“Murder victim David Amess previously served as honorary secretary of Conservative Friends for Israel”

Extremist preacher suggests UK lawmaker may have been killed for being ‘pro-Israel’
by Staff
October 18, 2021

David Amess, the British Conservative lawmaker who was allegedly murdered on Friday by 25-year-old Ali Harbi Ali in what police have deemed a terror-motivated attack, may have met his demise due to his rumored support for Israel. Amess, 69, was fatally stabbed in a church during a constituency meeting on Friday afternoon, and police say there are no additional suspects…Anjem Choudary, an extreme Islamist preacher who in the past expressed support for the Islamic State told the Daily Mail on Sunday that Amess’ support for Israel may have been the cause of his murder. READ MORE

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#PeggyShapiro “We must speak up for the thousands of people who were murdered by the Iranian regime, and against those who would have us dismiss mass murder as “letting bygones be bygones”

‘Never again’ means rejecting silence in the face of evil
by Peggy Shapiro
October 17, 2021

I am the child of Holocaust survivors, who lost their homes and families because a Nazi regime implemented the “Final Solution” to eradicate the Jewish people. There are no gravestones to mark the place where all my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins were murdered and buried. This week, I spoke to Lawdan Bazargan, an Iranian Muslim woman, whose brother Bijan was murdered in another, more recent, attempt at a Final Solution, and who does not know where her brother or the thousands of others who were massacred with him rest today. She and I have little in common except the open wounds of the past and outrage that our tragedies are being diminished, distorted and deleted in academia today. READ MORE

JERUSALEM POST Benjamin Weinthal: Iran’s ‘Butcher of Oberlin’: Outrage at college for whitewashing prof. Critics of Prof. Mohammad Jafar Mahallati have launched a campaign pressuring Oberlin College to fire him.

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“In a 2013 interview, former Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed learning Yiddish as a young man while working in a Jewish-owned store”

Colin Powell dead at 84: An Israel admirer, he pushed for compromises for peace
by JTA and Staff
October 18, 2021

Colin Powell will be remembered in history as the first Black US national security advisor, the first Black military chief of staff and the first Black secretary of state. He was also the first military chief to speak Yiddish as a second language, and he loved surprising Jews with his skill. Powell, the former US secretary of state who brokered the “road map” to a two-state peace deal that still informs much of US policy in the region, died Monday aged 84. He died of COVID-19, his family said on Facebook. He was fully vaccinated and, according to news reports, had been undergoing treatments for blood cancer. READ MORE

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“For those of us who read the Israeli news each day, the reports of murder in the Arab community every few days has become numbing, and heartbreaking”

“You’re only here by mistake. Ben-Gurion should have thrown you all out”
by Daniel Gordis
October 18, 2021

…Though Arabs constitute about 20% of Israel’s population, Arab murder of other Arabs accounts for some 70% of all homicides in Israel. The murder rate in the Arab community has risen by 50% in the past four years. In 2019, 89 Israeli Arabs were murdered, compared with 36 Jews. In 2020, the number rose to 113, and at this point in 2021, there have been more than 100. Tribal and family feuds and score-settling account for many of these murders. Some are also killings of women by their own family, in numerous cases for “family honor”—sex outside of marriage, etc. In very few cases do the murders of Arab result in indictments, much less convictions. READ MORE

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“The Islamic Republic is advancing both the enrichment and weaponization tracks needed to build a bomb”

It’s Decision Time on Iran
by Richard Goldberg and Jacob Nagel
October 14, 2021

…President Biden has only one good option: reconstitute a coalition of democracies willing to exert economic and political pressure alongside sustained military deterrence to force Iran to comply with its NPT obligations and negotiate the longer, stronger deal Mr. Biden has always wanted…Neither Beijing nor Moscow can stop an IAEA board referral to the Security Council—nor can they stop a snapback of UN sanctions. The Biden administration is fond of saying that U.S. leadership at multilateral institutions like the IAEA “is back.” The world will be watching Vienna in the weeks ahead to see if that’s really true.  READ MORE

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From the guy who brought you “Matilda” and “Willy Wonka”: When I interviewed him in 1983, Dahl was polite and not unfriendly. But he was a bigot.

