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Jewish Orgs Roiled Over Trump’s Meeting with Kanye West & Nick Fuentes; Call for Former Pres to Condemn Both as “Jew Haters”  

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By: Fern Sidman

Since the news emerged over the weekend concerning the now infamous meeting that former President Donald Trump held at this Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida with disgraced rapper Kanye West,  and the avowed holocaust denying, white supremacist, Jew-hater Nick Fuentes, condemnations of all stripes have been flowing in.

Over the past few weeks, Kanye West, now referred to as “Ye,” has spread antisemitic conspiracy theories and tropes to his many followers and West’s tirades have incited other antisemitic acts in Los Angeles and Jacksonville, Florida. Nick Fuentes is an alt-right media personality who espouses white supremacism and denies the Holocaust. Since 2017, he has been hosting a livestream show called America First, where he regularly spouts dangerous and bigoted views.

Early last month, West announced that he would go “death con 3 on Jewish people.” Twitter removed his hateful tweet, and over a dozen companies with which West was working with severed their contractual ties with the rapper after he adamantly refused to apologize or rescind his odious remarks.

While politics makes strange bedfellows, many are in a quandary as to why West brought Fuentes to the former president’s estate. After all, Fuentes, is an equal opportunity hater and his racist credentials indicate that his distaste for blacks is right up there on top of his priority list. One can only surmise that the common denominator between West and Fuentes is that they share a palpable opprobrium for Jews.

The problem here is Trump’s involvement with both of them. As the former president’s political alliances continue to rapidly evaporate before his very eyes and others have made it abundantly clear that they are distancing themselves from him, including his daughter Ivanka who has voiced her wish not to be an active participant in his presidential campaign, Trump is now grasping for straws.  It appears that just about anyone who gushes over him, especially on prime time television, as did West, is indeed a true friend and is now eligible to be invited to his home to dine with.

For Trump to have allowed West to bring the White Supremacist, Holocaust denier and all around vile Jew hater, Fuentes, with him places Trump in the kind of public relations nightmare that is almost impossible to wake up from.

Israel National News reported that former US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman responded to former Trump’s meeting with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and rapper Kanye West.

“To my friend Donald Trump, you are better than this,” Friedman wrote. “Even a social visit from an antisemite like Kanye West and human scum like Nick Fuentes is unacceptable. I urge you to throw those bums out, disavow them and relegate them to the dustbin of history where they belong.”

INN reported that he added: “I condemned Barak Obama associating with Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright.” the former Ambassador added. “This is no different. Antisemites deserve no quarter among American leaders, right or left.”

As was mentioned, the strongly worded condemnations of Trump from Jewish organizations that have previously thrown their support behind him have been issued to the media.

Recently, the Zionist Organization of America feted Trump with their auspicious Theodore Herzl medallion at their gala dinner in Manhattan.  It now appears that they have some strong differences with the president they once lauded for being incredibly pro-Israel while in office.

This is what the ZOA said:

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein, a child of holocaust survivors, released the following statement:

“We must never ignore the vile poison of anti-Semitism, or those who spread its venomous creed. With one voice, we must confront this hatred anywhere and everywhere it occurs.”

– Pres. Donald Trump, State of the Union Address, Feb. 5, 2019

President Trump’s stirring call to the entire nation, during his 2019 State of the Union Address, to confront the vile poison of antisemitism anywhere and everywhere it occurs, and to condemn those who spread this venom, was the clearest statement ever made by a U.S. president about what we need to do to stop the dangerous horrors of Jew-hatred.

The Zionist Organization of America calls upon President Trump to live up to his own powerful words, to condemn in the strongest possible terms Jew-hater Kanye West and avowed holocaust denying, white supremacist, Jew-hater Nick Fuentes. ZOA deplores the fact that President Trump had a friendly dinner with such vile antisemites. His dining with Jew-haters helps legitimize and mainstream antisemitism and must be condemned by everyone.

It is particularly incumbent on America’s influential ex-presidents to confront and condemn the antisemites who are spreading Jew-hatred throughout our country now. Therefore, ZOA also demands former Presidents Clinton and Obama condemn avowed antisemite Louis Farrakhan, the source of much of Kanye West’s and other Jew-haters’ bile. President Obama must finally come clean about the infamous 2005 photo of him and vicious antisemite Farrakhan standing together smiling from ear to ear and his helping organize Farrakhan’s major march on Washington. President Clinton must denounce Farrakhan, after sharing a stage with him and smilingly shaking his hand at Aretha Franklin’s funeral in 2018.

ZOA also demands that President Biden publicly condemn overt Jew-haters Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, AOC, Betty McCollum, Cori Bush, Jamaal Bowman, Ayanna Pressley, and others.

Not only has Pres. Biden not condemned these antisemites, but he actually praised Rashida Tlaib in May 2021 by saying, “Rashida, I want to say to you that I admire your intellect, I admire your passion, and I admire your concern for so many people. You are a fighter, and G-d thank you for being a fighter.” Biden must retract this phrase and apologize for it.

We also criticize Biden’s Secretary of State Blinken for honoring and elevating overt, Jew-hating Israel-basher, Rep. Ilhan Omar, by bringing her with him to the World Cup soccer tournament in Qatar this week. It should not surprise us, since Blinken apologized to Jew-hating Israel-basher Linda Sarsour after Biden aides criticized her. He should also apologize for these actions.

“President Trump must not sully his extraordinary presidential record of pro-Israel actions and combating antisemitism on college campuses and elsewhere by failing to clearly condemn vile antisemites Kanye West and Nick Fuentes,” stated ZOA National President Morton A. Klein. “I, who was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany, lost almost my entire family who were murdered during Hitler’s holocaust. My parents, both Holocaust survivors, Sarah of Poland and Rabbi Herman Klein of Czechoslovakia—who lost his first family to Hitler’s evil—would have demanded this statement of me and ZOA as history demands that all people of good faith denounce Jew-hatred.”

Also on Monday, the Coalition of Jewish Values said in a statement released to the media that they have called upon Trump to “repudiate the antisemitic rhetoric of two leading purveyors of antisemitism, Kanye West and Nick Fuentes.”

“A former President does not enjoy the luxury of meeting over dinner with any oddball,” said CJV Vice President Rabbi Dov Fischer, “especially when that fool is a self-declared hater. It was wrong for former President Obama to affiliate with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan. It is wrong for President Biden to praise Jew-hater Rashida Tlaib and fail to exert his leadership to rein in the Jew-hatred of Ilhan Omar. And it is wrong when President Trump breaks bread with such individuals.”

The CJV underscored that West himself should not have been admitted to Trump’s estate without clear repudiation of his own antisemitic statements.

“It’s contradictory that former President Trump, who has done so much for the State of Israel and for the Jewish community, would meet with someone who has expressed open hostility against the Jewish people,” said CJV Southern Regional Vice President Rabbi Moshe B. Parnes, who leads an advanced Rabbinical seminary less than an hour from Mar-a-Lago. “Trump should have condemned West’s antisemitism before the meeting, and repeated it at the meeting, so it is past due for him to speak out. As he said himself when he introduced his Executive Order on Combating Anti-Semitism, ‘the vile, hate-filled poison of anti-Semitism must be condemned and confronted everywhere and anywhere it appears.’”

The Coalition for Jewish Values represents over 2,000 traditional, Orthodox rabbis as the largest rabbinic public policy organization in America.

Also weighing in on this hot button issue was the Orthodox Union, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization. They strongly criticized former President Trump for recently hosting Kanye West and Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago. In a statement to the media, they said: “West and Fuentes have made a name for themselves as leaders in spreading vicious antisemitism. The association of a former president with such figures is extremely troubling.”

The leadership of the Orthodox Union stated:

“The association of a former President of the United States with some of the most vicious antisemitic figures in this country is deeply worrisome. We call on former President Trump to condemn these individuals and cut ties with them and their associates. As a major public figure, Donald Trump has a responsibility to denounce hate in all of its forms and lead by example for his many followers. Anything less gives a stamp of approval to the world’s oldest hatred.

In the midst of an unprecedented rise in antisemitism in the United States, we call upon responsible leaders – especially those in the Republican Party – to speak up, as former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has, and be counted among those who explicitly reject antisemitism.

We call upon all people of good will to be vigilant in combating antisemitism whether it comes from the political right or left, from celebrities or any other segment of society.”

And speaking of escalating anti-Semitism and the debacle that Trump now finds himself in, award winning columnist for the Jewish News Syndicate, Jonathan S. Tobin said in his column on Monday on the JNS.org web site, “If pro-Israel Republicans think former President Donald Trump will apologize or make amends in any way for choosing to have a public dinner at his Mar-a-Lago resort home with two notorious antisemites, they haven’t been paying attention to how he has conducted his public career.”

Tobin added that, “if they think they can weather this controversy by trying to divert attention from what he’s done by pointing to the way their Democrat opponents tolerate and even support antisemitism on the left, they’re equally delusional.”

He drew the conclusion that, “it’s incumbent on those who have staunchly defended him (Trump) until now to do the hard thing and concede that he has now done something they wouldn’t forgive or forget if it had been a Democratic president or former one who did it.”

In a related development, the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement issued a statement to the media on Monday confirming that New York City Mayor Eric Adams will be attending and speaking at the second annual “Mayors Summit Against Antisemitism,” hosted by the Combat Antisemitism Movement in Athens, Greece.

The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) is a global coalition engaging more than 600 partner organizations and nearly two million people from a diverse array of religious, political, and cultural backgrounds in the common mission of fighting the world’s oldest hatred.

From November 30 to December 1, municipal leaders from over 50 different cities worldwide will convene to discuss each leader’s experiences dealing with antisemitism and other forms of bigotry to collaborate on new approaches to addressing these escalating issues, according to the statement.

Mayor Adams joins nearly a dozen other U.S. mayors at the summit. Cities such as Paris, Los Angeles, Richmond, Vienna, Albuquerque, Fort Lauderdale, and many more will also be represented.

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis will be addressing attendees at the summit as well. The event will conclude with the signing of a joint declaration to confront antisemitism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATCH VIDEO:‘HATED AND UNWELCOME’: Jews, Israelis get rude awakening in Qatar

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The New York Times’ Gaza fishing story reels in readers, forgoes facts

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Tamar Sternthal

 A great deal has been written about Gazans’ resourcefulness in face of incredibly challenging circumstances. But no one has ever put their finger on this particular stroke of Gazan ingenuity: The coastal territory appears to be the only place in the world with a collapsing fishing industry that nevertheless manages to more than double its catch.

Even The New York Times’ Nov. 27 article (“Amid Israeli Blockade on Gaza, a Fishing Fleet Limps Along”), in which Raja Abdulrahim describes the Gaza fishing industry like a fish out of water gasping for air, collapsing under Israel’s suffocating blockade, fails to detect this unprecedented ingenuity at play.

“Not far from the edge of the port in the Gaza Strip lies its boat cemetery: two rows of beached fishing vessels that even Gazan ingenuity cannot salvage,” Abdulrahim laments about the ailing sector which is said to be in or near its death throes.

“This is a war on our livelihoods,” she quotes a local fisherman saying, who is “standing on the bow of one of his family’s boats, which has been in the cemetery for years.” The graphically described emotive story that she wants readers to buy hook, like and sinker is exactly as her tweet says: “For Gaza’s fishermen, Israel’s blockade has prevented import of materials needed to repair boats and maintain a functioning fishing fleet. It has damaged a vital but shrinking part of the economy in the coastal enclave.”

Introducing readers to the forlorn boat cemetery, she explains, “The boats began piling up in Gaza 15 years ago after Israel, aided by Egypt, imposed a land, air and sea blockade on the small Palestinian coastal enclave in 2007.” The blockade, she says, means that fishermen can’t obtain critical supplies like motors, propellers, fiberglass and more needed for their trade, leading boat owners to abandon their broken, useless vessels in the ship cemetery.

“Gazan and industry officials warn that if Israeli restrictions are not eased, the Strip’s fishing sector could completely collapse in the next few years as more and more boats are removed from service,” Abdulrahim claims.

“The fishing sector now works at 50% capacity and every day it is decreasing,” the New York Times reporter quotes Jehad Salah, head of the fisheries directorate in Gaza, saying. “When they ban the equipment needed for maintenance, then they are forcing people to leave this industry.”

But happily, as it turns out, Gazan ingenuity is alive and well. Even as the fishing sector is “decreasing” every day, it catches more and more fish.

Indeed, according to figures published by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, by all counts Gaza’s fishing industry over the last 15 years has thrived during its alleged “collapse.”

In 2005, two years before the blockade was imposed, 707 fishing boats were in Gaza. By 2019, a dozen years into the blockade, that figure more than doubled to 1,739 boats.

Some skeptics might argue that official Palestinian statistics on Gaza fishing boats or fishermen are not a fair measure of the actual situation. Perhaps, they say, desperate, dirt-poor fishermen continue registering additional broken-down boats that they cannot use due to lack of parts.

What about other indicators of the sectors’ health, despite its reported collapse? The amount of fish caught, for example, is surely an accurate reflection of the industry’s actual vitality or lack thereof. And here too the figures show remarkable growth, despite the industry’s purported demise. In 2009 (see Table 3), Gaza fishermen caught 1,524,913 fish. After another decade of a supposedly suffocating Israeli blockade, that figure climbed to 3,943,369 in 2019.

Among readers hooked by Abdulrahim’s account on the destruction of the Gaza fishing industry was Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth, who tweeted, “Israel’s punitive blockade of Gaza is far far broader than needed to combat violent attacks. It is a form of collective punishment against the people of Gaza (not just Hamas) that, for example, is destroying Gaza’s vital fishing industry.”

CAMERA has appealed to The New York Times to cover this unique form of Gaza ingenuity in which a collapsing fishing industry has managed to more than double its catch despite a “devastating” Israeli blockade. Stay tuned for any updates.

Tamar Sternthal is director of CAMERA’s Israel Office.

Originally published by CAMERA.

Trump’s Jewish supporters must condemn and disavow him

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Former President Donald Trump is awarded the Theodor Herzl Gold Medallion at the Zionist Organization of America’s 125th anniversary Gala in New York City, Nov. 1, 2022. Credit: ZOA.

Jonathan S. Tobin

 If pro-Israel Republicans think former President Donald Trump will apologize or make amends in any way for choosing to have a public dinner at his Mar-a-Lago resort home with two notorious antisemites, they haven’t been paying attention to how he has conducted his public career. And if they think they can weather this controversy by trying to divert attention from what he’s done by pointing to the way their Democrat opponents tolerate and even support antisemitism on the left, they’re equally delusional.

Trump’s dinner date with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes constitutes a turning point for his Jewish supporters and Republicans in general. Or at least it ought to.

Up until now, almost all of the attempts by Democrats to accuse him of antisemitism or of encouraging Jew-hatred have been highly partisan charges that didn’t stand up to scrutiny.

After all, Trump didn’t actually say the neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 were “very fine people” or anything like that. Nor are his complaints about Jewish voters not rewarding him for his historic support for Israel antisemitic, as those who twist his entirely factual comments into a charge of dual loyalty have tried to assert. He not only consistently condemned antisemitism but did far more to combat it on American college campuses than any other president.

Combine all that with his close family ties to Jews, the case for damning Trump as an antisemite or an ally of antisemites simply didn’t hold water. And no one who wasn’t already convinced that he was the spawn of the devil believed a word of it.

But after the Mar-a-Lago dinner, it’s no longer possible to ignore the issue. And it’s incumbent on those who have staunchly defended him until now to do the hard thing and concede that he has now done something they wouldn’t forgive or forget if it had been a Democratic president or former one who did it.

To their credit, the Zionist Organization of America, which gave Trump its highest award at its New York City dinner earlier this month, did “deplore” his remarks. His former lawyer, David Friedman, who served as U.S. ambassador to Israel from 2017-2021, also tweeted his dismay, and called for his former boss to disavow West and Fuentes.

But the problem here is not just that Trump has granted an unwarranted legitimacy to both West and the even more vile Fuentes. It’s that we all know that Trump will never walk this back or make the sort of apology that could help to ameliorate the harm he’s done.

Trump doesn’t believe in apologies.

Part of this stems from a savvy appreciation of how to deal with gaffes or kerfuffles that, in most cases, he made deliberately in order to gain attention or simply to generate outrage among media and political-establishment foes. He knows that his opponents will never give him credit for his accomplishments or for doing the right thing with respect to any controversy. He long ago came to the conclusion that the only response to being attacked was to ignore the brickbats and move on to the next dustup for maximum political advantage.

In this case, however, there can be no moving beyond an incident about which he can’t pretend he wasn’t aware of the consequences. Nor can it be put down as just another instance of liberals trying to enforce political correctness with cancel-culture tactics.

To those who might say the dinner is no big deal, the context here is everything. Trump may know West and had hosted him in the White House. But, as questionable as his outreach to the mentally unstable rapper/fashion mogul who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder was then, it’s indefensible now.

West’s open antisemitism has been a major story in recent weeks, after a series of tweets in which he aired various conspiracy theories and made threats against Jews. That had followed an appearance by him on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson” show from which his antisemitic remarks had been edited out. He has subsequently continued to double down on his hate in one bizarre public remark after another, while also claiming to be planning on another absurd run for president.

Trump should thus have steered clear of any public connection with such a toxic and destructive personality under any circumstances. But this isn’t a routine month for Trump; he just announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

And he has spent a disproportionate amount of time since then seeking to shore up Jewish support, as was indicated by his last-minute decision to make a virtual appearance at the annual Republican Jewish Coalition conference only days before his tete-a-tete with the two antisemites.

It’s one thing for him to gripe about Jews who don’t prioritize Israel’s security voting for Democrats, rather than him or any Republican. It’s quite another to do so while associating with a celebrity who is using his influence with the public to mainstream antisemitism.

Nor do Trump’s excuses about not knowing who Fuentes was excuse his meeting. As pundit Ben Shapiro tweeted, the best way to avoid a meeting with an antisemite whom you don’t know is to avoid contact with one whom you do.

Moreover, it’s not as if Trump is unfamiliar with some of the controversies in which Fuentes and his extremist followers (called “Groypers”) have been involved. Fuentes was the focus of controversy in 2019, when conservative pundit Michelle Malkin’s support for the YouTube personality/Holocaust denier led the Young America Foundation—a group founded by conservative icon William F. Buckley—to cut ties with her.

As I wrote at the time, it was imperative for conservatives to make sure that Fuentes and his ilk were not given mainstream platforms to spread their hatred. But Trump continued retweeting Malkin, even when almost everyone else on the right began to ignore her.

