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TIME Magazine should name the resistance 2017’s ‘Persons of the Year’ – LGBTQ Nation

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There are moments in history when conditions come together to create the impetus for great social change. We now rest on the cusp of one of those foundational moments as greater numbers of people of disparate social identities, backgrounds, and ages have been organizing, resisting, throughout the nation, in cities and towns large and small, to challenge an ever-widening existential assault on our nations critical democratic institutions and on democracy itself.

We have long since past the point where it is merely hyperbole to compare the rise and control of European nationalism / fascism in the 1920s and 1930s to the rise and possible takeover of nationalism / fascism in the United States and in other countries around the world.

In both 1920s Europe and in U.S.-style alt-right fascism, strong leaders whipped up dehumanizing stereotypes resulting in the scapegoating of already-marginalized groups of people to blame for causing past problems and posing clear and present dangers to the state.

During the campaign season and after taking office, Donald Trump mocked a disabled reporter; called undocumented Mexican immigrants drug dealers, criminals, and rapists; denounced a U.S.-born federal judge on the basis of his ancestry; threatened to reinstate the failed and unconstitutional stop and frisk tactics used against primarily people of color; threatened lawsuits on anyone who speaks against him.

He promised to monitor U.S. Muslim residents and impose bans on Muslims entering the U.S.; vowed to reverse womens reproductive freedoms and marriage equality of same-sex couples; retweeted white supremacists racist and anti-Jewish propaganda; and boiled his rally audiences to a fever-pitch by demonizing and bashing the press. Most recently, he highlighted trans peoples already minoritized other status with his military ban.

The difference, however, between the great successes of fascism in Europe and the ultimate defeat of the Trump regime in the not-too-distant future is that while relatively few individuals and national leaders stood up early to fascism by forcefully speaking out and intervening, the unprecedented outpouring of resistance, protest, and intervention by individuals and entire nations demonstrates that the ultimate balance of power rests with we the people.

We cannot merely dismiss Donald Trump as a narcissistic and emotionally deranged sociopath who gained the most powerful position in the world simply for his own personal gain. While all this is possibly true, Trump represents the mouthpiece of the so-called alt-right in spreading his alt-facts within his alt-reality universe.

The political center and left, through the Resistance, speaks truth to power serving as an antidote to Trumpism / fascism. In Trumps own perverse way, he has acted as the catalyst sparking the connections and coalitions between people of disparate social backgrounds who maintain similar philosophies of social change and social justice.

The resistance embodies patriots challenging jingoist nationalists.

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Anti-British sentiments condemned – Evening Echo Cork

ANTI-British sentiment should be regarded as racist in the same way as anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish rhetoric, a Douglas-based county councillor has said.

Social Democrat member Joe Harris has said he is concerned about an emerging anti-British sentiment in Cork and believes Cork County Council should officially condemn it.

Independent Cllr Diarmaid OCadhla, a member of the Cork Street Names group, was arrested in February and questioned by garda over his part in the vandalism of Victorian street signs in the city while signs reading, Vulgar Victoria the Famine Queen Shame on Cork appeared around the city in June.

In a separate incident, unrelated to the Cork Street Names campaign, work carried out by the Mad About Cork group to brighten up dilapidated parts of the city were daubed with the words Brits out in April.

Cllr Harris said British culture has to be granted the same respect as any other.

Its dragging historical horrors up and trying to take advantage of them in the present time. Its not helpful to future relations, said Mr Harris. Anti-English sentiment should be as unacceptable as anti-Traveller, anti-Muslim or anti-Jewish sentiment. Its unacceptable, and its racist.

Cllr Harris has placed a motion before Cork County Council asking them to officially condemn the anti-British sentiment.

Cork County Council is one of the largest in the country and we should not sit idly by. We should do something positive to create a better atmosphere. We are too silent on it. We are the Rebel County and there are 400,000 people living in the area. We need to start a debate on it and not let this be done in our name, he added.

In response, Councillor OCadhla said there was nothing anti-English about the Cork Street Names campaign and added that it is highlighting historical crimes by Queen Victoria and not provoking hate of any kind. He also condemned the Brits out graffiti seen recently in the city centre.

You wont find anti-Englishism with me or with anything Ive seen in relation to the Cork Street Names campaign. I dont see how it can be construed as that just because someone stands up for Ireland. Republican Terence McSwimey actually said that the people of England are our best friends and hes right.

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SF supervisors pass anti-Semitism resolution – Jweekly.com

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors this week unanimously passed a resolution condemning verbal and violent anti-Semitic assaults, both nationally and in the Bay Area, and vowing to stand in solidarity with Jewish and other communities whenever they are targeted or marginalized.

The resolution, introduced by District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen last month, cites the hundreds of incidents of anti-Semitic harassment and intimidation in the last few months throughout the country targeting individuals perceived to be of Jewish ethnic and/or religious ancestry.

It links these incidents to a rise in discriminatory acts targeting people of diverse backgrounds, including Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs, Latinos, women, immigrants and LGBT people.

Jewish Community Relations Council executive director Abby Michelson Porth, who helped draft the language of the resolution, was delighted with the outcome.

It is very significant that the [supervisors] unanimously passed a resolution addressing the increase of anti-Semitism in San Francisco and beyond, she told J. It comes from across the political spectrum, from far left to far right, and the boards clarion call for inclusivity is deeply meaningful.

The resolution, passed at the supervisors July 25 meeting, also condemns anti-Jewish rhetoric and acts, such as cemetery desecrations and assaults, calling out by name anti-Semites on the right: specifically white nationalists and racist groups.

It lumps together other anti-Semites, including radical Islamists, and anti-Zionists such as the Chicago Dyke March organizers (who kicked out Jewish marchers on June 24 during Chicago Pride weekend for displaying Stars of David), as groups across the political spectrum.

As a nonbinding measure, the resolution does not mention any steps the Board of Supervisors intends to take to fight anti-Semitism, nor does it make mention of Zionism, anti-Zionism or Israel. Instead, in carefully chosen language, it excoriates anti-Semitic discrimination rooted in efforts to delegitimize Jewish self-determination.

Porth noted that her organization is fighting against the exclusion of Jews and those who support Israels existence every day.

Other community leaders praised Ronen and the board for tackling the issue.

Rick Zbur, executive director of the LGBT rights group Equality California, said in an open letter to the supervisors that the resolution sends a resounding message of inclusion, engagement and acceptance that San Francisco has long championed, and that includes its Jewish residents as part and parcel of the rainbow of diversity that is San Francisco.

During public comments at a board meeting earlier in the month, Anti-Defamation League Central Pacific regional director Seth Brysk spoke in favor of the resolution, saying it represents a good start towards addressing the recent surge of anti-Semitism.

In a separate statement, Ronen said, Alongside anti-Semitism, we have witnessed a radical jump in racial discrimination, misogyny, anti-LGBT bias and Islamophobia. Thats why I was proud to work with our local Jewish Community Relations Council to develop a resolution that would respond to this rise of anti-Semitism and reaffirm the Citys commitment to inclusion.

The resolution now moves on to Mayor Ed Lee for his signature.

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Pinkwashing Censorship: How the Chicago Dyke March Won its … – American Spectator

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Gretchen R. Hammond, a transgender reporter, was personally threatened, subject to sexist and anti-Semitic abuse and Neo-Nazi slurs as retribution against an article she wrote, losing her job as a result and the National Review is the only major American publication reporting on it. How did this happen? Hammond was the first reporter to write about the Chicago Dyke March removing three Jewish women from the march for having Jewish symbolism on their flags. While the Dyke March holds that there is nothing anti-Semitic about forbidding Jewish symbols while allowing other religious imagery, they were evidently unhappy with anyone reporting on their totally not anti-Semitic actions and letting the public draw its own conclusions. Shortly after the article was published, Hammond and her employer, the LGBT newspaper Windy City Times, began receiving insults and threats, which included anti-Jewish and sexist slurs. Shortly after, Hammond was forced off of reporting and placed into sales, which she blames on harassment from the Dyke March.

