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Commemorating Liquidation Of The Lodz (Litzmannstadt) Ghetto

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

     In September 1939 the Germans started establishing ghettos in the occupied territory of Poland. Ghettos played an important role in the Jewish extermination policy. They were filled with Polish and Western European Jewish deportees. The ghettos differed in times of existence, size, internal organization, and living conditions. The Germans called them ” death boxes” (Todeskiste). The city of Lodz belonged to the Wartheland District and the Germans changed its name into Litzmannstadt.

 

     The Lodz Ghetto was one of the largest on Polish territory (second to the Warsaw Ghetto). Established in February 1939 and liquidated in August 1944, it lasted longer than the other ghettos. Approximately 200,000 men, women and children were imprisoned in the Lodz ghetto throughout its existence.

 

     The organization of the Lodz Ghetto became a role model for the Warsaw Ghetto and other ghettos. In 1941 the Germans began deporting Jews from Prague, Vienna, Luxembourg, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Emden, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Cologne into the Lodz Ghetto. Within one month 19,954 Jews from Western Europe were deported and in few next months the Germans transported another 18,000 Jews from liquidated provincial ghettos.

 

    According to the German policy only Jews capable of work could stay in the ghetto. Those who were not able to work were sent to the death camp in Chelmno where the Germans killed 80 000 Jews.

 

    On August 9, 1944 the first transport from Lodz to Auschwitz took place. Deportees were informed that they were going deep into the Third Reich. In reality they were sent straight into the gas chambers in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Until August 9, 1944 the Germans had deported 67,000 Lodz Ghetto inhabitants. It is estimated that when the Nazis liquidated the ghetto, there were only 12-15,000 inhabitants. After the liquidation, only 800 Jews were left for cleaning. Most of those survived. 

 

      This coming week the city of Lodz is holding a weeklong conference in memory of the victims of the Ghetto.

 

       The conference will include many well-known speakers, feature films, new exhibits, and concerts as well as the unveiling of new monuments at the Survivors Park, dedicated to survivors and those that helped them survive.

Shmuel Ben Eliezer

Where There’s A Will…

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

If George F. Will comes across to some as a starchy combination of ministerial and professorial, he can blame it on his genes: The longtime columnist is, after all, the grandson of a Lutheran minister and the son of a philosophy professor.

He is also as unflinching a defender of Israel as they come in the American media.

Will first came to public attention in the 1970s as an articulate, polished representative of the emerging backlash against political and cultural liberalism. He always evinced a strong sympathy for Israel.

Writing in 1977 when the Carter administration was blaming Israel for its alleged intransigence, Will framed the issue in terms that resonate 32 years later:

“[T]he contagious crossness between Washington and Jerusalem that originated in Washington is a compound of Washington impatience and Israeli anxiety. The anxiety is more reasonable than the impatience…. The secure are always exhorting Israel to be daring.”

In a 1987 Newsweek column titled “A Just War Remembered,” Will cut through the muck of leftists who were using the 20th anniversary of the Six-Day War to lament Israel’s lopsided victory:

“It has been 20 years since those six days that shook the world,” he wrote. “Because of what happened then, a united Jerusalem is capital of Israel, and Israel never again will be 12 miles wide at the waist…. And, because of the echoing thunderclap from Israel 20 Junes ago, the security of Israel and hence the spiritual well-being of world Jewry have been enhanced. The Holocaust ended in 1945, but the Holocaust as aspiration was not destroyed until June 1967, when Israel smashed encircling armies that had the inescapably genocidal mission of obliterating the national gathering of Jews.”

Last month Will was the featured speaker at a dinner celebrating the Claremont Review of Books. According to Jewish Current Issues blogger and occasional Jewish Press op-ed contributor Rick Richman, Will “gave a masterful speech that included a mixture of political insight, conservative philosophy, humor and baseball stories.”

