Are Universities Producing Anti-Israel Foot Soldiers?

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Members of the Columbia College Student Council debate a BDS referendum on March 10, 2018. Photo: Screenshot.

The last three decades have ushered in a hostile discourse surrounding Israel on university campuses.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “The Philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” If Lincoln’s statement holds true, stormy days may be in store for bilateral relations between the US and Israel.

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Israel has become a convenient target for the far-left in academia. Jews were now builders and creators of the most ethical and moral country in the Middle East, no longer shrouded in a post-Holocaust victimhood status. This newfound Jewish resilience, coupled with a rise of anti-Zionist sentiments at US universities partly fueled by overseas funding, may eventually result in shifting dynamics between the US and Israel.

I can recall taking a course at George Washington University 20 years ago titled “Imperialism in the Middle East.” As part of the course curriculum, we were required to visit Georgetown University one evening to hear Edward Said speak. As he embarked on his remarks disparaging the Jewish state, I remember looking around the auditorium and being in awe of the sheer number of people who came out to hear him.December 3, 2020 6:37 am0

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Without a doubt, Said helped pave the way for academics such as Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer to mainstream antisemitism with the publishing of their book The Israel Lobby. He also helped elevate the careers of many professors schooled in anti-Zionist ideology such as professor Rashid Khalidi, who serves as an endowed chair in Said’s memory at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. More recently, Palestinian terrorist hijacker Leila Khaled was invited to speak at San Francisco State University. Under the guise of being a free marketplace of ideas and thoughts, it would seem that even terrorists are now being welcomed onto university campuses.

In an article titled “How Middle Eastern Governments Encourage Anti-Semitism on Campus,” which appeared online at Mosaic magazine this year, it was revealed that from 1986-2018, Middle Eastern Muslim countries “donated a total of $6.5 billion to US universities.” Qatar, for example, is one of the largest funders of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood while also providing the bulk of Middle Eastern donations to American universities (over $1 billion over the last decade) through their Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. And while Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has taken steps to liberalize Saudi Arabia, the House of Saud has pumped more than $350 million into 37 American schools over the last decade.

These spending sprees by Middle Eastern countries are often used to set up Middle East Studies departments and sponsor faculty who will propagate their own views on Israel and Western civilization as a whole. Mitchell Bard, a fellow at Campus Watch, recently cited a US Department of Education report on foreign gifts, noting, “There is very real reason for concern that foreign money buys influence or control over teaching and research.”

The synergy between the establishment of the Qatar Foundation and the rise in popularity of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a group that has helped support and tried to implement the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, is also hard to ignore. Once a loosely formed and disorganized group, SJP now has over 150 chapters worldwide and hosts an ” Israel Apartheid Week” on hundreds of campuses.

SJP can also lay claim to a political victory. This past September, Columbia University’s student body voted in favor of a BDS referendum. Incidentally, Columbia is where Edward Said started to shape the dialogue surrounding Israel and the BDS movement, and where Professor Khalidi currently teaches.

While the framing of the conversation surrounding Israel has changed dramatically on college campuses, has it altered US policy towards Israel? Fissures in the bilateral relationship have started to emerge. We now know that former president Barack Obama quietly pushed for passage of UN Resolution 2334 in 2016, which demanded an end to Israeli settlement building east of the 1949 armistice line. The United States then refused to exercise its veto power and abstained, knowing the resolution would pass.

This is in stark contrast to the moving speech that the late liberal icon Daniel Patrick Moynihan gave on November 10, 1975, fighting back against the UN’s “Zionism is Racism” declaration. He stated, his voice laced with emotion, that America “does not acknowledge, it will not abide by, it will never acquiesce in this infamous act.”

Additionally, the growing influence of anti-Israel forces within the left-wing of the Democratic Party will also potentially damage the bond between the US and Israel. Their votes in the House carry equal weight to their pro-Israel colleagues. Their popularity has also emboldened other candidates with questionable views on Israel to run for office, as evidenced by the candidacy of Raphael Warnock for a critical Senate seat in Georgia.

