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Flemish Minister Calls for Ritual Slaughter Ban in Belgium

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The General Director of the European Jewish Association Rabbi Menachem Margolin has protested a proposal by a Flemish government minister to implement a total ban on the practice of Jewish ritual slaughter, insisting such a move “is against freedom of religion.”

Flemish Minister for Animal Welfare Ben Weyts said on Belgian television Sunday that he would actively pursue a total ban on the practice of animal slaughter without pre-stunning, beginning next year.

Responding to the latest attack on the ancient Jewish ritual, Rabbi Margolin emphasized that the Jewish practice of “Shechita” is “the most humane method of slaughter” because it ensures the welfare of the animal not only at the time of slaughter, but also concerns itself with “the conditions in which animals are raised before their slaughter.”

He added, “As well as being illogical and inconsistent from the perspective of animal rights, labelling kosher meat will give ammunition to anti-Semites to attack Jewish tradition.”

Mr. Weyts called for religious groups to adhere to current legislation which allows animal slaughter without pre-stunning to be carried out only in licensed abattoirs. Further legislation, he added, was on the agenda for 2015. His Belgian government counterpart, Wallon Minister Carlo Di Antonio, indicated it would “take the same shape as that suggested by” the Flemish Minister.

ISIS Shows Off 13-Year-Old Belgian Boy Jihadist

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

ISIS has posted a picture of a 13-year-old Belgian Muslim boy armed with an assault rifle and ready for action in Syria.

The young jihadist was identified as Younes Abaaoud. Keeping it all in the family, he traveled to Syria with his big brother, 27-year-old Abdelhamid, whom his father said was brainwashed to become a real man and become member of the ISIS, which has become the new international symbol of fear.

Brainwashed? Maybe, but the father reportedly once was jailed in Australia for plotting terror. He set a sterling example for his child but apparently was not so happy that the 13-year-old opted for orthodox jihadism.

It is not clear if Younes is actually fighting with the ISIS or simply serving as a model for other 13-year-old radical Muslims.

Belgium leads Europe in the number of citizens per capita who have joined ISIS, which Brussels estimates has snared approximately 200 Belgians among 2,000 Europeans.

The United States “boasts” around 100 ISIS fighters.

ISIS has released a 55-minute video featuring an English-speaking terrorist with an accent that indicates he might be from the United States.

“Clearly ISIS had a calculated step to be able to put this guy on camera,” Frank Cilluffo, a security analyst at George Washington University, told CNN. “Why? Because he seems American. The message is aimed at a Western audience.”

A linguistics professor told The Intercept that the man probably is not a native English speaker but his accent indicates he may be from Minnesota, North Dakota, or even Canada.

Hundreds Dead & Missing in Hamas Human Trafficking Ring

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

On Sunday, one of our bloggers, JoeSettler, first reported on a human smuggling ring that helps smuggle Gazans out of Gaza and into Europe, via the Sinai and Egypt.

In the past week, three boats carrying hundreds of Gazans, as well as some Syrian refugees sunk on the way to Italy.

One Gazan survivor reported that their boat was deliberately sunk by rival Egyptian human traffickers.

Today, Israel’s Reshet Bet reports that Fatah (the Palestinian Authority) is claiming that Hamas runs the Gazan side of this human trafficking ring, charging between $2000 to $3500 for each person they allow out.

Gazans are in shock over the loss of their family members.

Today, the Palestinian Authority radio listed off the names of 90 Gazans who disappeared this past week trying to escape from Gaza to Europe.

Hundreds of more people are still missing.

In response, Hamas said the smuggling ring to Europe has always existed, and they arrested some people involved in it.

Internal Arab polls indicate that at least 70% of Gazans want to leave Gaza for good. The Europeans must take the moral step to help these people leave safely to European shores.

Israelis Flood Local Market for Top-Class Poultry Rejected by European Union Boycott

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Israeli poultry farmers are taking their export business elsewhere these days – and their chickens too.

European Union sanctions on business emanating from firms based in Judea, Samaria and other locations on the ‘wrong’ side of the 1949 Armistice Line have complicated Israel’s business dealings.

Chickens and poultry products from those areas have become part of the business casualties to fall by the wayside. But given the number of southern chicken coops that were struck by rocket fire during Operation Protective Edge, this may be a blessing in disguise for the local market, particularly with the upcoming Jewish holiday month of Tishrei looming on the horizon.

The process has gotten to the point that it’s no longer worth it for many business owners to bother with the Europeans. Instead, Israeli business owners are seeking other venues — closer to home — for their products.

Officials from Israel’s foreign and agricultural ministries say the dilemma has been solved by an increase in domestic demand which has risen, ironically, in part due to the European persecution of Jews abroad.

For the past two months, the premium-quality products have instead been diverted to local markets, where they much appreciated and in very high demand – particularly with the influx of new immigrants with discriminating palates from France and North America.

It is true the Jewish communities in Europe are sadly being deprived and missing out; but Israelis who normally are asked to make due with the export ‘leftovers’ are reaping the benefits of the ‘sanction bonanza’ as a result.

And happier, gourmet Israelis at home make for a far more popular government in times of crisis.

Bottom line: Palestinian Arab terrorism hasn’t gotten a toehold — let alone a snowball’s chance — with the Netanyahu administration in power.

There are no chickens in the Israeli government coalition this time around.

