Keith Ellison should be DNC chair because they both carry disdain for Israel


Haim Saban is wrong when he says Minnesota’s U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison is unqualified to head the Democratic National Committee. Ellison’s anti-Israel and anti-Semitic lineages do not disqualify him from the position. They more than qualify him.

It is Ellison, not Saban—the Israeli-American mega-donor to both the Democratic Party and pro-Israel causes—who represents the Democrats’ true colors. The party has been abandoning support for the Jewish state for well over a decade. Recent studies by Brookings, Gallup, and Pew reveal a growing gap of support for Israel between Democrats, independents, and Republicans. Israel, an issue that should never be partisan, is strongly supported by Republicans and independents. Democrats? Not so much.

When there are anti-Israel demonstrations and anti-Semitic activity on our college campuses, it is not the Young Republicans declaring allegiance to the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas. Progressives are chanting, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” This call for the destruction of Israel and murder of the Jewish people comes from leftist groups, not Christian organizations.

This is the party that generates more sackcloth and ashes over a Jew building an extra bathroom in eastern Jerusalem than an Iranian building a nuclear device in Tehran. Democrats remain silent over the murder of gays in Iran and inhumane treatment of women in Saudi Arabia, while condemning Israel when they defend their citizens from rocket attacks launched from Gaza.

President Barack Obama supported the Muslim Brotherhood while it forcibly imposed a sharia law-oriented government on the Egyptian people. This is the party that was virtually silent as the Islamist government of Mohammed Morsi persecuted and murdered Coptic Christians. This is the party that wanted Morsi’s regime restored after millions of Egyptians took to the streets to demand his removal.

When the Egyptian military, under former military leader and now President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, took control of the government from the Islamists, the Obama administration still clung to the Islamists.

This is the party that overthrew the stable government of Libya and gave us a failed state that now serves the interests of the Islamists and has become an open door for Muslim refugees fleeing to Europe.

On Jan. 21, 2009, Agence France-Presse reported that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, quoted the newly elected President Obama as saying, “This is my first phone call to a foreign leader and I’m making it only hours after I took office.”

In view of the palpable anti-Israel and anti-Semitic vitriol that permeates large segments of the Democratic Party, the question that I am most commonly asked by intelligent, politically astute gentiles is, how can Jews continue to vote for the Democrats?

The answer is complicated. Most American Jews are leftists first and Jews second. There is also a mistaken Jewish notion of tikkun olam, the responsibility to repair the world, which is invoked most frequently in Reform and Conservative denominational circles. In today’s America, tikkun olam has come to mean following Democratic policies of redistributing wealth.

Ellison’s bid to become chair of the DNC would be entirely fitting. He embodies the growing anti-Semitism and prevailing anti-Zionism of the real Democratic Party, not the one Saban tells himself exists so he can sleep at night.

Perhaps, with Ellison at its head, Jews will no longer be able to deny what the Democratic Party really stands for when it comes to issues that are crucial to their very existence as a people with both a spiritual and Zionist identity.

Saban is correct in his assessment of Ellison as an anti-Israel anti-Semite. But would Ellison really be a “disaster for the relationship between the Jewish community and the Democratic Party,” as Saban predicts? No. It would be more of wake-up call for a stiff-necked people.

By Abraham H. Miller

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UNITED KINGDOM: Labour leader Corbyn visits former death camp for Czech Jews


“It is an obligation for all of us to work together to build a world of respect, tolerance and peace,” the Labour leader stated before his sojourn to the concentration camp.

The leader of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, paid homage to fallen Holocaust victims at the Theresienstadt concentration camp located in the Czech Republic, The Jewish Chronicle reported Wednesday.

Corbyn, who traveled to Prague as he tours Europe meeting with left-wing leaders, posted pictures of himself at the macabre site on social media, tweeting: “Yesterday, I visited Terezin Memorial – a World War II concentration camp and former Jewish ghetto” and “Never forget.”

During his stint as chairman of Britain’s second-largest political party, Corbyn has been been heavily criticized for not forcefully addressing alleged anti-Jewish bigotry within Labour party ranks, with one UK parliamentary committee October report claiming that he did not fully appreciate “the distinct nature of contemporary antisemitism”, and suggesting it was possible his party was “institutionally antisemitic,” according to the Chronicle.

In an interview with The Independent before his European trip, Corbyn said: “The Terezin memorial is a vital reminder of the genocidal crimes carried out during the Second World War and the dangers that far-right politics, antisemitism and racist scapegoating pose to society.”

“The stories of the families incarcerated here are deeply moving and sobering. Many died of starvation and malnutrition, the cruelty and inhumanity of their treatment was unspeakable.”

