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Miriam Adelson urges young American Jews to ‘have more Jewish babies’ and ‘lobby governments’ for Israel

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Birthright, the program that brings young Jews to Israel for nothing, posted video of its bash in Jerusalem on June 27. The leading sponsors of the program spoke: Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam. Miriam said that she wanted the thousands of young Jews on the trip to “have more Jewish babies” because assimilation is “decimating the Diaspora,” then go back and “lobby governments” and “sway public opinion.”

Here are Sheldon Adelson’s comments on Korea:

I wasn’t born here here I wasn’t raised here, I didn’t serve in the army here. I did serve in the United States Army. I’m a veteran of the Korean war. Actually I hope Trump gets North and South Korea to finish the war. I feel as though I might be called back up. I fight enough. I don’t want to go back to Korea to fight. I want to go back to Korea to open up my business.

Adelson is one of Donald Trump’s biggest contributors, having given upwards of $25 million to the 2016 campaign. He owns casinos in Macau, China; Singapore, and Las Vegas.

Here are Miriam Adelson’s comments on the young American Jews being soldiers for Israel on campuses and street corners in the U.S., and lobbying governments too.

This is no mere summer vacation. This is Birthright Israel. Tha name refers to the biblical promise of Israel to our forefather Abraham and to his descendants the Jewish people. You have a chance to be a living bridge between the Diaspora and Zion, the Jewish homeland, with Jerusalem as its heart.

What you take away with you and how you pursue your lives as Jews and your ties with Israel will shape Jewish destiny. In many ways you have had it easier than earlier generations of young Jews who came to help Israel survive and flourish. But you face new challenges of your own. Assimilation is decimating the diaspora and Israel is under siege on campuses and street corners by those who would destroy it by delegitimizing it. It is up to you to become ambassadors for Israel, it is up to you to be our soldiers abroad, armed with love and knowledge and conviction, ready to lobby governments and sway public opinion in Israel’s favor.

It is also up to you to be more committed Jews. Birthright graduates are likelier to marry within the faith, to have more Jewish babies. Who knows, maybe some of you have already met your future spouse here. No. Look around. It’s not too late.

Friends, go out and make history. Do it for the future of the Jewish people in Israel and the Diaspora. And do it to honor those who came before you, who sacrificed and fought so you might be here, answering the call in Jerusalem, the beloved, eternal and indivisible capital of Israel.

Sheldon Adelson, 84, seconded his wife’s comments, then called on the Birthright participants to be ambassadors for Israel against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).

When you go back you are the ambassadors for Israel and you are the emissaries that fight here, that fight for us, here in Israel. BDS is trying to make headway on campuses all over the world. And we gotta fight back with them. They’re telling lies about things that are so far from the truth, like genocide and apartheid. There’s none of that here, absolutely none….

With 600,000 and 50,000 coming every year you guys will be the emissaries that tell the truth about what goes on here.

We’re the only democracy  in this entire section of the world. And the Arabs have a better living conditions here than they have in other countries. So remember when you go back and Israel needs some talking up. We need some help on the campuses. There’s a group I started called Campus Maccabees. We’re fighting against BDS and we could use your help.

Adelson gave $70 million to Birthright earlier this year. At that time, Michael Bloomberg gave the program $2 million.

At the Jerusalem bash on June 27, Charles Bronfman, 87, a co-founder of Birthright, denied that there’s a rift between American and Israeli Jews.

We have been told that there is a rift between Israel and Diaspora Jewry. The [unintelligible Hebrew] has exploded all those myths and instead all you folks from the army and all you folks from the Diaspora, have gotten together have become friends, and that’s what this is all about

Together we Jews can be a great force for good in the world. Let’s stay united, let’s be Israelis and Americans and everybody else and let’s all stay Jewish, god bless you all.

IfNotNow is mocking the Birthright gala for its explicitly political/military touches.

H/t Jonathan Ofir, IfNotNow. 






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  1. wondering jew on July 7, 2018, 1:20 pm

    Here’s an idea from a PEP (I prefer PEI, progressive except Israel):

    An advertising campaign to prepare Americans who support the Democratic Party, that they are going to have to pay to get their country back.

    Power to the People:
    Fact: The people do not elect the US president, the states do.
    Fact: Democrats have won the presidency 6 out of 7 times since 1992, if the popular vote would have counted. It does not. The states elect the president. And the states voted against the people 2 out of the last 7 times, so the democrats only won the presidency 4 out those 6 times that they won the vote.

    You are already paying tens of thousands in taxes, but it is the states (white, empty states like Montana and Wyoming) rather than the cities (crowded, cosmopolitan, like SF, LA, Chicago and NYC) that decide how to spend your taxes. If you spend tens of dollars every year supporting the democratic party we can take the country back, away from the states and give it back to the people.

    Power to the People.

    • wondering jew on July 8, 2018, 10:40 pm

      Rare is the Republican who openly confesses 6 out of 7 (presidential popular vote) defeats since 92.
      Rare is the Democrat who openly confesses the Democratic presidential nonvictory of the white vote since 1968. (Clinton in 96 tied Dole in the white vote.)

  2. Citizen on July 7, 2018, 3:51 pm

    So the Adelsons adore an Israeli Lebensborn and Lebensraum kind of state.

  3. Citizen on July 7, 2018, 3:56 pm

    Sheldon Adelson Still Targeting South Korea for Next Casino (2016) via @Casino_Org

    • echinococcus on July 7, 2018, 5:38 pm

      Thanks for the good news, Citizen. That’s the first reliable sign there won’t be war there.

  4. JLewisDickerson on July 7, 2018, 11:41 pm

    RE: “Sheldon Adelson urges Trump to make Korea deal so he can open a casino there”

    MY COMMENT: A plague is a plague is a plague, and Sheldon Adelson is one hell of a plague!


    RE: “I don’t want to go back to Korea to fight. I want to go back to Korea to open up my business.” ~ Adelson

    MY COMMENT: Why doesn’t Adelson use his standard ‘MO’ (Method of Operation), and just bribe the South Koreans to let him open a casino near Seoul or Busan?

    Oh, now I get it, he’d rather give the bribe money to the GOP.

    • annie on July 8, 2018, 12:30 am

      modus operandi

      • JLewisDickerson on July 8, 2018, 12:49 am

        Yes, thanks for the correction. My bad (let’s just call it a ‘senior moment’, with Pinot Gigio as a contributing factor)!

        Modus operandi
        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~
        (EXCERPT) A modus operandi (often shortened to M.O.) is someone’s habits of working, particularly in the context of business or criminal investigations, but also more generally. It is a Latin phrase, approximately translated as method or mode of operating.[1] . . .

      • JLewisDickerson on July 8, 2018, 1:27 am


  5. JLewisDickerson on July 8, 2018, 12:00 am

    P.S. SEE: “Israel’s sugar daddy, Sheldon Adelson” | by Brad A. Greenberg | | June 27, 2008

    [EXCERPT] . . . Adelson’s reach hasn’t been limited to charity. In fact, some say he uses money to meddle in Israeli politics, pushing a right-wing vision void of a peace process through his connections with American politicians—Bush called the Republican donor “some crazy Jewish billionaire”—and his free daily newspaper, Israel Hayom, which observers criticize as being stuffed with propaganda for Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

    At a formal dinner attended by more than a hundred senior officials of various Israeli and Jewish organizations, guests were offered the opportunity to tell Peres what they considered the biggest challenge facing the Jewish people. Adelson, according to Ha’aretz, declared, “I think Jews should have lots of sex. That is the solution to our demographic problem.”

    After Adelson addressed the conference, Nahum Barnea wrote in his column in Yedioth Ahronoth, “I saw a gambling tycoon from Las Vegas who bought my country’s birthday with three million dollars. I thought with sorrow: Is the country worth so very little? Were the champagne, wine and sushi that were given out for free in the lobby—breaking convention for such events—worth the humiliation?” Barnea went on:

    Adelson is a Jew who loves Israel. Like some other Jews who live at a safe distance from here, his love is great, passionate, smothering. It is important to him that he influences the policies, decisions, and compositions of the Israeli governments. He is not alone in this, either; even back in the days of Baron Rothschild, wealthy Jews from the Diaspora felt that this country lay in their pocket, alongside their wallet.

    Regrettably, in the latest generation, we are being led by politicians who look at these millionaires with calf’s eyes.

    In Israel, where political, academic, and business leaders tend to be outspoken, there is a striking reticence at the mention of Sheldon Adelson. Even people who are diametrically opposed to his politics refuse to be interviewed. “There is a discernible amount of self-censorship going on,” the liberal Israeli-American writer Bernard Avishai said. “There is no ideological justification for what Sheldon is doing among the Israeli intelligentsia—and a revulsion at an American weighing in so heavily on Israeli politics, in such a crude, reactionary way. But they won’t speak.”

