Wednesday, January 18, 2017

US Israel Technology event in San Francisco

Check out what the start up nation has to offer, and see the hottest examples of Israeli innovation close to home.

The 23th 'US – ISRAEL Technology event' will be held on February 2, 2017, at the San Francisco offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman 4 Embarcadero Center 22nd Floor San Francisco

The announcement follows:

When six of the ten companies on Forbes’ “Top 10 Health Tech Changing the World” are Israeli, it’s fair to say that Israel is not only the Startup Nation, but the Health Tech Nation as well. Israeli technologies overwhelmed the list not only with the variety of life-saving applications, but their ingenious and innovative way of doing so as well

According to the PwC Israel 2015 Hi-Tech Exit Report, mergers and acquisitions accounted for $7.2 billion in 2015, 44 per cent more than the preceding year. Total initial public offerings in the life science sector went up from $1.3 billion in 2013 to $3.6 billion last year

Israel boasts the world’s highest concentration of high-tech startups per head and almost 1,000 new companies are launched there every year*. Venture investments in Israel-based companies have not only increased in the number of deals – with a near 40% rise quarter on quarter, but they have more than tripled the total amount invested in Q1 of 2015.

This dramatic rise in investment has fueled an Israeli startups and has firmly established the region as one of the world's hottest centers for online and internet technology innovation and development.

Selected delegates will present the latest in Israeli MedTech technology : We expect the upcoming event to provide a great opportunity to identify breakthrough solutions.


1# Session
09:00 – 09:15 Registration & Networking
09:15 – 09:30 Welcome remarks
Mr. Michael J. Torosian, Partner - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Mr. David Hava, CEO - MIW
09:30 – 10:00 Israeli companies presentations
10:00 – 12:00 One-to-one meetings

2# Session
12:00 – 12:15 Registration & Networking
12:15 – 12:30 Welcome remarks
Mr. Michael J. Torosian, Partner - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Mr. David Hava, CEO - MIW
12:15 – 12:30 Israeli companies presentations
12:30 – 15:00 One-to-one meetings
15:00 End

Registration information is available here

Anti-Semitic flyers found in UC Bekeley printers and fax machines. Again.

Over the weekend, UC Berkeley computers, printers and faxes throughout the campus were found with flyers described as "anti-Semitic and homophobic". The flyers included swastikas and pro-Nazi propaganda.

Because the sender exploited open source printers and fax machines that were legally accessed via the internet and the machines were not hacked,  this act is not considered a hate crime. There was a similar incident in March of 2016 targeting Berkeley and other universities across the country.

UC police Sgt. Sabrina Reich  speaking to the East Bay Times  said that UC’s Internet Services and Technology Department has been communicating with the offices and departments on campus to “provide information on how to update the settings on (the machines) so they can be better secured on the network.”

“This is not something we welcome in our community,”

In the UC Berkeley student paper, the Daily Cal, Campus spokesperson Roqua Montez stated  “The UCPD was immediately called and took whatever info they could find about who could be behind this...The next step was to work with the IT department to patch those vulnerabilities."

Please contact the campus police at 510-642-6760 if you have any information about the origins of the flyers.

Bomb Threats force evacuations at 2 Bay area Jewish institutions

The Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael was evacuated after it received a bomb threat at 8:45 this morning.  It was one of 32 Jewish institutions in 16 states threatened today. The Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School in Foster City was also targeted.   Today's threats follow a January 9th wave of 16 bomb threats also directed towards Jewish community institutions.

Occupants of the San Pedro Road Jewish Community Center were taken to a nearby Marin School. Other nearby schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution.

Similar bomb threats called in today to Jewish community centers, schools and other institutions in Miami; Edison, New Jersey; Cincinnati and Alabama,  Albany, New York, Nashville; suburban Boston and Detroit; West Hartford, Connecticut, and Orlando.



