Thursday, 22 August 2019

My Palestine itinerary for Tlaib and Omar.



Ilhan Omar tweeted, “Yesterday at Social Justice Day a student asked me, ‘How do I stay hopeful that change is going to come?’ This is tough to unpack,” she responded before going on to give a blab la meaningless ramble.
More perceptively, @rdunnflorida tweeted, “Only weak people blame others. Strength is taking responsibility for everything that you do.”
This set me thinking. How about a different Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib itinerary for their Tour of Palestine? One based on them educating Palestinians to take responsibility for themselves based on their social justice and civil rights principles.
So welcome to my Omar-Tlaib Palestinian Social Justice Tour. 
It will not be the hostile agenda devised by Hanan Ashrawi and her anti-Israel Miftah group that will never lead to normalization and peace. Instead, it is one that appeals to anyone genuinely concerned about social justice, civil and human rights for Palestinian Arabs.  Hopefully it will solve all the unsolvable problems and lead to a better future for those that Omar and Tlaib claim to care for.
This tour demands a high level of truth and honesty. A difficult but necessary commodity for these two new Congresswomen.
It begins when their plane lands at Ben-Gurion Airport. This is their first test of honesty. The two Democratic delegates have to admit they have arrived in Israel. Don’t let them off the plane until they do. Honesty has to start with them. Without that, they have no chance of making the world a better place.
In fairness to them, my itinerary does not force them to meet Israel’s Prime Minister or President. Nor does it impose on them a visit to the Knesset, or to attend a wreath-laying ceremony in memory of Holocaust victims at Yad Vashem. They will have to struggle with their Jew-hatred on another occasion. Maybe it will come as they strive to establish lasting peace which will sprout out of my itinerary.
They will head straight to Ramallah and, after a good night’s sleep in one of the five star hotels there, their schedule will begin.
After breakfast they will be driven to a meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas. After handshakes, hugs and kisses, they will be ushered in to a special assembly of the Palestinian National Council. After initial formalities. The ladies will stress the importance of civil rights and request to know how many Hamas members are represented in the assembly, based on the fact that in the last 4-year national legislative elections, which took place 13 years ago in 2006, Hamas won a majority, 74 of the 132 seats.
The ladies will note than no Hamas representative has ever attended a council meeting since the Hamas-Fatah split in 2007 and the resultant Palestinian Civil War in which 600 Palestinians were killed and dozens more murdered or executed in the following years.
If Omar and Tlaib are insistent on pursuing a policy of civil justice, they will place a motion for both sides of the Palestinian political divide to come together and set a deadline to meet again in one years’ time. Good luck with that.
After lunch with the President, they will be driven to BirZeit University to meet the student body. Here democracy reigns with Hamas and Fatah each gaining 23 seats in April 2019 student elections. They will be disappointed to learn that a progressive movement in Palestinian student society does not exist. The Progressive Student Union received zero seats, while the student wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine won 5 seats. Which shows the way that future political winds are blowing around Ramallah.
On the second day, Omar and Tlaib will be taken to a UNRWA refugee camp to learn that  the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians does not exist. UNRWA officials will be pleased to show the two congresswomen the success of decades of dedicated service to Palestinian refugees that has bloated the numbers from a few hundred thousand to the amazing figure of over five million registered Palestinian refugees. Enough to keep thousands of officials in gainful employment for decades to come.
Apart from the propaganda benefits, little has been done to lift Palestinian Arabs out of poverty. During their visit they will examine schoolbooks to see that Israel does not exist.
From there, they will be taken to one of the summer camps where kids and youths are taught the importance of killing Jews, and then taken out into the open space to learn how to shoot guns and how to stab Jews to death.
To relieve the tension, they will be given an afternoon guided tour of Rawabi, the new Palestinian new city with its elegant shops and luxury homes built for families close to the corrupt plutocracy of the Palestinian leadership.
Hailed as “the flagship Palestinian enterprise” and built by Palestinian billionaire, Bashar al-Masri, Rawabi is only 24 kilometers (12 miles) from the Balata refugee camp they had just visited.
The juxtaposition of such wealth with the dire poverty of Balata will give them pause. Rawabi cost 1.5 billion dollars to build. Balata, which houses 27,000 Palestinians, was described by Ha’Aretz, Israel’s left wing newspaper, as “a rat-infested Mumbai-like slum.”
To compound the corruption and criminality of Palestinian wealth and poverty, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib will be invited to dine with President Mahmoud Abbas.  That was supposed to have been at his $8 million, 50,000 square feet, mansion complete with helipad, until uproar and embarrassment at the gross waste of foreign money turned it into a “national library.”  Instead, Abbas will host them at his more modest several million-dollar address.
In 2018, Mahmoud Abbas ordered a $50 million private jet from Boeing. It will be a specially-converted 737, though where he is going to park it is another matter. The only airport under Palestinian control is in Gaza occupied by Hamas, his deadly political enemy, and that runway was bombed by Israel to prevent weapons being flown in and used against the Jewish State.
This economic waste would make interesting conversation for the Palestinian-supporting American social justice socialists and the PA leader over dinner.
Day three will be a compulsory visit to Jericho for the justice warriors. Their visit will include a tour of the detention camp mentioned in a 2019 Human Rights Watch report.
According to HRW, “Both the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority and Hamas authorities in Gaza are arbitrarily arresting peaceful critics and opponents. From January 2018 through March 2019, the Palestinian Authority admitted detaining more than 1,600 people based on their peaceful expression, while Hamas authorities arrested more than 1,000 during the March 2019 protests against their rule.
‘The Palestinian Authority and Hamas remain bitterly divided, but unified in a common approach to crushing dissent,’ said Eric Goldstein, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. ‘Leaders who have been in power for more than a decade without elections should, at the very least, listen to criticism, not punish it.’”
In the HRW report, the Palestinian Authority admitted detaining 65,415 Palestinian in the West Bank in 2018 and the first three months of 2019. I bet you didn’t read that in your mainstream media.
Is must be an issue for the concerned Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to investigate and report on to Congress?
It gets worse.
Tlaib and Omar insist they are champions for Palestinian human rights. Let them examine this.
Under the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, people are being detailed, imprisoned and tortured because of their political affiliations.
