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US Lawmakers in Bolivia to Press for Ostreicher’s Release

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Two members of Congress are in Bolivia to press for the release of an American Jewish businessman who has been jailed there without charges for 18 months.

Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) arrived this week to seek the release of Jacob Ostreicher, a haredi Orthodox father of five and grandfather of 11 from Brooklyn, N.Y., who has been held in Bolivia without formal charges and bail since June 2011.

In a release Thursday, Smith, who has led congressional efforts to win Ostreicher’s release, said that according to Bolivian law, persons may be held without charges for no longer than 18 months.

Last month, authorities arrested seven people, including top government officials, for attempted extortion in the case.

Ostreicher has said since his arrest that corrupt Bolivian officials desired to keep him in jail in order to sell for their own profit the 18,000 metric tons of rice they confiscated from him and to extort him for money in exchange for promises to help get him released.

Yankees Offer Youkilis $12 Million

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

The New York Yankees reportedly offered Jewish free agent Kevin Youkilis a one-year, $12 million contract.

Youkilis, a three-time All Star for the Boston Red Sox before being traded to the Chicago White Sox in June, was leaning toward accepting the offer, a source told The New York Times.

The offer would have Youkilis play third base, replacing Alex Rodriguez, who is expected to be sidelined until next June because of hip surgery. The Cleveland Indians are also said to be interested in signing Youkilis, according to the Times.

Will the New Israel Fund Also Fight Anti-Jewish Incitement?

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

The New Israel Fund recently announced that it “is undertaking a comprehensive survey to identify those most involved in inciting racism and violence.”

Incitement to violence and intolerance is a particularly troubling problem plaguing Israeli society today. This problem is all the more severe when the incitement comes from respected public figures and political leaders.  But will the New Israel Fund will also include anti-Jewish incitement which comes from the Israeli Left?

A brief online search unearthed a myriad of following examples which should be included in the NIF’s survey – all from the Israeli Left.

Incitement against Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria: 

“Fascism cannot be stopped with rational arguments. This can be stopped only by force, and when there is willingness to risk a civil war.  When necessary, we shall have to forcibly deal with the settlers in Ofra or in Elon Moreh.  Only those ready to storm Ofra with tanks will stem the fascist tide, which threatens to engulf Israel’s democracy.”
– Prof. Zeev Sternhell, Davar, April 4, 1988.  Sternhell was later awarded the Israel Prize.

“My true contribution would be if I grabbed a sub-machine-gun, instead of a pen and pencil, and killed them.”
– Artist Yigal Tumarkin, Hadashot, September 28, 1988.  Tumarkin was later awarded the Israel Prize.

“It a messianic junta, closed-minded and cruel, a band of armed gangsters, perpetrators of crimes against humanity, sadists, pogromists, and murderers, who crept out of some dark corner of Judaism… from out of cellars of bestiality and defilement… in order to impose their a bloodthirsty and insane blood worship.”
– Writer Amos Oz, Yediot Aharonot, June 8, 1989.

“The time has come to bury them.”
– “Peace Activist” and Gush Shalom founder Uri Avnery, HaOlam Hazeh, November 1988.

“They are not my brothers…  [There] will be a civil war, [and] I will run to it… and I will crush their flesh with mighty blows, to rout them…  I will go forth to the foe in order to fight, for once, a justified war…  Much blood will be shed.”
– Editorial, HaKibbutz newspaper, August 1995.

“The Palestinians aren’t the first we drove insane.  Look what happened to the Germans…  What brought the Germans and brings the Palestinians to such hatred of us? …  We have a tough history.  We came here out of a Jewish experience and the settlements are messing it up.”
– Author A. B. Yehoshua, Ma’ariv, June 20, 2002.

In response to a question about what to do with settlers who refuse to willingly evacuate their homes:  “I will say this in clear words:  There is more than one ‘Altalena’ in the life of every state or nation…  The political leadership in the State of Israel has already taken difficult decisions when the alternative was clear, and in the future the political leadership will have to take difficult decisions when the alternative is clear.”  (Note: In the ‘Altalena’ incident of June 1948, the Irgun ship ‘Altalena’ was sunk by the Palmah, and 16 unarmed survivors who jumped overboard were then shot to death while trying to swim from the ship to shore). 
– Former GSS chief Ami Ayalon, interview, Yedioth Ahronoth, November 14, 2003.

“If a settler child or two get killed, the settler parents say:  ‘No problem.  We’ll make four instead and all will be OK.’”
– Artist Yigal Tumarkin, February 13, 2004.  Tumarkin was later awarded the Israel Prize.

“When I fashioned a pig wearing tefillin, I merely meant to display a fetish to deride those settlers, because settlements are idolatry.  Because of them we’re in trouble with the whole world and our neighbors.”
– Artist Yigal Tumarkin, April 22, 2004, on why he sculpted a pig wearing tefillin.

“They should not try to frighten a nation — tens of thousands of whose sons were killed in wars to ensure its very existence — with [the prospect of] the shedding of blood in the cause of peace.”
– Journalist Yoel Marcus, Haaretz, “Don’t Try and Frighten Us with Bloodshed, July 9, 2004.

“If, heaven forbid, they will force us, we will be compelled to open fire [against the settlers]…  It will be necessary to pull the trigger, slowly, responsibly, coolheadedly, and intelligently.”
– Meretz MK Avshalom Vilan, interview with Ari Shavit, Haaretz, September 5, 2004, discussing the prospect of a civil war against the settlers.

“The desirable thing here is that there be a civil war between Left and Right — a war between the settlers and leftists…  Civil war is the way to solve the problem we face.  We’ve tried all other means and none worked… long live death.”
– Filmmaker Judd Ne’eman, Ma’ariv, July 7, 2011.
Incitement against various Religious Jewish Communities in Israel:

“The settlers are lunatics, I get angry even if I only hear about them…  I cannot tolerate small children with peyot [sidelocks], that they have a mori [traditional Yemenite teacher], who teaches them to be Yemenites and not Israelis.  I wanted to grab their mori and break his bones.”
– Actor Shaike Levi, Yedioth Aharonot, November 2003.

“The knitted kippot on the heads of IDF soldiers remind me of the swastikas worn by Nazi soldiers.”
– General (Res) Shlomo Gazit, public speech, March 1998.

“Secular Israel is the occupied territories of the religious parties.  If the secular desire to live here, they have no choice but to start an intifada.  Yes, I am prepared to throw the first stone.”
– Poet Yonatan Gefen, Maariv, May 1998.

“The hareidim should be hung from electric poles.”
– Editorial, Hadashot newspaper, October 1992.

“Only if we succeed in wiping out this terrible evil thing, the taking over of our life by the black devil, can we nurture all that is good in the state.”
– Former Meretz MK Naomi Hazan, Humanist Judaism Federation convention, 1992.

“When I see the hareidim, I understand the Nazis.”
– Artist Yigal Tumarkin, Tel Aviv Magazine, November 4, 1988 (see above).

“We have established anti-haredi reconnaissance units that will knock off the heads of the hareidim.”
–Tel Aviv-Jaffacity councillor Michael Roeh, Meretz party faction meeting, June 1998.

“The hareidim should be hung from an electric pole.”
– Professor Uzi Amnon, interview, Kol Ha’ir newspaper.

“The hareidim suck from the same sinister passions which nurtured the Nazis.”
– Meretz founder Shulamit Aloni.

“We have to storm Meah Shearim with machine guns and mow them down.”
– “Peace Activist” and Gush Shalom founder Uri Avnery.

“I would take all those weird people from Shas, Aguda, Degel HaTorah, tie their beards together, and light a match.”
– Journalist and Ma’ariv Editor, Amnon Dankner.

“Hareidim are dancing outside my house in central Carmel.  Is it possible to ask Hitler to return for just an hour to help? …  My hatred for hareidim such as they are is no different from to the hatred of Hitler for the Jews.  I do not intend to apologize for this, nor I do not intend to understand, to include, or to accept them.  So long as they are sucking [the blood] of this state — it is best that they should die.”
– Orly Mizrachi,Haifaleftist activist, on Facebook, June 4, 2012.

Incitement against Israel’s Prime Minister:

“I was angry, and I wrote that I had a wet dream that I shot Bibi Netanyahu twice.  They didn’t print this.  And why is it permitted to print… while they continually reject my wet dream about rubbing out Bibi Netanyahu?”
– Poet Yonatan Gefen, Maariv, 1996.

“We need to take a political decision and start fighting in an organized way.  We should stop being so stately.  We should cut off Netanyahu’s head.”
– Labor MK Ephraim Oshaya, Labor party faction meeting, August, 6, 1997.

“We should roll up our sleeves and shoot in all directions.  I agree with Oshaya, who said we should behead Netanyahu.”
– Labor MK Eitan Cabel, Labor party faction meeting, August, 6, 1997.
Miscellaneous Incitement Against Jews: 

“The Jew’s outward strangeness and the pretentious notion that God chose us… caused violent surrounding cultures to clash… with this arrogant minority…  The image of the cunning, ambitious scoundrel, lending money at exorbitant interest, turned the bent, hook-nosed, bearded Jew into the enemy of civilization… which didn’t help belatedly-enlightened Jews.”
– Artist Yigal Tumarkin, op-ed, Hadashot, November 14, 1988 (see above).

“There is no doubt regarding the legitimacy of the armed resistance in the territories proper [as opposed to inside the Green Line].  Were the Palestinians wiser, they would concentrate their attacks against the settlements…  instead of placing bombs on the western side of the Green Line.”
– Prof. Zeev Sternhell, Haaretz, May 11, 2001.  Sternhell was later awarded the Israel Prize.

“If you want to picture what true peace is, then picture the head of Ehud Barak impaled on a stake…  The only thing good about the wall is that one day we will be able to stand up all the people from the Labor Party and the Likud, and all those sons of bitches who man checkpoints;  we can stand them all up in a row and simply shoot them all, one by one.”
– “Anarchists Against the Wall” leader Federico Gomes, Tel Aviv, Channel 2, September 2008.

“I call on the world to come and help break these scoundrels’ necks.”
– Dr. Eyal Nir, lecturer in chemistry at Ben Gurion University, Facebook, June 11, 2011, on people who marched through Jerusalem with flags on Yom Yerushalayim.

“There is little difference between Hebron youth and Hitler Youth, between the motivation and conditions of service in some of the IDF’s elite units and that of the Waffen SS, between Israeli soccer fans and those of the Third Reich, and between the Old Testament and Mein Kampf.”
– Hebrew University Professor Moshe Zimmerman.

“The common and well-worn motto is that the greatest part of the justification for the establishment of Israel lies in the Holocaust.  If that is so, then we owe thanks to Hitler.”
– Hebrew University Professor Moshe Zimmerman.
So again, will the New Israel Fund will also include anti-Jewish incitement coming from the Israeli Left?

New Brit Mila Legislation May Be Weeks Away in Germany

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Ritual circumcisions have resumed in the Cologne region of Germany, ending a controversy started in a Cologne court in June, when judges decided ritual circumcision constituted “bodily harm” to boys and religious coercion.

Though the court decision only prevented Jewish and Muslim circumcisions in one portion of Germany, religious rights groups decried the decision and feared the legal precedent would lead to the ban of circumcisions throughout the country.

The groups invoked Germany’s history of religious intolerance and vowed to fight for ritual circumcisions in the courts and through public campaigns.

The Justice Ministry has issued new legislation to reinstate ritual circumcisions, but only provided that families endure a thorough medical elucidation of the risks and processes of circumcision by a professional, and utilize “the most effective pain relief possible” when performing the ceremony.  The legislation is still pending.

Approximately 4 million Muslims and 120,000 Jews live in Germany.

Turkish Report Holds Syria Responsible for Downed Warplane

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

A report by the Turkish Military Prosecutor’s Office has concluded that a Turkish warplane shot down in international air space in June was hit by a Syrian missile, according to the Turkish daily newspaper Hürriyet on Thursday.

Though there are no indications that missiles hit the plane, there were traces of materials found in missiles on the jet.  Experts theorize that the missiles blew up near the jet rather than hitting hit, resulting in the materials being diffused on the plane without leaving signs of a missile impact.

The report also discredits Syrian accusations that the plane was shot down by anti-aircraft guns inside Syrian air space, and rules out technical malfunctions.

The report is being criticized as topical, not thorough enough to confirm that a Syrian missile was responsible.

The Conflicts with Syria Should be Resolved Amicably and Peacefully

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Editor’s note: The following article is by Adnan Oktar, a Turkish-Muslim teacher known across the Muslim world and the Middle East. On the basis of the teachings of Islam he argues against violence  against Jews and among Muslims themselves, and for a unity of humanity based on a belief in God. We welcome this article by a Muslim author who is a fervent friend of Israel and Jews (see his image with Rabbi Lau).

One of the most effective tools of the antichrist to hurt Muslims is causing conflicts amongst Muslims and turning Muslims against each other. Although the real threat for the world is ideologies like Darwinism, Materialism and Communism, some Muslims are swayed by the antichrist to go against their own brothers and even fight them. The antichrist, using this method, aims to wipe the Muslims off the map of the Middle East and bring its own communist system in place of them. The recent crisis and the not-so-amicable attitude of Syria towards Turkey, and our plane being shot down, are all a part of this sneaky plan of the antichrist.

Any retaliation against Syria will give the antichrist what he wants

Some people claim that a Turkish plane being shot down has undermined the authority of Turkey; and being a great country it should retaliate  in such situations. They think that the efforts of Turkey to remain peaceful shows Turkey as a weak country. Needless to say, all these thoughts serve the antichrist’s purpose of more bloodshed and getting Muslims to kill each other and therefore shall never be considered.

First of all, any retaliation against Syria could lead to catastrophic results for all sides. Syria is a part of the communist bloc, and should there be an attack, China and Russia will rush to its aid, which will be very dangerous.

On the other hand, any retaliation against Syria will put our country in a difficult position in the fight against PKK terrorism. It is a known fact that Syria is a part of the communist state dream of the terrorist PKK. If Turkey engages in a war, this could be a step towards their communist dream, which they haven’t been able to achieve so far. The regions of Syria close to Turkey will be an ideal base for the PKK, just like in the case of Northern Iraq. Indeed, this is demonstrated by the current support of the terrorist PKK for the ongoing massacres in Syria and how they build their camps on the Syrian-Turkish border.

Such a retaliation will also take a huge economic toll as well. With the war ongoing,  industry will come to a standstill, inflation will skyrocket and people will get poorer. So anyone criticizing Turkey for being peaceful and amicable and inclined to resolve matters through diplomatic means are completely wrong.  Anyone claiming that retaliation is the best option is clearly mistaken as these ideas  will do nothing but hurt our country.

The steps to be followed for peace in Syria can be summarized as follows:

The current Syrian administration should immediately step down and a new coalition government should be formed:

Today, Syria is a part of the communist bloc and since it sides with China and Russia, it is under the close scrutiny of NATO. NATO sees communism as a huge threat, and for good reason, and therefore is uncomfortable with the regime in Syria and wishes to put an end to it. Therefore, it would like to see Turkey in this plan, too.

NATO is right to want to see the end of communist regimes, but their methods are all wrong. Surely, Turkey will support NATO’s efforts to make Syria a democratic country. However, Turkey will not do anything that will push it into a war with Syria. First of all, Syrian lands are old Ottoman lands and that makes Syrians our very own brothers and sisters. Turkey will never do something that could hurt Muslims and will never allow something like that to happen, either.

It is obvious that the current administration is a dictatorship and that there is no democracy in Syria. Therefore the communist administration should step down immediately. Following that, a democratic election should be held where people can freely vote. After a coalition government victory, different groups will be represented in the parliament and Syria will get genuine democracy.

German state of Berlin Declares Circumcision, Not Brit Milah, Legal

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Berlin became the first of Germany’s 16 states to declare circumcision legal, following a Cologne court ruling in June that non-medical circumcisions on children amounted to a criminal offense, according to the German news agency DPA. National legislation is pending to legalize circumcision.

But, the state of Berlin has authorized only doctors, and not mohels, to perform circumcisions; the national legislation could authorize mohels. The state also required that parents be informed of the procedure’s medical risks before consenting, and that doctors do everything possible during the procedure to reduce pain and limit bleeding.

June’s court ruling has led many doctors to stop performing circumcisions in order to avoid being prosecuted. Two rabbis have had complaints brought against them based on the ruling, though one complaint was dropped last week.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/german-state-of-berlin-declares-circumcision-not-brit-milah-legal/2012/09/06/

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