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*(1) Netanyahu depicts Soros as Illuminati 'all-Powerful Jew who controls the world'*
*(2) Netanyahu makes common cause with Steve Bannon - against Soros & 'Liberal' Jews**(3) Steve Bannon Loves Israel and the Jews - ZOA President**(4) David Horowitz for Steve Bannon**(5) Spengler (David P. Goldman) for "my friend" Steve Bannon**(6) FrontPage Mag takes Antifa & Democrat politicians to task over Charlottesville**(7) Democratic candidate for Illinois gov'r fires his running mate over BDS**(8) Zionists gatecrash Max Blumenthal's pro-BDS presentation in Toronto*


 *(1) Netanyahu depicts Soros as Illuminati 'all-Powerful Jew who controls the world'*== anti-Soros cartoon: Haggai MatarPublished September 9, 2017*Netanyahu's son just published an anti-Semitic cartoon on Facebook*Yair Netanyahu, who reportedly is *behind much of his father's social media stunts*, publishes a cartoon *portraying George Soros as the All-Powerful Jew who controls the world. *Yair Netanyahu, son of the prime minister, outdid even his father on Saturday when he published an anti-Semitic cartoon on his personal Facebook page.The cartoon shows Manny Naftali, the former superintendent of the Prime Minister's Residence, who is at the forefront of the struggle to put pressure on the police to indict Netanyahu for corruption, being baited by Israeli politico Eldad Yaniv, who is seen baited by former Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Barak is seen tempted by the money of the Illuminati, who according to the cartoon are being tempted by a Reptilian - a common anti-Semitic codeword for Jews. The Reptilian, for his part, is portrayed as controlling the world in the service of the Grand Jew: George Soros.{photo}The anti-Semitic cartoon published on Yair Netanyahu's Facebook.<>{end}Yair published the cartoon after his mother, Sara, was officially told she would face fraud charges for misusing public funds in her management of the prime minister's official residence. The Netanyahu family has repeatedly sought to place the blame for those misused funds squarely on Naftali. While the prime minister has used graphs and tables to try to prove Naftali's culpability - which likely did little to assuage Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and Police Chief Roni Alsheikh - his son took a far more disturbing route.The cartoon is signed by Matzenksh (shorthand for an anti-leftist meme page) but is entirely based on a caricature used to depict the ways in which Jews control the United States and lead the American people astray. A quick visit to the various websites that have published the original or its variations are stomach-churning for their unbridled anti-Semitism. This is the cartoon the prime minister's son chose to publish.Just under a month ago, following the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Yair published a Facebook status in which he said that Nazism is a problem of the past, and that the real issue is the "Antifa bullies"and "Black Lives Matters."A few months ago, Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered the Foreign Ministry to refrain from criticizing the Hungarian government for its anti-Semitic campaign against George Soros.*(2) Netanyahu makes common cause with Steve Bannon - against Soros & 'Liberal' Jews* Edo KonradPublished July 10, 2017*Soros, Bannon, and the anti-Semitism of Israel's prime minister*I*nstead of defending George Soros* from Hungary's anti-Semitism, he has taken a page out of the alt-right playbook. His bottom line?*Some Jews just aren't worth protecting.*{photo}George Soros, Chairman, Soros Fund Management, USA, is captured during the session "Redesigning the International Monetary System: A Davos Debate' at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2011. (World Economic Forum){end}Benjamin Netanyahu is the self-appointed protector of world Jewry. And as such, he views his role not only as prime minister of Israel, but as the spokesperson for Jews across the world. On Saturday, Netanyahu played that role when the Israeli government called on the Hungarian government to halt an ad campaign against Hungarian-born Jewish-American financier George Soros, claiming it was fueling anti-Semitism across the country.Just a day later, however, Netanyahu ordered the Foreign Ministry to retract the statement, resorting instead to attacking Soros, a known critic of Israel's policies vis-a-vis the Palestinians. The clarification, issued by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon, deploys similar tropes to the ones used against Soros by the Hungarian government:Israel deplores any expression of anti-Semitism in any country and stands with Jewish communities everywhere in confronting this hatred. This was the sole purpose of the statement issued by Israel's ambassador to Hungary...In no way was the statement meant to delegitimize criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel's democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.The reaction in Israel was immediate. *Meretz leader Zehava Galon sharply criticized Netanyahu, accusing him of "supporting global anti-Semitism,*"and backed calls by Hungarian Jews for Netanyahu to cancel his visit to Hungary next week. Some of the reactions by the Israeli Right simply doubled down on Netanyahu's decision. Take right-wing commentator Shimon Riklin, who on Sunday tweeted: "Want to understand part of the anti-Semitism of the 30s in Europe? Look at George Soros who is trying to educate the goyim over and over again, telling them what to think."The astounding thing about Netanyahu's implicit support for Hungary's anti-Semitism is not that it comes from the most powerful Jewish figure in the world. After all, the far-right in Israel has a sordid history of support for anti-Semitic, ultra-nationalist movements.What's remarkable this time around is the extent to which B*ibi's move falls in line with* the worldview of people such as White House Chief Strategist *Steve Bannon and the American alt-right*. Bannon is a bonafide anti-Semite who mostly traffics in quasi-coded contempt for Jews of a certain variety. But despite how he is often portrayed, Bannon is not a racial purist who refuses to surround himself with Jews, nor does he advise Donald Trump to do the same.