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Judea and Samaria: Muslims murder 17-year-old girl, seriously injure her father and brother with explosive device
By Robert Spencer on Aug 23, 2019 01:00 pm
Judea and Samaria: Muslims murder 17-year-old girl, seriously injure her father and brother with explosive device
Yes, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have said nothing. “One dead, two wounded from explosive device in West Bank,” by Anna Ahronheim, Jerusalem Post, August 23 2019: A teenage girl was killed and her father and brother were seriously injured on Friday in an explosion near a natural spring near the Israeli settlement of Dolev […]
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Video from Israel: Muslim tries to strangle Israeli worker, Tlaib and Omar say nothing
By Robert Spencer on Aug 23, 2019 09:00 am
Video from Israel: Muslim tries to strangle Israeli worker, Tlaib and Omar say nothing
This is daily life in Israel. But Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar will ignore this and other such incidents and continue to insist that Israel is an “oppressor.” “Watch: Arab tries to strangle Israeli worker at Allenby Crossing,” by Ido Ben Porat, Arutz Sheva, August 21, 2019 (thanks to the Geller Report): A 35-year-old Arab […]
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17 Year Old Rina Shnerb Murdered in Terror Attack
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Rina was out vacationing with her family. With severe injuries, Rina had to be evacuated by helicopter to a hospital, but they couldn’t save her.

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17-year-old Rina Shnerb was murdered in the attack while she was enjoying special vacation time with her father and brother. Her father and brother were seriously injured. They were swimming in a popular local spring called Ein Bubin near the Jewish community of Dolev in the Binyamin Region. This spring is also called “Danny’s Spring,” named after Danny Gonen HY”D , who was murdered at this exact spot several years ago by a Muslim terrorist who came up to him innocently requesting water.

As Rina, her father and brother were swimming, an Arab Muslim drove up to their location and threw a bomb at them. All three were seriously injured, with Rina dying of her wounds very soon afterward. The father used his tzitzit, the religious garments men wear, as a tourniquet to save his son! He tried to save his daughter, Rina, as well, but her injuries were too severe.

When the Prime Minister of Israel called to speak with the father, Rav Eitan Shnerb, Rav Eitan told him “We will come out of this tragedy strengthened.”

Rina was a beautiful young 17 year old Israeli girl, murdered today by Muslim terrorists in Dolev for no reason other than being Jewish. May her memory always be blessed!‬

The terrorists who threw the explosive device drove away and escaped the scene. The IDF is currently hunting them down.
In response to the attack, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:

“On behalf of myself and the citizens of Israel, I send deep condolences to the family of young Rina Shnerb who was murdered in a harsh terrorist attack this morning, and wishes for a quick recovery to her father, Rabbi Eitan, and her brother Dvir. We will continue to strengthen settlement. We will deepen our roots and strike at our enemies. The security arms are in pursuit after the abhorrent terrorists. We will apprehend them. The long arm of Israel reaches all those who seek our lives and will settle accounts with them.”
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Teen girl killed as Israeli family hit by terror bombing at West Bank spring
Father, son injured by deadly blast at popular hiking spot outside Dolev settlement; army searching area for culprits
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An Israeli military helicopter picks up two victims of an apparent terror attack in the central West Bank on August 23, 2019. (Dolev settlement)An Israeli military helicopter picks up two victims of an apparent terror attack in the central West Bank on August 23, 2019. (Dolev settlement)Israeli security forces gather at the site where a bomb exploded near the Israeli settlement of Dolev in the West Bank on August 23, 2019, seriously injuring three people (Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)Israeli security forces gather at the site where a bomb exploded near the Israeli settlement of Dolev in the West Bank on August 23, 2019, seriously injuring three people (Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)Israeli medical teams and security forces and gather at the site where a bomb exploded near the Israeli settlement of Dolev in the West Bank on August 23, 2019, seriously injuring three people (Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)Israeli medical teams and security forces and gather at the site where a bomb exploded near the Israeli settlement of Dolev in the West Bank on August 23, 2019, seriously injuring three people (Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)Israeli security forces stand at the site where a bomb exploded near the Israeli settlement of Dolev in the West Bank on August 23, 2019, seriously injuring three people (Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)Israeli security forces stand at the site where a bomb exploded near the Israeli settlement of Dolev in the West Bank on August 23, 2019, seriously injuring three people (Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)Israeli soldiers set up a roadblock as part of a search effort to find terrorists who set of a bomb near the Israeli settlement of Dolev in the West Bank on August 23, 2019, seriously injuring three people. (Israel Defense Forces)Israeli soldiers set up a roadblock as part of a search effort to find terrorists who set of a bomb near the Israeli settlement of Dolev in the West Bank on August 23, 2019, seriously injuring three people. (Israel Defense Forces)

A teenage girl was killed and her father and brother were seriously injured in a terrorist bombing at a natural spring outside the central West Bank settlement of Dolev on Friday morning, Israeli officials said.

The father and son, 19, were taken by military helicopter to a Jerusalem hospital in serious condition, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said. The daughter, 17, was critically wounded in the attack and received treatment at the scene from civilian and military medics before being pronounced dead of her injuries.

Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson Ronen Manelis said the army considered the blast to be a “serious terror attack.”

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The army said an improvised explosive device was used in the attack, but it was not immediately clear if the bomb was thrown at the family or if it had been planted earlier and was triggered when the family approached it.

Security services were reportedly tracking a car that fled the scene shortly after the explosion. “IDF soldiers are searching the area,” the military said in a statement.

Manelis said the IDF did not yet know the identities of the culprits or if they belonged to an established terror group or were acting alone.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as defense minister, said he was receiving constant updates on the search effort and would meet soon with the commanders of the country’s security forces.

The troops were working to find the terrorists behind the attack as quickly as possible, under the general understanding that the more time they have to flee, the more difficult the search effort becomes.

The explosion occurred at the Bubin spring — a popular hiking spot — approximately 10 kilometers east of the city of Modiin.

“Our surroundings are full of natural springs and hiking to them is an inseparable part of residents’ lives,” Yael, a resident of Dolev, told Channel 12 news. “There is a difficult feeling.”

She said a bomb attack was “a severe escalation” the likes of which the community had not encountered “in over 20 years.”

Palestinian media reported that the IDF had begun setting up roadblocks and conducting searches in the western Ramallah area, southeast of Dolev.

Israeli sodleirs stand at the site where a bomb exploded near the Israeli settlement of Dolev in the West Bank on August 23, 2019, injuring three people (Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)
“This [search] mission is being led on several fronts — the first is the intelligence front with other intelligence services, the second front is the manhunt in the field with roadblocks… The third front is the regular security effort to prevent similar events,” IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis said.

Another IDF spokesperson said the military was working with the Shin Bet security service and Israel Police to track the culprits.

She said additional troops were also being sent into the West Bank both to find the terrorists and to boost security to settlements in the area.
Large numbers of emergency response personnel were called to the area, including the IDF helicopter that evacuated the victims.
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WATCH: Jordan’s ‘Little Problem’ with the Temple Mount
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The Jordanian Islamic trust that administers the Temple Mount seems to have an issue with Jews who visit Judaism’s holiest site.

Jordan holds a special status as custodian of the Waqf (Islamic Trust) that administers the Temple Mount.

Israel, however, maintains security control over the site – Judaism’s holiest and Islam’s third-holiest.

The status quo allows Jews to visit the complex but they are forbidden to pray there.

Jordan is now claiming that Israel is endangering peace because of these Jewish visitors. Outrageous, is it not?

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Jordan holds a special status as custodian of the Waqf that administers the Muslim places at the Temple Mount. Recently, the country seems to have some "issues" with Jews at Judaism's holiest site.
Jordan's 'Little Problem' with the Temple Mount
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https://honestreporting.com/pbs-cripples-the-truth-about-gaza-violence/
PBS Cripples the Truth About Gaza Violence
BY PESACH BENSON  AUGUST 21, 2019
PBS Newshour
For more than a year, Palestinians have violently clashed with Israeli soldiers guarding the Gaza border.

The clashes first erupted in March, 2018, originally spun by the Palestinians as a peaceful “March of Return.” The Myths and Facts of Gaza’s Deadly ‘Protests’  laid bare that the spontaneous, peaceful protests were anything but.  Facing popular dissent, Hamas co-opted the March of Return movement to make sure it would generate Palestinian casualties — and sympathetic media coverage.

Hamas’s primary goal: News reports humanizing Palestinian victims, and/or painting Israeli soldiers as indiscriminate war criminals. For that, Hamas needed civilian cannon fodder and reporters willing to follow their narrative.

That brings us to PBS NewsHour, whose correspondent, Jane Ferguson, filed a dispatch about Palestinians left handicapped by IDF fire. Humanizing disabled Palestinians without explaining Hamas’s responsibility plays into the terror group’s hands. And the Islamists couldn’t have asked for a better dispatch than Ferguson’s.

The ‘split screen’ clash
Ferguson’s first introduces us to Ahmed Abu Nair. He lost a leg to a gunshot wound at the border, and now he plays soccer on crutches along with other handicapped Gazans. Ferguson explains he was injured on May 14, the day the US opened its embassy in Jerusalem.


Jane Ferguson
Prior to May 14, the border violence was related to the “March of Return.”  But former Associated Press correspondent Matti Friedman explains how a “split screen” effect changed perceptions that day. The split screen he refers to is coverage of the embassy opening appearing side by side with the clashes on peoples’ televisions.

The attempts to breach the Gaza fence, which Palestinians call the March of Return, began in March and have the stated goal of erasing the border as a step toward erasing Israel. A central organizer, the Hamas leader Yehya Sinwar, exhorted participants on camera in Arabic to “tear out the hearts” of Israelis. But on Monday the enterprise was rebranded as a protest against the embassy opening, with which it was meticulously timed to coincide. The split screen, and the idea that people were dying in Gaza because of Donald Trump, was what Hamas was looking for.

The press coverage on Monday was a major Hamas success in a war whose battlefield isn’t really Gaza, but the brains of foreign audiences.

Foreign audiences like the millions of people who watch NewsHour.
Related reading: The Gaza Blockade: An Explainer
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Aug 20, 2019
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Israeli Medical Advances
Israeli doctors are literally growing bones outside of the body, which can be transplanted into patients, permitting them to walk again!

While it sounds like the stuff of science fiction, Israeli researchers have developed a process to grow bones in laboratory conditions that can be used to help people with injuries, disease, or age-related deterioration. Such patients are walking normally again and can even return to exercise and sports.

The lab-grown bone has been so successful, one patient, who almost lost his leg to a fracture in a car accident, was even able to return to Iron Man competitions and other intense ctivities.

Check out this incredible medical breakthrough in action!

The Israeli Lab That Grows Bones for Transplant
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Did Arab Violence Really Start With the ‘Occupation’?
BY DOV LIPMAN  AUGUST 20, 2019
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A group of armed Arabs near Haifa, 1937
 

Arab violence is frequently justified because of the “Naqba” of 1948 and the “occupation” of 1967.

After all, they insist, Jews forced Arabs from their homes and villages, so the Arabs have a right to fight to return to their ancestral property.

But if those are what the Palestinians are truly fighting against, how are we to understand Arab violence against Jews before the wars of 1948 and 1967 took place?

What is their explanation for Arab violence against Jews in the 1920s?

Yes, the 1920s!

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The Mufti Incites Arab Violence
In 1919, Haj Amin el-Husseini, leader of one of the most prominent Arab clans in Jerusalem, began to organize “fedayeen,” (literally – “one who sacrifices himself”) – small groups of terrorists who were willing to die while killing Jews. The stated goal was to force the Jews to flee from Palestine. They first attacked Tel Hai, a Jewish neighborhood in the north near the Syrian border in January and then attacked Tel Hai again on March 1. These terrorists killed eight Jews and injured 200.

During March and April, more than a dozen Jewish agricultural settlements in the Galilee including Kfar Tavor, Degania, Rosh Pina, Ayelet Hashahar, Mishmar Hayarden, Kfar Giladi and Metulla. were attacked by Arab terrorists. During Passover of that year, the Mufti incited the masses to attack the Jewish population in the Old City of Jerusalem, killing five Jews and injuring more than 100.

Husseini began to organize larger attacks in 1921 and the British High Commissioner in charge of Palestine, Herbert Samuel named Husseini Mufti of Jerusalem with the hope that he could influence him to bring the Arab violence to a halt. The two even met on April 11, 1921 and Husseini promised that he would be “devoted to tranquility.”

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Adolf Hitler hosts Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini in 1941.
But just three weeks later, on May 1, 1921, the Mufti incited Arabs to arm themselves and attack Jews in Jaffa. Terrorists came to the streets of Jaffa armed with knives, pistols and rifles and began to beat and murder Jews while looting Jewish stores and homes, killing 27 Jews and injuring 150.

The attacks spread to Jewish communities in Petach Tikvah, Rehovot, Hadera, and Haifa.

The year 1924 led to a new wave of Arab violence. The Mufti spread rumors that the Jews were planning to take control of the Islamic holy sites. That led to Arab looting of Jewish property, causing extensive damage, and attacks against Jews throughout Palestine. The sporadic attacks became much more organized and the terror targeted Jewish communities near Jerusalem, Hebron, Safed and Kfar Darom.  In all, 135 Jews were killed and more than 300 were injured.

Related reading: How the UN Partition Plan Led to Israel’s Birth

Arab Violence Escalates
The Arabs learned that these terror attacks were an effective tool. That’s because British authorities responded to the attacks by appeasing the Arabs – via curbing the number of Jews allowed to immigrate to Israel and by moving Jews out of the areas which were attacked, most notably Hebron were Jews had been living for centuries.

The Mufti found a basis to further incite the Arab masses in September 1928. A small group of Jews chose to pray at the Western Wall on Yom Kippur and built a small divider to separate between the men and women as is traditional during Jewish prayer. The British were against this step and dismantled the barrier. The Mufti pointed to the Jewish “construction” at the Western Wall as a sign that they were attempting to take control of the al Asqa Mosque on the Temple Mount right next to the Western Wall. He called for “Jihad,” – “holy war” – leading to stonings and beatings of Jews trying to worship at the Western Wall.

The Arab violence spread beyond the Western Wall and on August 23, 1929, more than 1,000 Arab terrorists attacked Jews throughout Jerusalem, killing 47 under the battle cry, “defend the holy places!”

The Hebron Massacre
The attacks spread to other cities. The worst took place in Hebron where Arabs broke into the rabbinic seminary with axes, knives, and metal bars, murdering all the students and destroying the building. The murderous mob then massacred the Jews of the city, where Jews and Arabs had lived side by side in peace for years. Rabbi Yaakov Slonim, the city rabbi, called on Jews to find safety in his home. Because the rabbi had a good relationship with the local Arab clergy he assumed that nothing would happen to them.

Rabbi Slonim was tragically mistaken.

The Arabs stormed his home, and killed him, his family, and all who had sought refuge there. In all, 67 Jews were slaughtered in Hebron. The Jewish community, which existed there for centuries, was destroyed.

A few days after the Hebron massacre, the Jews of Safed, where Jews had also lived for centuries, suffered a similar pogrom. Local Arabs were joined by those from neighboring villages, murdering 18 Jews, injuring 40, and burning down 200 homes.

In total, with the attacks in other cities during those few days, 133 Jews were killed and 339 were injured.

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The funeral of one of the Jews killed in the 1929 Hebron Massacre
The terror attacks continued and rose in 1936, with Arab terrorists killing over 40 Jews between April and July, aside from burning thousands of acres of Jewish fields and crops. The violence continued, leading to a massacre in Tiberias on October 2, 1938 in which the Arabs shot and burned 21 Jews, including 10 children below the age of 12.

The New York Times described the premeditated Tiberias massacre:

“Not since the riots of 1929, when Arabs fell on Jewish men, most of whom were rabbinical students, as well as women and children, in the ancient towns of Hebron and Safed, has there been in Palestine such a slaughter as the attack of last night…The attack apparently was well organized, since the Arab gang, before descending on Tiberias, cut all telephone communications. Coming in two parties from opposite directions at a given signal, which was a whistle blown from the hills surrounding the town, the firing began simultaneously in all quarters…the bandits went on to the house of Joshua Ben Arieh, where they stabbed and burned to death Joshua, his wife and one son, and then shot dead his infant son. In the same house three children of Shlomo Leimer, aged 8, 10, and 12, were stabbed and burned to death. Proceeding farther, the Arabs broke into the house of Shimon Mizrahi, where they killed his wife and five children, ranging in ages from 1 to 12 years, and then set fire to the house.”

Related reading: Three Noes That Set the Mideast On Course of Conflict

Why the Arab Violence?
In the 1920s and 1930s no Arabs felt a need to leave or flee from their homes. There was no Jewish state at the time and the Jews didn’t have an army to “occupy” Palestinian land.

So why did the Arabs attack and massacre the Jews during those years?

Is it possible that the “Naqba” and “occupation” are excuses to simply justify Arab violence?

Is it possible the Arabs simply refused to accept any Jews living in the Holy Land?

 https://www.patriotnewsalerts.com/isis-bombs-afghani-wedding/?utm_medium=ci&utm_source=push&utm_campaign=pna
ISIS bombs Afghani wedding, killing at least 63 people
August 19, 2019 by Jerry McCormick
Over the weekend, another horrifying and senseless attack was carried out by ISIS.

A suicide bomber set the tragedy in motion during a local Afghani couple’s wedding, killing at least 63 people, with more than 180 others wounded.

Vicious Attack
These types of bombings prove just how cowardly ISIS is. In this case, hundreds of locals had gathered for a wedding and reception, never even thinking their life was at risk.

Typically, these weddings are considerably larger than a traditional American wedding. In most cases, these weddings will exceed 500 people. In this case, there were more than 1,200 guests, providing a target-rich environment for the terrorists.

Pictures were released after the bomb went off at the catering hall where the attack took place, and virtually every window was blown out as well as most of the ceiling tiles.

The floor of the room was flooded with blood from the victims, a truly horrific scene. ISIS quickly claimed credit for the attack while the Taliban immediately condemned it.

Peace Negotiations Underway
For months now, the United States has been negotiating with the Taliban for a peace treaty. One of the key aspects of the deal is a scheduled withdrawal of U.S. troops from the area.

The Taliban has stated it will not negotiate for peace with the Afghanistan government until this is in place.

For that concession, the Taliban will guarantee the U.S. that Afghanistan will not be used to train terrorists wishing to carry out attacks against America.

The question, however, is if the Taliban can be trusted to honor the agreement. After all, it was only last week when the Taliban carried out an attack at a local police station.

In that attack, more than a dozen people lost their lives with almost 200 people being reported injured.
The Taliban needs to promise to do more than just prevent ISIS from training in Afghanistan; they need to promise to eliminate the terror group altogether.



Whttps://www.patriotnewsalerts.com/jewish-congress-condemns-tlaib/?utm_medium=ci&utm_source=push&utm_campaign=pnaorld Jewish Congress condemns Rep. Rashida Tlaib
August 19, 2019 by Jerry McCormick
Last week, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) came out firing against Bill Maher for his anti-BDS movement statements.
After Tlaib suggested boycotting Maher’s show, Laura Ingraham broke the news that the World Jewish Congress (WJC) called her words and actions “deeply disturbing.”
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 World Jewish Congress condemns Tlaib for suggesting boycott of Bill Maher's show https://thehill.com/homenews/house/457899-world-jewish-congress-condemns-tlaib-for-suggesting-boycott-of-bill-mahers
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Most of the time, Bill Maher is considered an ally of the far left. The man has even openly wished for a recession to get Trump out of office.
However, last week, Maher railed against the BDS movement and the fact several of our elected representatives in Congress actually support the movement. At one point, he called the entire movement “bulls**t.” Afterward, Tlaib suggested liberals boycott his show.
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I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom. This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn't work then and it won't now. https://twitter.com/mehdirhasan/status/1162767093730881537

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When Trump suggested boycotting anti-American businesses and shows, liberals lost their minds. Some even suggested it was illegal for an elected official to make such a statement, yet we have no outrage here at all.

Condemned Statements
Both Rep. Tlaib and Rep. Omar (D-MN) were scheduled to take a trip to Israel later this month. Israel, however, blocked their entry due to their constant anti-Israel rhetoric and their support of the BDS movement.

After Tlaib’s comments about Bill Maher, the WJC released a statement absolutely ripping Tlaib.

WJC President Ronald Lauder stated, “Serious questions need to be asked about Tlaib’s motivation in supporting the extremist BDS Movement, which is allied with terrorists and is not shy about its ultimate aim of destroying Israel.”

The notion that Tlaib and Omar are planted to destroy our government from within can no longer be looked at as right-wing conspiracy theory.

From day one, both of these women have tried to drive a wedge between the U.S. and Israel while also promoting groups and causes that have known links to terrorist activities and organizations.

While the Democrat leadership has made them the darlings of the party, they are clearly an enemy of our ideals and as big a threat as any of our true enemies, possibly even larger since they have already infiltrated our government.

The burden of their removal from office falls on the people of Minnesota and Michigan, as both of these women can no longer be permitted to spew their dangerous rhetoric in the name of “equality” and “freedom.”
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Palestinian Jihadists in Gaza Praise ISIS
 
In a 28-minute video by Gaza-based jihadi group Jaysh Al-Islam, terrorists praise the Islamic State for implementing Sharia law and accuse Hamas of apostasy.

By JNS

The Gaza-based jihadi group Jaysh Al-Islam shared a video on Telegram that attacks the Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoot Hamas, accusing the groups of apostasy, according to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute shared exclusively with JNS.

In the clip, Jaysh Al-Islam terrorists also accuse the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas of adopting Western attitudes and allying with “unbelievers” such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, and harboring aspirations to democracy.

The video further points fingers at Hamas for helping the British government of releasing BBC journalist Alan Johnston in 2007, who was a former captive of Jaysh Al-Islam. The video claims that this decision by Hamas led to the deaths of 11 of its fighters.

The video depicts footage of killed jihadi fighters and offers information, including training for suicide attacks.
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PA police ban Palestinian LGBT group from holding activities in West Bank
BY ADAM RASGON
Police threaten to arrest members of al-Qaws and calls on public to inform on them; human rights watchdog accuses PA of inciting violence against community.
Palestinian Authority police have banned a Palestinian LGBT rights group from organizing any activities in the West Bank and threatened to arrest them, saying such activities are contrary to the “values of Palestinian society.”

In a statement Saturday, police spokesman Louay Arzeikat said events such as those organized by the group al-Qaws “go against and infringe upon the higher principles and values of Palestinian society.”

Arzeikat also charged that “suspicious parties” were trying to “sow discord and undermine Palestinian society’s peaceful state of affairs” and asserted that the police would pursue al-Qaws’s staff and turn them over to judicial authorities if it successfully collars them.

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He also called on Palestinians to report on any al-Qaws activity, promising informers confidentiality.

Al-Qaws is an non-governmental organization established in 2001 that aims to support gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender Palestinians and Arab Israelis. It’s website says it has offices in East Jerusalem and Haifa; PA security forces cannot enter those areas, according to agreements between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

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Showing ‘great weakness’: When Netanyahu helped make Israel a partisan US issue
The president tweeted. The prime minister leaped to obey. And Tlaib and Omar scored a victory with implications far more damaging than their planned, banned provocative visit
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and US Reps. Rashida Tlaib, center, and Ilhan Omar, right. (Laura E. Adkins for JTA/Getty Images via JTA)
According to their tentative itinerary, the two first Muslim women ever elected to US Congress expected Monday to be touring Jerusalem, notably including visiting the flashpoint Temple Mount — the holiest place in Judaism, and site of the third holiest mosque in Islam.
Instead of grappling with the colossal security headache of seeking to ensure that their visit to this most incendiary of places passed off without the kinds of confrontation and long-term violent fallout we have known in the past, Israel is instead grappling with the repercussions of its decision to deny Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar entry to the country. Rather than fueling tensions in the Holy Land, the two anti-Israel Democrats are thus at home in the US, fulminating against Israel’s unprecedented ban on serving US legislators, and doing their best to widen the circle of opposition to the Jewish state.
How and why did Israel decide to ban the pair, having initially promised to let them in? How credible are the claims, from both the American and Israeli leaderships, that this was Israel’s independent decision, not a US President Donald Trump-imposed turnaround? Was Omar intending to meet Israeli officials in the course of her trip, and if so, which Israelis, when, and why weren’t such meetings on the tentative published agenda? How damaging is the ban to the bipartisan Israeli cause in the US, and how worried is the pro-Israel community about the consequences?
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Trump confirms peace plan to be released after Israeli elections
Long-awaited proposal was to have been unveiled in summer, but was delayed due to fresh Israeli vote set for September 17
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US President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
US President Donald Trump on Sunday confirmed that his administration would likely release its long-delayed peace plan after Israel’s elections in September.

“We will probably wait for the release of the Middle East peace plan until after the Israeli elections,” Trump told reporters, adding that the US might “release small parts of it beforehand.”

The plan was to have been unveiled this summer, but was delayed after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to cobble together a coalition following the April elections and called a fresh vote, now scheduled for September 17.

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The Americans are likely to give the winner a chance to form a government before releasing the plan, something that could add several weeks to the timetable.

The US has so far kept the political elements of its plan under wraps, while the economic aspects of it were presented in June by Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner at an American-led conference in Bahrain. The economic side of the plan would see a $50 billion investment package for the Palestinians and the wider region

The Palestinians skipped the Bahrain conference and have rejected the peace plan outright, pressing on with their boycott of the administration since Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017 and cut Palestinian aid.

Netanyahu says he is willing to wait and see the contents of the plan, but reiterated he will not compromise on Israel’s security.

No details have been published so far about how the plan tackles key issues such as a potential independent Palestinian state, Israeli control over the West Bank, the fate of Jerusalem and the so-called “right of return” for Palestinians to homes from which their families fled or were expelled after Israel’s creation in 1948.

However, US officials have indicated  that they will back “Palestinian autonomy” and self-governance, but stop short of endorsing the establishment of a Palestinian state.
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ordan reprimands Israeli ambassador over Temple Mount ‘violations’
Kingdom rejects public security minister’s support for changing status quo at holy site, which it says ‘is a place for Muslims to pray and worship only’
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Israeli security forces clash with Muslim worshipers at the Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on August 11, 2019. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
Israel’s ambassador to Jordan was summoned on Sunday by the Jordanian foreign ministry for a dressing down amid tensions over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
In a statement, Jordan’s foreign ministry said it stressed to Amir Weissbrod its “condemnation and rejection of the Israeli violations” at the holy site, which is revered by both Muslims and Jews and is under Jordanian custodianship.
The compound was the site of clashes between Muslim worshipers and police last week over the entry of Jews during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, which this year coincided with the Jewish fast day of Tisha B’Av mourning the destruction of the two Jewish temples at the site.
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Amman called for an immediate end of “these provocative and absurd violations,” which it said were “inflaming the conflict” and were a violation of international law.
Sufian Qudah, the ministry spokesman, said Weissbrod was told to inform the Israeli government that Jordan rejects any efforts to change the status quo at the Temple Mount.
Muslim worshipers perform the Eid al-Adha morning prayers at the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem on August 11, 2019. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
The spokesman also said Jordan strongly rejected comments by Public Security Ministry Gilad Erdan that Israel should work to change the arrangements in place at the flashpoint site in Jerusalem’s Old City.
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The Times of Israel liveblogged Monday’s events as they happened.
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Palestinian Authority’s Lies About Stabbing Terror Exposed by Footage of Attack
 
Despite the fact that footage of a recent terror attack clearly shows two Palestinians ambushing Israeli officers in a stabbing attack that left one officer seriously wounded, the Palestinian Authority broadcast outlandish lies about the incident.

By Itamar Marcus and Maurice Hirsch, Adv., Palestinian Media Watch

On Thursday afternoon, two 14 year old Palestinians exited the Temple Mount and immediately stabbed and attempted to murder an Israeli policeman. Video footage shows the attack, during which the wounded policeman falls to the ground, in addition to the quick response of the other policemen who shot the two terrorists before they could continue stabbing the fallen policeman or others.

As soon as the terrorists fell to the ground, one policeman is seen raising his hand signaling to the others to stop shooting. The entire terror attack lasted only a few seconds, and left one officer wounded and one terrorist dead immediately, while the second terrorist died later of his wounds.

Notwithstanding the video footage, official Palestinian Authority (PA) TV totally ignored the terror attack and referred to “children” being shot and “summary execution,” as if these were innocent “children.” In addition, the would-be murderer was called a “martyr,” which Palestinian religious leaders have repeatedly explained represents the highest achievement that can be attained by a Muslim.

Ignoring the circumstances, PA officials then used the event to condemn Israel for arbitrarily closing the Temple Mount in an attempt to inflate hatred of Israel.

The presenter on PA TV claimed, “The occupation authorities are continuing to hold the body of child Martyr Nassim Mukafih Abu Roumi (i.e., the terrorist who stabbed and wounded one Israeli), while the arrest of young Hamouda Al-Sheikh from the town of Al-Eizariya east of occupied Jerusalem continues (i.e., Abu Roumi’s accomplice, who later died of his wounds). The occupation police shot them next to the Chain Gate [of the Temple Mount].”

Abu Roumi’s father further embellished the story, lying: “They could have overpowered them in the first moment, because the army is trained. Seven soldiers came, lay them on the ground, and shot them several times – a summary execution that the Israeli forces commit against our children within Jerusalem.”

PA lies, but video tells the truth
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The PA often claims that Palestinian terrorists who are killed in the course of attempting to carry out a terror attack were “summarily executed” by Israel.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Supreme Shari’ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash further fueled the animosity against Israel when he condemned the immediate Israeli response to the event – temporarily closing the Temple Mount for a number of hours – without mentioning the circumstances of the decision and called for Muslims worldwide to mobilize:

“The fact that the Israeli occupation forces closed the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is a declaration of war against Islam and the Muslims… Al-Habbash called ‘on the Muslims worldwide to mobilize and come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to carry out Ribat there and defend it alongside their Palestinian and Jerusalem brothers, as the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the First Direction of Prayer of all of the Muslims and not only of the Palestinians, to whom Allah has granted the honor of guarding and defending it,'” reported WAFA, the official PA news agency.

An additional report in WAFA claimed that “witnesses said Israeli police and a Jewish settler opened fire at the Palestinians after they allegedly came under attack.”

Needless to say, claiming that Israel carries out extra-judicial killings of Palestinians, who in reality were killed while attempting to carry out terror attacks, serves to further inflate the daily hatred of Israel that the PA preaches. The hatred is compounded and intensified when the terrorists are minors.

Similarly, when the PA suggests that Israel arbitrarily closes the Temple Mount, by failing to give any reasoning behind the Israeli decision, the PA is intentionally trying to infuriate the Palestinian population and possibly even promote violence as it did just last week.

It’s worth noting that one of Israel’s foremost security commentators also recognized that this attack was not conducted in a vacuum.

Rather he said in a tweet that it was to be expected that after the murder of Dvir Sorek there would be other copycat murderers and the sermons of the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice holiday (that took place last week) which inflamed the situation and caused the attack of the two minors and another ramming attack on Friday, in which two people were injured.
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WATCH: Abbas Rewrites History, Creates ‘Palestinian Heritage’
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made a ridiculous claim about “Palestinian heritage” and called the Jews ‘unexpected visitors’. Is he supposed to be Israel’s peace partner?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has lied numerous times about Jewish history in order to push a false narrative.
But his latest fabrication takes the cake.
Find out how the Palestinian leader rewrites history and what the truth really is.
WATCH: Abbas Rewrites History, Creates ‘Palestinian Heritage’
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Iraq blames Israel for weapons depot explosion
August 17, 2019 by Jerry McCormick
On Wednesday, there was a massive explosion at an Iraqi weapons depot.
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According to Iraqi officials, this was due to an airstrike conducted by Israel conducted with the blessing of the United States.
Satellite Images: Airstrike ‘Probable”
Israel has not acknowledged any airstrike thus far. However, Iraqi officials stated that satellite imagery shows that it was most likely an airstrike that was behind the explosions.
Officials are also blaming Israel for the attack. According to reports, Iraq believes Israel is targeting locations with Iranian forces at the behest of the United States.
An unnamed security source told a Saudi newspaper, “It is clear that we are in the midst of a real battle between Israel and the United States against Iran and its allies in Iraq.
“It is clear that the two sides chose Iraq to be the place for their unannounced battle.”
There is a video of the alleged attack on social media. The camera was turned on after the strike had already started and there were smoke plumes coming from the depot. However, several seconds into the video, you can hear what appears to be either a plane or a missile passing overhead.
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Contrary to what the Iraqi defense sources are telling the media, a spokesman for the Federal Police and the Popular Mobilization Forces is blaming the attack on the United States.

Adel al-Karawi stated, “the data regarding a fire breaking out at the Saqr base, near the al-Dura area south of Baghdad, indicates the base was subject to a bombardment by an American [drone] carrying missiles.”

Clearly, even though these reports vary somewhat, the common underlying theme is that the United States is responsible for these attacks. Iraq will no doubt use this to up the tensions that already exist in the area.

Currently, the United States has stepped up its presence in the Persian Gulf over the elevated tensions with Iran.

However, Secretary of State Pompeo has been adamant he wants Iran to come to the bargaining table rather than have this escalate into a full-scale conflict. If Iraq now adds to these tensions, Trump will truly have his foreign policies tested.
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America’s iconic Woodstock festival was more Jewish than you’d think
On the 50th anniversary of the historic concert, a look at the Members of the Tribe who promoted, funded, and performed — and the dairy man who made it all possible
By JORDAN HOFFMAN
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The 'face' of Woodstock, Jewish promoter Michael Lang. (Screenshot)
Hundreds of rock music fans jam highway leading from Bethel, New York, August 16, 1969 as they try to leave the Woodstock Music and Art Festival. Two hundred thousand persons spent a rainy night at the festival.
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Hundreds of rock music fans jam highway leading from Bethel, New York, August 16, 1969 as they try to leave the Woodstock Music and Art Festival. Two hundred thousand persons spent a rainy night at the festival. (AP Photo)
 A girl helps herself to a free food ration in the camp area at the Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York on August 15, 1969.  (AP Photo)A girl helps herself to a free food ration in the camp area at the Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York on August 15, 1969. (AP Photo)Jewish dairy man Max Yasgur owned the land in upstate New York upon which the Woodstock festival was held. (Screenshot)Jewish dairy man Max Yasgur owned the land in upstate New York upon which the Woodstock festival was held. (Screenshot)This August 17, 1969 black-and-white file photo shows music fans seeking shelter is a grass hut at the Woodstock Music and Art Festival in Bethel, New York where the sign above reads 'Have a Marijuana.' (AP Photo, File)This August 17, 1969 black-and-white file photo shows music fans seeking shelter is a grass hut at the Woodstock Music and Art Festival in Bethel, New York where the sign above reads 'Have a Marijuana.' (AP Photo, File)A view of the crowd at the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, August 14, 1969. (AP Photo)A view of the crowd at the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, August 14, 1969. (AP Photo) Jorma Kaukonen, lead guitar player for Jefferson Airplane, was born to Jewish mother Beatrice Levine. (Screenshot)Jorma Kaukonen, lead guitar player for Jefferson Airplane, was born to Jewish mother Beatrice Levine. (Screenshot)
NEW YORK — “The New York State Thruway is closed. Isn’t that far out?!”

So says the 22-year-old Arlo Guthrie in one of the more humorous moments in the motion picture “Woodstock,” the essential document of the culture-shifting concert/event celebrating its 50th anniversary. Bad traffic is not normally a point of pride, but in this case it is understandable.

While it wasn’t the first large scale “hippie” concert, Woodstock (the festival’s actual mouthful of a title being “Woodstock Music & Art Fair’s Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”) was still fundamentally an underground, countercultural thing, a rebuke of uptight square society. Just a month earlier industry and government worked to put a man on the moon. Here, a bunch of longhair guitar freaks worked to put a generation in touch with themselves, man.

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It’s easy to get philosophical about Woodstock, even with its ambiguous legacy. One can easily connect the dots from it to the disastrous Fyre Festival, or simply wince at the recycled use of its brand for lame-o anniversary concerts (the latest was actually canceled before it happened, probably for the best.)

But for a time, those two syllables, named for the Hudson Valley town not far from where the actual event took place, meant Utopia for idealistic, anti-war agents of change. And while the most prominent performers were artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who, the event was a lot more Jewish than people realize.

Arlo Guthrie, quoted above, is a great example of Woodstock’s somewhat veiled Jewishness. He was and is the famous son of legendary Oklahoma “dustbowl balladeer” Woody Guthrie, but his mother was born Marjorie Greenblatt, daughter of Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt. (Here’s a weird factoid: Arlo, author of “Alice’s Restaurant,” studied for his bar mitzvah under a young Rabbi Meir Kahane.)


Singer Arlo Guthrie performs at Woodstock. (Screenshot)
Arlo was one of 32 acts that played over three days/nights/mornings in August 1969. His catchy tune “Coming Into Los Angeles” is used to great comic effect in the documentary film, as something of a celebratory anthem to smoking marijuana. (Indeed, were it not for Arlo, millions of people might never have learned how to create a makeshift pipe out of some aluminum foil and a pen.)

A lot of other performers at Woodstock fit the “oh, they’re Jewish?” bill (and more detail on that in a moment), but behind that there’s a more important factor. The concert itself would not exist if not for a squad of heimish young men.

Michael Lang, 24 at the time, could be considered the “face” of Woodstock from a business point of view. He was a Jewish kid from Brooklyn who ended up in Florida and became a concert promoter. In 1968 he co-produced the Miami Pop Festival, which featured Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Frank Zappa and Chuck Berry. A solid warm-up to Woodstock.


The ‘face’ of Woodstock, Jewish promoter Michael Lang. (Screenshot)
He’s the one you see in the documentary zooming around on his motorcycle as they are setting up the stage, seemingly unfazed by the rain or the fact that the larger-than-expected crowd makes selling or even collecting tickets impossible. Once a fence is breached, he declares it a free concert, knowing the investors will lose their shirts.

Lang’s main partner was Artie Kornfeld, then 26, another Jewish kid from Brooklyn. He worked at Capitol Records as a young executive and also wrote or co-wrote a number of forgettable tunes. (“The Pied Piper,” recorded by Crispian St. Peters, and “Dead Man’s Curve” by Jan & Dean are two examples.)

Lang and Kornfeld hooked up and planned to open a recording studio somewhere near Woodstock. The area, a little over two hours’ drive from New York City, is quite close to the Catskills and all the Jewish Borscht Belt hotels and bungalows associated with it. But the little town of Woodstock and its immediate neighbors have long had an association with artists going back to the Hudson Valley School of painters and the Arts & Crafts movement.

In the 1960s it was an oasis for the counterculture scene, and, famously, home to Bob Dylan (née Zimmerman, if you need reminding) after his motorcycle crash in mid-1966. He dug in with some musician friends (The Band) at a house up there (Big Pink) to explore “the old, weird America,” inadvertently creating pop culture’s first widely circulated bootleg album (“The Basement Tapes.”)


Hundreds of rock music fans jam highway leading from Bethel, New York, August 16, 1969 as they try to leave the Woodstock Music and Art Festival. Two hundred thousand persons spent a rainy night at the festival. (AP Photo)
To get financing for the studio Lang and Kornfeld got in touch with Joel Rosenman, also Jewish but older at a whopping 27, who had some success building a studio in Manhattan. He suggested that they could better promote the area and its social justice causes with a festival. Rosenman’s partner was John R. Roberts, dangerously close to 30, and heir to the Block Drugs fortune.

That’s right, Polident paid for Jimi Hendrix!

If you watch the 1970 Woodstock documentary (four hours of anthropology, psychedelia and split-screen singalongs) Lang seems sincere when he says he cares more about proving a large gathering of young people can be peaceful than about making a buck. But there still is some sechel (common sense) there. The concert was a financial flop. The soundtrack album and the movie were a smash. In other words, don’t worry: they all recouped.


A view of the crowd at the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, August 14, 1969. (AP Photo)
But beyond the producers and Arlo Guthrie, what else was kosher at Woodstock?

