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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

British Police Arrest Jew for Fighting PA Flag Wavers at Kosher Deli

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Police in Greater London arrested a Jew last week for scuffling with more than dozen demonstrators waving a Palestinian Authority flag and chanting anti-Semitic remarks outside a Jewish deli.

No one was injured in the incident at Flax’s Kosher Deli in the Borough of Bushey Heath, on the outskirts of London.

The only one who was arrested was the 47-year-old Jew, who along with other deli customers barged out of the store to confront the protesters.

Jewish man has been arrested in Bushey Heath after a fight involving socialists who produced Palestinian flags as they marched past a kosher deli.

Police investigators asserted that “no evidence was found that any race or religious hate crimes had occurred,” according to Britain’s JewishNews online website, but witnesses’ remarks indicate that the police investigation was not very thorough.

Among the “non-hate” remarks were, “Jews aren’t safe – we’re coming to get you.”

The demonstration was ostensibly a “March for Jobs” protest, with Palestinian Authority flags. The connection between unemployment and waving the PA flag outside a Jewish deli is not clear, unless the anti-Zionists were demanding that they work in the Kosher deli, assuming they understand Jewish dietary laws.

“That flag, in this area, with all that’s going on in the world in Gaza, it was bound to cause trouble.” said deli manager Mitchell Swillman. “ It escalated as they made their way down to Bushey village. From what I understand these guys were being quite anti-Semitic.”

 

The conclusion by police that there was not hate speech may explain why out of 240 anti-Semitic incidents registered last month, only 20 of them were followed up by an investigation or arrests.

London’s Community Security Trust (CST) blog stated, “The actual data is bad enough, but cannot convey the mood of the Jewish community, with many people telling us that they have never felt so bad, have been under such pressure, nor worried so much about what the future may hold.”

The Jews are worried. They sit and worry and come up with reasons why not to move to Israel.

Donna Rachel Edmunds, a councillor for Lewes District Council and founder and editor of UKIPDaily.com, wrote on her Breitbart.com, “I’ve lived my life entirely in the south east of England… As a libertarian, I’m proud to call thinkers such as Smith and Hume my fellow countrymen….

“I’ve never really thought of myself as being is an immigrant although technically I am – albeit second generation….Another label I’ve never meaningfully attached to myself is ‘Jewish’, although, again technically, I am.

“Yet I’ve never stepped foot inside a synagogue. I think I once took part in a Passover meal when I was very young, but other than that my mother made no real effort to educate my sister or myself on our Jewish roots. Our only tangible link to our maternal heritage is through soup: chicken noodle when we’re feeling ill; borscht when we want something filling….

“So I was as surprised as anyone when I found myself uttering six loaded words recently. And by ‘recently’ I don’t mean once, dropped into a passing conversation. I mean at least a dozen times, in a dozen such conversations over the past few weeks. Those words were “Maybe we should move to Israel….

“Not, primarily, because I worry about the rise in anti-Semitic attacks affecting me personally. As a church-going Christian I wear a cross on a necklace, and am more often assumed to be Spanish, if anything, so I doubt I would be targeted on the street….

“The reason that I’m seriously considering a move to Israel in the next few years is because I’m developing a strong suspicion that Israel is going to be one of the safest countries on the planet to live in over the next few decades….

Bye Bye Antwerp

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

A Hareidi family from Antwerp are packing up their belongings as they prepare to make Aliya from Belgium on August 07, 2014.

Europe has seen a massive outbreak of anti-Semitic attacks on Jews, and many Jews are considering leaving to escape before it gets worse.

A Presidential Welcome to Israel

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Only in Israel…

Israeli President Ruby Rivlin personally welcomed new Olim (immigrants) as they step off the plane today, August 12, 2014.

This flight was called the “Soldier’s Flight” as 110 of the young people on this Aliyah flight are joining the IDF.

New Olim on the "Soldier's Flight" right after landing in Israel.

New Olim on the “Soldier’s Flight” right after landing in Israel.

New US, Canadian Immigrants Arrive, Undeterred by Gaza Terror

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

North Americans are ignoring the largely skewed news coverage they are being fed by mass media abroad and continuing to ‘come home to Israel’ regardless of the grim news headlines around the conflict with Gaza.

One of the special Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah flights from New York that takes place each summer arrived bright and early Tuesday, bringing 338 new “olim” to Ben Gurion International Airport on the wings of Israel’s national carrier, El Al Airlines.

The 38 new Israeli families included 107 children and 108 young men and women who are soon to become soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces.

The new immigrants, who came from the United States and Canada were welcomed by top government officials at a special ceremony held under tight security inside the airport.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/new-us-canadian-immigrants-arrive-unmoved-by-gaza-terror/2014/08/12/

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