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Wake Up, American Jews: Youve Enabled Israels Racism For Years.


https://forward.com/opinion/419885/wake-up-american-jews-youve-enabled-israels-racism-for-years/

Joshua LeiferFebruary 25, 2019

Much like Donald Trump’s election, the merger between the right-wing settler Jewish Home party and the Kahanist Otzma Yehudit — encouraged and facilitated by Prime Minister Netanyahu — marks less a break with the status quo than its unmasking.

There was once a time when even Likud members felt obligated to object to the Kahanists’ explicit, violent racism; for instance, in the 1980s, when Brooklyn-born rabbi Meir Kahane would take the Knesset podium, Likud MKs would exit the hall. (Kahane and his party were later banned from parliamentary politics for racist incitement). Those days are long gone.
https://twitter.com/NTarnopolsky/status/1098681999093624832

For years, the men who make up Otzma Yehudit — Baruch Marzel, Itamar Ben Gvir, Benzi Gopstein, Michael Ben-Ari — stalked the outer limits of Israeli political discourse. But what distinguished them from the rest of the right was not so much substance as style; to borrow New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie’s phrase about President Trump, they took the subtext of the right’s agenda and made it text.

They said loudly what many on the Israeli right, at least in the past, preferred to whisper, and certainly never to say in English: that Israel would be a Jewish supremacist state, not a democracy; that the Palestinians would forever live subjugated under military occupation, confined to isolated Bantustans, or they would be expelled from the West Bank and into Jordan; that leftists and peaceniks were traitors, and that traitors would be dealt with accordingly.

Read more: https://forward.com/opinion/419885/wake-up-american-jews-youve-enabled-israels-racism-for-years/
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Tue Feb 26, 2019, 04:44 PM (10 replies)

ANTISEMITIC HATE-WAVE FLOODS POLAND, FRANCE, SPAIN AND GREECE

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Antisemitic-hate-wave-floods-Europe-Poland-France-Spain-and-Greece-581727

In an unprecedented wave of hate crimes across the continent, Jewish cemeteries are being desecrated and homes defaced.

Fake ads bearing the Star of David were reported around Szczecin in north-west Poland on Monday, claiming that the buildings will soon be confiscated and handed over to Jewish owners.

In France, Jewish residents were singled out and their homes spray-painted with Stars of David and Neo-Nazi slurs. One resident, Oliver Feldman, said that “I fear for my wife, for my children, for my own safety…every day I ask if it’ll happen again,” Ynet reported. In addition, 100 gravestones were desecrated and spray-painted with Swastikas close to Strasbourg.

In Spain, Neo-Nazi symbols and slurs were painted on the homes of noted Jewish residents in Madrid, among the victims were Uri and Reot Hominer who are educators on behalf of the World Zionist Organization. The city of Madrid had the slurs cleaned and the local police is investigating the case.

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Posted by DillyDilly500 | Mon Feb 25, 2019, 07:48 PM (6 replies)

After CNN Report, Facebook Censors Pages With Claimed Links to Russia

After CNN Report, Facebook Censors Pages With Claimed Links to Russia

Maffick CEO slams Facebook for unprovoked censorship

Jason Ditz Posted on February 18, 2019Categories NewsTags censorship, CNN, facebook, RT

Facebook has suspended a number of accounts linked to Maffick Media following a report by CNN claimed the group is secretly linked with the Russian government. Maffick Media is based in Germany, and while it is partly owned by a Russian subsidiary, the company says it has full editorial independence.

CNN noted Maffick’s part-ownership by Ruptly, a Russian state media subsidiary, and accused them of not disclosing this ownership on Facebook, even though Facebook had never required any such disclosure, and no one is even accusing Maffick of spreading any disinformation on the pages.

Public documents show Maffick is 51% owned by Ruptly, a Germany-based news agency which is itself owned by Russia’s state television station RT.

Despite this, Facebook responded to the CNN report by taking down Maffick’s pages, accusing them of misleading the public “about who’s behind them,” and that in the future they will ask these pages to disclose “their Russian affiliations.”

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Posted by DillyDilly500 | Tue Feb 19, 2019, 11:20 AM (0 replies)

'Dead to me: Conservative writer says Republicans who back Trumps emergency order are irredeemable

'Dead to me’: Conservative writer says Republicans who back Trump’s emergency order are irredeemable

BRAD REED
19 FEB 2019 AT 06:39 ET

Conservative writer Matt Lewis has penned a scathing essay in the Daily Beast attacking Republicans who are supporting President Donald Trump’s scheme to bypass Congress and build his border wall by declaring a national emergency.

In his editorial, Lewis says that Trump’s emergency order crosses a new line in executive overreach that will be used and abused by future presidents who can’t bend Congress to their wills.

“If a president can declare anything he wants to do an ’emergency,’ then our republican system has been torn asunder,” Lewis argues. “If a president can simply invoke a magic word to accomplish whatever he wants, it hardly matters where you stand on taxes or tariffs or… anything else.”

He then goes on to name names of Republicans who so far have failed to stand up to the president and call his actions unacceptable.

