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UK Chief Rabbi Advises Muslims to Copy Jewish Show of Obedience

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Anyone contemplating immigration to the United Kingdom should bone up on the rules of football (soccer) and cricket (no real translation, this one’s British to the core) – AND figure out which team you’re going to root for.

Otherwise, you’re likely to fail the “Norman Tebbit test.”

Britain’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis advised minorities in Britain to support sports teams in their adopted country – what he called the “Norman Tebbit test.”

Rabbi Mirvis explained the concept Tuesday night during the Benedict XVI Lecture, “Living as a Creative Minority in the UK,” held at Archbishop’s House in London, citing it as the best bet for an immigrant’s safety.

The rabbi used the concept to illustrate the idea as a way for minorities to “integrate but not assimilate.” He explained that minorities are “responsible to maintain their own traditions, to be proud of their background, loyal to their faiths and at the same time to be proud members of their countries.

“In a nutshell, minorities need to pass the Norman Tebbit test. This is something which, thankfully, Jewish communities across the globe have almost always done, and we’re proud of the fact that we can pass that test within British society today.”

The so-called “test” itself was introduced by Conservative politician Lord Norman Tebbit in 1990 during an interview with the LA Times. Tebbit told the newspaper, “A large proportion of Britain’s Asian population fail to pass the cricket test,” Tebbit said. “Which side do they cheer for? It’s an interesting test. Are you still harking back to where you came from or where you are?”

The rabbi went on to say that British Jews reflect their integration in the UK in much the same way as Jews do around the world, even as they did in Germany in the 1930s.

“We have considered ourselves to be Jewish and at the same time totally British in the same way as Jews in South Africa are South Africans and those in Australia are Australians and those in America are Americans.

“In the same way, Jews in Germany in the 1930s declared ‘Deutschland über alles’ – regardless of what might transpire to us we express a natural loyalty towards the country of which we are proudly a part.”

The entire point of all this, however, is considerably more grim than it might seem.

The rabbi spoke together with Cardinal Vincent Nichols and leading Islamic scholar Maulana Sayed Ali Raza Rizvi in a panel that also responded to a question from former Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable about whether the UK government had gone too far with its current “Prevent” strategy.

The policy is aimed at addressing “non-violent extremism” and has led to school teachers reporting students to police, sometimes at the drop of a hat. One 14-year-old boy was reported by a teacher and questioned about a possible affiliation with ISIS after using the phrase “eco-terrorism” in connection with environmentalist campaigners, according to the Catholic Herald.

In January, Cardinal Nichols warned teachers in the Catholic school system, “One month is all it takes to transform a dissatisfied and disoriented teenager into a terrorist.” The cardinal warned delegates at a London conference during that speech to guard against Internet recruitment of vulnerable secondary school students by Da’esh operatives from ISIS.

Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May defined “extremism as the rejection of “regard for the rule of law, participation in and acceptance of democracy, equality, free speech and respect for minorities.”

But the cardinal said “British values” should be defined a bit deeper, with emphasis on building a better society, respect for the inherent dignity of a human being, and “the openness to the spiritual and transcendental.”

Hana Levi Julian

Anti-Semitic Uber Driver Punished by Judge in Crisp, British Style

Monday, March 7th, 2016

A so-called “professional” Uber driver in London was rebuked last week in the crisp, cutting manner that only the British have truly mastered.

The driver, Rashal Miah, was at the sentencing phase after conviction on charges of road rage and anti-Semitic verbal assault for a September 2014 incident that took place while stuck in traffic, ITV reported.

He was also convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting words intending to cause fear or provoke violence, according to the report. Because he arrived late to the court house, the judge added two extra weeks to his sentence for good measure and fined him nearly $1,000 in costs, with an $88 surcharge.

Miah had exited from his car and yelled “Yehudi!” (Jew, in Hebrew and in Arabic) at an Orthodox Jewish school bus driver.” He added that he would “kill all the Jews,” – this while standing in traffic in the Stamford Hill district of London, a predominantly Jewish neighborhood.

Judge Murray Shanks called Miah’s behavior “horrible.” He then explained in precise, clipped British language just how badly, how distastefully the driver had behaved.

