Friday, June 18, 2021

Illegal Arab construction plans slice through Gush Etzion bloc - Ido Ben Porat

 

​ by Ido Ben Porat

Palestinian Authority plans to pave road just beyond Jerusalem, exerting de facto control over State-held lands.

 

Site of proposed construction
Site of proposed construction                                                                              Regavim

The Regavim movement has sent a letter to Defense Minister Benny Gantz and to the Civil Administration (that has authority over Judea and Samaria), demanding that they take immediate action to enforce Israeli law and prevent the paving of a strategic road that would link two key villages under Palestinian Authority control.

The two villages in question are Battir, south-west of Jerusalem, and Husan, further south-west and just moments away from the haredi city of Beitar, both located in the Gush Etzion bloc in the Judean Hills. The Palestinian Authority is planning to pave a road that runs from Har Gilo, just outside the capital, and links areas of illegal expansion north of Battir all the way south to Husan.

Eytan Mellet, Regavim’s coordinator of activities in Judea and Samaria, filmed the areas concerned on Thursday morning, and explained the special significance of the road that would link Battir and Husan. He stressed that the road creates a strategic corridor through land that is ostensibly under full Israeli control, land that links Jerusalem to the Gush Etzion bloc, and that the paving of the road would create a de facto situation in which the Palestinian Authority takes control over this area instead.

This video is in Hebrew:

The head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, Shlomo Ne’eman, added that this specific case perfectly illustrates the ongoing attempts of the Palestinian Authority to create facts on the ground and continuity of Arab settlement across swathes of State-held land. “The paving of this road constitutes yet another attempt to harm Israeli sovereignty,” he said. “We have to stop this yesterday already, and prevent them from establishing a state under our very noses. The issue of protecting State-held lands and enforcing laws against illegal construction, takeovers, and infiltrations is something that should be at the top of the government’s agenda.”

This is the second warning on this specific matter that has been issued by Regavim, an organization that is dedicated to monitoring illegal Arab construction and preventing encroachments into State lands. Regavim is now demanding that the government open a criminal investigation against those culpable, and that it release the details of all action taken to enforce the law with regard to illegal construction between Battir and Husan. Regavim also noted that the Palestinian Authority plans to go ahead with the paving of the road in the very near future, and that if it does not receive a satisfactory response from the government, it will appeal to the courts.

 

Ido Ben Porat 

Source: https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/308281/

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Israel's New Government Is Among the Most Diverse in the History of Democracies - Alan M. Dershowitz

 

​ by Alan M. Dershowitz

[S]tay tuned to see how the now government manages to survive the challenges of diversity. In the meantime, however, stop singling out Israel for demonization by mislabeling it as apartheid or undemocratic.

  • [B]igots... in the United States and Europe, insist on characterizing Israel as an apartheid state. Nothing could be further from the truth. Israel has real diversity, not the kind of phony diversity that characterizes many American institutions. American diversity is simply a euphemism for more Blacks, and especially more Blacks who hold the same views about political and racial matters.

  • The best evidence of this truism came from Google's appointment of a chief diversity officer who had expressed anti-gay and anti-Jewish views.... He is Black and that is all that diversity means at Google and many other American institutions. It is different in Israel, because Israel is such an inherently diverse nation that takes its diversity seriously.

  • Every Muslim majority nation is officially a Muslim state that bestows considerable benefits on members of that faith. Great Britain is an Anglican Christian state with an established religion. Catholicism is the official religion of several European countries. Many national flags and emblems have crosses, crescents or other distinctly religious symbols.

  • So stay tuned to see how the now government manages to survive the challenges of diversity. In the meantime, however, stop singling out Israel for demonization by mislabeling it as apartheid or undemocratic.

Israel stands among the countries of the world most committed to achieving real equality for all its citizens. Pictured: Members of Israel's new cabinet attend their first meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, Israel on June 13, 2021. (Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP via Getty Images)

I challenge anyone to name a parliamentary democracy that has had a more diverse coalition government -- racially, religiously, ethnically, ideologically, politically, national origin -- than the current Israeli government. It includes people of nearly every color from Black Ethiopians to brown Muslims to swarthy Sephardim to pale Russians. It includes a modern Orthodox Jew as Prime Minister, along with fundamentalist Muslims and atheist and agnostics Jews. It has a gay cabinet member, a deaf member of the Knesset and people who trace their roots to Asia, Africa, Europe and America.

A record number of nine women will be serving in the new Israeli cabinet. The current Prime Minister is a right-winger. The Prime Minister designate who is currently Minster of Foreign Affairs, is a left-winger. Every shade of political opinion -- and there are many in Israel -- is represented in this government. The old expression "two Jews, three opinions" can now be changed to "20 Israeli cabinet members, 30 opinions" -- because each cabinet member represents multiple opinions within their parties.

All the same, bigots, particularly on the hard left in the United States and Europe, insist on characterizing Israel as an apartheid state. Nothing could be further from the truth. Israel has real diversity, not the kind of phony diversity that characterizes many American institutions. American diversity is simply a euphemism for more Blacks, and especially more Blacks who hold the same views about political and racial matters. It has little to do with diversity of attitudes, experiences, views.

The best evidence of this truism came from Google's appointment of a chief diversity officer who had expressed anti-gay and anti-Jewish views. It is inconceivable that Google with its vast resources and ability to check everything, did not know of his bigoted views. He is Black and that is all that diversity means at Google and many other American institutions. It is different in Israel, because Israel is such an inherently diverse nation that takes its diversity seriously.

Does this mean that perfect equality has been achieved in the nation state of the Jewish people? Of course not. Like every democracy struggling with racial and ethnic issues. Israel is far from perfect. Its laws mandate equality, but discriminatory practices persist against certain groups of Jews and Muslims. Israel's courts consistently render decisions moving the country toward complete equality, but courts alone can never achieve that result.

Moreover, Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people and as such can give equal civil, legal, religious, linguistic and political rights to its non-Jewish citizens, but it cannot give them equal national rights. The state was created to be Jewish in character and to never discriminate against Jews in immigration or religious rights. It is the only Jewish state in a world which discriminated against Jews for thousands of years and which stood by as six million of them were murdered.

Many other nation, states and provinces around the world, with far less historical justification, have even greater national and religious characteristics. Every Muslim-majority nation is officially a Muslim state that bestows considerable benefits on members of that faith. Great Britain is an Anglican Christian state with an established religion. Catholicism is the official religion of several European countries. Many national flags and emblems have crosses, crescents or other distinctly religious symbols. Several particular national anthems refer to religion.

Many countries have laws of return that favor certain ethnic and religious groups. Several Arab countries have religious restrictions and citizenship and land ownership. And on and on. But Israel is the only nation that is routinely condemned for its law of return, its observance of Jewish holidays, its flag and its exemption from military service for most Arabs (and Jews learning full-time in religious seminaries).

