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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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The Leo Frank Jewish Sex Murder Criminal Case and Post-Trial Lynching: The Rape and Strangulation of Mary Phagan and Meticulous Leo Frank Trial Analysis at the American Mercury.

These are the most hateful articles ever written about the Leo Frank case, how dare they say he was guilty. Please pressure their ISP to shut down The American Mercury, before these articles get copied to other websites and shared around the world. This hate must be stopped.

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Texas House of Representatives unanimously passes anti-BDS bill – Jerusalem Post Israel News

The US and Texas State flags fly over the Texas State Capitol in Austin. (photo credit:REUTERS)

In a groundbreaking legislative act to blunt economic warfare against Israel, the Texas House of Representatives unanimously passed on Thursday an anti-boycott bill that bars the state from engaging in business with companies that are involved in the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement targeting the Jewish state.

The bill was passed 131-0 and the author of the legislation was Representative Phil King. Pro-Israel organizations welcomed the vote.

Joel Schwitzer, the Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee in Dallas, told The Jerusalem Post, “AJC together with other community leaders worked diligently to ensure that every legislator received multiple contacts about the importance of passing this bill. Were excited that this brings this legislation one step closer to being law of the land in Texas, strengthening its relationship with Israel, Texas 4th largest trading partner. We appreciate the leadership of Representative Phil King in authoring the bill. It is gratifying to see our elected officials sending such a clear and principled message that Texas will not do business with those who boycott our friend Israel.”

Sen. Brandon Creighton, the author of the Senate anti-BDS bill, said Texas should not do business with companies that participate in the BDS movement.

I want to thank the government of Texas for seeing the true, hateful intentions of BDS and banning such state-sponsored bias, said The Israel Project CEO and President Josh Block. He added, The people of the Lone Star State and Israel share an unbreakable bond based upon mutual values, and by passing this legislation ensuring that taxpayer dollars do not fund discrimination Texas has reaffirmed this important friendship.”

Christians United for Israel (CUFI) said in a statement that ,” CUFI has been working closely with lawmakers in support of the legislation since its conception. These efforts included bringing Texans from across the state to Austin to lobby lawmakers in support of the bill, testifying before both the Senate and House committees to which the legislation was assigned, and distributing an action alert earlier this week letting Texas State Representatives know that CUFIs membership is behind the bill.”

CUFI founder and Chairman Pastor John Hagee said Texas is CUFIs home state and among the most pro-Israel states in the union. The relationship between the Jewish State and the Lone Star State is built upon shared values, including a rock-solid commitment to standing up for liberty especially when it is threatened by radical Islamic extremism.”

I am very proud that Texas will join with those states that have told the BDS movement that America is unimpressed by efforts to demonize Israel. And I am equally proud of the hard work CUFI members, leaders and staff have done in order to see this and similar legislation advance in state capitols around the country, Hagee added.

The Texas State Senate passed its version of anti-BDS bill in March. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign a merged version of the anti-BDS bills in early May.

In addition to the unwavering support of Gov. Abbott, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, this legislation would not have been possible without the steadfast leadership of the bills authors, State Sen. Brandon Creighton and State Rep. Phil King, said CUFI Action Fund Chairwoman Sandy Hagee Parker.

CUFI has 3.3 million members in the United States. Daniel S. Mariaschin, the CEO of B’nai B’rith International, told the Post, “We are grateful by the overwhelming support for this measure in the Texas Legislature. It remains vitally important for government figures and legislative bodies to join the growing number of people who recognize the abject injustice of the BDS movement.”

Charles Kaufman, who chairs Bnai Briths International Center for Human Rights and Public Policy and is based in Austin, delivered testimony in the Austin legislature in support of the anti-BDS bill. Mariaschin told the Post last month that the Dallas-based bank Comerica should close an account that it maintains with the pro-BDS organization the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL).The IADL excuses the actions of terrorist organizations and denies Israels right to defend itself,” Mariaschin said.

