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German Jewish Leader Fears Anti-Semitic Syrian Refugees

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

(JNi.media) President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany Josef Schuster fears the fact that many of the refugees seeking asylum in Germany come from countries hostile to Israel might bolster anti-Semitic views among the Arab community, EJP reported.

Speaking to Welt am Sonntag, Schuster said that when he shared his trepidation in a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her staff, it resulted in an awkward silence, following which Merkel responded: “We must address that.”

According to Schuster, many German Jews share his fears, “and I share this feeling and therefore see a need to integrate the refugees in our community of values as soon as possible.”

In an interview with Juedische Allgemeine, the highest-circulation Jewish periodical in Germany, Schuster suggested that people who grow up in anti-Semitic environment would “transfer their resentment to Jews in general,” as could be seen in demonstrations during Israel’s 2014 Gaza offensive “Protective Edge.” In many of these demonstrations, protesters chanted “Hamas, Hamas, Juden in’s gas!” (“Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas!”).

“Many Syrians and immigrants of Arab descent have grown up in an environment in which hostility towards Israel and anti-Semitism are a common practice,” Schuster said.

Nevertheless, the Central Council of Jews has announced that Germany’s Mitzvah Day, November 15th, an annual day of faith-based social action, will be dedicated to aiding the thousands of recent refugees.

Several Refugees Injured in Mass Brawl over Toilets in Hamburg Shelter

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) The situation around a refugee shelter in Hamburg, Germany, remains extremely tense, according to Morgen Post. The chaos of the relocation of asylum seekers and a hunger strike, was followed on Wednesday by several violent clashes between Afghans and Syrians. Wednesday night, the fighting escalated into a mass brawl and several people were injured.

According to a report on Facebook, the Syrians and Afghans fought over the use of the showers at the makeshift accommodation. An eyewitness report on Facebook suggested the cause of the dispute was a locked toilet door.

Bergedorf, the largest of the seven boroughs of Hamburg, Germany, is increasingly becoming a powder keg, according to Morgen Post. Tensions erupted several times, well into the night on Wednesday and on Thursday morning, in the shelter on Kurt A. Körber-Chaussee, a main street going across Hamburg. Shortly after midnight, around 200 refugees were fighting one another, reaching for everything in the Hall to use as weapons: chairs, stones, iron bars. The 18-strong security staff tried in vain to intervene.

The situation was confusing and dangerous, in a largely dark building — the lights in the hall were turned off at 11 PM. Parents grabbed their children, trying to get out of the building. It took an eternity until the police arrive, according to reporter Von Hasan Gökkaya. The 50 police officers who advanced on the brawlers eventually brought the situation under control. Three people were arrested.

A Refugee going by the name of Aboud A. reported on Facebook: “There was a second brawl during the same night. Police arrived very late and took random people with them — it was awful.” In a sad statement, Aboud A. related how the fighting in his homeland Syria had destroyed his dreams — and how it could happen again now. He then pleaded for help.

But why has the situation escalated so badly, Morgen Post asked, saying the trigger for the violent eruptions is yet to be clarified, as of Thursday morning. Police did not offer a reliable number regarding the casualties.

If Egypt Can Destroy Gaza’s Tunnels…

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

The topography of Israel’s shared border with Hamas-occupied Gaza is far too complicated, different and longer than Egypt’s shared border with Gaza to replicate what Egypt just did, but it does make one think about other possible solutions.

Fed up with Hamas sending terrorists into the Sinai via the underground tunnels, as well as the smuggling tunnels, Egypt redirected water from the Mediterranean sea, flooding everything under the ground along their shared border.

If we’re already being creative, here’s another thought… the Mediterranean could be Israel’s solution too.

Perhaps Israel could find a way to get every Gazan $5000, a fake Syrian passport (there’s plenty of those floating around) and a seat on a boat sailing across the Mediterranean into to Europe.

Once the sane people leave, it’s clean up time, and we rebuild Gush Katif.

Netanyahu: Israel Cares But Cannot Drown in Refugee Flood

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Israel is not indifferent to the human tragedy of the refugee crisis but is small and cannot simply throw open its doors to the flood, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

“We have conscientiously treated thousands of wounded from the fighting in Syria, and we have helped them rebuild their lives,” Netanyahu said in response to recriminations from opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union), made in remarks yesterday.

“But Israel is a very small country, with neither demographic or geographic depth, and therefore we must control our borders.”

The prime minister pointed out that Israel must secure its borders not only against illegal immigrants searching for work, but also against terrorists hoping to slaughter Israelis. Instead, he said that he has spoken with African and European nations about developing aid programs for the countries from which the refugees are originating.

To protect Israel’s borders, he said, construction crews will begin to build a security barrier – as other nations have done for similar reasons around the world – similar to that built along the eastern border with Jordan from Gaza to Eilat.

