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The Islamo-Leftist plank of anti-Israelism still a barrier in LGBTQ Pride marches


Jill Raney, a  DC Dyke March organizer and member of IfNotNow, and
Blake Flayton, a Jewish activist, debate the overarching symbolism of the
Israeli flag and Pride flag with the Star of David. (photo: Moment)

The D.C. Dyke March barred the Jewish pride flag. This LGBTQ space no longer feels safe.

 NBC News.com on Monday, 
10 June published an op/ed by Mr. Khen Massig, who self-identifies as a queer Mizrahi Jew: 

"Just as I did not choose to be gay, I did not choose my ethnicity. But now, the organizers of a queer march held in Washington on Friday are telling me that I should be ashamed of where I was born, my nationality and that I am Jewish. In solidarity with the Palestinians and to create a safe space for them, the D.C. Dyke March banned “nationalist symbols” from countries with “oppressive tendencies,” in particular Israeli flags. This included the Star of David superimposed on a rainbow pride flag, which the organizers considered evocative of the Israeli flag, though Palestinian flags were allowed. 
.  .  .

Delegitimizing the state’s entire existence due to its embodiment of Jewish self-determination makes no sense. I too am very critical of my country’s government, as are many of my compatriots in this vibrant democracy. However, despite its imperfections, Israel is still the most free country in the Mideast. 

The idea that we should boycott an entire country’s people due to the objectionable policies of their government is unacceptable, misguided and harmful to both myself and LGBTQ+ Israelis, a community in need of and deserving of support. 

I implore progressives and LGBTQ+ activists who have joined this campaign to think twice. It’s a vile effort designed by a coalition of anti-Zionist organizations to manipulate others into fighting their own political war against Israel. 

Ultimately, their agenda runs counter to everything LGBTQ+ activism stands for — ostracizing an LGBTQ+ community that has made progress in its pursuit of its own equality, defending a society that truly oppresses LGBTQ+ individuals and hijacking people’s good-faith efforts to expand the rights of the LGBTQ+ community worldwide. This is the true definition of pinkwashing." 

On Sunday, Mr. Aryeh Mavazy, led "Jewish Queers Int'l" marching in the L.A. Gay Pride Parade. He discussed the hypocrisy of banning of Israeli flag derivatives, such as the rainbow Jewish star flags by the Dyke Marches.

Rob the Realtor mans the Pulse Foundation signature wall at the LA Pride Parade in the wake of L.A. Pride's anti-Trump, Resist March. While LGBT activism professes pursuit of tolerance for all, for some people, it seemed to end at the Log Cabin Republicans booth.

Synagogue's Memorial Day ceremony attracts diverse vets, raises questions

Jewish soldiers buried at the
American 
Cemetery in
Normandy, 
France
How many Jews gave their lives defending our diaspora nations? Should America's Memorial Day apply to volunteers for Israel? To civilian casualties of terror?

In Simon Wolf's 1895, "The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier, and Citizen," out of a Revolutionary War era population of 3,000 Jews in the colonies, 46 fought in George Washington's army.  The first Jew ever elected to public office in the colonies, Francis Salvador, became the first Jew killed fighting for America's independence from the British.

Since then, Jewish-North Americans (including Canadians) numbering approximately 1.5 million Jews fought in the regular Allied armies,  according to Yad Vashem 

In many cases, the percentage of Jews fighting was greater than the percentage of Jews in the population.

About 500,000 Jewish soldiers fought in the Red Army during World War II. Some 120,000 were killed in combat and in the line of duty (4.6% of the Jewish population); the Germans murdered 80,000 as prisoners of war. More than 160,000, at all levels of command, earned citations, with over 150 designated “Heroes of the Soviet Union”— the highest honor awarded to soldiers in the Red Army.

Approximately 550,000 Jewish soldiers fought in the US Armed Forces during World War II. They served on all fronts in Europe and in the Pacific. Some 10,000 were killed in combat, and more than 36,000 received citations. Many Jewish soldiers took part in liberating the camps.

