Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Orleans City Council refuses to single out Israel. BDS fail

When is a BDS fail spun as a BDS success?  All too often. 

The New Orleans City Council has just rejected a one sided and biased divestment resolution condemning Israel in favor of a wide reaching statement for human rights.  That doesn't stop the BDS holes from claiming victory.

The actual text of the resolution makes no mention of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict at all, and makes it quite clear that New Orleans rejects discrimination by national origin

The original petition by the New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee, to be delivered to the New Orleans City Council  looked quite different.  The truth optional petition was signed by only 305 people and  proclaimed the usual laundry list of scurrilous claims against Israel: 

"The City of New Orleans should use the full extent of the law to seek competitive suppliers of goods and services who do not have investments, licenses or operations in Israel.

New Orleans is a social justice city that should no longer support segregation or racism. With your support, we can make New Orleans an Apartheid-Free City.
We must remove all products and divest from all companies directly supporting the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine. 

Israel illegally confiscates privately owned Palestinian property; imprisons Palestinian citizens for years without charge; and uses checkpoints to restrict the movement of Palestinians, even during childbirths and medical emergencies.

In Gaza, the situation is even worse because citizens are denied access to food and medicine due to the Israeli-imposed blockade. The infrastructure also has not been rebuilt since the 51-day assault on Gaza in 2014, Operation Protective Edge, which killed nearly 1,500 civilians.

Since its recognition as a state in 1949, Israel has violated over 30 United Nations Security Council resolution, which are legally binding.

In 2015, the United States gave Israel $10.2 million a day in military aid alone. That means that last year the US spent nearly $4 billion on Israel’s military. This funding, provided by American taxpayers, allows the military to maintain it’s illegal occupation of Palestine, carry out military assaults on Gaza, and use military grade weaponry to “police” Palestinian territory.

The city council has the opportunity to make known their grave concern regarding Israel’s official system of segregation and repression of non-white Jewish Israeli citizens, Israeli citizens of Palestinian descent, and Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza. New Orleans should no longer be party to contracts, licenses, or investments with the apartheid state of Israel. Consumer goods contributing to the illegal Israeli occupation must also be banned."

BDS is a discredited tactic from a discredited movement, desperate for success  and perfectly willing to lie.    The New Orleans City Council wasn't fooled  by them.  You shouldn't be either.


The Jewish Community of New Orleans clearly disagrees with my interpretation, and has issued this statement

Statement on NOLA City Council's Resolution R-18-5

The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans (Jewish Federation) expresses its deep disappointment in the New Orleans City Council’s adoption today of resolution R-18-5. Since its creation 105 years ago, the Jewish Federation has always stood for supporting human rights and combating racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and other injustices. However, in a patently undemocratic and unfair procedural move, today’s resolution was passed without any public knowledge, six hours into the Council’s session and after the suspension of rules to add this untimely resolution to the agenda, and without the opportunity for dissenting voices to be heard for a broader discussion. These stealth tactics divide communities and do not provide for an equitable forum whereby all voices can be heard.

Just hours earlier, in the Council chambers, the Jewish Federation presented to the City Council about the contributions of the Jewish Federation and the impact of our Jewish communal organizations throughout the greater New Orleans area. While the Jewish Federation fully supports the values of human rights expressed in the resolution, we are deeply concerned about its unintended consequences relating to Israel and in bolstering the divisive BDS movement. The BDS movement, which has inherently anti-Semitic components, is designed to challenge Israel's economic viability and very right to exist.

We look forward to working with the current Council, the newly-elected Council Members, the Mayor-elect, and the public to address these concerns, to further educate our civic leaders, to ensure all voices are heard, and to avoid a potential chilling effect on both discourse and the growth and economic development of the greater New Orleans area.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Are we bored of Ahed Tamimi yet?

On Saturday,  our neighbors in the Southland called for a rally in front of the Israeli consulate in solidarity with that young promoter of suicide attacks and stabbing, Ahed Tamimi.