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B’nai B’rith – St. Louis JCC – jccstl.com

Bnai Brith, the global voice of the Jewish community, is the oldest and most widely known Jewish humanitarian, human rights and advocacy organization. Since 1843, Bnai Brith has worked for Jewish unity, security, continuity, and tolerance. Missouri Lodge #22 was chartered in 1855 and continues to serve St. Louis through cultural, educational, philanthropic, service and social programs.Be a part of this wonderful group of active adults as we gather quarterly for learning, discussion, music, sports talk and fun.

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Shoe Collection Drive Winds Down After More Than 5000 Pairs Donated – wnep.com

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KINGSTON — Last month, Newswatch 16 introduced you to a shoe-collecting drive at one school in Luzerne County.

Several weeks later, the stands of the school gymnasium at Wyoming Valley West Middle School are overflowing with bags upon bags of shoes.

“We have basketball shoes, we have cleats, slippers, we have everything,” exclaimed student Anthony Severns.

Organizers are closing in on 6,000 pairs of shoesas the collection drive in the classroom comes to a close.

“It makes me happy to think that all the kids that don’t have shoes are getting them,” said 6th grader Angelina Pellam.

The gently used shoes are bought by a nonprofit, with the money raised going to the school. The nonprofit then resells the shoes in developing countries at a discount to those who need them.

“We’re helping our school and helping others at the same time,” said 8th grader Madi Heckman.

The school initially hoped to collect about 2,500 pairs of shoes, which they achieved in just three weeks. Since then, they have doubled their collection and then some.

A fundraiser unlike any other that Beverly Thomas has seen at the school.

“Our children had to put out nothing,” said Beverly Thomas, a reading specialist at the school, and the organizer behind the drive. “It didn’t cost them a dime. All they had to do was go into their cupboards of things they no longer needed, donate, and we’re repurposing these. It brings goosebumps and I’m just amazed that we can make more than $2,500 and it didn’t cost anybody a dime.”

The shoes are expected to be loaded up in a trailer in the next couple of weeks. While the classroom competition is over, you can still donate any shoes by dropping them off at the middle school or any of the Wyoming Valley West Elementary schools, along with the school district central office, the high school,Kings College Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center Lobby, Vive Health and Fitness, Frederick Dental Group, Cherry St. Bible Church, Temple B’nai B’rith, Temple Israel and Larksville U.M. Church.

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The Philly-born talk show host who inspired Trump’s wiretap tweets – Philly.com

On Saturday morning, as reporters scrambled to find sources for President Trumps allegation that his predecessor had wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential campaign, it seemed all roads were leading to Mark Levin of Cheltenham.

It began,the New York Times reported Sunday, as a conspiratorial rant on conservative talk radio. Levin, a Philadelphia-born, Elkins Park-raised radio host with an enormous following, had spent much of his Thursday show alleging that the Obama administration had surveilled Trump and his associates during the campaign.

The far-right website Breitbart News — where Trump adviser Stephen Bannon previously served as editor-in-chief — picked up the story a day later. That story reportedly circulated around the White House, and on Saturday Trump started tweeting.

Since the presidents explosive tweets, and the media frenzy that followed, Levin has contended that his assertions were based on reporting by the mainstream media –and that he just connected the dots.(An Obama spokesman denied the allegations, and fact-checkers have reported that the evidence cited by Breitbart and others in the conservative sphereis sketchy at best.)

Levin is not a household name outside of conservative circles. The most powerful conservative youve never heard of, theDaily Beast called him in a 2013 profile.But millions of people listen to his show each night.

He has said his conservatism dates to his upbringing in the Philadelphia region. In a 2007 interview with the Inquirer, he said a favorite pastime, as a teenager, was to visit Independence Hall and imagine the founding fathers designing a nation.

Levin graduated from Temple Universitys Ambler campus at 19 and stayed at Temple for a law degree. He served for a time on the Cheltenham school board while in law school, he told the Daily Beast, and formed a tax-reform group called the Committee to Limit Taxation. He was the youngest member the school board has ever had, said Tom Ellis, the solicitor for Cheltenham Township’s Republican organization.

