Escape from New York

Anti-Semitism is Growing! Look at the attacks in the past years. Is the American Jewish community 5 years behind the French Jewish Community in the “Terror Wave”? What is happening in the US happened in France and in the UK. Time for American Jews to make Aliyah to Israel.

When do we leave?

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks: The keys to understanding American anti-Semitism — and fighting back

The shocking events in Monsey, together with those in Jersey City, Poway, Pittsburgh and elsewhere, are proof that the darkness has returned. It has returned likewise to virtually every country in Europe. That this should have happened within living memory of the Holocaust, after the most systematic attempt ever made by a civilization to find a cure for the virus of the world’s longest hate — more than half a century of Holocaust education and anti-racist legislation — is almost unbelievable. It is particularly traumatic that this has happened in the United States, the country where Jews felt more at home than anywhere else in the Diaspora. Why is it happening now?
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks 02January2020 https://www.jta.org/2020/01/02/opinion/rabbi-lord-jonathan-sacks-the-keys-to-understanding-american-anti-semitism-and-fighting-back

Rabbi Sacks on The Mutation of Antisemitism

There is only one safe place for Jews; Their only homeland of Israel. It is time to come home.

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Examples, Facts and Analysis from the Experts on the growing “Anti-Semitism and people leaving for safety.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is correct in saying “The Jews are the “Canary in a coal mine“. What starts with the Jews will not end with the Jews.”

SHOCKING Antisemitism: SDSU invited Nation of Islam spokesperson, Ava Muhammad

Remember that Rev. Louis Farrakhan, the founder of the Nation of Islam started The Antisemitism that started the 1991 Crown heights Program.

SDSU Nation of Islam spokesperson Ava Muhammad 22Dec2019

 

SHOCKING Antisemitism: SDSU invited Nation of Islam spokesperson, Ava Muhammad

JUST NOW: Jews Attacked on NYC Subway

JUST NOW: Jews Attacked on NYC Subway

Read the description of the video for a real wake up call.

Anti-Semitism Grows in Brooklyn

Anti-Semitism Grows in Brooklyn - Ami Horowitz

It really take a special person to be banned by Israel. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was banned from Israel because of her BDS support.

Mazal Tov to #IlhanOmar on being named 2019's Antisemite of the Year!

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Rabbi Meir Kahane speaks about “Making Jews a PRIORITY” in NY, 1971


Tuesday, 05 June 2018 https://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2018/06/rav-yehuda-zev-leibowitzs-third-prediction.html

Rav Yehuda Zev Leibowitz’s Third Prediction


If I were running for office or attempting to win a popularity contest, I wouldn’t be writing this post. Many of our readers outside of Israel are not going to like this. But what can a person do if he doesn’t like the weather? Bury his head in the ground? Close the curtains and say that there’s no hurricane with killer winds outside? Once a person’s house becomes flooded, the closed windows and curtains don’t help anymore. There comes a time when one cannot escape the storm outside. Yet, once the storm is predicted, he doesn’t sit with folded arms until it washes him away. He can get in the car or on a plane and move to a more amenable climate.

Don’t forget that the inclement weather, as well as the inclement political climate, all come from Hashem and for a reason.

Be patient, I’m getting to the point. But first, I must preface and ask a question: Why are we so happy on Passover Seder night? Any 7-year-old will laugh and say, “What a dumb question! That’s when Hashem took us out of slavery in Egypt!”

Is it such a dumb question when I show little 7-year-old Chaimk’e and his parents that in the three days that preceded our Exodus from Egypt in the Hebrew year of 2448 (1282 BCE), eight million Jews died, and that’s according to the conservative figure. Some say it was 10 million. Rashi explains that only 1 out of 5 Jews left Egypt in the Exodus; the other 4 died during the three days of darkness. Since a minimum of 2 million left, that means that at least 8 million perished!

Why, therefore, do we not mourn during the three days that precede Pesach, and declare them as national Holocaust Days, when 33% more Jews died than during the entire six years of the Nazi Holocaust? Not only do we not mourn, we rejoice! What’s going on?

Our sages rule that we do not mourn anyone who denies the Redemption and refuses to be a part of it, just as we don’t mourn a heretic who denies the veracity of Moses’s prophecy and the Torah (Rambam, Laws of Teshuva, 3:8, and other places). This notion is even anchored in The Code of Jewish Law (see Shulchan Oruch, Yora Deah 345:5; Mishna Berura on Orach Chaim 126:1, letter b). Moses, in the Name of Hashem, told the Children of Israel to arise, we must quickly leave Egypt. 80% didn’t listen to him. They paid a steep price but we don’t mourn for them. They had become used to Egypt and had no desire – despite what Hashem wanted – to leave Egypt. Even though they were slaves, they liked the Egyptian culture, music, pastimes and food. Moses said no, we must go to our Promised Land. Egypt is not our home.

Moses’s voice saying, “We must go to our Promised Land”, echoes through all of our history.

The periodic “Golden Ages” of our Diaspora have always been followed by calamity. The Golden Age of Jewry in the Iberian Peninsula culminated in 1492, when the horrendous Inquisition began. Jews were either killed, exiled or forcefully converted to Catholicism. The Golden Age of German and Eastern European Jewry ended in Hitler’s Holocaust.

There is only one, true Golden Age in Judaism, and that’s when our exiles return home, Moshiach comes and our Holy Temple is rebuilt.

Hashem wants to redeem His people but in the meanwhile, He won’t until they come home. The sand of that “meanwhile” keeps is emptying out from the top of that 2,000 year hourglass. When a certain date comes according to Hashem’s timeline, He won’t wait anymore and Moshiach will come whether we like it or not or whether we’re here in Israel or not.

Rav Yehuda Zev, of saintly and blessed memory, lived through the Nazi Holocaust. He witnessed the slaughter of his parents, his siblings and his fiance. He never had children because of the torture that the satanic Nazis did to his body. He did not take the word “Holocaust” lightly – he lived through it and experienced it on his own flesh and in his own heart in the most excruciatingly painful way. Though scarred, completely, inside and out, he was a tzaddik of perfect emuna and not bitter in the slightest. He knew that everything was from Hashem. Yet, with all his heart, he did everything to prevent another Holocaust. He didn’t want Moshiach to come if the price would be tragic.

A tzaddik of Rav Yehuda Zev’s caliber has 20/20 spiritual vision because nothing in this world can fool, sway or tempt him. No wonder he was so accurate in predicting the Arab Spring and Bibi’s inability to attack Iran as we wrote on our No Go post from this past Friday.

A movie clip has now become public, where Rabbi Aharon Stern shlit’a from Bnai Brak, who was Rabbi Yehuda Zev’s personal attendant, reveals the tzaddik’s third prediction and says: “Before his death, Rav Leibowitz told me that the anti-Semitism in the United States is only going to continue to grow, until it gets to the point where the Jews will be forced to flee. They must come to Israel soon; if they wait too long, they’ll be lucky to exit with the shirt on their backs…come soon, the Redemption will be here in the Land of Israel, not anywhere else.” In case anyone doubts the veracity and authenticity of the quote, at the bottom of this post is the vid in Hebrew where you can see Rav Stern saying this (see minutes 2:48-3:40).

Hashem wants to redeem us, so He wants us all here. But what about those who for any number of reasons can’t come now? What about those with joint custody on children from a previous marriage or those with an elderly parent? (Plug in your own reason…)

Rav Shalom Arush shlit’a says that even if you can’t come now, you can do 2 things:

1) Pray daily for Aliya, so that you too can come home to the Land of Israel;

2) Spread emuna far and wide, in any way you can. This will protect you in the meanwhile, because the spread of emuna is also needed to expedite Geula, the full redemption of our people, speedily and in our days, amen!

Kristallnacht 1938 and 2018

JerusalemCats Comments: Are the Democrats going down the same ugly path as the UK Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn?

Democrat backing for antisemitism is killing Jews

The underlying problem is that the Democrats don’t oppose racism or racial nationalism. They believe that under circumstances, such as a Jewish store in Harlem or in Jersey City, it might be justified.

Daniel Greenfield, 17January2020 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/25042

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The writer is a popular New York City based freelance commentator and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He blogs at sultanknish.blogspot.com
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After a black nationalist attack on a Jewish supermarket in Jersey City, a member of the Jersey City Board of Education defended the murder of two Jewish people and a Latino employee.

“Drugs and guns are planted in the Black community,” Joan Terrell Paige ranted on Facebook.

Nancy Pelosi

The two Black Hebrew Israelite killers, the former community organizer wrote, “went directly to the kosher supermarket. I believe they knew they would come out in body bags. What is the message they were sending? Are we brave enough to explore the answer to their message? Are we brave enough to stop the assault on the Black communities of America?”

While some Democrats called on Joan Terrell Paige to resign, others defended her hatred of Jews.

The Hudson County Democratic Black Caucus argued that “her statement has heightened awareness around issues that must be addressed.”

“She said nothing wrong. Everything she said is the truth,” declared Carolyn Oliver Fair, the head of the North Jersey Chapter of the National Action Network. The NAN is Al Sharpton’s organization and has been addressed by every important Democrat from Barack Obama to Nancy Pelosi to Elizabeth Warren.

The National Action Network has the unique distinction of being the destination of choice for every major Democrat and for its role in the murder of 7 people.

Virtually every 2020 Democrat has appeared at the National Action Network including Warren, Andrew Yang, Julian Castro, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders despite its ugly history even before Fair’s support for murdering Jews. Sharpton had been the central figure in the Crown Heights Pogrom, he has a history of anti-Semitic slurs, and the NAN has blood on its hands.

Unlike many contemporary hate groups, the National Action Network has the unique distinction of being the destination of choice for every major Democrat and for its role in the murder of 7 people.

Those were the 7 who died in the Freddy’s Fashion Mart fire, 5 of them Latino women, who were killed when a black nationalist gunman ordered black people to leave before opening fire and burning the store. The worst racist hate crime in New York City was preceded by Sharpton denouncing the store owner as a, “white interloper”.

Morris Powell, who had been on trial for breaking a Korean woman’s head during a previous protest, had headed the National Action Network’s Buy Black committee. Powell had chanted, “Don’t give the Jew a dime”, outside the store and praised the killer as, “A Black Man who struggled for his people to be free.” The New York Times headlined its piece on the black nationalist killer as, “A Life of Resistance.”

The sympathetic profile of a racist monster who murdered seven people would never have been run about Dylann Roof or Robert Bowers. Nor would a racist massacre have been described as “resistance”.

But the New York Times quoted an Imam in the Believers Mosque in St. Petersburg who praised the racist arsonist as “the type of person who would encourage people to get involved.” A former senior advisor to the Mayor of Tampa and Democrat campaign consultant described the killer as one in “a long line of people who thought it was up to them to stop talking, stop begging and start acting.”

Those comments closely echo Paige’s justification of the Kosher market attack. It’s why it ought to surprise no one that she has not resigned from the Jersey City Board of Education. And isn’t likely to.

Instead, John Flora, a Democrats running for Congress, defended her and urged other elected officials to “be prepared to demonstrate empathy. Was she still processing the event? Did it traumatize her?”

Flora is running for Congress on a bold platform of the Green New Deal, gun control, legalizing drugs, abolishing the electoral college and hating Jews.

With the backing of local Democrats, it appears that Paige isn’t going anywhere. And Democrats won’t stop appearing at National Action Network events. Not even after the murders of 7 and 3 people.

The underlying problem is that the Democrats don’t oppose racism or racial nationalism. They believe that under circumstances, such as a Jewish store in Harlem or in Jersey City, it might be justified.

They have one standard for white nationalism and another for black nationalism.

Had Dylann Roof been a black man shooting up a synagogue, we would be reading about his “life of resistance” in the New York Times.

The tragedy of the Jersey City attack taking place on a street named after Martin Luther King is that while there are streets in every major city named after the civil rights activist, civil rights has fallen to identity politics. Where civil rights called for equality, identity politics is nationalism and supremacism.

Democrats have used racial hatred for two centuries to appeal to a fractured electorate convinced of its own superiority and the unfairness of the system. That the electorate shifted races is a minor detail. The truly important thing to understand is that since 1828, the Democrats have gained and held on to power by convincing narrow groups that the deck is stacked against them and that only they can save them.

This poison killed numberless black and white people across two centuries. It also brought countless wealth into the pockets of the politically connected. From slavery and segregation, to the fire at Freddy’s and the shooting in Jersey City, countless acts of racial violence were perpetrated so that Democrats could keep their hands on the pork and graft that really makes government, local, state and federal, run.

Radical politics added an ideological motive. But all politics, whether radical or moderate, from the Dixiecrat to the Communist, is ultimately about the acquisition of money and power. Racism, white or black, is just a means of tribalizing the struggle for money and power by playing on racial fear and hate.

The victims of identity politics, killed and wounded in random lynchings, are the collateral damage of progressive racism. A few dead people, in this case Jews, are a small price to pay for power.

The rise in anti-Semitism is not mysterious. It is what happens when political factions back fringe groups convinced of the fundamental unfairness of society and the need to bring it down, whether it’s black or white supremacists, or Islamists, as weapons in a political war for control of the country.

People are dying in racial violence across the country so that the Democrats can win elections

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center’s Front Page Magazine.

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Is the New York Times supporting Terrorist?

The New York Times has a very long history of Antisemitisim starting with the Whitewashing of Hitler and the German NAZI Party Holocaust and continuing on to today.

CAMERA Video: Why Is NY Times Downplaying Islamic Jihad?

08January2020 https://www.camera.org/article/camera-video-why-is-ny-times-downplaying-islamic-jihad/

Why did New York Times editors scrub a reference to the West’s view of Islamic Jihad as a terror organization?

Why did they later cast the murderous group as “nettlesome” and “unruly” — as if describing a stray tuft of hair and not terrorists responsible for targeting innocent men, women, and children at malls and on buses?

Why do Times reporters feel comfortable noting that a tiny but racist Israeli political party is “anti-Arab,” but not that Islamic Jihad is “anti-Jewish”? Why do they frequently suggest Israeli building in the West Bank is a violation of international law, but generally avoid saying the same about Islamic Jihad’s indiscriminate rockets fired into Israeli towns? And why do they pretend Islamic Jihad opposes the “occupation,” and not… “Israel’s existence”?

Why doesn’t the New York Times want people to know the truth about Islamic Jihad?

NY Times: Anti-Jewish Terrorists are Just “Nettlesome”

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Anti-Semitism’s Collaborators

By 06March2019 https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/03/anti-semitism-louis-farrakhan-democratic-party/

The ‘It’s anti-Zionism, not anti-Semitism’ dodge doesn’t wash.

The Democrats have a couple of problems: One is that they have spent many years complaining about being labeled “socialists” only to see their party come to be dominated by self-proclaimed socialists such as Senator Bernie Sanders (the gentleman from Vermont is a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination but is not a member of the party) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who, in spite of her pricey education, does not give the impression that she could be relied upon to spell bourgeoisie.

“Don’t call us socialists!” they used to say.

Now?

“Don’t call us anti-Semites!”

Well.

If the Democrats have a minor socialist problem, they have a major problem in the form of Jew-hating weirdos, preeminent among them the Reverend Louis Farrakhan of the so-called Nation of Islam. Farrakhan has been an out-and-proud Jew-hating weirdo for many decades now, but Democrats still feel the need to make gestures of obeisance before him: Anti-Trump leaders such as Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour of the Women’s March have embraced Farrakhan and courted his favor. Barack Obama came a-calling in 2005 when he was ramping up his political career. The Congressional Black Caucus has consulted him. Bill Clinton stood alongside him at Aretha Franklin’s funeral, implicitly elevating the cult leader. California Democrats Barbara Lee and Maxine Waters attend Farrakhan’s public events, and Obama-administration veteran Eric Holder recently posed for a picture with him.

Farrakhan is an anti-Semite. About that there is no real debate. Eric Holder? Maxine Waters? Others who confer status and influence on Farrakhan and his gang? Maybe they aren’t anti-Semites. They certainly are collaborators.

Farrakhan isn’t the end of it, though.

MSNBC continues to prominently feature the Reverend Al Sharpton. He was Jussie Smollett before Jussie Smollett was in the matter of the Tawana Brawley hate-crime/rape hoax, and his rabble-rousing attacks on Jewish “bloodsuckers” and “interlopers” preceded the mass murder at Freddie’s Fashion Mart. He inflamed anti-Semitic passions leading up to the Crown Heights riots. Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes apparently are content to be affiliated with him.

Newly elected Representative Ilhan Omar apparently cannot open her mouth without letting out an anti-Semitic libel accusing Jews of being unpatriotic (the “dual loyalty” canard) and of bribing U.S. political leaders into supporting Israel. The Jews, she insists, “push for allegiance to a foreign country.”

Representative Rashida Tlaib has similar problems and turns out to have been a contributor to one of Farrakhan’s batty publications. Members of the Democratic Socialists of America — Representative Ocasio-Cortez is a member — recently chanted eliminationist slogans calling for the liquidation of the Jewish state.

“Oh, that’s not anti-Semitism!” their apologists will say. “That’s anti-Zionism.”

Farrakhan has used the same line of defense. But it doesn’t wash. The viciousness and slander of the Democrats’ attacks on Israel are unique; give them a Cuban police state or a Venezuelan dictatorship and they’re kittens, but give them a polity full of Jews and they’re jackals. The double standards and unreasoning hatred of the progressive view of Israel simply does not have an equivalent associated with a non-Jewish state. Even their anti-Americanism is not quite as poisonous.

Anti-Semites? Collaborators? Something in between?

The Democrats have just been shamed into introducing an anti-anti-Semitism resolution in the House. In remarkably cowardly fashion, it does not name any names or even address the “anti-Zionism” dodge.

Strangely, the Democrats can, on occasion, work up some excitement on the question. Democrats love to lambaste the rich for weaponizing their fortunes in political fights. But Representative Jerrold Nadler accused a Republican colleague of anti-Semitism for rendering the name of billionaire progressive activist Tom Steyer as “$teyer.” Steyer, who has pledged many millions of dollars in support of sundry left-wing causes, is an Episcopalian, like his mother.

The Democrats bucked at being called socialists until their revolutionary vanguard began to come out as frank socialists. They complain about being called anti-Semites, too, which is a funny thing for friends and associates of Louis Farrakhan and Ilhan Omar to do. They can pass all the resolutions they like, but they will rightly be judged by the company they keep.
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JerusalemCats comments: Is the US going through the same Antisemitism as with the UK Labour Party?

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Yeger Accuses Colleagues, Media of Fomenting Anti-Semitism

08January2020 | י”א טבת תש”פ | https://hamodia.com/2020/01/08/yeger-accuses-colleagues-media-fomenting-anti-semitism/

Councilman Kalman Yeger speaking Wednesday. (NYC Council)

Councilman Kalman Yeger speaking Wednesday. (NYC Council)

Following are comments by New York City Councilman Kalman Yeger on the Council floor Wednesday:

I appreciate the thousands of New Yorkers and those who came from elsewhere to stand tall this Sunday against anti-Semitism. I also think how we got to here should be discussed.

For far too long, too many who hold public office, and those who portend themselves to be members of the media, have tinkered at the fringes of anti-Semitism. You market an “us vs. them” message against Orthodox Jews. You did this.

When you deliberately paint a portrait of Orthodox Jews as backwards members of society, who don’t vote how you like, don’t do what you want, don’t educate our children how you wish, you did this.

Those who took the time over Chanukah to show up near a menorah, but play divide-and-conquer politics with the lives of Orthodox Jews, you did this.

When an unprecedented verbal pogrom was unleashed in this chamber earlier this year for no purpose other than dividing New Yorkers and checking a box for your anti-Semitic friends, you did this.

Those who spent Sunday posing for pictures with Jews, but spend the other 364 days of the year festering hate against my community, you did this.

When you hold signs that claim you stand with Chassidic Jews, but then you go stand with anti-Semites, you did this.

I won’t be silent about who’s responsible.

The notion that a “lack of tolerance” is at issue, as if Orthodox Jews are so heinous that our presence in society is something to be tolerated, is grotesque.

We have the right to live in our city like anyone else. We have the right to go about our day without being assaulted. We’re not doing this to anyone. You’re doing this to us.

You attack our yeshivas regularly, repeatedly, with hatred. But when ever has anyone seen a group of yeshiva students run down a street and smack someone in the head? Why is that never discussed – how we raise our children to be honorable, intellectual, decent members of society, how we are kind to one another?

You paint us all with a scarlet letter of derision. You did this to us.

Those of you who did this know who you are, and you’ve done this, and it’s you’re responsibility to stop it. And I’m asking you all not just to show up one day a year and take a couple of pictures. But do this for the other 364 days that you stand up and you hurt our community with your words, with your acts, with divide-and-conquer politics, with the things that are not necessary in this city, just because you don’t like how we think, or you don’t like how we dress, or you don’t like how educate our children. Leave us alone and let us be part of this city, without you festering hate on us.

Thank you very much.

 

Kalman Yeger BLASTS Politicians & Media Who “Tinker At Fringes Of Antisemitism”

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New York City News

Op-Ed: The Attacks on Identifiable Jews in NYC Have Only Just Begun

on 03January2020 http://thejewishvoice.com/2020/01/03/op-ed-the-attacks-on-identifiable-jews-in-nyc-have-only-just-begun/

The word is out. If you hate your life, if you are filled with rage, if you are mentally ill and off your meds—or on them, but they don’t help [EDD: or on Pot] —you can stab, shoot, sucker punch, and verbally humiliate a visibly Jewish person in public

By: Professor Phyllis Chesler

Most American Jewish organizations, including the ADL, have insisted that the greatest danger to Jews was coming from white Christian conservative men. They refused to name Islamic Jew hatred or black American, black Caribbean, or black African Jew hatred.

Most American Jewish organizations, including the ADL, have insisted that the greatest danger to Jews was coming from white Christian conservative men. They refused to name Islamic Jew hatred or black American, black Caribbean, or black African Jew hatred.

Once Jewish blood is flowing in the streets and in the shuls, it is already too late, not to fight back, that is never too late, but to stem the tide of Jew hatred. The propaganda war against the Jews, the many thousands of Blood Libels, repeated in every language on earth, 24/7 for the last 50-100 years, has inevitably led us to where we find ourselves today.

We are in the midst of our own slow motion version of Kristallnacht, as my colleague Jack Engelhard has noted.

Now, all the well-meaning late-in-the-day calls for stepped up security measures, re-education, and rehabilitation; the grandstanding press conferences and petitions signed by “faith leaders” leave me cold. Even CAIR—the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States—held a solidarity rally with Orthodox Jews under siege.

