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Pro-Palestinian Protests Across The Globe Feature Antisemitic Rhetoric, Violence

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This story was first published by The Dark Wire Investigation Foundation

In a Jewish neighborhood in London, pro-Palestinian protestors shouted “F*** the Jews. Rape their daughters” as they drove in a convoy of cars toting Palestinian flags over the weekend.

“Khayber Khaybar (kill) oh Jews, Mohammad’s army is returning,” was shouted by protestors in the streets who were wearing t-shirts with pictures of Saddam Hussein. Other protests around the city featured the destruction Israeli flags and shouts of anti-Zionist slogans.

Four individuals from the car protest were arrested, London’s police service confirmed. However, the atmosphere still isn’t “very good” and the Jewish community is in a state of “distress,” according to a local.

A security notice has been issued because of the rise in antisemitic incidents in the U.K. amid the conflict between Israel and Palestinian terrorist organizations Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

A charity working to ensure the safety of the Jewish community said it expects the “antisemitism to continue, or indeed worsen, until the conflict in Israel and Gaza subsides.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said there would be an increased presence of police in Jewish neighborhoods.

In the Netherlands, similar protests featured overt support for the Taliban.

In Belgium, pro-Palestinian protestors shouted “death to Jews.”

The rhetoric from pro-Palestinian protestors on the opposite side of the Atlantic Ocean also featured hateful and extremist rhetoric. “Long live the intifada” was repeatedly chanted as well as “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

The statements are slogans of Hamas, which is a U.S. designated terrorist organization. The intifada is the Palestinian uprising and means in Arabic “shaking off.”

Two locals participating in a pro-Palestinian march in Washington, D.C. this reporter spoke with said they’ve felt very strongly “for decades” about the movement. They said that although they’ve been accused of antisemitism, the conflict has nothing to do with religion.

“Because they’ve put it all in terms of religion and it’s not about religion,” the protestor said. “It’s about aggressive land takeover and basically settler colonialism not respecting the fact that other people share this earth with you…”

Another protestor argued something similar, saying that anti-Zionism isn’t anti-Semitism and that Jews were “used” during the Holocaust to form Israel.

“Number one, Palestinian people should understand language and know definitions because Palestinians and Jews are both Semitic people,” he said. “It just means a region… Semitic means in that region. So, to be anti-Zionist doesn’t mean that you’re antisemitic, it means that to be anti-Zionism means that you are against the occupation of Palestine and against a homeland based on religion.”

He added that there should be a secular state in what is currently Israel and that it shouldn’t be based on a “religion or whatever that so-called thousands of years ago occured.”

“Basically, to be anti-Zionism is not to be anti-Jew… One of my closest friends is Jewish and he’s anti-Zionist so it’s kind of a misnomer and that’s sort of the brush that they paint anyone that’s against Israel is antisemitic and that’s not the truth at all. Actually, to me, it’s one of the greatest crimes that a people, the Jewish people during the Holocaust were used to create a settler state in the Middle East or whatever….”

In Seattle, pro-Palestinian protestors also shouted “long live the Intifada” as they stole an Israeli flag from pro-Israel protestors and set it ablaze.

Radio talk show host Jason Rantz, was assaulted by an anti-Israel protestor.

“In the process of covering the event, which was already tense for me as a Jew, I was assaulted by a fringe activist,” Rantz wrote of the incident. “I was then summarily kicked out of the public rally. As the woman hit me with a Palestinian flag, anti-Israel activists in the crowd did nothing. Some of the assault was caught on cell phone video. I wasn’t the only Jew assaulted.”

In Dearborn, Michigan, pro-Palestinian protestors called for an “intifada.”

In Canada, a Jewish man was assaulted. Others were also reportedly attacked by the mob.

In Montreal, Jews were chased and had rocks thrown at them. Some of the attackers were reportedly armed with knives.

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump appointee explains an ‘America First Strategy’ in the ME

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The author interviewed Ellie Cohanim, one of the authors of the new book: “An America First Approach to US National Security.” Ellie is the former U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism under the Trump administration. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum focusing on Iran, Israel, and global antisemitism, and is a national security contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network. In 2021, Ellie launched and hosted for Jewish News Syndicate 30 plus episodes of the show “Global Perspectives with Ellie Cohanim.” Ellie spent 15 years in media and NGO management before serving in the public sector. How would you define an “America First” strategy in the Middle East?

