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Arab-American Radio Host Bites the Dust with Lie on ‘Israeli’ Sanders

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Arab-American radio host Diane Rehm falsely accused Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of being a dual Israeli-American citizen and later apologized.

Sanders expressed irritation at the accusation, which he immediately denied on air, but the echoes of anti-Semitism remain in the air.

Rehm hosts her show on WAMU, affiliated with the NPR network. Sanders, who has visited Israel, is Jewish but mostly in name. The JewishPress.com pointed out here in April, he has no use for organized religion and cites Pope Francis as his guide.

Thank God he is not an Israeli.

But Rehm, an award-winning journalist, thought otherwise, based on nothing more than a Facebook post by Vittorio Arrigoni, who was an Italian activist and worked with the fiercely anti-Israel International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

He held a Gaza passport given to him by Hamas’s de facto prime minister Ismail Haniyeh and acted as human shield for Gaza “fishermen,” some of whom fish for fish and some of whom shoot to kill Jews.

His Facebook posted of American leaders with Israeli-American citizenship falsely included Sanders. She did not quote Arrigoni for other posts, such as:

Zionism is an abominable, racist and colonial movement. Like all colonial and apartheid systems, it’s in the interest of all that it be swept away. My hope is to see it replaced, without any bloodshed, with a democratic, secular and lay state – for example on the borders of historic Palestine – and where Palestinians and Israelis could live under equal rights of citizenship without ethnic and religious discrimination.

He once described four Hamas tunnel terrorists as “martyrs.”

Gaza Salafists thanked him for his anti-Zionism by kidnapping and killing him in 2011.

Rehm was born in the United States. Her father, a Christian, immigrated to the United States from Anatolia. She has said that her family members were “Arabs,” and she raised her children as Christian Arabs.

Her question to Sanders, based on a Facebook post, cannot be ignored as anything but a reflection of an anti-Zionist agenda.

She said to Sanders on her show Wednesday:

Senator, you have dual citizenship with Israel.

Sanders immediately responded:

Well, no I do not have dual citizenship with Israel. I’m an American. I don’t know where that question came from. I am an American citizen, and I have visited Israel on a couple of occasions. No, I’m an American citizen, period.

Rehm:

 I understand from a list we have gotten that you were on that list.

Sanders:

 No.

Rehm:

Forgive me if that is—

Sanders:

That’s some of the nonsense that goes on in the internet. But that is absolutely not true.

Rehm:

Interesting. Are there members of Congress who do have dual citizenship or is that part of the fable?

Sanders said he does not know and went back to express his having been insulted by Rehm:

You know, my dad came to this country from Poland at the age of 17 without a nickel in his pocket. He loved this country. I am, you know, I got offended a little bit by that comment, and I know it’s been on the internet. I am obviously an American citizen and I do not have any dual citizenship.

The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) stated after Rehm’s goof:

 It is appalling that in today’s age, a longtime Jewish elected official would face implications that he splits his loyalty between the United States and Israel for no reason other than his religion.

This anti-Semitic canard of dual loyalty has persisted for decades, particularly about American Jews in public service.

Rehm later issued an apology in a statement:

On today’s show I made a mistake. Rather than asking Senator and Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders whether he had dual U.S./Israeli citizenship, as I had read in a comment on Facebook, I stated it as fact. He corrected me, saying he did not know where the question came from. I apologized immediately.

Saudi Poll: Iran and ISIS are Far Greater Enemies than Israel

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Iran and the Islamic State (ISIS) are Saudi Arabia’s biggest enemies, according to a poll by Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya.

The poll was conducted over the phone with Saudi natives, 85 per cent of whom said that Iran is their worst enemy. The Islamic State (ISIS) state was rated by 53 percent as enemy, but only 18 percent thought Israel is in the same category.

Significantly, 25 percent of the respondents would like to see Israel and Saudi Arabia stage a joint strike on Iran. Although a minority, the percentage is far higher than could have been imagined in recent years.

Saudi Arabia is one of the quietist of Muslim countries when it comes to anti-Zionist venom, unlike Turkey, the Palestinian Authority, Iran, Lebanon and Syria.

The kingdom often reiterates its wish for the Temple Mount to be Muslim-only. It occasionally utters the politically correct chant against the “Zionist entity” and favors kicking Israel out of most of Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria.

However, their officials almost never indulge in Israel-bashing for the sake of it.

The new poll reflects a tacit peace with Israel, something on the order of “good fences make good neighbors,” while the Iran nuclear threat and the frightening ISIS monster have become common enemies for Saudi Arabia and Israel.

The problem will be if the Obama administration tried to use the tacit peace as a stepping stone for an unwanted official peace pact. That would mean Israel’s agreeing to the Saudi 2002 initiative that has been adopted by the Palestinian Authority in its entirety, and it would mean Saudi Arabia’s having to deal with a new, inept, corrupt, confused, mismanaged and  unmanageable Arab country.

The United States has bought almost all of the Saudi-Palestinian Authority demands, except for the transfer of several million foreign Arabs into Israel, and who knows if President Barack Obama won’t cave in on that issue as well?

Things are pretty quiet between Jerusalem, and Riyadh, and they might stay that way if Washington does not try to fix what isn’t broken.

Iron Dome Protection Returns to Southern Israel

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

The Iron Dome has been returned to southern Israel to protect civilians from Gaza rocket fire.

On Friday, the IDF again deployed arrays of the anti-missile batteries to defend the port city of Ashdod and the western Negev community of Netivot.

The move follows two rounds of attacks launched two weeks in a row. The first week’s rockets were fired by the Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organization. One mid-range Grad Katyusha rocket landed in Gan Yavne, slightly east of Ashdod. One teenage girl was hospitalized due to trauma. Retaliation for the attack included air strikes on four targets in Gaza.

This week’s attack, however, was launched by a Salafi Muslim group linked to Al Qaeda or Da’esh (ISIS) – possibly the Army of Islam or Jabhat al Nusra. These groups are now vying for power and hoping to raise tensions between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization, according to security sources.

“Even if last night’s shooting at Israel came from errant global jihad groups who wish to challenge Hamas by firing at us, we consider Hamas responsible for what happens in Gaza and we will not tolerate attempts to harm our citizens,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Thursday.

“The IDF views the incident with gravity,” an army spokesperson said in a statement following Wednesday’s attack. “The Hamas terrorist organization is the address and one upon whom the responsibility falls.”

Retaliation against Gaza for the rocket fire came in the form of a muted set of air strikes that took out a few empty terror bases in the enclave.

Wiesenthal Center: ‘P5+1 Must Denounce Iran’s Latest Threat to Destroy Israel’

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

A senior official of the Simon Wiesenthal Center attending an international conference in Israel, demanded that the world powers negotiating a deal that will remove sanctions against Iran, denounce the Iranian regime’s continuous threats to destroy Israel.

“Over 1,000 people have converged on Jerusalem for the Global Forum For Combating Anti-Semitism, but our efforts to turn back the escalating threats to world Jewry won’t mean much if the leaders of the civilized world maintain their silence as Tehran’s threats to destroy the Jewish state continue unabated and unchallenged,” charged Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the leading Jewish human rights NGO.

“Now is the time for the United States, Germany, France, and England to finally demand that Iran drop its genocidal threats against Israel.”

Rabbi Cooper was talking about the latest threat from Mojtaba Zolnour, the advisor to Ayatollah Khamenei’s representative to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

The “government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has divine permission to destroy Israel,” Zolnour was quoted by the semi-official state news agency Fars, adding that, “the Noble Koran permits the Islamic Republic of Iran to destroy Israel.” On the eve of a deal with world powers that will lift all economic sanctions in return for a delay Iran becoming an immediate nuclear power, Zolnour insisted that “Even if Iran gives up its nuclear program, it will not weaken this country’s determination to destroy Israel.”

Zolnour is fond of making such hyperbolic threats. He’s been doing it for nearly a decade, using nearly identical language. And yet the negotiations and appeasements continue.

As recently as February, Zolnour threatened “Our missiles can arrive into the heart of Tel Aviv and destroy it in 6 or 7 minutes before the dust and smoke of the Zionists missiles arrive to us,” noting that, “Israelis are cowards; they cannot fight Hamas, while the strength of Hamas and Hezbollah is equal to a small part of Iran’s military power,” according to Iraqi News.

And if you go back as far as 2008, Zolnour was spouting the same doomsday threats. Back then, before President Obama started sending love notes and New Year’s messages as part of his campaign to woo the Persians back into the civilized community of nations, the violent threats included the U.S.

“In case the United States and Israel dare to shoot a bullet, Iran will target the heart of Israel and 32 U.S. bases in the region imminently,” Fars reported back before Obama took office.

But dares against the United States continued into this administration’s tenure as well, with Zolnour making stating in 2009, “Even if one American or Zionist missile hits our country, before the dust settles, Iranian missiles will blow up the heart of Israel,” Mojtaba Zolnour said, according to IRNA news agency.

