“I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Gen. 12:3
OCASIO-CORTEZ BREAKS SILENCE ON ILHAN OMAR’S ANTI-ISRAEL COMMENTS: ‘I’M PROUD': Democrat New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has praised fellow Democrat, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, for claiming Republicans’ support for Israel is bought by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). “Unlike this President, Rep. Omar demonstrated a capacity to acknowledge pain & apologize, to use the opportunity to learn about the history of anti-Semitism grow from it while clarifying her stance,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. Omar is facing massive backlash after she quote-tweeted a link to an article written by Israeli media sources in which House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy threatened punishment against Omar and Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, America’s first two Muslim congresswomen. Both Omar and Tlaib have been embroiled in allegations of anti-Semitism. While Omar has been in office less than two months, she has been surrounded by a number of controversies involving anti-Semitism. The freshman congresswoman defended anti-Israeli statements, such as ones invoking Allah to expose Israel’s “evil doings,” and she has come out in favor of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to punish the nation-state of Israel by economically depriving the country for its alleged mistreatment of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and Judea & Samaria. Omar was also on the record implying that Israel is not a democracy and gave an interview to a host that called Israel “Jewish ISIS.” Ocasio-Cortez has likewise made some eyebrow-raising statements about Jews. The New York congresswoman also received backlash after she expressed gratitude for her correspondence with Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the UK’s Labour Party. Corbyn has been plagued with accusations of anti-Semitism and has a long history of condemning Israel while applauding anti-Jewish terrorist organizations. Ocasio-Cortez is part of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) that supports BDS. (Daily Caller) “I say to everyone: 'Watch!'" Mk.13: 37
PENCE: OMAR’S TWEETS ‘A DISGRACE’: USA Vice President Mike Pence on Tues. night 12 Feb. 2019 denounced Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) anti-Semitic tweets, calling them “a disgrace” and adding that “her apology was inadequate.” “Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress, much less the Foreign Affairs Committee. Those who engage in anti-Semitic tropes should not just be denounced, they should face consequences for their words,” he wrote on Twitter. Omar, a Muslim, caused an uproar after she responded on Twitter to a previous threat by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to take action against her because of her past statements on Israel. Omar suggested that lawmakers’ support for Israel was influenced by money. Democratic leaders blasted Omar for her comments. In an attempt to do damage control, Omar apologized for the tweets. Earlier on Tuesday, President Donald Trump called on Omar to resign from Congress following her anti-Semitic tweets and described her apology as “lame”. (Arutz-7)
THE UNFOLDING OF OMAR’S POLITICAL CAREER: It isn’t hard to see how Ilhan Omar’s Congressional career will unfold: she will continue to repeat anti-Semitic tropes; she will blame jihad massacres on the USA, Israel, and the victims; and she will continue to claim victim status when called out for her hatred. Omar is a far Leftist and a devout, Sharia-adherent Muslim; neither group is distinguished for mavericks or original thinkers. In fact, both are marked by an ideological lockstep that brooks no dissent, disagreement, or fair consideration of opposing ideas. That makes Omar’s future drearily predictable. And so when considering the sincerity of Omar’s apology, it should be borne in mind that she wouldn’t be where she is today, in the House of Representatives, if her views were not widely shared among the very Democrat leadership that rebuked her on Mon. 11 Feb. 2019. For it isn’t as if Omar’s anti-Semitic tweets from Sunday were something new. Before she was elected to Congress, she had denounced what she called “the apartheid Israeli regime,” and claimed that Israel had “hypnotized the world” to ignore its “evil doings.” Nancy Pelosi either knew this or was criminally negligent when she named Omar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The Democrat Party during the Obama years hardened its stance against Israel. Omar was only able to rise in its ranks and gain a plum assignment as a first-term Representative not in spite of her anti-Semitism, but because of it. A Jan. 2018 Pew Research Center poll found that only 27 percent of Democrats sympathized more with the Israelis than with the Palestinians. This is extraordinary in light of the fact that both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas routinely incite hatred of and violence against Israel in their official media organs. They teach children that it is a good and noble thing to want to grow up and kill Jews. The Democrats have for years ignored this genocidal incitement, and approved of and even participated in the demonization of Israel in the international media and at the UN. And so now the Democrats are appalled at their Muslim Representative’s Jew-hatred, and she is contrite? Do they really expect anyone to fall for this charade? It is noteworthy that while the Republican House leadership stripped Rep. Steve King (R-IA) of his committee assignments for a misquote, Omar has not been removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee. Nor will she be removed. She is exactly where the Democrat leadership wants her to be. (Jihad Watch)
