US Jewish group removes offensive ‘Polish Holocaust’ video



 


A US-based Jewish group has removed its “Polish Holocaust” YouTube video, which criticized a new Polish law criminalizing suggestions that Poland was complicit in Nazi war crimes, following a backlash from Poles.

The prominent Boston-based Jewish-American Ruderman Family Foundation uploaded the video on Wednesday, using the controversial term “Polish Holocaust” to protest what they called a “death camp” law passed in Poland last week. The law, which criminalizes the expression “Polish death camps”, sparked outrage in Israel, as well as in Ukraine, which also outlaws the extremist “Bandera ideology” of Ukrainian nationalists.

The video, which called for the US to sever ties with their NATO ally, was removed after Jonathan Ornstein, director of the Jewish Community Center in Krakow, explained to foundation president Jay Ruderman how offensive the terminology used in the footage was.

“The term ‘Polish Holocaust’ is not accepted by any reasonable person whether Jewish, Polish, Israeli or German,” said Ornstein to the AP.

“Emotions are running high and harmful, inaccurate comments from various sides have been published, but this is indefensible,” Ornstein added.

The Ruderman Family Foundation released a statement of their own, saying “after a hugely successful campaign that went viral internationally and among American Jews and Israelis who have signed the petition – the Foundation was contacted by the Polish Jewish community and because of their concerns for their safety, we decided to halt the campaign.”

The video is just the latest debacle that has followed the introduction of the new law. On Tuesday, Poland’s Deputy Minister of Culture, Jarosław Sellin, endorsed the creation of a special “Polocaust” museum to commemorate the non-Jews who died in Poland during World War II.

It is estimated that around three million ethnic Poles were among the six million people who were killed in Poland during the war. Minister Sellin said he regrets that Poland’s suffering isn’t more widely known around the world and called for “this terrible fate” to be acknowledged. Discussing the law, Sellin said: “Compared with other nations, especially in this recent history, generally we have nothing to be ashamed of, we behaved as it should.”

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Assange slams Intercept hit-piece claiming his group ‘sexist, backed Trump’

Julian Assange

    

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has rejected claims by The Intercept that he backed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. He accused the outlet of furthering one of the authors’ personal obsession.

“The editorial propriety of letting Micah F Lee, of all people, instrumentalize the Intercept to further his obsessive, obscenity laden campaign against WikiLeaks must be questioned,” Assange said on Thursday.

Assange added that Lee was “formally behind cutting off WikiLeaks’ US tax deductible donations,” referring to the Freedom of the Press Foundation cutting off WikiLeaks’ access to funding.

In Wednesday’s story, Lee and Cora Currier of The Intercept claimed to have seen private Twitter messages from WikiLeaks staff from November 2015 onwards.

“We believe it would be much better for GOP to win,” said a message they attributed to Assange. “Dems+Media+liberals would then form a block to reign in their worst qualities.”

“With Hillary in charge, GOP will be pushing for her worst qualities. Dems+media+neoliberals will be mute,” another message said. “She’s a bright, well connected, sadistic sociopath.”

“GOP will generate a lot opposition, including through dumb moves. Hillary will do the same thing, but co-opt the Liberal opposition and the GOP opposition,” a third message said. “Hence Hillary has greater freedom to start wars than the GOP and has the will to do so.”

On Thursday, Assange said Lee had a long-standing vendetta against his whistleblowing organization, and he was instrumental in blocking tax-deductible donations to the site.

Assange, who is still confined to the Ecuadorian embassy in London after his appeals against a UK arrest warrant failed, insisted Wikileaks does not save such messages. He added that the writers of the article did not even contact him to check the veracity of the comments, and that they admitted the group who sent the messages had “low security” and was not set up by Wikileaks.

The Wikileaks Twitter account was not just run by him, Assange noted, but a “rotating team” of staff members. He also said that some of the alleged messages featured in the story were sent after October 2016, when he famously had his internet access cut off by the Ecuadorian government. During that time, WikiLeaks was publishing emails from the private account of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta, further damaging her disastrous presidential campaign.

