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US Secy of State Won’t Attend Inauguration of Next President

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will not attend the inauguration of the next president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, this Friday, according to an announcement by the State Department.

“The secretary will not attend the inauguration,” a State Department official told the Washington Examiner, the paper said in a report on its website Wednesday afternoon.

There was no information on why Mr. Kerry would not be able to attend.

The Secretary said this week that Mr. Trump had made a faux pas in the world of international diplomacy with remarks criticizing German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The president-elect said earlier in the week that the Chancellor had made “one very catastrophic mistake” by admitting more than a million migrants into her country. However, he also called Angela Merkel “by far Europe’s most important leader.”

“I thought frankly it was inappropriate for a president-elect of the United States to be stepping into the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner,” Kerry said.

The comment was made just a bare few weeks after a speech in which the Secretary spent nearly an hour ferociously criticizing the policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of his government.

Hana Levi Julian

Germany Blames Israeli Presence in Judea, Samaria for Continued Conflict with Palestinian Authority

Monday, January 16th, 2017

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier took a shot at Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria on Monday (Jan. 16), telling reporters in Brussels prior to a meeting of European Union officials “the basis of … negotiations [between Israel and the Palestinian Authority] cannot be undermined by construction of settlements.

“It is difficult but there is no alternative,” he said.

Steinmeier also said that both sides have to be willing to “create results” in order for Israel and the PA to co-exist peacefully.

“Everybody knows that the security situation in Israel is part of that,” he said, but referred back to language seen in the UN Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) as the only way to reach those results.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini later told reporters the European body opposes the Trump administration’s promise to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Hana Levi Julian

German Court Rules No Jail for Muslim Synagogue Arsonists

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

The German court in the city of Wuppertal has upheld the 2015 decision of a lower court validating an attempt by three Muslim attackers who tried in 2014 to burn down a synagogue as a means of “drawing attention to the Gaza conflict” with Israel.

The attack took place on the anniversary of Kristallnacht – the night in which the Nazis hordes burned down more than 1,000 synagogues in Germany, including the original synagogue in Wuppertal, and killed nearly 100 Jews.

At the time of the attack, the 81-year-old former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, declared, “When synagogues burn, it is time for all leaders to ask, ‘What must we do to protect Jewish citizens!” She also demanded to know why other German citizens were not responding to the anti-Semitic outrages and instead were remaining silent – again – and added, “Whoever is silent now affirms what is happening!”

Several days prior to the firebombing, “Free Palestine” was sprayed in paint on the wall of the synagogue. The case was first reported by Jerusalem Post journalist Benjamin Weinthal.

The German regional court ruled that the actions of the three Muslim perpetrators were governed by “anti-Israelism” and not anti-Semitism. The judge declined to incarcerate the attackers.

Green Party MP Volker Beck protested the ruling, saying, “This is a decision as far as the motives of the perpetrators are concerned. What do Jews in Germany have to do with the Middle East conflict? Every bit as much as Christians, non-religious people or Muslims in Germany, namely, absolutely nothing. The ignorance of the judiciary toward anti-Semitism is for many Jews in Germany especially alarming.”

Dr. Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, expressed outrage at the verdict.

“It is unbelievable that attempts to burn a synagogue have been equated with displeasure of Israeli government policies,” said Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC. “This has now given a carte blanche to anti-Semites across Germany to attack Jews because a German court has given them a ready justification.

“This court decision equates to open season on Jews.”

The decision “can also lead to anarchy across Germany because it provides a legal justification for the targeting of any minority, religion and nationality on the basis of a conflict that they could be in some way connected to because of religious or national ties,” Kantor continued. “Is it possible that when Arabs are targeted by far-Right groups then it could be claimed they are reacting to the bloodshed and violence in the Arab world? That of course would be absurd, but like in many other areas, there appears to be a separate rule when it comes to Jews and anti-Semitism.

“In fact, it could be argued that this ruling as it singles out a different way of treating Jews has elements of anti-Semitism,” he said.

A new definition of anti-Semitism was agreed upon last May at a conference of the Berlin-based International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which Germany is a member of, and which stated that “Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel” is anti-Semitic.

Hana Levi Julian

Germany’s Brandenburg Gate Lit Up With Flag of Israel for Victims of Terror

Monday, January 9th, 2017

In solidarity with the families of the four IDF officers who were murdered in a truck ramming attack in Jerusalem on Sunday, Germany’s Brandenburg Gate in Berlin was lit up in the colors of the Israeli flag on Monday night, hours after the young soldiers had been laid to rest.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly thanked the German people and their government in a tweet on the Twitter social networking site, writing, “Thanks, Germany, for standing with us in our common struggle against terrorism.”

The Israel Embassy in the United States, and the Israel Mission to the United Nations both posted photos of the beautiful gate on Twitter as well, saluting Germany’s commemoration of Israel’s victims of terror.