Approximately 100,000 Jews fought in the Polish army against the German invasion. They made up 10% of the Polish army, commensurate with the percentage of Jews within the general population. Approximately 30,000 Jews fell in battle, were taken captive by the Germans, or declared missing during the battles defending Poland, 11,000 in the defense of Warsaw. Thousands of Jews later served in various Polish armies fighting against the Germans in the Allied Forces.

During World War II, more than 17,000 Jewish Canadians enlisted. They served in every branch of the armed forces and in the merchant marine. 577 Canadian Jewish casualties in the Canadian Armed Forces include servicemen who died while serving in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. 

About 30,000 Jews served in the British army in 1939-1946, some in special units of Jews from Palestine, such as the Jewish Brigade.

Rabbi Ed Feinstein of
Valley Beth Shalom
On May 25, 2019, L.A. synagogue Valley Beth Shalom commemorated Memorial Day during the Musaf service and afterwards - in a special ceremony which attracted both Jewish veterans and members of the air-veterans fraternity, Wings over Wendy's.
Harvey Keenan organizes
egalitarian ceremonies for

Memorial and Veterans Days

After officiating at the Los Angeles National Cemetery ceremony on Memorial Day, Chaplain Dov Cohen explains annual ceremonies at Valley Beth Shalom, organized by Rabbi Ed Feinstein and Harvey Keenan.


How is African-American, Honor Guard Roscoe Frazier, Jr. an esteemed participant in Jewish-Americans' veterans' activities?
Following the Memorial Day Service at Valley Beth Shalom, Harvey Keenan introduces Roscoe Frazier, Jr. - a 20-year, Army veteran who is also a valued member of the Wings over Wendy's veterans' fraternal association.

Should American Memorial Day include the Anglo volunteers killed in defending the Holy Land? 




Sgt. Bob Stiles, a Christian-raised, former USAF air-traffic controller at Castle A.F.B, discusses his service during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Mr. Stiles, a self-identified, "latter-day Jew" contends that the wars which Americans recognize on Memorial Day - ought to include the wars in which Anglo-Americans (Jewish, Christian, and otherwise) volunteered from around the world to defend the independence of Israel, the Judeo-Christian, Middle-East outpost, against Arab onslaught, beginning in 1947. 


WWII and Korean War veteran, Hy Arnesty, 96,
a former Jewish War Veterans post commander,
attended both Memorial Day veterans' events 
Approximately 1,400 North American volunteers, mostly World War II veterans, participated in the War of Independence, and played particularly crucial roles in the nascent Israeli air force and navy, said Dean Ralph Lowenstein, director of the Machal Archives and Museum at the University of Florida. 

123 Machalniks were killed or went missing-in-action during the War. Many were wounded, and some were taken prisoners-of-war. A Memorial was erected at the entrance to the Burma Road in the Sha’ar Hagai Forest, to commemorate the Fallen Machalniks. A memorial plaque lists the names of the Fallen in Hebrew and English, and the countries from which they came. Most Machalniks returned to their home countries after the War. About 550 Machalniks (16%) stayed on in Israel, or returned later to make their homes here. 


Briton Dr. Jason Fenton enlisted in the fledgling IDF in 1948- now active in Machal, Zionist veterans association (recorded 2012 at Celebrate Israel Festival).



Today, there is an annual constant stream of 150—180 young Jewish volunteers from all over the world who continue to come to Israel to serve in all branches of the IDF, many in combat units, and a number have died in action. (Source: http://www.machal.org.il/)

The National Museum of American Jewish Military History has compiled a list of American Jewish Casualties of Operations Iraqi Freedom (2003), Enduring Freedom (2001), and New Dawn (2003-2011).

