The Jewish Exception to Free Speech on Campus

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In 2012, the Electronic Intifada, an online anti-Zionist media outlet that aggressively promotes the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, ran a lengthy article suggesting that “allegations of ‘anti-Semitism’ create a real climate of fear” that is “silencing” pro-Palestinian student activists on US campuses. I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw the article, not because of the absurd nature of the charges — that Jewish students were somehow intimidating and silencing pro-Palestinian student activists just by virtue of speaking up about the intimidation, and silencing they themselves were experiencing at the hands of those same activists — I laughed because of the accompanying photograph set beneath the headline. In one concise image, it revealed the utter disingenuousness of the thousand words that followed.

The photo, credited to Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at University of California Berkeley, depicted a large pole on campus that was covered from top to bottom with multiple layers of promotional flyers. However, the only ones that were fully visible — because they had been affixed directly on top of the others — were the SJP’s flyers demonizing and delegitimizing Israel and urging the university community to support BDS. The juxtaposition of the photo with its caption, “Students face a climate of intimidation on several California campuses,” practically begged the reader to think: Which students are facing a climate of intimidation? Certainly not the members of SJP, whose bold and brazen “freedom of expression” to demonize and delegitimize Israel and promote efforts to harm it is literally smothering everyone else’s!

In the four years since that article was published, the smothering of speech depicted in the article’s photo has not improved. In fact for one group of students, it has gotten worse. Much worse.

A study of antisemitic activity in 2016 on more than 100 campuses, which our organization released earlier this week, revealed that over the past year the number of incidents involving the suppression of Jewish students’ freedom of speech and assembly by members of SJP or other anti-Zionist student groups had approximately doubled. For example, in April of this year, more than two dozen members of the General Union of Palestine Students at San Francisco State University disrupted and ultimately shut down a Jewish student event featuring a speech by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. A few minutes after Barkat’s speech had begun, protestors stormed into the hall and loudly chanted slogans such as “Get the hell off our campus,” “Long live the Intifada,” and “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will be Free,” until the speech was prematurely terminated. Similar disruptions and attempted shut-downs of Jewish student events unfolded on campuses across the country.

It is telling that in our study we found a strong correlation between incidents involving the suppression of Jewish students’ freedom of speech and assembly and those involving the expression of antisemitic tropes that demonize and delegitimize Israel or promote its destruction: in 2016 all 12 of the schools at which the speech and assembly of Jewish students were suppressed played host to one or more incidents of anti-Zionist expression, and the greater the number of these incidents, the higher the likelihood that Jewish student expression would be suppressed. Not only does this strong correlation suggest that anti-Zionist expression may incite conduct which harms Jewish students, it also underscores the breathtaking hypocrisy of anti-Zionist activists on campus, who vigorously exercise their own freedom of expression but deny Jewish students that same right and freedom.

In addition, the increase in incidents which trample on the civil rights of Jewish students indicates the growing success of a tactic known as “anti-normalization,” which members of SJP and similar anti-Zionist groups routinely employ to aggressively stifle all pro-Israel expression. For example, in one of its founding documents the SJP group at Binghamton University outlined strategies for harassing Jewish students and disrupting or shutting down their Israel-related events in a section entitled: “Tactics and Strategies Used to Counter Zionist Normalization.”

Adherents of “anti-normalization” target not only pro-Israel students, but anyone presumed to support Israel, first and foremost Jewish students, regardless of their actual personal feelings on Israel. As a result, Jewish students engaging in Jewish activity having nothing to do with Israel — wearing their Jewish sorority or fraternity letters, displaying Star of David necklaces, walking to Hillel for Sabbath dinner – report fearing for their safety and well-being. In addition, because of their support, or even just presumed support, for Israel, Jewish students report being rejected from progressive social justice activities such as pro-choice rallies, anti-rape demonstrations, Black Lives Matter events and racial justice conferences.

The situation has become intolerable for many Jewish students.

This past spring, the University of California system took a critical stand against the rising antisemitism plaguing its 10 campuses. Its Board of Regents issued a Statement of Principles Against Intolerance acknowledging that anti-Zionism is a form of antisemitism which incites additional Jew hatred and, like other forms of discrimination, has no place at the University of California system. The Regents’ statement also singled out “actions that physically or otherwise interfere with the ability of an individual or group to assemble, speak, and share or hear the opinion of others,” stating that they “impair the mission and intellectual life of the University and will not be tolerated.”

Universities across the country must follow suit.

