“Plead my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me; fight against those who fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help….Say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation.’” Ps 35: 1, 2, 3
HOUSE APPROVES RESOLUTION AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM ABROAD: A resolution on anti-Semitism sparked by a freshman Democrat’s jibes about “allegiance” to Israel and then expanded to address Islamophobia suffered by the same congresswoman, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, passed the House overwhelmingly. The US House of Representatives voted 407-23 on Thur. 7 March 2019 to approve the resolution, which did not name Omar, but which emphasized the dangers of accusing groups of Americans of dual loyalties. After days of debate, the final resolution condemned “hateful expressions of intolerance” against “African-Americans, Native Americans, and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, immigrants, and others” affected by bigotry. All 23 nays were Republicans, some of whom objected that the resolution did not go far enough in censuring Ilhan Omar. Jewish Democrats led the push for the resolution last week after Omar said she felt pressure to pledge “allegiance” to Israel. Omar had previously accused Israel of “hypnotizing” the world and had said that lawmakers support Israel only in exchange for funding for their campaigns. The Democratic leadership also faced criticism from Jewish lawmakers who felt the resolution should have focused exclusively on the anti-Semitism issue. Omar, a refugee from Somalia, is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. (JTA)
TRUMP: DEMOCRATS HAVE BECOME AN ANTI-JEWISH PARTY: US President Donald Trump on Friday 8 March 2019 blasted Democrats and accused them of becoming an “anti-Israel” and “anti-Jewish” party, after the House of Representatives passed a broad resolution that called out bigotry of all kinds without directly condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) over her anti-Semitic remarks. Speaking from the White House lawn, the president called Thursday’s 7 March 2019 House vote a disgrace. “Democrats have become an anti-Israel party. They’ve become an anti-Jewish party,” Trump said. Trump added that most lawmakers would also agree that the resolution, which did not mention Omar’s name, was a disgrace. The final vote on the resolution was 407 to 23—with 23 Republicans voting no, and all Democrats, including Omar, voting yes. The resolution originally condemned anti-Semitism but was rewritten and its final draft was expanded Thursday to condemn all forms of bigotry, including white supremacy. Republicans characterized the watering down of the resolution as a ploy to distract from Omar’s remarks which had prompted the resolution in the first place. (Arutz-7)
REP. TED DEUTCH: WHY CAN’T HOUSE RESOLUTION “SINGULARLY CONDEMN” ANTI-SEMITISM: Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) called on the House on Thurs. 7 March 2019 to pass a resolution that would “singularly condemn” anti-Semitism in the wake of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent comments. “We are having this debate because of the language of one of our colleagues, language that suggests Jews like me who serve in the United States Congress and whose father earned a purple heart fighting the Nazis in the Battle of the Bulge, are not loyal Americans?” said Deutch. “Why are we unable to singularly condemn anti-Semitism? Why can’t we call it anti-Semitism and show we’ve learned the lessons of history? It feels like we’re only able to call out the use of anti-Semitic language by a colleague of ours, if we’re addressing all forms of hatred. And it feels like we can’t say it’s anti-Semitism unless everyone agrees that it’s anti-Semitism. Jews control the world? Jews care only about money? Jews have dual loyalty and can’t be patriotic members of the country in which they live? Words matter. For generations, they have had dangerous consequences for me, for my family and for my people. This shouldn’t be so hard.” (The Hill) Pray those who hate Israel will not be voted into high government positions and that those who are already in such leadership spots will be removed.
CHICAGO MAYOR: OMAR IS CROSSING THE LINE: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thurs. 7 March 2019 criticized Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and said she is crossing the line with anti-Semitic remarks in “casting Jewish Americans as the other.” Omar recently came under fire after she suggested on Twitter that Republicans were attacking her at the behest of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC. She subsequently issued a half-hearted apology before ultimately deleting the controversial tweets. Days ago she caused another uproar when, at a public event, she appeared to refer to domestic support for Israel as “allegiance to a foreign country”, leading the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives to work on a new resolution condemning anti-Semitism. In a piece for The Atlantic, Emanuel wrote that Omar “is suggesting a dual loyalty that calls our devotion to America into question” over support for Israel. Emanuel, the first Jewish mayor of Chicago and like Omar a Democrat, said he is “sensitive” to the charge of dual loyalty because he has been accused of being a citizen of Israel (his father immigrated to the United States from Israel) and he had to make public his USA birth certificate during his first campaign for Congress “to disprove false assertions about my background and loyalties.” He said questions of dual loyalty have dogged Jews around the world for centuries. “In embracing it, Omar is associating herself with calamities from the Spanish Inquisition to the Russian pogroms to the Holocaust. That’s not historical company that any American should want to keep,” he wrote. (Arutz-7)
DAVID DUKE CALLS ILHAN OMAR, ‘THE MOST IMPORTANT’ MEMBER OF CONGRESS: Former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke called Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar “The Most Important Member Of The US Congress” because of her “defiance to Z.O.G” (Zionist Occupation Government) in a Thurs. 7 March 2019 tweet. Duke tweeted, “By Defiance to Z.O.G. Ilhan Omar is NOW the most important Member of the US Congress!” with an edited picture of Rep. Omar with a smiling heart emoji next to her face. Duke posted a podcast on his website Thur. 8 March 2019, in which he discussed his reasons for praising Omar. The podcast had a description that read, “In particular, they heaped praise on Ilhan Omar for being the one person in Congress willing to notice AIPAC and the ‘dual’ loyalty of many (((members of Congress))).” According to USA Today, the three parentheses around “members of Congress in the description is an anti-Semitic symbol used subliminally to refer to Jewish people. Duke’s praise comes about while Omar faces heavy criticism for her most recent anti-Israel comments. (Daily Caller)
REPUBLICAN SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL DROPS BUT NOT AS RAPIDLY AS AMONG DEMS: Against the crescendo of the growing media debate over whether the arrival in Congress of anti-Israel Democrats is opening the door to a new wave of anti-Semitism, a recent Gallup poll shows a significant drop in support for Israel among US Republicans. Significantly, the survey was taken before the outcry over comments by Democratic freshman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) propelled the debate from support for Israel to accusations of basic anti-Semitism. While polls have, for some time, demonstrated a growing discrepancy in support for Israel between the two parties, the new figures potentially alter the debate to a matter of degree rather than of support or opposition, undermining what has been emerging as a plank in the Republican platform. Overall, support for Israel among the American people has sunk to its lowest point in a decade (59%) after dropping five points in the past year; a loss of six percentage points (43%) among Democrats and a hefty 13 points (76%) among Republicans recorded during the same period. Also alarming to Israel’s supporters is the 21% support registered for the Palestinians among Americans, the highest level ever recorded. (Medialine)
AL-AQSA TV: ‘DEATH TO ISRAEL, TURN THEM INTO BODY PARTS, ROAST THEM’: “Declaring Al-Aqsa TV a terror organization is a precise labeling,” said Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), a media watchdog group, commenting on Netanyahu’s decision to declare the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV channel a terrorist organization on Wed. 6 March 2019. “Al-Aqsa TV promotes all the components of Palestinian terror, including murder of Jews, suicide bombings, kidnapping of soldiers, bombing our cities and destruction of Israel,” Marcus continued. “It uses all the means available on TV to make its messages compelling to the Palestinian population, including religious sermons, children’s programs and even music celebrating murder.” PMW recorded the words of a Hamas music video aired on the channel: “Strap on an explosive belt. O Martyrdom seeker, respond to Al-Aqsa’s call. Send them to Hell. Let fire burn them, turn them into body parts, roast them.” The Al-Aqsa TV station was attacked by IDF forces in an airstrike in Nov. 2018 and its studios were destroyed. The airstrike took place during a flare-up of violence in which Hamas fired hundreds of rockets at Israel.
A half hour before the TV station was bombed by IDF forces, the channel broadcast a music video declaring “Death to Israel,” while scenes from terror attacks and funerals of Israeli terror victims played on the screen. “DEATH TO ISRAEL” flashed across the screen in Hebrew as an Arabic song blared from the speakers, “Expel the thieving occupier from the enraged land of Jerusalem. Rid your house of that one, that Zionist. Write ‘death, death, death to Israel’ with flowing blood. And with the bleeding body cause death, death, death to Israel.” When the funeral of the Israeli terror victims appeared on the screen, another song blared with the words, “Be red death. Have no mercy on the army of aggression that wears the clothes of the soldier and the settler.” Following the IDF airstrike, the channel was forced to go off the air but this proved short-lived and they quickly began broadcasting from a new location, leading to Netanyahu’s decision last week to declare it a terrorist organization. (J.Post)
PA USES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY TO CELEBRATE FEMALE TERRORISTS: Palestinian Authority TV has used International Woman’s Day as a cover to glorify and celebrate female terrorists and female terrorism. In a report highlighted by Palestinian Media Watch, PA TV broadcasted an interview with the Director of the Palestinian Women’s Union in Gaza, Amal Hamad. In the interview, Hamad spoke about the “Palestinian national struggle” and the role women have played in terrorism. “We have had female Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners,” she said, explaining that women were the first to take part in ‘the battle’. “That is why we also have female Martyrs,” she said naming several well-known terrorists including Shadia Abu Ghazaleh, a terrorist who prepared bombs for terror attacks; Dalal Mughrabi, terrorist who led the murder of 38 people in 1978, 12 of whom were children; Wafa Idris, who was the first female suicide bomber; Ayyat Al-Akhras, who was the youngest female suicide bomber who killed two people; and Darin Abu Aisheh, a female suicide bomber who wounded three people. “Focusing the attention on the Palestinian female murderers obviously deflects attention from the real problems faced by Palestinian women,” the media watchdog highlighted. “One female PA TV reporter instructed the viewers ‘who use beatings and violence to solve their marital problems’ to ‘carefully read’ and ‘obey’ the Quran’s ‘religious rules for beatings.’” (J.Post) “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isa. 5:20
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Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff