Thu Jul 19th, 2018 at 02:48:49 PM EST
Interesting ... funding the Blue Wave!!
Billionaire Ex-GOP Megadonor Seth Klarman Bets Big On Democratic 'Blue Wave' | The Forward - today |
Hedge fund guru Seth Klarman used to be a major Republican donor. Now he's putting substantial money towards helping the Democrats' "blue wave."
Klarman, who is Jewish, has donated more than $250,000 to around 80 Democratic candidates so far this year, the Forward can reveal.
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Klarman gave more than $2.9 million to Republican causes in 2016, but broke ranks with the party shortly after the inauguration over what he called President Trump's "erratic" leadership [NYT]. By October 2017, he was comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler at a private philanthropic gathering. And the following April, he publicly vowed to help Democrats win -- going so far as to pledge that he would invest the earnings of his tax cut, which he described as something "I neither need nor want," toward efforts to defeat the GOP.
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Perhaps also Bibi Netanyahu losing grip on the Jewish community in the U.S. of A. A lot has been written about the Jewish diaspora and Netanyahu had made the choice to cozy up to the fundamental evangelists and the alt-right movement. Israel became part of the international opposition to get a Republican elected in 2016 as revenge for Obama and Democrats. JCPOA – the nuclear deal with Iran.
○ The News Era of Jewish Terror | Ynet News Israel - July 17, 2018 |
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I had an extended diary in mind on the Jewish criticism within the Labour Party of Jeremy Corbyn and the right-wing populist leadership holding the Israeli electorate hostage. Interesting times. It must wait for another day due to the above topic, hopefully it has some depth and will carry some weight to balance the discourse in the Democratic Party.
Yesterday I read an opinion piece and did some analysis where this criticism is coming from … I got some sense in background and misinformation to damage Jeremy Corbyn.
Israel passes controversial Jewish nation-state bill | DW |
Among other things, the law states only Jews have the right to self-determination, it "encourages" Jewish settlement and downgrades the status of the Arabic language. Critics say it is racist and threatens democracy.
The "nation-state" law, backed by the right-wing government, passed 62-55 with two abstentions in the 120-seat Knesset after months of political debate and after some parts were softened over concerns it would damage Israel's international image.
The bill states that "Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people" and "the right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people." It also downgrades Arabic from an official language alongside Hebrew to a "special" one, and declares Jerusalem the united capital of Israel.
The law also instructs the state to preserve the Jewish heritage within the diaspora, and contains passages about national holidays, the flag, the anthem and making the Hebrew calendar the official calendar.
The measure enters Israel's Basic Law, which is similar to a constitution.
Israel has 1.9 million Arab citizens, or about 21 percent of the total population of 9 million. Another 5 percent of the population consists of non-Arab Christians or other ethnic groups.
'The majority decides'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the law enshrined the principle of Jewish existence.
"Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people that respects the
individual rights of all its citizens. This is our state — the Jewish state."
Last week, Netanyahu vowed to ensure all civil rights were protected, but said "the majority also has rights and the majority decides."
○ In Israel, hard-right Hungarian PM hails himself and Netanyahu as ‘patriots’ | Times of Israel – today |
○ EU warns nation state bill could harm Israeli democracy | Jerusalem Post |
Just a reminder from the handwriting of President Truman in 1948 … crossed out the prefix “Jewish” when the United Nations voted for the independence of the State of Israel. A role played by George Marshall.
○ General Marshall was vehemently opposed recognizing Israel and instead favored U.N. trusteeship after British withdrawal
○ Marshall, the Recognition of Israel, and anti-Semitism
Ooops … the opinion piece written by MP Hodge got serious traction in a Jewish publication … some well done coordination IMO. :(
○ UK Labour MP calls Jeremy Corbyn ‘racist’ and ‘anti-semite' | Jewish Chronicle and Jerusalem Post !! |