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US Jewish leaders back metal detectors on Temple Mount – Heritage Florida Jewish News

There is a broad consensus among American Jewish leaders in support of Israel’s use of metal detectors to intercept terrorists on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations “supports taking the necessary and appropriate steps to assure security for all and to protect the sanctity of these holy sites,” the umbrella group’s executive vice chairman and CEO, Malcolm Hoenlein, told JNS.org.

Herbert Block, executive director of the American Zionist Movement, said, “If the authorities responsible for security feel certain measures are necessary to meet their responsibility to protect those who visit for prayer or as respectful visitors, it is no different than security considerations at the Vatican, at the [U.S.] Capitol or any other significant location where public access is permitted under applicable law.”

“In a world where security measures are being enhanced in major gathering places, it’s only surprising that the Temple Mount didn’t have such measures until now,” American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris told JNS.org. “The terror attack last week, in which two Israelis were killed, is a tragic reminder of why metal detectors are needed for the safety of all visitors and personnel.”

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) and B’nai B’rith International are taking similar positions.

“It is not the presence of metal detectors that leads to violence, rather the unrelenting incitement to violence on the part of the Palestinian Authority that does not cease,” said Betty Ehrenberg, the WJC’s executive director for North America. “In the interest of protecting the safety and security of all visitors to the Temple Mount and in keeping the peace at the holy site, the metal detectors need to remain in place, as they are at the Western Wall and in many sensitive and holy places around the world, including Mecca and the Vatican.”

B’nai B’rith International said in a statement provided to JNS.org that the Israeli government “cannot look the other way in the face of acts of violence, especially in light of the killings of its police officers. Metal detectors are one way, used globally, to keep the public safe. There may be other methods, as well, but doing nothing is not an option.”

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism has not taken a position on the issue, but several prominent Conservative rabbis are speaking out in favor of the metal detectors.

Writing from Israel, Rabbi Neil Cooper of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, near Philadelphia, pointed out that not only do many Israeli malls and restaurants have metal detectors, but in addition, “When one enters the Western Wall Plaza, one is required to pass through metal detectors. It is expected, anticipated and reasonable.” Cooper said he was surprised to learn that metal detectors have not been used on the Temple Mount until now.

“It should be welcomed by everyone who abhors violence and will impede those desiring to harm others,” he said.

Rabbi Joel Meyers, executive vice president emeritus of Conservative Judaism’s Rabbinical Assembly, noted, “Most of us in the United States go through metal detectors daily in order to enter public buildings and most Israelis go through metal detectors to even enter a shopping mall, so if needed to help security on the Temple Mount, there should be no discussion.”

Among dovish groups, Dr. Michael Koplow, policy director of the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), told JNS.org, “IPF’s position is that metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount are a commonsense and relatively unobtrusive way to protect the safety of both Jews and Muslims on the Temple Mount and its environs, and that erecting them does not alter the site’s status quo.”

Americans for Peace Now agreed that “security measures are obviously necessary at this spot,” although the organization added that it “reserves judgment on the specifics of the security tools utilized in Jerusalem’s Holy Basin.”

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B’nai B’rith slams State Dept. for saying ‘lack of hope’ drives terrorism – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

WASHINGTON (JTA) Bnai Brith International faulted the Trump administration for adopting the Palestinian narrative in the State Departments annual report on terrorism.

In the report released this week, the State Department listed as continued drivers of violence a lack of hope in achieving Palestinian statehood, Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank, settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank, the perception that the Israeli government was changing the status quo on the Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount, and IDF tactics that the Palestinians considered overly aggressive.

It is astonishing that State is parroting the false Palestinian narrative, Bnai Brith said in its statement Thursday. If it were not released by the State Department, it would be easy to mistake the inflammatory and accusatory language as coming directly from the Palestinians.

While such an assessment would be uncontroversial coming from a think tank or even Israeli security officials, it is unusual in a State Department statement, particularly under President Donald Trump, who has been outspoken in condemning Palestinian incitement.

Bnai Brith noted that Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley have repeatedly blamed terrorism on Palestinian incitement and payments by the Palestinian Authority to Palestinians who have carried attacks out on Israelis.

Israel is not driving the violence committed by the Palestinians, the statement said. Its Palestinian leadership Fatah and Hamas that incites violence against Israelis on a daily basis.

The State Department report said that Palestinian leaders had addressed incitement.

The PA has taken significant steps during President Abbas tenure (2005 to date) to ensure that official institutions in the West Bank under its control do not create or disseminate content that incites violence, it said. While some PA leaders have made provocative and inflammatory comments, the PA has made progress in reducing official rhetoric that could be considered incitement to violence.

The report otherwise described Israel as a committed counterterrorism partner and detailed the threats that Israel continues to face, particularly from Iran-backed groups.

Israeli security officials and politicians remained concerned about the terrorist threat posed to Israel from Hezbollah and Iran, highlighting that Iran, primarily through the efforts of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force, continued to fund and supply Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based militia, the report said. Israeli experts believed that Iran has transferred to Hezbollah advanced weapons systems such as anti-aircraft and anti-ship cruise missile systems, and was continuing to transfer long-range rockets into Lebanon.

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The City: Week of July 21 – Cleveland Jewish News

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Saturday, July 22

Crossroads for Jewish Singles of Cleveland dinner at Blazin Bills Restaurant, 7 p.m., 12891 Main Market Rd. (Rt. 422), Burton. RSVP to Ken at 440-498-9911 by July 17.

Saturday, July 29

Crossroads for Jewish Singles of Cleveland dinner at Abuelos Restaurant, 7 p.m., 26100 Hardvard Rd., Warrensville Hts. RSVP to Carol at 440-442-3430 by July 24.

FRIDAY, JULY 21

Outdoor Yoga series with the Mandel JCC, 6:45-8 p.m., Safran Park, 26001 S. Woodland, Beachwood. Free and open to community. Bring a mat. For more info, contact Kate at ktoohig@mandeljcc.org or 216-831-0700 x1365.

Cleveland Clinic VeloSano 4 kickoff party, 4-9 p.m., Mall B, E. 9th and W. 3rd, Cleve. For more info, visit bit.ly/2uvHq9I.

Clevelands Founders Day celebration, noon-2 p.m., Wade Oval, 10820 East Blvd., Cleve. Free, birthday cake and ice cream served. For more info, visit bit.ly/2vuHmED.

SATURDAY, JULY 22

Mayfield Relay for Life, 12:30-9:30 p.m., 6100 Marsol Rd., Mayfield Hts. For more info and to register, visit relayforlife.org/mayfieldoh or email lauren.sweet@cancer.org.

CWRUs Foraging at the Farm class with Ryan Bennett, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farm, 37125 Fairmount Blvd., Hunting Valley. $65. Register at 216-368-0274 or email patty.gregory@case.edu.

Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues Smithsonian collecting event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Baseball Heritage Museum, 6601 Lexington Ave., Cleve. Free. Register at bit.ly/2uC2Krd.

Meet and Greet with Kenny Lofton, 1-3 p.m., Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, 10777 Northfield Rd., Northfield. Open to the public. For more info, call Vivian at 330-908-7771.

SUNDAY, JULY 23

B’nai B’rith Health Run, 8:30 a.m., Rascal House Pizza University Heights, 2255 Warrensville Center Rd., University Hts. $10 advanced, $20 day of the event. Register at bnaibrithhealthrun.org. For more info, call 216-309-0515.

Mosaic Outdoor Club kayak outing, 10:30 a.m., Hinckley Lake, Hinckley. Followed by lunch. RSVP to Elizabeth at 216-932-4806.

Workmens Circle Ohio District Hunger Walk, noon-5 p.m., Notre Dame College, 4545 College Rd., South Euclid. Registration is free but required at bit.ly/2umPQQQ. Sponsorships are available starting at $100. For more info, visit workmenscircle.org.

MONDAY, JULY 24

The Jews Reaction to Muhammads Claims of Prophecy with professor Shari Lowin, 10 a.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. Free for Siegal Lifelong Learning members, $5 for nonmembers. Register at bit.ly/2tEpyJy.

Abrahams Discovery of God with professor Shari Lowin, 7 p.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. Free for Siegal Lifelong Learning members, $5 for nonmembers. Register at bit.ly/2tEvpyC.

TUESDAY, JULY 25

The Cleveland Foundation and The City Club of Cleveland presents The Challenge of Success as part of the For the Love of Cleveland lecture series, noon, Public Square, Cleve. Free. For more info, visit cityclub.org.

Shaker Square: Its past, present and future forum, 7-8:30 p.m., Shaker Public Library Main Branch, 16500 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Hts. Free. For more info, email teachingcleveland@earthlink.net.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26

Siegal Lifelong Learning class Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life with Siegal Exec. Dir. Brian Amkraut, 10-11:30 a.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers at bit.ly/2r1knCj.

THURSDAY, JULY 27

Lake County Arthritis Expo by Lake Health and Cleveland Shoulder Institute, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., TriPoint Medical Center Physician Pavilion, 7590 Auburn Rd., Concord Twp. Register by calling Lake Health Best of Health at 800-454-9800.

Telling Life Stories Through Guided Autobiography course with Susan Bond & Ramona Charles, 1-3 p.m., Landmark Centre Building, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $90 for Siegal Lifelong Learning members, $110 for nonmembers at bit.ly/2tkMrl7. Thursdays thru Aug. 31.

The Cactus League and the Integration of Spring Training event, 7 p.m., Baseball Heritage Museum, League Park, 6601 Lexington Ave., Cleve. Free. RSVP at bit.ly/2tkM1uM. For more info, call 216-789-1093.

FRIDAY, JULY 28

Outdoor Yoga series with the Mandel JCC, 6:45-8 p.m., Safran Park, 26001 S. Woodland, Beachwood. Free and open to community. Bring a mat. For more info, contact Kate at ktoohig@mandeljcc.org or call 216-831-0700 x1365.

The 6th Annual Clean Transportation Cruise-In, 4-9 p.m., Edgewater Park, Metroparks, Cleve. Free. For more info and ways to get involved, email Christina at cyoka@earthdaycoalition.org or call 216-281-6468 x231.

SATURDAY, JULY 29

The Cactus League and the Integration of Spring Training presentation, noon, Baseball Heritage Museum, 6601 Lexington Ave., Cleve. For more info, call 216-789-1083.

Case Western Reserve Universitys Foraging at the Farm class with Ryan Bennett, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farm, 37125 Fairmount Blvd., Hunting Valley. $65. Register at 216-368-0274 or email patty.gregory@case.edu.

Tribute Weekend honoring Holocaust Survivors, 9 a.m., Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue, 23749 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst. For more info, call 216-382-6566 or email office@oz-cedarsinai.org.

SUNDAY, JULY 30

Artsyism fundraiser event, noon-4 p.m., Backyard garden of Donald Bingham Schmitt, 1579 Compton Rd., Cleve. Hts. Free. VIP brunch at 10 a.m. for $40 at bit.ly/2sLfeit. For more info, call Andrea 216-272-1084 or Shari at 216-408-8418.