Even with these limited and historically justified exceptions, Israel stands among the countries of the world most committed to achieving real equality for all its citizens.

The good news is that Israel has finally achieved a government, and that the government is among the most diverse in the history of democracy. The bad news is that its very diversity -- particularly its political and ideological differences -- also make the government one of the most unstable in the history of democracy. It prevailed in the Knesset by a vote with 60 votes out of 120, with one abstention. So stay tuned to see how the now government manages to survive the challenges of diversity. In the meantime, however, stop singling out Israel for demonization by mislabeling it as apartheid or undemocratic.

 

Alan M. Dershowitzv is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus at Harvard Law School and author of the book, The Case Against the New Censorship: Protecting Free Speech from Big Tech, Progressives and Universities, Hot Books, April 20, 2021. His new podcast, "The Dershow," can be seen on Spotify, Apple and YouTube. He is the Jack Roth Charitable Foundation Fellow at Gatestone Institute.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17472/israel-government-diversity

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China's Plan to Dominate 'Near-Earth' Space - Lawrence A. Franklin

 

​ by Lawrence A. Franklin

China seems to be trying to maneuver a surreptitious surrender, by undermining the US from within, accompanied by the threat of a costly, high-powered war. Unfortunately, many in the US seem to be complying.

  • Communist China seems not only to be directly challenging the US lead in space exploration; its space plans also appear to include an ambitious military dimension, much of whose contents look as if they are controlled by the CCP's People's Liberation Army (PLA). These PLA programs include a vast array of counter-space weapons systems designed to degrade or destroy US space assets.

  • Even if there are areas where the US and Chinese space programs could serve universal concerns... sadly, it would seem foolhardy to cooperate on any program with the CCP. It has not made a secret of its intent to unseat the US as the world's leading superpower... within the next 15-30 years. It has already declared war on the US; the US just seems not yet to have read the memo. China seems to be trying to maneuver a surreptitious surrender, by undermining the US from within, accompanied by the threat of a costly, high-powered war. Unfortunately, many in the US seem to be complying.

  • Meanwhile, in America, we appear busy with diversions -- educating our children to hate our country; allowing our government to torpedo our economy by killing growth and launching a ruinous debt; disabling our energy supply while boosting that of our adversaries; exploding our taxes while making us support countless illegal migrants -- that are enabling Communist China to fulfill its dream: enfeebling America to take control not only of "near-Earth" space but everything under it as well.

Communist China's space program is demonstrating that it is on a trajectory possibly to surpass the US in the military and scientific exploration in our solar system. Today, June 17, China launched a three-astronaut crew who will inhabit the command module of its soon-to-be-completed Tianhe Chinese Space Station. Pictured: The astronauts appear at a departure ceremony before launch on June 17, 2021 in Jiuquan, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Communist China's space program is demonstrating that it is on a trajectory possibly to surpass the US in the military and scientific exploration in our solar system. China is planning a space spectacular to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party on July 23, 1921. Today, June 17, China launched a three-astronaut crew who will inhabit the command module of its soon-to-be-completed Tianhe Chinese Space Station. This planned human launch follows the June 10 multiple satellite deployment from Northern China's Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. One of these satellites is designed to track near-earth asteroids.

As early as the mid-1950s, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Chairman Mao Zedong declared, "We too will make satellites." Following that declaration, China aggressively began to compete with both the former Soviet Union and the United States in space -- an ambition seemingly energized by China's desire to develop a nuclear bomb and the means to deliver it. China's Space Program, called the "Two Bombs, One Satellite" project, was from its inception, placed under the aegis of the CCP's Central Military Commission, thereby underscoring the military orientation of its activities in space.

During the past few years China has staged a number of space spectacles. In 2018, it quickened its exploratory space activity by staging more launches than any other nation. Also in 2018, China's "Chang'e-4" spacecraft, named for a mythical Chinese goddess who supposedly inhabited the moon, was launched from the Xichang Space Center in southwest China. The Chang'e 4 landed its Yalu-2 land rover -- a first-ever landing on the far side of the moon -- on January 2, 2019. The Administrator of America's National Association of Space Administration (NASA), Jim Bridenstine, hailed the Chinese accomplishment. China's Chang'e 5, launched from an alternate space facility on Hainan Island in November 2020, collected more than four pounds of lunar rocks. China's National Space Administration (CNSA), established in 1993, recently topped off another series of space triumphs by landing a land rover on Mars this past May 15.

Communist China seems not only to be directly challenging the US lead in space exploration; its space plans also appear to include an ambitious military dimension, much of whose contents look as if they are controlled by the CCP's People's Liberation Army (PLA). These PLA programs include a vast array of counter-space weapons systems designed to degrade or destroy US space assets. These PLA weapons include satellites and anti-satellite (ASAT) capabilities capable of inhibiting US space materiel from communicating with US military combat units. The aggressive posture of China's space-based military programs underscores the recent regeneration of US Space Command and President Trump's establishment of a US Space Force. The Chinese already established its US Space Force's equivalent, the PLA's Army Strategic Support Force, in 2015.

China, with its National Space Administration, continues to position its own equipment in space, and is planning several more launches this year and next to complete its own international space station, separate from the existing US-Russian international space station. Chinese space experts have already met several times with European Space Association (ESA) representatives to explore ways in which China and Europe can cooperate in space. European astronauts already are expressing their willingness to join in flights with their Chinese counterparts. China also has now formulated its own equivalent of the US-initiated Global Positioning System (GPS), called the Beidou (Northern Dipper) constellation of satellites. This navigational system enables Chinese military planners to precisely record the movement of foreign military assets along China's national borders where there exist several territorial disputes with neighboring countries such as India. Beidou also closely monitors the movement of US naval assets in the Chinese-claimed waters and islands in the South and East China Seas.

One advantage that China's totalitarian regime gives it over the US space program is that the Communist Party of China's Central Military Commission manages the Chinese Space Program's integrated network of space launch centers, space cities and space labs in universities.

There are four Chinese launch centers, with multiple launch pads, dispersed throughout the country: Hainan Island's Wenchang Launch Center, the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, and the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. While all of China's launch facilities are capable of putting into orbit various satellite systems, it is the Wencheng Center on Hainan Island that will be tasked with the Tianhe (Heavenly Harmony) launches of modules for China's Space Station. Adjacent urban sites offer logistical and industrial support for launch operations. Nearby higher education facilities offer training programs for space program technicians and astronauts. The Chinese program also includes numerous domestic and foreign-based tracking stations. In the US, however, NASA's projected increased cooperation with wealthy, independent US space entrepreneurs, such as Elon Musk's Space-X, may ultimately prove more capable.

