Don Feder of the World Congress of Families is pretty sure that “Barack Hussein Obama is perhaps the greatest tragedy to befall the Jews since the destruction of the Second Temple” in 70 AD. This apparently means that, according to Feder, the Obama presidency has been worse for the Jewish people than such atrocities as the Holocaust and the Pogroms.
“Our president is a world-class crescent-kisser,” Feder writes. “In his State of the Union address - between striking Mussolini-like poses and lying about employment - the president disclosed that as part of the ‘partnership’ between America and Islam (we buy their oil, they kill us), ‘I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.’ Is it a stereotype if it’s true?” (The remark was actually delivered in a 2009 speech in Cairo.)
After falsely claiming that Obama “studied in a madrassa,” Feder writes that “the president is anti-Americanism incarnate.”
Barack Hussein Obama is perhaps the greatest tragedy to befall the Jews since the destruction of the Second Temple. He’s trying to force Israel into a suicidal pact with the gentle folk of Hamas and Fatah. Every time Palestinian terrorists (Hamas and Fatah) kill more Jews, he calls for calm on both sides - as if Israel was doing anything but defending itself.
His hatred of Netanyahu borders on the pathological. When Boehner recently invited the Israeli Prime Minister to address the House of Representatives, Obama threw one of his hissy fits, letting it be known that Bibi would not be asked to stop at the White House. That must be a terrible blow for the Prime Minister. Now, the administration is threatening to retaliate against Bibi. Where Churchill was defiant, Obama is petulant.
Our president is a world-class crescent-kisser. He’ll periodically tell us how it’s his duty to defend Islam from scurrilous attacks. I must have missed that in Constitutional Law class.
In his State of the Union address - between striking Mussolini-like poses and lying about employment - the president disclosed that as part of the “partnership” between America and Islam (we buy their oil, they kill us), “I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” Is it a stereotype if it’s true?
- See more at: rightwingwatch.org
BERLIN — A German newspaper has apologized for mistakenly publishing a fake Charlie Hebdo cover that featured an anti-Semitic cartoon on its front page the day after the French publication was attacked last week.
The daily Berliner Zeitung featured four real Charlie Hebdo covers on its front page Jan. 8, along with a fake one depicting what appears to be an Orthodox Jew making a quip about the Holocaust. The cover carried the name “Charlo Hebdo” — one of the clues it was a fake.
The Berliner Zeitung said Thursday it “failed to recognize that one of the cartoons was a fake” and offered its “profoundest personal apologies for this highly regrettable mistake.”
It said it had posted a correction in Friday’s paper acknowledging that it mistakenly printed an anti-Semitic cartoon.
Screenshot of the fake cartoon is here. It will probably show up soon on Glenn Greenwald’s Twitter feed (if it hasn’t already)
In France, the projects don’t look like ghettoes, but they’re filled with a poisonous mix of conspiracy theories and a some support for murderous jihadis.
SEVRAN, France — As more than 1.5 million people, including 40 world leaders, converged on Paris on Sunday to rally for unity after terrorist attacks that left 17 innocent people dead, three young men in tracksuits and hoodies lounged outside a fast-food restaurant 10 miles north of the city in Sevran, one of France’s poorest suburbs.
Mehdi Boular, 24, who said he was married with two children, and two of his friends, did not attend Sunday’s rally.
“We’re Muslims,” Boular said. “They might have killed us if we’d gone.”
But even though the flags of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia were flying at the rally in Place de la République and Muslims were well represented among the marchers Sunday, Boular said the attacks in Paris were part of a plot masterminded by Jewish conspirators.
“The Kalashnikovs, the identity cards the [killers] supposedly left behind, it was all staged,” said Boular, as his friends nodded in agreement. “It was a conspiracy designed by the Jews to make Muslims look bad. We’d rather just stay where we are.”
No use arguing. No use pointing out that one of the terrorists murdered four Jews. Conspiracy theories have their own unassailable logic, and this is a world apart from the displays of unity in Paris after the carnage of last week. French newspapers reported that some students in these neighborhoods—as well as other heavily Muslim areas near cities like Lille—refused to participate in Thursday’s national moment of silence for the victims of the terror attacks. One teacher said up to 80 percent of his students didn’t want to observe the silence, and some said they supported the attackers. “You reap what you sow,” a student who refused the moment of silence told his teacher in reference to the terrorists’ victims, according to Le Figaro.
