Saturday, December 14, 2019

Beverly Hills Synagogue vandalized overnight

The Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills , home to the largest Persian, Orthodox, Sephardic community in California was vandalized last night. Windows and doors were broken and prayer books were destroyed.

According to early reports on social media 9 Torah scrolls were damaged, but this later proved erroneous.
The area is cordoned off and is being treated as a crime scene.


Update:
Statement from the Police follows:


Anyone who has information about the vandalism of the Nessah synagogue or the identity of the suspect is encouraged to call the Beverly Hills Police Department at (310) 285-2125 or submit an anonymous tip by texting "BEVHILLSPD" followed by the tip information to 888777.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Hatem Bazian's BDS feta fail at Trader Joes

Berkeley Peace and Justice Commissioner Hatem Bazian has issued a call-out on his Facebook page to boycott Trader Joe's for daring to stock Israeli feta cheese.

Hatem writes 
"Trader Joe’s is having Israeli Feta on its shelves! One more reason to stop shopping at the store. "



Hatem has tagged a short list of friends and colleagues to help promote the boycott of the beloved Trader Joes  grocery chain.


Hatem may not remember the 2009 BDS action against Trader Joes.  Trader Joes refused to be bullied and promoted the products with floor to ceiling displays.  Consumers followed with a "buycott' that ultimately lead to Israeli products sold out from stores coast to coast.   In their zeal to be supportive,  people bought cases of Israeli couscous. They began asking  "what is this small grain and what do I do with it?"  Shortly after, recipes began appearing in the blogsphere.

It was, as they say, a BDS fail of epic proportion, and a triumph of community led-grassroots activism.

The BDS cru retreated rapidly, sipping their kombucha and plaintively whimpering for their moms.


Since 2009, Trader Joes has added many more Israeli products to their shelves.

Hatem's little Facebook post may have sparked another  "run" on Trader Joes.  As of now, there are over 800 comments, on his post, with the vast majority supportive of Israel and Israeli feta. 








Hatem, don't you know this by now?   Never, ever get between a Jew and their food.

And as of today, there is no Israeli feta left in stock in the area.  A new shipment is expected next week.  Thanks Hatem, for another BDS fail  feta accompli.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Rashida Tlaib literally white-washing anti-Semitism

Congressperson Rashida Tlaib has just blamed the tragic murders in Jersey city on "white supremacy".

Rashida Tlaib blames Jersey City murders on "white supremacy"



Tlaib is neglecting an important fact. David Anderson and Francine Graham were hardly  "white".

The new faces of  "white supremacy" in America.

UPDATE

Tlaib has deleted the tweet, without apology or explanation.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The death of terrorist Sami Abu Diak

Sami Abu Diak was convicted in 2002 of carrying out a terror attack near Jenin that led to the deaths of three Arabs who had been suspected of collaborating with Israel. Sentenced to 3 consecutive life sentences for voluntary manslaughter and kidnapping he recently succumbed to intestinal cancer. The Palestinians have declared a "Day of Rage" in this memory.

The lies surrounding Abu Diak's life and death are proliferating across social media.


Abu Diak underwent several surgeries at Israeli taxpayer expense (confirmed by the Arab propaganda site Jadaliyya) and had been hospitalized for four years
Abu Diak is currently suffering from advanced stages of bowel cancer, as well as renal and pulmonary failure. In 2015, he was urgently transferred to Israel’s Soroka Medical Center where he suffered poisoning as a result of misdiagnosis and a medical error. This medical negligence led to the removal of 80cm of his intestines and he was consequently diagnosed with kidney and pulmonary failure.


Palestinian agitprop sites are evenly divided as to whether Sami Abu Diak died alone and in prison, or alone while in the hospital.  They are in unanimous agreement however, that his death of  colorectal cancer was Israel's fault.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Fighting for the Soul of the Democratic party



This weekend, the California Democratic Party meet in Long Beach to endorse candidates for district offices, and to make policy and platform recommendations.
True to form, extremist groups like JVP were there, in an effort to pressure the party to adopt divisive positions on Israel that serve only to marginalize the Jewish community and to demonize the world’s only Jewish state. 
Fortunately, groups such as  the Progressive Zionists of California (like them on Facebook!)and the AJC were also involved, to fight for the soul of the Democratic party, and ultimately prevailed.

