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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.

Anti-IDF ‘Breaking the Silence’ to Speak in Swiss Parliament

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

The leftist Green Part in Switzerland has invited Yehuda Shaul, leader of the anti-IDF Breaking the Silence group, to speak in the parliament a week after the government funded his exhibit that charges the military with human rights violations.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry last week failed to cancel the Breaking the Silence exhibition, which it said has the ” sole purpose to tarnish the image of Israel’s …and Israel’s image.”

The Swiss Foreign Ministry shelled out $25,000 to help Breaking the Silence stage the exhibit and justified its action as a “commitment to increasing dialogue about human rights.”

Yehuda Shaul is as an Orthodox Jew in Jerusalem but has stated he was Not raised as an Israeli.” His agenda is clearly leftist, and he states on the Breaking of Silence website:

Moral values disintegrate, that’s inherent in these circumstances and you can’t both be there and not be there. Occupation is an equation. Soldiers dominate civilians. It starts with what I talked about and ends with what we don’t want to listen to, yet we must because our society is an occupying one, and our soldiers are doing these things in our name.

Shaul founded Breaking the Silence, which is generously funded by the leftist New Israel Fund, and he has recorded allegations by anonymous soldiers of indiscriminate fire at Arabs in Gaza during last summer’s Protective Edge counter-terror campaign.

Ten Swiss parliament members strongly opposed last week’s the exhibit and stated, as translated and published by The Jerusalem Post:

Disinformation and the political ideology of hatred are being directed against the Jewish state and, of all things, it is shameful that Switzerland, on whose soil the nucleus of peaceful political Zionism developed in Base at the First Zionist Congress in 1897, is participating in such activities.

Israeli pressure so far has not stopped the Green Party, which issued an invitation to Shaul to speak in the parliament to speak.

IDF Reservists last week appealed to Hotovely and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to stop the exhibit and said they also “will not remain silent in the face of an organization that retries to degrade the IDF.” They should form a group and call it “Breaking the Slander.”

The Breaking the Silence report is ammunition for BDS. Its 237-page report titled “This Is How We Fought in Gaza” is full of anonymous testimonies form 60 soldiers among tens of thousands who were called up during the war.

NGO Monitor has charged Breaking the Silence with making “sweeping accusations based on anecdotal, anonymous and unverifiable testimonies of low-level soldiers.” It added:

These ‘testimonies’ lack context, ignoring the fact that during the 2014 Gaza war heavy fighting took place between Israel and terror groups in Gaza, and that soldiers faced grave danger throughout the conflict from rockets, mortar shells, and terrorists emerging from tunnels dug beneath private homes. These distortions and erasures dovetail with BtS’s ideological agenda and fuel delegitimization campaigns against Israel.”

Horrific Anti-Semitic Display in Amsterdam’s ‘Dam Square’ [video]

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Anti-Semites celebrated in Amsterdam this weekend, using the “Palestinian cause” as their latest excuse for Jew hatred.

Images of the bodies of Palestinian children bloodied and killed, supposedly by Israeli soldiers, festooned Amsterdam’s Dam Square in a protest aimed at getting the attention of people who hate Israel.

A photo of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu depicted as Satan was Photo-Shopped with blood-red eyes, a blue Star of David tattoo on his forehead and vampire teeth dripping more blood, hunched over the body of a bleeding, dead Palestinian baby. “Can’t get enough,” charged the poster in deep blue letters on a black background above the image. “Save Palestinian Kids” it proclaimed in white over the image as a caption below.

Next to that poster was “Humanitarian Situation” describing what it called “Gaza Under Attack.” It quoted statistics claiming 9875 wounded, 188 schools damaged and 475,000 displaced people as a result of last summer’s Operation Protective Edge counter terror war.

The images were hung there by anti-Israel activists who were protesting under the title “Save the Palestinian Children.”

But as with many other publicity claims about Israel by the Palestinians, both the statistics and the venomous lies are aimed at an entirely different agenda.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization urged civilians to stay in their homes and in some cases actually forcing them to do so in spite of IDF warnings aimed at securing families ahead of strikes meant only for terror targets.

A number of schools had become terrorist bases, and some were missile storage warehouses for Hamas – including a number owned and operated by the United Nations.

Numerous civilian buildings were destroyed – including hospitals – because Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists had transformed apartments or basements into terrorist headquarters or weapons productions facilities. In many others, entrances to terrorist tunnels and hidden rocket launchers were installed as well.

The use of these buildings as military bases forced the IDF to mark them for destruction in order to ensure they could not be used to hurt Israeli civilians again, despite the tragic results.

The question still remains, however: why would the Gaza leadership willingly sacrifice the welfare of Gaza citizens in order to murder others? Why would its supporters champion that cause?

An even bigger question — one far more worrisome — is how the United Nations can justify equating the sovereign Jewish nation of Israel with the bloodthirsty terrorist rulers of Gaza, Hamas, which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon did on Monday (June 8.)

