20150702

Israeli Amb. Michael Oren "Ally" book tour video - revealing the secrets behind the spin

In his revealing auto-biography, "Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide," American-born Michael Oren discusses his experience becoming appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to work with the Obama administration as Israel's ambassador to the U.S. 


Recorded before an audience at L.A.'s Museum of Tolerance, in a speech and conversation with David Suissa of the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles. July 1, 2015.



Above, Amb. Oren fields a broad range of questions from the audience (in two segments).

David Bernstein in the Washington Post refers to "How Israel Got Taken" a review of the book by Michael Doran in Mosaic Magazine. Doran claims that "Netanyahu undertook, at American insistence, an unprecedented settlement freeze, became the first Likud prime minister to endorse the establishment of a Palestinian state, and refrained from engaging in military action against Iran. He might have added that Netanyahu released hundreds of terrorist murderers to further John Kerry’s misbegotten “peace process.” While Netanyahu hasn’t always behaved well, even when he did the White House’s bidding he was met solely with contempt, more contempt than the Obama Administration has shown for any other foreign leader. That would be okay, if one really trusted Obama on the one issue key to Israeli security (and, in my opinion, key to the security of the entire Middle East and therefore to American security), preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons."

20150615

Israeli cartoon shames biased Foreign Press Assoc reportage, eliciting grumbles

By William Booth in Washington Post 6/15/2015 

Israel’s Foreign Ministry released an animated short video Monday that mocks foreign journalists who covered last summer's war in the Gaza Strip. The hacks are portrayed -- horrors -- as clueless.

The short clip, produced in-house by the ministry, was prominently featured Monday on the home page of the diplomatic service.


Israel Foreign Press Assoc photographers (Photo:JNS.org)
The release of the cartoon by the government comes a day after Israel issued a broad defense of how the country waged the war in the Gaza Strip last summer, making a case that Israel sought to minimize civilian casualties as the Islamist movement Hamas put its people in the line of fire and cynically used the ensuing death and destruction to stoke anti-Israel propaganda.

The Times of Israel reports that the clip drew a harsh condemnation from the Foreign Press Association in Israel.

The Foreign Press Association in Israel said that it was “surprised and alarmed” by the clip “mocking the foreign media’s coverage of last year’s war in Gaza.

“At a time when Israel has serious issues to deal with in Iran and Syria, it is disconcerting that the ministry would spend its time producing a 50-second video that attempts to ridicule journalists reporting on a conflict in which 2,100 Palestinians and 72 Israelis were killed,” the FPA said in a statement Monday.

“Israel’s diplomatic corps wants to be taken seriously in the world. Posting misleading and poorly conceived videos on YouTube is inappropriate, unhelpful and undermines the ministry, which says it respects the foreign press and its freedom to work in Gaza,” the statement said.




But the Foreign Ministry said the cartoon should be taken as a lighthearted jab.

“The film mocks many journalists with a gentle wink, too many of whom are blind to what is happening around them,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told reporter Noga Tarnopolsky.

Quite a few journalists who were in Gaza did not report the rocket fire in residential areas in proximity of public buildings. Only after the operation and after leaving Gaza were these materials released and was real information about what they saw revealed.

“Thus, these journalists admitted they did not report what they saw. What is the reason for this? Fear of Hamas? A lack of willingness to tell the truth?” he added, according to Tarnopolsky, who quoted the statement in a series of tweets Monday evening.

20150608

How are Obama's strategies losing the Middle East? Watch Bret Stephens of the Wall St. Journal, live with Josh Block

Under the presidency of Barack Obama the Islamic State (ISIS) is spreading into Iraq and Gaza, Iran trifles with Obama's nuclear sanctions lifting, and Islamism is growing in global socio-political influence.  Wall St. Journal columnist Bret Stephens analyzed the US' interests under the Obama administration's Middle East policies- in conversation with The Israel Project's Josh Block at Congregation Beth Jacob in Beverly Hills,  Sunday evening June 7, 2015.  

Enjoy some of Mr. Stephen's analysis in 21 minutes of video and 30-minutes of preceding audio from the presentation.  




20150531

Americans commemorate freedom's sacrifices at Memorial Day ceremony; Attendees applaud Admiral's call to save humanity from Islamism

Memorial Day 2015 ceremony: The National Cemetery in L.A. honors veterans and their families with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our nation. 

Although many of the attendees had lost family or colleagues in the military, keynote speaker, retired US Navy Rear Admiral Len Hering, spoke not of pacifism, but of vigilance to defend liberty from Islamism. 

"Today we fight a global war against an enemy that knows no borders, flies no particular flag, that applies no set of rules. They do not value life as we do, and they are willing to target innocent women and children to prove a point and cause us to withdraw. This is a situation that we cannot, for the sake of our future, allow to happen," Hering declared. 



In this DemoCast exclusive video, encounter veterans of World War II and all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Benediction was delivered by Rabbi Mindie Snyder. Meet and learn about the Buffalo Soldiers who march annually in the New Year's Day Tournament of Roses parade. Music was provided by the 300th Army Band and Hollywood vocalist Elaine Dupont, recognized from her role as Ricky Nelson's girlfriend, Sandy, on TV's "Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." 