The Independent Commission for Human Rights has received 455 complaints from Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza of “torture and mistreatment” in 2018 and the first quarter of 2019. 242 by Palestinian security forces in the West Bank and 213 by Hamas in Gaza.
Human Rights Watch recommended that, “other countries should suspend assistance to Palestinian security agencies that routinely torture dissidents including, for the Palestinian Authority, the Intelligence Services, Preventive Security, and Joint Security committee, and, for Hamas, Internal Security, as long as systematic torture and other serious abuses continue.”
Issam Akel, a Palestinian-American, was sentenced on December 31, 2018, by a Palestinian court to life imprisonment with hard labor for the crime of selling his Jerusalem property to a Jewish buyer.
He was part of a roundup of 44 Arabs arrested by the Palestinian Preventive Security forces for selling property to Jews.
This is an opportunity for Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to act against this human rights and civil rights abuse of Palestinians by Palestinian authorities.
It took the protests of the Israeli and American governments, including the personal intervention of David Friedman, the US Ambassador to Israel, to force the Palestinian Authority to release Akel into the hands of US authorities in late January.
Akel is one case. He was lucky. There are at least another 43 other Palestinians who are suffering incarceration for the anti-Semitic and racist policies of the Palestinian Authority that Omar and Tlaib must examine.
Day four will take them to a place that was on their original program. They will visit Khan al-Ahmar, the makeshift Bedouin village, but this time they will visit it with Regavim, the Israeli NGO that will not give them propaganda. Regavim will give them the facts and show them the maps and the aerial photos to back up their truth.
Khan al-Ahmar is a real example of “illegal occupation.” This one is being carried out by the Palestinian Authority with the connivance of several European nations and the EU in clear breach of the signed Oslo Accords. The land is in Area C which, according to all parties to the agreement, remains in Israeli administrative and security control until a future permanent peace agreement.
The Palestinian Authority have deliberately transferred in from other areas tribes of Bedouin families, dumped them down in a barren spot and given them free makeshift housing. The Europeans have brought in prefab structures, provided solar panels, and constructed a school. All in blatant illegal breach of international agreements.
Regavim will then take Omar and Tlaib to visit the empty lot in the Mishor Adumim industrial area which once housed SodaStream, the soft drink company that employed over 600 Palestinian workers enjoying Israeli wages and social benefits. They worked alongside and often above Jewish workers as supervisors. That was before the BDS Movement and the Palestinian Authority began to exert pressure and threats against this normalization designed to lead to cooperation and a better future for both Israelis and Palestinians. SodaStream moved out of the area and opened a new factory in the Negev, north of the Israeli city of Beer Sheba, where Palestinian workers have been replaced by local Bedouin who now enjoy the Israeli good life.
Omar and Tlaib should visit the 600+ unemployed Palestinians, thrown on the scrapheap thanks to BDS and anti-normalization Palestinian officials, many living the luxury life in Rawabi.
Miftah was determined to take them to Bethlehem. They should go there to visit the miracle checkpoint that “imprisons” the Muslim Palestinians of Bethlehem, but not the Christians.
When Israel governed the holy Christian town of Bethlehem, the population was 80% middle class Christians. Tourism was good and Bethlehem folk lived free and productive lives. Then came the peace agreement and Arafat’s men moved in. What followed were threats and violence against the Christian community and terrorism from Bethlehem against Israeli civilians in Jerusalem, Hebron, and other places.
A security barrier was built in the north of the town and a check point was needed to stop armed terrorists infiltrating into Israel. Meanwhile, in Bethlehem, Christians were harassed and threatened by their new Muslim neighbors and fled.
Today, the Christian population of Bethlehem is below 20% and falling. Omar and Tlaib would learn a lot by listening to those who barely escaped with their lives.
Bethlehem is a once-Christian town with an overwhelmingly Muslim majority. Those who have been “ethnically cleansed” have been the Christians by the Palestinian Muslims. Fact!
In other words, the “oppressive” Bethlehem checkpoint is a place that lets Christians out and lets Muslims in.  It’s a new form of replacement theology.
Simply put, since Israel moved out and the Palestinians moved in, Bethlehem has gone from being a thriving Christian town to a poverty-ridden Muslim town. This is due to corrupt and lawless Palestinian occupation, not a non-existent Israeli occupation.
Next stop Hebron
Omar tweeted, before she had visited the place, that Hebron was, “Once a bustling economic hub, settlement expansion has resulted in a two-tier city, with Palestinian living under military occupation forced to walk on the other side of the street from Israelis.”
Who is giving her this propaganda crap? How dare she write such nonsense, as if she is an expert and before she has even visited the place?
Hebron is the place where the Jewish Abraham bought a plot of land and where the Jewish Patriarch and Matriarchs are buried. A truly significant Jewish town.
 Jewish did I say? Jewish “settlement expansion” in Hebron?
Only 3% of Hebron is Jewish today. That may be because Hebron is the place where Arabs massacred the Jews in 1929, and continue trying to kill them.
Settlement expansion? Today, there are 220,00 Palestinian Arabs living in Hebron and barely 700 Jews. Who is expanding? Palestinians or Jews? You decide.
The few Jews are protected by IDF soldiers because Hebron Arabs, affiliated to Hamas, want to kill them. Jews dare not set foot in 97% of Hebron. You wouldn’t know that from the anti-Israel propaganda.
But how about Omar’s “once a bustling economic hub”?  Today, Hebron accounts to 30% of the West Banks GDP.
Omar tweeted on August 16, “77% of shops have closed bc of military occupation.”  In my tour Ilhan Omar will visit the thriving shopping malls and markets of Hebron. In fact, Hebron has more shops than any other Palestinian town. So much for 77% shops closed.
I told you I would bring you facts and truth in my Omar-Tlaib tour of Palestine.
Throughout their Palestinian tour to Ramallah, Jericho, BirZeit, Rawabi, Hebron, Bethlehem, they will not meet a single Jew. Jews are banned there. This is genuine racist apartheid. It is also the official policy of the Palestinian Authority.
But, when my tour demand that they walk through the Jaffa Gate to the most holy site for all three of the world’s great religions, they will be blown away, peacefully, as are all tourists who visit Jerusalem, at the intermingling of Jews, Muslims, Christians and others, walking freely among each other in the bustling alleyways of the Old City.
When they approach the Western Wall of the Temple Mount they will see hundreds of Jews praying with Muslims passing by undisturbed. But when they reach the plaza of the Al-Aqsa mosque they will witness Muslim women abusing any Jew that may have ventured there due to a personal sense of holiness in being on the spot of the ancient biblical Jewish Temple. The harmony they may have enjoyed in arriving at this location is ended by Muslim hostility to Judaism.
And this is the core of the whole problem.
Solve that, and you solve everything. 
Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.’

