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NYT: Trump Would ‘Love To Be The One’ To Make Peace Between Israel, PA

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump told top editors, White House reporters, top presidential campaign reporters, senior managers, editorial-op-ed writers editors and writers from The New York Times on Tuesday he would “love to be the one who made peace with Israel and the Palestinians.” Trump’s remarks were posted by various New York Times reporters and editors in a series of live tweets released on the NYT website.

“That would be such a great achievement,” he said.

The president-elect was then quoted in a tweet by Elisabeth Bumiller: “Jared Kushner could help make peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.” The meeting was a “take no prisoners” opportunity for Trump to clear the air on media “misunderstandings” about his positions on the alt-right movement, neo-Nazis, the KKK, and similar issues.

Asked bluntly about the Nazi conference in DC this past weekend, Trump said, “Of course I disavow… and condemn them.” Likewise, he answered a similar question from executive editor Dean Baquet, who asked whether he felt like he had done things to energize the alt-right movement.

“I don’t think so, Dean,” he replied. Nevertheless, he added, “I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group. It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why.”

When the questions turned to his appointment of former Breitbart News CEO Steve Bannon, Trump said flatly, “If I thought he was a racist… or alt-right or any terms we would use… I wouldn’t even think about hiring him.

“I think it’s very hard on him. I think he’s having a hard time with it. Because it’s not him.” But Trump noted “a lot of people” were coming to Bannon’s defense. Among them was Reince Priebus, his new chief of staff, who spoke from the conference table during the meeting.

Among those the president-elect listed on his “Like” list was Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, who he said he’s liked “for a long time.”

Hana Levi Julian

Bannon Skips ZOA Event to Avoid Protesters

Monday, November 21st, 2016

President-Elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon did not attend the Zionist Organization of America annual gala Sunday, where he had been scheduled to speak, blaming the hundreds of protesters who had gathered outside the NY Grand Hyatt hotel event, CBS News reported.

ZOA President Mort Klein told JTA that Bannon had initiated the appearance. “He asked us to come, we never invited him,” Klein stated, adding, “Of course, an important guy like him says he wants to come, I say yes.”

Last week, Klein rebuked ADL head Jonathan Greenblatt for his attack on Bannon that accused him of racism and anti-Semitism. “The ZOA welcomes the appointment of Stephen Bannon as chief strategist to the incoming Trump/Pence administration,” Klein wrote on his organization’s website. “We wish Mr. Bannon every success in his new position.” Klein then urged Greenblatt and the ADL “to withdraw and apologize for their inappropriate character assassination of Mr. Bannon and Breitbart Media.”

The protest outside the Grand Hyatt was organized by leftwing extremist Jewish group IfNotNow, which promises on its website: “We will be the generation that ends our community’s support for the occupation.” By “occupation,” they mean, of course, Jewish life east of the 1949 armistice border, which was liberated by Israel in 1967. Police removed  the protesters, who continued their protest in a local park.

Incidentally, the IfNotNow website declares: “We are grounded in the values of the Jewish tradition,” but mentions not once a reference to Jewish practice, God, or even Jewish solidarity. The values it appears to espouse are political action against fellow Jews. But then the same website also states: “We participate in the Jewish practice of teshuva (repentance). We value intention and action more than we do correct language. We will make mistakes. We will reflect. We will ask for forgiveness and offer it as we build deep trusting relationships.” So there’s still hope.

Meanwhile, according to the Jerusalem Post, Professor Alan Dershowitz, who had defended Bannon against accusations of anti-Semitism, was booed during his ZOA speech, for reminding the audience that Hillary Clinton had won the popular vote, and that therefore the US presidential contest “was a tie election, that one person won the electoral and one person won the popular vote.”

So there’s room for a lot of tshuva to go around.

JNi.Media

Twitter Purges Alt-Right Accounts in Move Described as ‘Night of the Long Knives’

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Twitter this week suspended accounts associated with the alt-right movement, as part of its commitment to crack down on hate speech. One noted alt-right account to go down in the purge, @RichardBSpencer, belonged to Richard Spencer, an American white nationalist known for promoting white supremacist views, as well as accounts belonging to Paul Town, Pax Dickinson, Ricky Vaughn and John Rivers.

