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It’s My Opinion: Kristallnacht: 74th Anniversary

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

The Jewish community is marking the 74th anniversary of Kristallnacht, which occurred on November 9-10 in 1938. South Florida’s Holocaust Memorial, located at 1933-1945 Meridian Avenue, held its ceremony on the evening of November 8. Commemorations were observed around the world.

Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, took place in Germany and parts of Austria. Synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses were vandalized and in many cases destroyed. Their windows were smashed and the streets were strewn with broken glass. The result of the event was catastrophic: 91 Jews dead and 30,000 arrested and sent to concentration camps.

Kristallnacht was a pivotal event in the Shoah. It was an ominous moment in history and foretold what would soon follow. The world, for the most part, stood silently by. The collective Jewish community, for the most part, hoped that this anti-Jewish wave would somehow pass. Hitler was given a silent nod to proceed with his plan of genocide.

Of course, in retrospect, the events of Kristallnacht did not come in one shattering night. The signs were there. Some could anticipate. Some ignored. Some had no idea what was being fomented.

I am a so-called baby boomer, born after the war. When I learned about the Holocaust I asked my parents, “Why didn’t the Jews in America do more to help?” The answer was, “We really just didn’t know.”

It is obvious to see how dangerous and even deadly “not knowing” can be. It is quite shocking to realize that many Jews do not yet understand this concept.

I am saddened to hear some of my well-intentioned Jewish brethren proudly proclaim that they do not listen to television or radio and do not read newspapers. They are sincere in their attempt to avoid the shmutz that abounds in the secular world. They do not want to deal with matters out of their personal circle. They attempt to circumvent the negatives of secular society and concentrate solely on the spiritual world of Torah.

The reality, however, is that we are in olam hazeh (this world), not olam haba (the world to come). Whether we like it or not, we are all affected by trends and actions surrounding us.

There are many storms that are necessary to monitor, and not all of them are found in weather reports.

There is another commemoration the Jewish world is marking. It is the 22nd yahrzeit of Rabbi Meir Kahane, z”l. Rabbi Kahane was a brilliant Torah scholar and fearless leader. His motto was “Never Again!” We all need to understand what that phrase really means.

What Happened at Rachel’s Tomb?

Monday, October 29th, 2012

I read this at the blog, “Occupied Palestine”:

Thousands of Jewish settlers stormed Bilal bin Rabah Mosque, known by Jews as “Rachel’s Tomb” on Sunday night, and performed Talmudic rituals on the anniversary of “Rachel’s death.

Do you think that’s the truth?

Oops, I just realized sarcasm doesn’t go over the Internet well.

Here‘s the actual story from Arutz Sheva:

About 13,000 people had arrived at the compound from Thursday evening to Friday afternoon. A total of about 70 thousand people are expected by Sunday.

This year the anniversary of the matriarch Rachel’s passing fell on the Sabbath, when observant Jews do not travel. Those marking the anniversary compensated by moving celebrations of her life to the days immediately before and after.

As part of the preparations for the celebrations, volunteers from the Ichud Hatzalah organization, including doctors and paramedics, were deployed starting on Thursday afternoon at Rachel’s Tomb. As of Saturday night they treated 13 people, including three who were evacuated to hospital. Most of the casualties suffered bruises and injuries as a result of the crowding in the area.

The Egged bus company, which had been providing transportation to the compound, could not handle the large number of visitors, and, as can be seen in the following video, on Saturday night tens of thousands of people began marching on foot from Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood to the compound.

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Be the Bridge Between Heaven and Earth

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

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Yishai and Malkah kick of this week’s show by talking about a recent decision by the European Union to criticize the construction of new housing units in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem.  They move on to talk about the Fleisher’s ninth anniversary of their Aliyah to the Land of Israel and end the segment by presenting a song by Mordechai Ben David and talking about recent events in the news, including Yishai talking about his experiences during his IDF reserve duty.

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Palestine Committe of Arab Lawyers Union Honors Attorney Who Murdered Children

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

It happens to be that we’re both lawyers here. And while lawyers come in for more than their fair share of criticism, it’s clear that like most professional groups, some are good, some are bad and some are just ugly. We have some observations about lawyers from that third group.

