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Germany’s Brandenburg Gate Lit Up With Flag of Israel for Victims of Terror

Monday, January 9th, 2017

In solidarity with the families of the four IDF officers who were murdered in a truck ramming attack in Jerusalem on Sunday, Germany’s Brandenburg Gate in Berlin was lit up in the colors of the Israeli flag on Monday night, hours after the young soldiers had been laid to rest.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly thanked the German people and their government in a tweet on the Twitter social networking site, writing, “Thanks, Germany, for standing with us in our common struggle against terrorism.”

The Israel Embassy in the United States, and the Israel Mission to the United Nations both posted photos of the beautiful gate on Twitter as well, saluting Germany’s commemoration of Israel’s victims of terror.

Hana Levi Julian

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo: ‘Outraged’ at Terror Attack in Jerusalem

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement at around 5 pm Israel time Sunday, expressing his sadness and outrage over the vicious terror attack that left four young IDF soldiers dead and 15 others wounded in Jerusalem.

“I am deeply saddened and outraged at the terror attack earlier today in Jerusalem that claimed the lives of four and injured many more,” wrote Cuomo in a post on the Twitter social networking site. He added in what may have been a pointed reminder to the White House, “In times of crisis, friends stand shoulder to shoulder with each other. Our thoughts are with the people of Israel today and we pray for those lost and injured and their families.”

In June 2016, Gov. Cuomo was the first in the United States to sign an executive order directing the state to divest public funds supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel. The state sanctions any firm that chooses to boycott the State of Israel.

Gov. signed the bill just before leaving to lead the annual Celebrate Israel Parade.

Two years earlier, Cuomo came to Israel on an official visit during which he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, as well as with U.S. natives of New York who are currently living in the Jewish State.

Hana Levi Julian

Twitter Purges Alt-Right Accounts in Move Described as ‘Night of the Long Knives’

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Twitter this week suspended accounts associated with the alt-right movement, as part of its commitment to crack down on hate speech. One noted alt-right account to go down in the purge, @RichardBSpencer, belonged to Richard Spencer, an American white nationalist known for promoting white supremacist views, as well as accounts belonging to Paul Town, Pax Dickinson, Ricky Vaughn and John Rivers.

The alt-right, a loose group espousing white nationalism, has been using the Internet, most notably Steve Bannon’s Breitbart News, to gain influence and attack mainstream conservatives. Besides Spencer’s personal account, Twitter also deleted his National Policy Institute @npiamerica and his online magazine @radixjournal accounts.

Paul Town, who describes himself as “the leading thoughtleader of Alt-Right, nRX, and Hestia,” quickly reopened for business as @ThePaulTown.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Richard Spencer advocates for a white homeland for the “dispossessed white race” and “peaceful ethnic cleansing” of non-white culture. The Anti-Defamation League cited Spencer in 2013 as “a leader in white supremacist circles” who has rejected the US conservative movement, because it “can’t or won’t represent explicitly white interests.”

Spencer has also said he wants blacks, Asians, Hispanics and Jews to be deported from the US.

Spencer compared the move against his neo-Nazi movement as both “corporate Stalinism” and the Gestapo’s 1934 “night of the long knives” purge of the SA’s leadership. He also described it as “execution squads across the alt right,” complaining that “they are purging people based on their views.”

Now, speaking of the “night of the long knife metaphor,” that memorable night in June 1934 was part of Adolf Hitler’s effort to get rid of his  pesky fellow travelers from the days before he became ruler of Germany. Since another intensive user of Twitter happens to be one Donald J. Trump who has just become ruler of America, is Spencer casting himself as SA leader Ernst Röhm, to Donald Trump’s Hitler?

Those white boys do read up a lot about the Third Reich, don’t they.

White nationalist and chairman of the Traditionalist Worker Party Matt Heimblach accused Twitter of reneging on their declared commitment to free speech. “There is a lot of concern over them trying to stop us, whether it’s the establishment or whether it’s these multinational corporations like Twitter or Google, but I really think it’s too little too late. This political revolution that we are seeing has already begun.” Heimblach also vowed that for every deleted account his loyalists would start a new one.

Of course, Twitter, unlike the US government, and despite its famous slogan about being “the free speech wing of the free speech party,” is not bound by the First Amendment in its private domain, and so, as the company spelled it out calmly, “The Twitter Rules prohibit targeted abuse and harassment, and we will suspend accounts that violate this policy.”

So far, Twitter, which last year deleted 125,000 ISIS-related accounts, certainly has the means to mow through the at-right accounts with the same vigor. And, in a move signaling its commitment, last July Twitter deleted the account of Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor at Breitbart, last July, for abusive behavior using hundreds of anonymous Twitter accounts to spread images of Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones alongside racist and sexist texts.