Nor is it likely that Trump, who never forgets a slight to himself or his family, had forgotten that Fuentes’s Groypers had heckled his son, Donald, Jr. Yet, he reportedly enjoyed Fuentes’s fawning over him at the Mar-a-Lago dinner.

The meeting will help Fuentes, a participant in both the 2017 Charlottesville disgrace and “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6, 2021, in his effort to work his way into the mainstream from the fever swamps of the far-right. It will also encourage West to continue with his efforts to speak out on public affairs, rather than seek treatment for his problems.

What this means is that, barring the unlikely event of a full apology and condemnation of West and Fuentes from Trump, no Jewish conservative or Republican can possibly support him again. His accomplishments as president earned him gratitude, but not a lifetime get-out-of-jail-free card with respect to actions that aid antisemites.

Nor should the censure of Trump be diluted by the typical whataboutism of citing the bad behavior of Democrats.

There’s plenty to say about that, especially with Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s disgraceful decision to bring a known anti-Semite and BDS supporter like Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) with him as part of his official delegation on his trip to Qatar to attend the soccer World Cup. It’s also true that former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have met with Louis Farrakhan, the nation’s leading hatemonger.

Yet none of it mitigates what Trump has done.

What’s worse is the likelihood that some of Trump’s devoted supporters will now, as they invariably do, not only dismiss the meeting with West and Fuentes as unimportant, but also dispute, as Carlson and pundit Candace Owens have already done with respect to West, the pair’s culpability as spreaders of hate.

That is something that will not only add fuel to the fire of the already growing problem of antisemitism. It will also likely become part of the debate about Trump’s presidential campaign, as his true believers bash Jews who support his GOP rivals as ingrates and part of an establishment conspiracy that is out to get their hero.

Like it or not, Trump has almost certainly ensured that tolerance for antisemites on the far-right will become an issue in the 2024 Republican primaries, despite the fact that the party he seeks to lead again is mostly composed of lockstep supporters of Israel and philosemites.

What is also clear is that there is no longer a reasonable argument to be made for continued support for Trump based on his stand on Jewish issues. Understanding this is going to be hard for many Jews who have become deeply invested in him and in burnishing his legacy. But unless he miraculously learns how to admit fault, anyone who clings to him can’t pretend to be serious about opposing antisemitism.

Jonathan S. Tobin is editor-in-chief of JNS (Jewish News Syndicate). Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin.

Former CEO of Iconix Brand Group Convicted at Trial of Accounting Fraud

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Former CEO of Iconix Brand Group Convicted at Trial of Accounting Fraud

Edited by: TJVNews.com

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced earlier today that a federal jury found NEIL COLE, the former Chief Executive Officer of Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (“Iconix”), guilty of participating in a scheme to fraudulently inflate Iconix’s revenue and earnings per share, making false filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and misleading the conduct of audits.  The defendant was found guilty following a four-week retrial before U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos.  Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “As a unanimous jury has now found, Neil Cole deceived his company’s investors and auditors in order to make his company appear to be performing better than it was.  Cole tried to hide his conduct behind tricks and lies, but the truth is now clear: Cole cooked the books.  This verdict sends a message that this Office is committed to holding corporate executives accountable when they resort to fraud, no matter how long it takes.  Wall Street should know that we will not be deterred from seeking justice in tough cases.”

According to the allegations contained in the Indictment, the evidence offered at trial, and matters included in public filings:

Iconix, whose shares traded on the NASDAQ, was in the business of acquiring various brands, including clothing and fashion brands, and then licensing those brands to retailers, wholesalers, and suppliers who, in turn, produced and sold clothing and other products bearing the brand names.

Iconix utilized joint ventures (“JVs”) to profit from its brands in foreign markets.  With respect to these JVs, Iconix transferred ownership of a trademark or brand to the JV while maintaining a 50 percent ownership interest in the JV itself.  The other party involved in the JV purchased a 50 percent interest in the JV from Iconix.  As part of the JV agreements, each JV partner was generally entitled to 50 percent of the JV’s licensing revenue.  When it entered into a JV, Iconix recognized as revenue the buy-in purchase price paid by the JV partner, less Iconix’s cost basis in the trademarks.

Among the most critical financial metrics disclosed in Iconix’s public filings with the SEC were Iconix’s quarterly and annual revenue and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share (“EPS”).  Iconix executives, including COLE, publicly identified revenue and EPS as the principal metrics demonstrating Iconix’s growth.  They also touted Iconix’s consistent record of revenue and earnings growth and of meeting or exceeding Wall Street analyst consensus with respect to these metrics.

The Accounting Fraud Scheme

Cole engaged in a scheme to falsely inflate Iconix’s reported revenue and EPS by orchestrating a series of “round trip” transactions in which COLE and a senior Iconix executive induced a JV partner, a Hong Kong-based international apparel licensing company (“Company-1”), to pay artificially inflated buy-in purchase prices for JV interests, with the understanding that Iconix would then reimburse Company-1 for the overpayments.  COLE executed the scheme for the purpose of enabling Iconix to report fraudulently inflated revenue and EPS figures based on the inflated buy-in purchase prices it obtained from Company-1.

Cole arranged for Iconix to enter into at least two JVs with Company-1 that included inflated buy-in purchase prices from Company-1: (1) an amendment to a preexisting Southeast Asia joint venture, which closed on or about June 30, 2014 (“SEA-2”), and (2) a second amendment to the Southeast Asia joint venture, which closed on or about September 17, 2014 (“SEA-3”) (collectively, the “SEA JVs”).  SEA-2 and SEA-3 involved a fraudulent “round trip” transaction, lacking in economic substance, in which Company-1 paid an artificially inflated buy-in purchase price for its interest in the JV, in exchange for Cole’s agreement that Iconix would give back the inflated portion of the purchase price to Company-1.  Cole and a senior Iconix executive hid from Iconix’s lawyers and outside auditors that COLE had reached an understanding with Company-1 to artificially increase the consideration Company-1 paid Iconix in exchange for COLE’s agreement to round-trip the overpayment back to Company-1.

Through the scheme, COLE caused Iconix to report fraudulently inflated revenue and EPS figures to the investing public.  COLE did so, in part, to ensure that the reported figures met analyst consensus and to fraudulently convey the impression to the investing public that Iconix was growing quarter after quarter, as COLE had touted to the investing public.

Cole,  65, of New York, New York, was convicted of one count of securities fraud, six counts of making false filings with the SEC, and one count of improperly influencing the conduct of audits.  Each count carries a maximum prison term of 20 years.

The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentence will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the SEC Office of the Inspector General.  Mr. Williams also thanked the SEC Division of Enforcement, which previously brought a separate civil action.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jared Lenow, Justin V. Rodriguez, and Andrew Thomas are in charge of the prosecution.

Renowned UK Oncologist Writes Open Letter to End COVID-19 Inoculation Program Due to Rapidly Progressing Diseases in ‘Boosted’ People

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(TJV)Dr. Angus Dalgleish, Professor of Oncology at St George’s University of London, wrote an open letter to Dr. Kamran Abbasi, the Editor in Chief of the BMJ.

You can read about his career and credibility here(LINK)  and here(Link)

Dr. Dalgleish, best known for his contributions to HIV/AIDS research, wrote the letter in support of a colleague’s plea to Dr. Abbasi that the BMJ make valid informed consent for Covid inoculation a priority topic.

In the letter, Dr. Dalgleish states “Covid no longer needs a vaccine programme given the average age of death of Covid in the U.K. is 82 and from all other causes is 81 and falling.”

He adds: “The link with clots, myocarditis, heart attacks and strokes is now well accepted, as is the link with myelitis and neuropathy. 

He states: “As a practising oncologist I am seeing people with stable disease rapidly progress after being forced to have a booster, usually so they can travel.”

“Even within my own personal contacts I am seeing B cell-based disease after the boosters. They describe being distinctly unwell a few days to weeks after the booster – one developing leukaemia, two work colleagues Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and an old friend who has felt like he has had Long Covid since receiving his booster and who, after getting severe bone pain, has been diagnosed as having multiple metastases from a rare B cell disorder.

I am experienced enough to know that these are not the coincidental anecdotes that many suggest, especially as the same pattern is being seen in Germany, Australia and the USA.

The reports of innate immune suppression after mRNA for several weeks would fit, as all these patients to date have melanoma or B cell based cancers, which are very susceptible to immune control – and that is before the reports of suppressor gene suppression by mRNA in laboratory experiments.

This must be aired and debated immediately”

 

This article represents the professional opinion of one doctor TJV News, makes no claims about the vaccination, but supports informing readers various opinions on imortant topics

 

 

Dramatic Videos From China: Years of Lockdown Abuses Trigger Anti-Communist Protests Nationwide

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John Hayward(Breitbart)

Protesters thronged the streets of cities across China over the weekend – defying a brutal crackdown from the Communist regime – to demand an end to coronavirus lockdowns and the resignation of dictator Xi Jinping.

The protests quickly grew to astonishing size after an apartment building fire killed 10 people in Urumqi, the locked-down capital of occupied East Turkistan, where China is currently committing genocide against the indigenous Uyghur Muslims of the region.

