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May 30, 2016 / 22 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Passover’

EasyJet Claims ‘Disruptive Passengers’ to Blame for Separation, Removal from Flight

Monday, May 9th, 2016

EasyJet Airlines categorically denied having removed and separated Jewish passengers from the rest of the travelers on board a flight from Barcelona to Paris on May 1, in a statement to media on Monday by Andy Cockburn, the airline’s director of public relations.

“Flight EZY3920 from Barcelona to Paris Charles de Gaulle on 1 May 2016 with 180 passengers on board returned to the gate in Barcelona and was met by police due to a group of passengers behaving in a disruptive manner,” said Cockburn, as quoted by JTA in several Jewish publications.

“All passengers were asked to disembark at the request of the police so they could speak to a small number of passengers in order to investigate the incident…. [EasyJet] does not tolerate abusive or threatening behavior on board,” he added.

JewishPress.com and Cockburn exchanged phone calls numerous times on Monday but each time JP returned the call, Cockburn was unavailable or could not be reached. Messages were left on both sides and emails were exchanged as well, but contact was elusive.

Even if some passengers were “disruptive” it still is not clear why an entire flight was forced to disembark, nor why only the Jewish passengers were required to remain secluded for six hours in a separate section of the terminal under armed police guard, nor why their captors refused to answer their questions.

Cockburn’s contention that the Jewish passengers were separated at the request of the police so they could be questioned under investigation does not make much sense, unless the police were only probing Jews. However, the spokesperson’s final comment that the airline “does not tolerate abusive or threatening behavior on board” seems to imply that Jews were behaving in an abusive or threatening behavior on board prior to takeoff.

Hana Levi Julian

Rejuvenation: The Principle of Alternate Possibilities [audio]

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Biblical scholar Jerrold Rapaport joins Eve in a fascinating, far ranging talk on our respective religious obligations. Do we accept our fate or create our destiny? Is all Bible commentary divinely inspired or does context alter opinion? What is the principle of alternate possibilities? How do we know what are our moral responsibilities? Is our covenant with God voluntary and does it lead to loss of free will? And how is all of this reflected in Israel and Jewish life today, and in the West as well?

Yes, all that and more in just one post Passover show. On Rejuvenation with Eve Harow for The Land of Israel Network.

The Land of Israel

And the Cycle Begins Again

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Chareidi Jews harvest wheat with a hand sickle in a field near the central Israeli town of Modi’in.

They will store the wheat for almost a year and then use it to grind flour to make Matzah for next year’s Passover festival.

Harvest

Harvest

Harvest

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Israel Intercepts 4 Tons Ammonium Chloride Smuggled by Hamas to Make Rocket Fuel

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Israeli customs agents in collaboration with Shabak foiled a Hamas attempt to smuggle four tons of ammonium chloride hidden in a shipment of salt before the Passover holiday, Israel announced on Tuesday. Ammonium chloride is used in hair shampoo, in the glue that bonds plywood, and in cleaning products, but as ammonium perchlorate composite propellant (APCP) it is typically used in aerospace propulsion applications, including in building rockets in Gaza intended hit civilian populations inside Israel. According to the announcement, the amount seized could be used to manufacture hundreds of long-range rockets.

About a week before the holiday, a special shipment of 40 tons of salt arrived at the Nitzana crossing which is used for moving goods from Egypt to Israel, the PA and the Gaza Strip.

The unusually large amount of salt being transferred raised a red flag.

A thorough examination by the Nitzana customs agents revealed that some of the bags of salt were actually ammonium chloride weighing 4 tons altogether. Ammonium chloride is a dual-use substance requiring an import license, because of its potential use by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in manufacturing long-range rockets.

Recently, the Shabak has noted a vast increase in salt shipments to Gaza, and soon figured out it was being used to conceal smuggled illegal chemicals. In the reported case, Shabak believes the importer, a Gaza resident, was indeed seeking to provide the chemical to the Hamas, under the guise of merchandise intended for the civilian population and rehabilitation projects.

