IRAN: Missile Test Uses A Star Of David For Target Practice

From The Daily Wire:

For those who twist themselves into knots saying the theocratic regime of Iran really doesn’t want to use its nuclear ambitions to destroy the Jewish state of Israel, how much proof do you need?

On Wednesday, Israel distributed to the U.N. Security Council some satellite images of an Iranian target site for a missile test in 2016. The target was….

A Star of David.

The images show the impact crater next to the symbol of the Jewish nation.

Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, stated:

This use of the Star of David as target practice is hateful and unacceptable. The missile launch is not only a direct violation of UNSCR 2231, but is also a clear evidence of Iran’s continued intention to harm the State of Israel … the targeting of a sacred symbol of Judaism is abhorrent. It is the Iranians who prop up the Assad regime as hundreds of thousands are killed, finance the terrorists of Hezbollah as they threaten the citizens of Israel, and support extremists and tyrants throughout the Middle East and around the world.

In June, after Iran fired missiles at Islamic State positions in the first missile attack by Iran outside its own territory in 30 years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned, “I have one message for Iran: Don’t threaten Israel.” In March 2016, Iran test-fired two ballistic missiles; an Iranian news agency said they were emblazoned with the caption, “Israel must be wiped out.”

BOSTON: Holocaust Memorial Vandalized

From The Daily Wire:

Early this morning, the New England Holocaust Memorial was vandalized.

The memorial consists of six glass pillars etched with millions of numbers representing the numbered tattoos millions of Jews received in the death camps. Each pillar not only represents one of the six million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis but also the six extermination camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Madjanek, Chelmno, Sobibor, Belzec, and Treblinka.

Just before 2 AM on Wednesday, a man threw a rock at the glass memorial. Immediately following the vandalism, the Boston Police Department arrested the alleged suspect. In an email to The Daily Wire, the Boston Police Department summarized the incident leading to the arrest of 21-year-old James Isaac:

At about 1:55 AM on Wednesday June 28, 2017, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a vandalism in progress at the Jewish Holocaust Memorial located at 98 Union Street in Boston. On arrival, officers were informed that the suspect, later identified as James Isaac, 21, of Roxbury, had been observed throwing a rock which caused a glass panel of the memorial to shatter. Officers searched the area and quickly located the suspect who was positively identified and placed in custody without incident. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Willful and Malicious Destruction of Property and Destruction of a Place of Memorial.

Willful and malicious destruction of property is defined in Chapter 266, Section 127 of the Massachusetts General Laws, which states:

Whoever destroys or injures the personal property, dwelling house or building of another in any manner or by any means not particularly described or mentioned in this chapter shall, if such destruction or injury is wilful and malicious, be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than ten years or by a fine of three thousand dollars or three times the value of the property so destroyed or injured, whichever is greater and imprisonment in jail for not more than two and one-half years; or if such destruction or injury is wanton, shall be punished by a fine of fifteen hundred dollars or three times the value of the property so destroyed or injured, whichever is greater, or by imprisonment for not more than two and one-half years; if the value of the property so destroyed or injured is not alleged to exceed two hundred and fifty dollars, the punishment shall be by a fine of three times the value of the damage or injury to such property or by imprisonment for not more than two and one-half months; provided, however, that where a fine is levied pursuant to the value of the property destroyed or injured, the court shall, after conviction, conduct an evidentiary hearing to ascertain the value of the property so destroyed or injured. The words ”personal property”, as used in this section, shall also include electronically processed or stored data, either tangible or intangible, and data while in transit.

Destruction of a Place of Memorial is defined in Chapter 272, Section 73 of the Massachusetts General Laws, which states:

Whoever wilfully destroys, mutilates, defaces, injures or removes a tomb, monument, gravestone, American flag, veteran’s grave marker, metal plaque, veteran’s commemorative flag holder, commemorative flag holder representing service in a police or fire department, veteran’s flag holder that commemorates a particular war, conflict or period of service or flag, or other structure or thing which is placed or designed for a memorial of the dead, or a fence railing, curb or other thing which is intended for the protection or ornament of a structure or thing before mentioned or of an enclosure for the burial of the dead, or wilfully removes, destroys, mutilates, cuts, breaks or injures a tree, shrub or plant placed or being within such enclosure, or wantonly or maliciously disturbs the contents of a tomb or a grave, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years or by imprisonment in the jail or house of correction for not more than two and one-half years and by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars. In addition, the court shall order any person convicted of an offense pursuant to this section to pay restitution to the owner of the property that was damaged, destroyed, mutilated, defaced, injured or removed.

