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

Contact Michael and Alan at Nothing Left:

Friday, July 14, 2017

Why there cannot be peace, and what could show that that obstacle is gone

Sar Shalom

Nearly everyone either declares that peace must be brought between Israel and the Palestinians or that doing so is impossible. For those who declare that it is impossible, a common argument is that the Palestinian Authority (PA) gives payments to terrorists. Supporters of Israel are correct to complain about such payments and the Taylor Force Amendment, which would bar US funding for the PA as long as such payments continue, would be a positive development if enacted. However, the payments are not the cause of peace being impossible, they are merely symptoms of that cause. The actual cause of peace being unattainable is fundamental rejectionism by the Palestinians.

For the diehard peace processor, it is axiomatic that the Palestinians do not fundamentally reject Israel's existence, that they only want the land that the international community considers to be rightfully theirs. Bolstering that argument, they trot out the interviews in which Abbas has supposedly recognized Israel. One issue with this is that there is no reason to accept these claims by Abbas at face value which would not require accepting Netanyahu's claims of accepting the eventuality of a Palestinian state nor is there any reason to accept that Netanyahu's campaign statements against the emergence of such a state are many more definitive of Netanyahu's position than Abbas' Arabic statements declaring devotion to all of Palestine are definitive of Abbas' position. However, that is not how to demonstrate that the PA fundamentally rejects Israel in any form.

If the PA fundamentally rejects Israel in any form, and thus has as its goal of "liberating" every last dunam under Jewish control, then its top priority would be to inculcate this rejectionism in its subjects, because if the Palestinian were to stop rejecting Israel fundamentally, then there would no troops to carry out the mission. However, as Einat Wilf has said, most people do not readily sign up for causes that they believe to be evil. Thus inculcating such fundamental rejectionism requires portraying Zionism as fundamentally evil within no redeeming aspect. In pursuit of this indoctrination, the PA instills three major points in its public:
  • The Jews are not a people, they're only a religion.
  • The Jewish connection to the land is made up.
  • The Protocols of the Elders of Zion accurately describes Israel's agenda
While the PA might be motivated by the belief that as Allah's master faith that it is their right to enforce the natural order in which the Jews are everywhere and always an abased people under others' domination. However, convincing their people to subscribe to that viewpoint is like convincing people to sign up for evil. Instead, these three points portray Israel as evil and remove every motive except European colonialism from Zionism, thus brainwashing them into believing that pursuing Israel's complete end is a just cause.

In order for there to be a chance for peace to advance, the PA needs to say three things:
  • The Jews are a people.
  • The Jewish people are deeply connected to the Land of Israel in general, and Jerusalem in particular.
  • The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a forgery.
All declarations contrary to those three statements must be removed from all official communications. Doing so would not guarantee that the PA accepts Israel right, as opposed to might, to be in the Middle East. However, it would make it harder to raise a generation that accepts at most the might of Israel to exist. As such, the message we should tell our leaders should not be to accept the settlements in Kiryat Arba or to crack down on Palestinian terror. Rather, it should be to insist that Abbas make the aforementioned three part declaration and cease all official communications contradicting any part of that declaration, and that there will be no pressure on Israel to talk until those conditions are met.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My Note to Reem Assil (She has yet to respond)

Michael Lumish

Dear Reem,

My name is Michael Lumish and I would like to speak with you.

I am the proprietor of Israel Thrives, a regular contributor to Daniel Pipes' Middle East Forum and Campus Watch, as well as various other pro-Jewish / pro-Israel venues such as The Algemeiner, the Times of Israel, the Elder of Ziyon, and elsewhere.

As a Jewish Oaklander, I am intending to write an article concerning your mural of Rasmea Odeh and what it suggests about ethnic relations in the United States.

What I would like to do, if you are willing, is meet for a snack and a cup of coffee at Reem's for a discussion concerning this.

I know that you are a Palestinian woman standing up for the rights of the Palestinian people, just as I am a Jewish man standing up for the rights of the Jewish people.

Will you meet with me for 10 or 15 to discuss it?

Say, sometime in the morning this week or next?

I very much appreciate your consideration and you have my thanks.

Michael Lumish

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 they feature an extended interview with Dr Tanveer Ahmed, a Muslim psychiatrist who explains aspects of the Muslim mindset that go some way to explaining their behaviour.

Our segment from Prager University delves into the thorny issue of Israeli settlements with a presentation by Alan Dershowitz.

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

2 min Editorial: Australian Labor Party

8 min Dr Tanveer Ahmed, Muslim psychiatrist

47 min Dershowitz: Are Israeli Settlements a Barrier to Peace

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

Contact Michael and Alan at Nothing Left:

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The first protest of Reem's: the only restaurant in Oakland openly devoted to the genocide of the Jews

Michael Lumish

An older Jewish man looks at a mural of
  Rasmea Odeh, a murderer of his people 
at Reem's restaurant
Well, today I attended our little protest of Reem's bakery/restaurant in Oakland.

Dusty of Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers fame put this one together and G-d bless her for it.

For those of you who do not know, Reem's (510-852-9390) is a restaurant that serves flatbread to the public, just off of the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland.

They do so in the name of politics at least as much as the culinary arts and antisemitic anti-Zionism is their flavor of choice. They, therefore, celebrate the murder of Jews as a matter of "social justice" as they pass off shakshuka and (yikes!) beet hummus.

