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February 19, 2017 / 23 Shevat, 5777

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New Survey Shows Growing European Resistance to Muslim Immigration

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

A new Chatham House survey of more than 10,000 people from 10 European states, suggests that public opposition to any further migration from predominantly Muslim states is widespread in Europe.

In the survey, conducted before President Trump’s executive order banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries was announced, respondents were given the following statement: “All further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped.” They were then asked to what extent they agreed or disagreed with this statement.


Overall, across 10 European countries, an average of 55% agreed that all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped, 25% neither agreed nor disagreed, and only 20% disagreed.

Majorities in all but two of the ten countries agreed, ranging from 71% in Poland, 65% in Austria, 53% in Germany and 51% in Italy to 47% in the United Kingdom and 41% in Spain.

In no country did the number of respondents that disagreed with stopping all Muslim immigration surpass 32%.



Return of the Crusades? European Bishops Demand ‘Action after Fifty Years of Occupation in the Holy Land’

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Citing Leviticus 25:10, “You will declare this fiftieth year to be sacred and proclaim the liberation of all the country’s inhabitants,” a group of bishops from eight nations, at the conclusion of a recent visit to the Holy Land, decried the situation in the areas Israel liberated after the 1967 Six Day War. Pushing an entirely original (and nasty) interpretation of the Torah commandment of the Jubilee, which is strictly relevant to Jews, the bishops declared that “during this fiftieth year of occupation we must pray for the liberty of everyone in the Holy Land and practically support all those working to build a just peace.”

“We all have a responsibility to oppose the construction of settlements,” the good bishops declared. “This de facto annexation of land not only undermines the rights of Palestinians in areas such as Hebron and East Jerusalem but, as the UN recently recognized, also imperils the chance of peace.”

Of course, as usual in such anti-Israel documents, facts be damned. Such as the fact that Israel and its two “Palestinian” neighbors, the PA and Hamas, have been enjoying a level of tranquility, despite the occasional Allahu Akbar outburst, the likes of which one must travel to Morocco in the west or Indonesia in the east to find. And never mind the fact that Israel is probably the only haven for Christians in a region where recently the word Christian is all too often accompanied by words like “raped,” “mutilated,” and “slavery.”

“We all have a responsibility to provide assistance for the people of Gaza, who continue to live amid a man-made humanitarian catastrophe,” the bishops wrote, bypassing a more committed definition of who the man in “man-made” and what exactly he mad (Qassam rockets to be launched at Israeli civilians).

“They (the Gazans) have now spent a decade under blockade, compounded by a political impasse caused by ill-will on all sides,” the bishops wrote, when they should have written: “Why don’t you recognize Israel, which has left your area 12 years ago, and give up on your threats to destroy it?” as any honest, self-respecting bishop would have declared.

Here’s the most outrageous pick from the group’s statements after their visit: the Bishop of Clifton and Chair of the Holy Land Coordination, Declan Lang, said the group had been able to “spend time listening to the stories of those who have lived under the occupation; he recalled, in particular, the students of Bethlehem University, whom he says, have never known any other reality.”

Declan Lang probably missed the Dec. 19, 2016 report in the National Catholic Reported, that revealed: “In 1950, Bethlehem and the surrounding villages were 86 percent Christian. But by 2016, the Christian population dipped to just 12 percent, according Bethlehem mayor Vera Baboun. Across the West Bank, Christians now account for less than 2 percent of the population, though in the 1970s, Christians were 5 percent of the population. In Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, today there are just 11,000 Christians.”

Having stated the statistical facts, the NCR tries to shift the blame to the Israeli “occupation” (although Bethlehem is under PA rule) from Muslim intimidation – less brutal but packed with the same intolerance and hatred as the attacks on Christians from northern Iraq and Syria all the way down to Egypt.

You know what’s the only country in the Middle East where the Christian community is thriving and prospering? Naturally – Israel. You’re welcome, Bishop Lang.


European Parliament President Martin Schultz to Receive 2016 Medal of Tolerance

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament and Andrei Konchalovsky, a Russian film director, producer and screenwriter are both to be awarded the 2016 European Medal of Tolerance this month by the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR).

The ECTR is an international organization comprised of former world leaders and other senior public figures that fights against racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia. The Board of the ECTR is headed by Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the UK.

Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the ECTR, said that the medal is being awarded to Schulz in recognition of his commitment to the preservation of the memory of the Shoah and the exceptional leadership in the struggle against the rising wave of ultra-nationalism and hatred in Europe.

