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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Hamas holds conference to plan for which Jews they will murder once Israel is destroyed; entrapping others to prevent a “brain-drain”

Hamas-Sponsored ‘Promise Of The Hereafter’ Conference For The Phase Following The Liberation Of Palestine And Israel’s ‘Disappearance’
October 4, 2021

…The conference also recommended that rules be drawn up for dealing with “Jews” in the country, including defining which of them will be killed or subjected to legal prosecution and which will be allowed to leave or to remain and be integrated into the new state. It also called for preventing a brain drain of Jewish professionals, and for the retention of “educated Jews and experts in the areas of medicine, engineering, technology, and civilian and military industry… [who] should not be allowed to leave.” Additionally, it recommended obtaining lists of “the agents of the occupation in Palestine, in the region, and [throughout] the world, and… the names of the recruiters, Jewish and non-Jewish, in the country and abroad” in order to “purge Palestine and the Arab and Islamic homeland of this hypocrite scum.” READ MORE

MEMRI Iranian Opposition Telegram Channel: Iranian Vice President Mohsen Rezaee Warns That Iran Will Take Action Against ‘The 10,000 Jews Living In Iran’ If Israel ‘Makes A Mistake’ Iranian Vice President for Economic Affairs Mohsen Rezaee had warned that if Israel “makes a mistake” vis-à-vis Iran, the Iranian regime would take action against “the 10,000 Jews living in Iran.”

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“The AP’s report on the discovery of a First Temple era toilet omits Jewish references, while a NY Times Rosh Hashanah recipe evokes ‘Canaanites,’ not Israelites”

Flushing the Israel out of ancient Israel
by Tamar Sternthal
October 10, 2021

News headlines last week reported on the rare archeological find of a private Kingdom of Judah-era toilet discovered in the remains of a luxurious mansion in Jerusalem. Haaretz noted the presence of dozens of bowls around the ancient lavatory, about which an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) official speculated: “they held air freshener, an aromatic oil or incense – anything to make use of the facility less onerous”….While aromatic oil might have done the olfactory trick in the First Temple-period bathroom, all the fragrant incense in ancient Judah can’t conceal the stench of media reports that erase the long, rich Jewish history of ancient Israel. READ MORE

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On Tuesday, the seventh day of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, Israel celebrated Aliyah Day

Israelis to Celebrate Biblical Ingathering, on Aliyah Day
by Hana Levi Julian
October 11, 2021

On Tuesday, the seventh day of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, the nation of Israel will celebrate Aliyah Day. It is not by chance that the day falls on that date, says Yishai Fleisher, international spokesperson for the Hebron Jewish community and also the person who invented the holiday…When Fleisher wrote the law for the Knesset, together with then-MK Yaakov “Ketzaleh” Katz he says, “We were hoping that this would be something that would also be celebrated in the Diaspora, a focal point for schools to celebrate immigration to Israel. Aliyah is a continuing battle; we wanted a reason for people to discuss it, to bring it up and to remember there is a continuing yearning for Eretz Israel.” READ MORE

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“The fact that a large number of Palestinians are desperate to work in Israel is a sign of the failure of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to improve the living conditions of their people”

Why Palestinians Prefer To Work In Israel
by Khaled Abu Toameh
October 13, 2021

Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip are excited. Israeli authorities have decided to allow thousands of them to work in Israel. The news about the Israeli decision spread like wildfire, prompting tens of thousands of Palestinians to converge on the offices of the chambers of commerce throughout the Gaza Strip in the hope of obtaining a permit to work in Israel. The scenes of Palestinian scrambling to receive permits to work in Israel have angered and embarrassed many Palestinians and Arabs, many of whom believe that Palestinian leaders are not doing enough to end the suffering of the Palestinians. READ MORE 

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Gilad Erdan blasts co-founders of ice cream maker over Axios interview. “Demanding from Israel what is demanded from no other country is the definition of antisemitism”

Israeli Envoy Criticizes Ben & Jerry’s Founders Over Boycott
by Augusta Saraiva and Alisa Odenheimer
October 12, 2021

The Israeli ambassador to the U.S. accused Ben & Jerry’s co-founders of “helping the antisemites” following an interview in which they defended the company’s decision to not sell its ice cream in the country’s occupied Palestinian territory. Gilad Erdan, the envoy to the U.S. and the United Nations, said the “ignorance and hypocrisy” toward Israel demonstrated during the interview aired Oct. 10 on HBO is “an outrage.”… “Part of the definition of antisemitism is precisely to demand from Israel what is not demanded of any other entity in the world,” Erdan said in a statement Monday. “Ben and Jerry have no problem with their ice cream being sold to supporters of terrorism, and yet they are boycotting Israel.” READ MORE

JERUSALEM POST Ben & Jerry suffered an AOC moment In an interview on Sunday on Axios on HBO, Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Ben Cohen had what can only be called an AOC moment, referring to Democratic New York congresswoman and “Squad” leader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Memo to Rooney, the BDS’er : “Boycotting the Hebrew language — spoken by millions of Jews worldwide — has nothing to do with Palestine. It’s just racism”

Sally Rooney reportedly banning new novel from being translated to Hebrew
By Lee Brown
October 12, 2021

It girl novelist Sally Rooney has reportedly refused to allow her new novel to be published in Hebrew because she supports a boycott of Israel. The acclaimed Irish novelist turned down Modan, the Israeli publisher that translated her previous books, because of her outspoken views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Haaretz reported. “When Modan approached Rooney’s agent in an attempt to sign another translation deal, the agent announced that Rooney supports the cultural boycott movement on Israel and therefore does not approve translation into Hebrew,” Haaretz reported as an addendum to its reprint of an interview Rooney gave last month.  READ MORE

MELANIE PHILLIPS BLOG Sally Rooney’s very ugly world The Irish novelist’s anti-Israel bigotry has a particular cultural context… The situation is horrific at the political level, horrific at the academic level and horrific at the street level. It is almost impossible to overstate how toxic the situation in Ireland has become.

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