Responding to a post-speech question from the floor, Will delivered a rousing discourse on Israel, President Obama and recent Middle East history, which included the following highlights as recorded by Richman:

[I]n the 61 years since Israel was founded on one-sixth of one percent of land in that area described as land of the Arab world, there has not been a moment of peace for Israel, not as peace is properly understood.How many Americans understand that when Israel was founded in 1948, no Palestinian state was invaded, no Palestinian state was destroyed? There had not been a Palestinian geographic entity since between the departure of the Romans and the arrival of British rule.

How many know that the West Bank, referred to by the president as “occupied territory,” inferentially as occupied Palestinian territory, is under international law [an] unallocated portion of the Palestine Mandate rightfully occupied by Israel, because it occupied it in repelling aggression that came from that territory in 1967? [Applause]

How the president believes that if we return to the 1967 borders, the antipathy to Israel, which predated the 1967 borders, will disappear, I do not know….

I remember – if I could go back to an autobiographical moment – in 1979 I was invited to talk to the B’nai B’rith of Beverly Hills – not a nest of conservatives – and they said, “Who should be the Republican nominee?” And I said, pick Howard Baker, George Bush, Ronald Reagan. And they said “Well, who would be best for Israel?” And I responded, “Of course it would be Ronald Reagan.” They said, “Why?”

I said – “Two reasons: he believes in aircraft carriers. He believes in the projection of American power. Second, he is a romantic. He’s got the story of Israel, plucky little Israel.”

You need both. You need aircraft carriers and you need to appreciate the fact that Israel is an embattled salient of our values in a bad neighborhood. [Applause] It is unworthy of the United States to aspire to be even-handed between those who would destroy and those who would preserve the only democracy in that region. [Applause]

“Will,” Richman notes, “was speaking extemporaneously, without notes, to an unanticipated question.”

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com

Jason Maoz

Culinary ‘Boot Camp’ Launched In Brooklyn

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

   The economy is directing people towards cost-consciousness and dining in, rather than dining out. For many of these former restaurant-goers, especially singles who live on their own, the kitchen is alien territory. Perhaps they can prep a basic sandwich, or boil a box of pasta. But needing to feed a family or guests on an ongoing basis requires a bit more creativity and skill.

 

   For those who want to become more competent in preparing foods at home, attending a culinary “boot camp” is a very practical investment.

 

   But what is a culinary boot camp? Simply, it is a program designed to bring like-minded people together to attain a common goal; to learn how to use kitchen tools, techniques and ingredients efficiently and with confidence.

 

   Jesse Blonder, director of the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts (CKCA) in Brooklyn, NY, has developed a series of classes titled, “Into the Kitchen: A Culinary Boot Camp for the Home Cook” for men and women, teens and adults who want to develop cooking skills and repertoire. Some already are cooking on their own but want to formalize their knowledge. Others want to broaden their repertoire, or wish to be able to entertain at home, or follow recipes correctly. Lately, callers have indicated they’d like to be able to develop creative meals on a budget.

 

   “In your typical home kitchen, women – and men – can often feel intimidated by multi-step recipes or the need to produce multi-course meals. They are afraid of using a real knife – such as the traditional chef’s knife – for chopping,” said Blonder. “More often than not, home cooks think cooking is simply following a recipe but have no idea at all what they are really doing. They use hit-and-miss approaches, tend to over or under cook things, and don’t know how to balance flavors or use spices. They know little about selecting cuts of meat and about quality and value issues. What home cooks need is more understanding about basic cooking processes, the chemistry of cooking, and how to approach and organize their cooking lives. In culinary boot camp they learn about value and quality say, fresh fish, the use of seasonal produce, and more tricks of the trade.”

 

   Blonder continues, “We are seeing a chronic explosion of new kallahs who have never been allowed to cook by themselves. Often, their mother took the burden off of them, thinking it was a kindness. Now, the kallah is lost when she has to prepare her first Shabbos meal.”

