Monday, November 13, 2023

From Ian:

Brendan O'Neill: The March for Palestine was a far-right march
Yes, there was a far-right march in London on Saturday which we should be hugely concerned about. It was called the March for Palestine. One has to marvel at the gall of middle-class virtue-signallers who look aghast at the right-wing blokes around the Cenotaph while marching shoulder to shoulder with literal racists. Who reach for their smelling salts at the sight of rowdy working-class men in tracksuits while turning a blind eye to radical Muslims singing the praises of mass violence against Jewish people. Who wring their hands over the ‘return of fascism’ while marching with people who taunt Jews by comparing them to the Nazis who vapourised their forebears. Going by all the available reporting, there was only one demo on which outright racism was widely expressed and violence against minorities was celebrated – and it wasn’t the one at the Cenotaph.

What was most sickening about Twist’s premature insistence of ‘no issues’ on the Palestine march is that he unwittingly gave moral cover to this hate gathering. Journalists like Owen Jones cited Twist’s comments as proof that the Palestine march was good. And thus was the truth of this march – its flashes of violent-minded anti-Semitism – hidden away. Did Twist stop to think what impact his statement might have on London’s Jews, who could already see, via social media, that anti-Jewish hate was being expressed on the march? Perhaps he decided that accruing likes from his fellow woke ideologues was more important than letting Jews know we have their back.

It’s just as well Twist said ‘at the moment there are no issues’, for the Met have since had to admit that there appear to have been numerous instances of hate on the good demo. The Met’s rush to praise it was staggeringly ill-advised, a cynical move that will have horrified Jewish citizens.

How do we explain this extraordinary spectacle where middle-class leftists can mingle with extremists cosplaying as Hamas’s anti-Semitic murderers while looking down their noses at a bunch of right-wing agitators? How can they rage against home secretary Suella Braverman for stirring up a ‘far-right mob’ with her criticisms of the Palestine marches and the politicised police while they give cover, weekend after weekend, to people literally celebrating anti-Jewish massacres?

Partly, it’s because they are so blinded by visions of their own virtue that they cannot countenance ever doing wrong. Even the cardinal sin of associating with racists becomes a virtue when they do it. But it also tells us a larger story about polite society’s own racism, and its classism too. Their snobbery means they think only ‘gammon’, like the riff-raff at the Cenotaph, are capable of racial hatred, not nice people like them. And yet the truth is that their conversion to the cult of identity means they are helping to rehabilitate racism. It is identitarianism’s organisation of every social and ethnic group into boxes marked ‘privileged’ (bad) or ‘oppressed’ (good) that explains polite society’s blindspot on anti-Semitism. They think Jews are privileged, and thus not convincing victims of hate. They must be lying when they claim to experience bigotry.

The dishonesty and hypocrisy of the chattering class’s ‘anti-racism’ has never been clearer. ‘Anti-racism’, to them, is little more than a means of lording their moral superiority over the oiks, the supposedly racist throng. A new anti-racism is urgently needed. A real one. And one that starts by standing up to the wave of anti-Semitism that has swept through our society under the watch of institutions and influencers who lied about being anti-racist.
Ben-Dror Yemini: Misguided global support for Hamas reveals alarming reality
This is a remarkable phenomenon, alarming and unsettling. Social media and television channels repeatedly showcase short video clips of students tearing down pictures of Israeli hostages. The act has become a trend, not limited to Palestinian students or students of Middle Eastern origin. Students from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities are participating in this trend with open enjoyment. A young girl smiles knowingly, seeking international support for her liberation, while they mockingly tear down images.

It's not about siding with Hamas; 90% of them have no idea who or what Hamas is. It's the woke obsession where the "weak" is always right, even if they are a ruthless murderer, and the "strong" is always an evil villain. It doesn't matter that Hamas calls for the annihilation of Jews, Christians, and world domination. To them, Hamas represents "the Palestinians," who have become the ultimate oppressed, and Israel, after years of brainwashing, is now labeled as a "colonialist apartheid state."

