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February 9, 2016 / 30 Shevat, 5776

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Swedish MP Uses Israeli PMW Data in Refuting Foreign Minister’s Defense of Abbas

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

 

(JNi.media) Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström will probably go down in history for her comment 12 hours after the Nov. 13 Paris attack: “To counteract the radicalization we must go back to the situation such as the one in the Middle East in which not at least the Palestinians see that there is no future; we must either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence.”

Much has been said since by Israelis and Jews about Wallström, and she continues to be under attack for the vast gap between her views on Middle East and terrorism issues and reality as it is perceived in the entire civilized world.

Recently, Israeli organization Palestinian Media Watch recently provided Swedish MP Kent Ekeroth (SD) information which he used in a recent debate in Swedish Parliament to document that Abbas and the two institutions he runs, the Palestinian Authority and Fatah, are promoting violence and undermining peace.

Kent Alexander Ekeroth, member of the Sweden Democrats, has been in the Riksdag since October 2010, representing Stockholm County. Ekeroth’s mother is Jewish, originally from Kazakhstan. Ekeroth is mindful of his Jewish heritage, but considers himself an atheist.

Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström defended Abbas as having made it “his mission in life to replace violence with diplomatic struggle.” To refute this claim, MP Ekeroth held up and quoted PMW reports on PA and Fatah promotion of violence and terror.

Despite the fact that FM Wallström was shown PMW’s actual, detailed findings, she denied them, exclaiming that “only the gods know” where MP Ekeroth gets his information from.

(The links below are to PMW’s original reports):

Wallström: I note that President Abbas has made it his mission in life to replace violence with diplomatic struggle to reach an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine…

Ekeroth: [Foreign Minister] Wallström says: “I’ve heard him [Abbas] denouncing [terror].” Not once in the last two months with over 20 Israelis dead, has he dissociated himself. Fatah’s official Facebook page has a picture of a knife in the back of a Jew, and the text says: “Here is Jerusalem – beware.” On Fatah’s official Twitter account, just a month ago, we see a Palestinian terrorist who plays the violin on a knife. Knives are now used daily to attack the Jews. Here’s another picture from Fatah’s Facebook account, which is controlled by Mahmoud Abbas. It is a picture of a German book from 1936, that says: “Do not trust a Jew.” This is from Oct. 29, 2015. I’m sorry, but you cannot say that Abbas is a friend of peace… Wallström and others need to understand that Abbas speaks two languages – one to gullible politicians, where he claims to speak about peace, and another to the Palestinians in which he promotes, glorifies and rewards terror…”

Wallström: Where you get your information from – only the gods know.

 

The Age of Chavez May Be Over As Venezuelan Opposition Wins in Landslide

Monday, December 7th, 2015

(JNi.media) Venezuela’s opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide on Sunday, with at least 99 seats in the next 167-seat legislature, compared to the ruling socialist party’s 46 seats. The victory may change radically the future of President Nicolás Maduro, who succeeded the late president Hugo Chávez in 2013. The change may also bring a hopeful future to the Jews of Venezuela, who have been living in fear of the populist regime. In the last 15 years more than half of the country’s Jews have left Venezuela, with the local community’s numbers dropping from about 25,000 Jews in 2,000 to only 7,000 today.

Andres Beker, a Venezuelan Jewish expatriate in the United States whose parents still live in Caracas, told the Jerusalem Post last year: “There’s less hope about the future. My parents are huge fans of Venezuela. Until last year I thought they would stay no matter what. Now, for the first time, they’re talking about Plan B: leaving Venezuela.”

President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday night acknowledged his party’s defeat — the first one for the ruling socialists in 17 years. Maduro vowed to continue the socialist policies of his mentor, Chávez, despite the country’s triple-digit inflation and two-year recession, caused by economic policies that were only feasible as long as oil prices hovered around $100 a barrel. The sharp drop in oil prices pulled the rug from under the Socialists’ feet. As the post-election night wore on, the militant Maduro softened his tone. “In Venezuela, peace and democracy must reign,” Maduro said, adding, “I’ve said we’ll take the fight to the streets, but maybe I was wrong. We can’t go where we’ve always been.”

According to the AP, some opposition voices are proposing a recall referendum to kick Maduro out of office before his term ends in 2019. They could possibly do it if it turns out they’ve won a two-thirds majority of 112 seats. There’s also talk that the outgoing majority might pass a law granting Maduro special powers to effectively reverse the election’s outcome, before the new congress is sworn in next January.