*His ire is instead saved for a very specific type of Jew*- the kind who holds the pursestrings of neoliberal capitalism (what he terms "globalism") while simultaneously acting as a vessel for "nefarious"ideologies such as liberalism or anti-racism, which challenge the very fundaments of America's power structure. After all, White nationalism - be it of the Breitbart, Klan, or neo-Nazi variety - partly rests on the assumption that *Jews* have at best contributed to, and at worst are responsible for, the *unraveling of White America's power* and the supposed consequent rise of Black and Latino political and economic dominance.*Bannon's Jew is not only rich, he/she is progressive, liberal or left-wing*, and thus stands in direct contradistinction to everything he believes in - and everything he seeks to undo during his tenure in the White House. This is the Powerful Jew who refuses to abide by the ordained laws of American White Supremacy, to temper his id, bow his head meekly, and move along. There is a reason, after all, that Soros was one of the four "bad guys"featured in Trump's closing campaign ad, packed with anti-Semitic dog whistles and imagery.Netanyahu isn't an idiot; he knows classical anti-Semitism when he sees it. But he doesn't need to buy into alt-right scientific racism to knowingly propagate some of its worst aspects. He has stayed relatively silent about the uptick in anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S., the White House's repeated Holocaust trivializations/denials, and the nastiest kinds of anti-Semitic dog whistling.Netanyahu's attack on Soros, who openly supports liberal and progressive causes worldwide and does not hide his objection to Israel's military dictatorship in the occupied territories, is now effectively an open attack on the insidious influence of the Powerful Jew. Soros is the cosmopolitan, liberal, Upper West Side Jew who looks at the increasingly fascistic trends in the Jewish state and "wants nothing to do with it,"as he himself once put it. The frightening part is that there is very little daylight between the way this Jew is viewed by far-right Zionists (and in many ways classic Zionism, too) and the alt-right.Resisting the alt-right is basic for most American Jews, yet somehow speaking out against the Israeli version of the alt-right is still considered taboo. But the fact is that Israel is way ahead of the U.S. and Europe when it comes to far-right nationalist politics. Over the past decade, pundits, commentators, liberals, and radicals have been warning against the Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pens who threaten to upend Europe's liberal order, yet few have included the Netanyahus and Nafatali Bennetts for wanting to do the same. Israel is not "following in the footsteps"of European nationalist movements - it is actively setting the trend. And unlike in the Netherlands or France, there is nothing to stop this train.*(3) Steve Bannon Loves Israel and the Jews - ZOA President*** Bannon Loves Israel And The Jews - ReallyMorton A. KleinSeptember 7, 2017I am a child of Holocaust survivors, born in a displaced persons camp in Germany, and lost most of my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents to the evil horror of the Nazis. I've spent decades fighting against anti-Semites and Israel-haters of every stripe, from Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke to Palestinian Arab terrorist leaders Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh. I've won battles against Israel bashers who were nominated to or held U.S. government posts, including Joe Zogby, Salaam Al Marayati, Strobe Talbott and Charles Freeman. I know a Jew hater, a Nazi or an Israel hater when I see one.I also know when someone is a friend of Israel and the Jewish people.Which brings me to the sad and alarming problem that those of us who care about the Jewish people's survival must combat today.In recent years, there has been a malicious Orwellian effort to turn the definitions of friend and foe upside down. Far left-wing groups and the media label, defame and attempt to delegitimize the best friends of Israel and the Jewish people as ‚"extremists," ‚"hard right," ‚"neo-Nazis," ‚"racists" ‚"anti-Semites" and other similar epithets. These false allegations violate the Ninth Commandment, which forbids bearing false witness. There is of course nothing more hurtful than to falsely label a friend of the Jewish people as a ‚"Nazi" or something similarly vile. Sadly, good, well-meaning people often never learn the truth: that a real friend of the Jewish people is being vilified.Particularly ugly lies and outright character assassination have been directed at Zionist Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist for President Trump and executive chairman of Breitbart.In fact, Bannon loves Israel and the Jewish people, and hates anti-Semites and racists. In his former position in the Trump administration and at Breitbart, Bannon has been and continues to be a leading defender of Israel and the Jewish people.Vanity Fair recently reported that, in his position in the Trump administration, Bannon valiantly fought to move the United States Embassy in Israe lto Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, and refused to attend a White House meeting with Palestinian Authority Ppresident Mahmoud Abbas, saying, ‚"I'm not going to breathe the same air as that terrorist."Bannon bravely fought to place the strongest possible defenders of Israel and the toughest opponents of Iran's nuclear and terrorist activities in key Mideast policy positions in the Trump administration. A well-known top-level Israeli official told me privately: ‚"Mort, you know from the outside that Bannon is a friend of Israel. I can tell you as an insider that he is the greatest friend of Israel imaginable."At Breitbart, Bannon opened a news bureau in Jerusalem (Breitbart Jerusalem) that, headed by a Yeshiva University graduate, provides truthful news coverage, defending the Jewish state.When the Zionist Organization of America fought to protect Jewish students at the City University of New York, who were being