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Migrants Threaten ‘Open or Die’ En Route to Europe

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

A group of sturdy-looking young men waved a homemade banner that proclaimed in large black letters, ‘OPEN or DIE’ in the photo that flashed around the Internet this week.

Their raised fists, arms to the skies and some with their first two fingers in the “V” symbol of solidarity, all told the same story of defiance and rage as they faced the barbed-wire that sealed the border between Macedonia and Greece.

The small landlocked state of Macedonia simply quailed at the thought of being overrun by the hordes of migrants flowing across the continent and just.said.no.

But Macedonia is only one of a growing number of countries that closed its borders in fear of the unknown population heading its way, especially in the wake of the Paris massacre, and most recently the slaughter in San Bernardino. In both cases, ISIS-linked terrorists who had somehow immigrated to the host country were involved in the massacres.

Macedonia has begun to build a fence along its border with Greece in order to block the transit route which runs from north Africa and Syria through Turkey to Europe. The Macedonian government says it will allow refugees who are fleeing war zones to continue on through — meaning, the 2,500 who are coming from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan — a confusing policy that does not explain how the government will differentiate between legitimate migrants and possible terrorists.

But perhaps it is just the overwhelming numbers the government fears.

On Wednesday, more than 2,300 of the migrants were moved to “open hospitality facilities” in Athens onboard 45 buses, police said in a statement. The migrants, mainly from Pakistan, Somalia, Morocco, Algeria and Bangladesh, are to be sheltered in former Olympic stadiums, according to police.

Some 350 riot officers were mobilized at dawn for the operation.

Some 3,500 migrants from Iran, Morocco, Pakistan and Eritrea were being blocked at the border a day earlier, having been told they must leave the border area. Those young men had engaged in clashes with those who were allowed to pass through — people from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq — and prompted intervention by 150 Greek riot police, according to reports Thursday morning on local Greek blogs and social media.

Greece is being inundated by migrants — so far, 600,000 have flooded the country so far this year — but now the European Union is adding coals to the fire, threatening to impose passport controls for Greek citizens in the EU if Greece cannot get a better handle on its borders. Greece contends that its borders are at the “start of the corridor” and the “door” is in Turkey.

Earlier this month, the Greek government told Israel it would disregard the EU’s guidelines advising member states to re-label any goods manufactured in Jewish communities past the 1949 Armistice Line, also known as the “Green Line.” Those guidelines advise that anything produced in Judea and Samaria cannot be labeled “Made in Israel.” The move was deeply appreciated by Israel’s population and the Jerusalem government.

Hana Levi Julian

Timely: New Book Explores How 100,000 Jewish Refugees Were Saved by US

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

(JNi.media) As Syrian refugees risk their lives to immigrate to other countries, many are reminded of the attempts of Jews to escape Nazi persecution in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1944, the US government created the War Refugee Board, in an effort to save Jews from the raging European Holocaust. Heather Voight’s new book, “Passionate Crusaders: How Members of the US War Refugee Board Saved Jews and Altered American Foreign Policy during World War II,” her debut work, is the first book ever to focus exclusively on the War Refugee Board and its accomplishments. A well-researched work, it will be of interest to anyone interested in immigration issues in America, today and yesterday.

By January 1944, Treasury Department officials Henry Morgenthau, John Pehle, and Josiah DuBois had already convinced President Franklin Roosevelt to create the War Refugee Board, an agency with the authority to provide rescue and relief for Jews and other groups persecuted by the Nazis. Scholars have criticized the Board for its inability to save more Jews, insisting the agency should have been created sooner. Heather Voight’s research shows that despite its shortcomings, the War Refugee Board changed history and forever altered American foreign policy. Its creation ended the cycle of indifference that the government and the American public had shown to victims of the Holocaust. In the words of Henry Morgenthau, from 1944-1945 “crusaders, passionately persuaded of the need for speed and action” risked their reputations and sometimes their lives to save Jews.

Voight’s book doesn’t merely tell readers the War Refugee Board was important—it shows how it was created, the actions it took to save lives, and the determination of its members to combat anti-Semitic and anti-immigration attitudes. “Passionate Crusaders” shines a light on the agency that President Franklin Roosevelt created in the midst of a State Department scandal, was staffed by mostly non-Jews who risked their reputations and sometimes their lives working for the Board, saved more than 100,000 Jews using a combination of diplomatic and clandestine methods, and pressured the War Crimes Commission to change its definition of war crimes–the same definition used today.

