The plight this Christmas of the Christian community in the Palestinian Territories.

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Part of this article was originally published by the Gatestone Institute, and republished with permission by jewishinfoNews on December 24, 2016

Yet another wake-up call!

by Alan Simons

The Palestinian Information Center, so-called “Voice of Palestine to the World and the Voice of the World to Palestine,” as seen in the illustration above, directs its oppugnant Christmas message to the world. One would surmise, at this time of year, an honourable declaration of peace, compassion and goodwill to mankind that encompasses all that is good in Jesus Christ and Mary would be appropriate. Think again! At the time of writing this article, PICs website extends no hand in friendship and not even to its own Christian community in the West Bank and Gaza.

Within the Palestinian Territories the Christian population, comprising of a mere grain of sand compared to the overwhelming number of predominantly Sunni Muslims, only 1,100 Christians live in the Gaza Strip compared to 5,000 in 2006. And in the West Bank only 42,000 Christians remain. One wonders, with some dismay, what is to become of its Christians? Will history repeat itself as in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt?

This morning, Khaled Abu Toameh, who is based in Jerusalem  and is one of the areas most respected journalists, in an article originally published by the Gatestone Institute, and republished below with permission by jewishinfoNews, had something to say about the plight of the Christian community in the Palestinian Territories. Irrespective of your religious faith, I urge you to read it now!

Palestinians: The Nightmare of Christians

  • For the past four decades, Samir Qumsieh, who hails from a large and well-respected Christian family in the town of Bet Sahour, near Bethlehem, has fought for the rights of the region’s minuscule Palestinian Christian minority. He has even dared to speak out against the subjugation of Christians living under the rule of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
  • He regularly receives death threats, and he has been the target of a petrol bomb attack.
  • “The solution to extremism starts with the kindergarten, with elementary school. It begins with the churches, with the mosques and the school curricula. Curricula are very important – Jewish, Christian and Muslim ones. They should concentrate on accepting the ‘other.’ If this idea is adopted, the future generation will be liberal and open-minded.” — Samir Qumsieh.
  • “Every day we hear and see some radical Muslim clerics speaking strongly against Christians. Just recently, one of the sheiks was saying that Christian Copts should be slaughtered like sheep. Where is the Egyptian security? If I were in charge of Egyptian security, I would have this sheikh arrested immediately, and have him rot in a dark underground cell.” — Samir Qumsieh.
  • “To understand the severity of the situation is, let us recall that in the 1950s about 86% of the population of the Bethlehem area was Christian. Today, we are only 12%. In Israel, by contrast, we have 133,000 Christians and the figure is stable. Of course, I am worried about the future of Christians here.” — Samir Qumsieh.
  • “I fear the day will come when our churches will become museums. is my nightmare.” — Samir Qumsieh.

Without question, Samir Qumsieh is one of the most courageous Christian leaders in the Middle East. Qumsieh is one of the few willing to risk his life to speak out against Muslim persecution of Christians in the Palestinian territories and the Middle East, generally.

For the past four decades, Samir Qumsieh, who hails from a large and well-respected Christian family in the town of Bet Sahour, near Bethlehem, has fought for the rights of the region’s miniscule Palestinian Christian minority. He has even dared to speak out against the subjugation of Christians living under the rule of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The plight of the Christians living under the Palestinian Authority and Hamas is a subject truly taboo. Yet Qumsieh perseveres – and pays the price. He regularly receives death threats, and he has been the target of a petrol bomb attack. Muslim extremists have also distributed leaflets in the Bethlehem area condemning him for his outspoken views and activities on behalf of persecuted Christians.

Samir Qumsieh.

However, the campaign of intimidation has not deterred Qumsieh from defending them.

In an exclusive interview with Gatestone Institute, the prominent Christian figure, who founded the private Nativity TV Station in Bet Sahour, accuses the Obama Administration of failing to combat ISIS and radical Islam. Qumsieh says he is convinced that President-elect Trump will “terminate” ISIS.

Qumsieh discloses that a “Muslim mafia” has been stealing Christian-owned lands in the Bethlehem area.

As a prominent Palestinian Christian figure in the living in the Middle East, how would you assess the Obama Administration’s role in the war on ISIS?

President Obama is the spiritual father of ISIS. His administration and he were never serious about fighting ISIS. This is what I firmly believe, and many facts confirm my thoughts. When Obama saw that this was about to be exposed, he finally acted, but in a weak manner. He put out a ransom against (ISIS leader) Abu Baker Al-Baghdadi and started telling us that he had bombed ISIS, and so on.

How do you explain Obama’s refusal to use the term radical Islam?

If you ask me, I will tell you the truth: I doubt that Obama is a Christian. Really, I doubt it. During his term, ISIS emerged, and the Christians have suffered heavily. Let me ask you a question. What is ISIS? Why is it that this mobilization of the whole world has not been able to eradicate them? Who can convince me? When America toppled Saddam Hussein, who had a very big and strong army, he collapsed. But when it comes to ISIS, how come they still exist?

Do you believe that President-elect Donald Trump will endorse a different stance toward ISIS?

Absolutely. Trump will obliterate ISIS. Had Hilary Clinton won, believe me ISIS would have continued and flourished. In my view, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the ‘father’ of ISIS, and Clinton is its ‘mother.’

I have a friend who is a painter. He paints portraits of presidents. He is a Muslim, by the way. We sent portraits to King Abdullah, to Mahmoud Abbas and the Pope. He painted a portrait of Obama in front of the Church of Nativity. He worked on it for two months and it cost a lot of money. When the portrait was presented to Obama through the US consul-general in Jerusalem, they did not bother to send a thank you letter to the painter, although I personally talked to the consulate about this. I told them, ‘Gentlemen, this is shameful, at least send a thank-you letter to this man.’ The consul-general at that time came to my office and took the portrait. Doesn’t the painter deserve at least a thank-you letter?

Are you saying that Obama has not done anything to help Christians in the Middle East?

Nothing at all. As I said, I think he was not serious about fighting ISIS, which has harmed the Christians very badly.

In your opinion, what is the best way to fight religious extremism?

I have always said that the solution to extremism is not through the military or security. The solution to extremism starts with the kindergarten, with elementary school. It begins with the churches, with the mosques and the school curricula. Curricula are very important – Jewish, Christian and Muslim ones. They should concentrate on accepting the ‘other.’ If this idea is adopted, the future generation will be liberal and open-minded.

But isn’t the turmoil and violence in the Middle East the result of religious extremism?

The current conflict in the entire region is a religious and sectarian war. Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are Sunni. They are against Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Alawite regime of Bashar Assad in Syria. So we are witnessing a religious and sectarian war. This is not only a conflict between Sunnis and Shias.

How do you feel as a Christian when you see what is happening to Christians in the Middle East, especially the recent bombing of a church in Egypt?

What is happening is extremely sad, especially the bombing of a church. I think the Egyptian authorities should act decisively. Every day we hear and see some radical Muslim clerics speaking strongly against Christians. Just recently, one of the sheiks was saying that Christian Copts should be slaughtered like sheep. Where is the Egyptian security? If I was in charge of Egyptian security, I would have this sheikh arrested immediately, and have him rot in a dark underground cell.

Are you aware of Palestinian Muslim clerics who also speak out against Christians?

Yes. This past Friday, one of the sheikhs at a mosque was speaking in a threatening way about Christians. He said that Muslim youths should not imitate Christian youths, and should not wish them well at Christmas. He also said that Muslims should not be doing business with Christians. The sheikh said some highly intimidating things about Christians.

Did the Christians protest against this incitement by the sheikh?

My cousin, who is a retired officer with the Palestinian Authority Intelligence Security Department, published something about the Friday sermon on Facebook. The following day he had to delete the post because it seems he received threats or something like that. When I told my cousin that I will talk with the Palestinian Authority attorney-general about it, he asked me not to talk to anyone. My cousin said, ‘Please don’t talk about this matter because we are 40 Christian families in that area (where the sheikh lives). It is clear to me that my cousin did receive threats, although he would not admit to it.

