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Anti-Islam ‘Death March’ Plans Cast Pall Of Prejudice Over Pride – Huffington Post Canada

It has been reported that the Jewish Defense League has organized a “death march” at Toronto Pride this weekend. They intend to carry fake severed heads, caskets, drums and anti-Islamic signs. They are not official participants.

Meanwhile, at the Toronto Pride parade (and at others this summer in several North American cities), queer Muslims hope to march — as they do every year — holding up signs like “Allah Loves Us All – Queer and Straight,” as shown here.

For members of our queer Muslim community and Muslim allies, marching at Pride comes with a risk. Sometimes it consists of possible estrangement from family, community or worse. Yet people march regardless, in solidarity with fellow Muslims everywhere who are unsafe coming out, in jail or dead.

This year — on the holiest of Muslim holidays, Eid — we are reminded that the risk comes not only from outside the queer community, but can also from within what is supposed to be a safe space by those planning the death march, intending to strike fear into the hearts of all Muslims.

Yes — do save our queer Muslim community after you target all of us in your bigoted frenzy. After all, what do you risk carrying our fake severed heads?

Perhaps ask instead what it means to stand up for queer Muslims — as a Muslim.

Because no death march can replace the work carried out by queer Muslims and their allies on the front lines to demand change in Muslim societies, putting themselves — academics, imams, activists — virtually all volunteers receiving little or no pay — at risk. Supported by a community network, there exists an unknown revolution, battling for the soul of Islam, targeted by homophobic extremists.

Examples?

It’s only the tip of the iceberg, but let’s start with the thankless labour of love to rejuvenate authentic LGBTQ-affirming interpretations of Islamic scriptures by queer Muslim academics, including professors Dr. Scott Siraj Al Haqq Kugle, Dr. Junaid Jahangir and Dr. Hussein Abdullatif whose body of work call for an end to homophobic interpretations of Islam, with alternative translations, using Islamic tools of ijtihad (critical analysis) and compassion to change minds and hearts and Dr. Samar Habib who reveals an Islamic history filled with sexual diversity.

Then there is the task of attaining the trust of a community, victimized for being both gay and Muslim, propelling openly queer imams to establish or manage LGBTQ-affirming spiritual organizations, creating safe prayer spaces for queer Muslims and their allies in numerous cities.

Will the death march help them? No. Islamophobia means it is harder to safely disclose the location of Muslim gatherings. Meaning it is harder to congregate when you are a target, gay or straight.

Meanwhile, queer Muslims and their Muslim allies have birthed NGOs that promote pro-LGBTQ advocacy and protest homophobic laws in Muslim societies. They openly condemn governments who criminalize homosexuality including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan and others. They provide platforms of open discussion for important LGBTQ related issues in the west, such as sex-ed, same sex marriage and transgender rights. Western privilege also means highlighting the plight of fellow activists in Muslim states who are in jail.

Such groups include but are not limited to Salaam Canada, Muslims for Progressive Values (based in the US with global affiliates), Sacred Justice (US), The Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (U.S.), The Inner Circle (South Africa), Merhaba vzw (Belgian), Progressiva Muslimer Av Sverige (Sweden), Maruf (Norway/Denmark), Imaan (U.K.), Il Grande Colibra (Italy), Muslims for Secular Democracy in India, Muslumans Progressistes de France, Liberal-Islamischer Bund = LIB (Germany), Sisters in Islam in Malaysia and our non-profit here in Canada, Universalist Muslims — to name a few.

And what does it mean to be a queer Muslim in the Muslim world? It is dangerous. Yet there exist Muslim activists in the west and in the Muslim world, working for mainstream secular groups using their networks, cultural diversity and bilingualism to help others flee persecution. Meanwhile brave queer Muslim filmmakers, like Parvez Sharma show the obstacles faced by queer Muslim refugees in films like Jihad For Love.

And those obstacles do not alone originate from Muslim governments but include western immigration policies that ban Muslims, making it harder for all Muslims, including queer Muslims to escape persecution. The foreign policy of western nations, who support regimes that persecute gays and that spread homophobia through Islamic scriptures, and simultaneously who impose immigration policies banning Muslims from entering the west, are the greatest danger to queer Muslims in Muslim states today. Try and help a queer Muslim in danger of being killed to get out of Gaza or Saudi Arabia. Good luck.

Queer Muslims struggle to escape Muslim states sending messages pleading for help. We endeavor to connect them to underground networks that stretch from Turkey to India, composed of some of the bravest souls alive today. Invisible and hard-working, like angels, they receive no recognition, placing their lives in danger, everyday.

According to the organizer of the death march — “There’s a lot of gays in the Muslim community, they want nothing to do with this, they want nothing to do with making noise about Islam,” he said.

What a lie.

Queer Muslims and their allies risk their lives to make the world a better place despite the tyranny of Muslim states, the backward foreign and business policy of the industrialized west and Islamophobia.

Meanwhile, this weekend — in the most multicultural city in Canada — people who hate us all plan to march proudly to show their contempt, disregarding all we do, all we risk and who we love — out of pride.

Pride?

Or prejudice?

Happy Pride Toronto. Allah loves us ALL — queer and straight. Salaamualaikum and Eid Mubarak.

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In American History: Jewish Defense League

Although it was initially organized to protect Jews in crime-ridden neighborhoods in New York City, the Jewish Defense League (JDL) became best known for its occasionally violent protest activities directed against Russian anti-Jewish policies and Arab terrorism.

This militant organization soon became involved in an unlikely, even bizarre, political alliance and was also subjected to both U.S. and local government surveillance. The 1990 assassination of the founder, Meir Kahane, later raised serious questions about an Arab conspiracy, fueled by much new evidence discovered in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.

Paradoxically, some members of the Jewish Defense Leaguewho professed profound concern for the physical safety and welfare of their coreligionistswere implicated in the 26 January 1972 murder of a Jewish secretary, Iris Kones. This tragic killing took place during the firebombing of the New York office of Sol Hurok, who promoted cultural exchanges with the Soviet Union.

Later, however, some charges were dropped against the JDL members because of illegal police procedures and other problems for the prosecution. Almost all mainstream Jewish organizations considered the JDL a violent, extremist group and regularly denounced its leader.

Indeed, one member boasted that the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, George H.W. Bush, complained to Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir that JDL activities were endangering dtente with the Soviet Union.

Although the JDL was a right-wing organization, both its methods and often violent rhetoric seemed to mirror radical leftist groups of the 1960s. Leon Wieseltier, the New Republic literary editor and a JDL member for a brief time, once boasted to his parents that Eldridge Cleaver was making him a better Jew.

Although many journalists and academics have written numerous articles describing and analyzing the political activities and philosophy of the JDL, relatively little attention has been paid to an unusual political alliance that developed during the early years of the organization.

After Meir Kahane was freed on bail in Brooklyn Federal Court on 3 May 1971 from an indictment of conspiracy to transport weapons across state lines, Joseph A. Colombo, Sr., a major Mafia figure, appeared in a joint news conference with the JDL leader and announced an alliance with him. Colombo declared that the rabbi was fighting for his people in Russia and were fighting for our [Italian] people here … if they [the JDL] need our support, we will give it.

A year earlier, Colombo and some of his mob associates had formed the New Yorkbased Italian American Civil Rights Leaguegrist for comedians and editorial cartoonistswhose mission was to fight anti-Italian prejudice, especially the depiction of all Italians as gangsters. Barry Slotnick, counsel to the newly established organization, was also the attorney for Kahane, and reportedly helped intro- duce these two controversial figures to each other.

A New York Times editorial (15 May 1971) expressed puzzlement about this bizarre organizational alliance: the Italian American Civil Rights League seemed an unlikely group to place as one of its top priorities concern over the mistreatment of Soviet Jews; similarly, JDL members would not likely highlight as a major issue in its political agenda the removal of the names Mafia and Cosa Nostra from the television program The FBI.

Nevertheless, some analysts suggested that Kahane and Colombo forged this alliance to mobilize jointly their respective supporters against their alleged systematic harassment by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The real reason for the alliance might never be known. On 29 June 1971, Joseph Colombo, Sr., was shot three times in the head and neck at an Italian American Unity Day Rally held at Columbus Circle and attended by an estimated 100,000 supporters.

Colombo was in a coma for seven years and died on 22 May 1978. His assailantwho was immediately shot and killed by Colombos bodyguardswas Jerome A. Johnson, an African American who allegedly had mob ties in Harlem.

Almost two decades later, Rabbi Meir Kahane also suffered a violent death. On 5 November 1990, an Egyptian janitor named El Sayyid Nosair assassinated the JDL leader before a group of JDL supporters at the Marriott Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

Subsequent investigations found intriguing connections between Nosair and many terrorists involved in either the first or second attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) and also other worldwide terrorist activities perpetrated by Al-Qaeda.

Immediately captured after the Kahane shooting, Nosair was later found to be a follower of the exiled Egyptian cleric Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, then based in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was reportedly the spiritual leader who inspired the first World Trade Center bombing on 26 February 1993.

Furthermore, police discovered that Mohammed Salameh and Mahmoud Abouhalimawho were key players in the WTC bombingwere staying in Nosairs house also in Jersey City, located near Abdel-Rahmans mosque. Nosairs cousin, Ibrahim el-Gabrowny obtained a $20,000 contribution from Osama bin Laden for Nosairs legal defense.

Wadi El-Hage, the key Al-Qaeda operative involved in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, visited Nosair in his U.S. prison, several years before he went to East Africa. El Sayyid Nosair, who was acquitted of the Kahane murder in a state trial in 1991, was convicted in 1995 on a federal charge of murder in aid of racketeering, and was sentenced to life in prison.

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Interview With The Jewish Defense League – Fortress of Faith

Today I interviewed two people from the Jewish Defense League in Canada. As usual, when the broadcast is an interview i dont try to transcribe it because I believe it is better for you to hear it in their own words and voices.

Sandra is an ex-Muslim who grew up in Saudi Arabia. She tells what brought ere to Christ and why she is now a supporter is Israel.

Michael is one of the founders of the march, and he tells us what the march is all about. If you are in the Vancouver, BC area, the march is at city hall, and it starts about 5:00pm.

I am sure that after you hear Sandras testimony, you will want to know more about her. Her website ishttp://voiceofsandrasolomon.com/.

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I want to remind you of the upcoming online seminar on th 29th of June. It will start at 7pm Pacific time and we will be talking about the dangers of Motion M103 that is going through the process of becoming law. If Canada is going to maintain its freedom of speech and religion, there must be strong opposition to this.

Here are some of the guest we will have on the seminar:

You can register for this seminar by clicking on the graphic in the upper right hand corner of this page. Register early because there are a limited number of spots available. You will be sent a link to join the seminar after you register.

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Jewish Defense League plans to protest ‘Al Quds Day’ – Arutz Sheva

Jewish Defense League protest against the planned neo-Nazi demonstration

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The Muslim Congress has designated Friday, June 23 as a day for spreading anti-Semitic lies and hatred in a worldwide event. The Jewish Defense League will be protesting the event at 4 PM – 7 PM EDT at West 42nd Street, Broadway & Seventh Avenue, New York.

On their Facebook page, the JDL writes, “The Jewish Defense League has designated that this day will be a day that we counter these lies.

“We will not be silent. Last year, the Jewish Defense League and supporters assembled on Times Square.

“We will be doing the same this year.

“Join us!

“Silence is NOT an option.”

According to their Facebook page, “The new JDL is committed to the restoration of pride and integrity to the Jewish people. We are also committed to the abolition of hatred and bigotry. We will always work with the community and with our local law enforcement agencies.”

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The Jewish Defense League stalwart smearing Linda Sarsour – Mondoweiss

Assemblyman Dov Hikind speaks with (l.) Pamela Geller at a rally in front of CUNY on E. 42nd St. and 3rd Ave. over CUNY’s choice of Linda Sarsour as commencement speaker. (Photo: SUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

On May 25, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind joined some of Americas most notorious hate-mongers to protest against Muslim-American activist Linda Sarsours then-forthcoming CUNY commencement speech, which took place on May 31. Hikind rubbed elbows with Milo Yiannopoulos and Pam Geller both avowed Islamophobes, and the former disgraced after appearing to condone pedophilia in order to expose Sarsour as the anti-Semite he so wants us to believe she is. But for Hikind and his friends, Sarsour is an anti-Semite for one reason alone: she is Palestinian.

Hikinds rally of intimidation turned violent as his supporters surrounded and assaulted 19-year-old Heather Morris, who was counter-protesting. They tried hitting me with their fists, their sticks, whatever they found, she said. Violence masquerading as justice against anti-Semitism has long been a staple of Hikinds, and has been continuously ignored.

Hikind is an avowed follower of and knew well the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, and was a proud member of Kahanes Jewish Defense League (JDL), which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization. The JDL committed a slew of terrorist acts on American soil and abroad over a period of three decades, and have been linked to the assassination of Alex Odeh, a regional chairman of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee. In 2001, JDL members were caught plotting the assassination of U.S. Representative Darrell Issa as part of a campaign to bomb Arab targets across the U.S.

The JDLs followers have also perpetrated some of the most atrocious terrorist attacks on Palestinian civilians in Israel and Palestine, including the 1994 massacre in Hebron that left 29 Palestinians dead.

Most recently, JDL members popped up at a demonstration outside the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. in March, beating a Palestinian-American man and assaulting several Jewish activists.

As for Hikind himself, the FBI suspected him of links to a series of bomb plots against Arab targets, although he was never charged. In 2006, he came to the defense of five Jewish teenagers before their first court appearance when they were charged with hate crimes for beating a Muslim man while screaming racist slurs at him.

Hikind has pushed the NYPD to racially profile Muslims and those who appear Muslim, a measure the NYPD refused. He vehemently opposes marriage equality, claiming: If we authorize gay marriage in the State of New York, those who want to live and love incestuously will be five steps closer to achieving their goals as well. In 2013, he showed up to Purim celebrations in blackface; in response to the outrage, he claimed he was the victim and wondered whether it might be more acceptable for him to dress as a gay man the following year.

Hikind has also been investigated for embezzling government money which was slated for childrens causes in order to fund his own personal expenses, including a trip to Israel and tuition for his daughter and niece.

Linda Sarsour is a critic of Israel and Zionism, and not everyone will agree with her views. But these opinions do not make Sarsour a terrorist, a terrorist sympathizer, or an anti-Semite. When right-wing vandals attacked a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Sarsour spearheaded efforts to fund its repair, raising over $125,000. She has always stood alongside Americans of all stripes including Jews who fight for human rights, equality, and progress. Sarsour, unlike Hikind, has the sense to differentiate between the entirety of a people and its extremists.

Yet the most telling thing about Hikinds protest against Sarsour last month is the hypocrisy of it all. Indeed, a terrorist sympathizer was there that day and it was Hikind himself.

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Protesters disrupt ‘Celebrate Israel’ parade as New York leaders … – Mondoweiss

Israeli and Jewish Defense League flags commingle during the 2017 Celebrate Israel parade in New York CIty. (Photo: Sarah E)

Fifth Avenue in Manhattan was awash in blue and white flags on Sunday, June 4 as the Celebrate Israel parade kicked off for its 52nd year. This years theme according to organizers was Celebrate Israel All Together, though the 50th year of Jerusalems reunification took center stage.

But for Palestinians, the so-called reunification of Jerusalem marks the beginning of Israels 50-year military occupation of the West Bank including East Jerusalem. With this in mind, multiple anti-occupation protests halted the parade along its route, resulting in 7 arrests by the NYPD.

Rosza Daniel Lang-Levitsky, one of those arrested for forming a blockade of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat at 65th and 5th Avenue, sought with this action to highlight the collusion between New York law enforcement authorities and those in Israel.

The creation of panic around supposed terrorist threats directly affects Muslim communities in ways that are very much driven by the New York City governments commitment to exchanges with the Israeli government, Lang-Levitsky told Mondoweiss. (Jewish Voice for Peace has recently launched a new campaign called #DeadlyExchange, bringing light to this very issue).

Shortly after the arrests, there were approximately 45 uniformed officers at the scene. When asked about the NYPD and Israeli police joint training, one officer did admit to recently participating in a training session with Israeli police officers in New York.

Some off-duty officers even participated in the parade, riding their NYPD motorcycles amongst the Chai Riders, a Zionist motorcycle club.

Rightwing Zionists and progressive Zionists in practice are no different said Lang-Levitsky, a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artists and Cultural Workers Council.

This parade is one of the points where its very visible that theres absolutely no difference between these organizations and their support for state violence both in Palestine and in this country.

Another group of protestors held a sit-in disruption of the LGBTQ parade contingent, with signs reading No pride in apartheid and Queer Jews for a free Palestine.

All 7 of the arrested protestors have since been charged and released. The individuals who disrupted the parade were arrested and charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, an NYPD spokesperson told Mondoweiss.

Beyond technical police coordination between Israel and New York, the parade showcased cooperation of Israel and New Yorks political elites.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer. (Photo: Sarah E)

Bill de Blasio marched alongside Nir Barkat while New York Senator Chuck Schumer, one of New Yorks most outspoken critics of Trump and a familiar face at anti-Islamophobia rallies in the city, marched up Fifth Avenue waving an Israeli flag the entire way.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was featured prominently between Israels Public Security Minister Gilad Erdanan ardent backer of Israels illegal West Bank settlement enterprise and Chemi Peres, the son of Israels former prime minister Shimon Peres. Cuomo was introduced as a great friend of Israel and supporter of the Jewish community, undoubtedly thanks in part to the anti-BDS legislation he signed into law exactly one year ago.

Other elected officials included Melissa Mark-Viverito, speaker of the New York City Council, New York City public advocate Letitia James and borough presidents of Queens and Manhattan, Melinda Katz and Gale Brewer.

Amid the 40,000 in attendance were members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), a rightwing group the FBI deemed a terrorist organization that has seen a recent resurgence from obscurity.

The JDL seemed primarily interested in protesting a pro-Palestinian contingent penned in at 58th street that included Al-Awda New York, American Muslims for Palestine New Jersey, CODEPINK, International Action Center, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, Labor for Palestine, Neturei Karta, NY4Palestine, New York City Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Rutgers SJP and Samidoun, the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

Members of the JDL refused to speak with Mondoweiss, but yelled things like Go back to Jordan! and There is no Palestine, there will never be a Palestine as can be heard in the accompanying video.

The Brooklyn-based Hebron Fund also sponsored a large float in the parade to celebrate the Israeli settler community in the West Bank city. The Hebron Fund is a tax-exempt organization that funnels money to settlements in Hebron and some of the most violent and ideological settlersamong them Baruch Marzel, the leader of Kach, a political party so violent and extreme it is outlawed in both Israel and the US as a terrorist organization.

A speaker on the Hebron Fund float loudly invoked a history of Jewish supremacy, calling Hebron the foundation of Jewish peoplehood.

Hebron is where the Jewish people are being reborn. Nothing will push us, nothing will weaken us. Were finally back home, the speaker shouted.

Come visit us in Hebron!

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Jewish Students Must Learn How to Protest and Fight Back – Algemeiner

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An anti-Israel demonstration at UC-Santa Cruz. Photo: UC Students for Justice in Palestine / Facebook.

When it comes to Israel and the Jewish community, one reason that problems exist on college campuses is that university administrators continue to tolerate anti-Israel and outrightantisemiticactivity. Many of these administratorscontinue to hide behind the First Amendment or academic freedom in order to allow attacks on Jewish students that they would never tolerateagainst women, gays or other minorities.

But academicsalso allow this activity to occur because Jewish students do not engage in the types of protests that attract their attention, or force them to act.

For instance, look atUC-Santa Cruz, where the Afrikan Black Student Alliancetook over a building on campus for three days and made a series of demands,including mandatory diversity training for other students,repainting of the Rosa Parks house and housing guarantees for ALL African Black Caribbean identified students.

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As reported by Legal Insurrection, the university agreed to all of the students demands.

I cant even imagine Jewish students staging such a protest.

Even though campuses like Santa Cruz have hundredssometimes thousands of Jewish students, it would not even occur to them to take over a building or stage a demonstration of any kind. Its just not how Jews on campus historically react.

Jewish students talk, write lettersandarrange meetings, but never mobilize in force to demand action.We are good at teaching students the facts about Israel, and how to use them. We have great debaters. The activists of today are as smart, energetic and committed as those who came before them. They have done a great job of fightingBDS. Yet the number of students who are involved is small.

Ive written about my rule of 20, which says that no matter how many Jews are on a campus, you are usually lucky to get 20 pro-Israel activists.

The truth is that we dont train our students in protest tactics. We have allowed Israels detractors to co-opt campaigns for human rightsand otherissues where Jews historically have been at the forefront. We need veterans of the 1960s and 1970s to speak at conferences about how they fought for social justice. And the idea of instructing students how to mobilize is not farfetched; after all, Jews were leaders of civil rights protests, we demonstrated by the hundreds of thousands for Soviet Jewry, and we know how to make our voices heard.

Now lets return to UC-Santa Cruz.

During that demonstration by the Afrikan Black Student Alliance, some of the protesters shouted anti-Israel and antisemitic slurs at Jewish students who had gathered in Quarry Plaza to celebrate Israel Independence Day. Santa Cruz Hillel Director Sarah Cohen Domont issued a public statement that said, Our students were, on three separate instances, subjected to protesters yelling (expletives and antisemitic insults) and one of our Israeli flags was torn down.

This behavior is unacceptable and should have immediately been condemned by the administration. It was not. Apparently, Jewish students complained and the usual discussions were held with officials, to no effect. The subsequent reaction should have been swift and uncompromising.

According to the Hillel College Guide, UC-Santa Cruz ranks in the top 60 schools for Jewish student population. The approximately 1,800 Jews there comprise more than 10 percent of the undergraduates. What if just 5 percent (admittedly, a low bar) of those Jewish students 90 individuals staged a protest in Quarry Plaza demanding that the chancellor make a statement condemning antisemitism on campus, identify and punish the students who shouted the slurs ,and take action against the black student organization if it encouraged or incited the verbal attacks?

Ideally, the demonstration would not be limited to Jewish students. This would be an excellent opportunity to build a coalition with other groups to take a stand against the persecution of minorities. It would test those groups sincerity; if they arent willing to protest antisemitism, then why should they be taken seriously when they call for justice on their issues? The campus community students, faculty and administrators should rally to prove that Jewish sensibilities and lives matter.

Jewish students need to go outside the campus as well to mobilize alumni, trustees and donors to join their protest. For instance, thereis now a group called Alums for Campus Fairness that haschapters around the country who are anxious to come to the assistance of Jewish students. The graduates and supporters of the university dont need to sit in the plaza holding signs and shouting slogans, but they can bombard the administration with calls and threats to withhold contributions. Losing major donors would get the chancellors attention quicker than any other form of protest.

Theres no guarantee that such a demonstration would move the chancellor to act, but it would show that students are serious about fighting for their rights on campus, and that Jewish students are mad as hell and wont take it anymore. If done right, it would also attract publicity about the treatment of Jews at UC-Santa Cruz;one of the few things besides money that can motivate university administrators is bad PR.

Jewish students should not go overboard and engage in the kind of extreme reactions associated with the Jewish Defense League, but they also shouldntrestrict themselves to fighting by the Marquess of Queensberry rules. Not every slight requires going to the mats; however, if students are not prepared to confront officials with action, they should not be surprised if administrators continue to treat them differently than groups that refuse to tolerate harassment or discrimination.

Jewish students should not need protest tactics to ensure that they are safe from vilification on campus. It is a sad commentary on the character of many university leaders today that their inaction is allowing hatred to fester and grow, and that they need to be prompted or coerced to speak out and take action in response to antisemitism on their campuses.

Dr. Mitchell Bard is the author/editor of 24 books including the 2017 edition of Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict, The Arab Lobby, and the novel After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine.

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How the Six-Day War changed American Jews – thejewishchronicle.net

Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War energized the movement to free Soviet Jewry, leading to pro-Israel and anti-USSR demonstrations like this one in New York City in June 1967. Photo be Roger Viollet Collection/Getty Images

One of the people said, Theyre going to wipe out Israel. Whats going to be? recalled Greenberg, then the spiritual leader of a synagogue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

I said, Theyre not going to wipe out Israel, and if they do, theres going to be a sign up: The shul is closed. Faith could not go on with an unmitigated catastrophe of that size happening again.

The fear felt by Greenberg pervaded the air in American Jewish communities that week. Two decades after the world learned the full extent of the Holocaust, Americans looked on from afar as Egypt and Syria threatened the young Jewish state.

Jonathan Sarna, then 12, remembers watching on TV as Israelis dug mass graves to prepare for potential slaughter. A teenage Yossi Klein Halevi remembers the broadcasts of mass rallies in Cairo calling for Israels death.

But many American Jews, haunted by their failure to act during the Holocaust, didnt just passively watch events unfold they decided to mobilize. They raised tens of millions of dollars. They held rallies. They lobbied President Lyndon Johnson.

Within days, however, the fear turned to relief. The relief turned to pride when Israel won the war in six days, tripling its territory and taking control of Judaisms holiest sites.

The Six-Day War, as it quickly became known, intensified American Jews love for Israel and imbued them with a new confidence to advocate for their interests at home and abroad. And the terror that consumed the community in the run-up to the war led to an increased emphasis on Holocaust remembrance.

