Thursday, September 23, 2021

US Jewish students feel unsafe on campus, half hide identity, survey finds

 

A new survey has found an alarming level of antisemitism experienced by Jewish students on college campuses, with students who claim a strong sense of Jewish identity and connection to Israel feeling unsafe and the need to actively hid their identity.

The survey, which polled 1,027 members of the predominately Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) and the leading Jewish sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi (AEPhi), found that nearly 70% of the students surveyed personally experienced or were familiar with an antisemitic attack in the past 120 days, with more than 65% of these students feeling unsafe on campus and one-in-10 fearing physical attack. Furthermore, 50% of students said they have felt the need to hide their Jewish identity.

Palestinians admit capture of Gilboa prisoners shows Israeli intel prowess

 

The recapture of the last two prisoners who escaped from Gilboa Prison on Saturday night shows that Israel has very good intelligence sources in the West Bank, residents of Jenin said Sunday.
The recapture of Ayham Kamamji and Munadel Enfayat is also a blow to the Fatah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) gunmen in the Jenin refugee camp who had over the past few days pledged to defend the fugitives and foil any attempt by the IDF to enter the camp or the city of Jenin, the residents said.

Iron Dome will be funded, but more ‘Squad’ trouble is on the way

 

The Iron Dome may ultimately receive the American funding it needs, after progressive pressure led Democratic Party leadership in the House of Representatives to remove it from a broader bill, and then vowed to propose the aid as its own bill within days. But that doesn’t mean that the drama surrounding it is over.
Tuesday’s events in the House should ring alarm bells in Jerusalem that more trouble with the “Squad” is on the way, even as public statements by Israeli officials tried to minimize the problem.

Full Utah bodycam video of when Police Pulled over Gabby Petito

 




Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Israeli housing prices show largest increase in the world

 



Israeli housing prices increased 345.7% over the last decade, recent research from the website Money.co.uk has found. The figure represents the largest increase of any country in the world.

Prices per square meter in Israel rose from $2,145 in 2010 to $9,560 in 2020. That's not just keeping up with inflation, which rose by only 0.92% during the same period. And it definitely isn't in keeping with the last decade's 17.5% rise in wages.

Israel's No. 1 position is more than double the closest runners up – Switzerland, which saw a 165% increase; Germany, where housing prices rose 162%; and the United States, which logged a 153% bump. Coming in 10th place was the United Kingdom, with a 75% increase in housing prices since 2010.

Greece experienced the biggest decrease in prices per square meter – a negative 17.9%. This was in keeping with the country's economic crisis, which also depressed wages by 16% annually during the same period.

Norway, the Czech Republic and Belgium also saw decreases in housing prices.

The research, cited by Israel21c, doesn't consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the average price of owner-occupied dwellings in Israel fell by 3.2%, the largest contraction since 2007. When adjusted for inflation, prices fell by 2.2%. The number of apartments bought during the second quarter of 2020 also plummeted by 27%.

However, by 2021, the figures were trending upward again, with housing prices in Israel rising by 5.6%, according to Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics.

Real estate accounts for 19% of gross domestic product directly, another 13% indirectly [and] no less than 40% of the public's total wealth," says Elli Kraizberg, a professor of business administration at Bar-Ilan University.

Tel Aviv holds the distinction of having Israel's most expensive residential real estate, followed by the Tel Aviv suburbs of Kfar Saba and Ramat Gan, and then Jerusalem. Beersheva has the cheapest housing in Israel among the country's big cities.

More Verbal Abuse on Frum Community as Netflix renews ‘My Unorthodox Life’ for second season

 

Netflix is bringing back “My Unorthodox Life,” the reality series about a formerly Orthodox fashion mogul and her family, the streaming giant announced Monday.

No details about the content of season two or any approximate release date were disclosed.

The series follows Julia Haart, who left the Orthodox community she grew up in in Monsey, New York, to become CEO of the Elite World Group fashion model agency.

Over the course of nine episodes, she and her four children wrestle with how to adapt their varying levels of Jewish practice in secular New York City society.

The show sparked a wide array of debates in different Jewish communities and drew some criticism for its portrayal of Orthodox communities as harshly restrictive.

"Before you judge the show, maybe you might want to watch the show?” Haart told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency after the series debuted in July. “Because they had the word ‘unorthodox’ in it, people have made a thousand assumptions without actually taking the time to listen to what I actually have to say.”

How a Reform Temple Wouldn't Let Someone in Without a Ticket on Yom Kippur ...

 

by Alla Umanskiy

It was a rainy Yom Kippur day when I pulled up into the parking lot of a reform temple in the Atlanta area. This was a temple where my husband and I got married. Ten years later, we renewed our vows here in front of family and friends. A couple of years after that, my husband’s parents renewed their vows here. All that’s to say, this place was special, and we have a connection to it. We are also not members.

To be more specific, I’m not a member of any synagogue in town. I do occasionally visit my local Chabad house, where I always feel welcomed. However, on this Yom Kippur, I wanted to go to this temple where my family has a connection. It’s the holiest day of the Jewish year, I thought to myself as I entered the half-empty parking area. I’m sure they won’t send me away.

The police officer sized me up and down as I approached the entrance. Security, understandable, no problem. I generally don’t look too menacing and don’t pose much of a threat. I walked up to the nice middle-aged woman who was sitting out front behind a folding table. She looked at me above her mask. “Do you have a ticket?” she asked. I replied that I do not.

“So how does this work?” I asked, probably looking somewhat lost.

“How does what work?” she was perplexed.

“I don’t have a ticket. I’m not a member. I was hoping to come for service today,” I began explaining. “I got married here years ago.”

“You have to have a ticket,” she replied firmly, her brows furrowing above the said N-95.

“Can I purchase a ticket on the spot?” I inquired, quickly losing hope, but still determined.

“Yes,” her voice was now almost apologetic. “It’s $245. That buys you a ticket for access to services during the High Holidays.”

“I see,” I said, because I didn’t know how to respond. “But Rosh Hashanah is over. And Yom Kippur is today. So I’d pay $245 for just coming in today..?”

Maybe she smiled behind her mask. Maybe she didn’t. I’m not sure. I took one last shot.

“So, there’s no open-to-the-public service today?”

“No, there’s not.”

I thanked her and began what can only be described as the walk of shame back to my car.

Yom Kippur is the holiest of days. Jews all around the world gather in temples to pray and to atone. Some of those Jews belong to synagogues, have memberships that allow them to drop in on whatever services they want. Others – many others – do not. Yet, it seems that on this holiest of days, all Jews might be welcomed at all temples. It would seem that the doors of all shuls should be open during the High Holidays to embrace Jews of all types who want to feel a moment of closeness to the Almighty. On this day, of all days.

I know some may argue that everyone else must pay for the privilege of membership – why should I get to come for free? That argument is valid, I agree, every other day of the week, every Shabbat, sure. But on Yom Kippur? On Yom Kippur?

I hate to make this comparison, but would a church turn away a person who wanted to come in on Christmas Eve? I don’t believe it would. I have traveled extensively throughout Europe and have been inside many churches, big and small. Most of them are open to the public. You can sit in a pew. You can use the bathroom. You can marvel at the magnificent architecture, while you drink from your water bottle. That house of G_d is open to all, including Jews. Why aren’t ours? Especially, on High Holidays.

Of course, I realize that there are plenty of free Yom Kippur services around town. Yes, I know. But my soul was pulling me in the direction of this one particular temple. Unfortunately, on that day, it was not to be.

I ended up attending a lovely service at my local Chabad house on Yom Kippur. The rabbi was wonderful and inspiring. The humongous crowd was beautiful, excited, dressed up. The parking lot was overflowing. The police presence was strong. I sat on a folding chair, breathing in and out, thankful for being welcomed, grateful for being surrounded by people, who, like me, wanted a place to come to on this day. A place where we won’t be turned away. The rain was tapping on windows, as I remembered a line from the “Munich” movie – “You’re a Jew. I’m a Jew. I’m sure it says somewhere that we’re supposed to break bread together.” That line was in my head all day. We’re all Jews. I’m sure it says somewhere that we don’t turn each other away, especially on holidays, especially during a pandemic, especially in the rain.


Reb Yechiel Benzion (“Benny”) Fishoff Longtime Askan And Philanthropist

 

Reb Yechiel Benzion (“Benny”) Fishoff Z”L, noted philanthropist & askan of klal yisroel, passed awat at 97. Reb Benzion was the Chairman Emeritus of Agudath Israel’s Board of Trustees, and a longtime Askan and Baal Chesed who devoted his entire life to helping others.

The Niftar was born in Lodz, Poland, to a family of Gerrer Chassidum. As a young child, he was Zoche to see the Imrei Emes.