This tone is de rigeur for Zolnour, whose 2009 threats were made as talks were taking place between the P5+1 and Iran about its nuclear program. Just before those meetings commenced, Iran test-fired missiles with ranges that could put Israel and regional U.S. bases within reach.

While present at the Israeli MFA’s Combating Anti-Semitism conference, Rabbi Marvin Hier, SWC founder and Dean called on world powers, led by the United States, to denounce threats to “annihilate” Israel by the Ayatollah and other senior figures of Iranian regime during a recent meeting with President Obama and Jewish leaders at the White House.

A look at the program for the MFA’s “combating anti-Semitism” event reveals the presence of representatives from most of the parties the SWC was taking to task.

Peter Beinart’s Bilaam Moment

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

The great biblical wizard Bilaam was one of the most frustrated men in history. Bilaam tried on three consecutive mornings back in the early 1200s BCE to curse the nation of Israel, only to end up composing such poetic praises that we Jews now say them every day in our morning prayers.

Columnist Peter Beinart, a frequent contributor to Haaretz, The Atlantic and the National Journal, is probably not an enemy of Israel on the scale of his predecessor, but, this week, his criticism of both Israel and the American right have backfired in a similar fashion to Bilaam’s, leaving Beinart’s readers with poetic praises where harsh rebukes were intended.

Beinart writes:

“Today’s conservatives love Israel,” for “the American right, Israel embodies the values that Obama’s U.S. no longer does,” because “they believe the West’s great enemy is ‘radical Islam,’ and the West’s great outpost, on the frontlines against Islamic terror, is Israel. It’s modern; it’s democratic; it’s pro-American. And it’s under attack from the same forces that want to destroy the United States.”

Beinart also attacks Netanyahu, because Netanyahu believes America and Israel are good, and radical Islamists are bad:

“Netanyahu… believes that America and Israel are utterly virtuous while our Islamic enemies are utterly evil.”

Could anyone make a better case for Israel’s triumphant achievements in a mere 67 years or praise Israel’s value system more than what Beinart has unintentionally just done?

Yes, of course, the author probably intended for this entire list to be read out in an ironic tone, while implying a lack of intellectual subtlety on the right with his repeated use of “utterly”, but tone is a tough thing to write, especially from within one’s echo chamber, and an ironistician of Beinart’s stature should know better…

Moreover, according to Beinart, “it’s not just that Israel represents the West. It’s that Israel represents the West at a time when many conservatives feel the United States no longer does.”

That’s the extent of the fun part—because Beinart next delves into fairly ugly racism, suggesting that the shift in the right’s view of the Administration is born by “demographic change,” meaning conservative fear of brown and black people teeming in the streets of America.

That must be it, according to Beinart:

“the United States has become less Christian, less nationalistic and less white. And for many on the right, Barack Obama — a black man with a Muslim father who grew up in Indonesia and supposedly considers American power a bad thing — personifies this shift.”

In other words, in Beinart’s universe, conservatives don’t make up their minds based on the outcome of seven years of presidential policies—it’s because the guy is black.

So much for the piquant note about Beinart, the prophet of Zionist doom, singing an unintentional love song for Israel. Or maybe we’ll just edit out those ugly parts when we canonize his article.

His other point, later on, is actually cogent:

“Conservatives love Israel for the same reason anti-Zionists hate it. Think about the words Israel’s harshest foes use to describe it: colonial, imperial, settler, apartheid. What they all convey is that Israel is a foreign creation, imposed by Europeans, and sustained by the United States, at the native population’s expense. For the American right, being a Western outpost in the Middle East makes Israel heroic. For the anti-Zionist left, it makes Israel illegitimate.”

What an entertaining idea, the right’s Israel-the-shining-outpost is precisely the same as the left’s Israel the blood-dripping-colonial-invader. Obviously, Beinart is enamored with the latter option, but the facts belie that entire argument.

We Jews in Israel are not colonialists but an indigenous, middle-eastern nation whose return to our homeland was followed by an unprecedented flourishing of what had been a desolate desert for two millennia.

Israeli Reporter Describes Personal Experience with Anti-Semitism in Paris

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Israel’s Channel 10 television correspondent Miri Michaeli Schwartz has been harassed in the past in Europe because she is a Jew, but for some reason this time it felt different, and she wrote about the experience in a post on Facebook.

