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The Dirty Secret Behind the Anti-Israel BDS Movement
+United with Israel

BDS is a form of jihad that predates not only the 1967 Six Day War, but also the establishment of the State of Israel.

BDS leader Omar Barghouti, leader of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, has made it clear that his movement would oppose the existence of a Jewish state, regardless of any agreement for a two-state solution .

Already in 1929, the Palestinian national and Islamic leader said the Arabs would “remove the last remaining Jews” with an economic boycott. He spent WWII aiding the Nazis and planning to expand the Holocaust and the Final Solution to the Middle East.

Coerced by Arab demands, the British Mandate of Palestine agreed to boycott Jewish immigrants.

Click below to learn more about the history of BDS and the evil goal of the movement.

Link: http://bit.ly/2pyfOzf

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Rasmea Odeh pleads guilty to immigration fraud
Convicted murderer of two Israeli students will be formally sentenced in August, to be deported and stripped of U.S. citizenship with no jail time
William A. Jacobson, +Legal Insurrection

This afternoon in federal court in Detroit Rasmea Odeh pleaded guilty, as expected, to immigration fraud. She received no jail time, but will be deported and stripped of her U.S. citizenship, which she fraudulently obtained. The plea agreement (pdf. here) is embedded at the bottom of this post.

We have told Rasmea’s story many times, and thoroughly debunked her claims and those of her supporters that she is the victim in this process.

The only victims are Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner, who were killed in the 1969 Jerusalem supermarket bombing for which Rasmea was rightly and justly convicted in 1970.

Contrary to the claims of Rasmea supporters, the trial was open and observed by the International Red Cross, whose observer stated on the record afterwards that the trial was fair.

Rasmea’s claim that she only was convicted of the bombings because she falsely confessed after 25 days of sexual torture is contradicted by the objective fact that Rasmea confessed in writing the day after arrest, not 25 days later. There was and is other objective evidence of her guilt, including video statements for pro-Palestinian documentaries decades later by Rasmea’s two conspirators...

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‘I am a Muslim Arab and an Israeli Zionist, and I love the Jewish people’
Chen Kotes-Bar, +Ynetnews

...It’s a complicated story. It begins in Gaza and continues in Israel. D. and his wife gave all their sons Hebrew names. They chose to name them after people from the General Security Service, the Shin Bet, whom they worked with. A., the eldest son, was born in Gaza and received an Israeli name when they came to Israel. Sergeant Y. is the second son. R., the youngest son, serves in the IDF too, holding the rank of corporal.

In order to protect them and their relatives who still live in Gaza City, we are not allowed to reveal their full names and faces. D.’s activity is confidential. Even his three sons don’t know what exactly he did for the State of Israel. He wears a long custom-made chain on his neck with a medallion featuring the map of the Land of Israel and a Star of David. His sons wear Stars of David on their necks. R.’s chain includes the Shema Yisrael prayer as well.

D., a 53-year-old Muslim Arab from Gaza, was a Shin Bet agent, a “collaborator.” People say his contribution to Israel’s security is priceless. Twenty-five years ago, he was smuggled from Gaza by the Shin Bet together with his wife and eldest son. They had two more sons since then, both of whom are now IDF soldiers.

The three sons, including the one who was born in Gaza, are in the midst of a conversion process. The two soldiers are undergoing the process as part of the army’s Nativ program. They both wear a large kippa, put on tefillin and say a blessing before they eat. They keep their cellphones shut off during Shabbat. A. is in charge of cooking the traditional Jewish stew known as Cholent. Y. celebrated the Passover Seder in the army. R. was the guest of a religious Jewish family in the Gaza vicinity. A., the eldest son, recently resumed a conversion process which he had begun several years ago, when he was involved with a young Jewish girl.

“I really feel like I am part of something which is above and beyond,” Y. explains. “I know more about the State of Israel’s history and significant things than I know about our own history...”

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Hezbollah Fundraising Underscores its Financial Crisis
DAVID DAOUD AND YAYA FANUSIE, +The Cipher Brief

Hezbollah is ramping up its grassroots fundraising efforts with an intensive online outreach campaign aimed at making its revenue streams more resistant to U.S. pressure. The campaign indicates that Hezbollah – likely on advice from Iran – is seeking more financial autonomy from its Iranian patrons as they struggle under the weight of U.S. sanctions and the costs of military interventions abroad.

