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Posted by Tip Staff - December 21, 2018

A Note to Our Loyal Readers
Local Chapters Pressuring National Women’s March Over Anti-Semitism
To Fight Anti-Semitism, American Jewry Should Learn from Early Days of Amnesty International
IDF Begins Destroying Hezbollah Terror Tunnels

A Note to Our Loyal Readers

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Local Chapters Pressuring National Women’s March Over Anti-Semitism

As the Women’s March prepares to march again on January 19, the organization’s national leadership is under intense pressure from local branches over allegations of anti-Semitism against co-chairs Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez.

Several local affiliates are disbanding, defecting or distancing themselves from the national branch over their ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and his anti-Semitic views, USA Today reported on Friday.

Accusations of anti-Semitism were lodged against Mallory, when she was captured on video attending a Nation of Islam event in which Louis Farrakhan said, “the powerful Jew is my enemy.” The leadership of the March defended Mallory against charges of anti-Semitism.

Earlier this week, the Washington State chapter of the Women’s March announced its dissolution over the controversy and other concerns. In separate incidents, the local branch of the organization in Denver rebranded as Womxn's (the x represents inclusion) March Denver, while Women's March Los Angeles posted a statement on its website informing the public of its separation from the national leadership.

“I don’t think four women from New York represent us on a national level,” said Emiliana Guereca, executive director of Women’s March Los Angeles. “We’re all local community organizers. We receive no funding, no feedback, no structure from Women's March Inc., which is what is supposed to happen out of a national organization,” she added. The leader of the local branch in Denver, Angela Astle, commented, "Hate speech is wrong, period."

It also emerged that more than one dozen local Women’s March chapters – including six local groups that share the "Women's March" name – have filed legal paperwork opposing the New York-based national leadership’s application to trademark the name.

In a critique of the Women’s March in November, the organization’s founder Teresa Shook called on the movement’s current co-chairs to resign over anti-Semitic rhetoric and bigotry, just days after Sarsour suggested American Jews have dual loyalties.

To Fight Anti-Semitism, American Jewry Should Learn from Early Days of Amnesty International

Pittsburgh was a wake-up call to a Jewish community often focused on combating threats to others. Today, anti-Semitism not only survives but flourishes on both Right and Left, and Jews need to confront it. In doing so, Jews would strengthen internal unity and increase their credibility by borrowing a page from Amnesty International’s early days.

One of the deepest problems hampering the American Jewish community in both recognizing and confronting rising anti-Semitism is political polarization. Jews concerned about anti-Semitism among Islamists and the Left have sometimes been blind to danger from the Right. Likewise, those focused on anti-Semitism from the Right have had little to say about it on the Left and among Islamists.

Evidence of mounting anti-Semitism is all around. The FBI reported a 37% increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes last year. The ADL reported a 67% upsurge in anti-Semitic incidents (not necessarily amounting to crimes) and a doubling of same on college campuses.

And because it is an equal opportunity hatred, it is not limited to one ideology.

Well before Pittsburgh, white supremacists frequently targeted Jews. In 2014, KKK leader Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr., murdered three people outside Jewish organizations in Kansas. In 2009, neo-Nazi James Wenneker von Brunn killed a guard at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

At the same time, anti-Semitism thrives among Islamists and the Left. On December 10, 2018, ISIS supporter Damon Joseph was arrested for plotting a synagogue attack in Ohio. Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad (aka Carlos Bledsoe) shot up the home of a Little Rock rabbi and firebombed what he believed was a rabbi’s house in Nashville, days before attacking a Little Rock army recruiting station in 2009.

To read this complete essay, please click here.

IDF Begins Destroying Hezbollah Terror Tunnels

The IDF has begun the process of destroying the Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnels it has discovered, The Times of Israel reported Friday.

After broadcasting a warning in Arabic across the border into the southern Lebanese village of Ramiya, telling residents to move out of the area for their own safety, the IDF detonated explosives in the tunnel on the Israeli side of the border.

“We are about to blow up this tunnel built by Hezbollah,” an officer is heard saying in a video of the tunnel's destruction. “We ask you to evacuate the area immediately. You are in danger.”

“The neutralization and destruction phase of Hezbollah’s cross-border attack tunnels begun yesterday and is led by the combat engineering units of the Northern Command and the Yahalom (Special Combat Engineering) Unit,” the IDF explained in a statement.

On Thursday, the IDF said that it would destroy some tunnels, but others would be sealed or neutralized to render them unusable for Hezbollah to use to launch attacks into Israel.

The different approaches to rendering the tunnels unusable will be dictated by how they were constructed.

“Some of them have concrete components, some of them were dug into the living rock,” IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus explained. “Each tunnel has a tailored [destruction] technique.”

Israel has deployed extra troops near the border with Lebanon to deter Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed terror group, from attempting any retaliatory attacks as the IDF destroys the tunnels.

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