Today’s Fun Fact: Iran’s leaders call for America’s destruction but they send their kids here to study and work

‘America is not the enemy, the enemy is right here’
by Tzvi Kahn
October 15, 2018

Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament, has described the United States as a “threat to the entire world.” But his daughter Fatemeh Ardeshir-Larijani is safe in Ohio, where she recently completed the first year of her residency in internal medicine. In relative obscurity, she studies at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, which U.S. News & World Report has ranked among the nation’s best. Dr. Ardeshir-Larijani is one of several children of Iranian leaders who attend America’s universities and pursue opportunities in U.S. job markets. READ MORE

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Said differently, “Oh sorry, I thought it was another dirty Hasidic Jew that I was beating up”

NYPD: Brutal Attack On 62-Year-Old Hasidic Man In Borough Park Was Case Of Mistaken Identity
October 14, 2018

A suspect has been arrested on multiple charges after he allegedly viciously beat a man in Brooklyn on Sunday morning. Authorities said the attack took place at around 7:30 a.m. in Borough Park near 46th Street and 13th Avenue. Farrukh Afzal, 37, of Staten Island was charged with assault, hate crime, criminal mischief and harassment…Police told CBS2’s Sanchez that Afzal had mistaken Schwartz for another Hasidic man who had hit his car for no apparent reason while the Taxi and Limousine Commission driver was stopped at a red light. READ MORE

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“Authorities investigate West Bank death of Aisha al-Rawbi, 47, after her husband claimed Jewish settlers pelted their car with rocks”

ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
Israel probes allegation settlers killed Palestinian woman in West Bank
by Daniel Siryoti, Itsik Saban, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff
October 14, 2018

Israeli police and Shin Bet security agents were investigating the death of Aisha al-Rawbi, 47, in the West Bank after her husband said he suspected Israeli settlers had pelted their car with rocks early Saturday…Footage of the car, reportedly bearing a Palestinian license plate, showed what appeared to be a blood-stained broken brick at the foot of the passenger seat, which was covered in shattered glass. Investigators were also looking into the possibility that Rawbi’s vehicle was targeted by Palestinian stone-throwers who mistakenly identified the vehicle as belonging to Jews. READ MORE

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“MLB catcher ‘Professor’ Moe Berg has been awarded a Medal of Freedom and was the subject of a Hollywood movie. Now, an exhibit showcases his national achievements”

Meet the Jewish major-leaguer and WWII spy honored by baseball’s Hall of Fame
by Rich Tenorio
October 8, 2018

…Berg’s [Princeton, 1923, magna cum laude] education made him as much a rarity as his Judaism when he made his major-league debut for the Brooklyn Robins the same year as his graduation. “In his day, the average pro ballplayers mostly did not go to college,” Shieber explained. “Eighty or 90 years ago, it was uncommon. Some people might say he is remembered for being a Jewish baseball player, of which there were not a whole lot of. He should be even more remembered for being a scholarly ballplayer. READ MORE

National Baseball Hall of Fame: New Museum Exhibit Tells Story of Player-Turned Spy

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“American Jews and their leaders, except for the Orthodox, have distanced themselves from their Jewish identity”

The devastating impact of American non-Jewish Jews
Isi Leibler
October 11, 2018

There is no disputing that, except for the vast majority of Orthodox Jews, American Jews and their leaders have distanced themselves from their Jewish identity…Many express their Judaism by proclaiming a distorted version of “tikkun olam,” which many of their rabbis promote as an espousal of liberal and universal policies. They are totally supportive of the Democratic Party, which many Reform rabbis, in effect, promote as the contemporary embodiment of Judaism. READ MORE

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“Will the international community ever wake up to realize that Palestinian leaders are playing them for fools?”

How Palestinians Lie to Europeans
by Bassam Tawil
October 11, 2018

…[PA Prime Minister Rami ] Hamdallah and his boss, PA President Mahmoud Abbas, believe that Israel has no right to defend itself against the campaign of terrorism waged by Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip. In their eyes, it is fine for Palestinians to throw explosive devices and firebombs at soldiers, but it is completely unacceptable for the soldiers to defend themselves. According to the twisted logic of the Palestinian leaders, it all started when Israel fired back…Those who sent the Palestinians to clash with the Israeli soldiers along the border with the Gaza Strip are the only ones who bear responsibility for killing more than 150 Palestinians and injuring thousands of others. READ MORE

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Federation member points out what many of us already know: Declining Democrat support for Israel is hardly a recent phenomenon

The war for the political soul of American Jewry
by Robert Vincent
October 10, 2018

I serve in a volunteer capacity on my local Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council in a Midwestern city, primarily in a role of Israel advocacy…While most of you know my political leanings as a Republican, what most of you don’t know is that I used to be a Democrat. I would say that I had been pretty solidly aligned with the Democratic Party since my grad school days in the late 80s until about 2006. And I have something of a “newsflash” for you: the Democratic Party’s “blanket” support of Israel ended in 2004, long before the present day. I was still a Democrat at that time, and in that election, I voted for John Kerry, albeit very reluctantly…READ MORE

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