Sunday, July 21, 2019

Ohio medical board to discipline Dr. Lara Kollab

Remember Dr. Lara Kollab?

Sure you do.

Ohio doctor fired for anti-Semitic tweets, including threats to give Jews "the wrong meds"

Doctor who made anti-Semitic remarks should be suspended ...

Antisemitic Medical Student Lara Kollab loses position at another  clinic

Lara Kollab was fired from a Cleveland Clinic for tweeting that she would purposely give the wrong medication to Jews.  A subsequent residency offer from Kern Medical Center was also withdrawn.

Its not over.  According to the Cleveland Jewish News, the Ohio Medical Board has issued a citation to Dr. Lara Kollab that it intends to impose disciplinary action on her,  "ranging from limiting her license to permanent suspension as well as the potential for fines".

The Board, writing to  Kollab, concluded that her acts and conduct constituted

" a failure to furnish evidence satisfactory to the board of good moral character as required by Section 4731.291 (A)(1 ), Ohio Revised Code"

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Anti-Semitism in Santa Monica

Documenting anti-Semitic vandalism,  scrawled on the famous pedestrian bridge in Santa Monica, California.

Sadly, this is becoming a regular occurance in California

Rep. Rosa DeLauro removes her endorsement of anti-Israel HR 2407

In a blow to anti-Israel activists, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn has removed her sponsorship of Betty McCollum's HR 2407.

In a statement to the "Intercept", DeLauro stated “I was inadvertently added as a cosponsor to this legislation without my approval... After being made aware of this error, I removed my name as a cosponsor of the legislation.”

Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn. first introduced this bill in 2017.  It received little traction.  An amended version was reintroduced earlier this year, which, as of today,  has only 21 co-signers. 

The bill is based on spurious accusations by the Defense for Children International-Palestine, an organization closely tied to the   Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group.  Anti-Israeli groups including   Jewish Voice for Peace and Code Pink has been lobbying heavily for it.

  • The bill is based largely on the lobbying efforts and accusations of Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI-P). DCI-P is closely tied to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), designated as a terrorist organization by the US, EU, Canada, and Israel.
    • Citibank, Arab Bank and Global Giving have closed DCI-P accounts due to these PFLP connections.
    • Many of the citations to UN and other reports in turn simply copy lines from DCI-P publications.
  • The new legislation includes several inaccurate factual claims and distortions of international law.
  • The bill applies standards to Israel that are not applied in the US in general, or in McCollum’s state of Minnesota in particular.
  • The bill misquotes a number of State Department reports.
  • Several of the claims are based on outdated publications and information. Positive reforms made by Israel and more favorable assessments of the Israeli military justice system made in more recent publications, such as the 2017 State Department human rights report, are ignored.
  • The bill ignores the context of the involvement of Palestinian minors in terrorism and acts of violence against Israeli civilians. It similarly makes no mention of mitigating the threat of recruitment and use of Palestinian minors by terrorist organizations – itself a grave violation of international law.
  • The bill demands, as a result of DCI-P’s self-serving lobbying, an astounding $19 million US taxpayer funding to be allocated to DCI-P and its NGO allies

Palestinian Authoriity: Glorifying Mass Murder

On March 9, 1978, Palestinian terrorists from including Dalal Mughrabi left Lebanon on a boat headed for the Israel, equipped with Kalashnikov rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and explosives. The terrorists landed on near the kibbutz Ma'agan Michael, north of Tel Aviv, and attacked a bus on the Coastal Highway.  37 Israelis, 12 of them children were murdered. 71 were wounded. An American was also killed. It is the deadliest attack on Israeli civilians in the historyof the Jewish state.

This year, Fatah's Shabiba High School movement ran a summer camp named after the mass murderer,  Dalal Mughrabi.

12 Israeli children, murdered by Dalal Mughrabi.

Read more at Palestinian Media Watch:
Fatah and PLO summer camp teaches children to honor arch-terrorists 

PA President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, said that the decision to name the camp after Dalal Mughrabi is justified since she is a “symbol for the humanistic struggle” against Israel.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Israeli innovation is improving lives in Flint, Michigan.

Israeli innovation is improving lives in Flint, Michigan.

The parking lot of the Greater Flint Holy Temple now features a Watergen device that uses a dehumidification process to creates water out of thin air, giving the people of the neighborhood access to pure water. Watergen's machines produce water 24 hours a day.

