American fanatics. Simply put, they’re not just promoting a Palestinian state, they’re demanding that it replace the Jewish one.”
This is the opening of my new book, “Winning A Debate with an Israel-Hater“, published earlier this month by Shorehouse Books.
Rabin ‘ordered us’ to defend Jerusalem, Rivlin says at memorial
President Reuven Rivlin on Monday led the state tributes to Yitzhak Rabin, telling participants at a memorial service at Mount Herzl cemetery that the legacy of the slain prime minister was to “safeguard Jerusalem,” and that dividing it would be an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of Rabin’s assassination, the president drove home the prime minister’s connection to his hometown and the city’s relevance.
“We are in the throes of a struggle in Jerusalem for Jerusalem, and Rabin [was] one of its great fighters and liberators,” Rivlin said, referring to the weeks of Palestinian unrest and violence against Israelis in the capital.
The memorial at Rabin’s grave site was attended by Rabin’s family and Israeli dignitaries, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Supreme Court President Miriam Naor.
“Rabin was the one who cleared our path to Jerusalem [in 1948], he’s the one who united Jerusalem for us [in 1967], and he’s the one who commanded us, the supporters and opponents of the Oslo [Peace Accords],” Rivlin said. “Today it’s clear to us all that we can’t continue to ignore East Jerusalem. We can’t continue to suppress its existence.”
Rivlin cited Rabin’s opening speech to the 13th Knesset in 1992, in which he said: “This Government, like all of its predecessors, believes there is no disagreement in this House concerning Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. United Jerusalem has been and will forever be the capital of the Jewish People.”
Britain’s Former Chief Rabbi Tackles the Roots of Islamist Terror in New Book
An ominous shadow has swept across the Middle East and North Africa, leaving chaos and carnage in its wake. Mad men armed with Kalashnikovs and depraved convictions commit unspeakable acts – all safe in the knowledge that they are doing God’s work.
How the civilized world counters the Islamic State and its associates is the subject of Lord Jonathan Sacks’ timely new book, Not In God’s Name.
The former Chief Rabbi of Britain sees the battle against ISIS and similar groups as the defining conflict of the 21st century.
The frontline might be Syria and Iraq, but the battle is being fought everywhere and targets everyone — especially Jews.
In Europe, radical Islamists have spilled Jewish blood in Paris, Brussels, and Copenhagen in recent months. For Lord Sacks, Jews are the canaries in the cage. “The hate begins with Jews but never ends with them,” he says. “That’s why Jews must never be left to fight anti-Semitism alone. If it’s not safe to be a Jew in Europe today, it’s not safe to be a European in Europe today. Anti-Semitism is a sign of something larger and even more dangerous.”

Lebanese Army Captures ISIS Official in Palestinian Refugee Camp
The Lebanese army reports the arrest of three Palestinians linked to the Islamic State, who were building an ISIS cell in the refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh.
Lebanese Hezbollah’s media operation further stated that one of these men, named Jihad Fadl Kawaash, has confessed under interrogation to being the “legitimate leader” of ISIS affiliates within the camp. He was allegedly planning a series of bombings and assassinations in Lebanon at the time of his arrest.
The Daily Star of Lebanon describes the arrests as “surprise” operations, with Kawaash taken into custody as he was trying to cross into Syria from northern Lebanon. Members of the cell said they had previously met with ISIS leaders in the Islamic State’s capital of Raqqa, Syria, to coordinate terrorist actions in Lebanon.
Disturbingly, the captured terrorists claimed there were ISIS cells in all of the Lebanese Palestinian refugee camps, and they were planning to coordinate suicide bombings against Lebanese Army posts, the assassination of Lebanese and Palestinian politicians, and car bombings in suburban Beirut.
Analysis: In UNESCO Move, Palestinians Show Pattern of Anti-Israel Bait-and-Switch
The initial resolution, which was introduced by six Arab states on behalf of the Palestinians and included a clause claiming that the Western Wall was a part of al-Aqsa mosque, was rejected by UNESCO’s chief, Irina Bokova. While the resolution that passed did not contain the contentious clause, it still gave credence to several other Palestinian claims, effectively following a pattern established earlier this year when Palestinians sought to have Israel banned from FIFA, the world’s governing body of soccer.