 From the Progressive Zionists of California:
Progressive Zionists of California commends the California Democratic Party for upholding language on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict proposed by the Platform Committee, whose members worked tirelessly over three months to collect comments, engage in robust dialogue, and streamline language on a number of complex issues. Thank you to every delegate who voted against the proposed anti-peace amendment and for the platform language, upholding the values we hold dear as Democrats.
Despite many late nights working to find a compromise on the platform language, at the convention anti-Zionists collected signatures to attempt to get language changed through a vote at the general session, in what is known as a "floor fight." During this process, flyers distributed to gain signatures to bring the amendments to floor misrepresented the wording of the revised platform.
The floor vote, which was done first by voice and then checked visually as voting delegates held up their cards, overwhelmingly rejected the anti-Zionist's amendment, included language calling for an unprecedented “right of return” — a policy that would preclude a two-state solution.
In particular, we are pleased with the numerous rewrites of particularly troubling planks in the Platform Committee. We commend the Platform Committee in particular for their thoughtful discussion, and commitment to dialogue.
PZC founding member Susan George said, "We are pleased the party has once again rejected extremism, and decided to focus on unifying issues. 2020 is the election of a lifetime, and we must focus on keeping the tremendous gains California Democrats made in 2018, not get derailed by a divisive conversation."
We are also pleased that the party accepted an amendment to the Education plank and the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, proposed by PZC Steering Committee member Andrea Beth Damsky, to meaningfully include language encouraging education about antisemitism.
PZC is grateful to our partners:
We look forward to working together in the future to keep the California Democratic Party free from antisemitism, to focus our attention on making our communities better for everyone.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Zaki Ghannam: Islamic Jihad Terrorist

Palestinian lies fly faster than their rockets, with roughly the same degree of accuracy.

Meet Palestinian  "organizer"  Alexandra Halaby, over 13 thousand followers, and possessor of the coveted blue checkpoint on Twitter.


Halaby tweeted  "My cousin Zaki Ghannam was killed in his home by an Israeli missile in #Gaza. Zaki was a university student in no way affiliated with Palestinian resistance. His pain is over and he is finally free from the siege of Gaza he endured most of his life. His father will never recover."

Doesn't appear that Alexandra Halaby knew her cousin quite as well as she thought.

"Palestinian Islamic Jihad confirms the death of one of its northern branch militants, Zaki Adnan Mohammed Ghannam. He was killed by an IDF airstrike earlier today. #Gaza #Israel  "


Zaki Ghannam  "innocent" civilian
The Meir Amit  Intelligence center writes:

Zaki Muhammad Adnan Ghanam

Personal information: 25 years old

Circumstances of death: On November 12, 2019, Israeli Air Force aircraft attacked a number of operatives of the PIJ’s rocket unit in the northern Gaza Strip. The operatives were preparing to fire rockets (IDF Twitter account, November 12, 2019). 

The Palestinian media reported that the attack was directed against a group of “resistance” operatives in Beit Lahia (Ma’an, November 12, 2019).

Organizational affiliation: The PIJ’s military wing announced that Zaki Muhammad Adnan Ghanam was an operative in the rocket unit of the northern Gaza Strip brigade (Jerusalem Brigades website, November 12, 2019).

Israel Under Attack

Israel Under Attack.

Islamic Jihad and other terror groups in the Gaza Strip have fired over 360 rockets into southern Israel in the last several days. Schools are closed, and over a million people are living in bomb shelters. Hospitals and other emergency services in Israel are on high alert in light of the ongoing rocket attacks.

This current wave of escalation follows an earlier November 1st attack on Israel, orchestrated by the senior commander of Islamic Jihad, Baha Abu al-Ata. Early Tuesday morning,  Israeli Air Force jets struck the Gaza building where Abu al-Ata was staying, killing him. Abu al-Ata had coordinated most of the significant rocket and border attacks from Gaza, and was planning more.