Tehran provides Hezbollah with approximately $200 million annually, but the group has never depended exclusively on Iranian support. Early after the group’s establishment in 1983, it created the Islamic Resistance Support Association (IRSA) – the official fundraising arm of Hezbollah’s military activities – to raise money domestically. Over the last few decades, the IRSA has distributed propaganda to win over the Lebanese population – particularly the country’s Shiites – and enlist their support in financing the group through fundraisers and charitable donations.

...The campaign could not have come at a more urgent time for Hezbollah, as recent reports confirm that the group is experiencing a financial crisis. Iran’s expenditures on its direct and proxy regional interventions – particularly in Syria, but also in Iraq, Yemen, and Bahrain – are likely straining Tehran’s budget. Additionally, with the new U.S. Administration’s stated eagerness to impose additional sanctions on Iran, Hezbollah appears to be taking overall preemptive action to become more autonomous and ensure its survivability. Just days before Hezbollah launched this year’s Equip a Mujahid fundraising campaign, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on an Iranian government financier of the group. Thus, the campaign may indicate the success of these U.S. financial sanctions in hindering Iran’s ability to deliver funds to its Lebanese proxy.

Beyond feeling the squeeze of Tehran’s financial responsibilities, congressional passage of the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act (HIFPA) in December 2015 has also hindered the group’s revenue streams. In mid-2016, Nasrallah defiantly said that the measures put in place by Congress would not affect his group financially. “Hezbollah’s budget, its salaries, expenses, and its food, drink, and weapons and missiles [are funded by] the Islamic Republic of Iran. As long as there is money in Iran, then we’ll have money,” Nasrallah said. Despite the banking sanctions, Hezbollah’s chief reaffirmed that Tehran’s funding would still reach his group, “just as the rockets with which we threaten Israel reach us, and no law is capable of preventing that.”

Yet this year’s campaign belied Nasrallah’s statements.

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What The ADL Reported About The Increase in Antisemitism -- And What It Left Out

From: "U.S. Anti-Semitic Incidents Spike 86 Percent So Far in 2017 After Surging Last Year, ADL Finds"
+Anti-Defamation League

Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. surged more than one-third in 2016 and have jumped 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017, according to new data from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). In its annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, ADL reports that there has been a massive increase in the amount of harassment of American Jews, particularly since November, and a doubling in the amount of anti-Semitic bullying and vandalism at non-denominational K-12 grade schools.

In 2016, there was a 34 percent year-over-year increase in incidents – assaults, vandalism, and harassment — with a total of 1,266 acts targeting Jews and Jewish institutions. Nearly 30 percent of these incidents (369) occurred in November and December. The surge has continued during the first three months of 2017, with preliminary reports of another 541 incidents, putting this year on pace for more than 2,000 incidents. Americans of all faiths have felt the increase and in a poll ADL released earlier this month a majority said they are concerned about violence in the U.S. directed at Jews.

“There’s been a significant, sustained increase in anti-Semitic activity since the start of 2016 and what’s most concerning is the fact that the numbers have accelerated over the past five months,” said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt. “Clearly, we have work to do and need to bring more urgency to the fight. At ADL, we will use every resource available to put a stop to anti-Semitism. But we also need more leaders to speak out against this cancer of hate and more action at all levels to counter anti-Semitism.”

...The 2016 presidential election and the heightened political atmosphere played a role in the increase. There were 34 incidents linked to the election. For example, in Denver, graffiti posted in May 2016 said “Kill the Jews, Vote Trump.” In November, a St. Petersburg, Fla., man was accosted by someone who told him “Trump is going to finish what Hitler started.”

Read the whole thing: http://bit.ly/2q3SAhD

Note: In his article, "There Were More Than 7,000 Anti-Semitic Incidents Under Obama, and They Were Largely Ignored" (http://bit.ly/2pyiblC), Seth Frantzman takes a longer view of the increase in Antisemitism, starting with the start of the Obama administration.

Note below, that while it decreased during Obama's first term, after the start of his second term, Antisemitism was again on the rise.

Frantzman asks on Twitter: Why do they report a "surge" in #antisemitism in the US for 2016, when it's the SAME number of incidents as 2010 (1,266 vs. 1,239). http://bit.ly/2qd5lWb
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President Donald Trump full speech at 2017 US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Day of Remembrance

Full text available here: http://bit.ly/2q5ujdz

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UN chief vows to stand up against anti-Israel bias, anti-Semitism*
_Antonio Guterres receives standing ovation at WJC event, saying Israel has undeniable right to exist and should be treated like any other member state
+The Times of Israel and +AFP

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday vowed to stand up against anti-Israel bias at the world organization and said the Jewish state must be treated like any other member state.

Speaking to delegates at the World Jewish Congress’s plenary assembly in New York, while Israel marked Holocaust Remembrance Day, the UN chief said that as secretary-general, he would be “on the front lines in the fight against anti-Semitism,” which he warned was on the rise in Europe and America, and called “absolutely unacceptable.”

He promised to “make sure that the United Nations is able to conduct all possible actions for anti-Semitism to be condemned, and if possible eradicated from the face of the earth.”

...Guterres said he would “guarantee” that those working under him would abide by principles that he considers right...

Below: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres with WJC President Ronald S. Lauder at the World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly in New York. April 23, 2017. (Shahar Azran)

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WHAT IS HEZBOLLAH PLANNING FOR THE THIRD LEBANON WAR?
As Syria continues to disintegrate, the chances increase that a new conflict with Hezbollah will erupt
YAAKOV KATZ, +jerusalem post

In military Intelligence they call it “Fire-by-Six,” a reference to the dramatic transformation of Hezbollah’s rocket and missile arsenal in the 10 years that have passed since the Second Lebanon War.

The first change is in quantity. In 2006, Hezbollah had approximately 15,000 rockets, of which it fired about 4,300 rockets during the 34 days of fighting, an average of 130 a day.

Today, the Iranian-backed group is believed to have around 130,000 rockets and missiles, and is expected to be able to fire approximately 1,000 a day in a future war...

Below: A Hezbollah member drives a 4-wheel motorbike mounted with a mock rocket in southern Lebanon in 2015. (photo credit:REUTERS)



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The Dirty Secret Behind the Anti-Israel BDS Movement
+United with Israel

BDS is a form of jihad that predates not only the 1967 Six Day War, but also the establishment of the State of Israel.

BDS leader Omar Barghouti, leader of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, has made it clear that his movement would oppose the existence of a Jewish state, regardless of any agreement for a two-state solution .

Already in 1929, the Palestinian national and Islamic leader said the Arabs would “remove the last remaining Jews” with an economic boycott. He spent WWII aiding the Nazis and planning to expand the Holocaust and the Final Solution to the Middle East.

Coerced by Arab demands, the British Mandate of Palestine agreed to boycott Jewish immigrants.

Click below to learn more about the history of BDS and the evil goal of the movement.

Link: http://bit.ly/2pyfOzf

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Rasmea Odeh pleads guilty to immigration fraud
Convicted murderer of two Israeli students will be formally sentenced in August, to be deported and stripped of U.S. citizenship with no jail time
William A. Jacobson, +Legal Insurrection

This afternoon in federal court in Detroit Rasmea Odeh pleaded guilty, as expected, to immigration fraud. She received no jail time, but will be deported and stripped of her U.S. citizenship, which she fraudulently obtained. The plea agreement (pdf. here) is embedded at the bottom of this post.

We have told Rasmea’s story many times, and thoroughly debunked her claims and those of her supporters that she is the victim in this process.

The only victims are Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner, who were killed in the 1969 Jerusalem supermarket bombing for which Rasmea was rightly and justly convicted in 1970.

Contrary to the claims of Rasmea supporters, the trial was open and observed by the International Red Cross, whose observer stated on the record afterwards that the trial was fair.

Rasmea’s claim that she only was convicted of the bombings because she falsely confessed after 25 days of sexual torture is contradicted by the objective fact that Rasmea confessed in writing the day after arrest, not 25 days later. There was and is other objective evidence of her guilt, including video statements for pro-Palestinian documentaries decades later by Rasmea’s two conspirators...
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