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What you may have missed about the Conservative Manifesto 4) It turns the screw against the BDS campaign

“We will ban public bodies from imposing their own direct or indirect boycotts, disinvestment or sanctions campaigns against foreign countries. These undermine community cohesion.”

The Conservative Manifesto doesn’t name the foreign countries that may have crossed its authors’ minds.  Or rather, the foreign country. Namely, Israel.

This is the latest turning of the Tory screw against the Boycott, Disinvest and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

The Government has previously published procurement guidance against such boycotts.  Following a consultation on updating it, the manifesto now proposes a Bill to provide “a far firmer statutory basis”.

Let us set out a snapshot summary of the case for and the case against:

Case for: foreign policy is none of local authorities’ or other public bodies business; taxpayers’ shouldn’t have to pay for it more than once; divestment can lead to lower returns; BDS legitimises anti-semitism; its campaign fuels hatred and division.

Case against: this is ultimately a free speech issue; in any event, localism should apply; divestment doesn’t necessarily lead to lower returns, and there’s a principle at stake in any event; the BDS campaign is anti-Zionist, not anti-semitic.

Although the Government plans to introduce a Bill, it doesn’t intend to make the use of BDS by public bodies a criminal offence.  Rather, they will be subject to judicial review if they don’t follow the guidance.

We are on balance in favour of this move, though there is a clearly a localist case for leaving well alone.

There is one implication of it that is clearly regrettable: namely, the division of foreign policy along communalist lines, with the Conservatives emerging as a pro-Israel and pro-India party, and the Labour as a pro-Palestinian and pro-Pakistan one.  It is best for the main parties to share the same broad approach to foreign affairs.

But it can scarcely be claimed that this initiative started that process, of which the main driver is now Labour’s institutional anti-semitism, which is now subject to formal investigation.

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A Star Travels to Israel, Where She’s Baptized and Replenished. The Outrage Mob Forces Her to Apologize for Opposing Palestine

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We’re living in a bizarre time. And by bizarre, I mean dumb.

The era of outrage has given way to the era of pressured apology.

Not long ago in America, the online and media atmosphere was extremely different. People did what they did, and mostly, nobody cared. There was no pressure to support or condemn any given thing.

But that ain’t now, Jack!

Therefore, we have stories such as this.

Recently, singer Demi Lovato undertook a “magical” journey to Israel.

While there, Demi — who, last year, was hospitalized amid dealings with drug abuse and confessions of suicidal thoughts — was baptized
in the Jordan river.

She enthused, “I’ve never felt more renewed in my life.”

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I am an American singer. I was raised Christian and have Jewish ancestors. When I was offered an amazing opportunity to visit the places I’d read about in the Bible growing up, I said yes. There is something absolutely magical about Israel.  I’ve never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God…something I’ve been missing for a few years now.  Spirituality is so important to me…to be baptized in the Jordan river – the same place Jesus was baptized – I’ve never felt more renewed in my life. This trip has been so important for my well-being, my heart, and my soul.  I’m grateful for the memories made and the opportunity to be able to fill the God-sized hole in my heart. Thank you for having me, Israel Westlake Legal Group 1f497 A Star Travels to Israel, Where She’s Baptized and Replenished. The Outrage Mob Forces Her to Apologize for Opposing Palestine Uncategorized suicide substance abuse religion Palestine outrage mob Music jewish Israel holocaust Hollywood Front Page Stories Entertainment demi lovato Culture & Faith Culture Christianity Allow Media Exception

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She also visited the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem.

But in response to posting on the wonders of her trip, she was blasted.

As noted by ETOnline:

[H]er posts…faced a lot of heated criticism from many who accused the singer of promoting or supporting Israel amid the country’s long-standing conflict with Palestine, and insinuated that the singer’s posts were meant to represent a political stance on the conflict.

What’s the political stance? That it’s okay for there to be an Israel?

And now, as she conveyed on social media, she feels bad:

“I accepted a free trip to Israel in exchange for a few posts. No one told me there would be anything wrong with going or that I could possibly be offending anyone. With that being said, I’m sorry if I’ve hurt or offended anyone, that was not my intention.”

She’s come to a better understanding:

“This was meant to be a spiritual experience for me, NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT. Now I realize it hurt people and for that I’m sorry.”

“Going against all advice right now and apologizing because it feels right to me…” she explained.

As I said, it’s a bizarre time. A troubled young girl in the spotlight — who, by the way, is an incredible singer — is made to feel she can’t even travel to a beleaguered country or have a religious experience. The outrage mob pressed on her until an apology came out.

On Tuesday, before the condemnation, she wrote, “This trip has been so important for my well-being, my heart, and my soul. I’m grateful for the memories made and the opportunity to be able to fill the God-sized hole in my heart. Thank you for having me, Israel”

You don’t have to be sorry, Demi. Don’t let the world stop the renewal in your heart.

-ALEX

 

See 3 more pieces from me:

SJW’s Cancel Johnny Depp’s ‘Racist’ Cologne Ad, But The Company’s Statement Shows Just How Ignorant The Outrage Mob Is

Pat Sajak Crushes Conservative Blacklisting, Outrage Culture, And The Absurdity Of The ‘Look At Me’ Generation

The Outrage Mob Eats NYT’s Shorts Again: The Paper Caves And Re-Characterizes The Tea Party As Even More Villainous

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Garvan Walshe: Netanyahu, the great survivor, clings to power – as police investigators wait for him in the wings

Garvan Walshe is a former national and international security policy adviser to the Conservative Party. He runs TRD Policy.

Praised for his command of the English language which, as was once said of Churchill, he arms and sends into battle. Condemned for his utter lack of principle, thwarted by the judiciary and assailed by allegations of corruption. Yanked back from the UN General Assembly in New York to confront the most serious political crisis of his premiership…Benjamin Netanyahu must know his time might, finally, be up.

Last week, Israel voted in its second elections of 2019.  Netanyahu himself, having engineered the do-over after polls held in April led to a tie, now finds himself in trouble with the law. He is expected to be indicted on October 7. His only hope of avoiding that is, somehow, to remain Prime Minister.

Netanyahu’s success had been built on dividing Israel into two blocs and positioning himself at the head of the larger “right wing” one. This had comprised his own Likud Party; the religious Jewish parties; the Russian-immigrant secularist party, founded by Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, and now led by Avigdor Lieberman – who we’ll come back to – as well as assorted other nationalists and moderate Likudniks who could never quite manage an entirely independent existence.

This bloc overcame huge differences on domestic policy (between low-tax free marketeers and high-welfare Orthodox Jews; and between secularists and theocrats every bit as hardline as those who rule in Iran) in favour of a hard line towards the Palestinians and tolerance, if not active encouragement, of pro-settlement policies in the West Bank.

With time, this coalition shifted rightwards, admitting Jewish supremacists, and losing the Druze minority and business-minded Israelis.  But it stayed around the same size, allowing Netanyahu to control a small but solid majority of between 61 and 65 seats in the Knesset and keep himself in power.

In April’s election, the opposition united behind an alliance called Blue and White, headed by three former Army chiefs of staff and led by Benny Gantz. As then, Likud and Blue and White are effectively tied (Likud had one extra seat last time; Blue and White this time).

But Israel’s pure proportional represenation encourages small parties, which in Israel range from the Jewish nationalist (but pro-cannabis legalisation) Zehut, to the Arab nationalist Balad, which contests elections as part of the Joint List (a majority Arab alliance with no particular emphasis on drug policy).

The requirement is to assemble a coalition by picking one side of each of Israel’s major social divides: right and left on national security policy; religious Jewish voters who want welfare benefits for large families, exemptions from military service for their sons and enforcement of the sabbath; and secular voters who resent paying higher taxes for the privilege of not being able to go shopping on Saturday); Arabs and Jews, and even within the Arab community betweeen Arabs who accept, acquiesce in and oppose the state of Israel.

Until this year, Netanyahu had placed himself on the profitable side of these divides. Arabs, he notoriously said in 2014 were “voting in droves”, as he called on his Jewish nationalist suppoters to support him.

But this year his careful balancing of divisions began to fail. First, the religous parties demanded too much, pressing on with restricting the opening of supermarkets on Saturdays and exemptions from military service for their children. Then a new centrist party (which took pains to avoid being classified as “Left”) led by three former army chiefs of staff, was formed, which could not be impugned on matters of security, and which gained the attention of voters on the Centre-Right. Finally, the stench of corruption surrounding Netanyahu (he is the subject of three separate police investigations) has put further voters off.

It was Lieberman who spotted this opportunity. He prevented Netanyahu from forming a government in April, and campaigned on a position of supporting a coalition between Likud, Blue and White, and his own party, provided that such a coalition excluded Netanyahu. It paid off, and he increased his representation in the Knesset from five to eight seats.

The effect was to leave neither Ganz or Netanyahu with enough seats to govern. In these circumstances, it falls to the President to ask the party leaders to attempt to assemble a majority, and President Rivlin, though formerly a Likud member, has had a rivalry with Netanyahu so extreme that Netanyahu even sought to have the presidency abolished so that Rivlin couldn’t occupy it.

It is at this point that Gantz has taken an unusual step back, and allowed Netanyahu first dibs at forming a government. This is a major risk, because Netanyahu is a famed dealmaker, and desperate to do any deal that keeps the police investigations away. Strategic patience is thought to be a military virtue – but it could equally prove to be Gantz’s fatal mistake.

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Rashida Tlaib’s Tears Over Border Checkpoints Get Shamed In the Face of a Mother Who Lost Her Child

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By now you’ve likely seen Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s continued performance concerning the supposed cruelty of Israel now including her breaking down into tears over Israeli checkpoints she claimed “dehumanized” her mother.

As Tlaib was giving a statement to the press, she began crying upon telling the story.

It doesn’t seem that many are buying the idea that her tears are genuine. Even President Donald Trump waved them away as pure performance.

It’s hard to take Tlaib’s emotions seriously, seeing as how checkpoints aren’t exactly uncommon. You see them going into sporting events, concerts, and you have to deal with the over-funded and under-successful TSA anytime you want to hop on a plane. Tlaib doesn’t seem to be crying over the dehumanization Americans go through when they’re x-rayed and bodies exposed, just the ones around the Israeli borders.

I wonder why.

However, amid the backlash Tlaib was receiving over her anti-Israeli crocodile tears, one tweet stood out to me that I thought made Tlaib’s performance seem even more shallow.

A woman named Frimeth Roth, an Israeli citizen, tweeted at Tlaib that her mother’s dehumanization is a small price to pay compared to the one she paid for a lack of one.

“Rep Tlaib cried about her mother being “dehumanized” at Israeli checkpoints,” tweeted Roth. “My child Malki, a US citizen murdered at 15, would be here today had a checkpoint stopped her murderer and a 10 kg bomb from entering Jerusalem. Remind Tlaib: Checkpoints prevent terrorism – save lives.”

I doubt Talib would actually present a legitimate argument to this mother, especially in the face of the checkpoints she’s ignoring. It’s sad that this woman’s child was taken out by the very people Tlaib tends to defend and would have been stopped were it for one of those “dehumanizing” checkpoints.

For Israel, and even the United States, we have this checkpoints because “some people did something” to quote Rep. Ilhan Omar. That people were radical Islamic terrorists who hail from various areas surrounding Israel. The land that Tlaib calls Palestine. The thing they did is killing innocent people with bombs, planes, knives, and more.

We need those checkpoints and all the fake tears in the world won’t change people’s minds about that. Not in the face of the threat we face if we don’t have them.

 

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Jake Tapper Questions Rashida Tlaib About BDS, Israel’s Right To Exist; Her Response Is Breathtaking

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When I hear Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) speak, I can’t believe she was ever elected to public office.

The Palestinian-American Congresswoman recently co-sponsored a resolution in the House with her great pal Rep. Ilhan Omar to support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. Last week, she was one of 17 lawmakers to vote against a House resolution to condemn BDS. She compared the BDS movement to the American boycott of Nazi Germany.

Tlaib spoke to Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” this morning. Even Tapper was a bit ruffled by several of Tlaib’s replies. Below are some of the highlights.

Tapper addressed Tlaib, “So you talk about the hate agenda and there is criticism of you from fellow Democrats for your support for the BDS movement for boycott, divest, sanctions, an anti-Israel movement.”

She responds:

Well it is anti…it is criticizing the racist policies of Israel and it is a boycott…I can tell you that all around college campuses, there are Jews, Muslims, Hindus, all different kinds of backgrounds who are pushing back against racist policies in Israel because they see the human rights violations of children being detained…We all know that under Netanyahu’s regime, human rights violations have gotten worse.

Switching gears, Tapper asked her, “Do you think the Jewish people have the right to a state in the area where Israel exists now?”

Tlaib gave a qualified answer.

I truly believe the state of Israel is – it exists, correct.

