Wednesday, June 29, 2016

UNRWA school hides its "river to the sea" agenda ahead of UN visit

Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon visited Gaza, and gave a talk an a UNRWA school

In preparation for his visit, officials at the school hid a large flag showing a map of "historic Palestine" - in actuality a map of modern day Israel.

Palestinians were upset by this,and took to social media to complain

This is yet another example of how UNRWA has become obstacle for peace. Rather than promoting peace with Israel, UNRWA promotes a world without Israel.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jew hate: The intersection of the hard left, and the hard right.

Jew hate: The intersection of the hard left, and the hard right.

Today, several neo-Nazi groups rallied in Sacramento, and were met with a counter protest.

Traditionalist Workers Party, Blood and Honor, the Golden State Skinheads and other neo-Nazi white supremacist groups violently clashed with a group calling themselves Antifasac. Official estimates are 30 skinheads, with over 400 gathering in opposition.

Ten people were taken to area hospitals, 2 with life threatening injuries after the clash at the State Capitol. Nine men and one woman were injured

The Traditionalist Workers party is headed by Mathew Heimbach, Jew hater and a fan of the Hezbollah terror group.

Why does a skinhead white supremacist support the head of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah? 

My guess?  United by the common cause of Jew-Hate

Nasrallah's been quoted as saying:

If we searched the entire world for a person more cowardly, despicable, weak and feeble in psyche, mind, ideology and religion, we would not find anyone like the Jew. Notice, I do not say the Israeli. (New Yorker, Oct. 14, 2002)

We usually see Jew-hating Nasrallah fan boys at anti-Israel rallies locally. Yes, the rallies run by so-called "progressive" groups.

Sacramento Attorney Stephen Pearcy with Nasrallah T-Shirt , BFUU

Hezbollah and Hamas flags at anti-Israel protest in Sacramento

Photo from Zombietime taken at ANSWER anti-war rally, San Francisco 

Photo from Zombietime

Photo from Zombietime

Open support of terror and Jew Hate.  Where neo-Nazis skinheads find common cause with the "progressive" left.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Partner for Peace?

The terror attack at the Sarona market  left  4 dead and 16 wounded.  Ido Ben-Ari, 42, from Ramat Gan; Ilana Nave, 39, from Tel Aviv; Dr. Michael Feige, 58 from Midreshet Ben-Gurion; and Mila Mishayev, 32, from Rishon Lezion were murdered by  2 Palestinian terrorists who entered the restaurant dressed in business attire, ordered food, them calmly took out a gun and fired indiscriminately.

The Palestinian reaction was sadly predictable

From the Tower

Multiple Palestinian celebrations broke out in Gaza, the West Bank, and eastern Jerusalem following news of the killings in Tel Aviv. Palestinian residents of Hebron and Gaza set off fireworks in honor of the shooting, while the Gaza-based Shehab News Agency reported that Palestinians in the Strip handed out sweets after receiving news of the attack.

In the streets of Gaza, and the West Bank  murals have gone up lionizing the killers.

Does anyone still believe we have a partner for peace?

Partner for Peace?

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit.

On June 25 2006, an Israeli soldier Gilat Shalit was captured by Hamas militants in a cross-border raid. Deprived of his Geneva convention rights, Hamas held him underground for over five years, until his release in a controversial 2011 prisoner exchange.

On the anniversary of his capture, Palestinians have taken to social media, vowing more kidnapping of Israelis

Does anyone still believe we have a partner for peace?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

No Way to Treat a child. Again, J Street finds itself on the wrong side

Ever the optimists, American Muslims for Palestine has proudly proclaimed that 20 of the 535 members of Congress  have signed onto a letter filled with spurious accusations against Israel.

Twenty of of 535 Congressional Representatives. Just under 4%. The signers are listed below.

The letter, introduced by Betty McCollum, a Democrat from Minnesota asks  "Does a life of utter hopelessness...directly contribute to the violence?" She's asking the wrong question.

