Saturday, March 24, 2018

Texas SJP and MSA Activists Revealed as Neo-Nazis in Poster Campaign - Sara Dogan

by Sara Dogan

Students advocate violence against Jews, praise Adolf Hitler.

Continuing its campaign to expose the campus organization Students for Justice in Palestine as neo-Nazis, the David Horowitz Freedom Center placed posters this week on the campuses of the University of Texas-San Antonio and the University of Texas-Arlington. The posters document comments that student activists affiliated with SJP have made on social media praising Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and calling for the extermination of the Jews. The posters also expose Berkeley Professor Hatem Bazian, a co-founder of SJP, as an anti-Semite and supporter of the anti-Israel terror group Hamas.

Statements shared by SJP activists on social media, which are documented on the posters include:

“How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough”

 “Wow White Jews are so entitled LMFAOOO Please die.”

“Had to write about a leader for DCL class. Wrote about Hitler. Cuz he’s a boss.”

Students for Justice in Palestine was co-founded in 2001 by Hamas-supporting Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian who has openly called for an intifada, or violent uprising, in America, and has shared anti-Semitic memes on social media. One of the posters placed on the campuses exposes Bazian’s recent anti-Semitic tweet which featured a caricature of an Orthodox Jew with the caption “MOM LOOK! I IS CHOSEN! I CAN NOW KILL, RAPE, SMUGGLE ORGANS & AND STEAL THE LAND OF PALESTINIANS *YAY* ASHKE-NAZI.”

SJP employs funds from the terrorist party Hamas—funneled to American campuses through an intermediary group, American Muslims for Palestine, chaired by Professor Bazian—in order to launch an all-out political assault on the Jewish state and to create a climate of hatred towards Jews and students who support Israel on campus. 

As a result of this support and funding from Hamas, SJP has become the principal collegiate organization in the Hamas terror network and the campus propaganda war against Israel. It heavily promotes the Hamas-endorsed and funded Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, a form of economic terrorism which seeks to weaken, delegitimize, and ultimately destroy the Jewish state. 

There has been no condemnation of Hamas by Students for Justice in Palestine or the Muslim Students Association because both are creations of the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization that translated Mein Kampf into Arabic in the Thirties and whose leader, Hassan al-Banna, was an open admirer of Hitler and launched the Islamic-Palestinian movement to “push the Jews into the sea”—a sentiment that is echoed in SJP’s perpetual protest chant to liberate Palestine “From the River to the Sea”—a genocidal call to destroy the entirety of the Jewish state which lies between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

In conjunction with the posters, the Freedom Center will soon be releasing a groundbreaking pamphlet titled “SJP: Neo-Nazis on Campus,” which reveals how Hamas has funded a generation of college activists who falsely portray the Jews as “colonial-settler” occupiers of a fictional state called “Palestine” and maliciously describe Israel—the only liberal democracy in the Middle East—as an “apartheid state,” leading to an outpouring of neo-Nazi hate and open calls for another Holocaust. 

The pamphlet contains profiles of SJP activists who have used social media to advocate for violence against the Jews, to spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and to exalt Nazi leader Hitler’s “final solution.” Among these profiles are several students at UTSA and UTA, the schools that were postered this week. These sections of the pamphlet are reproduced below.  

The pamphlet and posters are part of a larger Freedom Center campaign titled Stop University Support for Terrorists. Images of the posters that appeared at UTA ,UTSA, and other campuses may be viewed here

University of Texas-San Antonio: Nour Rafati

A member of both Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at the University of Texas-San Antonio, graduate student Nour Rafati utilized social media to repeatedly joke about the Holocaust and Hitler, clearly both subjects of great humor for her, and to broadcast her hatred for Jews and supporters of Israel. 

Her many tweets include:

‘I’m so glad I survived the Holocaust so that I could be here with you all today.”
 “I <3 my Holocaust pic.”
“We have a really mean cat in our backyard that beats up the others and my mom calls him “el ya7oodi [the jew]” lol.”
“just deleted the jew lover and anyone that has anything to do with her.”
“RT @Christeen_K: Sometimes I just wanna slap a thousand Jews.”
@Christeen_K have a safe trip habibtii! slap a jew for me ;)”
“Favorite this if you support Israel…so I can block you.”
“My blood boils every time someone says “Israel.” Can’t help it.”
“ew just passed by the Christians United for Israel table.”
“ew just listened to a Zionist talk out of his a** for 6 minutes #Idkwhy.”
Rafati also tweeted a meme featuring Hitler, commenting, “Hitler memes are the funniest.”

University of Texas-Arlington: Tareq Abdallah, Nancy Salem, and classmates

A student at the University of Texas-Arlington, Tareq Abdallah’s twitter feed is full of vile anti-Semitic tropes, threats of violence towards Jews and Zionists and adulation for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Abdullah also maintains close connections with other UT-Arlington students, including members of SJP and MSA on campus, who express similar neo-Nazi views.

Abdallah’s tweets glorifying Hitler include:

“Hitler you my mf nigga ”

“Hitler is considered palestinian in my books.”

“Where tf is Hitler at.”