Why cold? Because these are the very people who should have been sounding an alarm against Jew hatred long ago—instead of blatantly engaging in it; systematically denying its genocidal history and epidemic nature; viewing it as emanating from one source only: white, right wing, conservatives, as opposed to the entire Muslim world, aided and abetted by their lacky, the United Nations; by left wing “progressives” whose obsessive anti-Zionism is part of what’s new about Jew hatred; and by people of color, Muslim and African, in both in the United States and Europe.

For years, organized American and European Jewry have refused to take a courageous stand about Jew hatred. Please note that I am not calling this “antisemitism.” I have been using the phrase “Jew hatred” for many years now, sometimes the regrettably ungraceful term: “Judeophobia”. Scholar Shulamit Magnus has a very good piece about this. In short: Jews are not a “race,” we are a people, and we exist in all the colors of the rainbow. Arab Muslims and Arab Christians are also Semites and the term “antisemitism” applies to them as well.

Most big-monied American-Jewish groups have tended to universalize antisemitism as “racism” or “prejudice,” perhaps in the hope that Jew haters who oppose anti-black, anti-brown, and anti-immigrant racism would therefore magically realize that nearly half of all Jews, at least in Israel, are black, brown, or olive in skin color and that even white-skinned Ashkenazi Jews are human beings who are currently being verbally and physically menaced, shot down, stabbed, punched, and blown up in Israel and in the West.

I started writing about this almost full-time in the fall of 2000. I saw the writing on the sky. I’d seen it before in the early 1970s and 1980s, but never so clearly, never so alarmingly. Others did too. Some had been our shomrim for a long time. They were barely and only rarely heeded and were defamed as conservatives.

However, most American Jewish organizations, including the ADL, insisted that the greatest danger to Jews was coming from white Christian conservative men. They refused to name Islamic Jew hatred or black American, black Caribbean, or black African Jew hatred. The media happily kept quoting such views. Oddly, the ADL’s own stats, which they’ve released over many years, tells us another story.

In 2007, the ADL found that anti-Semitic (Jew-hating) views in the (non-African) American population was 14% as compared to 22% among Black-Americans.

In 2009, the ADL found that 12% of the (non-Black) American population held anti-Semitic views as compared to 28% among Black Americans.

In 2011, the ADL found that 15% of (non-Black) Americans held anti-Semitic views as compared to 29% of Black Americans.

In 2016, the ADL reported that (non-Black) Americans held anti-Semitic views 14% of the time as compared to 23% among Black Americans.

While such negative views appear to be going down, Black-Americans still hold Jew-hating views nearly twice as much as (non-Black) Americans do.

In the last fifty years Blood Libels against Israel and the Jews have intensified. By the 21st century, pro-Israel professors and students on campus in the West were very uncomfortable and objectively endangered. They had to hide their Zionist and totally fact-based views in order to survive—just as an increasing number of Orthodox Jews in Europe and America have had to hide their stars of David and their kipas under baseball caps.

A friend just called me from London. She is not Jewish but she posted a Jewish star and the Israeli flag on social media in solidarity with us. “I got blowback, I got yelled at, some of what I posted got taken down.”

Another friend also just called me in a slight panic. “I must discuss with you an antisemitic incident. I want your advice about how to best handle this.” I have not had time as yet to call him back.

As we’ve all said: The most dangerous of genies is now not only out of the bottle but is flying around right over our heads. There is no going back.

Random, lone attacks on visible Orthodox Jews by marginalized and mentally ill members of an underclass is fully underway. In France, you can torture and murder a sweet, elderly Jewish woman and get away with it as long as you’re “high on marijuana.” In Brooklyn, New York, my hometown, on subways going to Brooklyn, in nearby Jersey City and Monsey, the word is obviously out. If you hate your life, if you are filled with rage, if you are mentally ill and off your meds—or on them, but they don’t help—you can stab, shoot, sucker punch, and verbally humiliate a visibly Jewish person in public.

One must ask: Why are Jews being targeted? Why not Christians or Muslims?
That’s because our entire culture, country, and world has been marinated in Jew hatred. Bits and pieces of it are flying all around just waiting to be snatched up and acted upon. That’s the genie.

Mentally ill people take certain ideas quite literally. Someone who is very bright may also be a paranoid schizophrenic or a manic-depressive who can latch onto a designated scapegoat and act upon what’s out there in the consciousness of the collective.

We assume, wrongfully, that a mentally ill person is so disabled by his or her illness that they are incapable of planning such attacks against Jews. And yet, clearly, they do scope out the best territory, buy weapons, plan a strategy, and carry it out. And, they also attack Jews spontaneously. There is an electrifying permission all around us.

Several conclusions.

-Mental illness should no longer be a “get out of jail card” in such instances.

-Jews must defend themselves as individuals and as communities. It must be made clear that we can do this, that there will be a price to pay for attacking a vulnerable and visible Jew. True, there is always the danger that Jewish self-defense will be seen and treated as provocation and retaliation might be far out of proportion. Our Israeli brethren deal with this problem every hour of every day. It is time for American and European Jews to seek their advice and consider how they “manage” the “matzav,”

-These recent attacks upon Jews in the United States are not similar to what happened in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. There is no political mandate, no politician who is planning to exterminate every single Jew in the West. However, there is a dangerous brew of anti-Zionism in the media, among European leaders, and, with many exceptions, in our current Democratic Party. This is part of the marinade in which lone and mentally ill people are stewing.

-There are also ideological Jew haters and Jew killers in the United States. So many Jihad attacks beginning with 9/11 have afflicted us. Calls for both Jewish and infidel deaths are rampant among fundamentalist and extremist Muslims. Certain Imams in American jails call for our deaths every day. To the extent to which African-American and Hispanic-American men are jailed (rightly, wrongly, unfortunately, unjustly), they sometimes re-enter society as Muslim soldiers. Or as supporters of Jihad. Similar calls are made in certain mosques every Friday or five times a day, every day.

The good news: Earlier today, a seventeen year-old Muslim boy, Ahmed Khalifa, saw a much taller, 31 year old African-American man suddenly assault a visibly Orthodox Jewish woman on the train. There was blood. She was crying. Her glasses were broken. Guess what? Khalifa-the-hero followed that man, Rayvon Jones, as he fled and managed to help the police find and arrest him. God bless this young man from Sudan who was trained to know right from wrong and who refused to act as a bystander at this moment in history. (INN)

The writer is a Ginsburg-Ingerman Fellow at the Middle East Forum, received the 2013 National Jewish Book Award,.authored 18 books, including Women and Madness and The New Anti-Semitism, and 4 studies about honor killing, Her latest books are An American Bride in Kabul, A Family Conspiracy: Honor Killing and A Politically Incorrect Feminist.
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277 People A Day Leave New York

by Tyler Durden 07January2020 -https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/277-people-day-leave-new-york
Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

New Yorkers are fleeing the state in droves due to high taxes. The result is an overabundance of homes few can afford…

New Yorkers are fleeing the state in droves

Bloomberg reports Manhattan’s Flood of New Condos Could Take Six Years to Sell.

Manhattan is glutted with even more luxury condos than most apartment-shoppers realize. The borough has 7,050 unsold, newly built units, according to a report by Halstead Development Marketing. The bulk of those — almost 6,000 — haven’t been formally listed for sale, creating an under-the-radar “shadow inventory.”

The secret supply is a heavy weight on a market in which sales, especially of higher-end properties, have slowed to a crawl. It would take take 74 months — more than 6 years — to clear all of Manhattan’s unsold units at the pace of contracts in 2019, the report shows.

Despite the allegedly booming economy, there is little interest in moving to Manhattan. Rather, people have has enough of taxes.

This is not at all surprising. New York, California, Illinois, and New Jersey are in the same boat. Those are the top four states with domestic out migration.

Tax the Rich, the Rich Leave

The Washington Times reports Wealthy Americans Flee High-Tax States, Take Billions with Them.

“Tax the rich. Tax the rich. Tax the rich. The rich leave,” New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, lamented in February as he announced an anticipated revenue plunge in the Empire State. “And now what do you do?”

The $10,000 limit has left governors in high-tax states steaming and has sent Democratic politicians scrambling to try to offer breaks to the same wealthy Americans they usually demand pay their fair share.

“It is having a big impact,” said Chris Edwards, tax policy director at the Cato Institute. “There was migration before, but there has always been disputes about the causes with the data. Now I suspect a lot of people are just getting fed up.”

Exodus Just Beginning

Please consider New York, California High-Tax State Exodus Just Beginning

The cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions has already begun to drive some residents away from high-tax states like New York and New Jersey, but experts say that trend is only going to intensify.

“It took a few months for taxpayers to realize the dollar implications – until they actually filed their tax returns this year,” Alan Goldenberg, a principal at Friedman LLP, told FOX Business. “It quantified the impact of the loss of the SALT deduction when people saw it in front of their eyes on their tax return.”

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act introduced a number of reforms, including the notorious $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions, which has caused Americans to look into establishing legal primary residences in states where they can limit their liabilities.

Great Hit Tax Exodus

Please note More People Are Leaving NYC Daily Than Any Other U.S. City.

New York leads all U.S. metro areas as the largest net loser with 277 people moving every day — more than double the exodus of 132 just one year ago. Los Angeles and Chicago were next with triple digit daily losses of 201 and 161 residents, respectively.

In 10 of the top 100 metros, deaths exceed births. Thus, without migration these cities would be shrinking. Half of the 10 are located in Florida. In 11 more cities, mostly in Utah and Texas, there are more than twice as many births as deaths. Provo, which ranks first in births and last in deaths, had a 5-1 ratio.

Illinoisans Leave State in Record Numbers, and So Are We

I commented on the great exodus four days ago in Illinoisans Leave State in Record Numbers, and So Are We

Here is one of the key charts.

Escape Illinois

You Say Goodbye, I say Hello

  • Goodbye NY, CA, IL, MA
  • Hello FL, TX, AZ, NC, SC

Hello, hello, I know just why you say goodbye and say Hello.

Escape Illinois: Get The Hell Out Now, We Are

On October 5, I announced Escape Illinois: Get The Hell Out Now, We Are

We are moving to Southern Utah this year. Going house hunting in February (will rent for a year) and we will sell this one rather than trying to rent it.

Property taxes are too much of a killer to keep it (as in ~$15,000 a year on a ~$400K home).

Yikes. Had enough.

Falling Home Prices Won’t Stem the Tide

Meanwhile, property prices in Illinois and New York are falling. California will soon follow. Falling prices will not stem the tide. People have had enough.

Illinois Solution

In case you were wondering, Illinois has a solution: Raise taxes.

Let’s see what California and New York come up with, but I have a suspicion it will be the same.

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UK Labour Party: No Jews Allowed | French Jews are fleeing France

UK Jews are between a Rock and a Hard Place with Labour.

If Labour wins it will be like 1935-38 Germany with Kristallnacht or worse and if Labour losses then it will be like Germany in the early 1930s with all the Antisemitic attacks on Jews.

British Jews have a choice:

Stay in the UK with
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See:‘Things have only gotten worse’: French Jews are fleeing their country When National Geographic writes about it. That is important.

What about the US Democratic Party? Bernie Sanders? Are the Democrats going down the same Antisemitic Road as Labour?

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Watch the Labour election advertisement that says every British minority is “worthy of equality” except the Jews

Dawn-Butler
01December2019-https://antisemitism.uk/watch-the-labour-election-advertisement-that-says-every-british-minority-is-worthy-of-equality-except-the-jews/
The Labour Party has released an advertisement for the general election that presents a montage of images accompanied by a speech by the Shadow Minister Dawn Butler as the narration.

In the narration, almost every conceivable minority is mentioned, including religious minorities by reference to those who “wear a hijab, turban, cross”. All of the groups mentioned are, the viewer is told, “worthy of equality”, “dignity” and “respect”. Ms Butler’s narration also says that each has “a future” and that “a Labour government will value you”. But the narration conspicuously does not mention Jews, nor are there any images of Jews.

The slogan of the advertisement is “Our diversity is our strength”. Ms Butler is the Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary.

A spokesman for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “It either did not occur to the Labour Party to include the Jews in this diversity advert, even though the Party is being investigated for institutional antisemitism, or the Jews have deliberately been excluded. Both explanations are appalling, and neither does anything to change the impression that the Labour Party is ‘for the many not the Jew’. In fact, it increasingly appears that the Party has grown comfortable with its anti-Jewish animus.”

 

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2019 showed that antisemitism on the far-left of British politics has surpassed that of the far-right, and that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is the party leader of choice for those who hold multiple antisemitic views.

 

On 8th December, regardless of religion, race or politics, Jews and non-Jews alike will gather in Parliament Square to declare that they stand together against antisemitism in the face of Jew-hatred in politics and mounting anti-Jewish hate crime.

 

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

 

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

 

Over 58,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

 

Dawn Butler | This Is Our Strength

Premiered Nov 29, 2019


This is our strength

Campaign Against Antisemitism

How bad is antisemitism in Britain?

Comparatively, Britain is one of the best countries in the world in which to be Jewish, but we must fight to keep it that way. Britain is at a tipping point: unless antisemitism is met with zero tolerance, it will continue to grow and British Jews will increasingly question their place in their own country.

80%

of British Jews feel that recent political events have resulted in increased hostility towards Jews

42%

British Jews considered leaving Britain in the past two years due to antisemitism, 85% of them due to antisemitism in politics

26%

of British Jews think the Crown Prosecution Service does enough to protect the Jewish community

Information and Research

Campaign Against Antisemitism produces information, research and reports about antisemitism in Britain. Comparatively, Britain is one of the best countries in the world in which to be Jewish, but we must fight to keep it that way. The research below shows that Britain is at a tipping point: unless antisemitism is met with zero tolerance, it will continue to grow and British Jews will increasingly question their place in their own country.

Effects on British Jews

1 in 3 British Jews has considered leaving Britain in the past two years due to antisemitism with concern mounting over failures to tackle antisemitic crime and antisemitism in politics

Everyday Antisemitism

Everyday Antisemitism is a project of Campaign Against Antisemitism which invites Jews to share their everyday experiences of antisemitism instead of suffering in silence and allowing some to question whether antisemitism is a real problem.

Leftists ostracise Jews at antisemitism vigil


To those who attended the #antisemitism 'vigil' tonight, it really isn't complicated.

Campaign Against Antisemitism

CAA and KCL study finds far-left Jew-hatred has now overtaken far-right in Britain and two-thirds of Corbyn’s vanguard of strongest supporters hold antisemitic views

Jeremy Corbyn For The Many
01 December2019-https://antisemitism.uk/caa-and-kcl-study-finds-far-left-jew-hatred-has-now-overtaken-far-right-in-britain-and-two-thirds-of-corbyns-vanguard-of-strongest-supporters-hold-antisemitic-views/
Today, Campaign Against Antisemitism is releasing the results of our Antisemitism Barometer research, a multiyear study by Campaign Against Antisemitism which was designed and analysed by one of the foremost academics in his field from King’s College London. The study makes shocking findings about antisemitism in the Labour Party and British society, and how Jews are reacting.

The research has revealed that:

  • Antisemitism on the far-left has overtaken antisemitism on the far-right;
  • Jeremy Corbyn is now the candidate of choice for anti-Jewish racists;
  • Despite claims that Labour’s antisemitism stems from ‘a few bad apples’, two thirds of Jeremy Corbyn’s vanguard of strongest supporters hold at least one antisemitic view;
  • 84% of British Jews feel that Jeremy Corbyn is a threat specifically to the Jewish community;
  • Two in five British Jews have considered emigrating over antisemitism in the past two years alone, 85% of them because of antisemitism in politics, with two thirds expressly naming the Labour Party or Jeremy Corbyn as their reason;
  • Close to two thirds of British Jews believe that the authorities are not doing enough to address and punish antisemitism, and a mere 35% of British Jews felt confident that antisemitic hate crimes against them would be prosecuted, a record low; and
  • Almost half of British Jews believe that the Crown Prosecution Service is doing too little to fight antisemitism.

In the report, Campaign Against Antisemitism calls on the Government to urgently implement a series of recommendations on law enforcement, and for all political parties to adopt our manifesto for fighting antisemitism.

 

Gideon Falter, Chief Executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Far from being the champion of anti-racism that it holds itself out to be, the far-left is now home to even more anti-Jewish bigotry than the far-right. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the Labour Party, whose Jeremy Corbyn is now the politician of choice for antisemites. If the battles of old against the far-right tell us anything, it is that if we fail to unite against this toxic hatred, it will spread to threaten other minorities too.

 

“People will find it utterly chilling that in 2019, large swathes of the Jewish community are considering the drastic step of leaving the country they love because they fear racism in our politics. I believe in the people of our deeply decent country and I hope that this study will encourage them to stop and think how they can show their Jewish countrymen that regardless of politics, race or religion we stand together against antisemitism, that the Jewish community is not alone.”

 

The full report is available at antisemitism.uk/barometer.

 

YouGov was commissioned to survey the British population’s attitudes towards Jews in 2018 and 2019. The YouGov survey was designed and analysed by Dr Daniel Allington of King’s College London. The polling was conducted prior to a General Election being called. Campaign Against Antisemitism also separately worked with partners to survey British Jews’ responses to antisemitism in 2018 and 2019. Dr Allington also designed and analysed the survey of the Jewish community, which was also conducted prior to a General Election being called. YouGov sample sizes for the survey of the British population were 1,606 in 2018 and 2,040 in 2019 (including boost samples from the ‘very left-wing’ and ‘very right-wing’ of 197 and 204 respectively). Campaign Against Antisemitism sample sizes for the surveys of British Jews were 2,103 in 2018 and 2,695 in 2019.

 

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

 

In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

 

Over 58,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”

 

On 8th December, regardless of religion, race or politics, Jews and non-Jews alike will gather in Parliament Square to declare that they stand together against antisemitism in the face of Jew-hatred in politics and mounting anti-Jewish hate crime.

2019 top 10 worst antisemites: #1 Jeremy Corbyn

2019 top 10 worst antisemites: #1 Jeremy Corbyn

Influential Corbyn-supporting Facebook page run by Hamas

The “We Support Jeremy Corbyn” Facebook page, which has 72,000 members, was run from the Gaza strip from 2017 until recently.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS 9DECEMBER2019 https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Antisemitism/Influential-Corbyn-supporting-Facebook-page-run-by-Hamas-from-Gaza-610306

 

Hamas thanks Corbyn for support; says he is "worthy of all ...

Hamas thanks Corbyn for support; says he is “worthy of all …

Sidebar:Hamas charter calls for the destruction of Israel

An Open Letter to Critics of Israel

 

Hamas officials in both Gaza and London are working in support of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, ahead of the UK general election on Thursday.

 

According to Tazpit Press Service (TPS), the “We Support Jeremy Corbyn” Facebook page, one of the largest and most influential Corbyn support networks globally with some 72,000 members, is managed from the Gaza strip.

 

For over two years the page was managed by Walid Abu Rouk, a resident of Khan Yunis in the Gaza strip, after Labour Party members added him as a page manager in June 2017, declaring him “our man in Gaza.” Abu Rouk confirmed to TPS that he served as the page’s manager until recently.

 

However, Rouk also has clear ties to the heart of Hamas’ propaganda efforts. A source in the strip who wished to remain anonymous told TPS “Abu Rouk serves Hamas’ information campaign and is guided by it.”

 

The official said that Rouk is a key link in Hamas’ English language propaganda service thanks to his excellent command of the English language, and is operating under guidance from Hamas officials.

 

In recent years, Hamas has taken to placing its people in strategic media locations, including as managers of Facebook pages. Gaza does not have a free press system; rather, news outlets in the strip are required to hand management of their social media accounts over to Hamas to control.

 

Speaking with TPS, Rouk said that he writes for Al Jazeera, the Qatari owned news network affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, for PALESTINE 24, and for Middle East Eye. He is also the founder of the GP+ media site based in Gaza, which is run by Muhammad Ibrahim Madun, a journalist often quoted internationally as a Hamas affiliate.

 

But his links extend beyond the Middle East and into London: he also writes for London-based Memo Monitor, thought to be one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s media outlets. Memo Monitor often publishes pro-Corbyn and Labour Party content.

 

Another senior reporter at Memo Monitor, Motasem Dalloul, also resident in Gaza, edits the Hamas-affiliated website Days of Palestine. According to a source in Gaza, Dalloul also edits the English content on Hamas’ official al-Risala website, and is a key figure in Hamas’ English language propaganda efforts.
Dalloul and Rouk deny knowing each other, despite working for the same website on complementary content, and despite Rouk posting prayers and well wishes for his “dearest friend” Dalloul when the latter was injured several years ago.

 

Rouk also advocates for a boycott of Israeli media, and said he only agrees to co-operate with Israeli outlets if it channeled through the Memo office in London. Under his direction, members of Corbyn’s support page were prohibited from posting any links to British tabloid papers the Daily Mail and the Sun, both of which have favoured the Conservatives in recent times.

 

He has further promoted the so-called Freedom Flotillas to the Gaza strip which aimed at breaking Israeli security measures in the Mediterranean Sea. The flotillas were run by Viva Palestina, an organisation set up by disgraced former politician George Galloway, who was expelled from the Labour Party under previous leadership for antisemitism.

 

Hamas - Suzan Ziyada Facebook Account t

Hamas – Suzan Ziyada Facebook Account

 

Viva Palestina, which is registered in the UK, operates under instructions from Zaher Birawi, who has been identified by Israeli security as one of Hamas’ top officials in the UK. A source in the Gaza Strip told TPS that Birawi runs all Hamas-UK relations, and that he is known to hold the “Corbyn-Hamas file”.
Another of the organisers of the flotilla is British-born Muslim convert Khadijah Hasssan, who moved to Gaza under the auspices of the Hamas Religious Scholars Association. She is a known Labour supporter, and is active in the BDS movement.

Labour Party Councillor was on Homeland Security watchlist

By David 5 December 2019 http://david-collier.com/labour-party-councillor-homeland-security-watchlist/

Margaret Corvid Labour Party Councillor was on Homeland Security watchlist

Margaret Corvid Labour Party Councillor was on Homeland Security watchlist

 

Labour Councillor Margaret Corvid’s antisemitism was exposed on this website just a few days ago. It doesn’t get much more blatant that supporting the antisemitic play ‘Perdition’ or suggesting ‘Zionists control the Holocaust narrative’. Corvid acts as a Councillor in Plymouth and since the news broke, Corvid has been suspended from her role. Since the suspension she has publicly given some details that only cloud the matter further.