Even if there are areas where the US and Chinese space programs could serve universal concerns such as monitoring climate change, international commerce, maritime piracy, and the collection of space junk from expired systems, sadly it would seem foolhardy to cooperate on any program with the CCP. It has not made a secret of its intent to unseat the US as the world's leading superpower -- economically, politically, and militarily -- within the next 15-30 years. It has already declared war on the US; the US just seems not yet to have read the memo. China seems to be trying to maneuver a surreptitious surrender, by undermining the US from within, accompanied by the threat of a costly, high-powered war. Unfortunately, many in the US seem to be complying.

Meanwhile, in America, we appear busy with diversions -- educating our children to hate our country; allowing our government to torpedo our economy by killing growth and launching a ruinous debt; disabling our energy supply while boosting that of our adversaries; exploding our taxes while making us support countless illegal migrants -- that are enabling Communist China to fulfill its dream: enfeebling America to take control not only of "near-Earth" space but everything under it as well.

 

Dr. Lawrence A. Franklin was the Iran Desk Officer for Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld. He also served on active duty with the U.S. Army and as a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17471/china-dominate-near-earth-space

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How Nations Slip from Greatness to Obscurity - Don Feder

 

​ by Don Feder

Is America on a path of permanent decline?

 


Men, like nations, think they’re eternal. What man in his 20s or 30s doesn’t believe, at least subconsciously, that he’ll live forever?

In the springtime of youth, an endless summer beckons. As you pass 70, it’s harder to hide from reality.

Nations too have seasons. Imagine a Roman of the 2nd. century contemplating an empire that stretched from Britain to the Near East, thinking: This will endure forever.

Forever was about 500 years, give or take.

France was the thing in the 17th and 18th centuries. Now the land of Charles Martel is on its way to becoming part of the Muslim ummah.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the sun never set on the British empire. Now Albion exists in a perpetual twilight. Its 95-year-old sovereign is a fitting symbol for a nation in terminal decline.

In the 1980s, Japan seemed poised to buy the world. Business schools taught Japanese management techniques. Today, its birth rate is so low and its population is aging so rapidly, that an industry has sprung up to remove the remains of elderly Japanese who die alone.

I was born in 1946, almost at the midpoint of the 20th century – the American century.  America’s prestige and influence were never greater. Thanks to the Greatest Generation, we won a World War fought over most of Europe, Asia and the Pacific. We reduced Germany to rubble and put the rising sun to bed.

It set the stage for almost half a century of unprecedented prosperity. We stopped the spread of communism in Europe and Asia, and fought international terrorism. We rebuilt our enemies and lavished foreign aid on much of the world.

We built skyscrapers and rockets to the moon. We conquered Polio and COVID.  We explored the mysteries of the Universe and the wonders of DNA, the blueprint  of life.

But where is the glory that once was Rome?

America has moved from a relatively free economy to socialism – which has worked so well nowhere in the world. We’ve gone from a republican government guided by a constitution to a regime of revolving elites. We have less freedom with each passing year.

Like a signpost to the coming reign of terror, the cancel culture is everywhere. We’ve traded the American Revolution for the Cultural Revolution.

The pathetic creature in the White House is an empty vessel filled by his handlers. At the G-7 Summit, Dr. Jill had to lead him like a child.

In 1961, when we were young and vigorous, our leader was too. Now a feeble  nation is technically led by the oldest man to ever serve in the presidency.

We can’t defend our borders, our history (including monuments to past greatness) or our streets. Our cities have become anarchist playgrounds.

We are a nation of dependents, mendicants, and misplaced charity. Homeless veterans camp in the streets while illegal aliens are put up in hotels.

The president of the United States can’t even quote the beginning of the Declaration of Independence correctly. Ivy League graduates routinely fail history tests that 5th graders could pass a generation ago.

Crime rates soar and we blame the 2nd. Amendment and slash police budgets.

Our culture is certifiably insane. We have men who marry men. Men who think they’re women. People who fight racism by seeking to convince members of one race that they’re inherently evil, and others that they are perpetual victims. A psychiatrist lecturing at Yale said she fantasizes about “unloading a revolver into the head of any white person.”

We slaughter the unborn in the name of freedom, while our birth rate dips lower year by year.

Our national debt is so high that we can no longer even pretend that we will repay it one day. It’s a $28-trillion monument to our improvidence and refusal to confront reality.

Our “entertainment” is sadistic, nihilistic and as enduring as a candy bar wrapper thrown in the trash. Our music is noise that spans the spectrum from annoying to repulsive.

Patriotism is called insurrection, treason celebrated, and perversion sanctified.

A man in blue gets less respect than a man in a dress.

We’re asking soldiers to fight for a nation our leaders no longer believe in.

How meekly most submitted to Fauci-ism (the regime of face masks and hand sanitizers) shows the death of the American spirit.

How do nations slip from greatness to obscurity?

  • Fighting endless wars they can’t or won’t win
  • Accumulating massive debt far beyond their ability to repay
  • Refusing to guard their borders, allowing the nation to be inundated by an alien horde
  • Surrendering control of their cities to mob rule
  • Allowing indoctrination of the young
  • Moving from a republican form of government to an oligarchy
  • Losing national identity
  • Indulging indolence
  • Abandoning faith and family – the bulwarks social order.

In America, every one of these symptoms is pronounced, indicating an advanced stage of the disease.

Even if the cause seems hopeless, do we not have an obligation to those who sacrificed so much to give us what we had?

I’m surrounded by ghosts urging me on: the Union soldiers who held Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg, the battered bastards of Bastogne, those who served in the cold hell of Korea, the guys who went to the jungles of Southeast Asia and came home to be reviled or neglected.

This is the nation that took in my immigrant grandparents, whose uniform my father and most of my uncles wore in the Second World War. I don’t want to imagine a world without America, even though it becomes increasingly likely.

During Britain’s darkest hour, when its professional army was trapped at Dunkirk and a German invasion seemed imminent, Churchill reminded his countrymen, “Nations that go down fighting rise again, and those that surrender tamely are finished.”

The same might be said of causes. If we let America slip through our fingers, if we lose without a fight, what will posterity say of us?

While the prognosis is far from good, only God knows if America’s day in the sun is over.

 

Don Feder

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/06/how-nations-slip-greatness-obscurity-don-feder/

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California Public School Teachers: The Latest Dupes in the Campaign to Demonize Israel - Richard L. Cravatts

 

​ by Richard L. Cravatts

The cognitive war on the Jewish state seeps down from university campuses into public schools.

 


No sooner than Israel had initiated its campaign to suppress Hamas’s rocket fire from Gaza, resulting in some 3400 rockets targeting southern Israeli towns during the 11-day conflict, than students and faculty at universities around the country began their noxious, though predictable, effort to once again slander the Jewish state, issuing statements of solidarity with the ever-aggrieved Palestinians and denouncing Israel for its alleged aggression, continued ethnic cleansing, oppression, and immorality for the inevitable deaths of Gazan civilians, including children.