The Boston Globe reports that Mr. Isaac may also face civil rights charges for targeting the memorial.


From The Jerusalem Post:

According to the IDF, two military facilities belonging to Hamas were targeted in the north and south of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli Air Force targeted Hamas infrastructure in the Gaza Strip on Monday night following an earlier rocket attack from the Hamas-controlled territory, according to a statement released by the IDF.

According to the statement, the airstrikes targeted two military facilities belonging to Hamas in the north and south of the Gaza Strip.

As Hamas controls the Gaza Strip, it is considered responsible for all attempts in Gaza that seek to harm Israel, reads the statement.

The group claimed responsibility via a statement that was shared through Israeli media. This is not the first time that the group, which has sworn allegiance to Islamic State, has claimed responsibility for a rocket attack.

The projectile landed in an open area near the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council in southern Israel, the IDF said.

No injuries and no damage were reported. A red siren alert was not activated as it was detected early on that the projectile was aimed at an open area.

California: Lawsuit alleges hostile environment for Jews on San Francisco State campus

From The Los Angeles Times:

Students and Jewish community members filed a lawsuit Monday against San Francisco State University and Cal State’s board of trustees, alleging that the San Francisco campus of the country’s largest public university system has long cultivated a hostile environment in which Jewish students are “often afraid to wear Stars of David or yarmulkes on campus, and regularly text their friends to describe potential safety issues.”

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California by attorneys from The Lawfare Project and the firm Winston & Strawn LLP, was prompted by a confrontation in April 2016, when the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, was invited by SF Hillel to speak on campus.

According to the lawsuit, protesters used bullhorns to drown out the mayor’s speech and yelled and chanted “Intifada,” “Get the [expletive] off our campus,” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” while university administrators allowed the disruption to continue and instructed campus police to “stand down.”

“SFSU has not merely fostered and embraced anti-Jewish hostility — it has systematically supported these departments and student groups as they have doggedly organized their efforts to target, threaten, and intimidate Jewish students on campus and deprive them of their civil rights and their ability to feel safe and secure as they pursue their education,” the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit contends that the way administrators handled the April confrontation is consistent with other incidents on campus over the years. It lists other alleged incidents including a 10-foot mural put up on the student union building in 1994 that featured yellow Stars of David intertwined with dollar signs, skulls and crossbones, and the words “African Blood.”

After a 2002 peace rally, the lawsuit states, a group of students shouted “Hitler didn’t finish the job,” “Get out or we’ll kill you,” and “Go back to Russia” to the Jewish students who stayed behind to clean up and hold a prayer service.

Daniel Ojeda, the university’s counsel, said in a statement that San Francisco State “was not aware of the complaint and has not had an opportunity to review or respond to it.”

“We have been working closely with the Jewish community, among other interest groups, to address concerns and improve the campus environment for all students,” he said. “Those efforts have been very productive and will continue notwithstanding this lawsuit.”

The lawsuit comes at a time when free speech has become a highly charged issue on college campuses across the nation, with many debating the line between hate speech and academic freedom.

Reports of anti-Semitic incidents on campuses across the country have increased in recent years. Assaults, vandalism, and harassment grew by 34% in 2016 and jumped 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017, according to a recent report by the Anti-Defamation League.

New Jersey: Muslim educator takes stand against anti-Israel campaign


New Jersey Jewish News:

Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, believed to be the nation’s only Muslim director of a Holocaust and genocide education center, said the conflict over Israel is shrouded in misunderstanding and denial among Arabs and Jews of each other’s past suffering.

Much of the Muslim world doesn’t comprehend the depth of Jewish loss during the Holocaust and the Zionist mission of securing Israel as a Jewish homeland, she said. And Jews often don’t understand that after centuries of European rule of their lands, Arabs view Israelis as yet another foreign occupier oppressing the Palestinians.