20150523

Obama tries Jedi-mind-trick on DC synagogue to swallow his Iran-nuclear & Palestinian initiatives

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf welcomes Obama's address to Cong. Adas Israel in D.C.
In a mind-trick worthy of a Jedi warrior, Pres. Barack Obama gave a speech to molify members of Washington's Congregation Adas Israel on Friday May 22nd, to trust his benevolence (instead of Israeli intelligence and defense leaders) that his shifting US policy towards Iran and a state of Palestine would make Israel safe.  

Ha'aretz has published the full-text of Obama's speech 


"President Barack Obama, wearing a kipah "forcefully" objected to suggestions that policy differences between his administration and the Israeli government signaled his lack of support for the longtime US ally. This raises a question: How do Obama's repeated commitments to Israel’s security square with close US military and intelligence cooperation with an organization whose vow to destroy Israel is backed by 100,000 missiles – all pointed south?" ("US and Hizballah coordinate spy drone flights over Qalamoun, share US combat intelligence," in DebkaFile 5/23/15)

Radio-host, Mark Levin, criticized Obama's ploy, strongly, in this soliloquy:


Radio-host and author, Ben Shapiro presents a good case against trusting Obama on Israel, based on 7-years of history. In A Complete Timeline of Obama's Anti-Israel Hatred in Breitbart.com 3/20/15


... This is the culmination of a longtime Obama policy of destroying the US-Israel relationship; Obama has spent his entire life surrounded by haters of Israel, from former Palestine Liberation Organization spokesman Rashid Khalidi to former Jimmy Carter National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, pro-Hamas negotiator Robert Malley to UN Ambassador Samantha Power (who once suggested using American troops to guard Palestinians from Israelis), Jeremiah Wright (who said “Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me”) to Professor Derrick Bell (“Jewish neoconservative racists…are undermining blacks in every way they can”). Here is a concise timeline, with credit to Dan Senor and the editors of Commentary:
February 2008: Obama says while campaigning, ‘There is a strain within the pro-Israel community that says unless you adopt an unwavering pro-Likud approach to Israel that you’re anti-Israel.” At the time, as Dan Senor pointed out in The Wall Street Journal, Israel was run by the Kadima government run by Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni, and Shimon Peres, and was attempting desperately to bring the Palestinians to the table. Instead, the Palestinians launch war, as always.
June 2008: Obama tells the American Israel Public Affairs Conference that Jerusalem ought to remain undivided, attempting to woo Jewish votes. He then walks that back the next day, saying only that the capital shouldn’t be divided by barbed wire.

20150511

Will free people stop excusing Muslim violence against those objecting to Muslim violence?

To mainstream media, Garland, Texan cartoonists are not equivalent to Charlie Hebdo cartoonists. How will the media's attempt to divert blame for police's killing of cartoon-jihadists onto AFDI's Pamela Geller (rather than the Muslim gunmen) influence future Muslims against critics?

Bosch Faustin won the American Freedom Defense Initiative's "Draw Mohammed" contest- held in Garland, Texas in response to a Muslim, "Islamophobia"
event held there in reaction to the Muslim massacre of the staff at Paris' Charlie Hebdo satire magazine. Phoenix Muslims, Nadir Soofi and Elton ("Ibrahim") Simpson, felt obliged to drive to Garland to attempt to massacre the event with assault rifles.  CNN reported
Elton Simpson, one of the two men who were foiled in an attempted attack on the Prophet Muhammad exhibit in Garland, Texas, was in private contact with known jihadists overseas who were encouraging Simpson to launch an attempted attack, multiple officials tell CNN. . . . 
The FBI has found private communications between Simpson and some prominent terrorists whom he also had public exchanges with on Twitter including Jenaid Hussein, a British national tied to ISIS and Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, an American now believed to be in Somalia and part of that country's al Qaeda affiliate al Shabaab, according to one law enforcement official.
Why do Muslims who attack feel justified in breaking criminal law?  In Norway, Mullah Krekar tells this Norwegian videojournalist what he teaches in person and online:


Should it be labled "provocation" to teach violence against one criticizing that some Muslims advocate to kill a non-Muslim drawing Mohammed? 
"Ask a Muslim" stand proselytizes on Santa Monica's 3rd St. Promenade
At L.A.'s TruthFest in autumn, 2014 Counter Jihad Coalition's Steve Amundsen explained his group's table on Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade- established, he says, in response to the, "Ask a Muslim" dawa (proselytizing) stand set-up to attract converts from Christianity and other faiths to Islam. 
Counter-Jihad Coalition's Steve Amundson


Truth Defenders' Louis Lionheart says he has held such forums for 16 years

TruthDefenders' Louis Lionheart sets up a multimedia, public forum, including microphones, video monitors, and camcorders to present and record his group's comparison of Christianity and Islam. On DemoCast.TV, you can see many types of people engaging Mr. Lionheart before the passers-by- ranging from antagonists to supporters. 

The American Freedom Defense Initiative of Pamela Geller
Protests at January Islam event at Curtis Cullwell Center
and Robert Spencer, like the Santa Monica counter-jihadists, staged their Mohammed Cartoon contest in response to what they considered a provocation- a Muslim "Islamophobia" conference (held
in the wake of the jihadist massacre of Paris' Charlie Hebdo staff) at the same Garland, Texas Conference Center: 
Geller said that the Cartoon Exhibit was a logical next step following AFDI’s Free Speech Rally in Garland: “This event will stand for free speech and show that Americans will not be cowed by violent Islamic intimidation. That is a crucial stand to take as Islamic assaults on the freedom of speech, our most fundamental freedom, are growing more insistent.” AFDI Website

Steve, a free-thinking, Santa Monican, commonly engages the open-mic debatees. He offers perspective on the Promenade phenomenon, in view of the Garland, Texas Muslim-attempted massacre on critics of Islam, Geert Wilders, Robert Spencer, and Pamela Geller.

 

Alisyn Camerota blames Pamela Geller, not Muslim,
Counter-Jihad Coalition and TruthDefenders, like the Muslim groups, are afforded Promenade police protection. In addition to security cameras, they have undercover guards around the crowd. But will the recent media boomerang of blame for Pamela Geller (and not the Muslim attackers) for the attacks on the American Freedom Defense Initiative's Mohammed Cartoon Competition ultimately encourage future, Muslim attacks on public forum debates on the Promenade? 

In "Pamela Geller's critics are proving her point," by David French writes in National Review:
... The fury against Pamela Geller is motivated mostly by fear — by the understanding that there are indeed many, many Muslims who believe that blasphemy should be punished with death, and who put that belief into practice. It’s motivated by the fear that our alliances with even “friendly” Muslim states and “allied” Muslim militias are so fragile that something so insignificant as a cartoon would drive them either to neutrality or straight into the arms of ISIS.
(Credit: Reuters/Keith Bedfored/AP/David Karp)
That’s why even the military brass will do something so unusual as call a fringe pastor of a tiny little church to beg him not to post a YouTube video. That’s why the president of the United States — ostensibly the most powerful man in the world — will personally appeal to that same pastor not to burn a Koran. They know that hundreds of millions of Muslims are not “moderate” by any reasonable definition of that word, and they will,in fact, allow themselves to be provoked by even the most insignificant and small-scale act of religious satire or defiance. After all, there are Muslim communities that will gladly burn Christians alive to punish even rumored blasphemy.

20150508

Latino church hosts, translates Pamela Geller speech into Spanish to enlighten Latinos to threat against West and Israel

Elton Simpson tweeted his goal for he and a fellow Muslim to get killed in the act of killing infidels drawing Mohammed
Protestors outside the Muslim Conference in Garland, TX, Jan.

Seemingly prescient in light of the ISIS-attempted massacre on Garland, Texas, last April a Latino church seeking to educate Latinos about the Islamist threat to the Americas and Israel, hosted and provided simultaneous Spanish translation for American Freedom Defense Initiative leader, Pamela Geller to present her perspectives for Hispanics. Please watch it here:



ISIS threatens controversial blogger Pamela Geller in message boasting of '71 trained soldiers in 15 different states' - N.Y. Daily News
6 May 2015

ISIS appears to declare war on controversial blogger Pamela Geller on Tuesday in an ominous online message claiming it has fighters across America ready to attack "any target we desire." The chilling Tuesday post also boasts of ISIS having "71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack." It specifically names Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, Michigan and California.

"The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah (authority or governance) in the heart of our enemy," the message reads.

20150505

Dutch, resistance fighter survived Nazis, now warns against tolerating IslamoNazis

Dutch 12-year-old friends "Secrets of War," Summer 1943
The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival will present the Dutch World War II drama, "Secrets of War" tonight at the Laemmle Music Hall Theater.

In 1943, two young best friends in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands find their bond put to the supreme test in this bittersweet ode to innocence lost.



Inseparable childhood friends in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands find their loyalty severely tested in the family-friendly, coming-of-age story. Summer 1943, 12-year-old best friends Tuur and Lambert are all but oblivious to the dangers of the war. Days are spent going to school and playing in the caves outside their idyllic village in Limburg. But the realities of war set in and begin to divide families. Tuur’s family joins the resistance movement, while Lambert’s parents, allied with the Nazi party, force him to join the Nazi Youth. Their relationship suffers a greater strain with the arrival of Maartje, a girl with a mysterious identity. As they compete for her attention, jealousy and betrayal set in motion a series of events that will alter their lives forever.

High school students in the Righteous Conversations Workshop bring to the screen Holocaust survivor, Curt Lowens’ story of escape and resistance during World War II in Holland, where he placed and cared for hundreds of Jewish children in hiding. Presented in partnership with Holland Hollywood and the Consulate General of the Netherlands



Mr. Curt Lowens, who survived WWII with the Dutch Resistance,  will be honored with a humanitarian award and the screening of the short subject "A Life of Changes."

Mr. Lowens shares his concerns about the complacency of westerners towards the spread of the Islamic State / ISIS. 



Mr. Lowens brings the Holocaust lesson that conditions of freedom and tolerance towards Jews can change in an instant.