Sunday, July 27, 2014

You got to be taught to hate: the littlest jihadi in San Francisco

Why would parents do this to  their child?

What kind of society would sanction this?

 Or this?

Its child abuse, plain and simple.

But these photos are from the Palestinian territories, thousands of miles away.  Some people have tried to excuse  and rationalize them away using  "cultural differences" as a smokescreen .

Not any more.

From an anti-Israel rally in San Francisco, July 26, held at Justin Herman plaza.  A young child desecrates an Israeli flag that had been stolen earlier from a pro-Israel rally

The Littlest Jihadi. San Francisco-style.
More shocking is the 20 second video clip of an adult egging this child on.

From  the Elder of Ziyon  who has captioned this "Peace, love, flowers, progressiveness, child abuse and unbridled hate."

From the musical South Pacific

You've got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You've got to be taught
From year to year,
It's got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade,
You've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught before it's too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You've got to be carefully taught!

 To the adult shamelessly exploiting this child while saying "Stop taking pictures of an underage child" , I present to you, courtesy of the ACLU 

Know Your Rights: Photographers 

When in public spaces where you are lawfully present you have the right to photograph anything that is in plain view. 

Max Blumenthal has an emperor's new clothes moment

Its San Francisco, so you  learn to expect the unexpected.

From Max Blumenthal via twitter. An emperor's new clothes moment

These Israel flags?

Hundreds of peace activists gathered  today in San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza, to support Israel in her struggle against terror.

Sorry, Max. It was impossible to ignore that magnificent sea of blue and white, try as you might.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Stand For Israel in San Francisco

 From our friends at San Francisco Voice for Israel

Stand up for Israel's right to exist as a Jewish State within secure borders and free from attacks.

Where: Downtown San Francisco, Justin Herman Plaza
When: Saturday July, 26 12:30 to 1:30pm

Israel is still under siege. In just over two weeks, over 2200 rockets have been fired on the people of Israel, an average of one every ten minutes. Hamas stores its rockets and weaponry in mosques, schools and hospitals. Reporters on the ground have documented Hamas militants using children as combatants. Ben Gurion international airport has been the target of terrorist rockets, and several airlines have canceled their flights. Yet in spite of this, humanitarian aid continues to flow through Israel into Gaza.

This Saturday, extremist anti-Israel groups are again rallying to demand an end to Israel’s right to safeguard its citizens .These groups remain blind to the suffering of the Israeli people, and willfully ignore the role of Hamas in perpetuating the misery of the people of Gaza. From their past demonstrations it is clear these groups object not only to Israel’s defensive actions to protect her citizens, but to the very existence of Israel itself. Last weeks anti-Israel rally featured classic anti-semitism, signs supporting Hamas, and the glorification of terrorists dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

Please add your voice to those gathering in solidarity with our friends and family in Israel. Our messages will be that Israel has the right to defend its citizens, that Hamas rocket fire must stop, and that the enemies of peace are those who promote ongoing war in pursuit of a "river to the sea" Arab state.

We will NOT allow any signs calling for violence against Arabs or Muslims in general; just because the other side engages in vicious hate speech does not mean that we will lower ourselves to their level. Anyone bringing such signs will be identified to the San Francisco Police as a provocateur from the other side and removed. A selection of very useful signs can be found at
Please note that these rallies often attract hard-core anti-Semites who have been known to engage in violence. We advise that those leaving the scene should not walk alone and should not engage verbally with any of the anti-Israel crowd. We also expect those on our side to follow any instructions from the San Francisco Police that might be issued for our safety.

Please come to help counter the lies of these anti-Israel groups, none of whom even accept Israel's right to exist, let alone defend itself!

Berkeley Rabbi Menachem Creditor subject to anti-Semitic attacks

Berkeley's beloved Menachem  Creditor  is now being stalked, harrassed and threatened via social media.