“I first read about the War Refugee Board while working on my college thesis,” Voight told an interviewer. “When I started to talk about the Board to other people, I got a lot of blank stares. Despite the number of people aided by the War Refugee Board and its lasting impact on American foreign policy, few Americans have ever heard of it. I wrote this book to tell the story of the Board’s members who tried to do so much in so little time.”

JNi.Media

6 Anglo Aliyah Immigrants to Receive NBN Bonei Zion Prize

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Six olim (immigrants) from English-speaking countries who have made a major impact on the State of Israel will be awarded the Nefesh B’Nefesh 2015 Bonei Zion Prize next Tuesday, May 12 in a ceremony at the Knesset Auditorium.

MK Tzachi Hanegbi will attend and also present an additional Lifetime Achievement Award to Tal Brody for his contribution to shaping and helping Israel though sports and dedicated hasbarah (public communications) efforts.

Professor Charles Sprung, director of the General Intensive Care Unit at Hadassah Medical Organization is to receive an award in the field of Science and Medicine.

Jon Medved, founder and CEO of OurCrowd will receive an award for his work in the field of Entrepreneurship and Technology.

Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber, founder and executive director of ITIM, the organization that helps people who want to convert to Judaism, will receive an award for his work in the field of Community and Non-Profit.

Chana Reifman Zweiter, founding director of Kaleidoscope / The Rosh Pina Mainstreaming Network, is set to be awarded the prize in the field of Education.

Asher Weill, publisher and editor, will be awarded the prize in the field of Culture, Sports & Arts.

IDF Staff Sgt. Asaf Stein, PhD, will receive the IDF and National Service Young Leadership Award.

Nefesh B’Nefesh was founded in 2002 to help increase the success of North American aliyah to Israel. In cooperation with the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency for Israel, the organization continues its commitment to bringing Jews from North America and the UK on aliyah to Israel.

NBN works to remove or minimize financial, professional, logistic and social obstacles that are often involved in a move to the Jewish State through its unique support and comprehensive social services. As a result, more than 90 percent of the “anglos” who have moved to Israel with the help of NBN have remained there.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Ministers Told to Prepare for ‘Large-Scale Immigration’

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Israeli government ministers are being warned to prepare for “large-scale immigration” as anti-Semitism rises abroad.

“We are taking action and must continue to do so that those Jews will come here and not go to other countries. The manifestations of anti-Semitism in various European countries will not be forgotten and will even increase due – inter alia – to the rise of the forces of extremist Islam and additional changes that are taking place there.

“It must be assumed that the situation will worsen and that pressure on the communities will increase,” Netanyahu continued. “We are facing a major wave of immigration for which we must be prepared.”

Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky, Aliyah and Immigration Absorption Minister Sofa Landver, and ministry officials also briefed ministers on the actions being taken to strengthen and assist Jewish communities around the world, according to a communique sent to media.

Possibly as a follow up to the necessity of conserving resources in order to prepare for mass immigration, the cabinet also discussed and approved draft legislation on reducing the use of cash in the economy.

Also discussed and approved was draft legislation on electronic check clearing, a move that will streamline financial processing in the country.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israel to Ease Absorption, Employment for Immigrants from France

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Israel’s government cabinet decided Sunday to clear obstacles to the absorption of new immigrants in the labor market, in particular, those from France.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Aliyah and Absorption Minister Sofa Landver today described the decision to members of the French Jewish community in Israel.

“We want to see masses of Jews coming here,” Netanyahu said. “I appeal especially to the Jews of France; this is a community that I know, love and appreciate. We see you today not only as brothers and sisters but as our very flesh.”

That being the case, he pointed out, one would wonder why the government makes it so difficult for Jewish professionals to start over in Israel.

“Why don’t we allow Jewish professionals — and they have a splendid community in France, the talents and charms of which I have learned to recognize, who can make a tangible contribution to Israeli society, to the Israeli economy, and to Israeli security — to do so?” Netanyahu asked rhetorically.