Corbyn added, “We must never forget the horrific crimes perpetrated by the racist, far-right Nazi regime in Europe and the justice of the struggle waged by the Allied forces and the anti-fascist resistance against it.

“It is an obligation for all of us to work together to build a world of respect, tolerance and peace.”

Original Article: The Jerusalem Post

Anti-BDS Legislation Introduced in Nevada


Nevada Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchinson has introduced a new state Senate resolution seeking to counter the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The proposed Senate Bill 26 will seek to counter the discriminatory environment fostered by the BDS movement, according to the Israeli-American Coalition for Action (IAC for Action), which is promoting the measure. Nevada’s anti-BDS resolution will be similar to others passed by more than a dozen US states in recent years.

“We have a unique opportunity in the coming legislative session to send a powerful message that the hateful and discriminatory environment fostered by BDS has no place in Nevada,” said IAC for Action Chairman Shawn Evenhaim. “The IAC for Action is grateful to Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison and the state legislators of Nevada for their courageous leadership on this issue.”

Neville Pokroy, chairperson of the IAC for Action Government Relations Committee in Las Vegas, added that the Israeli-American community is ready to unite with other Nevada residents to “make a big difference in the fight against hate and discrimination.”

Original Article: Algemeiner

Kerry: Iran deal made Israel safer


Secretary of State rejects Donald Trump’s stance on Iran nuclear agreement, claims it made the world – including Israel – safer.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry argued on Monday that the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers last year had made the world – including Israel – safer.

Kerry rejected President-elect Donald Trump’s references to the agreement as a “disaster” and “the worst deal ever negotiated”.

“The region is safer, Germany and the United States are safer, Europe is safer, Israel is safer and the world is safer… It depends on all of us to keep this alive,” he said at an event at which he was awarded the German Order of Merit, according to Reuters.

The Secretary of State added that President Barack Obama had already approached Trump about the matter.

During the election campaign, Trump publicly spoke out against the Iran deal, calling it “disastrous” and vowing to “rip it up” as president.

After he won the election, Trump’s senior foreign policy adviser, Walid Phares, hinted that while Trump might not actually rip up the agreement, he would act to change it.

Kerry’s remarks on Monday are not the first time that he and Obama have argued that Israel is safer by the deal and that even the Jewish state agrees with this notion.

Kerry in February cited comments by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot as proof that the nuclear deal with Iran has improved Israel’s security.

Obama claimed in August that the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the West had been successful, and said that even Israel acknowledges this fact.

“It has been well over a year since the agreement with Iran to stop its nuclear program was signed. And by all accounts it has worked exactly the way we said it was going to work.”

“And it’s not just the assessment of our intelligence community. It’s the assessment of the Israeli military and intelligence community,” he stressed. “The country that was most opposed to this deal (ie. Israel -ed.) that acknowledges this has been a game-changer that Iran has abided by the deal that they no longer have the sort of short term breakout capacity that would allow them to develop nuclear weapons.”

Despite the comments, Israel appears to remain opposed to the deal. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, speaking on Sunday to the Saban Forum, reiterated his longstanding position on the threat Iran poses to the State of Israel, and added that he looks forward to speaking with Trump “about what to do about this bad deal.”

Original Article: Arutz Sheva

BDS activist stopped at Ben-Gurion Airport


A BDS activist from the World Council of Churches was blocked from entering Israel due to WCC’s support for BDS.

Dr. Isabel Phiri, Associate General Secretary for the World Council of Churches for Public Witness and Diakonia (serving the poor and oppressed), was blocked on Monday from entering Israel after landing at Ben-Gurion Airport with a tourist visa.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) established several highly biased and politicized groups including the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), which brings activists to Israel to gather images and stories of Israeli Jews oppressing Palestinians. Through various organizations and campaigns, the WCC promotes BDS and demonizes Israel for its “apartheid,” “collective punishment,” “war crimes” against Palestinians, and “illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.”

After consultations between the Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, the Immigration Authority, and the Strategic Affairs Ministry, Deri decided to refuse entry to Phiri.

This is the first time the State of Israel has refused entry to someone with a tourist visa for promoting boycotts against it.

Minister Deri said that the authority given to the Interior Ministry in this area was specifically intended for situations like this in which passengers arrive in Israel disguised as tourists, when they are in fact trying to promote anti-Israel activity. “To approve the entry of activists like Phiri would strengthen their unacceptable activities, and I have no intention of giving this to them. I will use all my authority to prevent damage to Israel.”

Strategic Affairs Minister, Gilad Erdan, who is responsible for the government’s anti-BDS operations, concurred in the decision, saying, “We will continue to work to prevent the entry of BDS activists into Israel, as their purpose is to harm the State of Israel by gathering information and presenting it in a false and distorted manner in order to harm Israel in the world. These activists need to remain outside the borders of Israel, and we will continue to work in every possible way to prevent them from entering our country.”

Original Article: Artuz Sheva

Muslim-Zionist Activist: ‘Antisemitism Is the Norm in the Islamic Community, But… Its Mistake’


Antisemitism and Israel-hatred is the norm among Muslims, including in the United States, even though the Koran can be read as a “Zionist text,” a devout American Muslim told The Algemeiner this week, explaining how she came to work to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding and how she thinks the world will come to see the Jewish state in a different light.

Nadiya Al-Noor — a graduate of Maryland’s Goucher College studying for her master’s degree at Binghamton University in upstate New York — was explaining her evolution into a person who warmly embraces both Jews and the Jewish state. On and off campus, Al-Noor said she constantly finds hypocrisy about antisemitism and Israel, and she has made a mission of letting the world know about these incidents through social media.

Recently, Al-Noor posted a picture on Facebook of a drop-down menu on an online Binghamton emergency contact form that listed “Occupied Palestinian Territories” as a location option. She told The Algemeiner, “Israel was also included, so that was a relief, but no other location was labeled ‘occupied.’ Not Northern Cyprus or Kosovo [both under military occupation]. Just the Palestinian territories.”

Raised in Stony Brook, Long Island, Al-Noor had many Jewish friends, but said antisemitism was still imbued in her at an early age. In an hour-long interview, she spoke of the journey that led to her change in outlook and why she started blogging about being a Muslim Zionist.

The Algemeiner: How did you get into pro-Israel activism?

Al-Noor: When I was at Goucher, I was trying to sign up for access to the Hillel’s kosher kitchen — because that was the closest thing to halal — but I filled out the wrong form. I had actually signed up for the pro-Israel committee, and then I was too scared to tell the Israel fellow my mistake. At that point, I was still pretty anti-Israel, but I had become very interested in Judaism, so I began going to the programs. I met Israelis and IDF veterans, started reading material from sources other than anti-Israel ones — before that, I was getting my information from places like Electronic Intifada and Al-Jazeera — and I realized how wrong I had been about it all.

The Algemeiner: What had drawn you to Judaism?

Al-Noor: One day I woke up with yearning in my chest to learn about Judaism. I just had to. It felt like a call from God.

The Algemeiner: What has it been like to be a Zionist at university?

Al-Noor: As soon as undergraduate students get on campus, they are bombarded by anti-Israel rhetoric and activists, and there is a light trained on you by such movements when you are Muslim. You are expected to join.

When I was at Goucher, the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) had disbanded, but its former members were still active and their perspective was festering. The pro-Israel group planned a program featuring Assi Azar [an Israeli television personality and LGBT rights activist], and the SJP tried to get the school to cancel the event. The college refused, so SJP stormed the event and protested so intensely that the program had to be stopped early. After I saw how SJP treated my Jewish friends, making them scared to be openly Jewish or go to class — one of my friends got his kippah knocked off his head while he was walking on campus — I decided that I had to do something, I had to act. I started with a blog post, “Open Letter from a Muslim Woman.”

Binghamton — which is 30% Jewish and far more pro-Israel than not — once had a very active SJP, but it has since disappeared. Today, the biggest problem facing advocates of Israel is apathy from the general student population.

The Algemeiner: Would you say those instances of your friends being afraid to be visibly Jewish on campus are isolated cases?

Al-Noor: Antisemitism is a problem at universities, and it goes unrecognized because people see Jews as white. They think white people can’t be oppressed, so it follows, in their minds, that Jews cannot be persecuted. Antisemitic tropes feed this thinking: Jews are seen as wealthy and powerful, as JAPs (Jewish American Princesses) with privilege. Even though 60% of religion-based hate crimes in the US are antisemitic, no one really talks about it. They say, “But there are Hillels on campus,” or, “A Jew almost became president [Democratic primary contender Bernie Sanders],” and so they conclude that there is no antisemitism.

Meanwhile, anti-Zionism is not counted as antisemitism at all. People say they are protesting and against Israel, not Jews. The deeply antisemitic tone of anti-Zionism and the antisemitic by-products of the movement are not considered valid examples of antisemitism.

The Algemeiner: How do you see your role in combating this way of thinking?

