Friday, November 24, 2017 

Al Franken's career sinks amid allegations of sexual harassment

The Daily Wire wrote about the mounting allegations of sexual harassment against senator Al Franken from Minnesota, and it looks like his career in politics could be coming to a close.

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What good does a Saudi delegation visiting the grand synagogue of Paris do?

Supposedly this is part of a warming of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia. But what I want to know, and I'm sure plenty of others do too, is if the Saudi delegation visiting the Paris synagogue are offended by Muslim antisemitism that devastated the Jewish community in France:
Secretary General of the Muslim World League Dr. Muhammad Abdul-Kareem al-Issa, who previously served as a Saudi justice minister, and Khalid bin Mohammed Al Angari, Riyadh’s current ambassador to France and a former Saudi education minister, were received in the French Jewish community’s largest house of worship, reported the Jerusalem Post.

Among the religious leadersto greet and escort the Saudis at the Great Synagogue of Paris were the Chief Rabbi of France, Chaim Korsia, and the Rabbi of the Grand Synagogue, Moshe Sebbag.

As part of the visit, Rabbis Sebbag and Korsia permitted the Saudi dignitaries to view a Torah scroll and discussed the meaning behind various adornments in the sanctuary’s interior. The Saudis remarked that it was their first visit ever to a synagogue, reported the Post.

The interfaith visit in Paris arrives as Israel and Saudi Arabia appear to be preparing to strengthen diplomatic relations. Notwithstanding Saudi Arabia’s historical animosity toward Israel, and the notorious anti-Semitism of the kingdom’s founder Ibn Saud, both Middle Eastern nations face an ascendant Iran, bolstered by the nuclear agreement it signed with Western powers in 2015 that left the Islamic Republic flush with cash and free to continue developing its “non-military” nuclear program.
But are they going to play any part in combatting antisemitism locally? And will Jews ever actually be able to enter Arabia without being forbidden by Islamofascism? In fact, are the Jewish reps even going to confront the Islamists about any of their own ideology? If not, then I don't see much positivity resulting from this meeting.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

French bank declares fatwa against Front National

In a disturbing move, the bank where Marine Le Pen's Front National party keeps their accounts decided to close them, in what clearly amounts to a politicized act:
Marine Le Pen, head of France’s right-wing National Front, said Wednesday that the party’s long-time bank, Societe Generale, has closed its accounts in what she said amounts to a “banking fatwa” to suffocate the party.

Le Pen claimed at a news conference Wednesday that the move is purely political and endangers the democratic process. She said a legal complaint would be filed against Societe Generale, one of France’s largest banks, as well as against HSBC, her personal bank, which also allegedly shut her out.

Societe Generale denied in a statement that the closing of National Front accounts was political, saying such moves “depend purely on banking reasons.” It gave no reason for the closing of the party account and related accounts.

[...] The National Front was able to reopen an old account at Credit du Nord bank, a subsidiary of Societe Generale. However, it is deprived of check books, members and supporters are unable to pay dues or donations on the party site and it cannot make automatic withdrawals, such as to pay officials, Le Pen said.

Such measures have upset “the normal functioning of a party …,” Le Pen said. “We are in the presence of an attempted suffocation of an opposition movement.”
Isn't it strange. When her loathsome father Jean-Marie was running the party, they evidently didn't have a problem. But now when his daughter takes over, they suddenly have one? There's doubtless something they know about the father that we don't.

By taking these steps, they make it pretty obvious it's all part of a political act, and somebody's got to do something to make it clear to the Societe Generale that they owe an apology and should stop what they're doing, because it's not going to help at all.

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Girl injured into coma by jihadist passes away

Some very sad news about a victim of a terrorist attack who never recovered:
Hodaya (Odelia) Nechama Asulin from Mevo Horon, who was critically wounded seven years ago in a terrorist attack near a bus stop near Binyanei Ha'uma on Sderot's Shazar Boulevard, passed away.

Her funeral will take place today (Wednesday) at Mevo Horon at 13:30.

In 2011, a Muslim named Hussein Ali Hassan al-Qawasmi left a bomb at a bus stop in Binyanei Hauma adjacent to the kiosk. A tourist was killed and 68 civilians were wounded, including Asulin, who was 14. The murderer was sentenced to life imprisonment and another 60 years in prison.