“For some reason, the media continues to portray this story as the Republican Party at odds with this president. You’ll see headlines suggesting Republicans are “split” or “divided” over Trump’s decision — a rare example of the press giving the GOP too much credit for courage and independence,” he says. “Sure, Chuck Grassley said ‘I wish he wouldn’t have done it.’ Susan Collins said it was ‘a mistake,’ and Marco Rubio is ‘skeptical’ he can support Trump’s emergency order. Churchillian declarations they are not.

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Posted by DillyDilly500 | Tue Feb 19, 2019, 11:17 AM (13 replies)

Funding Bill Increases Aid to Israel by $200 Million

Funding Bill Increases Aid to Israel by $200 Million

AIPAC commends Congress for strongly supporting Israeli security and strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship in provisions included in the new spending bill.

Importantly, the legislation increases security assistance to Israel by $200 million to fully fund the first year of the new 10-year U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). These funds help Israel maintain its qualitative military edge in the region in order to defend itself, by itself, from mounting threats on its borders.

The measure also contains provisions to help Israel should it confront a security emergency. A key provision extends for two years the U.S. Defense Department’s authority to stockpile weapons in Israel. House report language also supports using the Strategic Defense Acquisition Fund “to transfer precision guided munitions” to Israeli reserve stocks. The bill also extends U.S. loan guarantees for five years should Israel face an economic emergency.

Congress continued its battle against anti-Israel bias at the United Nations (U.N.). The omnibus measure permits the president to withhold five percent of U.S. funding to any U.N. specialized agency that acts against the national security interest of the U.S. or an ally of the U.S., including Israel.

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Our Army housing is deporable yet there is money to piss away on this shit. Got it.
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Mon Feb 18, 2019, 11:53 AM (15 replies)

Black snot and cancer risks: NYC subway air is full of pollution

Black snot and cancer risks: NYC subway air is full of pollution

Don’t be fooled by the fact that the trains run on electricity: Diesel fumes stink up subway air, adding to a toxic brew of pollution that researchers say is bad for you.

Operating a passenger train behind one of the subway work trains “feels like what it would be to put your head beneath a car’s tailpipe,” said Eric Loegel, a former train operator. “It’s gross.”

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“When you spend eight hours a day in the subway in any capacity and you blow your nose, it’s black,” said one MTA employee. “Even in the token booth, it’s bad.”

The diesel fumes come from MTA work trains, which spew so much soot that subway platforms contain about twice as much carbon diesel pollution as the air above ground, said George Thurston, a professor at NYU School of Medicine who has studied the problem.

Posted by DillyDilly500 | Sun Feb 17, 2019, 05:43 PM (1 replies)

AIPAC and the blockade on critiquing Israel

AIPAC and the blockade on critiquing Israel

By Editorial Board | 02/15/2019

From President Donald Trump’s early morning rants to the hashtag origins of the now international Black Lives Matter movement, Twitter has increasingly become the digital platform of choice for U.S. political discourse. The geopolitical and financial relationship between the United States and Israel has been no exception.

Over the weekend, freshman Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar tweeted “It’s all about the Benjamins” in response to a tweet that questioned recent bipartisan attempts by U.S. politicians to criminalize boycotts of Israeli products and services. When asked to clarify who she thought was “paying American politicians to be pro-Israel,” Omar responded “AIPAC!” referencing the U.S.-based, pro-Israel public affairs committee.


The tweet drew some deserved criticism for her admittedly ill-conceived wording, and Omar subsequently offered an apology. However, what has been lost in the spectacle is that the congresswoman is right: AIPAC has a considerable influence over American politicians and legislation. Pundits and politicians—both Republicans and Democrats—immediately admonished and silenced Representative Omar’s attempts to question AIPAC’s outsized and damaging role in American politics by labeling her as anti-Semitic.

The firestorm of events surrounding Omar’s correct assertion that a powerful lobbying group hold sway over politicians is indicative of just how difficult it is to have substantive conversations about Israel’s occupation of Palestine. The representative didn’t even delve into how AIPAC has ensured that Israel remains one of the top recipients of U.S. foreign aid without having to answer for the 295 Palestinians killed and 29,000 injured by Israeli forces in 2018. Nor did she demand attention be paid to multiple reported war crimes committed by the settler state. Yet, Omar received harsher backlash for her poorly worded tweet than Steve King, who recently questioned why white supremacy is offensive, illustrating that it is clearly especially hard to critique Israel when you are Black, Muslim or both.
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Sun Feb 17, 2019, 05:32 PM (6 replies)

AIPAC Called Out for Using Ilhan Omar's Anti-Semitic Money Trope Tweet to Fundraise

Pro-Israel Lobby Group AIPAC Called Out for Using Ilhan Omar's Anti-Semitic Money Trope Tweet to Fundraise
By Callum Paton On 2/13/19 at 5:33 AM

https://www.newsweek.com/pro-israel-lobby-group-aipac-called-out-using-ilhan-omars-anti-semitic-money-1329560

Social media users have called out the Israel lobby group AIPAC for seeking to profit from the controversy that swirled around freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar after she tweeted messages criticized for anti-Semitism.

