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FBI 2019 Hate Crime Report





Gary Fouse
fousesquawk


This article first appeared in Times of Israel Blogs.


The FBI has released its annual report for hate crimes in 2019. What is significant is that Jews seemed to be the biggest target of religious hate crimes. There was not only a 14% increase in attacks against Jews but, as victims, they accounted for 60% of the total religious hate crimes. The numbers may shock some, but they didn’t shock me. I have been watching this problem fester for almost 15 years now.

 I first began paying attention around 2006 when I was teaching part-time at the University of California at Irvine and saw how the pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel activism on our campus was often spilling over into unabashed Jew-hatred. The purveyors of this modern-day anti-Semitism tried to disguise it in the form of “anti-Zionism”. They denied they were anti-Semitic. Many of the anti-Israel professors and speakers invited to campus by Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Student Union were themselves Jewish. That could not change the fact that vicious anti-Semites like Oakland-based imam, Amir Abdel Malik Ali, and Washington DC-based imams, Mohamed al-Asi and Abdul Alim Musa also came to our campus and engaged in heated anti-Jewish rhetoric. I know. I was present on several such occasions. 

 It was just this specific situation at UC Irvine that made me an activist though I myself am not Jewish. As a student of the history of the Third Reich, I was already sensitive to the issue of anti-Semitism. As I watched the deteriorating situation for Jews in Europe, I realized that anti-Semitism was enjoying a resurgence in the US as well. The focal point for that resurgence was on our university campuses, and the entire University of California system was a particular hotspot, though it must be pointed out that the problem exists in universities all over the US and Canada. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the latest example of campus under the microscope as a result of numerous complaints from Jewish students. And the spark that lights the fire on campuses across the country is the Israel-Palestinian conflict. It is one of the biggest hot-button issues on countless university campuses.

 From the campuses, the problem has now metastasized across society. This is purely anecdotal and personal, and I don’t have the empirical evidence for this, but when I first got involved back in 2006-7, my impression was that it was a campus problem. The local Jewish community did not seem to be overly aware of what was happening on campus in the peaceful bedroom community of Irvine. Indeed, we struggled to bring the problem to the attention of the local community. In that effort, we and Jewish students who wanted to speak out and fight back were thwarted in our efforts by national Jewish organizations like the Jewish Federation (Orange County) and Hillel, both of whom were too embedded and invested in the university to want to make waves. Meanwhile, the ADL was simply missing in action. They prefer to this day to concentrate on anti-Semitism coming from white nationalists.

 Not to defend white anti-Semites; they are to be condemned as well. I just don’t believe they account for the major part of the problem. Then again, I don’t have the empirical evidence at my fingertips. I hope that the FBI report gets wide dissemination. The public must demand action from the government. Not to get political, but under the Trump administration, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has taken an active role in addressing this issue. If Joe Biden becomes our next president, as it appears he will, I hope that policy will continue. I fear, however, that the Biden administration is going to be more Palestinian-friendly. That will have repercussions not only with our Israel policy but on our campuses as well. Jew-hatred has always been an issue that cuts across ethnic lines. 

Next year’s FBI report will surely include the May 2020 pogrom that occurred in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, largely carried out by Black Lives Matter thugs in the wake of the George Floyd death. The truth is that we all need to examine anti-Semitism within our own communities and within our own ethnic groups, white, black, Muslim, etc. Here in the US, our universities also need to address this issue. After all, at least in my opinion, this is where it began to explode.

University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Commits to Confronting Anti-Semitism




Gary Fouse
fousesquawk

Hat tip Jewish Insider





The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has taken a major step forward in confronting what has been an on-going problem of anti-Semitism on its campus. Here is a joint statement issued by the University, Jewish United Fund Chicago, Illini Hillel, Hillel International, Illini Chabad, Arnold & Porter, and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.

Having followed the events at UIUC over the past couple of years (see previous articles here and here), I applaud Chancellor Robert Jones for this action and his statements in support of Jewish students. I think it is also notable that the university statement, rather than simply condemn anti-Semitism in general terms, has specifically included language that makes it clear that at least a portion of the problem is due to anti-Zionist feelings toward Israel. My own personal opinion, generally speaking, is that opposition to Israel is the major aspect of campus anti-Semitism in our universities. While it is not necessarily anti-Semitic to be critical of Israel's policies vis-a-vis the Palestinian issue, I have personally seen how it has all-too-often spilled over into pure Jew-hatred. All too often, we have seen and heard anti-Jewish canards that have been around for centuries and pre-date the establishment of the modern state of Israel used against Jews in general.

It is not just the University of Illinois. This problem has spread to campuses all over the country and must be stopped in its tracks. Student governments are being paralyzed every year by forced debate and votes on whether to boycott companies doing business with Israel-as if this has anything to do with student life on campus. Campus police have their hands full anytime a speaker who might be pro-Israel is invited to come at speak because disruptions by Students for Justice in Palestine and/or the local Muslim Student Association are sure to result. Meanwhile, vicious anti-Israel/anti-Jewish speakers appear regularly on campuses. And the result of all this is bullying and intimidation directed at Jewish students.

I have met many Jewish alumni from various universities who have recounted to me how they don't look back on their alma maters with fond memories because of the harassment they suffered and the lack of support they received from the university in question-and, in many cases, the lack of support they received from major Jewish organizations who are supposed to look out for Jewish students in these situations.

But to the specific case at hand, UIUC has had problems which they have acknowledged and pledged to make things right. This is a positive step, but it must be followed up on. The above statement should not just be something to stick in the files as "documentation" that the problem is being addressed. The coming months and years will tell us whether UIUC has become a safe campus for Jews.

The Barrett Confirmation: It's Been a Good Week for Trump




Gary Fouse
fousesquawk


President Trump may or may not be re-elected next week. Today, however, he achieved a great victory-not only for himself, but for the country. Amy Coney-Barrett, in spite of the childish efforts of the Democrats in the Senate to stop her, has been confirmed as a justice to the Supreme Court replacing the deceased Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The conservatives now have a 6-3 majority. (Maybe 5-1/2 if you consider John Roberts.) What President Trump has done in his first term is to place three conservatives on the Court. It will have a significant-and positive- effect for years to come. With the prospect of a looming Biden-Harris administration, the importance is magnified. Whatever the final verdict on Trump and his presidency-be it four years or eight years- his impact on the Supreme Court is historic. 

The Democrats knew that they had no realistic way of stopping the nomination, but they played their childish games nonetheless and made asses of themselves. At one point, they stayed outside the chamber with only Chuck Schumer present, who argued that the proceedings could not go forward since there was no significant quorum (2 members of the minority being present). Lindsey Graham brushed that away, and the process continued. Then Schumer objected to Vice President Pence being present for the final Senate vote since somebody might catch the Covid virus from Pence, who was coming from the virus-infected White House, blah blah blah. In the end, Barrett passed 52-48.

Immediately, "The Squad", a coalition of four radical female dopes in the House of Representatives, (Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley) began clamoring to expand the court. Joe Biden, for his part, is now mumbling something about rotating courts, rotating justices, or anything that sounds halfway coherent.

Aside from that, as I have already noted, I think the debate went well for Trump. More people are now aware of who Hunter Biden is and what he is all about. More importantly, people are waking up to Joe Biden's involvement in his son's shady business deals with China and Ukraine thanks to the infamous laptop. Now the internet is filled not only with those compromising emails, but XXX-rated videos of Hunter playing hide the baloney with various bimbos while smoking what certainly appears to be crack. We shouldn't hold that against Old Joe, but the business stuff with China and Ukraine? And to think that Trump was impeached over a phone call in which he asked the president of Ukraine to investigate it all.

And don't think that 60 Minutes interview by Leslie Stahl hurt Trump. I viewed the version that Trump released. You don't see Stahl's face, and her voice is not very audible, but she acted outrageously. All she did was argue with the President. When Trump brought up what was done to him during and after the election and the Hunter Biden mess, she claimed that both were unverified. 60 Minutes can yell all they want about Trump ending the interview early, but Stahl's comportment was embarrassing.

On the foreign policy side, Trump also scored a victory this week with Sudan agreeing to normalize relations with Israel. 

One other thing gives me encouragement. The crowds turning out not only to see the President speak, but just to demonstrate their support in other cities, are amazing. The polls, just as they did in 2016, are telling us that Trump trails, but something is happening that we don't see in the polls and certainly not in our disgraced media. Old Joe, meanwhile, if he even holds an event, can't draw much more than his Secret Service protection detail. Are we really going to elect this tired old man, who is drifting into senility, who is now mired in a serious scandal, and has as his running mate, a radical leftist with the charm of Hillary Clinton? I don't know, and I won't know until next week, but this past week has given me encouragement.


Joe and Hunter Biden: Where Is the News Media?




Gary Fouse
fousesquawk


This article first appeared in New English Review. 


This week, in a truly shocking development, a CBS reporter named Bo Erickson actually asked Joe Biden to comment on the revelations surrounding a laptop purported to belong to his son, Hunter. Former Vice President Biden, who was boarding an airplane, was clearly agitated and refused to comment, calling it a "smear" and basically insulting the reporter.

"I have no response. I know you’d ask it. I have no response, it’s another smear campaign, right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask.”

That is about as close as the mainstream media has come to trying to find out the truth about the laptop and the alleged emails to and from Hunter Biden indicating that he was trading on his father's name in order to do business with China and Ukraine. Other than Fox News, the New York Post, which broke the story, and Mr Erickson, our media is trying its best to bury this story.

CNN continues to ignore the story while trying to deal with the latest in their own embarrassing stories with one of their talking heads, this time, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who is "taking some time off". Over at MSNBC, Joy Reid used it to bring up a hit piece on President Trump's children while calling the Hunter Biden story, "fake".

Meanwhile, over on Capitol Hill, Adam Schiff (D-CA) is calling the story another Russian government disinformation piece designed to interfere in our election. Never mind that he has no basis for making such a charge and zero evidence to support it. In rebuttal, the FBI and Justice Department have gone on record this week stating that there is no "Russian connection" to this scandal.

Here is something else that is worth noting. Neither Biden nor his campaign has made any specific denial that the laptop in question (which was turned over to the FBI) belongs to Hunter Biden. Nor are they denying the emails that have been reported. The most that Joe Biden has said to this point that I am aware of is that it is a "smear" and that neither he nor his family has traded on the Biden name as has been alleged. Wouldn't you expect those type of specific denials from Joe Biden? And where is Hunter Biden these days? Where are the reporters camped out in front of his house? Does anyone even know where to look for him?

Of course, the Bidens know that there is a living witness to the story-the computer repair shop owner, who saw the material on the laptop and who apparently stands ready to corroborate everything. It has also been revealed this week that there is a receipt with Hunter Biden's signature on it. Joe Biden also knows that the laptop in question is in FBI custody and has been referred to the US Attorney's office in Delaware.

What we have not heard from Biden or his camp is a statement along the lines of: "the laptop in question does not belong to Hunter Biden", or, "the emails that have been reported are false". He might also throw in something like, "any reports that the laptop shows Hunter using crack cocaine and engaging in sex acts are false". None of that. Instead, they are attacking Rudy Giuliani for his role in the turning over of the material.

As far as the alleged meeting in 2015 in Washington with a Burisma official named Vadiym Pozharskyi, the Biden camp has stated that a review of then-Vice President Biden's schedule reflects no such meeting as being scheduled. That is hardly conclusive. Unscheduled meetings happen all the time with Washington officials. 

Then there is Joe Biden's reference to the CBS reporter about the "smear". It's an ugly word with all sorts of negative connotations, but sometimes, a smear can be true.  For example, when people bring up Monica Lewinsky and her affair then-President Bill Clinton, that is a smear against Clinton-but it is a true smear. So Joe Biden calling the story a "smear" is not really a denial.

Of course, all this is going to be asked of Joe Biden in Thursday's debate, right? It's the elephant in the back of the room, and it should be the first question asked, right?  Don't get your hopes up. The debate is being moderated by pro-Biden Democrat Kristin Welker of NBC. In addition, the Commission on Presidential Debates intends to cut off the microphone of the candidate(s) when "appropriate". So if Welker says nothing about the Hunter Biden issue, and Trump tries to bring it up, we can now look forward to his microphone being cut off. 

And then there are social media giants, Facebook and Twitter, trying to short-circuit any discussions about this story while they "fact-check" it.

And to cap it all off, should Biden win this election, once the new administration comes into office and a new attorney general sets up the new Justice Department, we can rest assured that any further investigation of Hunter Biden will quietly disappear-just as the on-going investigations into the corrupt practices of the Obama administration in trying to take Trump down before, during, and subsequent to the 2016 election- will also quietly disappear.

An old colleague of mine once said decades ago, "the only thing the people need to know is the ball scores". That thought may now be coming true. At least we will know who won the World Series.



MPAC's Virtual Town Hall Against Bigotry




Gary Fouse
fousesquawk


Last night, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) held a virtual town hall against bigotry (their words, not mine). The featured participant was Senator Bernie Sanders. So far, no problem although I would add that Sanders' presence shows MPAC's attachment to the far left. It is the remaining participants who raise eyebrows if your town hall is supposed to be against bigotry. Here is MPAC's Twitter announcement:




 https://twitter.com/mpac_national/status/1316059105178521602

First of all, why would people like Keith Ellison, Ilhan Omar ("It's the Benjamins, Baby") and Rashida Tlaib be participating? All have had charges of anti-Semitism leveled against them. Ellison, who has a history of troubled relations with the Jewish community, has never satisfactorily explained his history of association with the Nation of Islam and its leader, Louis Farrakhan. Tlaib's open opposition to the Jewish state of Israel, critics charge, has often crossed the line into anti-Semitism.

As for Dr Abdul El-Sayed, I hope somebody asked him why he made such a fuss over an Israeli actress being chosen to play Cleopatra in a movie instead of an Egyptian actress. Just asking since the topic was supposed to be against bigotry.

Finally, I would ask Senator Sanders, who I have no reason to call a bigot, why he would appear with such a cast of characters.


Abolishing Campus Police at UC Santa Barbara




Gary Fouse
Fousesquawk


 Hat tip Daily Nexus, The College Fix, and Legal Insurrection


We haven't written much about the University of California at Santa Barbara since 2014 when a feminist studies professor named Mireille Miller-Young stole a pro-life poster from a couple of young ladies on campus and made headlines and bad press for her employers. But now the little rascals are out in force at UCSB (which stands for UC Skate Board). The latest bit of insanity is now demanding that the campus police be abolished. And don't think it's just students. No Sir, there are also demands from some of the witch doctors at UCSB (aka professors) that the campus be polizeirein (which in German means cleansed of cops).



                                                      "Polizeirein! I like thatMy Stormtroopers can keep the campus safe."


Here is the report from The College Fix.

And here is a more positive review by the local campus newspaper, The Daily Nexus.

I have informed the Nexus in the reader thread that the National Lawyers Guild, mentioned in the article as being present, was founded in the 1930s as a legal arm of the Communist Party USA. They are still around, supporting any cause that is anti-US. They can be recognized by their lime green caps.

Just think: If there are no campus cops at UCSB, who will come to the rescue the next time some professor steals a poster from some poor girl?



Reza Aslan on the Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg




Gary Fouse
fousesquawk
http://garyfouse.blogspot.com


Hat tip Newsthud.com





No sooner has Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, and the left is already promising more violence if President Trump and the Republicans in Congress try to fill the seat. One of the most obnoxious statements is coming from Muslim activist and UC Riverside professor Reza Aslan. Here is what he tweeted.




Really, Professor?

Of course, UC Riverside administrators will no doubt decline to take any action against Aslan citing his right to freedom of speech especially on his own personal, social media. I myself am not advocating he be arrested. However, given the actions recently taken against professors at places like Cornell and UCLA who merely criticize Black Lives Matter or refuse to give special test breaks to black students, UCR would be well advised to at least consider what statements like Aslan's do to their reputation as a university. This is a guy who has a history of threatening to punch people in the nose-not to mention eating human brains on TV. I myself hves seen this arrogant twit speak twice in person, and take it from me, he is a strange duck indeed.

                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                    Aslan in happier times

No doubt there will be more threats of violence coming from academia and other quarters, more than I can keep up with. All it does is sully the memory of Ginsburg, by all accounts, a decent person to whom we should be paying proper respect  even if we disagreed with her judicial philosophy.


 

Anti-Jew Hatred Rally in Los Angeles September 7




Gary Fouse
fousesquawk
http://garyfouse.blogspot.com


Yesterday, I reported that a rally is planned September 7 in Los Angeles as a protest against Jew hatred. I have updated information, which I am cutting and pasting below. The event is supported by The Lawfare Project and is a response to recent incidents at the University of Southern California (USC).


The Lawfare Project is providing legal support to the new social justice movement #EndJewHatred. It is a civil rights movement dedicated to ensuring Jewish liberation and justice through peaceful direct action.

The movement is organizing a protest to #EndJewHatred on campus, specifically the bigotry taking place at the University of Southern California (USC).

The protest will take place on:
Monday, September 7th
from 3 PM – 5 PM PDT

Location:
The corner of S Fairfax Avenue & W 3rd Street
in Los Angeles (The Grove)


Protestors are demanding that Rick Caruso, Chair of the Board of Trustees at the University of Southern California, act now to #EndJewHatred at USC. He has supported other ethnic groups, and is now being asked to support the Jewish community.

In recent months, many Jews across the United States have rallied to support racial justice causes. Jews have been at the forefront of campaigns for equality because we know how important it is to secure liberty and justice for all. But none of these campaigns has been a movement that seeks to end unjust discrimination against Jews.

#EndJewHatred is that Jewish civil rights movement.
 Visit 
www.endjewhatred.com to discover more about their important work. Their mission is to eradicate Jew hatred from culture once and for all.

Please spread the word about this important movement and the protest on Monday with your friends and colleagues. History has taught us that, if Jews do not stand up for ourselves, no one else will.

We at The Lawfare Project appreciate your continued support.



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The Latest Outrage From Portland





Gary Fouse
fousesquawk
http://garyfouse.blogspot.com


Hat tip Legal Insurrection





What is happening in Portland and other cities is past the point of saying, "Enough is enough"! Now we see the sickening video of a Black Lives Matter/Antifa  mob in Portland, dragging a white couple out of a truck and beating the man senseless, perhaps even killing him. You can read all about it and watch the sickening video at the below link from Legal Insurrection. It is graphic.

https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/08/portland-blm-mob-causes-man-to-crash-beats-him-unconscious/comment-page-1/#comment-1077475

Keep in mind that the editor of the above blog, Professor William Jacobson of Cornell University is under intense fire for his past criticisms of BLM.

I am sick and tired of seeing this senseless violence in our cities while police are told to stand down and are being defunded and even abolished as we speak. It is time for the police, National Guard, and military, if needed, to go in there are take back our streets-by any means necessary. These are people who need to be put away for a long time.

Make no mistake: If Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are elected, these forces of anarchy will take over our entire country. If Biden and Harris are elected, and the Democrats keep the House and take over the Senate, it's goodbye to our democracy.

And the rest of the world will quickly follow. Just look at Europe today.

Vote. Vote like the survival of our county depends on it-because it does.

Pittsburgh: 8 Indictments in May Riot




Gary Fouse
fousesquawk



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Note the Palestinian keffiya


Eight people have been indicted on federal charges stemming from their participation in a May riot in Pittsburgh. This is what we need to see more of. All over the country, while thousands protested the George Floyd incident lawfully, others used the occasion to launch violence. These people must be prosecuted, not just because they may have gotten carried away and threw a brick, but there are many people who organized this violence across state lines. That is why this particular case is being prosecuted federally. It's my bet that the feds have quietly identified a lot of these people that for one reason or another were not or could not be arrested when they were committing their mayhem.

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Hopefully, we will see more indictments coming down-especially in Seattle and Portland.