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July 30, 2015 / 14 Av, 5775
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World Jewish Athletes to Gather in Hitler’s Stadium July 28

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

On July 28, Jewish athletes from around the world will demonstrate the power of generational victory as they gather to compete in the Berlin stadium built on Hitler’s orders for the 1936 Olympics.

In a stadium still haunted by images of swastika flags surrounding the Nazi salutes of the crowd in its stands, The Maccabi Games will be held in Berlin for the first time since the Holocaust.

It’s been 70 years since the fall of Nazi Germany. For the generations whose lives have been touched by the horror of Hitler’s hell, however, it will never be long enough.

“When I entered the stadium for the first time a year and a half ago, even I wondered if it’s right to host the games here,” admitted the president of Maccabi Germany, Alon Meyer.

“I still get goosebumps when I imagine what happened here, who stood here and what they were shouting. It’s unbelievable.

“But now we are returning to the very same place and saying, ‘You have failed; we are the ones who won.’”

The European Maccabi Games is an international Jewish sport event similiar to the Olympic Games. Some 2,000 Jewish athletes from all over Europe are expected to participate in The Maccabi Games.

Iranian Anti-Israel ‘Quds Day’ Sparks Counter Protest in Berlin

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

German police were out in force to monitor hundreds of anti-Israel marchers and counter protesters in Berlin on Saturday to mark the Iranian ‘Quds Day.’ Police arrested a pro-Israel demonstrated though it is not clear why.

The Tehran-manufactured event is used to whip up Muslims around the world up into protesting the existence of Israel, just as Iran sponsors outright terrorist activity both in sovereign nations and outlawed terrorist organizations around the world as well.

Demonstrators waved flags from Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority, held banners proclaiming “Freedom for Palestine,” waved signs condemning Da’esh (ISIS) and brandished large photographs of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Three members of the Jewish Neturei Karta extremists also participated in the anti-Israeli protest, marching together with Muslim clerics.

Hundreds of counter protesters were also out to make their views known as well. They waved Israeli flags and chanted pro-Israel slogans.

Protesters from the LGBT movement were also involved in the pro-Israel demonstration. The reason had to do with highlighting the difference between social acceptance of LGBT members in Israel and rejection of them in Iran and the Arab world.

One of the pro-Israeli demonstrators was arrested by German police, although the reason has not been clarified.

The Israeli Embassy is investigating the incident; a spokesperson from the embassy told reporters the counter protest had been calm and quiet.

Breaking News: Mass Murder in German Shooting Spree

Friday, July 10th, 2015

UPDATE:

At least one man and woman were killed and one other person was injured in a shooting spree near Ansbach, Germany on Friday.

Unconfirmed reports say that several people were killed. It is not yet known if it a terrorist attack.

Police reportedly have captured the murderer, who fled in a silver Mercedes Cabrio

Obama Trying to Make US Leftist Jews “Mainstream’

Monday, July 6th, 2015

A recent meeting between National Security Council officials and the left-wing Breaking the Silence group barely made headlines but was a significant move in President Barack Obama’s agenda to justify his view that Israel is an “occupier.”

It was President Obama who succeeded in removing AIPAC as the default representative of what is called the “pro-Israel lobby” by opening the Oval Office to J Street, the left-wing group that thinks being “pro-Israel” means accommodating Hamas, expelling 600,000 Jews from Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and granting statehood Palestinian Authority inside Israel’s borders.

Calling itself “pro-Israel, pro-peace,” and with generous funding from far-left billionaire George Soros, J Street’s launch in 2008 coincided with the campaign and election of President Obama.

Since then, Obama has shifted farther and farther to adopt the Palestinian Authority view of Israel as an occupier, and of Jews in settlements and even half of Jerusalem as “illegal” and “illegitimate.” Listening to leftist Jews telling him what he wants to hear has strengthened his belief that the “peace process” is the panacea for the Middle East.

Obama also has grabbed every opportunity to twist Judaism into his vision of a religion that can used to support his agenda, and he has plenty of support from Reform Jewish leaders to become a modern Korach, the Biblical figure who rebelled against Moses’ authority by claiming that the entire Jewish community is just as holy as he is.

The end of the story is that Korach and his 250 followers were swallowed up in the ground, which opened up to bury them alive, and that seems to be the same fate for President Obama’s foreign policy, especially when it comes to any place in the Middle East.

Instead of accepting reality, he is trying to hold on to an illusion. Breaking the Silence is a new pawn for President Obama to use in his chess game to check Israel, and particularly Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Senior White officials welcomed Breaking the Silence, which was formed by a disgruntled Israeli-American soldier whose agenda is the same as Obama’s. Both of them have adopted the Palestinian Authority  term  “occupation” to describe the presence of approximately 300,000 Jews in Judea and Samaria and another quarter of a million or so in half a dozen Jerusalem neighborhoods. Tens of thousands of the residents are from the United States.

Reform Jewish leaders , who call themselves rabbis, do not represent Judaism, J Street does not represent the pro-Israel lobby, and Breaking the Silence does not represent the views of more than a tiny minority of Israelis.

But President Obama is playing magician to try to show that all three groups are the Jewish establishment.

The meeting  between White House officials with Breaking the Silence was the first ever and was held only days after the anti-IDF organization staged an anti-IDF exhibition  with the sponsorship of the Swiss government.

The President shrewdly made sure the meeting would not be held in the White House, making it easier for him to get smart and drop Breaking the Silence before it costs him support from the real mainstream Jewish community that knows the Israeli Defense Forces separate Israel from annihilation.

Haaretz reported that the meeting took place “at the offices of an American nonprofit in the capital.” A good guess – and it’s only as guess – would be that those offices belonged to J Street or perhaps more likely the Washington-based Foundation for Middle East Peace, whose president Matt Duss arranged the meeting.

The group’s website states:

The Foundation for Middle East Peace was created in 1979…to promote a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through education and advocacy…. the Israeli-Palestinian conflict [is] at the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict….

In 1992, in view of the growing threat of Israeli settlements to peace, the Foundation introduced the bimonthly Report on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories.

Breaking the Silence is trying to go mainstream. Obama’s “shared values” are more with the left-wing group than they are with the real mainstream in Israel and in the United States.

German Bundestag President Praises Israel at Knesset, Fights Anti-Semitism at Home

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Europeans must be resolute in curbing anti-Semitism, said German Bundestag President Norbert Lammert in an address to Knesset marking 50 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel.

After a few tentative lines in Hebrew, Lammert switched to German and said, “It is a great privilege, and also a pleasure, to speak to the representatives of Israel, home to Jews from all over the world, here in the Knesset, the beating heart of a strong democratic state, an open and free society, and the only functioning democracy in the Middle East.”

Calling his nation’s diplomatic ties with Israel “one of history’s miracles,” Lammert said “We are especially grateful, too, that after the traumatic experiences of National Socialist dictatorship and the Holocaust, Jewish life has once again resumed in Germany,” which he referred to as a “second democracy.”

Next year the Interparliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism will hold its conference in Berlin, Lammert said. “We recognize that nowhere in the world has anti-Semitism had more devastating consequences than in Germany.”

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein told Lammert, “Your standing at our side and at the side of the Jewish people is more important than ever, certainly now when there is a harsh struggle around the world against anti-Semitism and its new form: anti-Israeliness.”

Lammert visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem during his visit to the holy city. But one wonders how aware this German official is about the utter lack of interest in anything to do with anti-Semitism in his country.

The Facebook page for the Interparliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism has only one post since January relating to Germany. That is an announcement to say the German government “reinstated the Experts’ Commission on Antisemitism upon the request of the Parliament, in a motion supported by all parties.” (Not that any others were none better, with just one post each from the U.S., France and UK.)

Reader, were you aware the commission had been de-commissioned in Germany? No? What a surprise.

According to a new survey conducted on behalf of the European Jewish Association, however, only one in every four Germans even believes the European Union must do more to wipe out anti-Semitism.

Germans More Worried About Rising Islamophobia

Most Germans are far more worried about the rise of Islamophobia, according to the survey, released Wednesday, and 39 percent believe current measures being taken against anti-Semitism are sufficient. Moreover, 15 percent of Germans believe there is a need to reduce the activity on the subject.

EJA Director Rabbi Menachem Margolin called the findings “an educational failure in implementing the lessons of the Holocaust” and warned, “The German public is simply unaware of the rising tide of attacks motivated by anti-Semitism.”

The survey was conducted June 16-18 via the web panel of the European Research Institute YouGov, among a representative sample (1991) of the adult population, age 18+ in Germany.

Of the top ten challenges facing the European continent, 53 percent of respondents ranked “immigration” first; 44 percent ranked “environment” second; the third most important to the average German was “terrorism” at 42 percent. Anti-Muslim bigotry was ranked eighth at 15 percent; anti-Semitism came in ninth at half that figure.

Earlier this year, a German judge decided that three German Palestinians who were convicted of arson after hurling firebombs at a synagogue in Germany were motivated by trying to bring “attention to the Gaza conflict,” Jerusalem Post journalist Benjamin Weinthal reported in February.

The judge in the case did not believe the men were guilty of anti-Semitism, according to outraged Green Party deputy Volker Beck, who told media he wrote to the prosecutor in the case to file a legal objection.

Arabs Charge Obama With Turning His Back on Iraqi Prime Minister [video]

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The White House has vehemently denied charges that President Barack Obama literally turned his back on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi at the G7 summitt in Germany this week.

GulfNews.com posted a video showing Abadi sitting down on a bench where President Obama was talking with two other leaders. Obama’s back was turned to Abadi. The President continued to talk as if the newcomer didn’t exist, but it obviously was not intentional since the Iraqi leader approached the bench in the middle of the conservation.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that anyone looking at the scene and concluding that Obama  was snubbing Abadi is “telegraphing some insecurities that date back to junior high.”

Earnest obviously is right, as the video below shows, but the Arab reaction makes it clear that despite its being  sensitive, ego-centric and arrogant, it also interprets every word and body language of President Obama as a slur against Arabs.

When Obama “reached out Muslims” in Cairo in 2009, he did not realize whom he was dealing with.

And he still doesn’t.

Just ask Iran.

10 IDF Naval Officers Move to Germany to Oversee Shipbuilding

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Ten IDF naval officers have moved to Germany to oversee the construction of four new warships that will form the basis of protecting Israel’s offshore gas platforms, according to a report in The Marker.

The deal with Germany, to build the four ships, was signed last month, and will cost 1.8 billion shekels. The IDF will begin to receive the ships in 5 years.

Until then, the IDF Navy will continue to use existing ships to protect the gas platforms.

Germany will provide all the ship’s weapons and infrastructure, but the their installation and assembly will be done by Israelis.

The IDF officers will oversea the construction and learn the systems inside and out, including how to operate and maintain them, forming a nucleus for the long term support of the ships, which are expected to be in service for 30 years after receipt.

There are other IDF naval soldier who will join the officers.

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