Once again, the poor, desperate starving people of Gaza celebrate a mass wedding in their own inimitable way, with whirling mothers-in-law and creepy little girls wearing loads of eyeliner standing in for the hidden brides. We do not believe that these powdered, hennaed and lipsticked little Palestinian Jon Benets are actually the brides, but where the heck are the brides?
Palestinian women who are relatives of grooms dancing while spray bubbles during a mass wedding ceremony in Gaza City, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. 70 couples who had wounded during Israel's 2008 Gaza offensive, took part in the event which was organized by the Islamic Association. AP Photo.
Palestinian grooms are accompanied by their sisters waving to their relatives during a mass wedding ceremony in Gaza City, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. 70 couples who had wounded during Israel's 2008 Gaza offensive, took part in the event which was organized by the Islamic Association. AP Photo.
A Palestinian woman [mother? Mother-in-law?] dances in front of grooms accompanied by their sisters during a mass wedding ceremony in Gaza City, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. 70 couples who had wounded during Israel's 2008 Gaza offensive, took part in the event which was organized by the Islamic Association. AP Photo.
Creepiest photo of them all: A bridesmaid watches as some 50 couple celebrate a mass wedding held for the men wounded and made disabled during the 22 day offence by Israeli on the Gaza Strip in December 2008, in Gaza City on October 30, 2010. Getty Images.
In case you were wondering if all the eligible young men of Gaza were crippled in "Operation Cast Lead" two years ago, wonder no more.
Palestinian men compete in a bodybuilding contest in Gaza City, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. Approximately 30 men competed in the contest, and over 500 people attended the event. Although not the first of its kind to be held in the Gaza Strip, bodybuilding contests are rare in the Hamas controlled territory. AP Photo. [It would appear there is no shortage of protein drinks or steroids in the Gaza Strip. VB]
Long-sleeved shirts instead of bikinis? Synagogues instead of nightclubs? Pessimistic researchers say growth rate within haredi community may lead to end of State of Israel as we know it. 'If trend continues, we will no longer be part of the Western world,' one of them warns
"I'm afraid to think of what the day after may look like," says Dr. Zeev Dgani, the principal at the Tel Aviv high school Herzliya Gymnasium. "One of the first things will probably be segregation between men and women on buses, and then non-kosher food products will be banned from stores, the State will pass laws that will forbid me from eating non-kosher food, my freedom of movement will be restricted – history will be rewritten.
"We, the free people, will become a minority. Every aspect of our lives will be affected by the fundamentalist spirit. The regime will be religious and the educational system will be very intolerant. We've all heard Rabbi Ovadia Yosef say that gentiles were born to serve us. In the future such ideas will be taught to all of us," he says.
Dr. Daniel Hartman, the head of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, says, "This will be a halachic state. Anyone who is committed to democratic values cannot live with the political and religious viewpoint ultra-Orthodox Judaism represents.
"Will we have a democratic regime? Will Arabs still have a right to vote? Will there be freedom of religion for those who do not agree with the (haredi) way? Will there be a Knesset? Will the ruling authority be the rabbinate or the court? What will happen on Shabbat? Entertainment venues will definitely be closed. I don't want to frighten anyone, but a halachic state is not democratic. It is a different kind of country. I believe people will come to their senses before this transpires, but I may be kidding myself out of love for this country," he says.
This is what the secular nightmare looks like: An ultra-Orthodox majority floods the country, rises to power and changes the rules of the game. Israel becomes a haredi state. Totally new dress codes and eating habits are instated. Long sleeves instead of a bikini; boiled chicken instead of sushi and bacon; gathering at a local synagogue instead of going to a nightclub. And all of this is coupled with acute poverty. Ever heard of Afghanistan? Iran?
Professor Dan Ben-David, an economist who heads the Taub Center for Social Policy, says that according the results of a study conducted by the center, the "point of no return" is closer than previously estimated. He believes an intolerant country with a haredi-Arab majority and a secular minority would not be able to exist. "We don’t have the option of being a small Third World country," he warns. "Israel cannot survive without its knowledge."
Many in the secular and national-religious public share Ben-David's fears, but there is a growing number of people who do not consider the demographic issue an existential threat. "I have a problem with the data," says Dr. Neri Horowitz, chairman of the Agora Policy think tank. Mark Twain said, 'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.' Currently there is a trend within the haredi community which the statistics cannot reveal. The situation is simply too complex. Stirring panic and saying there is an 'existential threat' is irresponsible."
Unfortunately, the Zionist founding fathers, like Ben Gurion, believed that the Haredi community would become extinct, and therefore never made any outreach attempts to integrate this community into the mainstream.
Of course they need to accept the responsibilities of citizenship, which includes IDF service and vocational training. There has already been some success with the IDF Nahal Haredi, but this is only a beginning.
Part of the problem is that media outlets like YNet have to stop thinking of this population as "The Enemy" and as fellow citizens.
Printer cartridge bomb found on board UPS cargo flight.
SAN'A, Yemen – Yemeni police arrested a woman on suspicion of mailing a pair of bombs powerful enough to take down airplanes, officials said Saturday as details emerged about a terrorist plot aimed at the U.S. that exploited security gaps in the worldwide shipping system.
Investigators were hunting Yemen for more suspects tied to al-Qaida and several U.S. officials identified the terrorist group's top explosives expert in Yemen as the most likely bombmaker.
The explosives, addressed to Chicago-area synagogues, were pulled off airplanes in England and the United Arab Emirates early Friday morning, touching off a tense search for other devices.
It still wasn't clear whether the bombs, which officials said were wired to cell phones, timers and power supplies, could have been detonated remotely while the planes were in the air, or when the packages were halfway around the world in the U.S. But the fact that they made it onto airplanes showed that nearly a decade since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, terrorists continue to probe and find security vulnerabilities.
The packages were addressed to two synagogues in the Chicago area. But British Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday that he believes the explosive device found at the East Midlands Airport in central England was intended to detonate aboard the plane.
British Home Secretary Theresa May added that the bomb was powerful enough to take down the plane. A U.S. official said authorities believe a second device found in Dubai was similarly potent.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh told reporters that the United States and United Arab Emirates had provided intelligence that helped identify the woman suspected of mailing the packages.
A Yemeni security official said the young woman was a medical student and that her mother also was detained.
The police action was part of a widening manhunt for suspects believed to have used forged documents and ID cards, Yemeni officials said. One member of Yemen's anti-terrorism unit said the other suspects had been tied to al-Qaida.
OK, there is still something that doesn't make any sense here. How did Al Qaeda intend to install the printer bomb cartridges in the target locations? Most synagogues do not have a large IT department where a laser printer cartridge can be stored among all the other printer cartridges. Secondly, even if the synagogue had an office with a computer and a printer, the person in charge of office supplies will order printer supplies from HP or Office Depot, not from Yemen. Thirdly, if a bomb went off in the office, that would not yield the maximum casualties that Al Qaeda desires.
1 9-inch deep-dish pie crust 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1/3 c. packed brown sugar 1/4 c. white sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/4 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. margarine 2 tsp. cornstarch
1 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar 1 Tbsp. white sugar 1/3 c. chopped walnuts 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/3 c. flour 3 Tbsp. margarine 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 425.
Bake pie crust for 20 min. Remove from oven.
In a large bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, brown and white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and mix well. Allow the apples to "marinate" for about an hour.
Strain apple mix and transfer the juice to a small saucepan. There should be about 1/2 to 2/3 c. of liquid. Add 2 Tbsp. margarine and boil the liquid at medium-high heat until it is reduced, syrupy and carmelized. Pour the hot syrup over the apples and mix well.
Pile up the apples in the prepared pie crust, cover loosely with foil and bake at 425 for 1 hour. Remove from oven and sprinkle streusel topping over pie. Turn heat down to 400 and bake for another 20 minutes.
Serve warm or at room temp. Top with ice cream, if desired.
Kever Rachel was never a mosque during its entire history.
JERUSALEM – A decision by the U.N. body in charge of preserving historical sites to define West Bank shrines sacred to both Jews and Muslims as Palestinian is "absurd," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday.
One of the sites, in the city of Hebron, has been a flashpoint for decades. Jews call it the Cave of the Patriarchs, where the Bible says the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were buried along with three of their wives.