One of the world’s respected associations of lawyers has just made a special award in honour of one of its deceased members. Her career was not long. But it was not the quality of her contract drafting, her client interview technique or her appearance work before the courts that earned her the award. It’s the way she departed from the profession.

And quite an award it is – described by the association who created it as “the highest honor awarded by the Union in esteem for any lawyer in the Arab homeland” [source].

Now think for a moment before you read on. The fact that you saw the word “Arab” in that last sentence – does that change your expectation of the ethical values embodied in that award? Does it lower the bar for you (double entendre fully intended)? We hope not, because there is no acceptable reason for us to assume these lawyers, compared with lawyers from other places, should be held to a different standard. The legal profession operates globally, and lawyers and their clients are entitled to know if and when the law is being ridiculed or abused by its practitioners.

The award about which we are writing was presented in the form of a plaque to the family of Hanadi Jaradat, formerly from Jenin in the Palestinian Authority territory, “on the sweet anniversary of her martyrdom“. It’s formally signed by the chairman of the Arab Lawyers Union, Palestine Committee [source].

Here’s what the honoree did. On October 4, 2003, she walked into a restaurant called Maxim, on the seafront at the southern edge of Haifa. It was popular with both Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews and a symbol of peaceful coexistence in a city that has long had that kind of character. She exploded, and took with her 21 innocent lives including two complete family groups, among them an infant of two months.

The planners of the massacre were sentenced in an Israeli court to many life terms in prison [Haaretz report].  Incidentally Hanadi Jaradat was not a lawyer at the time, but a law student who was going to qualify as a lawyer a few weeks later [Wikipedia]. A small detail that changes nothing in this ugly story.

Killings, death, families who bask in the glory of the murders carried out by their loved ones. Nothing at all new in any of this when, as we do, you look closely at the culture of terrorism and hatred that has been the hallmark of the society living just the other side of the fence from our home.

But what’s striking in this particular tale is the connections that are involved, and the silence from those who professionally are connected with the terror-intoxicated charlatans who call themselves the Arab Lawyers Union.

First the ALU itself: the Union’s home page says it is headquartered in Cairo, with consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). It is an observer at the NY-based International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) and the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) and is accredited to several UN committees. It proudly states that it took a role in founding theArab Institute for Human Rights (AIHR), and has more than 200,000 individual lawyer members and 27 bar association members.

The good people at UNESCO might be surprised (or not) to learn what ALU actually stands for. Here is the entire description of its work that a visitor to the UNESCO site is given:

Act in the interests of the Arab Nation to achieve its national objectives; facilitate contacts between Arab lawyers; safeguard and develop legislative and judiciary language; assure the freedom of lawyers in their work and the independence of magistrates; allow all Arab lawyers to take cases in any Arab country; harmonize the conditions of the legal profession; establish and harmonize links with international legal organizations; restore the study of Muslim law as a basis for law; promote and protect human rights. [UNESCO]

So it’s all about harmonizing, facilitating, safeguarding and assuring, right? Not so fast. Here, from the Arab Lawyers Union website, is the way the ALU itself describes its mission [selected points]:

* To develop the profession of lawyer in the Arabic countries to make it a true auxiliary of justice. * Promote and protect human rights, basic freedoms and the primacy of law Struggle with the Arab Palestinian people to liberate Palestine from Zionist settlers colonialism. * Struggle against Zionism and its greed as a form of racism. * Resisting all forms of naturalization with the Zionist enemy and all projects which aim at dominating the Arab region and eradicating its identity. What do you think? Did the UNESCO people read the ALU mission statement and then decide to ignore it? Did they fail to do minimal due diligence before posting a descriptive paragraph that entirely skips the ALU’s hatred of Zionists? Will they be surprised to know where the ALU stands on the murder of children?

Hamas Releases Gilad Shalit Film

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

On the one-year anniversary of the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Hamas has released a film describing the Israeli soldier’s abduction in 2006.

According to the film, which was released on Oct. 18 on the website of the Hamas military wing, Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, Shalit thought his captors were Israeli because they had put on uniforms resembling those of the Israel Defense Forces.

