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The New York Times Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Cartoon, Prints Another One Two Days Later

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A few days ago, The New York Times printed an anti-Semitic cartoon in it’s international edition, complete with artwork resembling something you’d have seen in 1930s Germany . This led to widespread outrage and an eventual, very belated, apology.

This was that cartoon.

The New York Times has come out and blamed the cartoon on a “single” editor that supposedly included it into the paper of his own volition. I’ll let you decide how plausible that is given the many layers a paper goes through before actually being printed.

Well, apparently that racist editor is still on duty, or more likely, antisemitism is just rampant inside the Times organization and this was not an isolated incident.

In the very same edition, the first anti-Semitic cartoon was replaced with, you guessed it, another anti-Semitic cartoon.

Oh, come on.

For those that are confused by the cartoon, it’s apparently a “sanitized” version of this original idea from the same cartoonist.

Notice that Bibi Netanyahu is leading the way, meaning that it’s the same narrative as the first cartoon, which had Bibi as a dog leading a blind Trump around. They also managed to mock one of Judaisms holiest figures in Moses by portraying him as Netanyahu descending from the mountain. Would the Times ever print a cartoon in which a Muslim leader played the role of Mohammad? Of course they wouldn’t and if someone did, they’d be the first to decry it as “Islamophobic.”

Yet, within the course of a single edition of its international newspaper, the NYTs managed to print two nearly identical anti-Semitic cartoons that were both based on the same idea. Unbelievable, or better yet, it’s completely believable.

The left-wing media and Democrats in general have a big issue with antisemitism. It’s become so ingrained in them that they don’t even notice it at this point. That’s how you end up with those cartoons getting printed without even realizing there will be a swift backlash. Here’s an idea. How about not making hatred of Israel such a centerpiece of your publication so that you aren’t just shuffling through anti-Semitic cartoons trying to take jabs at the Jewish state at all costs?

After the first cartoon, the Times insisted that they had enacted a new stricter editorial process. Are we to assume that this second one made it through multiple editors and still got printed? Sure seems that way.

Nice work there from the paper of record.

Here’s an idea. How about not making hatred of Israel such a centerpiece of your publication so that you aren’t just shuffling through anti-Semitic cartoons trying to take jabs at the Jewish state? The sooner this dumpster fire of a newspaper folds, the better.

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Global Health: Measles Cases Surpass 700 as Outbreak Continues Unabated

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The measles outbreak continues to spread in the United States, surpassing 700 cases this year, federal health officials said on Monday. The virus has now been found in 22 states.

More than 500 of the 704 cases recorded as of last Friday were in people who had not been vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Sixty-six people have been hospitalized.

About 400 of the cases have been found in New York City and its suburbs, mostly in Orthodox Jewish communities. That outbreak has spread to Detroit.

Los Angeles is now experiencing a fast-growing outbreak, and hundreds of university students who are thought to have been exposed and cannot prove that they have had their shots have been asked to quarantine themselves at home.

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Last Wednesday, the C.D.C. said the number of cases had surpassed the previous high of 667, set in 2014. This year’s outbreak is the largest since the disease was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. In 1994, there were 963 cases.

Elimination in 2000 meant measles virus was no longer circulating in the United States, as it presumably had since European settlers first brought it to this hemisphere in the 15th or 16th century. Each year after 2000, a few cases arrived from overseas, either in immigrants or in returning tourists, but each outbreak was snuffed out.

More than 94 percent of American parents vaccinate their children against measles and other diseases, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the C.D.C., said on Monday.

His agency “is working to reach the small percentage of vaccine-hesitant individuals,” he said. “Vaccines are safe and do not cause autism.”

About 100,000 children in this country underage 2 have not been vaccinated, he said, meaning they are vulnerable in this outbreak.

Some infants are not immunized because their parents avoid vaccination. Others cannot be protected either because they are allergic to components of the vaccine or are, for example, taking cancer or organ-transplant medications that suppress their immune systems.

