Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Quick Note on Reem's

Michael Lumish

Because we have no local Jewish institutional support I do not see that we can do much concerning the genocidal Jew Hatred on display at Reem's Restaurant (510-852-9390) in the Fruitvale Bart Station in Oakland, California.

It needs to be understood that this mural of glorified "feminist" and Jew Killer, Rasmea Odeh, glares out at everyone who goes into and out of a major transportation hub in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This is not some lonesome restaurant.

There are hundreds of thousands of people who live in Oakland, or surrounding areas, who use the Fruitvale BART station going to and from San Francisco.

Everyday, as those people walk by that face - or drop in for some flatbread at Reem's on the way home from work - they are being taught that killing Jews is not only fine, but heroic.

As someone who lives in the area I was actually looking forward to eating there before I realized that Reem's quite literally promotes violent hatred toward the Jewish people in a public way.

She and her people promote it. They glorify it and, thereby, make it acceptable and perfectly normal.

They, in fact, represent a toe-hold of Palestinian-Arab political hatred toward Jews in the Bay Area. Generally speaking, Palestinian-Arab political hatred toward Jews in the United States has primarily expressed itself within the academe in the form of "anti-Zionism."

Now we are seeing that hatred expressed in a popular, street manner that glorifies the murder of Jews, in general.

Rasmea Odeh killed two young Jewish college students in Jerusalem, along with injuring nine other people, in an attack carried out by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in 1969.

That may sound like a long time ago, but this woman is a current political actor on the American scene.

She is now considered something of a feminist hero and is an associate of Sharia-promoting, faux-feminist, Linda Sarsour.

The problem is that there is no will to fight this in the Bay Area because Bay Area Jews are weak.

Our numbers are far too small and the various pro-Israel / pro-Jewish organizations do not really give a damn or simply refuse to stand up.

If Faith Meltzer had any support then we could fight back. We could gather greater numbers and gain some legal backing. We could discuss matters, perhaps, with Reem's landlord. We could put pressure on the city.

As a Jew that cares, I am all-in.

But if this represented a poker hand, I would toss in those cards in a New York minute.

This Week on Nothing Left

Michael Lumish

Nothing Left

Because the J-Air studios are being relocated, no live shows are currently available until late July, so Michael Burd and Alan Freedman are pre-recording a 1hr program each week featuring two new interviews.

This week the fellahs feature Italian political scientist Emanuele Ottolenghi discussing the situation in Europe, and Richard Millet, a London blogger who found himself in the middle of the al-Quds rally in London. The Prager U clip this week features Andrew Klavan talking about fake news.

Isi Leibler is having some time off but will return when we resume live programs.

3 min Emanuele Ottolenghi, Italian commentator

23 min Prager U: Andrew Klavan on fake news

8 min Richard Millett, London blogger at al-Quds rally

The podcast can also be found on the J-Air website.

Or its Facebook page.

NOTHING LEFT can be heard live each Tuesday 9-11am on FM 87.8 in the Caulfield area, or via the J-Air website www.j-air.com.au

Contact Michael and Alan at Nothing Left:

michael@nothingleft.com.au

alan@nothingleft.com.au

Friday, July 14, 2017

Why there cannot be peace, and what could show that that obstacle is gone

Sar Shalom

Nearly everyone either declares that peace must be brought between Israel and the Palestinians or that doing so is impossible. For those who declare that it is impossible, a common argument is that the Palestinian Authority (PA) gives payments to terrorists. Supporters of Israel are correct to complain about such payments and the Taylor Force Amendment, which would bar US funding for the PA as long as such payments continue, would be a positive development if enacted. However, the payments are not the cause of peace being impossible, they are merely symptoms of that cause. The actual cause of peace being unattainable is fundamental rejectionism by the Palestinians.

For the diehard peace processor, it is axiomatic that the Palestinians do not fundamentally reject Israel's existence, that they only want the land that the international community considers to be rightfully theirs. Bolstering that argument, they trot out the interviews in which Abbas has supposedly recognized Israel. One issue with this is that there is no reason to accept these claims by Abbas at face value which would not require accepting Netanyahu's claims of accepting the eventuality of a Palestinian state nor is there any reason to accept that Netanyahu's campaign statements against the emergence of such a state are many more definitive of Netanyahu's position than Abbas' Arabic statements declaring devotion to all of Palestine are definitive of Abbas' position. However, that is not how to demonstrate that the PA fundamentally rejects Israel in any form.

If the PA fundamentally rejects Israel in any form, and thus has as its goal of "liberating" every last dunam under Jewish control, then its top priority would be to inculcate this rejectionism in its subjects, because if the Palestinian were to stop rejecting Israel fundamentally, then there would no troops to carry out the mission. However, as Einat Wilf has said, most people do not readily sign up for causes that they believe to be evil. Thus inculcating such fundamental rejectionism requires portraying Zionism as fundamentally evil within no redeeming aspect. In pursuit of this indoctrination, the PA instills three major points in its public:
  • The Jews are not a people, they're only a religion.
  • The Jewish connection to the land is made up.
  • The Protocols of the Elders of Zion accurately describes Israel's agenda
While the PA might be motivated by the belief that as Allah's master faith that it is their right to enforce the natural order in which the Jews are everywhere and always an abased people under others' domination. However, convincing their people to subscribe to that viewpoint is like convincing people to sign up for evil. Instead, these three points portray Israel as evil and remove every motive except European colonialism from Zionism, thus brainwashing them into believing that pursuing Israel's complete end is a just cause.

In order for there to be a chance for peace to advance, the PA needs to say three things:
  • The Jews are a people.
  • The Jewish people are deeply connected to the Land of Israel in general, and Jerusalem in particular.
  • The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a forgery.
All declarations contrary to those three statements must be removed from all official communications. Doing so would not guarantee that the PA accepts Israel right, as opposed to might, to be in the Middle East. However, it would make it harder to raise a generation that accepts at most the might of Israel to exist. As such, the message we should tell our leaders should not be to accept the settlements in Kiryat Arba or to crack down on Palestinian terror. Rather, it should be to insist that Abbas make the aforementioned three part declaration and cease all official communications contradicting any part of that declaration, and that there will be no pressure on Israel to talk until those conditions are met.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My Note to Reem Assil (She has yet to respond)

Michael Lumish

Dear Reem,

My name is Michael Lumish and I would like to speak with you.

I am the proprietor of Israel Thrives, a regular contributor to Daniel Pipes' Middle East Forum and Campus Watch, as well as various other pro-Jewish / pro-Israel venues such as The Algemeiner, the Times of Israel, the Elder of Ziyon, and elsewhere.

As a Jewish Oaklander, I am intending to write an article concerning your mural of Rasmea Odeh and what it suggests about ethnic relations in the United States.

What I would like to do, if you are willing, is meet for a snack and a cup of coffee at Reem's for a discussion concerning this.

I know that you are a Palestinian woman standing up for the rights of the Palestinian people, just as I am a Jewish man standing up for the rights of the Jewish people.

Will you meet with me for 10 or 15 to discuss it?

Say, sometime in the morning this week or next?

I very much appreciate your consideration and you have my thanks.

Michael Lumish

This Week on Nothing Left

Michael Lumish

Nothing Left

Because the J-Air studios are being relocated, no live shows are currently available until late July, so Michael Burd and Alan Freedman are pre-recording a 1hr program each week featuring two new interviews.

This week they feature an extended interview with Dr Tanveer Ahmed, a Muslim psychiatrist who explains aspects of the Muslim mindset that go some way to explaining their behaviour.

Our segment from Prager University delves into the thorny issue of Israeli settlements with a presentation by Alan Dershowitz.

Isi Leibler is having some time off but will return when we resume live programs.

2 min Editorial: Australian Labor Party

8 min Dr Tanveer Ahmed, Muslim psychiatrist

47 min Dershowitz: Are Israeli Settlements a Barrier to Peace

The podcast can also be found on the J-Air website.

Or its Facebook page.

NOTHING LEFT can be heard live each Tuesday 9-11am on FM 87.8 in the Caulfield area, or via the J-Air website www.j-air.com.au

Contact Michael and Alan at Nothing Left:

michael@nothingleft.com.au

alan@nothingleft.com.au

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The first protest of Reem's: the only restaurant in Oakland openly devoted to the genocide of the Jews

Michael Lumish

An older Jewish man looks at a mural of
  Rasmea Odeh, a murderer of his people 
at Reem's restaurant
Well, today I attended our little protest of Reem's bakery/restaurant in Oakland.

Dusty of Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers fame put this one together and G-d bless her for it.

For those of you who do not know, Reem's (510-852-9390) is a restaurant that serves flatbread to the public, just off of the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland.

They do so in the name of politics at least as much as the culinary arts and antisemitic anti-Zionism is their flavor of choice. They, therefore, celebrate the murder of Jews as a matter of "social justice" as they pass off shakshuka and (yikes!) beet hummus.

This place is so into the righteous murder of Jewish people, in fact, that they put up a tremendous mural of Rasmea Odeh who has the distinction of being both a convicted murderer and a leader of contemporary American feminism - that is, if she has not yet been deported for deceiving the government on the terms of her admission into the United States - given the fact that she is a convicted murderer, and all.

She is a former member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) an associate of antisemitic anti-Zionist propagandist, Linda Sarsour, and one of the four primary organizers, along with Gloria Steinem, of the Women's March in Washington, D.C., after the Trump inauguration.

The people that she killed were Leon Kanner (21) and Edward Joffe (22).  Both were college students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem back in 1969. Odeh then spent the next ten years in an Israeli prison before being swapped out with around 75, or so, fellow Palestinian prisoners for a single kidnapped Jew.

What needs to happen, in my opinion, is for the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community to let people know that the glorification of the murder of Jewish people is simply not acceptable.

Sadly, I do not believe that the Jewish community in the SF Bay Area has the leadership to stand up for much of anything.

I mean, if they will not stand against the murderer of Jewish college students smiling at them as they pass into Fruitvale BART - the very same station where Oscar Grant was killed, as an aside - then I must wonder what they will stand up for?