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Analysis: Bernie Sanders May Be the First Jewish US Vice President

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman in 2000 was supposed to be crowned America’s first Jewish VP. Now, as the Democratic primaries are rolling to the finish line, there’s a solid chance that Vermont Senator, Brooklyn born Bernie Sanders, would be the first to have that honor.

When ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos had this exchange:

Stephanopoulos: If you don’t, sir, and this is my final question, you open to being considered as Secretary Clinton’s running mate?

Sanders: It’s a little bit early to talk about that. Right now, our function is to do everything I can, George — and you’re going to see me running all over California, we’re in New Mexico now — we’re going to do everything that we can to get every vote and every delegate that we can and go into that convention with as much momentum as is possible.

Stephanopoulos: Didn’t hear a no, Senator. We’ll be talking to you soon. Take care.

Candidate Clinton for her part said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that she is open to a wide variety of possible running mates. She mentioned Dallas Mavericks owner businessmen Mark Cuban, who said he’d like to be either Clinton’s or Trump’s VP.

Now, that’s keeping your options open.

With very few primaries left — California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota and that’s it, Sanders stands no realistic chance of significantly cutting Hillary’s lead of 274 pledged delegates, never mind her 486 super-delegates. All Clinton needs to do at this point in order to win the Democratic nomination is to pick up only 90 of the remaining 939 outstanding delegates. Sanders must win 850. So that’s not going to happen.

But Bernie Sanders has a major advantage over Hillary Clinton in the national polls, which she cannot deny: while Clinton and Trump are split in major national polls, and over the past two weeks have been trading the same 2 to 3 points between them, meaning they are essentially tied, Bernie Sanders whips Trump by double digits in almost every single major poll.

It’s always dangerous to use May polls as an indication of the voter’s will come November, and national polls are even less reliable than state polls because you never know how the sample of 600 to 2,000 respondents was distributed, and whether the distribution in May has anything to say about November. But one point is clear today: while most voters openly dislike both Hillary and Trump, and vote for either one of them as the lesser of two evils — the same voters actually like Sanders.

Which is why it’s rare for Sanders to beat Trump in those national polls with less than a two digit lead. This is going to be part of Bernie Sanders’ camp’s argument in Philadelphia this summer: Bernie can get the voters out, Bernie ignites their imagination. Hillary, even if she wins in November, will do so with a few votes over the split, and without coattails, meaning both houses of Congress will remain Republican.

When Sanders is urging the super-delegates to take “an objective look” at which candidate has a better shot at beating Trump in November, he’s talking about these national polls. Sanders has also condemned the entire institution of super-delegates, saying it is unfair and is part of an “anointment process,” rather than free and open elections.

Hillary has not expressed any degree of enthusiasm about doing with Sanders what her husband did with Al Gore in 1992 and 1996. “I am going to be the nominee and want to spend my time taking on Trump,” Clinton said. She urged Sanders to face the realities of the election process, reminding him that “we are stronger together.” She also noted that the differences between herself and Sanders on the issues “pale in comparison to Donald Trump,” suggesting that “most of his [Sanders’] supporters understand that as well.”

But should Sanders, with his considerable cache of both voters and money, decides to play hardball even after Hillary had picked up her 90 votes and crossed the finish line, would he be able to exact from the winner the ultimate price for his cooperation? The chances of that look better than 50-50 today.

Salon wrote this weekend: “Hillary must pick Bernie for VP: She may even need him more than he needs her.” Salon noted a Rasmussen poll found that 36 percent of likely Democratic voters want Clinton to name Sanders as her running mate – almost double the 19 percent of voters supporting the next most popular vice presidential contender, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. You’ll note that Sen. Warren is a lot closer to Sanders’ politics, especially on Wall Street, than Hillary’s.

And Politicus USA pointed on Sunday: “Bernie Sanders would bring Independents and lock down younger voters for Hillary Clinton. Sanders also attacks Donald Trump with a zeal and conviction that would throw the Republican off of his game for the entire fall. … Hillary Clinton could do a whole lot worse for herself than putting Bernie Sanders on the ticket.”

JNi.Media

Smugglers’ Cross-Border Tunnel Discovered in San Diego

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

It’s not only Israel contending with tunnels, although for Israel tunnels pose an existential threat.

For the third time this month, a cross-border tunnel was discovered Wednesday (April 20) leading from Mexico to California. Authorities seized seven tons of marijuana and more than a ton of cocaine.

