web analytics
September 30, 2016 / 27 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘synagogue’

Sky News: ISIS Plots ‘Imminent’ Attack on Turkish Jewish Children

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists have moved ahead with a plot to attack Jewish children in Turkey, according to a report by Sky News.

Turkish intelligence has warned of an “imminent” attack by the terror group, targeting schools, youth centers and kindergartens. The information was gleaned from six ISIS operatives arrested last week.

In Istanbul, the most likely target is said to be the synagogue in the Beyoglu district, which includes a Jewish school and community center. This synagogue is located close to the site where a suicide bombing by a Da’esh operative took place just 10 days ago, near the popular Taksim tourist area.

Three Israelis and an Iranian national died in that attack and dozens were wounded, including 11 Israelis. It is still not clear whether the bomber was targeting the Israeli tour group that was in the area at the time, or not, but at least one report claims the group was tracked by the bomber from the time they left their hotel.

A similar bombing, albeit on a larger scale was carried out by Da’esh last week in the Belgian capital of Brussels. Two suicide bombers blew up the departure hall at Saventem International Airport and another bomber blew up a metro station close to the headquarters of the European Union. At least 35 people were killed and more than 300 people were wounded in the multi-site attack.

“In light of these circumstances, extraordinary security measures are being taken above and beyond the high alert level already in place by the Turkish police, as well as vigilance within the Jewish community,” an intelligence source told Sky News.

“Undercover and other covert counter-terror measures are being implemented around the clock… This is a more than credible threat,” the source added. “This is an active plot.”

In light of the current threat, Israel has issued a Level 2 terror alert, urging its citizens not to travel to Turkey right now and those who are already there to leave as soon as possible.

Hana Levi Julian

Canadian Synagogue Helps Rescue 2 Yazidi Families

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

A Canadian synagogue in Winnipeg has reached out to sponsor two Yazidi refugee families as a concrete way of carrying out the mitzvah of “tikkun olam” — the Jewish commitment to improve our world.

The commandment has long been a part of Shaarey Zedek Synagogue’s mandate, according to an article in the Winnipeg Free Press.

The synagogue is known for its regular volunteer night at Winnipeg Harvest, and for the annual Christmas lunch it generously prepares and serves to clients of the West Broadway Community Ministry, WFP reported.

But now the synagogue is expanding its mandate, joining a more global effort with participation in Operation Ezra. The project, taken on last year by members of the city’s Jewish community, involves arranging sponsorships for Yazidi refugees and raising awareness about their plight.

Project members were reaching out last fall to established Jewish schools, synagogues and community agencies for assistance when Shaarey Zedek became involved.

Two families – a large family of 10 and a smaller family of four with very young children – still needed sponsors.

Shaarey Zedek board member and rescue committee co-chairwoman Anita Neville told WFP, “Rather than choose, we agreed to do both.”

The synagogue’s Rabbi Alan Green pointed out, “The history of the Yazidis, who have been hated and persecuted for their religious beliefs for many centuries, runs parallel to the Jewish historical experience in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.”

The Kurdish speaking ethnic minority resides mainly in northern Iraq – or did, until their people were targeted by Da’esh operatives from the Islamic State terrorist group. The women and girls were raped and enslaved. The men were murdered or forcibly converted and then enslaved.

Fellow slaves – and fellow refugees, for that matter – still cling to ancient hatreds. For this reason the Yazidis are separated from other refugees when they are rescued and brought to DP or refugee camps.

The two families that are to be sponsored by Shaarey Zedek are living – separately – at present in such a camp in Turkey. When all the paperwork is completed for their sponsorship, they will be brought to Canada.

The synagogue members meanwhile are busy collecting money, furniture, clothing and school supplies for the children. Arrangements for housing will be made once a time frame for their arrival is established.

Saving the lives of those facing genocide, said Green, “strikes a very deep chord.”

People’s memories are pretty strong: It hasn’t been so long since the world turned its back on the Jews of Europe.

Hana Levi Julian

Second Synagogue Arson Discovered, Holy Ark Burnt

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Even as condemnations for the arson at the Givat Sorek synagogue< near Karmei Tzur/a> are still reverberating in Israel’s media, a new report has emerged about a second arson where a synagogue and sacred books and articles have been incinerated. According to NRG, a group of soldiers who were training last week in the Yatir Forest, on the southern slopes of Mount Hebron, on the edge of the Negev Desert, ran into the charred remains of what used to be a synagogue in a mobile home.

The soldiers believe the mobile home had been stolen from a different location and transported to the spot where it was discovered, between the Jewish community of Shani-Livne and the Bedouin village of Houra. In additional to the burnt books the soldiers also found burnt tefillin (phylacteries) and other sacred articles.

“We were in the middle of a navigation exercise, when suddenly we noticed a charred pile, and relatively quickly realized it was a synagogue that had been burnt down,” one of the Jerusalem Brigade soldiers told NRG. “We found there siddurim-prayer books, sacred books, talitot, tefillin, and even a holy ark.”

Authorities believe the structure was ignited in recent days. Nearby infrastructure work has begun for a new Jewish community, Hiran, whose residents are staying temporarily in the Yatir military camp. There are a few Jewish-owned farms in the area as well.

On Friday night, Arabs burnt down a synagogue in Givat Sorek, next to Karmei Tzur, named after the three boys who were kidnapped by Hamas, which ignited the 2014 Gaza war. Their bodies were discovered in an area the Givat Sorek hill overlooks.

Yatir synagogue arson 1

David Israel

Netanyahu: ‘I Expect World to Condemn Desecration of a Synagogue’

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Saturday night that Israel will hunt down and prosecute the arsonists who set fire a few hours earlier to Torah scrolls and holy books in a Judean synagogue next to the Jewish community of Karmei Tzur.

