The Garbanzo Annex

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I would never bother asking Wolf publicly about her funding sources. But now that Wolf has opened this door—I fear I must also walk through it.

Naomi: Are you on the payroll of the public relations crisis management team Brandeis has reportedly hired? Are you now or have you ever been funded by George Soros? Or merely by the Democratic Party? Is Al Gore, for whom you once consulted, and who sold his cable channel to Al-Jazeera, backing you? Is he supporting your Woodhull Institute? Or are the Jordanian royals helping you? I know you visited with them and wrote about them very favorably.

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Naomi: I challenge you to address the issues. Do you agree with the Brandeis signatories and also believe that women on the Brandeis campus are as endangered as women in Iran, perhaps in Evin Prison are? As endangered as child brides in Afghanistan or genitally mutilated girls in Indonesia? As endangered as the 100 girls just scooped up by an Islamist paramilitary group in Nigeria to be their sex slaves? As endangered as a girl who wants to choose her husband is in parts of India? As endangered as a girl who wants an education in Pakistan or who insists on driving her car in Saudi Arabia? Do you believe that the face veil and the burqa are religious choices, or “sexy” and mysterious? Even if girls and women who refuse to wear them are honor killed by their families for this very reason?

Heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists abducted more than 100 girls from a secondary school in northeast Nigeria, sparking a search by soldiers to track down the attackers, a security source and witnesses said Tuesday.

Some of the schoolgirls in the Chibok area of southern Borno state narrowly escaped their kidnappers by jumping off a truck in the middle of the night as the gunmen sought to cart them away, according to multiple witnesses.

A security source who requested anonymity said the attackers were members of Boko Haram, a radical group whose name means “Western education is forbidden.”

The group has repeatedly attacked schools in the northeast during an insurgency that has killed thousands since 2009.
Asked to confirm media reports that 200 girls had been taken from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, the source said: “The number is not up to 200, but it is over 100.”

The gunmen, riding in trucks and on motorcycles, stormed the town after sundown, torching several buildings before opening fire on troops who were guarding the school, said Chibok resident Salisu Ibrahim in an account supported by other witnesses.

The gun battle, which occurred on Monday, reportedly lasted several hours but the Islamists ultimately overpowered the troops and entered the school, said Emmanuel Sam, an education officer based in Chibok.

Sam, who fled to Borno’s capital Maiduguri after the attack, said “many” girls had been abducted, but declined to offer a more precise figure. He said the girls had been scheduled to sit exams this week.

The Islamists loaded the girls onto trucks and drove away, multiple witnesses said.

“We were able to follow the path of the truck and we found it broke down deep in the bush,” the security source told AFP.

“We are now trying to locate the whereabouts of the abducted girls,” he added.

Borno, Boko Haram’s stronghold and where the group was founded more than a decade ago, is a remote region with notoriously bad roads.

Ibrahim, also speaking from Maiduguri, told AFP that “some of the girls jumped out of the truck,” as it moved and some of those who escaped managed to make it back to Chibok.

In an attack earlier this year in Borno state, witnesses said Boko Haram gunmen surrounded a girls’ school, forced the students to leave and ordered them to immediately return to their villages.

The Islamists have been blamed for a series of school massacres, including the mass shooting of students in their sleep earlier this year in Yobe state.

Boko Haram’s insurgency has crippled education in Borno, with schools across the state having been shut down.

But a mass abduction specifically targeting girls is unprecedented in the group’s uprising.



Why is this year different from all others?

Precisely 70 years ago, during the Seder of 1944 in Auschwitz, 10 Jews were seated — including my grandfather, blessed be his memory — quietly singing, almost silently, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” Their grief was boundless, their pain acute. No child was left behind to ask the Four Questions, for all the children had been carried off to the heavens, lost in the plumes of black smoke billowing off the crematoria smokestacks at the concentration camp.

Their night was long, too long. They had no wine, nor matzot, nor Haggadot, just a full helping of bitter herbs — raw, pungent maror that pierced the soul. As the night wore on, they told the story of the exodus from Egypt. Not a soul arrived to inform them that dawn was approaching and the time had come to recite the morning prayers. Actually, no morning prayers, indeed no morning at all, was stretching across the horizon, simply dismal black skies signaling yet another day of work at the camp. The Prophet Elijah had not come to knock on their front doors, the sea had not split in two before them. They hobbled, in an unsteady march, beaten, battered and torn toward another day of forced labor. They were utterly convinced that this was their last Seder on Earth. Barely a glimmer of hope remained, for the final candle had been snuffed out.

Tomorrow evening in Nahariya, I will join my fellow soldiers, disabled veterans from all of Israel’s wars, in sitting around the Seder table as free men in our homeland, to which we returned despite all odds.

The grandchildren sitting around the table will ask the Four Questions. Together we will drink four glasses of wine and recall at length our forbearers’ exodus from Egypt after hundreds of years of slavery. We will retell how a large group of slaves came together, deciding to become a nation, and rose up, setting off on the arduous journey toward salvation.