How would you describe relations between Christians and Muslims in the Bethlehem area?

Objectively speaking, there are millions of Muslims who are good people. I have many close Muslim friends whom I consider as my brothers. The problem is not Muslims. The real problem is radical Islam. In the Quran, there are various kinds of statements, and every Muslim, depending on his belief and attitude, selects what suits him. Some verses call for peace and describe Christians as the ‘People of the Book’ and good people. There are also verses that describe us as infidels and sinful folks. Everyone chooses what appeals to him. According to my humble knowledge, these verses are undated. I think that if they were dated, the fresh ones would supersede the old ones.

My understanding is that you have personally been the target of threats and violent attacks. Can you elaborate?

Yes, I have faced a great deal of harassment, and in 2006 I was even attacked with Molotov cocktails. Also, fliers that spoke against me have been distributed.

What is the main accusation against you? Why are some Muslims angry with you?

When I saw that there was encroachment on Christian-owned land here, I protested against it.

Is it true that Muslims have been illegally laying their hands on Christian property in Bethlehem?

We have a mafia here that is seizing Christian-owned lands. I protested against this Muslim mafia, and I even called a large gathering. I invited 80 people to my home. They included the elite of society – Muslims and Christians. They all joined my protest. That same night, fliers were distributed in Bethlehem threatening to kill me.

What has the Palestinian Authority done to help against you fight this mafia?

There are still many unresolved cases with regards to land encroachment. These cases are in the courts, but our judicial system is very slow. If you go to court, you have to wait 15-20 years. Recently, we have noticed that the encroachments decreased immensely because we have been talking to the Palestinian Authority and pressing them about the problem. Today, there are only a few cases like this taking place. We want all these cases to be solved.

Is there discrimination against Christians living under the Palestinian Authority?

One cannot say that there is official discrimination. President Abbas attends Christmas midnight mass, his prime minister attends the lighting of the Christmas tree. Still, I can simply say that among our people you will find some who harbor radical extremist thoughts. ISIS is a thought. There are Christians working in the Palestinian Authority, but not many. We have Christian mayors, and that is how it should be. Bethlehem, Bet Sahour and Bet Jala have Christian mayors, although some have been demanding that this be changed because Christians are a minority. Fortunately for us, the Palestinian Authority did not respond to these demands.

Do you believe that Christian leaders are doing enough to defend the interests of their people?

Frankly, I do not want the day to come when the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Church of the Nativity are turned into museums. Rather, I wish to seize this opportunity hope that it will encourage our leaders to tackle the problem and find a solution. Any Christian businessman who is interested in the general issue of Christians should come and invest here. We want them to build projects, including housing projects. We are also hoping that these projects will provide jobs for young Christians. The biggest problem we are facing is Christian emigration. Some Christians are helping, but this is being done on a very limited scale. But I cannot say that Christian patriarchates are doing their best. Some of them are far from the congregation and do not even care about us. We want wealthy Christians to come here and create project initiatives. It is not enough to say ‘I love the Christians and I care about them.’ This love should be demonstrated through deeds.

Are you worried about the growing number of Christians who are leaving the West Bank and Gaza Strip?

Once, 5,000 Christians lived in the Gaza Strip. When Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in 2006, Christians began to be harassed and discriminated against. Today, only 1,100 Christians live there. In the Bethlehem area, there are about 40,000 Christians. Altogether, there are about 42,000 Christians remaining in the West Bank. There are two reasons behind the dwindling figures. The first of these is the ongoing emigration, which is a nightmare for us; the second is the low birth rate among Christian families. To understand the severity of the situation is, let us recall that in the 1950s about 86% of the population of the Bethlehem area was Christian. Today, we are only 12%. In Israel, by contrast, we have 133,000 Christians and the figure is stable. Of course, I am worried about the future of Christians here. Looking at the facts on the ground, you can see that there is no future for the Christians here. We are melting; we are disappearing. I fear the day will come when our churches will become museums. That is my nightmare.