“We must join together as a nation to once again eliminate measles,” Dr. Redfield said.

This year’s widespread outbreak was sparked by people infected with measles who have come into this country since last year, the C.D.C. said. The measles strains detected were most frequently from Ukraine, Israel and the Philippines.

[Get answers to common questions about the measles outbreak.]

Communities have begun to take extraordinary measures to slow the infection rate and crack down on resistance to immunization.

New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency and threatened residents of four Brooklyn ZIP codes with $1,000 fines if they refused to vaccinate. City officials closed a yeshiva preschool for violating vaccination orders.

Rockland County, N.Y., the center of another outbreak, initially barred unvaccinated children from all indoor public places, including schools, malls, supermarkets, restaurants and houses of worship.

After a court blocked that order, the county instead barred from public spaces anyone who had measles symptoms or who had recently been exposed to the disease, threatening them with fines of up to $2,000 a day.

There have been no confirmed measles deaths in this country, but officials have said it is just a matter of time.

[Here’s our full coverage about the measles outbreak.]

Even with modern medical care, the disease normally kills about one out of every 1,000 victims, according to the C.D.C.

Pneumonia and encephalitis — swelling of the brain — are the most common severe complications, and epidemics among malnourished children who cannot get modern hospital care have mortality rates of 10 percent or more, according to the World Health Organization.

Measles is among the most contagious of diseases. Virus-laced droplets can hover in still indoor air for up to two hours after someone infected has coughed or sneezed. Up to 90 percent of people who are exposed will catch the virus if they are not immunized.

The vaccine is considered very safe, and two doses are about 97 percent effective at conferring immunity. The vaccine is normally given at ages 1 and 5, but during outbreaks pediatricians may give it to healthy children as young as six months old.

Around the world, measles cases fell 80 percent between 2000 and 2016, with deaths dropping to 90,000 a year from 550,000. But two years ago, cases began rebounding, driven by a combination of poverty, warfare, tight vaccine supplies and, in some countries, hesitation about vaccination.

Earlier this month, the W.H.O. said there were three times as many measles cases around the world this year as there were in the first three months of 2018.

Outbreaks of tens of thousands of cases have occurred recently in poor or war-torn countries like Madagascar, Ukraine and Yemen. But case numbers are also climbing in wealthy countries with modern health care systems, like Israel, Britain, France and Italy. Deaths from measles have occurred in those countries.

Before measles vaccination became widespread in the United States in 1963, up to four million Americans got measles each year, the C.D.C. said. Of the roughly 500,000 cases that were reported to medical authorities each year back then, about 48,000 were hospitalized, 4,000 developed encephalitis, and 400 to 500 died.

Nationally, since the mid-1990s, more than 91 percent of American children have been vaccinated against measles.

Anyone born before 1957 is assumed to have had the disease as a child and to be immune to it.

Americans born between 1957 and 1989 are in something of a middle ground. Some got the early “killed virus” vaccine, which later proved to be too short-lived and was replaced by a “weakened virus” vaccine. Until 1989, it was routine to give one shot; now children get two.

One shot of the new vaccine provides 93 percent immunity in the overall population, while two shots drive that up to 97 percent, which is considered more than enough to keep the virus from spreading.

But each individual’s immune system is different, so some Americans worried about the current outbreak have visited their doctors for a simple blood test that can show how immune they are to measles, mumps and rubella.

Immunization levels vary from state to state, largely dependent on how easy state legislatures make it to get exemptions. All states permit exemptions for children who are allergic to the vaccine, have a compromised immune system or have another medical reason to avoid it.

Some states permit religious exemptions, even though no major religion opposes vaccination, and a few states also permit “philosophical” or “personal choice” exemptions.

Only Mississippi, West Virginia and California allow solely medical exemptions; California previously had a very permissive law, but it changed it after the measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in 2014. Now the state has high vaccination rates among kindergartners.