"Golda's Balcony" movie illuminates the complexity of navigating existential threats against the Jewish state

Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir ,1974
(Photo: AFP / Getty Images)
Feature-length movie, Golda’s Balcony (2019) recreates Tovah Feldshuh's award-winning, theatrical performance as Israeli Prime Minister Golda (Meyerson) Meir in the final masterpiece by William Gibson, who also authored  The Miracle Worker. The movie, edited from a rare, multi-camera shoot from the play’s original off-Broadway run, was recently unearthed and assembled into a new, riveting motion picture.








Golda’s Balcony
charts the rise of Golda Meir from Russian schoolgirl to Prime Minister of Israel, and is one of the most thrilling and amazing stories of the 20th Century. In this new film, Meir’s life has been transformed into a cinematic event of overwhelming power and inspirational triumph. As a play on Broadway, the work sold out over 500 performances, becoming not only the longest-running, one-woman show in Broadway history, but earning accolades far and wide.

Actress, Tovah Feldshuh poses with L.A. Jewish Film Festival director, Hilary Helstein (left)

Actress Tovah Feldshuh and producer David Fishelson brought "Golda's Balcony" from off-Broadway to Broadway and ultimately, now to the big-screen - one decade later. Interviewed by JooTube at the closing night of the L.A. Jewish Film Festival in May 2019,  recounts the dilemma of the journey of how she got involved in portraying Israel's late Prime Minister, Golda Meir.




After screening their "Golda's Balcony" as the finale of the L.A. Film Festival, Tovah Feldshuh's producer, David Fishelson discusses how he produced the play - which they turned into the motion picture touring Film Festivals, eventually heading for O.T.T. (e.g., Netflix) distribution.




Actress, Tovah Feldshuh, actress; producer David Fishelson; interviewer Kelly Hartog (accompanied by Kelly Hartog, managing editor of the Jewish Journal of L.A.) address audience in a post-screening panel about "Golda's Balcony" at L.A. Jewish Film Fest, May 9, 2019.



In this post-screening panel actress, Tovah Feldshuh and producer David Fishelson entertain audience questions.


Audience interacts with Tovah Feldshuh, star "Golda's Balcony" post-premiere at L.A. Jewish Film Fest.

L.A. Jewish Film Festival showing "Skin" - a white-supremacist son's struggle to leave his family's gang

Reformed skinhead, Byron Widner's progressive, facial tattoos' removal 
"Skin" - The story of a father struggling to leave his skin-head parents' gang. From writer/director Guy Nattiv and producer Jaime Ray Newman. Skin is an American biographical drama film following the life of former, skinhead group member, Bryon Widner, and stars Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall, Bill Camp, Louisa Krause, Zoe Colletti, Kylie Rogers, Colbi Gannett, Mike Colter and Vera Farmiga.



Skin had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2018. It is scheduled to be released on June 27, 2019 through DirecTV Cinema before being released on July 26, 2019, by A24. Nattiv's Oscar-winning short film Skin, also released in 2018, is not related to this film.

L.A. Jewish Film Festival post-screening panel includes audience questions and panelists answers of producer, Jaime Ray Newman, director, Guy Nattiv, of Israel, and moderator, Ariella Lowenstein, Deputy Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League. 

L.A. Times music critic is Nazi-exiled composer, Walter Arlen, 98, whom Austrians honored with concert, documentary

"Walter Arlen's First Century" US Premiere at - Presented by LA Jewish Film Festival May 2019. Documentary/Austria/2018/94 minutes, English and German with English subtitles. Directed by Stephanus Domanig. 

Exile music is not written by those who life left unchallenged. Walter "Arlen" Aptowitzer is almost 100 years old, and the entire century comes to life in his stories and in his music; from the blue light of the last streetcar of his youth in Vienna to the golden sunsets in Los Angeles. Arlen was forced to flee Vienna in 1938 and immigrated to the United States, a journey that began as one of loneliness and depression. What kept him afloat was his musical talent. He took a job as the music critic for the Los Angeles Times, and stopped composing his own music. He only returned to it years later his works were first recorded and released when Arlen was 92. This sensitive film captures the complex story of a musician exiled, but who finally got to see his works performed late in life.