Roald Dahl’s anti-Semitism was grotesque. I should know – I saw it first hand
by Michael Coren
October 8, 2021

…There seemed to be something visceral about his [Dahl’s] anger, something more personal and dark than anti-Zionism or empathy with the Palestinians. He’d written of “a race of people” – the Jews – who had “switched so rapidly from being much-pitied victims to barbarous murderers”, and that the US was “so utterly dominated by the great Jewish financial institutions” that “they dare not defy” Israel. Dahl: “There is a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity, maybe it’s a kind of lack of generosity towards non-Jews,” he carefully explained. “I mean, there’s always a reason why anti-anything crops up anywhere.” Pause. “Even a stinker like Hitler didn’t just pick on them for no reason.” READ MORE

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Climate change organization “accuses Israel, which it called a “colonial project,” of illegally occupying Palestine and engaging in “violent oppressive tactics that go against the values we advocate for” 

Climate Activist Org Cancels Appearance at DC Statehood Rally over Jewish Groups’ Participation
by Caroline Downey
October 20, 2021

The Washington, D.C., chapter of climate-activist organization Sunrise movement canceled its speaking appearance at a rally for D.C. statehood and federal voting legislation over Zionist Jewish groups’ participation in the event. Sunrise DC cited the Jewish Council on Public Affairs, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism as groups that support Zionism and the State of Israel in its withdrawal letter. “Given our commitment to racial justice, self-governance, and indigenous sovereignty, we oppose Zionism and any state that enforces its ideology,” the statement read. READ MORE

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#NYT: #MayimBialik is too pro-Israel to host Jeopardy

ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
Is Mayim Bialik too Jewish for ‘Jeopardy’?
by Jonathan S. Tobin
October 19, 2021

…The conceit of the [New York Times] piece was that since Trebek was perceived as being so “neutral,” Bialik was somehow a bad fit for the position of “Jeopardy!”…Yet as the Times article – and the many comments appended to it from readers who highlight their anger about someone who is not supportive of “Palestine” – makes clear, her connection with Judaism seems to stick in a lot of people’s throats… Indeed, the fact that she raised funds to buy bullet-proof vests for Israel Defense Forces soldiers during Operation Protective Edge in 2014 as terrorist rockets rained down on Israeli villages, towns and cities is considered a problem for Times readers. READ MORE

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#MichaelOren “The American personal relationship with God is weird and off-putting to Israelis, as I found out to my dismay. But the poles of religiosity may be reversing”

Are Politicians Who Talk About God Crazy?
by Michael Oren
October 12, 2021

The note placed on the lectern in the middle of my remarks read, “Peres dead. Return immediately.” I instantly stopped and apologized to the audience for having to leave. The president of Israel had passed away and, as deputy minister in charge of diplomacy, I had to rush back to Israel and help host the many foreign dignitaries expected to arrive. Speeding to the airport, though, I experienced a pang of guilt. I was in the United States to deliver High Holiday sermons to Reform and Conservative synagogues, but now I would let them down. READ MORE

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#BariWeiss: “We are living through an epidemic of cowardice. The antidote is courage”

Some Thoughts About Courage
by Bari Weiss
October 19, 2021

Why have things come so undone? And what can we do to rebuild them? Those are the questions, more than any others, that I’ve been turning over in my mind over the past year and they are the subject of an essay I just published in Commentary Magazine.  Its headline: “We Got Here Because of Cowardice. Courage Is What Gets Us Out.” If you read this newsletter — and if you are new here, welcome! — you are by now quite familiar with the features of the great unraveling. The politicization of everything. The re-racialization of everyone. The demonization of those with a different perspective. The forced conformity…The betrayal of liberalism by the institutions meant to uphold it…The replacement of forgiveness and mercy with perpetual punishment. READ MORE

ALGEMEINER Bari Weiss: NYT Passed on Column About 2019 Antisemitic Killings Because Attackers ‘Weren’t White Supremacists Carrying Tiki Torches’

Bari Weiss and Ben Shapiro: A progressive and a conservative have a fascinating conversation about antisemitism, wokeism and cancel culture

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