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IDF Cites Incitement, Arab Video Displays Pallywood ‘Bull’ in Full [video]

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

The IDF Spokesperson’s Office has put together a video tweet bluntly pointing out that Arab terrorists in the Palestinian Authority carried out four attacks against Israeli soldiers this past weekend, all due to government-sponsored incitement. (There were more, but production does take time, etc…)

The fact is, the IDF is extraordinarily tolerant in its verbal response to terrorist attacks on social media; one sees little or no saber-rattling from the Israeli military, be it in English, Hebrew or even Arabic. Scan the social media sites and in general, one sees pictures of sunrises and sunsets, with teenage soldiers barely out of high school framed against the sky. Sometimes a photo of boys putting combat black on the cheeks of girls, and the girls putting combat green on the foreheads of their male counterparts. Occasionally a photo of the soldiers completing their beret march — or, more grim and to the point, one of older and more experienced soldiers on night duty having to track down and arrest fugitives who have carried out terrorist activities, sometimes successfully.

But here’s a perfect example of the kind of incitement that prompts the next generation of Arab teens to become young terrorists — and inspired the above complaint from the IDF.

This video was posted on Twitter right under the tweet from the IDF Spokesperson Sunday evening. It shows a young Arab boy who appears to be caught between his desperate father trying to rescue him from an attack by a vicious Israeli soldier and his fierce, slobbering military K-9 partner, an IDF dog tugging at the other side.

It would be almost credible, except Israeli soldiers don’t yell, even in Hebrew, “Who’s afraid, who!!??” as if to teach someone NOT to be afraid. Secondly, look closely at the canine actor. What is the dog wearing — or rather, not wearing?

The dog in this video is not wearing the official IDF muzzle and body gear, or headgear of any kind, any kind of body gear. IDF K-9 fighters are in uniform as are their human partners. And they have metal muzzles to protect them, as well as those they must track down and ferret out.

Welcome to Pallywood, which stands for Hollywood of the Palestinian Authority. The acting can be quite realistic — but frankly, it’s all bull.

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Hana Levi Julian

Newsweek Middle East Editor Goes on Anti-Semitic Twitter Rant

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

{Originally posted to the Tower Magazine website}

An editor of Newsweek Middle East launched into a Twitter tirade invoking several anti-Semitic tropes late last week, including that Jews are greedy and are not descended from biblical Hebrews, and therefore have no historical connection to Israel.

After the magazine was criticized by pro-Israel bloggers last week for creating an inaccurate documentary video about the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the magazine’s senior deputy editor, Leila Hatoum, responded harshly, calling her critics “Zionist trolls,” accusing them of worshiping money, and falsely claiming that Jews are not Semites and therefore not native to the Middle East. (The term anti-Semitism was coined by the 19th century German journalist Wilhelm Marr, who opposed Jewish emancipation and sought to popularize a term that would make Jew-hatred sound more scientific.)

The video that Hatoum shared claimed that references to “Palestine” prior to 1948 meant that an Arab Palestinian state used to exist. In fact, the artifacts that the video claimed to have proven its case actually showed that Palestine was under British control, not independent; one document even contained the Hebrew initials for “Land of Israel.”

Hatoum’s Twitter rant was first exposed by Israeli blogger “Aussie Dave,” who had been one of the chief critics of the video Hatoum posted. The blogger subsequently discovered earlier offensive tweets that Hatoum wrote, including an (inaccurate) claim that Adolf Hitler’s mother, girlfriend, and doctor were Jewish.

Hartoum also cited the discredited “Khazar” theory of the origins of today’s Jews to try to prove that modern Jews or Jews who lived in Eastern Europe are not descended from biblical Jews.

In reality, the shared Middle Eastern ancestry of Jewish communities, including those who resided in Europe, has been established by multiple genetic studies. “Historical evidence suggests common origins in the Middle East, followed by migrations leading to the establishment of communities of Jews in Europe, Africa and Asia, in what is termed the Jewish Diaspora,” researchers explained in a 2010 study published by Nature that traced “the origins of most Jewish Diaspora communities to the Levant.” (Notably, the study also revealed “a close relationship between most contemporary Jews and non-Jewish populations from the Levant,” including Palestinians.)

Media watchdog Honest Reporting noted that Newsweek Middle East is editorially independent of Newsweek and is owned by the Dubai-based ARY Digital Network. The watchdog organization wondered if Newsweek would be pleased to have “their brand name being dragged through the mud by the likes of Leila Hatoum and the anti-Israel propaganda being produced on the Newsweek Middle East site.”

The Newsweek video highlighted what Shany Mor referred to in the January 2015 Issue of The Tower Magazine as “the mendacious maps of Palestinian ‘loss,’” which uses historically inaccurate information to argue that an independent Palestine disappeared due to the establishment of the State of Israel.

