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Igor Punch A Zionist Sadikov’s New-and-Improved Apology To … – Israellycool (blog)

Posted By on February 18, 2017

McGill University student rep Igor Sadikovwas recently censured by the SSMU Board of Directors for his infamous call to inflict violence on Zionists. This also follows his pathetic non-apologyand further antisemitic comments at a SSMU meeting to discuss his original tweet.

Following the censure, Sadikov has offered a new-and-improved apology in which he reveals shock, horror that his own parents are Zionists!

Statement to the SSMU membership

I sincerely apologize for recently publishing a tweet expressing a personal political viewpoint in an insensitive and inappropriate manner by referencing a popular meme. Even though the tweet was published on a personal account, the format I used was unbecoming of my leadership position and the expectations that are associated with it. I deeply regret the harm that was caused as a result.

I regret that members of the McGill community have felt unsafe as a result of the tweet, which, without context, appears to be a genuine call to violence. Many of my constituents and fellow students, and some of my friends, identify as Zionists. I am Jewish myself, and I understand the importance of the state of Israel to many Jews. My parents and a number of our family friends are Zionists as well. I do not wish to enact, and would not condone, violence of any kind toward anyone in my community. I hope that, despite the high level of attention it garnered, my tweet can be understood for what it was: a misguided joke with a political meaning, rather than a credible call for violence.

Over the past few days, I have had opportunities to engage in conversations about Zionism with fellow students who have reached out to me with questions or criticism. I am committed to expanding my knowledge on Zionism by continuing and facilitating such conversations, both within Jewish communities and in dialogue with Palestinian voices, based on a shared commitment to social justice and human rights.

Specifically, I will personally reach out to those who have felt harmed as a result of my tweet, including members of Zionist groups, in order to apologize, and, if desired, engage in dialogue in their preferred format. I am willing to respond to or meet in person with any individuals or groups. I will participate in training and educational activities in order to better engage with a diversity of perspectives on Zionism. I will also seek out collaboration with campus groups and the administration in order to create a space for productive discussion on this topic.

I also want to take this opportunity to address a comment I made at the last meeting of the SSMU Legislative Council. I said: As to your claim that Jewish people are an ethno-religious group indigenous to the Levant, again as someone with a Jewish heritage and Jewish ancestry I want to note that that is a deeply contested claim. I apologize for the lack of clarity in the phrasing of this statement. To clarify, I believe that Jewish peoples around the world constitute many ethno-religious communities with different geographies and histories, including Jews of the Levant, European Jews, North African Jews, Sub-Saharan African Jews, Latin American Jews, South Asian Jews, and East Asian Jews, as well as multiracial Jews of colour and converts to Judaism. I look forward to engaging in further discussion on this topic.

I welcome any further questions, concerns, or other feedback, and reaffirm my commitment to the safety and well-being of all students.

This is definitely a better attempt at an apology than his first one BUT I call BS.

For a start, in apology version 1.0, he never mentioned anything about it being a political jokereferencing a popular meme or his parents and friends being Zionists. He merely expressed regret people felt threatened by it, and said it was not an attack on Jewish students (just on Zionist ones!). Plus theres the matter of his liking this comment.

Which leads me to the conclusion that Sadikov is just trying to save his position in the SSMU.

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ADL Head: Speak Up Now Against Anti-Semitism, Mister President – Forward

Posted By on February 18, 2017

Lets be clear at the outset: I do not believe that President Trump is an anti-Semite. When he talks lovingly about his Jewish daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren; when he refers to his many lifelong Jewish associates and friends and to the Jewish individuals he has appointed, there is no reason to question his sincerity. These facts reflect of a genuine comfortableness with Jews.

That is his why his silence on the issue of anti-Semitism is so stunning.

We have seen this again and again. During the campaign, he derided those who questioned his tweets of anti-Semitic memes or his use of language that evoked age-old stereotypes. And yet, during the campaign a tsunami of anti-Semitic tweets and threats surfaced on social media directed at Jewish journalists. Haters who may have long held anti-Semitic beliefs suddenly seemed to be emboldened and empowered to act on those beliefs.

And that disturbing trend has continued since the election and inauguration.

There have been more than 50 bomb threats called in to synagogues and Jewish institutions across the nation. Vandalism of Jewish institutions has significantly increased. Reports of bullying of Jewish students in schools are surging.

And we have far more to worry about. ADL polls on anti-Semitic attitudes in America report over and over again that despite the remarkable diminution of anti-Semitic attitudes in America over the decades, there still are 30 million to 40 million Americans who harbor anti-Semitism.