subjected to frightening anti-Israel and anti-Semitic demonstrations - at which the hate group Students for Justice in Palestine and its allies screamed, ‚"Jews out of CUNY!" and ‚"Death to Jews!" - Bannon helped our efforts. He had his reporters call university officials and politicians to question what they were doing about these dangers to ensure that Jewish students were adequately protected. His Breitbart reporters also wrote about these anti-Semitic incidents at CUNY and on other campuses, educating the public about the harassment and intimidation that Jewish students are enduring.Bannon should be applauded for such actions.At Breitbart, Bannon has published numerous articles condemning anti-Semitism, especially on college campuses. I held up half a dozen of these articles when I appeared on Fox TV to counter the Anti-Defamation League's false charges that Bannon ‚"presided over anti-semites". ADL now admits that it hss found no written or verbal statements made by Bannon that were anti-Semitic.Shamefully, however, ADL still falsely defames Bannon as providing a platform for ‚"peddling hate and bigotry." It is sad indeed when an organization that was formed to combat defamation now itself engages in such defamation.The media and left-wing groups launched their defamatory assault on Bannon by misinterpreting his statement that ‚"Breitbart is the platform of the ‚Äòalt-right.'" I have talked to Bannon and others at Breitbart about this; when Bannon used the term ‚"alt-right," he meant ‚"anti-establishment" and ‚"anti-mainstream." His definition never included racists or neo-Nazis. Bannon despises bigots, and has never allowed bigots, racists or neo-Nazis to publish in Breitbart. Breitbart's articles defend Israel and fight the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism.Three of Breitbart's top writers, whom Bannon hired, are yarmulke-wearing Orthodox Jews. And Bannon has asked me - a passionate advocate for Israel and the Jewish people, and the head of America's oldest pro-Israel group - to write a regular column. Would Farrakhan or David Duke or other anti-Semites invite me to write a column for their publications? In addition, others working for Bannon at Breitbart include Muslims, African Americans and gay men and lesbians. Some bigot!People who have known Steve Bannon for years have spoken out against the shameful allegations hurled at him.Bernie Marcus, a founder of Home Depot and an ardent Zionist, wrote: ‚"I have known Steve to be a passionate supporter of Israel.... What is being done to Steve is a shonda (disgrace)."Joel Pollak, Breitbart's senior editor-at-large and an Orthodox Jew, wrote, ‚"I can say, without hesitation, that Steve is a friend of the Jewish people and a defender of Israel... who cares deeply about the fate of Jewish communities in America and throughout the world, reflected in Breitbart's daily coverage." He went on: ‚"He's outraged by anti-Semitism, and is overly sensitive about it, often taking offense on Jews' behalf... and it defies logic that a man who is a close friend, confidant, and adviser to the late Andrew Breitbart - a proud Jew - could have negative feelings toward Jews."Even Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, a Democrat and strong Zionist, wrote that it is ‚"not legitimate to call somebody an anti-Semite because you disagree with their policies." Dershowitz also wrote, ‚"The evidence suggests that Mr. Bannon has very good relationships with individual Jews," and that ‚"he has been supportive of Israel. So, I haven't seen any evidence of personal anti-Semitism on the part of Bannon." Dershowitz also added that the claims against Breitbart demean the term ‚"anti-Semitism."The ZOA's annual Superstar Gala Dinner is taking place this year on Sunday, November 12. We will be featuring several Zionist giants: U.S. Senator Tom Cotton; U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman; Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon; former U.S. senator and vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman; past chairmen of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Mort Zuckerman and Ken Bialkin; renowned Zionists and philanthropists Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, and pro-Israel Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy. TV Business News star Liz Claman will be our host.The ZOA is proud that another great Zionist, Steve Bannon, will be there, too.Morton Klein is the president of the Zionist Organization of America.*(4) David Horowitz for Steve Bannon*** BANNON LEAVES THE WHITE HOUSEAnd a new phase of the war for America begins.August 21, 2017David Horowitz and Matthew VadumAfter helping to elect Donald Trump and pilot his White House through the turbulence of its first seven months, Stephen K. Bannon has left the administration and returned to Breitbart News, the conservative online news giant he captained before joining Trump a year ago.What distinguishes Steve Bannon from other GOP operatives and conservative politicians are two things: vision and guts. The left in this country, the progressive and Democratic Party left is now organized around the anti-American creed of “identity politics.” This is the idea that “people of color” in America are oppressed by white supremacists – by people who are not “of color” and only a general purge of white racists and suppression of their free speech will rectify the injustice. This is the new racism, which serves as the principal weapon in Democrat attacks not only on the Trump White House but on all Republicans and patriots who oppose them.