He miraculously escaped WWII by escaping to Shanghai, China, along with Talmidim of Yeshiva Chachmai Lublin. He later wrote his memories of that period in a book he co-authored “From Lublin to Shanghai: The Miraculous Exile of Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin”.

He resided in Forest Hills, Queens.

Throughout his life, Reb Benzion kept a close Kesher with leading Gedolei Hador and Admorim around the globe with an especially warm kesher with the Bais Yisroel and the worldwide Gur Chasidus. Mr. Fishoff was universally respected as an eloquent statesman and was well known as one the closest confidant’s of Rabbi Moshe Sherer Z’TL, the legendary Agudath Israel President. “Benny” as he was lovingly known was often tasked with the the role of Ambassador for Rabbi Sherer on behalf of Agudath Israel and American Jewry. His accomplishments on behalf of Torah and Klal shtadlonus in America span many decades and much more about the life and accomplishments of this great Torah Askan will surely be forthcoming.

Agudath Israel’s Chairman of the Board, Reb Shloime Werdiger credits Reb Benzion with creating the model by which the next generation of Klal Askonim followed. “R’ Benny was a pioneer, a Shearis Haplaita Yid who taught us all how a Yid rebuilds and lives a Torah life. He was my mentor, my guide, my Rebbe in klal askanus and my dearest friend. His influence is everywhere and his loss to Klal Yisroel is incalculable.”

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Laura Loomer Needs A Refuah Shleima .. Has ‘Brutal’ Case of COVID

 

Right-wing activist Laura Loomer confirmed this week she has COVID-19 and the symptoms have been “brutal.” In the past, she expressed an interest in contracting the virus so she could prove it’s no worse than food poisoning.

“Just pray for me please,” she wrote on Gettr, a social media platform launched by Jason Miller, a former spokesperson for Donald Trump. “Can’t even begin to explain how brutal the body aches and nausea that come with covid are. I am in so much pain. This is honestly the worst part about it.”

Last year, Loomer said she wanted to “get COVID” just to prove she’d had “bouts of food poisoning that are more serious and life threatening than a hyped up virus.”

“Have you ever eaten bad fajitas? That will kill you faster than COVID,” she wrote on Parler, another social media app favored by conservatives. Loomer, known for her anti-Muslim views and a failed Congressional run in Florida, has been banned from Twitter for three years.

Though she’s not on the popular microblogging platform herself, Twitter users shared screenshots of her past Gettr posts about the pandemic and COVID-19 vaccines.

“I believe when a few years pass, we will see that the vaccines will have killed more people than COVID,” said one of Loomer’s old posts. “How is a vaccine ‘saving lives’ for a virus with a 99.7% recovery rate? A bad case of food poisoning is literally more lethal than COVID.”

Another post said, “People get COVID and don’t even know they have COVID. I know people who have cancer and are on chemo who got COVID and nothing happened to them.”

She called the virus “the biggest hoax” since the 2020 election.

Loomer told her Gettr subscribers she received a Regeneron treatment, but is in a lot of pain and “will be sleeping” for the time being. She said she still does not plan on getting the vaccine.

Not Enough "Mishagaim" California moves closer to decriminalizing psychedelic drugs

 

California legalized medical marijuana 25 years ago when voters approved an initiative that eventually helped to overturn cannabis prohibition in all but three states today.

The legalization movement that brought upmarket marijuana shops to Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco is now focused on psychedelic drugs. A voter initiative to decriminalize magic mushrooms was recently approved for signature-gathering, and a legislative proposal is set to be considered next year.

Some in the decriminalization movement say the legalization of psychedelic drugs is inevitable, pointing to Oregon, where voters approved magic mushroom decriminalization last year, and Denver and Oakland, California, which had passed similar laws in 2019.

"I believe it is possible that eventually, a critical mass or even a majority of states will legalize or decriminalize some or all of these psychedelics," said Ismail L. Ali, acting director of policy and advocacy at Santa Cruz-based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, in an email.

Last Afghani Jew Gives Wife Get Erev Yom Kippur

 

Zablon Simintov, last Jew in Afghanistan, signs a get to his wife, Sept. 15, 2021.

Zablon Simintov, 62, famous for being the last living Jew in Afghanistan lived up to his commitment to his rescuer, Israeli businessman Moti Kahana, and on the eve of Yom Kippur, in New York City, signed a get to his wife after many years of refusal. The signing was signed over Zoom in the presence of two rabbis and Kahana.

