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Thousands of Deadly Islamic Terror Attacks Since 9/11

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MK to French President: Protect Jewish Schools

French Ambassador Bigot (right), MK Danon
French Ambassador Bigot (right), MK Danon
Israel news photo: Flash 90

MK Danny Danon, the chairman of the Knesset’s Aliyah, Absorption and Diaspora Committee, says the committee will hold an urgent session to discuss the firebomb attack on a Kosher supermarket in France. He has sent a letter to the French President asking him to beef up security at Jewish learning institutions.

"The Jews must be protected, so that we do not see a Toulouse 2," he wrote, in a reference to a murderous attack on a Jewish school in March. 

MK Danon is convinced that the attack is linked to the Muslim violence over an anti-Muslim video called “The Innocence of Muslims” and some anti-Muslim cartoons published in France this week. The committee will discuss the influence of the latest Muslim “rage” on Jews in the Diaspora.

"The extremist elements who murdered the U.S. ambassador in Libya and are now trying to attack Jews worldwide should find themselves behind bars as soon as possible,” said Danon.

The committee session is to determine if there is a tangible threat to Diaspora Jews, and if so, what steps the government should take in order to forestall a global anti-Jewish wave. “It is the duty of the Jewish State to defend all Jews, no matter where they are,” Danon explained.

Estonia Editor Insists Sardonic Nazi Ad ‘A Joke’

Efraim Zuroff
Efraim Zuroff
Israel news photo

An Estonian magazine insisted Monday the uproar over a mock ad it published as a joke, showing prisoners at a Nazi death camp, is an issue of “cultural differences.” 

Sulev Vedler, deputy editor of the Eest Ekspress magazine, told the AFP news agency “it was published on our jokes page. I think people living in other cultural environments than ours just don’t understand it like we do.”

He claimed the “Doctor Mengele weight-loss pill” ad was a swipe at national gas firm GasTerm Eesti, which last month posted a photo of the Auschwitz death camp’s notorious “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate on its website.

The gas firm rapidly pulled the photo and immediately apologized for what it claimed was a misplaced attempt to contrast lethal gas, used to kill Jews at Auschwitz, with the safe home-heating variety.

"For us it was an anti-Fascist joke and a reaction to the recent, improper advertisement of one Estonian company,” explained Vedler. “We didn’t mean to have fun at the expense of any nationality, there is no nationality mentioned in the picture,” he added.

But by using the name of Mengele, a Nazi German doctor who experimented on inmates during World War II, Eesti Ekspress opened up a Pandora’s box of horrors from the Holocaust.

The magazine, which has the second-highest weekly circulation in Estonia, has faced protests from Jewish groups.

"It is incomprehensible that a leading and ostensibly respectable news weekly, in a country which is a member in good standing in the European Union, would publish such a perverted attempt at humor at the expense of the Nazis’ millions of victims,” said Efraim Zuroff, director of the Jerusalem-based Simon Wiesenthal Center in a statement.

Alla Jakobson, spokeswoman for the Estonia Jewish community, told the daily Postimees that the country faces “major problems with moral and ethical values.”

Prior to the war, the Jewish population in Estonia numbered 4,400, but most fled prior to the 1941 Nazi invasion. Of the 1,000 who remained, all were murdered.

In addition, the Nazis built death camps in the country, where they sent up to 10,000 Jews from other lands, nearly all of whom were put to death as well before the Red Army drove the Nazis from Estonia in 1944.

The country came under the rule of the Soviet Union until 1991, when the Iron Curtain fell. Estonia joined the European Union in 2004.

The End of 3,000 Years of Jewish Life in Egypt

The End of 3,000 years of Jewish Life in Egypt

Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue
Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue
Moshira / Wikipedia

The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has extinguished the last flame of Jewish life in the country. The magnificent Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria, where a synagogue has stood since Hellenistic times, will not hold Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services, because authorities have banned them. 

This spells the end of Jewish life in Egypt, over 3,000 years since the Egyptian exile ended and Moses led the Jews to the Land of Israel.

