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November 30, 2015 / 18 Kislev, 5776
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European Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to ‘Fight Anti-Semitism’

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

European leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to fight anti-Semitism, according to Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director of the European Jewish Association (EJA), who received greetings from the heads of most countries in the EU.

Margolin was the recipient of holiday greetings from Europe’s leadership ahead of the upcoming Jewish high holy days, particularly Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, which begins next Sunday night.

The continent’s leaders are seeking to “reinforce with Europe’s historic Jewish communities and reaffirm their commitment to fighting the wave of anti-Semitic acts that have blighted cities across the European Union,” Margolin said.

Messages of support and solidarity were led by France’s Francois Hollande, who departed from the secular protocol of the French Republic to send his new year wishes to European Jewry. The French president offered a firm commitment to fight “against all words and acts of an anti-Semitic nature, and to allow everyone to live together, without exception, with the same values of freedom, tolerance and community”.

French Premier Manuels Valls added his “readiness to fight against anti-Semitism, and all forms of racism and intolerance, and to tirelessly support European initiatives designed to defend the values which shape our democracies”.

Austrian President Heinz K. Fischer spoke out in support of “the common interest of Jews in Europe.” Fischer said he sought to renew Austria’s ties with the Jewish State by way of its commitment to “the safeguarding of Israel.”

He added that Austria remains committed to the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms in Europe and the world, and to the “safeguarding of minorities including the Jewish community in Austria, which has always strongly influenced our country’s culture,” he added.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel also reaffirmed his “excellent relationship with the Jewish community in Belgium.”

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte recalled his country’s endorsement of a joint statement on anti-Semitism at an informal meeting of the United Nations General Assembly last January.

“I share your concern about rising anti-Semitism in Europe,” he said in his message to European Jewry. “This scourge affects Jewish communities first, but in essence it is a threat to society as a whole,” he added.

EJA General Director, Rabbi Margolin thanked the European leaders for their wishes and commitments.

“Rabbis and community leaders across Europe report that in light of the growing anti-Semitism and nationalist atmosphere there has been a significant decline in the number of Jews who take part in community activities,” he said.

“However, Jewish communities are working hard to help Jews attend Rosh Hashanah services. Major security measures are being taken and we can report that there is a relative increase in the number of Jews who have expressed their intention to attend synagogues over Rosh Hashanah with their families, compared to last year. “

In Manchester, England alone, anti-Semitic incidents rose by nearly 80 percent in 12 months, according to a report issued by the Community Security Trust earlier this year.

A 17-year-old boy was beaten unconscious in an attack by three men who attacked him and three other Jews this past Saturday night. The boy remains hospitalized with a suspected brain bleed. The three other victims, ages 17, 18 and 20, were also verbally and physically assaulted but did not require admission to hospital.

Lufthansa Long-Haul Strike Set for Tuesday

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Lufthansa Airlines pilots are set to strike all day on Tuesday as part of a job action targeting management over salary, retirement benefits and budget cuts.

The pilots’ union, Vereinigung cockpit (VC) has specifically called the all-day strike for the airline’s long-haul and cargo flights flying out of German from 0600 GMT to 2159 GMT.

The union represetns some 5,000 Lufthansa and Germanwings pilots. Relations between management and the union broke down last week in talks over a new contract.

The union offered to increase the average retirement age to 60 and other ways to drop costs to a level similar to that of EasyJet.

Management is facing pressure as it tries to maintain its marketshare against budget rivals such as Ryanair, which advertises itself as “Europe’s cheapest airline” and which is targeting Germany in a market war for new passengers. Ryanair does not fly outside of Europe.

Herzog Adopts PA Doomsday Weapon to Flood Israel with Syrian Refugees

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog has called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to open the gates for Syrian refugees to enter Israel, while Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas wants them to have asylum in the “West Bank.”

Abbas issued his statement before Herzog’s call for sympathy, complete with the Liberal wail that Jews must remember the Holocaust and somehow connect dots that lead to Israel being the perfect, profusely open-minded country, and so what if it contributes to reducing the Jewish minority?

That is exactly what the Saudi “peace” Initiative in 2002 proposed. It wants Israel not only to shrink its borders back to the Temporary Armistice Lines of 1949, AKA the Green Line or “Auschwitz Borders,” but also to make Jews a minority in Israel.

Next, Israel becomes an Arab country.

Herzog has long been opposed to such an idea and certainly does not want Israel to accept hundreds of thousands of Syrians.