“He created a lot of uproar, arguing for cutting taxes,” Ellis said of Levin’s time on the board. “He’s a real conservative.”

Though Levin, 59, is several years older than Ellis, they were both in the B’nai B’rith Jewish service organization as youths, Ellis said, and once, Levin took him to see Ronald Reagan speak. Levin would later join the Reagan administration, andbecame a familiar voice on talk radio in the waning Clinton years.

“He’s always been an extremely conservative person,” Ellis said. “It did surprise me” that he had moved into a radio career. “I was listening one day and they said, ‘Mark Levin,’ and I thought, is that my Mark Levin?”

Among the major themes of his show: thatAmerica is headed down a dark pathand that liberals are trying to expand the federal government at libertys expense. Hes decried political correctness and accused politicians of downplaying the threat of terrorism. Last January, after a Philadelphia police officer was shot by a man who told police he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, Levin spent a segment of his show criticizing Mayor Kenneys response to the shooting. Kenney had said the attack had nothing to do with being a Muslim.

A liberal, kook, pathetic, moronic, propagandist demagogue of a mayor, Levin called Kenney. He said he had uncles who had served in the Philadelphia Police Department, and he played God Bless America on the air in honor of them and other officers.

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‘Jewish Schindler’ to receive B’nai B’rith citation – Arutz Sheva

The B’nai B’rith World Center and the Committee to Recognize the Heroism of Jews who Rescued Fellow Jews During the Holocaust (JRJ) will confer their joint “Jewish Rescuer’s Citation” upon Naftali Backenroth-Bronicki, who risked his life saving Jews from deportation and extermination during the Holocaust in Drohobych, Poland. The citations will be conferred at a ceremony on March 7 at Beit Hatfutsot Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Backenroth was born in 1905 in Drohobych, Galicia. Heir to an oil family, Backenroth studied agriculture in France as part of his plan to make Aliyah, but returned home after graduating to help his family cope with the severe economic crisis at the time. Between 1939 and 1941, under Soviet rule, Backenroth was appointed as county agronomist by Nikita Khrushchev, then a regional official.

With the German invasion of Drohobych in the summer of 1941 and the beginning of the destruction of the Jewish population in the town and the surroundings, Backenroth started to systematically organize and employ Jewish workers who were conscripted under the Gestapo orders. Recognizing that if the Nazis became dependent on Jewish labor there was less chance that they would be deported and murdered, Backenroth initiated the establishment of workshops, agricultural farms and a horse riding school for the Germans that provided an excuse to employ Jews and save them from death. The status he attained as “foreman” of Jewish labor in Drohobych allowed him to extract Jews who were detained in a major actzia (mass round-ups of Jews during the Holocaust) in 1942 and bring them back to work. When it became evident that the work permits were only a temporary defense from deportation and murder, Backenroth used the means accessible to him in the workshops to build bunkers, which served as a hiding place for dozens of Jews. They survived the war with his assistance.

In 1943, in a clever ruse, Backenroth was recognized by the Gestapo as an Aryan. Despite the danger to him and to his family from the local population he continued to play, befuddle and confuse the Nazis. His position as an Aryan allowed him to move freely and organize a food supply system for the Jews who survived in the bunkers and hiding places he created. However it endangered him as the war came to a close as he could have been viewed by local Jews as a Nazi collaborator.

Thousands of Drohobych Jews were executed at the Bronitza forest nearby. In memory of them, Backenroth changed his name after the war to Bronicki.

When Backenroth-Bronicki was asked why he does not tell stories about that period of his life he said, “what accompanies me all the time, are not the Jews I was able to save, but the memory of all the Jews I could not rescue.”