Was president Obama’s action at the UN one last parting shot at Israel, or was it the catalyst for a departure from precedent regarding US policy on Israel at the UN? Are the rise of anti-Israel left-wing forces within the Democratic Party part of a passing fad, one that will lose its luster in the coming years? Or is it part of a larger movement destined for increased influence and power within a major political party in America? For those of us who care deeply about the future of the US-Israel relationship, these events should force us to start thinking more critically about the current climate on our college campuses. After all, the students now walking the halls of our universities will be the future decision-makers walking the halls of Congress.

Irit Tratt obtained her Masters in International Affairs with a focus on the Middle East from George Washington University. Upon graduating, she worked as a Legislative Assistant handling foreign affairs for several members of Congress. She currently lives in Westchester County.

A version of this article was originally published in The Jerusalem Post.

UN must recognize Jewish refugees from Arab countries – opinion

Entire communities from Morocco to Iraq, from Egypt to Syria, Lebanon, Iran and more were effectively wiped out.

By GILAD ERDAN   NOVEMBER 30, 2020 09:59

Israel's ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan at the 75 UN General Assembly, September  (photo credit: SPOKESMAN FOR MINISTER GILAD ERDAN)

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan at the 75 UN General Assembly, September (photo credit: SPOKESMAN FOR MINISTER GILAD ERDAN)

You won’t hear their stories in European Union meetings or see their photographs exhibited in the hallways of the United Nations. Their names cannot be found anywhere among the thousands of UN resolutions discussed and passed over the last seven decades. There is no special day dedicated to their communities or to their memory. They are the 850,000 Jewish refugees expelled from Arab countries and from Iran following Israel’s creation.  For international bodies such as the UN, they are forgotten refugees. But for us Israelis, their struggle will go on. Read More Related Articles

There is no argument over the facts: In a display of anger, after failing to prevent the November 29, 1947, UN Partition Plan and the subsequent creation of the State of Israel, Arab countries waged war not only on the newly established Jewish state but also against the peaceful and thriving Jewish communities that lived among them.

Entire communities from Morocco to Iraq, from Egypt to Syria, Lebanon, Iran and more were effectively wiped out. Along with them thousands of years of Jewish heritage, history and culture was erased, too. The UN offered no help to those forced from their homes and has done little since to recognize the huge injustice they suffered. There was no international condemnation of the fact that these Jews were attacked and murdered, their property looted and their assets stolen, often by their neighbors and with the backing of the authorities.

In the decades since this treacherous expulsion, the UN has worked to only assist so-called Palestinian refugees. Billions of dollars have been handed over to UNRWA, which while caring for the welfare of families, simultaneously encourages terrorism and incitement through its school programs and, in the process, perpetuates a false narrative of the Palestinian’s “right of return.”

I see it as a moral obligation to right the wrong that was done to our brothers and sisters from Arab lands. As Israel’s ambassador to the UN, I am committed to ensuring that their stories will now become part of international consciousness.

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I will lead a diplomatic campaign to pass a resolution in the United Nations General Assembly to recognize their plight. I do not seek a quarrel with our neighbors, but to ensure that equality and justice is finally provided for the Jewish communities that have been scorned by the world for more than 70 years.

I have already formed warm relations with many ambassadors here and will build on these ties to garner wide international support for this proposal. We will rally foreign ministries worldwide and together, with the help of Jewish organizations, I believe we can put an end to UN ignorance on this issue.

Peace can only be reached through strength, mutual respect and recognition of the truth. If the international community is serious about promoting peace between us and our neighbors, then it must also recognize historical facts, including the trauma of Jews from Arab countries.

A new discourse will not change history, but it is time that their plight is recognized in the halls of the UN. The Abraham Accords are a source of light for thousands of Jews who still live in Arab countries today.

The normalization of ties between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain – and I hope soon with other Arab countries – will encourage Arab leaders to provide their Jewish communities with more support, allowing them to practice their culture proudly and without worry. We are all descendants of Abraham, and we must respect one another’s culture and heritage – and, no less important, our unique histories.

Gilad Erdan is Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations and Israel’s incoming ambassador to the United States. He served in the Israeli government in various ministerial positions for more than a decade, including in the security cabinet and in Israel’s Knesset.

