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Yesha Council Initiates Levy Report Campaign

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

At the Yesha Council Emergency Meeting dealing with the new campaign to pressure the government to authorize the Levy Report and/or make it a condition for a future coalition agreement with the parties that will
form Netanyahu’s next government:

The Campaign’s slogan:  “Netanyahu’s Government: Authorize the Levy Report.” Photo by: Yisrael Medad.

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Muslim Groups’ ‘HeArt Over Hate’ Not Really Over the Hate (VIDEO)

Friday, October 19th, 2012

In response to Pamela Geller’s anti-Jihad ad campaign, The Muslim Public Affairs Council is joining with Columbia University’s Muslim Students Association to launch its own ad campaign “to showcase the Islamic principle of ‘repelling evil with what is better‘ (Koran, Ch. 23, Surah Muminoon, verse 96) .”

MPAC says its campaign will “call on New Yorkers to stand together in opposing bigotry and hatred,” in its effort “HeArt Over Hate: Repelling Bigotry through Art & Music.”  It’s a clever play on words, but while it looks to deliver on its promise to be repellent  what MPAC and the MSA will be showcasing is support for brutal hatred, torture and violence.

The headline act, according to MPAC’s press release, is the Def Jam poet Amir Sulaiman.  Sulaiman spews violent, racist, hate-filled language that encourages the torture, shooting, fire-bombing and hostage-taking of American judges, American servicemen, Israelis, and courtroom employees.

In his poem, “Danger,” Sulaiman lauds Fidel Castro, calls for the release of those in Guantanimo, and claims those on death row are as innocent as the judges who sent them there.

While Geller’s ads called for the defeat of jihad and support of Israel, MPAC’s headliner identifies with murdering Israelis:

I’m a teenage Palestinian
Opening fire at an Israeli checkpoint, point blank, check-mate, now what?!

Sulaiman’s poem ends by exhorting his young listeners:

We must kick, bite, yell, scream
We must pray, fast, live, dream, fight, kill and die free!

Another member of the “HeArt Over Hate” event is hip-hop artist and activist Mazzi SoulPurpose. Mazzi fondly recalls the shouts of “Zionism is Racism” from a protest he participated in front of the United Nations in 1988.  He also said that based on what he observed on a trip to “Israel/Palestine”  what was happening “in Sderot, Ashqelon, & Haifa were extremely pale in comparison to what the settlers are doing in the West Bank.”

Columbia University’s Muslim Students Association is advertising its HeArt Over Hate program as one “that will bring together Muslim performers from all over the city for a common goal: to celebrate peace and pluralism over bigotry and extremism.”

Geller’s ads contain no language of violence, torture or murder.  The criticism of the anti-jihad ads is that they labelled those who support jihad as savages. Critics insisted that Geller was calling all Muslims savages.  Geller’s ad reads:

In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.

In a statement released on Thursday, October 17, MPAC president Salam Al-Marayati, who recently represented the United States at a global human rights conference in Warsaw, said “it is important we counter such ads with messages of peace that are the true representation of what we stand for as Muslims.”  Al-Marayati told a radio interviewer on September 11, 2001, that Israel should be on the list of suspects for those responsible for that tragedy.  In response to Geller’s ads, he said, “America needs leadership to rise above racism and bigotry.”

Many other community groups labelled Geller a hater for using the term “savage” in her ads.

“We believe the ads are highly offensive and inflammatory,” said Ron Meier, New York regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.  The Council on American-Islamic Relations called it “anti-Muslim hate,” Juan Cole called it “offensive,” Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, a leader in Rabbis for Human Rights, “deeply misguided and disturbing.” Jewish Council for Public Affairs called it “Bigoted, Divisive and Unhelpful.” In a New York Times op-ed, The President for the Union of Reform Judaism called Geller’s ads, “wrong and repugnant.”  Rabbi Rick Jacobs also said their only purpose is to “incite hatred against Muslims.”

Here are the complete lyrics to Amir Sulaiman’s “Danger”

I am not angry; I am anger.
I am not dangerous; I am danger.
I am abominable stress, eliotic, relentless.
I’m a breath of vengeance.
I’m a death sentence.
I’m forsaking repentance,
to the beast in his hench men.

Armed forces and policemen
that survived off of oils and prisons until there cup runneth over with lost souls.
That wear over-sized caps like blind-folds
Shiny necklaces like lassoes
Draggin’ them into black-holes
And I may have to holla out to Fidel Castro
To get my other brothers outta Guantanamo
And the innocents on death row?
It’s probably in the same proportion to criminals in black robes
That smack gavels
That crack domes
That smack gavels
That smash homes

Justice is somewhere between reading sad poems and 40 oz of gasoline crashing through windows
It is between plans and action
It is between writing letters to congressmen and clocking the captain
It is between raising legal defense funds and putting a gun to the bailiff and taking the judge captive

It is between prayer and fasting
Between burning and blasting
Freedom is between the mind and the soul
Between the lock and the load
Between the zeal of the young and the patience of the old
Freedom is between a finger and the trigger
It is between the page and the pen
It is between the grenade and the pin
Between righteous and keeping one in the chamber

So what can they do with a cat with a heart like Turner
A mind like Douglass
A mouth like Malcolm
And a voice like Chris?!

