Palestinian Leader in Miami Boasts about ‘Conquering’ American Jews

“Praise be to God, each day we conquer the American Jews like our conquests over the Jews of Israel. Your brother, Sofian”

One should know several things about “Brother Sofian”: his full name is Sofian Zakkout; he is a Palestinian “proudly born in Gaza”; he lives in Florida; and – despite the outrageous statement above and others like them, the organization he runs is funded by agencies of the U.S. government and has excellent relations with a range of Jewish organizations.

via Palestinian Leader in Miami Boasts about ‘Conquering’ American Jews.

Screenshot of Sofian Zakkout’s Facebook post from August 10, 2014, included in Arabic is that America “was contaminated by the Jews.” Among the images featured in the post are a terrorist press conference and a map that eliminates the Jewish State of Israel.

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Sloganeering versus Serious Thinking

By Don Boudreaux

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Here’s a letter to a correspondent:

Mr. Joshua Holman

Mr. Holman:

Upset by my “Notable & Quotable” in today’s Wall Street Journal, you ask if I can “really be so clueless to not know the commonsense meaning of sustainability.” You then baselessly accuse me of being “paid by the Kochs to emit word pollution” to “block the work of the many activists struggling to save our planet from over use, exploitation and destruction.”

Here’s a quiz: Who wrote the following? “It is very hard to be against sustainability. In fact, the less you know about it, the better it sounds. That is true of lots of ideas. The questions that come to be connected with sustainable development or sustainable growth or just sustainability are genuine and deeply felt and very complex. The combination of deep feeling and complexity breeds buzzwords, and sustainability has certainly become a buzzword.”

a) me
b) Ronald Reagan
c) George Will
d) John Stossel
e) Milton Friedman
f) Robert Solow

The correct answer is “f,” Robert Solow* – a distinctly Progressive Nobel laureate economist at M.I.T. who nevertheless, by your logic, must have been paid by “corporate polluters” to “discredit the sustainability movement.”

You describe yourself as an “informed and involved college junior.” I don’t doubt that you’re involved. But I beg you – sincerely – to consider the possibility that your information is not as full and free of error as you now suppose it to be. Reality cannot be grasped, and it certainly cannot be improved, with slogans.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

* Robert M. Solow, “Sustainability: An Economist’s Perspective” (a lecture delivered at Woods Hole, MA, on June 14, 1991).

(I thank Bill Workman for the pointer to Solow’s thoughtful essay.)

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South Carolina mother arrested for cussing in front of her kids

By Site Staff

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Danielle Wolf says she grew upset when the frozen pizzas in her cart smashed her loaves of bread. (Source: WJBF)

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC — A woman was handcuffed and taken to jail when she was accused of using prohibited language in a grocery store.

Danielle Wolf, a 22-year-old mother of two, admits to getting frustrated while shopping on August 10th, 2014.

She admits that when her husband piled frozen pizzas on top of the loaves of bread in her shopping cart, she told him to “stop squishing the f***ing bread.”

But a busybody eyewitness thought the language was inappropriate. Wolf claims the female witness confronted her, and then phoned police.

“She’s like, ‘You used the F-word,’” Mrs. Wolf told WJBF.

North August Police Officer Travis A. Smith arrived at the Kroger grocery store and arrested the mom.

“He was like, ‘You’re under arrest’… right in front of kids, in front of my husband, in front of customers,” Mrs. Wolf told WJBF of the officer who approached her in the store.

“I didn’t harm nobody. I didn’t hurt nobody,” Mrs. Wolf said. “The lady said she was having a bad day. So, because you’re having a bad day you’re going to ruin somebody’s life.”

Danielle Wolf was handcuffed, placed in a police car, and taken to a local jail. Facing disorderly conduct charges, she is due in court in September.

The North August city Code of Ordinances defines disorderly conduct (Sec. 16-84) as “riotous conduct of any kind,” to “cry out in a noisy, scandalous, or abusive manner” in a public place, or to “utter, while in a state of anger, in the presence of another, any bawdy, lewd, or obscene words or epithets.”

The city’s prohibition of speech and the vaguely drawn ordinance allows police officers an excessively broad discretion in making arrests under this dubious, catch-all offense. If the ostensible reason for the law is to protect children, one might weigh the fact that watching their mother dragged away in shackles might be more traumatic than hearing an arbitrarily frowned-upon word.

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Wrongfully arrested man charged for getting blood on cops’ uniforms

By Walter Olson

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Michael Daly at The Daily Beast has the flabbergasting story of Henry Davis, who was picked up by cops “for an outstanding warrant that proved to actually be for another man of the same surname, but a different middle name and Social Security number,” then beaten by several officers at the station. What happened next was truly surreal: while denying that Davis had been seriously hurt at all, though a CAT scan found he had suffered a concussion and a contemporaneous photo shows him bleeding heavily, four police officers sought to have him charged for property damage for getting blood on their uniforms. The story emerged in part through contradictions in sworn testimony. Moreover, it developed that the department did not have a practice of placing incident reports of this sort in the officers’ personnel files, making it impossible to know how often individual officers had been involved in allegations of excessive force.

The kicker: the police department was that of Ferguson, Missouri.

Earlier on petty fines and charges as an abusive element in law enforcement. More on the Davis case from Kevin at Lowering the Bar.

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BBC interviewee admits intimidation of journalists in Gaza

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Courtesy of MEMRI we learn that Hamas spokesperson (or “Director of Foreign Affairs at the Palestinian Government Information Office” as she has been described by the BBC in the past) Isra Almodallal appeared on the Lebanese TV station Al Mayadeen on August 14th. In that interview Almodallal described how Hamas intimidated members of the foreign press who reported the ‘wrong’ message.

“…[she] complained that “the coverage by foreign journalists in the Gaza Strip was insignificant compared to their coverage within the Israeli occupation (Israel).”

“Moreover,” she said, “the journalists who entered Gaza were fixated on the notion of peace and on the Israeli narrative.” She asserted that the foreign press was focused “on filming the places from where missiles were launched. Thus, they were collaborating with the occupation.”

“These journalists were deported from the Gaza Strip,” al-Mudallal said. “The security agencies would go and have a chat with these people. They would give them some time to change their message, one way or another.

“We suffered from this problem very much,” she added. “Some of the journalists who entered the Gaza Strip were under security surveillance. Even under these difficult circumstances, we managed to reach them, and tell them that what they were doing was anything but professional journalism and that it was immoral.” “

Readers may recall that just a week prior to the commencement of Operation Protective Edge, the BBC World Service saw fit to give Isra Almodallal an unchallenged platform from which to promote the theory that “Israel is looking for excuses to punish Hamas” and additional propaganda.

Seeing as none of the BBC’s journalists working in the Gaza Strip has stated otherwise, it seems safe to assume that they were not among those reporters with which the “security agencies” in the Gaza Strip “would go and have a chat”. Apparently Ms Almodallal and her team are quite satisfied with the BBC’s level of “professional journalism”.

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