“I accept this was mainly driven by you being wrongly angry and suffering from road rage, as well as being arrogant about what you were entitled to do on the road.

The judge then doubled down with a scolding about anti-Semitism, and a warning:

“I hope it doesn’t indicate some underlying prejudice…If this was the other way around and Muslims were being insulted, I have a good feeling you would feel strongly.

“You need to understand that before you open your mouth.”

Miah was sentenced to 15 days of anger management sessions, 100 hours of community service and a 26-week suspended sentence that might still land him in jail if he is found guilty of anything else, the Inquisitr reported.

Uber was quick to release a statement saying Miah no longer works for the company. “Uber does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind and we were appalled to hear about this incident,” said Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London.

“Following our own investigations and today’s conviction, we have taken the decision to stop this licensed private hire driver from using the Uber app.”

Hana Levi Julian

Monarch Airlines to Start Flying Tel Aviv to Manchester, England

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

British carrier Monarch Airlines is launching a new route from Tel Aviv to Manchester three times a week, starting next April.

The airline has already begun to book seats for the flights, which will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Earlier this month, Monarch began flying three times a week flying to Ben Gurion International Airport from Luton Airport, near London.

The airline also flies once a week each Thursday from Ovda Airport near Eilat to Luton Airport as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Elton John’s Concert in Israel Set for Lag B’Omer

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

British rock singer Sir Elton John’s 2016 concert in Israel, reported by The JewishPress.com two weeks here by The JewishPress.com will be staged in Tel Aviv on May 26, which is Lag’Omer.

The holiday marks the anniversary of death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, known as the Rashbi, a student of Rabbi Akiva. Lag B’Omer traditionally is the day on which he revealed deep mystical secrets of Kabbalah as written in the Zohar.

The concert in Yarkon Park is part of the 68-year-old singer’s Wonderful Crazy Night Tour 2016

Shuki Weiss, the producer of the concert, said. “I’m happy that we have the honor to present in Israel one of the biggest artists in the world will give all of us a few hours of a different reality.”

“Different” is an understatement on Lab B’Omer, noted most prominently with the burning of bonfires the evening before.

The Rashbi and his son Rabbi Eliezer, according to the Talmud, hid in a cave from the Romans for 12 years.

The Talmudic Shabbat tractate, page 33, relates:

Elijah came and stood at the entrance to the cave and exclaimed, ‘Who will inform the son of Yochai that the emperor is dead and his decree annulled?’ So they emerged.

Seeing a man plowing and sowing, they exclaimed, ‘They forsake life eternal and engage in life temporal!’ Whatever they cast their eyes upon was immediately burnt up.

Thereupon a Heavenly Echo came forth and cried out, ‘Have you emerged to destroy My world: Return to your cave!’

After another year in the cave, Rashbi and his son Rabbi Eliezer emerged again:

On the eve of the Shabbat before sunset they saw an old man holding two bundles of myrtle and running at twilight. ‘What are these for?’ they asked him. “They are in honor of the Shabbat, he replied.

‘But one should suffice you. [He responded] ‘One is for Remember and one for Observe’ [referring to the two different wordings in the Ten Commandments].

Said [Rashbi] to his son, ‘See how precious are the commandments to Israel.’

Maybe Sir Elton will light a bonfire on stage in memory of Rashbi.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

UK Resumes Flights From Sharm el-Sheikh But Adds Security at Airport

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Britain has decided to allow flights to resume from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh as the probe into Saturday’s crash of a Russian MetroJet continues.

At present there are 20,000 UK citizens stranded in the area, most of them tourists.

The UK prime minister’s office had suspended flights after the Russian airliner apparently exploded above the Sinai Peninsula while en route to St. Petersburg from Sharm el-Sheikh.

According to the latest intelligence, Da’esh (ISIS) may indeed have succeeded in planting a barometric pressure bomb aboard the aircraft prior to its departure from the airport.

“Following further discussions with the airlines and the Egyptians, we have agreed on a package of additional security measures that is being put in place rapidly,” Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said in a statement. “Consequently the government has decided, in consultation with the airlines that flights from Sharm to the UK will resume tomorrow.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met with Cameron at his office in London on Thursday.