Muslims call it the al-Ibrahimi mosque, reflecting the fact that Abraham is considered the father of both Judaism and Islam.
Netanyahu issued a statement condemning the UNESCO decision which was made last week. "The attempt to detach the people of Israel from its heritage is absurd," the statement said. "If the places where the fathers and mothers of the Jewish nation are buried, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Leah and Rachel some 4,000 years ago are not part of the Jewish heritage then what is?"
Hebron is a West Bank flashpoint because it is the only place where Jews live among Palestinians. About 500 Israeli settlers, some of them extremists, live in enclaves near the disputed holy site, guarded by Israeli soldiers who control part of the city of about 170,000 Palestinians.
Earlier this year Israel registered the Hebron shrine as well as a tomb near Jerusalem, believed to be the burial site of the Matriarch Rachel, as national heritage sites.
Both shrines are located in the West Bank, territory the Palestinians want as part of their future state. Palestinians view the additions of the shrines to Israel's heritage list as a land grab.
In response to the argument, "Well Israel needs all the friends it can get" please be informed that the EDL does not support Israel because it is the Jewish State. They support Israel because they believe it's a "racist, apartheid" state, and that's what they like about it!
Samir Kuntar called Saturday on Palestinian terror organizations to kidnap more Israeli soldiers.
The Lebanese terrorist, who was released from Israeli prison in exchange for the bodies of IDF soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, gave a satellite-transmitted speech to a conference supporting Palestinian prisoners, which took place in the Gaza Strip.
Kuntar spoke after Hamas's prime minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, stressed that he would continue efforts to release prisoners in Israeli jails.
"I call on the resistance organizations to kidnap more Israeli soldiers and not to make do with just one, because the number of prisoners is large," Kuntar said.
The convicted terrorist insisted that the end justified all means. "We will never feel entirely free unless we bring on the release of all prisoners. The persistence of resistance organizations in the Gilad Shalit affair is the best proof of the responsibility we feel towards the issue of prisoners," he said.
Haniyeh, on his end, said Israel was holding 8,000 Palestinian prisoners as part of a Zionist effort to get rid of the Palestinian people.
He also criticized the Palestinian Authority, saying that while some were working to release the prisoners it insisted on holding 650 such political prisoners in its own jails as part of its illicit cooperation with Israel.
Haniyeh denied that the Hamas government was also holding political prisoners, or those charged with attempting to carry out terror attacks.
1 8-oz. container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese 2 eggs, separated 1/2 c. sugar pinch salt 1 tsp. vanilla 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 prepared graham cracker pie crust 1 can cherry pie filling
Preheat oven to 350.
Beat the egg whites, gradually adding 1/4. sugar until stiff. Beat the egg yolks with the remaining 1/4 c. sugar, then beat in Better Than Cream Cheese, salt, vanilla and lemon juice. Fold in the egg whites. Pour into pie crust.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool for 1 hour.
Top with cherry pie filling (or any other flavor of filling, or fresh fruit, or whipped cream, or nothing).
An international peace activist (L) gestures from inside a vehicle next to a Hamas policeman upon his arrival at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip October 21, 2010. Hundreds of international peace activists arrived in Gaza on Thursday in a convoy carrying humanitarian supplies, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the blockaded Gaza Strip, an official in the convoy said. Reuters Photos.
This guy looks familiar. Where have we seen him before? It's Flotilla Knife Guy! Yes, a well known "International Peace Activist."
Over 300 activists from Syrian aid flotilla "Viva Palestina" crossed Thursday the Egyptian Border into Gaza by land with tons of medical equipment and food supplies for the residents of the coastal enclave.
According to the organizers of the flotilla, which departed from the Syrian port of Latkia, activists transported products worth in excess of $5 million.
Most of the activists arrived at the Egyptian port El-Arish on flights from Syria, while just 30 activists made the journey with the aid supplies by ship.
Egyptian security services barred a Mauritania citizen who arrived with the group from crossing the border into Gaza and his passport was taken for inspection. While 12 Mauritania activists remained with him pending the inspection, the remaining activists crossed the land border with Gaza uneventfully.