Hitler is the man of the match, he raised warriors .”

“If you could witness any historical moment, which one would it be? — Holocaust.”

Not content to merely praise those who slaughtered Jews, Abdallah has made numerous threats to commit violence and murder against Jews on his Twitter feed. He has also explicitly expressed his support for the anti-Israel terrorist group Hamas. These tweets include:  

“I swear if I Jew gets within 5 feet from me at the protest and says a word, straight murder.”

“Gimme an AK and drop me off in gaza, I promise I’ll go on a killing spree, f**k Jews.”

“I wish some Jew would talk s**t about Palestine….then I’d have a reason to whoop his ass.”

“No fear at all #hamaswillneverdie.”

“Hamas is the true meaning of fighters who stand strong #FreePalestine.”

“Hamas all day my nigga adham.”

His tweets echoing anti-Semitic tropes including the idea that Jews are stingy include:

“@farahqadorable you just said 50k smh I smell a Jew.”

On August 13, 2014, Abdallah tweeted: “@islamisisevilny @_Kurdyy_ y’all are stingy af and Jew supporters, and y’all call yallselfs Muslims supporting Israel killing Palestinians.”

“Whoever said all Jews arnt bad people lied.”

“Cheap people <<< damn Jew.”

“#ToMyFutureSon dont be cheap its a sign ur turning into a jew.”

Nancy Salem

While a student at the University of Texas-Arlington, Nancy Salem was an activist with the Hamas front group Students for Justice in Palestine. She has used her Twitter account to repeatedly praise Hitler, share jokes about the Holocaust and killing Jews, and spread virulent anti-Semitic tropes such as insinuating that Jews are money-grubbing and selfish. She also participated in the genocidal and Hamas-funded Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and frequently interacted with other anti-Semites and neo-Nazi activists on social media.

When one of Salem’s tweets advocating the slaughter of Jews went viral she was fired from her job of two years at an early childhood center. That tweet read: “Have a safe trip Lulu. I love you baby girl! See you in 3 weeks! Kiss the Palestine ground for me and kill some jews! <3 #IMissYouAlready.”
Other tweets of Salem’s include:

“‘@DictatorHitler: How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough’ @PrincessLulllu @thearabgirl HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHAHA.”

“‘@DictatorHitler: Gassed a Jew, I’m sweating #Heil’ OMG.”

“‘How was the copper wire invented? They threw a penny between two Jews.’ LOLACHAUST.”

“‘@DictatorHitler: If Moday [Monday] was a person he’d be Jewish’ @thearabgirl @wowreallywow ”
Salem also shared her messages demonizing Israel and also America as Israel’s defender. 
Her tweets include:

“I can’t wait for the day America stops being Israel’s little lap dog and wakes up. #BigDreams #Inshallah.”

“Hamas is actually defending our people unlike the Israeli army who will kill anyone.”

She also tweeted images of signs she made for an anti-Israel protest which read,

“Israel Is Real Terrorism,” and “Dear USA, your 9/11 is our 24/7.” A third sign accused Israel of being an apartheid state.

Abdallah’s and Salem’s neo-Nazi sentiments are not uncommon among their classmates at UT-Arlington, many of whom have stated similar thoughts on their social media accounts. 

One such classmate is Heba Asi, an activist with SJP and MSA at UT-Arlington and a supporter of the Hamas-funded BDS movement against Israel. Asi is also related to Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist Mohammed Assi, her cousin, who participated in the bombing of a Tel Aviv bus that wounded 28 civilians and was later honored by Hamas and PIJ after being killed by Israeli special forces.

Asi has made anti-Semitic and pro-Hamas comments on twitter including:

“I’m all for the destruction of the Zionist state Israel and 100% pro hamas.”

“Any one who isn’t pro hamas has either never been to Palestine, uneducated, or a Zionist.”

“I hope anyone who is for the zionist acts in palestine, burn in hell!”

“@Dino94 hahaha calling a palestinian a Jew is like calling a black person the N word!”
“I honestly dont feel that sypathetic about the holocaust..#SorryNotSorry.”

Dannah Mahmoud, an activist with SJP and MSA at UT-Arlington, also repeatedly expressed support for Hamas and hatred and disgust for the Jews on social media, including tweeting that her favorite “Arabic curse” is “Allah yikhrab beit il yahood [May Allah destroy the homes of the Jews].”
Other tweets from Mahmoud include:

“Falasteen ibladna wil yahood ichlabna [Palestine is our land and the Jews are our dogs].”

“Reading about palestine really depresses the f**kin hell out of me. Allah yil3an il yahood [May Allah curse the Jews].”

“@3bdElMassi7318 @CNN 100% it doesn’t. But you’ll never hear that from the yahood [Jews] who control the media.”

“Every thing Israel claims as its own is stolen from Arabs. Land, culture, food etc. thats the problem when youre scum with nothing of ur own.”

“‘@BeardoTweets: Blaming Hamas for firing rockets is like blaming a woman for punching her rapist. #FreeGaza #GazaUnderAttack’ accurate af.”

“Israel has been terrorizing Palestinians way before Hamas was even there now they just have a scapegoat.”