Since then, Asulin has been unconscious and treated under close supervision. In the past two weeks, her condition worsened and in the morning she died at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.

A spokesman for the village, Mevo Horon, said that "the community mourns the premature death of Hodaya Nechama and supports the family."
Here's more news on the funeral. My condolences to the family.

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Even modestly dressed Haredi women aren't safe from sexual assault

A columnist writing in Haaretz has more to say about sexual abuse in the Haredi world, with the beginning here demonstrating how, just like under Islam, the whole notion dressing modestly would protect women from assault is factually untrue:
“The guy who attacked me sexually a number of times when I was 11 years old is a married ultra-Orthodox man. I was dressed with extreme modesty. After my bat mitzvah I visited them on Shabbat, and he asked his wife to go to bed and leave me with him. She shouted, ‘She’s a bat mitzvah! You can’t touch her anymore!’

“And why is it impossible to tell and to complain? Ninth-grade girls in a Bais Yaakov school can answer that. The homeroom teacher told them about a student who was attacked in the street and stayed home for a few days to recover. She went to visit her and told her, ‘It’s your fault!’ The student defended herself, after all she observes all the rules and wears very thick stockings. The teacher answered her, ‘Yes, but there’s something about you!’

That’s what Racheli Bass, a married ultra-Orthodox woman and mother of three who provides emotional therapy and assistance to victims of sexual assault, writes me.

Not everyone is as courageous as Racheli, who agreed to reveal her horrible story. Women I turned to, who I knew had been attacked, said that it’s better to keep quiet, that they aren’t emotionally prepared for exposure. But here are a few real stories and statements – in some the identifying details have been changed at the request of the victims to preserve their safety and privacy – in response to an op-ed by Israel Cohen (“Learn from the ultra-Orthodox how to stop sexual harassment,”, November 14) that denies the injustices, sexual attacks and harassment in Haredi society, and extols the policy of separation to prevent such behavior.

“I remember my male teacher welcoming me every morning with a blessing and placing his freezing hands inside my sweater and feeling me up, holding me close to him.” (Y., a male graduate of an ultra-Orthodox elementary school and yeshivas)

“I was sitting with an older Hasidic client, who had invited me to advise him about interior design for a new store. He examined me closely and began to ask questions, he misinterpreted my pleasantness: “Do you think I’m good-looking? Isn’t it true that you would like to be with me?” I smiled like an idiot and blushed. Needless to say I didn’t get the job and I didn’t bother to ask for explanations. When my husband tried to understand why, I explained to him that the price I suggested was too expensive for him.” (R., an architect)

“Yesterday I had a conversation with my little sister. She told me about the rape of a friend of hers. An ultra-Orthodox man dragged her behind a truck and raped her, and she didn’t dare to shout because she didn’t know exactly what was happening to her, what he was doing, and mainly she was afraid that if she shouted other people would come and ‘see her’ [body]. She didn’t know what to shout. How can a naïve seminary girl know how to deal with something that has no name? My sister told me about other instances of harassment, men who exposed themselves in front of girls, who didn’t know what the men were doing and why, and what to do about it.” (Natalie Rosenblum)

“I experienced a sexual attack in the family, which continued for years due to the habit of silence and the fact that the family ignored clear signs. When I recently heard about other attacks by the same man, I turned to the police. Rabbis told the complainants to testify, but later changed their minds so that he wouldn’t sit in prison for too long. Complainants were harassed. I was compared to a Nazi and to ISIS, and part of the family is still not speaking to me. At the start of my career I was sexually attacked several times in ultra-Orthodox places of work. I fled at the last moment from an attack by the founder of large charitable organizations in Jerusalem, who after the fact said that it was my fault because I fixed up my hair before leaving work.” (Shifra from Bnei Brak, a seminary graduate)

In the Facebook group I run, “Haredi Feminism,” Cohen’s article aroused a storm. Here are some of the reactions: “There are many reasons why Haredi women didn’t participate in the #MeToo campaign. Not because of what Cohen writes and not because the separated society helps to prevent sexual harassment and assault. The article is infuriating mainly because the Haredi media don’t report on the campaign at all and don’t offer the platform that the secular media gave the complainants. If anything brings on the flood of the Haredi ‘#Me too,’ and it will be a flood of sewage, it will be articles like Cohen’s.” (A.R.)