In recent weeks, even Israeli leftists have found themselves dismayed by the celebration of hatred. Many of them are sharing articles bidding farewell to the global left, which ignores atrocities and sometimes justifies them. They deserve applause.

In Jewish tradition, not only the wicked stand accused; even righteous individuals are not exempt. They understand that something has gone awry in the thought process within progressive leftist circles, some of whom persist in supporting Hamas with well-known and deceptive excuses like "their right to retaliate," "Gaza is the largest prison in the world," "it's the fault of oppression and occupation," and other slogans from the same playbook. Just days ago, these new dissenters signed a statement distancing themselves from the global left.

They not only deserve applause but also introspection. Why now? For decades, they have portrayed Israel as a monster, spreading lies about the country. For decades, they labeled the "Nakba" as one of the gravest crimes in history, despite millions experiencing displacement, a consequence of the establishment of nation-states.

For decades, they have ignored the Jewish Nakba, which was no less severe than the Palestinian one. For decades, they have turned a blind eye to Arab rejection of any partition proposals and the invasion of Israel aimed at its destruction. For decades, they have disregarded Palestinian refusal to agree to any two-state solution. For decades, they have ignored statements by Hamas leaders about the destruction of Jews. For decades, they have provided justifications for Palestinian terrorism. And now they are surprised? The normal response to this brainwashing is the tearing down of posters featuring captives. After all, the Palestinians are the victims.

"Many Jewish intellectuals are marked with the stain of antisemitic sin. Peter Beinart, Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, Avi Shlaim, Shlomo Sand" complained Professor Eva Illouz exactly 11 years ago. She was a whistleblower from within. She didn't stop for a moment. She conducted an amazing campaign, part of which appeared on the pages of the French Le Monde, exposing Israel's alleged injustices. In one of her articles, "47 Years a Slave," Illouz explained that the approach needed to be changed. She no longer settled for the accusation of "apartheid." It's slavery. No less. The article she wrote then was full of embarrassing distortions, and even the left-wing outlet Haaretz had to publish a correction.
Bassam Tawil: Hamas's Useful Idiots in the U.S., Europe
These demonstrators, who appear to feel so virtuous, send a message to the terrorist groups that people in the West happily support violence, terrorism and the Jihad (holy war) not only against Israel and Jews, but also against Christians, all "infidels," Europe, the United States and the West.

Although many Palestinians in the Gaza Strip support Hamas and its genocide, many others deeply oppose Hamas. In recent years, thousands have fled the Gaza Strip for Europe, where they hope for a better life -- like the one the demonstrators enjoy -- where they will not have to fear a knock on the door at two in the morning or have their government lodge rocket launchers next to their playgrounds and homes. A recent video shows a Gazan woman saying, "Those bastards at Hamas," before a man clamps his hand over her mouth.

Countries and groups that commit terrorist attacks view the anti-Israel demonstrations as an extension of their war against the West.

Meanwhile, the "pro-Palestinian" demonstrators masquerade as peace-seekers. In fact, they celebrate terrorism and imperialism -- Islamic imperialism -- that seeks forcibly to expand Iran's territorial gains not only throughout Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Iraq, but through Yemen, Saudi Arabia and South America on its way to the "Big Satan," the United States. The Iranians have already infiltrated Venezuela and met in Cuba...

Apparently not realizing how destructive these peace-loving demonstrators are to themselves and their free way of life... they do not even... bother to think for a minute what life would actually be like for them if they lived in Gaza, Beirut, Damascus or Tehran. It is easy to be a demonstrator in London, Washington DC or New York.

Despite all the claims to the contrary, these are not pro-Palestinian rallies. These are hate marches of people seeking the destruction of Israel and the West. Make no mistake: those who are now protesting against Israel are advocating for a totalitarian way of life, for poverty -- except for the leaders, of course -- and for the same sort of utopia now being relished by the citizens of Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, Cuba, Venezuela... and Gaza.

What can we take away from The Washington Post's Hamas article?
It could have been worse, and we really messed up.

Those are the two main takeaways from a Washington Post piece Sunday about what Hamas hoped to accomplish on October 7, and how the terrorist organization was able to lull Israel to sleep and deceive it.

