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Friday, 20 January 2017

Europe's Jihad against Israel

by Salim Mansur  •  January 20, 2017 at 5:30 am
§  Resolution 2334 was as sickening a surrender to the Arab-Muslim jihad in the name of "peace," as was the surrender of UK Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to Adolf Hitler at Munich in September 1938.
§  The UN before 1967 did not refer to the West Bank and Gaza as "occupied" territories when they were "occupied" by Egypt and Jordan after the 1948-49 war, which the Arab states launched against Israel. The Arab states then were the "occupiers" of parts of Palestine west of Jordan until 1967, and rejected any notion of Jews having a historic connection with Palestine, which they claimed was an integral part of Arab lands.
§  From the time of the Balfour Declaration and the League's Mandate for Palestine until the UN Resolution 181 (1947), reference to Palestine meant land with historic connection to the Jewish people. It was on this basis that the Jews' (Zionist) claim to reconstitute their national home was given legal recognition by the League, which the UN, as its successor, was legally bound to protect.
§  From the Arab perspective of religion and politics there never was a "Palestinian" people, or nation, distinct and separate from Arabs as a people or nation. The jihad called by the Mufti Haj Amin el-Husseini against Jews in Palestine after 1921 was in the name of "Arabs" and Islam, and it has so remained since. According to the Hamas charter, "the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf [Trust] upon all Muslim generations till the day of Resurrection."
§  Jerusalem, its principal city, was built by King David, a Jew, some ten centuries earlier.
§  For the past nine decades and more, however, Arabs and Muslims, with 56 Muslim states in the OIC, have been waging jihad to destroy the one and only state of the Jews. And Christendom, as if oblivious of its own shameful past history of anti-Semitism, has even more shamefully supported the falsification of history. Now, with Security Council Resolution 2334, the UN, with the enthusiastic the backing of Europeans and the prodding of U.S. President Barack Obama, is complicit in this jihad against Israel.
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Scottish Tories launch cross-party group to boost support for Israel in Scotland

Group aiming to boost support for Israel in the public’s perception of the Israel/Palestine conflict holds its inaugural meeting in the Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament outside view
Scottish Parliament - credit: Holyrood
A cross-party group aiming to boost support for Israel in the public’s perception of the Israel/Palestine conflict has held its inaugural meeting in the Scottish Parliament.
The group, Building Bridges with Israel, was founded by Scottish Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw as part of Conservative efforts to lobby for closer ties between Scotland and Israel.
In its registration form the CPG points out that there is already a Palestine CPG in the Scottish Parliament, and claims that “since its inception the Parliament has been seen to favour the Palestinian side of the Israel/Palestine conflict.”
It adds: “In having a ‘Building Bridges with Israel’ Group this would allow for a greater breadth of debate and to promote an alternative viewpoint to that singular one which is to therefore at present”.

The CPG aims to build links with Israel based on business, culture and academia, while countering anti-Semitism.
The inaugural meeting, held yesterday, focused on culture, with the Women’s International Zionist Organisation presenting paintings created by a diverse group of women living in Israel and the Occupied Territories.
Participants expressed concern that there is a widely-held belief that Israel discriminates against the Arab population.
Convened by Carlaw, with Richard Lyle acting as deputy convener, it is made up of five Tory MSPs, two from the SNP and one from each of Labour and the Lib Dems.
The Scottish Green Party, which supports a boycott of Israel, chose not to join the group because of concerns over Israel's treatment of the Palestinian people.
The establishment of the group follows a controversial Scottish Conservative trip to Israel and the Occupied Territories, funded by Conservative Friends of Israel in the summer.
Nine Scottish Conservative MSPs took part in the party’s first ever Scottish Parliamentary delegation to Israel and the occupied territories, where they met Israeli politicians, received security briefings from the Israeli Defence Force, and visited the West Bank security barrier.
The group of MSPs also visited a winery based in the Golan Heights, an area which Israel has illegally occupied since 1967.
After the group returned Scottish Tory MSP John Lamont lodged a motion in Parliament calling “for Scottish airlines and airports to seriously consider establishing a direct service between Scotland and Israel to strengthen cultural, trade and tourism links between Scotland and the Middle East”.
Speaking after the trip, Dr Nizard Ayoub, director of the Al-Marsad Arab Human Rights Centre in Golan Heights, told Holyrood: “Al-Marsad hopes that the MSPs were made aware that the Golan Heights Winery is established in an illegal Israeli settlement, on land that was appropriated from the native Syrian population.”
He added: “In order to ensure the delegation obtained a balanced view of the situation in the Occupied Golan Heights, Al-Marsad would have welcomed the opportunity to meet the MSPs to discuss the daily challenges faced by the remaining native Syrian population in the Golan Heights, due to Israel's occupation.”
Asked if they raised concern over human rights abuses carried out by Israel against the Palestinian or Syrian population, Tory MSP John Lamont said, “The human rights of everyone in the region was discussed.”