Afridi, an assistant professor of religious studies and director of the
Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College in the Bronx, said that what happened “is that Zionism came to be seen as a colonial force” by many Arabs, who regarded Israelis not as Jews, but as the latest European occupiers.

Afridi spoke at Taking Action: Combating the Rise in Anti-Semitism, the annual education symposium of Hadassah Southern New Jersey, which was held May 24 at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe, and which drew some 160 participants.

Afridi, who has studied in Israel, said she endorses the two-state solution, and has refused to sign on to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the global campaign that aims to place economic and political pressure on Israel to cede control of what its leaders regard as Palestinian land.

Appearing with Afridi was Linda Scherzer, director of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and former Mideast correspondent for CNN and “Mabat LaHadashot,” an Israeli TV news program.

Afridi acknowledged she has received “a lot of flak” for her refusal to join with other academics in supporting BDS.

“I didn’t sign it because I don’t believe in sanctions — period — and I believe it’s a silly movement,” she told Hadassah members attending “The Muslim view of Zionism and Anti-Semitism,” the workshop she presented at the symposium.

Later, while being interviewed by Scherzer, Afridi was asked if there were any serious repercussions from her stance. She received the loudest applause of the day when she shrugged her shoulders and quipped, “Not much they can do to punish me. I just got tenure.”

In her keynote address, Scherzer cited the “double standard” applied to Israel when it comes to human rights abuses, a perspective driven in part by 24-hour media coverage and an Internet campaign mounted by Israel’s enemies.

“They know they are no match for Israel on the battlefield,” said Scherzer, “so they work to dominate Israel in the court of public opinion.”

This is especially a problem on college campuses, where Israel is often demonized by supporters of the BDS campaign, and where, as a result, Jewish students often feel conflicted and confused, said Scherzer, who has been involved with a program that prepares high school students to advocate for Israel on college campuses.

The growing anti-Zionism has been “morphing into anti-Semitism,” she said, and posed a question that amounted to a warning: “As we look 25 years down the road, how will this toxic environment on college campuses affect the future, when these students are the influencers of tomorrow?”

Afridi, author of the book “Shoah Through Muslim Eyes,” a member of the ethics and religion committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, and a self-described observant Muslim, said she believes strongly in the importance of understanding other religions and belief systems, and is “deeply invested” in interfaith work.

The center she heads at Manhattan College also focuses on other genocides, such as those that have occurred in Darfur, Bosnia, and Armenia.

“My struggle has been the rise of anti-Semitism in the Muslim and Arab community,” Afridi told those attending her workshop. She said she is often asked by both Christians and Muslims why people hate the Jews. Her answer: “I honestly don’t know.”

She said she believes the Muslims who oppose Zionism do so out of a “lack of education and a lack of understanding history.”

“History kind of stops in 1948 in the Muslim world,” with Israel’s establishment, she said.

Moreover, anti-Zionist movements and efforts to delegitimize Israel have been fueled by a troubling strain of Holocaust denial that has gained traction in the Muslim world.

Manhattan College is a Catholic institution, and, Afridi said, she is often surprised by the beliefs of some of her students, who are for the most part middle-class Catholics from the Northeast, along with some Muslims. Many are astonished when they learn that, contrary to what they’ve been told, Jews don’t control all the major financial institutions or the media. When she asks them how many Jews there are in the world, she said, a common response is one billion, when the number is actually about 14 million.

“I teach the Holocaust to Muslims because I don’t think Muslims know about the Holocaust,” said Afridi, emphasizing that until there is widespread acceptance that six million Jews died in the Shoah, “we can’t have a dialogue.”

When Muslims do understand the historical connection of Jews to the land of Israel and recognize the consequences of the Holocaust, said Afridi, “it starts to click” and they begin to comprehend “why there was a need to create Israel.”

Likewise, she said, while there were some infamous Nazi collaborators among Muslim Arabs, many Jews don’t realize that Muslims in Arab countries under Vichy rule, such as Libya and Algeria, rescued Jews or were themselves victims of Nazism. Some countries, Turkey and Morocco included, protected its Jews.

Calling herself “a bridge builder,” Afridi said, “Jews and Muslims have a lot to learn from one another.”



From The Jerusalem Post:

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) recently posted a job offering on its website, listing the duty station for the position as “Jerusalem, Palestine (State of)”, The Jerusalem Post discovered.