But the international media, working on the conscience of the West by promoting the tragedy in Syria, has given Herzog the perfect soapbox for another opportunity to win headlines in the media by showing Prime Minister Netanyahu as hard-hearted.

The bitter experience with the illegal immigrants from Sudan and Eritrea has proven that there is no such thing as “a few hundred.”

Once they are allowed to stay in Israel, their birth rate soars, they stick together to form a lobby, and they find the extreme left anxious to grant them every wish in order to reduce the proportion of religious Jews whose success in the IDF and professions threatens the leftist power base,

Sure enough, foreign media have largely ignored the fact the Gulf States have accepted zero refugees but the same media are gushing over Herzog. AFP reported around the world that Herzog played the Holocaust card and said:

Our people has experienced first-hand the silence of the world and cannot be indifferent in the face of the murder and massacre raging in Syria.

[The government must] act toward receiving refugees from the war in Syria, in addition to the humanitarian efforts it is already making.

At the same time American are increasingly fed up with Mexican immigrants, and at the same time Europe has woken up years too late to the demographic revolution that is wrecking the continent, and at the same time the Arab world couldn’t care less about their brethren in Syria, Herzog and other Opposition members are anxious to show the world how Israel really is better than anyone else at being self-destructive.

Elazar Stern, who now is back in the Knesset as a Knesset Member because of the resignation last week of a Yesh Atid MK, joined Herzog and said Netanyahu should accept “a limited number of Syrian refugees.” He recalled that Menachem Begin, as Prime Minister, granted asylum to a small  number of Vietnamese “boat people.”

That was back in the 1970s, when there was no Palestinian Authority and no demographic threat.

Stern also pulled out the emotional but entirely unrelated Holocaust card and said:

I think that the State of Israel, because of the lessons of the Holocaust and the compliance of the world, cannot remain indifferent. I call on members of the Knesset, the public and rabbis to join me in this call. I believe that Diaspora Jews would also appreciate such a move.

Of course Diaspora Jews would support a move because they don’t feel comfortable with Israel being too Jewish.

The liberal call for allowing Syrian refugees into Israel makes Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas look like a pansy.

His office stated on Saturday:

President Abbas has asked the Palestinian representative to the U.N. to implement as quickly as possible, in coordination with the U.N. secretary-general, measures for the return of Palestinian refugees from Syria to the Palestinian territories.

Note the word “return,” as if the Palestinian Authority is tier “homeland.” In terms of numbers, the United Nations says there are more than half a million “refugees” in Syria..

In Midst of Refugee Influx, EU Chief Promising to Label Jewish Products

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

(JNi.media) EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Saturday, after a two-day informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg that Europe will soon decide on the rules concerning labels that will inform consumers when imported Israeli products come from Jewish farmers in Judea and Samaria.

“The work is close to being finished but it is still ongoing,” she said. Some EU countries, including Britain, already warn consumers about products made by Jews in the area largely east of the 1949 armistice line, also known as the “green line.” That area, which includes parts of Jerusalem, was captured by Jordan in 1949 but was never formally annexed, so that when it was captured by Israel in 1967, it had the status of a no man’s land. International Law forbids an occupying country to transfer civilians into land taken in war, but it does not hold the same restrictions in a case where the land did not legally belong to anyone.

Having resolved the issue of alerting European consumers about the different identities of the Jews who sell them goods, Mogherini turned to dealing with the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq, and east and north Africa, declaring that the refugees are not going anywhere, and member states must adjust to this new reality.

“It is here to stay; the sooner we accept it, the sooner we will be able to respond effectively [and] united as Europeans,” Mogherini said, admitting that the problem “affects all of us. A few months ago, it was Italy, Greece and Malta. Now it is Hungary and it could (be the) turn of other member states in the future.”

Even while Mogherini speaking, Austrian police reported that 4,000 people had crossed into the country early Saturday morning, with their number rising to as much as 10,000 during the day.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said his country had an understanding with Austria and Hungary on easing the pressure by letting the refugees through this time, but warned that this should not set a precedent. “The help in the emergency situation was linked to an urgent appeal not to make out of this the practice for the coming days,” he said.

Elbit Wins European and African Contracts

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Israel’s Elbit Systems has racked up two more sales, this time by its cyber security subsidiary Cyberbit to a European police force and an African enforcement agency.

Elbit, listed on NASDAQ, did not disclose the amount of the sales.