First, regarding how it could have been worse.

Despite various reports that Hamas was surprised by its “success” – murdering 1,200 people, raping, kidnapping 240 men, women, and children, including babies and the elderly, and burning and ransacking like fifth-century Huns – the Post report said Hamas actually intended to push much farther into Israel.

According to the report, based on current and former intelligence and security officials from Western and Mideast countries, Hamas had hoped to push into large Israeli cities and even to the West Bank. Although the report did not say where Hamas hoped to attack in Judea and Samaria, the southern Hebron Hills settlement of Sansana is just some 30 km. east of Ofakim, which itself is some 25 km. from Gaza and the farthest the terrorists penetrated to the east.

Had Hamas pushed that far, they also would have gone through or near to a number of other communities, such as Lehavim and Meitar.

How ironic that once there was serious talk about linking Gaza to the West Bank via a safe passage that would have run a similar route.

“New evidence suggests that they were prepared to go even further,” the Post report read. “Some militants carried enough food, ammunition, and equipment to last several days, officials said, and bore instructions to continue deeper into Israel if the first wave of attacks succeeded, potentially striking larger Israeli cities.”

According to the report, one terrorist unit carried reconnaissance information and maps suggesting an intention to continue the assault up to the border of the West Bank. “Hamas had been increasing its outreach to West Bank militants in recent months, although the group says it did not notify its West Bank allies of its October 7 plans in advance,” the report said.

According to a senior Israeli official quoted in the story, “They planned a second phase, including in major Israeli cities and military bases.” Had Hamas reached the West Bank, the paper quoted a former US official as saying, “it would have been a huge propaganda win – a symbolic blow not only against Israel but also against the Palestinian Authority.”

The report dedicated two paragraphs to descriptions about the atrocities Hamas committed. In the original version of the story online, a third paragraph quoted Defense Minister Yoav Gallant as saying, “We know from interrogations that Hamas came in with detailed plans of their attack, including which commander should rape which soldiers in different places.”

That paragraph, however, was later edited out of the story.

According to the story, Hamas did not only want to murder, rape, and pillage. Rather, its ultimate goal was to provoke an Israeli response – one they knew would cause heavy casualties in Gaza – to trigger a major regional war. In this way, according to one expert cited in the story, they took a page out of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden’s playbook, since Bin Laden’s expectation was that the 9/11 attacks would lead to a fierce US response that would trigger a violent confrontation between the Muslim world and the West.

Citing current and former intelligence officials and counterterrorism experts, the report said: “Hamas expected an Israeli response and was willing to accept such sacrifices as the price for kick-starting a new wave of violent Palestinian resistance in the region and scuttling efforts at normalizing relations between Israel and Arab states.”

So, as horrific as the events of October 7 were, Hamas had hoped – and had planned – for far worse.
IDF reveals Hamas hostage, explosives center under Rantisi Hospital
IDF Chief Spokesman Brig. Gen. Daniel Hagari revealed late Monday night an underground Hamas command center under the Rantisi Hospital which not only contained suicide vests, rocket-propelled grenades, and a variety of weapons but also signs, such as baby bottles, that Hamas had held Israeli hostages there.

He said there was evidence and independent separate intelligence that Hamas terrorists had returned directly to the hospital after their attacks and mass murders of Israelis on October 7.

Next, he noted that an IDF robot found additional terror tunnels, including electricity being siphoned off from the hospital for use by the terrorists underground.

A video showed the basement of the hospital which showed a location disconnected from the rest of the hospital where the significant terror explosives and armaments were kept. Hagari showed a motorcycle with a bullet hole inside it and items connected to one of the hostages in the vicinity of the motorcycle.

One of the chairs showed ropes and other items indicating that a hostage had been held there.

A baby bottle and other baby materials were found which the IDF said were connected to a hostage baby.

There were also improvised toilets, which Hagari said was infrastructure to hold hostages.

A list on a board marked the days since October 7, possibly indicating when the terrorists left, likely with hostages.

He said he was not sure if the terrorists used the evacuation to escape or used additional networks of underground tunnels.