“The number of hate-motivated crimes and incidents is rising around Europe. Political extremism both inspires and profits from these acts. At this worrying time it is important to send a clear message that political courage and moral leadership is vital for our societies,” Dr. Kantor said. “Martin Schulz, the outgoing President of the European Parliament, is a man who throughout his political career has taken an uncompromised stand against xenophobia, intolerance and political extremism in Europe.”

“A strong and unified Europe is the greatest barrier against hatred and extremism and even during some very difficult years, economically and politically, President Schulz has remained a voice of reason, sanity and unity.”

The European Medal of Tolerance in the area of culture will be granted to Andrei Konchalovsky, a Russian film director, producer and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his latest movie, the Holocaust drama “Paradise”. In 2016 this movie won the Silver Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival. In December 2016 it was shortlisted in the nine films to be considered for the 89th OSCAR Academy Award.

“The Medal goes also to Andrei Konchalovsky because of his lifelong achievements in the area of remembrance of human tragedies”, emphasized Kantor. “Extremists are using and manipulating the past to serve their own agenda, and it is an important role of people in the arts and culture to stand against extremism and provide those of us who did not experience the past with teachable moments for the present and the future which Andrei has done.”

The award ceremony is planned for later this month.

Hana Levi Julian

European Union Drone Spies on Jewish Towns, IDF Bases in Judea, Samaria [video]

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

A drone fitted with a video camera sailing through the skies over Mount Hebron crashed in a forest on Mount Hebron this week, prompting the residents of Moshav Ma’on to pick it up and take it to the Regavim organization, an NGO known in English as the Movement for Preservation of State Lands.

Regavim posted some of the video footage online.

According to a report broadcast by Israel’s Channel 2 television news, footage retrieved from the drone revealed an extensive operation by the European Union, acting in concert with residents of local Arab communities to gather intelligence on Jewish communities.

Numerous videos revealed footage of Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria, some of which also contain IDF bases. One of the videos showed the drone flying low over the residents of Ma’on before it crashed next to a car.

The last video contained film of its eventual crash.

“What started as illegal construction continues and now is harmful to security,” said Regavim Land Division director Oved Arad. He warned the reconnaissance mission was logical, given the government’s weak response to European Union support for, and construction of illegal Arab houses and other structures in Area C.

“For years the European Union has been involved in illegal construction in Judea and Samaria. Now it’s clear that EU officials, with the Palestinians, are even documenting Israeli settlements and sensitive locations in Judea and Samaria,” he said.

“The Foreign Ministry must respond strongly and unequivocally against this activity, which crosses a red line and is very dangerous.”

Hana Levi Julian

European Meltdown Threatens Jews

Monday, December 26th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website, Word from Jerusalem}

Today, Diaspora Jewish communities are suffering severe trauma as they experience erosion of the acceptance and security they enjoyed over the past half century. Whether it be Paris, Johannesburg, New York, Melbourne or any city with a Jewish community, the anti-Semitism expressed as feverish hatred of the Jewish state — incubated over the past decade by a witches’ brew of Muslim, far-left and traditional anti-Semitism — is again transforming many Jews into pariahs.

However, the epicenter is undoubtedly Europe where the situation has been aggravated over the past year as a consequence of the immigration of huge numbers of migrants from Syria and North Africa, enabled by the open-door policy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Many are not refugees but able-bodied young Muslims seeking to improve their standard of living and include supporters and, in some cases, activists of global jihad. They are dramatically destabilizing the social cohesion and security of countries harboring them.

In past decades, most Middle Eastern immigrants to the West were drawn to democracy and sought to integrate with their new surroundings. But many who are coming now display no inclination to integrate, regard democracy with contempt and have been indoctrinated with vile anti-Semitic prejudice. Indeed, moderate Muslims are intimidated, silenced and some even murdered while others who are second-generation offspring of law-abiding immigrants, including university graduates, have been radicalized into perpetrating terror.

Setting aside the 1,750 European jihadists who, according to an EU report, have returned from Syria with orders to engage in terror in their own countries, the aggressive demands, violence and criminal activities of the “refugees” have already impacted in every community in which they reside. Regrettably, in a futile effort to minimize tensions, governments and the media understate and even cover up the extent of their damage to the social fabric.

With the indigenous population shrinking and the Muslim birthrate alarmingly high, unless the flow of migrants is stemmed, there is every possibility that by the end of the century the foundations of European civilization will be destroyed.

Syria and other Middle Eastern countries have returned to the Dark Ages with their excessive barbarism. The plight of butchered civilians in Syria and elsewhere is a heartbreaking humanitarian disaster, but the solution is for the international community to forcefully intervene to stabilize the situation rather than open the gates to an emigration that could undermine democratic societies.

