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By Hillary Clinton/JNS.org

I didn’t grow up celebrating Pesach. But over the years, I’ve attended seders where I was inspired by the remarkable story told in the haggadah—a tale of a people who, sustained by fortitude and faith, escaped slavery and reached their freedom.

As Jewish people around the world prepare for this festival, I wanted to offer a few of my own thoughts on ancient lessons that still hold wisdom for today’s world.

The first is the importance of religious freedom. The Book of Exodus recalls how the Pharaoh denied the Israelites the right to worship as they chose. Today, there are new threats to religious liberty and an alarming rise in anti-Semitism. In many parts of Europe, we’ve seen synagogues vandalized and gravesites desecrated. International efforts to malign and isolate the Jewish people—like the alarming “BDS” movement—are gaining steam.

We must confront these forces of intolerance. As New York’s U.S. senator, I sponsored laws to support restitution for victims of the Holocaust. And I joined with the Helsinki Commission to help protect and preserve Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Europe. As secretary of state, I stood up for oppressed religious minorities in China, Iran, and around the world. If I’m fortunate enough to be elected president, I would ensure that America continues to call out and stand up to anti-Semitism. And just as Jews have always stood up for other communities, we must push back on the rising trend of anti-religious sentiment in any form.

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An Israeli solder faces a charge of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian man suspected in a knife attack in Hebron, the Israeli military said Friday.

Initially, the soldier, whose identity has not been released, could have faced a murder charge after video appeared to show him shooting the Palestinian suspect in the head as he lay on the ground, already subdued. The soldier, who was being held in a military prison, has been released to confinement on a military base, despite the objection of the prosecution.

In a court hearing Thursday, military prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed that the soldier shot the suspect on the ground, according to Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

In dispute is the motive and the reasoning behind the shooting. Defense attorneys say the soldier felt his life was in danger.

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During a campaign event in Harlem on Saturday night, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addressed race and politics, and, of course, the issue of Zionist Jews.


An attendee at the event at the Apollo Theater posed a blatantly anti-Semitic question to the Vermont Senator, who is Jewish:

“As you know, the Zionist Jews–and I don’t mean to offend anybody–they run the Federal Reserve, they run Wall Street, they run every campaign.”
Identified by The New York Times as John Prince, the man went on to ask, “What is your affiliation to your Jewish community? That’s all I’m asking.”

Sanders replied, “That’s not what you’re asking,” before defending Israel and saying that Palestinians deserve protection, too.

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Hillary Clinton’s AIPAC Speech Was a Symphony of Craven, Delusional Pandering

Clinton had an opportunity to show some political courage. She decided to alienate the left instead.


Any presidential candidate speaking to AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, during an election year is going to bow to the hawkish elements of the Israel lobby. .Hillary Clinton’s keynote speech at AIPAC’s annual meeting Monday, however, was more debased than it needed to be, promising that under her administration, Israel will be spared even the mild rebukes it has suffered under President Obama. A symphony of pandering, it attempted to outflank Donald Trump on the right and will end up outraging a large chunk of the left.


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The Israel/Palestine conflict has always frustrated me. Israel's human rights abuse has reached a boiling point and the fact that they get the green light to continue is disgusting. I know Palestine's hands aren't exactly clean either but they have no resources, power or support the way Israel does. There is no easy solution for this but to basically cheerlead genocide and say that the US will stand by you no matter what is horrifying. That speech terrified me.
Hillary Clinton on Monday attacked Republican front-runner Donald Trump, who has taken heat in pro-Israel circles for arguing that he would be "neutral" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Without naming him, Clinton repeatedly knocked Trump for his position on Israel and other issues during a speech in front of nearly 18,000 people at the annual Washington gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group.

"We need steady hands, not a president who says he's neutral on Monday, pro-Israel on Tuesday and who knows on Wednesday," Clinton said to applause. "Israel's security is non-negotiable."

She continued, "We can't be neutral when rockets rain down on residential neighborhoods, when civilians are stabbed in the street, when suicide bombers target the innocent. Some things aren't negotiable, and anyone who doesn't understand that has no business being our president."

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I can't believe she's going to make me side with Trump on this one. Clinton's foreign policy is why I find voting for her so difficult, and this is one piece of it. How can anyone talk about standing up to bullies and bigotry in one breath, and in the next talk about protecting Israel, maintaining its military, and building up its illegal settlements?

Also, first post to the comm!
In today's Bernie news; Draws big crowds in Salt Lake City, says 'No Thanks' to Israel, and draws a focus to Native American rights.





