Friday, October 22, 2021

Report: US, PA hold talks over consulate branch in east Jerusalem - Nadav Shragai

 

​ by Nadav Shragai

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh expresses hope that the move will "lay the foundation for a future US embassy in the Palestinian state."

 

Report: US, PA hold talks over consulate branch in east Jerusalem
The building that used to house the US mission to the Palestinians in Jerusalem | File photo: Oren Ben Hakoon

Besides reopening a diplomatic mission to the Palestinians in west Jerusalem, the Biden administration is also looking to open a consulate branch in east Jerusalem, Israel Hayom found out Wednesday from sources involved in the matter. 

According to reports, Washington has already held talks with Palestinian leaders with regard to this. 

The US consulate used to be located on Nablus Road in east Jerusalem but was moved to the western part of the capital in 2010. The mission operated from there until its closure by former US President Donald Trump in 2019. 

For years, it assisted the Palestinian Authority in establishing governing bodies and security services and liaised with the Palestinian leadership in east Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip. It also provided the US State Department with information on Israeli building of settlements in Judea and Samaria, a move Washington opposed for many years, except during the Trump administration. 

According to Al-Quds daily, the Biden administration plans to reopen the consulate – despite pushback from Israel – within the next few weeks. 

The move was commended by PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh who expressed hope it would "lay the foundation for a future US embassy in the Palestinian state."

According to the Palestinian Media Watch, he also said that by reopening its diplomatic mission to the Palestinians "the US administration is sending a message that Jerusalem is not a united Israeli city and that it does not recognize the annexation of Arab Jerusalem by the Israeli side."

 

Nadav Shragai

Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/10/21/report-us-pa-hold-talks-over-consulate-branch-in-east-jerusalem/

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Smotrich: We won't let Mansour Abbas take our sovereignty in Jerusalem - Arutz Sheva Staff

 

​ by Arutz Sheva Staff

Religious Zionism party MKs tour site of yesterday's Arab riots near Damascus Gate, blame government's reliance on Ra'am party.

 

Religious Zionism party MKs at Damascus Gate
Religious Zionism party MKs at Damascus Gate
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MKs from the Religious Zionism party toured the area of the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem Wednesday afternoon following the violent riots which occurred at the site yesterday.

The party's chairman, MK Bezalel Smotrich, said that "sovereignty in Jerusalem cannot be captured in the hands of Mansour Abbas. We came here because every evening Jews are attacked and harassed in the capital."

"Bennett's subservience to Mansour Abbas and the Islamic Movement is leading to the loss of governance over large areas across the country. The rioters understand that the government is limited in its ability to act against them and they take advantage of this to establish facts on the ground. This is happening in all the cities, in the Negev, in the cities involved and now also in the attempt to expropriate our right to the city of Jerusalem and to de facto divide Jerusalem. We are here to tell the Arab rioters and terrorists it will not happen," Smotrich said,

According to him, "Our Jerusalem, which belongs to the people of Israel, will last forever and the rioters cannot harm our eternal capital."

Earlier, Yehezkel Shmuel, the driver of the bus that was attacked by Arab stone throwers near the Damascus Gate, recalled the moments of terror he and his passengers experienced.

"People saw death approaching and started shouting 'Shema Yisrael,'" Shmueli told Galai Tzahal (IDF Radio).

"I told them to get down, like we do during a war. I hit the gas and fled. When I got stuck in a traffic jam I called the police - and received another barrage of stones. I thought that was the end," he said.

 

Arutz Sheva Staff

Source: https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/315411

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The Left Is Locked in A Life-and-Death Struggle With The Family - Don Feder

 

​ by Don Feder

For Marxists, there is one very special key to everything.

 


In “Godfather I,” Vincent Sollozzo says he’ll offer the Corleone family a deal that’s too good to refuse – one which will guarantee the safety of the Don, who’s lying in a hospital bed severely wounded after two attempts on his life.

But Michael Corleone sees reality with crystal clarity: “I don’t care what Sollozzo says about a deal, he’s gonna kill Pop, that’s it.  That’s the key for him.”

For Marxists, killing the family is the key to everything.  The war on the family isn’t peripheral; it’s central to the revolution.

The National Council on Family Relations, a professional association started in 1938 and consisting of hundreds of marriage and family therapists and researchers, just announced a webinar called, “Toward Dismantling Family Privilege and White Supremacy in Family Science.”

Just as white people are “privileged,” according to CRT, so too is the nuclear family, which supposedly enjoys “unearned benefits in U.S. laws, policies and practices” over “non-traditional configured family systems” – including single-parent families and “committed partners living together and raising children.”

The question which seems almost too-obvious to ask (but which alludes most social scientists) is this: Why is it that intact (two-parent) families consistently outperform others on every measurement – income, independence and children who are healthier, happier and less prone to social pathologies.

Who can fail to see that most problems in the black community are due to the virtual disappearance of two-parent families? Since the 1960s (when the Great Society began its war on the black family in the guise of fighting poverty), the black crime rate, out-of-wedlock birthrate and welfare rate have soared.

Due to the success of Black Lives Matter, everything now is seen through the lens of institutional racism – criminal justice, electoral politics and, of course, the family.  When BLM’s founders described themselves as “trained Marxists,” believe it.

Until negative publicity forced them to take it down, BLM’s website proclaimed: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another….”  Western-prescribed?  Presumably, there are no nuclear families in Africa or Asia.

BLM echoes the screwball theories of Marx and Engels, who insisted there was an ancient, matriarchal communist society which preceded patriarchy and capitalism.  They viewed the “bourgeoise family” as capitalism in miniature, with the father/husband as the owner and his wife and children as the exploited proletariat.  Both will be abolished by the communist state, they predicted.