“The longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em,” Steve Bannon told the American Prospect. “I want them to talk about racism every day. If the Left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”You can probably count on one hand the number of Republican office-holders who think clearly and strategically like that. Or maybe one finger.It is because Bannon understands the civil war which has now engulfed the political life of this nation that the secessionist left has focused its most vicious attacks on him, calling him a white nationalist, a white supremacist and an anti-Semite. Such attacks are transparently false, but they are in line with the left’s attacks on all their opponents as racists and fascists. These are the verbal equivalents of a nuclear option in political warfare and they reflect the existential nature of the conflict that is upon us. It is existential because the left has aimed at nothing less than the foundations of our democracy.This was not a battle that could be fully engaged from the White House itself because so many people including the mainstream of the Republican Party are not yet awake to the nature of the conflict. They are too eager to seek approval from progressives who hate them.Some on the right are concerned that without Bannon’s White House presence, Trump will become a prisoner of the globalist tendencies inside the administration and the appeasement instincts of the Republican in Congress. But they are wrong. Trump will still be Trump. He is not going to abandon the agendas or bury the instincts that made him endure the most hate-filled campaign in the history of American politics because he loves this country and wants to restore its greatness.Although conservatives may thrill to the president’s frequent street fights with the Left, a president cannot be a relentless rebel. He has to put together a non-ideological majority and pick his fights shrewdly. Trump has already expressed his appreciation for the asset Bannon will be to him outside the White House. “Steve Bannon will be a tough and smart new voice at @BreitbartNews...maybe even better than ever before,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “Fake News needs the competition!” Yet, it’s more than fake news organizations that better look out when Bannon gets going.Despite the departure of their hero, Bannon, Trump’s political base will not desert him because Bannon is gone. Trumpers appreciate the seditious nature and also the daunting magnitude of the forces ranged against his presidency. They will stick by him should he stumble or tack too precariously to the center. They are not fooled by progressive subterfuges and know where the violence and hate and lies are coming from, and the threat they are facing. Ultimately, the success of the Trump mission and the survival of his presidency will depend on this popular army he has called into being.This is the plus side of Bannon’s departure, and his liberation from the constraints of being tied to closely to the Oval Office. He will now be a general to the troops on whom Trump’s future depends, and with the enormous platform that Breitbart represents – with perhaps a TV channel to amplify it – he will be in a prime position to mobilize the support that Trump needs, and to take on his enemies within the Republican camp. In short, this is the beginning of a new phase of the ongoing war to save our country. And Bannon’s role in this war will be even more important now.“Now I’m free,” Bannon said after he left. “I’ve got my hands back on my weapons. Someone said, ‘it’s Bannon the Barbarian.’ I am definitely going to crush the opposition. There’s no doubt. I built an f---ing machine at Breitbart. And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we’re about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do.”We at Frontpage and our friends at Breitbart have been fighting this war for twenty years and more. We were excited when Trump appeared as a champion of the cause, and even more when he recruited our friends Bannon and Steve Miller and Jeff Sessions to fight by his side. That’s why we are excited by Bannon’s return to Breitbart and look forward to joining him in the trenches of the battles to come.*(5) Spengler (David P. Goldman) for "my friend" Steve Bannon*** thanks of a grateful world go with Steve BannonBy DAVID P. GOLDMAN, SpenglerAUGUST 22, 2017My friend Steve Bannon did the world an inestimable favor in his final dictum from the West Wing of the White House by telling The American Prospect that there is no military solution to North Korea’s nuclear provocations. In an Aug. 17 interview, Bannon stated: “There’s no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”Bannon is right, of course; despite public remonstrations to the contrary, the whole of the Defense Department agrees with Bannon.During late July and early August I met with Bannon twice in the West Wing office at his invitation, to discuss means of reversing America’s strategic decline. Although I do not agree with Bannon on every detail, he has a brilliant grasp of grand strategy and a deep sense of urgency about its implementation. Because I was advising Bannon rather than interviewing him, I cannot report his remarks.But I can state unequivocally that he has a better understanding of America’s vulnerabilities than any senior official I have met in a generation, and some excellent ideas about how to get out of the mess. There was no mention of any antagonism or rivalry in the Administration in these meetings, which were focused strictly on policy matters.His departure is a loss for the Trump Administration, but not necessarily for the country. As he told associates over the weekend, he had influence at the White House, but as executive chairman of Breitbart News, he has power.A hostile press portrays Bannon as a bomb-thrower. His Parthian shot last week, on the contrary, qualifies him as the most level-headed realist in the Administration, and the only one with the guts to stand up to the president.According to Newsmax and other media, President Trump was “furious” about the American Prospect interview, which deflated the president’s “fire and fury” threats against North Korea. Defense Secretary James Mattis the next day warned of a military response if North Korea “initiates hostilities” by attacking America or its allies.Press accounts portrayed this as a rebuttal to Bannon, who said something quite different: the departed White House strategist warned that there was no military means to prevent North Korea from acquiring a nuclear arsenal. I don’t know whether his remarks on Korea or some other issue prompted Bannon’s departure, but it was well that he made them.Trump’s bellicosity apparently reflects the kind of negotiating technique that he elucidated in “The Art of the Deal,” and used to some effect in his real estate