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Poland refuses Holocaust blackmail; Ambassador to Israel attacked, from Peter Myers

(1) Poland refuses Holocaust blackmail; Ambassador to Israel attacked(2) Polish Ambassador to Israel Attacked outside the Polish Embassy in Tel Aviv(3) Israel supporters try to stop UMass discussion on Palestine(4) Hanan Ashrawi banned from US(5) Va. Democrat, who likened Israel to the KKK, wins election for House seat(1) Poland refuses Holocaust blackmail; Ambassador to Israel attackedFrom: bronek <>Subject: High ranking Euro Gov official assaultedAn Ambassador AssaultedAt this writing what Jewish Prof. Norman Finkelstein refers to as the Holocaust Industry is making new demands on small European countries. Warsaw is openly rejecting the demands. This has resulted in emotional hates against Europeans. As war might be unfolding in the Middle East and Washington’s muscles are being flexed, the item below is just one interesting example of influence and emotion.Ambassadors are generally left alone. This is due to the consequences that could prevail. As millions of Americans hear about a congresswomen being anti-semitic for comparing the holocaust to the Palestinian tragedy, actual physical events are not seeing the light of day on MSM. The other day, within the home of Washington’s best friend, a European Ambassador was assaulted.Why the attack upon a leading governmental official? A few days ago between 20,000 - 30,000 demonstrated in Warsaw that they would not pay reparations for the ancient holocaust.Further, high ranking governmental members of Warsaw’s parliament have joined the popular demand for not giving in to blackmail. Also, masses have been solidifying, just about everywhere in the country, insisting that they were occupied and, in fact, only in 1989 became free.Will the grandchildren and great grandchildren be harmed by an event that happened 75 years ago due to transnational blackmail? Will they be able to stand up to the power of transnational zionistic influence? Don't be judgmental, be fair. For actual visual knowledge on that topic look at YouTube films of when Netanyahu visited congress and how politicos paid homage to him. So, what will be the outcome to the most recent zionistic demands upon small countries?If one adjudicates by global cyber space, millions around the world, believe that transnational zionism is one of the strongest forces on planet earth. Countless millions, in most countries, who don’t know one another, are expressing similar opinions about zionism. Goodness, how could that be? Those opinions are not the views of US, London, Paris, Berlin or even Canadian monopoly media. It’s so mind boggling.At this writing, as demands are being made, millions of Americans are being told by MSM that Iran is a danger to them. Is harmony possible? Will conflict again prevail? Perhaps congressmen will give an honest answer.(2) Polish Ambassador to Israel Attacked outside the Polish Embassy in Tel Aviv Jerusalem PostPolish Ambassador To Israel Attacked Near His Embassy In Tel AvivPoland's Ambassador to Israel, Marek Magierowski, managed to take a picture of the attacker and his vehicle, which led to the man's arrest 90 minutes later.BY ALON EINHORNMAY 15, 2019 13:21Poland's Ambassador to Israel, Marek Magierowski, was attacked on Tuesday outside the Polish Embassy in Tel Aviv, according to a report by the Hebrew website Ynet.Magierowski was standing outside the Embassy when a man started to physically and verbally assault him. The ambassador was too overwhelmed to understand the words his attacker said. All he heard was, "Polish, Polish," said Magierowski, Ynet reported.The Polish Embassy immediately filed a complaint to the Israeli Police, while Magierowski filed a complaint to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.The Foreign Affairs Ministry contacted the police and asked them and the authorities charged with security of the foreign embassies in Tel Aviv to treat the incident with the utmost importance.Magierowski managed to take a picture of the attacker and his vehicle, which led to the man's arrest 90 minutes later. Magierowski was informed by the Foreign Ministry that the man had been arrested, and he commended the police and their efficiency."We received a report of an incident involving the Polish ambassador in Israel on Tuesday. A suspect approached the ambassador when he was sitting in his car and spat at him," The Police Spokesperson Unit released a statement. "Police forces arrived at the scene and began searching for the suspect who was arrested in the area. The Suspect is a 65-years-old man from Herzliya, he was arrested and will appear before the court in tel Aviv on Wednesday."I am very worried to hear of a racist attack on @PLinIsrael ambassador @mmagierowski. Poland strongly condemns this xenophobic act