Writing in the 1920s, Antonio Gramsci, the father of Cultural Marxism, reversed the equation.  Since the family is the chief obstacle to revolution, its destruction must precede the triumph of communism, not follow it.

Gramsci said the family will be overthrown, and society reshaped, through subversion of the culture: “In the new order, Socialism will triumph – via infiltration of schools, universities, churches, and the media by transforming the consciousness of society.”

In 21st century America, the contest is being played out in the educational arena.

For the left, the central purpose of public schools isn’t education but indoctrination.  Public education has failed miserably at the former (as may be seen by plummeting standardized test scores) but succeeded spectacularly at the latter (as may be seen in the leftward drift of the electorate – especially younger voters).

The objective is to take children away from parental values and align them with the worldview of the Democratic Party. The cutting edge is CRT and the sexualization of students, seen most recently in the enthusiastic embrace of transgenderism.

The battle lines are drawn, with the public education establishment (administrators, school committees and teachers’ unions) and Democrat politicians on one side and parents and some conservative politicos on the other.

Parents are outraged by what their children are being taught. Progressive are outraged that families would try to interfere with the intellectual/emotional kidnapping.  For the left, the role of families in education is to pay up and shut up.

Again, the principal purpose of the schools is to get children to reject the parental worldview (the Judeo-Christian ethic, patriotism, individualism and the free market) in favor of Cultural Marxism (neo-paganism, internationalism, determinism and collectivism).

In clear defiance of the dictates of the elite, protesting parents are invading school committee meetings, calling for accountability and demanding change.

At a Fairfax, VA school committee meeting, a mother had the chutzpah to read aloud from a book promoting gay pedophilia found in the school library. In Louden Co., VA, a father charged that his daughter was sexually assaulted in the girls’ room by a boy wearing a skirt, a crime the school system tried to cover up to protect its transgender policies.

The Empire is striking back with a vengeance. In Virginia, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, and former Governor Terry McAuliffe lectured the little people, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” The American Federation of Teachers showed Its appreciation with a $25,000 campaign contribution.

Biden, who’s even more of a tool of the teachers’ mafia, has his Justice Department investigating activist parents as domestic terrorists under the Patriots Act.

Nothing must be allowed to interfere with the pedagogical brainwashing -- the main offensive of the war on the family.

Marxists hate competition. They demand the undivided loyalty of the masses. Thus, destroying the family is an imperative.

In “Godfather III,” an aged, ailing Michael Corleone dramatically announces, “Our true enemy has not yet shown his face.”

Our true enemy has been showing us his face for more than a century. We’ve seen it in planned economies, gulags and the war on parents and children. For the family, it’s the face of death.

 

Don Feder

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/10/left-locked-life-and-death-struggle-family-don-feder/

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Wreaking a 'Fundamental Change in the Economy' - Lloyd Billingsley

 

​ by Lloyd Billingsley

Biden aims to complete Obama’s demolition of a free and prosperous America.

 


“The president wants to make fundamental change in our economy and he feels coming out of the pandemic is exactly the time to do that,” said White House press secretary Jan Psaki in an October 12 briefing. The reference to “fundamental change” recalls a statement from the composite character president David Garrow described in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama.

“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” the composite character said in November of 2008. The United States of America was already a top-heavy welfare state from FDR’s New Deal and LBJ’s Great Society, so the candidate, formerly known as Barry Soetoro, must have had something else in mind. In 2021 it should all be evident.

In 2008, the United States of America was also a democracy, in which the people choose presidents as different as Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Under the composite character’s fundamental transformation, the outgoing president picks his successor and deploys the upper reaches of the DOJ, FBI and intelligence community to support the president’s pick and attack her opponent, even after he wins the presidency. This fundamental transformation was on full display from 2016 through 2020, with massive election irregularities.

Long before September 11, 2001, the United States of America recognized the threat from radical Islamic terrorism. The composite character president looked the other way at Islamic terrorism and regarded his domestic political opponents as the true threat.

For example, in 2009 Department of Homeland Security boss Janet Napolitano released Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment. This document warned of “white supremacist” types that reject federal authority. This was code for anyone less than worshipful of the composite character, particularly those who value their constitutional rights.

In the United States of America, people have the freedom to choose those products and services that best meet their needs. The composite character wanted the American people to get only the health care the government wanted them to have. In one of his most famous lies, he told the people if they liked their health plan and their doctor, they could keep their plan and their doctor.

The United States of America has defined borders and laws governing immigration. On the composite character’s watch, caravans of “migrants” began arriving at the border. They were welcomed into the nation and released into the population while their case for “amnesty” was considered. On the composite character’s watch, U.S. troops only guarded the borders of other nations, not their own. Joe Biden was good with it.

In 2014, Joe Biden proclaimed that those who enter the USA illegally are “already Americans.” Once installed in the White House, Biden transformed the Department of Homeland Security into the Department of Human Trafficking, shipping in people from all over the world, even in the throes of a pandemic. The new arrivals are being moved all over the country but DHS boss Alejandro Mayorkas won’t provide details. After 14,000 Haitians showed up last month, the composite character decided to weigh in.

The situation, he told reporters, “is a painful reminder that we don’t have this right yet and we’ve got more work to do. As big-hearted as he is, nobody understands that better than Joe Biden.” Americans want to be compassionate, the composite character added, but “at the same time, we're a nation state. We have borders. The idea that we can just have open borders is something that, as a practical matter, is unsustainable.” The big-hearted Joe Biden fails to understand.