Corvid announces her arrival

Corvid’s Labour party membership came as a result of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership election victory. My research has exposed many antisemitic extremists, white supremacists, Holocaust deniers and other disenfranchised elements of society who jumped into the Labour Party for Jeremy Corbyn. Corvid is another one of those. Corvid openly describes herself as ‘hard-left’ and says she has been a ‘Trotskyist’ since she was sixteen years old, In an early Stateside interview with Galloway she spoke up the value of the ‘red-green alliance’, seeking advice from Galloway about how to create a prosperous alliance in the United States, similar to the one Galloway had created in his far-left Respect Party.

 

In that interview Corvid openly praised ‘symbolic gestures’ and the ‘cultural currency’ of radical Islamist Iranians handing over the Israeli embassy to the PLO – and their renaming the street of the British Embassy after an IRA terrorist. When she arrived in Scotland, she naturally gravitated towards the Socialist Workers Party.

A hatred that is more recent than Councillor Corvid wants people to believe

Corvid claims in her apology that she does not hold these views anymore. I am not sure how true this is. Corvid has an issue with her memory. In fact she says she did not remember the Perdition episode at all. That would be astonishing. It was an event in her life that embroiled her in masses of unwanted publicity. She was forced to resign from the local solidarity campaign. It is fair to believe that it may have been behind one of the times she changed her name. It may be the reason she left Scotland. Yet she does not remember it?

 

The amnesia spreads far. When being interviewed by the Daily Mail in March 2017, she tells the reporter she moved to Plymouth from the US ‘eleven years before’. This would make that move in 2006. Which would be odd since she lived in Scotland in 2007 when the Perdition row occurred. She was an activist for the SNP as late as 2009. Maybe she just completely forgot she went to Scotland at all.

 

Which makes me doubt her current ‘opinion’ story too. Whilst canvassing for election to be councillor in early 2018, she apparently became engaged in an argument with a British Zionist Jew. Eventually the person she was standing alongside, another potential councillor seeking election, needed to hold her back and calm her down because she was ‘ranting about anti-Zionism’.

A councillor On the Homeland Security watchlist

So it is no surprise to learn that authorities in the United States knew of her before she came. In fact Corvid herself, in an on air interview, admits to having been on the ‘Homeland Security‘ watchlist, who in her words, considered her to be a ‘terrorist’. See this clip for evidence of that exchange:

 

Labour Party councillor was on Homeland Security watchlist

The Plymouth Councillor was on the US watchlist from a department set up ‘to secure the nation from threats’. In Corbyn’s Labour she became a representative of the people. These are the type of people Corbyn has attracted to his Labour Party. This is not a one-off. Yesterday, Investigative Journalist Iggy Ostanin published footage of Jeremy Corbyn advisor Andrew Murray expressing sympathy and solidarity with forces fighting against NATO. Later the same day, footage emerged of Corbyn himself, calling NATO ‘a danger to world peace and a danger to world security’. This is a dangerous anti-western mindset that poses a danger to all of us.

 

Threats and Labour Party

It gets even more troubling. When I was doing research for my initial piece, I found that some people had publicly contacted Corvid making the accusation she was a terrorist sympathiser and antisemite. Corvid responded with threats. She told the accuser that the ‘Labour Party is aware’ and if they didn’t stop making the accusations, she or they (the message is not clear) will take legal action. Publicly she called people who approached her over antisemitism – ‘trolls’. Whatever else is in this message – the threatening tone is clear and Corvid is explicitly saying that by this point – the Labour Party knew about her antisemitic actions and her extremism and were ‘backing her’:

Margaret Corvid twitter threatening tone

So, who knew she was an extremist and had promoted the play Perdition? Local Labour leader Tudor Evans was tagged into tweets on the subject of Margaret the extremist Councillor in March 2019, but it goes back even further. In Corvid’s recent statement she is explicit. She says this: ‘I reported them to Deputy Council Leader Pete Smith and Chief Whip Eddie Rennie in November 2018 in a face to face meeting.’ she goes on to say she has ‘kept them informed’. Which means we need to ask Pete Smith and Eddie Rennie why action wasn’t take against Margaret Corvid until my research in this blog exposed the story?

 

This is the problem with Labour and antisemitism. Every single time. Why does it need us to drag them screaming before they take action?

Councillor Corvid posed with Corbyn. I have lost count of the number of people in antisemitism scandals that I have seen in selfies with Jeremy Corbyn. I was told Corvid played an important part of Luke Pollard’s re-election campaign. This has to be after the party already knew about the problems with her.

Councillor Corvid posed with Corbyn

Plymouth local media

And then there is the local media. I am an investigative journalist. Corvid was elected to represent the people of Plymouth. How is nobody performing the most basic of checks on their own representatives? It isn’t like nobody knew who Margaret Corvid was. In fact, she is something of a celebrity in Plymouth. I have found four seperate female journalists who promote Corvid as something of a role model. The first was Katie French. Katie worked in Plymouth but was also working for the Mail. So Corvid gets plugged in the Daily Mail.  Corvid’s election was in 2018, so no doubt this celebrity status did her no harm.

Katie French twitter

Worse still, in March 2018, the local newspapers put together a list of ’70 of the most inspiring women in Devon.’ This was just two months before the May election. For whatever reason, Rachael Dodd and Anita Merritt listed Corvid as one of the inspiring women for International Women’s Day. That certainly didn’t do her case for election any harm. A year later, in the local ‘Plymouth Live ‘Katie Timms listed Corvid as one of ‘the most incredible Plymouth women’.

 

Katie French, Rachael Dodd, Anita Merritt and Katie Timms. It took me 10 minutes to realise there was a problem with Corvid’s backstory. Not one of these people even bothered to check the history of Margaret Corvid – of their local councillor – even as they strengthened her chances of election or promoted her as a role model.  At one point Margaret Corvid was apparently considered a ‘terrorist’ by US Homeland Security.

 

I live a long way from Plymouth and Corvid didn”t escape my attention. So my question to these ‘journalists’ (and I use the term loosely) is how did she escape theirs?

UK Chief Rabbi: Concerns about anti-Semitism remain

The election may be over, but anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry remain, warns Chief Rabbi of UK.

UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 13December2019 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/273117

At the polls yesterday, we conferred upon our Members of Parliament the heavy responsibility of answering the profound social and economic challenges that our country faces. The election may be over, but concerns about the resurgence of antisemitism very much remain.

Islamophobia, racism and other forms of prejudice continue to afflict our communities and, as has been well publicised, even our political parties. It is vital that we now bring the country together, ensuring that the voices of people from across our society are heard and respected.

We must focus on our shared values and leave all hatred and prejudice far behind us.

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is the Chief Rabbi of UK

 

 

 

Chief Rabbi Mirvis tweet-13December2019

 

 

Unity News Network (UNN) @UnityNewsNet 13December2019 BREAKING NEWS- Disgusting scenes in Central London as masked ANTIFA fight with Police as they protest the victory of Boris Johnson.

Unity News Network (UNN) @UnityNewsNet 13December2019
BREAKING NEWS- Disgusting scenes in Central London as masked ANTIFA fight with Police as they protest the victory of Boris Johnson.

 

 

Campaign Against Antisemitism

Diehard supporters of Jeremy Corbyn turn their attention to the world’s oldest scapegoat

Diehard supporters of Jeremy Corbyn turn their attention to the world’s oldest scapegoat

Diehard supporters of Jeremy Corbyn turn their attention to the world’s oldest scapegoat

Britain has resoundingly rejected the politics of hate, albeit that millions still backed an institutionally antisemitic political party. However, the Jewish community must now brace itself for a potential backlash.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has urged the Jewish community to be vigilant in case, as has happened so often in Jewish history and as the last few years and months foretell, the Jews may become a scapegoat as the more ardent of Mr Corbyn’s followers, many of whom hold antisemitic views, now search for where to cast the blame.

As the Chief Rabbi, whose courageous intervention two weeks ago articulated the concerns of the Jewish community, has also noted: “The election may be over, but concerns about the resurgence of antisemitism very much remain.”

While votes were still being counted, notorious Jew-baiter Ken Livingstone already reportedly noted that “The Jewish vote wasn’t very helpful”.

Labour frontbencher Dan Carden also claimed that Jeremy Corbyn is “one of the most attacked and smeared leaders of a party we’ve ever had in this country.”

Asa Winstanley, who called the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) an “Israeli Embassy proxy” and was reportedly suspended from Labour in March, pending an investigation, observed: “The manufactured ‘antisemitism crisis’ spreads from Labour to a state-backed McCarthyist witch hunt. It was a fatal mistake to indulge these lies, and indulge liars like [former MP] John Mann [the Government’s independent antisemitism advisor].”

Meanwhile, a perusal of Twitter reveals how some frustration with the result is finding expression in worrying tropes, for example a journalist at the Irish Times describing the election as a “great result for Zionism: monsters are roaring their delight”.

In the first release of its Antisemitism in Political Parties research, Campaign Against Antisemitism has shown that Jeremy Corbyn is personally responsible for 24 incidents of antisemitic discourse, which is equal to fifteen percent of all recorded incidents involving parliamentary candidates and party leaders. Overall, Labour Party candidates for Parliament account for 82 percent of all incidents.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2019 showed that antisemitism on the far-left of British politics has surpassed that of the far-right, and that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is the party leader of choice for those who hold multiple antisemitic views.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

 

Labour's Dan Carden tells ITV News that Jeremy Corbyn is "one of the most attacked and smeared leaders of a party we've ever had in this country." 13December2019 tweet

Labour’s Dan Carden tells ITV News that Jeremy Corbyn is “one of the most attacked and smeared leaders of a party we’ve ever had in this country.” 13December2019 tweet

 

Political auto-immune disease among diaspora Jews

19December 2019 Melanie https://www.melaniephillips.com/political-auto-immune-disease-diaspora-jews/

Why are so many diaspora Jews doing the dirty work of their mortal enemies for them?

In the United States, most Jews still support the Democratic Party despite the refusal by some politicians — namely, the four freshmen congresswomen who call themselves “the Squad,” and have made anti-Jewish and anti-Israel remarks — to distance themselves from the Jew-baiting Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

American Jewish leaders are also deeply reluctant to speak out against black or Muslim Jew-hatred, of which there have been some shocking recent examples.

Immediately after the New Jersey atrocity where three civilians and a police officer were murdered in a kosher supermarket, local black people were videoed blaming the Jews for the shooting and calling on them to get out of the neighborhood.

A school-board member then bizarrely accused local Jews of selling body parts and attacking the black community. This was followed by a physical attack on a Jewish woman in the New York subway by a black woman ranting “Allahu akbar!” and “It’s good they killed Jews in New Jersey; they should have killed all of you.”

In Britain, there’s an even worse problem. Not only are there horrific anti-Jewish attitudes on the left that have all but consumed the Labour Party, but in a political equivalent of auto-immune disease some leaders of the Jewish community are attacking its defenders and siding with some of its foes.

This week, I found myself at the sharp end of that phenomenon when I was attacked over a column I wrote for Britain’s Jewish Chronicle, with Jewish leaders helping fuel the frenzy against me.

I had argued in my column that, while real prejudice against Muslims should be condemned, the charge of Islamophobia was a concept developed by Islamists to silence any criticism of the Islamic world. I further argued that it was terribly wrong to equate antisemitism with Islamophobia, the accusation of which provided cover for Muslim antisemitism.

Twitter and social media then erupted into a firestorm, accusing me of “peddling Islamophobia”, supporting “conspiracism” and being an “Israeli regime propagandist.”

This conflagration was ignited by Daniel Sugarman, a former Jewish Chronicle journalist who currently works for the community’s main representative body, the Board of Deputies.

Writing in a personal capacity, he tweeted in response to my column that while working at the paper, his “favorite four words ever to appear in print were ‘Melanie Phillips is away.’ Her presence as a monthly columnist diminishes a wonderful paper. She is a disgrace.”

All this could have been brushed aside as just customary Twitter abuse. Far more important and disturbing, however, was the reaction of the Board of Deputies itself. For rather than disavowing Sugarman, it actually tweeted its own attack on me thus:

“The publication of this piece was an error. Anti-Muslim prejudice is very real and it is on the rise. Our community must stand as allies to all facing racism.”

So in response to my argument that the accusation of Islamophobia was being used to silence those telling the truth about Islamic extremism and Muslim antisemitism, the board said I should have been silenced. It has thus become the patsy of those wishing to harm the Jewish people and the West.

Other Jew
ish establishment types also piled in against me.

Dave Rich, policy head at the Community Security Trust that does essential work in guarding the security of British Jews, tweeted that my column “mirrors the worst writing from antisemitism-deniers in recent years … replicating some of the nonsense written about antisemitism and directing it at Islamophobia.”

His argument was shallow to the point of absurdity. The difference between “antisemitism-deniers” and those rejecting the term “Islamophobia” is that Jew-hatred is real, indisputable bigotry—and while there is certainly real anti-Muslim prejudice, Islamophobia is a concept that is often used for sinister ends.

This was well understood by the French philosopher Pascal Bruckner, who has called Islamophobia a “semantic racket.” Two years ago, he wrote in Tablet that it was developed as a weapon to silence both Westerners and liberal Muslim reformers.

More than that, claiming equivalence with antisemitism was an attempt to enable Muslims to replace the Jews as the apparent prime targets of global bigotry.

“Once the equivalence between Judeophobia and Islamophobia is established,” wrote Bruckner, “the next step is to put in place the principle of elimination—a subtle but effective process of symbolic expropriation. It is our turn, say the Islamic fundamentalists.”

They could then present themselves as the people to whom the entire Christian and Jewish world was indebted to repair the wrongs done to the world of Islam.

Rich’s claim is also in direct contradiction to remarks made at an Oxford conference last summer by Haras Rafiq, chief executive of the Muslim anti-extremist Quilliam Foundation. A practicing Muslim himself, Rafiq warned against using the term “Islamophobia” which he said was invented by the Muslim Brotherhood and was the wrong way to describe anti-Muslim prejudice.

Which is pretty well what I wrote. By equating me ludicrously with people denying Jew-hatred, Rich merely revealed he understands neither “Islamophobia” nor why antisemitism is unique.

Nor is all this toxic froth confined to the community’s lay leadership. On his Facebook page, a London Chabad rabbi, Herschel Gluck, responded to my column with defamatory remarks including calling me “a hate preacher.”

This was bizarre. I am a journalist and, arguably, one of Britain’s most prominent defenders of Israel and the Jewish people. “Hate preacher” is a term used by the British police, among others, to describe Islamist fanatics who inspire others to blow people up.

Gluck is said by those who know him to have devoted his life to good works. So it’s not surprising that he’s committed to interfaith initiatives, in which Jews and Muslims try to build bridges around shared experiences.

Indeed, it would appear that Gluck’s commitment to interfaith initiatives is so profound that he has now actually transposed the characteristics of Islamic jihadi fanaticism onto a Jew.

Belief in interfaith within the British rabbinate is so unshakeable that Orthodox rabbis are in the forefront of equating antisemitism with Islamophobia. They have thus become the useful idiots in the Islamist extremists’ strategy of religious war.

The distinction between antisemitism and Islamophobia is as crucial as it is poorly understood. People think Islamophobia is just a word for prejudice against Muslims. It’s not. It’s a term used specifically to silence people who criticize the Muslim world.

After all, the term “phobia” isn’t applied to prejudice against Sikhs or Hindus or anyone else. “Islamophobia” deliberately appropriates the key aspect of antisemitism — that it is truly deranged — and falsely turns all criticism of the Islamic world into a psychological disorder, thus making that world unchallengeable. The difference between antisemitism and Islamophobia is between truth and lies.

The Muslim world is deeply jealous of the unique status of Jew-hatred as the ultimate bigotry. Some in the wider community are similarly jealous because they think it confers ultimate impunity for misdeeds. And that is a fundamentally antisemitic belief.

But the Jews who equate it with Islamophobia can’t bear the uniqueness of Jew-hatred either. That’s because in the diaspora, many Jews don’t want to be unique. They want to be just like everyone else.

They are frightened that uniqueness will make them the targets of hatred. So they deny the uniqueness of antisemitism, and thus its true evil.

And that’s why, although Jeremy Corbyn has now been defeated, the leadership of Britain’s Jewish community is itself marching it towards the edge of the cultural cliff.

 

Three Lessons From The UK Elections

Tyler Durden 16December2019 – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/three-lessons-uk-elections
Authored by Daniel Lacalle via DLacalle.,com,

The results of the UK elections have shown something that I have commented on several occasions: The widely spread narrative that British citizens had regretted having voted for Brexit was simply incorrect.

We already had the evidence in the European elections, where the Brexit Party won with 31.6% of the votes, but the general elections have been even clearer. The Conservative Party won by an absolute majority (more than 360 seats and 43.6% of the votes).

10 Downing St and exit door

The failure of Labour’s radicalism led by Jeremy Corbyn has been spectacular, and his interventionist messages, reminiscent of the terrible Harold Wilson period, added to his vague stance on Brexit and how to finance his promises of “everything free at any cost” have led the party to its worst results since 1935 and losing key seats in constituencies that always voted Labour since 1945.

Up to 18 Labour historical footholds passed to a conservative majority including Blyth, Darlington, Workington, Great Grimsby or Bassetlaw. In Wales, the Conservative party snatched six seats from the socialists. The transfer of Labour votes to conservatives exceeded 4.7%, according to the Press Association. The interventionist and extremist proposals of Jeremy Corbyn have caused them to lose votes even in pro-Remain districts (-6.4% according to the BBC).

Months of attempts to whitewash the image of Jeremy Corbyn by parts of the media have not been able to eliminate his history of extremism and interventionism, his refusal to apologize for cases of anti-Semitism and his incompetence in explaining the economic program. Corbyn led a traditionally moderate and social-democratic formation to the most retrograde and interventionist proposals of its recent history.

Johnson won by absolute majority with a much more moderate, positive and pro-growth message, but, above all, unquestionable in terms of delivering Brexit.

Johnson has not only reached a much wider spectrum of voters but Corbyn has annihilated his options with Labour’s own more moderate voters by radicalizing his message in a country where any citizen over 45 remembers the economic disasters of socialism.

The UK elections should be an opportunity for everyone to learn several lessons.

The first lesson is that the silent majority is the target in an election, not the loud minority. As in the United States and European Parliament elections, the consensus narrative about what was happening was clearly influenced by a terrible confirmation bias among most mainstream commentators. Some media in the UK have reported more about what they wanted to happen more than what really happened.

The second lesson is that extremist socialism is not an alternative. While Johnson focused his campaign on adding supporters, Corbyn set out to return to the past and try to revive the policies that led to poverty, constant devaluations, supply cuts, and misery.

The third was falling into the error of believing that sound economic policies do not matter. That the “majority” opinion is what some media or some commentators say. Even worse, to believe that the will of the people is represented bt a few anonymous accounts on social networks. Bots are not votes.

The opportunity of these elections is enormous. The European Union can strengthen its project and implement the agreement signed with the Johnson government in a beneficial way for all member states. It is a pity that the United Kingdom does not want to continue in the European Union, but we have to look to the future. For the UK, it is clearly an opportunity to strengthen the economy focusing on job creation and attraction of capital.

The United Kingdom will implement growth policies and competitive taxation. This is not just good for UK citizens. It is a much-needed reminder for the European Union to abandon its most interventionist temptations and focus on being competitive, attractive and productive.

The European Union faces significant economic, demographic and technological challenges. The UK can develop its competitiveness and investment appeal and, by doing so, the European Union can benefit. The United Kingdom is not a threat. It’s an example. A partner for all member states and a reminder of which policies work and how socialism and interventionism are never the answer.

Johnson is not a danger. He is the prime minister of an allied country and partner that will continue to be so. The danger to the European Union is not Johnson, it is interventionist temptation. Let’s fight it.

Unholy alliance: Bernie Sanders campaigners are aiding anti-Semitic UK Labor Party head Jeremy Corbyn

By Thomas Lifson 29 November 2019 https://tmp.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/11/unholy_alliance_bernie_sanders_campaigners_are_aiding_antisemitic_uk_labour_party_head_jeremy_corbyn.html

 

The U.K. Guardian, a left-wing newspaper, reports:

Campaigners for US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders have been lending their support to the Labour party, running phone-banking sessions from New York ahead of the general election.

The city’s branch of Labour International has been working with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), who have been calling British campaigners with tips on how to encourage people to register to vote and cast a ballot for Labour at the December poll.

The DSA endorses and campaigns for Sanders, who is running to be the Democratic presidential candidate for a second time after losing out to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

A spokesperson for Momentum, the grassroots Labour campaign group, said: “This is part of a growing relationship between Bernie, DSA activists and Momentum and Labour members abroad that has included exchanges between the nurses’ unions of the US and the UK to campaign on public health in the US.

“Many Labour International and Momentum members have been volunteers on Sanders’ campaign and so the favour’s being returned.”

Foreign interference in domestic elections doesn’t seem to be an issue when left-wingers are involved.  Where’s the outrage?

Jeremy Corbyn Caricature

Jeremy Corbyn Caricature

Caricature by Donkey Hotey

Emily Zanotti of The Daily Wire points out that the two political factions of Corbyn and Sanders have a lot in common:

The two parties are quite similar. Corbyn’s Labour party released a manifesto just last week announcing their renewed commitment to a variety of progressive propositions including “taxing the rich; protecting programs like ‘right to food’ and national care services; decreasing or even eliminating the cost of education; introducing rent controls in big cities; and publicly funding health care.” They’re also radically opposed to Brexit.

 

They also share some unsavory qualities. Like Democratic socialists in America, Corbyn’s Labour party toys regularly with anti-Semitism. Unlike Democratic socialists in America, though, the anti-Semitism isn’t rare, and it isn’t couched as “criticism” of Israel. It’s often just straight up hate — and Corbyn has repeatedly, and recently according to the BBC, refused to condemn it.

Pamela Geller rhetorically asks:

Will American Jewish organizations such as the Jewish Democrat Council (who recently slandered President Trump in a vicious attack ad) condemn Bernie Sanders for assisting this vile anti-Semite? Not a chance. Leading Jewish Democrats do not seem to have a problem with one of their own supporting a neo-Nazi such as Jeremy Corbyn. #Jexodus

British Jews are terrified of Corbyn; 40% of them say they will consider leaving Britain if he is elected.

 

Is Corbyn’s Bid for UK Prime Minister a Serious Concern for Jews?

Speaking about bad friends:

Dov Hikind tweet Bernie Sanders Antisemite

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mail-Online-NewsTop doctor’s chilling claim: The NHS kills off 130,000 elderly patients every year

  • Professor says doctors use ‘death pathway’ to euthenasia of the elderly
  • Around 29 per cent of patients that die in hospital are on controversial ‘care pathway’
  • Pensioner admitted to hospital given treatment by doctor on weekend shift

By Steve Doughty PUBLISHED: 23:08 GMT, 19 June 2012 | UPDATED: 12:07 GMT, 26 October 2012 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2161869/Top-doctors-chilling-claim-The-NHS-kills-130-000-elderly-patients-year.html

NHS doctors are prematurely ending the lives of thousands of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds, a senior consultant claimed yesterday.

Professor Patrick Pullicino said doctors had turned the use of a controversial ‘death pathway’ into the equivalent of euthanasia of the elderly.

He claimed there was often a lack of clear evidence for initiating the Liverpool Care Pathway, a method of looking after terminally ill patients that is used in hospitals across the country.

It is designed to come into force when doctors believe it is impossible for a patient to recover and death is imminent.

There are around 450,000 deaths in Britain each year of people who are in hospital or under NHS care. Around 29 per cent – 130,000 – are of patients who were on the LCP.

Professor Pullicino claimed that far too often elderly patients who could live longer are placed on the LCP and it had now become an ‘assisted death pathway rather than a care pathway’.

He cited ‘pressure on beds and difficulty with nursing confused or difficult-to-manage elderly patients’ as factors.

Professor Pullicino revealed he had personally intervened to take a patient off the LCP who went on to be successfully treated.
He said this showed that claims they had hours or days left are ‘palpably false’.

In the example he revealed a 71-year-old who was admitted to hospital suffering from pneumonia and epilepsy was put on the LCP by a covering doctor on a weekend shift.

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Professor Pullicino said he had returned to work after a weekend to find the patient unresponsive and his family upset because they had not agreed to place him on the LCP.

‘I removed the patient from the LCP despite significant resistance,’ he said.

‘His seizures came under control and four weeks later he was discharged home to his family,’ he said.

Professor Pullicino, a consultant neurologist for East Kent Hospitals and Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Kent, was speaking to the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

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Distressing: The professor has claimed an approved technique of looking after the terminally ill is not being used in all hospitals

He said: ‘The lack of evidence for initiating the Liverpool Care Pathway makes it an assisted death pathway rather than a care pathway.

‘Very likely many elderly patients who could live substantially longer are being killed by the LCP.

‘Patients are frequently put on the pathway without a proper analysis of their condition.

‘Predicting death in a time frame of three to four days, or even at any other specific time, is not possible scientifically.

This determination in the LCP leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy. The personal views of the physician or other medical team members of perceived quality of life or low likelihood of a good outcome are probably central in putting a patient on the LCP.’

He added: ‘If we accept the Liverpool Care Pathway we accept that euthanasia is part of the standard way of dying as it is now associated with 29 per cent of NHS deaths.’

The LCP was developed in the North West during the 1990s and recommended to hospitals by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in 2004.

Medical criticisms of the Liverpool Care Pathway were voiced nearly three years ago.

Experts including Peter Millard, emeritus professor of geriatrics at the University of London, and Dr Peter Hargreaves, palliative care consultant at St Luke’s cancer centre in Guildford, Surrey, warned of ‘backdoor euthanasia’ and the risk that economic factors were being brought into the treatment of vulnerable patients.

In the example of the 71-year-old, Professor Pullicino revealed he had given the patient another 14 months of life by demanding the man be removed from the LCP.

Professor Pullicino said the patient was an Italian who spoke poor English, but was living with a ‘supportive wife and daughter’. He had a history of cerebral haemorrhage and subsequent seizures.

Professor Pullicino said: ‘I found him deeply unresponsive on a Monday morning and was told he had been put on the LCP. He was on morphine via a syringe driver.’ He added: ‘I removed the patient from the LCP despite significant resistance.’

The patient’s extra 14 months of life came at considerable cost to the NHS and the taxpayer, Professor Pullicino indicated.

He said he needed extensive support with wheelchair, ramps and nursing.

After 14 months the patient was admitted to a different hospital with pneumonia and put on the LCP. The man died five hours later.

A Department of Health spokesman said: ‘The Liverpool Care Pathway is not euthanasia and we do not recognise these figures. The pathway is recommended by NICE and has overwhelming support from clinicians – at home and abroad – including the Royal College of Physicians.

‘A patient’s condition is monitored at least every four hours and, if a patient improves, they are taken off the Liverpool Care Pathway and given whatever treatments best suit their new needs.’


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‘Things have only gotten worse’: French Jews are fleeing their country

Facing record levels of anti-Semitism, members of Europe’s largest Jewish population seek a new life in Israel—and face new challenges.

Jewish immigrants, mostly from France, received a warm welcome when they arrived in Tel Aviv on July 17, 2019. Photograph by William Daniels

Jewish immigrants, mostly from France, received a warm welcome when they arrived in Tel Aviv on July 17, 2019.

By Yardena Schwartz Photographs by William Daniels

PUBLISHED November 20, 2019 https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2019/11/french-jews-fleeing-country/

Growing up in Paris, Esther Coscas felt safe. Her home was in the heart of “Little Jerusalem,” a neighborhood in the suburb of Sarcelles dotted with kosher restaurants and shops bearing Hebrew names. Jews and Arabs lived side by side. While there was occasional friction, Coscas, who is Jewish, never feared for her life.

 

That changed in the summer of 2014, when pro-Palestinian demonstrations disintegrated into attacks on the Jewish community. Chanting “Death to the Jews,” protestors smashed windows and burned Jewish businesses, barricading congregants inside a synagogue and attempting to burn it down. Coscas, now 30, had just become a mother. She began to fear for her family’s future in France. Her siblings had already moved to Israel, but she wanted to stay near her parents.

A Jewish boy plays in the courtyard of the Great Synagogue of Sarcelles, a working class suburb of Paris. The synagogue was attacked in 2014 during a pro-Palestinian protest. Photograph by William Daniels

A Jewish boy plays in the courtyard of the Great Synagogue of Sarcelles, a working class suburb of Paris. The synagogue was attacked in 2014 during a pro-Palestinian protest.

Then, a year ago, the cloud of anti-Semitism came so close to home that she could no longer avoid it. Her best friend, who lived on the same street, was attacked on her way home by a group of young men who called her a dirty Jew and punched her in the face, breaking her nose. That night, Coscas knew that she would be moving.

 

Facing record levels of anti-Semitism, many French Jews are joining an exodus to Israel. A third of all the French Jews who’ve emigrated to Israel since its establishment in 1948 have done so in the last 10 years, according to data from the Jewish Agency, which facilitates Jewish immigration to Israel. The 1950 Law of Return enables any Jew from around the world to become an Israeli citizen entitled to numerous government benefits, including financial aid, tax breaks, free Hebrew courses, and a free flight to Israel. In 2015 alone, nearly 8,000 French Jews made what is known as Aliyah—ascent to the Holy Land—the largest number from any Western nation in a single year.

Yohanane Elfersi (in blue shirt) enjoys a last lunch with his family in Paris the day before they leave France for Israel. Photograph by William Daniels

Yohanane Elfersi (in blue shirt) enjoys a last lunch with his family in Paris the day before they leave France for Israel.

 

Esther Elfersi finishes packing her bags for the journey the next morning Photograph by William Daniels

Esther Elfersi finishes packing her bags for the journey the next morning

On a scorching July afternoon in Paris, a Jewish Agency Aliyah flight is set to take off for Tel Aviv, and Coscas is on it. “We want to open a new page,” she says. Her two-month-old baby sleeps in his bassinet, while her four- and six-year-old daughters frolic through the aisles. Her family packed their entire life into 130 cardboard boxes and 24 suitcases “because we want to live our Judaism freely and openly, far away from anti-Semitism.” Now her parents, and her husband’s, have no children left in France.

“Spreading like poison”

France is home to Europe’s largest Jewish population, the third largest in the world after Israel and the United States. Yet this historic community—dating back to the Roman conquest of Jerusalem and expulsion of the Jewish population 2,000 years ago—is in the midst of an existential crisis.

 

France’s interior minister has warned that anti-Jewish sentiment is “spreading like poison.” President Emmanuel Macron declared that anti-Semitism was at its highest levels since World War II. Amidst a string of attacks, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe admitted that anti-Semitism is “deeply rooted in French society.”

Men gather for morning prayers inside the Great Synagogue of Sarcelles. Thousands of Jewish residents have left France in recent years. Photograph by William Daniels

Men gather for morning prayers inside the Great Synagogue of Sarcelles. Thousands of Jewish residents have left France in recent years.

 

A closed metal gate marks the entrance to the Great Synagogue of Sarcelles in France. Photograph by William Daniels

A closed metal gate marks the entrance to the Great Synagogue of Sarcelles in France.

Eighty-nine percent of Jewish students in France report experiencing anti-Semitic abuse, according to a poll published in March. In 2017, Jews were the target of nearly 40 percent of the violent incidents classified as racially or religiously motivated, despite making up less than 1 percent of the French population. In 2018, anti-Semitic acts rose by nearly 75 percent.

 

The current wave of immigration began in earnest after the 2012 Toulouse massacre, in which a French-born Islamic extremist opened fire at a Jewish day school, killing a young rabbi who was shielding his three- and six-year-old sons, then shooting to death both boys and an 8-year-old girl. Three years later, a gunman pledging allegiance to ISIS killed four customers at a kosher supermarket in Paris. “In the days after that, we received thousands of calls from people saying they wanted to leave,” says Ouriel Gottlieb, the Jewish Agency’s director in Paris. “Of the four people murdered at Hyper Casher, three of the families moved to Israel.”

Samuel Sandler mourns his son Jonathan and two grandsons, three-year-old Gabriel and six-year-old Aryeh, who were killed during a terror attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012. Jonathan’s wife and sister have both since moved to Jerusalem, where Jonathan and his sons are buried. Photograph by William Daniels

Samuel Sandler mourns his son Jonathan and two grandsons, three-year-old Gabriel and six-year-old Aryeh, who were killed during a terror attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012. Jonathan’s wife and sister have both since moved to Jerusalem, where Jonathan and his sons are buried. Photograph by William Daniels

 

A memorial poster of Jonathan and his sons is displayed in Sandler's home in the Paris suburb of Le Chesnay. Photograph by William Daniels

A memorial poster of Jonathan and his sons is displayed in Sandler’s home in the Paris suburb of Le Chesnay.

Nearly every year since has seen another deadly anti-Semitic attack, from the beating and defenestration of 65-year-old Sarah Halimi in 2017 to the gruesome killing of Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll in 2018. Less frightening, but just as damaging to this fragile community, are the constant smaller-scale incidents, such as the desecration of Jewish cemeteries and memorials, or attacks on boys wearing yarmulkes. Such attacks have led many here to hide outward appearances of their faith. Others choose to leave.

 

Those who’ve stayed say it’s only a matter of time before the next grisly headline. “Things will only get worse,” says Samuel Sandler, the father of the rabbi who was killed in Toulouse. Sitting in a Paris cafe, Sandler recalls how his parents fled Nazi Germany seeking a better future for their children in France. His grandmother, cousin, aunts, and uncles were killed in Auschwitz. “I used to think, ‘The war is finished,’” he says, “‘We are in France now. We are safe.’”

 

A new form of hatred?

From the expulsion of Jews in 1306 to the Dreyfus Affair of 1894 to the Vichy government’s cooperation with the Nazi extermination of 75,000 French Jews, France has a long history of anti-Semitism. Today hate comes from both the far right and far left. Some Yellow Vest protesters have accosted prominent French Jews and called President Macron “a whore of the Jews.”

A new era of anti-Semitism in France / Immigration to Israel Graphs

A new era of anti-Semitism in France / Immigration to Israel Graphs

A new era of anti-Semitism in France

Beginning in 2000 with the Second Intifada, a period of heightened Israeli-Palestinian violence, France witnessed an increase in reported anti-Semitic incidents, ranging from graffiti and desecration of cemetaries to threats and violent attacks. While following years saw spikes related to specific events, the level of incidents in general has remained high.

Immigration to Israel

Rising anti-Semitism has driven some French Jews to relocate to Israel.


Yet the Jewish community has also flourished here. France granted equal rights to Jews in 1791, inspiring other nations to follow. France has had three Jewish prime ministers. One of them, Leon Blum, helped establish the Jewish Agency with other Jewish luminaries, including Albert Einstein.

 

These days, however, many French Jews see a new form of hatred. This new anti-Semitism, they say, is deeply intertwined with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Listing every deadly anti-Semitic attack since 2003, Robert Ejnes, executive director of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF), concludes, “Twelve people have been murdered for the sole reason that they were Jewish. All of them by radical Islamists.”

Yael Zeitoun says goodbye to family members at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris before she moves to Israel with her husband and two teenage sons. Photograph by William Daniels

Yael Zeitoun says goodbye to family members at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris before she moves to Israel with her husband and two teenage sons.

 

Esther Coscas and her family prepare to board a flight at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris to Israel, where they will begin a new life. Photograph by William Daniels

Esther Coscas and her family prepare to board a flight at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris to Israel, where they will begin a new life.

The two major Muslim organizations in France declined to comment for this story. But in an open letter published in Le Monde last year, 30 imams condemned the growing extremism and anti-Semitic attacks, while also defending their faith. “We are also Muslims, like the rest of our co-religionists, peaceful Muslims, who suffer from the confiscation of their religion by criminals,” they wrote. “This radicalism or radicalization must be fought intelligently by all concerned, from politicians to imams through families, schools, and security.”

 

“It was totally different.”

Sarcelles, a suburb of hulking housing complexes, was built to house the North African immigrants—Jewish, Muslim and Christian—who arrived in droves from former French territories in the 1950s and 60s. The new immigrants spoke the same language, came from the same countries, and shared the same culture. Although many of the Jews were fleeing violence in Muslim countries, for a while everyone got along.

 

But it didn’t last. “Relations between these two minorities changed notably as Jews were integrated as citizens into the French state while Muslims were integrated as outsiders,” says Maud S. Mandel, a historian and author of Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict. While there was already a Jewish community in France with organizations that could help them acclimate, the Muslim arrivals didn’t have that kind of welcome. “That set them up for very different relationships with each other,” says Mandel, who is president of Williams College in Massachusetts. “Various triggers [such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict] started to happen that placed them on opposing sides.”

Brothers Gabriel and Netanel Zeitoun rest on their flight from Paris to Tel Aviv. Photograph by William Daniels

Brothers Gabriel and Netanel Zeitoun rest on their flight from Paris to Tel Aviv.

“What hurts most is that we grew up together,” says Moise Kahloun, who immigrated from Tunisia in 1969 and is president of Sarcelles’ Jewish community. Standing inside the synagogue where he was among those barricaded by protesters in 2014, he says, “When we came it was totally different. For 40 years, community life in Sarcelles was the symbol of ideal Jewish life in France.”

 

After the attack on the kosher supermarket in 2015, France deployed 4,700 troops to guard 717 Jewish institutions across the country. While such measures surely prevented more massacres, they have also perpetuated feelings of insecurity. Esther Coscas avoided synagogue in Sarcelles because she couldn’t bear the site of armed soldiers outside.

A celebratory crowd gathers on the tarmac of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport to welcome new Jewish immigrants. Photograph by William Daniels

A celebratory crowd gathers on the tarmac of Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport to welcome new Jewish immigrants.

 

New immigrants disembark to a boisterous welcome. Photograph by William Daniels

New immigrants disembark to a boisterous welcome.

Though French officials have acknowledged the crisis of anti-Semitism, many French Jews feel their words are empty. In July, a French judge ruled that the man who murdered Sarah Halimi in 2017 was unfit to stand trial because he was high at the time. That echoed another ruling from 2010, when the man who killed a Jewish DJ was found unfit for trial due to mental instability.

 

“The government isn’t doing anything to fight anti-Semitism,” says Yohanane Elfersi, 64, who is leaving France because the ongoing exodus has emptied his neighborhood synagogue. “When things happen they say, ‘Oh no, this is so sad, we are with the Jews.’ But then the guy goes to trial, and they say ‘Oh no, he was crazy, it’s not his fault.’”

 

Some say the government’s neglect is driving them to leave even when they’d prefer to stay. Stella Bensignor fled one suburb of Paris for another after she was targeted twice. In one case, someone broke into her home and knocked over all her Jewish items. Two months later someone scratched “JEW” in giant letters on the side of her car. The police told her to move to another neighborhood. An anti-racism organization suggested her family move to Israel. “We don’t want to flee France, but this was two years ago and things have only gotten worse,” says Bensignor. “I know we will end up in Israel.”

On their first day in Jersulem, Yael, Gabriel, and Netanel Zeitoun explore the rooftop of their new apartment building. Photograph by William Daniels

On their first day in Jersulem, Yael, Gabriel, and Netanel Zeitoun explore the rooftop of their new apartment building.

French bakeries and Hebrew lessons

“Welcome home to the land of Israel,” announces the captain as the flight lands in Tel Aviv. Passengers clap. Some kiss the ground as they descend to the tarmac, where a giant tent filled with hundreds of people awaits to celebrate their arrival.

 

France is the third largest source of immigration to Israel, after the former Soviet Union and the United States. The massive influx of French immigrants in Israel has given rise to neighborhoods filled with French bakeries, cafes, and real estate agents catering to French clientele. Yet Aliyah from France is slowly declining. In 2018, 23 percent fewer French Jews moved to Israel than in 2017, which was 25 percent lower than 2016, according to Jewish Agency data.

Uriel (right) and Isabelle (left) Herzberg celebrate their first Shabbat dinner as citizens of Israel with their two sons Yohanne and Alex, and Alex's girlfriend, Valentine, who had all immigrated several years earlier. Photograph by William Daniels

Uriel (right) and Isabelle (left) Herzberg celebrate their first Shabbat dinner as citizens of Israel with their two sons Yohanne and Alex, and Alex’s girlfriend, Valentine, who had all immigrated several years earlier.

This decline is not for lack of desire. The hardships faced by immigrants in Israel has led many to stay in France. According to a recent survey by Qualita, an organization serving French immigrants in Israel, 10 percent move back to France within three years. Many struggle to adjust to what is an extremely different society. The Jewish Agency is aware of this, and is lobbying the government to improve its services and make integration easier, says Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog. “The French live in a very developed country, and they expect that they will have the same quality of life here,” he says. That expectation often falls too far from reality.

 

Many of the immigrants on the flight in July planned meticulously to avoid the mistakes of those who returned to France. Yael and Thierry Zeitoun, who immigrated with two teenage sons, spent three years preparing. They saved money, researched work opportunities, and now plan to spend one year focusing on learning Hebrew and living frugally. “We know it won’t be easy,” says Thierry.

Oria Vidal, an Israeli native whose parents immigrated from France 20 years ago, plays on the beach in Netanya with her cousins Eden and Lena, who are visiting from Strasbourg, France. Netanya, a coastal city north of Tel Aviv, is home to a large community of French immigrants. Photograph by William Daniels

Oria Vidal, an Israeli native whose parents immigrated from France 20 years ago, plays on the beach in Netanya with her cousins Eden and Lena, who are visiting from Strasbourg, France. Netanya, a coastal city north of Tel Aviv, is home to a large community of French immigrants.
Photograph by William Daniels

 

Uriel Hertzberg encountered difficulties even before he arrived. He and his wife thought they had closed on an apartment in Tel Aviv months ago, but the deal fell through at the last minute due to bureaucratic issues. Two hours after landing, he passed out from heat exhaustion and had to be wheeled out of the tent on a stretcher. Now he’s wrestling with the cost of living in Tel Aviv, which was recently rated the world’s 10th most expensive city.

 

“Everything is more expensive here, and everyone makes less here. I don’t understand,” says Hertzberg, as he walks to his son’s apartment for Sabbath dinner, past crumbling buildings draped in graffiti and dripping air conditioning units.

 

Despite it all, he is elated to be reunited with his sons, who moved in the past few years. “For me, Israel is hope. Hope that everything for a Jew is possible,” says Hertzberg, eyes gleaming. His parents escaped the Nazi invasion of Poland, and his wife’s parents fled Algeria and Morocco. “Our parents and grandparents had no choice,” he continues. “Today we come by choice, at least at the moment. I hope it will always be like this.”

 

Yardena Schwartz is an American journalist and producer based in Tel Aviv. Her writing has appeared in the New York Review of Books, Rolling Stone, Time, and other publications.

William Daniels is a French documentary photographer based in Paris. His work revolves around social issues and humanitarian concerns, mostly focusing on isolated or fragile communities.


Victims of Paris Kosher Supermarket Attack Remembered, Five Years Later

by by Barney Breen-Portnoy 09January2020 https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/01/09/victims-of-paris-kosher-supermarket-attack-remembered-five-years-later/

Thursday marked the fifth anniversary of a deadly terror attack at a kosher supermarket in Paris.

On the afternoon of Jan. 9, 2015, shortly before the start of Shabbat, Amedy Coulibaly — who had pledged allegiance to ISIS — burst in to the Hyper Cacher at Porte de Vincennes in the French capital’s 20th arrondissement and took more than a dozen hostages.

A multi-hour standoff with police ensued, at the end of which the heavily-armed Coulibaly was killed in an exchange of fire.

Four hostages were found murdered inside the store.

The victims — all Jews — were Philippe Braham, 45, Yohan Cohen, 22, Yoav Hattab, 21, and François-Michel Saada, 64.

The attack occurred two days after 12 people were massacred by a pair of Islamist gunmen at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

A memorial ceremony — organized by the French Jewish communal organization CRIF — was held on Thursday evening in front of the Hyper Cacher.

The Paris office of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) tweeted an homage to those who lost their lives at the supermarket, saying, “Remember their names and faces, rather than the terrorist who cowardly murdered them simply because they were Jews.”


Hyper Cacher terror victim

Philippe Braham
Yohan Cohen
Yoav Hattab
François-Michel Saada

France’s Chief Rabbi Fears Sarah Halimi Murder Trial Decision Amounts to ‘License to Kill Jews’

by Ben Cohen December 26, 2019 12:04 pm https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/12/26/frances-chief-rabbi-fears-sarah-halimi-murder-trial-decision-amounts-to-license-to-kill-jews/

Murdered French Jewish pensioner Sarah Halimi. Photo: Halimi family.

Murdered French Jewish pensioner Sarah Halimi. Photo: Halimi family.

France’s chief rabbi has slammed the “tragic” and “grotesque” decision of Paris prosecutors to excuse from trial the alleged antisemitic murderer of Sarah Halimi — the 65-year-old Jewish woman viciously beaten and thrown out of the window of her own apartment in April 2017.