American political commentator and talk show host Armstrong Williams  donated the Watergen system to the community.  Flint’s water supply has been contaminated with lead since 2014.

Manufactured in America with  patented technology from Israel,  Watergen  has been used  in over 25 countries, including India, Russia, China,  Vietnam, Mexico and Sierra Leone.  Watergen has also worked with the American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agencies (FEMA) to deliver clean drinking water to the communities devastated by hurricanes in recent years.

Watergen, founded by Arye Kohavi, has received many awards for its technology and innovation.  Watergen was chosen as one of the World's 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company Magazine and is considered one of the "Nine Greatest Israeli Inventions of All Times."

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

From the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs: Examining the international community's long-standing double standard on refugees

Is it time for some tough-love for the Palestinian refugees? What role has the international community played in keeping the Palestinians as perpetual victims? If hundreds of thousands of Jews expelled from Arab lands can be resettled, why can't the Palestinians?

From the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs: Examining the international community's long-standing double standard on refugees, written by Natalie Hilderan, editor-at-large for the J'accuse Coalition for Justice.

The following steps, in particular, are necessary to make progress toward improving the status of Palestinian refugees:

1. ...UNRWA ought to be replaced by a program that promotes self-governance for Palestinians currently in the Palestinian Authority, and citizenship for Palestinians living in other Arab countries, rather than simply welfare for an ever-ballooning refugee population....

2. ...Arab governments hosting Palestinian refugees must embrace the benefits of integration, beginning with full citizenship....

3. ...In addition to pursuing economic prosperity for Palestinians, Arab governments must abandon culturally and/or religiously motivated retribution against Israel because such an attitude allows Palestinians to prioritize resistance ahead of reconciliation....

4. Non-governmental organizations and individuals must be empowered to step in where the government is unable or unwilling....

Read it all here

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Welcome to Burgerim: Halal burgers served with BDS tears.

While hardly authentic Israeli cuisine, the Burgerim franchise is making a splash nationwide. Donna Tuchner, an Israeli native,  opened the first Burgerim in Tel Aviv.  The concept is customized mini-burgers, with ground meat, vegetarian and fish offered in burger form.  Oren Loni, Burgerim's current owner and president purchased Burgerim's name and rights and is selling franchising rights worldwide. Burgerim is slated to open its 500th store by the end of the year. In the East Bay alone, there are Burgerim locations in Walnut Creek, El Cerrito, Concord, Vallejo, San Ramon, San Pablo,  Livermore, Antioch and Newark.  

Its strange to imagine that the locally operated and locally owned franchises of a concept restaurant that originated in Israel would attract the BDSer's ire, but their choices have never been logical. After all, this was the group that instituted a boycott of  "made in New Jersey" Sabra hummus, because the name kinda sorta reminded them of Israel.

 The Burgerim boycott is in the true spirit of the Sodastream boycott, where hundreds of Palestinian workers lost their well paying jobs for their "own good" . The Burgerim boycott is as much of an "own goal". 

The Burgerim franchise proudly, respectful promotes its Halal burgers, providing a dining out opportunity to traditionally observant members of the Islamic faith.

In observance of Ramadan, the Dearborn, Michigan Burgerim (owned and operated by an Arab-American) set up a tent, was open until 3am, and gave out free burgers. 

Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) San Francisco Bay Area Zahra Billoo's irrational response to a business franchise respecting and embracing cultural diversity was...wait for it... blood libel.

To the blame Israel crowd, it simply Halal-washing.

Amer Zahr, in his blog "The Civil Arab"  knows the boycott is absurd, writing:

Now, it may be technically true that the US operations no longer have a formal, legal connection to the Israeli operations. But, of course, there would be no American Burgerim if there were no Israeli Burgerim, which proved the concept, showed market success, and imported the idea and CEO here to America. 

Yeah.  It kinda sorta reminds him of Israel and that's enough to merit a boycott.  

You know what to do.  Check out Burgerim.  If you don't eat meat, have one of their yummy milkshakes.  Or try their falafel burger.  It won't help Israel, but it might make an Israel-hater cry. And isn't that the least we can do?

Beyond Falafel. Israeli food in America

Did ya catch the Google doodle a few weeks back?
Falafel, the mainstay of Israeli street food, is hitting the mainstream.

