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From Holocaust To Rebirth

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Last year, together with my high school friends from Yeshiva Bnei Akiva Givat Shmuel, I joined the Annual March to Poland in the footsteps of the Shoah.

As soon as I stepped off the plane, I could feel the gray, empty and lifeless weather that prevails in Poland, and instantly realized that Poland is a place devoid of life. It rains or snows almost all the time at this time of the year, and there is hardly a glimmer of sunlight. How different it is with our tiny country blessed with good weather, blue skies and a shining, smiling sun.

During the tour, we saw the Polish villages and towns where Jews lived before the war. As we continued our trip, we visited the ghettos and saw firsthand the living conditions (if you can call it that – for which there are inadequate words to describe). It was obvious that all the members of the delegation found it most difficult to grasp this nightmarish reality wherein the Jews were forced to live. In each housing unit, 20 people were forced to share the meager food provided for such a group and live as normal a family life as possible under the harshest of conditions.

After completing our visit to the villages and ghettos, we came to the most difficult part of our journey – a visit to the death camps.

First, at Auschwitz; we saw all the Jewish valuables and stolen property that remained, from the dishes and eating utensils they carried with them, to babies’ shoes. It was staggering to look at this chilling display, and at the same time marvel at how people who were limited in what they could take with them, nevertheless chose to take their tallit and tefillin. I then understood that in that gray and chilling reality, there still shone the light that is Yisrael. And despite all the difficulties they endured, their devotion to the Creator remained steadfast under all circumstances. The faith and optimism that accompanies every Jew was so much an integral part of their identity that they refused to leave holy valuables and sacred objects, although this could likely cost their lives.

Another thought that came to mind was how much we must appreciate even the smallest thing, and not to put down the smallest blessing we have, whether it is with food or clothing, and even the more simple. Also, I thought about how we treat our own tallit and tefillin, that for which people were willing to forfeit their lives in order to perform these mitzvot. Things we have today should not be taken for granted.

At one point, when we entered a building where 600 Jews lived in sub-human conditions, our guide asked us to remove our shoes and socks as we walked around the cabin, so we should be able to physically feel the cold. After a few moments, it was obvious that most were shivering and could hardly move about. Before we got frost bite, our guide then instructed us to put back our shoes and socks. It was only after we removed our shoes that we were able to feel somewhat the conditions that existed at the time.

And unlike us, they were not able to put on some shoes when they felt the bitter cold. In addition, they were forced to do slave labor, while we were only receiving a description from our guide. We were sure this was only a drill to demonstrate a point, and in a few moments we would be able to put back our shoes. But not them. Even to think about shoes or a blanket or coat to warm up was a fantasy light years distant away from any reality.

Government Failure, NGO Support, Fan Illegal Migrant Flame

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The past few days in Israel have seen a well organized protest campaign of thousands of illegal African migrants, mostly from Eritrea and the Sudan, on the roads, in front of the Knesset, and in a park in central Tel Aviv. The demonstrations, on behalf of an estimated 50,000 illegal migrants, is coordinated with the hunger strike of some 130 prisoners in Saharonim prison, who are slated for deportation to their home countries.

Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative in Israel Walpurga Englbrecht blasted Israel’s new semi-open Holot facility in the south, saying it is a detention center for all intents and purposes.

She’s right, of course. Israel is facing a major social and demographic crisis, begun in the 1990s, as local wars in the Horn of Africa began to result in poverty and hunger, driving out hundreds of thousands of people in search of work. This influx of cheap, illegal labor happened just in time to fill in for the missing Arab workers from the newly created Palestinian Authority, whose entry into Israel was being curbed because of rampant terrorism.

In a manner reminiscent of the illegal Mexican migrant workers situation in the American South West until about the market crash of 2008, Israeli business, especially agriculture, but industry as well, cultivated the illegal African migration.

She’s also selective in her view of the migrant worker crisis in the region. While Israel to date has deported some 13,000 Africans out of an estimated 60,000, all them leaving willingly, according to the authorities—Saudi Arabia has been forcibly deporting more than half a million legal migrants, against their will, back to their home countries across the region.

One of the reasons may be that while the Sudanese and Eritreans in the Israeli democracy enjoy the right to assemble and the right to demonstrate – similar behavior would land them in prison, if not worse, in The Kingdom.

Englbrecht was also correct in pointing out that Israel acted in a most unprofessional and irresponsible manner in its treatment of the influx of migrants. “The Israeli government awarded temporary shelter to many Eritreans and Sudanese, but for many of them their status is being changed drastically,” she told the Army Radio. “One of the problems was that these people have never been processed properly, to discover if they were refugees or employment seekers.”

Englbrecht said Israel had made a big mistake by not discovering early on why these Africans had left their countries, and why had they crossed three different borders on the way.