“Last night a synagogue in Givat Sorek, in Gush Etzion, was set on fire by Palestinians,” Netanyahu said in a post on his Facebook page, written in Hebrew and in English. “We will prosecute the perpetrators of this crime.

“I expect the international community to condemn the desecration of a synagogue, an act that is the result of incessant Palestinian incitement,” the prime minister stated.

The small prayer tent is located in a scenic spot overlooking the area where the bodies of three Israeli teens were found, who were murdered by Hamas terrorists after being abducted near their yeshiva in June 2014.

The flames badly damaged the sacred texts. They had been piled up outside the prayer tent before the arsonists set them afire.

Judea and Samaria district police said the footprints of the suspects were found leading to a Palestinian Authority village near the town of Halhul, according to Ynet.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Bayit Yehudi party, said in a statement that “a red line has been crossed… we will not allow this to go unpunished.”

Hana Levi Julian

Arson Burns Holy Books at Givat Sorek, Near Karmei Tzur

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Once again, Arabs from the Palestinian Authority violated the sanctity of a Jewish house of worship. They burned the holy books with which Jews pray, first taking time to pile them ruthlessly, carelessly, and then setting them alight.

The holy books were burned Friday night in the synagogue in Givat Sorek, adjacent to the Jewish community of Karmei Tzur in Judea, south of Jerusalem, nestled in the Judean Hills.

The site is located on a strategic hill overlooking the location where the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens were found in 2014. The synagogue itself is a place where people go to meditate and pray; a site visited daily by Jewish children, teens and adults alike. It’s a house of prayer; a youth center; a tour site.

It’s also important to note that the arsonists took the time to pile up the holy books before setting them afire. In Karmei Tzur, the residents have taken this very hard, the Gush Etzion spokesperson sources said.

“It is difficult to come to terms with the fact that in the very heart of the country, something like this takes place, which reminds us of some of the darkest events in our history, not even a hundred meters away,” residents said.

“It is dangerous to allow this to continue,” they said. “It is necessary, and possible, to put an end to this,” they added.

Davidi Perl, head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, said, “These difficult pictures send chills over one’s entire body. I am sure the survivors of Kristallnacht and the founders of Gush Etzion never dreamt they would see burnt holy books under Israeli rule. The Israeli government must take control over the Arab rampaging that is turning Israeli lives and society upside down.”

Tazpit News Service contributed to this article.

Jewish Press News Briefs

French Jewish Lawmaker Found Murdered Near Paris

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

The body of a French Jewish municipal councillor was found Tuesday morning at his apartment, stabbed multiple times and badly beaten according to police sources quoted by Le Figaro.

Alain Ghozland, 73, was described by the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (CRIF) as a “prominent leader of the local Jewish community.”

Originally from Algeria, he lived in the heavily Jewish Paris suburb of Créteil, about seven miles from the French capital. It is also the town where a Jewish couple was attacked – and raped – by robbers in December 2014.

“People are upset. They do not know what to think and ask a lot of questions,” a relative told L’Express and other media.

He was found after his brother called police when he did not show up for regular shacharit morning prayers at their synagogue.

According to the report by Le Figaro, there were also signs of forced entry into Ghozland’s home, and that the apartment was ransacked. His car was also missing.

The family has raised the possibility that he was attacked due to his identity as a Jew. Judicial sources have said an autopsy is to be performed to determine the cause of death due to the attack.

Police have no leads as yet, according to L’Express.

Also on Tuesday, French Jewish community leaders began debating whether Jewish men in Marseille should remove their yarmulkahs when walking in public due to the rise in deadly anti-Semitic attacks. But the Chief Rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, nixed the idea and said, “We should not give in to anything, we will continue to wear the kippah.”

The debate came a day after a machete-swinging teenage terrorist stabbed Binyamin Amsalem outside a Marseille synagogue as he was walking to the Franco-Hebraic Institute, where he is a teacher of Jewish subjects.

The nearly 16-year-old attacker informed investigators when he was caught (about ten minutes after the attack) and taken into custody that he was “acting for Da’esh” (ISIS) and that when he is released, he will arm himself and kill police.

Hana Levi Julian

Update: Terror Attack in France Next to Marseille Synagogue

Monday, January 11th, 2016

A 16-year-old terrorist in France attempted to stab a Jewish man wearing a yarmulka Monday morning outside a Marseille synagogue, in the city’s ninth arrondissement district.

The victim sustained wounds to his back and hand, according to French television station BFMTV.

The machete used by the teenage terrorist ultimately ended up on the ground as the young attacker tried to flee the scene. He was arrested about ten minutes later by the Anti-Crime Brigade, BFMTV reported.

Marseille synagogue machete

The attack took place in a neighborhood which is highly populated with Jews. French police have thrown a dragnet around the area, which has been entirely shut down.

In November 2015, three attackers believed to be linked to the Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization stabbed a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary to Marseille in the face. At around 8pm local time, Rabbi Tzion Sa’adoun, 56, was attacked outside his home, a short distance from the synagogue and school where he teaches Judaic studies.

According to fellow emissary and Rabbi Eliyahu Altab, who spoke with Chabad.org, “Right outside his home he was ambushed by three people. He was stabbed on his face, body, arms and legs. A car drove by and the attackers got scared and fled.”

One of the attackers demanded the victim look at the tee shirt he was wearing – one emblazoned with the symbol of Da’esh – and then pulled out his knife and stabbed him. All three yelled anti-Semitic epithets. The attack had been the second such incident within weeks.

For the second year in a row, the highest number of immigrants to the Jewish State have come from France, with 7,900 French Jews choosing to make Israel their home last year. In 2014, 7,200 French Jews moved away from their fears in France, to Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/terror-attack-in-france-next-to-marseille-synagogue/2016/01/11/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: