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NJ Car Dealership Pulls TV Ads from NFL Broadcasts over National Anthem Protests

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A New Jersey car dealership is pulling its television ads from NFL broadcasts for the rest of the 2017 football season in response to NFL teams protesting the national anthem.

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Michael Flynn’s Brother Starts Legal Defense Fund to Fight ‘Egregious Public Political Assassination’


The Flynn siblings are rallying around Michael Flynn, and earlier this month they pushed him to start a legal defense fund to meet the “crippling” costs of legal representation related to the investigations of the 2016 election.

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Exclusive: House Passes Bill to Stop Abortion After Unborn Child Can Feel Pain


The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act—which now goes to the Senate–and President Donald Trump promises to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

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NFL, Players Union Meet to Discuss and Strategize Social Activism


The National Football League has met with the players union, the NFLPA, to discuss the national anthem protests that have plagued the last two seasons of football, reports say.

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Saints Coach Sean Payton: More Americans Killed by Guns Than From All U.S. Wars Combined


Sean Payton tweeted that more Americans have been killed by guns since 1968 than have been killed on battlefields throughout US history.

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Mark Cuban: I’m ‘Considering’ Running for President

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Tuesday on CNN contributor Bakari Sellers’ podcast “ViewPoint,” NBA’s Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he was “considering” running for president. When asked about seeking the high office, Cuban said, “Yes. Considering, yes. Ready to commit to it, no.” He added, “If I can come up with solutions that I think people can get behind and truly slove problems then it makes perfect sense for me to run. If it comes down to, ‘Do I think I can win because I can convince more people to vote for me?’ Then no, I won’t run.” (h/t WFB) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

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Heath: Reflections on an American tragedy – Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Imagine for a moment if after the Nazi holocaust, Germany passed segregation legislation, circumscribing where Jewish survivors could live, work, eat and play.

Imagine that instead of being persecuted for their despicable crimes, the architects of the concentration camps found leading roles in government, academia, and other privileged positions in public life.

Imagine if, in addition, ex-Nazis banded together to form a domestic terrorism group, the Aryan Klux Klan, with the express purpose of roaming the country and keeping the Jews in line. More specifically, this group reacts to the slightest indiscretion rolling ones eyes, talking back to an Aryan, engaging in interracial romance by punishing and sometimes torturing Jews, sometimes in front of a cheering crowd.

Imagine if Aryan Germans conspired to keep the Jews economically downtrodden by underfunding their schools, segregating them into ghettos, and only hiring them for the most menial, low-wage positions. And then when the Jews suffered disproportionate rates of poverty and crime, Aryans claimed it was due to their inherent inferiority.

Imagine that this same demographic worked to eliminate Jewish voting rights through discriminatory laws and threats of violence, so no pro-Jewish politicians could have a chance of getting elected.

Imagine this status quo lasted for a century, until a Jewish civil rights movement emerged, that only after decades of mass protest eliminated all these unjust laws and conditions.

Imagine that even this modicum of progress was tainted in that Aryan Germans only agreed to eliminate legal bigotry and did little to close the disparities in wealth, education, and access to health care Jews suffered from.

Imagine that, as a result, Jews today had less than a tenth of the wealth Aryans did, a shorter life expectancy, twice as much poverty, and were far more likely to die in childbirth.

Imagine that Aryans did little to help Jews in the ghettos and instead turned a blind eye as they became crime-ridden killing fields, destroyers of children and the aged alike.

Imagine that, after all that trauma, injustice and terror, the first Jewish president of Germany managed to be elected. He is the ideal man, elegant, educated, well-spoken, with a beautiful family to boot, a gift to his nation.

Morally, he is magnanimous enough to forgive his countrymen for their crimes against his community. He shockingly believes deep in his bones that national unity Ayrans and Jews standing together is not only necessary, but possible.

Then imagine if, in response, Aryan citizens doubted his legitimacy, his worth as a German, and claimed he was really born in Israel.

Image that this charge was given weight by some of the nations most prominent leaders, and that one of these men, a billionaire business tycoon, used his attack on the president to launch his political career.

Imagine that after eight years of the first Jewish president, of his legitimacy, dignity, and character being constantly attacked, that same tycoon gets elected to office himself.

Imagine this all occurs during a time when German police slaughter hundreds of Jewish citizens every year for such acts as selling cigarettes, playing with a toy gun, reaching for a wallet, or leaving a house party. Consequently, this circumstance makes Jews so afraid that their kids can be found at city council meetings with wet tears on their cheeks, begging for the violence to stop.

Imagine that even the cries of children werent enough for Aryan society to change.

I, of course, am not talking about Germanys history, but our own.

As the terrorism in Charlottesville revealed this month, the same evil that animated slavery, Jim Crow, and the creation of the ghettos is alive and well in our country. It is with us for a very simple reason: as a people, we have not truly reckoned with our history and taken the steps needed to bring justice to the African American community.

After World War II, Germany took a series of transformative measures to atone for its sins: it paid Jewish citizens reparations, banned public displays of Nazism and enacted legislation to ensure future generations of Germans would know the full extent of the Holocaust.

By contrast, this country turned the other way as many African Americans languish without economic opportunity, whitewashed its history, and still has regular debates over whether the confederate flag is heritage or hate.

If Germany treated its Jewish citizens the way we treat African Americans, we would think the Germans were a bunch of barbarians. And so the question remains: how should we view ourselves?

Joshua Heath is a Stevenson Ranch resident and a political science student at UCLA. He has served two terms as a delegate to the California Democratic Party.

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Senators concerned about extremist summer camp – Heritage Florida Jewish News

A summer camp activity of the “Go Palestine” program, at the Israeli security fence along the border with the disputed territories.

Two prominent U.S. senators are raising questions about an American-funded school in Ramallah that is running an extremist summer camp for Palestinian teens from around the world, many of them Americans.

The controversial summer program, called “Go Palestine,” is run by the Ramallah Friends School, a 148-year-old Quaker institution in the Palestinian Authority’s de facto capital. Its stated mission is to provide Palestinian teens from abroad with “introductions to Palestinian culture, cuisine, life and work, and the Arabic language.”

But in addition to traditional summer camp fare, Go Palestine participants are immersed in anti-Israel films and lectures by militants, some with terrorist connections.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) gave the Ramallah Friends School $800,000 in 2016 to make various improvements to its facilities. USAID also sent the school $700,000 in 2015, $900,000 in 2014 and similar amounts in prior years, through its “American Schools and Hospitals Abroad” program. The school is owned and operated by the Indiana-based Friends United Meeting, one of the major divisions of the Quaker movement.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the evidence gathered by JNS.org concerning Go Palestine is “disturbing” and that USAID “must immediately investigate it.” Schumer added, “If true, this school should be cut off because entities that receive USAID should be teaching about democracy and coexistence-not intolerance or extremism.”

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is a longtime supporter of USAID’s assistance to overseas schools, but “the allegations described are quite concerning” and Cardin “has reached out to USAID for an explanation,” a spokesperson for the senator told JNS.org.

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told JNS.org, “I endorse the calls by Senators Schumer and Cardin for an investigation to make sure that no U.S. government funds are being used, directly or indirectly, to support a camp that promotes BDS or other anti-Israel extremism.”

A USAID spokesperson told JNS.org the agency “has not provided any support to the ‘Go Palestine’ program.” USAID’s grants to the Ramallah Friends School, which hosts and operates Go Palestine, were “for construction and durable commodities,” including improvements to the buildings on campus. The USAID spokesperson did not address the fact that Go Palestine participants make use of those buildings on various occasions each summer.

Rejecting Israel’s existence

The three-week Go Palestine program, which began in the summer of 2011, accepts 40-50 campers each year. It costs $2,150 per camper, plus airfare. Although the camp has not released a complete breakdown of the participants by nationality, the “camper profiles” shown on its website from 2011-2013 indicate Americans were the single-largest contingent. Other campers hailed from the U.K., Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. Several came from what the website calls “Haifa, Palestine.”

