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Israel Among Top Five Countries on WHO 2015 Life Expectancy Chart

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Only 22 countries around the globe have reached an average life expectancy at birth greater than 80 years, according to the World Health Organization’s Global Health Observatory (GHO) data, which would suggest that if one is planning to retire abroad, one should consider those countries most seriously.

Life expectancy at birth reflects the overall mortality level of a population. It summarizes the mortality pattern that prevails across all age groups in a given year – children and adolescents, adults and the elderly. Global life expectancy at birth in 2015 was 71.4 years (73.8 years for females and 69.1 years for males), ranging from 60.0 years in the WHO African Region to 76.8 years in the WHO European Region, giving a ratio of 1.3 between the two regions. Women live longer than men all around the world. The gap in life expectancy between the sexes was 4.5 years in 1990 and had remained almost the same by 2015 (4.6).

Global average life expectancy increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s. Those gains reverse declines during the 1990s, when life expectancy fell in Africa because of the AIDS epidemic, and in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The 2000-2015 increase was greatest in the WHO African Region, where life expectancy increased by 9.4 years to 60 years, driven mainly by improvements in child survival, and expanded access to antiretrovirals for treatment of HIV.

As to the friendly global race of whose citizens get to live longer, the top countries are, in descending order: Japan – 83.7, Switzerland – 83.4, Singapore – 83.1, Italy – 82.7, and Israel – 82.5. The US did not make the 80+ club in 2015, with only 79.3 years’ life expectancy. Neither did the Russian Federation – 70.5.

Israel’s neighbors are definitely not ideal locations for retirement: Egypt – 70.9, Jordan – 74.1, Lebanon – 74.9, and Syria – 64.5 (if you’re lucky). Nigeria stands out with 54.5 life expectancy, along with Angola – 52.4, Burkina Faso – 59.9, Burundi – 59.6, Cameroon – 57.3, Central African Republic – 52.5, Chad – 53.1, Guinea – 59, and Guinea-Bissau – 58.9.

So, here is the list of world countries where you’ll get to grow older than 80, barring unexpected circumstances:

Japan – 83.7
Switzerland – 83.4
Singapore – 83.1
Italy – 82.7
Israel – 82.5
France – 82.4
Sweden – 82.4
Canada – 82.2
Luxembourg – 82
Netherlands – 81.9
Norway – 81.8
Malta – 81.7
New Zealand – 81.6
Austria – 81.5
Belgium – 81.1
Finland – 81.1
Germany – 81
Denmark – 80.6
Chile – 80.5
Cyprus – 80.5

JNi.Media

Danish Girl Turns Teen Terrorist, Plots Bombing With Older Man Against Jewish Schools

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

It’s not only in Judea, Samaria and Gaza that radical Islamist leaders have succeeded in twisting adolescent angst for killing campaigns against Jews and Israel.

Police prevented untold tragedy at two Jewish schools in Denmark this year with the arrest of a teenage Danish girl and an older man.

The 16-year-old and her 24-year-old suspected accomplice were indicted this Tuesday in Denmark (March 8) on charges of planning a terrorist operation against two Jewish schools in Denmark.

Their remand has been extended by the court until March 30. Neither was identified by name.

The girl was arrested in January in the small Denmark village of Kundby on the island of Zealand. She was alleged to be only 15 when she and the older man formulated their plot.

The two had planned to attack the Carolineskolen Jewish private school in Copenhagen, and the Sydskolen public school in the western Zealand town of Fårevejle.

The case will remain behind closed doors as officials continue their investigation, trying to determine whether others were involved in the planned terrorist operations. Prosecutor Peter Ahleson did release some information, however: He told Denmark’s The Local the pair attempted to create TATP (also known as acetone peroxide) for their planned bombing of Carolineskolen.

TATP is the same explosive that was used in the November Paris attacks.

Prosecutor Kristian Kirk added following the hearing that the pair attempted to create the explosives for their planned attack on Sydskolen out of fertilizer, petrol, diesel and other chemicals. Kirk added that police foiled their plot by arresting them, but gave no further details.

In a joint statement, Mid and West Zealand Police and the Danish Security Intelligence Service (PET) said the targeted schools had both been contacted.