Other activists with SJP at UT-Arlington shared similar thoughts, denying or joking about the existence of the Holocaust. These include Ismail Said Aboukar, also a member of MSA, who tweeted “#LiesToldInSchool the holocaust” and Mariam Ghanem who tweeted “Lol let’s stuff some Jews in the oven.”

Sara Dogan


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Border Patrol Fights Back - Matthew Vadum

by Matthew Vadum

U.S. officials are refusing to hand over criminal aliens to California.

The U.S. Border Patrol is reportedly fighting back against California’s openly seditious statewide sanctuary laws by refusing to hand over illegal aliens with felony warrants to police in California.

This makes perfect sense, according to the law of unintended consequences. It is an appropriate, tactically innovative way to counter California’s ridiculous laws that seek to nullify federal immigration legislation.

Rodney Scott, the chief patrol agent in the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector, previously said that the Golden State’s sanctuary laws were making normal cooperation between his agency and local law enforcement difficult. 

This is because California now largely forbids cooperation with federal immigration authorities, a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause. State law there now imposes draconian restrictions on communication between local police and federal immigration enforcement, including information regarding when criminal aliens are scheduled to be released from local jails.

According to the Daily Caller, Scott recently entered into evidence a declaration in support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit aimed at California’s reckless sanctuary state laws. 

In the declaration Scott recounted several instances in which San Diego sector border agents determined that they could not hand over custody of a criminal alien to local law enforcement because local officials could not be trusted to return the alien to federal custody after processing by the courts.

According to the news report:

“In each instance, the Border Patrol Agent determined it was not appropriate, consistent with his or her federal responsibilities to ensure the enforcement of immigration law, to release a criminal alien to the state and local law enforcement,” Scott said in a court declaration. “This was because, although the alien was subject to removal, if released to California law enforcement, the alien would ultimately be released into the public.”
So now Border Patrol agents, unlike California officials, are putting the public interest first. This effort aimed at the lawlessness of sanctuary jurisdictions is something that patriotic Americans should applaud.

For years jailers in California and other liberal states have been refusing to honor detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE), often with disastrous results.

Felon and serial deportee Jose Inez Garcia Zarate killed Kate Steinle, 32, on July 1, 2015, after then-San Francisco sheriff Ross Mirkarimi (D), a wife-beating, driver license-suspended, gun permit-revoked, illegal alien-loving radical leftist ignored a detainer notice and put the Mexican national back on the streets.

Since Steinle’s untimely death, others have been killed by illegal aliens freed by detention centers that refused to respect ICE detainers, according to a long list compiled by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

For example, in July 2016, Marilyn Pharis, 64, was raped, tortured, and murdered in her home in Santa Maria, Calif., allegedly by illegal alien Victor Aureliano Martinez Ramirez, a Mexican national, after a detainer was ignored and he was released from jail.

Two months later Danny Centeno-Miranda, 17, of Loudoun County, Va., was murdered by illegal alien Jose Espinosa De Dios, a citizen of Mexico, after the perpetrator was set free when a detainer was ignored.

Meanwhile, some local governments are revolting against California’s sanctuary laws.

After Los Alamitos in Orange County preliminarily approved a local ordinance defying the state law and filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against California, officials in Orange County and other cities say they may also opt out of the sanctuary state law. Officials in Aliso Viejo and Buena Park and up to another dozen localities are also considering opting out.

"This is important for us, for our city, for our community," Warren Kusumoto (R), the mayor pro tempore of Los Alamitos and author of the ordinance said. "We are a little city in Orange County, but we're tired of things coming out of Sacramento that just don't make sense, and now others are telling us they feel the same way."

Thursday on Fox News Channel, Michelle Steel (R), an immigrant from South Korea who is now a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, blamed Democrats for causing the problem. “Left-wing legislators” in the state capital “created this chaos,” she said.

Kusumoto said state lawmakers are “bullying” city leaders. Outside groups are having people call him at home from Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, and Florida and read from a script, he said.

Antsy Democrats have been slinging invective and abuse at Los Alamitos officials for days. California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon (D) said the move by Los Alamitos was "a symbolic vote in favor of President Trump's racist immigration enforcement policies."

Kusumoto, whose grandparents came to the U.S. from Japan, ridiculed de Leon. 

"The bullies on the left—they are out there trying to paint us as racist,” he said. “We're not. Or they are trying to paint us as anti-immigrant, and we're not. I come from immigrants—I am not anti-immigrant. That's the sad part. Those who protest us paint a broad brush and they do it for effect."

News of the rebellion against oppressive California laws came as the U.S. House of Representatives voted 256 to 167 yesterday to approve an omnibus spending bill that would fund the federal government through the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30. The vote took place less than 24 hours after the text of the fiscal legislation was revealed. At least a brief partial shutdown seems likely because the U.S. Senate isn’t currently expected to vote on the bill until 1 a.m. on Saturday, an hour after the federal government’s legal authority to spend money runs out.

As expected, at a staggering 2,232 pages, the monster spending legislation that only became public late Wednesday forsakes conservatives in a multitude of ways. (The full text of the bill is available here.)

