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Ties that Bind: On Israel-Palestine & India-Pakistan

“Do you want India-Pakistan enmity to turn like Israel and Palestine, and fight for ages?” – Om Puri

As the India-Pakistan conflict continues to develop, it is unfortunate — yet also predictable — that individuals of certain leanings would eventually throw out the alarmist “anything but creating another Israel-Palestine” situation to try to deter India from acting righteously.  Watch what happens on the world-stage insofar as how Israel is perceived, and you’ll eventually see the same type of treatment shaping up about India.

image1-4The “anything but…” statement is infused with all of the grossly misinformed rhetoric that has shaped the way so many across the world see the Israel-Palestine conflict, i.e., that the blame for the ongoing statemate lies equally with players on both sides, that both side’s leaders are accountable to the same extent and degree — ethically and historically — for the deadlock. Or, as so often is the case, that Israel’s necessary, justifiable and righteous actions of self-defense are painted instead as aggressive and inhumane; its exercises in sovereignty (ones that — if taken by any other nation — wouldn’t even cause a blip on the radar in media coverage) construed — with little if any objection — as the obstacles to peace.  Whether it is intellectual laziness or something more insidious (don’t get me started) that is the cause for such conclusions, tireless efforts are in constant motion to counter this fraudulent narrative.

In the end, it’s important that the Israel-Palestine issue be understood around the world on much more honest terms.  However, it is particularly important — in fact, I argue that it’s absolutely critical — that the fraudulent narrative leading to “anything but…” not take root within the dynamics of perception of the India-Pakistan conflict.  And here’s why:  it is not just that these two situations happen to have very similar dynamics; it is that the root of both conflicts is the same.

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CRITICAL READ: “Jinnah, Iqbal, Mufti And Hitler: Anti-Semitism In Pakistan Is As Old As The Idea Of Pakistan Itself” by  Aravindan Neelakandan

Unless we all understand and accept that the forces that created Pakistan and Palestine were the same, we’ve missed something huge.  And we’ve missed an opportunity to support and strengthen the key alliance between Israel and India — an alliance that can not only serve to help end each of their own conflicts, but that can also be the turn-key to help reshape how the larger global community sees the threat of terrorism…and which actors on the world stage are truly operating righteously and with the highest regard for all humanity in the fight against it.


Ethnic Cleansing of Hindus in Bangladesh (updated news timeline)

An excellent Op-Ed by Shipan Kumar Basu that offers great historical context and on-point and urgent perspective as to the dire situation of Hindus in Bangladesh:

“Hindus, other minorities facing survival crisis in Bangladesh”: HFS President

“Demographic Changes: Is Bengal Sitting On A Volcano?”: Defeating the Islamist forces and their allies like the TMC will require tremendous will and tremendous Hindu unity within Bengal

June 20, 2016:

“…the cleansing of Hindus in Bangladesh is a systematic affair and the Bangladesh Government is allegedly involved in this heinous task…It has spilled over into West Bengal, India…

[R. Benkin is working with] three groups struggling for their national independence from Pakistani occupation. Two are Sunni Muslim (Baloch and Pashtun); one is Sindhi.”

June 30, 2016:

“Are those who passively allow our enemies a safe haven and ideological cover any less responsible for their crimes than the terrorists themselves?…

[from R. Benkin:] In November 2015, my associates in Bangladesh identified a house in the capital of Dhaka as a center of nascent ISIS activity. After confirming the allegations, I took the information to several people here and in India, who all had the same basic response: ‘Don’t be an alarmist.’”

June 30, 2016:“We know that in both, Pakistan and Bangladesh religious minorities have been facing a slow but sure extinction through systematic persecution. The Pakistan army itself has indulged in such inhuman violence in the past…” – Aravindan Neelakandan

July 2, 2016:

“…the kaffiyeh — the red-and-white chequered version which is referred to as an ‘Arab rumal’ or ‘Arab gamchha’ by Muslims in India…They identify it with Islam and the Arab origin of their faith.”

July 2, 2016:

“According to witnesses a group of seven Islamist radicals stormed the cafe yesterday evening armed with assault weapons, pistols and ‘sharp objects’ before taking more than 30 people hostage. The terrorists then hacked 20 people to death, sparing only those who could recite the Koran…”

July 6, 2016…/bangladeshi-hindu-communit…

“The Hindu Struggle Committee recently sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu via Mendi Safadi, the head of the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy and Public Relations, on behalf of the Hindu community in Bangladesh, where they called for the State of Israel to establish a strong relationship with them.

