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June 27, 2016 / 21 Sivan, 5776

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Israeli Labour Party Ponders Cutting Ties to British Labour Over Anti-Semitism

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

By Jesse Lempel/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – The Israeli Labour Party is considering cutting ties to its British counterpart amid an ongoing wave of British Labour officials dismissed due to anti-Semitic comments, including remarks advocating the deportation of Israel’s Jews and claims that Hitler supported Zionism.

MK Isaac Herzog, head of Israel’s Labour Party and Opposition leader, told Channel 10 News on Monday that he is “considering suspending relations” with British Labour and that “it’s possible there may be no other resort.” Herzog went on to explain that the majority of British Labour rejects these anti-Semitic views, which are held by “only a small and loud minority.”

Herzog’s announcement follows a letter by Labour MK Nachman Shai calling on Herzog to promptly sever ties with British Labour under its current chairman, Jeremy Corbyn.

“There is a toxic atmosphere of hatred and fanaticism in British Labour,” Shai wrote. “It is no longer a sister Party with which we can have close relations and coordinate policy.”

“When one of the Labour leaders creates a twisted connection between Adolf Hitler and Zionism this is no longer a warning sign – this is a moral collapse that requires immediate and unequivocal action,” Amir Peretz, another Israeli Labour MK and former Party chairman, wrote on his Facebook page.

Peretz was referring to comments made by former London Mayor and Labour Member Ken Livingstone last week, arguing that Adolf Hitler supported Zionism because he wanted to deport German Jews. Livingstone was suspended from Labour following the remarks, and the Party has said it will investigate anti-Semitism in its ranks.

Three more British Labour officials were suspended on Monday for anti-Semitic comments they had posted to Facebook, including comments referring to Israel “drinking Gaza blood” and accusing Israel of orchestrating last year’s ISIS terror attacks in Paris as punishment for a French UN vote in support of the Palestinians.

The scandal in British Labour comes at a sensitive time, with important local elections coming up in England on Thursday—including a contentious and racially-charged race for London mayor—which coincides with Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Herzog sent a letter to British Labour head Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday inviting him to bring a delegation to visit Israel’s Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem. “While Ken Livingstone is surely anti-Semitic beyond repair,” Herzog wrote, “I’m sure there remain many Labour Party activists with a willingness to engage and better understand the scourge of anti-Semitism.”

“Yad Vashem is open to all visitors,” said Simmy Allen, Yad Vashem’s director of international communications, in an interview with Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “Our vast resources are at the disposal of anyone who would like to learn about the Holocaust and experience a visit to Yad Vashem.”

It appears unlikely, however, that Corbyn will take Herzog up on the offer, leading Israeli Labour members to openly ponder whether they must dissociate from their British counterpart.

“With sister Parties like this, who needs enemies?” tweeted Itzik Shmuli, a Knesset member with the Labour Party.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Kahlon: Half-Billion Shekels to Go to Holocaust Survivors and Elderly

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

By Joshua B. Dermer/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced plans on Monday to increase annual financial support for Holocaust survivors and elderly welfare recipients by a half-billion shekels (US$133 million) in advance of the country’s Holocaust Remembrance Day this week.

“Unfortunately, previous Israeli governments have not done enough on behalf of Holocaust survivors…the program is focused on pushing elderly Holocaust survivors over the poverty line,” Kahlon said during the annual Knesset event celebrating the defeat of Nazi Germany. “In addition, there has not been enough done for the economically-disadvantaged elderly population—increasing their benefits was one of our conditions for entering the government.”

The new plans will benefit 60,000 survivors living below the poverty line and will add 350 million shekels (nearly US$1 million) earmarked for elderly welfare recipients.

“Two days from now, on Wednesday, we will enter Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), as we do every year,” Kahlon said. “As the years pass, we see a decrease in the number of Holocaust survivors in Israel. However, what is not decreasing is our desire to listen to their stories, which are an inseparable part of the country’s founding, as well as our desire to enable them to grow old with dignity”

Government funds towards survivors have increased in recent years, according to Aviv for Holocaust Survivors, an NGO dedicated to informing the Israeli survivor population of updates regarding grant allocation and changes in government policy.

