DemoCast's 5 most-watched articles and original news videos of 2018

Top 5 most-watched, 2018 published, DemoCast news articles

British-Israeli survivor of Palestinian terror campaigns to end incentivizing Muslim hate and violence

Most-watched, 2018- produced, DemoCast videos 

"The Fight of Our Lives" audience Question and Answers at US premiere w/ Victor Davis Hanson (Part 2 of 3)

Jennifer Harrison defends Pres.Trump at Beverly Hills leftist protest

Special mentionRecorded in Summer 2015, but revived in ABC News's coverage of the her allegations of spying.

Sexpot, Russian spy, Marina Butina, poses question to candidate Trump (and how he responds)   

What the 26-yr old Russian alleged spystress, Marina Butina, asked candidate Donald Trump at FreedomFest in Las Vegas in July 2015 - and how Mr. Trump responded. Original DemoCast video broadcast was incorporated into ABC World News Tonight, July 18, 2018 and numerous days subsequently on the morning and evening news.

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Santa's helpers (in the person of Jewish War Veteran volunteers) bring goodwill to lonely patients at V.A. hospitals on Christmas morning

Calif Cmdr Greg Lee had Rick Rogers portray Eddie Cantor
entertaining the VA patients on Christmas morning, 2014.
The halls of the Veterans Administration Hospital on Christmas morning were bereft of all but essential employees. There were no gifts for the patients under any Christmas trees. Most of the patients have no visitors Christmas morning, if at all that day. It's a lonely time for an adult patient to be in those hospitals. 

That's why dispositions rose when volunteers of several faiths visited patient floors for the 72nd annual "Gift for a Yank" activity- through the efforts of the Jewish War Veterans. This event, started by Hollywood star, Eddie Cantor, post-WWII in 1946, now extends to San Diego, and Long Beach (most years) according to JWV California Commander Greg Lee. JWV posts around the country have extended
Christmas morning visits to their hospitalized comrades-in-arms. 

Six years ago, Richard Chaves, a Viet Nam combat-veteran
Hy Arnesty (age 95), USAF Chaplain Dov Cohen, Miliken 
High School students volunteers Eliya Makabeh and 
Sam Steinsapir, and former Cmdr Otis Flake
(1971-'72) and acclaimed stage and screen actor, found his V.A. Hospital stay would extend beyond Christmas Day. Admitted for months, Chaves felt alone, not expecting any visitors that day.

V.A. volunteer and sponsor, Beth Pierik, actor Richard Chaves, and
actress Jamie Anderson volunteer with JWV Christmas Gifting
Chaplain Dov Cohen and Cmdr. Matt Millen instruct the volunteers which
Hefty Bags of gift bags to bring to which Wards of the L.A. V.A. Hospital
"They (this hospital) saved my life six years ago to this day I was upstairs on the fifth floor and Matt (Millen) came in and gave me a box full of  this wonderful stuff - toilet articles and puzzles. And then Santa Claus walked through the door! I'm not Jewish but I have a lot of Jewish friends and been involved in, I have known Matt for the last six years ever since he walked in the door upstairs and I was lying there with I.V.'s in my arm, tears coming down my cheek because that was such an emotional moment for me here on Christmas alone- I was here by myself. I'm just so happy to be here today and be with the guys."

Led by Mathew Millen, Commander of the Santa Monica JWV Post #118, JWV members and participants explain their what, why and wherefore in preparing and delivering respect to the patients and infirm veteran residents around the L.A. VA hospital campus. 

Cmdr Matt Millen elaborated: "Between the (Calif.) State Veterans Home, New Directions (rehabilitation) for Veterans, The Domiciliary, the two nursing homes, and the Hospital, comes to 1,100 bags (we're distributing)." 

Cmdr. Matt Millen shows the gift bag contents, much of which
is contributed by the American Legion and Operation Gratitude
What's inside the bags? Cmdr Millen shows us, "We have a (stars and stripes baseball) cap, a scarf, a pair of socks, a dental health kit, a personal hygiene / shaving kit, and a Merry Christmas / Season's greetings from the Jewish War Veterans greeting card."

In 2014, we accompanied the JWV "Gift a Yank" Christmas morning at Veterans Admin Hospital who hosted a show by vaudeville act, Evans and Rogers, whose Rick Rogers performed a tribute act of Eddie Cantor. He and California  Commander Greg Lee described the event and experience.


Israeli archaeologists uncover evidence altering assumptions about Jesus' life

Today, many Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem walk the Stations of the Cross, or Via Dolorosa, taking them from where it is believed Roman procurator Pontius Pilate held the trial and sentenced Jesus to death, to where Jesus was eventually crucified and buried.

Archaeologist believes he’s found site of Jesus’s trial by Pontius Pilate" by Ben Sales 4/5/15 The Times of Israel

Jerusalem Old City dig uncovers 2,700 years of history, with layers from the time of the First Temple through the Roman, Crusader and Ottoman periods.
In one 49 meters by 9 meters (160 feet by 30 feet) space, Amit Re’em unearthed an archaeological timeline of Jerusalem dating back 2,700 years. Layers from nearly every era of the city’s history lay on top of each other, from the time of the First Temple through the Roman, Crusader and Ottoman periods, and up to Israel’s independence in 1948.