Al-Noor: When someone like me speaks out for Israel, I challenge everybody’s idea of what they think they know about Zionism and the country. It changes minds. Whenever non-Jews are pro-Israel, they get more attention and credibility, and are taken much more seriously. I can also speak to Muslims at a theological level that is rarely ever reached or talked about.

But, the Jewish and pro-Israel world needs to do more to reach out to people like me, to bring us into the community and make us allies. You have to start educating the public about Israel, because you aren’t getting anywhere when you’re only talking to Jews, while the majority of the public isn’t Jewish.

You have to communicate with Muslims, in particular. I’m actually pushed away by many Jews who are suspicious of my motives. I’ve been called a “lying terrorist” many, many times by people who think I only talk about peace so that I get infiltrate the Jewish community and attack from the inside.

This breaks my heart, because I’m here and trying to be an ally. I’ve devoted my life to this work.

The Algemeiner: What should the pro-Israel and Jewish world know about the Muslim community?

Al-Noor: First, that there is a big difference between Islam and Islamism. Islam is a religion that can exist in secular society; Islamism is the violent attempt to force that on other people, like ISIS.

Terrorism is a cycle: there is a terrorist attack, then the Muslim community is marginalized, which breeds more terrorism, and so on. We need more dialogue to stop this sequence, and not to give up on changing things before we even start.

It actually says in the Koran that some of its verses are metaphorical and some literal — and it states outright that there will be people who will select verses in order to harm others. It’s all about interpretation and education.

The Algemeiner: What is the attitude of mainstream Muslims?

Al-Noor: Antisemitism is entrenched in the community. Growing up, I had antisemitic thinking so ingrained in me, I didn’t even notice it until I was older and had learned more. Even though most of my friends were Jewish or Christian, not Muslim, I remember thinking, “Why are all the Jews rich? Why do they have big noses?”

And the community’s deep-set antisemitism only got much worse, exploded, after the establishment of Israel. We are all taught that the county is evil, that it’s a Nazi and apartheid state, committing genocide. In America, where there are a lot of Palestinians, it is particularly bad.

Muslims stand with our Ummah, the term for Muslim peoplehood. So, Palestinians are seen as our brothers and we are taught that they are being oppressed. I really don’t think Muslims would care about Palestinians if they weren’t Muslim — but, even more, if their “oppressors” weren’t Jewish. The Muslim world doesn’t care about what’s going on in Pakistan — and that’s an actual apartheid state — because the oppressors there aren’t Jewish. But Muslims need to start looking at the facts about Israel and stop getting their information from anti-Israel sources.

The Koran says — and I’m paraphrasing here — “The holy land belongs to the Jewish people and one day all the Jews from the corners of the earth will converge on Israel.” What is that if not the state of Israel?

The Algemeiner: So, what can be done to try and change these perceptions?

Al-Noor: I am the social media intern for the Institute for Jewish Muslim Action (IJMA), a young organization started by two Rabbis and a Muslim to educate people about the Judeo-Islamic tradition and what makes the two nations natural partners. I also work at Binghamton’s Center for Civic Engagement, where I help students volunteer and get politically engaged. I’m getting a double Masters in Public Administration and Student Affairs Administration, so I’ll be able to work in government or at universities to build interfaith dialogue.

The Algemeiner: How do you view the future of Zionism?

Al-Noor: Israel has a lot of enemies, but I believe things will change. The world will one day realize its mistake, like it realized with the Holocaust, and will become much more friendly to Israel. Don’t give up on hope and peace, because it can still happen. Try to build bridges, and if you can change one person’s mind, that will start a chain reaction.

Original Article: Algemeiner

Alan Dershowitz: Keith Ellison, The Wrong Man at the Wrong Time


What should a political party that has just lost its white working class, blue-collar base to a “make America great again” nationalist do to try to regain these voters? Why not appoint as the new head of the party a radical Left-wing ideologue who has a long history of supporting an anti-American, anti-white, antisemitic Nation of Islam racist? Such an appointment will surely bring back Rust Belt voters who have lost their jobs to globalization and free trade! Is this really the thinking of those Democratic leaders who are pushing for Keith Ellison to head the Democratic National Committee?

Keith Ellison is, by all accounts, a decent guy well-liked by his congressional colleagues. But it is hard to imagine a worse candidate to take over the DNC at this time. Ellison represents the extreme Left-wing of the Democratic Party, just when the party – if it is to win again – must move to the center in order to bring back the voters it lost to Trump. The Democrats didn’t lose because their candidates weren’t Left enough. They won the votes of liberals. The radical voters they lost to Jill Stein were small in number and are not likely to be influenced by the appointment of Ellison. The centrist voters they lost to Trump will only be further alienated by the appointment of a Left-wing ideologue, who seems to care more about global issues than jobs in Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. Ellison’s selection certainly wouldn’t help among Jewish voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania or pro-Israel Christian voters around the country.