The cognitive war against Israel has been waged on university campuses for more than a decade, during which time activist groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine have promoted the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel and have sought to galvanize anti-Israel support—especially at those times when Israel is forced by Palestinian aggression to suppress hostilities in defensive military maneuvers.

But the liberal worldview in which there are oppressors like Israel and oppressed like the Palestinians has seeped into public school systems now, as well, where woke elementary and high school teachers are suffused with concepts of the intersectionality of oppression, post-colonial views of the world, and the Left’s perennial notion that victims are guiltless and hegemonic powers (such as Israel and the United States) are founts of imperialism, militarism, and racism.

On May 19th, as one troubling example, the 6200-member United Educators of San Francisco teacher’s union passed a grotesque “Resolution in Solidarity with the Palestinian People” which, in addition to calling on the Biden administration to end all aid to Israel, denounced Israel’s alleged “forced displacement and home demolitions” of Palestinian Arabs in Jerusalem and its imposition of “a regime of legalized racial discrimination.”  Like many other statements issued during this latest conflict, Israel was denounced as an aggressive, militaristic oppressor whose military capriciously murders Arabs, seemingly without provocation. “Since May 10 the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has began [sic] an intense campaign of bombing and mortar fire on the territory of Gaza,” the resolution reads, and “nearly 200 people, more than a quarter of them children have been killed. Over 1,300 have been wounded, and 40,000 Gazans have lost their homes.” Conveniently missing from this language, of course, is any mention of Hamas, the terrorist group of psychopaths who have been lobbing rockets and mortars at southern Israeli towns for over 15 years now, some 20,000 of them (and 3400 alone in this latest skirmish), with the express purpose of murdering Jews. The fact that each time Hamas indiscriminately fires one of these rockets into civilian neighborhoods constitutes a war crime has seemingly never occurred to these woke educators, who only condemn Israel’s efforts to defend its citizenry, as any sovereign nation would do, from being murdered by terroristic foes.

In the way that Israel’s critics chronically do, the union only singles out Israel for punishment and condemnation, not its enemies who seek the extirpation of the Jewish state. “As public school educators in the United States of America,” the resolution sententiously proclaims, “we have a special responsibility to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people because of the 3.8 billion dollars annually that the US government gives to Israel, thus directly using our tax dollars to fund apartheid and war crimes,” a statement that, of course, is a complete inversion of the truth. The U.S. gives billions of foreign aid and military assistance to Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan, and a host of other countries whose records on human and civil rights do not compare with that of Israel and whose use of U.S. aid is never given the same moral audit that the hate-Israel crowd is wont to do when the Jewish state is involved.

And lest there be any doubt about the Union’s mistaken attitude about Israel, and the lie it promulgates by claiming that Israel perpetrates racism and apartheid against Arabs, the resolution concludes by committing its membership to sign on with the anti-Semitic BDS campaign itself, stating “that UESF endorse the international campaign for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against apartheid in Israel,” thereby becoming the first K-12 teachers’ union in the United States to endorse the BDS movement.

The ideology that inspired this union vote is revealing, particularly if we look at the rhetoric of one of the resolution’s authors, the self-proclaimed Socialist activist, Alex Schmaus, a middle school instructional aide and UESF organizer. Writing on a “socialist project” website, Tempest, Schmaus described the union’s vote and revealed that, at least in his mind, Israel is an illegitimate state to begin with and that Palestinian terrorism, so-called “resistance,” is a justifiable reaction to occupation. “There was the explosion of demonstrations in occupied Palestine,” Schmaus wrote, “the uprisings within the parts of Palestine that Israel seized in 1948 [emphasis added], and massive demonstrations in solidarity around the world . . . The union activists wanted to take a lead from an inspiring expression of Palestinian resistance that was opening up new paths of struggle,” in other words, that Hamas’s terrorism did not constitute war crimes and violations of the Geneva Conventions which prohibit the targeting of civilians and non-military personnel, but were, according Schmaus and his fellow travelers, “. . . heroic resistance [that] was exposing the racist nature and daily violent practice of Israeli apartheid, forcing a change in consciousness around the world. Now was the time for full-throated expressions of solidarity.”

That teachers of elementary and high school students publicly defend terrorists, denounce a sovereign, democratic state defending itself, and celebrate the murder of Jews through “resistance” seems especially troubling, particularly when the union has been visibly silent about famines, civil war, gender apartheid, human rights offenses, and other suffering in many other countries they could have chosen as the object of their condemnation.

Not to be outdone by its union brethren further north, chapter chairs of the United Teachers Los Angeles, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the second largest teacher’s union in the country, also voted overwhelmingly in May in support of a statement, almost identical to the San Francisco version, that expressed its “solidarity with the Palestinian people and call for Israel to end bombardment of Gaza and stop displacement at Sheikh Jarrah . . , [called] on the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to stop aid to Israel [and endorsed] the international campaign for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against apartheid in Israel.”

The language of the UTLA resolution is characteristically unctuous and one-sided, expressing “solidarity with the Palestinian people and [a] call for Israel to end bombardment of Gaza and stop displacement at Sheikh Jarrah.” Sheikh Jarrah, of course, is the neighborhood where Arab squatters have been living in Jewish-owned property for years, some paying no rent at all, but instead of looking at this as a landlord/tenant property dispute to be decided in a court—as it would if it was happening anywhere else in the world except Jerusalem and if the owners were not Jewish and the tenants Arab—the union, and Israel critics elsewhere, have seen the imminent and lawful evictions as part of Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians and emblematic of Israel’s oppressive behavior of towards its Arab neighbors. Contrary to the language of the resolution, however, Israel’s government is not involved in the property disputes at all, and only in the mind of Israel’s ideological foes are the evictions representative of any injustice. In fact, Jewish owners are the actual victims here, not the Arab residents who are illegally occupying the properties. 

It is interesting how elementary school teachers, or English and anthropology professors, or queer studies majors, or student activists—many with no actual knowledge of the history of Israel and its neighbors—feel free to make uncompromising determinations about Israel’s acceptable behavior and give unwelcomed and unrequested advice concerning Israel’s diplomatic, military, legal, and political activity—frequently with no context or actual facts. The current legal dispute about the Sheikh Jarrah properties is the perfect example, especially since it is referred to as an example of Israel’s perfidy in many of the anti-Israel statements circulated since the current Gaza conflict.