“Forget the exclusion that Cohen whitewashes so much in the article. But where’s the component of the victims, mainly among yeshiva students, despite and maybe even because of the separation?” (Chavi Blustein, a counselor for brides and married life)

All these are a miniscule sampling of authentic voices from among the public. All these quotes weren’t brought out to prove how sick Haredi society is, since the international #MeToo campaign exposes a human sickness that crosses cultures, ideologies and classes. These stories and quotes are being made public so that Saraleh and Yehuda and Chaimkeh and Menucha and Itamar and Yisrael Meir and Shira and Bracha will feel that they’re not alone and they’re not to blame.

In recent years organizations have begun to work inside the Haredi community, bringing the voices of the male and female victims to public awareness, and they are doing important work. In the Haredi media (the digital media only) they have started to discuss the subject, but for the most part the thundering silence, the fear, the embarrassment and the guilt prevail and reverberate. This has to be lifted, and those who deny the pain and suffering of the victims have to be confronted.
More to the point, Haredi society cannot be insular, and has to stop with these offensive beliefs that sex and/or dressing immodestly is sinful, rather than the sex offenders themselves. Nobody worried about sexual assault will be able to stop it by listening to degrading spiritual leaders.

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PLO freezes ties with USA over office closure

The US government's closing the local office the PLO has, and for that, Mahmoud Abbas has announced the PLO is cutting connections:
Palesitnian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he has frozen all contact with the U.S. over the Trump administration’s move to shutter the Palestinians’ mission in Washington, D.C.

“In practice, by closing the office, they are freezing all meetings and we are making that official,” PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told AFP.

The Palestinians’ move comes after the U.S. State Department on Saturday declined to renew the operating permission for the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Washington office for the first time since the 1980s. PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat called the move “very unfortunate and unacceptable,” and accused the Trump administration of capitulating to Israeli pressure.
Naturally, he has no intention of admitting the PLO's violated all requirements and sided with other jihadists besides themselves, therefore, the mission office must be shut down, most deservingly.

But more than that, the PLO must be declared a terrorist outfit again, and a dictatorship, and be invalidated for those reasons. It was an absolutely terrible thing when they were recognized as though nothing ever happened in the early 90s. That's a grave error that must be corrected.

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Monday, November 20, 2017 

Auerbach's cultists continue to be public monsters

The cult of Shmuel Auerbach's continuing their demonstrations against army enlistment at the expense of the public and traffic:
Twenty-two ultra-Orthodox protesters were arrested Sunday during demonstrations that blocked key junctions in Jerusalem and other cities, after the Jaffa Military Court sentenced 12 draft dodgers to jail sentences ranging from 40 to 90 days.

In response to the jail sentences, the Committee for Saving the Torah World, which has been responsible for organizing recent demonstrations against the army draft, issued a call for action and hundreds took to the streets in the capital, Bnei Brak and Beit Shemesh, all cities with large ultra-Orthodox populations.

[...] Other demonstrators blocked the capital’s light rail line and services to some sections were stopped. In Bnei Brak 15 demonstrators were arrested and taken away for questioning. Other protesters blocked junctions in Beit Shemesh and Modiin Illit.
If they release any rioters too early, they've failed their mission. Some more news here:
The Jaffa Military Court sentenced 11 yeshiva students who failed to undertake the necessary bureaucratic process required to obtain an IDF service exemption to sentences of up to 90 days in prison.

These sentences were much higher than have been seen in the past and are possibly an attempt to curb the phenomenon of yeshiva students who fail to apply for their exemption in the correct manner.
They should impose heavy fines too, to make their crimes financially damaging. That's certainly what they should do with any who blocked traffic, including train lines.

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Will French government stop Muslims from praying in streets?

That's what the following news says:
France will stop Muslims from praying in a Paris suburb, the interior minister has said, following skirmishes between worshippers and authorities.

Tensions have grown in recent weeks, with residents of the multi-ethnic Clichy-la-Garenne protesting street-prayers.

Worshippers began praying on the roads in March to protest the closure of a local mosque which was turned into a library.
But then minister Collomb says:
Yet he acknowledged the need for more mosques, saying: "Muslims must have a place to pray". He promised to resolve the conflict within the coming weeks.
If they take any steps to have more mosques built, they'll only be furthering the problem. So it's best not to trust this man at face value.