The rampant abuse of Palestinians children by those responsible for their very safety- their parents and their government- goes unmentioned in the McCollum letter.

There is no mention of Hamas run summer camps, that teach soldiering skills to children as young as 12.

There was no mention of  incitement and glorification of violence in both the government controlled mass media and the social media, where brightly colored cartoon characters meant precisely to appeal to children encourage violence against the Jewish community.

There is no mention of the monuments erected to Jew-killers, or the soccer tournaments, streets and schools named after these murderers. There is no mention of the salaries paid to the families of those who kill. There is no mention of the Palestinian textbooks and school curriculum that demonize the Jewish people and deny their heritage.

The signers of the McCollum letter are missing a huge part of the story.

Incidentally, 17 of the 20 signers of the McCollum letter have been endorsed by  "pro-Israel, pro-peace" J Street, making it difficult to fathom just what they mean by claiming they are "pro-Israel".

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Terror is Terror. Omar Mateen

While the nation grieved for its fallen in Orlando, Israeli haters rushed to the web to blame the murders guessed it....Israel.

They, of course, ignore Orlando terrorist Omar Mateens' own words in support of the terror group ISIS They also ignore Mateen's support of that other bastion of terror, "Palestine" .

Check him out, wearing his festive "I Love Palestine " keffiyeh. Photo originally appeared in the NY Daily News.
Omar Mateen
From the attack on civilians in Tel Aviv's Max Brenner sweet shop, to the attack on the LGBT community in Orlando, terror is terror. Mourn for the dead. Fight for the living. And do your best, collectively and individually to prevent it from ever happening again.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Raising the next generation of terrorists in Gaza

Summertime,and the living is easy. Children all over the world are looking forward to going to camp. Its no different in Gaza.

Its sign up time for the Gaza Vanguard youth camp.  Children in the Hamas run camps learn the life skills of terror.

So much paperwork to fill out.

The counselors look like a barrel of laughs, though

                                    Photos from the GazaCamps2016 Facebook page

Widespread Fraud in Jewish Voice for Peace's Airbnb petition

The Stolen Homes Coalition which includes Code Pink, American Muslims for Palestine,  the US Palestinian Community Network, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Jewish Voice for Peace has launched a campaign against  Airbnb and  Fidelity investments to pressure them to exclude vacation rentals in Judea and Samaria.  A June 3  “day of action”  included protests at Fidelity offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and several other cities and culminated in the dramatic presentation of a petition allegedly signed by over 150,000 people.


Activists on Social media have exposed widespread fraud in the petition drive. Turns out the JVP and friends claims were a bit exaggerated.

A petition hosted at Sum of us has no precautions in place to prevent multiple entries per IP. There is no verification mechanism in place, and  no restrictions on the number of times a single computer can  "sign".

Its no wonder the petition has over 150,000 "names" listed .

Word to the wise:  Take any JVP sponsored  "petition" with a grain of salt.

They cannot win if they do not cheat.  They won't even play, if they can't cheat. 

I'll take "Famous Composers for $400", Alex.

Holy war: 1948 call for holy war against the nascent Jewish state

Throwback Thursday.

Nothing quite like looking at original documents to get to the heat of the matter.

From the May 15, 1948 Los Angeles Times, issued on the day of Israel's independence.

The war against Israel was not a territorial dispute- it was jihad- a holy war.

Sheik Mamoun Al Shinawi, rector of the 1000 year old Alazhar University and spiritual leader of Moslems throughout the world called today for a jihad (holy war) against the Jews of the new state of Israel.

"The decisive hour has come," Shiek Shinawi said in a radio address.

"Come to war and struggle for the sake of Allah"

"Today is your day," the rector told Moslems. "The whole world is watching you. Unless you rise to defend your rights,unless you fight your enemy and are ready to die for Allah and your countries, humiliation will be your lot"

There is no mention of the "Palestinian" people in this article, or in any newspaper article written in 1948.