    These details come from Connie Bruck’s masterful and revealing profile of Adelson for this week’s New Yorker. It’s been getting a lot of buzz for its insight into the mindset of a right-wing American Jew whose love for Israel spans from his Lithuanian father too poor to set foot there to his sabra wife. But what really shocked me was a portion a little closer to home for Adelson, whose non-union Venetian was in 1999 being picketed by the Culinary Union:

    Las Vegas’s Temple Beth Sholom was holding a dinner to fête the new mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman. Adelson, a member of Beth Sholom, had recently pledged two hundred and fifty thousand dollars to the temple’s new-building fund.

    The dinner was to be held at the Venetian, but Mayor Goodman said that he would not cross the picket line, and synagogue officials decided to go elsewhere. Adelson excoriated Beth Sholom’s rabbi, Felipe Goodman. Rabbi Goodman told the Review-Journal* that Adelson had been “so verbally abusive. I was very upset because no one had ever talked to me like he talked to me.” After the dinner took place at the Four Seasons, Adelson withdrew his pledge to Beth Sholom. He gave large sums to the local Chabad, a branch of the Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitchers, for the construction of a new center. . .

    INTERNET ARCHIVE (June 27, 2008) –

    • Marnie on July 8, 2018, 1:27 am

      “Adelson is a Jew who loves Israel. Like some other Jews who live at a safe distance from here, his love is great, passionate, smothering. ”

      It’s not love, it’s an obsession, a sick, all-consuming mental illness that feeds on an idea that’s BS to begin with which is a notion of being ‘chosen’. That chosenness has allowed unspeakable cruelty to occur in the name of the jewish people, by people who are mostly not religious at all, but 100% zionist. Lets call them what they are, zionist people, who have successfully stolen judaism from those who practice that faith in its purest form, to love our neighbor as ourselves, to help the helpless instead of abusing and misusing them and to see all humanity as children of god and that we are all equal. Sheldon Adelson is a tumor.

      • drhmay on July 9, 2018, 10:12 am

        He is passionate as you seem to be. Unfortunately your passion blinds you as much as you think he is.

      • Marnie on July 9, 2018, 11:30 am

        Oh yeah, passionate sheldon adelson, yikes, that’s an image I’d rather not have.
        I’m not passionate, I’m pissed, and my vision is just fine.

      • Misterioso on July 9, 2018, 3:19 pm

        @Peacedoc and Marnie

        It’s time to revisit the following video, etc., exposing fanatical Zionist and casino magnate, Sheldon Adelson’s role in bribing US politicians to kowtow to Israel. No doubt, Canadians will be interested in revelations revealed regarding his close friend, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s devotion to Israel:

        “The Godfather” – Canada’s CBC exposé on Sheldon Adelson’s influence on Trump, Harper, & Mideast policies” Provided by If Americans Knew

        “Prominent Canadian news broadcaster Wendy Mesley exposes the role of billionaire campaign donor Sheldon Adelson in getting the U.S. embassy moved to Jerusalem, Trump’s abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal, and both U.S. and Canadian politics in general.

        “Adelson, the tenth richest man in the world and the GOP’s largest donor, is known to use his money to influence policies on behalf of Israel.

        “After trump tore up the Iran agreement, Adelson donated an additional $30 million to the Republican party, possibly the single largest single donation in U.S. history.

        “Adelson also influenced former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who endorsed Trump’s embassy action and anti-Iran move.

        “Mesley interviews New York Times reporter Ken Vogel, who says that Adelson has private meetings at the White House with Trump, Vice President Pence, John Bolton, and others. Israel is at the heart of Adelson’s donations, who has been influenced by his Israeli wife. Vogel explains that Adelson is ‘the enforcer’ for Jewish American donors who give a lot of money to Republican politicians. People are afraid to cross him.

        “The report was broadcast on CBC’s news program “The Weekly with Wendy Mesley” on May 20, 2018.

        “See a related video about Adelson: “Sheldon Adelson regrets having worn an American uniform rather than an Israeli one”


      • Marnie on July 10, 2018, 12:20 am

        Misterioso – thanks for the video. It makes it easier to see why repubes are always grinning; not only have they destroyed the party of Lincoln, they’re destroying the world. Eh, it’s a job. Miriam should have that space-occupying lesion checked, oh, that’s just shelly.