Assange also accused The Intercept’s billionaire owner, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, of having a long-running campaign to “neuter Wikileaks.”

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Nets Push Bogus School Shooting Stat from Anti-Gun Lobbyist Group

In the aftermath of Wedneday’s terrible school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the liberal media callously rushed to use the deaths to push for more gun control. And in their haste, the three major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) relied on a statistic from the anti-gun lobbying group Everytown for Gun Safety which claimed that there had been 18 school shootings since the start of 2018. And since it fits the narrative, why fact check?

You know, scenes like these today, shootings at schools, an all-too-familiar sight across this country. This shooting, by one count, the 18th just this year. Multiple fatalities at several of those shootings,” announced anchor David Muir during ABC’s World News Tonight.

That same statistic was echoed on NBC Nightly News when anchor Lester Host lamented: “This horrifying shooting in Florida marks the 18th time gunfire has erupted on a school campus in America just since the start of this year. With more now on these tragedies and images that have become disturbingly common in our country…

Perhaps the biggest question: Why is this happening more frequently? This year, there have already been 18 school shootings. There were seven by this time last year,reported Don Dahler on CBS Evening News.Since 2013, the number of school shootings has steadily risen, with the sole exception being 2016, when there were only 48. Only– as if that was in any way acceptable or normal.

 

 

But as The Washington Free Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski exposed late last month, the numbers generated by Everytown were highly misleading.

“Everytown for Gun Safety uses its own definition based on what it said is ‘expert advice and common sense, which the gun-control group claims is ‘straightforward, fair, and comprehensive,’” Gutowski reported. “The group said it counts ‘any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds.’”

Gutowski found that Everytown’s dubiously definition of a school shooting meant it included many incidents a reasonable person wouldn’t equate to a school shooting:

This broad definition places two separate suicides, a January 9 incident where a man shot a BB gun at a bus window resulting in no injuries; a January 10 incident where a student in a criminal justice club accidentally shot a peace officer’s real gun at a target on a classroom wall instead of a training gun resulting in no injuries; a January 9 incident where gun shots were fired from somewhere outside of Cal State San Bernardino, which struck a building on campus without injuries; and other incidents next to the murder of a Winston-Salem State University student at a nightclub on the Wake Forest University campus, the January 22 shooting of a 15-year-old at a Dallas-area high school, and Tuesday’s Marshall County High School shooting which left 2 dead and 18 others injured.

“In its explanation of its count, Everytown includes an open call for new gun-control measures as a result of the number of school shootings it claims occur each year in the United States,” Gutowski added.

The liberal networks were eager to push gun control come hell or high water regardless of what the truth was.

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Anti-Bohemian Grove Political Activist Rock Group Sacred Owls Put Out Paul Bonacci Testimony Comic Book / Album

{Sacred Owls} On Halloween 2017, Coffins Comix was born with a new way to fight the REAL information war. The kids don’t want to read cryptic documents or watch grainy, unfinished documentaries about the rape and murder of children at Bohemian Grove! So we made some rock music and a graphic novel with Paul Bonacci’s testimony (Chapter 1, The Franklin Cover-Up) with photos and more. Paul’s wish is that this story would be told, to show the sick, depraved, underbelly of the global elite pedophiles that run governments, business, and law enforcement. It really is a conspiracy of silence. You wanted the proof, well here it is.