Islamic Jihad Terror leader Baha Abu al-Ata.
From the IDF:
"Abu al-Ata was promoting preparations to commit immediate terror attacks in various ways towards Israeli civilian and IDF troops during the recent few days. Al-Ata trained terror squads for infiltration and sniper attacks, drone launching and rocket fire to different distances."
In retaliation, the IDF launched a series of strikes against rocket-launching squads, terrorist training compounds and a tunnel digging site in Gaza. Two dozen Palestinians have been killed-  with the majority of those killed identified as members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigades.


Dozens of the rockets launched from Gaza were shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system- a 90% interception rate for rockets heading toward populated areas. The remaining rockets struck homes, businesses, a nursing home, causing significant damage

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Gaza death cult celebrates the anniversary of the Qassam Rocket

While Israel celebrates ways to make the world safer


Cleaner
And healthier


The Palestinians are celebrating their own  "innovation", in their own very special way.
This week marks the 18th anniversary of the first launch of the  Qassam rocket- an unguided projectile whose sole purpose is to terrorize, to murder and to main Jewish civilians.  Today's social media from Gaza is filled with poetic tomes dedicated to the Qassam




Reason # 4567 why there is no peace in the Middle  East

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Everyday antisemitism. Modesto.

Everyday antisemitism.

For the past 8 weeks, repulsive antisemitic flyers have been appearing throughout the California town of Modesto.  The flyers church have appeared at local synagogue, at the Central Valley Pride Center, at a local church and at a political town hall.

Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders are meeting to formulate a response.

From Fox40

Local Rep. Josh Harder and his Republican challenger, Ted Howze, also condemned the flyers.

“This was a disgusting and cowardly act,” Harder said. “The people who are sneaking this hateful garbage into public places and houses of worship will not divide us. The Central Valley is the proud home to people of all ethnicities and faith traditions and we will stand together against discrimination in whatever form it takes.”

"America soundly defeated similar hate during World War 2, and we must always stand tall against this type of bigotry," Howze said.



Saturday, October 12, 2019

Take a stand against antisemitism: Ross Farca Preliminary hearing Nov. 14, 2019

On June 7, 2019 Concord California police were contacted by the FBI,  who reported that local resident Ross Farca had made some alarming threats in an online video chat room

Farca's chilling words, as reported by the police:

"I currently own an AR 15 semi auto rifle but I can buy/make the auto sear and get the M16 parts kit.  What do you think of me doing what John Earnest  tried to do, but with a Nazi uniform, and unregistered and illegally converted "machine gun" and actually livestreaming it with Nazi music?  I would probably get a body count of like 30 kikes and then like 5 police officers because I would also decide to fight to the death.  1) you don't surrender to the ZOG 2) ever watch US prison documentaries?  Also I would not spam  full auto, I would use it for clusterfucks of Kikes. Generally you want to be on semi auto so you don't waste ammo, plus depending on target richness and need for suppression eventually I may go low on ammo so I would need to resupply from the dead officers since its 5.56"

In a separate post Farca wrote:

"Wanna see a mass shooting with a body count of over 30 sub-humans?"

Recovered from Farca's Concord home were an assault rifle, 13  rifle magazines, camouflage clothing ammunition and books about Hitler and Nazi life.

Ross Farca is now free on bail. 

The preliminary hearing, the People of the State of California vs. Ross Anthony Farcas is scheduled for Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 8:45 AM, in the Superior Court of Contra Costa County in Martinez.

At this preliminary Hearing, the Judge will determine if there is “probable cause” to believe that Mr. Farca committed the charges alleged in the criminal complaint. If Judge Canepa finds there is sufficient evidence, she will bind the case over for trial. If she doesn’t find sufficient evidence, the case will be dismissed. 

Community members are urged to attend.

Judge Theresa Canepa
Courtroom: Dept 35
F. A. Bray Courthouse
1020 Ward Street
Martinez, CA

The Deputy District Attorney assigned to the case, Whitnee Goins has  estimated that her presentation of the evidence, including testimony, will take about two hours

If you have any concerns about the case, please contact Detective Gregory Mahan at Gregory.mahan (at) cityofconcord.org. He welcomes your phone calls at 925-603-5817.