That is why I am not dangerous; I am danger
I am not angry, I am anger
I am abominable, stress, Eliotic relentless
I’m a death sentence
For the beast and his henchmen
Politicians and big businessmen

I’m a teenage Palestinian
Opening fire at an Israeli checkpoint, point blank, check-mate, now what?!

I’m a rape victim with a gun cocked to his cock, cock BANG! Bangkok! Now what?!

I am sitting Bull with Colonel Custard’s [sic] scalp in my hands
I am Sincay with a slave trader’s blood on my hands
I am Jonathan Jackson and a gun to my man

I am David with a slingshot and a rock
And if David lived today, he’d have a Molotov cocktail and a Glock
So down with Goliath, I say down with Goliath

But we must learn, know, write, read
We must kick, bite, yell, scream
We must pray, fast, live, dream, fight, kill and die free!

Israel’s Election Campaign Shifts Into High Gear

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

JERUSALEM – With the 18th Israeli Knesset dispersed and new national elections set for January 22, 2013, Israel’s various political factions began preparing for what is expected to be a brutal campaign to elect a new 120-seat parliament. Following the elections President Shimon Peres will ask a newly elected MK, presumably from the largest faction, to form the next government.

Though most polls show incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party in the lead and in the best position to form the next government, growing dissatisfaction with Netanyahu’s economic policies among many middle-class voters who supported him four years ago could shift their alliances in the months leading up to the elections.

Netanyahu’s reelection campaign was dealt a blow on Monday when Minister of Communications and Minister of Welfare & Social Services Moshe Kahlon resigned from politics. MK Kahlon, who was directly responsible for opening up the formerly monopolistic cell phone and cable TV markets that resulted in substantial savings for financially pressed Israeli consumers, was considered a rising political star in the Likud. His record of no-holds-barred challenging of Israel’s powerful business tycoons and social welfare activists would have played a central role in the Likud’s campaign.

According to a Yediot Aharonot report, the popular Kahlon was urged by many supporters to reconsider his decision to return to the private business sector. And other Israeli newspapers reported that Kahlon’s reason for a career change was due to the constant infighting among the party’s Central Committee members and the disrespectful treatment he received from other Likud Party MKs. Yediot added that Likud has received numerous messages from voters threatening not to vote for Likud if Kahlon does not return to elective politics.

Other media sources are speculating that many disaffected Likud voters could switch their political allegiance to a revamped Shas Party or to former TV talk show host Yair Lapid’s new secular centrist Yesh Atid (There is a Future) Party.

It’s also being reported that Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is meeting with members of the party’s Council of Torah Sages to determine if former Shas leader Aryeh Deri should return as faction head for the upcoming election or share leadership responsibilities with the incumbent party leader, Minister of Internal Affairs Eli Yishai. Newspaper polls conducted last week show that Shas would increase its number of Knesset seats if Deri returns as party leader. Deri, who generally doesn’t share Netanyahu’s free-market economic agenda, is not considered a political ally of Netanyahu. In contrast, Yishai has worked closely with the Israeli leader over the past four years.

In another political development, Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely is expected to ask Israel’s Supreme Court to deny Deri and former prime minister Ehud Olmert (if the latter chooses to do so) from returning to the political scene. Deri has served jail time while Olmert was convicted recently on a corruption charge and faces criminal charges in another case. To attract Modern Orthodox voters Lapid is considering the inclusion of Rabbi Shai Piron, co-founder of the Tzohar rabbinical organization and a senior staff member of Yeshivat Hesder Petach Tikva, to his election list. Lapid supports changing Israel’s electoral system and easing the social and tax burdens on the middle class by drafting haredim into the military and cajoling more haredim into the job market.

Labor and Kadima are expected to announce their Knesset lists within two weeks.

Netanyahu is expected to highlight his strong leadership during a time that he describes as “the most difficult period of security challenges to Israel’s existence.” Many of his challengers are likely to focus on domestic economic issues.

Israeli Buildings Pink-Lit to Fight Breast Cancer

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

The tall buildings of Haifa University and the Naveh Nof residential Tower in Bat Yam were lit up in pink Tuesday night in solidarity with an international breast cancer awareness campaign.

The effort is sponsored by the Israel Cancer Association and cosmetics maker Estee Lauder, and seeks to encourage Israeli women to get regular mammograms and breast exams to prevent breast cancer.

