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Istanbul Synagogue Sprayed With Anti-Israel Grafitti

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

The Istipol Synagogue in Istanbul’s historically Jewish Balat neighborhood was sprayed with hate a few days ago, according to a report Tuesday in the Turkish daily Today’s Zaman.

The grafitti, “Terrorist Israel, there is Allah!” was found slathered on the outside walls around the synagogue, in white paint, on January 8. It has since been painted over.

The vandalism occurred after a one-time prayer service was held at the synagogue – the first in 65 years – a rare event that given the response, may not be repeated for some time.

There are nine synagogues in the area, but only two remain active at this point, according to the newspaper.

Ivo Molinas, chief editor of the weekly Jewish Salom newspaper, was interviewed about the anti-Semitic attack by the Turkish daily Today’s Zaman.

Molinas noted that the Turkish Jewish community has nothing to do with Israeli domestic or foreign policy. He expressed exasperation at the automatic connection made by gentile Turks between Turkish Jewry and the State of Israel.

“I don’t know what to think, other than that people insist on connecting us to Israel. Of course there are some connections between our community and Israel; members of our community have family that live there and might have emotional connections but we have nothing to do with their political policies,” Molinas explained in a phone interview with Today’s Zaman.

“Writing anti-Israel speech on the wall [outside] of a synagogue is an act of anti-Semitism. There is widespread anti-semitism voiced in Turkey and it gets in the way of celebrating the richness of cultural diversity in this country,” he added.

This hatred is not new.

About 18 months ago, a conservative columnist known for his ties to the AKParty led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote a piece calling on the Turkish government to tax the country’s Jews in order to rebuild Gaza.

Writing in the Yeni Akit, Faruk Kose wrote that Turkey should impose the “Gaza Fund Contribution Tax” on Jews having anything whatsoever to do with Israel, or on anyone tied in any way to Israel.

The columnist said that Turkish Jewish citizens, any corporation, company or business that has any connection or maintains a partnership with a Turkish Jew – in short, anyone with any tie or connection with a Jew anywhere, or with Israel – should be taxed. Failure to pay the tax should lead to revoking one’s business license, and seizure of the offender’s property.

“The reconstruction of Gaza should be paid for by Jewish business owners,” Kose wrote.

Hana Levi Julian

Tel Aviv Synagogue Vandalized with Anti-‘Jewish State’ Grafitti

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

A synagogue led by a rabbi from the Tzohar movement has been vandalized in Tel Aviv.

Grafitti was discovered sprayed on the walls of the synagogue on Sunday, reading among other things, “In a place where a ‘national law’ is legislated – books will burn!”

Near the synagogue lay a pile of books that had been torched, but none were prayer books or any other sacred texts.

The Tel Aviv International Synagogue is a modern Orthodox congregation that is administered under the auspices of the Tzohar organization.

The “national law” referenced in the grafitti is the Jewish nation-state law now being discussed by the Knesset that was brought before the government by the Likud party.

The issue was raised by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who insisted it was time to formally incorporate into national law those principles that are delineated in the declaration of independence signed by the founders of the State in 1948.



Hana Levi Julian

BGU Students to Protest Incitement

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Students at Be’er Sheva’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev are planning to “light a candle to illuminate the darkness” and fight incitement against local Arab students.

In an announcement posted on Facebook, the students cited threatening letters sent to fellow Arab students and graffiti declaring “Death to Arabs” that prompted them to schedule the demonstration of solidarity, set for 9:00 pm at the entrance to the university’s dormitories.

The move comes in the aftermath of the murder of a 16 year old Arab teen last week, and in response to the ongoing Arab violence that is spreading rapidly around the country — and sparking a growing anger by Jewish youth who are rapidly becoming sick of being victimized by Arab terror attacks.

Three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists on June 12 have yet to be caught by Palestinian Authority forces, although the alleged murderers of 16 year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir were taken into custody by Israel within days.

“All are invited, regardless of affiliation,” the announcement said. “Let’s show the public that students at Ben Gurion University have a clear stand against violence and incitement.

“Such actions undermine the most basic foundations of democracy and we must condemn them wherever they occur – especially when they occur at home, under our very noses.”

This is particularly relevant at BGU, inasmuch as the university has been extremely proactive in programs to integrate Bedouin students with Jews and others. BGU has been at the forefront of the educational system to help advance the education of Bedouin children and promote higher education in the Bedouin world. The university has the highest Bedouin-Jewish student ratio in the country.

Moreover, Jewish communities in the Negev – most of which are small are located quite far apart from each other – likewise live with the approximately 250,000 Israeli Bedouin who currently populate the Negev.

Hana Levi Julian

The Price Tag of Terror

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Here is what I said at a Knesset deliberation that I initiated recently on the escalation of Arab terror in Judea and Samaria:

The internal security minister defined graffiti – albeit of unknown origin – in the Arab villages as “terror.” No more and no less. Writing on the wall is a new type of terror. He also recounted the incidents and counted, for example, the [Arab] village of Tuba Zangaria as one of the locations where this terror was perpetrated. He apparently did not know that the acting mayor of the village himself openly admitted that village residents wrote the graffiti.

Nobody really knows if Jews perpetrated this phenomenon, or if it is an Arab provocation. I am sure that it is usually a provocation. But just as in the case of Mohammed al-Dura [the 12-year-old Palestinian boy killed in 2000], our entire country blames itself, adding more and more fuel to the fire of self-blame. So let us speak a bit about the real terror that is raging right now in Judea and Samaria.

We are witnessing a complete loss of common sense on the part of Israel’s government and security forces on the roads of Judea and Samaria. Rocks and firebombs hurled at motorists have become routine – including on major highways like 443 between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. But who cares? We are all busy with the graffiti in some Arab village. We all quake over that terror.

A government that is incapable of taking care of rock throwing is incapable of dealing with a nuclear Iran. This impotence draws from the same source. This is not a philosophical pontification: It is the simple lesson of the past 25 years. Every rock in Yesha is the promo for the missile that will land in Tel Aviv.

The impotence is explained away with ethical principles, so to speak. There is no greater lie. Ask the two-year-old baby, Adele Chaya Biton, who is hovering between life and death after a rock to her head. Even if she remains alive, I know first-hand the meaning of a head injury.

That is not unidentified graffiti in some village.

You can also ask Aharon Zlatkin and others, whose skulls were shattered by rocks. Ask them to explain to you what our Sages meant when they said, “Those who have mercy on the cruel will ultimately be cruel to the merciful?”

The source of this impotence is the loss of our confidence in the justice of our position.

Those who turn their backs on the bedrock of our existence in this Land, on the source of all sources, on the Temple Mount; those who effectively transfer the sovereignty on the Mount to the Arab enemy find themselves incapable of justifying themselves or defending themselves everywhere else.

Is there someone else who does not understand that after the rocks, he is the next in line – no matter where his house may be?

Moshe Feiglin

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/moshe-feiglin/the-price-tag-of-terror/2013/06/06/

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