To date, the collaboration between the customs service and Shabak has led to the thwarting of dozens of smuggling attempts that included shipments of sulfuric acid, diving Suits, polyurethane propellant for rockets, sulfur rods, fiberglass rolls, and a special coal used to fuel iron furnaces for processing metals.

David Israel

FBI Sting Gets Man Who Planned to Bomb Florida Synagogue

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The FBI arrested a man who was planning to throw an explosive device into an Aventura, south Florida synagogue, WSVN reported. The arrest followed an FBI sting intended to foil a terror attack at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, last Friday evening. According to WSVN, FBI agents posing as terrorists stopped the suspect, who may have converted to Islam.

According to sources, the suspect wanted to throw “some type of explosive device” over the wall of the center on Friday night, which was the last day of Passover and the center was crowded.

“I think about, before we had a baby, that we used to go there for services, and God forbid, it could have been us,” local resident Stephanie Levine told WSVN. “Thank God they stopped him, but had they not, it would have been such a horrible thing to happen to this neighborhood.”

But the same sources said the center was not in danger at any time, because the suspect was taken into custody before he was able to cause any damage.

“Of course it surprised me,” local resident Richard Levinson told WSVN. “Everybody says, ‘I live in a small town. It doesn’t happen here,’ but the sad part is, it happens everywhere.”

And local resident Kim Tepper said she was not surprised, because “it’s a very scary world, and you know what? I don’t think that anybody is safe anywhere. We’d always thought, living in this area, that we could be targeted, so now you’re kind of confirming that for me. Not happy.”

The suspect will appear in federal court this week.

David Israel

Mimouna

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Moroccan Jews (and friends) celebrate Mimouna – the colorful Pesach after-party where chametz (leavened bread) is cooked and eaten alongside other Moroccan pastries and delicacies, and always with music.

Mimouna

Mimouna

Mimouna

Mimouna

And here’s the Ashkenazi version at Angel’s Bakery:

Ashkenazi Mimouna

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Israelis Celebrated a Sweet ‘Mimouna’ Saturday Night

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

If there is one tradition that Moroccan Jewish Israelis wait for at the end of the Passover holiday, it’s the sweet pastries and music that mark the traditional ‘Mimouna’ celebrations.

One does not have to be Moroccan to attend a Mimouna festival, of course — but it helps to at least have a Moroccan acquaintance to steer you in the right direction.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah went straight to the Dahan family home in Yavne to tuck in with delicious mufleta, a special Moroccan pastry.

“We’ve had a peaceful and joyful holiday, thanks to the IDF soldiers and the Shin Bet (domestic intelligence agency) who kept us safe, and thanks to the government led by the Likud party,” Netanyahu said.

The prime minister’s host, Attorney Meir Dahan, said prior to the celebration that he was expecting “over 2,000 people,” according to the Hebrew-language Ynet site.

“We’ve invited people of all ethnic groups and all nationalities,” he said. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein were also expected to arrive at the Dahans’ celebration as well.

Culture Minister Miri Regev headed to Ashkelon for Mimouna celebrations.

“I’m glad that the Moroccan ethnic group was able to turn the Mimouna into a national holiday in which we open our homes to the entire nation of Israel,” Regev said. “The abundance and the hospitality of this holiday lead to unity and joy among the people of Israel.”

Regev was joined by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who thanked the thousands of police officers who were out on the job throughout the holiday. “Even now, during the Mimouna, they’re out on the streets of Israel protecting us,” he pointed out.

For those who are still trying to figure out how ‘Mimouna’ connects with Passover, the tradition dates back to Rabbi Maimon ben Yosef, the father of Maimonides, the RaMBaM, who passed away on the day after Passover, and who was greatly revered by North African Jewry in particular.

Another tradition, also traced back to the Jewish communities in Morocco, derives the Mimouna from the Hebrew word “emunah” – faith or belief – reflecting the faith not only in the past redemption from Egyptian slavery, but also that which will come through Moshiach (the Messiah) in the future during the Hebrew month of Nisan, during which Passover falls.

Hana Levi Julian

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