Hana Levi Julian

Namibians Suing Germany for 1904 Genocide

Monday, January 9th, 2017

In January 1904, the Herero and Nama nations rebelled against German colonial rule. In August, German General Lothar von Trotha defeated the Herero in the Battle of Waterberg and drove them into the desert, where most of them died of dehydration. In October, the Nama people also rebelled against the Germans and suffered the same fate.

Between 24,000 and 100,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama died. The first phase of the genocide was characterized by widespread death from starvation and dehydration as the Germans prevented the retreating Herero from leaving the Desert. Later, thousands of Herero and Nama were imprisoned in concentration camps, where the majority died of disease, abuse, and exhaustion.

In 1985, the UN’ Whitaker Report classified those events as an attempt to exterminate the Herero and Nama peoples of South-West Africa, and therefore one of the earliest cases of genocide in the 20th century. In 2004, the German government recognized and apologized for the events, but ruled out financial compensation for the victims’ descendants. In July 2015, the German government and the speaker of the Bundestag officially described the events “genocide” and “part of a race war,” but continued to refuse to pay reparations, because saying it pays millions of dollars of development aid to the country instead.

Last Thursday, according to MmaringReport, the Ovaherero and Nama people filed a lawsuit in NY for unspecified sums against Germany, to seek reparations and compensation for the atrocities. Representatives of the Herero and Nama tribes also filed a class-action complaint with the UN Thursday against the German government, seeking reparations and a place at the negotiating table.

The tribesmen people also claim that the German government also looked the other way regarding rape by German colonists of indigenous women, as well as the use of slave labor.

“The only difference [between the Jewish Holocaust and our own] is that the Jews are white and we are black,” Herero chief Sam Kambazembi told the NY Times last December.


Iranian Regime Behind Assassination Attempt on Pro-Israel German Politician

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

The Iranian regime has been exposed for the first time ever, for attempting to assassinate a German government official.

A Pakistani national was indicted on charges of espionage by the German federal prosecutor for attempting to assassinate the former president of the German-Israel friendship society, Reinhold Robbe, in collaboration with Iran’s intelligence agency.

The German politician served as Social Democratic Party deputy in the Budestag from 1994 to 2005, and then as parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces as well, according to a report by journalist Georg Heil, writing for the West German Broadcasting (WDR) news outlet.

According to reports citing Germany’s federal prosecutor on Friday, 31-year-old Syed Mustafa H., a Pakistani national who worked for the German Aerospace Center in Bremen, was indicted Monday on charges of espionage in connection with planned terror attacks against groups and individuals involved in pro-Israel work in Germany.

The Berlin-based Tagesspiegel newspaper also reported on Mustafa’s arrest and indictment, adding that he may have been working for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

He is suspected of carrying out intelligence activity on behalf of the Iranian regime from July 2015 to July 2016, according to the indictment, which indicated that Mustafa was paid by the Iranian government for the information he provided.

Among the details he allegedly gave the Iranians was a “movement profile” of Robbe that included following him on his daily commute on public transportation to and from his home and office. He also gave the Iranians reconnaissance information of the society headquarters in Berlin.

The indictment accused Mustafa of being in contact with the Iranian intelligence agent responsible for Europe operations since 2011.

Hana Levi Julian

President Rivlin Gets Annual Strategic Survey for Israel, Warns: We Don’t Yet Know Middle East Policies of President-elect Trump

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Israel does not yet know what President-elect Donald Trump has in store, policy-wise, for the Middle East, President Reuven Rivlin warned Monday, and added that the political agenda this year in Europe has raised the level of uncertainty and the need for “readiness” even further in the Jewish State.

The president made the remarks upon receiving the “2016-17 Strategic Survey for Israel” produced by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at his official residence in Jerusalem.

“The ‘Strategic Survey’ always considers elements of uncertainty,” he said. “However, this year more than ever uncertainty is especially high.” He noted that elections are being held in France, Germany annd elsewhere. “Uncertainty is always a recipe for risk, and also for opportunities and we need know how to deal with it – and utilize it – wherever possible.”

Nevertheless, he said, there are also things that do not change. One of those he pointed to is the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

“We must begin to think practically, to allow us to build the conditions for future agreements with the Palestinians. There is no other choice, we must begin to think ahead, how we can get out of the political stalemate. Included in this Strategic Survey are a number of articles and ideas, which open horizons to real practical thinking on building the conditions for future agreements with the Palestinians.”

The INSS ‘Strategic Survey’ is open to the public, enabling every Israeli to understand individually the significant security and political challenges currently faced by the State. The document also provides recommendations on “the ways to deal with” those challenges.

“The conclusion is that Israel must preserve its independence in order to safeguard its essential interests,” the president commented. “Yet in the same breath, you make clear that specifically for the sake of this security and independence, Israel must have cooperation with as many countries as possible in our region and around the world. You highlight that sovereignty and security will never be assured only with high walls and military might. Today more than ever, this is a message of unparalleled importance.”

Hana Levi Julian

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