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Dennis Prager: Those Who Don’t Fight Evil Fight Statues

Dennis Prager:

All my life, I have known this rule about people: Those who don’t fight the greatest evils will fight lesser evils or make-believe evils.

This happens to be the morally defining characteristic of the left. During the Cold War, many liberals and nearly all conservatives fought communism, but the left fought anti-communism. The left opposed American military buildups and regarded the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union as nothing more than two scorpions in a bottle fighting to the death. They loathed Presidents Nixon and Reagan, not Communist Party Secretary-General Brezhnev.

They regarded Reagan’s labeling of the Soviet Union as an “evil empire” with contempt. Typical was the reaction of one of America’s best-known intellectuals, Henry Steele Commager, then a professor of history at the Amherst College. He said, “It was the worst presidential speech in American history, and I’ve read them all.”

With regard to fighting communism — which, aside from Nazism, has been the greatest evil in the modern world (it killed and enslaved far more people than Nazism) — the left was an obstacle, not an ally. The left in the West and elsewhere did far more to enable communist evil than to stop it.

The same holds true with regard to the greatest evil in the world at this time: totalitarian Islam, or Islamism. The left is doing precisely what it did during the war against communism: It’s fighting the anti-Islamists, not the Islamists. Just as it labeled anti-communists “cold warriors” and other derisive epithets, the left labels those fighting Islamism as “Islamophobes” and, of course, “racists.” In the moral order as perceived by the left, it is the anti-Islamists who are the enemy of the good.  Full article at TownHall

Restraining Order Halts Removal Of Dallas, Texas Robert E. Lee Statue

An hour after the vote, cranes were in place to remove the statue.  A very efficient city council or decided and planned before the vote.

A temporary restraining order Wednesday spared a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from being taken down — just hours after the Dallas City Council signed off on the removal.

The vote to remove the Lee statue from its namesake park in the Dallas neighborhood of Oak Lawn passed 13-1 at midday Wednesday, with one council member abstaining.

Work began an hour later to remove the statue. A crane was moved into place and workers put straps over the sculpture to be removed. But their work was halted at 4:30 p.m. when a district court judge granted a temporary restraining order to the Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  FoxNews

Democrat Senators Show Anti-Catholic Hostility In Questions for Judicial Nominee

Some Senate Democrats seem to think being a Catholic disqualifies you from government. Three letters for them: “JFK.” – Mike Huckabee

“Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” is an unusual and inappropriate question for a senator to ask a judicial nominee. In fact, the Constitution forbids it.

But that didn’t stop Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., from probing Notre Dame Law professor Amy Coney Barrett about her faith. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. D-Calif., also chided Barrett for being a practicing Catholic, proclaiming, “The dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”

Both senators appear to have forgotten Article VI’s admonition that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Officer or public Trust under the United States.”

The senators’ hostility to religion was loudly on display as Barrett and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, having been nominated by the president to fill two federal appellate vacancies.

President Donald Trump nominated Larsen for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Michigan and Barrett for the 7th Circuit in Indiana. Both women have faced bitter scrutiny from the left. This makes sense, as both are brilliant, young, conservative, and female, making them serious contenders for a future Supreme Court vacancy. Daily Signal

DACA Ending, With 6-Month Delay

“We are people of compassion and we are people of law. There is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration law. ”  – Attorney General Sessions

We should welcome those who legally come here and who respect the rule of law.

DACA was an un-Constitutional temporary program that excused illegal immigration and rewarded it.  It also promotes future illegal immigration.

799,077 illegal immigrants currently are protected under the program.

Nearly half — over 355,000 — of the people currently protected under the program live in California, New York and Texas, but populations reside in all 50 states and several U.S. territories. Their numbers range from over 200,000 in California to 162 in Montana, according to the most recent statistics from U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS). knoe

By ending the DACA program, President Trump is undoing an illegal action and re-establishing the rule of law.  He is placing this issue where it should be – on Congress.

The DACA program was implemented by the Obama administration in 2012.  To be eligible for the DACA program a person had to be under 16.  That would mean that the oldest of these individuals would be 20 – 21 years old.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services statistics from 2014 show that 84,600 illegal immigrants over the age of 25 had been approved for DACA between August 2012 and September 2013…

The USCIS figures show that between August 2012 and September 2013, 10,500 illegal immigrants ages 30 or higher were accepted by the program DailyCaller

The bar for acceptance in the program was set very low.