Chinese Communist Party censors were unable to suppress the blizzard of smartphone videos flooding social media, depicting incredible acts of defiance against Xi’s tyranny:

Huge crowds packed the streets even in the tightly-controlled capital city of Beijing:

Protesters in the city of Guangzhou lined the streets with tents because they assumed the regime would use its dystopian “health code software” to lock them out of their homes as punishment:

Protesters fought back against the bizarre squads of hazmat-suited police dispatched to clear the streets
Beijing police mustered enough force to clear demonstrators out of Beijing’s financial district, using pepper spray and viciously beating recalcitrant citizens – but hundreds of people returned to the very same spot a few hours later.

The demonstrators marched in phalanxes with their phones held aloft like weapons, signaling the regime that it could not hope to suppress the tidal wave of information flowing to the outside world:

Another popular protest accessory is a blank sheet of paper, a symbol of mute defiance that grew popular during the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests of 2019 after the Beijing-controlled government systematically made every protest slogan illegal. Holding up a blank paper or placard calls attention to how China’s government silences its people, and also is a means of vexing the authorities because the blank pages contain no words or images that would justify arrest even under China’s totalitarian speech codes:

“The white paper represents everything we want to say but cannot say,” a protester told Reuters on Sunday.

“I came here to pay respects to the victims of the fire. I really hope we can see an end to all of these COVID measures. We want to live a normal life again. We want to have dignity,” he said.

The fire mentioned by Reuters’ interviewee occurred in East Turkistan’s capital of Urumqi on Thursday night. Urumqi has been locked down under China’s deranged “zero Covid” policy for over 100 days, raising suspicions that Chinese authorities are going especially hard on the city because they despise the Uyghurs. China has forced large numbers of Uyghurs into brutal concentration camps for political indoctrination and uses them as slave labor.

Dozens of East Turkistan residents have already been killed by the lockdown, including deaths from starvation and lack of medicine, prompting Uyghur leaders to accuse the Chinese Communist Party of using the coronavirus outbreak as an excuse to complete its genocidal agenda against Turkic minorities. Unrest surged across China after reports surfaced of deaths attributed to lockdowns in other regions over the past few months, particularly stoked by reports of child deaths.

The Urumqi apartment fire was especially horrific, as a huge crowd of onlookers filmed people trapped inside the building screaming for help, to no avail. They were trapped because the exits were sealed under coronavirus lockdown protocols.

“Open the door! Open the door! Someone save us!” a voice could be heard crying from inside the building.

When local officials tried to deny the exits were locked during a damage-control press conference on Friday, the surviving residents flatly accused them of lying. Simmering anger exploded when the Urumqi fire chief claimed the residents were “too weak” to open the supposedly unlocked doors, especially since some of the videos posted to social media showed the exterior doors were physically sealed with wire and wooden bars.

“We Xinjiang [East Turkistan] people don’t dare to go downstairs without permits as it will violate the law even if the building gate is not locked. After the accident yesterday, we are now wondering whether we should still follow the official’s notice in the WeChat group,” an Urumqi resident explained to the BBC. “Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region” is the Communist Party’s Mandarin name for East Turkistan.

 

Other videos showed a fire truck attempting to spray water on the building, but the stream fell short of the burning structure – reportedly because coronavirus lockdown barriers and vehicles abandoned by forcibly quarantined people were blocking the road. The BBC noted that even Chinese state media videos showed barricades being removed so fire trucks could reach the burning building.

Sorry, we thought the rescue team would rescue us,” one user commented sarcastically on Weibo, China’s heavily-censored version of Twitter.

Urumqi residents noted the fire raged for over three hours, even though the fire station is less than a kilometer away, and they accused the fire chief of lying when he claimed first responders were on the scene within five minutes.

 

At least ten fatalities were confirmed, although some local officials told international media the death toll could be much higher, possibly 40 or more. Communist officials tried to keep a lid on the details, but could not stop Urumqi residents from telling the outside world that children were among the dead.

Chinese officials have admitted at least three children were among the ten confirmed deaths, but Uyghurs living abroad say the true number is far greater since many of the apartments were occupied by large families.

 

 

The weekend uprising began with hundreds of angry people marching through Urumqi – most of them ethnic Han, taking to the streets on behalf of Uyghur neighbors because they knew the regime’s response would be far more brutal against Uyghur demonstrators.

 

 

“Han Chinese people know they will not be punished if they speak against the lockdown. Uyghurs are different. If we dare say such things, we will be taken to prison or to the camps,” an Uyghur woman explained to the Associated Press.

From Urumqi, the movement quickly spread to other parts of East Turkistan, and then exploded across the country as years of simmering frustration with “zero Covid” lockdowns came to a boil. Protests were especially vigorous in Shanghai, the once-proud financial hub that suffered through a brutal two-month lockdown last spring, and happens to have a street named after Urumqi:

The information wave pouring from angry Chinese citizens is too big for even the infamous “Great Firewall of China” to block completely, but censors are using some innovative tactics to muzzle the protesters. Phrases like “blank sheet” and “blank paper” were reportedly banned on Weibo to slow the spread of protest images, and Twitter is reportedly grappling with a tidal wave of spam generated by a vast network of Chinese-language accounts to drown out news of the demonstrations.

“For hours, anyone searching for posts from those cities and using the Chinese names for the locations would see pages and pages of useless tweets instead of information about the daring protests as they escalated to include calls for Communist Party leaders to resign,” the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

“Fifty percent porn, 50 percent protests,” an unnamed United States government contractor colorfully said of the Chinese government’s spam attack on Twitter. The regime in Beijing is evidently trying to rig Twitter so that international users searching for news from cities like Shanghai and Beijing are diverted to racy posts instead of meaningful news:

The regime offered no official comment on the protests or the mass calls for Xi Jinping’s resignation, but it did announce some minor adjustments to its draconian zero-Covid policies on Monday, such as promising that quarantined apartment buildings would no longer be surrounded by barricades like those which prevented fire trucks from reaching the burning Urumqi building.

“Passages must remain clear for medical transportation, emergency escapes and rescues,” a Beijing city official told state media on Monday, without discussing the protests.

Global markets were in turmoil on Monday as news of the Chinese uprising spread, causing sharp drops in the Chinese yuan and the Australian dollar, which many traders use as a proxy for Chinese currency. The U.S. dollar also slid on Monday morning, causing some confusion among analysts, who expected investors fleeing the turbulent Chinese scene to seek safe harbor in American currency.

 

 

“Sentiment has turned sour as unrest across China grows. Risk of the situation escalating from here and short-term volatility remains high,” Stephen Innes of SPI Asset Management told Barron’s on Monday.

 

 

 

 

The Strange Morality of the Bay-Area Billionaire Left

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Sam Bankman-Fried received numerous plaudits as he rapidly achieved superstar status as the head of cryptocurrency exchange FTX: the savior of crypto, the newest force in Democratic politics and potentially the world’s first trillionaire. Now the comments about the 30-year-old aren’t so kind after FTX filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, Nov. 11 leaving his investors and customers feeling duped and many others in the crypto world fearing the repercussions. Photo Credit: Sam Bankman-Fried

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The FTX Bitcoin empire of 30-year-old CEO Sam Bankman-Fried is in shambles. Or more specifically, his “dumb game” cryptocurrency exchange has destroyed thousands of lives. Electronically, he may have robbed perhaps a million investors, and along with them hundreds of large institutional investors.

Mysteriously, only after the conclusion of the midterm elections, did we suddenly learn that this left-wing “philanthropist” and benefactor of Democratic politics, this megadonor to the quid pro quo puff-piece media, this con artist protected from federal securities regulators, had drained off, lost, hidden, or spent billions of dollars of other people’s money.

As a result, the Bahamas-basking, tax-avoiding, polyamorous sybarite, and heartthrob of progressive moralists, now claims he has no wherewithal to honor his financial commitments to his own investors. Preliminary postmortem auditors sigh that they have never encountered a greater financial mess than what Bankman-Fried has left in his wake.

How does the most sophisticated financial system in the history of civilization allow a virtue-signaling nerd to nearly wreck it? Where were the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, the IRS, and all the other alphabet soup agencies that supposedly exist so that someone like Bankman-Fried does not? Where is Merrick Garland and his special prosecutors, the FBI with its televised SWAT swoops and leg irons?

For all the performance-art boasts of simply doing good for others by doing far better for himself, Bankman-Fried may soon be revealed to be one of the great, dissolute con artists in American history. Like the infamous Charles Ponzi, “Bankman” may become our eponymous word in the 21st century for electronically driven, pyramid-scheme theft.

His Stanford-Silicon Valley moral veneer was shiny but otherwise razor thin. Yet Bankman-Fried told at least one truth when he explained to obsequious media what his ilk easily does to fool purported suckers who send him cash, while he avoided federal and media oversight: “This dumb game we woke westerners play where we say all the right shibboleths and so everyone likes us.”

Well, not everyone. Instead, he might qualify his “everyone” as the like-minded, cynical, left-wing politicos, the kindred media hacks at the Washington Post and New York Times, and brethren investor toadies who helped him render Bernie Madoff a small-potato sinner in comparison.

Bankman-Fried had showered Joe Biden in 2020 with millions of dollars in campaign donations and did so again with larger sums to congressional candidates in 2022. His public relations arm of FTX exuded the usual virtue speak—including promised impending multibillion-dollar gifting—for utopian, Democratic, and progressive causes. And the media on spec gushed about their pet grunger as he sought to buy protection from Democratic fixers.

