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July 26, 2016 / 20 Tammuz, 5776

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Brazil Arrests Terror Cell Linked to ISIS

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Security personnel in Brazil have arrested 12 suspects in connection with their alleged pledge of allegiance to the Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization via social media.

The cell also reportedly discussed the use of weapons, guerrilla tactics and possible attacks during the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to a report Thursday by ABC News.

Brazil’s Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes told reporters in Brasilia, the nation’s capital, that one of the suspects is a minor.

“They were complete amateurs and ill-prepared” to actually pursue their goals, he added, noting that the suspects had said a few days prior “they should start practicing martial arts, for example.”

But even disorganized groups — for example, the suspects in this group were arrested in 10 different states, including Sao Paulo, and had not yet specified a target — needed to be taken seriously, Moraes said.

Brazil has raised security in the country to “a higher level” due to concerns over terrorism following the attack in the southern French city of Nice.

The Olympic Games begin August 5.

Hana Levi Julian

Chabad Creates Jewish Welcome Centers for Brazil Summer Olympics in Rio

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries have spent months working on preparations for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The Chassidic Jewish group is just about ready to greet the tens of thousands of Jews who are expected to be among the hundreds of thousands of people flocking to Brazil for the competition.

There will be three separate Jewish welcome centers to greet some of the 40,000 Jews expected to arrive for the games. At least 10,000 of those spectators and competitors are believed to be Israeli.

The centers will be staffed by four rabbinical students from New York, according to Chabad.org, among a total of 12 rabbinical students in Rio for the games.

The students speak numerous languages — English, Hebrew, Spanish, French and Russian — to make it easier to communicate with all the Jewish visitors expected to stream into Rio.

Anyone looking for kosher food, a minyan or help with the language can head to one of these three welcome centers to ask for assistance. The storefront on Av. Nossa Sra. de Copacabana.581.Ioja 3 will be manned by Chabad-Lubavitch of Rio, according to Rabbi Ilan Stiefelmann, right in the center of Copacabana. There will also be one at Chabad Rio’s main center in the Leblon neighborhood and a third at the Chabad center led by Rabbi Yosef Simonowits in Barra da Tijuca, in the Rio neighborhood to the newly constructed Olympic stadium, where most of the sporting events will take place.

All three centers will be stocked with kosher food, tefillin, and prayer materials. On Shabbat there will be special food, including wine and challah, as well.

Rabbi Yehoshua Goldman, co-director of Chabad of Rio told Chabad.org that representatives of Israel’s Paralympics team already called his office this past February. As a result, his synagogue — Beit Lubavitch Rio De Janeiro — will host an official Shabbat program for the team, including accommodations for the observant athletes and staff.

Goldman and colleague Rabbi Eliyahu Haber were also appointed by the Brazilian Olympic Committee as two of the three Jewish chaplains to the 2016 Summer Games. They have already ensured the Jewish room at the Olympic Village will be staffed by rabbinical students and stocked as well as the three Chabad welcome centers.

Although the Brazilian Olympics Committee has reportedly supported the rabbis in their application for a kosher food concession stand at the Olympic Stadium, however, permission has not yet been granted by the International Olympic Committee.

Hana Levi Julian

Brazil Suspends President who Blocked Dani Dayan’s Appointment

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Brazil’s Senate on Thursday morning voted to impeach and suspend President Dilma Rousseff, who will now face a trial for the 2014 illegal manipulation of the country’s finances in order to conceal the burgeoning deficit ahead of the elections. The Senate voted to suspend Rousseff by a 55 to 22 majority, in a 20-hour session that lasted through the night. Rousseff’s Vice-President Michel Temer will replace her a president during her trial. It is expected that the trial will last about six months, which will preventing the disgraced Rousseff from presiding over the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which start on 5 August.

And, speaking of blocking, Rousseff has gained much negative press in Israel when she chose, on the advice of Israeli Arab MKs and Labour MK Tzipi Livni, to refuse the accreditation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s choice for Israel’s ambassador to Brazil, Dani Dayan, because the latter resides in Judea and Samaria.

Back in January, Dayan tweeted bitterly, “14 MKs labored indefatigably against my appointment in Brazil: 13 Joint Arab List members and one Tzipi Livni.” The snub was an unprecedented show of rudeness on the part of the leftwing Brazilian president, who may now be facing her own change of legal residence.

MK Yousef Jabareen (Joint Arab List) met with the Brazilian ambassador in Israel and delivered a personal message to President Rousseff: “I told the ambassador we represent about one fifth of the citizens of the state who object to the appointment,” he told Ma’ariv.