The District Attorney asks that your concerns be directed to the Public Information Officer, Scott Alonso at scott.alonso (at) contracostada.org or by phone at 925-957-8638 (office) or 925-536-8110 (mobile).

Weapon recovered from Ross Farca


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Progressive Zionists in California Need Our Help

Via Emunah:

To keep Israel strong and prosperous, we need support on both sides of the aisle.   Locally, no one is working harder than the Progressive Zionists of California to ensure this. 

Progressive Zionists of California is an coalition of California Democrats that stand for the fundamental right to self-determination of the Jewish people in their indigenous homeland,  addressing antisemitism, and advocating for progressive policies in the California Democratic Party.

They've been doing much of the heavy lifting , and now they need our help.

Read about their accomplishments here:
How activists at state Dems’ convention sparred over Israel resolutions
State Dems pass three pro-Israel resolutions
Fight over Israel in state Democratic Party made potent statement

The Democratic Platform Convention will be in Long Beach, November 15-17. Please consider donating to this grassroots effort that has proven to be an effective bulwark against the Corbinization of the Democratic party.

From the Progressive Zionists of California:
We are going to be extremely busy fighting antisemitic and anti-Israel shenanigans, and we need your help to get there! From lodging, to travel, to last minute flyer printing, conventions are expensive-- any shekel or dime helps us more than you know!
Wondering just how effective we are? 
In the past six months, PZC (with the help of our amazing partners!): 
Defeated 7 anti-Israel resolutions
Defeated numerous anti-Israel legislative recommendations
Passed a pro-Israel resolution linking antisemitism to anti-Zionism (that the ADL! commented positively on)
Reached over 300,000 people on social media, with over 1,500 likes on Facebook and 150 followers on Instagram!
Here's what we can do with a real budget: 
Spend more time prepping testimony, talking points, and lobbying delegates
Acquire more and higher quality convention supplies (flyers, BUTTONS, etc)
Potentially run some ads on Facebook
Where do you donate? 
Lauren's paypal: laurenrosepost  (at) gmail.com (GoFundMe was eating too much of our donations). OR HERE
Lauren's Venmo: @Lauren-Rose-25 (I'm holding a parrot in the picture!)
Susan's Venmo: @Susan-George-6

There are forces at work within the Democratic party seeking to undermine the strong American/Israeli alliance.  There are others encouraging American Jews to "walk away" from the party.  Others, like the Progressive Zionists of California are staying in the ring and fighting the good fight, to insure support for Israel stays strong on both sides of the aisle.

Please like them on Facebook  and consider contributing to the effort to keep support for Israel strongly bipartisan.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs: Los Angeles Jews support Israel, worried about anti-Semitism

The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles  has released the findings of its recent poll of  Jewish voters in Los Angeles County.  Los Angeles is home to the 3rd largest Jewish population in the world, after New York and Jerusalem.  The  poll is part of a multi-year project to survey diverse racial and ethnic communities in the county, including Asian Americans, Latinx, African Americans, and the Jewish community

1,800 Jews from across the religious and cultural spectrum were interviewed.  Of those,  83% of the sample identified as white, while 17% identified as other than white.

According to the survey, the Los Angeles  Jewish community has a high level of civic and political engagement, with  high voting rates,  high rates of charitable giving, and high rates of participation in the political process.

 67% of  Los Angeles County Jewish voters said they consider themselves critical of current policies of the Israeli government. However, nearly three quarters- thee vast majority of respondents said they consider Israel’s existence as a Jewish state to be an important value.
From the survey's key findings:





75% of respondents responded that they are concerned about signs of rising Antisemitism.

The full survey results are available here.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Israel remembers 9/11


"I can say with absolute certainty the United States would not be safe without Israel as a partner.”

The U.S. Embassy, the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) and the Jewish National Fund USA hosted a 9/11 ceremony at the KKL-JNF 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem. Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis and Chief Intelligence Officer David J. Glawe attended the ceremony. 