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Bernie Sanders turns down invitation to address AIPAC confab


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Citing his campaign schedule, Bernie Sanders said he would not address AIPAC’s conference next week, making him the only presidential candidate that will not attend the large annual pro-Israel gathering this year.

“I would very much have enjoyed speaking at the AIPAC conference,” Sanders said in a letter Friday to Robert Cohen, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee president.

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Sanders speaks out for Native American rights at Flagstaff rally



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Win or lose, I just can't get rid of the Bern.

BDS in the US: Boycott Israel movement gains support


The United Methodist church joins BDS movement amid growing global campaign from activists to boycott Israel.


The BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement active in numerous countries aims to put pressure on Israel to end its engagement in the Palestinian territories [Abed Al Haslhamoun/EPA]

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OP: Sorry for the many sources, but it astonishes and frightens me to see that laws created to protect against hate speech can be used to stifle legitimate political dissent. Also, exactly how is it anti-semitic to say that Israel's treatment of the Palestinians is shameful? And how is it anti-semitic to engage in nonviolent protest of a government's policies? (Answer: it isn't. While I realize and recognize that horrible anti-semites can and have used this issue to try to push forth their own agendas, I (1) highly doubt they really give a damn about the Palestinian people and (2) feel this (and other cases of anti-semitism) has been used to stifle legitimate criticism of Israel's policies and human rights record, which in and of itself is NOT discriminatory.)

Resources on Israel's human rights abuses:
-Amnesty International:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/israel-and-occupied-palestinian-territories/
-B'Tselem: http://www.btselem.org/
Donald Trump’s runaway success in the GOP primaries so far is setting off alarm bells among neoconservatives who are worried he will not pursue the same bellicose foreign policy that has dominated Republican thinking for decades.

Neoconservative historian Robert Kagan — one of the prime intellectual backers of the Iraq war and an advocate for Syrian intervention — announced in the Washington Post last week that if Trump secures the nomination “the only choice will be to vote for Hillary Clinton.”

Max Boot, an unrepentant supporter of the Iraq war, wrote in the Weekly Standard that a “Trump presidency would represent the death knell of America as a great power,” citing, among other things, Trump’s objection to a large American troop presence in South Korea.

Trump has done much to trigger the scorn of neocon pundits. He denounced the Iraq war as a mistake based on Bush administration lies, just prior to scoring a sizable victory in the South Carolina GOP primary. In last week’s contentious GOP presidential debate, he defended the concept of neutrality in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is utterly taboo on the neocon right.

“It serves no purpose to say you have a good guy and a bad guy,” he said, pledging to take a neutral position in negotiating peace.

This set off his rival Marco Rubio, who replied, “The position you’ve taken is an anti-Israel position…Because you cannot be an honest broker in a dispute between two sides in which one of the sides is constantly acting in bad faith.”
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Ira Hansen is a Republican member of the Nevada State Assembly. He's served since his 2011 swearing-in, and with his party's newly acquired majority, he was recently named its candidate for speaker.

Hansen also has a history of making sexist, homophobic and racist comments. He has gone after Israel, newcomers to Nevada and low-ranking members of his own party. To name a few.

Hansen wrote a column for the Sparks Tribune for a period of 13 years, in which he aired these -- and many, many other -- grievances. Since the Tribune only recently went online, these columns went largely unnoticed and were difficult to track. The Reno News and Review took the liberty of reviewing every single one of Hansen's columns on microfilm, and it published its findings Thursday.

The report summarizes some of the most contentious comments Hansen made about women, black and Hispanic people, gay individuals and others in the columns he wrote under a Confederate flag.

“I fly it proudly in honor and in memory of a great cause and my brave ancestors who fought for that cause," Hansen wrote.

In the new term, Nevada Republicans will hold majorities in both chambers of the state legislature as well as the governorship for the first time since the Great Depression. With Hansen as speaker, Nevada is in for a treat.


Below, some of The Reno News and Review's most notable findings.

On Women

"Today, when Army men look at women in the ranks with 'longing in their eyes' it very well may constitute ’sexual harassment.’ The truth is, women do not belong in the Army or Navy or Marine Corps, except in certain limited fields."

"Women, historically, have been the nurturers and mothers while men have been the providers and defenders."

“So what happened between 1960 and 2001? Major social changes that negatively affected the family. Childbearing was reduced to an average of two kids. … Divorce rates skyrocketed. ’Child care’ became an industry. Child abuse skyrocketed. Thanks to the ’sexual revolution’ and the ’women’s liberation movement,’ women chose to act as foolishly as men, and illegitimacy also went through the roof. … Abortions get about one out of every four children conceived.”