“We believe that in 2016 there are not supposed to be any poor survivors—this is the last opportunity to help Holocaust survivors and that’s why everyone is trying to help,” said Aviva Silverman, CEO and founder of the organization, in an interview with Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “It’s hard to say what impact and influence the project will have, but we truly embrace and treasure every and any kind of support and change. Any benefit given is a blessing.”

The median age of survivors in Israel is 82, Silverman said, and many survivors need assistance in understanding and applying for these benefits.

“The main problem is that because there are so many changes and announcements, the Holocaust survivors are not aware of many of the benefits they can enjoy,” Silverman told TPS. “Our job is to inform them and help them apply for these benefits.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

German Museum Displays Small Scale Expressions of Racial Hatred

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

If you’re concerned about a repeat performance by the German nation of the events of the first half of the 20th Century, you may wish to visit a new exhibition at the German Historical Museum, featuring some 600 stickers and replicas, racist and anti-racist, from 1880 to the present day.

It turns out Germans continue to harbor very ugly feelings about people and things that are not German, and that they prefer their bigotry small and intimate, away from the lime lights.

The exhibition, titled “Sticky Messages — Anti-Semitic and racist stickers from 1880 to the present,” shows adhesive notes, trading cards and pictures, letter sealers and stickers from the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the reign of Nazism and on into the present day in their respective context. “Sticky Messages” tells of a social practice of misanthropic prejudices and recounts at the same time the history of fighting against antisemitic and racist stereotypes.

A sticker from around 2011 reads: "Cult of Guilt: Holocaust - I can't hear it anymore!" / Photo credit: Deutsches Historisches Museum

A sticker from around 2011 reads: “Cult of Guilt: Holocaust – I can’t hear it anymore!” / Photo credit: Deutsches Historisches Museum

“They are familiar to everyone and can be found sticking everywhere: on street signs, letter boxes, in underground stations, in children’s rooms, in love letters,” explains the exhibition’s flyer. “Stickers and adhesive labels, also known as sticky notes, have been around on a massive scale since the late 19th century: a small format that is zealously disseminated in public places, privately collected and often traded. Stickers have been used since the beginning as an inexpensive way of popularizing worldviews. Collector cards and albums helped to spread and reinforce racist ideas of inequality and superiority and to bring them into people’s private lives. Stickers with anti-Jewish pictures and slogans have always been extremely popular with anti-Semites. But Jewish organizations soon learned to fight back against these slanderous attacks and publicly combated the anti-Semitic propaganda. Even today stickers are used for political agitation. Stickers like ‘Refugees welcome’ or ‘Nein zum Heim’ – short for saying ‘we don’t want any refugees living here’ – serve to signal acceptance, to polarize or to intimidate people.”

A sticker from around 1900 reads: "Away with Juda! - The Jews are Germany's disaster." / Photo credit: Deutsches Historisches Museum

A sticker from around 1900 reads: “Away with Juda! – The Jews are Germany’s disaster.” / Photo credit: Deutsches Historisches Museum

STICKY MESSAGES
Anti-Semitic and racist stickers from 1880 to the present
April 20 to July 31, 2016
An exhibition of the Center for Research on Antisemitism at Technische Universität Berlin and the Deutsches Historisches Museum.

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Facebook Bans Aussie User 3 Days for Slamming Anti-Semitism

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

An Australian gym named “IDF Training” was temporarily banned from Facebook after the owner “shared” an anti-Semitic post that had been sent to him, and added the hashtag #saynotoracism.

The anti-Semitic post called gym owner Avi Yemini a “pig f**ker” and added “Australia is against israel (sic).”

Apparently someone with whom the post was “shared” did not appreciate the comment, but instead of aiming his disgust at the anti-Semitic goon who wrote it, the anonymous user reported Yemini for posting offensive material.

