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A Link Between BDS and Terrorism




Gary Fouse
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http://garyfouse.blogspot.com


Hat tip Tablet Magazine

I recall the time I saw BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement against Israel)  co-founder Omar Barghouti speak at UC Riverside in 2014. I had encountered this self proclaimed "human rights activist" the year before at UC Irvine when he refused to tell me where he was born, saying it was "irrelevant". (It is relevant because Barghouti  was not born either in Israel proper or the disputed land and he has ruffled a lot of feathers by getting his university education at Tel Aviv University.)

At UC Riverside, I used the opportunity of the q and a to question Barghouti's credentials and ask the sponsoring department at UC Riverside if they would consider bringing in a speaker with a different point of view. Professor David Lloyd, a big shot in the BDS movement himself and sponsor of Barghouti's appearance, termed my question "preposterous" referring to Barghouti as-you guessed it-a "human rights activist".

Of course, the entire BDS movement poses as a human rights  movement that is non-violent. That is, to use Dr Lloyd's word,"preposterous". BDS is dedicated to the destruction of Israel and the elimination (one way or another) of every last Jew in Israel. It just doesn't admit it. The BDS movement in the US has stirred widespread anti-Jewish feeling on countless US university campuses. That some oddball, leftist Jewish professors may support BDS does not change that fact.

That brings us back to Barghouti and the below article from Tablet Magazine, in which he is mentioned.

http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/263409/bds-umbrella-group-linked-to-palestinian-terrorist-organizations

 "Since its founding, the BNC has frequently and openly collaborated with known leaders of these terror organizations: In 2015, for example, the BNC held a press conference to pressure the Palestinian government not to import gas from Israel, featuring a speech by Khalida Jarrar, then a member of the Palestinian parliament for the PFLP and still an active official in the terror group. A video of the BNC-hosted press conference features Jarrar seated alongside BNC secretariat member Omar Barghouti."

So here we have the great human rights activist, Omar Barghouti, participating in an event with Khalida Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine-a US State Department designated terror group.

It's called connecting the dots.

Paul Weston on the British Government





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A Response From UCLA




Gary Fouse
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http://garyfouse.blogspot.com


On May 17, Students for Justice in Palestine disrupted an Israeli event at UCLA. Subsequently, UCLA received many letters of complaint, including one that I signed onto. Today, I received this email from UCLA in response.




Thank you for taking the time to write and share your concerns. UCLA is deeply disappointed that protesters disrupted a May 17th student event that focused on the experiences of Jewish, Armenian and Kurdish indigenous communities. This incident left many students feeling silenced and intimidated. It also dishonored UCLA’s commitment to the free and robust exchange of ideas. University officials and police arrived on the scene promptly, and the disruption ended without physical injury. Campus officials are carefully reviewing the incident to determine precisely what happened, who among the protestors are affiliated with UCLA, and how to appropriately respond to this incident. While we respect the right to lawful protest, such protests cannot prevent speakers from communicating with a willing audience.

Steve Ritea,
Executive Director
Executive Communications
2224D Murphy Hall


Comment: While I appreciate the words in the letter, this is likely the last thing we will here of this.



 "Campus officials are carefully reviewing the incident to determine precisely what happened, who among the protestors are affiliated with UCLA, and how to appropriately respond to this incident." 

First of all, the video clearly shows precisely what happened. Secondly, had campus police identified the disruptors (which I am guessing they did not) they would know who were students. As to how to respond, any students should be, at the least, suspended if not expelled and SJP banned from campus. Finally, they are not protestors. They are disruptors. UCLA is a public campus, thus open to the public. Those who enter the campus for purposes of disruption should be arrested.

Let's follow this to see what happens.

MS-13





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Recount of UC Irvine Hate Week 2018




Gary Fouse
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http://garyfouse.blogspot.com


The Pro-Palestinian Students Suffer Another "Nakba"


This past week (April 30-May 4), the University of California at Irvine endured another week of anti-Israel activities sponsored by the Muslim Student Union (MSU) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). The week's theme was "Nakba", the Arabic word for catastrophe, which represents the "catastrophe" of 1948, when Israel became a state, and the Arab world launched an (unsuccessful) attack against Israel. Thousands of Arabs living in Israel left the territory at the urging of the Arab armies. Since Israel was victorious, those who had left, thinking they would return after the Arab victory, became refugees. Thus, it was Nakba week, and for the SJP/MSU, it was another public relations catastrophe.

Only one speaker was announced, and the rest of the activity centered around the so-called "apartheid wall". The days were marked by loud, angry chanting on the part of the SJP/MSU and behavior meant to be intimidating. The Israeli group, Reservists on Duty, was on-hand to answer any questions as to the truth about Israel. As happened last year, their presence angered the SJP/MSU. Finally, on Thursday night, the College Republicans invited the Reservists to speak at their regular meeting. As might be predicted, the event was disrupted by about ten persons who apparently came from off-campus. It marked the third May in a row that pro-Israel events were disrupted. As usual, no arrests were made.

What follows is a day- by-day account of the events. If you hit the links, you can see photos and videos.

