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July 29, 2015 / 13 Av, 5775
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Farewell to Jewish Actor, Singer Theodore Bikel, 91

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

An icon of the stage, the silver screen and the Land of Israel has gone home.

Jewish actor, singer and philanthropist Theodore Bikel has passed away of natural causes at the age of 91. Bikel drew his final breath Tuesday morning at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, his agent Robert Malcolm told The Associated Press.

Bikel was the symbol of a generation – several generations, in fact.

Jews remember the songs of Theodore Bikel when he was still singing them in Yiddish on a 78 rpm record, spun on my parents’ record player. When he was Tevye, in Fiddler on the Roof. When he was a Jewish folk singer.

Born in Vienna in 1924, the young Bikel moved with his family to Palestine as a teenager.

He spent much of his youth there, discovering his passion for drama while living on a kibbutz. By 1943 was acting in Tel Aviv’s HaBima Theater. He moved on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London in 1946.

Bikel sang in 21 languages, recording more than 20 contemporary and folk music albums, in addition to albums in Yiddish. He helped found the Newport Folk Festival in 1959.

His repertoire was endless. He appeared in opera productions, on television shows, on the Broadway stage and on the silver screen.

Bikel received an Oscar nomination for his 1958 portrayal of a Southern sheriff in “The Defiant Ones,” and played the grumpy Soviet submarine captain in the Oscar-nominated 1966 Cold War comedy “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming.”

A fierce supporter of Jewish causes, the Democratic Party and human rights groups, Theodore Bikel was one of six American Jewish Congress leaders arrested in 1986 while protesting outside the embassy of the Soviet Union, demanding “Let My People Go!”

Bikel is survived by his wife Aimee Ginsburg, his sons Rob and Danny Bikel, stepsons Ze’ev and Noam Ginsburg and three grandchildren.

Baruch Dayan Emet.

Argentinean Jews Reject Gov’t Plan to Include Iran in Probe of Bombing

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Argentinean Jewish community has rejected a government plan to work with Iran to investigate the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) that killed 85 people.

Last Friday was the 21st anniversary of the attack, which has Iran’s and Hezbollah’s fingerprints but which never has been officially solved.

Jewish leader, Ariel Cohen, urged the government ‘’to take courageous stance and intensify the demands so that the accused Iranians can someday face justice,” the European Jewish Press reported.

Former Iranian senior officials have been on an Interpol capture list for years for their involvement in the AMIA bombing, but Argentine prosecutors have never been able to question them.

Courts have ruled against a previous agreement with Iran to investigate the bombing.

The death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman earlier this year is directly connected with the case because he was found dead hours before he was scheduled to present evidence that President Cristina Fernandez had tried to cover up Iran’s alleged role.

‘If Obama Wants Honest Debate on ObamaDeal, Why Threaten a Veto?’

Friday, July 17th, 2015

American Jewish leader Malcolm Hoenlein said on Friday that President Barack Obama’s immediate threat to veto Congressional rejection of the agreement with Iran shows he does not really want an honest discussion on ObamaDeal.

Hoenlein, executive vice-chairman of Major American Jewish Organizations, told Israel’s Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) radio:

It is unfortunate that the president went public right away and said he would veto…. If he really wanted a discussion, why does he right away say he will use the veto, squashing discussion?

The President hit the ground running as soon as agreement was reached between Iran and the P5+1 powers this week. Threatening a veto is a major psychological weapon to deter Democratic senators from openly risking the loss of political leverage with the President by opposing the agreement and then going down to defeat because of a veto.

A Democrat who wants goodies for his constituents is going to think twice and thrice before turning his back on President Obama.

Hoenlein also said in the radio interview that “it will be hard to stop” ObamaDeal but “it is possible.”

He maintained that there is a consensus in the American Jewish community that there are many troubling aspects in the agreement.