Update: see also this op-ed by Eldad Beck about an awakening in France.

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Bill Clinton's facing new accusations of sexual abuse

These new accusations are from after he left the White House:
Former President Bill Clinton is reportedly facing a new round of charges of sexual assault from four women, who claim the incidents occurred after Clinton left the White House in 2001.

Author and journalist Ed Klein reports in the Daily Mail that attorneys have notified Clinton that they are preparing to file four separate lawsuits against him. Klein says a member of Clinton’s legal team has confirmed the existence of the allegations to him.

Clinton’s history of sexual misconduct both before and during his presidency returned to the spotlight in 2016 and again in 2017 during his wife Hillary’s failed presidential bid and more recently amid new allegations of sexual misconduct against a plethora of politicians, journalists, and Hollywood celebrities.
It's just like the recent accusations against the senior George Bush, who implicated himself in sexual abuse cases as well. Amazingly, some leftists are starting to turn against Clinton, but it's awfully late, since many surely realized he was guilty, and only now they're starting to admit it.

Update: while we're on the subject, the Vox website (also via Breitbart) reports that a journalist for the NYT was suspended from his post over another sexual abuse claim.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017 

Muslim illegal migrants in Italy allowed to go free by terrible court orders

The justice system in Italy is in as serious need for repair as any other European country run by corruptocrats:
Despite being suspected of having links to international terrorist organisations like the Islamic State, a procedural issue has prevented Italian authorities from arresting five Tunisian migrants, even as the Islamic State makes fresh threats against Rome.

Authorities in Turin initially requested the arrest of the five Tunisian migrants in May of this year but were rejected and then appealed by authorities who were given arrest permission earlier this week. However, the migrants themselves can still appeal the court decision up to the supreme court which would see them free until a ruling is made La Repubblica reports.

The groups of five Tunisian migrants are said to have come to Italy on university visas but Piedmont Islamic extremism investigators say they formed a terrorist cell and had links to the Islamic State terror group.

Italian right-wing Senator Maurizio Gasparri expressed outrage saying, “it is really disconcerting as it is happening. I call on the government to intervene immediately. We can not allow suspected fundamentalists to be free to run around Italy and to kill us all.”
This is why even Italy's in sore need of modifying their legal system so that these corrupt judges won't endanger the country with their awful conduct.

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Ehud Olmert accused of sexual harassment

Looks like Harvey Weinstein's got another variation on his scummy conduct right over here in Israel, in the form of former prime minister Ehud Olmert:
Veteran Army Radio reporter Hadas Shtaif on Saturday accused former prime minister Ehud Olmert of sexually harassing her some years ago.

Shtaif said that upon leaving Israel’s Channel 1 TV studio some years ago, Olmert pressed her up against the wall and “whispered in my ear.” He then allegedly touched her ear “with his disgusting tongue. I pushed him away immediately.”

[...] Later on Twitter, Shtaif said, “It’s all true. I reported it in real time to many people. I was sickened. I did not forget.

[...] The #MeToo phenomenon sweeping through America has given rise to a similar rash of allegations in Israel, with almost daily accusations of sexual misconduct leveled against prominent figures. These have included, among others, veteran journalists Haim Yavin and Gabi Gazit, popular radio host Natan Zahavi and Alex Gilady, president of the Keshet Broadcasting group and Israel’s representative on the International Olympic Committee.
After all the nasty horrors Olmert enabled during the "disengagement" in 2005-2006, it's no shock at all he'd be capable of this either. In fact, I wouldn't even be shocked if Ariel Sharon had his own share of closet skeletons. I don't know if an investigation will be opened into Olmert's misdeeds, but these revelations will hopefully lead to his being deservedly shunned as an outcast.

Update: more on the Jerusalem Post.

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Friday, November 17, 2017 

Is Haredi exclusion of women becoming a serious problem again?

That's what this Haaretz article is telling:
Ultra-Orthodox rabbis in Modi’in Ilit ruled this week that the first four rows of seats on public buses should be reserved for men. Women may not sit there, “even with their husbands.” They must go to the back of the bus.

This was just the latest of many examples that seem to point to a resurgence of discrimination against women in Israel. Some government agencies are wavering in their commitment to fighting such discrimination, and Supreme Court rulings meant to end discrimination are not being implemented. Observers warn of the dangers of ignoring the steady drip of erosion of equal rights.