Khaled Abu Toameh, an award-winning journalist, is based in Jerusalem.

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OVER SEVENTY YEARS LATER – “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” | “The more things change, the more they stay the same”

Exclusive! An interview with Mahmoud Abbas.

This pasAbbas JIN October 16 2015revat week jewishinfoNews on Skype interviewed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Here is part one of the interview:

jewishinfoNews: Thank you President Abbas for giving us the opportunity to spend a few moments with you in your presidential palace in Ramallah. Mr. President, let’s start by going back to 2008. It’s my understanding that in 2008 the Obama administration privately made clear that it will not allow any change of Palestinian leadership in the West Bank. To quote: “The new US administration expects to see the same Palestinian faces (Abu Mazen and Salam Fayyad) if it is to continue funding the Palestinian Authority,” Now in 2015, you’re still in power. You obviously took the administration’s threat seriously, didn’t you?

Abbas: I sure did! Well, U.S. Bilateral Assistance alone to my people for 2015 will come in around US$414 million, plus a pittance from the Europeans, and also from my brothers, the Saudis, Algeria and Qatar. In 2014 we got nothing from Egypt, the UAE, Kuwait or Oman. And I want to say something about this. In 2010 the US gave us about US$510 million and in 2011 US$546 million. Why is it less now? I agreed to remain in power as they demanded of me, didn’t I? I was elected President of the Palestinian National Authority on 9 January 2005, for just a four-year term. And now look how it is. My people don’t like me. Two thirds of the West Bank demand my resignation and two thirds do not believe my current resignation from the PLO Executive Committee is real. I don’t understand why my popularity has dropped significantly in the West Bank while improving slightly in the Gaza Strip. Perhaps I should consider moving to the Gaza Strip. What is there not to like about me? I spend over $5 million a month from US-provided budget in salaries to our martyrs in Israeli prisons, even though such payments contravene US law, which prohibits funding of any person who engages in, or has engaged in terrorist activity.

jewishinfoNews: And then there was the Hillary Clinton comment.

Abbas: You know, in November 2009 I publicly announced my intention not to run for re-election, though I did say I would stay until the next presidential election. And then what happened? Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State at the time reacted angrily to my comments and said that my not running in the election was not an option. So, what was I to do? And now, look at my position. Here I am doing my best to run the West Bank when the figures show In the absence of a viable peace process 57% support a return to an armed Intifada, 51% oppose the two-state solution and 42% believe that armed action is the most effective means to establish a Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel and only 29% believe in the efficacy of negotiations. Yes, perhaps if it wasn’t for the Americans threatening me, I would consider moving to the Gaza Strip.

jewishinfoNews: Mr. President, in August 2014 at a meeting with academics at the ‎presidential residence in Ramallah, ‎you said and I quote: “I ‎consider each Palestinian child and youth ‎as my own son, and I am responsible for ‎his safety.” And a few months later, in December 2014 you said, I quote you again, “We ‎say to anyone who commits a crime ‎against any human being: Who gave you ‎the right to murder any human being?”

Mr. President, just over a week ago two Palestinian children Hassan ‎Manasrah (15) and Ahmad Manasrah (13), stabbed Yossef Ben Shalom (21) in the Pisgat ‎Ze’ev neighborhood of East Jerusalem, then repeatedly stabbed a 13-‎year-old boy Jewish boy who was riding his bike. My question to you is this. The young children, some of whom are only 13 years of age, who are going around in Jerusalem killing, mutilating Jewish children, women and men, do you regard them as your own sons and daughters?

Abbas: Look no further than who started this violence. My children are only defending their rights. If it wasn’t for Israeli violence against my children… did you know one of the two children was hit by a car while fleeing the scene, and the other was shot by Israeli police?

jewishinfoNews: Mr. President, last month you said, and I quote once again, “Every drop of blood that has been spilled in Jerusalem is holy blood as long as it was for Allah. Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded, Allah willing.” And in July of 2014, quoting the Quran at the end of a speech you said, ‎“Permission [to fight] has been given to ‎those who are being fought, because ‎they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is ‎competent to give them victory.” Do you believe your comments have been interpreted by your children as a sign to take to the streets and kill Jews?