Asked about the testy relationship between President Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Hoenlein said that it had little effect on the outcome of the deal. “I don’t think the fundamentals would have changed” if the relationship were warmer even if “maybe the tone would have been different.” he added.

Analysis: Obama Defends Iran, Jabbing at Israel and Sunni States at Press Conference

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

(JNi.media) “My hope is that building on this deal, we could continue to have conversations with Iran that incentivize them to behave differently in the region,” Obama said Wednesday at a White House press conference.

In fact, listening to the president’s message, one could conclude that the source of the problem has been not the Islamic Republic, but the Jewish State and the Saudi Kingdom.

“Israel has legitimate concerns about its security regarding Iran,” Obama said, but he added Prime Minister Netanyahu has yet to present a better option.

“Without a deal,” Obama argued, “there would be no limits to Iran’s nuclear program and Iran could move close to a nuclear bomb. Without a deal, we risk even more war in the Middle East.”

Except that Netanyahu did offer an idea for a better deal — walk away from this one, don’t make more concessions, trust the fact that the Iranians need the sanctions lifted badly enough to agree to more useful terms.

Back in March, speaking only a 10-minutes walk away from where President Obama had his press conference Wednesday, Netanyahu said “Iran’s nuclear program can be rolled back well-beyond the current proposal by insisting on a better deal and keeping up the pressure on a very vulnerable regime, especially given the recent collapse in the price of oil.”

Netanyahu spoke mostly about strategy, not content, when he said, “Now, if Iran threatens to walk away from the table — and this often happens in a Persian bazaar — call their bluff. They’ll be back, because they need the deal a lot more than you do.”

“And by maintaining the pressure on Iran and on those who do business with Iran,” Netanyahu said to Obama, albeit indirectly—you have the power to make them need it even more.”

“My friends,” he said, “for over a year, we’ve been told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well, this is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. We’re better off without it.”

The deal is a “historic chance to pursue a safer and more secure world,” Obama said at his news conference. “It represents an opportunity that may not come again in our lifetime.”

That’s not so much reality as salesmanship — the one-time chance sales pitch. But what was the upside of taking seriously Iran’s threat to walk away from the table unless… — when it was clear Iran was the side that’s aching for economic relief?

In addition to attacking Israel and its prime minister, Obama on Wednesday also attacked America’s friends and allies of many decades in the region, who are easily as terrified as the Israelis are of the possibility of a nuclear Iran.

A point to consider: since the 1950s, Israel has had enough nuclear weapons to eliminate every living thing between Afghanistan and Morocco, and yet no Arab country was feeling the urge to enter a nuclear arms race because they feared an imminent attack from the direction of Tel Aviv. But as soon as the Mullahs in Tehran began to arm themselves, everyone in the region starts preparing for a nuclear confrontation?

Does it say anything about what Arab leaders think about the sanity of the supreme leader and his merry revolutionary guards?

In May, Obama invited America’s Gulf allies to a meeting in Camp David, to calm them down. Evidently, they were hysterical, as they still are. The pro-Saudi London paper Asharq Al Awsat wrote an editorial on Wednesday headlined: “Iran nuclear deal opens the gates of evil in the Middle East.”

“Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states can only welcome the nuclear deal, which in itself is supposed to close the gates of evil that Iran had opened in the region,” the editorial concluded. “However, the real concern is that the deal will open other gates of evil, gates which Iran mastered knocking at for years even while Western sanctions were still in place.”

13 Year-Old Jewish Boy Beaten in Paris

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

A 13 year-old Jewish boy wearing a kippah was attacked and beaten in the 19th district (arrondissement) of Paris this week. The boy was beaten as he left his Jewish school.

The assailants were described as being of African origin. The 19th arrondissement is home to many North African immigrants. One of the attackers allegedly shouted “beat that dirty Jew.”

After the attackers beat the boy, they allegedly stole his phone and ran away.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with head wounds.

France’s National Bureau of Vigilance against Anti-Semitism (BNVA) condemned the attack and recommended that a formal complaint be filed with French police.

