Michael Lumish

Nine reasons why progressives do not understand their Pro-Israel Friends.

The western-left is befuddled and disgusted by pro-Israel diaspora Jewry despite the fact that pro-Israel diaspora Jewry supports the western-left. These are nine of their fundamental misunderstandings: Number One:  Anti-Zionism is not equivalent to criticism of Israel.  Well-meaning western-leftists tend to confuse anti-Zionism with mere criticism of the Jewish homeland. …

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Live on ‘Nothing Left’ – Milo Yiannopoulos.

Michael Burd and Alan Freedman of Nothing Left on Australia’s J-AIR radio conducted an interview with Milo Yiannopoulos to be aired on Tuesday, November 28, 9 to 11 AM, Melbourne time. Yiannopoulos is one of the more notorious figures emerging out of the previous presidential election in the United States. The guy is a British, …

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The West Has Gone Bats!

{This is a fleshing out of an earlier thing that I called The U.S. Has Gone Bats!} Yes, that is the way it is. I suppose that it is not surprising that my cohort, born in the 1960s, stomped on the Western Liberal Tradition. This is to say that the …

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I am Free from Reem’s Racist Stupidity!

Reem Assil and her malicious, anti-Zionist friends challenged the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and promptly got their legalistic butts kicked.   {Good for them.}   Anyone who followed the story of Assil’s extremist and terrorist-admiring restaurant at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland knows that her attorneys dismissed …

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Reem Assil’s Racist Restaurant in Oakland .

Reem Assil has placed a giant floor-to-ceiling mural of recently deported genocidal Jew murderer Rasmea Odeh in her bakery/cafe next to the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland, California. For Jewish people, it might as well be a giant Nazi Swastika. As one of those who objected to this public veneration of an …

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Social Media Notes # 2: The Alienation of Diaspora Jewry.

In a Facebook post, our friend Susan George references a Ha’aretz article by Yehuda Bauer, professor emeritus at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at Hebrew University, entitled, The Danger of Alienating Diaspora Jews. As a non-Jewish supporter of both Israel and the Jewish people, George is curious about pro-Israel …

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From Exodus to Munich: A Response to Forest Rain.

Forest Rain has written a smart piece published in Israellycool  and Inspiration from Zion entitled, From Exodus to Munich: How Did We Get Here? This is an interesting bit of cultural inquiry that wonders how the Jewish people in Israel went – in the popular Western imagination – from plucky and outnumbered …

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The Moral Panic of 2017.

This is a moment of “moral panic” in the United States. All this yelling and screaming and crying and whining about Nazis and Klansmen and White Supremacists is like nothing so much as the Red Scare of the 1950s. As you will remember from either personal experience or from the …

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Social media Notes # 1

Rogue feminist Camille Paglia – during her recent book tour promoting Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism – suggested that comments under blog posts represent a certain kind of art-form. Given Paglia’s semi-iconic status within the intellectual community that should give some of you the warm-fuzzies. I do not know if it …

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Thoughtless Bandwagons of Hatred.

I have yet to speak out against Donald Trump.  One reason for this is that I do not so easily leap aboard thoughtless Bandwagons of Hatred.If the anti-Trumpeteers had not done such a terrific job of projecting their toxic racialized bullshit – and thereby throwing the United States into the …

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Reemed in Oakland, California.

“You’re lucky that you are in that wheelchair, motherfucker!” That is what a young, six-foot-plus, twenty-something supporter of Rasmea Odeh and Reem Assil of Reem’s antisemitic restaurant in Oakland shouted at Robin Durbin at the recent pro-Israel / pro-Jewish rally put together by Faith Meltzer, Matthew Finkelstein, and Uncle Bernie supporter, Susan …

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Noura Erakat, Israel’s Smiling Enemy, Speaks at Berkeley.

If Brooklyn-based “feminist” and Palestinian apologist Linda Sarsour is the progressive-left flavor of the month, George Mason University international law professor Noura Erakat is a more intellectually significant, up-and-coming player in the growing Western, anti-Jewish, Israel-hating business. Approximately fifty people attended Erakat’s keynote address at the recent UC Berkeley conference on …

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UC Berkeley Pits Liberalism Against ‘Islamophobia’

 Fast on the heels of the University of California’s anti-free speech “Battle of Berkeley”—in which hundreds of black-clad, left-wing, “anti-fascists” attacked Trump supporters in the streets—around five hundred students and scholars attended the weekend conference “Islamophobia & The End of Liberalism?” The conference poster featured a righteously concerned Statue of …

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UCLA’s Gelvin Buries Obama’s Middle East Policy Failures.

Barack Obama

   “How will history judge Barack Obama in terms of his policies and actions toward the Middle East?” asked UCLA Professor of Middle Eastern History James Gelvin at UC Berkeley.   A crowd of around 100 students and faculty, some in Muslim attire, crammed into a small conference room in the Center …

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Jewish Left & Conflict between Multiculturalism & Universal Human Rights

It’s very sad, really.   I am watching my former political home, the American progressive-left, rip itself into ideological pieces.   In an apparent effort to reconcile the irreconcilable – i.e., the multicultural ideal (as represented by Sharia) with universal human rights (as represented by western feminism) – it is throwing …

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Hijab Cool.

When I was growing up in the outskirts of New York City in the 1970s there was hardly a hijab to be found. Of course, when I was growing up in the outskirts of New York City in the 1970s there was hardly a Muslim to be found, either. There …

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Ha’aretz Spits at the “Mensches”

Japan beat Team Israel last Wednesday to eliminate the “Mensches” from the World Baseball Classic (WBC). Nonetheless, Israel did far better than anyone thought possible.  Manager Jerry Weinstein and the guys were not expected to even qualify for the tournament and the odds makers pegged them at a 200 to 1 …

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Mensches Beat Cuba!

I am flabbergasted. They did it again! The Mensches have taken four wins straight during the tournament, thus far, after winning three in a row in the qualifying matches last September. Team Israel, a 200 to 1 underdog to actually win the World Baseball Classic (WBC), beat 8th-ranked Cuba yesterday after taking …

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Mensch on the Bench.

Well, I have to tell you, I am just eating this up. The Times of Israel tells us: Israel’s national baseball team clobbered Taiwan 15-7 Tuesday, racing off to a 2-0 start in the country’s first-ever appearance in the World Baseball Classic. Powered by strong hitting and capped by a …

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Is it racist to oppose fascism of color?

Many westerners seem to believe that opposition to political Islam (Jihad) is equivalent to racism. This is why progressives – or what Dave Rubin, and others, refer to as the “regressive-left” – so vehemently oppose the vetting of Arab-Muslim immigrants into the United States. They honestly do not care about …

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