A recent report by Israel’s Health Ministry showed that the risk of breast cancer is rising among Jewish women in Israel, with 1 in 7.5 at risk of developing it.  Rates among Arabs are dropping.

Over 200 buildings around the world are taking part in this year’s campaign, including the Empire State building, Buckingham Palace, and the Sydney Opera House.

In 2010 the walls surrounding the Old City in Jerusalem were lit up in pink for that year’s breast awareness campaign.

Adelsons Again Donate $500K to Super PAC Supporting Boteach

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife for a second time have given $500,000 to a Super PAC supporting Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s bid for Congress.

The Adelsons gave the money to the Patriot Prosperity PAC, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the gift, after having given the same amount earlier this year. They also gave $10,000 directly to the Boteach campaign.

Boteach is running as the Republican candidate in New Jersey’s 9th Congressional District against eight-term incumbent Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.).

Boteach, who once was affiliated with the Chabad movement, bills himself as “America’s Rabbi.” He hosts a show on TLC called “Shalom in the Home” and is the author of several books, including “Kosher Sex,” “Kosher Adultery,” “The Kosher Sutra” and, most recently, “Kosher Jesus.”

Adelson has said multiple times that a candidate’s support for Israel is critical to whether he gives and how much. He has given $10 million to a Super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and earlier in the campaign put $20 million toward Newt Gingrich’s GOP primary bid.

Super PACs can raise unlimited sums from corporations, unions and other groups, as well as individuals, and indirectly support a political candidate. They cannot by law coordinate with the candidate’s official campaign.

Religious Coalition to Metro: Donate “Support Israel” Proceeds to Human Rights Group

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

A coalition of religious groups is calling on the Washington DC Metro to donate proceeds from an ad campaign suggesting Muslims are savages to an organization supporting human rights.

The Metro was sued by the American Freedom Defense Initiative – makers of the ad – last month, after officials delayed in putting up posters stating “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.  Support Israel.  Defeat Jihad ”, due to concerns that the posters would inflame Muslims and threaten the security of passengers.

The coalition is comprised of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim representatives.

Campus Activists Give Ahmadinejad an #UNwelcome Reception

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Israel advocates have made it clear that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to the United Nations will not go unnoticed.

In response to Ahmadinejad’s presence at this week’s General Assembly meeting in New York, more than 15 campuses across the country have joined an awareness campaign sponsored by Hasbara Fellowships. The most prominent events are being planned by students at New York University, SUNY Albany, SUNY Binghamton, Emory University, the University of Texas and UC Berkeley and will be held through Monday, September 24.

The effort comprises three key features: tabling, social media and petitioning. Campus displays include #UNwelcome t-shirts and information about past Iranian actions as well as the current status of the country’s nuclear program. Pro-Israel representatives will be available to answer questions and engage with students. Hasbara Fellowships has provided talking points to student organizers addressing Ahmadinejad as a threat to America, Israel and world peace, and as a detriment to his own people.

According to Daniel Cohen, Midwest regional coordinator for Hasbara Fellowships, the target audience is comprised of “college students who don’t wake up and read the news every day. We want everyone to be informed about the threat that Iran poses to the world, and to care enough to do something about it.”

Caroline Mendelsohn, a junior at the University of Texas at Austin, who serves as both a Hasbara Fellow and co-president of Texans for Israel, stressed that opposition to Iran’s policies is not strictly a Jewish issue or Israel issue, and noted that all organizations are invited to support the awareness campaign. “This includes Jewish organizations like Hillel, Chabad, AEPI and AEPhi, but also included many non-Jewish student organizations because, at the end of the day, this is not simply a Jewish issue or Israeli issue; it’s an American issue.

“In an election year, Iran is one bipartisan issue where both sides can come together and agree: A nuclear Iran is simply not an option,” Mendelsohn added.

Using a variety of social media platforms, the campaign expresses disapproval of Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York. Ahmadinejad Memes takes the meme phenomenon to a new level and uses it as an interactive portrayal of the Iranian president. Op-eds are being written for newspapers at more than 10 campuses to educate students about Ahmadinejad’s presence at the United Nations.

“Ahmadinejad is trending on social media right now,” said Hasbara Fellowships managing director Alan Levine. “We’re not trying to shut down his message; we are trying to expose his message.”

petition launched by Iran 180, with support from Hasbara Fellowships, will circulate online and on campus through Wednesday’s speech.

The organization launched its #UNwelcome initiative to coincide with the Iranian president’s arrival in New York on Monday using blunt messages such as, “New York to Ahmadinejad: You’re UNwelcome.”

Levine stressed the importance of petitions in engaging students and creating a positive dialogue about the issues. “The important thing about the campaign and this petition is that it allows students to engage their peers on campus,” he concluded.

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