Citing Security Concerns, Copenhagen Jewish School Forbids Religious Symbols

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

(JTA) — A Jewish school in Denmark informed parents that its pupils are no longer allowed to wear religious symbols near school grounds.

The private Caroline School in Copenhagen informed parents of the policy in a recent letter, the Jyllands-Posten daily reported Friday. The letter said it was not permissible for students of the 7th, 8th and 9th grades to leave school premises if they are wearing visible Jewish symbols.

“If a boy wears a kippah, we will ask him to put in a cap so it is no longer visible,” principal Jan Hansen said.

Hansen said the measures were part of his schools “level of security, which is higher than in normal schools.” He added: “Unfortunately, it is the consequence of being a Jewish institution, but it something that we and the students are used to.”

Hansen also said the move was “pure preventative.” He added: “I know there has been an increase in the number of Jews who have been accosted over the summer in connection with the conflict in Gaza.”

In 2012, the Israeli embassy in Copenhagen warned Jewish tourists to refrain from wearing Jewish symbols on the street or speaking Hebrew loudly.

MK to European envoys: “Day When Islamic Terror Will Reach Your Homes is Near”

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

JERUSALEM – The Danish, Swedish and Dutch ambassadors to Israel, as well as officials from the embassies of Britain, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, Austria and Germany took part on Monday (Jul. 28) in an urgent meeting of the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee on the situation of Jewish communities in Europe.

MK Yisrael Hasson (Kadima), a former deputy director of the Shin Bet internal security service, told the ambassadors: “NATO bombed 5,000 civilians in Kosovo just because it was insulted; 27,000 Iraqi civilians were bombed during the American invasion because they posed a danger to the US; there is not a country in the world that can talk to us about morality.”

MK Hasson told the foreign envoys that, “If the European countries fail to protect the Jews within their territory, the State of Israel will. Jewish blood is not cheap blood.” He further warned that, “If you do not stand by our side, the day when Islamic terror will reach your homes, your beds and your kindergartens will come soon.”

MK Shimon Ohayon (Yisrael Beitenu) addressed the pro-Palestinian protests across Europe and said Israel is fighting “the war of the free and enlightened world against the darkness of Islam.” According to Ohayon, had the world truly been concerned about the violence, “We would have seen protests all over Europe against the terrible acts being committed in Syria, where some 200,000 people have been raped and butchered.”

MK Avraham Michaeli (Shas) noted that a quarter of the patients who are being treated at the hospital in Safed were injured in the civil war in Syria.

Representatives of the Jewish communities in Europe, who arrived in Israel with the help of the Israeli Jewish Congress, spoke about their sense of insecurity. “Calls of `death to Jews` and `burn the Jews in gas chambers` are heard regularly on the streets,” one representative said.

Nathan Gelbert, a Jewish resident of Berlin, said the city has seen “severe pro-Palestinian demonstrations” since the IDF launched Operation ‘Protective Edge’ in Gaza. “These protesters don`t know how to say `hello` in German, but they know very well how to shout that Israel is fascist and cruel,” he said.

The European envoys condemned the anti-Semitic attacks in their countries and described the tools their governments use to combat the phenomenon. A representative of the French embassy in Tel Aviv said his country pledges”zero tolerance for displays of anti-Semitism, adding that “every attack on France`s Jews is an attack on all of France.” France, he said, has beefed up security around the Jewish communities even before the recent anti-Israel demonstrations. “France is not denying that there is a problem. The French government`s efforts against acts of racism will gradually increase,” said the official.

Dutch Ambassador to Israel Caspar Veldkamp noted that his country`s attorney general has opened cases against 40-50 people who participated in a radical demonstration and chanted anti-Semitic slogans. “The acts of anti-Semitism call for strong measures; otherwise we will all slide down the slope. Europe should have exported a position of mutual respect rather than import the hate and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he told the meeting.

Danish Ambassador Jesper Vahr said: “As an ally and as a country we will not tolerate anti-Semitism. but Denmark, as a country that respects freedom of speech, allows people to express their objection to actions taking place on the ground. My government`s position is that Israel has a right to defend itself.”

Absorption Committee Chairman MK Yoel Razvozov (Yesh Atid) said a distinction must be made between freedom of expression and incitement. The European countries must protect the Jews within their territory,” he said, “Otherwise, terror will eventually reach you.”

Belgium Joins Jews in Fighting Anti-Semitism

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Belgium’s government will join Jewish efforts in fighting anti-Semitism, according to the World Jewish Congress (WJC).

Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo pledged Monday following a meeting in Brussels to establish a joint commission with WJC and local Jews to “facilitate the exchange of information” on the issue.

The commitment came following a murderous attack by Islamist terrrorist Mehdi Nemmouche last week at the Brussels Jewish Museum, which left four people dead, including a couple from Tel Aviv. Two Jews were beaten and left in serious condition outside a synagogue in a Paris suburb less than 24 hours later.

The Brussels terrorist, who used a Kalashnikov assault rifle to carry out his attack, was tracked down and caught in France after having just returned from a round of fighting in Syria.

The Belgian prime minister told the WJC delegation he would help Jewish efforts to strengthen communal security, combat racism and strengthen Holocaust education. Di Rupo said he supported “closer European cooperation to fight radical movements” and said his nation would not tolerate “hate speech.”

European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor warned recently at a news conference at Tel Aviv University that unless conditions begin to change, “Normative Jewish life in Europe is unsustainable.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/belgium-joins-jews-in-fighting-anti-semitism/2014/06/03/

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