Friday, May 10, 2019

U.S. Prepares to Confront Possible Iranian Attacks - Joseph Klein


by Joseph Klein

While the Mullahs cut back on their nuclear deal commitments.





Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled a scheduled meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in order to go to Baghdad on a sudden unannounced visit. His purpose was to warn Iraq’s leaders about a “very specific” threat of Iranian attacks which, he said, “were imminent.”  Secretary Pompeo told reporters after his meetings that he wanted assurances that Iraq is “able to adequately protect Americans in their country." Secretary Pompeo’s warning followed the deployment of a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group to the Middle East. The Pentagon has also sent nuclear-capable B-52s to the region.

There are approximately 5,200 U.S. troops currently in Iraq, who the Iranian regime has declared are legitimate targets. The regime has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, which is a vital navigation route for the shipments of global oil. Israel had also reportedly passed on intelligence to the United States within the last couple of weeks of an Iranian plan to attack either U.S. or U.S.-allied interests in the Gulf.

The Trump administration decided, along with the ratcheting up of its sanctions against Iran, that a strong military presence in the region is the best deterrence. The administration is positioning the United States to be fully prepared to protect the interests of the U.S. and its allies in the region against any aggression the Iranians may decide to launch themselves or through their proxies. Secretary Pompeo’s visit to Iraq was meant to convey personally the need for Iraq to do its part in preventing the Iran-backed militias in the country from attacking U.S. forces stationed in Iraq.

 "The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or regular Iranian forces," U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said in a statement last Sunday. The latest U.S. military deployments were intended, he said, “to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.”

It has been a year since President Trump pulled the United States out of the disastrous Obama-negotiated nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The other parties to the JCPOA - China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom – have remained in the deal. However, the Iranian regime is getting impatient with the Europeans for allegedly not fulfilling their supposed economic commitments while the Trump administration has imposed escalating sanctions that are crippling Iran’s economy.

The administration’s oil sanctions have been strengthened to the point that no more waivers to countries still purchasing oil from Iran will be granted. This means that countries that continue purchasing oil from Iran will face U.S. sanctions of their own. The Trump administration has also designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism while also controlling vast sectors of the Iranian economy, as a foreign terrorist organization. Any individual or company subject to U.S. jurisdiction doing business with any individuals or entities affiliated with any part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and/or the vast pieces of the Iranian economy it controls may find itself in serious legal jeopardy under U.S. law.

The Iranian economy’s free-fall is accelerating with even more U.S. sanctions being imposed. As a result, the Iranian regime’s leaders are lashing out in all directions, including military threats as well as steps to lay the groundwork for resuming their nuclear enrichment program at any level they wish.  

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that the “JCPOA is in critical condition bec (sic) of US - and Europe's failure to uphold its obligations. EU/E3 must step up for JCPOA to survive.” Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech on Wednesday that Iran no longer considered itself bound by its commitments regarding limits on the storage of enriched uranium and heavy water stocks. These are the building blocks for producing nuclear weapons. Moreover, he warned that Iran would resume high level uranium enrichment if the remaining parties to the JCPOA do not act to protect Iran’s banking and oil sectors within the next 60 days. "If the five countries came to the negotiating table and we reached an agreement, and if they could protect our interests in the oil and banking sectors, we will go back to square one (and will resume our commitments)," he said. President Rouhani also tweeted: “The EU/E3+2 will face Iran's further actions if they can not (sic) fulfill their obligations within the next 60 days and secure Iran's interests.”

Secretary of State Pompeo called Iran’s announcement “intentionally ambiguous” at a news conference in London with British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, following his Iraq visit. Secretary Pompeo added that for now the U.S. would “have to wait and see what Iran’s actions actually are.” 

While Russia and China are backing Iran and blaming the United States, the Western European countries still in the JCPOA may re-impose their own sanctions against Iran if Iran does resume its high level nuclear enrichment and other activities banned by the JCPOA. At his news conference with Secretary Pompeo, British Foreign Secretary Hunt warned Iran’s leaders of “consequences” if they break the nuclear deal. 

Ben Rhodes, Barack Obama’s former Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications who now is the co-chair of a group calling itself National Security Action, is very upset that the disastrous nuclear deal he so vigorously promoted is unraveling. Rhodes re-tweeted on his own twitter account the following tweet sent by his group: “The Trump administration has goaded Iran into escalation across realms: politically, economically, and, with Bolton’s recent saber-rattling, even militarily. We’re now in a confrontation that’s entirely needless because the Iran deal was working…”

Rhodes is spinning now, just as he did when he was selling Obama’s nuclear deal to Congress and the American people with smoke and mirrors. The JCPOA worked only to serve Iran’s interests. 

Perhaps the biggest flaw in the deal is the lack of effective international inspection mechanisms to verify Iran's full compliance with the JCPOA. Rhodes overpromised on this issue back in April 2015 when he said that under the nuclear deal, which was the still being negotiated, “you will have anywhere, anytime, 24/7 access as it relates to the nuclear facilities that Iran has.” He added that “if we see a site that we need to inspect on a military facility, we can get access to that site and inspect it. So if it's a suspicious site that we believe is related to its nuclear efforts, we can get access and inspect that site through the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency].” That turned out to be wishful thinking at best. The fact is that the Obama administration caved on the inspection issue in the face of Iran’s demands, including that its military sites were off limits to outside inspectors unless Iran agreed otherwise. After the nuclear deal was finalized in July 2015 without the access guarantees that Rhodes had promised, Rhodes shamelessly raised a red herring. “We never sought in this negotiation the capacity for so-called anytime, anywhere where you can basically go anywhere in the country, look at whatever you wanted to do, that had nothing to do with the nuclear program,” Rhodes said. There is no such access for activities that have everything to do with Iran's nuclear program.

