Who’s to blame for rising anti-Semitism in America? Nazis? White nationalists?
No, says the former mayor of a settlement in the West Bank — it’s leftists and Muslims.
“We need to be talking about the Islamo-Nazis and the far left Nazis,” said David Rubin, onetime mayor of the Shiloh settlement north of Jerusalem. He spoke Tuesday on Fox News with host Stuart Varney. They discussed a recent spate of bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers and the vandalizing of an historic Jewish cemetery in St. Louis. Police are investigating the cemetery defacement as a possible hate crime. No suspects have been announced.
In his interview, Rubin added that he was frustrated by liberal Jews rallying against Trump’s executive order limiting travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
“I know that there were many Jewish liberals who were out there at these ridiculous ‘I am a Muslim too’ rallies. Does that mean that they support jihad?” Rubin asked.
Rubin championed Trump during the presidential campaign because he believed Trump would support further Israeli settlement in Jerusalem. Events seem to have proven Rubin right. In a meeting with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week, Trump said the US would no longer insist on the creation of a Palestinian state as part of a peace agreement — a break from two decades of policy in the region.
Milo Yiannopoulos resigned from his post as a Breitbart News editor Tuesday. It’s the latest blow to his career after he lost his book deal and a speaking gig at the conservative CPAC conference following an interview that surfaced in which he spoke positively about pedophilia.
But Yiannopoulos, who grew up Catholic and whose mother is Jewish, had already done plenty to offend Jews.
“Most of the generation Trump, the alt-right people, the people who like me, they’re not anti-Semites. They don’t care about Jews,” Yiannopoulos told Dave Rubin on the Rubin Report last March when discussing the rise of hate speech on social media.
“They may have some prejudice about Jews,” he added. “Like the Jews run everything. Well we do. The Jews run all the banks. Well we do. The Jews run the media. Well we do. You know they’re right about all that stuff.”
When pressed by Rubin, Yiannopoulos insisted that Jewish control over finance and the media is “not in debate,” explaining that “Jews completely dominate the media. Vastly disproportionately represented in all of these professions. That’s just a fact, it’s not anti-Semitic to point out statistics.”
Update note: At 3:50 p.m., this story was updated to reflect Yiannopoulos resigning from Breitbart News.
A St. Louis Jewish cemetery is repairing dozens of headstones toppled or damaged by vandals over the weekend, and accepting donations to the restoration efforts on its website.
Repairs now underway at Chesed Shel Emeth, the historic Jewish cemetery, where vandals knocked over 150+ headstones yesterday. pic.twitter.com/QIUotjvuqq— Kiya Edwards (@KSDKkiya) February 21, 2017
Police are still investigating whether the incident was a hate crime, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Anita Feigenbaum, executive director of the cemetery, told a New York Times reporter she doubts the crime was the work of kids.
Kids being kids? Those stones are heavy and a LOT were toppled. She’s not inclined to buy that. (3/9)— Niraj Chokshi (@NirajC) February 21, 2017
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, who is Jewish, condemned the attack on Facebook. “Today, Missouri witnessed a despicable act of what appears to be anti-Semitic vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery,” he wrote.
In a Monday interview on MSNBC, Congressman Jerry Nadler said that he wasn’t ready to talk about impeaching President Donald Trump, who was inaugurated in mid-January.
“We don’t really know if there are any impeachable offenses,” Nadler said. “I’m not ready to talk about impeachment.”
Nadler, who represents more Jews than any other member of Congress, was on the cable channel to discuss a resolution he had introduced in the House asking the Department of Justice for information on “any criminal or counterintelligence investigation” of Trump or his close advisers, among other things.
Nadler said that the information procured by the resolution could lead to new revelations.
“If it were shown that Trump was colluding with the Russians to help them try to effect our election, that would raise very serious questions,” Nadler said.
A right-wing Orthodox group announced a protest against Women of the Wall at the feminist group’s upcoming prayer service next week with a dramatic video calling on supporters to end the “debasement” of the Western Wall.
Women of the Wall said that video “all but calls for violence against Women of the Wall,” in a press release, and asked supporters to fortify the group’s presence at the wall.
The Liba Center, which had previously sent Orthodox worshippers to the Robinson’s Arch area where liberal Jewish groups and Women of the Wall hope to establish a prayer space, claimed that Women of the Wall is trying to divide the Jewish people with its efforts for egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall. Today, men and women pray separately at the site with restrictions on female prayer.
The video starts with footage from Israel’s triumphant capture of the Western Wall from Jordan in the 1967 War, and then continues with images of confrontations at Women of the Wall’s services.
“The kotel is the heart of the nation, and you don’t divide a heart,” reads white and red script.
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