Three Detained Women’s Rights Activists In Iran Should Be Immediately Released

Three women’s rights activists who were arrested a few weeks ago for their participation in workshops on equal rights in marriage ought to be immediately arrested, said the Center for Human Rights in Iran, in a recently released statement.

The women are lawyer Hoda Amid, sociologist Najmeh Vahedi and gender studies student Rezvaneh Mohammadi.

The women have all been confined to their homes. That, even though they’ve never even been served a warrant or official charge.

The Iranian regime has been systematically discriminating against women for years.

More, from the Center for Human Rights in Iran:

The three women’s rights activists arrested by Iran’s security forces since September 1—the lawyer Hoda Amid, the sociologist Najmeh Vahedi, and the gender studies student Rezvaneh Mohammadi—should be released immediately, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today.

All three women were involved in training workshops on equal marriage rights and other peaceful activities related to women’s rights. They were all arrested at their homes without a warrant. No information regarding the charges or where they are being held have been disclosed, and the families have been denied visitations or phone calls.

“Iran’s authorities think they can stop people from advocating for women’s rights by locking them up, but unlawful arrests will not silence the growing number of people who are standing up for women’s rights in Iran,” said Hadi Ghaemi, CHRI’s executive director.

There are concerns regarding the conditions under which the women may be being held, given the authorities’ documented pattern of holding political detainees incommunicado in solitary confinement for prolonged periods and subjecting them to intense pressure and threats during interrogations with no counsel present. In addition, female prisoners who are detained are sometime subjected to gender-based violence and/or sexual abuse.

Amid and Vahedi were arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Intelligence Organization in Tehran on September 1 and taken to an unknown location. Their arrest took place three days before they were scheduled to host a workshop on Iran’s marriage laws.

“Amid and Vahedi did not have any mutual activities other than this educational workshop which was organized with a legal permit, so there was no excuse to detain them,” a source close to the case who wished to remain anonymous for security reasons told CHRI. “Gatherings like this have been held before and continue to be held.”

Mohammadi was arrested at her home on September 3 by security agents. CHRI has not been able to independently confirm which organization was responsible for her arrest. During the arrest, Mohammadi’s mobile phone and other electronic devices were reportedly confiscated.

The authorities in Iran have increasingly cracked down on growing societal demands for women’s rights in Iran, which have accelerated since the beginning of the year. For example, women in Iran are being jailed in record numbers for peacefully protesting against the compulsory hijab by removing it in public, and prominent human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has been detained in Tehran’s Evin Prison since June 13, 2018 and is facing national security charges for representing these women.

Hoda Amid is a lawyer who has represented numerous women before the courts pro-bono. She is a prominent advocate for gender equality in marriage through “equal marriage contracts” and has published widely on gender-based discrimination. Hundreds of women and men have participated in workshops on these contracts organized by Amid and her colleagues.

Najmeh Vahedi is a sociologist who also specializes in gender studies. Over the past few years, she has focused on the fact that millions of women in Iran work without wages and retire without compensation—an issue that is increasingly attracting public attention. Hundreds of young women and men have also participated in workshops organized by Najmeh and her colleagues on gender-based discrimination.

Rezvaneh Mohammadi has been active in promoting gender equality online and has participated in gender equality workshops. Mohammadi was arrested a few months ago by Gorgan city’s morality police force for not wearing a hijab. She was held for one night in the police’s detention center and released on bail. She was acquitted on her charge by the city court.

“Women and men are increasingly speaking out against gender-based cultural repression and political and economic discrimination in Iran,” said Ghaemi, “and the authorities are mistaken if they think these unlawful arrests will silence them.”

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San Francisco transit agency refuses AFDI ads, allows ad from Holocaust denial group

Last year, BART refused to run AFDI’s “Back the Ban” ad. Worse still, they instituted a ban, the infamous Geller Ban, because of this ad. So they are in violation of their own ad ban.

I am exploring my legal options on this now. Viewpoint discrimination is when they permit a particular subject, but pick and choose which viewpoints on the subject they will run. I will resubmit this ad, and Bart officials will likely argue that it is not the same subject matter as the ad from this Holocaust denial group, and maintain their ban. However, Bart spokeswoman Alicia Trost says below: “We cannot deny the ads…the agency does not endorse the message or group. You have to look at it for exactly what words are used and what images are used.” But when I submitted this ad in April 2017, I was told that “the SFMTA’s policy prohibits all political or public issue ads.” If that is so, they would have rejected the ad from these Jew-haters, which, if not political, is certainly a “public issue.” So we will continue fighting this. It’s a fight for our freedom of speech rights, and yours.