Critics claim that the prospective evictions are tantamount to the ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem by ethno-nationalist settlers, but this is both a misreading of the law and an intentional distortion of what is an entirely legal process on behalf of Jewish property owners. In a paper entitled “Understanding the Current Sheikh Jarrah (Jerusalem) Property Dispute,” for instance, Professor Avi Bell noted that “Contrary to the claims of the critics, permitting private Jewish landowners to exercise their rights in court does not constitute ‘illegal settlement activity.’ No reasonable interpretation of the various provision of the Geneva Conventions and other treaties cited with respect to the legal dispute on ‘settlements’ could possibly lead to the conclusion that international law requires stripping Jews of all private property rights in land in areas that critics of Israel call ‘Occupied Palestinian Territories.’ While critics of Israel like to pretend that international law forbids Jews to reside in any lands claimed as part of the ‘Occupied Palestinian Territories,’ that claim has no foundation in international law.”

But when Israel is involved, ideology is what matters, not facts, just as lying about facts serves as a way to justify Hamas’s aggression and terrorism against Jewish civilians. According to the union’s defective resolution, Israel’s “pattern and practice of dispossession and expansion of settlements has been found to be illegal under international law” and “In response to Palestinian demonstrations against these illegal practices and the forcible displacement of families in Sheikh Jarrah, Israeli police attacked demonstrations in many instances, injuring hundreds including a raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a place of worship.” There, of course, is no mention of thousands of Hamas rockets targeting Jewish neighborhoods, no mention of violent demonstrations and rioting on the Temple Mount where Arabs, on their supposed third-holiest site, hurled rocks at Jewish visitors to the site. There is no mention of the incendiary kites and balloons, the knife intifada, the ramming of Jewish pedestrians by Arab sociopaths, no mention of any Arab aggression, truculence, “Days of Rage,” and the unrelenting campaign to drive Jews into the sea and destroy the Jewish state. There is no context or historical background to any of the union’s accusations and condemnations, and its selective outrage over the actions of Israel—while ignoring a host of conflicts and human rights crises elsewhere around the world raises the obvious question of why the Jewish state, and always the Jewish state, is singled out for opprobrium and condemnation.

California teachers have also been embroiled in a contentious five-year process by which the state created its ethnic studies curriculum to serve as a way of indoctrinating students on aspects of critical race theory and how, allegedly, systems of oppression serve to maintain a white power structure over oppressed people of color. Jewish critics of the proposed curriculum, and there have been many of them (with some 100,000 public comments being submitted during the drafting of different versions of the curriculum) were particularly alarmed that the Jewish experience was ignored in the initial drafts and that rather than being presented as an oppressed minority themselves, Jews were said to enjoy white privilege and, therefore, part of the white hierarchy which has social, economic, and political control over people of color.

Judea Pearl, UCLA professor and the father of beheaded journalist Daniel Pearl, understood that the proposed curriculum, by conflating Jewishness with whiteness, transformed Jews from victims into victimizers. By extension, the Jewish state became an oppressive colonial occupier of people of color, and Pearl was “particularly alarmed by its attempt to depict inter-ethnic relationships as an irreconcilable struggle between racially-defined ‘oppressed and oppressors’ and by the way it associates ‘whiteness’ with ‘oppression’ and ‘colonialism.’” Moreover, lesson plans in the ethnic studies curriculum involve promoting the BDS movement as part of solidarity with oppressed people and the liberation of colonized lands and often promote the perception of Israel being an example of an oppressive regime and imperialist power.

As has happened with other academic organizations, unions, and student governments, a few radicals within the respective organizations often push for extreme actions, including statements and resolutions denouncing the Jewish state and calling for further sanctions and punishment of Israel. That public school teachers are so biased and one-sided against Israel, and that their attitudes are based on falsehoods, lies, contortions of history and fact, analysis without context, and, often, what appears to be rank anti-Semitism itself, should frighten us all.

 

Richard L. Cravatts, a Freedom Center Journalism Fellow in Academic Free Speech and President Emeritus of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, is the author of Dispatches From the Campus War Against Israel and Jews.

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/06/california-public-school-teachers-latest-dupes-richard-l-cravatts/

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Trump's 'Racist' Rhetoric Blamed for Anti-Asian Hate - Larry Elder

 

​ by Larry Elder

But who's actually attacking Asians?

 


The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, released findings in March that showed a rise of 149% in reported anti-Asian American hate crimes from 2019 to 2020. PolitiFact wrote: "The report doesn't mention former President Donald Trump. However, it does show that Google searches found spikes for racist terms such as 'China virus' and 'Kung Flu' spiked throughout 2020." As to Trump calling the coronavirus the "Chinese virus" or the "Kung Flu," Asian American Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., said: "It did not help the situation. And frankly, it's appalling that it's been allowed ... to become this bad. ... But we have a long way to go in this country. Asian Americans are still viewed as an 'other.'" In short, blame Trump.

But according to Voice Of America News: "In New York City, where anti-Asian hate crime soared nearly nine-fold in 2020 over the year before, only two of the 20 people arrested last year in connection with these attacks were white, according to New York Police Department data analyzed by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Eleven were African Americans, six were white Hispanics and one was a Black Hispanic." Not exactly your typical Trump voters. "'I thought it was jarring,' said Brian Levin, executive director of the center, noting that the finding runs counter to assumptions made by many that perpetrators of anti-Asian hate are mostly angry white men who blame China for the COVID-19 pandemic."

But not to worry. Professor Jennifer Ho of the University of Colorado at Boulder offers a ready explanation for Black hate crimes against Asian Americans: "white superiority." In an article called "White Supremacy Is the Root of Race-Related Violence in the United States," Ho writes: "Anti-Asian racism has the same source as anti-Black racism: white supremacy. So when a Black person attacks an Asian person, the encounter is fueled perhaps by racism, but very specifically by white supremacy. White supremacy does not require a white person to perpetuate it. ... The dehumanization of Asian people by U.S. society is driven by white supremacy and not by any Black person who may or may not hate Asians."

OK, let's talk causation.

Can we hold President Barack Obama responsible for the deaths of police officers in New York City, Baton Rouge and Dallas? These officers were killed by snipers or killed execution-style during Obama's second term. These officers were killed by different Black men angry at the false narrative, pushed by Obama, that cops kill Blacks because they are Black.

Can the purveyors of "systemic racism" blame that phony belief for what the left-wing think tank Brookings Institute calls the "homework gap"? Are Black kids doing less homework than white kids and much less homework than Asian Americans because Blacks are told that systemic racism will hold them back? Doesn't this gloomy worldview diminish the initiative of young Blacks, creating a mindset of "what's the point?" Thomas Sowell said he once heard a young Black man say he wanted to join the Air Force to become a pilot. But the young man decided not to pursue his goal because "they" don't allow Blacks to become pilots. This, Sowell said, was decades after the Black Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.