The tunnel, measuring nearly half a mile, is believed to be the longest ever found in California. It was equipped with a rail system, ventilation, lights and a large elevator, making delivery of the smuggled goods much easier and more efficient. Some tunnels along the U.S.-Mexico border have been discovered with hydraulic lifts and electric rail cards, according to Fox News.

The exit on the U.S. side was about three feet wide. Six people were arrested last Friday in San Diego and charged with constructing tunnels and other drug-related crimes. They were not identified and their affiliation is not known.

There are numerous drug cartels doing “business” throughout Latin America, including a number who carry out transactions with Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Agents found 1,600 pounds of marijuana inside the tunnel. Another 11,000 pounds of cannabis and 2,242 pounds of cocaine were found in the truck that had been collected from the handy trash bin strategically placed to hide the mouth of the tunnel, as a pickup site for smugglers. In addition, another 1,430 pounds of marijuana were found in the bin.

Hana Levi Julian

Jewish Man Protects KKK Member from Protester Mob in Anaheim [video]

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

It might seem ironic, but it took a Jewish guy to protect a member of the Ku Klux Klan from at least 30 angry counter protesters this past weekend when his fellow Klansmen abandoned him.

Six members of the white supremacist group had showed up for the planned anti-immigration rally on the “white lives matter” theme, according to Anaheim Police Dept. Spokesperson Sgt. Daron Wyatt. Several were wearing navy blue uniforms, with a patch of the Confederate flag sewn on the sleeve.

The Klan leader knocked to the ground was Will Quigg, national leader of the group, as the scuffle quickly became a beat-down. The Klansman was taking the worst of it when Prof. Brian Levin stepped in.

Levin is the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.

“The protesters were going to tear these guys limb for limb,” he told Guns.com . “I don’t know how long I could’ve held them back.” Levin was there to witness and record the KKK, which he has been doing for several years. But police had not yet arrived, and violence had started.

“I’ve seen this before,” Levin said. “You don’t want a hostile crowd with a stationary target on the ground. Once you get a crowd going, it doesn’t stop.”

Wyatt said Klansmen stabbed three protesters, including one who was stabbed with “the decorative end of a flagpole” and rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition. A total of five people were injured, including two from the hate group.

Police had not expected the counter protesters would become violent. “The KKK, as reprehensible as it may be, is protected by the First Amendment,” Wyatt said. “They have a right under the Constitution to say what they want to say.”

Levin made it clear he was not protecting the Klansman on philosophical grounds, but rather to ensure that no one was killed in the violence. He later asked the KKK member how it felt to have his life saved by a Jewish man. “I thank you,” the Klansman replied. “I thank you.”

Hana Levi Julian

Apple Opposes Unlocking Terrorist’s iPhone

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Less than a month after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the need for developing cyber defense technology at the Cyber Tech Convention in Tel Aviv, the United States faces a challenge on home ground.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has opposed a court order to unlock the iPhone 5c used by the terrorist who murdered 14 people in cold blood last December in San Bernardino, California.

But the order issued Tuesday by Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym of the U.S. District Court for Central California supported an FBI claim that Apple’s help is needed to unlock the phone.

Cook called the order “an unprecedented step” in an open letter on Wednesday.

“We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand,” he wrote.

“The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancement that protect our customers – including tens of millions of American citizens – from sophisticated hackers and cyber criminals.”

The Apple executive added that the company “has no sympathy for terrorists.” Apple provides data upon presentation of a search warrant, he said. But the encrypted data of Farook’s phone, he claimed, is no longer within reach.

The company designed the system in 2014 in such a way that it does not hold the key to unlock the software.

Likewise Google designed a similar smartphone software system at the same time, in which it does not hold the key to unlock the encryption.

Both firms deeply angered American security officials at the time: FBI director James Comey was quoted by U.S. News and World Report at as saying “There will come a day … when it will matter a great deal to the lives of people of all kinds that we be able to with judicial authorization gain access kidnapper’s or a terrorist or a criminal’s device.”

Syed Rizwan Farook was killed in a shootout with police along with his wife and fellow terrorist, Tashfeen Malik later that day. But he left his phone, which might provide clues to what motivated the couple’s murderous rampage.

The only problem is, the phone is locked. A security mechanism on Apple phones automatically erases the data after 10 failed attempts to guess the password. The FBI so far has failed to access the data.

Hana Levi Julian

14 Dead in San Bernardino Massacre

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

A holiday party for San Bernardino county health workers at the Inland Regional Center for developmentally disabled ended suddenly when three masked shooters crashed the party.

It was a scene of carnage as armed terrorists, wearing black masks, camouflage fatigues and bullet vests opened fire at the happy workers.