Has not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. uscis.gov

Judicial Watch – DACA recipients were not vetted

The screening process is much less for DACA than it would be for a green card, and so it is much more susceptible to fraud. USCIS should answer public concerns that DACA applicants are not required to prove their claims of eligibility, cis

“I can tell you that Judicial Watch is really pleased today by President Trump’s announcement through his Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he will rescind President Obama’s illegal alien amnesty known as “DACA.” This policy was rejected repeatedly by Congress, and rather than follow the Constitution and the rule of law, President Obama unilaterally granted illegal alien amnesty to 800,000 individuals.

We’re pleased that the administration will put this to a rest within 6 months, and Judicial Watch is pleased to highlight the fact it’s been battling this issue for years. We exposed, for instance, how President Obama’s administration bypassed security background checks in “lean and light procedures” to grant amnesty to these illegal aliens, contrary to their promises to the American public that there would be a thorough vetting. And so as a result, we can be sure there are many people who have this amnesty who don’t deserve it. And of course, given the fact they are illegal aliens, they should be subject to the rule of law the way anyone else would be.

Many so-called Dreamers are innocent.  Many are not.  2,139 DACA recipients lost their status due to criminal activity.

“Most DACA terminations were based on the following infractions (not ranked): alien smuggling, assaultive offenses, domestic violence, drug offenses, DUI, larceny and thefts, criminal trespass and burglary, sexual offenses with minors, other sex offenses and weapons offenses,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services told The Daily Caller.

Many Americans lost their dreams due to DACA dreamers.

In 2008, 17-year-old Los Angeles High School football star Jamiel Shaw II was murdered in cold blood by gang member and Dreamer Pedro Espinoza.

According to the Los Angeles Times, prosecutors argued Shaw was targeted and murdered because the 17-year-old “was a black man wearing a red backpack.” Espinoza apparently thought Shaw was a member of the Bloods gang.

Shaw, not a member of the Bloods, was wearing a red Spider-Man themed backpack.  “The panel found to be true allegations that Espinoza committed the crime in association with a gang and that he personally discharged a firearm,” noted the Times.

Chillingly, Espinoza showed no remorse for this crime:

With hair slicked back and wearing dark-rimmed glasses, Espinoza stared blankly at jurors as the verdict was read, pursing his lips. After they left the courtroom, he glanced back at the spectators and smiled.

“Some people believe if you are brought over by no fault of your own that it makes you a good person,” the victim’s father, Jamiel Shaw, said to a House subcommittee in 2015. “They want us to believe that DREAM act kids don’t murder. I am here to debunk that myth.”

“DREAM Act kids have turned my family’s American dream into a nightmare,” he added. “How many Americans killed by illegal aliens are too many?”  DailyWire

In 2013, a Dreamer ran over two little girls, stepsisters Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, and Abigail Robinson, 11, while they were playing in a leaf pile.

Dreamer Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros ran over step-sisters Anna, 6, and Abigail, 11, in 2013, who were playing in a pile of leaves in the road, killing them both. Garcia-Cisneros then drove straight to an auto car wash in what the court ruled was an attempt to wash the evidence from her SUV.

After her conviction, the immigrant sought an appeal; in 2017, her conviction was overturned, the court saying there was insufficient evidence that she knew she ran over the girls and was deliberately trying to rid her car of the evidence. She still lives in America.  Read more at DailyWire

If Congress drafts and passes a new law that would provide a path to permanent residency to people brought here illegally as children the criteria should be very strict.

Public School Teachers Behind Violent Antifa Group

Public school teachers are leaders among in an Antifa faction – By Any Means Necessary (BAMN); a violent anarchist organization that DHS has classified as carrying  out “domestic terrorist violence” are teaching children in public schools; filling their heads with Antifa rot and that violence works.

Public school teachers are behind a leading far-left militant group that is part of the Antifa network that federal officials say is committing “domestic terrorist violence.”

By Any Means Necessary, which has played a key role in riots in Berkeley, Sacramento and elsewhere, has dozens of public school teachers among its members, including among its most prominent leaders.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security began paying closer attention to Antifa groups in general after BAMN and other extremists started a riot and attacked marchers at a white nationalist rally in Sacramento last July, Politico reported on Friday. The Sacramento violence left at least 10 people hospitalized, several of whom had knife wounds….

After BAMN and other antifa groups staged violent protests in Berkeley to keep right-wing author Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking, Felarca defended her group’s acts of violence. BAMN was able to cancel another event, this time an April speech by pro-Trump author Ann Coulter, by promising a repeat performance of the Milo riots.

The FBI and DHS say Antifa groups like BAMN are engaging in “domestic terrorist violence,” according to the Politico report.

Video:  Highlights of Alt Left AntiFa Violence at Berkeley ‘Rally Against Hate’ 27th August 2017

Just last weekend, Felarca helped organize BAMN’s mass demonstrations that “shut down” an anti-Marxism rally in Berkeley. As with BAMN’s other organized actions, left-wing actors at Saturday’s demonstrations violently attackedpeaceful protesters. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi condemned the Antifa violence in Berkeley, while Felarca called BAMN’s actions a “resounding success.” DailyCaller

By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) most prominent organizer is Yvette Felarca, a Berkeley middle school teacher and pro-violence anarchist.

Video:  Berkeley riots backer proud of shutting down Milo

Felarca was placed on paid leave in 2016.

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Homeland Security Makes it Official: Antifa Classified As Domestic Terrorists

About time!

Federal authorities have been warning state and local officials of Antifa’s increasingly dangerous tactics — including attacks on the police — since early 2016 but were widely ignored long before Charlottesville and while Barack Obama was still president, Politico reported.  NewsMax

Politico:

Since well before the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly, DHS has been issuing warnings about the growing likelihood of lethal violence between the left-wing anarchists and right-wing white supremacist and nationalist groups.

Previously unreported documents disclose that by April 2016, authorities believed that “anarchist extremists” were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. They were blamed by authorities for attacks on the police, government and political institutions, along with symbols of “the capitalist system,” racism, social injustice and fascism, according to a confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by DHS and the FBI.

After President Donald Trump’s election in November, the antifa activists locked onto another target — his supporters, especially those from white supremacist and nationalist groups suddenly turning out in droves to hail his victory, support crackdowns on immigrants and Muslims and to protest efforts to remove symbols of the Confederacy.

Those reports appear to bolster Trump’s insistence that extremists on the left bore some blame for the clashes in Charlottesville and represent a “problem” nationally.

Though it reportedly exists without a leader or official chain of command, Antifa members are connected and operate much like terrorist cells do, and in April of 2016, a joint report by the FBI and DHS members spend weeks planning for violence at selected events, Politico reported. NewsMax

At the Sacramento rally, antifa protesters came looking for violence, and “engaged in several activities indicating proficiency in pre-operational planning, to include organizing carpools to travel from different locations, raising bail money in preparation for arrests, counter-surveilling law enforcement using three-man scout teams, using handheld radios for communication, and coordinating the event via social media,” the DHS report said. Politico

“Both the racists and a segment of violent Antifa counter-protestors are amped for battle in an escalating arms race, where police departments are outmaneuvered, resulting in increasingly violent dangerous confrontations,” former New York City police officer Brian Levin, who has been monitoring domestic militants for 31 years, told Politico. “It’s an orchestrated dance. The rallies spill over into social media and then even more people show up at the next rally primed for violent confrontation.”

Also in that April 2016 report, the FBI and DHS warned that Antifa would get more violent if “fascist, nationalist, racist or anti-immigrant parties obtain greater prominence or local political power in the United States, leading to anti-racist violent backlash from anarchist extremists,” Politico reported.

Further, Politico reports that some of the Antifa terrorists traveled to Turkey to train with kindred organizations, including two fighting against ISIS. NewsMax

Southern Poverty Law Center

Southern Poverty Law Center condemns antifa, but won’t call hate group  – of course not SPLC and Antifa  have the same overall goals:
Destroy freedom of speech.
Demonize and destroy those that deviate from the approved Leftist agenda.

Christian Group Sues SPLC And AmazonSmile Over ‘Hate Group’ Designation

AmazonSmile and GuildStar might want to reconsider using SPLC “hate group” designations.

