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UC Berkeley’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter will be hosting a vigil with Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) that equates the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh to Israel’s actions in Gaza, according to Berkeley SJP’s Facebook page.
The vigil was initially scheduled for Thursday; Berkeley SJP’s post described it as an event to honor “the lives of those lost to violence and hate at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and the Palestinians killed in Gaza by settlers and Israeli state violence in the month of October.”
“Eleven people were killed after a gunman opened fire on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 27th,” the event page read. “That same weekend, three children in Gaza were murdered in an Israeli airstrike of the thirty-one Palestinians killed by the Israeli military in the month of October alone. From Pittsburgh to Gaza, we condemn violence in the name of white supremacy.”
Tikvah, a pro-Israel student organization at UC Berkeley, posted on Facebook in response that they were “disgusted and appalled” by the vigil.
Tikvah also promoted an event on their Facebook page scheduled for Nov. 22 to stand up to anti-Semitism.
Nathan Bentolila, the president of Tikvah and a third-year bioengineering student at UC Berkeley, told the Journal in a phone interview SJP never once reached out to them or any other Jewish organizations regarding Sunday’s vigil and they did not represent themselves at the vigil.
“They’re not doing it for the victims, because if they were, they would have participated in our vigil, they’re doing this to promote a political agenda, and frankly it’s really disgusting they’re doing this, and it’s anti-Semitism” Bentolila said. “There’s no other way to characterize it.”
Berkeley’s SJP’s event page for the vigil was deleted; their page now shows the vigil being held on Nov. 22 instead with the accompanying statement from JVP:
We deleted the original event page out of concern for attendees’ safety and the threat of online harassment. We will be rescheduling promptly at a later date.
Our intention for this event is for our communities, Progressive Jews and Palestinians, to come together to grieve during these difficult times. Just as we organize in solidarity, we mourn in solidarity. We reject any attempts to politicize our communities coming together to mourn.
Rooted in Jewish values of social justice, Jewish Voice for Peace believes that safety comes through solidarity with marginalized communities rather than militarization. Together we heal, united we fight.
Bentolila said that the university should address the matter by issuing a public statement condemning the vigil and look into sensitivity training regarding anti-Semitism.
“Clearly there is a lack of sensitivity on campus toward Jewish students,” Bentolila said, pointing out that SJP once protested a mural celebrating Jewish life in Israel.
Bentolila added that he didn’t think the university was doing enough to address anti-Semitism on campus in general.
“Jewish students have felt this way and have experienced these sort of problems for many years, so clearly something isn’t being done,” Bentolila said.
UC Berkeley’s SJP, JVP and the university did not responded to the Journal’s requests for comment as of publication time.
We all know that the midterm elections are different this time around. They are usually like “all politics,” namely local. But this time around they’re different. They are all presidential, all about Trump, as most everything is. And for the anti-Trump crowd — I’m talking about the political commentators and “analysts” — any and all things bad are held to be Trump’s fault. This is presumably because they believe that their condemnations of Trump will result in a Democrat takeover of the House of Representatives.
A new book explores how graffiti artists in Beirut skirt limitations on expression to share political criticism in the streets.
A photograph of the book “Drawing Lines” by Tamara Zantout, taken at the launch of the book at Beit Beirut cultural center, Beirut, Lebanon, Oct. 25, 2018.
BEIRUT — Beirut’s alleyways and streets are peppered in bright, detailed and provocative graffiti. Street artists use the medium, which exists in a legal grey area, to express their identity and give voice to political frustrations.
On Tuesday, San Francisco will become the largest city in the nation to allow noncitizens to vote, and the city has spent $310,000 on a “new registration system” specifically aimed at illegals. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, the plan is the first in the state and follows Proposition N, a 2016 ballot measure allowing votes by noncitizens over the age of 18, reside in the city, and have children under age 19.
By the count of the Chronicle, only 49 noncitizens have signed up to vote on Tuesday, which works out to $6,326 for every illegal voter, but there’s more to the story. City officials are worried that voting could expose illegals to ICE, who might come looking and possibly deport somebody. So supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, a backer of Proposition N, urged the city to spend $500,000 to warn the illegals.
At first Sabbath service after massacre, shooting survivors are blessed; rabbi says to those who condemned Trump’s visit: ‘No one tells me how to welcome a guest in my own home’
On November 3, 2018, a joint communal Shabbat prayer service at Pittsburgh’s Beth Shalom Conservative synagogue following the massacre a week prior which saw 11 Jewish community members killed. (Amanda Borschel-Dan/Times of Israel)
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — A week after an anti-Semitic shooter massacred 11 worshipers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, the community embraced each other in prayer on Saturday.
IS EUROPE RETURNING to the horrors of the 1930s? In an assessment typical of the moment, Max Holleran writes in the New Republic that “in the past ten years, new right-wing political movements have brought together coalitions of Neo-Nazis with mainstream free-market conservatives, normalizing political ideologies that in the past rightly caused alarm.” He sees this trend creating a surge in “xenophobic populism.” Writing in Politico, Katy O’Donnell agrees: “Nationalist parties now have a toehold everywhere from Italy to Finland, raising fears the continent is backpedaling toward the kinds of policies that led to catastrophe in the first half of the 20th century.” Jewish leaders like Menachem Margolin, head of the European Jewish Association, sense “a very real threat from populist movements across Europe.”
IS EUROPE RETURNING to the horrors of the 1930s? In an assessment typical of the moment, Max Holleran writes in the New Republic that “in the past ten years, new right-wing political movements have brought together coalitions of Neo-Nazis with mainstream free-market conservatives, normalizing political ideologies that in the past rightly caused alarm.”
We’ve been told for a long time that the ceasefire is on the way. It had many names in the past, such as tahdiah, hudna, and most recently—”an arrangement.” On Friday, once again, reports started emerging that an agreement has been reached. Several hours later, southern Israel was hit with a barrage of rockets. What happened?
And He said, “You will not be able to see My face, for No Human Being shall see Me and live.” — Shemot 33:20
Faith is deeper than knowledge. While scientific data is absorbed only in the brain, faith permeates all parts of the human personality. Nothing is untouched, all spiritual limbs quiver, and everything is transformed. It is thus more difficult to acquire faith than knowledge, and faith has a more radical effect on the human being.
A Catholic archbishop recently touched on an unspoken but highly subversive phenomenon: How anti-Christian forces exploit Christian teachings to empower those who seek to dismantle Christian civilization, Muslims being chief among them.
In an interview published last summer by the Italian outlet IlGionarle.it, Catholic Archbishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan said:
The King of Jordan, not some lowly clerk, announced that Jordan will not extend the currently existing leases renting two parcels of land to Israel. One is the so-called Island of Peace in the northern Naharayim area and the other located in the southern Arava, near Tzofar, an agricultural cooperative village (moshav). Jordan was entirely within its rights to decide not to renew the leases