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November 25, 2015 / 13 Kislev, 5776
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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.

German Chancellor: Jewish Life in Judea and Samaria ‘Counter-Productive’

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

At a joint news conference Wednesday night in Berlin with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Israel and the Palestinians both “need to make a contribution” in order to restore calm after weeks of unrest. Merkel urged Netanyahu to rethink his government’s policy on Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, calling them “counterproductive” to the two-state solution.

“I have spoken out against them many times and if it is about doing everything possible right now to calm the situation, then I think all sides need to make a contribution,” she said. She also agreed Israel has an “obligation” to protect its own citizens and said the Palestinians must condemn “everything constituting the support of terror.”

Netanyahu insisted that it is Palestinian incitement and not Israeli policies which are the cause of the current wave of violence. He said the international community must demand of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas to stop inciting terrorism and stop spreading lies about Israel and its policies. “If we want peace we must stop the terror. To stop terrorism, stop incitement,” Netanyahu stressed.

Netanyahu Attacks Deniers of Mufti-Holocaust Links

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu preceded his flight to Germany Wednesday for a meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel with by rejecting criticism of his remarks last night that linked Mufti al-Husseini with the Holocaust.

Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog, his cohorts on Israel Radio’s Kol Yisrael (Reshet Bet) and the Palestinian Authority were all over the Prime Minister Wednesday morning, accusing him of re-writing history and inciting Arabs.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s comments on the Mufti during his speech to the World Jewish Congress were perfectly timed, giving him ammunition to carry with him when talking with Merkel about Palestinian Authority incitement.

He rejected criticism that his comments implied that Hitler was not responsible for the slaughter of 6 million Jews, and he explained:

It is absurd. I had no intention to absolve Hitler of responsibility for his diabolical destruction of European Jewry. Hitler was responsible for the Final Solution to exterminate six million Jews. He made the decision.

It is equally absurd to ignore the role played by the Mufti, Haj Amin al -Husseini, a war criminal, for encouraging and urging Hitler, Ribbentropp, Himmler and others, to exterminate European Jewry. There is much evidence about this, including the testimony of Eichmann’s deputy at the Nuremberg trials, not now, but after World War II. He said:

He replied to Arab criticism that he false accused the Mufti of advising Hitler to burn Jews and said:

There is much evidence about this, including the testimony of Eichmann’s deputy at the Nuremberg trials, not now, but after World War II. He said:

‘The Mufti was instrumental in the decision to exterminate the Jews of Europe. The importance of his role must not be ignored. The Mufti repeatedly proposed to the authorities, primarily Hitler, Ribbentropp and Himmler, to exterminate the Jews of Europe. He considered it a suitable solution for the Palestinian question’.

Eichmann’s deputy, added:

‘The Mufti was one of the instigators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and was a partner and adviser to Eichmann and Hitler for carrying out this plan’.

He reminded listeners that “Haj Amin al-Husseini is still a revered figure in Palestinian society. He appears in textbooks and it is taught that he is one of the founding fathers of the nation, and this incitement that started then with him, inciting the murder of Jews – continues.

Kerry to Meet Netanyahu, Abbas — ‘He (Abbas) Needs to be Condemning This’

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed for the first time on Sunday that he plans to travel to Germany this week to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Speaking in Paris at a luncheon held at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Secretary said, he would follow that meeting with another held somewhere in the Middle East with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, according to Reuters.

“Later this week I will meet with Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu because he will be in Germany,” Kerry said, adding, “…and then I will go to the region, I will meet with President [Mahmoud] Abbas, I will meet King Abdullah [of Jordan] and others and in between I will have some key meetings on the subject of Syria with critical players,” Kerry said.

The Secretary did not reveal details about where he would meet with Abbas, nor did offer any specific information about the talks he plans to hold on Syria while in Europe.

Just two days ago, however, Kerry made his views clear about the current wave of terror sweeping the State of Israel.

“There’s no excuse for the violence,” he told NPR in a radio interview Friday in the United States.

“No amount of frustration is appropriate to license any violence anywhere at any time. No violence should occur. And the Palestinians need to understand, and President Abbas has been committed to nonviolence.

“He needs to be condemning this, loudly and clearly. And he needs to not engage in some of the incitement that his voice has sometimes been heard to encourage. So that has to stop,” Kerry said.

Ben Carson’s Defenders Say Comment on Holocaust and Jewish Guns Has Merit

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

(JNi.media) American psychiatrist, author and television personality Keith Ablow, who is also a contributor on psychiatry for Fox News Channel, has weighed in on the Ben Carson controversy regarding the hypothetical question of whether or not Jews would have fared better had they owned guns during the Holocaust.