University Hospitals Partnership for Families Together We Make a Family benefit dinner, 7-11 p.m., The Country Club, 2825 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike. For more info, contact Jeanne McMahon at 216-844-0413 or email jeanne.mcmahon@uhhospitals.org.

Community Breakfast with guest speaker Irene Marocco, 10 a.m., Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue, 23749 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst. For more info, call 216-382-6566 or email office@oz-cedarsinai.org.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1

Crohns and Colitis Foundation of Americas Warrensville Heights support group, 7- 8:30 p.m., Warrensville Heights Library, 4415 Northfield Rd., Warrensville. Free. For more info, contact Denise at neohio@ccfa.org or 216-524-7700.

Crohns and Colitis Foundation of Americas Toledo and Surrounding Area support group, 7- 9 p.m., St. Lukes Hospital, Classroom #1, 5901 Monclova Rd., Maumee. Free. For more info, contact Jan at 419-636-1423.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2

Siegal Lifelong Learning class Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life with Brian Amkraut, 10-11:30 a.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $30 for members, $40 for non-members at bit.ly/2r1knCj.

Mark Nizer juggling performance, 1 p.m., Alma Theater, 14591 Superior Rd., Cleve. Hts. $15 in advance, $18 DOS and free for children under 2 and sitting on a lap at 216-371-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4

Outdoor Yoga series with the Mandel JCC, 6:45-8 p.m., Safran Park, 26001 S. Woodland, Beachwood. Free and open to community. Bring a mat. For more info, contact Kate at ktoohig@mandeljcc.org or call 216-831-0700 x1365.

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The City: Week of July 14 – Cleveland Jewish News

Saturday, July 15

Crossroads for Jewish Singles of Cleveland dinner at Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill, 6:30 p.m., Legacy Village. 25385 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst. RSVP to Larry at 440-461-2720 by July 10.

Saturday, July 22

Crossroads for Jewish Singles of Cleveland dinner at Blazin Bills Restaurant, 7 p.m., 12891 Main Market Rd. (Rt. 422), Burton. RSVP to Ken at 440-498-9911 by July 17.

FRIDAY, JULY 14

ACE Acclaimed Authors Luncheon Best of One Tank Trips: Great Getaway Ideas In & Around Ohio with Neil Zurcher, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cleveland Skating Club, 2500 Kemper Rd., Shaker Hts. $35 for ACE members, $40 nonmembers, bit.ly/2rvtmsi. Includes lunch.

35th annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruse-In, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Dublin Metro Center, 655 Metro Place S., Dublin. $15 for one day. Children under 12 are free. For more info and for tickets, visit arthritis.org/autoshow or call 614-503-5591.

SATURDAY, JULY 15

Pekar Park Comic Book Fest and Storytelling Day, noon-7:30 p.m., Pekar Park Courtyard, Coventry Rd. and Euclid Hts Blvd., Cleve. Hts. Story telling held at the Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd. Free.

Woodland Twilight Benefit at the Holden Arboretum, 10:30 p.m., 9550 Sperry Rd., Willoughby. Tickets start at $195 with valet, $100 for raffle ticket at bit.ly/2rUYmFm. For more info, visit holdenarb.org.

35th annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruse-In, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Dublin Metro Center, 655 Metro Place S., Dublin. $15 for one day. Children under 12 are free. For more info and for tickets, visit arthritis.org/autoshow or call 614-503-5591.

International Womens Dive Day with the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2000 Sycamore St., Cleve. Certified divers get $5 off tickets. For more info, call 216-862-8803.

Speaking for League Park book discussion Larry Doby, noon, Baseball Heritage Museum, 6601 Lexington Ave., Cleve. For more info, call 216-789-1083.

Lupus Foundation of Americas Maple Heights Support Group, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CCPL Maple Heights branch, 5225 Library Ln., Maple Hts. For more info, call 888-NO-LUPUS or email info@lupusgreaterohio.org.

EDWINS La Grande Soiree, 6 p.m.-midnight, EDWINS Restaurant, 13101 Shaker Square, Cleve. Tickets for 6 p.m. entry are $250 and 9 p.m. entry are $150 at bit.ly/2uihhYV. For more info, call 216-921-3333 or soiree@edwinsrestaurant.org.

CWRUs Foraging at the Farm class with Ryan Bennett, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farm, 37125 Fairmount Blvd., Hunting Valley. $65. Register at 216-368-0274 or email patty.gregory@case.edu.

MONDAY, JULY 17

Comparing Notes as part of the Siegal Lifelong Learnings lecture series, noon-1:30 p.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $20 members, $25 nonmembers at bit.ly/2rlW4vz. For more info, call 216-368-2091.

TUESDAY, JULY 18

The Cleveland Foundation and The City Club of Cleveland presents It Takes a Neighborhood as part of the For the Love of Cleveland lecture series, noon, Public Square, Cleve. Free. For more info, visit cityclub.org.

Chautauqua-in-Chagrin lecture series Popular Music Controversies and its Impact on Pop Culture, 6:30-8 p.m., Federated Church, 76 Bell St., Chagrin Falls. $16-$23 at chagrinarts.org or by calling 440-247-9700.

Young Explorers program Green Eggs and Ham, 4 p.m., CCPL Chagrin Falls branch, 100 E. Orange St., Chagrin Falls. Free. For grades k-5.

The Politics of Jesus course with Gina Messina, 2-4 p.m., Landmark Centre Building, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $60 for Siegal Lifelong Learning members, $75 for nonmembers at bit.ly/2ui2gpJ. Tuesdays thru Aug. 8.

The Psychology of Genocide course with Donna Rumenik, 1-3 p.m., Landmark Centre Building, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $90 for Siegal Lifelong Learning members, $110 for nonmembers at bit.ly/2tkRUIG. Tuesdays thru Aug. 22.

JHUB Happy Hour event, 6-9 p.m., YUZU Bar, 13603 Madison Ave., Lakewood. For more info, email Samia at smansour@jecc.org.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19

Siegal Lifelong Learning class Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life with Siegal Exec. Dir. Brian Amkraut, 10-11:30 a.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers at bit.ly/2r1knCj.

Association of Fundraising Summer Social, 5:30-9 p.m., The Cleveland Yachting Club, 200 Yacht Club Dr., Rocky River. $40 single registration and $75 couple registration. RSVP at bit.ly/2tgbd5X.

Jewish Bereaved Parents Group meeting, 7:30 p.m., Mandel JCC, 26001 S. Woodland Rd., Beachwood. For more info, call Al Weiss at 440-473-2325 or alch7@aol.com.

JHUB Happy Hour event, 6-9 p.m., The Fairmount, 2448 Fairmount Blvd., Cleve. For more info, email Samia at smansour@jecc.org.

FRIDAY, JULY 21

Outdoor Yoga series with the Mandel JCC, 6:45-8 p.m., Safran Park, 26001 S. Woodland, Beachwood. Free and open to community. Bring a mat. For more info, contact Kate at ktoohig@mandeljcc.org or call 216-831-0700 x1365.

SATURDAY, JULY 22

Mayfield Relay for Life, 12:30-9:30 p.m., 6100 Marsol Rd., Mayfield Hts. For more info and to register, visit relayforlife.org/mayfieldoh or email lauren.sweet@cancer.org.

CWRUs Foraging at the Farm class with Ryan Bennett, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farm, 37125 Fairmount Blvd., Hunting Valley. $65. Register at 216-368-0274 or email patty.gregory@case.edu.

Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues Smithsonian collecting event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Baseball Heritage Museum, 6601 Lexington Ave., Cleve. Free. Register at bit.ly/2uC2Krd.

SUNDAY, JULY 23

B’nai B’rith Health Run, 8:30 a.m., Rascal House Pizza University Heights, 2255 Warrensville Center Rd., University Hts. $10 advanced, $20 day of the event. Register at bnaibrithhealthrun.org. For more info, call 216-309-0515.

Mosaic Outdoor Club kayak outing, 10:30 a.m., Hinckley Lake, Hinckley. Followed by lunch. RSVP to Elizabeth at 216-932-4806.

MONDAY, JULY 24

The Jews Reaction to Muhammads Claims of Prophecy with professor Shari Lowin, 10 a.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. Free for Siegal members, $5 for nonmembers. Register at bit.ly/2tEpyJy.

Abrahams Discovery of God with professor Shari Lowin, 7 p.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. Free for Siegal members, $5 for nonmembers. Register at bit.ly/2tEvpyC.

TUESDAY, JULY 25

The Cleveland Foundation and The City Club of Cleveland presents The Challenge of Success as part of the For the Love of Cleveland lecture series, noon, Public Square, Cleve. Free. For more info, visit cityclub.org.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26

Siegal Lifelong Learning class Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life with Siegal Exec. Dir. Brian Amkraut, 10-11:30 a.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers at bit.ly/2r1knCj.

THURSDAY, JULY 27

Lake County Arthritis Expo by Lake Health and Cleveland Shoulder Institute, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., TriPoint Medical Center Physician Pavilion, 7590 Auburn Rd., Concord Twp. Register by calling Lake Health Best of Health at 800-454-9800.

Telling Life Stories Through Guided Autobiography course with Susan Bond & Ramona Charles, 1-3 p.m., Landmark Centre Building, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $90 for Siegal Lifelong Learning members, $110 for nonmembers at bit.ly/2tkMrl7. Thursdays thru Aug. 31.

The Cactus League and the Integration of Spring Training event, 7 p.m., Baseball Heritage Museum, League Park, 6601 Lexington Ave., Cleve. Free. RSVP at bit.ly/2tkM1uM. For more info, call 216-789-1093.

FRIDAY, JULY 28

Outdoor Yoga series with the Mandel JCC, 6:45-8 p.m., Safran Park, 26001 S. Woodland, Beachwood. Free and open to community. Bring a mat. For more info, contact Kate at ktoohig@mandeljcc.org or call 216-831-0700 x1365.

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Connecting Donald Trump Dots with OC’s Steve Frogue and John G. Schmitz – OC Weekly

(From left:) Steve Frogue, son Jim Frogue, the late John G. Schmitz and son Joseph E. Schmitz.

What do former (as in retired) far-right South County disgraced politician Steve Frogue and former (as in no more) far-far-far right South County disgraced politician John Schmitz have in common?

BZZZZZ!

The answer is: sons who worked on Donald Trump’s transition team (and still sniff around the White House).

Half of the preceding game show Q&A is brought to you by Dissent the Blog, operated by the ever-rascally Irvine Valley College philosophy professor Roy Bauer.

“The Unabauer” landed the scoop on a Trump healthcare advisor being the son of former South Orange County Community College District board trustee Steve Frogue, first in the IVC instructor’s post “Frogue’s son was Trump’s senior health policy advisor during the 2016 campaign!” and then in the follow-up “Jim Frogue is on Trump’s ‘beachhead team.'”

Joseph E. Schmitz

U.S. Department of Defense

That remindedthis corner of the dark web that a Trump campaign foreign policy and national security advisor is the son of deceased South Orange County Congressman John G. Schmitz, which is no scoop at all. As the Weekly Way Back Machine shows, Schmitz and son were connected in an item carried by the former (as in no more) A Clockwork Orangea dozen years ago. (Yes, of course, said Clockwork item also connected John Schmitz and daughter Mary Kay LeTourneau, the parolee who recently separated from two of her six children’s father, an elementary school student who was 12 when he first started having sex with his teacher, Mrs.LeTourneau.)

Mary Kay’s little brother Joseph E. Schmitz servedas Inspector General of the Department of Defense during the George “Dubya” Bush administration.As chairman of the Finance Committee, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) accused Schmitz, who was then the senior Pentagon official charged with investigating waste, fraud and abuse, of fabricating an official Pentagon news release, planning an expensive junket to Germany and hiding information from Congress. Schmitz resigned in September 2005 to join the Prince Group, which was the parent company of defense contractor Blackwater USA. The Presidential Council on Integrity & Efficiency in October 2006 cleared Schmitz of wrongdoing while Inspector General.

His new boss Erik Dean Prince, an ex-Navy SEAL officer who founded Blackwater, later sold the company and now heads a private equity firm. He supported Trump but played no formal role in the transition, although a Jan. 11 meeting he attended in the Republic of Seychelleswhere Prince presented himself as an unofficial representative of Trumpis part of the FBIs investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Clockwork nugget referenced above noted that Time magazine wondered how Schmitz managed to get his Pentagon job. Whether or not you are down with his competency or politics, at least he’s not as nutty (outwardly at least) as his old man, who we described thusly:

[T]he late John G. Schmitz, the ultraconservative firebrand and former Orange County lawmaker whose career highlights included membership in the John Birch Society; loss of the presidency by a mere 44 million votes as the 1972 American Independent Party nominee; his 1982 press release titled “Senator Schmitz and His Committee Survive Attack of the Bulldykes”; that missive’s description of feminist attorney Gloria Allred as “a slick, butch lawyeress”; his apology to Allred to settle a $10 million defamation suit; his announcement of his 1982 candidacy for the U.S. Senate with Yasser Arafat at his side; revelations that the staunch critic of declining American morals and father of six also had two more kids with a mistress; and revelations that his then-35-year-old daughter (and Joey’s big sis) Mary Kay LeTourneau, a Seattle schoolteacher, had sexand later two babieswith a 13-year-old boy.

Joe Schmitz, a partner in the law firm Schmitz & Socarras LLP, still gets mentioned as a possible Trump appointee. You can read his columns (like this one on the Muslim Brotherhood) on Newsmax. He also authored The Inspector General Handbook: Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Other Constitutional “Enemies, Foreign and Domestic.” Exposing government fraud via a book is something else he has in common with James “Jim” Frogue, author of Stop Paying the Crooks: Solutions to End the Fraud That Threatens Your Healthcare.

The latter book’s forward was written by Newt Gingrich, Frogue’s former boss at the Center for Health Transformation, which despite the name has nothing to do with crystals, incense and swatting imaginary flies like a Dead & Co. audience member. Frogue served as vice president and director of State Policy for Little Newtie, after gigs with the Heritage Foundation, Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) and the American Legislative Exchange Council, where he directed the Health and Human Services Task Force.

He left Gingrich to co-found the public affairs consulting firm FrogueClark, whose clients, as of a 2015-16 disclosure reports, included Ehealth, CareSource, Eli Lilly & Co., Georgia Health Care Association, American Healthcare Association, Mountain States Health Alliance, medical helicopter transport company Air Method Corp. andgulpmy HMO, Kaiser Permanente (dont jack up my premiums, pretty please?).

Frogue was a domestic policy advisor for the Trump transition, and like Joe Schmitz his name has come up for permanent administration positions. Politico reported on Jan. 30 that Frogue is part of a Trump “beachhead” team, which refers to folksincluding healthcare industry lobbyists, obviouslywho fill administration jobs until a permanent official is appointed and/or confirmed (by Putin?).

Again, as with Joe Schmitz, Young Froguenstein has displayed no outward nuttiness like his daddy, whose sins I laid out in my April 10, 1998, cover story “The Evil of Froguenstein.” Guess what? While the cover image is intact, that story is not in the OC Weekly archives; it is only excerpted. Perhaps New Times disappeared it.

I did find one copy of the, uh, copy atwhere else?The Unabauer’s Dissent the Blog. And so, I was able to copy and paste this I scrawled onto a wet cocktail napkin about Steve Frogue:

Frogue, a member of the board of trustees that oversees the district encompassing Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo and Irvine Valley College in Irvine, has been accused of anti-Semitism and minimizing the Holocaust. Meanwhile, he’s also part of a reform-minded board majority that-depending upon who you listen tois saving the colleges from financial ruin or driving them into the ground.

The Holocaust denial bit came from a string of utter Frogueness:

* Ten former students of the then-Foothill High School history teacher Steve Frogue swore that hequestioned the Holocaust and denigrated Jews, Asians, Mormons, Hispanics and African Americans during classes. One, who attended Frogue’s social-studies class during the 1982-83 school year, said the teacher told his students: “The Holocaust didn’t really kill that many Jews. It was more like 6,000.” That’s quite a bit off from 6 million cited in his history textbooks, no?

* Frogue told Irvine Valley’s student newspaper in 1995 that he has read publications from the Institute for Historical Review, the Newport Beach organization of “scholars” who contended the Holocaust was exaggerated. The college district trustee inferred that perhaps the IHR’s information should be debated in public.

* Frogue was quoted in a 1997 LA Times story saying he believed Lee Harvey Oswald worked for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an international Jewish civil rights organization that deemed the IHR”the most anti-Semitic publication in America.”

And the coups de grace:

* In the summer of 1997, then-board president Frogue got his fellow trustees to approve spending $5,000 in taxpayer money to bring four speakers to Saddleback for a JFK-assassination seminar. Nothing wrong with that, except two would-be speakers frequently contributed to the IHR publication Spotlight. The most controversial wasWashington, D.C., author Michael Collins Piper, whose book Final Judgment: The Missing Link in the JFK Assassination Conspiracycharacterized the Kennedy killing as a joint hit orchestrated by top-level CIA officials in collaboration with organized crime “and, most specifically, with direct and profound involvement by the Israeli intelligence service, the Mossad.” Piper had also written in Spotlight that the Nazis exterminated far fewer than 6 million peopleand that, in any case, no Jews died in gas chambers.

The seminar was moved off campus and perhaps scrubbed altogether. I can’t remember. Oh, let’s check those Weekly archives … oh, never mind. But child, if only cell phones had been invented so I could show you video ofthe SOCCCD board meetings from back in the day. I still have “Die, Nazi scum!” in a thick European accent ringing in my ear, along with the return volley in a plain ol’ American construction worker tone: “Subhuman!” Not that I helped matters any with my “The Evil of Froguenstein” introduction:

If you’re like most Orange Countians, this is probably how you imagine Steven J. Frogue: he’s a big, fat, Nazi goosestepper. He stands in front of his bathroom mirror at night in his swastika jammies, holding a black comb under his nose, and pretends to be Adolf Hitlerfoaming at the mouth and swatting imaginary flies before the masses. Frogue thinks the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith is filled with a bunch of Catholic-president-slaying Juden who have nothing better to do these days than figure out ways to fuck with the Frogue. “Holocaust, schmolocaust,” he’ll tell youwithout you asking. “So it was strongly suggested the Jews go on a little extended holiday. Is that so wrong? Well, is it?”

L’Chaim!

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About Us Congregation B’nai B’rith – cbbsb.org

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Welcome to Congregation Bnai Brith! We are the oldest and largest synagogue in Santa Barbara, a congregation rich with memories and tradition, constantly seeking new ways of engaging every one of our members in the ancient and marvelous Jewish way of life. We cherish and honor our elders, with their deep wisdom and varied life experiences, and we are passionately devoted to our children, working unceasingly to provide them with a satisfying and enjoyable Jewish foundation that will last them for their entire lives.

We strive always to welcome newcomers and also to remain a familiar and comfortable Jewish home for those who chose long ago to make this their Jewish community. Whoever you are, and wherever you come from, we hope that you will visit us, learn with us, sing with us, break bread with us, roll up your sleeves and work with us to help make this a better world.

Congregation Bnai Brith is a diverse, inclusive community of individuals and families building together a warm and vibrant house of living Judaism.

We envision CBB as a place where Santa Barbara Jewish people and our familiesfeel welcome and at home, where we are inspired to bring our gifts of energy and creativity, and where we connect to the tradition and community of our Jewish ancestors.

We aspire to be a congregation of knowledgeable and committed Jews, each individual expressing in their own unique way the seven circles of Study, Prayer, Acts of Compassion, Shabbat, the Festival Year, the Cycle of Life, and the Jewish People.

We are constantly growing as a Kehilla Kdosha, a sacred community of people whose lives are enriched with meaning, purpose, connectedness and relationship with God.

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Manvitz, Justin "Judd" – Omaha World-Herald

Manvitz, Justin “Judd” Apr 23, 1927 – May 14, 2017 Following his service in the US Navy and the Marine Corps as a Corpsman, during World War II, he attended the University of Nebraska, where he lettered in baseball, and Omaha University , graduating in 1949. He played in the Industrial Baseball League for Shell Oil for two years. In the early 1950’s he returned to Omaha and joined the family business, Omaha Compound, which his father founded in 1924. He retired in 2010. During his life he was active as a Mason, Omaha Rotary, B’nai B’rith and had an active interest in Creighton University and the University of Nebraska sports. His parents, David and Eva (Cohn) Manvitz, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Phyllis Manvitz; children, Todd (Wendy) Manvitz, Lisa (Kyle) Hutchings; grandchildren, Alissa (Matt) Arbiter, Diana (Jason) Williams, David Manvitz, Steffany, Whittany and Bradley Hutchings, Victoria (Brent) Rice; great grandchildren, Addison and Jackson Wiliams; other loving relatives. SERVICES: Thursday, 11am, at Temple Israel, 13111 Sterling Ridge Drive. Private interment, Beth El Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorials to your favorite charity. John A. Gentleman Mortuaries and Crematory 1010 North 72 Street 402-391-1664 www.johnagentleman.com

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Texas Senate passes anti-BDS bill, Gov. expected to sign in May … – Jerusalem Post Israel News

SAY NO to this. A Jordanian policeman stands guard near a protester holding a placard urging to boycott Israeli companies and products, in front of the Prime Ministers office building in Amman.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

The Texas Senate passed an anti-boycott Israel bill by a vote of 26-5 on Thursday. The Governor of Texas is slated to sign the anti–BDS (Boycott,Divestment,Sanctions) legislation on Israel’s Independence day on Tuesday in Austin.

“Rep. Phil King and Sen. Brandon Creighton deserve our respect and deep gratitude for driving this monumental piece of legislation. We are confident other lawmakers in other states will look to their leadership and model their efforts on their legislation,” Charles Kaufman, who chairs B’nai B’rith’s International Center for Human Rights and Public Policy, told The Jerusalem Post. Kaufman, who resides in Austin, testified on behalf of the anti-BDS bill.

He added: “Israel has a great friend and business partner in the State of Texas. Texas holds more than $50 million in Israel Bonds. It exports $495 million of product to Israel. Military contracts by Israel in Texas totaled $118 million (2012). Texas also is engaged in joint projects with Israel in agricultural research and development, science and technology and industrial research and development. Israel is Texas fourth leading trade partner.”

“Nearly 300 Texas companies do business with Israel, notably Agar Corporation, CompUSA, Hewlett Packard-Compaq, Fortune Industries, Bell Helicopters, Microdynamics, VTEL Corporation, Motorola and Optibase Advanced Systems. This is a big deal. Research alliances involve numerous public and private scientific activities the Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) and the Binational Science Foundation.”

Kaufman said, “Israel Independence Day will be celebrated in the Lone Star State this year with a greater sense of pride than ever.”

The Dallas office of the American Jewish Committee said in statement that it “applauded final adoption of the Texas anti-BDS bill today in the state legislature. The State Senate passed the reconciliation measure following last weeks unanimous House adoption of the bill.”

The Texas-Israel relationship is essential. In addition to our shared democratic values, Israel is the states fourth largest trading partner, said AJC Dallas Director Joel Schwitzer. We are grateful for the leadership of Representative Phil King and Senator Brandon Creighton in championing this important legislation.

With this bill, Texas is expressing strong support for Israel and its supporters in our state, and delivering firm opposition to BDS proponents, said Randy Czarlinsky, Director of AJC Houston.

After the slated signing of the anti-BDS law, the Dallas-based Comerica bank may face a fresh wave of pressure for maintaining a BDS account with the pro-Iran BDS group, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL).

Comerica should close the account, Daniel S. Mariaschin, executive vice president of Bnai Brith, told the Post in March.

When asked about the BDS account, Alexandra Alvelo, a spokeswoman for Hudson Executive Capital, a partial owner of Comerica, declined to respond to Post queries.

Post efforts to reach Hudson Executive Capital founder Doug Braunstein were not successful.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told the Post in March that Comerica should pull the plug on the IADL account. He said Facilitating the bank accounts of BDS organizations constitutes support for BDS. Banks maintaining such accounts should carefully consider the danger of running afoul of strict anti-BDS legislation in the US and other countries.”

Wayne Mielke, a spokesman for Comerica, responded to the Post by email in March, saying, We dont discuss customer relationships, and want you to know (again) that we have a robust compliance program at the bank.

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Ku Klux Klan embraces racism, anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism – AJC.com – Atlanta Journal Constitution

This story was originally published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 17, 1985.

The satin robes and pointed hoods that for more than a century have marked the Ku Klux Klan as an aberration of Southern culture are being replaced by camouflage fatigues and combat boots.

The cross, once claimed by KKK members as a symbol of their Christian purity, is giving way to the swastika. And shouts of “white power” at Klan rallies are being drowned out by cries of “Sieg Heil.”

In the past two years, the Ku Klux Klan has moved even farther to the right. Younger, more militant Klan members are now embracing a virulent anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi philosophy in addition to the Klan’s accustomed anti-black rhetoric.

Some of these Klansmen have formed or joined several small but heavily armed splinter groups that advocate the violent overthrow of the U.S. government and the extermination of all blacks and Jews, according to law enforcement officials and private investigators who monitor the Klan.

“What is happening is that some of the Klansmen realize that they have had absolutely no impact on the American public, ” said Charles Wittenstein, Southern counsel for the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. “Their previous propaganda efforts have been failures, and they have gotten frustrated. Instead of talking, they are now prepared to use violence to overthrow the government.”

Although Klan membership continues to decline nationwide, those who stay in are becoming more hard-line in their views on blacks and Jews, according to Randall Williams, a spokesman for Klanwatch, a project of the Montgomery-basedSouthern Poverty Law Center. “This is a logical extension of what the Klan has been saying for a long time, ” said Williams. “Instead of segregation, they now want final solutions.”

What particularly troubles law enforcement officials about these splinter groups, commonly called the Underground, is their penchant for violence.

All are believed linked with a pseudo-religious cult, the Aryan Nations, based in Hayden Lake, Idaho. In the past year individuals linked to the Aryan Nations have stopped talking, and started shooting and bombing, in an effort to overthrow what they call the “Zionist Occupied Government, ” or ZOG, in Washington.

Warfare the only solution

These groups are the right-wing equivalent of the Weather Underground – frustrated, fanatical white supremacists who believe they have been disenfranchised by a conspiracy of Jews, blacks, homosexuals, communists and whites who don’t believe as they do. They believe open warfare is the only solution.

The blueprint for this racial revolution is a book called “The Turner Diaries, ” written by white supremacist and Atlanta native William Pierce under the pen name Andrew Macdonald. Pierce, a former physics professor and American Nazi Party member, now heads a white supremacist group called the National Alliance, which is based in Arlington, Va.

In the book, “patriotic” whites frustrated with Jewish and black influences in government form a group called “the Organization” and go to war against the United States. Members of the Organization rob armored cars, counterfeit huge amounts of money, bomb public buildings, destroy public utilities, and assassinate key political figures before overthrowing the government.

Since last April, Aryan Nations members have been linked to a number of racially and politically motivated violent crimes similar to those in “The Turner Diaries.”

Among those crimes are the machine-gun murder of Denver talk show host Alan Berg, a $3.6 million armored car robbery in California, a $500,000 armored car robbery in Washington, a multimillion-dollar counterfeiting scheme, and several shoot-outs with law enforcement officials.

The FBI has arrested 20 people since November in connection with these crimes and is seeking at least six more.

Among those arrested and linked to the Underground are three Alabama men, all with strong Ku Klux Klan ties. Two have been charged as accessories after the fact in the California armored car robbery. The third, William David Riccio, is facing federal weapons charges and state drug charges.

Riccio has been a Klan member and organizer in Alabama for the last 10 years. He is also a member of the Aryan Nations. Riccio apparently became connected with the Aryan Nations while serving two years in a federal prison for parole violations stemming from a 1979 arrest on a weapons charge. Riccio has also been indicted on civil rights charges in connection with a 1979 incident in Decatur, Ala., in which Klansmen attacked a group of blacks.

“We are still concerned about the presence of a small core of people with similar beliefs in this area, ” said Tom Moore, an FBI agent in Birmingham. “Our investigation is continuing.”

‘A terrorist underground’

Estimates of the groups’ strength nationwide ranges from fewer than a hundred to more than 500.

“It’s an army, ” said Lyn Wells, coordinator of the National Anti- Klan Network in Atlanta, who estimates the number of actual armed combatants at fewer than 300. “This is a dangerous phenomenon. This is a white supremacist terrorist underground.”

According to Williams of Klanwatch, “the Aryan Nations is not pervasive in the South, as far as we can tell. It’s mostly in the West and Northwest.”

But one of the more militant factions of the Klan, the North Carolina-based Confederate Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, has close links with the Aryan Nations and recently established a klavern in Canton, Ga.

Efforts have also been made to recruit Georgia Klansmen for duty in the Underground, Williams said. “There were definite efforts at recruitment in Georgia in the fall of 1984, ” he said.

At an initiation ceremony for 700 members, the Ku Klux Klan burns a huge cross on Stone Mountain on July 23, 1948. Said one historian: Atlanta was the headquarters of the revived KKK; we sold it around the nation like it was Coca-Cola. (Associated Press file)

Williams would not say where the recruiting took place, but he identified the recruiter as Robert J. Matthews, an avowed white supremacist who was among a group of 13 people who last fall signed a document declaring war on the U.S. government. Matthews died Dec. 8, 1984, in his home on Whidbey Island, Wash., following a 36-hour shoot-out with FBI agents.

Since his death, Matthews has been praised as a hero and a martyr in right-wing literature. Among those praising Matthews is Edward Fields, leader of the Marietta-based National States Rights Party and publisher of the right-wing “Thunderbolt.”

“Fields is clearly promoting what he calls the White American Bastion organization, which is also known as the White Underground. We know these groups have some ties to the Klan in this area, ” said the ADL’s Wittenstein.

Matthews is believed to have attended a KKK rally at Stone Mountain in 1983. Last May he met with Riccio in Birmingham in an effort to gather information on Montgomery activist attorney Morris Dees, one of the founders of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Dees reportedly is on a “hit list” issued by the Aryan Nations through one of at least five nationwide computer networks operated by group members. Also on the list is Alabama Lt. Gov. Bill Baxley.

Dees reportedly made the hit list because of his work on behalf of poor blacks and against the Klan, while Baxley’s name was added because of his efforts while attorney general to extradite white supremacist J.B. Stoner of Marietta, Ga., for his role in a 1965 Birmingham church bombing. Security for Dees and Baxley has been increased.

Assassination point system

Louis Beam, a former Texas KKK leader now closely aligned with the Aryan Nations, operates one of these computer networks and allegedly has proposed an assassination point system by which whites can earn the designation “Aryan warrior.”

It would take one full point to become an “Aryan warrior.” The murder of a member of Congress would be worth one-fifth of a point, judges one-sixth, FBI agents and federal marshals one-tenth, journalists and local politicians one-twelfth. One full point would be given for assassinating the president, under Beam’s system.

“You have to take seriously the threats coming from these people because of th eir penchant for violence, ” said Williams.

Other law enforcement officials are also taking seriously the threat posed by these groups. U.S. attorneys from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Colorado, California and Alabama gathered in Seattle in January to discuss the problem.

The FBI has initiated a domestic security investigation and formed a task force with members of the Secret Service, U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Prisons to investigate crimes committed in the name of white supremacy.

“We have several ongoing investigations, but we’re not interested in any particular group because of their views, ” said FBI Special Agent Manuel Marquez Jr. in Washington. “We only investigate once these views or beliefs go beyond the rhetoric stages and go into acts of violence or other violations of the law.”

The groups being closely watched by law enforcement officials go by a variety of names, including the Order, the Aryan Resistance Movement, the White American Bastion, and the Silent Brotherhood (or its German translation, Bruder Schweigen). Other groups closely allied with the Underground and the Aryan Nations are the Covenant, the Sword, andthe Arm of the Lord, the Christian Defense League, the Christian Patriots Defense League, and the tax protest group Posse Comitatus.

In addition to recruiting members from these groups, the Underground has filled its ranks with people from more militant Klan factions, from a prison-based white protection group called the Aryan Brotherhood, and from more radical elements of the farm protest movement.

Most of these groups have their roots in the KKK and draw many of their beliefs from theology espoused by Aryan Nations leader the Rev. Richard Girnt Butler. Butler, 65, is a former member of the KKK and Posse Comitatus in California. Butler moved to Idaho in the late 1970s and founded what he calls the Church of Jesus Christ Christian, which teaches “Christian Identity, ” a theology that first appeared in England about 80 years ago.

Among the precepts of Christian Identity are that Jesus was not a Jew, that the lost tribe of Israel actually consists of Aryans who settled in northern Europe and later migrated to the United States and Canada, and that whites have the God-given right to reclaim Canada and the United States for white people. Some members of the cult advocate the extermination of Jews and blacks.

“Their bigotry is almost beyond belief, ” said Wittenstein.

Added Klanwatch’s Williams: “These people are totally detached from reality, and that’s what makes them so dangerous. They believe they are on a mission from God, just like the Ayatollah Khomeini thinks he’s on a mission from God.”