      • JLewisDickerson on July 10, 2018, 5:01 am

        ▣ The Rise of the Oligarchs | Empire

        Al Jazeera English
        Published on May 25, 2014

        Wealth inequality has risen to stratospheric heights. The statistics, the real statistics, sound like fragments spun off from a madman’s dream.

        Eighty-five people have as much money as three and a half billion other people. Look at it like this: 85 people = 3,500,000,000 people.

        Forbes Magazine, which used to gleefully refer to itself as a “capitalist tool,” creates an annual list of the richest 400 people in the world. Ten years ago, their combined wealth was $1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars). Now, after a world wide crash and all sort of bailouts, their combined worth is $2,000,000,000,000. They have doubled their money. How have you done?

        Did their money come to them because the magic of the market realised how ultra-special talented they were? Or because of power? Manipulating laws, buying politicians, even taking over governments. Has the power of money in the United States grown so great that democracy is just a charade? A large, frenetic, incredibly expensive one, but still, just play-acting and a dumb show for the public?

        While all the real decisions come from a small group of the ultra-wealthy, to some degree very consciously, but to an even larger degree by the sheer weight of their incredible wealth, the Oligarchs.

        That much money, it has to be about power.

    • lagavulin on July 9, 2018, 8:14 am

      JLD, I enjoyed the videos you posted about Topo Gigio. However if you had read the label on the bottle of wine more carefully, you’d have noticed that the name is Pinot Grigio, not Gigio. That is Italian for Grey Pinot. Nothing to invalidate your arguments about Sheldon Adelson, mind you :-)

      • gamal on July 9, 2018, 9:54 am

        ” the name is”

        Lag a’ Mhuilin, hollow of the mill, in fact.

      • JLewisDickerson on July 10, 2018, 5:26 am

        Shhhhhhh, just play along!
        Despite knowing precious little Italian, I drink enough wine to know (with the help of Google Translate) that grigio means grey (and pinot means grape). My feigning confusion of Grigio and Gigio was a wee bit of a running joke (of sorts) that I used as an excuse to post the otherwise completely irrelevant Topo Gigio videos.
        Now, whatever you do, please, please, please don’t get me started on the Hokey Pokey. We would all very much regret it.
        HOKEY POKEY –

      • Tuyzentfloot on July 10, 2018, 10:00 am

        Pinot means pine tree (because of the shape of the grape clusters). Given that pine trees are the erasers in the zionist enterprise(through the JNF), the grape is appropriate in some odd sense.

    • drhmay on July 9, 2018, 10:10 am

      So what. Money talks all across America.

  6. JLewisDickerson on July 8, 2018, 12:05 am

    P.P.S. ALSO SEE: “Why GOP Mega-Donor Sheldon Adelson Is Mad, Bad and a Danger to the Republic”, By Rick Perlstein, Rolling Stone, 4/10/12

    [EXCERPTS] . . . Adelson’s anti-union mania (I would argue) is the most important thing to know about him. For it reveals just how crazy, and how unscrupulous, the man is.

    Let’s start at the very beginning. Adelson remembers meeting Gingrich in Washington in 1995, when Gingrich was House Speaker and Adelson was lobbying to get the U.S. embassy in Israel moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Other reports have them being introduced in 1996 by a far-right anti-union operative in Nevada who worked for Adelson. Details of the subsequent courtship are murky, although the huge favor Gingrich did for Adelson in 1996 by turning off a federal investigation of the gambling industry probably did a lot to cement their friendship.

    Two years later, Nevada conservatives sponsored a “Paycheck Protection” ballot initiative – the right-wing term for measures weakening unions by banning them from automatically deducting dues from members’ pay. Adelson was gung-ho for it – and “would spend any amount of money,” D. Taylor, secretary-treasurer of Las Vegas’s Culinary Workers Union Local 226, told me . . .

    . . . In 1999, Adelson closed one casino, the Sands, and completed work on a new one, the Venetian, stiffing so many contractors that there were at one time 366 liens against the property. Taylor, of the Culinary Workers, said he and his colleagues presumed that “like every other casino that had done that, workers in the [closed] hotel would be given priority when the [new] hotel was built.” Instead, Adelson refused even to talk. All this, in a union town like Vegas, was unprecedented. “Even when you’re having battles, you continue to have talks. Shit, we’re talking to the North Koreans right now!” he told me. “The Israelis talk to the Arabs. Talking doesn’t necessarily solve anything, but at least you understand the other guy’s position.” Adelson, not much interested in understanding the other guy’s position, proceeded to launch a campaign against the Culinary Workers that Taylor calls “beyond aggressive.”