Re’em also believes the room may have been the site of Jesus’ trial by Pontius Pilate. Pilate would have tried Jesus in a prominent location like Herod’s palace, Re’em said, noting that the original route of the Via Dolorosa that Jesus followed to his crucifixion passed the spot where the Kishle now stands.
At the NRB Nashville Proclaim conference in Spring'18, CBN News' Chris Mitchell introduces Israeli historian and tour guide Shachar Shilo. Mr. Shilo shows the Zionistic Christian  audience the part of King Herod's palace where archaeologists with Re'em have uncovered evidence where Pontius Pilate tried Jesus - now part of the Tower of David Museum. Shilo gives you a look inside the Tower of David Museum.  

Shachar Shilo presented this talk and video at CBN's luncheon honoring Israel's 70th Independence Anniversary in Spring 2018 at the National Religious Broadcasters' Convention in Nashville.


Israeli-American Council (IAC) National Conference Concludes with Strong Showing of Bipartisan Support for Israel

Senate and House Democratic Leaders voice deep support for Israel; Adelsons announce new $13 million gift to the IAC as they champion importance of keeping the organization bipartisan
Senate Dem Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Dem Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-C.A.) with Haim Saban at IAC Conf
HOLLYWOOD, FL. — The Fifth Annual IAC (Israeli-American Council) National Conference concluded today with remarks from a high-profile lineup of speakers headlined by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-C.A.), wrapping up a four-day display of bipartisan support for the State of Israel over the course of the conference in South Florida.

Leader Pelosi called the establishment of the state of Israel “the greatest political accomplishment of the 20thcentury,” emphasizing that “the security of Israel is essential,” to any solution between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. She went on to say, “We have to make it really clear to the Palestinians that we expect them to be responsible negotiators and we haven’t seen a lot of that thus far.” 
Pelosi was joined on stage by Schumer as part of a conversation moderated by Haim Saban, an Israeli-American entertainment industry pioneer and philanthropist, who is also a major supporter of the IAC.
“If you believe in the security of America, you have to support the security of Israel,” said Senator Schumer, calling for a bipartisan effort to educate Millennials and Gen Xers about Israel’s struggles to exist. “We have to show them that Israel’s existence is still precarious despite what it has done to build up its strength.”

Saban described the U.S.-Israel relationship as a “two-way street,” as Schumer noted, “no other country does more to protect America from terrorism than Israel.”

The top Democrats in both chambers of Congress spoke at the IAC Conference two days after the conference’s more than 3,000 attendees heard a keynote address from Vice President Mike Pence.

Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson – the major supporters and visionaries that drove the IAC’s rapid expansion across the country – echoed the sentiment that bipartisanship is critical for the IAC’s mission, as they announced a new $13 million gift to the organization.

“I think the important thing is that this organization is not favoring one side or the other,” said Sheldon Adelson, saying there is no room for “political positioning in the IAC.”

Sunday’s plenary session also featured Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, whose remarks at the Diplomat Beach Resort came just up the road from his native city of Miami Beach.

“We are blessed to have had seven decades of strong bipartisan support for Israel – and hearing from both the Vice President and two leading Democrats should give people confidence that bipartisan support of Israel is going to continue,” said Dermer, who was interviewed by senior defense correspondent for Israel’s Channel 10 Alon Ben David.
The IAC today presented its Activism Award to Robbi and Stuart Force, parents of Taylor Force, an American veteran and graduate student who was killed in a 2016 Palestinian terrorist attack in Jaffe. Taylor is the namesake of the Taylor Force Act, whose passage earlier this year ensured that U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority will now be contingent on the P.A.’s ceasing of its financial rewards for terrorists and their families. 

“The IAC was one of the earliest and strongest supporters of the Taylor Force Act,” said Stuart Force, speaking at the podium with his wife, Robbie. “People ask us where we got the strength – we didn’t find it, you gave it to us.”

The Closing Plenary also included a panel discussion featuring a bipartisan pair of lawmakers from Florida who are staunch Congressional advocates for the U.S.-Israel relationship: Reps. Brian Mast (R-F.L.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-F.L.). IAC Chairman Adam Milstein moderated the discussion.

Mast said, “America represents to the world freedom, democracy, human rights, and entrepreneurial spirit – and the place in the world where you can find that same outlook guaranteed is Israel.”

“The IAC was thrilled and honored to bring more than 3,000 Israeli-Americans and Jewish-Americans from across the nation and to send a strong message of unity and togetherness, as one big Jewish family. These four extraordinary days energized our community to step up and lead the way in creating the changes that are much needed in our Jewish communities,” said IAC CEO Shoham Nicolet. 

“This conference was a historic moment for the Israeli-American community, and a powerful display of America’s bipartisan support for Israel. We demonstrated that our movement is defined by unconditional love and support for the State of Israel, and as such can serve as a unifying force that rallies support for Israel from across the political spectrum at the highest levels,” said IAC Chairman Adam Milstein.

 The IAC has become an important convener for Israelis, Israeli-Americans, Americans Jews and other pro-Israel Americans at a time when many leaders have expressed concerns about the growing rift between the world’s largest Jewish communities. In October, the IAC — which has emerged in recent years as one of America’s premier and fastest-growing Jewish organizations — announced the opening of four new regional offices throughout the country in Orlando, Florida; Austin, Texas; Orange County, California; and Columbus, Ohio. Through its 20 chapters across the country, the organization is expecting to be operating in more than 60 communities in 2019.