Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The New York Times Celebrates Reem Assil's Antisemitic Cafe in Oakland

Michael Lumish

{Also published at the Algemeiner.}

Reem Assil Grinning Before an
Ideological Murderer
Photo by: Cece Capiro
The New York Times "Travel Section" has a piece by Rebecca Flint Marx entitled, An Arab Bakery in Oakland Full of California Love.

In truth, Reem's flatbread café is not a very loving place for Jewish people because it publicly celebrates the murders of college students Eddie Joffe and Leon Kanner.

Or, at least, it is not loving towards those of us who care about our families and friends in the land of our ancestry.

The very title of Marx's piece is a form of journalistic deceit.

"An Arab Bakery in Oakland Full of California Love"?

Perhaps I am a tad biased.

I don't know how I could not be, given that I am the guy that Reem Assil dragged into the legal system for speaking the truth about the hatred she spreads through the veneration of the murderer Rasmea Odeh.

To be blunt, Reem's bakery is defined not by love but by the other side of that coin.

In a run-down section of Oakland - within spitting distance of the Fruitvale BART Station where Oscar Grant was shot dead on New Year's Eve, 2009 - Reem Assil spreads malice toward the Jewish people... but, apparently, according to the New York Times in a loving way.

The floor-to-ceiling mural of the murderer and antisemitic anti-Zionist Rasmea Odeh is the point of contention.

Marx, in an act of journalistic malpractice - even for a food writer - described Odeh as merely some  "controversial Palestinian activist" until an editor, after a response by angry Jews, no doubt, added the caveat:
In 1970, Ms. Odeh was convicted by Israeli courts for her role in the murder of two students. In 2014, she was convicted of immigration fraud in U.S. federal court and was deported to Jordan in 2017.

Yet, somehow, the New York Times still features the piece under the headline, An Arab Bakery in Oakland Full of California Love.

Furthermore, Justin Phillips of the San Francisco Chronicle tells us that Reem Assil continues meteoric rise with new fine-dining restaurant at Jack London Square.

The truth is that Rasmea Odeh is a confessed and convicted murderer in an Israeli court case observed by the International Red Cross  as William Jacobson, Cornell University Professor of Law and proprietor of the Legal Insurrection website, clearly outlines in this video.

Many years after the murder her partner, Aisha Odeh, confessed to the crime in a proud manner on Palestinian-Arab television and revealed Rasmea's role in those murders. She claims at the 1:35-minute mark, "Rasmiyeh Oudeh was more involved than I was..."

She is the convicted killer of Hebrew University students Edward Joffie (21) and Leon Kanner (20) in the 1969 terrorist attack by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP is also the organization responsible for the flinging of 69-year-old, wheelchair-bound, Leon Klinghoffer off of the Achille Lauro cruise ship in 1985 into the Mediterranean Sea on his wedding anniversary.

Odeh was released in 1980 from an Israeli prison as one of 78 other Palestinian-Arabs in return for a single Jew.

She then lied her way into the United States where - much to my astonishment - made a name for herself as a "progressive-left feminist" organizer in Chicago and an eventual associate of that faux-icon of human liberation, Linda Sarsour.

The United States government, meanwhile, recently deported Odeh to Jordan not because she kills people, but because she falsified her papers into the United States by forgetting to the mention the fact that she kills people.

Reem Assil - with a big smile on her face and in an "Oaklandish Warriors" t-shirt in the photo above - is, thus, glorifying an anti-Jewish genocidal racist killer.

This woman is Americanizing - with the t-shirt and baseball cap - violent hatred toward Jews.

She is attaching Arab-Palestinian malice toward Jewish people onto good old-fashioned sports Americana with a young hipster look and that is a terrific tactic if what you are after is the normalization of racist bigotry.

On a culinary level, Reem's joint is a small step above your average food truck - and therefore it is hard to imagine just why the New York Times, of all places, would take notice - but her flatbread has significance on a political level because she breaks fresh ground in the San Francisco Bay Area in terms of spreading antisemitic anti-Zionism.

Reem Assil, in her reverence for Rasmea Odeh, is helping to make Jew Hatred cool and is doing so on a day-to-day retail level.

The heartlessness, within living memory of the Holocaust, is difficult to fathom.

Marx tells us that, according to Assil, social justice "has always been a core component of Reem’s."

This is false.

Whatever the quality of Assil's flatbread the very last thing that her joint has to do with is social justice.

Assil is not so much serving flatbread to the Oakland public as she is serving up violent political malice toward Jewish people.

The mural of Rasmea Odeh puts every Jew passing by on notice.

It reminds me just a tad of 1930s Berlin.

It is like walking by a giant Nazi Swastika every time that I enter the Fruitvale BART Station.

"California love"?

I certainly hope not.

The Times should be ashamed of itself.

What a disgrace.


  1. It is time for Jews to say to the New York Times:
    “we’ve had enough.”

    SOURCE: J’Accuse by Rabbi Benjamin Blech,
    2014/7/30, www.aish.com/jw/mo/JAccuse.html


    “One [New York] Times opinion editor, Matt Seaton, even admitted last year [2014 CE] that the newspaper has a policy of veering away from criticism of Palestinians.”

    SOURCE: Final sentence of article titled:
    New York Times Editor: Coverage of Israel Most Criticized Aspect of Opinion Pages
    by Shiryn Ghermezian, 2015 October 14, found in:
    The Algemeiner.

    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky said:

    “In the genocidal war being waged against the Jewish people, the New York Times is an accomplice.”

    SOURCE: A New Low,
    a blog article by Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, 2015/10/29


    People who purchase the New York Times are also accomplices, because they support the New York Times financially, so the NYT can continue its relentless anti-Jewish propaganda.