Kahana tweeted afterward: “I did something good for the new year, I helped a woman get a get. Not sure it’s kosher. There will surely be an argument, after all, we are Jews. But we live in the twenty-first century and Zoom exists. So may we all have a happy new year and an easy fast.”

Simintov was born into an Orthodox Jewish family in the city of Herat in 1959 and later moved to Kabul. The Taliban harassed him, forcing him to move into the city’s only synagogue. The owner of a carpet warehouse, he was detained, jailed, and abused by Taliban members, and was forced to pay protection money.

Simintov’s hostile relationship with the other last Jew in Kabul, Ishaq Levin, became the subject of a play in the UK. The two lived in opposite ends of the synagogue and the feud between them was so heated that both men snitched on each other to the Taliban which ended up jailing them for the charges they brought against each other. The Taliban also confiscated their only Torah.

Levin died in 2005 at age 80, leaving the entire synagogue to his rival who was encouraged, now that the city was under American rule, to make aliyah. But Simintov refused to make the move to Israel because he didn’t want to be forced to give a get to his wife—who had left him with their only daughter.

After the US had withdrawn its army from Afghanistan in August and the Taliban took control over Kabul, Simentov said he felt safe and preferred to stay. But shortly thereafter, things in Kabul began to deteriorate, and Moti Kahana, the owner of a logistics and security company, warned the last Jew that “ISIS will either kidnap you and try to sell you or they will chop your head off.”

Simintov finally consented to leave with Kahana’s help and funds from New York-based Rabbi Moshe Margaretten. But both his rescuers conditioned their support on his agreeing to give his wife who lives in Israel a get. After he had given his word, Simintov was taken to a neighboring country and then flown to NYC.

Israeli singer Sarit Hadad comes out as gay

 

Sarit Hadad, one of the most popular singers in Israel, came out as a lesbian on Sunday, revealing her relationship with her partner of the past few years, Tamar Yahalomi, in a new music video, A Love Like Ours.

Hadad, 43, the mother of two young daughters, is considered a trailblazer, having made Mizrahi-style music mainstream in Israel. An icon of the genre, she has won the title of "Singer of the Year" four times and was crowned "Singer of the Decade" for the first decade of the 21st century.

Yahalomi is an Israeli singer-songwriter with many hits to her credit. She was discovered in 2011 in A Star is Born, the Israeli version of American Idol.


The hunt concludes: 'The terrorists gave up without a fight'

 

During the night, two weeks after the escape of the six terrorists from Gilboa Prison, the last two prisoners still on the run were apprehended in Jenin without resistance.

Nissim Mash'al and Anat Davidov of Radio 103FM spoke Sunday morning with IDF Spokesman Brigadier General Ran Kochav, who spoke about the moments of capture, which took place last night at 1 am.

He said IDF forces entered the Jenin refugee camp and the city, isolated and encircled the area until a "final indication" was obtained and the terrorists were captured in the east of the city.

He admitted that they expected resistance, because they are "terrorists, we do not call them prisoners but terrorists, and they are usually armed and fighting. We prepared for them to be armed and willing to fight, both with armed forces, with intelligence capabilities and also with the exchange of fire and deterrence we carried out as soon as we knew where they were. So they eventually decided to surrender without fire, and were taken in for questioning."

The IDF spokesman noted that the terrorists were "supported by Islamic Jihad" and that there was a possible response to their capture, but clarified: "We are prepared for the response of the enemy, of Islamic Jihad and Hamas in Gaza with air defense, we we have among the most advanced systems in the world. We are prepared with the defense divisions, we have increased ongoing security, in some places many fighters will remain for the holiday and we are definitely preparing for the possibility of a response."

He added that "every balloon is responded to by a fighter jet bombing. Every terror attack will definitely have an overwhelming response. We will not accept either a small attack or a rocket. All of them and those similar to them need to know that we will pursue each and every terrorist in any place to thwart him, catch him and, if needed, kill him."

Despite the success of the operation, Kochav stressed: "We are not celebrating. We are interrogating, learning, getting better. We have additional tasks, and from the first lessons that are already emerging it seems that what brought about the execution [of this task] is our intelligence capability."


Israeli police cancel investigations for 150 travelers from Uman

 

Israeli police have cancelled three-quarters of the investigations into Israelis who had been suspected of falsifying COVID tests in order to return home from Uman after the Rosh Hashanah holiday this month, Galei Tzahal reported Sunday afternoon.

According to the report, authorities have closed the investigations of 150 of the 200 travelers who returned from Ukraine after Rosh Hashanah, retracting requests that they report for questioning.

The travelers, who had spent the holiday at the tomb of Rebbe Nachman, founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement, had been suspected of forging the negative COVID tests needed to return home, after authorities found them to have tested positive upon their return. In addition, Israeli police had claimed that the suspects had tested positive in the Ukraine prior to departure.

Now, however, it appears that the 150 travelers in question in fact tested negative both upon their arrival to Israel and in the Ukraine prior to departure.

Following the return of the roughly 17,000 Israelis who traveled to Uman this Rosh Hashanah, data collected by Israel’s Health Ministry found that over 9% of the returnees tested positive for COVID upon their arrival in Israel.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett castigated the travelers suspected of falsifying COVID tests, and ordered police to immediately open investigations of those under suspicion.

“The Israeli government takes a very serious view of patients who fraudulently enter Israel by falsifying documents and deliberately spread disease, which constitutes an irresponsible act of harming public peace,” Bennett said in a statement.

In response to the Galei Tzahal report Sunday, MK Bezalel Smotrich (Religious Zionist Party) excoriated Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz for pushing for a rapid investigation of travelers returning from Uman.

“I’m willing to bet that we won’t be hearing any apologies from any of the populist politicians, from Bennett to Horowitz, who rushed to join in the border-line anti-Semitic attack on those returning from Uman in order to distract from their colossal failures in handling the coronavirus pandemic; failures which cost more than a thousand lives since the establishment of this government – along with crowding at hospitals. You should be ashamed of yourselves.”

Friday, September 17, 2021

Rare archeological artifact attests to fraud during First Temple period

 

An incredibly rare weight was discovered during excavations in Jerusalem this week that experts believe were used by cheating traders in Jerusalem's markets in the period leading up to the destruction of the First Temple,  approximately 2,700 years ago.

The weight – discovered in the City of David near the foundations of the Western Wall weighs three times the weight indicated on it, which prompted scholars to conclude that it was used by traders to deceive their buyers.

It is an incredibly rare find and only the second such discovery made in Israel.

"The Bible indicates that the problem of weight deception is nothing new," the researchers said. "Merchants cheated and held separate heavy and light weight systems and used them when buying or selling."

It is mentioned in the book of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, they explained, "Do not have two differing weights in your bag – one heavy, one light. [Rather,] you must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. For the Lord your God detests anyone who does these things, anyone who deals dishonestly."

Egypt opens restored tomb of pharoah who ruled 4,500 years ago

 

Egypt on Tuesday showcased an ancient tomb structure belonging to the cemetery complex of King Djoser, a pharaoh who lived more than 4,500 years ago, following extensive restorations of the site.

The structure − known as the Southern Tomb − is largely underground and includes a labyrinth of corridors, decorated with hieroglyphic carvings and tiles. A central funeral shaft houses a massive granite-clad sarcophagus from Egypt's Third Dynasty.

However, the pharaoh was not actually buried there but in the famed Step Pyramid nearby. The two structures make up part of the Saqqara complex near Cairo − one of the country's richest archeological sites. The Step Pyramid is the oldest known pyramid and one of the first examples of monumental architecture from the ancient world, according to UNESCO. It is believed to have been the inspiration for the Pyramids at Giza.

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism said the opening this week of the tomb structure marked the completion of restoration work that started in 2006 and included reinforcing of the underground corridors, refurbishing the carvings and the tiled walls, and installing lighting. As of Tuesday, the tomb opened to the public.

In addition to the Southern Tomb, the Saqqara plateau hosts at least 11 pyramids, including the Step Pyramid, as well as hundreds of tombs of ancient officials and other sites that range from the 1st Dynasty (2920 BCE-2770 BCE) to the Coptic period (395-642).

The Saqqara site is part of the necropolis of Egypt's ancient capital of Memphis that includes the famed Giza Pyramids, as well as smaller pyramids at Abu Sir, Dahshur and Abu Ruwaysh. The ruins of Memphis were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1970s.

Egypt has publicized a string of recent archaeological finds over the past year in an effort to revive its key tourism sector, which was badly hit by the turmoil that followed the 2011 uprising. The sector was also dealt a further blow by the global coronavirus pandemic.