“California transit agency allows ad from Holocaust denial group,” by Sam Levin, Guardian, September 12, 2018 (thanks to Mark):

A San Francisco public transit agency has approved adverts from a group that promotes Holocaust denial and antisemitic views, claiming the organization has a “free speech” right to buy train station billboards.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (Bart) officials defended their decision to allow ads for the Institute for Historical Review (IHR), which the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has classified as a hate group that aims to “defend Nazism” and spread Holocaust denial propaganda.

The far-left Guardian has to go to the far-left hate group SPLC to find out that Nazism is bad? Does Obama know about this?

The electronic billboards, which say “History Matters!” and provide the name of the California-based organization, are in rotation at two Bart stations in San Francisco. They come at a time when antisemitic incidents have accelerated at alarming rates in the US and across the world, and as far-right groups and neo-Nazis have increasingly pushed racist and fascist views under the guise of advocating for free speech.

“We cannot deny the ads,” a Bart spokeswoman, Alicia Trost, said in an interview on Tuesday, noting that the agency does not endorse the message or group. “You have to look at it for exactly what words are used and what images are used … There is plenty of case law and court rulings that show if you deny the ad, you can be taken to court, and you’ll lose, and that’s obviously costly.”

The ads, which are running for most of September in the Powell and Montgomery stations, have prompted some backlash from the public, said Trost: “When people look into it, they are upset about the ads, which is understandable.”

The IHR was founded in 1978 by Willis Carto, a prominent far-right figure and Holocaust denier. The group previously published an antisemitic journal and sponsored Holocaust denial conferences, according to the SPLC, a not-for-profit that documents extremism and rightwing hate movements. IHR has been on the decline in recent years, but still runs a website where it promotes “extremist books and other materials”, the SPLC said.

The IHR website published an article saying there is “no evidence for Nazi gas chambers” and another saying “Germans were no more antisemitic than any other people”….

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Senior ‘Palestinian’ Journalist: Arafat Told Me He Went Along With Oslo Accords Because It Would Force Jews to ‘Leave Palestine Like Rats…

Journalist Abd Al-Bari Atwan released an article in the Rai Al-Yawm online newspaer that revealed Yasser Arafat had told him he only supported the Oslo Accords to drive out the Jewish people — to force them to flee “like rats abandoning a sinking ship,” is how he reportedly put it.

Yasser Arafat

Arafat, former leader of the PLO, was a heavy supporter of Hamas and had worked with Hezbollah to bring arms to Gaza.

Despicable. Of course, the left loved Arafat.

More, from MEMRI:

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, Palestinian journalist Abd Al-Bari Atwan, editor of the online newspaper Rai Al-Yawm, revealed in an article that the late Palestinian Authority (PA) president and PLO leader Yasser Arafat had told him in confidence that he did not believe in the Oslo Accords path but that he was going along with it because it was an opportunity “to bring the PLO and the resistance back to Palestine” and to drive out the Jews “like rats abandoning a sinking ship.” Atwan also noted in his article that Arafat had cooperated with, funded, and armed members of Hamas, and had coordinated with Hizbullah to dispatch ships bringing weapons to the Gaza coast. Arafat, he added, paid for this with his life, because he had “caused the outbreak of the armed Second Intifada and brought weapons from everywhere possible.”

The following are excerpts from Atwan’s article, which was published on September 13, 2018:

“A quarter of a century ago today, the PLO leadership and the Palestinian people walked into the biggest trap in modern Arab history, set for them by the Israelis and their Western allies and some Arabs [as well]. They walked into it with their eyes open, believing the lie of peace and of the establishment of an independent Palestinian state – a lie exposed later by the facts on the ground.

