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May 24, 2016 / 16 Iyar, 5776

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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

‘Stab the Jew’ [video]

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

The latest children’s game in Palestinian Authority controlled areas.

That’s it. No hope for this generation.

Video of the Day

Those That Condemn Israel [audio]

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

An important show to hear! Good News/Bad News. Tamar shares with you personal good news, and national bad news. Also, how to cut through the ‘spin’, lies, distortions, and twisting of the news and narratives regarding Israel by her enemies.

Afterwards, Shifra Hoffman joins Tamar for a short piece on the detention of Meir Ettinger and the urgent need for aliyah (Jews to move to Israel).

For more amazing programming, visit www.IsraelNewsTalkRadio.com

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The Year in US On-Campus Anti-Semitism: 302 Acts at 109 Schools in 28 States

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

(JNi.media) The AMCHA Initiative on Tuesday unveiled a database that chronicles anti-Semitic incidents that occurred over the past academic year by state and university, to be used as a resource by current and prospective students, parents, university administrators, elected officials, researchers, and donors.

The incidents are organized into three categories: Targeting Jewish Students and Staff; Anti-Semitic Expression; and Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Activity. Each act is further classified under the 10 recognized forms of anti-Semitic behavior. In addition, AMCHA announced a dynamic, 2016 incident tracker that will be updated in real-time.

“Sadly, anti-Semitism continues to plague our nation’s schools,” said Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA cofounder and director. “We hope … cataloging such anti-Semitic incidents should serve as an important wake up call to university leaders and elected officials.”

“Anti-Semitism, what many of us thought only a decade or so ago was a sad part of our history, continues to rear its ugly head on campuses from coast to coast,” said Leila Beckwith, AMCHA cofounder and UCLA emeritus professor. “What those of us that monitor cases on a regular basis know is today’s anti-Semitism not only includes swastikas and historical anti-Jewish slang. Today’s anti-Semitism is often cloaked in anti-Israel behaviors and demonstrations that in truth seek to deny Jews, alone of all ethnic groups, the right to self-determination, and blame the only Jewish state for all evil in the world and spew lies and hatred about the Jewish people and the Jewish state. Universities must adopt accurate definitions of anti-Semitism so that students understand when political debate crosses the line into blatant anti-Semitism.”

Here are a few examples of the 302 incidents from 2015 that took place at 109 schools in 28 states:
Brooklyn College: “Jews – the root of all evil” was scrawled on a wall in the library.
Clark University, Cleveland State University, Framingham State University, George Washington University, John Jay College, Montclair State University, Rowan University, SUNY Purchase, Tufts, UC Berkeley, University of Maryland, University of Missouri, Valdosta State University, Vanderbilt, Western New Mexico State University: Swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs were scrawled on school buildings and property.
Columbia University: Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) was one of 10 local SJP chapters endorsing an advertisement for a rally that contained several classic and contemporary anti-Semitic tropes including that the administration’s ties to Israel were responsible for tuition hikes.
Delaware Valley College: Female student athlete tweeted, “Can I kill all the [expletive deleted] Jews in Lakewood pleeeasse?!?!!”
Drexel University: A swastika and “Jew” was found written near an Israeli flag.
Farleigh Dickinson University: A swastika was drawn outside Hillel Director Rabbi Ely Allen’s office.
Hunter College: “Zionists out of CUNY” and “Long live the Intifada” was chanted during a rally protesting tuition hikes.
Indiana University: Thirty members of the Traditionalist Youth Network marched on campus holding anti-Semitic signs and wearing Nazi memorabilia.
Medgar Evers College: An Orthodox Jewish student was punched in the face and told “Leave the school, you Jew.”
Miami University Ohio: Two students wrote anti-Semitic graffiti on a dormitory hallway.
Northeastern University: Following a divisive divestment vote, a mezuzah was vandalized and multiple swastikas were drawn on school property.
Northwestern University: Following an active and vocal divestment effort, multiple swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti were found in four different locations on campus over a three-month-period.  During that same time a Jewish student reported being targeted and harassed at an SJP “Israel Apartheid Week” event and filed a bias incident report.
Pace University: A student’s Snapchat account featured the University’s football captain giving the Nazi salute.
San Diego State University: Convicted terrorist Rasmeah Odeh was the keynote speaker at a national SJP conference at SDSU promoting the anti-Semitic BDS movement.
Towson University: A Jewish star with a cross through it, “Hitler was right,” and “With Jews you lose” were scrawled on campus.
UC Berkeley: “Zionists should be sent to the gas chamber” found etched on school property.
UC Davis: A Jewish fraternity was defaced with swastikas the day after a contentious divestment vote; “grout out the Jews” was etched into the Hillel house; and vandals carved swastikas and “F**k the Jews” into cars and slashed tires on campus.
UC Irvine: An Anteaters for Israel I-Fest event was disrupted by anti-Israel protesters who chanted loudly to drown out the event and physically blocked a walkway.  The civil rights of Jewish students who wanted to gather peacefully were violated.
UCLA: A UCLA student and employee posted anti-Semitic comments on social media including, “F**king Jews. GTFOH with all your Zionist bullshit. Crazy ass f**king troglodyte albino monsters of cultural destruction. F**king Jews. GTFOH with your whiny bullshit. Give the Palestinians back their land, go back to Poland or whatever freezer-state you’re from, and realize that faith does not constitute race.”
UC Santa Cruz: SJP set up mock checkpoints on campus insisting that students show ID cards before entering the library.  The event demonized Israel and Jewish students reported feeling targeted and harassed.
University of Central Florida: A rash of anti-Semitic posters swept through campus over a period of a week. One had a Star of David and the words “1%” and “Bankers” underneath, a second had a swastika on a flag with a message calling for an Israel boycott and others contained the phrases “Muh Holocaust” and “Truth is Treason In the empire of lies.”
University of Chicago: Threatening anti-Semitic comments were posted on Yik Yak including, “Gas them, burn them and dismantle their power structure.  Humanity cannot progress with the parasitic Jew.”
University of Illinois Champaign Urbana: A large menorah outside the Chabad House was knocked over twice.
University of Oregon: A male yelled anti-Semitic slurs at a Jewish student and threatened to assault him with a firearm.

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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.

 

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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.

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