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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 8, 2019 PAGE 5A By Melanie Phillips (JNS)--If there's one con- cept in Western progressive circles that is deemed essen- tial for a decent society, it's "social inclusion." The promo- tion of diversity is assumed to be morally unchallengeable. That's also the prevalent attitude among Jews in both America and Britain. Many if not most support liberal immigration policies and equate anti-Semitism with "Islamophobia," The belief is that those who are against immigration and diversity will be against the Jews too. In fact, the opposite is the case. The default narrative on the left is venomous hostility to Israel. This is the "new anti- Semitism," singling out Israel for demonization based on lies and distortions afforded to no other country, people or cause, and which has legitimized anti-Semitic tropes straight out of the Nazi or medieval Christian playbooks. In Britain, this has all but consumed the Labour Party under its far-left leader, Jer- emy Corbyn. In the United States, it is making steady and unchecked headway in the Democratic Party. But what has not been acknowledged is that this is being fueled by the embrace of diversity. In Western Europe, mass immigration and the increas- ing Islamization of countries such as France, Germany or Sweden are the principal cause of a horrifying increase inviolentattacks on Jews. This is rarely acknowledged. In Britain, anti-Semitic attacks have reached record levels. They are perpetrated by significantly disproportionate numbers of Muslims relative to their proportion of the population. This is rarely acknowl- edged-although the Muslim activist Mehdi Hassan did blurt out in 2013 that the British Muslim community's "dirty little secret" was its "routine and commonplace" anti-Semitism. In America, the promo- tion of "diversity" is produc- ing similar results. Three of the four co-founders of the Women's March--Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour--are devoted admirers of the vicious anti- white racist and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam. In November 2016, when Perez posted a picture of her- self holding hands with Far- rakhan, Sarsour commented: "God bless him." Sarsour has asserted that there is "nothing creepier than Zionism," hailed the Palestin- ian tactic of getting children to throw rocks at Israel Defense Forces' soldiers as the "defini- tion of courage" and claimed that "some folks always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech." Mallory has called Far- rakhan the "Greatest of All Time." A year ago, she at- tended a Farrakhan speech in which he denounced Jews as "children of the devil" and mentioned her in complimen- tary terms. Tablet magazine has re- ported the claim that Mallory turned on Vanessa Wruble, a Jewish co-founder of the Women's March, with remarks such as "your people hold all the wealth." There's worse in Congress. Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib, elected last year as a representative for Michigan with the support of Muslim Brotherhood Islamist groups, danced at her victory party draped in the Palestinian flag. In April 2017, she shared a platform with Palestinian ter- rorist Rasmeh Odeh, convicted for the murder of two Israelis in a 1969 terror attack, saying she was "honored" to be on the same stage. On her first day in office, Tlaib posted a "correction" to the world map in her congres- sional office by marking Israel as"Patestine." Herswearing-in ceremony and a subsequent ' private celebratory dinnerwere attended by Abbas Hamideh, executive director and co- founder of the Palestinian activist group al Awdah. Hamideh has repeatedly stated that Israel does not have a right to exist, equated Zionism with Nazism and ISIS, and voiced support for the Iran-backed genocidal terror organization Hezbollah and its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, who he says is "the most honorable Arab-Muslim leader of our lifetime." Meanwhile, Ilhan Omar, the new representative for Min- nesota who was also backed by Brotherhood groups, has opposed moves to stop BDS, called Israel an "apartheid regime" and expressed anti- Semitic views. In 2012, during one of Israel's wars with Hamas in Gaza, Omar tweeted: "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel." The claim that the Jews hyp- notize the world is of course one of the signature tropes of paranoid anti-Semitism. Omar initially blamed the subsequent outrage on "Is- lamophobia." This week, however, after even The New York Times called her out for this, she is- sued a lame apology saying she had used the word not realizing itwas "ugly" and "offensive" to Jews. This won't do. The key point is thatshe thinks of Israel in this paranoid and potentially murderous way as uniquely and conspiratorially evil. If any Republican was re- vealed ever to have appeared on a platform with, say, David Duke or parroted neo-Nazi rhetoric there would be an eruption of outrage and their career would instantly be terminated. Yet in response to this anti-Jewish bigotry, the Democrats and their support- ers are not just turning a blind eye but actually embracing it. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has called the Women's March leaders "the suffragists of our time"; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has praised them as "courageous"; the American Civil Liberties Union's maga- zine has extolled Sarsour as a "leader in the truest form of the word." Jonathan Greenblatt, direc- tor of the Anti-Defamation League, once again displayed his dismayingly shallow grasp of anti-Semitism when, after referring to Omar evoking an "old anti-Semitic trope," he tweeted: "And hats off to Rep Omar for her honest apology & commitment to a more just world." This about someone who continues to call Israel "evil." Most astoundingly of all, Pelosi has now appointed Omar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Thus the Demo- cratic Party has now actively embraced and implicitly legiti- mized vicious anti-Semitism and an agenda aimed at the destruction of Israel that any decent leader should exclude from civilized discourse. The reason for this moral collapse is the shift in political gravity that has taken place on the left in which positions pre- viously shunned as marginal and unacceptable have now become mainstream. Support for "Palestine" has transformed what has never ceased to be a genocidal agenda into a presumed liberation movement and the signature progressive cause. Black power, once seen rightly as a hateful, anti- white, violent revolutionary movement is now an accepted narrative in America's black community. This would un- doubtedly have horrified its great and visionary leader Martin Luther King Jr. Contrary to the poisonous travesty published a few days ago by The New York Times thatvilified Israel andwickedly suggested that King would today be its foe, he actually said: "When people criticize Zionists they mean Jews. You are talking anti-Semitism." Tragically, the mainstream- ing of black power has now also mainstreamed black anti-Semitism, just as the championing of "Palestine" has mainstreamed hatred of Jews. This shift that has taken place to an anti-white, anti- West, anti-Jew agenda is denied largely because it is so closely associated with "diver- sity"---that is, black people and Muslims. The sheer terror of being tarred as racist or Islamopho- bic causes such circles not only to deny this is happening, but to hurl accusations of racism or Islamophobia at any who point it out. Black power demagogues like Farrakhan whip up black- on-white race hate wherever they can. Preying on America's guilt over its terrible history of slavery and anti-black bigotry, this anti-white racism threat- ens to unstitch America's social fabric. In 2014, the Investor's Busi- ness Daily described how the "radical Muslim Brotherhood has built the framework for a political party in America that seeks to turn Muslims into an Islamist voting bloc." Social inclusion has meant embracing not just the uncon- scionable but a dagger at the throat of Jews, America and the West. Melanie Phillips, a British journalist, broadcaster and author, writes a column for JNS every two weeks. Cur- rently a columnist for "The Times of London," her per- sonal and political memoir, "Guardian AngeL" has been published by Bombardier, which has also published her first novel, "The Legacy," re- leased in April. Her work can be found at her website, www. By Stephen M. Flatow (JNS)--The Palestinian Authority last week removed a photo from the website of one of its ministries because it showed a meeting of P.A. officials in which bottles of a popular Israeli juice were visible on the table. For friends of Israel, it was another in a long series of mildly amusing incidents in which P.A. officials have gone to absurd lengths to slight the Jewish state. Itwas all the more entertainingbecause itexposed the blatant hypocrisy of P.A. officials who call for boycotts of Israeli products while they are enjoying Israeli products. It also fits into a narrative that friends of Israel have been repeating for decades, but which the Arabs never accept: If the PalestinianArabs would just realize that peace is good for them, they could be enjoy- ing delicious Israeli foods, having easier lives thanks to advanced Israeli technology, be exposed to the latest agri- cultural techniques and so on. I have a different take on stories about P.A. boycott advocates who violate the boy- cott. I say: Wait, that doesn't make any sense. The Oslo ac- cords obligate the P.A. to have friendly relations with Israel. It's not allowed to promote a boycott of the Jewish state. J