Some states with high vaccination rates have “pockets of unvaccinated people,” the C.D.C. said. At various times, some religious minorities like Orthodox Jews and the Amish in Ohio have had low vaccination rates.

Some wealthy liberal communities, like Vashon Island in Washington State, have also had low rates. Recently conservative groups opposed to vaccines have sprung up, such as Texans for Vaccine Choice, which is associated with the Tea Party.

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‘New York Times’ Calls Jesus a Palestinian, Quietly Corrects Itself a Week Later. So What Have We Learned?

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“Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Palestinians.’”

Evidently, that’s how The New York Times thought the story went.

In his article “As a Black Child in Los Angeles, I Couldn’t Understand Why Jesus Had Blue Eyes,” Eric V. Copage claimed on Friday the 19th that Christ was “most likely a Palestinian man.”

Eric’s definition of “likely” must differ from the conventional one. ‘Cause most people’s definition of “Palestinian” is…Palestinian.

Eric lamented the notion of the standard white Jesus:

As I grew older, I learned that the fair-skinned, blue-eyed depiction of Jesus has for centuries adorned stained glass windows and altars in churches throughout the United States and Europe.

He’s not wrong — a white Jesus is an odd thing.

This was his history lesson:

But Jesus, born in Bethlehem, was most likely a Palestinian man with dark skin.

Hmmm…

A week later, NYT deleted any mention of Yeshua being a Palestinian.

Here’s the new version:

As I grew older, I learned that the fair-skinned, blue-eyed depiction of Jesus has for centuries adorned stained glass windows and altars in churches throughout the United States and Europe. But Jesus, a Jew born in Bethlehem, presumably had the complexion of a Middle Eastern man.

That’s quite a difference.

And now a note graces the bottom:

Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to Jesus’s background. While he lived in an area that later came to be known as Palestine, Jesus was a Jew who was born in Bethlehem.

In light of the bizarre statement and the rectification, I ask you: What can we glean from the gaffe? What do the implications concern? Who the Times publishes? Its comprehension of Christianity? An anti-Jewish bent? A lack of editorial aptitude?

I’d like to know what you think.

Either way, it’s hard to imagine the most famous Jew in history being assigned to those wanting to take back Jerusalem from the Children of Israel (here).

I guess Americans don’t know as much about Jesus anymore. It reminds me of that famous quote:

“Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.”

Those words were spoken by that legendary liberal Democrat, Ronald Reagan.

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New York Times International Edition Publishes An Insanely Anti-Semitic Cartoon In Tel Aviv

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It’s been obvious since the regime of Barack Obama that not only was anti-Semitism making a comeback within the Democrat party. When the 2018 election ushered in Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib and the Democrat caucus held them up as models to emulate, the became very obvious that anti-Semitism was becoming an integral part of progressive politics. The extent to which anti-Semitism and all its tropes has become baked into progressivism was revealed today by no less than the insanely woke New York Times.

In the opinion section of the international edition of the New York Times, this editorial cartoon appeared.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is portrayed as a dog. Note the Magen David on the dog collar. Oddly enough, the cartoonist decided to use a dachshund for the body. President Trump is portrayed as a blind Jew being led by Netanyahu.

The Times has issued an apology.

But there isn’t much sign that anyone is taking it seriously. After all, how many editors looked at this cartoon and approved it?

Tony Badran of Across the Bay, reminds us that this isn’t unusual behavior for the Times.

If you don’t recall, here is a refresher:

The New York Times was accused of anti-Semitism on Thursday after publishing a list of lawmakers who voted against the Iran deal that included the columns “Jewish?” and “State and estimated Jewish population.” Jewish lawmakers and those who represent a district with a larger Jewish population than the U.S. average were singled out further with a yellow highlight…

There have been outcries across the political spectrum.

Except in the Democrat controlled media:

The sad but unavoidable fact is that because the Democrats have decided their electoral fortunes are improved by wooing American Muslims, the have adopted the whole anti-Israel/BDS mantra. Along with that mantra comes Jew-hatred as surely as night follows day. As we get into the 2020 campaign this is only going to get much worse.