Sunday, 18 August 2019

The Omar-Tlaib wrecking ball in the Democratic Party.


A senior Democratic lawmaker, who returned from Israel after leading a 41-member delegation, publicly attacked Israel for requesting Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib to sign a letter not to engage in provocative anti-Israel activity during a trip she described as being a family visit to see her aging grandmother.
Tlaib confirmed in her letter to the Israeli Interior Minister that she would not engage in boycott activities during her visit. When Israel accepted her entry on humanitarian grounds but insisted she not engage in other acts of incitement Tlaib refused to come.
Israel had plenty of authority to ask for such a condition. They are privy to the antagonistic and dangerous itinerary of the planned Omar-Tlaib junket which could have led to violence as result of their visit.
What sounded like a reasonable request blew up when House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who claims to be a staunch supporter of Israel, called the incident disrespectful to Tlaib and to the US Congress.
“Even more disappointing is that, after deciding to allow Rep. Tlaib to visit her grandmother, who lives in the West Bank, the Israeli government required her to sign a letter in some way limiting her actions while in Israel and/or the West Bank,” Hoyer said in a statement, totally dismissing that her request had been made on humanitarian grounds and the condition for her entry was precisely for that stated purpose, and no other.
“To my knowledge, no Member of Congress has ever been asked to agree to preconditions in order to visit Israel. The public release of that letter compounded the unacceptability of this requirement,” he said. “Not only was this request disrespectful of Rep. Tlaib but of the United States Congress as well,” he added, again totally ignoring the fact that Congresswoman Tlaib lied to the Israeli Government when making her personal appeal to enter the country.
So what? No other Member of Congress ever came to Israel to cause such trouble. The disrespect was entirely on Tlaib’s side.
Hoyer had called Israel’s decision to deny entry to the pair “outrageous, regardless of their itinerary or their views.” 
There is nothing outrageous in a country defending its right to protect itself and its citizens from harm that would result from the blowback of such a visit. Part of that blowback could potentially have been violence and future terrorism created from miscreants emboldened by the anti-Israel messaging of their American political visitor.
He called Israel’s move “self-destructive,” insisting the Israeli government should “seek to engage these Members of Congress in a dialogue regarding Israel’s security and the future of both Israelis and Palestinians.”
Hoyer knew full well that this is what Israel would have preferred but that it was not on the agenda or itinerary of the
Hoyer had no such qualms when the United States banned the entry into America to Israeli lawmaker, Michael Ben-Ari in 2012. The reason they blocked Ben-Ari was because he belonged to Kach, which they designated as a terror organization.
Hoyer, a Congressman at that time, did not plead to allow him into the America on the grounds that it would be “self-destructive” not to allow him to come and speak to Jewish communities. Ben-Ari’s visit was never about attempting to delegitimize and demonize the United States as was the intended visit of Omar and Tlaib. 
Hoyer did not describe the United States ban on a parliamentarian from America’s greatest ally, “outrageous, regardless of Ben-Ari’s itinerary or views.”
Truth be told, there is more than a small touch of hypocrisy there.
The political opinions of Ben-Ari, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib may be repulsive to a lot of people, but there is a lot more to this game than American lawmakers being upset with Israel. If that were so, there would be plenty of room for them to censure Omar and Tlaib collectively and individually, which they have not done.
The Democrats are using this incident and Israel as a punching bag to hit out against their political rival, President Donald Trump, by targeting his excellent ambassador to Israel.
Whether they succeed in removing Friedman from his position or not, they will still be left with the wrecking balls that remain within their own party, not with Israel.
Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.


Thursday, 15 August 2019

Mainstream media anti-Israel fake news versus Israeli facts and truth.

