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German tabloid risks broadcast of film about anti-Semitism – Deutsche Welle

German tabloid “Bild” took a legal plunge to show the film as German-French broadcaster Arte owns first-broadcast rights.

“Combating anti-Semitism is of paramount interest,” said Julian Reichelt, chairman of the main editorial offices of “Bild,” on Tuesday. People should be able to form an opinion of the film themselves, he said.

“Bild” had chosen to show the film until midnight on Tuesday, and reported that some 200,000 people had clicked on the 90-minute film entitled “Auserwhlt und ausgegrenzt – Der Hass auf Juden in Europa” (Selected and Sidelined – Hatred Toward Jews in Europe) on their site.

The film, produced by Joachim Schroeder, was commissioned by Arte in conjunction with public broadcaster WDR. Schroeder had already produced another film,”Antisemitismus heute – wie judenfeindlich ist Deutschland?” (Anti-Semitism Today – Just how anti-Jewish is Germany?), in 2013.

His next project about anti-Semitism in Europe was given the go-ahead by Arte program executives in 2015and was approved by WDR editor Sabine Rollberg in December 2016 before being delivered to Arte.

Arte has stuck to its guns about not airing the film

Yet Alain Le Diberder, director of Arte programming, rejected the film, saying it deviated dramatically from the commissioned concept. “Questions of principle arose, as well as votes of confidence,” he said in a statement. “Programs must adhere to editorial guidelines, which cannot be altered by producers on their own initiative.”

“No broadcaster or newspaper would accept those kinds of deviations from the concept originally agreed upon,” he added.

For instance, filming locations were to include Norway, Sweden, Great Britain, Hungary and Greece, he noted, but director Schroeder primarily concentrated on the Middle East.

“It’s not a question of formalism, but one of procedure that guarantees editorial responsibility and quality,” Le Diberder also said. “But the allegation of anti-Semitism is grotesque: Arte has demonstrated its commitment to combating anti-Semitism for the past 25 years and will continue to do so in the future.”

In the controversial film, producer and director Schroeder, along with co-writer Sophie Hafner, embark on a journey. They takea look at protests by both the left and the right in Germany, talkto members of German parliament, speak withalleged anti-Israeli non-profit organizations in Gaza and Ramallah, and visitthe Paris suburb of Sarcelles with its large Jewish community.

With an at times sarcastic undercurrent and underpinned with electronic music, Schroeder criticizes various issues: that European financial support has been misused for anti-Israeli policies, that both the left and the right have publically propagated anti-Semitic ideology virtually as a matter of course, or how Jews feel threatened in France.

Read more: Anti-Semitism lives on in Belarus, despite small number of Jews

A broad debate

A press statement by film co-commissioning broadcaster WDR announced: “We regret that the editorial approval procedures at WDR did not fulfill the standards normally in place and required at our broadcasting company.”

However, liberal daily newspaper “taz,” who had already viewed the film, found such argumentation flimsy, saying that professionals had reviewed the film, particularly Sabine Rollberg, with her many years of experience. “What are the Cologne [where WDR is based] echelons really taking issue with?” the paper questioned in an article.

Some leading members of the Jewish community in Europe have voiced concern about growing anti-Semitism

Historians such as Michael Wolffsohn and Gtz Aly have praised the documentary and condemned Arte’s refusal to broadcast it. “It stinks to high heaven,” Aly wrote in the daily “Berliner Zeitung” and accused Arte of censorship.

Charlotte Knobloch, a primary leader of the Jewish community in Munich and former President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, had a similar argument, writing in a letter to Arte that the broadcaster was “headed down a dangerous, false track.”

“As Jews and community members, we have for years been feeling the force of growing anti-Semitic resentment in all levels of society,” Knobloch wrote. She urged Arte to broadcast the film as a way of shedding light on the phenomena of anti-Semitism in Europe.

Producer and director Joachim Schroeder also made serious allegations against public broadcaster Arte. The daily “Die Welt” paper quoted Schroeder as saying that the arguments brought forward were “used as a pretense to not air the documentary.” He said there had been “a great deal of resistance” against the project from the beginning.

Everyone against Arte?

There has been a wide range of opinion in the public debate about the documentary. Islamism expert Ahmad Mansour, who provided his expertise to the filmmakers, praised the documentary, as have several regional associations of the right-wing populist AfD party.

Various editorials have appeared in national and local newspapers, including the “Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung (FAZ),” the “BerlinerTagesspiegel,” and the “Klner Stadtanzeiger,” expressing support for the filmmakers and criticizing what they call the shabby decision on the part of Arte.

“We want to call it by another name: cowardice. Cowardice in grappling with growing anti-Semitism that reaches to the root of both German and French society,” the paper wrote.

Many Twitter users agree, calling “Bild’s” decision to run the film “courageous” and “honorable” and pointing out that “journalists and media-makers are obligated to also report on inconvenient truths.”

Arte, for its part, has called “Bild”‘s decision “disconcerting,” but apparently does not plan to initiate legal proceedings despite owning first-broadcast rights. In a statement, the broadcaster said it has “no objection to the public forming its own opinion of the film.” Still, on Tuesday it reiterated its decision to not air the film itself.

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Goch: Fight anti-Semitism with a strong Jewish identity – Sun Sentinel

Unfortunately, many of us, during our lifetimes, will be the victims of anti-Semitism, direct or indirect.

Reported more prevalently in today’s society than perhaps in the past. But it’s far too often that a Jewish day school or community center receives a bomb threat or a synagogue is vandalized. Every time our South Florida Jewish community is targeted, we are affected. Some have personally experienced incidents of hate that never go away.

As a young adult early in my career at the Jewish Journal, the owner of a business I patronized directed anti-Jewish slurs at me. It seems someone I thought I knew, I didn’t know at all. I chose to respond by never giving him my business again; I should have also reported him. And so, the end result is that he won and I lost.

But as years pass and I identify more and more as a Jew, it is now my first instinct to report any incident of hate that affects me.

Anti-Semitism is not limited to adults. Young people are victimized as well.

Recently, the Journal covered a discussion regarding a new wave of anti-Semitism on college campuses, where pro-Israel and pro-Jewish students are being targeted. Through this and similar programs, raising awareness will hopefully limit this growing phenomenon of hate.

A few months ago, I published a poem by a West Palm Beach teenager who shared her experiences of being a target of hate.

“So to the friends who make Holocaust jokes,” she wrote, “the girl who asked my mother if she had horns, and the boy who told me to pick up the penny, my reply was, ‘Yes, I’m Jewish. What’s the issue?'”

I echo her sentiment. Instilling in our children and grandchildren a strong Jewish identity is critical to making it a non-issue.

Email your thoughts to Editor Alan Goch at ALGoch@tronc.com.

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Wish You Weren’t Here Roger Waters – HuffPost

A group calling itself We Dont Need no Roger Waters are calling for a boycott of musician Roger Waters. TheChange.org petitionwantsa worldwide boycott of Waters until he renounces antisemitismand the unjust boycott of the State of Israel. The group has launched a websiteandFacebook page, and will be releasing a movie this summer.

The former frontman for Pink Floydhas increasingly used his rock-star status to defame and call for the boycottof Israel. He infamously flew a pig drone painted withswastikas and Stars of David at his concerts in 2013. Watersscreens anti-Israel film clips during his live shows and viciously attacks any artist that chooses toperform in Israel.

Waters isnt just anti-Israel, say his detractors, hes actually a Jew-hater. They are firing back against his supporters by countering thatWaters is not just anti-Israel, but actually a racist who espouses bigotry and anti-Jewish conspiracy theories.

According to the filmmakers, Wish You Werent Here is a shocking, explosive and compelling film by award winning filmmaker/No.1 NY Times bestselling author Ian Halperin. The film sets out to answer such questions as is Roger Waters an anti-Semite?

Halperin, who is the son of a Holocaust survivor, traveled for two years researching his story, and the film includes interviews with leading figures such as including Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder, Pope Francis, Haras Rafiq, Palestinian and Israeli leaders, U.S., British and French government officials, The Chief Rabbi of Ukraine, Alan Dershowitz and Dr. Charles Small.