Day One (Monday)

Around 11 am or so, this writer dropped by the so-called "apartheid wall" near the library. I chatted briefly with one of the representatives of Reservists on Duty, ex-IDF soldiers, most of whom are American-born. I noted immediately that the pro-Palestinian forces all had their faces covered with Palestinian scarves and other paraphernalia. It made them look like real, bonafide Arab terrorists. What kind of impression could this possibly have on other students? I took photos of two of them, a male and female. The male, seeing my camera, quickly darted behind the wall. He was too late. Later in the week, this individual would play a prominent part in the events.

Having seen their own (SJP) announcement of the week's events, I noted that only one speaker was scheduled, for Wednesday evening. I was curious to know if other events were planned for the other evenings. So I approached the table that SJP/MSU had set up and politely asked the aforementioned young man with his face hidden if there were any events for that evening. He quickly looked away and walked away as if I were going to attack him.

"C'mon," I said, "I'm not going to bite you." No response. I turned to a female and asked the same question. Silence. So, I walked away. I left campus at that point prior to the time when they began their dopey chants.

Day Two (Tuesday)

This writer was not present at UCI on Tuesday, but talking to my contacts who were, I learned that when the SJP/MSU types began their chants around noon, they deliberately got in the faces of the IDF Reservists (approximately 5 Reservists), who calmly stood their ground. Fortunately, there were plenty of campus cops to preclude any violence. As always, the tactic of the pro-Palestinian crowd is noise and intimidation.

Day Three (Wednesday)

When I arrived at the apartheid wall before noon, I saw that the campus cops were out in force. The first thing I saw (and videotaped) was an effort by one of the Reservists to dialogue with the young man in face mask who I described on Monday. (As throughout the week, the pro-Palestinians had their faces covered with Arab/Palestinian scarves and keffiyas.) The pro-Palestinians had claimed one side of the wall as their "space", and one Reservist had crossed the wall in an attempt to dialogue with the young man. The Reservist was polite and offered to take a letter from the SJP to the Israeli Knesset. He also asked the young man to shake his hand. All he got was f-bombs. The SJP/MSU guy twice told his followers, "Nobody from us better say a f----- word!" The others, almost all females, dutifully complied. You can watch and hear it by going to the above link. At that point, the cops asked everyone (not pro-Palestinian side) to clear the area on that side of the wall thus enforcing the Palestinian "safe space". That did not prevent the SJP/MSU from crossing to the other side when they began their chants or even before.

I then took the opportunity to interview (on tape-see above link) one of the female Reservists as to what had happened on Tuesday. She described how the SJP/MSU types had gotten in their faces with their chants.

Then shortly after noon, the little rascals began their chanting and marching. I managed to get lots of videotape including when our hot-headed friend tried repeatedly to intimidate me by getting directly in my face while I was videotaping. The cops were all  over us, and I just kept filming the pretty keffiya and the shifting eyes. The first encounter must have lasted about 5 minutes. It was quite amusing.

Having other things to do with my valuable time, I opted not to attend the evening event featuring some guy from Al Awda (Right of Return) in Orange County named Anis Zubi. He was described by the SJP/MSU as a "Nakba survivor".

Day Four (Thursday)

I was not present during the day, but aside from the usual bickering and chanting, things were somewhat calmer than the previous day.


Thursday Evening- Disruption

During the week, the College Republicans at UCI announced that they had invited the Reservists on Duty members to address their group at their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday evening. That raised the question to whether this event would be disrupted. The previous May, Students Supporting Israel had invited the Reservists to speak during Hate Week, and that event was disrupted by SJP and others. I was present and videotaped it all. Similarly in May 2016, SJP and other groups (assisted by so-called legal observers from the National Lawyers Guild- attached to the UCI Law School, no less) had disrupted a pro-Israel meeting in which an Israeli Defense Forces film was shown. After  last year's incident UCI placed SJP on two-year probation. Would SJP members at UCI risk further punitive action by disrupting yet another event?

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend due to medical reasons, but others were prepared to videotape any disruptions. The College Republicans had announced beforehand and opened their proceeding by repeating that people speaking out of turn would be removed. Yet, it happened again. About ten people were allowed to fill empty seats after the event had started. Though the dean of students and campus police were present, they pulled out a bullhorn and began their chants. For some reason, it was allowed to continue for about three minutes until they were ushered out of the room. For the third year in a row, a Jewish, pro-Israel event was disrupted-with no arrests. The College Republicans live streamed the event, which can be viewed here.

At this point, things are not altogether clear. Witnesses have been told that no arrests were made and that the disruptors were not UCI students. It appears, though this is not confirmed, that the disruptors were not even identified. If that is the case, it is inexcusable. The question remains as to who invited them or caused them to be on campus in the first place. In 2010, when MSU students at UCI disrupted the speech of the Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, not only were arrests made, which led to successful prosecution, but the police did an extensive follow up investigation that proved that the disruption was pre-planned and attempts were made to cover up that planning. In my mind, such an investigation is appropriate now to show if any links exist between the disruptors and anyone else at UCI.

