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UK Jewish Community Rejecting Labor’s First Jewish Leader

Friday, October 31st, 2014

First Published at Jewish Business News

British film, theatre and television actress, columnist and comedienne Maureen Lipman on Thursday announced she isn’t voting Labor come next election, the Telegraph reported.

“Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse” she wrote in Standpoint magazine, “just when the anti-Semitism in France, Denmark, Norway, Hungary is mounting savagely, just when our cemeteries and synagogues and shops are once again under threat. Just when the virulence against a country defending itself against 4,000 rockets and 32 tunnels inside its borders, as it has every right to do under the Geneva Convention, had been swept aside by the real pestilence of IS, in steps Mr Miliband to demand that the government recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.”

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Ed Miliband, the son of Polish Holocaust survivors who settled in Great Britain, is the Leader of the Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition in parliament. And yet, under the leadership of the most clearly Jewish politician in the UK, the Labor party’s support within the Jewish community is now on the brink of collapse, as the Telegraph describes it.

One major Jewish Labor supporter told the Telegraph: “It’s serious, there are now genuine questions being asked about whether we will be able to vote Labor next May.”

It’s funny, though, that much of the dispute between the tribe and their lefty heir apparent stems not from any concrete British issues, like the price of a cup of tea, or how often the Queen’s guards are changed, but rather from Miliband’s stand on Israel and on antisemitism.

UK Jews believe Labor’s Middle East policy is being decided by the party’s extreme left, which is pro-Palestinian to a fault.

UK Jews were also angry at Miliband’s virile condemnation of Israel during the Gaza war, while having little to say about the Hamas.

But more than anything, UK Jews are mad as hell at Labor’s failure to condemn the growth of antisemitism, across Europe and in Britain.

“People have been waiting for the leadership to speak up and all they’ve got is silence,” Jewish Labor supporter told the Telegraph.

In July, the Jewish Chronicle wrote an editorial noting that “in recent months, Ed Miliband has made a concerted effort to embrace the Jewish community. He has visited Israel. He has spoken of rediscovering his Jewish roots. And he ended his speech to the Labor Friends of Israel with the declaration that he would enter Downing Street proud to be a ‘friend of Israel, a Jew and … part of the community.’ But, with Israel now in need of support from its friends, he has shown that words are cheap.”

The Chronicle compared Miliband’s hostility to Israel over Gaza with Prime Minister David Cameron, whom they said had been “clear, principled and firm in his support for Israel’s right to defend itself.”

Ouch. I mean, Oy.

Maureen Lipman concluded her piece: “Come election day, I shall give my vote to another party. Almost any other party. Until my party is once more led by mensches.”

OK, it should be spelled “mentches,” but you get the point.

Canada to Counsel Wannabe Jihadis

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Law enforcement officials in Canada are planning to pilot a program to prevent wannabe jihadis from leaving the country and heading to Syria, according to Reuters.

The de-radicalization program, called “Prevent,” is currently being tried out in Britain, and was started after the 2005 bombing attacks by four terrorists that left 52 dead and more wounded.

In Canada, officials plan to counsel would-be jihadists and help find them gainful employment as well.

The program is seen as particularly urgent in Ottawa, given last week’s terror attacks in which converts to radical Islam murdered two Canadian soldiers. Canadian authorities intend to pair the program with traditional counter-terrorism methods, and use the integrated result as a means of keeping track of potential killers and hopefully preventing attacks.

The Canadian program is tentatively set to be launched by the end of this calendar year.

UK School Inspectors Bully Orthodox Students with Sexual and Inappropriate Questions

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Republished from Jewish Business News

The National Association of Jewish Orthodox Schools in Great Britain (NAJOS) said it was “appalled” at reports that inspectors from Ofsted, the official body for inspecting schools in England, left young girls “traumatized” after asking them if they had a boyfriend, how babies are made and whether they knew that two men could marry, Jewish News reported.

Apparently, the inspectors also “quizzed the girls on their views about Facebook and queried how they managed without a Smartphone.”

It began with three Jewish schools receiving surprise inspections in recent weeks, including a school in Manchester, where most of the complaints have originated.

NAJOS expressed “grave concerns” following reports from school administrators that Jewish girls “felt bullied into answering inspectors’ questions” and that students and staff have been feeling “traumatized and ashamed.”

NAJOS statement read: “Ofsted inspectors have been asking pupils inappropriate and challenging questions, many of which fall outside the religious ethos and principles at Orthodox Jewish faith schools.”

One 9th grade girl reported feeling “uncomfortable and upset” after inspectors started telling them that a “woman might choose to live with another woman and a man could choose to live with a man, it’s up to them.”

An 11th grade girl said: “They made us feel threatened about our religion. They asked ‘Do you have friends from other religions?’ They asked this many times until we answered what they wanted us to say. We felt very bullied.”

According to the NAJOS statement, in one inspection, 9-year old girls in an Orthodox Jewish primary school were asked whether they know how babies are made and whether they know any gays.

NAJOS director Jonathan Rabson: “This confrontational approach by inspectors is a worrying trend never been seen before in the UK Jewish community. We fear it suggests a shift in policy towards faith schools.”

There has been a growing suspicion in Great Britain, according to Jewish News, that religious schools are being targeted, after news broke this summer of Operation Trojan Horse, an organized attempt by Islamists to covertly co-opt schools in England.

So how did the Jews end up getting “inspected”?

In a letter to both Ofsted and Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, Jewish educators have argued that their students were being “disproportional targeted” and that “Jewish values and ethos are being questioned by inspectors in a climate of hostility designed to unsettle the pupils at member schools.”

Ofsted denied that Jewish schools were being singled out, according to Jewish News. Of the 4,000 inspections conducted this year, only ten were in Jewish schools, and only two of those were unannounced.

Ofsted did admit having inspected 12 independent Jewish schools, and three of those were surprise visits.

Ofsted’s Chief Operating Officer HMI Matthew responded to the horrified accusations saying: “Inspectors must ask questions which probe the extent to which pupils are prepared for the next stage in their education, or employment, or for life in modern Britain.”

Where, no doubt, they would have to reconsider their sexual identity…

Matthew added: “I am sorry if these questions seemed insensitive or offensive. Inspectors use age-appropriate questions to test children’s understanding and tolerance of lifestyles different to their own.”

“Ofsted is not looking for answers to questions which are contrary to their faith, simply that they are able to express views which are neither intolerant nor discriminatory towards others. This is vital if we are to make sure young people are ready for life in modern Britain.”

British Parliament Backs Palestinian State in Vote

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The British House of Commons passed a symbolic resolution backing creation of a Palestinian state and of a two state partiton solution on Monday.

The exact wording of the resolution was:

“That this House believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution.”

While the vote initiated by the parliament’s opposition party won with 274 to 12, only half the members of the British Parliament actually voted.

It is not yet clear if this has any implications other than acknowledging that a “Palestinian state” does not exist, and that the UK is way behind the curve if they still support a “two state solution”.

If the resolution had actually recognized a Palestinian state, as some mistakenly believe, then that would mean a two-state solution has already been implemented.

The British government is not bound to do anything as a result of the vote.

The only question left is this, will UK lawmakers back Islamic State next?

BDS Fails in Britain

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Trade between Israel and Britain reached all new highs in 2014, according to a Makor Rishon report, despite attempts by various BDS groups to to boycott Israel.

Overall trade for the first half of 2014 is 28% higher than last year, and exports from Israel to England are 38 higher than last year.

Israel exports to Britain reached 1.6 billion pound sterling, and British exports to Israel reached 957 million pounds.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said that his government will fight all antisemitism, and attempts to boycott Israel.

World Support Building for Coalition to Fight ISIS After New Beheading Video

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Slowly, world support is building for an organized coalition to fight the the global terror organization, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), following the posting of a new video showing a member of the group beheading a UK citizen and threatening to behead another.

Condemnation were heard from world leaders in Europe on Sunday in response to the video, which was posted on the internet. The response continues to pour in following the murder this weekend of British aid worker David Haines, who was beheaded by the ISIS global terrorist organization. Haines was captured in 2013.

British Prime Minister David Cameron summoned military and security chiefs for an emergency meeting following the video publicity of the murder. The group has now threatened UK citizen Alan Henning with a similar fate.

French President Francois Hollande said in a statement issued Sunday, “The heinous murder of David Haines shows once again how the international community must mobilize against Da’esh,” referring to the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

On Saturday, U.S. President Barack Obama strongly condemned what he called the “barbaric murder.” The American leader has been calling for a Western and Middle Eastern coalition of nations to fight ISIS. “The United States stands shoulder to shoulder with our close friend and ally in grief and resolve,” Obama said in a statement. “We will work with the United Kingdom and a broad coalition of nations from the region and around the world to bring the perpetrators of this outrageous act to justice, and to degrade and destroy this threat to the people of our countries, the region and the world.”

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, meanwhile, said Saturday that ISIS has formed ties with other terrorist groups in the region. Shukri echoed the call by France and the United States to unite in a global action to counter the threat.

Speaking at a joint Cairo news conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Shukri warned that a number of terrorist groups in the region share the same ideology and underlined that they must be dealt with, for everyone’s safety.

The comments mirror similar remarks by Saudi Arabian King Abdullah earlier this month.

ISIS (Daash) Releases Another Beheading Video

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

ISIS (Daash) has released a new video, claiming to have beheaded British citizen David Haines. Haines was captured in 2013, while working for an international aid organization.

The video closes with a threat to behead next, British aid worker, Alan Henning.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/isis-daash-releases-another-beheading-video/2014/09/14/

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