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January 20, 2017 / 22 Tevet, 5777

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Bomb Threat at Jewish Community Centers (JCC) in London and America’s East Coast Cities

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Jewish community centers in a widespread number of American states were evacuated due to bomb threats on Monday morning, while across the ocean, the same phenomenon was taking place in London, England as well.

Jewish schools across the United Kingdom were placed on alert after bomb threats were called into metro London Jewish schools in Roehampton, Ilford and Brent on Monday morning. The schools were “warned” that explosive devices had been planted on the premises. Thorough searches were conducted at all three sites and other schools were placed on precautionary lock-downs until the “all clear” was received.

Bomb threats were also called in to a few non-Jewish schools as well, according to the British Jewish Chronicle news site.

“Police were alerted at around 10:30am hrs on Monday, 9 January, to phone calls made to schools in Roehampton, Ilford and Brent in which bomb threats were made. Police officers attended the schools. All three incidents were stood down a short time later. An investigation into the threat will be conducted,” Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Meanwhile, in the United States, bomb threats were called into Jewish Community Centers (JCC)s in Delaware, Tenafly, New Jersey; Miami Beach and Jacksonville, Florida; in Rockville, Maryland; in West Nashville, Tennessee, and Columbia, South Carolina.

In Delaware, police were called to search the Siegel Jewish Community Center north of Wilmington on Monday, after a bomb threat was called into the facility at around 11:45 am. The caller reportedly said there was a bomb inside the complex, according to Seth J. Katzen, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Delaware, who spoke with Delaware Online, The News Journal.

The building was alerted, Katzen said, and everyone was evacuated from the four facilities at the site, including the JCC, the Jewish Federation of Delaware, the Albert Einstein Academy (K-5) and Jewish Family Services of Delaware. Although police arrived quickly, they told Katzen it would be “a few hours” before they could declare an “all clear.”

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, the Jewish Community Center on Palisades in Tenafly sent out a text to its membership warning it had received a bomb threat shortly after 12 noon. As a precaution, officials evacuated the building, which contains a preschool, a senior center and an adult daycare facility for people with disabilities. Parents of preschoolers were asked to pick up their children and all JCC programs were canceled for the day. The “all clear” was received a short time later from the bomb squad that swept the building.

About 450 students and 70 teachers and staff members were evacuated from the Alper JCC School at SW 112th Avenue in southwest Miami-Dade as a precaution at around 11 am, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said. A second Miami-Dade Jewish Community Center was also evacuated, according to CBS Miami, which reported the threat was called in to the main operator line of the facility.

Miami Beach police also were called to the Jewish Community Center on Pine Tree, where only a handful of people were in the building at the time. A thorough search that included K-9 units turned up nothing and the “all-clear” was given. In addition, the Jewish Community Alliance building in Jacksonville, Florida was also evacuated in response to a bomb threat as well. Both were called in at around 10:45 am. Both were given the “all clear” within an hour or two, after sweeps of the buildings turned up nothing.

A woman called a bomb threat into the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville, Maryland, according to CBS News. Officials immediately evacuated the building, Executive Director Michael Feinstein said.

In West Nashville, Tennessee, metro police responded to a report at about 10:30 am of a bomb threat at the Gordon Jewish Community Center, in the 800 block on Percy Warner Boulevard. Officials quickly evacuated the 80 people who were in the building, which functions as a childcare center during the week, according to The Tennessean, part of the USA Today network. Special Agent Michael P. Knight of the Nashville field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told media the ATF is standing by to provide “technical assistance” as needed.

In South Carolina, the Columbia Fire Department and the Richland County bomb squad were also called in just before 11:30 am Monday to scan the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center on Flora Drive in Columbia, WBTV reported. After a thorough scan of the building, nothing was found and the “all clear” was given.

This is a developing story.

Hana Levi Julian

Knesset Committee Hears Diaspora Jewish Students Won’t Support Israel in US, Europe, Fearing Anti-Semitism

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Jewish students are refraining from expressing support for Israel on campuses in the US and Europe due to their fear of anti-Semitism, students told the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, according to an official report issued Monday.

A survey presented by the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs showed that in 2015 some 9,000 verbal anti-Semitic attacks were reported on Facebook; 11,354 on Twitter; and 4,468 on Instagram. In addition, 4,465 anti-Semitic video clips were posted on YouTube. It was also found that 40% of Europe’s citizens are anti-Semitic and 75% of Jewish students in the US were attacked for anti-Semitic reasons.

Jewish students living abroad told the committee that anti-Semitism and the BDS movement are causing them to conceal their Jewish identity (some keep their yarmulkes in their pockets) and their pro-Israel positions.