The Iranians have made sure that the UN’s IAEA inspectors are not able to freely visit Iran’s military sites for unannounced inspections. Work on nuclear explosive trigger devices appears to have taken place at one or more of such off-limits military sites in the past. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano has admitted that when it comes to the IAEA’s capacity to check whether Iran was still conducting work on nuclear explosive device technology, which the JCPOA prohibits, his agency’s “tools are limited.”

The Obama administration also made a last-minute concession by agreeing to keep out of the text of the nuclear deal itself any prohibitions on Iranian testing of ballistic missiles designed to carry nuclear weapons. The Obama administration’s explanation was that the missiles had become a separate issue, to be dealt with under a United Nations Security Council resolution endorsing the nuclear deal that has turned out to be toothless. Iran has brazenly tested ballistic missiles since then, including missiles with the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” emblazoned on the sides. And Obama granted Iran relief upfront from the economic sanctions that had brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place. Iran has used the freed up monies, together with the cash ransom it received for releasing several American hostages, to finance its global terrorist network led by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The Obama administration was even weaker than a paper tiger. The Trump administration, on the other hand, is tenacious. It will not let up its maximum pressure on the rogue Iranian regime and will not accept mere words on a piece of paper with enough loopholes to fire a missile through.


Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/273716/us-prepares-confront-possible-iranian-attacks-joseph-klein

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Campuses Named in 'Jew Hatred' Report Targeted with Stealth Newspaper Campaign - Sara Dogan


by Sara Dogan


Exposing the Hitlerian tactics of the BDS movement against Israel.


In a stealth campaign to reach students directly, the David Horowitz Freedom Center has secretly distributed 1000 copies of a newspaper containing its new report on the rising tide of Jew Hatred and its links to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel on select campuses named in the report.

Titled “An Epidemic of Jew Hatred on Campus: the Top Ten Neo-Nazi Incidents,” the Freedom Center’s report chronicles horrifying instances of anti-Semitism on prestigious American campuses including UCLA, Columbia University, the University of Nevada-Reno, Tufts University, UC-Santa Cruz, and the University of Minnesota.

Printed newspapers, individualized for each campus, were then placed in public locations such as student centers, dining halls, classroom buildings and elsewhere where students would encounter them. So far the Freedom Center has targeted UCLA, the University of Nevada-Reno, and the University of Minnesota with the campaign and has plans to distribute papers at additional schools. The campaign has already garnered press coverage in Nevada and we expect more to follow.

The report’s introduction stresses the role that the terrorist-funded BDS movement plays in promoting anti-Semitism on campus and draws parallels between BDS and the rhetoric and methods employed by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

The report explains that Jew Hatred—a prejudice often attributed by the media to conservatives— is rapidly becoming part of mainstream Leftist dogma. This is nowhere more true than on our nation’s college campuses, where neo-Nazi incidents have only grown in their violence and magnitude.

University campuses have become notorious for censoring speech that contradicts the leftist narratives that predominate in the ivory tower, forcing the Freedom Center to explore more daring tactics to publicize the contents of its report.

“Just as Hitler’s reforms aimed to marginalize Germany’s Jews, the BDS movement seeks to isolate and delegitimize Israel, cut it off from the world community, and bankrupt its resources in the hopes of ultimately destroying it,” explains the report.

A separate poster included in the pages of each newspaper also highlights the links between BDS and the Nazis. “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Against Israel: Echoing Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’ to the Jewish Problem,” states the poster. It features an image of the Palestinian flag with swastikas on each side, and is accompanied by a list of the ten schools and the incidents of Jew hatred committed at each.

 “For nearly two decades, the campus group Students for Justice in Palestine has promoted Hamas propaganda and the genocidal BDS movement in order to establish a beachhead of support for anti-Israel terrorists on American campuses,” said David Horowitz, founder of the Freedom Center. “The growth of the BDS movement has caused a dramatic rise in anti-Semitic incidents and the harassment of Jewish students, which administrators have done little to check.”

Visit StopUniversitySupportforTerrorists.org for more information on SJP’s links to Hamas and to read “An Epidemic of Jew Hatred on Campus: the Top Ten Neo-Nazi Incidents.” Images of the newspapers and poster that were distributed on the campuses may be viewed below.



 

 







Sara Dogan

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/273715/campuses-named-jew-hatred-report-targeted-stealth-sara-dogan

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Ilhan Omar's Ignorance and Bigotry on Gaza Rockets - Alan M. Dershowitz


by Alan M. Dershowitz

In a tweet following the rocket barrage, Omar justifies the double war crimes committed by terrorists who target Israeli civilians while using Palestinian civilians as human shields.