The committee’s considerations state that “Backenroth-Bronicki is a symbol of Jewish solidarity during the Holocaust, expressed in surprisingly varied initiatives to rescue Jews from deportation and extermination. The resourcefulness, dedication, wisdom and courage demonstrated by Backenroth-Bronicki against the Gestapo from the moment he realized he could save the lives of Jews, is a marvel of risk-taking and limit-testing on a daily basis. His unique personality, authoritativeness and reliability, made him amenable to both his enemies and friendsamong them two Germans who helped with the rescue operations, and later received Righteous Among the Nations. These rescue operations ensured the survival of dozens of Jews. Therefore the committee decided to honor Backenroth-Bronicki with the Jewish Rescuer Citation.”

The heroism of Naftali Backenroth-Bronicki should put to rest once and for all the notion that the Jewish people didnt fight back, which has wrongly tainted Holocaust historiography for more than 70 years, B’nai B’rith World Center Director Alan Schneider said. It is very important for Jewish rescuers to be included among the categories of all who rescued Jews.

The Citation will be presented posthumously to Backenroth-Bronickis son Yehuda Lucien, who as a child was complicit in some of his fathers rescue efforts.

Since its establishment in 2011, the Jewish Rescuers Citation has been presented in order to correct the public misconception that Jews did not rescue other Jews during the Holocaust. To date 162 heroes were honored for rescue activities in Germany, France, Hungary, Greece, Slovakia, Yugoslavia, Russia, Lithuania, Poland and Holland.

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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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The Leo Frank Jewish Sex Murder Criminal Case and Post-Trial Lynching: The Rape and Strangulation of Mary Phagan and Meticulous Leo Frank Trial Analysis at the American Mercury.

These are the most hateful articles ever written about the Leo Frank case, how dare they say he was guilty. Please pressure their ISP to shut down The American Mercury, before these articles get copied to other websites and shared around the world. This hate must be stopped. The Astounding Alonzo Mann Hoax and Jewish […]

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Texas House of Representatives unanimously passes anti-BDS bill – Jerusalem Post Israel News

The US and Texas State flags fly over the Texas State Capitol in Austin. (photo credit:REUTERS) In a groundbreaking legislative act to blunt economic warfare against Israel, the Texas House of Representatives unanimously passed on Thursday an anti-boycott bill that bars the state from engaging in business with companies that are involved in the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement targeting the Jewish state. The bill was passed 131-0 and the author of the legislation was Representative Phil King. Pro-Israel organizations welcomed the vote. Joel Schwitzer, the Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee in Dallas, told The Jerusalem Post, “AJC together with other community leaders worked diligently to ensure that every legislator received multiple contacts about the importance of passing this bill. Were excited that this brings this legislation one step closer to being law of the land in Texas, strengthening its relationship with Israel, Texas 4th largest trading partner. We appreciate the leadership of Representative Phil King in authoring the bill. It is gratifying to see our elected officials sending such a clear and principled message that Texas will not do business with those who boycott our friend Israel.” Sen. Brandon Creighton, the author of the Senate anti-BDS bill, said Texas should not do business with companies that participate in the BDS movement. I want to thank the government of Texas for seeing the true, hateful intentions of BDS and banning such state-sponsored bias, said The Israel Project CEO and President Josh Block. He added, The people of the Lone Star State and Israel share an unbreakable bond based upon mutual values, and by passing this legislation ensuring that taxpayer dollars do not fund discrimination Texas has reaffirmed this important friendship.” Christians United for Israel (CUFI) said in a statement that ,” CUFI has been working closely with lawmakers in support of the legislation since its conception. These efforts included bringing Texans from across the state to Austin to lobby lawmakers in support of the bill, testifying before both the Senate and House committees to which the legislation was assigned, and distributing an action alert earlier this week letting Texas State Representatives know that CUFIs membership is behind the bill.” CUFI founder and Chairman Pastor John Hagee said Texas is CUFIs home state and among the most pro-Israel states in the union. The relationship between the Jewish State and the Lone Star State is built upon shared values, including a rock-solid commitment to standing up for liberty especially when it is threatened by radical Islamic extremism.” I am very proud that Texas will join with those states that have told the BDS movement that America is unimpressed by efforts to demonize Israel. And I am equally proud of the hard work CUFI members, leaders and staff have done in order to see this and similar legislation advance in state capitols around the country, Hagee added. The Texas State Senate passed its version of anti-BDS bill in March. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign a merged version of the anti-BDS bills in early May. In addition to the unwavering support of Gov. Abbott, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, this legislation would not have been possible without the steadfast leadership of the bills authors, State Sen. Brandon Creighton and State Rep. Phil King, said CUFI Action Fund Chairwoman Sandy Hagee Parker. CUFI has 3.3 million members in the United States. Daniel S. Mariaschin, the CEO of B’nai B’rith International, told the Post, “We are grateful by the overwhelming support for this measure in the Texas Legislature. It remains vitally important for government figures and legislative bodies to join the growing number of people who recognize the abject injustice of the BDS movement.” Charles Kaufman, who chairs Bnai Briths International Center for Human Rights and Public Policy and is based in Austin, delivered testimony in the Austin legislature in support of the anti-BDS bill. Mariaschin told the Post last month that the Dallas-based bank Comerica should close an account that it maintains with the pro-BDS organization the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL).The IADL excuses the actions of terrorist organizations and denies Israels right to defend itself,” Mariaschin said. Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