Fox News Channel’s Yonat Friling On Reporting From Israel: ‘I Know What I’ve Seen And No One Can Deny It’
Fox News senior field producer Yonat Friling is used to getting calls at all hours of the day and night, but when her phone rang at six o’clock on the morning of October 7th, it wasn’t a journalist or a source, it was her father, telling her he’d heard gunshots near his home. “He usually calls me on these things and when we talked, he said ‘I think you should check this, because it seems weird.’”

Friling quickly called correspondent Trey Yingst, who in turn called Greg Headen, the network’s vice president of news who oversees the international desk in New York. Headen told the crew to head south, where Hamas had launched a surprise attack that would leave 1,200 Israelis dead. But early on that Saturday morning, Friling and her team didn’t know what they were speeding toward.

“By the time we arrived, I didn’t fully understand what I was seeing at first,” she said. “At the time, we weren’t aware that any car that was next to us could shoot at us. It was that chaotic.”

“We arrived at a triage point with all the people coming from the communities close to the border,” she said. “There were ambulances, private cars, helicopters, but there weren't enough vehicles to evacuate them.”

“So, at the time, we all understood something horrific had happened. But it really hit me about 10 hours later when we saw the line of cars, the people who survived coming out of the communities and their faces were shocked. You could see the terror on their faces. They were coming out and looking for something, someone to hug, and so I hugged them. I hugged so many people I never met before, and it was then that I think we started to understand what happened. And the following day when we went into the communities and saw the atrocities, I understood the meaning in their faces.”

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Friling had just returned to Israel from covering the massive earthquake in Morocco that killed more than three thousand people, and the things she saw while covering that story had impacted her. She’d scheduled an appointment with a therapist for the following Sunday. The Hamas attack meant that processing her experience in Morocco would have to wait. “In order to do our job and stay focused on the mission,” she told me, should would have to put her Morocco experience “in a box.”

“But we promised ourselves that we're going to open the box and talk to professional people, with the help of Fox News and their tremendous help to us. Once you're done, we have to unpack the box. And that's what I'm going to do about it.”

JCPA: Hamas' "Numbers Warfare": Understanding Hamas' Casualty Reporting in the Gaza War
The Palestinian Ministry of Health (PMH) in Gaza is tightly controlled and operated by Hamas, a barbaric radical Islamic terror organization whose charter calls for the mass murder of Jews. Any report by the ministry, by definition, is a Hamas report.

The PMH reports on Palestinian casualties with attribution exclusively to IDF strikes. Reports of Hamas fighters' casualties are noticeably absent. In short, five weeks after the outbreak of the war, neither the Hamas leadership nor the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported a single casualty among Hamas forces.

No one questioned how PMH reported 30,000 Palestinians wounded when the total number of hospital beds in all medical facilities in Gaza, including UNRWA clinics, did not exceed 3,000. So, where exactly are all the 30,000 wounded? According to PMH reports, there are already more than 13,000 Palestinians dead. If that casualty number is accurate, where were they buried?

Due to the zero reliability of Hamas and its strategic manipulations, we offer an alternative analysis to help determine an objective measure of casualties in Gaza. It starts from a number of dead and wounded which is about half of the number reported by Hamas, although it is possible, and even with high certainty, to assume an even lower number.

At least half of the number of dead and wounded are probably Hamas members, whether armed terrorists, whose identity is disguised as civilians by Hamas, or members of the Hamas establishment. A significant number of the "children" reported as killed or wounded are young people aged 13-18, who were in Hamas facilities or even took an active part in the fighting. (Israeli Minister Ron Dermer, in an interview with Sky News, reported 3,000 Hamas members killed.)

From the remaining number, a significant number of Palestinian dead and injured resulting from nearly 1,000 failed rocket launches that landed short must be subtracted, such as the one that fell on the al-Ahli hospital. From the remainder one must subtract all the Palestinians who fled northern Gaza for the safe zone in the south and who were killed by Hamas. The small balance of casualties is indeed comprised of unarmed civilians who were regretfully and unintentionally killed by IDF attacks. But compared to every other war in the last hundred years, the collateral damage caused by the IDF is low compared to other Western military campaigns, particularly by the UK or U.S. military.

This relatively small civilian collateral damage is the result of Israel's strict adherence to the international laws of war and the utmost efforts made by the IDF to convince the Gaza civilian population to evacuate battle zones while opening humanitarian corridors and securing safe civilian passage.
Richard Landes: Lethal Journalism and the Pattern: Why the World Fell for Hamas’ Al Ahli Lie
This essay begins with the credulous media reaction to the Hamas propaganda about Al-Ahli hospital on 17 October. I offer two explanations for that terrible and dangerous journalistic failure in terms of, on the one hand, the contemporary prevalence of (now reflexive) ‘lethal journalism’ and, on the other, the historic ubiquity of what David Deutsch calls ‘the Pattern.’ After arguing that the lethal-journalism enabled demonisation of Israel is one of the last redoubts of the Pattern in the West, as illustrated by rapidity with which Western journalists restored it with their coverage of the Hospital tragedy. I conclude by warning that our unparalleled and difficult global experiment in freedom and abundance, not only Israel’s, depends on how we respond in the times ahead.

Part 1: Al Ahli Hospital, 17 October 2023: A Case Study in Lethal Journalism
17 October offered an example, literally breathtaking, of the unseemly haste with which professional commitments can be cast off and Jihadi war propaganda broadcast to the world. While rocketing Israel, one of the Jihadi’s own bombs landed in a parking lot outside a hospital in Gaza City. The explosion blew out some of the hospital’s windows, and caused, based on photos of the blast area and few bodies, a soberly estimated dozens of dead. Hamas, as it has so often in the past when their rockets kill their own children, announced to the world the triple lie that it had been 1) an Israeli strike on 2) a hospital, and had 3) killed hundreds.

Had there been a real journalist in Gaza to film the undamaged hospital, or the small crater, we would have known right away. But no. There were none, only ‘journalists fighting with their cameras’ and keyboards passing propaganda off as news. Gauging from the loop of footage shown by CNN, played again and again, there was nothing to confirm any aspect of the Hamas claims.

It’s worth mentioning here that Jihadi rockets aimed at Israel fall short 20-30 per cent of the time; and they repeatedly kill Gazans, including children and infants. Since much of the appeal of the Palestinian grievance narrative to the West is: ‘look at the terrible things they do to our innocent civilians whom we love, that’s why we hate them so’, these own-goal incidents, were they reported, might undermine that tale. In 2012, for example, in the case of 4-year-old Muhamad Sadallah, CNN’s Sara Sidner took part in a performance that climaxed with a photo-op in Shifa Hospital with Hamas chief Haniya and Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Foreign Minister Kandil kissing the child Hamas had killed.

Hamas understood the danger of these ‘fell-shorts,’ and during its now 18-year-long rocketing of Israel, they developed a procedure: keep out the journalists until the tell-tale debris is removed, then bring them in to record the weeping over children the cruel Israelis had just killed. And for the longest time, journalists have complied with Hamas protocols, aware that revealing what really happened, much less elaborating on the ghoulish hypocrisy of Jihadis making photo-ops of children they had killed, would endanger their lives and the lives of their local fixers.

So how did the lethal journalists, not in Gaza, directly subject to Hamas intimidation, behave when confronted with Hamas claims about al Ahli hospital? Ten days after Hamas had shocked the humane world with their moral depravity, did they ask themselves, ‘Could Hamas be lying? Could this even be another case of Jihadi rockets killing Gazans, which, according to their modus operandi, the Jihadis try to blame on Israel? Can we check the source on the very high figure of dead? (After all, it took Israel a week to count their dead.) Should we wait for confirming evidence, like pictures of the demolished hospital? Or shots of the terrible pile-up of corpses?’

Or did they (unconsciously) think, ‘they might slaughter Jews, but they wouldn’t lie to me.’? This story was too good to wait on.
Richard Landes: Netzarim Junction and the Birth of Fake News
One of the most shocking and transformative experiences occurred to me in late October 2003, when I got to see the original raw footage that a Palestinian cameraman had shot three years earlier at Netzarim Junction on Sept. 30, 2000. It was a peek through the lens of Talal Abu Rahma, the Palestinian cameraman who had filmed what journalists later depicted as a day of riots that killed many in the Gaza Strip, including the 12-year-old boy, Muhammad al Durah.

Charles Enderlin, chief correspondent of France2, aired the footage as news with his cameraman’s narrative: an innocent Palestinian boy, targeted by the IDF, gunned down while his father pleaded with the Israelis to stop shooting. It became an instant global sensation, enraging the Muslim world and provoking angry protests where Western progressives and militant Muslims joined to equate Israel to the Nazis. Ironically, for the first time since the Holocaust, “Death to Jews” was heard in the capitals of Europe. From that point on, for many, Israel was to blame for all violence, a pariah state.

Even had the child died in a crossfire, blaming his death on deliberate Israeli action made it a classic blood libel: A gentile boy dies; the Jews are accused of plotting the murder; violent mobs, invoking the dead martyr, attack the Jews. In Europe, the attacks the al Durah libel incited were mostly on Jewish property. In the Middle East, a new round of suicide bombers, “revenging the blood of Muhammad al Durah” targeted Israeli children to the approval of 80% of the Palestinian public. It was, in fact, the first postmodern blood libel. The first blood libel announced by a Jew (Enderlin), spread by the modern mainstream news media (MSNM), and carried in cyberspace to a global audience. It was the first wildly successful piece of “fake news” of the 21st century, and, as an icon of hatred, it did untold damage.

But it gets worse. Not only did the evidence show that the Israelis could not have fired the shots that hit the boy and his father, but everything about the footage suggests the scene was staged. There was no blood on the wall or ground and footage never shown to the public appeared to show the boy moving after being declared dead. I set out to explore this staged hypothesis, first raised by Nahum Shahaf, and exposed to the Anglophone public by James Fallows in 2003.

And that had brought me to see these rushes, the raw, unedited footage shot that day in September 2000 at Netzarim Junction. The film was in the possession of senior French-Israeli journalist and France2 chief correspondent Charles Enderlin, who was the employer of Abu Rahma, the cameraman who had shot the footage. He was known to only show the rushes to investigators “on his side” but coming on the recommendation of a friend, Enderlin assumed I was sympathetic. For the viewing, I had Enderlin on my left, and on my right, an Israeli cameraman working for France2, who had been with Enderlin in Ramallah the day of the filming.
Hamas Pallywood as a Palestinian Strategy
JCPA Daily Wartime Briefing

Featuring Prof. Richard Landes
Senior Fellow at the Center for International Communication at Bar-Ilan University

Also featuring:
Dan Diker, President, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Lt.-Col. (res.) Maurice Hirsch, Former Director of the Military Prosecution for Judea and Samaria

NGO Monitor: Switzerland Suspends Funding to 11 NGOs after October 7 Hamas Massacre

NGO Monitor: Jewish Voice for Peace’s Funding Network

Daniel Greenfield: Defund the Soros Hamas Insurrection
The illegal pro-terrorist activities of both JVP and IfNotNow, as well as many other groups in the anti-Israel network, reflects the refusal of the IRS to enforce the tax code against the Left.

The IRS had previously found that the tax code bans funding of anti-war groups or any organization whose "primary activity is the sponsoring of... protest demonstrations in which demonstrators are urged to commit violations of local ordinances and breaches of public order." Such organizations don't "qualify for exemption under section 501(c)(3) or (4) of the Code."

IfNotNow and JVP are one of many leftist organizations and other anti-Israel protest groups whose very existence is a violation of IRS regulations. But above and beyond the tax code, Soros is knowingly funding riots and illegal activities by hate groups with a long history of such activities.

If the IRS will not do its job and enforce the tax code against nonprofits engaged in illegal activities, Congress must move to close the loopholes and end the nonprofit status of groups engaged in violence, crimes and support for terrorist organizations.
UK charity 'employs Hamas commander'

Media Worst: Israel's Enemies Get Away With Murder—And Human Shields and Genocide

Pro-Israeli journalist slams “woke” Palestine protesters | Jake Wallis Simons interview
Jake Wallis Simons is Editor of the Jewish Chronicle and author of Israelophobia: The Newest Version of the Oldest Hatred and What To Do About It.