It is the Jews who are the primary targets for terrorists and proportionately suffer the greatest number of casualties.

Yet, ironically, many liberal Jews are at the forefront of campaigns to open the door to widespread immigration of Muslim “refugees” and even make ridiculous bleeding-heart analogies to the plight of Jews during the Holocaust. In so doing, they are facilitating the entry into their communities of hordes of embittered anti-Semites who have been brought up to consider Jews as the “offspring of apes and pigs.”

They also enrage many of their neighbors who loathe these “refugees” and fear that this flood of immigration will destroy their way of life. Many Europeans are not merely outraged by the accelerating crime levels but deeply resent the government censorship imposed in the futile efforts to avert Islamist violence by acts of appeasement. Any critique of Muslim behavior is automatically condemned as Islamophobia and it is now effectively illegal to criticize Islam, as exemplified by the spurious Dutch court conviction of Party for Freedom leader Geert Wilders for the “crime” of “hate speech”.

The response has been the meteoric rise of radical right-wing movements in all European countries — Jobbik in Hungary and the Golden Dawn in Greece are outright anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi movements.

In France, Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front (the largest political party in France today) has vigorously condemned and dissociated her party from its former anti-Semitism and even expelled her father because of his anti-Jewish and Holocaust-denying remarks.

The right-wing U.K. Independence Party, which spearheaded the Brexit campaign, has sought to purge anti-Semites from its ranks.

The Austrian Freedom Party, whose candidate was narrowly defeated in the presidential election, is seeking to distance itself from its former Nazi past.

Throughout Europe, extreme right-wing and anti-Muslim political parties are on the ascendancy. All, except the Hungarian and Greek neo-Nazis, even support Israel but many of their rank and file are unreconstructed traditional anti-Semites.

The anticipated appointments in Trump’s administration combined with horrific examples of criminal behavior among immigrants (including gang rapes and murders) will undoubtedly polarize the situation and further strengthen populist forces in Europe. The bureaucrats who have arrogantly presided over the European Union have good reason to fear collapse of the entire EU structure.

In France and Germany, Shariah courts are bypassing the state legal system and polygamy and child marriage proliferate. To placate public outrage, many governments are now toughening their stance towards the migrants in efforts to stem the flow of their support toward the radical right-wing parties. Even Chancellor Merkel is proposing to ban bourkas.

Under such circumstances in which the anti-Israeli Left is in decline and most radical right-wing groups – other than in Hungary and Greece — are seeking to distance themselves from anti-Semitism and concentrating on the Islamic fundamentalist threat, it could be suggested that Jews have less grounds for concern.

However, in this utterly chaotic climate in which populism and instability reign supreme, historical precedents point to the scapegoating of Jews. The growing prejudice directed against Muslims and the efforts of the radical right-wing political parties to distance themselves from anti-Semitism will not lessen hatred for Jews, even if they try to conceal it.

Nor will it stem the growing anti-Semitism spearheaded by “progressives” and “liberals” who in the 1930s were the strongest opponents of anti-Semitism. Alas, the reality is that anti-Israelism, morphing into direct anti-Semitism, has now become indispensable to the political DNA of anyone purporting to be “progressive,” even including Jews.

Moreover, Muslims have far greater power in numbers which will enable them to intensify their anti-Semitism with their leftist allies.

The situation for Jews is therefore only likely to deteriorate. As it is, they live in societies where horrific terrorist attacks against their schools, synagogues, museums and supermarkets have necessitated military or armed guards to provide security. Jews in some areas avoid wearing kippot and feel obliged to adopt a low profile to avoid being assaulted; many children attend Jewish schools in record numbers not because of the Jewish education but because of the anti-Semitism they encounter in public schools; students at universities are under continuous attack.

Public opinion is in general more hostile to Jews than most governments which augurs ill for the future. There was one small ray of sunshine recently when the British government adopted a realistic definition of anti-Semitism that could well serve as a model for other countries to emulate. But this has to be balanced by the fact that, for the first time, the opposition Labour Party in the U.K. could be headed by shamelessly open anti-Semites.

There are probably in the vicinity of 1.4 million Jews in Europe. What sort of life as Jews can they expect for their children and grandchildren when they live under such conditions and all indicators suggest an increase in anti-Semitism? While many are likely to remain, their communities are likely to shrink dramatically.

Those who wish for their children to maintain pride in their heritage and not be brought up in an atmosphere where they are under social pressure to conceal their Jewish identity or turn against their own people would be well-advised to consider emigrating. If they are unable to do so, they should encourage their children to leave.

