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Will Jared and Ivanka Seize Their ‘Mordechai And Esther’ Moment To Rein In Trump? – Forward

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Trump and the Jewish-son-in-law paradox.

Former Anti-Defamation League leader Abraham Foxman thinks now may be Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trumps Mordechai and Esther moment.

Amid the uproar over President Trumps blaming both sides for violence in Charlottesville, Foxman urged the presidents daughter and son-in-law to act like the legendary queen of Persia and her uncle, who famously blocked King Ahasverus from killing the Jews.

For (Trump) to have seen the torch parade and the epithets against his daughter, his grandchildren, his son-in-law, and stand up and say both sides are equal? Shame, shame, shame, Foxman told Jewish Insider.

They need to sit down with him, and say to him, face-to-face: Do you understand what message youre sending to your grandchildren? Foxman asked. That its OK for people to march down and yell, Get rid of the Jews, we dont want the Jews.

And you say this is nothing? Foxman said.

Kushner and his wife reportedly advised Trump to moderate his initial comments blaming both sides. But the couple were on vacation in Vermont when Trump backtracked went back to his original stance on Tuesday.

Kushner was once seen as an influence in preventing Donald Trump from issuing inflammatory tweets, with observers noting that some of his most egregious missteps have come when his son-in-law was offline for Shabbat.

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The People’s Court for People Who Make Holocaust Comparisons is now in session – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Sebastian Gorka participating in a discussion during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 24, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(JTA) What you are witnessing is real. The participants are not actors. They are not actual litigants. Nor are they participants. They just happen to be public figures who couldnt resist making a Holocaust analogy.

Neither party has agreed to have their disputes heard here, in our forum, The Peoples Court for People Who Make Holocaust Comparisons.

First, we have a case wee calling,

Why, Why, Little Sebastian?

The facts are these: Sebastian Gorka, the White House aide with the strangely amorphous portfolio, told a BBC Radio 4 interviewer this week that President Trump had it exactly right when he said that recent nuclear weapon activity by North Korea would be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.

To explain why, Gorka recalled the advice he got from a Holocaust survivor.

What is your one take-home? What is your one lesson learnt from the horrors of the millions killed? Gorka said he asked the unnamed man. And he said, Its very simple. When a group of people repeatedly says they want to kill you, sooner or later you should take them seriously.

When it comes to Holocaust comparisons, weve heard worse from other members of the Trump administration, for example. In April, Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Bashar al-Assad of Syria was worse than Adolf Hitler because Hitler had not used chemical weapons. For that glaring bit of historical revisionism,The Peoples Court for People Who Make Holocaust Comparisons found Spicer guilty and sentenced him to three more months as White House press secretary.

Unlike Spicer, Gorka didnt suggest that North Koreas Kim Jong-Un was as bad as Hitler. He was merely using a fairly well-worn trope to say that we should take an enemys threats seriously. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said similarthings about Iran (although he was speaking specifically about the Jewish people). The trope is so well worn that it appears around the web as a quote attributed to the late Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel: When someone says he wants to kill you, believe them. Inconveniently, its not clear Wiesel ever said it.

For an expert witness we call Abraham Foxman, former national director of the Anti-Defamation League, who gave Gorka a pass. I have no problem with Gorkas reference to the Holocaust, Foxman told Jewish Insider. He is not comparing the North Korea situation to the Holocaust. He is quoting a Holocaust survivor sharing a universal lesson of the Holocaust when somebody threatens to kill you take him seriously. Too many people in Europe, including the Jews of Europe, did not take Hitler seriously. Gorka is saying, take a lesson from then and take North Korea seriously.

Of course, Gorka might still be guilty of hyping the North Korea threat, or at least justifying his boss bellicose remarks, which a lot of seasoned diplomatic and military hands considered over-the-top and potentially dangerous. In the same interview, he seemed to question whether Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was qualified to speak about diplomatic affairs. (Its a weird moment when you realize that the least objectionable thing in a Sebastian Gorka interview is what he says about the Holocaust.)

But did he trivialize the Holocaust and insult the memory of the six million Jewish victims of Hitler?

We find him not guilty.

On to our next case, which were calling,

Dear Lord, Will It Never End?

If CNN at times resembles professional wrestling, which it does, Jeffrey Lord was its designated heel called on to defend the Trump administration from the faces er, panelists gathered around various desks and fielding questions lobbed by Wolf, Anderson, Don and Erin.

Lord liked to antagonize liberals and Never Trumpers (he and Republican strategist Ana Navarro could sound likethe Sam and Diane of cable news). But CNN had enough Thursday when Lord, a former Reagan administration staffer, tweeted at the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America the words Sieg Heil!

Nazi salutes are indefensible, a CNN spokesperson said in a statement explaining why Lord was no longer with the network.

Maybe CNN had other reasons to fire Lord, and this gave them the opportunity they needed. Or maybe the executives felt they just didnt need the headache.

But whats clear from the context is that Lord wasnt embracing Hitlerism, but rather accusing his opponent of being a fascist and worse. That morning, Lord wrote a column for The American Spectator calling Media Matters Fascists because they want Fox News host Sean Hannity off the air. By declaring what ideas are acceptable to be heard on a cable news network, Lord argued,Media Matters resembled Mussolinis Ministry of Popular Culture or HitlersMinistry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.

When Media Matters CEO complained to Lord on Twitter, he shot back Sieg Heil!

Lord later defended his tweet by saying he was mocking a fascist, and noted what he saw as the irony:I am mocking people who are using bully tactics in the style of fascists and Nazis to take people off the air, and I am the one who gets taken off the air, he told the New York Times.