The Hindu Struggle Committee strongly condemned the radical Islamists and emphasized that both communities have the same enemies: ‘It’s most unfortunate that the Islamists, their apologists and supporters as well as the hostile Middle Eastern and Muslim majority nations have been committing all types of heinous crimes against Jews and the State of Israel.  These groups have been consistent in using hateful terminology and labels against Jews and Israel and using quotes from the Quran to justify the scapegoating and attacks on Jews and Hindus in Bangladesh and India. There is not a single type of crime remaining as residue that the Muslim Brotherhood followers do not commit against Jews and Hindus. As a result, Jews and Hindus have a common adversary, the Islamist groups and their governmental and non-governmental supporters.'”

July 27, 2016

“Leaders in Pakistan and Bangladesh allow religious radicalization to take place on their soil” – Richard Benkin

August 13, 2016


“…it should be seared in our minds that every day we sit in [our] homes and do nothing, is another day that one more Hindu life is cut short, or turned upside down through violence; another day that a Hindu woman or child is raped, abducted, or forced to convert to Islam. Every day we sit, we consign another human being to that. And I say “we,” because we cannot pretend we don’t know anymore. If my struggle over the past nine years has accomplished anything, it is bringing to light the ethnic cleansing of Hindus in Bangladesh and the Bangladeshi government’s complicity in it.” – Richard Benkin

August 17, 2016…/bangladesh-hindus-denied-crema…/

“It has been alleged that perpetrators Mohammad Zia Chowdhury and Rafiqul Islam put an embargo constructing houses on the roads towards cremation ground and Mata Kali Temple of Hindus causing serious disorder in the area. The reason behind this sudden move was to block Hindus from exercising their right to cremate.

After protests by Hindus in different parts of the area the local administration woke up from their slumber and started removing obstacles for cremation.”

August 27, 2016:

“Three extremists, including the suspected mastermind of the July 1 attack on a café that killed 22 people, were gunned down when police stormed a militant hideout on the outskirts of Dhaka on Saturday, officials said.”

Resources RE: Opposition to Reza Aslan’s “Believer” on CNN

Link to show info. on CNN:

Link to Facebook discussion to follow post-episode:


 Opposition statements & action items from Hindu organizations and articles RE: the episode

“Cannibals and Corpses: CNN’s Believer is Reckless, Racist and Dangerously Anti-Immigrant” by Vamsee Juluri:

“CNN under fire for depicting Hindus as cannibals” from Israel’s Voice

“Reza Aslan’s CNN ‘Believer’ Criticized for Falsely Portraying Hindu Culture and Systematic Hinduphobia” from The Chakra


Statement from Ajay Shah, Convener, American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD):AHADstatement.jpg


Petition of protest at “India Petitions” in support of AHAD statement:


Petition of protest from Hindu Mahasabha of America Inc.: 


Statement from Hindu American Foundation (HAF):


Podcast from MyIndMakers, one topic on which is the anti-Hindu biases in the first “Believer” episode  //Aadit Kapadia, Sunanda Vashisht and Pramod Kumar Buravalli discuss the UP Elections and the possible outcomes. They also talked about the tragic death of Lance Naik Roy Mathew and the irresponsible journalism of The Quint. They finally concluded with a discussion on Reza Aslan’s new show and its anti Hindu biases.//

On Juan Thompson, red herrings and the “willing suspension of disbelief”

A couple of prominent social justice activists of the I stand with “good” Jews who do not support a Jewish state variety have been curiously quiet after the breaking news that Juan M. Thompson, a disgraced journalist, was arrested and charged with making some of the recent threats to Jewish centers and schools.  After giving scathing critiques of Trump (who by certain accounts apparently single-handedly revived anti-Semitism as soon as he took the Oath of Office, despite all the evidence of an unsettling, much earlier, pre-Trump uptick ) for not doing enough to support the Jewish communities and find the perpetrators responsible for a recent slew of attacks on Jews in the U.S., these same activists were suddenly silent when one of the perpetrators of the Jew-hate crimes was found.  Not a peep from Linda Sarsour or Naomi Dann, for instance, about the arrest of Juan M. Thompson.

pictured: Juan Thompson and Maz Hussain

Naomi Dann is an activist who has been a leader in the BDS movement for many years; she is currently on staff of Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP). Dann was interviewed by Juan M. Thompson and his pal and former colleague, Maz Hussain (who has also been tight-lipped about his Thompson connection) back in 2015 in a podcast episode titled “Benjamin Netanyahu’s Never-Ending Fear-Mongering” (part one in the podcast which ends around the 16:50 marker).