The Under Secretary stated:

“We best honor the memory of those we commemorate today by recommitting ourselves to the same selfless sacrifice of the first responders, the brave passengers who struggled against the terrorists, and the countless men and women who have given their lives to keep us safe.  A visit to Israel provides the opportunity to affirm our commitment to never forget and to have the United States stand with Israel and our global partners against the current manifestation of terrorism. I can say with absolute certainty the United States would not be safe without Israel as a partner.
A wreath was laid on the memorial, emblazoned with the words “for all who endeavor to keep us safe.”   A “Tribute in Light”, similar to the one at Ground Zero in New York City featured the  illumination of beams of light that shined 1000 feet over Jerusalem.


Read  the full story here

Oakland Block the Boat Fail. 5th Anniversary edition. And Zim keeps on Truckin.

San Francisco's Arab Resource Organizing Center is celebrating the 5th anniversary of their failure to permanently prevent Zim cargo from off-loading in Oakland.


The  2014 action, dubbed "Block the boat" was a triumph of bullying, ultimately achieving nothing.  Zim trailers still abound in the Bay area.
Oakland Block the boat fail


Oakland Block the boat fail

Oakland Block the boat fail

Even in the tumultuous world of international shipping, with the on again, off again tariffs, Zim's doing just fine financially, with total revenue of $834.3 million in Q2 2019, a 3.9 % increase from last year. Thats in spite of the best efforts of the BDS holes.

In the 2nd quarter of 2019, ZIM carried 731 thousand TEUs, its' second highest carried volume ever.



Zim's doing quite well, thank you

AROC's narrative and the reality of their attempt to keep Oakland free of the scourge of olives and artichoke hearts are far removed

Rather than an action reflective of "activists working in close partnership with members of ILWU Local 10, "  as claimed by AROC, the gates to the docks were physically blocked, with activists using their bodies, their bikes, and their children to prevent workers from uploading the ships.


Yeah, nothing says "close partnership" more than yelling obscenities.

Oakland Block the Boat Bullying
Is this what solidarity looks like?
                                                                 

AROC and  the Block the Boat campaign made it clear that the "B" in BDS stood for bullying.

Its not surprising that AROC would consider this event as one of the "most successful" in US history.  Sound and fury, signifying nothing.  Wishing them many more such "victories"



Read what really happened 5 years ago at the Oakland dock here: 
Block the Boat has morphed into Operation Annoy Zim's Customers

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Swastikas in Gaza

As seen in Gaza, at the "Great Return March".  Swastika flags and  Hitler imagery.






The ideological heirs of the Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti  have utilized swastika imagery before.   They show their disdain for all of  humanity, and not just the Jewish people by displaying this symbol associated with the slaughter of millions of innocents


Friday, August 23, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom: Draft Ethnic studies Curriculum, “will never see the light of day.”

California's Governor Gavin Newsom has unequivocally apologized for the California draft model curriculum, agreeing that it "was offensive in so many ways, particularly to the Jewish community.”

From Dan Pine, in the J Weekly, Northern California's Jewish paper:

From his office in the Capitol building, Gov. Gavin Newsom last week made a full-throated apology to California’s Jewish community for a controversial ethnic studies draft curriculum that erases the Jewish story in America and takes unsubtle digs at Israel.

The draft, said Newsom, “will never see the light of day.”


In spite of the widespread criticism, some of the drafters of the curriculum have doubled down, calling for a rally and press conference next Tuesday, and accusing the groups marginalized by the curriculum of  attempting to "dilute" it.


On her Facebook page,  Guadalupe Carrasco Cardona, an educator at the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center and one of the drafters of the curriculum, referred to those asking for inclusion as "loud ass critics",  and pointed out that anti-semitism as a form of oppression is mentioned in the draft.

Anti-semitism is mentioned only once in the 300 page model curriculum, while Islamphobia is mentioned 59 times.

According to the 2018 publication Hate Crime in California, anti-Jewish bias events rose from 104 in 2017 to 126 in 2018, an increase of 21.2 percent, while anti-Islamic bias events fell from 46  in 2017 to 28 in 2018.

The draft ethnic studies curriculum as it is written furthers discrimination and bigotry towards one of the most marginalized people in the world. Rather than mock the critics of the model draft curriculum, Cardona and her colleagues should take the time to read the public comments and take them to heart. In the meanwhile, the Jewish community and its allies are grateful for the leadership of Governor Galvin Newsom, and the California Jewish Legislative Caucus.