Sevran is one of the many notorious banlieues just outside Paris that are home largely to second- and third-generation immigrants from former French colonies in North and West Africa. The town is studded with cement and brick public housing, mostly built in the 1960s and ’70s. Unemployment rates are as high as 35 to 40 percent. Sevran often is lumped in with places like Saint-Denis and nearby Clichy-sous-Bois, the epicenter of weeks of rioting and car burning in 2005. Riots here back in the summer of 1981 led to some of the first mass demonstrations to illustrate the plight of immigrant Algerians, Tunisians, and Moroccans in France.
The 19th arrondissement in Paris has also become synonymous with immigrant frustration and despair after it became known that the Kouachi brothers, Chérif and Saïd, who died in a hail of gunfire last week after killing 12 people, including eight journalists at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, moved there as teenagers and were recruited by a jihadi network. Born in France, the Kouachis were the orphaned sons of Algerian parents.
The popular narrative is that France’s minority populations, specifically those of North African descent, are marginalized and isolated in what are invariably called “gritty,” or “hardscrabble” areas. Shunned by the French majority, reports often say, the children of North African immigrants are frustrated and resentful because they are blocked from traditional routes of advancement.
But many of the Parisian banlieues appear to an outsider much tamer than gun-ridden American ghettoes and bear no resemblance to, say, a typical favela in Rio de Janeiro or the mafia-run Scampia ghetto in Naples. Much of the 19th arrondissement in Paris, where Cherif Kouachi joined the Buttes-Chaumont terror network 10 years ago, looks about as rundown and sketchy today as Brooklyn’s Park Slope.
This delightful quote is included:
On Christmas Eve, Christians will be gathering with families, feasting and opening presents and maybe even attending church services. Meanwhile, what will Jews be doing? Some will be tearing toilet paper. In a 2009 piece, Benyamin Cohen explained the history of Nittel Nacht. The article is reprinted below.
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, Jews were playing dreidel, being celibate, and tearing toilet paper. Allow me to explain. Please.
The Jewish community has long had a tense relationship with Christmas. You wouldn’t know it by the two main customs observed by many 21st-century Jews on Dec. 25: eating Chinese food and being the first to see the Christmas blockbuster. But less well-known are the more historic—and, to be blunt, more bizarre—Christmas Eve customs that Jewish communities have kept secret, even from most Jews. As a public service announcement, I’m here to let you in on what the rabbis thought about Christmas Eve. Gather round, little ones. This is a scary tale.
The Talmud, with its share of rabbinic repudiations against Jesus, was never a big fan of Christmas. Call it the Grinch. Indeed, the rabbis looked at it as a day of mourning—perhaps due to the suffering that Jews encountered in Jesus’ name throughout history. And Christmas Eve—named “Nittel Nacht” by Jewish scholars in the 17th century—took on a life of its own. Some Jewish mystics were under the impression that many apostates were conceived on Christmas Eve (which is one reason the rabbis forbade sex on Dec. 24; more on that later). In Europe, the Jewish community was victim of more acts of violence on this night. All in all, it didn’t end up being a festive evening for Jews.
And so the rabbis decreed that the public study hall be closed and that no Torah learning take place on this night. I guess it’s our version of “Silent Night”—literally. The edict came about partially because of pogroms, but the leaders were also concerned about the popularly held belief in Judaism that studying the Torah brings spiritual benefit to the world at large. Many didn’t want to make this positive contribution on what they considered a “pagan” night.
Although there is no exact demarcation as to the genesis of this odd holiday, the renowned Talmudist Rabbi Samuel Eides (commonly known as the Mahrasha in Torah circles) observed Nittel Nacht as early as the late 1500s. The Baal Shem Tov, a famous Jewish mystic and the founder of Hasidism, popularized the holiday in the 1700s. Many rabbis after him added on their own special rules. By the mid-1900s, when Judeo-Christian relations matured, the Christmas Eve customs fell mostly by the wayside as the Jewish community wanted to show their support for their Christian neighbors. While there are still some Orthodox groups that observe Nittel Nacht, these are not widespread customs among modern Jews. Indeed, in doing research for this article, I found that asking for information on Nittel Nacht was sort of equivalent to asking for directions to the nearest Freemasonry.
Although Torah study was forbidden, some privately studied what’s called Toledot Yeshu—a medieval manuscript that tells the story of Jesus from a non-Christian perspective. A few didn’t even sleep on Christmas Eve for fear that they might dream about Torah study. It’s probably the only time the rabbis would prefer visions of sugarplums dancing in your head. Hassidic legend says that dogs, often and quizzically seen in ancient Jewish texts as a symbol of evil, appear to those who study Torah on this night.
I see the Kennesaw City Council unanimously changed their votes and then went slinking out the back door. Such bravery! Emphasis added is mine:
With a unanimous 5-0 vote Monday, the Kennesaw City Council approved a permit allowing an Islamic prayer center to open in a retail center, reversing its decision earlier this month to deny the request.
The controversial vote came despite protests from a crowd of about 20 people outside City Hall holding signs with the words “Ban Islam” and “No Mosque” and waving American flags before and after the meeting. […]
When Mayor Mark Mathews adjourned the meeting, all the council members left the room quickly through a back door. Mathews remained but said none of the other council members would comment on the change of vote. […]
Councilwoman Debra Williams said in a statement to the MDJ after the meeting that all she could say about changing her vote on the issue was “RLUIPA trumps.” […]
And here are some of the comments from the protesters, the Real Americans™, those patriotic protectors of the Constitution. Their naked bigotry and ignorance—not only about Islam & Muslims, but about the Constitution they claim to honor & protect—is appalling:
Karen Untz, a protester from Cumming, said she was scared of what would happen to the community now that the mosque was allowed in and predicted it would bring Sharia law with it.
“They get a bunch of people in an area, and then they institute Sharia law, and then they beat their wives, et cetera, et cetera. I don’t want to go into all the other terrible things they do,” Untz said. “This is going to start happening all over the state.” […]
Umm, what? Which state did that happen in?
Chris Hill, a protestor from McDonough, said he also thinks the mosque will lead to Sharia law in Kennesaw. […]
Gloria Williamson, a protester from Jasper, called Islam a cult and said it should not be given the freedom religions such as Christianity enjoy.
“It’s a cult. It’s not a religion because they teach hate toward Americans,” Williamson said. […]
So…. as an American Muslim I’m taught to hate myself, not to mention my family members & friends who aren’t Muslim? That’s the first I’ve heard of that—it’s definitely gonna be a problem. The stupid, it burns.
Note in the source article that the captions under the 3rd & 4th photos indicate that the protesters in them are Three Percenters. This hatefulness and outright bigotry is the sort of unregenerate filth that the GOP has willingly allowed into it’s ranks. It’s the same drooling, knuckle-dragging crowd that people like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer play (and feed their rancid red meat) to. They’re thoroughly revolting, the lot of them.
For anyone who isn’t aware of it, the Three Percenters share “values” with the Oathkeepers. Here’s an article on them by the ADL from back in 2009. There’s another over at the SPLC about a co-founder of the Three Percenters, Michael Brian Vanderboegh. And yet another, this one from 2013 regarding police in Jersey City who had the chutzpah to actually wear patches advertising their allegiance. Yes, that Jersey City, the one right in the middle of the (supposed) East Coast bastion of liberalism, sitting right across the Hudson River from NYC.
If that doesn’t convince you, then listen to the Oathkeepers themselves praise & defend their Three Percenter brethren: donotlink.com
Keep in mind that the antigoverment “Patriot” movement consists of all manner of conspiracy theorists and bigots including, but certainly not limited to, the sovereign citizens movement which is “rooted in racism and anti-Semitism.”
I couldn’t find any other Pages about this story, so I decided to add it myself. The amount of hateful bigotry coming out of the right that they hide behind a cloak of Christian love & concern is deeply troubling—not because these are the only bigots or extremists, but because they seem to be able to frighten people into agreeing with them and actually removing protections from certain groups.
