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White House: Hanukkah Lights Flicker for Saving Syrian Refuges

Monday, December 7th, 2015

The Obama administration has followed up on exploiting Passover for its political agenda by coming out with a new interpretation of Hanukkah, whose lights supposedly are to enlighten Jews to back the President’s program to welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said at the annual lighting of the National Hanukkah Menorah:

So this is a joyous occasion, and yet as we heard earlier we are mindful that even as we gather here tonight, that while the light of freedom burns brightly for us and for our generation, it flickers for others.

Refugees fleeing religious intolerance and oppression. People targeted for their faith, people whose faith is perverted by others.

He suddenly dropped the Jewish angle and switched to speaking for all Americans, saying:

We are Americans, and as Americans we do not turn our backs on those who seek sanctuary. Nor do we stay quiet in the face of bigotry or intolerance. We stand up for those persecuted around the world.

McDonough then switched back to express his ignorance of Judaism and continued:

We remember this season that we too were once strangers, that our inheritance gives an obligation to remain true to our values, that as Jewish tradition teaches, by saving one life, we save the world.

He seems to be getting Passover, when Jews recall being “strangers in a strange land,” with Hanukkah, the celebration of twin miracles of the victory of a small number of Jews over Greek invaders of Jerusalem and of a one-day’s supply of pure olive oil burning for eight days after the holy Menorah was relit.

It is no wonder he got confused because Passover also has been used by President Barack Obama to promote his political agenda. This past year, as in previous years, the President acted as a would-be Torah sage to declare that Jews must drive into their minds that Arabs deserve their freedom just like Jews won their freedom with the help of God.

He meant freedom for Arabs in Judea and Samaria, where their main lack of freedom is to kill Jews at will, and not in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria and other Muslim countries where freedom is a strange word in a strange land.

Chabad Rabbi Levi Shemtov expressed a different political interpretation on whose lack of freedom should be remembered.

After declaring his sorrow for the victims of the terror attack in San Bernardino, he said:

They, their families, their loved ones that are mourning are with us in our prayers and in our celebration today. So are the families of all those innocent souls in Paris. … We must remember them as we celebrate our freedom.
Because even though we and France are two free countries, freedom is not free, and when it is disrupted, we must pause and remember those who give their lives in that cause.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

US Evangelists Up in Arms over Entry for ‘Muslim-Only’ Refugees

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

U.S. evangelists are up in arms over the disproportionate number of Muslim refugees who have entered the United States.

However, a Bloomberg poll has shown that two-thirds of Americans don’t discriminate between Christian and Muslim refugees and that they don’t want either of them in the country.

The Christian News Service (CNS) claimed that since the Paris massacres last month, “the State Department has admitted 132 Syrian refugees into the United States, and all 132 are Sunni Muslim.”

It added:

No Christian, Druze, Shi’ite, Alawite, or member of any other religious minority in Syria has been admitted over that period, according to data from the State Department Refugee Processing Center.

The Washington Free Beacon reported, shortly after the Paris attacks, that a grand total of five non-Muslims entered the United States since October 1. Three of the five were Catholics, one was Christian and the fifth was an “Orthodox believer.”

“This accounts for just 1.6 percent of all refugees accepted, far below the 10 percent of the population Syrian Christians comprise,” according to the website. CNS reported this week:

A similar trend can be seen over the entire period of the Syrian civil war, which began in mid-March 2011.

Over that time, a total of 2,296 Syrian refugees have been admitted into the U.S. as of Monday. Of those, 2,137 (93 percent) were Sunni Muslims, an additional 60 were described simply as “Muslim,” and 13 were Shia.

Only 53 (2.3 percent) were Christian (including five Orthodox and four Catholics). The remaining religious breakdown was eight Jehovah’s Witness, six Zoroastrians, three atheists, two Baha’i, one Yazidi, seven ‘no religion’ and six ‘other religion.’

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said in a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday in Iowa that the Obama administration should be more open to admitting Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria because of the persecution they face.

He explained said Christians face rape, slavery and beheading at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS) and that if they are able to escape, other Muslims persecute them.

President Barack Obama plans to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees and has sharply criticized Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz for saying priority should be given to Christians.

President Obama said:

When I hear folks say that, well maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims, when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which a person who’s fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of the those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful.

Hillary Clinton also has come out against favoring Christians. She said, “Turning away orphans, applying a religious test, discriminating against Muslims, slamming the door on every Syrian refugee—that is just not who we are.”
Since January, 1,875 Syrians have arrived in the United States, but only 30 (1.6 percent) of them were Christian, compared with 1,833 Muslims (97.8 percent).

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Obama Compares First US Pilgrims with Syrian Refugees

Friday, November 27th, 2015

President Barack Obama has connected the dots in his unique way again, this time comparing the 17th century pilgrims on the Mayflower with Syrian refugees.

