Sara A. Carter spoke with Liora Rez, director of StopAntisemitism.org, on “The Sara Carter Show” podcast Monday about the rise of antisemitism across the nation and how Israel has become the most accepting and diverse state in the Middle East. Carter and Rez have recently teamed up their nonprofit organizations in a campaign against hate and antisemitism in America.
Rez founded StopAntiSemitism.org to expose and monitor online antisemitism and other acts of Jew-hatred around the world. Carter founded The Dark Wire Investigation Foundation, to expose, cover and report on topics which are currently underserved, such as antisemitism.
In recent years, antisemitism has increased enormously in the US and around the world.
The FBI released a report showing that nearly 60% of the religious hate crimes in the United States in 2019, were against the Jewish people.
The Jewish community has been the victim of slander by the media, politicians and professors.
Minnesota State Rep. Ilhan Omar, was voted 2019’s antisemite of the year by StopAntiSemitism.org, for her antisemitic comments, her support of the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel and her allegations that Jews buy their influence with money, infamously stating “it’s all about the Benjamins.”
Omar is just one example of many people in positions of power degrading the Jewish people and the state of Israel.
“They paint Israel as this white colonizing evil monster,” Rez said. “They never mention that Israel’s population is 55% Sephardic Jews, which are people of black and brown colors, something the social justice movement in America literally advocates for. They never say anything about the LGBTQ safe haven that’s in Israel. They never mention any of it. We are the white colonizing force that rules America. It sounds so ridiculous to me, because I know what a lie it is, but there are so many people, these young, impressionable students that are buying it off.”
In the Middle East, countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and other Islamic entities have little to no gender equality, gay rights or women’s rights.
“In Saudi Arabia, I believe it’s still punishable by death, along with many other Muslim counties,” Rez said on the topic of gay rights. “There is no gender equality in any of these in a lot of these Muslim countries.”
Israel, for decades, has been a safe haven for the LGBTQ+ community,
“When you look at a democracy, like Israel, and you look at its neighbors, you look at Iran, who a couple years, I believe, when Ahmadinejad was in power, he claimed they don’t even have gays,” Rez said.
Rez highlighted how Israel celebrates women in power and advocates for equality among men and women.
“Israel, where the woman’s role is not equal but elevated to that of a man’s in certain aspects of let’s say, political society, or in the home,” Rez said.
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The women of Afghanistan are suffering a mental health crisis since the Taliban regained power two years ago. According to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday, approximately 70% of women experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.
The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57% the preceding quarter.
The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.
592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:
They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.
Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.
Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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