Viva Palestina activists claimed the point of their aid flotilla was to "break the siege on Gaza" despite the fact that Israel recently lifted many of the restrictions imposed on the enclosed coastal strip.
Israel imposed the blockade in 2007 after Hamas wrestled control over the territory in a violent coup.
During a visit to Syria on Tuesday, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter called for Israel to lift its blockade on the Gaza Strip. Carter made the remarks in the forum of a delegation known as The Elders, who met with Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hamas leaders in Syria.
"The blockade is one of the most serious human rights violations on Earth and it must be lifted fully," said Carter from Syria.
A partial view shows tombs at an abandoned Jewish cemetery in the Lebanese coastal city of Sidon, south of Beirut, on August 18, 2010. There are about 300 Jews currently living in Lebanon, compared to 24,000 in 1948. The country's Jewish community began to emigrate to Israel, France, and North America after Lebanon's civil war broke out in 1975 and even more after Israel invaded its neighbour in 1982. Getty Images.
Gosh, do you think that Israel just woke up one morning in 1982 and said, "Let's invade our neighbor Lebanon, just for grins!"
The 1982 war was called "Operation Peace for Galilee" because terrorists, using Lebanon as a base of operations, were shooting rockets and invading Israeli communities in the Galilee, which happens to be in the north of Israel, well within the 1948 "Green Line."
Maale Adumim, where 40,000 Jews live, must be "Jew Free" in order to be part of a Palestinian State"
The Palestinian leadership, in conjunction with Arab states, plans to submit a resolution to the UN Security Council stating that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal and must be evacuated, Haaretz has learned. This initiative comes in place of an earlier idea of seeking Security Council recognition for a Palestinian state within pre-1967 lines.
The Palestinians believe the United States would veto any resolution recognizing a Palestinian state that was not the fruit of an agreement with Israel. But Washington would have trouble opposing a resolution that declared the settlements illegal under international law.
The prime minister's envoy for talks with the Palestinians, attorney Isaac Molho, has refused to take receipt of a document detailing the Palestinian leadership's positions on all the core issues of the conflict.
A diplomatic source said yesterday that chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat tried to hand the document to Molho during their meeting in Washington a few weeks ago. Several American officials, including special envoy for the peace process George Mitchell, were also present.
The document detailed the Palestinian positions that had earlier been presented to Mitchell during the months of proximity talks.
If the Palestinians want to declare a state, they can go ahead and declare their freaking state, they just can't claim wide swathes that contain hundreds of thousands of Jews. Oh and that includes Jerusalem.
"The Elders" and their BFF Khaled Mashaal. Notice the big map of "Palestine" right over Jimmy's head.
DAMASCUS, Syria—Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that Palestinians are "living in a cage" in Gaza and that the militant group Hamas must be included in all major efforts for peace.
Carter was in Syria with an international group of veteran statesmen known as the Elders, which includes Ireland's former President Mary Robinson.
"We believe that Hamas should be included in all the major efforts to peace ... It is part of the Palestinian people," Carter said. He added that "1.5 million Palestinians are held in a cage or prison while their human rights are taken away."
Israel imposed its blockade of Gaza, a densely populated coastal strip along Israel's southwest border, following Hamas' violent takeover in June 2007. The rival Palestinian faction Fatah, led by Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, controls the West Bank.
Carter's remarks came as reconciliation talks between the two Palestinian factions were postponed Tuesday.
Hamas did not give a reason for the postponement but said in a statement that Fatah officials have said they will not attend talks slated for Wednesday.
A Fatah official said they had suggested to Hamas the talks be held in Lebanon but the rivals insisted on Damascus. The Fatah official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
During a meeting in Syria last month, the factions announced they have agreed on steps to reconcile and they scheduled a meeting for this week in Damascus.
A Palestinian reacts [in a pose mimicking the posture of Jews praying at the Kotel] during the funeral of militant Mahmoud Washa at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010. Washa was killed early Sunday during an Israeli airstrike on a militant training ground north of Gaza City, Hamas officials said. The Israeli military said it targeted a squad of militants preparing to fire rockets toward Israel. AP Photo.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's Air Force hit a squad of Gaza Palestinians that Israel's military said was preparing to launch rockets from northern Gaza into Israel.