    Right before the grand opening of the Venetian, in 1999, the Culinary Workers staged a demonstration on the public sidewalk out front. Adelson told the cops to start making arrests; the cops refused. Glen Arnodo, an official at the union at the time, relates what happened next: “I was standing on the sidewalk and they had two security guards say I was on private property, and if I didn’t move they’d have to put me under ‘citizen’s arrest.’ I ignored them.” The guards once again told the police to arrest Arnodo and again, he says, they refused. The Civil Rights hero Rep. John Lewis, in town to support the rally, said the whole thing reminded him of living in the South during Jim Crow. . .

    . . . Did I mention Adelson is nuts? But don’t take my word for it – it was George W. Bush who called him “some crazy Jewish billionaire.” . . .


  7. JLewisDickerson on July 8, 2018, 12:43 am

    RE: “Adelson is one of Donald Trump’s biggest contributors, having given upwards of $25 million to the 2016 campaign.” ~ Weiss

    SEE: “Trump’s top donors: Where are they now?” | by Megan Janetsky | | January 18, 2018

    (EXCERPT) One year ago, President Donald Trump’s inauguration broke records – not in turnout, but in inaugural donations.

    Trump pulled in $107 million in individual contributions, nearly doubling President Barack Obama’s 2009 record of $53 million. With the donations came a set of perks for top donors – “intimate” dinners with Vice President Mike Pence; exclusive luncheons with Cabinet appointees and congressional leaders; tickets to inaugural balls, dinners and luncheons with appearances by Trump.

    The money came flooding in from corporate executives, owners of U.S. sports teams and other wealthy benefactors. And this year, some came calling back.

    The Center for Responsive Politics assessed Trump’s relationships with his top donors a year after the January 20, 2017 inauguration. Some now hold ambassador positions while others have developed close relationships with the administration.

    • Inaugural donors

    Chief among the top donors was Sheldon Adelson, a GOP megadonor and CEO of the largest casino company in the United States, Las Vegas Sands Corp. He doled out $5 million for Trump’s inauguration fund.

    The donation was not only Trump’s largest inaugural contribution, but the largest individual donation made to any presidential inaugural committee. He and his wife, Miriam Adelson, also donated nearly $83 million to Republicans in the 2016 election.

    In the past year Adelson has pressed Trump to follow through on his campaign pledge to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a move Trump announced in December.

    “The Adelsons reportedly have been disappointed in Trump’s failure to keep a campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on his first day in office,” wrote the Las Vegas Review-Journal after Adelson’s October meeting with Trump. The paper is owned by the Adelson family.

    (Home Depot CEO Bernie Marcus, who donated $7 million to Trump’s campaign effort but was not an inaugural donor, also has a vested interest in the region as founder of the Israel Democracy Institute).

    But he is not the only inaugural donor who may have turned his contribution into special access to the administration.

    In April, coal baron Robert Murray, who donated $300,000 to the inauguration, gave Trump a detailed to-do list of environmental rollbacks, according to The New York Times. Since then, the administration is on track to check off most of Murray’s wish list. . .


    • JLewisDickerson on July 8, 2018, 1:52 am

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “What Did Sheldon Adelson Get for His $200 Million?” | By Christopher Palmeri | | July 12, 2017
      The casino owner is still looking for a return on his big political donations

      (EXCERPT) Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate, has spent more than $200 million in the past few years championing GOP candidates and conservative causes. With Republicans controlling Congress and a former casino owner in the White House, Adelson, the founder of Las Vegas Sands Corp., should be getting everything he wants. But things aren’t working out that way.

      The son of a cab driver, Adelson, who’s worth $33 billion, campaigned for an NFL stadium in his hometown, Las Vegas, only to be squeezed out of the deal by the owners of the Oakland Raiders in January. He spent $12 million fighting marijuana legalization in the past year but lost in three of the four states where he campaigned, including Nevada.

      One of his most high-profile efforts, to ban online gambling nationally, also faces hurdles. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican congressman from Utah who sponsored Adelson-endorsed legislation to outlaw internet betting in 2014 and 2015, has left politics. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who’s said he’s sympathetic to Adelson’s position, recused himself from the issue after hiring an Adelson lobby­ist as his attorney in connection with the Russia probes in June. Online gambling hasn’t expanded since Adelson started fighting it four years ago, but several states are considering legalizing it, including Pennsylvania. Legislators in the statehouse there have approved early versions of an online-betting bill, yet it’s unclear whether it will be part of a final budget.

      Even President Trump seems to have disappointed him, reversing course on a pledge to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, a big cause for the staunchly pro-Israel Adelson. “He’s spent a lot of money that has not born a big return on investment,” says Jon Ralston, a longtime political commentator and editor of the Nevada Independent website. “He’s much smarter about casinos than he is about campaigns.”

      Adelson’s contributions have secured him a direct line to Republican officials, including Trump. He dined at the White House in February, a day before he and other business leaders met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Adelson is among those hoping to build a resort in Japan, where casinos were recently legalized. A spokesman says Adelson is “very happy with Trump in the White House.”

      Adelson, 83, runs a fairly lean political operation. He and his wife, Miriam, an Israeli native, make all the decisions about whom or what to back, with some advice from Andy Abboud, Sands’ longtime head of government relations. The Adelsons choose causes that are close to their hearts. The billionaire has sought legislation to outlaw online gambling, he’s said, because his father was a compulsive gambler and it’s easier to spot compulsive behavior—­and intervene—in a casino than it is online. The Adelsons have fought marijuana legalization in part because Miriam, a physician who runs drug addiction clinics in Las Vegas and Tel Aviv, believes it will exacerbate America’s substance abuse problem.

      Politicians are starting to pay a price for their ties with Adelson. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under investigation at home for trying to negotiate better coverage from a Tel Aviv news­paper in exchange for reducing the circulation of a rival publication owned by the Adelson family. Netanyahu, who maintains he did nothing improper, allegedly said he’d be able to smooth things over with Adelson. Although he’s not a target of the investigation, Adelson has been interviewed twice in the past three months by investigators in Israel. According to local news reports, he testified that he and his wife knew nothing about the deal and that they’re upset about it. . .


    • JLewisDickerson on July 9, 2018, 12:01 am

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      The US delegation to the World Health Assembly in Geneva reportedly deployed heavy-handed measures to browbeat nations into backing off the resolution. . .

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  8. JaapBo on July 8, 2018, 5:21 am

    The concept of “Birthright” is a deeply racist conept. It assumes that a Jew from anywhere in the world has a higher right to live in the Holy Land than an indigenous Palestinian.
    In fact, this same concept is the root of Zionisms racism.

    • drhmay on July 9, 2018, 10:22 am

      Sorry but you’re dead wrong. Birthright gives young Jews a chance to visit Israel and decide for themselves if they feel a connection to the Jewish ancestral homeland. If you want to address racism ask the PA and Hamas why Jews are excluded from the areas they control. Oh. And did you know there are 2,000,000 Arabs living in Israel?

      • eljay on July 9, 2018, 11:26 am

        || Peacedoc: Sorry but you’re dead wrong. Birthright gives young Jews a chance to visit Israel and decide for themselves if they feel a connection to the Jewish ancestral homeland. … ||

        Israel is not the “ancestral homeland” (or “historic homeland” or “ancient homeland” or “one true homeland”) of people all over the world – citizens of homelands all over the world – who choose to embrace the religion-based identity of “Jewish”.

        Israel is the actual homeland of every non-Jewish and Jewish person living in or up to n-generations removed from the geographic region it comprises.

        Birthright operates under the Jewish supremacist (Zionist) notion that the religion-based identity of Jewish grants to those who choose to hold it the right to Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine.

        JaapBo is pretty much dead right.

      • John O on July 9, 2018, 12:22 pm

        Then why call it “Birthright”? Indeed, why organize such trips at all if you don’t expect a return on your investment?

      • annie on July 9, 2018, 12:28 pm

        ask the PA and Hamas why Jews are excluded from the areas they control.

        if the PA and hamas are were in control the blockade would not exist, nor the occupation. that said, it’s not true jews are excluded from gaza or the west bank. i was on a delegation to gaza of at least 60 people that was likely at least 30% jewish. i don’t think they even asked if people were jewish. it wasn’t until we entered israel we were required to identify as affiliated with a religion (of which i am not a part of but they would not take “none” for an answer and after many questions assigned me as “christian”). so this allegation of yours is patently false (“dead wrong”).

      • Misterioso on July 9, 2018, 3:08 pm


        “If you want to address racism ask the PA and Hamas why Jews are excluded from the areas they control. Oh. And did you know there are 2,000,000 Arabs living in Israel?”

        We don’t have to ask PA and Hamas “why Jews are excluded from the areas they control.”
        The reason is patently obvious to anyone with an IQ over room temperature. However, the Palestinian leadership has declared that when Palestinians have an independent, contiguous state based on the 1949 armistice lines, Jews will be welcome to live amongst them if they take out citizenship and abide by its laws.

        Yes, we know that about “2,000,000 Arabs” live in the entity known as “Israel,” i.e., west of the green line. They real question is HOW DO THEY LIVE?

        The entity known as “Israel,” i.e., west of the green line, is and always has been an ethnocracy, i.e., a political structure in which the state apparatus is appropriated by a dominant ethnic group to further its interests, power and resources. In short, apartheid.

        To wit:
        Hendrik Verwoerd, then prime minister of South Africa and the architect of South Africa’s apartheid policies, 1961: “Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state.” (Rand Daily Mail, November 23, 1961)

        Jacobus Johannes Fouché, South African Minister of Defence during the apartheid era, compared the two states and said that Israel also practiced apartheid. (Gideon Shimoni (1980). Jews and Zionism: The South African Experience 1910-1967. Cape Town: Oxford UP. pp. 310–336. ISBN 0195701798.

        “Former Foreign Ministry director-general invokes South Africa comparisons. ‘Joint Israel-West Bank’ reality is an apartheid state”
        EXCERPT: “Similarities between the ‘original apartheid’ as it was practiced in South Africa and the situation in ISRAEL [my emphasis] and the West Bank today ‘scream to the heavens,’ added [Alon] Liel, who was Israel’s ambassador in Pretoria from 1992 to 1994. There can be little doubt that the suffering of Palestinians is not less intense than that of blacks during apartheid-era South Africa, he asserted.” (Times of Israel, February 21, 2013)

        Video: Israeli TV Host Implores Israelis: Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid

        In its 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, published in 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor acknowledges the “institutional and societal discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel.” (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor)

        “Construction, Not Destruction”
        “While Israeli Arabs constitute 20 percent of the population, Arab communities’ jurisdictions occupy just 2.5 percent of the state’s land area, and the process of approving new construction in Arab towns takes decades.” (Haaretz Editorial, April 4, 2017)

        One example of apartheid within Israel:
        “Jewish town won’t let Arab build home on his own land ”
        Excerpt: “Aadel Suad first came to the planning and construction committee of the Misgav Local Council in 1997. Suad, an educator, was seeking a construction permit to build a home on a plot of land he owns in the community of Mitzpeh Kamon. The reply he got, from a senior official on the committee, was a memorable one. ‘Don’t waste your time,’ he reportedly told Suad. ‘We’ll keep you waiting for 30 years.’” (Haaretz, 14 December 2009)

        Adi Ophir, professor of philosophy, Tel Aviv University: “…the adoption of the political forms of an ethnocentric and racist nation-state in general, are turning Israel into the most dangerous place in the world for the humanity and morality of the Jewish community, for the continuity of Jewish cultures and perhaps for Jewish existence itself.” (1998 issue of “Theory and Criticism,” published in Israel)

        Ilan Pappe, then professor of political science at Haifa University: “[Israel’s] political system [is] exclusionary, a pro forma democracy – going through the motions of democratic rule but essentially being akin to apartheid or Herenvolk (‘master race’) democracy.” (“Jerusalem Report,” Feb. 14/2000)

        Ronnie Kasrils, a key player in the struggle against the former South African apartheid regime, minister for intelligence and a devout Jew: “The Palestinian minority in Israel has for decades been denied basic equality in health, education, housing and land possession, solely because it is not Jewish. The fact that this minority is allowed to vote hardly redresses the rampant injustice in all other basic human rights. They are excluded from the very definition of the ‘Jewish state’, and have virtually no influence on the laws, or political, social and economic policies. Hence, their similarity to the black South Africans [under apartheid].” (The Guardian, 25 May 2005)

        Shlomo Gazit, retired IDF Major General: “[Israel’s] legal system that enforces the law in a discriminatory way on the basis of national identity, is actually maintaining an apartheid regime.” (Haaretz, July 19, 2011)

        The entity known as “Israel” differentiates between citizenship and nationality, i.e., “Israeli” nationality does not exist, only Jews and non-Jews, and each citizen carries an appropriate identity card. While the implications of this absurdity for discrimination and racism against non-Jews are obvious, it has been upheld by Israel’s Supreme Court.

        It’s blatantly racist “Citizenship Law,” and more than fifty other restrictions Arab citizens have to endure is well expressed by writer and Knesset member, Ahmed Tibi, “…dutifully defining the state [of Israel] as ‘Jewish and democratic,’ ignores the fact that in practice ‘democratic’ refers to Jews, and the Arabs are nothing more than citizens without citizenship.” (Ma’ariv, 1.6.2005)

        (Nor, for the record, should we forget the horrors the entity known as “Israel” inflicts on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem as well as the Gaza Strip or the fact it is illegally and belligerently occupying Syria’s Golan Heights as well as Lebanon’s Shebaa Farms/Kfarshuba hills, seized during the war it launched on 5 June 1967.)

      • Talkback on July 9, 2018, 4:28 pm

        Peacedoc: “ask the PA and Hamas why Jews are excluded from the areas they control”

        Almost all of them are Israelis, especially illegal settlers in the Westbank and those who were moved from Gaza. No?

        Peacedoc: “And did you know there are 2,000,000 Arabs living in Israel?”

        And did you know that Israel keeps more than then three times as much expelled, denationalized and therefore without a right to vote only to maintain Jewish dominance? That’s full bore Apartheid according to the Crime of Apartheid as defined in international law.

      • RoHa on July 10, 2018, 12:57 am

        “And did you know there are 2,000,000 Arabs living in Israel?”

        Yes. You can read about them here.

  9. Citizen on July 8, 2018, 4:28 pm

    Similar to the philosophy behind the Nazi Lebensborn concept.

  10. gamal on July 9, 2018, 10:21 am

    “Adelson gave $70 million to Birthright earlier this year. At that time, Michael Bloomberg gave the program $2 million”

    as King Kong (the great soundman not the enormous gorilla) sings “dem a pree the money and dem na pree the flock” and “me na see not justice inna dat”.

    pree to check out to fixate on…etc

  11. Mooser on July 9, 2018, 12:44 pm

    Who knows? Maybe all those Adelsons and Herzogs can convince non-Jews to stop assimilating us.

    Perhaps the Adelsons and Herzogs will tell us which model of an unassimilated people they would prefer for us, selecting from the available models.

    Or is there some sui generis never-before-seen category for unassimilated Jews in which we are unassimilated into an elite? Let’s pin our hopes on that!

  12. Ossinev on July 9, 2018, 1:41 pm


    “Perhaps the Adelsons and Herzogs will tell us which model of an unassimilated people they would prefer for us, selecting from the available models”

    Sounds like a game of gene pool.

  13. James Canning on July 9, 2018, 6:03 pm

    Sheldon Adelson and his wife are fanatically hostile toward the Palestinians, and apparently ardently oppose marriages between Jews and non-Jews. “Assimilation is decimating the diaspora”! Rubbish.

    • Mooser on July 9, 2018, 8:55 pm

      And Adelson is going about it backwards, too. His only chance of success lies in talking to non-Jews, and giving them reasons why they shouldn’t assimilate us or marry us.

  14. Ossinev on July 10, 2018, 9:25 am

    “His only chance of success lies in talking to non-Jews, and giving them reasons why they shouldn’t assimilate us or marry us”

    By “reasons” I take it that you mean money aka bribes. Or perhaps a free lifetime supply of hair colourant.

    As for his stance on “assimilation” I find it curious that his Wikipedia history refers to him having a father with Ukrainian Jewish/ Lithuanian Jewish ancestry and a mother who is simply described as “nee Tonkin” and having “immigrated from England” with one of his grandfathers apparently having been a “Welsh coal miner”. No reference to her or her family having Jewish ancestry.
    Very interesting. It sounds as if his mother may not in fact have been Jewish and either converted or remained non – Jewish. If that is the case then given Orthodox Judaism`s de rigour matrilineal doctrine it would make him at best a “lower caste” Jew and he can`t buy his way out of that one?

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