It set up the Cyberbit subsidiary earlier this year to include the cyber and intelligence divisions that Elbit bought from NICE Systems.

Khamenei Tells the World How to Destroy Israel

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

The difference between Hitler and Khamenei is 80 years.

The Ayatollah of Iran has published a 416-page book entitled “Palestine” and whose book cover features the world “Palestine” on a map of the country he wishes used to be Israel.

Nothing is coincidental in the Iranian regime. The publication of the new book, bound to a best-seller in Iran, is part of a propaganda campaign to brainwash Iranians into thinking that the agreement with the P5+1 powers does not have anything to do with the regime’s ultimate dream of wiping out Israel.

Khamenei explains that is absolutely logical that Israel should not exist for three major reasons:

Israel is an ally of the “Great Satan” known as the United States of America;

Israel is a “hostile infidel” because it supposedly has waged war against Muslims’ and

Israel “occupies” Islam’s third holiest city, Jerusalem.

The New York Post reported that the back cover of the book credits Khamenei as “the flag bearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.”

Israel is not the only country that should be erased, according to the book, which repeats the radical Islamic vision of a Caliphate Empire on all Muslim lands.

That means India also must be wiped off the map. Parts of Russia must be under Muslim rule. Several European countries should not exist as such, and China can kiss good-bye to nearly one-third of its land mass. Ditto for parts of the Philippines and Thailand.

Khamenei’s strategy for taking over Israel and all of the other “Muslim” counties is to create conditions that will convince everyone to leave for a abate life elsewhere.

That means Congress can relax and give its stamp of approval to ObamaDeal because Khamenei does not need a nuclear weapon to wipe out Israel.

Just lift sanctions and give him tens of billions of dollars to fund Hezbollah and Hamas, and perhaps the Boycott Movement.

The strategy actually is a statement of current events. The United Nations, and especially the European Union and the Obama administration, invent every opportunity to condemn Israel for promoting the presence of Jews in a Palestinian Authority country whose principle of “no-Jews allowed” violates the charter of the United Nations.

According to the New York Post’s report and translation from the Farsi-language book, Khamenei wrote:

We have intervened in anti-Israel matters, and it brought victory in the 33-day war by Hezbollah against Israel in 2006 and in the 22-day war between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip.

And once Iran has a nuclear weapon, if not next year then in 10 or 15 years, any Israeli pre-emptive action could be met by a nuclear attack. One way or the other, Khamenei wants the means to destroy Israel and much of the rest of the world.

His book once again exposes that Iran is no less a threat to Europe than to Israel, but Europe is so overrun by Muslims that its leaders don’t have the strength to see the future.

Instead, they focus on Israel, promoting the “two-state” solution while Khamenei writes in his book that there must be a “one-state solution of a single state of a Muslim Palestine.

Like Iran, it would allow Jews to remain, without a right to vote and only if they prove they have “genuine roots.” that means the a large majority of the Israelis, like myself, would have to get on the next plane and “go back” to the United States, Europe, Morocco, Yemen and the former Soviet bloc, among dozens of other countries.

Israel Beats BDS in Sweden

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Efforts by Israel’s Ambassador to Sweden have paid off with the removal of a boycott of Israeli goods sold in at least three stores of a huge supermarket chain.

The COOP Forum stores in the northern city of Varberg voted nearly three months ago for the boycott, which affected products from all of Israel, not just from Judea and Samara. The chain has 644 outlets, and if the boycott had spread, it could have been a catalyst for a wider embargo in Europe on items from Israel.

Ambassador to Sweden Yitzchak Bachman swung into action immediately after the boycott was approved and went high-profile, giving interviews and arguing that the discrimination violates the concept of free trade.

He appealed to the management of the stores in Varberg, and officials issued as statement saying they oppose boycotts. The ambassador also posted online the phone numbers and e-mail address of COOP’s management, which was bombarded with protests.

It was the second recent victory for Israel. Last week, the Orange company embarrassed itself when its CEO said in Cairo that he would prefer not having anything to do with the company’s Israeli franchise.

Drowning in a sea of fierce criticism from Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the Orange CEO made a 180-degree, and that was the end of the boycott that never was.

Bachman said after the latest victory over BDS:

The thing to do about boycotts is oppose them for what they are, without trying to decide whether we are right or the Palestinians are right. The support we were able to gain among Swedish citizens was essential, as the chain realized it couldn’t fight the will of the people.

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