Friday, August 14, 2020

'Today begins a new era in our relationship with the Arab world' - David Rosenberg

by David Rosenberg

Prime Minister announces US-brokered agreement with UAE, calling it beginning of a new era for Israel's relationship with the Arab world

Netanyahu                                                                                                                    Koby Gideon
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday formally announced the peace deal reached between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, calling the agreement a “historic” achievement for the Middle East.

"This is a historic evening. A new era has opened in Israel's relationship with the Arab world. Earlier today I had a historic teleconference with US President Donald Trump, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed,” Netanyahu said in a press conference.

"During this call, we agreed to a full recognition and peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is one of the most powerful and advanced countries in the world."

"The agreement includes full diplomatic relations, the establishment of embassies; the exchange of ambassadors; broad investments which will greatly benefit the Israeli economy, especially now during the coronavirus crisis, but also in general; tourism and direct flights between Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi."

“The United Arab Emirates will be investing in Israel a very significant sum towards the development of a coronavirus vaccine.”

“This is very important for our economy, for the region’s economy, and for our future.”

“There will be more Arab and Muslim countries which will join the peace process. All of us, the moderate states of the Middle East, are standing in a united front in favor of progress and against the radicals who threaten us and world peace.”

Netanyahu said the peace deal amounted to a “peace for peace” arrangement, as no land was traded in the agreement.

“We’ve innovated a new path: peace for peace. That is the only sustainable formula for peace.”

Turning to Israel’s commitment to “suspend” its plan to apply sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, Netanyahu hinted that this agreement did not mark the end of his sovereignty plan, but merely a temporary delay.

“Just as I promised I would bring peace with the Arab world…I also said that I would apply sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria. There is no change in my plan to apply sovereignty in Judea and Samaria in full coordination with the US. That hasn’t changed.”

“I want to remind you that I’m the one who put the issue of Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria on the table. This issue will remain on the table. It only went on the table because of my efforts. I worked on it for three years with intensive talks with President Trump.”

“I always said that the implementation of the sovereignty plan would only take place in coordination with the US. Declaring sovereignty without US support would at best be worthless, and worst would seriously hurt the settlements and the State of Israel.”

“Now, Trump, who agreed to include the application of sovereignty in his peace plan, asked that Israel delay – temporarily – declaring sovereignty. We first need to secure the peace deal with the United Arab Emirates, and I believe with other states as well.”

“Just as I brought peace with an Arab state, so too will I apply sovereignty.”

“I’m committed to sovereignty. I’m committed to the Land of Israel, and I will never surrender our rights to this land.”

"President Trump and his team requested a temporary - and I repeat, temporary - delay so that the peace process can move forward, and I agreed."

David Rosenberg


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Divide in Yesha: Did Netanyahu pull a fast one on the settlers? - Arutz Sheva Staff

by Arutz Sheva Staff

Efrat Mayor says delay of sovereignty is worth it for peace deal with UAE, while Beit El head says deal will be worth nothing tomorrow.

    Netanyahu                                                                                             Yossi Aloni/Flash90
The historic peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which includes a postponement of the application of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, has provoked controversy among the leaders of the settlement movement.

Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi supported the move, saying that "the Israeli agreement to postpone the application of Israeli law in Jewish communities is a worthy price" for reaching such a peace agreement.

He said, "The change of direction in the perception that settlements are not an obstacle to peace will continue to guide us in the future, and from that we should prepare ourselves to apply Israeli law in Judea and Samaria."

On the other hand, the head of the Beit El Council, Shai Alon, was furious at the delay of the application of sovereignty. "They pulled a fast one on the settlers. Our future lies in Judea and Samaria and in the courageous decisions our leaders make, not in agreements that are signed today and won't mean anything tomorrow. We've been betrayed."

A senior political figure who referred to the agreement between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi clarified: "Sovereignty is on the agenda and [the Israeli government] is committed to it. The Trump administration has sought to temporarily suspend the declaration in order to first implement the historic peace agreement with the UAE."

Arutz Sheva Staff


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Palestinians: Jews, Christians Are Our Enemy - Khaled Abu Toameh

by Khaled Abu Toameh

Against this Palestinian hostility toward Jews, Christians, and peace with Israel, it is important that a new group called The Arab Council for Regional Integration -- is seeking to build a spirit of partnership that knows no borders between Jews and Arabs.

  • The prospect of Jews praying inside a synagogue in an Arab country seems to worry Palestinian Muslim figures more than the killing and wounding of thousands of Muslims and Christians in last week's huge explosion at the port of the Lebanese capital of Beirut.
  • Against this Palestinian hostility toward Jews, Christians, and peace with Israel, it is important that a new group called The Arab Council for Regional Integration, launched in London last year, is seeking to build a spirit of partnership that knows no borders between Jews and Arabs.
  • Such groups offer hope to those seeking peace and coexistence between Jews, Christians, and Arabs, and represent a counterforce to Muslim extremists who have nothing to offer their people but misery and bloodshed.
  • By rejecting the medical aid from the UAE -- aimed at helping to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic -- the Palestinians have scored another own-goal in demonstrating the depth of their ingratitude toward those who wish to assist their people. By coming out against interfaith tolerance and the building of a synagogue in an Arab country, the Palestinians are again proving that the conflict with Israel is not about borders or checkpoints, but about the very right of Jews, Christians or Israel to exist.

By rejecting the medical aid from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) -- aimed at helping to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic -- the Palestinians have scored another own-goal in demonstrating the depth of their ingratitude toward those who wish to assist their people. Pictured: A cargo plane operated by Etihad Airways, carrying medical aid from the UAE for Palestinians, prepares to land at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport on June 9, 2020. The Palestinian Authority rejected the shipment because the Palestinians "refuse to be a bridge [for Arab countries] seeking to have normalized ties with Israel." (Photo by Jack Guez / AFP via Getty Images)

For the past few years, Palestinians have been waging a campaign to stop Jews from visiting Jerusalem's Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary, a place sacred to both Muslims and Jews. The Palestinian Authority, Hamas and other Palestinian groups continue to portray the visits as "violent incursions by extremist Jewish settlers," even though many of the visitors are not extremists and do not live in settlements.

The Temple Mount, where the First and Second Jewish Temples once stood, is the holiest place in the world for the Jewish people. The Palestinians, however, deny any Jewish historic and religious connection to the Temple Mount and harass Jews who, as tourists, visit the site.