The biased Palestinian narrative of the mainstream media with their fake news and false imagery was depicted clearly by The Sunday Times reporter, Sarah Helm, in an emotion-drenched portrayal of Gazan, Bilal Masoud.
She painted him as an innocent protester with a slingshot against the mighty military Israeli occupier.
Thanks to Honest Reporting, who published contrasting pictures of Masoud, the truth was revealed for all who wished to see.
Helm described Masoud, "Bilal always took his slingshot: a piece of frayed nylon cord with a patch of Velcro for the stone, which Khalil now keeps. 'It was part of him,' he says, demonstrating how Bilal, who was known as the 'lion of the border,' would stand whirling the cord. I wonder whether 'the lion' ever hit an Israeli soldier. Khalil shakes his head, saying he was lucky if he ever hit a watchtower.'"
Sarah Helm became a Hamas spokesperson who elevated Masoub to martyrdom on a global scale, describing him as "the man who merely 'cut the fence' a small bit.'”
But Honest Reporting went where discredited journalist Helm did not go by releasing pictures of the real Bilal Masoud.
The real Masoud was a 29 year-old armed Hamas terrorist who died of his wounds during border violence.
Here are the contrasting pictures of this Hamas gunman. One showing the image portrayed by Helm and The Sunday Times, and two that the journalist and her biased paper decided not to publish.
You decide which is the real Masoud.
Barry Shaw,
International Public Diplomacy Director,
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.





Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Staying Alive. The main motivation for Israelis heading to the polls next month.


Despite the allegations of fraud and bribery swirling around Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, as Israel heads, yet again, for another election, Bibi, as he is affectionately known by the Israeli public, still has his nose in front in the polls.
Why is it that, despite the Prime Minister facing charges of breach of trust, the Israeli public’s trust in him has not yet been breached?
One can put it down to the principle of fairness and justice, that a man is innocent until proven guilty.  Bibi’s defensive drumbeat has been “there is no there there,” or as he puts it, “there will be nothing because there is nothing,” referring to his belief that the facts and evidence will acquit him.
I believe the motive of the mass of Israelis to stick with Bibi has a more basic instinct.
Simply put, staying alive.
Some anticipate watching the impending hearings and possible indictment as spectators about to witness the biggest trial in Israeli history. But the majority of Israelis feel personally invested in his fate, many fearing that his replacement will not keep them as safe as he has done both internationally and on the international stage.
In the terror years of 2000-2009, before Netanyahu was elected to office, 1072 Israelis were killed by Palestinians. Since becoming Prime Minister in 2009, and despite incessant Palestinian terrorism and rocket attacks, only 196 Israelis have been killed.
Israelis heightened sense of security makes them sensitive to the need to stick with a tried and tested leader with expertise on the international stage, rather than gamble with alternative candidates that fail the basic question “What would you do differently?”
Staying alive is what motivates Israelis to stick with the leader they have rather than live with the consequences of an alternative, as of now, unproven national and relatively unknown international leader at a time of constant threats from enemies near and far.
Every Israeli citizen knows somebody who was killed during the decades of Palestinian terror and rocket warfare.
Abroad, people read in the newspaper or see on their TV screens events that happen in places they almost never visit. Israelis do not watch the news as voyeurs staring at the tragic lives of others. They view the tragedies of fellow Jews as if they are part of their own family, because often they are.
Israelis, collectively, live in a world of constant conflict. They feel they live on a diverse and democratic island surrounded by a sea of haters who want to see them dead.
Israelis are constantly hectored by the international community that they have to make peace with people who are committed not to accept their existence, but also want to kill them.
From, “O Muslim, there’s a Jew behind me. Come out and kill him” (Hamas), to “Jews filthy feet” and “We bless every drop of blood that has been split for Jerusalem” (Mahmoud Abbas), Israelis fully understand the anti-Semitic message of a Palestine “from the river to the sea.” They have stopped believing in peace, especially the deceptive two-state solution, which is nothing more than a dog whistle for the staged destruction of Israel.
They are suspicious of any party whose platform advances this roadmap to Israel’s eventual demise. The question they fire at opposition leaders heading to the elections is “What would you do differently to Bibi?”
They are not getting any coherent alternative.
Every Israeli family is personally invested in Israel’s defense and security. They see their sons become responsible men willing to give their lives to protect them and their homeland.
Professor Asa Kasher of Tel Aviv University recently 11compared Israeli students to American students. Life-changing experiences that the Israeli students have by serving their country in the IDF matures them, makes them more patriotic.
As he told the Jerusalem Report, “In the US when you teach (American) undergrads, you call them kids. Their general attitude toward the world is more similar to that of kid’s than to that of Israeli ex-soldiers.”
“Think about young officers, very early in their military service,” Asher explained. “Some are slightly older than 20, many are younger. They shoulder quite a heavy responsibility. They have a responsibility to the defense of the state, and a responsibility for the lives of their subordinates. It is,” he said, “a very heavy responsibility that most American students don’t ever shoulder.”
He went on. “They know more, they have experience dealing with responsibility and risk, and they have experience sometimes losing comrades, so they’re more accomplished adults.”
The word “maturity” comes to mind. 
We will see this development in my family, having just inducted a grandson, son, brother, nephew, into an IDF fighting unit. It is clear to all of us that he is likely to see action during his three-year service.  It’s a worrying time, and “staying alive” lies behind the blessing we gave him to come back in one piece.
Being realistic Israelis, we said “piece,” not “peace.” 
It’s a sad reflection of the times we are living through.
So, we head to elections knowing that our close proximity enemies, and those further afield, are still alive and killing.
That’s why staying alive will remain a motivating factor as Israelis go to the polls next month.

Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.  He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.’

Monday, 29 July 2019

Has Ilhan Omar imported the ideology of a Somali dictator into the heart of American politics?


