Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told the audience at a Hannukah celebration that she is descended from Sephardic Jews who fled Spain during the Inquisition. At the event organized by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice in Queens, New York, the newly elected Democratic congresswoman described how Jews fleeing persecution arrived in Puerto Rico, where cultures would blend and some outwardly practicing Catholics would also keep a menorah at home. “A very, very long time ago, generations and generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardic Jews,” the 29-year-old Democrat told the audience at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center. “The story goes, during the Spanish Inquisition, so many people were forced to convert on the exterior to Catholicism, but on the interior continued to practice their faith … And some of those people landed in Puerto Rico, and some of those people decided to flee up in into the mountains.” In a series of Twitter posts she said Puerto Ricans in general are a mix of cultures that include “Jewish refugees and likely others.” “Before everyone jumps on me – yes, culture isn’t DNA,” she tweeted. “But to be Puerto Rican is to be the descendant of: African Moors & slaves, Taino Indians, Spanish colonizers, Jewish refugees, and likely others. We are all of these things and something else all at once – we are Boricua,” she wrote, referring to the colloquial term for Puerto Ricans. She didn’t offer any specifics about her own family history. Ocasio-Cortez’s mom was born in Puerto Rico and her dad in The Bronx.

It's hardly likely that her "Jewish" ancestors left Iberia for a colony of Spain... PR was under the spanish crown for 100's of years after 1492, and practicing Jews would have been equally persecuted under the PR governor. Even if its true... they certainly weren't amoung those brave souls that choose to "live and worship" as they believed... at some point they became pretty devout Catholics

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M. Dove Kent, who is now the head of Bend The Arc, a Soros front run by his son, "has over 15 years of experience in grassroots organizing, political education, and movement building. As the outgoing executive director of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (2011 through 2016), Dove supported the organization to triple in size and win game-changing legislative victories for police accountability and worker’s rights through powerful local coalitions. Under Dove’s tenure, JFREJ grew into one of the strongest and most effective progressive Jewish organizations in the country, creating significant culture shifts within the Jewish community, New York and nationally. She has been published in What We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump’s America (2017), Towards the “Other America”: Anti-racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter (2015), in the Guardian, Ha'aretz, Tikkun, and the Forward, among many other media outlets. Dove teaches throughout the country on the intersections of anti-Semitism and racism, historical trauma, and the roles of Jews in the movement for justice. She currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.

This core is actually found in whom JFREJ has chosen to honor over the years. These include Tony Kushner, Debbie Almontaser, Adam Shapiro, and Henry Schwarzschild, among others. Adam Shapiro, honored by JFREJ with a special award in 2003, is among the few anti-Israel activists who does not shy away from actually urging, rather than just winking at, Arab violence against Israel. But the tone-setting annual JFREJ award was the first one, in 1995, to Henry Schwarzschild, who died a year later. Some years before this award, Scharzschild had resigned from the board of a Jewish publication Sh'ma, with the following explanation:

I now renounce the State of Israel, disavow any political connection or emotional obligation to it, and declare myself its enemy. I retain, of course, the same deep concern for its inhabitants, Jewish, Arab, and other, that I hold for all humankind. ... If those be the places where the State of Israel chooses to stand, I cannot stand with it. I therefore resign all connections with Jewish political and public institutions that will not radically oppose the State and its claim to Jewish legitimacy. Sh’ma is one of those. Scharzschild resigned from Sh'ma but was happy to stand with JFREJ. In this, he defines the core meaning of this group.

I came to the Meyer Awards on the last night of Hanukkah and I noticed that there were a lot of queer Jews. JFREJ isn't explicitly Jewish but it seems pretty queer. It seems to me that being a LGBTQ individual and JFREJ sort of go hand in hand. JFREJ is not exclusively queer but we work within an explicit anti-oppression framework. Beause of that JFREJ is safe place for LGBTQ people as well a place to to celebrate the LGTBQ community. We're not explicitly queer but, yeah it can be pretty gay. Speaking of queer, Purim is tomorrow, and JFREJ has the most notoriously awesome and gayest Purim party in the 5 boroughs! NH-Drag and Purim go hand-in-hand! This years JFREJ Purim Party is at St. Cecilia's Saturday @ 7PM in Williamsburg Purim. Be sure to check out the Facebook page for details.



