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New world order pledged to Jews 80 years ago – Tehran Times

Posted By on September 23, 2020

Most Zionist diplomacy takes place in secret, through corruption and blackmail (euphemistically called lobbying). But sometimes it is deemed appropriate that some statement be written down by some government representative in support of Zionism. The Goyim who write these statements may think them of little consequence, but Zionists know very well how to capitalize on them.

The most famous such document is the short letter written by the British Foreign Minister Lord Arthur Balfour to Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild, president of the Zionist Federation, on November 2, 1917. Prime Minister Lloyd George later explained the deal in those terms:

Zionist leaders gave us a definite promise that, if the Allies committed themselves to give facilities for the establishment of a national home for the Jews in Palestine, they would do their best to rally Jewish sentiment and support throughout the world to the Allied cause. They kept their word.

Less known than the Balfour Declaration is the letter obtained by Nahum Sokolow, head of the World Zionist Organization, from the French Foreign minister Jules Cambon. Dated June 4, 1917, it not only anticipated the Balfour Declaration but cleared the way for it. It states that the French government feels sympathy for your cause, the triumph of which is linked to that of the allies. The cause in question is the development of the Israeli colonization in Palestine and the renaissance of the Jewish nationality in that land from which the people of Israel were exiled so many centuries ago. Back in London, Sokolow deposited the Cambon letter at the Foreign Office, where it stimulated a spirit of competition. In January 1918, he returned to Paris, this time with the aim of securing a public French declaration in support of the Balfour Declaration. A magnificent example of the efficiency of Zionist transnational diplomacy for war profiteering.

If Balfour thought that, after the war, his letter, cautiously worded and typed on unmarked paper, would be of little consequence, he was wrong. Zionists made it a cornerstone to their project. When the British government proved reluctant to deliver after the Versailles Treaty, they invested on the ambitious, unscrupulous and bankrupt Winston Churchill (1874-1965), whose thoughts were, in his own words, 99 percent identical with Chaim Weizmanns.

During WWII, Churchill and Weizmann conspired to repeat the winning strategy of the Balfour declaration in WWI, attempting to monetize Jewish influence to bring the United States into the war. In a letter to Churchill dated September 10, 1941, Weizmann wrote:I have spent months in America, traveling up and down the country []. There is only one big ethnic group which is willing to stand, to a man, for Great Britain, and a policy of all-out-aid for her: the five million American Jews. [] It has been repeatedly acknowledged by British Statesmen that it was the Jews who, in the last war, effectively helped to tip the scales in America in favor of Great Britain. They are keen to do itand may do itagain.

As soon as he had become Prime Minister in May 1940, Churchill instructed his War Cabinet member Arthur Greenwood to craft a document assuring the Jewish elites that a winning Britain will give them not only Palestine but a major share in the new world order to compensate for the wrongs suffered by the Jewish people. Although it is little known, this Greenwood Pledge is, according to Zionist Rabbi Stephen Wise, of wider and farther reaching implications than the Balfour declaration. The New York Times published it in its October 6, 1940 edition, under the amazing title New World Order Pledged to Jews (reproduced here and here).

The recipient of the declaration, here presented as Dr. S.S. Wise, was a major player in Zionist deep politics since the time of Theodor Herzl, and a close collaborator of Louis Brandeis, Felix Frankfurter, and Samuel Untermeyer. He was the founder of the New York Federation of Zionist Societies in 1897, the first seed for the Zionist Organization of America, of which he was president. In 1917 he participated in the effort to convince President Woodrow Wilson to approve the Balfour declaration. In 1936, he was a co-founder of the World Jewish Congress, dedicated to rallying world Jewry against Hitler.

Here is the full text of the New York Times, introducing the Greenwood Pledge:

New York Times, October 6, 1940


Arthur Greenwood of British War Cabinet Sends Message of Assurance Here


English Rabbi Delivers to Dr. S.S. Wise New Statement on Question After War

In the first public declaration on the Jewish question since the outbreak of the war, Arthur Greenwood, a member without portfolio in the British War Cabinet, assured the Jews of the United States that when victory was achieved an effort would be made to found a new world order based on the ideals of justice and peace.

Mr. Greenwood, who is Deputy Leader of the British Labor party, declared that in the new world the conscience of civilized humanity would demand that the wrongs suffered by the Jewish people in so many countries should be righted. He added that after the war an opportunity would be given to Jews everywhere to make a distinctive and constructive contribution in the rebuilding of the world.

The message was delivered last week to Dr. Stephen S. Wise, chairman of the executive committee of the World Jewish Congress, by Rabbi Maurice L. Perzweig, chairman of the British section of the congress. Rabbi Perizweig arrived from England Monday evening.

Intention to Right Wrongs

Comparing the statement with the Balfour Declaration of 1917, D. Wise declared that in a sense it had wider and farther reaching implications, as it dealt with the status of Jews throughout the world. He said that Mr. Greenwoods message could be interpreted as a statement of Englands firm intention to help right the wrongs which Jews have suffered and continue to suffer today because of Hitlers disorder and lawlessness. Mr. Greenwood, sending the Jews of America a message of encouragement and warm good wishes, wrote:The tragic fate of the Jewish victims of Nazi tyranny has, as you know, filed us with deep emotion. The speeches of responsible statesmen in Parliament and at the League of Nations during the last seven years have reflected the horror with which the people of this country have viewed the Nazi relapse into barbarism.

