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Labor Party to Hold Rabin Memorial After Annual Event Cancelled

Monday, October 31st, 2016

The annual memorial rally to mark the anniversary of the murder of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has been canceled this year due to lack of funds.

The event, scheduled to be held in Rabin Square on Saturday night, was canceled after the organizers were unable to raise the money to pay for it.

Labor Party Chairman Isaac Herzog responded to the cancellation by saying his party would hold an event instead.

“It should be clear that the gathering has always been the responsibility of external, private entities,” Herzog said.

“But because it was the assassination of our leader, the head of the Labor Party, Yitzhak Rabin of blessed memory, we insist on holding the alternative gathering.”

Hana Levi Julian

Remember the Altalena

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a ceremony of the unveiling of a new monument to the victims of the 1948 Altalena affair, at Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv on October 27, 2016.

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Hungarian Neo-Nazis Vandalize Holocaust Protest ‘Living Memorial’

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

The Living Memorial, a monument in Budapest’s Liberty Square, was vandalized over the weekend, after a call by the neo-Nazi website Kuruc.info to destroy it, the website Hungarian Free Press reported Sunday. The Living Memorial was erected back in 2014 in protest against the monument to the German occupation erected by the government, which deflects Hungary’s responsibility for the Holocaust and pins it solely on the Germans.

An estimated 600,000 Hungarian Jews perished in the Holocaust.

For more than two years, the Living Memorial has served as a site for regular talks, lectures, discussion groups, musical performances and commemorations.

One Alitea Guzmán wrote on Kuruc.info: “I promise that one night, in the beginning of September, I will walk by the Living Memorial and I will pack up four or five kilograms of  the display, which legally is considered to be garbage, into a strong bag. And putting that into my car, I will take it to where it belongs. Naturally, I won’t dump it into the Danube, because that is already very polluted.”

Now, as promise, hundreds of photographs which were on display at the site have been torn up and other memorabilia items which had been added to the Living Memorial by survivors and descendants of survivors have been destroyed or stolen.

The Living Memorial group issued a statement saying, “With the exception of a few smaller incidents, respect towards the victims of the Holocaust always protected the memorial from the worst attacks. But yesterday something happened, which until now nobody dared to commit.”

According to the Hungarian Free Press, the Living Memorial group filed a police report immediately after the attack on the monument. The activists noted that Liberty Square is well-equipped with CCTV cameras, so police should be able to identify the perpetrators. But they also revealed that they “do not expect any meaningful response from the state.”

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Shared Values is Theme of 9/11 Memorial

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said that Israeli society stands out as a model in successfully passing on the memory of significant events and tragedies to future generations. Shapiro made his remarks while speaking at a memorial event marking the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

“Where Israelis have excelled and where we continue to learn from them is conveying the power of memory and history forward so that each successive generation understands the meaning and the obligations that flow from events from which they cannot personally recall,” said Shapiro.

“[Israel is] a nation that has endured countless tragedies, and more than one existential crisis each of which shattered individual lives and stung an entire generation.”

Shapiro, Jewish National Fund Chairman Ronald Lauder, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren joined a delegation of American police and firefighters to mark the anniversary at Jerusalem’s Living Memorial to 9/11. The nine-meter-tall sculpture, which was dedicated in 2009, is the only memorial to the tragedy outside the united States. It was designed by Israeli artist Eliezer Weishoff and is engraved with all 2,996 victims’ names.

Nearly all speakers made reference to shared values between the United States and Israel. Former Ambassador made compared the terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center to Palestinian suicide bombers who target families and children on Israeli buses, and Jerusalem Mayor Barkat said the American and Israeli experiences with terror were part of a wider, pointed attack on Western mores and values.

“The 9/11 murderers tried to destroy our way of life… They failed, in New York, Jerusalem, Paris, Brussels. They didn’t win 15 years ago, they won’t win today and they won’t win tomorrow,” Barkat said.

Predictably, the anniversary re-opened wounds for bereaved families and rescue workers called into service on that fateful day. Several individuals struggled to hold back tears as memories of loved ones and traumatic experiences took center stage, together with feelings of gratitude for blessings experienced since 2001.

For some, the tragedy touched various parts of their lives – individuals who lost multiple family members or colleagues, who participated in rescue operations, or a combination of all three. 42-year-old Jimmy Lisi, a police detective from Jersey City, NJ watched the Twin Towers collapse, spent the rest of the day transporting evacuated people from the Hudson River ferry docks to local hospitals – and worrying about his brother-in-law, a New York police officer who ultimately died in the aftermath of the attack.

“The attack taught me not to take our lives and blessings for granted, and especially the need to stick together,” Lisi told Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

Lisi said this year is the first year he has not spent the anniversary of the attack with his sister, but he added that the chance to spend the day in Israel was an “invaluable opportunity.”

“We mourn with the Israel Police and with the Israeli people. It is an honor to mourn and pay tribute together,” Lisi said.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Memorial Day: Remember America’s Fallen Heroes

Monday, May 30th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website, The Lid}

The Original Order Creating the Memorial Day Holiday:

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but Posts and comrades will, in their own way, arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are here to play, Comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers sailors and Marines, who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead? We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security, is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains, and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledge to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon the Nation’s gratitude—the soldiers and sailors widow and orphan. 

It is the purpose of the Commander in Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

A Memorial Day Prayer:

Lord who grants salvation to kings and dominion to rulers, Whose kingdom is a kingdom spanning all eternities; Who places a road in the sea and a path in the mighty waters – may you bless the President, the Vice President, and all the constituted officers of government of this land. May they execute their responsibilities with intelligence, honor and compassion. And may these United States continue to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

 

May He bless the members of our armed forces, who protect us from harm, on the land, in the air, and on the sea. May the Almighty cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighters and their families from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor. 

May the God of overflowing compassion, who lives in the highest and all worlds, give limitless rest to those who are now under his Holy sheltering spiritual wings, making them rise ever more purely, through the light of your brilliance, and may he bless their souls forever and may he comfort the bereaved.

And let us all say, Amen

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Jeff Dunetz

Terror Victim’s Brother Interrupts Netanyahu During Official Memorial Day Speech

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – The brother of an Israeli man critically wounded in a terror attack lashed out at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday afternoon during Netanyahu’s speech at the official memorial ceremony for Israel’s terror victims.

“Two months ago a terrorist shattered my brother’s skull, after I was injured 15 years ago, and the wounds still haven’t healed,” shouted Rami Cohen at Netanyahu from the audience, criticizing the government’s handling of the recent wave of terror attacks. “And now, again, we are acting leniently [toward terrorism] and don’t know how to deal with it.”

Rami is the brother of Tzvika Cohen, a security guard who was brutally attacked with an ax by 21-year-old Saadi Ali Abu Ahmad in February in the town of Ma’ale Adumim, near Jerusalem. Cohen was critically wounded in the attack and has not yet woken up from a coma. His life is still in danger.

After his outburst, Cohen sat down and sobbed on his chair.

“I understand you. I belong to the same family,” Netanyahu replied, referring to the loss of his own brother, Jonathan, who was killed during the legendary 1976 raid in Entebbe, Uganda that freed 102 Jewish hostages.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Memorial Day Speech by Former IDF Chief of Staff and Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

“We will use any means to ensure that the Israeli society is based on equality, ethics and justice,” he said. “We must not lose our morals or our purity of arms, even during the most difficult times. No small number of soldiers and commanders have endangered their own lives, and even injured or killed for the sake of these values. This shows the legitimacy of our path.”

This is the same Mofaz who is directly responsible for the death of IDF soldier Madhat Yusuf as he bled to death defending Joseph’s tomb from “Palestinian security personnel” (terrorists in uniform whom we acknowledged with the Oslo perfidy, and with weapons we gave them) in October 2000.

Rather than risk the “peace” with our “peace partners,” Mofaz, then chief of staff, was there on the scene observing with his field glasses, as delirious Arab mobs assailed and desecrated our holy site and shot at our soldiers cowering inside.

Incredibly, Mofaz chose to put his faith in his “Palestinian counterpart” as he was assured that the attacks will end and the he will send an ambulance to help the wounded. The ambulance never arrived.

Our soldier bled to death – but the “peace process” survived!!

This is the ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ mind set that directs people like Mofaz; and our current deputy chief of staff who sees a parallel between Israel today and Nazi Germany of the 1930’s…

Of course, these self appointed bearers of the moral torch, were there as advocates of handing our land to our enemies at every opportunity, even , or especially, if it meant the mass expulsion of our people from their homes and destroying their lives. Morality demands

This Memorial Day we remember the 23,447 soldiers and victims of terror who gave their lives for us in our land. This ghastly number does not include the tens of thousands crippled in body or mind– or both. It does not count the thousands of devastated families who will never be the same.

On this day, I rather not hear from our “military leaders” who have lost the moral compass and rub salt into our wounds.

Perhaps we can better understand now why Israel has not won a war since 1973. (We fought five since then; three in Gaza in 2005 that we gave to Hamas and two in Lebanon that we gave to Hizbullah in 2000)

The chief of staff during the 2006 Second Lebanon war was , Dan Halutz. While sending men into battle he did not forget to take the time to sell his entire portfolio as he knew that war and stocks don’t go well together..Smart man . Great leader. Lost war. Lots of dead soldiers. Saved his portfolio.

One year before, to the day, Halutz very proudly presided over the very successful, well planned military campaign in Gaza – the one in which he expelled ten thousand Jews from their homes and handed it to Hamas..

On this Memorial Day, as we remember our true heroes, those 23,447  who put down their lives despite the blustering and warped moral compass of some of our generals, let us take solace in the fact that the people are indeed waking up.

No doubt, these blowhard “leaders” realize that their light is fading.

Servants of values not shared by the majority of Jews in Israel, the baton of leadership is slowly but surely changing hands.

May we be blessed with leaders who know the value of Jewish lives and Jewish land.

 

Shalom Pollack

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