Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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Trump Admin Blasts AirBNB Boycott of Jews

Trump Admin, Congress Slam Airbnb Boycott of Israel as 'Anti-Semitic'
Decision to stop some services in Israel met with strong opposition
BY: Adam Kredo November 28, 2018

The recent decision by Airbnb to stop its services for Jews living in the West Bank of Israel is being met with criticism by the Trump administration and pro-Israel leaders on Capitol Hill, according to sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about the company's choice to join the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS, which aims to wage economic warfare on the Jewish state.

Airbnb, a growing tech company that allows travelers to rent lodging across the globe, announced that it removed some 200 Jewish-owned rental homes in the West Bank, sparking fury in pro-Israel circles.

The deepening controversy over Airbnb's decision to join the BDS movement is beginning to be discussed within the Trump administration and its allies on Capitol Hill, who could potentially penalize company. Already, there is discussion that Airbnb's move could trigger state and federal laws barring discrimination based on religion and ethnicity.

A State Department official, speaking to the Free Beacon about the matter, categorically rejected Airbnb's boycott.

"The administration's strong opposition to boycotts, divestitures, and
sanctions is well-known," the official said.

On Capitol Hill, Trump administration allies are turning their attention to Airbnb. The move to delist Jewish homes could provide the momentum necessary for Congress to finally pass anti-boycott legislation that has long been stalled.

"Airbnb's actions, sadly, have contributed to the rising tide of anti-Semitism that we've seen happening all over the world," Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), a vocal pro-Israel champion, told the Free Beacon. "They caved to pressure from the anti-Israel boycott movement, which promotes falsehoods in its campaigns against the world's only Jewish state."

"This kind of persecution has no place in any society and must end," Cruz said. "Airbnb should reverse its decision, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to combat anti-Semitism here and abroad."

Newly elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a former member of Congress, told the Free Beacon that as his state's top official, he is reviewing a range of options to penalize Airbnb.

"AirBnb's decision to single out Jews living in Judea and Samaria is abhorrent and will lead to adverse consequences for the company, said DeSantis, who has long positioned himself as one of Israel's most vocal champions.

"I am reviewing Florida's anti-BDS laws and am evaluating Florida's relationship to AirBnb to determine what actions I can take as Governor to fight back against this wrongheaded policy."

"Under my administration," DeSantis said, "Florida will stand strongly with Israel and we will not look favorably on those who join forces with the BDS movement."

Airbnb, which has its own company-wide anti-discrimination policy, appears to have run afoul of not only legislation barring Israel boycotts, but also its own in-house ethos, observers say.

"Why has Airbnb singled out Israel from all the nations?" asked Eugene Kontorovich, a director at the Kohelet Policy Forum in Israel and a professor at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia School of Law, in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed.

"The company tried to ward off accusations of hypocrisy by noting, 'each situation is unique and requires a case-by-case approach.' But so far the only situation unique enough to warrant delisting is the one involving Jews," Kontorovich pointed out.

In subsequent remarks to the Free Beacon, Kontorovich noted that Airbnb appears to have run afoul of anti-discrimination laws in the United States and seems to be violating fair housing practices, if not by the letter of the law, certainly its spirit.

"This shows the urgent need to pass the Israel anti-boycott law" that is languishing in Congress, he said.

Airbnb also stands to harm its own bottom line, Kontorovich noted.
While the company is not yet publicly traded, it is likely to be soon. This could trigger state-level anti-boycott laws, such as in Florida and Illinois, which bar these local governments from doing business with any company supporting boycotts of Israel.

"Airbnb's exclusion of Jewish communities in the West Bank cannot be ignored," Kontorovich wrote in his WSJ piece. "Many states, such as Florida and Alabama, let public employees traveling on official business use Airbnb, These governments should immediately suspend permission to use Airbnb until its discriminatory policy is reversed."

Airbnb is likely to feel the heat further on Capitol Hill, where its boycott announcement has been met with outrage by Cruz and a good number of other pro-Israel leaders.

"Congressional Democrats may be moving away from Israel but there's still a bipartisan consensus in Congress that we oppose entities that wage economic warfare against Jews," said one senior congressional staffer who works with the Trump administration on Israel issues.

"That's also true across dozens of states, many of which have passed anti-boycott laws. Airbnb is siding with anti-Semites who want to destroy Israel, in an effort to undermine America's Israeli allies. How do they think this ends?"
Airbnb did not respond to a request for comment.


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Fwd: Divisive, Divisive! Arlene From Israel November 25, 2018

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From Israel: Divisive, Divisive!

November 25, 2018

Monitoring the news since my last posting, I have encountered the following and more:

– MK Avigdor Lieberman, until very recently defense minister, said – referring to our prime minister's comments to the public about it being a sensitive time for security – "I think it's irresponsible to discuss intelligence information with the public…"

– Minister Moshe Kahlon, who is part of the coalition, said: "I won't lift a hand to bring down the government. I think the coalition will fall on its own…"

– Prime Minister Netanyahu chastised Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, who is part of Netanyahu's Likud faction, for saying Israel is "closer than ever" to retaking Gaza. I had thought that Erdan was speaking at the prime minister's behest, but apparently not.

– Former IDF deputy chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, slammed Bennett, saying: "Minister Naftali Bennett is weakening the army and the State of Israel. It's a pity he expressed himself as he did, maybe it's good for his electorate ... It's very sad…The legal issue has never limited the IDF's ability to act."

– Minister Bennett, quickly responding that he would not take back what he said, insisted that a "surplus of legalization is costing lives…It's important for me to say that we have a very serious problem in the defense establishment, which leads to the hands of our fighters becoming increasingly shackled by legal chains."

-- While former defense minister Moshe Ya'alon criticized Golan, saying that, "…it is not right that an officer who is still serving, and has not finished the cooling-off period, will attack an incumbent politician - whether his claims are justified or not."

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Credit: Clipart Library

And on it seems to go. I find it disheartening, troubling, that in these difficult times we are not seeing a more cohesive spirit in the land.


And yet, I'm going to look on the bright side, for positive attitudes are still out there – if we but seek them. Hopefully that divisiveness will dissipate.

At the end of this post I share a remarkable video.

Here, I call your attention to an extraordinary op-ed, written last week by an IDF soldier who was wounded in the Second Lebanese war (emphasis added):

"TO BE A part of the IDF disabled veterans is to be part of a larger family of tens of thousands of people in this country, people who are truly salt of the earth. We are a large family in which one's religion, background and political views are completely irrelevant. People for whom the country is above all else and they have given themselves, in the full sense of the meaning

"Today is the Day of Recognition of Israel's Disabled and Victims of Terror…

"…today is an opportunity to stop for a moment and take a step back from the crazy reality of our country and be united…in the end the country belongs to all of us and we are all part of it, and we have paid a very heavy price for it, and we continue to pay a heavy price for it. Even if we do not all agree on the path, we all agree on the final analysis: we have no other country. Let us put aside our differences and be united, at least for today."


These wonderful words were written by Yoseph Haddad, an Arab Israeli. As a member of Reservists on Duty, he has gone into the US to speak truth, in order to combat the lies about Israel told on college campuses.

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Credit: Love of the Land


As I am speaking of lies told about Israel on college campuses, I want to radically switch gears and share some information that illustrates what we are up against and why it is so very important that we unite in standing strong:

On November 18, a group known as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) held a closed national conference on the campus of UCLA. Regrettably, efforts to stop it were unsuccessful.

A group called Students Supporting Israel (SSI) demonstrated outside of the conference, and a couple of SSI members found their way into the conference to make a statement on behalf of Israel (they were ejected). They are to be commended for their determined attempt to speak up for Israel (although I would have been grateful for an opportunity to provide these good people with additional information to advance their cause).

A video was made of the SSI protest, which can be seen on their Facebook page:

Please see it. Note that in the conference there were calls for "Long live the intifada." This is a call for violence.

Outside the conference, as can be seen in the video, were posters showing SJP activists who had tweeted statements such as: "Let's stuff some Jews in the oven," and "We should just stone all the Zionists to death."

My friends, when I saw this, my blood ran cold. It is vile enough that there are campaigns against Israel on US campuses. Campaigns that accuse Israel of being an "occupier" of "Palestinian land," and that say Israel is an "apartheid state"; campaigns that promote BDS and promulgate lies.

But the vicious and virulent anti-Semitism encountered here is horrendous. I believe it is something that must be exposed as broadly as possible.


It is not difficult to trace the veracity of what was on those posters. Google is enormously helpful here. But what I would like to introduce to my readers is a site known as Canary Mission, which:

"…documents people and groups that promote hatred of the USA, Israel and Jews on North American college campuses.

"Canary Mission investigates hatred across the entire political spectrum, including the far right, far left and anti-Israel activists.

"Every individual and organization has been carefully researched and sourced…"

Canary Mission has a good deal of material on SJP. See:

"Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a malicious student group who target Jewish and pro-Israel students on campus….

"The group's focus, however, is almost entirely on its anti-Israel campaigns, including BDS resolutions, Israel-Apartheid initiatives, drives comparing Israel to Nazi Germany, mock checkpoints, "die-ins" and public rallies….

"SJP activists frequently intimidate and harass Jewish and pro-Israel students. SJP members have physically assaulted Jewish students, aggressively disrupted pro-Israel events…"

Individual members of SJP can also be tracked on the Canary Mission website.


But there is something that is perhaps even more disgraceful – an anti-Israel group that identifies as "Jewish": Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).
This is what Canary Mission has to say about this group (emphasis added):

"Jewish Voice For Peace (JVP) is an American-based anti-Israel organization whose purported mission is to seek 'an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.'

"JVP seeks to drive a wedge between American Jews and Israel and 'to build Jewish communities that reflect the understanding that being Jewish and Judaism are not synonymous with Zionism or support for Israel.'

"JVP also works to reduce support for Israel from the American public at large and to curtail social, economic and diplomatic support to Israel from the United States government.

"To achieve their goals, JVP staunchly supports and promotes Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement initiatives in academic, social, and economic institutions. The group provides 'a façade of Jewish legitimacy' to BDS campaigns and other initiatives that seek to demonize and delegitimize Israel, and reportedly views itself as the '"Jewish wing" of the Palestinian solidarity movement.'

"In 2010, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) accused JVP of being 'the largest and most influential Jewish anti-Zionist group in the United States" that 'uses its Jewish identity to deflect allegations of anti-Semitism leveled against the anti-Israel movement in order to provide it with a greater degree of legitimacy and credibility.'

In 2013, an ADL report claimed that JVP consistently co-sponsors 'rallies to oppose Israeli military policy that are marked by signs and slogans comparing Israel to Nazi Germany, demonizing Jews and voicing support for groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.'"


Jewish Voice for Peace has a rabbinical council, which put out a defense of SJP and its planned conference. Reading this served for me as a counterweight to the sense that my blood had run cold. For by the time I was done reading their material, my blood was boiling.

This so-called rabbinical council speaks out against anti-Semitism, naturally. It could not very well overtly endorse anti-Semitism. And it acknowledges that anti-Semitic comments have shown up that are "allegedly" by activists of SJP, but then advances the position that "some of the screenshots [of SJP members putting out anti-Semitic tweets] are fabricated. How do they know this? It is their "understanding." No independent research – just, so they were told.

Other anti-Semitic tweets, this group says, were written by students before they joined SJP. In case you wonder how joining SJP helps these students abandon their virulent anti-Semitism, the rabbinical council explains:

"…that is why SJP plays such a crucial role. After joining SJP, students have the opportunity to learn about the difference between Israel and Jews and build profound relationships of solidarity with Jews."

Profound relationships with Jews who are anti-Israel, obviously.

This attempt to separate Israel and Jews cannot stand. It is a canard of the most vile sort. Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people, a legitimate expression of Jewish longing for a sovereign homeland.

Anyone who expresses antipathy to Israel, wishes Israel gone, denies Israel the legitimacy accorded any other state, is anti-Semitic.


I felt a responsibility to share this information with my readers. And I hope that you, in turn, will alert others to what is going on here. Sometimes these groups cover themselves so that people are not quite aware of what they are.

Please, share this broadly.


In my next posting I will return to other issues. Here, as promised, I will end on a high note.

It is six months since the remarkable Miriam Peretz delivered a speech – referred to as "The Speech of the Century" – on having been awarded the Israel Prize. But I thought now was a good time to share it.

Miriam is a beacon of hope and joy. Please, take the time to listen to this. You will be inspired, awed, uplifted. And you will know with people such as this we will be OK.

Moti Milrad

Credit: Moti Milrad


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