Street and The New York Times keep telling us that we can trust the P.A that it wants peace, that it honors the treaties it signs. So why is the P.A. so blatantly violating the accords it already signed? Meanwhile, the official P.A. newspaperAI-HayatA1-Jadida last week featured remarks by leader Mahmoud Abbas resurrecting the blood-libel accusation that Israel "poi- soned Yasser Arafat." Wait, that doesn't make any sense. Separate teams of French, Swiss and Russian scientists have investigated the poisoning accusation and never found evidence to support it. Peace Now and the United Nations have been as- suring us for years that Pales- tinian leaders are reasonable, rational people. Sowhy are the P.A.'s leader and official news- paper knowingly propagating such baseless lies? And don't forget the little matter of such falsehoods blatantly violating the Oslo accords. The accords obli- gate the P.A. to refrain from "hostile propaganda" against Israel. Accusing Israel of murdering the P.A.'s most beloved leader surely quali- fies as "hostile." So why does the P.A. keep violating the accords? What happened to all those promises that it can be trusted to honor the agree- ments that it signs? Also in the past few days, a rally was held in Tulkarm-- under Abbas's official aus- pices-to honor convicted Palestinian murderer Maher Younes, while the Bethlehem branch of Fatah (the ruling party, chaired by Abbas) posted photos on its Facebook page glorifying teenage ter- rorist Ahmed Sanagrah. Wait, that doesn't make any sense, either. The proponents of creating a Palestinian state keep telling us that it's safe to create such a state because the P.A. is against terrorism. They say Hamas is the bad one, while the P.A. is moderate. So if the P.A. is against terrorism, why do its leader and ruling party keep glorifying, shelter- ing and paying terrorists? By the way, when Abbas spoke at the United Nations ear- lier this month, he proclaimed the P.A.'s "commitment to in- ternational law and legitimacy and to a peaceful solution." And that makes perfect sense.Abbas is truly bilingual. When he speaks to Western audiences, he uses all the right words that they want to hear. He sounds peaceful, reason- able and moderate. But when he speaks to his own people, he literally speaks another language: the language of hatred and violence. It's the kind of language that gets innocent people killed. There was a time, not so long ago, when it was almost impossible to find out what was being said by PalestSn- ian Arab leaders in their own media. Every once in awhile, something would leak out. But by and large, the world news media did an effective job of keeping Americans in the dark about whatArafat, Abbas and the others were saying. That's all changed, thanks to Palestinian Media Watch, which exposed the above- cited outrages and so many others. By exposing the P.A. leaders' true words, PMW has affected U.S. and European policy towards the P.A. and in some cases has led directly to reductions of Western aid to the PA. Palestinian Media Watch is a uniquely worth- while organization, and it deserves to receive a level of support from Jewish federa- tions comparable to what is given to various other Israel- based agencies that do good work. Now that would make a lot of sense. Stephen M. Flatow, an at- torney in New Jersey, is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian- sponsored Palestinian terror- ist attack in 1995. His book, "A Father's Story: My Fight for Justice Against Iranian Ter- ror," is available on Amazon. From page 4A last May. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, attended to kick off the live streamed event. At UCLA, it was a new day. When campus police learned of the event, they took immediate steps to ensure it would proceed with no interference. Two UCLA police officers were dispatched to the event itself, both highly trained and deeply conversant with the pro-Israel and Jewish communal scene. A represen- tative of the administration joined the officers. The police and administration declared that, in the event of a disrup- tion, perpetrators would be given one warning to imme- diately cease and desist; and if they did not, "they will be arrested and charged." This, coupled with the LA prosecutor's watchful eye, combined to insulate the event from criminal disruption. Thus, thanks to leader- ship at StandWithUs and the Brandeis Center, and courageous students who stepped forward, combined with intense media scrutiny, the rate of acceleration of anti-Semitism on campus and especially at UC colleges, has been temporarily been slowed--at least, slowed for the moment. Edwin Black is The New York Times bestselling author of IBM and the Holocaust and Financing the Flames. He can be followed @Edwin- blackbook. is scheduled to reach the surface of the I guess it Moon this month starts planting trees.