The girl is described by Danish media as a recent convert to Islam and reportedly a member of the radical Islamist Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation) group. The local BT tabloid reported that she made it clear on her Facebook page she hoped to convert other Danes as well.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is not a new organization. The group was founded in 1953 as a Sunni Muslim organization in Jerusalem and today has an estimated worldwide membership of one million. Led by Ata Abu Rashta, the group is particularly active in Western nations and supports the re-establishment of the Islamic Caliphate, or Islamic State, as does ISIS.

It is not clear whether the two are linked.

The organization is outlawed in Turkey and Germany, which recognized the group’s lethal potential.

Turkish American scholar Zeyno described the organization in 2012 as a “conveyor belt for terrorists.”

Oddly, the group is legal in Australia, the UK, the U.S., Denmark and myriad other Western nations. Hizb ut-Tahrir promotes the overthrow of democracies and dictatorships alike, arguing they are un-Islamic.

As all the others, Hizb ut-Tahrir is also anti-Zionist and calls for the “illegal entity” of the State of Israel to be “dismantled” or “destroyed.”

The group’s Australian leader, Ismail al-Wahwah, called for a jihad against the Jewish people in July 2014, referring to Jews as a “cancerous tumor” that must be “uprooted and thrown back to where it came.”

Hana Levi Julian

NGO Monitor to Danish Parliament: Check Out Israeli NGOs You’re Paying For

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

(JNi.media) Addressing the Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy Committees of the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen, which include representatives of three major Danish parties, NGO Monitor’s Shaun Sacks this week explained how Danish taxpayers’ money aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is being transferred through third parties to projects contradicting the very objectives of the Danish government.

Over the years, according to NGO Monitor, Denmark’s Parliament has passed motions calling for a negotiated solution based on the pre-1967 lines, the normalization of ties between Israeli and Arab countries, and an acceptance of Israel’s right to peace and security. However, Sacks told the MPs, Danish funds have sponsored organizations acting against normalization and supporting a one-Arab-state framework.

Sacks shared examples of “problem organizations” such as Badil, a group promoting “a de-Zionized Palestine of a single state” and supporting BDS against Israel—both directly contradicting Danish policy—which are directly funded by Denmark. Badil has also published antisemitic cartoons on its website, awarding monetary prizes—supposedly paid for with Danish kroner—to the cartoonists.

Sacks presented the MPs with research showing Badil receives core budget funding of $260,000 from the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat, one of Denmark’s key channels for transferring development aid to NGOs.

Sacks referred to a recent official report evaluating Danish engagement in the region. Most of this activity is conducted through local NGOs, he explained. The report concluded there was “no evidence of overall progress towards improved accountability [or] transparency” and “no progress towards the two-state solution.” Denmark’s intentions are obviously good, Sacks told the Committee, but if it wanted to see a positive outcome it must demand the NGOs it supports act according to its official policies.

Denmark spends 0.85 percent of its Gross National Income, worth $2.9 billion, on foreign aid. There are only three countries in the world that spend a higher percentage of their income on foreign aid.

JNi.Media

Danish Buses Burned in Anti-Israel Attack

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Four buses in Copenhagen were found on fire on Friday morning, and a fifth bus was covered with anti-Israel graffiti, according to a BBC report.

Last week the city’s transit authority ordered ads calling for the boycott of Israel removed from its buses, angering the anti-Semites.

The ads were deemed “too offensive” by the transit authority..

A few months ago, an Arab terrorist killed two people in a Copenhagen cafe and outside a local synagogue.

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1,000 Danes Form ‘Ring of Peace’ Around Copenhagen Synagogue on Sabbath

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

A ring of peace encircled Jewish worshipers at a synagogue on the Sabbath this weekend for the second time in as many months.

On Saturday February 21, some 1,300 Muslims in Norway encircled the sole functioning synagogue in Oslo as Jews prayed within, showing their solidarity and protesting terrorist violence.

More than 1,000 Muslim and Christian Danes clasped hands to form a human chain around the Copenhagen Great Synagogue. It was the site where 37-year-old Dan Uzan, a volunteer security guard was murdered by a radical Islamic terrorist Feb. 14.

Organizer Niddal el-Jabr, a Muslim Copenhagen resident, told The Local newspaper on March 14, “We want to send a clear signal that we want a peaceful society in Denmark…

“Jews should be able to have their religion in peace,” he said.

Uzan’s father, Sergeot Uzan, told DR that he saw the move as an expression of “hope for humanity and democracy.”