“A more complete betrayal of the electorate I have not witnessed. #omnibus[,]” conservative Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) tweeted soon after the vote.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) urged President Trump to veto the bill that is larded down with left-wing priorities. “Planned Parenthood, Gateway Bridge, Planned Parenthood, trillion dollar deficit, and no wall,” Jordan said.

But barring dramatic new developments, that is not going to happen. President Trump has already thrown away his bargaining power and capitulated on the Democrat-friendly omnibus bill.

"The president supports the bill, looks forward to signing it," Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney said yesterday.

Why President Trump supports this omnibus measure is unclear. It undermines him.

Its enactment would hand Democrats a spectacular victory by failing to block the flow of federal grant monies to illegal alien-shielding sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco that brazenly obstruct federal immigration enforcement. The sanctuary movement gave illegal aliens permission to rob, rape, and murder Americans by, among other things, stigmatizing immigration enforcement. Sanctuary cities should be called traitor cities because they are in open rebellion against the United States every bit as much as the Confederates were when they opened fire on Fort Sumter.

The omnibus bill also provides barely any funding for the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall that was a centerpiece of Trump’s election campaign. The bill contains $1.57 billion for limited border fencing and improved border enforcement technology, which is barely a fraction of the $25 billion the Trump administration originally sought for border security.

OMB’s Mulvaney said the omnibus bill funds 110 miles of border barriers, only 33 of which cover areas of open border that currently lack walls or fencing.

Last year the president vowed to construct the wall, which would require building on 700 to 900 miles, in his first term, but according to one calculation, at this rate it would take more than a decade to finish the job.

Even though Democrats obviously ran the table on Republicans during the omnibus negotiations, it still wasn’t enough for plenty of Democrats.

"Anyone who votes for the omnibus is voting for the deportation of Dreamers and other immigrants,” whined small-c communist congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) in a press release before the roll call vote.

“You will be voting to take money from law-abiding taxpayers – some of whom are immigrants – and give that money to privately-run prisons that will make a profit off of each and every human being our government hands over to them for detention and then deportation."

A legislative fix allowing those who have benefitted from the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to receive legal certainty about their status in the country or perhaps an immigration amnesty was left out of the omnibus bill. There are around 700,000 DACA-eligible individuals who came as young people to the U.S. but they are a small subset of perhaps around 4 million or so so-called DREAMers, many of whom failed to apply for relief under DACA but who could conceivably qualify under the kind of amnesty Democrats want. 

Although Trump ordered DACA ended back in September, an overreaching leftist judge ordered the administration to continue taking renewal applications under the program from status-holders who failed to meet an October deadline. The constitutionally dubious court order remains in effect.

Matthew Vadum, senior vice president at the investigative think tank Capital Research Center, is an award-winning investigative reporter and author of the book, "Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers."


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Trump’s Choice of Bolton Reflects American Greatness - Daniel Greenfield

by Daniel Greenfield

The political warriors from the Freedom Center’s events are Trump’s newest fighters.

Fifteen years ago, North Korea banned John Bolton from the useless nuclear talks. “Such human scum and bloodsucker is not entitled to take part in the talks,” its foreign ministry declared.

North Korea had freaked out because then Undersecretary of State Bolton had called Kim Jong Il, a “tyrannical dictator” and life in the socialist hellhole, a “hellish nightmare”.

Bolton would later describe that as one of his proudest moments.

Back then, North Korea had defended the move by pointing out that Bolton’s views differed "from the recent remarks of the U.S. president". And so it could claim that he didn’t represent the United States.

Fifteen years later the game has changed. Kim Jong Il is dead and the President of the United States has called his successor, “little rocket man”, a “madman” and “short and fat”.

John Bolton very definitely does represent the views of this president.

And to prove it, President Trump has appointed him as his new National Security Adviser.

Bolton knew then that appeasing the North Korean dictatorship would never work. Bill Clinton’s bad North Korean deal paved the way for the even worse Iran deal. It took a decade and a half for an administration to actually listen to him. And his appointment sends a clear signal to North Korea.

The media had been buzzing that McMaster would be replaced by a more conciliatory figure on North Korea. The establishment even had their man all lined up. Trump also sent them a clear message.

President Trump is tired of the failed establishment foreign policy of appeasement. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was replaced over the Iran deal. The new lineup of Pompeo heading the State Department and Bolton cleaning house at the NSC shows Trump is ready to get tough on the Mullahs and the Norks.

McMaster spent his tenure at the National Security Council ruthlessly forcing out Trump supporters while protecting Obama holdovers. His obstructionism enabled the leakers undermining the president. He refused to call out Islam, put a Hamas apologist on the Israel desk, and blocked the investigations of the eavesdropping and unmasking efforts aimed at the future president by Obama associates.

Now that’s over and done with.  And the worst of the Democrats are already ranting and raving.

Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Adam  Schiff, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Rep. Betty McCollum and many other lefties don’t want Bolton. Ellison called him, “dangerous”, Rep. Boyle dubbed him a “dangerous radical”, Rep. Bass accused him of “peddling hatred of Muslims”, and Rep. Don Beyer wailed, "Trump desperately needs tempered and measured voices around him, Bolton is neither of those things."