The Point of No Return, a blog that documents Jewish communities in the Muslim Middle East, said that the Eliyahu Hanavi synagogue was the last functioning synagogue in Egypt. It quoted Levana Zamir, who heads the International Association of Egyptian Jews in Israel: “It seems this is really the end of Jewish life in Egypt,” she said. “The authorities have found a way to take over the last Jewish bastion, since all the remaining synagogues are already archaeological and tourist sites. It is very sad.”

The Passover Seder in Alexandria last year was also cancelled for “security” reasons, writes the blog, although a Seder took place in Cairo. High Holiday services used to be held for expatriate Israeli embassy staff at the Maadi synagogue in Cairo, but since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, they have been flying home to spend the holidays with their families.  

There are only two Jewish men and some 20 Jewish widows living in Alexandria.

jewishpolitics:

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The Arab Spring Islamist Governments Work To Destroy The Last Remnants Of Any Jewish Presence

When the Arab Spring first began, the usual suspects hailed it as the birth of new ‘Arab Democracy’. And even when Islamist governments took over, the same suspects, notably in the Obama Administration assured everyone that these particular Islamists were pragmatists, and committed to democratic government, in spite of all the evidence that Islam and what we would think of as democracy don’t really mix in the least.Further evidence of what the Arab Spring and the accompanying Islamist governments are really about surfaced in how Tunisia and Egypt are treating the remnants of their Jewish communities.Tunisia has an ancient community of Jews that once numbered 110,000 at its peak. Today, there are about 2,000 left. Under the old Ben Ali government, Tunisia’s Jews enjoyed freedom of worship and relative tolerance. But with the new Islamist Ennahda government, that’s changing rapidly.Tunisia’s new Islamist parliament is working to pass a law that will prohibit the import of religious books, kosher food, and even visitors from Israel, thus isolating the community:In an interview with Makor Rishon, Rav Haim Biton, Chief Rabbi of the Jewish community in Tunisia said, “Today, the government lets us bring in food, medicine, religious and educational books from Israel. If this law passes, our condition will completely change.”He continued on to say that they are trying to explain to the government that if the law passes, in a few months from now, their relatives from Israel won’t be able to visit, they will not have much needed kosher food items, and, of course, they won’t be able to bring in religious and educational materials.Other community members were less optimistic as they believe this is the government trying to cut off Jews from their culture. “Behind this law to prohibit the import of kosher products and visiting relatives is their desire to cut off our connection to Israel,” they said.In November, Tunisia passed a separate law limiting NGOs to importing medicine only from foreign sources in with diplomatic ties with Tunisia, which, obviously, excluded Israel.Despite the fact that the new proposed law hasn’t yet been passed, Israeli citizens who have requested permission to visit Tunisia recently have been repeatedly turned down, while eight months ago, they could visit.Reportedly Tunisian-born Israeli vice prime minister Silvan Shalom had previously appealed back in December to what’s left of Tunisian Jewry to immigrate to Israel, but met some resistance even though there were signs that endemic Islamist Jew hatred was becoming more common. If this new law passes, it may be a matter of them getting out while they can.In Egypt, the situation is different. Unlike Tunisia, Egypt actually had formal relations with Israel.Egypt has already ethnically cleansed almost all of its Jews, with less than one hundred remaining in the country, most of them elderly. The two main communities, or rather what’s left of them are in Cairo and Alexandria. The last Jewish wedding in Egypt took place in 1984, at the old Jewish synagogue is Chaar Hashamaim, in downtown Cairo.In Alexandria there is a small community of 18 women and 4 men, all of them aged between 70 and 90. This year will be different for them because for the first time, the Islamist government of Egypt is not going to allow a Rabbi or Cantor from Israel or enough Jewish men from Israel to enter the country for Rosh Hashona and Yom Kippur services at Alexandria’s last remaining synagogue, Eliahou Hanavi.Jewish religious worship requires a minyan, ten Jewish men in order to properly conduct services. Critical parts of the service cannot be done without it. This will be the first time in 2,000 years that there will be no minyan in Alexandria.The remaining elderly Jews will attempt to hold services themselves, as best they can.The Egyptian government justified this on the grounds of ‘security’. What that actually means is, just as with the Israeli embassy in Cairo, they’re unwilling to protect Jews coming in to Egypt to visit, or to allow a few elderly Jews a feeling of community as they have every year since the Israeli Egyptian peace treaty.There’s a frequent saying bandied about by people who call themselves liberals that a society can be judged by the freedom accorded the least of its members.Considering that many of these same people are still agog over the Arab Spring, I’m curious about how they’d rate the so-called democratic societies of Tunisia and Egypt.
JoshuaPundit