“As a first step, we decided today that by January 1 we will demand that all Government ministries simplify, cut and shorten procedures” so as to allow French Jews to gain approval for a range of credentials already earned in fields, professions, degrees and diplomas, the prime minister said.

“I think that this is essential; it is essential to other communities too, we are doing this as well. This should have been done decades ago but we are doing it now.

“I think this is very important and I reiterate and say one thing: This is your home, this is your state. This is a personal decision but I want you to know that we await you with open arms and we want to roll out the red carpet so that you can come and join in building up our country and in ensuring the future of our people here in our land.”

A business attorney who helps investors move their portfolios told The Observer in September that anti-Semitism in France is responsible for rising migration of wealthy Jewish families.

“France is a weird country because it has a large Jewish and large Muslim population, so there is a real tension, a real undercurrent of hostility and a threat. Now, it has become a lot easier for people to become a lot more open about their anti-Semitism and hate,” Marlen Kruzhkov said. “Even a year ago, they were shocked.”

The United States is a terrific place to do business, Kruzhkov said, with less tape than Israel, and provides great opportunity for investment. But the bottom line is, “the driving force is the anti-Semitism,” he emphasized, adding that an estimated $1.44 billion has moved from France to New York due to the rising hatred against Jews so far this year alone.

Now add to this the “jihad” factor — the issue of Islamic “holy war.”

At present there are between 3.5 to five million Muslims in France, representing between five to ten percent of the population, according to the Euro-Islam website. Islam is currently the second most widely-practiced religion in France, after Roman Catholicism.

Intelligence and law enforcement personnel in France are becoming increasingly concerned about Islamic radicalization as hundreds fall prey to the seductive call of murderous jihadists via the mosques.

For example, Islamic convert Maxime Hauchard, 22, grew up in Normandy a mild-mannered young man who liked movies and motorbikes. But last week he suddenly appeared as a cold-blooded killer with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organization, wielding a Kalashnikov with two other men. The second in the trio seen in a video online burning their French passports was 26-year-old Abou Ossama al-Faranci, according to a report published in La Depeche du Midi.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel’s Population Nears 9 Million

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Israel’s population grew by nearly 200,000 in the past 12 months and is 8,904,373 three days before the Rosh HaShanah New Year, which begins Wednesday night.

The figures include 24,801 new immigrants whom Israel welcomed the past 12 months.

More than 176,000 new babies were born in the current Hebrew year, according to the Ministry of Population and immigration, and baby boys outnumbered girls by more than 5,000.

The most popular Hebrew names were traditional, with Yosef, Daniel and Ori leading the pack for boys. The most frequent names for girls were Tamar, Noa and Shira.

The divorce rate was approximately 25 percent, far below the rate of Western countries.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Feiglin’s Law: 1.5 Million More Jews Making Aliyah Soon

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The computer industry has Moore’s Law, which is an observation that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years.

Israel now has Feiglin’s Law, which is an observation that Israel receives an increasing and massive influx of new Olim (immigrants) whenever major global geopolitical shifts occur, especially when those shifts synchronize with increased antisemitism and economic problems.

Feiglin told the Minister of Aliya and Absorption in the Knesset that that he expects a million and a half Jews to make Aliyah within the decade, as all the conditions are right for it.

Feiglin points out that throughout Zionism’s history, the demographers have been naysayers, proclaiming how few Jews will be in Israel, and even questioning if the Jews will be the majority in our own land.

In 1898 Shimon Dubnov estimated no more that 500,000 Jews will be in Israel by the year 2000. In the 1940’s Israel’s Bureau of Statistics estimated that in 2001 there would be no more than 2.3 million Jews in Israel.

In 1967, demographers actually claimed that Jews would be the minority in Israel by 1987.

Yet after the War of Independence, a million Jews arrived. In the 1970’s 300,000 Jews arrived, and after the USSR fell, another million Jews arrived.

And of course, as Feiglin points out, Jewish families still maintain very high birth rates, and not only among the religious.

As history showed, by the year 2000 Israel had over 5 million Jews, and are clearly the majority west of the Jordan river.

If Feiglin’s Law is right then we’re going to need a lot more housing in Judea and Samaria.

I just hope a good percentage of those Olim will be Americans.

Shalom Bear

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