In an open letter to French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet, Rabbi Haim Korsia argued that the decision not to try Halimi’s accused killer, Kobili Traore, on the grounds of criminal irresponsibility caused by his heavy cannabis intake marked “a grave breach of trust” for the country’s judicial system.

Korsia’s letter — published on Wednesday in the daily newspaper Le Figaro — urged the French judiciary to “heal the wounds” caused by the decision by “establishing the guilt of a suspect and by imposing a sentence commensurate with the seriousness of the acts committed.”

Traore — who lived in the same public housing project in eastern Paris as Halimi — broke into her apartment during the early morning hours of April 4, 2017.

Terrified neighbors who alerted police after hearing Halimi’s cries for help reported that Traore had shouted the words, “Allahu akhbar,” and, “Shaitan” (Arabic for “Satan”), as he rained kicks and punches on his victim, before picking up her bruised body and throwing her out of the window.

Police investigations later revealed that Halimi had told relatives that she was scared of Traore, who insulted her visiting daughter as a “dirty Jewess” a few weeks before the killing.

Prosecutors based their long-awaited decision on Dec. 19 on two psychiatric assessments of Traore that claimed his intake of cannabis had resulted in acute delirium, and that therefore he could not be held responsible for murdering Halimi — a crime he admitted to and apologized for during a preliminary hearing in November.

In his letter, Korsia encouraged Belloubet to explain “how deliberately taking considerable quantities of drugs exonerates an individual from responsibility?”

Korsia went on to point out that if it was correct that smoking cannabis “exacerbated his antisemitic impulses, it means these impulses already existed!”

The chief rabbi then asked: “Should it be inferred from this decision that every drug-addicted individual is licensed to kill Jews?”

In a separate interview this week with the French-language Israeli broadcaster i24 News, William Attal — Halimi’s brother — accused the French judiciary of  having “humanized” her killer.

“They forgot that he [Traore] had lived as a delinquent for 10 years, that he was convicted 22 times on drugs charges,” Attal said.

Attal added that the rights of Halimi’s family had not been respected during the investigation into the murder.

“There was a serious miscarriage of justice, the investigation was nowhere near comprehensive enough,” Attal asserted.

“The examining magistrate refused all the requests for an investigation into the murder — all of them,” he emphasized.

Four European Countries Might Be Added to Anti-Semitism Watchlist

– 09January2020 https://freebeacon.com/issues/four-european-countries-might-be-added-to-anti-semitic-watchlist/

Anti-Semitism watchdogs are calling on the Trump administration to designate France, Sweden, Germany, and the United Kingdom as countries of concern due to the rapid rise of anti-Jewish hate crimes.

At a hearing of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Wednesday, notable Jewish and human rights activist, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, advised the commission to add the four major European countries to its Tier II watchlist for anti-Semitism.

Each of the four countries identified by Cooper—associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a global human rights organization committed to confronting anti-Semitism—saw alarming increases in anti-Semitic assaults and hate crimes committed in recent years. In all instances, he said, the states failed to decisively respond.

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The addition of these countries would mark a milestone in American efforts to combat anti-Semitism abroad, Cooper said.

In France, Cooper denounced a judiciary “policy of appeasement” that in multiple cases released violent, anti-Semitic assailants without a trial, with French authorities deeming them mentally unfit to stand trial. In one case, an assailant stabbed two different Jewish persons in the French city of Strasbourg in 2010 and 2016. In both incidents, the attacker was let off for being mentally ill.

In Sweden and Denmark on Nov. 9, the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht, neo-Nazi stickers littered numerous Jewish sites, homes, and cemeteries. Anti-Semitic hate crimes have increased 53 percent from 2016 to 2018 in Sweden.

In Germany on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, a neo-Nazi tried to open fire on a synagogue in the city of Halle. He failed to break through the security door, shooting two nearby citizens and injuring two others. While visiting Berlin last year, Rabbi Cooper heard that an Israeli student had recently been assaulted in the streets for speaking Hebrew. The rabbi has urged German chancellor Angela Merkel to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization, claiming the designation would quell the group’s courting of young Muslims in Germany.

In the United Kingdom, anti-Semitism spread to the electorate through Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. Hate crimes spiked and the lasting effects will likely be felt for some time, the rabbi said.

Before beginning his testimony, Rabbi Cooper also identified two other factors that have led to the international rise in anti-Semitic sentiment: social media and the state-propagated denial of the Holocaust in Iran. “We’re being too kind to the social media giants,” the rabbi said. The horrifying live-streamed massacre of 50 Muslim worshippers in two mosques in New Zealand was claimed by the Halle synagogue attacker as a primary influence.

Rabbi Cooper appeared today alongside several panel witnesses, including State Department special envoy Elan Carr, U.N. special rapporteur Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, and former Pakistani ambassador to the United Kingdom Akbar Ahmed. Many witnesses also spoke about the dangers of anti-Semitic propaganda in textbooks provided to children in schools throughout the United States and Europe. They all agreed: Defeating anti-Semitism requires a quick and decisive response by all nations.

Four European Countries Might Be Added to Anti-Semitism Watchlist

French Jewish students encouraged to head to Israel due to antisemitism

“Jewish Experience in Blue and White” project brings 1,000 school-aged French Jews to the country.

By ILANIT CHERNICK 19December2019 https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/French-Jewish-students-encouraged-to-head-to-Israel-due-to-antisemitism-611472

 

 A group of French Jewish students visiting Israel with Israel Experience pray on top of Masada. (photo credit: Courtesy)


A group of French Jewish students visiting Israel with Israel Experience pray on top of Masada.
(photo credit: Courtesy)

 

As antisemitism continues to rise in France, emphasis is now being put on encouraging Jewish students to study in Israel after school.
This week, 1000 students from Jewish schools in France arrived as part of “Bac Bleu Blanc” (graduates in Blue and White), a project initiated and organized by the Jewish Agency’s educational arm Israel Experience.

 

The program exposes participants to Israeli universities, academic opportunities and options for aliyah. Participants also tour the country.

Paul Fitoussi, director of the Yavne school in Marseille, stressed: “All Jews should move to Israel. France is not our home anymore. The younger generation must do this. My two daughters immigrated to Israel and learn in Beersheba, and I am encouraging my third daughter to do the same.”

Yoni Elimelech, deputy director of the Otzar Torah School in Paris’s 13th District, echoed those sentiments. “While this may sound strange, for us the fact that we encourage our guys to immigrate to Israel is perfectly natural. I think every 18-year-old [Jewish] boy or girl living in France should immigrate to Israel.”

Fitoussi and Elimelech, who are both on the tour with the students, described the rise of antisemitism in France. “Because of the increased antisemitic attacks,” Fitoussi said that he decided “not to allow students to eat or have sports classes outside of school building.

“Often, stones are thrown at students or they yell slurs like ‘dirty Jews’ towards them,” he said.

Elimelech added that only last week, his school received a transfer student from a public school in the 19th district “due to antisemitic attacks” the child had to endure.

According to Israel Experience, to date, over 40% of participants in each program have immigrated to Israel.

Some of the students, who asked that their full last names not be used for safety reasons, recalled difficult antisemitic experiences they have endured while living in France.

Audrey T, of Ort Marseille Jewish School, said that last September she was sitting with a friend on a bench in front of their school when suddenly three thugs grabbed him by the hair.

“They hit him, and then they started beating him,” she said.

In shock by the whole situation, she and another person that was there just froze.

Finally, one of the teachers came and helped them. Their complaint to the police was ignored.

Since then, Audrey said that “I am afraid every time I get onto a bus or if I’m sitting in a park. I’m afraid to also be attacked like that. In the past, I didn’t think so much about my Jewish identity but since [last September], I think about it a lot.”

Another student on the trip, Lena S, also from Marseille, said that she now “hides the necklace I wear with the Star of David and Jewish symbols. I don’t want to be that religious Jew [who is] attacked in the metro or one of the less safer neighborhoods.” She added she is “always equipped with pepper spray.”

Eitan Z of the 12th district of Paris said he only wears a kippah on Shabbat and Jewish holidays, “and even then I walk fast out of fear for being attacked. It does not matter Saturday or weekday. There is always a fear that I will be attacked because I am a Jew.”

He added that although he was born and raised in Paris, only in Israel do “I feel at home.”

Yoav Z, who is a student at a Jewish school in Strasbourg, said that when the cemetery in the nearby village of Westhoffen was desecrated a few weeks ago, he realized that “there are neighborhoods that I can’t enter with a kippah on my head. When I saw the desecration of the cemetery, I thought I have nowhere else to go but Israel. But, at the same time it’s not that simple to make the move,” he said.

Yonah G. of the 19th borough in Paris said she is unsure about her future in France.

“I am thinking of staying in France but I will only know after I start studying,” she said. “There is a different atmosphere in Paris and I feel much safer here. But it’s very hard to decide what to do because if I move to Israel, there are problems I worry about, like integration into Israeli society, language and integration issues and the different nature of the Israelis.”

During the trip the students went up Masada, visited the Dead Sea, and visited several universities including the University of Haifa and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, among others.

Amos Hermon, CEO of the Israel Experience, said it a statement that “in recent years we have seen an increase in the trend of antisemitism in Europe as a whole, and in France in particular. The Israeli Experience works to encourage the youth in France to get to know Israel better, and to our delight many decide to come here,” he said.

 

French Jewish principals urge their students to leave France

‘France is not our place anymore. My project is to make sure that all my students emigrate to Israel.’

Arutz Sheva Staff,22December2019 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/273509

french antisemitism sign

France demonstration against anti-Semitism (archive) Reuters

Principals of Jewish schools in France are urging their students to move to Israel due to the increasing amount of anti-Semitic attacks in the country, Ynet reported on Sunday.

“I think all Jews should move to Israel,” Paul Fittousi, the director of Yavne School in Marseille said. “France is not our place anymore. The younger generation must do this. Two of my daughters have already moved and are learning in Be’er Sheva, and I’m encouraging my third to do the same.”

It’s not just the principals who feel that France isn’t safe for Jews anymore – the students feel it too.

Yoav Zanuv, a student at Akiva School in Strasbourg, an area that has been particularly plagued with multiple anti-Semitic attacks lately, said that he doesn’t always feel safe in France. “Because of the Muslims, there are neighborhoods you can’t enter with a kippah [skullcap],” he said.

Lena Salem, a 17-year-old from Marseille, says she “hides her star of David necklace and other Jewish markers. I don’t want to be the religious Jewish girl who gets attacked on the Metro or in one of bad neighborhoods. I always carry a can of pepper spray with me.”

“When I saw the desecration of the Jewish cemetery, I thought I have no place to call my own other than Israel,” Salem added.

Fitoussi said that he doesn’t allow his students to “eat or have gym lessons outside of the school. More than once someone has thrown stones at students or called them ‘dirty Jews’. Nowadays, France’s Jewish community lives in a ghetto. If you’re in the Jewish area of town, you’re all good. But if you walk out a little bit – you might get it.”

“Although it might sound strange, to us the fact that we are encouraging people to move to Israel is completely natural,” said Yoni Elimelech, deputy headmaster of Otzar Ha’Torah school in Paris’ 13th arrondissement. “I think any 18-year-old boy or girl living in France should move to Israel.”

Moshe Twito, another principal of a Jewish school, said that a few of his students were attacked outside during a gym class.

“Several young people walked up to them, one them holding a knife and stabbed a student who has since migrated to Israel. There are many students who transferred to us from other public schools because of anti-Semitism. My project is to make sure that all my students emigrate to Israel.”

Fitoussi, Twito and Elimelech are currently on a trip to Israel as part of the “Bac Bleu Blanc” program in which hundreds of Jewish high school seniors from France visit Israel. In the course of their visit, they are exposed to the academic settings available in Israel to encourage them to move. Past trips have resulted in 40% of the students moving to Israel.

The students are visiting universities such as the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and will meet with French immigrants who work in high-tech in Israel.

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Ethiopian Jews celebrating Sigd in Jerusalem

For thousands of years, Ethiopian Jews dreamed about celebrating Sigd in Jerusalem. Finally their dreams have come true.

Sigd – Holiday of Ethiopian Jews

https://www.knesset.gov.il/lexicon/eng/sigd_eng.htm

Sigd is a holiday of the Ethiopian Jewish community, known as “Beta Israel”. The name of the holiday is derived from the Hebrew word for prostration, “sgida”.

During Sigd, which is celebrated on the 29th of the Hebrew month of Heshvan – 50 days after Yom Kippur (similar to the holiday of Shavuot, celebrated 50 days after Passover), the community marks the renewal of the covenant between the Jewish people, God and His Torah. On Sigd, Ethiopian Jews pray to God and plead to return to Zion. The community also holds communal introspection – in addition to the individual self-examination during Yom Kippur – because, according to tradition, in order to be worthy to return to Jerusalem from exile, the public must engage in communal introspection and repentance. Sins of the community members are forgiven during Yom Kippur and the following 50 days. On the 50th day, following communal introspection, the community returns to the Yom Kippur experience with prayers and a fast.

Today, since most members of the Ethiopian Jewish community have made Aliyah to the State of Israel, during the holiday members of the community travel to Jerusalem and visit the Wailing Wall and the promenade in the city’s “Armon Hanatziv” neighborhood. The holiday serves as an annual gathering of the entire Ethiopian community, and its members view it as an opportunity to strengthen the connection with their roots and culture.

The Kessim (Ethiopian Jewish religious leaders), dressed in their traditional robes, carry the Torah scrolls while holding multi-colored umbrellas. They stand on an elevated stage, read excerpts from the Bible and recite prayers before members of the community, also in Hebrew. Public officials attend the celebration and greet the audience, and many of the community members continue to fast until late in the afternoon.

The Knesset legislated the Sigd Law-2008, declaring the 29th of Heshvan as a national holiday.

Sigd holiday brings thousands to Jerusalem to celebrate

Traditional Ethiopian Jewish celebration can help Israeli society ‘ understand that Ethiopian Jews are of the same flesh as all Jews from all over the world.’

Sigd in Jerusalem

Sigd in Jerusalem

By JEREMY SHARON NOVEMBER 27, 2019 21:52 https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Sigd-holiday-brings-thousands-to-Jerusalem-to-celebrate-609205

Thousands of Ethiopian- Israelis, known as Beta Israel, traveled from across the country to the Haas Promenade facing the Old City of Jerusalem on Wednesday to celebrate the Sigd holiday together with the community’s elders, senior ministers, MKs and the mayor of Jerusalem.

Sigd, whose roots are found in the biblical Book of Nehemiah, is marked 50 days after Yom Kippur.
The day of prayer and fasting culminating with a banquet began with the recitation of traditional prayers and excerpts from the Bible, followed by addresses from Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev, and a video message from President Reuven Rivlin.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post at the event, Chief Rabbi of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel Rabbi Reuven Wabshat said that after the mass immigration of Ethiopian Jews to Israel the decision had been taken by the community to continue to celebrating the holiday, even though its essence is about the yearning to return to Jerusalem.

Wabshat said that the decision was made so that the community would not forget the “powerful heritage of Ethiopian Jewry,” and to help Israeli society understand the travails experienced by the Ethiopian Jewish community throughout their history in Africa before their return to Israel.

The rabbi asserted that it was crucial for broader Israeli society to understand the Ethiopian Jewish community’s heritage and that it is an integral part of the Jewish people because of the “difficulties” the community has experienced in Israel.

The community has frequently complained of discrimination and racism against it, and in particular has suffered from over-policing and a disproportionate number of arrests and indictments relative to its 121,000 members.

The recent death of Solomon Tekah following an altercation between a group of youths and a police officer led to renewed claims of police brutality, as well as protests and riots by members of the Ethiopian community.

>A previous bout of protests was sparked when video footage emerged of police officers beating an IDF soldier from the Ethiopian Jewish community.

“As you know, in recent years, the Ethiopian Jewish community has had difficult experiences, because people do not know and do not appreciate what Ethiopian Jews went through, and looked at things which are not relevant such as differences in place of origin, but not the internal aspects of Ethiopian Jewry,” said Wabshat.

“The Sigd holiday can bring people to the understanding and recognition that Ethiopian Jews are of the same flesh as all Jews around the world, and when the state recognizes Sigd, as it has, it means that we can all be one people.”

Among the kessim (spiritual leaders) who participated in the prayers was Kes Mentasnut Govze from Beersheba.

He explained to the Post how in Ethiopia the Jewish community would travel to and ascend a mountain on Sigd to “pray to God as one people with one heart that we would reach Jerusalem the next year and that the Temple would be rebuilt.”

Govze noted that although the community has now reached Israel and Jerusalem, the Jewish people’s mission is not yet finished.

“We still have not built the Temple and we must be clean. If we go on the correct path, the path of the Torah, God will help us, we will build the Temple and bring the sacrifices,” said the kes.

MK Pnina Tamano-Shata described the holiday as “a big gift for Israeli society” since, she said, it could help unite the Jewish people.

“It is so wonderful to see so many people here who are not from the Ethiopian community, and this holiday has become a holiday for all the Jewish people,” said Tamano-Shata.

“It is celebrated in kindergartens, schools, in the army, in local authorities, and the message is that this story is your story, it’s my story, and the story of all Jews, whether from Europe or from Arab countries.”

The MK said that the identity of the Ethiopian Jewish community was strong, but noted the problems it has faced including “difficulties which are connected to Israeli society such as police violence, discrimination, and racism,” but said that the community remained positive.

“We are positive and fully open to Israeli society, we are not in a place of antagonism even though we have had a very hard, challenging, and intensive year, and we are far from getting justice, nevertheless everything has its time and period,” she said.

>Michal Avera Samuel, director of the NGO Fidel, said that the thousands of people who came to the celebrations in Jerusalem came “to learn and understand the heritage of Ethiopian Jews which is an ancient heritage which every child should be proud of and pass on to the next generation.”

Our goal in Fidel is to promote this platform so the youth can teach those from the Ethiopian community and broader Israeli society.

Continued  Avera Samuel “The goal is that through studying in school and and youth groups, we can teach the heritage of Ethiopian Jews and build a courageous identity together with a sense of belonging within Israeli society.”

Operation Solomon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Solomon

Operation Solomon (Hebrew: מבצע שלמה, Mivtza Shlomo) was a covert Israeli military operation to airlift Ethiopian Jews to Israel from May 24 to May 25, 1991. Non-stop flights of 35 Israeli aircraft, including Israeli Air Force C-130s and El Al Boeing 747s, transported 14,325 Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 36 hours.[1]

Operation Solomon:The operation set a world record for single-flight passenger load on May 24, 1991, when an El Al 747 carried 1,122 passengers to Israel (1,087 passengers were registered, but dozens of children hid in their mothers' robes).

Operation Solomon:The operation set a world record for single-flight passenger load on May 24, 1991, when an El Al 747 carried 1,122 passengers to Israel (1,087 passengers were registered, but dozens of children hid in their mothers’ robes).

The operation set a world record for single-flight passenger load on May 24, 1991, when an El Al 747 carried 1,122 passengers to Israel (1,087 passengers were registered, but dozens of children hid in their mothers’ robes).

History

Operation Solomon was the third Aliyah mission from Ethiopia to Israel. Before Operation Solomon, there was Operation Moses and Operation Joshua, which were two of the other ways that Ethiopian Jews could leave before they were forced to put an end to these type of programs. In between the time when these operations came to an end and Operation Solomon began, a very small number of Ethiopian Jews were able to leave and go to Israel.[2]

In 1991, the sitting Ethiopian government of Mengistu Haile Mariam was close to being toppled with the military successes of Eritrean and Tigrean rebels, threatening Ethiopia with dangerous political destabilization. World Jewish organizations, such as the American Association for Ethiopian Jews (AAEJ), and Israel were concerned about the well-being of the Ethiopian Jews, known as Beta Israel, residing in Ethiopia. The majority of them were living in the Gondar region of the Ethiopian Highlands and were mostly farmers and artisans.[3] Also, the Mengistu regime had made mass emigration difficult for Beta Israel, and the regime’s dwindling power presented an opportunity for those wanting to emigrate to Israel. In 1990, the Israeli government and Israeli Defense Forces, aware of Ethiopia’s worsening political situation, made covert plans to airlift the Jews to Israel. America became involved in the planning of Operation Solomon after it was brought to the US government’s attention from American Jewish leaders from the American Association for Ethiopian Jews that the Ethiopian Jews were living in danger. [4]

The American government was also involved in the organization of the airlift. The decision of the Ethiopian government to allow all the Falshas to leave the country at once was largely motivated by a letter from President George H. W. Bush, who had some involvement with Operations Joshua and Moses. [4] Previous to this, Mengistu intended to allow emigration only in exchange for weaponry.[1]

Also involved in the Israeli and Ethiopian governments’ attempts to facilitate the operation was a group of American diplomats led by Senator Rudy Boschwitz, including Irvin Hicks, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Robert Frasure, the Director of the African Affairs at the White House National Security Council; and Robert Houdek the Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa. Boschwitz had been sent as a special emissary of President Bush, and he and his team met with the government of Ethiopia to aid Israel in the arranging of the airlift. In addition, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Herman Cohen also played an important role, as he was the international mediator of the civil war in Ethiopia.[5] Cohen struck a deal with Mengistu that as long as Ethiopians would have an understanding with the rebels, change their human rights and emigration policy and change their communist economic practice.[4] In response to the efforts of the diplomats, acting President of Ethiopia Tesfaye Gebre-Kidan made the ultimate decision to allow the airlift.[6] The negotiations surrounding the operation led to the eventual London roundtable discussions, which established a joint declaration by the Ethiopian combatants who then agreed to organize a conference to select a transitional government.[5] $35 million was raised by the Jewish community to give to the government in Ethiopia so that the Jews could come over to Israel. The money went to the airport expenses in Addis Ababa.[7]

Operation

The operation was overseen by the Prime Minister at the time, Yitzhak Shamir.[3] It was kept secret by military censorship.[1] Operation Solomon was sped up with tremendous help from the AAEJ. In 1989, the AAEJ accelerated the process of the Aliyah because Ethiopian-Israeli relations were in the right place. Susan Pollack, who was the director of the AAEJ in Addis Ababa, fought for Operation Solomon to happen sooner rather than later. Israel, who had a gradual plan for this operation, and the US were given a graphic report from Pollack that informed both countries of the terrible conditions that the Ethiopian Jews were living in.[4] The organization went right ahead and got transportation like buses and trucks to have the people of Gondar quickly come to Addis Ababa.[3] To get the Jews in Addis Ababa, many of the Jews that came from Gondar had to venture hundreds of miles by car, horses, and by foot.[12] Some had things taken by thieves on the way, and some were even killed. By December 1989, around 2,000 Ethiopian Jews made their way by foot from their village in the Gondar highlands to the capital and many more came to join them by 1991.[4]

In order to accommodate as many people as possible, airplanes were stripped of their seats, and up to 1,122 passengers were boarded on a single plane. May 24, 1991, also happened to be a Friday which falls on Shabbat for Jews.[13] On Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, transportation is not used. This made it easier to complete the operation. The Jewish Religious Law mentions that one can break the Sabbath traditions if it is for saving lives.[14]

Many of the immigrants came with nothing except their clothes and cooking instruments, and were met by ambulances, with 140 frail passengers receiving medical care on the tarmac. Several pregnant women gave birth on the plane, and they and their babies were rushed to the hospital.[15] Before Operation Solomon took place, many of the Jews there were at a high risk of infection from diseases, especially HIV. The Jews that were left behind had an even higher risk at the infection because the rate of it kept increasing.[4] After a few months, around 20,000 Jews had made their way over. While they were there, they were struggling for basic resources like food and warmth. They thought they would see their families right away.[3]

Upon arrival, the passengers cheered and rejoiced. Twenty-nine-year-old Mukat Abag said, “We didn’t bring any of our clothes, we didn’t bring any of our things, but we are very glad to be here.”[1]

Operation Solomon airlifted almost twice as many Ethiopian Jews to Israel as Operation Moses. The operation set a world record for single-flight passenger load on May 24, 1991, when an El Al 747 carried 1,122 passengers to Israel (1,087 passengers were registered, but dozens of children hid in their mothers’ robes). “Planners expected to fill the aircraft with 760 passengers. Because the passengers were so light, many more were squeezed in.”[16] Five babies were born aboard the planes.[1]

Between 1990 and 1999, over 39,000 Ethiopian Jews entered Israel.[2]

“Journey to the Promised Land” 1991 – Operation Solomon

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Gaza Rockets: Sderot, The Jewish Mother Treatment

From Israel’s channel 12 Nov 12th, 2019 By David Lange – November 14, 2019
An elderly resident of the beleaguered town of Sderot – under constant rocket fire from Gazan terrorists – was watching Channel 12 and noticed they had a reporting crew driving along the deserted streets of Sderot. So she did what you’d expect from the resilient, kindhearted people of Israel: waved a balloon at them to grab their attention and invited them in for a meal she had prepared for them, refusing to let them go until they ate!
Peak Israeli! This is a reason the terrorists will never defeat us.

