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The Daily TIP: Sarsour Blasted for Using Anti-Semitic Slur on Facebook

Posted by Tip Staff - November 20, 2018

Sarsour Blasted for Using Anti-Semitic Slur on Facebook
UK Foreign Secretary: Imprisoned Dual-Nationals in Iran Must Not Be Used for "Diplomatic Leverage"
Columbia University's Center for Palestine Studies: Ramallah on the Hudson
IsraAID Sends Emergency Response Team to Assist in Wake of Deadly California Wildfire

Sarsour Blasted for Using Anti-Semitic Slur on Facebook

Sarsour, in a Facebook post, was defending representative-elect Ilhan Omar, who had recently voiced her support for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, after denying that she supported it during the campaign.

According to Sarsour, Omar was "being attacked for saying that she supports BDS and the right for people to engage in constitutionally protected freedoms."

"This is not only coming from the right-wing," Sarsour continued, "but some folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.”

The charge of Americans having primary allegiance to Israel prompted the American Jewish Committee to respond, "Accusing Jews of dual loyalty is one of the oldest and most pernicious antisemitic tropes. No surprise to see it coming from @LSarsour. How long will progressive leaders continue to look the other way in the face of this hate?"

Sarsour has previously sparked outrage by saying that Zionists cannot be feminists and that "nothing is creepier than Zionism." She also has been criticized for supporting hate-preacher Louis Farrakhan along with other leaders of the Women's March.

The ties of Sarsour and other leaders of the Women's March to Farrakhan prompted actress and activist Alyssa Milano to say that she would not speak at the next March unless its leadership spoke out in opposition to Farrakhan's hate-mongering.

UK Foreign Secretary: Imprisoned Dual-Nationals in Iran Must Not Be Used for "Diplomatic Leverage"

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who arrived in Tehran on Monday for talks on the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal, said Iranian authorities must stop using dual citizens as political tools and called for the immediate release of prisoners including charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Sky News reported.

"I arrive in Iran with a clear message for the country's leaders: putting innocent people in prison cannot and must not be used as a tool of diplomatic leverage,” Hunt said before a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

“More than anything, we must see those innocent British-Iranian dual-nationals imprisoned in Iran returned to their families in Britain,” the minister added. “I have just heard too many heartbreaking stories from families who have been forced to endure a terrible separation.”

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was separated from her toddler daughter Gabriella, and arrested in April 2016, while preparing to depart from Tehran’s international airport. She had been in Iran visiting her family. She was sentenced to five years in jail for allegedly working to overthrow the Iranian regime. Iranian authorities said that Ratcliffe will face a new trial for further security-related offenses.

Hunt has twice met Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard, who has campaigned exhaustively for his wife’s release.

Iran has a long history of hostage-taking and arresting dual nationals on suspicious charges and using them as bargaining chips in negotiations with the West. Reuters reported last November that the Islamic Republic has arrested at least 30 dual-nationals since the nuclear deal was agreed to in 2015. Ratcliffe’s ordeal helped prompt the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office to upgrade its warning in 2016 to citizens not to visit Iran out of concern that they could be “arbitrarily detained.”

Columbia University's Center for Palestine Studies: Ramallah on the Hudson

The Trump administration may have closed the PLO’s Mission in Washington, D.C., but its Morningside Heights Mission is open for business. I refer to Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies (CPS), an Ivy League clearinghouse for PLO propaganda and the demonization of Israel. Call it the PLO’s American academic wing.

When the CPS opened more than eight years ago, founding co-director Rashid Khalidi promised that it would avoid doing “anything that’s directly related to any political activism.” This is laughable. What Khalidi meant is that the CSP would not participate in anti-Israel activism, but this is a lie. The faculty members who comprise the center’s experts are rivaled only by the faculty of Birzeit University for their anti-Israel advocacy.

It might, in fact, take a Center for Palestine Studies to examine thoroughly the history of Palestinian organizations devoted to political violence. But instead, Columbia has assembled the anti-Israel all-stars of academia, such as Joseph Massad, who has called for “the continuing resistance of Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Territories to all the civil and military institutions that uphold Jewish supremacy.” Another member of CPS is Hamid Dabashi, who wrote that Israel is a “key actor” in “every dirty treacherous ugly and pernicious act happening in the world.”

In addition to being a professor at Columbia’s Middle East Institute and co-director of the CPS, Khalidi also happens to be a former member of the PLO, as Martin Kramer has shown. Not since Columbia hired former Weather Underground member Kathy Boudin at its School of Social Work has it given a platform to "reformed" terrorists. At least Boudin expressed remorse, even if it was insincere. Not so Khalidi, a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS ) advocate whose views have remained consistent since his PLO days, though they are now masked in the academic patois of post-colonialism.

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IsraAID Sends Emergency Response Team to Assist in Wake of Deadly California Wildfire

Israeli NGO, IsraAID, is sending an emergency response team to California to help communities affected by the unprecedented fires that have killed 80 and destroyed over 13,000 homes and buildings. More than 1,300 people are still listed as missing.

The two blazes broke out 10 days ago in both north and south California and quickly spiraled out of control. The Camp Fire wildfire, which wiped out the town of Paradise in Butte county (population 27,000), is already the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, torching an area the size of Chicago.

The Woolsey fire has burned over 98,362 acres in southern California near the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

After a request from local communities, IsraAID is to conduct a needs assessment of the population in affected areas, promote community resilience and recovery, and distribute relief items to families currently staying in temporary accommodation after losing their homes in the fires.

Yotam Polizer, the co-CEO of IsraAID, told ISRAEL21c that a team of four Israelis have already flown out to California, and plan to set up operations in Chico, where many evacuees are now living in tent cities, shelters and even sleeping in their cars.

“We’ve seen a lot of disaster zones over the years, but this is a whole different level of devastation. Everything has been burned to the ground, and there are so many people still missing,” said Polizer, who has just returned from California.

“The search and rescue teams aren’t looking for survivors, they are looking for remains. From a psychological perspective it’s on a whole different scale.

(via Israel21c)

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