Former IDF Officer Plays Holocaust Card to Win $1 Million in Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament

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Aug 062014
 
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Former IDF Officer Plays Holocaust Card to Win $1 Million in Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament

By Robin Hoyer Ajib

@TheOkraNews

poker1AReno (NV)—A former Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Major used his Holocaust card and beat out more than 1000 participants to win $1 million at the 2014 Bicycle Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino.

Avi Sharon, 49, of Rehovot, Israel was allowed to replace the 3 of Hearts with his own personal Holocaust card that can become any card and suit of his choice after the flop, which is the disclosure of the first three face-up community cards shared by all players. The switch allowed Sharon to hold a pair of pocket Aces, or better known in poker lingo as a pair of “AA Batteries ” or “Admiral Ackbars”, a reference to the amphibious Star Wars military commander for the Rebel Alliance. Sharon won the tournament on a Full House, a hand which matched his pocket high-cards with another Ace on the board as well as two 7s that came on the ‘turn’ and ‘river’, or respectively the fourth and fifth face-up community cards.

“I knew I had to go in strong and take command at some point of the game because I wasn’t doing great,” said Sharon, a 25 year veteran of the IDF who proudly was involved in such infamous assaults on the Palestinian Territories as Operations Cast Lead, Pillar of Defense and Determined Path. “But when I realized I perhaps was not going to win, I had to use my H-card to gain sympathy and to give me the freedom to do whatever the hell I want.”

After Sharon was crowned champion the sounds of mostly groans and whimpers could be heard from the audience of four hundred with no more than a dozen clapping jubilantly. Sharon screamed with excitement once the dealer announced him as the winner and shed tears as he received the jumbo check from Bicycle sponsors.  This was Sharon’s third title in 12 years. In the two other times he played, the H-card, which is literally a blue card with a bold letter H was used four times to offset any low chips he may have had against some of the fiercest poker players in the world. Not surprisingly, many were not happy with the outcome.

Sammy Abraham couldn't believe his luck when Sharon pulled the H-Card

Sammy Abraham couldn’t believe his luck when Sharon pulled the H-Card

“Every time this guy shows up, we all have to be ready to play against the Holocaust card,” said a peeved Sebastian Kroenecker from Rotterdam and the Netherlands poker champion who came in third at the tournament.  “Why does he get to play that hand while all of us watch in despair?”  In recent years, a petition had been signed by the International Cards Community (ICC) to prevent Zionists from playing the H-card describing it as “illegal.” In several instances reportedly in Europe, players from Israel who insisted they play with the card were immediately disqualified and sent home. However the United States Gambling Association, the biggest supporter of competitive poker, has supported the use of the tool in its effort to demonstrate solidarity with Israel. However, controversy did arise when Arab and in particular, Palestinian players tried to use their own H-card at tournaments but were unsuccessful as the U.S had not recognized Palestinians as a demographic in the process of being ethnically cleansed.

“I don’t understand why this favoritism is one-sided,” said Sameer “Sammy” Abraham, a Palestinian Christian from the West Bank who finished seventh. “Have you seen where I live? If that isn’t annihilation of my people I have no idea what is.” Stereotypical assumptions of those who would play the H-card were also dismissed.

“That is an insult to me and I wouldn’t use that card to win anything,” said Jerry Leibowitz who finished as the runner-up despite controlling the game for most of the leg at the final table. Leibowitz, who is Jewish and grew up in Boston, found the entire H-card play absurd. He stated most Jews in America don’t want some free ride based off an extremely unfortunate incident that happened almost 75 years ago. “It’s something which should always be remembered and commemorated. But to use that today as some vindication defies logic which is beyond me.”

Leibowitz said he is proud to have never used the card in his life.

Leibowitz said he is proud to have never used the card in his life.

A few celebrities also congratulated Sharon on an excellent performance including Jon Voight. Voight who has been in Oscar-worthy movies such as Varsity Blues as well as Anaconda and recently made himself look like an idiot by calling fellow actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz “ignorant” for speaking out against the recent Israeli military invasion into Gaza, tweeted “First you guys take out the Tunnels—now you take out the Tournament. Good job Avi!” Comedian Jackie Mason, who co-founded One Jerusalem, an organization which prevents Palestinians from gaining any sovereignty to the holy city, also showed his heart-felt support for Sharon by sharing his happiness to a robin that was perched outside his kitchen window drinking water. Apparently the 83-year old Mason thought ‘tweeting’ meant communication with a bird that would then relay the message to the intended recipient.