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US Jewish leaders back metal detectors on Temple Mount – Heritage Florida Jewish News

There is a broad consensus among American Jewish leaders in support of Israel’s use of metal detectors to intercept terrorists on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations “supports taking the necessary and appropriate steps to assure security for all and to protect the sanctity of these holy sites,” the umbrella group’s executive vice chairman and CEO, Malcolm Hoenlein, told JNS.org. Herbert Block, executive director of the American Zionist Movement, said, “If the authorities responsible for security feel certain measures are necessary to meet their responsibility to protect those who visit for prayer or as respectful visitors, it is no different than security considerations at the Vatican, at the [U.S.] Capitol or any other significant location where public access is permitted under applicable law.” “In a world where security measures are being enhanced in major gathering places, it’s only surprising that the Temple Mount didn’t have such measures until now,” American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris told JNS.org. “The terror attack last week, in which two Israelis were killed, is a tragic reminder of why metal detectors are needed for the safety of all visitors and personnel.” The World Jewish Congress (WJC) and B’nai B’rith International are taking similar positions. “It is not the presence of metal detectors that leads to violence, rather the unrelenting incitement to violence on the part of the Palestinian Authority that does not cease,” said Betty Ehrenberg, the WJC’s executive director for North America. “In the interest of protecting the safety and security of all visitors to the Temple Mount and in keeping the peace at the holy site, the metal detectors need to remain in place, as they are at the Western Wall and in many sensitive and holy places around the world, including Mecca and the Vatican.” B’nai B’rith International said in a statement provided to JNS.org that the Israeli government “cannot look the other way in the face of acts of violence, especially in light of the killings of its police officers. Metal detectors are one way, used globally, to keep the public safe. There may be other methods, as well, but doing nothing is not an option.” The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism has not taken a position on the issue, but several prominent Conservative rabbis are speaking out in favor of the metal detectors. Writing from Israel, Rabbi Neil Cooper of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, near Philadelphia, pointed out that not only do many Israeli malls and restaurants have metal detectors, but in addition, “When one enters the Western Wall Plaza, one is required to pass through metal detectors. It is expected, anticipated and reasonable.” Cooper said he was surprised to learn that metal detectors have not been used on the Temple Mount until now. “It should be welcomed by everyone who abhors violence and will impede those desiring to harm others,” he said. Rabbi Joel Meyers, executive vice president emeritus of Conservative Judaism’s Rabbinical Assembly, noted, “Most of us in the United States go through metal detectors daily in order to enter public buildings and most Israelis go through metal detectors to even enter a shopping mall, so if needed to help security on the Temple Mount, there should be no discussion.” Among dovish groups, Dr. Michael Koplow, policy director of the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), told JNS.org, “IPF’s position is that metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount are a commonsense and relatively unobtrusive way to protect the safety of both Jews and Muslims on the Temple Mount and its environs, and that erecting them does not alter the site’s status quo.” Americans for Peace Now agreed that “security measures are obviously necessary at this spot,” although the organization added that it “reserves judgment on the specifics of the security tools utilized in Jerusalem’s Holy Basin.”

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B’nai B’rith slams State Dept. for saying ‘lack of hope’ drives terrorism – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

WASHINGTON (JTA) Bnai Brith International faulted the Trump administration for adopting the Palestinian narrative in the State Departments annual report on terrorism. In the report released this week, the State Department listed as continued drivers of violence a lack of hope in achieving Palestinian statehood, Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank, settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank, the perception that the Israeli government was changing the status quo on the Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount, and IDF tactics that the Palestinians considered overly aggressive. It is astonishing that State is parroting the false Palestinian narrative, Bnai Brith said in its statement Thursday. If it were not released by the State Department, it would be easy to mistake the inflammatory and accusatory language as coming directly from the Palestinians. While such an assessment would be uncontroversial coming from a think tank or even Israeli security officials, it is unusual in a State Department statement, particularly under President Donald Trump, who has been outspoken in condemning Palestinian incitement. Bnai Brith noted that Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley have repeatedly blamed terrorism on Palestinian incitement and payments by the Palestinian Authority to Palestinians who have carried attacks out on Israelis. Israel is not driving the violence committed by the Palestinians, the statement said. Its Palestinian leadership Fatah and Hamas that incites violence against Israelis on a daily basis. The State Department report said that Palestinian leaders had addressed incitement. The PA has taken significant steps during President Abbas tenure (2005 to date) to ensure that official institutions in the West Bank under its control do not create or disseminate content that incites violence, it said. While some PA leaders have made provocative and inflammatory comments, the PA has made progress in reducing official rhetoric that could be considered incitement to violence. The report otherwise described Israel as a committed counterterrorism partner and detailed the threats that Israel continues to face, particularly from Iran-backed groups. Israeli security officials and politicians remained concerned about the terrorist threat posed to Israel from Hezbollah and Iran, highlighting that Iran, primarily through the efforts of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force, continued to fund and supply Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based militia, the report said. Israeli experts believed that Iran has transferred to Hezbollah advanced weapons systems such as anti-aircraft and anti-ship cruise missile systems, and was continuing to transfer long-range rockets into Lebanon.

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The City: Week of July 21 – Cleveland Jewish News

Singles Scene Saturday, July 22 Crossroads for Jewish Singles of Cleveland dinner at Blazin Bills Restaurant, 7 p.m., 12891 Main Market Rd. (Rt. 422), Burton. RSVP to Ken at 440-498-9911 by July 17. Saturday, July 29 Crossroads for Jewish Singles of Cleveland dinner at Abuelos Restaurant, 7 p.m., 26100 Hardvard Rd., Warrensville Hts. RSVP to Carol at 440-442-3430 by July 24. FRIDAY, JULY 21 Outdoor Yoga series with the Mandel JCC, 6:45-8 p.m., Safran Park, 26001 S. Woodland, Beachwood. Free and open to community. Bring a mat. For more info, contact Kate at ktoohig@mandeljcc.org or 216-831-0700 x1365. Cleveland Clinic VeloSano 4 kickoff party, 4-9 p.m., Mall B, E. 9th and W. 3rd, Cleve. For more info, visit bit.ly/2uvHq9I. Clevelands Founders Day celebration, noon-2 p.m., Wade Oval, 10820 East Blvd., Cleve. Free, birthday cake and ice cream served. For more info, visit bit.ly/2vuHmED. SATURDAY, JULY 22 Mayfield Relay for Life, 12:30-9:30 p.m., 6100 Marsol Rd., Mayfield Hts. For more info and to register, visit relayforlife.org/mayfieldoh or email lauren.sweet@cancer.org. CWRUs Foraging at the Farm class with Ryan Bennett, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farm, 37125 Fairmount Blvd., Hunting Valley. $65. Register at 216-368-0274 or email patty.gregory@case.edu. Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues Smithsonian collecting event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Baseball Heritage Museum, 6601 Lexington Ave., Cleve. Free. Register at bit.ly/2uC2Krd. Meet and Greet with Kenny Lofton, 1-3 p.m., Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, 10777 Northfield Rd., Northfield. Open to the public. For more info, call Vivian at 330-908-7771. SUNDAY, JULY 23 B’nai B’rith Health Run, 8:30 a.m., Rascal House Pizza University Heights, 2255 Warrensville Center Rd., University Hts. $10 advanced, $20 day of the event. Register at bnaibrithhealthrun.org. For more info, call 216-309-0515. Mosaic Outdoor Club kayak outing, 10:30 a.m., Hinckley Lake, Hinckley. Followed by lunch. RSVP to Elizabeth at 216-932-4806. Workmens Circle Ohio District Hunger Walk, noon-5 p.m., Notre Dame College, 4545 College Rd., South Euclid. Registration is free but required at bit.ly/2umPQQQ. Sponsorships are available starting at $100. For more info, visit workmenscircle.org. MONDAY, JULY 24 The Jews Reaction to Muhammads Claims of Prophecy with professor Shari Lowin, 10 a.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. Free for Siegal Lifelong Learning members, $5 for nonmembers. Register at bit.ly/2tEpyJy. Abrahams Discovery of God with professor Shari Lowin, 7 p.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. Free for Siegal Lifelong Learning members, $5 for nonmembers. Register at bit.ly/2tEvpyC. TUESDAY, JULY 25 The Cleveland Foundation and The City Club of Cleveland presents The Challenge of Success as part of the For the Love of Cleveland lecture series, noon, Public Square, Cleve. Free. For more info, visit cityclub.org. Shaker Square: Its past, present and future forum, 7-8:30 p.m., Shaker Public Library Main Branch, 16500 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Hts. Free. For more info, email teachingcleveland@earthlink.net. WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 Siegal Lifelong Learning class Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life with Siegal Exec. Dir. Brian Amkraut, 10-11:30 a.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers at bit.ly/2r1knCj. THURSDAY, JULY 27 Lake County Arthritis Expo by Lake Health and Cleveland Shoulder Institute, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., TriPoint Medical Center Physician Pavilion, 7590 Auburn Rd., Concord Twp. Register by calling Lake Health Best of Health at 800-454-9800. Telling Life Stories Through Guided Autobiography course with Susan Bond & Ramona Charles, 1-3 p.m., Landmark Centre Building, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $90 for Siegal Lifelong Learning members, $110 for nonmembers at bit.ly/2tkMrl7. Thursdays thru Aug. 31. The Cactus League and the Integration of Spring Training event, 7 p.m., Baseball Heritage Museum, League Park, 6601 Lexington Ave., Cleve. Free. RSVP at bit.ly/2tkM1uM. For more info, call 216-789-1093. FRIDAY, JULY 28 Outdoor Yoga series with the Mandel JCC, 6:45-8 p.m., Safran Park, 26001 S. Woodland, Beachwood. Free and open to community. Bring a mat. For more info, contact Kate at ktoohig@mandeljcc.org or call 216-831-0700 x1365. The 6th Annual Clean Transportation Cruise-In, 4-9 p.m., Edgewater Park, Metroparks, Cleve. Free. For more info and ways to get involved, email Christina at cyoka@earthdaycoalition.org or call 216-281-6468 x231. SATURDAY, JULY 29 The Cactus League and the Integration of Spring Training presentation, noon, Baseball Heritage Museum, 6601 Lexington Ave., Cleve. For more info, call 216-789-1083. Case Western Reserve Universitys Foraging at the Farm class with Ryan Bennett, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farm, 37125 Fairmount Blvd., Hunting Valley. $65. Register at 216-368-0274 or email patty.gregory@case.edu. Tribute Weekend honoring Holocaust Survivors, 9 a.m., Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue, 23749 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst. For more info, call 216-382-6566 or email office@oz-cedarsinai.org. SUNDAY, JULY 30 Artsyism fundraiser event, noon-4 p.m., Backyard garden of Donald Bingham Schmitt, 1579 Compton Rd., Cleve. Hts. Free. VIP brunch at 10 a.m. for $40 at bit.ly/2sLfeit. For more info, call Andrea 216-272-1084 or Shari at 216-408-8418. University Hospitals Partnership for Families Together We Make a Family benefit dinner, 7-11 p.m., The Country Club, 2825 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike. For more info, contact Jeanne McMahon at 216-844-0413 or email jeanne.mcmahon@uhhospitals.org. Community Breakfast with guest speaker Irene Marocco, 10 a.m., Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue, 23749 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst. For more info, call 216-382-6566 or email office@oz-cedarsinai.org. TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 Crohns and Colitis Foundation of Americas Warrensville Heights support group, 7- 8:30 p.m., Warrensville Heights Library, 4415 Northfield Rd., Warrensville. Free. For more info, contact Denise at neohio@ccfa.org or 216-524-7700. Crohns and Colitis Foundation of Americas Toledo and Surrounding Area support group, 7- 9 p.m., St. Lukes Hospital, Classroom #1, 5901 Monclova Rd., Maumee. Free. For more info, contact Jan at 419-636-1423. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 Siegal Lifelong Learning class Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life with Brian Amkraut, 10-11:30 a.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $30 for members, $40 for non-members at bit.ly/2r1knCj. Mark Nizer juggling performance, 1 p.m., Alma Theater, 14591 Superior Rd., Cleve. Hts. $15 in advance, $18 DOS and free for children under 2 and sitting on a lap at 216-371-3000 or ticketmaster.com. FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 Outdoor Yoga series with the Mandel JCC, 6:45-8 p.m., Safran Park, 26001 S. Woodland, Beachwood. Free and open to community. Bring a mat. For more info, contact Kate at ktoohig@mandeljcc.org or call 216-831-0700 x1365.