  • Does Ilhan Omar not realize that Israel ended its occupation of Gaza in 2005, when Israel removed every soldier and settler from that area?
  • The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee issued a statement condemning Israel for "targeting and killing Palestinian civilians, including children and infants." Irresponsibly, it never once mentioned the firing of 698 rockets by the rules of Gaza that target Israeli civilians, and it never mentioned the sad reality that Hamas and Islamic Jihad deliberately use "Palestinian civilians, including children and infants" as human shields in order to increase the number of Palestinian civilians who are inadvertently killed or injured by Israel's legitimate efforts to protect its civilians from unlawful rocket attacks.
  • Israel is also celebrating its 71st year of independence. No nation has contributed so much to humankind in so short a period of time. No nation faced with threats compared to those faced by Israel has ever had a better record of human rights, compliance with the rule of law or concern with avoiding civilian casualties. The world should join Israel in celebrating its 71 years of statehood. The world should also recognize that if Israel's enemies stopped attacking its citizens, there would be peace. But if Israel stopped defending its citizens, there would be genocide.

All decent people should be outraged at the terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip that fired 698 rockets at Israeli civilians, killing four, injuring 234 and traumatizing thousands of innocent children. Pictured: A house in the city of Ashkelon, Israel that was damaged by a rocket strike from the Gaza Strip on May 6, 2019. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

All decent people should be outraged at the terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip that fired 698 rockets at Israeli civilians, killing four, injuring 234 and traumatizing thousands of innocent children. Imagine what other countries, including the United States, would do if lethal rockets targeted their civilians. Yet, Israel has responded with restraint. To be sure, 30 Palestinians were killed and 154 injured by Israeli efforts to stop the rocket rampage. Many of these were terrorists, but some were civilians who were put in harm's way by the terrorists.

These deaths and injuries were caused by the tactic employed by Hamas and Islamic Jihad: they deliberately place their rocket launchers in densely populated areas -- near schools, hospitals and mosques -- in a deliberate effort to maximize Arab civilian casualties. This has been called "the dead baby" or "CNN" strategy. The goal is to have CNN and other media show the children and other civilians that Israeli counter-measures have inadvertently killed in trying to stop the terrorist rockets from killing Israeli children and other civilians.

Tragically, this strategy works, because with the media, "if it bleeds, it leads." The visual media loves to show dead and injured children, without explaining that they are actually encouraging such casualties by playing into the hands of the terrorists.

So, too, is Congresswoman Ilhan Omar encouraging the firing of rockets by Hamas and Islamic Jihad by blaming the Israeli victims for what she calls the "cycle of violence," instead of blaming Hamas and Islamic Jihad for initiating terrorist violence against innocent Israeli civilians.

In a tweet following the rocket barrage, Omar justifies the double war crimes committed by terrorists who target Israeli civilians while using Palestinian civilians as human shields. She asks rhetorically, how many "rockets must be fired, and little kids must be killed until the endless cycle of violence ends?" This implies that these war crimes are justified by what she calls the "occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza."

Does Omar not realize that Israel ended its occupation of Gaza in 2005, when Israel removed every soldier and settler from that area? Gaza could have become Singapore on the Mediterranean, with its port and location. The Israelis left behind greenhouses and other facilities. Europe and Qatar poured money into the Gaza Strip. But Hamas -- which forcefully took over from the Palestinian Authority -- decided to turn it instead into a large-scale rocket launcher. Instead of using its newly acquired resources to provide humanitarian benefits to its residents, it used them to build terror rockets and tunnels that targeted Israeli civilians. This forced Israel to take counter-measures to protect its citizens. To use the "occupation" -- there is no longer any occupation -- as a justification for why "rockets must be fired" is to show both ignorance and bigotry.

Nor is Omar alone in blaming Israel for the rocket attacks on its civilians. The ADC (American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee) issued a statement condemning Israel for "targeting and killing Palestinian civilians, including children and infants." Irresponsibly, it never once mentioned the firing of 698 rockets by the rulers of Gaza that target Israeli civilians, and it never mentioned the sad reality that Hamas and Islamic Jihad deliberately use "Palestinian civilians, including children and infants" as human shields in order to increase the number of Palestinian civilians who are inadvertently killed or injured by Israel's legitimate efforts to protect its civilians from unlawful rocket attacks.

The conflict in Gaza will only get worse if terrorism is encouraged by the lies of commission and omission told by Omar, ADC and other supporters of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. All decent people must try to discourage the targeting of civilians by terrorist rockets and tunnels. A good beginning would be to tell the truth.

I write these words from Israel, which is now commemorating the many soldiers who have fallen during its years of fighting against those who would destroy the nation state of the Jewish people. Israel is also celebrating its 71st year of independence. No nation has contributed so much to humankind in so short a period of time. No nation faced with threats compared to those faced by Israel has ever had a better record of human rights, compliance with the rule of law or concern with avoiding civilian casualties. The world should join Israeli in celebrating its 71 years of statehood. The world should also recognize that if Israel's enemies stopped attacking its citizens, there would be peace. But if Israel stopped defending its citizens, there would be genocide.

Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School, author of The Case Against the Democrats Impeaching Trump, Skyhorse Publishing, 2019, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14190/ilhan-omar-gaza-rockets

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Trump Team Demolishes Deep State’s Cuba Policy - Humberto Fontova


by Humberto Fontova

How Obama's Cuba policies enabled Castro's tyranny to extend its tentacles.





