Bob Turner, the Republican candidate campaigning to replace disgraced Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, picked up a crucial endorsement last week when Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind threw his support to him. Hikind is the former leader of the the Jewish Defense League (JDL), which the FBI lists as a terror organization. He was also a confidant of the fanatical Israeli settler leader Meir Kahane, who called for the “slaughter” of Palestinians. Under Kahane’s direction, Hikind operated a front group with the JDL cadre Victor Vancier (aka Chaim Ben Pesach), who served 10 years in prison for carrying out numerous firebomb attacks on innocent people, and openly contemplated killing the renowned Palestinian professor Edward Said. According to journalists Michael Karpin and Ina Friedman, “Hikind had been suspected [by the FBI] of similar activities” including a string of six bombings against Arab-American targets across the United States.
Former Israeli chief rabbi and Shas spiritual leader Ovadia Yosef
Beatnik zombie-pirate, Shas spiritual leader and former Israeli chief rabbi Ovadia Yosef offered a characteristically wise sermon on the occasion of International Women’s Day. According to Israel’s Channel 10 (I am soliciting better translations):
In light of International Women’s Day, the rabbi gave a sermon outlining his teachings on the difference between men and women. “Women can not go to war,” declared Rabbi Yosef. “If a woman runs over a cat with a car, she begins crying, therefore she can not kill people.” In [Yosef's] opinion, men are made differently. “A man is a man, so give him a task he is made to do.”
In other news, Yosef’s son, Yaakov, revealed that his father’s book, Yecheve Da’at, provided the original source material for Torat Ha’melech a tract that claims rabbinical justification for the killing of non-Jews, including children, during warfare. See my video and report on Torat Ha’melech for more.
It should be clear to anyone who has seen the video of the anti-Muslim hate rally in Yorba Linda that the organizers of the event are extremely dangerous and demented people. If their pathological racism was not apparent before the video surfaced, then it is confirmed now. So why is the Jewish Federation and a who’s who of established Jewish organizations, from Birthright Israel to the New Israel Fund to JDate (even Rock The Vote is involved somehow), hosting one of the hate rally’s key organizers this weekend at a major gathering in Las Vegas billed as “an entertaining, interactive and educational celebration that will draw over 1,500 Jewish young adults (ages 22-45) from across North America?”
Last week, Rabbi David Eliezrie of the Yorba Linda chapter of Chabad was among a mob of local extremists who screamed racial epithets at immigrant families. On Monday, however, the rabbi will lead a session at “Tribefest” on “the Kabbalah of Love.” “Love has always been a central theme in Jewish teachings,” the event description reads. “In an interactive experience we will explore the mystical and classical sources about love.” How touching.