He came by JOETowers this week to discuss the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, antisemitism and the West's attitude towards Israel.

Denial of Oct. 7 atrocities spreads on social media
Asa Shapira, Head of Advertising & Marketing Studies at Tel Aviv University breaks down misinformation and disinformation on social media.

Uri Geller calls out ‘shameful’ pro-Palestine protest taking place on Armistice Day
Uri Geller joins Nana Akua live from Tel Aviv to discuss the latest on the Gaza evacuation corridor and the March for Palestine that took place in London on Armistice Day.

MEMRI: Kurdish Writer: Hamas' Abduction Of Civilians Was An Act Of Terror That Harmed The Palestinian Cause

These Mosques Pray for the Annihilation of Jews. They Also Receive Money From the Biden Administration.

This Progressive Dark Money Behemoth Could Face Criminal Charges Over Anti-Israel Protest

Greg Meeks, ‘Squad’ took thousands from nonprofit under investigation for funding Hamas

"From the River to the Sea": The Quad VS. the Squad | The Quad
Out with the Squad and in with the Quad!

In Ep. 3, the Quad (Emily Schrader, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Viviane Bercovici and Ashira Solomon) discuss the current arguments of what "From the River to the Sea" means and Rashida Tlaib's claim that it is a call for freedom. The women take on each member of the progressive Democrat Squad and deal with frightening and sometimes downright absurd takes on the current war.

Plus an interview with Dalia Al-Aqidi, US Congressional Candidate running against Ilhan Omar and of course, the scumbags and heroes of the week!

Centrist challenger seeks to oust US Rep. Ilhan Omar in Democratic primary

Stabbing attack thwarted in Tel Aviv

How the Mossad Helped Stop an Iranian-Hezbollah Attempt to Kill Jews

Abbas’ advisor: Hamas’ massacre on Israel was just “the reaction”

Fatah official ignores Hamas’ atrocities, says Israel is “terror incarnate… for 75 years”

Father of dead terrorist: “Praise Allah, it is a great kindness that my son died as a Martyr”

Hate on Campus: UNH Professor Compares Hamas to Jewish Victims of Nazi Germany

Oberlin College Under Federal Investigation For Campus Culture Of Antisemitism

“It’s an anti-Western culture on campuses which is revealing itself as antisemitism”

Jewish students targeted with swastikas, ‘gas the Jews’ chants

UPenn student who praised ‘glorious’ Hamas terror attack later arrested for stealing Israeli flag

After denying Hamas atrocities, Roger Waters blames hotel cancellations on ‘Israel lobby’

Gaza Photojournalists: Media Fail to Address Their Own Ethics and Morals




In CBC The Current Interview, Author Nathan Thrall Tells Host Israel Is To Blame for Hamas Terrorism

Furious backlash erupts against the ABC after it refused to let members of the public take part in controversial Q+A episode - as bizarre debate plays out in empty studio
The panel included Assistant Foreign Affairs Minister Tim Watts, former Australian ambassador to Israel and Dave Sharma, Australia Palestine Advocacy Network head Nasser Mashni, lawyer and national chair of the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council Mark Leibler, and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories Francesca Albanese.

The discussion was largely civil, but became tense on several occasions as Mr Leibler and Mr Mashni clashed over points including protests being held in Australia.

The panel was also asked if the popular chant heard at pro-Palestine rallies: 'From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,' actually called to 'eradicate Israel'.

Mr Leibler said the saying was a 'racist comment', and implied there was 'no room for a state of Israel'.

He accused pro-Palestine protests of celebrating violence, however his comments were immediately criticised by Mr Mashni and Ms Albanese.

'This is not something in line with Jewish tradition. What do the Palestinians do? Whether it's 9/11 or October 7, they hand out lollies and they celebrate when people are hacked to death. I don't know. It is a fact. It is reality,' he said.

