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Swiss Kosher Hotel Bridge Collapse Injures Five People

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

At least two people were flown to a hospital and three others were treated locally Wednesday after a foot bridge collapsed at a kosher hotel in Switzerland.

Among the injured were Zurich Jewish leader Rabbi Hirsch Padwa, whose father leads the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations in London.

The accident occurred at the Levin’s Hotel Metropol, a three-star hotel that is popular in the Hareidi community.

South Africa one of Leading Kosher Markets

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

It is certainly not Jerusalem and New York but according to a recent article in the SA Jewish Report, the two major South African cities can take their place among some of the world’s vibrant kosher centers.

There are approximately 70,000 Jews in South Africa, and the paper reported, “Its members are fortunate to choose from an impressive selection of kosher products available at all local supermarkets.”

By comparison, Britain has approximately 300,000 Jews. London Beth Din Rabbi Eli Schoeman explained that there is a difficulty in securing products for those living outside the typically Jewish areas. “Meat and dairy products are difficult to come by and people have to make different arrangements for how they get these delivered to their area.”

Toronto, with 270 000 Jews, is a significant kosher market. In a price comparison of a whole kosher chicken across the continents, Jewish Report ascertained that kosher chicken comes out cheapest in Johannesburg as opposed to Britain, Toronto, and Melbourne.

Turning to kosher restaurants, the paper notes, “South Africa has a good selection of kosher restaurants, some of which have even become a favorite of overseas visitors who return to foreign shores raving about.”

Pro-Israelis Outnumber London Neo-Nazis 20-1

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

 

Hundreds of Jews and other anti-Nazi demonstrators grossly outnumbered a total of 21 neo-Nazis who paraded in a rally aimed against “Jewification” of London.

Even the number of police surrounding the neo-Nazis outnumbered the hate group, which was met with signs such as “Nazi scum – off our streets.”

The neo-Nazi rally originally was scheduled for the heavily Jewish-populated Golders Green neighborhood, but London officials changed the venue to the Whitehall area because of the fear of a confrontation.

Approximately 200 police officers were present to separate the lower-than-expected numbers of neo-Nazis from the pro-Israel and-anti-Nazi groups.

Among those protesting the neo-Nazi rally were the Green Party and the Socialist Worker Party as well as the left-wing “Jewdas.”

The London Jewish Chronicle reported that a Jewdas spokesman said:

We should oppose Nazis wherever they happen to be, to make a loud noise to show that we’re opposing them in central London too – it’s not just Golders Green.

There are Jews here too. By being here at least passers-by aren’t walking by and just seeing another rally, they’re seeing people opposing them.

“These people don’t just have crazy ideas, they have racist ideas. They hurt people, they beat up people. We stand against them.

London’s Neo-Nazi Rally Moved Out of Golders Green

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

London Police have moved a neo-Nazi march scheduled for this coming Sabbath, July 4, out of the Jewish neighborhood of Golders Green.

The upcoming demonstration was to culminate in a rally at which participants would burn an Israeli flag and a Jewish holy book – a Talmud – while denouncing the “Jewification” of the area.

Instead, the rally is now to be held at Richmond Terrace, Whitehall and will be restricted to a one-hour, static assembly. Then it will be moved on, according to Mike Penning, the Home Office minister responsible for policing and crime.

Under British law, a march may be banned, although a rally – which is static — cannot. Nevertheless, the law provides for other remedies in the restriction of rallies, such as duration, location and size of participation.

The organizer of the rally, self-described fascist Joshua Bonehill, 22, appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday to respond to charges of inciting racial hatred. After tweeting endorsement of the upcoming march, Bonehill was detained and will remain incarcerated until his next court appearance, officials said.

Close to 60 members of Parliament had signed an early day motion condemning the upcoming rally and urging its venue be relocated away from Golders Green.

Residents of the area and their supporters acknowledged the reprieve as early as Tuesday. Golders Green Together, set up by the London Jewish Forum and Hope Not Hate, celebrated after the Metropolitan Police officially decided to move the neo-Nazi protest from Golders Green, The Jewish Chronicle reported.

By Thursday night, the group which had started as a cross-communal initiative to combat the neo-Nazi rally in Golders Green reached more than 285,000 people with its “thunderclap” post — a simultaneously broadcast by supporters of a message of anti-racism across social media. The post was sent out at 5 pm on Thursday on behalf of more than 390 people who signed up to send it out through their Twitter, Facebook or Instagram accounts.

The message, which continued to be shared by followers of the supporters, read: “I’m supporting #GoldersGreenTogether because I’m saying no to #antisemitism and yes to #unity on 4th July”.

On Friday morning, the group is set to host its final event, with volunteers decorating Golders Green with gold and green ribbons. Jemma Levene, head of fundraising at Hope Not Hate, said it would be “a celebration of community spirit and the way we came together in unity.”

UK Allowing Neo-Nazi March on London’s Jews in Golders Green

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

The Jews of London are preparing to face a Nazi provocation of extraordinary proportions on the first Sabbath of next month.

But at least some British Members of Parliament are issuing a call to action to protect them in the face of the upcoming neo-Nazi rally set for July 4.

