Thursday, July 28, 2016

Carlos Santana lands in Israel

Carlos Santana has landed in Tel Aviv, defying an unrelenting campaign of bullying directed not only him,   but his Milagros non-profit as well.   The Mexican music legend will rock HaYarkon Park Saturday night, and will be performing with his original 11 member band. 

photo from the Creative Community for Peace
In an interview  with Ynet,  Santana announced that the majority of the proceeds from his show would be channeled back into the community, to help Israeli and Palestinian children.

Who could possibly object?

In a last ditch effort to bully the Grammy award winning guitarist into caving to their demands,  BDS holes orchestrated  an onslaught on social media,spamming both his Twitter feed and his Facebook page with their spurious claims. It  wasn't exactly a spontaneous grassroots effort.




In response to the vitriol directed towards him, Santana responded:

I'm doing something constructive and productive with my light and my energy. The majority of the funds from this concert will go back into Palestine children and Israeli children. There was a friend of mine who used to say 'Stop whining complaining and bitching. Do something construction or shut the heck up'...I'm doing something from the center of my heart ...

Thousands are looking forward to hearing more of Carlos Santana's light, love, and magic at HaYarkon Park tomorrow.



Monday, July 25, 2016

New AMCHA Initiative Report reveals alarming surge in Campus anti-Semitic incidents


The Amcha Initiative is releasing a new  report  tomorrow that reveals a large surge in campus anti-Semitism during the 1st six months of 2016.  It includes strong evidence linking student government divestment resolutions and anti-Jewish activity, a huge uptick in expression opposing Israel’s right to exist, and an alarming spike in shutdowns and suppression of speech compared with 2015. Specifically:

Incidents involving suppression of Jewish students’ rights, including the right to free speech and free assembly  have doubled;
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Expression denying Israel’s right to exist tripled and is highly correlated with conduct targeting Jewish students for harm;
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Divestment resolutions are fueling an increase in campus anti-Semitism; and
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Schools with the largest increase in anti-Semitic activity from 2015 to 2016 are Columbia, Vassar, U of Chicago, NYU, U of MN, UMass, U of WI, U of FL and U of WA.


These trends are  frightening for Jewish students but also very illuminating to those  battling this threat.  Those who promote anti-Zionism on campus are becoming a great deal more brazen in their tactics and are exposing their true colors. Understanding this shift provides us valuable information on how to fight it.

For a copy of the full report click here

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Nation is Born; the View from San Francisco

Throwback Thursday

Another reminder that while we have history, the other side has  "narrative".

May 14 1948, Israel's Independence day, as reported in the San Francisco Chronicle


The Chronicle  documents the coordinated attacks on the nascent state by 5 of her neighbors


On  Israel’s independence day, Syrian forces were reported across the northern border (map at right arrow No. 1) The Jewish army conceded loss of Kefar Tzion (2) Egyptian Trops were ordered to invade from the South. Other Arab armies of Lebanon, Iraq and TransJordan were reported ready for action

High Muslim Call for "Holy War"

The Arabs considered this a “Holy War”. Sheikh Mohamed Mamoun El-Shennawy, rector of  Al Azhar University and chief of the Moslem Theological institute announced  “The Hour for Jihad has struck”.adding “This is a holy war for the sake of Allah. He who dies for God will live forever at the side of the Lord”

S.F.Zionists to celebrate on Monday


Locally,   there were celebrations in the Jewish community, who declared “We are with you”
A local attorney, Bartley Crum declared  “We have fought long and hard for this day. There may be many obstacles ahead, but May 15 1948 will live in history with July 4 1776”
Rabbi Saul White called Israel’s independence   the “fulfillment of prophetic utterances of distant days”

Conspicuously absent from any of these articles, or any article in any paper is mention of a "Palestinian" people. I challenge any anti-Israel activist to go to any  of the historic newspapers now widely available and fully digitized to find any evidence of a "Palestinian" people before the 1960s.

Good luck with that





Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Gaza: Summertime and the Living is easy

Hamas, the terror group in control of the Gaza strip has proudly posted photos of its 2016 summer camp on its twitter feed.




There are no lanyards or art n' crafts in a Hamas run summer camp. The children are there for one purpose only- to learn to be soldiers.

Does anyone still think we have a partner for peace?

For more photos of Hamas run summer camps in Gaza, check out : 
Pictures: Summer camps are a bit different on the Gaza strip


Monday, July 18, 2016

Another Work Accident. Pity the tunnel-rats of Gaza

Pity the tunnel-rats of Gaza. They've had a rough few months. In the last year, 18 Gaza militants have died in tunnel collapses. There have been 2 collapses this month alone.


Hamas Tunnel Rats Before


Hamas Tunnel Rats After

Several times this year, Israel has discovered and destroyed terror tunnels stretching from Gaza into Israel. The latest was 90 feet below ground. Hundreds are employed to dig these tunnels, with concrete and supplies diverted from humanitarian projects in the impoverished strip.  

Hamas makes it perfectly clear what the tunnels are meant for.



From Dry Bones



Sunday, July 17, 2016

Another UC Berkeley Student falls victim to Arab terror

Tragedy has struck Cal Berkeley again.

Nicolas Leslie, a UC Berkeley student who had been studying in Nice, France, has been identified as among the 84 people killed in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Nice, France.