Ellison’s sordid past associations with Louis Farrakhan — the longtime leader of the Nation of Islam — will hurt him in Middle America, which has little appetite for Farrakhan’s anti-American ravings. Recently, Farrakhan made headlines for visiting Iran on the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, where he berated the United States, while refusing to criticize Iran’s human rights violations. Farrakhan also appeared as a special guest speaker of the Iranian president at a rally, which featured the unveiling of a float reenacting Iran’s detention of 10 US Navy sailors in the Persian Gulf.

In addition to embracing American enemies abroad, Farrakhan has exhibited a penchant for lacing his sermons with antisemitic hate speech. Around the time that Ellison was working with the Nation of Islam, for example, Farrakhan was delivering speeches attacking “the synagogue as Satan.” He described Jews as “wicked deceivers of the American people” that have “wrapped [their] tentacles around the US government” and are “deceiving and sending this nation to hell.”

Long after Jesse Jackson disavowed Farrakhan in 1984 as “reprehensible and morally indefensible” for describing Judaism as a “gutter religion,” Ellison was defending Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam — as in 1995, when Ellison praised Farrakhan as a role model for African-Americans, calling him “a tireless public servant of Black people, who constantly teaches self-reliance and self-examination to the Black community.”

Ellison has struggled to explain his association with Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. He has acknowledged working with the Nation of Islam for about 18 months to organize the Minnesota delegation to Farrakhan’s 1995 Million Man March in Washington. However, Ellison insists that he never joined the Nation of Islam and more recently, he has held himself out as a friend of the Jewish people and of Israel. This late conversion coincided with Ellison’s decision to pursue elected office in Minnesota, and an apparent realization that his association with the Nation of Islam might hurt his political fortunes. In 2006, he wrote a letter to the Jewish Community Relations Council in Minneapolis, in which he apologized for failing to “adequately scrutinize the positions” of Farrakhan and other Nation of Islam leaders. “They were and are antisemitic, and I should have come to that conclusion earlier than I did,” he wrote. In his recently released memoir — My Country, ’Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future — Ellison writes of Farrakhan: “He could only wax eloquent while scapegoating other groups.” Of the Nation of Islam, he writes: “[I]f you’re not angry in opposition to some group of people (whites, Jews, so-called ‘sellout’ Blacks), you don’t have religion.”

Ellison’s voting record also does not support his claim that he has become a “friend” of Israel. He was one of only 8 Congressmen who voted against funding the Iron Dome program, developed jointly by the US and Israel, which helps protect Israeli civilians from Hamas rockets. In 2009, Ellison was one of only two-dozen Congressmen to vote “present,” rather than vote in favor of a non-binding resolution “recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks, reaffirming the United States’ strong support for Israel, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.” And in 2010, Ellison co-authored a letter to President Obama, calling on him to pressure Israel into opening the border with Gaza. The letter describes the blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip as “de facto collective punishment of the Palestinian residents.”

Even beyond Ellison’s past associations with anti-American and antisemitic bigotry, and his troubling current voting record with regard to Israel, his appointment as head of the DNC would be a self-inflicted wound on the Democratic Party at this critical time in its history. It would move the party in the direction of Left-wing extremism at a time when centrist stability is required. The world at large is experiencing a movement toward extremes, both Right and Left. The Democratic Party must buck that dangerous trend and move back to the center where the votes are, and where America should be.

Original Article: Algemeiner

Abbas: We will never recognize Israel


PA chairman and Fatah leader declares the Palestinian Arabs will never give up their fight against israel as a Jewish State.

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who is also leader of Fatah and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), on Wednesday declared that Fatah will never give up on its principles, its character and its identity in order to achieve the dream of freedom and an independent state.

Abbas was speaking at the Fatah congress being held in Ramallah, a day after he was re-elected by consensus as Fatah leader.

Attendees at the congress, which is being held for the first time since 2009, include representatives of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist groups, who were invited directly by Fatah, despite the fact that Abbas is considered a “moderate” by most of the Western world, while Hamas and Islamic Jihad openly call for the destruction of the state of Israel.

In his speech on Wednesday, Abbas reiterated that the Palestinian Arabs will not accept a state with temporary borders or interim solutions, and stressed that they will continue to refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

He reiterated the demand to implement the Arab peace initiative without changes, and stated that the PA would continue its efforts, with the help of friendly Arab countries, to approve a Security Council resolution against “Israeli settlements”.