“… the anti-Semite goes after the invisible difference (‘the dangerous Jew, the vague Jew,’ in Drumont’s phrase). It inflames and excites the anti-Semite all the more that the imagined Jew is discreet, indiscernible at first glance, and therefore well positioned to carry out the worst and darkest intrigues. This is the story of the persecution of the Marranos in Spain and the tragic error of all Jews who, over the centuries, have chosen to believe that by becoming invisible, by making themselves small, by appearing more genteel than the gentiles, they would off persecution. The opposite happened.”

– Bernard-Henri Lévy, The Genius of Judaism

Sarsour Zionism creepy (1).jpgThompson introduced Naomi Dann at the beginning of the conversation as an old friend from Vassar.  The discussion between the three on the episode pretty much rehashed the standard Israel as the evil oppressor rhetoric floated by the I’m not anti-Semitic, I have a lot of Jewish friends (just not those “creepy” Zionists) progressive crowd. I caught wind of a weird vibe while listening to them speak about Netanyahu’s influence — his “hyperbolic” speech-making style that had those who “tow the line” for him standing and applauding the leader’s plans … the relief they expressed that leaders to the Left were provided with an escape-hatch from the dominating Zionist agenda he and his party were looking to impose on our government.  And then enter groups like JVP who in Naomi’s words are subjects of a “witch hunt” but are in business to work the “moveable middle that we can radicalize on the [Israeli-Palestinian] issue.”


Rasmea Odeh’s bio on the AAAN website lauds her community organizing and human rights work and makes no mention of her involvement in two terrorist bombing incidents or the victims of her attacks.

And speaking of radical agendas, JVP is also the group hosting Linda Sarsour and convicted Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Yousef Odeh at their upcoming March conference.  Odeh is a leader in the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) — founded in 1995 by Rashid Khalidi, the same anti-Israel academic who expressed dismay after Trump’s election that a certain type of Jew would be “infesting” our government, invoking the most cringeworthy anti-semitic, Zionist conspiracy tropes. Odeh, responsible for two bombing attacks, one of which killed two people in an Israeli supermarket is one of the organizers of the upcoming March 8th International Women’s Strike.

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The Women’s March statement of solidarity with the International Women’s Strike organizers, one of whom is convicted Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh.
The Women’s Strike in the U.S. announces on Twitter that JVP will join them in “solidarity” for the March 8th strike.

The Women’s March, with Linda Sarsour as one of the movement’s key national leaders, has indicated support for the platform that Odeh helped develop for the International Women’s Strike agenda. The Women’s March “stands in solidarity with the International Women’s Strike organizers” and have joined the strike as part of the U.S. coalition.  To further connect-the-dots in this part of the progressive narrative, JVP member Rebecca Subar wrote an opinion piece,  applauded by Naomi Dann, that shamelessly used the recent desecration of Jewish cemeteries as a jumping-off point for her to rail against Israel in the name of “solidarity” for what she believes constitutes “human rights.”  

JVP’s Rebecca Subar opens her opinion piece by drawing up her family’s own history with anti-Semitism and the recent desecrated Jewish cemeteries — all just used as exposition props by her to set-up for the anti-Israel story she starts to sell.

Subar praised Sarsour for the campaign she began that raised money to help repair one of the cemeteries — but apparently finds no “human rights” issue with the Women’s March and JVP openly giving voice and support to a woman who led fatal terrorist activities targeting Jews in Israel. Subar has also been quiet on Thompson’s arrest for his threats to Jewish centers and schools; perhaps her idea of “safety for all” does not include an “all” who were victims of an attacker who had been a part of the progressive inner-circle of “solidarity.” And no big surprise that JVP has signed up in “solidarity” to strike with the organizers of the Women’s Strike who include Odeh, a convicted terrorist …

The Global Women’s Strike seeks the support of JVP with a tweet that exposes its anti-Israel agenda and the intent to sell its supporters on the false tale they tell of Israel as the evil oppressor.

or that the Women’s Strike, supported by all of these progressive “sisters” in “solidarity,” is explicit in its anti-Israel aims and pushes the ever-distorted Israel as the oppressor tale on its audience, and continues to pull the wool over the eyes of the under-informed by pointing the finger of blame at the wrong party for the ongoing suffering of the Palestinians. While the Women’s March held in January pretended at neutrality on the Arab-Israeli issue (and pulled a bait-and-switch on the Jewish women leaders in the end), the movement’s next move with the Women’s Strike is very clear regarding its positioning on the issue — and all women should be aware that if you support their efforts, you are also supporting their convoluted, extreme-left anti-Israel objectives. A listen to the interview on Netanyahu that Juan M. Thompson did with JVP leader Naomi Gann in 2015 gives you a pretty good idea of the anti-Israel agenda you’d be buying as part of the package if you sign up to strike with the women running this show.