John Bolton is actually tempered and measured. He’s been tempered by his struggles against a bureaucracy more interested in protecting careerists and their agendas than defending America. And he has been measured by the President of the United States as a voice he wants around him.

Bolton is also a voice that the Freedom Center and its supporters have wanted around them.

The new National Security Adviser was a favorite speaker at Freedom Center events from California to Texas to Florida. From the Restoration Weekend to the Wednesday Morning Club, he was always brimming with confidence in this country’s strength and outrage at the betrayals of her leaders.

At a 2014 Restoration Weekend, Bolton powerfully indicted Obama for sending a "signal of American weakness" and urged the rise of a presidential candidate who would understand that, "a strong America is the best way to protect our interests and preserve the peace". Now that has finally come to pass.

Bolton is not the only familiar face from the Center in this administration. A Washington Post hit piece from last year bitterly complained that, “Since its formation in 1988, the Freedom Center has helped cultivate a generation of political warriors seeking to upend the Washington establishment. These warriors include some of the most powerful and influential figures in the Trump administration: Attorney General Sessions, senior policy adviser (Stephen) Miller.” And more are joining their ranks.

Larry Kudlow, the new White House economic adviser, has known David Horowitz since the founding of the Freedom Center and is a former member of the Center’s board. He joins Sessions, an Annie Taylor award recipient from the Center, Miller and now Bolton.

And they’re not alone.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke spoke at a Wednesday Morning Club.

Rep. Jim Bridenstine was nominated to head NASA. Senator Patty Murray attacked him for his appearances at "conferences at the David Horowitz Freedom Center". Rep. Bridenstine was indeed a popular Restoration Weekend speaker whose 2016 speech was about why Trump won.

“What other candidate would have talked about how Hillary Clinton attempted to silence and shame the victims of Bill Clinton?  What other candidate would have brought up the fact that Hillary Clinton said that they were part of a vast right-wing conspiracy?” he asked.

And which other president would have made Bolton his National Security Advisor? Which other president would have picked Sessions, Miller, Kudlow, Zinke, Bridenstine and so many others?

It takes a warrior to pick the political warriors who want to fight to win. And who understand that standing up to bullies, thugs and tyrants is less likely to lead to a fight than surrendering to them.

Bolton and Kudlow are part of a vigorous new wave of picks by President Trump. They’re part of his strategy to remake the administration to better reflect his vision, his strategy and his message.

The David Horowitz Freedom Center has spent decades waiting for a man who would lead the fight. And it’s happy to see many of the political warriors who have rallied the troops at its weekends, who lifted spirits in the years when things were hard and convinced us that victory was on the way, in his army.

The fight is what it has always been: to leave America greater, happier, more prosperous, stronger and more secure than it has been in generations.  There was a time when this vision was on the decline. There was a time when malaise and appeasement ruled the day. We were told that we had to cringe before dictators, accept the impoverishment of our economy and the narrowing of our horizons.

President Trump rejected that defeatism. As President Reagan had rejected it before him. And Bolton, Kudlow and Bridenstine represent vital elements of that rejection of despair and embrace of hope.

The common qualities that they share are optimism, determination and a willingness to fight.

Those are also the defining qualities of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, of Front Page Magazine, and of you, our readers, the men and women whose comments enlighten me and whom I have met in person at countless Freedom Center events, including our annual Restoration Weekend.

We believe that America can be great again. And we are willing to fight for it.

There was a time when that was a minority view. Now it’s becoming the majority consensus. There was a time when many took it for granted that we shouldn’t upset dictators or go big on the economy.

Fifteen years ago, North Korea got its way. That time is over.

President Trump’s choice sent that message to North Korea. But it also sent it to the appeasement lobby. The era of American weakness is over. The age of American greatness has begun.

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.


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UNHRC tally: Five resolutions against Israel, two against Syria - Rick Moran

by Rick Moran

U.N. ambassador Haley says it is the council itself that is "foolish and unworthy of its name."

The United Nations Human Rights Council ended its longest session of the year Friday and issued several resolutions condemning human rights practices in several countries.

One resolution each was passed naming South Sudan, Burma, and North Korea. Two resolutions were passed naming Syria.

And five resolutions were passed condemning Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians.
U.N. ambassador Nikki Halley railed against the council, accusing it of bias and of looking "foolish and unworthy of its name."

Associated Press:
Haley said it is time for "the countries who know better to demand changes," saying many agree the council's agenda "is grossly biased against Israel, but too few are willing to fight it."
"When that happens, as it did today, the council fails to fulfill its duty to uphold human rights around the world," she said.
Haley said the Trump administration is continuing to evaluate its membership in the Human Rights Council.
"Our patience is not unlimited," she said. "Today's actions make clear that the organization lacks the credibility needed to be a true advocate for human rights."
When you consider that the UNHRC has several cutthroat regimes sitting in judgment on Israel and the West, you can add "idiotic" to Haley's description.
What makes the council's bias against Israel even more ridiculous is that its members believe that people take them seriously. There are serious and nauseating violations of human rights in many places, including several Muslim countries governed by conservative clerics. By not addressing the fundamental violations of human rights in places like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, the UNHRC becomes a parody of itself.
Africa is a cesspool of corruption and violence against individuals. Asia has its share of outlaw nations. The U.S. has been complaining about this almost since the UNHRC came into existence in 2006. And nothing has been done to change the bylaws that would prevent a nation like Venezuela from judging Israel.
I don't think Trump would hesitate to pull out of the council. If that happened, it would become even more irrelevant than it already is.

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Bombshell reveal: A grand jury already is hearing evidence on DOJ and FBI scandals - Thomas Lifson

by Thomas Lifson

They say that still water runs deep...

We are on the verge of a huge political explosion. While there have been calls for a special counsel to investigate the DOJ and FBI scandals, and many conservatives have been outraged at the seeming passivity of "Gentleman Jeff" Sessions (aka Sessionzzz in some quarters), it now is clear (as I have already figured) that a grand jury far outside the Beltway already is hearing evidence dug up by DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz, whose report is now believed to be coming in April. Following release of that report, expect heads to explode all over the media, all over the Deep State, and among NeverTrumps. 

The first hint that the wheels of justice already are turning came on March 7, when A.G. Sessions revealed to Shannon Bream:
I have appointed a person outside of Washington, many years in the Department of Justice to look at all the allegations that the House Judiciary Committee members sent to us; and we're conducting that investigation.

When a federal prosecutor digs into an investigation, a grand jury is impaneled to issue subpoenas and hear testimony. And yesterday, in a response to a subpoena from House Judiciary Committee chairman Robert Goodlatte, the DOJ confirmed that a grand jury indeed exists to investigate the issues uncovered by I.G. Horowitz, who has been referring criminal matters to the DOJ for some time.

As so often in this labyrinth, Sundance of Conservative Treehouse is way ahead of the rest of the media in untangling the threads to reveal what is really going on. The first indication came less than a week ago:
Within the response letter from Michael Bromwich, the attorney representing fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, you might note the following (emphasis mine):
[...] The investigation described in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report was cleaved off from the larger investigation of which it was a part, its completion expedited, and the disciplinary process completed in a little over a week. Mr. McCabe and his counsel were given limited access to a draft of the OIG report late last month, did not see the final report and the evidence on which it is based until a week ago, and were receiving relevant exculpatory evidence as recently as two days ago. (pdf link)
Within the Office of Professional Responsibility guidelines for Attorney Representation you might also note the following (again, emphasis mine):
The majority of OPR investigations are administrative in nature, and employees are not entitled to counsel as a matter of law. However, counsel may be permitted if counsel does not interfere with or delay the interview. Counsel must be actually retained by the employee as his legal representative, not as an observer. Counsel are not permitted access to certain confidential criminal investigative information and may not be permitted access to grand jury information.. (link)
That makes it pretty clear that information is being withheld, but technically, it says only that it can be withheld in order to protect the secrecy of grand jury proceedings. But yesterday came further confirmation. Sundance exults:
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is one of the top three people throughout the entirety of congress with a comprehensive knowledge of the events surrounding the investigations of the FBI and DOJ. Chairman Goodlatte is one of only four people outside the DOJ who have read the full DOJ FISA application used for a Title-1 Surveillance warrant of Carter Page.
The House Judiciary Committee holds the primary statutory oversight over the U.S. Department of Justice. Additionally, Chairman Goodlatte is the congressional office working closest with DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. In short, Goodlatte is the center of all 'oversight' information circling the investigations into the DOJ and FBI.
However, all of that said, even Chairman Bob Goodlatte doesn't, and shouldn't, know what criminal investigations are underway. We've explained this dynamic of disconnect numerous times. We really began emphasizing this when AG Jeff Sessions admitted he brought in a prosecutor from outside Washington DC to work with Inspector General Horowitz.
You can read the Goodlatte Subpoenas – HERE – along with the letter that accompanies his demand. However, more important is the response from the DOJ as communicated by Fox News journalist Chad Pergram (emphasis mine):

Oh, what's that? Yes, the DOJ has to review the demand for evidence because release of those documents might conflict with ongoing Grand Jury information (evidence). Yes, that means a Grand Jury is impaneled, exactly as we expected.
Yes, that also means there are "law enforcement actions" currently ongoing as a result of the prosecutor assigned to reviewing the evidence discovered by Inspector General Horowitz.
Our patience will be rewarded after the I.G.'s report is published. The federal prosecutor already has that evidence, thanks to the criminal referrals from Horowitz
As soon as the IG publishes his report, the prosecutor can begin subpoenaing witnesses. And now we know there's already a Grand Jury seated somewhere hearing the criminal evidence he/she has carved out from the overwhelming IG evidence as collected.
My own suspicion is that the grand jury already has quietly heard testimony from cooperating witnesses who have struck deals with the prosecutor because the evidence against them is so strong that their best strategy is to minimize their criminal liability and prison time. That list of possible witnesses would include Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, and Bruce Ohr, which would explain why they continue to draw salaries.