The shift from terror to power experienced by the Jewish community in June 1967 set up Holocaust memory and support of Israel as the twin poles of American Jewish identity. At the same time, however, it sparked debates on territory, history, identity and occupation issues that continue to consume American Jews 50 years later.

There was an emotional trajectory that united Jewish people in a way I dont think weve ever seen since the revelation at Mount Sinai 3,500 years ago, said Klein Halevi, author of Like Dreamers, a chronicle of Israels Six-Day War generation. Growing up in Brooklyn, he recalled moving from existential dread to relief when we realized that Israel had taken the offensive.

American Jews poured their money into supporting the embattled state creating a precedent (and expectations) for Jewish philanthropy for decades to come, historians say. In the New York City area alone, the United Jewish Appeal raised more than $20 million during the week of the war, nearly $150 million in todays dollars.

Greenberg recalls a congregant taking out a second mortgage to donate $20,000 to Israel. In the New York suburb of Scarsdale, seven high school students raised $10,000 from their neighborhood on the wars second day.

The unbelievable amounts of money that were collected before and during the war, nobody had ever seen anything like it, said Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University. American Jews didnt want people to say we did nothing. There wasnt much they could do, but they knew they could give of their wealth.

Jews also took to the streets to support Israel. On June 8, the third day of the war, 50,000 Jews rallied outside the White House, already demanding that Israel be allowed to keep its battlefield gains. The day after the war, 20,000 Jews filled this citys Madison Square Garden to cheer the victory.

While Jews had protested en masse before, the war showed Jewish leaders how powerful demonstrations could be, said Jack Wertheimer, a Jewish history professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary. The victory also gave American Jews an increased assertiveness to advocate for their own interests. Israels victory energized the movement to free Soviet Jewry, which would go on to organize large rallies in Washington, D.C., and protests at Soviet consulates, missions and cultural events across the country.

Israel has been very good for American Jewish leaders, Wertheimer said. The emergence of Israel as a player on the international stage made it possible for American Jewish organizations to ratchet up their presence.

American Jews also became far more comfortable displaying their love for Israel, and Americans in general supported Israel in the war. Cold War calculations led the U.S.-Israel alliance to grow stronger, while among Jews, expressions of Israeli culture increased in America. The war led more American synagogues to adopt Israeli pronunciations of Hebrew, Wertheimer said, and to use Israeli melodies for prayers. Klein Halevi remembers his doctor decorating his waiting room with an enormous photo of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan.

It really intensified a sense of Israel being central, Sarna said. American Jews love moments when their Americanness and their Jewishness reinforce one another. Theres this sense that the Six-Day War is a victory for America and for the Jewish people.

Jews also began traveling more to Israel, which experienced a period of euphoria following the war. Immigration to the Jewish state rose steadily in the late 1960s and early 70s, and American Jews would later have a disproportionate presence in the settlement movement. While American Jews make up about 5 percent of Israelis overall, they comprise 15 percent of West Bank settlers, according to Oxford professor Sara Yael Hirschhorn, author of the recent book City on a Hilltop, about American Jews in the settlement movement.

There was just this spontaneous need on the part of Jews and the world to physically connect to Israel because of this feeling that we almost lost Israel, said Klein Halevi, who has written about channeling his own Jewish fears and pride into the militant Jewish Defense League. An Israeli since 1982, he recalled the special euphoria in Israel, where there was this feeling that Jewish history is over, and we won. Certainly the wars were over. The Arabs would never be foolish enough to attack us again.

Even amid the celebration, cracks of discord began to appear. Jewish leaders bristled at criticism from liberal Americans who had allied with Jews on domestic policy fights like civil rights. Criticism of Israels military gains from some African-American leaders further weakened a once strong black-Jewish alliance that had begun fraying half a year earlier, when the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee expelled its white members.

In the liberal camp, theres a hostility directed at Israel following the war, Wertheimer said. American Jews looked upon these individuals as their allies, as their colleagues in some of the great battles. They could not begin to understand why, when it came to this matter, these allies turned on Israel.

Half a century after the victory, organized American Jewry wrestles with its legacy. Fundraisers and activists lament that there isnt the same kind of unifying cause around which Jews can rally. Committed activists are split among a right wing that feels God delivered into Jewish hands a land that can never again be divided, and a left wing that sees the war and the decisions made in its aftermath as the start of what has become Israels most intractable problem: control of millions of Arabs living on lands seized during the victory.

Five decades later, says Hirschhorn, the joy felt in 1967 has faded for many American Jews born long after the war. They dont remember the Six-Day War as a massacre averted or a near miraculous victory of David over Goliath. For Jews with memories of 1967, Hirschhorn said, feeling strong was an exhilarating experience. Now American Jews are still grappling with the meaning of Jewish power.

The pride they felt in that moment has changed for our generation, who look at it in a different way and have seen the outcome of the war, said Hirschhorn, who was born well after the war. Now the question of our generation is, how do you manage Jewish power responsibly, whether thats in the State of Israel or outside of it?

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Remembering the Great Ze’ev Jabotinsky – Algemeiner

Zeev Jabotinskysidentity card. Photo: Provided.

Over the course of 35 years of collecting, buying, selling and auctioning off Jewish ritual objects, I haveheldhundreds of thousands of objects in my hands. Each and every piece tells a story astory of its craftsman, its sponsor, its user and, of course, the story of the people or generations that observed it.

Harriet and Dov Kaminetzky were my clients for many years. Dov passed away a few years ago, and his wife more recently. Dov was born in Jerusalem in 1925, and joinedthe Palmach unit of the Haganah atthe age of 14. He fought in the 1948 War of Independence, and was a decorated officer inthe IDF.

As a couple, thetwowere dedicated collectors of Holy Land Judaica, dating from both pre- and post-Israeli statehood. Most of the objects that they collected were crafted at the Bezalel School in Jerusalem, in the first quarter of the 20th century. After Dovs passing, Harriet sold most of the collection much of it through my auction house. Prized possessions that Dov had for close to 50 years changed hands, sometimes for only the second time in the each objects history.

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When Harriet passed away, the coupleschildren decided to sell the balance of the pieces, holding onto the most prized possession for last: the refugee identification care of Zeev Jabotinsky. It was issued by France in 1938, and was valid from January 1, 1939, toJanuary 1, 1942. The document containsJabotinskys iconic picture and his original signature. It indicated his profession as journalist. It showed that he was a refugee from Russia and that he was allowed to live in France. Interestingly enough, this card did not permit employment.

Zeev Jabotinsky was born Vladimir Yevgenyevich Zhabotinsky on October 18, 1880, in Odessa. In his lifetime, he was an author, poet and soldier. He was mostly known for founding the Jewish Self-Defense Organization in Odessa, as well as creatingZionist Revisionism. He was a founder of the Jewish Legion of the British Army during World War I, and thefounder of Betar, HaTzhohar and the Irgun. He was ordained as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1919.

Jabotinskys goal in founding the Jewish Self-Defense Organization was to safeguard the Jewish communities of Russia. He learned Hebrew and abandoned his name, Vladimir, to become Zeev.In 1903, he was elected as the Russian delegate to the Sixth Zionist Congress, eventually replacing Tbeodor Herzl after Herzlspassing.

During World War I, Jabotinskyled the Jewish Legion, along with Joseph Trumpeldor. In 1920, he was elected to the the First Assembly of Representatives in Palestine, and founded Keren Hayesod becoming its director of propaganda. He then left the mainstream Zionist movement to create Betar in 1923.

In the 1930s, Jabotinskybecame deeply concerned with antisemitism in Eastern Europe, and prepared an evacuation plan for Jews to immigrate to Palestine. Jabotinsky passed away of a heart attack in New York in 1940, and was buried in New Montefiore Cemetery. He was reinterred on Mount Herzl in 1964, along with his wife.

As a confused observant Jew, I found myself attracted to the Jewish Defense League as a teenager. I found peace in protecting synagogues on Halloween night. I also remember going to East New YorkandBrownsville with my father a week before Passover to deliver kosher products to shut-ins afraid to leave their homes.

So when I held Jabotinskys ID card for the first time, I felt connected to a part of history where Jewish defense was significantly more needed than when I was growing up in 1970sBrooklyn.

Jews had the audacity to defend themselves? While Jabotinsky was not the first one to have this idea, he was clearly one of the most influential. I could only imagine his thoughts while in America raising funds for a Jewish homeland.

I have had some pretty wonderfulthings pass through my auction house over the years, and with each piece, I had a different feeling. With each piece, I took away something. With Jabotinskys card, I felt the pride of being a strong, proud and Israel-loving Jew.