Monday, January 16, 2017

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists at it again

Via Emunah:

The Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists is intent on proving that the fetid intersection where the hard left and the hard right meet is anti-Semitism. They'll be hosting anti-Israel activist Alison Weir for a talk on....wait for it...pro Israel activism. Alison's appearance at the BFUU  is part of a rather disturbing pattern of behavior at the fellowship, which has previously hosted holocaust denier and 9/11 truther  Ken O'Keefe  (We didn't know he was anti-Semitic. Really we didn't!) and Gilad Atzmon (We didn't know he was anti-Semitic! Really, we didn't!) 

Alison Weir is the former editor of a Marin penny-saver, who has catapulted 2 trips to the Mid-east into a career.  She is the executive director of If Americans Knew, run out of her Richmond home, and president of the Council for the National Interest 

Alison Weir is a controversial figure, even among her peers. Groups as extreme as Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine have publicly distanced themselves from her. If Americans Knew has been condemned for furthering anti-Semitism by the Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation.

From Tablet:

Weir earned this remarkable wall-to-wall opprobrium by promoting anti-Semitic myths, working with white supremacists, and publishing anti-Jewish content on IAK’s web site. Among other exploits:
  Weir published an original blog post on her personal site which justified anti-Semitism by labeling the Jewish “race” as “an object of hatred to all the peoples among whom it has established itself,” In the words of the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation, the piece “effectively blam[ed] Jews for anti-Semitism.”
  Weir has not only promoted the conspiracy theory that Israel harvests the organs of Palestinians—an update of the medieval blood libel—but has actually asserted the accuracy of the original blood libel itself, which accused Jews of ritually murdering Christian children to use their blood in Passover matzo. (Weir cited the discredited and since withdrawn research of a Jewish writer.)
  Weir has worked repeatedly with white supremacists, while never challenging their bigoted claims. For instance, in a series of appearances on the radio show of white supremacist and Holocaust denier Clayton Douglas, Weir dismissed allegations that he was a racist, did not challenge his repeated assertions of Jewish control of the world, and did not protest when he played a speech by former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke. Writes the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation, “Weir made little to no effort to challenge, confront, or rebut any of these views; on the contrary, she continued to appear on the show.”
  Weir has also published repeatedly at the American Free Press, a white supremacist anti-Semitic site that is designated as a hate outlet by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
For these actions and others, both Jewish Voice for Peace and the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation severed ties with Weir in July 2015. (Though the same cannot be said for many other anti-Israel activists, who continue to defend and even honor Weir.)
From Political Research Associates: Challenging the Right: Advancing Social justice

IAK’s criticisms of Zionism and Israel dovetail with traditional antisemitic narratives, and Weir often cites antisemitic writers and publications as her sources. When asked if the work of antisemitic authors including Israel Shamir, Gilad Atzmon, and Kevin MacDonald were truly legitimate, she replied, “Yes. I suggest people read their work for themselves.”

Much of Alison's past presentations are based on a statistical study she personally undertook, alleging bias in reporting on Israeli and Palestinian dead. Her analysis has been described as "amateurish" and "flawed", with  media watchdog CAMERA concluding 

"Weir's pseudoscientific study and absurd conclusions are not so surprising in light of her history of distortion."

Weir's study claims

 "the Times reported Israeli deaths at rates up to seven to ten times greater than Palestinian deaths," and that this discrepancy is "based on the ethnicity of the person killed."  and that "Times reporting regularly gave readers the impression that equal numbers of people on both sides were being killed – or that more Israelis were being killed," and that "the majority of Palestinian deaths ... are never reported by the Times at all."

However, according to CAMERA:


The bulk of the study is based only on the headline and first paragraph – often just one sentence – of New York Times news reports, and completely ignores the remaining text of the articles. In other words, most of the news reports condemned by the study are not even read.

In an op-ed in the April 4, 2008  Greenwich Citizen,  Alison Weir described Judaism as  "such a ruthless and supremacist faith".