Beyond falafel, Israeli cuisine- that glorious synthesis of cultures that reflects the diversity of Israeli society is now lauded and glorified.  Philadelphia's Zahav, (Hebrew for gold) was just voted the best  restaurant in America in 2019 by the James Beard Foundation.   Think "the Oscars"  for the culinary arts.   Last year, Zahav’s chef and co-owner, Michael Solomonov, was named outstanding chef in America. Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's cookbook Jerusalem was a culinary phenomenon.  Check out the "tasting Jerusalem"  #tastingjrslm hashtag on Twitter- still going strong years after the the book was initially published.

In the Bay Ara, Oren's Hummus has just opened its 4th restaurant, with more in the pipeline.
Oren's proudly broadcasts its Israeli roots, in the store, and on the web, and on the menu.

Yeah, this counts as a BDS fail.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Hamas official calls for attacks on the World's Jews

Fathi Hamad, a  high ranking member of the Hamas has called for the genocide of the Jewish people worldwide.

In  a video from a speech to participants at the weekly Gaza riots, Fathi Hamad declared "Seven million Palestinians outside, enough warming up, you have Jews with you in every place. You should attack every Jew possible in all the world and kill them."

"If this siege is not undone, we will explode in the face of our enemies, with God's permission. The explosion is not only going to be in Gaza but also in the West Bank and abroad, God willing,"

"But our brothers outside are preparing, trying to prepare, warming up."

Read more at the Times of Israel:
Senior Hamas official calls on members of Palestinian diaspora to kill Jews

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Spurilous anti-Israel resolution defeated at the National Education Association Conference

With over 3 million members, The National Education Association (NEA)is the nation's largest professional employee organization. The NEA is  committed to advancing the cause of public education,  from pre-school to university graduate programs. 

The National Education Association Representative Assembly is the highest decision-making body within the  NEA. With over 8,000 delegates, the RA is also the world’s largest democratic deliberative body.  

This year, the RA met in Houston to discuss issues vital to the health of the nations public education system, and to set policy for the year ahead.

And of course, they had to discuss Israel. 

A horribly biased and one-sided anti-Israel resolution was introduced at this years conference.

Business Item #26 from this week's conference: 

NEA will use existing digital communication to develop and publish resources to educate members and the general public on the apartheid, atrocities, and gross violations of human rights of Palestinian children and families by the State of Israel, funded directly by the United States.

NEA will publish an article in the NEA Today on the work that is being done by our members and organizations fighting for the rights of Palestinian children and families, such as but not limited to: Parents Against Child Detention, HaMoked-Center for the Defense of the Individual, Defense for Children International-Palestine, American Friends Service Committee, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Jews Against Anti-Muslim Racism, and Jewish Voice for Peace.

NEA will partner with the No Way to Treat Child Campaign to pressure the Israeli government to end the detention and abuse of Palestinian children.


The NEA must oppose the detainment, incarceration, torture, family separation, and murder of children or their families at the hands of the United States, domestically as well as globally.


Erika Strauss Chavarria - MD

Ultimately, the one-sided resolution was defeated- it was estimated that the proposal would cost an additional $54,000 and could not be accomplished with current NEA staff and resources available in the 2019 budget.

Expect more of this.  With 27 states (and counting) taking a legal stand against BDS, expect new and even more underhanded ways to push an anti-Israel agenda through our community organizations.

The Elder of Ziyon reminds us that this is the second time an anti-Israel resolution has been brought to the NEA:

Israel haters try to weaponize National Education Association convention; conference materials refer to Israel as guilty of "apartheid" (@NEAToday)

...The proposed 2019 item is far worse, and insidious even in its defeat. supposes that Israel is an apartheid state, and this lie was published in conference materials and at the NEA website as fact. The existence of the business item itself is offensive; akin to a business item denouncing black people for being lazy - even though such an item would soundly defeated, its very existence and being allowed as a business agenda item is a means of mainstreaming lies.

No doubt the bylaws of the NEA do not force fact checking on agenda items, because no one envisioned attempts by special interest groups to use the NEA as a means to mainstream hate. However, teachers themselves should be cognizant of how the very existence of such an item, read by millions of interested union members, is effective anti-Israel propaganda and it makes it easier for next year's anti-Israel resolutions.

These lies, published as fact in an education convention, must be called out and the procedures that allow such lies to be published in official assembly materials must be modified to stop the NEA from unwittingly being a vehicle to push hate.