In the past, we were not overly worried about such numbers, because inhibitions largely deterred those people from acting out their beliefs. In the current environment, however, there is reason to be much more troubled by those numbers, as some haters are feeling freer to commit anti-Semitic acts of one kind or another. Just this week, a South Carolina man sought to attack a synagogue and emulate his hero, Dylann Roof, who murdered nine parishioners in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015. He was apprehended by the FBI and was arraigned in court on charges.

All of which brings us to the last two days of public appearances by the president: the first in a joint press briefing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the second his press conference to announce a new nominee for secretary of labor.

The subject of anti-Semitism was raised in both sessions, first by an Israeli journalist and in the second instance by a reporter for an ultra-Orthodox media outlet. Both questioners were respectful and hardly accusatory. Indeed, the Hasidic reporter began his question by making it clear that no one thought the president was anti-Semitic.

Both opportunities offered the president a perfect opportunity to state clearly: I am concerned about the rise in anti-Semitism; I think it is abominable and un-American. If, in any way, the language I have used has encouraged such people to act, then I must be clear: Hatred is not what America is about. The anti-Semites and bigots are not good Americans. And I will do everything in my power, by word and action, to fight that hatred and make sure it is unacceptable in the land of the free.

And he could have spelled out specifically what steps he will take to demonstrate that he takes this threat seriously.

But once again, President Trump failed to meet this basic test of presidential leadership. It is long overdue for him to clearly and cogently put the doubts to rest. And at this point, he needs to shift from rhetoric to real action and explain how his administration will combat hate. As the leader of all Americans, he must speak out but also step forward and present a plan to assuage those Americans who are concerned.

The issue is not whether Trump is anti-Semitic. The issue is whether he will stand up to anti-Semitism, let alone other forms of bigotry. And, as president, he will face far more difficult and daunting challenges in the years ahead, but speaking out against intolerance should be a no-brainer.

We urge the president to find an occasion sooner rather than later to use his bully pulpit to reverse the trend and stem the dangerous tide that has seeped into our society over the past year.

Jonathan Greenblatt is CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League

The views and opinions expressed in this article are the authors own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Forward.

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Sacchi: ‘ADL damaging Napoli’ – Football Italia

Posted By on February 18, 2017

Arrigo Sacchi claims President Aurelio De Laurentiis criticism of Napoli and Maurizio Sarri was more damaging than defeat to Real Madrid.

The patron made some remarkably harsh comments on live television after tonights 3-1 Champions League loss at the Bernabeu.

Its disappointing, as Napoli are doing such good work both as a club and on the pitch, said Sacchi on Mediaset Premium.

That sort of debate is not right at this moment. The De Laurentiis comments were more damaging than defeat to Real Madrid.

This team cannot be declared a failure because of one match.

The second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 is at the Stadio San Paolo on March 7.

Sacchi’s position seems to be backed by the fans, as on social media and on the various Napoli radio stations, supporters are flocking to condemn De Laurentiis for the timing and tone of his interview.

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Native American Heritage Month – bia.gov

Posted By on February 18, 2017

November 2016 National NativeAmerican Heritage Month Celebration

‘Serving Our Nations’

Opening Ceremony (see it live at:https://livestream.com/usinterior/events/6588406)

November 9, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST

Bison Bistro Department of the Interior 1849 C St., NW Washington, DC 20240

Keynote Speaker Thomas H. Begay, USMC, retired World War II -Navajo Code Talker

Mr. Begay’s BIO

Native Drum PresentationBlack Bear Drum Group

Native Dance PresentationSeneca Smoke Dancers

Smoke Dancers BIO’s

Earn Credit for Attending or Watching

Federal Employees enroll in this class to get credit for attending or viewing the 2016 Native American Heritage Month opening ceremony onNovember 9th, 2016 at 10am

If you are attempting to enroll in this class after November 9th, 2016, contact doilearn@bia.gov to have your attendance recorded.

Program for Event – PDFEvents Flyer – ‘Serving Our Nations’ – PDFNational Native American Heritage Month, 2016 Presidential Proclamation – PDF2016 Native American Heritage Month DC Area Events & Activities Calendar – PDF

A History of National Native American Heritage Month: The Nation’s Efforts to Honor American Indians and Alaska Natives

For almost one hundred years, Americans both Indian and non-Indian have urged that there be permanently designated by the nation a special place on the calendar to honor the contributions, achievements, sacrifices, and cultural and historical legacy of the original inhabitants of what is now the United States and their descendants:the American Indian and Alaska Native people.

