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AFSI hosts members of Druze Community from Israel (2-18-15) video/pics

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015 – NYC

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AFSI (Americans For A Safe Israel)  hosted an enlightening evening with members of the Druze community from Israel. We met in an intimate setting of a NY apartment with introductions by Judy Freedman Kadish of AFSI
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Most of the presentation was lead by a man whose name I do not have. (He says his name quickly in the video.) A retired IDF Colonel and also an Israeli Druze. To begin, he explained what it means to be a Druze. Some will say that the  Druze are a sect of Islam, in his explanation, he says this is not so. (I’m sure there is much that can be discussed on this topic that was not discussed here)
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Later on we heard from Koftan Halabi, chairman and founder of the Druze Veterans Association . Importantly, they shared how committed they are to Israel.
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We also met the 21 years old widow of Zidan Saif, Rinal. Her husband was the brave Druze police officer who, in November 2014,  gave his life trying to protect the Jews who were murdered in a terror attack as they were praying in a synagogue in Jerusalem.
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A member of Rabbi Levine’s family was introduced. She offered her thanks to the family for Zidan’s sacrifice.
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Pictured below : Sergeant Zidan Saif and the murdered Rabbis:Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Kalman Levine, Rabbi Moshe Twersky and Kupinsky Aryeh
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Saif, a 30 years old  traffic control inspector in the Jerusalem police, was one of the first two policemen to arrive at the scene to confront the two terrorists,. He left behind a wife, a four-months-old baby, parents and five siblings….
Master-Sergeant Zidan Saif sacrificed his life to save others and was murdered in the attack in Har Nof in Jerusalem.”

Later, the Colonel led a very personable Q and A.
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With some final remarks and thank yous from AFSI’s, Helen Freedman.
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Winding up the evening was Aharon Pulver, Israeli Director of the Israel Independence Fund.
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His topic: The need to maintain Jewish sovereignty on the Temple Mount.
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(please be sure to watch video in HD for best quality)

AFSI is planning their next trip to Israel in June. Please consider joining them!

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“The Murder of Leon Klinghoffer” Met Opera Premiere & the 100-Wheelchair Caravan Protest

October 20, 2014. NYC. 100 wheelchair caravan protest outside the Metropolitan Opera.


The press conference began at 5 PM. There was LOTS of press. The media came out to watch, listen, film, take pictures, even though they did not intend to abandon the approved PC narrative defending The “Death’ of Leon Klinghoffer as ART.

Anti-Semitic ‘art’ is A-OK when done by the LEFT. They can OFFEND.

WE are expected to be SILENT (otherwise) … we might ‘offend’…

Part One Slide show is of the crowd, the wheelchairs and the signs. The crowd was calm but determined, standing firm for hours across from the Met. Listening. Cheering. Protesting. SILENT NO MORE!
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The speakers were fabulous. All speaking out in opposition to the OFFENSIVE and boldly anti-Semitic ‘opera’ debuting at the Met this night. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was the keynote speaker.
Other major speakers  included Congressman Peter King (R) who currently serves as Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Counter-terrorism and Intelligence and formerly served as Homeland Security Chairman, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Former NY Governor David Paterson, Criminal Defense Attorney Ben Brafman, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, ZOA President, Morton Klein, Congressman Eliot Engel and NY State Assemblyman, David Weprin AND many, many more.

Part TWO Slideshow is of the speakers.
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NEXT is the the Video playlist of ALL the speakers, representing a cross-section of religion and politics. No dainty versions of the truth. Honest. Sobering. Thoughtful speeches. Intense, yet, inspiring. Clearly, we can NO LONGER “Make Nice”, trying not to offend, with the hope of “keeping the peace”.  We must NOT REMAIN SILENT.

NEVER AGAIN Means NEVER AGAIN.

We are ALL Leon Klinghoffer!

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Thousands Protest Klinghoffer Snuff Opera – Metropolitan Opera – Vids & pics

A PROTEST Rally was led by the Coalition Against Kinghoffer Opera outside the Metropolitan Opera

Opening Night of the Metropolitan Season. September 22, 2014 – NYC –

The Metropolitan’s Season will  include this Anti-American, Anti-Jewish, Anti-Israel, Pro-Terrorist SNUFF Opera, ” The MURDER of Leon Klinghoffer”

548More appropriate title should be. ” The MURDER of Leon Klinghoffer“…  Leon Klinghoffer didn’t just die… SHAME ON PETER GELB

Thousands came out to protest the Snuff opera. They gathered on both sides of the Avenue and managed to have a presence on the Plaza as well.