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The City: Week of July 14 – Cleveland Jewish News

Saturday, July 15 Crossroads for Jewish Singles of Cleveland dinner at Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill, 6:30 p.m., Legacy Village. 25385 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst. RSVP to Larry at 440-461-2720 by July 10. Saturday, July 22 Crossroads for Jewish Singles of Cleveland dinner at Blazin Bills Restaurant, 7 p.m., 12891 Main Market Rd. (Rt. 422), Burton. RSVP to Ken at 440-498-9911 by July 17. FRIDAY, JULY 14 ACE Acclaimed Authors Luncheon Best of One Tank Trips: Great Getaway Ideas In & Around Ohio with Neil Zurcher, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cleveland Skating Club, 2500 Kemper Rd., Shaker Hts. $35 for ACE members, $40 nonmembers, bit.ly/2rvtmsi. Includes lunch. 35th annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruse-In, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Dublin Metro Center, 655 Metro Place S., Dublin. $15 for one day. Children under 12 are free. For more info and for tickets, visit arthritis.org/autoshow or call 614-503-5591. SATURDAY, JULY 15 Pekar Park Comic Book Fest and Storytelling Day, noon-7:30 p.m., Pekar Park Courtyard, Coventry Rd. and Euclid Hts Blvd., Cleve. Hts. Story telling held at the Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd. Free. Woodland Twilight Benefit at the Holden Arboretum, 10:30 p.m., 9550 Sperry Rd., Willoughby. Tickets start at $195 with valet, $100 for raffle ticket at bit.ly/2rUYmFm. For more info, visit holdenarb.org. 35th annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruse-In, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Dublin Metro Center, 655 Metro Place S., Dublin. $15 for one day. Children under 12 are free. For more info and for tickets, visit arthritis.org/autoshow or call 614-503-5591. International Womens Dive Day with the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2000 Sycamore St., Cleve. Certified divers get $5 off tickets. For more info, call 216-862-8803. Speaking for League Park book discussion Larry Doby, noon, Baseball Heritage Museum, 6601 Lexington Ave., Cleve. For more info, call 216-789-1083. Lupus Foundation of Americas Maple Heights Support Group, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CCPL Maple Heights branch, 5225 Library Ln., Maple Hts. For more info, call 888-NO-LUPUS or email info@lupusgreaterohio.org. EDWINS La Grande Soiree, 6 p.m.-midnight, EDWINS Restaurant, 13101 Shaker Square, Cleve. Tickets for 6 p.m. entry are $250 and 9 p.m. entry are $150 at bit.ly/2uihhYV. For more info, call 216-921-3333 or soiree@edwinsrestaurant.org. CWRUs Foraging at the Farm class with Ryan Bennett, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farm, 37125 Fairmount Blvd., Hunting Valley. $65. Register at 216-368-0274 or email patty.gregory@case.edu. MONDAY, JULY 17 Comparing Notes as part of the Siegal Lifelong Learnings lecture series, noon-1:30 p.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $20 members, $25 nonmembers at bit.ly/2rlW4vz. For more info, call 216-368-2091. TUESDAY, JULY 18 The Cleveland Foundation and The City Club of Cleveland presents It Takes a Neighborhood as part of the For the Love of Cleveland lecture series, noon, Public Square, Cleve. Free. For more info, visit cityclub.org. Chautauqua-in-Chagrin lecture series Popular Music Controversies and its Impact on Pop Culture, 6:30-8 p.m., Federated Church, 76 Bell St., Chagrin Falls. $16-$23 at chagrinarts.org or by calling 440-247-9700. Young Explorers program Green Eggs and Ham, 4 p.m., CCPL Chagrin Falls branch, 100 E. Orange St., Chagrin Falls. Free. For grades k-5. The Politics of Jesus course with Gina Messina, 2-4 p.m., Landmark Centre Building, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $60 for Siegal Lifelong Learning members, $75 for nonmembers at bit.ly/2ui2gpJ. Tuesdays thru Aug. 8. The Psychology of Genocide course with Donna Rumenik, 1-3 p.m., Landmark Centre Building, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $90 for Siegal Lifelong Learning members, $110 for nonmembers at bit.ly/2tkRUIG. Tuesdays thru Aug. 22. JHUB Happy Hour event, 6-9 p.m., YUZU Bar, 13603 Madison Ave., Lakewood. For more info, email Samia at smansour@jecc.org. WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 Siegal Lifelong Learning class Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life with Siegal Exec. Dir. Brian Amkraut, 10-11:30 a.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers at bit.ly/2r1knCj. Association of Fundraising Summer Social, 5:30-9 p.m., The Cleveland Yachting Club, 200 Yacht Club Dr., Rocky River. $40 single registration and $75 couple registration. RSVP at bit.ly/2tgbd5X. Jewish Bereaved Parents Group meeting, 7:30 p.m., Mandel JCC, 26001 S. Woodland Rd., Beachwood. For more info, call Al Weiss at 440-473-2325 or alch7@aol.com. JHUB Happy Hour event, 6-9 p.m., The Fairmount, 2448 Fairmount Blvd., Cleve. For more info, email Samia at smansour@jecc.org. FRIDAY, JULY 21 Outdoor Yoga series with the Mandel JCC, 6:45-8 p.m., Safran Park, 26001 S. Woodland, Beachwood. Free and open to community. Bring a mat. For more info, contact Kate at ktoohig@mandeljcc.org or call 216-831-0700 x1365. SATURDAY, JULY 22 Mayfield Relay for Life, 12:30-9:30 p.m., 6100 Marsol Rd., Mayfield Hts. For more info and to register, visit relayforlife.org/mayfieldoh or email lauren.sweet@cancer.org. CWRUs Foraging at the Farm class with Ryan Bennett, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farm, 37125 Fairmount Blvd., Hunting Valley. $65. Register at 216-368-0274 or email patty.gregory@case.edu. Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues Smithsonian collecting event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Baseball Heritage Museum, 6601 Lexington Ave., Cleve. Free. Register at bit.ly/2uC2Krd. SUNDAY, JULY 23 B’nai B’rith Health Run, 8:30 a.m., Rascal House Pizza University Heights, 2255 Warrensville Center Rd., University Hts. $10 advanced, $20 day of the event. Register at bnaibrithhealthrun.org. For more info, call 216-309-0515. Mosaic Outdoor Club kayak outing, 10:30 a.m., Hinckley Lake, Hinckley. Followed by lunch. RSVP to Elizabeth at 216-932-4806. MONDAY, JULY 24 The Jews Reaction to Muhammads Claims of Prophecy with professor Shari Lowin, 10 a.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. Free for Siegal members, $5 for nonmembers. Register at bit.ly/2tEpyJy. Abrahams Discovery of God with professor Shari Lowin, 7 p.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. Free for Siegal members, $5 for nonmembers. Register at bit.ly/2tEvpyC. TUESDAY, JULY 25 The Cleveland Foundation and The City Club of Cleveland presents The Challenge of Success as part of the For the Love of Cleveland lecture series, noon, Public Square, Cleve. Free. For more info, visit cityclub.org. WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 Siegal Lifelong Learning class Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life with Siegal Exec. Dir. Brian Amkraut, 10-11:30 a.m., Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers at bit.ly/2r1knCj. THURSDAY, JULY 27 Lake County Arthritis Expo by Lake Health and Cleveland Shoulder Institute, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., TriPoint Medical Center Physician Pavilion, 7590 Auburn Rd., Concord Twp. Register by calling Lake Health Best of Health at 800-454-9800. Telling Life Stories Through Guided Autobiography course with Susan Bond & Ramona Charles, 1-3 p.m., Landmark Centre Building, 25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood. $90 for Siegal Lifelong Learning members, $110 for nonmembers at bit.ly/2tkMrl7. Thursdays thru Aug. 31. The Cactus League and the Integration of Spring Training event, 7 p.m., Baseball Heritage Museum, League Park, 6601 Lexington Ave., Cleve. Free. RSVP at bit.ly/2tkM1uM. For more info, call 216-789-1093. FRIDAY, JULY 28 Outdoor Yoga series with the Mandel JCC, 6:45-8 p.m., Safran Park, 26001 S. Woodland, Beachwood. Free and open to community. Bring a mat. For more info, contact Kate at ktoohig@mandeljcc.org or call 216-831-0700 x1365.