A partial list of incidents and examples from the past two or three years: the erection of a wall to separate men and women in the funeral hall of the public cemetery in Atlit; the absence of female voices in public service announcements commissioned by the government advertising agency and aired on ultra-Orthodox radio stations; sex segregation in defensive driving courses and in training courses for ultra-Orthodox civil servants; sex segregation at public libraries in Haredi neighborhoods; the introduction of sex-segregated programs at colleges and universities; the disappearance of women from billboards and other public advertising in Jerusalem; the fencing-off of a path in Zichron Yaakov, in order to keep women at a distance from an ultra-Orthodox yeshiva; signs in Beit Shemesh demanding that women dress modestly, which are proliferating despite a court order prohibiting them.

Four or five years ago, one person familiar with the issue recalled, the Attorney General’s Office published a harsh report on the problem, the cabinet adopted it and there seemed to be progress “even in parts of the Haredi community. But over the last two or three years, demands for women’s exclusion are on the rise again, even in communities that aren’t ultra-Orthodox. And this is happening with virtually no counter-reaction.”

Eleanor Davidov, the director of the Israel Women’s Network’s women’s exclusion project, agreed that there is a “dangerous, creeping trend toward reducing the public space for women.” Sex segregation isn’t even accepted by all parts of the Haredi community, she said, yet it is “becoming accepted in government offices, city halls, the army and even the private sector,” and their efforts to be considerate of the ultra-Orthodox minority have come “at women’s expense.”

The problem is exacerbated by many government agencies’ lax enforcement of rules against excluding women, such as the Interior Ministry’s refusal to order municipalities to bar sex segregation at public events.

A good example of the problem could be seen at the funeral of graphologist Anna Koren in Atlit in July 2016. “At the entrance to the funeral hall stood a woman in a head covering separating women from men,” recalled one of Koren’s friends, Miki Dror. Women were told to go in one door, men another. A wall with a window separated the men’s and women’s sections. “I was in shock,” Dror said.

Koren’s body was put in the men’s section, which her daughters weren’t allowed to enter. The rabbi conducted the funeral with his back to the women’s section. Yoram Nitzan, another friend, termed it “humiliating and degrading.”

Sex-segregated funeral halls violate both the attorney general’s report and Religious Services Ministry regulations. So Dror and Nitzan filed suit, represented by the Israel Religious Action Center, and won an out-of-court settlement. In April 2017, the Atlit religious council demolished the wall. It also agreed to pay the plaintiffs 5,000 shekels ($1,400) in compensation and post signs saying sex segregation during funerals is prohibited unless explicitly requested by the family.

But legal action doesn’t always work so quickly. In August, Orly Erez-Likhovski, a lawyer, complained to the government advertising agency about the lack of female voices in PSAs broadcast on Haredi radio stations. She did not receive a response, which was issued only after Haaretz contacted the agency.

The agency said it cannot force a radio station to air a PSA if the station refuses. But Erez-Likhovski says that because the Supreme Court has ruled that Haredi stations cannot exclude women, the agency is breaking the law.

In September, the Israel Women’s Network complained to the Transportation Ministry about sex-segregated defensive driving courses. It has yet to respond.

In Zichron Yaakov, a paved shortcut between Hahita and Hazayit shortened the route to the local cemetery, until it was blocked, a few years ago: first with a low fence, then a higher one, then a fence reinforced with metal panels.

City councilman Efraim Tzuk said the culprits were ultra-Orthodox residents who sought to keep women from passing a yeshiva located a few dozen meters from the fence. Tzuk says the fence violates both the city’s master plan and municipal bylaws. But his proposal that the city council discuss the issue was rejected.

“You want to run the whole city by secular principles?” one Haredi man retorted this week. “It won’t work. We live here, and this barrier won’t bother anyone.”

The city council responded that anyone can enter Hazayit Street or any other street.

In Beit Shemesh, the modesty signs outrage many women who are Orthodox themselves, though not ultra-Orthodox. Despite the court order barring them, another such sign appeared on a main street just a few weeks ago: “Men are requested to go up the stairs on the right, women on the left.” And on the other side of the street, one of the signs the court explicitly ordered removed — “Women are requested to come in modest dress” — is still there.