Information on Alison Weir's extremist conspiratorial views are widely available on the Web.
Will the Berkeley fellowship of Unitarian Universalists still claim they didn't know?
Event details:
Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 
(Corner of Cedar St and Bonita Ave)

This talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.





Sunday, January 15, 2017

Ari Lesser sings about Martin Luther King.

Check out this new song from Ari Lesser in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It acknowledges the close bond between the Jewish and black people and the parallels of their history.



To read more about Jewish-Black relations, check out the Jewish Virtual Library 


Years ago, John Lewis described Dr.Kings relationship with the Jewish people in an article published in the San Francisco Chronicle.

He wrote:

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. understood the meaning of discrimination and oppression. He sought ways to achieve liberation and peace, and he thus understood that a special relationship exists between African Americans and American Jews.
This message was true in his time and is true today.
He knew that both peoples were uprooted involuntarily from their homelands. He knew that both peoples were shaped by the tragic experience of slavery. He knew that both peoples were forced to live in ghettoes, victims of segregation.
He knew that both peoples were subject to laws passed with the particular intent of oppressing them simply because they were Jewish or black. He knew that both peoples have been subjected to oppression and genocide on a level unprecedented in history.
King understood how important it is not to stand by in the face of injustice. He understood the cry, "Let my people go."
Long before the plight of the Jews in the Soviet Union was on the front pages, he raised his voice. "I cannot stand idly by, even though I happen to live in the United States and even though I happen to be an American Negro and not be concerned about what happens to the Jews in Soviet Russia. For what happens to them happens to me and you, and we must be concerned."
During his lifetime King witnessed the birth of Israel and the continuing struggle to build a nation. He consistently reiterated his stand on the Israel- Arab conflict, stating "Israel's right to exist as a state in security is uncontestable." It was no accident that King emphasized "security" in his statements on the Middle East.
On March 25, 1968, less than two weeks before his tragic death, he spoke out with clarity and directness stating, "peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality."
During the recent U.N. Conference on Racism held in Durban, South Africa, we were all shocked by the attacks on Jews, Israel and Zionism. The United States of America stood up against these vicious attacks.
Once again, the words of King ran through my memory, "I solemnly pledge to do my utmost to uphold the fair name of the Jews -- because bigotry in any form is an affront to us all."
During an appearance at Harvard University shortly before his death, a student stood up and asked King to address himself to the issue of Zionism. The question was clearly hostile. King responded, "When people criticize Zionists they mean Jews, you are talking anti-Semitism."
King taught us many lessons. As turbulence continues to grip the Middle East, his words should continue to serve as our guide. I am convinced that were he alive today he would speak clearly calling for an end to the violence between Israelis and Arabs.
He would call upon his fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner, Yasser Arafat, to fulfill the dream of peace and do all that is within his power to stop the violence.
He would urge continuing negotiations to reduce tensions and bring about the first steps toward genuine peace.
King had a dream of an "oasis of brotherhood and democracy" in the Middle East.
As we celebrate his life and legacy, let us work for the day when Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Muslims, will be able to sit in peace "under his vine and fig tree and none shall make him afraid."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Harper's Bazaar: Israel is one of 2017's "Best Places to travel"

Attempts to isolate Israel appear to be failing.

Israel has made  Harper’s Bazaar  “Best places to travel in 2017" list

Start your trip in the bustling-metropolis-meets-beach-town of Tel Aviv, but then make sure to explore all that this country has to offer. It would be an unfortunate mistake to fearfully paint this country's complicated politics as war-torn. Don't be fooled; its vibrant culture, phenomenal food scene, historic landmarks, beaches and endlessly impressive hotels are too much of a draw to ignore. Be sure to tour the shuks (markets) and the historic sites in Jerusalem–a trip to Israel is definitely not complete without a visit to the Kotel, the Wailing Wall. (When you visit, cover up as you would any temple–it's a place of prayer). While in town, be sure to enjoy the food; the delicious and dynamic scene at Mahane Yehuda is not to be missed. 

