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A Moroccan hero to Jews
by Richard Hurowitz
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 Trump's Agenda Blocked by Distractions 
Donald Trump is way behind on naming government appointments and, no surprise, Democrats aren't helping. Thus far in his presidency, Trump has made only 85 nominations, which is lagging significantly behind the numbers posted by his three predecessors; Barack liar-nObama had nominated 212, George W. Bush 161 and Bill liar-Clinton 182. Even George H. W. Bush had made 135 by this point in his presidency, which is interesting given the fact that he was following Ronald Reagan.
          "Leadership matters a lot, as does having the right people in place," said Mallory Barg Bulman vice president of research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service. "You can't start the game until the whole team is on the field."
          According to the White House, the slow walking is intentional. Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated, "We're actually going through the Office of Government Ethics and FBI clearances before announcing most of these individuals. And so, there's a little bit of a difference in how we're doing this. But we are well on pace with respect to many of these [appointments] to get the government up and running." However, it's interesting to note that Trump has yet to nominate anyone for director of the Office of Personnel Management, the agency tasked with managing the federal workforce. One would think that would be a priority nomination.
          But with Democrats pledging to throw up road blocks to any and all of Trump's nominees, all while demanding that a special prosecutor be named to investigate the phony Russia-Trump collusion allegations, it would seem counterintuitive to be moving this slowly.
          There's another seemingly growing problem — Republicans, holding a slim majority, are showing some signs of splitting from supporting Trump, especially since the firing of James Comey. The lack of consistently disciplined and cohesive communications coming from Trump and his administration, which is an intentional strategy to keep his opponents guessing, is proving to sow an increasing amount of confusion and frustration on Trump's own side — particularly with congressional Republicans. Often they're left scrambling to both understand and answer for statements from Trump's White House with little to no warning. Instead of being on the offensive, the GOP is seemingly playing from behind, as if they were the minority party.
          Robert Moffit, a former assistant OPM director during Ronald Reagan's presidency and current senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said, "The bottom line is that the president can't run the federal government out of the White House and secretaries can't run giant agencies huddled in an executive suite. Unilateral disarmament is a victory for the swamp. The swamp creatures have won the fight. Unless you control the bureaucracy, the bureaucracy controls you."
          Trump needs to ramp up his nomination rate, encourage Republicans to stand firmly united and call out Democrats for being the party of obstructionists, if he hopes to get more of his swamp-draining agenda enacted. Americans are on Trump's side when it comes to reforming the bureaucracy of DC, but he needs to end his distraction campaign and focus on getting his total team in place. ~The Patriot Post
https://patriotpost.us/digests/49087
 
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So-Called Judge Reveals Liberal Bias Against Trump
by Rick Wells
{rickwells.us} ~ Strictly based upon the question the judge asks in the opening of the video, things aren’t looking so good for President Trump’s anti-terrorist entry executive order... and the Americans he had hoped to protect with it. A scruffy, libtard judge from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals misses the point completely. He asked the acting Solicitor General, Jeffrey Wall, “Has the President ever disavowed his campaign statements? Has he ever stood up and said, ‘I said before I wanted to ban all members of the Islamic faith from entering the United States of America. I was wrong; I consulted with lawyers. I am now addressing simply to security needs.’ Has he ever said anything approaching that?”...http://rickwells.us/judge-reveals-liberal-bias-trump-protecting-ame...
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Germany Won’t Step Up Fight Against
ISIS Even If NATO Does
by Saagar Enjeti
{dailycaller.com} ~ German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not plan on increasing the country’s commitment to the fight against the Islamic State even if NATO increases its commitment to the fight, she declared Thursday... Merkel appeared with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg who has indicated he is amenable to President Donald Trump’s insistence that the alliance increase its commitment to the U.S. led anti-ISIS effort. Trump pushed Stoltenberg to “adapt to the challenges of the future” during his April 12 visit. “This includes upgrading NATO to focus on today’s most pressing security and all of its challenges, including migration and terrorism,” he continued...She is making one big mistake for Germany. http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/12/merkel-germany-wont-step-up-fight...
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US Cuts Millions in United Nations
Funding - EU Upset
by Tim Brown
{freedomoutpost.com} ~ One of the good things to come of the $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill that was passed earlier this month was the fact that $640 million in United Nations funding was slashed... According to the Associated Press, "Funding for U.N. agencies is cut by $640 million from current levels." While that is a good thing, we should have entirely defunded the United Nations and kicked them off US soil... http://freedomoutpost.com/us-cuts-millions-in-united-nations-fundin...
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Whiny Clapper Perverting Constitution –
Corrupt Comey Deserved Firing
by Rick Wells
{rickwells.us} ~ Jay Sekulow clears up the fog that former DNI James Clapper tried to create as part of the Sunday shows coordinated attack on President Trump, citing the same talking points in the same manner as Rep Adam Schiff did later in the day... Sekulow described the Clapper spew as including a statement that “President Trump is interfering with institutions inside the United States because he fired the then-FBI Director James Comey. Sekulow says, “James Clapper, with respect to the office, I think he is way off base here. The idea that the executive, the President can fire an executive member, staff member, the FBI Director, isn’t some constitutional mischief. That’s exactly what the Constitution allows. So I think the left and the media is getting into this entire Trump attacking the institutions of government.” He reminds the audience, “It is the left that’s saying ‘we will not put in place an FBI director, no matter who it is, until a special prosecutor, independent prosecutor is put in place. That is the violation of the institutions. It is the FBI, after all, that reports and responds to the Department of Justice... http://rickwells.us/sekulow-whiny-clapper-perverting-constitution-c...
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McMaster on WaPo claim Trump gave Russians highly classified info: “I was in the room, it didn’t happen”
by William A. Jacobson
{legalinsurrection.com} ~ The Washington Post ran a story late this afternoon claiming Donald Trump, in his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador, disclosed highly classified information... including information that could reveal sources and methods. It took a couple of hours for the White House to respond, and the response was fairly emphatic that the story was a lie. Every single person in the room denied the WaPo story... http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/05/mcmaster-on-wapo-claim-trump-g...
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A Moroccan hero to Jews
by Richard Hurowitz
{jewishworldreview.com} ~ This year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of "Casablanca," which immortalized quiet acts of resistance against fascism at the murky crossroads that was wartime Morocco.

