Thanksgiving – Then and Now

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WWII vs Afghanistan

THEN – WWII

Stanley Collins, US Navy: “I was on submarine duty in the Pacific in the year 1943. We were in the area off the cost of the Philippines. I remember having a complete turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. While the turkeys were cooking, the submarine took a dive. We went down too steeply and the turkeys fell out of the oven onto the deck. The cook picked them up and put them back into the oven — and we ate them, regardless of what may have gotten on them as a result of their fall. That meal was so good!”

Ervin Schroeder, 77th Infantry Division, 3rd Battalion, I Company, US Army: “On Thanksgiving Day, we made our landing on Leyte Island in the Philippines very early in the morning. We therefore missed our dinner aboard ship. Somewhere down the beach from where we landed, the Navy…

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History Made: Mississippi Just Elected Its First Female Senator, Yet the Media Doesn’t Seem Too Happy About It

H/T Town Hall.

If Cindy Hyde-Smith was a DemocRat the drive-by media would be shouting her accomplishment from the rooftops.

Let’s revisit this post from election week, in which I highlighted a number of notable Republican victors in the media’s much-discussed “year of the woman.”  Since that piece went live, a number of the tentative outcomes have changed: Young Kim narrowly lost in California, Martha McSally narrowly lost in Arizona (though could end up in the Senate anyway), and despite winning comfortably, Cathy McMorris Rodgers stepped aside from leadership, with Liz Cheney taking her place as the top-ranking Republican woman in the House.  A number of female incumbents from competitive districts also lost by a hair, such Mimi Walters and Mia Love, the latter whom was defeated by a white man.  Oddly, identity fetishists on the Left don’t seem to be complaining about that outcome.  But one of the results that remains intact is the victory of Cindy Hyde-Smith, who became the first woman ever elected to Congress (in either house) by Mississippi voters.

History!  Year of the woman!  “Can’t wait for all the glowing media profiles,” snarked one Twitter buddy.  The press, for some reason, tends to get more excited about certain historic political winners (and losers) than others.  I can’t quite put my finger on the difference; on the surface, it looks like many reporters are inclined root for Democrats, but I’ve been assured that such biases don’t exist, so the search for the root cause continues. Here’s how the Associated Pressand Reuters covered Hyde-Smith’s win:

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Republican wins racially charged U.S. Senate race in Mississippi https://reut.rs/2E1pwBx 

Republican wins racially charged U.S. Senate race in Mississippi

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith won a U.S. Senate special election runoff in Mississippi on Tuesday, the Associated Press projected, defeating a black challenger after a campaign that recalled the…

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MT @AP_Politics Republican US Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith wins divisive Mississippi runoff, surviving a video-recorded remark decried as racist. http://apne.ws/N8do6Pb 

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GOP US Sen. Hyde-Smith wins divisive runoff, keeps her seat

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith won a divisive Mississippi runoff Tuesday, surviving a video-recorded remark decried as racist and defeating a former federal official who…

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By contrast, here’s how the same AP Twitter account announced Bob Menendez’s relatively close re-election, having barely escaped federal corruption convictions, following a stinging bipartisan rebuke from the Senate ethics committee:

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BREAKING: Democrat Bob Menendez wins re-election to U.S. Senate from New Jersey. at 8:52 p.m. EST. @AP election coverage: http://apne.ws/APPolitics 

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Remember Kirsten Sinema?  She won the Arizona Senate race despite numerous videos of her dumping on the people of her state, and her history of radicalism — including portraying US troops as murderous skeletons spreading ‘US terror.’  I don’t see anything about her ‘surviving’ her controversies here:

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BREAKING: Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins election to U.S. Senate from Arizona. at 5:41 p.m. MST. @AP election coverage: http://apne.ws/APPolitics 

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While we’re at it, does anyone remember this AP framing of President Obama’s 2008 victory?

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Senator Barack Obama wins divisive Presidential election, surviving personal relationships with prominent anti-Semites and domestic terrorists.

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MT @AP_Politics Republican US Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith wins divisive Mississippi runoff, surviving a video-recorded remark decried as racist. #Election2018 http://apne.ws/N8do6Pb 

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Oh, that didn’t happen?  Weird, right?  To be fair, some media outlets did showcase the historic nature of Hyde-Smith’s win, so the coverage was not uniformly biased.  Also, she admittedly was not a strong candidate, foolishly ‘joking’ about attending a hanging and suppressing college students’ votes, and relying on prepared answers written on notecards during the only debate of the runoff.  Regardless, Hyde-Smith, a former Democrat, won by a tighter margin that is typically expected in Mississippi, but it wasn’t exactly a nail-biter either.  She prevailed by approximately eight points, leading to earlier-than-expected concession and victory speeches by the respective candidates.  Hyde Smith underperformed most Republicans in certain suburban areas and ‘swingy’ districts, but made up ground among rural voters, underscoring a major theme of the 2018 cycle.  President Trump’s strong endorsement and eleventh-hour rallies likely helped secure her lead in the heavily Republican state.  Her team wisely nationalized the contest, burying the Democrats’ chances.  Now that the Senate cycle is officially complete, Republicans have netted two seats, increasing their majority to 53-47.  Phil Klein’s takeaway is the most important:

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Mississippi win gives McConnell 3 votes to spare on Trump judges https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/mississippi-senate-win-gives-mitch-mcconnell-three-votes-to-spare-to-confirm-trump-judges 

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Republican Senate win in Mississippi gives Mitch McConnell three votes to spare to confirm Trump…

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s victory in the Mississippi run-off election on Tuesday night will provide Republicans with 53 Senate seats, in effect giving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell three votes…

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With Democrats now in control of the House of Representatives, Trump won’t be able to pass any sort of major legislation, meaning that the Republican Senate will be primarily spending the next two years pushing through as many judicial nominations as possible. In the past year, with Republicans down to 51 seats, McConnell has only been able to afford one defection on confirmations. That in effect has left fence-sitting Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Jeff Flake with out-sized influence over the nomination process as any two of them had the power to sink a nomination.  Going into 2019, Flake will be out of the Senate, and McConnell will be able to afford to lose both Collins and Murkowski and still have a vote to spare given Vice President Mike Pence can cast the tie-breaking vote. The added cushion not only means that it will be easier for McConnell to get nominees confirmed, it also means that Trump and his team can have more leeway to nominate more conservative judges given that there is now less pressure to placate centrists.

Klein also notes that “there are 112 district court vacancies and 11 appellate vacancies on the federal bench.” And one never knows when another SCOTUS seat could open up. Finally, just in case you can’t get enough of Senate politics, I’ll leave you with Josh Kraushaar’s never-too-early preview of the 2020 map:

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McConnell holding 53 Senate seats + the ever-growing rural vote for Rs makes 2020 Senate majority challenging for Ds.

Dems have solid chance flipping CO + NC + AZ, but significant rural vote in IA/GA/TX will bolster Rs.http://njour.nl/s/674742?unlock=W5CX6EFPQP5WHYT1 

Assessing the 2020 Senate Map

By picking up two seats, Mitch McConnell’s Senate majority is looking resilient heading into the presidential election cycle.

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Polish pilots of the RAF

H/T Beyond The Band Of Brothers.

A look at the bravery and skill of the Polish pilots with the RAF.

Facing the enemy – and the doubt of allies.            

After the fall of Poland to Nazi Germany, the government in exile quickly raised a force of 75,000 soldiers in France, comprising troops who had escaped to continue the fight. Many of these soldiers were pilots. Even though they were well-trained, experienced, with some having over ten years of flying experience, and already seasoned against the Luftwaffe, they were largely ignored by the French, with only 174 getting a chance to fly when Germany invaded its western neighbor. Many of the pilots who did get to fight flew obsolete fighters but still managed to inflict losses on the Germans.

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A Polish military airfield in early 1939. The plane in the foreground is a PZL.37 Łoś medium bomber, accompanied by PZL P.11 fighters

After the fall of France, some 8,000 Polish air personnel managed to escape to Britain to continue the fight. Like the French, the British were also dismissive at first. One English pilot who later flew with Poles wrote: “All I knew about the Polish Air Force was that it had only lasted about three days against the Luftwaffe, and I had no reason to suppose that they would shine any more brightly operating from England.”

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The flags of the Royal Air Force and Poland being raised at a British airfield

Polish pilots were eager to replace the mounting British losses who fell daily during the Battle of Britain, but they had to convince the RAF of their ability first. Most of them didn’t speak a word in English and could only talk to British officers in French. They had to learn to measure distances in miles instead of kilometers and fuel in gallons instead of liters. They had to learn to push the throttle forward for full speed, rather than pulling it back like they used to do. Having flown fixed-gear planes earlier, they had to learn and remember to lower the landing gear before touching down. Veteran pilots had to ride tricycles, equipped with radio, speedometer and compass, in formation around the airfield to prove they understand basic maneuvering.

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Polish pilots during RAF training

Culture shock was also something to deal with, especially the rainy weather and the food, with one Pole remarking that English cuisine “consists of making the worst dishes from the best produce on Earth.”

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Squadron Leader Eugeniusz Horbaczewski of No. 315 Polish Fighter Squadron with, his North American Mustang. Horbaczewski was shot down and killed on August 18, 1944 after destroying three Focke-Wulf Fw 190s

The Poles, however, were quick to convince the RAF and charm the general populace. Two Polish fighter squadrons and two bomber squadrons were set up, followed by more later in the war, while some airmen were placed in other, British-staffed squadrons. Once they started flying, the story of the gallant patriots quickly spread in the media and the Poles soon enjoyed free meals in restaurants, free drinks in pubs and free rides on the bus. During one mission, a Polish pilot had to bail, landing on the grounds of a tennis club – and was promptly invited to a doubles match. Another man parachuted and landed in the backyard of a London residence right at the feet of a girl whom he married two months later. Yet another was found by a lady whose husband was off to the war and who only let him return to his unit after two days of “recuperation.” Having an old-world charm with their bows, heel-clicking and flowers after the first date, the Poles became so popular with the English ladies that “I’m a Polish pilot, please have a drink with me, I’m very lonely” became a pick-up line for British airmen trying to get in on the action.

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Wing Commander Tadeusz Sawicz and his bride Diana Hughes on their wedding day in London, 1944

Not every Pole shot down was so lucky. One was lynched by a local mob that mistook his Polish protestations for German. Another avoided the same fate by swearing at his attackers in English, which made them realize he was on their side.

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In the air, Polish pilots amazed the RAF with an aggressiveness that was first taken for a lack of discipline. Rather than maneuvering in close units and firing from 150 yards away, they would dive at the enemy and open fire at point blank range, hitting more frequently and spreading panic.

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A Polish pilot giving details to a British intelligence officer after a mission

On August 30, 1944, 303 Squadron earned its wings thanks to this aggression. While out on a training mission, a pilot spotted and reported genuine enemies but his English squadron leader didn’t react to the report. Acting on his own initiative, he and another pilot broke off and shot down one of the German bombers. On his return to base, he was reprimanded for breaking discipline and then congratulated on his and the squadron’s first kill. Later that evening, his squadron leader made a call to Fighter Command, declaring “Under the circumstances, sir, I do think we might call them operational.”

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Pilots from No. 303 Squadron

Polish pilots played a critical role in the Battle of Britain. No. 303 Squadron alone scored nearly three times as many kills as the British average, with one-third of the losses. Jozef Frantisek, a Czech pilot flying with the Poles, became the highest-scoring ace of the battle with 17 kills. Another pilot became one of the three aces in a day of the battle by destroying five enemies in a single day. During the darkest days of the battle, when only about 350 pilots were ready to sortie, almost 100 of those were Polish.

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Ground crews working on Vickers Wellington bombers at No. 300 Polish Bombers Squadron

Though the Polish contribution to the war was invaluable, they were quickly discarded afterwards. With Poland ending up under the Soviet Union’s control, Britain appeased Stalin by forbidding Polish pilots from participating in the victory march in London. Many Polish soldiers returned to their homeland, now a Communist dictatorship, only to be the targets of suspicion and sometimes even imprisonment due to their western connections. Many more remained exiles for the rest of their lives.

You can learn more about the influence World War II had on the world’s many nations on our tours to Western Europe, the Eastern Front and the Pacific Theater.

Current News – The New/Old Army Uniform

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By COREY DICKSTEIN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 19, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Army is finalizing its new green throwback uniforms inspired by soldiers’ World War II attire, but only recruiters should expect to don the new duds for the time being.

The service was making final tweaks to the design of the new uniform, to be officially called Army Greens, which will see an initial run of some 200 prototypes that will be fielded primarily by recruiters, Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, the service’s top enlisted soldier, said Monday. It could be another three months before that initial batch of uniforms is ready. But the vast majority of soldiers will not have an opportunity to purchase or receive the Greens until the summer of 2020.

Dailey received positive feedback from soldiers he spoke to about the new uniforms during a visit in recent days with troops in Asia, the Army’s top…

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PT Boat report – July 1945

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New Guinea, July 1945

The final invasion of the SW Pacific area was made on 1 July, 1945, when troops of the 7th Australian Division were landed at the oil port of Balikpapan in SW Borneo.  The amphibious attack group commander wanted PT boats patrolling the beachs beforehand to prevent the enemy from erecting obstacles.

Accordingly, 4 Pt’s of Squadron 10, 4 from Squadron 27 and the patrol boat tender USS Mobjack, under Lt. Cmdr. Tappaan, were dispatched.  They strafed and rocketed the beaches to keep the enemy away.

Mindanao, 1945, PT-150 in foreground

The Varuna arrived with 8 more PT’s and the task unit was brought to full strength with the arrival of 7 more boats.  On the night of 9/10 July, Lt. A.W. Allison’s PT-73 and Lt. C.S, Welsh’s Pt-359 were sent to destroy a reported enemy radar station on Balabalagan Island.  The boats did a thorough…

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Los Angeles: Muslim migrant screaming “anti-Semitic insults” tries to run down Jews, cops trying to determine motive

H/T Jihad.

It does not take a brain surgeon to figure out the motive it is the rabid hatred of the Jewish people by Muslims is the cause.

Mohamed Mohamed Abdi also had a Qur’an on his dashboard. Nonetheless, “authorities are trying to determine the motivations” that could have led him to do such a thing. This is because they are bound as a matter of policy to assume that Islam is a religion of peace that teaches love and tolerance; they cannot admit the existence of Islamic anti-Semitism. Indeed, this entire article is preoccupied (in sections I did not excerpt below) with the rise in anti-Semitism in the U.S., but never hints that this rise could be attributable to the increased Muslim presence here. The major Jewish organizations in the U.S. are likewise preoccupied with the alleged rise of the “far right,” and never say anything at all about Islamic anti-Semitism.

An update on this story. “Police exploring background of Seattle man arrested in vehicle attack outside L.A. synagogue,” by James Queally, Los Angeles Times, November 26, 2018:

Authorities are trying to determine the motivations and background of a 32-year-old Seattle man who allegedly tried to run down two men outside of a synagogue in Hancock Park last week in an attack that police have described as a hate crime.

Mohamed Mohamed Abdi was arrested outside of Congregation Bais Yehuda in the 300 block of La Brea Avenue Friday night and held on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he yelled a number of anti-Semitic insults and barreled his car toward the two men around 9 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Horace Frank said.

