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How I Came Face To Face With Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance.

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This compressed, rundown Arab village with roots that date back thousands of years to the biblical prophet Zachariah, now surrounded by a dozen gleaming Jewish settlements, may not appear like an obvious place to witness Palestinian nonviolent resistance.

But it is there, if you look and listen carefully.

It’s in the low-slung, trailerlike building that functions as a community school, even though it is stifling hot in the summer and often drenched with rain in the winter. In the compact grocery store run by a few enterprising women and lit by solar panels — an incongruous sight against the scruffy landscape. In the tall, cone-shaped tree where villagers have affixed a speaker to broadcast the call to prayer, because the Israeli authorities wouldn’t allow them to complete a nearby minaret whose jagged, unfinished exterior reaches half-heartedly into the sky.


Swastikas painted on two Paris-area kosher shops.

swastikas_painted_on_kosher_shops.jpgSwastikas were painted on the facades of two kosher shops near Paris.

The incidents in the Parisian suburb of Creteil were discovered Wednesday. There are no suspects.

Separately, a kosher restaurant that was vandalized in Amsterdam last month by a 29-year-old Syrian who smashed its windows while waving a Palestinian flag was targeted again by people who regularly spit on its display window and throw filth on it, the owners of HaCarmel restaurant told a Dutch television station.

In the incidents in France, a total of five swastikas were painted with red paint on the shuttered blinds of the Promo Stock and the local branch of the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket chain store. In 2015, an Islamist killed four Jews in the Porte de Vincennes branch of Hyper Cacher in eastern Paris.


French Jews Protest Reprint Of Antisemitic Essays From Holocaust Era.

French_Jews_upset.pngFrance’s best-known hunter of Nazis, Serge Klarsfeld, and the country’s main umbrella of Jewish groups protested a publisher’s plan to print antisemitic essays by the author Louis-Ferdinand Destouches, also known as Celine.

Klarsfeld, a historian and vice president of the Foundation for the Memory of the Holocaust, told Le Parisien that it would be “unbearable” to find at a French library the essays by the celebrated novelist, which he published under the pseudonym Louis-Ferdinand Celine between 1937 and 1941, the paper reported last week.


And CRIF, the umbrella group, said in a statement that it opposes the plan by Editions Gallimard to publish later this year the three “racist, antisemitic and pro-Hitler” essays titled “A bagatelle for a massacre,” “The school of corpses” and “Beautiful sheets.”


Wiesenthal Center's 2017 Top Ten List Of Worst Global Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Incidents

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Wiesenthal Center's 2017 Top Ten List Of Worst Global Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Incidents Video.


From Balfour To Trump – Two Declarations And One Hundred Years That Changed History.

alan-schneider-pic.jpgOver two years of planning and hard work culminated on the evening of Nov. 7 when a whole-day program at the Knesset to mark the adoption of the Balfour Declaration on Nov. 2, 1917 ended on a note of success. The B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem — leading an initiative on behalf of the Balfour Centenary Committee — was the first to raise the specter of the impending, but still distant, historic milestone with Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein at a meeting in his bureau back in 2014 — but not before pro-Palestinian organizations had already started their campaign to pressure the British government to rescind the Declaration. This petty stunt got zero traction with Prime Minister Theresa May who declared that Her Majesty’s government would “mark the centenary with pride”— which it in fact did, both in Israel and in the UK.
 
Our committee felt that the right place in Israel to reflect on the various aspects of the historic event and on the current state of UK-Israel relations was the Knesset, and were pleased to receive immediate support from Edelstein who endorsed a meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, an international conference and a Knesset plenary session all dedicated to the Balfour Centenary.


National SJP Leaders Advocate Violence, Express Support for Palestinian Terrorism.

Leaders of the 2017 National Students for Justice in Palestine conference “have spread anti-Semitism and support for terrorism on social media,” according to the watchdog group Canary Mission. Photo: Canary Mission.

