“Bringing together two diverse communities and highlighting strong Israel-India relations, over 400 people gather in Chicago to simultaneously honor Diwali and Hanukkah”

Two holidays, one theme: Hindus, Jews celebrate joint festival of lights
by Ronit Bezalel
November 20, 2018

A joint Hindu-Jewish Festival of Lights drew over 400 people to a suburban Chicago synagogue on Sunday, as together they honored the similarly-themed holidays of Hanukkah and Diwali. The evening, which featured speakers, candle lighting, food from both cultures, dance lessons, and the world’s only Indian-Jewish standup comedian, was hosted by Temple Beth-El in the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, Illinois. The Chicago event has inspired similar gatherings nationwide — from a December 8 celebration in San Francisco, to events being planned in New York, Atlanta and Florida. READ MORE

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“Accusing Jews of dual loyalty is one of the oldest and most pernicious #antisemitic tropes,” the #AJC wrote. “No surprise to see it coming from #LindaSarsour”

Linda Sarsour under fire for suggesting Jewish progressives have divided loyalties
November 18, 2018

Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour appeared to criticize American Jewish liberals of putting their support for Israel ahead of their commitment to democracy. Her comments, which some felt echoed charges that Jews have divided loyalties, appeared in a Facebook post calling for support for Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar, who said this week that she supports boycotting Israel. Sarsour, a Palestinian-American activist for civil rights, wrote in the post Thursday that Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, is “being attacked for saying that she supports BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) and the right for people to engage in constitutionally protected freedoms. READ MORE

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“How the Pittsburgh massacre brought out the worst in some liberal Jews”

The Know-Nothing Excommunicators
by Seth Mandel
November 2018

Perhaps we should call it “Spinoza’s Revenge.” In 1656, Amsterdam’s Jewish leaders pronounced a cherem—excommunication—on Baruch Spinoza, the Jewish philosopher who contested the Torah’s divine provenance. Spinoza became the founding father of secular Jewry on the eve of the Enlightenment. In a twist, the drive to excommunicate dissenters is now led by many who would consider themselves Spinoza’s heirs. From the pens and pulpits of the American Jewish left come the writs of cherem for those with unacceptable political opinions. This wave of McCarthyism didn’t start with the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, but that is where we shall begin. READ MORE

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Jared and Ivanka won’t be banned, “but I don’t think most synagogues would give them an aliyah”

New York Times Jew-shames Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump
by Joel B. Pollak
November 18, 2018

The New York Times took aim at Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump on Saturday in a story citing them as symbols of division within the American Jewish community: “Are Jared and Ivanka Good for the Jews?” The article, by Amy Chozick and Hannah Seligson, cites liberal critics of the Trump administration within the Jewish community who argue, effectively, that Kushner and Trump ought to be excommunicated for their roles at the White House…The article also cites left-wing Jews who allege that the president’s daughter — who converted Orthodox — and her Jewish son-in-law are a mere “fig leaf” for the antisemites who support the administration. READ MORE

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Michael Oren: “Airbnb’s policy is the very definition of antiSemitism. No one should use its services”

Deputy Minister Michael Oren Calls for Boycott Against Airbnb
by Hana Levi Julian
November 19, 2018

Kulanu Knesset member and Deputy Minister Michael Oren has called for a general boycott of the global Airbnb vacation rental listing service, based in San Francisco. Oren said on Monday that no one should use the low-cost service, because its policy is “the very definition of anti-Semitism.” The call came in response to a blacklist issued by the business, which has removed all Jewish apartments in Judea and Samaria from its listings — “not Palestinian apartments, not apartments in Turkish occupied Cyprus, in Morrocan occupied Sahara, not in Tibet or the Crimea,” Oren pointed out…READ MORE

JNS Airbnb to remove its rental listings in Judea and Samaria The online marketplace  and hospitality service Airbnb announced on Monday that it will no longer permit listings in Judea and Samaria due to what it alleges as “Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians,” according to a company statement.

DAILY WIRE Ben Shapiro:AirBNB Goes Anti-Semitic, Targets Jewish Businesses In Judea, Samaria This is the sheerest form of corporate anti-Semitism in recent memory. Not only did AirBNB specifically target “Israeli settlements,” according to Professor Eugene Kontorovich of George Mason Law, they’ve announced that they will only disallow listings in Israeli settlements when those listings are owned by Jews. In other words, if a Jew owns an apartment in East Jerusalem, that won’t be allowed for listing; if an Arab owns an apartment in the same neighborhood, it’s fine for listing.

AIRBNB Corporate statement Said differently, “until Palestinians stop butchering Jews and refusing to peacefully coexist, Airbnb is perfectly at peace economically punishing–and demonizing–Jewish families”

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“Halevi said that while “criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitism, criticism of Israel’s existence, denying Israel the right to exist, calling Israel the ‘Zionist entity’ – that is anti-Semitism.””

Author Yossi Klein Halevi: Denying Israel’s Right to Exist Is Modern Anti-Semitism
by Staff
November 16, 2018

Israeli author Yossi Klein Halevi, speaking at DePaul Law School in Chicago, responded to a question about the ethics of “humanizing” Zionists. Halevi explained how anti-Semitism throughout history blames Jews for the day’s ills. Today, “the most loathsome qualities are racism, colonialism, apartheid. And lo and behold, the greatest offender in the world today…is the Jewish state.” Those who refuse to “humanize” Zionists, to humanize supporters of Israel’s right to exist, mark a “classical continuity of thousands of years of symbolizing the Jew.” READ MORE

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“Hamas didn’t achieve a military victory. But toppling the defense minister is a kind of victory because it shows that Hamas can shake Jerusalem’s politics at the very top”

How Hamas Brought Israel to the Brink of Election Chaos
by Seth Frantzman
November 16, 2018

Israel’s defense minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned on November 14 in the wake of a ceasefire agreement with Hamas in Gaza. His resignation has now plunged Israeli politics into chaos as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must juggle what’s left of his fragile coalition government and is being pressured to appoint Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, as the new defense minister. Hamas, which has been challenging Israel with six months of protests and rocket fire from Gaza, has now achieved what it sees as a victory. READ MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL PM to meet with Kahlon in last-ditch effort to save coalition Netanyahu warns right-wing government ‘should not be toppled,’ suggests Kulanu leader key to preventing early elections

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