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), headquartered in Copenhagen is the operational arm of the United Nations. It’s role is to implement projects for the United Nations, international financial institutions, governments and others dealing with international aid. It conducts some 1,000 projects yearly and employs about 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries.

The specific job listing, which irritated Israeli officials, is for a Local Access Associate, who will be in charge of managing projects focusing on the movement of humanitarian and development personnel and goods.

“Since the opening of the Jerusalem Office in 2006, UNOPS has significantly strengthened its operations in Palestine,” the site details. “Our expert knowledge, skills and management systems contribute to the sustainable development of public infrastructure in Gaza and the Judea-Samaria, including Area C and East Jerusalem.”

Although the description completely forgoes any mention of Israel, when it comes to the skills required for the position, the site says that “Holding a national (Israeli) driving license is essential.”

After being made aware of the posting by The Jerusalem Post, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon called on Under-Secretary-General and UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo, to remove the job posting from the site and institute immediate reforms.

“It is unacceptable for UN agencies to not only attempt to change the political facts on the ground, but to question the connection between the State of Israel and our capital of Jerusalem,” Danon said. “This posting must be removed immediately and UNOPS must conduct a complete overhaul of its operating procedures to ensure that such inappropriate behavior not occur again.”

Alan Dershowitz: A New Tolerance for Antisemitism


From Algemeiner:

All over the world antisemites are becoming mainstreamed. It is no longer disqualifying to be outed as a Jew-hater. This is especially so if the antisemite uses the cover of rabid hatred for the nation-state of the Jewish people. These bigots succeed in becoming accepted — even praised — not because of their antisemitism, but despite it. Increasingly, they are given a pass on their Jew-hatred because those who support them admire or share other aspects of what they represent. This implicit tolerance of antisemitism — as long as it comes from someone whose other views are acceptable — represents a dangerous new trend from both the Right and Left.

In the United States, the Trump election has brought hard-right antisemitism into public view, but the bigotry of the hard-left is far more prevalent and influential on many university campuses. Those on the Left who support left-wing antisemites try to downplay, ignore or deny that those they support are really antisemites. “They are anti-Zionist” is the excuse de jure. Those on the Right do essentially the same, saying, “They are nationalists.” Neither side would accept such transparent and hollow justifications if the shoe were on the other foot. I believe that when analyzing and exposing these dangerous trends, a single standard of criticism must be directed at each.

Generally speaking, extreme right-wing antisemitism continues to be a problem in many parts of Europe and among a relatively small group of “alt-right” Americans. But it also exists among those who self-identify as run-of-the-mill conservatives.

Consider, for example, former presidential candidate and Reagan staffer, Pat Buchanan. The list of Buchanan’s anti-Jewish bigotry is exhaustive. Over the years, he has consistently blamed Jews for wide-ranging societal and political problems. In his criticism of the Iraq War, for example, Buchanan infamously quipped: “There are only two groups that are beating the drums for war in the Middle East: the Israeli Defense Ministry and its ‘Amen’ corner in the United States.” He then singled out for rebuke only Jewish political figures and commentators, such as Henry Kissinger, Charles Krauthammer and A.M. Rosenthal. He did not mention any of the vocal non-Jewish supporters of the war.

Furthermore, Buchanan also said that “the Israeli lobby” would be responsible if President Obama decided to strike Iran, threatening that if it were to happen, “Netanyahu and his ‘Amen’ corner in Congress” would face “backlash worldwide.”

Buchanan’s sordid flirtation with Nazi revisionism is also well documented.

Meanwhile, on university campuses the absurd concept of “intersectionality” — which has become a code word for antisemitism — is dominating discussions and actions by the hard-left. The warm embrace of Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour — who recently delivered the commencement address at a City University of New York graduation — is a case in point. Since co-organizing the Women’s March on Washington in January, Sarsour has become a feminist icon for so called “progressives.”

This is the same Linda Sarsour who has said that feminism and Zionism are incompatible, stating: “You either stand up for the rights of all women, including Palestinians, or none. There’s just no way around it.”

And when speaking about two leading female anti-Islamists, Brigitte Gabriel and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (who is a victim of female genital mutilation), the feminist de jure, Linda Sarsour, said: “I wish I could take away their vaginas.”

The irony is palpable. Under her own all-or-nothing criteria, Sarsour — who is also a staunch BDS supporter — cannot be pro-Palestinian and a feminist because the Palestinian Authority and Hamas subjugate women and treat gays far worse than Israel does.

Indeed, Sarsour has emerged as a champion of the hard-left. Both New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Bernie Sanders have sought her endorsement. Moreover, Deputy DNC Chair, Keith Ellison — who himself has a sordid history with antisemitism stemming from his association with Louis Farrakhan, a man who has publicly boasted about his own Jew-hatred — has come out in support of the bigoted Sarsour. When it comes to Ellison, an old idiom comes to mind: a man is known by the company he keeps.

The same trend is detectable among the hard-left in Europe, particularly in Britain, which is days away from an election. The British Labour Party has now been hijacked by radical extremists on the Left, and is known for being soft on antisemitism.

In a recent interview with a BBC reporter, Emma Barnett — who happens to be Jewish — Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn fumbled when answering a question about how much his proposed childcare policy would cost. Rather than critique Corbyn, Labour supporters viciously trolled the Jewish BBC reporter. Tweets such as these abounded: “Allegations have surfaced that @Emmabarnett is a Zionist” and “Zionist Emma Barnett (family lived off brothels) attacks Jeremy Corbyn.”

Corbyn has also been accused of anti-Jewish bigotry himself. He has said in the past that the genocidal Hamas terrorist group should be removed from the UK’s designated terror list and has called Hezbollah and Hamas (which are both vowed to the destruction of the nation-state of the Jewish people) “my friends.” (I recently wrote extensively on Corbyn’s association with some of Britain’s most notorious Holocaust deniers and antisemites.)

Increasingly, antisemitic discourse is also seeping into the arts and academia.

Consider the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish bigotry of former Pink Floyd bassist, Roger Waters. A staunch supporter of the so-called BDS movement, Waters has said about the Palestinians that “parallels with what went on in the ’30s in Germany are so crushingly obvious.” He also had a pig shape balloon with a Star of David on it at one of his concerts. And when asked about his aggressive effort to recruit people to join the BDS movement, Waters blamed “the Jewish lobby,” which he explained is “extraordinarily powerful here and particularly in the industry that I work in, the music industry.” In 2013, the ADL declared that “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories” had “seeped into the totality” of Waters’ views.

Likewise, the marketplace of ideas on college campuses and within academic institutions has seen an embrace of antisemitism often disguised as anti-Zionism. Several years ago, I identified the dangerous trend of academics crossing a red line between acceptable criticism of Israel and legitimizing Jew-hatred. This was in light of the disgraceful endorsement by a number of prominent academics, of an antisemitic book written by Gilad Arzmon — a notorious Jew-hater who denies the Holocaust and attributed widespread economic troubles to a “Zio-punch.”

When asked recently about the hullabaloo surrounding her CUNY address, Linda Sarsour disingenuously played the victim card, saying, “Since the Women’s March on Washington, once the right-wing saw a very prominent Muslim-American woman in a hijab who was a Palestinian who was resonating with a community in a very large way, they made it their mission to do everything they can to take my platform away.”

No, Ms. Sarsour. You are wrong. This is not a smear campaign by the “right-wing,” but rather, a show that people of goodwill reject your manifestations of bigotry.

Those who tolerate antisemitism from those they otherwise admire would never accept other forms of bigotry, such as racism, sexism or homophobia. It’s difficult to imagine Bernie Sanders campaigning for a socialist who didn’t like black people or who was against gay marriage. But he is comfortable campaigning for Jeremy Corbyn, who has made a career out of condemning Zionists — by which he means Jews.

The growing tolerance for antisemitism by both the extreme Left and Right is quickly becoming mainstream. That is why it is so dangerous and must be exposed for what it is: complicity in and encouragement of the oldest form of bigotry.

Shame on those who tolerate antisemitism when it comes from their side of the political spectrum.

People on both sides of the aisle must have the same zero tolerance for antisemitism as they do for sexism, racism and homophobia. Decent people everywhere — Jews and non-Jews — must condemn with equal vigor all manifestations of bigotry whether they emanate from the hard alt-right or hard alt-left.

I will continue to judge individuals on the basis of their own statements and actions, regardless of which side of the aisle they come from.

GAZA: U.S. Pressure Behind Decision To Stop Terrorist Stipends


From Hayom Israel:

Hamas leader in Gaza Yihya Sinwar is among the officials whose payments have been suspended – 47 Hamas lawmakers also lose payments – PA official says move part of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ punitive measure against Hamas.

The Palestinian Authority’s decision to suspend payments to freed Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip stemmed largely from American pressure, a Palestinian source said Monday, shortly after Ramallah announced the move.

The Palestinian Authority has been spending millions of dollars annually paying stipends to the families of terrorists who are either jailed in Israel or were killed while carrying out terrorist attacks against Israelis, a practice Israel has repeatedly condemned.

According to a senior official in Ramallah, 47 Hamas parliament members freed in 2011 as part of the Schalit deal, along with some 270 ex-prisoners, are affected by the move to suspend the stipends. Among those affected is Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar.

Although most Hamas parliament members do not receive payments from the Palestinian Authority — as those ceased when Hamas violently seized control of the enclave in 2007 — hundreds of the 1,027 prisoners released as part of the Schalit deal who continued to receive salaries ranging from thousands to tens of thousands of shekels each month from a special fund operated by the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Senior Hamas figures also continued to receive salaries from the Palestinian Authority, but not through the same fund. Instead, the PA carried out a bureaucratic maneuver, ostensibly adding them to the Palestinian security apparatuses’ payroll, thus effectively “laundering” the payments.

A senior official in Abbas’ office told Israel Hayom that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas carried out the move after his May 23 meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Bethlehem. During that meeting, which was reportedly very tense, Trump rebuked Abbas over Palestinian incitement.

Another Palestinian official, however, insisted the move was part of recent measures taken by Abbas against Hamas over its breach of the two factions’ 2014 reconciliation agreement.



From Then Jerusalem Post:

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres did not mince words in his critique of Israel as it marks fifty years since it reunified Jerusalem in the Six Day War.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the five-decades-long Israeli occupation has imposed a “heavy humanitarian and development burden on the Palestinian people” and “fueled recurring cycles of violence and retribution.”

The UN chief expressed his concerns regarding the prospects for regional peace in the Middle East in a statement released Monday, as Israel marks 50 years since it won the Six Day War in which it reunited Jerusalem.

According to Guterres, the perpetuation of the occupation is also sending “an unmistakable message to generations of Palestinians that their dream of statehood is destined to remain just that, a dream; and to Israelis that their desire for peace, security and regional recognition remains unattainable.”

Ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and achieving a negotiated two-state outcome, is the only way to lay the foundations for enduring peace, the secretary-general stressed.

“It’s the only way to achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people,” he added. “Generation after generation of Palestinians who have been compelled to grow-up and live in ever more crowded refugee camps, many in abject poverty, and with little or no prospect of a better life for their children.”

Now is not the time to give up on this goal,” he said. “Now is the time to return to direct negotiations to resolve all final status issues on the basis of relevant UN resolutions, agreements and international law.”

“Continued settlement construction and expansion; violence and incitement; and the illicit arms build-up and militant activity in Gaza risk creating a one-state reality that is incompatible with realizing the legitimate national and historic aspirations of both peoples,” Guterres added.

The secretary-general also said he believes that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will “remove a driver of violent extremism and terrorism in the Middle East and open the doors to cooperation, security, prosperity and human rights for all.”

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon is expected to react to the statement later on Monday.

Campaign To Fight BDS Online Launched By Government


From Israel Hayom:

Ethiopian-born model and former Miss Israel Yityish “Titi” Aynaw to head campaign encouraging advocacy of Israel online: Anti-BDS campaign to include website and smartphone application that offer ways to fight demonization of Israel.

Ethiopian-born model and former Miss Israel Yityish “Titi” Aynaw and actress Ariel Mortman, star of the popular youth TV series “The Greenhouse,” have been selected to lead a government campaign aimed at fighting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

The two recently shot a video encouraging people to visit the now under-construction 4IL website to learn how they can act against the demonization of Israel online. Alongside the video shoot and the new website, the campaign will also include a smartphone application that will suggest daily two-minute Israel advocacy tasks.

Inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, BDS organizers say they are using nonviolent means to promote Palestinian independence. Israel says the campaign goes beyond that and often masks a more far-reaching aim to “delegitimize” or destroy the Jewish state. But the BDS movement’s decentralized organization and language calling for universal human rights have proved difficult to counter.

UNITED KINGDOM: A positive end to an anti-Semitic incident in Cambridge


From Times Of Israel:

The recent positive ending to an all too unfortunate anti-semitic incident, which took place last October at the University of Cambridge, has attracted much attention.

Some would argue, much more attention than it deserves, given the fact that nobody was hurt and that the entire event was comprised of slurs being slung at Jewish students on a Friday night.

This ending however, including a formal apology from the college, a decision to rewrite the code on how to handle incidents of this nature as well as the ban on the involved societies being extended for two years, has wider significance than simply bringing this saga to a close.

The primary message which should be taken from this outcome and which is particularly significant given the rise in anti-semitism on campuses, is that Jewish students should not be afraid to speak up.

That may seem like a simple message, but often it is one which does not come across.

Whether we are talking about an anti-semitic incident or an event on campus whose goal is to intimidate Jewish students and make them feel unwelcome, it is our obligation to raise our voices and make our presence known.

Public opinion is sensitive to racism and other forms of discrimination, and we are lucky in a country where we are not only allowed to speak out against racism but also encouraged to.

Jewish students should not feel afraid to say loudly and clearly that anti-Semitism is intolerable and that it has to be stamped out in all of its forms.

Often, the problem stems not from Jewish students who refrain from speaking out, but from a lack of institutional support, be it from their local campus Jewish Society or the community on a national scale, who prefer to look the other way and evade responsibility.

In my case, I was lucky to have received the full support of London based Jewish Human Rights Watch, who in my opinion are the unsung heroes of this entire episode.

As the ever-relevant Roman adage goes, “Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan”.

Often, it is those that don’t scramble for credit when a task is accomplished to whom we must be most grateful.



From FrontPageMag:

In November of last year, members of the University of North Carolina’s Hillel, J Street U and Heels for Israel voted on an “official” pro-Israel position document. The document, though it was meant to set out a “united declaration of principles”, is almost impossible to find online.

And with good reason. It was as pro-Israel as Kentucky Fried Chicken is pro-chicken.

Hillel, J Street U and Heels for Israel don’t represent any kind of pro-Israel position.

J Street is an anti-Israel hate group. Brooke Davies, the president of J-Street UNC-CH, has a social media feed brimming with support for other anti-Israel groups, including T’ruah and B’Tselem, and hatred for the Jewish State and her supporters. Davies even spitefully accused comedian Elon Gold of being a “hasbara mouthpiece”.

Hillel’s “Senior Jewish Educator”, Jenny Solomon is active in T’ruah. Her husband, Eric Solomon, is on T’ruah’s board. The North Carolina Hillel hired Jenny Solomon in June of last year. Next month, the anti-Israel couple led a T’ruah trip linked to BDS.

And Heels for Israel? It describes itself as “Working to collaborate with organizations like UNC Hillel and JStreetU”. J Street U defines itself as fighting against the “Occupation” by Jews of their own homeland.

If you collaborate with a group fighting Israel and Jews, what does that make you?

The unified policy insisted on confining Israel behind the ’48 Auschwitz borders, it demanded a PLO capital in East Jerusalem and condemned Jews living in “Settlements” in ’67 Israel. Its glossary described BDS in terms both negative and positive. And linked to a site supportive of BDS. It blasted Jews living in areas claimed by the PLO and Hamas as “a threat to the viability of the two-state solution.”

The signatories included the J Street leadership, the two Heels for Israel Campus co-liaisons, and Hillel’s leadership, Noa Havivi, Hillel co-president, Shira Chandler, the other co-president and Daniel Barondes, the Hillel Israel Chair.

The policy was pure J Street U. Its argument that the best way to fight BDS was to create distance from Israel by being critical of her policies embodied the divide and conquer attack that the anti-Israel hate group had launched to further eat away at support for the Jewish State.

Hillel’s Executive Director Ari Gauss disavowed the policy. But its existence was the symptom of a deeper rot.

That’s usually the way it goes at Hillel.

Hillel had co-sponsored an appearance by Yavilah McCoy with the Black Student Movement. At UNC, as at so many other colleges, the list of Black Nationalist demands had included BDS against the Jewish State. McCoy, a diversity consultant, had been unsympathetic when the racist hate group Black Lives Matter had added an attack on the Jewish State to their platform.

Yavilah McCoy is associated with the radical left-wing group Bend the Arc. Bend the Arc’s CEO Stosh Cotler, a former sex club dancer turned anti-Israel activist, had called for prosecuting Israeli soldiers for war crimes. Despite that Hillel International provided Cotler with a platform. When Black Lives Matter took its hateful position, Cotler’s statement appeared to curiously echo McCoy’s language.

Cotler blamed the Black Lives Matter attack in part on, “the invisibilization of Jews of Color within the Jewish community and progressive movement”. McCoy in the past had said, “When Jews accepted a white identity in America, they participated in sustaining white supremacy.”

Hillel had brought Yavillah McCoy to college campuses to preach her gospel of intersectionality. But UNC’s Black Student Movement had attempted to co-sponsor an appearance by Rania Khalek with Students for Justice in Palestine. Khalek has a long history of hating Jews and attacking Israel.

While students come and go, UNC Hillel has maintained a policy of collaborating with hate groups such as the Muslim Students’ Association and J Street.

Under Ari Gauss, Hillel brought in Ari Shavit. Gauss hosted Shavit’s appearance. Shavit, a leftist critic of Israel, was not being sponsored by J Street by then because of allegations of sexual harassment. But what wasn’t even good enough for J Street was still acceptable at Hillel.

UNC Hillel “proudly” hosted the Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF). Despite its misleading name and branding, PCCF is an anti-Israel group. Parents of Israeli terror victims have accused PCCF of stigmatizing them and using grief to push anti-Israel propaganda. The group has even been linked to BDS movements.

When Muslim terrorism broke out in Israel, J Street used Hillel to host Lara Friedman of Peace Now, an anti-Israel group, which blamed the violence on the “settlements”. Friedman violently hates Israel. A typical article is headlined, “Israeli Occupation Is Poisoning America’s Democracy”. She and Peace Now have been fighting against legislation that would prevent BDS.

Lara Friedman has attacked Israel everywhere from the UN to UNC. We don’t expect much from the UN. Jewish parents of Hillel students expect more from UNC Hillel. UNC Hillel promoted Tea With Tagouri which was hosted by the UNC Muslim Students Association. Hillel did not seem concerned by Noor Tagouri’s hostility to Israel. And that is sadly typical.

Like Sherlock Holmes’ dog that did not bark, what is just as apparent at Hillel as the anti-Israel speakers is the lack of pro-Israel speakers. It’s not hard to see where the policy position came from.

And it’s not just Hillel in North Carolina.

When the Hillel International General Assembly invites Stosh Cotler, T’ruah’s Jill Jacobs and Eboo Patel, the situation at the local Hillel becomes all too inevitable. Hillel is more concerned with social justice than Jewish civil rights, with intersectionality rather than anti-Semitism and with progressive politics not Israel. That is why it is eager to collaborate with the Black Student Movement and the Muslim Students Association.

It is becoming increasingly impossible for Jews to reconcile their religion and their peoplehood with the politics of the left. That tension can be seen throughout the secular Jewish world. Intersectionality is inherently anti-Semitic. Its inevitable conclusion is that Jews have no right to exist.

In Israel, Jews are occupying colonists. In America they, in Yavillah McCoy’s words, “accepted a white identity” and so can be accused of being white supremacists. Everywhere Jews are the oppressors.

This is the old genocidal anti-Semitism of the left rearing its ugly head again. And Jewish leftists are eager to host it and sponsor it. They act as human shields against accusations of anti-Semitism. They put on a minstrel show Jewishness that is heavy on mock stereotypical expressions of “Oy” by leftists whose knowledge of Yiddish and Jewish identity begins and ends with an uncomfortable noise.

Hillel, like so much of the Jewish organizational infrastructure, has its head devoutly inclined not toward Jerusalem, but to the mecca of the left. Its tainted agenda taints the students it comes into contact with. That is true in North Carolina. But it’s also tragically true across the United States of America.