Referring to the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which proclaimed Britain’s support for the establishment of a Jewish national home in then-Palestine, Abbas said that the PA is negotiating with Britain to apologize for the publication of this document, correct the “injustice” done to the Palestinians and recognize the “State of Palestine”.

The PLO has in recent months launched a new campaign in an attempt to force Great Britain to apologize for the Balfour Declaration, going so far as to threaten to sue Britain over the 99-year-old document that declared the right of the Jewish people to a homeland in what was then called southern Syria or Palestine, the name given the area by Rome before the existence of Islam.

Abbas’s remarks come as he continues to refuse to sit down for peace talks with Israel, while imposing preconditions on talks.

Just last week, his spokesman demanded that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announce the end of the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, recognize the two-state solution and agree to participate in the international peace conference that France wants to convene by the end of the year.

Original Article: Arutz Sheva

UNITED NATIONS: UNGA head wears Palestinian scarf marking solidarity


“The Palestinians reject every Israeli offer and every plan and respond with waves of violence and terrorism.”

UN General Assembly president Peter Thomson was criticized Tuesday for wearing a Palestinian flag scarf on the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People at the UN.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon reacted shortly after Thomson was seen with the scarf, saying he is “supposed to stand for diplomatic neutrality.” “It is unfortunate that [Thomson] chose to wrap himself in the Palestinian flag at an event whose sole purpose is to spread lies and deceit about Israel,” he said. “This is proof of the bias against Israel and the slander spread about us on a daily basis at the UN.”

When asked by The Jerusalem Post about Thomson’s choice to wear the scarf, Thomson’s office said he did so simply to “support the day,” as it is an official event marked by the United Nations. The word “Palestine” was also printed on the scarf.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed November 29, the date of the General Assembly vote on Resolution 181 in 1947, recommending the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states in Mandatory Palestine.

The day started with a meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, which included dozens of representatives of the UN and of UN member states. The Palestinian mission to the UN also hosted the exhibit “Palestinian Embroidery: Threads of Continuity, Identity and Empowerment” and envoys participated in the annual General Assembly debate on “the Question of Palestine.”

The event has also been used as an annual occasion for the Palestinian representatives to pass anti-Israel resolutions.

During his speech to the General Assembly, Danon said the real goal of the Palestinian Authority is to “continue to exist as a corrupt entity living off the goodwill of the international community without the responsibilities of governing. Do the Palestinians even want a state? History tells us that the answer is no.”

If the Palestinians really wanted peace, there could have been peace decades ago, he said.

“The Palestinians reject every Israeli offer and every plan and respond with waves of violence and terrorism,” Danon said.

Regarding the Palestinians’ constant push to achieve a state through Security Council resolutions instead of direct negotiations with Israel, Danon accused the PA of “paying lip service to these initiatives because it pays well.”

“It is time to put an end to this lie, once and for all,” Danon told the assembly. “If you really want to show solidarity with the Palestinian people then end this charade, and demand that the Palestinian leaders finally return to the negotiating table.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is finishing his term at the international body at the end of December, called the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a longstanding, gaping wound that has fed tension and conflict throughout the Middle East.

“Israeli and Palestinian leaders still voice their support for the two-state solution. However, without urgent steps to revive a political perspective, they risk entrenching a onestate reality,” he said. “All this has led to growing anger and frustration among Palestinians and profound disillusionment among Israelis.”

Ban also called on the international community to make clear it remains committed to “helping the parties to rebuild trust and create the conditions for meaningful negotiations.”

He explained that this is particularly important with “the Israeli occupation approaching its 50th year, and the prospects for a twostate solution threatening to slip out of reach.”

“On this International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, let us all reaffirm our commitment to upholding the rights of the Palestinian people and working to build a future of peace, justice, security and dignity for Palestinians and Israelis alike.”

Original Article: The Jerusalem Post

President of Kosovo bans anti-Semitic books


Following a complaint from two prominent experts on anti-Semitism, one of which was invited to a conference on racism in Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi has banned the sale and distribution of anti-Semitic books that were available on the streets of the capital.

Kosovar President Hashim Thaçi ordered authorities to ban anti-Semitic books after a visiting Israeli appealed directly to him after encountering openly anti-Semitic and Nazi publications on the main avenue of the capital, Priština.

Ido Daniel, an expert on the fight against anti-Semitism and racism, came to Kosovo at the invitation of the government and the European Cooperation Organization to participate in a conference on combating racism and radicalization. The conference was attended by experts on terrorism from across the world as Kosovo battles against incitement and recruitment for extremist organizations such as ISIS.