The quest for a national honoring of Native Americans began in the early 20th Century as a private effort.As far back as the late 1970s, Congress has enacted legislation and subsequent presidents have issued annual proclamations designating a day, a week or a month to celebrate and commemorate the nations American Indian and Alaska Native heritage.In 2009, Congress passed and the President signed legislation that established the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving Day of each year as Native American Heritage Day.

After 1900, one of the earliest proponents of a day honoring American Indians was Dr. Arthur Caswell Parker (b. 1881, d. 1955), a Cattaraugus Seneca and the director of the Rochester Museum in New York (now the Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences).Dr. Parker (Gawasco Waneh) was a noted anthropologist, historian and author whose great-uncle was Brigadier General Ely S. Parker, secretary to General Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War and the first American Indian to serve as Commissioner of Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior.Dr. Parker also served as the first president of the Society for American Archaeology (1935-36).

Dr. Parker was a founder of a number of American Indian rights organizations, including the Society of American Indians (SAI) in 1911 and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in 1944, and advocated for American Indians to be given U.S. citizenship.He was successful in persuading the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the First Americans, which they did from 1912 to 1915.

In the spring of 1914, another Indian rights advocate, the Reverend Red Fox James (b. 1890-95, d. ?), also known as Red Fox Skiukusha, whose tribal identity is undetermined, began a 4,000-mile trek on horseback to Washington, D.C., to petition the president for an Indian Day.The next year, again on horseback, he travelled state-to-state seeking gubernatorial support for U.S. citizenship to be extended to American Indians.On December 14, 1915, he presented to the White House the endorsements of 24 governors.In 1919, he petitioned the state of Washington to designate the fourth Saturday in September as an Indian holiday.

Also in 1915, the Congress of the American Indian Association, meeting in Lawrence, Kansas, directed its president, the Reverend Sherman Coolidge (1862-1932), an Arapaho minister and one of the founders of the SAI, to call upon the nation to observe a day for American Indians.On September 18, 1915, he issued a proclamation declaring the second Saturday of each May as American Indian Day and appealing for U.S. citizenship for American Indians.

In 1924, Congress enacted the Indian Citizenship Act extending citizenship to all U.S.-born American Indians not already covered by treaty or other federal agreements that granted such status.The act was later amended to include Alaska Natives.

The first time an American Indian Day was formally designated in the U.S. may have been in 1916, when the governor of New York fixed the second Saturday in May for his states observance.Several states celebrated the fourth Friday in September as American Indian Day.In 1919, the Illinois state legislature enacted a bill doing so.In Massachusetts, the governor issued a proclamation, in accordance with a 1935 law, naming the day that would become American Indian Day in any given year.

In 1968, California Governor Ronald Reagan signed a resolution designating the fourth Friday in September as American Indian Day.In 1998, the California State Assembly enacted legislation creating Native American Day as an official state holiday.

In 1989, the South Dakota state legislature passed a bill proclaiming 1990 as the Year of Reconciliation between the states American Indian and White citizens.Pursuant to that act, South Dakota Governor George S. Mickelson designated Columbus Day as the states American Indian Day, thereby making it a state-sanctioned holiday.

For more information about state designations for American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native American heritage observations or celebrations, contact directly the state(s) you are interested in.

The 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the western hemisphere in 1492 was the occasion for national and local celebrations.However, for Native people it was an occasion they could neither fully embrace nor participate in.

Congress acknowledged their concerns regarding the Columbus Quincentennial by enacting Senate Joint Resolution 217 (Pub. L. 102-188) which designated 1992 as the Year of the American Indian.It was signed by President George H.W. Bush on December 4, 1991.Pursuant to that act, President Bush issued on March 2, 1992, Proclamation 6407 announcing 1992 as the Year of the American Indian.

The American Indian response to the anniversary was marked by public protests.Yet, it also was seen by many in that community as a special, year-long opportunity to hold public education events, commemorations of ancestral sacrifices and contributions to America, and celebrations for the survival of Native peoples over five centuries.

