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Will Obama be barred from golf club for anti-Israel policies?

Some in Maryland golf club looking to block outgoing president’s application over recent UN Security Council vote fiasco.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., speaks at a Chicago 2016 Olympic rally at Daley Plaza in Chicago Friday, June 6, 2008.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., speaks at a Chicago 2016 Olympic rally at Daley Plaza in Chicago Friday, June 6, 2008.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Members of a predominantly Jewish golf club in the Washington DC metro area are considering barring the outgoing president from joining the organization, after his administration’s refusal to veto a controversial anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations Security Council.

The Woodmont Country Club in Maryland, a posh golf club established more than a century ago by Jews barred from traditional country clubs in the area, is divided over Obama’s application, with some members lambasting him as the most anti-Israel president in history.

While some have extended a friendly welcome to President Obama and even suggested waiving the membership fees – $80,000 for entrance, plus nearly $10,000 each year in dues – others expressed outrage.

“Can you imagine how angry I would be if I had paid $80K to have to look at this guy who has done more to damage Israel than any president in American history?” a senior official at a DC Jewish organization told the New York Post.

“After the UN vote and attack on Israel, I think it probably hurts the club. If there is a club that excludes Jews, he would probably be more comfortable around those folks.”

The club’s general manager, Brian Pizzimenti, said his organization would be “honored to have” Mr. Obama as a member, a source told the Post that opposition to the president’s membership is widespread.

“In light of the votes at the UN and the Kerry speech and everything else, there’s this major uproar with having him part of the club, and a significant portion of the club has opposed offering him membership.”

The president will be able to apply to the club formally once he becomes a private citizen following President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next Friday.

Students for Justice in Palestine try to co-opt anti-Trump protests,call for intifada in US

Gary Willig,//Anti-Israel activists are attempting to co-opt the protests that have rocked the US since Donald Trump became the President-elect, according to Cornell Law School Professor William A. Jacobson.

“It’s conquest of other peoples and movements to redirect them to and focus attention on the BDS anti-Israel agenda.” Prof. Jacobson wrote on his blog at the Legal Insurrection website.

In the video above, which the anti-Israel organization Students for Justice in Palestine posted on its Facebook page, protesters can be heard repeatedly chanting “Trump! Obama! You will feel the Intifada!”

It is unknown why the protesters included President Obama in their chants.

The protesters also chanted “There is only one solution…intifada revolution,” at the rally in New York City on November 10.

“Intifada” refers to two violent conflicts between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. The Second Intifada in particular was marked by attacks on Jews of all ages, including small children and the elderly, which resulted in over 1,000 Jewish deaths, most of whom were civilians.

The protests against Trump’s election victory continue. A number of anti-Trump demonstrations have descended into violence, with Trump supporters being violently attacked and acts of vandalism and destruction of property recorded and caught on video.

Hate crimes against Muslims in America rise to slightly above zero

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The Muslims-are-victims propaganda mill that has been operating ever since 9/11/01 went into overdrive when Donald Trump won the presidential election. Not a day passes without a story about a young Muslim child being told that Donald Trump hates Muslims, so now their lives will be full of discrimination and hatred. Continuing with that theme, the media has breathlessly reported a 67% increase in hate crimes against Muslims in 2015. That’s a big increase! That probably means the absolute number of alleged hate crimes against Muslims in this nation of 330 millions must be some huge number, like… 50,000? 20,000? 10,000? At least 5,000?

257.

The total number of alleged hate crimes against all Americans was 5,818 in 2015. The 257 alleged hate crimes against Muslims was about 5% of the total.  95% of hate crimes were against other groups, especially Jews.

But the headlines at the New York Times was “Attacks on Muslim Americans Fuel Increase in Hate Crime, F.B.I. Says”, breathlessly focusing on less than 5% of all hate crimes, which in turn is far less than 1% of all crimes (I guess the other crimes, including rape and murder not motivated by bigotry, don’t count).

The fact is: there are still almost zero “hate crimes” against Muslims in America. America is the most tolerant country in the world. However, there are hate crimes committed by Muslims against other Americans, as the victims of the San Bernardino shootings, the Fort Hood shootings, the Boston Marathon bombings, the more recent Cascade Mall shooting, and more. But the Times article doesn’t focus on that kind of hate.

The truth is that the safest place in the world for Muslims is America (which is why so many Muslims want to emigrate here).  Muslims are slaughtering Muslims (and Christians, when they can find them) in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Nigeria, Libya, Lebanon, and Turkey, just to name a few. But the facts don’t fit at all with the media’s Islamophilia-driven obsession to paint Muslims as victims of intolerant Americans.

Ed Straker is the senior writer at NewsMachete.com.