 I guess tolerance only goes so far. G-d I hope they get out. They should get out

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The Arab Spring Islamist Governments Work To Destroy The Last Remnants Of Any Jewish Presence



When the Arab Spring first began, the usual suspects hailed it as the birth of new ‘Arab Democracy’. And even when Islamist governments took over, the same suspects, notably in the Obama Administration assured everyone that these particular Islamists were pragmatists, and committed to democratic government, in spite of all the evidence that Islam and what we would think of as democracy don’t really mix in the least.

Further evidence of what the Arab Spring and the accompanying Islamist governments are really about surfaced in how Tunisia and Egypt are treating the remnants of their Jewish communities.

Tunisia has an ancient community of Jews that once numbered 110,000 at its peak. Today, there are about 2,000 left. Under the old Ben Ali government, Tunisia’s Jews enjoyed freedom of worship and relative tolerance. But with the new Islamist Ennahda government, that’s changing rapidly.

Tunisia’s new Islamist parliament is working to pass a law that will prohibit the import of religious books, kosher food, and even visitors from Israel, thus isolating the community:

In an interview with Makor Rishon, Rav Haim Biton, Chief Rabbi of the Jewish community in Tunisia said, “Today, the government lets us bring in food, medicine, religious and educational books from Israel. If this law passes, our condition will completely change.”

He continued on to say that they are trying to explain to the government that if the law passes, in a few months from now, their relatives from Israel won’t be able to visit, they will not have much needed kosher food items, and, of course, they won’t be able to bring in religious and educational materials.

Other community members were less optimistic as they believe this is the government trying to cut off Jews from their culture. “Behind this law to prohibit the import of kosher products and visiting relatives is their desire to cut off our connection to Israel,” they said.

In November, Tunisia passed a separate law limiting NGOs to importing medicine only from foreign sources in with diplomatic ties with Tunisia, which, obviously, excluded Israel.

Despite the fact that the new proposed law hasn’t yet been passed, Israeli citizens who have requested permission to visit Tunisia recently have been repeatedly turned down, while eight months ago, they could visit.


Reportedly Tunisian-born Israeli vice prime minister Silvan Shalom had previously appealed back in December to what’s left of Tunisian Jewry to immigrate to Israel, but met some resistance even though there were signs that endemic Islamist Jew hatred was becoming more common. If this new law passes, it may be a matter of them getting out while they can.

In Egypt, the situation is different. Unlike Tunisia, Egypt actually had formal relations with Israel.

Egypt has already ethnically cleansed almost all of its Jews, with less than one hundred remaining in the country, most of them elderly. The two main communities, or rather what’s left of them are in Cairo and Alexandria. The last Jewish wedding in Egypt took place in 1984, at the old Jewish synagogue is Chaar Hashamaim, in downtown Cairo.

In Alexandria there is a small community of 18 women and 4 men, all of them aged between 70 and 90. This year will be different for them because for the first time, the Islamist government of Egypt is not going to allow a Rabbi or Cantor from Israel or enough Jewish men from Israel to enter the country for Rosh Hashona and Yom Kippur services at Alexandria’s last remaining synagogue, Eliahou Hanavi.

Jewish religious worship requires a minyan, ten Jewish men in order to properly conduct services. Critical parts of the service cannot be done without it. This will be the first time in 2,000 years that there will be no minyan in Alexandria.

The remaining elderly Jews will attempt to hold services themselves, as best they can.

