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Netanyahu Says Israel Will ‘Overcome’ UN Resolution, Will Also Stop Funding UN Agencies

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told participants at a Chanukah lighting ceremony for wounded IDF soldiers, disabled veterans and terror victims on Saturday night that Israel is “reevaluating its ties with the United Nations.” He also said the Jewish State would “overcome” the anti-Israel condemnation, Resolution 2334 (2016), passed unanimously Friday by the UN Security Council with the assistance of the United States.

“The resolution … is distorted and disgraceful, but we will overcome it,” the prime minister said. “The resolution determines that the Jewish Quarter (in Jerusalem) is occupied territory. It determines that the Western Wall, the Kotel, is occupied territory. There is no greater absurd than that,” he said.

Netanyahu pointed out that the last U.S. president who was vindictive enough to allow such an anti-Israel resolution to pass at the UN Security Council had been former President Jimmy Carter, who until today maintains that Hamas is not a terror organization.

Netanyahu commented that Carter was a “particularly hostile president to Israel… Carter passed similar sweeping resolutions against us at the UN and that didn’t succeed either,” he said. “We objected to it, and nothing happened.

“All of the U.S. presidents after Carter met the American commitment not to try and dictate to Israel at the Security Council conditions for a final-status agreement. And yesterday, in complete contradiction of this commitment—including a specific commitment made by President Obama himself in 2011—the Obama administration carried out a disgraceful anti-Israeli underhanded move at the UN,” he said.

“Not only does the resolution not promote peace – it pushes it further away,” he added, vowing to “cancel” this resolution “just as we rejected the UN resolution that equated Zionism with racism… It took a while, but that decision was canceled. It’ll take time, but this decision will be canceled as well, not by concessions from us, but by us, and by our allies standing firm.

“Here on the eve of Chanukah I stand next to the modern-day Maccabees – IDF soldiers and wounded soldiers. I salute you and say this clearly: Light will banish the darkness.

“The spirit of the Maccabees will come out on top.”

Hana Levi Julian

State of Ohio Approves Anti-BDS Law

Monday, December 12th, 2016

The Ohio State Legislature last week approved a bill prohibiting the state from signing contracts with any company that “engages in boycott, divestment, sanction (BDS) against Israel.”

HB 476, passed by a vote of 26-5 on December 8, opposes economic warfare that threatens the sovereignty and security of allies and trade partners of the United States, including Israel.

The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support as well as the endorsement of a broad coalition of grassroots community organizations, including StandWithUs, Christians United for Israel, The Jewish Federation, The Israel Project, and Israel Allies Foundation.

Austin Reid, a StandWithUs Emerson Fellow and student at Capital University, represented students who often feel the brunt of BDS activity on American campuses in his testimony before a Senate hearing on the measure.

“The true aims of BDS become clear when you listen to the movement’s leaders in their own words,” he said in his testimony, referencing a quote by pro-BDS author Ahmed Moor, who said plainly, ‘BDS does mean the end of the Jewish state.’ He also quoted Ronnie Kasrils, who said, ‘BDS represents three words that will help bring about the defeat of Zionist Israel and victory for Palestine.’

Likewise, he quoted As’ad AbuKhalil, who said, “The real aim of BDS is to bring down the state of Israel… That should be stated as an unambiguous goal.. There should not be any equivocation on the subject. Justice and freedom for the Palestinians are incompatible with the existence of the state of Israel.’

Reid told the Senate hearing: “Within the United States, some supporters of the BDS movement have taken to issuing threats of violence against persons or organizations advocating for open academic and/or business ties to Israel.”

He then offered several examples, and then pointed out, “It is clear that BDS is in no way conducive to a healthy campus environment.”

Hana Levi Julian

UK Neo-Nazi Found Guilty in Anti-Semitism Trial

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

A British jury found a neo-Nazi guilty of racially-aggravated harassment on Wednesday (Dec. 7) after having written five hate-filled, anti-Semitic blog rants in 2014 against Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 24, of Yeovil, Somerset, posted the diatribes online against Berger, 35, for four months, calling her “an evil money-grabber” and saying the number of Jewish Labour MPs was a “problem,” the BBC reported.

The attacks followed the October 2015 jailing of Bonehill-Paine’s colleague and fellow extremist, Garron Helm, 21, of Merseyside, who confessed to sending a picture on Twitter depicting the Jewish MP with a Holocaust-era Star of David on her forehead. Along with the picture was the hashtag, #Hitlerwasright.

While giving evidence, Berger said she feared for her own safety because “what happens online does not always stay online.” She added that she was the most concerned she had ever been about her personal safety since her election to the post.

Following the verdict, she told media, “The protracted campaign of vitriol and hate had a deep impact on me and on the people around me – my family and my fantastic team. If any good can come from this awful experience, I hope that it will send a strong signal to anyone experiencing harassment – you do not have to suffer in silence. I’d encourage everyone to report these crimes. Together we can show that they are not, nor will they ever be tolerated.”

The conviction of Bonehill-Paine followed that of neo-Nazi Thomas Mair, 53, who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. This past July, a death threat was made by Mair against Berger, referencing that murder.

Bonehill-Paine is currently serving a prison term of three years and four months after being convicted in December 2014 for posting anti-Semitic material on the internet ahead of a planned neo-Nazi rally and march on the Sabbath through the London Jewish neighborhood of Golders Green.

Hana Levi Julian

Saban, ADL’s Greenblatt: Ellison Clearly an Anti-Semite

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Movie mogul and major Democratic party donor Haim Saban on Friday night at a Brookings Institution dinner attacked Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, a leading candidate in the race for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, calling him an anti-Semite.

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean dropped out of the DNC race on Friday, urging Democrats to elect only a full-time chairman, implying Ellison would not make an effective party leader because of his Congressional commitments. Speaking on Friday to state party chairs in Denver, Ellison said that if he’s elected chairman, he’d consider leaving Congress to devote his attention to rebuilding the party.

The fact that Ellison may be the next Democratic party decision maker stirred up Saban’s harsh response.

Speaking from his table at the dinner, Saban said: “I would just like to clarify something about Keith Ellison and him running for head of the DNC. […] I think it’s important for this audience to know. First, The fact that Keith Ellison is a Muslim is a non-issue at all. That is not an issue. With that out of the way, if you listen to Keith Ellison today and you see his statements, he’s more of a Zionist than Herzl, Ben-Gurion and Begin combined. I mean, really, it’s amazing, it’s a beautiful thing.”

Then Saban delivered his punch line: “[But] if you go back to his positions, his papers, his speeches, the way he has voted – he is clearly an anti-Semite, an anti-Israel individual. Words matter, and actions matter more. Keith Ellison would be a disaster for the relationship between the Jewish community and the Democratic Party. Now I’ve said what I had to say.”

On Thursday, ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt, not a rightwinger in anyone’s book, issued an almost identical statement, albeit in a less blunt style:

“When Rep. Ellison’s candidacy to be chair of the Democratic National Committee was first reported, ADL did not rush to judgment.  Instead, we took a hard look at the totality of his record on key issues on our agenda. We spoke to numerous leaders in the community and to Mr. Ellison himself. ADL’s subsequent statement on his candidacy appreciated his contrition on some matters, acknowledged areas of commonality but clearly expressed real concern where Rep. Ellison held divergent policy views, particularly related to Israel’s security.

“New information recently has come to light that raises serious concerns about whether Rep. Ellison faithfully could represent the Democratic Party’s traditional support for a strong and secure Israel. In a speech recorded in 2010 to a group of supporters, Rep. Ellison is heard suggesting that American foreign policy in the Middle East is driven by Israel, saying: “The United States foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people. A region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million. Does that make sense? Is that logic? Right? When the Americans who trace their roots back to those 350 million get involved, everything changes.”

“Rep. Ellison’s remarks are both deeply disturbing and disqualifying.  His words imply that U.S. foreign policy is based on religiously or national origin-based special interests rather than simply on America’s best interests. Additionally, whether intentional or not, his words raise the specter of age-old stereotypes about Jewish control of our government, a poisonous myth that may persist in parts of the world where intolerance thrives, but that has no place in open societies like the U.S. These comments sharply contrast with the Democratic National Committee platform position, which states: “A strong and secure Israel is vital to the United States because we share overarching strategic interests and the common values of democracy, equality, tolerance, and pluralism.”

It appears that with or without Ellison at the Helm, rank and file Democrats are abandoning their party’s traditional relationship with the Jewish State. Israeli born Prof. Shibley Telhami, introduced a survey of “American attitudes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” at the at the Brookings Institute Saban Forum 2016, using 1,528 panelists with a 2.5% margin of error, that included the question: “Is Israel an ally or a burden to the United States?”

Most respondents, 76%, across party lines, agreed that Israel is a strategic asset to the U.S. But a majority of Democrats (55%), say that Israel is also a burden.

The breakdown by age of respondents across the lines regarding the notion that Israel is a burden: 61% of people 55 years of age or older disagree that Israel is a burden to the U.S., while 31% agree that it is a burden.

51% of 35 to 54 year olds disagree with the notion of Israel being a burden. But only 49% of 18 to 34 year olds disagree with it.

JNi.Media

Torah Scroll Torched in Jerusalem’s Har Nof Neighborhood

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

In Jerusalem, fire and rescue personnel were summoned to a fire in a building late Monday night on Rehov HaKablan.

After searching the building, the firefighters were horrified to discover a Torah scroll that had been torched.