Abbas: Palestinians are fighting for the defense of the Noble Sanctuary [the Temple Mount] We bless them, we bless the Murabitin [those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic], we bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is ours, and they [the Jews] have no right to defile them with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem.

jewishinfoNews: Mr. President, it is my understanding that in the past year only 12,000 Jews visited the Temple Mount, compared to 200,000 Christians and over 3.5 million Muslims. It would seem to be that … (interrupted by Abbas)

Abbas: The occupation and its extremists treat Al-Aqsa as they please. We will not sit idly by in the face of these attacks. My official spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh stated that we strongly condemn the occupation’s army and police invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the attack of [Muslim] worshippers. East Jerusalem and the places holy to Islam and Christianity are a red line, and we will not sit idly by in the face of these attacks.

jewishinfoNews: Mr. President, forgive me, but are you saying the Church of Holy Sepulchre is yours and that you are protecting it from the Jews? What have Christians in general, as well as the Vatican to say about this? If I can continue. Earlier this month you were quoted as saying: “In these difficult days, the Israeli government is escalating its strong offensive against the Palestinian people everywhere… Honestly, we do not know what the reason is for this, since the Palestinian side did not attack and did not do anything against the Israelis. If they [Israelis] think that the [Palestinian] people in Jerusalem are protecting themselves that is our right. We have to protect our holy sites, Islamic and Christian. If they think to divide the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], it is unattainable, and they will not succeed.” Mr. President, I am somewhat confused. Are you implying that Jewish children and women are actually taking up arms against Muslim and Christian holy sites and attacking them and therefore have the right to be killed by Palestinian youth?

Abbas: (Cleans his eye glasses)

Kim JIN October 16 2015 revajewishinfoNews: Let’s turn for a minute to your relationship with North Korea. This past August you sent good wishes to Kim Jong-un and you, I quote, “expressed pride in the historic and strong friendship” between North Korea and the PA. In your telegram you stated, that you “wished leader Kim Jong-un an abundance of health and happiness, and progress and prosperity for his nation.” In addition, you expressed pride in the historic and strong friendship and mutual respect between your countries.” And emphasized your constant striving to develop and strengthen these ties, and your great appreciation of the stances of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which consistently demonstrates solidarity…”

Mr. President, according to various reports, including those published by the 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry, they stated that: “Abuses in North Korea were without parallel in the contemporary world, including extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence….Fear of collective punishment is used to silence dissent. There is no independent media, functioning civil society, or religious treatment.” Mr. President, it would seem to be that under the rule of Kim Jong-un, North Korea remains among the most harshly repressive countries in the world, yet you opened your heart to him and wished him an abundance of health and happiness? How do you think this personally reflects on your ability to govern your own people?

-End of Part One-

Photo credits: Abbas: israelfrontline.com | Kim Jong-un: chicagonews.com

(This interview is envisioned in the virtual unconsciousness of the author)

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SEVENTY YEARS LATER – “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” | “The more things change, the more they stay the same”

Thank God there’s an Israel!

بفضل الله، هناك إسرائيل

ہم اسرائیل کے پاس خدا کا شکر ہے

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The U.S. Election: The Jewish Vote. How critical is it?

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The U.S. Election

This morning, the British daily newspaper The Telegraph published on their web site  The Votematch quiz, “a tool that helps you match your vote with those of the candidates in the 2012 US election.”  The quiz is open to everyone, regardless of your nationality.  The result might surprise you! Click here to link to the quiz.

“Muslim Lobbyist Represents U.S. at European Human Rights Conference”

Soeren Kern is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He is also Senior Fellow for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos /Strategic Studies Group. Gatestone Institute, is ‘a non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank is dedicated to educating the public about what the mainstream media fails to report…’

Today, Kern, in a remarkable article written for Gatestone, wrote about the 2012 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting [HDIM], ‘a major international conference on human rights — this year held in Warsaw, Poland from September 24 to October 5 — and sponsored annually by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe [OSCE].’