The Jewish community of Venezuela was established in the 19th century, when Sephardic Jews from the Dutch colony of Curaçao began to migrate to the Venezuelan city of Santa Ana de Coro in 1824. David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, wrote 10 years ago: “They have developed an impressive communal infrastructure built around a central umbrella organization, La Confederación de Asociaciones Israelitas de Venezuela (CAIV) … Fifteen synagogues (all but one Orthodox), and, perhaps most striking of all, a Jewish all-in-one campus, Hebraica. Combining Jewish nursery and day schools, a country club, cultural center, a verdant setting, and wide-ranging sports activities, Hebraica serves as the focus for much of the community.”

“The community is close-knit, an overwhelming majority of Jewish children attend Jewish schools, the level of participation is high, identification with Israel is intense, and intermarriage rates are low compared to the United States or Britain,” Harris continued, noting that “What is equally striking in talking with Venezuela’s Jews … is an obvious pride in being Venezuelan.”

However, as can be seen in a US State Dept. report on religious freedom in Venezuela, “in November 2004, after the assassination of well-known prosecutor Danilo Anderson, the Government used satirical comments made by journalist Orlando Urdaneta on a US television program to allude to possible Israeli participation in Anderson’s killing. The Israeli Embassy in Caracas denied any Israeli involvement in the assassination and warned that such representations by the Government were misleading. On November 29, 2004, members of the country’s investigative police searched the Hebrew Center of Caracas at the beginning of the school day as part of the Anderson investigation. Jewish community leaders expressed outrage and indicated doubt regarding the authorities’ explanation for the search. Newspaper reports suggested that rumors of Israeli involvement in the assassination might have been behind the investigation.

Putin’s Spokesman: No Idea Why Russia’s Grand Mufti Wished Israel Same Fate as Crimea

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

(JNi.media) Talgat Tadzhuddin, Chief Mufti of Russia and head of the Central Muslim Spiritual Directorate, is a crafty political animal, judging by the fact that despite having been originally appointed by the Soviet government he has managed to retain his position through the various transmutations of the post-Soviet era.

Tadzhuddin is probably the most visible Muslim clergyman in Russia, in his capacity as leader of all the Muslims in Moscow and Central Russia. As such he has lent great assistance to his president when, back in October, he declared his “resolute support for the deeply respected President Putin and his supporters in Russia’s higher echelons of power, who, in the Federation Council, have unanimously approved his proposal to allow the use of the Russian armed forces abroad, being strictly guided by the counter-terrorism principles of international law on the one hand, and on the other based on a formal aid request from the legitimate government of fraternal Syria in its fight against the united forces of chaos and terrorism.”

Which is why many in Russia wondered this week, why the Moscow Mufti told reporters, following a meeting with the president: “Regarding the question of Syria, I proposed to Vladimir Putin that he should treat Israel the way he treated Crimea, but Vladimir Vladimorovitch refused.”

According a journalist who was present at the press meeting, the room responded to Tadzhuddin with “laughter and applause.”

Apparently, someone in Israel did not think this was very funny, because the official Russian news agency TASS on Wednesday issued a short item saying the Kremlin believes that Russia’s Supreme Mufti was joking when he said that Syria and Israel should enjoy the same kind of treatment as Crimea.

“I’m unable to make any comment on this statement. Honestly, I have no idea what he had in mind,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media. “Apparently, that was some kind of joke by the Supreme Mufti. It could’ve been nothing but a joke,” Peskov said.

Ambassador: Germany Strongly Opposes Boycott of Israeli Products

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

(JNi.media) German new ambassador to Israel Clemens Von Goetze, his country’s former Foreign Ministry’s political director, told Israel Radio on Wednesday that Germany strongly opposes any kind of boycott of Israeli products. According to Von Goetze, the EU’s initiative to mark products originating in the settlements is merely a technical step.

Israel is anticipating a decision by the EU in the next few days on guidelines for member states to begin labeling goods from the settlements to differentiate them from products made inside Israel’s 1949 armistice border.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Tuesday at a press conference at the Barkan industrial Park in Judea and Samaria that the move to mark products from the Jewish Settlements is part of a clear process of delegitimizing the State of Israel. “Whoever is trying to boycott certain regions of Israel is basically boycotting the state itself and creating delegitimization of the state,” she said. “When you boycott Judea and Samaria,” she added, “you eventually boycott Tel Aviv.”

Meanwhile, Knesset Member Tzipi Livni (Zionist Camp) criticized the government’s conduct regarding the European Union’s initiative to mark products manufactured beyond the green line, telling Israel Radio that she opposes the European initiative, but the government does not know how to deal with this challenge.

According to the Financial Times, many UK supermarkets introduced settlement labeling in 2009, and already mark products from farms in the region “West Bank (Israeli settlement)” and “West Bank (Palestinian product)” respectively. Denmark and Belgium follow similar guidelines.

Also according to the Financial Times, Israeli farmers in the Jordan Valley have shifted their sales to Russia, the US and Canada, and don’t bother being treated as second class vendors in Europe. Russia, which gets more of its food from outside the EU since the start of sanctions over the Ukraine conflict, has been a particularly welcome buyer in Judea and Samaria.