Studying the politics of Ilhan Omar I am struck by how similar they are to that of the brutal dictator, Siad Barre, who governed Somalia with an iron fist when she was young girl in that country.
When Barre seized power in a coup d’etat in 1969, following the assassination of the president, Ali Shermarke, he built a new political order, a one-party regime built on a mix of Communism and a local form of political Islam.
He abrogated the constitution within hours of his coup, and ruled the country by decree until he had time to redraft a new constitution.
Are we not hearing calls to repeal parts of the US Constitution by members of the new left in American politics?
The United Nations profile of Siad Barre explained, “The theoretical underpinning of the state ideology combined aspects of the Qur’an with the influence of Marx, Lenin, Mao, and Mussolini, but Siad Barre was pragmatic in its application. ‘Socialism is not a religion,’ Barre explained, ‘It is a political principle to organize government and manage production.’”
An organized Socialist government managing production is the underpinning of the new left of the Democratic party being promoted by Ilhan Omar.
When Barre grabbed power, Marxist sympathies were not deep-rooted in Somalia. In order to achieve his political goal, the dictator denigrated the opposition, did away with the previous governments law enforcement, replacing it with his own tough enforcement police and military rule.
Sound like the tactics of the radical left today in America.
We hear calls of the radicals within the Democratic Party to abolish ICE. We see the deliberate demoralization of the police force in major cities controlled by the Democratic Party as part of that process.
Ilhan Omar never explained what she meant when she described her father, a central influence in her life, as the Somali “teacher of teachers.”
It was a telling remark.
In Somalia, Siad Barre introduced a nationwide indoctrination campaign. He appointed teacher trainers whose job it was to indoctrinate the government-run education system into the dictator’s Koranic-Marxist-Leninist ideology.
This radical Red-Green political agenda can be found both in Britain with Jeremy Corbyn’s associations with Islamist forces, including the IHRC in Britain, Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists abroad.
We see it with Ilhan Omar who goes on fund-raising junkets not for the Democratic Party but for CAIR, the American branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and a co-conspirator for Hamas.
In Somalia, Barre moved from rule control to thought control. Civil servants were required to attend reorientation courses that combined professional training with the regime’s political indoctrination. Anyone found incompetent or politically resistance was fired.
The propaganda ministry reached into national broadcasting and local communities with loudspeaker announcements blasting the dictator’s political ideology in town squares. The regime’s brainwashing continued as they raped, robbed and ruined their country which descended into civil war.
Ilhan Omar may blame America for the turmoil in Somalia but it was the Barre regime with his accolade of apparatchiks that brought about the destruction of that country.
The regime set out to destroy traditional social structures and reduce the opposition to powerlessness by imposing its central control over the country. They depended on a compliant media.
Human Rights Watch issued a report entitled, “Somalia. A Government at war with its own People.”
The United Nations Development Programme declared, “The 21-year regime of Siad Barre had one of the worst human rights records in Africa.”
The UN report on Somalia stated, “The newly formed Ministry of Information and National Guidance set up local political education bureaus to execute the government’s message to the people and used Somalia’s print and broadcasting media for the ‘success of the socialist, revolutionary road.’”
These bureaus required teacher trainers to retrain teachers into the ideology of the regime.
It is legitimate to ask, was Ilhan Omar’s father, the teacher of teachers, part of, perhaps a leader in, the political education system in the service of a brutal genocidal dictator?
Was he the Josef Goebbels of the Somali regime? The opposition certainly did not have teacher trainers.
The slogan of the Somali Revolutionary Socialist Party was “social justice” and “scientific socialism” as they delivered an intolerant national injustice.
There was a mass dismissal of non-compliant civil servants in 1974. Ilhan Omar’s father apparently kept his job.
And what was the connection between Nur Said Elmi and Mohammed Omar in Somalia?
Ilhan Omar’s remark that her “very privileged life suddenly came to a halt” in Somalia reveals something significant.
As the civil war raged in Somalia, including torture, mass murder and the genocide of the opposition Isaaq tribe, no one in the people’s opposition to Siad Barre lived “privileged lives” in secure compounds.
Was it a coincidence that the Said Elmi family did not flee from their “privileged lives” in their sheltered compound in Mogadishu until just before the fall of the Barre regime?
Did Ilhan Omar’s father actively side with the war criminal Barre, or did he side with the people?
To me, at least, the answer is clear.
Another slip of the tongue, this time by Ilhan’s sister, Sahra, is telling.  Following Ilhan’s election to Congress, Sahra celebrated by congratulating their father who, she claimed, was a “great political strategist and fundraiser,” and that Ilhan Omar’s victory “would not have been possible without him.”
One wonders where this talent and aptitude came from. Could it have derived from his professional experience in Somalia and his contacts with the Somali community in America, many of whom may have been on the side of the war criminal, Barre?
Is America turning a blind eye to people who entered the United States illegally and who aided and abetted a murderous regime?
Would it be disqualifying to have someone sit on the US Foreign Affairs Committee who is under the paternal political and ideological guidance of someone who could have been close to the top of a Marxist-Islamist dictatorship? 
Why hasn’t the genocide committed by the Siad Barre regime, and all those culpable in the human rights and war crimes committed in Somalia, ever come before the International Court of Justice?
Ilhan Omar and her father can produce evidence of his role in the Somali civil war? Why have they been totally silent about the burning issue?
There may be no there three, but surely an investigation is warranted into the roles played by the senior members of the Said Elmi-Omar families in Somalia under Barre? She talks about her grandfather, but not of her father. Why? Especially if he is such a great political strategist.
It is clear that the political ideology of Ilhan Omar is not too far removed from that of the Siad Barre in Somalia.  There are signs of a Red-Green alliance emerging out of Democratic politics. Perhaps a part of that derives from Somali politics.
Ilhan Omar hails from a country that never saw a Jew yet was steeped in anti-Semitism. 
Omar never met a Jew in Somalia, nor in Kenya. She barely met a Jew in her Somali-community in Minnesota. Yet, she is a virile anti-Semite. It is a well-known cultural affliction throughout the Middle East.
Is Ilhan Omar the second generation of a family attempting to subvert the democratic system of their respective countries?
Does America really want that inflicted on the greatest democracy in the world in which the opposition party is increasingly tilting radically left?

Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies and an expert on contemporary anti-Semitism. He is the author of 'Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism.'

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Which side of the Somali conflict was Ilhan Omar’s father on?

As an Israeli strategist, I have a vested professional interest in exposing the truth about Ilhan Omar and her growing gang of conspirators who intend to be even more harmful to Israel.
They are trouble to Israel and a danger to the United States.
Growing within the Democratic Party is a Red-Green alliance, an American version of the Somali Revolutionary Party of the brutal dictator, Siad Barre, that was based on a melding of Marxist and Islamic theories - the Red of Communism and the Green of Islam.
In Somalia, it was a one party system that nationalized industry and the banks as they established a big government policy promoted as social progress, equality and justice.  
Isn’t this what we are hearing from the radical wing of the Democratic Party?
In Somalia, a brutal, intolerant regime brainwashed its people with education programs, broadcasting propaganda over the radio and loudspeakers in public squares, in the schools and mosques. Its failure led to abject poverty and a civil war that included genocide and torture.
As public discontent grew due to the worsening economic situation, the regime cracked down on protest. They arrested, tortured and executed thousands. The propaganda machine blamed the people, calling them traitors. They also blamed the outside world, mainly America, as a corrupt and cruel regime brought the country to bankruptcy.
Those inside and close to the corrupt dictatorship lived privileged lives in wealthy and secure compounds. Those who opposed the regime were hounded, lived in fear and increasing poverty.
Ilhan Omar’s family were among the privileged class in Somalia. She admitted it in her statement that when the regime fell her “very privileged life came to a halt.”
Only those close to, and actively involved in, the regime enjoyed this lifestyle.
Ilhan Omar blames the United States for the ruin of her country, but the Africa Committee of Human Rights Watch wrote a report titled, “Somalia. A Government at war with its own people.”
The UN Development Program wrote that “The 21-year regime of Siad Barre had one of the worst human rights records in Africa.”
An estimated 60,000 people were killed by the regime in the year 1988-1989.
Yet Ilhan Omar has never condemned this Marxist-Islamist nightmare of a regime.
Ilhan has said that her father, who is an influential character in her life, was a “teacher of teachers” in Somalia.
Siad Barre had an extensive and expensive indoctrination campaign.
A teacher of teachers in a regime with a dominant indoctrination program meant educating instructors, teachers and students in Marxist socialist economic theories linked to the principles of Islam, the political and theological tenants of the big government policies of the Somalia Revolutionary Party.
The regime set up the infrastructure to reach the masses, brainwashing them with the message of the regime, and denouncing those who opposed the regime as traitors.
Judicial Watch has lodged a complaint with Congress to investigate the potential immigration, marriage and tax frauds perpetrated by Congresswomen, Ilhan Omar, who site in the influential US Foreign Affairs Committee.
Part of that investigation should get to the bottom of the reports that Ilhan Omar is really Ilhan Said Elmi and that the Omars helped the Said Elmis into America under the fraud that they are part of their extended family, and they did so because, had US immigration known about Ilhan’s father’s connection to the Somali war criminal, they would never had been allowed entry.
To back up this claim, evidence is available showing that other members of Ilhan’s immediate family left Kenya and gained entry into Britain using their correct family name of Said Elmi, that she has a London-based sister, Leila, who goes by the surname of Said Elmi, that she has another sister, Sahra, who returned to Kenya and works under the name of Said Elmi, and, despite her denial of Ahmed, she has two brothers, Mohamad and Ahmed, who use the family name Said Elmi.
Has anyone investigated the roles played in Somalia by the head of the Omar-Said Elmi families before they entered the United States?
Did the Omars know the Said Elmis in Mogadishu due to both families being intimately involved with the regime?
Was her father, as is being claimed, the political commissar under the Communist dictator responsible for the political ideological aspects of the Red-Green revolution in Somalia?
Did they bring their Red-Green ideologies with them into the United States?
Ilhan Omar was not involved in any of this in Somalia. She was just a young girl. But why does she keep the name Omar when other members of her family go by the original family name of Nur Said Elmi? And why do her political theories reflect those of the Barre regime?
Somali refugees in Britain and America can be placed in one of two camps. Those who served the regime, and those who opposed it.
Were the Omars and Elmis on the side of the regime? Human Rights Watch issued a comprehensive report of the atrocities of the Barre regime. Hundreds of witnesses gave evidence of war and human rights crimes of the regime. The influential Omars and Said Elmis were not among them. They have been silent about their life and experiences in war-torn Somalia.
Which side were they on?
The dictator, or the people?

Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism,’ exposing the anti-Semitism behind every aspect of Palestinian support and anti-Israel behavior.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Who is Ilhan Omar?