Instead of using music to build bridges and foster peace, itseems that Waters is actually another brick in the wall.

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Schools must be vigilant on Islamism | Schools Week – Schools Week

We must not downplay the seriousness of Trojan Horse, claims Jamie Martin, even if the case collapsed

Barely a week after the Manchester Arena attack which was carried out by someone educated in the English state school system a procedural failure led to the collapse of misconduct hearings against three teachers suspended after the 2014 Trojan Horse controversy. It is important to note as they were not tried for the charges, they were therefore not cleared of them.

I was a special adviser at the Department for Education at the time the Trojan Horse case was first brought to the governments attention. In light of the Manchester and London Bridge attacks, I not only believe we were right in our robust response to Trojan Horse, but also that we must now take deeper action to rid our schools of Islamist ideology.

Equating Islamism with majority Muslim values fatally undermines our attempts to defeat it

People who downplay the seriousness of Trojan Horse, claiming those involved exhibited mainstream Islamic views, are guilty not only of stunning naivety, but of a dangerous error.

Wrongly equating Islamism a fascist ideological distortion of Islam with majority Muslim values fatally undermines our attempts to defeat it.

After receiving a whistleblowing letter, Peter Clarke, one of Britains most distinguished counter-extremism experts, was appointed to investigate. He confirmed the majority of the letter was correct and that there had been a coordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos into a few schools in Birmingham.

Instead of challenging extremism in Birminghams schools, the government had consistently handed influence and power to those who advocated it.

Tahir Alam, the chair of governors at Park View Academy described by Clarke as a central figure in the scandal, was paid by Birmingham Council to train other governors and was put on local and national faith advisory groups, after he publicly argued that in schools girls [should] be covered except for their hands and faces and that homosexuality should be declared not acceptable.

Unsurprisingly, when investigating Park View, Clarke discovered gender segregation, assemblies with anti-Jewish speakers and messages between members of the Park View brotherhood, a WhatsApp group of senior teachers who described gay people as animals, promoted antisemitic images and suggested that Lee Rigbys murder was a hoax. Park View, Clarke concluded, sought to export its Islamising blueprint to local schools. with staff using influential positions to introduce compulsory faith practices into a non-faith school.

The result was that schools across Birmingham fell under the influence of a deep strand of intolerance and attitudes that are totally inappropriate for those who aspire to educate young people.

The path from this ideological extremism to violence has been well marked, including in the personal stories of Islamists turned counter-extremism experts Ed Husain and Maajid Nawaz. Nothing could be more dangerous than incubating Islamism in our schools, and after the attacks in Manchester and London, nothing is more urgent than driving it out of them.

The government should appoint Peter Clarke, or another similarly qualified investigator, to conduct a thorough review of Islamism in schools and colleges. As well as recommending individuals for criminal and professional sanction, it should produce a list of Islamist organisations whose members and sympathisers, like the BNP, are banned from the classroom, government funding and positions.

Guidance on identifying Islamism should be issued to every school and made a core part of initial and ongoing teacher training. Ofsted should enter at-risk schools at no notice with trained extremism experts. The special favours faith schools receive from government must end.

Schools and the government must make a clear choice about the organisations they work with. They must sideline those like the Muslim Council of Britain, which openly challenges the governments Prevent agenda and published a 2007 paper co-authored by Alam calling for all girls to wear the hijab and rules all pre-marital relationships whether homosexual or girlfriend/boyfriend unacceptable.

Counter-extremism experts like Quilliam, and Muslim groups who support Prevent and champion gay and womens rights, must be embraced.

Its a sad reflection of modern Britain that schools are in the frontline of the battle with extremism. For teachers, as for the rest of the country, this is a battle that we did not choose, but one that we have to win.

Jamie Martin is the former special adviser to education secretary Michael Gove

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Spanish police arrest Hamas supporter over anti-Jewish incitement – The Times of Israel

Police in Spain arrested a young Arab woman whom they said called for violence against Jews online and was flagged gathering intelligence about Israels embassy in Madrid.

The 23-year-old woman, who is a Moroccan citizen of Syrian and Palestinian descent, was arrested this week in Zaragoza, 170 miles northeast of the capital, for hate speech and incitement to violence, police sources told the ABC newspaper. The papers article Wednesday about the arrest did not identify the suspect by name.

According to ABC, police flagged the woman in 2016 after noticing her several times near the embassy in Madrid, including in the presence of unidentified men. Police reportedly followed the woman and discovered her identity, leading counterterrorist researchers to monitor her activities online.

On Facebook, where the woman moderated one anti-Israel group with more than 2,000 subscribers, the researchers documented the suspect praising Hamas and speaking favorably about the murder of Jews, leading to her arrest.

Across Western Europe, authorities have increased their vigilance of hate speech against Jews following several jihadist attacks against Jewish targets in France, where in January 2015 a jihadist killed four Jews at a Paris kosher store, and Belgium, where four people were murdered the previous year in an armed attack at the Jewish Museum of Brussels.

Last week, French police arrested a man in Marseille, France, Nacer Bendrer, on suspicion that he acted as an accomplice to the Frenchman currently on trial in Belgium for the museum killing, the RTL broadcaster reported. The defendant, Mehdi Nemouche, has denied any involvement in the killings. Bendrer was arrested and released in 2014 following the attack but has been taken into custody again recently, the report said.

Separately, last week the Spanish pro-Israel group ACOM announced it has launched a lawsuit for racial discrimination against the municipality of Ayamonte, 300 miles southwest of Madrid, over the passing at the Ayamonte city council on May 25 of a motion declaring support for the Boycott, Divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.

Spanish courts, including high courts, have passed rulings against more than a dozen Spanish municipalities over the past two years over similar motions, which the judiciary has deemed discriminatory and illegal.

This development has caused several municipalities either to reverse motions already passed in favor of the boycott, or vote against approving drafts brought to a vote.

On May 29, the city council of the municipality of Santa Colona de Gramenet near Barcelona voted against a draft resolution favoring a boycott, ACOM said in a statement last week. Another draft motion expressing solidarity with Palestinian terrorists in Israeli jails failed to pass in the council of Cueta, one of Spains autonomous regions.

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Dershowitz: A new tolerance for anti-Semitism – Fox News

This article was originally published by Gatestone Institute.

All over the world anti-Semites are becoming mainstreamed. It is no longer disqualifying to be outed as a Jew hater. This is especially so if the anti-Semite uses the cover of rabid hatred for the nation state of the Jewish people. These bigots succeed in becoming accepted even praised not because of their anti-Semitism, but despite it. Increasingly, they are given a pass on their Jew hatred because those who support them admire or share other aspects of what they represent. This implicit tolerance of anti-Semitism as long as it comes from someone whose other views are acceptable represents a dangerous new trend from both the right and left.

In the United States, the Trump election has brought hard-right anti-Semitism into public view, but the bigotry of the hard-left is far more prevalent and influential on many university campuses. Those on the left, who support left wing anti-Semites, try to downplay, ignore or deny that those they support are really anti-Semites. They are anti-Zionist is the excuse de jure. Those on the right do essentially the same:they are nationalists. Neither side would accept such transparent and hollow justifications if the shoe were on the other foot. I believe that when analyzing and exposing these dangerous trends, a single standard of criticism must be directed at each.

Generally speaking, extreme right wing anti-Semitism continues to be a problem in many parts of Europe and among a relatively small group of alt-right Americans. But it also exists among those who self-identify as run-of-the-mill conservatives.

Consider, for example, former presidential candidate and Reagan staffer, Pat Buchanan. The list of Buchanans anti-Jewish bigotry is exhaustive. Over the years he has consistently blamed Jews for wide-ranging societal and political problems. In his criticism of the Iraq War, for example, Buchanan infamously quipped: There are only two groups that are beating the drums for war in the Middle East – the Israeli Defense Ministry and its amen corner in the United States. He then singled out for rebuke only Jewish political figures and commentators such as Henry Kissinger, Charles Krauthammer and A.M. Rosenthal. He did not mention any of the vocal non-Jewish supporters of the war. Furthermore, Buchanan also said that the Israeli lobby would be responsible if President Obama decided to strike Iran, threatening that if it were to happen, Netanyahu and his amen corner in Congress would face backlash worldwide. Buchanans sordid flirtation with Nazi revisionism is also well documented.