Instead of condemning this harassment, the Chicago Dyke March bragged about it, tweeting Zio tears replenish my electrolytes. Zio is an anti-Jewish slur popularized by the KKK, and the Dyke March initially defended the comment before deleting and replacing the original tweet.

If other organizations used derogatory slurs towards or celebrated the abuse of an individual by people angry at her reporting, the outrage would be deafening. After all, when CNNs Andrew Kaczynski faced harassment from redditors after publishing an article perceived as threatening to dox the private individual responsible for a gif that president Trump tweeted, Vox and the New York Times were quick to document the harassment that he faced. When a bunch of angry videogame fans harassed feminist journalist Anita Sarkeesian and game developer Zoe Quinn for criticizing sexism in videogames, it kicked off a 3+ year cycle of story after story on what became known as Gamergate. Surely, harassment that cost someone their job and that has the support not just of fringe internet users, but a large mainstream institution is the sort of bullying and intimidation that people would be up in arms against. And yet, the same organizations that have long campaigned against what they see as harassment and intimidation of progressive writers are suddenly silent, or even supportive of this bullying when its done by supporters of the Chicago Dyke March. Are journalists falling for the disingenuous invocation of LGBT rights by the March to distract from the racism, sexism, harassment, and courting of fascism that their movement is engaging in? Or have journalists seen what happened to the last left-wing writer who tried to expose intolerance and hypocrisy in the Chicago Dyke March and decided that is safer to turn a blind eye? Whatever the answer, the Chicago Dyke Marchs successful war on the media should be deeply disturbing for those interested in a free and honest press.

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Historic Torah Scroll To Make A Stop At Chabad Of The Hamptons In East Hampton – 27east.com

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Kristallnachtthe night of broken glasswas November 9, 1938, when nearly endless shards littered streets throughout Germany, the broken windows of synagogues, homes and Jewish-owned businesses destroyed by rioters and Nazi Party officials. On that night, more than 1,400 synagogues were burned and 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed, and an untold number of citizens were murdered.

In the midst of the violence and destruction targeting Jewish German citizens, a treasured piece of Jewish culture was rescued, saved from being another piece of ash in the fires that burned that nightand, nearly 80 years later, people will be able to see that surviving piece of history in East Hampton.

Chabad of the Hamptons, located on Woods Lane, will host the Kristallnacht Torah, a Torah scroll rescued from Germany that night. According to Musia Baumgarten, program coordinator for the Chabad, the Torah scroll will be read for the Chabads Sabbath service on Saturday, August 5, and will be available for attendees to read and touch for themselves.

A Torah scroll holds great religious importance in the Jewish faith, as it contains the Five Books of Moses, which are the transcriptions of the commandments that God spoke to Moses and that Moses gave to the Jewish people.

Ms. Baumgarten said that a Torah scroll stands as the history of Jewish life and was so reviled by anti-Jewish Germans that, on the night of Kristallnacht, the German rioters forced Jewish citizens to destroy their own Torah scrolls or be killed. She also said that some Jewish people were forced by Germans to have their Torah scrolls wrapped around their bodiesand then were set on fire.

The severity of it was so great because of the sanctity of a Torah scroll, she said.

Ms. Baumgarten said that the scroll was recovered by a 14-year-old boy named Isaac Schwartz, who braved a pile of burning items in Hamburg to try to recover anything that he could, including the scroll, and then buried it with other possessions in the ground to protect it.

After World War II had ended, Isaacs family recovered the scroll in Hamburg, but it could not be used again due to the damage it had suffered from the fire and its time in the ground.

A Torah scroll, in order to be used and be deemed kosher, all the letters need to be intact and the parchment needs to be intact, Ms. Baumgarten explained. Obviously, after the fire and being underground for so long, it was not. The letters cant be cracked and the parchment cant be ripped.

According to Menachem Klein, project manager at the Jewish Learning Institute in Brooklyn, Leonard Wien, a philanthropist, approached the institute two and a half years ago with some interesting news: Mr. Wien had purchased the Kristallnacht Torah from the Schwartz family and wanted to donate it to the institute in the hopes that it could be refurbished and preserved.

Every letter in the scroll had to be perfecteven the tiniest crack in the lettering makes it pointless, Mr. Klein said on Monday before going on to explain the process of restoration. The letters were written over and mounted on a new atzei chaims, which are wooden rollers the scrolls are on.

Mr. Klein said that it took six months for the institute to fully restore the scroll. Once it was finished, the institute began transporting it around the world to different synagogues and Chabads for worshipers to read from and inspect during holy services.

The treasured scroll is transported by the institute with great care and kept in temperature-controlled rooms to ensure there is no further cracking of the letters or damage to the parchment. The scroll is also wrapped in a blue cloth known as a mantel that bears a special inscription: Is this one not a brand plucked from fire? With fire you were destroyed, and with fire you will be rebuilt.

The scroll is a representation of the Jewish community as a whole, Mr. Klein said. We celebrate Jewish life and learning by reading this scroll. We want to make it a full celebration.

Torah is something that unites all Jews, Ms. Baumgarten said. The Torah is the same for every single Jew no matter the level of observance or affiliation. The Torah is the Torah for everyone. When you have a Torah that was rescued from the Holocaust, which was the lowest point in Jewish history, and now its back in circulation and were still learning and reading from it, not only does it give a message of Were still here, but the unity that this Torah scroll has created is even stronger than that of the Torah scroll we have here.

It touches people, she continued, because this is something that was rescued literally from the ashes of the Holocaust.

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Rising Anti-Semitism, Ultra-nationalism in Ukraine Raises Concerns – Newsmax

Non-governmental organizations, civil libertarians, and business leaders warn that Ukraine appears to be sliding toward an increasingly nationalistic, anti-Semitic era characterized by hooliganism, threats, and i,n some cases, outright violence to Jews.

The precise degree of the cultures drift toward a nationalism bordering on fascism — with a strong anti-Jewish drift — is difficult to determine. The situation there has been clouded by Russias recent invasion and annexation of Crimea, an act that has drawn support for the Kiev government across Europe and the United States.

But the Simon Wiesenthal Center has complained about the growing anti-Semitism in Ukraine and filed several protests in recent months over the direction this nation of 42.5 million souls appears to be taking.

In May, anti-Semitic Facebook posts attributed to a retired Ukrainian general, Vasily Vovk, shook Ukrainian society and triggered alarm bells in democratic nations around the globe.

I am completely against Jews, Vovk stated. You are not Ukrainians and I will destroy you along with Rabinovich.

Rabinovitch is believed to be a reference to the respected Jewish Ukrainian businessman and politician, Vadim Rabinovich. The promise to destroy Jews generally recalled the dark era of Nazi persecution and the Holocaust.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center responded to that broadside with a letter to Ukraines ambassador to Israel, urging the Ukrainian government to send a clear message that in democratic Ukraine there will be no tolerance whatsoever for anti-Semites and bigots of any type.

The ADL joined calls for Vovk, who holds a senior reserve rank with Ukraine security forces, to be fired.

Concern over rising anti-Jewish bigotry in Ukraine escalated further with the news the Ukrainian capital of Kiev intended to name city streets after Ukrainian nationalists Stefan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych.

According to the Wiesenthal Center, Bandera was a nationalist who at one point cooperated with the Nazis. Shukhevych was a general for the WWII-era Ukrainian Insurgent Army, which has been linked to ethnic cleansing in Nazi-occupied Poland that resulted in at least 76,000 deaths.

The Weisenthal Center responded that We absolutely oppose and condemn any attempt to turn murderers in the service of the Nazis into Ukrainian heroes. Such a policy is not only an insult to the memory of their innocent victims, but an affront to human dignity and historical truth.

As with much of Europe, anti-Semitism has waxed and waned for centuries in Ukraine, where Jews have periodically suffered pogroms, assaults, and persecution.

Based on recent events, watchdogs fear Ukraine may be slipping into another phase of bitter intolerance. Among the incidents underlying those concerns:

Alan Dershowitz, the famed constitutional attorney, has strong ties to Ukraine and follows events there closely. He told Newsmax that anti-Jewish bigotry once again appears to be on the rise in Ukraine.

Ukraine was among the worst areas of anti-Semitism throughout modern history, Dershowitz tells Newsmax, particularly in the western Ukraine. It abated — there was kind of a moratorium on anti-Semitism more or less from the end of the Holocaust, to fairly recent years.

Were seeing the return of classic anti-Semitism, coupled with hyper-nationalism. With hyper-nationalism also comes denial of complicity in the Holocaust. So were seeing a lot of Holocaust denial in these areas.

Dershowitz blames the current anti-Semitic trend on the rise of nationalism and populism.

I think its dangerous, he says of the growing Ukrainian anti-Semitism. I dont think its Holocaust-dangerous. I dont think its likely to lead to the kinds of acts of silence on a broad governmental scale, because the governments today would stop that.

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The Washington Post Passes on Palestinian Incitement – Algemeiner

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On a near-daily basis, Palestinians encourage and praise violence against Israelis. And just as frequently, many major US news outletsthe Washington Postforemost among themignore it.

Calls for anti-Jewish violence permeatePalestinian society. School textbooks condone it. Mosques lionize it. Sporting clubs and street signs are named after terrorists. And its all sanctioned by the entities that govern Palestinian lifesome of which receive extensive fundingfrom the USand the European Union.

The Palestinian Authority (PA), which rules the West Bank, and is dominated by the Fatah movement, is a frequent perpetrator of these crimes. So, of course, is Hamas, the US-designated terror group that controls the Gaza Strip.

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Winston Churchill disparaged the impact of Islam on Muslims in his 1899 book, The River War: How dreadful are the curses…

The evidence of their support for terror is abundant. And tragically, so are theaftereffects.

On July 14, three Arab-Israeli citizens murdered two Israeli Druze police officers near the Temple Mount, which is Judaisms holiest and Islams third-holiest site. The terrorists were shot dead by police. Fatahs official Facebook page commemorated the murderers as martyrs, sharing pictures of them and calling for a day of rage. This was from a movementthatthe Washington Postand others have frequentlylabeledas moderate.

The Washington Postreportedon the attack, noting that Israel increased security measures at the Temple Mount and detained several members of the Jordanian Islamic Waqf, which administers the site, becausethey were suspected of aiding the three attackers or for inciting violence against Israel.The Postblandly told readers that the site is often a flash point of violence between the sides.

Yet, the paper failed to detail why this is the case.

As the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), and others have pointed out, Palestinian Arab leaders have a history of claiming that Jews wantto rid Jerusalem of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is located on the Temple Mount. As the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) noted in a lengthyreporton the subject, Al-Aqsa is in danger is a classic libel that was embroidered in the first half of the twentieth century against the Jewish people, the Zionist movement and, eventually, the State of Israel.

JCPA points out that the birthfather of this enduring libel was a Nazi collaborator, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini. In 1929, the muftihailedas a pioneer by PA President and Fatah head Mahmoud Abbasused lies alleging Jewish designs on the mosque to inflame an already organized and armed Palestinian Arab populace. His actions ledto attacks on Jerusalems Jewish neighborhoods and nearby Jewish communities, whichkilled 133 Jewish men, women and children, and wounded 339.

Use of the Al-Aqsa libel to stir violence against Jews has been repeated many times since, including during the Second Intifada (2000-05), during which more than 1,000 Israeli citizens weremurdered. On September 16, 2015, Mahmoud Abbasstatedon official PA TVthat,The Al-Aqsa is ours, and they [Jews] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem.

In August of that year, Abbasclaimedthat Jewish history in Jerusalem was a delusional myth, and that Israel had no rights over the Temple Mount.This mirrors attempts by UN agencies, such as UNESCO, to try and erase the Jewish peoples connection to their ancestral homeland.

Anti-Jewish violence, in the form of vehicular and stabbing attacks and shootings, predictably followed Abbas remarks. Many press outlets, includingthePost, referred to this as the stabbing intifada and claimed that it consisted of lone-wolf attacks. In fact, the Palestinian leadership largely incited it and has continued toincentivize terror via media praise and payments to terrorists and their familiesthe latter of which was whitewashed as social welfare payments byPostJerusalem bureau chief William Booth in a May 3, 2017,report.

In another event ignored by the Post, Abbasmetwith the families of slain terrorists in February 2016 and March 2017. One terrorist,Muhannad Shafeq Halabi, washonoredwith a posthumous law degree by the PA Bar Association, and a tree was planted in his memory by the PA Ministry of Education. Before he was killed by police, Halabimurderedtwo Israelis and stabbed a two-year-old child in Jerusalem on October 8, 2015.

It might seem oddthat the Postand many other media outlets routinely ignore a precursor of anti-Jewish violence and other forms of Palestinian incitement. A July 1, 2017,tweetby Jerusalem bureau chief Booth might provide an explanation for this.In the tweet, Boothdecried that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed Trump a video alleging Abbas incitement [of terror] in order to stoke the American presidents emotions. In other words, Israelby providing evidence thatthe PA encouragesterrorwas the party truly responsible for incitement.

The writer is a senior research analyst for CAMERA, the 65,000-member, Boston-based Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. His views are his own.

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Musings on the dangers of ‘the new new anti-Semitism’ and America’s current preoccupation with ‘all things Russian’ – Jewish Journal

As an aging historian of anti-Semitism, I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Indeed, my friends sometimes caution me that I see a centipede with ever-trod shoe leather when there may be none! Even so, I am not exactly alone in my concerns.

According to a new Rasmussen poll, around two thirds of American voters consider anti-Semitism at least a somewhat serious problem including one fourth who believe its a very serious problem. It could just be that, in the current climate of national hyper-political polarization, ordinary Americans are on to something here!

The last time that our national angst spilled over into a spike of anti-Semitism was during and after the 2007-2008 Financial Meltdown. This was an echo of prior episodes in which Americans, both right and left, became wildly fearful over the Rothschild banking family taking over the world and America. In 2008, high-profile members of Goldman Sachs but extending to others including financier George Soros were equated with a Jewish to conspiracy to engineer a global economic collapse. Readership on line and off reached unprecedented levels of that hoary anti-Semitic hoax, propagated a century ago by the Russian secret police: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Currently in 2017, no new playbook has yet emerged to galvanize a new wave of politically-inspired anti-Semitism in America. But this is not for the lack of trying by the likes former Grand Wizard David Duke and Neo-Nazi web sites like the Daily Stormer.

The first time in American history when a combined political-economic crisis sparked a national wave of political anti-Jewish conspiracy mongering was just before 1900. In 1896, during a depressed decade also marked by global economic anxieties and Middle American job losses, the Democrats nominated for the presidency William Jennings Bryan who promised to save the nation from being crucified on a cross of gold. Bryan and his party were by no means motivated by anti-Semitism, but Jew haters ran as fast and far as they could toward the political goal line with fiery anti-Semitic cross-of-hate imagery. The presidential election of 1896 (which Democrat Bryan lost) occurred exactly 120 years before the 2016 presidential election which Republican Donald Trump won.

Lets look at the latest revelations about alleged collusion between the Russians and the Trump Campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election. One eye of a potentially anti-Semitic new political firestorm storm centered around British-born, Jewish tabloid journalist turned music promoter Rob Goldstone. Goldstones clients include Emin Agalarov, the son Aras Agalarov, a Russian-Azerbaijani oligarch closely connected to Vladimir Putin who in 2013 helped Donald Trump promote that years Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow. Goldstone wrote the emails to Donald Trump Jr. resulting in the invitation to the 25th Floor of Trump Tower extended to the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last June 2016 in the heat of the presidential campaign. The lure offered Trump Jr. to make the invitation was damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government that (according to Goldstone) meant to show its support for Mr. Trump. Responding in an email to this proffer that I love it, Donald Trump Jr. attended the meeting with his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then campaign manager, Paul Manafort, in tow.

It will now be up to Congressional Committees and Special Counsel Robert Mueller to sort through conflicting accounts to decide what exactly happened around that ill-advised meeting and what comes of it. But David Duke and the Daily Stormer are already hawking anti-Semitic conspiracy theories featuring the flamboyant Goldstone.

As reported in the Forward, Goldstone says that he is not defined by Judaism. My mum was from a religious family, my dad less so. . . . I like the traditions and spirituality of my religion, but I am not defined by it.

Potentially more troubling and explosive is the Jew haters increasing focus on Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Donald Trump. We can see the beginnings of a grotesque caricature of Kushner as an Arch-Jewish Conspiriarch or a modern-day Svengali (a famous fictional Jewish villain who bewitched good Christian girls) or Goldstein (the political villain manipulated by Big Brother in George Orwells 1984).

It is hard to imagine anti-Semites even trying to resist the temptation to accuse Kushner of setting up his brother-in-law Trump Jr. to also bring down his father-in-law Trump Sr. in some sort of Elders of Zion-style conspiracy. Indeed, in a bizarre Freudian twist, Jared Kushner is already being pictured as repeating at the expense of his brother-in-law, Donald Trump Jr., the Kushners own family tragedy. Jared Kushners father, Charles Kushner, went to jail for attempting to blackmail his own brother-in-law, William Schulder.

David Duke is already pillorying Jared Kushner for giving large sums of money to Chabad Lubavicha Zionist hate organization. The Daily Stormer blames the Trumps woes on the fat Jew Goldstone and Kushner as the Missing Link in the Russian Kookspiracy illustrated with this cartoon:

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The danger to be fearedand guarded againstis that warped minds will merge the odd Rob Goldstone with the controversial Jared Kushner into some sort of twenty-first century Judas stereotype. The Lord protect us if a brilliant anti-Semitic rabble rouser starts peddling an image combining Iago in Shakespeares Othello and Shylock in Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice into the core image of a new Jewish global conspiracy theory!

Unintentionally, President Trump made matters worse by offering these paternal apologetics to a gaggle of reporters on Air Force One: When they say treason you know what treason is? Thats Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for giving the atomic bomb, okay? (See Gabriela Geselowitzs recent essay in the Tablet.) Trump apologist Jeffrey Lord has also chimed in on CNN with the reminder that, in 1980, Jimmy Carter allegedly unleashed Armin Hammer to convince Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin to get the Kremlin to release Refuseniks to emigrate to Israel in order to influence the Jewish vote in key states. The Kremlin did nothing.

The new new anti-Semitism meme is also being advanced, no doubt also unintentionally, by some on the left. On MSNBC, Lawrence ODonnell devoted most of one program to what, filtered through an anti-Semitic lens not shared by ODonnell, could be viewed as an inverted Purim narrative. King Ahasuerus figures as President Trump. His evil viceroy Haman figures as Jared Kushner. Hamans antagonist Mordecai figures as Donald Juniorwho refuses to bow down to him. All we need to complete this perverted inversion is an anti-Jewish Esther: perhaps a divorced Ivanka wising up her Dad to the nefarious ways of the Jareds tribe!

Maybe my fears of a new-new anti-Semitic revival may seem overdrawn, but stranger things have happened in the history of anti-Semitism. It is incumbent among decent Americans of all political persuasions to unite now to make sure that current national polarization about Trump Era political scandals does not escalate into a new American tragedy scapegoating Jews.

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Evangelical Trump Supporters Hark Back to the ‘Good Old Days’ – Sojourners

I am constantly asked why, in last years presidential election, 81 percent of white conservative Christians voted for Donald Trump, a thrice-married, self-proclaimed womanizer whose personal behavior, religious practices, and lifestyle are far different than the majority of evangelical churchgoers. The answer is not hard to find.

Trumps winning mantra Make America Great Again was congruent with a wishful return to the Protestant hegemony that once existed in the United States, back in the Eden-like good old days.

In the recollections of many evangelicals, America was then a tranquil, moral land deeply rooted in a specific set of traditional Christian values: the shining city on the hill, an idyllic small-town nation dominated by a white male leadership group.

It is a vision that offered Trump voters a fuzzy feel-good moment about a history that never happened. Those who believe such an America actually existed suffer from historical amnesia because the reality was far different.

Cruel child labor and exploited immigrant workers constituted much of the work force required to build and maintain an expanding economy. It was an America that actively engaged in a vicious system of human slavery the countrys original sin only to be followed after a bloody Civil War by legally sanctioned racial segregation, discrimination, and persecution.

During those blissful years when America was great, women could not vote, and factory and railroad workers, miners, and other laborers had no recourse to collective bargaining or economic rights. There was widespread anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, and anti-Asian bigotry.

In the 19th century, Catholic churches were burned, and in 1913 Leo Frank, a Jew, was lynched near Atlanta, brutally killed for a crime he did not commit. At the same time, there was widespread fear of the Yellow Peril.

American Indians may have unwittingly provided America with a host of geographical place names the Dakotas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and many other appellations but they were denied the right to vote in some states until the 1950s. Many tribes were victims of a U.S. policy that forcibly moved Indians into government-built reservations that were degrading and stifling. One result of the forced confinements of the tribes was a high incidence of unemployment, alcoholism, and other maladies.

It was an America in which millions of its citizens, including many public officials, were members of the racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klan. And there were a host of other social, economic, political, and cultural problems.

But no matter.

In the 2016 election, that mythical time of pristine, American greatness was invoked for millions of voters, many of them evangelical Christians who believed America had been stolen from them. They voted to take back America, and the past ills, inequities, and wretched economic conditions were conveniently erased from their collective memories. In place of historical reality was a hazy image of a lost innocent America, and a desperate craving to make our nation great again.

Many members of Trumps political base have not come to terms with the challenges of the modern world: rapid scientific advances, especially in bioethics; growing religious indifference among millions of fellow Americans; the rapidly changing ethnic, racial, and religious demographics in the U.S.; and, of course, the reality of climate change.

Many evangelical voters suffer a sense of political bereavement, the death of a once great Christian America. When the mourning for a lost America is combined with religious rage and spiritual certitude, it is a potent combination that astute politicians like Donald Trump can harness to their electoral advantage.

That is why many white evangelicals resonate with coded language about the dreaded others in todays America: immigrants, Muslims, Hispanics, LGBTQ, secular humanists, elites out of the American mainstream, globalists, and the privileged media are regularly pilloried to garner evangelical votes.

A warning: Political and religious leaders who fail to recognize that perceived sense of traumatic loss are doomed to suffer electoral failures and the steady decline of mainline Protestant church membership.

The hope for a restoration, while not based on historical reality, cannot be minimized or disregarded because those feelings constitute the linchpin of Trumps conservative Christian base.

As evangelicals feel themselves beleaguered and belittled in what was once their America, shrewd politicians will fine-tune their messages and continue to gain election victories.

The 2016 campaign was not a quirk or a fluke. Fasten your seat belts; Americas bumpy electoral ride is certain to continue.

