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Undercover Video Shows Group Planning Stink Bombs at Trump Ball [video]

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

James Okeef’s Project Veritas, whose stated mission is “to investigate and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct in both public and private institutions in order to achieve a more ethical and transparent society,” has done it again. After hitting Planned Parenthood, ACORN, Senator Mary Landrieu, NPR, and operatives of the DNC who admitted to provoking violence at Trump rallies during the 2016 campaign, just released a new video uncovering a group calling itself the DC Anti-Fascist Coalition, who were plotting to disrupt President Trump’s inauguration ball.

According to their website, a Project Veritas journalist attended an AFC meeting in DC which discussed disrupting the “Deploraball” at the National Press Club on the night before the inauguration.

Project Veritas plant later joined the group at a pizza restaurant (home of the Pizzagate, where Hillary Clinton supposedly stashed her abused victims), and one participant suggested that “if you had a pint of butyric acid, I don’t care how big the building is, it is closing…” Adding, “And this stuff is like very efficient, it’s very, very smelly and it lasts a long time. A little bit goes a long way.”

Project Veritas reported that the group discussed how to insert butyric acid into the building’s ventilation system. They also considered activating the sprinklers or setting off fire alarms, anything to prank the folks in their black tie best inside. Once outside the building, they would be confronted by Trump-hating protesters.

Project Veritas says they gave the video they shot clandestinely (it’s really very dark, including the parts they shot in their own office) to the authorities, and their attorney has met with “anti-terrorist law enforcement and Secret Service officials.”

David Israel

New Exhibition Shows Poland Using Jewish Gravestones to Build Walls, Sidewalks, Playgrounds

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

As numerous signs suggest the current Polish government is attempting to rewrite its role in World War II and the Holocaust, the Florida Holocaust Museum (FHM) announced the North American premiere of a photo exhibition that documents in black and white the lengths that have been taken to wipe out traces of Jewish history and culture in Poland.

Recently, the NY Times reported that, after nearly a decade of planning and five years of construction at a cost of $114 million, the new Polish government may be backing away from its commitment to fund the Museum of the Second World War. The museum was scheduled to open in January but continued funding is now in question.

Last year, the JewishPress.com reported that the Polish government is threatening to prosecute Polish-born American historian Jan Gross for claiming that Poles killed more Jews than Germans during World War II. Gross, a renowned Holocaust scholar and professor at Princeton University, who received the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for outstanding achievement in scholarship in 1996, is now accused of “publicly insulting a nation” and faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

Gravestones used to build cowshed, Starowola by Parysów, a village in Mazovia Province, 1942.

Gravestones used to build cowshed, Starowola by Parysów, a village in Mazovia Province, 1942.

The FHM’s exhibition, Matzevot (gravestones) for Everyday Use by photographer Łukasz Baksik (a non-Jew), documents the ways in which Jewish gravestones in Poland have been stolen and reappropriated. The tombstones are now part of Polish fences, pavements, toolsheds and cowsheds. Some have been recycled as Catholic gravestones, others were used to patch roadways and walls. They have even been to build a wall for a basketball court and an elementary school’s sandbox.

Sandbox, Szczecin, a city in West Pomerania Province, 1960s/70s.

Sandbox, Szczecin, a city in West Pomerania Province, 1960s/70s.

“The gravestones that were turned into everyday objects were still being used as such from 2008 to 2012 when I photographed them,” said Baksik, who traveled across his home country of Poland for four years to illuminate the ways “people have gone to wipe out traces of Jewish culture.” He added, “There are still sidewalks and courtyards paved with matzevot; walls, buildings and tools that were made of Jewish gravestones are still being used in public view.”

Crindstone, Brok, a town in Mazovia Province, 2nd half of the 20th century.

Crindstone, Brok, a town in Mazovia Province, 2nd half of the 20th century.

“There was no shortage of ordinary stones in Poland,” said FHM’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Gelman. “The sole goal of the Nazis during the war was to erase all traces of Jewish culture and Jewish history. The practice has been documented as continuing among the local populations for decades.”

The exhibition Matzevot for Everyday Use has been shown in Warsaw and Krakow, Poland and in Minsk, Belarus. Now North American audiences can see it. The exhibition is sponsored by The Gemunder Family Foundation, with additional support from The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. It will remain on display at the FHM until January 29, 2017.


Survey Shows Israelis’ Top Concern Is Livable Income

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel on Sunday published a survey in honor of International Human Rights Day (which took place Saturday, Dec. 10), showing 24% of Israelis say their most urgent need is the right to a livable income. Equality came second, with 22%, followed by the right to housing (21%) and to health and education (20%).