The Palestinians are now saying that have a problem not only with Jews touring the Temple Mount, but with those who wish to pray inside a synagogue in an Arab country, namely the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

A multifaith complex that includes a synagogue is currently being built in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. "A church, mosque and synagogue will share a collective space for the first time, serving as a community for inter-religious dialogue and exchange, and nurturing the values of peaceful co-existence and acceptance among different beliefs, nationalities and cultures," the committee overseeing construction of the complex said in a statement.

The prospect of Jews praying inside a synagogue in a faraway Arab country seems to worry Palestinian Muslim figures more than the killing and wounding of thousands of Muslims and Christians in last week's huge explosion at the port of the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Instead of calling on Muslims to mobilize their efforts and resources to help the residents of Beirut after the tragedy, Palestinian Muslim leaders have found the time to condemn the UAE for its intention to allow Jews to pray inside a synagogue. These leaders are opposed not only to the presence of synagogues in an Arab country, but churches too.

In response to reports that Jews will soon hold their first prayer at the UAE synagogue, a group called The Palestinian Congregation of Khulafa e-Rashideen (The Rightly Guided Successors of Prophet Mohammed), accused the UAE of acting in violation of the Koran and the Hadith (a collection of traditions containing sayings of Prophet Mohammed that constitute the major source of guidance for Muslims apart from the Koran) by displaying "loyalty" to Jews and Christians.

The group reminded the rulers of the UAE of the Koranic verse that says:
"O you who believed, do not take the Jews and Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people. 'So you see those in whose hearts is disease hastening into [association with] them, saying, We are afraid a misfortune may strike us.' But perhaps Allah will bring conquest or a decision from Him, and they will become, over what they been concealing within themselves, regretful." (Surah Al-Ma'idah [5:51-52)
The Palestinian group expressed outrage that Muslims' money is being directed and used to open places of worship for Jews and "Crusaders" and warned that allowing Jews to pray in an Arab country is a betrayal of Islam. "These accelerated steps towards seeking the friendship of Jews and normalization with the Zionists in its various forms disregards the feelings of Muslims," the group argued. They also emphasized that Islam, the Koran and the Hadith all "confirmed the continuous hostility of the Jews towards the [Muslim] believers until the Day of Judgement."

To support their argument, the Palestinian Muslim group cited the Hadith that says:
"The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say: O Muslim! There is a Jew behind me, so kill him."
This is not the first time that the Palestinians have come out against an Arab country for displaying tolerance toward Jews or allegedly promoting normalization with Israel. Recently, the Palestinian Authority rejected a medical aid shipment from the UAE because it was sent through Israel's Ben Gurion Airport. The PA explained that it rejected the shipment because the Palestinians "refuse to be a bridge [for Arab countries] seeking to have normalized ties with Israel."

By rejecting the medical aid from the UAE -- aimed at helping to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic -- the Palestinians have scored another own-goal in demonstrating the depth of their ingratitude toward those who wish to assist their people. By coming out against interfaith tolerance and the building of a synagogue in an Arab country, the Palestinians are again proving that the conflict with Israel is not about borders or checkpoints, but about the very right of Jews, Christians or Israel to exist.

For years, the world has also been witnessing Muslim massacres that are "close to genocide" of Christians in North Africa and Southeast Asia.

Against this Palestinian hostility toward Jews, Christians, and peace with Israel, it is important that a new group called The Arab Council for Regional Integration, launched in London last year, is seeking to build a spirit of partnership that knows no borders between Jews and Arabs.

The group, whose declared goal is to support every effort to strengthen peace, coexistence, and reconciliation as well as integration among the countries of the region, published a video explaining the dangers facing Arabs who seek peace with Israel: "Accused of treason, thrown in prison, branded as criminals, accused of collaboration, and executed."

Such groups offer hope to those seeking peace and coexistence between Jews, Christians, and Arabs, and represent a counterforce to Muslim extremists who have nothing to offer their people but misery and bloodshed.

The Palestinian extremists who are now condemning the UAE for building a synagogue and a church undoubtedly consider Arab peacemakers as traitors who deserve to die.

These extremists are unmoved by the large number of Palestinians infected with Covid-19. They are unmoved by the economic crisis in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. They are unmoved by the thousands of homeless, wounded, and dead Arabs in Lebanon. What does move Palestinian extremists -- deeply enough to sacrifice the wellbeing of all Palestinians everywhere -- is the thought of a Jew being permitted to pray in a synagogue or at the Temple Mount.

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Khaled Abu Toameh, an award-winning journalist based in Jerusalem, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at Gatestone Institute.


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Trump Confronts Chinese Regime’s Technological Invasion - Joseph Klein

by Joseph Klein

Chinese apps used to spy on and hack Americans.

The Chinese communist empire has weaponized social media, telecommunications and cloud computing to expand the reach of its infiltration and surveillance capabilities way beyond its borders. Americans’ personal data and intellectual property are prime targets for the regime’s malign activities, which have gone on for decades without any blowbacks of consequence. In fact, globalists have encouraged the integration of China into the world economy, falling prey to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu’s stratagem that “All warfare is based on deception.”  But the time has finally arrived for China to pay the piper, thanks to President Trump.   

The Trump administration is seeking to quarantine Chinese-owned apps and China’s digital infrastructure under its “Clean Network” program, announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on August 5th.

“The Clean Network program is the Trump Administration’s comprehensive approach to guarding our citizens’ privacy and our companies’ most sensitive information from aggressive intrusions by malign actors, such as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),” Secretary Pompeo said in his press statement. This represents a sharp ramp-up of the technology cold war between the United States and the communist regime.

The Clean Networks program includes the removal of “untrusted” Chinese-owned apps from U.S. mobile app stores like those run by Apple and Google. The Trump administration has previously targeted China’s ByteDance-owned TikTok’s United States operations, which the administration wants to either eliminate or require their complete sale (including the transfer of all relevant software code) to a U.S. company such as Microsoft.

The Clean Network program would prevent U.S. applications from being preinstalled or made available for download on mobile devices manufactured by “untrusted” Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei. “Huawei, an arm of the PRC surveillance state, is trading on the innovations and reputations of leading U.S. and foreign companies,” Secretary Pompeo’s press statement indicated.

