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Israel to Ease Absorption, Employment for Immigrants from France

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Israel’s government cabinet decided Sunday to clear obstacles to the absorption of new immigrants in the labor market, in particular, those from France.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Aliyah and Absorption Minister Sofa Landver today described the decision to members of the French Jewish community in Israel.

“We want to see masses of Jews coming here,” Netanyahu said. “I appeal especially to the Jews of France; this is a community that I know, love and appreciate. We see you today not only as brothers and sisters but as our very flesh.”

That being the case, he pointed out, one would wonder why the government makes it so difficult for Jewish professionals to start over in Israel.

“Why don’t we allow Jewish professionals — and they have a splendid community in France, the talents and charms of which I have learned to recognize, who can make a tangible contribution to Israeli society, to the Israeli economy, and to Israeli security — to do so?” Netanyahu asked rhetorically.

“As a first step, we decided today that by January 1 we will demand that all Government ministries simplify, cut and shorten procedures” so as to allow French Jews to gain approval for a range of credentials already earned in fields, professions, degrees and diplomas, the prime minister said.

“I think that this is essential; it is essential to other communities too, we are doing this as well. This should have been done decades ago but we are doing it now.

“I think this is very important and I reiterate and say one thing: This is your home, this is your state. This is a personal decision but I want you to know that we await you with open arms and we want to roll out the red carpet so that you can come and join in building up our country and in ensuring the future of our people here in our land.”

A business attorney who helps investors move their portfolios told The Observer in September that anti-Semitism in France is responsible for rising migration of wealthy Jewish families.

“France is a weird country because it has a large Jewish and large Muslim population, so there is a real tension, a real undercurrent of hostility and a threat. Now, it has become a lot easier for people to become a lot more open about their anti-Semitism and hate,” Marlen Kruzhkov said. “Even a year ago, they were shocked.”

The United States is a terrific place to do business, Kruzhkov said, with less tape than Israel, and provides great opportunity for investment. But the bottom line is, “the driving force is the anti-Semitism,” he emphasized, adding that an estimated $1.44 billion has moved from France to New York due to the rising hatred against Jews so far this year alone.

Now add to this the “jihad” factor — the issue of Islamic “holy war.”

At present there are between 3.5 to five million Muslims in France, representing between five to ten percent of the population, according to the Euro-Islam website. Islam is currently the second most widely-practiced religion in France, after Roman Catholicism.

Intelligence and law enforcement personnel in France are becoming increasingly concerned about Islamic radicalization as hundreds fall prey to the seductive call of murderous jihadists via the mosques.

For example, Islamic convert Maxime Hauchard, 22, grew up in Normandy a mild-mannered young man who liked movies and motorbikes. But last week he suddenly appeared as a cold-blooded killer with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organization, wielding a Kalashnikov with two other men. The second in the trio seen in a video online burning their French passports was 26-year-old Abou Ossama al-Faranci, according to a report published in La Depeche du Midi.

‘There is a War against Jews on the Internet and on the Streets’

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

“There is a war against the Jews on the internet and on the streets” in Europe, European Jewish Congress (EJC) president Dr. Moshe Cantor said Saturday night, hours after an Antwerp rabbi was stabbed in the throat while he was walking to synagogue.

“Until there is a crackdown on incitement to hatred and anti-Semitism, then more people will believe that these types of attacks are legitimate,” Kantor added.

The EJC called on authorities across Europe to provide Jewish communities with a sense of security after the latest attack.

“Jews in Europe have lost a normal sense of security that worsens with every attack on Jews and Jewish institutions which are taking place with alarming regularity,” according to Kantor. “As citizens of Europe, it is the responsibility of the authorities, political, judicial and law enforcement, to ensure that Jews feel free to walk the streets in the open and live their lives absent of the fear these attacks generate….

“At the root of these attacks is the ongoing incitement against Jews from across the political spectrum and radical Islamists,”

When will European leaders take action, real action, against the radical Islamic threat to the continent?

A good guess would be that the time will come after Jews leave for Israel, if not elsewhere, and the Gentiles become next target of Muslim fanatics, who are rapidly emerging as the de facto leaders of Islam.

Bayit Yehudi Opens English-Speakers Forum

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Bayit Yehudi announced today the formation of a new English-Speakers Forum. The forum was created with the goal of increasing activity in the party for tackling Western immigrant issues and increasing the number of party members and voters who speak English. The forum will be represented in the various party institutions, including Knesset faction meetings on relevant issues, and will be a factor in forming all party positions regarding immigration and absorption. It will also be an address for English speaking Bayit Yehudi supporters in the Diaspora.