Resident of Sderot Under Rocket Attack Invites Journalist and Crew in for Meal

An Open Letter to Critics of Israel

Comments: It is time to turn Gaza into the Fire Bombed city of Dresden, Germany during World War ll. There is nothing like the use of Fuel-Air Explosives and Carpet Bombing not just empty buildings but killing Terrorist, their Supporters and the Imams that encourage the Terrorist.

The Knock on the roof

The moment of the blast. During the 2014 Gaza War, the Nofal family (Hamas terrorist) home in Gaza was bombed. First Israel warned everyone in the building by firing a missile over the roof, so the civilians could evacuate, then followed a rocket from a F16 destroying only that building and nothing around it.

What Starts Online, Doesn’t Stay There

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What should a Noahide be doing? This Rabbi knows the Answer. This is it.

Special Broadcast with Rabbi Moshe Shulman

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Jerusalem is not San Francisco

This public desecration of our Holy City, Jerusalem, by this Abomination "Pride Parade" is nothing more then public debauchery.

This public desecration of our Holy City, Jerusalem, by this Abomination “Pride Parade” is nothing more then public debauchery.

Jerusalem, the Holy City of Kings David and Shlomoh, The Beit HaMigdash, and Aqedat Yitzhaq. The Sanhedrin and many Prophets is Kodesh, Special and Sacred.

We are literally in GOD’s city. What someone would do in the outback of a country away from the King is different then what you would do in front of the King’s Palace.
Just look through the Old Testament to Parsha Balak Bamidbar (Numbers) 24:14 – 25:9 in which 24,000 Jews were killed because of immorality (They died in a Plague). In most if not all countries of North Africa/Middle East/Persia(Iran),  Gays are beaten or Hanged by the Neck or their Head is Chopped off in the Public square  for being Gay in private.
But to do this in public is pure  public debauchery and  pride. This is pure Avodah Zarah.

this mock wedding was conducted to demonstrate the madness and insanity sanctioned by the Israeli courts by allowing the homosexual abomination parade in the holy city of Jerusalem.

The supporters of this “event” say that people don’t need to take responsibility for anything. That anything goes and there is no such thing as sin. “God made Gay people and God doesn’t make junk.” “The things you read in the bible were written by God’s inspiration.” “God did not say to do those things in the bible and God doesn’t have a cause and effect on what we do.”  “I do not believe God is in control of our lives,”  “Your belief is stuck in the dark ages.” and so on…

Jerusalem is not San Francisco where you can do anything in public and then …

Youtube Screenshot-San Francisco “SF Crime, Squalor”. Homeless in Downtown San Francisco.

The once great American city of San Francisco is now routinely criticized by tourists and residents alike for rampant crime, filthy streets, and a homeless problem that’s out of control.

It’s beginning to look like something out of a science fiction film set in a dystopian future where the population has been reduced to two classes. One class is wealthy, progressive, and politically connected. The other class is a poor, dependent underclass which will never vote out their benevolent overlords.

Many people who fall in between are leaving. Why nearly half of San Francisco Bay Area residents plan to leave.

“There are about 24,500 injection drug users in San Francisco — that’s about 8,500 more people than the nearly 16,000 students enrolled in San Francisco Unified School District’s 15 high schools”

“There are about 24,500 injection drug users in San Francisco — that’s about 8,500 more people than the nearly 16,000 students enrolled in San Francisco Unified School District’s 15 high schools”

Do you want all the Plagues of San Francisco in Jerusalem. AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, Hepatitis A, Typhus, Tuberculosis, San Francisco Has More Drug Addicts Than Public High School Students, Drug addicts shooting up as commuters walked by in a San Francisco BART station. Homelessness and working for Google. and Crime.
UN Expert says San Francisco reminds her of Indian slums

Left Behind: Homeless Crisis in San Francisco

WE PROTEST


We, the undersigned Jewish bloggers, hereby protest – in the strongest terms possible – the parading and glorification of an “alternative lifestyle”, one that is classified in the Holy Torah as an abomination, especially through the streets of the holy city of Jerusalem.

The Torah demands that we live by a certain code of sexual morality, and as such, we are forbidden from certain relationships that a moral society cannot tolerate. These include incest, adultery, bestiality, and homosexuality. All these are considered grave sins in Judaism and incur the punishment of Karet, or excision from the Jewish people. An act performed with witnesses during the time of the Sanhedrin would incur an even worse consequence – namely, capital punishment.

And this is only on an individual level. When the sin is committed on a societal level, it is much worse. The Torah and our sages record how these acts were catalysts for both the Great Flood during Noah’s lifetime and the destruction of the Five Cities of the Plain.

As such, we consider any attempt to glorify acts that the Torah vehemently forbids by parading any such lifestyle through the streets with horror and utter disdain. Such parades in New York and San Francisco would be bad enough, but through the streets of the Holy Land of Israel is a thousand-fold worse. The Torah specifically warns us not to act in sexually abominable ways lest we be vomited out of the land. One can only imagine how it is viewed in Heaven when people brazenly display to G-d how abominable one can be. And if the Land of Israel cannot tolerate such acts of utter gall, all the more so in the holy city of Jerusalem, a city that is overwhelmingly religious.

We in no way wish to minimize the struggles in temptation some may have in this area and view with positivity those who have such inclinations and bravely overcome them. But those are not the people irreverently parading through the streets with rainbow flags, who show utter contempt for the Holy Torah and all we hold dear.

We therefore vehemently protest the “Pride” Parade in Jerusalem and everywhere else in the world where they may occur. We hope and pray that those who take part in such parades do a complete Teshuva for their actions, and may we see a rebuilt Jerusalem, speedily in our days, Amen.

Signed,

(in alphabetical order)[I apologize if I left anyone out.]

814 אורנה ניצבת from Orna Nitzevet

Alizah from Alizah Teitelbaum

CDG from Hava HaAharona

Cosmic X from Cosmic X in Jerusalem

Dassie from Myrtle Rising

Devash from Tomer Devorah

Dov Bar Leib from End of Days

DS from Israel Truth Times

Dr bsd from Realidad Tora

Goldie ZP from Geula613

Rabbi Lazer Brody from Lazer Beams

Yaak from Yeranen Yaakov

Yakov Butterfield from Jerusalem Cats

Yechezkel Hirshman from Achas L’Maala V’Sheva L’Matta

Yehudi Yerushalmi from Yehudi Yerushalmi

The Jerusalem Mayoral and City Council elections are 30 October 2018
Bnei-Torah עץ – בני תורה stands for Torah Values.

THE GAME PLAN FOR PEACEFUL PUBLIC PROTESTS

So, at the moment, there are three opportunities on offer for the good Jewish citizens of Israel to make their opposition to the public desecration of our Holy City known and witnessed.

  1. ) Join Bentzi Gopshtein and the Lehavah organization’s protest at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center near the Liberty Bell Park on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm.
  2. ) Join Rav Tzvi Tau and the LIBA organization’s protest at the Strings Bridge at the entrance to Jerusalem  at 5:00 pm. NOTE: There will be a place for women at both events.
  3. ) Join Chareidi Protest at King David and Bloomfield Streets (road that leads to the windmill at the 5-point intersection of Keren HaYesod, King David, Jabotinsky) on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 4:00PM

I understand that not everyone can make it to one of the protest points for various reasons. But for those who can and will, know that those who can’t are with you and praying for you. For those who simply can’t, for whatever reason, please say Tehillim between 5 pm and 6 pm or 6 pm to 7 pm, whichever period you can cover, for the sake of those who are out there in the vicinity for the sake of Hashem’s Name and His Holy City.

Without the Torah, which keeps our country anchored an on course, the government becomes shipwrecked, not washed up on an island, but in the middle of an arid wilderness. Please Hashem, we need Moshiach now!


On the other hand: What about Hamas, ISIS, Fatah? Their Imam are preaching all the time how evil the Jews are. You know what other countries in the Middle East do to Gays (Beat or Hang them). A terrorist attack would be a perfect PR stunt for Hamas, ISIS, Fatah to show how they have “Purified Al-Quds” from the “Pervert Infidels”. They mean to KILL JEWS: MEN, WOMEN, CHILDREN AND BABIES!

In Jerusalem we have had Restaurant Bombings, Wedding Hall Bombing, University Bombing, Drivers running over BABIES, Knife attacks, Bus Bombings, Car Ramming Attacks. Arabs going into homes and  KILL JEWS: MEN, WOMEN, CHILDREN AND BABIES! 

Have you ever had a Missile EXPLODE overhead (Armon HaNatziv Bus)? How about being woken up and only have 1 minute to get everyone out of the Door and run down 2 flights of stairs to the Bomb Shelter?

If we do not have Emuna and GOD’s protection we are DEAD!!!!

If the Real Torah Jews don’t stand up and Pray, Fast, and Call out to Hashem in an anti-parade demonstration [even if you do it at home], Hamas, ISIS, Fatah will show Hashem who has the moral high ground.

We now have this again!

Gaza “protesters” loft molotov cocktail on swastika kite over Israeli border

Gaza “protesters” loft molotov cocktail on swastika kite over Israeli border

What about Personal Prayer or Tehillim at the Kotel or any place you are at if you can not attend the anti-parade demonstration? Take a walk in the woods and talk to Hashem (Hitbodedut).

Sirens sounded in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. 8-2018


Sirens sounded in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. 8-2018

This is what Israel gets for hosting the “Pride Parade” at each city

Date of “Pride Parade” City Terrorist Action *
June  1, 2018 Kfar Saba During the violent riots, an IDF vehicle was fired upon and a suspect was identified crossing the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip and planting a grenade which exploded as he returned to the Strip
June  8, 2018 Tel Aviv Terrorists fired at IDF troops from the northern Gaza Strip.
June 22, 2018 Haifa Jun 23 A Palestinian driver attempted to run over IDF troops during a security patrol in the village of Husan,
June 28, 2018 Beersheva Overnight, IDF troops identified two terrorists who were crawling towards the security fence in an attempt to cross it from the southern Gaza Strip into Israel
June 29, 2018 Rishon L’Tzion
July  5, 2018 Givatayim
July  6, 2018 Ashdod A number of terrorists attempted to approach the security fence with the intention of hurling an explosive device at IDF troops adjacent to Karni Crossing in northern Gaza
July 13, 2018 Haderah Since the previous update, 14 mortar shells have been launched from Gaza towards Israel (31 overall since last night).
July 19, 2018 Rehovot Sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council.
July 26, 2018 Lod A terrorist carried out a stabbing attack in the community of Adam, north of Jerusalem.
August 2, 2018 Jerusalem Last night, the IDF tracked 7 armed suspects identified as terrorists most likely affiliated with ISIS.
* IDF Twitter https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson

Hamas burned Israeli fields and forests-Total as of 04June2018

Hamas burned Israeli fields and forests-Total as of 04June2018

Miracles in Gaza – IDF – The Israeli Defense Forces

Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi – Homosexuals Should Stay in Two Closets

Are We Obligated To Love Every Jew?


Tuesday, 05 June 2018 https://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2018/06/rav-yehuda-zev-leibowitzs-third-prediction.html

Fake Marriages, Fake Life – Very Aggressive Musar – Not For Children And Not For Ignorant People

US Rabbinic Group Supports Letter of 200 Rabbis Favoring Biblical Values

by Aug 2, 2018 https://coalitionforjewishvalues.org/2018/08/us-rabbinic-group-supports-letter-of-200-rabbis-favoring-biblical-values/

The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), representing over 1000 traditional American rabbis in public policy, today endorsed the letter of 200 Israeli colleagues supporting the position of Jerusalem Chief Rabbi HaRav Aryeh Stern in favor of traditional marriage and in opposition to normalization of same-gender couples. A group of several dozen Open Orthodox clergy — falsely depicted in media reports as “American and Israeli Orthodox rabbis” — published a “rabbinic letter” rejecting the traditional viewpoint and favoring open welcome of homosexual couples into synagogues.

“Everyone has private challenges, which need to be dealt with discreetly and with sensitivity,” said Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer, Chairman of the CJV Rabbinic Circle. “We do not turn people away because of personal bad decisions on Sabbath or Kashrus observance, either. But to publicly endorse same-gender couples is an entirely different matter, and to encourage this in the streets of Jerusalem or in the Knesset is offensive to our values and to the Holy Land.”

The rabbis pointed to strong evidence that — contrary to earlier, faulty studies promoted by LGBT activists — children of parents in same-sex relationships are two to three times more likely to suffer from emotional and/or developmental problems and to require mental health treatment. This substantiated Rav Stern’s assertion that placing children in homes without a mother and father increases “the possibility that they will, in the end, be miserable.”

“To dismiss core Biblical values as ‘homophobia’ is cynical and the epitome of intolerance,” said Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, Eastern Regional Vice-President of the CJV. “And to cite the obligation to ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ as a catch-all to permit every sin is a crude distortion of that cardinal principle. There is no ‘fear’ of the homosexual, as the loaded term implies. Rather, there is love and compassion for every person, combined with an utter rejection of actions deemed sinful by the Torah. We are guided by explicit expression of the Divine Will rather than our own personal biases, a set of values which continue to make the world a better place.”

Tel Aviv demonstrators: There is only one ‘family’

Dozens protest disintegration of traditional family values, forcing of LGBTQ agenda in Tel Aviv.

Yoni Kempinski, 16 December 2018 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/256257

Dozens of activists from the ‘Bocharim Bamishpacha’ (Choosing Family) movement demonstrated Sunday afternoon at the Azrieli junction in Tel Aviv, protesting the legitimacy given to the LGBTQ phenomenon in Israeli society.

The activists carried signs which read: “There is only one kind of family,” “Family = roots,” “Family = continuity,” and “Do not be quiet.”

The demonstrators were met by counter-protesters from the Yesh Atid party who carried signs in support of the LGBTQ community which read : “Each man will live in his own family,” and “This family is a family.”

Michal Foa, one of the leaders and founders of Bocharim Mamishpacha, told Arutz Sheva: “Our statement is that we choose the family and define the family as father, mother and children, and this is something new in the Israeli discourse, They succeeded in disintegrating our concept of family, and now everything is defined as a family, including two fathers, two mothers, and single parents.”

“All of these things are not right. Family is responsible for the continuity, tradition and loyalty between spouses and children. This discourse has disappeared in recent years. We are hearing about the right to parenthood of mothers and fathers who are not the real mothers and fathers and we are hearing less about the children who the parents have an obligation to raise.

“We are on a slippery slope in the trafficking of children, sperm, women,” Foa warned. “The only alternative today for a boy or a girl with tendencies towards the same sex is to be LGBT, to turn the tendency into an identity. We say no, there is another alternative, to overcome, and it has to be heard. You have to hear the prices of buying sperm and renting a womb. These children grow up looking for their parents. You have to be aware of the price you are afraid to talk about. There are psychologists who are able to help those with a sexual orientation, but are afraid to help because they are being persecuted.”


Comment: Neshama2/8/18 4:25 PM WHO NOT TO VOTE FOR MAYOR: “Azaria, Berkovitch and Havilio to march with LGBTQ community and its supporters; Elkin [However, Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, the number two on Elkin’s slate, was planning on attending the parade] and Lion [Lion said in an interview last week with the Ynet news site that he would not be attending the parade, but that he fully supported the right of “anyone to express his opinion.” He vowed that if he became mayor the annual parade would continue.] to stay away; ultra-Orthodox Deitsch won’t comment; Salman says he’d cancel it” [90 percent of Jerusalem residents, not including the ultra-Orthodox community, were opposed to holding the pride parade in the city.] timesofisrael(https://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-mayoral-candidates-split-on-attending-pride-parade/)

Comment: Shulmice
There is nothing like getting hate mail from American relatives over the Jewish Bloggers protests of the Abomination “Pride Parade” in Jerusalem and information on the protests in Jerusalem. Our American relatives just don’t understand how holy Jerusalem is. We are literally in GOD’s city. What someone would do in the outback of a country away from the King (Hashem) is different then what you would do in front of the King’s (Hashem’s) Palace. Elul is about a week away. The King will be in the Field in Elul.

Hashem is not sadistic, He did not make someone Gay, They have an Evil Inclination to be Gay, just as someone has an Good Inclination to do good and follow Hashem’s will or a Evil Inclination to Rape children (there is a 12 Step program for incest survivors). Just like you are not born to be a Drug Addict or Bank Robber, but you have an Evil Inclination to use drugs or hurt people, you have other Evil Inclinations to deal with. Just ask anyone in Sylmar Juvenile Hall. If Gay people do not want to be Gay, then why shove this disgusting problem on innocent Men, Women and Children of this Holy city of Jerusalem through this “Parade”? Like any other problem with the Evil Inclination there are ways to deal with it of stead of glorying it, such as Personal Prayer, a 12 Step Program, Books such as “Garden of Purity“.

Why are governments (Children’s Service et al.) forcing people into this EVIL  just like the NAZI Sturmabteilung (SA) intimidated the German people before Hitler came to power?

Why are religious combat soldiers, whose emuna is their strongest weapon, forced to listen to transgender lectures? Where’s internal security in the IDF? The same place that modesty is – out the window. In this day of warped values and mixed gender units that the Torah also warns against (see Deuteronomy 23:15), there’s no discipline and no loyalty. The Divine Presence cannot be in such a place.

Who is behind this immoral, attack on Jerusalem? The Europeans? The American Reform? The United Nations? The High Court? This is pure Avodah Zarah and EVIL.

“My people don’t open their eyes” (Isaiah 1:3). We need emuna more than ever.

The Jews of Israel are at war with the Evil Inclination. Hedonism, self-interest and self-indulgence are incompatible with self-assessment. It’s time for national teshuva. Government capitulation to terror as a means of trying to circumvent Hashem, as so painfully proven by the disastrous Disengagement of 2005, is always a mistake. May Hashem help and torpedo the surrender to evil, from within and from without.

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Feed the Cats

 


Give your leftover food to the street cats who defend against rats and snakes and have the Mitzvah of צער בעלי חיים (Cruelty to Animals).

An army marches on its stomach.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Just as the IDF protects us against the 2 legged Rats and Snakes, the Cats protect us against the real Rats and Snakes. You need to take care of our other army protecting you from Rats and Snakes by feeding the Cats.

נחש זעמן מטבעות נלכד בכותל המערבי. Snake at the Western Wall

Prayers at the Western Wall were unexpectedly interrupted on Wednesday night [31 October 2018] when a snake slithered out from stones above the women’s prayer section. (A Women of the Wall member?)

Alina Lisyansky May 22 at 4:49am

היום הגעתי לירושלים במיוחד כדי לשים מים לחתולים. הם מתים מצמא בעיר העתיקה איפה שוק הערבי ליד בית חולים לעיניים. הם נימצאים שם בלי טיפת מים. מישהי זורקת להם אוכל יבש ולא שמה מים בכלל.
הם מתנפלים על קערות המים, כמו חיות רעבות על האוכל.
אני גרה במרכז ורק מדי פעם יוצא לי להגיע לשם.
יש מישהו שגר בירושלים שאיכפת לו ויכול לפחות פעם או פעמיים בשבוע לשים להם מים?

Today I came to Jerusalem especially to put water for cats. They die of thirst in ancient city where the Arab market next to the eye hospital. They’ll be there without a drop of water. Someone throws them dry food and doesn’t put water at all.
They pounce on the water bowls, like hungry animals on the food.
I live in the center and only every once in a while I get to get there.
Is there anyone who lives in Jerusalem who cares and can at least once or twice a week to put water on them?

It is going to be extremely hot today. Please take a minute to fill a bowl of water for cats and other creatures on the street. They need us!

צפוי היום עומס חום, קחו רגע למלא להם קערת מים.הם זקוקים לנו!
It is going to be extremely hot today. Please take a minute to fill a bowl of water for cats and other creatures on the street. They need us!

Random acts of kindness help everyone.

Random acts of kindness help everyone.

Mr. Whiskers walking with his wife: “Good Morning בקר טוב ” to a Dog, the Dog owner giving a puzzled lookMr. Whiskers to a bird: “Good Morning בקר טוב ”

Mrs. Whiskers: “That cat looked so thin… and he’s right near our market too.”