The British Government sought again to secure some amelioration of the lot of persecuted Jewry both in Germany itself and in the countries which were infected by the Nazi doctrine of racial hatred. Today the same sinister power which has trampled on its own defenseless minorities, and by fraud and force has temporarily robbed many small peoples of their independence, has challenged the last stronghold of liberty in Europe.

New World Order Forecast

When we have achieved victory, as we assuredly shall, the nations will have the opportunity of establishing a new world order based on the ideals of justice and peace. In such a world it is our confident hope that the conscience of civilized humanity would demand that the wrongs suffered by the Jewish people in so many countries should be righted.

In the rebuilding of civilized society after the war, there should and will be a real opportunity for Jews everywhere to make a distinctive and constructive contribution; and all men of good-will must assuredly hope that in new Europe the Jewish people, in whatever country they may live, will have the freedom and full equality before the law with every other citizen.

In an interview at the Hotel Astor, Rabbi Perlzweig declared he was certain Mr. Greenwood speaks for England. There is a clear realization, he added, that freedom and emancipation for the Jewish people are tied up with emancipation and freedom for people everywhere. The message, Rabbi Perlzweig remarked, was the subject of earnest consideration by the British Government. This is a declaration on behalf of the whole world, he observed. Here the British Government expresses clearly what it hopes will take place after the war is won.

[1] According to a 1937 report of the Palestine Royal Commission, quoted by Alfred Lilienthal, What Price Israel? (1953), Infinity Publishing, 2003, pp.18-21.

[1] Martin Kramer, The Forgotten Truth about the Balfour Declaration, June 5, 2017, on

[1] Martin Gilbert, Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship, Henry Holt & Company, 2007.

[1] David Irving, Churchills War, vol.2: Triumph in Adversity, Focal Point Publications, 2001, pp.7677.

[1] Thanks to M.S. King, who made this information known here:

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EDITORIAL: We’re forgetting to Never Forget The Knight Crier – Knight Crier

Posted By on September 23, 2020


The main entrance at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, with the inscription, 'Arbeit Macht Frei', which translates into English as '"Work will set you Free", Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. On Jan. 27, 1945, the Soviet Red Army liberated the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland. Auschwitz was the largest of the Germans' extermination and death camps and has become a symbol for the terror of the Holocaust. On Monday 75 years after its liberation hundreds of survivors from across the world will come back to visit Auschwitz for the official anniversary commemorations. In advance of that, Associated Press photographer Markus Schreiber visited the site. Using a panoramic camera with analog film, he documented the remains of the camp in a series of haunting black and white photos. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Its December 1942.

A cattle car is slowly winding to a stop, lightly tapping the end of a railroad track in front of one of the most notorious places on Earth.

European Jews spill out of the cattle car, many getting their first glance at what will soon become their final resting place.

Without even mentioning the name, I would assume the vast majority of Americans know exactly where that cattle car stopped. I would be wrong.

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon a deeply upsetting nationwide survey conducted by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, or Claims Conference (CC). The CCs survey was branded as the first-ever 50-state survey on Holocaust knowledge among Millennials and Gen Z.

The survey was randomly conducted with approximately 11,000 individuals 200 from each state between the ages of 18-39. It was meant to get a general sense of how much, or little, Millennials and Gen Z know about the Holocaust. The results are appalling.

63% of respondents didnt know that 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust. In fact, 36% thought it was less than 2 million. 48% couldnt name a concentration camp. 40% couldnt even name what war the Holocaust was associated with (22% thought WWI, 10% werent sure, 5% thought the Civil War, and 3% thought the Vietnam War).

Pennsylvanias numbers werent any better; 59% didnt know 6 million Jews were killed, 33% believed it was less than 2 million, and 40% of survey respondents did not know what Auschwitz was.

We promised to never forget. We are failing.

With World War II having ended 75 years ago, there are incredibly few Holocaust survivors left. Vital information, stories, and ties to the Holocaust will soon be gone. Generation Z has a moral obligation to honor these survivors and the millions who were executed. We can not continue the dangerous patterns shown in this survey and allow us to collectively forget what happened to the Jewish community and the world in the 1940s.

If more and more of us forget, then, as shown through the survey results, Naziism and Holocaust denial will run rampant. 49% said theyve seen Holocast denial on social media, and at least 44% in every state reported seeing Nazi symbols in their community or online in the past 5 years.

As former director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Walter Reich laid out in his piece marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, anti-Semitism has returned, in part, because the general publics knowledge about the Holocaustof what exactly it was, who exactly was murdered in it, how many were killed, and how anti-Semitism spawned ithas diminished.

If such large percentages of people are uneducated about the Holocaust, then there will be an alarming scarcity of those who are knowledgeable enough to speak out and correct those who perpetrate lies denying the reality of Hitlers orchestrated executions.

