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Trend: Israeli Businesswoman Shari Arison Buying 1,000 Berlin Rentals

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

(JNi.media) American-born Israeli businesswoman Shari Arison, considered Israel’s wealthiest woman, has completed the purchase of as many as 1,000 rental apartments in Berlin, in an overall deal worth $145 million, several Israel newspapers reported Tuesday.

ADO Properties, a Frankfurt exchange subsidiary of ADO Group, a real estate company listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, which is a subsidiary of the Shikun & Binui construction Group, controlled by Arison, has finalized a deal over the Sukkot holiday to pick up a 95% ownership in between 885 and 1,000 housing units. The units, built for rental, are located in Prenzlauer Berg, in the southern part of the borough of Pankow; Kreuzberg — one of the best-known areas of central Berlin; Neukölln, located in the southeastern part of the city, formerly part of the American sector; and Pankow, in north Berlin.

The average annual rental on these apartment is $7 million. ADO Properties will be funding the deal out of its large cash holdings.

Shari Arison was born in New York, the daughter of the businessman Ted Arison and Mina Arison Sapir. In 1966 her parents divorced, and she moved to live with her mother in Israel. At age 12 she returned to the US to live with her father, and five years later came back again and enlisted in the IDF.

In 1999 Arison inherited from her late father 35% of his possessions, and four years later she was the subject of major protests after firing 900 employees of Bank Hapoalim.

Berlin has been a popular destination for Israelis for more than a decade. The German website israelisinberlin.de has written recently that “more and more Israelis leave their homeland for Berlin. The reasons may be financial, personal or political, but the basic factor is that a growing group finds that life in the war-mongering right wing government of Israel is unbearable. Cheap, multicultural Berlin attracts a growing Israeli population.”

Several Refugees Injured in Mass Brawl over Toilets in Hamburg Shelter

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) The situation around a refugee shelter in Hamburg, Germany, remains extremely tense, according to Morgen Post. The chaos of the relocation of asylum seekers and a hunger strike, was followed on Wednesday by several violent clashes between Afghans and Syrians. Wednesday night, the fighting escalated into a mass brawl and several people were injured.

According to a report on Facebook, the Syrians and Afghans fought over the use of the showers at the makeshift accommodation. An eyewitness report on Facebook suggested the cause of the dispute was a locked toilet door.

Bergedorf, the largest of the seven boroughs of Hamburg, Germany, is increasingly becoming a powder keg, according to Morgen Post. Tensions erupted several times, well into the night on Wednesday and on Thursday morning, in the shelter on Kurt A. Körber-Chaussee, a main street going across Hamburg. Shortly after midnight, around 200 refugees were fighting one another, reaching for everything in the Hall to use as weapons: chairs, stones, iron bars. The 18-strong security staff tried in vain to intervene.

The situation was confusing and dangerous, in a largely dark building — the lights in the hall were turned off at 11 PM. Parents grabbed their children, trying to get out of the building. It took an eternity until the police arrive, according to reporter Von Hasan Gökkaya. The 50 police officers who advanced on the brawlers eventually brought the situation under control. Three people were arrested.

A Refugee going by the name of Aboud A. reported on Facebook: “There was a second brawl during the same night. Police arrived very late and took random people with them — it was awful.” In a sad statement, Aboud A. related how the fighting in his homeland Syria had destroyed his dreams — and how it could happen again now. He then pleaded for help.

But why has the situation escalated so badly, Morgen Post asked, saying the trigger for the violent eruptions is yet to be clarified, as of Thursday morning. Police did not offer a reliable number regarding the casualties.

German Police Chief: Muslim Violence Shows Christian Refugees Must Be Housed Separately

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) Jörg Radek, deputy head of Germany’s police union, said Christian and Muslim migrants should be lodged separately, following the increasing numbers of attacks on Christians by Muslims in refugee centers. And according to The Independent, a policy of segregation has already been implemented in the German state of Thuringia after Christian migrants in asylum centers were attacked by Sunnis attempting to impose Sharia law.

Rainer Wendt, another German police union official, said violence between groups of illegal migrants in German hostels is common. “We‘ve been seeing this violence for weeks and even months,” Wendt reported. “Groups join forces based on ethnicity, religion or clan structures and attack each other with knives and even weapons they have made themselves.” He explained that “Sunnis fight Shiites, there are Salafists of varying kinds… Women are being forced to wear veils. Men are forced to pray. Islamists want to impose their values.”

International Society for Human Rights official Max Klingberg complained that many migrants arriving in Germany are radical Islamists. “Among the new arrivals is not a small amount of religious intensity, it is at least at the level of the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said.

“I think housing separated according to religion makes perfect sense,” Radek told Die Welt. German police reported that 14 people were injured in two separate clashes that erupted between refugees last Sunday at a temporary migrant shelter in Kassel-Calden in northern Germany. On Thursday evening the week before, a fight broke out among some 200 Syrian and Afghan refugees wielding table legs and slats at a shelter in Leipzig. “They attacked each other with clubs and threw things at each other,” a police spokesman reported, according to the Independent.

“The police have reached their absolute breaking point,” Radek stated, explaining: “Our officials are increasingly being called to confrontations in refugee homes. When there are 4,000 people in a home which only actually has places for 750, this confinement then leads to aggression where even a tiny thing like the corridor to the toilet can lead to violence.”

According to bt2.net, the European establishment media is largely ignoring ethnic violence as illegal immigrants stream into the West. The most recent incident took place this week in a Danish refugee center near Copenhagen where a “a stateless Palestinian” in a refugee center stabbed a police officer.