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Tweet by SPLC following the breaking news of Juan M. Thompson’s arrest for threats directed toward the Jewish community. SLPC later deleted this tweet.

There are those who have piped up about Thompson.  And their words have been as revealing as others’ silence.  The Southern Poverty Law Center took to Twitter to comment on the arrest of Thompson.  Rather than condemning his actions and applauding that one of the perpetrators of the recent attacks on the Jewish community had been caught, their initial reaction was instead to try to hush up the very mention of anti-Semitism as a motive, tweeting that “Thompson’s motivation seems to have been to implicate a former girlfriend in the JCC threats, not necessarily anti-Semitism.” SPLC later deleted this tweet, trying to explain it away by saying that they had mentioned the perpetrator’s “own alleged excuse” for making the threats. It is very telling that they chose not to mention that their first-response favored the attacker’s version of events, rather than his victims’ — and that they chose not to offer an apology but instead excused their initial knee-jerk apologia. They also chose to pointedly note (clearly with an intention to underplay the significance of Thompson’s crime, and not out of sincere concern for the Jewish community) in a subsequent tweet that “The person or persons responsible for the majority of the JCC threats is still at large.”

Among others who jumped on the personal vendetta, not anti-Semitic attack motive angle of the story in their first reporting was The Forward, a Jewish publication that many seem to have noticed appears to be leaning so far left as of late that they will no doubt soon topple completely over into the progressive-speak echo chamber.  Josh Nathan-Kaziscoverage of the Thompson case is also quick to minimize the significance of his specific crime targeting Jews, noting that “Thompson appears to have been responsible for only a small fraction of them.” Even worse, Nathan-Kazis goes onto say that Thompson’s motive for threatening Jewish institutions, i.e., that he “intended to frame the woman he was stalking, and, in other cases, to make it look like this woman was trying to frame him,” actually “makes sense if you’re crazy.”  In other words, Thompson was not a Jew-hater … just a “crazy” stalker involved in a “bizarre” set of events.

And how does The Forward go on to explain how Thompson’s crime fits in with “the nationwide wave of bomb threats”?  Well, apparently the nature of his crime falls into the pay no attention to the man behind the curtain category. His motive cannot be determined to be anti-Semitic; he “just used the apparently anti-Semitic attacks of others to further his own scheme of harassment.”

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Screenshots from Tayla Zax’s series of tweets on what she calls Juan M. Thompson’s “actions,” which she implies were the fault of Trump.

It’s pretty clear the convenient but unconscionable side-step The Forward is choosing to make in their coverage. It seems that willful ignorance for the sake of broader acceptance is a powerful force for them to reckon with. And sometimes when the details don’t fit the narrative you want to tell, the story line can take stranger twists … as in the case of a series of tweets by Forward’s fellow, Tayla Zax — which suggest that Thompson’s crime was really all Trump’s fault in the end. Zax goes so far to evade the obvious that she even posits that Trump’s sexism may have spurred Thompson’s “actions.” Is Zax making the case misogyny was the motive behind Thompson’s crime? Who knows? That certainly may have played a role. But this would have us believe that it was insignificant that the Jewish community was the target of his crime — however convoluted his motives may have been. It would have us pretend that he could have chosen just any group. Except that he didn’t.

What all these people must know on some level but refuse to say is this:  Juan Thompson’s motives may have been to exact revenge — or any number of other motivations may have factored in. But …his method was to dehumanize Jews, inciting terror in a community without a care to how his actions affected the Jewish people … his targets were obviously so less than human to him; Jews were clearly only a prop in a sick scheme. The fact that he so callously and cruelly used the Jewish community in this way is the most telling sign of the anti-Semitic nature of his crime. And here’s the part in the plot a lot of people seem to skip right past: Trump doesn’t “win” if you call out those who act on hate on your own side of the aisle … but if you don’t call it out, hate wins. And innocent targets of that hate? Well, they lose.

“This anti-Zionism is not mere criticism of Israel as a nation state, or of the nationalist ideology that inspired its creation. It is an adaptive group libel that in its range of rhetorical charges and physical targets reveals itself to be a fundamentally anti- Semitic creation in anti-racist guise. It has ourished in our supposedly post-anti- Semitic age, until mainstream Jewish communities (and their sympathisers) are condemned as reactionaries and apologists for oppression.”