Haifa is located within pre-1967 Israel, not in the disputed territories. The camp’s use of “Haifa, Palestine” is one of the many indications that rejection of Israel’s right to exist is an integral part of the camp’s ideology.

The camp’s own descriptions of each year’s activities from 2013-2017 report that the teens are shown films such as “Occupation 101” and “Jerusalem: The East Side Story,” which depict Israel as a racist, savage oppressor. A panel on “Youth Activism and Engagement in Palestine” featured representatives of “the Love Under Apartheid Campaign [and] the BDS movement.” Officials of a group called “Right to Education” explained to the campers that all Israeli universities should be boycotted, since they are part of “the structure of systemic oppression.”

This summer’s campers heard “an inspiring lecture from Nasser Ibrahim,” whom the camp describes as “a renowned journalist, author, and teacher.” Ibrahim has been associated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist group. He has served as editor of the PFLP weekly publication El Hadaf, and is deputy director of the Palestinian Union of Health Work Committees, which USAID has characterized as a PFLP affiliate.

The 2016 and 2015 campers visited “the monument erected for the Martyrs of Birzeit.” The monument, on the campus of Birzeit University near Ramallah, memorializes students who were killed while engaging in violence against Israelis.

The 2015 campers met in Bethlehem with “ex-prisoners,” and heard about their “experience in the Israeli occupation jails.” Palestinian “ex-prisoners” often are convicted terrorists.

Go Palestine’s directors declined to respond to requests from JNS.org to identify the crimes for which those ex-prisoners were jailed, nor did they respond to inquiries concerning other aspects of their summer program.

The online brochure for Go Palestine promises that it “will change your child’s life forever,” and video blogs on its website illustrate the impact the program has had on its participants. A camper named Nidalia Nazzal, from California, declares, “Now I appreciate all the people fighting for freedom.” Sama Sarraj, a teenager from Maryland, pledges that her “top priority” will be to “educate people and raise awareness” about “the situation of the Palestinian people.”

Role of the Quakers

The activities of the Go Palestine program could further complicate the already strained relations between the Quaker leadership and the American Jewish community. The Quakers’ public policy division, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), has endorsed the BDS movement and sponsors training programs for boycott activists.

Middle East scholar Asaf Romirowsky, who has written extensively about Quaker attitudes toward Israel, told JNS.org it is “hypocritical” for Quaker leaders to claim to be pacifists and advocates of coexistence “while their Ramallah school is training teenagers from around the world to hate Israel and idolize terrorists.”

JNS.org asked Shan Cretin, general secretary of AFSC, if Go Palestine’s activities are consistent with AFSC’s mission statement, which emphasizes “active nonviolence and the transforming power of love.” Cretin replied, “There is no connection between AFSC and the Ramallah Friends School,” which runs the camp.

According to AFSC’s website, however, Cretin will be succeeded next month as general secretary by Joyce Ajlouny, who has been head of the Ramallah Friends School for the past 13 years. Jennifer Berg, the director of AFSC’s “Palestine-Israel Program,” was formerly a teacher at the school.

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After Barcelona, French Jewish Leader Calls For ‘Immediate Eradication’ Of Terrorism – Forward

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(JTA) Following the death of a pedestrian in what appeared to be a vehicular terrorist attack in Marseille, a leader of the local Jewish community called for the immediate eradication of terrorism.

Bruno Benjamin, the president of the local branch of the CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities, wrote the message on Twitter on Monday, shortly after police arrested a man they suspect is connected to the slaying of one woman and the serious injury of another woman in a car-ramming attack that morning.

Police cannot confirm that the incident was a terrorist attack, a police source told the Le Soir daily.

#Marseille, terrorism knows no borders, terrorists have no limits and no humanity. Today, a total eradication is necessary, Benjamin wrote in the unusually harshly worded message. We cannot comprehend these levels of hatred and capacity for terrorism, he added.

A prosecutor in Marseille said the incident appeared to be the work of a mentally ill person, the La Chane Info news channel reported.

The incident comes on the heels of deadly terrorist attacks in and around Barcelona on Thursday and Friday, where 14 people were killed when a van plowed through a crowd.