He used his weekly speech on Wednesday to make another pitch to Americans to embrace 10,000 Syrian refugees, and said:

Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims — men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families. What makes America America is that we offer that chance.

So far, 30 governors have said their states will not cooperate with the federal program, but President Obama is undaunted.

Adopting time-tested legends for political purposes has become one of President Obama’s favorite hobbies, after golf.

His use of the Thanksgiving appeal to compare refugees with pilgrims parallels his constant refrain that Palestinian Authority Arabs are just like the Jews who fled slavery from Egypt to enter the Promised Land.

President Obama’s understanding of the message of Thanksgiving is far different from that of Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, who stated in his holiday message:

When we think back to that first Thanksgiving in 1621, and all that the Pilgrims endured, only half surviving the first brutal winter, we remember sacrifice upon which this land was built – and the sacrifice that continues to keep us free and safe….

In the struggle for independence, the brave motley group of soldiers defeated the greatest military force in the world. In the battle against slavery, the bloodshed to purge this people from our original sin. In the World Wars, the thousands who fought in the trenches and scaled the cliffs of Normandy to save the American idea…..

We are grateful for all those who have gone before us and for those who continue to serve: for the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who courageously defend our freedom…..And remembering to give thanks to God:

Below is President Obama’s Thanksgiving sermon.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Security Against Foreign Enemies Act Passes House

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday, Nov. 19, to impose tougher screening measures on incoming Syrian and Iraqi refugees. The vote was 289 – 137.

The measure, H.R. 4038, the America Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act. Passage of the measure would ensure additional delays before any former residents of either Syria or Iraq could be admitted into the United States.

The measure, if passed by both Houses, requires the FBI director, to certify a background investigation for each refugee that each refugee is not a security threat to the U.S. The Director of National Intelligence and the Director of Homeland Security must also concur in that assessment before a refugee from Iraq or Syria can be admitted.

The additional requirements apply to everyone seeking admission to the U.S. who is a national or resident of Iraq or Syria, or has no nationality and whose last residence was in Iraq or Syria, or who has been present in Iraq or Syria at any time on or after March 1, 2011.

Forty-seven Democrats joined in approving the measure. If they all remain supportive of the measure it will mean a promised veto by President Barack Obama will be overridden.

The SAFE Act was sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX-10), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC).

In a statement released yesterday, when the measure was introduced, both McCaul and Hudson stated that America is a compassionate nation with a proud tradition of welcoming refugees, but that “our top responsibility is to protect the American people.”

McCaul said he wrote to President Obama earlier this week, asking the president to temporarily suspend the refugee admissions until there was a full review of the resettlement program. But, he said: “It is apparent that the President will ignore these concerns, making this legislation necessary to toughen security measures in order to keep terrorists from infiltrating America disguised as refugees. We cannot afford to play Russian roulette with our national security.”

“I was glad to work with Chairman McCaul on this reasonable approach to stop the open flow of 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States without adequate vetting,” said Congressman Hudson.

“Our top responsibility is to protect the American people and this common sense approach is one step necessary to do just that.” continued Hudson. “America is a compassionate nation. No country on Earth does more or spends more to care for our fellow man. But being compassionate doesn’t mean we have to have reckless policies that put American lives at risk.”

Among those voting in favor of the measure were the following Democrats: Rep. John Garamendi (CA-03), Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26), Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31), Rep. Janice Hahn (CA-44), Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02), Rep. Stephen Lynch (MA-08), Rep. William Keating (MA-09), Rep. Brad Ashford (NE-02), Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-01), Rep. Steve Israel (NY-03), Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-04), Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Rep.Jim Langevin (RI-02), Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34), Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX-35) and Rep. Gerald Connolly (VA-11).

The measure now goes to the Senate for a vote.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Half the United States Won’t Accept Syrian Refugees [video]

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Half of America’s 50 governors have rejected President Barack Obama’s plan to relocate 10,000 Syrian refugees throughout the country.

Muslim American groups immediately accused them of “Islamophobia.” Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director of CAIR, told Al Jazeera.

We believe these governors are succumbing to fear and Islamophobia. This is really a non-issue because refugees and immigrants are checked thoroughly by the authorities before entering the US.

In Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has stated that Israel is not a position to take in refugees, but Opposition leader Yitzchak “Bujie” Herzog asserted that “Jews cannot be indifferent when hundreds of thousands of refugees are searching for a safe haven.” He did not refer to the risk of terror or the effect on increasing the non-Jewish population in Israel.

Several of the American governors, all of them Republican except for New Hampshire, said they would accept Christian Arabs, prompting President Obama to express his horror at what he called discrimination that is not “American.”

The President said in his speech on Friday night’s Islamic State (ISIS) massacres in Paris:

That is shameful. That is not American. That is not who we are. We don’t have religion tests for our compassion. Pope Francis visited…he didn’t just speak of Christians who are being persecuted…

I was very proud after 9/11 when President Bush] was adamant and declared that is not a war ion Islam….”