The rally was sponsored and promoted  by LA4Palestine, Al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, Palestinian American Women's Association, Me Too March International, AF3IRM LA, AIM So-Cal, Idle No More So-Cal, ANSWER Coalition, Black Lives Matter - Pasadena, March and Rally LA, California for Progress, Palestinian Youth Movement. CODEPINK: Women for Peace, SWANA-LA, Martin Luther King Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, Labor for Palestine, International Action Center, BDS LA for Justice in Palestine, International League of Peoples' Struggle So-Cal, Dignity and Power Now and the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

You'd think with all those groups endorsing and promoting this event on a beautiful weekend afternoon, they could have gathered more than a few dozen people.

You'd think.....

In San Francisco,  once heralded as a "hub" of the delegitimization of Israel,  there has not been a single gathering in support of the ill-tempered Tamimi teen.  Not one.  

Is everyone bored of Ahed Tamimi yet?  Or have people realized that a young woman who exhorts her followers to terror and murder is not an appropriate role model.?  Ahed's own words “Whether it is stabbings or martyrdom operations or throwing stones, everyone must do his part" have proven unequivocally that she is no peace activist.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Who will be impacted by Israel's BDS ban?

Arsen Ostrovsky, international lawyer & political analyst has done  a mightly fine job explaining the ramifications of Israel's new policy on his twitter feed.

Abuse of Power. Gaza ambulance driver puts patients at risk

Why Israel uses checkpoints.

In 2016, over 30,000 people from the Gaza received medical treatment in Israel.  Over 7,000 tons of medical supplies were transferred to hospitals and clinics in the Gaza Strip.  Emergency ambulances were on-call 24 hours, 7 days a week at the Erez Crossing.  Israel takes its humanitarian obligations  to the people of Gaza very seriously.  Even when rockets targeting  Israeli civilians are launched from Gaza, the humanitarian aid continues to flow to Gaza.

Leave it to Hamas to take advantage of Israel's largese.

According to COGAT ( Israel's Coordination of Government activiities in the territories):

Marwan Abu Rida, an ambulance driver for the Red Crescent, has been using his position to exploit patients seeking medical treatment in Israel for terrorist organizations.

Abu Rida had illegally transferred equipment and funds from the Gaza Strip to various terror groups in Judea and Samaria multiple times over the past year. This was done while risking the lives of patients he was transferring from the Gaza Strip.

Beside the fact that his actions are criminal, they go directly against the Red Crescent’s commitment to neutrality and cynically exploits patients who seek to enter Israel for life-saving treatments.

Israel has demanded that Marwan abu Rida be removed  from his position  in the Red Crescent immediately.

BDS groups to be barred from visiting Israel

From the J Post

Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs on Sunday released a list of international pro-BDS organizations to be banned from the country for their calls to boycott the Jewish state.

“We have switched from defense to offense. The boycott organizations need to know that the State of Israel will act to stop them and prevent their representatives from entering the country to harm its citizens,” Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan said in a statement.

According to a statement issued by the ministry, the list features the primary BDS groups, "who consistently and continuously act against the State of Israel by pressuring groups, institutions and states to boycott Israel. The groups’ activities are carried out via a campaign of falsehood and incitement, whose goal is to undermine Israel’s legitimacy around the world,” the ministry said in a statement."...

The list follows:


AFPS (The Association France Palestine Solidarity)
BDS France
BDS Italy
ECCP (The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine)
FOA (Friends of Al-Aqsa)
IPSC (Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign)
Norge Palestinakomitee (The Palestine Committee of Norway)
PGS - Palestinagrupperna i Sverige (Palestine Solidarity Association in Sweden)
War on Want
BDS Kampagne

United States:

AFSC (American Friends Service Committee)
AMP (American Muslims for Palestine)
Code Pink
JVP (Jewish Voice for Peace)
NSJP (National Students for Justice in Palestine)
USCPR (US Campaign for Palestinian Rights)

South America:

BDS Chile


BDS South Africa


BNC (BDS National Committee)

Ever delusional, BDS holes interpreted Israel's decision to secure her borders as a sign of impending victory.


Wishing them many more such  "victories".

Saturday, January 6, 2018

In which Israel-hater Paul Larudee whines about lack of support

After such failed high profile ventures as the Gaza flotilla and the Global March to Jerusalem, hapless Israel-hater Paul Larudee can't get any respect. The El Cerrito activist recently sent out an impassioned email blast, bemoaning the  "lack of volunteers and funding" for the once vigorous International Solidarity Movement  (ISM)

Apparently, the response to Paul's plea for help was underwhelming.  Not one check?   Poor, poor Paul.

