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Muslim Brotherhood Tweet on Jews Aimed at Jon Stewart (Video)

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood tweeted a message – believed to be directed at “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart – linking to a video alleging that Jews control the U.S. media.

Max Fisher of the Washington Post wrote on his blog that the link was aimed at Stewart after he devoted a segment of his popular Comedy Central program to criticizing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for jailing popular Egyptian TV host and political satirist Bassem Youssef, nicknamed “the Jon Stewart of Egypt.” Youssef was released on bail and will face trial after being arrested over the weekend for criticizing Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

The link was from a clip in Arabic from the Al Jazeera Arabic network featuring former CNN host Rick Sanchez alleging that Jews control the media and that Stewart, who is Jewish, does not belong to a real minority group.

“I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah,” Sanchez said in the September 2010 broadcast.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo tweeted the “Daily Show” link of the segment ripping Morsi, which the Muslim Brotherhood in a tweet called “Another undiplomatic & unwise move by @USEmbassyCairo, taking sides in an ongoing investigation & disregarding Egyptian law & culture,” Fisher reported.


Will Congress Investigate Obama’s Attempt to Derail Bibi?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Dan Senor, American author of Start Up Nation and former adviser to U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney, sent out an electrifying message on Israel’s election day, January 22, claiming that two U.S. officials in Israel quietly conceded that President Obama’s statements to Atlantic columnist Jeffrey Goldberg were an intentional effort to hurt Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in the election.

If what Senor claims is true, and President Obama was attempting to influence the Israeli election, it is possible that it could become the subject of a congressional investigation.

The statements at issue were revealed in an article Goldberg wrote for Bloomberg on January 14.  That article, the headline of which was, “Obama: Israel Doesn’t Know What its Best Interests Are,” was filled with insider dish from Goldberg, and it was ugly.

Among the things that Goldberg claimed Obama has said about Netanyahu were that his policies were “self-defeating,” that “Israel doesn’t know what its own interests are,” and that “Netanyahu is moving his country down the path toward near-total isolation.”  Goldberg wrote that Obama made these comments frequently, and to several people.

The particular impetus for Obama’s dissing of the Israeli Prime Minister, according to Goldberg, was the decision to go ahead with building Jewish homes in Mevaseret Adumim (often referred to by the impersonal designation “E1.”)  The decision to go forward with building in this area came on the heels of the United Nations vote upgrading the status of the Palestinian Authority to non-member observer state in November of last year.

Goldberg, a centrist liberal Jewish writer who is considered to have credible access to the White House, opined in his article that

On matters related to the Palestinians, the president seems to view the prime minister as a political coward, an essentially unchallenged leader who nevertheless is unwilling to lead or spend political capital to advance the cause of compromise.

It is tempting to believe that Goldberg suffers from excessive hubris and confused his own views for that of the president’s.  But Senor’s tweet reveals that U.S. officials understood that what President Obama was doing was issuing a not so subtly veiled threat to the Israeli people that the U.S. may be willing to really put daylight between itself and Israel unless they choose a less intractable prime minister.

This is the Senor message and several responses.


Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Free Gaza Movement Founder’s Tweet Says Zionists Caused the Holocaust (Video)

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Greta Berlin, founder of the Free Gaza Movement, published a tweet at the beginning of October that directly blamed Zionists for the Holocaust. “Zionists operated the concentration camps and helped murder millions of innocent Jews,” Berlin tweeted through the official Twitter feed of the group.

The link was posted with the tweet to an anti-Semitic video by Eustace Mullins, a conspiracy theorist and anti-Semite who claims the Jews are at war with the Western World. In the video, he claimed that the word “Nazi” is translated to mean “National Socialist” and “Zionist.”

The tweet was later retracted. Berlin stated: “I shared it without watching it. I am sorry that I just sent it forward without looking at it. It won’t happen again.”

The tweet has already caused embarrassment among supporters of the Free Gaza movement. One supporter, Larry Derfner, quoting Greta Berlin, believes the post was simply a discussion over the horrors of propaganda: “[the post] came from Greta’s private Facebook page and was shared with a group of people who were discussing propaganda and racism, and this link was an example of the terrible propaganda that could be spewed on websites” he quoted on his blog.

The tweet has led to the resignation of at least one Free Gaza board member, Naomi Klein, a Canadian author and social justice activist. In her own tweet, she cites leadership challenges as the reason for her resignation.

Gil Lavie, Tazpit News Agency

Romney Schedules Jerusalem Fundraiser by End of Tisha B’Av Fast

Friday, July 13th, 2012

An invitation to a Mitt Romney campaign fundraiser in Jerusalem makes clear its adherence to restrictions arising from the fast of Tisha b’Av.