Today it’s the LGBT community, but they’re not the only ones these people disapprove of—which group is next? Blacks & Hispanics? Atheists? Jews? Muslims? They’re hardly even bothering to hide their toxic hate & bigotry anymore. For example these Pages just within the past few days:
- Gohmert brings anti-Mormon, anti-Jew, anti-LGBT pastor to pray to Jesus in U.S. House
- Why Millions of Christian Evangelicals Oppose Obamacare and Civil Rights
- Michigan House Passes Religious 'License to Discriminate' Bill
- The Christian Terrorist Movement No One Wants to Talk About
People seriously need to start worrying less about Muslim extremism and more about the Christian extremism that’s negatively affecting countless lives by changing laws using our political system. Funny how the same people doing this are often the ones fear mongering over the supposed Muslim Brotherhood, creeping Sharia/Caliphate—if there’s a fifth column in this country, it’s the Christian right not Muslims.
I want to add that any Christian who imagines they would be spared from becoming victims of fellow Christians who are fanatics need only look at the Mideast. Far more Muslims than any other group are being abused and killed there by Muslim fanatics. You’re of the wrong sect? Not “pious” enough? Disagree with us in any way? You and your family are disenfranchised or dead. Don’t believe for a minute that it would be any different with Christians.
Now, listen to the soft-spoken, oh-so-submissive seeming Michelle Duggar do her scare mongering thing:
On Tuesday, residents of Fayetteville, Arkansas narrowly voted to overturn its civil rights ordinance that protected all residents from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. The county election commission reports that 51 percent of residents voted to repeal Ordinance 119, which would have banned such discrimination based on real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic background, marital status or veteran status. Thousands of residents voted against the repeal, but came up about 500 votes short.
Anne-Garland Berry, the campaign manager of the Keep Fayetteville Fair Coalition, released a statement lamenting the result of the vote. “Fayetteville is a city filled with inclusive, accepting citizens,” she wrote. “Unfortunately, the repeal of this ordinance tells our visitors that we do not treat everyone with respect and only allocate freedoms to certain groups of people.” […]
Crown Heights, NY - Israeli Man Stabbed Inside Chabad Synagogue by Man Heard Saying ‘Kill the Jews’ (Dramatic Video)
Crown Heights, NY - A knife-wielding man stabbed an Israeli student in the head inside a Brooklyn synagogue early Tuesday before being fatally shot by police after he refused to drop the knife, authorities said.
The man stormed into the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic world headquarters in Crown Heights at about 1:40 a.m. and attacked Levi Rosenblat, who was studying inside the synagogue, spokesman Motti Seligson said. He said there were other people inside at the time.
According to witnesses, the attacker was heard saying repeatedly “Kill the Jews,” said Chaim Landa, another spokesman for Chabad-Lubavitch. Several other people immediately intervened, he said.
A witness flagged down a patrol officer, who confronted the 49-year-old man and told him to put the knife down. He initially put it down, but picked it up again, police said.
More officers responded and repeatedly ordered the man to drop the knife.
He refused and, with the knife in his hand, charged at one of the officers, who fired once, striking the man in the torso, police said.
Police said no other officers discharged their weapons.
The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was not immediately identified, but police said he was from New York City and had a criminal history.
The 22-year-old Rosenblat was in stable condition, officials said.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind condemned the attack.
“I’m told that the attacker came earlier that evening, too. He was stalking the scene. Thank God he didn’t inflict more harm nor do more damage to more people,” Hikind said in an email statement.
He said while a motive for the attack was not yet known, greater security was needed for Jewish institutions.
A 9-inch knife, with a 4 1/2-inch blade, was recovered at the scene, police said.
One of the most shocking aspects of the murderous attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this morning by men with guns and axes is not the attack itself—we’ve seen, from time to time, this sort of sectarian barbarism take place in places like Jerusalem, and Hebron. The most shocking aspect is the wholesale endorsement of this slaughter by Hamas, a group that, during this summer’s war in Gaza, half-succeeded in convincing the world that it wasn’t what it actually is: a group with actual genocidal intentions.
According to witnesses, the two attackers entered the synagogue, in the Har Nof neighborhood, and began killing worshipers with pistols and axes. (Both assailants were killed by police, but not before they murdered four worshipers and injured at least six others, including two police officers.)
“To see Jews wearing tefillin [phylacteries] and wrapped in the tallit [prayer shawls] lying in pools of blood, I wondered if I was imagining scenes from the Holocaust,” said Yehuda Meshi Zahav, who leads an emergency-response team, according to The New York Times. “It was a massacre of Jews at prayer.”
This is how a Hamas spokesman reacted to the massacre of Jews at prayer: “The new operation is heroic and a natural reaction to Zionist criminality against our people and our holy places. We have the full right to revenge for the blood of our martyrs in all possible means.”