Original Article: Algemeiner

JERUSALEM: Terrorist with bomb covered in poisoned nails, Palestinian tried to attack

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Engineering student at Hebron University tells investigators he wanted ‘revenge’ for non-Muslims visiting Temple Mount.

A Hebron University student who attempted to bomb the Jerusalem light rail last month sneaked into the capital through a valley east of the city, police revealed Tuesday.

On July 15, Ali Abu Hassan entered Israel through a valley outside of the eastern Tsur Baher neighborhood, with the intention of carrying out an attack in the capital as a form of “revenge for visits by tourists and Israeli Jews to the Temple Mount,” police said in a statement.

He was armed with three pipe bombs he had linked together into one large explosive and had covered with nails and screws dipped in rat poison. “In his bag there were also two knives and a cellphone,” police said Tuesday.

Hassan researched how to make a pipe bomb that would “cause the most, and most effective, damage” on the internet and “even carried out test explosions with a number of bombs in order to check them before entering Israel,” according to a joint Shin Bet-Israel Police investigation.

The civil engineering student came from Bayt Ula, a village northwest of Hebron, and hid out in an olive grove near the neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, police said.

“Before he entered Israel, he wrote a final testament, which he left at the university and asked his friends to deliver to his parents,” police said.

While in the olive grove, he shaved off his beard and changed into shorts and a T-shirt to better blend in with the Jerusalem population.

On July 17, Hassan took a bus to the center of the capital and walked along Jerusalem’s popular Jaffa Road to find a target for his bombing, before stopping near the intersection with King George Street.

According to investigators, he originally intended to attack a restaurant on Jaffa Road and scoped out the area to prepare for his assault. However, when he noticed the large number of passengers boarding the light rail that runs through downtown, Hassan changed his target.

When he attempted to board the tram, he was stopped after he raised the suspicions of a security guard. When the guard asked to examine the contents of the bag, he noticed the bomb and called the police.

Sappers were promptly deployed to the scene and the road was closed off, along with the adjacent King George Street.

A video from the scene showed police pointing their guns at the suspect, who lay on the ground near the train stop. A second clip showed sappers strip-searching him, apparently for explosives.

On Tuesday, an Israeli court charged the 21-year-old Palestinian man with attempted murder, creating a weapon and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Original Article: The Times Of Israel

Jewish and Christian Israel supporters discuss anti-BDS efforts in Knesset

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“In each and every generation they rise up against us to destroy us,” Israeli MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) reminded a packed Knesset hall earlier this month during the premier joint meeting of the Knesset Caucus to Fight Delegitimization of Israel and the Christian Allies Caucus. The focus of the event: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), and how Jewish and Christian supporters of Israel can work together to quash the economic warfare movement against Israel.

“MK Lavie did not complete the quote from the haggadah,” Josh Reinstein, director of the Christian Allies Caucus, told JNS.org with a smirk. “It ends that ‘The Holy One, blessed be He, rescues us from their hands.’ That is why we came together.”

Lavie, who co-chairs the delegitizamtion caucus with MK Michael Oren (Kulanu), told nodding heads that “BDS is just a type of anti-Semitism.”

Coalition and opposition members shared the floor alongside their Christian supporters in what was a rare display of Israeli unity. As one member of Knesset said, “We are divided about many issues. But we are all on the same page when it comes to defending our state.”

While keynote addresses by the U.S. Director of the Israel Allies Foundation Joseph Sabag and Prof. Eugene Kontorovich, a teacher at the Northwestern School of Law and a senior researcher at the Kohelet Policy Forum in Jerusalem, did not reveal anything particularly new about the BDS movement, it did offer a chance to unpack some of the latest and most dangerous reports, as well as discuss the next steps for pro-Israel parties in Israel and the U.S.

Israeli criminologist and politician Dr. Anat Berko (Likud) said revisionist history – eradicating Judeo-Christian roots in Israel and replacing them with a false Palestinian narrative – is the freshest effort by anti-Israel activists.

“Jesus is called a Palestinian in some circles,” Berko said with a sigh. “This has left a real clash of what is the truth in Israel. It is funny to say Jesus was a Palestinian. He spoke Hebrew.”

The battle heats up most when it comes to the Temple Mount, Berko said. The claim that no Jewish Temple ever existed in Jerusalem, and that Jews have no rights whatsoever to the Temple Mount is part of what Berko termed a “temple denial” doctrine that has been increasingly internalized in Palestinian academic, religious and political circles, including a recent UNESCO resolution that views the Temple Mount as a solely Muslim site.

