Michael Lumish

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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Linda Sarsour, Progressive-Left Ideals, and Diaspora Jewry.

Two of the most significant political questions facing the West today are those of immigration policy and identity politics. Women’s March organizer, Linda Sarsour, stands at the crux of both and has successfully put pro-Israel diaspora Jewry between the horns of a political dilemma. Sarsour just raised considerable funds for the …

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The Day of the Dhimmi is Done.

There are two points concerning Jews and Israel that I very much want to get across to the politically-inclined. The first is that the day of the dhimmi is done. No longer will we allow ourselves to be pushed around as pawns in someone else’s political game. Nor will we …

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Genghis Hitler.

This is the most pathological moment in US political history since 1968. I come out of the progressive-left, but the movement lost me when I started noticing Nazi Swastikas entwined with Stars of David at anti-war rallies in San Francisco. Once it became clear that anti-Zionists were making homes for …

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As Sharia as Apple Pie.

Future historians may find the recent “Women’s March” interesting for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is that it nicely illustrates the tensions between the ideals of multiculturalism and universal human rights within contemporary western-left ideology. Whatever else the march may have accomplished, however, it definitely propelled Linda Sarsour into …

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Hatem Bazian Calls for the Elimination of Israel.

Hatem Bazian, a Palestinian-Arab instructor of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is calling for the elimination of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people. In a recent blog post entitled, Trump’s Appointment of David Friedman is the Official End of Oslo, Bazian argues that because President-Elect …

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The Jewish political community is divided and distressed.

As I write, Israel is reeling over the Azaria case, the United Nations is pushing all-in on Jew Hatred, Jihadism is on the rise in Europe, white nationalism and anti-white racism are both on the rise in the United States, Obama is hitting the road (or, at least, crossing the street), the Russians are unhappy and shaking their fists, …

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How Obama Cracked Jewish Solidarity.

Fifty years from now Barack Obama will be known to most Americans as, quite simply, the first African-American president of the United States. Aside from this he will have precious little to distinguish himself other than in the notable electoral deterioration of the Democratic Party under his tenure. While future …

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Israel is a “Burden” to the Democratic Party.

In a recent piece by Times of Israel staff we learn that, according to the Brookings Institution, a majority of Democrats consider Israel a “burden.” The great majority of Americans, however – 76 percent – disregard Democratic Party disdain for the Jewish state and see Israel as a “strategic asset.” And they …

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The Democratic Party Tuned Out the Jihad: if it tuned in to begin with

The Ohio State University Jihad attack a few days ago did not really happen.   Or, to be more precise, for many Americans it did not really happen because they simply don’t care about Islamic theological violence against their fellow Americans. The reason that many Americans, particularly of the progressive variety, tend not …

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Jews and our “Special” Obligation.

A recent opinion piece for the Washington Post by Rabbi Jill Jacobs, author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community, and Daniel Sokatch of the allegedly pro-Israel New Israel Fund, is entitled, “Why Jews have a special obligation to resist Trump.” Jacobs and Sokatch claim that: …

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