In this story Paul Bonacci describes in great detail the private jet and leaving Epley Airfield to Denver Airport (which is a hot bed of creepy globalist, death cult, activity), Las Vegas (to pick up “Hunter Thompson”, do blow, and constantly hit on these 14-16 year old kids) and then Sacramento Airport where they then took 2 white limos out to a place about an hour away with tall trees where men in robes conducted weird rituals including the burning of a child in effigy. Paul was able to direct his attorney, writer of The Franklin Cover-Up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska, by car to the gates of the Bohemian Grove in 1988, at age 14. (Map to the left)

For those of you who know anything about The Bohemian Grove, it was not spoken about other than locally and in rare books; even then only mentioned in passing. There was no Google Maps… no Google. No internet. Just pay phones and phone books. Libraries with hardly any, if any mention of such a secret place where a secret society meets for 2 weeks in July of every year for the Cremation of Care opening ceremony where men in robes stand by a lake in front of a 40′ statue of an owl and rid themselves of a conscience (care) symbolized as a child, innocence, youth, is burned on an altar after it is taken by more men in robes across the water on a small, ornamented row boat. Male escorts are bussed in to this all male retreat. Having children on the menu, well that is reserved for VIPs. Snuff films are just the appetizers to their sick lust for abused & tortured, young flesh.

This comic puts you in to the hell Bonacci went through as Hunter S. Thompson filmed him have sex at gun point, followed by, the murder of a child in front of him which he was forced to continue having sick sexual relations with before they went to Bohemian Grove and showed the film to a room full of sick monsters in suits sippin’ on wine, enjoying every minute.

See it performed live here:

This is a horror anthology comic book accompanied by a music compilation that goes along with the stories. You can put the CD or USB in and hit play, read along to 20 pages of paralyzing horrors, non-fiction (Conspiracy of Silence, Owlmobile, Chick Habit, Osceola Wants His Head Back by Sacred Owls and Will Brack & The Gray Man by The Prople) and fictional tales and tunes to ease your troubled mind (Ann The Babysitter by Gyrojets, As Above/So Below, Jamie, & Screamhouse by The Prople, Something In The Shadows by Dougie Flesh and the Slashers, and My Ghouls/I Don’t Wanna Be A Deadite No More by Jess-o-Lantern). Get copies at coffinscomix.com/tales. Spread the word. The Owlmobile is coming for you!

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European consumer’s group calls for a crackdown on "bogus" health claims on sugared-up food products marketed to children


Image: European consumer’s group calls for a crackdown on “bogus” health claims on sugared-up food products marketed to children

(Natural News)
The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) is urging the European Commission (EC) to look into the misleading labels of “unhealthy food and beverage products” that claim to be good for its target markets.

The BEUC’s recently launched campaign aims to boycott the EC’s “long-standing failure” to put an end to the “bogus food claims” reportedly made by the various manufacturers of products that have high fat, salt, or sugar content. The EC was initially supposed to publish nutrient profiles nine years ago, and this could have prevented the proliferation of false claims by manufacturers.

Pauline Constant, communications manager for food, health, sustainability, and safety, says that the profiles must be published soon. If the profiles remain unpublished, this will turn into a 10-year-old concern. She adds that making the data public can help curb the possibility of an obesity epidemic since consumers need to be made aware that products which claim to be healthy can’t always be trusted. (Related: Food Packaging Tricks — Why Reading The Label Is Not Enough.)

Powdered beverages and kids products are the “worst offenders”

The BEUC highlighted the fact that powdered beverages and products for children are the “worst offenders,” especially on social media. These two product types often come with health claims even though they contain a lot of sugar.

Constant explains that based on real-life examples, food products full of fat, salt, or sugar are being marketed as “high in fibers,” contains “B vitamins,” or “boosts your immune system.” It is misleading to sell a hot drink containing at least 75 percent sugar as full of “calcium and vitamins.” Manufacturers are taking advantage of these claims by using them as marketing tools instead of indicators of a healthy product for consumer guidance.

The BEUC’s social media campaign named certain beverages such as “Nestlé’s Nesquik, Idilia Foods’ Cola Coa, and Mercator’s Ben Quick.” The organization also mentioned Danone’s Actimel Kids, which claims to contain vitamin D but also has high levels of sugar.