In May, FIFA was set to consider a motion introduced by the Palestinians to expel Israel from the international soccer association. Following the heavy criticism that the move brought on the scandal-plagued FIFA, the Palestinians withdrew their motion, but still succeeded in imposing a number of measures against Israel. These included “a mechanism of monitoring” Palestinian complaints, among them the continued participation of Israeli soccer clubs from the West Bank in FIFA matches.
Dan Diker, director of the Political Warfare project at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, said that the timing of UNESCO’s vote along with the ongoing terror further reflects “the merging of classical terrorism and political warfare.” He added, “[The Palestinians] are trying to demoralize the Israeli public, first by fear of terror, and second by mobilizing the international community against the legitimacy of the Jewish state.” Diker said that the tactic of spreading a libel that Jews are endangering Muslim holy sites to foment violence goes back nearly a century, namely to the infamous Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini. The Hebron massacre of 1929, in which Arabs killed over 65 members of the city’s ancient Jewish community, was sparked by a similar libel.
Venezuela and Pakistan among countries slated to join UNHRC
The UN Watch non-governmental organization on Friday urged member states of the UN General Assembly to oppose the re-election this coming Wednesday of egregious human rights abusers Venezuela, Pakistan and UAE to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), as well as Burundi, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Lao, and Togo, due to widespread criticism of these governments' violations of fundamental freedoms.
"The expected election of these rights abusing regimes would deal a severe blow to the credibility and efficacy of a body that was supposed to improve on its discredited predecessor. It will be a black day for human rights,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch.
“The likely election of oppressive regimes will only send the message that politics trumps human rights, and will let down millions of victims worldwide who look to the world body for protection,” he added.
A comprehensive report by UN Watch, to be released next week at the UN, shows these Council member states perpetrate gross and systematic human rights abuses, including massive violations of the freedoms of speech, press, religion, and assembly.
Persian Israelis enlist to expose Iranian incitement, anti-Semitism
Following the nuclear deal signed between world powers and Iran, which allows the Islamic republic to continue pursuing its anti-Israel policies by supporting terrorism against Israeli and Jewish targets around the world, the need to keep the Iranian issue on the global agenda has never been stronger.
Thus the Hadassah Project was born, after the Hebrew name of Queen Esther, who saved the Jews from annihilation by a hostile Persian regime. Within the framework of the project Israeli students will monitor Internet activity in Iran, particularly social media networks, and will expose the content to the Western world.
The project is mainly intended for students of Iranian descent who are familiar with developments in the country and the general atmosphere there. The students will also use their own remaining personal networks in Iran to expose incitement and anti-Semitism, terror funding and oppression of the various minorities in the country.
Expert: Khamenei’s letter to Rouhani voids deal
Conditions set out by Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei effectively give him the power to bypass the government and cancel the nuclear deal, an expert said Sunday.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei published a letter of guidelines for President Hassan Rouhani, adding new conditions for Iran’s execution of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that was agreed upon on July 14.
According to a recent analysis by Yigal Carmon, the president of the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute and the head of its Iran desk, Ayelet Savyon, the letter was posted on Khamenei’s website last Wednesday in Farsi, tweeted from his Twitter account and posted on his Facebook page in English.
“The set of conditions laid out by Khamenei creates a situation in which not only does the Iranian side refrain from approving the JCPOA but, with nearly every point, creates a separate obstacle, such that executing the agreement is not possible,” they wrote.
French Bank Fined for Violating American Sanctions on Iran
French bank Credit Agricole will pay a $787 million fine and install an independent monitor to resolve charges it violated American sanctions on Iran and other countries, regulators in the United States announced Tuesday, according to AFP.
Regulators charged Credit Agricole with intentionally mislabeling thousands of transactions during 2003-2008 to disguise from regulators payments and transfers from parties in Iran, Sudan, Myanmar and Cuba that were sanctioned under United States law.
The bank entered into a deferred prosecution with the Justice Department and signed off on a criminal information statement that charged it with knowingly and willingly conspiring to defraud the U.S., the Justice Department said.
"Sanctions laws are critical to both our national security and foreign policy interests," said Attorney Channing Phillips, according to AFP.
"Although Credit Agricole moved quickly to end these unlawful transactions and fully cooperated with investigators, today's resolution demonstrates that there will be significant consequences for any financial institution that allows its foreign subsidiaries that do not intend to respect U.S. law to, nevertheless, access the U.S. financial system," Phillips added.