We are waiting to see if there is any complaint filed by the College Republicans and if UCI will conduct an investigation. One witness, who was not affiliated with the university, filed his own complaint with the UCIPD. The time has come for public pressure on the university to put a stop to this wave of anti-Jewish (Yes, that's what it is) agitation and thuggish behavior. When one side engages in disruption, which is a SJP specialty, the other side has its right of free speech infringed upon. Based on what develops in the coming days, I will suggest specific measures that the public can take.

Once again, the pro-Palestinian forces that are running amok on our campuses have embarrassed themselves at UCI and have embarrassed UCI in the process. For SJP and MSU, congratulations: Your Nakba week turned out to be a real nakba to your own cause. If you think you can dress up like terrorists and act like hooligans and win public opinion to your cause, you are sadly mistaken.

Brown Sugar 1971





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The Righteous Mob




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All this talk about slavery ...






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Peter Green and Duster Bennett






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Chuck Missler passes away

It has been announced on the Koinonia House website that Chuck Missler has passed away. If you're not familiar with Chuck's work with the khouse organisation, here is an example:


Chuck Missler - The Magog Invasion Pt. 1

Chuck Missler - The Magog Invasion Pt. 2


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Interesting Talk




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James Comey's Book




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





This article first appeared in New English Review.


I just finished reading James Comey's book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership. Given current events,  I felt I had to. Comey's version of events surrounding the Clinton e-mail investigation, the Russian Collusion investigation, and the entire controversy surrounding the very character and personality of President Trump is an important part of the public record even if the book is self-serving (It is.) and even if certain parts of the book are open to question (They are.).

Looking at the book as a big picture, Comey comes across as one who considers himself the wisest and most ethical person in the room, if not all of Washington. Each chapter begins with a quotation from major figures in world history, from St. Francis, Mark Twain, Margaret Thatcher, and Thomas More among others. There are also quotes in the texts from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

There is no question that Comey has no respect for President Trump. At the end of the book, he states flat out that Trump is unethical. When Comey describes his personal encounters with Trump, he goes to great lengths to paint an uncomplimentary picture of Trump's personality, a man who doesn't listen to others and who dominates the conversation. Comey also stresses that Trump has no concept of the separation that the FBI and its director must maintain from the White House in order to maintain its integrity and independence. He, of course, describes the White House dinner when Trump demanded his personal loyalty.

More specifically, I wanted to check and see how Comey's words in the book matched up with events as we have learned over the past couple of years. One part that particularly caught my eye was in chapter 8 when Comey describes his policy of making sure every FBI trainee was educated about the abuses against Martin Luther King under J. Edgar Hoover.  Comey writes:

"To drive that message home, I obtained a copy of the 1963 memo from J Edgar Hoover to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy seeking permission to conduct electronic surveillance of Dr King. At the bottom of the single page memo, which is only five sentences long and without meaningful facts, Kennedy's signature grants that authority, without limit as to time and place. I put the memo under the glass on the corner of the desk where every morning I reviewed applications by the FBI and the Department of Justice to conduct national security electronic surveillance in the United States. As Hoover did, I was required to personally sign an application. The difference was our applications went to a court and were often thicker than my arm. As I would explain to employees, it is a pain in the neck to get permission to conduct that kind of surveillance, and it should be."

And yet, Comey signed off on that infamous FISA application to obtain a wiretap against one time Trump campaign aide Carter Page, which was largely based on the equally infamous Russian Dossier, compiled by former British Intelligence agent, Christopher Steele, which told of Trump allegedly hiring Russian hookers to urinate on his Moscow hotel room bed because the Obamas had previously slept there. (There were four applications, the original and three re-authorizations. Comey signed off on three and his deputy, Andrew McCabe, signed off on the other one.) While Comey talks about the dossier and how he briefed Trump about it, there is no mention of how it was used in the FISA application. Nor does he mention that the dossier was partially paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign. Nor does he mention that now-disgraced ex FBI official Andrew McCabe testified before Congress in  December 2017 that without the dossier, there would have been no FISA application against Page. Indeed, Carter Page is not mentioned in the book.

While Comey does mention McCabe a few times-and defends him as a man of integrity- the names of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page do not appear in the book. There is nothing in the book regarding the emails between Strzok and Page that talked about their hostility to Trump and their fervent desire to see Clinton elected. Not that agents are not entitled to their political preferences. They are not supposed to let it interfere with their job. Yet, they referred to the Trump-Russian collusion controversy as an insurance policy and indicated they knew that Clinton would not be indicted.

As to the Clinton email investigation, Comey goes to great lengths to show that he and the team of agents working the case acted properly in deciding not to recommend prosecution. In explaining his decision, Comey stressed two points in chapter 10:

1 "Our investigations required us to answer two questions. The first question was whether classified documents were moved outside of classified systems or whether classified topics were discussed outside of a classified system. If so, the second question was what the subject of the investigation was thinking when she mishandled that classified information.

In Secretary Clinton's case, the answer to the first question-was classified information mishandled?-was obviously, "yes".........