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Connecting Donald Trump Dots with OC’s Steve Frogue and John G. Schmitz – OC Weekly

(From left:) Steve Frogue, son Jim Frogue, the late John G. Schmitz and son Joseph E. Schmitz. What do former (as in retired) far-right South County disgraced politician Steve Frogue and former (as in no more) far-far-far right South County disgraced politician John Schmitz have in common? BZZZZZ! The answer is: sons who worked on Donald Trump’s transition team (and still sniff around the White House). Half of the preceding game show Q&A is brought to you by Dissent the Blog, operated by the ever-rascally Irvine Valley College philosophy professor Roy Bauer. “The Unabauer” landed the scoop on a Trump healthcare advisor being the son of former South Orange County Community College District board trustee Steve Frogue, first in the IVC instructor’s post “Frogue’s son was Trump’s senior health policy advisor during the 2016 campaign!” and then in the follow-up “Jim Frogue is on Trump’s ‘beachhead team.'” Joseph E. Schmitz U.S. Department of Defense That remindedthis corner of the dark web that a Trump campaign foreign policy and national security advisor is the son of deceased South Orange County Congressman John G. Schmitz, which is no scoop at all. As the Weekly Way Back Machine shows, Schmitz and son were connected in an item carried by the former (as in no more) A Clockwork Orangea dozen years ago. (Yes, of course, said Clockwork item also connected John Schmitz and daughter Mary Kay LeTourneau, the parolee who recently separated from two of her six children’s father, an elementary school student who was 12 when he first started having sex with his teacher, Mrs.LeTourneau.) Mary Kay’s little brother Joseph E. Schmitz servedas Inspector General of the Department of Defense during the George “Dubya” Bush administration.As chairman of the Finance Committee, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) accused Schmitz, who was then the senior Pentagon official charged with investigating waste, fraud and abuse, of fabricating an official Pentagon news release, planning an expensive junket to Germany and hiding information from Congress. Schmitz resigned in September 2005 to join the Prince Group, which was the parent company of defense contractor Blackwater USA. The Presidential Council on Integrity & Efficiency in October 2006 cleared Schmitz of wrongdoing while Inspector General. His new boss Erik Dean Prince, an ex-Navy SEAL officer who founded Blackwater, later sold the company and now heads a private equity firm. He supported Trump but played no formal role in the transition, although a Jan. 11 meeting he attended in the Republic of Seychelleswhere Prince presented himself as an unofficial representative of Trumpis part of the FBIs investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Clockwork nugget referenced above noted that Time magazine wondered how Schmitz managed to get his Pentagon job. Whether or not you are down with his competency or politics, at least he’s not as nutty (outwardly at least) as his old man, who we described thusly: [T]he late John G. Schmitz, the ultraconservative firebrand and former Orange County lawmaker whose career highlights included membership in the John Birch Society; loss of the presidency by a mere 44 million votes as the 1972 American Independent Party nominee; his 1982 press release titled “Senator Schmitz and His Committee Survive Attack of the Bulldykes”; that missive’s description of feminist attorney Gloria Allred as “a slick, butch lawyeress”; his apology to Allred to settle a $10 million defamation suit; his announcement of his 1982 candidacy for the U.S. Senate with Yasser Arafat at his side; revelations that the staunch critic of declining American morals and father of six also had two more kids with a mistress; and revelations that his then-35-year-old daughter (and Joey’s big sis) Mary Kay LeTourneau, a Seattle schoolteacher, had sexand later two babieswith a 13-year-old boy. Joe Schmitz, a partner in the law firm Schmitz & Socarras LLP, still gets mentioned as a possible Trump appointee. You can read his columns (like this one on the Muslim Brotherhood) on Newsmax. He also authored The Inspector General Handbook: Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Other Constitutional “Enemies, Foreign and Domestic.” Exposing government fraud via a book is something else he has in common with James “Jim” Frogue, author of Stop Paying the Crooks: Solutions to End the Fraud That Threatens Your Healthcare. The latter book’s forward was written by Newt Gingrich, Frogue’s former boss at the Center for Health Transformation, which despite the name has nothing to do with crystals, incense and swatting imaginary flies like a Dead & Co. audience member. Frogue served as vice president and director of State Policy for Little Newtie, after gigs with the Heritage Foundation, Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) and the American Legislative Exchange Council, where he directed the Health and Human Services Task Force. He left Gingrich to co-found the public affairs consulting firm FrogueClark, whose clients, as of a 2015-16 disclosure reports, included Ehealth, CareSource, Eli Lilly & Co., Georgia Health Care Association, American Healthcare Association, Mountain States Health Alliance, medical helicopter transport company Air Method Corp. andgulpmy HMO, Kaiser Permanente (dont jack up my premiums, pretty please?). Frogue was a domestic policy advisor for the Trump transition, and like Joe Schmitz his name has come up for permanent administration positions. Politico reported on Jan. 30 that Frogue is part of a Trump “beachhead” team, which refers to folksincluding healthcare industry lobbyists, obviouslywho fill administration jobs until a permanent official is appointed and/or confirmed (by Putin?). Again, as with Joe Schmitz, Young Froguenstein has displayed no outward nuttiness like his daddy, whose sins I laid out in my April 10, 1998, cover story “The Evil of Froguenstein.” Guess what? While the cover image is intact, that story is not in the OC Weekly archives; it is only excerpted. Perhaps New Times disappeared it. I did find one copy of the, uh, copy atwhere else?The Unabauer’s Dissent the Blog. And so, I was able to copy and paste this I scrawled onto a wet cocktail napkin about Steve Frogue: Frogue, a member of the board of trustees that oversees the district encompassing Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo and Irvine Valley College in Irvine, has been accused of anti-Semitism and minimizing the Holocaust. Meanwhile, he’s also part of a reform-minded board majority that-depending upon who you listen tois saving the colleges from financial ruin or driving them into the ground. The Holocaust denial bit came from a string of utter Frogueness: * Ten former students of the then-Foothill High School history teacher Steve Frogue swore that hequestioned the Holocaust and denigrated Jews, Asians, Mormons, Hispanics and African Americans during classes. One, who attended Frogue’s social-studies class during the 1982-83 school year, said the teacher told his students: “The Holocaust didn’t really kill that many Jews. It was more like 6,000.” That’s quite a bit off from 6 million cited in his history textbooks, no? * Frogue told Irvine Valley’s student newspaper in 1995 that he has read publications from the Institute for Historical Review, the Newport Beach organization of “scholars” who contended the Holocaust was exaggerated. The college district trustee inferred that perhaps the IHR’s information should be debated in public. * Frogue was quoted in a 1997 LA Times story saying he believed Lee Harvey Oswald worked for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an international Jewish civil rights organization that deemed the IHR”the most anti-Semitic publication in America.” And the coups de grace: * In the summer of 1997, then-board president Frogue got his fellow trustees to approve spending $5,000 in taxpayer money to bring four speakers to Saddleback for a JFK-assassination seminar. Nothing wrong with that, except two would-be speakers frequently contributed to the IHR publication Spotlight. The most controversial wasWashington, D.C., author Michael Collins Piper, whose book Final Judgment: The Missing Link in the JFK Assassination Conspiracycharacterized the Kennedy killing as a joint hit orchestrated by top-level CIA officials in collaboration with organized crime “and, most specifically, with direct and profound involvement by the Israeli intelligence service, the Mossad.” Piper had also written in Spotlight that the Nazis exterminated far fewer than 6 million peopleand that, in any case, no Jews died in gas chambers. The seminar was moved off campus and perhaps scrubbed altogether. I can’t remember. Oh, let’s check those Weekly archives … oh, never mind. But child, if only cell phones had been invented so I could show you video ofthe SOCCCD board meetings from back in the day. I still have “Die, Nazi scum!” in a thick European accent ringing in my ear, along with the return volley in a plain ol’ American construction worker tone: “Subhuman!” Not that I helped matters any with my “The Evil of Froguenstein” introduction: If you’re like most Orange Countians, this is probably how you imagine Steven J. Frogue: he’s a big, fat, Nazi goosestepper. He stands in front of his bathroom mirror at night in his swastika jammies, holding a black comb under his nose, and pretends to be Adolf Hitlerfoaming at the mouth and swatting imaginary flies before the masses. Frogue thinks the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith is filled with a bunch of Catholic-president-slaying Juden who have nothing better to do these days than figure out ways to fuck with the Frogue. “Holocaust, schmolocaust,” he’ll tell youwithout you asking. “So it was strongly suggested the Jews go on a little extended holiday. Is that so wrong? Well, is it?” L’Chaim! Instagram/JimFrogue Kinda makes all this Trump business tame in comparison. Hey, hey, I said, “kinda.”

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About Us Congregation B’nai B’rith – cbbsb.org

About Us 2017-05-19T15:17:05+00:00 Welcome to Congregation Bnai Brith! We are the oldest and largest synagogue in Santa Barbara, a congregation rich with memories and tradition, constantly seeking new ways of engaging every one of our members in the ancient and marvelous Jewish way of life. We cherish and honor our elders, with their deep wisdom and varied life experiences, and we are passionately devoted to our children, working unceasingly to provide them with a satisfying and enjoyable Jewish foundation that will last them for their entire lives. We strive always to welcome newcomers and also to remain a familiar and comfortable Jewish home for those who chose long ago to make this their Jewish community. Whoever you are, and wherever you come from, we hope that you will visit us, learn with us, sing with us, break bread with us, roll up your sleeves and work with us to help make this a better world. Congregation Bnai Brith is a diverse, inclusive community of individuals and families building together a warm and vibrant house of living Judaism. We envision CBB as a place where Santa Barbara Jewish people and our familiesfeel welcome and at home, where we are inspired to bring our gifts of energy and creativity, and where we connect to the tradition and community of our Jewish ancestors. We aspire to be a congregation of knowledgeable and committed Jews, each individual expressing in their own unique way the seven circles of Study, Prayer, Acts of Compassion, Shabbat, the Festival Year, the Cycle of Life, and the Jewish People. We are constantly growing as a Kehilla Kdosha, a sacred community of people whose lives are enriched with meaning, purpose, connectedness and relationship with God.

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Manvitz, Justin "Judd" – Omaha World-Herald

Manvitz, Justin “Judd” Apr 23, 1927 – May 14, 2017 Following his service in the US Navy and the Marine Corps as a Corpsman, during World War II, he attended the University of Nebraska, where he lettered in baseball, and Omaha University , graduating in 1949. He played in the Industrial Baseball League for Shell Oil for two years. In the early 1950’s he returned to Omaha and joined the family business, Omaha Compound, which his father founded in 1924. He retired in 2010. During his life he was active as a Mason, Omaha Rotary, B’nai B’rith and had an active interest in Creighton University and the University of Nebraska sports. His parents, David and Eva (Cohn) Manvitz, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Phyllis Manvitz; children, Todd (Wendy) Manvitz, Lisa (Kyle) Hutchings; grandchildren, Alissa (Matt) Arbiter, Diana (Jason) Williams, David Manvitz, Steffany, Whittany and Bradley Hutchings, Victoria (Brent) Rice; great grandchildren, Addison and Jackson Wiliams; other loving relatives. SERVICES: Thursday, 11am, at Temple Israel, 13111 Sterling Ridge Drive. Private interment, Beth El Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorials to your favorite charity. John A. Gentleman Mortuaries and Crematory 1010 North 72 Street 402-391-1664 www.johnagentleman.com

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Texas Senate passes anti-BDS bill, Gov. expected to sign in May … – Jerusalem Post Israel News