Thousands of migrants continued to arrive in October, with no let-up in sight. Mayorkas remained as obstructionist as ever, even as members of Congress called for his resignation. Biden took no measures to tighten up the border, and even supported the fake story that Border Patrol agents were whipping the Haitians, like slavemasters of old.

What the composite character wants Biden to “get right” is massive human trafficking without the bad optics. Witness the Biden ban on drones filming thousands of Haitians at the border. The nation has been fundamentally transformed into a borderless Zone of Free Benefits for all comers.

As this plays out, Joe Biden is busy ramping up vaccine mandates that have already disrupted supply chains, travel, and product availability all over the country. As Psaki says, Biden wants to make a “fundamental change in our economy.” As it happens, our economy remains basically market based, with Americans choosing products and services that best meet their needs. Like his composite character ventriloquist, Joe Biden wants Americans to get only what the government wants them to have. 

Joe Biden is the also bobblehead for Rip Van Winkle communist Bernie Sanders and a squad of kindergarten socialists. If the Biden Junta has its way with the economy, scarcity, strife and misery are sure to follow. That will help complete the fundamental transformation the composite character proclaimed in 2008. Happy holidays everybody.

 

Lloyd Billingsley

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/10/wreaking-fundamental-change-economy-lloyd-billingsley/

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Why Palestinians Cannot Make Peace with Israel - Khaled Abu Toameh

 

​ by Khaled Abu Toameh

The verdicts passed against the "land dealers" in the West Bank and the suspected "collaborators" in the Gaza Strip show that Palestinians remain as far as ever from accepting Israel, let alone making peace with it.

  • The Palestinian Authority, which is largely funded by American and European taxpayers' money, is imprisoning Palestinians for even trying to engage in real estate deals with Jews.

  • The Palestinian public seems generally supportive of the death sentences and extrajudicial killings of suspected "land dealers" and informants. Even Palestinian human rights organizations appear to be extremely careful when they mention such issues.

  • As far as Hamas and many Palestinians are concerned, peace with Israel or any form of "collaboration" with the "Zionist enemy" is an act of treason punishable by death.

  • Mahmoud Abbas is already facing accusations of being a traitor because of the security coordination between the PA security forces and the Israeli authorities in the West Bank.

  • As long as the PA and Hamas punish Palestinians who work with Israel or are willing to sell real estate to Israeli Jews -- frequently by issuing sentences of hard labor or death -- the hope of reviving the "peace process" is, unfortunately, a pitiful waste of time and effort.

  • The verdicts passed against the "land dealers" in the West Bank and the suspected "collaborators" in the Gaza Strip show that Palestinians remain as far as ever from accepting Israel, let alone making peace with it.

  • The verdicts are yet more proof of how Palestinian leaders continue to radicalize their people against Israel -- to the point that no Palestinian who wishes to stay alive would ever claim that he or she seeks to make peace with Israel or recognize all of the land as anything other than totally Palestinian in every way.

The Palestinian Authority (PA), which is largely funded by American and European taxpayers' money, is imprisoning Palestinians for even trying to engage in real estate deals with Jews. The Palestinian public seems generally supportive of the death sentences and extrajudicial killings of suspected "land dealers" and informants. Pictured: The PA criminal court in Ramallah, on October 4, 2021. (Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images)

The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas have again shown that peace with Israel is not only extremely ill-advised and most likely doomed from the start but critically dangerous as well. The two Palestinian parties, both the PA and Hamas, do not want Palestinians to engage in any real estate transactions with Israeli Jews; they also do not want Palestinians to assist Israel in the war on terrorism.

By opposing the sale of properties to Israeli Jews and "collaboration" with Israel, the PA and Hamas are sending a message to the Palestinian public that despite all the talk about a "two-state solution" and the possible resumption of the "peace process," Israel remains the mortal enemy of the Palestinians.

This message does not bode well for the Biden administration's desire to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by establishing an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Two Palestinian court sentences passed on October 17 provide concrete evidence of how the PA in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip continue to regard Israel and Jews as an eternal foe.

In the first case, a PA court in Bethlehem sentenced two Palestinian men to 15 years in prison with hard labor for attempting to sell land to Israeli Jews.

The verdict was published by the PA's official news agency Wafa; Judge Jamal Shadid reportedly presided over the court. The agency did not identify the defendants by name. It said that they were convicted of attempting to "cut off a part of the Palestinian lands in order to annex it to a foreign country" -- the code used by the PA to describe real estate transactions between Palestinians and Israeli Jews.

According to Wafa, the ruling was based on the "evidence" presented by prosecutor Eyad Abdo and after the PA security forces conducted the "necessary investigations."

This is not the first time that the PA, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, has punished Palestinians for selling or trying to sell their land or houses to Israeli Jews.

In June, a PA court in Ramallah sentenced a man to seven years in prison with hard labor for attempting to sell land to the Israeli "enemy."

In May, another PA court in the city of Nablus sentenced two other men to five years in prison with hard labor after they were found guilty of attempting to sell land to Israeli Jews.

Last year, three Palestinians were convicted by a PA court in Nablus on the same charge. They were each sentenced to five years in prison with hard labor.

In 2018, a PA court in Ramallah sentenced Essam Aqel, a Palestinian-American, to life in prison for allegedly selling a house to Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem. Aqel was later released under pressure from the US administration.

The PA, which is largely funded by American and European taxpayers' money, is imprisoning Palestinians for even trying to engage in real estate deals with Jews. Hamas is issuing death sentences against Palestinians on charges of "collaboration" with Israel.