Twenty years ago, shortly after the Jewish fanatic Baruch Goldstein massacred Muslims at prayer in Hebron, the then-prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, said of the killer, “You are not part of the community of Israel. … You are a foreign implant. You are an errant weed. Sensible Judaism spits you out.”
Hamas’s endorsement of the massacre of Jews at prayer in their holy city confirms—as if we needed confirming—that its goal is the eradication of Israel and its Jews. We should pray for the day when the leaders of Gaza react to this sort of massacre in the manner of Yitzhak Rabin.
The Palestinian Authority leader, the more moderate Mahmoud Abbas, has condemned the attack, but it is also fair to say that he helped create the atmosphere in which attacks like this one become more likely. As the Times reports, the attackers “were described as being motivated by what they saw as threats to the revered plateau [the Temple Mount] that contains Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. Although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has repeatedly asserted that he will not alter the status quo at the site, where non-Muslims can visit but not openly pray, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has called on his people to protect the area and has warned of a ‘holy war’ if it is ‘contaminated’ by Jews.”
A Mississippi rabbi and a restaurant owner have agreed to sit down and talk about a salad order gone wrong.
Rabbi Ted Riter, of Jackson’s Beth Israel Congregation, says he was kicked out of a Wraps Greek restaurant in Jackson because of his faith. But restaurant owner John Allis claims the whole thing was a big misunderstanding about a “Jewish Salad” that his restaurant sells.
The controversy between the two men began soon after Riter entered Allis’ restaurant on Tuesday.
“I asked the owner if I could have a Greek salad to go and he said, ‘The regular size or the Jewish size?’” Riter told WAPT. “He just goes into a tirade, throwing out all these expletives, ‘Get out of here.’”
Riter claims the owner told him, “You know Jews are small and cheap! Everyone knows that.”
The rabbi reportedly responded, “Did you really just say that to me?”
After asking whether Riter was Jewish, the rabbi was allegedly ordered to leave the restaurant.
“Expletives, F-bombs, and since I’d never been the recipient of that before, I was in shock, so I didn’t register it until the second or third time he told me to leave,” Riter told the Clarion Ledger. “It was a bit surreal. So I left.”
But Ellis has a different version of events. He claims the restaurant was extremely busy at that time and that Riter was acting indecisive. Ellis says he harbors no ill will toward the Jewish people.
“The guy said he didn’t want to do any business with us. He was probably offended because we offer different salads — that’s all,” Ellis told WAPT. “I said, ‘Greek salad or Jew?’ We have different salads. We have Carlito’s Way Salad. We have Grecian Salad. We have Jewish Salad. We have Greek Salad. We have Cesar Salad — we have a lot of salads. Names of salads derive from people; they don’t derive from the sky.”
Personally I would not have even entered that restaurant, I only eat at restaurants that are strictly kosher. It would appear this menu item was kosher, that is, it contained only vegetarian ingredients but it may have come into contact with non-kosher ingredients while it was being prepared. However that was not the cause of the dispute. The cause of the dispute was that the restaurant owner is a bigoted asshole.
That said, I hope the rabbi & his friends never enter that restaurant ever again.
Liverpool have deleted a tweet wishing their Jewish supporters a happy new year after it was met with a series of antisemitic messages on the club’s official account.
The club marked Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year in the Hebrew calendar, with a tweet on Friday that read: “Liverpool FC would like to wish all our Jewish supporters around the world a happy new year. #RoshHashanah”. However, the tweet was removed several hours later.
Liverpool have recognised various religious events and holidays on social media and was one of several clubs to mention Rosh Hashanah on Twitter on Friday. Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, contacted Anfield officials having received a number of complaints about the antisemitic abuse on the club’s site. It has also reported the alleged hate crimes to True Vision, the police’s online reporting facility, and investigations could follow.
A spokesperson for Kick It Out said: “It is encouraging that a football club recognises these holidays and religious landmarks - Liverpool did the same for Ramadan - but extremely sad when a club does that in a proactive manner and gets these responses. Premier League clubs appeal to supporters around the world and it would have been nice for Liverpool’s Jewish supporters to see this message from their club, that’s the bigger issue. It should be welcomed that clubs are doing this is in a proactive manner.”