Monday, June 6, 2016

New York State anti-BDS law: the day after

In less than 24 hours, New York Governor Cuomo's anti- BDS directive on Twitter was liked over 2,000 times, and retweeted 1.6 thousand times.

The anti-Israel cru took to social media, expressing their displeasure with their usual blend of subtlety and nuance.

JVP- "Jewish" Voice for Peace and Code Pink  responded with....wait for it... a petition, displaying their characteristic moral inversion.
Dear Governor Cuomo: 
Repeal your unconstitutional executive order punishing institutions that support the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) to achieve freedom for Palestinians and protest Israeli human rights abuses. 
Boycotts are a constitutionally protected, nonviolent tactic used by social movements to achieve justice and equality. 
New York State should not single out supporters of Palestinian rights for a politically-motivated McCarthyite blacklist.
After all, the only state worthy of being singled out is the worlds' only Jewish state and the only liberal democracy in the region.  And  boycotts that are meant to protect the Jewish state, our closest friend and ally in the region could never be a "constitutionally protected non-violent tactic"., because, well, just because.

The very rights the Israel haters demand for themselves and their movement, they systematically deny to others

Its enough to make Orwell turn in his grave.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Breaking News! New York State divests from BDS

At a speech at the Harvard Club in Manhattan, New York Governor. Andrew M. Cuomo signed an executive order, directing  agencies under his control on Sunday to divest themselves of companies and organizations aligned with the BDS movement against Israel.

“We cannot allow that to happen,” the governor said, adding that, “If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you.”

From the twitter account of Gov.Cuomo:

Full statement from the Governors office:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued Executive Order No. 157 directing state entities to divest all public funds supporting the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. The first-in-the-nation action will ensure that no state agency or authority engages in or promotes any investment activity that would further the harmful and discriminatory Palestinian-backed Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in New York State. The Governor made the announcement at the Celebrate Israel Parade.

“New York stands in solidarity with Israel today and always. This state will not stand for the politics of discrimination in any form, and we will continue to demonstrate our unwavering support for the people of Israel in the fight for freedom, liberty and democracy,” Governor Cuomo said. “I’m proud to sign this nation’s leading executive order, which will help protect Israel from the threat of divestment. This order sends the message that this state will do everything in its power to end this hateful, intolerant campaign. New York and Israel share an unbreakable bond and I pray that the Israeli and Palestinian people will find a way to live side by side and find peace, prosperity and security.”

Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for that brave and principled stand.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

BDS: A new face on an old hate

Throwback Thursday.

BDS- boycotts, divestment and sanctions against the world’s only Jewish State are nothing new, and are not related to the "occupation"-  but against the very existence of Israel, within any borders.

From the Saturday Evening Post, Dec 27 1947  spoken by Salel Jabur, Prime Minister of Iraq

“What is it”, he asked me, that Americans want?” If it is a safe home for the Jews, that cannot be found in Palestine for Palestine is in the heart of the Arab world. We surround it. How shall a Jewish state live there?”

We will boycott it, give it no foods or raw materials, buy nothing from it. We will squeeze it in a ring of steel until it dies and our heart is ours again”

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Patriarchal, Theocratic, Apartheid Fail. Israel holds first Trans-beauty Contest

Hows that patriarchal theocratic apartheid state working for you, Israel?

To mark the beginning of pride month, Israel just held it first Trans-beauty contest. Ta'alin abu Hanna, 21, a Christian Arab-Israeli from Northern Israel was crowned the winner at  the Habima national theater and will represent Israel at the Miss Trans Star International pageant in Barcelona in September.

CREDIT: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

CREDIT: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images
From Reuters:
Abu Hanna, 21, told journalists. "Our country allowed me, a Christian Arab from Nazareth, to end the war between my soul and my body. So if it made peace for me, our country is only a country of peace..."

Carolin Khoury, a Muslim contestant, said she hoped Friday's contest would "send a message to the Arab communities in Israel or abroad, to accept the other".

More photos at CBS News

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Israel fights back against BDS. JVP fights back against Israel

Having failed to destroy Israel through conventional warfare or with acts of terror, the outrage as a lifestyle choice folk now use BDS as their weapon of choice. Their hope is that boycotts divestment and sanctions   (BDS) will achieve the goals of demonizing Israel in the court of public opinion, eroding support for the Jewish state and eventually lead to the elimination of Israel.

Its been a long time in coming, but the forces of light are finally mobilizing.
On May 31st  Israel’s Mission to the UN will host 1500 students, organizations, and agencies from around the world at a summit aimed at training young people with practical advice and the resources to take on the toxic atmosphere created by BDS.
In an interview Monday with The Jewish Press, Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon outlined a plan of action aimed at leveling the playing field against the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement.
“The goal of the event is to empower students from around the world – not just from the US – by giving them the tools they need to fight back. By doing it at the United Nations, in the General Assembly, we send a clear message that we will not be silent. We are a strong nation and we will overcome this wave of incitement against the State of Israel,” explained Danon, “We can win, but in order to win, we – the State of Israel and world Jewish communities – have to work together in order to be strong and effective…”
Representatives from several Ministries will be arriving from Israel to take part in the May 31st event. The day will open with a plenary session in the UN General Assembly Hall and be followed by a series of professional panels, where experts from fields such as law and public diplomacy will work with students to hammer out guidelines and provide them with “Ambassadors Against BDS” kits to help implement a new cohesive plan of action.
BDS has been operating for almost 11 years. Its attempts to delegitimize Israel by pressuring businesses, intimidating academics, bullying artists, and the spreading of lies and messages of hate against Jews and Israel on college campuses, have seen more success than previous boycott attempts due to their centralized organization. “I see the work being done by the other side, the way they are organized on college campuses. I know that we can, and we must, be united as well. It’s crucial to understand that this needs to be a joint effort in order to be effective”.
Rabbi David Mivasair, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace’s Rabbinical Council responded to this news in a very un-rabbinic way.
On his Twitter account, Rabbi David Mivasair promoted sabotaging the registration process.

JVP Rabbinical council member Rabbi David Mivasair 
You might expect this sort of childish, immature act from self proclaimed anarchist or a high school activist, but not from a rabbi entrusted in providing spiritual guidance to international organization
Rabbi David Mivasair, I'd suggest you brush up on your Jewish readings. Start with Psalm 15: 
A Psalm of David. O LORD, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill?  He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart.…
Rabbi David Mivasair joins JVP Rabbinical council member Rabbi Michael E. Feinberg as Rabbis most in need of spiritual guidance.

 JVP Rabbinical council member Rabbi Michael E. Feinberg


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A bad week for Church Divest

Its an even numbered year, and that can only mean, one, well, two things. The San Francisco Giants will win the World Series and the Mainline Protestant Churches will vote on divestment from Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East

The United Methodist Church has convened a two week conference in Portland, and from the posts on social media, there is much prayer and soul searching going on. 864 delegates are considering nearly a thousand resolutions on a wide variety of issues.

As in past years, the conference is filled with anti-Israel activists, pushing divestment from companies that do business in Israel.  This year, it appears, the organization is pushing back 

From a Press release from the Institute on Religion & Democracy 

May 17, 2016

“Activists who seek to enroll the church in demonizing Israel serve neither peace nor justice for anybody”
-UM Action Director John Lomperis
United Methodists have voted to encourage church boards and agencies to end their affiliation with an organization that promotes boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Delegates from across the 12.1 million-member denomination adopted a proposal asking to conclude agency affiliation with the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation on a vote of 478 to 319 (60 percent to 40 percent) during their quadrennial General Conference meeting in Portland, Oregon.
The United Methodist Church previously rejected divestment in 2008 and 2012 while the Presbyterian Church and the United Church of Christ have both adopted divestment policies .
And this week, the United Church of Christ is learning that their choices have consequences.

"The Church by the Sea hereby unequivocally repudiates and rejects the Resolutions call to boycott and divest". Additionally the Church “has also withdrawn all of its investment funds (almost $3M) from the United Church of Christ. Its a brave and principled stand to go against their denomination- a stand I hope is repeated by other churches in the coming months.

To read more about BDS in the pews

United Methodist Church Rejects Four Anti-Israel Boycott Resolutions

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Paul Larudee: The $10,000 Nakba Road Trip Fail

Paul Larudee has been on the outs of the social justice warrior club for quite a while. Even the regressive left knows to keep their distance from the piano tuner from El Cerrito. His  ties to the Iranian mullahs, his support of the Syrian  butcher Assad,  and his endorsements of notorious anti-Semites have contributed to his persona non grata status in the local activist community.

The failure of his Nakba tour surprises nobody. Paul took his show on the road, and  it was not a success.

A plea for money from terror apologist Paul Larudee :

Paul Larudee in happier times. Photo from Contra Costa Times
“You mean they will actually pay us to come and speak?” This was Amena’s reaction when I told her that the North America Nakba Tour would be self funding. In the Middle East and often in Europe, speakers are usually funded by philanthropists or institutions with deep pockets. We had no such backing, but plunged ahead, anyway.

We planned in reverse. How much can we raise? An honorarium of $500 plus travel expenses is quite reasonable, but we decided on $500 for two speakers from overseas, and we figured that we could make the travel fit into that. Next, we decided on our itinerary and filled in the events afterward. Finally, we decided on the expenses.

OK, not a perfect fit, but Allah Kareem (God is Benevolent), as they say. Someone will rescue us.
We were hoping to raise at least $17,500 (35 events x $500), and hopefully more from generous audiences. The reality is that although the scheduling was successful, two were canceled (one allowing us to keep the deposit), and five gave no more than half the requested amount. Fortunately, others exceeded the requirement, so that we expect to raise $15-16K.

Unfortunately, our expenses didn’t stick to the plan, and we have a roughly $10,000 deficit, as you can see in chart below. Can you help us? We would like to repeat this tour, with improvements, but if we can’t recover our costs, there’s little hope of this...
Expense (actual or estimated)
Visas (US & Canadian + second try on US)
$   1436
Airfare (speakers, with upgraded transatlantic, coordinator, attempts to bring Canadian visas)
Vehicle purchase + tax, less estimated resale
Extended warrantee
Used luggage rack + lock
Auto Insurance
Car maintenance
Health insurance for speakers
Gasoline (estimated for 12,000 miles @ $.15/mi.)
Tolls & parking
Travel equipment
Speaker travel per diem
Road service
Gifts for homestay hosts
Telephone and mobile internet for speakers
Food, lodging, supplies on the road
Entrance to parks and monuments
Driver compensation
$  25938

Sorry, Paul. Failure to plan on your part does not  constitute an emergency on anyones part.

Incidentally, Paul's "nonprofit "Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees  EIN 20-5516191 reported  over $166,000  in contributions last year.  Where could all that money be vanishing to?

Thursday, May 12, 2016

San Francisco Bay Area Stands with Israel

The San Francisco Bay area knows how to party. And the San Francisco Bay area stands with Israel.

The Yom Ha'atzmaut celebrations began with a symbolic flag raising over San Francisco's City hall

photo from Israel in San Francisco
It continued into the night with a standing room only celebration at San Francisco's venerable Congregation Emanu-El.

The event, attended by 1,600 of our closest friends featured spoken word (68 years in 68 words), a reading of the megillat Yom Ha'Atzmaut and an acoustic set by Mattisayhu.

Blue and White was the order of the day, from the Reform Congregation Emanu'el in San Francisco 

To the Orthodox Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley

Tonight, the festivities continue in Palo Alto with an Israel street party.

Israel at 68.  May she go from strength to strength