Those who tolerate anti-Semitism from those they otherwise admire would never accept other forms of bigotry, such as racism, sexism or homophobia.

Meanwhile, on university campuses the absurd concept of intersectionality which in many cases has become a code word for anti-Semitism is dominating discussions and actions by the hard left. The warm embrace of Palestinian American activist, Linda Sarsour who recently delivered the commencement address at a City University of New York graduation is a case in point. Since co-organizing the Womens March on Washington in January, Sarsour has become a feminist icon for so called progressives. This is the same Linda Sarsour who has said that feminism and Zionism are incompatible, stating: You either stand up for the rights of all women, including Palestinians, or none. Theres just no way around it. And when speaking about two leading female anti-Islamists, Brigitte Gabriel and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (who is a victim of female genital mutilation) the feminist de jure, Linda Sarsour, said: I wish I could take away their vaginas.

The irony is palpable. Under her own all or nothing criteria, Sarsour who is also a staunch BDS supportercannot be pro-Palestinian and a feminist because the Palestinian Authority and Hamas subjugate women and treat gays far worse than Israel does.

Indeed, Sarsour has emerged as a champion of the hard-left. Both New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Bernie Sanders have sought her endorsement. Moreover, Deputy DNC Chair, Keith Ellison who himself has a sordid history with anti-Semitism stemming from his association with Louis Farrakhan who publicly boasted about his own Jew hatred has come out in support of the bigoted Sarsour. When it comes to Ellison an old idiom comes to mind: a man is known by the company he keeps.

The same trend is detectable among the hard-left in Europe, particularly in Britain, which is days away from an election. The British Labour Party has now been hijacked by radical extremists on the left, and is known for being soft on anti-Semitism. In a recent interview with BBC reporter Emma Barnett who happens to be Jewish Labours leader, Jeremy Corbyn, fumbled when answering a question about how much his proposed childcare policy would cost. Rather than critique Corbyn, Labour supporters viciously trolled the Jewish BBC reporter. Tweets such as these abounded: Allegations have surfaced that @Emmabarnett is a Zionist and Zionist Emma Barnett (family lived off brothels) attacks Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn has also been accused of anti-Jewish bigotry himself. He has said in the past that the genocidal Hamas terrorist group should be removed from the UKs designated terror list, and has called Hezbollah and Hamas (which are both vowed to the destruction of the nation state of the Jewish people) my friends. (I recently wrote extensively on Corbyns association with some of Britains most notorious Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites.)

Increasingly, anti-Semitic discourse is also seeping into the arts and academia. Consider the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish bigotry of former Pink Floyd front man, Roger Waters. A staunch supporter of the so-called BDS movement, Waters has said about the Palestinians that parallels with what went on in the 30s in Germany are so crushingly obvious. He also had a pig shape balloon with a Star of David on it at one of his concerts. And when asked about his aggressive effort to recruit people to join the BDS, Waters blamed the Jewish lobby which he explained is extraordinarily powerful here and particularly in the industry that I work in, the music industry. In 2013 the ADL declared that anti-Semitic conspiracy theories had seeped into the totality of Waters views.

Likewise, the market place of ideas on college campuses and within academic institutions has seen an embrace of anti-Semitism often disguised as anti-Zionism. Several years ago I identified the dangerous trend of academics crossing a red line between acceptable criticism of Israel and legitimizing Jew-hatred. This was in light of the disgraceful endorsement by a number of prominent academics of an anti-Semitic book written by Gilad Arzmon a notorious Jew-hater who denies the Holocaust and attributed widespread economic troubles to a Zio-punch.

When asked recently about the hullabaloo surrounding her CUNY address, Linda Sarsour disingenuously played the victim card: since the Womens March on Washington, once the right-wing saw a very prominent Muslim-American woman in a hijab who was a Palestinian who was resonating with a community in a very large way, they made it their mission to do everything they can to take my platform away.

No, Ms. Sarsour. You are wrong. This is not a smear campaign by the right-wing, but rather, a show that people of good will reject your manifestations of bigotry.

Those who tolerate anti-Semitism from those they otherwise admire would never accept other forms of bigotry, such as racism, sexism or homophobia. It’s difficult to imagine Bernie Sanders campaigning for a socialist who didn’t like black peopleor who was against gay marriage. But he is comfortable campaigning for Jeremy Corbyn who has made a career out of condemning Zionists by which he means Jews.

The growing tolerance for anti-Semitism by both the extreme left and right is quickly becoming mainstream. That is why it is so dangerous and must be exposed for what it is: complicity in, and encouragement of, the oldest form of bigotry. Shame on those who tolerate anti-Semitism when it comes from their side of the political spectrum.

People on both sides of the aisle must have the same zero tolerance for anti-Semitism as they do for sexism, racism and homophobia. Decent people everywhere Jews and non-Jews must condemn with equal vigor all manifestations of bigotry whether they emanate from the hard alt-right or hard alt-left. I will continue to judge individuals on the basis of their own statements and actions, regardless of which side of the aisle they come from.

Alan M. Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus and author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law and Electile Dysfunction.

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Will a Third of Brits Vote for a Hard-Left Antisemite? – Breaking Israel News

On June 8, British voters will head to the polls.

Recent numbers show the gap closing between British Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. When Prime Minister May called for a snap election last month three years early most assumed she would win easily and increase her parliamentary majority. But Corbyn who was given odds of 200-1 when he ran for his partys leadership in 2015 is doing surprisingly well again. He also happens to lead a party that has been soft on antisemitism, and Corbyn himself has been accused of anti-Jewish bigotry.

When facing such criticism, the Labour leader has offered the defense that he is anti-Israel, not anti-Jewish.

But Corbyns words and deeds demonstrate that he often uses his virulent anti-Zionism as a cover for his soft antisemitism.

Consider a speech Corbyn gave last year where he said that Jews are no more responsible for the actions of Israel than Muslims are for the actions of Islamic State (ISIS). Moreover, Corbyns affinity for terrorist groups (sworn to the destruction of the nation state of the Jewish People) is also well documented. In 2009 Corbyn said: It will be my pleasure and my honor to host an event in Parliament where our friends from Hezbollah will be speaking. I also invited friends from Hamas to come and speak as well. In light of these events, a key former adviser to Corbyn, Harry Fletcher, wrote: Id suggest to him [Jeremy] about how he might build bridges with the Jewish community and none of it ever happened.

Corbyn himself has said that he is not an antisemite but rather opposed to Zionism.

Generally speaking, it is easy to say you hate Israel but dont hate Jews. Even if this were true and I am not sure that it is the company that Corbyn keeps suggests that at best he gives a free pass to bigotry, racism and antisemitism within the ranks of his own party, and at worst, he espouses those same views. Indeed, Corbyn has been known to share speaking platforms and lead rallies with some of the most infamous Jew-haters. He has attended meetings hosted by Paul Eisen a 9/11 conspiracy theorist and Holocaust denier who wrote a blog titled My Life as a Holocaust Denier. Corbyn has also been associated with Sheikh Raed Salah who was convicted for incitement to violence and racism, has been known to perpetuate traditional blood libels about Jews and claimed that Jews were warned not to go to the Twin Towers on 9/11 calling him a very honored citizen whose voice must be heard. Corbyn was also a paid contributor for Press TV, which is part of Irans tightly controlled media apparatus whose production is directly overseen by Irans antisemitic supreme leader.

One of the biggest criticisms of what has been referred to as the Corbynization of British politics has been the mainstreaming of traditional antisemitism.

The countrys chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has also chimed in on the conversation, calling the Labour Partys antisemitism problem severe. Consider the bigotry of Gerald Kaufman (now deceased), for example a Labour veteran and close political associate of Corbyn who touted conspiracies about Jews and Jewish money throughout his political career. When speaking at a pro-Palestinian event Kaufman said: Jewish money, Jewish donations to the Conservative Party as in the general election in May support from the Jewish Chronicle, all of those things, bias the Conservatives.

While Corbyn condemned these remarks, he refused to yield to widespread demands for disciplinary action against Kaufman.

Lets be clear: I do not believe that Corbyns rise in the polls is because he hates Jews and their nation state, but rather despite his bigotry. His opponent, Theresa May, called for elections and then refused to debate her opponents. She is running a lackluster campaign somewhat reminiscent of Hillary Clintons last year. Corbyn, for his part, like US President Donald Trump, is a populist. Though they represent polar opposites on the political spectrum, they have much in common including their penchant to shoot from the hip, and their unpredictability. Many British voters are unaware of Corbyns antisemitic associations. Others know but dont care.

The hard Left in Britain, especially among union activists and academics, include many knee-jerk opponents of the nation state of the Jewish People and many supporters of academic and cultural boycotts of Israel. Many such supporters favor trade and engagement with such massive human rights offenders as Iran, Cuba, China, Russia, Belarus and Venezuela.

Indeed, it is antisemitic to single out only the nation state of the Jews the Middle Easts only democracy and a nation with one of the worlds best records of human rights, the rule of law and concern for enemy civilians for boycotts.

Corbyn himself has called for boycotts of Israel.

He has advocated for an arms embargo citing Israels supposed breach of the human rights clause of the EU-Israel trade agreement. Corbyn also supports academic boycotts in some instances, and when Israels national soccer team was traveling to Cardiff, Wales, for a qualifying game for the European Championship, Corbyn led calls for a boycott only of the soccer team representing the nation state of the Jewish People.

(Ironically, Israel only plays in this league as it was expelled from the Asian Football Confederation due to the Arab Leagues boycott.) Moreover, Corbyn has been a vocal supporter of the so-called Palestinian right of return, stating that the Palestinians right to return home is the key to the solution. This would soon make Arabs the majority within Israel and Jews the ethnic minority, rendering the two-state solution completely obsolete.

Whether antisemitism is the root of the Labour Partys problem or the consequence is not important.

Likewise, the distinct role Jeremy Corbyn has played in getting the Labour Party to this point is not particularly relevant. The fact is that he has not stemmed the tide of bigotry and anti-Jewish hate within the ranks of his party, but has played a big part in perpetuating it. British voters now have the opportunity to choose where they will go as a nation. Will they opt to move away from stability, rationality and tolerance and toward simple-mindedness, xenophobia and intolerance? I dont know, but I hope they choose wisely.

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The president should relocate U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem … – The Hill (blog)

There is no greater friend, ally, and strategic partner to the United States than Israel. It is so important that we do everything in our power to ensure that this historically sacred relationship is not only preserved, but strengthened in the months, years and decades ahead. As part of this effort, the United States should move our embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In 1948, Israel declared its independence and became a sovereign state. The nation immediately declared Jerusalem as its capital; yet, other nations, including the United States, rejected this notion and chose to place their embassies elsewhere. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and locating embassies elsewhere de-legitimizes and undercuts Israel.

Jerusalem is the unquestionable capital of Israel and should be fully recognized as such. In addition to its religious importance, Jerusalem is also the location of the Israeli Knesset and offices and residences of the Israeli prime minister and president. Moving our embassy to Israels capital is an important step to protect Israels sovereignty and security and strengthen the bond between our two nations. In light of the recent rise of anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish, and anti-Israeli sentiments and actions, achieving this goal is more important now than ever before.

Moving our embassy is not only the right thing to do, it sets an important precedent for other nations to follow. It would advance Israels diplomatic status while also serving as a symbol of American strength and leadership. Israel is surrounded by terrorist groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda and ISIS that would like nothing more than to wipe Israel off the map. Palestinian terrorists murder innocent Israelis and Americans, and then are celebrated as martyrs by the Palestinians and given state funerals, all while receiving financial rewards from the Palestinian Authority as payment for their terror. To make matters worse, Iran, the largest state sponsor of terrorism, has consistently threatened Israels existence. There must be zero tolerance for any of these detractions, and as Americans, we must do everything possible to support Israel and her people. Now is the time to show that our nation will not indulge these actions which threaten or demean our friends.

While Jerusalem is already home to a U.S. consulate, Israelis are unable to utilize it, and must travel to Tel Aviv to make use of these services. Moving the embassy would dispel the diplomatic fiction that Jerusalem isnt the capital of Israel, while sending a clear message to the Palestinians that Israel will not be bullied into relinquishing its capital and will not be destroyed as the independent, democratic Jewish state. Israel is the only nation where the U.S. embassy is not in the host-identified capital. Israel is a sovereign state, and it absolutely deserves to be respected as such by all nations, especially its strongest friends and ally.

It is critical that the administration follows through on this pledge. As the center of the Israeli government, as well as the nations unquestionable capital, it is absolutely imperative that this move is initiated and completed in earnest. America stands by Israel, our greatest ally, in firm solidarity.

Congressman Lee Zeldin represents the 1st District of New York. In Congress, Rep. Zeldin serves as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Co-Chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus. He is one of only two Jewish Republicans in Congress.

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The forgotten 1967 rescue of the Jews of Aden | Lyn Julius | The … – Jewish News (blog)

The 50th anniversary of the Six Day War is being commemorated with articles and TV programmes. But the impact on the remaining Jewish communities of the furious Arab reaction to their defeat has been almost completely forgotten. Take for instance, the rescue from murderous riots of the last Jews of Aden, a British colony at the tip of the Arabian peninsula.

Fom left: Simon Tobi of the Aden Jews Congregation in London, Michelle Huberman of Harif, speaker Nigel Grizzard and Lyn Julius of Harif (photo: Laurence Julius)

Researcher Nigel Grizzard gave a talk under the auspices of Harif and the Aden Jewish Community Centre in Stamford Hill, London on 5 June on the evacuation by British troops of 140 Jews to Britain. They owe their survival to two unsung heroes: Abraham Marks, the headmaster of the Selim Jewish school, who personally went from house to house in order to assemble Jews for evacuation; and Lord Barnett Janner, who secured British passports for the evacuees.

Known as the Paris of the East, Aden was a thriving port whose 8,000 Jews had settled there not just from neighbouring Yemen, but India and the Ottoman empire. There were disturbances in the 1930s to ruffle their comfortable and prosperous lives, but the 1947 riots were the turning point, resulting in the exodus of all but a few hundred Jews. Muslim levies, armed and officered by the British, shot and killed 82 (some estimate 87) Jews. Shops were looted, much property was destroyed and the Jewish boys school in the Jewish quarter of Crater burnt down. Subsequent official British inquiries into these events whitewashed the role of the levies only nine were imprisoned and even tried to blame Jewish snipers for some of the deaths.

The evacuation by the Royal Lancashire Regiment of the last Jewish residents in 1967 was in marked contrast to Britains failure to protect the Jewish community in 1947. As President Nasser whipped up anti-Jewish feeling in the run-up to the Six Day War, there were several attempts to set fire to Jewish shops and houses. At the outbreak of the war in June 1967, it became clear that lives were in danger: seventy Jews were moved to the Jewish-owned Victoria hotel. Thanks to the good offices of Barnett Janner, the entire community was flown out via Tehran. Twenty Jews got off the plane in Israel; the rest journeyed on to the UK.

Matters deteriorated after the Jews left and 22 British soldiers were killed on a single day in June by Arab mutineers. Britain finally withdrew from its last outpost of empire on 30 November 1967 after ruling Aden for 128 years.

Joseph Howard, an Adenite Jew who organised the 25th anniversary commemoration of the 1967 evacuation, says of Abraham Marks: he saved our lives. As a child in 1947 he remembers being tipped off by an Arab and told not to go to school on the day that the riots broke out. Tens of houses were burnt down. There were not riots, but murder, he says. Among the dead was the brother of Professor Reuven Ahroni, the author of one of the few books about the Jewish community in Aden.

Addressing the audience of 120 packing the Aden community centre, Nigel Grizzard urged members to write a pamphlet detailing their recent history before all memory of it is lost.