Inexplicably, despite numerous requests from Jewish residents, the British government is allowing the neo-Nazis to march on that date through the prominent northwest London Jewish neighborhood of Golders Green.

MPs led by Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq have signed an early day motion praising a campaign to ban the rally, The Jewish Chronicle reported Wednesday (June 24.) The motion was cosponsored by fellow Labour Mps Sadiq Khan, Wes Streeting and Ruth Smeeth, as well as Conservative MP Peter Bottomley. The group also called on Home Secretary Theresa May to take action to stop the rally.

“That this house notes with concern the planned neo-Nazi demonstration in Golders Green on 4th July; highlights that this rally is due to take place on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, in an area in which 40 percent of the population is Jewish; praises the public activism in opposition to the rally – and particularly the Change.org petition to ban it, and the work of Hope Not Hate and the London Jewish Forum, under the umbrella of the Golders Green Together campaign, to promote solidarity and celebrate diversity in the local area; believes that every measure should be taken to protect Golders Green’s vibrant community from provocation and abuse, and calls on the Home Secretary to consider what further actions the government could take to isolate the politics of hate and division on our streets.”

Self-described fascist Joshua Bonehill, who is leading the group, has announced the event will feature “Jewish book burning and Jewish flag destruction” to protest “Jewish privilege.”

Golders Green is home to a diverse population of thousands of Jews from across the spectrum: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and hareidi. All live together in a neighborhood where they can access the cultural trappings of Jewish life and which are now entirely unavailable anywhere else in London. Kosher food, for instance, can no longer be found at all outside of Jewish enclaves; nor can one find Jewish book shops, synagogues or mikvahs elsewhere.

A recent foray by JewishPress.com into eight different food shops — including the iconic Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s — revealed that not even a simple yogurt bearing kosher supervision can be found anywhere in London, outside of a Jewish neighborhood. In seven of the eight shops, however, Halal meat was easily available. (In M & S, a store clerk replied to a query, “None of those ‘specialty food items, like kosher or halal things, are sold in Marks & Spencer.” When asked why, the clerk had no idea and said, “You’ll have to take that up with ‘upper management.”)

British Prime Minister David Cameron maintained in remarks to Parliament earlier this month that neo-Nazis, as others, have a “right to free expression” even while condemning the rally. Cameron added that any “harassment or threatening behavior” should face the “full force of the law” – but did not offer a definition of harassment, or threatening behavior.

Bonehill announced his group would burn Israeli flags and a Talmud at the Golders Green rally. Since the burning will take place on a Sabbath, Jews cannot even put out the flames. Do either of those acts constitute harassment, or threatening behavior?

Slightly over a week ago, the Community Security Trust (CST) told a meeting attended by British police, members of the Shomrim volunteer neighborhood watch group and delegates of more than 40 local synagogues that they were not intimidated by the prospect of facing neo-Nazis, although they were “concerned and repelled.”

Neo-Nazis to March on Golders Green, London

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

In February, JewishPress.com reported on a neo-Nazi group that planned a march in Stamford Hill.

That march was eventually cancelled, though a few neo-Nazis still showed up. The organizer has faced a number of criminal charges.

But Scotland Yard said it cannot prevent the upcoming neo-Nazi march that is planned for July 4th in north London’s Golders Green, according to The Guardian.

Golders Green is the home of a large Jewish community in London.

The neo-Nazi march will be held on Shabbat, in the heart of the Jewish community, and exactly when religious Jews will be walking to Shul for prayers.

Dear Jews of the UK, Israel is only an airplane ride away.

Palestinian Unknowingly Sells Banksy Mural to Gaza Artist for $175

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

A 33-year-old Gazan who sold his bombed-out iron-and-brick doorway to a local artist for NIS 700 (about $175) says he was tricked.

He had no idea that the image of a goddess holding her head in her hand was spray-painted on the door to the remains of his two-story northern Gaza home by a British graffiti artist named Banksy.

Banksy, whose true identity has never been revealed, is from the western British city of Bristol. He is known for painting his murals in unexpected places – famous for it, in fact – and last summer apparently sneaked into Gaza, leaving behind at least four of his works. Banksy also painted a playful kitten and a scene of children swinging in play from a military watch tower. He allegedly entered the enclave via a tunnel from Egypt, according to his publicist, Jo Brooks.

Gaza artist Gelal Khaled says that he did not intend to dupe anyone, but instead bought the painting to protect its artistic value and preserve it from damage. He also said he hopes to display it in other places as well and claimed he has no monetary interest in the painting.

The Gaza artist added that he has been in touch with Banksy’s representatives, however, to request permission to display the mural at Gaza art exhibits.

Some of Banksy’s pieces have sold for more than half a million dollars; a mural painted in 2013 on a shop in London sold for $1.1 million at a private auction.

Rabea Darduna, a father of six whose door became the canvas on which Banksy chose to paint, told the Reuters news agency by telephone he had “no idea what the value of that painting was, or who this Banksy is.

“I heard it can be sold for millions. If I had known, I would never had sold the door so cheap. Now I want it back.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/palestinian-unknowingly-sells-bansky-mural-to-gaza-artist-for-175/2015/04/01/

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