On the same day that the two Palestinians were sentenced to 15 years in prison for allegedly trying to sell land to Israeli Jews, a human rights group revealed that a court in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip ordered the execution of two men by hanging for "collaboration" with Israel. The two defendants, whose names were not released, are from the towns of Khan Yunis and Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

The men -- aged 43 and 30 -- were found guilty of "collaboration with foreign parties," a reference to Israel. Palestinians use the word "collaboration" to describe (and sometimes murder) any Palestinian who reportedly tips off the Israelis about terrorists or terror attacks.

In the past few decades, many Palestinians suspected of "collaboration" with Israel or selling properties to Israelis Jews have been executed or extrajudicially killed by fellow Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian public seems generally supportive of the death sentences and extrajudicial killings of suspected "land dealers" and informants. Even Palestinian human rights organizations appear to be extremely careful when they mention such issues.

After the death sentences were issued by the Hamas court, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) said in a statement that while it "affirms its condemnation of the crimes of communication with the occupation, it rejects the use of the death penalty." The PCHR pointed out that the Hamas courts have issued 14 death sentences since the beginning of the year. Not all the verdicts were related to "collaboration" with Israel.

Judging from the reaction of the PCHR, it does not oppose punishment for Palestinians who help Israel. It just does not favor the death penalty.

The Biden administration has decided to resume financial aid to the Palestinians with the hope that they will return to the negotiating table with Israel. But how can Mahmoud Abbas return to the negotiating table with Israel while he is sending Palestinians to prison for trying to sell land or houses to Jews?

In the Quixotic scenario that Abbas or any other Palestinian leader would ever sign a peace treaty with Israel, he would be accused by many Palestinians of being a traitor, for which the punishment is the death penalty, for "selling out" to the Jews. Abbas would also be accused of treason for giving up the Palestinian dream to "liberate all of Palestine, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea." Moreover, woe unto him upon arriving in the Gaza Strip, where he would no doubt face trial for "collaboration" with Israel.

As mentioned, so far as Hamas and many Palestinians are concerned, peace with Israel or any form of "collaboration" with the "Zionist enemy" is an act of treason punishable by death.

Abbas is already facing accusations of being a traitor because of the security coordination between the Palestinian Authority security forces and the Israeli authorities in the West Bank.

As long as the PA and Hamas punish Palestinians who work with Israel or are willing to sell real estate to Israeli Jews -- frequently by issuing sentences of hard labor or death -- the hope of reviving the "peace process" would be, unfortunately, a pitiful waste of time and effort.

The verdicts passed against the "land dealers" in the West Bank and the suspected "collaborators" in the Gaza Strip show that Palestinians remain as far as ever from accepting Israel, let alone making peace with it.

The verdicts are yet more proof of how Palestinian leaders continue to radicalize their people against Israel -- to the point that no Palestinian who wishes to stay alive would ever claim that he or she seeks to make peace with Israel or recognize all of the land as anything other than totally Palestinian in every way.

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Khaled Abu Toameh is an award-winning journalist based in Jerusalem.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17866/palestinians-peace-israel

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Get Smart About What Really Happened in the 2020 Election - J. Christian Adams

 

​ by J. Christian Adams

Over and over, the rules broke down.

  • Two ingredients drove the outcome in the 2020 elections: First, private philanthropy injected into government election offices and, second, a banana-republic style suspension of agreed-upon election rules. You didn't need much outright voter fraud when these two ingredients combined to poison the 2020 election.

  • The CTCL took "ZuckBucks" and with extreme, strategic precision, re-granted it to thousands of government election officials to "help" them conduct the 2020 election. It converted election offices in key jurisdictions with deep reservoirs of Biden votes into Formula One turnout-machines.

  • Now, after the fact, some states are fixing the problem and banning private money to government election offices. They should ban it. Florida, Texas, Arizona, Georgia and Iowa have prohibited election offices from receiving private money.

  • City employees roamed door to door with armfuls of blank ballots, knocking and pushing people at home to vote in a process entirely foreign to state laws. Ballots were collected and delivered by others who had been strictly banned from touching someone else's ballot before COVID. Over and over, the rules broke down.

Two ingredients drove the outcome in the 2020 elections: First, private philanthropy injected into government election offices and, second, a banana-republic style suspension of agreed-upon election rules. You didn't need much outright voter fraud when these two ingredients combined to poison the 2020 election. (Image source: iStock)

After the last election, many of us hoped for a champion to undo voter fraud, that certain thing that drove President Donald Trump from office. A "Kraken." A powerful force of nature, a metaphor of strength, rising from the depths, restorative of truth and proper process. And unlike the Kraken of legend and Hollywood, a purported force of good.

Failure to understand the complex architecture and confusing events of the 2020 election makes it more likely that something like it will happen again. Indeed, the destabilizing forces at work in 2020 are emboldened by their success. The philanthropic streams of money that fueled the 2020 outcome still exist. They are looking toward 2022 midterm elections to do it all over again.

That is why it is important to understand the complex mechanics that steered the outcome in 2020, so they do not happen again, so they do not further destabilize our political process.

Two ingredients drove the outcome in 2020: First, private philanthropy injected into government election offices and, second, a banana-republic style suspension of agreed-upon election rules. You didn't need much outright voter fraud when these two ingredients combined to poison the 2020 election.

First, ponder the private philanthropy. The most lethal poison injected in the 2020 election was essentially legal. It worked like this.

In the months before the 2020 elections, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan donated hundreds of millions of dollars to the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL). Prior to Zuckerberg's largess, CTCL had an annual budget around $600,000 per year. 2020 would be a very good year for them.

The CTCL took "ZuckBucks" and with extreme, strategic precision, re-granted it to thousands of government election officials to "help" them conduct the 2020 election. It converted election offices in key jurisdictions with deep reservoirs of Biden votes into Formula One turnout-machines.