Just 2 weeks ago, 18-year-old Berkeley sophomore Tarishi Jain also lost her life in a  terror attack at a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Nicolas and Tarishi are not the first Bears whose lives were cut short by Arab terror. This month is the yahrzeit (anniversary)of the death of Marla Bennett, who along with 5 other Americans, was murdered in an attack on Hebrew University.

On July 31, 2002, Marla Bennett was one of nine people killed killed when a bomb exploded in the Frank Sinatra cafeteria on the Hebrew University Mt. Scopus campus. 85 others were injured. The cafeteria was gutted by the explosion . Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nicolas, Tarishi and Marla were all idealistic, bright compassionate students who died too young, victims of an ideology of callous extremism.

May their memories be a blessing.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Oh, those silly BDS holes and their silly BS antics.

So, JVP and Code Pink. Were you lying then or are you lying now?

If on June 27,  JVP shill Liza Behrendt announced that  Re/Max was no longer "profiting" from Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria,



then why is Code Pink still protesting them on July 14?



I sense a BDS hoax in the making.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Je Suis Nice

The hate that starts with Jews never ends there.
The "car intifada"- a  revolting act of terror began with Palestinians deliberately ramming Israelis and has now moved to  Nice, France. Reports indicate that as many as 60 people have died after a large white truck deliberately ran down Bastille Day revelers.




Israel has had 46 incidents of vehicular terror attacks in the past year, spurred on by incitement in the Palestinian media and in social media

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

We Won.

From Humans of Judaism. Like them on Facebook

A very old man came in to my Starbucks. Halfway through struggling to understand his order through his thick accent, he noticed my necklace. He stopped and said "Your star is beautiful.", and I thanked him. There was a long pause before he spoke again. When he did, he said "It is beautiful, but I am having a hard time looking at it. The last time I wore one, it was mandatory."

We then spoke to each other in Hebrew for a bit. But soon enough he stopped again, and looked back to my star. With one hand he held mine, and used his other hand to shakily touch the sapphires on my necklace. His lip shook, and tears rolled down his cheeks. In a shaky, heavily German-accented whisper, he said "I am so happy you are here. Your generation is here. We won." and kissed my hand.



Thursday, July 7, 2016

Jews may buy land in Zion

Throwback Thursday, from the San Francisco Chronicle, 1908.







There was no Palestinian state in this territory in 1908- it  was in the control of the Ottoman Turks. In 1908 the Sultans private estates went on sale, and a Jewish group negotiated their  purchase. The Chronicle reports:

"There is little doubt that the Jews will soon once more be in possession of the site of ancient Jericho, the land which was the first fruits of their conquest in Canaan"

This is not "stolen land".  The Jewish people have come home, and are home to stay.


Iran. Anti-Semitic or Anti-Zionist?

Photos from the streets of Tehran, Iran taken on Quds Day. Got a good feeling about that Iran deal, yet?






Thursday, June 30, 2016

13 year old Israeli girl murdered in her own bed.


Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a 13 year old  Israeli girl was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist while asleep in her own bed.

Say her name: Hallel Yaffa Ariel

The assailant, identified as Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah, 17, was shot and killed.

Hallel's bedroom after the attack

The Palestinian media was filled with praise for the brutal attack.

The mother of the terrorist told a local news agency:

“My son is a hero. He made me proud. My son died as a martyr defending Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa Mosque. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, he (my son) has joined the martyrs before him and he is not better than them. Allah willing , all of them wil lfollow this path, all the youth of Palestine”.

The official PA news agency WAFA also honored  Taraireh as a martyr.

Hallel is the 39th victim killed in the recent terror wave and the 5th in the month of Ramadan.  All the surviving attackers collect  checks from the Palestinian Authority, as do the families of what the PA calls the “martyrs” who die during their assaults.

UPDATE:

Full text of a video message by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the wake of the killing of Hallel Yaffa Ariel:

“This morning a terrorist sneaked into the bedroom of a 13-year-old girl, Hallel-Yaffa Ariel. He murdered young Hallel in cold blood. A picture of her blood stained room is almost too hard to see. There’s a teddy bear still on her bed, a red beanbag chair, some pictures on the wall, shoes tightly packed in a bin next to her bunk bed.

“Why would any person do this?

“You don’t murder a sleeping child for peace. You don’t slit a little girl’s throat to protest a policy you don’t like.

“You do this because you’ve been brainwashed. You’ve been brainwashed by a warped ideology that teaches you that this child isn’t human.

“We will not let barbarism defeat humanity.

“There’s no middle ground between beautiful Hallel and her unspeakably evil murderer.

“Today, each of us is going to fight back.

“I ask you to walk into your child’s bedroom before they go to sleep. I ask you to hug them. I ask you to kiss them.

“Teach them that the values that Hallel’s murderer most detested – freedom, diversity, pluralism – will never die; we’ll always hold them dear. Tell them that we will never let fear, evil and terror triumph; that we will always stand for justice. And this is how we will fight back.

“We fight back first by fighting back, fighting the terrorists, fighting their backers, fighting those who incite for such murder, whether in Hebron or in Orlando, or in Berlin, or in Ankara, or in Belgium, anywhere.

“We fight back by making sure that our collective moral compass doesn’t waver even a millimeter.

“Today we will cherish Hallel’s memory. We will defend and honor her dignity by redoubling our efforts around the world to defeat the scourge of radical Islamist terror.

“May Hallel’s memory forever be a blessing.”

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".