This place is so into the righteous murder of Jewish people, in fact, that they put up a tremendous mural of Rasmea Odeh who has the distinction of being both a convicted murderer and a leader of contemporary American feminism - that is, if she has not yet been deported for deceiving the government on the terms of her admission into the United States - given the fact that she is a convicted murderer, and all.

She is a former member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) an associate of antisemitic anti-Zionist propagandist, Linda Sarsour, and one of the four primary organizers, along with Gloria Steinem, of the Women's March in Washington, D.C., after the Trump inauguration.

The people that she killed were Leon Kanner (21) and Edward Joffe (22).  Both were college students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem back in 1969. Odeh then spent the next ten years in an Israeli prison before being swapped out with around 75, or so, fellow Palestinian prisoners for a single kidnapped Jew.

What needs to happen, in my opinion, is for the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community to let people know that the glorification of the murder of Jewish people is simply not acceptable.

Sadly, I do not believe that the Jewish community in the SF Bay Area has the leadership to stand up for much of anything.

I mean, if they will not stand against the murderer of Jewish college students smiling at them as they pass into Fruitvale BART - the very same station where Oscar Grant was killed, as an aside - then I must wonder what they will stand up for?

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Modern day Bilaams

Sar Shalom

This week we will be reading the Torah portion Balak which contains the story of Bilaam traveling with the Moabite King Balak's officers on a mission to curse the Israelites. As Bilaam went on his way with those officers, his donkey saw an angel on the path holding a sword and veered off the path into the fields. Then when there were walls along the path, the donkey would push up against the wall, pressing Bilaam's foot against it. Finally, when the walls were too close together, the donkey just sat down. Each time, Bilaam beat the donkey to spur it along the path.

Bilaam, whether he actually experienced that journey or only dreamed about it, is an archetype for those who have a fixed idea of where they want to go, are willfully blind to any obstacles to getting there, and lash out at anyone responds to those obstacles in a way that impedes their getting to their destination. Such is the description of many, including many who claim to be supporters of Israel, pushing a two-state agreement with the Palestinian national movement (PNM). However, Israelis, with the exception of a vanishlingly small minority, are acutely aware of the reality of their purported partner for an agreement and thus elect governments that hesitate to conclude such an agreement. The moral narcissists, burying their heads in the sand about the nature of the PNM, conclude that this hesitancy is due to the settlers' insatiable demand for "Palestinian" land, and thus lash out by telling stories about Israel's disregard for human rights and support more consequential actions like UNSCR 2334.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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 they speak with Jeremy Newark who was the Labour candidate for Golders Green in the recent UK election, and then we hear from Max Singer from the Begin-Sadat Centre on how the Palestinians need to understand that their aim of eradicating Israel has been defeated.

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

2 min Editorial: antisemitism in Australia

8 min Jeremy Newmark, Labour candidate for Golders Green

26 min Prager U: Where Are The Moderate Muslims?

32 min Max Singer, BESA Centre

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

Contact Michael and Alan at Nothing Left:

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Question of Progressive-Left Racism

Michael Lumish

My central thesis is that the western-left is shedding Enlightenment liberalism.

The capitulation of universal human rights in the face of the multicultural challenge has led to the western-left betrayal of women, Gay people, and ethnic minorities in the Middle East, the rise of left-leaning racism in the West, and an attack at the core Enlightenment liberal value of freedom of speech throughout the universities and the culture at large.

I was recently in an exchange with an individual of the progressive-left persuasion.

He asked me this:
How pervasive a role do you believe these so-called "absolutely toxic, divisive, and racist influences of contemporary left 'identity politics' play in determining the outcome of, say, a presidential election? The Republicans, for example, have been openly using racist dog whistle phrases since at least 1968 but don't appear to have suffered greatly as a result.
This was my response:
The question of just how pervasive the role of progressive-left racism was to Hillary's defeat is a good one. It's hard to say, of course. Whatever the extent of influence I feel reasonably certain that the struggling white working class does not much appreciate progressive-left condescension.

Here are a few examples of articles that have come out recently.

The Nation has something called, "How Donald Trump Will Make America White Again".

The Grapevine published "Dear White People: Here’s a List of Things We’d Wish You’d Stop Doing".

AlterNet has "America's White Male Problem".

Salon ran a piece entitled, "Samantha Bee Calls Out White People, and Specifically White Women, for 'Ruining America'".

Salon also ran a piece entitled, "White men must be stopped: The very future of mankind depends on it".

ThoughtCatalog ran an article called, "America Has A Problem And It’s Called Straight White Men".

MTV, of course, gave the world "New Years Resolutions for White Males".

The Racism Review sees, "Elite White Men as The Problem".

And on and on and on.

I can assure you that very many white people will look at such progressive-left cultural productions and say, "Ya know what? Go fuck yourselves." Just what percentage will do that is difficult to say.

What matters, tho, is not the hurt feelings of white people but the ideological inconsistency of the progressive-left which fancies itself an anti-racist movement.

As we just saw at the Dyke March in Chicago... it isn't.

The truth of the matter is that the western-left is going thru a process of deliberalization and the increasing racism (or bigotry) on the left is one of the primary means through which this is happening.

The other significant assault on liberalism by the western-left is the assault on free speech. I imagine that Milo Yiannapolous and Dave Rubin and Sam Harris and Bill Maher may have a word or two on that subject.

This means only in economics does the western-left maintain something of a grip on liberalism because left-economics is still grounded in regulatory capitalism.

Once it gives up on that it will have left Enlightenment liberalism behind entirely.