Rare Hebrew books and manuscripts acquired by National Library of Israel

Haggadah, Prague (1556). This book is one of just two surviving copies of this Passover guide
Collection of the late Jack Lunzer to be displayed in new Herzog & de Meuron-designed building

The National Library of Israel has made a major acquisition of rare Hebrew books and manuscripts. The Valmadonna Trust Library has been jointly purchased with the collectors David and Jemima Jeselsohn in a private sale arranged through Sotheby’s.

The collection, which was assembled over six decades by the recently deceased collector Jack Lunzer, includes more than 10,000 works that show the development of Hebrew printing and the spread of Jewish culture across the world. Highlights include an early copy of the Torah printed in Lisbon in 1491, and one of only two surviving copies of a Haggadah (a text on the rites of the Passover Seder) printed in Prague in 1556. The other copy can be found in the British Museum in London.

The collection will be displayed in the National Library of Israel’s new building next to the Knesset in Jerusalem, which has been designed by the architects Herzog & de Meuron and is due to open in 2020. The building project is part of a programme to make the library’s holdings more accessible to the public and has also involved digitising its collections and creating new cultural and educational programmes.

“The acquisition of the Valmadonna and its arrival in Jerusalem present a tremendous opportunity for the National Library of Israel to further realise the vision of its renewal,” says Oren Weinberg, the director general of the library.

Holocaust survivor who taught Essex schoolchildren about the persecution of the Jews has died

Otto Deutsch has died at the age of 88

Tributes have been paid to a Holocaust survivor who educated thousands of children across Essex about one of the worst episodes of modern history.
Otto Deutsch was originally from Vienna but came to the UK as a child in 1938 on the Kindertransport, the name given to the series of rescue efforts to save Jewish children from the clutches of the Nazis.
He settled in Southend and died aged 88 on January 4.
Moira Dare-Edwards, the Essex area representative for the Christian Friends of Israel, who lives in Brentwood, said: "I would remember him as lovely, caring man.

Moira Dare-Edwards
"He devoted himself to telling his story to school groups and to other groups up and down the country so that people would know what he and other people went though so that kind of hatred would not happen again."

Born in Vienna on July 12 1928 to Victor and Wilma Deutsch, his father was betrayed by a close family friend and neighbour and taken away during Kristallnacht in 1938, which was a night of targeted attacks against Jewish people in Nazi Germany.
To save his life, his mother queued all night to secure a place on the Kindertransport initiative; which was hastily set up in the light of the Kristallnatcht attacks.
Mrs Dare-Edwards said: "He lost his mother, father and sister. He was 10.
"His father was betrayed by a neighbour - a close neighbour - one whom he called uncle. He was forcibly taken away and Otto never saw him again.
"He got on the transport but his sister was 17 – the cut off was 16 – so his sister couldn't go.