In 1976, the United States bicentennial year, Congress passed a resolution authorizing President Ford to proclaim a week in October as Native American Awareness Week.On October 8, 1976, he issued his presidential proclamation doing so.Since then, Congress and the President have observed a day, a week or a month in honor of the American Indian and Alaska Native people.And while the proclamations do not set a national theme for the observance, they do allow each federal department and agency to develop their own ways of celebrating and honoring the nations Native American heritage.For example, listed below are somethemes used by the Office of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior:

2016 – “Serving Our Nations’ Flyer

2015 – “Growing Native Leaders: Enhancing Our Seven Generations” Opening Ceremony Program

Never Again Apology: 15-Year Anniversary Flyer Never Again Apology: 15-Year Anniversary Program Never Again Apology Speech Sept 8, 2000 Live Stream:www.doi.gov/events 2014 – “Native Pride and Spirit: Yesterday, Today and Forever.” PosterEvent Photos2013 – “Guiding Our Destiny with Heritage and Tradition” 2012 – “Serving Our People, Serving Our Nations; Honoring Those That Served Our Country” 2011 – “Celebrating Our Ancestors and Leaders of Tomorrow”2010 Life is Sacred Celebrate Healthy Native Communities2009 Pride in Our Heritage With Gratitude to Our Elders2008 Tribes Facing Challenges:In Unity, Transforming Hope into Strengths2007 Keeping in Step to the Heartbeat of the Drum as We Unite as One2006 Tribal Diversity:Weaving Together Our Traditions2005 Knowledge of the Past/Wisdom for the Future2004 Native Nations:Continuing in the New Millennium2003 A Celebration of the American Indian Spirit2002 – “Celebrating Our Past, Creating Our Future”1989 – National American Indian Heritage Week Program

Contact the federal department or agency you are interested in for information about their National Native American Heritage Month activities.

1976: Senate Joint Resolution 209 authorizes President Gerald R. Ford to proclaim October 10-16, 1976 as Native American Awareness Week.1983: President Ronald Reagan designates May 13, 1983 as American Indian Day.1986: President Reagan signs on October 14 Senate Joint Resolution 390 (Pub. L. 99-471) which designates November 23-30, 1986 as American Indian Week. He issues Proclamation 5577 on November 24, 1986.1987: Pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 53 (Pub. L. 100-171), President Reagan proclaims November 22-28, 1987 as American Indian Week.1988: President Reagan signs on September 23 a Senate Joint Resolution (Pub. L. 100-450) designating September 23-30, 1988 as National American Indian Heritage Week.1989: Pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 218 (Pub. L. 101-188), President George Herbert Walker Bush issues a proclamation on December 5 designating December 3-9, 1989 as National American Indian Heritage Week.1990: President George H.W. Bush approves on August 3 House Joint Resolution 577 (Pub. L. 101-343) designating November 1990 as National American Indian Heritage Month. He issues Proclamation 6230 on November 14, 1990.1991: Congress passes Senate Joint Resolution 172 (Pub. L. 102-123) which authorize[s] and request[s] the President to proclaim the month of November 1991, and the month of each November thereafter, as American Indian Heritage Month. President Bush issues Proclamation 6368 on October 30, 19911992 President George H.W. Bush issues on March 2 a proclamation designating 1992, which is also the Columbus Quincentennial, the Year of the American Indian. He does so pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 217 (Pub. L. 102-188), which he signed on December 4, 1991.1992: President George H.W. Bush issues on November 25 Proclamation 6511 designating November 1992 as “National American Indian Heritage Month.”1993: Congress passes Pub. L. 103-462 authorizing the President to proclaim November 1993 as National American Indian Heritage Month.1994: President William Jefferson Clinton issues on November 5 Proclamation 6756 designating November 1994 as National American Indian Heritage Month, pursuant to Pub. L. 103-462.1995: President Clinton issues on November 2 Proclamation 6847 designating November 1995 as National American Indian Heritage Month.1996: President Clinton issues on October 29 Proclamation 6949 designating November 1996 as National American Indian Heritage Month.1997: President Clinton issues on November 1 Proclamation 7047 designating November 1997 as National American Indian Heritage Month.1998: President Clinton issues on October 29 Proclamation 7144 designating November 1998 as National American Indian Heritage Month.1999: President Clinton issues on November 1 Proclamation 7247 designating November 1999 as National American Indian Heritage Month.2000: President Clinton issues on November 8 Proclamation 7372 designating November 2000 as National American Indian Heritage Month.2001: President George W. Bush issues on November 12 Proclamation 7500 designating November 2001 as National American Indian Heritage Month.2002: President Bush issues on November 1 Proclamation 7620 designating November 2002 as National American Indian Heritage Month. 2003: President Bush issues on November 14 Proclamation 7735 designating November 2003 as National American Indian Heritage Month.2004: President Bush issues on November 4 Proclamation 7840 designating November 2004 as National American Indian Heritage Month.2005: President Bush issues on November 2 Proclamation 7956 designating November 2005 as National American Indian Heritage Month.2006: President Bush issues on October 30 Proclamation 8076 designating November 2006 as National American Indian Heritage Month.2007: President Bush issues on October 31 Proclamation 8196 designating November 2007 as National American Indian Heritage Month.2008: President Bush issues on October 30 Proclamation 8313 designating November 2008 as National American Indian Heritage Month. Congress passes House Joint Resolution 62 designating the day after Thanksgiving Day, Friday, November 28, as Native American Heritage Day.2009: Congress passes House Joint Resolution 40 (Pub. L. 111-33), the Native American Heritage Day Act of 2009, which designates the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving Day of each year as Native American Heritage Day. President Barack Obama signs the legislation on June 26. On October 30 he issues a proclamation designating November 2009 as National Native American Heritage Month and November 27, 2009 as Native American Heritage Day.2010: President Obama issues on October 29 Proclamation 8595 designating November 2010 as National Native AmericanHeritage Month.2011: President Obama issues on November 1 Proclamation 8749 designating November 2011 as “National Native American Heritage Month.”2012: President Obama issues on November 1 a proclamation designating November 2012 as “National Native American Heritage Month” and November 23, 2012, as “Native American Heritage Day.”2013: President Obama issues on October 31 a proclamation designating November 2013 as “National Native American Heritage Month.” 2014: President Obama issues on October 31 a proclamation designating November 2014 as “National Native American Heritage Month.” 2015: President Obama issues on October 30 a proclamation designating November 2015 as “National Native American Heritage Month.” 2016: President Obama issues on October 31, 2016 a proclamation designating November 2016 as “National Native American Heritage Month.”

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DeVos narrowly confirmed as education secretary – Heritage Florida Jewish News

Posted By on February 18, 2017

Betsy DeVos

(JTA)-Betsy DeVos was confirmed as secretary of education, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaker in a historic 51-50 vote.

DeVos, a Michigan billionaire whose advocacy for school choice has led to sweeping changes in the educational landscape in her home state, provoked divergent opinions in the Jewish community.

Both the haredi Orthodox Agudath Israel of America and the Orthodox Union issued congratulations within minutes of the vote. It marked the first time a vice president broke a tie for a Cabinet confirmation.

In a letter to the Senate Education Committee last month, Agudath Israel of America expressed its support for DeVos, saying it had worked closely with her for years to change state laws that would make it easier to use vouchers for private schools, including religious schools.

“Mrs. DeVos will be an education secretary who is focused on the needs of each individual student and not on where he or she attends school,” the letter said.

In a separate letter to the committee, the Orthodox Union said DeVos “has a long history of advocating for and supporting” reforms favored by the group, though it stopped short of issuing an outright endorsement.

The Reform movement’s rabbinical arm, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, was opposed to the nomination, as were the National Council of Jewish Women and Jewish Women International.

DeVos’ support for school choice raised concerns among advocates of church-state separation, who oppose the diversion of public funds to religious institutions.

In a statement outlining questions it had for various nominees, the Reform movement asked the senators to ask DeVos about “the use of taxpayer dollars for sectarian education.”

“A central principle of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause is that members of particular faiths, and not the government, should fund religious institutions,” the statement said. “When vouchers are used towards expenses related to religious school education, they become an indirect government funding of sectarian institutions.”

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ADL leaders condemn Trump’s reaction to anti-Semitic incidents … – Cleveland Jewish News

Posted By on February 18, 2017

Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation Leagues center on extremism, told an audience of 140 people at the ADL Cleveland regions annual meeting at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood on Feb. 16 that by not condemning anti-Semitic and hateful incidents in the U.S., extremists feel emboldened by President Donald Trumps administration.

“They feel like they can spread their messages on campus, they are being interviewed in the media all the time, they feel like the president of the United States is talking to them and saying it’s ok, even if he’s not really saying that,” said Segal, who is based in New York City and visited Cleveland for the event. What the administration is signaling to us is they only care about one form of extremism, maybe that’s why they’re not answering questions about anti-Semites, I’m not sure.

The talk was hours after Trump, at a press conference in Washington, D.C., was asked by an Orthodox Jewish reporter how the government will act to stop the anti-Semitic incidences across the U.S., specifically the more than 60 bomb threats to Jewish community centers in recent weeks. According to The New York Times, the reporter said he was not accusing Trump of being anti-Semitic, however, Trump called the reporters question repulsive and very insulting and did not address the anti-Semitic incidences.

The focus of Segals talk was The Current Landscape of Hate and Extremism in the U.S, and was also on the same day the ADL released a report that 2016 was the second deadliest year since 1970 (the first year for which the ADL has data) in domestic extremism-related deaths. With 69 recorded deaths related to domestic extremism, 2016 was second only to 1995 the year of the Oklahoma City bombing. That result is largely due to Orlandos Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016.