“If Cuban Troops and Militia do not immediately CEASE military and other operations for the purpose of causing death and destruction to the Constitution of Venezuela, a full and complete embargo, together with highest-level sanctions, will be placed on the island of Cuba… Maduro is not a Venezuelan patriot. He's a Cuban puppet." -- President Trump

"American foreign policy should be based on the pursuit of American national interest. Tragically, the Obama administration’s misguided Cuba policy provided the Cuban regime with the necessary political cover to expand its malign influence and ideological imperialism across the region.” -- John Bolton

The teleprompted (from Havana) Fake News Media mantra that Barack Obama (pictured above with Raul Castro) courageously and innovatively “tried something new” with Cuba was -- and is -- beyond idiotic, for people actually familiar with U.S. history, that is.

The teleprompted (from Havana) Fake News Media mantra that the Trump team is “turning the clock back” on Cuba policy is doubly idiotic. In fact, it’s the Trump team, by actually enforcing many provisions of the “Cuba-embargo,” that is thoroughly revolutionizing Cuba policy, as we detailed here last week.

In fact, “engagement” with Castro’s Cuba and opposition to U.S. sanctions against the Castro Family Crime Syndicate (habitually mislabeled as “Cuba” by the Fake News Media) ranks among the oldest and most treasured of the Deep State/International Elite’s pet causes.

As exhibit A, all of the following outfits have historically clamored against the so-called Cuba embargo and done everything in their power to undermine and loophole it: The Council on Foreign Relations, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Trilateral Commission, The Davos Group, The Organization of American States, The United Nations, The Vatican, the Congressional Black Caucus, The Carlyle Investment Group (George Soros among its founders,) The Open Society Foundation (bankrolled by George Soros,) The CATO Institute, The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, The Brookings Institute, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Farm Lobby, The United Nations, The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, The World Council of Churches., etc.

In fact, that much-cherished (and -practiced) “U.S. engagement with the Castro brothers” began before the Castro brothers and Che Guevara were even in power!

"Me and my staff were all Fidelistas,” boasted Robert Reynolds, the CIA's "Caribbean Desk's specialist on the Cuban Revolution" from 1957-1960. The boastful ex-honcho of the most lavishly-funded intelligence agency in human history boasted of his affection for the KGB protégé whose lifelong craving was to nuke his homeland to a snickering Fidel Castro himself (upon a visit to Cuba in 2001).

"Everyone in the CIA and everyone at State was pro-Castro, except [Republican] ambassador Earl Smith." -- CIA operative in Santiago Cuba, Robert Weicha

The shrewd CIA’s  advice was taken, and January 7, 1959, thus marks a milestone in U.S. diplomatic history. Never before had the State Department extended diplomatic recognition to a Latin American government as quickly as they bestowed this benediction on Fidel Castro's that day.

Nothing so frantically fast had been bestowed upon"U.S.-backed" Fulgencio Batista seven years earlier. Batista had in fact been punished by a U.S. arms embargo and heavy diplomatic pressure to resign for a year. Batista was subsequently denied exile in the U.S. and not even allowed to set foot in the country that “backed" him.

In fact, during Castro's first sixteen months in power, the U.S. State Dept. made over ten back-channel diplomatic attempts to ascertain the cause of Castro's tantrums and further "engage" him. Argentine President Arturo Frondizi was the conduit for many of these and recounts their utter futility in his memoirs.

Result: In July 1960, Castro's KGB-trained security forces stormed into 5,911 U.S.-owned businesses in Cuba and stole them all at Soviet gunpoint -- $2 billion was heisted from outraged U.S. businessmen and stockholders. Not that all Americans surrendered their legal and hard-earned property peacefully. Among some who resisted where Bobby Fuller, whose family farm would contribute to a Soviet-style Kolkhoze, and Howard Anderson, whose profitable Jeep dealership was coveted by Castro's henchmen. Both U.S. citizens were murdered by Castro and Che's firing squads, after torture.

In July 1961, JFK's special counsel Richard Goodwin met with Che Guevara in Uruguay and reported back to Kennedy: "Che says that Cuba wants an understanding with the U.S.; the Cubans have no intention of making an alliance with the Soviets. So we should make it clear to Castro that we want to help Cuba." (How Che managed a straight face during this conversation requires an article of its own.)

Result: Soviet Nuclear missiles, locked and loaded, in Cuba a year later -- and pointed at Goodwin's and Kennedy's very homes.

In 1975, President Gerald Ford (under Kissinger's influence) allowed foreign branches and subsidiaries of U.S. companies to trade freely with Cuba and persuaded the Organization of American States to lift its sanctions.

Result: Castro started his African invasion and tried to assassinate Ford. You read right. On March 19, the Los Angeles Times ran the headline "Cuban Link to Death Plot Probed." Both Republican candidates of the day, President Ford and Ronald Reagan, were to be taken out during the Republican National Convention. The Emiliano Zapata Unit, a Bay Area radical group linked to the Weather Underground, would make the hits.

Jimmy Carter, in a good-will gesture, lifted U.S. travel sanctions against Cuba and was poised to open full diplomatic relations with Castro.

Result: More thousands of Cuban troops spreading Soviet terror (and poison gas) in Africa, more internal repression, and hundreds of psychopaths, killers, and perverts infiltrated the boats and shoved their way on the Mariel Boatlift.

Ronald Reagan sent Alexander Haig to meet personally in Mexico City with Cuba's "Vice President" Carlos Raphael Rodriguez to feel him out. Then he sent diplomatic whiz Gen. Vernon Walters to Havana for a meeting with the Maximum Leader himself.

Result: Cubans practically take over Grenada, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. (But unlike the aforementioned Democrats, Reagan responded to Castro's response -- and with pretty dramatic results. (Recall the U.S. liberation of Grenada.)

President Clinton tried playing nice again in the '90s, removing travel restrictions, etc.

Result: Three U.S. citizens and one resident who flew humanitarian flights over Florida straits (Brothers to the Rescue) murdered in cold blood by Castro’s MIGS. Cuban agent Ana Belen Montes moles her way to head of the Defense Intelligence Agency's Cuba division, resulting in the deepest and most damaging penetration of the U.S. Defense Department by an enemy agent in modern history.

Obama outdid all of the above. And John Bolton recently summed up the results: “While the last administration wanted to improve relations with the tyrants in Havana, and to convince the world that they posed no threat, the Cuban regime tightened its grip and extended its tentacles…In no uncertain terms, the Obama administration's policies toward Cuba have enabled the Cuban colonization of Venezuela today.”

By the way, some of those ex-CIA honchos are not pleased with my expose of their calamitous idiocies in Cuba. So they viciously malign my books—but without actually refuting one syllable of my thoroughly-footnoted quotes and findings.  

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Photo by U.S. Dept. of State


Humberto Fontova

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/273689/trump-team-demolishes-deep-states-cuba-policy-humberto-fontova

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The Middle East Anti-Peace Movement - Khaled Abu Toameh


by Khaled Abu Toameh

One of the reasons for this deep hatred of Israel may be attributed to the ongoing anti-Israel incitement by the leaders themselves.

  • [The Jordanian mayor] went on to say that he believes in the "liberation of Palestine, from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River" – meaning that he supports the elimination of Israel.
  • The campaign against the Jordanian mayor is the direct result of anti-Israel incitement in Jordan and most of the Arab and Islamic states. While some of the leaders of these countries may appear to be relatively moderate in their views towards Israel, their people continue to reject any form of normalization with the "Zionist enemy."
  • For decades, Arab and Muslim leaders have been radicalizing their people on a daily basis against Israel. They have delegitimized Israel in the eyes of their people to a point where they can no longer be seen talking to or making peace with Israelis.
  • One is left wondering how any Arab leader would accept any peace plan with Israel when a mayor is being widely condemned and shamed for being caught on camera in the company of Israelis.
  • In order to achieve peace with Israel, Arab and Muslim leaders need to start preparing their people for peace, and not inciting them against Israel.

Pictured: Al-Karak, Jordan. (Image source: Berthold Werner/Wikimedia Commons)

Ibrahim al-Karaki, the mayor of the Jordanian city of Al-Karak, 87 miles to south of Amman, with a view to the Dead Sea, is under attack for hosting Israeli (Jewish) tourists during the Jewish Passover holiday. His critics have accused him of promoting normalization with the "Israeli enemy" and are demanding his resignation.

Although Jordan has a peace treaty with Israel, many Jordanians remain opposed to any form of normalization with Israelis. The same applies to Egypt, the second Arab country that has a peace treaty with Israel and where the "anti-normalization" camp remains one of the strongest in the Arab world.

Al-Karaki is reported to have helped the Israelis cross a valley that is closed to tourists. His other "crimes" include feeding the Israeli tourists and presenting them with plaques of appreciation from the city.

Because of these "crimes," the mayor has been facing a massive wave of condemnations from angry Jordanians accusing him of engaging in normalization with the "Zionist enemy."

"The mayor's actions have sparked anger among many residents, political parties and activists in his governorate," according to a report in the Jordanian newspaper Al-Rai. "They considered that what the mayor did as a normalization step with the Zionist enemy. They also said that the mayor's actions contradict our values and moral, humanitarian and religious heritage, and called on him to apologize and submit his resignation."

Representatives of various political factions and community leaders in Al-Karak held an emergency meeting during which they denounced the mayor for his interaction with the Israeli tourists. At the end of the rally, they issued a statement that said that the mayor "is no longer a representative of the sons of Al-Karak, who reject normalization with the Zionist entity." The statement also called on the members of the municipal council immediately to resign and quoted a verse from the Koran that says: "O you who have believed, do not take My enemy and your enemy as guardians/allies." (60:1)

Shortly after the rally, Al-Karak municipal council member Khaled Bkaeen announced his resignation. He was the first council member to resign in protest over the mayor's "crimes." Other council members, meanwhile, issued statements strongly condemning al-Karaki for welcoming and helping the Israeli tourists. They said that the mayor had acted on his own and did not represent the city when he met with the Israelis.

The embattled mayor has gone on the defensive, claiming he was not aware of the identity of the tourists when he helped them and received them in his city. In a video posted on his Facebook account, al-Karaki apologized to the residents of his city and all Jordanians and denied engaging in normalization with Israel. "We are against normalization and the Zionist entity," the mayor said. "I thought that what I did was a humanitarian act. If you believe that I made a mistake and offended your feelings, I apologize. As mayor of Al-Karak, I did what I did out of a humanitarian motive." He went on to say that he believes in the "liberation of Palestine, from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River" – meaning that he supports the elimination of Israel.

