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Tucson Muslim Gets 8 Years for Planning to Attack Jewish Center

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Mahin Khan, 18, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced on Friday to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism, and conspiracy to commit misconduct involving weapons.

The prosecution said Khan had “expressed a desire” to attack a Jewish community center in Tucson. Police found a document in his home with plans to attack a military recruiting center and a fitness center. He also plotted to attack the Phoenix DMV, and instructed an undercover FBI agent on making homemade grenades.

Khan apparently received his inspiration from last year’s ISIS attacks in Paris and Brussels, and communicated online with a a member of the Islamic State.

The prosecutor said Khan was not being accused of just words but also of teaching bomb-making to the undercover FBI agent. “There has to be a consequence, a price to be paid,” she said.

Khan’s attorney told the court his client is struggling with mental health issues and poor impulse control. Khan accepted responsibility for his pots. Apparently, Khan has been known to the FBI since age 15. He also spent 45 days in a mental institution.

David Israel

Holocaust Documentation and Education Center Moves to Dania Beach

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

The Holocaust Documentation and Education Center has moved to a new location at 303 N. Federal Highway, in Dania Beach. A grand opening welcomed more than 500 friends and supporters to the new site. It was an excellent opportunity to share vision and plans for the future.

In the coming months the center will be incorporating more to the new site. Two anchor artifacts: the railcar and Sherman Tank are available for group and individual tours by appointment. The 2016-2017 Educational Outreach Calendar is in full swing. It includes a speaker’s bureau, annual contests and student awareness days for Miami-Dade College and Broward County schools. Palm Beach County school programs will follow.

The center has always strived to teach people from all walks of life the universal lessons of the Holocaust. This is accomplished through thought-provoking exhibitions and insightful programming, illuminating the catastrophic ramifications of prejudice, racism, and bullying. The programming enlightens students and teachers alike to the lessons to be heeded from the Holocaust.

The Holocaust Documentation and Education Center’s new home.

The Holocaust Documentation and Education Center’s new home.

The documentation department has always been the center’s priority, presenting enduring, historically accurate records of the Holocaust through eyewitness accounts by survivors, liberators, rescuers and other who survived and triumphed to live meaningful and productive lives. Interviews continue and children of survivors are now coming forward to document their experiences.

Volunteers are important and continue to facilitate, transcribe, audit/edit, and proofread the accounts of the survivors. Thanks to the generosity of JM Family Enterprises, there are 18 new computers set up in the beautiful new transcription stations donated by JC White.

The Holocaust Documentation and Education Center’s capital campaign to raise $6,000,000 needed for this undertaking has begun. Contributions are needed to complete the new facility and continue its important work. Many naming opportunities are still available.

For more information, contact Rositta Koenigsberg at rositta@hdec.org or call her at 954-929-5690.

Shelley Benveniste

Argentine Judge Wants to Probe Former President on 1994 Jewish Center Bombing

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Judge Claudio Bonadio wants to restart the investigation of former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner over a cover-up that followed the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, media outlets reported Tuesday. In January 2015, special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was Jewish, was found dead with a bullet in his head in his apartment on the day he was scheduled to present his charges against Fernandez to a Congressional committee.

Magistrate Daniel Rafecas, who a few days earlier had refused to reopen the case against Fernandez, which he closed in 2015, on Tuesday accepted a request for the investigation’s files from Judge Bonadio, but told Spanish news agency EFE that “the case has been closed for the lack of a crime, so that technically there is no case. What Dr. Bonadio could do is open a new investigation — but exclusively based on new evidence.”

Rafecas added that he is “obligated to send [the files] to him so that he has it on hand to evaluate or study all the findings of my inquiry.”

Nisman was appointed Special Prosecutor in charge of the AMIA bombing investigation on September 13, 2004. The probe into the 1994 terrorist attack against the AMIA had been marked by judicial misconduct, and was at an impasse. On October 25, 2006, Nisman formally accused the government of Iran of directing the AMIA bombing, and the Hezbollah militia of carrying it out. The theory was that Argentina had been targeted by Iran as punishment for its decision to suspend a nuclear technology sale to Tehran. In November 2007, Interpol published the names of six individuals officially accused for their role in the terrorist attack: Imad Fayez Moughnieh, Ali Fallahijan, Mohsen Rabbani, Ahmad Reza Asghari, Ahmad Vahidi and Mohsen Rezaee.

In 2008 Nisman asked to arrest former president Carlos Menem, along with Judge Juan José Galeano, who first presided over the AMIA case until his removal in 2004. WikiLeaks revealed that US diplomats considered that Nisman may have done it as a gesture to new President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, since he was seeking the post of Argentina’s General Prosecutor.

