Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Reemed in Oakland

Michael Lumish

{Also published at the Elder of ZiyonJews Down Under and The Jewish Press.}

"You're lucky that you are in that wheelchair, motherfucker!"

That is what a young, six-foot-plus, twenty-something supporter of Rasmea Odeh and Reem Assil of Reem's antisemitic restaurant in Oakland shouted at Robin Durbin at the recent pro-Israel / pro-Jewish rally at the Fruitvale BART Station.

And so here the hostility comes again... even to a place as far away from Israel as the San Francisco Bay Area.

I have been aware of the rise of antisemitic anti-Zionism within the western-left for at least ten years - which makes me a late-comer, I know - but I honestly did not expect it see it banging on my door so closely and so quickly within my lifetime and certainly not here on the west coast of the United States.

Most of us who live in the Golden Land do not fathom that the swirling international whirlwind of manifold Muslim toxic bullshit can touch us.

Some of us looked up for a moment from our iPhones and double-tall non-fat foamy mocha lattes (extra-hot) to notice the Islamist rampage in San Bernardino but quickly shrugged it off like a case of fleas on the political landscape, quickly to be forgotten.

This is because we are smug and arrogant and think we are safe.

The truth is that the hip and vapid coastal strip from San Diego up to San Francisco never really did grow out of Frankie and Annette at Bikini Beach in 1964.

Which is precisely why they don't care about, or understand, Reem's genocidal ambitions for the Jews of the Middle East:

What we are witnessing is nothing less than the process of the normalization of Jew Hatred in an organic and gradual fashion through normal day-to-day retail activity in northern California.

Reem's Restaurant at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland (510-852-9390) venerates genocidal Jew Hater, Rasmea Odeh with a mural smiling down upon their mostly unwitting customers gnawing at their Man’oushe.

Apparently, Reem Assil, the radical hard-left Linda Sarsour-loving proprietor of this joint may know how to cook... perhaps.

What she does, if her menu can be trusted, is top a little flatbread with olive oil and za'atar, seasoned with thyme, sumac, sesame seeds, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and mint.

It sounds pretty delicious to me, I have to tell you. In fact, I was hoping to eat there because initially it seemed like a much better alternative to the crappy steam-table Chinese joint that used to be at that spot.

In fact, I am getting hungry just writing about it. Sadly, I will never know if Assil's food is good, bad, or indifferent because I would rather rip my left arm out of its socket and beat myself silly with it then spend a single dime in a place that normalizes and, thus, promotes racism and violence toward the Jewish people... particularly in my own neighborhood, for chrissake.

Rasmea Odeh was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), an organization most famous for the the Entebbe hijacking of 1976 and their desire to knock-out pro-Israel Jews as entirely as possible.

Her specific claim to chimpanzee-clapping glory is the murder of 21-year-old Leon Kanner of Netanya and 22-year-old Eddie Joffe of Tel Aviv in the Jerusalem SuperSol supermarket bombing in 1969, injuring nine others.

Therefore, we insisted upon another confrontation with the anti-Jewish / anti-Zionist racists associated with Reem Assil and her vile establishment as documented in the video above, despite the fact that we knew we were going to be outnumbered and out-muscled.

The obvious reason for our concern is that Oakland, California in 2017 should not resemble Berlin in, say, 1938.

The Larger Ideological Snapshot

What strikes me most about this whole situation, however - aside from the fact that it normalizes violence toward the Jewish people in my own city - is that it also reveals the remarkable hypocrisy that has crawled into the western-left.

Whether anyone likes it or not, the left is shedding liberalism and making a comfy cozy home of itself for antisemitic anti-Zionism.

Identity politics, multiculturalism, political correctness, and "intersectionality" have come together to shove Jewish people who care about Israel - which is to say, who care about one another - up against the wall.

That is to say, the progressive-left is happy to see diaspora Jewry surrounded by hatred and potential violence if it means that eventually we will capitulate to the demands of the Palestinian-Arab murderers that they tend to sympathize with... as a matter of "social justice."

Unless we display the necessary degree of contempt for our brothers and sisters in Israel then we are considered beyond the scope of human decency within the western-left and much of the Democratic Party.