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Cory Booker defends Ilhan Omar over AIPAC comments that Pelosi flagged for “anti-semitic tropes”

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A scene from today’s “She The People” presidential forum, where candidates are invited to show off their wokeness by whitewashing Jew-baiting, apparently.

Pay attention to the question.

Ilhan Omar’s involved in a new controversy practically every week — there was the “dual loyalty” crap about supporters of Israel, the old “some people did something” remarks about 9/11, etc — but the first tweets to land her in trouble were what she said in February about AIPAC setting U.S. policy towards Israel through the influence of its “Benjamins.” What’s memorable about that incident is that it’s the only time her own leadership has come down hard on her. It seemed at first that they would lower the boom on her again after the “dual loyalty” smear, but the left, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Omar pals, rose up in support of the right of progressive women of color to “speak their Jew-baiting truth” or whatever. In the end the House ended up passing an anodyne resolution noting that anti-semitism is bad, with no reference to Omar.

I mention that because Booker wasn’t being asked for a generic comment on Omar here. The questioner specifically mentioned the AIPAC remarks, the ones Pelosi and other House leaders condemned. Read the statement they issued at the time, which was forceful:

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All Booker could offer by contrast is some paint-by-numbers Trump criticism, which was predictable for an event like She The People but disingenuous in the context of the question. His point that Trump is guilty of “selective condemnation” in singling her out for the things she says is complicated in the AIPAC incident by the fact that Democratic leaders, including Pelosi, had a problem with what Omar said too. Booker had all the political cover he needed to say something here about being careful not to let criticism of Israeli policies lead Americans into prejudicial stereotypes, but he didn’t have the nerve. The woman who put the question to him, and the wider audience before him, were clearly quite enthusiastic about Omar’s willingness to speak “truth” to power and Booker declined to challenge them. Pro-Israel Democrats should remember that when he asks for their votes, as the next Democratic president will doubtless come under heavy pressure from the left to adopt a view of Israel more in keeping with Ilhan Omar’s. What would President Booker say?

Speaking of fear of getting on the wrong side of She The People attendees:

Biden’s team had considered releasing a video announcing his 2020 campaign on Wednesday, the same day as the She the People Presidential candidate forum, according to two sources who had conversations with aides to the former vice president. The She the People event is focused on issues affecting women of color, a core constituency of the Democratic Party.

The sources, both critically involved with the forum, tell CNN they advised members of Biden’s team on the mission of the She the People event and the poor optics of overshadowing the forum with his video release.

“Wednesday is an important day to Democratic women of color,” one of the sources relayed to CNN about the conversation. “It would be a bad idea to stand in the way.”

He’ll announce tomorrow instead. Here’s the latest Ilhan Omar pronunciamento, a classic from 2017, which I haven’t had the energy to write about this week but which you should read about at the link. It’ll be important background for next year when the Democratic nominee claims that the UN-backed U.S. troops who tried to get humanitarian aid delivered to starving Somalis in 1993 kinda sorta deserved to have their bodies dragged through the streets.

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Netanyahu Loves Trump So Much He’s Going to Name a Town After Him

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Israel is having a really good time with President Donald Trump in charge, and to show its appreciation, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu says he’s going to name a town in Israel after 45.

The internationally famous Prime Minister took to Twitter on Tuesday to share the decision with the world, tweeting it out first in Hebrew that Trump recognizing the Golan Heights as Israel’s is going to result in Trump getting a settlement named after him.

“In honor of President Trump, who recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan, will soon call for a settlement in the Golan Heights in his name,” said Netanyahu.

Netanyahu made a video later on which was posted by his spokesman Ofir Gendelman explaining why he’s come to that decision and will introduce a resolution to name the town after Trump out of appreciation for recognizing Israeli sovereignty.

“PM Netanyahu will present to the government a resolution calling for naming a new community in the Golan Heights after [Donald Trump], as a token of appreciation for his recognition of Israel’s eternal sovereignty over the Golan,” tweeted Gendelman.

“All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu said. “Therefore, after the Passover holiday, I intend to bring to the government a resolution calling for a new community on the Golan Heights named after President Donald J. Trump.”

Naturally, this has displeased quite a few people on the left who noted that at this time there are still mines in that area and that Netanyahu should take a walk through them, as well as other insults.

However, I doubt this outrage is going to bother either party. In fact, it’s only likely to make both Trump and Netanyahu laugh, seeing as how both leaders face the outrage brigades on a daily basis no matter what they do.

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NEW: Rashida Tlaib Hosted a Literal Terrorist Supporter in Mid-April

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This is becoming so common place that it’s not really shocking anymore. Rep. Rashida Tlaib has been previously criticized for inviting a terrorist supporter to her swearing in ceremony, as well as for some very inflammatory speeches to CAIR, a front group that has ties to Hezbollah. She seemingly has no fear of public backlash when it comes to rubbing shoulders with terrorist sympathizers.

We may have the worst example yet though.

The Daily Caller has the scoop.

Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib met with another extreme anti-Israel activist and terrorist-supporter in her Capitol Hill congressional office during American Muslims for Palestine Advocacy Day in mid-April.

American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) hosted the annual advocacy and training event, which was open to all adults who “seek justice in Palestine.” Additional criteria for participation includes supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to punish Israel by economically depriving the country for its alleged mistreatment of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

Supporting BDS is bad enough. That alone should disqualify Tlaib from her position. Irregardless of what you think of Israel, the BDS movement is patently anti-Semitic in that it’s supporters target Israel specifically because it’s a Jewish state, while ignoring far worst actors in the area. It’s not a movement built on any actual care for human rights. There’s a reason these people don’t target places like Iran, Qatar, or Turkey.

The actual terrorist supporter that Tlaib hosted is a man named Joe Catron.

AMP’s New Jersey chapter posted a photograph of Tlaib outside of her office with some of its members during the event, including Joe Catron, an avowed supporter of multiple Palestinian terrorist organizations.

“A tip of my hat to Rashida Tlaib, who really goes above and beyond the call of duty in welcoming every supporter of Palestine to her office, listening to what we have to say, answering our questions, and posing for endless pictures,” Catron wrote on Facebook following the meeting.

Just who is he?

Catron is a long-time extreme anti-Israel activist and has openly supported terrorist organizations. He serves as the U.S. coordinator of Samidoun, the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. Samidoun is an affiliate arm of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Palestinian Marxist–Leninist and revolutionary socialist organization. The United States designated PFLP a terrorist organization in 1997, and Australia, Japan, Canada and the European Union shortly followed suit.

As you can see, this isn’t a stretching of the definition of “terrorist supporter.” He’s literally part of an organization that is affiliated with the PFLP, which is a designated terrorist organization and has been for decades.

If that doesn’t convince you, his Twitter account should.

Catron’s cover photo on both of his personal Twitter and Facebook accounts is a montage of a PFLP fighter donned in the organization’s official logo, as well as rockets and soldiers pointed towards a target over the state of Israel. It also displays the Arabic phrase “If you do [more attacks on Gaza] we will do [as well], hell is waiting for you.” The phrase is attributed to Mohammad Deif, the supreme military commander of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing.

You can find screenshots confirming this in The Daily Caller’s story. And if you still aren’t convinced this guy is a terrorist supporter (you probably are, but we’ll roll with it), there are tweets of Catron celebrating the murder of an Israeli policewoman as recently as 2017 posted at the link. Furthermore, Catron has openly supported Hamas and Hezbollah, posting congratulations to the former on their 31st anniversary and saying he loves the latter just two months ago.

Given all that was just shared above, how in the world is it acceptable for Tlaib to host this guy and take smiling pictures with him? This would be the equivalient of Ted Cruz hosting Richard Spencer. Don’t you think that would get some news coverage? In fact, it’d be demanded he resign in disgrace.