SAY NO to this. A Jordanian policeman stands guard near a protester holding a placard urging to boycott Israeli companies and products, in front of the Prime Ministers office building in Amman.. (photo credit:REUTERS) The Texas Senate passed an anti-boycott Israel bill by a vote of 26-5 on Thursday. The Governor of Texas is slated to sign the anti–BDS (Boycott,Divestment,Sanctions) legislation on Israel’s Independence day on Tuesday in Austin. “Rep. Phil King and Sen. Brandon Creighton deserve our respect and deep gratitude for driving this monumental piece of legislation. We are confident other lawmakers in other states will look to their leadership and model their efforts on their legislation,” Charles Kaufman, who chairs B’nai B’rith’s International Center for Human Rights and Public Policy, told The Jerusalem Post. Kaufman, who resides in Austin, testified on behalf of the anti-BDS bill. He added: “Israel has a great friend and business partner in the State of Texas. Texas holds more than $50 million in Israel Bonds. It exports $495 million of product to Israel. Military contracts by Israel in Texas totaled $118 million (2012). Texas also is engaged in joint projects with Israel in agricultural research and development, science and technology and industrial research and development. Israel is Texas fourth leading trade partner.” “Nearly 300 Texas companies do business with Israel, notably Agar Corporation, CompUSA, Hewlett Packard-Compaq, Fortune Industries, Bell Helicopters, Microdynamics, VTEL Corporation, Motorola and Optibase Advanced Systems. This is a big deal. Research alliances involve numerous public and private scientific activities the Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) and the Binational Science Foundation.” Kaufman said, “Israel Independence Day will be celebrated in the Lone Star State this year with a greater sense of pride than ever.” The Dallas office of the American Jewish Committee said in statement that it “applauded final adoption of the Texas anti-BDS bill today in the state legislature. The State Senate passed the reconciliation measure following last weeks unanimous House adoption of the bill.” The Texas-Israel relationship is essential. In addition to our shared democratic values, Israel is the states fourth largest trading partner, said AJC Dallas Director Joel Schwitzer. We are grateful for the leadership of Representative Phil King and Senator Brandon Creighton in championing this important legislation. With this bill, Texas is expressing strong support for Israel and its supporters in our state, and delivering firm opposition to BDS proponents, said Randy Czarlinsky, Director of AJC Houston. After the slated signing of the anti-BDS law, the Dallas-based Comerica bank may face a fresh wave of pressure for maintaining a BDS account with the pro-Iran BDS group, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL). Comerica should close the account, Daniel S. Mariaschin, executive vice president of Bnai Brith, told the Post in March. When asked about the BDS account, Alexandra Alvelo, a spokeswoman for Hudson Executive Capital, a partial owner of Comerica, declined to respond to Post queries. Post efforts to reach Hudson Executive Capital founder Doug Braunstein were not successful. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told the Post in March that Comerica should pull the plug on the IADL account. He said Facilitating the bank accounts of BDS organizations constitutes support for BDS. Banks maintaining such accounts should carefully consider the danger of running afoul of strict anti-BDS legislation in the US and other countries.” Wayne Mielke, a spokesman for Comerica, responded to the Post by email in March, saying, We dont discuss customer relationships, and want you to know (again) that we have a robust compliance program at the bank. Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

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Ku Klux Klan embraces racism, anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism – AJC.com – Atlanta Journal Constitution

This story was originally published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 17, 1985. The satin robes and pointed hoods that for more than a century have marked the Ku Klux Klan as an aberration of Southern culture are being replaced by camouflage fatigues and combat boots. The cross, once claimed by KKK members as a symbol of their Christian purity, is giving way to the swastika. And shouts of “white power” at Klan rallies are being drowned out by cries of “Sieg Heil.” In the past two years, the Ku Klux Klan has moved even farther to the right. Younger, more militant Klan members are now embracing a virulent anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi philosophy in addition to the Klan’s accustomed anti-black rhetoric. Some of these Klansmen have formed or joined several small but heavily armed splinter groups that advocate the violent overthrow of the U.S. government and the extermination of all blacks and Jews, according to law enforcement officials and private investigators who monitor the Klan. “What is happening is that some of the Klansmen realize that they have had absolutely no impact on the American public, ” said Charles Wittenstein, Southern counsel for the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. “Their previous propaganda efforts have been failures, and they have gotten frustrated. Instead of talking, they are now prepared to use violence to overthrow the government.” Although Klan membership continues to decline nationwide, those who stay in are becoming more hard-line in their views on blacks and Jews, according to Randall Williams, a spokesman for Klanwatch, a project of the Montgomery-basedSouthern Poverty Law Center. “This is a logical extension of what the Klan has been saying for a long time, ” said Williams. “Instead of segregation, they now want final solutions.” What particularly troubles law enforcement officials about these splinter groups, commonly called the Underground, is their penchant for violence. All are believed linked with a pseudo-religious cult, the Aryan Nations, based in Hayden Lake, Idaho. In the past year individuals linked to the Aryan Nations have stopped talking, and started shooting and bombing, in an effort to overthrow what they call the “Zionist Occupied Government, ” or ZOG, in Washington. Warfare the only solution These groups are the right-wing equivalent of the Weather Underground – frustrated, fanatical white supremacists who believe they have been disenfranchised by a conspiracy of Jews, blacks, homosexuals, communists and whites who don’t believe as they do. They believe open warfare is the only solution. The blueprint for this racial revolution is a book called “The Turner Diaries, ” written by white supremacist and Atlanta native William Pierce under the pen name Andrew Macdonald. Pierce, a former physics professor and American Nazi Party member, now heads a white supremacist group called the National Alliance, which is based in Arlington, Va. In the book, “patriotic” whites frustrated with Jewish and black influences in government form a group called “the Organization” and go to war against the United States. Members of the Organization rob armored cars, counterfeit huge amounts of money, bomb public buildings, destroy public utilities, and assassinate key political figures before overthrowing the government. Since last April, Aryan Nations members have been linked to a number of racially and politically motivated violent crimes similar to those in “The Turner Diaries.” Among those crimes are the machine-gun murder of Denver talk show host Alan Berg, a $3.6 million armored car robbery in California, a $500,000 armored car robbery in Washington, a multimillion-dollar counterfeiting scheme, and several shoot-outs with law enforcement officials. The FBI has arrested 20 people since November in connection with these crimes and is seeking at least six more. Among those arrested and linked to the Underground are three Alabama men, all with strong Ku Klux Klan ties. Two have been charged as accessories after the fact in the California armored car robbery. The third, William David Riccio, is facing federal weapons charges and state drug charges. Riccio has been a Klan member and organizer in Alabama for the last 10 years. He is also a member of the Aryan Nations. Riccio apparently became connected with the Aryan Nations while serving two years in a federal prison for parole violations stemming from a 1979 arrest on a weapons charge. Riccio has also been indicted on civil rights charges in connection with a 1979 incident in Decatur, Ala., in which Klansmen attacked a group of blacks. “We are still concerned about the presence of a small core of people with similar beliefs in this area, ” said Tom Moore, an FBI agent in Birmingham. “Our investigation is continuing.” ‘A terrorist underground’ Estimates of the groups’ strength nationwide ranges from fewer than a hundred to more than 500. “It’s an army, ” said Lyn Wells, coordinator of the National Anti- Klan Network in Atlanta, who estimates the number of actual armed combatants at fewer than 300. “This is a dangerous phenomenon. This is a white supremacist terrorist underground.” According to Williams of Klanwatch, “the Aryan Nations is not pervasive in the South, as far as we can tell. It’s mostly in the West and Northwest.” But one of the more militant factions of the Klan, the North Carolina-based Confederate Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, has close links with the Aryan Nations and recently established a klavern in Canton, Ga. Efforts have also been made to recruit Georgia Klansmen for duty in the Underground, Williams said. “There were definite efforts at recruitment in Georgia in the fall of 1984, ” he said. At an initiation ceremony for 700 members, the Ku Klux Klan burns a huge cross on Stone Mountain on July 23, 1948. Said one historian: Atlanta was the headquarters of the revived KKK; we sold it around the nation like it was Coca-Cola. (Associated Press file) Williams would not say where the recruiting took place, but he identified the recruiter as Robert J. Matthews, an avowed white supremacist who was among a group of 13 people who last fall signed a document declaring war on the U.S. government. Matthews died Dec. 8, 1984, in his home on Whidbey Island, Wash., following a 36-hour shoot-out with FBI agents. Since his death, Matthews has been praised as a hero and a martyr in right-wing literature. Among those praising Matthews is Edward Fields, leader of the Marietta-based National States Rights Party and publisher of the right-wing “Thunderbolt.” “Fields is clearly promoting what he calls the White American Bastion organization, which is also known as the White Underground. We know these groups have some ties to the Klan in this area, ” said the ADL’s Wittenstein. Matthews is believed to have attended a KKK rally at Stone Mountain in 1983. Last May he met with Riccio in Birmingham in an effort to gather information on Montgomery activist attorney Morris Dees, one of the founders of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Dees reportedly is on a “hit list” issued by the Aryan Nations through one of at least five nationwide computer networks operated by group members. Also on the list is Alabama Lt. Gov. Bill Baxley. Dees reportedly made the hit list because of his work on behalf of poor blacks and against the Klan, while Baxley’s name was added because of his efforts while attorney general to extradite white supremacist J.B. Stoner of Marietta, Ga., for his role in a 1965 Birmingham church bombing. Security for Dees and Baxley has been increased. Assassination point system Louis Beam, a former Texas KKK leader now closely aligned with the Aryan Nations, operates one of these computer networks and allegedly has proposed an assassination point system by which whites can earn the designation “Aryan warrior.” It would take one full point to become an “Aryan warrior.” The murder of a member of Congress would be worth one-fifth of a point, judges one-sixth, FBI agents and federal marshals one-tenth, journalists and local politicians one-twelfth. One full point would be given for assassinating the president, under Beam’s system. “You have to take seriously the threats coming from these people because of th eir penchant for violence, ” said Williams. Other law enforcement officials are also taking seriously the threat posed by these groups. U.S. attorneys from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Colorado, California and Alabama gathered in Seattle in January to discuss the problem. The FBI has initiated a domestic security investigation and formed a task force with members of the Secret Service, U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Prisons to investigate crimes committed in the name of white supremacy. “We have several ongoing investigations, but we’re not interested in any particular group because of their views, ” said FBI Special Agent Manuel Marquez Jr. in Washington. “We only investigate once these views or beliefs go beyond the rhetoric stages and go into acts of violence or other violations of the law.” The groups being closely watched by law enforcement officials go by a variety of names, including the Order, the Aryan Resistance Movement, the White American Bastion, and the Silent Brotherhood (or its German translation, Bruder Schweigen). Other groups closely allied with the Underground and the Aryan Nations are the Covenant, the Sword, andthe Arm of the Lord, the Christian Defense League, the Christian Patriots Defense League, and the tax protest group Posse Comitatus. In addition to recruiting members from these groups, the Underground has filled its ranks with people from more militant Klan factions, from a prison-based white protection group called the Aryan Brotherhood, and from more radical elements of the farm protest movement. Most of these groups have their roots in the KKK and draw many of their beliefs from theology espoused by Aryan Nations leader the Rev. Richard Girnt Butler. Butler, 65, is a former member of the KKK and Posse Comitatus in California. Butler moved to Idaho in the late 1970s and founded what he calls the Church of Jesus Christ Christian, which teaches “Christian Identity, ” a theology that first appeared in England about 80 years ago. Among the precepts of Christian Identity are that Jesus was not a Jew, that the lost tribe of Israel actually consists of Aryans who settled in northern Europe and later migrated to the United States and Canada, and that whites have the God-given right to reclaim Canada and the United States for white people. Some members of the cult advocate the extermination of Jews and blacks. “Their bigotry is almost beyond belief, ” said Wittenstein. Added Klanwatch’s Williams: “These people are totally detached from reality, and that’s what makes them so dangerous. They believe they are on a mission from God, just like the Ayatollah Khomeini thinks he’s on a mission from God.”

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