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June 26, 2016 / 20 Sivan, 5776

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World Condemnations After Brussels Terror Attack Leaves 34 Dead, 136 Wounded

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

“We are facing a difficult, challenging time and we should face up to this by being united,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said after the attack in a televised news conference. “What we feared, has happened… There are many dead, many injured.”

Officials asked the public for blood donations.

Belgium has raised national security to Level 4, its highest level, in the wake of Tuesday morning’s multi-site terror attacks in Brussels.

According to the Belgian Health Ministry, a total of 34 people were killed and 136 others were wounded in the two explosions at the Brussels international airport and in three explosions on the Brussels metro train system. At the airport, 14 were killed; 20 more were killed in the attacks on the metro, according to Flemish broadcaster VRT.

A Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle was found at the departure lounge following the attack – the same type used by the ISIS terrorists during the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.

Public transportation networks were disrupted throughout Brussels. Security across the European continent has been tightened as well. All flights in and out of Brussels were canceled.

The Belgian Royal Palace was evacuated in response to the attacks, according to state broadcaster RTBF.

Following the incident, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde issued a statement saying they were “Distressed by the odious attacks on Brussels-National and the Brussels metro. Our thoughts are with the victims, families and emergency services.”

Flags at the European Commission — just a few hundred meters away — were lowered. A spokesperson for the commission said Europe was united against terrorism. “We stand together, united against terror and in full solidarity with the people of Brussels,” the statement said.

Israel expressed its support for Belgium as well. “Solidarity with Belgium, the latest victim of the hatred unleashed by Islamic extremism,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nachshon tweeted.

Security experts warned of possible copycat attacks being carried out in other European cities; in response, London and Paris raised their alert levels. In London, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt security was tightened.

French President Francoise Hollande condemned what he called the “heinous” attacks, saying it was really Europe that had been targeted. Hollande added the whole world should be concerned, calling the terrorism a “global threat which necessitates a global response.” At Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris armed guards and other military personnel boosted security there and at other borders.

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK would do all it could to assist Belgium in the crisis, as London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports bristled with upgraded security. “I am shocked and concerned by the events in Brussels,” Cameron tweeted shortly after the news broke. “We will do everything we can to help.” The British prime minister is set to meet Tuesday evening with the counter terror Cobra committee.

The countries of Europe need to “stand together “ against terror, Cameron said. “We face a very real terrorist threat right across the different countries of Europe and we have to meet that with everything we have.” A united front is needed “against these appalling terrorists to make sure they can never win,” he added.

The British prime minister spoke with his Belgian counterpart to offer condolences and security support. The UK threat level, meanwhile, remains at “severe,” meaning an attack is assessed to be highly likely, according to The Guardian news site. Additional police officers have been deployed around London.

Condemnations of the attack and statements of condolence poured in from around the world, including from Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani.

CNN bureau anchor Max Foster in London was blunt in pointing out that the terror group was carrying out its declared intention to conduct a jihad against Western civilization – beginning with Europe.

The attack on a major European city was not unexpected, Foster said; the head of counter terror in London was “expecting it at some point.” This might be it, Foster said, “some big spectacular attack in multiple locations on a European city.” It could be anywhere.

“This is an attack on Western lifestyle now,” Foster said. “It’s not the lone wolf radicalized online that we’ve been hearing so much about in the past.” This is something else, he pointed out. It’s a military-style operation – trained attackers with a strategy.

Hana Levi Julian

UK Jewish Peer Warns Anti-Semitism Rising in Labour Party

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Prominent British politician Lord (Michael Abraham, Baron) Levy has sounded the alarm that anti-Semitism is rising in the Labour Party. He is threatening to leave the fold if something is not done to stem the tide.

The Jewish peer has been a chief fund-raiser for the party. He is a longtime friend of former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, and spent nine years as Blair’s special envoy to the Middle East.

A son of observant Jewish parents, Lord Levy warned that current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is presiding over what appears to be a resurgence in the party’s acceptance of anti-Semitism.

The peer warned that Corbyn must speak out against the attacks immediately if he wants to stop the bleed in Jewish Labourites who no longer have faith in the party.

Lord Levy himself has threatened to leave the party unless Corbyn publicly denounces the anti-Semitic comments made by party members.

Socialist Fight member Gerry Downing recently demanded the “Jewish problem” be addressed – and then applied for membership in Labour, and was accepted, The Telegraph reported.