Olivera Medugorac, Nestlé’s European affairs manager, addressed the campaign and pointed out that the company backs the introduction of nutrient profiles. Medugorac shares that Nestlé was one of the companies that approved the “joint call for urgent adoption of EU-wide nutrient profiles for nutrition and health claims” last May 2017. She adds that Nestlé wants to ensure that nutrient profiles are used to help consumers, industry, government, and public health stakeholders make more informed choices when it comes to food and beverages.

Constant maintains that the practice is deceptive, especially since it gives unhealthy products a “healthy halo.” She concludes that the “problematic” practice has a significant impact on products for children and babies. Parents who fall prey to false health claims on food products will buy them without a second thought because they “want the healthiest for their little ones.”

Who would think twice about getting baby cereals that have “iron, zinc, and vitamins?” It might not even cross the minds of parents to check the warnings behind the packages about the 30 percent sugar content of the same baby cereals, especially since the warnings often come in small characters.

Only time will tell if the EC finally publishes the nutrient profiles that the BEUC has been asking for since 2009.

Foods and drinks with a high sugar content

Aside from powdered drinks and food products, avoid buying these items because they may have a high sugar content:

  • BBQ sauce – Two tablespoons of BBQ sauce can contain at least 14 grams (g) of sugar or over three teaspoons. A container of BBQ sauce may even contain at least 40 percent of pure sugar.
  • Chocolate milk – Unlike plain milk which is nutritious, chocolate milk also contains cocoa and sugar. An eight ounce (oz) [230 milliliters (ml)] glass of chocolate milk has two teaspoons of added sugar.
  • Iced tea – This chilled tea is usually sweetened with sugar or flavored with syrup. While the sugar content varies depending on location, a lot of commercially prepared iced teas can contain about 33 g of sugar per 12 oz (340 ml) serving, or around the same as a can of Coca-Cola.
  • Ketchup – A popular condiment, ketchup is full of sugar, just like BBQ sauce. A tablespoon of ketchup can contain at least a teaspoon of sugar.

Read more articles about fresh food and tips on how to eat healthy at Fresh.news.

Sources include:

NutraIngredients.com

Healthline.com

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Re: The Zionist Lehi was the last self-proclaimed terrorist group

Secret files released by MI5 in December give a fascinating new insight into a bombing campaign which terrorised London in the years following the Second World War. This was carried out by some of the Zionist groups fighting to seize control of Palestine from the British government who took their campaign of bloodshed to Britain. They targeted government offices and sent letter bombs to ministers, including future Prime Minister Anthony Eden, post-war Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee, Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, Chancellor Stafford Cripps and wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Avraham Stern, founder of Stern Gang

According to the files, Eden apparently carried the unopened letter bomb around for a whole day in a book before being informed about the plot. Most of the bombs were intercepted, although some, like Eden’s, reached their targets but failed to explode.

The bombs were sent by Lehi, also known to the British authorities as the Stern Gang, after its founder Avraham Stern. The most right-wing of the armed Zionist groups then active in Palestine, Lehi was a splinter group from the Irgun, whose leader in the late 1940s was Menachem Begin. He went on to become Israel’s Prime Minister and invade Lebanon in 1982, killing more than 20,000 Lebanese and Palestinian people; the infamous Sabra and Shatilla massacre took place on his watch.

Lehi was so fanatically right-wing that at one point it even approached Hitler’s Nazi Germany in order to reach some sort of agreement, and to fight for Hitler against the British in Palestine. One of Lehi’s leaders, Yitzhak Shamir, would also later become Israeli Prime Minister, sharing power in various governments in the 1980s with the supposedly “left-wing dove” Shimon Peres.

Read: British Labour is also a victim of the Zionist lobby

It was Lehi and Irgun which led the notorious massacre in the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin, where they murdered more than 100 Palestinian civilians. Deir Yassin has become a byword for Zionist massacres of Palestinian civilians, but what is less well known is that it was only one of many by Zionist groups during the 1948 Nakba, or Catastrophe, during which 750,000 Palestinians were driven out of their country at gunpoint. Many more massacres took place in later years as well.