“We were three friends of a minority that doubted the credibility of this celebration of mendacity and self-deception, and publicly opposed it. The first was the great poet and author Mahmoud Darwish; the second was [PLO Executive Committee member] Abdallah Hourani, and the third was this writer. Darwish quit the PLO Executive Committee, and Hourani followed him. I found no way to express my opposition to this mistake except for penning an editorial for the paper I edited at the time [the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi] on the subject of the situation in Somalia, for publication on the morning of the day of the signing [of the Oslo Accords], when there would be handshakes and smiles on the White House lawn…

“President Arafat was isolated from most of the Arabs, particularly in the Gulf countries, because he had supported Iraq during its invasion of Kuwait… The Gulf countries, Egypt, and Syria were hostile to him, and he was being pressured by several lobbies, some of them Palestinian financiers and some of them Arabs, as well as some Europeans. He maintained that the Oslo track, whose architect was [current PA President] Mahmoud Abbas, could protect the PLO, extricate it from its isolation, bring it back into the international arena and plant in it the first seeds of the Palestinian state.

“I recall that when we left his headquarters in the Jugurtha neighborhood of Tunis, he pulled me aside on the pretext that he wanted to go for a walk, and to get away from the listening devices, and then said: ‘I want to tell you something that I ask that you not mention or attribute to me until after my death.’ Sighing, he continued: ‘I am going to Palestine through the Oslo gate, despite my reservations [about this path], in order to bring back to there [i.e. to Palestine] the PLO and the resistance. I promise you that the Jews will leave Palestine like rats abandoning a sinking ship. This will not come true in my lifetime, but it will in your lifetime.’ He told me that he did not trust the Israelis at all. I confirm with certainty that he spoke the truth…

“As he wished, Arafat attained martyrdom, via Israel’s poison, after being besieged in his headquarters [in Ramallah] for months for refusing to sign Camp David agreements or to relinquish Jerusalem and the right of return, and for causing the outbreak of the armed Second Intifada and bringing in weapons from everywhere possible. I know well that he cooperated with the Hamas fighters in Gaza and the West Bank, and funded and armed them. In this framework, he established a bridge with Hizbullah and its leaders in southern Lebanon. They would send arms in ships, inside barrels that were tossed overboard near the Gaza coast. This was because he understood that the Israelis do not want peace or to make concessions, and do not want the establishment of an independent [Palestinian] state.

“I am not revealing this information, some of which may already be known, in order to protect the late Arafat, but in order for it to be historic testimony. I am fully convinced that the Oslo Accords were an historic mistake and a poisoned dagger to the heart of the Palestinian cause, and that they led to the current catastrophes – beginning with the increased [PA-Israeli] security coordination, through the greenlighting of Arab normalization with Israel, and concluding with [President Trump’s] ‘Deal of the Century’ whose implementation in stages has begun: The first stage is the recognition of occupied Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish world; the second is the elimination of the right of return; and the third is the confederation with Jordan, the tahdiya [calm] in Gaza, and perhaps the annexation of most of the settlements and the 800,000 settlers in them by Israel…”

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Maryland: Appeals court erases deportation order for Muslim migrant who admitted aiding jihadis

Now this savage can “continue his studies at a Maryland college.” Yet he “pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, admitting that he had agreed in his secret online life to raise money and recruit terrorists for jihad.” Now he can just go to college as if nothing happened. And what if he starts to recruit jihadis at the college, or gets involved in some other jihad activity? If that happens, will the authorities responsible for allowing him to be there, and for preventing him from being deported, be held responsible? They should be. If leftist activist judges were held legally accountable for the consequences of their disastrous and treasonous rulings, much of the chaos they create would soon be ended.

“Court: Ex-terror defendant facing deportation is US citizen,” by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press, September 13, 2018:

NEW YORK — A one-time Maryland high school honors student who admitted aiding Muslim extremists overseas and helped the U.S. pursue terrorists after his 2011 arrest is a U.S. citizen, a federal appeals panel said Thursday as it erased a pending deportation order.

The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan means 24-year-old Mohammad Hassan Khalid can continue his studies at a Maryland college.

His Philadelphia lawyer, Wayne Sachs, called the decision a “very satisfying victory for a well-deserving young man with a bright future.”

He said the three-judge appeals panel, unlike four earlier courts, “properly focused on the law rather than the petitioner’s ‘notoriety.’”

The U.S. government did not immediately say if it planned to appeal.

Circuit Judge Dennis Jacobs wrote that he cannot congratulate Khalid, given that he “plotted sneaking violence against Americans.”

“He cooperated with the authorities only when, having been caught, he found himself needing another kind of refuge,” Jacobs said.