The forum will assist MKs with English language correspondences and conduct quarterly meetings with MKs on a wide range of topics with the purpose of forming position papers on key issues facing the English-speaking Oleh community. With their Western culture, the forum will also advance the democratic values of accountability, transparency and representation in the party.

On September 10th, 2014 the Bayit Yehudi Central Committee approved a new party constitution and this new constitution redistributed the party control to 13 different party institutions. The new Bayit Yehudi forums, of which 12 new forums were created, count as one of those 13 institutions. The official definition of a “Forum” according to the new Bayit Yehudi Constitution is as follows: “A Forum is an internal party body, comprising Bayit Yehudi Central Committee members and Bayit Yehudi members, and its job is to discuss and present recommendations to the party and the other party institutions regarding the issues it was tasked with dealing with”. The constitution states that “Forums are active within the party membership and act as advisory bodies to all party institutions. Forums will work in cooperation with the institutions of the party.” Forums work alongside three other party institutions, the Central Committee, the Bureau, and the Secretariat. The Central Committee, the supreme party institution, receives reports on the Forum discussions and recommendations, and is has the power to discuss them at Central Committee meetings and adopt them through a vote. The Bureau, the ideological institution, also receives reports on Forum activities and decisions. The Secretariat, the executive branch of the party, determines Forums working methods and the range of their activities.” Bayit Yehudi English Speakers’ Forum Chairman Jeremy Saltan told JewishPress.com:

“The Bayit Yehudi is the natural home Zionist Olim. We are the only party in the Knesset that opposes a Palestinian State west of the Jordan River and protects Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem. Just this week Minister Bennett initiated the free shuttle bus program from the old train station through the City of David to the Western Wall. This new Forum shows the importance the Bayit Yehudi places on English speaking immigrants. We are the only party promoting accountability, transparency and representation to our voters. I want to thank Bayit Yehudi Chairman Minister Naftali Bennett & Bayit Yehudi Director General Nir Orbach for prioritizing Western Zionist immigrant issues.”

Jeremy Saltan is a veteran “Knesset Insider”, campaigner and political analyst.

Saltan is also a familiar face to JewishPress.com readers. Besides having made Aliyah from Chicago to Israel, his blog has appeared on JewishPress.com, and he is regular guest on the Yishai Fleishers’s JewishPress.com radio show.

Saltan served as the campaign manager for Bayit Yehudi’s highly successful English language campaign for the 19th Knesset, having managed Bayit Yehudi candidate Jeremy Gimpel’s primary campaign and as a political and legislative assistant to National Union leader Yaakov Ketzeleh Katz in the 18th Knesset. He is also Bayit Yehudi’s Party Branch Director in Mevasseret Tzion where he serves on the city council’s Defense, Status of Women and Immigration & Absorption Committees, and holds the Religious Culture portfolio. The Central Committee Member is also a member of Bayit Yehudi’s Party Branch Leader, Women, and Youth Forums. He also works as a contributor on Voice of Israel.

Bayit Yehudi Director General Nir Orbach said, “The Forum is our way to help integrate these quality immigrants, who are here by choice, into Israeli society by addressing issues that are important to them. I want to thank Jeremy Saltan for everything he has done until now, and I look forward to working with him in the near future. Jeremy is a loyal partner on our path towards the leadership of the country.”

Israel’s Population Nears 9 Million

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Israel’s population grew by nearly 200,000 in the past 12 months and is 8,904,373 three days before the Rosh HaShanah New Year, which begins Wednesday night.

The figures include 24,801 new immigrants whom Israel welcomed the past 12 months.

More than 176,000 new babies were born in the current Hebrew year, according to the Ministry of Population and immigration, and baby boys outnumbered girls by more than 5,000.

The most popular Hebrew names were traditional, with Yosef, Daniel and Ori leading the pack for boys. The most frequent names for girls were Tamar, Noa and Shira.

The divorce rate was approximately 25 percent, far below the rate of Western countries.

Radical Islam Helps United French Jews and Far Right Leader La Pen

Monday, September 15th, 2014

The number of Jews who voted for the French far-right National Front party soared in the most recent presidential election from the previous two votes, surveys showed.

French Jews, some 13.5 percent of 1,095 respondents who identified themselves as Jews said they voted for National Front President Marine Le Pen in the 2012 presidential elections, according to polls.