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Anti-Islam ‘Death March’ Plans Cast Pall Of Prejudice Over Pride – Huffington Post Canada

It has been reported that the Jewish Defense League has organized a “death march” at Toronto Pride this weekend. They intend to carry fake severed heads, caskets, drums and anti-Islamic signs. They are not official participants. Meanwhile, at the Toronto Pride parade (and at others this summer in several North American cities), queer Muslims hope to march — as they do every year — holding up signs like “Allah Loves Us All – Queer and Straight,” as shown here. For members of our queer Muslim community and Muslim allies, marching at Pride comes with a risk. Sometimes it consists of possible estrangement from family, community or worse. Yet people march regardless, in solidarity with fellow Muslims everywhere who are unsafe coming out, in jail or dead. This year — on the holiest of Muslim holidays, Eid — we are reminded that the risk comes not only from outside the queer community, but can also from within what is supposed to be a safe space by those planning the death march, intending to strike fear into the hearts of all Muslims. Yes — do save our queer Muslim community after you target all of us in your bigoted frenzy. After all, what do you risk carrying our fake severed heads? Perhaps ask instead what it means to stand up for queer Muslims — as a Muslim. Because no death march can replace the work carried out by queer Muslims and their allies on the front lines to demand change in Muslim societies, putting themselves — academics, imams, activists — virtually all volunteers receiving little or no pay — at risk. Supported by a community network, there exists an unknown revolution, battling for the soul of Islam, targeted by homophobic extremists. Examples? It’s only the tip of the iceberg, but let’s start with the thankless labour of love to rejuvenate authentic LGBTQ-affirming interpretations of Islamic scriptures by queer Muslim academics, including professors Dr. Scott Siraj Al Haqq Kugle, Dr. Junaid Jahangir and Dr. Hussein Abdullatif whose body of work call for an end to homophobic interpretations of Islam, with alternative translations, using Islamic tools of ijtihad (critical analysis) and compassion to change minds and hearts and Dr. Samar Habib who reveals an Islamic history filled with sexual diversity. Then there is the task of attaining the trust of a community, victimized for being both gay and Muslim, propelling openly queer imams to establish or manage LGBTQ-affirming spiritual organizations, creating safe prayer spaces for queer Muslims and their allies in numerous cities. Will the death march help them? No. Islamophobia means it is harder to safely disclose the location of Muslim gatherings. Meaning it is harder to congregate when you are a target, gay or straight. Meanwhile, queer Muslims and their Muslim allies have birthed NGOs that promote pro-LGBTQ advocacy and protest homophobic laws in Muslim societies. They openly condemn governments who criminalize homosexuality including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan and others. They provide platforms of open discussion for important LGBTQ related issues in the west, such as sex-ed, same sex marriage and transgender rights. Western privilege also means highlighting the plight of fellow activists in Muslim states who are in jail. Such groups include but are not limited to Salaam Canada, Muslims for Progressive Values (based in the US with global affiliates), Sacred Justice (US), The Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (U.S.), The Inner Circle (South Africa), Merhaba vzw (Belgian), Progressiva Muslimer Av Sverige (Sweden), Maruf (Norway/Denmark), Imaan (U.K.), Il Grande Colibra (Italy), Muslims for Secular Democracy in India, Muslumans Progressistes de France, Liberal-Islamischer Bund = LIB (Germany), Sisters in Islam in Malaysia and our non-profit here in Canada, Universalist Muslims — to name a few. And what does it mean to be a queer Muslim in the Muslim world? It is dangerous. Yet there exist Muslim activists in the west and in the Muslim world, working for mainstream secular groups using their networks, cultural diversity and bilingualism to help others flee persecution. Meanwhile brave queer Muslim filmmakers, like Parvez Sharma show the obstacles faced by queer Muslim refugees in films like Jihad For Love. And those obstacles do not alone originate from Muslim governments but include western immigration policies that ban Muslims, making it harder for all Muslims, including queer Muslims to escape persecution. The foreign policy of western nations, who support regimes that persecute gays and that spread homophobia through Islamic scriptures, and simultaneously who impose immigration policies banning Muslims from entering the west, are the greatest danger to queer Muslims in Muslim states today. Try and help a queer Muslim in danger of being killed to get out of Gaza or Saudi Arabia. Good luck. Queer Muslims struggle to escape Muslim states sending messages pleading for help. We endeavor to connect them to underground networks that stretch from Turkey to India, composed of some of the bravest souls alive today. Invisible and hard-working, like angels, they receive no recognition, placing their lives in danger, everyday. According to the organizer of the death march — “There’s a lot of gays in the Muslim community, they want nothing to do with this, they want nothing to do with making noise about Islam,” he said. What a lie. Queer Muslims and their allies risk their lives to make the world a better place despite the tyranny of Muslim states, the backward foreign and business policy of the industrialized west and Islamophobia. Meanwhile, this weekend — in the most multicultural city in Canada — people who hate us all plan to march proudly to show their contempt, disregarding all we do, all we risk and who we love — out of pride. Pride? Or prejudice? Happy Pride Toronto. Allah loves us ALL — queer and straight. Salaamualaikum and Eid Mubarak. Also on HuffPost: What You Should Know About Attending Pride

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In American History: Jewish Defense League

Although it was initially organized to protect Jews in crime-ridden neighborhoods in New York City, the Jewish Defense League (JDL) became best known for its occasionally violent protest activities directed against Russian anti-Jewish policies and Arab terrorism. This militant organization soon became involved in an unlikely, even bizarre, political alliance and was also subjected to both U.S. and local government surveillance. The 1990 assassination of the founder, Meir Kahane, later raised serious questions about an Arab conspiracy, fueled by much new evidence discovered in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. Paradoxically, some members of the Jewish Defense Leaguewho professed profound concern for the physical safety and welfare of their coreligionistswere implicated in the 26 January 1972 murder of a Jewish secretary, Iris Kones. This tragic killing took place during the firebombing of the New York office of Sol Hurok, who promoted cultural exchanges with the Soviet Union. Later, however, some charges were dropped against the JDL members because of illegal police procedures and other problems for the prosecution. Almost all mainstream Jewish organizations considered the JDL a violent, extremist group and regularly denounced its leader. Indeed, one member boasted that the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, George H.W. Bush, complained to Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir that JDL activities were endangering dtente with the Soviet Union. Although the JDL was a right-wing organization, both its methods and often violent rhetoric seemed to mirror radical leftist groups of the 1960s. Leon Wieseltier, the New Republic literary editor and a JDL member for a brief time, once boasted to his parents that Eldridge Cleaver was making him a better Jew. Although many journalists and academics have written numerous articles describing and analyzing the political activities and philosophy of the JDL, relatively little attention has been paid to an unusual political alliance that developed during the early years of the organization. After Meir Kahane was freed on bail in Brooklyn Federal Court on 3 May 1971 from an indictment of conspiracy to transport weapons across state lines, Joseph A. Colombo, Sr., a major Mafia figure, appeared in a joint news conference with the JDL leader and announced an alliance with him. Colombo declared that the rabbi was fighting for his people in Russia and were fighting for our [Italian] people here … if they [the JDL] need our support, we will give it. A year earlier, Colombo and some of his mob associates had formed the New Yorkbased Italian American Civil Rights Leaguegrist for comedians and editorial cartoonistswhose mission was to fight anti-Italian prejudice, especially the depiction of all Italians as gangsters. Barry Slotnick, counsel to the newly established organization, was also the attorney for Kahane, and reportedly helped intro- duce these two controversial figures to each other. A New York Times editorial (15 May 1971) expressed puzzlement about this bizarre organizational alliance: the Italian American Civil Rights League seemed an unlikely group to place as one of its top priorities concern over the mistreatment of Soviet Jews; similarly, JDL members would not likely highlight as a major issue in its political agenda the removal of the names Mafia and Cosa Nostra from the television program The FBI. Nevertheless, some analysts suggested that Kahane and Colombo forged this alliance to mobilize jointly their respective supporters against their alleged systematic harassment by the U.S. Department of Justice. The real reason for the alliance might never be known. On 29 June 1971, Joseph Colombo, Sr., was shot three times in the head and neck at an Italian American Unity Day Rally held at Columbus Circle and attended by an estimated 100,000 supporters. Colombo was in a coma for seven years and died on 22 May 1978. His assailantwho was immediately shot and killed by Colombos bodyguardswas Jerome A. Johnson, an African American who allegedly had mob ties in Harlem. Almost two decades later, Rabbi Meir Kahane also suffered a violent death. On 5 November 1990, an Egyptian janitor named El Sayyid Nosair assassinated the JDL leader before a group of JDL supporters at the Marriott Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Subsequent investigations found intriguing connections between Nosair and many terrorists involved in either the first or second attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) and also other worldwide terrorist activities perpetrated by Al-Qaeda. Immediately captured after the Kahane shooting, Nosair was later found to be a follower of the exiled Egyptian cleric Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, then based in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was reportedly the spiritual leader who inspired the first World Trade Center bombing on 26 February 1993. Furthermore, police discovered that Mohammed Salameh and Mahmoud Abouhalimawho were key players in the WTC bombingwere staying in Nosairs house also in Jersey City, located near Abdel-Rahmans mosque. Nosairs cousin, Ibrahim el-Gabrowny obtained a $20,000 contribution from Osama bin Laden for Nosairs legal defense. Wadi El-Hage, the key Al-Qaeda operative involved in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, visited Nosair in his U.S. prison, several years before he went to East Africa. El Sayyid Nosair, who was acquitted of the Kahane murder in a state trial in 1991, was convicted in 1995 on a federal charge of murder in aid of racketeering, and was sentenced to life in prison.