It is true that some small red counties got some CTCL money, but that was a fig leaf. Red counties took their grants and bought printers or paper. The real action was in the big cities, where hundreds of millions of dollars running through election offices fueled a ground game that, before 2020, the Democratic Party could only dream about.

Consider Philadelphia. Philadelphia's annual election office budget was about $9.5 million. The CTCL gave Philadelphia $10 million in one burst in the summer of 2020 to spend by election day. And boy did Philadelphia spend the money. They hired new city employees -- fresh from local activist groups -- to go door to do and deliver ballots. Since they worked for the election office, everything was "legal." They bought radio advertising on Spanish and urban radio stations; "get out the vote, vote by mail, no need for any witnesses anymore!"

The government election office in Philadelphia used that $10 million grant to implement a dream of some partisans: turn a government election office into a massive turnout machine.

But wait, isn't this illegal?

Who says so? For starters, you are free to be as stupid as you want and give the government your money. There is no prohibition on that, except in the states that have since banned it, but more on that later. Second, the Philadelphia government spending spree didn't mention the word Democrat. It didn't mention Biden. It didn't need to.

It's obvious. A facially impartial and hyper-funded campaign to turn out votes in Philadelphia, will end up turning out votes for Joe Biden, and that is precisely what happened. Neutral actions, wholly lacking any facial partisan taint, were hyper-fueled with philanthropic dollars to turn out record numbers of voters in Philadelphia.

They just happened to nearly all vote for Joe Biden, and no matching effort was conducted in red counties. You could not convert dollars in sparsely populated counties into turnout machines the same way you could in concentrated urban cores.

And it wasn't just Philadelphia. It was the surrounding deep-blue counties of Delaware, Montgomery and Bucks. They also received massive CTCL grants. And it wasn't just eastern Pennsylvania. The same model was deployed in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Lansing, Milwaukee, Madison, Atlanta, Phoenix and urban cores across the USA.

By now you should be getting the picture. By now you can see their diabolical genius.

Understanding this architecture explains so many other parts of the 2020 election. For example, it explains the urban turnout explosion. Trump had unprecedented support among black voters. But so what? Trump's 15% of the black vote in Detroit was swamped in absolute terms because turnout there soared by 92,891votes. Trump even had 20% of the black vote in Atlanta but overall DeKalb's turnout soared by 54,550 votes -- 80% were opposed.

The more urban turnout, the bigger the Biden win.

This also explains the record number of undervotes. City employees in Philadelphia delivering ballots to be voted at the front door didn't have time to worry about down-ballot races. Who cares about dogcatcher when you have a bigger mission? That is precisely why undervotes were so common in places where CTCL money was saturating the ground game. Get the oval next to "Biden" filled in, move on to the next front door, repeat, all of it perfectly legal.

The CTCL money did not fund voting integrity systems. It only funded a massive ground game to harvest blue ballots. It built processes to get those ballots distributed in urban cores, voted, and back in to be counted.

Mission accomplished. CTCL fueled a ground game that got the result it set out to get. And who are you to complain, after all, because it was rooted in increasing urban turnout. You wouldn't dare complain about increased turnout, would you? The plan had the side benefit of silencing critics.

Did this plan go unnoticed? A few of us noticed this architecture spooling up in the spring, and warned about it. But most of the country was focused elsewhere, including the campaign. It is disappointing to have seen it coming. Now, after the fact, some states are fixing the problem and banning private money to government election offices.

They should ban it. Florida, Texas, Arizona, Georgia and Iowa have prohibited election offices from receiving private money. In the old days, we might refer to this sort of behavior as bribery of government officials. The CTCL attached strings to their grants: that is the problem.

Now the second big ingredient that completes the architecture that explains the outcome of the 2020 elections: banana-republic style suspension of the rules based on COVID.

All across America, leftists and Democrats -- some of the same leftists who helped cook up the Zuckbucks scheme -- were suing states to break down rules and laws.

Remember, election laws are enacted ahead of time for a reason -- so we can all agree on the rules before the game. In Monopoly, the price of Boardwalk shouldn't drop below $400 just because I land on it and want it for $20. Following rules provides confidence that the process was fair, even to the losers of an election.

That did not happen in 2020, and all across the nation, especially in swing states, the rules were thrown out in the name of an emergency. In Nevada, the state rushed to all of the mail-in ballots being sent automatically, even though the Public Interest Legal Foundation had documented tens of thousands of dead registrants, vacant lots and commercial addresses on the voter rolls.

Other states suspended their laws: Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Mexico, Colorado, Minnesota, Arizona, North Carolina, and more.

In Virginia, the law said that mail ballots had to come in by election day or three days after election day, but only if they were postmarked by election day. Virginia state election officials ignored the law and issued rules to accept late ballots without any postmark. They called it "fair."

In response, I brought a lawsuit on behalf of county election officials who alleged that the Virginia Constitution's anti-suspension clause was violated. George Mason authored this limit on government power, saying that the executive cannot change the laws the legislature wrote. That one of our nation's founders included such a provision speaks to the wisdom of those giants from over two centuries ago.

A Virginia court struck down the bureaucrat's guidance and ordered that any late ballots had to have a postmark. In other states, the outcomes were not so positive. State and federal courts across the country were quick to capitulate to suspensions of election laws because of COVID.

In Philadelphia, these two ingredients – Zuckbucks and banana-republic style lawlessness, combined over and over again. COVID litigation forced the city to open new voting centers where people could roll in and vote with mail-in ballots in contravention of regular Pennsylvania law. Guess who helped pay for this new expense: That's right -- Zuckbucks. But because the new centers were not part of the law, observers were not allowed in to watch, as they are in normal voting precincts. Because the voting centers were created on the COVID fly, election officials did what they pleased, and banned everyone from observing the process.