As Reich reflects on the rise of anti-semitism so soon after the end of the Holocaust, he wonders Could never again, vowed so solemnly and so repeatedly after the Holocaust, revert to yet again?

Im not asking everyone to become a Holocaust expert, just to educate yourselves and know the very basics of what happened, so yet again never becomes a reality.

Go read Night by Holocaust Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel.

See the alarming rise of antisemitism here.

Learn something by visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Listen to the survivors.

Never forget.

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To Murder, but only according to Jewish law –

Posted By on September 23, 2020

A rabbi in Israel, as part of his rabbinical freedom of expression and in keeping with his role, is permitted to speak from his own religious-Zionist perspective, to say words of Torah as he understands them, and to convey to his adherents who are not considered a captive audience any halakhic message he sees fit, so long as it is indeed a halakhic message that is truly and in good faith being promulgated as such.

That is the convoluted conundrum presented by Justice Alex Stein in his ruling regarding a petition against Safed Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu. Eliyahu will be subject to a disciplinary hearing, small consolation to anyone who was horrified to hear the unadulterated racism, aglow with holy fire, that has spewed from his mouth for a long time. But even the slap in the face delivered by the High Court of Justice to former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, when it ruled that her decision not to subject the rabbi to a disciplinary hearing reflects a substantial flaw in judgment and is extremely unreasonable, cannot cover up Justice Steins fundamentally flawed decision.

For example, to what extent must the ayatollah deviate from his assertion that Nowadays we must try to make sure that anyone who raises a hand against a Jew in order to kill him, will be avenged. Even if he didnt kill but just hit [a Jew] or wanted to kill him which served Stein as an example of a forbidden statement so that his words fall within the category of rabbinical freedom of expression, which Stein considers legitimate.

If we want to be optimistic, we can rejoice for a moment that an ordinary person, who is not a rabbi, wont be able to enjoy the wide open spaces of freedom of expression that Justice Stein granted to Eliyahu, even if he has a religious Zionist mission. The problem lies in the dark aspect of Steins interpretation. Stein is holding a particularly thick needle in order to sew a nonexistent gap between a halakhic message that is conveyed truly and in good faith and a religious Zionist perspective as though these two foundations did not emerge from a single womb, which grants permission to a rabbi and his adherents to do whatever they please.

Anyone who enjoys splitting hairs can claim that from now on anyone who wants to incite, to taunt and to encourage murder will have to meet two conditions: a religious Zionist perspective, and an adherence to it truly and in good faith. In other words, if a rabbi truly and in good faith believes that the halakha requires killing a prime minister, and he expresses his opinion in public based on that same perspective, he should not be accused of bloodshed, but should be offered the portion of rabbinical freedom of expression to which he is entitled.

That is precisely Justice Steins sleight of hand. In a Jewish state there cannot be a perspective that is not religious Zionist, the bedrock of Israeli politics, and there is no room in the country for anyone who doesnt truly and in good faith believe in that perspective. And why should only rabbis deserve this hallucinatory protection from God. Arent politicians, politicos, not to mention a prime minister, worthy of using the name of the halakha or seizing onto that same religious Zionist perspective as protection from the law against incitement and against racism?

Because whats the difference between the statement of Rabbi Eliyahu and the ruling of Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, who in 2016 asserted that Every terrorist should be shot in order to kill him, no matter what the High Court of Justice says, and between them and the statement by former Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich, to the effect that a terrorist who harms civilians must be killed, or the words of then-Minister Naftali Bennett in 2013, that If we catch terrorists, we simply have to kill them.

None of them was prosecuted, there wasnt even a complaint lodged against them. Why was Eliyahu of all people burnt at the stake? After all, all he did was to disseminate a halakhic message in the context of rabbinical freedom of expression, which apparently has no boundaries, and reflected the feelings of most of the public.

And what about the ordinary citizen? The one who in the name of religion/nationality shouts Death to the Arabs? Will the escape hatch opened to halakhic scholars by Justice Stein be closed only to him? God forbid. In the Israeli democracy everyone has the right to incite.

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The Jewish Advocate, one of Boston’s oldest newspapers, ends publication – Universal Hub

Posted By on September 23, 2020

The Jewish Advocate announced this week that its issue this week will be its last in print.

The newspaper, based in the former Boston Post building on School Street downtown, was started in 1902 by Theodor Herzl, who was also the father of modern Zionism. The paper said that in the past, contributions from readers and non-profit groups had helped it weather an ongoing decline in ad revenue, but that the Covid-19 pandemic, which accelerated the collapse of the print ad market, just proved too much.

Please know that we have done everything in our power to continue for as long as possible and it is with tears in our eyes that we concluded that our decision to suspend publication is a sad but necessary response to this crisis.

The Jewish Advocate added, however, it will try to continue online as a new Web site that will

Advocate for Jews, the Jewish community and for the State of Israel, so as thereby to continue the mission envisioned by Theodor Herzl in founding The Jewish Advocate 118 years ago to inculcate Judaism into the community and progress the cause of the re-establishment of the Jewish faith and a Jewish state. It is our intention to also provide an independent forum for primarily Greater Boston news about our community and various organizations, and importantly, debate and discussion of the issues, organization and programs in our community.

Earlier this year, the Jewish Journal, based in Salem, said it might have to shut as well, but it raised enough to stay afloat.

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Protest at Zoom HQ seeks to block SF State Leila Khaled event J. – The Jewish News of Northern California

Posted By on September 23, 2020

Pro-Israel advocates and activists fighting antisemitism will be holding a protest at Zoom headquarters in San Jose on Tuesday, seeking to block the platform from hosting a virtual event at San Francisco State University featuring Palestinian hijacker Leila Khaled.

Khaled, who hijacked two planes in 1969 and 1970 as a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, is speaking on Wednesday through Zoom to students and the public after being invited by the universitys Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies program. The PFLP is designated a terrorist organization by the State Department and the European Union.

The rallys main organizer, End Jew Hatred, which describes itself as a grassroots movement centering on Jewish liberation, has brought on a number of other national Jewish groups for support. They include the New York-based legal fund the Lawfare Project, San Diego-based antisemitism educational nonprofit Shield of David and the network of pro-Israel youth groups Club Z.

The protests stated goal is to convince the videoconferencing company to disallow the event on Zoom because of Khaleds affiliation with the PFLP.

Were asking Zoom to not be a platform for this terrorist to speak, said Brian Blacher, a co-founder of Shield of David. I believe in the First Amendment. [But] this is unnecessary, to host a terrorist. And its unprecedented that we are giving them a platform.

Zooms acceptable use policy says users may not engage in any activity that supports or facilitates terrorism or terrorist organizations. Zoom did not respond to a J. request for comment.

Khaled is a folk hero for the Palestinian resistance movement; a photo of her wearing a kaffiyeh and holding an AK-47 has been reproduced on murals in Bethlehem, Belfast and elsewhere. She has never renounced her past, and in frequent interviews continues to hold that Israel and Zionism are terrorism and that violence against Israel is a legitimate tool for the cause.

The Tuesday protest will feature several speakers, including Masha Merkulova, head of the Zionist youth Club Z, Rabbi Mendel Polichenco from Chabad Carmel Valley and 17 year-old Los Angeles high schooler Jennifer Karlin, according to the Lawfare Project.

The protest comes shortly after a Sept. 15 letter was sent by the Lawfare Project to the Department of Justices National Security Division, arguing that S.F. States hosting of Khaled may give rise to violations of U.S. law.

The letter points to a specific U.S. statute that prohibits Americans from providing material support or resources that furthers terrorism.

I would say that the intent of the law is to prevent and to do everything possible from terrorist organizations going through with their destructive desires, said Lawfare Project senior counsel Gerard Filitti.

Filitti said he had not yet received a response from the DOJ as of Monday afternoon. The DOJ did not respond to J.s request for comment.

Thomas A. Durkin, a national security lawyer who has represented suspected terrorists in court, believes the Lawfare Projects letter is a rather heavy-handed attempt to silence free speech.

He said that hes never seen the government prosecute such a case.

[I]t seems hard for me to imagine how it could be said that the university is knowingly providing material support to the organization by simply inviting Ms. Khaled to speak on the academic issues advertised, said Durkin. He said an important distinction is that while Khaled may be affiliated with the PFLP, she herself is not designated a terrorist by the State Department.

S.F. State did not respond to a J. request for comment.

In previous interviews, university president Lynn Mahoney has argued that Khaleds appearance is a free speech issue. In an interview with J. on Sept. 15, Mahoney said that while she strongly condemns violence and terrorism, not allowing Khaled to speak would amount to censorship.

Where I will have failed is if a group that wants to present a very competing vision in this case of the Middle East, but it could be anything I will have failed as university president if that group isnt allowed to do that, Mahoney said in the interview.

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Cynical Use of Mosques to Incite Against the Jews – Israel Today

Posted By on September 23, 2020

There is no doubt that the normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Gulf states has dealt a catastrophic blow to the Palestinian issue and the Palestinian Authority (PA).

The Palestinians are astonished, embarrassed, and confused. They dont know how to recover their lost pedestal. They are shooting in all directions. They accuse fellow Arabs of betraying Islam, Palestine and the holy Muslim mosque in Jerusalem. One of the most successful ways to fight Israel, the Jews and the peace process is to use the Muslim religion to arouse the masses and play with their emotions.

In recent days, the PA has re-engaged this old method using verses from the Koran for propaganda. This time it is to fight Israels peace agreement with the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain. This step aims to deal a blow to both Israel and those Arab nations.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs in the PA government last week distributed a document with these headlines:

The document contained instructions regarding anti-Semitic messages the PA wanted included in Friday sermons last week. These were instructions to the preachers in all the mosques to speak against the Israel-UAE-Bahrain agreements, and to use verses from the Koran and the Hadith [Muslim oral teachings] to attack anyone involved in the peace process.