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B’nai B’rith – St. Louis JCC – jccstl.com

Bnai Brith, the global voice of the Jewish community, is the oldest and most widely known Jewish humanitarian, human rights and advocacy organization. Since 1843, Bnai Brith has worked for Jewish unity, security, continuity, and tolerance. Missouri Lodge #22 was chartered in 1855 and continues to serve St. Louis through cultural, educational, philanthropic, service and social programs.Be a part of this wonderful group of active adults as we gather quarterly for learning, discussion, music, sports talk and fun. Most Programs in Creve Coeur/Staenberg Familiy Complex Dates times and cost vary by event Join us for this Bnai Brith Missouri Lodgepresentation! Enjoy a wonderful afternoon oflunch and music with this beautiful musicalrevue, featuring and produced by IreneFox. Sit back and relax as you hear classicsongs from the great American song book,along with Broadway show tunes and someJewish classics! Creve Coeur/Staenberg Family Complex Sunday, April 2, 12pm Pricing: $15 (includes lunch and show) Diane Maier,314-442-3190

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Shoe Collection Drive Winds Down After More Than 5000 Pairs Donated – wnep.com

Please enable Javascript to watch this video KINGSTON — Last month, Newswatch 16 introduced you to a shoe-collecting drive at one school in Luzerne County. Several weeks later, the stands of the school gymnasium at Wyoming Valley West Middle School are overflowing with bags upon bags of shoes. “We have basketball shoes, we have cleats, slippers, we have everything,” exclaimed student Anthony Severns. Organizers are closing in on 6,000 pairs of shoesas the collection drive in the classroom comes to a close. “It makes me happy to think that all the kids that don’t have shoes are getting them,” said 6th grader Angelina Pellam. The gently used shoes are bought by a nonprofit, with the money raised going to the school. The nonprofit then resells the shoes in developing countries at a discount to those who need them. “We’re helping our school and helping others at the same time,” said 8th grader Madi Heckman. The school initially hoped to collect about 2,500 pairs of shoes, which they achieved in just three weeks. Since then, they have doubled their collection and then some. A fundraiser unlike any other that Beverly Thomas has seen at the school. “Our children had to put out nothing,” said Beverly Thomas, a reading specialist at the school, and the organizer behind the drive. “It didn’t cost them a dime. All they had to do was go into their cupboards of things they no longer needed, donate, and we’re repurposing these. It brings goosebumps and I’m just amazed that we can make more than $2,500 and it didn’t cost anybody a dime.” The shoes are expected to be loaded up in a trailer in the next couple of weeks. While the classroom competition is over, you can still donate any shoes by dropping them off at the middle school or any of the Wyoming Valley West Elementary schools, along with the school district central office, the high school,Kings College Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center Lobby, Vive Health and Fitness, Frederick Dental Group, Cherry St. Bible Church, Temple B’nai B’rith, Temple Israel and Larksville U.M. Church. 41.261748 -75.896863