“I have an idea”

Mr. Whiskers: “We could keep cat food in our pockets.”

Mrs. Whiskers is at home with her daughters cutting up egg cartons.

Sugar: “What are you doing?”

Mrs. Whiskers: “We saw some thin cats today on our walk.”

 

Not everyone is a smart, fat, cat; some just occasionally need a helping paw from time to time. Remember you could be in the same situation in the future, G-d forbid. So dig in your pocket the next time someone asks for something, and give him some cat food with a smile. because Hashem gave you all the blessings you have.

We are so lucky to live here in a free, safe country, were we do not have to worry about being rounded up and killed for being homeless, and poor.

In Israel, getting medical help is affordable

Page 2Mrs. Whiskers: “You take an egg carton and cut out little cups and…”

Spice: “that may be a lot of cat food, Mom.”

Mrs. Whiskers: “and put some cat food in it for a needy cat we may come across.”

“We can feed the cats in these bio-degradable cups.”

Mr. Whiskers: “Yes, the Cats and Dogs in Los Angeles are rounded up in death camps and executed in the city pound.” “the method of execution is lethal gas just like German!”

Two Cats at the Cat Doctor’s office. Doctor Cat: “I’m happy to hear your doing much better Mr. Katz.”

Mr. Katz: “Thank you Doctor, I’ve been taking Cat supplements lately. In Israel getting medical help is affordable Baruch Hashem!”

When you take security VERY seriously

Meow! Jerusalem mayor provides annual budget for cat food

Jerusalem mayor Moshe Lion allocates 100 thousand nis per year to build feeding stations for capital’s street cats.

By Hagay Hacohen January 22, 2019 https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Meow-Jerusalem-mayor-provides-annual-budget-for-cat-food-578282

Jerusalem mayor Moshe Lion decided to build feeding stations for stray cats in Jerusalem and fill them with food at the cost of 100,000 nis per year, he said in a press release on Tuesday.

Jerusalem recently changed its garbage disposal system and began using containers that are buried in the ground, this led to thousands of complaints from worried residents who noticed that street cats are unable to get into the garbage to find food as they used to.

The feeding stations will be built in neighborhoods where the new, earth-buried garbage cans are placed and cat-lovers will be encouraged to feed cats in the designed stations, as some people dislike cats and don’t want to see their numbers grow even further.

The monthly estimate is that city hall will use 210 food bags a month and 2,500 bags per year.

Next week the city of Jerusalem will hold a special event for cat lovers who currently feed street cats at their own expense to explain the new move and how they can be reimbursed for their feeding efforts.

 

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The Jewish People Policy Institute-Raising Jewish Children 2017

Is there a future for non-Orthodox American Jewry?

In other words “Will Your Grandchildren Be Jewish?

In summing up the marital and parental status of American Jews, The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) study (http://jppi.org.il/new/en/article/english-raising-jewish-children-research-and-indications-for-intervention/english-introduction/) shows that among all non-Orthodox Jews in the 25-54 age group, just 15% were married to a Jewish spouse and had Jewish children.

Jerusalem Cats Comments: [See Rabbi Sacks’ on Why Civilisations Fail]

From aish.com INFOGRAPHIC: Will Your Grandchildren Be Jewish? comments:
6) Mike, June 14, 2017 2:08 AM
Some sobering statistics.
The reform movement has caused incalculable harm to the American Jewish community. I saw it with my own eyes when I was a member of a reform synagogue. There is no line that they will not cross, no tradition that they will not abandon when it suits them. They pay lip service to the mitzvahs, but rarely perform them. Children are not stupid. They see what their parents do on Shabbos. They know when their Rabbi is being a hypocrite. Yiddishkeit must be lived in the home in order to be passed to the next generation. Orthodox mothers make it their mission to keep a kosher home, while reform mothers go to PTA meetings and serve KFC for dinner. An orthodox father puts on tefillin in the morning, while a reform father watches TV. The orthodox family goes to Shul on Shabbos, while the reform family goes to Walmart. It is very simple, if you abandon the Torah you will be cut off from the Jewish nation.

Table 6 Family configurations for all non-Haredi American Jews ages 25-54

jppi.org.il Table 6 Family configurations for all non Haredi american Jews ages 25-54 http://jppi.org.il/new/en/article/english-raising-jewish-children-research-and-indications-for-intervention/english-family-engagement-and-jewish-continuity-among-american-jews/english-family-configurations/ *raising children as non-Jews

jppi.org.il Table 6 Family configurations for all non Haredi american Jews ages 25-54 http://jppi.org.il/new/en/article/english-raising-jewish-children-research-and-indications-for-intervention/english-family-engagement-and-jewish-continuity-among-american-jews/english-family-configurations/ *raising children as non-Jews

intermarriage in the US vs. Israel If you want a Jewish spouse and have your children marry Jewish spouses make Aliyah

To quote the study: “The entirely Jewish, multi-person family is truly the “gold standard” of Jewish family configurations. Among non-Haredi inmarried* Jews with Jewish children at home, we find the following high levels of Jewish engagement indicators: seder attendance (95 percent); fasting Yom Kippur (84 percent); attending High Holiday services (87 percent); belonging to a synagogue (72 percent); and giving to Jewish charities (87 percent). On all these indicators, the inmarried* with Jewish children home out-score all other family configurations. The next most active groups are the inmarried with no Jewish children at home and single parents raising Jewish children.”

*marriage within one’s own family, race, or other grouping : endogamy

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: There were about 4 million Jews in the U.S. as of 2001
6,419,000 Jews in Israel as of 2016

 To quote the study: “… we see less and less Jewish engagement. Judaism is becoming more significant in non-Jewish environments, but Jewish belonging in the next generations of mixed families is not guaranteed. Their youth are distancing. They are less inspired by their own roots and often over simplify the challenges faced by Israel. Many are attracted to anti-Israel groups on campuses and elsewhere.”
“The family patterns of American Jews in many ways resemble those of American non-Jews with comparable socio-economic, educational, and occupational profiles. Researchers of family and religion have long demonstrated that peak ethno-religious involvement is associated with life-cycle status, especially with marriage and children.10 Across religious groups, maritally-intact couples with school-age children at home display relatively high levels of religious engagement, however that engagement is measured. Conversely, the absence of children – along with divorce, widowhood, and non-marriage – are associated with depressed levels of religious engagement.
Moreover, spouses of any religion who share ethno-religious backgrounds are more likely to raise children who, in turn, grow up to marry and raise children in that particular religious tradition.11

” The patterns of marriage and childbearing reported above combine to produce rather small numbers of Jews whose family circumstances are conducive to their own Jewish engagement and to the likelihood of their contributing to Jewish demographic continuity. ” “The finding that children of two Jews are more likely to replicate aspects of the home they grew up in comports with the research literature generally showing that more religious Americans and intra-group marriage exhibit more traditional family patterns.19

Table 8 Jewish identity indicators for non-married, intermarried and inmarried non-Haredi Jews, 25-54

Table 8 – jppi.org.il-Jewish identity indicators for non-married, intermarried and inmarried non-Haredi Jews, 25-54-2017
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The intermarried, non-married, and inmarried report very different levels on every Jewish identity indicator available on the Pew survey. The non-married substantially out-score the intermarried, and the inmarried substantially outscore the non-married. As the tables below show, the gaps in Jewish engagement indicators between the Jews who are inmarried and those who are intermarried are truly enormous.
To take a few examples (Table 8): As we move from intermarried to non-married to inmarried, we find increases in feeling that being Jewish is very important: 25 vs. 40 vs. 63 percent; for having mostly Jewish friends: 8 vs. 22 vs. 48 percent; for belonging to a synagogue: 12 vs. 25 vs. 70 percent; and, most critically, for the percent of one’s children being raised in the Jewish religion: 20 vs. 46 vs. 94 percent.
Among those raising their children as non-Jews, levels of Jewish engagement are truly quite low. None of these respondents reported synagogue membership, and just 3-5 percent belong to a Jewish organization, have mostly Jewish friends, feel very attached to Israel, or feel being Jewish is important to them. Somewhat larger numbers attend a Passover Seder (28 percent) and give to some donation to a Jewish charity (15 percent).

Table 9 Jewish identity indicators among those with no children, non-Jewish children and Jewish children, non-Haredi Jews, 25-44

As might now be expected, those with Jewish children at home in turn out-score those with no children, and even more substantially out-score those with non-Jewish children in their households. In every measurable way, the presence of Jewish children – and raising children as Jewish-by-religion – both reflects a prior commitment to Jewish life and, as well, the positive influence of Jewish children upon Jewish engagement. Engaged Jews raise Jewish children, and parents of Jewish children are more engaged in Jewish life.

As might now be expected, those with Jewish children at home in turn out-score those with no children, and even more substantially out-score those with non-Jewish children in their households. In every measurable way, the presence of Jewish children – and raising children as Jewish-by-religion – both reflects a prior commitment to Jewish life and, as well, the positive influence of Jewish children upon Jewish engagement. Engaged Jews raise Jewish children, and parents of Jewish children are more engaged in Jewish life.

The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) study (http://jppi.org.il/new/en/article/english-raising-jewish-children-research-and-indications-for-intervention/english-introduction/) shows that among all non-Orthodox Jews in the 25-54 age group, just 15% were married to a Jewish spouse and had Jewish children.

Table 10 Jewish identity by family configuration, all non-Haredi Jewish Americans ages 25-54

Raising Jewish children has a profound impact on personal Jewish identity. For decades, research showed that American Jews become more involved with Judaism after they marry and especially after they give birth to and begin to raise their children

Raising Jewish children has a profound impact on personal Jewish identity. For decades, research showed that American Jews become more involved with Judaism after they marry and especially after they give birth to and begin to raise their children.

“Marriage to Jews and the raising of Jewish-by-religion children are key to the current and future Jewish vitality of American Jewry, as well as to its transmissibility. The family first, and then community and friendships, create the conditions for formal and informal Jewish education to take place. The impact of spouses on each other, and of parents and children on each other, and of close and even loosely tied friendship circles, continues to matter.25” “Numerous studies, including a recent qualitative study of Jewish fertility goals, show that most Jewish women continue to hope to have children “someday.” However, many do not assign childbearing chronological priority, and encounter unexpected infertility, often having no or fewer children than their expected family size.26

Jerusalem Cats Comments: How can you raise Jewish Children without having children early? What do you want a College education (filling your head with fluff which you will never use) or Children? Get Married young and start making and raising Babies.

Jerusalem Cats Comments: How can you raise Jewish Children without a good Jewish Education?

“One factor which the majority of research and, hence, policy planning in the field of Jewish education has not paid sufficient attention to is social networks. Our research shows that American Jews may say they feel disconnected from other Jews; yet, they are actually influenced by their Jewish social circles. Similarly, educators have tended to emphasize the role of parents in making educational decisions for their child and overlooked the importance of Jewish social networks in motivating children to continue their Jewish education. Our research shows that Jewish friends and social networks, especially during the teen years, influence decisions to attend Jewish schools and Jewish educational programs. This new understanding of the power of social networks suggests that the direction of influence in the teen years is from friendships to education to family involvements. A strong Jewish social network in the teen years is a predictor of college friends and choice of Jewish marriage partners.”

Jerusalem Cats Comments: How can you raise Jewish Children without Jewish peers? If you want Jewish teenagers then you need to raise then with Jewish Peers in a Jewish Schools and in a Jewish State with Jewish Holidays and a Jewish Week.

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Even the most secular teenager in Israel has a better Jewish education then anyone outside of Israel.

 To quote the study:

“When Jews lived in societies in which they had a lot of contact with each other (and very little with non-Jews) they and others usually thought of themselves as “born into” Jewishness. Jews amassed ethnic social capital through daily experience, in the form of ethnic languages, food, music, stories, texts, arts and culture, religion and rituals. These individuals who shared ethnic social capital also tended to value similar things, and to feel an affinity for each other.”

You can only do this in Israel.

“In terms of predicting adult Jewish connections, statistical studies show that every year past the bar mitzvah year “counts” more than the year before. Receiving formal Jewish education from age 16 to 17 more accurately predicts adult Jewish connectedness than receiving formal Jewish education from age 15 to 16. Quantitative and qualitative research suggest that having mostly Jewish friends in high school is a motivator for continuing formal and informal Jewish education and a predictor for marrying or partnering with a Jew and forging strong Jewish connections. Conversely, when teenagers stopped attending Jewish schools after bar and bat mitzvahs, both they and their parents (in separate interviews) reported that their family Jewish observances and activities such as Shabbat service attendance gradually declined.””This is a growing group. Successive studies have underscored the fact that in 1960, 77 percent of American women and 65 percent of men below the age of 30, had accomplished the five sociological milestones of adulthood–”completing school, leaving home, becoming financially independent, marrying and having a child.” Today, fewer than half of women and one-third of men fit that fully adult profile The proportion of Americans aged 25 to 34 who have never been married exceeds those married. The Jewish identity gains that result from a Jewish education during the teenage years are significantly undermined when young American Jews remain single for a decade or longer after college. These young American Jews between the ages of 22 to 35 require programs tailored to their distinctive form of Jewish attachment.”

When Jewish education succeeds, it is most often a story of the more, the more.

Jewish education is part of the ongoing building of Jewish social capital. No one educational strategy provides a permanent Jewish inoculation for all Jews, but all educational strategies work best when they include the reinforcement of a social network.”

“But for some Jewish populations who miss these serendipities, the story is more like, the less the less. Some Jews are geographically isolated in childhood, and have few Jewish friendship circles, and do not get sent to Jewish camps that might enrich their Jewishness on many levels [What about a Jewish Day School or Full Time Yeshiva Program of stead of Public School?]. Some are the children of weakly identified Jewish parents; some of these Jewishly “impoverished” families, in terms of Jewish social capital, are intermarried families, especially where the mother does not identify as a Jew. Weak Jewish identification often gets worse with each generation that is remote from Jewish social networks and Jewish education, creating a cycle of poor Jewish social capital.”

According The Pew Research Religion and Public life project : Orthodox Jews are more likely than American Jews of any other denomination to have traveled to Israel; 77% have done so, followed by 56% of Conservative Jews, 40% of Reform Jews and 26% of those who have no denominational affiliation.

From aish.com INFOGRAPHIC: Will Your Grandchildren Be Jewish?

Are American Jews facing an existential threat?

by and Published: June 10, 2017 http://www.aish.com/jw/s/INFOGRAPHIC-Will-Your-Grandchildren-Be-Jewish.html
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This is the result of not raising Jewish Children in a Jewish environment in a Jewish State with Jewish Peers.

New York Times Proves That We Have Lost The Jewish Youth

By Chaim Zalman Hutz April 30, 2019 https://www.israellycool.com/2019/04/30/new-york-times-proves-that-we-have-lost-the-jewish-youth/

The American Jewish community has been rocked by antisemitism in the past week.  A shooting at a Chabad synagogue, and not one, but now two antisemitic political cartoons.  The anger among the Jewish world has been palpable, and frankly, it’s about time. There has been a blatant rise in antisemitic/anti-Israel attacks (“anti-Israel” is more often than not just code for anti-Jewish) in both America and in Europe and frankly, up until now, the tepid responses from Jewish people and alleged “leadership” have been not only ineffective, but embarrassing. We make just enough waves to get a canned, bogus apology, and, content that we made a real difference, we go back to whatever other preoccupation we were engaged in that made us miss most of the antisemitism in the first place.

Not this time though.  Fortunately, this time, the Nazi imagery coupled with a prestigious name like The New York Times lit a fire under activists, culminating in what looked to be a relatively well-manned protest outside their offices yesterday.  It would appear that finally, people have decided to take real physical action instead of merely writing angry letters and donating extra money to their local do-nothing Jewish Federation.  There was a major problem on display though based on the pictures of the protest. This is a long-term problem, and it will hamper future efforts to fight antisemitism and support Israel at meaningful level.  The lack of young people.

Photo Credit: Victor Muslin

From the pictures that have been made available to the public thus far, I’m sad to say, Jews everywhere are in trouble.  Not only from antisemitism, but from a demographic disaster of our own making. We have lost the American youth. In a city with over one million Jews, there should have been thousands, even tens of thousands of people at this protest.  Instead there appeared to be less than five hundred. And the most striking aspect, and the most concerning to me, was that (with all due respect to friends of mine that were there fighting the good fight) I was looking at a sea of mostly gray and white hair.

Where were the young people? Where were the college students? Where were the Israel advocates? This protest was at 5:30 PM, plenty of them were out of work, out of class, able to stop by on their way home.  Why is it that when its time to protest against Israel for trumped-up charges of genocide and oppression, we see huge numbers of young Jews.  When it is time to protest against President Trump, we see huge numbers of young Jews.  We see (and hear) loud Jews vocally proclaiming their Jewishness in support of causes that negatively impact their own people. They are Jews who have no sense of history or appreciation for what Israel means, and how deadly antisemitism is. We had the opportunity to teach them these things, and instill in them the desire to turn the passion of youth towards things that help their people and thereby make the world as a whole better but we failed.

We failed to teach them, and as a result of that failure, we lost those Jews. We lost them to apathy. Not general apathy of the type stereo-typically associated with the youth, but with apathy towards their own heritage, turning it into a tool to be trotted out for political capital rather than a source of personal pride and purpose. We chose baseball practice and piano lessons over Hebrew School. We sent our kids to Jewish summer camps that have nothing to do with being Jewish for fear of excluding someone. We allowed our comfort in America, our belief that “it can’t happen here” to make us complacent, and we downloaded that complacency onto our children.  We have placed our Americanness over our Jewishness and in doing so, we have raised good Americans, but we have raised profoundly ignorant Jews.

True, there are young Jews that do tremendous work on behalf of Israel, advocating strongly for the Jewish State that should be a guarantee that “Never Again” is more than just a hackneyed phrase, but they are the clear minority at this point. We need to do better, people.  If we want our children and grandchildren to care enough about their people to put down their phones, turn off their Playstations and engage with their own heritage, we must do better. It starts with education. When we put all our eggs in the Holocaust education basket, we end up with Jews who say “Woe to be a Jew” rather than “Thank God for making me a Jew”. We end up with a depressed, beaten down group of kids who feel like it would be better to hitch their wagon to any group other than the Jews, particularly when they see the usually soft, hand wringing responses of Jewish leadership when Jews are publicly attacked. Of course we must educate our children about the Holocaust. How else will they come to understand the price of complacency, or to see the signs of trouble on the horizon, such as the New York Times cartoon? The stories of sorrow have to be balanced out with the tales of glory, because no one wants to grow up hearing about how miserable it has been for their people. That won’t inspire any kind of fervor, passion or even interest in most kids, and they will grow up to be the apathetic young adults who are so often missing from the Jewish community. The answer to this education crisis lies with Israel.

Teach your children about Israeli courage, because in the same decade that we were being herded into boxcars at gun point and shipped off to die in Auschwitz, we were freeing our ancestral homeland from the British Empire, fighting off Arab armies at odds of 10-1 and making our little desert into the paradise that it is today as gutsy pioneers. We have thousands of years of rich culture and vibrant history, we are one of the oldest nations on Earth. Unlike the ancient Assyrians, and Babylonians and Romans, we are still here, and what’s more, we’ve come home! Give your children something to be proud of.  Make them feel like they are a link in a great, golden chain, rather than a burdened member of a cursed people and I promise you, that if, God forbid, we have to protest again, the average age will be thirty instead of fifty.


 The best solution is to make Aliyah, thereby you children will be raised in a Jewish State with a Jewish environment and marry a Jew.

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Why Civilisations Fail

What is the real challenge of maintaining a free society? In Parshat Eikev, Moshe springs his great surprise. Here are his words:
Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God . . . Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery . . . You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” . . . If you ever forget the Lord your God . . . I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. (D’varim 8:11-19)

What Moshe was saying to the new generation was this: You thought that the forty years of wandering in the wilderness were the real challenge, and that once you conquer and settle the land, your problems will be over. The truth is that it is then that the real challenge will begin. It will be precisely when all your physical needs are met – when you have land and sovereignty and rich harvests and safe homes – that your spiritual trial will commence.

The real challenge is not poverty but affluence, not insecurity but security, not slavery but freedom. Moshe, for the first time in history, was hinting at a law of history. Many centuries later it was articulated by the great 14th century Islamic thinker, Ibn Khaldun (1332- 1406), by the Italian political philosopher Giambattista Vico (1668-1744), and most recently by the Harvard historian Niall Ferguson. Moshe was giving an account of the decline and fall of civilisations.

Ibn Khaldun argued similarly, that when a civilisation becomes great, its elites get used to luxury and comfort, and the people as a whole lose what he called their asabiyah, their social solidarity. The people then become prey to a conquering enemy, less civilised than they are but more cohesive and driven.
Vico described a similar cycle:

“People first sense what is necessary, then consider what is useful, next attend to comfort, later delight in pleasures, soon grow dissolute in luxury, and finally go mad squandering their estates.”

Bertrand Russell put it powerfully in the introduction to his History of Western Philosophy. Russell thought that the two great peaks of civilization were reached in ancient Greece and Renaissance Italy. But he was honest enough to see that the very features that made them great contained the seeds of their own demise:

What had happened in the great age of Greece happened again in Renaissance Italy: traditional moral restraints disappeared, because they were seen to be associated with superstition; the liberation from fetters made individuals energetic and creative, producing a rare fluorescence of genius; but the anarchy and treachery which inevitably resulted from the decay of morals made Italians collectively impotent, and they fell, like the Greeks, under the domination of nations less civilised than themselves but not so destitute of social cohesion.

Niall Ferguson, in his book Civilization: the West and the Rest (2011) argued that the West rose to dominance because of what he calls its six “killer applications”: competition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism, and the Protestant work ethic. Today however it is losing belief in itself and is in danger of being overtaken by others.

All of this was said for the first time by Moshe, and it forms a central argument of the book of D’varim. If you assume – he tells the next generation – that you yourselves won the land and the freedom you enjoy, you will grow complacent and self-satisfied. That is the beginning of the end of any civilization. In an earlier chapter, Moshe uses the graphic word V’NOSHANTEM, “you will grow old” (D’varim 4:25), meaning that you will no longer have the moral and mental energy to make the sacrifices necessary for the defence of freedom.

Inequalities will grow. The rich will become self-indulgent. The poor will feel excluded. There will be social divisions, resentments and injustices. Society will no longer cohere. People will not feel bound to one another by a bond of collective responsibility. Individualism will prevail. Trust will decline. Social capital will wane.

