The metamorphosis of a Jewish supremacist | +972 Magazine

Jerusalem is divided between different people – leftists and rightists, secular and religious – these definitions erect walls and restrict our humanity. At the end of the day, when you talk to someone on the level and do it genuinely you realize that we all have a lot in common, even when we disagree with each other, which is fine. They look different and they think different, but we must respect each other, we are all the sons of one god.

I then shed all my prejudice and the preconceptions that I had, having grown up in Jerusalem during the Second Intifada, having seen blown-up buses and thought every Arab was a terrorist. Many times in my life I incited and acted against Arabs.

And today, three years on, I’m coming full circle. I’m going to meet with Mohammed Ghadir, shake his hand talk to him. I’m the happiest man alive.

I’ve recently started speaking against racism and for love and tolerance. Many eyebrows were raised. I was harassed along the way, and many are still annoyed with me.

But when I see kids that thanks to me choose love over hate, I couldn’t be happier. I have made lovely Arab, religious, secular, ultra-Orthodox friends, really of all kinds. I’m trying to shed my prejudices and be sensitive, empathetic, loving and accepting. I’ve shed all the fears that I had. I’ve won.”Later, after he met with Ghadir, he wrote another post describing the meeting as “one of the most emotional moments of my life.”

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Trump Allegedly Used Foreign Models Working In America Without Visas: Gothamist

When it comes to Donald Trump and immigration, there’s one thing we know: if you came here without following the law, you’re out! Unless you’re an undocumented Polish laborer building Trump Tower. But hey, that was thirty-five years ago. Trump wouldn’t keep exploiting workers. Like, say, models. He definitely wouldn’t run a modeling agency that encouraged models to be here without visas, right? Oh, uh, I guess he would do that.Mother Jones spoke to three models who worked for Trump through his Trump Model Management company, all three of whom told the magazine that the company employed them despite the fact that they didn’t have work visas when they began modeling. One model, Rachel Blais, told Mother Jones she worked for six months in 2004 without a visa after coming to New York from Canada, but at least in her case the company helped her get one.Two other anonymous models who spoke to the magazine said that they didn’t ever have work visas during their time modeling for Trump Model Management.

Source: Trump Allegedly Used Foreign Models Working In America Without Visas: Gothamist

More Than 50 Pregnant New Yorkers Have Been Infected With Zika: Gothamist Duh!?! If 500 with it get bitten by a local mosquito – they pass it on because that skeeter passes it to the next person it bites!

More than 500 New Yorkers have been infected with the Zika virus, including 56 pregnant women, according to the NYC Health Department. Although no Zika-carrying mosquitos have been found in New York (yet), health officials are urging New Yorkers—particularly pregnant women and their partners—to refrain from traveling to Zika-infested parts of the world for the next year.

Source: More Than 50 Pregnant New Yorkers Have Been Infected With Zika: Gothamist

What Donald Trump said about Mexico | US elections 2016 | DW.COM | 31.08.2016  Loser!

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”Trump on June 16, 2015 in his speech his candidacy for president.

“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall.”Trump on June 16, 2015 in his speech announcing his presidential bid.

“Mexico could stop 90 percent of the problems just by being tough, but they don’t want to be. They don’t want to stop it because it is to their advantage.”Trump on April 13, 2016 in a Fox News town hall in Pittsburgh.

“I would say it (the wall) will be complete in two years from the time we’ll start. We’ll start quickly. And it will be a real wall.”Trump on April 13, 2016 in a Fox News town hall in Pittsburgh.

Source: What Donald Trump said about Mexico | US elections 2016 | DW.COM | 31.08.2016

Wednesday Open Thread | #VeteransForKaepernick Exploded On Twitter | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem has taken over the news cycle. It seems almost everyone has weighed in on the issue except one, extremely important group: American co…

Source: Wednesday Open Thread | #VeteransForKaepernick Exploded On Twitter | 3CHICSPOLITICO

In the Shadows of Men …(excerpt)

The 7th daughter of the 7th daughter? Or why not – today/now is the beginning of a new day.

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My mother gave birth to me shortly after she turned sixteen—a child giving birth to a child, I always thought. I was raised in the midst of my parents’ teenage dreams and the uncertainty of their new adult lives. Memories became lost in the flow of life. This made us forget what had been and simply carry on moment to moment.

Each of us grows, and inside are the lost dreams and thwarted wishes of our mothers. You are the origin of her dreams’ demise. You are asked to rise to the appointed challenges because, in spite of being a woman, you will face this world and prove you are worthy to exist within it.

Girl after girl after girl was born, and the dreams of our mother broke around us, their shrapnel scattered and then reshaped into another dream far away from us—the dream of the male. The boy…

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Federal withdrawal from private prisons won’t affect Tacoma immigration detention center — yet | The News Tribune

Federal withdrawal from private prison business won’t affect Tacoma immigration detention center. It’s run by a different federal agency that has no plans to change – yet

Source: Federal withdrawal from private prisons won’t affect Tacoma immigration detention center — yet | The News Tribune

Federal withdrawal from private prisons won’t affect Tacoma immigration detention center — yet | The News Tribune

The Department of Justice is getting out of the private-prison business, but for the moment that won’t affect the largest privately operated detention facility in the state: the Northwest Detention Center on the Tacoma Tideflats.DOJ leaders announced Aug. 18 that they would not renew existing contracts with private prison operators, saying they provide lower quality service and are less safe than publicly run prisons. The decision followed an earlier inspector general’s report that found so-called “contract prisons” have poor safety records and high rates of assault between inmates and against staff.The decision didn’t affect the 1,575-bed detention center. Owned by the GEO Group, it operates under a recently renewed contract with a different federal agency: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). But the DOJ’s move is prompting members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, to push for a similar withdrawal from the use of privately owned facilities such as the detention center.

Source: Federal withdrawal from private prisons won’t affect Tacoma immigration detention center — yet | The News Tribune

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