Asked about the two previous presidential elections, from 2002 and 2007, respectively only 6.1 percent and 4.3 percent of Jewish voters polled said they chose the National Front candidate — Le Pen’s father and predecessor as party leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has a history of convictions for “inciting racial hatred” and Holocaust denial.

Marine Le Pen has worked to rehabilitate the party and recently entered a war of words in the media with her father over his suggestion to put a Jewish singer “in the oven.”

The National Front is a vociferous critic of what it describes as the government’s inaction to stop France’s “Islamization,” and the soaring number of radical Islamic attacks on Jews in the country has driven Jews to look for protection. Aliyah to Israel is one way to escape anti-Semitism, but, as usual, the majority prefers to gamble on living in danger at a disappearing home, even if it means jumping into the arms of La Pen, whose love for Jews can be measured on a thimble.

The surveys were conducted over 10 years and compiled by the IFOP polling company for publication earlier this month by the news website atlantico.fr, which commissioned the report.

Overall, National Front candidates received 19.2 percent of the vote in the first round in 2002 and 10.6 percent and 19 percent in the first rounds in the following two elections.

In a statement released Friday, National Front General Secretary Nicolas Bay blamed the government’s immigration policy for a 91 percent increase in the number of anti-Semitic attacks documented in France during the first seven months of 2014 over the corresponding period last year.

“It demonstrates what National Front has long denounced: the development of a radical Islam which endangers the safety of citizens,” the statement said. “It is a direct consequence of the massive immigration that the political class of UMPS led for 40 years in an utterly irresponsible manner.”

UMPS is a mashup of the French-language initials of the centrist UMP and the left-wing Socialist Party.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy of UMP received more than 45 percent of the votes of Jews polled in the first rounds of both the 2007 and the 2012 elections — far above his share of the votes in the general voter population.

The Socialist Party, which is believed to have been a favorite among Jews in the 1970s and 1990s, fell far behind Sarkozy in the poll of Jews, nabbing 19.7 percent, 28.8 percent and 22.5 percent of the Jewish vote in the first rounds of the presidential elections of 2002, 2007 and 2012, respectively.

 

Beheaded Journalist Steve Sotloff Was American Oleh to Israel

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Journalist Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded by the Islamic State, was a dual American-Israeli citizen and studied in Israel, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said.

Sotloff’s connections to Israel and the Jewish community reportedly were sanitized from the internet and social media in order to keep the information from his radical Islamic captors. The Foreign Ministry cleared for publication Wednesday that Sotloff held Israeli citizenship.

Sotloff, who grew up in Miami, made aliyah in 2005 and studied foreign relations at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, a private college, Ynet reported. He then began reporting from countries throughout the Middle East, returning to Israel for the 2013 Maccabiah Games.

Sotloff was abducted on Aug. 4, 2013, after crossing the Syrian border from Turkey.

A hostage who was held with Sotloff and later released, told the Hebrew daily Yediot Acharonot that Sotloff was able to fast last year on Yom Kippur without his captors knowing.

“He told them he was sick and did not want to eat, even though that day we were served eggs,” the fellow captive said. He added that Sotloff also was able to pray in a hidden manner and in the proscribed way facing Jerusalem by looking which way the Muslims prayed in order to determine the proper direction.

Islamist ISIS organization released online a nearly three-minute video Tuesday, titled “A Second Message to America,” showing the beheading Sotloff.

The United States on Wednesday announced that the video is authentic.

“The U.S. Intelligence Community has analyzed the recently released video showing U.S. citizen Steven Sotloff and has reached the judgment that it is authentic. We will continue to provide updates as they are available,” National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

Sotloff is the son of Arthur and Shirley Sotloff. Shirley Sotloff has worked in the early childhood program at Temple Beth Am Day School in Pinecrest, Fla., according to the synagogue website. Last week, Shirley Sotloff pleaded in a video for his captors to have mercy on him.

“He is an honorable man and has always tried to help the weak,” she said, adding that he was sympathetic to the suffering of Muslims.

Sotloff published articles from Syria, Egypt and Libya in various publications, including Time.com, the World Affairs Journal and Foreign Policy. He also freelanced for the Jerusalem Post newspaper and the Jerusalem Report magazine.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Psaki called the murder a “horrific terrorist act” against the United States.

French Honor

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The Jerusalem Theater was packed full of French Olim on Sunday, there to celebrate and honor other French Olim who served in the IDF and fought and participated in Operation Protective Edge.

c’est un honneur

French IDF Soldiers

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