of aggression. Violence against diplomats or any other citizens should never be tolerated," Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki commented on Twitter.The Foreign Ministry confirmed that Israel's ambassador to Poland, Anna Azari, was invited to Warsaw for clarifications on the incident.The Israeli Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon also commented, saying: "Israel expresses its full sympathy with the Polish ambassador and shock at the attack. Israeli police currently investigating. We will update our Polish friends . This is a top priority to us, as we are fully committed to diplomats safety and security."The attack on the Polish ambassador comes amid a diplomatic spat between Poland and Israel. This week, the Polish Foreign Ministry canceled a scheduled visi <>t of an Israeli delegation to Warsaw, which was scheduled to take place on Monday.(3) Israel supporters try to stop UMass discussion on PalestineFrom: sadu nanjundiah <> file lawsuit to stop UMass Israel, Palestine panelSCOTT MERZBACHDaily Hampshire Gazette4/26/2019AMHERST — A group of University of Massachusetts Amherst students is seeking an emergency preliminary injunction in Suffolk Superior Court to stop an event titled "Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights" from being held on campus on May 4, contending that it is anti-Semitic.The lawsuit, filed this week by Concord attorney Karen Hurvitz on behalf of three students who are identified only as John Doe 1, 2 and 3, will be heard in Suffolk Superior Court at 2 p.m. Monday.The panel for the event, which will be held at the Fine Arts Center, features Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters, an outspoken advocate for Palestinian rights; Palestinian-American political activist Linda Sarsour, the co-chair of the Women’s March; Marc Lamont Hill, a professor and political commentator who CNN fired last year for remarks he gave at the United Nations in support of Palestinian rights and a boycott of Israel; and Dave Zirin, sports editor at The Nation magazine who is himself Jewish and has been a vocal critic of the Israeli government.Hurvitz said in an interview Friday that she views the event, sponsored by the Media Education Foundation of Northampton, as a "hate-fest" that violates university policies against expressions of hate on campus, meets the U.S. Department of Education’s definition of anti-Semitism and stands in contradiction to the university’s opposition to academic boycotts of any kind, including the boycott, divestment and sanctions, or BDS movement, against Israel."Students want it moved off campus so they can feel safe and protected on campus," Hurvitz said of the need for an injunction, adding that those students intend to remain anonymous because of what she argues is a "hostile atmosphere" on campus.Sut Jhally, executive director of the Media Education Foundation and a communications professor at UMass, says that the lawsuit is part of ongoing "propaganda" aimed at silencing voices that criticize Israel."This lawsuit makes clear that the backlash against this event is about censoring and silencing pro-Palestinian voices," Jhally said. "From the start, the deluge of unsubstantiated and slanderous claims of anti-Semitism has been a deflection away from actually engaging in real discussion and debate about Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights."Jhally added that attempts at silencing people with different viewpoints will not work."Fortunately, more and more people are seeing through these transparent attempts to change the subject and demanding that these other voices be heard," he said.The lawsuit was filed against the members of the UMass Board of Trustees, UMass President Marty Meehan and UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy.UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski referred the Gazette to a statement on the UMass website noting that a private foundation has rented the Fine Arts Center and that no taxpayer or university funds are supporting the program.That statement is identical to one Subbaswamy used in response to concerns from the AMCHA Initiative, a California-based organization that is described as seeking "to investigate, document, educate about, and combat anti-Semitism at institutions of higher education in the United States."In the response to AMCHA, Subbaswamy wrote that, even though the Department of Communication and the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies are sponsoring the event, that doesn’t mean those departments are endorsing its content."Departmental sponsorship of various types of events does not constitute an endorsement of the views expressed at those proceedings, rather it is an endorsement of the exploration of complex and sometimes difficult topics," Subbaswamy wrote. "Promoting the free exchange of ideas is one of the most important functions of the university."In addition, Subbaswamy wrote to AMCHA: "UMass Amherst is committed to fostering a community of dignity and respect and rejects all forms of bigotry. The campus is also firmly committed to the principles of free speech and academic freedom. As such, and as is required of a public institution under the First Amendment, UMass Amherst applies a content-neutral standard when making facilities available to outside organizations for the purpose of holding events."Many individuals and organizations voiced opposition to the event, including the regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, the president of the Student Alliance for Israel at UMass, and B’nai B’rith International. Hurvitz said she also has spoken to numerous students and alumni who worry about the content of the presentation.The event also has received the support of a host of other individuals and organizations who signed a letter written by the UMass Amherst chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. Among those signers are some UMass Amherst faculty, Jewish Voice for Peace Western Mass and other campus Students for Justice in Palestine chapters.The lawsuit states that "fliers announcing the event have been posted around campus for weeks, making Jewish students fearful and intimidated" and that if the event were to go on as scheduled, there could be a rise in anti-Semitic acts on campus."Plaintiffs and other Jewish students will suffer even more hostility and be the subject of more anti-Semitism than they have already suffered if the university sponsors and hosts this event on its campus," the lawsuit reads.Hurvitz told the Gazette she has concerns about "toxic viewpoints" and speakers tarnishing the Hate Has No Home campaign on campus."If a group of students feels justifiably intimidated, the university is not living up to its commitment," Hurvitz said. "It’s our hope that the court will see this for what it is, not an exercise in academic freedom, as the university spokespeople are saying, but sponsorship by three faculty departments of an event in which panelists are not interested in hearing from the other side." (In addition to the Department of Communication and the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, the Resistance Studies Initiative UMASS also is sponsoring the event.)But Jeremy Earp, the Media Education Foundation’s production director, contends that panels with a perspective are not unusual and that the event itself is an attempt to push back against the "overwhelmingly one-sided narrative about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that’s dominated U.S. media for decades."The point of the event, Earp said, was to "simply allow pro-Palestinian voices to be heard."William C. Newman, director of the Western Regional Office of the American Civil Liberties Union, referenced the First Amendment in a comment from the ACLU, saying that "our state Constitution provides robust protection for speech and inquiry.""While the ACLU recognizes that controversial speech can sometimes cause discomfort," Newman added, "censorship is not the answer."(4) Hanan Ashrawi banned from USFrom: Sadanand, Nanjundiah (Physics and Engineering Physics) [] Palestinian negotiator banned from travelling to USDr Hanan Ashrawi said that her visa was denied without a reason given, but believes it was in response to her advocacy  David I Klein,The Independent May 13, 2019Dr Hanan Ashrawi, a veteran negotiator for the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), said on Monday that her US travel visa had been denied for the first time.The action comes just a month after Omar Barghouti, a Palestinian activist and co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement more commonly known as BDS, faced a similar denial.No reason was given, Dr Ashrawi, 73, said in a series of tweets, but she believes that the denial is punitive and in response to her advocacy for the Palestinian cause. She had recently sparred over Twitter with Jason Greenblatt, a Trump envoy and key architect of the president's Middle East peace plan."No reason given. Choose any of the following: I'm over 70 & a grandmother; I've been an activist for Palestine since the late 1960's; I've always been an ardent supporter of non-violent resistance," Dr Ashrawi tweeted.Dr Ashrawi, whose grandchildren live in the US, told Reuters that she has been going back and forth from the US to the Middle East for most of her adult life, for speaking tours and negotiations."I've met (& even negotiated with) every Sec of State since Shultz, & every President since George HW Bush (present administration excluded)," she tweeted."Visa records are confidential under US law; therefore, we cannot discuss the details of individual visa cases," a US State Department official told Haaretz<>. However they also stated that US law "does not authorise the refusal of visas based solely on political statements or views if those statements or views would be lawful in the United States."(5) Va. Democrat, who likened Israel to the KKK, wins election for House seat Democrat who was attacked for remarks against Israel wins election for House seatBy Antonio OlivoFebruary 19Virginia Democrat Ibraheem Samirah on Tuesday became the second Muslim elected to the General Assembly, in a special election marked by allegations of anti-Semitism over anti-Israel social media posts.In what political analysts saw as a measure of whether recent scandals involving Virginia’s top elected officials might hurt Democrats, Samirah easily beat Republican Gregg G. Nelson and independent Connie H. Hutchinson with 59 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.That means the House of Delegates seat left vacant by the election of Jennifer B. Boysko to the state Senate will remain in Democratic hands, months before Democrats attempt to seize the majority in both chambers of the General Assembly.Samirah, a Palestinian American dentist from Herndon, said he relied more on volunteers than elected Democrats in the days leading up to the election, as the party dealt with fallout from his social media posts along with allegations of racism against Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) and sexual assault accusations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D)."It landed us in a position where we solely relied on grass roots," said Samirah, 27, who, among other issues, campaigned on expanding affordable health care and pushing for universal prekindergarten.Nelson, 63, a retired Air Force sergeant, pledged to reduce taxes and invest more in road improvements. Hutchinson, 64, a former Herndon Town Council member, cast herself as a bridge builder.The race grew heated earlier this month after the same right-leaning website that broke the Northam and Fairfax allegations wrote about Samirah’s Facebook posts from 2014.In one, Samirah shared an angry letter by musician Brian Eno about Palestinian civilian deaths caused by Israeli missile strikes in Gaza. The letter said funding Israel is like supporting the Ku Klux Klan. "I’d say worse, but I’ll go along with Eno on this one," Samirah wrote above it.In a different post, after the death of Ariel Sharon in 2014, Samirah wrote that the former Israeli prime minister should "burn a million times for every innocent soul you killed." He wrote that he wished the same for "our beloved Arab ‘leaders’ (butchers I should say)."Nelson called the posts anti-Semitic, linking them to revelations that Northam and Herring appeared decades ago in blackface."Racism has no place in our Commonwealth. Especially from individuals in office or seeking office," Nelson wrote on his own Facebook page.Samirah apologized for his posts, though he characterized the attacks as "a smear campaign."[On Virginia’s rural Eastern Shore, Northam’s views of race took root]Virginia Democrats have seen a string of strong victories in recent elections, buoyed by a growing suburban population and opposition to President Trump. But the scandal-weakened governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general are not expected to be campaign-trail assets for the all-important contests in November.On Monday, Sens. Mark R. Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) met with Democratic lawmakers in Richmond to reassure them that they would step in to help. " ‘We want to be there for you. We’re going to do everything we can to help you,’ " one Democratic lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a private meeting, quoted them as saying.Samirah got little of that support in recent days. For most of the race, he was the favorite, the $89,000 in his campaign coffers dwarfing the $20,300 raised by Nelson and the $2,800 collected by Hutchinson. But several early backers distanced themselves after reports about the social media posts.Boysko had her endorsement of Samirah removed from his Facebook campaign page and then renewed her public support Tuesday."We need to keep this seat for the Democratic Party," she said in a short video. "We really need Ibraheem in the House of Delegates."Samirah, whose district covers mostly northwestern Fairfax County, joins Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) as the second Muslim elected to state office in Virginia. He said he felt abandoned by his party leaders over the controversy, which he noted was first reported by a Republican-leaning website."I can’t lie about that," Samirah said. "They definitely succumbed to the extreme-right propaganda machine. They succumbed to fear when we should be standing up for our values and not allowing them to divide us and conquer us."Laura Vozzella contributed to this report.