".........The heart of the case was, the, was the second question: What was she thinking when she did this? Was it sloppy or was there criminal intent? Could we prove that she knew she was doing something she shouldn't be doing?"

Not only does Comey ignore the actions of Clinton that would show knowledge of guilt in destroying the contents of her already subpoenaed emails using "Bleachbit" and actually destroying her communication device, he claims they could not show "intent" by Clinton to break the law. What Comey leaves out is that the principal federal law that would apply is 18 USC 793 (f), which did not require intent, rather that the accused mishandled classified information through "gross negligence". That is why Comey revised his exculpatory memo on Clinton to change "grossly negligent" (as originally worded) to "extremely careless"). The former term has legal implications. Comey claims in his book, that legal experts would recognize the difference. I sure cannot. In addition, it was Peter Strzok who helped Comey write that memo and reportedly was the one suggesting the change from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless."

(f)
"Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both."


Comey then uses the David Petraeus case as an example. Petraeus lied to the FBI to cover up the fact that he had provided classified information to his biographer (and lover), so he knew what he was doing was wrong. In addition, Everybody on Clinton's email list had the clearances and need to know. (Except, as it later turned out, disgraced US Congressman Anthony Weiner, who was also the husband of Clinton's controversial advisor, Huma Abedin.)

Comey says more than once in the book that they could not prove that former Secretary of State Clinton "knew what she was doing was wrong". That is absurd. She received a security briefing before taking up her duties. To say that any secretary of state didn't know these actions were wrong is akin to saying that the head of DEA didn't know it was wrong to snort cocaine in his office during working hours (or at home after working hours as well.)

Comey is more convincing when he describes the new information that was discovered from Anthony Weiner's laptop in October 2016-after the FBI had cleared Mrs. Clinton. Comey states that in his mind, it was better to advise the public that the case was being re-opened rather than conceal that fact and have it become public knowledge after a Clinton victory (which everyone presumed would happen). Thus came the announcement of a re-opening of the case  followed by an announcement that the case was once again closed just days before the election.

"I don't leak"

Comey has been having a rough time in interviews making the case that he wasn't a leaker in spite of the hand-written memo he passed on to a Columbia University law professor and friend which was then passed on to the press. In his testimony before Congress, Comey admitted doing so in the hope that this would lead to the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Trump. Comey so distrusted Trump that he began writing memos after his conversations with the President, a copy of which he shared with his FBI senior leadership team (no names given), and a copy of which he kept at home.  (Chapter 13)

"As was my practice, I printed two copies of the memo. One I shared with the FBI senior leadership team and then had my chief of staff keep in his files. The other I locked up at home, for two reasons: I considered the memo my personal property, like a diary; and I was concerned that having accurate recollections of conversations with this president might be important someday, which sadly, turned out to be true."

Comey stresses in his interviews that the information was not classified-thus, he didn't leak classified information. One thing that was brought out in the Clinton email case was that a document is not just classified because someone puts a classification stamp on it. The information itself is what is classified. What we have here is an FBI director, so ill at ease in talking to the President, that he makes a hand-written memo of it and shares a copy to senior FBI leadership and his chief of staff for his own files. In one memo, Comey is addressing Trump's stated wish to him that he (Comey) could "let the Michael Flynn case go". Sorry, Mr Comey, but that document is sensitive on its face and belongs to the government. A conscientious civil servant would, in all probability, put a classification stamp on it simply given the players and the content.

Let me give a somewhat related example from my years as a federal agent. As a DEA agent (and this applies to the FBI and other federal agencies as well), we were required to keep our personal notes during an investigation for discovery purposes in the event of a trial. In other words, if an agent was conducting a surveillance, an interview, an interrogation, an undercover operation-you name it- it was not sufficient to merely submit an official report. Handwritten notes had to be preserved and made available to defense attorneys at time of trial. They were not our personal property. I would argue that nothing an FBI director produces as part of his duties is his personal property.

James Comey found himself in a unique situation in that his agency was investigating both of the 2016 presidential candidates at the same time. Few leaders could have navigated that mess well, and Comey was no exception. He talks a lot about leadership qualities in his book, and according to what I have heard was well-regarded by his agents. Yet, he does not dispel the notion that the fix was in on the Clinton investigation. All in all, Comey did not help his cause (vindication) by writing this book.




Questions for a Moderate Muslim






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


This article first appeared in New English Review.


Ever since 9-11, the US and its governments have searched desperately for so-called "moderate Muslims" who advocated peace and coexistence among religions and an end to terrorism. I myself have found the search daunting having listened to "moderates" like Aslan Reza, Tareq Ramadan, Maher Hathout, Faisal Abdul Rauf, and Muzammil Siddiqi to name just a few. Some I have found to be in denial about the troublesome aspects of Islam. Some I consider to be outright deceivers.I have heard some of them actually argue that sharia law is perfectly compatible with the US Constitution.

More credible to me are Muslim reformers, people like Dr Zuhdi Jasser and Shireen Qudosi. They acknowledge there are problems and there are people walking around who are dangerous.