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NJ Car Dealership Pulls TV Ads from NFL Broadcasts over National Anthem Protests

A New Jersey car dealership is pulling its television ads from NFL broadcasts for the rest of the 2017 football season in response to NFL teams protesting the national anthem.

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Michael Flynn’s Brother Starts Legal Defense Fund to Fight ‘Egregious Public Political Assassination’

The Flynn siblings are rallying around Michael Flynn, and earlier this month they pushed him to start a legal defense fund to meet the “crippling” costs of legal representation related to the investigations of the 2016 election.

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Exclusive: House Passes Bill to Stop Abortion After Unborn Child Can Feel Pain

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act—which now goes to the Senate–and President Donald Trump promises to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

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NFL, Players Union Meet to Discuss and Strategize Social Activism

The National Football League has met with the players union, the NFLPA, to discuss the national anthem protests that have plagued the last two seasons of football, reports say.

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Saints Coach Sean Payton: More Americans Killed by Guns Than From All U.S. Wars Combined

Sean Payton tweeted that more Americans have been killed by guns since 1968 than have been killed on battlefields throughout US history.

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Mark Cuban: I’m ‘Considering’ Running for President

Tuesday on CNN contributor Bakari Sellers’ podcast “ViewPoint,” NBA’s Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he was “considering” running for president. When asked about seeking the high office, Cuban said, “Yes. Considering, yes. Ready to commit to it, no.” He added, “If I can come up with solutions that I think people can get behind and truly slove problems then it makes perfect sense for me to run. If it comes down to, ‘Do I think I can win because I can convince more people to vote for me?’ Then no, I won’t run.” (h/t WFB) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

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Heath: Reflections on an American tragedy – Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Imagine for a moment if after the Nazi holocaust, Germany passed segregation legislation, circumscribing where Jewish survivors could live, work, eat and play. Imagine that instead of being persecuted for their despicable crimes, the architects of the concentration camps found leading roles in government, academia, and other privileged positions in public life. Imagine if, in addition, ex-Nazis banded together to form a domestic terrorism group, the Aryan Klux Klan, with the express purpose of roaming the country and keeping the Jews in line. More specifically, this group reacts to the slightest indiscretion rolling ones eyes, talking back to an Aryan, engaging in interracial romance by punishing and sometimes torturing Jews, sometimes in front of a cheering crowd. Imagine if Aryan Germans conspired to keep the Jews economically downtrodden by underfunding their schools, segregating them into ghettos, and only hiring them for the most menial, low-wage positions. And then when the Jews suffered disproportionate rates of poverty and crime, Aryans claimed it was due to their inherent inferiority. Imagine that this same demographic worked to eliminate Jewish voting rights through discriminatory laws and threats of violence, so no pro-Jewish politicians could have a chance of getting elected. Imagine this status quo lasted for a century, until a Jewish civil rights movement emerged, that only after decades of mass protest eliminated all these unjust laws and conditions. Imagine that even this modicum of progress was tainted in that Aryan Germans only agreed to eliminate legal bigotry and did little to close the disparities in wealth, education, and access to health care Jews suffered from. Imagine that, as a result, Jews today had less than a tenth of the wealth Aryans did, a shorter life expectancy, twice as much poverty, and were far more likely to die in childbirth. Imagine that Aryans did little to help Jews in the ghettos and instead turned a blind eye as they became crime-ridden killing fields, destroyers of children and the aged alike. Imagine that, after all that trauma, injustice and terror, the first Jewish president of Germany managed to be elected. He is the ideal man, elegant, educated, well-spoken, with a beautiful family to boot, a gift to his nation. Morally, he is magnanimous enough to forgive his countrymen for their crimes against his community. He shockingly believes deep in his bones that national unity Ayrans and Jews standing together is not only necessary, but possible. Then imagine if, in response, Aryan citizens doubted his legitimacy, his worth as a German, and claimed he was really born in Israel. Image that this charge was given weight by some of the nations most prominent leaders, and that one of these men, a billionaire business tycoon, used his attack on the president to launch his political career. Imagine that after eight years of the first Jewish president, of his legitimacy, dignity, and character being constantly attacked, that same tycoon gets elected to office himself. Imagine this all occurs during a time when German police slaughter hundreds of Jewish citizens every year for such acts as selling cigarettes, playing with a toy gun, reaching for a wallet, or leaving a house party. Consequently, this circumstance makes Jews so afraid that their kids can be found at city council meetings with wet tears on their cheeks, begging for the violence to stop. Imagine that even the cries of children werent enough for Aryan society to change. I, of course, am not talking about Germanys history, but our own. As the terrorism in Charlottesville revealed this month, the same evil that animated slavery, Jim Crow, and the creation of the ghettos is alive and well in our country. It is with us for a very simple reason: as a people, we have not truly reckoned with our history and taken the steps needed to bring justice to the African American community. After World War II, Germany took a series of transformative measures to atone for its sins: it paid Jewish citizens reparations, banned public displays of Nazism and enacted legislation to ensure future generations of Germans would know the full extent of the Holocaust. By contrast, this country turned the other way as many African Americans languish without economic opportunity, whitewashed its history, and still has regular debates over whether the confederate flag is heritage or hate. If Germany treated its Jewish citizens the way we treat African Americans, we would think the Germans were a bunch of barbarians. And so the question remains: how should we view ourselves? Joshua Heath is a Stevenson Ranch resident and a political science student at UCLA. He has served two terms as a delegate to the California Democratic Party.

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Senators concerned about extremist summer camp – Heritage Florida Jewish News

A summer camp activity of the “Go Palestine” program, at the Israeli security fence along the border with the disputed territories. Two prominent U.S. senators are raising questions about an American-funded school in Ramallah that is running an extremist summer camp for Palestinian teens from around the world, many of them Americans. The controversial summer program, called “Go Palestine,” is run by the Ramallah Friends School, a 148-year-old Quaker institution in the Palestinian Authority’s de facto capital. Its stated mission is to provide Palestinian teens from abroad with “introductions to Palestinian culture, cuisine, life and work, and the Arabic language.” But in addition to traditional summer camp fare, Go Palestine participants are immersed in anti-Israel films and lectures by militants, some with terrorist connections. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) gave the Ramallah Friends School $800,000 in 2016 to make various improvements to its facilities. USAID also sent the school $700,000 in 2015, $900,000 in 2014 and similar amounts in prior years, through its “American Schools and Hospitals Abroad” program. The school is owned and operated by the Indiana-based Friends United Meeting, one of the major divisions of the Quaker movement. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the evidence gathered by JNS.org concerning Go Palestine is “disturbing” and that USAID “must immediately investigate it.” Schumer added, “If true, this school should be cut off because entities that receive USAID should be teaching about democracy and coexistence-not intolerance or extremism.” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is a longtime supporter of USAID’s assistance to overseas schools, but “the allegations described are quite concerning” and Cardin “has reached out to USAID for an explanation,” a spokesperson for the senator told JNS.org. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told JNS.org, “I endorse the calls by Senators Schumer and Cardin for an investigation to make sure that no U.S. government funds are being used, directly or indirectly, to support a camp that promotes BDS or other anti-Israel extremism.” A USAID spokesperson told JNS.org the agency “has not provided any support to the ‘Go Palestine’ program.” USAID’s grants to the Ramallah Friends School, which hosts and operates Go Palestine, were “for construction and durable commodities,” including improvements to the buildings on campus. The USAID spokesperson did not address the fact that Go Palestine participants make use of those buildings on various occasions each summer. Rejecting Israel’s existence The three-week Go Palestine program, which began in the summer of 2011, accepts 40-50 campers each year. It costs $2,150 per camper, plus airfare. Although the camp has not released a complete breakdown of the participants by nationality, the “camper profiles” shown on its website from 2011-2013 indicate Americans were the single-largest contingent. Other campers hailed from the U.K., Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. Several came from what the website calls “Haifa, Palestine.” Haifa is located within pre-1967 Israel, not in the disputed territories. The camp’s use of “Haifa, Palestine” is one of the many indications that rejection of Israel’s right to exist is an integral part of the camp’s ideology. The camp’s own descriptions of each year’s activities from 2013-2017 report that the teens are shown films such as “Occupation 101” and “Jerusalem: The East Side Story,” which depict Israel as a racist, savage oppressor. A panel on “Youth Activism and Engagement in Palestine” featured representatives of “the Love Under Apartheid Campaign [and] the BDS movement.” Officials of a group called “Right to Education” explained to the campers that all Israeli universities should be boycotted, since they are part of “the structure of systemic oppression.” This summer’s campers heard “an inspiring lecture from Nasser Ibrahim,” whom