business: start with a tantrum and outlandish demands in order to move the goal posts of the negotiation. That’s well and good for bankruptcy lawyers, but irresponsible in the extreme for a president dealing with a rogue regime led by the volatile Kim Jong Un. The military option is imaginary.As I wrote Aug. 14, “If the United States conducted a limited conventional strike on North Korea, North Korea would fire an artillery barrage at the South Korean capital of Seoul, just 35 miles from the border. A nuclear strike on North Korea could destroy the regime and silence its artillery, to be sure, but the fallout would kill a lot of South Koreans as well.” One could hear the sigh of relief across the Pacific after Bannon pointed out that the president has no clothes in the matter.Korea is a sideshow, Bannon added in the American Prospect interview:“We’re at economic war with China,” he added. “It’s in all their literature. They’re not shy about saying what they’re doing. One of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years and it’s gonna be them if we go down this path. On Korea, they’re just tapping us along. It’s just a sideshow.”The economic war is not a matter of dumping steel or aluminum, or even pirating American technology: China is establishing a dominant position in high-tech manufacturing, including a new US$50 billion plan to build a domestic semiconductor industry. The nub of what I presented at our West Wing meetings in late July is now available in the just-published Fall 2017 issue of the Journal of American Affairs. I wrote:China and, to a lesser extent, other Asian competitors employ the full resources of state finances to fund capital-intensive manufacturing investment in the way that the West subsidizes basic infrastructure. In addition, China will commit $1 trillion to building infrastructure overseas to support its foreign trade, including exports as well as raw material supplies. The problem is not merely the dumping of artificially cheap goods into American markets, but a state-supported capital investment program that erodes returns for American investors. As a result, investment in the United States seeks capital-light venues such as software and avoids capital-intensive sectors such as chip production. We are being shut out of the global market for high-tech exports.America still produces about a quarter of the world’s integrated circuits, the industry that China now has in its sights. Other high tech products invented in America – light-emitting diodes, flat panel displays, solar panels, solid state sensors, and flash memory – no longer are produced in the US. That portends not only economic decline, but critical strategic vulnerabilities. In a world of high-tech war, losing our production capacity in these industries is like losing our steel production in the age of cannon.To fetch production capacity back to the United States after so many years of deterioration will take drastic measures. I proposed that “the United States should use a range of measures to force parts of the high-tech supply chain back to the United States. A first step would be to require 100% American content for semiconductors, flat panels, sensors, and other key components of defense equipment.”More broadly, the United States should support innovation in critical defense technology on the scale of the Kennedy Moonshot or the Reagan Strategic Defense Initiative.Without attempting to characterize Steve Bannon’s views, I can report that we had a freewheeling, detailed and action-oriented discussion on these and related themes. A former Navy officer who served as an aide to the Chief of Naval Operations during the Reagan Administration, Bannon has extensive background in the subject matter and a sharp grasp of the problems.One problem is that the economic ascent of China has been the biggest and most profitable trade for multinational corporations during the past few years. Most American companies are happy to trade know-how for access to the Chinese market, an exchange that boosts their bottom line within the tenure of the average CEO, but weakens the United States in the medium-term. Any attempt to restrict technology transfers to China will be met with the “fire and fury” of industry lobbyists, and most of all from the tech companies.Another problem is that the list of major defense contractors has shrunk to a handful – Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics – and they are used to operating as a comfortable oligopoly. A concerted effort to restore America’s edge in military technology would draw funds away from profitable current products, and, even worse, favor prospective competitors. The defense industry won’t like it.To restore America’s strategic position would require a visionary president and a powerful Secretary of Defense with a single-minded determination to undo a generation of damage. Steve Bannon has that kind of vision, but his services in the West Wing no longer are required. He did the world a favor by defusing the North Korea problem – but that, as he said, is a “sideshow.”America is still unprepared for the main event.*(6) FrontPage Mag takes Antifa & Democrat politicians to task over Charlottesville*** DONNYBROOKOn the brink of losing not only our liberty, but our civility.August 22, 2017Walter Williams2Charlottesville, Virginia, a city named after Britain's first black queen, was the scene of a bloody riot Saturday, Aug. 12. The fray resulted in the death of one woman, who was mowed down by a car; plus, there were many other people injured. Have politicians and the news media told the correct and complete story about what happened, or have Americans been deliberately misled? Let's look at it.One does not have to accept the racist and nationalist vision of the Unite the Right organization to recognize and respect its First Amendment rights. Moreover, the group obtained a city permit to hold a peaceful rally to protest the lawful removal of the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park, formerly known as Lee Park.*It was the leftist protesters who did not have a city permit to assemble for a rally on that day.* Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said: "There has got to be a movement in this country to bring people together. The hatred and rhetoric that has gone on and has intensified over the last couple months is dividing this great nation." He denounced "the white supremacists and the Nazis." However, when asked a question about whether he would include the left-wing, pro-violence antifa in his condemnation, he ignored the question and walked out of the room.Here's a question for you: Did the authorities of the city of Charlottesville have *a duty to protect Unite the Right rally* attendees? The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia said they had a right to rally, saying, "The First Amendment is a critical part of our democracy, and it protects vile, hateful, and ignorant speech." Thus, the ACLU of Virginia defended the white supremacists' and neo-Nazis' right to march and rally against the removal of the statue of Lee. Both the Unite the Right organizers and the leftist counter-protesters charged that the Charlottesville police did not do their job. They just stood back and watched the melee.This was documented in several reports. The Daily Caller article titled "Why Were The*Police Held Back In Charlottesville*?" reports: "Law enforcement was on hand at the dueling demonstrations on Saturday, decked out in riot gear and looking prepared for the worst. Except they weren't allowed to do their job." According to the ACLU of Virginia, police on the scene were reported to have been ordered to "not intervene until given command to do so." That kept them from suppressing the numerous scuffles that broke out ( I'd like to ask any policeman, Since when did the police need a command to intervene when they are witnessing people assaulting one another? In a ProPublica article titled "Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville," the authors reported that "state police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters." ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson, who was on the scene, reported that "the authorities turned the streets of the city over to groups of militiamen armed with assault rifles" ( Instead of owning up to his dereliction of duty — by not having ordered his police force to protect life and limb — Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer chose to demagogue the situation by blaming the rise of white nationalists on President Donald Trump.Many politicians, racists, hustlers and tyrants have an agenda that consists mostly of making the U.S. Constitution meaningless and giving government greater control over our lives, thereby destroying personal liberty. The alt-right and white supremacists seek to achieve their goals through racist propaganda. The leftists seek to achieve their goals by tricking Americans into believing that all they want are brotherhood and multiculturalism. If either group achieves its goals, we Americans will lose not only our liberty but also our civility. Few Americans recognize and respect the fact that multiracial societies are inherently unstable. What we've been doing for decades, through various government policies, is stacking up combustible racial kindling awaiting a racial arsonist to set it ablaze. There are too many historical examples of what happens to a nation when race hustlers are allowed to take over.*(7) Democratic candidate for Illinois gov'r fires his running mate over BDS*** Weisseptember 7, 2017This is an incredible story about the power of the Israel lobby inside Democratic Party politics, and in Chicago.Daniel Biss, a progressive state senator contending for the Democratic nomination to be governor of Illinois, has cashiered running mate Carlos Ramirez-Rosa over Israel issues - two days after Illinois congressman Brad Schneider revoked his endorsement of Biss because Ramirez-Rosa supported Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.Biss is anti-establishment by his own description, but his announcement of the news is pious about Israel:Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and I have reached a difficult decision about our ticket. As of today, I'll be moving forward with a new running mate.Growing up with an Israeli mother, grandparents who survived the Holocaust, and great-grandparents who did not survive, issues related to the safety and security of the Jewish people are deeply personal to me.I strongly support a two-state solution. I support Israel's right to exist, and I support Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. I also care deeply about justice for Palestinians, and believe that a vision for the Middle East must include political and economic freedom for Palestinians.That's why I oppose the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS, as I believe it moves us further away from a peaceful solution.When I asked him in the interview process prior to his selection, Carlos said he too supported a two-state solution and opposed BDS.Since we've announced his selection, we have been asked about his position on BDS. After much discussion, it's become clear that Carlos' position has changed. While I respect his right to come to his own conclusions on the issue, it simply wasn't the understanding we shared when I asked him to join the ticket.In light of this, we have agreed that I will be moving forward with a new running mate. It was not an easy decision, but it was the right decision.The statement concludes with two paragraphs about middle class families, etc.Here is Ramirez-Rosa's statement on stepping down. He says he always had a bifurcated position on BDS:While I was honored to be chosen as Senator Daniel Biss' gubernatorial running mate, it became clear over the past few days that while we share a total commitment to peace, security, and statehood for the Israeli and Palestinian people, and both oppose pursuing BDS at the state level, the difference of opinion we have on the role the BDS movement plays at the federal level would make it impossible to continue moving forward as a ticket.This is tragic news; it shows the giant foothold that the Israel lobby still has in the Democratic Party. Biss is intelligent and leftleaning, a mathematician who got involved in politics in opposition to the Iraq War. I thought Biss could withstand these