Behold the power of white supremacy! It programs Blacks, according to Ho, to commit hate crimes against Asian Americans. In recent years, there have been approximately 600,000 nonhomicide violent crimes annually between Blacks and whites. In about 90% of the cases, it involves a Black perpetrator and white victim. Odd that these omnipotent white supremacists, like Trump, do not invoke their "white supremacy" to program Blacks from attacking whites. And why haven't these white supremacists programmed Blacks to vote for Republicans? Maybe they'll get around to it.

 

Larry Elder is a bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host. His latest book, "The New Trump Standard," is available in paperback from Amazon.com and for Nook, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an "Elderado," visit www.LarryElder.com. Follow Larry on Twitter @LarryElder

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/06/trumps-racist-rhetoric-blamed-anti-asian-hate-larry-elder/

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Germany's Failed Hezbollah Ban - Soeren Kern

 

​ by Soeren Kern

Hezbollah has effectively evaded the ban by transferring many of its activities to charities and cultural centers controlled by Iran.

  • In retrospect, Germany's much-vaunted Hezbollah ban appears to have been little more than a publicity stunt aimed at silencing critics of the German government's pro-Iran foreign policy.

  • Hezbollah has effectively evaded the ban by transferring many of its activities to charities and cultural centers controlled by Iran.

  • Iran's main base of operation in Germany is the Hamburg-based Shiite Imam Ali Mosque and the associated Islamic Centre of Hamburg (Islamisches Zentrum Hamburg, IZH).

  • "Like all pro-Iranian institutions, IZH is based on the model of the Islamic state of Allah and the ideas of the 1979 revolution with the aim of expanding and Islamizing the entire world. Western values, liberal ideas or the free democratic basic order are in contradiction to this. Due to the history and the animosity between Iran and Israel, the teachings of IZH have a strong anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli attitude." — Annual Report for 2020, Germany's domestic intelligence agency, Hamburg branch.

  • "Although it contains 'democratic' elements, this doctrine does not serve to establish the rule of the people, i.e., democracy, but rather to establish the rule of Allah, whose 'guardians' are Shiite Islamic scholars. Therefore, Hezbollah spreads an extremist Islamist ideology and represents a threat to the constitutional order." — Annual Report for 2020, Germany's domestic intelligence agency, North Rhine-Westphalia branch.

  • "For Hezbollah, Germany represents a space for logistical and financial support services. Although its supporters in Germany are well networked internally, they are not very visible to the outside world because they are careful not to be openly connected with Hezbollah." — Annual Report for 2020, Germany's domestic intelligence agency, Rhineland Palatinate branch.

  • "One gets the impression that no one has really tried to completely shed light on and smash the structures of Hezbollah in Germany." — German MP Benjamin Strasser.

  • The Hezbollah ban was in fact a compromise measure between German lawmakers who wanted to take a harder line against Iran and those who did not. As a result, the ban fell far short of a complete prohibition on Hezbollah and was apparently aimed at providing the German government with political cover that allowed Germany to claim that it had banned the group even if it had not.

One year after Germany banned Hezbollah from operating on its soil, the Iran-backed, Lebanon-based Shiite terrorist group's presence in Germany is stronger than ever. Iran's main base of operation in Germany is the Hamburg-based Shiite Imam Ali Mosque (pictured) and the associated Islamic Centre of Hamburg (Islamisches Zentrum Hamburg, IZH). (Image source: Staro1/Wikimedia Commons)

One year after Germany banned Hezbollah from operating on its soil, the Iran-backed, Lebanon-based Shiite terrorist group's presence in Germany is stronger than ever.

In the twelve months since the ban entered into effect, Hezbollah's propaganda and fundraising activities in Germany have continued apace; the number of its followers in the country has increased; and the Hamburg mosque which serves as Iran's main base of operations in Germany has gained in influence.

In retrospect, Germany's much-vaunted Hezbollah ban appears to have been little more than a publicity stunt aimed at silencing critics of the German government's pro-Iran foreign policy.

A recent annual report (Verfassungsschutzbericht 2020) by the Hamburg branch of Germany's domestic intelligence agency (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, BfV) revealed that despite the ban, which entered into effect on April 30, 2020, Hezbollah continues to operate at least 30 mosques and cultural associations in Germany.

The report added that the number of known Hezbollah followers in Germany had increased by 20% during the past year, jumping to 1,250 in 2020, up from 1,050 in 2019. The increase was attributed to improved intelligence gathering.

The report also said that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah had ordered Hezbollah followers in Germany to obey German law in order to avoid drawing unwanted attention from German intelligence agencies. At the same time, Hezbollah has effectively evaded the ban by transferring many of its activities to charities and cultural centers controlled by Iran.

"Pro-Iranian institutions in Germany are assessed to be instruments of the Iranian government that represent their theocratic state doctrine," said the report. "They represent a system of values that is incompatible with the liberal democratic basic order."

Iran's main base of operation in Germany is the Hamburg-based Shiite Imam Ali Mosque and the associated Islamic Centre of Hamburg (Islamisches Zentrum Hamburg, IZH). The report stated:

"The director position of IZH has traditionally been filled with a loyal supporter of Iranian state doctrine and Islamic revolutionary goals. He is regarded as the representative of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in Europe and as the Iran's religious representative to the Shiite community.

"IZH is headed by Dr. Mohammad Hadi Mofatteh...a well-trained representative of the current regime in Tehran. According to his own statements, he served as an officer with the Revolutionary Guards. Mofatteh's family is firmly anchored in the state-religious elite of Iran. He himself held various management positions in state-controlled media outlets for many years.

"The IZH is one of the most important centers of its kind in Europe, which is used by Shiite Muslims of various nations as a central religious contact point — in addition to Iranians, above all by Afghans, Arabs, Lebanese, Pakistanis and Turks as well as German converts....

"The IZH aims to export the Islamic revolution by means of extensive public relations work. The content is formulated in a moderate way and rarely offers a target for intelligence observation. To the outside world, the IZH presents itself as a purely religious institution that does not permit any political activities. Public association or identification with the Iranian government is usually avoided. Nevertheless, the IZH's understanding of the state and society is shaped by the primacy of religion over democracy and the rule of law.

"A number of Shiite Islamic centers and organizations exist in Germany. The IZH has established a nationwide network of contacts and exercises influence over Shiites of various nationalities as well as Shiite-Islamic mosques and associations, up to and including complete control. Through these organizations, the IZH provides financial support, among other things, for the dissemination of the Iranian 'revolutionary idea' in various areas of society such as religion, education and sport."

"The IZH is represented in some Islamic umbrella organizations that currently are not being monitored by German intelligence. In Hamburg it has a leading position in the central Islamic organization Council of Islamic Communities in Hamburg (SCHURA), an amalgamation of numerous mosque-sponsoring associations. At the federal level, representatives of the IZH are active in the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD) and in the Islamic Community of Shiite Congregations in Germany (IGS), at the European level in the Islamic-European Union of Shia Scholars and Theologians (IEUS). The IGS and IEUS are currently being monitored by German intelligence."