The legendary scene at Rick's Cafe where refugees, led by Paul Henreid, drown out Nazi officers by singing "La Marseillaise" became an instant inspiration to moviegoers as World War II was raging.

The location of the film was no accident: Casablanca was a haven for those fleeing for their lives. And it was also the scene of a much greater -- and real life -- act of heroism, one far too little known or recognized: the protection of the Jews of Morocco by the young Sultan Mohammed V.

At a time when anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are on the rise globally, we should honor this overlooked but remarkable example of enlightened leadership.

Born the third son of the reigning sultan's younger brother, Mohammed was an unlikely ruler from the start and certainly an unexpected hero.

A series of international disputes between France and Germany led to the Treaty of Fez in 1912 and French control of Morocco. Mohammed's father, Moulay Yousef, replaced his older sibling on the throne when his brother abdicated because of the treaty.

Fifteen years later, upon his father's death, 16-year-old Mohammed was named sultan largely because the French viewed him as more docile than his older brothers. This turned out to be one of the great misjudgments in French colonial history.

When Paris fell to the Germans in July 1940, the sultan, then 30, was put in a precarious position as Morocco came under the rule of the collaborationist French Vichy regime.

Among their first acts, the new overseers sought to impose anti-Semitic laws in Morocco, as per Nazi protocol.

Jews had lived in that part of the world since well before Carthage fell, and over a quarter of a million called Morocco their home in 1940.

Members of the community had served the sultans' court as ministers, diplomats and advisors. Mohammed V took seriously his role as Commander of the Faithful, which he viewed to include all "people of the book," meaning everyone belonging to the Abrahamic faiths -- Jews, Christians and Muslims. He bravely, publicly declined to assist in the persecution of his own Jewish citizens.

"There are no Jews in Morocco," he declared. "There are only Moroccan subjects."

Vichy authorities soon forced Mohammed V to promulgate two laws restricting certain professions and schools to Jews and requiring them to live in ghettos. In an act of resistance, the sultan declined to fully enforce the laws. A direct descendant of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, through Muhammad's daughter Fatimah, the sultan refused to be intimidated. A French government telegram, discovered in Paris archives four decades later, reported that relations between France and Morocco became "much more tense since the day" the laws went into effect. In 1941, for the first time, Mohammed V made a point of inviting senior representatives of the Jewish community to the annual banquet celebrating the anniversary of his sultanate and placing them in the best seats next to the French officials.

"I absolutely do not approve of the new anti-Semitic laws and I refuse to associate myself with a measure I disagree with," he told the French officials. "I reiterate as I did in the past that the Jews are under my protection and I reject any distinction that should be made amongst my people."

Although there were limits to his power, Mohammed V ensured that there were never roundups of Jews in Morocco; it remained a haven to the extent possible. During Vichy rule -- which lasted a little more than two years -- no Moroccan Jews were deported or killed; nor were they forced to wear the yellow star. When Allied troops liberated North Africa in November 1942, the Moroccan Jewish community was essentially intact.

The sultan's actions offer a contrast with other leaders who rallied to the side of the Axis powers in hopes of driving the Jews from Palestine and the British from the Middle East. The grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Husseini, for example, spent the war years in Berlin, courting Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler, plotting the extermination of the Jews and recruiting Eastern European Muslims to fight for the Nazi cause.

Mohammed V, on the other hand, was a strong supporter of the Allies and welcomed President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French President Charles de Gaulle for four days in 1943 at the historic Casablanca conference. Throughout the sultan's reign, he continued to protect his Jewish subjects. When the Arab world reacted violently to the declaration of the state of Israel in 1948, the sultan reminded Moroccans that Jews had always been protected in their country and should not be harmed.

Mohammed V died suddenly in 1961, just four years after Morocco became an independent constitutional monarchy and he gained the title king. The outpouring of grief was immense. Some 75,000 Jews publicly mourned, the chief rabbi delivered a memorial address by radio, and Jews were prominent participants at the coronation of his son Hassan II and at the new king's initial prayer services.

The Moroccan Jewish community has dwindled, but in commemorations to this day, its members declare their "eternal gratitude" to Mohammed V and recall his heroism. At a time when such selflessness is in short supply, we should do the same.

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