Opinion: Redefining anti-Semitism is vital to protecting American Jews from discrimination

WLOS, by Boris Epshteyn, September 14, 2018:

The Trump administration is taking unprecedented steps to protect Jewish people across the country.

The change is in how the Department of Education investigates allegations of discrimination against Jewish students on campuses across the country.

The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is now going to be using a new “working definition” of anti-Semitism, in which de-legitimizing Israel or holding it to a double standard that is not expected of other democratic nations is deemed anti-Semitic.

Jewish advocacy groups have long called for this new, broader, definition as a tool to prevent discrimination against Jewish students at educational institutions across the country.

However, advocates for the rights of Palestinians claim that the definition is so broad it would label any criticism of Israel or pro-Israeli policies as anti-Semitic.

That is a false narrative. Hatred and criticism are two very different things.

Hatred of the State of Israel is, often, rooted in anti-Semitism.

On the increasingly extreme liberal college campuses of today, this new policy will protect those who have otherwise been stifled by political correctness and anti-Semitism.

Here’s the Bottom Line: Re-defining and broadening the term “anti-Semitism” is crucial to protecting the Jewish people and the Jewish community in America.

I want to commend the Trump administration for taking this action and I hope the media as a whole gives the new policy the coverage it deserves.

Those that have ludicrously called President Trump and the Republican Party anti-Semitic need to, once again, take a good, long, look at themselves in the mirror.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations

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CAIR ‘Civil Rights’ Activist a Classic Anti-Semite

Wilfredo Amr Ruiz


Islamist Watch, by Samantha Rose and Nicci Thompson, September 17, 2018:

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Last week, the Florida branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which bills itself as “a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding,” published a press release condemning Sarasota House candidate Tommy Gregory for attending an event apparently organized by seasoned Holocaust denier Peter Gemma. “Tommy Gregory owes an apology to the Florida Jewish community and to all Floridians. We condemn his attendance at a party organized by people associated with Holocaust deniers and white nationalists. Instead of uttering frivolous excuses, Gregory should apologize for his bad judgment in attending this repugnant event,” trumpeted CAIR-Florida communications director Wilfredo Amr Ruiz.

To those who are unfamiliar with CAIR and its particular brand of duplicity, Ruiz’s impassioned defense of Florida’s Jewish population might seem like a sincere, heart-warming manifestation of interfaith solidarity. But a closer examination of Ruiz’s history (not to mention CAIR’s frequent tendency to ignore Islamist expressions of bigotry) shows that CAIR and Ruiz’s concern for Jewish welfare is just as fake as the rest of the group’s carefully curated progressive image.

A Puerto Rican convert to Islam, Wilfredo Ruiz has long parroted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories of a type similar to those espoused by the very people Ruiz publicly condemned: Peter Gemma and his associates. Indeed, in 2010, Ruiz published an article on the Islamist website WebIslam parroting classic anti-Semitic falsehoods. One was the popular Nazi canard that the Talmud, an ancient Jewish text, instructs Jews to bury Jesus next to the grave of Muhammad, where Jews then “throw dead dogs and monkeys.” Ruiz also claimed that the Talmud refers to Christians as “idolaters, murderers, fornicators, filth and beasts” and that it includes repeated calls to intolerance and mistreatment, exhorting the Jew to deceive the Christian and “not assist him during illness, pregnancy or death.”

Ruiz’s bizarre claims are easily proven false; there is no mention of Muhammad in the Talmud (as it was written before he was born), and only a few passing references to Jesus or Christians. Presumably unwilling to read the Talmud himself, Ruiz instead mined the work of Justinas Pranaitis, a 19th century defrocked Russian Catholic priest, to support his claims. Pranaitis is remembered for advancing the blood libel against Jews by testifying about supposed Talmudic hatred in a court case against a Jew accused of using Christian children’s blood for Passover cooking.