It wasn’t the first.

On February 27, some 300 people held a peace vigil at the Copenhagen City Hall Square as well, organized by a separate Danish Muslim group.

Danish Muslims – who number some 200,000 – now comprise three percent of Denmark’s 5.4 million residents, according to the On Islam media outlet, and Islam is the country’s second largest faith group after the Lutheran Protestant Church.

Hana Levi Julian

Norway’s Muslims Protect Oslo Synagogue in Sabbath ‘Peace Ring’

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

A group of young Muslims organized a symbolic “ring of peace” to encircle the sole functioning synagogue in Oslo as Jew prayed within on Saturday.

At least 1,300 were inspired to join them in the initiative, which came in solidarity with Jews who were targeted last weekend by a radical Islamist terrorist in Denmark.

“This shows there are many more peacemakers than warmakers,” 37-year-old Zeeshan Abdullah, one of the organizers, told the crowd.

“There is still hope for humanity, for peace and love across religious differences and background,” he said.

Still, Norwegian sharp shooters were deployed on buildings around the synagogue. Police superintendent Steiner Hausvik told reporters, “It has been calm as we expected. We had no reason to expect any trouble but we were prepared.”

Jewish community spokesperson Ervin Kohn expressed gratitude and said it was “unique” that Muslims stood up “to this degree against anti-Semitism,” adding that “this fills us with hope, particularly as it’s a grassroots movement of young Muslims.”

Kohn advised the rest of the world to “look to Norway.”

There are only approximately 1,000 Jews left in Norway’s population of 5.3 million, while immigration of Muslims, about 3 percent of the population, continues to grow.

Last weekend two people died and five police officers were wounded in two attacks several hours apart by the same radical Islamist terrorist. The suspect, 22-year-old Omar el-Hussein, targeted a free speech event at a cafe and then a Bat Mitzvah at the Copenhagen Great Synagogue in Denmark.

Hussein, born in Denmark to Palestinian parents, had reportedly been released from jail only two weeks earlier after serving a two-year prison term for “grievous bodily harm.”

Hana Levi Julian

Security Officials Advise Denmark’s Jewish Radio to Bid ‘Shalom’

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Denmark’s Radio Shalom has gone off the air after weekend terror attacks targeting a Bat Mitzvah at the Copenhagen Grand Synagogue and an event for free speech at a cafe.

Danish security officials advised the country’s sole Jewish radio station to close, saying it was “too dangerous” to continue broadcasting.

Monday night was the first time in history the station did not broadcast its usual mix of Jewish news, culture and music.

Radio Shalom general manager Abraham Kopenhagen told the DR Nyheder newspaper, “PET says it’s too dangerous. We do not feel that it is too dangerous, but we respect the information we are given.”

The other option, said Kopenhagen, was to continue broadcasting under police protection – which meant a round-the-clock presence of security personnel.

“We must do as instructed but we will not have police standing outside the door,” Kopenhagen said. “We would rather close down until it is quiet again. I do not know how long that will take.”

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt asked the country’s Jews not to leave, despite the obvious danger.

“The Jewish community have been in this country for centuries. They belong in Denmark, they are part of the Danish community and we wouldn’t be the same without the Jewish community in Denmark,” she told media on Sunday.

In response, a spokesperson for Denmark’s Jewish community said Danish Jews had no plans to leave despite Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s invitation to move to Israel.

“We’re very grateful for Netanyahu’s concern but having said that, we are Danish – we’re Danish Jews but we’re Danish – and it won’t be terror that makes us go to Israel,” said Jeppe Juhl, a spokesperson for the Jewish Community of Denmark. “We understand his concern for our well-being, and we value his concern but we are Danish and we’re staying in Denmark. If we move to Israel it’s for other reasons,” Juhl told AFP.

According to a report by The Tablet magazine, Radio Shalom was not the only Jewish institutional casualty resulting from Saturday’s terror attacks.

The Caroline School (Carolineskolen) one of the oldest Jewish schools in the world, closed down as well following the attacks. The school had been targeted by anti-Semites in the past, including late last summer when its windows were smashed and graffiti reading “No peace to you Zionist pigs” was spray-painted on its walls.

Just two weeks earlier, the school administration had forbidden students from wearing religious Jewish symbols – hoping to prevent precisely the type of attack that followed so quickly on the heels of its warning.

Hana Levi Julian

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