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German tabloid risks broadcast of film about anti-Semitism – Deutsche Welle

German tabloid “Bild” took a legal plunge to show the film as German-French broadcaster Arte owns first-broadcast rights. “Combating anti-Semitism is of paramount interest,” said Julian Reichelt, chairman of the main editorial offices of “Bild,” on Tuesday. People should be able to form an opinion of the film themselves, he said. “Bild” had chosen to show the film until midnight on Tuesday, and reported that some 200,000 people had clicked on the 90-minute film entitled “Auserwhlt und ausgegrenzt – Der Hass auf Juden in Europa” (Selected and Sidelined – Hatred Toward Jews in Europe) on their site. The film, produced by Joachim Schroeder, was commissioned by Arte in conjunction with public broadcaster WDR. Schroeder had already produced another film,”Antisemitismus heute – wie judenfeindlich ist Deutschland?” (Anti-Semitism Today – Just how anti-Jewish is Germany?), in 2013. His next project about anti-Semitism in Europe was given the go-ahead by Arte program executives in 2015and was approved by WDR editor Sabine Rollberg in December 2016 before being delivered to Arte. Arte has stuck to its guns about not airing the film Yet Alain Le Diberder, director of Arte programming, rejected the film, saying it deviated dramatically from the commissioned concept. “Questions of principle arose, as well as votes of confidence,” he said in a statement. “Programs must adhere to editorial guidelines, which cannot be altered by producers on their own initiative.” “No broadcaster or newspaper would accept those kinds of deviations from the concept originally agreed upon,” he added. For instance, filming locations were to include Norway, Sweden, Great Britain, Hungary and Greece, he noted, but director Schroeder primarily concentrated on the Middle East. “It’s not a question of formalism, but one of procedure that guarantees editorial responsibility and quality,” Le Diberder also said. “But the allegation of anti-Semitism is grotesque: Arte has demonstrated its commitment to combating anti-Semitism for the past 25 years and will continue to do so in the future.” In the controversial film, producer and director Schroeder, along with co-writer Sophie Hafner, embark on a journey. They takea look at protests by both the left and the right in Germany, talkto members of German parliament, speak withalleged anti-Israeli non-profit organizations in Gaza and Ramallah, and visitthe Paris suburb of Sarcelles with its large Jewish community. With an at times sarcastic undercurrent and underpinned with electronic music, Schroeder criticizes various issues: that European financial support has been misused for anti-Israeli policies, that both the left and the right have publically propagated anti-Semitic ideology virtually as a matter of course, or how Jews feel threatened in France. Read more: Anti-Semitism lives on in Belarus, despite small number of Jews A broad debate A press statement by film co-commissioning broadcaster WDR announced: “We regret that the editorial approval procedures at WDR did not fulfill the standards normally in place and required at our broadcasting company.” However, liberal daily newspaper “taz,” who had already viewed the film, found such argumentation flimsy, saying that professionals had reviewed the film, particularly Sabine Rollberg, with her many years of experience. “What are the Cologne [where WDR is based] echelons really taking issue with?” the paper questioned in an article. Some leading members of the Jewish community in Europe have voiced concern about growing anti-Semitism Historians such as Michael Wolffsohn and Gtz Aly have praised the documentary and condemned Arte’s refusal to broadcast it. “It stinks to high heaven,” Aly wrote in the daily “Berliner Zeitung” and accused Arte of censorship. Charlotte Knobloch, a primary leader of the Jewish community in Munich and former President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, had a similar argument, writing in a letter to Arte that the broadcaster was “headed down a dangerous, false track.” “As Jews and community members, we have for years been feeling the force of growing anti-Semitic resentment in all levels of society,” Knobloch wrote. She urged Arte to broadcast the film as a way of shedding light on the phenomena of anti-Semitism in Europe. Producer and director Joachim Schroeder also made serious allegations against public broadcaster Arte. The daily “Die Welt” paper quoted Schroeder as saying that the arguments brought forward were “used as a pretense to not air the documentary.” He said there had been “a great deal of resistance” against the project from the beginning. Everyone against Arte? There has been a wide range of opinion in the public debate about the documentary. Islamism expert Ahmad Mansour, who provided his expertise to the filmmakers, praised the documentary, as have several regional associations of the right-wing populist AfD party. Various editorials have appeared in national and local newspapers, including the “Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung (FAZ),” the “BerlinerTagesspiegel,” and the “Klner Stadtanzeiger,” expressing support for the filmmakers and criticizing what they call the shabby decision on the part of Arte. “We want to call it by another name: cowardice. Cowardice in grappling with growing anti-Semitism that reaches to the root of both German and French society,” the paper wrote. Many Twitter users agree, calling “Bild’s” decision to run the film “courageous” and “honorable” and pointing out that “journalists and media-makers are obligated to also report on inconvenient truths.” Arte, for its part, has called “Bild”‘s decision “disconcerting,” but apparently does not plan to initiate legal proceedings despite owning first-broadcast rights. In a statement, the broadcaster said it has “no objection to the public forming its own opinion of the film.” Still, on Tuesday it reiterated its decision to not air the film itself.

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Goch: Fight anti-Semitism with a strong Jewish identity – Sun Sentinel

Unfortunately, many of us, during our lifetimes, will be the victims of anti-Semitism, direct or indirect. Reported more prevalently in today’s society than perhaps in the past. But it’s far too often that a Jewish day school or community center receives a bomb threat or a synagogue is vandalized. Every time our South Florida Jewish community is targeted, we are affected. Some have personally experienced incidents of hate that never go away. As a young adult early in my career at the Jewish Journal, the owner of a business I patronized directed anti-Jewish slurs at me. It seems someone I thought I knew, I didn’t know at all. I chose to respond by never giving him my business again; I should have also reported him. And so, the end result is that he won and I lost. But as years pass and I identify more and more as a Jew, it is now my first instinct to report any incident of hate that affects me. Anti-Semitism is not limited to adults. Young people are victimized as well. Recently, the Journal covered a discussion regarding a new wave of anti-Semitism on college campuses, where pro-Israel and pro-Jewish students are being targeted. Through this and similar programs, raising awareness will hopefully limit this growing phenomenon of hate. A few months ago, I published a poem by a West Palm Beach teenager who shared her experiences of being a target of hate. “So to the friends who make Holocaust jokes,” she wrote, “the girl who asked my mother if she had horns, and the boy who told me to pick up the penny, my reply was, ‘Yes, I’m Jewish. What’s the issue?'” I echo her sentiment. Instilling in our children and grandchildren a strong Jewish identity is critical to making it a non-issue. Email your thoughts to Editor Alan Goch at ALGoch@tronc.com.

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Wish You Weren’t Here Roger Waters – HuffPost

A group calling itself We Dont Need no Roger Waters are calling for a boycott of musician Roger Waters. TheChange.org petitionwantsa worldwide boycott of Waters until he renounces antisemitismand the unjust boycott of the State of Israel. The group has launched a websiteandFacebook page, and will be releasing a movie this summer. The former frontman for Pink Floydhas increasingly used his rock-star status to defame and call for the boycottof Israel. He infamously flew a pig drone painted withswastikas and Stars of David at his concerts in 2013. Watersscreens anti-Israel film clips during his live shows and viciously attacks any artist that chooses toperform in Israel. Waters isnt just anti-Israel, say his detractors, hes actually a Jew-hater. They are firing back against his supporters by countering thatWaters is not just anti-Israel, but actually a racist who espouses bigotry and anti-Jewish conspiracy theories. According to the filmmakers, Wish You Werent Here is a shocking, explosive and compelling film by award winning filmmaker/No.1 NY Times bestselling author Ian Halperin. The film sets out to answer such questions as is Roger Waters an anti-Semite? Halperin, who is the son of a Holocaust survivor, traveled for two years researching his story, and the film includes interviews with leading figures such as including Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder, Pope Francis, Haras Rafiq, Palestinian and Israeli leaders, U.S., British and French government officials, The Chief Rabbi of Ukraine, Alan Dershowitz and Dr. Charles Small. Instead of using music to build bridges and foster peace, itseems that Waters is actually another brick in the wall. Wake up to the day’s most important news.