Man with hammer goes on rampage in Teaneck asking 'Are you Jewish?' No he Wasn't A Chabadniker

 

A man with a hammer went on a rampage through a Teaneck, New Jersey medical center screaming “Are you Jewish?” on Sunday.

The man reportedly stormed through the Riverside Medical Group, including a pediatrician’s office, as well as a nearby dry cleaner, carrying a hammer in a threatening manner and asking people if they were Jewish, the Daily Voice reported.

The alleged assailant, Camwren T. Cole, 23, of Teaneck, also cut himself while smashing the building’s windows, and was covered in blood.

Police arrived quickly at the building and arrested Cole. He was taken to Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus, New Jersey for psychological evaluation.

Police at the scene determined that the suspect “showed indications indicative of mental illness,” Police Chief Glenn O’Reilly said in a statement.

O’Reilly said that Cole was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, criminal mischief and harassment.

He said that when Teaneck police arrived at the office complex, they found that patients and staff had “barricaded themselves within the doctor’s office.”

Gordon described the traumatic ordeal to the Jewish Link, stating that she was with her 10-year old daughter who was there for an appointment. When the attacker began his anti-Semitic rampage, they were already in the bathroom.

Gordon said they suddenly heard “smashing, banging and glass shattering” and someone screaming, “Call 911.”

Gordon opened the door only to be confronted by the hammer wielding assailant, whose arms were dripping with blood from the glass door he had just shattered.

He screamed at them: “Are you Jewish?”

Gordon acted fast and shut the bathroom door.

“It was all women and children and I heard him go around asking everyone, ‘Are you Jewish?’” she said.

Locking the bathroom door, Gordon called 911 and grabbed a spray can of bleach to use as a weapon. Her scared and crying daughter hid behind a garbage can.

Barricaded in the bathroom, they continued to hear people screaming.

He was also heard screaming “They tried to turn me trans!” according to witness Jill Gordon.

Gordon said she was one of the people who was asked by Cole if she was Jewish.

While officers were searching the medical center for Cole, a 911 call was placed that a man wielding a hammer was smashing the front window of Parisian Cleaners.

“Patrol Officers responded to this location and apprehended Mr. Cole without incident with the assistance of Bogota and Leonia Police Officers,” said Teaneck police.

Police were able to track down Cole by following a trail of blood.

“During the course of the investigation, Mr. Cole showed indications indicative of mental illness and was transported to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation.”

According to the police report, a receptionist at the doctor’s office sustained an injury to her nose after a piece of glass hit her in the face causing a laceration.

Cole is currently in police custody while he is being evaluated at Holy Name Medical Center. Once the evaluation is finished, he will be turned over to the Bergen County Sherrif’s Department pending an appearance in Superior Court.

Cole is not being charged with a hate crime, which has Gordon upset.

“What is the goal of having bias or hate crimes [laws] if this doesn’t qualify?” said Gordon.

Fresh proof the Russiagate ‘scandal’ was created by the Hillary Clinton campaign

 

A federal grand jury on Thursday handed up an indictment requested by special counsel John Durham — and it’s fresh proof that the entire Russiagate “scandal” was manufactured by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Durham, the federal prosecutor tasked with investigating the origins of the investigation, is targeting lawyer Michael Sussmann for lying about his client when he met with an agent to share dubious suspicions of a link between the Trump Organization and Kremlin-connected Alfa Bank.

The FBI later disproved the claim during the endless Russiagate investigation, as special counsel Robert Mueller’s team found itself unable to verify anything from the much-hyped allegations after two years of work.

Sussmann’s in trouble because he told the agent he had no client in the matter, then later in a 2017 deposition told Congress he did it on behalf of an unnamed client and cybersecurity expert. Sussmann wasn’t on that account — but his firm, Perkins Coie, reportedly billed his hours working on Alfa Bank to the Clinton campaign.

Again, the entire Russiagate scare was launched by the Clintonites, who not only paid Perkins Coie to hire the Beltway smear-specialists of Fusion GPS to draw up and promote the Steele allegations but also gossiped about the supposed Trump-Russia conspiracy, prompting allies in and out of government to pass their own hysterical tips in to the bureau. Fellow travelers in the Obama administration, such as CIA chief John Brennan, also helped fan the flames. Indeed, Team Obama basically turned the gossip (which is all Steele or anyone ever offered) into a solid-seeming case.