After his article in Huffington post  I'm Done Apologizing for Israel went viral, with over 10,000 shares the progressive rabbi who describes himself as "a progressive American rabbi who leans left pretty hard. I've been engaged, as a US faith leader, in work to reform gun laws, extend LGBT rights around the world, grant refuge to illegal immigrants, protect women's reproductive choice, and more.finds himself  the subject of a vile smear campaign on social media.

From what I suspect is a fake identity chosen  specifically because it sounded Jewish, the anti-semitic attack rages:

"His name is really menachem creditor? really? jews named moneymaker or bankman or richman. creditor name shows his evil way"

Just another example of the repulsive phenomenon of antisemitism hiding behind the acceptable fig leaf of anti-zionism

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Medea Benjamin at her finest

Gotta love this photo of Zach Hanover and Medea Benjamin, taken as Medea attempted to crash a pro Israel rally in Washington D.C.

From Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals:

"Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage."

Medea Benjamin, the  millionaire populist 1% er and leader of the BDS movement while investing in BDS stock is certainly ripe for ridicule. 

Thanks for the laugh, Zach.

Community Gathering in Support of Israel

Please Join the Community Gathering in Support of Israel  Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7:30 pm Congregation Beth David  19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga
Speakers include:
  • Deputy Consul General Eyal Naor
  • Rabbis
  • Cantors
  • Community Members
In conjunction with:
- The Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley
- Addison-Penzak JCC of Silicon Valley, Levy Family Campus
- Hillel of Silicon Valley
- Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley
- South Peninsula Hebrew Day School
- Yavneh Day School
- Chai House
- Congregation Emeth
- Congregation Shir Hadash
- Congregation Sinai
- Temple Emanu-El
- Kehilla Jewish High School

More Photos and Video from the Solidarity with Israel rally

By popular demand,  we'll be posting more photos and videos from Sundays solidarity march for Israel (Thanks to everyone who sent them in)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rabbi Menachem Creditor: Standing strong with Israel

Several months ago, Berkeley's beloved Rabbi Menachem Creditor of Congregation Netivot Shalom had a run-in with  "Jewish" anti-Israel protesters. Rather than give in to bitter hatred, it simply strengthened  his resolve to continue the fight for our land and our people.

Please read this powerful piece by Rabbi Creditor:

From the Huffington Post
To those who suggest that Prime Minister Netanyahu is over-reacting to the missiles, I offer this response which I have now shared regularly at campus and communal conversations:

Israel is treating wounded Palestinians during this conflict, risking Israeli lives in surgical strikes to destroy weapons-smuggling tunnels created with building materials Israel allowed into Gaza for infrastructure projects to benefit Palestinian society. Just for a moment, consider the deaths that would result from Israel wishing harm on Palestinian civilians. In just the last 48 hours, Israel has allowed over 10 tons of goods into Gaza. During the past weeks, Israel has agreed to two humanitarian cease-fires. In the first hours of those ceasefires, Hamas rained down over 70 missiles onto Israel civilians.
Rabbi Creditor concludes:

My response has changed these last few weeks, in which three Jewish teens were murdered by Arab terrorists and Palestinians celebrated by distributing sweets to children and an Arab teen was murdered by Jewish terrorists and the Jewish world condemned the hatred. I am done trying to apologetically explain Jewish morality. I am done apologizing for my own Jewish existence.

Some will call this needless hyperbole. But, having watched in this last week anti-Semitic "die-ins" in Boston, violent assaults against Jews in Los Angeles and Antwerp, and an almost pogrom at a synagogue in Paris, I'm done mincing my own words.

We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else.

No more apologies.
 Read it all here

San Francisco: The Ugly Face of anti-Israel Protests

On Sunday, July 20, while the Jewish community gathered in solemn prayer, in unity and in peace an anti-Israel rally was also held in San Francisco, featuring (no surprises here) wannabe jihadis openly expressing their support for the Hamas terror group.

Hamas supporter in San Francisco
All the usual anti-Israel themes played out on Sunday.  Whats an anti-Israel event in San Francisco without faux-Jews?  Prof. Andrew Gutierrez of UC Berkeley played the role with his usual panache. He now joins the ranks of such other notable faux-Jews as Hassan Fouda and  Gabriel Matthew Schivone

 And again,  whats a San Francisco hate-fest without gratuitous flag-burning?

As the Jewish community gathered in strength and in unity, mourning our dead and praying for peace, members of the fringe group, Jewish voice for Peace  became dismayed by their own irrelevance and invisibility  and plotted their revenge.

From an anonymous commenter:

 "They strategically positioned themselves in different parts of the large sanctuary and disrupted the speeches and prayers six times, screaming unintelligibly and spitting out ugly accusations at more or less equal intervals, one person at a time, which appeared well orchestrated. They did it, despite the repeated reminders about the sacred nature of the environment, until each one was escorted outside. It was extremely upsetting and some children in the audience looked scared and visibly shaken."

Any group that would interrupt a community at prayer, any group that would deliberately frighten children, and destroy the sanctity of a sacred space deserves ostracism from the mainstream. It is tactics such as these that have made the humorless, self-indulgent activists of JVP an object of scorn and ridicule from coast to coast

This isn't the first time anti-Israel provocateurs disrupted a Jewish community event.  Just a few years ago,  Brian Malovany, Ralp Cohen, Harris Kornstein, Daniel Bassichis,  Lacey Johnson, Deborah Schneider, Micah Bazant, Sara Kershnar, Micheline Levy, Margot Goldstein,  Perry Bellow-Handelman, Barbara Lubin, Amy Schoenwald, Meredith fenton, Stephen leeds, Amy Fornari, Marriana Vitturro, Jaron browne, Deborah Agre and Ruth Coltharb were all arrested for disrupting a Jewish communal celebration. at the San Francisco JCC. For her role in terrifying children,  and interrupting communal study, Amy Fornari (now going by Ari Lev Fornari) was granted a place on JVP "Rabbinical"  Council.

San Francisco anti-Israel activity.   Still ugly after all these years.

San Francisco Solidarity with Israel march

On July 20, San Francisco joined with dozens of other cities around the world, gathering in prayer and in solidarity with our friends, our family in Israel.

Meeting at the San Francisco Jewish community center, a march was held to Temple Emanu-El, where a prayer gathering was scheduled

A beautiful, enthusiastic multi-generational group participated.

A small group of protesters from Jewish Voice for Peace gathered off to the side, completely irrelevant to the masses both inside and outside the temple.

(tThank you Greg, for the photos)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hamas fighters dressing in women's garb

Canadian Journalist Janis Mackey Frayer  reporting from Gaza shares her observation of cowardly Hamas fighters, dressed in women's clothing

UPDATE (via Elder of Ziyon)

This happens to be a war crime.

The 1977 Protocol I Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 , article 37, defines "perfidy" as "(c) the feigning of civilian, non-combatant status."

Saturday, July 19, 2014

When will the war end? When Hamas runs out of rockets.

From the J Post:

The IDF said on Saturday Gaza-based militants had used up or lost about half of their rockets in 12 days of fighting - though the Islamist fighters say they have been replenishing their arsenal.

The Israeli military said Palestinian fighters had fired at least 1,705 rockets out of an estimated stockpile of about 10,000, a depletion of about 17 percent.

"I think that we have hit and destroyed 30 to 40 percent of the rockets," chief military spokesman Brigadier-General Moti Almoz said, referring to an Israeli offensive on Gaza that escalated on Thursday.

San Francisco Emergency Solidarity Gathering

Sunday, July 20, 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Congregation Emanu-El
2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA

Organized for the community by the Jewish Community Relations Council, The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund and the Board of Rabbis of Northern California.

As Israel continues to face incessant rocket fire from Gaza and Hamas rejects Israel's offers of a ceasefire, we call on our community to come together for a mass gathering to stand with the people of Israel during this difficult time.