Kingdom of Eretz Yisrael: Official Gazette No.7

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Kingdom of Eretz Yisrael

Official Gazette

No. 7

“JUSTICE JUSTICE SHALL YOU PURSUE“

Justice, Justice shall you pursue….” Devarim (Deuteronomy) 16:18-20

Zion shall be redeemed with justice, And they that return of her with righteousness.” Isaiah 1.27

“And Judah also shall fight for Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the nations round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.” Zechariah 14.14

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Whereas, it is the OFFICIAL POLICY of the “Kingdom of Eretz Yisrael” that the Jewish Tribal “treaty territories” of Judea, Shomron/Samaria, Gad, Reuven and Manasseh should be held, under a trusteeship agreement as Trust Territories by the State of Israel pursuant to Chapter XII (Articles 75 through 85) of the UN Charter; and,

Whereas on or about 24 July 2018 the Secretary General for the Tzionist Liberation Organization recommended that Jews, Christians and Muslims hold  a “material claims conference” in Jerusalem to secure reparations and restitution from the Arab League; and,

Whereas, “ the participants of the conference “Justice for Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries”, declared that they fully support the rights of Jews displaced, expelled or who fled Arab countries, to justice, rights and redress. [….] As the organizing body in the Arab world and the organization which drafted legislation against the Jewish communities in 1947, we hold the Arab League responsible for the exodus of Jews from Arab countries.”

Read the full Jerusalem Declaration on Justice for Jews from Arab Countries

Whereas, it is the OFFICIAL POLICY of the “Kingdom of Eretz Yisrael” that  “For any peace process to be credible and enduring, it must address the rights of all Middle East refugees, including Jewish and other minority populations that were displaced from Arab countries.”

Whereas the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Egypt agreed and consented, pursuant to Articles 8 and 24 of the Camp David Peace Accords and the Israeli-Jordanian Peace Treaty to establish a “Claims Commission” for the Mutual Settlement of all Financial Claims; and no such Commission has been established to date resulting in justice being denied to Middle East Refugees; and,

Whereas, on or about 19 May 2020 the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) officially announced an end to the Oslo Accords, the same not entered into in good faith by the PLO as evidenced by the Arafat South African Speech of 10 May 1994; and, as a result the members of the PLO are classified as hostile belligerent nationals of the Hashemite Kingdom of trans-Jordan; and,

Whereas International Law does not condone acquisition of territory by force or conquest and the Hamas Charter along with the PLO Charter, together with the PLO’s and Hamas’ actions and omissions evince a threat to international peace in an attempt to acquire sovereign Jewish Treaty territory by genocide, force and ethnic cleansing in violation of Customary International Law;

It is the opinion of the Secretary General for the Tzionist Liberation Organization that on or about 13 October 2021 through 19 October 2021 Jews, Christians and Muslims hold  a “material claims conference” in Jerusalem to secure reparations and restitution from the Arab League, Hamas and the PLO; and,

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Taxpayer-funded Islamic terrorists sent millions to US colleges

The non-existent, ‘State of Palestine’ made 9 gifts worth $4.5 million in the last 4 years.to US colleges. And the PA pleads poverty. Op-ed

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(JNS) Open question: Is there any enemy nation or power, from Communist China to Qatar, that isn’t buying up academia?

It’s one thing when wealthy enemy nations like China and Qatar do it, but the whole thing reaches a new level of obscene absurdity when it’s a terrorist entity that we fund with our tax dollars that’s doing it.

It’s not often that I’m surprised, but Mitchell Bard’s research in The Spectator turned up something I didn’t even imagine existed:

“A new study that I compiled for the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise found that U.S. institutions received more than $10 billion in foreign gifts from Arab sources from 1981 to October 2020. While it is not surprising the wealthy Gulf countries were responsible for the lion’s share, it was startling to see the non-existent ‘State of Palestine’ made nine gifts worth $4.5 million in the last four years. While the amount may sound relatively trivial, the impact can be exponential.”

The PLO and its defenders keep claiming that they’re struggling with a state of miserable poverty. Meanwhile they’re funding chairs at American universities.

Bard goes on to write that “The ‘State of Palestine’ also made gifts in 2017, 2018, and 2019 to Harvard of $275,000, $775,000, and $525,000, respectively.” According to the article, “The university did not report the purpose and Harvard would not provide an explanation when asked. Because it fell below the $250,000 threshold required for reporting foreign gifts to the DoE, Harvard did not have to disclose a 2011 gift of $150,000 from the Palestinian Monetary Authority to establish an annual graduate public service fellowship to support a student from the ‘occupied Palestinian territories’ for three years.”

Why is the PLO putting more of its money on the table? Part of the answer may be that the Gulf Arabs may be less prone to representing its agendas they pivot to resisting Iran.


It (PLO) might also want more control over the anti-Israel movement on campuses.
It might also want more control over the anti-Israel movement on campuses.

U.S. campuses have a sizable pro-PFLP presence and pro-Hamas presence via Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Students Association. And while some of these movements had their roots in GUPS or the General Union of Palestinian Students, the PLO’s direct control is very limited. And this is its bid to influence campuses more directly.

Forcing colleges to address their foreign funding sources was another important Trump administration initiative. And the more we learn about the money that colleges are getting from China and Qatar, and now Islamic terrorists, the worse their treason becomes.

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism.

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Expel Rashida Tlaib From Congress

It’s not easy to get kicked out of Congress.

As evidenced by the recent proceedings of Harlem Democrat Charlie Rangel, a “censure”—which entails no actual consequences, other than those enforced by the party caucuses, usually involving removal from leadership positions and committee chairmanships—is considered harsh punishment in the halls of the U.S. Capitol, while the allegedly less serious “reprimand” triggers even less (than zero) punishment.

Only 20 members of Congress have ever been expelled since Congress began, 15 from the Senate and five from the House. Most of those cases had to do with the Civil War.

In the instant matter, Rashida Tlaib is an avowed Muslim who believes Muhammad, (who had sex with Aisha when she was merely nine years old and still playing with her dolls) was a prophet.

As a Muslim member of Congress she advocates the ETHNIC CLEANSING of Jews from Eretz Yisrael.

Muhammad got four historical facts wrong and therefore could not be a prophet:

1) He claims Miriam, the sister of Moshe was the mother of Yeshki (Jesus), Quran – Suras 19:27-28, 3:35-36, 66:12;

2) he claims Haman of Megillat Esther was in the “court” of Pharaoh; confusing the Building of the Tower of Babel with Haman and Pharaoh, Quran – Sura 40:36-37;

3) and he claims that Pharaoh used the Roman method of crucifixion as a form of the death penalty, Qur’an – Suras 7:124, 12:41, 20:71, 26:49; 38.12, 89:6-12;

4) and conflicting Islamic sources claim either Isaac or Ishmael was offered on the Altar by Avraham.

Al-Tabari, considered to be one of the premiere Islamic historians, lists the divergent views held amongst the Muslim umma (community) in regard to this very issue:

The earliest sages of our Prophet’s nation disagree about which of Abraham’s two sons it was that he was commanded to sacrifice. Some say it was Isaac, while others say it was Ishmael. Both views are supported by statements related on the authority of the Messenger of God. If both groups of statements were equally sound, then – since they both came from the Prophet – only the Quran could serve as proof that the account naming Isaac is clearly the more truthful of the two.” (2: p. 82).

Moreover, Muhammad claims Yeshki was a prophet but it can be demonstrated that Yeshki falsely prophesied the restoration of the Kingdom of David within the lifetime of his disciples – Matthew 16:28, “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who shall not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” Luke 9:27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

According to the Torah, every matter of false prophesy has to be established by two or three witnesses. Here, Matthew and Luke are witnesses AGAINST Jesus and establish his false prophesy twice!

Rashida Tlaib supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the State of Israel, an American ally. As a member of Congress she has falsely claimed that the [re-]establishment of the State of Israel resulted in the ethnic cleansing of Arabs of Palestinian extraction.

Tlaib has said she opposed providing aid to a “Netanyahu Israel” and supported the Palestinian right of return and a one-state solution.[33][34][35][36] In 2018, J Street withdrew its endorsement of Tlaib due to her support for a One-state solution. J Street stated that she had misled it about her views on the issue during her primary campaign.[37] Tlaib is one of the few members of Congress to openly support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

In December 2019, the Simon Wiesenthal Center placed Tlaib and Ilhan Omar at #5 on their list of what the center alleges to be the top ten anti-Semitic incidents of the year, citing their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and other statements.[39][40]

Tlaib’s advocacy of a One State Solution means that Arabs (Muslims) would become a majority in an Arab (Islamic) state. The only viable solution from the Palestinian point of view would be an Arab state in which Europeans immigrants would have second class status as dhimmis. The Palestinian position evolved following Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War, when it became no longer realistic to expect the militarily powerful and densely populated Jewish state to disappear.

“Support for one state is hardly a radical idea; it is simply the recognition of the uncomfortable reality that Israel and the [Islamic] occupied [Jewish] territories [Judea and Samaria] already function as a single state. They share the same aquifers, the same highway network, the same electricity grid and the same international borders… The one-state solution… neither destroys the Jewish character of the Holy Land nor negates the Jewish historical and religious attachment (although it would destroy the superior status of Jews in that state). [….]”[41]

They advocate a secular and democratic state while still maintaining a Jewish presence and culture in the region.[32][42] They concede that this alternative will erode the dream of Jewish supremacy in terms of governance in the long run.[32]

Hamas has at times ruled out a two state solution, and at other times endorsed the possibility of a two-state solution.[43][44] Hamas co-founder Mahmoud Al-Zahar has been cited saying he “did not rule out the possibility of having Jews, Muslims and Christians living under the sovereignty of an Islamic state.”[45] Islamic Jihad for its part rejects a two state solution. An Islamic Jihad leader Khalid al-Batsh stated that “The idea cannot be accepted and we believe that the entire Palestine is Arab and Islamic land and belongs to the Palestinian nation.”[46]

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(PORTLAND, OR, 12/20/19) – On Friday, January 24, 2020, the Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, hosted Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) — the first Muslim woman to serve in Congress — at its inaugural banquet with the theme “Faith Led, Justice Driven,” at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center.

CAIR is a front organization for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

In 2007-8, CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the terror financing trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. That case, in turn, led the FBI to discontinue its work with the organization. In 2009, a federal judge ruled that the government “produced ample evidence to establish” the ties of CAIR with Hamas, the Palestinian terror organization. The United Arab Emirates labeled CAIR a terrorist organization in 2014 (a decision that the Obama administration opposed).

Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood seek the destruction of not just the United States of America and Israel but of Western Society.

It’s time to remove Rashida Tlaib from Congress.

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Event Reminder Heartfelt Stories: Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries and Iran

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Obama admin officials criticize the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

“Good riddance to the leader of Project Amad!”

Iranian Defense Ministry via AP American and Israeli leaders remained mum over the weekend over the killing of top Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was shot at close range in an ambush on his motorcade in northern Iran on Friday. A U.S. official toldThe New York Times that Israel was behind the attack. The European Union condemned the killing, while the U.K. and Germany expressed concern it could lead to an escalation in the Middle East. 

New details: Iranian journalist Mohamad Ahwaze reported that the mission was carried out by a team of 62 people, including a dozen highly-trained operatives. However, the IRGC-affiliated Fars News agency reported that Fakhrizadeh was hit by an automatic machine gun placed on a pickup truck and activated by remote after Fakhrizadeh exited his vehicle.  

Why it matters: Fakhrizadeh was the head of the Iranian Ministry of Defense’s Amad project and the architect of the country’s nuclear program. He was reportedly on the Mossad’s target list for years, and was mentioned specifically by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a 2018 press conference on Iran’s nuclear program. In a tweet retweeted by President Donald Trump on Friday, veteran Israeli journalist Yossi Melman said Fakhrizadeh’s death “is a major psychological and professional blow for Iran.” Michael Mulroy, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East in the Trump administration, told the Times the assassination was “a setback to Iran’s nuclear program.”

What to expect: Already burdened by the strain of crippling financial sanctions, Iran is reportedly grappling over potential retaliation, given the possibility of sanctions relief under a Biden administration. A top advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that the regime will make a “calculated and decisive” response to the killing. Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem indicated that Tehran will probably launch a “limited attack” on Israel without taking the risk of activating its proxies in the region. Ilan Goldenberg, director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, suggested that it is unlikely Iran will feel pressure to respond because Fakhrizadeh’s profile is not “in the same ballpark” of Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force who was killed by U.S. forces last year, an act that prompted a retaliatory attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Israeli security officials expressed concern that Israeli tourists could be the target of terror attacks while visiting the Gulf.