Then, choose your own adventure: head north to experience jeep rides and hikes in the mountains of the Golan, explore Tel Aviv and Jaffa's vibrant food, arts and cultural scene, head to the world-renowned Dead Sea spas in the desert or to Eilat for its hippie, beach vibes. Don't get overwhelmed by the various experiences this country has to offer–you may want to spend 1-2 weeks here to soak it all in, but its size rivals that of New Jersey. If you're looking to be strategic in planning out the right amount of time in each city, consult an expert like Travel Composer (Israel's premiere luxury trip planner) who can also advise on attaching a visit to  Jordan (and if you do, Petra is a must) and/or Egypt, which should also be on your bucket list.

Where to Stay: Israel's ever-evolving food scene is part-in-parcel of its expanding hospitality industry–which is no longer centric to Tel Aviv. The King David Hotel is the unrivaled top of the heap in Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv's boutique hotel The Norman is redefining style and luxury in a culture that is inherently laid-back in vibe. The Efendi Hotel in Akko, an untapped area of the country but well worth a visit, feels like a mix of Moroccan, Latin and authentically Israeli styles with its low-key feel and eclectic décor. When in the desert, the Hotel Beresheet in Mitzpe Ramon is the place to book. Located 2,600 feet (800 meters) above sea level on sky-high cliffs that slope down into the desert lands of the Ramon crater, this luxury resort-meets-natural-phenomenon is the kind of experience that will have you wanting to stay forever.

Check out the whole list here

Can you visualize the BDS holes rocking quietly in a dark corner of Mom's basement, muttering "but, but, but...the occupation...."?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Germany. In Solidarity with Israel

The famed Brandenburg Gate in Berlin is emblazoned with an Israeli flag,  in solidarity with four victims of yesterday's Palestinian terror in Jerusalem. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Truck Ramming Attack in Jerusalem

A Palestinian terrorist rammed his truck into a group of soldiers near the Armon Hanatziv promenade in Jerusalem today. Three female soldiers and one male soldier, all in their early 20s were killed, and 18 others were wounded. The names of those killed are Yael Yekutiel, 20, Shir Hajaj, 22, Shira Tzur, 20, and Erez Orbach, 20.

The murderer in todays Jerusalem attack has been identified as Fadi al-Qunbar, the 28 year old father of 3.

In an interview with the Quds News Network Qunbar’s sister declared “God chose him for this martyrdom. Thank God. We are patient and we thank God for this… it is the most beautiful martyrdom.”


Palestinians celebrated the attack by passing out sweets.







Although security camera footage of the attack shows the truck driver plowing his vehicle into a group of IDF soldiers, hitting them and then backing up and running over them again,  Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada tweeted

 All over Arab social media, posts were made mocking the dead, and celebrating the murders.




There was worldwide condemnation of similar attacks in Nice, France and in Germany.  There are no Je Suis Jerusalem hashtags now. The world is silent when Jews are killed.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Hannukah Menorah stolen in San Francisco

A  large brass menorah  was stolen from Washington Square Park in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood ( Filbert and Stockton streets) this weekend. The menorah, erected by Chabad is 6 feet tall, 3 feet wide and weighed over 100 pounds. It was installed two weeks ago in the northeast corner of the park as part of a neighborhood celebration of Hanukkah.

The menorah was taken before it could be lit for the second night of Hanukkah Sunday.

We are a stubborn, resourceful people. You can’t take the light from us.
The community responded by bringing their family menorahs to the celebration, filling the park with light.


North Beach Chabad has filed a police report. It is hoped that surveillance footage from neighboring businesses and residencies will lead to an arrest. In typical San Francisco fashion, this is not being treated as a hate crime.