In January 2015, Nisman accused President Kirchner, Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman and other politicians of covering up the roles of Iranian suspects in the case, in exchange for Iranian business. The charge was based on wire tap reports of meetings of Kirchner’s people with Mohsen Rabbani, a former cultural attaché at Iran’s embassy in Buenos Aires.

Nisman’s body was discovered on the day he was supposed to appear before a parliamentary committee to present his case against the president (who has since lost her post).


Shurat HaDin: World Vision Rejected our Warnings about Funding Hamas Terrorism

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

For the past four years, Tel Aviv based civil rights center Shurat HaDin has been warning that funds provided to Gaza by the world’s largest evangelical charity World Vision were being utilized for terrorism, the organization said in a statement Thursday, following the indictment by Israel of Mohammed El Halabi, a Hamas terrorist and senior WV employee who is accused of transferring as much as $50 million in charity funds to support Hamas terrorist activities.

In 2012, Shurat HaDin notified the Australian government that its aid money administrated by World Vision was being transferred to front charities of Palestinian terror groups in Gaza. Both the Australian government and WV rejected Shurat HaDin’s warning.

In 2015, Shurat HaDin again cautioned the Australian government that WV was operating as an active arm of the PFLP and other terror groups. WV chief executive Tim Costello vehemently denied the charges and claimed that WV had “no interest in supporting terrorism.”

However, as of this week, Shurat HaDin’s warnings against WVA have been proven true. Israel’s internal security service has arrested a senior employee of World Vision ver the course of several years, to Palestinian terror organization Hamas.

According to Shurat HaDin President Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, “for years we have been warning that WV is funding Palestinian terror groups in Gaza. WV has repeatedly denied our charges and refused to seriously investigate where its funds are going. They assured us that the organizations they fund had been vetted and were not engaged in terrorism. Who knows how many of Hamas’s missiles and stabbing attacks were funded by WV after they were put on notice that theey were financing Palestinian terror. The assistance to Gaza by foreign aid organizations is directly responsible for the murder of scores of Jews in Israel.”

David Israel

Man At The Center Of Creation

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

I write with a sense of acute distress. It is my deep feeling that many of those who carry the banner of the Torah of Israel are taking steps in the wrong direction – a direction that ignores the many elements of Man as having been created in God’s image. This manifests itself in two ways.

First, Orthodox Judaism is slowly abandoning the Torah’s unique view of the image of God in Man. In its place, an ever more dominant religious view encourages Man to see himself as “a worm and not a man” – as one who is perpetually dependent on God; one whose actions are in essence meaningless beyond a modicum of hishtadlut (exertion). One who has no rights, only obligations.

Rabbis are glorified in descriptions of the wonders they perform and the miracles they merit. The encounter with God is sought more often in graveyards than in the land of the living – the markets and streets. The responsibility that Man should shoulder gives way to self-negation and self-annihilation. All of the above result in a trend that diminishes Man’s Divine image.

This type of relationship between Man and God has led to a decline in the believing Jew ’s attitude toward the human body, toward pleasure, and toward worldly matters. The religious world is inching closer and closer to something akin to Puritanism, constantly fighting against the aesthetic aspects of reality.

This also affects the relationship between the Jewish nation and the rest of humanity. Orthodox Judaism is consciously devaluing the notion of a universal humanity. This distancing from the rest of humankind is both ideological and existential. Anything that did not stem from “holiness” is deemed unworthy. Thus, there is no place for non-Jewish culture or for contact with it. America is viewed as an ama reika – an empty nation – and the culture of the world is considered a culture of emptiness.

This attitude is not restricted to matters of culture. It is more than likely that the overwhelming majority of the Torah world, and certainly the yeshiva world, has never been exposed to the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the American Constitution, or the different types of church-state relationships that exist in Europe. This is part and parcel of not relating to Man as having been created in the image of God, a person responsible for himself and his culture.

As a result, the Torah’s influence on the world is diminishing. The utopian vision of shaping the world according to the Torah is becoming more and more distant.

My severe distress stems first and foremost from my heartfelt belief that this attitude toward Man is not the word of God. Torah and halacha are based on a different language, one that teaches responsibility and pride, freedom and merit, self-acceptance and natural morality. The Torah appeals to Man as a citizen of the world. It relates to a nation that lives a full and natural life set in reality. It describes its patriarchs as individuals whose existential world was a complete one, filled with material and spiritual wealth.

Not one syllable contained in the Torah calls upon Man to live life by abstaining from all that surrounds him. It is a Torah of life, and relates to life in its fullest.

In addition to the problems mentioned above, a new – and distressing – religious language is forming. It is a language that removes God from the picture. The life it generates is deeply spiritual, yet it lacks commitment to halacha and fidelity to the word of God.

I wrote my latest book, In His Image, in an effort to bring about a change in cur­rent trends and strengthen the notions of the image of Man, his free will, his life in this world, and his standing before God. These, I believe, are the foundations of faith.

Rabbi Yuval Cherlow

Palestinian Information Center Uses Ha’aretz Anti-Haredi Cartoon

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

The News website Palestinian Information Center, which covers, among its regular beats, “Zionist Terrorism,” recently uploaded a cartoon it borrowed from fellow traveler Ha’aretz showing traditionally anti-Semitic depictions of Haredi politicians celebrating their control of budgets squeezed from secular Israelis.

The Hamas-oriented PIC added its own judgmental note, but didn’t need to alter the original visual message. It fit its world view perfectly.

H/T Ishay Friedman.

David Israel

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Buys Permanent Facilities

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Executive Director Judy Margles and Board Chair Elaine Coughlin last week announced the signing of a purchase agreement for the facilities at 724 NW Davis in Portland—formerly the home of the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Margles wrote the following announcement:

As our closest circle of friends, I am excited to share something very special with you. OJMCHE is purchasing a new home, a 14,500 square foot unit in the De Soto building at 724 NW Davis Street (formerly the Museum of Contemporary Craft). I am also thrilled to tell you that we achieved the purchase of the building with the hard work of the OJMCHE Board and in particular outgoing chair, David Newman. This is the moment where we have finally fulfilled our vision and secured our mission for generations to come.

How did we get to this momentous possibility? July will already mark the two-year anniversary of the merger with Oregon Holocaust Resource Center. The merger enriched our institution in countless ways – we expanded our education staff to include a Holocaust educator, we are proud stewards of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial, we bring thousands of school children to both the Memorial and museum, and, of course, we continue to be the community repository for the Jewish experience in Oregon. Most importantly, we have deepened our focus on Jewish values and traditions, while working even more strenuously to bring our work to the wider community as a vehicle that can unite all people in their common humanity. In short, the merger has greatly expanded and fundamentally strengthened our core mission.

And now we have the opportunity to take the next step in our evolution. In a stroke of great luck, the fortuitous arrival on the market of this building became the perfect space for our museum. While this was an unexpected opportunity, we were ready to receive it because of the long-range feasibility planning that we undertook this last year. This space—purpose-built as a contemporary museum with ample room for exhibits, programs, school groups, collections and archives—perfectly matches the needs detailed in our feasibility report.

I am also thrilled to tell you that we achieved the purchase of the building with the tremendous support of three lead gifts from Renee and Irwin Holzman, Lois and Leonard Schnitzer Family and The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation/Arlene Schnitzer & Jordan Schnitzer. To date we have received a total of 33 gifts to make this phase of the campaign possible. For this generosity and sign of confidence, we are immensely grateful. Our community campaign, to raise funds for operating reserves and move-in costs, will commence shortly and I look forward to engaging each and every one of you in our endeavors.

Now that our dreams are becoming reality, we shall start to focus on the use of the space. I can share with you our basic conception: we will have state-of-the art storage for our archives and collection; a café; a gift shop; a multi-purpose auditorium for public programs and school groups; two floors of exhibit galleries with temporary exhibits on the first floor; and on the second space for core exhibits about the Oregon Jewish experience, discrimination in Oregon and the history of the Holocaust using stories of local survivors.

The coming months may prove to be the most significant in our history. An exciting consensus is emerging among museum professionals. We see successful museums of the future as places where people can hang out and engage in real and diverse social issues to make a genuine difference in their lives: these museums of the future will blur boundaries between the inside of the museum walls and what occurs outside, where programs will address a rich variety of living community concerns, while always recognizing, remembering and honoring the past. These museums will link historical experiences of the past with needs of the living present.

I want our museum to be such a museum: a broker and filter of perspectives and shared wisdom, a repository for traditional learning and historical scholarship, and also a stimulus for creative thinking on the way forward for our community. I want us to represent the full plurality of voices in our community and I want our programs to address a full range of community concerns.

We, this circle of friends, now share a magically rare opportunity: to help each other make our beloved Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education thrive, in all these many and varied ways, for many, many years to come.


Judy Margles

Executive Director


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