Another fact that tends to be neglected by history is that the supposedly left-wing, labour-oriented armed Zionist groups also participated in the Deir Yassin massacre, by providing artillery support. Deir Yassin and the Nakba itself were by no means aberrations; they were planned deliberately as a long thought-out strategy to “empty the land” of its people. How else could a “Jewish state” be formed in Palestine, a land which did not have a Jewish majority?

However, the war waged by the armed Zionist groups against the British was not one which originated in fundamental disagreements. The British Empire never had any qualms about expelling indigenous peoples from the lands it conquered, such as Palestine, nor, indeed, was it queasy about the Zionist project to establish the state of Israel on colonised land.

Read: Israel is damaged by its own Zionism

Churchill himself – in one of his most notorious racist rants in the 1930s — said of the Palestinian people, “I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time… I do not admit, for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly-wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.”

Winston Churchill, Former British Prime Minister [Cecil Beaton /Wikipedia]

From the Balfour Declaration onwards, the British Empire was fundamentally warm toward the Zionist project of colonisation in Palestine, seeing in it a potential future ally. The Empire and Zionism fell out, though, with the latter coming to see the former as insufficiently enthusiastic. The right-wing groups, especially Lehi, wanted to go into open conflict with Britain, even during the Second World War. When the war in Europe and the Middle East ended, the Zionist movement in Palestine turned its guns against the British as well as the Palestinian people. Lehi and Irgun could no longer be restrained, and attacked British officers and administrators, culminating in the infamous King David Hotel bombing, which killed 91 people in 1946.

The lesser-known London bombing campaign was able to be kept partly secret because it mostly failed, but reading the newly-released files it is striking how the most extreme Zionist terrorists got off so lightly. One of the files is a press clipping of an interview with one of the Lehi bombers; Betty Knouth was sentenced by the Belgians to just one year in prison, despite being caught red-handed with letter bombs addressed to British officials.

It’s also striking how Lehi used the word “terrorist” openly to describe itself, appearing to see it as a badge of honour. According to Calder Walton, a historian and author who has written about the newly-released files, Lehi “is thought to be the world’s last terrorist group to describe itself publicly as terrorist.”

In Knouth’s interview during a Tel Aviv press conference in 1948, she expressed regret only that her bombing plot had been foiled by the Belgian police. “I’m sorry none of them was delivered,” she said of the letter bombs. “My terrorist days are over and done with now.”

The nascent State of Israel’s, though, were just beginning.



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Re: Connecticut church’s interfaith group detained by Israel for holding Palestine flag

The following is a report from Connecticut local news channel News8.

They went to Jerusalem to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and to witness for themselves the sites of the Holy Land. They ended up seeing Israeli army soldiers carting them off to jail.

It was frightening.

“When you see those heavy guns and hear those heavy voices,” said Jhoufran Annababiar, one of five people detained.  “When you see the madness on those soldiers’ faces.”

“They wouldn’t talk to us and explain to us what was going on,” said Reza Mansoor, President of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford and another person who was detained. “They just confiscated our passports, put five people in a corner, then kind of paraded us down the cobble streets.”

Mansoor and 4 others were held for 7 hours — they are all Muslim.

“We didn’t know what was going on,” he said. “We didn’t think that we had done anything wrong.”

They were arrested when their group from the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme posed for a picture they took while hoisting the Palestinian flag in Jerusalem. There were a total of 29 people in the group, but only the five Muslims were detained.

Church leaders say the annual trip is a chance to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, while exploring the Holy Land.

“It is an opportunity to travel as a group of Christians, as a group of Muslims, as a group of Jews all travelling together, reminding ourselves of our common faith together, our common humanity,” said Steve Jungkite, the senior minister at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

What they saw happen to some in their own group was disturbing.

“I was upset that it happened,” Jungkite said.