The other challenge is the Western world’s tendency to ignore the roots of terrorism, Berko said.

“They pretend it doesn’t exist; that is not a good way to be,” Berko warned. “We are all in the same pot now.”

To combat BDS, two efforts were discussed: anti-BDS legislation and combatting lies. The former has seen tremendous success in the last year, largely due to Kontorovich’s efforts. He spent two years researching how to move such legislation forward, resulting in 12 states passing anti-BDS laws since May 2015, when South Carolina adopted modern legislation regulating against commercial discrimination of Israel. Sabag said he expects to see another 15 to 20 states pass similar legislation by this time next year.

In his address, Kontorovich explained there are two kinds of anti-BDS laws: those that will disallow local and state governmental bodies to conduct any kind of business with companies that actively support BDS, and those that set up a blacklist of companies that boycott Israel and require the state’s pension funds to divest from those companies.

He said these laws are intended for companies already doing business with Israel and are being harassed for it.

“They can tell the protestors, ‘There is no reason to have a die-in in front of our shareholders meeting. They might be annoyed [about Israel], but they will be more annoyed if they cannot do business with 12 or 13 other States because of a decision not to do business with Israel.’ We see these laws as a lifejacket.”

However, Sabag said legislation is “a starting point.” Given the “ugly rhetoric and falsehoods” that BDS activists spew, the pro-Israel community should waste no time in efforts trying to reason with these enemies. Rather, he said, “We need to expose the lies.”

MK Oren said how people often attack Israel through the BDS movement for its relationship with the Christian community. He recalled how in 2012 60 Minutes “spent millions of dollars proving a blood libel” when it broadcast a segment reporting that the Israeli occupation has led to the evaporation of Jerusalem’s and the West Bank’s Palestinian Christian communities.

“Israel has the only growing Christian community in the Middle East,” said Oren. “Israeli Arab Christians are more affluent and educated than Israeli Jews. We have to intersect these points to defend ourselves.”

Kontorovich called on the Israeli government to take action, too.

“Israel cannot be protected without the action of the Israeli government,” he said, noting that no one can legitimize Israel better than a well-run, democratic Israeli parliament.

“BDS might have started with the Jews, but it will not end with the Jews,” said Berko. “BDS is not about Judea and Samaria or the Bekaa Valley. It is about our right to exist.”

Nonetheless, with a room of people offering to help, MK Nachman Shai (Labor) said that he believes, “In the end, BDS will pass.”

“There is cause for optimism,” added MK Lavie. “Look at this conference – these people coming together. The most important thing is to be united against BDS.”

Originial Article: JNS.ORG

US and Israeli flags burned at Bernie protest at DNC

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Bernie Sanders supporters protest Democratic party corruption in favoring Clinton; elements within the crowd seen burning Israel, US flags.

As the Democratic Convention rumbles on in the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, controversy continues to rage through the streets of the city.

Supporters of erstwhile primary candidate Bernie Sanders are enraged by revelations in a WikiLeaks publication, which featured thousands of emails sent between members of the Democratic National Committee, in which a desire by party officials to facilitate the nomination of Hillary Clinton emerges as a clear pattern.

Despite considerable efforts by Sanders to calm things down and promote party unity, protests continue outside the Wells Fargo Center, where the convention is being held.

Due to the far-left character of much of the Bernie Sanders support, anti-Israel and anti-American elements are attracted to the protests. On the first night of the convention Palestinian flags were raised in the audience. At the protests on the street last night, flags of countries less approved by some of the protesters were burned. Observers said they saw more PLO flags than US flags at the convention.

Original Article: Arutz Sheva

Palestinians seeking to sue Britain over 1917 Balfour Declaration

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Palestinian Authority urges Arab League to help prepare legal file against UK government over nearly 100-year-old letter.

The Palestinians have called on the Arab League to help them prepare a legal file against the British government for issuing the Balfour Declaration almost 100 years ago.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki spoke of the impact of that 1917 document — the first to formally recognize the Jewish right to a homeland — in a speech he delivered on behalf of PA President Mahmoud Abbas at the 27th Arab League Summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania on Monday evening.

“With the coming of this painful anniversary, the passing of approximately 100 years since the historic massacre of our land and our people’s fates, and with the continuation of this catastrophe without a resolution, we call on the secretariat general of the Arab League to support us in preparing a legal file to raise against the British government for issuing the Balfour Declaration and thereafter implementing it as a mandatory authority,” Maliki said.

