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SodaStream to Absorb 1,000 Syrian Refugees in Bedouin City Plant

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

(JNi.media) SodaStream continues to fight to improve its public image in Arab communities around the world and so last Friday it unveiled a joint plan, together with Talal Al-Krenawi, mayor of the Bedouin city of Rahat in the south of Israel, to offer immediate asylum to refugees from Syria, pending Israeli authorities’ approval. SodaStream and Rahat say they can effectively absorb 1,000 individuals, or up to 200 families, and provide them with an opportunity to build a new life in Israel.

With 55,000 residents, Rahat is the largest Bedouin city in the world. Currently, 30 percent of the 1,100 workers in SodaStream’s nearby factory are residents of Rahat. “We enjoy a progressive, urban lifestyle in Rahat; however, we haven’t abandoned our culture and our tribal traditions,” said Mayor Al-Krenawi. “Human dignity and hospitality are core values in our culture and we will not allow indifference to the suffering of others. In this first stage, we will be able to receive 1,000 refugees, and then through ongoing collaboration with SodaStream, we plan to help more. Our hope is that the government will then support our joint effort.”

The victim of an anti-Israel boycott campaign, SodaStream announced earlier in 2015 that its factory in Maale Adumim, in Judea, would be closed by the end of 2016 and its operations transferred to the new factory in Lehavim, 15 km north of Be’er Sheva. The relocation announcement was declared a success by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), which said it would nevertheless continue its worldwide efforts to boycott SodaStream, even though Lehavim is inside the pre-1967 borders. PACBI argued that the new factory would be located on lands that were “stolen” from Rahat, which means SodaStream is still part of “Israel’s displacement policies.”

Daniel Birnbaum, Chief Executive Officer of SodaStream, said that “As the son of a Holocaust survivor, I refuse to stand by and observe this human tragedy unfold right across the border in Syria,” said Birnbaum. “Just as we have always done our best to help our Palestinian brothers and sisters in the West Bank, the time has come for local business and municipal leaders to address the Syrian humanitarian crisis and take the initiative to help those in need. We cannot expect our politicians to bear the entire burden of providing aid for the refugees.”

Shin Bet Foils ISIS Terror Cell in Negev Bedouin Town

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Six suspected new Da’esh (ISIS) recruits have been arrested in the Negev Bedouin town of Hura, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced Monday.

Hura is one of the seven original Bedouin towns created for the permanent settlement of the Negev Bedouin by the Israeli government, along with Rahat, a large city considered to be the “Bedouin capital of the Negev.” Hura is located on Highway 31 just outside of Be’er Sheva, about 25 minutes west of Arad.

The suspected terrorists were identified as: Bashir Jabran Salim abu Alkyan, 26 (Hura elementary school teacher); Akram Al’ab Ahmed abu Alkyan, 30, (elementary school teacher, Rahat); Muhammad Al’ab Ahmed abu Alkyan, 27, (high school teacher, Hura); Khader Hassan abu Alkyan, 27, from Hura; Sharif Shahada Rezek abu Alkyan, from Atir; and Hamza Abed Ali Alkyan, (teacher from Hura.)

The suspects were accused of actively spreading Da’esh ideology. They were also allegedly attending secret meetings of the terror group’s movement, the Shin Bet said in its statement.

Four of the six suspects are teachers and used their positions as educators to spread the ISIS philosophy and propaganda among students and teachers. All six shared the Da’esh doctrine with their family members and associates, according to the Shin Bet statement.

The suspects were indicted on charges of distributing materials for an illegal organization; support for a terrorist organization; conspiracy to commit a crime and illegally exiting the country. Those who were teachers were brought to a hearing at the Education Ministry and their teaching licenses were revoked as well.

Several of the suspects allegedly were planning to travel to Syria to join the ranks of the terror group in its fight against government troops there. A number of other members of the terrorist cell had already left Israel and gone to Syria to fight for Da’esh.

In addition to the arrests carried out over the past two months, a school principal was investigated on suspicion of knowing about the teachers’ involvement with the terror group – and failing to report it to authorities. Other school personnel were investigated as well.

The Education Ministry also issued a statement stating its plans to begin working in the schools to restore stability and confidence among the other teachers and the students in the aftermath of the arrests.