forces- no.Bear in mind: Bernie Sanders also opposes BDS. Even though BDS is only what progressives have done with repressive orders from time immemorial, from the needle trades to the grape-growers to South Africa.Bear in mind: at a forum held by the liberal Zionist group J Street last year, leading experts on Democratic politics said the influence of pro-Israel Jewish donors was "gigantic"and "shocking."And Stephanie Schriock of Emily's List said that if you want to raise money to run for Congress as a young Democrat, you have to go get your position papers on foreign policy from AIPAC, the Israel lobby group. (When are young progressive Jews going to take on these forces directly? Ever?)Carlos Ramirez-Rosa deserves our praise. He refused to back down. His statement thanks "the members and organizational leaders of Reclaim Chicago, Our Revolution IL, and Democratic Socialists of America, and...thousands of activists"who stuck with him. I bet all those folks are for BDS.Also, to be clear: Ramirez-Rosa is a person of color. And by and large, the Palestinian movement depends on people of color in America, as well as young heretical Jews and traditional conservatives, too.But Daniel Biss must rely on the Democrats' donor class; and the donor class is very pro-Israel. And by the way Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is going to Israel this week in order to drum up investment in biotech and water technology.This is the same schism that almost broke the party over Keith Ellison last winter, with liberal Zionist party leaders like Josh Marshalljoined by neoconservative Dems such as Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post and Bari Weiss of the New York Times to deplore the influence of pro-BDS forces inside the party (Bari Weiss, who is author of "op-eds about how identity politics are bad by a writer whose politics are her entire identity"- pro-Israel). The story in the Washington Post about the stunning development plays down the Israel angle, and BDS- the headline suggesting it's about Socialism.The party elders want to maintain the PEP line. Progressive except Palestine. They don't want this to be an issue inside Democratic ranks.But it is.P.S. Here is the statement by Jewish Voice for Peace on the fact that BDS has become an issue in the Chicago governor's race, without mentioning Biss or Ramirez-Rosa by name, but proudly standing up for BDS and rejecting Biss's claim re "safety"for the Jewish people:We reject the idea that safety for our community can come at the expense of human rights and security for Palestinians living the effects of the State of Israel's brutality.We are proud to support the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.Boycott, divestment and sanctions are tactics to build pressure on the State of Israel until it ends its brutal occupation of the West Bank and cruel blockade on Gaza. It demands an end to systematic discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel. And it states, quite simply, that Palestinians who were displaced in 1948 and in the ensuing decades have a right to return home, an issue that particularly hits home for Chicago's Palestinian community, the largest in the United States...As the movement for Palestinian rights enters the mainstream, people of conscience must decide whether they want to be on the right side of history.There is no reference in the statement to the Israel lobby.Thanks to Scott McConnell and Donald Johnson.*(8) Zionists gatecrash Max Blumenthal's pro-BDS presentation in Toronto*** Max Blumenthal jeered at Toronto event500 guests attend 'Embattled Truths: Reporting on Gaza with Max Blumenthal,' organized by free expression charity, PEN CanadaBy SAMMY HUDESFebruary 26, 2016, 5:18 pmTORONTO - A sold-out evening headlined by controversial Jewish anti-Israel activist Max Blumenthal went ahead as scheduled on Wednesday evening in Toronto, despite drawing heavy condemnation from Canada's organized Jewish community.He spoke to upwards of 500 guests at an event titled "Embattled Truths: Reporting on Gaza with Max Blumenthal."It was organized by PEN Canada - a charity which advocates for free expression and other basic rights for writers - and hosted at the Toronto Reference Library in honor of Freedom to Read Week in Canada.The talk, which featured a question and answer period, was marred by constant heckling and jeering from more than a dozen protestors who attended, most of whom from the far-right Jewish Defense League of Canada.Blumenthal addressed the controversy surrounding his appearance, saying that pro-Israel groups attempt to make an example of him."One of the reasons that I'm considered maybe a little bit dangerous by the pro-Israel lobby, why there's been such a campaign against this event and other events, is because I am a white, upper-middle class Jewish guy from Washington, DC from an influential family, and the last thing that they would like to see is someone like me being successful in presenting my views and for other upper-middle class nice Jewish boys and girls to follow in my footsteps,"said Blumenthal, the s*on of longtime Hillary Clinton advisor and family friend Sidney Blumenthal*. As shown in a recent batch of released private emails, *Clinton had received several of Max's anti-Zionist articles by way of his father Sidney.