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January 31, 2015 / 11 Shevat, 5775
 
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World Solidarity With ‘Charlie’ as MI5 Forecasts More Terror to Come

Friday, January 9th, 2015

The lights of nearly a thousand cell phones flash messages in Hebrew and French on the screens of Israelis in the cold, all proclaiming, “I am Charlie.  Israel is with Charlie.”

Hundreds stood outside of the home of French Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave on Thursday to express their support for France following Wednesday’s terror attack in Paris. Silently the demonstrators held up pens, pencils and any other writing implement they could find to signify their solidarity with the slain journalists. Another hundred stood in rainy Jerusalem to hold a two-minute “moment of silence” at the French Consulate to pay homage to the victims with “Je Suis Charlie” signs and memorial candles.

Twelve people — 10 journalists and two police officers — were slaughtered by three radical Islamist terrorists and 11 others were wounded in the attack at the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly magazine.

And the head of Britain domestic intelligence agency says there’s more where that came from heading straight for Europe.

One of the three terrorists surrendered to police overnight after wide-ranging raids resulted in nine arrests. Two of the armed terror suspects, who spoke fluent, colloquial French, are still at large.

The French ambassador in Tel Aviv hosted former Israeli president Shimon Peres at a memorial for the victims. One was a Jewish, 81-year-old caricature artist of Algerian birth, Georges Wolinski.

“With a heavy heart I send my condolences to the victims’ families, they are the victims of a historical struggle against barbarism and terror,” Peres said. “I know your hearts are still bleeding but I am confident that freedom will win, that France will win.”

Similar events were held in countless cities around the world on Wednesday night and Thursday by people from all walks of life, each silently holding up a pencil or a pen.

Many media outlets questioned whether journalists would begin to “self-censor” out of fear of terrorism directed at them personally. The attackers had called out each journalist by name before shooting and killing each one on Wednesday.

The two brothers still being hunted, 34 year old Said Kouachi and his brother, 32 year old Cherif Kouachi, were both listed in the United States database of known or suspected terrorists, according to a report Thursday in The New York Times.

A senior U.S. official told journalists at a briefing that Said Kouachi traveled to Yemen in 2011 and was trained there by terrorists from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).  Both brothers were on a U.S. no-fly list for years; but they flew to Syria last year, officials said. It is possible – if not likely – they received weapons and other combat training from terrorist leaders there.

The brothers also may have received training from a French national named David Drugeon, The Daily Beast reported. Drugeon is known to the intelligence community as a top bomb builder for a Syria-based Al Qaeda unit called the Khorasan Group. The group is linked with AQAP in Yemen, and was created specifically to train foreign jihadists who travel to Syria to learn how to carry out attacks in their home countries. Drugeon survived a coalition air strike aimed at the terror group’s headquarters in Syria last year and is believed to be at large, according to the report.

An Al Qaeda magazine targeting jihadists who live in the West had, in fact, called for the assassination of Stephan Chardonnier, editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo – the first victim in the attack.

The attack was praised in a tweet by a Twitter account linked to AQAP and referred followers to a recent issue of “Inspire” – a magazine published by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) magazine. That group has also called for attacks on Charlie Hebdo in the past.

Nevertheless, analysts say the evidence gathered so far leads more towards Al Qaeda and away from ISIS.

London Neighborhood again Vandalized with Swastikas

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

More than 20 cars and buildings in a Jewish community in north London were vandalized with swastikas.

The Nazi symbol was drawn on approximately 27 cars in the Osbaldeston Road area of Stoke Newington on Sunday night, The Daily Mail reported. An unnamed 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the vandalism Tuesday. The neighborhood is home to as many as 20,000 Haredi Jews.

“There is a large Jewish community that lives here with Holocaust survivors and children of Holocaust survivors, and to see swastikas is not a pleasant thing for them,” Meir Taub, a volunteer for Jewish neighborhood watch group Shomrim, told The Daily Mail. “People were shocked, scared and fearful.”

This incident comes just over a week after a primary school and private home in the same neighborhood were defaced with swastikas.

Britain Vows to ‘Fight’ Anti-Semitism at Home

Monday, December 29th, 2014

The British government appears to have awakened – belatedly – from its complacent slumber and noticed there is a raging tide of anti-Semitism sweeping over the land. But for all of that, there still appears to be much more talking than doing about it. The doing still seems to be in the realm of support for those in favor of the very thing the government claims to abhor.

In response to rising statistics, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles warned Monday in an article published in The Daily Express that the “dark forces” of anti-Semitism have returned. He is, of course, correct, but anti-Semitism never really left in the first place.

Nevertheless, in summer 2014 – just in July and August alone – there were 543 reported anti-Semitic attacks, more than the total number for 2013. These included physical assaults on Jews, desecrated cemeteries and vandalized homes scrawled with “vile and offensive graffiti,” as journalist Martyn Brown reported in the Express.

The Secretary pledged to introduce measures to stamp out anti-Semitism on university campuses, and ensure that all schoolchildren are educated about the Holocaust. He also vowed to ‘kick anti-Semitism out of football’ (known as soccer in the United States), and said “irresponsible” behavior by other institutions would be censured.

That having been said, the British government patted itself on the back with a new report on the same topic released the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The report claims the government has made ‘significant progress’ in rooting out the evils of anti-Semitism in communities around the UK. It also claims incidence in the UK is significantly lower than in other western European nations.