But the media are so partisan and so terrified of the inter-sectionalists, they won’t even cover this. It took a right-wing news source to do actual reporting just to get this information out. Where’s CNN? Where’s MSNBC or the major networks? Do they think it’s ok for a sitting Congressional member to rub shoulders with a literal terrorist supporter? That’s a question they should all be made to answer. Democrat politicians shouldn’t be able to run from this either. If this were a Republican meeting a white nationalist, every single GOP member would be asked for comment and to give a condemnation.

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Bernie Sanders on Ilhan Omar: It’s not anti-semitic to criticize Israel’s right-wing government, you know

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A fun leftover from last night’s Fox News town hall. What strikes you first when you watch this clip is the mismatch in tone between candidate and crowd, made even weirder by the fact that it played out on Trump TV. Bernie, normally unflappable in public speaking engagements, is palpably uncomfortable talking about Omar. He begins by emphasizing that he barely knows her, allows that she needs to do a better job of communicating with Jews, and ultimately resorts to a non sequitur in the effort to defend her. Just because you dislike Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud, he says, that doesn’t make you an anti-semite. True. But none of the rhetorical farts that have gotten Omar in trouble over the past three months had to do with Netanyahu. She claimed that Congress was pro-Israel because of AIPAC’s “Benjamins”; she accused supporters of the Jewish state of having dual loyalty; she said offhandedly of Al Qaeda and 9/11 that “some people did something,” which many righties felt was dismissive. The fact that Bernie had to turn to a left-wing applause line about how Netanyahu Is Bad to bail out of a discussion about Omar’s Jew-baiting speaks volumes about how reluctant he was to defend her on the merits.

Which brings me to the mismatch. Although Sanders clearly takes a … nuanced view of Omar, shall we say, the crowd doesn’t. They *explode* with cheers at the mention of her name (and of course at his point about how it’s okay to hate Netanyahu). Remember that House Democrats’ own leadership accused Omar of using anti-semitic tropes in her AIPAC/Benjamins comments in February. Even if you think Republicans were unfair in how they characterized her 9/11 comments, a politician prone to chattering about the loyalties of Israel supporters and their financial influence over the U.S. government should be viewed with caution, to put it mildly. Not to this audience, though. To hear them, you’d think Omar might give Bernie a run for his money in the primary if she could run for president. It’s a savory irony that a network that devotes so much effort to building adulation for a dubious right-wing populist momentarily became a platform for adulation of a dubious left-wing one.

Kevin Williamson considers the discomfort felt by Sanders and other Dems cursed with facing a purple electorate:

The Democrats are in a political pickle. They would very much prefer that the Jew-hating caucus shut up, and they are not crazy about the fact that the public face of the Democratic party is, at the moment, risible and demented amateurs such as Representative Omar and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, i.e., the people who are even crazier than Senator Sanders. But intersectionality is a jealous god, and they cannot simply tell Representative Omar et al. to sit down and clam up. All they can really do is to try to raise the price of criticizing the nut cutlets on the Democrats’ menu by insisting that criticism of Representative Omar is an attack on Muslims as such, that criticism of Representative Ocasio-Cortez is an attack on Latinas who don’t know how a bill becomes a law, that criticism of Robert Francis O’Rourke is an attack on . . . whatever it is that “Beto” is pretending to be this week. The New York Times et al. are reliable allies on that front.

This is, incidentally, what all those fake hate crimes are really about: Redefining criticism of Democratic politicians and constituencies as violence. When there isn’t enough violence to make that case in a sufficiently dramatic fashion, then violence can simply be invented — and, if the case of Jussie Smollett is anything to go by, the cost of doing so is pretty low. When’s the last time you heard of a prosecutor dropping a 16-felony indictment in exchange for a firm handshake?

That’s a neat trick, really: to be the hostage and the hostage-taker at the same time.