“It is not good news that all these folks feel emboldened in this time and place right now. White supremacists feel like they have a champion in the highest office, Segal said. He added that although the Islamic State is losing territory, they feel emboldened because they have also in the highest office in this country, somebody who is creating propaganda toward them.”

Segal, while noting that all types of extremist groups are responsible for killings in the U.S., data shows white supremacists are statistically more violent in the long term.He discussed how the internet makes it easier for all hate groups to harass and harm people, citing white supremacists harassing Jewish journalists on Twitter and ISIS sympathizers becoming emboldened from afar and carrying out attacks in their own communities.

Discussing the alt-right movement, Segal said much of it is a repackaging of white supremacist hatred and discourse.

They want to normalize their message, he said. “Breitbart is as anti-immigrant, racist and anti-Muslim of an online publication as you can imagine. And when you are anti-Muslim, racist and anti-immigrant, guess what you are an anti-Semite whether it’s in there or not, said Segal, who has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Israel and added that, (Breitbart was) actually pretty good on Israel, whatever that means.”

Anita Gray, regional director of the ADL, also told the Cleveland Jewish News that the president not knowing about bomb threats to Jewish institutions is sad and a little scary.

Anita Gray, regional director of the ADL Cleveland, speaks at the groups annual meeting.

Is he an anti-Semite? I dont think so. But he puts in Steve Bannon, he doesn’t distance himself (from anti-Semitic supporters), he doesn’t mention anti-Semitism, he doesn’t mention Jews in the Holocaust (speech), and you wonder what’s going on.”

Earlier in the day, ADL also released a statement condemning Trumps response to the question about anti-Semitic incidents at the press conference, as did the American Jewish Committee.

Also during the event, Jon Wise, chair of ADL Cleveland, during the opening remarks, went off script and voiced his concerns about the immigration ban from seven Muslim majority countries and law enforcement arresting undocumented immigrants in recent days.

Jon Wise, chair of ADL Cleveland, speaks at the annual meeting Feb. 16.

The dreamers that are living here, this is their home, these are our brothers and sisters. They should not live in fear of law enforcement and police,” he said.

Wise continued that if there was a Muslim registry in the U.S., he would join it in solidarity as a proud Jew.

“As Jews, we know, we’ve been there and done that when it came to turning our backs on refugees whose lives were in danger.

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The Latest Trend In Zionism? Anti-Semitism. – Forward

Posted By on February 17, 2017

The truth, writes Bernard Henri-Levy in his recent book, The Genius of Judaism, 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.

Is that true, or has the ancient virus mutated once again? Is it now possible to be Zionist and anti-Semitic?

This is not really a new question. It was already brought into being years ago by right wing Christian Zionists who seem interested in supporting Israel for the sole purpose of bringing about an apocalyptic conflagration which will provoke the second coming, or maybe even earlier when the early Zionists seemed intent on erasing the Yiddish speaking, Talmudic Jew of the Shtetl from Israeli culture. One is also reminded, with black humor, of the bizarro theory floated years ago by novelist Tom Robbins in Skinny Legs and All that the Balfour Declaration was actually anti-Semitic: send all the Jews to a neighborhood where they couldnt possibly survive, the logic goes, and watch the Jewish question resolve itself.

What is new is that a Zionist anti-Semitism has moved from the fringe to, quite literally, the center, and from the realm of the apocalyptic imaginaire to the realm of American nationalist-fascism. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in the White Houses toxic rhetorical combination of support for rightwing Zionist aspirations like an immediate move of the American embassy to Jerusalem together, or the abandonment of the two state solution, with issuing a Holocaust statement that doesnt mention Jews.

The new affection for Israel among populists stems largely from the perception that Israel is 1) an ethnostate which shares capitalist and democratic ideas with the US and 2) an enemy of Islam. Both of these assertions are problematic- despite the general commitment of Israelis to a Jewish democratic state, Israel is, in fact, a deeply multi-ethnic and multi-cultural state which is not fit to be a poster country for ethno-nationalists. Jews themselves are not properly a simple ethnicity- there are European, African, Arabic, Indian, and Chinese Jews- Jews are perhaps better characterized as a multi-ethnic tribe. On top of that, fully 20% of Israelis are non-Jewish Arabs, most of whom are Sunni Muslims. While not as large as the amount of Blacks and Latinos in the US so resented by white nationalists (about 30% of the population) the idea of Israel as ethnically homogenous, or as aspiring to be so, is a myth. Still, Israel was founded as a refuge for Jews and is still deeply committed to that ideal, and so is bound to serve as a perverse inspiration for white people who feel embattled, however delusional their sense of persecution is.