And what that, apparently, means is that Jewish people in California must pass-by the grinning face of a Jew killer with equanimity if we wish to travel from Fruitvale BART into San Francisco or arrive at that station from anywhere on the line.

If we dare to object to this, however, we are spit upon with contempt by progressives, leftists, and more than a few Democrats as nothing less than "white supremacists."

The hard-left may not mind violent antisemites like Odeh, but they definitely despise Jews who dare to speak up for the well-being of the Jewish people, as a whole, or for the State of Israel as our national homeland.

The reason behind all of this, however, is not just about antisemitism.

It is far too easy to simply slap a label on people who - like Rasmea Odeh or her flatbread-hawking, hatred-spreading devotee, Reem Assil - would see Jewish people robbed of self-determination and self-defense.

The real problem is that the western-left is unmooring itself from the tradition of Enlightenment liberalism, which is also, by the way, the reason that Europe is committing suicide as their own elites urinate upon the Euro working-class.


  1. People who are not in wheelchairs need to stand up to this fellow. I bet if a couple of crazy oldsters like me challenged him it would get real interesting real fast. 20 somethings can talk shit but we geezers and geezettes can do shit. And we really don't fucking care what happens.

  2. Sure. Of course. All The "lucky" people are in wheelchairs. One of them, Leon Klinghoffer, was "lucky" enough to be thrown overboard from a ship into the sea by some friends of Odeh, Reems, Sarsour, and their western left, "progressive" hand maidens.

  3. That's my Bay Area where people with 0 depth of knowledge are always ready to stand up to loudly spew their ignorance as enlightened wisdom.
    These so-called progressives think highly of their own intelligence, but they are no intellectual match for Arab propagandists. Schmucks.

  4. Replies
    1. We need to build support.

      And, y'know, I just think that is odd.

      We need to build support?

      Jews in the Bay Area are something like the Catholic Church in Baltimore... hardly anyone gives a fuck.

      Besides, the local leadership has other more pressing concerns, apparently.

  5. Why not have a truly silent protest holding the bloody scenes of late, that Odeh did the same and now hands out candy over such things.

    1. I like it.

      Silent protest... handing out candy.

      That could work.

    2. Candy facetious, but it's important to tie this to something like the Sabbath massacre that is recent and people may have heard about. Same goes for Odeh's immigration fraud and guilty plea that affects Americans regardless of religion.

  6. I was sitting right behind her when he yelled at her. I think what happened is that he walked thru and flipped us the bird... or something quite like that... and she responded in like manner... I'm not even sure because I was looking elsewhere at the moment, but then he turned and looked directly at her and said, "You're lucky you are in that wheelchair, motherfucker!"

    I would like to say that I was shocked, but I definitely wasn't.

    It should, however, be noted that this came not from a hired gun but from a passerby friendly to Reem's genocidal viewpoint.

  7. The bottom line is that Jewish leadership in the SF Bay Area us worthless.

  8. First Pro-Israel diary at dKos in who knows how long; diarist immediately banned. Same old antisemitic terrorist loving swamp.


    1. Of course. Even saw a familiar "progressive" Zionist applauding the ban.

      What would the state of affairs be without virtue signaling against anything pro-Israel?

      Wonder what would be said about the California imams that call for genocide?


    2. Banned in the name of free speech.
      Had the internet not been invented and the DKos were a broadsheet, would it survive? And how would it be categorized?

      On another note I'm thinking that the UC system should change its name to the PC system, e.g. PC Berkeley. The State system could be called the Reich system.

  9. Have you contacted the Reut Institute? One of their emphases is having a response team in the major nodes, of which San Francisco is one, of the global anti-Israel movement. This should pique their interest.

    1. Major node?

      And here I thought there were only 5 or 6 Jews in the entire area.

    2. I didn't say a major Jewish node, I said it's a node of the global anti-Israel movement. I actually got the wrong term. Reut's term for what San Francisco is a node of is delegitimization network. The largest node is London, others include Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Johanesburg, and Toronto.

      A page I had seen at Reut years ago complained that Israel's diplomatic presence in San Francisco is no larger than its presence in Atlanta, despite the fact that anti-Israel activity in Atlanta is a nothing compared to that in San Francisco.