Maliki then proceeded to thank Arab countries and other states, who have supported the Palestinian issue. “Our people will not forget the good countries and peoples, especially our Arab brothers and many other friendly countries, who extended and still extend their hands in supporting, standing beside, and embracing our people in its trials and tribulations,” he said.

In a separate context, Maliki affirmed that Arab states should not normalize relations with Israel before the establishment of a Palestinian state.

“We warn Arab states of the concept of ‘regional cooperation and security’, which is aimed at creating regional security cooperation between Arab countries and Israel and normalizing relations before the end of the Israeli occupation,” he stated.

Maliki also said that the Palestinian leadership supports an independent Palestinian state along 1967 borders. “The time has come, before its too late, to galvanize Arab and international support to enable our people to achieve its freedom and independence, establishing an independent Palestinian state along June 4, 1967 borders,” he said.

Since the failure of the last round of negotiations in May 2014, the Palestinian leadership renewed a international campaign to achieve statehood.

Original Article: The Jerusalem Post

US Policy on Judea and Samaria Is Hindering Peace

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The United States Consulate in Jerusalem reported that two NBA players, along with trainers and administrators, recently traveled through Jerusalem and the West Bank. The trip was made possible by the Consulate General. The players were Kelenna Azubuike and Temeka Johnson, and they ran clinics for several hundred Palestinian players and coaches.

This trip was termed a “sports diplomacy” initiative to connect Americans and Palestinians through a shared love of sports. The Department of State maintains a #SportsUnited program, which sends American athletes around the world and also brings young international athletes to the United States. The trip is also part of the NBA’s global outreach efforts through the #NBACares program.

It would be safe to assume that a visit to a Jewish community was not on the schedule. I have highlighted the situation of disallowing any Jewish resident of Judea and Samaria from participating in such programs here, here and here.

This shunning of Jews is a major failure of the State Department. The problem isn’t officials on the ground — it’s the directives from Washington, which ignore or exclude Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria from all such programs.

Let me make it clear: I am all for sports being used to encourage all peoples to learn the value of rules, community and fairness. I think Arab children and coaches, outside of basketball, could apply those lessons to other fields of human endeavors.

I just don’t see why the Consulate excludes the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria from its various programs, as well as from its student grant and aid funds. Having Jews and Arabs learn about basketball and play together could be a tremendous step towards peace, or at least coexistence or mutual tolerance.

Peace cannot be forced. It needs be developed. Peace is actual life and relationships between peoples.

Original Article: Algemeiner

Georgia Democrat compares Israeli settlers to burrowing termites

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Rep. Hank Johnson apologizes for ‘poor choice of words’ after ADL pans his ‘offensive, unhelpful’ comments.

As a contentious convention got underway under stormy skies in Philadelphia, a prominent Georgia Democrat came under fire Monday for seeming to compare Israeli settlers to termites during an event supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement held on the convention’s sidelines.

Speaking at an event sponsored by the pro-BDS organization US Campaign to end the Israeli Occupation, Johnson complained that “there has been a steady [stream], almost like termites can get into a residence and eat before you know that you’ve been eaten up and you fall in on yourself, there has been settlement activity that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever increasing rate to the point where it has become alarming.”

Johnson’s comments were initially reported in the right-wing Washington Free Beacon, and the Georgia congressman has not challenged their accuracy, although his office did challenge the original report’s headline that the legislator had called Israelis termites.

“It has come to the point that occupation, with highways that cut through Palestinian land, with walls that go up, with the inability or the restriction, with the illegality of Palestinians being able to travel on those roads and those roads cutting off Palestinian neighborhoods from each other,” Johnson continued during his Monday morning comments. “And then with the building of walls and the building of checkpoints that restrict movement of Palestinians. We’ve gotten to the point where the thought of a Palestinian homeland gets further and further removed from reality.”

The Anti-Defamation League called Johnson’s comments “offensive and unhelpful” and asked the lawmaker to retract his remarks. “Demonization, dehumanization of settlers doesn’t advance peace,” the organization tweeted.

Johnson later apologized for his remarks, saying they were a “poor choice of words.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition asked how long it would take for Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party to officially denounce Johnson.

Johnson is also listed on J Street’s website, which allows readers to donate to his re-election campaign. According to the organization, Johnson has traveled both to Israel and to the Palestinian territories, and “is a strong supporter of J Street’s mission.”

The Anti-Defamation League described Johnson’s comments as “an offensive and unhelpful characterization.”

In a tweet directed at the congressman, the organization chided that “demonization, dehumanization of settlers doesn’t advance peace.”

Johnson responded directly to the organization, also using the social media platform to say that the comment reflected a “poor choice of words.”

“Apologies for offense,” continued the legislator who represents Atlanta suburbs in DeKalb County. “Point is settlement activity continues (to) slowly undermine 2-state solution.”

In addition to challenging the original headline in a statement to Johnson’s local newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the congressman’s office emphasized that “Congressman Johnson did not call Israelis termites but did say the settlement policies threaten peace and the two-state solution.”

“Congressman Johnson did not intend to insult or speak derogatorily of the Israelis or the Jewish people,” the statement continued. “When using the metaphor of termites, the Congressman was referring to the corrosive process, not the people.”

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Ironically, Johnson was elected to replace former representative Cynthia McKinney who garnered headlines over the weekend when she claimed on Twitter that an Israeli photographer had been on hand for massacres in Nice and Munich, proving in her mind that Israel had a hand in both attacks.

McKinney, a former Democrat now affiliated with the Green Party, posted a conspiracy theory video on Twitter, adding her comment: “Same Israeli photographer captures Nice and Munich tragedies. How likely is that? Remember the Dancing Israelis?…”

“Dancing Israelis” refers to a widely discredited conspiracy theory that five Israeli men were arrested in New Jersey on September 11, 2001, after being seen celebrating the terror attack.

This was not the former Georgia representative’s first brush with complaints of anti-Semitism. McKinney, who served from 1992 to 2002, was defeated in the 2002 Democratic primary day after her father appeared on TV saying “Jews have bought everybody … J-E-W-S.”

Johnson’s comments came at a convention in which Palestinian claims have sprung to the forefront of the fractious politics of the left-leaning party. Yellow stickers proclaiming support for Palestinian rights were distributed at the entrance to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ afternoon address to his delegates.

Later in the day, activists unfurled Palestinian flags on the convention’s main floor when delegates participated in a voice vote to approve the party’s platform.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict was a prominent feature of the platform drafting debate, with Sanders representatives pushing for — but failing to secure — stronger language decrying Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinian land.

Original Article: The Times Of Israel

Ex-congresswoman claims Israel behind European massacres

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Cynthia McKinney links to video ‘proving’ Israel responsible for Nice, Munich attacks because German photographer supposedly at both scenes is married to former MK.

A former US congresswoman claimed on Twitter that an Israeli photographer had been on hand for massacres in Nice and Munich, proving that Israel had a hand in both attacks.

Cynthia McKinney, a Democrat and former member of the US House of Representatives from Georgia, posted a video on Twitter with the message: “Same Israeli photographer captures Nice and Munich tragedies. How likely is that? Remember the Dancing Israelis?…”

They claimed that Richard Gutjahr, a German journalist married to former Israeli Knesset member Einat Wilf, had been present for both a rampage by a truck driver in Nice, France, earlier this month that left 84 dead, and a shooting at a mall in Munich in which nine teenagers were killed.

Gutjahr’s Twitter profile shows he posted pictures from Nice but not from Munich. He is not known to have taken Israeli citizenship.

“Dancing Israelis” refers to a widely discredited conspiracy theory that five Israeli men were arrested in New Jersey on September 11, 2001, after being seen celebrating the terror attack.

In an earlier tweet, McKinney had asked “why were they dancing in the park as Americans were dying? Why were they in the park in the first place?”

McKinney, who served Georgia in the US House of Representatives from 1992 to 2002, was known during her term for making incendiary remarks and has been accused of anti-Semitism in the past. In 2002, she lost the Democratic primary, a day after her father appeared on TV saying “Jews have bought everybody … J-E-W-S.”

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In her original post, McKinney linked to a video headlined “Richard Gutjahr the German Photographer at Both Nice and Munich – Israeli Connections” posted by a YouTube channel which seems to specialize in conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic sentiments.

In the video, whose opening sequence is a symbol of the Illuminati, the narrator seems to question how “they” could be “so sloppy” as to have had Gutjahr at both attacks.

“The fact that this guy happened to be at both, there’s no way it’s a coincidence,” the man alleges, adding that it’s “100% clear that Israel’s fingerprints are all over these events.”

This conclusion is based on a gleeful check of Wilf’s Wikipedia page which confirms that she is Israeli and served in a top intelligence unit in the IDF.

“Nice is a false flag and Munich is either a false flag or a hoax,” says the man, who does not appear in the video.

Original Article: The Times of Israel

Atlanta Mayor Flatly Rejects Demand From Local ‘Black Lives Matter’ Group to Cut Ties With ‘Apartheid Israel’

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The mayor of Atlanta on Monday flatly refused a demand by protesters associated with the Black Lives Matter movement to terminate the local police force’s cooperation and training with Israel.

Mayor Kasim Reed denied the request at a meeting with members of #ALTisReady — self-described as a “collective of student activists, community organizers and leaders working to amplify Black and other marginalized voices in Atlanta” — to discuss improving the relationship between police and the community, a week after hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Georgia governor’s mansion.

The first demand on the group’s list was:

…a complete overhaul of Atlanta Police Department’s (APD) training institutions…[and] a termination to APD’s involvement in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) program, that trains our officers in Apartheid Israel…

Members of the APD constitute a small fraction of police across the US who take part in Israeli counter-terrorism training.

In a press conference following the meeting, Kasim told reporters:

There was a demand that I stop allowing the Atlanta Police Department to train with the Israeli Police Department. I’m not going to do that. I happen to believe that the Israeli Police Department has some of the best counter-terrorism techniques in the world and it benefits our police department from that long-standing relationship. That was a specific demand.

Over the last several months, the Black Lives Matter movement has become closely aligned with anti-Zionist and antisemitic movements, most notably the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) initiative. The logic behind the connection between the groups, according to anti-Israel activists, is that both are representing and defending dark-skinned minorities against oppressors.

During a 2014 protest in Ferguson, Missouri, for example, following the killing of black teenager Michael Brown by a police officer, demonstrators yelled at police, “You gonna shoot us? Is this the Gaza Strip?”

Speaking to the Daily Beast, another demonstrator said, “We are being occupied. They say it’s the death of three men that started a chain reaction of death and destruction in Gaza,” a reference to the murders of three Israeli teens who were kidnapped by Hamas in 2014. “Will we as a people rise up like the people of Gaza? Will our community be bombed like last night with tear gas? That was a terrorist attack.”

The alliance between Black Lives Matter and anti-Israel groups is quickly gaining in popularity across college campuses in the US. In one instance, at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), student groups linked to Black Lives Matter took part in a violent anti-Israel demonstration.

As reported by The Algemeiner in May, protesters shouted, “Long live the intifada,” “f*** the police,” “displacing people since ‘48/ there’s nothing here to celebrate” and “all white people need to die.”

UCI’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) — an organizer of the demonstration — said anti-Israel protesters were “wholly justified” in their acts, because “the presence of the IDF, better known as Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF), and police threatened our coalition of Arab, Jewish, Black, Latinx, API, undocumented, trans, and queer students and the greater activist community. Our demonstration was held to protest the presence of military and police forces on campus, which threaten the lives of Black and Brown people every day.”

More recently, as reported by The Algemeiner, New York University’s (NYU) SJP chapter prompted an uproar after linking Israel to recent police shootings of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. In a July 7 Facebook posting, SJP wrote:

In the past 48 hours another two black men have been lynched by the police. The total number of black people lynched by cops in 2016 now totals 136. We must remember that many US police departments train with the‪ #‎IsraeliDefenseForces. The same forces behind the genocide of black people in America are behind the genocide of Palestinians. What this means is that Palestinians must stand with our black comrades. We must struggle for their liberation. It is as important as our own. ‪#‎AltonSterling is as important as ‪#‎AliDawabsheh. Palestinian liberation and black liberation go together. We must recognize this and commit to building for it.

#‎BlackLivesMatter ‪#‎PhilandoCastile ‪#‎NoJusticeNoPeace‪ #‎FromBatonRougeToGaza ‪#‎PalestiniansForBlackLiberation

Original Article: Algemeiner

Arab-Israeli expresses Zionism and is threatened by Muslims

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A teenage boy from an Arab village in northern Israel told The Algemeiner on Sunday about the impetus behind a message he wrote describing the sense that he is about to be killed by angry Muslims for being a Zionist.

“I receive regular threats from both Arab Israelis and Palestinians, via social media and by phone,” said Mahdi Satri, 17, a resident of Jadeidi-Makr, east of Acre. “And I’m afraid, but I won’t let those who support terrorism and oppose peace deter me.”

Satri, whose father moved to Israel from Gaza 30 years ago and whose mother is an Arab from a village near Carmiel, explained that his views were shaped by his parents. “My father worked with the IDF and the Shin Bet,” he said. “And I am going to join the Israeli army when I finish my university degree.”