But understand, does it exist in the detriment of inequality for the Palestinian people? The detriment of not moving forward in a peaceful resolution? We’re never going to have peace, I truly believe, if separate but equal is the way they want to go. And I could tell you I learned that from my African-American teachers in Detroit public schools who showed me what the pain of oppression looks like. We’re not gonna have peace if we don’t understand that we are dehumanizing Palestinians every single day when we choose Israel over their rights.

Tapper asks again, “Yes or no, does Israel have a right to exist?”

Tlaib replies, “Of course, but just like Palestinians have a right to exist. Palestinians also have a right to human rights. We can’t say one or the other. We have to say it in the same breath or we’re not gonna actually have a peaceful resolution.”

Not everyone was okay with Tlaib’s qualified answers when asked if she believes that Israel has the right to resist. Each time she was asked, she said “yes,” and each yes was immediately qualified by a “but.”

This didn’t sit too well with most conservatives. Here are some of the responses to Steve Guest’s tweet about Tlaib’s comments. (via Twitchy)

“Rashid Tlaib, as a US Congresswoman, exists to the detriment of Americans.”

“Democrats embrace anti-Semitic philosophy. Got that, America?”

“Baltimore exists to the detriment of Maryland.”

“”Baltimore is a shithole”: REEEEEEEEEEEE RACIST!  – “Israel is detrimental”: *crickets*”

“Tlaib: Free state in Middle East causing problems for rise of oppressive terrorist power.”

“Thank God for Israel.”  (Twitchy notes that for whatever reason, Twitter chose to ‘hide’ this reply on the thread.)

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Omar: Now that I’ve filed my boycott-Israel motion, I’ll go to … Israel

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The order of these two actions by Ilhan Omar tells us all we need to know about her motives. Omar announced yesterday that she will introduce a measure in the House endorsing the boycott movement against Israel, cheering it as a “non-violent” rebuke to Israel. That bill has already dropped, but it might run into a conflict on the agenda, US News & World Report noted yesterday:

House Democrats today rallied around a resolution to condemn President Donald Trump’s racist tweets against four high-profile freshmen congresswomen.

But at least one of those congresswomen — Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — is about to drop her own resolution that may not go over so well with Democratic leadership. Her resolution would defend the pro-Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

“We are introducing a resolution … to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our first amendment rights in regard to boycotting,” Omar told Al-Monitor. “And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement.”

The Minnesota Democrat noted she intends to introduce the bill early this week. At the same time, Democratic leadership plans to advance another nonbinding resolution condemning the BDS movement on Wednesday.

Awwww-kward! This move comes at a tricky time for her House Democrat colleagues anyway, as they scramble to defend Omar and three other frosh House Democrats at the same time they’re busy attacking Nancy Pelosi. According to Jake Tapper’s sources in the House Democratic caucus, the resolution adds to their frustration and disgust with the four, and Omar in particular:

Perhaps unaware of the irony, Omar proposes to follow up her endorsement of boycotting Israel by, er, visiting Israel. She’s going for an education, you see:

“We must support an end of the occupation and seek to achieve a two-state solution,” she added. “I believe firmly that the path to peace does not lies with a violent mean. We should condemn in the strongest terms violence that perpetuates the occupation. Whether it’s Israel, Hamas or individuals. We cannot also condemn non-violent means. We cannot simultaneously say we want peace and to oppose peaceful means to hold our allies accountable.”

At the end of the hearing, she told reporters that she’d be traveling to Israel and the Palestinian territories in a few weeks. “I am going in a couple of weeks and so I’ll learn more.” She did not provide any additional details regarding her travel plans.

If Omar needs to “learn more,” then why introduce an anti-Israel resolution in the House? Why not go there first, get an education, and then make a decision on policy issues? This is nothing more than a shameless ploy for attention, so threadbare that it exposes Omar’s ignorance and radicalism.

Well, to be fair, it might also be a way to troll the Israeli government. Fox News suggested earlier today that the Benjamin Netanyahu government might bar entry to both Omar and fellow Squad member Rashida Tlaib:

Israeli law permits authorities to deny entry to any people who support a boycott of the Jewish state — which both U.S. lawmakers have done. …

According to Haaretz, the congresswomen may be allowed to enter if the Foreign Ministry recommends that the Strategic Affairs and Interior ministries issue a waiver for them on the basis that they are political figures and denying them the entry would negatively affect Israel’s foreign relations.