    3. That's True.

      Anti-Jewish / anti-Israel sensibility is big here due to the progressive-left notion of "intersectionality."

      That puts pro-Jewish activism outside of identity politics.

      But, on a personal level, what I keep coming back to is the fact that I have to pass by a restaurant that advocates for the murder of Jewish people just to get into the city.

    4. Did I ever tell you about when I first moved back east and met a drummer at a session who had also lived in Berkeley who said to me, "Berkeley, where even the Jews are antisemitic." He was half kidding and half not.
      Nevertheless, although there are a lot of crazed people, I do still have friends there. And there are decent people who will give the facts a fair hearing, e.g., people like...me! :0)

      (Mike, I think I caught the same bug you had.)

  10. What I still don't quite understand is that if the Bay Area Jewish "leadership" doesn't give a fuck, why am I supposed to?

    1. Are you joking? What does "supposed to" have to do with it?
      You're you. And the Bay Area Jewish leadership, whoever that is, probably doesn't get on BART at Fruitvale Station.

    2. No, they don't. And, yet, sadly there it is.

      And the thing is, I understand that the lawyers and the money-boys are working "behind the scenes." They are always working "behind the scenes."

      Or they are simply capitulating... one way or the other.

      Fred Astren, Head of Jewish Studies at SFSU, was working "behind the scenes" in negotiations with the university concerning their acceptance of the Arab Jew Killing Policy.

      And now - despite the fact that none of the local Jewish leadership will stand up against a genocidal antisemitic mural in a semi-public space wherein thousands of people pass-by on a daily basis - even those few of us who are willing to go out want to do so more-or-less anonymously.

      The piece above was well-received where it was sent, but I apparently made a faux-pax in mentioning the names of those who I stood with.

      Some, apparently, want to be public and private simultaneously.

  11. Is this your work? https://www.facebook.com/boycottReemsCalifornia/

    1. No. This is the first that I have seen of this, but thank you for bringing it to my attention.

    2. The truth is that Reem's would be just fine if they didn't sell hatred toward Jewish people along with the flatbread.

    3. Actually they wouldn't Mike because they think a Jew killer is some kind of hero. Ultimately they are part of of the Oaklandistan project to normalize Jew killing. They, and others like them should not be given a moment of peace.

  12. Chain the doors while people are inside.

  13. Have various customers leave backpacks with ticking clocks in them on the floor from time t time.

    1. Maybe have some customers do a flash massacre. First inside the premises, then outside where the commuters can see, with fake blood and all, with the killer donning a Rasmea Odeh mask.

    2. Many people are not aware of muslim attitude towards dogs, Jews, and other non-muslims.

    3. Oh, man, you just made my morning. I am laughing as I write!

    4. Glad I made you chuckle, Mike. G-d knows we need more of that in these awful times.

  14. "PM Netanyahu: 'the time has come to sentence terrorists to death'"

    Sure, now he gets tough after giving up on the metal detectors and giving the beasts the smell of blood. Everywhere the monsters are celebrating their latest victory against the fearful, shaking Israel. Meanwhile, policemen on the Mount are sitting ducks.


    1. Shove them alive in side inside a hollowed out pig carcass. There are plenty of these available in Scotland because they only eat the guts and the rest of the beast is by catch and you can pick them up for a song.

      Throw in forty pictures from 1970's Playboy magazines. Captured Islamic State territory is awash with these. There are more of them than headless Syrians and Iraqis.

      Then sew up the thing and bury it deep in the desert. Photos of course but nothing that would identify the location.

      Cruel but fair and it's time to stop messing around with these arseholes.

      No more Mr nice guy.

  15. Ask him how the colonialist usurpers' temple got underneath the indigenous people's mosque. Then sit back and watch the smoke come out of his ears.

  16. I am the Zionist in the mobility scooter who picketed Reem's. An apparent employee of Reem's stationed himself in front of me and would not allow me to move forward. He held me captive in the crowd of screaming Jew-haters. After I kept yelling at him to let me go, and he refused, I reached over my scooter's handlebars and grabbed his crotch. That worked! I was wearing a body camera that captured his facial expression - priceless.

    1. Thanks for dropping by my little neck of the internet, Robin.

      Much appreciated.

      But I am out.