The purpose of this despicable act was to incite hatred against the Jews, against Israel and against any Arab state that wants to establish diplomatic ties with Israel. The cynical use of religion for PA propaganda purposes is certainly stooping to a very low level. Unfortunately, this is not a new methodology for the Palestinians, as we shall soon see.

However, first we will read the document. What did the Muslim worshipers hear as we celebrated the Hebrew Rosh Hashanah? The following is a translation of the document by Palestinian Media Watch:

In the name of All Merciful Allah

The State of Palestine

Sept. 16, 2020The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs

Friday sermon Sept. 18, 2020

[Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs] Husam Abu Al-Rub

And do not incline toward those who do wrong [Quran 11:113, Sahih International translation]

The danger of normalization:

References and Shariah proofs:

Note: The Friday sermon and prayers will take place in open public spaces, while adhering to the guidelines and instructions of the [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs and the [PA] Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs

Now lets examine the cynical use of Muslim religion on the part of Palestinians.

Even before the establishment of Israel in 1948, Palestinian Mufti Has Amin al-Husseini ably used his knowledge of religion for political purposes, and even to inspire acts of terrorism against the British and Jews.

One of the important achievements in the early 1930s for the Islamic Council, headed by the Mufti, was cutting down on sales of land to Jews and even prohibiting it altogether. Husseini issued a fatwa [ruling] which defined anyone who sold land to Jews as a traitor who could not be buried in a Muslim cemetery. In addition, he claimed that selling Palestinian land was equivalent to selling parts of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. He demanded such a person be expelled from Islamic society.

The Mufti used all sorts of methods to strengthen his position and increase his popularity among the Arab public. One of the most successful was to appoint preachers in mosques in most parts of the country. The position of Mosque preacher did not exist during the Ottoman rule in the Land for centuries up to that time. The Mufti instituted this position so that the preachers would be able to speak in his favor and inspire the people to support his plans. In this way he succeeded in influencing the peasants and causing the young to be antagonistic toward the Jews. He appointed his own man in each mosque. With this brilliant move, the Mufti managed to control the mosques and the crowds by conveying the messages he wanted to spread at times to incite the masses and at other times to calm the masses.

Similar to the Muftis activities, the Palestinian Authority now seeks in the 21st century to control the masses and use religion to incite them against the Jews and against moderate Arab states. From reading the above document one can discern the incitement directed mainly against the Jews not Israelis and not Zionists, but all Jews. PA officials have always said they are not against the Jews but only against Zionism and the occupation. Today, they have proved otherwise. Their true antisemitic colors have been exposed.

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Be That Super Jew | Rachel Wahba | The Blogs – The Times of Israel

Posted By on September 23, 2020

Recently I was mocked as that superjew. It wasnt meant as a compliment, and it isnt going to get me to stop wearing my Jewish star or be less of a Zionist.

Circumstances forced me to confront antisemitism from an early age. From Catholic missionary schools in Japan bent on demonizing Jews until we converted, to the progressive scene I was a part of in San Francisco.

I wore my Star of David in three different San Francisco Community Mental Health clinics. What felt natural to me, was triggering to some. At a gay/lesbian clinic I was confronted with comments, why make a point of being a Jew with that starwe are about similarity not difference.

The irony did not escape me. Being out, supporting gay people out of unhealthy closets and confronting dont ask dont tell mentality in their families and communities was what we were about. But my Star of David and being an out Jew, a proud Zionist was problematic Forty years ago, as it is today, in Progressive circles.

My Magen David was made for my mother in Bombay by her father. She was a traumatized teenager having survived the Farhud, a Jewish massacre in Baghdad. She gave it to me when I was ten and it remains a prized possession. After learning of the Star as a sign of shame during the Holocaust, I loved my star even more and wear it out of choice, with pride.

There was a time in my Catholic missionary schools I was not allowed to wear it openly.

We know what the new antisemitism is todayThe rot of medieval antisemitic tropes and lies have been manipulated into BDS/Israel hatred. The longest hatred is easily incorporated into Israel hatred. Its too easy to go antiJew/Zionist, so trendy.

Not so long ago a new friend asked if i could be less of a Jew, less Zionist to fit into her social circle. No.

I grew up as a stateless Iraqi Egyptian Jew because my parents were exiled and passportless for twenty years for one reason only. We were Jews.

Our 2,500 year old Jewish communities were destroyed because a tiny country, the only Jewish country in the world, had the gall to be our Star of David. Israels existence, like the continuity of the Jew, was and is a terrible affront to those who want us exterminated, invisible, or under their thumbs.

If there is one thing I know it is antisemitism. And from this I understood racism. The Jews who marched in the Civil Rights Movement understood racism. We need that same support back.

But first, Jews need to stop dancing around antisemitism wherever and whenever we can. Wear a Star of David, interrupt antisemitic comments, call out Jewish organizations that are having a hard time waking up. Understand Zionism.

One too many progressive Jewish organizations shuffle ambivalently around full-on support of Israels right to exist. Appeasing and pandering to anti-Zionists, pretending anti-Zionism is not antisemitism, is insanely dangerous.