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Schools must be vigilant on Islamism | Schools Week – Schools Week

We must not downplay the seriousness of Trojan Horse, claims Jamie Martin, even if the case collapsed Barely a week after the Manchester Arena attack which was carried out by someone educated in the English state school system a procedural failure led to the collapse of misconduct hearings against three teachers suspended after the 2014 Trojan Horse controversy. It is important to note as they were not tried for the charges, they were therefore not cleared of them. I was a special adviser at the Department for Education at the time the Trojan Horse case was first brought to the governments attention. In light of the Manchester and London Bridge attacks, I not only believe we were right in our robust response to Trojan Horse, but also that we must now take deeper action to rid our schools of Islamist ideology. Equating Islamism with majority Muslim values fatally undermines our attempts to defeat it People who downplay the seriousness of Trojan Horse, claiming those involved exhibited mainstream Islamic views, are guilty not only of stunning naivety, but of a dangerous error. Wrongly equating Islamism a fascist ideological distortion of Islam with majority Muslim values fatally undermines our attempts to defeat it. After receiving a whistleblowing letter, Peter Clarke, one of Britains most distinguished counter-extremism experts, was appointed to investigate. He confirmed the majority of the letter was correct and that there had been a coordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos into a few schools in Birmingham. Instead of challenging extremism in Birminghams schools, the government had consistently handed influence and power to those who advocated it. Tahir Alam, the chair of governors at Park View Academy described by Clarke as a central figure in the scandal, was paid by Birmingham Council to train other governors and was put on local and national faith advisory groups, after he publicly argued that in schools girls [should] be covered except for their hands and faces and that homosexuality should be declared not acceptable. Unsurprisingly, when investigating Park View, Clarke discovered gender segregation, assemblies with anti-Jewish speakers and messages between members of the Park View brotherhood, a WhatsApp group of senior teachers who described gay people as animals, promoted antisemitic images and suggested that Lee Rigbys murder was a hoax. Park View, Clarke concluded, sought to export its Islamising blueprint to local schools. with staff using influential positions to introduce compulsory faith practices into a non-faith school. The result was that schools across Birmingham fell under the influence of a deep strand of intolerance and attitudes that are totally inappropriate for those who aspire to educate young people. The path from this ideological extremism to violence has been well marked, including in the personal stories of Islamists turned counter-extremism experts Ed Husain and Maajid Nawaz. Nothing could be more dangerous than incubating Islamism in our schools, and after the attacks in Manchester and London, nothing is more urgent than driving it out of them. The government should appoint Peter Clarke, or another similarly qualified investigator, to conduct a thorough review of Islamism in schools and colleges. As well as recommending individuals for criminal and professional sanction, it should produce a list of Islamist organisations whose members and sympathisers, like the BNP, are banned from the classroom, government funding and positions. Guidance on identifying Islamism should be issued to every school and made a core part of initial and ongoing teacher training. Ofsted should enter at-risk schools at no notice with trained extremism experts. The special favours faith schools receive from government must end. Schools and the government must make a clear choice about the organisations they work with. They must sideline those like the Muslim Council of Britain, which openly challenges the governments Prevent agenda and published a 2007 paper co-authored by Alam calling for all girls to wear the hijab and rules all pre-marital relationships whether homosexual or girlfriend/boyfriend unacceptable. Counter-extremism experts like Quilliam, and Muslim groups who support Prevent and champion gay and womens rights, must be embraced. Its a sad reflection of modern Britain that schools are in the frontline of the battle with extremism. For teachers, as for the rest of the country, this is a battle that we did not choose, but one that we have to win. Jamie Martin is the former special adviser to education secretary Michael Gove

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Spanish police arrest Hamas supporter over anti-Jewish incitement – The Times of Israel

Police in Spain arrested a young Arab woman whom they said called for violence against Jews online and was flagged gathering intelligence about Israels embassy in Madrid. The 23-year-old woman, who is a Moroccan citizen of Syrian and Palestinian descent, was arrested this week in Zaragoza, 170 miles northeast of the capital, for hate speech and incitement to violence, police sources told the ABC newspaper. The papers article Wednesday about the arrest did not identify the suspect by name. According to ABC, police flagged the woman in 2016 after noticing her several times near the embassy in Madrid, including in the presence of unidentified men. Police reportedly followed the woman and discovered her identity, leading counterterrorist researchers to monitor her activities online. On Facebook, where the woman moderated one anti-Israel group with more than 2,000 subscribers, the researchers documented the suspect praising Hamas and speaking favorably about the murder of Jews, leading to her arrest. Across Western Europe, authorities have increased their vigilance of hate speech against Jews following several jihadist attacks against Jewish targets in France, where in January 2015 a jihadist killed four Jews at a Paris kosher store, and Belgium, where four people were murdered the previous year in an armed attack at the Jewish Museum of Brussels. Last week, French police arrested a man in Marseille, France, Nacer Bendrer, on suspicion that he acted as an accomplice to the Frenchman currently on trial in Belgium for the museum killing, the RTL broadcaster reported. The defendant, Mehdi Nemouche, has denied any involvement in the killings. Bendrer was arrested and released in 2014 following the attack but has been taken into custody again recently, the report said. Separately, last week the Spanish pro-Israel group ACOM announced it has launched a lawsuit for racial discrimination against the municipality of Ayamonte, 300 miles southwest of Madrid, over the passing at the Ayamonte city council on May 25 of a motion declaring support for the Boycott, Divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel. Spanish courts, including high courts, have passed rulings against more than a dozen Spanish municipalities over the past two years over similar motions, which the judiciary has deemed discriminatory and illegal. This development has caused several municipalities either to reverse motions already passed in favor of the boycott, or vote against approving drafts brought to a vote. On May 29, the city council of the municipality of Santa Colona de Gramenet near Barcelona voted against a draft resolution favoring a boycott, ACOM said in a statement last week. Another draft motion expressing solidarity with Palestinian terrorists in Israeli jails failed to pass in the council of Cueta, one of Spains autonomous regions.

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Dershowitz: A new tolerance for anti-Semitism – Fox News