Netanyahu Attacks Deniers of Mufti-Holocaust Links

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu preceded his flight to Germany Wednesday for a meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel with by rejecting criticism of his remarks last night that linked Mufti al-Husseini with the Holocaust.

Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog, his cohorts on Israel Radio’s Kol Yisrael (Reshet Bet) and the Palestinian Authority were all over the Prime Minister Wednesday morning, accusing him of re-writing history and inciting Arabs.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s comments on the Mufti during his speech to the World Jewish Congress were perfectly timed, giving him ammunition to carry with him when talking with Merkel about Palestinian Authority incitement.

He rejected criticism that his comments implied that Hitler was not responsible for the slaughter of 6 million Jews, and he explained:

It is absurd. I had no intention to absolve Hitler of responsibility for his diabolical destruction of European Jewry. Hitler was responsible for the Final Solution to exterminate six million Jews. He made the decision.

It is equally absurd to ignore the role played by the Mufti, Haj Amin al -Husseini, a war criminal, for encouraging and urging Hitler, Ribbentropp, Himmler and others, to exterminate European Jewry. There is much evidence about this, including the testimony of Eichmann’s deputy at the Nuremberg trials, not now, but after World War II. He said:

He replied to Arab criticism that he false accused the Mufti of advising Hitler to burn Jews and said:

There is much evidence about this, including the testimony of Eichmann’s deputy at the Nuremberg trials, not now, but after World War II. He said:

‘The Mufti was instrumental in the decision to exterminate the Jews of Europe. The importance of his role must not be ignored. The Mufti repeatedly proposed to the authorities, primarily Hitler, Ribbentropp and Himmler, to exterminate the Jews of Europe. He considered it a suitable solution for the Palestinian question’.

Eichmann’s deputy, added:

‘The Mufti was one of the instigators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and was a partner and adviser to Eichmann and Hitler for carrying out this plan’.

He reminded listeners that “Haj Amin al-Husseini is still a revered figure in Palestinian society. He appears in textbooks and it is taught that he is one of the founding fathers of the nation, and this incitement that started then with him, inciting the murder of Jews – continues.

Jews Accused of Exacerbating Financial Crisis in Greece

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Anti-Semitism is still alive and kicking in Greece.

Two prominent leaders of the Greek business community have accused a prominent Greek-Israeli businessman and the head of the American Jewish Committee of promoting a law that would lead to Greek layoffs while benefitting Israeli pharmaceutical firms.

Dimitris Giannakopoulos, a leader in the Greek pharmaceutical industry, and MP Nikos Nikolopoulos of the right-wing Independent Greeks party, accused ADL board member Sabby Mionis of exacerbating the financial crisis in Greece. They leveled the same charge against the head of the AJC.

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt joined the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece in condemning the remarks, made on October 14, saying they “allude to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that Jews benefit at the expense of others.

“We know from our repeated polling in Greece that anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are believed by wide swathes of the Greek public,” Greenblatt said. “When asked whether Jews have too much power in the business world, nine out of ten Greeks agreed.

“Anti-Semitic statements in parliament and by Greek members of parliament must always be repudiated by Greek leaders if any progress is to be made against the prevalence of anti-Semitic attitudes in Greek society,” he said. “Sabby Mionis was similarly targeted two years ago without any official reaction. Last month, we appreciated Prime Minister Aexis Tsipras’s prompt removal from his government of a junior minister for anti-Semitic statements, but such acts should be the norm and not the exception.”

In the recent ADL Global 100 poll on anti-Semitic attitudes in Europe, 67 percent of those surveyed in Greece were found to harbor anti-Semitic attitudes.

State Dept. Reports Growing Anti-Semitism a ‘Global Problem’

Friday, October 16th, 2015

The U.S. State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom this week describes that anti-Semitism continues “to be a major problem around the globe with increases in anti-Semitic incidents recorded in many countries.”

In particular, European countries such as France and Germany have experienced a rise in anti-Israel sentiment that often crossed over into anti-Semitism during the summer of 2014.

According to the report, there has been a 101-percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in France, including “numerous cases of physical violence against the Jewish community where individuals were targeted and beaten and synagogues were fire bombed.”

The report, citing a positive response to the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, said.

After the February 14-15 terrorist attacks in Denmark that killed a guard outside a synagogue and a filmmaker at a free speech event, thousands of people of different faiths formed a human ring outside the synagogue in Copenhagen to ‘send a powerful statement’ that ‘Jews should be able to have their religion in peace.’

Swedes and Norwegians also formed a human ring around their capitals’ main synagogues in an inter-faith show of support.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/state-dept-reports-growing-anti-semitism-a-global-problem/2015/10/16/

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