“There’s an almost automatic expectation that we should waive basic rights in the name of accommodating the ultra-Orthodox,” said one Orthodox activist, Nili Philipp. “But that accommodation is always one-way, and the other side exploits it. The symbolic meaning of the modesty signs is excluding women from the public square and controlling them.”

Another, Eve Finkelstein, said the signs’ appearance roughly coincided with the onset of physical violence — throwing stones and dirty diapers or spitting at women whose dress was deemed immodest. She herself was assaulted and complained to the police, but the case was closed for “lack of public interest.” And her experience was not unique.

But a third, Alisa Coleman, tried to find a silver lining. “We no longer have to explain our struggle all over again each time,” she said. “At least the conversation has changed.”
Whether or not this is still the case, of course it's disturbing, and any officials who refuse to take proper action should be ashamed of themselves.

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German court supports Kuwaiti airline banning Jewish passengers

More dhimmitude by ways of Germany that affects the Jewish community:
A German court ruled on Thursday that Kuwait Airways had the right to refuse to carry an Israeli passenger due to his nationality, a verdict that Jewish groups said condones anti-Semitism.

An Israeli citizen identified in court papers as Adar M., a student living in Germany, had sued Kuwait Airways after it canceled his booking for a flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok that included a stopover in Kuwait City.

The cancellation came a few days before M.'s scheduled departure in August 2016, when he revealed he had an Israeli passport. The airline offered to book him on a nonstop flight to Bangkok with another carrier.

The man refused the offer and filed the lawsuit, seeking compensation for alleged discrimination. He also insisted the airline should have to accept him as a passenger.

In its decision, the Frankfurt state court noted that under Kuwaiti law, Kuwait Airways is not allowed to have contracts with Israelis because of the Middle Eastern country's boycott of Israel. The court said it did not evaluate whether "this law makes sense," but the airline risked repercussions that were "not reasonable" for violating it, such as fines or prison time for employees.

According to the court, Germany's anti-discrimination law applies only in cases of discrimination on the basis of race, ethnic background or religion, not citizenship.
In other words, they're denying the case has anything to do with racial background. And whether the airline would face consequence in Kuwait is no justification for the offensive laws they're using there.
The Israeli plaintiff's attorney, Nathan Gelbart, said, "This is a shameful verdict for democracy and for Germany in general. This verdict cannot stand." Gelbart said his client was planning to appeal the ruling.

The Central Council of Jews in Germany said the Kuwaiti law was reminiscent of Nazi policies. Similar cases in Switzerland and the United States were decided in the favor of the plaintiffs, the council said.
Unfortunately, there's no telling if the appeal will avail any better, seeing how far gone Germany's become. But we'll see if there's any avail from what the appeal can do.

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A majority of Hillary voters now think the sexual assault allegations against Bill are credible

According to this info provided on Hot Air, at least 53 percent of Clinton voters now feel the sexual assault allegations against the man who was president during 1992-2000 are credible. Finally, it looks like the Democrats are starting to wake up and recognize reality, most likely because of the wakeup call the Harvey Weinstein scandal's led to.

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Car ramming attack near Efrat and Alon Shvut

I don't think anybody was killed or injured in this incident, but it just demonstrates how Islamofascism is still as terrible a problem as ever:
A terrorist was neutralized on Friday morning, (6:37 AM) near Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion.

The terrorist first ran over a pedestrian near the Efrat (south) junction. The 70-year-old victim was lightly injured on his head and was taken to Shaarei Tzedek hospital.

The terrorist then continued to the Gush Etzion junction where he ran over a 35-year-old man. He is in serious condition and was taken to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital. He is undergoing surgery for his head injury..

Heading towards the new entrance to Alon Shvut, the terrorist then got out of his car and tried to stab a soldier, near the checkpoint next to the winery.

The 17-year-old terrorist was shot and critically wounded as he ran at the soldiers. The hospital reports that he is in critical condition.
The terrorist is the one who should die for his evil deeds.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017 

They sought again to provide the Reform with ammo

If the Reform sect really is such a problem, then obviously, the Haredi opponents at the Western Wall actually condone that problem by causing a ruckus instead of allowing the Lord to judge:
Reform Jews clashed with ultra-Orthodox worshipers and security personnel at the Western Wall in Jerusalem Thursday, after attempting to pray at the site in celebration of newly ordained male and female rabbis.