The only artist to get billed twice, both as a solo artist and with his backing group The Fish, doesn’t have a very Jewish sounding name: Country Joe McDonald. But the folk-rocker who sang the Vietnam protest song “The-I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixing-To-Die Rag” is the son of one Florence Plotnick. The Plotnicks were Russian immigrants and Country Joe’s parents were Communist Party members who, before they renounced the party, named their son after Joseph Stalin. The guitarist in The Fish, Barry “Fish” Melton, was another Jew from Brooklyn. Maybe they all rented a bus together.



One of the most important psychedelic bands of the era was San Francisco’s Jefferson Airplane. Its lead singer, Marty Balin, was born Martyn Buchwald and his father was Jewish. Their lead guitar player, Jorma Kaukonen, had a Jewish mother (Beatrice Levine). Since we’re at it, we’ll add that Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady had one Jewish grandparent. I looked it up.


Jorma Kaukonen, lead guitar player for Jefferson Airplane, was born to Jewish mother Beatrice Levine. (Screenshot)
Less groovy and more jazzy was a band that isn’t quite so celebrated today, but back then sold a ton of albums. Blood, Sweat & Tears was wall-to-wall Jews, with Fred Lipsius, Lew Soloff, Bobby Colomby and Steve Katz in the 1969 lineup. You may not know this band by name but you definitely know some of their songs (put “Spinning Wheel” into YouTube, trust me.)

Also in that vein is one of Woodstock’s top curiosities: the inclusion of Sha-Na-Na. The 1950s nostalgia act that later had a television variety show was, for some reason, the band that played just before Jimi Hendrix’s closing act. Sha-Na-Na was created by a group of Columbia University alumni (its founder, Robert A. Leonard, later became a celebrated forensic linguist) and its revolving door of members includes a wide swath of “New York types.” The last names are all Jewish and Italian. Alas, “Bowzer” (Jon Bauman) was not with the group at Woodstock; he joined a year later.


Concert-goers sit on the roof of a Volkswagen bus at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair at Bethel, New york, in mid-August, 1969. The three-day concert attracted hundreds of thousands of people, and became a landmark cultural event of the late ’60s. (AP Photo)
There’s more. The band Mountain? Headed by Leslie West, born Leslie Weinstein. (Yes, the “Mississippi Queen” is Jewish.) The Grateful Dead performed and, of course, their very far-out percussionist and space ranger Mickey Hart was born Michael Hartman. (Their set was not included in the album or the movie, and the band was displeased with their performance.) Folkie Bert Sommer, probably best known for being in the original production of “Hair,” did an early set on Woodstock weekend, and the band Canned Heat had a Jewish bassist and guitarist, Larry Taylor and Harvey Mandel.

Also, Robbie Robertson, guitarist and principal songwriter with The Band, discovered in his teens that the biological father he did not know was Jewish. (He was raised in Toronto and his mother was Cayuga and Mohawk.) The Queens-born folk singer Melanie (Melanie Safka) is not Jewish, even though she is often mistaken for being so (she’s still great!) and Mike Bloomfield, the principal Jewish electric guitar player of the era, had already left the Paul Butterfield Blues Band by the time Woodstock rolled around, so he wasn’t there.

But the political agitator/trickster/clown/dissident Abbie Hoffman was there, and interrupted The Who’s set to yell about the recent arrest of activist/music manager John Sinclair. (Pete Townshend wasn’t too impressed, ordering him off the stage with some expletives.) Surely other Members of the Tribe, tucked away as bassists in some group or other, performed that weekend. But there are two other important names to mention.


Jewish dairy man Max Yasgur owned the land in upstate New York upon which the Woodstock festival was held. (Screenshot)
First, the man who wasn’t there: Bob Dylan. The New York State Thruway shut down, as Arlo Guthrie celebrated, in part because so many kids were certain the reclusive Dylan would play. He actually turned down the offer and was on his way to Britain to play the Isle of Wight, but since Woodstock was his home base and The Band was on the bill, the rumors were rampant.

Then there was the land itself, owned by a Jewish farmer named Max Yasgur. Like Tevye before him, he was a dairy man, and was close to 50 at the time of the concert. When the promoters were having trouble finding a suitable location, a local kid (Elliot Tiber, also Jewish) made the connection.
A girl helps herself to a free food ration in the camp area at the Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York on August 15, 1969. (AP Photo)
Yasgur was a conservative, but he was troubled by the growing social divide and hoped the concert could act as a balm. While he did get a nice check, he also sprang into action bringing free food and water to the concertgoers when the overcrowding got dangerous. He was later shunned by the community (not everyone was thrilled with the hippies) and he moved to Florida.

Immediately after the show, the legend grew. Joni Mitchell didn’t attend, but she penned “Woodstock” for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, who did. When the movie came out, everyone who got too high during a screening later told their kids they were there. The key images of nude young people frolicking in “the Garden” began to stick. The biblical implications may be a bit much, but the social impact can’t be denied. That so much of it happened on Shabbat doesn’t make it any less Jewish.




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At NYC premiere of documentary ‘Nobody Wants Us,’ filmmaker Laura Seltzer-Duny says US first lady’s efforts to save Jews aboard the SS Quanza should be emulated today
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European refugees, denied entry to the United States in New York and Mexico at Veracruz, line the rail of the Portuguese steamer Quanza and talk to relatives on the pier when the ship stopped to refuel at Norfolk, Virginia, September 11, 1940. One passenger, a German, was captured by an army guard after diving overboard in Hampton Roads. (AP Photo)
European refugees, denied entry to the United States in New York and Mexico at Veracruz, line the rail of the Portuguese steamer Quanza and talk to relatives on the pier when the ship stopped to refuel at Norfolk, Virginia, September 11, 1940. One passenger, a German, was captured by an army guard after diving overboard in Hampton Roads. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK — Not even the crackle of a cough drop being unwrapped could be heard Sunday as a petite Holocaust survivor shared her story after the New York City premiere of “Nobody Wants Us.”

Her voice steady, Annette Schamroth Lachmann told the rapt audience how she was just four years old when a photographer captured the moment she, her sister and mother peered through a porthole of the SS Quanza. Annette’s father was standing on the pier below, having arrived in New York City from Antwerp, Belgium the year before to find housing.

“I remember him reaching a hand up to ours. My sister wondered why we weren’t allowed off,” Lachmann said as part of a panel discussion “Eleanor Roosevelt and the Jewish Refugees She Saved: The Story of the SS Quanza,” at the Center for Jewish History.

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As Lachmann looked out into the crowd it was easy to see the scared little girl she was 79 years ago, a virtual prisoner aboard the Quanza after the US denied entry to its passengers, scores of whom were Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany.

Lachmann described how she was lowered from the deck on a chair attached to a pulley so her father could hand her a doll.


Annette Lachmann trapped on the SS Quanza in September 1940 looks out the window in this iconic photo snapped by a photographer. (Courtesy Sousa Mendes Foundation)
“I was so scared I was going to fall into the water,” she said, adding she also worried the doll would fall in the water. She was safely raised, but the doll didn’t last long. Another child aboard the ship got hold of it and threw it overboard.

The documentary film “Nobody Wants Us,” produced and directed by Laura Seltzer-Duny, tells the story of the 317 people aboard the Quanza in 1940. Aside from Lachmann, other participants in the post-premiere panel discussion were Michael Dobbs of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and author of “The Unwanted”; Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of “Eleanor Roosevelt,” a three-volume biography; Kathleen Rand, the daughter of Quanza passenger Wolf Rand; and Seltzer-Duny. The Sousa Mendes Foundation and the American Sephardi Federation hosted the sold-out event.

The story of the SS Quanza began on August 9, 1940, when it sailed from Lisbon, Portugal, carrying more than 300 passengers, most of whom were Jewish. And save for the 66 American citizens on board, each one possessed a visa issued by the Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes.


At the premier of the documentary ‘Nobody Wants Us’ at the Center for Jewish History in New York, Sunday, August 11, 2019. Front Row, left to right: Laura Seltzer-Duny, filmmaker; Blanche Wiesen Cook, Michael Dobbs, Quanza passenger Annette Lachmann, Kathleen Rand. Second row, left to right: Jason Guberman, Olivia Mattis. (Chrystie Sherman)
Ten days and one hurricane after the Quanza set sail, it arrived in New York City. The crew lowered the gangway and 196 passengers disembarked. However, as per orders from the US State Department, the remaining 121 people weren’t allowed off.

And so the ship sailed on to Veracruz, Mexico. When it arrived on August 30, only 35 people were allowed off. Authorities forced the remaining 86, mostly Belgian Jews, to stay on board. The passengers were then told they’d be sailing back to Europe.

On its return voyage the ship stopped for fuel in Hampton Roads, Virginia. It was here the Quanza’s luck changed.


Wolf Rand’s passport photo page, 1940. (Courtesy Sousa Mendes Foundation)
One passenger, Wolf Rand, had contacted a business associate in New York City. The associate suggested Rand contact Jewish maritime lawyers Jacob and Sally Morewitz, who happened to be based in Virginia. They sued the shipping company for breach of contract, knowing it would buy them precious time.

American Jewish leaders, including Rabbi Stephen Wise of the World Jewish Congress and Cecilia Razovsky of the National Council of Jewish Women, rushed to press for the refugees’ case. It was brought to the attention of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who got on board the cause and appealed to her husband.

She insisted to president Franklin Delano Roosevelt that the men, women and children aboard the Quanza were “future patriotic Americans,” and not, as the State Department labeled them, “undesirables.” Nor were they potential Nazi spies or Communist sympathizers.


Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes in 1940. (Courtesy Sousa Mendes Foundation)
“When the SS St. Louis was sent back, [Eleanor Roosevelt] vowed it will never happen again. So when the Quanza docks she makes sure to let it be known [the passengers] can ‘be my guests.’ She knew their lives were at stake,” said Wiesen Cook.

Finally, on September 11, 1940, the refugees were allowed entry. The young Lachmann disembarked along with her mother and sister, and the trio made their way back to New York to join her father. However, the president’s order by no means signaled a shift in US policy toward Jewish refugees.

The president’s intervention so outraged assistant secretary of state Breckinridge Long that he intensified efforts to halt immigration. He sent a message to the president that said, “Undesirables are coming into this country. We have to close immigration.” The president agreed, and by mid-1941 virtually no wartime refugees were allowed into the US.

“Because the refugees [aboard the Quanza were] accepted, it made it harder for other refugees to be accepted afterwards,” said Stephen Morewitz, the Morewitzes’ grandson and author of “Discovering the Hidden Steamship Quanza Holocaust Story in 1989,” in remarks before the film’s screening.

Knowing the US barred most refugees afterwards was a heavy burden for some Quanza passengers. Until his death at age 97, Wolf Rand remained haunted by his experience, said his daughter, Kathleen Rand.

“He had tremendous survivor guilt his whole life. I tried to get stories out of him but he didn’t want to talk about any of it, he was a very quiet man,” Rand said.

Still, the story of the Quanza is a timely reminder that individuals can make a difference, said Jason Guberman, executive of the American Sephardi Federation.

“We shouldn’t only look at history’s bloodstained face and focus only on those who wouldn’t help; rather, we need to look on those who were courageous and successful, like Eleanor Roosevelt,” he said.

For Dr. Olivia Mattis, president of the Sousa Mendes Foundation, it’s vital the story of the Quanza be told, as there are parallels between immigration and refugee policy then and now.

The documentary shows how the Quanza incident occurred when “America First” slogans dominated, the pro-fascist and anti-Semitic Father Charles Coughlin enjoyed a strong following, and the US State Department maintained a firm quota system regarding the number of refugees allowed entry into the country. At the time there were no fewer than 60 anti-immigration and anti-refugee bills before Congress, Wiesen-Cook said.

People protest against the upcoming ICE raids and detentions of refugee asylum seekers at a vigil outside the main ICE detention center (background) in downtown Los Angeles on July 12, 2019. (Mark RALSTON / AFP)
The administration of US President Donald Trump has moved to prevent most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the US, effectively reversing decades of US policy. Additionally, the administration is considering admitting zero refugees in 2020, according to recent news reports. Because of this the film couldn’t be timelier, Mattis said.

“In so many ways the story is horrifyingly relevant today,” Mattis said.

Indeed the film closes with young people talking about today’s refugee crisis. The audience erupted in applause each time someone on screen mentioned that the government should do whatever possible to help refugees.

“We’ve got to be out there and stand up. When we see refugees out there we have to stand up and do something. That’s the real lesson,” Seltzer-Duny said.
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WASHINGTON — For Israeli soldiers guarding the country’s northern border, Shabbat morning is often, though not always, placid, even with a raging civil war unfolding miles away.
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The Israel Defense Forces have naturally been vigilant to keep the Syrian conflict from bleeding into Israel, especially over the last year as Iran has sought to entrench itself in the beleaguered Arab state. But more often than not, it hasn’t been Syrians with weapons that head toward Israel’s borders: it has been Syrians with injuries.

That came to the fore on a fateful morning in February 2013, when seven Syrians arrived at the Israeli border in need of serious medical attention. The medics there provided them with care, but it soon became clear that this would not be enough to save their lives.

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At the time, Salman Zarka was the head of the IDF Northern Command’s Medical Corps. He quickly determined that the wounded Syrians needed to go to a civilian hospital where they could receive a higher level of care.

The closest one was the Ziv Medical Center in Safed, an ancient city overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Zarka ordered them rushed to the facility, where they were treated and some underwent surgery. Every single one of them survived.

Ten days later, they went back to their homes in Syria.