DATA OF LABOUR ANTI-SEMITISM RELEASED: The storm of anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party is not subsiding, and the Jews in the party are furious. Party Secretary Jenny Formby said the party had received 673 complaints of anti-Semitic acts by its members in the past 10 months alone, revealing the figure after pressure from party MPs. According to her, 96 party members were suspended immediately from the party because of their behavior between April 2018 and January 2019, and 12 were expelled from the Labour ranks. But Jewish Labour MPs claimed that this information is incomplete. During the weekly parliamentary session of the Labour Party, there were demands to know how many people were being interrogated, how many letters had been sent to the defendants demanding that they stop their actions, and what punitive actions had been taken beyond what Formby had stated. Jewish MPs Ruth Smith and Dade Margaret Hodge suggested that thousands of cases of Jew-hatred were omitted from the data. "It's not over," Smith said. "Hodge said that she alone reported to the party's administration about more than 200 cases of anti-Semitism directed against her. Jewish Member of Parliament Luciana Berger brought to their attention anti-Semitic messages made by a party member who had not yet been removed from the Labour ranks. MP John Mann spoke of the hatred directed against him and his family by certain party members, who said he sensed the power of anti-Semitic hatred even though he was not Jewish. (INN)
MASSIVE SPIKE IN ANTI-SEMITIC VIOLENCE IN GERMANY IN 2018: Anti-Semitic crimes rose almost 10% in Germany last year, and violent attacks were up more than 60%, crime statistics showed Wed. 13 Feb. 2019. Police recorded 1,646 offences motivated by hatred against Jews. Among these were 62 violent offences that left 43 people injured, up from 37 physical attacks the previous year. Germany, like other western countries, has watched with alarm as anti-Semitic and other racist hate speech and violence have increased in recent years as the political climate has coarsened and grown more polarized. A mass influx of mostly Muslim refugees and migrants to Germany from 2015 fueled the growth of far-right movements and nationalist parties, including the AfD. Leading AfD members, aside from railing against multiculturalism, have also made comments that play down the Holocaust. At the same time, Germany has also witnessed a rise in anti-Semitic attacks committed by migrants from Arab states. In one prominent case last year a 19-year-old Syrian man was convicted for assault after lashing out with his belt at an Israeli man wearing a Jewish kippa skullcap while shouting "yahudi", Jew in Arabic. Most anti-Semitic crimes were however committed by far-right perpetrators, reported the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel in an article on the new crime statistics. (Arutz-7) Pray that a multitude of increasingly persecuted Jews across Europe will make the decision to become a fulfillment of biblical prophecy by immigrating to Israel. “Your sons hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you. Lift up your eyes and look around; all your sons gather and come to you. As surely as I live, declares the Lord, you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.” Isa. 49:17-18
MACRON SLAMS ‘UNACCEPTABLE’ SURGE OF ANTI-SEMITISM IN FRANCE: French President Emmanuel Macron on Wed. 13 Feb. 2019 condemned an "unacceptable increase" in anti-Semitic vandalism and hate speech, linking it to a wave of demonstrations against his government. "Anti-Semitism is a repudiation of the Republic, in the same way that attacking elected officials or institutions is a repudiation of the Republic," Macron told ministers at a cabinet meeting. There has been widespread outrage over recent anti-Jewish graffiti and vandalism in and around Paris including the desecration of a memorial to a young Jewish man who was tortured to death in 2006. Government officials have suggested the anti-Semitic acts could be blamed in part on far-left and far-right activists. (INN)
EUROPE CONFERENCE OF RABBIS: ‘NEO-NAZI BUDAPEST MARCH REMINISCENT OF DARK DAYS': In the center of Budapest, Hungary, a mass march of inflamed neo-Nazis recently chanted anti-Semitic slogans using symbols and fascist posters. Despite protests and appeals by Jewish organizations around the world, the Hungarian authorities chose to ignore the traditional parade. President of the Conference of Rabbis of Europe and rabbi of Moscow Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt responded by saying that the images of Budapest are unbearable and painful and remind us of the darkest chapters of the last century. "The indifference of the Hungarian authorities is shocking, and they must take into account the influence of such hate messages." Rabbi Goldschmidt added that "we are very concerned about the dangerous consequences in Europe: the number of anti-Semites, history writers and Holocaust deniers growing in Europe, both left and right. The hate crimes and the new anti-Semitic legislation have spread more and more, as we have seen in the attack on the synagogue in Pittsburgh and elsewhere in Europe. The problem is not only in the march and its ramifications, but mainly reveals the hatred that bubbles beneath the surface and is liable to erupt. We demand a determined struggle against anti-Semitism and its hate messages from all those responsible in Europe so that the Jews can live in security and tranquility and uphold their way of life everywhere without fear." (INN) Please intercede that bureaucracy, language barriers, expenses involved in obtaining and translating necessary documents, especially in Eastern Europe, will be greatly reduced. There are many Jews that would like to make Israel their home but the daunting immigration process keeps them from taking the necessary steps to do so.
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