This article was originally published by Gatestone Institute. All over the world anti-Semites are becoming mainstreamed. It is no longer disqualifying to be outed as a Jew hater. This is especially so if the anti-Semite uses the cover of rabid hatred for the nation state of the Jewish people. These bigots succeed in becoming accepted even praised not because of their anti-Semitism, but despite it. Increasingly, they are given a pass on their Jew hatred because those who support them admire or share other aspects of what they represent. This implicit tolerance of anti-Semitism as long as it comes from someone whose other views are acceptable represents a dangerous new trend from both the right and left. In the United States, the Trump election has brought hard-right anti-Semitism into public view, but the bigotry of the hard-left is far more prevalent and influential on many university campuses. Those on the left, who support left wing anti-Semites, try to downplay, ignore or deny that those they support are really anti-Semites. They are anti-Zionist is the excuse de jure. Those on the right do essentially the same:they are nationalists. Neither side would accept such transparent and hollow justifications if the shoe were on the other foot. I believe that when analyzing and exposing these dangerous trends, a single standard of criticism must be directed at each. Generally speaking, extreme right wing anti-Semitism continues to be a problem in many parts of Europe and among a relatively small group of alt-right Americans. But it also exists among those who self-identify as run-of-the-mill conservatives. Consider, for example, former presidential candidate and Reagan staffer, Pat Buchanan. The list of Buchanans anti-Jewish bigotry is exhaustive. Over the years he has consistently blamed Jews for wide-ranging societal and political problems. In his criticism of the Iraq War, for example, Buchanan infamously quipped: There are only two groups that are beating the drums for war in the Middle East – the Israeli Defense Ministry and its amen corner in the United States. He then singled out for rebuke only Jewish political figures and commentators such as Henry Kissinger, Charles Krauthammer and A.M. Rosenthal. He did not mention any of the vocal non-Jewish supporters of the war. Furthermore, Buchanan also said that the Israeli lobby would be responsible if President Obama decided to strike Iran, threatening that if it were to happen, Netanyahu and his amen corner in Congress would face backlash worldwide. Buchanans sordid flirtation with Nazi revisionism is also well documented. Those who tolerate anti-Semitism from those they otherwise admire would never accept other forms of bigotry, such as racism, sexism or homophobia. Meanwhile, on university campuses the absurd concept of intersectionality which in many cases has become a code word for anti-Semitism is dominating discussions and actions by the hard left. The warm embrace of Palestinian American activist, Linda Sarsour who recently delivered the commencement address at a City University of New York graduation is a case in point. Since co-organizing the Womens March on Washington in January, Sarsour has become a feminist icon for so called progressives. This is the same Linda Sarsour who has said that feminism and Zionism are incompatible, stating: You either stand up for the rights of all women, including Palestinians, or none. Theres just no way around it. And when speaking about two leading female anti-Islamists, Brigitte Gabriel and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (who is a victim of female genital mutilation) the feminist de jure, Linda Sarsour, said: I wish I could take away their vaginas. The irony is palpable. Under her own all or nothing criteria, Sarsour who is also a staunch BDS supportercannot be pro-Palestinian and a feminist because the Palestinian Authority and Hamas subjugate women and treat gays far worse than Israel does. Indeed, Sarsour has emerged as a champion of the hard-left. Both New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Bernie Sanders have sought her endorsement. Moreover, Deputy DNC Chair, Keith Ellison who himself has a sordid history with anti-Semitism stemming from his association with Louis Farrakhan who publicly boasted about his own Jew hatred has come out in support of the bigoted Sarsour. When it comes to Ellison an old idiom comes to mind: a man is known by the company he keeps. The same trend is detectable among the hard-left in Europe, particularly in Britain, which is days away from an election. The British Labour Party has now been hijacked by radical extremists on the left, and is known for being soft on anti-Semitism. In a recent interview with BBC reporter Emma Barnett who happens to be Jewish Labours leader, Jeremy Corbyn, fumbled when answering a question about how much his proposed childcare policy would cost. Rather than critique Corbyn, Labour supporters viciously trolled the Jewish BBC reporter. Tweets such as these abounded: Allegations have surfaced that @Emmabarnett is a Zionist and Zionist Emma Barnett (family lived off brothels) attacks Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn has also been accused of anti-Jewish bigotry himself. He has said in the past that the genocidal Hamas terrorist group should be removed from the UKs designated terror list, and has called Hezbollah and Hamas (which are both vowed to the destruction of the nation state of the Jewish people) my friends. (I recently wrote extensively on Corbyns association with some of Britains most notorious Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites.) Increasingly, anti-Semitic discourse is also seeping into the arts and academia. Consider the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish bigotry of former Pink Floyd front man, Roger Waters. A staunch supporter of the so-called BDS movement, Waters has said about the Palestinians that parallels with what went on in the 30s in Germany are so crushingly obvious. He also had a pig shape balloon with a Star of David on it at one of his concerts. And when asked about his aggressive effort to recruit people to join the BDS, Waters blamed the Jewish lobby which he explained is extraordinarily powerful here and particularly in the industry that I work in, the music industry. In 2013 the ADL declared that anti-Semitic conspiracy theories had seeped into the totality of Waters views. Likewise, the market place of ideas on college campuses and within academic institutions has seen an embrace of anti-Semitism often disguised as anti-Zionism. Several years ago I identified the dangerous trend of academics crossing a red line between acceptable criticism of Israel and legitimizing Jew-hatred. This was in light of the disgraceful endorsement by a number of prominent academics of an anti-Semitic book written by Gilad Arzmon a notorious Jew-hater who denies the Holocaust and attributed widespread economic troubles to a Zio-punch. When asked recently about the hullabaloo surrounding her CUNY address, Linda Sarsour disingenuously played the victim card: since the Womens March on Washington, once the right-wing saw a very prominent Muslim-American woman in a hijab who was a Palestinian who was resonating with a community in a very large way, they made it their mission to do everything they can to take my platform away. No, Ms. Sarsour. You are wrong. This is not a smear campaign by the right-wing, but rather, a show that people of good will reject your manifestations of bigotry. Those who tolerate anti-Semitism from those they otherwise admire would never accept other forms of bigotry, such as racism, sexism or homophobia. It’s difficult to imagine Bernie Sanders campaigning for a socialist who didn’t like black peopleor who was against gay marriage. But he is comfortable campaigning for Jeremy Corbyn who has made a career out of condemning Zionists by which he means Jews. The growing tolerance for anti-Semitism by both the extreme left and right is quickly becoming mainstream. That is why it is so dangerous and must be exposed for what it is: complicity in, and encouragement of, the oldest form of bigotry. Shame on those who tolerate anti-Semitism when it comes from their side of the political spectrum. People on both sides of the aisle must have the same zero tolerance for anti-Semitism as they do for sexism, racism and homophobia. Decent people everywhere Jews and non-Jews must condemn with equal vigor all manifestations of bigotry whether they emanate from the hard alt-right or hard alt-left. I will continue to judge individuals on the basis of their own statements and actions, regardless of which side of the aisle they come from. Alan M. Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus and author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law and Electile Dysfunction.

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Will a Third of Brits Vote for a Hard-Left Antisemite? – Breaking Israel News

On June 8, British voters will head to the polls. Recent numbers show the gap closing between British Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. When Prime Minister May called for a snap election last month three years early most assumed she would win easily and increase her parliamentary majority. But Corbyn who was given odds of 200-1 when he ran for his partys leadership in 2015 is doing surprisingly well again. He also happens to lead a party that has been soft on antisemitism, and Corbyn himself has been accused of anti-Jewish bigotry. When facing such criticism, the Labour leader has offered the defense that he is anti-Israel, not anti-Jewish. But Corbyns words and deeds demonstrate that he often uses his virulent anti-Zionism as a cover for his soft antisemitism. Consider a speech Corbyn gave last year where he said that Jews are no more responsible for the actions of Israel than Muslims are for the actions of Islamic State (ISIS). Moreover, Corbyns affinity for terrorist groups (sworn to the destruction of the nation state of the Jewish People) is also well documented. In 2009 Corbyn said: It will be my pleasure and my honor to host an event in Parliament where our friends from Hezbollah will be speaking. I also invited friends from Hamas to come and speak as well. In light of these events, a key former adviser to Corbyn, Harry Fletcher, wrote: Id suggest to him [Jeremy] about how he might build bridges with the Jewish community and none of it ever happened. Corbyn himself has said that he is not an antisemite but rather opposed to Zionism. Generally speaking, it is easy to say you hate Israel but dont hate Jews. Even if this were true and I am not sure that it is the company that Corbyn keeps suggests that at best he gives a free pass to bigotry, racism and antisemitism within the ranks of his own party, and at worst, he espouses those same views. Indeed, Corbyn has been known to share speaking platforms and lead rallies with some of the most infamous Jew-haters. He has attended meetings hosted by Paul Eisen a 9/11 conspiracy theorist and Holocaust denier who wrote a blog titled My Life as a Holocaust Denier. Corbyn has also been associated with Sheikh Raed Salah who was convicted for incitement to violence and racism, has been known to perpetuate traditional blood libels about Jews and claimed that Jews were warned not to go to the Twin Towers on 9/11 calling him a very honored citizen whose voice must be heard. Corbyn was also a paid contributor for Press TV, which is part of Irans tightly controlled media apparatus whose production is directly overseen by Irans antisemitic supreme leader. One of the biggest criticisms of what has been referred to as the Corbynization of British politics has been the mainstreaming of traditional antisemitism. The countrys chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has also chimed in on the conversation, calling the Labour Partys antisemitism problem severe. Consider the bigotry of Gerald Kaufman (now deceased), for example a Labour veteran and close political associate of Corbyn who touted conspiracies about Jews and Jewish money throughout his political career. When speaking at a pro-Palestinian event Kaufman said: Jewish money, Jewish donations to the Conservative Party as in the general election in May support from the Jewish Chronicle, all of those things, bias the Conservatives. While Corbyn condemned these remarks, he refused to yield to widespread demands for disciplinary action against Kaufman. Lets be clear: I do not believe that Corbyns rise in the polls is because he hates Jews and their nation state, but rather despite his bigotry. His opponent, Theresa May, called for elections and then refused to debate her opponents. She is running a lackluster campaign somewhat reminiscent of Hillary Clintons last year. Corbyn, for his part, like US President Donald Trump, is a populist. Though they represent polar opposites on the political spectrum, they have much in common including their penchant to shoot from the hip, and their unpredictability. Many British voters are unaware of Corbyns antisemitic associations. Others know but dont care. The hard Left in Britain, especially among union activists and academics, include many knee-jerk opponents of the nation state of the Jewish People and many supporters of academic and cultural boycotts of Israel. Many such supporters favor trade and engagement with such massive human rights offenders as Iran, Cuba, China, Russia, Belarus and Venezuela. Indeed, it is antisemitic to single out only the nation state of the Jews the Middle Easts only democracy and a nation with one of the worlds best records of human rights, the rule of law and concern for enemy civilians for boycotts. Corbyn himself has called for boycotts of Israel. He has advocated for an arms embargo citing Israels supposed breach of the human rights clause of the EU-Israel trade agreement. Corbyn also supports academic boycotts in some instances, and when Israels national soccer team was traveling to Cardiff, Wales, for a qualifying game for the European Championship, Corbyn led calls for a boycott only of the soccer team representing the nation state of the Jewish People. (Ironically, Israel only plays in this league as it was expelled from the Asian Football Confederation due to the Arab Leagues boycott.) Moreover, Corbyn has been a vocal supporter of the so-called Palestinian right of return, stating that the Palestinians right to return home is the key to the solution. This would soon make Arabs the majority within Israel and Jews the ethnic minority, rendering the two-state solution completely obsolete. Whether antisemitism is the root of the Labour Partys problem or the consequence is not important. Likewise, the distinct role Jeremy Corbyn has played in getting the Labour Party to this point is not particularly relevant. The fact is that he has not stemmed the tide of bigotry and anti-Jewish hate within the ranks of his party, but has played a big part in perpetuating it. British voters now have the opportunity to choose where they will go as a nation. Will they opt to move away from stability, rationality and tolerance and toward simple-mindedness, xenophobia and intolerance? I dont know, but I hope they choose wisely. Reprinted with authors permission from The Jerusalem Post