What she didn’t mention was the fact that, on top of mishandling the illegal migrants, as supply began to outweigh the demand for labor in Israel, Israel was also neglecting and mistreating Israel’s poorest citizens, whose neighborhoods were eventually invaded by a myriad unemployed, uneducated, downtrodden foreigners.

At that point, under the poor management of a succession of governments run by Labor, Likud, Kadima and Likud again, the true magnitude of Israeli suffering under the lawless rule of these supposed “refugees” was being swept under the rug.

An African illegal sleeping on the ground in a south Tel Aviv playground. Photo credit: Abir Sultan/Flash 90

An African illegal sleeping on the ground in a south Tel Aviv playground. Photo credit: Abir Sultan/Flash 90

An NGO named Eitan-Center for Israeli Immigration Policy, documented an astonishing history of official lies about illegal acts committed by Africans against Israel’s most defenseless population: the working poor and the elderly, by and large of Sephardi descent, were stuck, economically immobilized, in perpetual purgatory.

No Illegal Infiltrators into Israel in August

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

In August no illegal infiltrators from Sudan and Eritrea crossed the border from Egypt into Israel.

In addition, 168 illegal infiltrators agreed to leave Israel on their own volition.

South Tel Aviv Residents Protest, to Taunts by African Infiltrators and Leftists Enablers

Monday, June 24th, 2013

On Sunday evening, a hundred residents of south Tel Aviv, as well as former MK Michael Ben-Ari, demonstrated in Neve Sha’anan’s Levinsky Park, following the stabbing spree carried out by the illegal African infiltrators that have taken over this section of Tel Aviv.

The protesters claimed that the police have abandoned their neighborhoods, and have not done anything to stop the downward slide that has turned this Tel Aviv neighborhood into the most dangerous place in Israel.

Violence, stabbings, rape, and shootings have become commonplace.

During the protest, police kept thousands of African infiltrators as well as the members of Leftwing activist groups that enable and help these illegal infiltrators, away from the protesters, though that didn’t stop both the infiltrators and activists from jeering and taunting the Tel Aviv residents.

Still, it was probably the most police protection these citizens have received in months.

Israeli Father Beats an African Rapist Unconscious

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Around five in the morning, Wednesday, a 20-year-old foreign national from Africa burst into an apartment in the Yad Eliahu neighborhood in south Tel Aviv and started to molest an 8-year-old girl sleeping in her room, Israel’s Channel 2 News reported.

As a result of the attack, the girl began to cry and her mother, who was sleeping in the next room, woke up. When she entered her daughter’s room, she saw the intruder in the process of raping the girl, and ran over to try and stop him. In the fighting that ensued, the African stabbed the mother, who sustained light to medium injuries.

Moments later, the girl’s father woke up, realized what was happening and rushed to attack the intruder. According to police, the father, who studied martial arts, began beating the infiltrator, wounding him severely.

A Magen David Adom spokesperson said that the injured mother was taken to Wolfson hospital in Holon, with stabbing wounds in her upper body. The girl was also taken to Wolfson, for an examination.

The intruder who had been caught and beaten unconscious by the girl’s father was taken in critical condition to Ichilov medical center in Tel Aviv, connected to a respirator. He suffered a head injury.

The neighborhoods of south Tel Aviv have been infested with illegal migrants from East Africa, who crossed into Israel in search of work. Over the past decade, these illegals have become a dangerous burden on the already poor and under-served local population. The demands of south Tel Aviv residents that the Africans be removed has been met with little more than elitist sniggers by the Israeli press.

Attempts on the part of Israeli legislators and the Interior Ministry to manage the problem by systematically returning the illegals to their home countries have been dubbed racist.

Following Brutal Rape, Protest Rally Against Illegal Aliens in Tel Aviv

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

MK Michael Ben-Ari of the Otzma l’Yisrael party led a protest on Monday against the illegal Sudanese and Eritrean aliens living in southern Tel Aviv. Hundred of people participated in the rally.

Ben-Ari and Aryeh Eldad have made the expulsion of the illegal aliens a centerpiece of their political campaign.

The protest called, “Blowing up the Silence” was initiated after an Eritrean alien was caught brutally raping an 83 year old woman. The suspect, who was tied to the assault by his DNA, has reportedly has been arrested a number of time for other sexual assaults.

Shopping with my Dog

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Young woman and her dog out shopping in the Florentin neighborhood in South Tel-Aviv.

The Florentine neighborhood in south Tel-Aviv was established years ago by the newcomers from Greece and Turkey. It was planned as a simple and pretty neighborhood, but it quickly sank into poverty and neglect.

Today the neighborhood attracts many foreign workers, legal and otherwise, as well as young students, all of whom like the low rents.  The city has been investing in the neighborhood’s infrastructure and in education, but the neighborhood remains rundown.

Despite this, during the day it is a busy and vibrant place where people flock to buy furniture and fabrics, or visit the Levinsky Market.

(From Tel-Aviv Guide)

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