But due to the sensitivity of the issue, it will come down to Netanyahu, who enjoys a stellar relationship with President Trump, to decide whether to allow the congresswoman into the country, the newspaper reported.

Netanyahu’s a pretty canny politician, so I’d expect him not to take the bait and bar them from entry. Instead, he’ll use their attempt to create propaganda with some media bait of his own. Neither Omar nor Tlaib are terribly experienced politicians, which might mean they’ll be in way over their head. Even if they’re not, though, Netanyahu will be able to claim that he has nothing to fear from their visit — and neither does anyone else, which makes the BDS movement silly and pointless.

Meanwhile, as the House drama over impeachment overshadowed everything, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) reminded everyone that the BDS movement shrugs off any issues with Hamas, “a designated foreign terrorist organization.” Why are Omar and Tlaib endorsing a movement that won’t distance itself from terrorists?

“My colleague who just spoke used the frequent use of the words ‘honestly’ and ‘honest.’ Let’s just get to a lot of what is left out,” the 39-year-old New York Republican said Wednesday, referring to Omar, who had just given a speech during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing supporting a resolution promoting the BDS movement. “The BDS movment has not distanced itself from Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization. BDS supporters individually are not distancing themselves from Hamas either.”

Zeldin extended his remarks in a statement to the Washington Examiner, scoffing at comparisons made by Omar between BDS and the Boston Tea Party:

“We have witnessed the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hate throughout the world, in our nation, on college campuses and within the halls of Congress, and whether this bigotry is brazen or it’s blatant anti-Semitism deceptively called ‘legitimate’ we must crush it wherever it exists. Unfortunately, there are Members of this House who have emboldened this rhetoric and continued to prop up the BDS movement whose founder, in referring to Zionism, said ‘I, for one, support euthanasia.’ I’d strongly caution my colleagues that there is no moral equivalency at all to be drawn between the BDS movement attacking Israel and opposition to the Nazis or the Boston Tea Party.”

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Pete Buttigieg Comes Out In Support of Israel and Democrats Aren’t Taking It Well

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Indiana mayor and Democratic 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg may have just ruined any 2020 chances he may have had after Vox put out an article detailing his support for Israel.

The left makes it no secret that they have a very sharp disdain for Israel, even going so far as to elect blatantly antisemitic people to Congress who in turn like to pretend they aren’t blatantly antisemitic after being blatantly antisemitic.

Vox released an article with a headline describing Buttigieg’s appreciation of Israel as a “strong ally” and that he’s behind the idea of keeping the US embassy in Jerusalem where Trump put it after he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s true capital. To say this set off some hard feelings would be an understatement.

The Vox article leads off by describing Buttigieg’s penchant for supporting Israel and keeping the embassy in Jerusalem:

But Pete Buttigieg, 2020 Democratic hopeful and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, isn’t one of those candidates. While he’s no fan of Netanyahu’s leadership, he has shown a consistent willingness to back Israel.

He did so again on Sunday in an interview with “Axios on HBO,” in which he said he wouldn’t reverse Trump’s embassy-move decision and called the country a “strong ally.”

“I think what’s done is done,” the former Navy intelligence officer said. “I don’t know that we’d gain much by moving it [back] to Tel Aviv.”

They also posted the clip released by Axios where Buttigieg explained his position. He details that he doesn’t necessarily believe that Trump made the right decision by moving the embassy to Jerusalem, but at this point, the damage is done.

Even the Axios interviewer attempts to nail Buttigieg with suggestions that he sides with Trump.

As I wrote about how the media likes to create narratives with minimal messaging in an easily shareable tweet, the social media message Vox spread was that Buttigieg is essentially of the same mind as Donald Trump.

“Pete Buttigieg calls Israel a “strong ally” and says he’d keep the US embassy in Jerusalem,” tweeted Vox.

Democrats were quick to respond by dismissing Buttigieg as a viable candidate for President immediately.

It’s fascinating that they say that antisemitism is a disease on the right, yet Buttigieg made a valid point about the damage it would cause to move the embassy back and the nuance isn’t promoted, just the support for Israel.

The fact that Buttigieg doesn’t have a hard-line stance against Israel immediately cast him into a no-go zone for voters and media. I’m no fan of Buttigieg myself, but I can appreciate that the guy recognizes that Israel as a solid ally and that causing it problems only means more problems for us.