The belief that Israel is an enemy of Islam is likewise based on distortions of the reality. Israel grants religious freedom to its citizens, has a large Muslim population, and is committed to significant compromise and accommodation with its Muslim population- this is the country, we should remember, which allows Islamic control over the Dome of the Rock, a Mosque built by Islamic conquerors over a Church built by Christian conquerors over the holiest site in Judaism, a site Jews have prayed towards for 2,000 years and mention in their prayers dozens of times a day- even though Israel gained control over the site in the war of 1967.

What Israel does well is protect its citizens- Jewish and Arab- against attacks by terrorists, which in recent years has more often meant Islamist terrorists (though the main source of terrorism is not Islamism, but militant Palestinian Arab nationalism and opposition to Zionism). Again the analogy between the terrorist threats to Israel and terrorist threats to Americans is facile. Between 2000 and 2006 alone, Israel suffered 27,905 terror attacks. By contrast, from 1973 until 2016 there have been 38 Islamic extremist terror attacks in the United States.

Behind Zionist anti-Semitism is a bifurcation of the American relationship to Jews, in some minds, into two kinds of Jew. One kind is the Zionist hero, a militant nationalist and enemy of Islam. The other kind of Jew, the enemy, is the diaspora Jew. The diaspora Jew is an internationalist metropolitan who votes democratic and supports pluralism, progressive values, and degrades the integrity of ethnostates by supporting immigration and refugees. The diaspora Jew is the one believed to be in control of Hollywood, the media, the banks, and (until recently) the American government. While for many anti-Semites the sins of the diaspora Jew include Zionism, for the new alt-right the Jewish sin is being hypocritical- supporting a Jewish ethnostate while undermining other peoples ethno-states, all in their own self-interest. Alternatively, the sins of the diaspora Jew include being opposed to militant, rightwing Zionism (or of Zionism altogether) and thus being opposed to nationalist ethnostates.

When Rabbi Matt Rosenberg courageously confronted Richard Spencer, the white nationalist and alt-right pseudo-hipster wunderkind, asking to study a Torah of love with him, of radical inclusion, Spencer cynically and brutally shut him down: Do you really want radical inclusion into the State of Israel? Spencer responded as Rosenberg said nothing. Jews exist precisely because you did not assimilate to the Gentiles I respect that about you. I want my people to have that same sense of themselves.

What I wish Rosenberg, thoroughly a diaspora Jew, had said, was something like this: Israel is a tiny state with a landmass equal more or less to the state of New Jersey which accommodates a multi-ethnic society of Jews as a place of refuge for them from a world which has repeatedly tried to persecute or destroy them. Israel grants religious freedom to its citizens and has a 20% Arab population, as well as a robust Christian and Muslim population, all after only 70 years of existence governed by groups of quarreling refugee Jews speaking different languages who came from all over the world. Israel imperfectly attempts to defend itself from terrorism and conflict, sometimes upholding its best ideals and sometimes failing miserably. I support an Israel which welcomes the stranger and defends the rights of all of its citizens while maintaining its fundamental character as a Jewish homeland. My Israel has nothing in common with your ethnically cleansed white winter wonderland.

The Trump administration, and its alt-right homeboys, combine seemingly authentic sympathy for militant ethnic nationalism with sincere hostility to Muslims (perceived by them as the common enemy that makes Israel a friend) together with an antipathy to non-white, non-Christian minorities at home and to progressive elites, a double identification that potentially renders diaspora Jews twice damned. That is their Zionist anti-Semitism: affection for a cartoon understanding of Zionist Israel paired with hostility to a cartoon understanding of the diaspora Jew.

Now to our horror, we have an Israeli Prime Minister who seems to be siding with the Zionist Jew against the Diaspora Jew, choosing to advance the strong-arm answer to Israeli problems pushed by the Israeli right wing while dismissing the fears and ethical concerns of the diaspora Jew (as he does to the Israeli left wing at home). Choosing might and security over Jewish values- choosing Zionist strength over the Jewish soul- Bibi too appears to be joining the ranks of the Zionist anti-Semites, a deal with the devil which may haunt us for years to come.

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Domestic extremist-related attacks at highest level since Oklahoma … – Washington Times

Posted By on February 17, 2017

Last years mass shooting inside Pulse nightclub in Orlando propelled the annual number of deaths linked to domestic extremist-related attacks to their highest level since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and also marked the first time in 30 years that right-wing extremists were not responsible for the bulk of the deaths, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League.