Ilhan Omar is the new US Congresswoman that has Jews and Israel concerned following her anti-Semitic outbursts since entering Congress. Following her insults about Jews and their money, their “dual loyalty,” and her perception that Israel is evil and has “hypnotized the world,” both Jews and Israel have real concerns about the political influence of a Somali-American who is sitting on the influential US Foreign Affairs Committee.
It seems to most observers that Ilhan Omar, who has been joined by Palestinian Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, known in the media as ‘The Squad,’ is leading the agenda of the Democratic Party as they collectively storm press conferences with hate speech and to announce radical new policies.  Anyone, including the hierarchy of their own party, who stand in the way of this foursome is accused of being a racist and against “women of color” and minorities. Nancy Pelosi is, figuratively, the head of the Democratic Party, but she and the rest of the leadership are breathlessly trying to keep up with these young radical firebrands, even as they try to appease them by echoing their support of their Socialist policies but stop short of denouncing Omar’s anti-Semitic rhetoric.
Emboldened by the media coverage, and the quivering response of the Democratic establishment, Ilhan Omar announced that she will be joined by Rashida Tlaib, a passionate hater of Israel, in a delegation to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories in the near future.
So, who is Ilhan Omar?
The truth is Ilhan Omar is not Ilhan Omar.
In 1995, Ilhan entered the US as a fraudulent member of the Omar family. This is not her genetic family. The Omar family is an unrelated family that illegally gifted her asylum into the United States.
Ilhan’s real family name is Said. Her family fled war-torn, lawless and impoverished Somalia when she was a child. They lived in a refugee camp in Kenya, and entered the United States illegally.The Omars allowed Ilhan, her sister, Sahra, and her father, Nur Said, to illegally use their family name to apply for asylum as extended members of the Omar family. 
Ilhan’s biological family split up. Ilhan’s three other siblings, using their real names, managed to receive asylum in the UK. Ilhan’s brother, Ahmed, later used Elmi as his surname.
Until today, Ilhan “Omar” will not reveal the real names of her biological family.Other scandals, hovers over Ilhan “Omar.” That of bigamy and further infringements of immigration and tax laws. She leaves a complicated trail of unusual (an understatement) marital escapades.
In 2002, at the age of nineteen, Ilhan “Omar” married Ahmed Hirsi.  They married, she claims, in the “faith tradition,” meaning an Islamic marriage, in Minnesota. She did not file any official paperwork so she was not legally married to Hirsi, under US law.
Ilhan and Hirsi had two children before they decided to divorce. They divorced in their faith-based tradition. As they were not legally married there was no deed to file divorce proceedings. In other words, she had two children out of wedlock.
It is worth pausing to remind ourselves that this was happening in the United States, not Somalia or Kenya.
A year after her divorce, Ilhan, now aged twenty-six, legally married Ahmed Elmi, aged 23. This was not a faith-based marriage, but a legal marriage.Ilhan describes Elmi as “a British citizen.” It is believed that Ahmed Elmi was her brother who had arrived in the States from Britain, but without proper immigration papers.According to the Star Tribune, Elmi went to high school in St. Paul and later North Dakota State University.
Two years later, in 2011, Ilhan and Elmi divorce in a faith-based ceremony. They did not file papers or apply to divorce legally. In other words, according to US law they were still officially married. In 2012, Ilhan “Omar” returns to Ahmed Hirsi, the father of her two children. They had a third child while she was still legally married to Elmi.
Why did she go through this rigmarole? Was it love? Or was it something else?There are strong claims that the Ahmed Elmi, with whom she remained married for roughly a two-year period, was her British-based brother, and that the marriage was manufactured to enable him to obtain American immigration status. If proven, this would have been the second time that Ilhan “Omar” defrauded the US immigration system.In 2013, Ilhan “Omar” was elected to the Minnesota State House as a Democrat.
In 2014 and 2015, Ilhan and Hirsi filed joint tax returns, but they were not legally married. She was still legally married to Elmi, her brother, with whom she did not file any tax forms.
In 2016, when Ilhan “Omar” decided to run for Congress her campaign released details of her genetic family, but only issued the first names of six of her siblings, with no family name.  Ahmed Elmi/Said was not included on that list.
In 2017, Ilhan legally divorced Elmi. Elmi had returned to live in Britain.
In 2018, before she was elected to Congress, she legally married Ahmed Hirsi.
Ilhan “Omar” has said that tales of her marriages were “baseless rumors” and “crazy internet stuff,” but she refuses to disclose full details of her genetic family including full names, or the identity of her brother, Ahmed, and a politically compliant mainstream media refuse to investigate this intriguing story.
The above timeline was given by her campaign headquarters.
However, Minnesota State found campaign fund violations by Ilhan “Omar” including in the tax documents she filed with Ahmed Hirsi while she was legally married to Ahmed Elmi.
There are also perjury allegations against her.  During her divorce proceedings, she claimed the absence of her spouse as her grounds for divorce.  She claimed, under oath, that she had not had contact with Elmi since 2011, but her social media posts showed them together in London in 2014.
That post was deleted when Ilhan “Omar” began running for office.
There are clearly more questions than answers about Ilhan “Omar’s” honesty. There are clear signs that she broke immigration and tax laws.
Ilhan “Omar” should be thoroughly investigated before she comes to further slander Israel and Jews.
But, if the Democratic Party did not have the integrity to sanction her over her abusive anti-Semitic and anti-Israel language, it is highly unlikely that they will take her to task about her potentially fraudulent behavior going back to the time she set foot on American soil and until today.
She is, after all, the future of the Democratic Party.
Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.  He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism.”


Thursday, 18 July 2019

Israel is the next target for “The Squad.” How rapidly has America fallen.


