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Netanyahu to Albanian Prime Minister: We Will Never Forget Your Heroism During World War II

Monday, December 21st, 2015

By Jonathan Benedek

One of the many countries around the world with deep and personal ties with Israel is a Muslim majority country in Europe. The strong bilateral relationship was exhibited on Monday during Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s meetings with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Rivlin.

“We know that Albania is a good friend of Israel,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said to his Albanian counterpart. “We’re celebrating now 25 years of our relations.”

In particular, Netanyahu thanked Prime Minister Rama for his country’s support in an IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) vote on a resolution a few months ago that called on Israel to undergo international inspections of its nuclear facilities. The vote failed 61-43 with 33 abstentions.

Prime Minister Rama emphasized in his meeting with President Rivlin that both Israel and Albania face common security threats.

“We live in good times for our countries in the Balkans, in terms of cooperation and the spirit of relations, but we are still vulnerable due to the threat of radical Islam,” said Rama.

For his part, President Rivlin made it clear that Israel is not at war with Muslims. “Israel has no war with Islam,” stressed Rivlin. “We are at war with fundamentalism.”

Arguably, the most significant factor in the closeness of ties between both countries is Albania’s historic role in saving countless Jews from the Nazis during World War II.

“We know that the people of Albania are not merely good friends today of the people of Israel but in the crucial period of the Holocaust they stood shoulder to shoulder with the Jewish people persecuted in Europe,” noted Netanyahu during his press conference with Rama.

“I think Albania is the only country whose Jewish population during the Holocaust actually grew because of the refuge and the sanctuary and the friendship and courage showed by the people of Albania,” added Netanyahu. “We never forget our friends, and we appreciate that display of humanity, civility and courage in our darkest hours.”

The Albanian Prime Minister took the opportunity to invite Netanyahu to visit Albania and dedicate a new site currently being built to commemorate the heroism of both individual Albanians and the Albanian government.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Italian-ISIS Woman Says Beheadings ‘Obey Sharia Law’

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

A 28-year-old Italian woman who left for Syria with her husband told an interview by Skype that the Islamic State (ISIS) is a “perfect country” and that beheadings simply are fine because they “obey Sharia law.”

The European “The Local” spoke with Maria Giulia Sergio, who converted to Islam, changed her name to Fatima Az Zahara and married Aldo Kobuzi, from Albania, last September.

Shortly afterwards, the young couple went to Syria and joined ISIS, where she underwent weapons training.

She said she tried to convince her family to join ISIS because “they could have a good life here.”

They sold their possessions and asked for passports but last week, Italian security forces arrested her family, including her parents and sister, all of whom also converted to Islam.

Sergio, or Az Zahara, celebrated last January’s murders at the offices of the Charles Hebdo magazine by sending enthusiastic messages to her friends.

And what about the rapes and sexual slavery of ISIS?

She insists that the terrorist army respects human rights and that the people who really do not respect human rights “are those who do not follow Allah’s rules.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

‘Righteous Muslim’ Exhibition Planned for those Who Saved Jews

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

The London Board of Deputies of British Jews is launching a new Righteous Muslim Exhibition with 70 photographs and stories of Muslims who sheltered Jews during World War II, the BBC reported.

The Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Israel honors ‘Righteous Gentiles” who helped save Jews from the Holocaust gas chambers and death camps

One of the stories in the exhibition is that of Bosnian Muslims who kept the Nazis from seizing a 600-year old Passover Haggadah that was n the hands of Jew until it was sold to the Bosnia Nationa Museum in 1894.  A Muslim cleric kept it hidden in a mosque until the end of the war.

Fiyaz Mughal, co-author of an exhibition booklet The Role of the Righteous Muslims, was quoted by BBC as saying, “One of the main drivers of the project is that there are some small sections in Jewish communities who are trying to rewrite history and say that Muslims overwhelmingly helped the Nazis. And on the other side, there is a small section of the Muslim community who do not want to talk about the Holocaust for the sake of not wanting to build up an empathy with Jewish communities.

“That is unacceptable, because factually it’s untrue.

“Besa, a national code of honor in Albania – similar to the Pashtu code in Afghanistan – led the Muslims to provide sanctuary during the Nazi occupation. This is why the number of Jews actually increased in Albania during the Second World War.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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