They are fortunate that today they do not need to beg for entry visas; the Jewish state provides a haven for all Jews.

Whereas in Israel their Jewish future is almost assured, sadly, many decide to emigrate to other Diaspora Jewish communities where there is no guarantee that they will maintain their Jewish identity.

One of the main reasons for this is that the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency have failed to provide adequate facilities for middle-class and professional immigrants. Israel has one of the most successful economies in the world and failure to make maximum efforts to absorb more of these immigrants will be recorded as a tragic lost opportunity. Rectifying this situation must become a top priority for the government.

Alas, the European situation for Jews is dismal and we must hope that many will leave and join us in Israel and participate in the historic renaissance of our people.

Isi Leibler

European Human Rights Chiefs Tells UK Media NOT To Reveal When Terrorists Are Muslims

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website, The Lid}

Europe’s human rights watchdog, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) delivered a list of 23 demands to the government of Britain’s PM Theresa May in an attempt to get them to censor the media and thus threatening freedom of speech, one of the demands was that the British press must not report when terrorists are Muslim.

ECRI blamed a recent increase in hate crimes and racism in the UK on the ‘worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among politicians.

The suggestions sent to Downing Street urging the UK Government to reform criminal law and freedom of the press and in a brutal criticism of the British press, the report recommends ministers ‘give more rigorous training’ to journalists.

Part of that “training” is that British media be barred from reporting the Muslim background of terrorists.

But UK ministers firmly rebutted the remarkable demands, telling the body: ‘The Government is committed to a free and open press and does not interfere with what the press does and does not publish, as long as the press abides by the law.’

ECRI claims the discussions about immigration had caused an increase in xenophobia.

The 83-page report states: ‘ECRI considers that, in light of the fact that Muslims are increasingly under the spotlight as a result of recent ISIS-related terrorist acts around the world, fuelling prejudice against Muslims shows a reckless disregard, not only for the dignity of the great majority of Muslims in the United Kingdom, but also for their safety.

‘In this context, it draws attention to a recent study by Teeside University suggesting that where the media stress the Muslim background of perpetrators of terrorist acts, and devote significant coverage to it, the violent backlash against Muslims is likely to be greater than in cases where the perpetrators’ motivation is downplayed or rejected in favour of alternative explanations.’

And it comes after multiple terror atrocities by Muslim extremists across Paris, Brussels, Munich and other German cities over the last year.

Over the same period, there have been no major terror attacks in Britain

Based on the fact that there have been multiple terrorist attacks by radical Islamist, there is not been an “increase in xenophobia” The definition of xenophobia is “intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.” When one considers the attacks on her neighbors, the fear in Great Britain is not irrational.

Let’s face it, It’s bad enough when big government from one’s own country is establishing too much control over people’s lives. It’s much worse when it’s an international panel of unelected bureaucrats. Thankfully Theresa May’s government told ECRI to go away answering the Commission’s demands with:

The Government is committed to a free and open press and does not interfere with what the press does and does not publish, as long as the press abides by the law.

And Ponder this. What if the order to control the media came from the UN Human Rights Commission instead of the European Commission against Racism? And what if the demand to control the media from the UN was sent to the U.S. instead of Britain? Who do you think would protect the media and the First Amendment, Donald Trump, or a statist/globalist like Hillary Clinton?

Jeff Dunetz

Knyazyeva-Minenko Wins Silver for Israel at European Athletics Championship

Monday, July 11th, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Amsterdam (TPS) — Israeli track-and-field athlete Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko, 26, won a silver medal at the women’s triple jump on Sunday, during the European Athletics Championship in The Netherlands.

The Ukrainian-born Knyazyeva-Minenko jumped 14.51 meters during the women’s triple jump finals on Sunday evening, putting Israel in second place. Patrícia Mamona of Portugal won the gold medal with a jump of 14.58 meters.

The Olympic Committee of Israel considers Knyazyeva-Minenko Israel’s highest-ranking athlete. In addition to her newly-won silver medal, she also holds the second-highest world record after having won the silver medal in the Athletics World Championship games in Beijing in 2015. She won the bronze medal during the European Games in Baku that same year.

Knyazyeva-Minenko previously competed for Ukraine at the 2012 Olympics Games in London, coming in fourth place in the women’s triple jump event with a jump of 14.56 meters. She moved to Israel and took Israeli citizenship in 2013. Since then she has represented Israel, and will be competing in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

A spokesperson of the Israel Olympic Committee said, “Hanna is one of Israel’s greatest hopes for winning an Olympic medal in Rio.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/knyazyeva-minenko-wins-silver-for-israel-at-european-athletics-championship/2016/07/11/

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