Israel’s left wing Meretz Party filed criminal suit against Yoav “The Shadow” Eliasi after the far-right social media personality posted an image to Facebook that painted the faction’s members as traitors.
מפלגת מרצ הגישה הבוקר תלונה במשטרה נגד יואב אליאסי, הראפר הצל, בגין הסתה • @akivanovick pic.twitter.com/O4EKe0Qr9i— חדשות 10 (@news10) April 20, 2017
The now-deleted Facebook post featured a photo of a gun emblazoned with a Palestinian flag and the word “Arabs” written in Hebrew. Ammunition clips for the firearm were labeled with the names of left-wing groups and human rights organizations in Israel, including Meretz, B’Tselem and Yesh Din.
Meretz said in its complaint that Eliasi’s rhetoric could spur physical intimidation against devotees of Israel’s left. This isn’t the first time that Eliasi has used hot language. According to the Times of Israel, the Likud member has previously compared Israel’s left to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and called for forcible harvesting of organs from Palestinian terrorists killed by Israel.
Neo-Nazi and “alt-right” websites are memorializing Adolf Hitler’s birthday with memes, affectionate messages and more long-winded articles on the “peaceful origins” of the Nazis.
“Happy birthday, Uncle Adolf. We’ve never missed you more than we miss you right now,” wrote Andrew Anglin, editor of the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer. Hitler was born on April 20, 1889. Anglin even altered the banner of his website to picture a birthday cake, with lit candles and frosted letters wishing Hitler a happy birthday.
In the site’s comment section, readers shared their own homemade images of swastika-decorated cakes.
On Altright.com, a newer website launched by white nationalist Richard Spencer, one post dismissed the violence of the Nazis as “another Big Lie of the establishment left” — and sought to cast Spencer and the “alt-right” as a group similarly mischaracterized and persecuted by a “brainwashed” and antagonistic political left.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg credited his “Jewish mother” for giving him the willpower to turn down a $1 billion buyout offer from Yahoo! in 2006 - at a time when he was only 22 years old and the social network was only making $20 million in revenue.
Mike Hoefflinger, Facebook’s former director of global business marketing, recounted the story in his book “Becoming Facebook,” which came out earlier this month. Hoefflinger recalled being present at a lunch meeting in 2009 between Zuckerberg and legendary businessman Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel.
Grove, trying, in Hoeflinger’s words, to “determine the legitimacy—his bar was notoriously high—of his lunch companion,” asked Zuckerberg how he turned down Yahoo’s offer, a decision for which he was heavily criticized at the time.
“I just thought we could do it,” Zuckerberg replied, adding that he believed at the time that Facebook could grow to become a successful company with a much higher valuation.
“Where does that willpower come from?” Grove asked.
As Hoefflinger wrote, “Zuckerberg considered the question—possibly for the first time—and concluded simply, ‘Jewish mother.’”
NEW YORK (JTA) — The New York City Health Department said it cannot complete an investigation into who infected four infants with herpes through an Orthodox circumcision rite because the boys’ families will not identify the mohels.
“Unfortunately, some in the community are resistant to sharing the name of the mohels,” Health Department spokesman Christopher Miller told DNAinfo New York on Tuesday. “This is a very insular community.”
According to DNAinfo, six families in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, have seen children contract herpes since 2015 from metzitzah b’peh, which involves the ritual circumciser, or mohel, cleaning the circumcision wound by oral suction. Among the six families, only two have provided the names of their mohels, Miller said.
In March, the city ordered those two mohels to stop performing metzitzah b’peh. A herpes infection in a newborn baby can cause brain damage and death.
Rabbi David Niederman, head of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn, told DNAinfo that the community was “fully cooperating” with the investigation. However, an unnamed source said the community is skeptical about the allegations against the two named mohels because it believes the city wants to make all metzitzah b’peh illegal.
“That’s why we’re not willing to give out the mohels. We know the city is going to ban them without giving them due process,” the source said. “There is not proof that they actually infected the baby.”
RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The Palestinian Federation of Chile threatened the country’s Jewish umbrella organization over its support of Israel’s decision to bar a Chilean boycott activist from entering the Jewish state.
“We warn the Jewish leadership not to play with fire,” read a statement issued Monday in Spanish by the Palestinian federation regarding its executive director, Anuar Majluf, prominent anti-Israel activist who was refused entry by the Israeli government on April 10.
“Such claims are absolutely false. Majluf has only exercised his right to legitimate political criticism of Israel and BDS, which he supports, is an essentially peaceful movement, framed in political activity,” added the statement, referring to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.
Chile’s Jewish community released a statement last week defending Israel’s ban on Majluf after the Chilean Foreign Ministry condemned the move.
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