The Clean Network program is also aimed at Chinese cloud computing platforms. It seeks, according Secretary Pompeo’s press statement, to “prevent U.S. citizens’ most sensitive personal information and our businesses’ most valuable intellectual property, including COVID-19 vaccine research, from being stored and processed on cloud-based systems accessible to our foreign adversaries through companies such as Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent.”

Finally, the Trump administration wants to block certain undersea cables from linking China to the United States in order to “ensure the undersea cables connecting our country to the global internet are not subverted for intelligence gathering by the PRC at hyper scale.”

The United States is not doing this alone. “More than thirty countries and territories are now Clean Countries,” according to Secretary Pompeo’s press statement, “and many of the world’s biggest telecommunications companies are Clean Telcos. All have committed to exclusively using trusted vendors in their Clean Networks.”

President Trump followed up Secretary Pompeo’s announcement with executive orders addressing the threats posed by TikTok and WeChat, currently owned by Chinese companies ByteDance Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. respectively. The orders ban U.S. transactions with TikTok owner ByteDance and Tencent’s WeChat.

If the Chinese government wants to continue spying on its own residents inside of China, so be it. We are not the world’s human rights policeman. But the United States cannot continue to allow China’s weaponizing of technology it owns to intrude into American governmental institutions and into the lives and businesses of the American people.

The president’s executive orders certainly got the Chinese regime’s attention. China's Foreign Ministry on August 7th  called them "blatant hegemonic acts." Leftist apologists for China in this country recite the same Chinese talking points. Columbia University’s left wing economist professor Jeffrey Sachs, for example, denies that the Chinese regime has any global hegemonic ambitions. His proof is China’s own self-serving defense white paper, from which he quotes the following in his recent article entitled America’s Unholy Crusade Against China: “China will never follow the beaten track of big powers in seeking hegemony.”

Coddlers of the Chinese regime are burying their heads in the sand. China’s President Xi Jinping, whose tenure in office may last the rest of his life, said several years ago that the Chinese people must concentrate their efforts on “building a socialism that is superior to capitalism, and laying the foundation for a future where we will win the initiative and have the dominant position.”

China has played successive U.S. administrations since its professed opening of its economy to global trade and investments. It wants to replace the current rules-based international system with one dominated by China’s authoritarian model. To that end, the regime is deftly exploiting multilateral institutions from the World Trade Organization to the World Health Organization to the United Nations itself.

Thus, China has managed to get away with retaining a “developing country” status within the World Trade Organization, which gives it unfair preferences. China has the second largest Gross Domestic Product in the world, following only the United States. It does not deserve any preferential treatment. But it still gets them. China used the World Health Organization to repeat its lies about the coronavirus pandemic, which started in China. If the World Health Organization had been more independent of Chinese influence and questioned China's knowingly false claim that there was no human-to-human transmission of the virus at a time when the virus could have been more easily contained, hundreds of thousands of lives could have been saved. And the UN Secretary General’s office has been reduced to responding with a “no comment” when I asked about the number of pro-democracy candidates for the Hong Kong legislative election who were declared ineligible and the subsequent postponement of the election itself for at least a year. These developments followed the Chinese regime’s imposition of its new security law clamping down on the remaining freedoms of the people of Hong Kong. Such draconian measures deserve more from the United Nations, which is unsparing in its criticisms of Israel, than a “no comment.”

Working from within such submissive globalist organizations, the Chinese regime’s aim is “to promote its own worldview and concepts while sidelining the existing governance norms and values,” the National Bureau of Asian Research noted in its comprehensive January 2020 report entitled China’s Vision for a New World Order. The regime wants to purge as much of the world as it can of the Enlightenment principles of democracy, pluralism, and individual human rights. In their place, China's communist dictatorship heralds its authoritarian 'L'état, c'est moi' rule as the superior governance model for the world.

President Trump grasps what is at stake and has taken strong actions to push back at the Chinese regime for its belligerent acts. Joe Biden, on the other hand, wants to go back to the days of naïve U.S. policies.

Joseph Klein


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The Real Kamala Harris - Daniel John Sobieski

by Daniel John Sobieski

Kamala Harris is a dangerous and malevolent political opportunist who doesn’t belong in the same zip code as the White House.

So Joe Biden has picked the runt of the litter, an also-ran loser in the Democratic primaries who never one [sic] a primary, barely escaped sitting at the kiddies table, whom the voters didn’t think was qualified to be president, yet whom Biden wanted to be a heartbeat away. Or maybe his puppet masters, the voices in his earpiece, and the voices in his head picked her from a list loaded with more baggage than an airport carousel.

Biden picked a running mate who labeled him a racist opponent of school busing who cavorted and collaborated with segregationist Democrat colleagues in the Senate where Biden supported legislation leading to the incarceration of young black males. Of course, Harris did her part in incarcerating young black males with a vengeance as states attorney in San Francisco and attorney general of California. 

Kamala Harris also believes Biden is a sexual predator, saying we should believe his accusers, even staffer Tara Reade, who has credibly accused him of sexual assault. Reade certainly brings more evidence to the table than Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, whom Harris viciously attacked in one of the most unhinged attempts at character assassination we have ever seen.

The Hill reported:

“I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” Harris said during a presidential campaign event in Nevada in April 2019 before Biden had officially entered the race.
As PJ Media reports:

And then there’s Tara Reade, in 2019, she said that Biden used to touch her inappropriately while she was a staffer in his Senate office in 1993. “He used to put his hand on my shoulder and run his finger up my neck,” Reade said. “I would just kind of freeze and wait for him to stop doing that.” She later expanded on those allegations, claiming in March 2020 that Biden sexually assaulted her by pushing her up against the wall, kissing her and sliding his hand up her shirt and up her skirt. Reade says attempted to file a claim, but Biden was ultimately protected by loyalists on his staff. The credibility of her claims was boosted by the release of a clip of the Larry King Live show during which her mother called in anonymously asking the panel for advice on how to handle a situation with her daughter and a prominent U.S. senator. Kamala Harris may have believed Tara Reade before Joe Biden jumped in the race, but when Biden was the frontrunner and then presumptive nominee, she ignored Reade’s sexual assault allegations when they resurfaced in 2020.
All Trump has to do is take clips from their debate exchanges and attacks on Biden from Kamala’s interviews and append the tag line, “I’m Donald J. Trump and I approve her message.”
Harris’ well-rehearsed attack on Joe Biden that nearly derailed his candidacy during the clown-car Democratic presidential debates should have come as no surprise to those who have watched her rise to political prominence. Never mind its relevance or accuracy. For Harris, the ends always justify the means.