"Obviously he couldn't understand it at his age. He thought he was going on an adventure.
"But he thought he was going to see his family again and of course he didn't.
"They were told at the station not to show any emotion.
"His mother turned her back because she didn't want him to see her tears.
"He always regretted he was not able to give her a last cuddle."
His parents and sister, Adele, were killed on May 24 1942 at the Maly Trostinec concentration camp near Minsk, Belarus.
She added: "He went out three years ago to the same spot where they were all shot – he was able to say kaddish, which is what Jewish people saw when they have lost someone.
"He pinned a photo to a tree.
"It was a burden he carried all his life
"But he was never bitter. He just wanted other people to know where hatred goes.
"He got on well with school groups, he got on well with everyone.
"I last saw him in September."
Otto last spoke to a group at Brentwood Town Hall in 2015 about his experiences and life.
His funeral took place at Stock Road cemetery, Southend-on-Sea, at 3pm on Wednesday January 11.
She added: "I had the privilege to go to his funeral. There were many people there and all had wonderful things to say about him.
"He was very highly regarded."


Swedish Jews boycott Holocaust memorial co-organised by nationalist party

Around 40 people from the Gothenburg Jewish community issued their disapproval at the memorial being co-organised by a far right group

Dozens of Swedish Jews said they would skip a Holocaust commemoration event in the southern city of Gothernburg due to the involvement of a nationalist party in organising it.
The Göteborgs-Posten daily on Wednesday published a full-page ad by some 40 Jews, of which only two were identified by name, about the involvement of the local branch of the Sweden Democrats party in the event scheduled for Jan. 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“That the Sweden Democrats, with their ties to both old and new Nazism and xenophobia, are invited to co-organise the memorial ceremony is more than an affront. It is extremely offensive of us as Jews and our history,” wrote cosignatories Lisa Granér, Erik Nilsson and others whose name was not published, citing security fears.
The Sweden Democrats, which have participated in organising the Holocaust commemoration in Gothenburg since 2010, are among several Swedish parties that have sanctioned members for making offensive statements about Jews and have consistently denied allegations that they condone such behaviour.
But the Sweden Democrats, which describes itself as critical of immigration from Muslim countries and its effects of Swedish society, are the “only party with a clear xenophobic agenda where people are pitted against each other solely on the basis of their background and where Sweden’s survival as a country is contrasted with an alleged wave of mass immigration,” the co-signatories wrote. “There is only one party that makes history’s bells ring so loud.”
George Braun, the head of the Jewish Community of Gothenburg, told JTA Thursday the Sweden Democrats’ involvement in the ceremony is “problematic” but is a result of a system meant to be inclusive to all political parties that predates the Sweden Democrat’s entry to parliament.. The community is in talks with other partners on how to proceed, he said, but “we don’t believe that boycotting the event and essentially leaving it to Sweden Democrats is the answer.”
In October, a Sweden Democrats lawmaker called for action against what she called the “control of media by any family or ethnic group.” Anna Hagwall named in an interview specifically the Bonnier Group — a privately held Swedish media group controlled by the Bonnier family, which has Jewish roots.
Mattias Karlsson, a leader of the Sweden Democrats, said in a statement Thursday that Hagwall’s actions “have damaged our confidence in her” and “will have consequences for her future activities in the party and its parliamentary work.”
Also that month, Sweden Democrats senior lawmaker Carina Herrstedt was widely criticised in media for writing a racist joke in an email. It was about attempts to promote diversity in soccer and featured language deemed offensive to gays, blacks, nuns, Roma and Jews. Separately, Swedish media published a recording in October of Sweden Democrats finance spokesman Oscar Sjöstedt jokingly comparing Jews to sheep being killed in German abattoirs.
Sweden Democrats more than doubled its gains in the 2014 parliamentary elections, which left the party with 49 seats out of 349 in the Riksdag, the kingdom’s parliament.
Separately, protest by the Swedish Committee Against Anti-Semitism prompted a Muslim youth movement in Sweden to distance itself from a Muslim cleric who was invited to speak to its members in Stockholm last month.
The Ibn Rushd association said in a statement that it would not have invited the Muslim Brotherhood theologian Zaghloul el-Naggar, who wrote a book entitled “The Plot: Milestones in Zionist and World Subversion of the Palestinian People,” had it known of his anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Are American Jews Shifting Their Political Affiliation?

“F– – – the Jews, they don’t vote for us anyway.”