Circuit Judge Christopher F. Droney, who wrote the main opinion, explained that Khalid was entitled to citizenship because he was under age 18 when his father gained citizenship….

Khalid entered the United States in 2007 with his family. He was born in the United Arab Emirates, but was a Pakistani citizen because his parents were Pakistani.

Khalid was 17 when he was arrested in 2011 after winning a full scholarship to prestigious Johns Hopkins University. Authorities said he had been engaging in radical Islamist chat rooms from his family’s small apartment near Baltimore since he was 15.

In 2012, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, admitting that he had agreed in his secret online life to raise money and recruit terrorists for jihad….

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Italy’s Interior Minister keeps election promise as Italy starts deporting migrants

Bravo. If Europe has any shot at survival, it will be the result of the new wave of politicians elected on the promise of defense of human freedom. Matteo Salvini, the Italian Interior Minister, is one of the foremost among them. Recently Salvini called on Merkel and Macron to move “from words to facts” as they acknowledged had been left alone to cope with the migrant crisis hitting Europe since 2015. Salvini said the two EU leaders should be “coherent” and demanded they keep their promise of reforming core European Union treaties. But he isn’t waiting for them. He is acting now to save his country. Other European nations should pay close attention, and imitate him — or continue on their path to national suicide.

“Italy’s Interior Minister keeps election promise as Italy starts deporting migrants,” by Ben Perchiron, Voice of Europe, September 12, 2018:

Italy’s Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, who vowed to deport hundreds of thousands of illegal African migrants from Italy back to their respective countries, seems to have started in earnest now….

After reaching several agreements with their country of origin, Italian authorities loaded the immigrants onto a boat to Libya, where they’d then be put on a plane to Nigeria. Later, Mr Matteo Salvini commented: “there’ll be 165 fewer potential rapists of our women, and this is only the beginning.”

With this act Italy wants to send a strong message to migrants: “We want African migrants to know that if they come here, we will send them back. Italy is no longer open to all types of immigration.”

This coincides with Mr Salvini’s message to the UN – that Italy cannot be accused of “racism” as during decades Italy took in thousands of migrants. “Deporting them isn’t racist, it’s merely common sense.” Mr Salvini is now considering cutting funds to the United Nations.

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Israel: Death Penalty for Terrorists’ Bill Passes First Knesset Vote

A bill to help civilian and military courts in Israel convict and sentence terrorists of murder made it past a crucial legislative step, winning the majority of votes, 52-49.

Great news.

The bill, brought forward by the defense minister, had been backed by the bulk of the governing coaltion.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman

But certain elements of the Knesset opposed. The United Torah Judaism party, for example, refused to even cast a vote.

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The proposal, which was introduced by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party, was backed by most of the 66-member governing coalition.

The United Torah Judaism party, however, abstained from the vote, withholding its six votes after the haredi faction failed to reach an agreement with Liberman regarding another piece of legislation proposed by the Shas party.

Earlier on Wednesday, Liberman stormed out of a meeting with UTJ leaders after the haredi faction demanded that the Defense Minister back the “Supermarket Law”, which would enable the Interior Minister to nullify local bylaws permitting the opening of businesses on the Sabbath.

Liberman has expressed his opposition to the law, calling it ‘religious coercion’.

After the Defense Minister failed to agree to drop his opposition to the proposal, haredi MKs warned they would be unable to support his proposal to reduce the requirements for imposing the death penalty on terrorists, saying that they would have to consult the party’s spiritual leaders for guidance on the issue.

If it passes its first, second and third readings, the law would allow army courts to sentence terrorists found guilty of murder to death with only a simple majority. Under current law, the death penalty may only be imposed by unanimous decision.

The law would also permit state criminal courts to impose the death penalty under the same conditions.

Israel has not used the death penalty since the 1962 execution of SS officer Adolf Eichmann.

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Newton public school teacher vows to INCREASE proselytizing for Islam

Yesterday, Geller Report reported on a petition filed by hundreds of Newton residents, demanding that its School Committee take measures to address and repair damage caused by its widely publicized flawed curriculum on the Middle East and world religions. Petitioners are concerned about the use of Islam-biased, anti-Semitic and anti-Israel instructional materials, and by the failure of Newton’s public schools to teach students objectively and without proselytizing or propaganda.

This is going on in public schools across America. But the role of Islam in the world — creed apartheid, Islamic supremacism, gender apartheid,  Islamic misogyny, cultural annihilation, enslavement and the hundreds of millions of victims of jihadi wars — is scrubbed and whitewashed in the classroom.

I address this issue in depth in my 2011 book Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. Those of us who warned of this for years were mocked, smeared and defamed as “conspiracy theorists” up until American schoolchildren were coming home reciting the shahada and praising jihad in the cause of Islam.

American schools are proselytizing for Islam in the classroom. This dangerous trend has been increasing over the past ten years, to a point where innocent children are being forced to say the shahada and learning the central tenets of Islam. Other religions are given short shrift, and the little attention they are given is negative and wrong.

Religion has no place in the public school. It is a violation of the establishment clause. And the islamization of the school curriculum is disarming American children in the gravest threat to their future.

Charles Rooney is a teacher at Newton North High School in Newtonville, MA

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Subject: Re: RE – Newton Public schools engaging in Islamic dawah

Thank you for your email. As a result, I plan to devote more classroom time to presenting to students the profound contributions of Islamic culture to the development of modern mathematics.

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NEWTON RESIDENTS PETITION SCHOOL COMMITTEE ON CURRICULUM FLAWS
Filing Calls For Public Hearings On Islam-Biased And Anti-Semitic Teaching Materials

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS – Citing Section 10-2 of the Newton CityCharter, hundreds of the city’s residents have filed a petition demanding that its School Committee take measures to address and repair damage caused by its widely publicized flawed curriculum on the Middle East and world religions. Petitioners are concerned about the use of Islam-biased, anti-Semitic and anti-Israel instructional materials, and by the failure of Newton’s public schools to teach students objectively and without proselytization or propaganda.

According to the City Charter, the School Committee must hold a public hearing and act upon the petition within 90 days. The petition details the long struggle by residents to correct the skewed curriculum, and calls for a number of actions by the School Committee to remedy the present process for selecting textbooks and other learning materials which are inaccurate and tainted, and overseeing the manner in which they are introduced in K-12 classrooms. The petition is available in its entirety by contacting Karen Hurvitz, spokesperson for Education Without Indoctrination, the organization that gathered the signatures for the petition (HurvitzLaw@comcast.net).

In addition to the Newton residents, there were also well over a thousand people outside of Newton who signed the petition. “It just goes to show how much widespread support there is for Newton residents in their protracted conflict over these issues with their unrelenting School Committee,” Ms. Hurvitz observes. “Unfortunately, Newton has become the center of nationwide attention but for all the wrong reasons,” Ms. Hurvitz adds, referring to an ongoing lawsuit on open-meeting law violations against its School Committee, and irregularities with their extension of the contract of controversial School Superintendent David Fleishman. A trial on whether or not the Court should nullify the extension is scheduled for October 11th.

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If Kavanaugh Is Not Confirmed By Senate, Then We Are All Just One Accusation Away From RUIN

If Christine Ford were to make her accusation in any courtroom in America, even a mediocre defense attorney could shatter her credibility within minutes under cross-examination. Here’s what that might look like:

Defense Attorney: When did this occur Ms. Ford?

Ms. Ford: I’m not exactly sure. I believe it was 1982.

Defense Attorney: Where did it happen?

Ms. Ford: At a house in our town. I’m not sure whose house it was or where it was. I don’t remember how I got there. But I can tell you that it had a swimming pool and I recall a narrow stairway.

Defense Attorney: Who was present in the house?

Ms. Ford: Brett Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, two other boys and another girl.

Defense Attorney: What are the names of the other boys and the girl who were present?

Ms. Ford: I don’t remember.

Defense Attorney: Were you hurt?

Ms. Ford: No.

If this had been such a pivotal moment for her, how could she have forgotten any those facts? Most victims of sexual assault remember every detail – yes, even years later. No jury would send a young man to prison based on that testimony.

Without a shred of evidence, a highly qualified judge, with no other blemish on his record, is being smeared on the national stage by a political lynch mob out for blood. Ben Shapiro spoke to Fox News’ Martha MacCallum and said “you have to have some standard of evidence before you destroy a man’s life.” Shapiro’s comments can be heard in the video below.

Jeanine Pirro spoke to Hannity on Thursday night and asked, “Since when does truth and justice or guilt and innocence depend on your political party. I fear for this nation when this is now the standard. You believe any woman who goes against a Republican and you don’t believe any woman who goes against a Democrat.”

She continued. “I worry about this country. I don’t want these people to sit on juries. It’s no longer about truth and justice. It’s about politics.”

Hannity asks, “Why are people willing to throw out due process, equal justice under the law and the presumption of innocence?”

Gregg Jarrett says it’s “because they’re over zealous to the point where they’ve lost their common sense.”

Their commentary on the video below is interesting.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) is to be commended on his handling of the situation. In the spirit of compromise, he called off the Senate committee vote that had been on the calendar for Thursday and scheduled a hearing for next Monday so that both Christine Ford and Brett Kavanaugh could state their cases. Kavanaugh immediately responded to Grassley. For 36 hours, there was silence from the Ford camp. Then, their demands began.

First, it was reported that Ford would answer questions, but only at a closed hearing and only after an FBI investigation had been completed.

Republicans felt that the request for a closed hearing was reasonable, but the demand for a new FBI investigation was not.

The FBI investigates federal crimes and/or national security issues. When the FBI received Dianne Feinstein’s letter last week, they forwarded it to the White House to place in Kavanaugh’s background check file. (Note: The FBI has already conducted six background checks on Kavanaugh, the most recent one was done this summer.)

It was announced later that Sen. Grassley would not change the date of the hearing set for Monday. Even Senators Jeff Flake, Bob Corker and Lindsey Graham, who have all said Ford needs to be heard, have indicated that if she does not show up for Monday’s hearing, they will schedule a vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

On Thursday afternoon, Ford’s highly partisan, activist attorney emailed Grassley saying, although her client strongly prefers that an investigation take place beforehand, Ford will testify next week, but she cannot do so on Monday. And she will only be questioned by members of the senate panel, not outside lawyers.

Why not Monday? Does she have an important dentist appointment she can’t get out of? In order to avoid the criticism that will no doubt come anyway, the Republicans on the Senate Judicial committee have tried very hard to oblige Ford’s requests, even offering to go to California to hear her testimony.

She and her attorneys feel that they are in the driver’s seat and thus, can call all the shots. Democrats want to delay this vote until after the midterms because they believe they have a chance to retake the Senate as well as the House.

Rush Limbaugh points out that the Senate has already bent over backwards to accommodate the accuser. “I don’t care who you are, no accuser gets to determine the scope and the parameters of an investigation. The accuser doesn’t get to determine when and who investigates. In no circumstance in the country does that happen.”

In addition to the political reasons for the delay requests, it appears as if this woman is reluctant to testify under oath, possibly because she doesn’t want to perjure herself. Maybe she realizes the magnitude of what her accusations have unleashed. Either this did not happen at all or a much milder version of the situation she alleges occurred. Kavanaugh may have made a pass at her as 17 year-old boys (and even some 17-year-old girls) are known to do. Ford said no and that was it. Even she admits, they did not have sex, nor was this a hostage situation. The perception of events by a 15-year-old girl may differ significantly from reality. And 36 years can distort memories, one way or another.

What is happening in the Brett Kavanaugh nomination process should concern every American. Whatever happened or did not happen, it’s difficult to feel sorry for someone who comes forward at such a politically opportune moment. There was ample time to have addressed this in July or August, but Dianne Feinstein chose to sit on it until the moment it could inflict maximum political damage.

Democrats may be overestimating the strength of their hand. And Ms. Ford may be overestimating the integrity of the “supportive” lawmakers and lawyers currently handling her. Watch all these sensitive lawmakers and high profile, activist attorneys scatter like mice from her once the senate vote is over (regardless of the result). Ford can choose to state her case on Monday or not, but she is not in a position to be calling the shots.

 

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A Definition of Zionism – Jewish Virtual Library

The term Zionism was coined in 1890 by Nathan Birnbaum.

Its general definition means the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel.

Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Zionism has come to include the movement for the development of the State of Israel and the protection of the Jewish nation in Israel through support for the Israel Defense Forces.

From inception, Zionism advocated tangible as well as spiritual aims. Jews of all persuasions – left, right, religious and secular – formed the Zionist movement and worked together toward its goals.

Disagreements in philosophyled to rifts in the Zionist movement overthe years, and a number of separate formsemerged. Notably: Political Zionism; Religious Zionism; Socialist Zionism and Territorial Zionism.

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