For a time it looked as if Harris wasn’t even on the short list, consistently failing to make the top tier in the Democratic presidential primary debates, after being ignored in either another Biden brain cramp or deliberate snub in which he called former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun the only African-American woman to serve in the Senate, and after a heated attack from Harris during a debate regarding Biden’s record on school busing:

The debate-stage skirmish was one of the seminal moments of the Democratic primary. Harris, who is Black, said Biden made “very hurtful” comments about his past work with segregationist senators before she slammed his opposition to busing as schools began to integrate.
“There was a little girl in California who was a part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day,” she said. “And that little girl was me.”
At the time, Biden called her comments “a mischaracterization of my position.”

Biden’s pick of Harris fulfills Biden’s identity-politics decision to pick a “woman of color” although Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the fake Cherokee Indian, could have qualified. Harris is glib, if not articulate, a stark contrast to a Biden who can’t complete a sentence or remember where he is. It comes as Biden steadily slips among minority voters.
More great news for the Trump campaign. Blacks and Minority voters are at record highs for President Trump.
Rasmussen Reports released their latest polling of likely black voters of President Trump’s job approval is now over 40%:
If Trump gets just 20% of the African-American, vote it is curtains for the Democrats and a landslide for Trump. Biden’s patronizing of African-Americans is typified by his arguably racist and demeaning remark that if blacks do not vote for him, they are not in fact black.

For eight years Obama-Biden did nothing while Kamala Harris, as a former California state attorney general and San Francisco district attorney, did measurable harm to the community she claims to be a leader of.

She is counting on strong support from African Americans. But many black voters are wary of her 27 years as a prosecutor enforcing laws that sent African Americans to prison…
Still, her home state’s high rate of incarcerating people of color goes a long way in explaining the trouble she has had selling her candidacy to black voters nationwide. In California and many other states, racial disparities in imprisonment have intensified resentments of what many see as deeply ingrained discrimination in America’s criminal justice system…
But the prisons remain emblematic of chronic racial inequities in the justice system. African Americans make up less than 6% of California’s population but 29% of its inmates, according to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Latinos are 39% of the population but 43% of the inmates.
Tucker Carlson of Fox News calls Harris a corrupt and dangerous fraud who sees laws and powers only as means to punish her enemies, pursue her agenda, and get elected. As Carlson noted:
Carlson, who called Biden's vice presidential pick the "most consequential" choice in U.S. history, disputed Sen. Kamala Harris's authenticity on her progressive positions, saying the "front-runner" only stands by issues she knows will get her ahead in the polls. He cited the California Democrat's low polling numbers at the time that she ended her own bid for the presidency and dropped out of the Democratic primary race.
"The wrap on Harris in exit polls is that she’s a fraud," Carlson said. "She doesn’t really believe in anything, she'll say whatever it takes. Of course, that is also Harris’s primary strength."
Kamala Harris, like Biden, support Planned Parenthood’s crimes against the unborn and takes money and endorsements from the abortion industry. One remembers her resorting to lies, falsehoods and innuendo in the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Biden is dangerous because he will let others control him and run the show. Harris is worse. She will know what she’s doing and will do it with astounding relish and ruthlessness.

As Sen. Cory Booker’s “Spartacus moment” fizzled, Harris knew an “Elmer Gantry moment” when she saw one. As Jonathan S. Tobin noted in National Review:

She first earned notoriety in the Senate last year by demonstrating open incivility bordering on bullying when she interrogated Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the national-intelligence chiefs. Bullying witnesses and cutting them off before they have a chance to answer is her modus operandi during hearings…
The same qualities were on display during her questioning of Kavanaugh. But while, like the other Democrats, she never succeeding in outsmarting the judge, she was the only one to momentarily flummox him by bringing up the Mueller investigation.
She started with an impossibly general and specious query about whether he had ever discussed the Mueller probe with “anyone.”…by asserting, even by implication, that Kavanaugh might somehow be part of the Russia-collusion discussion, Harris gave liberal Democrats exactly the kind of red meat they crave.
Along with her snide and disrespectful prosecutorial tone, that made her the winner of the first day of the Kavanaugh primary.
But Harris did more than badger, mislead, and imply in her attempt to slander Kavanaugh. Harris circulated a deceptively edited video designed to further her narrative that far from being an originalist that would apply the law fairly on any case, including those involving abortion, Kavanaugh was an active participant in the campaign to repeal Roe V. Wade. As Ashe Schow noted in the Daily Wire:
Harris’ Twitter account put out a clip that appeared to show Kavanaugh referring to birth control blanketly as “abortion-inducing drugs.”
This is clearly deceptive, as it’s obvious this was not the beginning of one of Kavanaugh’s answers. Kavanaugh’s full sentence, which would have only required one or two extra seconds had Harris’ team started at the beginning, made it clear he was summarizing what a party in a Supreme Court case said.
Kavanaugh said, "In that case, they said filling out the form would make them complicit in the provision of the abortion-inducing drugs that they were, as a religious matter, objected to." (Emphasis added.)
Harris was willing to falsify evidence to slander Kavanaugh and push the false narrative that Kavanaugh was just another pro-lifer waging a war on women. As she tweeted:
Kavanaugh chooses his words very carefully, and this is a dog whistle for going after birth control. He was nominated for the purpose of taking away a woman’s constitutionally protected right to make her own health care decisions. Make no mistake - this is about punishing women.
Make no mistake -- her abuse of Kavanaugh and Biden was about advancing the career of Kamala Harris. Ironically, she owes her advancement to her association with former Democratic Speaker of the California Assembly Willie Brown. As the Washington Examiner noted:
Kamala Harris’ first significant political role was an appointment by her powerful then-boyfriend Willie Brown, three decades her senior, to a California medical board that has been criticized as a landing spot for patronage jobs and kickbacks.
Then 30, Harris was dating 60-year-old Willie Brown, at the time the Democratic speaker of the California State Assembly, when he placed her on the California Medical Assistance Commission in 1994. The position paid over $70,000 per year, $120,700 in current money, and Harris served on the board until 1998.
The medical commission met twice a month, and Harris, a United States senator for California since 2017 and now a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, missed about 20% of the meetings each year…
Hey, politics makes strange bedfellows, as they say. Can we count her as a hardcore feminist then? Conservative Twitter icon James Wood has dubbed her #HeelsUpHarris, Kamala Harris is a dangerous and malevolent political opportunist who doesn’t belong in the same zip code as the White House -- and the Lincoln Bedroom.