California Anti-Semitic hate crimes increase 21% in 2018

Anti-Semitic hate crimes increased by over 21 percent in California in 2018 from the previous year.

A report issued this week by the California Department of Justice, Hate Crime in California 2018 has published statistics on hate crimes reported by California law enforcement agencies that occurred during the year.

There were 126 "bias events" motivated by anti-Semitism in 2018, up from 104 incidents in 2017. During the same period, Anti-Islamic (Muslim) bias events fell from 46 in 2017 to 28 in 2018.

There was an overall 2.5% decrease in bias crimes from the previous year, with a total of 1,066 hate crimes in California in 2018, down from 1,093 the previous year.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

San Francisco Celebrates Israel with Koolulam: It's My Life - Bon Jovi

Koolulam is a social-musical initiative centered around mass singing events that join diverse people in the creation of a collaborative musical experience. 

On June 2, 2019,  San Francisco's Congregation Emanu-El, the  Israeli American Council, Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund, Jewish National Fund, and the Consulate General of Israel in San Francisco invited 1,200 people to celebrate Israel by singing together with Koolulam.

Check out the result as 1,200 of your best friends join together singing Jon Bon Jovi's  "It's my life".

Jewish owned business- Manny's in the Mission- vandalized again.

Open for less than a year, Manny's in the San Francisco's Mission district  has already had a major impact on the local community.  The  "people powered and community focused meeting and learning place" has hosted a multiple of Democratic presidential hopefuls, and  made headlines with its live reading of the Mueller report.    Two debate watching parties at Manny's were standing room only, and were featured on the first page of the Wall Street Journal.

Its no wonder that the San Francisco Examiner proclaimed "Manny's is the perfect business for the Mission".

Yet since its opening, Manny's has been subject to anti-Semitic and homophobic attacks, meant to intimidate both Manny and the community members who patronize his business.  The  business has been repeatedly vandalized- most recently this weekend.

The following screed appeared in several extremist websites and facebook pages.  The author describes the attacks on the business as  a  "low-intensity effort to fuck with Manny’s"

We glued the locks of the gentrifying business Manny’s and tagged a circle-A and “Free Cedar.” Manny’s is run by a Democratic Party operative who worked as an LGBT advisor to the Obama administration and as a top fundraiser for the Hillary Clinton campaign in Silicon Valley. His cafe is a blatant and sinister attempt to co-opt revolutionary sentiments back into the electoral shit show. This wanna-be politician is literally selling books by Frantz Fanon and James Baldwin while hosting live readings of the Mueller Report. He had the audacity, in some fluff piece about the cafe, to compare his tacky self-promotion to the riots at Compton’s Cafeteria and the Stonewall Inn. He fancies his business as a social center for #TheResistance in a neighborhood which has endured brutal waves of evictions and whose long history of actual resistance has been under threat of erasure. Several of the locks we glued were of gates preventing houseless people from sleeping in the alcoves of the business. We hope this small act highlights the hypocrisy of his “civic engagement”.

This attack is a contribution to a low-intensity effort to fuck with Manny’s which has included pickets, wheatpasting, and book expropriation. There is an ongoing boycott of the space, but clearly more action is desired.

It is easy to attack!
Free Cedar!

 When one of ours is under attack, what do we do?  Get up, fight back.

Show Manny some love and support.

Eat at Manny's.  Go there for coffee.  Host your  book club there.
Become a sponsor, or make a one time donation.
Love him on Yelp.
Go to one of the amazing thought provoking events at Manny's- check out the schedule here.

Manny's ongoing success will be our best revenge.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Dr. Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Siddiqi Spreads Hate in San Francisco

Its the "Summer of Hate" in San Francisco.

Dr. Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Siddiqi regularly delivers the Friday night sermon to the faithful at the Darussalam Mosque, downtown San Francisco's largest mosque and home to the Islamic Society of San Francisco.

On Friday, June 21, Siddiqi's sermon accused "Zionist agents" , working for Satan of murdering former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. According to Dr. Siddiqi,  Morsi "was only trying to help humanity by bringing the truth of Islam... the forces of evil... will continue not to allow [this] unless we Muslims allow ourselves to connect with each other and establish the kind of unity that is required."

In a city prized for its diversity and inclusivity, Siddiqi ploarizing lies are nothing less than hate speech.