But it was all a setup.

Can you imagine the outrage if Republicans had weaponized the FBI and the intel community for political purposes — all on the basis of a lie? It would have launched endless New York Times and Washington Post coverage.

But political party shouldn’t matter — this was an outrageous, crooked dirty tricks campaign. And most of the people involved are getting away with it.


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Gmar Tov

 


China’s most famous defector to America warned US intelligence agencies of coronavirus in 2019

 

China’s most famous defector to America warned US intelligence agencies a coronavirus was spreading in Wuhan in November 2019 – six weeks before China admitted there was an outbreak.

Wei Jingsheng, the father of China’s democracy movement, reveals in a new book, “What Really Happened in Wuhan,” that he first heard of a mysterious new virus at the time of the World Military Games in Wuhan in October 2019.

Highly alarmed, the former Chinese Communist Party insider, whose defection to the United States in 1997 made global news, alerted intelligence agencies, a US politician with links to the president and Chinese human rights activist Dimon Liu.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

UNMASKED-THE FACES OF EVIL EXPOSED AT MET GALA


 Elites Violate Mask Mandate at Grotesque Met Gala

The maskless Met Gala once again proves that the science is clear. Masks only stop us, you and I, the little people, from spreading the coronavirus. However, America’s cherished left-wing elites are so unique and beautiful that the virus dare not spread through them. 

What other explanation could there be for the serial mask violations at Monday night’s 2021 Met Gala? 

Obviously, the China Flu understands that someone who can afford the $35,000 ticket to attend this ritzy event is untouchable. 

The rules at the Met are clear, not just with respect to masks, but also with respect to social distancing: Vaccines and masks will be required for those attending the Met Gala in New York in September. “Currently, all attendees at The Met Gala on September 13 must provide proof of full vaccination and will also be expected to wear masks indoors except when eating or drinking,” a spokesperson for the event told The Hill. “We will update these guidelines as needed.” The Met Gala will be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Sept. 13. Except, uhm, yeah… Only the servants are the ones wearing the masks…

 Keep in mind this is happening in the same New York that cruelly shoves little schoolkids in masks for eight hours a day.

2 Arabs filmed getting out of car to throw firebombs with unfortunate results for 1 of them.

 

Rabbi Frand Rushed to Hospital

 

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Over 90 Percent Of The Very Serious COVID Cases In Israel Are People Who Are Unvaccinated


 According to a recent report given by the head of Israel’s public Health Services, Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, the vast majority of all serious cases of Covid-19 in Israel are among people who are unvaccinated against the disease.

Alroy-Preis spoke about the issue during a televised interview with Channel 12 news where she said, “It is important to emphasize that the majority of severely ill patients currently in hospitals are unvaccinated.” Alroy-Preis added that the vast majority of people who are on a ventilator are those who are not vaccinated. “Out of 175 ventilated patients, two-thirds are not vaccinated at all,” Alroy-Preis said.

At the time of the interview, there were 27 patients connected to ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machines and 90 percent are not vaccinated. The majority of these patients are under the age of 60 according to a report in the Jerusalem Post.

According to the Health Ministry statistics, there are roughly 850,000 adult Israelis who have chosen not to receive the vaccines. “It is a matter of saving lives and not a matter of how many of you catch the virus.” Alroy-Preis then directed her comments to those who are unvaccinated and said “You are endangering yourselves.”

Prosecution Witness in Netanyahu’s Trial Killed in Light Plane Crash

 

Haim and Esti Garon, both about 70, were killed on Monday when their Cessna 182 light aircraft, with an Israeli registration, crashed near the Greek island of Samos. The official reason for the crash that was provided by Greek authorities was technical difficulties ahead of the landing. Garon received his pilot’s license only 10 years ago and according to his relatives who spoke to Yedioth Aharonoth, Garon and his wife had taken off from Haifa on their way to North Macedonia. They were scheduled to make a fueling stop in Samos.

Garon, who used to serve as Deputy-Director of Engineering and Licensing at the Communications Ministry, was registered by the State Attorney’s Office as witness number 170 in the trial against Benjamin Netanyahu in Case 4000, in which the former prime minister is accused of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. His testimony would have covered the defendant’s involvement in regulatory favors to his co-defendant Shaul Elovitch, an Israeli businessman and the owner of Eurocom Group, one of the largest private holding groups in Israel.