Yossi, a disabled veteran who was injured as a paratrooper fighting in the 1967 Six-Day War, will recreate the legend of Jerusalem’s liberation, crowning our joy with the holiest of cities. Together, we will conclude the Seder with a triumphant rendition of “Next Year in Jerusalem.” Immediately following, we will recite the poem “Karev Yom” (“The Day is Approaching”): “Place guards over Your City all day and all night / Lighten the darkness of the night with the light of day.” Indeed, a brilliant light to illuminate our lives as a nation after so many gloomy years.

A meager 600,000-person community stood against all the Arab armies. Millions of Jews have immigrated to Israel and have been absorbed within its borders. Despite the wars and a complex security environment, one of the world’s leading centers for industry, science and medicine has flourished. Above all else, Ezekiel’s prophetic vision has been fulfilled in our time: “But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to My people Israel; for they are at hand to come. … And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited, and the waste places shall be builded” (Ezekiel 36:8-10). The Land of Israel, for thousands of years lying in wait, stirred as its sons returned home. The Land of Israel has been developed everywhere.

The true meaning of liberation is having responsibility. At the root of responsibility is concern for others, and this chain can never be secure as long as there is a weak link.

The Passover Haggadah starts out by extending an invitation for all who are needy to come and partake in the Seder meal. We should extend that invitation throughout the year as well. The battle against poverty is a struggle over the essence of society, its values and its strength.

Free men should not be frightened by foreign threats. Our close neighbors and distant allies must understand that Israeli citizens are determined and strong — nobody can threaten us. Our days as downtrodden slaves are over. Passover’s spirt of liberation must communicate to the world that the Jewish nation has come together in the Land of Israel; it has risen up with no intention to surrender.

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“The biggest human-rights crisis of our generation is the treatment of women in Muslim-majority countries, and we’ve applied a gag order to ourselves,” she replies with unmistakable distress. “We won’t talk about it. Where are my fellow liberals? Where are the feminists?”

In theocratic Iran today, Eftekhari says, the legal age of marriage for girls has been lowered to 9. Fathers can legally marry their adopted daughters. “How can President Obama, who has two young daughters, not be making a huge issue of this?” she wants to know. “It’s not marriage, it’s statutory rape.”

Eftekhari can’t understand why so many progressive voices fall silent on an issue she thinks they should be raising the loudest. She has only contempt for anyone who thinks it progressive to snub those — like Ayaan Hirsi Ali — who so bravely speak out: “Ali needs no degree or honor from Brandeis; she is a guiding light for the women who respect and honor her. But where will Brandeis go to get its respect and honor back?”

Caroline Glick: American Jews have forgotten what freedom means

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Caroline Glick rips the New York Jewish Federation and Brandeis University for their respective roles in the news this week. Caroline argues that the two incidents - Federation’s insistence on allowing BDS groups to march in the Salute to Israel parade, and Brandeis’ decision to cancel an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali - are symptomatic of American Jews having forgotten the main lesson of Passover: what freedom means

More and more, every day we see American Jews embracing intellectual bondage. We see American Jewish leaders embracing the intolerant, who seek to constrain freedom, and shunning those who fight for freedom and the rights of Jews and other threatened peoples and groups.
To a large degree, this rejection of the lessons of the Exodus among the American Jewish community reflects the growing intolerance and tyranny of the political Left, to which most American Jews pledge their allegiance.
With increasing frequency, leftist groups and leaders in the US are openly acting to deny freedom of expression to their political and ideological foes, and to destroy the lives of people who oppose their dogma.
In Israel, the public understands that boycotts are about mainstreaming hatred and bigotry just as much as they are about economic strangulation. That is why in 2011 the Knesset passed the anti-boycott law which allows all Israeli entities to sue groups calling for boycotts against them for civil damages, and bars such groups from participating in state tenders.
But in the American Jewish community, these groups are defended and legitimized.
Disgusted at their community leadership’s double standard of tolerance and support for foes of Israel and intolerance for supporters of Israel, a consortium of organizations and synagogues organized a protest against the inclusion of anti-Israel organizations in the Israel Day Parade.
After weeks of protests in the press and on social media sites, on Tuesday some 200 people demonstrated outside the UJA-Federation building in New York and demanded that the boycott supporters and abettors be shunned.
It was an important act of defiance.
The group includes such stalwart organizations as Americans for a Safe Israel, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, the Endowment for Middle East Truth, JCC Watch, the National Conference on Jewish Affairs, and the National Council of Young Israel.
These groups have joined together in the past to protest against UJA-Federation funding of institutions such as the 92nd Street Y and the New York JCC, which have provided platforms for Jew-haters and BDS supporters.
Their protest was vital. It would be a tragedy if the thuggish behavior of the Jewish community leaders went unopposed. But it is hard to see how the protesters can change the situation.
The rot runs deep.
Consider Brandeis University’s craven and intolerant administration.
Brandeis was founded as a traditionally Jewish university in 1948, the year that Israel was established.
But whereas Israel has remained faithful to its sovereign duty to cultivate and defend Jewish freedom and engender a liberal democracy, over the years, Brandeis has largely abandoned its mission of standing up to intolerance, and protecting Jewish rights and those of other threatened groups. 