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Interview With The Jewish Defense League – Fortress of Faith

Today I interviewed two people from the Jewish Defense League in Canada. As usual, when the broadcast is an interview i dont try to transcribe it because I believe it is better for you to hear it in their own words and voices. Sandra is an ex-Muslim who grew up in Saudi Arabia. She tells what brought ere to Christ and why she is now a supporter is Israel. Michael is one of the founders of the march, and he tells us what the march is all about. If you are in the Vancouver, BC area, the march is at city hall, and it starts about 5:00pm. I am sure that after you hear Sandras testimony, you will want to know more about her. Her website ishttp://voiceofsandrasolomon.com/. `Online Seminar I want to remind you of the upcoming online seminar on th 29th of June. It will start at 7pm Pacific time and we will be talking about the dangers of Motion M103 that is going through the process of becoming law. If Canada is going to maintain its freedom of speech and religion, there must be strong opposition to this. Here are some of the guest we will have on the seminar: You can register for this seminar by clicking on the graphic in the upper right hand corner of this page. Register early because there are a limited number of spots available. You will be sent a link to join the seminar after you register. 788total visits,191visits today

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Jewish Defense League plans to protest ‘Al Quds Day’ – Arutz Sheva

Jewish Defense League protest against the planned neo-Nazi demonstration Reuters The Muslim Congress has designated Friday, June 23 as a day for spreading anti-Semitic lies and hatred in a worldwide event. The Jewish Defense League will be protesting the event at 4 PM – 7 PM EDT at West 42nd Street, Broadway & Seventh Avenue, New York. On their Facebook page, the JDL writes, “The Jewish Defense League has designated that this day will be a day that we counter these lies. “We will not be silent. Last year, the Jewish Defense League and supporters assembled on Times Square. “We will be doing the same this year. “Join us! “Silence is NOT an option.” According to their Facebook page, “The new JDL is committed to the restoration of pride and integrity to the Jewish people. We are also committed to the abolition of hatred and bigotry. We will always work with the community and with our local law enforcement agencies.”

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The Jewish Defense League stalwart smearing Linda Sarsour – Mondoweiss

Assemblyman Dov Hikind speaks with (l.) Pamela Geller at a rally in front of CUNY on E. 42nd St. and 3rd Ave. over CUNY’s choice of Linda Sarsour as commencement speaker. (Photo: SUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) On May 25, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind joined some of Americas most notorious hate-mongers to protest against Muslim-American activist Linda Sarsours then-forthcoming CUNY commencement speech, which took place on May 31. Hikind rubbed elbows with Milo Yiannopoulos and Pam Geller both avowed Islamophobes, and the former disgraced after appearing to condone pedophilia in order to expose Sarsour as the anti-Semite he so wants us to believe she is. But for Hikind and his friends, Sarsour is an anti-Semite for one reason alone: she is Palestinian. Hikinds rally of intimidation turned violent as his supporters surrounded and assaulted 19-year-old Heather Morris, who was counter-protesting. They tried hitting me with their fists, their sticks, whatever they found, she said. Violence masquerading as justice against anti-Semitism has long been a staple of Hikinds, and has been continuously ignored. Hikind is an avowed follower of and knew well the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, and was a proud member of Kahanes Jewish Defense League (JDL), which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization. The JDL committed a slew of terrorist acts on American soil and abroad over a period of three decades, and have been linked to the assassination of Alex Odeh, a regional chairman of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee. In 2001, JDL members were caught plotting the assassination of U.S. Representative Darrell Issa as part of a campaign to bomb Arab targets across the U.S. The JDLs followers have also perpetrated some of the most atrocious terrorist attacks on Palestinian civilians in Israel and Palestine, including the 1994 massacre in Hebron that left 29 Palestinians dead. Most recently, JDL members popped up at a demonstration outside the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. in March, beating a Palestinian-American man and assaulting several Jewish activists. As for Hikind himself, the FBI suspected him of links to a series of bomb plots against Arab targets, although he was never charged. In 2006, he came to the defense of five Jewish teenagers before their first court appearance when they were charged with hate crimes for beating a Muslim man while screaming racist slurs at him. Hikind has pushed the NYPD to racially profile Muslims and those who appear Muslim, a measure the NYPD refused. He vehemently opposes marriage equality, claiming: If we authorize gay marriage in the State of New York, those who want to live and love incestuously will be five steps closer to achieving their goals as well. In 2013, he showed up to Purim celebrations in blackface; in response to the outrage, he claimed he was the victim and wondered whether it might be more acceptable for him to dress as a gay man the following year. Hikind has also been investigated for embezzling government money which was slated for childrens causes in order to fund his own personal expenses, including a trip to Israel and tuition for his daughter and niece. Linda Sarsour is a critic of Israel and Zionism, and not everyone will agree with her views. But these opinions do not make Sarsour a terrorist, a terrorist sympathizer, or an anti-Semite. When right-wing vandals attacked a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Sarsour spearheaded efforts to fund its repair, raising over $125,000. She has always stood alongside Americans of all stripes including Jews who fight for human rights, equality, and progress. Sarsour, unlike Hikind, has the sense to differentiate between the entirety of a people and its extremists. Yet the most telling thing about Hikinds protest against Sarsour last month is the hypocrisy of it all. Indeed, a terrorist sympathizer was there that day and it was Hikind himself.

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Protesters disrupt ‘Celebrate Israel’ parade as New York leaders … – Mondoweiss

Israeli and Jewish Defense League flags commingle during the 2017 Celebrate Israel parade in New York CIty. (Photo: Sarah E) Fifth Avenue in Manhattan was awash in blue and white flags on Sunday, June 4 as the Celebrate Israel parade kicked off for its 52nd year. This years theme according to organizers was Celebrate Israel All Together, though the 50th year of Jerusalems reunification took center stage. But for Palestinians, the so-called reunification of Jerusalem marks the beginning of Israels 50-year military occupation of the West Bank including East Jerusalem. With this in mind, multiple anti-occupation protests halted the parade along its route, resulting in 7 arrests by the NYPD. Rosza Daniel Lang-Levitsky, one of those arrested for forming a blockade of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat at 65th and 5th Avenue, sought with this action to highlight the collusion between New York law enforcement authorities and those in Israel. The creation of panic around supposed terrorist threats directly affects Muslim communities in ways that are very much driven by the New York City governments commitment to exchanges with the Israeli government, Lang-Levitsky told Mondoweiss. (Jewish Voice for Peace has recently launched a new campaign called #DeadlyExchange, bringing light to this very issue). Shortly after the arrests, there were approximately 45 uniformed officers at the scene. When asked about the NYPD and Israeli police joint training, one officer did admit to recently participating in a training session with Israeli police officers in New York. Some off-duty officers even participated in the parade, riding their NYPD motorcycles amongst the Chai Riders, a Zionist motorcycle club. Rightwing Zionists and progressive Zionists in practice are no different said Lang-Levitsky, a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artists and Cultural Workers Council. This parade is one of the points where its very visible that theres absolutely no difference between these organizations and their support for state violence both in Palestine and in this country. Another group of protestors held a sit-in disruption of the LGBTQ parade contingent, with signs reading No pride in apartheid and Queer Jews for a free Palestine. All 7 of the arrested protestors have since been charged and released. The individuals who disrupted the parade were arrested and charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, an NYPD spokesperson told Mondoweiss. Beyond technical police coordination between Israel and New York, the parade showcased cooperation of Israel and New Yorks political elites. New York Senator Chuck Schumer. (Photo: Sarah E) Bill de Blasio marched alongside Nir Barkat while New York Senator Chuck Schumer, one of New Yorks most outspoken critics of Trump and a familiar face at anti-Islamophobia rallies in the city, marched up Fifth Avenue waving an Israeli flag the entire way. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was featured prominently between Israels Public Security Minister Gilad Erdanan ardent backer of Israels illegal West Bank settlement enterprise and Chemi Peres, the son of Israels former prime minister Shimon Peres. Cuomo was introduced as a great friend of Israel and supporter of the Jewish community, undoubtedly thanks in part to the anti-BDS legislation he signed into law exactly one year ago. Other elected officials included Melissa Mark-Viverito, speaker of the New York City Council, New York City public advocate Letitia James and borough presidents of Queens and Manhattan, Melinda Katz and Gale Brewer. Amid the 40,000 in attendance were members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), a rightwing group the FBI deemed a terrorist organization that has seen a recent resurgence from obscurity. The JDL seemed primarily interested in protesting a pro-Palestinian contingent penned in at 58th street that included Al-Awda New York, American Muslims for Palestine New Jersey, CODEPINK, International Action Center, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, Labor for Palestine, Neturei Karta, NY4Palestine, New York City Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Rutgers SJP and Samidoun, the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. Members of the JDL refused to speak with Mondoweiss, but yelled things like Go back to Jordan! and There is no Palestine, there will never be a Palestine as can be heard in the accompanying video. The Brooklyn-based Hebron Fund also sponsored a large float in the parade to celebrate the Israeli settler community in the West Bank city. The Hebron Fund is a tax-exempt organization that funnels money to settlements in Hebron and some of the most violent and ideological settlersamong them Baruch Marzel, the leader of Kach, a political party so violent and extreme it is outlawed in both Israel and the US as a terrorist organization. A speaker on the Hebron Fund float loudly invoked a history of Jewish supremacy, calling Hebron the foundation of Jewish peoplehood. Hebron is where the Jewish people are being reborn. Nothing will push us, nothing will weaken us. Were finally back home, the speaker shouted. Come visit us in Hebron!

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Jewish Students Must Learn How to Protest and Fight Back – Algemeiner

Email a copy of “Jewish Students Must Learn How to Protest and Fight Back” to a friend An anti-Israel demonstration at UC-Santa Cruz. Photo: UC Students for Justice in Palestine / Facebook. When it comes to Israel and the Jewish community, one reason that problems exist on college campuses is that university administrators continue to tolerate anti-Israel and outrightantisemiticactivity. Many of these administratorscontinue to hide behind the First Amendment or academic freedom in order to allow attacks on Jewish students that they would never tolerateagainst women, gays or other minorities. But academicsalso allow this activity to occur because Jewish students do not engage in the types of protests that attract their attention, or force them to act. For instance, look atUC-Santa Cruz, where the Afrikan Black Student Alliancetook over a building on campus for three days and made a series of demands,including mandatory diversity training for other students,repainting of the Rosa Parks house and housing guarantees for ALL African Black Caribbean identified students. June 7, 2017 4:18 pm As reported by Legal Insurrection, the university agreed to all of the students demands. I cant even imagine Jewish students staging such a protest. Even though campuses like Santa Cruz have hundredssometimes thousands of Jewish students, it would not even occur to them to take over a building or stage a demonstration of any kind. Its just not how Jews on campus historically react. Jewish students talk, write lettersandarrange meetings, but never mobilize in force to demand action.We are good at teaching students the facts about Israel, and how to use them. We have great debaters. The activists of today are as smart, energetic and committed as those who came before them. They have done a great job of fightingBDS. Yet the number of students who are involved is small. Ive written about my rule of 20, which says that no matter how many Jews are on a campus, you are usually lucky to get 20 pro-Israel activists. The truth is that we dont train our students in protest tactics. We have allowed Israels detractors to co-opt campaigns for human rightsand otherissues where Jews historically have been at the forefront. We need veterans of the 1960s and 1970s to speak at conferences about how they fought for social justice. And the idea of instructing students how to mobilize is not farfetched; after all, Jews were leaders of civil rights protests, we demonstrated by the hundreds of thousands for Soviet Jewry, and we know how to make our voices heard. Now lets return to UC-Santa Cruz. During that demonstration by the Afrikan Black Student Alliance, some of the protesters shouted anti-Israel and antisemitic slurs at Jewish students who had gathered in Quarry Plaza to celebrate Israel Independence Day. Santa Cruz Hillel Director Sarah Cohen Domont issued a public statement that said, Our students were, on three separate instances, subjected to protesters yelling (expletives and antisemitic insults) and one of our Israeli flags was torn down. This behavior is unacceptable and should have immediately been condemned by the administration. It was not. Apparently, Jewish students complained and the usual discussions were held with officials, to no effect. The subsequent reaction should have been swift and uncompromising. According to the Hillel College Guide, UC-Santa Cruz ranks in the top 60 schools for Jewish student population. The approximately 1,800 Jews there comprise more than 10 percent of the undergraduates. What if just 5 percent (admittedly, a low bar) of those Jewish students 90 individuals staged a protest in Quarry Plaza demanding that the chancellor make a statement condemning antisemitism on campus, identify and punish the students who shouted the slurs ,and take action against the black student organization if it encouraged or incited the verbal attacks? Ideally, the demonstration would not be limited to Jewish students. This would be an excellent opportunity to build a coalition with other groups to take a stand against the persecution of minorities. It would test those groups sincerity; if they arent willing to protest antisemitism, then why should they be taken seriously when they call for justice on their issues? The campus community students, faculty and administrators should rally to prove that Jewish sensibilities and lives matter. Jewish students need to go outside the campus as well to mobilize alumni, trustees and donors to join their protest. For instance, thereis now a group called Alums for Campus Fairness that haschapters around the country who are anxious to come to the assistance of Jewish students. The graduates and supporters of the university dont need to sit in the plaza holding signs and shouting slogans, but they can bombard the administration with calls and threats to withhold contributions. Losing major donors would get the chancellors attention quicker than any other form of protest. Theres no guarantee that such a demonstration would move the chancellor to act, but it would show that students are serious about fighting for their rights on campus, and that Jewish students are mad as hell and wont take it anymore. If done right, it would also attract publicity about the treatment of Jews at UC-Santa Cruz;one of the few things besides money that can motivate university administrators is bad PR. Jewish students should not go overboard and engage in the kind of extreme reactions associated with the Jewish Defense League, but they also shouldntrestrict themselves to fighting by the Marquess of Queensberry rules. Not every slight requires going to the mats; however, if students are not prepared to confront officials with action, they should not be surprised if administrators continue to treat them differently than groups that refuse to tolerate harassment or discrimination. Jewish students should not need protest tactics to ensure that they are safe from vilification on campus. It is a sad commentary on the character of many university leaders today that their inaction is allowing hatred to fester and grow, and that they need to be prompted or coerced to speak out and take action in response to antisemitism on their campuses. Dr. Mitchell Bard is the author/editor of 24 books including the 2017 edition of Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict, The Arab Lobby, and the novel After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine.

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How the Six-Day War changed American Jews – thejewishchronicle.net

Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War energized the movement to free Soviet Jewry, leading to pro-Israel and anti-USSR demonstrations like this one in New York City in June 1967. Photo be Roger Viollet Collection/Getty Images One of the people said, Theyre going to wipe out Israel. Whats going to be? recalled Greenberg, then the spiritual leader of a synagogue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. I said, Theyre not going to wipe out Israel, and if they do, theres going to be a sign up: The shul is closed. Faith could not go on with an unmitigated catastrophe of that size happening again. The fear felt by Greenberg pervaded the air in American Jewish communities that week. Two decades after the world learned the full extent of the Holocaust, Americans looked on from afar as Egypt and Syria threatened the young Jewish state. Jonathan Sarna, then 12, remembers watching on TV as Israelis dug mass graves to prepare for potential slaughter. A teenage Yossi Klein Halevi remembers the broadcasts of mass rallies in Cairo calling for Israels death. But many American Jews, haunted by their failure to act during the Holocaust, didnt just passively watch events unfold they decided to mobilize. They raised tens of millions of dollars. They held rallies. They lobbied President Lyndon Johnson. Within days, however, the fear turned to relief. The relief turned to pride when Israel won the war in six days, tripling its territory and taking control of Judaisms holiest sites. The Six-Day War, as it quickly became known, intensified American Jews love for Israel and imbued them with a new confidence to advocate for their interests at home and abroad. And the terror that consumed the community in the run-up to the war led to an increased emphasis on Holocaust remembrance. The shift from terror to power experienced by the Jewish community in June 1967 set up Holocaust memory and support of Israel as the twin poles of American Jewish identity. At the same time, however, it sparked debates on territory, history, identity and occupation issues that continue to consume American Jews 50 years later. There was an emotional trajectory that united Jewish people in a way I dont think weve ever seen since the revelation at Mount Sinai 3,500 years ago, said Klein Halevi, author of Like Dreamers, a chronicle of Israels Six-Day War generation. Growing up in Brooklyn, he recalled moving from existential dread to relief when we realized that Israel had taken the offensive. American Jews poured their money into supporting the embattled state creating a precedent (and expectations) for Jewish philanthropy for decades to come, historians say. In the New York City area alone, the United Jewish Appeal raised more than $20 million during the week of the war, nearly $150 million in todays dollars. Greenberg recalls a congregant taking out a second mortgage to donate $20,000 to Israel. In the New York suburb of Scarsdale, seven high school students raised $10,000 from their neighborhood on the wars second day. The unbelievable amounts of money that were collected before and during the war, nobody had ever seen anything like it, said Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University. American Jews didnt want people to say we did nothing. There wasnt much they could do, but they knew they could give of their wealth. Jews also took to the streets to support Israel. On June 8, the third day of the war, 50,000 Jews rallied outside the White House, already demanding that Israel be allowed to keep its battlefield gains. The day after the war, 20,000 Jews filled this citys Madison Square Garden to cheer the victory. While Jews had protested en masse before, the war showed Jewish leaders how powerful demonstrations could be, said Jack Wertheimer, a Jewish history professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary. The victory also gave American Jews an increased assertiveness to advocate for their own interests. Israels victory energized the movement to free Soviet Jewry, which would go on to organize large rallies in Washington, D.C., and protests at Soviet consulates, missions and cultural events across the country. Israel has been very good for American Jewish leaders, Wertheimer said. The emergence of Israel as a player on the international stage made it possible for American Jewish organizations to ratchet up their presence. American Jews also became far more comfortable displaying their love for Israel, and Americans in general supported Israel in the war. Cold War calculations led the U.S.-Israel alliance to grow stronger, while among Jews, expressions of Israeli culture increased in America. The war led more American synagogues to adopt Israeli pronunciations of Hebrew, Wertheimer said, and to use Israeli melodies for prayers. Klein Halevi remembers his doctor decorating his waiting room with an enormous photo of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan. It really intensified a sense of Israel being central, Sarna said. American Jews love moments when their Americanness and their Jewishness reinforce one another. Theres this sense that the Six-Day War is a victory for America and for the Jewish people. Jews also began traveling more to Israel, which experienced a period of euphoria following the war. Immigration to the Jewish state rose steadily in the late 1960s and early 70s, and American Jews would later have a disproportionate presence in the settlement movement. While American Jews make up about 5 percent of Israelis overall, they comprise 15 percent of West Bank settlers, according to Oxford professor Sara Yael Hirschhorn, author of the recent book City on a Hilltop, about American Jews in the settlement movement. There was just this spontaneous need on the part of Jews and the world to physically connect to Israel because of this feeling that we almost lost Israel, said Klein Halevi, who has written about channeling his own Jewish fears and pride into the militant Jewish Defense League. An Israeli since 1982, he recalled the special euphoria in Israel, where there was this feeling that Jewish history is over, and we won. Certainly the wars were over. The Arabs would never be foolish enough to attack us again. Even amid the celebration, cracks of discord began to appear. Jewish leaders bristled at criticism from liberal Americans who had allied with Jews on domestic policy fights like civil rights. Criticism of Israels military gains from some African-American leaders further weakened a once strong black-Jewish alliance that had begun fraying half a year earlier, when the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee expelled its white members. In the liberal camp, theres a hostility directed at Israel following the war, Wertheimer said. American Jews looked upon these individuals as their allies, as their colleagues in some of the great battles. They could not begin to understand why, when it came to this matter, these allies turned on Israel. Half a century after the victory, organized American Jewry wrestles with its legacy. Fundraisers and activists lament that there isnt the same kind of unifying cause around which Jews can rally. Committed activists are split among a right wing that feels God delivered into Jewish hands a land that can never again be divided, and a left wing that sees the war and the decisions made in its aftermath as the start of what has become Israels most intractable problem: control of millions of Arabs living on lands seized during the victory. Five decades later, says Hirschhorn, the joy felt in 1967 has faded for many American Jews born long after the war. They dont remember the Six-Day War as a massacre averted or a near miraculous victory of David over Goliath. For Jews with memories of 1967, Hirschhorn said, feeling strong was an exhilarating experience. Now American Jews are still grappling with the meaning of Jewish power. The pride they felt in that moment has changed for our generation, who look at it in a different way and have seen the outcome of the war, said Hirschhorn, who was born well after the war. Now the question of our generation is, how do you manage Jewish power responsibly, whether thats in the State of Israel or outside of it?

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Remembering the Great Ze’ev Jabotinsky – Algemeiner

Zeev Jabotinskysidentity card. Photo: Provided. Over the course of 35 years of collecting, buying, selling and auctioning off Jewish ritual objects, I haveheldhundreds of thousands of objects in my hands. Each and every piece tells a story astory of its craftsman, its sponsor, its user and, of course, the story of the people or generations that observed it. Harriet and Dov Kaminetzky were my clients for many years. Dov passed away a few years ago, and his wife more recently. Dov was born in Jerusalem in 1925, and joinedthe Palmach unit of the Haganah atthe age of 14. He fought in the 1948 War of Independence, and was a decorated officer inthe IDF. As a couple, thetwowere dedicated collectors of Holy Land Judaica, dating from both pre- and post-Israeli statehood. Most of the objects that they collected were crafted at the Bezalel School in Jerusalem, in the first quarter of the 20th century. After Dovs passing, Harriet sold most of the collection much of it through my auction house. Prized possessions that Dov had for close to 50 years changed hands, sometimes for only the second time in the each objects history. May 26, 2017 12:03 pm When Harriet passed away, the coupleschildren decided to sell the balance of the pieces, holding onto the most prized possession for last: the refugee identification care of Zeev Jabotinsky. It was issued by France in 1938, and was valid from January 1, 1939, toJanuary 1, 1942. The document containsJabotinskys iconic picture and his original signature. It indicated his profession as journalist. It showed that he was a refugee from Russia and that he was allowed to live in France. Interestingly enough, this card did not permit employment. Zeev Jabotinsky was born Vladimir Yevgenyevich Zhabotinsky on October 18, 1880, in Odessa. In his lifetime, he was an author, poet and soldier. He was mostly known for founding the Jewish Self-Defense Organization in Odessa, as well as creatingZionist Revisionism. He was a founder of the Jewish Legion of the British Army during World War I, and thefounder of Betar, HaTzhohar and the Irgun. He was ordained as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1919. Jabotinskys goal in founding the Jewish Self-Defense Organization was to safeguard the Jewish communities of Russia. He learned Hebrew and abandoned his name, Vladimir, to become Zeev.In 1903, he was elected as the Russian delegate to the Sixth Zionist Congress, eventually replacing Tbeodor Herzl after Herzlspassing. During World War I, Jabotinskyled the Jewish Legion, along with Joseph Trumpeldor. In 1920, he was elected to the the First Assembly of Representatives in Palestine, and founded Keren Hayesod becoming its director of propaganda. He then left the mainstream Zionist movement to create Betar in 1923. In the 1930s, Jabotinskybecame deeply concerned with antisemitism in Eastern Europe, and prepared an evacuation plan for Jews to immigrate to Palestine. Jabotinsky passed away of a heart attack in New York in 1940, and was buried in New Montefiore Cemetery. He was reinterred on Mount Herzl in 1964, along with his wife. As a confused observant Jew, I found myself attracted to the Jewish Defense League as a teenager. I found peace in protecting synagogues on Halloween night. I also remember going to East New YorkandBrownsville with my father a week before Passover to deliver kosher products to shut-ins afraid to leave their homes. So when I held Jabotinskys ID card for the first time, I felt connected to a part of history where Jewish defense was significantly more needed than when I was growing up in 1970sBrooklyn. Jews had the audacity to defend themselves? While Jabotinsky was not the first one to have this idea, he was clearly one of the most influential. I could only imagine his thoughts while in America raising funds for a Jewish homeland. I have had some pretty wonderfulthings pass through my auction house over the years, and with each piece, I had a different feeling. With each piece, I took away something. With Jabotinskys card, I felt the pride of being a strong, proud and Israel-loving Jew.

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