Germany is expected to get about one million asylum applications this year. The German government has set aside $6.75 billion to fund accommodation, and designated an extra 3,000 police to cope with this influx. But with training for police taking around three years, according to The Independent, Germany’s 16 federal states rely largely on private security firms to maintain the peace.

Former Auschwitz Radio Operator Charged with Accessory to Murder

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

German authorities have charged a 91-year-old woman for her role in the murder of 260,000 Jews in the Auschwitz death camp during the Holocaust.

The woman, who has not been identified, served in the Nazi SS and worked as a radio operator for the camp’s commandant in 1944. Prosecutors plan to charge her as an accessory to murder because she aided the operation of the death camp.

The woman’s trial will come on the heels of the trial of Oskar Gröning, the so-called “bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” who was sentenced to four years in prison earlier this year for serving as an SS guard at Auschwitz.

Up until 2011, German authorities only prosecuted people who served in senior Nazi positions. But that year, John Demjanjuk, who had volunteered as an SS guard, was found guilty of accessory for the murder of more than 27,000 Jews at the Sobibor death camp.

Since then, German authorities have been going after other people who could be charged as accessories to Nazi crimes. But among the 6,500 former SS members who served in Auschwitz and were still living at the time of prosecution, only 50 have been convicted, according to The Telegraph.

Germany Looking to Expunge Laws Written by Hitlers ‘Blood Judge’

Friday, September 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) Roland Freisler was a bad man by most yardsticks. A prominent Nazi lawyer and judge, he became State Secretary of the Reich Ministry of Justice and President of the People’s Court, which was set up outside constitutional authority. He strongly supported rigid laws against “race defilement,” treating mixed-race marriages as racial treason. Freisler also introduced the concept of “precocious juvenile criminal” in the “Juvenile Felons Decree,” which provided the legal basis for imposing the death penalty and penitentiary terms on juveniles for the first time in German legal history. Between 1933 and 1945, German courts sentenced at least 72 German juveniles to death, among them 17-year-old Helmuth Hübener, found guilty of high treason for distributing anti-war leaflets in 1942.

In 1941, Freisler authored Germany’s criminal code, which defines a murderer as someone who kills “because of bloodlust, sexual gratification from killing, greed, or otherwise base motives.”

“Unlike other sections of Germany’s criminal code, the paragraph on murder does not describe the deed and what should be protected, namely life. Instead, it illustrates the type of person who could kill,” German attorney Pinar Gul has told GlobalPost. “That is typical of Nazi ideology.”

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has proposed updating the Strafgesetzbuch German penal code and removing from it those unmistakable traces of Nazism.

Central Council of Jews council President Josef Schuster agrees that “formulations introduced into our codes of law by the Nazis should certainly have no place there.” But, according to GlobalPost, some Germans don’t have a problem with the origin of their criminal code, as one Henny Jahn, organist from Dortmund, put it: “It’s not like anyone is trying to tear away the Autobahn, which was built by Hitler. … Quite the opposite. People use [the highways] and they do so quite happily.”

And MP Wolfgang Strobl, of of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat Union, told Die Welt: “When I see these days the terrible dimension that terrorist violence has taken on, I think we have much more important issues to solve.”

As it stands, the law compels judges to issue life sentences to those convicted of succumbing to “bloodlust” and committing murder. According to Dieter Dolling of Heidelberg University’s Criminology Institute, the proposed reform would allow judges to consider extenuating circumstances when sentencing convicted murderers.

On February 3, 1945, Freisler was presiding over a trial in Berlin, when the building was bombed by an Allied raid. Some witnesses claim that Freisler was crushed to death by falling masonry. Others claim that he bled to death outside of the court house ruins

Netanyahu Hints at Nazi Germany in Reaction to EU’s ‘West Bank’ Labeling

Friday, September 11th, 2015

The European Union promotes anti-Semitism while saying it fights it.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu implicitly referred to Nazi Gammy in his reaction to yesterday’s European Union resolution to label products from Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights as being “made in settlements in occupied territories.”

The European Parliament, as reported here, voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to label products from the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria “in the spirit of differentiation between Israel and its activities in the occupied Palestinian Territory,” although it is Syria and not the Palestinian Authority that claims the Golan.

Prime Minister Netanyahu stated:

This is unjust. It is simply a distortion of justice and of logic and I think that it also hurts peace; it does not advance peace. The root of the conflict is not the territories, and the root of the conflict is not the settlements.

We have historical memory of what happened when Europe labeled Jewish products.

Lufthansa Long-Haul Strike Set for Tuesday

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Lufthansa Airlines pilots are set to strike all day on Tuesday as part of a job action targeting management over salary, retirement benefits and budget cuts.

The pilots’ union, Vereinigung cockpit (VC) has specifically called the all-day strike for the airline’s long-haul and cargo flights flying out of German from 0600 GMT to 2159 GMT.

The union represetns some 5,000 Lufthansa and Germanwings pilots. Relations between management and the union broke down last week in talks over a new contract.

The union offered to increase the average retirement age to 60 and other ways to drop costs to a level similar to that of EasyJet.

Management is facing pressure as it tries to maintain its marketshare against budget rivals such as Ryanair, which advertises itself as “Europe’s cheapest airline” and which is targeting Germany in a market war for new passengers. Ryanair does not fly outside of Europe.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/lufthansa-long-haul-strike-set-for-tuesday/2015/09/07/

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