He was referring to the IDF’s Atuda program that enables high school graduates to defer the draft until after college and subsequently serve in a position commensurate with the studies they undertook.

Satri – the eldest of seven children – also told The Algemeiner that he is an activist in the youth movement of the Likud Party, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he supports. This is evident in many photos on his Facebook page, in which he appears with various political figures, among them Temple Mount activist MK Yehuda Glick, who entered the Knesset recently. Glick was the victim of a Palestinian assassination attempt, which involved his being shot at point-blank range.

“The Temple Mount is a holy site for Jews, Muslims and Christians,” Satri said. “The Arab and Muslim world is wrong when it says that it belongs only to Muslims. It is certainly wrong when it says that the Jews are trying to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Also displayed prominently on Satri’s Facebook page are photos of Elor Azaria, the IDF sergeant on trial for killing a subdued Palestinian terrorist at the end of March. Mere hours before Satri’s interview with The Algemeiner, Azaria testified as the first witness for the defense. Azaria claimed that he shot Abed al Fatah a-Sharif – one of two terrorists who stabbed a soldier at a post near the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron — in the head, because he believed the suspect was hiding explosives in his jacket and therefore still posed a threat.

“He is the brother of all Israelis,” Satri told The Algemeiner, referring to Azaria, who became a controversial figure among a public divided in its view of whether his action was heroic or constituted an illegal field execution.

Satri said that though Zionism was instilled in him at home, his father, who is currently battling cancer, “is afraid” on behalf of his son and family for the openness with which the El-Bairuni High School student expresses his loyalty to Israel, the country of his birth and citizenship.

The teen’s own behavior, he said, is not typical, pointing to three friends in his village who share his outlook, “But are scared to admit it.”

Satri was filmed by Israel-advocacy group StandWithUs sporting a sign — in Hebrew, Arabic and English — reading, “I’m an Arab and I love you. Hug me if you love me back.” In what the organization called a “heartwarming social experiment,” Satri is seen approached by Israelis of all stripes, who comply by embracing him.

Satri’s public message, published on Friday by the website BDS Guide and titled “Know that I Died a Dreamer,” reads:

I’m writing now with tears running down my face. I had a very long trip, and I’ll continue in this trip until the last drop of blood in my body. But I just wanted to share with you my sadness, my tears, and my pain. It’s really very hard to be a Zionist inside an arab village. A village full of hatred. I really think that the end is near. Many people are threatening me. People are promoting incitement against me in the mosques. I never ever thought that it would lead to this situation. I’m afraid to go to the shop near my house. I’m afraid to hang out in my village. I’m living in fear, the fear of getting stabbed in the street. And after that no one will remember me. No one will have that arab who’s fighting for his goal, because I’m just encouraging the Israeli Arabs to stand against terrorism and to speak out. I became a target. A target for everyone. A target for the Palestinians. A target for my village’s citizens. A target for Hamas. A target for every single man in this world. I’ve never thought that to speak the truth about my beloved country would lead to becoming a victim. When I started my way, I did take it in my hands that I might be killed because of this, but not in this way. I’m just staying home all the day. When I see a car, I’m afraid that it’s someone who wants to kill me. No one can imagine this feeling. To live in fear, live with the possibility of getting killed any moment. It’s really a very terrible feeling. But no, I won’t just keep calm and not talk anymore. I’m not this man who will just leave when he feels danger. I won’t just keep calm. I won’t!! I wont escape and just disappear! I’ll fight. I’ll fight alone. Against all the terrorists. Against all the people who want me dead because I’m going to serve in the military. I won’t!!! This is a message. it’s not an article… I want to tell you I’ll keep fighting against all the terrorists, against our enemies. The enemies that don’t want me to speak out and to stand against them… I want to tell you , that I might see tomorrow. And this message might be my last message. But just know something: if I died and if they succeeded to kill me, know that I died a Zionist defending my country. And know that I was smiling while dying because I’ll die for my country. And it’s really a very big honor. Know that I died and I have a dream. Know that I died a dreamer. A dreamer looking for a new future empty of hatred and full of love. Know that I died for a goal, not for nothing. Know that I died and Zionism in my cool blood. Know that I died a fighter against them… Like I said: Three words, one point: AM ISRAEL CHAI!

Love you all Thank you

Original Article: Algemeiner

Israel and majority Muslim African country Guinea to establish ties

 

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Guinea, formerly known as French Guinea, is a country of some 10.5 million people, 85% of whom are Muslim.