“In the first phase we will build it from Timna to Eilat, to protect the airport being built there, and we will continue it to the Golan Heights, where a very strong security fence has already been built,” he said. “We will not allow Israel to be flooded with illegal immigrants, work-seekers and terrorist activists,” he said.

Immigration and Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin commented that the proposals by Herzog and Abbas to absorb refugees is an attempt to “bring the ‘right of return’ through the back door. That is not responsible and it absolutely cannot be allowed to happen.” Elkin said Herzog’s proposal is similar to that of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who has requested to absorb refugees in Judea and Samaria.

Syrian Refugee Speaks in Jerusalem, Describes Life Across Israel’s Northern Border

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Syrian activist refugees are starting to step up and speak out to share their experiences with their Israeli neighbors as well as with the rest of the world.

This week a Syrian refugee actually managed to come all the way into Jerusalem, where he related the same details I have heard before, from a different Syrian refugee. Neither of these two men had any reason to lie. Both were brought to my attention by other Israelis, Syrians who by a bizarre twist of fate had become intimately involved with Israel.

On Wednesday, Amin’s tale was shared with students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where it was heard by the American-born Israeli blogger of Wizard of .il.

Much that was said by Amin, who spoke under a false name for his own safety, I and others have heard from Aboud Dandachi, a Syrian activist and refugee from Homs who has since become a blogger himself. ‘The Doctor, The Eye Doctor and Me,’ a book about his experiences as a refugee.

Nothing can come close to matching the offensiveness of hearing a murderous dictator who made refugees out of millions of Syrians, be described and pitied as a ‘victim of Zionist / Wahabi / CIA Imperialist Empire Building Neo-Con conspiracies…” Aboud, like Amin, is in contact with Israelis.

Both men told the same tale – identical details – of how children in the southern town of Dera’a had spray-painted anti-regime graffiti on a wall. The children were arrested, both men said – Amin this past Wednesday in Jerusalem, and Aboud in a conversation with JewishPress.com earlier this year. Both said the children were taken into custody, and tortured – and when their parents approached the man in charge of security in the region to seek their release, they were rebuffed. “Go home to your wives, sleep with them and make new children,” the security chief told them, according to both Syrians, who have related it to the Israeli audiences with whom they have spoken. “If you don’t, my own men will go home to your wives, sleep with them and make new children.”

Amin told a packed room how demonstrators who were shot by government troops were unable to seek treatment in hospitals because they could not risk the chance of arrest, which would lead to their “disappearance” forever. Medical staff and aid workers were the first to be targeted by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, Amin said, as a means of crushing resistance.

Both describe the anti-Israel propaganda that warns Syrians from early childhood that Israel wants to destroy their country and expand into their lands. Syrians are taught they must attack the Jewish State if possible, and if not, they must be prepared to defend the homeland. A Syrian cannot ever fraternize with an Israeli, the enemy: such an offense would mean a permanent state of arrest.

And yet.

Both men speak of the Israel’s generosity, its willingness to help its neighbors, the caring of its army and soldiers who help Syrians to reach medical care when they are hurt.

According to Amin – who is himself a member of the medical community – approximately half of Syria’s 23 million citizens are now displaced. More than 200,000 have been killed and more are wounded. Hundreds of those have received treatment in Israel.

Eventually both men were forced to flee. Aboud realized the window of safety was closing too fast for him to procrastinate any longer. Amin woke up overnight while already abroad when he found out his underground network had suddenly been discovered.

Each has discovered that the “truths” they were told all their lives about Israel were lies.

The Syrian regime was killing their people, and the Israelis were helping to save them.

Both men are still activists trying to help their people: Aboud continues his activity as a blogger, Amin continues as a medical person. Israelis are working with Syrians quietly to help however and whenever possible.

The civil war in Syria has killed and displaced more people in four years than all of Israel’s wars combined, in more than 67 years.

Their efforts might be seen as drops of water in a massive desert, but even the tiniest flicker of candlelight can chase away the darkness.

Let’s hope that when this is all over, the new era also brings with it a new understanding that Israel is not the enemy, either.

Violence in PA Explains Why New Arab State Would Self-Destruct

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Armed Palestinian Authority forces clashed with gunmen near Shechem Thursday and also raided the house of a former intelligence chief in another round of violence that has escaped the eye of international media but is the seed of self-destruction.

Thee PA soldiers were injured Thursday at Balata, one the largest hell-holes in the string of so-called refugee camps that the United Nations created in Gaza, Judea, Samaria and Arab countries rather to use as a future threat to eliminate Israel as Jewish state through Arab immigration.

Well-armed gunmen in Balata blocked roads and shot at the Palestinian Authority forces that were targeting drug dealers, who also have a large cache of weapons. Heavy gunfire lasted for several hours, and schools were closed.

PA forces raided a building used by the Palestinian Authority’s former general intelligence chief, according to the Ma’an news agency based in Bethlehem.

Jamal Tirawi, now a Fatah-affiliated member of the Palestinian Legislative Council who lives in the same building and is a brother of the former intelligence official, said the pre-dawn raid violated his immunity as a legislator.

Drug and weapons trafficking is widespread throughout the Palestinian Authority, especially in the camps that are turning into a boomerang for the United Nations, whose universal policy on refugees does not include offspring. It made an exception for Arabs who used to live in Israel and places no limit on retaining the refugee status for all generations, even those who are born today.

The number of Arabs who fled, encouraged by Arab leaders to leave or were chased out of Israel in fighting in the War for Independence in 1948 varies from the original Arab estimate of 300,00 to 700,00 that later was used once it became clear that a higher number could be used for political gain.

U.N. Resolution 194 stated that those “refugees wishing to return to their homes and live in peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss or damage to property”.

The United Nations in 1949 created UNRWA “to carry out direct relief and works programs for Palestine refugees.”

There are anywhere from 4-7 million Arabs living in as “refugees,” including approximately 300,000 in Judea and Samaria.

The IDF often enters Balata to arrest terrorists, but the PA raids on Thursday touched only a small part of web of criminal and terrorist networks that stretch from Bedouin villages in the Negev to Gaza, Judea and Samaria, as well as Arab and Bedouin gangs in eastern Jerusalem, Galilee and several Arab cities in Israel.

UNRWA is the real “occupier” of refugee camps, where crime and violence are a way of life. The villages are a ticking bomb that would explode in the face of the Palestinian Authority if it were ever to become an independent country.



Jews Struggling to Survive as Fighting Intensifies in Eastern Ukraine

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

In eastern Ukraine, Jews are scrambling to survive as fighting intensifies between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukraine army.

At least nine people were killed this morning (Jan. 22) when a civilian bus was shelled in the city of Donetsk, capital of the province bearing the same name. The Ukraine defense ministry told the BBC that its troops have retreated from the main terminal of Donetsk airport, which is not in use. The facility still has symbolic value for both sides, however, and the army’s loss of the terminal is a major victory for the rebels.

More than 4,800 have died and some 1.2 million are homeless since the rebels seized control last April over parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The move followed Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March, a peninsula which belonged to Ukraine.

In the Lugansk (also called “Luhansk”) Jewish community, things have remained relatively quiet, according to local Jewish sources who asked for anonymity. But one can hear the sounds of war not far away, and a family can lose all its food if the house is left alone for more than a day.

Hungry neighbors feel no shame in foraging for anything they can find – anywhere – even in the homes of others.

Trains no longer go into Lugansk, a community member explains, and “the connection with Ukraine is growing dimmer by the day.”

For the Jews in the city, a major lifeline of support has been thrown by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. The organization funds Chabad-run refugee camps in the region, and sends thousands of care packages to needy Jewish families in the battered Donbass region. Likewise, Ohr Avner and the Rohr Family Foundation have been continued pillars of support essential to helping the Jews of eastern Ukraine survive.

Some Jews from the region have managed to reach Israel via aliyah already, but many still remain in Ukraine. Those who have chosen to escape the horror — even if it means moving to a strange new land and learning a new language — at least have a familiar face to greet them: exiled Chabad-Lubavitch emissary to Lugansk, Rabbi Sholom Gopin and his wife Chana are in Israel too.

The Gopins were forced to move temporarily to Kfar Chabad due to the intense fighting in the region. Gopin told Chabad.org recently that he makes the three and a half hour flight back and forth to Ukraine often in order to visit community members and ensure that help gets through to those still living in Lugansk.

In Donetsk, not so far from Lugansk, the Jewish community is also struggling but has seen more violence. Last September, just before Rosh HaShanah, the community lost one of its prominent members to rebel banditry.

Garik Zylberbord, 47, was shot to death while trying to stop pro-Russian rebels from robbing his neighbor’s home. Zylberbord was a community leader and a long-time friend of the exiled chief rabbi and co-director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Donetsk, Rabbi Pinchas Vishedski.

Having made plans to meet the rabbi in a few days in Kiev where Vishedski had been forced to flee with his family just two weeks prior, Zylberbord appeared earlier than planned, the rabbi noted sorrowfully: to attend his own funeral.

Vishedski and his wife Dina have set up a Donetsk Jewish community office in Kiev to help the lost and struggling Jews of his city who found refuge there and in other parts of Ukraine. “Calls start at the crack of dawn and don’t stop the entire day,” said Vishedski, “not only from poor families but now also from regular, middle-class people who also have no money or food right now.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/jews-struggling-to-survive-as-fighting-intensifies-in-eastern-ukraine/2015/01/22/

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