From his webpage:

Dr. Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Siddiqi has been serving international communities in the Bay Area and over the United States since 1983. He designs and teaches courses on all Islamic studies subjects including but not limited to: Interpretation (Tafseer) of Quran, Hadith and Sunnah (Prophetic Traditions), Seerah: Biography of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Islamic Civilization, Islamic Jurisprudence (fiqh), Islamic Legal and Political System, and the Status of Women in Islam.

Dr. Siddiqi is a lecturer of Islamic Studies and Arabic at the Graduate Theological Union's Center for Islamic Studies, Chabot College, Mission College and Ohlone College. He is the Director of the Islamic Education and Information Center, founder of the Islamic Law (Shari'a) Council and continues to serve as Secretary for the Council. Dr. Siddiqi earned his Ph.D. in Quranic Studies from the University of London and M.A. in Exegesis of the Holy Qur’an (Takhassus), from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.

Yes, this vile hate monger has taught at Ohlone, Mission and Chabot Colleges, public, tax-payer funded community colleges.

Will our community colleges allow this man to continue teaching our students?

Read more at MEMRI:

San Francisco Friday Sermon By Dr. Khalid Siddiqi: Morsi Was Murdered By Zionist Agents Who Are Working For Satan

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Palestinians: Never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity

Leaders from several Arab nations will gather in Bahrain this week  to discuss a 50 billion dollar relief plan and a possible path to peace between Palestinians and Israelis.  The economic incentive program for building a future Palestinian state  will be discussed at the “Peace to Prosperity”  conference, co-hosted by the U.S. government and Bahrain. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Jordan and Morocco are participating. The Palestinians are boycotting the conference- Israeli government officials were not invited, but a business delegation from Israel will attend.

Under the plan, donor nations and investors would contribute about $50 billion over 10 years, with $28 billion going to the Palestinian territories. States that have absorbed Palestinian refugees int he past will also receive a significant amount of funding. $7.5 billion will be earmarked to Jordan,  with $9 billion going to Egypt and $6 billion going  to Lebanon.

Among 179 proposed infrastructure and business projects is a $5 billion transport corridor to connect the West Bank and Gaza.   The proposed  plan will facilitate billions of dollars of investment in Palestinian electricity, water, and telecommunications  in an effort to create efficient transmission and distribution networks. Tourism,  health care  and cultural institutions will also be funded.

The Palestinian Authority is boycotting the conference, although 15 private Palestinian business leaders were expected to attend. President Mahmoud Abbas said focusing on economic issues “is unacceptable before the political situation is discussed.”

Comprehensive peace proposals have been  presented to Palestinian leadership many times in the past, and have all been rejected.

The primary obstacle to peace remains the Palestinians refusal to accept the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state, within any borders.

The roll out of the peace plan's economic portion is only beginning, but the participation of some Arab states in the process is an important development. Both Palestinian and Israeli leadership should embrace this opportunity to create a lasting, stable peace.

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government would consider the U.S. plan: “We’ll hear the American proposition, hear it fairly and with openness.”

In response to the peace initiative,  several senior officials in the PA have called for violence against Israel.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Manny's in the Mission: Small Business of the year.

It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

From Scott Weiner:

Today I honored Manny's as our Senate District 11 Small Business of the Yeasr.  Manny's is an amazing, unique, & progressive small business in tje Mission- a civic gathering place, a cafe, restaurant & bookstore.  Thank for Manny Yekutiel , for all that you do.

Manny's cafe, on the corner of 16th and Valencia, has been the target of anti-Semitic attacks and vandalism since its opening.  Yet the visionary  business has become a destination for progressive activists across the Bay area.  Its become a mainstay on the Democratic presidential campaign trial, with the  Buttigieg campaign,  former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Seth Moulton, Beto O'Rouke, Eric Swallwell and Cory Booker all making appearances

Business is thriving.

Manny's and Manny Yekutiel: May you continue to go from strength to strength.
Jewish café owner in S.F. faces protests for being a ‘Zionist gentrifier’

If Gaza is an "open air prison", then Hamas is the Jailer

If Gaza is an "open air prison", then Hamas is the jailer. 

According to international aid organizations,  in 2018 there were 60,907 departures from the Gaza Strip to Egypt via the Rafah crossing, with only 37,075 returning. 