Denied entry into Israel in 2006, Larudee was once described in the Jerusalem Post as one of the International Solidarity Movement's "top leaders"

Security officials said that Larudee was one of the ISM's top leaders and was behind anti-Israel activity during IDF operations in the territories during the height of the Intifada between 2002 and 2004. Officials said that he was once found in the home of a suicide bomber and that he participated in a violent anti-Israel demonstration. "This person is a danger to the state," one official said. "He is one of the ISM leaders, was in the past involved in anti-Israel activity and therefore will not be allowed to stay in the country."

Paul Larudee in happier times.  Photo from the Contra Costa Times
Why the fall from grace?  Was it Larudee's propensity to take credit for other's actions?  
From: lubnna (at) 
          To: larudee (at) 
Paul, I regretfully send you this second letter and will publish it publicly as you have left us no choice. You have appeared in the media over the last week, often stating that you organized the Welcome to Palestine campaign. All statements you have made in regards to this campaign were false. As organizers, we were surprised by your statements as you were never part of this campaign. Sadly, your declarations about our campaign being about the right of return have confused the media and brought on damage to our basic plan. We appreciate your will to work for Palestine but trying to take over any activity has profoundly affected the trust we have in you and we would be very surprised if any respectful organization in Palestine will be willing to work with you. We urge you to stop giving statements to the media in the name of the Welcome to Palestine campaign. 
Lubna Masarwa  
On behalf the "Welcome to Palestine" campaign 

Was it his ties to Iran's mullahs, and his open support for terror groups?  Was it his endorsement and promotion of notorious Jew-haters like Gilad Atzmon and Alison Weir?  Was it his connection to the frighteningly conspiratorial International Union of a Unified Ummah?

Whatever the reason, its time for the aging activist to take on a new hobby.  Have you considered macrame, Paul?

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Its easier than ever to visit Israel

Tourists from across the globe of flocking to Israel (Can you say BDS fail?  I think you can). In 2017, a record 3.6 million visitors came to Israel for the sun, the surf, the food and the history, a 25 percent increase over 2016. Hotels have been unable to keep up with the record number of visitors

If you live in the Bay area, a trip to Israel just got easier. El Al has announced direct flights from SFO, beginning in September.  El Al will be joining United Airlines which began the non-stop service in 2016.

The SFO to Tel Aviv route will be flown three times a week on their new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Genocide Fail. Israeli Arabs have the highest Life Expectancy in the Arab World

According to a recently released report from the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, Israeli Arabs have the highest life expectancy in the Arab world.

According to the report  "The Health of  the Arab Population in Israel", the life expectancy of an Arab in Israel is higher than even those living in the wealthy gulf states.

What was that you were saying about "genocide" again?

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Israel stopped over 400 terror attacks in 2017

Israel haters like to point out the difference in casualty rates between Jews and Arabs, using it as a barometer  to prove the eternal victimhood of the Palestinians.  The numbers don't tell the whole story.

This year, Israel stopped over 400 terror attacks- if just a fraction of those had been successful, the number of Israeli victims would be much higher.

Speaking at a semi-annual security briefing before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Director of Israel’s Shin Bet  Nadav Argaman described the situation

“The calm we are experiencing right now is deceptive.  Hamas is trying with all its might to orchestrate terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria in an effort to destabilize the Palestinian Authority,” he explained. “The reality in Gaza, meanwhile, is more challenging than ever"

Of the hundreds of terror attacks the Shin Bet prevented, 13 were planned suicide attacks, eight were attempted abductions and 94 were planned attacks in which the attackers risked death.

About 1,100 lone wolf attacks were prevented in 2017. A total of 54 terrorist attacks were  perpetrated in Israel , a significant drop from last year’s 108.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Israel asks the Red Cross to investigate the death of Ibrahim Abu Thuraya

An IDF investigation showed no evidence of involvement with the death of amputee Ibrahim Abu Toriya, who was allegedly killed while rioting near the border of Gaza.

Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Major General Yoav Mordechai  announced "the investigation did not show in any way that Ibrahim Abu Toriya died of live IDF fire", and he asked for the Red Cross to further investigate.

He asked Red Cross Delegation head Mr Jacques De Maio "to find all of the facts and data, including the report from the ambulance in which Abu Toriya traveled, medical reports and findings from doctors in Gaza hospitals, and any other existing data."

Mordechai also noted that there was no basis for the false reports claiming that a sniper shot directly and intentionally at Abu Toriya. He emphasized that "we have to put an end to the industry of rumors, exaggerations, and lies which incense public discourse and incite to violence. There are too many questions and too many things which are unclear about Abu Toriya's death, and I suggest we investigate and find out the truth."

Friday, December 22, 2017

San Francisco Terror attack thwarted

Officials have arrested a California man who was planning a possible Christmas terror attack in San Francisco.

The FBI has arrested Everitt Aaron Jameson, a 26 year old tow truck driver from Modesto who was planning a possible Christmas terror attack at San Francisco’s popular Pier 39. Jameson also referred to himself as Abdallah adu Everitt ibn Gordon.

Jameson was charged in a criminal complaint filed at the U.S. District Court in Sacramento with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization

According to FBI Agent Christopher McKinney “Jameson has espoused radical jihadi beliefs, including authoring social media posts that are supportive of terrorism, communicating with people he believes share his jihadi views and offering to provide services to such people, including in the form of his presumably employer-provided tow truck in service of the ‘cause.’

The complaint alleges that Jameson posted radical jihadist messages online, and declared his support for the Halloween terror attack in New York that killed 8. After the attack, Jameson reportedly told an FBI informant, "I'm glad to know we Muslims are finally hitting back. Allahu Akbar! The Kuffar deserve everything and more the lives they have taken." . Jameson also expressed his belief that the U.S. "needed another attack like New York or San Bernardino." He wrote a letter stating 'You all have brought this upon yourselves. There are no innocent Kuffar! Each and every Kuffar in this Nationalistic, Godless society has a hand in this. You've allowed Donald J Trump to give away Al Quds to the Jews. Both You and he are wrong, it belongs to the Muslemeen'"

Jameson's home was raided by FBI agents Dec. 20, where they found 45-caliber magazines, an Rugers model M77 and a Winchester 22. caliber rifle, ammunition and a martyrdom letter.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Is Ibrahim Abu Thuraya's death the latest Pallywood production?

Is Ibrahim Abu Thuraya being set up to be the new Muhammad al-Dura?

The 29 year old wheelchair bound Gazan was allegedly killed on December 15, in a clash with Israeli soldiers.

Some claim the protest was "peaceful".

Witnesses who accompanied Ibrahim at the time of his death claim he was shot directly in the head  by an Israeli sniper. Health Ministry spokesman in Gaza, Ashraf al-Kidr pronounced him dead at Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital as a result of his wounds.

Ibrahim Abu Thuraya's death has the making of a Pallywood production

Is this how you carry someone with a head wound?

Where's the blood?  Wouldn't you expect blood from a fatal bullet wound to the head?

Jerusalem-based journalist Nasser Atta said he has spoken with many Palestinians, and they think the death of  Ibrahim Abu Thuraya “will be the beginning of the start of a third intifada – they compare him to Muhammad al-Dura killed during the Second Intifada.”

Ismail Haniyeh certainly hopes this will be the start of something big.

Does this man look like he died from a direct gunshot to his head?

The IDF is currently investigating the death of Ibrahim Abu Thuraya.  It will  be very interesting to hear what they have to say.

Honest Reporting also notices some discrepancies in the story of Abu Thuraya, particularly in how he became wheel-chair bound.
  • AP reports that he “lost his legs in an Israeli airstrike during a 2008 war between Israel and Hamas. According to relatives, he was assisting in the evacuation of people after an earlier airstrike when he was struck.”
  • “He was injured in 2008 by an Israeli helicopter that targeted him after he brought down the Israeli flag and raised the Palestinian flag along the border,” his brother Samir told AFP.”
  • Le Monde (French) states that he was hit by shrapnel east of the Bourej refugee camp.
  • He “was struck by an Israeli artillery shell. He lost both his legs and one of his eyes” in 2008 according to an APA Images photo caption.
  • He was “bombed in his home”  according to CJ Werleman from MiddleEastEye.
  • An Irish publication reporting on Irish Friends of Palestine donating an electric wheelchair claims “Ibrahim had been working on a trawler when it was hit by an Israeli missile in 2008. Eight people onboard were killed while Ibrahim lost both his legs below the hips.”