Ben-Dror Yemini: Breaking the mold: Why there is still hope for Israeli-Palestinian peace
There are no magic solutions. No easy fixes. We are talking about a chronic condition that involves periodic outbreaks. There is no need to panic - Israel is the strong side, and usually the right side as well. Every wave of violence hurts the Palestinians much more than it hurts Israelis.
They could have thrived. They could have chosen a path of reconciliation. But their history is full of mistakes that have taken them from catastrophe to catastrophe. They insist on not learning the lessons of the past. Once it was the Nazi Mufti, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, who led them to the Nakba. Today, it is Hamas and Raed Salah who are leading them down a similar path. A path that includes more incitement, more hate, and more bloodshed.
Thousands of Jews paid with their lives so that Israel could overcome difficulties and become a strong, successful, and thriving state. But at the end of every wave of violence, Israel somehow becomes even stronger. The Israel that emerged from the first intifada was much stronger than the country that entered the conflict. The Israel of 2005, after the intifada, became stronger than that of 1995. And the Israel of 2015 is stronger than it was in 2005.
Time for a Palestinian Referendum?
Abbas, who is currently in the 11th year of his four-year presidential term, is as authoritarian as Arafat and equally disinterested in the lives and ambitions of ordinary Palestinians. Hence his refusal to meet with Netanyahu without conditions, a boycott for which only the morally and factually inverted could blame the Israeli prime minister.
Olmert’s 2008 offer may have conceded too much, but once an offer is on the table, it is hard to walk it back. Perhaps it is then time for the Israeli government to bypass Abbas altogether and present the final Olmert offer to the Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza in the guise of a referendum. There is legal authority to do this: Once Abbas declared he would no longer abide by the 2003 Oslo process, he effectively voided his own legitimacy, as the very existence of the Palestinian Authority rests on the commitments enshrined in the Oslo Accords.
Now, there could be two outcomes to negotiations:
Either the Palestinians could accept independence within the borders put forward in the Olmert map and accept the limits on return, or they could reject the deal. If the former, any tolerance for Abbas’ constant efforts to leverage violence into concession should end, as the Palestinians will have achieved their state, their years of “resistance” finally over. And if the Palestinian people refuse such a deal — in effect, rejecting any peace with Israel — then what has become apparent even to many on the Israeli left, that Israel is not the impediment to peace, should be undeniable even to those in the international community whose knee-jerk reaction is always to blame Israel and exculpate Palestinians.
The only casualty of such a referendum would be Abbas’ legitimacy, but that should have ended with his presidential term, in 2009. That would be a welcome price to pay.
The Palestinian Theft of Jewish Identity
When an outsider hears of the Middle East, a specific set of images often come to mind: Arabian Nights, Islam, curved swords, headscarves, genies, magic lamps, and flying carpets.
In other words, things that are typically associated with Arab and Islamic culture. Regrettably, this isn’t a mere coincidence. It is the natural outcome of a long and bloody history of Arab colonial domination throughout the region, beginning with the 7th century Arab conquests. This meant that Arab culture became the “default” in the Middle East, just as European imperialism made whiteness the “default” in North America. Indigenous minorities whose lands were taken by the Arabs were either subjugated (usually as “dhimmi” or “malawi”, inferior non-Arab races), annihilated, or had their identity appropriated, if not erased outright.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the stream of anti-Semitic propaganda emanating from the Arab world, especially when it pertains to the Israel/Palestine conflict. Enraged and humiliated by the successful national resurgence of the Jews in their homeland (which the Arabs had colonized prior to the return of Jewish exiles from diaspora), the increasingly fragmented Arab world remains united in its opposition to Israel, unwilling to accept its right to exist as a Jewish state. Naturally, they did not believe that a weakened and traumatized people (the war of 1948 happened just 3 years after the Holocaust ended) could possibly survive the combined might of 6 Arab armies, but that is precisely what happened.
However, many in the West have been led to believe the Arab version of events: that an army of Jews stormed in one day, with a Bible in one hand and a gun in the other, and systematically cleansed the land of Arabs to make room for Jewish “settlers”.
Anti-Israel billboard causing controversy in Detroit
A billboard in Detroit that reads "America First Not Israel" is causing controversy and some are accusing its message of being anti-Semitic.
The large sign, placed on 8 Mile Road in Detroit, says that it was "Paid for by Deir Yassin Remembered," a New-York-based organization that has been posting similar signs throughout the country. Although the metro-Detroit area has one of the largest Arab populations outside the Middle East, as well as a sizable Jewish community, the sign was placed in a part of the city that is neither predominantly Jewish nor Muslim.