For the left, however, this is unforgivable. It’s so unforgivable that some leftists gave him the highest insult possible, and that’s a Trump comparison.

It’ll be interesting to see if Buttigieg walks back his Israel support during the course of the election or sticks to his guns. It’ll also be interesting to see how attitudes change toward Buttigieg from the Democrats side, and how the media addresses him from here on.

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Beto O’Rourke’s Israel Comments are Astoundingly Bad and Only Help Antisemitic Radicals

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Former Texas Congressman Robert “Beto” O’Rourke has proven he’s willing to jump in radical camps when it comes to various issues, but the latest one falls in line with a problem of antisemitism that the Democratic party has been having lately.

To be clear, I’m not accusing O’Rourke of being an antisemite himself, but he seems to be playing right into their hands.

According to O’Rourke Israel is too in league with Republicans and following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu down a bad path because, as O’Rourke claimed, Netanyahu is racist.

“The US-Israel relationship… if it is to be successful, must transcend partisanship in the United States, and it must be able to transcend a Prime Minister who is racist as he warns about Arabs coming to the polls. Who wants to defy any prospect for peace, as he threatens to annex the West Bank and who has sided with a far-right racist party in order to maintain his hold on power.”

O’Rourke also reiterated his support for a two-state solution with Israel, a popular position on the left.

Netanyahu has promised that if re-elected, he will establish Israel’s sovereignty over war-won lands such as the west bank.

“I will impose sovereignty, but I will not distinguish between settlement blocs and isolated settlements,” he said according to Fox News. “From my perspective, any point of settlement is Israeli, and we have responsibility, as the Israeli government. I will not uproot anyone, and I will not transfer sovereignty to the Palestinians.”

Firstly, Netanyahu is demonstrably not a racist. This was even backed up by former Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman, who told Varney & Co. that after knowing and working with Netanyahu for some time has first hand knowledge about the man’s lack of racial bigotry.

“This is an ally in the midst of an election,” he said Stuart Varney on Monday. “What I would say, and I know Prime Minister Netanyahu a long time, I agree with him a lot of the time, I sometimes disagree — he’s not a racist.”

O’Rourke threw the accusation out there either out of ignorance, a need to be sensationalistic, or both. It’s an accusation that easily ruffles the feathers of those on the left, and an easy way to paint someone as an entity that needs to be resisted. It’s lazy politics, but it’s a quick way to get people to side with you.

Secondly, O’Rourke has demonstrated a woeful ignorance about matters in the Middle East. A two-state solution isn’t going to happen so long as Palestinian groups make the collapse of Israel a top priority.

The efforts for peace aren’t for lack of trying by Israel, but groups like Hamas who have written in their charter that Israel must fall and Jews must die are not going to respect any solution, much less a two-state one.

Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it”

…and…

“The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.

Both of these phrases exist in the Hamas charter and point to the fact that there can be no seeing eye to eye here. Especially if you add…:

“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”

It should be made clear that Hamas is no run of the mill terrorist group. It’s an elected government with the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people as one of its goals.

Israel is surrounded by enemies, many of them with the same mind as Hamas and they are numerous. Being cautious about who they allow having a say in their country is wise, as any kind of infiltration by foreign entities could lead to disaster on a scale we’ve rarely seen.

O’Rourke is either willfully blind to this or unknowingly ignorant. Painting Netanyahu as racist because he’s protected his people from those who have flat out vowed to kill his own people is the height of asininity.

O’Rourke should apologize.

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Iain Dale: Anti-semitism – and how Corbyn is vanishing into the deep pit he has dug for himself

Iain Dale is Presenter of LBC Drive, a commentator with CNN and the author/editor of over 30 books.

When you’re in a political hole, it’s generally best to stop digging. Yet Jeremy Corbyn keeps buying new shovels. Nothing can get him out of the hole he has dug for himself on anti-semitism. Every day, it seems, there is a new revelation which demonstrates his attitude to the subject.

And still there are some of his diehard supporters who continue to believe that there’s nothing to see, and we should just move along. The fact that there are dozens to Labour MPs who are horrified by what is happening means little to Corbyn’s true believers. They are blind to any apparent failing their hero has, and instead think that those who call him out should be expelled from the party.

There’s no way back for Corbyn from this sorry debacle. He’s shown himself to be weak, indecisive and the opposite of a leader. Hodge believes Corbyn to actually be anti-semitic himself. I don’t. But I believe that he tolerates anti-semitism, and has no real comprehension of what the word even means.