 

   For future kallahs, culinary boot camp classes present an opportunity to prepare to run their new home with confidence, having gained solid information about nutrition as well as taste. They can plan their menus efficiently and economically and not be overwhelmed by hostessing.

 

   In addition, attending the classes is a good way to explore whether one would like to train as a culinary professional, a goal that requires a much greater investment of time and money.

 

   For more information, visit www.kosherculinaryarts.com or call 718.758.1339. 

Dr. Elka Pinson

Culinary ‘Boot Camp’ Launched In Brooklyn

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

   The economy is directing people towards cost-consciousness and dining in, rather than dining out. For many of these former restaurant-goers, especially singles who live on their own, the kitchen is alien territory. Perhaps they can prep a basic sandwich, or boil a box of pasta. But needing to feed a family or guests on an ongoing basis requires a bit more creativity and skill.

 

   For those who want to become more competent in preparing foods at home, attending a culinary “boot camp” is a very practical investment.

 

   But what is a culinary boot camp? Simply, it is a program designed to bring like-minded people together to attain a common goal; to learn how to use kitchen tools, techniques and ingredients efficiently and with confidence.

 

   Jesse Blonder, director of the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts (CKCA) in Brooklyn, NY, has developed a series of classes titled, “Into the Kitchen: A Culinary Boot Camp for the Home Cook” for men and women, teens and adults who want to develop cooking skills and repertoire. Some already are cooking on their own but want to formalize their knowledge. Others want to broaden their repertoire, or wish to be able to entertain at home, or follow recipes correctly. Lately, callers have indicated they’d like to be able to develop creative meals on a budget.

 

   “In your typical home kitchen, women – and men – can often feel intimidated by multi-step recipes or the need to produce multi-course meals. They are afraid of using a real knife – such as the traditional chef’s knife – for chopping,” said Blonder. “More often than not, home cooks think cooking is simply following a recipe but have no idea at all what they are really doing. They use hit-and-miss approaches, tend to over or under cook things, and don’t know how to balance flavors or use spices. They know little about selecting cuts of meat and about quality and value issues. What home cooks need is more understanding about basic cooking processes, the chemistry of cooking, and how to approach and organize their cooking lives. In culinary boot camp they learn about value and quality say, fresh fish, the use of seasonal produce, and more tricks of the trade.”

 

   Blonder continues, “We are seeing a chronic explosion of new kallahs who have never been allowed to cook by themselves. Often, their mother took the burden off of them, thinking it was a kindness. Now, the kallah is lost when she has to prepare her first Shabbos meal.”

 

   For future kallahs, culinary boot camp classes present an opportunity to prepare to run their new home with confidence, having gained solid information about nutrition as well as taste. They can plan their menus efficiently and economically and not be overwhelmed by hostessing.

 

   In addition, attending the classes is a good way to explore whether one would like to train as a culinary professional, a goal that requires a much greater investment of time and money.

 

   For more information, visit www.kosherculinaryarts.com or call 718.758.1339. 

Dr. Elka Pinson

Hamas’s Next Objective: Seizing Control Of West Bank

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

JERUSALEM – The Hamas terror group will take over the West Bank if Israel evacuates the strategic territory to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, said Mahmoud al-Zahar, widely considered the head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

“Israel thinks Fatah in the West Bank is there to serve it, but we will take over the West Bank the way we took over Gaza,” al-Zahar vowed at a major Hamas rally last week in Gaza.

Al-Zahar also warned Abbas’s Palestinian negotiating team against any “core concessions” to Israel during the summit slated to take place in Annapolis, Md., later this month.

“Whoever relinquishes a grain of Palestinian land severs an organ from himself. Palestinian land is one – from Rafah in the south to Rosh Hanikra in the north, from the Jordan River in the east to the Mediterranean sea in the west,” he said.

Al-Zahar’s statements should be taken seriously, said Israeli and Palestinian security officials, who noted that Hamas indeed appears to be setting the stage for a takeover of the West Bank, which borders Jerusalem and is within rocket range of Tel Aviv and Israel’s international airport.