Lay in a supply of popcorn. This is going to make Watergate look like the petty burglary it was.

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UN demands Israel compensate it for facilities damaged in Gaza war - Shlomo Cesana

by Shlomo Cesana

Israel has presented ample evidence proving terrorists used U.N. structures to hide weapons, fire rockets 

The United Nations Secretariat said Thursday that Israel was liable for the damage caused to U.N. facilities in the Gaza Strip during the 2014 war with Hamas, and demanded restitution.
No details were given as to the amount the U.N. was demanding as compensation.

The Secretariat maintains that schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees were damaged in Israeli strikes carried out during Operation Protective Edge.

Israel has presented ample evidence that U.N. and UNRWA facilities were used by Hamas to hide weapons and launch rockets at Israel. The Secretariat, however, has made no attempt to demand similar restitution from the terrorist group that controls Gaza.

"Israel will take any action necessary to defend its citizens and foil any threat posed to their safety and security," Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon said Thursday.

"Instead of making demands of Israel, the U.N. should ask Hamas for compensation, for using its [U.N.] facilities to harm civilians," Danon said.

"It [the U.N.] should also investigate how time and again, a terrorist group, which uses Gazans as human shields, exploits these facilities for its own use," he said.

Following the 2014 conflict, then-U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon established a commission of inquiry to investigate incidents where U.N. facilities in Gaza were used by terrorists. The report attributed several attacks in which schools were hit by artillery fire and airstrikes to Israeli military operations.

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Bracing for potentially violent march, IDF boosts deployment along Israel-Gaza border - Nikki Guttman, Daniel Siryoti, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff

by Nikki Guttman, Daniel Siryoti, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff 

Hamas says it wants to "frighten Israelis" with images of massive crowds gathering near border, urges West Bank Palestinians to clash with IDF

The Israel Defense Forces on Thursday began reinforcing the Israel-Gaza border area in an effort to prevent a planned mass march from becoming violent and breaching the border fence.

Hamas, the terrorist group that rules Gaza, has called for a series of "peaceful protests" beginning March 30, when the Palestinian mark Land Day in commemoration of a 1976 incident in which Israeli forces killed six unarmed Arab citizens and wounded about a hundred amid violent riots.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians are expected to participate in the march. Hamas urged Palestinians in the West Bank to clash with Israeli security forces and settlers to keep the conflict "raging."

The protests are expected to gain momentum ahead of Israel's 70th Independence Day in mid-April, and they are likely to be fueled further by the U.S. Embassy's move to Jerusalem, slated for May.

"We want to frighten the Israelis with the images of massive crowds of people who peaceably gather and sit close to the border. We are working to bring out more than 100,000 people for the march," Hamas spokesman Ahmed Abu Retaima said.

The terrorist group has reportedly allotted some $10 million for its protests.

Bracing for potential violence, the IDF Southern Command has bolstered deployment along the border, adding clusters of coiled barbed wire to various points of the fence, where military bulldozers are working on the IDF's underground tunnel barrier, to prevent protests from reaching it and potentially sabotaging the project.

The military further plans to deploy additional heavy machinery along the border, as well as have snipers at the ready.

The troops have been instructed to exercise maximum restraint so as to minimize the number of Palestinian casualties.

Border Police Deputy Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai told the Hadashot evening news that if need be, a new crowd control measure will be deployed as well – a drone that can drop tear gas.

"Beyond the fact that this equipment neutralizes any danger to the troops, it enables us to reach places that until now we couldn't get to," Shabtai, who pioneered the drone's development, said.

The drone is designed to transport six canisters of tear gas at a time. It can drop them individually, in clusters, or all at once. Security forces are working to increase the drone's payload to 12 canisters, the report said.

The Hamas march "is clearly an attempt to break through the fences, and they are ready to tolerate losses," journalist Ehud Yaari, a senior Hadashot analyst and an international fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told the Bloomberg news agency.

Habayit Hayehudi leader Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Thursday that "the key here is to prevent them [Palestinian protesters] from crossing the fence, at any cost, while on the other hand avoid any unnecessary casualties, so as not to play into their hands."

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Palestinians Tortured; Media Silent - Bassam Tawil

by Bassam Tawil

Both Palestinian dictatorships, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, have nothing to worry about; they can go about their business of torturing and illegally detaining their own people. No one is watching.

  • The real story now is no longer about what the foreign correspondents are reporting related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rather, it is about what they are not reporting.
  • In its report -- which so far appears to have been of less than no interest to both the foreign media and international human rights groups -- the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights states that it has received complaints of torture and mistreatment from 46 Palestinians detained by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas during the month of February 2018 alone.
  • Both Palestinian dictatorships, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, therefore have nothing to worry about; they can go about their business of torturing and illegally detaining their own people. No one is watching.
What happens when Palestinians make allegations of torture and assaults on their public freedoms? If the finger is being pointed at Israel, the international media falls over itself to bring the story to the broadest possible audience.

The story would not even end there. Human rights organizations and United Nations agencies would blast Israel for "abusing" Palestinian human rights and the Security Council would hold an emergency session to condemn Israel.