Across the country, states abandoned rules related to witnesses' signatures, to who can vote by mail, and to what has to be done to validate a mail ballot. City employees roamed door to door with armfuls of blank ballots, knocking and pushing people at home to vote in a process entirely foreign to state laws. Ballots were collected and delivered by others who had been strictly banned from touching someone else's ballot before COVID. Over and over, the rules broke down.

Let me be clear, there was voter fraud in 2020. But this time, it was bigger than voter fraud. This time, it moved hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of votes. In no election in my experience has voter fraud ever moved that many votes. This toxic 2020 plan was bigger, and more stealthy -- and largely legal. After all, how is it illegal if the Pennsylvania Supreme Court orders it?

Most of all, it requires you to get smart about how election process works to begin to understand it.

Airplane accidents rarely have one cause. Usually a series of failures combine to create a catastrophe. Without one, the catastrophe does not occur.

The 2020 election was similar. Alone, all of the COVID changes might not have collapsed the process. But COVID-justified suspensions of the rules were matched with a $350 million-dollar ground game from a partisan philanthropist. These dollars fueled the bodies that rushed into the legal gaps created by COVID. The two ingredients combined to break down all of the guardrails.

The election of 2020 was, in fact, a free for all. You did not need voting machines controlled from outer space, or a centralized conspiracy to commit voter fraud, to get the outcome we got. You do not need fraud when you have almost 100,000 new voters turning out in Detroit. A billionaire and a banana-republic style breakdown of the law can go a long way to driving someone out of the White House.

J. Christian Adams is President of the Public Interest Legal Foundation and a former attorney in the United States Justice Department Voting Section. President Trump appointed him to both his commission on election integrity and to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, where he continues to serve.

 

J. Christian Adams

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17833/what-happened-2020-election

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Netflix Needs a History Lesson - Geoffrey Clarfield

 

​ by Geoffrey Clarfield

It is time to stop paying Netflix for distorting both Jewish and Arab history in the Land of Israel.

A few months ago, I was reading an article from the news station France 24, a piece from its Beirut offices, which reports the news out of Syria in much greater detail and frequency than one can find in America.

This is because, after WWI, France was the occupying power in Syria and Lebanon, according to the mandate system of the League of Nations. Since then, France has maintained a special relationship with these two troubled countries since their independence after WWII. Here is what I read:

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the conflict has claimed 494,438 lives since it erupted in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests… The previous tally, issued by the Observatory in March this year, stood at more than 388,000 dead… The war monitor has since confirmed an additional 105,015 deaths following months of documentation efforts supported by its network of sources on the ground… The overwhelming majority of these deaths occurred between the end of 2012 and November 2015," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP, referring to the latest additions… Of the recently confirmed fatalities, more than 42,000 are civilians, most of them killed under torture in Syrian regime prisons, according to the monitor.

Having collected firsthand narratives of male and female non-Muslim Yezidi minorities who have fled persecution by ISIS in Syria and Iraq during this war, my heart went out to the Syrian people who have experienced such unbelievable suffering.

Needless to say, the writer and filmmaker in me felt that the stories of the survivors in Syria would make for real and thought-provoking TV dramas, which could be broadcast on Netflix and other downloadable TV media. I almost sat down and wrote a “treatment,” that is TV talk for a short summary of what such a series would entail, but unfortunately other priorities got in the way. Until today no one working with Netflix has done what I thought should be done to bring the plight of these people to the public eye in a dramatic and humane way.

Instead, Netflix has decided to invest in a clearly anti-Israel, anti-Zionist series called "Palestinian Stories." As if he was reading my mind from afar, Israel writer Matan Peleg was interviewed in Israel Hayom and had this to say about this new Netflix series.

Netflix isn't launching a category for the atrocities in Syria, where nearly one million people died over the last 10 years, or about the crimes in China. Israel is the only great criminal. We intend to call on the Israeli public and the Israel-supporting public around the world to boycott the company. We will not turn the other cheek. Those who hurt us will get hurt.

Not surprisingly, twenty-eight films out of a total of thirty-two in this series are directed by supporters of BDS. Needless to say, the Israelis are portrayed as bad guys while the Palestinians are portrayed as the good guys. The fact that a majority of Palestinians are in favor of the destruction of Israel and regularly support terrorist attacks against Israel from inside Israel -- Judea and Samaria -- and from Lebanon will no doubt be ignored or downplayed.

The average ahistorical viewer of Netflix in the English-speaking world will find it easy to conclude that the Palestinians are simply a people without a homeland and all they want is a place in the sun among other nations. So here is another bit of history for the ahistorical.

After WWI, the victorious allies divided up the Ottoman Empire. Syria and Lebanon were administered by the French, while “Palestine” was administered by the British with the intention of creating a Jewish State.

 The allies knew that Palestine was the name the Romans gave Judea after they defeated it in 70 A.D. They knew it was the land of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. They knew it was the Jewish homeland.

They also knew that the Jews had lived on both sides of the Jordan for thousands of years but they decided to give the eastern side of the Jordan to their defeated Bedouin Arab Muslim allies in the Hejaz, some of whom had fought with them against the Turks during WWI. This was supposed to be the “Palestinian state” for that small number of Muslims and Christian who had lived in the land of Israel during Ottoman time.

Ever since the establishment of Jordan in the 1920s,  it has functioned as a Palestinian state. Ninety percent of its inhabitants identify themselves as Palestinians. There has been a two-state solution in place for one hundred years. The Palestinians are not a people without a land or a home.