Now, Zarka is the director of Ziv — a position he’s held since 2014 — where he has continued to treat Syrians who come to the Israeli border in need of lifesaving medical intervention.


A Syrian man carries two girls covered with dust following a reported air strike by government forces on July 9, 2014 in the northern city of Aleppo. (Photo credit: AFP/AMC/ZEIN AL-RIFAI)
Since 2013 Ziv has played a small but pivotal role in the treatment of injured Syrians over the course of their country’s ruthless civil war. That is at least partly due to the hospital’s strategic location: roughly seven miles from the border with Lebanon and a little more than 50 from the Syrian border.

At first Zarka thought 50 miles was too far for patients in critical condition (about a 30-minute drive with sirens) who, he feared, might not survive the trip.

“We decided that if we’re going to have a mission of saving lives, we’ll do it in the best way we know, and the best way with our experience was to have a military hospital just on the border so severe injuries can be treated there,” Zarka recently told The Times of Israel.

Therefore, in March 2013, after consultation with government officials, Israel built a facility on the border, near a Druze village. But a year and a half later, it closed.

“We discovered it wasn’t needed,” said Zarka, who is Druze. “Most of the Syrians injuries were orthopedic. They did not require immediate medical attention. They can wait to be treated at civilian facilities.”

Today, most of the burden of treating Syrians who come to Israel asking for help falls on Ziv. Since February 2013, the hospital has treated roughly 5,000 Syrians, according to Zarka.

The experience, he said, appears to have an impact on those rescued — many of them having grown up thinking their southern neighbor is a villain.


Dr. Salman Zarka treats a wounded Syrian boy at the Ziv Medical Cener in Safed. (Courtesy)
“I’ve met many Syrians. When I met them at first, they were very afraid to meet their enemy and receive medical support from us,” Zarka said. “They didn’t always tell us the truth. We noticed that sometimes they changed their names. But things have changed. They have started smiling and speaking Hebrew. A number have told us that for many years they have been educated that we are the devil and need to be kicked back to the sea.

“Now,” he said, “they understand that we are more human than Assad.”

At Ziv, Syrians are treated confidentially to protect their identity from Syrian authorities, who would not take kindly to their accepting help from the Jewish state.

The patients stay from a few days to a few months. In rare cases, they have stayed longer than a year. While there, Zarka noted, they receive the same level of care as Israelis.

“We offer not just treatment for their injuries, we treat them according to the Israeli standards,” he said. “We do our best not just to try to save their lives, we try to improve the quality of their lives.”

Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance at the entrance to the emergency unit at Ziv Medical Center in Safed, northern Israel, on March 6, 2019. (David Cohen/Flash90)
In one instance, a Syrian woman came to the border with her 10-year-old diabetic daughter after their village was bombed. The girl was unconscious and her mother thought she was dead. Shortly after they arrived at the border the IDF brought them to Ziv, where the girl was treated for three months.

During that period, the medical staff trained the mother in how to care for her child once they left the unit — teaching her how to check her daughter’s glucose and how to provide insulin. They wanted to make sure she could keep her daughter healthy once they left.

Indeed, when Ziv released her from the hospital, Zarka was fearful for both of their futures. “We were very worried especially about what would happen to this wonderful girl when she got back to Syria,” he said.

Four months later, however, she made it back to Ziv for a checkup.

“To see that she is surviving and gaining weight and in a better situation… you believe that you are changing something,” he said.

Zarka said when the girl returned she gave him a present: a drawing of the Israeli flag with a big heart and her name on it.

It said, “Todah Raba” — “Thank you” in Hebrew.

For Zarka, experiences like this one reveal the ability to influence the worldview of Syrians who might otherwise despise Israelis without actually knowing them. It may be a small sample size, he said, but that little girl will grow up grateful for the country that helped her while her own was trapped in a humanitarian catastrophe.

“She will believe Israelis are saving lives, that we are good people,” Zarka said. “Maybe some day, we will have a different relationship.”










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How a Jewish doctor helped form backbone of revolutionary China’s medical system
As the Chinese army turns 92, government continues to remember Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld, a Marxist and Holocaust refugee who fled to Shanghai and started a medical school
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Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld, center, with Liu Shaoqi, left, then-political commissar of the New Fourth Army, and Chen Yi, right, then acting commander of the New Fourth Army, in 1941. (Courtesy Austrian Institute for Research on China and Southeast Asia)Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld, center, with Liu Shaoqi, left, then-political commissar of the New Fourth Army, and Chen Yi, right, then acting commander of the New Fourth Army, in 1941. (Courtesy Austrian Institute for Research on China and Southeast Asia)Ambassador Zhan Yongxin leading the delegation of the Chinese Embassy in Israel in tribute at the tomb of Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld at Kiryat Shaul Cemetery, Tel Aviv, April 4, 2019. (Mao Li)Ambassador Zhan Yongxin leading the delegation of the Chinese Embassy in Israel in tribute at the tomb of Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld at Kiryat Shaul Cemetery, Tel Aviv, April 4, 2019. (Mao Li)Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld in 1946 with the PLA soldiers protecting his security during the Civil War with the Kuomintang. (Courtesy Austrian Institute for Research on China and Southeast Asia)Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld in 1946 with the PLA soldiers protecting his security during the Civil War with the Kuomintang. (Courtesy Austrian Institute for Research on China and Southeast Asia)Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld, center left, and Commander Chen Yi standing amid the troops of the New Fourth Army in 1944. (Courtesy Austrian Institute for Research on China and Southeast Asia)Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld, center left, and Commander Chen Yi standing amid the troops of the New Fourth Army in 1944. (Courtesy Austrian Institute for Research on China and Southeast Asia)
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China recently celebrated the 92nd anniversary of the founding of its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with events at Chinese embassies around the globe — along with a newly-released video seen as a warning to protestors demonstrating against the Beijing-backed government in Hong Kong.

It was a less-than-subtle flexing of muscle by a military that boasts over 2 million servicemen today. That’s a far cry from the mere 20,000 troops it started with back in 1927.

Dig a little deeper into the history of the controversial military that has come to be ranked as the third most powerful in the world, though, and you will find the more passive story of a Jewish doctor who helped resuscitate the Communist-controlled New Fourth Army during the 1937-1945 war with Japan, and its struggle against the country’s ruling Kuomintang nationalists.

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The mention of Dr. Jacob Rosenfeld won’t ring much of a bell among Jews in Israel or the Diaspora. Rosenfeld’s final resting place, a small plot with a modest gravestone in the Kiryat Shaul cemetery on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, isn’t often visited, and it probably wouldn’t occur to anyone that the man buried there was once the quite-influential health minister of the PLA’s 1947 provisional government.

However, since Sino-Israel diplomatic ties were reestablished in 1992, Chinese delegations stationed in Israel have gone to this grave with a bouquet to pay their respects every year, not unlike the Jewish custom honoring a loved one’s yahrtzeit.

Part of the reason for this tribute may be Rosenfeld’s close wartime colleague, New Fourth Army commander Chen Yi.

After the war, Chen would go on to become China’s foreign minister. By the time Sino-Israeli diplomatic relations resumed, both Rosenfeld and Chen were dead, but the latter’s successors maintained the legacy of respect their predecessor had for Rosenfeld.


Ambassador Zhan Yongxin leading the delegation of the Chinese Embassy in Israel in tribute at the tomb of Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld at Kiryat Shaul Cemetery, Tel Aviv, April 4, 2019. (Mao Li)
“Every year, the Chinese Embassy in Israel pays tribute to the tomb of Dr. Rosenfeld at Kiryat Shaul Cemetery, Tel Aviv,” Chinese Ambassador Zhan Yongxin tells The Times of Israel. “By doing so, we want to reaffirm that the Chinese government and its people will never forget the friends who contributed to the founding and development of the People’s Republic.”

Within China itself there is a Rosenfeld Hospital in Junan county, the area in the Shandong province where Rosenfeld was stationed and practiced medicine during the war. The county also houses an exhibition hall dedicated to the “Deeds of International Fighter Rosenfeld,” built in 2000.


The statue of Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld at the hospital named after him in Junan Country, Shandong, China. (Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Rosenfeld’s journey to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and China began in 1930s Vienna where he was a well-to-do urologist with a clinic — and a member of the Social Democratic Party.

That party was banned in 1933 by Austrian Nazis following the coup d’etat by Englebert Dollfuss. However, it was only in 1938 that that Adolf Hitler declared the Anschluss with Austria and began emptying the former country of its social democrats and Jews.

In 1938, Rosenfeld was sent to Dachau for a year. When he returned to Vienna in 1939, he and his younger brother quickly requested visas from the Chinese Legation and traveled to Shanghai.

Recruitment in wartime Shanghai
During his time in China Rosenfeld maintained minimal interactions with the established Jewish community.


Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld in the uniform of the New Fourth Army, a branch of the army under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, during the war against Japan. (Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
“As far as I know, there were no connection between Dr. Rosenfeld and the Jewish communities in China,” says Yossi Klein, chairman of the Association of Former China Residents. In the 1950s, the association was responsible for helping Jews from China resettle in Israel and maintain their ties with each other through regular events.

Rosenfeld opened a successful practice in urology, gynecology and obstetrics in Shanghai soon after he arrived in 1939, most likely with capital he had from his previous practice. However, his past interest in socialism quickly led him to a Marxist reading group led by fellow Austrian Jew and agent of the Communist International organization, Hans Shippe.

From this group, the health commissioner of the New Fourth Army, Dr. Shen Qishen, recruited Rosenfeld, according to Prof. Gerd Kaminski of the University of Vienna.

The New Fourth Army was a Communist fighting force that was part of the United Front set up with Kuomintang nationalist forces to cooperate in resisting the Japanese invasion in the Second Sino-Japanese War, which ran from 1937 to 1945. In 1941, the alliance between the Kuomintang (KMT) and the CCP broke down and the two groups began regularly fighting both each other and the Japanese.

The most potent factor in Rosenfeld’s recruitment appears to be Shippe’s description of the areas under Chinese communist guerrilla control.

Shippe described these areas as places where democratic politics prevailed and the people relied on their own production to survive, like a proper Marxist utopia. Meanwhile, the lack of medical care in these areas and the description of amputations for leg injuries and lack of anesthetics horrified the doctor and encouraged his belief in the necessity of his assistance.

After his recruitment by Shippe and Qishen, Rosenfeld had to find a way to get out of Shanghai and join the revolutionary forces in the struggles against the Japanese and Kuomintang — a party and military force run by leader Chiang Kaishek that ostensibly advocated for a republican government.

Rosenfeld accomplished this by traveling through Shandong province dressed as a German missionary with a cross on his chest, according to Chinese sources. His Chinese companions on the trip referred to Rosenfeld as Luo Shengte — a local adaptation of the sound of his Western name.


Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld (back, second from right) in front of the house of Cui Yitian (back right), with whom he was building the New Fourth Army’s medical corps, on Broadway in Shanghai, along with others from the project and their children. (Courtesy Austrian Institute for Research on China and Southeast Asia)
This is how Rosenfeld went from being a passive victim of fascism in Europe to an active fighter against Japanese fascism in China. Rosenfeld became the field doctor at the army’s front quarters in Junan County.

Informally, he became known as “great doctor with big nose.” Some soldiers and local people even praised him as the reincarnation of Hua Tuo, a famous Chinese doctor from the Han Dynasty era.

The Huazhong Medical School
The New Fourth Army had a severe shortage of medical personnel, so Rosenfeld created the Huazhong Medical School. The first class was comprised of 50 students, according to the Chinese book “You and Us,” which tells Rosenfeld’s story. The Jewish doctor provided lecture courses there, physical dissections, experience with internal medicine and surgery, pharmacology and battlefield rescue.


Winter 1943, Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld, second from left, with New Fourth Army commander Luo Ronghuan, third from left, in Junan County. (Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Over time, the school trained nearly 10,000 medical professionals, some 95 percent of the total medical team of the New Fourth Army, according to Chinese sources. After the civil war these medical personnel formed the backbone of the medical establishment in China.

Rosenfeld’s front-line clinic not only treated soldiers, but over a dozen locals every day. To do this while lacking a steady supply of medical implements, the doctor developed some creative work practices. For example, Rosenfeld used bamboo sticks instead of metal tweezers, butter and mutton tallow instead of petroleum jelly, and kraft paper coated with glue instead of adhesive bandages. The doctor once also supposedly lowered himself into a well to cool off a fever, worrying the peasants of the area that he had jumped into the well.

Turning to the Jewish state

Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld preparing to leave China in 1949 to head back to Vienna to reunite with lost family members who survived the Holocaust. (Courtesy Austrian Institute for Research on China and Southeast Asia)
When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) marched through Beijing and established it as a capital of the new People’s Republic of China in 1949, Rosenfeld was there. But his Chinese adventure would soon come to an end.

By November 1949, Rosenfeld had returned to Austria to seek the remnants of his family not killed in the Holocaust. He found a younger sister and older brother, but the conditions were still too anti-Semitic and uncomfortable for Rosenfeld to tolerate.

“I don’t know if he was a Zionist or Communist but he felt out of place in war ravaged Vienna, most of his family and friends were gone,” says Prof. Tom Grunfeld of Empire State College of the State University of New York.

Rosenfeld applied for a visa to return to China, but was rejected due to the ongoing Korean War, according to Grunfeld, so he turned to Israel.


Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld with his brother Joseph. (Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
In August 1951, with no other prospects, he immigrated to Israel to rejoin his younger brother Joseph, who had resettled in Israel from Shanghai. The elder Rosenfeld died of a heart attack within less of a year of entering the country at the age of 49.