They say they want to turn their anger into an educational moment. They say what happened to them is similar to what happens to the Palestinian people on a daily basis there.

“There seems to be an escalation of the kind of discrimination that we witnessed,” Jungkite said.

They hope that by sharing their story, they can help to bring justice and a better life in modern-day Jerusalem for Israelis and Palestinians.

“I really wish for that land to live in peace again,” Jhoufran said.

Now that they’re home, they say they are on a mission to do that by continuing to share their story. No one knew why the five members of the group were initially taken away and into Israeli custody.

The trouble happened when the group stopped to pose for a picture in Jerusalem while hoisting the Palestinian flag. Eventually they were told that the Israeli soldiers thought they were trying to incite a riot.

Members of the church group called the American embassy and the offices of Connecticut’s senators back here at home. A lawyer from Jerusalem was able to convince the authorities that the Connecticut group was not breaking any laws and they were released.

They were held about two weeks ago and returned to Connecticut last week.



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Re: Connecticut church’s interfaith group detained by Israel for holding Palestine flag

The following is a report from Connecticut local news channel News8.

They went to Jerusalem to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and to witness for themselves the sites of the Holy Land. They ended up seeing Israeli army soldiers carting them off to jail.

It was frightening.

“When you see those heavy guns and hear those heavy voices,” said Jhoufran Annababiar, one of five people detained.  “When you see the madness on those soldiers’ faces.”

“They wouldn’t talk to us and explain to us what was going on,” said Reza Mansoor, President of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford and another person who was detained. “They just confiscated our passports, put five people in a corner, then kind of paraded us down the cobble streets.”

Mansoor and 4 others were held for 7 hours — they are all Muslim.

“We didn’t know what was going on,” he said. “We didn’t think that we had done anything wrong.”

They were arrested when their group from the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme posed for a picture they took while hoisting the Palestinian flag in Jerusalem. There were a total of 29 people in the group, but only the five Muslims were detained.

Church leaders say the annual trip is a chance to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, while exploring the Holy Land.

“It is an opportunity to travel as a group of Christians, as a group of Muslims, as a group of Jews all travelling together, reminding ourselves of our common faith together, our common humanity,” said Steve Jungkite, the senior minister at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

What they saw happen to some in their own group was disturbing.

“I was upset that it happened,” Jungkite said.

They say they want to turn their anger into an educational moment. They say what happened to them is similar to what happens to the Palestinian people on a daily basis there.

“There seems to be an escalation of the kind of discrimination that we witnessed,” Jungkite said.

They hope that by sharing their story, they can help to bring justice and a better life in modern-day Jerusalem for Israelis and Palestinians.

“I really wish for that land to live in peace again,” Jhoufran said.

Now that they’re home, they say they are on a mission to do that by continuing to share their story. No one knew why the five members of the group were initially taken away and into Israeli custody.

The trouble happened when the group stopped to pose for a picture in Jerusalem while hoisting the Palestinian flag. Eventually they were told that the Israeli soldiers thought they were trying to incite a riot.

Members of the church group called the American embassy and the offices of Connecticut’s senators back here at home. A lawyer from Jerusalem was able to convince the authorities that the Connecticut group was not breaking any laws and they were released.

They were held about two weeks ago and returned to Connecticut last week.



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Re: Connecticut church’s interfaith group detained by Israel for holding Palestine flag

The following is a report from Connecticut local news channel News8.

They went to Jerusalem to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and to witness for themselves the sites of the Holy Land. They ended up seeing Israeli army soldiers carting them off to jail.

It was frightening.

“When you see those heavy guns and hear those heavy voices,” said Jhoufran Annababiar, one of five people detained.  “When you see the madness on those soldiers’ faces.”

“They wouldn’t talk to us and explain to us what was going on,” said Reza Mansoor, President of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford and another person who was detained. “They just confiscated our passports, put five people in a corner, then kind of paraded us down the cobble streets.”