The PA former minister Saeb Erekat told a Brazilian paper that accepting Dayan would mean Brazil cooperates with apartheid and colonizing. Erekat said “Dayan is an illegal settler, whose job is to justify the criminal colonizing of Palestine by Israel.”

But, judging by his tweet, Dani Dayan did not begrudge Erekat or the Arab MKs their objections, although it should raise eyebrows when the loyal opposition is advocating with a foreign power to obstruct the government’s foreign policy. Dani Dayan was bitter and hurting over what he knew to be Tzipi Livni’s working behind the scenes to torpedo his appointment.

Livni justified President Rousseff’s rejection of Dayan, saying it wasn’t personal but an expression of the Brazilians’ rejection of Israel’s settlements policy. Dayan suspects that Livni went out of her way to convince the Brazilians to stand firm in their humiliating rejection of an official foreign dignitary. Livni was ousted by Netanyahu when, as his chief peace negotiator, she pursued unauthorized meetings with the PA delegation.

Rousseff, who became president in January 2011 and began a second term in 2015, has called her impeachment a “coup,” and made a last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court to stop it — but was rejected.

This is also the end of the 13-year rule of Brazil’s Workers’ Party.

JNi.Media

First Ever Passover Haggadah Written by Anousim for Anousim Published in Brazil

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

(Sunday, March 27, 2016) – For the first time ever, Anousim, the descendants of forcibly-converted Spanish and Portuguese Jewish communities, have published their own Passover Hagada. The Brazilian community of descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jews published the first ever Passover Hagada titled A Hagadá de Pêssach do Sertão for other Anousim in Hebrew, Portuguese and Portuguese transliteration.

“A self-aware, self-reliant and active community is vitally important for Jewish continuity,” said Ilana Kohler, editor of the Hagada. “As the descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jews in Brazil are struggling to establish their own communities and live an open and full Jewish life, not forgetting their origins, this Hagada is an important step towards not depending on other publications most of which do not follow the traditions of our ancestors.”

“The illustrations also provide a taste of our country, with traditional Brazilian northeast relief painting, typical for the area of Sertão, a region of Northeast Brazil, where many Anousim settled.”

The Hagada includes many traditional Passover songs in Ladino, and follows the tradition of the Portuguese Amsterdam Hagadot, and was edited and produced by members of the Recife Sephardic Association. Recife is famous for having the first synagogue of the Americas and home to many descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jews forced to convert to Catholicism during the Inquisition. The Hagada is illustrated with traditional Brazilian relief printing art.

Ashley Perry (Perez), President of Reconectar, an organization whose goal is to reconnect the Anousim with the Jewish world, and assisted with the project, also spoke about the significance of the Hagada.

“This Hagada is more than just a book that will be used by many Anousim on Pesach,” Perry said. “It is also representative of a massive awakening and self-sufficiency among Anousim who are keen to return to the traditions of their ancestors.”

“The traditions of their ancestors are alive and well in the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish tradition and it is very exciting for both our communities to reconnect with their roots. The Twenty-First Century is providing both the millions of Anousim and the Jewish world with an unprecedented opportunity to reconnect in a way impossible in previous generations and we dare not miss this opportunity. This is what we are trying to achieve at Reconectar and this Hagada is a testament to the exciting possibilities that lie ahead.”

Jewish Press Staff

Dani Dayan to be Israeli Consul General in New York, Not Ambassador to Brazil

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Former Yesha Council head Dani Dayan is being promoted after months of resistance from the government of Brazil, which has avoided accepting his appointment as Israel’s new ambassador.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday instead that he has appointed Dayan, 59, as Israel’s new Consul General in New York – an appointment that Dayan preferred as first choice.

Dayan’s knowledge of Spanish will be extremely helpful in his new position; New York is home to a huge Spanish-speaking population. Born in Argentina, he is a businessman with an MBA in finance.

Dayan will replace Ido Aharoni, a long-time Foreign Ministry official, this summer. Dayan was called the settlers’ “foreign minister” for his ability to present the views of Jewish residents living in Judea and Samaria to those with no knowledge of the area. He lives in Ma’ale Shomron, a community about nine miles from Kfar Saba.

“Those who don’t want me in Brazilia, will get me in the capital of the world and to me that is a victory,” Dayan said on Monday at the Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth anti-BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) conference.

Last August, Brazil’s President Dilma Roussett had passed a message to Israel that she was uncomfortable with Dayan’s appointment due to his ties with the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Roussett was being pressured by the BDS movement via 40 prominent organizations in Brazil, who signed a petition calling on her to decline the appointment. The petition – and protests joined by several Brazilian lawmakers – claimed Dayan’s appointment as ambassador was a violation of international legitimacy and a challenge to the sovereignty of Brazil.

Israel has worked hard to improve and maintain good relations with Brazil. Since the country is the largest in South America, it was important to find a diplomatic solution to the dilemma, but not to cave to the BDS pressure while preserving Dayan’s status.

“I believe I can revolutionize Israeli public relations in the US, whose beating heart is in New York,” Dayan said.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Government Pledges To Invest Over One Million Shekels in Encouraging Brazilian Aliyah

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

The Israeli government has committed to investing more than NIS 1 million in boosting efforts to encourage Jews from Brazil to move to Israel. Only 191 Brazilian Jews moved to Israel last year while 750 of them are expected to arrive by the end of 2016. Brazilian Olim form the seventh largest group of immigrants to Israel.

The Knesset Committee for Aliyah and Absorption announced on Monday evening, February 22 that NIS 1,180,000 will be spent on a variety of programs and initiatives aimed at addressing common problems that Brazilians face after having immigrated to Israel.

The money will also go towards increasing the number of Jewish Agency representatives in Brazil to encourage aliyah, provide preparatory aliyah seminars, and to finding full-time employment for new immigrants prior to their move to Israel.

Additional emphasis will also be placed on preparing prospective students for the psychometric exams required by universities and on increasing the number of Hebrew courses in Brazil.

Committee Chairman and Likud MK Avraham Naguisa called for the improvement of the absorption of Brazilian Jews by increasing the number of Portuguese speakers available to guide them and assist them once they move to Israel.

Gladys Berezowsky, manager of the Beit Brasil [Brazil House] organization, highlighted the lack of availability of letters translated to Portuguese from the absorption centers. Berezowsky said that dozens of applications are received daily from people who are interested in making aliyah of whom the vast majority only speak Portuguese.

Bruna Drazin, who moved to Israel in 2011 from northern Brazil, told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) that while she already spoke English, many Brazilians struggle upon their arrival in Israel due to the language barrier.

“Everything can be hard. Almost all the websites you have are in English and Hebrew and sometimes Spanish, but never Portuguese. Some people think that Spanish is the same, but it really is not. There are many people from Brazil who cannot even read Spanish,” Drazin said.

“It can really be a problem when you come here because you do not have any support here in Portuguese,” she added.

Zionist Federation representative Oded Foyer said that around fifteen Hebrew language classes will be opened while more teachers will be trained.

“Hebrew was a problem for me when I came to Israel. I never thought about creating more Hebrew language classes in Brazil, but it could be a good idea. You leave your profession when you move here and you don’t have the language at all,” Drazin told TPS.

Foyer said that the efforts to encourage aliyah will not be restricted to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, but will be made in rural areas as well.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Labeling People More Dangerous Than Labeling Products, Says Former Yesha Head

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

The Brazilian government has temporarily stonewalled Israel’s nomination of former Head of the Judea and Samaria Council, Danny Dayan for the position of Israeli ambassador to the Brazil.

The political dispute had already been underway for several weeks but drew greater attention as Brazilian politicians began fiercely voicing their objection. Member of the Brazilian parliament, Carlos Morran, publicly denounced the move saying that to accept Dayan’s nomination would be akin to accepting a commander of a concentration camp.

“Israel nominated as ambassador to Brazil the leader of the settler movement. This is the same kind of thing as if Germany were to send an ambassador to Brazil who was a commander of a concentration camp,” Morran said.

The political debacle was largely kept under wraps until Dayan took the matter to the press in order to clarify that the issue had arisen not as a unilateral step undertaken by the Brazilian government, but as the result of an assault launched by the BDS.

“There is a slight misconception here. People think that it is a unilateral step taken by the Brazilian president. But this is a classic BDS move and Saeb Barakat is seeking to thwart my nomination,” Dayan said.

Adding that he did not take the rejection as a personal affront, Dayan stated that he was concerned for the precedent it set in relation to future potential nominees who live in Judea and Samaria communities.

“I am afraid that the question now is whether the next resident of the communities who is thought to be an appropriate candidate for a diplomatic position will be eligible to stand or if we will now agree to the idea that 700,000 Israelis will automatically be disqualified.”

Dayan further compared the rejection to the EU’s recent decision to label Israeli products which originate from Judea and Samaria. “We have to decide what to do. I believe that just as Israel responded angrily to the labelling of products, we also have to respond to the labelling people because labelling people is even more dangerous than products,” Dayan warned.

In response to the rejection, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be meeting with Foreign Minister Director-General, Dore Gold to discuss the most appropriate course of action.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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