We are not screaming loud enough when a popular congresswoman from Minnesota openly spouts antisemitic tropes and gets away with it.

An Islamic activist gets letters of support from Progressive Jewish organizations no matter how many times she rants no Zionist can be a feminist.

Universities threaten Zionist students and force them out of student body positions.

Bari Weiss is hounded and bullied out of the NYTimes.

Jew hating is acceptable as Israel hating. Anti-Zionism, once the domain of the far left, has progressed into the left, into what we call politically progressive. Its progressive to support J Street, an organization that has flirted with making Israel a non-Jewish state.

Jews, represent less than 3% of the population in the United States, but ~60% of hate crimes reported in the United States are against Jews. It is hard to wrap our minds around what is happening.

The climate is changing quicker than we could have imagined even a year ago in the United States. Antisemitism has risen, crimes against Jews are grossly underreported in our mainstream press. Rising antisemitic incidents, Jews being bashed in the head on the streets of New York, are invisible unless you read outside the mainstream press, our local papers, outside the NYTimes.

I was never able to, and I will not now, deny, minimize, or forgive antisemitism/antizionism for the sake of unity in any struggle be it Queer, Feminism, or Black Lives. Jewish lives matter.

I first heard the phrase the personal is political in the seventies. We can begin supporting each other as Jews, we can focus on our pride as Jews our long history of remaining a People who have fought the long fight to be who we are. To remain Jews despite all the attempts to convert us religiously (the old way), and politically (anti-Zionism), the trending new way.

Wear that Jewish star. Embrace our history, be openly unapologetic Jews, out Zionists supporting each other in this struggle to interrupt antisemitism. Shine your Jew, shine it bright. All in together, Super Jews.

Rachel Wahba is a San Francisco Bay Area based writer, psychotherapist and the co-founder of Olivia Travel. An Egyptian-Iraqi Jew, Rachel was born in India and grew up stateless in Japan. The many dimensions of her exile and displacement are a constant theme in her professional work as well as her activism as an advisory board member for JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa).

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The End of the Medina – Yeshiva World News

Posted By on September 23, 2020

HaKatan: The Zionists were members of an organization that was started in Europe in the 1897 and ended in 1948 with the creation of the state of Israel. The organizations stated purpose was to the create a homeland of the Jews. With the creation of the state, the purpose of the organization became moot.

Many people who were members of this Zionist organization went on to take ruling positions in the state of Israel but most of them are now dead. There are some people, born after Zionism ended in 1948, who subscribe to the same values of this now defunct organization but they are very few in number.

In fact, the values of the Zionists are now widely accepted, in Israel, as corrupt and disgusting. As proof, take a look at how the Israeli public views the one person who, to this day, proudly continues to proclaim these values as truths: Professor Amir Chetzroni. He is a pariah.

Those people in power in Israel today are made up of a wide variety of Jews and non-Jews, most of them do not hold any of the same values as that organization that was established in 1897. And, despite the horrible things the Zionists envisioned for Israel, it is trending in the right direction, not only economically and socially but also religiously. The Zionists had their plans but ultimately, Hashem laughed.

Like Hiroo Onoda, the Japanese soldier who was not told that World War 2 ended until 1974, some people never got the memo that the war against Zionism is over. We won. You can put down your weapon and instead roll up your sleeves and help the rest of us continue to make the State of Israel what Hashem wants it to be.

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Academic Freedom Explored: Does SFSU Have the Right to Host Terrorist Hijacker Leila Khaled? – The Jewish Voice

Posted By on September 23, 2020

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After providing information that documents a clear pattern of behavior by San Francisco State University (SFSU) Professor Rabab Abdulhadi to intentionally use her classroom and her role as director of SFSUs Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) program to politically indoctrinate SFSU students into anti-Zionism beliefs and activism, eighty-six organizations asked SFSU President Lynn Mahoney if she continues to believe Abdulhadis upcoming event featuring convicted hijacker and terrorist Leila Khaled is protected by academic freedom.

[W]hat if an invitation to speak to a class in fact an entire event is an endorsement of a point of view and a political cause? And what if the intention of the faculty member who extended such an invitation and organized such an event was not to encourage students to think critically and come to independent, personal conclusions about events of local and global importance, but rather to promote the faculty members own narrow political view and to weaponize students to be foot soldiers in the faculty members own political cause? pressed the organizations in a letter organized by AMCHA Initiative and sent to Mahoney today. [D]oes academic freedom protect faculty who intentionally use their classrooms or other academic platforms not to educate their students but to indoctrinate them with propaganda consistent with their own political causes and to encourage their students to engage in political activism consistent with those causes?

The groups noted that Abdulhadi, a founder of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and a leader in the BDS movement, has been extraordinarily open about her personal anti-Zionist views in her classroom and other professional spaces. For example, she stated at an AMED-co-hosted event earlier this year, I am anti-Zionist, I have no problem [saying it], I am a proud advocate! She has also been forthright in expressing her belief that she is fully entitled to promote anti-Zionism and encourage anti-Zionist activism in her classroom, at AMED-sponsored events and on AMEDs social media platform. Indeed, Abdulhadi has argued that such advocacy and activism are part of my job dutiesreasons why SFSU hired me in the first place.

Abdulhadi also has a long history of using her professional position and the name and resources of the university to purvey anti-Zionist propaganda; to call for the destruction of Israel and condone terrorism; and to actively encourage students to engage in BDS efforts and other anti-Zionist activism. For example:

In 2013, AMED co-sponsored an on-campus event that involved students using stencils to create placards and T-shirts with the image of Khaled holding an AK-47 rifle accompanied by the message, Resistance is Not Terrorism, and other stencils with the message, My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers. In the wake of public outrage over the events unambiguous lionizing of a convicted terrorist and promotion of terrorism against Israel, Abdulhadi defended the event as a legitimate use of academic freedom.

Since 2015, at least 43 AMED-sponsored classes and events have contained anti-Zionist expression that meets the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism, and more than one-third of the AMED-sponsored classes and events involved the promotion of BDS.

Abdulhadi has frequently used the AMED Studies at SFSU Facebook page, which bears the official AMED logo, to post messages vilifying Israel, promoting BDS, and denigrating Israels supporters, including and especially Jewish and pro-Israel students at SFSU, such as when she posted a message to the AMED Facebook page stating that welcoming Zionists to campus[is] a declaration of war against Arabs, Muslims, [and] Palestinians.

We recognize that it is not always easy to know whether a faculty member intends to educate or politically indoctrinate students. However, sometimes it is crystal clear, as in the case of AMED director Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, who organized this event and specifically invited Leila Khaled, a leader of a US State Department-designated terrorist organization, who continues to make public statements in support of armed violence against Israel, wrote the groups. Abdulhadis continuous and intentional use of her SFSU position and the name and resources of the University to indoctrinate students with her own personal animus towards the Jewish state and its supporters and to promote anti-Israel activism, does not constitute a legitimate use of academic freedom, but an abuse of it.

In light of the above considerations, we ask whether you still believe the upcoming event is a legitimate expression of academic freedom, and if not, what you intend to do about it, concluded the groups to Mahoney.

Khaled is slated to speak at an SFSU virtual event on September 23rd. She is a convicted hijacker and the most famous member and leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist organization responsible for more than 100 terrorist acts such as bombings, armed assault and assassinations. She was one of the hijackers on TWA Flight 840 from Rome to Tel Aviv in 1969 and on El Al Flight 219 in 1970 from Amsterdam to New York City. As a member of a U.S. State Department-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, Khaled is barred entry to the United States.

AMCHA monitors 450 college campuses across the U.S. for anti-Semitic activity. The organization has recorded more than 3,500 anti-Semitic incidents since 2015. Its daily Anti-Semitism Tracker, organized by state and university, can be viewed here.

AMCHA Initiative is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism at colleges and universities in the United States.

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Kodak Inquiry Doesn’t Solve the Mystery of the $100 Million Donation to a Little-Known Synagogue – Mother Jones

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In August, Kodak and the Trump administration ran into a scandal, when word leaked that the once-mighty film giant was in contention for a massive and unprecedented $765 million federal loan (to manufacture ingredients for prescription drugs) and its stock price soared, giving rise to speculation about insider shenanigans. Last week, Kodak released the results of a review conducted by the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld that concluded Kodak and its top brass did not violate the securities regulations or other relevant laws, engage in a breach of fiduciary duty, or violate any of Kodaks internal policies and procedures. House Democrats questioned the finding and why the Trump administrationvia a little-known federal agency headed by aformer roommate of Jared Kushnerwould consider handing such a loan to Kodak. Moreover, the report failed to fully explain a curious aspect of the controversy: a gargantuan transfer of stock by board member (and billionaire) George Karfunkel to an Orthodox Jewish congregation in Brooklyn called Chemdas Yisroel that had practically no public profile but that he controlled as its president and chief financial officer.

In fact, Akin Gumps investigation of the Karfunkel transaction seemed somewhat cursory, with the report suggesting the law firm didnt do much more than ask Karfunkel about it. One House Democrat, who has tried to gather information on Karfunkels transfer of Kodak stock, noted recently that this move still raises many questions.

Mother Jones was the first media outlet to report that Karfunkels stock gift to Chemdas Yisroel was highly unusual. According to the Akin Gump report, the value of the stock that Karfunkel donated to the congregationduring a day of wild trading triggered by news of the loan (when Kodak insiders were not allowed to buy or sell stock)was $99.6 million. (It possibly was as high as $180 million.) As Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) has pointed out, This would be the single largest charitable gift to a religious institution in history. And the handoff of this stock, which was worth about $6.4 million two days earlier, would have earned Karfunkel a whopping tax deduction.

What was unusual about this maneuver was that Congregation Chemdas Yisroel barely seemed to exist. It was incorporated in Delaware in December 2018 and registered as a New York charity in October 2019. Yet other than its corporate records, there were virtually no other signs of its operations. It looked as if Karfunkel, exploiting the surge in Kodaks stock price, had moved $100 million in stock from his personal portfolio to a do-nothing (or do-little) religious entity (which, as such, does not file tax records publicly revealing its income or expenditures) that he himself was in charge ofand that Karfunkel would reap a massive tax benefit for doing so.

