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The Daily TIP: On Twitter, Sarsour Cites Israel-Hating Electronic Intifada to Defend Rep. Omar's Anti-Semitism

Posted by Tip Staff - March 06, 2019

On Twitter, Sarsour Cites Israel-Hating Electronic Intifada to Defend Rep. Omar's Anti-Semitism
SFSU Professor Equates Zionism with Nazism, Denies Jewish Self-Determination on Facebook
Rights Groups Slam Iran for Promoting Cleric Implicated in Mass Executions to Head Judiciary
Israel's Historic Moon-Bound Spacecraft Transmits Selfie with Earth in the Background


On Twitter, Sarsour Cites Israel-Hating Electronic Intifada to Defend Rep. Omar's Anti-Semitism

Controversial Palestinian-American activist and leader of the Women’s March, Linda Sarsour, has doubled down in her defense of freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D – Minn.), who has been accused of promoting anti-Semitism on several occasions.

On her Twitter account Wednesday, Sarsour shared a tweet from Electronic Intifada, saying, “Actual hate groups pose as anti-racists, while @IlhanMN, the first Black Muslim woman in Congress, is smeared and threatened because she is prepared to stand up to the Israeli apartheid lobby.”

Electronic Intifada is an anti-Semitic propaganda website dedicated to promoting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign that seeks the destruction of the Jewish State. The tweet linked to an article on the organization’s website written by co-founder and activist Abu Abunimah, a leading advocate of the radical one-state solution.

Omar has sparked condemnation from lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle, as well as several Jewish organizations, for a series of anti-Semitic comments. The Congresswoman once famously claimed that “Israel has hypnotized the world.”

Last week, Omar charged on Twitter that politicians in the United States were being forced to “pledge allegiance” to Israel and that the allegiance of American Jews is primarily with the Jewish State. In a separate incident, Omar replied on social media to a journalist wondering who the Congresswoman thought was paying American politicians to be pro-Israel by simply responding “AIPAC” (American Israel Public Affairs Committee).

The Israel Project CEO and President Josh Block clarified in an interview with NPR at the time that AIPAC, “as an organization, does not make endorsements. It doesn’t contribute to campaigns. It doesn’t contribute to candidates – none of those things. In fact, it doesn’t even have a PAC.”

Read more at The Tower.



SFSU Professor Equates Zionism with Nazism, Denies Jewish Self-Determination on Facebook

A controversial Associate Professor at San Francisco State University (SFSU) shared a live video along with a statement that denied Jews self-determination and demonized Israel on the official Facebook page of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) program at the university’s College of Ethnic Studies.

Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, a Nablus-born “expert on the Middle East” who serves as Director of AMED, charged in her statement that the “SFSU Administration (…) continues to collaborate with the Zionist designs to silence us and has removed me from teaching my two courses (Palestine: Ethnic Studies Perspective and Colonialism, Imperialism and Resistance: Third World Movements, Then and Now).”

She also called Israel a “colonial, racist and occupying power.”

According to Abdulhadi, the “open classroom,” which can be seen in the video, brings together students, faculty, staff, and community leaders to challenge “the hegemonic narratives of oppression, like the Zionist narrative that seeks to erase indigenous Palestinians and sever their relationship to the land of their ancestors.”

The Associate Professor also accused the university of bias against her and other minority activists, asking: “How do we explain such contradictions between, on one hand, the identity of SFSU as a social justice institution, and the escalation of actions that can only seen as hostile to a host of communities, including Arabs, Muslims, Palestinians, and Jews, on the other?”

Abdulhadi added: “And if we add them to the weaponizing of free speech in the service of Nazis, Zionists and other white supremacists, the attacks against Indigenous, Black and other faculty, students and staff of color, can we continue to chalk all of this off to simple mistakes, isolated incidents, reasonable bureaucracy and normal ‘I am just doing my job’? Is something else going on?”

“Which side do you choose?” she asked, concluding her distorted and hateful rant.

Read more at The Tower.



Rights Groups Slam Iran for Promoting Cleric Implicated in Mass Executions to Head Judiciary

Rights groups criticized Iran for appointing a cleric who has been implicated for his role in mass executions in the 1980s to head its judiciary, the Voice of America reported Wednesday.

Ebrahim Raisi was the deputy prosecutor in Tehran in 1988 when the regime carried out thousands of summary executions of dissidents.

While the VOA reported that although "Iran’s Islamist leaders have ignored or denied the existence of such mass executions," in 2016, the regime jailed the son of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri for releasing recordings of his father objecting to the death sentences.

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the director of the Oslo-based group Iran Human Rights (IHR), described the appointment of Raisi as a show of defiance by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei against both foreign and domestic critics.

Shadi Sadr, director of Justice for Iran, told VOA Persian that the appointment would protect Raisi from prosecution. However, she said that the international community could still act against the cleric by imposing a travel ban on him as a human rights violator.

“At the very least, the United Nations and other international institutions should condemn the appointment of a man accused of one of Iran’s greatest crimes to the highest judicial post in the country,” Sadr suggested.

In 2016, Khamenei appointed Raisi to head the Astan Quds Razavi, one of Iran’s largest charities. Controlling the charity increased Raisi’s prominence and gave him the resources to build a network of supporters. By naming Raisi to this position, Ray Takeyh, an expert on Iran at the Council for Foreign Relations, assessed that Khamenei “opened the gates of the Islamic Republic’s murky financial universe to Raisi.”

Read more at The Tower.



Israel's Historic Moon-Bound Spacecraft Transmits Selfie with Earth in the Background

Beresheet, Israel’s first unmanned rocket to the moon, may still have a long voyage ahead of it, but it’s already taking selfies of its journey.

Thirteen days after it took off successfully from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida piggy-backed aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the Beresheet’s camera took its first selfie photo from a distance of 37,600 kilometers from Earth.

The 1.5 meter spacecraft transmitted the photo to the control room in Yehud, Israel, which is staffed day and night by engineers from SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries.

In the photo of Earth, taken during a slow spin of the spacecraft, Australia is clearly visible.

Also seen is the plaque installed on the spacecraft, with the Israeli flag and the inscriptions “Am Yisrael Chai” and “Small Country, Big Dreams”.

Beresheet’s journey to the moon has not been without problems. The spacecraft’s trackers, which were supposed to follow the stars, failed to work after launch, but on February 24, the spacecraft still managed to complete its first maneuver successfully when Beresheet’s main engine was activated.

Two days later, just before another maneuver, the spacecraft computer reset unexpectedly, causing the maneuver to be cancelled. On February 28th, however, after completing examination of the computer resets and implementation of corrective measures, Beresheet managed to complete a successful maneuver and is now on its way to an elliptical orbit where the farthest point from Earth is at a distance of 131,000 km.

If all goes according to plan, Beresheet will land on the moon on April 11. The spacecraft will study craters and the local magnetic field during its lunar approach and two-day mission.

On board, the Israeli rocket is a Lunar Library, which seeks to archive human knowledge for millions of years into the future. The library includes an English-language version of Wikipedia, and keys to 5,000 languages.

(via Israel21c)


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