A separate intelligence report (Verfassungsschutzbericht 2020) by the regional branch of the BfV in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein added:

"IZH is regarded as an important propaganda apparatus on the one hand, but also as an important interface between Iran and Germany and one of the centers of Iranian influence in Europe on the other. The head of the association is the representative of the revolutionary leader Khamenei in Europe and is accordingly appointed from Tehran.

"Like all pro-Iranian institutions, IZH is based on the model of the Islamic state of Allah and the ideas of the 1979 revolution with the aim of expanding and Islamizing the entire world. Western values, liberal ideas or the free democratic basic order are in contradiction to this. Due to the history and the animosity between Iran and Israel, the teachings of IZH have a strong anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli attitude."

When asked why IZH was allowed to continue operating, a long-time observer of German politics told Gatestone Institute that German authorities were making a trade-off between banning the center and keeping it open so that German security agencies can keep tabs on Hezbollah's activities in Germany.

Regional Intelligence Assessments on Hezbollah

Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, BfV), has branches in all of Germany's 16 federal states. Following are select statements about Hezbollah from the new 2020 annual reports:

  • Bavaria: "The long-term goal of Hezbollah (Party of Allah) is the destruction of the State of Israel and the rule of Islam over Jerusalem. Hezbollah has been responsible for terrorist attacks in Israel for years. The group so far has not carried out any violent actions in Germany but uses our territory as a safe haven. Hezbollah activities endanger the foreign interests of Germany and are directed against the concept of international understanding."
  • Bremen: "In Germany, the primary goal of Hezbollah is to promote the development of organizational structures. These include their own mosque associations, in which Hezbollah supporters organize themselves. The organization has around 1,250 supporters nationwide."
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: "Hezbollah is being monitored due to its extremist aspirations. Its ideological basis is the doctrine of the 'guardianship of the Islamic jurist' (Welayat-e Faqih) established by Ayatollah Khomeini and implemented politically in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Although it contains 'democratic' elements, this doctrine does not serve to establish the rule of the people, i.e., democracy, but rather to establish the rule of Allah, whose 'guardians' are Shiite Islamic scholars. Therefore, Hezbollah spreads an extremist Islamist ideology and represents a threat to the constitutional order."
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: "For Hezbollah, Germany represents a space for logistical and financial support services. Although its supporters in Germany are well networked internally, they are not very visible to the outside world because they are careful not to be openly connected with Hezbollah."

Hezbollah Ban Has Had No Effect

Hezbollah is also hiding its fundraising activities by using generic-sounding charities. On May 19, for instance, Germany's Interior Ministry banned three charities — Deutsche Libanesische Familie (German-Lebanese Family), Menschen für Menschen (People for People) and Gib Frieden (Give Peace) — accused of collecting money for Hezbollah.

The entities were substitutes for a group called Waisenkinderprojekt Libanon (Orphans Project Lebanon) that was banned in Germany in 2014, after it had raised millions of euros for Hezbollah's Shahid Foundation (Martyrs Foundation), which supports orphans of Hezbollah suicide bombers.

If the past is any guide, Hezbollah has almost certainly already found replacements for the banned entities. Nevertheless, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer sounded triumphant. "Our security authorities are wide awake," he declared. "Those who support terrorism will not be safe in Germany. No matter what clothes their supporters appear in, they will not find a place of refuge in our country."

Since then, however, the German government has openly admitted that the ban has not had any practical impact on Hezbollah's activities in Germany. Responding to a parliamentary inquiry on May 31, the government said that German security authorities have not observed any emigration of Hezbollah sympathizers from Germany or a withdrawal of activists from mosque associations. The government added that Hezbollah supporters continue to maintain organizational and ideological cohesion:

"The federal government has no knowledge of any fundamental structural changes within or among the supporters of Hezbollah. As before, the supporters of Hezbollah in Germany maintain organizational and ideological cohesion in local mosque associations which are primarily financed by donations. They are therefore not networked in a uniform, nationwide structure, but are presumably looking for isolated regional meeting places, including mosque and cultural associations. These associations are not homogeneous Hezbollah associations, but contact points for Shiite Muslims, including sympathizers of Hezbollah."

In a separate parliamentary inquiry on May 14, the government said that a considerable part of Hezbollah's activities in Germany are being carried out "in the dark" and that German authorities were finding it "difficult" to ascertain criminal activities, a claim that has been emphatically disputed. It added:

"The individual association structures continue to exist even after the activity ban, as no organization bans have been issued in this respect. There was and is no superordinate umbrella organization of Hezbollah in Germany."

The government also admitted that it has not confiscated any assets of Hezbollah in Germany. When asked why the Hamburg-based IZH has not been banned, the government refused to provide an answer. It also said that Hezbollah does not pose a threat to Jewish interests in Germany:

"The federal government has no reliable information about Hezbollah spying on Jewish, Israeli or American targets in Germany. According to current knowledge, the likelihood of attacks by Hezbollah in Germany is low, as this runs counter to the interests of the organization, for which Germany is more of a safe haven."

"One gets the impression that no one has really tried to completely shed light on and smash the structures of Hezbollah in Germany," said FDP MP Benjamin Strasser.

When a Ban Is Not Really a Ban

In April 2020, the German government, after years of equivocating and under sustained pressure from the Trump Administration, announced a ban on Hezbollah — Arabic for "The Party of Allah" — in Germany. The ban — supported by the center-right Christian Democrats and the center-left Social Democrats, the two parties that make up Germany's ruling coalition, and also by the classical liberal Free Democrats — was hailed as "important," "significant," and "long overdue."

The Hezbollah ban was, in fact, a compromise measure between German lawmakers who wanted to take a harder line against Iran and those who did not. As a result, the ban fell far short of a complete prohibition of Hezbollah and was apparently aimed at providing the German government with political cover that allowed Germany to claim that it had banned the group even if it had not.

On April 30, the German government's Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger) reported that Hezbollah was subject to an activity ban (Betätigungsverbot), but not an organizational ban (Organisationsverbot) — an important legal distinction because the activity ban is weaker than an organizational ban.

The two-page document, which carefully avoided referring to Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, prohibited the group's logo from being displayed "in public, in meetings or in writings." In addition, Hezbollah's assets in Germany were to have been confiscated — which ultimately did not happen.

The ban did not call for Hezbollah mosques or cultural centers to be closed, nor did it require that members of the group be deported. The ban also did not prohibit Hezbollah operatives from travelling to Germany.

German lawmakers said that a complete ban of Hezbollah would be impossible because the group's structures in Germany are "not currently ascertainable."

The Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Thorsten Frei, stated:

"Hezbollah-related association structures, which could justify an organizational ban (vereinsrechtliches Organisationsverbot), are not ascertainable, despite efforts by the federal government since 2008. An organizational ban is therefore not an option due to the lack of a verifiable domestic organizational structure. However, we are free to pursue an activity ban (Betätigungsverbot) that we have also applied to other terrorist organizations that lack a demonstrable domestic organizational structure."

The idea to ban Hezbollah in its entirety originated with Germany's conservative party, Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD), the third-largest party in the German parliament. The AfD was not pleased with the partial ban. The deputy chairwoman of the AfD parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, Beatrix von Storch, explained:

"Six months ago, the AfD presented a resolution in the Bundestag to ban Hezbollah, a resolution which you vehemently rejected and which, since then, you have blocked in caucus. Now, six months later, you are collectively rushing through the door that we have politically opened. If this would happen with more AfD proposals, Germany would be in a much better place....

"Nevertheless, your resolution has two central weaknesses. The first weakness is that you are asking for only an activity ban (Betätigungsverbot). We want a specific organizational ban (Organisationsverbot). According to the Crime Fighting Law (Verbrechensbekämpfungsgesetz) of 1994, the activity ban is the weaker legal means when compared to an organizational ban. There is no reason in the world why you would fight a terrorist organization with the weaker means and not the stronger. You are making a loud bark, but you are not biting.

"The second fundamental weakness of your resolution is your justification for using the weaker means. You write, and I quote, 'Hezbollah-related association structures, which could justify an organizational ban (vereinsrechtliches Organisationsverbot), are not ascertainable.' That is objectively false, as confirmed by the 2017 and 2018 annual reports of Germany's domestic intelligence agency (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, BfV). The 2018 report states, and I quote, 'In Germany, Hezbollah followers maintain organizational and ideological cohesion, among other things, in local mosque associations, which are primarily financed by donations.' Do you even read your own intelligence reports? In case it is too long for you to read, it is located on page 214. Just check it!

"If you do not want to touch Hezbollah's mosque associations, then this resolution is pure symbolism politics (Symbolpolitik), and symbolism politics cannot continue. What is needed is the complete ban of Hezbollah. Hezbollah's propaganda and terror financing in Germany must be stopped. The mosque associations that exist must be disbanded, and most importantly, Hezbollah supporters must be deported. This, by the way, is also demanded by the Bundestag's Anti-Semitism Resolution, which expressly calls for the deportation of supporters of anti-Semitism. If this does not apply to supporters of Hezbollah, which wants to send Jews to the gas chambers, and wants to destroy Israel, then to whom could it apply?"

At the time, German security expert Stefan Schubert wrote that Germany's partial ban on Hezbollah reflected a lack of political will to crack down on the group. He also predicted that the ban will likely have only a very small impact on Hezbollah's activities in Germany:

"Today's completely late action by the federal government is primarily a symbolic gesture. If the government were really serious about annihilating Hezbollah in Germany, it should have established a special commission and provided the security authorities with financial and human resources to identify and dismantle the group nationwide."

 

Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17468/germany-failed-hezbollah-ban

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Progressives betray their panic over grassroots campaign to elect school boards to stop CRT - Thomas Lifson

 

​ by Thomas Lifson

School board elections are the Achilles heel of the leftist school indoctrination strategy.

The public does not like Critical Race Theory (CRT) now that details of what is being brainwashed into our children have started to leak out.

A majority, at 58%, expressed an unfavorable view of critical race theory, while 38% expressed a favorable view, according to the results of a YouGov/Economist poll released Tuesday. (snip)

The debate has caused a partisan split on the issue of critical race theory, with 86% of Democrats expressing a favorable view of the theory, compared to 6% of Republicans. The poll revealed that independents were more likely to side with the GOP, with 20% expressing a favorable view of critical race theory, compared to 76% with an unfavorable view.

While statewide bans against teaching CRT are planned, even more significant may be grassroots efforts to elect school boards that will not simply ban CRT but actually overhaul curricula and address P.C. bullying and other elements of the politicization of government-funded schools.  John Hinderaker, a co-founder of Powerline and president of a Minnesota nonprofit organization, The Center for the American Experiment, has launched a strategically targeted campaign in Minnesota to recruit activists at the local level to fight CRT at the school board level.

School board elections are the Achilles heel of the leftist school indoctrination strategy.  They typically are very low turnout, which enables the unions to mobilize members, their friends and families, and those who make money off the schools (often the largest employer in a given town) and elect compliant school boards.  The Center for the American Experiment launched a 17-city tour of the state, gathering concerned citizens to meetings in all parts of the state.  With enthusiastic turnouts and targeted programs on skills needed the effect change, it looks as though the unions are panicking at the prospects of informed citizens turning out for school board elections.  If it works in Minnesota, it can spread nationally like a prairie wildfire.

In a post titled "THE BATTLE AGAINST CRT GETS PHYSICAL," Hinderaker describes efforts to silence his group's political speech.  Read the whole thing, but consider that there are two parts to the plan.

1. Disrupt meetings.  Hinderaker writes:

Last night in Moorhead, however, a group of extremists showed up, determined to disrupt our event. While they comprised no more than ten percent of the crowd, they tried to take over the meeting and eventually got violent, to the point where police had to be called. One woman was led away in handcuffs. The altercation was the lead story in today's Fargo Forum: "Woman arrested following scuffle after tensions flare during critical race theory conference in Moorhead."


Photo courtesy of Powerline.

2. Intimidate venues in canceling use of their space for meetings.  Hinderaker writes:

Black Lives Matter and the Duluth chapter of the NAACP went after the country club in Duluth that was slated to host our event there tomorrow with, among other things, a Facebook campaign. The club caved under the pressure. We found another venue, a Holiday Inn, but they gave in too, within a matter of hours after the far Left began applying pressure.

The group will not be deterred.  You can read their excellent press release on the subject here.

You can watch the disruptors attempt to silence the meeting in a report from KVRR Television in Fargo (across the Red River from Moorhead) here.

Law professor Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit writes, "Sue 'em.  Sounds like a conspiracy to deprive people of their civil rights by shutting down their free speech."

Before he retired from the active practice of law, John Hinderaker was a highly regarded (and feared, I am told by another member of the Minnesota bar) litigator.  As the tour his group organized reveals, he is a first-rate strategist as well.  A well-timed civil rights lawsuit may well be in the future.  But setting a trend for a nationwide campaign to take over school boards has to be the top priority.

To comment, you can find the MeWe post for this article here.

 

Thomas Lifson

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/06/progressives_betray_their_panic_over_grass_roots_campaign_to_elect_school_boards_to_stop_crt.html

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