Abdi was driving a rental car past the synagogue when he began yelling profanity at a group of worshipers near La Brea and Oakwood Avenues, Frank said.

Concerned by Abdi’s actions, two men walked away from the larger group but kept their eyes trained on Abdi, who then made a U-turn and ran a red light while accelerating toward them, Frank said. The two men managed to evade him, and Abdi crashed into a parked car a short time later….

No one was injured at the scene, and Abdi is being held in lieu of $55,000 at Men’s Central Jail downtown, police said. A knife was found in Abdi’s car, but Frank said police do not believe he owns any firearms.

Frank expects the LAPD will ask the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office to pursue assault charges against Abdi. The department is working in conjunction with the FBI’s Los Angeles field office to investigate Abdi, and federal prosecutors may consider possible hate crime or domestic terror charges against him….

A native of Mogadishu in Somalia, Abdi is a U.S. citizen who emigrated to the Seattle area several years ago, Frank said. He rented a car and drove to Los Angeles sometime last week, though it was not clear if he knew anyone in the area or why he came to the city.

Investigators did not say if Abdi specifically targeted Congregation Bais Yehuda. A call to the synagogue seeking comment Monday was not returned, and the Seattle Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on what, if any, history they had with Abdi.

Frank said Abdi’s chosen method of attack — driving toward a crowd of pedestrians — and the fact that he was carrying a knife were “very concerning.” He noted that Abdi’s actions mirror those of other terror attacks in recent years, where so-called lone wolf assailants have used a rented vehicle rather than a firearm or explosive device to cause carnage in open spaces….

WOW: Money Raised After Pittsburgh Shooting Went To An Islamic Center With Terror Ties

H/T Town Hall.

A Muslim and antisemite Linda Sarsour in charge of the fundraising this is no big surprise that the money is going to group with tied to terrorism.

In late October, Robert Gregory Bowers, a vicious anti-Semite, walked into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and shot and killed 11 people. Several people were injured, four of which were police officers. It was tragic—but of course, everyone blamed President Trump for reasons only morons understand. There were protests when he visited the site. Everyone was creating controversy when there needed to be none. But now, we have another controversy that could be brewing that isn’t related to Trump. It centers on anti-Semite Linda Sarsour. The anti-Israel activist seems to have been exposed for cheating the Tree of Life synagogue from money fundraised after the tragic shooting.

Hen Mazzig

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So @lsarsour raised $400,000 for the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, but ONLY $10,000 got to them. Not enough for one funereal even. I think it’s great that other people support us, but not when they use our tragedy to fundraise and not even 10% gets to the real victims.

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The propaganda arm (The Forward) tried to twist it, in another deceiving article by the ever so smart journalist, Pink, but the truth is clear.

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Correction: ~$160K was raised as part of one general cemeteries campaign that pre-dates the TOL massacre and ~$240K was raised as part of the TOL campaign after the massacre. The $10K was from the first campaign.
I was wrong about the 10%, still troubling.
H/t @Jeff__Davenport

Hen Mazzig

@HenMazzig

So @lsarsour raised $400,000 for the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, but ONLY $10,000 got to them. Not enough for one funereal even. I think it’s great that other people support us, but not when they use our tragedy to fundraise and not even 10% gets to the real victims.

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Burp_Reynolds@BurpReynolds60

So how much went to the synagogue since the fundraising effort on their behalf?

Jordan Schachtel

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$10,000 went to Tree of Life synagogue, while $155,000 went to the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh (!). People should be demanding their money back from @lsarsour.https://twitter.com/HenMazzig/status/1067368768844824588 

Hen Mazzig

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So @lsarsour raised $400,000 for the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, but ONLY $10,000 got to them. Not enough for one funereal even. I think it’s great that other people support us, but not when they use our tragedy to fundraise and not even 10% gets to the real victims.

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Jordan Schachtel

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$10,000 went to Tree of Life synagogue, while $155,000 went to the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh (!). People should be demanding their money back from @lsarsour.https://twitter.com/HenMazzig/status/1067368768844824588 

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From The Forward, which seemingly does its best to whitewash what happened here. pic.twitter.com/t2UQJIFznW

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Correction: ~$160K was raised as part of one general cemeteries campaign that pre-dates the TOL massacre and ~$240K was raised as part of the TOL campaign after the massacre. The $10K was from the first campaign.
I was wrong about the 10%, still troubling.
H/t @Jeff__Davenport

Arthur Normanson 🚒💦🔥@artstop

The money raised in the name of Tree of Life may never reach them at all.

That’s what seems likely, but the $10k is meant to show that SOME MONEY was sent to them.

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Update: Update: Islamic Center claims it will send the $155k check to Tree of Life synagogue. As for remaining $83,634, it will go to vague “projects that help foster Muslim-Jewish collaboration, dialogue, and solidarity.” So all that $ raised will simply vanish, it appears.

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Flashback: El-Messidi and Sarsour were also behind the 6-figure sum that was raised to “repair Jewish cemeteries.” The money was never accounted for. Cemeteries said they never received a check. https://forward.com/fast-forward/376846/wheres-100k-linda-sarsour-promised-for-vandalized-jewish-cemetery/ 

Linda Sarsour Still Hasn’t Sent $100K She Promised To Jewish Cemetery

“Plans are in place. We just need the money.”

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Now, some money was given to Tree of Life, around $10,000, but that was part of an effort to repair Jewish cemetaries that were vandalized. Since the shooting, around $240,000 were raised, but it appears little, if any, has been sent to Tree of Life. Of that $240,000-figure, $155,000 went to the the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.

Hen Mazzig of The Jerusalem Post initially said that $400,000 was raised for Tree of Life, but then offered a correction, noting that $160,000 was raised by Sarsour as part of an effort to fix Jewish cemeteries and $240,000 was raised after the shooting. The corrected tweet is in the thread above.

Tree of Life received just $10,000 from the cemetery campaign, but doesn’t appear to have received a dime from the post-shooting fundraising effort, but now the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh says they will supposedly send its six-figure check ($155,000) to Tree of Life. According to Conservative Review’s Jordan Schactel, the other $83,634 will go “to vague ‘projects that help foster Muslim-Jewish collaboration, dialogue, and solidarity. Oh, and as for the money raised for Jewish cemeteries, several never received the funds that were promised (via CR):

According to the left-wing The Forward, the Islamic group Celebrate Mercy has already funneled $155,000 — of over $238,634 that was raised supposedly for the victims of the shooting and the greater Jewish community of Pittsburgh — into the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. Though the Forward article states that a document was posted signed by a representative of Celebrate Mercy, the director of the Islamic Center, and a “Tree of Life representative detailing exactly how the funds will be distributed to victims and their families,” the link to the document is dead.

As for the remaining $83,634, raised above the fundraiser’s $150,000 goal, it will go toward the vague goal of “projects that help foster Muslim-Jewish collaboration, dialogue, and solidarity,” Celebrate Mercy director Tarek El-Messidi toldThe Forward.

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The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh is a mosque with deep tiesto Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the United States. A former imam there was an overt anti-Semite who blamed Jews for the rise of ISIS, and he was ultra-cozy with anti-Semitic hate preacher Louis Farrakhan.

Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour in particular (who fundraised in the wake of the Pittsburgh attacks, through her Islamic advocacy group called MPower Change) has a long history of running Jewish “solidarity” scams, which resulted in raised cash simply disappearing.

Last year, Sarsour and El-Messidi raised over $100,000 for the purported goal of helping to repair Jewish cemeteries that were damaged by vandals. Months went by, and several cemeteries that were promised funds never received a check from the group.

Yeah, I could see how a lot of people are going to see this as a problem. Will it be big enough to warrant a lawsuit? We’ll see.