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Canadian Professor Awarded Yad Vashem Book Prize

Monday, December 8th, 2014

 

Prof. Jan Grabowski of the University of Ottawa in Canada was awarded the 2014 Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research for his book memory of Holocaust survivor Abraham Meir Schwarzbaum and his family members who were murdered in the Holocaust.

His book “Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland” was published by the Indiana University Press and documents the involvement of the local Polish citizens in locating and killing Jews in their midst during the Holocaust. The book draws on materials from Polish, Jewish and German sources and focuses on accounts of the fates of individual Jews.

“When it was first published in Polish in 2011, Grabowski’s book was followed by a vigorous discussion in the mainstream Polish media, showing that his writing can effectively break through a purely academic canon and affect widespread social perceptions of this crucial chapter of Polish and Jewish history,” the judges wrote in their remarks.

“The craftsmanship of Grabowski’s study is exemplary and shows that a careful reading of archival material allows for the detailed reconstruction of personal life (and death) stories of Jews in hiding,” the judges wrote. “The committee found Jan Grabowski’s study groundbreaking and exemplary in its approach and methodology, in its analytical quality and in its contribution to the better understanding of the multi-facetedness of the Shoah.”

 

 

Clinton Plays Up ‘Two-State Solution’ for the Liberal Jewish Vote

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Hillary Clinton went overboard claiming in a speech Saturday at the Saban Forum how much the Obama administration supports Israel and that there is nothing “personal” in differences between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama.

Saban, an Israeli-born millionaire, has said that he is willing to give “as much as needed” to make sure Clinton will be the next president of the United States. She has not said one way or the other if she will run, but she acts and talks like a candidate in the last week of an election campaign.

The former First Lady and Secretary of State is the same woman who said “F—the Jews” when her Oslo Accords hubby Bill was in the White House, where he was about as faithful to Hillary as he was to Israel.

“The relationship between the United States and Israel is solid, and will remain solid, and will be part of our foreign policy and our domestic concerns, our values, ideals, forever,” Clinton said at the 11th annual Saban Forum.

Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Jewish Home party, is scheduled to speak at the Saban Forum Saturday night. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has to cancel his speech because he is sitting Shiva for his mother, who died on Thursday.

It was only two years ago that Hillary Clinton used the Saban Forum as a stage to accuse Israel of a “lack of generosity” and a “lack of empathy” towards Palestinian Authority Arabs.

With two eyes on the 2016 presidential election, she said Saturday night, she pushed negotiations for the “two-state solution.” Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas already has said several times negotiations, as he calls them, were finished long ago because Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has not accepted his demand that Israel accept his demands at the table or under the dictate of the United Nations.

Netanyahu has said there is nothing to talk about since Abbas won’t recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Until the Netanyahu government collapsed this week and he decided to call for new elections, even the center-left leaders had said the “two-state” solution is nothing but theoretical.

But the American liberal Jewish community, the bulk of American Jews who still realize they are Jewish, are very happy with Israel being the country they dream as a Jewish state that exists to make them feel comfortable as Americans.

They don’t want to hear international criticism of Israel, and if their president says “settlers” are “illegitimate and illegal,” then those settlers should do as Washington says and live in Tel Aviv.

“Now I’m well aware of everything going on and the increasing tensions in the region, in Israel, in the West Bank to say nothing of the continuing aggressive behavior from Hamas coming out of Gaza,” Clinton said. “But the absence of negotiations leaves a vacuum that gets filled by problems, bad actors, threats, other kinds of behavior that are not good for Israel and not good for the Palestinians.

“There is a necessary imperative to continue to try to achieve a resolution between Israel and the Palestinians.”

Clinton is “aware of everything going on”?

Is she aware that the Palestinian Authority has educated an entire generation of Arabs to hate Israel, to hate Jews and to become “martyrs?”

Is she aware that official Palestinian Authority documents show a map of Israel with the word “Palestine” scrawled over it from, Lebanon to Egypt and from Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea?

She is not aware of it because she, and John Kerry, and the entire American liberal Jewish establishment do not want to be aware of it.

They love to hear talk about a “two-state solution” because it makes them feel good that all of those Jews living in Israel won’t upset their breakfast by doing anything that might endanger American security, such as building homes for Jews smack dab next to Arabs in eastern Jerusalem.

Clinton knows that the right-wing Jews are not going to support her. She doesn’t need to sell herself for the votes of the liberal Jewish community, but she wants their money.

 

Police Arrest Liberal Jewish ‘Rabbis’ in Garner Protests [video]

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Several prominent and liberal Jewish leaders and the president of a national teachers union were among nearly 100 people arrested Thursday night while protesting police brutality.

Sharon Kleinbaum, Jill Jacobs, and Shai Held, who hold the title “rabbi” that is not recognized by Orthodox Judaism, along with Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, were taken into custody for blocking traffic to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict the New York police officer who choked Staten Island resident Eric Garner to death.

They also recited the “Kaddish” prayer for mourners in memory of Garner,

The protests, held on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, were organized by the organization Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.

Kleinbaum is the longtime spiritual leader at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the country’s largest LGBT synagogue, and is also Weingarten’s partner. Directly before the protest, she was honored by JFREF with a Marshall T. Meyer Risk Taker Award at nearby Congregation B’nai Jeshurun.

Attendees at the ceremony read the names of more than 20 black males who had been killed by New York police, followed by the phrase, “I am responsible.” They then marched to the nearby intersection at 96th and Broadway — blocking traffic and holding protest signs.

It brings back memories of the Jews joining Martin Luther King in the 1960s marches for integration.

It brings back memories of Jews marching in the 1970s to protest the war in Vietnam.

It brings back memories of the absence of Jewish leaders, especially from the Reform and homosexual communities, in support of Israel in the war against terror and in the rights for Jews to live in all of Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria.

The American liberal Jew always looks for a cause where it can show Americans how the descendants of slavery in ancient Egypt identify with the suffering of others, so long as they aren’t Jews.

Below is a video of the protest march.

JTA contributed to this report.

Most Israeli Jewish Teens Targeted by Online Anti-Semites

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Nearly 83 percent of Jewish Israeli teenagers encounter online anti-Semitism, and more than 51 percent are targeted due to their nationality, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

In the same poll last year, 69 percent of Israeli teens reported being exposed to Web anti-Semitism, including 36 percent due to nationalistic reasons.

The poll of 500 Jewish teens from ages 15-18 encompassed hate symbols, websites, and messages found on social media and in videos and music.

“The more teenagers in Israel are using the Internet to connect with friends and share social updates, the more they are coming into contact with haters and bigots who want to expose them to an anti-Israel or anti-Semitic message,” ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said.

Detroit Tigers’ New Jewish Relief Pitcher Brings Team Closer to a Minyan

Monday, December 1st, 2014

The Detroit Tigers have acquired Jewish relief pitcher Josh Zeid , one season after bringing in a Jewish manager, Brad Ausmus, and second baseman Ian Kinsler.

Zeid was claimed recently off waivers from the Houston Astros.

In Motown, Zeid will be reunited with Ausmus, who managed the Tigers to the American League Central Division title in his first season at the helm. Zeid was a member of the Israeli team skippered by Ausmus that fell short in its bid for the 2012 World Baseball Classic.

Zeid is coming off a difficult sophomore season with the Astros – a 6.97 earned run average and six home runs allowed in 20 2/3 innings.

The righty reliever said he was pleased to receive calls welcoming him to the Tigers from Ausmus, general manager Dave Dombrowski and vice president Al Avila.

“It’s another opportunity to make another ball club and to have a successful career elsewhere,” said Zeid, who will be reunited in Detroit with former Vanderbilt University teammate David Price, a starting pitcher. “I couldn’t be more excited than to go to a team with a rich playoff history, recent and historically.”

Zeid isn’t the only Jewish major leaguer to change teams of late – even before the winter meetings in San Diego on Dec. 7.

Josh Satin, an infielder for the New York Mets and Zeid’s teammate on Team Israel, signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds. And the Pittsburgh Pirates dealt Ike Davis, who started last season with the Mets before being traded, to the Oakland Athletics.

Jews are making news in the front office, too.

Former outfielder Gabe Kapler, a coach for Israel’s WBC team, was named director of player development earlier in November for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kapler had been working as a baseball analyst on television as well as a consultant to the Tampa Bay Rays.

For Zeid, it’s shaping up to be a busy off-season in other ways, too. His wife Stephanie is about to deliver the couple’s first child, a son.

Meanwhile, could the Tigers be bringing in another Team Israel alumnus for 2015? Outfielder Ben Guez played last season with Detroit’s AAA team in Toledo and will be shooting for the big club this spring.

Said Zeid, “I’m sure Hank Greenberg would be proud.”

Hillel Kuttler wrote this article for JTA.

 

Al Aqsa Mosque ‘Stand-Up’ Preacher Calls for Annihilation of the United States

Friday, November 28th, 2014

A spur of the moment speech by a Muslim at the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount called for annihilation of the United States.

The speech was translated and posted this week by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), and the video shows the young man, named Ali Abu Ahmed, railing against the Jews and West.

Ahmed’s voice and delivery definitely show him as having great potential to be a real Islamist preacher, breathing fire and brim storm against the evils of Islam, mainly Israel, Jews and the United States. The Palestinian Authority should place him on the “Arabs Got Talent.”

The “freedom of speech” in the mosque is a result of “goodwill measures” by Israel, at the insistence of the United States and King Abdullah of Jordan, to “reduce tensions” by eliminating restrictions on the ages of who can enter the Temple Mount.

If this reducing tension, what does “escalating tensions” mean?

Ahmed spoke from the mosque that is Islam’s third most holy site, proving once again what the worshippers pray for.

The Western world, as well as Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch and national police commissioner Yohanan Danino, don’t want Jews praying near the mosque or even on the Temple Mount at all.

They are afraid that a Jewish presence will cause violence, but the freedom of people like Ahmed to scream for the destruction of Israel and the United States apparently is not incitement. It is the radical Islamic version of prayer.

If Jews were allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, the prayers for peace would certainly upset the Muslims. If there were peace, their preachers would be out of a job.

As for the speech itself, which can be seen with English sub-titles in the video below, Ahmed said Jews are “the most vile of creatures. Tune in around 2:00 into the video, towards the end, and you can see and hear Ahmed declaring,” Oh, Allah, annihilate America and its coalition.”

Exposed Hamas Terrorist Cell a ’Drop in the Bucket’

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

The capture of a Hamas terrorist network with tentacles in Turkey, Jordan and Syria is only one of several counter-terrorist maneuvers that still remain secret, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday.

Speaking at the ceremony to rededicate David Ben-Gurion’s hut at Sde Boker in the Negev, the Prime Minister commended the Shin Bet and IDF “for foiling very dangerous terrorist actions that could have claimed many victims in our country.”

He noted that although the gag order on the two-month-old arrests was lifted, “there are many actions that remain secret, counter-terrorist actions against Hamas, which challenges the existence of the Jewish nation-state and, in effect, challenges the existence of Jews in general.”

“We are operating day and night in order to maintain the security of Israel’s citizens; the people who do this are deserving of all praise and support,” he added.

The terrorist network planned to target Jews outside the country as well in Israel.

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