Committee Chairman MK Avraham Neguise (Likud) said, “Today, mainly on academic campuses dominated by extreme liberalism, anti-Semitism is disguised as condemnation of the Jewish State. It is fueled by hatred towards the State of Israel.”

“When it is no longer polite and fashionable to hate Jews as they are,” said Neguise, “the hatred is disguised as criticism of the Jewish State”.

Prof. Irwin Cotler, former Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada, said the current level of anti-Semitism “is the highest in 40 years, and includes the rejection of Israel’s right to exist at all, and the portrayal of Israel as a monster and enemy of mankind.”

He added that under the UN’s patronage, Israel is condemned more than any other country. “And the amazing thing is that the countries which lead the condemnations under the claim of ‘damage to human rights’ are Iran, China, and Saudi Arabia.”

Gilad Kabilo, activity coordinator at the StandWithUs organization, spoke of their 15 years of activity, including in social media. “We thwart boycott-related activities while producing good results on the ground, and we distribute accurate information about Israel, as well as promote discourse on the right of the Jewish nation to its historical native land,” he told the committee.

Ido Daniel, Program Director at Israeli Students Combating Anti-Semitism, spoke of the increasing anti-Semitic incitement on the web. The program’s activists fight [anti-Semitism on the web] using 16 languages, and have combated more than 30,000 anti-Semitic incidents on social media over the last year alone.

“People in the world understand that boycott or criticism of Israel’s policy means denial of the Holocaust, the demonization of Jews, and a license to murder Jews,” he said. “The outcome is that Jews are afraid to openly express their Judaism.”

MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) spoke of the UN-funded textbooks in the Palestinian Authority. “They are full of pathologic hatred towards Jews, desire and aspiration for Israel’s destruction,” she said, while noting that a Jewish friend of hers in Atlanta said that this year she refrained from placing a Hanukkah menorah at her window.

According to Hagai Bar of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Today’s boycott activists have withdrawn from attack to defense mode, and are currently fighting over the right to boycott.”

Jonathan Elkhoury of the Christian Empowerment Council spoke of the change in the position of many students after they hear a Christian Arab such as himself defending of Israel.

Juda Stone of the Jewish Agency warned of the phenomenon of Jewish students who are afraid of anti-Semitism, which “leads them to escape their own identity.”

Benny Fischer, president of the European Union of Jewish students, said that not all those who support boycotting Israel are anti-Semitic, but they see themselves as “peace activists.” He also warned against the use of phrases such as “Jews have no future in Europe.”

Hadar Farkash, a student at Berkley University, spoke of the phenomenon of anti-Israel lecturers, as well as Palestinians and Americans – and even Jews – who are anti-Israel.

Jonah Shipmiler of NGO Monitor spoke of boycott movements which operate in Israel and encourage Israeli youngsters not to enlist in the IDF.

Jerusalem Institute of Justice, in cooperation with CA-inspiration, which operates on US campuses using a unique method which incorporates campaign research in social media, presented to the committee figures on exposure to content through social media. The exposure itself brought about a thorough change in the discourse at the Indiana University and Purdue campuses, as well as a profound change in the way organizations which promote incitement and violent discourse against Israel operate on social networks.

JNi.Media

Maryland Jewish Couple Gets Nazi Note on Windshield after Hanging Black Lives Matter Flag

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Sonya and Mikey Franklin, transplanted Londoners living in the DC area who are also, as Mikey’s Twitter profile puts it, “Red Sea pedestrians,” on Sunday told BuzzFeed News that, just two days after they hung a Black Lives Matter flag on their window, their Rockville, Md. home was vandalized with toilet paper and eggs were thrown at their car “to scare us, and they succeeded because we’re scared,” Mikey Franklin told BuzzFeed News. “Not that people will harm us, but that there are people that would do this in our very diverse area.”

Also, on Saturday, the Franklins woke up to discover a crumpled anti-Semitic note–all caps–on their car windshield, with a yellow star and the word “Jude,” Nazi style.

The car has Black Lives Matter bumper stickers. Still, Mikey is certain “it had to be someone who knew that we were Jewish.”

Sonya, whose family hails from the Soviet Union, told BuzzFeed about the hate letter that “somehow, putting a yellow star on it, it’s made it more personal.”

Rockville Police classified the incident as a “possible hate crime and will be investigated as such,” even though there’s nothing in the all-caps text that’s outright anti-Semitic, because the Franklins explained to Sgt. Christopher Peck that “Jude” meant “Jew” in German. “We have no clue who did this,” Peck told BuzzFeed. “There’s no video cameras or surveillance video and no one has come forward as a witness.”

Franklin said the note and the vandalism came just two days after they took down a Black Lives Matter flag they hung from their kitchen window, which faces the public street.

Here’s one unexpected direction for the investigation: the Franklins received a note from the property management company of their unit telling them it’s against rules to personal item on the front of their building. So Thursday night they took down the offending flag.

JNi.Media

What Now?

Monday, January 9th, 2017

WHAT NOW?

4 more Jewish families have been destroyed due to radical Islamic terror. Our enemies are handing out sweets in celebration of the murder of 4 IDF soldiers. People are calling the terrorists ‘freedom fighters’ and the UN calls it human nature! Our soldiers were murdered as they were touring the streets of Jerusalem, the city we call our eternal capital and what our “ally” President calls “illegal”.

WHAT NOW?

The terrorist was an Israeli Arab that lives in a Jerusalem village that has produced numerous barbaric terrorists such as the one who entered Mercaz Harav Yeshiva and slaughtered Jewish kids as they studied Torah and were preparing for the Purim festivities.

This terrorist had full Israeli rights and had absolutely nothing to do with the fabricated Palestine excuse radical Muslims use to justify murdering Jews.

Did I mention he was already in Israeli jail for terrorist activity and was released. Why? Well that’s the law! 4 soldiers died for the law.

WHAT NOW?

Tomorrow the entire nation will be in tears as we lay to rest 4 beautiful children whose lives were cut short by a radical Islamic genocidal ideology.

WHAT NOW?

Of course we will survive, we always do!

We have been surviving attack after attack for over 2 millennia and the only question is, how much longer will we define our survival by how well we pick ourselves up from pogroms, holocausts, inquisitions, burning temples, massacres, wars, intifadas, shooting attacks, axe attacks, rocket attacks and of course ramming attacks. How about from now on, we do not give those who clearly seek our destruction the benefit of the doubt. How about we do not give them rights and protect them with the law are trying to murder or use to carry out their next attack.

How about we judge them as they clearly and vocally demonstrate how they want to be judged; radical genocidal, anti-semitic terrorists.

WHAT NOW?

I, like many of you reading this, am sick and tired of funerals.

Personally, I simply cannot go to military funerals any more. Every time I see the coffin draped in the Israeli flag and watch the families lose their sanity as life is ripped out from their world, I am thrown back 23 years when I buried Yehoshua. I cannot stand hearing the gun shots at funerals and neither could Yehoshua. I cannot thinking about how each one of the families will be living their own personal holocaust every day! Over and over!

Yehoshua Friedberg, my platoon mate, who was brutally murdered 23 years ago by Islamic terrorists was laid to rest forever while his murderers were released from Israeli jail, only to murder again,which they did.

WHAT NOW?

Our enemies give out sweets in celebration and we are not disappointed in the slightest bit, because we expect such behavior from them. Some say we can not allow our soldier to kill a terrorist 7 minutes after an attack lest we become just like our enemies. They actually call the IDF soldier who kills a terrorist who came to murder him, a murderer!

Funny how the left hold such a clearly bigoted opinion of our enemies by insinuating (rightfully so) that we are not as barbaric as they are and then advocate making a deal with them as if they all of a sudden believe they are part of our sane Western culture.

WHAT NOW?

Arab textbooks have no Israel on the map and we make believe that all they want is a strip of land and then there will be peace? Abbas praises spilled Jewish blood in Jerusalem and we make believe he is different than Hamas and can be a partner for Peace?

Arabs claim going back to the 67 lines is all that is needed for peace and we believe them even though between 48-67 ALL of Judea, Samaria, Golan, Gaza and all of Jerusalem was already in Arab control and they were still calling for Israel’s annihilation. In fact the PLO, was created in 1964 by Egyptian born Arafat with the goal of destroying Israel. That was 3 years before any settlement ever touched the ground!

WHAT NOW?

How about we stop buying into the false narrative of our enemies. How about we start believing again in who we are and what we are doing here. How about we realize we are part of a miraculous return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel from all 4 corners of the Earth. How about we embrace our return instead of trying to reverse the process by kicking out Jews in the name of a false sense of Peace.

How about we tell the truth and stop hesitating. We, the nation of Israel, the Jewish people, are the indigenous people of the Land of Israel. Our culture, religion and history are dependent upon this land.

The Middle East is packed withe Arab and Islamic regimes that are hundreds of times bigger than Israel. How about we stop contemplating giving in to the demands of our enemies to split this land and stop making believe that solution is based on justice, truth or even sanity.

Muslims? They occupied the entire Middle East by force. They have no religious, historical or national claim on the Land of Israel, so let’s stop making believe we owe them something.

As MK Betzalel Smotritch so eloquently put it in his plan to stop the killing. When Yehoshua entered the land of Israel, he gave the non-Jewish residents 3 choices:

1. LIVE as human beings in the Jewish homeland called Israel and enjoy all the benefits of this amazing country.

2. LEAVE and join your Arab or Muslim brothers across the Middle East or to any other country in the world you would rather be in.