The IDF figures showed that during the 50-day war, 4,564 rockets, missiles and mortar shells were fired at Israelis by Gaza terrorists. Of those, 224 struck heavily populated areas, and 735 more were intercepted and shot down by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.

According to the United Nations, quoting Gaza health officials, 2,139 people were killed and 11,000 were wounded. The UN estimated that more than 20,000 homes were left uninhabitable by the war. The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) reported that approximately 500,000 people were displaced. Magen David Adom reported at least 70 Israelis were killed and 842 others were wounded in the conflict.

Number of bomb shelters to protect Gazans: 0
Number of bomb shelters protecting Israelis: hundreds of thousands. This is why there are so many more Gazan casualties than Israelis: when it comes down to the bottom line, Israeli lawmakers make sure contractors include bomb shelters in homes and buildings to protect the citizens. Gaza’s rulers do not care about their people and do not insist on building codes. And when they attack their neighbors and provoke a military response, they insist their citizens sacrifice themselves and their loved ones in order to maximize international solidarity through gory snaps of the aftermath.

During Operation Protective Edge, the IDF identified and eliminated 109 weapons warehouses, 85 weapons factories, 192 Hamas military or training sites, 1,814 targets linked to rocket launches and 312 houses belonging to people involved in terrorism. The air force also conducted 840 strikes to cover ground troops. In addition, 32 terrorist tunnels were identified and destroyed.

The Jewish State continues to be vilified for protecting her citizens, as it is by more than half of the membership of the United Nations following every counter terrorist war launched to silence the rocket fire.

UN Equates Israel With Hamas, Both Off UN Blacklist

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

The United Nations equated Israel on Monday with the Iranian-backed Hamas terror organization that rules Gaza.

The UN left both Israel – the sole democracy in the Middle East – and the terrorist group off its blacklist of those who violate children’s rights during conflicts.

UN special envoy for children and armed conflict Leila Zerrougui of Algeria had listed both Hamas and Israel in the report she sent for final approval to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, according to UN sources.

Israel was subjected to sharp criticism by Zerrougui for the impact on children created by its 2014 counter terror war against the terrorists – who for years rained down rocket fire on Israeli children and their families.

On Monday, UN Security Council members received the draft as well. But it was Ban with whom the final decision rested. Sources told journalists the secretary-general elected to strike both Israel and Hamas from the list.

The decision, said the sources, was highly unusual.

Meanwhile, Gaza terrorists are again testing Israel’s resolve. On Saturday night, civilians were sent racing to their bomb shelters once again when a Grad Katyusha rocket was fired at southern Israel from northern Gaza.

The rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, indicating that it had been heading directly for a major population center. Shrapnel from the destroyed rocket was later identified on the outskirts of the coastal city of Ashkelon.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned Monday that Israel will not “allow anyone to disrupt the lives” of her citizens.

Speaking at an awards ceremony attended by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot that was held at the home of President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem to honor IDF reservists, Ya’alon said, “In recent days we received another reminder about the complexity of the situation in Gaza.”

Ya’alon spoke of “a hostile entity controlled by a murderous terrorist organization, Hamas, which is also challenged by terror gangs affiliated with global jihad.”

Israel, he said, is maintaining a “determined and decisive policy, one that is measured and responsible… If we are required to, and we continue to be challenged, we will not hesitate to act,” he warned.

Palestinian Authority Unveils TV ‘Fifth Column’ Weapon against Israel

Monday, June 8th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority will launch a new television channel aimed at Israel’s 1.6 Arab citizens whose Knesset Members’ speeches have been increasingly hateful of Israel, Zionism and Jews.

The name of the channel clearly states the agenda of the Palestinian Authority. It is called “F48.” meaning Falstin [Palestine] 1948.

Israeli media reported:

The channel will air mainly cultural and social affairs programs designed to forge a connection between the descendants of the Arabs who stayed in Israel after it was established in 1948 and those who left or were expelled.

The definition of “cultural; and social affairs” varies. In the United States, it might mean baseball, the American flag and the Tonight Show.

In Israel, it could mean soccer, falafel and camping.

Arabs in Judea and Samaria have no national culture because the “People of Palestine” is a fiction. But the Palestinian Authority regime has a culture, the same one of neighboring Arab governments – rampant corruption and hatred of Jews and Zionism.

Israel’s Arab citizens increasingly have been radicalized. The fantasy of “Palestinian” is fertile ground for rabble-rousers, from Yasser Arafat to Hamas, to exploit Arabs as tools for their campaign of destruction, something like Islamic State (ISIS) without the black flag and beheading.

The Palestinian Authority’s single-minded campaign for 30 years has not been to create a new Arab country except as a means to destroy Israel. When terror did not succeed, it tried diplomacy. That didn’t work, and now it is aiming for the United Nations and the International Criminal Court.