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cheryl Davila's BDS litmus test for Berkeley

Through the wonder of Berkeley's "ranked choice" voting Cheryl Davila found herself on the Berkeley city council.   In the November 2016 election, incumbent Darryl Moore received just under 40% of the 8,000 votes cast in the first round of the ranked-choice ballot. Nanci Armstrong-Temple and Cheryl Davila split the remaining votes 29% and 31%. 

The second round of ranked-choice voters gave Moore an additional 446 votes and Davila 1,236 votes, giving Davila a narrow victory margin of just 168 votes.
Davila's claim to fame in Berkeley previously had been her hijacking the agenda of the Berkeley Human Welfare Commission for months, in an effort to pass a divestment from Israel proposal.
In her quest for election to the city council, the Davila campaign called upon their old friends at UC Berkeley's Students for Justice in Palestine, visiting them, and posting on their Facebook page.

Cheryl has remained active in the anti-Israel camp, appearing at rallies on campus and in front of the local Israeli consulate.  She has apparently been attempting to pay back her campaign debts.

Berkeley City Councilperson Cheryl Davila promotes extremist views
Ben Gerhardstein, a former city transportation commissioner believes Cheryl Davila booted him off the Commission in part because he declined to state his opinion regarding divestment from Israel
From Berkeleyside: 

“You indicated that a non-transportation issue was important to you in selecting a Transportation Commissioner,” Gerhardstein wrote to Davila on Nov. 27 after she informed him by email that he had been removed from the commission. “During our first meeting, you noted that as a Human Welfare and Community Action Commissioner you authored a recommendation to Council to divest from companies benefiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, which raised your profile. You said that the issue was important to you and you asked whether I was pro-Palestinian (and supported divestment) or a Zionist. You noted that you were asking all potential District 2 commissioners this question and suggested that you were only interested in appointing divestment supporters to commissions...”
At least two other commissioners serving at the behest of Davila told Berkeleyside the question of Israel and divestment came up during their interviews with Davila....

By dragging her BDS litmus test into the realm of local politics, Davila has again shown her willingness to abandon the very real needs of the people of Berkeley.  Imagine if a Jewish candidate did what Davila has done.  Imagine the calls of "dual loyalty". 

Read it all at Berkeleyside.

UPDATE: From Dan Pine, writing in the J of Northern California

According to the City of Berkeley’s published record of campaign contributions, her campaign drew financial support from local anti-Israel activists U.C. Berkeley lecturer and SJP founder Hatem Bazian (currently under fire for anti-Semitic tweets from earlier this year), Barbara Lubin of the Middle East Children’s Alliance, and Donald Wagner from Friends of Sabeel.\


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Congratulations to Lian Najami, Rhodes Scholar from University of Haifa

The 2018 Rhodes scholar from the University of Haifa Lian Najami is a perfect example of the diversity of Israeli society, and of intersectionality at its best.

Lian grew up in the  culturally mixed Haifa neighborhood of Ein Hayam. At the age of 12, Lian began volunteering at her  local community center and by her 15th birthday she founded her first start-up.  Fluent in five languages, Lian graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of Haifa.  She was a foreign policy adviser to US Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI),and was a featured speaker at the Forbes Israel 30 Under 30 Summit in 2016. While at Oxford, Lian plans to research  initiatives designed to promote political inclusion within society emphasizing marginalized groups.

Lian joins 32 other students will begin their studies at Oxford in October 2018.  They were selected from a pool of 866 candidates nominated by their colleges and universities. 

Lian Najami was profiled in the Alumni Spotlight of the University of Haifa Magazine, writing

 I was first asked to speak to international delegations as a high schooler at Leo Baeck’s youth and co-existence projects.

Since then I have spoken at the University of Haifa’s 40th Board of Governors Meeting, and at functions organized by Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and Israel Campus Roundtables at campuses across the Boston area, including Williams College, Tufts University, UMass Amherst, Suffolk University, Harvard Kennedy School, Northeastern University, and Wellesley College.

These events enabled me to reach out to students who have no connection to Israeli or Palestinian issues, yet think they must take a side. I try to explain that the reality is very complex. As an Arab Israeli, I tell them that they can be both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian.