Friday, December 23, 2016

A Cautionary Tale

You've all heard the maybe attributed to Gandhi ,but maybe not quote before: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”

Its wrong. They are missing a step.

First they stalk you.

Club Z  trains high school students to respond to anti-Israel rhetoric in their schools and in their communities. Its about time.  As we just saw it Ithaca, the anti-Israel force are imposing their propaganda campaigns on younger and younger children. Club Z is creating the leaders of tomorrow.

From the Club Z mission statement:

Club Z is a youth movement that fosters a commitment to Israel and Zionism among today’s teens. We empower young people to become leaders with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to stand up to anti-Semitism, bias, and ignorance.
Now Club Z  has attracted the attention of the haters.

From an email received by our friends at Club Z. Could this be any more obvious?

Sam Elmore
Subject of email: Research assignment on Club Z

Dear Club Z,

My name is Samuel Elmore and I'm a student at the University of Georgia majoring in journalism and religion (with a focus on Jewish Studies). I'm finalizing a research project on Jewish and Israeli initiatives and movements within the US. With that said, I was wondering if I could get answered a couple of questions:

Club Z receives funds from generous donors. Are there specific groups that have contributed the most? Are they Jewish/Israeli or organizations allied to Israel?

And finally, are there members beside the board of directors and advisory members associated with Club Z?

Thank you!

Samuel

Naturally, this particular “Sam Elmore” doesn’t appear to exist in the real world (you could have guessed that, right?) so this response was sent in reply

Dear Mr. Elmore, 

Thank you for your interest in Club Z.  

We find your questions rather inappropriate and none of your business.  
If you are curious about funding of various groups, why don't you look into how SJP or MSA is funded.  That seems to be a much more interesting topic of research, don't you think?  

Oh, and by the way, your question about other members of Club Z -- I am happy to answer.   We have a large and growing network of people who support us all across the United States and even the world.  We have advisory members in Canada, Mexico, Germany, Russia, Italy, Australia, South Africa and Ghana.  Club Z will soon become a Zionist movement the likes of which has never been seen before by American Jewish community.   The unstoppable Zionist youth will be outspoken and able to defend themselves against growing anti-Semitism inside their classrooms and on the campus quad.  No longer will SJP be able to bully Jews into hiding and no longer will the bigoted professors and apathetic administration be allowed to hide behind non-sensical proclamations.  

Any more questions? 

Club Z. 

This is a cautionary tale. Don't expect the enemies of Israel to fight clean. And if your teen is interested in learning more about our land and our people, consider sending them to Club Z's  Youth Conference on Israel and the Middle East in January


Sunday, December 18, 2016

BDS Fail Clip show for 2016

Did you see the gushing email from Anna Baltzer (aka Anna Piller) Director of Organizing and Advocacy of the US campaign for Palestinian rights?

She writes:

The numbers are beyond anything we could have imagined:

Over 150 actions in 101 cities  in 30 countries on 6 continents!

The Boycott HP Week of Action was a phenomenal success, with creative actions in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Peru, Sudan, and across the Middle East, Europe, and North America! In the U.S. alone, there were 40 actions in more than 30 cities across 16 states! It is extraordinary what we can achieve when we build together, and the victories have already begun

Anna ‘s bar for success has always been low.
Aging hippies holding signs! (sometimes even 5 or 6 of them!)
Hashtags!
Petitions!
The momentum is unstoppable...

In the meanwhile, in recent BDS fail news

Oxfam boss admits errors over Scarlett Johansson row ‘PR disaster’ over actor’s involvement with Israeli company lost Oxfam America thousands of donors, says Mark Goldring

Fourteen US states (Ohio, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, New York, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Tennessee)  have passed anti-BDS legislation

The US entertainment industry continues to see inspiration from the Israeli media. Netflix Picks Up Israeli Political Thriller ‘Fauda’

Azerbaijan to Purchase Israeli Iron Dome Air Defense System


Microsoft opens new 1 billion NIS  campus in Herziliya

The German Bank für Sozialwirtschaft (Bank for Social Economy) has closed the bank accounts of a BDS  group , claiming it stokes antisemitism, violates ethics.