You can be sure that the owners and producers of this new Palestinian series on Netflix have not done their historical due diligence. There will never be a mention that a chunk of the Mandate for Palestine for the Jewish people was lopped off in 1921 and given to the Palestinians, and so the series will be a living justification for “resistance” which is the popular word of today’s lefties for terrorism.

It is time to stop paying Netflix for distorting both Jewish and Arab history in the Land of Israel. They do not need my money. They certainly do need a history lesson.

Image: Netflix

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Geoffrey Clarfield

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/10/netflix_needs_a_history_lesson.html

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Israel launches unique open space pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai - Yoni Kempinski

 

​ by Yoni Kempinski

"We offer a joint voyage to a better future, towards tomorrow in Arabic and in Hebrew.”

 

Israel's pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, running from October 2021 to March 2022, is a unique attraction, featuring a modern open space concept that lets visitors tour the site while also taking in the outstanding views surrounding them.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva from the upper side of the Israeli pavilion, with a cityscape view behind him, Elazar Cohen, Israel Commissioner to Expo 2020 Dubai, describes the pavilion as "Open space. Our design is very unique."

"Unlike the other pavilions you can see around our pavilion, which reflects the idea of Israel which is part of the region, Israel that is welcoming everyone to collaborate with it," he says. "We offer a common vision. Throughout the Israeli pavilion you can actually see this horizon. We offer a joint voyage to a better future, towards tomorrow in Arabic and in Hebrew.”

The significance of Expo 2020 Dubai for Israel cannot be overstated.

The Expo will last six months, during which there will be 25 million visitors, out of which 10 percent will visit the Israeli pavilion.

“The fact that it is being held in an Arab country has great importance to the State of Israel to be here and present directly to the Arabic public the values of Israel, its culture, its heritage, its industry, and its innovation capacity. Things that are of great importance to the local visitors.”

The Israeli government is also a big part of the pavilion.

“It is part of a government decision in which 16 different ministries are participating and most of the 16 ministries will visit here," Cohen says. "Yesterday we read about an invitation extended to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to come here. So we are expecting very high level officials coming from Israel during the Expo and of course beyond.”

 

Yoni Kempinski

Source: Elazar Cohen, Israel Commissioner to Expo 2020 Dubai, speaks to Arutz Sheva about Israel's unique open space pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

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San Francisco State University Prof Says Jewish Pot is Making Black Men Gay - Daniel Greenfield

 

​ by Daniel Greenfield

"It is Jewish genius that has helped… to weaponize the weed.”

 


Wesley Muhammad believes that the U.S. government and the Jews are using marijuana to make black men gay. The “Pot Plot” is a popular theory in Muhammad’s Nation of Islam cult. 

At the Saviours Day Convention in Chicago, an official Nation of Islam event, Wesley Muhammad claimed that, "It is Jewish genius that has helped… to weaponize the weed so that it may effeminize the black male of America. And be clear, it is Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam that is standing in between the total demasculinization of the black man in America.”

Some years back, Wesley Muhammad's lecture, “How to Make a Homosexual: The Scientific Assault on Black America" was canceled at a Philly black beauty expo because of its hateful content. But what wasn't good enough for the 23rd Annual International Locks Conference, a black natural hair expo, is unfortunately all too welcome at San Francisco State University. 

It’s not too surprising that a black “wholistic” hair expo has higher standards than the most antisemitic university in America. Or that Muhammad fits in so well at SFSU.

"It is clear that the two most powerful lobbies in America - the Jewish and the Homosexual - are hellbent on the information in this lecture, "How To Make A Homosexualm (sic)" NEVER makes it to the public's awareness," Muhammad complained on Facebook.

San Francisco State University has however been happy to provide Muhammad with a platform despite no shortage of ethnically Jewish and gay people on the faculty and in the administration.

Wesley Muhammad's bio at the taxpayer-funded university notes that he is a lecturer in the Africana Studies Department of SFSU's College of Ethnic Studies. It mentions his publications in the Final Call newspaper of the Nation of Islam hate group, and his book, "Understanding the Assault on the Black Man, Black Manhood and Black Masculinity" which contains thoughtful chapters such as "Why Saggin is Faggin" and "Birth of the Black Man (God)". 

It also notes that Muhammad is a "helper of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan" and a member of the executive council of the Nation of Islam hate group, and mentions his role in Tariq Nasheed's Buck Breaking documentary which claimed that black people were a master race and that white slave owners turned black men gay.

"I thank the Honorable Brother Minister Farrakhan for granting me permission to return to the place that I love, the classroom,” a Facebook account with Muhammad’s name posted. “This Pestilence From Heaven has made it possible for me do the Labor that I love at the Headquarters of my Beloved Nation of Islam AND teach about Black Religion and the Black God in the Africana Studies Department at San Francisco State University." 

"All Praises Belongs (sic) To Allah," he concluded.

A course listing shows Muhammad teaching courses on “Black Religion” and “Malcolm X in the Context of Black Nationalism”. The courses are taught online which apparently allows Muhammad, a top official in the Nation of Islam, to teach remotely.

That the Nation of Islam killed Malcolm X only adds another layer to this obscene farce.

By describing the pandemic as a "pestilence from heaven", Muhammad echoed Farrakhan's remarks that the coronavirus was one of Allah's "great plagues". But Muhammad additionally claimed that "we've documented the first area codes that were devastated by coronavirus in America were Jewish area codes" implying that the virus was aimed by Allah at the Jews. 

Muhammad gloating about the coronavirus that made it possible for him to teach remotely

A lecturer celebrating the coronavirus and claiming that black gay men are the products of a Jewish conspiracy may seem out of place on today’s college campuses where a Chinese composer was forced out of the classroom for showing an Othello movie and at Yale an American Indian student faced the threat of sanctions for a party invite touting fried chicken, but there are two sets of rules. And at SFSU, the bigots have always enjoyed the second set.

In the 90s, Khalid Muhammad, another Nation of Islam figure, was invited to deliver a speech by the Pan Afrikan Student Union which advertised tickets as being $7 for students and $15 for "Zionists, Uncle Toms and other white supremacists." During his speech Muhammad ranted about "hook-nosed, bagel-eating, lox-eating, perpetrating-a-fraud so-called Jews" and urged his racist audience to "use violence when necessary." 

These days though Nation of Islam officials aren’t just SFSU campus speakers, but lecturers.

It’s all part of the ugly atmosphere of antisemitic hatred that has been mainstreamed at the public university where taxpayers pay the bills for the professors and groups that hate them.

SFSU was also where, more recently, Muhammad Hammad, the president of the General Union of Palestine Students, was investigated after making violent threats toward Jews.

San Francisco State University had been ground zero for campus antisemitism. It was where Hatem Bazian, the co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine, the hate group that now has chapters on many campuses, got his start. A column by the coordinator for SF's Jewish Community Relations Council described the scene as "Hatem Bazian and a group of about 25 students storm the offices of the student newspaper, the Golden Gater. They destroy hundreds of copies of that day's edition. They yell anti-Semitic and racist epithets in the newsroom".

Since then not much has changed.

A lawsuit filed more recently in 2017 by Jewish students charged that, "SFSU has not merely fostered and embraced anti-Jewish hostility — it has systematically supported these departments and student groups as they have doggedly organized their efforts to target, threaten, and intimidate Jewish students on campus and deprive them of their civil rights and their ability to feel safe and secure as they pursue their education.”

Earlier this year, SFSU's Rabab Abdulhadi, the faculty advisor for GUPS, took part in a seminar featuring a terrorist airplane hijacker after having already met with that same terrorist during an SFSU funded trip. No wonder that SFSU was one of the universities singled out by the David Horowitz Freedom Center as one of the “Top Ten Schools Supporting Terrorists”.

At San Francisco State University, the question isn’t whether it’s an antisemitic campus, but just how antisemitic it is. And even by SFSU standards, the “pot plot” is a new low. At San Francisco’s premier public university, students can not only interact with faculty who support terrorists, but who believe that the Jews are using marijuana to turn black men gay. 

How low can SFSU go? Wesley Muhammad makes it clear that there’s no low too low.

 

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/10/san-francisco-state-university-prof-says-jewish-daniel-greenfield/

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The opposition is back in full force - Mati Tuchfeld

 

​ by Mati Tuchfeld

On the eve of the passage of the state budget, the last thing the coalition government needed was a determined and combative opposition.

On Tuesday, the opposition succeeded in exhausting the coalition government when a vote of no confidence narrowly passed and legislation they had hoped to discuss was shelved when they ran out of time. On Wednesday, the opposition even succeeded in passing a bill to establish a Knesset commission of inquiry.

This week's events at the Knesset were a sign the opposition was back after two weeks of dysfunction and inertia. For the government, this is bad news. On the eve of the passage of the state budget, the last thing they needed was to see a determined and combative opposition. On the other hand, this likely won't be enough to topple the government.

Although this requires a great deal of hard work and time, the opposition is ready to go along with the combative approach, to work long nights in the Knesset plenum, and to fight for every law and clause in the state budget law. This is the case despite the fact that opposition members often find themselves wondering what all of this effort is for. Victories in the Knesset are important, but how will this lead to the establishment of a new government and topple this one? This question remains largely unanswered. None of the options on the table, including poaching lawmakers from coalition parties or no-confidence votes, look likely to happen in the near future. Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to stay positive and send the message this will happen any minute, but it's unclear if he has anything to back this message up.

While Netanyahu has been waving the diplomatic flag, drawing attention to his role as the leader of the right-wing camp and pushing the Naftali Bennett-led coalition to the left, some of his party members have preferred to raise the banner of ethnicity. The issue was left abandoned after an attempt was made to make something of it a while back. Of all the parties, no one would have expected the Likud would be the party to raise this banner once again.

In a TV studio earlier this week, Likud MK Galit Distal Atbaryan accused Israel Radio reporter Aryeh Golan of being a racist after he called her a Netanyahu groupie.

This continued in the Knesset plenum. After Yisrael Beytenu MK Evgeny Sova patronizingly told Likud MK David Amsalem there was a need to explain what transpired at Babin Yar in Ukraine, where over just two days in 1937, the Nazis and their collaborators murdered 33,771 Jews. Likud MK Orly Levy-Abekasis responded by yelling at Sova, calling him a patronizing racist. She later dedicated her remarks to the Knesset on the subject.

According to Likud MK Shlomo Karhi, this was not the party's main focus but the result of frustration among some Likud lawmakers who feel they are being repeatedly treated in a racist and patronizing way by the new coalition.

Karhi said sometimes Likud lawmakers feel like they just can't take it anymore. A majority of Likud lawmakers are learned individuals, and "all this as the person leading the current government is a scoundrel prime minister, and a completely uneducated alternate prime minister," he said, referring to Yesh Atid party head Yair Lapid.

"It hurts them, and that's why they rush to relate to us with their noses in the air and condescension, calling us all Bibistim [Netanyahu sycophants], thus creating a sense of a lack of understanding and ability to think for ourselves, which is characteristic of sectarian racism," he said.

 

Mati Tuchfeld

Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/the-opposition-government-is-back/

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