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TIME Magazine should name the resistance 2017’s ‘Persons of the Year’ – LGBTQ Nation

Composite by Jeff Taylor. Pixabay There are moments in history when conditions come together to create the impetus for great social change. We now rest on the cusp of one of those foundational moments as greater numbers of people of disparate social identities, backgrounds, and ages have been organizing, resisting, throughout the nation, in cities and towns large and small, to challenge an ever-widening existential assault on our nations critical democratic institutions and on democracy itself. We have long since past the point where it is merely hyperbole to compare the rise and control of European nationalism / fascism in the 1920s and 1930s to the rise and possible takeover of nationalism / fascism in the United States and in other countries around the world. In both 1920s Europe and in U.S.-style alt-right fascism, strong leaders whipped up dehumanizing stereotypes resulting in the scapegoating of already-marginalized groups of people to blame for causing past problems and posing clear and present dangers to the state. During the campaign season and after taking office, Donald Trump mocked a disabled reporter; called undocumented Mexican immigrants drug dealers, criminals, and rapists; denounced a U.S.-born federal judge on the basis of his ancestry; threatened to reinstate the failed and unconstitutional stop and frisk tactics used against primarily people of color; threatened lawsuits on anyone who speaks against him. He promised to monitor U.S. Muslim residents and impose bans on Muslims entering the U.S.; vowed to reverse womens reproductive freedoms and marriage equality of same-sex couples; retweeted white supremacists racist and anti-Jewish propaganda; and boiled his rally audiences to a fever-pitch by demonizing and bashing the press. Most recently, he highlighted trans peoples already minoritized other status with his military ban. The difference, however, between the great successes of fascism in Europe and the ultimate defeat of the Trump regime in the not-too-distant future is that while relatively few individuals and national leaders stood up early to fascism by forcefully speaking out and intervening, the unprecedented outpouring of resistance, protest, and intervention by individuals and entire nations demonstrates that the ultimate balance of power rests with we the people. We cannot merely dismiss Donald Trump as a narcissistic and emotionally deranged sociopath who gained the most powerful position in the world simply for his own personal gain. While all this is possibly true, Trump represents the mouthpiece of the so-called alt-right in spreading his alt-facts within his alt-reality universe. The political center and left, through the Resistance, speaks truth to power serving as an antidote to Trumpism / fascism. In Trumps own perverse way, he has acted as the catalyst sparking the connections and coalitions between people of disparate social backgrounds who maintain similar philosophies of social change and social justice. The resistance embodies patriots challenging jingoist nationalists.

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Anti-British sentiments condemned – Evening Echo Cork

ANTI-British sentiment should be regarded as racist in the same way as anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish rhetoric, a Douglas-based county councillor has said. Social Democrat member Joe Harris has said he is concerned about an emerging anti-British sentiment in Cork and believes Cork County Council should officially condemn it. Independent Cllr Diarmaid OCadhla, a member of the Cork Street Names group, was arrested in February and questioned by garda over his part in the vandalism of Victorian street signs in the city while signs reading, Vulgar Victoria the Famine Queen Shame on Cork appeared around the city in June. In a separate incident, unrelated to the Cork Street Names campaign, work carried out by the Mad About Cork group to brighten up dilapidated parts of the city were daubed with the words Brits out in April. Cllr Harris said British culture has to be granted the same respect as any other. Its dragging historical horrors up and trying to take advantage of them in the present time. Its not helpful to future relations, said Mr Harris. Anti-English sentiment should be as unacceptable as anti-Traveller, anti-Muslim or anti-Jewish sentiment. Its unacceptable, and its racist. Cllr Harris has placed a motion before Cork County Council asking them to officially condemn the anti-British sentiment. Cork County Council is one of the largest in the country and we should not sit idly by. We should do something positive to create a better atmosphere. We are too silent on it. We are the Rebel County and there are 400,000 people living in the area. We need to start a debate on it and not let this be done in our name, he added. In response, Councillor OCadhla said there was nothing anti-English about the Cork Street Names campaign and added that it is highlighting historical crimes by Queen Victoria and not provoking hate of any kind. He also condemned the Brits out graffiti seen recently in the city centre. You wont find anti-Englishism with me or with anything Ive seen in relation to the Cork Street Names campaign. I dont see how it can be construed as that just because someone stands up for Ireland. Republican Terence McSwimey actually said that the people of England are our best friends and hes right.

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SF supervisors pass anti-Semitism resolution – Jweekly.com

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors this week unanimously passed a resolution condemning verbal and violent anti-Semitic assaults, both nationally and in the Bay Area, and vowing to stand in solidarity with Jewish and other communities whenever they are targeted or marginalized. The resolution, introduced by District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen last month, cites the hundreds of incidents of anti-Semitic harassment and intimidation in the last few months throughout the country targeting individuals perceived to be of Jewish ethnic and/or religious ancestry. It links these incidents to a rise in discriminatory acts targeting people of diverse backgrounds, including Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs, Latinos, women, immigrants and LGBT people. Jewish Community Relations Council executive director Abby Michelson Porth, who helped draft the language of the resolution, was delighted with the outcome. It is very significant that the [supervisors] unanimously passed a resolution addressing the increase of anti-Semitism in San Francisco and beyond, she told J. It comes from across the political spectrum, from far left to far right, and the boards clarion call for inclusivity is deeply meaningful. The resolution, passed at the supervisors July 25 meeting, also condemns anti-Jewish rhetoric and acts, such as cemetery desecrations and assaults, calling out by name anti-Semites on the right: specifically white nationalists and racist groups. It lumps together other anti-Semites, including radical Islamists, and anti-Zionists such as the Chicago Dyke March organizers (who kicked out Jewish marchers on June 24 during Chicago Pride weekend for displaying Stars of David), as groups across the political spectrum. As a nonbinding measure, the resolution does not mention any steps the Board of Supervisors intends to take to fight anti-Semitism, nor does it make mention of Zionism, anti-Zionism or Israel. Instead, in carefully chosen language, it excoriates anti-Semitic discrimination rooted in efforts to delegitimize Jewish self-determination. Porth noted that her organization is fighting against the exclusion of Jews and those who support Israels existence every day. Other community leaders praised Ronen and the board for tackling the issue. Rick Zbur, executive director of the LGBT rights group Equality California, said in an open letter to the supervisors that the resolution sends a resounding message of inclusion, engagement and acceptance that San Francisco has long championed, and that includes its Jewish residents as part and parcel of the rainbow of diversity that is San Francisco. During public comments at a board meeting earlier in the month, Anti-Defamation League Central Pacific regional director Seth Brysk spoke in favor of the resolution, saying it represents a good start towards addressing the recent surge of anti-Semitism. In a separate statement, Ronen said, Alongside anti-Semitism, we have witnessed a radical jump in racial discrimination, misogyny, anti-LGBT bias and Islamophobia. Thats why I was proud to work with our local Jewish Community Relations Council to develop a resolution that would respond to this rise of anti-Semitism and reaffirm the Citys commitment to inclusion. The resolution now moves on to Mayor Ed Lee for his signature.