Activists who helped lead a national anti-Israel conference for students last year have publicly denigrated Jews, advocated violence against Zionists, and praised Palestinian terrorist groups, a new report has found.

Multiple organizers, speakers, and workshop leaders at the 2017 National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) conference — which took place at the University of Houston (UH) this past October — have posted content featuring “anti-Semitism, incitement, threats of violence, support for terror and hatred of Israel across social media,” according to the anonymous watchdog group Canary Mission.

Among them was Samer Alhato, a Saint Xavier University anthropology student at the time of the conference, who announced on Facebook that he was picked to lead a “gender and sexuality” workshop, screenshots captured by Canary Mission show.

Alhato has repeatedly backed the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, tweeting on July 2014, “I support Hamas and I send then [sic] money every month.”


Millionaire socialite accused of anti-Semitic assault in NYC.

A millionaire socialite is accused of making anti-Semitic remarks to a Jewish attorney at a Manhattan restaurant and then hitting him over the head with a purse made of glass.

Jacqueline Kent Cooke, daughter of the late billionaire Jack Kent Cooke, was arrested by New York police on Wednesday and charged with second-degree assault in the New Year’s Eve incident, People magazine reported.

Cooke reportedly at first denied the incident when confronted by police but later turned herself in.

According to the New York Daily News, Matthew Haberkorn, 52, of the San Francisco area, his mother, wife and four daughters were collecting their outdoor gear from a coat check after eating at a high-end Manhattan restaurant when Cooke allegedly told him, “Hurry up, Jew. I got places to be.”


Anti-Israel protests in Berlin, by immigrants, dismay German officials

Anti_Israel_protests_in_Berlin.pngProtests against Israel, sparked by President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as its capital, are once again forcing Germany to weigh the value of free speech against the burden of its Nazi past.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators have been burning Israeli flags in the center of Berlin while chanting anti-Semitic slogans threatening violence against Israelis. One protest Friday took place only 100 yards from the city’s somber Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a reminder of Germany’s responsibility for the worst mass murder in history.

A few thousand protesters have taken part so far. Except for several arrests, German authorities have generally refrained from interfering, even as top officials said they were “ashamed” by “the evil face” of anti-Semitism on display.


Labour Has A Massive Antisemitism Problem, It Isn't Going Away, And Only Action Will Tackle It

Labor_has_antisemitism_problem.jpegWhen Labour Against Antisemitism (LAAS) was founded earlier this year it did so with the conviction that antisemitism is a clear and present threat to the Labour Party’s moral, ethical and political integrity. Our aim of exposing antisemitism within the party has led to more than 6,000 examples of ‘antisemitic sewage’ being submitted to the party compliance unit, some so horrific activists have been reduced to tears.

The compliance unit, under-resourced as the party membership has swollen to 600,000 members, has struggled to cope under the strain. Although it has recruited recently, more content is being sent across every month and the crisis shows no sign of abating. The National Constitutional Committee (NCC), which decides on disciplinary rulings, has been unable to convene panels to hear cases, and the backlog has led to questions overs its capacity to function effectively.


The Freedom Party's neo-Nazis Can't Camouflage Their Hatred of Jews by Visits to Israel

neo_nazi_camo.jpgThe Jewish community in Austria and the State of Israel are not ready to give the Freedom Party (FPÖ) a kosher certification. The reason for the boycott of the ministers of the FPÖ is not the Nazi past of the German nationalist camp. The party has never distanced itself from it. What the FPÖ is today and what the party really stands for - that is the problem. This cannot be camouflaged by Freedom Party leaders' symbolic visits to Israel.

Without a doubt, the most immediate risks for Jews in Europe emanate from radical Muslim anti-Semitism. Most recently, it erupted after U.S. president Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. There was a protest here in Vienna, where people called to "slaughter the Jews" and "Death to Israel", in Arabic and Persian.


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