The operation on June 25, 2006, was carried out at 5 a.m. because “that’s when the Zionist soldiers tended to nap,” one of the interviewees in the film said.

The armed militants who captured Shalit crawled along a 300-yard stretch to reach his tank from the mouth of the tunnel that had been dug in advance. They then split up into three detachments. One was comprised of two men, Mohammed Frauna and Hammed Rantissi, who were discovered and killed on their way to a watchtower.

Another group placed a “very large” explosive charge under the barrel of Shalit’s Merkava tank. They moved back, detonated the charge and fired an anti-tank rocket at the vehicle.

“We saw a soldier climbing up from the hull so we shot him, then another climbed up so we shot him too,” a man named Abu-Hamza said in the film. “We heard someone shouting from inside the tank. We reported that we had a live soldier we went into the tank and we took him. He shouted that he was Jewish because he thought we were Jewish because of our uniform.”

Shalit was released from captivity on Oct. 18, 2011, in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners being held by Israel.

Shimon HaTzadik…Simon the Just

Monday, October 15th, 2012

What sets us apart from most people can be summed up so easily. Did you know that Sunday was the anniversary of the death of Shimon HaTzadik? He died about 2,300 years ago, give or take, and we know who he was, who his father was, what he did in his life, and where he is buried. And yesterday hundreds of Israelis likely visited his grave.

Have you ever gone to the grave of a man who died 2,000 years ago? I can’t even begin to count how many of these I have gone to, or long to go to but can’t because of where the grave is buried. I have been to the graves of Abraham, Yitzchak (Isaac), and Yakov (Jacob). Of Sarah, Rivka (Rebecca), and Leah. I have been to the graves of Rachel and of Shimon HaTzakik.
That we know when they died and go to their graves and honor their memory tells you so much about who we are and why we are so tied to this land. If you want to understand Israel, you must understand this unshakable connection we have to our past and to the great men and women who have guided us and led us to where we are today.
I drive to my accountant – a few times a month…past the Old City walls of Jerusalem that have stood for more than 500 years, replacing the ancient ones built long ago. And I drive past places mentioned in the Bible almost every day.
In America, I went to school near General Grant’s tomb…the running joke at the time was that his wife and horse were buried there. I don’t actually know if that was a joke or if General Grant is actually buried there. We lived near Washington’s headquarters… there memories go back less than 250 years…can you imagine a history that goes back 10 times as long?
Our land is filled with such history…rich and ancient…and yet, despite this long history, we remember the details. We still mourn the exact day the Holy Temples were destroyed; we can tell you when Rachel died…when Shimon died…and quietly, because really it is between God, us, and the memory of long ago, we go and pay our respects. In a very real sense, these are our forefathers. This is our history. This is our land.
And in tying ourselves to the land and the history, we ensure our connection to the future.
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Netanyahu on Bulgaria Bombing: ‘All Signs Point to Iran’

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The attack, which Israel’s government is blaming on Iran, comes on the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires that left 85 people dead. Israel, Argentina and many other governments blame Iranian agents for that incident; Tehran denies the allegations.

“All signs point to Iran,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “In just the past few months we’ve seen Iran try to target Israelis in Thailand, India, Georgia, Cyprus and more. The murderous Iranian terror continues to target innocent people. This is a global Iranian terror onslaught and Israel will react forcefully to it.”

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak added, “This is clearly a terrorist attack initiated probably by Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad or another group under the terror auspices of either Iran or other radical Islamic groups. We are in a continual fight against them. We are determined to identify who sent them, who perpetrated [the attack], and to settle the account.”

The Lebanese-based Hezbollah, which is armed by Iran, denied responsibility for the attack, according to the website Novinite.com.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said his government “strongly condemns this aggression and terrorism.”

“Such a horrible act committed on the territory of a sovereign country, a member of the EU, is a provocation at the efforts of the democratic society towards world peace,”  Borisov said, according to the FOCUS News Agency. “I guarantee that we will investigate this incident so as to punish the perpetrators with the entire severeness of the law. I am convinced that the Bulgarian and the Israeli nations will get stronger and more united after this tragedy.”

The mayor of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, home to nearly 5,000 Jews, ordered stepped-up police patrols of areas linked to the Jewish community, according to reports.

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