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Pinkwashing Censorship: How the Chicago Dyke March Won its … – American Spectator

July 25, 2017, 10:04 pm Gretchen R. Hammond, a transgender reporter, was personally threatened, subject to sexist and anti-Semitic abuse and Neo-Nazi slurs as retribution against an article she wrote, losing her job as a result and the National Review is the only major American publication reporting on it. How did this happen? Hammond was the first reporter to write about the Chicago Dyke March removing three Jewish women from the march for having Jewish symbolism on their flags. While the Dyke March holds that there is nothing anti-Semitic about forbidding Jewish symbols while allowing other religious imagery, they were evidently unhappy with anyone reporting on their totally not anti-Semitic actions and letting the public draw its own conclusions. Shortly after the article was published, Hammond and her employer, the LGBT newspaper Windy City Times, began receiving insults and threats, which included anti-Jewish and sexist slurs. Shortly after, Hammond was forced off of reporting and placed into sales, which she blames on harassment from the Dyke March. Instead of condemning this harassment, the Chicago Dyke March bragged about it, tweeting Zio tears replenish my electrolytes. Zio is an anti-Jewish slur popularized by the KKK, and the Dyke March initially defended the comment before deleting and replacing the original tweet. If other organizations used derogatory slurs towards or celebrated the abuse of an individual by people angry at her reporting, the outrage would be deafening. After all, when CNNs Andrew Kaczynski faced harassment from redditors after publishing an article perceived as threatening to dox the private individual responsible for a gif that president Trump tweeted, Vox and the New York Times were quick to document the harassment that he faced. When a bunch of angry videogame fans harassed feminist journalist Anita Sarkeesian and game developer Zoe Quinn for criticizing sexism in videogames, it kicked off a 3+ year cycle of story after story on what became known as Gamergate. Surely, harassment that cost someone their job and that has the support not just of fringe internet users, but a large mainstream institution is the sort of bullying and intimidation that people would be up in arms against. And yet, the same organizations that have long campaigned against what they see as harassment and intimidation of progressive writers are suddenly silent, or even supportive of this bullying when its done by supporters of the Chicago Dyke March. Are journalists falling for the disingenuous invocation of LGBT rights by the March to distract from the racism, sexism, harassment, and courting of fascism that their movement is engaging in? Or have journalists seen what happened to the last left-wing writer who tried to expose intolerance and hypocrisy in the Chicago Dyke March and decided that is safer to turn a blind eye? Whatever the answer, the Chicago Dyke Marchs successful war on the media should be deeply disturbing for those interested in a free and honest press. Wiki Commons

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Historic Torah Scroll To Make A Stop At Chabad Of The Hamptons In East Hampton – 27east.com

Jul 25, 2017 4:19 PM Kristallnachtthe night of broken glasswas November 9, 1938, when nearly endless shards littered streets throughout Germany, the broken windows of synagogues, homes and Jewish-owned businesses destroyed by rioters and Nazi Party officials. On that night, more than 1,400 synagogues were burned and 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed, and an untold number of citizens were murdered. In the midst of the violence and destruction targeting Jewish German citizens, a treasured piece of Jewish culture was rescued, saved from being another piece of ash in the fires that burned that nightand, nearly 80 years later, people will be able to see that surviving piece of history in East Hampton. Chabad of the Hamptons, located on Woods Lane, will host the Kristallnacht Torah, a Torah scroll rescued from Germany that night. According to Musia Baumgarten, program coordinator for the Chabad, the Torah scroll will be read for the Chabads Sabbath service on Saturday, August 5, and will be available for attendees to read and touch for themselves. A Torah scroll holds great religious importance in the Jewish faith, as it contains the Five Books of Moses, which are the transcriptions of the commandments that God spoke to Moses and that Moses gave to the Jewish people. Ms. Baumgarten said that a Torah scroll stands as the history of Jewish life and was so reviled by anti-Jewish Germans that, on the night of Kristallnacht, the German rioters forced Jewish citizens to destroy their own Torah scrolls or be killed. She also said that some Jewish people were forced by Germans to have their Torah scrolls wrapped around their bodiesand then were set on fire. The severity of it was so great because of the sanctity of a Torah scroll, she said. Ms. Baumgarten said that the scroll was recovered by a 14-year-old boy named Isaac Schwartz, who braved a pile of burning items in Hamburg to try to recover anything that he could, including the scroll, and then buried it with other possessions in the ground to protect it. After World War II had ended, Isaacs family recovered the scroll in Hamburg, but it could not be used again due to the damage it had suffered from the fire and its time in the ground. A Torah scroll, in order to be used and be deemed kosher, all the letters need to be intact and the parchment needs to be intact, Ms. Baumgarten explained. Obviously, after the fire and being underground for so long, it was not. The letters cant be cracked and the parchment cant be ripped. According to Menachem Klein, project manager at the Jewish Learning Institute in Brooklyn, Leonard Wien, a philanthropist, approached the institute two and a half years ago with some interesting news: Mr. Wien had purchased the Kristallnacht Torah from the Schwartz family and wanted to donate it to the institute in the hopes that it could be refurbished and preserved. Every letter in the scroll had to be perfecteven the tiniest crack in the lettering makes it pointless, Mr. Klein said on Monday before going on to explain the process of restoration. The letters were written over and mounted on a new atzei chaims, which are wooden rollers the scrolls are on. Mr. Klein said that it took six months for the institute to fully restore the scroll. Once it was finished, the institute began transporting it around the world to different synagogues and Chabads for worshipers to read from and inspect during holy services. The treasured scroll is transported by the institute with great care and kept in temperature-controlled rooms to ensure there is no further cracking of the letters or damage to the parchment. The scroll is also wrapped in a blue cloth known as a mantel that bears a special inscription: Is this one not a brand plucked from fire? With fire you were destroyed, and with fire you will be rebuilt. The scroll is a representation of the Jewish community as a whole, Mr. Klein said. We celebrate Jewish life and learning by reading this scroll. We want to make it a full celebration. Torah is something that unites all Jews, Ms. Baumgarten said. The Torah is the same for every single Jew no matter the level of observance or affiliation. The Torah is the Torah for everyone. When you have a Torah that was rescued from the Holocaust, which was the lowest point in Jewish history, and now its back in circulation and were still learning and reading from it, not only does it give a message of Were still here, but the unity that this Torah scroll has created is even stronger than that of the Torah scroll we have here. It touches people, she continued, because this is something that was rescued literally from the ashes of the Holocaust.

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Rising Anti-Semitism, Ultra-nationalism in Ukraine Raises Concerns – Newsmax

Non-governmental organizations, civil libertarians, and business leaders warn that Ukraine appears to be sliding toward an increasingly nationalistic, anti-Semitic era characterized by hooliganism, threats, and i,n some cases, outright violence to Jews. The precise degree of the cultures drift toward a nationalism bordering on fascism — with a strong anti-Jewish drift — is difficult to determine. The situation there has been clouded by Russias recent invasion and annexation of Crimea, an act that has drawn support for the Kiev government across Europe and the United States. But the Simon Wiesenthal Center has complained about the growing anti-Semitism in Ukraine and filed several protests in recent months over the direction this nation of 42.5 million souls appears to be taking. In May, anti-Semitic Facebook posts attributed to a retired Ukrainian general, Vasily Vovk, shook Ukrainian society and triggered alarm bells in democratic nations around the globe. I am completely against Jews, Vovk stated. You are not Ukrainians and I will destroy you along with Rabinovich. Rabinovitch is believed to be a reference to the respected Jewish Ukrainian businessman and politician, Vadim Rabinovich. The promise to destroy Jews generally recalled the dark era of Nazi persecution and the Holocaust. The Simon Wiesenthal Center responded to that broadside with a letter to Ukraines ambassador to Israel, urging the Ukrainian government to send a clear message that in democratic Ukraine there will be no tolerance whatsoever for anti-Semites and bigots of any type. The ADL joined calls for Vovk, who holds a senior reserve rank with Ukraine security forces, to be fired. Concern over rising anti-Jewish bigotry in Ukraine escalated further with the news the Ukrainian capital of Kiev intended to name city streets after Ukrainian nationalists Stefan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych. According to the Wiesenthal Center, Bandera was a nationalist who at one point cooperated with the Nazis. Shukhevych was a general for the WWII-era Ukrainian Insurgent Army, which has been linked to ethnic cleansing in Nazi-occupied Poland that resulted in at least 76,000 deaths. The Weisenthal Center responded that We absolutely oppose and condemn any attempt to turn murderers in the service of the Nazis into Ukrainian heroes. Such a policy is not only an insult to the memory of their innocent victims, but an affront to human dignity and historical truth. As with much of Europe, anti-Semitism has waxed and waned for centuries in Ukraine, where Jews have periodically suffered pogroms, assaults, and persecution. Based on recent events, watchdogs fear Ukraine may be slipping into another phase of bitter intolerance. Among the incidents underlying those concerns: Alan Dershowitz, the famed constitutional attorney, has strong ties to Ukraine and follows events there closely. He told Newsmax that anti-Jewish bigotry once again appears to be on the rise in Ukraine. Ukraine was among the worst areas of anti-Semitism throughout modern history, Dershowitz tells Newsmax, particularly in the western Ukraine. It abated — there was kind of a moratorium on anti-Semitism more or less from the end of the Holocaust, to fairly recent years. Were seeing the return of classic anti-Semitism, coupled with hyper-nationalism. With hyper-nationalism also comes denial of complicity in the Holocaust. So were seeing a lot of Holocaust denial in these areas. Dershowitz blames the current anti-Semitic trend on the rise of nationalism and populism. I think its dangerous, he says of the growing Ukrainian anti-Semitism. I dont think its Holocaust-dangerous. I dont think its likely to lead to the kinds of acts of silence on a broad governmental scale, because the governments today would stop that. 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

