Palestinians to US: We’ll stop taking your money to avoid liability for our acts of terror

Palestinians renounce all bilateral U.S. funds, including for security
by Khaled Abu Toameh and Tovah Lazaroff
January 20, 2019

The Palestinian Authority has formally renounced all financial assistance from the United States, in order to avoid liability for US court decisions demanding millions in payment for terrorist attacks. PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah informed the Trump Administration of the decision in a letter he sent to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo…At issue is the 2018 Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act (ACTA, P.L. 115-253), which Congress passed into law in October 2018 and goes into effect at the end of this month. It ties American financial assistance to the Palestinians to the issue of legal jurisdiction within the US. READ MORE

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NY Times writer Michelle Alexander over her head on Israeli-Palestinian conflict but that doesn’t stop her

.@NYTimes op-ed falsely claims Martin Luther King would hate Israel today
January 20, 2019

[New York Time’s Michelle] Alexander knows nothing about Israel and next to nothing about Palestinians. I have debunked these ridiculous claims over the years. The fact is that Palestinians could have had a state five times over – and refused. That is not Israel’s fault. The fact is that Palestinians, after promising to avoid terror in 1993, have never stopped their terror campaigns against Jews in Israel. That is not Israel’s fault. The fact is that Israel has a legal right to the territories that is at least as compelling as that of a people who literally didn’t exist as a people seventy years ago. The fact is that Arabs in the West Bank have more freedom and better living conditions, better education, better health care than most of their brethren in neighboring Egypt and Jordan. READ MORE

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“How much antisemitism must pile up in the Democratic Party before something can be done about it? And will the mainstream media hold them accountable?”

CNN Does Not Know How To Question Ilhan Omar’s Conspiracy Theories And Anti-Semitism
by Warren Henry
January 18, 2019

… Why did [CNN’s Christine] Amanpour limit her question to whether Jewish Americans should be concerned about the anti-Semitic remarks of both Omar and her colleague Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)? Shouldn’t it be a matter of concern to all Americans? …“Can I just move on to something that’s generally a rite of passage for politicians in the United States, and that is to sort of pledge fealty or at least pay homage to AIPAC, the pro-Israel PAC that is very, very prominent.” Omar smiles and smirks in reaction to this inflammatory assertion that American lawmakers are de facto required to bend the knee to the Israeli lobby. READ MORE

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“Emerging evidence suggests BDS movement has extensive ties to Palestinian terrorist organizations, using the “social justice” movement as a veritable human shield for anti-Israel ideology and activism”

Evidence mounting that US BDS groups are fronts for terror organizations
by Sean Savage
January 18, 2019

Over the past decade, the BDS movement has emerged as one of the principle challenges towards the legitimacy of the State of Israel. A modern distortion of the South African anti-apartheid campaign, the movement seeks to economically pressure Israel and isolate it politically…American Muslims for Palestine is a Chicago-based organization that is a leading driver of the BDS campaign,” [Jonathan] Schanzer told lawmakers at the time. “AMP is arguably the most important sponsor and organizer for Students for Justice in Palestine, which is the most visible arm of the BDS campaign on campuses in the United States. READ MORE

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Democrat Congressman to Trump: Golan belongs to Israel

Rep. Gottheimer urges Trump to recognize Israeli control of Golan
by Jacob Kornbluh
January 18, 2019

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) sent a letter to President Trump on Friday urging him to adopt a “comprehensive strategy” on the day after withdrawal from Syria and to formally recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. “In recent months, Iranian-backed militias fighting alongside Assad’s forces assailed rebels in southwestern Syria, bringing Shia militiamen within reach of the Golan and Israel,” states the letter obtained by Jewish Insider. “Given the state of present-day Syria and its foreseeable future, requiring Israel to cede control over this area would pose an unacceptable risk to our ally’s existence. READ MORE

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Pelosi awards freshman congresswoman BDS supporter with seat on House Foreign Affairs; Women’s March leader Mallory opines on Farrakhan, Israel

House Democrats reward an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist with a place on the Foreign Affairs Committee
by Tiana Lowe
January 17, 2019

Lost in the incomprehensible word salad of the freewheeling, Trumpian, and mathematically illiterate performance of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on CNN today was the more ominous fact that the Democratic Party rewarded her, an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist, with a place on the prestigious House Foreign Affairs Committee. Omar, who replaced accused domestic abuser Keith Ellison in Congress, is no run-of-the-mill Democrat. She openly supports the boycott, divest, and sanction movement against Israel. She cozied up to Farrakhan fan Linda Sarsour on the day she entered Congress. But most damning is a tweet from 2012, in which she invokes a classic anti-Semitic trope… READ MORE

WASHINGTON TIMES Women’s March leader spars with PBS over Israel’s ‘right to exist’: ‘I’m done talking about this’ Women’s March national co-chair Tamika Mallory refused to say whether Israel has a “right to exist” during an interview that’s set to air on PBS Friday night. Speaking to “Firing Line” host Margaret Hoover, Ms. Mallory argued that Palestinians are “native to the land” and are being “brutally oppressed” by the Israeli government.

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“Forward” pulls the plug on print, no doubt not unrelated to their “radical-feminist editorial policy that also upped the ante on anti-Orthodox and anti-Israel diatribes”

Forward’s ‘Savior’ Loses Readership, Goes Strictly Digital, Fires Half the Staff
by David Israel
January 17, 2019

The Forward is ending both its English and Yiddish print editions, laying off Editor-in-Chief Jane Eisner and 40% of her staff, and will continue to do business strictly online, the NY Post reported Wednesday. The Post cited a source that said, “They’ve been losing money for years but lately the losses have been more than $5 million a year”…Apparently, the sharp turn the newspaper has taken a few short years ago, towards a radical-feminist editorial policy that also upped the ante on anti-Orthodox and anti-Israel diatribes, just didn’t attract enough readers, who can easily and cheaply find this stuff in the NY Times. READ MORE

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