Streaming: The Israel-Gaza War

Top Palestinian spokesman Nasser Mashni’s criminal history revealed
The leading Palestinian spokesman in Australia is a criminal with convictions for kidnap, violence and threatening behaviour, it can be revealed. Nasser Mashni was 22 years old when he chased a child, beat him with a wooden axe handle, shoved him into the boot of his car and drove him to an abandoned paddock where he threatened to break his legs.

The then-15-year-old boy, who had run away from home, had stolen two packets of cigarettes from a milk bar Mr Mashni was working at in Brady Rd, North Dandenong, in June 1991. Mr Mashni received 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to false imprisonment, intentionally or recklessly causing injury and one count of threatening to inflict serious injury in June 1992.

This sentence was wholly suspended on appeal in August 1992, meaning he remains convicted of the crimes, but would only have served time behind bars if he committed another offence within 12 months.

Mr Mashni is the president of the Australian Palestinian Advocacy Network but has sparked a lot of controversy in recent times.

He praised a terrorist, who plotted suicide bombings in Israel, as a hero and argued that not all of Hamas should be categorised as a terrorist organisation. He also liked on social media several posts justifying the Hamas paragliding terrorist attacks that saw 1400 Israelis killed last month, including one post that stated it was “a logical response”.

Jewish school in Montreal is fired upon for second time in days

A sizeable US demographic, many Evangelicals are sending money and manpower to Israel

Julianna Margulies pans peers for their silence, adopts cause of Hamas-held hostage

Deliberating Tuesday’s march on Washington? Just go!

'Never since the Shoah has the Jewish community of France felt so isolated'

Bridging Divisions During Wartime
Three Israel Defense Forces officers who’d just been shifted from the southern coast to the north stopped in Haifa last Monday for lunch at Hummus Abu Shaker. They were drawn by the restaurant’s having made a name for itself—beyond its legendary food.

Abu Shaker did so by preparing thousands of meals to send to people affected by Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre of Jewish communities near the Gaza Strip: survivors, IDF soldiers, paramedics, and police officers. The restaurant also publicly expressed solidarity with the victimized families and with Israel.

The weekend after an anonymous poster, writing in Arabic on Facebook, called for a boycott of the eatery—saying the Muslim family that owns the restaurant was betraying the Arabs by sympathizing with and helping Israelis—Abu Shaker filled with diners, most of them Jewish, who came out to support the owners.

Abu Shaker’s stance and its clients’ response are dramatic examples of Israelis’ long-spoken maxim that, for all of the country’s fissures—political, cultural, and religious—people unite during crises, particularly against external threats. Other similar examples abound of Israelis putting aside long-standing differences in this time of war; many of those examples center around food.

For instance, several Jewish-owned, nonkosher food establishments have sought and earned short-term kashrut certification during the past month, to enable soldiers and civilians who observe Jewish dietary rules to eat their food.

“What’s important is that they made the effort and were ready to donate their time and money to be kosher to provide food for the soldiers,” Yehuda Ziderman—who oversees one certifying agency, Kashrut Tzohar—said of the several restaurants and catering halls that contacted him. (One kibbutz known for its production of pork inquired about gaining short-term kashrut certification, too, but nothing came of the initiative.)

One restaurant that had remained open on the fast day of Tisha B’Av this summer—to express its opposition to religious coercion pushing secular restaurants to close on religious holidays—contacted Ziderman three months later to ask how to qualify for kashrut certification. The organization will issue temporary certification in one-month increments. “It’s unreal, fantastic,” he said. “We’re not looking to turn them into observant Jews. They just wanted to provide food to soldiers.”

Yossi Klein Halevi, a senior fellow at Jerusalem’s Shalom Hartman Institute, thinks that some of the most serious tears in the country’s social fabric, at least among Jewish Israelis, were mending before the judicial-reform controversy ripped them anew. “It’s not necessarily that we’re putting aside our disagreements” during wartime, he said. “It’s that the extent of our disagreements were distorted by the government” in its support for the reform measures. “We’re in the process now of restoring the balance to Israeli society.”
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