R. Lau to Submit Conversion Rulings to Haredi Review in Backroom Deal

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Three weeks after the stunning knockout a coalition of Haredi and Hardali (National religious Haredim) politicians delivered to Jewish Home and its hapless leader, Minister of Religious Services Naftalli Bennett, Ma’ariv reveals the price that had to be paid before the approval of Rabbi David Lau by the extremist Haredi camp: control over non-Haredi conversions.

Over the past three weeks, we’ve heard nothing but praise for the new Ashkenazi chief rabbi, who, as rabbi of Modi’in, a typical mixed religious and secular Israeli town, has shown the kind of moderation and acceptance one expects of a rabbinical shepherd. Some, like National Religious pundit Menachem Rahat, have gone so far as to suggest that under normal circumstances—meaning before the overwhelming sweep of Jewish Home and the ousting of the Haredim from government—someone as sweet and accepting as Rabbi David Lau would not have stood a chance to be selected, and that he was picked only as a desperate response to the popular Rabbi David Stav, a National Religious scholar and leader who was going to revamp the chief rabbinate.

And it worked. Like Menachem Rahat, the prevailing tone of the National Religious commentators following Lau’s election (and Stav’s defeat) has been that at least Rabbi Lau is a nice guy, a moderate, a uniter, not a divider.

All those well wishers may have to reexamine their praises now. According to Ma’ariv, in closed conversations Rabbi David Lau conducted with some Haredi decision makers before the vote, he gave them his commitment that all of his ruling regarding conversions would be submitted to a review by Rabbi Avraham Sherman, the man who gained his reputation as the killer of Rabbi Chaim Druckman’s thousands of kosher giurim-conversions.

Back in May of 2008, the Supreme Rabbinical Court judges Rabbis Hagai Izirer, Avraham Sherman and Avrohom Sheinfeld annulled thousands of conversions done by two National Religious rabbis, determining that:

“First, all conversions performed since 1999 by Rabbi Chaim Avior and Rabbi Chaim Drukman must be disqualified; second, conversions can be retroactively annulled for those who are not observant.”

Attorney Susan Weiss, founding director of the Center for Women’s Justice (JOFA), told Ynet in 2008 that the verdict had far-reaching implications on thousands of people who underwent conversion in the last few years—and on their children.

Much has been written and said about the case, which had territorial war written all over it. It was the first case of such massive, retroactive annulments of giurim-conversions, and the fact that the injured rabbis were renowned National Religious figures, while the court that destroyed their decades of work—as part of the chief rabbinate!—was comprised only of Haredim, was a sign that the Haredim were determined to annul not just the conversions, but also the foothold of the religious Zionists in the Chief Rabbinate.

In the spring of 2012, Israel’s Supreme Court re-affirmed the validity of the thousands of conversions disqualified retroactively by the Rabbinical Court in 2008, but stopped short of saying the rabbinical courts did not have the authority to annul conversions.

Still, the justices did not spare the rabbinical court their criticism. Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch wrote in the verdict:

“The Rabbinical Court of Appeals rode roughshod over basic procedural rules and the principles of natural justice. It demonstrated contempt for the special conversion courts, and above all, it hurt and did a shocking injustice to the petitioners and their children.”

Maariv spoke to Rabbi Sherman who confirmed the story about the condition for Rabbi Lau’s election. According to rabbi Sherman, Rabbi Lau met with Rabbi Yosef Efrati, a confidant of the late Rabbi Elyashiv, leader of the Lithuanian Haredim.

“Rabbi Lau told Rabbi Efrati that on all matters regarding conversions he would come to talk to me and consult in me before reaching a decision, because I have been involved in these issues as a confidant of Rabbi Elyashiv, and I am familiar with his rulings on these matters.”

And so the circle is complete: the most fundamental driving force behind the candidacy of Rabbi David Stav, the celebrated chairman of the Tzohar organization, dedicated to making life under halacha more palatable for secular Israelis, was the brutal treatment of thousands of converts by Rabbi Sherman and his co-justices. Now it is clear that not only did the Haredi politicians manage to subvert the attempts to ease their hold on religious life in the country, but that Religious Zionism has lost the most crucial battle of that campaign. The forces that gave us the disqualification of thousands of Jewish lives are back at the helm, stronger and smarter.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/r-lau-to-submit-conversion-rulings-to-haredi-review-in-vote-deal/2013/08/05/

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