Franklin Graham Facebook:

“A hate group? Can you believe this—The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, AL, has labeled a number of Christian groups such as D. James Kennedy Ministries, and the Family Research Council run by my good friend Tony Perkins as “hate” groups. Why? Simply because they hold to the teaching of God’s Word on moral issues such as homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

They even speak disparagingly against Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a woman who was born into a Muslim family in Somalia and bravely speaks out against the dangers and oppression of women in Islam. Because she dares to speak against what Islam has done to her and other women, she is being accused of hate speech! Incredible.  As Kimberley Strassel said in the The Wall Street Journal, “If the SPLC doesn’t agree with your views, it tags you as a hater.” The SPLC has the funding of Apple CEO Tim Cook and financial giant J.P. Morgan, and is a media favorite. Who is the real hate group here?”

A venerable Christian ministry based in Fort Lauderdale recently saw its name listed on a CNN map of “all the active hate groups where you live,” as well as in local news reports as the No. 1 hate group in Florida.

D. James Kennedy Ministries shares sermons, devotionals, and religious liberty messages inspired by the late founder of Coral Ridge Presbyterian, a prominent Florida megachurch. In media coverage after Charlottesville, the Christian broadcaster was mapped alongside about 60 “hate groups” in the Sunshine State, using designations from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

SPLC

“Enough is enough,” said Frank Wright, president of D. James Kennedy Ministries, which filed a lawsuit against the SPLC on Wednesday. The organization also sued GuideStar and AmazonSmile for their use of the SPLC list…

The suit alleges that the ministry’s inclusion on the list of hate groups amounts to defamation—spreading false, harmful information—as well as a trademark violation, misrepresenting the ministry in order to drum up fundraising support. Wednesday’s filing made the same claims against the charity-research site GuideStar for promoting the SPLC designation, seeking an injunction against further use of the “hate group” label and damages from both organizations.

Guide Star

Wanting to call out “hateful rhetoric” during a “highly politicized moment,” GuideStar recently added the SPLC designations onto its profile pages—including for Christian nonprofits who stand for traditional marriage like the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Liberty Counsel, the Family Research Council (FRC), and the American Family Association—then removed the hate labels after backlash in June. The controversy made many of these groups, their leaders, and their supporters even more upset over the prominence of the SPLC’s categorizations.

Amazon Smile

In its lawsuit, D. James Kennedy Ministries also alleges religious discrimination by Amazon’s charity partner program AmazonSmile, which makes a small donation to shoppers’ designated nonprofits. Since AmazonSmile uses the SPLC as one way to determine organizations’ eligibility, and the SPLC based its “anti-LGBT” designation on the ministry’s Christian convictions, the suit claims that D. James Kennedy Ministries was wrongly excluded from the program and possible donations due to its religious beliefs.

Part of their defense against calling opposition to same-sex marriage hateful comes from the US Supreme Court decision that made it legal. “Many who deem same-sex marriage to be wrong reach that conclusion based on decent and honorable religious or philosophical premises,” the court wrote, “and neither they nor their beliefs are disparaged here.” (The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability quoted the same line in its response to GuideStar’s use of the hate group label for certain Christian organizations.)

Online:  CT – D. James Kennedy Ministries Sues SPLC over Hate Map

Christian Group – Ruth Institute – Dropped By Online Payment Service Over SPLC ‘Hate’ Map

Anyone or any organization that cites the SPLC as a source immediately loses all credibility.

You may have heard the Ruth Institute referred to as a “Hate Group.” No one who creates those designations has ever contacted us, to inquire about our mission or values. We do not know how an organization becomes christened a “hate group” or how an organization gets off such a list. Ruth Institute

Vanco Payment Solutions has cut off services from a Louisiana-based Christian ministry, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Map,” which accuses the ministry of promoting “hate, violence, harassment and/or abuse.”

Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute, told The Christian Post on Friday that her organization received a message Thursday around 2 p.m. that the online payment processing company had opted to discontinue their relationship.

The Ruth Institute is a Catholic nonprofit based in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and was “flagged by Card Brands as being affiliated with a product/service that promotes hate, violence, harassment and/or abuse,” Morse explained to CP.

“Merchants that display such attributes are against Vanco and Wells Fargo processing policies,” Vanco’s correspondence read.

Morse commented, “The Ruth Institute’s primary focus is family breakdown and its impact on children: understanding it, healing it, ending it. If this makes us a ‘hate group,’ so be it.”…

Morse made a point to say that what is ultimately driving the SPLC and now Vanco’s moves against the nonprofit — even though Vanco markets itself to churches and nonprofit groups on its website — is that the Ruth Institute espouses the historic Christian view of marriage and sexual ethics, a view now considered “anti-LGBT.”