Fox’s anchors missed an opportunity to press Sanders here about Omar’s claim that Trump’s criticism of her is tantamount to violent incitement. The most infamous case of actual political violence in the Trump era happened to involve a supporter of Bernie Sanders shooting up a baseball field filled with Republican congressmen and nearly murdering Steve Scalise in the process. Go figure that years of acidic criticism of the GOP as malignant by design — tools of the rich, racist, sexist warriors against women, you name it — might convince some addled progressive that urgent action to address the evil was needed. Is there any distinction between harsh criticism and incitement to violence apart from the partisan identity of the target?

Anyway, by no means was this his worst answer of the night. He also essentially endorsed abortion up to the moment of birth, in case you thought this party was in any way redeemable.

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AOC Says Netanyahu’s Election Is the “Ascent of Authoritarianism”

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Words have meaning and apparently Democrats are no longer required to abide by them.

AOC went on the Skullduggery Podcast, hosted by Yahoo’s Michael Isikoff, who’ll you may remember as being one of the first to peddle the Steele dossier (without revealing the course at the time). On it, she’s asked about the recent elections in Israel and had this to say.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu was just apparently reelected in Israel right after saying he intended to annex the Jewish settlements on the West Bank. Do you believe this should affect U.S. policy to the state of Israel?” co-host Michael Isikoff asked.

“I think so,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.

“How so?” Isikoff pressed.

“I think these are part of conversations we are having in our caucus, but I think what we’re really seeing is the ascent of authoritarianism across the world,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I think that Netanyahu is a Trump-like figure, and I think that we—there are so many ways to approach this issue. Betty McCollum even has a proposal that she’s advanced asking the us not to fund child detention, Israeli child detention of Palestinian children. There’s different ways to signal it. I would hope and wish that a diplomatic approach could impact policy. It doesn’t all have to be legislative. but I think if we just sit on our hands—”

“Would you be in favor of reducing military or economic aid to Israel?” co-host Daniel Klaidman asked.

“I mean, I think it’s on the table. I think it’s certainly on the table, and I think it’s something that can be discussed,” she said.

Pretty much everything in there is wrong and shows a profound lack of knowledge on AOC’s part (or gross bias, you pick).

Netanyahu is going to remain Prime Minister because his party won a sizable amount of seats, more than the largest opposition party (which is not even “left-wing” by most standards), and was able to form a coalition within the Israeli government that constitutes a majority. In what way is that part of the “ascent of authoritarianism?” Free people choosing their representatives in a free election is the opposite of such.

This is part of a larger issue we see across left-wing politics, including in the United States. Any election that doesn’t go their way is blamed on anything and everything except their own ability to provide voters with an actual reason to vote for them. While AOC compares Netanyahu to Trump, neither is anything close to an authoritarian. Trump, for example, has abided by every single court ruling that’s come down against him, including those that are clearly partisan and lack any real legal grounding. Barack Obama outright ignored a ruling over DACA and no one batted an eye. Democrats are currently suggesting stacking the Supreme Court and getting rid of the electoral college just because they lost an election. Why is that not called out as authoritarian?

What that adds up to is “authoritarian” being substituted for “politician I don’t like.” It’s how you get a mundane conservative like Ted Cruz being called a fascist and run out of a restaurant while AOC, Ilhan Omar, etc. won’t even call Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela a dictator. Words have no real meaning anymore to these people. They are just a means to an end to destroy their political enemies.

AOC goes on to accuse Israel of detaining “Palestinian children.” This is nonsense and the repeating of dangerous propaganda. The only children Israel detains are those that try to kill people. Even then, they are treated far better than they would be in the Palestinian territories, where they literally shoot their own children to create hoaxes against Israel.

By propagating such ridiculousness, AOC invites more violence against Israel. If she wants to make a financial case against aid to Israel, go ahead, but the fact that she does so based on false framing of the situation on the ground shows her profound bias. Has she called for cutting aid anywhere else? Why does she oppose cutting ineffective to the corrupt governments of Central American countries but want to cut it for the only democracy in the middle east?