The survey, conducted by public opinion analyst and strategic consultant Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin included 500 Israeli Jews and 200 Arabs, with a 4.4 point margin of error. Scheindlin is an extreme-leftwinger and a regular contributor to the anti-Zionist 972 Magazine. She peppers her report with political commentary – attributing her own survey’s results to “the precarious job security and economic situation in the country,” even though the jobs and income answer leads the other three by a mere 2 to 4 percentage points. But the data was collected by New Wave Research, which is a Nielsen affiliate, so in this report we’ll provide the results and skip the commentary.

According to the survey, 65% of Jews and 85% of Arabs believe there is an inequality between Arabs and Jews in Israel. Only 49% of respondents describing themselves as rightwing believe this, compared with 90% of leftwingers and 76% of centrists. 75% think Israel should improve equality among its citizens. 26% of Jews and 12% of Arabs said Israel in its current complex reality cannot be expected to do this.

Here’s a loaded item: 30% support segregation between Jews and Arabs in public places, 18% support reducing the presence of women in public places.

39% of respondents said they have experienced some discrimination: 64% of Russian Jews, 61% of settlers, 51% of religious Jews, and 46% of Oriental Jews. 19% experienced discrimination in the workplace, 15% in a government institution, 13% while waiting for service, 10% in an educational institution, and 7% in a place of entertainment.

Israelis are not gung-ho, apparently, on freedom of expression. 28% believe police should not permit controversial demonstrations. 56% of the Jewish respondents support limits on freedom of expression in sensitive issues such as the Holocaust or the Jewish identity of the state. 61% of rightwingers supported such limits.

43% object to giving children of foreigners living in Israel (presumably migrant workers, legal and otherwise) the same privileges as Israeli children. This includes 35% of secular Jews and 20% of Israeli Arabs.

Regarding the liberated territories, 86% of Jews believe Israel observes the human rights of Arabs living there, only 15% of Arab respondents hold the same view. 95% of rightwingers and 80% of centrists believe Israel does not deprive those Arabs of their human rights, compare with 40% of leftwingers. At the same time, 89% of the Jewish respondents justified limiting the freedom of movement of Judea and Samaria Arabs and demolishing the homes of Arab terrorists. Concurrently, 52% of Jews believe limiting housing construction, evicting and imposing administrative detention of Judea and Samaria Jews are violations of their human rights, 46% believe they are unjustified.


Rare Captured Footage Released Shows Israeli Spy Eli Cohen’s Execution [video]

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Mainstream media broadcast rare footage on Tuesday of the execution by hanging of Israeli spy Eli Cohen, and the removal of his body from the gallows in a Damascus public square.

The footage was filmed by official Syrian government television.

The film was captured by Syrian opposition forces during the civil war and handed over to Israeli contacts.

Cohen began working for Israeli intelligence in May 1960 in a unit that eventually became known as the Caesarea special operations unit of the Mossad. He joined the agency three years after moving to Israel from Egypt at age 33.

Eli Cohen worked in Damascus under the alias of Kamal Amin Ta’abet from 1962 until his exposure and execution on May 18, 1965. Cohen was able to supply considerable details on Syrian political and military matters because of his strong interpersonal skills and abilities to build close ties with business, military, and Ba’ath Party leaders, and Syrian President Amin el Hafiz.

He was captured on January 18, 1965, by three Syrian intelligence officers, led by the head of Syrian intelligence, Col. Suweidani, who broke into his apartment in the early morning hours. He was hanged in Martyr’s Square with the television cameras rolling for the entire world to see.

Cohen left behind his wife Nadia and three children, all living in Israel.

Watching the video Tuesday after its release was difficult, to say the least, for Nadia Cohen and other family members.

“There were tears and nerves as we watched, how they lowered him down from the rope into the coffin, to see three cars circling around and to see the crowd in the square with celebratory music blaring. It’s not easy,” Cohen’s widow said.

“I hadn’t seen the movie, only pictures,” she noted. “The children saw it today, and obviously the sadness echoed in our souls. I just hope someone reveals where Eli is buried so we can bring him back, that there’s one person who reveals where the body is, so we can have peace.

“Whether it’s the prime minister of the head of the Mossad, they should fight to bring Eli home,” she added. “We need a man who will bring Eli home to restore our peace. Even in death, there is truth.” She underscored the fact that for her, there is no peace while she has no grave at which to mourn for her husband.

Cohen was sent in 1961 to build an identity as a Syrian exile working as a merchant in Argentina, forming connections with Syrian government officials along the way. “Don’t mourn for the past,” he wrote to his wife, “but rather look to the future.”