We must concede, however, that most Muslims live quiet lives and are of no threat to anyone. How many of those people have engaged in a violent protest over Mohammad cartoons or wish for a worldwide caliphate, we have no way of knowing.  I assume they know what is in the Koran, just as I assume they know about the life of Mohammad including when he was a warlord. I assume they have also been taught about sharia law.

Thus, I have formulated a list of questions directed to the moderate, peaceful Muslims. As always, I encourage my Muslim readers to weigh in and answer them. I ask these questions as a non-evangelical Christian and use Jesus Christ as my yardstick. Of course, I mean no disrespect or neglect to other major religions like Judaism or Buddhism.

First of all, since Muslims revere Jesus, as well as previous prophets of the monotheistic faith, I ask my Muslim reader:

Did Jesus ever murder anyone?
Did Jesus ever order the murder of anyone?
Did Jesus ever lead an army to advance the Christian faith in battle?
Did Jesus ever order the execution of persons taken captive by his army?
Did Jesus ever take people including women and children as slaves?
Did Jesus ever preach hatred to others who did not share his (religious) beliefs?

The answer to all of the above questions is No.

Now I invite my moderate Muslim readers to ask the same questions about Mohammad.

The answer to the above questions becomes Yes.

In addition, I would ask Muslims if they really believe that the parts of sharia that define women as second class citizens and the parts of sharia (hudud sharia) that mandate death for those who leave Islam, defame Islam or engage in adultery of homosexuality are compatible with US laws. Do they have any place in a free, democratic nation?

The answers are clearly No.

I recently attended an event at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California entitled, "Islam 101", which featured a female Muslim speaker giving a sugar-coated explanation of Islam. When some of us began to ask hard questions (in a polite and non-disruptive manner when called upon), not only were questioners called outside by professors to be admonished, the campus police were actually called. My point in bringing this up is to say that Americans need to have an honest and frank discussion about Islam with moderate Muslims without having to be called racists and Islamophobes. Moderate and peaceful Muslims need to deal with these very legitimate questions.

Jewish Center at UC Irvine Hosting Anti-Zionist Panel




Gary Fouse
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http://garyfouse.blogspot.com


This article first appeared in Times of Israel Blogs.




Hat tip Mike Report



The recently-established Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California at Irvine will be hosting a panel discussion on April 16 on, "American Jews and Israel: The next 30 years". The announced discussion is about the relationship between American Jewry and Israel. The announced panelists are Liora Halperin (Benaroya Chair in Israel Studies, University of Washington), Noam Pianko, (Samuel N. Stroum Chair in Jewish Studies, University of Washington) and Hasia Diner (Paul and Sylvia Steinberg professor of American Jewish History, New York University). This event will coincide with the 70th birthday of the State of Israel.
    First of all, I am not questioning the academic credentials of the panelists in any way. Nor do I question the right of these people-or anybody else working in Jewish studies- to be a supporter or opponent of  Zionism and/or Israel. I have learned long ago that feelings about Israel are divided among American Jews and that within US academia, many Jewish professors have differing points of view. For example, UCI professor Mark LeVine, who is listed as associated faculty within the center, is an outspoken critic of Israel, which is his right. As for the others in the Center, I don't know who they are or where they stand on Israel. Nor do I much care.


    My point is this: Checking into the backgrounds of the three panelists, it is safe to say that they are not supporters of  Zionism. Again, that is their right, and I have no desire to debate the issue with them. My concern is that what we have looming here is yet another academic one-sided bashing of Israel in which all the panelists are of a like mind. It would be safe to predict that they will tell their audience that Israel is losing support among American Jews due to "its oppressive treatment and occupation of Palestinians".


    First of all, Diner is no supporter of Zionism, as this article she wrote for Haaretz in 2016 illustrates.


    As for Pianko, he serves on a regional advisory council for the New Israel Fund, an organization which often takes more progressive and pro-Palestinian positions as opposed to Israel. 

    Nor would one infer from this  Middle East Forum report that Halperin is pro-Israel. Just the fact that she was part of a Middle East Studies Association panel pretty much says it all.


    My question is, "Where is the balance?" Who would tell the audience that most American Jews still support Israel? Who would say that most Americans support Israel? Who would point out that support for Israel is strong with Evangelical Christians? Who would defend Israel's defensive policies? I know for a fact that a request was sent to the Center's director, Matthias Lehmann, to add a couple of pro-Israel panelists to provide some sort of balance. As of this writing, nothing has changed.


    Of course, there is no academic requirement that any event give voice to both sides of an argument. I have attended a few events at UC Irvine put on by students who support Israel (which are usually disrupted by the pro-Palestinian side). It is hard to recall one-sided pro-Israel or conservative events sponsored by academic units, which often give credit to students who attend and often carry the imprimatur and weight of professors, as opposed to events sponsored by student groups.  