Muhammad Abdel-El, spokesman for the Hamas-allied Popular Resistance Committees, told The Jewish Press that his group and Hamas have infiltrated “very deep” into Fatah as a prelude to “taking over the West Bank like we did in Gaza with help from the Palestinian resistance, including elements in Fatah, the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades and the Fatah Security Services.”

Prime Minister Olmert is expected to outline at Annapolis a Palestinian state in most of the West Bank, with Israel ultimately handing over the strategic territory to security forces associated with Abbas’s Fatah militias. But Israeli security officials are warning that Abbas’s forces are not strong enough to control the West Bank without the aid of the Israel Defense Forces.

Yuval Diskin, head of Israel’s Shin Bet Security Services, said last week that if control of the West Bank were handed over to Abbas, Israel would suffer a “significant threat to its security.”

Israeli and Palestinian security officials said they have specific information that Hamas is quietly preparing a West Bank takeover attempt. The officials said Hamas has been acquiring weaponry in the West Bank and has set up a sophisticated system of communication between cells.

In what is considered its most threatening move, Hamas has reportedly infiltrated all major Fatah forces in the West Bank and has been attempting to buy off Fatah militia members, often successfully.

According to Palestinian sources, Hamas has recruited important members of Fatah’s military wing, the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades, which along with Islamic Jihad has taken responsibility for every suicide bombing in Israel over the past three years along with thousands of shootings and rocket firings against Jewish civilian population centers.

Aaron Klein

Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Large numbers of Israeli forces maintained some of their positions in Hebron ahead of the planned eviction of 11 families living in a Jewish-owned marketplace, but senior military officials said the evacuation is being delayed due to a shortage of forces. There was a massive general military deployment in the West Bank this week amid security concerns surrounding Wednesday’s Palestinian elections.

The officials said the army and police will continue to maintain a larger than usual number of forces on the ground in and near Hebron. They said several thousand reserves will be called up to secure Hebron and the surrounding areas during the evictions. The operation, they said, will utilize horse-mounted police, water cannons and tear gas for possible use against protesters.

The Israeli Defense Forces last week declared Hebron a closed military zone, saying the move was an effort to stem the flow of protesters ahead of the eviction of the families living in a converted marketplace at the entrance to the Jewish section of the city. The closure was temporarily lifted. Dozens of protesters, including minors and women with infants, have been arrested in protests.

At a Cabinet meeting this week, interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert instructed the IDF to prepare a plan to immediately evacuate the Hebron market if occupants refuse to leave voluntarily. Israel says the evictions will be carried out by February 15.

Hebron spokesman David Wilder said Hebron leaders have been conducting negotiations with the IDF to end the standoff, but, he contends, “it’s becoming increasingly clear Olmert and [senior Kadima member Tzippy] Livni want to use a Hebron eviction as an example to show Israel and the world their policy is expulsion of Jews and withdrawals.”

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A dovish Israeli lawmaker has proposed a multibillion-dollar bill to pay Jewish residents of the West Bank to relocate from their communities to an area outside the territory, fuelling speculation here Israel may be planning a large-scale withdrawal from the West Bank.

“I see Israel giving up the vast majority of the West Bank, either in a peace deal or perhaps unilaterally. My bill is meant to give hope and a sense of security to the settlers who will have to get out of the territory or may even be forced out,” said Knesset Member Avshalom Vilan of the extreme leftist Meretz-Yahad party.

Vilan’s evacuation campaign, termed One Home, seeks $2-$3 billion in state aid to pay upwards of 80,000 West Bank Jewish residents in 68 communities to leave their homes located outside Israel’s security fence.

About 200,000 Jews live in the West Bank. The security fence, still under construction in certain areas, cordons off nearly 95 percent of the territory from Israel’s pre-1967 borders. More than half the West Bank’s Jewish residents reside on the side of the fence closest to Israel. Vilan says One Home is focused on compensation for only those residents caught outside the security fence.

Many West Bank Jewish residents and nationalist leaders fear Vilan’s Knesset bill foreshadows an Israeli evacuation of the territory.

“The bill itself is rubbish,” charged Knesset Member Effie Eiam of Israel’s National Union. “It is meant to foster dialogue in the Knesset and the country about an Israeli withdrawal. It̓s all rhetoric to help create the atmosphere for a withdrawal.”

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The suicide bombing that wounded at least 31 in Tel Aviv last week was coordinated by the military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, despite a claim of responsibility by Islamic Jihad.

“We were behind this holy attack. We coordinate often with Islamic Jihad. In today’s case, Al Aqsa supplied the bomber with a martyrdom belt and we backed it in many other ways I can’t speak of,” said Abu Jihad, the Al Aqsa chief for the northern West Bank.

Other senior members of the Al Aqsa cell stating they were involved in the attack previously told WND during in-person interviews they regularly receive funding from the Syrian and Iran-backed Hizbullah militia. The cell is led by Al Aqsa’s Balata camp chief, Ala Senakreh.

The Al Aqsa leaders, some speaking on condition their names be with held, warned that their group, along with Islamic Jihad, would attempt more suicide bombings in the next few weeks ahead of Israeli elections.

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Hamas, responsible for more than 100 suicide bombings and scores of shooting and rocket attacks, is “interested” in Israeli peace proposals and may be willing to negotiate indirectly with the Jewish state, Mahmoud al-Zahar, Hamas chief in the Gaza Strip, said in a widely reported interview – while ruling out the possibility of his terror group disarming or ceasing “resistance” attacks.

“If the Israelis have an offer to be discussed and [the offer includes] two very important points – the release of all [Palestinian] detainees and a stop of all Israeli aggression, including the process of withdrawal from the West Bank…then we are going to search for an effective and constructive process,” said al-Zahar during a joint interview conducted by WorldNetDaily and ABC Radio.

Al-Zahar blasted the road map and general American involvement in Palestinian affairs. He refused to justify his new-found inclination toward negotiations alongside Hamas’s official charter, which calls for the destruction of Israel by “assaulting and killing,” and rejects all peace talks with the Jewish state.

Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.com. He is a co-host of ABC Radio’s nationally syndicated John Batchelor Show and can be heard regularly on several top American radio programs.

Aaron Klein

Targeting Terrorist Leaders

Friday, October 12th, 2001

Israel's targeting terrorist leaders in order to thwart attacks against its citizens continues to draw criticism around the world. Some of it, of course, is from those who are acting viscerally out of a deep anti-Israel or anti-Jewish animus. But there are some who are disturbed over the fact that those marked by Israel have not been convicted in a court of law, and that Israel sometimes operates in territory under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority to get at them. What followed last week's helicopter attack against suspected terrorists should be illuminating. One Raed al-Karmi survived the attack and here is part of last Friday's New York Times report on the incident:

The Israeli Army said that it had tried to kill Raed al-Karmi in retaliation for his attacks on Israeli citizens and to pre-empt future attacks. But as her recovered from his wounds on a sofa in a clinic this afternoon, Mr. Karmi sounded unrepentant and undeterred. “I will continue my efforts to kill soldiers and settlers,” he said… His left eye, right hand and feet covered with bandages, Mr. Karmi, a lanky 26-year-old, fielded calls on a cell phone as well-wishers and two guards with AK-47's crowded around him. Garlanded with plastic lilies, a large photograph of Mr. Arafat stood on a table by his head.

Among other killings, Mr. Karmi is accused of kidnapping and shooting two Tel Aviv restaurateurs here in January. In the interview, he freely acknowledged taking part in killing the men…

Plainly, Israel was not on a fishing expedition. And for those who would rely on the Palestinian Authority, we haven't heard that Mr. Karmi's celebrity status has been altered in any way.

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