Palestinian Authority Recalls Envoy Who Said ‘Jews Don’t Exist’

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority has taken the rare step of recalling one of its ambassadors because of anti-Semitic remarks, including a claim the “Jews don’t exists.”

Officials in Ramallah said that Imad Nabil Ghadaa, the ambassador to Chile, is being recalled to “clarify” his remarks that were caught on video in May and broadcast in Israeli media.

Ghadaa referred to the infamous anti-Semitic manifesto “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” and said the re-establishment of the State of Israel was part of a plan for “world domination.”

The Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy provided an English translation of Ghadaa’s speech, in which he said:

Until 1896 when a group of academic intellectuals, financial advisers, majority being non-Jewish Europeans, decided to create the Zionist movement with one pretext/excuse: the creation of a homeland for the Jewish people. Although the truth is that this (the goal) is to protect their plans of dominating life in the entire planet.

About the hatred we have against the Jewish people, as Palestinians, first, we don’t have hatred. Second, we don’t recognize the existence of the Jewish people — there is no Jewish people.

This was too much even for Americans for Peace Now group, which called on Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas to recall the ambassador.

The left-wing group said that his remarks “provoke hatred and anger among an Israeli public that is deeply skeptical about the viability of peace with the Palestinians and the credibility of the Palestinian leadership as a partner for peace.”

Most Israelis actually are no longer skeptical about “the viability of peace with the Palestinians.” They may have been skeptical a few years ago. Now, they simply know it does not exist and that the ambassador’s comments are not far froth the truth of what the Palestinian Authority really thinks.

 

Illegal for Jews to Yell ‘Allahu Akbar’ at the Temple Mount

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Israel apparently has a double standard for law enforcement when it’s Jews who are yelling “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) at the Temple Mount and Western Wall plazas.

Jewish activists returned Wednesday to both areas in the Old City of Jerusalem in order to test their theory that police would not treat Jews as they do Arabs when they behave the same.

The Jews in the video were protesting a decision by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court that Arab chants of “Allahu Akbar” on the site – the typical radical Islamist cry by jihadists waging holy war – present no legal problem.

Justice Joiya Saqifa Shapiro determined in the decision that verbal attacks by Muslims shouting “Allahu Akbar” against Jewish tour groups on the Temple Mount do not constitute a criminal offense. Nor is there any legal problem with closing the site to Jews for a 10-day period until the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan due to a fear of rioting.

Activists arrived at the Western Wall entrance to the Temple Mount in force on Wednesday to protest both decisions.

“Surprisingly, and in contrast to the court’s decision that shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ is no problem at the site, police were called to deal with the activists’ yelling,” said the Honenu civil rights organization in a statement. “Police actually decided to arrest six of the protesters on suspicion of disrupting the public order.”

The Court has previously determined that such behavior presents no legal issue when it is carried out by Arabs at the same site, the group pointed out.

Honenu representative Isaac Weiner went to the police precinct to aid the detainees, and pointed out to police officials that the detention was illegal and constituted “blatant discrimination” by Israel Police.

The activists were released on condition they would respect a restriction barring them from entering the Old City for the next two weeks – and the area of the Temple Mount in particular.

Several of the activists are to appear at a hearing in the Magistrate’s Court today (Thursday, July 9) in order to officially review the restrictions imposed against them.

“Today has proven what we have been saying for a long time,” said a spokesperson for Honenu. “Authorities have ramped up discrimination against Jews at the holy sites in the Old City, in particular at the Temple Mount.

“It is inconceivable that Jews should be arrested by police for the same acts that do not constitute an offense in the eyes of the Court when carried out by Arabs.”

Honenu added that it would consider filing a lawsuit against the police for false arrest and a petition to appeal the order restricting the activists from entering the Old City.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/illegal-for-jews-to-yell-allahu-akbar-at-the-temple-mount/2015/07/09/

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