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Posted by DillyDilly500 | Fri Nov 8, 2019, 08:32 PM (11 replies)

Erdogan threatens to open Europe gates for refugees

Erdogan threatens to open Europe gates for refugees

Issued on: 07/11/2019 - 18:34

Budapest (AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a visit to EU member Hungary repeated his threat Thursday to "open the gates" for millions of refugees eager to flee to Europe unless more international support was provided.

Erdogan held talks with Hungarian nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban -- a rare EU ally -- in Budapest where several hundred people demonstrated over Ankara's deadly military offensive in Syria, with placards calling the Turkish leader a "genocidal dictator".

Ankara launched the military operation last month to push Syrian Kurdish forces back from its border and create a "safe zone" to take in some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees currently in Turkey.

Erdogan has called on EU countries to provide more financial support for his plan to create the "safe zone".

"Whether or not support comes, we will continue to host our guests, but only up to a point," Erdogan said at a news conference alongside Orban.

"If we see that this does not work, just like I said before, we will have no option left but to open the gates. If we open the gates, it is obvious where they will go," Erdogan added.

Orban, an anti-immigration figurehead for nationalists in Europe and beyond, said Hungary stood ready to help Turkey however it could to create the "safe zone".
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Thu Nov 7, 2019, 04:31 PM (2 replies)

Pompeo lays flowers at German synagogue after far-right shooting

Pompeo lays flowers at German synagogue after far-right shooting

Issued on: 07/11/2019 - 20:41

Halle (Saale) (Germany) (AFP)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday laid flowers at a kebab shop and a synagogue in Germany targeted in last month's fatal shooting by a far-right gunman.

Accompanied by Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, he left flowers outside the kebab shop, adding to a sea of bouquets and candles there, and exchanged a few words with the owner.

Deploring the scourge of anti-Semitism, Pompeo also visited the synagogue where he met with members of the Jewish community.

The suspect in the attack, 27-year-old German Stephan Balliet, had sought to storm the synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle on Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar.

When he failed, he shot dead a female passerby outside the synagogue, and later gunned down a man in the kebab shop a short distance away.
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Thu Nov 7, 2019, 04:29 PM (0 replies)

Bernie Sanders: Give Aid to Gaza; & It isn't Anti-Semitism to Say Netanyahu Gov't Racist By Juan Col

Bernie Sanders has almost single-handedly changed the discourse on Israel in the Democratic Party and in the United States more generally. But his appearance at the J-Street conference was a further tour de force, and the positions he has staked out clearly have put pressure on the other Democratic candidates to take a position on Israeli land-grabs in the Palestinian West Bank and economic strangulation of the Palestinians in Gaza.

Sanders said in his address that Palestinians also want peace. He said, "let me underline this" and continuing, "It is not anti-Semitism to say that the Netanyahu government has been racist."

The Israeli government has egregiously violated the Oslo Peace accords by flooding hundreds of thousands of Israeli squatters into the Palestinian West Bank. This is actually a war crime according to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which was designed to forestall any repeat of the atrocities of the fascists and Nazis during WW II. These squatters have usurped Palestinian property, dug deep wells to leave Palestinian villages without water, have sabotaged Palestinian olive harvesting by cutting down a million trees, cut up the West Bank with a network of roads and checkpoints, and denied Palestinians the rights of citizenship in a state (the right, a US Supreme Court justice said, to have rights).

Israel gave up trying to colonize the Gaza Strip only because it could not provide security to the 8,000 squatters that had gone in there to encroach on Palestinian land and resources. But then it slapped a blockade on the small territory. It had bombed the airport to smithereens, and won't let so much as Palestinian fisherman get more than four miles off the coast. At one point the Israeli military tried to figure exactly how much food could be let in to prevent the Palestinians from starving without allowing them any nutrition beyond that. They denied chocolate to the children. That is just creepy.

In the past 18 months Palestinians in Gaza have been demonstrating weekly, and Israeli army snipers have shot down over 8,000 of them, leaving many crippled for life and killing over 200 dead from gunshots. Most of those shot were peaceful demonstrators posing no danger, who simply came into a zone the Israeli army arbitrarily declared off limits, even though it was inside Gaza. Victims include children, women, medics, journalists, and other nonviolent noncombatants.
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Thu Oct 31, 2019, 12:07 AM (4 replies)

No Similarity Between Antisemitism and BDS, New Swedish Foreign Minister Tells Pro-Israel Legislato

OCTOBER 29, 2019 4:12 PM19
‘No Similarity Between Antisemitism and BDS,’ New Swedish Foreign Minister Tells Pro-Israel Legislator

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde at a press conference. Photo: Lehtikuva / Markku Ulander via Reuters.

Sweden’s new foreign minister has reiterated her support for Israel’s right to exist following a sharp exchange with a lawmaker in parliament last week, during which she insisted that the campaign to subject the Jewish state to a comprehensive boycott was not antisemitic.

In a television interview on Monday, Ann Linde — who was appointed Swedish foreign minister on Sept. 10 following the resignation of her predecessor Margot Wallstrom — said that her country affirmed its support for Israel’s “security needs,” emphasizing that the country’s “right to exist is not debatable in any way.” This position did not contradict the view that “the occupation, which is in violation of UN resolutions, must end and the Palestinians must be given their rights to live in recognized borders,” Linde added.


But in a parliamentary debate last week, Linde pointedly shielded the movement to impose boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel from the accusation that it is antisemitic. The BDS campaign advocates the replacement of Israel as a Jewish, democratic state with a single Arab state of Palestine, and denies that the Jewish people has a historic right to national self-determination.

“This government does not place an equals sign between ‘antisemitism’ and ‘BDS’,” Linde told pro-Israel legislator Lars Adaktusson last Thursday.

Posted by DillyDilly500 | Wed Oct 30, 2019, 11:58 PM (2 replies)

Progressives reject Klobuchars salute to Israel as beacon of democracy

There have been four Democratic debates. In the last three, amazingly, Israel and Palestine never came up (see postscript). Then in last night’s debate in Ohio, a candidate finally brought up this important subject. Senator Amy Klobuchar called Israel a “beacon of democracy” in the context of Trump’s Syria pullout.

I think we need to talk about this not only in terms of the horror of what happened here with Turkey, but the fact that our president blew it and now he’s too proud to say it. And what do we do now? We continue that humanitarian aid, but then we work with our allies to say come back, Turkey, and stop this… Think about our other allies, Israel. How do they feel right now? Donald Trump is not true to his word when they are a beacon of democracy in the Mideast. Think about our allies in Europe when he pulls out of the Iranian agreement and them holding the bag and gives the power to China and Russia.

Klobuchar’s salute was glancing, but it is a measure of how negative Israel’s reputation is on the left that she was was soon hit emphatically on social media by a large number of progressive voices citing the country’s human rights violations. We often say that the Israel brand is tanking on the left, and Nancy Pelosi and J Street and new Israel lobby organizations (and the Forward and Bari Weiss, too) are determined to fight that shift. But the response to Klobuchar suggests that for progressives, the die is cast.

Arab American Institute:

Klobuchar just claimed that Israel is a “beacon of democracy” in the region. Millions of Palestinians who live under Israeli control without any political rights would disagree. There is a word for Israel’s rule over Palestinians: #Apartheid.

Daniel Denvir of Jacobin:

Israel is a beacon of democracy, says Klobuchar. What a gross thing to say about an eliminationist settler-colonial apartheid state.

A Bernie Sanders supporter:

Any Klobuchar just called Israel a “beacon of democracy”. Just let that sink in.

Mehdi Hasan of the Intercept:

Klobuchar – surprise! – calls Israel a “beacon of democracy in the Middle East”. Sigh. How about a segment in a presidential debate on Israel/Palestine and an examination of outdated, lazy, liberal talking points on it?

Howie Hawkins, presidential candidate of the Green Party:

Amy Klobuchar calling Israel a “beacon of democracy” is a cruel joke to the Palestinian people.

Kumar Rao, a former public defender in New York:

Occupation and apartheid not so consistent with democracy.

Current Affairs expressed shock over the pronouncement and featured a shot of accusations of Israel for war crimes over its Gaza live-fire policy.

Posted by DillyDilly500 | Wed Oct 16, 2019, 07:46 PM (6 replies)

Navy SEAL leaders fired after allegations of sexual assault and drinking among team

Posted: Sep 06, 2019 3:53 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 06, 2019 3:53 PM EDT
By Ryan Browne and Barbara Starr, CNN

The three senior leaders of a US Navy SEAL Team have been fired from their positions by the admiral overseeing the Navy's elite special operations forces "due to a loss of confidence that resulted from leadership failures," after members of their team were accused of misbehavior, including an alleged sexual assault and drinking while deployed to Iraq.

"Commander, Navy Special Warfare Command Read Adm. Collin Green relieved the three senior leaders of SEAL Team Seven from their positions Sept. 6.," US Navy Capt. Tamara Lawrence, a spokesperson for Naval Special Warfare Command, told CNN in a statement explaining the rare move.

"Green relieved the unit's commanding officer, Cdr. Edward Mason; executive officer, Lt. Cdr. Luke Im; and the team's top enlisted leader, Command Master Chief Hugh Spangler due to a loss of confidence that resulted from leadership failures that caused a breakdown of good order and discipline within two subordinate units while deployed to combat zones," Lawrence added.

While the team's leadership has been removed from their positions, they remain in the Navy and no additional punishments or disciplinary action has taken place at this time.

The Navy SEAL officers are not being accused of engaging in the alleged behavior that got the team sent home from Iraq, the Navy is holding them responsible for the behavior of their subordinates and the command climate they oversaw.
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Fri Sep 6, 2019, 03:08 PM (6 replies)

Obsess Over Which Feminists Are Jewish, Not Which Rapists

Photo from Pexels
“You know, a lot of sexual harassment stuff is in the news of late,” said “Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator Larry David during his 2017 “Saturday Night Live” monologue. “And I couldn’t help but notice a very disturbing pattern emerging, which is that many of the predators — not all, but many of them — are Jews.”

America’s favorite grump isn’t the only one who noticed. Two years into the #MeToo movement, when Jeffrey Epstein’s years of allegedly sexually exploiting teenage girls came to light, so did — overwhelmingly — the fact he was a Jew. (Epstein was found dead in his jail cell Aug. 10 after an apparent suicide). Anti-Semites took delight in pointing out that Epstein, Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen and Brett Ratner are Jewish. But so did journalists.

In 2017, online magazine Tablet ran a piece titled “The Specifically Jewy Perviness of Harvey Weinstein” – for which the publication had to issue an apology – but not before white supremacist leaders Richard Spencer and David Duke had applauded it.

Attempts to claim sexual abuse as a characteristic of Judaism are vile, whether they come from a Klansman or an opinion writer.

Yet, Jews and anti-Semites alike actively seek to highlight the Jewishness of sexual abusers. In contrast, we hardly emphasize the Jewish roots of feminists who have made movements such as #MeToo thrive.
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Wed Aug 14, 2019, 10:53 PM (2 replies)

What Do White Supremacists and ISIS Recruits Have in Common?

Despite their ideological differences, white supremacists and supporters of Islamic State derive their strength from a similar narrative:


A MEMBER of ISIS waves the group’s flag in Raqqa recently
A MEMBER of ISIS waves the group’s flag in Raqqa. (photo credit: REUTERS)

On the surface, white supremacists and Islamic State recruits would not seem to have much in common. One group embraces a racist, anti-immigrant ideology and is mobilized by fear that a majority of people in the United States will soon no longer be white.

The other group believes it must kill “infidels” and create an Islamic “caliphate.”

Terrorism experts, however, say the radicalization process, tactics and narratives used by violent white nationalists are actually strikingly similar to those employed by ISIS. Understanding what the two groups have in common, experts say, can help officials develop a strategy for preventing homegrown extremism.

“I see extremism as a structure for beliefs,” said JM Berger, author of the book Extremism. “We need to do a better job in treating extremism as a universal phenomenon.”

The challenge of combating domestic terrorism and white supremacist violence was thrust into the spotlight after a gunman, who is alleged to have posted a racist screed online, went on a bloody rampage last Saturday, killing 22 people in the aisles and parking lot of a Walmart in El Paso. (Several hours later, another shooter who had reportedly held leftist beliefs killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio.)

Posted by DillyDilly500 | Sun Aug 11, 2019, 11:12 AM (8 replies)

Freshman Representatives Heading to Israel on AIPAC Sponsored Trip

Some Members of Congress Skipping the Trip

Dave DeCamp Posted onAugust 4, 2019

On Monday, House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) will be bringing a large delegation of freshman Democratic members of Congress to Israel. The Trip is sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). A Republican group is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Friday.

These trips to Israel are organized in August of every off-election year for new members of Congress. Hoyer will be joined by chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). The presence of these party leaders shows the importance the trip has to party leadership. It is part of the effort to squash some of the questioning of the US-Israel relationship that has been growing within the party.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) are not attending the trip, citing their criticism of AIPAC and the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza. Omar and Tlaib have both announced plans to visit Israel and the West Bank, separate from the AIPAC trip.

Activists groups like CODEPINK have called on freshmen members of Congress to follow suit and also “Skip the Trip.”

CODEPINK’s website says, “The purpose of AIPAC-sponsored trips is to whitewash Israel’s human rights violations and continue unchecked U.S. financial and diplomatic support for Israel — all at the expense of Palestinian rights.”
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Mon Aug 5, 2019, 02:34 PM (5 replies)
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