Israel is expected to announce the establishment of ties in the near future with Guinea, a majority Muslim country in west Africa, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

The establishment of ties comes after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone with Guinean President Alpha Conde during his recent visit to Africa.

That conversation was facilitated by one of the leaders of the seven east African leaders he met with in Uganda on the first day of his visit to Africa.

Netanyahu told reporters at the end of the visit,without identifying the leader, that they agreed to meet at a later date.

After a 49-year break, Israel and Guinea, a majority-Muslim country in west Africa, re-established diplomatic ties on Wednesday.

Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold and Ibrahim Khalil Kaba, the chief of staff for Guinean president Alpha Conde, signed the declaration re-establishing ties in Paris.

One diplomatic official said that Guinea, like many other countries in Africa, was concerned about Islamic terror, and learning from Israel’s expertise in this matter was a major reason for the decision to establish ties.

Gold said that that the signing of the declaration with Guinea was the closing of a circle, as that country was the first country in Africa to break off ties with Israel in 1967. Most of the rest of the continent, buckling under Arab pressure, severed ties after the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

Gold said that the number of sub-Saharan African countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel is getting smaller, and that Jerusalem hopes to establish diplomatic relations with them as well in the near future, “for the benefit of all the people in the region.”

Israel does not have diplomatic relations with the following sub-Saharan predominantly Muslim states: Mali, Chad, Niger, Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti and Comoros. Israel had diplomatic relations with Mauritania from 1999-2009, and even had an embassy there, until Mauritania — a member of the Arab League — cut off ties following Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

Gold said that Israel and Guinea had friendly relations even though they have not had diplomatic ties, and that Israel is proud of the part it played in the international efforts to eradicate ebola that also hit Guinea.

Gold said that Israel was interested now in intensively strengthening ties with the country, and was more than willing to assist Guinea in areas such as agriculture, water management and homeland security.

According to Gold, the re-establishment of ties with Guinea comes as part of Netanyahu’s strategic goal of upgrading diplomatic, economic and security ties with Africa.

The re-establishment of ties with Guinea comes just a few weeks before the expected visit in Jerusalem of Faure Gnassingbe, the president of Togo, another west African state.

Netanyahu would like to convene a summit in West Africa in the near future, similar to the one he held two weeks ago in east Africa with leaders from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia Tanzania, South Sudan and Zambia Among the natural candidates to attend such a summit would be Togo, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Gabon, Cameroon, and─now─Guinea.

 

Original Article: The Jerusalem Post

Intruding drone over Golan Heights, likely Russian. IDF not notified

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On June 16, the IDF announced the start of a three-day military exercise the following day.

As it began after 17:00pm on June 17, an unidentified UMV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) crossed in from Syria and flew over the Israeli Golan and Upper Galilee for nearly an hour. The small craft had every opportunity to photograph and collect intelligence information on most of the IDF units taking part in the drill and their intelligence resources and beam them back to its operators in Syria.

The IDF hastened to state that the aircraft had been locked into Air Force surveillance all this time and was targeted by three missiles, two Patriot anti-air projectiles and an air-to-air missile of undisclosed type.
They all missed.

This is not surprising: using such missiles to down a UMV is like directing a heavy missile destroyer to swat a small shark. Its chances of hitting a tiny target are close to zero.

DEBKAfile’s military sources say that the use of missiles seems to indicate that someone in the IDF chain of command decided, after losing hope of hitting the intruder, to produce a big bang to frighten it off.
It has to be assumed that the Russian radar systems deployed in Syria spotted and tracked the episode. The Russians must have taken note of the UMV crossing from Syria into Israeli air space and the length of time it was free to linger over the Upper Galilee. They were certainly aware that three Israeli missiles failed to hit their target.
As far as we know, none of the Russian-Israeli coordination mechanisms in place for coordinating their aerial activity over Syria was activated. The Russian command did not warn Israel that an alien UMV was on course to cross its border or offer to help capture it once it returned to Syria.

In other words, the Russians must have known what was going on, as well as the identity of the drone, but kept quiet and let it happen.
This raises the possibility that the UMV was Russian.

This likelihood must be taken into account in the light of another event: just two days earlier, a covert agreement on aerial cooperation between the US and Russia in the Syrian arena was concluded in Moscow by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources analysis commented then: “Direct intelligence cooperation in Syria between the two powers will make the Israeli intelligence system in Syria redundant and weaken its sources and standing.” The UMV episode Sunday demonstrates that the Moscow deal has gone into effect. It is now up to Israel’s military chiefs to take the new reality on board and start adapting.

Original Article: Debka.com