The Akin Gump report does not answer basic questions about this deal.

The review notes, Karfunkel explained in his interview [with Akin Gump attorneys] that he founded Chemdas a few years ago, and it distributes over $10 million per year in charitable donations through the organization. Karfunkel explained in his interview that there are 45-50 full-time students at a Chemdas funded religious school in Brooklyn, and that there are classes three times a day. Chemdas has a rabbi and the congregation is open to the public. But Chemdas Yisroel only registered with the New York State Attorney Generals charities bureau in October 2019. It is unclear whether it has been functioning for a few years.

The congregation lists its address at 1441 53rd Street in Brooklyn, which is the home of another synagogue, Congregation Tiferes Shulem DNadvorna, which was registered in 1989 with the Internal Revenue Service as a charitable organization. Several weeks ago, a plaque was added to the front of this building noting it was also the home of Chemdas Yisroel, according to one Nadvorna congregant, who asked not to be identified. He says he has seen no activity there related to any congregation other than Nadvorna.

Reached by phone this week, the rabbi who leads Congregation Nadvorna, Shloime Leifer, told me that he is very connected with Chemdas Yisroel. But he refused to explain the connection or discuss this other congregation. He asked if I amJewish and then said, I dont have time for this. The reporters are for Biden, not for Trump. He then hung up. The Nadvorna congregant says that Leifer has warned attendees of his synagogue not to talk to reporters about Chemdas Yisroel.

The Akin Gump report does not identify the rabbi for Chemdas Yisroel. And the law firm points out that its attorneys did not have access to the records of the charity and were unable to interview any of its officers or directors, with the exception of Karfunkel. Wait a moment. Karfunkel, a board member of Kodak, is both the president and chief financial officer of Chemdas Yisroel. Yet he did not share any Chemdas Yisroel documents with Akin Gump to back up his account? And he did not make his fellow officers at Chemdas Yisroel available for interviews with Akin Gump?

The Akin Gump reports section on Karfunkels gift is mainly predicated on his word. The law firm says so explicitly: Based on the information provided by Karfunkel during his interview, it does not appear that his charitable gift of Kodak sharesviolated the federal securities laws. The report continues: Akin Gumps conclusion on this issue is premised on the following. First, under existing regulations, a bona fide gift of shares does not constitute a sale of securities for insider trading purposes Second, as a factual matter Karfunkel has represented that: (1) the gift of shares was bona fide and not in return for anything of value; and (2) the charity has not sold any of the gifted shares. Our conclusions rely heavily on these two facts, which we assume to be accurate based on Karfunkels representations to Akin Gump.

This is hardly fierce investigating. The law firm obtained no records. It did not independently determine what happened to the shares after Karfunkel gave them to the congregation. It apparently spoke to no one else connected to the management of Chemdas Yisroel, even though the congregations two officers other than Karfunkel are identified in public records. And because of all this Akin Gump could not reach a firm conclusion on whether Karfunkels transfer was a legitimate gift to a legitimate charity: Akin Gumps ability to fully investigate the bona fides of the gift or the charity that received it was limited because we did not have access to the records of the charity and were unable to interview any of its officers or directors, with the exception of Karfunkel.

The lawyers hired by Kodak also did not examine what tax benefits Karfunkel might have gained from this transfer, noting the potential tax implications of Karfunkels gift are outside of the scope of Akin Gumps investigation. But they stated that though Kodaks policies did not clearly prohibit Karfunkel from making the giftthe circumstances of the gift raise significant concerns from a corporate governance perspective.

So after all the law firms work, the Chemdas Yisroel mystery remains.

Karfunkel did not respond to a list of questionsMother Jonesemailed him. Nor did Akin Gump. A spokesperson for the law firm says, The firm has no comment about the report. Kodak CEO Jim Continenza hailed the report as a thorough independent review and noted, It is clear from the reviews findings that we need to take action to strengthen our practices, policies, and procedures.

But the investigation of Karfunkels donation may not be over. Gottheimer, along with and Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), has attempted to do some of his own digging. On August 24, the two House members sent a letter to Chemdas Yisroel, using the address of Abraham Roth, the accountant who set up the charity and who is listed as its director, asking several basic questions: Who is the rabbi of Chemdas Yisroel and how can he be contacted? How many staff members are at the congregation? How many members does it have? Who are the executive officers of the congregation? What business holdings and interests do they have? What happened to the Kodak shares?

Their letter noted that Karfunkels donation made Chemdas Yisroel one of the largest holders of Kodak stock and that because Kodak may be eligible for a substantial infusion of taxpayer dollars to begin the production of crucial pharmaceutical products in the interest of public health and national security, it is vital that Members of Congress have transparency into those owners of the company with substantial ownership stakes.

On Monday, Gottheimer tweeted that he and Panetta had yet to receive any response from Karfunkels Chemdas Yisroel: We havent heard zip.


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