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The Daily TIP: Rep. Omar Says People Accuse Her of Anti-Semitism Because She is Muslim

Posted by Tip Staff - March 01, 2019

Rep. Omar Says People Accuse Her of Anti-Semitism Because She is Muslim
Anti-Israel Event Held by Democratic Socialists at Wake Forest Pushed Anti-Semitic Messages
In Argentina, Five Convicted, Ex-President and 7 Others Acquitted For Obstructing AMIA Probe
Israeli Startup Uses AI to Track Progression of Degenerative Neurological Diseases

Rep. Omar Says People Accuse Her of Anti-Semitism Because She is Muslim

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D - Minn.) said that she and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D - Mich.) are accused of anti-Semitism because they are Muslim, the Jewish Insider newsletter reported Thursday.

“What I’m fearful of — because Rashida and I are Muslim — that a lot of our Jewish colleagues," Omar told an audience gathered in Washington, D.C., "a lot of our constituents, a lot of our allies, go to thinking that everything we say about Israel to be anti-Semitic because we are Muslim.”

Omar went on to say that the charge of anti-Semitism was a means to "end the debate" so that "nobody ever gets to have the broader debate of what is happening with Palestine.”

She then added, "So for me, I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country."

Jewish Insider described the comment as suggesting "as Tlaib had in a tweet of her own, dual loyalty among a particular group of Americans." The comment drew "loud rounds of applause and shouts of affirmation."

In January, Tlaib said of Republicans that "they forgot what country they represent.”

Commenting on the report in New York magazine's Intelligencer column, Jonathan Chait observed that Omar's comment was much worse than her infamous "It's all about the Benjamins" tweet.

"Accusing Jews of 'allegiance to a foreign country' is a historically classic way of delegitimizing their participation in the political system," Chait wrote.

"Omar is directly invoking the hoary myth of dual loyalty, in which the Americanness of Jews is inherently suspect, and their political participation must be contingent upon proving their patriotism," he added.

Read more at The Tower.

Anti-Israel Event Held by Democratic Socialists at Wake Forest Pushed Anti-Semitic Messages

A group of students at Wake Forrest University in North Carolina is behind a week-long anti-Israel campus event, titled "How Palestine Became Israel,” that disseminated anti-Semitic messages, Shiri Moshe reported for The Algemeiner.

The “Solidarity with Palestine” initiative was launched by the Palestine Solidarity Coalition, comprised in part of members of the campus’s Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) chapter. In 2017, the parent group, Democratic Socialists of America, organized a convention in Chicago, where participants were heard chanting, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” – a call to eliminate the state of Israel from within the 1967 lines and establishing a state of Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

As part of the anti-Israel campus campaign, Wake Forrest University students erected posters and a mock wall that resorted to anti-Semitic rhetoric.

The mock wall included the slogan “resistance is not terrorism,” a morally deprived attempt to legitimize Palestinian terrorism and to justify the murder of innocent Israelis by U.S.-designated terrorist organizations like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

By their own admission, the students support the goals of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign that opposes the existence of the nation-state of the Jewish people, meaning that Jews are undeserving of statehood. The boycott’s campaign embodies anti-Zionism — which is anti-Semitism.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, recognized by its 31 member states – explicitly codifies that “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, and denying Israel the right to exist” are anti-Semitic.

Peter Reitzes, a pro-Israel activist based in North Carolina who has covered the City of Durham’s ban of police training exchange programs with Israel for The Tower, observed: “Anti-Zionists love to hide behind the statement, ‘Criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic.’ However, calling for the boycott of only one country on the planet – Israel – is anti-Semitic.”

Read more at The Tower.

In Argentina, Five Convicted, Ex-President and 7 Others Acquitted For Obstructing AMIA Probe

A court in Argentina convicted five people and acquitted eight others, including a former president, for their roles in obstructing the investigation into the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Agence France-Presse reported Thursday.

Former President Carlos Menem, who ruled Argentina from 1989 to 1999, was acquitted of the charges that he ordered a coverup.

However, Judge Juan José Galeano, who presided over the initial investigation into the biggest terror attack in Argentina's history, was found guilty of paying $400,000 to Carlos Telledin to implicate of a group of police officers in the crime.

The bombing, which occurred July 18, 1994, killed 85 people and wounded hundreds of others.

Galeano was sentenced to six years in jail for concealment and violation of evidence. Telledin was sentenced to three-and-a-half years for his role. Hugo Anzorreguy, a former intelligence chief, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years. All of the sentences are subject to appeal.

Galeano denied that he was acting on orders from Menem.

Telledin sold the van that was used to carry out the bombing to a Lebanese Hezbollah operative.

Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor who was appointed to take over the investigation in 2004, and continued until his murder in 2015, established that Iran was behind the attack.

Two others, prosecutors Eamon Mullen and Jose Barbaccia, were sentenced to two-year terms for failure to do carry out their duties as they related to the investigation.

A group of family members of the victims of the AMIA bombing criticized the verdict for failing to hold Menem to account.

Read more at The Tower.

Israeli Startup Uses AI to Track Progression of Degenerative Neurological Diseases

A novel artificial intelligence (AI) platform for monitoring and predicting the progression of neurodegenerative diseases was unveiled in Israel by BGN Technologies, the technology-transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev.

Meant for identifying markers for personalized treatment and drug development, the platform was developed by Prof. Boaz Lerner of the university’s department of industrial engineering and management.

The initial focus will be on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive, incurable motor neuron disease. The platform later will be adapted to other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

The platform analyzes demographic and clinical data using machine learning and data-mining algorithms to produce models that can predict the rate and pattern of ALS progression, identify factors essential for the prediction (such as specific lab tests or vital signs), and stratify homogenous sub-groups from the heterogeneous ALS population. The more data added, the better the platform performs.

The ability to predict progression can improve individual patient care and also the design of clinical trials by identifying markers of patient sub-populations for whom treatment is beneficial.

“One of the big challenges of designing and managing clinical trials for ALS stems from the fact that not only is it a rare disease, but also clinical heterogeneity makes it hard to identify markers correlating with disease severity for enabling successful clinical trials. As a result, after decades of research, there is still no real cure for ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases,” explained Lerner.

BGN is seeking an industry partner for the further development and commercialization of this innovative patent-pending technology.

(via Israel21c)

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