In an interview with Detroit's WXYZ Fox News affiliate, the Anti-Defamation League's Heidi Budaj said that the ad and its choice of location is trying to "drive a wedge between the American people and the state of Israel."
“This particular sign goes a step further and raises an old anti-Semitic canard of dual loyalty, implying that Jews are not loyal to the country in which they live," Budaj said. "Make no mistake that while many of the Jewish people in the United States support the state of Israel as a Jewish state, we are loyal Americans.”
The website of Deir Yassin Remembered, Inc. lists its mailing address dually under the name of Daniel A. McGowan, who is professor emeritus of economics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Uproar over anti-Israel performer on Long Island
There’s an uproar over archly anti-Israel Roger Waters performing Friday evening at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor on Long Island. Waters, a founding member of the band Pink Floyd, is active in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel and is an extreme critic of Israel.
Those protesting his appearance are calling for a boycott of Waters’ performance at the Bay Street Theatre. “What I want to do is boycott him,” art dealer Ruth Vered of Sag Harbor told The Southampton Press. “I want the people to understand that they have to stand for their rights and their honor, and not stand for people who are Jew haters…I am tired of being pushed around and saying nothing…It is not freedom of speech. It is freedom of hate.”
Picketing at Waters’ Bay Street Theatre appearance is also planned.
Goldie Baumgarten, co-director of Chabad of East Hampton, told The Southampton Press that although Waters claims he is not anti-Semitic but anti-Israel, “she explained that anti-Semitic and anti-Israel opinions often take on the same meaning, especially in this case—considering Mr. Waters has said that Israel does not belong to Jewish people.” She said: “It is a terrible accusation, a terrible thing to say. It is lies, and it is revising history,”
Also, “It is not condonable to put Israel like the villains, when all they are doing is trying to protect themselves and trying to make peace with people who just want to murder them,” said Ms. Baumgarten.
The Dishonest Israel Boycott Debate
This school year, if history is any guide, American college campuses will once again be platforms for attacks on Israel. In 2014-15, according to the Anti-Defamation League, nineteen campuses held non-binding votes on divestment from Israel or from companies said to benefit from Israel’s alleged human rights violations. Whether divestment won, as at Northwestern University, or lost, as at the University of Michigan, supporters drew inspiration from the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which was launched in 2005 for the purpose of turning Israel into an international pariah. That movement, in turn, has sought mainstream acceptance by labeling itself nonviolent. As Omar Barghouti, one of the movement’s founders and spokesmen has put it, “BDS is a non-violent human rights movement.”
But that’s a ruse. Last January, in a fundraising effort, BDS-South Africa invited and showered with praise one Leila Khaled, a former hijacker and leader in the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which is committed to violence, including violence against civilians. Khaled explained the relationship between BDS and violent resistance very clearly. As they did for armed South African resistance to apartheid, as Khaled understands it, nonviolent boycotts carried out by well-wishers in the West will “help the people who (are) holding arms” in the West Bank and Gaza.
But we don’t need Khaled to make the point that the BDS movement is married to violence. We need only consider the reaction of its leaders to the recent series of attacks on Jews in Israel and the West Bank. When on October 1, Eitam and Na’ama Henkin were ambushed and shot dead in cold blood in front of their four children as they sat in their car, Ali Abunimah, editor of the Electronic Intifada and a prominent BDS proponent, responded this way: “Two Israel colonists killed in West Bank clash.” Abunimah, the delusional character of his tweets notwithstanding, is not a marginal figure. In fact, he was invited to speak to University of Michigan’s student government during the divestment debate. Abunimah has also spoken at, among other places, Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and Harvard University.
 Students for Justice in Palestine Seeks Social for All—Except Jews, Of Course
SJP has a long history since its founding in 1993 of bringing vitriolic anti-Israel speakers to their respective campuses, and for sponsoring Israeli Apartheid Weeks, building mock “apartheid walls,” and sending mock eviction notices to students in their dorms to help them empathize with Palestinians. And SJP members apparently wish to live in a world where only their predetermined virtues and worldview prevail, and feel quite strongly that, in the case of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, at least, the answers are black and white, there is a moral side and an immoral side, and that anyone who does not, or cannot, see things as clearly and unambiguously as these enlightened students do is a racist, an oppressor, or a supporter of an illegal, apartheid regime trampling the human rights of the blameless, hapless Palestinians.
Of course, this vituperative activism has not gone unnoticed by pro-Israel groups and individuals on campus, even resulting in SJP chapters being suspended for their errant behavior, as happened in 2014 at Northeastern University, as one example, after “a series of violations, which included vandalizing university property, disrupting another group’s event, failure to write a civility statement, and distributing flyers without permission.”
In general, however, SJP has been unimpeded in spreading its calumnies against Israel, fending off any criticism of their invective as attacks on the rights of free expression and academic freedom. The problem for SJP, unfortunately, is that while they are perfectly content to propel a mendacious campaign of anti-Israel libels, and base their analysis of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict on falsehoods, distortions, and a false reading of history and fact, so certain are they of their moral authority that they will never countenance any views—even facts as opposed to opinions—which contradict their hateful political agenda.
Resolution on Israel-Palestine harms peace efforts for all faiths
We live in an age in which millions of people are exposed daily to some variant of the argument that the challenges of the world they live in are best explained in terms of “Israel.” — David Nirenberg, historian, University of Chicago
Though we desire peace and justice to prevail in the region holy to the faiths of Abraham and find the injustices that happen there abhorrent, we believe the “Resolution on Israel/Palestine,” tabled at the Mennonite Church USA convention at Kansas City this summer, is counterproductive to the cause of peace.
There are significant pitfalls to consider:
– In aligning MC USA with the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel, the resolution and its supporters did not take enough relevant voices from Israel/Palestine, MC USA and other faith communities into account.
– BDS is antithetical to restorative justice and will generate undesirable side effects.
– The resolution neither considers nor improves the troubled legacy of Jewish-Christian-Islamic relations.
Many people drew the connection between the resolution and the multidenominational movement for BDS for the first time in Kansas City, thanks to the presentation by Alex Awad from Bethlehem Bible College. By opposing BDS, we are neither uneducated about nor indifferent to suffering and injustice. Nor do we suggest criticism of the Israeli government is always unfounded.
We find it coercive and unnecessary to bind the consciences of all MC USA members and institutions on this one issue, while we wisely make space for our diversities on other subjects.
ACTION: Microsoft employee is calling to boycott Israel. SHARE and let Microsoft know what you think about it.
Glen Weyl is a researcher at Microsoft. He started to work at Microsoft on October 21, 2015.
Two days later, in an opinion piece in the Washington Post co-authored with Steven Levitsky, he called to boycott Israel (October 23, 2015).
Perhaps Weyl doesn't know, but Microsoft built its first R&D center outside the US in Israel.
From Microsoft's website: "Microsoft Israel R&D Center is one of Microsoft's three strategic global development centers and home to some of the company's most exciting and innovative technologies."
Also, this week we heard that Microsoft purchased Secure Islands, the 5th Israeli company purchased by Microsoft since the beginning of 2015 alone!
Is Glen Weyl calling to boycott Microsoft Israel as well?
'Trojan Horse' school teachers and pupils dubbed people 'Jew boys' in anti-Semitic slurs
Pupils and staff at a school at the heart of the Trojan Horse scandal used anti-Semitic language as insults - dubbing people "Jew boys", it has been claimed.
A former teacher at Park View Academy in Alum Rock said pupils daubed anti-Semitic graffiti over their notebooks, while she heard teachers and pupils alike calling people the name as a derogatory term.
The former sex education teacher, known as Witness A, was giving evidence at a National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) hearing where five senior teachers face allegations of professional misconduct.
All five teachers involved In the hearing - Moz Hussain, Lindsey Clark, Arshad Hussain, Razwan Faraz and Hardeep Saini - face the same allegation of trying to include an undue amount of religious influence in the education of pupils.
And the witness, granted anonymity by the hearing panel, criticised former Park View executive headteacher Lindsey Clark for failing to put a stop to the insults.
While she said Lindsey sent a note to teachers discussing the anti-Semitism, no action was taken.
At Georgetown Event, Scholars Blame Israelis for Persecution of Christians
Amid widespread and ongoing Islamist attacks against Christians in the Middle East, Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek, co-founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, informed an audience at Georgetown University that “the government of Israel” and Israeli “settlers” pose the greatest threat to Palestinian Christians.
A Palestinian Anglican priest now living in the U.S, Ateek’s claims are typical of Sabeel — an organization that advocates “resistance to the Israeli occupation” by blaming the plight of Palestinian Christians on Jews rather than Islamic supremacism in Palestinian society.
The recent lecture sponsored by Georgetown’s Saudi-funded Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) was titled “Christians in the Holy Land,” and included Jonathan Kuttab, co-founder of the Mandela Institute for Palestinian Prisoners. About fifteen students, faculty members, and activists, including School of Foreign Service Professor Yvonne Haddad attended the discussion.
In keeping with past ACMCU events, Ateek and Kuttab were in agreement on almost all of the issues, and no alternate point of view was represented.
Despite strong evidence of media bias against Israel, particularly in coverage of the current crisis, Ateek claimed that the American media is hiding “what’s really happening” from the public.
Ynet editor fired over doctored photo of PM
The editor at the Ynet news website who posted a doctored photo of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an SS uniform on his Facebook page has been fired.
Gilad Halpern, an editor for news outlet Yedioth Ahronoth's English-language website, published the photo alongside the caption, "When will this go up on Bibi's [Netanyahu's nickname] Facebook page? 'I want to reassure Ynet and Yedioth: I have some experience with final solutions.'"
The caption was a reference to a recent incident in which Ynet featured a photo of Netanyahu looking through binoculars with the lens cap still on.
Netanyahu responded to that photo in a sarcastic Facebook post, writing, "I want to reassure Ynet and Yedioth: I have some experience with binoculars." Attached to the post was a photo of Netanyahu with a pair of binoculars from his time as an officer in the elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit.
UN Press Corps Expunges Israel
When the Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs at the UN, Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, gave an update on the situation, he described the violence in “the West Bank, Jerusalem and East Jerusalem,” but the press corps just mentioned a “deadly week in the West Bank” removing any mention of Jerusalem.
Most alarmingly, the Assistant Secretary General welcomed “Prime Minister Netanyahu’s repeated assurances that Israel has no intentions of changing the historic status quo at the holy sites,” but the UN media completely omitted the statement in its coverage. As the Temple Mount rumor was the rallying cry for Palestinian extremists to engage in violence, shouldn’t that have been prominently highlighted, not ignored?
The UN press continued to ignore Israel three days later when it mentioned attacks in seven cities – all east of the Green Line/ the West Bank of the Jordan River. The attacks in seven Israeli cities were omitted.
It seems to not be sufficient for Israel to contend with numerous hostile countries at the United Nations and a UN leadership with an anti-Israel bias. Israel must also deal with an internal UN media team that selectively removes it from its records.
France: Arab employee at French Embassy in NY calls Jews scums and rats to be burnt in ovens
The Inglorious Basterd blog has revealed that Amira Jumaa from Koweit (her mother is a Palestinian from Jordan) who studied at one of the most prestiougs French universities (Sciences Po) and was a cultural representative at the French Embassy in New York has called on Facebook for the Jews to be put into the gas oven. This is what she posted on Facebook (Amira Jumaa explicitly refers to Jews and not to Zionists or Israelis):
"Yes you Jews deserve to learn these lessons. What do you expect, taking over people's land and killing them? Hugs?"
"You don't blong anywhere in this world - that's why you guys are scums and rats and discriminate against wherever you are. Do not blame it on the poor Palestinians."
"First of all you dispersed rat, I am not an immigrant from France. I am from Kuwait so my country can buy you and your parents and put you in ovens."

Dear friends, here is a nice catch. She’s young, she’s rich, she’s jet set, she likes riding horses and she hates jews.
German intel: Migrants will bring anti-Semitism
Germany’s security and intelligence agencies expressed alarm over the influx of refugees and migrants who harbor radical Islamic views and hatred of Jews, according to a Sunday report in Welt am Sonntag.
According to a security document obtained by the paper and read by top-level agency personnel, “We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples as well as a different societal and legal understanding.”
The newspaper wrote that security sources warn that “the integration of hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants Germany is no longer possible in light of the number and already existing parallel societies.”
The term “parallel societies” in Germany is frequently defined as insulated Muslim communities that have little or no contact with mainstream society.
New York Times Magazine Asks Readers If They Would Kill Baby Hitler
The New York Times Magazine polled readers on Friday about whether they would kill a baby Adolf Hitler if they could go back in time.
Forty-two percent answered in the affirmative, 30 percent in the negative and 28 percent said they were not sure.
The poll, which led to a “baby Hitler” Twitter trend on Friday, elicited mixed reactions. While some Twitter users criticized the magazine for posing such a question — one asked, “Where’s your self-respect?” — others took a more tongue-in-cheek approach. One commentator, for example, wrote: “Why is it necessary to kill Hitler as a baby? Could I wait until he was at least a teenager?”
Tila Tequila sparks controversy by posting a picture of her daughter dressed as 'Baby Hitler' two months after apologising for pro-Nazi comments
She was abruptly evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother house earlier this year over pro-Nazi comments she made in the past.
But after apologising for her 'irresponsible, reckless, and selfish actions' at the time, Tila Tequila has sparked outrage by posting a picture of her 11-month-old daughter dressed as 'baby Hitler'.
The 34-year-old uploaded an image of her daughter with a piece of square shaped material covering her upper lip to Instagram yesterday, captioning the picture with a bizarre rant.
British Jewish history expert David Cesarani dies aged 58
British historian David Cesarani, who specialized in Jewish history and the Holocaust, has died aged 58, the head of his university said on Sunday.
He was known as a leading historian in his field for his work promoting the remembrance of the Holocaust, in which about six million Jews where killed by the Nazi regime of German leader Adolf Hitler.
Cesarani was a research professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, and a father of two.
“The death of David Cesarani is both a great shock and loss to all humanity,” wrote Royal Holloway principal Paul Layzell on Twitter.
“The British Jewish community mourns the loss of Prof David Cesarani, a towering academic and historian,” added Ephraim Mirvis, the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, in another tweet.
“May his memory be for a blessing.”
Cesarani wrote and edited over 15 books, including “Eichmann: His Life and Crimes” in 2004, a portrait of the Holocaust organizer later captured in Argentina and found guilty of war crimes in Israel.
Alliance solidifes: Rivlin announces India visit at joint forum
Following the historic first visit to Israel by an Indian President, which took place two weeks ago, President Reuven Rivlin on Monday morning hosted a meeting of Tel Aviv University's India-Israel Forum at his Presidential Residence in Jerusalem.
The event, which comes ahead of Rivlin's planned visit to India in the coming months, was attended by 20 representatives of each country, including the two serving ambassadors, faith and community leaders, journalists, and economic and business leaders.
Rivlin welcomed the work of the forum in strengthening the growing ties between Israel and India.
"Trade between our two countries has grown in many fields - from innovation and technology to agriculture and water. But these are just the statistics - what is important is that more and more Israelis and Indians are working together to find new solutions to the key issues we face today; producing enough food, conserving water, and developing new technologies and communications," said the president.
Bill Clinton to speak at Rabin memorial rally in Tel Aviv
Former US President Bill Clinton will speak at a Tel Aviv rally marking the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
The rally on Saturday night, at the square that now bears Rabin’s name, will cap a week of commemorative events in Israel, including a state ceremony at Mount Herzl and a special Knesset session.
In his eulogy for Rabin at the state funeral in Jerusalem, Clinton memorably ended with the words “Shalom, chaver,” or “Goodbye, friend.”
Rabin was slain on November 5, 1995, by Jewish extremist Yigal Amir at the square that will host Saturday’s rally.
Ahead of Tel Aviv shows, Seinfeld headlines Israeli charity ball in LA
It was an evening to rival any number of Los Angeles red carpet events as The American Friends of Magen David Adom celebrated its third annual Red Star Ball at the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom on October 22.
Men donned smart suits and tuxedos and women shimmied in tulle, taffeta and silk, many in MDA’s signature red and black colors as they sat down to a three-course dinner at the fundraising event.
Celebrity attendees included an Israeli film star making her mark in Hollywood, Odeya Rush, actress Karla Souza (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Michael Richards (who played Kramer on “Seinfeld”), and comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who was the special guest performer of the evening.
A longtime American Red Cross supporter (Magen David Adom is its Israeli affiliate), Seinfeld performed a 30-minute set that comes before his Israeli stand-up debut, with four sold-out shows this December.
Five young Yemenite Jews arrive in Israel
After three failed attempts to leave Yemen, five young Yemenite Jews from the Dahari family finally arrived yesterday in Israel from the war-torn country.
The news was announced by Manny Dahari on his Facebook page, after he greeted them at Ben Gurion airport.
"Welcome home! After ten years of not seeing my younger siblings, two years of trying to get them out and three failed attempts, they're finally out," the young Israeli wrote on his Facebook page.
There are fewer than 100 Jews left in Yemen, the remnant of a 50, 000-member community.

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