This has happened, sooner or later, to all civilisations, however great. To the Israelites – a small people surrounded by large empires – it would be disastrous. As Moshe makes clear towards the end of the book, in the long account of the curses that would overcome the people if they lost their spiritual bearings, Israel would find itself defeated and devastated.
Only against this background can we understand the momentous project the book of D’varim is proposing: the creation of a society capable of defeating the normal laws of the growth- and-decline of civilisations. This is an astonishing idea.
How is it to be done? By each person bearing and sharing responsibility for the society as a whole. By each knowing the history of his or her people. By each individual studying and understanding the laws that govern all. By teaching their children so that they too become literate and articulate in their identity.
Rule 1: Never forget where you came from.

Next, you sustain freedom by establishing courts, the rule of law and the implementation of justice. By caring for the poor. By ensuring that everyone has the basic requirements of dignity. By including the lonely in the people’s celebrations. By remembering the covenant daily, weekly, annually in ritual, and renewing it at a national assembly every seven years. By making sure there are always prophets to remind the people of their destiny and expose the corruptions of power.
Rule 2: Never drift from your foundational principles and ideals.

Above all it is achieved by recognising a power greater than ourselves. This is Moshe’s most insistent point. Societies start growing old when they lose faith in the transcendent. They then lose faith in an objective moral order and end by losing faith in themselves.
Rule 3: A society is as strong as its faith.

Only faith in God can lead us to honour the needs of others as well as ourselves. Only faith in God can motivate us to act for the benefit of a future we will not live to see. Only faith in God can stop us from wrongdoing when we believe that no other human will ever find out. Only faith in God can give us the humility that alone has the power to defeat the arrogance of success and the self-belief that leads, as Paul Kennedy argued in The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (1987), to military overstretch and national defeat.

Towards the end of his book Civilization, Niall Ferguson quotes a member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, part of a team tasked with the challenge of discovering why it was that Europe, having lagged behind China until the 17th century, overtook it, rising to prominence and dominance.

At first, he said, we thought it was your guns. You had better weapons than we did. Then we delved deeper and thought it was your political system. Then we searched deeper still, and concluded that it was your economic system. But for the past 20 years we have realised that it was in fact your religion. It was the (Judeo-Christian) foundation of social and cultural life in Europe that made possible the emergence first of capitalism, then of democratic politics.
Only faith can save a society from decline and fall. That was one of Moshe’s greatest insights, and it has never ceased to be true.


Parshat Ekev, 5777: Securing Our Future

The “Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel is a classic. But looking at the meaning behind the song, there is so much depth. You have a choice either the Cellphone, Internet and the Computer or Shabbat and family

 

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2019 has always been a key date in Science Fiction, such as Blade Runner or The Running Man, But technology has caught up to fiction. What technology will we use in the Beit Hamikdash? These are just a small samplings of some ideas.

Nokia Kosher Cell PhoneOne thing I would like to see is more use of Computerized voice messages with Kosher Phones of stead of requiring to have a Smart Phone. If Google can do it why not banks and others that use text messages for security codes?

Besides the use of Bar Code have RFID Tags or Smart Cards on everything, Have everyone who is in the Beit Hamikdash wear a Photo ID Smart Card, both for  Kohanim, Levim and for visitors. Color Code everything and have Color lines leading to major places like a bus map. Have voice and sound markers like at crosswalks in Israel (I know, Israel is years ahead of the US and Europe with aiding the Blind and Disabled). Israel already uses Electric Wheelchairs at the Kotel.

For Korban Pesach: The use of Commercial vacuum seal bags for meat. (The bag is very strong and they have been using it for decades with wholesale meat.) The inner bag is completely Kosher and Tahor, with all the Kashruth seals. A second outer Textured Foil ChannAl Vacuum Bags for insulation and Kashruth double wrapping. A Third Standard Rip proof FedEx outer bag with the Name and Address of the owner along with “Care and Handling” instructions in Hebrew, Yiddish, Arabic, Russian, English, French and Spanish with illustrations. Finally the outer carrying bag with handles.
For Korbanot that are brought in by their owners: Have an advanced CT Scanner that will detect any metal object that the animal has eaten or any thing else that will disqualify it. Have the CT Scanner use AI (Artificial Intelligence) to quickly check the animal.
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Eretz Yisrael in the Haftara by Rabbis Ethan Eisen and Tuly Weisz

Jerusalem’s Oldest Charity and the Secret to its Restoration

From his home in Liadi, Russia, Rabbi Shnuer Zalman, the first Lubavitcher Rebbe, established in 1788 the Kolel Chabad soup kitchen in Jerusalem. For more than two and a quarter centuries, Kolel Chabad has been the personal tzedakah of each succeeding Lubavitcher Rebbe. The long lasting and beloved institution dispenses not only food and drink to those who need it most, but helps Yerushalayim assume its vital role as the “city of righteousness, faithful city” as described in our haftara.
The Shabbat preceding Tish’a b’Av is known as Shabbat Chazon, taking its name from the opening words of the haftara. Chanted to the tune of Eicha, the Navi Yishayahu employs the same lament as Yirmiyahu, “How (eicha) the faithful city has become a harlot?! (1:21).
How indeed?
What is the Chazon (vision) of Yeshayahu? Although the opening passage of Yeshayahu does not detail Jerusalem’s devastation, it does contain the underlying reason for the destruction, while at the same time offers the solution for its restoration.
“Learn to do good. Devote yourselves to justice; Aid the wronged. Uphold the rights of the orphan; Defend the cause of the widow… If, then, you agree and give heed, You will eat the good things of the earth; But if you refuse and disobey, You will be devoured by the sword” (v. 17, 20).
As Hashem’s capital city, Yerushalayim exists on a different set of values. The Torah’s strategic defense plan for Jerusalem does not focus on metal detectors or riot police, but righteousness and justice.
The first ruler of Jerusalem is Malki-Tzedek, king of Shalem (B’reishit 14:18), and the ruler of the city when Bnei Yisrael entered the land as a nation was Adoni-Tzedek (Yehoshua 10:1). The Radak (ibid.) explains, “for Jerusalem is the place of justice and peace; it cannot tolerate injustice and oppression and abominable acts for long.”
Not only were the ancient kings of Jerusalem called ‘Tzedek’, but the city itself is referred to by seventy names, many of which refer to its inherent sense of justice. “Ir HaEmet” (Zecharya 8:3), “Nevei Tzedek” (Yirmiyahu 31:22), and in our haftara, “Ir HaTzedek” and “Kiryah Ne’emana” (Yeshayahu 1:25) – all reinforce the values essential to the Holy City.
The call for Yerushalayim to be a haven for the vulnerable goes beyond feeding the poor and needy. Our tradition goes even further and looks out for those who we ordinarily shun. Chazal offer a remarkable interpretation of a central verse in our haftara:
“How (eicha) the faithful city has become a harlot! – she had been full of justice, righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers!” (1:21). The Talmud (Sanhedrin 35a) explains that the “murderers” in this verse actually refers to those sitting in judgment. When trying a capital case in Yerushalayim, the judges must be extremely prudent and not act hastily in their decision making.
According to Rabbi Chanina, any court that finalizes a capital trial in a single day, and does not wait overnight to issue a final ruling, is considered murderous. Rashi explains: the court waits overnight to find a reason to acquit the defendant. Failure to uphold this procedural precaution, in the eyes of the Navi, is tantamount to murder. Yeshayahu here blames the judges of Yerushalayim for failure to be concerned with the most vulnerable members of society. Even someone on trial for murder is entitled to extreme compassion by the judges of the community, how much more so the widows and orphans! .
The return of righteous leaders and judges who will lead the people to relentlessly pursue justice on behalf of the vulnerable allows for Hashem to return His presence to the city and the Holy Temple:
“Then I will restore your judges as at first, and your counselors as at the beginning; after that you will be called ‘City of Righteousness’, ‘Faithful City’. Zion will be redeemed through justice, and those who return to her through righteousness” (v. 26, 27).
On the Shabbat before Tish’a b’Av, we read the words of Yeshayahu to not only recall that the absence of righteousness led to the destruction of Yerushalayim, but to remember that its presence will lead to its rebuilding.
It is particularly noteworthy that the oldest, continuously operating institu- tion in Israel, which predates the first Zionist Congress by more than a century and the founding of the State by nearly two, is a soup kitchen. The legacy of Kolel Chabad stands as a proud testament to the restoration of Yerushalayim in our generation.

Rabbi Tuly Weisz is the director of Israel365 and editor of “The Israel Bible”; Rabbi Dr. Ethan Eisen is a psychologist and a new Oleh, as well as a rebbe in Yeshivat Lev Hatorah. Please send comments to Haftarah@TheIsraelBible.com

Torah Tidbits #1239- D’varim – Chazon July 28-29, ’17 – 6 Av 5777 Avot: 3rd perek website: www.ttidbits.com

Using Technology in the Third Beit Hamikdash

From: The Temple Institute

Integrating Modern Technology into the Holy Temple
http://www.templeinstitute.org/technology-and-the-holy-temple.htm

WILL MASSIVE DIGITAL SCREENS allow worshippers to observe the work of the Kohen Gadol from a great distance? Will escalators carry pilgrims up to the Temple Mount courtyards? Will special buses designed in such a way that they can’t be tainted by spiritual impurity be employed to transport Passover pilgrims and their Pascal offerings? These, and many other fascinating and challenging questions were raised at this year’s 29th annual Temple Institute Passover Symposium, under the banner of “Integrating Modern Technology into the Holy Temple.”

THE SIZABLE AUDIENCE which turned out on Wednesday afternoon, March 31st, the first day of chol hammed Pesach, (the intermediary days of Passover), was rewarded with a learned and lively presentation by six leading rabbis and educators, each focusing on specific aspects of the Holy Temple, its architecture, and the Divine service, and how it can be enhanced and facilitated through the introduction of today’s cutting edge technology.

WILL THE BEIT MOKED – THE CHAMBER OF THE HEARTH, the dormitory for the kohanim who are serving in the Holy Temple, still house a large fireplace, or will central heating render the hearth obsolete? Will Passover pilgrims be able to roast their Passover offerings in electric ovens? Do such ovens fulfill all the strict halachic (Jewish law) requirements of what constitutes roasting?

OVER THREE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, when the children of Israel left Egypt, they brought with them the most cutting edge technology of their day, and led by Betzalel, they employed all of their skills and worldly knowledge in the construction of the Tabernacle and the vessels that would be used in the Divine service. Throughout the nearly one thousand years that the two Holy Temples stood, technological advancements took place that helped to facilitate the performance of the Divine service and to enhance the beauty of the Holy Temple.

MOST FAMOUS OF THE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS WAS THE MUCHNI, a separate water reservoir added to the copper laver, solving a problem of water becoming impure if left in the laver overnight. This mechanism was conceived of, designed and executed by none other than the Kohen Gadol of that generation, known as ben Kattin.

CENTURIES EARLIER KING SOLOMON had designed the “great sea” massive water basin which stood outside the first Holy Temple. The historic refurbishing of the second Holy Temple ordered by Herod took advantage of the latest first century CE science and technology.

AS DISCUSSED AT THE SYMPOSIUM, Torah is very specific concerning the dimensions and materials of the various service vessels. The same principle holds true for the basic layout and structure of the Tabernacle and later the Holy Temple. However, where the Torah does not designate specifics, for example, as to what decorative enhancements can be incorporated into the vessels, the artists and artisans are granted free creative license.

NO ONE BUT THE KOHEN GADOL is permitted to enter the Holy of Holies, and he enters it only one time a year, on Yom Kippur. But could a camera be placed within the Holy of Holies, allowing others to witness the Kohen Gadol when he places the burning incense pan before the ark of the covenant? Would this constitute “seeing the Holy of Holies,” which is strictly forbidden, or would viewing the Holy of Holies via a camera be considered as seeing indirectly, and would that then render it permissible?

THIS IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE of a wide range of issues raised at the symposium, all of which will need to be addressed when the Holy Temple is built.

IN ADDITION, AN ANIMATED THREE DIMENSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN for the Lishkat HaGazit, the Chamber of Hewn Stone, the seat of the Great Sanhedrin, commissioned by the Temple Institute was shown to the public for the first time. Half in the sanctified courtyard, and half in the profane, just as it was in second Temple times, the new design also calls for the two story structure to be half underground, incorporating within it a parking facility for the seventy one judges, and a viewing gallery for the public.

AMONG THE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS WAS ISRAEL’S serving Minister of Science and Technology, Rabbi Professor Daniel Hirshkovitch, a mathematician by profession, who explained how sophisticated mathematical principles can be employed to reveal essential knowledge concerning the design and dimensions of some of the vessels referred to in Torah, but whose precise measurements weren’t delineated. In turn, Rabbi Professor Hirshkovitch revealed the great knowledge of mathematics, physics and engineering possessed by our ancestors.

IN ALL, IT WAS AN ABSORBING AFTERNOON for all who attended. When we talk about and plan the rebuilding of the Holy Temple, we are not talking about an archaeological restoration in which no effort is spared to painstakingly recreate an ancient edifice. The Holy Temple of tomorrow will be a living viable center of worship for all mankind, incorporating all the relevant 21st century technological advancements which can be used to enhance the service and enrich the experience of the pilgrims, and most importantly, give honor to G-d. May we build it soon!

These are interesting questions indeed. However, would the use of such technology minimize the miraculous nature of the third Beit Hamikdash? Would the use of such technology minimize the serenity and holiness of the third Beit Hamikdash?

For the first question, I’ll provide 2 reasons why it does not:
1)The very use of such technology is miraculous in and of itself if you compare it to years past.
2)We can say that we do what we need to do – let Hashem do what He needs to do. Other – even greater – miracles will occur. Technology wouldn’t be to minimize the miracles – it would be used to help Kohanim keep track of Korbanot, which is something we need nowadays in our lower state that we did not need 2000 years ago. If Hashem provides a miracle that makes the use of computers obsolete, I’m all for that!

Regarding the second question – would technology minimize the serenity and holiness of the Beit Hamikdash – this is a matter of taste.

We use technology in our Mikdeshei Me’at nowadays – we have atomic alarm clocks to tell us when HaNeitz HaHama is, we have electronic signs telling you when to say Mashiv Haru’ah, etc. Some may argue that when we have our real Beit Hamikdash, it should be no different. After all, we’re not Amish.
Others, however, may contend that the Beit Hamikdash should be a place free of anything worldly. Shoes cannot even be worn – how can we display computers and video screens? It will make the place look like a cross between a slaughter-house and a business office – not the holiest place in the world.

It will be interesting what will be decided. May it be rebuilt soon – במהרה בימינו אמן.

From Dixie Yid:

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Guest Post – Technology in the Third Beis Hamikdash

http://dixieyid.blogspot.co.il/2013/03/guest-post-technology-in-third-beis.html

I have had conversations with people of the years about how technology would be incorporated into the third Beis Hamikdash when it will be built. But my friend wrote up a “handbook” for those offering korbanos in the third Beis Hamikdash, imagining in detail what it would be like, and incorporating many halachos in the essay as well. So enjoy the below guest post and IY”H, may we be zoche to see how technology will be incorporated soon in our days!

Bais Hamikdash Tech Update
Due to several documented mix ups with korbanos, the Mikdash Committee has instituted new technology and procedures.
First, all animals to be sold for sacrifices on the Temple Mount area have already had magnetic bar codes firmly affixed to their hooves. Birds have a smaller tag attached to the right foot. Anyone bringing in their own animals for korbanos will have similar bar codes affixed in the examination area. There will be no additional charge for this service.
All of the Klei Shares have embedded tags as well.

Next, korbanos need to be registered on the system with full owner information and korban designation before offering. This can be done online, by cellphone app, or on one of the dedicated terminals installed on the base of the temple mount. Any changes in owner information (particularly for korban pesach group status) needs to be completed before shechita. No exceptions.

Owner information will be checked with Department of Health records in real time. A chatas whose owner has died will not be offered.
Temurah registrations, while discouraged, will still be accepted by the system.
All Kohanim On Duty have been assigned small portable scanners. Before shechita, the KOD must scan the animal as well as the Kli Shares to be receiving the blood. If the animal is in the wrong location (i.e. slaughter in the north is required), the system is programmed to alert the KOD with both audio and visual alerts.

Several help stations have been strategically placed throughout the Azarah. If the KOD has forgotten which avodah he needs to perform or where, he can just scan the kli and a full diagram will come up.

For semicha, the owner(s) will receive a text message when their animal is ready to go. They will then enter the azarah and proceed directly to the automated hoist number of their korban, perform the semicha, and leave. More viewing of the avodas can be done by the AzarahCam at any time.
Due to concerns about tahara and chometz, we will no longer allow people to bring flour, oil, wine, etc. from home to be offered (with the exception of the kohen gadol). Therefore, we have purchased all the supplies needed for menachos and sell them using our system.

The system will go like this. The person purchasing a mincha will enter their information and the korban needed, whether it is challos or wafers, deep fried or shallow fried, kohen owned, etc. A ticket will be generated and sent to the bakery to fill the order. For a minchas nesachim, the ticket will not be generated until the blood of the associated korban is sprinkled. The bakery employee will place the finished mincha in the window facing the kodesh in an ordinary container.

The kohen will take the mincha, scan it for the owner info, and place it in a kli shares while verbally consecrating it for its owner. He will then proceed to perform the proper avodah of the mincha. The system will assist in reminding the kohen of the proper procedure, whether it needs waving, hagasha, kemitza, etc. with audible alerts. Any questions on identifying a particular mincha can be easily resolved with a quick scan of the kli.

A korban Todah will be prevented from being slaughtered until all the loaves have been baked.
Non Jews are not required to pay for minchas nesachim.

Salt will be added to all offerings at no charge.

The system will also arrange the proper order of offerings. This has previously been a very difficult principle to achieve by hand. For example, chatas blood comes before olah blood, but olah limbs are offered before chatas sacrificial parts. The queuing will be done automatically and signal the nearest KOD to perform the next avodah. Audio and visual alerts will warn any KOD about to perform an avodah out of order.

Additional tags will be affixed to the cut up parts of the korban in the flaying area, near the sinks. Absolutely NO meat is to be placed in the Mikdash Refrigerators without proper tags.
The Mikdash Refrigerator doors have sensors as well. Notifications will be sent out for any meat that is nossar, which will now be easy to locate.

Tracking the hides are important for determining ownership. Depending on circumstances, the hide may belong to the mikdash, the kohanim, or the donor. We will auction off each hide and track the sale price to the owners. At the end of each day, all of the kohanim that swiped in (even those with a mum that performed non-avodah labor, but not Mikdash employees) will be automatically credited their share by direct deposit.

 

Cooking pots have been tagged as well. Pots have to be koshered after use with korbanos, within the time frame allowed for eating the korban, unless the pot is used for another korban, which resets the clock again. This system will track each pot and signal those needing koshering.

 

The mizbeach has been outfitted with special metal-free sensors. As the kli filled with blood approaches for sprinkling, the KOD will be gently prompted as to which corners to approach and the proper order, and whether sprinkling needs to be done above or below the red line. Similarly, birds post melikah will be sensed if the sprinkling is about to be performed in the wrong place.
After the afternoon Tamid has been offered, the system will go into lockdown mode, and no further sacrifices may be brought until the next morning. Any blood waiting to be sprinkled is to be placed in one of the oscillators until the morning. The next shift of kohanim will be able to identify the blood through the tag on the kli.

The Ulam has sensors installed at the doorway to prevent any korbanei chutz from entering lifnim accidentally.

Sensors and alarms have been set up around all the exits. If a korban that is not allowed to leave the area approaches the exit, an alarm will sound. Similarly, the system will guard against theft of Mikdash property.

Outside in the Ezras Nashim, large screen displays have been installed with real time information on offering status. Text or email alerts to the owners are available at no extra charge.

The Mikdash Bank

Previously, there were 13 ‘horns’ that held coins used for purchasing sacrifices for when the altar was unoccupied. The Kohen entering the room where they were stored had to enter there barefoot in clothing without a hem or pockets etc. -a difficult procedure. We have eliminated this, and set up a Mikdash Bank, with multiple accounts. Balance and activity information is openly available online. All donors will receive a receipt number that can be tracked, with their name listed if they desire. Any withdrawals will list the kohen signing off on it, as well as the tag number of the animal purchased. The main branch of the bank is located near the base of the Temple Mount, eliminating the need for private money changers.

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Accessible Jerusalem

September 11, 2016
By Loren Minsky

The Israeli people are known for an outgoing willingness to help anyone on the street, and this extends without question to those needing disability access, such as assisting blind people with walking sticks to cross streets, and patience when awaiting the wheelchair door on a public bus. This approach comes from an overall Middle Eastern warmth, as well as the fact that many war veterans suffered injuries leading to disabled access needs.

Of note, in December, 2012, the Knesset passed a comprehensive law requiring most venues to be handicap-accessible by 2018, from wheelchair access to hearing and sight impaired services.

Do keep in mind that while most people are happily supportive, the Jerusalem streets might not be: Jerusalem is hilly, with sidewalks often narrow or nonexistent. The Old City streets and sidewalks, in particular, are largely cobblestoned and unstable. At the same time, most major museums and attractions and several hotels cater for the disabled. In addition, there are transportation options available.

Tourists can learn more about accessible Jerusalem restaurants and Jerusalem attractions on itraveljerusalem.com. We’ve put together a list below of additional helpful contact information for organizing best accessibility.

Access Israel – Information and Activism on Disabled Access in Israel

Started by someone who needed disability access in Israel, the Access Israel site offers comprehensive information on tourism sites, accommodation options, restaurants, events and taxis that are accessible to special needs travelers.

Phone: +972-9-7451126
More info here and here

Yad Sarah

Yad Sarah (http://www.yadsarah.org/index.asp?id=106) offers transportation to and from Ben Gurion Airport, intracity and intercity transportation vans, and specific services for tourists in need of disability services. In addition, they offer all kinds of medical equipment for rent, from oxygen to walkers and everything in between.

Phone (Tourism Desk): 972-2-644-4664
Email: tourism@yadsarah.org.il

Egged Buses – List of Accessible Jerusalem Bus Lines

Egged offers many accessible intercity lines in Jerusalem with a rear entry door set up with automated wheelchair access.

Car Rentals for Special Driving Needs

Many rental car companies provide cars for special driving needs – contact your preferred rental car company for more information.

In particular, the Eldan Car Rental company offers 1600 cc automatic cars with left or right-hand controls – best to reserve 10 days in advance.

Read more about car rental here.

Milbat

Milbat has a site in Hebrew offering products that ease the daily life of those with disabilities, and also assisting with transportation options.

Phone: +972-3-5303739

 

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