That also will fail, but its most powerful weapon is its hate propaganda that has educated a generation of Arabs in Judea, Gaza and Samaria to believe that Israel is an “occupier,” that Jews are “monkeys,” that the Temple Mount never existed and that all of Israel was and will be “Palestine.”

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) during the past several years has arrested hundreds of Arabs in Israel for collaborating with Hamas or Hezbollah. Former Knesset Member Azmi Bashara was allowed to escape the country after having been indicted for handing over to Hezbollah information that helped its offensive wear against Israel in the Second Lebanon War n 2006.

Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi was aboard the Mavi Marmara, the IHH-terrorist ship that was part of a flotilla aimed at breaking the maritime embargo against the flow of terrorist and weapons by sea for the Hamas regime.

The timing is just right for the Palestinian Authority’s new F48 channel, whose footage will be broadcast from Ramallah but will be filmed in Arab areas in the Negev, the Galilee and the “Triangle” near Netanya.

The first program will be aired next week, on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that Islamist clerics exploit to incite hatred and violence against Jews.

The new channel will bring Arab citizens of Israel closer to the Palestinian Authority.

Abbas’ propagandists presumably won’t go to the gutter by airing the kind of venom it shows Arabs in Gaza, Judea and Samaria.

Arabs in Israel are a bit too educated to stomach children’s programs, like one recently aired, that shows a girl calling Jews “barbaric monkeys,” “the most evil among creations,” and those “who murdered Allah’s pious prophets.”

The channel will try to convince Arabs that the Galilee, the Negev and the Triangle all are part of “Palestine,” just as Palestinian Authority maps show that Tel Aviv, Haifa and Eilat are part of its imagined country.

The propaganda will be more effective when viewed by the more uneducated and poor Arabs and Bedouin, especially those in the Negev, and by the small but growing number of radicalized Arabs in the Galilee.

‘Palestine Cup’ Soccer Finals: Kidnappers and Killers Competing

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Maybe this will convince world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, that Gazans are not victims of Israeli aggression, but are instead victims of the brainwashing by their demonic leadership.

Gaza is holding its year’s soccer finals. That alone should be a clue to those who claim Gaza is an “open air prison” that there is more than just a semblance of normalcy to life in Gaza.

The two teams competing in today’s ‘Palestine Cup’ final (Sunday, June 6), one from Shujaeiya and the other from Rafah.

But what the JewishPress.com learned from Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is that the flyer distributed before the game says this match was between the kidnappers of Oron Shaul and those of Hadar Goldin.

Staff Sgt. Shaul, 20, and Lt. Oron, 23, were Israeli soldiers who were killed in Gaza last summer during Operation Protective Edge. The bodies of both boys continue to be held by Hamas.

“It is difficult to put into words how great the outrage is at Hamas’ bottomless inhumanity,” charged Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

“While the UN prepares its next denunciation of Israel for defending her citizens last summer from Hamas terrorism and while world leaders demand that Israel agree to a timeline to reach a two state solution, those leaders maintain their silence at the outrages like today’s flyers and allow Hamas to use the remains of dead Israeli soldiers to taunt the grieving Israeli families while teaching young Gazans more hate and inhumanity, Cooper added.

“Instead of granting a Hamas group the legitimacy of an NGO at the UN, world leaders, starting with those gathered at the G7 conference in Germany, should denounce Hamas for their genocidal hatred of Israel and the Jewish people,” Cooper concluded.

Netanyahu Asks Why UN Does not Condemn Rocket Attacks on Israel

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened Sunday’s weekly Cabinet meeting with the usual warning that “Israel holds Hamas responsible for all firing from Gaza” but also jabbed the world for remaining silent.

The Prime Minister said:

I have not heard anyone in the international community condemn this firing; neither has the United Nations said a word. It will be interesting if this silence continues when we use our full strength to uphold our right to defend ourselves.

Let it be clear: The spreading hypocrisy in the world will not tie our hands and prevent us from protecting Israel’s citizens. Thus we have acted; thus we will act.

Turning to the BDS movement, Prime Minister Netanyahu noted, “We are in the midst of is establishing an offensive, first of all offensive, but also defensive, network in the face of attempts to boycott the State of Israel and harm the IDF’s right to defend the citizens of the country. As far as those pushing the boycotts are concerned, the settlements in Judea and Samaria are not the focus of the conflict, but our settling in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Be’er Sheva, Haifa and – of course – Jerusalem.

Netanyahu also had a message for the “peace process” promoters: While we call for a resumption of the diplomatic negotiations, the Palestinians are taking steps against us at the UN and at the international court in The Hague. They shun negotiations and at the same time are also pushing international sanctions and UN Security Council decisions against us because there are no negotiations. They ran from Barak, Sharon and Olmert, they ran from them all, and then they accuse us. Here as well their cynicism knows no bounds, and I regret that there are those who fall into this trap of organized hypocrisy.

Could he possibly be referring to President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry?

 

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