The alt-right, a loose group espousing white nationalism, has been using the Internet, most notably Steve Bannon’s Breitbart News, to gain influence and attack mainstream conservatives. Besides Spencer’s personal account, Twitter also deleted his National Policy Institute @npiamerica and his online magazine @radixjournal accounts.

Paul Town, who describes himself as “the leading thoughtleader of Alt-Right, nRX, and Hestia,” quickly reopened for business as @ThePaulTown.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Richard Spencer advocates for a white homeland for the “dispossessed white race” and “peaceful ethnic cleansing” of non-white culture. The Anti-Defamation League cited Spencer in 2013 as “a leader in white supremacist circles” who has rejected the US conservative movement, because it “can’t or won’t represent explicitly white interests.”

Spencer has also said he wants blacks, Asians, Hispanics and Jews to be deported from the US.

Spencer compared the move against his neo-Nazi movement as both “corporate Stalinism” and the Gestapo’s 1934 “night of the long knives” purge of the SA’s leadership. He also described it as “execution squads across the alt right,” complaining that “they are purging people based on their views.”

Now, speaking of the “night of the long knife metaphor,” that memorable night in June 1934 was part of Adolf Hitler’s effort to get rid of his  pesky fellow travelers from the days before he became ruler of Germany. Since another intensive user of Twitter happens to be one Donald J. Trump who has just become ruler of America, is Spencer casting himself as SA leader Ernst Röhm, to Donald Trump’s Hitler?

Those white boys do read up a lot about the Third Reich, don’t they.

White nationalist and chairman of the Traditionalist Worker Party Matt Heimblach accused Twitter of reneging on their declared commitment to free speech. “There is a lot of concern over them trying to stop us, whether it’s the establishment or whether it’s these multinational corporations like Twitter or Google, but I really think it’s too little too late. This political revolution that we are seeing has already begun.” Heimblach also vowed that for every deleted account his loyalists would start a new one.

Of course, Twitter, unlike the US government, and despite its famous slogan about being “the free speech wing of the free speech party,” is not bound by the First Amendment in its private domain, and so, as the company spelled it out calmly, “The Twitter Rules prohibit targeted abuse and harassment, and we will suspend accounts that violate this policy.”

So far, Twitter, which last year deleted 125,000 ISIS-related accounts, certainly has the means to mow through the at-right accounts with the same vigor. And, in a move signaling its commitment, last July Twitter deleted the account of Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor at Breitbart, last July, for abusive behavior using hundreds of anonymous Twitter accounts to spread images of Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones alongside racist and sexist texts.

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NY Congressman Denouncing Trump for Bannon Pick, Speaker Ryan Dismissing Public Outrage

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) of Manhattan’s West Side district, on Tuesday released a statement denouncing President Elect Donald Trump for naming former Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon as White House Chief Strategist:

“I am appalled and disgusted that Donald Trump is doubling-down on hatred and racism in his very first action as President-elect,” Nadler wrote. “Instead of calling on the nation to end the violence, racism, and bigotry that is sweeping communities across the country, he has selected a known anti-Semitic, white nationalist, racist – Steve Bannon – to serve at the highest level of the executive branch.”

To be fair, several prominent American Jews have defended Bannon on the charge of anti-Semitism. On the other hand, he did tell Mother Jones, “We’re the platform for the alt-right,” and alt-right is what you might call Nazi-light – a racist, anti-Semitic, white power group well outside any notion of the American consensus.

Nadler is not alone, it turns out. Democrats, civil-rights groups and some Republicans are calling on Trump to change his decision regarding the Bannon appointment. However, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis) on Tuesday refused to answer questions about Bannon’s shady past (mostly a really bad marriage, a few violent outbursts and a dedication to using foul language. He also was the director of Earth-science research project Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona, looking for ways to combat global warming…).

Ryan insisted “the president is going to be judged on his results,” and noted that Bannon “is a person who helped him win an incredible victory and an incredible campaign.”

Nadler, for his part, called on Trump “to immediately retract his offer to Bannon and to pledge that no one who shares those anti-Semitic, racist values has any place in his administration. Bannon has bragged about Breitbart News serving as the platform for the alt-right — a loose alliance of anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, white nationalist provocateurs. We must not allow him to use the power of the White House as his new platform for spewing hate, racism, and white nationalism.”

“I call on Trump to appoint senior officials and members of his cabinet that look like America,” Nadler concluded. “In a sign of national unity, and reflecting the very close nature of the election – including the fact that he lost the popular vote – he needs to appoint Democrats and Republicans to his administration, men and women, people of all races, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds, gay and straight, and including those with disabilities. Whoever he appoints to serve in a position of leadership in our country must serve all of the people and must denounce the type of racism, white nationalism, and bigotry that, unfortunately, Steve Bannon represents to millions of Americans.”

David Israel

Impotent Rage About Trump Directed at Steve Bannon

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

It didn’t take haters of president-elect Trump long to shift their negative energy away from Trump and instead focus it towards an easier target: former Breitbart editor-in-chief and newly named Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon.

Trump won the election, he isn’t going anywhere and people, especially liberal Democrats who have been lulled by eight years of validation, are angry. Also greatly peeved are the traditional establishment conservatives who refused to back the aggressively non-intellectual Donald Trump. It was not only shocking but personally insulting to many of the elites that the “loser” actually won. Much better to throw word-bombs at a liberal for four years than to have to eat crow – picking feathers out of one’s teeth is never fun.

So when the president-elect filled his first two positions and one of the two was an establishment stalwart, Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus as chief of staff, heads swiveled and the keyboards pointed towards the second, the easier target, Bannon.

Bannon has been decisively labeled “an anti-Semite,”  and “alt-right,” and therefore “racist.” The anti-Semite charge has been traced back to claims made by an ex-wife during divorce proceedings. The most inflammatory thing she claimed he said is he didn’t want to send their girls to a school with “too many Jews.” But they did send their girls there. Bannon denies the charge. That’s it for evidence of anti-Semitism.  Really? Words uttered in a custody battle?

Anyone remember the claim that Hillary Clinton referred to one of her husband’s Jewish staffers as a “[expletive verb deleted] Jew [expletive noun deleted]”? Of course it was never proven that she said that – same with Bannon’s alleged anti-Semitic remarks – but it was repeated and rumors about it persisted, yet none ever rose to the level of a disqualifier for public office, let alone for an advisory role.

Since we can’t know the truth about whether Bannon uttered what was attributed to him by his ex-wife in a custody battle, what do people who know or worked with Bannon have to say about whether the man is an anti-Semite?

David Goldman, the economist and author who used to write under the pen name Spengler, wrote from personal experience that he was confident Bannon is not anti-Semitic. Writing on his Facebook wall, Goldman responded to a post on a conservative news site which blasted Bannon for promoting  “anti-Semitism,” “racism” and “white nationalism.”

Goldman did a Google search of the site.

I looked through roughly a thousand articles and found nothing but pro-Israel, pro-Jewish articles that might well have appeared in Israel Hayom. There is not a shred of evidence–not a single article–that supports [John] Podhoretz’ allegation that Bannon and Breitbart aid and abet anti-Semitic views.

Earlier in the day Goldman took the Financial Times to task for the same kind of evidence-free accusation.

“I know Steve Bannon, and have had several long discussions with him about politics. I first met him when he approached me at a conference to tell me that he liked my writing, which is unabashedly Zionist,” Goldman posted.

Goldman responded to an email query with:”I discussed Israel with him on a couple of occasions and he is a gung-ho pro-Zionist conservative.”

Joel B. Pollak is senior editor-at-large at Breitbart News and an Orthodox Jew. He has worked with Bannon for years and in response to the brouhaha wrote a column on Monday, “Stephen K, Bannon, Friend of the Jewish People, Defender of Israel.”

Pollak elaborated on his full-throated defense of Bannon in a telephone call late Monday evening. “Steve Bannon is the best friend Israel has ever had in the White House,” Pollak said. “Under Bannon, Breitbart has expanded to open a Jerusalem bureau, and it consistently posts positive stories about Israel.”

So what about the charges of anti-Semitism? Pollak laughed. “I won’t tell you which ones, but during the [Republican] primary I had to repeatedly talk Steve off a ledge when he became irate that one or more of the contenders made comments Steve interpreted as anti-Semitic.” If anything, Pollak explained, “Steve is overly-sensitive to statements by others he thinks are anti-Semitic.”

No one claims Bannon is a pussycat. Several people who spoke out against the anti-Semitism claim willingly described Bannon as “tough” or “difficult” or “as hard-[expletive deleted]as they come,” but no one has come forward with any basis for calling Bannon anti-Semitic.

What about the claims of Bannon promoting Breitbart as a refuge for alt-right views?

Pollak explained that saying Breitbart promotes “alt-right” because Breitbart contains reporting on the alt-right is “like saying CNN promotes Black Lives Matter because CNN reports on the BLM movement.”

Indeed, there are articles about the alt-right on Breitbart. The most expansive one is co-written by the alleged icon of the alt-right, Milo Yiannopoulis, “An Establishment Conservative’s Guide to the Alt-Right.”

In a 5200-plus word article Yiannopoulis and his co-author Allum Bokhari debunk myths while creating a taxonomy of the alt-right movement.

Much of the alt-right, the two explain, focuses on community-building and values lifestyles. The “prankstering” or outrageous “memes” appear to be the source of much misunderstanding about the movement, which the two explain is even more hilarious to the alt-righters who practically choke on how those they aggravate “get played.”

But then there are the “1488ers,” who are just a small segment of the movement. Yiannopoulis and Bokhari explain:

1488ers are the equivalent of the Black Lives Matter supporters who call for the deaths of policemen, or feminists who unironically want to #KillAllMen. Of course, the difference is that while the media pretend the latter are either non-existent, or a tiny extremist minority, they consider 1488ers to constitute the whole of the alt-right.

Those looking for Nazis under the bed can rest assured that they do exist. On the other hand, there’s just not very many of them, no-one really likes them, and they’re unlikely to achieve anything significant in the alt-right.

Yiannopoulis also said that “he is too pro-Israel” even for non-1488er alt-rightists to include him in their movement. The same is surely true for Breitbart itself, and for Bannon.

So the scary bogey-men of the alt-right is a fringe element of a fringe element, about which Breitbart runs articles, just – to quote Pollak – as CNN runs articles about the recent attention-grabbing movement on the left, Black Lives Matter.

Similarly, of the recent anti-Trump protests many involved were just dispirited Hillary fans, while a few called for violent revolution and there was even a sign held by one protester advocating “rape Melania.”  Should all Clinton-voters be condemned? Should Hillary Clinton?

The blogger Jeff Dunetz wrote for Breitbart for several years. Although he never met Bannon, Dunetz wrote a column on his own blog on Monday, with a commonsense title: “If Steve Bannon is an anti-Semite, Why Can’t I Find Any Anti-Semitism?” Dunetz remarked on a column written by David Horowitz which ran at Breitbart. In that column Horowitz referred to longtime neocon leader Bill Kristol as a “renegade Jew” for refusing to support the Republican Party nominee, Donald Trump. But Horowitz – a Jew – wrote the column, not Bannon.

It is true that the Horowitz column ran at Breitbart, but that does not make Breitbart or Steve Bannon any more anti-Semitic than the New York Times running a column written by Mahmoud Abbas makes that paper a Holocaust-denier. And just because the Democratic Party endorsed the Black Lives Matter platform does not necessarily make it or its standard bearers anti-Israel or anti-police, although the BLM certainly is the latter and has officially charged Israel with being an Apartheid State and committing genocide.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

ZOA Head Wants ADL’s Greenblatt to Apologize to Bannon

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein released a statement saying “it is painful to see Anti-Defamation League (ADL) president Jonathan Greenblatt engaging in character assassination against President-elect Trump’s appointee Stephen Bannon and Mr. Bannon’s company, Breitbart media. ADL/Greenblatt essentially accused Mr. Bannon and his media company of ‘anti-Semitism’ and Israel hatred, when Jonathan Greenblatt/ADL tweeted that Bannon ‘presided over the premier website of the ‘alt right’ – a loose-knit group of white nationalists and anti-Semites.’”

But Klein insists that, as pro-Israel writer (who happens to be an orthodox Jew) Joel B. Pollak wrote, Mr. Bannon is “an American patriot who defends Israel & has deep empathy for the Jewish people.”

According to Klein, ZOA’s experience and analysis of Breitbart articles confirm Bannon’s and Breitbart’s “friendship and fair-mindedness towards Israel and the Jewish people. To accuse Mr. Bannon and Breitbart of anti-Semitism is Orwellian.” He cites cases in wich Breitbart fought against anti-Semitism:

Bannon joined ZOA in fighting the anti-Semitic rallies at CUNY, a Breitbart reporters called CUNY officials and Gov. Cuomo aides urging them to do something about it.

Breitbart regularly publishes articles reporting that the Palestinian Authority defames Israel with blatant falsehoods.  On November 13, 2016, Breitbart reported that “the Palestinian Authority’s official TV network has been airing a video several times a day baselessly accusing Israel of poisoning former PA President Yasser Arafat and further claiming that Israel is targeting current President Mahmoud Abbas next.  Arafat died at the age of 75 on November 11, 2004, just outside of Paris. A French forensic team examined his remains and concluded that there were no traces of poison in his body.  Nevertheless, every year around the anniversary of his death, the PA disseminates the libel that Israel murdered him.”

On November 14, 2016 Breitbart reported the human cost and pain to a Jewish student at the New School of finding a swastika scrawled on her dorm room door.

Breitbart publicizes Iran’s violations of the nuclear deal – which pose an existential threat to Israel.  On November 13, 2016, Breitbart reported that “despite a finding published by the UN’s atomic energy agency this week that Iran has — for the second time — stockpiled more heavy water than permitted under the terms of the nuclear agreement it reached with six world powers last year, the US State Department is declining to acknowledge this as a violation of the deal.

Breitbart also reports sympathetically on the scourge of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS).  On November 2, 2016, Breitbart reported that “reports of anti-Semitic incidents on US college campuses have increased, much of it attributed to the rise of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.”

Klein declared the ZOA is urging “Jonathan Greenblatt/ADL to withdraw and apologize for their inappropriate character assassination of Mr. Bannon and Breitbart Media.”

JNi.Media

Trump Key Advisor Accused of Anti-Semitism, Ridiculing Holocaust

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Joseph Schmitz, one of five Trump senior advisers, is accused of boasting that when he was inspector general at the US Department of Defense under President GW Bush, he got Jewish employees fired, McClatchy reported. Schmitz, a Washington attorney, said the allegations are lies, and, according to McClatchy, the three people who made the accusations—one testifying under oath—are involved in employment grievances with the federal government, probably because they were fired.

Daniel Meyer, whose work for the Defense Department involved making decisions on department whistleblowers, noted in his complaint filed against the DOD, according to McClatchy, that Schmitz had described his achievement in the Pentagon inspector general’s office as “I fired the Jews.”

Meyer cited in his complaint a former senior Pentagon official named John Crane, who worked with Schmitz between April 2002 and September 2005, as having witnessed that statement by Schmitz, and also wrote that “in his final days, he allegedly lectured Mr. Crane on the details of concentration camps and how the ovens were too small to kill 6 million Jews.”

Schmitz said Crane made several false accusations against him, and told McClatchy that his wife, although not a practicing Jew, was “ethnically Jewish,” seeing as her maternal grandmother was a Jew (which would make her mother Jewish, of course).

Crane himself refused to comment saying he reserves his comments to the coming hearing of Meyer’s case before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), but his attorney denied Schmitz’s allegation that Crane was the source of all the bad press about him.

Meanwhile, according to McClatchy, this week a Jewish Army engineer named David Tenenbaum cited the Meyer allegations in a letter to Acting Pentagon Inspector General Glenn Fine as more evidence of an anti-Semitic culture in the military. “The anti-Semitic environment began under a prior Inspector General, Mr. Joseph Schmitz,” Tenenbaum’s lawyer wrote.

The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol has been irate at Trump’s hiring of Breitbart Executive Chairman Steve Bannon as his presidential campaign’s chief executive officer, because back in May Breitbart ran a story under the catchy headline: “Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew.

The story used the anti-Semitic holler because Krystol had announced he would not support Trump for president.

Andrew Breitbart, who founded the news website in 2007, died in 2012 and was replaced at the helm by Bannon.

“I knew Breitbart well, and he was a troublemaker but he was a good-hearted person,” Kristol told MSNBC’s Morning Joe, adding, “I hate the fact that it’s called Breitbart News. If they changed the name and called it Right Wing Intolerant Mean-Spirited News, that would be fine.”

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