The event will include remarks from Israeli Consul General Dr. Andy David, elected officials and community leaders, as well as a moving musical performance.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Israel.

UPDATE (from San Francisco Voice for Israel): 

We've just been notified that a group of young Israelis from the Peninsula (the Israeli Cultural Connection at the Oshman Family Palo Alto JCC) are organizing a march in San Francisco prior to tomorrow's community solidarity rally at Congregation Emanu-El which begins at 4 PM.  StandWithUs/SF Voice for Israel is delighted to join them in this event.

We are asking people to meet at 2:30 at the parking lot of 3333 California Street, directly across the street from the San Francisco JCC. Parking will be available in this lot or in the SFJCC garage.  

We will be bringing some Israeli and American flags, and pro-Israel signs. Please feel free to bring your own as well. Our messages will be that Israel has the right to defend its citizens, that Hamas rocket fire must stop, and that the enemies of peace are those who promote ongoing war in pursuit of a "river to the sea" Arab state.

We will NOT allow any signs calling for violence against Arabs or Muslims in general; just because the other side engages in vicious hate speech does not mean that we will lower ourselves to their level. Anyone bringing such signs will be identified to the San Francisco Police as a provocateur from the other side and removed. A selection of very useful signs can be found at

We will then march to Emanu-El which is 8/10 of a mile away, and attend the solidarity event.  

Looking forward to seeing many of you there!

The Best Headline. Ever

From the Jewish Telegraph July 19, 2014, via David Ha'ivri

"Their God changes the path of our Rockets in mid-air"

Yep. We know. (Though I suspect our engineers at the Technion  may also have something to do with it)

A Song of Ascents.

 I lift my eyes to the mountains, from where will my help come?
My help will come from Hashem, Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot falter;
Your Guardian does not slumber.
Behold, the Guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.
Hashem is your guardian;
Hashem is your protective shadow at your right hand.
The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
Hashem will guard you from all evil;
He will guard your soul.
Hashem will guard your departure and your arrival from now and for all time

Full text of the article can be found here

The conflict continues: Three Israelis Killed

Waking up to sad news today.  The violence from Gaza and the attacks on Israel  continue to escalate. Three Israelis have been killed today.

Two IDF soldiers Major Amotz Greenberg, 45, and Sgt. Adar Barsano, 20 were killed after a Hamas terror cell infiltrated Israel through a tunnel.  One gunman was killed while others escaped back to Gaza.  The ground incursion in to Gaza is designed specifically to find and destroy these tunnels, to prevent further attacks on the Israeli people. 34 tunnels shafts have been discovered in Gaza, with 5 reaching directly into Israel.

Ouda Lafi al-Waj, 32  was also  killed Saturday and a 3-month-old girl was seriously injured after their  compound near Dimona was hit by a rocket fired by Gaza terrorists  Three other family members were also injured in the attack.

In spite of the hostilities, Israel is doing everything to ensure that humanitarian aid  is sent to the people of Gaza.  Today Israel  facilitated the transfer of 5 trucks carrying 100 tons of medicine & supplies via the Erez crossing  to hospitals in Gaza.

Praying for a speedy end to this conflict

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hamas Interior Ministry To Social Media Activists: Always Call The Dead 'Innocent Civilians'; Don't Post Photos Of Rockets Being Fired From Civilian Population Centers

In their war against Israel, Hamas is utilizing social media activists to propagandize and spread their narrative.  Memri has helpfully translated the guidelines

In light of the recent round of fighting in Gaza, the Hamas interior ministry has issued guidelines to Gaza Strip social media users for reporting events and discussing them with outsiders.

The ministry's guidelines, which it is calling the "Be Aware – Social Media Activist Awareness Campaign," were issued via an instructional video posted on its official website and via posters published on its Twitter and Facebook pages. Both the video and the posters were also posted on the ministry's social media accounts and forums.

The guidelines are aimed at ensuring preservation of the line of Hamas and other Palestinian organizations; preventing the leaking of information that would be of military value to Israel; bolstering Hamas's propaganda efforts outside the Gaza Strip, in both the Arab world and the West; and preventing damage to Hamas's image. Hamas particularly seeks to cement the perceptions that its actions are a response to Israeli aggression and that all Gaza casualties are "innocent civilians," and to ensure that there is no evidence of rockets being fired from Gaza population centers.

The Hamas interior ministry website included the following text along with its instructional video: "The Information Department of the Ministry of the Interior and National Security has instructed activists on social media websites, particularly Facebook, to correct some of the commonly used terms as they cover the aggression taking place in the Gaza Strip. The following Information Department video calls on all activists to use the proper terminology, in order to play their part in strengthening the home front and in properly conveying information worldwide.

Following are excerpts from the  Hamas guidelines:

"Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank. Don't forget to always add 'innocent civilian' or 'innocent citizen' in your description of those killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza.

"Begin [your reports of] news of resistance actions with the phrase 'In response to the cruel Israeli attack,' and conclude with the phrase 'This many people have been martyred since Israel launched its aggression against Gaza.' Be sure to always perpetuate the principle of 'the role of the occupation is attack, and we in Palestine are fulfilling [the role of] the reaction.'

"Avoid publishing pictures of rockets fired into Israel from [Gaza] city centers. This [would] provide a pretext for attacking residential areas in the Gaza Strip. Do not publish or share photos or video clips showing rocket launching sites or the movement of resistance [forces] in Gaza.

"To the administrators of news pages on Facebook: Do not publish close-ups of masked men with heavy weapons, so that your page will not be shut down [by Facebook] on the claim that you are inciting violence. In your coverage, be sure that you say: 'The locally manufactured shells fired by the resistance are a natural response to the Israeli occupation that deliberately fires rockets against civilians in the West Bank and Gaza'..."

Read it all here

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Elephants in Israel protecting their young from rocket attacks

Filmed last week Ramat Gan Safari zoo, elephants instinctively
reacted to the bombings and sirens in the area by encircling and protecting their young.

Protecting  the young of a species appears to be a universal value in our world. With some notable exceptions.

Rockets found in Gaza school

Cowardly Hamas has been caught storing rockets in a school in Gaza.

Statement from UNRWA

Agency Demands Full Respect for the Sanctity of Its Premises in Gaza

Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law. This incident, which is the first of its kind in Gaza, endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestine refugees in Gaza.

Immediately after discovery, the Agency informed the relevant parties and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school. UNRWA has launched a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.

UNRWA has strong, established procedures to maintain the neutrality of all its premises, including a strict no-weapons policy and routine inspections of its installations, to ensure they are only used for humanitarian purposes. UNRWA will uphold and further reinforce its procedures.
Palestinian civilians in Gaza rely on UNRWA to provide humanitarian assistance and shelter. At all times, and especially during escalations of violence, the sanctity and integrity of UN installations must be respected.  


The UNRWA statement  "This incident, which is the first of its kind in Gaza...." isn't entirely true

We haven't forgotten this.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

JVP: No empathy for Israel

This is the latest solicitation I ‘ve received from the self-proclaimed wedge group, Jewish Voice for Peace.

Not a word- not a single word about the thousands of rockets launched from Gaza. Not a single word about the millions of Israeli civilians spending their nights in bomb shelters.  Not a single word condemning Hamas for its indiscriminate shelling of civilians. Not a single word of compassion for the Israeli Jews, Christians and Muslims living under constant threat of Hamas’s long range rockets targeting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Not a single word of empathy for the families of our boys murdered by Hamas.

Its as though 8 million Israelis simply don’t matter to JVP.  Perhaps because 8 million Israelis don’t actually matter to JVP.

JVP propaganda follows:

My name is Eran Efrati, I am Jewish, a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces, and a 7th generation Jerusalemite.