Pranaitis remains infamous for The Talmud Unmasked, a classic anti-Semitic text that claims to reveal Jewish hatred and Talmudic justification for murder of Christians. Inspired by notorious German anti-Semitic writer August Rohling, the book contains exactly the falsehoods Ruiz presents as fact. Indeed, Ruiz even went so far as to recommend a website with a digitized version of the text—a site whose webmaster notes: “This unchanged, online version of Fr. Pranaitis scholarly book, The Talmud Unmasked, is dedicated to the Holy Infant Martyr St. Simon of Trent, who was mercilessly slayed by the Jews in Trent, Italy on the 21st March, 1475 A.D.”

If it seems odd that these examples of classic anti-Jewish hatred didn’t give Ruiz—a self-styled “civil rights activist”—any pause, allow us to put Ruiz’s bigotry in context.

Ruiz assumed the post of CAIR Florida’s communication director in 2011, after serving as legal counsel and director of the Puerto Rico office of the Miami-based group American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA). Like CAIR, AMANA bills itself as an organization focused on civil rights and serving the community, yet has repeatedly spread anti-Semitic content.

AMANA was founded and is still led by Palestinian-Arab activist and virulent Hamas supporter Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout. In 2010, the Anti-Defamation League publicly condemned Zakkout and AMANA for using its website to promote an anti-Semitic video by former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. Almost 10 years later, a David Duke video in which he accuses Jews of orchestrating the Holocaust in order to justify the creation of Israel remains posted on AMANA’s website.

Since Ruiz joined CAIR-Florida, he has continued to serve as AMANA’s legal advisor, and the groups have worked together to organize pro-Hamas rallies. At one such rally in Miami in 2014, protesters screamed, “We are Hamas” outside the Israeli consulate; Zakkout later posted photos of the rally accompanied by the caption, “Thank God, every day we conquer the American Jews like our conquests over the Jews of Israel!”

Meanwhile, despite Ruiz’s carefully sanitized public image—for instance, his Huffington Post bio cites his participation in the Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education at Hebrew College, and his Twitter account includes impassioned pleas on behalf of religious freedom—he has continued to leave indications of his bigotry on social media. In one case, Ruiz “liked” a Facebook comment denying the Holocaust and asserting, “Hitler wasn’t so bad after all.”

In another case, Ruiz appeared in a 2017 video produced by HispanTV, the Iranian regime’s state-run Spanish-language channel, and then used CAIR’s Spanish-language Facebook page to post it. In the video, a journalist claims that the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) staffers and Israeli government officials fly to Washington, D.C., together, equipped with “bags of money” to buy American politicians. Then, the journalist continues, those officials reimburse themselves with American taxpayer dollars.

Given how often CAIR goes out of its way to condemn what it characterizes as anti-Muslim bias—and how fervently Ruiz tries to appear as an advocate for Jews—one might think that CAIR would deal just as harshly with anti-Semitism among its own ranks as it does with white nationalists, or “Islamophobia” in the ranks of others. Instead, CAIR has proven time and time again that it will accept and excuse hatred against Jews whenever CAIR can get away with it. If CAIR is truly interested in advocating for American communities—Jewish or otherwise— perhaps it should look inward and remove Wilfredo Amr Ruiz from his post.

Samantha Rose Mandeles is the Coordinator for Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. Follow her on Twitter at @SRMandeles. Nicci Thomson holds an M.A. in International Security from Massey University and is a writer for Islamist Watch.

“Leave ISIS Alone”: Hyatt to Host Pro-Terror, Pro-Gay Killing Speakers

Front Page Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield, July 6, 2018:

Here’s who’s coming to the Muslim Congress conference “Islam: Religion of Hope” at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.

Asad Jafri, another scheduled speaker at the conference, has promoted safeguarding Islamic terrorists and called for Israel’s destruction.  At a rally in Toronto, he implored, “Leave ISIS alone, leave Al Qaida alone, leave Al Nusra alone, leave Boko Haram alone . . . down with Zionism!”  He also threatened, “You will see the destruction of Israel very soon.”