His hatred of the state of Israel trumps everything. It’s also more proof of the hold Seumas Milne has over him. You just have to read the latter’s rantings in The Guardian over the years to understand where he’s coming from on the subject. I suspect that he drafted Corbyn’s non-apology on Wednesday, which memorably couldn’t even utter the word Israel. Instead, it was called ‘Israel/Palestine’. Criticism of Israel does not mean automatically that someone is anti-semitic, but in context it often does.

Many Corbyn supporters accuse the media of launching a witch-hunt against him. Just by covering the story we are ‘smearing him’. It’s apparently a non-story. They say we should be covering Islamophobia in the Conservative Party.

When that story broke, I did a phone-in on it. If you remember, the self-appointed Muslim Council of Britain alleged there was widespread Islamaphobia in the Tory Party. But they could only produce nine examples over a number of years.

I have a lot of Muslim listeners, so I decided to test it out. I did an hour-long phone-in, and asked Muslims to phone into the programme if they could cite any examples. Not one could. That’s not to say that it doesn’t exist but, in the two months since then, if it was indeed widespread, you’d think we’d have had a drip-drip of examples.

Unless of course the media wouldn’t print or broadcast them. Don’t make me laugh. I don’t doubt that there are Islamophobes in the the Tory Party. They exist in all political parties and across society. It’s an issue which needs to be addressed.

But let’s not try to conflate a small problem in one party with an endemic problem in another. There are masses of cases of anti-semitism which have been reported to Labour Party HQ, and masses too that have been reported in the media.

And yet there are still people, such as NEC member Peter Willsman, who say they have never seen an example on it. And this man sits on the Labour Party’s National Executive. Not only that, but he sits on their disciplinary panel. Has he been asleep during their meetings?

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My heart aches for Zimbabwe. I’ve never been there, but it’s clear it is the most amazing country, which has been completely ruined by Robert Mugabe and his acolytes. Its GDP per person is now only $2300, lower than that of Yemen. Only six pent of its adults are in full time formal work. Its currency is worthless. I could go on.

When Mugabe was toppled, there was a real hope that things would change. I spoke to a lot of Zimbabwean expats on my radio show, and many of them said that if the new regime proved things would change they would go back to help rebuild their proud nation.

The truth is that little has changed. Emmerson Mnangagwa – known as The Crocodile – has tried to put a new sheen on the Zanu PF government, and declared to the outside world that the country is ‘open for business’, but in reality things haven’t really changed at all.

We saw that in the election on Monday. It’s clear there was widespread electoral fraud and ballot-stuffing. In one town, with a population of 28,000 people, 35,000 ballot papers were counted. Zanu PF won all the seats in Matabeleland – the very area where Mnangagwa is alleged to have led the slaughter of 20,000 people during the 1980s. It hardly seems likely that they would have voted for him.

Meanwhile, it has to be asked what on earth the EU election observers were doing. Their only comment so far has been to regret the delay in announcing the result. What a waste of space they have been.

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On Wednesday, an Appeal Court Judge unwittingly made Tommy Robinson a hero. He was freed on bail over a technicality.

His supporters, who had been accusing the judicial establishment of a plot to lock up their hero, rather had the wind taken out of their sails when the judicial system actually worked as it should. They rather ignored that he hadn’t been found not guilty. A retrial will be held shortly.

But make no mistake, a new far-right hero has been born. The wretched Steve Bannon sees Robinson as someone who can lead a new so-called Alt-Right movement in this country. Ignore the fact that Robinson is a thuggish criminal and an Islamophobic bully.  Bannon sees him as articulate, with an eye for catching the media’s attention, and capable of galvanising people.

He’s right in that judgement, and I suspect there will be a lot of American money flowing into the Robinson coffers. His supporters are true believers. They worship at this altar, and see him as their true saviour. UKIP and its current leadership are going along with this. Gerard Batten is obsessed by Islam, to the exclusion of virtually everything else.

He’s made UKIP an irrelevance in the Brexit debate, but instead has gone out of his way to defend Robinson. He’s leading UKIP down a very dangerous path. The only way it can be reversed is if Nigel Farage returns to the political fray. I’m not sure he wants to, but many people are urging him to take up the cudgels again. Time will tell if he’s up for it.

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