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The Washington Post Passes on Palestinian Incitement – Algemeiner

Email a copy of “The Washington Post Passes on Palestinian Incitement” to a friend The old Washington Post building in Washington, DC. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. On a near-daily basis, Palestinians encourage and praise violence against Israelis. And just as frequently, many major US news outletsthe Washington Postforemost among themignore it. Calls for anti-Jewish violence permeatePalestinian society. School textbooks condone it. Mosques lionize it. Sporting clubs and street signs are named after terrorists. And its all sanctioned by the entities that govern Palestinian lifesome of which receive extensive fundingfrom the USand the European Union. The Palestinian Authority (PA), which rules the West Bank, and is dominated by the Fatah movement, is a frequent perpetrator of these crimes. So, of course, is Hamas, the US-designated terror group that controls the Gaza Strip. July 25, 2017 1:09 pm Winston Churchill disparaged the impact of Islam on Muslims in his 1899 book, The River War: How dreadful are the curses… The evidence of their support for terror is abundant. And tragically, so are theaftereffects. On July 14, three Arab-Israeli citizens murdered two Israeli Druze police officers near the Temple Mount, which is Judaisms holiest and Islams third-holiest site. The terrorists were shot dead by police. Fatahs official Facebook page commemorated the murderers as martyrs, sharing pictures of them and calling for a day of rage. This was from a movementthatthe Washington Postand others have frequentlylabeledas moderate. The Washington Postreportedon the attack, noting that Israel increased security measures at the Temple Mount and detained several members of the Jordanian Islamic Waqf, which administers the site, becausethey were suspected of aiding the three attackers or for inciting violence against Israel.The Postblandly told readers that the site is often a flash point of violence between the sides. Yet, the paper failed to detail why this is the case. As the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), and others have pointed out, Palestinian Arab leaders have a history of claiming that Jews wantto rid Jerusalem of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is located on the Temple Mount. As the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) noted in a lengthyreporton the subject, Al-Aqsa is in danger is a classic libel that was embroidered in the first half of the twentieth century against the Jewish people, the Zionist movement and, eventually, the State of Israel. JCPA points out that the birthfather of this enduring libel was a Nazi collaborator, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini. In 1929, the muftihailedas a pioneer by PA President and Fatah head Mahmoud Abbasused lies alleging Jewish designs on the mosque to inflame an already organized and armed Palestinian Arab populace. His actions ledto attacks on Jerusalems Jewish neighborhoods and nearby Jewish communities, whichkilled 133 Jewish men, women and children, and wounded 339. Use of the Al-Aqsa libel to stir violence against Jews has been repeated many times since, including during the Second Intifada (2000-05), during which more than 1,000 Israeli citizens weremurdered. On September 16, 2015, Mahmoud Abbasstatedon official PA TVthat,The Al-Aqsa is ours, and they [Jews] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem. In August of that year, Abbasclaimedthat Jewish history in Jerusalem was a delusional myth, and that Israel had no rights over the Temple Mount.This mirrors attempts by UN agencies, such as UNESCO, to try and erase the Jewish peoples connection to their ancestral homeland. Anti-Jewish violence, in the form of vehicular and stabbing attacks and shootings, predictably followed Abbas remarks. Many press outlets, includingthePost, referred to this as the stabbing intifada and claimed that it consisted of lone-wolf attacks. In fact, the Palestinian leadership largely incited it and has continued toincentivize terror via media praise and payments to terrorists and their familiesthe latter of which was whitewashed as social welfare payments byPostJerusalem bureau chief William Booth in a May 3, 2017,report. In another event ignored by the Post, Abbasmetwith the families of slain terrorists in February 2016 and March 2017. One terrorist,Muhannad Shafeq Halabi, washonoredwith a posthumous law degree by the PA Bar Association, and a tree was planted in his memory by the PA Ministry of Education. Before he was killed by police, Halabimurderedtwo Israelis and stabbed a two-year-old child in Jerusalem on October 8, 2015. It might seem oddthat the Postand many other media outlets routinely ignore a precursor of anti-Jewish violence and other forms of Palestinian incitement. A July 1, 2017,tweetby Jerusalem bureau chief Booth might provide an explanation for this.In the tweet, Boothdecried that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed Trump a video alleging Abbas incitement [of terror] in order to stoke the American presidents emotions. In other words, Israelby providing evidence thatthe PA encouragesterrorwas the party truly responsible for incitement. The writer is a senior research analyst for CAMERA, the 65,000-member, Boston-based Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. 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Musings on the dangers of ‘the new new anti-Semitism’ and America’s current preoccupation with ‘all things Russian’ – Jewish Journal