Watch trailer:


Woman in Gold"-storied attorney, Randy Schoenberg, describes the emigration of Jewish-Austrian creatives' in this interview, post-screening of "Walter Arlen's First Century" at the L.A. Jewish Film Festival:



 Walter Arlen interviewed at same screening: 


Question and Answers with Walter Arlen, director Stephanus Domanig, Randy Schoenberg, and Andreas Launer, the Consulate General of Austria

Mordechai Kedar continues up-ending Palestinian-state advocates in academic lecture at Florida university

Israeli, Dr. Mordechai Kedar stuns a scoffing, liberal academic audience with his expertise in genuine peace for Arabs (and possibly even Jews).


On May 2nd, as the Florida Atlantic University community was pre-occupied with graduation ceremonies, the Florida-Israel Institute (directed by Prof. Daniel Raviv) presented "Why is the Middle East so Problematic?" - by Arabist scholar, Dr. Mordechai Kedar.


To a full lecture hall audience of faculty, students and Zionistic community, Dr. Kedar answered questions regarding his Palestinian Emirates proposal. 



Dr. Kedar believes that as the natural organization of Muslim, Middle East societies is tribal (e.g., Iraq, Syria, Libya, Kurdistan), that peace with Jews (and other Muslim tribes) can best be guaranteed for all when autonomous governance is organized by tribes, instead of politicians-sought, artificial "national" boundaries.

Dr. Kedar responded to JooTube's query, how much faith do you place in Trump's Deal of the Century?




Dr. Kedar's  North American speaking tour will bring him to Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday this week, then onto the East Coast and Toronto.

Educators minimize teaching the Holocaust in history curriculum, bemoan Jewish students, families

Millenials are being kept intentionally ignorant about the Holocaust and Jewish suffering, claim Israeli-American, Barashi family in Las Vegas. Why are state educators minimizing the Holocaust in public-school curricula?

British schools are eliminating Holocaust history from curriculum - due to pressure from Muslims and their anti-Zionist, left-wing sympathizers. Statistics show shocking ignorance about Holocaust among young people in the United States.

  • Nearly one-third of all Americans (31 percent) and more than 4-in-10 Millennials (41 percent) believe that substantially less than 6 million Jews were killed (two million or fewer) during the Holocaust
  • While there were over 40,000 concentration camps and ghettos in Europe during the Holocaust, almost half of Americans (45 percentcannot name a single one – and this percentage is even higher amongst Millennials. 
  • Source: Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany
Members of the Vegas-chapter of the Israeli Scouts returned from touring the Auschwitz Museum last Yom ha Shoah, but report that Christian educators are downplaying Holocaust in teaching World War II history.

Israeli-American Girl Scout, Sivan Barashi, returned from a Scouts' trip to the Auschwitz Museum in Poland with a sense of the scope of the institutionalized genocide which she feels is not being adequately addressed in American schools' history curricula. Why might the subject be de-emphasized by Christians and/or liberals in public (and private) middle and secondary school education, they wonder?



Holocaust survivor & descendant Nonagenarian, Daniel Szafran, survived the Nazi genocide of European Jewry as a slave laborer. Living in Las Vegas nowadays, he met with a small group of Israeli Scouts who took an educational trip to the Auschwitz camp - where he was incarcerated.



Mr. Barashy bemoans leftist influence in minimizing history resulting in the Holocaust in educational curricula. He also condemns Democratic Socialists throughout the world buying-into the libel which reverses Israel's defense against Islamist-Imperialist, Iranian-armed, Palestinian as "aggressive." Yet they support the anti-Semitic, Muslim world, mandated religiously to annihilate the surviving Jews of the world in a new Holocaust against Israel.