“‘The Zionists are our Misfortune’: On the (not so) new Antisemitism,” Mark Gardner

Rather than try to actually do something to address Jew-hate in one of its iterations, some people seem to prefer red herrings that lead us further away from addressing the roots of such bigotry … and thus we miss opportunities to be preventative instead of always reactionary to the harm this hate can cause. They do this at their peril … but sadly at so many others’, too. The question is:  how many in “the moveable middle” will march further into the radical drama that requires that certain type of “willing suspension of disbelief” … that makes believe those sinister anti-Semites only exist on the other side the aisle?

“On Friday, Feb. 21, 1969, my dad’s brother, Edward Joffe, and his best friend, Leon Kanner, went to the supermarket Supersol at the intersection of Agron and Hamelech George in Jerusalem to make some purchases for a botany department excursion. As they approached the meat counter, an explosive device, a biscuit can filled with five kilograms of dynamite, which had been placed there by Rasmieh Yousef Odeh and Ayesha Oudeh, was suddenly detonated, and Eddie and Leon were both instantly killed.

And so again I ask the supporters of Rasmieh Yousef Odeh:  At what point will you stop defending her?”

The *progressive* arming of “the new guise of the oldest form of hate”

“The problem is not how to determine, as you hear in the media, whether you have ‘the right’ to criticize Israel or whether it is possible to be ‘anti-Zionist without being anti-Semitic.’ The truth is that one can now be anti-Semitic only by being anti-Zionist; anti-Zionism is the required path for any anti-Semitism that wishes to expand its recruiting pool beyond those still nostalgic for the discredited brotherhoods.

The question is no longer simply whether the Holocaust deniers are sincere or perverse, ill informed or fully aware of manipulating historical sources: The suggestion of Jewish trafficking in memory; the accusation of inventing, exaggerating, or simply exploiting the hypothetical suffering of one’s own people; the idea that the Jews might be profiteers not of war but of the Holocaust, obsessively cultivating their memories for the sole aim of covering up their own crimes—all of these offer anti-Semitism a new reserve of good conscience and innocence.”

The Genius of Judaism by Bernard-Henri Lévy


image2Linda Sarsour, organizer of the Women’s March, called Yousef Munayyer’s piece in Time magazine (checked here by HonestReporting for its bias and outright display of dishonesty on the issue) a “thought provoking read.” She has also failed to condemn the dangerous incitement of a fellow anti-Israel activist who is a Hezbollah supporter and supports the total annihilation of the Jewish state.
Through her complicity to the hate and incitement, further sanctioned through silence within her larger social circle, she is succeeding in norming what Lévy calls “the new guise of the oldest form of hate” …img_4470

image1and drawing members of the *progressive* glitterati in Hollywood & D.C. (along with the *go-along-to-get-along* group) to her fan club — and into the atrocious propaganda-spewing machinery with the unconscionable ruse she’s selling.


image1CAMERA on Campus reports that Sarsour will also be taking part in Jewish Voice for Peace’s Upcoming National Conference in Chicago on March 31 to April 2nd. JVP, as described by CAMERA on Campus is a “misnamed anti-Israel organization” that “plays a significant role in stirring up anti-Israel rhetoric. JVP supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel, supports Students for Justice in Palestine events including Israel Apartheid Week, and calls for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel.” The Anti-Defamation League “has asserted that JVP’s role in the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) effort is to provide the movement with a ‘veneer of legitimacy’ and camouflage against identification as antisemitic.” Sarsour will share the anti-Israel spotlight at the JVP conference with speaker Rasmea Odeh, a convicted Palestinian terrorist and “member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a U.S.-designated terrorist group.”

Any news outlets that promote Linda Sarsour’s *social justice* agenda and applaud her activism without explicitly acknowledging the dangerous hypocrisy that comes along with these so-called “good deeds” … need to be called out and condemned … in the interest of #honestreporting and for the sake of humanity.

As Hezbollah threatens Israel again, will Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour condemn anti-Israel extremist and Hezbollah supporter she has ties to?

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Abbas Hamideh

Abbas Hamideh, an anti-Israel extremist and Hezbollah supporter who is connected to Linda Sarsour, an organizer of the Women’s March and fellow anti-Israel activist, retweeted a tweet from a poster praising recent threats by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah directed toward the Jewish state; and several commenters on the tweet shared his admiration for the leader and his statements. Hamideh also tweeted that “Nasrallah just put the Israel terrorist entity on notice” with his most recent threats to strike anywhere in the country and to hit Israel’s nuclear reactor.