The invitation for the July 29 event is scheduled for 9:30 p.m., more than an hour after the fast ends, and notes that “Dietary laws will be observed. Refreshments will not be served until after the fast.”

JTA obtained the invitation on Thursday, but not from the campaign. It notes the minimum contribution for attending is $50,000 per couple, and that couples who have raised $100,000 also may attend.

Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate and the former Massachusetts governor, is planning to visit Israel around the time of the fundraiser.

Prior to JTA obtaining the invitation, an official in the campaign reached out on Thursday to push back against reports that the fundraiser was scheduled for the Jewish fast day in memory of the destruction of the Temples, among other calamities. This year Tisha b’Av falls on July 29. It also, technically, falls not on the 9th but on the 10th of Av, because the 9th is on Shabbat.

The Huffington Post had reported that the Romney campaign canceled the event once its officials realized that July 29 was a fast day. The campaign official said the campaign has been careful in planning the visit to work around the traditions and sensitivities of the fast day.

The HP headline reads: “Mitt Romney Campaign Scraps $50,000 Per Plate Jerusalem Fundraiser On A Jewish Fasting Day

According to HP, Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign, pointed to a tweet by Natasha Mosgovaya, a political correspondent for the Israeli daily Ha’aretz, that stated on Thursday morning that the campaign would in fact not be holding the fundraiser. The tweet quoted a Romney official saying the campaign was “aware of the sensitivity of that date.” Saul declined to comment on whether the fundraiser had been canceled or would be rescheduled.

Jonny Daniels, a leading Republican political strategist in Israel, told The Huffington Post that the campaign had been aware of the date of the holiday when it scheduled the fundraiser. The campaign thought it could hold the event in a way that would not offend, he said, but was taken by surprise at the ferocity of the public outcry over the timing.

“It wasn’t really a gaffe,” Daniels said. “They knew what the day was, but they were looking for the correct time and circumstance to do it. Instead it ended up seeming like a big dinner, but that’s not really what it is.”

Meanwhile, former Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer has been getting out the vote in Israel, accusing President Obama of “pushing Israel around” into making “harmful, unwise concessions.”

On Tuesday night Fleischer told a group of dual Israeli-U.S. citizens in Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem: “I do not ever want to have a president in the Oval Office who will make us scratch our heads and wonder, ‘does he or does he not have Israel’s back.'”

Fleischer added: “I don’t want to have a president in the Oval Office who makes me wonder what next will he do to put pressure on Israel and make Israel make harmful, unwise concessions.”

JTA content was used in this article.

Jewish Press Staff

Swiss Politician Wants ‘Kristallnacht for Mosques’

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Alexander Müller has resigned from the Swiss People’s Party after a tweet sent from his account called for a repeat of the Night of the Broken Glass, this time targeting Muslims, reports The Local, a Swiss English-language website.

His tweet read: “Maybe we need another Kristallnacht… this time for mosques.”

Earlier, Müller tweeted: “we should take this pack out of the country. I do not want to live with such people.”

Müller stepped down on Tuesday night.

Turns out the Swiss take their extremists seriously, and Müller’s house was searched by police and his computer was confiscated, the newspaper Tages Anzeiger reported.

A criminal case has been opened against him, and Müller’s employer, a credit insurance company (how Swiss is that), has terminated his contract.

Müller denied writing the offending message, but his claim that screenshots of the tweet were forgeries was quickly disproved – archive searches showed that the tweet had in fact come from his @DailyTalk account.

Muslims must have hacked the poor lad’s Tweeter…

The Swiss People’s Party is the largest party in Switzerland’s Federal Assembly, with 54 seats. In 2009 it initiated a constitutional amendment banning the construction of new mosque minarets.

The SVP was founded in 1971 by the merger of the Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents (BGB) and the Democratic Party, while the BGB in turn had been founded on the background of the emerging local farmers’ parties in the late 1910s. Its vote share of 29% in the 2007 Federal Council election was the highest vote ever recorded for a single party in Switzerland.

Dr. Herbert Winter, president of the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities, told JTA that Muller’s Twitter statement was “totally unacceptable.” He said it was “very offensive” to both the Jewish and Muslim communities because it “implies that Muslims deserve Kristallnacht treatment as the Jews deserved it in 1938.”

JTA reports that Winter also praised the Zurich prosecutor’s office for its “quick action” and noted that the Swiss People’s Party had distanced itself from Muller’s statement.