It’s important to note what you don’t hear from AOC in her answers. It was reported just a few weeks ago that Hamas was shooting it’s own citizens in the street within the Gaza Strip. Not once has AOC, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, or any other Democrat for that matter come out and condemned their actions. Instead they continue to only train their fire on Israel. The constant singling out of the Jewish state, while ignoring actual bad actors in the world, reveals the underlying antisemitism of their views. There’s no other logical explanation for being so one-tracked and biased.

What you see in this interview is a profoundly dumb world-view being spoken of by someone who’s knowledge of geopolitics never went past what some far left professor in college taught her. She can’t even articulate her point past buzzwords and generalizations, instead falling back on asserting she’s just “advancing the conversation.” In a saner world she would have no platform and we could talk about her less. Unfortunately, that’s not what’s happening, as AOC and her fresh faced colleagues are essentially running the Democratic party now. That means it becomes more important than ever to call out what they are doing.

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“Palestinian Activist” Shares Video of Israeli Sniper Shooting a Palestinian, but There’s a Problem

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I ran across this video on Twitter and felt it was too good not to share. I have a feeling you’ll pick up what’s really happening here fairly quickly.

In the video we see a peaceful Palestinian protester holding a flag, minding his own business, and doing nothing threatening. Then out of nowhere, for seemingly no reason at all, a shot comes flying in and hits him in his upper thigh, supposedly from an Israeli sniper.

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The man dances around, spins and dives to the ground off camera. The fact that he leaves the frame is very convenient obviously. Then the video cuts to a scrum of Palestinians trying to care for him. We finally see him being carried away on a stretcher with a small amount of cloth wrapped around his leg as he triumphantly still holds his flag. This guy is so chill that he’s actually got his leg crossed and is putting pressure on the shot leg in the final scene. I guess he feels no pain?

There are some problems with the video though.

There’s no blood. There’s no entry wound. The shot supposedly goes into his thigh and, of course, he’s got black pants on. Israeli snipers also don’t aim for the thigh and they certainly don’t miss by that wide of a margin. They don’t use small caliber weapons where a guy is going to hop around like a bee just stung him after being hit. If he had really been shot by a high caliber rifle in the thigh like that, he would have collapsed immediately. But that wouldn’t have been as exciting for the cameras.

Clearly, as I’m sure 99% of you figured out in the first 15 seconds, the video is fake. It’s some of the worst acting I’ve ever witnessed. Just more mindless propaganda from the terrorist leadership the Palestinian’s elected over a decade ago.

Here’s another video from last year of a similar hoax, except in this one, someone does actually get shot.

This one was a little more well done. If you slow the video down, the boy is shot from behind, not from the Israeli border. There’s also a smokescreen blocking the Israelis’ view anyway. The sound of the shot indicates it was done at very close range, not from the distant border. Despite these obvious tells to anyone willing to think critically, that video is full of responses decrying the Israelis for supposedly shooting a 16-year-old boy. The Palestinian hatred for Israel is so strong that they shoot their children to spread propaganda. It’s hard to comprehend such disgusting behavior.

This is the kind of crap the Israelis have to put up with on a daily basis and far too many people believe this nonsense. The amount of misinformation which flows in support of the “Palestinian cause” is astonishing. Many times it’s repeated in mainstream media circles to further the idea that the Israelis are the oppressors with no questioning. In reality, Israel is doing everything they can to handle the situation in a humane way, even offering medical care to Palestinians until the Palestinian Authority decided they’d rather pay the families of dead terrorists instead.

I don’t envy the situation the Israelis are in. It must be absolutely infuriating to watch garbage like this be spread around the world, only to stir up more hatred for the Jewish people. The remedy to this would be for the media to finally start being honest about the situation. They won’t though. When’s the last time you saw a piece sympathetic to Israel on CNN or MSNBC? They refuse to share the truth because it conflicts with their political narrative. So we’ll keep playing this game for a long time yet.

It’s patently evil.

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