One day during the conference, Daniel walked through Priština’s main boulevard and noticed that many stands and bookstores were selling anti-Semitic books translated into Albanian. Among the works sold were three different versions of Mein Kampf.

“How many people were exposed to this poison? Thousands of people pass by there everyday. It turns out that there is a whole industry of anti-Semitic literature translated into Albanian and other languages in the region as part of an organized campaign of incitement against Jews in the Balkans,” said Daniel.

Daniel turned to the Ministry of Public Security of Kosovo, which invited him to the conference, and filed a complaint. Together with Dr. Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the two wrote a letter to the Kosovar president to investigate the matter.

The president responded with a letter to Daniel and Dr. Samuels saying: “We are deeply concerned by the attempts of individuals to introduce radical and threatening ideologies into Kosovo. As such, we are taking the information on such activities seriously,” wrote Thaçi. “Regardless, this incident is rare, and I can assure you that I directed authorities to immediately investigate this incident and take all necessary steps to prevent the spread of hatred in a flagrant violation of the constitution.”

In response, Daniel said, “People in Kosovo today are pro-Israel, but who knows what can happen in ten years? I can only thank the President of Kosovo for acting decisively against the vendors.”

Original Article: YNet News

UNITED KINGDOM: Jewish students attacked at Cambridge University


Three Jewish students at Christ’s College were violently attacked last month amid allegations of a cover-up by university officials.

According to a report in The Telegraph News, three Jewish students at Christ’s College in Cambridge, Britain were subjected to vile anti-Semitic abuse and physically attacked by members of the Cambridge University drinking society.

One of the victims has accused the university authorities of failing to investigate the incident properly and punish the perpetrators. Two members of Christ’s College were disciplined for their role in the attack but were cleared of charges of anti-Semitism.

According to the report, the students were attacked by a mob after they entered the graduate union building at the end of last month. The bar area had been rented for a party by the sporting societies of Christ’s College.

One of the victims, Shlomo Roiter-Jesner, 25, told The Telegraph: “It was a closed party so we walked out but as we did so these individuals started getting more physical and more vocal and they noticed our kippot. All of a sudden they were shouting: ‘Jew, get f—— out of here’. We tried to leave but they were yelling at us.”

Another of the victims wrote an email to the head of Christ’s College, Professor Jane Stapleton, stating “We, and other bystanders, heard a number of vicious anti-Semitic slurs including ‘f—— Jew, you don’t belong here’, ‘dirty Jew’ and to myself, ‘f— off, darkie’.

“They then proceeded to try and choke my friend with his scarf, leaving him gasping for oxygen, and to push me and the third friend around, despite our attempts to de-escalate the situation. They eventually went back in after threatening to ‘smash our faces in’.”

The university obtained security camera footage of the incident but no audio recording.

Two and a half weeks later, Mr. Roiter-Jesner received a perfunctory reply from Stapleton, stating “The internal disciplinary process of the tutors is now concluded and two students have been disciplined. Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention.”

The students were shocked by the response and the lack of appropriate recognition and disciplinary action. “The college has not confronted the issue at all,” said Mr Roiter-Jesner, “They have brushed it under the carpet.”

Prof Stapleton told the The Telegraph: “The internal investigation did succeed in identifying two Christ’s College students who admitted using foul language and participating in a scuffle but they denied initiating the physical hostility and denied using any anti-Semitic or racist language. In relation to the former they were disciplined.”

She added: “I reject categorically that Christ’s College has engaged in a cover-up on this matter.”

The attack comes amid a background of increasing anti-Semitism in Britain in general and on British university campuses in particular. A watchdog group, the Community Security Trust registered 557 separate incidents during the first half of 2016, This is an 11% increase compared to the first half of 2016. However, the number of anti-Semitic incidents on campus during that period more than doubled, continuing a recent trend of increasing anti-Semitism on British Campuses.

Original Article: Arutz Sheva

The ADL’s Praise of Keith Ellison Betrays Its Mission to Combat Antisemitism


Despite the volumes of evidence about Congressman Keith Ellison’s longstanding record of Israel-bashing and antisemitism, the Anti-Defamation League praised this leading contender for chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Appallingly, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt took to Twitter to characterize Ellison as an “important ally in the fight against antisemitism” and “on record in support of Israel.”

Last week, ZOA published a release, urging that Ellison not be appointed to head the DNC. Ellison’s dangerous positions, involvements and anti-Israel congressional initiatives have included the following:

This past summer, Ellison (aka Keith X. Ellison, aka Keith Hakim, aka Keith Ellison Muhammed) worked to insert anti-Israel positions and language into the 2016 Democratic national platform, and to keep pro-Israel planks out. Ellison complained in a DemocracyNow! interview that the Israeli “occupation” was to blame for a “humanitarian crisis” and lack of sewage processing in Gaza – while ignoring that Israel withdrew from every inch of Gaza, and that Hamas diverts the electricity needed to operate Gaza’s sewage treatment plant to energize their terror tunnels and operations.

Also in 2016, Ellison tweeted a sign falsely accusing Israel of expropriation and “apartheid.” And in September, Ellison defended the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) on the House floor. ISNA is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case, involved in funneling money to Hamas.

In 2015, Ellison spearheaded and co-authored a letter (and obtained the signatures of 23 Democratic members of Congress) demanding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress about the Iran deal be delayed until after the sanctions deadline – when the visit would have been useless.

In 2014, Ellison was one of only eight members of Congress who voted against the bipartisan bill to provide $225 million to Israel’s “Iron dome” missile system.

In 2012, Ellison traveled from Minnesota to raise funds and speak at mosques in New Jersey, urging and helping Arab-American residents of the state to defeat pro-Israel Democratic Jewish Congressman Steve Rothman.

In 2010, Ellison convinced 53 other Democratic Congresspersons to sign his infamous “Gaza 54” letter to President Obama, which falsely accused Israel of humiliating and wreaking “collective punishment” on Gaza residents, and demanded that President Obama pressure Israel to lift the Gaza blockade – thereby enabling Hamas to obtain more weapons to kill and terrorize innocent Israeli civilians.

In a 2010 DemocracyNow! interview, Ellison also argued that the US not kill a leading terrorist located in Yemen, who was responsible for numerous deaths of Americans, and was continuing to foment some of the worst additional attacks, on the grounds that the terrorist would consider his own death to be a “reward.”

Ellison also received substantial campaign contributions from groups tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood is the “parent” organization of Hamas, al Qaeda and other terrorist entities. Egypt, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the UAE and Kuwait have all designated the Muslim Brotherhood to be a terrorist organization.

Ellison also spoke at Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) dinners, and defended CAIR on the House floor. Materials handed out at CAIR’s 2008 dinner (where Ellison spoke) referred to America as a terrorist organization, and called for the destruction of Israel and the United States. CAIR is also an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case, involved in funneling money to Hamas.

In addition, the House of Representatives’ Ethics Committee has opened an investigation into Ellison’s failure to disclose that the Muslim American Society — a group founded by Muslim Brotherhood members to be the “overt arm…in the US” of that extremist organization — paid $13,350 for Ellison to go on hajj, or pilgrimage, to Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 2008. (See “Muslim Brotherhood-Tied Group Paid for Keith Ellison to Visit Mecca in 2008: Group was founded as ‘overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the US,’” by Brent Scher, Washington Free Beacon, Nov. 21, 2016.)

In 2007, Ellison analogized President Bush’s prosecution of the war on terror after 9/11 to Hitler’s rise to power and activities after the Reichstag German Parliament Building fire.

From approximately 1989 until at least 1998, Ellison was an active leader in Louis Farrakhan’s antisemitic Nation of Islam. Ellison raised funds and led anti-police chants to support cop-killers; co-sponsored a vicious antisemitic speech by Kwame Ture (formerly known as Stokely Carmichael) — entitled “Zionism: Imperialism, White Supremacy or Both?” — and ignored Jewish law students’ pleas not to sponsor the program; and spoke at a public hearing on behalf of the Nation of Islam in support of a woman alleged to have said, “Jews are among the most racist white people I know.” In 1995, Ellison organized a rally featuring Khalid Abdul Muhammed saying, “If words were swords, the chests of Jews, gays and whites would be pierced.”

Back in 2007, the ADL criticized Ellison’s Bush-Hitler comparison.

However, the ADL is praising Ellison now – when an important leadership post of the Democratic party is at risk of falling into his hands — those of someone with a longstanding record of antisemitic, anti-Israel activities. Instead of calling out the real danger, the ADL has been busy condemning President-elect Trump’s appointee Stephen Bannon as an antisemite, though it recently retracted that false, baseless claim.

ADL’s failure to soundly condemn Ellison’s overwhelming record of anti-Israel and antisemitic activities displays rank partisanship, and is an abdication of the ADL’s stated mission of combating antisemitism.

The ZOA thus again urges the ADL to join us in speaking out against appointing Ellison to the extraordinarily powerful position of DNC chair.

Original Article: Algemeiner