Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Reemed in Oakland

Michael Lumish

{Also published at the Elder of ZiyonJews Down Under and The Jewish Press.}

"You're lucky that you are in that wheelchair, motherfucker!"

That is what a young, six-foot-plus, twenty-something supporter of Rasmea Odeh and Reem Assil of Reem's antisemitic restaurant in Oakland shouted at Robin Durbin at the recent pro-Israel / pro-Jewish rally put together by Faith Meltzer, Matthew Finkelstein, and Uncle Bernie supporter, Susan George, at the Fruitvale BART Station.

And so here the hostility comes again... even to a place as far away from Israel as the San Francisco Bay Area.

I have been aware of the rise of antisemitic anti-Zionism within the western-left for at least ten years - which makes me a late-comer, I know - but I honestly did not expect it see it banging on my door so closely and so quickly within my lifetime and certainly not here on the west coast of the United States.

Most of us who live in the Golden Land do not fathom that the swirling international whirlwind of manifold Muslim toxic bullshit can touch us.

Some of us looked up for a moment from our iPhones and double-tall non-fat foamy mocha lattes (extra-hot) to notice the Islamist rampage in San Bernardino but quickly shrugged it off like a case of fleas on the political landscape, quickly to be forgotten.

This is because we are smug and arrogant and think we are safe.

The truth is that the hip and vapid coastal strip from San Diego up to San Francisco never really did grow out of Frankie and Annette at Bikini Beach in 1964.

Which is precisely why they don't care about, or understand, Reem's genocidal ambitions for the Jews of the Middle East:



What we are witnessing is nothing less than the process of the normalization of Jew Hatred in an organic and gradual fashion through normal day-to-day retail activity in northern California.

Reem's Restaurant at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland (510-852-9390) venerates genocidal Jew Hater, Rasmea Odeh with a mural smiling down upon their mostly unwitting customers gnawing at their Man’oushe.

Apparently, Reem Assil, the radical hard-left Linda Sarsour-loving proprietor of this joint may know how to cook... perhaps.

What she does, if her menu can be trusted, is top a little flatbread with olive oil and za'atar, seasoned with thyme, sumac, sesame seeds, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and mint.

It sounds pretty delicious to me, I have to tell you. In fact, I was hoping to eat there because initially it seemed like a much better alternative to the crappy steam-table Chinese joint that used to be at that spot.

In fact, I am getting hungry just writing about it. Sadly, I will never know if Assil's food is good, bad, or indifferent because I would rather rip my left arm out of its socket and beat myself silly with it then spend a single dime in a place that normalizes and, thus, promotes racism and violence toward the Jewish people... particularly in my own neighborhood, for chrissake.

Rasmea Odeh was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), an organization most famous for the the Entebbe hijacking of 1976 and their desire to knock-out pro-Israel Jews as entirely as possible.

Her specific claim to chimpanzee-clapping glory is the murder of 21-year-old Leon Kanner of Netanya and 22-year-old Eddie Joffe of Tel Aviv in the Jerusalem SuperSol supermarket bombing in 1969, injuring nine others.

Therefore, Faith Meltzer, Matthew Finkelstein, Susan George, Robin Dubner and myself insisted upon another confrontation with the anti-Jewish / anti-Zionist racists associated with Reem Assil and her vile establishment as documented in the video above, despite the fact that we knew we were going to be outnumbered and out-muscled.

The obvious reason for our concern is that Oakland, California in 2017 should not resemble Berlin in, say, 1938.


The Larger Ideological Snapshot

What strikes me most about this whole situation, however - aside from the fact that it normalizes violence toward the Jewish people in my own city - is that it also reveals the remarkable hypocrisy that has crawled into the western-left.

Whether anyone likes it or not, the left is shedding liberalism and making a comfy cozy home of itself for antisemitic anti-Zionism.

Identity politics, multiculturalism, political correctness, and "intersectionality" have come together to shove Jewish people who care about Israel - which is to say, who care about one another - up against the wall.

That is to say, the progressive-left is happy to see diaspora Jewry surrounded by hatred and potential violence if it means that eventually we will capitulate to the demands of the Palestinian-Arab murderers that they tend to sympathize with... as a matter of "social justice."

Unless we display the necessary degree of contempt for our brothers and sisters in Israel then we are considered beyond the scope of human decency within the western-left and much of the Democratic Party.

And what that, apparently, means is that Jewish people in California must pass-by the grinning face of a Jew killer with equanimity if we wish to travel from Fruitvale BART into San Francisco or arrive at that station from anywhere on the line.

If we dare to object to this, however, we are spit upon with contempt by progressives, leftists, and more than a few Democrats as nothing less than "white supremacists."

The hard-left may not mind violent antisemites like Odeh, but they definitely despise Jews who dare to speak up for the well-being of the Jewish people, as a whole, or for the State of Israel as our national homeland.

The reason behind all of this, however, is not just about antisemitism.

It is far too easy to simply slap a label on people who - like Rasmea Odeh or her flatbread-hawking, hatred-spreading devotee, Reem Assil - would see Jewish people robbed of self-determination and self-defense.

The real problem is that the western-left is unmooring itself from the tradition of Enlightenment liberalism, which is also, by the way, the reason that Europe is committing suicide as their own elites urinate upon the Euro working-class.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

More Fun at Reem's

Michael Lumish



You guys missed a lot of fun today outside of Reem's "Kill the Jews" Restaurant and Bakery at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland. I will have more to say on it in the coming weeks, but it was a much more interesting and crazy scene then the action initiated by Faith Meltzer a few weeks ago. Then there were five us and we were largely ignored until, apparently, the restaurant called in their Brown Shirts.

I had split by that point, but that was when they assault Robin Dubner in her wheel chair.

Today there were a grand total of 6 of us, including Matthew Finkelstein and that guy rocks!

He also brought in a professional media person to get some footage which we should be seeing within a few days.

In any case, this time were outnumbered by a factor of five or six to one and it was the first time in my life that I was called a "white supremacist."

Can you imagine?

For objecting to veneration of genocidal maniac we were lambasted as racist.

In any case, we need to keep the pressure on.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Why is Reem Assil Glorifying a Murderer of Jews?

Michael Lumish

What bothers me most about the fact that Reem's Restaurant and Bakery (510-852-9390) at the Fruitvale BART Station is promoting the murder of innocent Jewish people is the fact that local Jewish organizational leadership does not seem to care.

I find this sad and pathetic.

Stand With Us - which is an important group, I guess - apparently has more important things to do then concern itself with this.

The reason is because they have limited resources and, ya know, shaddup!

It is difficult for me to describe this moment in local political history because I have never experienced what - at least in some small measure - it must have been like for Jewish Berliners in the early 1930s.

I keep suggesting that the installation of Reem's at the Fruitvale BART Station is something akin to requiring Jewish people to pass storefront signs reading, "No Jews Allowed."

This, as has been pointed out to me, is not a good analogy.

It is, in fact, more akin to requiring Jewish people to pass storefront signs reading, "We are going to fucking kill you."

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Quick Note on Reem's

Michael Lumish

Because we have no local Jewish institutional support I do not see that we can do much concerning the genocidal Jew Hatred on display at Reem's Restaurant (510-852-9390) in the Fruitvale Bart Station in Oakland, California.

It needs to be understood that this mural of glorified "feminist" and Jew Killer, Rasmea Odeh, glares out at everyone who goes into and out of a major transportation hub in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This is not some lonesome restaurant.

There are hundreds of thousands of people who live in Oakland, or surrounding areas, who use the Fruitvale BART station going to and from San Francisco.

Everyday, as those people walk by that face - or drop in for some flatbread at Reem's on the way home from work - they are being taught that killing Jews is not only fine, but heroic.

As someone who lives in the area I was actually looking forward to eating there before I realized that Reem's quite literally promotes violent hatred toward the Jewish people in a public way.

She and her people promote it. They glorify it and, thereby, make it acceptable and perfectly normal.

They, in fact, represent a toe-hold of Palestinian-Arab political hatred toward Jews in the Bay Area. Generally speaking, Palestinian-Arab political hatred toward Jews in the United States has primarily expressed itself within the academe in the form of "anti-Zionism."

Now we are seeing that hatred expressed in a popular, street manner that glorifies the murder of Jews, in general.

Rasmea Odeh killed two young Jewish college students in Jerusalem, along with injuring nine other people, in an attack carried out by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in 1969.

That may sound like a long time ago, but this woman is a current political actor on the American scene.

She is now considered something of a feminist hero and is an associate of Sharia-promoting, faux-feminist, Linda Sarsour.

The problem is that there is no will to fight this in the Bay Area because Bay Area Jews are weak.

Our numbers are far too small and the various pro-Israel / pro-Jewish organizations do not really give a damn or simply refuse to stand up.

If Faith Meltzer had any support then we could fight back. We could gather greater numbers and gain some legal backing. We could discuss matters, perhaps, with Reem's landlord. We could put pressure on the city.

As a Jew that cares, I am all-in.

But if this represented a poker hand, I would toss in those cards in a New York minute.

This Week on Nothing Left

Michael Lumish

Nothing Left

Because the J-Air studios are being relocated, no live shows are currently available until late July, so Michael Burd and Alan Freedman are pre-recording a 1hr program each week featuring two new interviews.

This week the fellahs feature Italian political scientist Emanuele Ottolenghi discussing the situation in Europe, and Richard Millet, a London blogger who found himself in the middle of the al-Quds rally in London. The Prager U clip this week features Andrew Klavan talking about fake news.

Isi Leibler is having some time off but will return when we resume live programs.

3 min Emanuele Ottolenghi, Italian commentator

23 min Prager U: Andrew Klavan on fake news

8 min Richard Millett, London blogger at al-Quds rally

The podcast can also be found on the J-Air website.

Or its Facebook page.

NOTHING LEFT can be heard live each Tuesday 9-11am on FM 87.8 in the Caulfield area, or via the J-Air website www.j-air.com.au

Contact Michael and Alan at Nothing Left:

michael@nothingleft.com.au

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