Facebook suspended Yemini’s account for three days for violation of terms of service.

“I’ve spoken to Facebook explaining that it was in fact his vile message that was in breach of their terms, and that I couldn’t believe that not only are they siding with the racist user, they are penalizing an advocate for understanding and tolerance,” he said.

Yemini is an IDF veteran who served in the Golani Brigade. He now encourages his Melbourne gym members to join the IDF as he teaches “krav maga” – the hand-to-hand combat skills he learned as a recruit. “This is AUTHENTIC Krav Maga,” he writes on his Facebook page. “We train for the worst possible situations, safely and realistically. Don’t be fooled by fakes.”

Hana Levi Julian

Congressional Hearing on European Anti-Semitism to Address Post-Brussels Attack Threats

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

In the wake of the recent terrorist bombings in Brussels and threats of violence against European Jewish communities from ISIS, a congressional hearing on what needs to be done by law enforcement agencies to anticipate and prevent future attacks will be conducted on Tuesday by Congressman Chris Smith (Rep-NJ), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE).

“Anticipating and Preventing Deadly Attacks on European Jewish Communities” is the title of the hearing to be held by the CSCE, also known as the United States Helsinki Commission, on Capitol Hill.

Violent anti-Semitic attacks doubled in some European countries between 2013 and 2014—in some others they quadrupled—and remained high in 2015. ISIS has instructed its followers to prioritize targeting European Jewish sites and killing European Jewish people. The terrorists who attacked the Jewish Museum of Belgium, Great Synagogue in Copenhagen, and kosher supermarket in Paris, all claimed ISIS allegiance. Other Islamist terrorist groups are similarly committed and Neo-Nazis, fringe nationalists, and people across the religious and ideological spectrum have committed violence against European Jewish communities.

The hearing will also focus on lessons from the partnerships between Jewish communities and law enforcement agencies that can help counter terrorism and improve security in European countries more broadly.

The committee has invited the following witnesses:

Rabbi Andrew Baker, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office on Combating Anti-Semitism, and Director of International Jewish Affairs, American Jewish Committee.

Jonathan Biermann, Executive Director, crisis cell for the Belgian Jewish community.

John Farmer, Director, Faith-Based Communities Security Program, Rutgers University.

Paul Goldenberg, National Director, Secure Community Network.

Smith has represented NJ’s 4th Congressional district since 1981. The district includes the counties of Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean. Smith is a social conservative, a Roman Catholic and a Reagan Democrat who switched from the Democratic to the Republican party in 1978.

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The Beginning Of Anti-Semitism

Friday, April 15th, 2016

The story of the Bnei Yisrael in Mitzrayim is a tale that has become tragically repetitive in the history of our people. It is the story of a land which allows Jews to enter, and sees them devote their talents and energies to building that land and making it strong, only to see the ungrateful inhabitants turn on them through jealousy and greed.

In reality, the story of Mitzrayim is the story of Spain, the story of Poland, the story of Germany. In each of these lands the Jews came to a backward, depressed land and helped it to rise to world power only to be rewarded for their efforts with cruelty and murder.

The Death Of Yosef

Following the death of the great Yosef, who single-handedly raised Mitzrayim to the rank of the world’s greatest power, all the Egyptians mourned the loss of their great leader. But, even as they mourned, a secret meeting was being held in the chambers of the king.

Gathered there were Pharaoh and his advisors and magicians to discuss the implications that might result from the death of Yosef.

“This is a dangerous moment for us,” said the king. “Bnei Yisrael may now decide to return to the land of Canaan, and we will then lose a brilliant and talented people who have made us great.”

“The words of the great Pharaoh are true,” replied the magicians, “but we feel that we have a solution which will keep them here.

“We have heard that right before his death, Yosef made his brothers swear that they would not leave this land unless they took his bones with them.

“We suggest, therefore, that a simple plan be implemented. If it please the king, let a great lead coffin be made, weighing 500 measures of gold, and have the body of Yosef placed therein. Then have the coffin placed in the Nile River where they will never find it.

“Or, if the king prefers, let the body of Yosef be buried in the royal vaults and let there be built statues of ferocious dogs made from gold. With our magic we will give these dogs life so that they will prevent any stranger from approaching the vaults.

“With either of these two plans you can keep the Children of Israel in Egypt forever.”

Pharaoh listened with approval to the words of his advisors and exclaimed:

“Excellent! Your words please me greatly, and I prefer that the first suggestion be adopted. Let a great coffin be built and place the body of Yosef therein, then have the coffin thrown into the River Nile. I choose this plan rather than the other one because from it we will have a double benefit. The Nile will be blessed with the body of the great man in it and secondly, the brothers of Yosef will never be able to find it.”

 

Yosef’s Wealth

After the Egyptians cast Yosef’s coffin into the Nile, Pharaoh ordered that all the wealth of Yosef he brought to him.

Looking over the vast amounts of gold, silver and diamonds, the king suddenly noticed a magnificent staff made of superb, precious stone. Never had he seen such a beautiful thing in this life.

“Quickly,” he ordered his servants, “take this magnificent staff and place it in my royal treasury and guard it with your lives. Never have I seen anything comparable to it.”

Pharaoh did not know it, but this was the staff that had been created by the Almighty on the sixth day of creation, toward evening. It had inscribed on it the first letters of the 10 plagues, d’tsach-adash-b’achav, a hint of the blows that were to fall on the land of Egypt for its treatment of Bnei Yisrael.

This staff had been given by Hakadosh Baruch Hu to Adam, who gave it to Chanoch who handed it down to Noach, who passed it on to Avraham, who gave it to Yitzchak, who gave it to Yaakov, who finally turned it over to Yosef.

Pharaoh’s servants did as they were told and placed the staff in the treasures of the king. One day, however, Yisro, the priest of Midian, who was one of Pharaoh’s advisors, was walking about the palace and saw this magnificent staff.

He, too, was fascinated by the beauty of the staff, and seeing that it was momentarily unguarded, he took it for himself.

Bringing it home, he placed it in the middle of his garden. From that day on, no man could approach the stick, and anyone who tried was swallowed alive. There the staff remained until Moses came and took it.

The Beginning Of The End

With the death of Yosef and the passing of all his brothers and their generation, the Jews began to throw off the yoke of G-d as they grew fatter and richer.

“Let us go in the way of the people of the land,” they said. “Why should we be different? Let us refrain from circumcising our children in order that we be similar to them and more acceptable in their eyes.”

So speaking, they began their march to assimilation. But the Almighty saw this and grew angry.

“Because the Children of Israel have abrogated my treaty,” He said, “I will do away with the love and the friendship of the Egyptians toward them.”

And so it happened. As Bnei Yisrael mingled more and more with the Egyptians, they eagerly learned their ways and their customs. They filled the circuses and the theaters

until they outnumbered the Egyptians.

Slowly, the Egyptians’ love turned to hate as they saw the strong competition coming from the Children of Israel. Going to Pharaoh, they cried:

“We are becoming choked by the presence of these Hebrews, these strangers in our midst. Do something for us, O Pharaoh.”

Hearing this, Pharaoh ordered the Jewish leaders to come to him and he said:

“I hereby order you to cease competing with and annoying my people. Keep yourselves away from them and do not enter their areas.”

From that day on the Jews were doomed in the land of Egypt. The Egyptians began to embitter their lives; they confiscated their fields and the vineyards they had worked so long to obtain. The handwriting was on the wall.

Rabbi Sholom Klass

Rejuvenation: The Truth about Zion Shall Come Forth From … Chicago? [audio]

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Can Israel win the media war being waged against her? Non Profit professional Fern Baker is the incoming Vice President of Development of the Haym Salomon Center, a news and public policy group focusing on getting the true facts out about the Middle East. Why is she so highly regarded in the world of journalists and analysts of Israel and anti-Semitism? She talks with Eve Harow on the latest ‘Rejuvenation’.

The Land of Israel

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