The favorite destinations of those leaving Gaza are Turkey, Germany and Sweden.   Those leaving Gaza were mostly young, affluent and with university degrees.  The cost of traveling from Gaza to Turkey has been estimated at $4.000.  It is estimated that 150 medical doctors left the strip.  The Hamas government now forbids doctors to leave the Gaza Strip.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Israel. Small Country. Big Ideas

The 2019 Nature Index Annual Tables are out, highlighting  the worldwide institutions that produce cutting edge scientific research. The Nature parameters are based on the share of articles published in 82 prestigious scientific journals, tracked by the Nature Index database.

In the Middle east and North Africa one tiny country stands ahead of the others in scientific output in chemistry, environmental science, life sciences and the physical sciences.

Israel.  Small Country.  Big Ideas

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Concord Man arrested after threatening massacre of Jews

Concord police have arrested Ross Farca, 23 after his threats to commit a mass shooting at a synagogue were leaked.  Earlier this month, the FBI had forwarded a cyber-tip to Concord  police regarding Farca's threatening comments made in the "Steam" online chat room .  Farca's screen name was Adolf Hitler (((6 Million)))).

Farca lived with his mother on the 2100 block of Calgary Lane in Concord, and was taken into custody without incident.

Farca was found in possession of a AR-15 semi-automatic rifle,  several high capacity magazines, Nazi memorabilia and camoflauge clothing.   The gun frame had been purchased legally,  earlier this year.

“I would probably get a body count of like 30 (Jews) and then like five police officers because I would also decide to fight to the death,” Farca said in one post, using a derogatory term to refer to Jewish people, according to court records. In other posts, he allegedly discussed picking a “better target than some random synagogue,” and referred to Jews as “subhumans.”

Farca remains in custody at the Contra Costa County Jail.  If anyone has information about this case, contact Detective Greg Mahan at (925) 603-5817. Anonymous tips can be left on the tip line at (925) 603-5836.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Fighting back against Hate in El Sobrante

El Sobrante,  a sleepy Contra Costa town of 13,000 has found itself in the national spotlight when one of its residents, Steve Johnson, built a giant swastika in his front yard.  The 10 foot by 10 foot swastika has created a huge uproar on Lindell Drive, a once quiet street of modest and well-tended homes.

Photo from ABC News

In interviews with the local media Johnson, a 65 year old retired welder has claimed the swastika is a symbol of “peace tranquility and harmony. ” He has claimed  "It's a Tibetan sign that's way back before swastikas were invented" Asked whether he is Tibetan, he replied: "I could be.” He has also stated  "I like swastikas…I think they look cool. I didn't do it to get attention. I'm not a worshiper of Nazis. I just thought it'd be a cool thing to put in there."  Eventually, Johnson declared "I own this house I'll put what I want. It ain't none of your guys' business" .

Johnson’s proclamation of innocence  regarding this symbol of Nazi Germany, associated with the deaths of 17 million people, including 6 million Jews flies in the face of this post on his Facebook page

An online petition  was started, urging Johnson to remove the concrete symbol, which he claims cost $800 dollars to install. Thousands have signed.

From the petition:

We live in El Sobrante and are grateful to live in a small community with such diversity of race, religion, and ethnicity.

Then we heard that in June, 2019 a member of our community erected a 10 foot by 10 foot swastika in his front yard. A swastika, which once was a religious symbol, is now widely recognized as an international symbol of hate. In the last 100 years, under the banner of the swastika millions of Jewish, Roma, gay, and other people were brutally slaughtered.

The presence of a swastika in our community makes many people feel unsafe to live in a community that tolerates visible expressions of hate and bigotry. Therefore, we are calling on this person to remove the swastika.

We came together and took a stand in our community when hate reared its head in the past. Many businesses and homes have a Not In Our Town: El Sobrante sign posted. We are speaking out now to show our neighbors that we want to keep El Sobrante as a welcoming community, free of intolerance and hate.

Please add your name and circulate to your neighbors.

Steve Johnson seems surprised and unprepared for the backlash. He claims his car and two pickup trucks have been egged, and his answering machine has been filled with messages from unhappy neighbors.   Johnson has recently covered the swastika with blankets 

What can to do to fight back against open displays of hate and intolerance  in our community? 

Please sign the petition, and show up on June 20, for a community wide rally sponsored by El Sobrante Indivisible,  between 4-6 pm at the corner of San Pablo Dam Road and Appian Way 
(Near 4071 San Pablo Dam Road)