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Bernie Sanders Lost My Vote

With the 2020 Presidential Election a little more than a year away, the time is coming in which voters must choose which Democratic candidate will go against you know who.

Though I like a number of the candidates, I have yet to choose just one to push as the Democratic nominee. But there is one nominee who has forever lost my vote: Bernie Sanders.

To be honest, something about Senator Sanders (D-Vermont) never quite clicked with me politically. I appreciate his ideas, but they have always been a little out there, at least from my perspective.

But his decision to hire Amer Zahr, a staunch advocate of the BDS movement has turned me off from voting for Senator Sanders altogether. The fact that Senator Sanders, who is Jewish, would bring on a surrogate who actively campaigns for the destruction of Israel is repugnant.

The problem is the mixed message that Senator Sanders sends out with this decision. He has spoken in the past of being Jewish and yet, he hires someone who advocates for the destruction of the Jewish homeland and Jewish lives.

If Senator Sanders wants to win the nomination and possibly the Presidency, recognizing the importance of Israel and her American supporters is tantamount. Especially given that most Jewish voters are Democrats.

As much as I would love a Jewish President of the United States, I doubt that Senator Sanders will be that President.

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Inviting Mahathir Mohamad to Speak at Columbia University is a Validation of Antisemitism

These days, it’s not that difficult to see the divisions in our world. College is supposed to heal these divisions and teach our young people that diversity is not only acceptable, but it is beautiful.

The message at Columbia University is the opposite.

Malaysian politician Mahathir Mohamad has been invited to speak at the university. The problem with this invitation is that Mr. Mohamad is not only an avowed anti-Semite, he takes pleasure in openly spewing the poison that comes out of his lips.

In defending the invitation, University President Lee Bollinger, stated the following:

“This form of open engagement can sometimes be difficult, even painful. But to abandon this activity would be to limit severely our capacity to understand and confront the world as it is, which is a central and utterly serious mission for any academic institution,” 

Mr. Bollinger claims that the ” invitation is neither a “validation” or “endorsement” of the speaker’s views.”

As I see it, the problem with the invite is that it validates antisemitism. It validates the BDS movement and other organizations that regularly harass Jewish college students, especially those who support Israel.

Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe in free speech and a college student’s opportunity to expand their world and their perspective. However, given the current political and cultural climate that we live in, a clear line in the sand must be drawn. That line is hate speech. The question is if university administrations have the balls to draw that line.

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Bill Maher is Right About BDS

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is one that can be construed as simple or complicated, depending on one’s point of view.

While I certainly recognize the shades of grey in this conflict, my perspective is that Israel is trying to defend herself and her people from neighbors who would love to her wiped off the face of the Earth. The BDS movement is just one of those complicating factors that makes this issue even murkier.

Last week, Bill Maher blasted the organization on his weekly HBO politics talk show, Real Time with Bill Maher.

Aside from the implications for our political future, this statement I believe speaks the truth. It is a truth that many either refuse to hear or if they hear it, refuse to believe.

Speaking of Israel, the ban on Reps Tlaib and Omar entering the country last week were lifted after a fair amount of controversy. Representative Tlaib decided to turn down the invitation and not visit her grandmother. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I was kid, my grandparents were my world. They are all long gone, there are days when I wish I could still see them and talk to them.

Others have said and I agree that she hates Israel more than she loves her grandmother. If I was in her shoes, I would be on the next flight out. Family is more important than politics will ever be.

I wish there was a way out of this conflict. I wish both sides would see each other as fellow human beings, instead of labels and political/historical baggage. But wishes don’t often become reality.

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Omran Daqneesh, The War In Syria And The Real Human Rights Tradgedy

This past week, an image flew around the world.

It’s no secret that the war in Syria has created a massive refugee crisis. 250,000 innocent civilians have been killed. Millions more fled Syria, hoping to rebuild their lives in Europe, America and other Middle Eastern countries.

Omran Daqneesh’s family chose to stay, instead of fleeing with their neighbors and friends. This week, this little boy’s home was bombed. While the family survived physically, emotionally, they may never been the same.

The image of this little boy sitting in the ambulance is heartbreaking. Covered in dust and blood, his eyes are emotionless.

My heart breaks for this child. While the physical wounds will heal, the emotional wounds may never heal. This boy did nothing to either the Syrian government or the rebels, but he and his family must suffer the consequences of this senseless war.

The question I have to ask is where are the protests against the Syrian government? Where are the demands for either side to back down and come to the table peacefully? There are none.

While this child and his family are the true face of the senseless violence and the cost of war, the vitriol and the fake accusations against Israel continue unabated.

The BDS movement takes pleasure in promoting falsehoods and breaking down Israel, while ignoring the facts and the true human rights tragedy of our time.

Did I mention that Syrian refugees who cross the border into Israel are being treated at Israeli hospitals? Did I also mention that Israeli Arabs have full rights under the Israeli government and are treated no differently than citizens of other faiths?

Maybe it’s time we looked at the facts before we opened our mouths.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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True Colors

It’s amazing how an organization’s true colors sometimes come through.

The BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) has been virulent in the past few years in their anti-Israel campaign. On the surface, they claim to support the Palestinian cause (which is a farce, but that is a topic for another time), but in reality, it is a front for  antisemitism.

The musician Matisyahu was scheduled to play at a concert in Valencia, Spain last week. He was banned from the concert for not agreeing to make statements against Israel. The ban was eventually lifted after the Spanish government exerted pressure on the concert’s organizers.

The issue here is not the man or his music. It is the fact that the BDS has shown their true colors. They care nothing for the Palestinian people, nor do they really know anything about what is truly going on over there. Their goal, like all anti-Semitic organizations, is to remove the Jews from their midst.

In the end, Matisyahu ended up performing and in spite of the haters, he proved that Am Yisroel Chai, the Jewish people live and will continue to live, despite the the thoughts and actions of others.

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