Despite the apology and call for destroying Israel, many Jordanians continued to call for the mayor's resignation. "The mayor's apology and claim of ignorance do not exempt him from his responsibility," commented Dima Tahboub, a member of the Jordanian parliament. "The only acceptable thing is for him to quit his job so he could be replaced by someone else."

Journalist Rania al-Sarayra, a resident of Al-Karak, also rejected the mayor's apology and called on him immediately to resign. "He should be fired and held to account," she said. "His apology does not change anything."

In addition, scores of Al-Karak residents took to the streets after Friday prayers to protest their mayor's "crimes." During the protest, the angry residents burned the Israeli flag and stressed their opposition to any form of normalization with the "Zionist enemy."

Jordanian writer and political analyst Anis Khasawneh joined the vicious campaign against the mayor. He wrote: "We do not want their tourists, and the Zionists need to realize that they are not welcome in Al-Karak and other Jordanian lands. The mayor must apologize not only to the residents of his city who elected him and made him an important public figure, but also to all Jordanians. It is painful and even shameful for an elected mayor to host Zionist tourists and honor them in the name of an ancient city."

The campaign against the Jordanian mayor is the direct result of anti-Israel incitement in Jordan and most of the Arab and Islamic states. While some of the leaders of these countries may appear to be relatively moderate in their views towards Israel, their people continue to reject any form of normalization with the "Zionist enemy." One of the reasons for this deep hatred of Israel may be attributed to the ongoing anti-Israel incitement by the leaders themselves.

For decades, Arab and Muslim leaders have been radicalizing their people on a daily basis against Israel. They have delegitimized Israel in the eyes of their people to a point where they can no longer be seen talking to or making peace with Israelis. A leader who promotes boycotts and sanctions against Israel will be condemned by his people if and when he is seen talking to or doing business with Israelis.

Sadly, instead of defending his humanitarian action of helping tourists visiting his city, the mayor of Al-Karak has chosen to appease his critics by voicing his support for the "liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea." Even this extremist message has failed to placate his critics, who continue to call for his resignation and punishment.

The incident in Al-Karak comes weeks before the announcement of US President Donald J. Trump's plan for peace in the Middle East, also known as the "deal of the century." One is left wondering how any Arab leader would accept any peace plan with Israel when a mayor is being widely condemned and shamed for being caught on camera in the company of Israelis. In order to achieve peace with Israel, Arab and Muslim leaders need to start preparing their people for peace, and not inciting them against Israel.
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Khaled Abu Toameh, an award-winning journalist based in Jerusalem, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at Gatestone Institute.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14189/anti-peace-jordan

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The Real Face of the Muslim American Society - Benjamin Baird


by Benjamin Baird

MAS was founded in 1993 as the "overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America"