Lord is certainly guilty of that sin of blustery punditry: racing to weaponize a Nazi comparison when a milder, and perhaps more effective, tool will do. Hell, even the United States government has passed ill-advised laws limiting free speech, like the Alien and Sedition Acts under John Adams. Tipper Gore was accused of censorship for her campaign against offensive rap lyrics.

If everything is potentially akin to Nazism, then nothing is.

If CNN is consistent in applying the rule that its contributors shouldnt be calling people Nazis (except if they are actual Nazis), then Lord deserved to go. But its clear that Lord himself wasnt declaring allegiance to Hitler, or dog-whistling to the far right.

Case dismissed.

That does it for this weeks edition of The Peoples Court for People Who Make Holocaust Comparisons. But given the political climate that were in, well be back, again and again.

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‘Crazy and unfortunate display of violence’ – Arutz Sheva

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee condemned Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, where a 32 year old woman was killed when a whiite supremacist activist drove his car into a group opposing the Unite the Right gathering in Virginia.

“What happened there is such a crazy and unfortunate display of violence, where people took their emotions and passions, and turned it into their fists,” Huckabee told Fox News. “That is never a way where we will resolve our conflicts and issues.”

“The person who drove the car is a murderer. That is simple murder,” Huckabee continued. “There is nothing you can do besides condemn that action.”

“That is not politics, that is not America. That is evil, sinful, disgusting, behavior.”

20-year-old James Fields, of Ohio, was arrested after barreling his silver Dodge Charger into a group protesting the rally that was being held at a statue of Civil War general Robert E. Lee.

The “Unite the Right” event saw alt right activists and white supremacists descend onto Virginia, many of them heavily armed and bearing Nazi flags.

Two Virginia State Policemen also died when their helicopter they were in crashed while they were monitoring the rally.

Virginia State Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, and had a sharp message for the alt-right participants. ” You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you. Go Home” he said at a press conference.

United States President Donald Trump raised hackles when he said that “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides.”

Many blasted the president for making an equivalence between the supremacists and the counter-demonstrators. “It is time to condemn racist-white supremacist neo-Nazi hatred and violence by name!” tweeted former Anti Defamation League (ADL) head Abraham Foxman.

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On last day as ADL chief, Foxman says Internet biggest factor …

On Monday, Abraham Foxman ended his 28-year tenure as national director of the Anti-Defamation League and spoke with The Jerusalem Post about the future of world Jewry, the rise of anti-Semitism and what’s next for the man who has been part of the organization in various capacities for the past 50 years.

When asked about the state of world Jewry, Foxman said simply that “it’s not the best of times,” taking into account the dramatic rise of anti-Semitism and the Iran deal that just garnered approval in the United Nations on Monday.

“If the world left us alone, we’d be fine,” he said.

Foxman said that the biggest factor contributing to the dramatic rise in anti-Semitism in the past 15 years has been the Internet, where it has had a rebirth. On this new platform, he said, people have the ability to quickly and anonymously voice their opinion without having to back it up with any facts.

He says that despite all the good that the Internet does, it is also used as a “superhighway for bigotry.” He says another huge factor is that “we never developed an antidote” to anti-Semitism.

“Many of us believed that after Auschwitz was laid bare to the world to see what hatred, bigotry, prejudice, racism and anti-Semitism could do … [we] Jews thought the world would come together .”

Foxman said that “anti-Semitism has not been taken out of the bloodstream of society,” which has caused the Jews around the world and especially in Europe to question if they should leave their homes.”

He also sharply criticized the fact that “Israel is still being treated as a Jew amongst the nations.” He gave the example that most countries in the world do not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“Every country in the world decides what their capital is and 200 countries respect it. Israel is still the only country in the world where you’ve decided Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, is the capital and yet most, if not almost all the countries in the world don’t respect that.”

Foxman said that after he ends his position with the ADL, he will not retire, but rather “rewire” following a bit of vacation. He is looking to stay involved with the Jewish community and Jewish issues. “I hope to continue to have a voice … not as director but as director emeritus. Unfortunately, there will be a lot of issues that need perspective and voice.”

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Real Mandel story overlooked – Cleveland Jewish News

Regarding the July 28 Cleveland Jewish News story, Mandel Stands By His Tweets, objective analysis confirms that Mandel was correct in criticizing the Anti-Defamation League for drafting a hit list based on peoples beliefs.

Acquiescing to such measures through condoning or silence is a slippery slope that will ultimately result in lists of others merely for beliefs, including Jews. Frankly, one would think the ADL exists, in part, to specifically assure such hit lists will never exist.

Mandels standing with two on the ADLs hit list, intentionally taken out of context, was only to assail the existence of the hitless. Check your facts. Josh Mandel has never in any manner condoned the substance of their opinions themselves.

Conveniently omitted by your writer, but clearly the sad and unspoken canvas upon which this article was written, is the unhealthy turn taken by the ADL under its new leader, a former special assistant to former President Barack Obama. It is no secret that the ADLs current stance represents a glaring U-turn from its history and its purposes. Indeed, under the guidance of its prior head, Abraham Foxman, this never would have happened.

That is the real story here. Perhaps the Cleveland Jewish News will choose to cover it.

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Mexico’s Beloved Cartoonist and Social Critic ‘Rius’ Dies at 83 – teleSUR English

Rius, known for “Marx for Beginners” and other works, entertained and educated generations across the globe with a career spanning over five decades.

Mexican cartoonist and writer Eduardo del Rio, widely known as Rius, died at the age of 83 in Tepoztlan, in the state of Morelos, Mexico. Considered a giant in the world of biting political caricature and satire in Latin America for his over five-decade career, Rius entertained and educated generations across the globe with a huge body of work comprised of over 100 books, 400 comics and thousands of comic strips.

Rius climbed to popularity during the 1960s and 70’s with his diabolical yet light-hearted mockery of Mexican politics and society in his two comics, “Los Supermachos” and “Los Agachados,” which savagely exposed the hypocrisy of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party PRI, the Catholic Church and inequality.

“Thank you, Rius.”

Rius moved on to apply his iconoclastic humor to a myriad of subjects across the globe such as socialism, religion, sex, music, soccer, economics, philosophy, history, vegetarianism and ecology. His style was popular, using humor to reach audiences of all ages and offering accessible explanations of complicated subjects. Prominent intellectuals in Mexico like journalist Elena Poniatowska and author Carlos Fuentes have called Rius one of the great intellectual authorities in the country.

Rius frequently expressed his solidarity with revolutionary movements in Latin America and his opposition to U.S. imperialism, neoliberalism and capitalism. In 2010, Rius told Spanish news agency EFE that commanders in Nicaragua’s Sandinista movement and Subcomandante Marcos of the EZLN had confessed his influence on their political trajectories.

“Rius, comic maestro, has died.”

Ironically, even unpopular Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto expressed his condolences in tweets that immediately drew a response from the monero (cartoonist) community, who directed the head of state to Rius’ less-than-flattering depictions of him.

“This is what he thought of you.”

Rius is known outside of Latin America primarily for his books Cuba para principiantes and Marx para principiantes, published in Spanish in 1960 and 1972, respectively. The two books were soon translated into English, where they immediately became hits. Marx for Beginners successfully condensed the thoughts of 19th-century philosopher and political theorist Karl Marx into a format that allowed people to grapple with college-level material in a digestible graphic format. The books kicked off the …for Beginners series of titles, which remain popular worldwide.

Born on June 20, 1934, in Zamora, Michoacan, Rius studied for the priesthood in his youth. His theological upbringing, however, didn’t stop the blasphemous cartoonist from earning his excommunication from the Catholic Church for the publication of The Manual of the Perfect Atheist and other books excoriating the record of Catholicism and Christendom in the Americas. Despite his atheism, Rius remained intrigued by Jesus Christ, whom he admired as a historical figure.

An equal opportunity offender, Rius used his withering humor to depict Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, the Virgin of Guadalupe, Judaism, Satya Sai Baba and Hare Krishna, the Reverend Sun-Myung Moon and nearly every other religious figure under the sun, earning the irreverent cartoonist anger from across the spectrum of sects and denominations. Following the release of a title critical of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, angry critic Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League blasted the cartoonist’s book as all the more pernicious because it is written in a readable style and is low-priced.

In January 2011, Rius convinced fellow journalists to work with him in a campaign to address Mexico’s brutal drug war violence, which resulted in the iconic No Mas Sangre or No More Blood logo. The campaign sought to change the media discourse regarding the drug war, which Rius and fellow cartoonists saw as a result of both cartel violence and the corrupt government’s militarized approach.

“The end is getting rid of a society of sloths.”

Throughout his career, Rius won several awards from journalists’ associations, cultural festivals, Mexican state bodies and other organizations.

However, his most valuable contribution may be the influence he had not only on his readers, but on a generation of Mexican moneros and cartoonists whose incisive caricatures continue to grace the pages of newspapers across the country.

He was the one who showed us the way we are his children, his grandchildren, cartoonist Rafael Pineda, better known as monero Rap, told Milenio.

I invite the whole country to read Rius, to give the new generations his books, whatever, he added. We would have a different Mexico if we all read Rius.”

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Israel + FET – Yeni afak English

Speaking to The Wall Street Journal after the Mavi Marmara massacre, conducted by the terrorist state of Israel, Fetullah Glen said that Israels authority should not have been defied, accusing Ankara and backing Israel.

It is documented that Israel is involved in the PKK attack in Iskenderun, which martyred seven soldiers, on the same day (May 31, 2010) as the Mavi Marmara massacre!

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The former Georgia-based Imam of the parallel structure Hayati Kk revealed on a TV program two years ago that “The Parallel Structure and the PKK had been secretly cooperating since 2005 to 2006.

Pointing out that Glen did not say a single word against Israel all his life, Kk stated, “While Erbakan was embracing the Palestinian cause, they preached to us that we should not speak against Israel in our homes or even in our bedrooms.

The following statement by Kk is noteworthy as it displays the extent of Israels control over FET;

“We became hostile toward anyone who is against Israel in Turkey. We also did not want what Israel did not want. All the officers who were named disciples by the parallel structure were going to Israel for training. The Glen institutes in the U.S. were all founded by Jews! ”

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Two weeks after the Fetullah Terror Organizations (FET) coup attempt on July 15, Alon Goshen-Gottstein, a Zionist writer, wrote, “Israel owes gratitude to Glen,” due to his response which protected Tel Aviv on the Mavi Marmara issue.

This person who praised terrorist leader and coup plotter Glen to the skies in the same article was proudly speaking of his “twenty years-lasting friendship with the Glen community!”

It was Jewish Morton Abramowitz, who led Glen to meet Pope John Paul II in the Vatican on Feb. 9, 1998. He was also the U.S. ambassador to Ankara from 1989 to 1991 and a CIA member.

Exactly four months before his Vatican visit, in which he verbalized his loyalty to the Pope (Oct. 9, 1997), Glen hugged Abraham Foxman, President of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a prominent Jewish organization, in Istanbul. The Vatican’s “Interreligious Dialogue” project is among the “very special missions” of ADL as well.

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Foxman did not tire in his praise of Glen in his interview (Jan. 31, 1998) with Zaman newspaper!

Abdullah Bozkurt, who interviewed him, is currently a fugitive and conducts activities against the independent Muslim Turkey in Sweden.

Bozkurt heads the Sweden-based organization Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) which FET had founded for international propaganda.

The organization recently published a 191-page report on the July 15 coup attempt in which they highlighted an interview with Glen. The statements by Henry Barkey and Michael Rubin, as well as Kldarolu and Demirta, were included in the report.

Bozkurt, one of the “active agents” of FET and former Ankara Representative of Today’s Zaman, works for Uncle Sam with all his cells. He has fixed his parallel brain on the Washingtons authorities!

Two days before the assassination of Russia’s Ankara Ambassador Karlov in December, Mister Bozkurt posted a tweet, saying that “the embassies in Turkey are no longer safe.”

On Mevlt Mert Altntas , the FET-member police who assassinated Karlov, so-called permit document, it was discovered that the address of the house written on it belonged to Bozkurt.

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The following lines are quoted from Bozkurt’s report titled “U.S.s message to Israel” published on Dec. 19, 1997 in Zaman;

Speaking at the evening dinner given by ADL, an influential Jewish organization in New York’s showy Plaza Hotel, Prime Minister Mesut Ylmaz promised to take Turkey-Israel friendship even further.

Ylmaz, continued, ‘I will say it once again so everyone can hear: Turkey strongly supports Israel’s right to exist. We have stood with Israel since the beginning, since we were the first Muslim country to recognize Israel in 1949 … Yilmaz said to American Jewish leaders, ‘You guys can serve the U.S. and the world as our unofficial ambassadors.

While presenting the elite statesman award to Ylmaz, ADL President Foxman said that “Last week, Turkey refused to participate in anti-Israeli resolutions at the OIC meeting in Tehran.

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Six months before this news was out, Zaman published the headline Congratulations, for the government under the prime ministry of Mesut Ylmaz, which was founded after the subversion of the Refah-Yol government of the Feb. 28 coup d’tat.

Detainee Akn ztrk, the former Turkish Air Force Commander who was at the forefront of FET’s coup attempt on July 15, was the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) Tel Aviv Military attache from 1996 to 1998. In other words, when generals issued a “memorandum” against the Refah-Yol government on Feb. 28, ztrk was serving in Israel.

While serving in Israel, ztrk was enrolled in the 73rd NUR lodge in Tel Aviv and became a mason. Additionally, Glen was enrolled in the Masonic lodge when he was in zmir in 1975!

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US Jewish Leaders Express Outrage After Israel’s Western Wall Prayer Decision – Jewish Link of New Jersey

(JNS.org) American Jewish leaders reacted with outrage following the Israeli governments rescinding of a decision to create an egalitarian prayer pavilion at the Western Wall.

The pavilion, which was originally approved by the Israeli cabinet in 2016, was slated to be constructed over a temporary mixed-gender prayer space established in 2013. For years, Americas Reform and Conservative Jewish movements have called for an egalitarian area outside of the Western Walls main prayer space, which separates men and women in accordance with Orthodox tradition.

The Israeli haredi political parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, which form part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus governing coalition, have opposed the planned pavilion and said in a joint statement that the governments decision reflects the will of most of the nation that seeks to safeguard the Western Walls sanctity and status.

American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris called the move a setback for Jewish unity. Abraham Foxman, former national director of the Anti-Defamation League, called the decision a slap in the face to Diaspora Jews. Eric Goldstein, CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, said that the Israeli cabinets action will only deepen the already accelerating divide between Diaspora Jews and Israel.

The Reform movement canceled an upcoming meeting with Netanyahu. We cannot go about our scheduled meetings as if nothing has happened, said Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, who cited an acute crisis between the Israeli government and Diaspora Jewry.

Yet Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, head of the Conservative movements Rabbinical Assembly, said that the decision will not affect her support for Israel. The people of Israel still need our support and our love, and the fact that an unbelievably, spectacularly shortsighted government cannot see its way to understand the critical importance of unity of world Jewry is something that is the fault of the politicians, she said.

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US Jewish leaders express outrage after Israel’s Western Wall prayer decision – JNS.org

The pavilion, which was originally approved by the Israeli cabinet in 2016, was slated to be constructed over a temporary mixed-gender prayer space established in 2013. For years, Americas Reform and Conservative Jewish movements have called for an egalitarian area outside of the Western Walls main prayer space, which separates men and women in accordance with Orthodox tradition.

The Israeli haredi political parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, which form part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus governing coalition, have opposed the planned pavilion and said in a joint statement that the governments decision reflects the will of most of the nation that seeks to safeguard the Western Walls sanctity and status.

American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris called the move a setback for Jewish unity. Abraham Foxman, former national director of the Anti-Defamation League, called the decision a slap in the face to diaspora Jews. Eric Goldstein, CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, said the Israeli cabinets action will only deepen the already accelerating divided between diaspora Jews and Israel.

The Reform movement cancelled an upcoming meeting with Netanyahu.

We cannot go about our scheduled meetings as if nothing has happened, said Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, who cited an acute crisis between the Israeli government and diaspora Jewry.

Yet Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, head of the Conservative movements Rabbinical Assembly, said the decision will not affect her support for Israel.

The people of Israel still need our support and our love, and the fact that an unbelievably, spectacularly shortsighted government cannot see its way to understand the critical importance of unity of world Jewry is something that is the fault of the politicians, she said.

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Will Jared and Ivanka Seize Their ‘Mordechai And Esther’ Moment To Rein In Trump? – Forward

Getty Images Trump and the Jewish-son-in-law paradox. Former Anti-Defamation League leader Abraham Foxman thinks now may be Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trumps Mordechai and Esther moment. Amid the uproar over President Trumps blaming both sides for violence in Charlottesville, Foxman urged the presidents daughter and son-in-law to act like the legendary queen of Persia and her uncle, who famously blocked King Ahasverus from killing the Jews. For (Trump) to have seen the torch parade and the epithets against his daughter, his grandchildren, his son-in-law, and stand up and say both sides are equal? Shame, shame, shame, Foxman told Jewish Insider. They need to sit down with him, and say to him, face-to-face: Do you understand what message youre sending to your grandchildren? Foxman asked. That its OK for people to march down and yell, Get rid of the Jews, we dont want the Jews. And you say this is nothing? Foxman said. Kushner and his wife reportedly advised Trump to moderate his initial comments blaming both sides. But the couple were on vacation in Vermont when Trump backtracked went back to his original stance on Tuesday. Kushner was once seen as an influence in preventing Donald Trump from issuing inflammatory tweets, with observers noting that some of his most egregious missteps have come when his son-in-law was offline for Shabbat.

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The People’s Court for People Who Make Holocaust Comparisons is now in session – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Sebastian Gorka participating in a discussion during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 24, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) (JTA) What you are witnessing is real. The participants are not actors. They are not actual litigants. Nor are they participants. They just happen to be public figures who couldnt resist making a Holocaust analogy. Neither party has agreed to have their disputes heard here, in our forum, The Peoples Court for People Who Make Holocaust Comparisons. First, we have a case wee calling, Why, Why, Little Sebastian? The facts are these: Sebastian Gorka, the White House aide with the strangely amorphous portfolio, told a BBC Radio 4 interviewer this week that President Trump had it exactly right when he said that recent nuclear weapon activity by North Korea would be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. To explain why, Gorka recalled the advice he got from a Holocaust survivor. What is your one take-home? What is your one lesson learnt from the horrors of the millions killed? Gorka said he asked the unnamed man. And he said, Its very simple. When a group of people repeatedly says they want to kill you, sooner or later you should take them seriously. When it comes to Holocaust comparisons, weve heard worse from other members of the Trump administration, for example. In April, Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Bashar al-Assad of Syria was worse than Adolf Hitler because Hitler had not used chemical weapons. For that glaring bit of historical revisionism,The Peoples Court for People Who Make Holocaust Comparisons found Spicer guilty and sentenced him to three more months as White House press secretary. Unlike Spicer, Gorka didnt suggest that North Koreas Kim Jong-Un was as bad as Hitler. He was merely using a fairly well-worn trope to say that we should take an enemys threats seriously. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said similarthings about Iran (although he was speaking specifically about the Jewish people). The trope is so well worn that it appears around the web as a quote attributed to the late Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel: When someone says he wants to kill you, believe them. Inconveniently, its not clear Wiesel ever said it. For an expert witness we call Abraham Foxman, former national director of the Anti-Defamation League, who gave Gorka a pass. I have no problem with Gorkas reference to the Holocaust, Foxman told Jewish Insider. He is not comparing the North Korea situation to the Holocaust. He is quoting a Holocaust survivor sharing a universal lesson of the Holocaust when somebody threatens to kill you take him seriously. Too many people in Europe, including the Jews of Europe, did not take Hitler seriously. Gorka is saying, take a lesson from then and take North Korea seriously. Of course, Gorka might still be guilty of hyping the North Korea threat, or at least justifying his boss bellicose remarks, which a lot of seasoned diplomatic and military hands considered over-the-top and potentially dangerous. In the same interview, he seemed to question whether Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was qualified to speak about diplomatic affairs. (Its a weird moment when you realize that the least objectionable thing in a Sebastian Gorka interview is what he says about the Holocaust.) But did he trivialize the Holocaust and insult the memory of the six million Jewish victims of Hitler? We find him not guilty. On to our next case, which were calling, Dear Lord, Will It Never End? If CNN at times resembles professional wrestling, which it does, Jeffrey Lord was its designated heel called on to defend the Trump administration from the faces er, panelists gathered around various desks and fielding questions lobbed by Wolf, Anderson, Don and Erin. Lord liked to antagonize liberals and Never Trumpers (he and Republican strategist Ana Navarro could sound likethe Sam and Diane of cable news). But CNN had enough Thursday when Lord, a former Reagan administration staffer, tweeted at the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America the words Sieg Heil! Nazi salutes are indefensible, a CNN spokesperson said in a statement explaining why Lord was no longer with the network. Maybe CNN had other reasons to fire Lord, and this gave them the opportunity they needed. Or maybe the executives felt they just didnt need the headache. But whats clear from the context is that Lord wasnt embracing Hitlerism, but rather accusing his opponent of being a fascist and worse. That morning, Lord wrote a column for The American Spectator calling Media Matters Fascists because they want Fox News host Sean Hannity off the air. By declaring what ideas are acceptable to be heard on a cable news network, Lord argued,Media Matters resembled Mussolinis Ministry of Popular Culture or HitlersMinistry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. When Media Matters CEO complained to Lord on Twitter, he shot back Sieg Heil! Lord later defended his tweet by saying he was mocking a fascist, and noted what he saw as the irony:I am mocking people who are using bully tactics in the style of fascists and Nazis to take people off the air, and I am the one who gets taken off the air, he told the New York Times. Lord is certainly guilty of that sin of blustery punditry: racing to weaponize a Nazi comparison when a milder, and perhaps more effective, tool will do. Hell, even the United States government has passed ill-advised laws limiting free speech, like the Alien and Sedition Acts under John Adams. Tipper Gore was accused of censorship for her campaign against offensive rap lyrics. If everything is potentially akin to Nazism, then nothing is. If CNN is consistent in applying the rule that its contributors shouldnt be calling people Nazis (except if they are actual Nazis), then Lord deserved to go. But its clear that Lord himself wasnt declaring allegiance to Hitler, or dog-whistling to the far right. Case dismissed. That does it for this weeks edition of The Peoples Court for People Who Make Holocaust Comparisons. But given the political climate that were in, well be back, again and again.

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‘Crazy and unfortunate display of violence’ – Arutz Sheva

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee condemned Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, where a 32 year old woman was killed when a whiite supremacist activist drove his car into a group opposing the Unite the Right gathering in Virginia. “What happened there is such a crazy and unfortunate display of violence, where people took their emotions and passions, and turned it into their fists,” Huckabee told Fox News. “That is never a way where we will resolve our conflicts and issues.” “The person who drove the car is a murderer. That is simple murder,” Huckabee continued. “There is nothing you can do besides condemn that action.” “That is not politics, that is not America. That is evil, sinful, disgusting, behavior.” 20-year-old James Fields, of Ohio, was arrested after barreling his silver Dodge Charger into a group protesting the rally that was being held at a statue of Civil War general Robert E. Lee. The “Unite the Right” event saw alt right activists and white supremacists descend onto Virginia, many of them heavily armed and bearing Nazi flags. Two Virginia State Policemen also died when their helicopter they were in crashed while they were monitoring the rally. Virginia State Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, and had a sharp message for the alt-right participants. ” You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you. Go Home” he said at a press conference. United States President Donald Trump raised hackles when he said that “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides.” Many blasted the president for making an equivalence between the supremacists and the counter-demonstrators. “It is time to condemn racist-white supremacist neo-Nazi hatred and violence by name!” tweeted former Anti Defamation League (ADL) head Abraham Foxman.

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On last day as ADL chief, Foxman says Internet biggest factor …

On Monday, Abraham Foxman ended his 28-year tenure as national director of the Anti-Defamation League and spoke with The Jerusalem Post about the future of world Jewry, the rise of anti-Semitism and what’s next for the man who has been part of the organization in various capacities for the past 50 years. When asked about the state of world Jewry, Foxman said simply that “it’s not the best of times,” taking into account the dramatic rise of anti-Semitism and the Iran deal that just garnered approval in the United Nations on Monday. “If the world left us alone, we’d be fine,” he said. Foxman said that the biggest factor contributing to the dramatic rise in anti-Semitism in the past 15 years has been the Internet, where it has had a rebirth. On this new platform, he said, people have the ability to quickly and anonymously voice their opinion without having to back it up with any facts. He says that despite all the good that the Internet does, it is also used as a “superhighway for bigotry.” He says another huge factor is that “we never developed an antidote” to anti-Semitism. “Many of us believed that after Auschwitz was laid bare to the world to see what hatred, bigotry, prejudice, racism and anti-Semitism could do … [we] Jews thought the world would come together .” Foxman said that “anti-Semitism has not been taken out of the bloodstream of society,” which has caused the Jews around the world and especially in Europe to question if they should leave their homes.” He also sharply criticized the fact that “Israel is still being treated as a Jew amongst the nations.” He gave the example that most countries in the world do not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “Every country in the world decides what their capital is and 200 countries respect it. Israel is still the only country in the world where you’ve decided Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, is the capital and yet most, if not almost all the countries in the world don’t respect that.” Foxman said that after he ends his position with the ADL, he will not retire, but rather “rewire” following a bit of vacation. He is looking to stay involved with the Jewish community and Jewish issues. “I hope to continue to have a voice … not as director but as director emeritus. Unfortunately, there will be a lot of issues that need perspective and voice.” Share on facebook

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Real Mandel story overlooked – Cleveland Jewish News

Regarding the July 28 Cleveland Jewish News story, Mandel Stands By His Tweets, objective analysis confirms that Mandel was correct in criticizing the Anti-Defamation League for drafting a hit list based on peoples beliefs. Acquiescing to such measures through condoning or silence is a slippery slope that will ultimately result in lists of others merely for beliefs, including Jews. Frankly, one would think the ADL exists, in part, to specifically assure such hit lists will never exist. Mandels standing with two on the ADLs hit list, intentionally taken out of context, was only to assail the existence of the hitless. Check your facts. Josh Mandel has never in any manner condoned the substance of their opinions themselves. Conveniently omitted by your writer, but clearly the sad and unspoken canvas upon which this article was written, is the unhealthy turn taken by the ADL under its new leader, a former special assistant to former President Barack Obama. It is no secret that the ADLs current stance represents a glaring U-turn from its history and its purposes. Indeed, under the guidance of its prior head, Abraham Foxman, this never would have happened. That is the real story here. Perhaps the Cleveland Jewish News will choose to cover it. Bruce Bogart Beachwood

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Mexico’s Beloved Cartoonist and Social Critic ‘Rius’ Dies at 83 – teleSUR English

Rius, known for “Marx for Beginners” and other works, entertained and educated generations across the globe with a career spanning over five decades. Mexican cartoonist and writer Eduardo del Rio, widely known as Rius, died at the age of 83 in Tepoztlan, in the state of Morelos, Mexico. Considered a giant in the world of biting political caricature and satire in Latin America for his over five-decade career, Rius entertained and educated generations across the globe with a huge body of work comprised of over 100 books, 400 comics and thousands of comic strips. Rius climbed to popularity during the 1960s and 70’s with his diabolical yet light-hearted mockery of Mexican politics and society in his two comics, “Los Supermachos” and “Los Agachados,” which savagely exposed the hypocrisy of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party PRI, the Catholic Church and inequality. “Thank you, Rius.” Rius moved on to apply his iconoclastic humor to a myriad of subjects across the globe such as socialism, religion, sex, music, soccer, economics, philosophy, history, vegetarianism and ecology. His style was popular, using humor to reach audiences of all ages and offering accessible explanations of complicated subjects. Prominent intellectuals in Mexico like journalist Elena Poniatowska and author Carlos Fuentes have called Rius one of the great intellectual authorities in the country. Rius frequently expressed his solidarity with revolutionary movements in Latin America and his opposition to U.S. imperialism, neoliberalism and capitalism. In 2010, Rius told Spanish news agency EFE that commanders in Nicaragua’s Sandinista movement and Subcomandante Marcos of the EZLN had confessed his influence on their political trajectories. “Rius, comic maestro, has died.” Ironically, even unpopular Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto expressed his condolences in tweets that immediately drew a response from the monero (cartoonist) community, who directed the head of state to Rius’ less-than-flattering depictions of him. “This is what he thought of you.” Rius is known outside of Latin America primarily for his books Cuba para principiantes and Marx para principiantes, published in Spanish in 1960 and 1972, respectively. The two books were soon translated into English, where they immediately became hits. Marx for Beginners successfully condensed the thoughts of 19th-century philosopher and political theorist Karl Marx into a format that allowed people to grapple with college-level material in a digestible graphic format. The books kicked off the …for Beginners series of titles, which remain popular worldwide. Born on June 20, 1934, in Zamora, Michoacan, Rius studied for the priesthood in his youth. His theological upbringing, however, didn’t stop the blasphemous cartoonist from earning his excommunication from the Catholic Church for the publication of The Manual of the Perfect Atheist and other books excoriating the record of Catholicism and Christendom in the Americas. Despite his atheism, Rius remained intrigued by Jesus Christ, whom he admired as a historical figure. An equal opportunity offender, Rius used his withering humor to depict Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, the Virgin of Guadalupe, Judaism, Satya Sai Baba and Hare Krishna, the Reverend Sun-Myung Moon and nearly every other religious figure under the sun, earning the irreverent cartoonist anger from across the spectrum of sects and denominations. Following the release of a title critical of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, angry critic Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League blasted the cartoonist’s book as all the more pernicious because it is written in a readable style and is low-priced. In January 2011, Rius convinced fellow journalists to work with him in a campaign to address Mexico’s brutal drug war violence, which resulted in the iconic No Mas Sangre or No More Blood logo. The campaign sought to change the media discourse regarding the drug war, which Rius and fellow cartoonists saw as a result of both cartel violence and the corrupt government’s militarized approach. “The end is getting rid of a society of sloths.” Throughout his career, Rius won several awards from journalists’ associations, cultural festivals, Mexican state bodies and other organizations. However, his most valuable contribution may be the influence he had not only on his readers, but on a generation of Mexican moneros and cartoonists whose incisive caricatures continue to grace the pages of newspapers across the country. He was the one who showed us the way we are his children, his grandchildren, cartoonist Rafael Pineda, better known as monero Rap, told Milenio. I invite the whole country to read Rius, to give the new generations his books, whatever, he added. We would have a different Mexico if we all read Rius.”

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Israel + FET – Yeni afak English