Puerto Rico History 
Source: R.A. Van Middeldyk

Bishop Manso, on his arrival in 1513, found Puerto Rico in a state bordering on anarchy, and after vain attempts to check the prevalent immorality and establish the authority of the Church, he returned to Spain in 1519. The account he gave Cardinal Cisneros of the island's condition suggested to the Grand Inquisitor the obvious remedy of clothing the bishop with the powers of Provincial Inquisitor, which he did. Diego Torres Vargas, the canon of the San Juan Cathedral, says in his memoirs: "Manso was made inquisitor, and he, being the first, may be said to have been the Inquisitor-General of the Indies; ... the delinquents were brought from all parts to be burned and punished here ... The Inquisition building exists till this day (1647), and until the coming of the Hollanders in 1625 many sambenitos could be seen in the cathedral hung up behind the choir."

One Jew who defied the Catholic Church to live in Puerto Rico, a trader named Judah Cohen from the Caribbean island of Curacao, was caught by Spanish officials and put to death in 1723. Other secret Jews adopted Christian-sounding names. The name “Mercado”, meaning merchant, in particular was thought to be popular among Puerto Rico’s secret Jews. Historians have uncovered evidence of a few Jews living in Puerto Rico during Spanish rule: a woman named Sarah Nunes Mercado who lived in Guayanilla in 1805, a Jewish man named Elias De Sola in that same area in 1839. The city of Aguadilla seems to have been the home of a small Jewish community: a Jew named Solomon Senor died there in 1849 and a Jewish physician by the name of Isaac de Lima openly practiced in the town of Mayaguez in the 1840s. REFERENCE

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Julia Keleher and Ángela Ávila-Marrero, formerly senior government officials on the island, were arrested by the FBI on charges that they steered public contracts to associates unqualified to execute them. Meanwhile, screenshots began to circulate from a private chat group in which Ricardo Rosselló, Puerto Rico’s governor, exchanged scandalous, derogatory messages with aides. Five weeks after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, the island appears to be in the midst of a growing environmental catastrophe. One in four Puerto Ricans still lack access to reliable clean water. Some people whose water service hadn’t been restored were last week reportedly dragging bottles and barrels through holes in chain-link fences to siphon water from wells that may be infused with toxic waste from a nearby Superfund site.

There have also been reports of water contaminated raw sewage and at least 74 suspected cases and two deaths from leptospirosis, a deadly animal-borne disease that can also live in water. Health care workers on the ground are increasingly concerned about additional outbreaks of water-borne illnesses. Landfills are at capacity, according to CNN.

The government of Puerto Rico says it has restored power to the last neighborhood that lost electricity after Hurricane Maria — 328 days after the Category 4 storm hit the island.

On Tuesday, August 13, 2019 the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) announced that it had finally reconnected all 1.5 million customers to the power grid, ending the largest blackout in US history and the second-largest blackout in the world. (Though some customers say the electricity is hardly reliable.)

Puerto Rico has a whopping $72 billion in debt. Only California has more bonds outstanding. On top of that, Puerto Rico owes its public employees more than $50 billion in pensions.

“Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime,” Ocasio Cortez said Sunday on Twitter after US border agents repelled Central American migrants with tear gas. “It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda. It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria. And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America.”

Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said that cutting US aid to Israel should be a policy consideration on Capitol Hill following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection, drawing rebuke from Jewish Democrats but praise from the liberal Mideast advocacy group J Street.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested on Tuesday night the House resolution affirming opposition to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement could push opponents of Israel to violence. "My concern with being overly punitive on nonviolent forms of protest is that it forces people into other channels and I would hate to be a part of, you know, paving that kind of path," Ocasio-Cortez told BuzzFeed News.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a fellow member of “the Squad,” Rep. Ayanna Pressley, vowed Saturday to contribute to a fund that is raising bail money for the 36 counterprotesters arrested at the “Straight Pride Parade” in Boston. Nine of the counterprotesters arrested have been charged with assaulting police officers, the Boston Herald reported. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Pressley (D-Mass.) both tweeted out a link to a crowdsourcing page called The Solidarity Against Hate Legal Defense Fund, which has raised nearly $25,000 to pay bail and other legal fees of those arrested while protesting the march.


https://www.truah.org/press/truah-files-irs-complaint-against-u-s-jewish-groups-sending-funds-to-israeli-terrorist-orgs/A person who repeatedly violates this law by informing on his fellow Jews is considered subject to "Din Moser" (law of the informer), which is analogous to "Din rodef" in that both prescribe death for the offender, and according to some, in some circumstances he may be killed without warning. Unlike radical Muslims we realize these laws are outdated and prefer American jurisprudence.