The new radical force in American politics has come to be represented by what is called “The Squad”, four new and radical Democratic congresswomen who have used their sex and their ethnicity as a battering ram to force themselves and their radical policies at the center of their party. Anyone who stands in their way is condemned as a racist, even members of their own party including former Vice President, Joe Biden, and House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi said, in a conversation with New York Times columnist, Maureen Dowd, after the four women voted against a Democratic bill for border funding, “These people have they public whatever. There are four of them, and that’s how many votes they got.”
Dowd referred to Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and Ayanna Pressley as “the Squad.”  Pelosi flippantly under-estimated them.
Fox News host, Laura Ingraham, identified them as “the four horsewomen of the apocalypse” as early as last November.
They spread hate and division, even anti-Semitism and disdain for America but, in Pressley’s words, they think they are “creating a more equitable world.” This is the corruption of thought of these new policy makers who think they are doing justice as they express hateful, racist and divisive remarks.
Where did these people come from, and are there more?
They are the product of the fraud factory that is the American campus, a breeding ground where radical professors and lecturers are pumping out indoctrinated activists off a conveyor belt of ideas to become the next generation opinion, influence and policy makers.
The academic battleground of ideas has been lost to the pragmatic, truly liberal and certainly the conservative educators. Academia has become dogma.
Faculties for formative ideas have been hijacked by the thought-control manipulators producing the AOCs, Omars, Tlaibs and Pressleys. There are many more following them out of the incubator of incitement and into positions of power.
They have found easy paths to power, whether it be in the social and print media or in politics. Both compliment and collaborate together in the one cause.
Politically, they have found the Democratic Party to be easy prey, particularly after an embarrassing defeat in the 2016 Presidential elections. The disillusioned party, bereft of direction or cause, was wide open to radical forces.
The freshmen come trained, nurtured and strategized by crafty spin-masters and operators with nasty ideas to, in Obama’s words, “radically change America.”
AOC’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, looks like an Indian Harry Potter, but he is the American version of Seamus Milne, the not-so shadowy Strategy and Communication Director who pulls the strings of Britain’s Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and who formulates his policies and campaigns. It is not by coincidence that both left-wing parties have a growing anti-Semitism and anti-Israel problem.
What motivates Chakarabarti can be found on the T-shirt he used to wear as he operated AOC’s successful run for Congress. It depicted the face of Subhas Chandra Bose, an Indian who once dreamed of grabbing power in India. It was during the Second World War and Bose went to Nazi Germany to gain their support. Bose’s ideological statements included, “Freedom is not given, it must be taken,” and “No real change in history can be achieved in discussion.” On other words, power must be taken.
Bose died before he could execute his power grab, but this is the political philosophy and motivation of the key strategist of the new Democrats, a disciple of Bose.
One would think that this is the complete antithesis of American values, but It is the next stage of Obama’s stated aim to “fundamentally change America.”
Supporting Chakarabarti is Cenk Uygar, a Turkish-American, the creator of The Young Turks which, among other things, broadcasts a radical “progressive” agenda and active plan for America. Not “The Young Americans.” It’s The Young Turks for Uygar.
Uygar is also the founder of the Justice Democrats which calls itself a political action committee to progress their radical policies.  Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have said they are “extensions” of this movement.
Behind these dynamic operators is money.  Uygar has an estimate five million dollars, but George Soros is one of the prime financiers of the radical agenda within the Democratic Party. According to Media Research Center, Soros’s The Media Consortium reaches nearly three hundred million people a month. Soros funds nearly every major left-wing media source in the United States. It is the propaganda arm of the political action strategists.
This new movement is not confined to the Democratic Party.
Just as Corbyn receives active support from pro-Palestinian, Hate-Israel, groups in the UK that includes the Islamic Human Rights Council, so in America the support includes the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) who are actively emboldening their new political recruits. Leaders of CAIR can be seen marching through the halls of power in Congress. Ilhan Omar was the main attraction at fund-raising events for Islamic Relief, an organization with deep ties to groups that advocate terrorism against Israel, and for CAIR, a group that was named as a co-conspirator in a major Hamas terror-funding incident. Can you imagine a sign that reads 'Building Jewish Power for 2020'?
Rashida Tlaib has personal friends that include Ramea Odeh, a convicted terrorist murderer of two Israeli students, Mohammad Ali who stabbed three Israelis, and other rabidly anti-Semitic Israel haters.
Tlaib wraps herself around a Palestinian flag when elected to Congress and then accuses American Jews of having "dual loyalty."
This Red-Green alliance between hard left politics and political Islam, the merging of radical ideas, the organizational power and money, the marshalling of grassroots activism including getting voters to the polling booths, is where the radical left meets political Islamists as they march together to gain power. Theologically, the Islamists will never become members of secular political parties in Britain and America, but they will place their candidates into positions of political power, vote for them and ensure they do their bidding once elected.
This new political force has rapidly gained ground in the United States where the Democratic establishment has been caught off guard and unable to present a coherent opposition to this powerful and organized momentum. Pelosi made the fatal mistake of appeasing them, only to discover when she objected to their policies she was accused by them of being a racist. Now she is unable to wrest power back from them.
Joan Ryan, who resigned as a Labour Member of Parliament over her party’s rampant anti-Semitism, delivered a stark warning to the AIPAC Conference last May on how quickly things can change. She told America, “I would never have believed just three years ago that the party which backed a Jewish homeland would sink so low so fast.”
This is now happening in America to a Democratic Party, a party that was unable to affirmatively condemn the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric of Omar and Tlaib and is now paying the price for their negligence.
What is next for “The Squad”?
They intend to lead a delegation to Israel. Actually, they intend to lead it to “Palestine.” They are not coming to advance peace or cooperation. They will be doing it to advance hate and confrontation. 
This will become a diplomatic embarrassment for the United States, both for the current Administration and for a Democratic Party that will be severely challenged trying to prevent such a visit. If American politicians fail to stop this visit, the Israeli government will be left with the diplomatic headache of whether to allow or prevent a visitation of hostile US Congressional representatives and their guests coming to advance their Palestinian agenda.
It will be an official Gaza Flotilla without the boats. And what if they are accompanied by Linda Sarsour?
The visit will be made all the more embarrassing when it is led by Ilhan Omar who sits on the US Foreign Affairs Committee and Rashida Tlaib who draped herself not in an American flag but in a Palestinian flag when elected to Congress.
How rapidly America has fallen.


Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism.’