Mansoor and 4 others were held for 7 hours — they are all Muslim.

“We didn’t know what was going on,” he said. “We didn’t think that we had done anything wrong.”

They were arrested when their group from the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme posed for a picture they took while hoisting the Palestinian flag in Jerusalem. There were a total of 29 people in the group, but only the five Muslims were detained.

Church leaders say the annual trip is a chance to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, while exploring the Holy Land.

“It is an opportunity to travel as a group of Christians, as a group of Muslims, as a group of Jews all travelling together, reminding ourselves of our common faith together, our common humanity,” said Steve Jungkite, the senior minister at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

What they saw happen to some in their own group was disturbing.

“I was upset that it happened,” Jungkite said.

They say they want to turn their anger into an educational moment. They say what happened to them is similar to what happens to the Palestinian people on a daily basis there.

“There seems to be an escalation of the kind of discrimination that we witnessed,” Jungkite said.

They hope that by sharing their story, they can help to bring justice and a better life in modern-day Jerusalem for Israelis and Palestinians.

“I really wish for that land to live in peace again,” Jhoufran said.

Now that they’re home, they say they are on a mission to do that by continuing to share their story. No one knew why the five members of the group were initially taken away and into Israeli custody.

The trouble happened when the group stopped to pose for a picture in Jerusalem while hoisting the Palestinian flag. Eventually they were told that the Israeli soldiers thought they were trying to incite a riot.

Members of the church group called the American embassy and the offices of Connecticut’s senators back here at home. A lawyer from Jerusalem was able to convince the authorities that the Connecticut group was not breaking any laws and they were released.

They were held about two weeks ago and returned to Connecticut last week.



Source Article from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180128-connecticut-churchs-interfaith-group-detained-by-israel-for-holding-palestine-flag/#comment-3738693228

Israeli group suing two New Zealanders for convincing pop star Lorde to cancel Tel Aviv concert

Lorde cancels Tel Aviv concert

    

The move is the first lawsuit filed under a 2011 Israeli law, which paves the way for legal action against anyone calling for a boycott against Israel, if that call could knowingly lead to a boycott.

An Israeli legal rights group, Shurat HaDin, has announced that it is suing the two New Zealanders for allegedly convincing pop singer Lorde to cancel her show in the Jewish state on behalf of three would-be concertgoers for about $13,000 in damages.

According to the group, two New Zealanders, one of Jewish and one of Palestinian origin, knew that their letter to Lorde could trigger a boycott, making them open to a suit under the 2011 Israeli law. The legislation paves the way for legal action against anyone calling for a boycott against Israel, including of lands it has occupied, if that call could knowingly lead to a boycott.

“This lawsuit is an effort to give real consequences to those who selectively target Israel and seek to impose an unjust and illegal boycott against the Jewish state,” said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the group’s head and lawyer said.

“They must be held to compensate Israeli citizens for the moral and emotional injury and the indignity caused by their discriminatory actions.”

According to her, the 2011 law has not yet been tested in court as it is difficult to prove that a boycott and a call for one are linked. However, in this case, according to her, the connection is clear as the New Zealanders “took credit” for Lorde’s decision to cancel her performance in Israel.

New Zealand songwriter Lorde has cancelled her show in Tel Aviv following online fan pressure. An enormously successful singer and producer, the 21-year-old daughter of Croatian and Irish parents noted that an overwhelming number of her fans requested the move, citing support for the burgeoning Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement encouraging the financial isolation of Israel due to its 1967 seizure and ongoing occupation of Palestine.

The Tel Aviv concert was to have been included in a summer 2018 tour, until fans got wind of the show and asked her to change her mind.

“I’ve received an overwhelming number of messages & letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show,” Lorde stated in a release distributed by the Israeli promoters in Tel Aviv responsible for producing her show.

Widespread criticism from human rights activists in her native New Zealand, as well as from international rights watchdogs, contributed to the decision, she added.

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