Even though  attempts were made to confine the massive gathering to one location across from the opera…the protest peacefully but with determination spread out ( before, during AND AFTER)

The Official Protest ended at 6 PM. but many stayed on with signs and flyers to greet those attending the Opening Night of the opera season.

Demanding this Snuff Opera be removed from the season.

Important questions were asked of the media as well, “WHO is FUNDING this Terrorist Opera?”

There were many speakers. Please watch them all in the 3-part videos below. (Videographer, Pamela Hall)

Part 1 Video  [Please watch videos in HD for best quality]

Speakers listed in order:  Introductory remarks, Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, David Weprin, Laurie Cardoza-Moore, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, NYPD Detective Steven McDonald and Debra Burlingame.

Part 2 – Video

Speakers listed in orderTony LoBianco, Richard Allen, Bill Donohue, Bruce Blakeman, Sarri Springer,Wendy Laski, Consolee Nishemwe, Dr. Paul Brody reading a letter from Judea Pearl, Former Attorney General, Michael Mukasey and Congressman Eliot Engel.

Part 3 – Video

Speakers listed in order: Rabbi Avi Weiss, Dov Hikind, 3 students:Hannah Cohen, Ben Kahn, Ari Brandspigel (student council president DRS Yeshiva H.S.), Gov, George Pataki, Charles Asher Small, Rabbi Steven Burg (Simon Wiesenthal Center), Rabbi Zev Freidman, Richard Allen, MK Nissim Ze’ev, Mort Klein, Devorah Halberstam, Beth Gilinsky and Helen Freedman.

There are two side shows of pictures. First slideshow is the Speakers-

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Second slideshow is the crowd and also a few pictures across the avenue in the Lincoln Center Plaza-

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Wrapping up with a few more observations on the protest.

First from Lori Lowenthal Marcus at the Jewish Press here

And finally, from writer, Jack Kemp:

“One of the lines in this anti-semitic opera is: “wherever poor people are gathered they can find Jews getting fat. America is one big Jew.”  So who is this “exploiter Jew,” the one that Peter Gelb, the director of the Metropolitan Opera and himself a Jew whose father was a New York Times Managing Editor, allows to be denigrated on his stage?
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Leon Klinghoffer was born a poor Jew from the Lower East Side, a man who invented an electric mini-grill you could also wash in your sink, an early predecessor of the current George Forman Grill. I recall one of these mini-grills in my home as a child in the 1950s. From this, Mr. Klinghoffer was able to create jobs for a number of people in manufacturing and sales and to support his family.
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Marty Peretz, writing in the New York Observer,  states that:
“John Adams can work his clunky, chunky music to his heart’s content. And so I suppose can Alice Goodman work her poetry. Ms. Goodman was born a Jew. She is now an Anglican priest, serving the Church of England, first as chaplain at Trinity College, Cambridge, latterly at a group of parishes near the university. The truth is that it is not Mr. Adams’ music that is at the core of the controversy. It is Ms. Goodman’s words. She is no free spirit in this church, which has been fighting with the Jewish nation and the British Jewish community for decades. ”
This so-called opera is actually a sophisticated attack by wealthy, cosmopolitan Jews on a self-made New York Jew with limited education who had the audacity to make something of his life.” [End Jack Kemp]
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Never Again Means  NEVER AGAIN!

Join the Coalition on October 20. Opening night of the actual opera: “The Death MURDER of Leon Klinghoffer”

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Anti-Israel Protest vs Pro-Israel: a look back at July & August (pics & vids)

The summer of 2014. One anti-Israel rally too many. Annoying. Repetitive.  I stopped posting. (a temporary silence)

“There is nothing wrong with your television. Do not attempt to adjust the picture.”retro-tv-test-pattern-14395530Then, on August 17th, the Pamela Geller/Robert Spencer Rally , “Support For Israel and Religious Minorities” was held in Union Square- NYC. Even though we are walk in the shadow of Global Horrors, I left feeling energized by such a wonderful, spirited community.

What follows now, in Three Parts, are different events (Pro and Anti Israel) from July and August. Beginning with “We The Living Support Israel”

PART ONE

afdo-pro-israle-rallyFrom Pamela Geller

“For the first time, defenders of Israel and representatives of minorities persecuted by Islamic jihadists from around the world gathered together to stand for life and for freedom. Finally, the truth.

Our speakers provided harrowing insight into the full breadth and depth of the havoc and destruction that Islamic jihadists have unleashed upon the world. New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind gave a stirring appeal for Israel in its struggle against the jihad, and was seconded by the eloquent Ethiopian Jewish spokesman Mordechai Tasman and an IDF soldier who spoke of his own experiences. Dr. Mordechai Kedar flew from Israel for the rally, and showed how the jihadists are proceeding according to quranic imperatives.

What was unprecedented and groundbreaking about our rally was that these strong defenders of Israel were joined by others: Yazidi spokesman Haider Elias, the toweringly courageous and eloquent Sudanese freedom fighter Simon Deng, Palestinian Christian Mazzen Warra, Pastor Matthew Singh of Christians United for Israel, Indian human rights activist Arish Sahani, and Kurdish spokesman Salar Motidi — all of them recognized that we all face the same foe, and all of them ringingly affirmed the necessity for us to stand together for freedom.”

Playlist of 15 great videos. Wonderful speakers gave support to Israel and to other victims of devout Islamists. We heard from the victims. We heard their warnings.

Concern for those who fear for their lives 24/7 rang through the air. Cries and pleas ignored by the media. They can’t handle the truth. So they ignore it.

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We sang of Hope, Hatikva, of Yerushalim. A crowd favorite was , “Hashem Melech, Hashem Malach“,  The Lord is King!

It was a fabulous rally.

Perhaps “new blood”, like Ari Lesser, will expose the media lies and propaganda with his hip-hop lyrics (which you can enjoy in the video playlist above) His lyrics smartly meet the challenge for the Next Generation.

“This is their Battle. Their Future.”

A great day for freedom lovers. Inspired. Our counter protests grow.

PART TWO

Thinking about our media battles. Looking back at July and August. I am posting some pictures and videos of anti-Israel protests from the summer of  ’14

August 1, 2014. Columbus Circle. NYC.

Community Organizers prop-up these Muslim protests. Soc/Commie/Progs working behind-the-scenes to kill Western Civilization one protest-at-a-time. Fools and Tools. They. Never. Stop.

Slideshow August 1st PRO-Israel COUNTER PROTEST:  Emotions ran deep from those who came out to support Israel in the midst of another anti-Israel hate-fest. They hung in there, even though the police kept moving them from corner to corner.

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Slideshow August 1st -Anti-Israel Rally – Columbus Circle. Offensive signs filled with  LIES; accusing Israel of ‘genocide’, of being Nazis. 

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Death to Israel chants. Fists pumped in the air. Angry. Hateful. No call for peace. Not real peace. Not from these professional agitators. The leftist agitprop of genocidal hatred rang through the air, “Stop the killing. Stop the Hate”. Pleas meant to mislead the gullible press who choose to ignore the Nazi-like fists pounding over-head.

The heart-felt pain of one woman who came to support Israel .

They called this ‘hate’.

All I saw was despair. (August 1st playlist 5 short videos)

They NEVER stop.

This next rally was a “Takbir-fest”,  in July.

 July 17 , 2014 – Times Square-Pumping fists. Screaming. Yelling. Chants-of-Hate.

Intifada, Intifada and “Takbir, Takbir, Takbir” (allah is greatest)

 To be Free from Fear. Free Of Islam.  Free from Tyranny. From brutal, murderous Savages. That would be REAL Peace.

All the isms want ‘peace’. Communism, fascism, islamism etc.Their peace where everybody agrees with their philosophy/religion and always does what they are told. Non-conformists are of course severely punished or murdered.

The battle for peace continues as we fight to stop the Media lies and distortions.

Never Again means Never Again….

PART THREE

Protests. Rallies. Counter-Protests.
Be Aware. Be Ready.

… evil WILL continue to thrive in this world until people make a conscious, deliberate, decision and effort to face it, grab it by the horns and and defeat it.

Coming Soon to the Metropolitan Opera – NYC.
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Join AFSI (Americans for a Safe Israel)

Opening Night of the Metropolitan Opera House season.
Monday, September 22, 2014 – 5pm – Lincoln Center
A City-wide anti-terror demonstration
STOP the KLINGHOFFER Snuff OPERA

Stop Terrorism and Genocidal HATE.


The Met is scheduled to present the anti-Semitic and pro-terrorist opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer”, which tells the story of the PLO murder of an elderly Jewish man in 1985.

To date, Met director Peter Gelb has refused to cancel the opera despite strong opposition. All who object to terror should call Peter Gelb at 212-799-3100 x 2891 to insist that he cancel the opera.

Plan to be at Lincoln Center on the 22nd.

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AND NEW ADS are coming to the NY Subways this September from AFDI (American Freedom Defense Initiative) to Fight the Media Blackout on the Truth about Jihad and Islam.

  Thanks to Pamela Geller and Robert SpencerAFDI  (American Freedom Defense Initiative) will have these truthful ads  soon on NYC streets — at Columbus Circle!

C O M I N G    T O   N E W   Y O R K   C I T Y
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Wishing won’t do anything. Complaining does nothing but delight our enemies. Confrontation is the only way to deal with it.

Stand Up. Speak Out. Fight Back!
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Protest “The MURDER of Leon Klinghoffer” : anti-Semitic Snuff Opera at the Met-NYC

DEMONSTRATION AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE at Lincoln Center- NYC- July 21, 2014

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A PROTEST OF THE KLINGHOFFER PRO-TERROR, ANTI-SEMITIC, ANTI-ISRAEL SNUFF OPERA

548 “The Met is asking audiences to ‘look for the humanity in the terrorists, asking people to accept them as ‘men of ideals,” “We cannot romanticize terrorists and idealize their evil executions.

The vicious anti-Semitic libels that are contained in the libretto, and the historical revisionism of the Israeli/Arab war of 1948 are extremely offensive and dangerous at any time,

but especially egregious today when terrorists are terrorizing and killing civilians world-wide.”

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Americans for a Safe Israel & JCC Lead the Demonstration

AFSI and JCC Watch, along with dozens of supporters, began the first of many demonstrations at the Metropolitan Opera protesting the 8 performances planned for the pro-terrorist, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel opera THE DEATH (MURDER) OF KLINGHOFFER.

There were wheel chairs, signs, flags and flyers outside Lincoln Center Monday night, July 21.

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  There was media [NY 1, CBS radio and Russian TV (RT), Arutz Sheva and Shalom TV ]  filming and interviewing the demonstrators and later, other outlets picked up the story.

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John Adams’ opera is based on the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of disabled Jewish-American passenger Leon Klinghoffer. (The hi-jacking was by the PLO under direction of Yasser Arafat)

The Coalition to STOP Klinghoffer will continue to demonstrate every Wednesday night through the summer, culminating in a huge demonstration on Gala night, Sept. 22.
If the opera actually is performed, demonstrations will take place every night of a performance on  Oct. 20, 29, Nov. 5, 8, 11.
The Met has said it does not plan to cancel the performance. HOWEVER, the Met did, in fact, cancel plans for a simulcast of the opera around the world, which had been scheduled for Nov. 15.  (John) Adams blasted the decision to cancel the simulcast, saying the opera “in no form condones or promotes violence, terrorism or anti-Semitism.”
“They take the issue of a horrible act of terrorism and there’s a rationalization – a kind of equivalence, moral equivalence,” Jacobsen said last month.

More from Helen Freedman of AFSI as to why they must educate the public about the rise of anti-Semitism that is behind this “Snuff” Opera:

While the war is raging in Gaza and Israel, we mourn with heavy hearts the terrible loss of our beloved Israeli brethren. We also note the increased anti-Semitism throughout Europe. France, Germany, Ireland, and even England report vicious anti-Jewish demonstrations.

There are also alarming things happening at home. Word has reached us of ADL hiring Islamist terrorist sympathizers as camp counselors, indoctrinating our young children against Israel and America. We also know that the White House is filled with Muslim sympathizers and activists. All of this is tunneling into America’s fabric in the most subtle, but dangerous ways. Just as the Israelis are being attacked through an incredible network of underground tunnels which were being built over the past decade, so is America in danger from the Muslim subterranean network being built around us.

A Side Note :

The NYS Commission on Human Rights might be interested in the Met’s violation of our rights with this opera. Their complaint line is: 212-306-7450.

Also, these protests might become moot issues if the unions working with the Met either strike or get locked out of the Opera House. July 31 is the decision day. We’ll keep you posted.

SLIDESHOW of a few pictures:

 

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Part 1 Video:

July 21, 2014. Outside Metropolitan Opera Part 1. CBS Radio interview Richard Allen and Helen Freedman of AFSI during the demonstration against the Snuff Opera that avoids the obvious: Klinghoffer was MURDERED by Muslim Terrorists because he was Jewish. “Do we cry for Terrorists or their victims?” Zero Tolerance for Racist Anti-Semitism.

Part 2 Video

July 21, 2014. Outside Metropolitan Opera Part 2. RT media interviewed Helen Freedman of AFSI during the demonstration against the Snuff Opera that avoids the obvious: Klinghoffer was MURDERERD by Muslim Terrorists because he was Jewish. “Do we cry for Terrorists or their victims?” Zero Tolerance for Racist Anti-Semitism.

Heads up about another rally in support of Israel next Monday, July 28 –  NEW YORK STANDS WITH ISRAEL

Rally Monday, July 28th at 12:30 PM