Hana Levi Julian

Document Shows Abbas Was KGB Agent

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was a KGB agent in 1983, according to a report on Israel’s Channel 1 News which presented Soviet-era documents from the archive of Vasili Mitrokhin, a former Soviet intelligence archivist who defected to the UK with a treasure trove of historic documents after the fall of the USSR. Mitrokhin died in 2004. The report was broadcast Wednesday night, during a week that had seen Russian President Vladimir Putin pushing for a prestigious peace summit in Moscow between Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Tuesday, Abbas told reporters in Poland that he had been on his way to a preliminary meeting in Moscow with the Israelis September 9, when Jerusalem issued a call for a delay.

The timing of the revelation did not escape PA Arab representatives, who have been flooding Israeli media Thursday morning with profuse denials of the charges, as well as accusations that the Netanyahu government is trying to torpedo the peace efforts.

The document, which lists people the KGB was recruiting in 1983, names “Abbas, Mahmoud,” born 1935 in Palestine, as “Krotov,” or mole, in Damascus, Syria. Abbas was born in 1935 in British Palestine, and after 1948 fled with his family to Damascus, where he grew up.

And, in the clandestine spy world John le Carré books are made of, where being together at the same place and time is proof for plots and conspiracies, the following has to be a fine nugget: Mikhail Bogdanov, the Russian deputy foreign minister who has been Putin’s envoy pushing Abbas and Netanyahu to meet in Moscow, was stationed in Damascus from 1983-89 and from 1991-94. Put that in your hookah and smoke it.

Dr. Isabella Ginor of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, who together with Gideon Remez, an Israeli journalist and analyst of post-Soviet affairs, researched the Mitrokhin documents, rejected the claims by senior PA Arabs saying she and her colleague have no ties to the Israeli government and they certainly do not receive their orders from Netanyahu. As to the Timing of the revelation, Ginor told Israel Radio on Thursday morning that there has always been tension between Netanyahu and Abbas, meaning that whenever her team’s revelations were to be publicized it would have boosted Israel’s case against the PA Chairman.

Ginor added that the KGB also had an agent in the Israeli government, starting in 1972, a relatively unknown person who came to Israel from Moldova.

The PA officials argued that there was no need for the Soviets to recruit Abbas as a Soviet agent because the PLO was openly collaborating with Moscow. Indeed, Abbas was the head of a Palestinian-Soviet friendship foundation and as such served as a liaison to Moscow for PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.

The documents are now in storage at the Churchill Archives Center of Cambridge University and have been open to the public for the past two years. Ginor and Remez came across the document naming Abbas while researching the Soviet involvement in the Middle East.


Secret Document Shows Iran Can Restart Uranium Enrichment in 2027 [video]

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

A document obtained Monday by AP, which is the only part of last year’s nuclear deal between Iran, the US and five other powers that has been kept secret, was described it as an appendix to the nuclear deal, which Iran sent to the International Atomic Energy Agency, describing its plans to restart its uranium enrichment program not after 15 years, as the world has been led to believe, but after only 10 years from the start of the nuclear deal.

The anonymous diplomat who leaked the secret document to AP said that it had been knowingly approved by the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, which then went ahead and lied to their citizens about the actual time constraints on Iran’s nuclear program.

According to AP, the document sets January 2027, 11 years after the deal was implemented, as the date when Iran will be allowed to operate thousands of advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium to levels ranging from use as reactor fuel and for medical and research to being placed in the core of a nuclear warhead. Iran’s new centrifuges, as many as 3,500, will be fewer in number than the current 5,060 centrifuges, but far more efficient, according to the document, allowing Iran to enrich at more than twice the current rate.

Speaking on the nuclear deal’s anniversary Thursday, President Obama said it had succeeded in “avoiding further conflict and making us safer.” But the AP predicted Republicans on the Hill would start voicing their loud objections to Obama’s assessment once they realize that Iran could go back to working on a bomb in 10 years. Israel will surely not be pleased with the news, either.

David Albright, head of the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, a major resource on Iran’s nuclear program, told AP that the document “will create a great deal of instability and possibly even lead to war, if regional tensions have not subsided.”


UK Shows Where Anti-Zionism Leads

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

{Originally posted to Commentary Magazine website}

We didn’t have to wait for the results of the independent inquiry into charges of anti-Semitism promised by the head of Britain’s Labour Party to see the scale of the problem. On Monday, the Telegraph reported that what it describes as the party’s “compliance unit” had already been overwhelmed by the problem of dealing with charges of anti-Semitism because it lacked the resources to look into so many cases. Nevertheless, the paper reported that Labour had already suspended 50 party members for anti-Semitism and as many as 20 in the last two weeks. But the problem isn’t going to be solved by a bigger inquiry or the sort of meaningless mea culpas that we’ve heard from some Labour figures.

The answer to what lies behind the string of disgusting comments that Labour is trying to rationalize and/or punish is the straight line that runs from the anti-Zionist agitation that is mainstream opinion among European and British left-wing elites to anti-Semitism. The same can be said of similar efforts to demonize and isolate Israel in the United States. What starts with agitation on college campuses will, if left unchecked, ultimately lead to politicians engaging in anti-Semitic invective.

As Tom Wilson wrote here yesterday in a cogent summary of the events of the past week, part of the problem is Labour’s growing dependence on radicalized Muslim communities as key elements of its base. But the willingness to pander to groups that retain anti-Jewish attitudes brought with them from the Middle East only provides part of the explanation. The odd alliance between leftists and Islamists is rooted in the way many intellectuals link imperialism, colonialism (the original sins of modern Europe in the eyes of the elite), and Zionism. That fallacious analogy in which the national liberation movement of the Jewish people is damned as an offshoot of Western colonialism has created a slippery slope on which the left has found itself scrambling to avoid being seen as encouraging hate while embracing positions that lead inevitably to prejudice.

Nothing could have illustrated this more plainly than what happened the day before the news of the Labour suspensions broke. Though Corbyn denounced anti-Semitism in a May Day speech on Monday, on Sunday Labour’s spokesman insisted that the party head would not disavow his contacts with both the Hamas and Hezbollah terror groups. The statement represented Corbyn’s connection to anti-Israel terrorists as merely meeting with people that he disagrees in the course of his advocacy for Palestinian rights; the truth is that he has done a lot more than that. Prior to being Labour’s leader he had embraced Hamas and encouraged dialogue with the group that runs Gaza as a terrorist state. He has also spoken of the equally radical and violent Hezbollah group as his “friends.”

To be fair to Corbyn, in this respect, he is hardly alone on the left. The willingness to treat the Jewish state’s terrorist foes as freedom fighters while demonizing Israelis is merely the logical conclusion for those who regard Israel’s creation as illegitimate and who oppose its right of self-defense.

Is it possible to hold such views while still treating Jews with respect and condemning religious prejudice? That’s what many anti-Israel activists claim, but they are all either deceiving themselves or lying.

Let’s be crystal clear about this. Those who seek to deny to the Jewish people what they would not think of refusing any other people on earth — the right to a state and to live in peace and security on at least a part of their ancient homeland — is an act of bias. The term for acts of bias against Jews is anti-Semitism.

There is simply no analogy to the anti-Zionist insistence that Jews have no rights to any part of the land of Israel or the territory of the former British Mandate for Palestine and any other territorial controversies elsewhere on the globe. Not everyone supports the rights of Catalans, Basques, or Kurds to their own separate nations. But no one seeks to force them out of their homes or considers their national movements inherently illegitimate. Only Zionism is treated in this manner. Only the movement to give Jews the same rights accorded other peoples is passionately opposed around the globe in this way.

The fervor of the anti-Zionists always winds up in anti-Semitic slanders because the source of the passion that drives this effort stems from traditional hatred of Jews. The problem isn’t just that a lot of British left-wing politicians have loose tongues and no self-control when it comes to venting on social media. Nor is it a matter of Jews misinterpreting criticism of Israel’s government as anti-Semitism, as many on the left disingenuously claim. If you think Jews are uniquely unworthy of the same rights as others you are not only practicing a form of prejudice; you are inevitably going to wind up saying vile things that demonstrates this bias.

It is to be hoped that the spectacle of Labour’s anti-Semitism problem will further discredit Corbyn and cause both his party members and the rest of the British people to draw the right conclusions from his faction’s flirtation with anti-Zionism. We should encourage such a development both in Britain and elsewhere in Europe where such attitudes have also worked their way back into the mainstream seven decades after the Holocaust. But it would be foolish to think that the widespread opposition to Israel’s right to exist in Europe is not a function of the legacy of centuries of anti-Semitic hate that festered on the continent.

All of this should give pause to the growing numbers of Americans who are either supporting anti-Zionism in academia or treating it as a legitimate expression of opinion rather than hate. What we learned in Britain in the last week is that you can’t create a firewall against religious hatred while simultaneously nurturing a movement that is rooted in bias against Jews. If you tolerate or rationalize groups that single out Israel and Jewish rights for opposition — whether it is called BDS or some other euphemism for Jew-hatred — you are inevitably going to wind up excusing anti-Semitic hate.

Jonathan S. Tobin

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