Preempting Biden? Former Obama administration officials and senior Democrats, as well as some former IDF officials, accused both Israel and the Trump administration of working to complicate Biden’s much-discussed plan to return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. In a tweet on Friday, former CIA director John Brennan called the killing “a criminal act and highly reckless.” Robert Malley, who served as the Obama administration’s point man on the Middle East at the National Security Council, suggested that the attack was part of a plan to “solidify” Trump’s legacy “and make it all the more difficult for [his] successor to resume diplomacy with Iran.” Former deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes blasted the Fakhrizadeh killing on Friday, calling it “an outrageous action aimed at undermining diplomacy between an incoming U.S. administration and Iran.” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) suggested that “this assassination does not make America, Israel or the world safer.” 

Double standard? Asked if former Obama officials should be critiquing moves made during the transition given the Obama administration’s 2016 decision not to veto a resolution at the U.N. criticizing Israel during the transition period, former U.S. Mideast envoy Dennis Ross told Jewish Insider. “No one gets an absolute pass to do whatever they want during the transition. So criticism is fair — just as criticism of the Obama administration’s abstention on the UNSC resolution was warranted.”

Alternative argument: Ross, a distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy who served in the Carter, Reagan, George W. Bush and Obama administrations, maintained that “such an operation takes extensive planning, having operatives on the ground, actionable intelligence. It can’t be spur of the moment.” Ross added in an email that “if one wants to debate the logic of doing these kind[s] of targeted killings, that is totally appropriate. But saying this was done to derail what a Biden Administration will do simply ignores the reality of how these operations take place.” Mark Dubowitz, CEO of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told JI that Fakhrizadeh “didn’t just appear at the top of the Mossad target list because Joe Biden got elected. This operation would have occurred regardless of the U.S. election results because he was a first order threat to the survival and security of the state of Israel.” 

Mutual interests: Dov Zakheim, former undersecretary of defense from 2001-2004, suggested that a Biden administration would continue intelligence cooperation with Israel and support covert action against Iran. “After all is said and done, if the Israelis can cooperate with Arab countries on intelligence years before they even informally were public about it, then why shouldn’t the U.S. cooperate with Israel on intelligence when it’s in their mutual interest?” he explained in a recent interview with JI. 

A new reality: New York Times columnist Tom Friedman writes that as Biden tries to navigate his way back into the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, he will face greater resistance from a coalition comprised of Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE if he fails to build upon the Trump administration’s current leverage to ensure a more comprehensive agreement that addresses shortfalls in the original deal, including restrictions on ballistic missiles and Iran’s expansive terror network. 

Arabs or “Palestinians?”

In their own words: In 1977, Zuheir Mohsen, PLO Executive Council member, articulated the goals of the new “peoplehood” strategy saying, “The Palestinian people does not exist…. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel…. It is only for political and tactical reasons that we speak today about…the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism.”

Jordan’s King Hussein (1981) “Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan.”

In a speech broadcast on Egyptian Al-Helma TV on 23 March 2012, Fathi Ahmad Hamad condemned Egypt over the fuel shortage in the Gaza Strip and stated, “Half of the Palestinians are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis.”

In 1974, the late Syrian President, Hafez al-Assad, declared: “It would be fitting for us to mention to the responsible Israeli authorities that we view Palestine not just as an inseparable part of the Arab nation, but as a part of Southern Syria.” In 1987, he reiterated himself at a conference in Amman, “A country named ‘Palestine’ has never existed.” Jordanian King Hussein responded, “The appearance of the national Palestinian persona serves as a response to Israel’s claim that Palestine is Jewish.”

There is nothing like the testimony of the founder of the P.L.O. himself, Ahmed Shukari. Already in 1956 he proclaimed from the podium of the U.N., as the Arab League’s ambassador there, that “such a creature as Palestine does not exist at all. This land is nothing but the southern portion of Greater Syria…”

And if Ahmed Shukari says that Palestine does not exist at all, the logical inference is that “Palestinians” do not exist at all either. That same Shukari was born of a Turkish mother in Lebanon, was himself a Jordanian lawyer, served as the ambassador of Syria to the U.N., the ambassador of the Arab League to the U.N., and the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the U.N. In 1964, after this talented actor who changed loyalties like a chameleon was fired by the Saudis, Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser hired him to found the “Palestine Liberation Organization”, the P.L.O., an organization dedicated to the liberation of a country that in his own words did not exist at all.