Isr.Hez.3Israel has called on the United Nation’s Security Council to “‘publicly condemn’ Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s recent threat to strike vital infrastructure sites in Israel in a future war … Earlier this week, Nasrallah warned that his organization — an Iran-backed Lebanese Shiite terrorist group — was capable of striking the ammonia storage facilities in Haifa and the nuclear installation in Dimona with missiles.”

Abbas Hamideh is organizing and promoting the upcoming rally in Washington D.C. on March 26th to support (what he calls) Palestine and to protest AIPAC, whose annual policy conference starts the same day.

Will Linda Sarsour condemn her ally’s open support of threats of violence against Israel? Or continue to let such hateful and dangerous incitement go unchecked? Will all of the newfound members of her fan club on the left hold her accountable … or sanction her unconscionable silence with their own?


Take action to support Israel (February 2017)

Updates from last month’s “Take Action”

Urge Your Senators to Support Direct Negotiations and Not Imposed Solutions:

The Senate resolution is in limbo. Help move this measure forward by:

(1) Contacting your Senators if you haven’t already done so to ask for their support:

//On Dec. 23, the United States abstained, and thereby failed to veto a one-sided, anti-Israel United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution. This action, UNSC Resolution 2334, hinders the peace process by seeking to impose a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict instead of supporting an agreement reached through direct, bilateral negotiations. On Jan. 4, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced a bipartisan resolution in the Senate that expresses opposition to UNSC Resolution 2334 and calls for it to be repealed or significantly altered. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) introduced a similar bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives. Please urge your senators to support this resolution.//

**Read the text of the resolution here.

(2) Taking action to stop obstructionism by Senator Dick Durbin:

Senate Whip Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) is holding up “a key congressional initiative to rebuke the United Nations following its recent action against Israel.” Advocates for Israel took action to call the Senator out on his obstructionist tactic with more “than a thousand pro-Israel supporters from across the country bombard[ing] the offices of … Durbin with phone calls.” Are you a pro-Israel supporter who wants to see Senator Durbin stop digging in his heels for the self-serving interest in upholding a tired, untruthful narrative, instead of allowing a vote on an honorable measure that has strong bipartisan support?  Contact Senator Durbin’s office at 202.224.2152 and ask him to release his unconscionable hold.

Happy to have supported Artists 4 Israel’s “Art Over War!” collection:

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I just received my “UNAcceptable” shirt from  Artists 4 Israel … and just in time it seems because it looks like all the collection pieces are now all sold out.

//In the aftermath of the absurd UN resolution against Israel, Artists 4 Israel and One948: Israel and Jewish-themed Apparel are team[ed] up with a new initiative … The ‘Art Over War’ collection is limited to 2,334 pieces. 50% of the proceeds go to funding the next Artists for Israel trip. A4I plans to bring the world’s greatest muralists to the Israel border of Syria and paint giant works of art for the people living there.//

Make the media accountable for accurate reporting; the Sydney Morning Herald must correctly state Israel’s capital as Jerusalem: 


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Here are some of the latest ways you can take action to show your support for Israel

Call for action from Israel Under Fire: “Please share your support for Fordham U on Facebook or Twitter  Please also contact your own college or university to check whether the SJP has a chapter there.”

//Fordham University should be commended for rejecting the establishment of a chapter of the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) because the SJP’s “political focus makes it more akin to a lobbying group than a student club” and because of the “risk of polarization” at the university.

The SJP is one of the largest anti-Israel organizations on campus with chapters in over 160 colleges and universities. Lately, the SJP has increased its extremism as in the case of Nerdeen Kiswani, the head of the New York chapter of SJP who supported the celebrations in Gaza following the #TerrorTruck attack in Jerusalem claiming “these celebratory actions are what keep the resistance moving forward, they are what keep it alive” and that they are the “biggest F you” to Israel.

Other colleges and universities should follow Fordham in banning SJP chapters if they promote extremism and glorify terrorism.
#IsraelUnderFire, #SJPTerror, #FordhamBansSJP//

Support “The Youth of 1948 Project” – Documentary:

source: The Youth of 1948 Project – Documentary

 //Noemi Schlosser is currently interviewing the ‘Youth of 1948’ the men and women who build the State of Israel. She travels with her camera across the State to talk to these men and women who were part of the Hagana and the Palmach, who survived the siege of Jerusalem and were working the land as kibbutsnikim. These interviews will be donated to the National Library of Jerusalem for archival purposes. A new website will be created with photographic portraits by New York photographer AVIVA KLEIN, sharing with you their anecdotes from these historic times, seen from the kitchen, the refugee camp, the kibbuts, the battlefield and the coffee shops of Ben yehuda in Tel Aviv. The portraits will also be a travelling photo exhibit.