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The president should relocate U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem … – The Hill (blog)

There is no greater friend, ally, and strategic partner to the United States than Israel. It is so important that we do everything in our power to ensure that this historically sacred relationship is not only preserved, but strengthened in the months, years and decades ahead. As part of this effort, the United States should move our embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In 1948, Israel declared its independence and became a sovereign state. The nation immediately declared Jerusalem as its capital; yet, other nations, including the United States, rejected this notion and chose to place their embassies elsewhere. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and locating embassies elsewhere de-legitimizes and undercuts Israel. Jerusalem is the unquestionable capital of Israel and should be fully recognized as such. In addition to its religious importance, Jerusalem is also the location of the Israeli Knesset and offices and residences of the Israeli prime minister and president. Moving our embassy to Israels capital is an important step to protect Israels sovereignty and security and strengthen the bond between our two nations. In light of the recent rise of anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish, and anti-Israeli sentiments and actions, achieving this goal is more important now than ever before. Moving our embassy is not only the right thing to do, it sets an important precedent for other nations to follow. It would advance Israels diplomatic status while also serving as a symbol of American strength and leadership. Israel is surrounded by terrorist groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda and ISIS that would like nothing more than to wipe Israel off the map. Palestinian terrorists murder innocent Israelis and Americans, and then are celebrated as martyrs by the Palestinians and given state funerals, all while receiving financial rewards from the Palestinian Authority as payment for their terror. To make matters worse, Iran, the largest state sponsor of terrorism, has consistently threatened Israels existence. There must be zero tolerance for any of these detractions, and as Americans, we must do everything possible to support Israel and her people. Now is the time to show that our nation will not indulge these actions which threaten or demean our friends. While Jerusalem is already home to a U.S. consulate, Israelis are unable to utilize it, and must travel to Tel Aviv to make use of these services. Moving the embassy would dispel the diplomatic fiction that Jerusalem isnt the capital of Israel, while sending a clear message to the Palestinians that Israel will not be bullied into relinquishing its capital and will not be destroyed as the independent, democratic Jewish state. Israel is the only nation where the U.S. embassy is not in the host-identified capital. Israel is a sovereign state, and it absolutely deserves to be respected as such by all nations, especially its strongest friends and ally. It is critical that the administration follows through on this pledge. As the center of the Israeli government, as well as the nations unquestionable capital, it is absolutely imperative that this move is initiated and completed in earnest. America stands by Israel, our greatest ally, in firm solidarity. Congressman Lee Zeldin represents the 1st District of New York. In Congress, Rep. Zeldin serves as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Co-Chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus. He is one of only two Jewish Republicans in Congress. The views expressed by this author are their own and are not the views of The Hill.

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The forgotten 1967 rescue of the Jews of Aden | Lyn Julius | The … – Jewish News (blog)

The 50th anniversary of the Six Day War is being commemorated with articles and TV programmes. But the impact on the remaining Jewish communities of the furious Arab reaction to their defeat has been almost completely forgotten. Take for instance, the rescue from murderous riots of the last Jews of Aden, a British colony at the tip of the Arabian peninsula. Fom left: Simon Tobi of the Aden Jews Congregation in London, Michelle Huberman of Harif, speaker Nigel Grizzard and Lyn Julius of Harif (photo: Laurence Julius) Researcher Nigel Grizzard gave a talk under the auspices of Harif and the Aden Jewish Community Centre in Stamford Hill, London on 5 June on the evacuation by British troops of 140 Jews to Britain. They owe their survival to two unsung heroes: Abraham Marks, the headmaster of the Selim Jewish school, who personally went from house to house in order to assemble Jews for evacuation; and Lord Barnett Janner, who secured British passports for the evacuees. Known as the Paris of the East, Aden was a thriving port whose 8,000 Jews had settled there not just from neighbouring Yemen, but India and the Ottoman empire. There were disturbances in the 1930s to ruffle their comfortable and prosperous lives, but the 1947 riots were the turning point, resulting in the exodus of all but a few hundred Jews. Muslim levies, armed and officered by the British, shot and killed 82 (some estimate 87) Jews. Shops were looted, much property was destroyed and the Jewish boys school in the Jewish quarter of Crater burnt down. Subsequent official British inquiries into these events whitewashed the role of the levies only nine were imprisoned and even tried to blame Jewish snipers for some of the deaths. The evacuation by the Royal Lancashire Regiment of the last Jewish residents in 1967 was in marked contrast to Britains failure to protect the Jewish community in 1947. As President Nasser whipped up anti-Jewish feeling in the run-up to the Six Day War, there were several attempts to set fire to Jewish shops and houses. At the outbreak of the war in June 1967, it became clear that lives were in danger: seventy Jews were moved to the Jewish-owned Victoria hotel. Thanks to the good offices of Barnett Janner, the entire community was flown out via Tehran. Twenty Jews got off the plane in Israel; the rest journeyed on to the UK. Matters deteriorated after the Jews left and 22 British soldiers were killed on a single day in June by Arab mutineers. Britain finally withdrew from its last outpost of empire on 30 November 1967 after ruling Aden for 128 years. Joseph Howard, an Adenite Jew who organised the 25th anniversary commemoration of the 1967 evacuation, says of Abraham Marks: he saved our lives. As a child in 1947 he remembers being tipped off by an Arab and told not to go to school on the day that the riots broke out. Tens of houses were burnt down. There were not riots, but murder, he says. Among the dead was the brother of Professor Reuven Ahroni, the author of one of the few books about the Jewish community in Aden. Addressing the audience of 120 packing the Aden community centre, Nigel Grizzard urged members to write a pamphlet detailing their recent history before all memory of it is lost.

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