While members of the group, who fought security guards as they entered the Western Wall plaza with Torah scrolls, claimed they were exercising their right to freedom of prayer, Western Wall administrators accused them of a publicity stunt.
Which the administrators were clearly only too happy to help carry through. If they didn't want anybody to notice, they would've done everything they could to ensure there'd be silence.
According to the ultra-Orthodox Kikar Hashabat website, the group of Reform Jews, accompanied by Women of the Wall — a lobby for women’s prayer rights — forced their way past security guards and entered the open Western Wall plaza where they began to dance, drawing protest from other worshipers.

There were no injuries in the incident, and it ended quickly.

The clashes occurred after an ordination ceremony at the Reform Hebrew Union College.

“The Western Wall belongs to all Israelis… Today we’re celebrating the ordination of the new Israeli Reform rabbis and we wanted to start this special day with pray and by declaring that ‘am Israel chai’ [the People of Israel live] – any type of Israeli,” said Hebrew Union College Dean Rabbi Naamah Kelman, whose daughter Rabbi Leora Ezrachi-Vered was among the graduates.

Israeli Reform leader Gilad Kariv, speaking to Hadashot news (formerly Channel 2), accused the administration at the holy site of thuggery, saying the violence “will not stop us from fulfilling our right to pray at the Western Wall.”
I'm hugely disappointed in the Haredi overlords who believe the site is literally their property for allowing this to go on otherwise unopposed. All they're doing is giving leftists ammunition to use against the right. Yes, seriously, that's what they're doing, and no doubt it's all deliberate on their part.

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Gender segregation does not prevent sexual abuse

In fact, if you look under a microscope, you'll notice it practically leaves out the potential of homosexual abuse, which is just what the Haredi lifestyle's leading to now. Haaretz published the following item:
In his piece responding to Rafi Walden’s op-ed in which Walden opposes gender segregation, Israel Cohen suggests that secular Israelis have a lot to learn about respect for women from the ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, community.

“At a time when more and more incidents of sexual harassment in various forms are coming to light, along with damning testimonies about men exploiting their positions of authority against women, the Haredi approach that insists on gender separation appears to make all the more sense,” Cohen writes. “The most efficient way to avoid a repeat of such grave occurrences is simply to prevent unnecessary mingling of the sexes.”

What a perfect solution! We’ll entirely divide society – women here, men there. We’ll dress everyone modestly and solve all our problems. After all, everyone knows that in ultra-Orthodox society, as in other religious communities, separation and modesty totally prevent sexual harassment and abuse.

Cohen adds: “The Haredi approach has proved itself. There are fewer cases of harassment and thus fewer complaints arising from the mingling of the sexes, which is avoided from the start.”

Is he relying on reported data? Has he spoken to young children, adolescents or men and women who’ve suffered sexual abuse or harassment inside or outside the Haredi community? Has he read the shocking testimony posted on the Lo Tishtok Facebook page, which provides a forum on sexual abuse in the Haredi community?

Does he know what has happened in the past, and presumably is still happening, to children at ritual baths? Has he seen the data showing that women (and men) from every society actually suffer harm inside the family and the community, including from people who are supposed to be protecting them?

I too was educated based on that sweet illusion that modest women prevent harm to themselves in the face of men’s evil impulses, but it’s a quick, painful journey to come to one’s senses. The numbers show that there’s no relationship between how women and men dress and any harm done to them.

Such abuse occurs at every level of society, among Jewish men and women as well among their Muslim and Christian counterparts. Long dresses, head coverings and also modest attire among men don’t prevent it. And in religious communities, the harm is twofold because these are generally traditional and partriarchal societies where the perpetrator is more likely to be believed than the victim.

In addition, in every society some cases go unreported, and the recent high-profile cases are just the tip of the iceberg. But the underreporting is particularly widespread in closed and religious communities.

Children, both young and older, may not understand what has happened to them because the conversation about sexuality is limited; sometimes it doesn’t exist at all. The victims don’t know what to call it and the perpetrators exploit that. Also, in closed societies, women and men are afraid that society will punish them rather than the perpetrators.