“We had nothing, but we were happy. We were not thinking about our personal future. We were building a future for all… Bigger than ourselves. We build our country”//

Like and share the Facebook Page for the project to keep apprised of its progress and ways you can engage to support it.  If you know anyone who was in Palestine/Israel during the British Mandate and War of Independence who would want to share their story for the documentary, contact  Noemi Schlossero to schedule an interview

Sign here to petition University of California Chancellors – Implement principles against intolerance on all UC campuses: 

//Last March, in response to the alarming escalation of anti-Semitism at the University of California, the UC Regents unanimously passed a landmark “Statement of Principles Against Intolerance.”  In the current climate of increasing polarization and rising levels of hatred and intolerance, it is not only Jewish students that are being targeted for harm, but many other students as well. 

Recently, 47 organizations sent a letter to the Regents regarding the serious and growing problem of intolerance on UC campuses.  We are gravely concerned that students of diverse identities and beliefs are feeling increasingly threatened.

On too many campuses, one group’s freedom of expression has been used to denigrate, harass, intimidate and shut down the expression of another group. Debate is veering into hate.

We believe the landmark Regents Statement of Principles Against Intolerance couldn’t be more relevant, timely and important for all UC students. Implementing these Principles would ensure that policies and procedures are put in place to safeguard all students’ rights to freedom of expression, and that educational programs are developed to help students identify and avoid intolerant behavior.//

Hold UNRWA Accountable for its Racist Teachers; please SIGN and SHARE out this important petition:

A new 2017 UN Watch report exposes the UNRWA school system as a hotbed of extremism.

Dozens of school teachers at UNRWA schools in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Gaza have made public Facebook posts praising Nazism and supporting terrorist attacks against civilians. This has created a toxic environment for Palestinian children, violating their right to a normal education.

Demand your government’s funding for these schools be frozen until:

1. UNRWA fires its anti-Semitic teachers.
2. The U.N. conducts a full, independent commission of inquiry into the systemic extremism that plagues UNRWA schools.

In 2016, the U.S. State Department gave UNRWA $380 million, the European Union gave $136 million, and the United Kingdom gave $100 million. Why are they silent as UNRWA officials incite anti-Semitism and terrorism?

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Women’s March organizers rescind on assurances of an agenda free of the Arab-Israeli conflict issue

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“Jewish groups [engaging with Women’s March organizers asked] whether the official march would get into the Israeli-Palestine issue. The answer was no — the parts of the platform discussing issues and struggles beyond the immediate definition of women’s rights, will not veer toward the question of Israel.”

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image2-6In her speech at the D.C. march, Linda Sarsour, one of the National Co-Chairs of the March (and undeniably an official representative of its agenda), explicitly brings in the Palestinian issue in the context of the movement.

Angela Davis‘ speech at the D.C. march did as well, and moreover indicated unequivocal alignment of the march’s human rights agenda with a very clear positionality on the Israeli-Palestine issue:

“Women’s rights are human rights all over the planet and that is why we say freedom and justice for Palestine.”

It is not only fair — but also in the best interests of all advocates for women’s rights — to ask the Women’s March organizers to be accountable for explaining why they rescinded on their assurances to Jewish women leaders that the official march would not to get into these issues. And since they did, despite these assurances, it is also fair — and in everyone’s best interests moving forward in their activist work — to ask the Women’s March to clarify if their movement is explicitly aligned with any particular positioning on the Arab-Israeli conflict or not.

Take action to support Israel (January 2017)

Here are some of the latest ways you can take action to show your support for Israel

Urge Your Senators to Support Direct Negotiations and Not Imposed Solutions:

//On Dec. 23, the United States abstained, and thereby failed to veto a one-sided, anti-Israel United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution. This action, UNSC Resolution 2334, hinders the peace process by seeking to impose a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict instead of supporting an agreement reached through direct, bilateral negotiations. On Jan. 4, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced a bipartisan resolution in the Senate that expresses opposition to UNSC Resolution 2334 and calls for it to be repealed or significantly altered. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) introduced a similar bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives. Please urge your senators to support this resolution.//

**Read the text of the resolution here.

Make the media accountable for accurate reporting; the Sydney Morning Herald must correctly state Israel’s capital as Jerusalem:

//In the past week, HonestReporting has achieved numerous corrections concerning stories that incorrectly implied that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital city or center of power and government.