Webinar: Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries

Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries

Description: Some 70 years after the exodus and expulsion of as many as 850,000 Jews from Arab states and Iran, the heads of communities of Jews from Arab countries are demanding that the United Nations officially recognize the suffering they were forced to endure. Join Sephardic Voices and Israel in Miami as we commemorate the Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries.

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Nov 30, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Tal Ohana Mayor of Yerucham

Israel Mayor Ohana was born and raised in Yerucham and is the fourth generation of immigrants from Morocco. In 2011, she established a movement for Zionist activities in Morocco, in which hundreds of youth from the Jewish community of Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangier, Agadir and Rabat participated in several programs in Israel and abroad. This is in addition to encouraging the immigration and absorption of families as well as fundraising and support for welfare, health and relationship between Jews and Muslims in Morocco, supported by the Keren Leyedidut (International Fellowship for Christians and Jews). In 2018, Tal became the first woman to be elected mayor in Yerucham’s history.

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Galit Peleg Consul General @Israeli Consulate in Miami

Galit is the Interim Consul General for the Consulate General of Israel in Miami. Most recently, she served as the Head of the Department for Public Diplomacy and Academic Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York. Her department was responsible for reaching out to local communities and producing campaigns, events and lectures, to promote Israel’s brand, in NY, NJ, PA, OH, and DE. She studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem where she graduated from two departments: Islam & Middle East Studies and International Relations.

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Henry Green Director @Sephardi Voices

Professor Green is the former Director of the Judaic Studies Program (1984-2000). Dr. Green introduced a Sephardic Studies concentration during his tenure. He is the Founding Director of Mosaic: Jewish Life in Florida (1985-1993), the project to create a traveling exhibit documenting Jewish life in Florida which led to the founding of the Jewish Museum of Florida. He has served as a Visiting Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Oxford University, and the University of Toronto. Among his awards are the Canada Council, the Israel Fellowship, and the Skirball Fellowship (Oxford University, England). Professor Green led the effort to establish first locally, and then nationally, a literacy and school readiness program (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, HIPPY) and served as national chair (2000-2003). Currently, Professor Green is the International Director of Sephardi Voices.

Study shows regular Tefillin use protects men against heart attacks

Study shows regular tefillin use can protect men during heart attacks
(JTA) — Jewish men who wrap leather straps around their arm as part of their daily morning prayers may also be protecting themselves from the worst effects of heart attacks, a study found.

A pilot study by researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine found that regular users of tefillin, or phylacteries, may receive cardiovascular health benefits though remote ischemic preconditioning — that is, briefly restricting blood flow and oxygen to the heart and then restoring it. The results of the study were published last month online in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology.

The study involved 20 Jewish men from the Greater Cincinnati area including nine who wore tefillin daily and 11 who did not. A leather strap is wrapped tightly around either the right or left arm for about half an hour during morning prayers six days a week, often tight enough to leave grooves in the skin for a few minutes after they are removed. They are not worn on Shabbat.

The researchers measured participants’ vital signs, drew blood for analysis of circulating cytokines and monocyte function and also measured blood flow in the dominant arm which is not wrapped with the tefillin. Blood flow was higher for men who wore tefillin daily and improved in all participants after wearing it just once as part of the study.

The study was headed by Jack Rubinstein, UC Health cardiologist and associate professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease. He said in an article posted on the university’s website that the binding of the arm and the discomfort users often report may serve as a form of preconditioning and offer a substantial degree of protection against acute ischemic reperfusion injury – when a section of the heart is deprived of oxygen and then damaged when re-oxygenated — that occurs as a result of a heart attack. Ischemic preconditioning essentially mimics the effects of exercise by placing the heart and vessels under light stress.

“We found people who wear tefillin in either the short or long term, recorded a measurable positive effect on their blood flow. That has been associated with better outcomes in heart disease,” Rubinstein said. Israeli studies have shown that Orthodox men have a lower risk of dying of heart disease compared to non-Orthodox men.