Labour’s former Woking candidate Vicky Kirby was suspended after tweeting “What do you know abt Jews? They’ve got big noses and support Spurs. Lol” – and then was readmitted to the party.

Even party leader Jeremy Corbyn has no hesitation about having tea on the terrace of the House of Commons with “anti-Semites, Jew-haters,” wrote Telegraph journalist Tom Harris, who reported they encourage followers to “paint graffiti declaring: ‘Hoax gas chambers built in Hollywood.’ “ Harris points out Corbyn’s association with “and friendship of, the Hamas terrorist organization… here is an organization which, far from denying its anti-Semitism, proudly states its commitment to killing Jews in its own constitution.”

Corbyn’s attendance last year at a Labour Friends of Israel reception during a party conference was illuminating: yes, he showed up, but no, he never once spoke the word “Israel” – a perfect example of the new Semitism in action.

Jonathan Arkush, president of the Board of Deputies, has said there is a “real problem of anti-Semitism on the far Left.” His take on the situation: “Most people in the Jewish community can’t trust Labour.”

Lord Levy told Sky News after hearing about the anti-Semitic comments spewed by his party colleagues: “Frankly it is now up to the leadership to make sure there is a clear an unequivocal message out there that anti-Semitism in any form will not be tolerated in the Labor party.

“It is for the leadership to make that absolutely clear. If they don’t make that clear then I will start to question myself and actually question my being a Labour peer and a proud member of the Labour party.”

The British peer also serves as president of Community Service Volunteers (CSV), Jewish Care, Jewish Free School (JFS) and Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade (JLGB). In addition, he owns a villa in Herzliya Pituah and is a friend of former Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak.

For all that, however, Lord Levy himself has also been targeted while in the House of Lords, he admitted.

“I was told when I was taking someone into the Lords that someone on the other benches made comments at the back, saying: “Who is the Jew boy bringing into the House now?”

Hana Levi Julian

UK Chief Rabbi Advises Muslims to Copy Jewish Show of Obedience

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Anyone contemplating immigration to the United Kingdom should bone up on the rules of football (soccer) and cricket (no real translation, this one’s British to the core) – AND figure out which team you’re going to root for.

Otherwise, you’re likely to fail the “Norman Tebbit test.”

Britain’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis advised minorities in Britain to support sports teams in their adopted country – what he called the “Norman Tebbit test.”

Rabbi Mirvis explained the concept Tuesday night during the Benedict XVI Lecture, “Living as a Creative Minority in the UK,” held at Archbishop’s House in London, citing it as the best bet for an immigrant’s safety.

The rabbi used the concept to illustrate the idea as a way for minorities to “integrate but not assimilate.” He explained that minorities are “responsible to maintain their own traditions, to be proud of their background, loyal to their faiths and at the same time to be proud members of their countries.

“In a nutshell, minorities need to pass the Norman Tebbit test. This is something which, thankfully, Jewish communities across the globe have almost always done, and we’re proud of the fact that we can pass that test within British society today.”

The so-called “test” itself was introduced by Conservative politician Lord Norman Tebbit in 1990 during an interview with the LA Times. Tebbit told the newspaper, “A large proportion of Britain’s Asian population fail to pass the cricket test,” Tebbit said. “Which side do they cheer for? It’s an interesting test. Are you still harking back to where you came from or where you are?”

The rabbi went on to say that British Jews reflect their integration in the UK in much the same way as Jews do around the world, even as they did in Germany in the 1930s.

“We have considered ourselves to be Jewish and at the same time totally British in the same way as Jews in South Africa are South Africans and those in Australia are Australians and those in America are Americans.

“In the same way, Jews in Germany in the 1930s declared ‘Deutschland über alles’ – regardless of what might transpire to us we express a natural loyalty towards the country of which we are proudly a part.”

The entire point of all this, however, is considerably more grim than it might seem.

The rabbi spoke together with Cardinal Vincent Nichols and leading Islamic scholar Maulana Sayed Ali Raza Rizvi in a panel that also responded to a question from former Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable about whether the UK government had gone too far with its current “Prevent” strategy.

The policy is aimed at addressing “non-violent extremism” and has led to school teachers reporting students to police, sometimes at the drop of a hat. One 14-year-old boy was reported by a teacher and questioned about a possible affiliation with ISIS after using the phrase “eco-terrorism” in connection with environmentalist campaigners, according to the Catholic Herald.

