A few years ago, 2013 to be exact, I had only just started blogging, when I came upon a dreadful group of Jews here called the ‘Australian Jewish Democratic Society‘. I was completely and utterly horrified that Jews could rubbish Israel they way they were.
I started doing some digging around about them. I discovered they were causing some big trouble in Melbourne, the loony left capital of Australia and decided to write an article about them. “The Enemy Within”. It’s worth a read to see why I, a novice, was so incensed.
I cannot get my head around where these people are coming from. Throughout the centuries we have suffered more than any race of people. Murder, rape, banishment and more. Fortunately, not that I am aware of, I didn’t lose family in the Holocaust. I know that my father’s maternal family fled Spain at the time of the Spanish Inquisition and went overland to the Ukraine, via Turkey.
Then later to England, to escape the pogroms, servitude and forced army service. My grandfather was about to be forced to ‘serve’ his country. Rather than that, they fled. The rabbi came to the house to marry my grandparents at dead of night, and with my grandmother’s two sisters, fled to England and later in 1920 to Palestine.
My concern now is about a group in the USA IfNotNow who truly are obnoxious. The more I look, the more damning information about them I find.
Wikipedia says: IfNotNow is an American Jewish progressive activist group opposing the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
American Jews need to decide: Will we allow the out-of-touch establishment to continue leading us down a path of isolation and fear that is wreaking havoc on the lives of millions of Palestinians and alienating a generation of young American Jews?
Or will we unite to fight the occupation, and in doing so, resist the burden and bonds of a victim narrative and make Judaism relevant and meaningful to our generation?
Three participants on a Birthright tour of Israel were removed from the trip and sent home on Sunday, due to comments and behavior by the participants which Birthright deemed to be incommensurate with the tour.
This is the latest in several such incidents in which left-wing activists connected to the IfNotNow organization which opposes Israeli rule in the West Bank have declared their opposition to the content of Birthright’s trips during the trip itself and have subsequently left or been removed from the program.
All three have been involved in IfNotNow events and activities in the past, including protests against the Trump administration and its immigration policies and in fundraising drives.
Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Emily Bloch, one of the participants removed from the trip by Birthright, said they had objected to the fact that “There was almost no mention of Palestinians and the Occupation on the trip,” and that when it did come up “it was presented in unbalanced way with no nuance.”
Asked whether she was not aware of the nature of Birthright trips and that the conflict with the Palestinians is generally not one the organization wants to focus on, Bloch said that she was aware that “Birthright has a particular political perspective,” but said that “I didn’t know Birthright would be so threatened about me asking questions about the conflict that they would kick me off.”
Bloch declined to say whether or not she supports the notion of a Zionist, Jewish state even within the pre-1967 borders.
Birthright said in response to the incident that the participants who were removed were IfNotNow activists and that they had “aggressively disrupt[ed] the experience of the other participants,” and that it would not accept “any coordinated plans” to disrupt the trips.
This is how Birthright normalizes the Occupation.
There was plenty more on their Facebook page, but it ‘appears’ to have been sanitised. There is plenty on Twitter. I wonder why it’s been cleaned up? This is typical of the left, they either block people or clean up discussion because it does not suit their agenda. They are hypocrites and are the first to scream about being denied their freedom of speech, yet they are the first to deny others theirs. Keep your eye on their page, there is more to come.
WARNING on Anti-Israel CampaignersDate: July 9, 2019
A strongly anti-Israel organization, IfNotNow, which has refused to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist at all, and attempted to physically block those carrying Jewish symbols from the DC Dyke March, is asking young people to run up to candidates and ask some variant of, “will you push Israel to end the occupation.”
They then trumpet a quick “yes” as a major foreign policy statement by the candidate and a victory for anti-Israel forces. Senator Warren was a victim of this hit-and-run camping tactic as in the video below.
Such a question and response alters the foundations of most Democrats’ Israel positions:
- It wrongly suggests Israel alone is responsible for the current impasse in negotiations, ignoring the fact that the Palestinian leadership has consistently refused offers for a two-state solution. As President Clinton recalled, “I killed myself to give the Palestinians a state. I had a deal they turned down…”
- It demands pressure on Israel alone.
- It ignores the need for a negotiated agreement between Israelis and Palestinians that would give the former security and the later a state.
A principled, Democratic, pro-Israel response to this question could say:
“I strongly support a two-state solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict. That solution must give Israelis security and Palestinians a state, but it must also be negotiated directly by the parties, not imposed by outsiders.”
By way of background, IfNotNow has steadfastly refused to say whether they support Israel’s fundamental right to exist and have adopted disruption as a prime tactic. In addition to trying o block Dyke marchers, they also blockaded the entrance to a Saturday synagogue service at the University of Texas, had to be evicted by police from a Senate hearing, prevented attendees from entering the Christians United For Israel meeting in Washington and were arrested for physically blocking the line of march in New York’s Celebrate Israel parade.
— IfNotNow🔥 (@IfNotNowOrg) July 8, 2019
She said YES.
Clearly by her actions and tone of voice she is doing anything to get rid of them
Now we come to Ariel Gold (Ariel Elyse Gold), who too in the past few days has cleaned her Facebook page up. I note too as usual with the Left, say one thing they do not agree with, and wham, you are gone. That looks like what has happened to me. Just a few words and I am banished!!
On both platforms she is proudly displaying videos of her and another person delivering thank you certificates to the ” #Saintly17, who voted the right way to protect our 1st Amendment right to boycott for freedom and equality for Palestinians (voted no on HRes246). ”
She does appear to like holding signs!!
Thanking @AOC for being one of the #Saintly17, who voted the right way yesterday to protect our 1st Amendment right to boycott for freedom and equality for Palestinians (voted no on HRes246). pic.twitter.com/wueNYW2iBk
— Ariel Gold🔥☮️ אריאל (@ArielElyseGold) July 24, 2019
Signing Happy birthday (it's today) to @RashidaTlaib and thanking her for being one of the #Saintly17, who voted the right way yesterday to protect our 1st Amendment right to boycott for freedom and equality for Palestinians (voted no on HRes246). pic.twitter.com/FpO97IUa90
— Ariel Gold🔥☮️ אריאל (@ArielElyseGold) July 24, 2019
Seems that IsraellyCool has done a magnificent exposé of her, so you can read more on his site.
With my post on the Code Pinkers failing at BDS while disrespecting a holy site to Jews going viral, I decided to take a closer look at the women involved.
I’ve started with Ariel Gold, who rather stupidly kept her Facebook page public.
I say “stupidly” because her posts reveal much, some of which she would not want public.
As you know, she organized Bassem Tamimi’s brainwashing of NY third graders. Her photos reveal they are close. In fact, she considers Baseem, ‘Shirley Temper’ and co. as “family.”