Ontario's Legislature Passes Motion Rejecting BDS. First Canadian Province to Do So

287,900 tourists visited Israel in November setting an all time record generating over NIS 1.5 billion in revenue.

German corporation Daimler to open research and development facility in Israel 

Caterpillar, long the object of BDS ire is named Best Performing Dow Stock in 2016, Up 37%

20 Latin American Universities Sign Deals With Hebrew University

2016 proves yet again that aging hippies chanting slogans are no match for the innovation and creativity of the Israeli economy. Lets wish Anna and her friends a new year resplendent with even more of her special flavor of "success"

UPDATE:
2016 BDS Fails from StandWithUs




Arabs honor the killer of Jews with an anti-violence event

Last October, a horrific terror attack on an Israeli bus left two dead and three hospitalized  with gunshot wounds. The combined shooting and stabbing attack  took place on Egged bus 78.
The two terrorists were shot by security forces. Baha Alyan, 23,  was killed at the scene.
This week, in Nazareth, Alyan was honored with....wait for it...an anti-violence initiative.
Nazareth, the largest Arab-Israeli city, recently held a pro-reading and anti-violence event for children in honor of a Palestinian terrorist who murdered Israelis in Jerusalem last year.
On December 10, the city, in conjunction with Inma’a Association for Democracy and Capacity Building, held its “Nazareth reads” event, which saw hundreds of children sit and read in a line that stretched from the plaza of the Spring Square within Nazareth’s old city until the Church of the Annunciation, according to Palestinian Media Watch, which first reported the event in English...
Saeb Masawrah, the local Nazarene who came up with the idea for the human reading chain in his city, told the Arab-Israeli news site Arab48, “We saw fit to establish the largest and longest chain of readers in the city of Nazareth as a completion of the message of Martyr Baha Alyan who came out of Jerusalem. We are gathering here in order to emphasize our unity as Arabs everywhere, and we will complete the message in all of the Arab cities and villages,” according to a translation by Palestinian Media Watch.
It is unfortunately quite common for the cold blooded murderers of Jews to be honored at all levels of Palestinian society

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Hamas Drone Developer dead in Tunisia

Terror leaders in Gaza took to social media to mourn the death of Mohammed Al-Zoari, a member of the Muslim brotherhood and a leading figure in Hamas weapons development and drone technology.



Zoari  was shot at point-blank range in his car outside his home in Sfax, Tunisia. Arab media was quick to blame Israel for his death.
An associate of Zoari, Karim Abed a-Salam, told Tunisia’s Channel 9 TV that Zoari had visited the Gaza Strip several times in recent years, entering through the tunnels that run under the Gaza-Egypt border. He said that Zoari served as a liaison between Hamas and the Iranian and Syrian governments. It is currently unclear whether there is any truth to these claims.
The Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper reported Saturday that Zoari had also assisted Lebanese terror group Hezbollah in the development of drone technology in the past. 
According to Haaretz,
Four individuals were arrested in Tunisia on suspicion of involvement in the killing and authorities said three other rented vehicles were found that were linked to the case. Tunisian police also said that at least one individual who left the country a day before the killing was thought involved.
The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing has vowed revenge for Zoari’s death 



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

Jewish Voice for Peace. Creating a Wedge

NGO Monitor may have said it best:

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is a U.S.-based organization, which views itself as the “Jewish wing” of the Palestinian solidarity movement.  Though JVP regards the organized Jewish community as its “enemy” and “opponent,” it nonetheless demands a seat at the communal table.  The strategy, as stated by JVP’s executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson, is to create “a wedge” within the American Jewish community to generate the impression of polarization over Israel.  The tactic is to dilute support for Israel in the Jewish community, toward the goal of reducing or eliminating the United States government’s economic, military, and political support for Israel.