3. FIGHT and meet the IDF and this time with no holds barred.

For the sake of our nation, for the safety of the Jewish people, to honor those who were murdered after numerous fabricated “peace” plans, let’s stop making believe that there is any pride in crying over dead Jews and being proud of the fact that we survived as we get up bloodied and beaten.

Let’s redefine our survival by not allowing others to beat us up or threaten us.

Let’s stop chanting NEVER AGAIN as they shoot, stab and ram us and start taking action as a unified nation and a strong country, so that they understand NEVER AGAIN is not a wish, it’s our warning and ultimatum to those who seek our destruction. Let’s start standing up for ourselves and let it be known there will be a grave price for killing a Jew. Let’s start doing whatever has to be done to make sure no more Jews die! World opinion? It went up in smoke 75 years ago!

Ari Fuld

Don’t Judge the Soldiers

Monday, January 9th, 2017

The video of Jewish soldiers running away during the Armon Hanatziv terror attack was difficult to watch.

Realistic or not, we expect our soldiers to be well trained, physically, and, more important, mentally, to charge and engage the enemy.

It’s all too easy to ignore that these soldiers are inexperienced teenagers, some with more training, most with less. And yet we expect them to respond properly, effectively and professionally to bewildering situations on a level of competence we’d expect from seasoned combat veterans.

The IDF has to invest a lot of time and effort to train combat soldiers to charge the enemy and then pull the trigger. For most people it’s not a natural act.

Most of the soldiers in the Armon Hanatziv attack had had minimal combat training, and were designated for deployment in office positions, “Jobnikim,” in IDF slang.

In addition, it would be foolish to assume that the Elor Azaria trial which has torn up the country for close to a year did not impede their reaction time, compelling them to think ten times before charging and opening fire.

However in a civilian milieu, even experienced security personnel must think three times before pulling the trigger, in case their target is actually an innocent civilian.

There were mistakes made yesterday, just like there were mistakes made in Hebron, including mistakes made by Azaria’s officers, going all the way up the chain of command.

There were also heroes.

Lessons will be be learned from this incident, just as the IDF learned from previous ones. There will be investigations and consequences, as there should be.

Unfortunately, our suicidal enemy will still invent new, different and evil way to attack us.

In our war against Islamic terror, we must not drag our soldiers to court like common criminals, or shame them in social media.

Sgt. Elor Azaria last March and the soldiers in Armon HaNatziv on Sunday had to deal with an evil enemy in a very complicated situation, and whether or not their responses were picture perfect, or even warranted, they were acting in the service of our country. To treat them any other way is to invite more confusion and, inevitably, more victims of terrorism.

 


May all our wounded soldiers have a Refuah Sheleimah – a healthy and complete recovery.

 

Stephen Leavitt

Protest: Jewish Blood Isn’t Cheap!

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Israelis vowed to gather for a protest Sunday evening at 6 pm at the site of a savage truck ramming terror attack that took the lives of four young Israeli soldiers earlier in the day, and left 15 others wounded.

A poster in large red letters, proclaiming “Jewish blood isn’t cheap!” was circulated on social media within hours after the attack.

In big letters at the bottom, the poster declared, “Revenge to the enemy!”

Clicking on the poster led to a photo of the attack site that showed the truck used by the terrorist, over which big red letters said in Hebrew, “The people of Israel demand REVENGE!”

Hana Levi Julian

Neo-Nazi ‘March on Jews’ Planned for Jan. 15 in Whitefish, Montana

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

The townspeople of Whitefish, Montana are gearing up to deal with the impact of an upcoming ‘March on the Jews’ in their community by neo-Nazis who also vow to bring “high-powered rifles” to the event.

The Daily Stormer neo-Nazi website founder, Andrew Anglin, is behind the march which allegedly is set for Sunday, January 15.

Anglin made the announcement through public media, a local ABC FOX television station and the Missoula Independent newspaper. But there has been no application yet filed for a permit to march in the town, according to The Forward, which interviewed researcher Marilyn Mayo from the New York-based Anti-Defamation League on the matter.

“We haven’t seen any evidence that the march will happen at this point,” Mayo told the news outlet.

Anglin, on the other hand, has been promoting the event — or at least, threatening to hold it — for at least a month.

“We are planning an armed protest in Whitefish,” he wrote on his website last month. “We can easily march through the center of the town carrying high powered rifles.”

He said he plans the march against “Jews, Jewish businesses and everyone who supports either.”

Whitefish Police were not available to comment. But in the state of Montana, a permit is not required to buy a weapon, nor to carry one openly. A permit is needed to carry a concealed weapon only in certain circumstances, according to the National Rifle Association.

Hana Levi Julian

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