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Comprehensive Survey of Israelis in Germany Finds They Are Secular, Educated Leftists

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

(JNi.media) About 85% of Israeli Jews in Germany are secular—as opposed to 46% of Israeli Jews in Israel; 62% have a university degree—compared with 46% nation-wide in Israel; and at least 70% defined their world-view in the Israeli context as “left wing,” Israeli German Spitz Magazine reported in its December issue. Spitz is an independent magazine, whose founder and editor Tal Alon is a journalist who used to work as news desk chief for Yediot Aharonot and Maariv. She has been living in Berlin with her family since the summer of 2009.

The initial findings of the study, the result of a collaboration between Wuppertal University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, were presented last Friday by Prof. Uzi Rebhun and Prof. Danny Krenz at the Moses Mendelssohn Center in Potsdam. Some 600 Jewish Israelis (born in Israel and Hebrew speakers) were surveyed online, and a few Dozen Israelis living in Germany participated in in-depth Personal interviews conducted by Prof. Krenz and Cultural Anthropologist Katja Harbi.

Incidentally, after cross-checking data from different sources, the survey’s authors have concluded that the number of Israelis in Germany is a lot smaller than was believed, not more than 16,000, in contrast with various reports claiming higher numbers in Berlin alone.

One of the most interesting findings of the survey, according to Spitz, is the fact that about 69.1% of respondents define their sociopolitical outlook in the Israeli context as “left wing,” 22.4% as “center” and only 8.4% as “Right wing” — results which are dramatically different from the results of the most recent Israeli elections.

Another interesting statistic is the fact that in Germany 84.7% of Israelis are secular, 10.7% described themselves as “a little religious,” 3.9%” “moderately religious,” and only 0.7% as “very religious.” By comparison, according to a study by the Israel Democracy Institute in 2009, only 46% of Israeli Jews define themselves as secular while 32% are traditional, and 22% say they are religious or ultra-Orthodox. Similarly, while 68% of Israeli Jews say they always fast on Yom Kippur, 77.9% of Israelis in Germany said they do not ever fast on Yom Kippur.

Here is another fascinating finding: according to Spitz, 46.5% of Israelis with higher education have degrees in the arts and the humanities, compared with only 18.3% Israeli Jews in Israel with similar degrees.

58.5% of the respondents have immigrated to Germany at ages 25-34; economic reasons were cited by the vast majority; 26.1% have a German citizenship; 54% live with a spouse who is a German national; and 54.4% have parents or grandparents who are Holocaust survivors.

Berlin’s Newest Kosher Supermarket Ignores EU Anti-Israel Orders

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Germany’s answer to the European Union’s order to label “Green Line” goods was to allow the nation’s biggest kosher supermarket, Daily Markt, to open in Berlin.

In the heart of the nation where Jews once feared to tread, one can shop “blue-and-white” – and find quite a few products from Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights.

The initiative comes as a joint effort by German business owner Asan Mytev – who is not Jewish – along with several Jewish entrepreneurs and the assistance of Berlin Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal.

Located in the Chartlottenburg district, the store stocks only kosher items – a boon for those who until now have had to really search for such products.

“We will not be deterred by the security situation,” said Evgeny Bort, co-partner and store manager. “It doesn’t scare us and we don’t linger on it or pay attention to it. We cannot let terrorism stop us and interfere with our lives.”

Rabbi Teichtal likewise noted, “Although in the past our people have faced very difficult times in Europe in general and in Germany in particular, the necessary arrangements for maintaining Jewish life were always made. Although the situation today is quite different, we are still facing security challenges – but they do not discourage us.

“The new supermarket is another addition to the current line of Jewish institutions in the Berlin community which together enable us to maintain a full Jewish life in the city. As observant Jews we see this not only as a duty but also as a privilege.”

Bort acknowledged that some customers were critical of the decision to stock Israeli items, but dismissed the feedback.

“We have many customers who respond negatively … We tell them that this is none of our concern and that we are here to assist all those who wish to shop for kosher products but find the task to be very difficult.”

Why would a non-Jew want to open such a store? Mytev explained, “Until now, anyone who wanted to buy kosher products was forced to visit several different stores in order to find them all… In fact, for all of those customers who wish to buy only kosher products, the seemingly simple task of grocery shopping is actually a very difficult one.

“The Daily Markt provides them with a solution to this problem, enabling them to buy all kinds of kosher products under one roof.”

Due to the size of the business, the partners say they can also afford to offer “decent prices” despite the cost of imports.

“We have decided to sell everything here and to import goods from all over the world – from Europe, the U.S. and also from Israel,” explained Bort.

Surprisingly, almost half of the store’s non-Jewish clientele shop there “because of our affordable prices, regardless of the kosher issue… Also a large number of our non-Jewish customers come here because of our ‘parve’ products, which are known to be lactose-free.

“Like in the United States, the local population in Germany is also starting to realize that kosher is a standard for high-quality and healthy products.”

US Soldier Named ‘Righteous among the Nations’

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

A U.S. Army soldier who fought in against the Nazis is now the first American soldier to be recognized by Yad VaShem as “Righteous among the Nations” for rescuing Jewish soldiers.

Four other Americans, all of them civilians, have been recognized with the same honor.

The late Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds fought in the 422nd Infantry Regiment and was captured in the Battle of the Bulge. He was sent to the Stalag POW camp in Germany.

The Wehrmacht had an anti-Jewish policy, singling out Jewish POWs from the rest of the POW population, and many Jewish POWs were sent to extermination camps or murdered.

In January 1945, the Germans announced that all Jewish POWs in Stalag IXA were to report the following morning. Edmonds, who was the highest ranking solider in the American section of the camp ordered all his men, to fallout the following morning – Jews and non-Jews alike.

When the German camp commander, Major Siegmann, saw that all the camp’s inmates were standing in front of their barracks, he turned to Edmonds and exclaimed: “They cannot all be Jews!”

Edmonds replied, “We are all Jews.” After Siegmann took out his pistol and threatened Edmonds, the soldier declared:

According to the Geneva Convention, we only have to give our name, rank and serial number. If you shoot me, you will have to shoot all of us, and after the war you will be tried for war crimes.

The Commandant turned around and left the scene.

NCO Paul Stern, who was stood near Edmonds during the exchange and who was Netanyahu of those saved by his action, recounted the story to Yad VaShem

Stern, who was taken prisoner on December 17, 1944, added, “Although seventy years have passed, I can still hear the words he said to the German Camp Commander.”

Another Jewish soldier who was witness to the incident is Lester Tanner, who had trained in Fort Jackson where Master Sergeant Edmonds was stationed.  Tanner recalled:

He did not throw his rank around. You knew he knew his stuff and he got across to you without being arrogant or inconsiderate. I admired him for his command… We were in combat on the front lines for only a short period, but it was clear that Roddie Edmonds was a man of great courage who led his men with the same capacity we had come to know him in the States

I would estimate that there were more than one thousand Americans standing in wide formation in front of the barracks with Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds standing in front with several senior non-coms beside him, of which I was one… Edmonds, at the risk of his immediate death, defied the Germans with the unexpected consequences that the Jewish prisoners were saved.

Edmonds died in 1985.

Yad VaShem chairman Avner Shalev said, “Edmonds seemed like an ordinary American soldier, but he had an extraordinary sense of responsibility and dedication to his fellow human beings….The choices and actions of Master Sergeant Edmonds set an example for his fellow American soldiers as they stood united against the barbaric evil of the Nazis.”

Edmonds’ son, Pastor Chris Edmonds, is currently in Israel participating in a seminar sponsored by the International School for Holocaust Studies for Christian leaders.

 

UPDATE: German Store Sells ‘Made in Israeli’ Goods from Settlements

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Galeria Kaufhof, one of Germany’s largest department store chains, says it will continue to sell Israeli “settlement” products even if they do not have the new required label “Made in Settlements.”

The store reiterated a statement last week that it is the importers’ responsibility to follow the new European Union requirement that all products from the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria be labeled without indicating that they are made in Israel.

Product from the Golan Heights (Israeli settlement)’ or ‘Product from West Bank (Israeli settlement).’

An earlier report carried here quoted Channel 10 as saying that Galeria Kaufhof, which operates more than 100 stores in Germany, is removing “settlement” products from its shelves. The company vehemently denied the report, which also quoted a store manager as saying:

The EU is waging a religious war against Israel. It is one big political madness.

Galeria Kaufhof firmly stated today, as reported by Globes:

Our company has not removed any of those products from the shelves. We import the goods via European importers who are responsible for correct declaration. We do not get involved in politics with our assortment. Our core customer’s demands set the standards for the products we sell.

The company stand is directly opposite that of the large KaDeWe supermarket chain that yanked Golan Heights wines, Ahava cosmetics and other goods from its shelves.

KaDeWe later said the merchandise would be returned after being labeled according to the new EU regulations.

Under the new rules, products are from Arab areas will carry labels declaring: “Product from West Bank (product from Palestine), “Product from West Bank (Palestinian product),” “Product from Gaza (Palestinian product)” or “(product from Palestine).”

However, the EU says the labeling is not intended to recognize the Palestinian Authority as a country.

 

‘Israeli Intelligence Prevented Massive Terror Attack in Germany’

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Israeli intelligence once again is proven to be the number one weapon for Western Europe, the United States and Russia to fight Islamic terror.

Israeli intelligence was responsible for preventing a massive terror attack at a soccer stadium in Hanover last week, according to Stern Magazine, which also reported that a bomb-laden ambulance was discovered.

European media previously reported that French intelligence warned German authorities that terrorists were planning to attack Germany’s Hanover stadium, where a friendly game was scheduled between Germany and Holland.

German chancellor, Angela Merkel was due to attend the game, indicating that it was not coincidental that Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists targeted a stadium in Paris two weeks ago because president Francois Hollande was at the game. An attack inside the stadium was foiled by guards who stopped a suspect, who then blew himself up.

Stern reported Wednesday:

Israeli intelligence handed over exact information on what was expected in the planned attack in Hanover, leading to the last-minute cancellation of the friendly game between Holland and Germany.

A warning had been passed on a day before the game. The next day, hours before the soccer match, another intelligence report warned that a terror attack was “imminent.”

The night of the game four days after the ISIS massacres Paris, German authorities received information from Israeli sources that detailed a planned attack inside the stadium. A search outside turned up an ambulance loaded with a bomb. Police arrested a known suspect.

Two hours later, a Hanover train station was evacuated after as suspicious object was found.

Ambassador: Germany Strongly Opposes Boycott of Israeli Products

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

(JNi.media) German new ambassador to Israel Clemens Von Goetze, his country’s former Foreign Ministry’s political director, told Israel Radio on Wednesday that Germany strongly opposes any kind of boycott of Israeli products. According to Von Goetze, the EU’s initiative to mark products originating in the settlements is merely a technical step.

Israel is anticipating a decision by the EU in the next few days on guidelines for member states to begin labeling goods from the settlements to differentiate them from products made inside Israel’s 1949 armistice border.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Tuesday at a press conference at the Barkan industrial Park in Judea and Samaria that the move to mark products from the Jewish Settlements is part of a clear process of delegitimizing the State of Israel. “Whoever is trying to boycott certain regions of Israel is basically boycotting the state itself and creating delegitimization of the state,” she said. “When you boycott Judea and Samaria,” she added, “you eventually boycott Tel Aviv.”

Meanwhile, Knesset Member Tzipi Livni (Zionist Camp) criticized the government’s conduct regarding the European Union’s initiative to mark products manufactured beyond the green line, telling Israel Radio that she opposes the European initiative, but the government does not know how to deal with this challenge.

According to the Financial Times, many UK supermarkets introduced settlement labeling in 2009, and already mark products from farms in the region “West Bank (Israeli settlement)” and “West Bank (Palestinian product)” respectively. Denmark and Belgium follow similar guidelines.

Also according to the Financial Times, Israeli farmers in the Jordan Valley have shifted their sales to Russia, the US and Canada, and don’t bother being treated as second class vendors in Europe. Russia, which gets more of its food from outside the EU since the start of sanctions over the Ukraine conflict, has been a particularly welcome buyer in Judea and Samaria.

Netanyahu, Kerry, Steinmeier, Mogherini Meeting in Berlin

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Israel’s prime minister meets today with the EU foreign policy chief and Germany’s foreign minister, after having already met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, with whom he had an early-morning discussion.

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini is also scheduled to meet today (Oct. 22) with Secretary Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

All four leaders are expected to discuss the current wave of terror attacks aimed at Israel by Arab assailants, and the incitement emanating from the Palestinian Authority and its associated terrorist organizations.

A spokesperson for the European Union said the agenda for Mogherini will also include “the long stalemate in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the crises in Syria and in the entire region.

“Furthermore, the HRFA (Mogherini) plans to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the coming days,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

So far the current wave of Arab terrorism in Israel has left 10 Israelis dead and more than 112 wounded. At least 46 Arabs have also been killed in this latest jihad, (Islamic holy war) more than half of them terrorists.

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