Cameron told journalists that “more likely than not” it was a terrorist bomb that brought down the aircraft – a view shared by UK and U.S. intelligence personnel, as well as other intelligence operatives in the Middle East.

“I think there is a possibility that there was a bomb on board,” agreed President Barack Obama in a radio interview late Thursday, “and we’re taking that very seriously.”

The UK has sent extra security personnel to the airport in Sharm el-Sheikh to carry out special measures.

Checked bags are being sent back to the UK separately, passengers are being body-searched and carry-on luggage only is being allowed on all return flights. Investigators are checking for explosive residue, as are the bodies of the victims of the doomed flight.

Hana Levi Julian

UNRWA Official Spoke at UK-Based Terrorist Group

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

“Incitement to Violence without Borders” has reached the British Parliament, where UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness spoke to a “charity” organization that channels money to the Hamas terrorist party and army.

The U.S. government formally has declared the British-based Interpal “charity” group a terrorist organization because it helps Hamas keep its pockets full of cash.

The State Dept. was unable to answer a question posed at a press briefing this week if Gunness’ speaking to Interpal might be included in a possible investigation of UNRWA incitement, an issue that has been raised because of its employees’ hateful anti-Israel posts on social media.

State Dept. spokesman John Kirby said he would” take the question,” but he has not given back an answer.

The Washington Free Beacon asked for a clarification about Gunness’ speech and was told:

We have seen the reports on this event, though we did not attend. We understand that the UNRWA spokesperson attended an event at the British Parliament to benefit wounded Palestinian children, hosted by several of its members.

We have long made known our commitment to UNRWA’s absolutely essential work in helping Palestinian refugees—including many refugee children. And we have made clear our position that UNRWA must be able to work independently and free from bias.

Bias at the UNRWA? Gunness Biased, the same Gunness who has called the IDF “callous” for trying to stop Hamas missile attacks on half of Israel last summer and :who has blamed the “blockade” for what he declared is a rise in the mortality rate of infnats in Gaza?

And what did Gunness have to tell Interpol last week?

He talked about “little Mohammed,” whom he said was blended by an IDF artillery shell in the war against Hamas last summer. He also spoke about a “child who froze to death.” That is Israel’s fault, he said, because of the “slow pace of reconstruction,” although another reason just might be Hamas’s using construction material to build weapons factories and rockets.

Here is UNRWA’s response to the Free Beacon when asked about Gunness’ appearing at an organization that the United States has designated a terrorist group:

UNRWA Spokesman Chris Gunness spoke at an event in the UK Parliament sponsored and attended by British Members of Parliament about a project supported by a legally registered UK charity to help approximately 300 blind and visually impaired Palestinian children in Gaza in need of special assistance.

It did not say what the U.S. Treasury has to say about the British-based group:

Interpal, headquartered in the UK, has been a principal charity utilized to hide the flow of money to HAMAS. Reporting indicates it is the conduit through which money flows to Hamas from other charities, e.g., the Al Aqsa Foundation, and that it oversees the activities of other charities.

Florida Republican  Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen this week proposed a law that would cut off U.S. funding to UNRWA  unless it document that its employees have no links with terrorist organizations and can certify that no employees of the organization have ties to terrorism or anti-Semitic incitement.

The Florida legislator said in a statement, according to the Free Beacon:

In response to the increased terror and violence in Israel, we must hold those who are responsible for inciting this violence accountable, and that includes UNRWA.

The U.S. can’t continue to send $400 million to UNRWA while ignoring the systemic and endemic anti-Israel, anti-Semitic bias and the blatant incitement to violence we see from its employees.

UNRWA employees and facilities are consistently tied to foreign terrorist organizations and a full accounting of the agency’s affiliations should be required before another dime is spent on this divisive organization.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Heathrow Goes Kosher

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Kosher meat and dairy sandwiches now are available at four Heathrow Airport terminals, according got Kosher Today.

The London international hub offers kosher food at the White House Smith stories in terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Kosher food increasingly is available at major international airports, and travel experts said that the London airport can support kosher fare, just as travelers in American airports have gobbled up kosher food from New York to Boston and Florida.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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