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CAIR Says Trump’s ‘Hibi-Jabis’ Comment Endangers Muslim Women [video]

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization which has been shilling for some of the worst anti-women regimes on the planet, believes the real danger to Muslim women in the US is presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump. This is because of Trump’s “apparent support for an Islamophobic town hall question which will endanger American Muslim women.”

During a question-and-answer session Thursday at a town hall event in Manchester, NH, an audience member asked candidate Trump, “Why aren’t we putting our military retirees on that border or in TSA? Get rid of all these hibi-jabis they wear at TSA?”

The questioner was referring to the “hijab,” the Islamic head scarf worn by Muslim women, as part of their task to conceal themselves entirely from male eyes, because males cannot be blamed if they are overcome by their desire and end up raping said women. In fact, under Islamic law, the raped woman is more often than not the party to be punished.

Trump appeared to support the questioner’s anti-Muslim views when he responded, “I understand. . . You know, and we are looking at that. . . And we are looking at that. We’re looking at a lot of things.”

“By appearing to endorse the bigoted views of one of his supporters, Donald Trump is placing all American Muslim women who wear Islamic attire in danger,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “American Muslims, and particularly Muslim women, are facing an unprecedented spike in discrimination and hate attacks, due in no small part to Donald Trump’s Islamophobic rhetoric and policy proposals.”

McCaw added that the proposed removal of Muslim TSA staffers devalues the crucial work they do on a daily basis to protect the nation.

Not crucial enough, apparently, as was evident last month when the acting head of the Transportation Security Administration was reassigned after an internal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security had found security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports. The breaches allowed undercover investigators to smuggle weapons, fake explosives and other contraband through 95% of TSA checkpoints.

Earlier this year, CAIR said Donald Trump’s continued his use of “a debunked myth” about US General John Pershing executing Muslim prisoners in the Philippines using bullets dipped in pig’s blood was endangering ordinary American Muslims who were already facing a surge in hate.

But is it a myth?

In 1941, TIME Magazine ran a letter to the editor from a soldier named J. R. McKey who had served with Pershing in the Philippines decades before. In the letter, McKey describes using pigs in burials to deter Muslim insurgent activities, but does not ascribe the act to Pershing.

McKey wrote, “US soldiers … had a pretty good cure for juramentado [Moro swordsmen] activities. Knowing the horror of the Mohammedan for any contact with swine, and particularly with its blood, these American roughnecks, when they had killed a juramentado, held for him a very public funeral. The body of the defunct bad man having been deposited in the grave, a pig was brought, stuck, its blood sprinkled freely over the D B M, the dead pig thrown in with him, and the burial completed.”

Some reports do say that Pershing was engaged in burying Muslims with pigs or throwing pig’s blood on them. According to the History News Network, a Chicago Daily Tribune article from 1927 describes Pershing sprinkling prisoners with pig’s blood, then setting them free to warn others of being doused with the blood. “Those drops of porcine gore proved more powerful than bullets,” the article wrote.

Christopher Capozzola, a history professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, also cited an incident in which Pershing brought a pig’s head to a ceasefire negotiation with a Muslim leader.

CAIR has previously stated that Trump’s pig’s blood claim and other instances of his “Islamophobic rhetoric,” including his calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, his false claim that “Islam hates us,” his refusal to rule out special IDs for American Muslims, and his willingness to consider closing down American mosques place millions of innocent, law-abiding citizens in the American Muslim community at risk.

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide since the Paris terror attacks, the San Bernardino shootings and Trump’s call for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States.

It is possible however that the former two may be at least as important as the latter reason for hate against Muslims…

JNi.Media

America’s Oldest Citizen is a Jewish Woman

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

The oldest living American is a Jewish woman, according to the New York Daily News.

Goldie Michelson of Worcester, Massachusetts is 113 years old, and became the oldest American on Friday upon the demise of 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt-Jones.