Sparks fly when leftists debate 1st Judean settlement leader, Revivi, at AIPAC Conference (a JooTube exclusive)

AIPAC invites Judean city of Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi in first, settlement leader session, but stacks the panel with liberal Israeli opponents to debate Israel's settlement policies and the sharing of Judea and Samaria with Muslim Arabs led by the irredentist, Palestinian Authority.
AIPAC panelists: Polly Bronstein, Darkenu C.E.O.; Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi; liberal Shir Nosatzki; moderator Ilana Decker
First-ever, AIPAC Palestine policy debate with a Judea/Samaria governor

Audience's 'Question and Answers' of Israelis at AIPAC on Judea & Samarian, Muslim & Jewish futures

Israeli radio journalist, Eve Harow, reacts to AIPAC's 1st debate on Judea & Samaria's future

Post-panel, Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi addresses panel-composition and Palestinian leaders' rejectionism.

Tommy Waller, Zionistic Christian pilgrim leader reacts to panel

DNA validates Torah scripture, debunks rivals' slanders. Jews are indigenous to Palestine, Israel; Ashkenazis' commonality with Middle-East Jews and Arabs, not Khazars

The path of Adam and Eve's offspring traverses the globe
DNA exposes misconceptions in ethnicities and rivalries - Bennett Greenspan of FamilyTreeDNA.com at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, Monday, 25 March 2019. Find Your Roots: From ancient to modern history, Jews have been conquered (e.g. Roman Empire over Israel, or Mohammad's conquest of Arabian Jews), intermarried to survive (e.g., Spanish Inquisition), or for children to survive (e.g. Holocaust) parents released their children (inside or out of the country) to be raised as Christian or Catholic.



Might modern Christians and Muslims have Jewish ancestry or similarities? Are Ashkenazi Jews actually diluted by mixing with Ukrainian Khazars, as anti-Zionist Israeli, Shlomo Sand alleged? Genealogy expert, Mr. Greenspan's entertaining and edifying talk reveals the hidden religious ancestry, commonality, and differences among Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and "Palestinian' peoples. 



Bennett Greenspan of FamilyTreeDNA provides fascinating answers to audience questions on how different DNA entered the Jewish tribes (and vice-versa) throughout history.



Exclusive recording of this sold-out session at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, Monday, 25 March 2019.

Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld at AIPAC offers a British perspective on our common challenges - and solutions

As fashion trends typically migrate from Europe's capitals to across the world, British Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld offers a sentry's perspective on the socio-political challenges Jewry faces. 


British Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld remarks upon end of AIPAC Policy Conference
The challenges confronting British Jewry, as all European Jews today face, are formidable. The anti-Semitism in the Labour Party has many British Jews worried about their future in that society. The anti-Semitic activism in London has become so ominous that the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in central London congregation, at the recommendation of city officials, have removed all Jewish identifying signage from the outside of the edifice. 

What motivated Marble Arch's Senior Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld to traverse the Atlantic Ocean as the sole, orthodox British rabbi at the AIPAC Policy Conference for the past three, consecutive years?  

In this exclusive video interview, Rabbi Rosenfeld, the successor to Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks at the tony, London institution, shares both what impressed him at AIPAC, and his European perspectives on North America's, Israel's, and the European Jewish situation. 


(Part 1)

An optimistic tone at the 2018 AIPAC convention was felt during the final-year of the Republican-dominated House of Representatives term - before several 2019-appointed congresswomen (Ilhan Omar, Rachel Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) introduced "Zionophobia" (a term coined by Prof. Judea Pearl) to the Democrat-dominated House this year. 

(Part 2)


How might Israeli defense against Hamas or their weaponizer, Iran, be visited upon diaspora Jewish communities? Fascists stoke anti-Israelism, he claims, which the BBC amplifies - deserving loud objection from the public. Rabbi Rosenfeld expounds on this in Part 3 of our interview. 