Media outlets that changed their text include The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Independent and Sky News.

When a request was sent to the Sydney Morning Herald, however, the response was a flat refusal to make any correction.

Currently, the story includes the following paragraphs:

If the SMH’s editors are prepared to question our determination, they should be reminded that back in 2012, HonestReporting fought a protracted legal battle against The Guardian for its policy of calling Tel Aviv Israel’s capital. HR ultimately won.

We are prepared to take this to Australia’s Press Council if necessary.

Help us to get the correction. Add your name to our petition.//

Show Hatred the Red Card – ask FIFA to stop Jibril Rajoub’s hateful campaign against Israel:

//For years, the worldwide FIFA council has been the target of a Palestinian bid to expel Israel from the federation and denigrate the Jewish State. Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA), Jibril Rajoub has led this anti-Israel campaign for months. Rajoub himself has called for using football to pressure and demonize Israel:

“We’ll suspend their [FIFA] membership and this way we’ll screw them… I won’t agree to any joint game between Arabs and Israel.” [Jibril Rajoub on PA TV, July 1, 2013]

Furthermore, the PFA, led by Rajoub has been violating FIFA regulations by glorifying terror – naming football clubs after terrorists and holding matches in honor of terrorists who murdered Israelis …

The PFA also crushes any chance of peace and dialogue by enforcing a policy forbidding any contact and play between Israelis and Palestinians, and penalizing Palestinian football clubs who engage with their Israeli counterparts …

These actions perpetuate violence and bloodshed, rob children of their future, and hurt Israelis and Palestinians alike.//

Protest the anti-Israel bias at University College Cork International Law Conference:

//Another example of shameful hatred and discrimination masquerading as an academic conference: This March, University College Cork in Ireland will host the International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism conference. This conference is being supported by the Law Faculty at UCC.

Of the 47 visiting professors, all but two – Professor Alan Johnson and Professor George Alderman – have a clear record of anti-Israel bias. It is clear this conference has been deliberately set up to ensure pro Israel voices are in a tiny minority – a “fig leaf”, used to mask the blatant bias against the Jewish State, in an effort to delegitimize the State of Israel.

After being rejected by the University of Southampton because of its hateful platform and pernicious demonizing of the State of Israel, the organizers are now seeking to use UCC to spread their hate.

This clear bias damages the image of University College Cork as an academic institution as it deliberately shuts out voices of those it doesn’t agree with and seeks to push an hateful agenda.

Please join us in protesting this shameful event!//

Support Artists 4 Israel’s “Art Over War!” collection:

**See the collection here.

I ordered mine. Which one will you get?

//In the aftermath of the absurd UN resolution against Israel, Artists 4 Israel and One948: Israel and Jewish-themed Apparel are teaming up with a new initiative in which YOU can make a difference for those in need: Art Over War!

Artists 4 Israel took some of the world’s most famous graffiti artists to the border of Syria to stare down the rockets from their civil war. They painted a hospital which Syrian troops had turned into a spy base and which had since been destroyed as well as former Syrian army barracks. Our productions covered over years of hateful graffiti written by Syrian troops against Jewish Israelis with messages of reconciliation and peace.

The ‘Art Over War’ collection is limited to 2,334 pieces. 50% of the proceeds go to funding the next Artists for Israel trip. A4I plans to bring the world’s greatest muralists to the Israel border of Syria and paint giant works of art for the people living there.//

I am a proud supporter of Lev Ha’Olam. This is a picture of the lovely items in the January package that just arrived on our doorstep from Israel’s heartland.

Support the small businesses of Jewish pioneers in Judea and Samaria:

//We are Jewish pioneers in Judea and Samaria. After thousands of years in exile, we have returned at last to the Holy Land of our ancestors. We walk in their footsteps; living simply and cultivating the land that G-d gave us. We witness daily miracles, the evidence of the coming redemption, as life springs forth on these once barren hills.

As we plant and build, we face fierce opposition, in the form of economic boycotts, from those who don’t understand the significance and holiness of our struggle.

In order to flourish in this land pioneer families need to be able to maintain their livelihoods, distributing their creations in spite of the boycotts. In this knowledge we created the Package Project, a subscription service that gives you the opportunity to support the families in Judea and Samaria as you receive a monthly package containing unique handcrafted products from the Biblical heartland delivered directly to your door.

Your partnership will make a big difference in the lives of hundreds of small-scale producers, allowing us to continue making the land of Israel bloom once more.//

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