The independent journalist and translator Mairav Zonszein tweeted a screen grab showing an email from the powerful lobby group AIPAC late Tuesday. She pointed out how the organization had sought to profit from the dispute sparked by Omar’s tweets.

“On Sunday, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar invoked old anti-Semitic stereotypes with tweets suggesting that the U.S. government supports Israel only because of Jewish money. She has also said that AIPAC pays politicians to be pro-Israel,” the email read.

“Aside from being offensive, divisive and ill-informed, the congresswoman’s assertions are plain wrong,” the email added, with a link below which led readers to “support AIPAC today.”



Posted by DillyDilly500 | Wed Feb 13, 2019, 07:10 PM (31 replies)

Ilhan Omars tweet revealed core truths about anti-Semitism in America

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/2/12/18220241/ilhan-omars-twitter-tweet-anti-semitism

Omar’s tweet was bad. But the Republican reaction was profoundly hypocritical
By Zack Beauchamp@zackbeauchampzack@vox.com Feb 12, 2019, 2:40pm EST hypocritical

The controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) tweets about the pro-Israel lobby will not die.

After the Muslim Congress member tweeted Sunday night that American political leaders’ support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins,” a political firestorm broke out over the question of whether the tweet was anti-Semitic. Omar apologized on Monday under pressure from the House Democratic leadership, who issued a unified statement condemning her comments. On Tuesday, President Trump called on her to resign her seat in Congress.

There’s an air of farce about all of this. Her tweet really was troubling, but the reaction to it has devolved into a partisan fight by bad-faith actors that obscures the reality of how anti-Semitism works in the United States.


There are two related, yet distinct, kinds of anti-Semitism that have snuck into mainstream politics. One is associated with the left and twists legitimate criticisms of Israel into anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. On the mainstream right, meanwhile, political leaders and media figures blame a cabal of wealthy Jews for mass immigration and left-wing cultural politics in classic anti-Semitic fashion.

Omar’s tweet was a pretty clear example of the first kind of anti-Semitism. Plenty of Jews who are critical of the Israeli government, including me, found her comments offensive. It was false — support for Israel is complex and related to many more factors than just lobbyist money — and it played into centuries of conspiracy theories about Jewish money corrupting Western politics.

But it’s also clear that a lot of Omar’s critics don’t have much of a leg to stand on. Conservatives have been trying to label Omar an anti-Semite since she was elected in November, on the basis of fairly flimsy evidence. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House minority leader, blasted her tweet despite having sent his own tweet accusing prominent Jewish Democrats of trying to “buy” the 2018 election. Trump once told a room full of Jewish Republicans that “you’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money,” adding that “you want to control your politicians, that’s fine.”
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Tue Feb 12, 2019, 09:15 PM (11 replies)

Can Ilhan Omar Criticize AIPAC?

https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2019/02/can-ilhan-omar-criticize-aipac/

One of our new Muslim members of Congress has once again caught flack over her criticism of American policy toward Israel:

Freshman Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar ignited a new controversy on Sunday night when she suggested GOP support for Israel is driven by campaign donations from a prominent pro-Israel group. Omar singled out AIPAC, one of the most influential lobbying groups in Washington, as the source of those donations.

Omar’s comments touched upon a long-running, and particularly ugly, thread of the anti-Semitic movement — that Jewish money fuels backing for Israel in the United States and elsewhere. A freshman Democrat, Max Rose of New York, said, “Congresswoman Omar’s statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself.”

There’s a problem here. It is common, on both sides of the aisle, to claim that the opposition has been “bought” by lobbies of one kind or another. Bernie Sanders accused Hillary Clinton of being bought by Wall Street because of the speeches she gave to big banking groups. Republicans accuse Democrats of being bought by Planned Parenthood. Democrats accuse Republicans of being bought by the NRA. And everyone accuses both parties of being bought by the defense industry.

In all these cases, the defense is the same: These groups didn’t buy my vote. They contributed to my campaign because I already support them.

In nearly all cases, both are true. Members aren’t literally being bought. They really did believe in these causes to begin with. If I were running for Congress, I’d be delighted to get support and campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood. At the same time, there’s little question that lobbyist money goes a long way toward putting golden handcuffs in place. If the NRA or Planned Parenthood or whoever gets into trouble for crossing a line, they can count on vigorous support in Congress anyway. That’s due largely to money.

None of this should be slightly controversial. The idea that money drives politics is so commonplace that you’d be laughed at for denying it. Of course money makes a difference.

But that leaves us with a problem. It is entirely correct that the idea of Jewish money controlling the world is an old antisemitic trope. At the same time, there’s no question that Jewish money is deployed in defense of Israel in the form of US campaign contributions. And there’s no question that everyone believes money drives politics.

So is this something Ilhan Omar is allowed to say because it’s a commonplace observation? Or is she not allowed to say it because it’s an old antisemitic trope? And does the answer depend on the fact that she’s Muslim and a frequent critic of Israel?
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Mon Feb 11, 2019, 04:47 PM (5 replies)
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