the camp describes as “a renowned journalist, author, and teacher.” Ibrahim has been associated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist group. He has served as editor of the PFLP weekly publication El Hadaf, and is deputy director of the Palestinian Union of Health Work Committees, which USAID has characterized as a PFLP affiliate. The 2016 and 2015 campers visited “the monument erected for the Martyrs of Birzeit.” The monument, on the campus of Birzeit University near Ramallah, memorializes students who were killed while engaging in violence against Israelis. The 2015 campers met in Bethlehem with “ex-prisoners,” and heard about their “experience in the Israeli occupation jails.” Palestinian “ex-prisoners” often are convicted terrorists. Go Palestine’s directors declined to respond to requests from JNS.org to identify the crimes for which those ex-prisoners were jailed, nor did they respond to inquiries concerning other aspects of their summer program. The online brochure for Go Palestine promises that it “will change your child’s life forever,” and video blogs on its website illustrate the impact the program has had on its participants. A camper named Nidalia Nazzal, from California, declares, “Now I appreciate all the people fighting for freedom.” Sama Sarraj, a teenager from Maryland, pledges that her “top priority” will be to “educate people and raise awareness” about “the situation of the Palestinian people.” Role of the Quakers The activities of the Go Palestine program could further complicate the already strained relations between the Quaker leadership and the American Jewish community. The Quakers’ public policy division, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), has endorsed the BDS movement and sponsors training programs for boycott activists. Middle East scholar Asaf Romirowsky, who has written extensively about Quaker attitudes toward Israel, told JNS.org it is “hypocritical” for Quaker leaders to claim to be pacifists and advocates of coexistence “while their Ramallah school is training teenagers from around the world to hate Israel and idolize terrorists.” JNS.org asked Shan Cretin, general secretary of AFSC, if Go Palestine’s activities are consistent with AFSC’s mission statement, which emphasizes “active nonviolence and the transforming power of love.” Cretin replied, “There is no connection between AFSC and the Ramallah Friends School,” which runs the camp. According to AFSC’s website, however, Cretin will be succeeded next month as general secretary by Joyce Ajlouny, who has been head of the Ramallah Friends School for the past 13 years. Jennifer Berg, the director of AFSC’s “Palestine-Israel Program,” was formerly a teacher at the school.

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After Barcelona, French Jewish Leader Calls For ‘Immediate Eradication’ Of Terrorism – Forward

Getty Images (JTA) Following the death of a pedestrian in what appeared to be a vehicular terrorist attack in Marseille, a leader of the local Jewish community called for the immediate eradication of terrorism. Bruno Benjamin, the president of the local branch of the CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities, wrote the message on Twitter on Monday, shortly after police arrested a man they suspect is connected to the slaying of one woman and the serious injury of another woman in a car-ramming attack that morning. Police cannot confirm that the incident was a terrorist attack, a police source told the Le Soir daily. #Marseille, terrorism knows no borders, terrorists have no limits and no humanity. Today, a total eradication is necessary, Benjamin wrote in the unusually harshly worded message. We cannot comprehend these levels of hatred and capacity for terrorism, he added. A prosecutor in Marseille said the incident appeared to be the work of a mentally ill person, the La Chane Info news channel reported. The incident comes on the heels of deadly terrorist attacks in and around Barcelona on Thursday and Friday, where 14 people were killed when a van plowed through a crowd.

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