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Knesset Committee Approves Conversion Bill For Final Plenum Readings

Monday, October 27th, 2014

A Knesset committee has for the second time approved a bill allowing local rabbis to oversee conversions to Judaism in Israel, and the bill is now slated to be returned to the full Knesset for its second and third readings.

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Monday approved the conversion bill by a vote of 6 to 5. It had previously been approved in March, but the committee was required to vote a second time following the addition of 38 amendments proposed by the opposition, all of which were voted down by the committee.

Despite the fact that the bill is now officially out of committee, it is unknown when it will move to the Knesset floor. Israeli media reported last week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had withdrawn his support for the bill in order to shore up his coalition base and not upset the Haredi Shas and United Torah Judaism parties, whom he might need to form an alliance in future governments.

The bill was sponsored by Elazar Stern of Tzipi Livni’s HaTnua party and is opposed by the Likud and Jewish Home parties as well as the Haredi parties and chief Rabbi David Lau and his Sephardi counterpart, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef.

Under the measure, as many as 30 courts made up of municipal rabbis would be allowed for the purpose of conversion. Currently there are 33 rabbis and four conversion courts that can perform conversions throughout Israel.

“We are pleased that, in the end, the lawmakers were able to see beyond the politics and reach out to potential converts in a positive way,” Rabbi Seth Farber, director of the ITIM Jewish Advocacy Center, who was involved in the drafting of the bill and participated in the hearing told JTA. “Each day, hundreds of individuals who made aliyah as Jews but aren’t recognized as Jews by the rabbinate are being alienated by the Jewish State. This bill provides them a small glimmer of light.”

‘ISIS Jew’ Report May Be False

Monday, October 13th, 2014

The words “ISIS’ and “Jew” make a great combo for a thrilling headline, but the report this week that a French Jewish girl joined the terrorist organization so far has not been confirmed or dismissed.

The London Daily Mail, in a report on young girls falling to temptations to join the fanatic Muslim terrorist empire, “ Despite ISIS repeatedly expressing of deep hatred of Jews, there was even a Jewish girl, according to a security official who spoke anonymously because rules forbid him to discuss open investigations.”

The report made all the rounds of Israeli news sites and is the talk of the town in France, but so far, it is only a rumor.

Some people claim the mysterious girl is from Marseilles. Other assert she is from Paris.

The French Interior Ministry says it has no update on the report.

“No one should throw rumors around. There is no proof that this really happened, French legislator Meir Haviv said, according to Globes. The Interior Ministry is trying to trace everybody [who joined ISIS] and their families. Even if she is Jewish, I cannot understand why a Jew would join ISIS. If true, she probably is half-Muslim.”

He added, “if there really is a Jewish girl who went with ISIS, this is the end of the world – complicated and complex.”

A French Jewish journalist said his research indicates the girl is from Paris. “She met with people at a center that is against radical religions before she traveled, and officials are trying to track her down,” he reported. She wants to travel to Syria, according to sources I spoke with.”

One rabbi in France said, “It is not possible that something like this happened. There are lots of rumors. Some say she is Jewish, and other says she converted. It is worrisome.”

A Marseilles resident suggested that the rumor may be a lie to blacken the name of Jews.

French intelligence official estimate that at least 100 young girls have crossed the border in recent weeks to join ISIS in Syria, part of a campaign to exploits girls suffering from personal problems.

 

 

Pro-Arab Peacenik Assault Jewish Leader after NY Nets-Maccabi Game

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Leonard Petlakh, the head of a Jewish Y in Brooklyn, was hospitalized for a broken nose Tuesday night after being punched by a pro-Palestinian protester following the exhibition basketball game between the NBA’s Nets and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Petiakh’s 14-year-old and 10-year-old sons were with their father at the time of the attack while exiting the Barclays Center arena following the Nets’ 111-94 victory.

“The last thing I remember is this guy screaming ‘Free Palestine’ and then a really strong punch,” Petlakh told JTA. “To get bloodied in front of your kids, it really crosses all the red lines.”

The assailant ran away and Petlakh sought medical care and required eight stitches. He reported the incident to the police, who are investigating the attack as a hate crime.

Prior to the game, a reception was held to raise funds for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

Fans verbally sparred inside the arena as the game was ending when pro-Palestinian protesters began shouting slogans and a pro-Israel fan grabbed a Palestinian flag from one of the protesters, according to Petlakh.

As the crowds spilled out of the arena and onto the street, one of the protesters took a swing at Petlakh.

The Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which sponsored the protest rally, condemned the attack.

“If something happened after the game, which would have been several hours after the protest ended, it had nothing to do with us or the demonstration,” JVP said in a press release. “(We) express our horror at the injuries that Mr. Petlakh suffered.”

Swiss Jew Wounded in Hate Crime

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

An Orthodox Jew from Belgium was lightly wounded in an assault in Switzerland, which witnesses called an anti-Semitic attack.

The victim of the Monday evening assault in the Davos area is a 26-year-old tourist from Antwerp, according to a report published Wednesday in the online edition of the Swiss Jewish weekly Tachles.

The victim, identified as A. Wachsstock, was walking toward his car, where his wife and four children were waiting for him, when a man in his 60s began hitting him and shouting anti-Semitic profanities, including “Juden raus,” or “Jews, get out” in German.

Wachsstock entered his car with lacerations on his right hand from the assault and drove away, Tachles reported. The man’s family witnessed the assault.

Wachsstock complained to police about the assault but no suspects are in custody.

In 2011, a man in his 20s seriously wounded a French Jew in the parking lot of Geneva’s Natural History Museum while the victim was putting a baby carriage in the trunk of his car. He was stabbed four times in view of his family.

The man suspected of the attack was declared last year unfit to stand trial for mental reasons.

‘Jews vs Nazis’ Latest Teen Rage in Florida

Monday, May 12th, 2014

A group of Florida teenagers have devised a local version of the popular college beer pong drinking game. But in contrast to the traditional contest in which two teams gather on opposite sites of a table and try to bounce a ping pong ball into a plastic cup filled with booze, the Florida version has a charming new twist: The groups divide into teams of “Jews” and “Nazis.”

According to an image posted on the Imgur website, “The Nazis start the game off with “blitzkreig”, with each “Aryan” player shooting freely into the “Jewish” cups until one misses. Jews are allowed to designate an “Anne Frank Cup” that can be removed from the table and hidden anywhere in the room. To balance out that unfair advantage, the Nazi team has the right to call “Auschwitz,” meaning one Jewish player is “selected” to sit out.

“Also, throughout the game you are supposed to talk a lot of **** and say as many racist things as possible to make it more enjoyable,” according to the website.

Because US college campuses clearly aren’t antisemitic enough as it is.

NY’s Cardinal John O’Connor was a Jew

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

NEW YORK (JTA) — Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor, the late archbishop of New York, was technically Jewish, according to new research.

O’Connor’s sister, Mary O’Connor Ward, recently discovered through genealogical research that her mother, Dorothy Gumple O’Connor, was born Jewish but converted to Catholicism before she met and married the O’Connors’ father.

Ward told the newspaper Catholic New York that she does not know whether or not the late cardinal, who died in 2000 at age 80, knew that his mother had been Jewish. Ward said her mother never spoke about her Jewish roots but that when she was growing up, she “surmised” that her mother was a convert.

According to Halachah, or traditional Jewish law, anyone with a Jewish mother is considered Jewish.

O’Connor had close ties with New York’s Jewish community and co-authored a book with the late New York City mayor, Ed Koch, who was Jewish. O’Connor often described Jews as Catholics’ “elder brothers,” marched in protests to free Soviet Jews, visited the site of the Dachau concentration camp and joined Jews in commemorating the Holocaust.

A native of Philadelphia, O’Connor became an auxiliary bishop in 1979 and bishop of Scranton, Pa., in 1983. In 1984, Pope John Paul II named him archbishop of New York, a position he held until his death, and O’Connor was made a cardinal in 1985.

Ward said her brother likely would have been proud of his Jewish roots. She credited her daughter, Eileen Ward Christian, for pushing her to conduct the research that led to the Jewish discovery.

Catholic New York reported that several months before the cardinal’s death, several Jewish leaders praised O’Connor in interviews with the newspaper.

O’Connor was “God’s gift to New York and a special gift to the Jewish community,” Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation, said. “He has learned to understand our sensitivities and our hopes — he has traveled that road so well — that he could be considered a leader in our community.”

Killer of Baltimore Jewish Girl Rejected in Bid for New Trial

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

The convicted murderer of an 11-year-old Jewish girl in 1969 will not receive a new trial, a Baltimore judge ruled.

Circuit Judge Edward Hargadon, in his ruling on the appeal by Wayne Stephen Young, said jurors who found Young guilty of killing Esther Lebowitz in 1972 were adequately advised of how to try the case, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Attorneys for Young, 68, had requested the new trial based on a 2012 ruling by the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the state’s highest court, which found that many convictions before 1980 are invalid because jurors were given unconstitutional instructions. An attorney for Young said she would appeal the ruling.

Young was sentenced to life in prison for the murder and has been denied parole 12 times. He claimed during his trial that he was temporarily insane.

Esther, a fifth-grader at the Bais Yaakov School for Girls, was missing for two days before her body was found about a half-mile from her Baltimore home. She died from 17 blows to the head.

Her family has since moved to Israel and did not attend a hearing on the case last month. About 200 Baltimore Jews protested the hearing.

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