Those accusing her of “hate” simply do not want to debate those ideas. Their beliefs are the common heritage of all Christian groups, and like-minded organizations that utilize Vanco’s services might want to reconsider, she said.  CP

Online:  Where’s the hate? by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of the Ruth Institute

Southern Poverty Law Center Transfers Millions in Cash to Offshore Entities

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a liberal non-profit Alabama-based tax-exempt charitable organization, has transferred cash to its “financial interests” in  foreign entities. The SPLC has sent large sums of money to accounts in the Cayman islands – the place known as a tax shelter.  SPLC has been making headlines over its anti-conservative “hate group” list and map.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit organization that has long been regarded as a glorified direct-mail scam that profits from hate-mongering, has come under fire yet again for its shady financial practices. This time, SPLC has been caught shuttling millions of dollars to offshore entities — a practice that’s considered a “huge red flag” by philanthropy experts, an investigative report by Joe Schoffstall of The Washington Free Beacon reveals.  TheFederalist

  • $960,000 in cash on Nov. 24, 2014 to the Tiger Global Private Investment Partners IX, L.P., a pooled
    investment fund in the Cayman Islands.
  •  $102,007 cash transfer on Dec. 24, 2014 to BPV-III Cayman X Limited, a foreign entity located in the Cayman Islands.
  • $157,574 in cash sent to BPV-III Cayman XI Limited on Dec. 31, 2014, an entity that lists the same PO Box address in Grand Cayman as the previous transfer.
  • On March 1, 2015, SPLC sent $2,200,000 to an entity incorporated in Canana Bay, Cayman Islands, according to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) records and run by a firm firm based in Greenwich, Ct.
  • Another $2,200,000 cash transfer was made on the same day to another fund whose business is located at the same address as the previous fund in the Cayman Islands, according to SEC records.  Free Beacon

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal, Alabama-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that has gained prominence on the left for its “hate group” designations, pushes millions of dollars to offshore entities as part of its business dealings, records show.

Additionally, the nonprofit pays lucrative six-figure salaries to its top directors and key employees while spending little on legal services despite its stated intent of “fighting hate and bigotry” using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is perhaps best known for its “hate map,” a collection of organizations the nonprofit deems “domestic hate groups” that lists mainstream conservative organizations alongside racist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and is often referenced in the media. A gunman opened fire at the Washington, D.C., offices of the conservative Family Research Council in 2012 after seeing it listed as an “anti-gay” group on SPLC’s website.

The SPLC has turned into a fundraising powerhouse, recording more than $50 million in contributions and $328 million in net assets on its 2015 Form 990, the most recently available tax form from the nonprofit. SPLC’s Form 990-T, its business income tax return, from the same year shows that they have “financial interests” in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda. No information is available beyond the acknowledgment of the interests at the bottom of the form. Free Beacon

Online:   DailyWire  – 7 Things You Need To Know About The Southern Poverty Law Center

Linda Sarsour Exploiting Victims Of Hurricane Harvey By Fundraising Off Of The Disaster

The url’s go to a  political PAC website.  Linda Sarsour has ties to Islamic terrorists and recently called for jihad against President Trump.

Grifter.

 

On the donation page:

The Texas Organizing Project (TOP) is a renamed  ACORN  group (the group that was investigated for illicit voter registration activities and tax fraud.  ACORN workers were filmed by a pair posing as a pimp and prostitute on setting up a prostitution ring and evading the IRS.  TOP received funding from George Soros.

Relief Aid To Texas – Samaritans Purse And IsraAid

“We have pre-positioned Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief trucks and materials outside Dallas and will be moving into the hardest hit areas as soon as we are given the all-clear by the state authorities…” -Franklin Graham

Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief units are now in Texas as Harvey’s deadly fury has moved inland and continues to pummel the state, especially flood-prone Houston. Our teams are ready to go in and help homeowners in Jesus’ Name as soon as we are able to access affected communities.

When the Category 4 hurricane came ashore late Friday night, the coastal town of Rockport and other areas suffered considerable damage and at least one fatality was reported.

Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S., is now getting battered, with more than three feet of rain having fallen in the last 24 hours. At least two people have drowned, and more than 2,000 people have been rescued—many of those from rooftops. Much of the city is under water, and rains could last four to five more days.

“My heart continues to be heavy for the good people of South Texas as they begin to deal with the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey—and the flood waters are still rising in many areas,” said Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse president.  SamaritansPurse 

You can help hurricane victims by volunteering, donating, and praying.