At least one Palestinian reportedly was killed and two injured in the early Sunday morning airstrike. The dead Palestinian has been identified as a member of the terrorist Islamic Jihad organization, Reuters reported.
More than 165 rockets and mortars have been fired at Israeli territory since the beginning of this year, the Israeli military said in a statement.
RAMALLAH, West Bank – The Palestinians are ready to end all historic claims against Israel once they establish their state in the lands Israel occupied in the 1967 Mideast War, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday, addressing a long-standing Israeli demand.
In an interview with Israel TV, Abbas also said negotiations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remain his preferred choice, but that he will consider other options if talks break down over Israel's continued settlement expansion.
Negotiations were relaunched by the Obama administration last month, but quickly faltered over Israel's refusal to extend a curb on Jewish settlement construction. Abbas says there's no point negotiating as long as settlements take over more land claimed by the Palestinians.
The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank, Gaza [good luck with that! VB] and east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in 1967. Israel has withdrawn from Gaza, but about half a million Israelis have settled in the other war-won areas.
Netanyahu wants the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, and said earlier this week he might extend a curb on settlement construction in exchange for such recognition. A 10-month-old moratorium on West Bank housing starts expired in late September, and Abbas has said he will not return to negotiations without an extension.
The Palestinians argue that it's not up to them to determine the nature of the state of Israel. Abbas noted that Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization recognized each other in 1993, saying this should be sufficient. Abbas heads the PLO.
However, in an apparent attempt to reach out to Israeli public opinion, he said that once the Palestinians have established their state in the 1967 borders, "there is another important thing to end, the conflict, and we are ready for that, to end the historic demands."
He did not elaborate on specifically which demands he was relinquishing, but traditionally Palestinians have demanded the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homelands in Israeli territory.
TOKYO—The young man's monochrome portrait is at least 70 years old, the whites all faded to yellow, but it is still clear he had style. His hair is slicked down, eye arched, suit perfect with matching tie and handkerchief.
He also had the good fortune to escape Europe in the early days of World War II. The photo, a gift to the man who helped him escape, is one of seven recently discovered snapshots that cast light on a little known subplot of the war -- even as Germany sought to seal Jewish Europeans in, a small army of tourism officials from its main ally, Japan, helped shepherd thousands away to safety.
"My best regards to my friend Tatsuo Osako," is scrawled in French on the back of the picture, which is signed "I. Segaloff" and dated March 4, 1941. His fate is unknown.
An effort is under way to find the people in these portraits or their descendants, all of whom are assumed to be Jewish. Personal photos of such refugees, who often fled with few possessions, are rare.
The photos were found in an old diary owned by Osako, who was a young employee of the Japan Tourist Bureau at the time, and died in 2003. Akira Kitade, who worked under Osako and is researching a book about him, has contacted Israeli officials for help and visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
The museum said he gave it about 30 photographs that he is trying to identify, and received a list of over 2,000 Jews who received travel papers that enabled them to reach Japan.
Nissim Ben Shitrit, the Israeli ambassador to Japan, says he has passed on the information to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, which tracks and honors victims of the Holocaust, and is optimistic some of the individuals can be tracked down.
"I thought that we discovered almost everything about the horror of the Holocaust," Shitrit said. "And yet there is more to discover."
The photos shed further light on the story of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat stationed in Lithuania who granted transit visas to several thousand Jews in the early days of the war. In doing so, he defied strict stipulations from Tokyo that such recipients have proper funds and a clear final destination after Japan.
He was one of a handful of diplomats such as Sweden's Raoul Wallenberg and Hiram Bingham IV of the U.S. who used their bureaucratic machinery, often without their government's knowledge, to issue the paperwork that would get Jews to safety.
Dubbed the "Japanese Schindler," Sugihara was honored in 1985 by Yad Vashem as one of the Righteous Among the Nations, a high honor reserved for non-Jews who saved Jews at their own personal risk from the Holocaust, Hitler's destruction of 6 million Jews.