Speaking to The Wall Street Journal after the Mavi Marmara massacre, conducted by the terrorist state of Israel, Fetullah Glen said that Israels authority should not have been defied, accusing Ankara and backing Israel. It is documented that Israel is involved in the PKK attack in Iskenderun, which martyred seven soldiers, on the same day (May 31, 2010) as the Mavi Marmara massacre! * The former Georgia-based Imam of the parallel structure Hayati Kk revealed on a TV program two years ago that “The Parallel Structure and the PKK had been secretly cooperating since 2005 to 2006. Pointing out that Glen did not say a single word against Israel all his life, Kk stated, “While Erbakan was embracing the Palestinian cause, they preached to us that we should not speak against Israel in our homes or even in our bedrooms. The following statement by Kk is noteworthy as it displays the extent of Israels control over FET; “We became hostile toward anyone who is against Israel in Turkey. We also did not want what Israel did not want. All the officers who were named disciples by the parallel structure were going to Israel for training. The Glen institutes in the U.S. were all founded by Jews! ” * Two weeks after the Fetullah Terror Organizations (FET) coup attempt on July 15, Alon Goshen-Gottstein, a Zionist writer, wrote, “Israel owes gratitude to Glen,” due to his response which protected Tel Aviv on the Mavi Marmara issue. This person who praised terrorist leader and coup plotter Glen to the skies in the same article was proudly speaking of his “twenty years-lasting friendship with the Glen community!” It was Jewish Morton Abramowitz, who led Glen to meet Pope John Paul II in the Vatican on Feb. 9, 1998. He was also the U.S. ambassador to Ankara from 1989 to 1991 and a CIA member. Exactly four months before his Vatican visit, in which he verbalized his loyalty to the Pope (Oct. 9, 1997), Glen hugged Abraham Foxman, President of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a prominent Jewish organization, in Istanbul. The Vatican’s “Interreligious Dialogue” project is among the “very special missions” of ADL as well. * Foxman did not tire in his praise of Glen in his interview (Jan. 31, 1998) with Zaman newspaper! Abdullah Bozkurt, who interviewed him, is currently a fugitive and conducts activities against the independent Muslim Turkey in Sweden. Bozkurt heads the Sweden-based organization Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) which FET had founded for international propaganda. The organization recently published a 191-page report on the July 15 coup attempt in which they highlighted an interview with Glen. The statements by Henry Barkey and Michael Rubin, as well as Kldarolu and Demirta, were included in the report. Bozkurt, one of the “active agents” of FET and former Ankara Representative of Today’s Zaman, works for Uncle Sam with all his cells. He has fixed his parallel brain on the Washingtons authorities! Two days before the assassination of Russia’s Ankara Ambassador Karlov in December, Mister Bozkurt posted a tweet, saying that “the embassies in Turkey are no longer safe.” On Mevlt Mert Altntas , the FET-member police who assassinated Karlov, so-called permit document, it was discovered that the address of the house written on it belonged to Bozkurt. * The following lines are quoted from Bozkurt’s report titled “U.S.s message to Israel” published on Dec. 19, 1997 in Zaman; Speaking at the evening dinner given by ADL, an influential Jewish organization in New York’s showy Plaza Hotel, Prime Minister Mesut Ylmaz promised to take Turkey-Israel friendship even further. Ylmaz, continued, ‘I will say it once again so everyone can hear: Turkey strongly supports Israel’s right to exist. We have stood with Israel since the beginning, since we were the first Muslim country to recognize Israel in 1949 … Yilmaz said to American Jewish leaders, ‘You guys can serve the U.S. and the world as our unofficial ambassadors. While presenting the elite statesman award to Ylmaz, ADL President Foxman said that “Last week, Turkey refused to participate in anti-Israeli resolutions at the OIC meeting in Tehran. * Six months before this news was out, Zaman published the headline Congratulations, for the government under the prime ministry of Mesut Ylmaz, which was founded after the subversion of the Refah-Yol government of the Feb. 28 coup d’tat. Detainee Akn ztrk, the former Turkish Air Force Commander who was at the forefront of FET’s coup attempt on July 15, was the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) Tel Aviv Military attache from 1996 to 1998. In other words, when generals issued a “memorandum” against the Refah-Yol government on Feb. 28, ztrk was serving in Israel. While serving in Israel, ztrk was enrolled in the 73rd NUR lodge in Tel Aviv and became a mason. Additionally, Glen was enrolled in the Masonic lodge when he was in zmir in 1975!

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US Jewish Leaders Express Outrage After Israel’s Western Wall Prayer Decision – Jewish Link of New Jersey

(JNS.org) American Jewish leaders reacted with outrage following the Israeli governments rescinding of a decision to create an egalitarian prayer pavilion at the Western Wall. The pavilion, which was originally approved by the Israeli cabinet in 2016, was slated to be constructed over a temporary mixed-gender prayer space established in 2013. For years, Americas Reform and Conservative Jewish movements have called for an egalitarian area outside of the Western Walls main prayer space, which separates men and women in accordance with Orthodox tradition. The Israeli haredi political parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, which form part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus governing coalition, have opposed the planned pavilion and said in a joint statement that the governments decision reflects the will of most of the nation that seeks to safeguard the Western Walls sanctity and status. American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris called the move a setback for Jewish unity. Abraham Foxman, former national director of the Anti-Defamation League, called the decision a slap in the face to Diaspora Jews. Eric Goldstein, CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, said that the Israeli cabinets action will only deepen the already accelerating divide between Diaspora Jews and Israel. The Reform movement canceled an upcoming meeting with Netanyahu. We cannot go about our scheduled meetings as if nothing has happened, said Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, who cited an acute crisis between the Israeli government and Diaspora Jewry. Yet Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, head of the Conservative movements Rabbinical Assembly, said that the decision will not affect her support for Israel. The people of Israel still need our support and our love, and the fact that an unbelievably, spectacularly shortsighted government cannot see its way to understand the critical importance of unity of world Jewry is something that is the fault of the politicians, she said.

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US Jewish leaders express outrage after Israel’s Western Wall prayer decision – JNS.org

The pavilion, which was originally approved by the Israeli cabinet in 2016, was slated to be constructed over a temporary mixed-gender prayer space established in 2013. For years, Americas Reform and Conservative Jewish movements have called for an egalitarian area outside of the Western Walls main prayer space, which separates men and women in accordance with Orthodox tradition. The Israeli haredi political parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, which form part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus governing coalition, have opposed the planned pavilion and said in a joint statement that the governments decision reflects the will of most of the nation that seeks to safeguard the Western Walls sanctity and status. American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris called the move a setback for Jewish unity. Abraham Foxman, former national director of the Anti-Defamation League, called the decision a slap in the face to diaspora Jews. Eric Goldstein, CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, said the Israeli cabinets action will only deepen the already accelerating divided between diaspora Jews and Israel. The Reform movement cancelled an upcoming meeting with Netanyahu. We cannot go about our scheduled meetings as if nothing has happened, said Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, who cited an acute crisis between the Israeli government and diaspora Jewry. Yet Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, head of the Conservative movements Rabbinical Assembly, said the decision will not affect her support for Israel. The people of Israel still need our support and our love, and the fact that an unbelievably, spectacularly shortsighted government cannot see its way to understand the critical importance of unity of world Jewry is something that is the fault of the politicians, she said.

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