I’m feeling hopeful about Islam. How about you?

Don’t expect the media to talk about this in light of the Pulse massacre in Orlando. Even though it’s taking place a hotel less than a half hour from the Pulse Memorial. Islamic bigotry and violence is one of those subjects we can’t discuss. Unlike the terribleness of Jews and Christians: a subject that the media can never get enough of.

The Muslim Congress conference is also scheduled to feature Sheikh Hamza Sodagar, who endorses killing gays, and in excruciatingly horrific ways:  “The punishment for homosexual men . . .  the easiest one maybe is to chop their head off. Second, burn them to death. Third, throw them off a cliff. Fourth, tear down a wall on them.  Fifth, a combination of the above.”


Also there’s a Holocaust denier coming to the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.

According to Hyatt’s corporate responsibility statement, it’s “in the business of caring for people so they can be their best.”

No doubt the Leave ISIS alone guy appreciates it.

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Islamic Anti-Semitism is Really Islamic Imperialism

Front Page Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield, June 6, 2018:

We ask that the verses of the Qur’an calling for the killing and punishment of Jews, Christians and unbelievers be rendered obsolete,” the manifesto states.

It cites the murders of Sarah Halimi and  Mireille Knoll, two elderly Jewish women murdered by anti-Semitic Muslim thugs, the fact that “French Jews are 25 times more likely to be attacked than their fellow Muslims”, and the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Jews from the encroaching no-go zones.

“10% of the Jewish citizens of Île-de-France – that is to say about 50,000 people – were recently forced to move because they were no longer safe in some cities and because their children could not attend the schools of the Republic,” it courageously warns.

“This is a quiet ethnic cleansing being carried out in in the country of Emile Zola and Clemenceau.”

The manifesto was written by former Charlie Hebdo editor Philippe Val, who had republished the original Mohammed cartoons from the Jyllands-Posten despite the threats, both terroristic and legal, and its signatories include former president, Nicolas Sarkozy, the former mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, famed singer Charles Aznavour, actor Gérard Depardieu, and many other significant figures.

The moral power and the importance of the manifesto should not be underestimated.

After 9/11, it was American Jews who brought attention to the plight of French Jews while their community leaders often preferred to remain silent. Now it is French Jews who speak out, who march and whose LDJ even confronts Islamic thugs in the street while American Jews keep quiet or collaborate.

The despicable alliance between AJC and ISNA, and the ADL’s attack on Canary Mission, carry with them the stench of Vichy on the spring wind. When an Islamic terrorist attacked a Kosher supermarket before the Sabbath, asking his victims if they were Jewish before he shot them, Obama dismissed it as a random attack on a “bunch of folks in a deli.” It’s become virtually impossible in the United States to have a discussion about Islamic anti-Semitism without being denounced as an Islamophobe.

Why did France and America trade places? France has faced worse terrorist attacks in recent years than we have. But, more significantly, it lacks the politically correct viewpoint consolidation of America. Despite certain views being criminalized, there are all sorts of non-traditional views in public life there that are actively debated, instead of being airbushed or silenced the way they are in the United States.

Neither the manifesto nor Charlie Hebdo could exist in the United States. The media in this country censored the Mohammed cartoons more vigorously than the Europeans did. Without any legal threat.

And yet, despite its moral courage and its vital message, the manifesto misses the true nature of Islamic anti-Semitism.

It’s a lot more than a few verses.

The verses are part of a larger Islamic narrative. They’re not random outbursts, but a story. And that story is the primal conflict between Mohammed and the Jews. It begins with the massacre of the Jews at Khaybar and concludes with an end of days that can only come when Muslims exterminate the Jews.

It’s not a few intemperate verses. Anti-Semitism is fundamental to the story of Islam. And that story with its visions of a conquest sweeping across the world has not ended. That’s why the violence goes on.

Jews and Christians have a paradoxical role in Islam. They are on the one hand, People of the Book, the unacknowledged originators of the ideas and texts that Mohammed looted to found Islam. But their precedence is removed by accusing them of having betrayed Allah and perverted the scriptures.

Unlike the polytheistic pagans wiped out by Islam, Jews and Christians are in theory monotheists, with a higher status, but they’re also accused of being mushrikeen, polytheists, who take “partners” with Allah. Jews and Christians had “taken Rabbis and monks to be their lords besides Allah”. (Koran 9:31)

The ambiguity of Jews and Christians gave them a special status and a special peril. Ritual humiliations of Jews and Christians were enacted to demonstrate their inferiority and the supremacy of the Muslim. In an honor-shame culture, Islamic superiority had to be demonstrated by humiliating other religions.

When Jews and Christians gained independence or won battles, it called the truth of Islam into question.

That, rather than a few verses, is what we are dealing with. The verses remain relevant to those Muslims who believe that they are in a zero-sum struggle with every other religion on a battlefield whose scope is as large as the planet and as small as a neighborhood or a building. And that’s the vast majority.

You can try to make an idea obsolete when it’s no longer relevant. But the anti-Semitic hatred in almost every country where Jews and Muslims both live shows that anti-Semitism remains quite relevant.

Hating Jews, attacking them and even killing them, remains a meaningful part of Islamic identity.

The Jews were a primal Islamic enemy. That enmity is written into Islamic scriptures, traditions and prayers. All of that can’t be made obsolete because the Islamic conquest is an ongoing project.

It’s not a few verses. It’s the context of the conquest. That’s the mission at the heart of Islam.

The Lebensraum and Drang Nach Osten of Islam might pause for periods, but it never actually stops. Iraqis, Pakistanis and Somali migrants pour into Europe seeking Lebensraum. They move into poorer areas associated with immigrants bringing them into contact with earlier Jewish communities.

When the second generation, usually more prone to supremacist violence and expansionism than its immigrant forebears, comes of age, the Jewish communities are violently driven out of their homes.

The verses that justify it won’t become obsolete until the modes of behavior behind them lapse.

Calls for the persecution of Jews and Christians won’t be outmoded relics of another time until Muslims make them so, not by changing words, but by changing deeds. The trouble is that the verses remain entirely relevant because Muslim populations around the world continue to fight religious wars.

Muslim hatred of Jews has unique elements. As anti-Semitism usually does. But it’s still a subset of an Islamic supremacism and xenophobia that is endemic and whose consequences can be seen in clashes between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, Muslims and Hindus in Kashmir, Muslims and Buddhists (and Hindus) in Myanmar, Muslims and Yazidis in Iraq, Muslims and Zoroastrians in Iran, Muslims and Atheists in Bangladesh, and those are just a few of the many examples around the world.

Islam is not on good terms with any other religion. Including its own spinoffs, like the Bahai, or its own subdivisions, like the Sunnis and the Shiites.

It’s not about the Jews. It’s about Islam.

The truth of Islam is validated by violence. Its theological disputes are settled by force.

The verses about Jews and Christians are not the problem. They’re a symptom of the problem. As are the terrorist attacks, stabbings, shootings, bombings, no-go zones, sharia police and sex grooming gangs.

The response from Muslim clerics in France to the manifesto has been to claim that the verses are meant to be seen in the context of their time and that Islamic wars are only defensive. Historically, that’s nonsense. But everyone would be perfectly happy if they believed that and really lived it.

Instead Islamic violence is always deemed to be defensive. Peace can only come from victory, not co-existence. War with non-Muslims who don’t submit to Sharia law is seen as inevitable and necessary.

The verses libeling Christians and Jews, and justifying violence against them, are just rationalizing this fundamental Islamic worldview and applying it to specific targets. Islamic anti-Semitism is born of Islamic supremacism and imperialism. Muslims aren’t persecuting Jews just because of anti-Semitic verses in the Koran. They’re persecuting Jews because the Koran is supremacist and imperialistic.