A preliminary tally of extremist-related deaths in the United States shows that 69 people, including the 49 slain in Orlando, died in extremist-related attacks last year.

Orlando gunman Omar Mateens pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda leaders during the massacre led to classification of the attack as domestic Islamic extremism setting 2016s extremism figures far afield from prior years. In the recent past, extremism-related deaths were more likely to be linked to right-wing extremism, the report states.

Of the 372 people killed in the United States over the 10 years, 74 percent of those who died were killed by right-wing extremists. About 24 percent were killed by domestic Islamic extremists and the remaining 2 percent killed by left-wing extremists, according to the report released Thursday.

Anti-government extremists and white supremacists were responsible for only a minority of extremist related deaths in 2016, though they did commit two triple homicides, states the ADL report Murder and Extremism in the United States in 2016. These low figures also occurred during a year in which non-violent right-wing extremist activity was high, in large part due to agitation and propaganda by the so-called alt-right and other extremists in connection with the 2016 presidential election.

The ADL has not included the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in similar past analysis because the attacks were not carried out by domestic extremists.

ADL experts caution in this years report that the high number of deaths in the Orlando massacre can distort statistics and perceptions of the extremist landscape in the country, and were it not for that single attack that 2016 might have been considered a mild year for extremist-related deaths.

Including the Orlando attack, the ADL report counts 11 lethal incidents that were connected to extremism in 2016 compared to 29 incidents that resulted 65 deaths in 2015. Experts say additional analysis may result in an increase in the number of deaths associated with domestic extremism, as has been the case in prior years.

Among the other lethal incidents highlighted by the ADL was the targeting of police officers by black nationalists. In July, two separate attacks on law enforcement by men with black nationalist ties left eight police officers dead.

The attacks, in Dallas, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, represent the worst spate of black nationalist-related murders of police officers since the late 1960s and early 1970s, when more than two dozen police officers, and several more corrections officers, were killed by black nationalists, particularly from the Black Liberation Army and the Black Panther Party, the ADL report states.

Since 1965, the ADL reports that 104 police officers have been killed by domestic extremists including 57 by right-wing affiliated individuals, 44 by left-wing affiliated individuals including anarchists and black nationalists, and three have been killed by domestic Islamic extremists.

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ADL slams Napoli and Sarri – Football Italia

Posted By on February 17, 2017

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis criticised Coach Maurizio Sarri and all his players other than Lorenzo Insigne after defeat to Real Madrid.

Insigne had given the Partenopei the early lead at the Bernabeu, but the champions of Europe and the world fought back to win 3-1.

I think the lads lacked the Neapolitan grit tonight. The only one who showed it was the Neapolitan, Insigne, who scored a very sneaky goal, De Laurentiis told Mediaset Premium.

The others simply did not exist. They seemed to be stunned into submission by the glorious figures of Real Madrid, who didnt even play that well.

Our inadequacy on the evening meant it actually went well for us, because we couldve lost by five or six. In Naples itll be a cauldron, but if Real Madrid score there, I can imagine the same players will crumble again.

When you are young, you need to be humble and not arrogant, but Napoli tonight just werent there. I dont want to punish them, though.

De Laurentiis also seemed to imply using Dries Mertens as a False 9 was a bad idea in Europe, but above all blasted Sarri for the lack of squad rotation throughout the campaign.

Insigne should be praised for his Neapolitan attitude. I think we expect too much of people who were chosen to take different roles and if we hadnt had the Milik injury, we mightve seen a different game tonight.

I dont want to get into the decisions, as those are down to the Coach, so I would never dare complain about any choices. I might disagree with the choices, but I wouldnt dare tell them to anyone, even those who I shouldve perhaps told.

Nobody said Milik should start this evening in the circumstances. I want to see more experimentation, as that can be healthy.

Instead people try desperately to defend their own positions, whereas they should defend the club and the fans. The fans arent stupid. They realise if we lose a game occasionally, its worth it if we figure out who we can and cannot count on.

Instead were reaching the end of a season in which the new signings have barely played at all and we cannot understand why. If wed known this earlier, we couldve invested that money elsewhere.

I think we lacked that grit, that determination. I also say if we think that defending with a high line we can beat everyone, then in some games we probably need to adopt a different tactical approach.

These defeats are healthy, as they make us learn and reflect. I would not put this difference down to just the quality of the Real Madrid players, because we have players who everyone envies and I often reject offers for them.

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