By Celebrating “World Jerusalem Day,” Hamas Pledges Fealty to Iran

June 21 2019

On June 7, Hamas held its usual Friday demonstrations at the border with Israel. But this particular protest stood out, in that it was given the name “World Jerusalem Day” by its terrorist sponsors. Hillel Frisch notes the significance of this seemingly boilerplate title:

In the Arab world, it is public knowledge that World Jerusalem Day was one of the first commemoration days Ayatollah Khomeini created and placed on the official calendar of the newly created Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979. . . . Inevitably, [it is celebrated with] the chants, “Down with the great Satan, the United States, and the small Satan, the Zionist entity” and the burning of American and Israeli flags and effigies of American and Israeli leaders. Images of these events are then disseminated by the official Iranian media sites in Farsi, English, Arabic, and Turkish.

While Iranian leaders and their proxies are vocal on that day, Sunni Arab leaders never so much as mention it, let alone give speeches in its honor. . . . The Palestinian Authority is also clearly in the Sunni Arab state consensus in ignoring World Jerusalem Day. So linked is World Jerusalem Day with Iran and its proxies that even Hamas, a Sunni organization with traditionally strong ties with Iran, has refrained from commemorating it up to now.

This raises the question why Hamas has changed course. [Perhaps it is out of concern that] President Trump will successfully woo the Arab states to get behind his peace plan. Hamas must realize that placing World Jerusalem Day on the “resistance” calendar deepens the Palestinian divide that has existed since its takeover of Gaza twilight years ago.

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The Evidence of BDS Anti-Semitism Speaks for Itself

Oct. 18 2019

Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs recently released a lengthy report titled Behind the Mask, documenting the varieties of naked anti-Semitic rhetoric and imagery employed by the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the Jewish state (BDS). Drawn largely but not exclusively from Internet sources, its examples range from a tweet by a member of Students for Justice in Palestine (the “world would be soooo much better without jews man”), to an enormous inflated pig bearing a star of David and floating behind the stage as the rock musician Roger Waters performs, to accusations by an influential anti-Israel blogger that Israel is poisoning Palestinian wells. Cary Nelson sums up the report’s conclusions and their implications, all of which give the lie to the disingenuous claim that critics of BDS are trying to brand “legitimate criticism of Israel” as anti-Semitic.

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