That’s why Muslim violence against Jews is not just a problem for Jews. It’s a problem for everyone.

Like the Yazidis, Jews are a tiny minority and more vulnerable. That’s what makes them the canaries in the coal mine of Islamic migration. Muslim attacks on Jews in Europe date back over a generation. Long before Paris, Brussels and London were being regularly terrorized; European Jews had already retreated into fortified synagogues, stopped wearing Jewish clothing in public and maximized their security.

That was the canary in the coal mine. If Europe had woken up then, it wouldn’t be choking now.

American synagogues and Jewish institutions are starting to resemble their European counterparts. A decade ago, armed guards were a rarity outside synagogues. I walk past them all the time now.

The French manifesto is an imperfect effort to call attention to a burning problem. It’s an attempt to start an urgent and necessary conversation in France that can’t even be had in the United States.

And it’s a conversation that we must have before civilization chokes in the coal mine.

Charlottesville Attack Was Domestic Terrorism

IPT News
August 14, 2017

The Investigative Project on Terrorism long has criticized those, like President Obama, who refuse to use terms like “radical Islamic terrorism” in the wake of jihadist violence. By the same logic, President Trump’s refusal Saturday to specifically condemn by name those Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi white supremacists also was morally deficient.

He spoke of “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.” Both sides did include people who showed up armed and looking for a fight, but only one side suffered death and severe injury. Moral equivalency did not belong in that moment. For proof, just read the reaction of white supremacists on social media: they thanked the president profusely for not condemning them by name.

Monday’s statement condemning Saturday’s racist, white supremacist provocateurs in Charlottesville seemed begrudging. Yes, he finally did condemn “the egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence” at the “Unite the Right” protests, and condemned “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups” involved as thugs. But starting off by citing economic gains was a non-sequitur that appeared to minimize the evil of Americans killing Americans over political differences.

We believe that the deliberate decision to drive a car into a crowd of protesters was an act of domestic terrorism and the end product of the pure hatred spewed by white nationalists. As the Simon Wiesenthal Center leadership said, “This murderous attack, resembles car rammings in Israel and Europe perpetrated by terrorists associated with ISIS and Hamas. It should be treated as a deliberate act of domestic terrorism.”

It was clear even before 32-year-old Heather Heyer was struck and killed. Friday night, torch carrying bigots marched on the University of Virginia, making Nazi salutes, chanting “Jews will not replace us” and taunting counter-protesters with racist slurs.

James Alex Fields, Jr.,20, is in custody, currently charged with second-degree murder and other counts. He reportedly self-identified as a Nazi. He allegedly saw a group of people who oppose his ideology and floored his accelerator. That’s political violence. That’s terrorism.

Conservatives were justifiably outraged when the Obama administration called Nidal Hasan’s 2009 Fort Hood massacre an act of “workplace violence.” Most were equally offended Saturday, when President Trump could only bring himself to condemn the “violence on many sides — on many sides.”

The president needs to disabuse white supremacists of the notion that they have friend in the White House, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News Sunday. “I don’t know why they believe that, but they don’t see me as a friend in the Senate, and I would urge the president to dissuade these groups that he’s their friend.”

When he wants to, Graham added, the president can speak with great clarity. “He needs to be clear here.”

Actions speak louder than words, however. Thankfully, Attorney General Jeff Sessions already has made it clear that the attack “does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute,” and is being investigated with an eye toward “the most serious charges that can be brought because this is unequivocally an unacceptable evil attack.”

It is an argument for another day, but worth a brief mention that those on the left who are outraged by the president’s reluctance to name racist, white supremacist bigotry as the cause for Saturday’s bloodshed would be well-served to ditch the “Islam has nothing to do with it” talking points the next time a jihadi kills.

To defeat evil, you have to confront it honestly and clearly and call it out by its name. The president finally condemned by name on Monday the evil of neo-Nazis and their racist, white supremacist followers brought to Charlottesville Saturday.