Photo credit: YouTube screen grab (cropped).

Daniel John Sobieski is a former editorial writer for Investor’s Business Daily and freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.

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Tehran-Beijing is The New Fact of Life - Michael Ledeen

by Michael Ledeen

Maybe Trump was right all along.

I have just passed through my 79th birthday, and the Iranian regime is celebrating it by sending a bunch of phony messages in my name to various innocent victims.  This generally lures in the unwary, and generates tidy little concentric circles of email addresses -- just what the mullahs like to play with.

I’m not alone at The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). The latest target is Richard Goldberg, and there has long been Reuel Gerecht, Mark Dubowitz and Clifford May. I’ve been on this list for many years now, and I’ve got some handy advice for those who receive what looks like an email message from yours truly, or anyone else at the Foundation. 

The handiest advice is: don’t do what you’re being asked to do. The information about me is false, and asks the recipient to forward to the sender all the data he/she has about me. This request would close the loops and provide the sender with all the links back and forth between them and their targets.

I have heard from some of those queried by the regime, and it is quite clear that the Iranians are hunting for American networks exchanging information about Iranian activities. They figure that such networks will give them a picture of American counterintelligence operations, make it easier for the Iranians to penetrate them, and get them inside the U.S. networks. Once there, the Iranians believe they can reverse the procedure, and unravel the enemy networks. 

The whole thing is a scam to get the Iranians inside our networks, of which FDD is evidently among the most important. If they succeed in penetrating the U.S. network on Iran, the Iranians hope to obtain a complete picture of America’s grasp of the Iranian operation inside the United States.  

This is no small matter. According to official Iranian radio broadcasts, one Iranian dies every nine minutes from the coronavirus, and the broadcasts are not reliable. If we ever get our hands on the files from the regime, we are likely to discover that the death rates are significantly higher than we currently believe. 

Meanwhile, the American Justice Department announced charges against Iranians in Florida:
The owner of a Florida talent management company and four others were charged in complaints unsealed yesterday for their alleged participation in a scheme to file fraudulent loan applications seeking more than $24 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The charges link the newly-charged five to four others previously indicted on the same charges. The testimony at their trial should tell us a lot about Chinese spying in the West, and expose the failure of China to develop a new generation of technology in the evolving cold war.

Western governments are acting accordingly:
The Chinese foreign ministry has now instructed its ambassadors to aggressively defend its interests and reputation, even if at the cost of diplomatic niceties. Following what has been named “wolf warrior” diplomacy, these diplomats are now actively pushing the Chinese regime’s agenda by employing the tools of attacks, fake news, propaganda, and conspiracy theories. However, countries around the world, instead of being cowed down, are now standing up to this diplomatic offensive and China’s hegemonic ambitions.
Nowhere is this shift more pronounced than with China’s neighbors in the Indo-Pacific
Australia is increasing its defense budget, four members of the “Five Eyes” intelligence pact—the United States, Great Britain, Australia and Japan—have censured the recent Chinese clampdown on Hong Kong’s freedom, and the fifth “Eye”—New Zealand—is reexamining her relationship with Hong Kong:
This push on political issues is matched by a growing squeeze on Chinese technology companies, which for years have had free rein in markets around the world by offering cheaper low-quality alternatives—hardware and software. However, it appears that Beijing’s hegemonic pursuits may have been nipped in the bud. Following India’s ban of more than 50 Chinese apps, the United States is contemplating a similar move. Besides, the United States, the UK, too, has made up its mind, as evident from its decision to exclude Huawei from its 5G network. France, too, is taking steps to restrict Huawei’s role in its telecom network.
So if I were making predictions, I would say that China is looking at grave difficulties in the near term. And they are getting graver all the time.

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Photo: TRT World

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Antibody treatment for COVID showing promise - Maytal Yasur Beit-Or and ILH Staff

by Maytal Yasur Beit-Or and ILH Staff

Three patients treated with antibodies isolated from plasma of recovered COVID patients see their condition improve rapidly. Death toll from virus continues to rise, standing at 639 since the start of the epidemic.

Experimental treatment using COVID-19 antibodies is showing some promise. Three COVID patients hospitalized at Hadassah Ein Karem Medical Center in moderate condition, with pneumonia, saw a rapid improvement in their condition after they were given antibodies. All three were released from the hospital to continue recuperating at home.

The three were part of a clinical trial from Israeli pharmaceutical company Kamada. The trial includes 12 patients at a number of hospitals throughout Israel. On Monday, the company informed the Israel Securities Authority that the trial was underway and that the first three patients had seen significant improvement within two days of the treatment.

The antibody treatment is sourced from blood plasma from patients who have recovered from coronavirus. But unlike the treatment offered by the Magen David Adom blood bank, which uses whole plasma, Kamada has isolated a few antibodies that appear effective in neutralizing the virus.

The plasma donors were all individuals who had developed a high level of antibodies.

Dr. Asa Kessler, from the Corona Unit at Hadassah Ein Karem, said that "The patients who receive the treatment suffer from pneumonia caused by the virus, and right now, although we're at the start we are very encouraged."

Hadassah Director General Professor Zeev Rothstein was one of the health care officials behind the initiative to collect blood plasma from corona patients after their recovery so that antibodies could be extracted from it, and clashed with the Health Ministry over the project.

Former Health Ministry Director General Moshe Bar Siman-Tov went so far as to forbid Rothstein from collecting plasma.

"The erroneous thinking of the former ministry director general at the start of the crisis has hurt all of us in more than one way," Rothstein said.

In the 24 hours from midnight Tuesday to midnight Wednesday, 24,055 coronavirus tests conducted nationwide resulted in 1,609 new confirmed cases, a positive rate of 6.7%, slightly lower than the previous 24 hours.

As of Thursday morning, there were 23,229 symptomatic patients in Israel, 1,470 fewer than in the previous 24 hours. A total of 374 were hospitalized in serious condition, eight fewer than on Wednesday, but more than the 357 serious cases listed a week ago.