It was surprising to find her first-person narrative there, because so few journalists are ever really willing to discuss what happens behind the scenes. It’s not considered “good form,” especially when one is trying to be objective in reporting. But this is no longer only about objective reporting: it’s also about sharing the personal details of what the experience can FEEL like from the victim’s perspective, in a manner most others are incapable of describing it. It is fortunate that she has done so, for this story must be told.

“I was not going to upload this video; you can’t really understand exactly what happened in this short clip,” Schwartz begins, explaining why she uploaded a very brief video on to Facebook, showing her fending off a hostile pro-Palestinian attacker. “But after the report that was published yesterday presenting the problem of anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe, I got some questions from viewers and friends who claimed that the media (and I, as part of it) exacerbated the situation.

“So yes, if you walk through the streets of Paris you may not feel anything,” she continues. “But if you’ll wear a yarmulke, or a necklace with a Star of David, or hold a microphone that reads in Hebrew, “Channel 10,” there are reasonable grounds to believe that sooner or later, you will realize the reality is worse than what the report showcased,” she goes on. “These comments I’m talking about are not being taken into consideration in reports, no one reports them. It happens here, every day and everywhere and it happened to me.

“This was not the first time these type of comments were directed at me as I stood in the street in one of the capitals of Europe and reported. Usually it’s something to do with Israel.

“This time I went Eurostar (the train from London to central Paris) on my way from the Alps to report on the crash of the German Wings flight, just b efore reporting this happened. What you see here was just the beginning, the man whose face you can not see in the video sees Hebrew writing on the microphone and informs his friends. They started to harass me.

“What happened next was much more stressful: they surrounded me,” she continues. “Four or five men and began to swear at me, the word “Jew” was repeated. My hands are shaking three weeks after, when I think of the things they said. I stood in the street, I did not bother anyone and I got curses, threatening gestures and actual threats. I looked around, the street was crowded with people who paid attention to what happened, viewing from the sidelines. A person who filmed what happened [with a] smartphone, but no one came to my aid. I felt threatened when I ran (yes, the right word) to the train station; there were soldiers. Only then they left me.

“Anti-Semitism in central Paris, just because my microphone had Hebrew writing on it.

“So no, no we aren’t exaggerating when we say anti-Semitism is real. That’s the reality. Now we have to fight it.”

Earlier this year, a series of terror attacks by Da’esh (ISIS) and Al Qaeda were aimed at the Charlie Hebdo satiric magazine and numerous Jewish targets, including a Jewish school and a kosher grocery. At least 17 people were killed and more were wounded in the week-long blood bath. In 2012, an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist attacked a Jewish school in Toulouse, murdering a rabbi and three young children.

Anti-Semites Wave PA Flag as NY City Council Discusses Auschwitz [video]

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Pro-Palestinian Authority activists disrupted a New York City Council meeting Thursday night during a discussion on a resolution commemorating the anniversary of liberating the Auschwitz death camp.

The noisy protest prompted Councilman David G. Greenfield, a grandson of Holocaust victims, to deliver an emotional speech exposing the demonstrators as plain anti-Semites.

“They are angry because Hitler did not finish the job,” Greenfield said towards the end of his powerful speech, as seen in the YouYube below.

The Council was discussing the resolution when a pro-Arab group in the balcony unfurled the Palestinian Authority flag and yelled at Councilmen who are planning to visit Israel next month.

“Palestinian lives matter,” “Don’t support genocide,” and “Melissa, you’re a hypocrite,” referring to Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito who will lead the delegation, were among the epithets they shouted before guards removed them.

When things calmed down, Greenfield, clad in a black kippa, told the Council he actually was pleased that the protesters appeared because they proved they are anti-Semites at the core.

“While we were discussing the resolution regarding the murder of 1.1 million human beings…. they had the nerve, the chutzpah the temerity to unfurl the Palestinian flag and to yell at us while we were discussing that.

“So the reason I am pleased is that we can stop pretending this is about Israel when the reality is that every Middle East country that is in existence today is not democratic and persecutes people of other faiths, and persecutes gays, and persecutes people who disagree with them and persecutes people on Twitter and persecutes women who drive – except for one country, which is the State of Israel.

“So what you saw here today was naked blind anti-Semitism.…, people who are upset for one reason… because Hitler did not finish the job.

“He only wiped out half of my family, and only by the grace of God is the other half— grandchild —still alive today….

“We go to Israel to make a message that is clear, that we will not be cowered by this fear and by this hatred that we have where these are people who would celebrate the death of Jews rather than mourn the death of innocents.”

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