Michelson (born Corash) is also reportedly the oldest Jew in the world.

Born in Russia in 1902, she emigrated to the United States with her family when she was two years old. Her father was a medical student in Russia when they left the country – but he abandoned that profession and instead opened a dry goods store in Worcester.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Breaking: Bomb Threats Lock Down 8 Schools Northern New Jersey

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Students in several northern New Jersey high schools were forced to leave their classrooms due to a bomb threat Wednesday.

Bomb threats were reported Wednesday at eight schools in New Jersey, according to local media. North Jersey schools received bomb threats in an automated call on Wednesday morning, according to the NorthJersey.com website. Not all were in session: some are on spring break this week.

New Jersey has received threats several times before; in January 11 schools received robo-call messages routed through California that made references to explosives or mass shootings.

Among the schools targeted Wednesday morning were Fair Lawn High School (spring break); Midland Park Junior/Senior High School (in session); Hawthorne High School (in session); Lodi High School (in session), Paramus High School (in session), Dwight Morrow High School in Paramus (spring break) and Passaic Valley High School in Little Falls (in session).

The threats came a day after a presentation at Passaic High School warning students about the consequences of calling in fake threats. There have been eight bomb threats called in to that school so far this year. Wednesday was not one of those days, however: on Tuesday, sappers from the Passaic County Sheriff’s office met with half of the school, and were scheduled to meet with more students on Wednesday.

Schools in Bergen and Passaic counties have been targeted with bomb threats in recent months as well.

Last month classes were interrupted in nine Bergen County districts after schools received bomb threats that turned out to be fake. At least one school was evacuated and several others received “shelter in place” orders. In February five New Jersey schools received bomb threats and at least two were evacuated.

There’s been a rash of bomb threats robocalled into dozens of schools in the eastern United States this week, closing classes and forcing authorities to evacuate schools. Some schools were located as far west as Indiana.

Several schools in Massachusetts also received bomb threats this week. On Monday (April 11), State Police spokesperson David Procopio said “numerous “ threats were received at schools in Hudson, Hopkinton, and Leominster. Cambridge, Marlboro and Brookline high schools also received automated robo-call bomb threats. The schools were evacuated and police swept the buildings. Melrose high school and middle school were also threatened, and faced a temporary “shelter in place” order.

A similar string of robo-call bomb threats were recorded on voice mail in Lake County, Indiana Monday night, prompting the closure of nine schools in Lake County, Indiana for Tuesday. But by the afternoon an unidentified suspect was in custody. The school superintendent said in a statement released later in the day, “It is important to share with everyone that the individual who is in custody did not have the capacity to carry out the threats that were made on the 911 calls.”

Hana Levi Julian

Newton Mayor Launches Fight Against Anti-Semitism

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

The mayor and school superintendent of Newton, Massachusetts launched a new initiative to battle anti-Semitism in city schools.

The move follows a series of anti-Semitic incidents that have dogged the school system since last April.

Mayor Setti Warren and Superintendent David Fleishman together announced the new protocol in a statement to media on Friday. A civil rights consultant has also been hired to facilitate the program.

The strategy aims to prepare administrators to respond to hate speech and educate students on the significance of such language.

The most recent incident occurred at a basketball game in which fans of the visiting Catholic Memorial High School yelled a chant at Newton North High School students, “You killed Jesus! You killed Jesus!”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was immediately brought into the picture, along with Newton city police and other officials.

Three anti-Semitic incidents were already under investigation, including two at F.A. Day Middle School that inexplicably had gone unreported for months.

Hana Levi Julian

Cambridge Synagogue Welcoming Syrian Refugees, Anti-Semitism and All

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

(JNi.media) The non-denominational congregation Eitz Chayim in Cambridge, MA, has issued a statement welcoming refugees to their midst and urging the US government to accept more Syrian refugees, The Boston Globe reported. “We are reminded of our own relatives who sought shelter not that long ago, only to have country after country turn their backs on them,” members wrote, and offered concrete help to families who will resettle in Massachusetts in the near future.