Case in point is its obscene treatment of Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

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Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Harry James, Lionel Hampton - and Teddy Wilson

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I’ve seen this too many times before: a supposed “progressive” stepping on the backs of African-Americans, then walking away as if the pain he’s inflicted is different from that caused by any other racist. Why should such hate speech go unchallenged, just because it’s cloaked as criticism of Israel?

As a civil-rights activist and leader in the African-American community, I’m exceptionally disturbed to discover that the response to this attack on Valdary has been subdued, almost nonexistent.

Just as Jews stood with African-Americans during the fight for civil rights in the 1960s, so too must we as leaders of the Black community stand together today with Chloé Simone Valdary, on the one hand, and the Jewish community, on the other hand.

Don’t dismiss this incident as a one-off. It represents a deeply troubling trend in an anti-Israel movement that goes way beyond honest criticism of Israeli policy to dehumanize and vilify Israel, Israelis and anyone who supports the Jewish state.

They do so not only through calls to boycott a liberal democracy, but also by dropping any pretense of decency, fairness or humanity.

To these haters, all the basic rules of liberal society — rejection of hate speech, commitment to academic freedom, rooting out racism, the absolute commitment to human dignity — go out the window when the subject is Israel.

For years some have warned that opponents of Israel are indulging in a new form of anti-Semitism. The vilification of Israel may not always be carried out by non-Jews or directed at Jews, but the dynamic is remarkably similar to the old version. The caricatures, the obviously twisted double standards and the hatred that drives it are all the same.

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Megyn Kelly Interviews Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The anti-Israel movement is built upon a fragile foundation of lies, omissions and hypocrisy. Shake it just a bit, it comes crumbling down. Wait for the dust to clear- you’ll be surprised at what’s revealed.

Recently Max Samarov revealed that a professional agitator, Dalit Baum was the author of the Loyola divestment referendum. Rather than being a student led, student organized and student written initiative, it was the work of a paid operative.

Dalit Baum is currently working for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Previously, she was the director of “Economic Activism for Palestine” working for Medea Benjamin’s Global Exchange. There is no indication Dalit used her position to give micro loans to Palestinians to build businesses and grow their economy. In Progressive-speak, “economic activism” means just one thing- BDS.

Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of Global Exchange. Wearing her Code Pink hat, she was front and center at the occupy movement, bemoaning the influence of the 1%. Yet both her and her colleague Jodie Evans are 1 percenters, who toy with their activists like true puppetmasters. Read how they set up and then abandoned their activists here

In spite of her populist rhetoric, Medea Benjamin controls the assets of a foundation worth 12 million dollars.

    
 
 
What does the Benjamin Foundation (Id # 84-1618483) spend its funds on?  Just what you’d expect. Extremist groups like Code Pink and JVP. Agitprop sites like Mondoweiss and Democracy now.  Thats not a surprise. However, this might be.
 
Where does Medea Benjamin invest her money?   In classic “Do as I say, not as i do” mode Medea’s money is working hard for her in Intel, General Electric, and wait for it…Caterpillar. All objects du rage for the BDS cru. Apparently divestment does not begin at home.



 
Medea Benjamin may be fabulously wealthy, but she is as morally bankrupt and fundementally dishonest as the rest of the BDS cru.
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Ben Hecht was a prolific American screenwriter whose credits include the Alfred Hitchcock films Spellbound and Notorious.At a time when most Hollywood Jews hid their identities for fear of losing work, Hecht became an outspoken advocate for the creation of Israel, which he viewed as the only security our people will ever have against the persistent and violent anti-Semitism of the last 2,000 years.Often called the “Shakespeare of Hollywood,” Hecht spoke up for Israel in wonderfully creative ways, including a full page ad in the NY Times that proclaimed, “FOR SALE to Humanity 70,000 Jews – Guaranteed Human Beings at $50 a Piece,” in reference to the Jews still languishing in displaced person camps years after the WWII had ended.Author Sanford Sternlicht wrote, “Ben Hecht did more to help Jewish refugees from the Holocaust and to ensure the survival of the nascent state of Israel than any other American Jew in the 20th century.”

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Ben Hecht was a prolific American screenwriter whose credits include the Alfred Hitchcock films Spellbound and Notorious.

At a time when most Hollywood Jews hid their identities for fear of losing work, Hecht became an outspoken advocate for the creation of Israel, which he viewed as the only security our people will ever have against the persistent and violent anti-Semitism of the last 2,000 years.

Often called the “Shakespeare of Hollywood,” Hecht spoke up for Israel in wonderfully creative ways, including a full page ad in the NY Times that proclaimed, “FOR SALE to Humanity 70,000 Jews – Guaranteed Human Beings at $50 a Piece,” in reference to the Jews still languishing in displaced person camps years after the WWII had ended.

Author Sanford Sternlicht wrote, “Ben Hecht did more to help Jewish refugees from the Holocaust and to ensure the survival of the nascent state of Israel than any other American Jew in the 20th century.”

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