An alarm was sounded Monday night on the island of Samos, located in the eastern Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey after the plane disappeared from the radar around 8 PM. Greek authorities discovered shortly thereafter that the plane had crashed into the sea before landing, about a mile south of the airport. According to local media reports, three boats rushed to the scene of the crash, including a Coast Guard boat and a fishing boat. A Greek Air Force Super Puma helicopter was also sent to the scene of the crash.

The Cessna 182 Skylane, first introduced in 1956, is a very reliable aircraft with an impressive safety record over many years.

Home sick home: Inside the 9/11 terrorists’ Florida luxury hideaway

 

A well-connected Saudi family hosted frequent visits from 9/11 terrorists at their Sarasota, Fla., home while they were in the area flight training, according to documents released by the FBI in 2013.

And while they were in training for the devastating attack that took the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent people 20 years ago, they were not roughing it in squalor.

Located in the exclusive community of Prestancia, where Michael Jordan once rented a home, the residence was owned by Esam Ghazzawi — a prominent Saudi interior designer, businessman and adviser with long ties to the Saudi royal family. 

The daughter of Ghazzawi, Anoud al-Hijji and her husband, Abudlazziz al-Hijji, lived there with their two young children.

The tropical abode — and former high-jacker hangout — is quiet with four bedrooms and three bathrooms spread out on a spacious 3,750-square-foot property. It’s located in a gated golf course community, which residents tout for its top-notch “security.”

Despite denying any involvement with the terrorists, the al-Hijjis abruptly fled their Sarasota home in a rush two weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks.

“They left behind valuable items, clothing, jewelry and food in a manner that indicated they fled unexpectedly without prior preparation or knowledge,” one FBI analyst wrote. 

A 2002 memo from an FBI field agent with the Southwest Florida Domestic Security Task Force noted “many connections” between the al-Hijji’s and three of the pilot hijackers — Mohamed Atta, Ziad Jarrah and Marwan Alshehhi, according to the Herald-Tribune. The three learned to fly planes at Huffman Aviation in the nearby city of Venice. Records list them as frequent visitors to the al-Hijji household.

Atta and Alshehhi were the two men in the cockpits when jets slammed into the World Trade Center towers.

At the time, the FBI had attempted to hide the Saudi connection for years until the newly released document in 2013 proved otherwise.

In August 2019, US District Court Judge William Zloch ruled the FBI has, for the last seven years, unlawfully withheld a narrow window of detail of its investigation into what went on at the al-Hijji household. 

None of the information pertaining to al-Hijji made it into the “9/11 Commission Report” released in 2004. Those records were only obtained after a Freedom of Information Act request was submitted by Florida Bulldog, an online investigative journalism watchdog, years after the official books were closed and with the help of Florida Sen. Bob Graham. 

Graham had been informed of the more specific conditions that the al-Hijji’s left the home in. He described them as “urgent conditions — a new car left in front of the house, food in the refrigerator and clothes in the washer.” Toys floated in the swimming pool, dirty diapers lay in the bathroom, and clothes and jewelry remained in closets and drawers.

“Further investigation of the [al-Hijji] family revealed many connections between the [al-Hijji family] and individuals associated with the terror attacks on 9/11/2001,” a portion of the 2013 declassified FBI documents stated.

The FBI had determined that the couple, along with Anoud’s father, had left the United States and were back in Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh.

In 2003, however,  Anoud and her mother quietly traveled back to Sarasota, paid the homeowners’ fees and arranged for the sale of the house.

The home sold in October 2003 for $440,000, and was listed two months later, in December, for $589,000, property records show. It was last sold for $450,000 in 2015. 

Ghazzawi initially purchased the Florida home in 1995.

While his daughter was living in the home with her husband, Anoud wore a 10-carat heart-shaped diamond ring and Westernized clothes, reports Sarasota Magazine.

She and her husband, Abdulazzi, owned three cars: a Range Rover, a Lexus and a brand-new PT Cruiser. Neighbors revealed they didn’t socialize much with them and the family didn’t belong to the country club at Prestancia. But, they did enjoy going to the movies at Sarasota Square Mall.

The house was ornately decorated, with Persian carpets on the floors, statues and expensive furnishings.

The home has seen renovations over the years since the al-Hijjis abandoned the property.

Other terrorists involved in 9/11 frequented another Sarasota home in the town of Nokomis

Most recently, the brother of the mastermind behind the attacks, Osama Bin Laden, listed his longtime Bel-Air home.