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September 3, 2015 / 19 Elul, 5775
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Jews Return to City of David Complex after 77 Years

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Jewish families and yeshiva students moved into a large complex in the old Yemenite community in the Silwan Valley in the pre-dawn hours Thursday morning, reclining another Jewish-owned property that was abandoned when the British expelled Jews in the 1930s.

The move, backed by the court that ordered eviction notices to Arab squatters, was made during the middle of the night in order not provoke friction with Arab neighbors.

The building, near the City of David across the street from the Western Wall plaza and located near other structures that have been bought by Jews in the old Yemenite Village, now is called Beit Rachel. It is a few minutes by foot from the recently redeemed sections of the original Yemenite Beit Knesset- Ohel Shlomo-Heichal Yonatan, named for Jonathan Pollard.

The original synagogue is one of the few buildings that remains in its entirety. It was one of the first buildings established in the Village by Yemenite Jews in 1885, who arrived in Jerusalem three years earlier before nay Arabs were living in the Silwan neighborhood.

Following Arab pogroms of 1936-37, the synagogue was defiled, desecrated and many holy books were burnt despite British promises to protect the holy Jewish site.

Arabs squatted in the old synagogue and in other buildings, including privately owned Yemenite homes.

In August 1938, the British Authorities removed the last remaining 35-40 Yemenite Jewish families who had managed to survive many years of attacks by Arabs in riots and pogroms.

The British High Commissioner on behalf of the British Government gave written assurances that the Jews would be able to return “shortly” to their homes but by the early 1940s,  Arabs had literally taken apart buildings and had stolen floor tiles, roof tiles, taps, building stones, window and door frames.

 

 

 

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New Jerusalem Street Honors Savior of 40,000 Jews During Holocaust

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Mayor Nir Barkat inaugurated a new street in Jerusalem in an official ceremony this week to honor Moshe (Miklós) Krausz, a little-known Hungarian Jew who saved about 40,000 Jews during the Holocaust

The street-naming publicly recognizes and honors Krausz’s work in a rare instance of recognition.

“This commemoration only begins to correct a historic injustice,” said Nachi Eyal, CEO of The Legal Forum for Israel and one of the people behind this initiative.

Eyal told Tazpit:

Krausz was a man of the World Zionist movement and the Mizrachi movement who saved tens of thousands of Jews and yet his name has been left out of the public knowledge. Krausz died alone and almost forgotten in Jerusalem after having immigrated here with the end of World War II.

Krausz served as the director of the Palestine Office for the World Zionist Movement in Budapest and was responsible for obtaining emigration permits for Jews to the British Mandate of Palestine.

Following the Nazi invasion of Hungary in 1944, Krausz, aided by his connections with Swiss Vice-Consul Carl Lutz, began producing diplomatic patronage certificates to thousands of Hungarian Jews and their entire families, effectively granting them diplomatic immunity from the Nazis.

Through his Swiss connection, Krausz also obtained extraterritorial status under the auspices of the Swiss government to many private buildings where Jews would hide from Nazi extermination.

Most prominent among these “safe houses” was a disused glass factory in Budapest. Dubbed “The Glass House” by survivors, over 3,000 Jews used the building as a hiding place and survived the Holocaust.

“Jews from all walks of life and different backgrounds huddled together in the crowded cellars,” Mordechai Newmann, a Glass House survivor who attended the ceremony told TPS. “Orthodox rabbis, socialist youth activists, Zionist Organization workers, and their families all had their place in the Glass House.”

“At night, members of Zionist Youth organizations would dress up in Nazi uniform and sneak out of the cellars to find more Jews and smuggle them into the glass house,” recounts Newmann, who was 14 at the time.

This elaborate scheme that saved such a staggering number of lives from the Nazi extermination machine went unnoticed and did not receive much public attention in Israel until now.

According to Dr. Ayala Nadivi, a historian of Hungarian Jewry, the reasons for Krausz’s hitherto anonymity might have been political. She told Tazpit:

There was quite a lot of infighting and political ego struggles between the various Jewish and Zionist bodies of the time. Krausz was a member of the Mizrachi movement, while the Jewish leadership in British Mandate Palestine was predominantly of the Mapai movement (Worker’s Party of The Land of Israel). Independently of Krausz and Lutz’s rescue efforts, Mapai established the Budapest Rescue Committee and appointed Israel Kasztner to head it.

Later, with the end of the British Mandate and the founding of the State of Israel, the same Mapai became the governing party in Israel. When Kasztner was accused of collaboration with the Nazis during his rescue activities, Krausz gave unfavorable testimony against him on trial. From that point on and despite the evident existence of records of Krausz’s rescue efforts, not a single national organization or newspaper acknowledges him.

According Eyal, it was Dr. Nadivi’s book “Between Krausz and Kasztner: The Battle to Save Hungarian Jewry” published in 2014, that was the catalyst to the reemergence of Krausz’ name on public record.

“After being told about the book by my assistant and reading it, I felt compelled to petition Mayor Barkat,” Eyal told Tazpit. “After filing a request and all the necessary paperwork, including the historic records assembled by Dr. Nedivi, the Mayor acquiesced and named a Jerusalem street after this man who saved more Jews than Schindler and Kasztner combined and was a Jew himself.”

Ashkenazi Hareidi MK Now Cabinet Minister for First Time in 60 Years

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Hareidi Knesset Member Yaakov Litzman now is a full-fledged Cabinet minister, the first time since the days of the Ben-Gurion government that Ashkenazi rabbinical leaders have approved the position.

Unlike the Shas Hareidi Sephardi party, the Ashkenazi Yehadut HaTorah (United Torah Judaism party always has insisted that its Knesset Members not take a full Cabinet post, even if in effect they serve as minister, such as Deputy Health Minister Litzman.

The party did not want its members to carry out the responsibility of a full-fledged Cabinet minister, a post that could place Hareidim in a conflict with issues of Jewish law, such as abortion.

An appeal by an NGO to the High Court that a deputy minister cannot serve as minister without being called as such. The judges ruled in favor of the petitioners, leaving the Torah sages little choice but to allow Litzman to become a Cabinet member, with certain unspecified limits.

Torah sages from several Hareidi sects, including Vishnitz, attended a meeting Thursday morning that the Rebbe of Gur organized to discuss the spread of Shabbat violations in the country.

When the topic of Litzman’s becoming a Cabinet minister came up for discussion, and after a telephone conversation with the Rebbe of Belz, approval was given for Litzman to become a Cabinet minister, and he was blessed to “sanctify G-d’s name.”

Jeb Bush Seeking Jewish Support

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Jeb Bush is preparing to reach out the senior Jewish leaders to endorse him for Republican party’s presidential nominee, the Jewish Insider reported.

The website it obtained an invitation that Bush’s staff sent to Jewish leaders to form a “National Jewish Leadership Team,” with individuals to attend a special briefing with Bush at his campaign headquarters in Miami Sept, 25, two days after Yom Kippur.

With at least 16 other contenders for the nomination, Bush is retrying to get a head start on bundling up Jewish support, some of which already is committed to Mike Huckabee.

The proposed Leadership Team, is scheduled to meet for a dinner at the Miami Beach home of two of is Jewish supporters on the day before, which is one day after the Yom Kippur holiday and fast.

The hosts are Glenda and Ronnie Krongold, who is leader in the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC).

Originally from West Virginia, he dealt in real estate in Florida and built a real estate company. One his partners in a project was “Jeb Bush and Associates,” according to the RJC website, which also noted that Krongold has been very active in Israeli Bonds.

The website states:

In 1985, at the request of a Jewish activist and publisher Phil Blazer, Ron called upon Jeb to intercede with his father, the Vice President, on behalf of approximately 1,000 Ethiopian Jews who were starving and dying in camps in Ethiopia. Thereafter through the efforts of the Vice President and a group of concerned Jews, the majority of the Ethiopians were rescued and flown to Israel by the United States government.

In 1990 Ron traveled to Russia, before the fall of Communism, along with then CEO of Bonds Meir Rosanne , Michael Siegal (who is now the chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America) and six other Israel Bonds leaders to help with the extraction and settlement of Jews from Russia to Israel.

 

 

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Family of Ethiopian hostage Held by Hamas Blocked Gaza Crossing

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Approximately 20 relatives of Avraham Mengisto, an Israeli with a mental condition and who crossed into Gaza last year, blocked the Erez Crossing Thursday morning to try to raise awareness of his captivity.

Mengisto, who is of Ethiopian origin, crossed into Gaza on a Friday last September. Perhaps because of his color, soldiers who spotted him entering Gaza figured he was a Gaza Arab.

After troops arrived at the scene to double-check, they found a knapsack he left behind. Inside was a Bible, which made it obvious that an Israeli Jew now was in the hands of Hamas.

The family is frustrated by the lack of information concerning their relative’s continued captivity, assuming he still is alive,

The brother said this morning at Erez Crossing::

We respect freedom of travel for everyone, Palestinians and Israelis alike, and we…demand that Hamas free my brother immediately.

Hamas, of course, could not care less what Mengisto’s relatives say, and the family is concerned that the hostage is not receiving the necessary treatment for his mental condition.

 

Iranian FP adviser: ‘We Reject the Existence of any Israeli on this Earth’

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

For those not yet convinced that Iran harbors genocidal intentions towards Israel, Iranian foreign policy adviser Hussein Sheikholeslam (actual name) said that Israel “should be annihilated” and that Tehran “reject[s] the existence of any Israeli on this earth.”

Extreme rhetoric, to be sure, but there are a few facts about those statements that should give even the most ardent supporters of the Nuclear Iran Deal pause. That is, unless they agree with, or can at least live with, those statements.

First, they were made by a high-ranking Iranian, a former Iranian ambassador to Syria and an adviser to Iran’s Parliament Speaker and former top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani. And second, the remarks were made after the conclusion of the Nuclear Iran Deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

After the conclusion of the deal and before its implementation is a time when officials could be expected to be on their very best behavior. If the deal goes through, their behavior is even more likely to follow their rhetoric.

Sheikholeslam forcefully corrected the British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond at the ceremonial reopening of the British Embassy in Tehran. Hammond said that Iranian President Rouhani had indicated “a more nuanced approach” to Israel’s existence.

Not so! corrected Sheikholeslam. “Our positions against the usurper Zionist regime have not changed at all; Israel should be annihilated and this is our ultimate slogan,” he told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday, according to the Iranian news outlet, Fars.

Hammond also, in typical British style, magnanimously stated that past hostilities should be forgotten. Sheikholeslam’s response to that was “Tehran will never forget the past and Britain’s colonialist moves.”

Sheikholeslam said the views he expressed, including that Iran cannot tolerate the existence of a single Israeli on this Earth and that it “will do everything to renew” its support for Hamas were ones his regime made clear to the US and other P5+1 partners during the nuclear negotiations which concluded in February with the JCPOA.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center urged U.S. President Barack Obama to condemn the “unending public genocidal threats from Iranian leaders against Israel at face value. The Iranian regime’s double speak must be immediately denounced by President Obama and the other leaders of the P5+1. Failure to do so will only increase Iranian threats and actions against Israel.”

Henri’s in Tel Aviv Fined $890 a Month for Closing on Shabbat

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

(JNi.media) Israeli Facebook user Maayan Cohen Adiv on Tuesday posted that a food shop in Tel Aviv is being fined for keeping closed on Shabbat. “Yesterday I took my family for the first time to the Sarona Complex. Since we’d been there before, we first ate dinner in a different place, because finding something kosher in Sarona is like finding a needle in a haystack,” she wrote.

“During our tour through Sarona Market,” Maayan continued, “we suddenly ran into Henri’s store, one of the few in the entire complex that’s adorned by a kosher certificate. I was very surprised, and raised my voice while passing by the store owner who was serving customers, telling him he is ‘a righteous man in Sodom.’

“The owner smiled, said thank you, but then he mumbled something about a fine which I didn’t really comprehend… I came closer, and a conversation started whereby I was led to understand that since he is kosher, and isn’t open on Friday nights and Shabbat, he is fined close to $900 a month (!!!) because he refuses to stay open on ‘Shishi-Shabbat.’ I waited for him to start laughing, but it didn’t happen… Instead, he said, with a choked throat, that he’s considering closing down next month.

“I was left with my mouth hanging open.

“Should a man be punished for choosing to rest on his nation’s and his religion’s day of rest? Should they hurt his income and wage a real war of attrition against him? Only because he chose to honor the Shabbat? Seriously?” she asked.

The Sarona Market complex, at 3 Kalman Magen St., not far from the Azrieli Towers in downtown Tel Aviv, was established as the “heartbeat of Israeli culinary art.” The complex has 91 shops, stalls and restaurants of every genre, and it claims to be Israel’s largest indoor culinary market, and is very proud to be operating seven days a week. Constructed by Gindi Holdings on the grounds of a former German Templer colony, Sarona Market boasts being “an innovative, contemporary urban market that combines the old world with the new.”

Without the old world’s part concerning keeping Shabbat, apparently. Unfortunately, there is no way for a business to both receive an Orthodox kosher certificate and also operate on Shabbat. And so it appears that by not permitting a food shop to close on Shabbat, the Sarona Market is, in effect, prohibiting kosher certification to its businesses.

TV reporter Sivan Rahav-Meir, who was forwarded the above post, contacted Rami Bar Lev, CEO and owner of Henry’s, who told her: “When we came to sign a contract we were told we would work on Shabbat. I signed, but I expressed my verbal reservations. I believed we would get by down the road. I later found out that my concessionaire, like me, is traditional, and does not want to open on Shabbat. Now the management is angry with us, saying ‘this is not our vision, our vision is a place that’s open seven days a week.’ There are only a few, isolated, pre-approved businesses that close on Shabbat.”

“They started to charge us a fine of $890, which they take out of our bank account, every month we’re closed on Shabbat. I beg them to give us, too, an exception, but they refuse, saying again and again: it is not the vision of the place,” Bar Lev said.

He stressed that “I don’t want to be a hero, not for the religious nor the secular, that’s not my purpose, but this situation seems crazy. What was I asking for?”

A Sharona complex spokesperson said in response: “The place works seven days a week and the tenant has committed to that and did not receive approval for an exception. He is in breach of contract.”

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