In his new book “A Perfect Union,” Carson wrote that “through a combination of removing guns and disseminating propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance.”

What Carson’s comment revealed was not so much his knowledge of the Nazi state’s effort to dehumanize, disenfranchise, relocate and execute millions of Jews, through a policy of terror, starvation and brutality, but perhaps the fact that he did not know enough not to step on the third rail of American national politics — Jewish sensibilities about the Holocaust. His comment about “little resistance” sounded too close to the notion of “sheep to slaughter” Jews have tired of hearing.

ADL National Director Jonathan Greenblatt tried to put it charitably when he noted: “Ben Carson has a right to his views on gun control, but the notion that Hitler’s gun-control policy contributed to the Holocaust is historically inaccurate. The small number of personal firearms available to Germany’s Jews in 1938 could in no way have stopped the totalitarian power of the Nazi German state.”

But Keith Ablow stood up for Carson, stating simply: “Ben Carson is right, and Jonathan Greenblatt is wrong.” And he explained: “What Greenblatt fails to account for is that the surrendering of firearms by Jews when required to by Nazi authorities was not merely the surrender of guns and ammunition. Those material items would not have been sufficient to defend against the Third Reich’s military.”

As is often the case, context is crucial in understanding these seemingly conflicting views. According to Stephen P. Halbrook, author of “Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and ‘Enemies of the State,’” There were an estimated 20,000 German Jews who owned guns, either for hunting, or souvenirs taken home after their service in WW1. As soon as Adolf Hitler became Germany’s Chancellor, in 1933, the Nazi government used official records to disarm potential opponents—communists, socialists and Jews. They conducted mass searches and seizures of guns, and Police revoked gun licenses of Social Democrats and others who were not “politically reliable.”

In 1938, Halbrook reports, Hitler signed a new Gun Control Act, prohibiting Jews from working in the firearms industry, and also banning .22 caliber hollow-point ammunition. Then, following the shooting of a German diplomat in Paris by a teenage Polish Jew, the Nazis engaged in Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, which was, in fact, presented as a massive operation in search of Jewish owned weapons. The Nazis also ransacked Jewish homes and businesses and set fire to synagogues, but the excuse for all of the above was the notion that the dangerous Jews were harboring illegal weapons.

It is always a tricky business to judge the behavior of people in the past using the mindset of the present. But while Ben Carson misunderstand the sense of helplessness German and later Polish Jews felt, deserted as they were by practically the entire gentile world in the late 1930s and early 1940s, the point he makes is still valid. Gun ownership is an effective bulwark against a tyrannical regime, and the proof is that the first thing such a regime would go after are individually owned guns.

And, possibly, to take Carson’s notion another step, even in the most decrepit conditions, in a starved and diseased Warsaw Ghetto, a small band of Jews, scantily armed, managed to hold the Nazi army at bay for nearly a month, from April 19 to May 16, 1943. So Jews have shown that finally possessing guns made a big difference, contributing to the most heroic chapter in our own history.

Netanyahu Cancels Trip to Germany Due to Security Situation

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Government officials have confirmed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled his scheduled trip to Germany due to the current security situation in Israel.

Netanyahu had planned earlier this week simply to shorten the trip, but Wednesday morning another Israeli was stabbed in a terror attack at the Lion’s Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

This time the attacker was an 18-year-old Palestinian Arab girl who sneaked up on a 35-year-old Jewish man from behind and stabbed him in the back. She was stopped from killing her victim by a nearby armed Israeli passerby who drew his gun and shot her. It’s not yet clear whether she was operating as part of a larger terror cell or not.

Netanyahu’s decision to remain at home, and his announcement that he has cancelled the trip in light of the security situation, reflects the rise in tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Despite a public statement by PA leader Mahmoud Abbas claiming his desire for peace on Tuesday, he coyly delivered a very different message to the Palestinians on the street.

“We don’t want a military and security escalation with Israel,” he said at a meeting of executive officials, according to the PA’s WAFA news agency. “We are telling our security forces, our political movements that we do not want an escalation, but that we do want to protect ourselves.”

A statement by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) – which Abbas also heads – later that evening, brazenly said the group was “saluting the masses of Palestinians who are confronting the ‘Occupation’” and urged PA residents to “unite for an act of national defense.”

A Palestinian Authority official later told The Guardian newspaper, “What [the two statements] are saying, is do not fall into an Israeli trap and start shooting. It does not mean Abbas is saying ‘no’ to the popular resistance.” The official predicted a “difficult week ahead,” the newspaper reported.

The brazen incitement being disseminated from the very top levels of government in the Palestinian Authority is clearly successful in encouraging Arab teens and young adults to attack Israeli civilians and police — hence the prime minister’s decision to remain in Israel to contend with the results and find a solution.

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