Mao’s Jews
Rosenfeld isn’t the only one of his kind — more than a handful of Jews played roles the rise in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and are largely neglected by history.

“[M]any of the foreigners who went to China and worked with either the CCP or the left wing of the [Chinese Nationalist Party] were Jewish,” says Grunfeld.

Hans Müller, a German Jewish doctor, played a similar role to Rosenfeld as a field doctor for the Eighth Route Army – the other major CCP army group during World War II and the civil war. Unlike Rosenfeld, Müller stayed in China and worked in various positions at hospitals and medical schools after the establishment of the PRC and until his death in 1994.


Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld celebrates his birthday in 1947, in China. (Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Most of the other Jews who joined the CCP were literary types, such as the journalist Israel Epstein, the interpreter Sidney Rittenberg, and the translator Sidney Shapiro, among at least a half dozen others like them.

Collectively they helped the outside world understand the CCP and the new PRC government after the civil war ended. Epstein edited the magazine “China Reconstructs,” which became “China Today.” Rittenberg interpreted into English Mao’s messages to US President Harry Truman and later worked as an English language interpreter for Xinhua News Agency. Shapiro translated major Chinese literary works of revolutionary-era China such as Ba Jin’s “The Family” for Western audiences. He also served as a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Council.


Dr. Jakob Rosenfeld in 1946 with the PLA soldiers protecting his security during the Civil War with the Kuomintang. (Courtesy Austrian Institute for Research on China and Southeast Asia)
With China’s expansion on the global stage and with greater ties with Israel, in particular, one can expect to hear more in English language media about these forgotten Jews of China in the future.

“Dr. Rosenfeld is an outstanding example of our international friends,” says Chinese Ambassador Zhan. “He is a great doctor that saved many lives in China and a fearless soldier who devoted his life to the fighting of fascism.”
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WASHINGTON — For Israeli soldiers guarding the country’s northern border, Shabbat morning is often, though not always, placid, even with a raging civil war unfolding miles away.
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The Israel Defense Forces have naturally been vigilant to keep the Syrian conflict from bleeding into Israel, especially over the last year as Iran has sought to entrench itself in the beleaguered Arab state. But more often than not, it hasn’t been Syrians with weapons that head toward Israel’s borders: it has been Syrians with injuries.

That came to the fore on a fateful morning in February 2013, when seven Syrians arrived at the Israeli border in need of serious medical attention. The medics there provided them with care, but it soon became clear that this would not be enough to save their lives.

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At the time, Salman Zarka was the head of the IDF Northern Command’s Medical Corps. He quickly determined that the wounded Syrians needed to go to a civilian hospital where they could receive a higher level of care.

The closest one was the Ziv Medical Center in Safed, an ancient city overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Zarka ordered them rushed to the facility, where they were treated and some underwent surgery. Every single one of them survived.

Ten days later, they went back to their homes in Syria.

Now, Zarka is the director of Ziv — a position he’s held since 2014 — where he has continued to treat Syrians who come to the Israeli border in need of lifesaving medical intervention.


A Syrian man carries two girls covered with dust following a reported air strike by government forces on July 9, 2014 in the northern city of Aleppo. (Photo credit: AFP/AMC/ZEIN AL-RIFAI)
Since 2013 Ziv has played a small but pivotal role in the treatment of injured Syrians over the course of their country’s ruthless civil war. That is at least partly due to the hospital’s strategic location: roughly seven miles from the border with Lebanon and a little more than 50 from the Syrian border.

At first Zarka thought 50 miles was too far for patients in critical condition (about a 30-minute drive with sirens) who, he feared, might not survive the trip.

“We decided that if we’re going to have a mission of saving lives, we’ll do it in the best way we know, and the best way with our experience was to have a military hospital just on the border so severe injuries can be treated there,” Zarka recently told The Times of Israel.

Therefore, in March 2013, after consultation with government officials, Israel built a facility on the border, near a Druze village. But a year and a half later, it closed.

“We discovered it wasn’t needed,” said Zarka, who is Druze. “Most of the Syrians injuries were orthopedic. They did not require immediate medical attention. They can wait to be treated at civilian facilities.”

Today, most of the burden of treating Syrians who come to Israel asking for help falls on Ziv. Since February 2013, the hospital has treated roughly 5,000 Syrians, according to Zarka.

The experience, he said, appears to have an impact on those rescued — many of them having grown up thinking their southern neighbor is a villain.


Dr. Salman Zarka treats a wounded Syrian boy at the Ziv Medical Cener in Safed. (Courtesy)
“I’ve met many Syrians. When I met them at first, they were very afraid to meet their enemy and receive medical support from us,” Zarka said. “They didn’t always tell us the truth. We noticed that sometimes they changed their names. But things have changed. They have started smiling and speaking Hebrew. A number have told us that for many years they have been educated that we are the devil and need to be kicked back to the sea.

“Now,” he said, “they understand that we are more human than Assad.”

At Ziv, Syrians are treated confidentially to protect their identity from Syrian authorities, who would not take kindly to their accepting help from the Jewish state.

The patients stay from a few days to a few months. In rare cases, they have stayed longer than a year. While there, Zarka noted, they receive the same level of care as Israelis.

“We offer not just treatment for their injuries, we treat them according to the Israeli standards,” he said. “We do our best not just to try to save their lives, we try to improve the quality of their lives.”

Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance at the entrance to the emergency unit at Ziv Medical Center in Safed, northern Israel, on March 6, 2019. (David Cohen/Flash90)
In one instance, a Syrian woman came to the border with her 10-year-old diabetic daughter after their village was bombed. The girl was unconscious and her mother thought she was dead. Shortly after they arrived at the border the IDF brought them to Ziv, where the girl was treated for three months.

During that period, the medical staff trained the mother in how to care for her child once they left the unit — teaching her how to check her daughter’s glucose and how to provide insulin. They wanted to make sure she could keep her daughter healthy once they left.

Indeed, when Ziv released her from the hospital, Zarka was fearful for both of their futures. “We were very worried especially about what would happen to this wonderful girl when she got back to Syria,” he said.

Four months later, however, she made it back to Ziv for a checkup.

“To see that she is surviving and gaining weight and in a better situation… you believe that you are changing something,” he said.

Zarka said when the girl returned she gave him a present: a drawing of the Israeli flag with a big heart and her name on it.

It said, “Todah Raba” — “Thank you” in Hebrew.

For Zarka, experiences like this one reveal the ability to influence the worldview of Syrians who might otherwise despise Israelis without actually knowing them. It may be a small sample size, he said, but that little girl will grow up grateful for the country that helped her while her own was trapped in a humanitarian catastrophe.

“She will believe Israelis are saving lives, that we are good people,” Zarka said. “Maybe some day, we will have a different relationship.”
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https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-kills-armed-gazans-approaching-israeli-border-as-tensions-spike/?utm_source=idf-kills-armed-gazans-approaching-israeli-border-as-tensions-spike&utm_medium=desktop-browser&utm_campaign=desktop-notifications
IDF kills armed Gazans on Israeli border as tensions spike
Suspected infiltration attempt comes hours after three rockets fired at southern Israel from the Strip, one of which struck a home in Sderot
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Israeli Air Force helicopter fires a missile into Gaza, near the Gaza-Israel border, May 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Israeli forces shot dead a group of armed Palestinians along the Gaza Strip’s security fence late Saturday night, hours after three rockets were fired at southern Israel from the restive coastal enclave.

The exact number of Palestinians killed during the suspected infiltration was not immediately known. Gaza-based news outlets reported four or five people killed in the strike.

The Israeli military said an attack helicopter and a tank were used to kill the suspected terrorists as they approached the fence.

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“A short while ago, IDF troops spotted armed suspects near the security fence around the northern Gaza Strip. An IDF attack helicopter and a tank fired at them,” the army said in a statement.

Israeli troops also fired flares throughout the area in order to assist in the efforts to locate the suspected terrorists.

An army spokesperson said there were no reports of Israeli casualties.

The Hamas-linked Palestinian Information Center said the men had been on the Gaza side of the fence when they were killed, and that some of the bodies had been confiscated by Israel, citing “local sources.” The reports could not be confirmed.

Hamas’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, said that Israel later conducted artillery strikes on its positions east of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza, near where the men had approached the fence to enter Israel.

Palestinian media reported that the men were members of the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s military wing, Saraya al-Quds. This could not be immediately confirmed.

The suspected infiltration attempt came as violence between Israel and Gaza has ramped up considerably in the last three weeks.

On Saturday night, the cities of Beersheba, Ashdod, Ofakim, Gan Yavne and Yavne opened their municipal bomb shelters ahead of expected reprisal rocket attacks. The Magen David Adom ambulance service also said it was going on high alert.

Earlier on Saturday night, Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired three rockets at southern Israel, two of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the military said.

Fragments from one of the Gaza rockets struck the yard of a home in the town of Sderot, causing damage.

There were no physical injuries caused by the shrapnel in Sderot. One woman received medical treatment after she suffered an acute anxiety attack because of the impact, medics said.

In addition, two people sustained minor injuries while running to bomb shelters, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service. Elsewhere, three other people were treated for acute anxiety attacks brought on by the rockets. One of them, a 76-year-old woman, required hospitalization, medics said.

Shrapnel also landed inside a community in the Sha’ar Hanegev region of southern Israel, northeast of Gaza, causing no injuries, local officials said.

It was the second night in a row that sirens sounded in Sderot.

On Friday night, terrorists in the Strip fired at least one rocket into Israel, which was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, the IDF said.

There were no reports of injury or damage.

In response, the Israeli military struck two underground sites belonging to Hamas.

The rocket fire came after several thousand Palestinians joined protests on the Gaza Strip border earlier Friday, with several hundred rioting and throwing stones and explosive devices at Israeli troops.

Soldiers responded with tear gas and occasional live fire. The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said 16 Palestinians had been injured.

For the past year, Palestinians have staged regular marches on the Gaza border known collectively as the Great March of Return. The spring of 2019 saw a dramatic increase in the level of violence along the Gaza border, with near nightly riots and airborne arson attacks, but the violence waned in recent weeks due to a de facto ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group.

However, recent weeks have also seen several serious infiltration attempts into Israel.

In a span of 10 days, six armed Palestinian terrorists — many of them current and former Hamas members — got through the security fence surrounding the Gaza Strip before being killed by Israeli troops. In one case on August 1, the gunman opened fire at IDF soldiers, injuring three of them, before he was shot dead.

Last Saturday, a group of four heavily armed terrorists, carrying assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and rations, attempted to infiltrate Israeli territory before they were spotted and shot dead by troops on the border.

The Hamas terror group, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, has sought to distance itself from these attacks, saying they were carried out by angry young men.
Hamas deployed additional troops to the frontier in a bid to prevent breaches of the border fence, understanding that these cross-border attacks risked provoking a harsh response by the Israeli military, according to the Palestinian Amad news outlet.
IDF kills armed Gazans on Israeli border as tensions spike
Suspected infiltration attempt comes hours after three rockets fired at southern Israel from the Strip, one of which struck a home in Sderot
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Israeli Air Force helicopter fires a missile into Gaza, near the Gaza-Israel border, May 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Israeli forces shot dead a group of armed Palestinians along the Gaza Strip’s security fence late Saturday night, hours after three rockets were fired at southern Israel from the restive coastal enclave.

The exact number of Palestinians killed during the suspected infiltration was not immediately known. Gaza-based news outlets reported four or five people killed in the strike.

The Israeli military said an attack helicopter and a tank were used to kill the suspected terrorists as they approached the fence.

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“A short while ago, IDF troops spotted armed suspects near the security fence around the northern Gaza Strip. An IDF attack helicopter and a tank fired at them,” the army said in a statement.

Israeli troops also fired flares throughout the area in order to assist in the efforts to locate the suspected terrorists.

An army spokesperson said there were no reports of Israeli casualties.

The Hamas-linked Palestinian Information Center said the men had been on the Gaza side of the fence when they were killed, and that some of the bodies had been confiscated by Israel, citing “local sources.” The reports could not be confirmed.

Hamas’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, said that Israel later conducted artillery strikes on its positions east of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza, near where the men had approached the fence to enter Israel.

Palestinian media reported that the men were members of the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s military wing, Saraya al-Quds. This could not be immediately confirmed.

The suspected infiltration attempt came as violence between Israel and Gaza has ramped up considerably in the last three weeks.

On Saturday night, the cities of Beersheba, Ashdod, Ofakim, Gan Yavne and Yavne opened their municipal bomb shelters ahead of expected reprisal rocket attacks. The Magen David Adom ambulance service also said it was going on high alert.

Earlier on Saturday night, Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired three rockets at southern Israel, two of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the military said.

Fragments from one of the Gaza rockets struck the yard of a home in the town of Sderot, causing damage.

There were no physical injuries caused by the shrapnel in Sderot. One woman received medical treatment after she suffered an acute anxiety attack because of the impact, medics said.

In addition, two people sustained minor injuries while running to bomb shelters, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service. Elsewhere, three other people were treated for acute anxiety attacks brought on by the rockets. One of them, a 76-year-old woman, required hospitalization, medics said.
Shrapnel also landed inside a community in the Sha’ar Hanegev region of southern Israel, northeast of Gaza, causing no injuries, local officials said.

It was the second night in a row that sirens sounded in Sderot.

On Friday night, terrorists in the Strip fired at least one rocket into Israel, which was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, the IDF said.

There were no reports of injury or damage.

In response, the Israeli military struck two underground sites belonging to Hamas.

The rocket fire came after several thousand Palestinians joined protests on the Gaza Strip border earlier Friday, with several hundred rioting and throwing stones and explosive devices at Israeli troops.

Soldiers responded with tear gas and occasional live fire. The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said 16 Palestinians had been injured.

For the past year, Palestinians have staged regular marches on the Gaza border known collectively as the Great March of Return. The spring of 2019 saw a dramatic increase in the level of violence along the Gaza border, with near nightly riots and airborne arson attacks, but the violence waned in recent weeks due to a de facto ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group.

However, recent weeks have also seen several serious infiltration attempts into Israel.

In a span of 10 days, six armed Palestinian terrorists — many of them current and former Hamas members — got through the security fence surrounding the Gaza Strip before being killed by Israeli troops. In one case on August 1, the gunman opened fire at IDF soldiers, injuring three of them, before he was shot dead.

Last Saturday, a group of four heavily armed terrorists, carrying assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and rations, attempted to infiltrate Israeli territory before they were spotted and shot dead by troops on the border.

The Hamas terror group, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, has sought to distance itself from these attacks, saying they were carried out by angry young men.

Hamas deployed additional troops to the frontier in a bid to prevent breaches of the border fence, understanding that these cross-border attacks risked provoking a harsh response by the Israeli military, according to the Palestinian Amad news outlet.
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DEBATE: Was Israel right to bar Omar, Tlaib from entering?
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Anti-Israel Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) are banned from entering Israel. Fox News contributor Pastor Robert Jeffress and Lindsay Boylan, 2020 challenger to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), debate the issue.
Rep. Omar accuses Benjamin Netanyahu of imposing 'Muslim ban'
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Israeli officials bar Omar and Tlaib from entering the country; reaction from Fox News contributor Pastor Robert Jeffress and 2020 Nadler challenger Lindsey Boylan.
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Rocket fired into Israel from Gaza, intercepted by Iron Dome
No reports of injury or damage as projectile fired at communities near Gaza border; incident comes after protests along Gaza border
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A picture taken on May 5, 2019 from the Israel-Gaza border shows a barrage of rockets being fired from the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave. (Jack Guez/AFP)
A picture taken on May 5, 2019 from the Israel-Gaza border shows a barrage of rockets being fired from the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave. (Jack Guez/AFP)
Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired at least one rocket into Israel on Friday, which was intercepted by the Iron Dome system, the IDF said.

There were no reports of injury or damage.

Rocket sirens wailed in southern Israel on Friday evening near the Gaza border and local residents reported hearing explosions.

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The sirens sounded in the town of Sderot, and in the communities of Or Haner, Nir Am, Erez and Gevim.

The sirens come after several thousand Palestinians joined protests on the Gaza Strip border Friday, with several hundred rioting and throwing stones and explosive devices at Israeli troops.

Soldiers responded with tear gas and occasional live fire. The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said 16 Palestinians had been injured.
For the past year, Palestinians have staged regular marches on the Gaza border known collectively as the Great March of Return. The spring of 2019 saw a dramatic increase in the level of violence along the Gaza border, with near nightly riots and airborne arson attacks, but the violence waned in recent weeks due to a de facto ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group.
However, recent weeks have also seen several serious infiltration attempts into Israel.
In a span of 10 days, six armed Palestinian terrorists — many of them current and former Hamas members — got through the security fence surrounding the Gaza Strip before being killed by Israeli troops. In one case on August 1, the gunman opened fire at IDF soldiers, injuring three of them, before he was shot dead.
Last Saturday, a group of four heavily armed terrorists, carrying assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and rations, attempted to infiltrate into Israeli territory before they were spotted and shot dead by troops on the border.
The Hamas terror group which rules Gaza has sought to distance itself from these attacks, saying they were carried out by angry young men.
Hamas deployed additional troops to the frontier in a bid to prevent breaches of the border fence, understanding that these cross-border attacks risked provoking a harsh response by the Israeli military, according to the Palestinian Amad news outlet.
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2020 Anti-Israel Democrats urge Israel to reverse decision banning Omar, Tlaib visit
By Geller Report Staff - on August 16, 2019
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These reactions should have been expected. Not since modern Israel was established in 1948 have we seen a field of presidential candidates (from any party) that is so vehemently anti-Israel. #Jexodus!
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2020 DEMOCRATS URGE ISRAEL TO REVERSE DECISION BANNING OMAR, TLAIB VISIT
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DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SENS. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MASS.) AND BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT.) ARE CONDEMNING ISRAEL’S MOVE TO BAN TWO U.S. CONGRESSWOMEN FROM VISITING THE COUNTRY AND ARE URGING THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TO REVERSE ITS DECISION.
The two White House hopefuls weighed in shortly after Israel confirmed it would bar Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from visiting the country this weekend over their support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel.
“Israel doesn’t advance its case as a tolerant democracy or unwavering US ally by barring elected members of Congress from visiting because of their political views. This would be a shameful, unprecedented move,” Warren tweeted. “I urge Israel’s government to allow @IlhanMN and@RashidaTlaib entry.”
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 Israel doesn't advance its case as a tolerant democracy or unwavering US ally by barring elected members of Congress from visiting because of their political views. This would be a shameful, unprecedented move. I urge Israel’s government to allow @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib entry.

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“Banning Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib from entering Israel and Palestine is a sign of enormous disrespect to these elected leaders, to the United States Congress, and to the principles of democracy,” Sanders tweeted. “The Israeli government should reverse this decision and allow them in.”
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 Banning Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib from entering Israel and Palestine is a sign of enormous disrespect to these elected leaders, to the United States Congress, and to the principles of democracy. The Israeli government should reverse this decision and allow them in. https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/1162010358275629061
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https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/tlaib-omar-israel-ban/
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Israeli decision to ban US Representatives Tlaib and Omar on the basis of their support for BDS has elicited a firestorm of comments from Israel’s detractors and supporters. The decision, warranted but unnecessary, illustrates the deep dysfunction that has come to characterize US-Israeli relations. The poisoning of American attitudes initiated by President Obama and the hysteria that accompanies everything associated with President Trump (and Prime Minister Netanyahu) set the stage for Tlaib and Omar to create a lose-lose situation for Israel. Their trip would have resulted in condemnations at the end, or worse. But the manner in which Israeli public diplomacy failed to make its case shows bad situational awareness and crisis management that was unable to overcome the Congresswomen’s bad faith or Trump’s unwanted intervention.

The last-minute Israeli decision to ban US members of Congress and prominent BDS supporters Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar is the culmination of a drama set into motion several weeks ago when their trip was announced. It represents a bad outcome of a simple, predictable trap set by the two and their supporters. The episode also depicts the dysfunctional condition of Israeli and American politics and the relationship between the two.

The trip was announced in July after Tlaib and Omar refused to participate in the now traditional Israel trip organized by AIPAC. The matter was initially subject to much speculation and conflicting statements from Israeli officials about whether the two would be denied entry, with the conventional wisdom being that they would be admitted.

But from the beginning it was apparent that Palestinian-American Tlaib, who had regularly met with American Muslim Brotherhood and Hezbollah supporters and accused American Jews of “dual loyalties,” and the Somali-American Omar, who introduced BDS legislation in the House of Representatives, constructed (perhaps even unwittingly) a no win situation for Israel. The Israeli choices were unpalatable: they could have been admitted and create a media circus for the duration of the visit, when they would undoubtedly have issued various condemnations of Israel, or denied admission.

Arguably, the worst outcome would have been a visit to the Temple Mount by the two, which could have sparked riots resulting in injuries perhaps even to the Congresswomen themselves. More likely is that Israeli (or even American) security officials would have prevented them from visiting the Temple Mount at all, resulting in a well-publicized confrontation.

From the Israeli side the conflicting messages and last minute denial depicted government indecision. But this decision was followed by the release by the Prime Minister’s office of information showing the trip had been partially funded by Miftah, a leading BDS organization, and an itinerary that featured no meetings with Israeli officials or private citizens, only Palestinian ones. Their trip was hardly two sided or even educational; it was simply a propaganda mission.

Had this information been released earlier – even by a matter of hours before the final decision was announced – it could have forced their hand or at least made the Israeli decision more comprehensible. As is so often the case the optics of a potentially justifiable decision were muddied by delay, indecision, and apparent lack of concern.

The American responses were equally predictable. President Trump had broadcast his belief that the two should be denied entry and with characteristic caprice tweeted “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in.”

By doing so and for whatever reasons, this made it appear that Trump was alternately forcing Netanyahu’s hand or attempting to support his decision (prior to the Israeli elections), and that Netanyahu was kowtowing to an American diktat. Trump’s antipathy towards the “squad” of socialists and particularly Omar and Tlaib, who have accused him repeatedly of “racism” and “Islamophobia,” is deep, as is his overwrought philosemitism.

Democratic presidential candidates, none of whom are particularly disposed towards Israel in the first place, expressed outrage. Senator Elizabeth Warren stated “Israel doesn’t advance its case as a tolerant democracy or unwavering US ally by barring elected members of Congress from visiting because of their political views. This would be a shameful, unprecedented move.”

Senator Bernie Sanders went further and stated the move was “a sign of enormous disrespect to these elected leaders, to the United States Congress, and to the principles of democracy”. For her part, Omar called the move an “affront.” More gentle disapproval came from Israel supporters including AIPAC and other communal organizations.

These and other condemnations conveniently overlook that Israel has done the same with legislators from other countries, as the US has with an Israeli parliamentarian as well as a host of others including football great Diego Maradona, singer Amy Winehouse and the prominent Indian politician (and current Prime Minister) Narendra Modi, on far flimsier grounds. Denying entry to legislators is unusual but hardly unprecedented.

That seemingly intelligent commentators like Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum depicted the decision, however misguided, as somehow authorizing “authoritarian leaders” around the world to begin “barring opposition politicians from travel” is as bizarre as it is disheartening. “Authoritarians” do not need a license to do what they have been doing forever. The fact that it was Israel barring (Muslim) Congresswomen apparently has permanently changed global politics.

In general, the venom of denunciations of Israeli policy and expressions of hurt may index the desire to fundamentally change the relationship between the two countries. But the disproportionate response, the sheer outbreak of hysteria and hyperbole, also measures the outsized role Israel plays in American politics.

Beyond this, the description of the decision as unprecedented and an affront to Congress is not only deliberately exaggerated and ahistorical: it is also an un-ironic endorsement of Israel’s vassal status. Vassalage was “proven” by “taking Trump’s’ advice” and by making a sovereign decision. But Democrats also expect to be kowtowed to, to perhaps even more than Trump, only as Israel’s saviors and in the name of “preserving Israeli democracy.” Coupled with this were threats, which quickly emerged to the effect that payback should be expected when a Democrat eventually assumes the presidency. Here too Israel was destined to lose. In this sense, Netanyahu’s largely uncommented on foreign policy strategy to shift Israeli reliance away from the US seems prescient.

That the Tlaib-Omar story overshadowed a far more consequential revelation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails had been directly sent from her home server to a web address in China speaks volumes about the tendentious if not bizarre priorities of the interlocked US media-political establishment. There was no way the Tlaib-Omar visit was not going to become front-page news, since real front-page news is actively downgraded. Israel invariably leads. This is a sign of dysfunctional American politics, awash with conspiracy theories and antisemitism since Trump’s election.

But the lack of anticipation on the part of Israeli officials rankles; the train was sighted long before the wreck occurred. An impetuous and destructive intervention by Trump should have been anticipated and contingencies planned for. There is no sign this was done. Israeli public diplomacy, clumsily divided between the Prime Minister’s Office, the multifaceted Strategic Affairs Ministry, and the kneecapped Foreign Ministry, fell between the chairs. Coordination with the US at the formal diplomatic level and that of various legislators and organizations was also lacking.

In the end, it would have been wise to allow Omar and Tlaib to visit and to have been gracious in the face of their animus. Nevertheless, despite the storm, it is unlikely that this particular train wreck will destroy the Israeli-American relationship or even invigorate the BDS movement. It will instead cement views, including hostility, on all sides and reinforce sadly warranted views of Israeli diplomatic ineptitude. The fixation on the Great Satan Trump has also long been firmly joined with that of the Little Satan Netanyahu and this incident will only intensify that perception, at least among the left-leaning chattering classes.

But the sheer abnormality of the US-Israel relationship, where demands for vassalage mix with stubborn and often clumsy assertions of sovereignty, against the backdrops of a deep and invaluable strategic alliance, antisemitism and regional chaos, and rapid changes in American Jewish and broader US and global demographics, cannot be understated. That abnormality, a unique artifact of culture and history, cannot be overcome, only managed. Both sides had better start taking the challenge seriously.

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Zionist Organization of America Applauds Israel for Refusing Entry to Tlaib, Omar
https://unitedwithisrael.org/zionist-organization-of-america-applauds-israel-for-refusing-entry-to-tlaib-omar/?utm_source=pushengage&utm_medium=pushnotification&utm_campaign=pushengage 

Israel should not enable a visit that will give Tlaib and Omar opportunities to propagandize for Israel’s destruction, incite anti-Jewish violence, and perhaps even use the visit for other nefarious purposes, says ZOA.

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein and ZOA Chairman Mark Levenson, Esq. released the following statement:

The Zionist Organization of America strongly supports Israel’s decision to refuse entry of Israelophobic Jew-haters Rep Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar into Israel. Tlaib and Omar seek Israel’s destruction and are leading promoters of anti-Jewish, anti-Israel boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS). They even outrageously compare boycotting Israel to boycotting Nazis.

