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Google "betts putnam hidalgo jewish problem".
She doesn't like Israel, and picketed the Jewish Festival at a pre-school and community center to show her dislike.
Great ideas otherwise, but can't be trusted to represent Jewish students.
Mohyeddin Abdulaziz - thanks.
I respect your right to have your opinion.
Our desire as Jews is to have self-determination in our ancient homeland, in peace with our neighbors.
The same dream that every indigenous group around the world has.
Betts has supported those who wish to remove Jews from our ancient homeland, included working with those who deny or minimize the Holocaust and our ties to the land.
That's not acceptable in any candidate.
By the way - the people who defended Betts - the two who used their real names both have picketed the Jewish Community Center along with Betts. There are photos.
I worked there and I saw the crying Jewish preschool students wondering why "people hate us".
I can see that Betts asked all of her Women in Black friends and her anti-Israel Jewish friends to post in her defense, and to lie about me. Classic Trump tactics. Divert and disparage.
I am not pro-occupation, as Ms. Afek supposes, nor do I think Israel can do no wrong. In fact, I spearheaded an effort to for equal treatment of Israel's Bedouin communities in direct criticism of the Israeli government, I favor a 2-state solution which ends the tragic occupation of our Palestinian brothers and sisters, and I wholly support Jewish-Muslim-Christian reconciliation.
Sounds like Trump - facts don't matter.
The solution to the Israel-Palestine problem is not continued occupation and it's not for the end the Jewish autonomy in Israel. Both positions are abhorrent. At least one of your defenders has taken that position. I have taken neither. Your camp takes the latter.
Having a few radical Jewish friends who demonize Israel because it's not perfect does not make a person reasonable - it is self-hatred, sick and twisted.
Israel must be a pluralistic, multi-cultural society where Jews, Muslims and Christians live in peace.
Instead, Betts' friends take the Trump position of "wreck the whole thing if it's not perfect."
Betts, bringing out your anti-Israel Jewish friends to defend your "Jewish Problem" and to justify a view that is contradictory to 95% of Jews and 99% of Philosemitic Christians shows the kind of lack of balance that you could bring to the board.
Instead of defending your "Jewish Problem", you've doubled down on it in favor of radicalism.
I'll say it again. Betts could bring a lot to the board. But she doesn't seem to know how to serve all students.
By bringing a gang of anti-Israel Jews; it's like she brought Ben Carson to say what's wrong with #BLM instead of addressing the real problem of bad cops shooting black men.
Off Ox -
I challenge you to look at my sources and tell me what part of Betts' "Jewish Problem" you think is crackpot.
She's stood with a dude who minimizes or denies the Holocaust, and picketed a Jewish Festival and attended events which deny Israel's right to exist.
Based on that, can she represent all students, including Jews and Christians?
You're not arguing with me, you're arguing with the AJL, Jewish Virtual Library and Alan Dershowitz.
After Trump disappears, there will still be racists, liars and fear-mongers like him - on both sides. Let's figure out how to discern some truth.
My connection of Betts with Holocaust Deniers, Anti-Semites and Anti-Zionists is clearly documented in my sources.
I am not questioning her other qualifications. Betts has many great qualities, and could be a great board member for a district with no Jews, Israelis or Zionist Christians.
I am saying, these ties have EVERYTHING to do with TUSD, because Jewish students attend TUSD.
As we have gotten rid of the anti-black, and anti-Hispanic board members, we cannot replace them with people who will not treat Jewish, Zionist and Israeli students equally.
Your allegation "we've heard it all before" instead of an appeal to actual facts is exactly what the Trump supporters say.
As I say to the Trump supporters, "Hatred is hatred, facts are facts, past associations matter. Words matter."
Trump and Betts have been seen Jew-baiting and aligned with Holocaust-Deniers, anti-semites and liars.
Trumps' Jewish son-in-law doesn't mitigate that. Nor do Betts' good qualities.
Dear "Try Using Google".
Reading past the first few lines of his wikipedia entry one will find that Finkelstein (who Betts has aligned with) does indeed have parents who survived the Holocaust. He talks about them in his book "The Holocaust Industry", which led the Anti-Defamation league called him a "holocaust denier".
The debate in academia and the Jewish community is whether he denied the Holocaust outright, denied aspects of it, trivialized it, or minimized it.
Whether Finkelstein is a Holocaust Denier, or a "Holocaust Minimizer", "Holocaust Revisionist" or "Holocaust Trivializer." as is the position of the ADL, American Jewish Congress, Alan Dershowitz, and the Jewish Virtual Library, which writes:
"Whereas hard-core deniers posit that the Holocaust is fiction...Finkelstein accepts that the mass murders did occur, but then joins the deniers in claims that Jews are collectively abusing this history for evil purposes."
For more defenses of Finkelstein, you can visit David Dukes' website, which contains 10 articles that defend Finkelstein.
David Duke or 100 Jewish Organizations?
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