Cohanim: An America First strategy in the Middle East would seek to advance American national security interests in that region, while maintaining our status as THE global superpower. To do that, the US would ensure that our principal allies in the region, countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel, are economically and militarily strong, and that our adversaries in the region are deterred.

Postal: How has the United States’ standing in the Middle East differed between the Trump and Biden administrations?

Cohanim: Under President Trump, for four years we had peace, stability and prosperity in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Under President Biden, in just three tumultuous years there has been war in the region, which holds the potential for becoming a regional conflict and even a nuclear confrontation. Meanwhile, the US’ status in the region and the world has diminished due to Biden’s disastrous mishandling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, his emboldening of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his weak response to Iranian attacks on our personnel and assets in the region. 

 

Postal: Do you think the United States and Israel are/were in a stronger position to deter Iran’s nuclear and territorial ambitions in Biden or Trump’s administration?

Cohanim: America’s position of strength has not changed under either administration vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran. What has changed is our Iran policy. Under President Trump’s administration, the US contained and constrained Tehran. Trump applied a “Maximum Pressure” sanctions campaign which left the Iranian Regime with only $4 billion in accessible foreign currency reserves by the end of his term, giving the Iranians less cash and less ability to fund their terror proxies and their nuclear program, and Trump eliminated Qassem Soleimani. While all President Biden needed to do was to continue implementing such successful policies, his administration instead did the exact opposite.  Under the Biden administration, Israel, our leading ally in the region, was attacked for the first time directly from Iranian soil. This was an unprecedented escalatory attack by the Iranian regime, and could only happen under the Biden administration.

Postal: In your chapter of the book, you discuss the weakening of US relations with Israel and Saudi Arabia under the Biden administration. How has the Biden administration affected the likelihood of future normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and deals between Israel and other Muslim countries (i.e., new Abraham Accords)?

Cohanim: The good news is that the Abraham Accords have withstood the test of multiple Hamas provocations against Israel, and now the current war. Despite numerous claims from the Biden administration regarding “successful” efforts to normalize ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel, I do not think that the Biden administration will be able to clinch such a deal. In the Middle East, people have a long memory. Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has not forgotten President Biden’s snub when he first came into office, and Biden’s incredibly poorly advised behavior towards the Crown Prince when he made his first visit to the Kingdom as president. The last thing the Crown Prince wants is to hand Biden his first foreign policy success with a Rose Garden peace deal ceremony. So, I do not believe President Biden can broker Saudi/Israeli normalization.

However, I am also convinced that it is a matter of “when” and not “if” such a peace deal will happen between those two countries, as it serves both of their interests to make such a deal. The Saudis understand better than anyone that it is the Islamic Republic of Iran that threatens the Kingdom’s security and stability, not Israel.

Postal: What do you think of the Biden administration’s latest statements withholding arms to Israel?

Cohanim: President Biden will go down in history for his abject moral failure in not standing by Israel while she fights a five-front war. Biden has shown his despicable personality for trying to keep his anti-Israel arms embargo concealed until he could first deliver a speech on the Holocaust. Biden’s behavior is despicable on so many levels.

Ultimately, Biden is betraying the American people. He came into office presenting himself as a “centrist Democrat,” but has proven repeatedly to be beholden to the radical, extremist, pro-Hamas wing of his party.

Postal: How does the Biden administration’s support of a Palestinian state differ from the Trump administration’s support of a Palestinian state under its Peace to Prosperity framework?

Cohanim: The Biden administration stated that they will “unilaterally recognize” a Palestinian state. What the borders of that state are and who would lead it, nobody knows. 

The Trump administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” was a detailed plan that was premised on the realities on the ground in Israel. The plan required that the Palestinians reach benchmarks proving a real desire to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors. It included over $50 billion in investment in the region, which would have been a road to prosperity for all. Perhaps most significantly, the Palestinian state envisioned under the Trump plan would have been demilitarized, the wisdom of which could not be more clear following the October 7 massacre and attack.

The author would like to thank Ellie Cohanim for participating in this interview.

 

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