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The Philly-born talk show host who inspired Trump’s wiretap tweets – Philly.com

On Saturday morning, as reporters scrambled to find sources for President Trumps allegation that his predecessor had wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential campaign, it seemed all roads were leading to Mark Levin of Cheltenham. It began,the New York Times reported Sunday, as a conspiratorial rant on conservative talk radio. Levin, a Philadelphia-born, Elkins Park-raised radio host with an enormous following, had spent much of his Thursday show alleging that the Obama administration had surveilled Trump and his associates during the campaign. The far-right website Breitbart News — where Trump adviser Stephen Bannon previously served as editor-in-chief — picked up the story a day later. That story reportedly circulated around the White House, and on Saturday Trump started tweeting. Since the presidents explosive tweets, and the media frenzy that followed, Levin has contended that his assertions were based on reporting by the mainstream media –and that he just connected the dots.(An Obama spokesman denied the allegations, and fact-checkers have reported that the evidence cited by Breitbart and others in the conservative sphereis sketchy at best.) Levin is not a household name outside of conservative circles. The most powerful conservative youve never heard of, theDaily Beast called him in a 2013 profile.But millions of people listen to his show each night. He has said his conservatism dates to his upbringing in the Philadelphia region. In a 2007 interview with the Inquirer, he said a favorite pastime, as a teenager, was to visit Independence Hall and imagine the founding fathers designing a nation. Levin graduated from Temple Universitys Ambler campus at 19 and stayed at Temple for a law degree. He served for a time on the Cheltenham school board while in law school, he told the Daily Beast, and formed a tax-reform group called the Committee to Limit Taxation. He was the youngest member the school board has ever had, said Tom Ellis, the solicitor for Cheltenham Township’s Republican organization. “He created a lot of uproar, arguing for cutting taxes,” Ellis said of Levin’s time on the board. “He’s a real conservative.” Though Levin, 59, is several years older than Ellis, they were both in the B’nai B’rith Jewish service organization as youths, Ellis said, and once, Levin took him to see Ronald Reagan speak. Levin would later join the Reagan administration, andbecame a familiar voice on talk radio in the waning Clinton years. “He’s always been an extremely conservative person,” Ellis said. “It did surprise me” that he had moved into a radio career. “I was listening one day and they said, ‘Mark Levin,’ and I thought, is that my Mark Levin?” Among the major themes of his show: thatAmerica is headed down a dark pathand that liberals are trying to expand the federal government at libertys expense. Hes decried political correctness and accused politicians of downplaying the threat of terrorism. Last January, after a Philadelphia police officer was shot by a man who told police he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, Levin spent a segment of his show criticizing Mayor Kenneys response to the shooting. Kenney had said the attack had nothing to do with being a Muslim. A liberal, kook, pathetic, moronic, propagandist demagogue of a mayor, Levin called Kenney. He said he had uncles who had served in the Philadelphia Police Department, and he played God Bless America on the air in honor of them and other officers. Published: March 7, 2017 4:44 PM EST Over the past year, the Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com have uncovered corruption in local and state public offices, shed light on hidden and dangerous environmental risks, and deeply examined the regions growing heroin epidemic. This is indispensable journalism, brought to you by the largest, most experienced newsroom in the region. Fact-based journalism of this caliber isnt cheap. We need your support to keep our talented reporters, editors and photographers holding government accountable, looking out for the public interest, and separating fact from fiction. If you already subscribe, thank you. If not, please consider doing so by clicking on the button below. Subscriptions can be home delivered in print, or digitally read on nearly any mobile device or computer, and start as low as 25 per day. We’re thankful for your support in every way.