 A large number of people are ignorant about the non-Jewish community living in Israel, which comprises 25% of the population.

I try to raise awareness about this demographic reality. The Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement claims that it is helping Palestinians and Arab Israelis. I say ‘thanks, but no thanks.’ What BDS is actually doing is simultaneously damaging Israel and Palestine, and when you harm Israel, you are hurting all of its citizens. Israel has done nothing but help shape the strong person I am and provided me with the help I needed to fully succeed in the Middle East and in life.

Congratulations to Lain Najami. May she continue to grow from strength to strength.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Hannukah Celebrations around the Bay

Let the light shine on!
Menorah lights and Hannukah celebrations around the Bay- shamelessly copied from the J Weekly's  Calendar page.

San Francisco

“Light It Up.” Beth Sholom celebration features play, live music and traditional treats plus a burrito bar. Thursday, Dec. 14. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., S.F. 5:30-8 p.m., with lighting and play at 6:30. $8-$26; 5 and under free.
Emanu-El young adult party. With music by SHAMATi. Friday, Dec. 15 at Brick & Mortar, 1710 Mission St, S.F. 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Also Dec. 15, family party, service, dinner (RSVP required) and magic show at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F., 5-8 p.m. Other lightings at
“Share the Light.” Lighting, story time and activities at 4 p.m. daily, with free family “Fryday” party Dec. 15, also at 4 p.m. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F.
Lighting of the giant Bill Graham Menorah at Union Square. Dec. 12-14, 17-19 at 5 p.m., Dec. 15 at 3 p.m., Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. “Bill Graham Menorah Day,” with kids’ activities and music by Jerry’s Kosher Deli, starts 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 and ends with lighting.

East Bay

“Chanukah on Ice.” Giant menorah lighting Thursday, Dec. 14 at Civic Park Ice Rink, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. 7 p.m. $18+.
“Spin Till You Win.” Dreidel tournament with cash prizes Saturday, Dec. 16 at Chabad of Contra Costa, 1671 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. $50+.
“Life Size Dreidel Experience” and kids’ activities. Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Pacific Commons (near Dick’s Sporting Goods), 43440 Boscell Road, Fremont. 5:30-7 p.m. Free.
Under One Tent Grand Menorah Lightings. East Bay celebrations with latkes and doughnuts Wednesday, Dec. 13 at Alamo Plaza, Alamo, 5-6 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16 at Blackhawk Plaza, Danville, 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 17 at Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, with music by Saul Kaye, 4 p.m. Free.
Lighting of Oakland’s largest menorah. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Lake Merritt Amphitheater, between 12th St. and 1st Ave., Lake Merritt Blvd. 5:30 p.m. Free.
Giant menorah lighting in Danville. With music by Sam Glaser, Lego menorah workshop, face painting and glitter art. Sunday, Dec. 17. At Blackhawk Plaza, 3380 Blackhawk Plaza Circle.
4-6 p.m. Free.
“Hanooka Festival of Lights and Latkes.” Includes klezmer shadow puppets and a silent auction for a menorah. Sponsored by Urban Shtetl Youth & Family Program. Saturday, Dec. 16 at Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley. 4-7 p.m. $5-$20.

North Bay

Veteran’s Park lighting. Honoring Napa police and fire chiefs. Live klezmer, traditional treats. Thursday, Dec. 14 at park on Main Street, Napa. 5 p.m. Free.
“Light Up the Night.” Grand menorah lighting with raffle, latkes, doughnuts and participation of civic leaders. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Whole Foods Market, 790 De Long Ave., Novato. 5 p.m. Free.
“Chanukah at the River.” With 9-foot menorah, fire juggling, live magic show and treats. Tuesday, Dec. 12. At Water Street Promenade, 100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 4:30-6 p.m. Free with RSVP.
“Chanukah Extravaganza.” With live music by Good Shabbos klezmer band and pescatarian kosher potluck (by assignment). Light your own menorah Saturday, Dec. 16. At Congregation Ner Shalom, 85 La Plaza, Cotati. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free with RSVP.
“Chanukah Wonderland.” Tuesday, Dec. 19 party at Jelly Belly factory, with lighting of giant jelly bean-filled menorah, at 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield. 4-7 p.m. Free.
Hanukkah festival at the mall. With live music and kosher food, including latkes. Sunday, Dec. 17 at Montgomery Village, 911 Village Court., Santa Rosa. 4-6 p.m. Other events in Healdsburg, Cotati and Santa Rosa.