Kern tells us that, ‘In recent years, the Human Dimension Implementation Meetings and the OSCE have been the focus of an intense lobbying campaign by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a bloc of 57 Muslim countries that are aggressively pressuring Western countries to make it an international crime to criticize Islam.’

In his article Kern refers to a letter written by a Viennese advocate for free speech, in which she refers to:

… a member of MPAC [Muslim Public Affairs Council, a Los Angeles-based lobbying group] take the floor on behalf of the US delegation. Since when has MPAC represented the U.S. government? And with diplomatic status! This is wrong and an outrage. We ask our friends in the U.S. House of Representatives to weigh in.”

She was referring to Salam al-Marayati, a radical Muslim whom the Obama Administration named as its official representative to the OSCE’s premier conference on human rights. Al-Marayati is the controversial founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, MPAC is closely allied with the Muslim Brotherhood and has been a staunch defender of Islamic terrorist groups. Among other initiatives, MPAC has asked the US government to remove Hamas and Hezbollah from the list of US-designated terrorist groups. Al-Marayati, a vociferous critic of Israel, has also blamed Israel for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

The State Department defended its selection of al-Marayati, praising him as “valued and highly credible.” It added: “He was invited to participate in this year’s HDIM as a reflection of the wide diversity of backgrounds of the American people.” ‘

The Jewish Vote. How critical is it?

It’s been reported that ‘American Jews constitute only 3 percent of the voting public, and have cast a majority of their votes for the Democratic nominee in every presidential election since 1916 (the first for which we have data). Yet, every four years, the minuscule Jewish vote generates a great deal of curious attention and analysis.’  Why?

Some years ago, Jeffrey S. Helmreich in a report published by the  Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, stated: ‘that there are two common, clashing myths of the political power of American Jewry: that the community is too small to affect national elections; and that Jews disproportionately affect national politics because of campaign donations and media influence. Both views are wrong, argues the author; American Jews do influence national elections, but not because of disproportionate money or power. Rather, Jews make up a significant portion of the electorate in key “swing states”, and are furthermore a uniquely swayable swing bloc., in that the issue of support for Israel can spur a sizable portion of Jews to switch parties where it is an issue of contention.’

Florida is one of the swing-states that both Obama and Romney are placing a great deal of effort in securing.

Nancy Ratzan is immediate past president of the U.S. National Council of Jewish Women. In March 2009, President Obama appointed Ratzan to the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Recently, the following, in part, is what she had to say in Florida’s The Miami Herald.

“President Obama is Israel’s ally”

As we enter the last weeks of this election cycle, we are inundated with the toxic collision of money, politics and desperation. Unfortunately, the Jewish community is now the target of some of the worst offenses of dirty politics, as our vote is deemed crucial in Florida and other swing states.

 While the vote in November may only affect the outcome of one election cycle, the fall-out of being prey to false advertising and divisive practices jeopardizes the long-standing strength of the Jewish community.

She adds:

… today we have good cause to remain proud Americans and secure Jews. Continuing in the tradition of many of the U.S. presidents before him, President Obama has ensured that America is a strong, effective ally and true, best friend to Israel. This administration has demonstrated America’s allegiance to Israel in critical ways, including putting in place the strictest Iran sanctions ever, preventing Palestinian action at the United Nations that would undermine Israel and the peace process, and providing never-before-seen levels of aid to restore Israel’s qualitative edge, and more.

 As we respond to the avalanche of targeted efforts to influence Jewish voters, we must remember the horrific ramifications that can come from political propaganda and demonization from falsehoods. Throughout history, we have survived and gained strength by banding together and showing the world we would refuse to be torn apart. We cannot allow ourselves to be turned against each other by blatantly partisan manipulative advertisements.

To quote Sir Winston Churchill. “A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.” Perhaps Americans should remember this when casting their vote.

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