As an aging historian of anti-Semitism, I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Indeed, my friends sometimes caution me that I see a centipede with ever-trod shoe leather when there may be none! Even so, I am not exactly alone in my concerns. According to a new Rasmussen poll, around two thirds of American voters consider anti-Semitism at least a somewhat serious problem including one fourth who believe its a very serious problem. It could just be that, in the current climate of national hyper-political polarization, ordinary Americans are on to something here! The last time that our national angst spilled over into a spike of anti-Semitism was during and after the 2007-2008 Financial Meltdown. This was an echo of prior episodes in which Americans, both right and left, became wildly fearful over the Rothschild banking family taking over the world and America. In 2008, high-profile members of Goldman Sachs but extending to others including financier George Soros were equated with a Jewish to conspiracy to engineer a global economic collapse. Readership on line and off reached unprecedented levels of that hoary anti-Semitic hoax, propagated a century ago by the Russian secret police: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Currently in 2017, no new playbook has yet emerged to galvanize a new wave of politically-inspired anti-Semitism in America. But this is not for the lack of trying by the likes former Grand Wizard David Duke and Neo-Nazi web sites like the Daily Stormer. The first time in American history when a combined political-economic crisis sparked a national wave of political anti-Jewish conspiracy mongering was just before 1900. In 1896, during a depressed decade also marked by global economic anxieties and Middle American job losses, the Democrats nominated for the presidency William Jennings Bryan who promised to save the nation from being crucified on a cross of gold. Bryan and his party were by no means motivated by anti-Semitism, but Jew haters ran as fast and far as they could toward the political goal line with fiery anti-Semitic cross-of-hate imagery. The presidential election of 1896 (which Democrat Bryan lost) occurred exactly 120 years before the 2016 presidential election which Republican Donald Trump won. Lets look at the latest revelations about alleged collusion between the Russians and the Trump Campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election. One eye of a potentially anti-Semitic new political firestorm storm centered around British-born, Jewish tabloid journalist turned music promoter Rob Goldstone. Goldstones clients include Emin Agalarov, the son Aras Agalarov, a Russian-Azerbaijani oligarch closely connected to Vladimir Putin who in 2013 helped Donald Trump promote that years Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow. Goldstone wrote the emails to Donald Trump Jr. resulting in the invitation to the 25th Floor of Trump Tower extended to the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last June 2016 in the heat of the presidential campaign. The lure offered Trump Jr. to make the invitation was damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government that (according to Goldstone) meant to show its support for Mr. Trump. Responding in an email to this proffer that I love it, Donald Trump Jr. attended the meeting with his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then campaign manager, Paul Manafort, in tow. It will now be up to Congressional Committees and Special Counsel Robert Mueller to sort through conflicting accounts to decide what exactly happened around that ill-advised meeting and what comes of it. But David Duke and the Daily Stormer are already hawking anti-Semitic conspiracy theories featuring the flamboyant Goldstone. As reported in the Forward, Goldstone says that he is not defined by Judaism. My mum was from a religious family, my dad less so. . . . I like the traditions and spirituality of my religion, but I am not defined by it. Potentially more troubling and explosive is the Jew haters increasing focus on Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Donald Trump. We can see the beginnings of a grotesque caricature of Kushner as an Arch-Jewish Conspiriarch or a modern-day Svengali (a famous fictional Jewish villain who bewitched good Christian girls) or Goldstein (the political villain manipulated by Big Brother in George Orwells 1984). It is hard to imagine anti-Semites even trying to resist the temptation to accuse Kushner of setting up his brother-in-law Trump Jr. to also bring down his father-in-law Trump Sr. in some sort of Elders of Zion-style conspiracy. Indeed, in a bizarre Freudian twist, Jared Kushner is already being pictured as repeating at the expense of his brother-in-law, Donald Trump Jr., the Kushners own family tragedy. Jared Kushners father, Charles Kushner, went to jail for attempting to blackmail his own brother-in-law, William Schulder. David Duke is already pillorying Jared Kushner for giving large sums of money to Chabad Lubavicha Zionist hate organization. The Daily Stormer blames the Trumps woes on the fat Jew Goldstone and Kushner as the Missing Link in the Russian Kookspiracy illustrated with this cartoon: (https://www.dailystormer.com/tag/jared-kushner/) The danger to be fearedand guarded againstis that warped minds will merge the odd Rob Goldstone with the controversial Jared Kushner into some sort of twenty-first century Judas stereotype. The Lord protect us if a brilliant anti-Semitic rabble rouser starts peddling an image combining Iago in Shakespeares Othello and Shylock in Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice into the core image of a new Jewish global conspiracy theory! Unintentionally, President Trump made matters worse by offering these paternal apologetics to a gaggle of reporters on Air Force One: When they say treason you know what treason is? Thats Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for giving the atomic bomb, okay? (See Gabriela Geselowitzs recent essay in the Tablet.) Trump apologist Jeffrey Lord has also chimed in on CNN with the reminder that, in 1980, Jimmy Carter allegedly unleashed Armin Hammer to convince Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin to get the Kremlin to release Refuseniks to emigrate to Israel in order to influence the Jewish vote in key states. The Kremlin did nothing. The new new anti-Semitism meme is also being advanced, no doubt also unintentionally, by some on the left. On MSNBC, Lawrence ODonnell devoted most of one program to what, filtered through an anti-Semitic lens not shared by ODonnell, could be viewed as an inverted Purim narrative. King Ahasuerus figures as President Trump. His evil viceroy Haman figures as Jared Kushner. Hamans antagonist Mordecai figures as Donald Juniorwho refuses to bow down to him. All we need to complete this perverted inversion is an anti-Jewish Esther: perhaps a divorced Ivanka wising up her Dad to the nefarious ways of the Jareds tribe! Maybe my fears of a new-new anti-Semitic revival may seem overdrawn, but stranger things have happened in the history of anti-Semitism. It is incumbent among decent Americans of all political persuasions to unite now to make sure that current national polarization about Trump Era political scandals does not escalate into a new American tragedy scapegoating Jews.

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Evangelical Trump Supporters Hark Back to the ‘Good Old Days’ – Sojourners

I am constantly asked why, in last years presidential election, 81 percent of white conservative Christians voted for Donald Trump, a thrice-married, self-proclaimed womanizer whose personal behavior, religious practices, and lifestyle are far different than the majority of evangelical churchgoers. The answer is not hard to find. Trumps winning mantra Make America Great Again was congruent with a wishful return to the Protestant hegemony that once existed in the United States, back in the Eden-like good old days. In the recollections of many evangelicals, America was then a tranquil, moral land deeply rooted in a specific set of traditional Christian values: the shining city on the hill, an idyllic small-town nation dominated by a white male leadership group. It is a vision that offered Trump voters a fuzzy feel-good moment about a history that never happened. Those who believe such an America actually existed suffer from historical amnesia because the reality was far different. Cruel child labor and exploited immigrant workers constituted much of the work force required to build and maintain an expanding economy. It was an America that actively engaged in a vicious system of human slavery the countrys original sin only to be followed after a bloody Civil War by legally sanctioned racial segregation, discrimination, and persecution. During those blissful years when America was great, women could not vote, and factory and railroad workers, miners, and other laborers had no recourse to collective bargaining or economic rights. There was widespread anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, and anti-Asian bigotry. In the 19th century, Catholic churches were burned, and in 1913 Leo Frank, a Jew, was lynched near Atlanta, brutally killed for a crime he did not commit. At the same time, there was widespread fear of the Yellow Peril. American Indians may have unwittingly provided America with a host of geographical place names the Dakotas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and many other appellations but they were denied the right to vote in some states until the 1950s. Many tribes were victims of a U.S. policy that forcibly moved Indians into government-built reservations that were degrading and stifling. One result of the forced confinements of the tribes was a high incidence of unemployment, alcoholism, and other maladies. It was an America in which millions of its citizens, including many public officials, were members of the racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klan. And there were a host of other social, economic, political, and cultural problems. But no matter. In the 2016 election, that mythical time of pristine, American greatness was invoked for millions of voters, many of them evangelical Christians who believed America had been stolen from them. They voted to take back America, and the past ills, inequities, and wretched economic conditions were conveniently erased from their collective memories. In place of historical reality was a hazy image of a lost innocent America, and a desperate craving to make our nation great again. Many members of Trumps political base have not come to terms with the challenges of the modern world: rapid scientific advances, especially in bioethics; growing religious indifference among millions of fellow Americans; the rapidly changing ethnic, racial, and religious demographics in the U.S.; and, of course, the reality of climate change. Many evangelical voters suffer a sense of political bereavement, the death of a once great Christian America. When the mourning for a lost America is combined with religious rage and spiritual certitude, it is a potent combination that astute politicians like Donald Trump can harness to their electoral advantage. That is why many white evangelicals resonate with coded language about the dreaded others in todays America: immigrants, Muslims, Hispanics, LGBTQ, secular humanists, elites out of the American mainstream, globalists, and the privileged media are regularly pilloried to garner evangelical votes. A warning: Political and religious leaders who fail to recognize that perceived sense of traumatic loss are doomed to suffer electoral failures and the steady decline of mainline Protestant church membership. The hope for a restoration, while not based on historical reality, cannot be minimized or disregarded because those feelings constitute the linchpin of Trumps conservative Christian base. As evangelicals feel themselves beleaguered and belittled in what was once their America, shrewd politicians will fine-tune their messages and continue to gain election victories. The 2016 campaign was not a quirk or a fluke. Fasten your seat belts; Americas bumpy electoral ride is certain to continue. Via Religion News Service.

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