The Egyptian government justified this on the grounds of ‘security’. What that actually means is, just as with the Israeli embassy in Cairo, they’re unwilling to protect Jews coming in to Egypt to visit, or to allow a few elderly Jews a feeling of community as they have every year since the Israeli Egyptian peace treaty.

There’s a frequent saying bandied about by people who call themselves liberals that a society can be judged by the freedom accorded the least of its members.

Considering that many of these same people are still agog over the Arab Spring, I’m curious about how they’d rate the so-called democratic societies of Tunisia and Egypt.

JoshuaPundit

 I guess tolerance only goes so far. G-d I hope they get out. They should get out

(via thecynincspensieve)

Solidarity In Germany

A nice gesture from some Germans (hat tip: Gaia).

germans kippaAfter the leader of a German-Jewish rabbinical seminary said he advised his students to avoid wearing skullcaps in public in the aftermath of a brutal beating of a Berlin rabbi last week, more than 100 resident of that city on Saturday marched in solidarity with the local Jewish community, many of them donning Jewish skullcaps.

On Sunday, more than 1,000 Berliners gathered in the city’s Schöneberg district to demonstrated against anti-Semitism. Rabbi Alter, who was present at the demonstration, said the attackers could break his cheekbone but not his “will to stand up for understanding and interfaith dialogue.”

On Tuesday night, Rabbi Daniel Alter was hospitalized after being beaten on the head by four men. Alter, 53, was wearing a skullcap while was walking in the capital’s Tempelhof-Schöneberg district with his 6-year-old daughter when a youth approached him with the question, “Are you a Jew?” Three other young men joined the attacker, hitting the Jewish man several times and eventually breaking his cheekbone. The attackers then insulted Alter and his religion and issued death threats to his daughter.

The incident was widely condemned by German authorities. As a result of the attack, the rector of the Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam, which trains liberal rabbis, said he ordered increased security around his institutions.

“We have also given guidelines to our students on how to behave so that they won’t fall prey to such attacks,” Rabbi Walter Homolka told reporters. “We advise them not to wear their skullcaps on the street. Instead, they should choose an inconspicuous head cover. Apparently a Jew is only safe if he is not visible as such.”

While in other parts of Europe, like France, rabbis and communal leaders have long counseled young Jews not to wear skullcaps in public, Homolka’s comments were ill received in Germany. Many observers said that 70 years after the Holocaust it was unthinkable that Jews should have to hide their identity in Germany. Against this background, an activist organized a “kippa flashmob” in central Berlin. About 150 residents on Saturday silently marched through the capital, many of them wearing skullcaps, according to German media reports.

“Berlin wears Kippa,” headlined B.Z., the capital’s largest daily, on Saturday, together with the photos of prominent Berliners — including Mayor Klaus Wowereit — sporting a skullcap.

Now about that circumcision ban

Israelly Cool.

Toronto police rough up therapy dog owner at anti-Israel rally

Toronto police have arrested a Jew who shoved back a Muslim who punched him for not moving his “unclean” dog further away from Muslim women during an anti-Israel rally. The Muslim was neither arrested nor questioned.

Allan Eintoss showed up at the annual Al Quds rally to register his disapproval of the celebration’s call for destroying Israel, The Toronto Sun reported.

He took along his therapy-trained dog “Cupcake,” draped with an Israeli flag while other Jewish protesters were told to put away their Israeli flags because they were “inciting” Muslims waving Palestinian Authority flags.

After two Muslim women asked him about his dog, Eintoss refused a demand by a Muslim man that he move away because, they said, he was “not allowed to go near our women.”  As he walked away, another demonstrator punched him in his chest, prompting Eintoss to shove him back.

Police stepped in and one officer blamed him for being so insensitive as to bring a dog to an Islamic rally, while other policemen promptly handcuffed him and carted him away on charges of incitement to riot and assault. He was freed after agreeing to leave the area.

Eintoss is considering legal action against the police by demanding a public inquiry into the arrest.

“Insensitivity” to Muslims has been in fashion lately.

Individuals have been accused of blasphemy or of insulting Islam for speaking ill of Allah, finding fault with the prophet Mohammed, drawing a picture and speaking against Islamic leaders in some Muslim countries, according to Wikipedia.