The second part of this statement—uttered in 1992 by James Baker, then the Republican secretary of state—was as accurate as the first part was insulting. Jews are indeed overwhelmingly supportive of the Democratic party, and their record in this respect is unbroken all the way back to the early decades of the 20th century. To this day, and despite the party’s growing coldness toward the state of Israel—and the Republicans’ contrasting warmth—American Jews have barely budged from their Democratic allegiances, most recently giving fully 70 percent of their vote to Hillary Clinton in November’s presidential election, just about the same number they gave to Barack Obama in 2012 (though below the 78 percent they gave him in 2008).


Mitchell Rocklin is a resident research fellow at the Tikvah Fund.

How long can this continue? Much ink has been spilled over that question. Only lately, though, has the glimmer of an answer, however partial, begun to manifest itself. Especially in the aftermath of November’s presidential balloting, a number of observers pointed to the voting patterns of, specifically, Orthodox Jews—a group that, according to the Pew Report, identifies with Republicans over Democrats by a margin of two to one. It is true that Orthodox Jews constitute a mere 10 percent of the American Jewish population, but because of their significantly higher fertility, especially when contrasted with the below-replacement birthrates among other, larger sectors of the community, they are on pace to double their share every generation.

Could these Jews be the harbingers of a political realignment? Now that detailed results of last November’s balloting are available, it’s worth taking a closer look both at how the Orthodox voted in 2016 and at what a consistent trend that began early in this century might suggest for future elections, presidential and otherwise.


For a varietyof religious and sociological reasons, Orthodox Jews tend to live in highly concentrated areas. Since local and state governments make voting data available for each and every precinct, we can assess actual voting patterns with a high degree of confidence. This approach proves far more reliable than exit polls. Indeed, what a careful examination reveals is that those polls were no more accurate about the Orthodox vote than about the national vote altogether.

For our purposes, I’ve divided predominantly Orthodox precincts into three categories: Modern Orthodox, ḥaredi, and an intermediate group whose members tend (like the Modern Orthodox) to work in professions but value secular education mainly for the sake of economic advancement and seek (like the Ḥaredim) to limit their contact with the surrounding culture.

To begin with the Modern Orthodox: communities of Modern Orthodox Jews in Boca Raton, FL, Teaneck and Englewood, NJ, Chicago, IL, and the “Five Towns” to the southeast of New York City have followed a closely related pattern. Between the 2000 and 2004 elections, all saw significant rightward shifts, a pattern that held steady or grew more pronounced through the 2012 contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The November 2016 race produced a falloff in the Republican vote in these precincts, but not enough of one to reverse the overall trend since 2004. The only exception among the communities I’ve surveyed is Beachwood, OH, which, consistent with its habit in previous elections, broke heavily in favor of the Democratic candidate: a discrepancy that might be traced to the fact that the Orthodox population in these suburban Cleveland precincts is less concentrated than elsewhere.

The strongest and most resilient shift to the Republican column is to be discerned not among the Modern Orthodox but in the ḥaredi neighborhoods of Brooklyn’s Borough Park, Flatbush, and Williamsburg sections, Monsey, NY, and Wickliffe, OH. In these communities’ most concentrated Orthodox precincts, Trump outpolled Clinton by, respectively, 89 to 7 percent, 87 to 10 percent, 68 to 28 percent, 94 to 4 percent, and 56 to 36 percent. Ocean County, NJ has not yet released its numbers by precinct, but we can extrapolate from the overall results in Lakewood Township, whose Orthodox Jews supported Trump by about a 9:1 ratio.

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Labour MP Peter Kyle says his party must do more to tackle anti-Semitism

A Labour MP has said his party must do more to tackle anti-Semitism and stop abuse from happening in the first place. Hove MP Peter Kyle said the party needed to work harder in preventing actions and language that could be perceived as anti-Semitic, saying "the point of offence is the point at which we know we have failed". 
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Leading a backbench debate in the Commons marking next week's Holocaust Memorial Day, Mr Kyle also said it was "extraordinarily irresponsible" to use terms such as Nazi in a way that trivialises the horrors of the past. Labour has been dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism, which its leader Jeremy Corbyn strongly denies, saying he has been a life-long campaigner against discrimination.

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