A total of 17 COVID deaths in the past 24 hours brought Israel's death toll from the virus to 639.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry on Wednesday announced it would be shortening the mandatory quarantine period for coronavirus patients of people showing symptoms by one to three days.

The new guidelines stipulate that the clock will start on a person's quarantine from the day he or she is tested, and not from the day test results come back positive, which has thus far been the standard. Israel Hayom was the first to report on the ministry's plans to update quarantine regulations.

The new rules could shave one to three days off the time a person is in quarantine. Asymptomatic carriers will be listed as "recovered" starting 10 days after they are tested
Symptomatic carriers who can pinpoint when their symptoms first appeared will be listed as "recovering" starting 10 days after the symptoms first appeared, plus an additional three days without fever or respiratory difficulty, for a total of 13 days.

Symptomatic carriers who are unable to identify when their symptoms first appeared will be listed as "recovering" 10 days after the date of their tests, but only if they have been asymptomatic for three full days.

The change to quarantine protocol was spearheaded by the country's health care organizations, who asked the Health Ministry to shorten the mandatory quarantine.

Maytal Yasur Beit-Or and ILH Staff


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A summer of honor killings - Abigail R. Esman

by Abigail R. Esman

The rise in honor killings in Turkey, Jordan, Iran etc. is sparking outrage on social media. And these are the ones we know about.

Her screams tore through the streets, a young woman running from her family home on a hot summer evening. Behind her, her father gave chase, a cement brick gripped in one hand. Neighbors watched as he overtook her, stood in shock as his arm rose, then fell, crashing the brick against her skull until, covered in her own blood, she collapsed. She died on the sidewalk at his feet.

In a video one neighbor filmed of the incident, the girl's mother soon appears, carrying a cup of tea for her husband, the man who had just killed her daughter. He takes a sip. He smokes a cigarette. He sits beside the body. There is neither remorse nor sorrow.

The July 17 murder of the woman known only as Ahlam on the streets of a suburb of Amman, Jordan has been classified an "honor killing," the murder of a family member – almost always a woman – who is perceived to have besmirched the family honor. Only through her death can their honor be redeemed.

It was also just one of a rash of such killings these of young women past three months by their fathers, boyfriends, brothers, cousins, or husbands that has bloodied the Middle East and South Asia. The U.N. estimates that 5,000 such killings take place every year, though activists have long maintained the real number is significantly higher.

Notes Phyllis Chesler, an authority on honor crimes and the author of A Family Conspiracy: Honor Killing: "In my studies, I found that 91% of the honor killings committed on five continents, including in the West, were committed by Muslims. Although Hindus and Sikhs do commit this crime, in their hands it is largely confined to India, it does not travel with them. While my studies have shown that honor killings are not the same as western domestic violence, controversy remains as to whether this crime is caused or allowed by Islamic Sharia law or is a pre-Islamic tribal custom."

But the distinction, she maintains, is unimportant. "Muslim political, legal, and religious leaders have not issued fatwas criminalizing it nor have Muslim governments prosecuted it. The fact that the status of Muslim women, especially in an increasingly Islamist and jihadic era remains subordinate, often sub-human, does not help matters either."

Hence it is not surprising that in most Islamic countries, those who commit such murders receive light sentences for their crimes, if any.

But that may now be changing, as growing social media and street protests force governments to rethink their lax punishments for the perpetrators of honor crimes, and as women collectively say "enough."

In May, for instance, Northern Iranian man Reza Ashrafi crept into the room of his 14-year-old daughter carrying a sickle, and beheaded her as she slept. Her crime: falling in love and running away with a man her parents had not given her permission to marry. (Marriage age for women in Iran is 13.) Reza had urged her to come home, promising that all would be forgiven. After the killing, the girl's aunt told Radio Free Europe, Ashrafi claimed he had proven his honor. Relatives held a ceremony after the child's death, Deutsche Welle reported, in the name of her "honorable" father.

This was just one of many recent honor killings in Iran. Days earlier, a man in Abadan used a knife to behead his 19-year-old wife, suspecting her of having a lover. With his cousin, who had also assisted him in the crime, he dumped the woman's body by the river. A week later, another young man in Abadan stabbed his sister to death. He had been angered by gossip that she was having an extramarital affair. And in the Kurdish region of Kermanshah, the father and brothers of Somaye Fathi forced the pregnant 18-year-old to drink aluminum phosphate, killing her and her unborn child.

But it is the murder of 27-year-old Pinar Gultekin in Mugla, Turkey, a southwestern province near the Syrian border, that has gained the most attention worldwide, and inspired the most vocal movements for change. On July 16 – the day before Ahlam's gruesome murder – Pinar's ex-boyfriend, furious at her for rebuffing his efforts to rekindle their relationship, beat and strangled her to death. Then he placed her body in a barrel, set it aflame, and when the fires had burned out, embedded it in concrete.

Videos posted online show Pinar, an economics student and the only literate member of her family, as a joyous young woman who loved to sing and enjoyed the company of friends. Her death set off national protests in a country where recorded femicides have skyrocketed from 143 in 2012 to 416 in 2019. Indeed, according to the Guardian, Turkey holds the highest femicide rate in the top 34 OECD countries. Throughout the country, women marched and demonstrated after the killing, calling for an end to the violence.

Those protests were seen as particularly urgent as the country's ruling AKP Party debates revisions to the Council of Europe's 2012 "Istanbul Convention" that protects the rights of women – a treaty Turkey was the first to sign.

"It is the obligation of the state to fully address it in all its forms and to take measures to prevent violence against women, protect its victims and prosecute the perpetrators," the Convention website says.

But times have changed in an increasingly religious and conservative Turkey; indeed, some AKP members are considering withdrawing from the Convention altogether. Last month, AKP party leader Numan Kurtulumus reportedly told a TV interviewer that in his view, "signing the Istanbul Convention was wrong."

"There are two critical issues in the text of this convention that we... can never accept," he said. "One of them is gender rights; the other is sexual orientation rights." A parliamentary vote on Turkey's continued participation in the Convention is scheduled for later this week.

The social media response to Pinar Gultekin's killing has been especially powerful, inspiring a wider, global movement. Women across Turkey began posting black-and-white selfies on Instagram with the hashtag #ChallengeAccepted, recasting a 2016 campaign originally created to raise cancer awareness to bring attention to honor killings. The black-and-white images also reflect the too-frequent newspaper images of the women who are killed – images that one account, StopFemicides, has taken to posting in place of selfies – a reminder that these women can no longer take them. The campaign, begun in late July, took fire, expanding internationally to include support for women facing misogyny in all its forms, with Khloe Kardashian, Eva Longoria, and Paris Hilton, among others, joining the cause.

Jordanian women, too, have weaponized social media in their fight, using the hashtags "#Stopkillingwomen" and "#Screams_of_Ahlam." Film composer Ghiya Rushidat, for instance, posted to Twitter, "I will choose to tweet in English because apparently when this becomes international news, the Jordanian officials and government start paying attention and fear for their reputations and how to salvage that... Women who've had their eyes taken out of their face, women who've been hit on the head by bricks, all sorts of unimaginable cruel murder. And nothing happens to change this. No matter how many times you report the abuser, they still manage to get away."

Others have taken to the streets. In Amman, hundreds stood outside the parliament on July 22, defying COVID-19 restrictions on large crowds and carrying signs that read "when blood becomes tea," a clear reference to Ahlam's murder.

Women's rights activists see these efforts as a posible sign of change. By current Jordanian law, murderers' sentences can be halved if the victim's family forgives the killer – who is usually acting on the family's behalf in the first place. More, the "Fit of Fury" defense allows the killers to blame the victim for stirring up their rage, thereby reducing their penalty to serving as little as one year in prison.

But this summer's outcry has put pressure on the government to rethink that approach. Even Jordan's Princess Basma bint Talal, who founded Jordan's National Committee for Women, issued a statement on Facebook, writing, "how many other women must die before adequate punitive steps are taken; or so that loopholes in the law can no longer be used to the advantage of the perpetrators, in order to give them reduced sentences for murder. A radical shift in approach at all levels needs to signal the fact that conditions for violence, domestic or otherwise will no longer be tolerated or even condoned. There is no honour in honour killing and we can no longer look away." She added the hashtags "#NoHonourInKilling" and "#DontLookAway."

It may be in Iran, however, where those changes are closest to becoming possible. According to the Christian Science Monitor, while most murders such as Romina Ashrafi's tend to be swept under the proverbial rug, "the barbarous details of Romina's death spread quickly, moving the needle of outrage and change toward protecting the lives of women and children." Mobilized by the horror of the crime and the volume of the outcry in its wake, President Hassan Rouhani quickly enacted what is now called "Romina's Law," a bill that had languished for over a decade, to criminalize child abuse and neglect. Another law, not yet passed, would criminalize sexual and physical abuse of women.

Here, too, much of the activism has taken place on social media, reflecting what the New York Times described as a #MeToo moment of women "pouring out their own stories of abuse at the hands of male relatives in hopes of shedding light on a problem that is usually kept quiet." Many Iranian women also joined in the Turkish #ChallengeAccepted Instagram campaign.

While some maintain Rouhani is only posturing, and there is little likelihood such laws would be enforced in a country where, the New York Times says, nearly 30 percent of all murders are honor killings of young women, the fervent activism, coupled with its global reach on social media, is nonetheless rushing in a sense of hope. It is a hope that is sweeping the region as women, empowered by one another, say "no more."

Or as Fatin Otoom, the founder of a Jordanian feminist group recently renamed "Ahlam's Screams," put it, "We can't just stand and watch girls get killed. This is stupidity, enough is enough."

Posted  from The Investigative Project on Terrorism

Abigail R. Esman is a freelance writer based in New York and the Netherlands. She is the author of Radical State: How Jihad Is Winning Over Democracy in the West (Praeger, 2010). Her next book, Rage: Narcissism, Patriarchy, and the Culture of Terrorism, will be published by Potomac Books in October, 2020. Follow her at @radicalstates.


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The Democrat Party is Getting Rid of the Jews - Daniel Greenfield

by Daniel Greenfield

Kamala Harris, who defended Omar’s Jew-hate, could sit in the Oval Office.

The Democrat primaries are sweeping around the nation and leaving behind fewer Jewish Democrats in public office and more antisemitic radicals sitting in the House of Representatives.

Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib both survived challenges from better qualified African-Americans because they enjoyed the backing of the Democrat establishment.

Despite her antisemitic rhetoric, a habit that Omar continued during the primary, she got the endorsement of Speaker Pelosi. The top elected Democrat official also endorsed Tlaib.

After Omar’s first round of antisemitic remarks, Senator Kamala Harris defended the racist politician against her Jewish critics by warning “that the spotlight being put on Congresswoman Omar may put her at risk.”

Omar’s antisemitism wasn’t threatening Jews, but Jewish protests were threatening the bigot.

Then Harris insisted that, “there is a difference between criticism of policy... and anti-Semitism."

The California politician didn’t bother to explain how Omar’s antisemitic tropes were mere policy.

Senator Harris has since been picked as Biden’s running mate. If Biden wins, a politician who defended Omar’s antisemitism will almost certainly become the next president of this country.

While Harris has been depicted as a moderate, her chief of staff, Karine Jean-Pierre, was the national spokeswoman and senior adviser for MoveOn. The radical group has a long history of trafficking in antisemism and attacking the Jewish State. It even opposed Senator Schumer because, in its own words, “our country doesn’t need another Joe Lieberman.”

Jean-Pierre had accused Israel of "war crimes" and denounced AIPAC as "Islamophobic" for opposing the murder of Jews, urging Democrats to avoid the pro-Israel convention.

The myth that the radicals of the squad were insurgent “giant-slayers” who were taking on the Democrat establishment was branding. The reality is that the radicals are backed by a radical establishment which is cheerfully shedding older Dems with more traditional constituencies.

That includes Jews.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, the squad leader who supported Omar’s pro-BDS resolution, has a speaking slot at the Democrat convention. A letter on her site, signed by the congresswoman, accuses Israel of becoming an apartheid state and threatens to cut off aid.

Rep. Cortez's email in support of the move touted the backing of BDS groups and extremist organizations linked to terrorist groups like the PFLP and Hamas. These groups include American Muslims for Palestine, whose chairman, Hatem Bazian was the architect of the harassment of Jews on college campuses as the founder of Students for Justice in Palestine.

When Israel resisted a Hamas invasion from Gaza, Rep. Cortez accused Israel of a "massacre".

Jewish Democrats can’t keep on pretending that these views are marginal when they occupy a speaking role at their convention between John Kerry and Bill Clinton.

All this matters a whole lot more than the policy theater over the Democrat platform.

What’s at stake for Jewish Democrats is not just policy: it’s representation.

The number of Protestants and Jews has been dropping in Congress, an inevitable consequence of secularization and diversity. The DNC's parade of speeches will open with Senator Bernie Sanders, an atheist with a Brooklyn accent who isn’t part of a Jewish community. And he’s the prototype for the new type of “Jewish” Democrat.

Jewish House Democrats who represented Jewish constituencies are losing their seats.

The 117th Congress will have only two Jewish House Democrats from New York after Rep. Elliot Engel was defeated and Rep. Nita Lowey was replaced by minority radicals backed by Sanders and Cortez. New Jersey’s lone Jewish congressman survived an assault by a Cortez/Sanders backed radical.

How is it possible that the largest Jewish population in the country has so few Jewish House members? Democrats have strategically gerrymandered New York City to deny representation to Jewish areas by rolling them into minority areas where only the radicals can win.

Jewish Democrats used to hold public office because they were elected by Jewish voters. That’s no longer true in New York. It’s still true in Florida and a few other states. But not for long.

The new “Jewish” Democrat is a radical activist who has no ties to the Jewish community. He or she may not even be Jewish. Rep. Cortez has claimed that she has Jewish roots because “to be Puerto Rican is to be the descendant of: African Moors & slaves, Taino Indians, Spanish colonizers, Jewish refugees, and likely others.” Then who needs actual Jews anyway?

The radical hijackers of the Democrats have been playing this game for a while.

“I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office," Obama had insisted.

As Senator Kamala Harris hits the campaign trail, look for her to tout her Jewish husband, and to endlessly retell the same story about her mother-in-law. Politics is built on lame ethnic pandering, but these tired routines are obscuring something much more deeply disturbing.

Obama and Harris both signed off on Iran’s nuclear program and the flow of money to terrorists. And they’ve covered that disturbing fact over with happy talk about all their Jewish friends.

Obama’s policies led to the murder of Jews. He loved Jews so much he couldn’t stop killing them.

Senator Cory Booker thrilled Jewish Democrats with his ability to recite a few Hebrew phrases, and then worked hard to protect black nationalist terrorists who murdered Jews in his state.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez claims to be Jewish because she’s Puerto Rican while coordinating with the allies of the terrorists who are killing Jews.

Meanwhile, Jewish voters are increasingly not being represented at a communal level.

Some of the largest traditional Jewish communities in the country are being represented by radicals like Rep. Yvette Clarke, Rep. Karen Bass, or Rep. Nydia Velasquez who are overtly hostile to Israel, and uninterested in actually representing Jews in their gerrymandered districts.

The relationship between Jewish communities and elected officials is being broken. And that has implications well beyond Israel, BDS, or Iran. It means that Jews are no longer a Democrat constituency. That’s a reality that is quietly sinking in for many Jewish Democrat professionals, especially after the purge of Rep. Elliot Engel by a radical backed not only by AOC, but Obama.

According to Jamaal Bowman, Obama decided to endorse him after reading his response to a liberal Jewish clergyman rejecting his call to fight BDS and bashing Israel's military.

Most Jewish Democrat voters are steadily refusing to pay attention to this phenomenon.

And yet there’s only so many rants about Trump, so many furious New York Times and Washington Post op-eds to be scrolled through at the breakfast table that can keep the ugly reality of what a radicalized Democrat Party means for Jewish communities at bay.

It’s not just that the Democrats are turning against Israel, they’re turning against Jews.

Not Jews in the abstract sense. Democrat politicians can, like Senator Cory Booker, keep a Hebrew copy of the Bible in their office, they can, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, claim Jewish roots, or, like Barack Obama, claim to be Jewish in some vague sense of values.

None of this has anything to do with actual Jews, their interests, communities, and lives, but it does a wonderful job of flattering the insecure neurosis that makes some Jews lean leftward.

Obama had won by reducing America to a set of leftist values. He did the same thing to Jews. But when you reduce people to your own abstractions and slogans, you’re appropriating them. Marxists worshiped the working class as an abstraction and terrorized the actual working class. Because they claimed to stand for “the people”, they never had to pay attention to real people.

The appropriation of the Jews transforms a people into a set of leftist slogans. And then Democrats from Barack Obama to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez are free to support policies that lead to the murder of actual Jews in the name of their leftist abstractions of Jewish values.

The American political system doesn’t recognize constituencies as abstractions, but as people. The Democrats are building a new one-party state in which elections are irrelevant and primaries exist to broker arrangements between intersectional non-profits funded by billionaires. Actual Jewish communities are an annoying inconvenience in this Marxist political system.

Democrats with Jewish last names will still exist, they just won’t represent anyone except the roster of non-profits like Bend the Arc, J Street, Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice or If Not Now, that are not only actively working to get Jews killed, but that don’t represent anyone except George Soros or Buffett’s son. And attacking Soros for his radical extremism is the only thing that Democrats will even recognize as antisemitism anymore.

The pattern ought to be a familiar one from how leftist regimes dealt with Jewish populations.

There’s not much of a future for Jewish communities in this model. The cities and suburbs where Jews live are under siege in the name of social justice. Jewish communities are simultaneously losing their representation within the Democrats in the name of social justice.

Jewish Democrats who imagine that Israel is the problem are about to learn they’re the problem.

The problem, as in the USSR, is that many Jewish communities are bourgeois enclaves filled with middle class professionals, two-parent families who raise their children to succeed, go to a good college, get an even better job, get married, and raise their own children in a suburb with safe streets, challenging schools, and the rest of what used to be the American Dream.

Like most suburbanites, they aren’t actually radical. They just stupidly enable the radicals. And the radicals, once they take power, are not going to tolerate them. They’re going to get rid of them. It’s already happening. And, unlike the 70s, there won’t be any suburbs to run away to.

A decade ago there were six Jewish House Democrats out of New York. Now there are two.

What happened in the short span of a decade is that the radical future of the Democrats arrived. And there’s no room in that radical new world that the Democrats are building for the Jews.

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


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