Israel sends aid to flood-battered Texas

Humanitarian aid organizations IsraAID and iAID send teams to help clear debris, clean ruined homes and offer psychological support to Harvey survivors.

Two teams of Israeli aid experts are on their way to Texas to provide vital relief and psychosocial support to the thousands of people who have lost everything in the catastrophic Tropical Storm Harvey….

Humanitarian aid organization IsraAID aims to provide a two-stage response to the disaster, focusing on helping remove debris and clean homes in the wake of the catastrophic flooding, and offering psychosocial trauma support to shocked residents.

“In crises with large-scale destruction, national and international aid efforts typically focus on practical, physical support, with limited resources allocated to the mental and emotional rehabilitation of affected populations,” said Yotam Polizer, co-CEO of IsraAID.

“For the most vulnerable groups, notably children and the elderly, time is of critical importance; the longer these groups are forced to remain in shelters, the higher the chance of long-term mental health problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a disorder that can have a debilitating and long-term impact.”

iAID, an international aid organization based in Israel, is also sending a team of 9-10 Israeli relief professionals to offer support to the national guard and other non-governmental American aid groups, to help families and communities affected by the storm…

They will create and facilitate child-friendly spaces within the shelters to help support homeless children, and offer psychological and emotional support and tools for both individuals and for community resilience-building.

The organization will also send a relief team to help local communities remove debris, clean out destroyed homes and help residents sift through the wreckage of former homes to salvage belongings.

“This cleaning stage is crucial to avoid major health and hygiene issues from contaminated water and open sewage,” said Polizer. “From a psychological perspective, home-owners are often so overwhelmed by the devastation and the loss of their belongings that they cannot consider the thought of filtering through their possessions to try and save anything. Part of IsraAID’s work is to separate what can be preserved.

“The loss of people’s homes can easily put them into a downward spiral of despair and depression. Cleaning up the mess helps create a positive momentum towards rehabilitation and recovery,” Polizer added. Israel21c

PA Chairman Abbas – He Won’t Stop Giving American Money to Terrorists Untill His Dying Day

Congress needs to turn the money off.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has rejected American demands that he stop using foreign financial aid to pay stipends and salaries to the families of jailed Palestinian terrorists.

Abbas met last week with US envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt as part of President Donald Trump’s efforts to restart Middle East peace talks.

According to Israeli journalists present at the meeting, Kushner, who is Trump’s son-in-law, reiterated the long-standing demand that the Palestinian Authority not reward terrorism with financial gain.

Congress has repeatedly threatened to halt all foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority over the payments to jailed terrorists, nearly all of whom are incarcerated in Israel for carrying out attacks on Jewish men, women and children.

The Arabic-language newspaper Al-Quds reported that Abbas’ response was to “inform Kushner that he would never stop paying these salaries until his dying day, even if this cost him the presidency.”

“Article courtesy of Israel Today magazine, Israel Today.

Gatestone Institute has an explanation of what is taking place:

For the record, this is not a defense of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas or of funding terrorists. It is simply an explanation of what is taking place. Nonetheless, it is worth noting that the idea of ending payments to Palestinian terrorists and their families is a challenging one, to say the least. Old habits, especially of hate, are hard to break.

The practice of paying salaries to terrorists and the families of “martyrs” is as old as the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which was founded in 1964. It did not start after the establishment of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in 1994. Nor did this practice start after Abbas was elected as president of the PA in January 2005.

Prior to the establishment of the PA, the PLO relied solely on Arab and Islamic financial aid to pay salaries to imprisoned terrorists and the families of those killed in terror attacks against Israel.

But after most of the Arab countries turned their backs on the PLO, following its support for Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent establishment of the PA, the Europeans and Americans became the major donors to the Palestinians — including payments to the terrorists and their families.

Is a massive shift in attitude possible?

A plan to dry up the funds that support terrorists and their families, is doomed from the start unless these leaders reverse their behavior and embark on a process of de-radicalizing their people…

Under Abbas and his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, countless institutions have been established to support terrorists and their families. At one point, they even set up a special ministry called the Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs. Its main goal: “to ensure a decent life for prisoners and care for their children and their families.” Why should any Palestinian go to university and search for a job when he can make a “decent living” murdering Jews?

Full article at GatestoneInstitte