How do you create the illusion of polarization on Israel when the vast majority of Jews worldwide and in America  feel differently?

After all, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll,

Jewish Americans feel a strong emotional connection with the Jewish state: A solid majority say they are either “very” or “somewhat” attached to Israel and that caring about Israel is either “essential” or “important” to what being Jewish means to them.

The Israel-haters at Jewish Voice for Peace have a strategy. Their current obsession is squashing any potential legislature that acknowledges and counters rising anti-Semitism. There is only one group of righteous victims to JVP, and its not the Jews.

How many members of "Jewish" Voice for Peace are Jewish?

Jewish Voice for Peace has launched a pressure campaign directed against the Jewish Federations of North America asking them to withdraw their support for the "Anti-Semitism Awareness Act", which has been unanimously approved by the US Senate.






This call to action was publicized on the Students for Justice in Palestine Facebook Page.


Call me a cynic, but I strongly doubt that members of JVP or SJP are contributors to the Jewish Federations of North America, which pledges to "work tirelessly to deepen connections between the Jewish State and the global Jewish community."  Groups and individuals operating in direct opposition to the mission of the Federation should not get a say in formulating group policy. The scripted calls by sock puppet accounts should be soundly ignored.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Are you ready for IsrAction Day, December 18, 2016?

Please consider participating in this great initiative- truly a triple mitzvah- from StandwithUs:
JOIN US for IsrAction Day, December 18, 2016!
StandWithUs is partnering with North West Friends of Israel and Sussex Friends of Israel for the 3rd annual IsrAction Day 2016 in an effort to fight BDS and win BIG (Buy Israeli Goods).
Launching this year on December 18, IsrAction Day is an International grassroots campaign where people buy Israeli goods in local supermarkets and donate the purchases to the needy in their community. It accomplishes its three major goals: people are able to stand up for Israel, fight BDS and support local communities.

Purchases can be dropped off at local collection centers or to directly to the selected charity. Photos and videos can be uploaded to the IsrAction Day 2016 FaceBook group and website.

https://www.facebook.com/IsrActionDay/?pnref=story

IsrAction Days in Northern California will be December 18th and 19th!
StandWithUs Northern California drop off locations for your donations:

Temple Beth Abraham, Oakland: Dec 19 10a-4p
Congregation Kol Shofar, Tiburon: Dec 18 8:30a-noon and Dec 19 10a-4p
Congregation Beth Ami, Santa Rosa: Dec 19 10a-4p
Congregation Sinai of
San Jose California has joined us as well as a drop off location! Dec 18th from 9a-6pm and Dec 19th from noon-4pm!

You can find non-perishable Israeli food at Trader Joes. (Harvest grains and Israeli couscous), at Safeway and Luckys in the kosher aisle. Mollie Stones in Greenbrae and in Palo Alto has a great variety of Israeli foods.  Many of the small Arab grocers also proudly carry Israeli food, and have faced harassment and vandalism because of it.  The Berkeley Bowl (both stores) also carries Israeli products.

Lets us know where you buy Israeli products, and be sure to photograph your haul and post it here

Helping Israel. Helping our community. Whats not to love?

Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016 passes the Senate


S. 10, the “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016”, a bipartisan bill to increase awareness of anti-Semitism has unanimously passed the Senate. The bill was cosponsored by Sen. Robert  Casey, Jr [D-PA], Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR], Sen. Lindsay Graham, and Sen. Michael Bennet. [D-CO]

The goal of the bill was to propose definition of anti-Semitism for the enforcement of Federal anti discrimination laws concerning education programs or activities.

Full text is available here

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act was supported by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federations of North America, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Senator Scott Speaks on Senate Floor about Anti-Semitism Awareness Act




For more information:


With Attacks On The Rise, Sens. Casey and Scott Introduce Bipartisan Anti-Semitism Awareness Act

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Self righteous virtue signaling hypocrites and Airbnb

Airbnb is the company everyone loves to hate, until they are looking for the perfect charming low-cost vacation rental with a view of the surf.  Because they refuse to discriminate against Jews who list their homes in Judea and Samaria,  Airbnb  has been in the Israel's hater cross-hairs for some time now.

Jewish Voice for Peace and friends launched the Stolen Homes campaign, which follows the JVP formulaic and entirely predictable modus operandi.  A petition!   A hashtag!  Aging hippies holding signs!  

No doubt the 30 billion dollar company was left quaking  in its shoes. No! Not hippies holding signs!

Earlier this year the hard left National Lawyers Guild passed a  resolution by a vote of 67% to 33%  to boycott Airbnb, declaring: 

Whereas: Airbnb, the biggest listing service for short term and vacation rental housing, recently began listing rentals in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and thus both the websites and their users glean profit from stolen land. These settlements are in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits an occupying power from moving its civilian population onto the land it is occupying. There are over 650,000 Jewish settlers living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and settlement growth is rapidly increasing. Israeli settlements serve an exclusionary, Jewish-only population, are a clear form of state segregation. Settlers confiscate Palestinian land, homes, and resources, severely restrict Palestinian freedom of movement, and prevent any possibility of a contiguous Palestinian State. By listing homes in Israeli settlements, and earning a 9 to 15 percent fee from hosts and guests, Airbnb directly profits from and promotes Israeli apartheid and land theft. 

Airbnb has steadfastly ignored the Israel haters, even hosting a wedding at the Airbnb Headquarters  at 888 Brannan St, San Francisco for a couple who met through its listings in Israel. After a  initial Airbnb-related misunderstanding,  Ben from San Francisco enjoyed a blossoming romance with Tel Aviv's Noa.

From SF Gate:

"We wanted a private marriage ceremony but in a place that would be meaningful to us, [and] the Airbnb office seemed like a cool idea since we had met through Airbnb two years ago," the couple tells SFGATE. "We loved the Airbnb atrium and headquarters. We had great help from the staff and one of the founders, Joe [Gebbia]."

Airbnb has cancelled the listings of those that discriminate against Israelis.  During the recent fires in Israel, Airbnb took the compassionate step of waiving its service fees for those who opened their listings to victims of the fire. 

Airbnb set up "disaster response" page to help match hosts with guests and waived all posting and service fees. Those hosting for free were still be covered by standard Airbnb insurance policies. 

The Israel-haters don’t seem to be hurting Airbnb at all.

In July 2015, Airbnb raised $1.6 billion at a $25.6 billion valuation, according to Equidate. With the $850 million disclosed in last week’s filing, Airbnb has raised about $3.2 billion in equity.

Why has the campaign against Airbnb turned into yet another BDS fail? Could it be as simple as good old fashioned hypocrisy?

Rachel Lederman is the president of the San Francisco Chapter of National Lawyers Guild. Her Airbnb profile is available online. Perhaps she didn't get the Guild memo. Perhaps she was one of the 33% of the Guild members who voted against the boycott. Or perhaps she is one of those virtual signaling   “Do as I say, not as I do” activists.





Andy Griggs and Emma Rosenthal are members of  Labor for Palestine, the  Los Angeles Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee and the Cafe Intifada, and have been involved in many social media campaigns designed to demonize the only democracy in the Middle east.  No one doubts their commitment to quashing the state of the Jewish people,  unless of course, their personal livelihood is involved. That would be different.

Andy and Emma list rooms at their Dragonfly Hill Urban farm on Airbnb, and choose to ignore the “call from Palestinian civil society” ostensibly because it might interfere with their bottom line.  They’ll endlessly harangue community organizations to divest "from companies doing business in Israel", but they can not be bothered to do so themselves.




Makes me wonder. Could self righteous virtue signalling hypocrites be at the core of the failure of the BDS movement  in America?