Israeli laws refusing entry to anti-Israel boycott leaders surely should apply to Tlaib and Omar.

The Israeli Supreme Court recognized that BDS is a dangerous “massive delegitimization campaign” facing Israel and recognized the need to take steps to counteract it. Israeli Supreme Court Justice Hanan Melzer accurately described BDS as “political terrorism.” Israel should not allow political terrorists into the country.

Israel should not enable a visit that will give Tlaib and Omar opportunities to propagandize for Israel’s destruction, incite anti-Jewish violence, and perhaps even use the visit for other nefarious purposes – such as carrying messages to and from terrorists whom they associate with.

Rep. Tlaib has invited to her swearing-in Hezbollah supporters and taken pictured with them and convicted Jew killer Rasmeah Odeh; wants to cut all aid to Israel; lied, claiming Arabs “provided a safe haven for Jews” after the Holocaust; deleted Israel from her office map; and has written for Farrakhan’s newspaper.

Rep. Omar accuses Jews of bribing Congress to support Israel; showed sympathy to ISIS; called Israel “Apartheid State;” called Israel “evil” & and “hypnotized” the world; and described 9-11 as “some people who did something”; wouldn’t answer if she supported Al Qaeda; and supports murderous dictator Communist Venezuela’s Maduro.

Refusing entry to Tlaib and Omar will moreover protect Jews and others in America and around the world. The BDS that Tlaib and Omar promote harms Jews on American campuses and regular American businesses. Tlaib and Omar should not be given the opportunity to further delegitimize and harm all of us.

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California Dumps Anti-Israel Curriculum in Blow to BDS
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Aug 14, 2019
Pro-Israel groups applauded the California Board of Education’s decision, vowing to keep an eye on the matter.

By JNS

The California Board of Education has announced it will scrap its current draft ethnic-studies curriculum and develop a new model curriculum following outrage by California lawmakers, activists and Jewish and pro-Israel groups for its “blatant bias against Israel.”

The California State Board of Education stated that “the current draft model curriculum falls short and needs to be substantially redesigned.”

“Following the Instructional Quality Commission’s review and response to all public comments, a new draft will be developed for State Board of Education review and potential approval. The Board will ultimately adopt an ethnic studies model curriculum that aligns to California’s values.”

Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs, lauded both the results and the fact that the Jewish community mobilized quickly and as one.

“The pro-Israel community and people of good will stood together, united against a hateful, biased curriculum and demanded change. Our voices were heard. We look forward to seeing a curriculum that is inclusive, and that we can all feel comfortable with.”

The Israeli-American Council also approved the decision by the Board of Education and Gov. Gavin Newsom, but said that they will continue to work to ensure that the new curriculum “will exclude hateful movements such as BDS, as well as any other narratives that demonize Israel and the Jewish people.”

IAC co-founder and CEO Shoham Nicolet said in a statement that “to truly advance the goals of the ethnic-studies curriculum as described by the California Department of Education, we believe that the narratives and experiences of the American Jewish community and the Israeli-American community, which constitutes a distinct ethnic group that faces discrimination, must be included.”

The Jewish Center for Justice also approved the decision.

“The ‘Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum’ was both anti-Semitic and erased our long history of struggle, persecution and resistance,” it said.

“That this curriculum was considered at all during a time when hate crimes against Jews in California, and the United States overall, is on the rise is highly disconcerting. We echo the words and leadership of the California Jewish Legislative Caucus, and urge the State Board of Education to propose a curriculum that includes the experiences and voices of the Jewish community without unfairly singling out Israel or ignoring issues of anti-Semitism.”
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ONE FOR ISRAEL - Because the best way to bless Israel is with Jesus
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Israel And Homosexuality
By ONE FOR ISRAEL (Messianic Jews In Israel)
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Gay pride marches have become a standard feature of many Western, liberal countries. Not so much in the Middle East, of course… but there is one notable exception: Israel.

However, unlike most Western countries, you will not find a single Messianic congregation that supports gay marriage in the whole of Israel.

Why is that?

It should be said first and foremost that we love our gay friends! And we don’t want them to miss out on all that God has for them. However, due to the particular challenges faced by Messianic Jews, good understanding has developed about three key, Biblical issues that just happen to be very pertinent to this debate. They directly address the following common objections:

You still think we have to follow Leviticus 18?? Do you eat shellfish? That’s also an abomination! Those laws don’t apply anymore.
Jesus never mentioned homosexuality! Why do you make it a big deal when he doesn’t? 
So long as you love your partner and are faithful, it doesn’t matter what gender they are.
And here are three responses to these objections:

1. Messianic Jews and the Torah
Here in Israel, it is critical that Jewish believers in Yeshua understand how to interpret the Torah and correctly apply it to our lives today. What aspects of the Sinai covenant are for today and what has been replaced by the New Covenant in the Messiah’s blood? We have written a book about it, called “Reading Moses, Seeing Jesus”, which is well worth a read if you find the law hard to understand. Many Christians do not know why we keep the Ten Commandments but don’t freak out too much about mixed fibers.

As it happens, I hate shellfish and I would argue that it is indeed an abomination! However, I don’t think eating shrimp is offensive to God now that we’re under the New Covenant. Why? Why the picking and choosing?

We would have a very hard time implementing the whole law today, even if we wanted to. We have no temple for a start. Sacrificing all those animals is not a realistic possibility any longer, and the New Testament explains clearly how it all pointed to Yeshua and his sacrifice for us. Issues of bodily fluids, for another example, are related to the matter of potential life and death, God’s passion for life and grief about death. These laws have been fulfilled in the Messiah’s life, death, and resurrection. A vision given to Peter at Jaffa spelled it out – shrimp is back on the menu.

But the morality of the law still applies. Laws such as caring for the widow and the orphan, championing the cause of the needy and oppressed, not tripping up blind people or sleeping with family members are as relevant today as they ever were.

How about the prohibition on homosexuality?

1 Timothy 1:8-11 says that the law is good when used properly.

Paul then effectively lists the Ten Commandments, in order, and includes homosexuality along with sexual immorality.

“But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.”

These laws that will always apply because they are not symbolic, educational, or temporary, but because they delineate what is right and wrong. Paul understands that the sins of profanity, murder, sexual immorality, sodomy, stealing, lying and insubordination are contrary to sound doctrine.

The Ten Commandments also express heterosexual expectation (“Honor your father and mother” Exodus 20:12) and nowhere in Scripture do we see God changing his expectation on this matter. 

2. Messianic Jews and the divinity of Yeshua
Another area that Messianic Jews have spent a considerable amount of time investigating is the identity of Yeshua. It’s an issue we have to defend regularly, and we have become very familiar with passages of the Tenach that show Yeshua and the Father are one.

When people say that Jesus doesn’t talk about homosexuality, they are suggesting that Jesus not God.

They forget that Yeshua IS the Word, that he IS God, and was with God from the beginning. They do not realize that it was Yeshua, the LORD in flesh, who came to visit Abraham on his way to Sodom in Genesis 18. They are fudging their facts when they do not accept that the Holy Spirit who inspired Paul is the very Spirit of Jesus (Acts 16:9, Philippians 1:19).

Jesus has a lot to say on the matter.

But even if you only take his words recorded in the gospel accounts, you still have some issues to deal with. Issues that are particularly close, yet again, to the hearts of Messianic Jews.

3. Jewish appreciation of the “Bridal Paradigm”
God speaks about his relationship with people in terms of bride and bridegroom, husband and wife, passionate love and illicit sex throughout the whole Bible (see Hosea, Song of Songs, Jeremiah 2-3, Isaiah 51 and many more). This is a pattern that we are supposed to learn from. 

God could have designed human beings and our reproductive systems any way he wanted to, but he created male and female. He speaks to us through his created design very deep and profound truths about us and our relationship with him, but Satan is working hard to destroy the metaphor so that the meaning is lost. As Voddie Buchanan says, the portrayal of homosexuality as God’s design is a “blasphemy of the illustration”.

This issue cuts to the very core of God’s heart and plan for humanity. He created us to love and for love – the Bible starts with a wedding and ends with a wedding, and has a wedding in the middle (Song of Songs) because this is the picture that God gives us about the whole meaning of our existence. Yeshua as the bridegroom and his people as his bride. As Paul writes, marriage is a mystery that speaks of this love and looks forward to our complete union with him in eternity. Earthly marriage between the masculine and feminine is a huge signpost to this eternal and earth-shattering truth. 

This God-established understanding of Genesis as our pattern for marriage IS something that Yeshua upheld in Matthew 19. He also affirmed the Jewish Scriptures as God’s eternal word.

What does this mean for same-sex attracted people?
If this is all true, it is devastating news for people who believe in Jesus but are attracted to their own gender. Whatever caused the situation (and this subject is complex), it leaves gay people with a very difficult choice. It may mean lifelong celibacy.

The majority of gay people may not have chosen the attractions that they feel, and may not even want them, but we can all choose how we act on our attractions. Whether single, married, or gay, we all have to resist temptations in our mind and actions.

We still have choices, even if those choices are harder to make. But there is hope. Note what Paul says in 1 Corinthians:

“Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, those who practice homosexuality, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, slanderers, swindlers—none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. That is what some of you were—but you were washed, you were made holy, you were set right in the name of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

Some of the Corinthian believers had evidently been practicing homosexuality, but Paul talks about this in the past tense. In the Messiah, they have been washed and made holy, set right in the name of Jesus. There is hope in his name for a brand new start and a brand new life.

Our heart for gay people in Israel
Tel Aviv in Israel is the gay capital of the Middle East. The fact that people from neighboring countries can come to find safety and freedom to practice their lifestyle is preferable by far to the violence and murder that they may experience elsewhere. But still, more than worldly “freedom” in this life, we long for them – and everyone – to have true freedom in the life to come. Far from rejecting anyone, we want to invite everyone, without exception, to come and know new life in the Messiah.

We will not capitulate to the spirit of the age and say that homosexuality is not a problem to God. That is a lie of Satan, and we do not want anyone to be deceived. Failure to turn away from our sin will cost us dearly, and that is the last thing we want. We refuse to lie by selling a false gospel that will not save, because ultimately, that is not love. But here is true love: Jesus loves us so much that he died for our sin – all of it – so we can be together with him. This is our heart’s plea: Come to the Father! Receive God’s forgiveness and take up your cross to follow Jesus, as we have done. God loves you, Jesus died for you, and we want to enjoy eternity together with you!

The cost for gay people to follow Jesus is high, there’s no denying it. But he is worth giving up everything we have. 

“He is no fool to give up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot.
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Hamas vows to rain missiles down on Israeli cities in next war
Aug 14, 2019 02:01 pm
Hamas vows to rain missiles down on Israeli cities in next war
(Jerusalem Post) – Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar vowed to defeat the IDF and “shower” Israeli cities with missile barrages if Israel launches another military campaign in the Gaza Strip. “We will break the defeated occupation army if it crosses into the Gaza Strip. We know what we say and mean what we say,” Sinwar said in a speech celebrating the Eid al-Adha holiday in his hometown of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza.

Continue reading Hamas vows to rain missiles down on Israeli cities in next war at End Time Headlines.
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Israeli-Arab MK Tibi was deeply involved in the Palestinian Authority-orchestrated riots staged on the Temple Mount earlier this week.

By TPS

The Muslim riots on the Temple Mount on Sunday during the Fast of Tisha B’Av were planned, and Israeli-Arab Member of Knesset Ahmed Tibi advised the Palestinian Authority (PA) on its strategy, a source has told TPS.

Muslims rioting at the holy site as Jews attempted to visit the compound were answering the call of Muslim leaders in Jerusalem who called on the city’s Muslims to visit the Temple Mount and fight the Jews visiting the site.

Ziad Ayoubi, head of the Arab Center for Strategic Studies in Ramallah, told TPS that the political and religious leadership in Jerusalem has banded together to fight the Israeli police on the Temple Mount.

He emphasized that the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah were leading the violence on the Temple Mount, but claimed the acts were “self-defense” against the “settlers and the Jews.”

He noted that while the Islamic Movement, the Muslim Brotherhood’s branch in Israel, does not maintain ties with the PA, Arab MKs do.

He said that Tibi and the other Arab MKs, who are representatives of the “inner occupation” as he called Israel, “advised and are in contact with the Palestinian Authority on a regular basis, on diplomatic issues and on the issue of Jerusalem and the mosques.”

Tibi was seen on the Temple Mount on Sunday together with Jerusalem’s Mufti Mohammed Hussein. They were both welcomed as heroes by the Muslims worshipers.
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They tried to silence Brigitte Gabriel – THIS is her response
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The Bias
Can you believe this has been going on for so many years? Of course, not everyone who associates themselves as a Democrat would agree with the way many on The Left deal with Conservatives and the truth. But the fact is, when such big names and newspapers like The New York Times are being biased and pushing their own political agenda, it becomes the overarching sentiment. And it is completely wrong. It is anti-American. But, people do not seem to care anymore about standing up for America and her values.

Brigitte Gabriel Won’t be Silenced
Brigitte Gabriel will not allow anyone to silence the truth. People need to know the truth. It is humorous, as Gabriel points out, that the Left makes statements like saying Brigitte Gabriel is a white supremacist when in fact she is not even white. Those are the types of blatant lies that come from the Left.

And Gabriel brings attention to something important. She said, “Isn’t it a shame that we got to the point in our country where because they cannot argue with your facts they just throw labels at you?” Then those labels also lose their meaning. Being a real racist no longer holds as heavy of a label as it used to hold. So as Brigitte said, do not be silenced. Do not let those who try to cover up the truth silence you!
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