Two months ago, a world renowned Turkish classical pianist was charged with insulting Muslim values in comments posted on Twitter and quoting a well-known poem by an 11th Century Persian poet who ridiculed the hypocrisy of people pretending to be pious.”

The Family Security Matters website has reported, “In an effort to counter ‘Islamophobia’ in British schools, teachers now are required to teach ‘key Muslim contributions’ such as Algebra and the number zero’ in math and science courses, even though the concept of zero originated in India.”

(Source: israelnationalnews.com)

Knesset speaker visits Jamal Julani in hospital, describes racism as a fire that can burn us all.


Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin visits Jamal JulaniPhoto: Avi Hayon

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin warned that racist violence is a strategic threat, while visiting Jamal Julani, the victim of last week’s beating in downtown Jerusalem, on Thursday at the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem.

“It is hard to see you lying in the hospital because of an unimaginable, outrageous act,” Rivlin told Julani, who was released from the hospital Thursday evening. “I came here in the name of the State of Israel, in order to apologize and express anger over what happened.”

Eight teenagers were arrested this week for beating Julani almost to death just after midnight in Zion Square last Thursday. Eyewitnesses claimed that dozens of Jewish youth were involved in the attack, surrounding Julani, beating him and continuing to kick him, even after he fell unconscious to the ground.

Rivlin called for schools to discuss the attack in the beginning of the school year.

“We have reached the point where we are not educating our children that all of us, Jews and Arabs, live together,” he said. “Events like this could happen again. We are in an environment in which conflict creates the impression that violence is allowed, as opposed to argument and use of democratic tools.”

The Knesset speaker said that Likud ideological forbearer Ze’ev Jabotinsky would be appalled that some of the attackers wore shirts with the symbol of Betar, the youth movement he founded and the name of one of Jerusalem’s soccer teams.

“I came here today to say: The writing has been on the wall for a long time, and the letters are on fire and can burn us all,” Rivlin added.

“We, the government, the Knesset, schools and everyone who sees himself as a leader, are responsible for this.”

This is a crime and a shame. As I was unaware of the story due to being out of town for a few days I stumbled upon it today. Stories like this one break my heart because they add fuel to the liberal, pro-Palestinian view that says the state of Israel is a racist, apartheid state. Of course the latter simply is untrue, but you can talk facts with them all day long and they will still scream “racist!” Rare incidents such as the lynching of this Arab kid only make Israel look worse. And worse than that is that it highlights the few religious zealots in Israel who anti-Arab.

That said, having known nothing about what lead to the this boy’s beating, I would like to know what happened that resulted in him being attack. If he did something to provoke the incident than he got was he was looking for: international sympathy for the Palestinian cause to make Israel appear as a biggoted, racist, state. However, if he is truly innocent then I pray he will not hate his Jewish aggressors. And as for his Jewish attackers, I hope they can realize what it means to reach out to Arabs within Israel in an effort to co-exist. - ToT

Jewish Olympians

Olympic ‘Jewish Star’ Accepts Invitation to Visit Israel

Aly Raisman
Aly Raisman
Reuters

Gold-winning American Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman has accepted an invitation from Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein to make her first visit to Israel.

Raisman, 18, who secured the Olympic gold while performing a floor routine to the melody of “Hava Nagilah,” has become known as the “Jewish Star” not only for her extraordinary athletic abilities, but also for paying tribute to the slain Israeli athletes during her shining moments

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New Zealand Jewish Sailor Takes Olympic Gold

New Zealand's Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie
New Zealand’s Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie
Reuters

New Zealand Jewish sailor Jo Aleh and her partner Polly Powrie won the gold medal in the women’s 470 regatta, becoming the first first New Zealand women to win a sailing gold in anything other than windsurfing.

Aleh, 26, whose parents are dual Israeli-New Zealand citizens, was elated as she crossed the finish line.

Joie de Vivre in Eli: French Families Make Aliyah

13 families from France went directly from Ben Gurion Airport to Eli, north of Jerusalem.

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