The response, however, when Palestinians fall victim to the practices of their own governments -- the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip -- is a completely different one. That is when silence descends upon the international media community hides behind a blue wall of silence

How can one account for this sinkhole in communications? Simple: when the story is not about alleged atrocities committed by Israel, from the point of view of the Western media outlets it is presumably not a tale worthy of being told.

For most Western reporters, the only wrongdoing they see is that which takes place by Israelis. For them, a Jewish soldier who shouts at a Palestinian at a checkpoint is more worthy of a story than, say, Palestinian detainees who are tortured by the Palestinian Authority or Hamas.

Those who are familiar with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the way the international media operates in the Middle East are not surprised by this one-sided, unprofessional and biased coverage.

Middle East correspondents regularly turn a blind eye to human rights abuses committed by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

Some journalists are possibly afraid that if they report a story that may reflect negatively on the Palestinians, they will be accused of being "on the payroll of the Jewish lobby" or, even worse, of being "Zionist agents serving the Israeli propaganda machine."

Or perhaps they fear that they will be denied still further access to the Palestinian propaganda machine.

It is also important to note that most of the foreign correspondents rely on Palestinian assistants or "fixers" who often dictate to them the tone that their reporting on the Palestinians must take.

Local Palestinian "fixers" do not want foreign correspondents to report about the rampant abuses taking place on the Palestinian side. These "fixers" see themselves as loyal soldiers serving their people and their cause. They consider themselves to be mouthpieces for Palestinian leaders and institutions and would be horrified avoid at the idea of hanging dirty laundry out in the open.

Why is this relevant now? Because there is always a need to remind readers how the foreign media "misses" many significant stories related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The real story now is no longer about what the foreign correspondents are reporting. Rather, it is about what they are not reporting.

Take, for example, the latest report published by the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), whose duties and responsibilities are "to follow-up and ensure that different Palestinian laws, by-laws and regulations, and the work of various departments, agencies and institutions of the Palestinians meet the requirements for safeguarding human rights."

In its report -- which so far appears to have been of less than no interest to both the foreign media and international human rights groups -- the ICHR states that it has received complaints of torture and mistreatment from 46 Palestinians detained by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas during the month of February 2018 alone.

More than half of the complaints, 27 in number, come from Palestinians who were arrested by the Palestinian Authority, while 19 come from Palestinians living under Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Had such a report of torture been published by the Israeli left-wing group B'Tselem, it would have won the attention of the international community. Why? Because the group appears fixated only on Israeli violations, while rigorously ignoring what is happening in Palestinian-controlled detention centers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The report notes that during February, the ICHR also received complaints from 31 Palestinians about arbitrary and unlawful detentions, both at the hands of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

Again, most of the arrests took place in areas controlled by the Western-funded and trained Palestinian Authority security forces. Some of the detainees were taken into custody on the basis of an arrest warrant signed by a senior Palestinian official, usually the governor of a city.

The report also found that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas were continuing to harass Palestinian journalists and political activists because of their views and their postings on social media.

One journalist, who was not identified by name, was arrested in the Gaza Strip for posting remarks critical of Hamas. Another journalist was arrested by Hamas for reporting about human rights violations committed by the terrorist group.

In the West Bank, during February, Palestinian Authority security forces arrested two Palestinian university students from Hebron for their activities on campus, according to the report.

Pictured: Dr. Ammar Dwaik (center), Director General of the Independent Commission for Human Rights. (Image source: ICHR)

During the same month, the ICHR also received complaints from Palestinians that their homes had been raided by Palestinian Authority security officers, who illegally seized computers, mobile phones, cash and other personal belongings.

The report also details other forms of human rights violation committed by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, such as travel bans and failure to implement court orders.

On several occasions, for instance, the Palestinian Authority security forces chose to ignore court verdicts ordering the release of detainees. This mockery of the judicial system is common under both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

The ICHR report is not confidential. On the contrary, it has been released for public consumption and is available for review on the organization's website. Everyone has access to it.

One would assume that Middle East correspondents might be interested in such reports — no, far from it.

In the eyes of foreign correspondents, this ICHR report is "problematic" because it deals with a topic that is not in line with their agenda, which considers Israel solely responsible for all human rights violations in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Some foreign correspondents may argue, in their defense, that they cannot report such stories because to do so they would need to go to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and this could endanger their lives. In other words, the correspondents admit that the Palestinians implicitly threaten them into avoiding such stories.

One can only wonder about the professionalism of journalists who consciously and consistently fail to report abuse on the part of the Palestinians.

One also wonders how they think they are doing a service to the Palestinians by turning a blind eye to the human rights abuses committed by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. Are the journalists familiar with term "free pass"?

The Palestinians are, first and foremost, victims of their dictatorial and abusive leaders.
Sadly, they are done no service by a biased and unprofessional media that acts as sort of collective "yes-men" to widespread human rights violations under the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

Both Palestinian dictatorships, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, therefore have nothing to worry about; they can go about their business of torturing and illegally detaining their own people. No one is watching.

Bassam Tawil is a Muslim based in the Middle East.


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