The series of maps referred to by Newsweek conflate different aspects of land control. One shows inhabited areas, another shows a proposed partition plan, and two more show political control. Mor argued that if one looked at a series of maps showing the history of Palestinian political control, a more accurate picture would emerge:

The categories of political control and international partition plans are quite easy to map out over time. Since the concern of those publicizing the maps above is Palestinian control of land, we can illustrate this with a more honest series of maps showing areas of political control, using the same years as the original—adding one for clarity.

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As seen above, 1946 has exactly zero land under Palestinian Arab control—not autonomous, not sovereign, not anything—as it was all under British authority. We could go further back in time, to the Ottoman era, for example, and the map wouldn’t change in the slightest. 1947 sees no changes to the map, as Palestine was still under British control. Before the war in June 1967, control is divided between three states, and none of them is Palestinian. The 2005 map would be exactly as it is presented in the original series, showing the very first lands ever be ruled by Palestinian Arabs qua Palestinian Arabs. To clarify this a bit more, I have added a map from 1995, showing the withdrawals undertaken during the first two years of the Oslo process, just up to but not including the 1997 Hebron Protocol.

In fact, if we zoomed in a bit more, we would see how the peace process of the 1990s resulted in the first time a Palestinian Arab regime ruled over any piece of land. This occurred in 1994 with the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in Gaza and Jericho. That control steadily expanded over more and more land during the years leading up to the failed final status talks. Much of it was then lost during the second intifada, but eventually regained as violence died down, and the Gaza disengagement even expanded it slightly. All of these Palestinian land gains have taken place in the last 20 years and every square meter of it came not from Turkey or Britain or Jordan or Egypt, but from Israel alone; and nearly all of it through peace negotiations.

After being presented with evidence of the inaccuracy of similar maps that they had posted, both MSNBC and the textbook company McGraw-Hill acknowledged their error. But months after the maps were thoroughly discredited, Newsweek Middle East risked its credibility by publishing them again.

 

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Twitter Suspended 360K Terror-Related Accounts Since Mid-2015

Friday, August 19th, 2016

The Twitter social networking site says it has suspended 360,000 accounts for terror-related violations of terms of service in the past 12 months, a large percentage related to Da’esh (ISIS).

The terror group uses Twitter to communicate with members, recruit new operatives, post photos, videos and send out propaganda.

The rate of daily suspensions rose by 80 percent since last year, the San Francisco-based site reported, according to the Fox News network and a report by the Associated Press.

The company said suspensions spike in the aftermath of terrorist attacks, adding that it has made some progress in preventing suspended users from returning immediately to the site with different names.

Hana Levi Julian

Former Georgia Lawmaker Implies Israeli Linked to Nice, Munich Terror

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

It looks like anti-Semitism is starting to become a new fad among politicians in the United States — or perhaps those who long have cherished such feelings simply now feel safer about expressing and promoting them.

On the heels of reports this week that Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson referred to Jewish Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria as “termites,” came another revelation that a former Congresswoman from the same state also held anti-Semitic views on Israel. Johnson was compelled to issue a grudging apology for his slurs, although he refused to back down from the rest of his comments; it remains to be seen what the future will bring with former U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney, PhD, who was also the 2008 presidential nominee for the Green Party.

On the Twitter social media site a week ago (last Saturday night) McKinney tweeted: “Same Israeli photographer captures Nice and Munich tragedies. How likely is that? Remember the Dancing Israelis?” 

The photographer in question, Richard Gutjahr, tweeted photos from terror attacks both in Nice and in Munich, where the death tolls rose to 84 and 9 respectively.

Gutjahr is not Israeli, although he is married to former Labor Knesset member Einat Wilf, an Israeli woman. Wilf served in the elite IDF Unit 8200 intelligence unit.

The ‘Dancing Israelis’ thing is a reference to a conspiracy theory that five Israeli men were detained by New Jersey police on Sept. 11, 2001 after they were allegedly seen celebrating the Al Qaeda attack on Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

When McKinney’s tweet was challenged online, in response she defiantly followed it up with another: “Yes, remember the Dancing Israelis? Why were they dancing in the park as Americans were dying? Why were they in the park in the first place?”

But McKinney’s anti-Semitism didn’t stop with her potshots referencing the 9/11 blood libels. Take a look at her cozy relationship with the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement. She tweeted a cry of joy in another post during her July 24 ‘blitzkrieg‘: “This is huge: NLRB rules that unions have a right to boycott Israel.”

And last but not least, another in the series which she retweeted and praised, saying, “I LOVE this!”

It remains to be seen what McKinney will do, now that the Democratic National Convention is over and all the hoopla of national attention is diverted elsewhere.

Hana Levi Julian

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