I agree with Cohen when he writes: “People at the top with lots of status, wealth, influence and power often fail to withstand temptation,” but it’s not just media personalities, the wealthy and people in academia, and it’s not just “those” Americans or “those” secular people. It also includes rabbis, leaders and other people in positions of power in every society who exploit those seeking their help and advice.

The Jewish sages said “ein apotropos la’erayot” – no one is immune from the power of his sexual urges. That’s true in every society. I won’t comment on the disagreement between Cohen and Walden on gender segregation at school and at the workplace. There are two sides to the issue, but I strongly and heavyheartedly object to the claim that separation prevents sexual abuse.

The only thing that can prevent the next case of abuse is a major investment in education for both boys and girls. Cohen’s column is liable to cause more women and men to suffer in silence. Even women who have grown up and work in a segregated society and dress modestly aren’t immune from such harm, which many of them have suffered.

These women may think that maybe they’re the only ones, that maybe they’re the guilty party. They should know that separation and modesty don’t prevent the abuse. They only cover it up.
And again, let's not forget that what these insular Haredi sects go by with gender segregation practically runs the gauntlet of turning its subjects homosexual, so it shouldn't be any surprise how much abuse of that sort turns up there. The poorly informed approach of the apologists only makes everything worse.

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New Israeli monetary notes will feature two famous women

The Israeli treasury's issuing at least two updated banknotes with famous lady figures on them:
The new NIS 20 banknote is red and features the portrait of Rachel Bluwstein (1890-1931), famous in Israel as Rachel the Poetess. Although most of her poems were written only in the final six years of her life, she is considered by many to be the greatest of all Hebrew poets. The back of the note features a typical view of the shores of the Sea of ​​Galilee, which is where she lived at the end of her life and where she is buried.

The new NIS 100 banknote is orange and features the portrait of Leah Goldberg (1911-1970), one of Israel’s leading literary figures – a poet, author, playwright, teacher, literary translator and researcher. A picture of deer appears on the back of the note, which refers to a famous children’s book that she wrote.
An excellent idea, and about time it was thought of too. People who worked in arts are just as important as politicians, maybe even more so.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Woman whose family was murdered by a jihadist decries PLO's payments to culprits' families

The widow of a man who was murdered by a terrorist visited the White House and expressed her anger that the PLO would pay money to the families of the jihadists, undoubtably with the help of money taken from taxpayers:
An Israeli widow met with White House officials to express her dismay that the family of her husband’s murderer – who also killed two other relatives at their Shabbat table in July – would begin receiving a monthly stipend from the Palestinian Authority as a reward for carrying out the terror attack.

Michal Salomon’s husband, father-in-law and sister-in-law were stabbed to death on a Friday night by a Palestinian terrorist, Omar al-Abed, as they were about to celebrate the birth of a new child in the West Bank settlement of Halamish. Salomon and her five children escaped and the terrorist was shot dead by an off-duty soldier.

Salomon met with Trump’s Mideast negotiator Jason Greenblatt and “expressed dismay that the [family of the] terrorist would be receiving compensation from the Palestinian Authority for his action,” a senior White House official told the Times of Israel on Tuesday.

Also at the meeting were National Security Council staffer Victoria Coates, Salomon’s father Shlomo Dan Lando, her cousin Brian Zvi Lando, and her children — Avinoam, Reut, Amitay, Ariel and Avishay, the report said.

Her disappointment comes ahead of a critical vote on the the Taylor Force Act—named after a U.S. Army veteran killed in a terror attack in Tel Aviv—that would force the Palestinian Authority to end its “pay-for-slay” program providing financial rewards to convicted terrorists or else forfeit aid.
Well some good news has just come out: the Taylor Force Act has been approved by a committee in Congress:
Earlier today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), passed the Taylor Force Act, which would halt American aid to the Palestinian Authority until the PA stops paying stipends to terrorists and their families. The committee also passed two additional acts targeting Hamas. [...]

“Since 2003,” Royce said in a statement, “it has been Palestinian law to reward Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails with a monthly paycheck. Palestinian leadership also pays the families of Palestinian prisoners and suicide bombers. These policies incentivize terrorism. With this legislation, we are forcing the PA to choose between U.S. assistance and these morally reprehensible policies, and I am pleased to see this measure move forward in both chambers with so much support.”
The Times of Israel has more. I should hope the rest of Congress makes sure to fully approve the act so that the PLO's monetary intake can be stopped.

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