Nevertheless, Secretary Pickles acknowledged “The irrational hatred of Jews is like cancer.. Once beaten it can come back… and in 2014 there has been a revolting relapse of this ancient evil. Sadly Britain has not been immune. We share in this shame. Institutions that should have stood up to this thuggish behavior did not. Like the Holborn branch of Sainsbury’s, clearing their shelves of kosher food to satisfy anti-Israeli yobs outside. This casual acceptance of anti-Semitism was outrageous.

“Even some councils have behaved irresponsibly… Like Tower Hamlets, engaging in their own municipal foreign policy by flying the Palestinian flag. These public bodies should be using their position of authority to actively reduce tensions, not stir them up… Anti-Semitism and hate crime are completely incompatible with traditional British values and totally unacceptable in our society.”

Prime Minister David Cameron has also discussed the issue in parliament as well, telling Mps, “Let me be clear, we must not tolerate this in our country. There can never be any excuse for anti-Semitism, and no disagreements on politics or policy should ever be allowed to justify racism, prejudice or extremism in any form.”

And yet, the British House of Commons passed a symbolic resolution backing creation of a Palestinian state and a two-state partition solution in October.

Ireland was right behind. In fact, Ireland came up from behind and then took the lead, with Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan saying earlier this month that his government was seriously considering early recognition of the Palestinian Authority as a new sovereign nation. Ireland’s lawmakers finally decided on December 11 to vote in favor of a non-binding resolution to recognize ‘Palestine’ instead – for now.

Numerous other European nations have done the same over the past year, as the levels of anti-Semitic incidents have risen accordingly.

This is the same ‘Palestine’ that encourages and fervently supports vicious terror attacks on Israelis and others who are not like them.

For example, take last week’s firebombing of a car driving in Samaria, critically injuring 11-year-old Ayala Shapira, who suffered third degree burns on nearly half of her body. The little girl is still fighting for her life while her father, who was driving the car at the time, is slowly recuperating from his own wounds.

UK Jews Buy Israeli Goods for Needy Brits

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Thousands of British Jews fought an anti-Israel boycott this week with a campaign that saw Israeli goods gifted to needy British families.

In a “Day of Action for Israel,” pro-Israel activists purchased Israeli-made goods from dozens of stores, and donated them to the needy.

“We achieved three goals: we pushed back against the boycott, we helped Israeli exports, and we gave the food to the homeless and to low-income families,” organizer Raffi Bloom told Maariv/nrg.

Bloom said the day of action was wildly successful, so much so that there are plans to make it an annual tradition.

Canada and UK Close Cairo Embassies Citing Security Reasons

Monday, December 8th, 2014

On Monday, Canada closed the doors to its embassy in Cairo, Egypt, citing security concerns.

The Canadian Embassy’s website only states:

The ability to provide consular services may occasionally be limited for short periods due to unsettled security conditions.

Two days ago, Britain closed its embassy in Cairo, also citing security concerns.

The office of the British Consulate-General in Alexandria is operating as normal, according to the UK’s government website.

The US Embassy in Egypt remains open, but embassy employees have reportedly been told to not wander too far away from their homes.

There is concern that terrorists may try to attack the foreign embassies.

Arab media reports that suspects connected to ISIS were arrested in relation to threats on the UK embassy.

Shuafat Comes to London

Monday, November 10th, 2014

London’s police come under attack by fireworks in East London. Just like in Jerusalem.

British Lawmaker Calls for Labeling of Non-stunned Animal’s Meat

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

(JTA) — Meat sold in Britain should be labeled if the animal has not been stunned before slaughter, a British lawmaker said.

Neil Parish, who heads the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beef and Lamb, made the call on Monday for the increased stunning of animals undergoing ritual slaughter during a parliamentary meeting of the group, the London-based Jewish Chronicle reported.

Parish, of the Conservative Party, told the meeting that the government should continue to research shechitah, or Jewish ritual slaughter, and halal, Muslim ritual slaughter.

He also said he would hold discussions with Jewish religious officials over stunning before slaughter. Parish added that he wanted labels to indicate whether or not an animal had been stunned before slaughter, not whether it was slaughtered kosher or halal.

Muslim and Jewish ritual slaughter require that animals be conscious before their necks are cut.

“There is a danger that an outright ban on religious slaughter would not improve animal welfare,” Parish said.

Jewish lawmakers and those representing large Jewish constituencies defended shechitah during the meeting.

Louise Ellman of the Labor Party called a ban on kosher meat production a “gross infringement” of the Jewish community’s civil rights, according to the Jewish Chronicle.

In recent years, kosher and halal slaughter has come under attack in many European countries by animal welfare activists and secularists, but also by right-wing nationalists who view the custom as foreign.

Since 2010, slaughter that does not involve stunning has been banned in Poland and Denmark. The lower house of the parliament of the Netherlands also banned the practice, but the ban was reversed in 2012 by the senate.

In May, the then-president-elect of the British Veterinary Association called for a ban on slaughtering cattle without first stunning it, which in effect would outlaw traditional kosher slaughter.

An online petition calling for an end to slaughter without stunning for all animals in Britain has received more than 77,700 signatures.

The British government in its response to the petition said that it “encourages the highest standards of welfare at slaughter and would prefer to see all animals stunned before they are slaughtered for food. However, we also respect the rights of the Jewish and Muslim communities to eat meat prepared in accordance with their religious beliefs.”

Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed recently that there would be no ban on religious slaughter in the United Kingdom, the response noted.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/british-lawmaker-calls-for-labeling-of-non-stunned-animals-meat/2014/11/04/

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