On Black People

"The lack of gratitude and the deliberate ignoring of white history in relation to eliminating slavery is a disgrace that Negro leaders should own up to."

"King's private life was trashy at best. … King Jr. is as low as it gets, a hypocrite, a liar, a phony, and a fraud."

"The shrewd and calculating [black] 'leaders' are willing to sacrifice the children of their own race to gratify their lust for power and position. The relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship, with the benevolent master knowing what’s best for his simple minded darkies. For American blacks, being denied choice and forced to attend the failing and inferior government school system is a form of involuntary servitude. Let’s call it what it truly is -- educational slavery."

On Latinos

"Locally, gangs and their associated criminal activity are obviously dominated by immigrants, especially Hispanic immigrants. You cannot read a story about criminals or watch a news report locally without noticing a grossly disproportionate amount of Hispanic involvement."

On Gay People

"Considering only about 2 percent of adult males are homosexuals, the numbers show why homosexuals have been historically regarded as such a threat. Male homosexuals are grossly disproportionate in child molestation cases, and the youth orientation of male homosexuality drives this trend."

"I've been keeping a rough tally on homosexual/heterosexual molesters as reported locally, and roughly half of all molestations involve homosexual men preying on boys."

On Israel

"What exactly is it about Israel that makes it so important to the United States? Why are all our actions there designed exclusively to benefit Israel? If Israel ceased to exist tomorrow, what impact would that have on the U.S.? … Israel is a tiny country, roughly 8,000 square miles, about the size of Washoe County, with a total population of approximately 5.5 million people. Twenty percent of those are Arabs. By way of contrast, the Muslim world has about one billion people or roughly 995 million people more than Israel. And most importantly, the Muslim/Arab countries have something of utmost importance to the U.S. -- oil."

"The success of the Israeli propaganda machine, aided and abetted by many duped Christian simpletons in the United States, can be observed by the general consensus, frequently publicly expressed, that Jerusalem and the holy land was until recently almost meaningless to the Muslims. Our ignorance of history is taken advantage of, and this knowledge vacuum is felled with half-truths and distortions of fact."

Head over to The Reno News and Review for more.

By Ashley Alman. Posted: 11/20/2014 3:12 pm EST. Updated: 11/20/2014 3:18 pm EST.

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One person's requirement for religious accommodation can seem all-too-much like discrimination to another.

An El Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv last week encountered delays when several ultra-orthodox Jewish men refused to take their seats next to women over religious objections.

Ultra-orthodox Judaism forbids physical contact between men and women unless they are first-degree relatives or married to one another. In an airplane with close quarters, maintaining such separation is not easy.

As orthodox and secular Jewish passengers boarded the flight scheduled to arrive at Ben Gurion airport on the morning of Rosh Hashanah, the men began asking women seated next to them to move, sometimes even offering compensation for seat changes, Ynet News reports.

One passenger, identified as Galit, was sitting next to her husband when an ultra-orthodox, or haredi, man asked her to move. But she refused to change seats, Galit told Ynet:

"I ended up sitting next to a haredi man who jumped out of his seat the moment we had finished taking off and proceeded to stand in the aisle."
Some of the haredi men spent much of the eleven-hour flight standing and praying in the aisle, which caused general commotion and made it difficult to reach the restroom, Galit said.

The experience of Galit is not unique. Author Elana Maryles Sztokman wrote about a similar experience in a piece published on The Huffington Post:




The plane took off 20 minutes late because an ultra-Orthodox man was negotiating with passengers so as not to have to sit next to a woman -- me -- on the 11-hour flight.



While the airline told Ynet its crews try to do "the best they can to address the needs and requests of all our travelers," it is unclear in this case whose needs would be best accommodated -- the haredi men who felt religiously mandated to uphold sex segregation or the women who felt they were unfairly "bullied and harassed."

A Change.org petition started on Monday by several women in the Jewish community calls on El Al to prevent future harassment of female passengers on its flights. The petition states:




Why does El Al Airlines permit female passengers to be bullied, harassed, and intimidated into switching seats which they rightfully paid for and were assigned to by El Al Airlines? One person's religious rights does not trump another person's civil rights.



As a possible solution the petition suggests the airline reserve several rows of sex segregated seating where passengers may pay an extra fee to reserve seats and thus avoid future delays.

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Fundies can be so exhausting.
EDIT: I tried editing the tags to add the sexism and misogyny tags and then it added the sex tag on its own and now won't let me edit it out, wtf.

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