    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky said this on 2013/11/29:

    "Many of the Israel’s most prominent and hateful critics are Jews who become willful tools of those who wish to destroy the Jewish state and bitterly oppose any expression of Jewish nationalism. Some of them traditionally write for the New York Times."

    SOURCE: Rabbi Steven Pruzansky is the spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, a synagogue consisting of nearly 600 families located in Teaneck, New Jersey.

    New York Times op-ed: Wipe Israel off the map:


    How to Convict the New York Times
    of Unfair Bias Against Israel:


  2. I'd like to know who fed this to the NYT. A New York Times reporter wasn't just wandering around Fruitvale Station in Oakland, CA, when she came upon some marvelous little eatery, I can promise you. "Oh, and it's owned by this Arab lady, oh!, I mean a Palestinian, how unique, I must simply write about it!"

    Assil's preemptive use of the Oscar Grant incident as cover for her celebration of a Jew murderer is so just so PLO/KGB. Some me too, PC, progressive b.s. for the rubes whom are not in short supply.
    As for the NYT, of course even an article about a restaurant has to have some PC angle. And for the Times to quote her safe open space rubbish without noting its amazingly obvious incongruity with that monstrosity of a mural is to fail at rudimentary reasoning. What does it take, a mural of Hitler on the wall to awaken those jackasses? Or would one of Trump suffice? A "controversial Palestinian activist" and bells didn't go off in Marx's numb skull? Wasn't she even going to ask if growing up "Palestinian-Syrian" means she speaks both languages? (sarcasm)

    BTW, I notice that her shirt (she looks in the photo like just some white chick from Oakland, but probably turns colors when she dons a hijab) appears to say Oaklandish(?) WAR510RS, I'm guessing for the 510 area code. But I don't entirely get it. What's that about?
    I lived in California for 25 years and I don't know what constitutes California love. If the Times article is any indication, it's akin to ignorant bliss.

  3. What the hell is wrong with the New York Times?

    Ive said it before. This mealy mouthed ass licking of vicious murderous antisemites by Jews in major population centres who believe they are safe without the slightest regard for those who don't is the most reprehensible conduct by Jews since the Kapos of the Nazi era.

    Cowardly, profoundly ignorant and so intellectually shallow you coulld not drown a Nazi rat in it.

    Lift your game New York Jews . This is not just about you.

    1. The nominally Jewish owners of the New York Times deliberately covered up the Holocaust in the early 1940's so as not to seem to be giving preferential treatment to Jewish people. So nothing is new under the sun. But it's good to call them out.

    2. Geoffff, well put.
      I was just complaining.
      I think you expressed it well.

    3. The thing with the Times, Geoff, is that when it was coming up they very much wanted to distinguish themselves from the NY Jewish press or the Yiddish press.

      The Times was hell-bent on being America's paper, not some local ethnic rag. So, in the process, they distanced themselves from Jewish concerns that are beyond taming... like Israel.

  4. BTW I bet the food stinks. It would not warrant a second glance without the appeal to antisemitism.

    1. I love to kid Laurie as we come back home from SF on BART, "So, what ya say we drop in and have some of Reem's delicious flatbread, eh?"

  5. And you're surprised? This is the New York Times, objectively the most antisemitic major newspaper in America. It's run by ex Guardian exists. Surely no one is shocked by this. They quite nearly veer into holocaust revisionism around many Jewish holidays

    1. I offered this piece to those guys.

      For some reason they turned it down.

    2. Well congrats on Algemeiner, Mike !

  6. Spell check was supposed to say expats not exists

  7. "Activist", "progressive", "organizer", "social justice", you know any nice people that could be described with these?

    1. One or two, Jacob, but your point is well taken.

      It's gotten to the point where I sometimes tell people to avoid any organization with the words "peace" or "justice" in their title because the great likelihood is that they stand for neither.

    2. Of course, on reflection, some people would claim that I am an activist... so let's make that three! ;O)

    3. This is not your father's social justice or even yours. It's social justice 2.0 which, like most "activist," things has been hijacked by the radical left and thus become lunatic. Far from lifting things up, 2.0 is invested in tearing things down. Many of our generation and most "liberals," today preferred the former. Authentic radicals always preferred the latter. Thus, the 2.0's can always justify their affiliation with the likes of Assil, her mural, Farrakhan, genocidal Gazans, etc. They are also attractive to the weak minded who flock to them like those who write fan letters to Nickolas Cruz or serial killers. For self hating Jews, they provide atonement.

  8. The funny thing is, that spot used to be a cheap Chinese steam-table joint. Often when I was coming in from SF I would consider stopping there for a bite... but I am too much of a food snob for that.

    So, when Reem's opened up I thought, "Great! I love flatbread and Mediterranean and Arab cuisine."

    I went inside and got a menu on the day of their soft opening.

    I bet I even looked at the mural, but it simply did not register with me at the time what I was looking at.


    Rebecca Flint Marx


    Cake enthusiast, wandering Jew, Editor-at-large @sanfranmag. 2015 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award winner.

    San Francisco


    She's a neighbor, apparently.

    You guys should feel free to write her and say "hello."

    People always say to be polite in these things.

    I honestly do not give a damn if you are polite or not.

    I suppose that one of the things that I will do today is send her a little note myself.

  9. Does the New York Times Hate Judaism?

    Many Jews know that The New York Times hates Israel, but few Jews know that The New York Times also hates Judaism, as proven by these articles:











  10. Th UN is putting out an urgent request for emergency funds to address the severe tire shortage in Gaza.

    1. Ah-ha-ha-ha!!!!

      Thank you for a good laugh, Doodad!

      {Jeezus. LOL!}