Fresh from its lobbying activities at the National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, where a coalition of Islamist groups scored personal face time with nearly 200 members of Congress, the Muslim American Society's (MAS) Milwaukee chapter just completed its 13th annual conference, called "Jannah: the Ultimate Prize" — a reference to the rewards of the hereafter.
As part of the United States Coalition of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) visiting Washington on April 1st and 2nd, MAS delegates speciously presented themselves as the moderate representatives of American Muslims. However, the veil was once again lifted last week when MAS invited a hardline coterie of Islamist clerics, professors, and polemicists to address its annual Milwaukee convention.
MAS was founded in 1993 as the "overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America," a transnational Sunni Islamist organization that is the progenitor of terrorist outfits such as Hamas. Nonetheless, MAS lobbyists such as national director Ayman Hammous were welcomed with open arms in Washington by a bipartisan range of unsuspecting lawmakers.
The most senior MAS official to speak at the Milwaukee convention on April 26th and 27th, Hammous was photographed just two weeks earlier rubbing elbows with recidivist anti-Semite Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) during Muslim Advocacy Day. Hammous was also spotted with USCMO Director Oussama Jammal, a longtime Islamist and fundraiser for terrorism financier Sami al-Arian, as well as Zahid Bukhari and Nakibur Rahman, two Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) affiliates who openly support Jamaat-e-Islami, a violent South Asian Islamist movement to which ICNA belongs.
Early MAS leaders have been implicated in their own terrorism financing schemes and recruiting efforts. MAS co-founder Jamal Balawi was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial for providing material support to Hamas, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist entity. Additionally, former MAS spokesman Randall Royer, a member of the infamous Virginia Jihad Network, was arrested in 2003 for recruiting jihadists to train at Lashkar-e-Taiba camps in Pakistan.
However, speaking at Milwaukee's Crowne Plaza on April 26th, Yaqeen Institute founder and keynote speaker Omar Suleiman dismissed complaints that these early Muslim leaders "who came to this country and established Islamic organizations" were too "regressive" and "weren't thinking straight."
"We are on their shoulders," Suleiman said. "I never allow anyone from my students, from my group, to insult the efforts of our predecessors. You don't get to do that. They were imperfect, because they're not perfect people. But they were committed. They were dedicated," he added.
As it happens, Suleiman was only parroting statements he made as recently as 2016, when he lamented before a Muslim youth conference that America "used to have serious ulema [clerics] coming from all over the world to this country, having major conferences ... I'm not even going to say their names," he said, "because they're banned now."
Fortunately for Suleiman, "serious" Islamist scholars like Ragheb Elsergany still slip through the cracks every now and again. Unapologetically anti-Semitic and militantly pro-jihad, Elsergany has twice prompted MAS-ICNA convention organizers to apologize for his extremist speeches and pledge to ban him from future conferences. And yet, at its April conference, MAS-Milwaukee ignored this moratorium and invited Elsergany to its stage.
Speaking at a 2009 MAS conference, Elsergany glorified jihad and beseeched the audience to earn Allah's favor by "supporting the fighters, and the mujahideen [Islamic warriors] and the besieged, and those in need there in Palestine." He solicited donations and shamed his listeners for abandoning the Palestinians. "They are the ones who face the Zionists with their chests, their nerves, their lives, their children, their holy places and their sacred places," Elsergany said.
Despite receiving complaints, Elsergany was invited back to the annual MAS-ICNA convention in 2011, where he relished the rise of Islamist regimes across the Middle East and North Africa, which would cause "the Zionist entity" to "vanish absolutely." Inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood's political ascension in Cairo, Elsergany predicted that "all the lands usurped from the Muslims," would be reclaimed.
No Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated convention featuring anti-Semitic speakers would be complete without a speech from University of California-Berkeley professor and Zaytuna College co-founder Hatem Bazian. In 2004, Bazian was filmed at a Berkeley anti-war rally calling for an "Intifada," or violent uprising, in the U.S. An ethnic studies professor who pioneered Berkeley's Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project, Bazian has been rebuked by university administrators for twice retweeting anti-Semitic images that accuse "Ashke-Nazis" – a derogatory term for Jews -- of rape, murder and organ trafficking.
Besides founding the first Islamic college in the U.S., criticized as a center for Islamist "indoctrination," Bazian is credited with starting Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), two closely coordinated groups accused of being part of a "U.S.-based Hamas support network."
In fact, Bazian told his Islamist colleagues in a Yahoo messaging group in 2006 that an upcoming MAS-Milwaukee convention would be an ideal location "to meet for AMP business." In recent court documents linking AMP to the terror-tied Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), the Milwaukee conference was described as an "IAP reunion."
In this regard, Milwaukee's annual convention hasn't changed. Bazian shared the stage with AMP National Policy Director Osama Abu Irshaid, who previously served as the editor of Al Zaytounah, IAP's official newspaper. Abu Irshaid is an outspoken cheerleader for Hamas, praising the Palestinian terrorist entity's "steadfastness and sacrifice" and calling its fighters "an army for liberation" who "rise up for the blood of martyrs."
If publicly sympathizing with a genocidal terrorist faction isn't alarming enough, MAS chapters have been exposed conferring those same appalling convictions upon impressionable young minds within their congregations. At a MAS-sponsored "Ummah Day" celebration in Philadelphia on April 17th, adolescent boys were recorded lip-syncing a pro-jihadist song which promised to "crush the traitor" Israel. In a separate performance, a pre-teen Muslim girl read from a script: "We will chop off their heads ... and we will subject them to eternal torture," she recited, referring to Israeli Jews.
On the national stage, MAS affiliates present a carefully curated public image, co-opting mainstream progressive principles when it is politically expedient. Once they are a safe distance from Washington, however, MAS officials revert to their Islamist roots, and chapter conferences function as de facto Muslim Brotherhood reunions. Rather than courting its representatives, U.S. lawmakers should permanently close the door on this social club for radical Islam.

Benjamin Baird is a Fellow of Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum

Source: https://www.meforum.org/islamist-watch/58434/the-real-face-of-the-muslim-american-society

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College Administrators Aiding and Abetting Antisemites - Asaf Romirowsky and Lauri B. Regan


by Asaf Romirowsky and Lauri B. Regan

Anti-Semitic activity is allowed to flourish on campus.



A mock eviction notice posted in dormitories at Emory University on April 2.
Students at Emory University awoke last month to find flyers posted in their dorm rooms informing them they would be evicted in the coming days. Intended to intimidate Jewish students on college campuses, these mock eviction notices are a common tactic of Students for Justice in Palestine, an antisemitic group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
What distinguished this year's annual week of harassment of Jewish students on Emory's campus from other SJP events was that the eviction notices were officially sanctioned by the Emory Office of Campus Life, replete with a stamp of approval indicating that a faculty member or administrator had approved of the notice.
After being forced to start a website with "FAQs" to set the record straight, Emory recognized that the official stamp might have been "confusing" and said the practice would be discontinued. Alas, that is as good as it gets in terms of an adequate response to blatant antisemitism and intimidation of Emory's Jewish students.
SPJ's mission is the isolation, demonization and destruction of the only Jewish country in the world.
Emory interim vice president and vice provost Paul Marthers issued the initial statement. In justifying the posting of the flyers, Marthers stated they were "posted as part of a communication campaign by a student organization concerned with human rights in the Middle East."
Where does one begin to address the basic ignorance and dishonesty in this statement? Is it really possible that Emory administrators, entrusted with the safety of all students on campus, are not aware that SJP is an antisemitic organization with funding sources tied to terrorist organizations, including Hamas? Does Marthers not know that one of his campus groups' mission, through incitement of hatred and violence against Jewish students, is the isolation, demonization and ultimate destruction of the only Jewish country in the world?
Emory Vice Provost Paul Marthers called SPJ "a student organization concerned with human rights."
If human rights are worthy of attention by Emory administrators, why were they not focused on the rights of Jewish students who no longer feel safe walking on campus – the exact intent of the SJP haters.
It gets worse. Emory president Claire Sterk waded into the mess in a typically confused and inane manner. In the first of two statements, Sterk used the obligatory language about "the need to protect free speech and the security and dignity of all in our community," and soft-peddled on the "flaws" of the approval process. She then concluded with a comparison of "antisemitic and anti-Muslim hatred and violence" while completely ignoring that the event in question involved anti-Jewish hatred and threatened violence against Jews.
Sterk's simple statement exemplifies the problem with college administrators who obsess over free speech rather than the safety and well-being of their students; who fear being labeled Islamophobes if they honestly address where the majority of antisemitic incidents on their campuses originate; and who disingenuously spin facts to cover their own transgressions.
Emory President Claire Sterk obsesses more over free speech than over the safety and well-being of her students.
Is Sterk not aware that FBI hate-crime statistics reflect that hate crimes against Jews far outnumber those against any other demographic in the country, with Jews experiencing approximately 60% of hate crimes compared to Muslims at 18%)? Is she really not aware that there is a seven-time greater incidence of antisemitic incidents on campuses where there is an SJP chapter? Instead, Sterk simply made a politically correct, incongruous and nonsensical attempt to dismiss the entire incident as soon as possible without offending Muslim students, thinking it would appease the Jewish community? It did not.
As if Sterk's nonsensical responses were not bad enough, Emory's "Senate Standing Committee for Open Expression" investigation into the incident concluded that other than wrongly placing the flyers in dorms, "The rest of the flyer is fully protected political speech under the Open Expression Policy, and Residence Life staff acted properly in approving the flyers for posting."
THE COMMITTEE'S nonsensical opinion stated, "We do not know whether the motives of those who wrote or distributed the flyers were antisemitic," proving they had no interest in truly investigating the incident. It went on to compare criticism of Israeli policy with that of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. Making a moral equivalency between the democratic government of Israel and the terrorist dictatorships of the PA and Hamas would be laughable were it not so frighteningly ignorant and morally bankrupt.
In concluding that the flyers were not antisemitic, the committee admitted it had ignored nationally and internationally-recognized definitions of antisemitism, and instead, relied upon the opinion of supporters of the antisemitic boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

A BDS cofounder flatly stated, "Definitely, most definitely we oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine. No Palestinian, rational Palestinian, not a sell-out Palestinian, will ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine."
Message to Jewish students interested in attending Emory: Expect to face an emboldened SJP chapter, antisemitic flyers approved for posting, and an administration more interested in protecting hate-speech than Jewish students.
College administrators obsess over diversity initiatives and safe spaces for everyone but Jews.
This latest antisemitic attack is but a microcosm of what is transpiring on university campuses across North America. College administrators are clueless as to how to deal with it or disinterested in trying. Desperate to appease the loudest haters on campus while obsessing over diversity initiatives and safe spaces for everyone but Jews, administrators have made little or no attempt to understand the nature of SJP and other campus groups organized under the guise of "human rights in the Middle East." They have no idea how to balance their interests in maintaining free speech – including incitement and hate speech – over the more important responsibility of ensuring the safety of students under their care. They fear being labeled racist or Islamophobic, so they refuse to single out the racism and antisemitism that pervades the "free speech" of those attacking Jews on their campuses. To be clear, antisemitism is not free speech.
Consider Emory's reaction if a group of Jewish students posted faux flyers from the Islamic Republic of Iran with threats to throw gay students off roofs, something that actually has been done in that and other Islamic nations. Those students would have been labeled Islamophobes and faced consequences because both homosexual and Muslim students are considered protected groups on campuses. Jews? Not so much, at least apparently not from Emory's perspective.
The loudest Muslim voices on college campuses are those of radical antisemites.
Another recent incident exemplifies the way in which administrators are helping to mainstream antisemitic voices on college campuses. New York University's SJP chapter was just awarded the President's Service Award for its "positive impact on the community." In addition to posting mock eviction notices across campus, Jewish students at NYU have seen Israeli flags destroyed, swastikas painted in dorms, and anti-Israel BDS resolutions passed by student groups. They have faced screams of "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" – a crystal-clear expression of the desire to eliminate the State of Israel –as they walk past "apartheid walls" covered with hateful anti-Israel propaganda. If that is considered a positive model for the school community, we are certainly living through Orwellian times – which are looking more and more like pre-WWII German times.
Antisemitism is growing in the United States by leaps and bounds on both the Right and Left. On college campuses, there is no denying that the loudest Muslim voices are those of radical antisemites. As long as college administrators continue to support these bigots, the hatred will become more widespread and their purveyors more emboldened, and Jews will once again find themselves more marginalized, fearful, and more often the victims of hate crimes.

Asaf Romirowsky is the executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and a fellow at the Middle East Forum. Lauri B. Regan is a board member and treasurer of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and board member and New York chapter president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth.
Source: https://www.meforum.org/58405/college-administrators-aiding-and-abetting

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