1 lb. phyllo leaves 1 c. melted butter or margarine
1 pound chopped nuts 1 cup butter 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. allspice 1/4 c. sugar
1 c. water 1 c. sugar 1/2 c. honey 1 tsp. vanilla 1/4 tsp. cardamom 2 Tbsp. rose water or orange blossom water (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F(175 degrees C). Butter the bottoms and sides of a 9x13 inch pan.
2. Chop nuts and toss with cinnamon, sugar and allspice. Set aside. Unroll phyllo dough. Cut whole stack in half to fit pan. Cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work. Place two sheets of dough in pan, butter thoroughly. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered. Sprinkle 2 - 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top. Top with two sheets of dough, butter, nuts, layering as you go. The top layer should be about 6 - 8 sheets deep.
3. Using a sharp knife cut into diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan. You may cut into 4 long rows the make diagonal cuts. Bake for about 50 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp.
4. Make sauce while baklava is baking. Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add vanilla, cardamom and honey. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
5. Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon sauce over it. Let cool.
South Brunswick, NJ - A New Jersey car dealer plans to keep his word after offering Florida pastor Terry Jones a new car if he promised to not burn a Quran.
Car dealer Brad Benson made the offer in one of his dealership’s quirky radio ads, which focus more on current events than cars. But he was surprised when a representative for Jones called to collect the 2011 Hyundai Accent, which retails for $14,200.
“They said unless I was doing false advertising, they would like to arrange to pick up the car,” Benson recalled. At first he thought it was a hoax, so Benson asked Jones to send in a copy of his driver’s license. He did.
Jones, of Gainesville, Fla., never burned a Quran but told The Associated Press on Thursday that the offer of a car was not the reason, saying he learned about the offer a few weeks after Sept. 11.
He said he plans to donate the car to an organization that helps abused Muslim women.
“We are not trying to profit from this. We are not keeping the car for ourselves,” Jones said by telephone from California, where he was taping television appearances.
The pastor will have to pick up the car at Brad Benson Mitsubishi Hyundai in South Brunswick so he can fill out paperwork. No date has been set for the handover.
Jones had threatened to burn the Muslim holy book on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks over plans to build an Islamic center and mosque near where terrorists brought down the World Trade Center nine years ago. Muslims revere the book as the word of God and view its destruction as sacrilege.
His plans drew opposition across the world. President Barack Obama appealed to him on television, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates called him personally. Gen. David Petraeus, head of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, said carrying out the plan would have endangered American troops.
Benson, a former New York Giants center, said he originally offered Jones use of a car for a year if he refused to burn a Quran ever.
“I just didn’t think that was a good thing for our country right now,” Benson said.
He’s now giving Jones the car outright because he doesn’t want to be connected to whatever the Florida pastor does with it.
“I don’t want to be involved in the politics of that,” Benson said.
New York, NY - They organize mass demonstrations featuring extreme anti-Israel and anti-Zionist messages. They seek to undermine the Jewish state by spreading malicious propaganda. They pursue boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns against Israel.
They are the 10 most influential and active anti-Israel groups in the United States, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
“While there are hundreds of groups that organize and participate in various anti-Israel activities, we have identified the largest and most well-coordinated anti-Israel groups,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “These groups are not promoting peace, they are spreading propaganda to assault Israel’s legitimacy. We want to Americans to know who these groups are and what it is they really stand for, which is to delegitimize the Jewish state.”
In a new online report, ADL takes a close look at the top 10 anti-Israel groups operating in the U.S. The League examines the dynamics of the U.S. anti-Israel movement and the ability of the most prominent groups to organize events, attract supporters and forge relationships with other like-minded organizations.
The Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups, as identified by ADL, are:
• Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) • Al-Awda • Council on American-Islamic Relations • Friends of Sabeel-North America • If Americans Knew • International Solidarity Movement • Jewish Voice for Peace • Muslim American Society • Students for Justice in Palestine • US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
“These groups demonize Israel through various public campaigns. Their messages are one-sided and fail to take the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into account,” said Mr. Foxman. “They unfairly attack Israel while ignoring Palestinian terrorism and incitement. They apply a different standard to Israel than other countries, condemning it for implementing policies to protect its citizens.”