“Effective Altruism,” Ponzi-Style

Yet Bankman-Fried is merely one in a long line of Bay Area social-justice hypocrites and frauds. They share in common loud but cynical left-wing politics. They choreograph their personas to win exemption from left-wing government regulators, to guarantee puff pieces from a toady media, and to romance the rich, left-wing elite. Consider how the Washington Post gushed of the scam artist:

Harnessing the enormous wealth created by FTX, the cryptocurrency exchange that Sam Bankman-Fried had founded, they undertook a project to spend potentially billions of dollars on pandemic prevention, a long-neglected priority on Capitol Hill even amid the coronavirus crisis. The plan, drawn from the brothers’ adherence to a philosophy called effective altruism, sought to maximize philanthropic giving in ways that can have the most impact.

Bankman-Fried surely has had “the most impact.” If he had worn a suit, and said the wrong “shibboleths,” he would now be behind bars.

What were the moral seeds of FTX? Bankman-Fried grew up on the progressive, moralistic Stanford campus, the son of two crusading Stanford law professors who often wrote about morality and the dispossessed.

SBF, as he is known, was groomed and prepped at an exclusive nearby Hillsborough private academy before being packed off to MIT. Progressive souls like Bankman-Fried distrust capitalism so much that, in his case, he retreated to the Bahamas to maximize its rewards. There he embraced a hedonistic lifestyle, tax breaks and lack of regulations, all in order to better short taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars in income tax revenue.

Such vulture capitalism is predicated on the presumption that young, loudly left-wing Bay Area hipsters in ratty clothes are the cool “good guys” if they have deep Democratic pockets and talk of “equity” and “fairness.” And so, they use the system to defeat the system—defined in their view as toxic traditional mores and values.

Indeed, Bankman-Fried’s mother, Stanford Professor Elizabeth Fried was a “utilitarian,” perhaps best defined as advocating any means necessary to achieve what she felt were the best ends for everyone. She moonlighted from her supposedly full-time job by running “Mind the Gap,” a central collection agency for Silicon Valley dark money to be funneled secretly to the “right causes.” The means of getting the millions was always excused by the ends of how it was used.

Apparently, some of her fund’s wherewithal was dripped in by some in her son’s stash circle—or rather his investors’ cash. Mind the Gap’s specialty was funding “to get out the vote.” To understand these dark-money operations in 2020, simply reread Molly Ball’s obnoxious Time magazine story of February 2021—a long boast of how stealth left-wing money, a toady progressive media, an army of lawyers, and social media combined to change voting laws, modulate the Black Lives Matter/Antifa street protests, and warp dissemination of news to craft a good utilitarian “conspiracy” that saved us from Donald Trump.

Will the Bankman-Fried family now atone, and try to give back to the robbed and deluded any of the real money that was funneled into Democratic candidates from the massive fraud? Does the water flow uphill?

So how can the progressive embryos of Silicon Valley, Stanford University, Bay Area prep schools, and progressive humanitarian politics birth such an utter fraud who destroyed so many? Rather the question might be reversed, how could all that not?

Performance Art Grifting

In the context of Bankman-Fried, we recall another kindred Bay-Area erstwhile momentary billionaire charlatan. Do we remember the now felonious and prison-bound young prodigy and Hillary-Clinton aficionado Elizabeth Holmes? She, too, was birthed and swam in similar Stanford-Silicon Valley waters.

Her scheme was Theranos. That was the pretentiously named fake-blood testing corporation that duped some of the most powerful investors in the United States to fork over billions of dollars to a twentysomething con artist. Holmes, like Bankman-Fried, was sired in the orbit of Stanford. She eschewed the slob props of Bankman-Fried, and instead preferred copy-catting Steve Jobs’ slicker all-black outfits.

Holmes assembled on her fake corporate board some of the biggest names associated with Stanford University and Silicon Valley, whose brands masked what was likely the greatest corporate medical fraud in American history.

There is a pattern here of the “good” people doing “good” things with their “good” money that turns out very badly for everyone else.

Silicon Valley multibillionaire and fellow leftist Mark Zuckerberg prefers T-shirts, sneakers, and jeans to the Bankman-Fried bum-look or Holmes’ Apple black-draped getup. He is now laying off thousands of Facebook employees as his Meta disaster erodes his stock value and takes his net worth down tens of billions of dollars.

But it was just two years ago that Zuckerberg answered the utilitarian call of fellow leftists to use his mega money and power to stop the prince of darkness, Donald Trump. So Zuck, as he is known, poured $419 million into pro-Biden left-wing activist groups. That unprecedented sum was used to absorb the work of state election officials in key precincts to ensure the right people voted in the right way to ensure the right winner.

Leftists still brag how the good mega-money sandbagged dullard Republicans and helped to give Biden the election.

Zuckerberg recently confessed that his left-wing company had also worked with the FBI to suppress online social media expression. Translated, that meant that the FBI partnered with Facebook to quash news deemed not helpful to the Biden election cause, such as the all-too-true revelations from the incriminating Hunter Biden laptop that was falsely passed off as “Russian disinformation.”

Is that a very liberal, civil libertarian thing to do—to weld the state and the media to punish political enemies and censor the news? Was the FBI-Facebook fusion a sort of “electronic insurrection” designed to warp democracy—absent the buffoonish cow horns and face paint? Might Zuckerberg have passed on channeling his dark money to “nonprofit” leftist organizations, and instead banked it to save a few of his now laid-off employees?

This column could become endless if it referenced all the Silicon Valley and Stanford progressive politico saints with feet of clay. Do we remember Tom Steyer, the Silicon Valley zillionaire, Stanford University board member, and former left-wing green presidential candidate, who spent $191 million without winning a single delegate?

At least candidate Michael Bloomberg got a few delegates at roughly $18 million a pop for the hundreds of millions of virtuous dollars he blew up in 2020. Steyer used his 2020 campaign to lecture us on ending the fossil fuel economy—but only after he had made a fortune in financing dirty coal burning plants in the impoverished Third World.

Posh Virtue

What is going on?

The 21st-century globalized economy saturated the corridor between San Francisco and San Jose with wealth never before seen or imagined. Its beneficiaries discovered a number of things about the arts of becoming and staying ultra-rich.

One, they never needed to worry about the essentials of life that troubled the other 99 percent of the country—affordable fuel, food, and housing, safe streets, and a fair and legal immigration system.

Or to put it another way, they could pose as progressive utopians—preening their moral superiority to the media, pouring money into the Democratic Party, funding foundations and PACs devoted to woke causes, climate change, and diversity, equity, and inclusion—and all the time never subject to the ramifications of their own exalted agendas.

They could not have cared less about crippling $6 a gallon gas, the exorbitant kilowatt cost of air conditioning, out-of-reach $1,000-a-square foot bungalow housing, the mayhem on San Francisco streets, or the reparatory elite university admissions policies that drastically curtailed working-class male admissions. Their wealth guaranteed them leverage, and leverage ensured exemptions.

But Bay Area morality was not just a pragmatic matter of the exempt elite force-feeding utopia down the throats of others who had no such immunity. Boutique, rich leftism also provided penance for the anointed, a mechanism that alleviated any residual guilt of talking like Eugene Debs while living like Marie Antoinette.

The multimillionaire, social justice warrior House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) assumed, as one of the Bay Area’s liberal icons, that she had a right to break quarantine and sneak off to her private hairdresser, or cluelessly boast of her $13 a pint ice cream, home delivered to her $24,000 twin imported refrigerators—all in the midst of a near depression as the national COVID-19 shutdown ruined millions of small business and devastated the educations of tens of millions of children.

As a member of the classy Bay Area elite, she knew the bankrupt political morality of the Left all too well: acts like tearing up the Trump State of the Union speech on national television veneered her privilege and made her one of the proverbial good people fighting for us from one of her various mansions.

Bay Area ZIP codes have produced the now-familiar rich, liberal politicians whose exempt lives are not damaged by the ideology that damages others. Consider the billionaire Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who for two decades was chauffeured by a Chinese spy while head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, or multimillionaire former Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), now ensconced in Rancho Mirage as a registered foreign agent for a Chinese surveillance firm, or multimillionaire Gavin Newsom, who bragged how the COVID lockdowns might greenlight “progressive capitalism,” as he pushed social distancing and mask-wearing—while he palled around with lobbyists, maskless, at the French Laundry.

Sam Bankman-Fried is the ultimate dangerous and ridiculous expression of the most toxic and creepy culture in America. If he did not exist, someone like him would have to be invented.

Originally posted at American Greatness.

Palestinian activist admits: Left-wing anarchists in Hebron provoked IDF soldier for video

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Israeli security forces guard during clashes between Jews and Palestinians in Hebron, Nov. 19, 2022. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

By Baruch Yedid, TPS

A controversial video of an Israeli soldier in Hebron assaulting and taunting a Palestinian was deliberately instigated, and more provocations are coming, a prominent Palestinian activist admitted in exclusive comments to Tazpit Press Service.

Two soldiers were suspended by the IDF on Friday after they were filmed hitting and taunting two left-wing activists in Hebron.

The visit of a delegation of Israeli left-wing activists was organized by Issa Amro, a 42-year-old Palestinian from Hebron who founded Youth Against Settlements and is a prominent personality in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel.

Amro told TPS that the incident and video are “part of a media protest campaign, which is being planned by Palestinian, Israeli and international protest organizations against the Israeli government.”

Other sources in Hebron who talked to TPS described the incident as an “ambush” for the elite Givati Brigade soldiers stationed in Hebron’s Jewish enclave. The Palestinians stressed that the IDF has “no answer” for these videos.

Amro confirmed to TPS that he filmed the video.

The incident took place a week after thousands of Jews gathered in Hebron and the adjacent Kiryat Arba community for the annual Sabbath during which the Torah portion recounting Abraham’s purchase of the Tomb of the Patriarchs is read.

Amro told TPS that the tour he organized for left-wing activists was “in response to the events that took place” in Hebron during that Sabbath and what he claimed was “the violence by settlers against Palestinian families.”

Palestinians are preparing for more protests in Hebron and a social media campaign, he said.

“We are organizing a wave of protest to ensure that this extreme right-wing Israeli government will not be able to act. Activists from international organizations have begun to arrive in the city in preparation for the upcoming activity. We expect a very large wave of violence in the city.”

The Palestinians are deeply suspicious of Itamar Ben-Gvir, who will receive a cabinet position that includes oversight of Israeli security forces in Judea and Samaria. On Friday, Ben-Gvir’s Otzma Yehudit party signed an agreement with Likud stipulating that the party will be given the position of Minister of National Security, which will be an expansion of the powers held by the current Minister of Public Security.

Negotiations between Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu and the other right-wing and religious parties remain bogged down.

“We intend to confront the Ben-Gvir government,” Amro insisted. “This is not the Netanyahu government, but the government of Ben-Gvir and Netanyahu, and we will fight it.”

Ben-Gvir has demanded an inquiry into the incident, adding that the military should back their troops rather than taking the side of anti-Israel activists. He also claimed the military must back their troops, rather than taking the side of leftists.

London Kids Sing ‘Massacre the Jews’ Song 1 Mile from Synagogue

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By United with Israel Staff

The UK’s Jewish Chronicle (JC) recently exposed an Iranian propaganda video shot about a mile from from the New London synagogue in which school children sing a horrific song about killing Jews.

According to the JC report, “In the video, shot earlier this year in the playground of the Islamic Republic of Iran School (IRIS) near Queen’s Park station, the children sing about joining 313 mythical warriors in a conflict against the infidels, when (according to the present Iranian regime) Israel will be obliterated and Jews killed.”

The video also features scenes filmed at the Islamic Centre of England (ICE), which the Iranian regime operates. ICE is currently under investigation by the Charity Commission.

In the video, boys and girls aged eight to 15 pledge their allegiance the Ayatollah Khamenei, leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Over the course of the last several months, Khamenei’s regime has overseen the massacre of protesters demonstrating against the murder of Mahsa Amini, who was killed while in custody for not properly wearing the hijab.

According to Kasra Aarabi, who oversees the Iran Programme at the Tony Blair Institute, the doctrine summarized in the song “is antisemitic to its core” and is the foundation of Iran’s policy.

The video’s “recording in St John’s Wood, in easy reach of several synagogues and Jewish centres, has raised serious concerns among community security officials,” reported the JC.

Israelis Pioneer Passenger Drones in National Initiative

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By JNS.org

Israel’s National Drone Initiative has entered its second stage, involving experiments with long-range aircraft carrying heavy loads, the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) announced on Thursday.

The first stage, conducted in 2020-2022, involved more than 15,000 drone flights in Israeli cities and 18 medical institutions, according to the IAA.

The focus during the initial stage was on security, photography, transportation of medical equipment and the development of regulatory and technological infrastructure. Numerous collaborations with public entities were carried out, including the military, the police and the Tel Aviv Municipality, the IAA said in a statement.

In the second phase, scheduled to begin in January, a number of companies will carry out 24 flights over the following two years with drones carrying heavier loads—including some that in the future will be capable of carrying passengers.

The flights will be carried out under the auspices of the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel, the Israel Air Force, the Israel Airports Authority and other relevant regulatory bodies, according to the statement.

“This very large demonstration will expand global knowledge by executing simultaneous flights, including dozens of unmanned drones carrying cargo and advanced drones with cutting-edge technologies designed to carry passengers. The demonstration will evaluate the technological maturity of such solutions in a controlled, responsible, safety-first mindset,” the statement continued.

The experiments will begin with limited flight tests over unpopulated areas, with later flights taking place over sparsely populated areas.

“Israel continues to be a world leader in drone technology…Israel serves as a model of a country that develops regulations and technologies to enable the management and control of the operation of multiple drones for various needs, and is rapidly approaching a continuous operating model that will enable low-altitude flights throughout the country,” said IIA CEO Dror Bin.

Nehemiah Shalem, acting director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel, said that the organization was committed to fully supporting all of the entities involved in the project.

“Additionally, the CAAI will promote the critical legislative actions required for developing a thriving aviation industry that serves as a world leader while never compromising on flight safety,” said Shalem.

Analysis: What in the Actual F— Is Wrong With These People?

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– Free Beacon

You can’t make this up. Earlier this month, some dough-faced dork named Sam Bankman-Fried—an MIT grad and son of Stanford law professors—vaporized the GDP of a small country after successfully conning the entire world of so-called educated elites.

All of them. The freaks in Silicon Valley, the freaks on Wall Street, the freaks in Hollywood, and the freaks in Washington. Even (or especially) the journalists who are supposed to be holding everyone accountable. The smartest, most enlightened professional experts and self-appointed moral referees.

Bill Clinton. Tony Blair. The Democratic Party. Larry David. Tom Brady. Fortune magazine. Andrew Ross Sorkin. CNBC. The bald guy from Shark Tank. BlackRock, the $10 trillion investment firm where former Obama aides go to get rich and serve as “Global Head of Sustainable Investing.”

They all vouched for Bankrupt-Fraud and his blockchain stonk machine. Like they vouched for Elizabeth Holmes and her magic blood box. Like they vouched for Michael Avenatti and his bullshit litigation racket. The Lincoln ProjectOZY MediaStacey Abrams.

These are people who demand to be taken seriously. You know the type. You’ve probably heard them ranting about gullible rubes being duped by “misinformation,” or denouncing half the country as irredeemably stupid, unserious, and uncultured.

Shockingly enough, most normal Americans are starting to suspect our elite overlords are full of shit, and the elite overlords are freaking out. This lack of fealty to their expertise is not merely misguided, we are told. It’s an existential crisis imperiling American democracy.

This raises an interesting question: What in the actual f— is wrong with these people?

Bankman-Fried was the next J.P. Morgan. They actually said that. Of course they did. They adored his dorm-room bong-rip attire and corresponding philosophy—”effective altruism”—through which their capitalist sins can be absolved by attending charity galas and buying hideous art at silent auctions. Better yet, they can start a charitable foundation to avoid paying the tax rates they are constantly trying to raise on everyone else. Giving money to Democrats is also encouraged.

Time and time again, the unwashed masses of non-experts have watched the elite overlords get scammed by charismatic frauds, or team up to incinerate multiple Powerball jackpots—or in one case the entire global economy—only to shrug it off as a “whoopsie” and repeat.

They’ve been mocked as morally depraved by the same people who partied with Harvey Weinstein and attended his political fundraisers. The same people who hobnobbed with Jeffrey Epstein—before and after his conviction for sex crimes.

They’ve been lectured at for driving SUVs and complaining about gas prices by millionaires who fly around the world on leather sofas in private jets with nicknames like “Air F— One” and “Lolita Express,” and shamed for being unable to afford an electric car that costs more than their annual salary.

They’ve been denounced as racist and subjected to corporate diversity training by woke weirdos who say “Latinx” and hyperventilate about “Jim Crow on steroids” when voter turnout is through the roof. The same people who attack successful black conservatives as angry, ignorant traitors.

They were told it was totally unreasonable to want their children to go back to school during the pandemic by the same experts who said mass public gatherings were safe as long as they were supporting a righteous left-wing cause.

They were called “out of touch” by the same political gurus who touted Beto O’RourkeElizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg as the next generation of transformative leaders.

And they wonder why no one takes them seriously anymore.

To hell with these people.

No Good Jew Goes Unpunished

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-Free Beacon

“I’m a bad Jew” is a common admission among American Jews, sometimes sheepish, sometimes boastful, and typically containing a dose of truth. But in her new book, Bad Jews, journalist Emily Tamkin sets out to prove that the subject of her title is a myth. “It is my best attempt,” she writes, “to wrestle with what I believe to be the one truth of American Jewish identity: It can never be pinned down.” The result is alternately perverse and insipid beyond belief. Let me show you what she means.

“The story of Ethel Rosenberg is, in many ways, a Jewish story,” writes Tamkin, after an uneven sketch of the 1950s spy case. “Who, in this, is the Good Jew or the Bad Jew? Is it the Communist Jewish woman who was executed? The Jews who stood by her? Or the Jews who called for her death? The sons, years later trying to push for the exoneration of their mother? Or Roy Cohn, the Jewish man who helped create the environment that killed her?”

Like most questions in the book, these are left unanswered, presumably because Tamkin thinks they are unanswerable. But the answers are blindingly obvious.

Ethel Rosenberg was a bad Jew. We know from Soviet cables and KGB memos that she urged and aided in the recruitment of her relatives as nuclear spies. She betrayed her country, the United States, the best home in exile the Jews have ever known, to arm Joseph Stalin, a demon responsible for the murder of millions and an anti-Semite who tried to stamp out Jewish religion. Ethel was “totally uncritical” in her devotion to communism, a totalitarian ideology that crushes the human spirit and seeks the dissolution of all Jewish identity. Right until the last moment, Ethel had an opportunity to save her life and spare her children from becoming orphans. All she had to do was tell the truth. Instead, she continued to lie, choosing loyalty to Stalin over duty to her children.

The Jews who stood by Ethel were duped or were themselves fellow travelers. The major Jewish organizations that Tamkin scolds, along with the bulk of American Jewry, for supporting the prosecution, saw more clearly than she does. Historian Lucy Dawidowicz, singled out for her support of the Rosenbergs’ execution, devoted her career to the study of the Nazi War Against the Jews and the Jewish tradition that the Nazis sought to destroy. Her work helped preserve that tradition for Jews today. Finally, Roy Cohn didn’t help “create the environment that killed [Ethel],” because Ethel wasn’t killed by an environment.

When she wants to be, Tamkin is rigidly opposed to judgments of any sort. She denies even the possibility of something being “good for the Jews,” or bad. Her reason is that Jews differ—as if this, too, is an unanswerable objection.

Leave normative terms aside; Tamkin is just as obtuse regarding descriptive assessments. At times, she seems impervious to sociology. For example, she takes great issue with Nathan Glazer’s comment that the period of immigrant Jewish life on New York’s Lower East Side was “when the [American] Jews were thus most Jewish.” She protests, “But what did ‘true Jews’ or ‘most Jewish’ actually mean? What made one Jewish life more or less authentic than another?”

Behind these questions is the dogmatic insistence, crucial to Tamkin’s liberal Judaism, that no one is any more Jewish than anyone else. Fine. Some people, however, have a thicker identity than others. Some Irish-Americans have a deep connection to Ireland and some simply drink Guinness on St. Paddy’s Day. Jews who, say, spoke a Jewish language in daily life and had real knowledge of Jewish tradition had a thicker Jewish identity than most American Jews have had since.

Tamkin can’t admit this because, as she writes, she is deeply anxious about her own Jewishness. Though Bad Jews is “a roughly hundred-year history of Jewish American politics, culture, identities, and arguments,” in keeping with the modern fad it is also a personal exploration. Tamkin shoehorns the issue of intermarriage into several chapters, often discussing her own marriage, which is to a non-Jew who didn’t subsequently convert.

Tamkin objects to “the insistence that intermarried Jews are less serious about Judaism and somehow not fully capable of passing  Jewish values on to their children.” She even has an imaginary conversation with a leading Jewish philanthropist on the issue. It ends with the conclusion that he wouldn’t care at all about her “hypothetical future children” on account of their non-Jewish father, making clear that she fails utterly to understand the opposing point of view.

No doubt Tamkin will instill Jewish identity in her children; she writes books on the topic. But in general, one Jewish parent and one Christian parent aren’t as likely as two Jewish parents to raise children who identify strongly as Jews. This is common sense, and the data are clear that children of intermarriage feel that Judaism is less important to them (as it was for their parents) and act accordingly.

Tamkin’s personal leanings often make her an unreliable narrator. She tries to sanitize the Second Intifada as “a Palestinian uprising that came from the failure of the peace process in the first decade of the 2000s and the violence that ensued,” a sentence worthy of Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language.” She describes Jewish Currents, which she admires, as “the magazine founded for the Jewish Left back in 1946,” leaving out that it was Stalinist. She congratulates Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) for apologizing for an anti-Semitic remark, without mentioning that Omar quickly walked back the apology and reiterated her conspiracy theory.

Notably bad is Tamkin’s discussion of the neoconservatives. Hostile framings and poor paraphrases of Irving Kristol arguments are one thing. Another is that she doesn’t seem to know what she’s talking about. The first words she uses to describe neocon intellectuals are “free-market capitalists”; in fact, they were notable within the conservative movement for accepting limits on the free market and making peace with the New Deal, while critiquing excesses of the Great Society on empirical grounds. Next, she writes, “Neoconservatives actually started out as leftist radicals. They were disciples of Leon Trotsky.” For most neocons, this is false. Norman Podhoretz, for instance, was never a Trotskyist. Some, like Kristol, had been Trots in college, but their Marxist credentials were far inferior to, say, those of many founding editors and writers of the conservative (no “neo”) National Review.

The problem can be traced to the book’s citations. Tamkin’s pattern is to rely on a single secondary source for information, citing it several times consecutively to cover a topic, before moving on to another single source, also cited several times in a row, for a new topic. In her neocons chapter, she cites Benjamin Balint’s book on Commentary 16 times in a row. I’ve read the book and it is serviceable, but it is only one view on a topic on which countless words have been written. Commentary’s archives are also available online. To rely so thoroughly on single sources is indicative of laziness, frankly, and lack of knowledge.

Tamkin claims to argue that there’s no such thing as a good Jew or bad Jew. But her heart isn’t in it. At every opportunity, she valorizes her bad Jews, the ones who vilify Israel and the American Jewish community. They’re the heroes. Eli Valley, the Jewish cartoonist known for drawing Israelis and pro-Israel Americans as Nazis, she fawns over. Her comment that “multiple people, on learning that I was writing this book, told me that I had to speak to Valley. His work meant so much to them, they told me. It had helped them figure out their own relationship to Jewishness” is perhaps more revealing than she intended.

The flip side is that Tamkin clearly thinks her good Jews are bad. The major Jewish organizations are portrayed throughout as morally indefensible; even Jewish leadership in the civil-rights movement is unconvincingly labeled a “myth.” Anticommunists and Israel supporters are cast as fear- and guilt-ridden tyrants, synogogue-goers as conformist and xenophobic. In her most disgusting passage, Tamkin blames the deadly 2018 shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue on Donald Trump and then immediately uses the tragedy to dump on Orthodox Jews—themselves the victims of most anti-Semitic violence—for several paragraphs.

At the end, Tamkin has one last somersault to perform: excusing left-wing anti-Semitism. “When I hear that the fixation should be on antisemitism on the left,” she writes, “I recall that there was a reason that American Jewish professionals in the 1960s decided not to focus on the antisemitism within the Nation of Islam,” namely, that it could detract from the broader progressive struggle. She then has a quote that the response to left-wing anti-Semitism should be “to show up more” to left-wing causes. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), it is made clear, is the ideal type. At last, and in so many words, we have Tamkin’s elusive definition of a good Jew: a leftist.

Bad Jews: A History of American Jewish Politics and Identities
by Emily Tamkin
Harper, 320 pp., $28.99

Elliot Kaufman is the letters editor of the Wall Street Journal.

‘Sickening’: BBC Hosts ‘Journalist’ Who Called Terror, Murder of Child the ‘Palestinian World Cup’

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The funeral of Ariel Shttuzpik who was killed earlier today in a terror attack when two explosions at two bus stops one at the entrance to Jerusalem and one in Ramot left one person killed and at least another 13 injured. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

By United with Israel Staff

A Palestinian propagandist hosted by BBC dared to call Wednesday’s deadly Jerusalem bombings the “Palestinian World Cup,” The Jewish Chronicle (JC) reported.

According to the JC, politicians and high-profile cultural figures have condemned BBC for repeatedly hosting the terror-supporting “journalist” Abdel Bari Atwan.

Indeed, translations provided by CAMERA Arabic (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis) reveal his statement on Twitter praising the twin terror attacks that claimed the life of a 16-year-old boy who was waiting for a ride to school as well as injuring more than 20 others, come critically.

“Bombings with explosive devices in occupied Jerusalem, one Israeli dead and many injured. And al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade seizing the body of a settler in Jenin, this is the beginning of a very different Palestinian World Cup,” he tweeted.

MP Greg Smith responded to the tweet:

“To say the terrorist murder of an Israeli child and serious injuries to many others is the start of ‘the Palestinian world cup’ is sickening and hate filled.

“The BBC – or any other respectable media outfit – must never have him or anyone with these disgraceful attitudes on their platforms ever again.

“Celebrating terror, comparing it to a game, shows how wrong the BBC ever were to defend Abdel Bari Atwan and must now revisit their decision.”

Prominent historian Simon Sebag Montefiore told the JC: “I find it hard to believe that anyone would celebrate the killing of innocent people by terrorists, but to contrive a link to football and the World Cup is highly distasteful.”

“If the BBC ever needed further evidence of the true colors of Abdel Bari Atwan, his tweet this morning following a terrorist murder provides the true horror of his beliefs,” former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation Lord Carlile stated, according to the JC.

“His reference to terrorist murder as ‘Palestine’s New World Cup’ really does require the BBC to apologize for elevating him to the role of a pundit,” he added.

“Equating murderous terrorists acts with a football tournament should in itself be grounds for disqualification as a BBC contributor,” said Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl, who called Atwan’s statement “sickening.”

Did Trump stumble into this Persona-Non-Grata’s ploy?

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It has been reported that Kanye West and Donald Trump had dinner together at Mar-a-Lago. Kanye was not the only guest. Although he was the only authorized guest, he did not arrive alone. He took the liberty of bringing along with him the infamous white supremacist, Nick Fuentes.

 

Trump claimed later that he had never met Fuentes and knew nothing about his background. But the headlines coming out of the meeting with the two antisemites, where one of whom was a white supremacist, may be very damaging to Trump’s ambition of emulating Grover Cleveland’s second, non-consecutive, successful run for the White House. As a result of the dinner’s reverberation, Trump may lose support among blacks, Hispanics, Jews and many independents who despise racism and bigotry, while providing fresh and broad exposure to Kanye, who would, later on, chew over the nature, the gist, and the back-and-forth between him and Trump.

 

It would be Ye’s version, whether true or not (probably not). And it would go viral due to its sensational nature and its Trump-bashing quality.

 

Ye clearly outsmarted Trump. He manipulated Trump and used him to promote his own objective of having Ye’s run-for-president announcement publicized over nearly every news medium, while, simultaneously,damaging Trump’s chances for a successful run. Kanye tried to suck away Trump’s support among highly religious Christian groups, antisemites, other bigots and supremacists, and move them over to support the “new prophet” – Ye West.

 

In his imaginary narrative of the dinner, Kanye told stories about how he got Trump to lose it when he asked the Donald to be Kanye’s running mate. He also cast dirt on Trump’s character by describing how he gossiped, tossed some mean words and diminished Kardashian, the mother of Ye’s children. He painted Trump in the color of white supremacism by claiming that “Trump is really impressed with Nick Fuentes”. He blamed Trump of disloyalty to his supporters by standing on the sidelines and not coming to their defense, when authorities went after the January 6th protesters who were hunted by the Democrats and their politically motivated law-enforcement agencies.

 

In addition, Kanye used his newly visible platform to promote his presidential agenda of converting the democratic nature of the US into a Christian Autocracy (and specifically not a Judeo-Christian one).

 

The whole circumstance of what actually took place in Mar-a-Lago looks and smells like a conspiracy to trap Trump. The part exposing the nature and purpose of the dinner meeting is the fact that Kanye brought over his new “best friend”, Fuentes, a white supremacist, without letting Trump know about it ahead of the meeting.

 

Why would a black guy befriend a white supremacist? Even when these two share the same lies and distortion about Jews, there is still a titanic chasm between them when it comes to the question of racism directed at black people. When someone is offered the opportunity to see an ex-president and share dinner with “His Majesty”, would he bring along anyone, let alone a person who is anything but a best and most loyal friend?

 

The only logical conclusion is that it was a ploy to trap and devalue Trump while promoting Kanye in the process. The means justified the end.

 

The other question that comes to mind is who conceived this whole scenario? Was it just Kanye, or did he have some backing?

 

It is conceivable that Kanye conceived and executed the setup on his own. But it is also possible that he received help and advice from Trump-haters. And there are many, all over The agenda calling for Damaging Trump is surrounding the globe. It is not limited to Democrats; it is a global phenomenon. Kanye could have used that to his advantage. After all, he is a self-made millionaire. He is mean and sick-minded, and a persona-non-grata as of late, but he must be smart; he must be a professional manipulator; he is famous; and he knows where to go for backing and support.

 

If he could get a professional white supremacist to join him–a black person–on his trip, he could get other Trump-haters, even Democrats, to support this set-up.

 

It is thought-provoking to speculate on the fallout of this whole event.

Dr. Avi Perry, talk show host at Paltalk News Network (PNN), is the author of “Fundamentals of Voice Quality Engineering in Wireless Networks,”and “72 Virgins,” a thriller about the covert war on Islamic terror. He was a VP at NMS Communications, a Bell Laboratories – distinguished staff member and manager, as well as a delegate of the US and Lucent Technologies to the ITU—the UN International Standards body in Geneva, a professor at Northwestern University and Intelligence expert for the Israeli Government. He may be reached through his web site www.aviperry.org

As Art Basel Miami Beach Turns 20, Panel of Collectors Discuss Shaping the City as Cultural Destination

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As Art Basel Miami Beach turns 20, a panel brings together collectors who have helped shape the city as a cultural destination. What can we learn from the Miami ecosystem and the collectors who have contributed to it? Photo Credit: ArtBasel.com

As Art Basel Miami Beach Turns 20, Panel of Collectors Discuss Shaping the City as Cultural Destination

Edited by: TJVNews.com

As Art Basel Miami Beach turns 20, a panel brings together collectors who have helped shape the city as a cultural destination. What can we learn from the Miami ecosystem and the collectors who have contributed to it? What have been their parallel journeys over the past two decades? How do they hope to inspire a new generation of collectors and foster new artistic talent?

Participating in this panel discussion are Craig Robins, CEO and President of Dacra, Miami, Carlos & Rosa de la Cruz, business owners and contemporary art collectors, Key Biscayne, Florida, Martin Z. Margulies, Collector, Miami , Katherine Hinds, Curator, Margulies Collection, Miami  and the moderator is  Jane Wooldridge, Senior Director, Miami Herald, Miami.

This panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 30th between 1 and 2 pm at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Conversations will take place in the Auditorium (Grand Ballroom), Level 2, North.  Doors will open 10 min before the event. The conversations are open to the public. All conversations will also be livestreamed with subtitles on the Art Basel Facebook page. A recording will be available on their website after the event. Headsets for hearing aids are available on request in the auditorium.

Craig Robins is an entrepreneur, real-estate developer and art collector focused on developing investing in creative communities that integrate art, design, and architecture to accelerate asset-value creation and enrich urban life. Robins is the Chairman and Founder of Design Miami/, which he owns in partnership with MCH Swiss Exhibition, the producers of Art Basel.

Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz (Havana, Cuba) lived in both New York and Madrid before moving to Key Biscayne in 1975. They have been married since 1962, have five children, 17 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Built over more than 30 years, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz’s art collection – credited by ARTnews, among others, as being one of the most influential in the world – opened to the public in 2009 as the de la Cruz Collection: a privately funded, museum in Miami’s Design District. Admission, annual exhibitions, lectures, and workshops are accessible to the public free of charge. In partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, scholarship programming associated with the collection has impacted the lives of students from New World School of the Arts, Design and Architecture Senior High, Parsons School of Design, and School of Visual Arts, as well as through design competitions.

Martin Margulies, father of four children, is a dedicated community activist with a longstanding commitment to the welfare of underprivileged and disenfranchised people in Miami. Consistently named on lists such as the ARTnews Top 200 Collectors, the Martin Z. Margulies Collection is considered by curators, artists, critics, and dealers as one of the most significant collections of its kind. Focusing on seminal works by the most important names in art history, the collection includes European Modernism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Arte Povera, new media, film, vintage and contemporary photography, large-scale sculpture, and installation art. Margulies is also a founder of and a major contributor to Lotus House Shelter for Homeless Women and Children.

Jane Wooldridge is an award-winning travel, business, and arts journalist. A veteran of the Miami Herald, she has led initiatives melding art, real estate, tourism, economy, and leisure travel, among others. In her current role as Senior Director, she leads partnerships with philanthropic interests to expand local journalism through high-impact initiatives. Wooldridge has covered Art Basel Miami Beach for the Miami Herald since the fair’s inception. In the process, she has chronicled the city’s rise from a cultural unknown to a powerhouse center for visual and performing arts. A passionate traveler, Wooldridge has visited and written about museums and visual-arts communities around the globe.

The Art Basel Miami Beach 2022 Conversations program is curated by Emily Butler.

In the wake of the Covid pandemic, how can philanthropy find new ways to support creatives effectively and address the urgency of climate change? What new funding mechanisms need to be put into place? What opportunities does technology offer to distribute funding transparently and collaboratively? We hear from leading representatives on the future priorities and forms of philanthropy.

Participating in this panel discussion are Alberto Ibargüen, President, Knight Foundation, Miami,  Larissa Harris, Executive Director, Teiger Foundation, New York, Scott Moore, Co-Founder, Gitcoin, Toronto and the moderator is András Szántó, author and cultural strategy advisor, New York.

This panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 30th between 1 and 2 pm at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Alberto Ibargüen is president of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, which promotes informed and engaged communities through grants in support of free expression. The foundation believes strongly that arts and culture are essential to thriving communities: its current funding is focused on the application of digital media in the arts. Including its recently announced commitments, Knight Foundation’s support of the arts in Miami has exceeded USD 200 million over the last 15 years.

Larissa Harris is the inaugural Executive Director of Teiger Foundation, which supports curators in contemporary visual art. A practitioner herself, she was Curator at the Queens Museum until 2020, where in collaboration with thinkers, artists, and her coworkers, she organized a variety of exhibitions including 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair (2014); Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art (2016); and The Conference of the Animals, the first US museum commission of the work of Ulrike Müller (2020).

Scott Moore is a co-founder of Gitcoin, an internet-native community focused on building and funding digital public goods. To date, Gitcoin has helped distribute USD 69 million to builders working on everything from core open-source infrastructure to digital climate solutions. In addition to his work on Gitcoin, Moore is an active steward for other public goods focused DAOs including Ethereum Name Service, Gnosis Safe, Optimism, and PleasrDAO. Previously, he helped advise a number of other related initiatives, including UNICEF’s Digital Public Goods Alliance and Ethereum Foundation Grants.

András Szántó is a widely published author and editor who advises museums, foundations, universities, and corporations on cultural strategy and program development worldwide. His writings have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Artforum, Artnet, and The Art Newspaper, among others. As a consultant, he advises some of the world’s leading museums, cultural institutions and corporate art programs. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he helped launch and oversee the Global Museum Leaders Colloquium. His most recent book is The Future of the Museum: 28 Dialogues (2021).

The Art Basel Miami Beach 2022 Conversations program is curated by Emily Butler. (ArtBasel.com)

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