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‘Jewish Schindler’ to receive B’nai B’rith citation – Arutz Sheva

The B’nai B’rith World Center and the Committee to Recognize the Heroism of Jews who Rescued Fellow Jews During the Holocaust (JRJ) will confer their joint “Jewish Rescuer’s Citation” upon Naftali Backenroth-Bronicki, who risked his life saving Jews from deportation and extermination during the Holocaust in Drohobych, Poland. The citations will be conferred at a ceremony on March 7 at Beit Hatfutsot Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, Israel. Backenroth was born in 1905 in Drohobych, Galicia. Heir to an oil family, Backenroth studied agriculture in France as part of his plan to make Aliyah, but returned home after graduating to help his family cope with the severe economic crisis at the time. Between 1939 and 1941, under Soviet rule, Backenroth was appointed as county agronomist by Nikita Khrushchev, then a regional official. With the German invasion of Drohobych in the summer of 1941 and the beginning of the destruction of the Jewish population in the town and the surroundings, Backenroth started to systematically organize and employ Jewish workers who were conscripted under the Gestapo orders. Recognizing that if the Nazis became dependent on Jewish labor there was less chance that they would be deported and murdered, Backenroth initiated the establishment of workshops, agricultural farms and a horse riding school for the Germans that provided an excuse to employ Jews and save them from death. The status he attained as “foreman” of Jewish labor in Drohobych allowed him to extract Jews who were detained in a major actzia (mass round-ups of Jews during the Holocaust) in 1942 and bring them back to work. When it became evident that the work permits were only a temporary defense from deportation and murder, Backenroth used the means accessible to him in the workshops to build bunkers, which served as a hiding place for dozens of Jews. They survived the war with his assistance. In 1943, in a clever ruse, Backenroth was recognized by the Gestapo as an Aryan. Despite the danger to him and to his family from the local population he continued to play, befuddle and confuse the Nazis. His position as an Aryan allowed him to move freely and organize a food supply system for the Jews who survived in the bunkers and hiding places he created. However it endangered him as the war came to a close as he could have been viewed by local Jews as a Nazi collaborator. Thousands of Drohobych Jews were executed at the Bronitza forest nearby. In memory of them, Backenroth changed his name after the war to Bronicki. When Backenroth-Bronicki was asked why he does not tell stories about that period of his life he said, “what accompanies me all the time, are not the Jews I was able to save, but the memory of all the Jews I could not rescue.” The committee’s considerations state that “Backenroth-Bronicki is a symbol of Jewish solidarity during the Holocaust, expressed in surprisingly varied initiatives to rescue Jews from deportation and extermination. The resourcefulness, dedication, wisdom and courage demonstrated by Backenroth-Bronicki against the Gestapo from the moment he realized he could save the lives of Jews, is a marvel of risk-taking and limit-testing on a daily basis. His unique personality, authoritativeness and reliability, made him amenable to both his enemies and friendsamong them two Germans who helped with the rescue operations, and later received Righteous Among the Nations. These rescue operations ensured the survival of dozens of Jews. Therefore the committee decided to honor Backenroth-Bronicki with the Jewish Rescuer Citation.” The heroism of Naftali Backenroth-Bronicki should put to rest once and for all the notion that the Jewish people didnt fight back, which has wrongly tainted Holocaust historiography for more than 70 years, B’nai B’rith World Center Director Alan Schneider said. It is very important for Jewish rescuers to be included among the categories of all who rescued Jews. The Citation will be presented posthumously to Backenroth-Bronickis son Yehuda Lucien, who as a child was complicit in some of his fathers rescue efforts. Since its establishment in 2011, the Jewish Rescuers Citation has been presented in order to correct the public misconception that Jews did not rescue other Jews during the Holocaust. To date 162 heroes were honored for rescue activities in Germany, France, Hungary, Greece, Slovakia, Yugoslavia, Russia, Lithuania, Poland and Holland.

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March 6, 2017   Posted in: B'nai B'rith  Comments Closed


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