South Bay

“Flames and Friends Flametacular.” Bring your own menorah to light with other congregants. Friday, Dec. 15 at Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Burlingame giant coin menorah lighting. With live music by Saul Kaye. Fundraiser for North Bay fire victims. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 240 Park Road, Burlingame. 6-7 p.m. Free with RSVP.
“Chanukah on Ice.” Saturday, Dec. 16 at Central Park, 50 East Fifth Ave., San Mateo. 7 p.m. $10-$13 per person to skate.
Russian speakers celebration. Candlelighting, traditional foods and conversation. Monday, Dec. 18 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 6 p.m. RSVP by Dec. 15.

Monday, November 27, 2017

University of Washington Database moves Israel to Western Europe.

In which the University of Washington's database Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation determines that Israel is located in Western Europe

Interestingly enough, "Palestine" presumably meaning the West Bank and Gaza and therefore adjacent to Israel's borders, is listed in North Africa and the Middle East.

Wrap your head around that for a minute.

Looks like just another attempt to deny our heritage to me.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

UC Berkeley's Hatem Bazian anti-semitic tweets

Hatem Bazian, a man who infamously called for an intifada in America has been using his twitter account to spread repulsive anti-Semitism

On July 31, 2017, Bazian,  a lecturer in Berkeley's Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies department. retweeted an anti-Semitic tweet accusing a “Zionist” of “apartheid, occupation, ethnic cleansing, genocide” and theft of “Palestinian land+resources+body-organs
One tweet  features a cartoon of a Jewish man, captioned: “I can now kill, rape, smuggle organs & steal the land of Palestinians.”

The other shows Kim Jong-Un, of North Korea,  wearing a kippah, saying he has just converted his nation to Judaism: “Donald Tlump: Now my nukes are legal & I can annex South Korea & you need to start paying me 34 billion a year in welfare.”

Hatem's anti-Semitism was exposed by Tikvah, the Zionist Voice at UC Berkeley.
Tikvah, the Zionist Voice at UC Berkeley, condemns every form of Anti-Semitism and expects that people be held accountable for their actions. Professor Hatem Bazian, a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Department, has shown his true colors after retweeting a truly revolting, Anti-Semitic tweet shown below. It is unacceptable for a lecturer at a highly acclaimed and diverse university to be allowed to spew propaganda and discriminatory content, whether it is in the classroom or online. We are calling on the UC Berkeley to condemn Professor Bazian’s actions and hold him accountable for his Anti-Semitic behavior. We also expect a public apology and a pledge to attend sensitivity training by Professor Bazian.
News of Bazian's antisemitic tweet spread widely through the Jewish papers

UC Berkeley lecturer apologizes for anti-Semitic tweet

UC Professor Tweets Anti-Semitic Propaganda

Pro-BDS UC-Berkeley Professor Slammed for Antisemitic Tweet Accusing Jews of ‘Organ Theft’

After word of the blatant anti-Semitism spread, Hatem Bazian issued a tepid apology, admitting the cartoon was "wrong and offensive".

Coming from Bazian, a man with a long history of divisive, offensive rhetoric, the words were meaningless.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Another day, another vehicular attack in Israel.

Earlier this week, a 17 year old Palestinian "child" plowed his car into a 70 year old Israeli man and a 35 year old near Gush Etzion Junction..  Its no surprise if you didn't hear about it.  Vehicular attacks in Israel are routinely ignored by the mainstream media.
One of the Palestinian  "children" Betty McCollum obsesses over

Don't dismiss this as a normal traffic accident.  

Az al-Din Kraja left his vehicle carrying a knife and charged at a group of IDF soldiers. He was shot and  evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

Weapons used in the attack  (Photos from the IDF)

What does Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum propose that Israel do with children who attempt murder?  Why has she completely ignored the cultural foundation of these attacks- the glorification of violence that is pervasive not only in social media, but in the government controlled mass media? Why has she ignored the financial incentives  given to convicted Jew-killers?  Why has she ignored this toxic stew that leads 11 year old boys to rationalize attempted murder simply by saying I wanted to die a martyr’?