It’s not clear who made the call to firefighters, and the Torah does not appear to have been found in a synagogue, raising further questions.

The incident is under investigation, officials said.

This is a developing story.

Hana Levi Julian

Jewish Students Accuse Cambridge of Brushing Anti-Semitic Attack Under the Carpet

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Three Jewish students at Cambridge University walked into the school’s Graduate Union building, to find it was full of members from the sports societies from Christ’s College, who had rented out the bar area, according to a report in The Telegraph.

After walking in, the three Jewish men saw it was a closed party and tried to walk out, but were accosted by the mob, who, after noticing their Kippot, began cursing and violently beating them.

At least seven people took part in the beating.

Shlomo Roiter-Jesner described to The Telegraph what was yelled at them,

“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’.

The college reports that two students were disciplined though the two denied initiating the violence or using anti-Semitic language, only foul language.

There was an audio-less CCTV recording of the attack.

The Jewish students are accusing the college of covering up the attack and failing to investigate it properly.

Professor Jane Stapleton, master of Christ’s College, told the Telegraph, “I reject categorically that Christ’s has engaged in a cover-up on this matter.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

ADL’s Greenblatt Steps Back on Bannon Accusations, Says Anti-Semitism Spiking in America

Friday, November 18th, 2016

The ADL, which planted itself right in the middle of the battle against former Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon, has taken a first step back and clarified that they “are unaware of any anti-Semitic statements from Bannon.”

Nationally syndicated talk show host Dennis Prager called the initial accusations against Bannon “libel” and said that the ADL had damaged itself with the false claims.

The ADL’s remaining complaints against Bannon are primarily ideological and editorial, they are not happy with Breitbart giving a platform to right-wing authors such as Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, or that some of Breitbart’s headlines are sensationalist.

In opening remarks at the ‘Never Is Now’ Summit on Anti-Semitism held Thursday (Nov.17) in New York City, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, who was formerly an aide to President Barak Obama, had a grim warning about a spike in anti-Semitism in America, and the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Greenblatt commented that the organization had never before convened a summit “like this” on anti-Semitism, describing its presence under the surface of society “like a persistent and nagging ache,” chronic but still one that Americans knew about and simply tried to keep under control. This, he said, worked out.

“By and large, America and American life have been remarkably tolerant and welcoming,” he said, “And yet, today, I think all of us fear that something has changed. There are troubling signs. Now they may be subtle, they may go unnoticed by the vast majority of Americans, but we see them. We know.”

But Greenblatt then went on to say this year’s presidential election in the United States saw the kind of hate “unlike anything we have seen in recent history.” He added that the American Jewish community hasn’t seen “this level of anti-Semitism in mainstream political and public discourse” since the 1930s.

And he blamed the candidates; in particular, the winning candidate.

“This was an election where a presidential candidate criticized Israel in a manner that evoked a blood libel; where another unapologetically tweeted a sinister Star of David meme that had been created by white supremacists; it promoted a campaign slogan that evoked the phrase most associated with notorious Nazi sympathizer Charles Lindbergh, and sponsored a closing television ad that echoed anti-Semitic conspiracies that have been used to justify anti-Jewish persecution for centuries,” Greenblatt claimed.

“During this political season, we saw white supremacists use a triple parentheses to target Jews online and simultaneously, relentlessly harass and intimidate Jewish journalists on social media with anti-Semitic tropes and horrific images of the Holocaust.”

Greenblatt alleged that the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump is planning the first steps of what appears to be an ethnic registration program targeting Muslim citizens of the United States. He used the claim, misquoting several campaign promises by then-candidate Donald Trump and demonizing the incoming Trump administration before it has even entered office, before it has taken any action at all.

“There recently have been reports that the new Administration plans to force Muslim-Americans to register for some sort of master government list. Look, Islamic extremism is a threat to us all. But as Jews, we know what it means to be registered and tagged, held out as different from our fellow citizens.

“As Jews, we know the righteous and just response. All of us have heard the story of the Danish king who said if his country’s Jews had to wear a gold star…all of Denmark would too.

“I pledge to you right here and now, because I care about the fight against anti-Semitism, that if one day in these United States, if one day Muslim-Americans will be forced to register their identities, then that is the day that this proud Jew will register as a Muslim. Because fighting prejudice against the marginalized is not just the fight of those minorities. It’s our fight. Just as the fight against anti-Semitism is not only the fight of us Jews. It’s everyone’s fight.”

The son-in-law and daughter of President-elect Donald Trump would undoubtedly agree: They are both observant, modern Orthodox Jews raising their children in American society. And despite claims to the contrary, new White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is also a strong advocate for Israel and Jews, according to Jewish journalists who have worked with him, and his own statemetns and actions in the past.

Hana Levi Julian

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