Sharon, who also uses the H-card for free pizza deliveries and priority boarding, was later asked if he won the tournament fairly considering no other player had a special card like him. “Yes it was fair. If I have the upper hand whether it’s in the military or in poker I’m going to do whatever I can to take advantage regardless if the world thinks wrongly of it. It’s my reasoning and it doesn’t have to make sense. My question to you is what are you going to do about it?”

Muslim Organizations Defend Pamela Geller—Claim She’s making them Tons of Money

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May 222014
 

Muslim Organizations Defend Pamela Geller—Claim She’s making them Tons of Money

By Dina Darrak

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pam geller #1Washington DC—Over 100 Muslim organizations throughout the United States announced today they would defend blogger and activist Pamela Geller for conveying any inflammatory or hateful remarks towards Islam due to the staggering amount of money she has generated for Muslim advocacy and civic relation groups.

In a joint press release commissioned by the Islamic Peace Coalition for North America, 121 Muslim representatives signed a declaration of support for Geller, because her antics, hostility and Islamaphobic rhetoric has brought in millions of dollars for their respective organizations which in the past several years had stagnated from limited revenue because of the relative calm and decline of negative press on Islam. Coincidentally, the release came just days after Geller received criticism for promoting a DC metro ad which referenced alleged Jewish hatred in the Quran.

“I think she’s fantastic and a fine lady,” said Yaya Vafi, Executive Director of BURAQ, a civil rights group based in Houston. “I mean with so many Americans using common sense these days, you would think Islam is as ordinary and boring as Christianity. But then Pam decides to scare everyone by opening her big mouth and what do you know—we’ve got tons of Muslims giving us thousands of  dollars all on account of her.” Vafi said he had spoken to 20 other organizations around the country, each confirming they had made their average yearly donation total within the first three weeks of May. Anonymous sources in multiple Muslim communities also observed non-profit employees purchasing large homes, clothes and trips to Fiji, which normally would not be an option for individuals with nominal salaries.

Geller, 58, who has been an outspoken critic of Islam, is the creator of The Atlas Shrug, a right-wing conservative online blog which focuses on negatively portraying the global religion of 1.6 billion followers with unsubstantiated reports of Muslims attempting to overtake the United States through various subversive programs. Such demented coverage includes Sharia Law, support of Muslim terrorists, Sharia Law, Muslim pirates, Sharia Law and more Sharia Law. In 2010, she and self-proclaimed scholar of Islam, Robert Spencer, founded the organization Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), committed to vilifying Islam through the use of smear campaigns. A highlight of such tactics was in 2012 when SIOA ran a series of ads in New York City’s subway which read “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” Not surprisingly, The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League have labeled SIOA, a hate group.

“Well, let’s be honest—the bitch (Geller) is crazy,” said Ibrahim Tawfik, Chairperson of the Dove Initiative, a Washington DC based interfaith group which

Tawfik takes a stroll to the bank to cash his organization's latest checks.

Tawfik takes a stroll to the bank to cash his organization’s latest checks.

promotes religious equality. “I mean is she as crazy as Solange Knowles, I don’t know. But the great thing about Geller is that she scares Muslims. And when she does that, they all come to us with checks in order to combat people like her. In the end, we reap the benefits.”  However, not everyone is finding the latest anti-Islamic vitriol by Geller acceptable.

“This woman was the single biggest instigator towards Park 51, denigrated Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagen by posting a picture of her wearing a graphically cropped Nazi uniform and has countlessly berated President Obama,” said Lydsey Varnick, Senior Strategy Adviser for the RAND Corporation. “And now she’s got an ad on buses showing Hitler and the Mufti of Palestine in order to create tensions between Jews and Muslims. Pam is like Jar Jar Binks from Star Wars, constantly babbling and annoying.” Still, Geller has her supporters, many of which ironically come from the Muslim community.

“I think we all need to calm down and let her demonize Islam,” asserted Murtaaz Sadir, Director of Public Relations for The Advancement of American Muslims in Politics and the brand new owner of a 2014 Mercedes 500SL. “When Geller gets out of hand we’ll handle it. Just give us your money and we’ll take care of everything. You guys worry too much.”