“It was not so long ago that our people were stranded and no one particularly wanted to take us in,” Rabbi Liza Stern said. “How dare we not do something?” Stern confessed that some of her members worried that the largely Muslim refugees would hold anti-Semitic views, but said they decided not to be “governed by our fears.”

About 1,300 refugees have settled in Massachusetts since October 2014, according to the Globe—some 350 from Iraq, 271 were from Somalia, and only 52 from Syria. The synagogue held a meeting on Yom Kippur, when they decided to act on behalf of the next wave of refugees. “As a Jewish community, we are acutely aware of the corrosive effects of stereotyping people by religion, and feel particularly moved to reach out to the largely Muslim refugee population fleeing Syria,” they wrote.

Stern said she had no doubt “that this will be a groundswell,” she said.

According to B’nai B’rith International, there are four million Syrian refugees who have escaped war and dire living conditions and an additional seven million Syrian citizens displaced within their country’s borders. The organization notes that “the migrant crisis is no genocide,” even though “some refugees are Christians fleeing religion-based persecution,” since, for the most part these refugees are “simply caught in a terrible crossfire of civil war, starvation, chlorine gassing, and barrel bombing,” and are not fleeing a Holocaust. Nevertheless, BBI says, “it is our shared history of persecution and flight that compels us to act.”

It is expected that the US will accept 85,000 refugees next year and 100,000 in 2017. According to the Globe, the Syrians, like all refugees, will undergo a lengthy screening process before they can enter the US, so that the first arrival may not actually set foot in America for a considerable period of time.

David Abromowitz, the Eitz Chayim member who initiated sparked the effort, said he felt “an overwhelming sense that this was something we should do.”

JNi.Media

Mass. Gov. Baker Declares Sunday ‘Celebrate Israel Day’

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared Sunday, May 31 as “Celebrate Israel Day,” when thousands of Israeli Americans, Jews and supporters of Israel are to attend the Celebrate Israel Boston Festival sponsored by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Israeli-American Council Boston Chapter.

Gov. Baker noted that Israel remains “a tremendous partner, economically and culturally,” to the state, that “one of the largest communities of Israelis outside Israel” lives in the state.

The festival of Israeli music, art, dance and food will feature two stages of internationally known musical talent, children’s performers, including recording artist and rising Broadway star Neshama Carlebach and Ethnix, one of the biggest Israeli rock bands

 

 

 

 

Jewish Press News Briefs

Liberman Calls for Terrorist Death Penalty Like Massachusetts, and Opens Door to Joining the Coalition

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

PM Netanyahu is probably beginning to realize that 61 to 59 is going to be difficult to maintain over a long period of time. Not because members of his coalition are going to vote against coalition positions, but because it means that everyone will have to be in the Knesset for every single vote, including the Prime Minister. No sick days, no vacations, and no important meetings in the White House.

MK Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) is probably realizing how lonely it is in the opposition, sitting with MKs he has no ideological connection with, but is still upset with how the PM treated him.

Liberman has begin sending out trial balloons. He said on Saturday that he would join the coalition if there were specific changes to the coalition’s guidelines. His position now isn’t that different from the position he took when he turned down the Prime Minister’s offers of various high-level ministries. But he also made sure to point out how poorly Netanyahu is mistreating his allies, even within the Likud.

One guideline change Liberman suggested is the death penalty for terrorists. He pointed out that even Massachusetts, a capital of liberalism and higher education, decided on the death sentence for the Boston Marathon bomber.

Liberman wants the guidelines to include: having the “Jewish-National State” law passed, equal sharing of the security burden (draft), the death penalty for terrorists, and building in Jerusalem and the Settlement blocks.

Will this power couple two realize they need each other to succeed, or will they let everything fall apart?

Jewish Press News Briefs

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