(Part 3)

What is Israel's ethos? Contributing to the world, responding to crisis, and saving lives (at AIPAC Conference)

Jeff Gedmin, Amb Gil Haskel, Avi Jorisch, Sivan Borowich, Yotam Polizer
"The Israeli Ethos: Contributing to the World, Responding to Crisis, & Saving Lives." Panel presented at AIPAC Policy Conference on March 3, 2018. (Video by JooTube.TV) 

In 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol to the White House, he recognized that Israel and the United States “share many common objectives…chief of which is the building of a better world, a world in which every nation can develop its resources and develop them in freedom and in peace.” How has this spirit manifested itself in Israel’s interactions with other countries? Why is Israel ready – often within a few hours – to assist other nations in times of crisis, to save as many lives as possible? What are the United States and other nations learning from Israeli expertise, in areas ranging from innovation to agriculture? Our commentators discuss Israel’s commitment to creating a better world.

Moderator Jeff Gedmin, Georgetown University, welcomes Ms. Sivan Borowich-Ya'ari, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of "Innovation: Africa"; Avi Jorisch, author of "Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World"; Yotam Polizer- Co-Chief Executive Officer - IsraAID ; Amb. Gil Haskel, Depty Dir of Foreign Ministry and Director of Mashav- the Israeli Agency for Int'l Development & Cooperation, and the Israeli Aid Agency. Presented
 at AIPAC Policy Conference on March 3, 2018. 



Question and Answer session continues: "The Israeli Ethos: Contributing to the World, Responding to Crises, and Saving Lives" 



Christian-Israeli documentarian, Erin Zimmerman, directed
CBN's"To Life- How Israeli Volunteers are Changing the World" 
At the National Religious Broadcasters' Proclaim Convention, CBN introduced a new documentary which their Israel Bureau produced titled "To Life- How Israeli Volunteers are Changing the World," directed by Erin Zimmerman. 

"To Life" -How Israeli Volunteers Are Changing the World" brings you an amazing look at five Israeli organizations changing people’s lives across the globe. In keeping with the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam (“repairing the world”), Israel has been at the forefront of humanitarian and disaster relief work since the 1950s, less than a decade after becoming a nation. Since then, the Jewish state has provided humanitarian aid to millions of people in 140 countries around the world.


At NRB's Israel's 70th Independence tribute luncheon, we asked Gordon Robertson why CBN produces pro-Israel news and documentaries- and why theirs have consistently been the most reliably objective - - not distorted by anti-Zionist leftist propagandists, an endemic problem among mainstream international news reporters and outlets.


Featuring stunning cinematography and moving interviews, "To Life" follows Israeli volunteers in Uganda, Nepal, Greece, Kurdistan, and the Palestinian territories. Watch the entire five-part short-film series which aired on CBN News during April 2018.

Playlist includes full 1:28 min documentary, followed by the individual segments which comprise it: 2) Innovation: Africa; 3) Springs of Hope; 4) IsraAID; 5) Israel Defense Forces; 6) Save a Child's Heart; 7) the 4-minute trailer;  8) the 1-minute teaser trailer; and 9) CBN News' previews of "To Life."


Synagogue reverses roles - Raza exposes Muslim anti-Semitism, Rabbi exposes Jewish Islamophobia

At the Westwood Kehilla synagogue in Los Angeles, Greg Smith, Esq., introduces their evening  program with a twist. Reformist Muslima, Raheel Raza (president of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow) addresses anti-Semitism among Muslims and Reuven Firestone (PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies and professor at the Hebrew Union College) speaks about "Islamophobia" among Jewish people.


Mrs. Raheel Raza addresses anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism among Muslims, particularly in her native Pakistan.


Prof. Reuven Firestone addresses anti-Islam in Judaism and attitudes among Jews. 

At 27:30 minutes in, the president of the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Solidarity Network, Soraya Deen, joins the panel discussion.

Members of the audience poses questions and the panelists  attempt to answer them.