In January, Cardinal Nichols warned teachers in the Catholic school system, “One month is all it takes to transform a dissatisfied and disoriented teenager into a terrorist.” The cardinal warned delegates at a London conference during that speech to guard against Internet recruitment of vulnerable secondary school students by Da’esh operatives from ISIS.

Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May defined “extremism as the rejection of “regard for the rule of law, participation in and acceptance of democracy, equality, free speech and respect for minorities.”

But the cardinal said “British values” should be defined a bit deeper, with emphasis on building a better society, respect for the inherent dignity of a human being, and “the openness to the spiritual and transcendental.”

Hana Levi Julian

Anti-Semitic Uber Driver Punished by Judge in Crisp, British Style

Monday, March 7th, 2016

A so-called “professional” Uber driver in London was rebuked last week in the crisp, cutting manner that only the British have truly mastered.

The driver, Rashal Miah, was at the sentencing phase after conviction on charges of road rage and anti-Semitic verbal assault for a September 2014 incident that took place while stuck in traffic, ITV reported.

He was also convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting words intending to cause fear or provoke violence, according to the report. Because he arrived late to the court house, the judge added two extra weeks to his sentence for good measure and fined him nearly $1,000 in costs, with an $88 surcharge.

Miah had exited from his car and yelled “Yehudi!” (Jew, in Hebrew and in Arabic) at an Orthodox Jewish school bus driver.” He added that he would “kill all the Jews,” – this while standing in traffic in the Stamford Hill district of London, a predominantly Jewish neighborhood.

Judge Murray Shanks called Miah’s behavior “horrible.” He then explained in precise, clipped British language just how badly, how distastefully the driver had behaved.

“I accept this was mainly driven by you being wrongly angry and suffering from road rage, as well as being arrogant about what you were entitled to do on the road.

The judge then doubled down with a scolding about anti-Semitism, and a warning:

“I hope it doesn’t indicate some underlying prejudice…If this was the other way around and Muslims were being insulted, I have a good feeling you would feel strongly.

“You need to understand that before you open your mouth.”

Miah was sentenced to 15 days of anger management sessions, 100 hours of community service and a 26-week suspended sentence that might still land him in jail if he is found guilty of anything else, the Inquisitr reported.

Uber was quick to release a statement saying Miah no longer works for the company. “Uber does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind and we were appalled to hear about this incident,” said Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London.

“Following our own investigations and today’s conviction, we have taken the decision to stop this licensed private hire driver from using the Uber app.”

Hana Levi Julian

Monarch Airlines to Start Flying Tel Aviv to Manchester, England

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

British carrier Monarch Airlines is launching a new route from Tel Aviv to Manchester three times a week, starting next April.

The airline has already begun to book seats for the flights, which will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Earlier this month, Monarch began flying three times a week flying to Ben Gurion International Airport from Luton Airport, near London.

The airline also flies once a week each Thursday from Ovda Airport near Eilat to Luton Airport as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Mugger Attacks British Tourist in Beit Sahour

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

An unwary British tourist was stabbed by an Arab mugger after he ventured into the Palestinian Authority town of Beit Sahour on Sunday.

The town is located south of Jerusalem’s Har Homa neighborhood, close to the Gush Etzion community of Tekoa, near the PA town of Bethlehem.

The British victim sustained moderate neck wounds.

IDF sources said the attack “was of criminal intent.”

Hana Levi Julian

London Mayor Hunts Hi-Tech, Slams Anti-Israel Boycotters

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

London Mayor Boris Johnson had harsh criticism Monday for people who boycott the Jewish State, during a recruiting visit to Israel.

Johnson told an audience in Tel Aviv it is “foolish” to boycott “a country that when all is said and done is the only democracy in the region.”

However, in a possible effort to minimize the damage being done by the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement in Britain, Johnson said that boycotters in London are “a very small minority.”

The London mayor and Conservative MP is on a mission to connect with Israeli hi-tech business owners and bring them to his city.

Israel, he said, is “the only place that has — in my view — a pluralist, open society.”

It has been 10 years since Johnson last had dinner in Tel Aviv, he told Britain’s newspaper, The Guardian, but added he had enjoyed that experience very much.

Hana Levi Julian

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