“Unfortunately, this party sometimes attracts people who don’t necessarily represent the democratic values of our country,” he said.

On November 9 and 10 of 1938, during Kristallnacht, or the Night of the Broken Glass, the Nazis burned down Jewish synagogues, houses and shops in a coordinated attack across Germany and parts of Austria. More than 7,000 shops were destroyed and an estimated 30,000 people were arrested and put into concentration camps.

After his resignation on Tuesday, the Swiss People’s Party said there was “no room permitted for comparison or reference to the unspeakable dictator of the Nazi regime.”

Müller serves on his local school board, and they, too, are asking him to resign, according to Hannah Leonard, president of the district school board for the Zuriberg area.

Yori Yanover

Farrakhan Tweets Retaliation for Slain Trayvon Martin

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

As federal and local authorities investigate the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and whether or not Florida’s “stand your ground” law applied to the shooter, George Zimmerman (not Jewish), Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has been calling for “justice” in typically disturbing ways.

The Blaze reports that Farrakhan has been using Twitter to send calls for peace, justice and retaliation that could be interpreted as a veiled threat.

Farrakhan tweeted:

“I am deeply saddened by this beautiful young man’s loss of life.”

“Let us see what kind of justice will come for his breaved family and our bereaved community.”

“Where there is no justice, there will be no peace. Soon and very soon, the law of retaliation may very well be applied.”

“Think. Reflect. Then get up and do something for self or suffer the consequences.”

“No one respects a beggar. The time has now arrived where you must beg no man. You must get up and do it for yourself.

When we fail to do justice, we literally set up conditions that destroy peace.”

Tibbi Singer

Is the New York Times Pro-Zionist?

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Is the New York Times Pro-Zionist? Wow, that was a dumb question. Unless you are a student of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, I strongly doubt that you would need a second chance to guess the answer. The New York Times is a flagship of American journalism. It is published in the heart of one of the world’s largest Jewish population-centers outside of Israel, and it has been pointed out that it has had Jewish owners and some of its influential writers over the years have been Jewish. Even with these factors considered, we are left with the follow-up question: “So what?” If this paper is located in a world Jewish center and has Jewish owners and writers, does that make it a Jewish paper? Is the Jewish Press redundant to the New York Times? Sounds a little silly, doesn’t it?

Last week, the New York Times announced that they are commissioning a new Jerusalem Bureau Chief to replace Ethan Bronner, who has completed his four-year assignment in Israel. Ethan, like his replacement, is an American Jew. Throughout his time here, both Jews and Arabs have criticized his reporting for being more sympathetic to “the other side”. I myself have had issues with his portrayal of events here, and have even engaged him about the way in which he and foreign journalists generally report on issues in Judea and Samaria – with a pre-conceived bias not complimentary to the Jewish residents and our rights here. Although my interests are clear, I guess that the fact that both Arabs and Jews equally feel that he is not reporting as they would like is a sign that he has succeeded relatively well in holding on to neutral ground.

Guilt By Association?
Bronner came under heavy attack from anti-Israel propagandists a few years ago when his son enlisted in the IDF. They claimed that he could no longer present an even-handed report on the conflict when his own child was wearing the uniform of one side. I didn’t think that concern was well-founded then, and I remain convinced that following that thread to its logical conclusion would bring it to the ludicrous point where anyone with close relative involved in any type of activity is unfit to write about anything connected to that activity.

The New York Times’ newly-appointed Bureau Chief Judi Rodoren came under fire this week from pro-Israel bloggers who noticed that she sent a friendly tweet to a very obnoxious anti-Israel propagandist based in Chicago. Rodoren, also an American Jew, was put to the test on her questionable relationship with a hater of Israel. “Is she a Zionist?” was one question asked. Her response was that the only “ist” she would call herself is “journalist.” Well, that is really what is expected of her. She is not coming to Israel as a representative of American Jewry (whose support for their President Obama calls into question their support for Israel even more than Rodoren’s tweet with the Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah).

I would be glad to see American Jews in general be more supportive of Israel – but in regard to foreign journalists, Jewish or otherwise, I wish to see objective reporting. Tell the story like it is and let the readers decide for themselves. Don’t make us Jewish-Israeli-Zionists out to be monsters, and don’t make the Islamic Jihadi terrorists out to be peaceful human rights activists. There is a real story going on here in this beautiful and tiny country. It might very well be the most interesting story in the world. Journalists stationed here should open their eyes and report what they see without ugly accent colors painted by hate-mongers tweet blasting from Chicago or elsewhere.

David Ha'ivri

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