What I've seen in Israel over the last few weeks is beyond anything I have witnessed in my life.

I've seen terrified Palestinian children in Hebron and Halhul, sitting on the ruins of their homes.

I've seen mobs in the street chanting "death to Arabs" and pulling out Palestinian men from their stores to beat them as other Israelis stood idly by. I've seen soldiers lined up at the Gaza border, ready at a moment's notice to invade.

And now, like you, I’ve seen the climbing death toll in Gaza, over 100 dead and some 500 injured –all by Israeli missiles, with no end in sight.

As much as it pains me to say it, I don’t think I can do a lot about it. But I believe you can.

American voices - and especially Jewish American ones - are probably the most critical voices in the world right now.

We need you to tell us - Israeli politicians, the Israeli media, Israeli society - that you can't support this. That you can't support human rights violations. That you can't support racism. That you won't support the idea that Jewish lives matter more than Palestinian lives.

Join me and sign this Open Letter now—if they get another 10,000 signatures, Jewish Voice for Peace will take out ads in Haaretz and the Jewish Forward with our message.

We know the roots of this are long and deep. But the truth behind this latest assault has finally coming: as J.J. Goldberg wrote in The Forward, the Israeli government lied, and created this situation.

For weeks, the government knew that the three kidnapped teenagers were dead. But they instituted a gag order on the media, lied to Israelis and the world, and falsely claimed the mass arrests and collective punishment of Palestinians was all in the hopes of finding the teenagers alive.

In other words, their chosen response was to kidnap the mind of an entire country.

From the very beginning, this has been about punishing Palestinians. From the beginning, the government has been willing to manipulate and use its own people for that goal.

Overhead, I hear airplanes headed to Gaza all day long, and I know there's nothing I can do to stop them. And now we all know the lengths they've gone to justify this attack, and how fully Israeli society has bought into it. And I don't think we can stop it from within.

But I think you can.

Please join me and sign this statement: We oppose the occupation, the bloodshed, the privileging of Jewish lives over others lives.

Eran Efrati


Palestinian UN Rep:Every Missile Fired from Gaza at Israel Is "Crime Against Humanity"


The following are excerpts from a Palestinian Authority TV interview with Palestinian Representative at the U.N. Human Rights Council Ibrahim Khreisheh. The interview aired on July 9, 2014 on Palestinian Authority TV. 

nterviewer: The popular demand is to appeal to the International Criminal Court and to sign the Rome Statue. The demand is to do this immediately. To what extent is this realistic? You are our representative in all the international organizations. What can we gain from such a step, and could we ourselves be indicted?

Ibrahim Khreisheh: I am not a candidate in any Palestinian elections, so I don’t need to win popularity among the Palestinians. The missiles that are now being launched against Israel – each and every missiles constitutes a crime against humanity whether it hits or misses, because it is directed at a civilian targets. What Israel does against Palestinian civilians also constitutes crimes against humanity. With regard to crimes of war under the Fourth Geneva Convention – the settlements, the Judaization, the checkpoints, the arrests, and so on – we find ourselves on very solid ground. However, there is a Palestinian weakness with regard to the other issue. Therefore targeting civilians – be it one civilian or a thousand – is considered a crime against humanity.

Interviewer: This why Israel resorted to an attack against Gaza…

Ibrahim Khreisheh: Appealing to the ICC requires a consensus in writing, by all Palestinian factions, so when a Palestinian is arrested for his involvement in the killing of an Israeli citizen we will not be blamed for extraditing him. Please note that many of our people in Gaza appeared on TV and said that the Israeli army warned them to evacuate their homes before the bombardment. In such a case, if someone is killed, the law considers it a mistake rather than an intentional killing, because [the Israelis] followed the legal procedures. As for the missiles launched from our side… We never warn anyone about where these missiles are about to fall, or about the operations we carry out. Therefore, people should know more before they talk emotionally about appealing to the ICC.