Governors’ comments indicated this is a war against terror and not Islam, and since almost all of the terrorists are Muslims, they are not taking any chances.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott wrote in an open letter to President Obama:

Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity.

Jeb Bush, one of the leading Republican candidates for the GOP presidential nomination, said that the United States should accept only “the Christians that are being slaughtered.”

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, also vying for the nomination, stated that there “is no meaningful risk of Christians committing acts of terror.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said:

There may be those who will try to take advantage of the generosity of our country and the ability to move freely within our borders through this federal resettlement program, and we must ensure we are doing all we can to safeguard the security of Americans.

Here is a list of states whose governors said they will not cooperate with federal efforts to disperse Syrian refugees:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho;

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine;

Massachusetts,Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey;

North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

Only seven states have said they will accept refugees. Only one of them, Utah, has a Republican governor. The six states with Democratic governors are:

Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

Below is the video of President Obama’s horror that states reject Syrian Muslims refugees:

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Dutch Jews Reject Plan for Syrian Refugee Shelter, Citing Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Jewish community of Amsterdam says it is worried about the proposed refugee shelter in Amstelveen-Noord, a suburban town in the Amsterdam metropolitan area, NL Times reported. Local residents were informed on Monday night about the new shelter, which will house 400 refugees, mostly from Syria and Iraq. The proposed location is an office building less than half a mile away from Buitenveldert, a neighborhood of Amsterdam which is considered the city’s modern Jewish quarter, with a Synagogue, Jewish schools, nursing homes, shops and kosher restaurants. Buitenveldert is also the largest Jewish community in the Netherlands.

The Dutch Central Jewish Board is concerned that there will be unpleasant, if not dangerous incidents because of the close proximity of the new shelter to Jewish homes. “Let there be no doubt that the Jewish community is overwhelmingly for the reception of war refugees, but we have major concerns”, chairman Ron van der Wieken said on Monday. “These people come from countries such as Syria and Iraq, who traditionally take an extremely harsh tone against Jews. These people are largely brainwashed to hate Jews. You should not underestimate it.”

Attorney Ron Eisenmann, who serves as President of the Center for Information and Documentation Israel tweeted: “Not a good plan, Syrian refugees in the middle of a Jewish neighborhood.” His tweet received an angry reaction from Laura Bromet, an alderwoman in Waterland, who tweeted back: “Maybe you can point out a Syrian neighborhood where they can go.”

The south Amsterdam faction of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, aka VVD Amsterdam Zuid, where Eisenmann is a faction leader, released a statement saying they are concerned about the support—or lack thereof from the residents of Buitenveldert. “Given the disquiet among residents in the area and the importance of social safety, the VVD insists that adequate security and surveillance will be present in the district.”

VVD also insists that the new shelter would only accommodate families, NL Times reported.

JNi.Media

Israelis Donate Baby Slings to Syrian Refugees

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

By Alexander J. Apfel

An Israeli humanitarian relief organization has taken to Europe to assist the thousands of Syrian refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos and languishing on the Hungarian-Serbian border.

An Israeli humanitarian relief organization has taken to Europe to assist the thousands of Syrian refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos and languishing on the Hungarian-Serbian border.

IsraAID, an organization founded in 2001, committed to providing emergency aid and rehabilitation support to victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises, arrived at the scene over the course of the past week and has already begun distributing much-needed supplies and services to the refugees.

Speaking to Tazpit, Program Director, Navonel Glick explained that the the efforts begin with members of the team sometimes having to dive into the water to save drowning children.

Once on shore however, the refugees arrive at the beaches of Lesbos unaware of the arduous journey which lies ahead. In an effort to allay the physical tolls of such journeys, IsraAID has begun distributing baby slings donated by Israeli families to mothers and fathers.

“The Israeli population has been very responsive in all segments of society and because we are a non-political entity and people really see the human side, we are very happy and proud of this,” Glick told Tazpit.

He further added that the Israeli team has encountered neither rejection nor harsh reactions from the Syrians: “We have had no issues whatsoever. At a certain point it goes beyond any of these emotions.”

In addition to the distribution of medical supplies and baby slings, psychological assistance is provided to many victims who are unable to speak about the horrors which they have witnessed in Syria: “People have gone through something very extreme and there is a need for psychological support. So since we have a lot of Arabic speakers, a vast majority of the workers in the field are able to communicate and provide aid to the victims and families,” Glick said.

He further highlighted a series of initiatives being undertaken in cooperation with European governments in order to ease the experience of the refugees and the governmental response efforts.
Citing the case of Germany, which has announced that it will allow thousands of refugees to enter its borders, Glick stated that IsraAID is currently in communication with officials about developing applications which assist arrivals on relevant routes and locations etc. Moreover, he mentioned the creation of information hubs which enable wandering refugees to charge their phones and surf the internet.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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