His daughter Ivanka managed to immediately find the proper moral clarity the first thing Sunday morning when she wrote, “There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.”

WATCH: Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes in UK Soar to Record Levels, Police Accused of ‘Betrayal’

Breitbart, by Simon Kent, July 17, 2017:

Hate crime targeting Jews in the UK has escalated for the third year running, reaching the worst level on record according to a new report. The shock result has prompted a warning from Jewish people that they are enduring “intolerable” levels of hate crime.

At the same time the number of charges for those perpetrating hate crimes against Jews fell “drastically”, with alleged perpetrators charged in fewer than a tenth of cases, campaigners say. They also claim a “paltry” 15 cases were prosecuted last year.

The new figures were obtained from all UK police forces by the Campaign Against Antisemitism for its National Antisemitic Crime Audit. In summary it highlights:

  • Antisemitic hate crime has surged 44 per cent since 2014, making 2016 the worst year on record
  • 1 in 10 antisemitic crimes were violent but only one violent antisemitic crime was prosecuted in 2016
  • Almost half of police forces did not charge a single one of the antisemitic crimes reported to them
  • Only 1.4 per cent of antisemitic crime was prosecuted — just 15 cases last year
  • The Home Secretary has issued a statement promising to “consider the report’s recommendations carefully”

In 2016, anti-Semitic crime rose by 14.9 per cent against 2015, or 44.5 per cent against 2014. There were 1,078 anti-Semitic crimes in 2016 and a consistently elevated level of anti-Semitic crime has become the new normality for British Jews.

Gideon Falter, chairman of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, which compiled the analysis, said:

“The failure of police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service to protect British Jews is a betrayal. The solutions are simple, but whilst the right promises are being made, little has been implemented. The result is that British Jews continue to endure intolerable levels of hate crime.”

The campaign’s report warned that a consistently elevated level of anti-Semitic crime has become the “new normality” for British Jews since the middle of 2014.

Forces recorded 105 violent offences against Jews in 2016 – which was down by 44 per cent on the previous year, the assessment found.

In a statement, the Rt Hon. Amber Rudd MP, Home Secretary, responded to the new report, saying hate crime of any type is not acceptable. She continued:

“Everyone in this country has the right to be safe from violence and persecution. We are working together to tackle antisemitic hate crime in all its forms and using the full force of the law to protect every person in the UK. Our Hate Crime Action Plan has encouraged further action against hate crime across the police and criminal justice system.

“This includes encouraging more victims to report incidents to the police. We will consider the report’s recommendations carefully as we develop new ways to rid the country of this sickening crime.”

This is not the first time a study has revealed the level of anti-Semitic hate crime in the UK. As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, in February a different study revealed anti-Semitic hate incidents are surging to record highs in Britain.

The Community Security Trust charity said there were on average more than three anti-Semitic incidents per day in 2016.

It said there were 1,309 incidents last year, a 36 percent increase over the year before. It is the highest total since the group started keeping records in 1984.

Most of the incidents involved verbal abuse, hate mail and graffiti. There were also 81 cases of vandalism and damage to Jewish property.

Hatem Bazian: Terrorist Professor, Hamas Promoter

Front Page Magazine, July 13, 2017:

Is Hatem Bazian the most dangerous professor in the USA? Nablus-born Bazian, is notorious for calling for intifada [violent uprising] in the United States.
He is the founder of the radical organizations Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). He is a serial pusher of conspiracies, and has a “project” to re-write history. More worryingly, he is largely responsible for the wave of anti-Semitic incitement across North American campuses.

For more info about Bazian, go to this link at the indispensable Canary Mission website. The Canary Mission database was created to document people and groups that are promoting hatred of the U.S., Israel and the Jewish people, particularly on college campuses in North America.You can also learn more about BazianSJP and AMP at their comprehensive profile pages at the Freedom Center’s Discover the Networks resource site.