    It is frustrating to work within the academic community (I taught part-time at UC Irvine for 18 years.) and constantly see the non-stop academic bashing of Israel while any effort to bring in pro-Israel speakers is met with disruption. Many of the figures and speakers I have observed and heard speak at UCI and other universities are people I consider to be Jew haters. Now the UC Irvine Center for Jewish Studies puts on a one-sided event against Israel and Zionism. To me, it casts suspicion on the agenda and ideological purpose of this Center. I also note that the Center's advisory board consists of prominent leaders from the Orange County Jewish community, people who are active in major Jewish organizations. Are they paying attention to what's going on? I wonder. Donors and potential donors should pay close attention to what the UC Irvine Center for Jewish Studies is doing.



    Who Is Hafiz Kazi?




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


    On Wednesday, a 51-year-old man named Hafiz Kazi, originally from India, plowed his car through the gate at Travis Air Force Base north of San Francisco, and ignited it with propane tanks, killing himself in the process.

    As you will see from the below three news reports, investigators cannot state (or will not) what the motive was.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmz45tkq3eE&feature=youtu.be


    http://www.kcra.com/article/fbi-identifies-man-killed-in-fiery-crash-at-travis-air-force-base/19580976


    https://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/article206625114.html

    Jihad Watch, however, identifies Kazi as a Muslim.

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/03/man-who-exploded-car-loaded-with-propane-tanks-at-travis-air-force-base-identified-as-a-muslim-named-hafiz-kazi

    But what is the basis for concluding that Kazi is a Muslim? India though not predominately Muslim, has a large Muslim minority, in the tens of millions. Here is a clue:

    Hafiz is a Muslim name, meaning one who has completely memorized the Koran. This is not to say that Kazi has memorized the Koran, only that he was given that name at birth. Gates of Vienna elaborates.


    http://gatesofvienna.net/2018/03/place-travis-afb-action-suicide-method-propane-and-gasoline-motive-mystery/

    Before this case is forgotten, the authorities (and the media) need to clear this issue up. Was this a case of Jihad?

    Student Suspended for NOT Walking Out of Class




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


    I remember when I was a college student at Cal State Los Angeles back in the 1960s when the Kent State shooting happened. My French teacher, a liberal gal, came running breathlessly into the classroom telling us about the shooting and that we were not going to hold class while students in Ohio were being shot down. She then walked out leaving us sitting there.

    Hey Lady! How about this class I'm paying for?

    But now it has come to this. A high school student in Ohio (Coincidence? We don't think so) has been suspended because he chose to remain in class "National Walkout Day"..

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/16/ohio-student-suspended-for-staying-in-class-during-national-walkout-day.html

    I don't want to delve too deep into all the politics going here with the NRA and all that stuff. Suffice to say, why don't they walk out over all the gun violence going on in Chicago with all the young lives being lost? The last thing we need to hear is a bunch of kids telling us they have the answer to these problems. If we adults don't have the answer either do the kids.

    But when a teacher tells kids they have to leave class and make some sort of statement (that some  may not agree with) and the school backs it up with a suspension, something is terribly wrong in our educational system.

    And something is wrong in our educational system once they decide to teach kids what they are supposed to think about the world to fit their own agendas. In this case, someone needs to lose their job.

    Reading Between the Lines in Europe




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


    This article first appeared in New English Review.


    The news out of Europe continues to get more and more depressing.From Italy to Sweden, more and more refugees, migrants, and asylum-seekers continue to pour into Western Europe. (The Eastern Europeans, being more sensible, are refusing to accept them.) The predictable result is more terror attacks, everyday street crimes, rapes, and murders being committed by people almost entirely from the Middle East and Africa, predominantly Muslim, people who refuse to assimilate and do not respect the host country's culture. Not only is the continent no longer safe, but the native populations are in danger of being replaced over time. What would have been unthinkable ten or fifteen years ago is now becoming a fact almost to the point of being irreversible.

    Sadly, Europe's leaders (including the EU) and media remain oblivious to the disaster. Not only do they ignore the objections of the people, they misinform them. A case in point is the media and how they report crime.

    In Sweden, for example, newspapers report incidents of crime as being committed by "youths" (ungdomer). That is uniformly the case with the new Sweden. Riots, rapes and assaults in places like the  RosengĂ„rd area of Malmö  or the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby are committed by young boys in their teens or men in their 20s. That they are immigrants or Muslims is left out of the report. Names of people arrested are not given until a conviction is obtained. If you were uninformed, you might conclude that there was a serious problem among Swedish youth. There isn't. You have to read between the lines when you see a term like ungdomer or the actual scene of the offense (no-go zones like Rinkeby) to know who actually commits the crime.

    In the UK, offenders have been referred to as "Asians". To Americans, that implies Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Thais etc. To the Brits, however, their Asian population traditionally comes from South Asia, specifically India, Pakistan, Bangladesh etc. Most of the offenders, including the notorious sex groomers (who prostitute young, drug addicted runaway girls ), originate from Pakistan.

    The most laughable example, however, is Germany, where a report out of Berlin or the heavily-impacted Rhineland will refer to unidentified offenders as "southerners". To the uninformed reader that might conjure up images of beer-soaked Bavarians in lederhosen and funny green hats. They are actually referring to people from "southern countries" (Middle East-Africa). Even Sgt. Schultz would blush in embarrassment.

    Similarly, if you watch European cops and robbers shows, which I do regularly, you would think Europe has always had the same criminal element as we Americans. That's because the bad guys are always either natives or from the former East bloc countries, Russians, Yugoslavians, etc. (They are the most convenient targets.)  Granted, many of the crime shows available here are dated a bit, but safe to say, European shows are as politically correct as our own when it comes to casting villains.

    While we don't (yet) have the same type of problems as Europe, we still lament that the enemy cannot be defeated  if we cannot name him. That is also true in Europe.




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    LA Teacher's Classroom Outburst

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


    This is one of the worst classroom rants by a teacher/professor that I have heard of. Gregory Salcido, a teacher at El Rancho High School near Los Angeles (and city councilman in Pico Rivera also near Los Angeles) took exception to a student wearing a Marine Corps shirt in his class. He then set off an a vulgar rant against people in the military. Fortunately, the student who was the target of his wrath began to record the rant on his cell phone.

    Below are three news report on the incident.


    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/28/california-teacher-slams-military-members-as-lowest-low-in-classroom-rant-caught-on-video.html

    https://www.whittierdailynews.com/2018/01/27/pico-rivera-councilman-and-el-rancho-high-teacher-gregory-salcido-caught-on-tape-degrading-military/

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/01/29/student-who-triggered-military-hating-california-teacher-gives-his-side-story.html

    Mr Salcido has his right to say what he thinks about the military. Nobody is going to arrest him. As for his continued employment as a teacher, the school has the right to consider the manner and tone of his remarks in front of his students and decide if this meets their professional expectations to say nothing of their commitment to make every student feel comfortable and in a positive learning environment. In my view, Mr Salcido has failed to live up to those standards.

    Trump Apologizes




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


    President Trump today has apologized for calling Haiti a shit hole. Here is his statement:



    "I want to apologize to the people of Haiti for my intemperate remarks referring to their great country as a 'shit hole".

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    "From this point on, I will refer to Haiti as 'the Pit of Misery".




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    "Dilly dilly."

    * For all you UC Santa Cruz Community  Studies and History of Consciousness majors, this is a spoof. It's an inside joke among Bud Light drinkers, whoever they are.

    California Tyranny




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


    I am cross-posting this piece by James E. Horn, friend, colleague, and a fellow California resident. James is a retired US State Department foreign service officer with years of experience serving in the Middle East. I am posting this with his permission.

    In this piece James describes what California governor Jerry Brown and his Sacramento cabal are doing to the decent, working and tax paying citizens of this state.


    Chains of Tyranny in California Governance Will Meet the Constitutional Juggernaut
    By James E. Horn

    I’ll begin this one with a note and a disclaimer: The information and opinions offered in this article are protected under the First Amendment. You have a First Amendment right to either read, pay attention and learn or, to ignore it and remain ignorant. It’s your free choice.


                I wish that I could wish everyone a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year.

    By any reasonable, responsible standard, California is off of the rails.
    The California elite have forgotten that America is a government of the    PEOPLE (citizens) and for the PEOPLE.

                Our absurd pot loving dope pushing Governor Jerry Brown, aka the Moonbeam, working hand in hand with a primarily Democratic majority in the State Senate and State Assembly who are principally anti-American Communists, Racists, Socialists, Progressives, and Globalists are creating a frighteningly tyrannical system of governance that is anti-citizen.

                Brown is an (expletive) who will rightfully soon see some real havoc thundering his way because of his criminal nature.

                Without pitty, Brown has imposed terrible burdens on the good citizens of California with the highest gasoline prices in the nation which hinder consumers from making purchases that ought to strengthen the economy. To exacerbate the gasoline prices, this gang of thieves now want to impose a penny per mile tax on all drivers which will cost businesses and commuters enormously, and further throttle business and economic productivity and progress. Naturally, these New World Order, Agenda 21/2030 gang want people to stop commuting and live in crowded, dingy people-towers and ride non-existing trains to nowhere. This is a brutally abusive form of tyranny guaranteed to denigrate the quality of life for millions of Californians.

                The Brown gang passed a law that decriminalized crime. Yes, you read that right! If someone breaks into your car, business, or home and robs you they can get away with a mere citation unless one of the items stolen has a value of over $950.00. If they have a bag full of things deemed worth less than $950.00 individually, their theft of potentially many hundreds or a few thousand dollars of your property will not be considered a felony crime, just a misdemeanor, and a shove out of the jailhouse door. Reprehensible.

                The Brown cabal are violently protective of voter fraud. If California had legitimate voting without the fraud, we-the-people would be able to elect servants of the people. Right now, the ruling elite in Sacramento are working hard to subjugate we-the-people so they can live in their ivory towers while our lives become less enjoyable (the free pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness). Evil tyrants like the Sacramento elite can’t tolerate free people. We need to abolish electronic voting which has been proven again and again to be unreliable, susceptible to hacking and vote changing. We need to move back to reliable paper ballots with thumb prints which can sort and invalidate duplicate ballots and be used to press charges against fraudulent voters.

                To cement their Communist government, the tyrannical Brown cabal imposed the “top two” tier of listing candidates on ballots. This writer has lived and worked abroad for a quarter of a century and has seen many forms of government in action. What the Brown cabal has done with the “top two” is establish a hard core dictatorship where the party bosses select who the candidates are, and we-the-people can only hope for the best, which will NOT be forthcoming. I believe that this form of selecting or determining candidates is unconstitutional. Mr. Brown and his cabal need to be investigate by the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the RICO (Organized Crime) Act and face the sound of clanging iron bars.

                Of course, pot, weed, marijuana, and whatever other monikers are applied is now becoming abundantly available. This smoky pungent pollutant has been “deemed” harmless by reckless politicians. It is well known that potheads become very laid back and less motivated, less situationally aware, and more dependent on the government for support. Stoned potheads on the road are dangerous and will cause an increase in roadkill of decent, innocent people. But, potheads are easy to manage and control and won’t push back against bad governance, so that’s OK. Carnage is OK. Carnage helps with the New World Order/Agenda 21/Agenda 2030 goals of population reduction, right? Further, long term pot use damages the heart and raises the possibility of strokes which will place permanently impaired pot users on welfare rolls for decent people to support; diminished cognitive skills and decision making, increased dementia and paranoia, dietary and nutritional imbalances, damaged lungs, and possibly more. This form of carnage to eliminate the increasingly burdensome and worthless may be considered good.

                Still, pot is considered illegal by Federal statute, and this clearly is coming to slam California where federal officers will soon be raiding so called “legal” pot dispensaries and shunting hundreds if not thousands of dealers off to the hoosegow, and hopefully a lot of crooked politicians and greedy officials who are skimming substantial cash from these operations as well.

                California is now a sanctuary state. That means that the state government willfully harbors, coddles, and protects criminals. This is another organized crime that needs to be addressed by the Department of Justice under the RICO (organized crime) Act. At this point the Federal government is rapidly increasing the number of federal officers who are aggressively rounding up illegals (aka, criminals), and this will not stop. This will break up a lot of families and hurt many people, legal or illegal, and there is nobody to blame but Brown and his gang of lying elites for the consequences that will, like a chicken, come home to roost. Just days ago, a silly Communist liberal whined that she thinks that prosecuting criminals is a gross violation of the constitution. Hunh?

                President Trump is not a fool, and is not one to mess with. After a life in the construction and development industry in New York, Donald Trump cut his teeth dealing with gangsters, union bosses, corrupt politicians, thieves of every nature, pimps and whores, hustlers, shysters and every other type of slime known to mankind. Gerry Brown fits neatly into any one of these categories. These creeps are losers, Jerry Brown will find himself  on the losing side. President Trump is a practiced, accomplished winner.

                Sixty years ago, California High School graduates were among the best educated people on earth. Now, many given an exit pass from the halls of education are often barely able to tie their shoe laces. This is a direct result of extremely liberal governance, Democratic leadership. This is a crying shame – a wicked crime being visited on humanity and civilization. Those 1960 high school graduates were better educated in the three R’s, sciences, and technology than current university dolts. Good, competent teachers face retribution while bad, really bad teachers and administrators are rewarded. It is essential that this be reversed.

                Will President Trump apply lessons learned from Obama and sic the IRS on crooked politicians and others in California? The President has the authority to make command decisions of this nature. Stand-by!

                President Trump is destined to do the right things because California elites won’t. We will see increased oil and gas production both onshore and off coast no matter how much carbon emitting gaseous whining the Cal EPA and related fools emit.

                President Trump can apply various elements of government to either provide or restrict monies for investments in California, to help business who are being driven out of California to begin anew elsewhere. This writer has personal and professional friends and associates who have bailed from California, taking billions of dollars with them and firing hundreds of formerly well-paid employees. This, thanks to the willfully ignorant and very evil, crooked Sacramento cretins.

                Gun control: Government should fear an armed citizenry. Citizens should not live in fear of tyrannical government. California has some of the most egregiously bad gun and ammunition laws in existence. Why? The Brown cabal knows, as did the Nazis, and Communists know that an unarmed people can be controlled and made to fear government. Our fabulous Constitution and awesome Second Amendment affirm that the government should respect the people, and an armed citizenry are to be feared. These Brown thugs have no idea how innovative angry citizens can be, and guns are being smuggled into the state from all over. California’s stupid laws regarding ammunition purchases will be thwarted. Guns and ammunition will soon be more abundant than before, guaranteed.

                The Sacramento elites have worked hard to destroy one of California’s greatest industries: Agriculture. Their actions have driven food prices higher, caused scarcities, and bankrupted thousands of wonderful people. Fishing is another industry being destroyed by eliminating spawning grounds and corrupting waterways.

    On January 20, 2017, President Donald J. Trump swore a sacred oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic. President Trump is doing a magnificent job, and there are millions of us who have sworn that same sacred oath who will protect and defend both our President along with our Constitutional form of government.