The terrorists murdered 14 people and seriously wounded at least 17 others inside the conference room where the party was being held.

One of the shooters was later identified as 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farook, according to the LA Times. Farook was married to the second shooter, 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik. Both were U.S. citizens.

Police are searching for the third shooter. Sources said that person is a relative of Farook, not yet identified. Reportedly, a third person has been detained. It is not clear whether that person is a suspect or not.

When they ran out of bullets, all three took off in a black SUV, heading for the Farook home. Police caught up with them a few hours later, cornering Farook and his wife when they tried to flee in their SUV. In the shootout that followed, the vehicle was riddled with bullets, leaving both dead and blood running in the street.

According to numerous sources, Farook left the party, appearing “angry.” But investigators said Wednesday night that the motive for the massacre is still unclear.

“This was not a casual workplace argument,” a law enforcement source told the NY Post. “It’s a well-planned and thought-out attack.”

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan echoed that view, telling reporters, “Preliminary information indicates that these were people who came prepared, that they were dressed and equipped in a way to indicate that they were prepared… and they were armed with long guns, not handguns.”

Sappers were working late into the night to defuse an IED (improvised explosive device) discovered by police at the scene of the attack.

Several “items of concern” were also found inside the SUV used as an escape vehicle, he said, and authorities were working to determine whether any were explosive as well.

“Is this a terrorist incident? We do not know,” David Bowditch, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, told The Times. Terrorism has not been ruled out, he said later.

The young, bearded Farook was quiet, polite and well-liked by his colleagues. He had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia and returned “with a woman he met online,” according to co-workers questioned by police. The couple had a baby and appeared to be “living the American dream,” said fellow food inspector Patrick Baccari, quoted by the LA Times.

Farook worked for the county health department as a “health technician,” inspecting restaurants and hotels, according to his father, who spoke with the New York Daily News.

Public records show Farook worked for the county health department as an “environmental health specialist,” earning a salary of $51,000 per year.

During a conference held late Wednesday night the Council on Islamic Relations in Anaheim condemned the attack. “The Muslim community stands shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans in repudiating any twisted mindset that would claim to justify such sickening acts of violence,” the group said in its statement.

At that news conference, Farook’s brother-in-law, Farhan Khan, expressed shock at the news. “I have no idea why he would do that,” he said. “Why would he do something like that? I have no idea. I’m in shock myself.”

Hana Levi Julian

Saudi Prince Accused of Threatening and Sexually Assaulting LA Women

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

A Saudi Arabia prince allegedly sexually assaulted and threatened three housekeepers in his Beverly Hills, California mansion.

The victims have filed a lawsuit against 29-year-old Majed Abdulaziz Al Saud, and their lawyer is looking for more alleged victims.

The alleged threats and assaults occurred in September, and Al Saud was arrested for alleged indecent acts during a cocaine party.

The official complaint charges him with having told one woman:

Tomorrow I will have a party with you and you will do everything I want otherwise I will kill you.

He is accused of having said to another woman, who  charged that she was kicked:

You’re not a woman! You’re nobody! I’m a prince and I’ll do what I want and nobody will do anything to me,” he allegedly said and later kicked her violently above her knee, according to the complaint.

The women’s lawyer told The New York Daily News:

Al Saud has violently threatened and sexually assaulted his employees and publicly shamed these innocent women in the public eye. This is yet another example of the use of gross wealth and power to exert emotional and physical abuse on those more vulnerable

In a separate incident, another Saudi prince flying in his private plane was detained at the Beirut International Airport for allegedly  “attempting to smuggle about two tons of Captagon pills and some cocaine.” Captgon is a stimulant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

American and Canadian Jews Flying on Aliyah in Face of Terror

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Sixty-five Jews from 13 states and Quebec, Canada are scheduled to set foot on their home around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah flight will carry passengers whose ages range from 10 months to 83 years, along with five men and women volunteering in the Israel Defense Forces as “lone soldiers” without family in Israel.

The new olim are from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Maine, Maryland, Ohio and Quebec.

Nefesh B’Nefesh Co-Founder and Executive Director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass said:

We are truly inspired that despite the extremely difficult times Israel is currently experiencing, Olim are undeterred and are still making Aliyah.

Their choice to leave a comfortable life and move to Israel, and even more so in these times, is an important contribution to Israel’s strength and national morale. We are proud to accompany each immigrant through the Aliyah process and will use all means at our disposal to ensure their successful absorption and acclimatization to Israeli society.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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