***"What certain groups - which are very partisan right-wing groups affiliated with the Republican Party in the US and the Conservative Party here - decided to do is to declare me an anti-Semite, that I actually hate Jews,"Blumenthal continued. "However I decide to observe Judaism is irrelevant, because in their view, you can disagree all you want with Moses, but you can't disagree with King Bibi."Brendan de Caires, a spokesperson for PEN Canada, said the group invited Blumenthal to speak about his recent book "The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza,"which details his perspective on the 2014 summertime conflict between Israel and Hamas."The conversation that we were hoping to have is about the complexity of telling a story from a highly politicized battleground or conflict zone, and how do you take into account the political fashions at play,"said de Caires.De Caires said Blumenthal's book fell into category of war reportage, which is why PEN Canada invited him. The event was presented in partnership with Another Story Bookshop and Independent Jewish Voices, and also featured Toronto Star foreign affairs reporter Olivia Ward."What we're seeing is an organized campaign by the pro-Israel lobby, which represents the greatest threat to free speech in the West'The *protestors*, who were eventually asked to leave by a contingent of nearly 10 police officers, *held up signs showing a Palestinian holding a knife and wearing a keffiyeh* as a full face covering, which read, "This is not a victim."Some, but not all, individuals who shouted criticisms of Blumenthal's views also expressed anti-Muslim sentiments.The event took place just two days after *Canada's Parliament voted overwhelmingly to condemn the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions* campaign against Israel by a 229-51 margin in bipartisan fashion. Blumenthal criticized the move and compared it to similar anti-BDS measures in the United Kingdom, France and the United States."We're seeing it in the US presidential campaign where *Hillary Clinton has pledged to shut down BDS in fealty to her donors*,"said Blumenthal. "What we're seeing is an organized campaign by the pro-Israel lobby, which represents the greatest threat to free speech in the West. It's time to stand up to it."Blumenthal declined an interview with The Times of Israel.Heavy backlash preceded eventThe decision to invite Blumenthal drew the ire of Israel advocacy groups in Canada, such as the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. It also sparked reactions that questioned his previous reporting methods on Israel and Gaza.On Wednesday prior to the event, Toronto city councilor James Pasternak issued a statement calling on the Toronto Reference Library to cancel Blumenthal's appearance."While freedom of expression is a crucial Canadian value, targeting a group through demonization has no place in a City of Toronto building'"While freedom of expression is a crucial Canadian value, targeting a group through demonization has no place in a City of Toronto building,"he stated. "Mr. Blumenthal has been widely criticized for his hateful comments and even had his worked praised by white supremacists. Speakers like this do not reflect our values of respect and tolerance."Berl Nadler, co-chair of CIJA Toronto, called PEN Canada's selection of Blumenthal "irresponsible.""He doesn't think the State of Israel should exist as a Jewish state and he's on the record saying that. ["The 51 Day War'] has been roundly criticized as hyperbolic and demonizing Israelis in every imaginable way,"said Nadler. "We think it's not a good choice for anybody who actually wants to really understand what happened in the Gaza war."Nadler said CIJA wrote a letter to PEN Canada on February 11 detailing their concerns, suggesting they balance the talk with someone more neutral on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to speak alongside Blumenthal."We felt PEN was subverting their own principled positions and their very good reputation for defending writers under threat around the world,"Nadler said. "We even said "look, we don't mind if the person is critical of what Israel did or some of what Israel did, but at least it has to be balanced and it has to be someone with expertise.'"But Blumenthal exemplifies an "extremely seasoned foreign correspondent"able to answer tough questions about the intricacies of reporting from a battlefield, according to de Caires.Despite a "mildly hysterical reaction in some quarters"including plenty of angry phone calls to PEN Canada, de Caires said the organization didn't see a need to balance the discussion of the war in Gaza, noting it was not "in the business of picking sides.""This is not meant to be a partisan conversation'"This is not meant to be a partisan conversation. We certainly wouldn't have it if it were,"said de Caires. Blumenthal "certainly has a very strong and definable point of view on this conflict, but certainly from our perspective from the way the event was conceived, it is about war reportage. It's not a discussion on the rights or wrongs of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict"De Caires called PEN Canada "resolutely apolitical"and that "providing people don't hold a position that advocates violence or hatred against an identifiable group, they are eligible for interest by PEN."Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of Canada's Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, disputed whether Blumenthal fit that description"Max Blumenthal represents the radical left's extremist belief that Israel is the embodiment of all evil and has no right to exist,"Benlolo said in a statement, which claimed Blumenthal's book "is popular on major antisemitic, neo-Nazi and conspiracy theory websites...where his work is used to promote anti-Jewish hate.""I'm not sure what PEN is trying to achieve by giving Blumenthal a podium from which to spew his hatred, but if its goal is to contribute to increasing antisemitism in Canada, then I guess it will succeed."In CIJA's letter to PEN Canada, it referred to a review of Blumenthal's 2013 book "Goliath"in left-wing US magazine The Nation by Eric Alterman, which labeled the work "the "I hate Israel' handbook."Alterman, himself often a critic of Israel, wrote "Blumenthal proves a profoundly unreliable narrator"and that his "selectivity often gets in the way of his truth-telling.""Alas, his case against the Jewish state is so carelessly constructed, it will likely alienate anyone but the most fanatical anti-Zionist extremists, and hence do nothing to advance the interests of the occupation's victims,"the review stated.Nadler said Blumenthal's reputation makes his most recent book lack credibility as an objective example of war correspondence."This is a libel of Israel,"he said. "I'm a genuine believer in freedom of speech. I even believe in Max Blumenthal's right to speak. But I think it is intellectually dishonest on the part of PEN Canada to say that a person with those views can enlighten anyone about the Arab-Israeli conflict or even about the Gaza campaign."-- Peter Myerswebsite: