The Toxic Reality Of Antisemitism In Europe

editor 21 April 2018

By Melanie Phillips.. Antisemitism in Europe has become mainstream and normalized at a level “not seen since the Second World War.” So says the president of the European Jewish Congress, Dr. Moshe Kantor, who states: “There has been an increase in open, unashamed and explicit hatred directed against Jews.” It’s as if a veil lowered after the Holocaust has now been lifted to reveal that little has changed. Poland is seeking to deny its own history of antisemitism, with a new law criminalizing anyone who accuses Poland of having been complicit in the Nazi destruction of European Jewry. [Photo top right: 1819 Hep-Hep riots in Frankfurt. An engraving by Johann Michael Voltz. Two peasant women are assaulting a Jew with pitchfork and broom. A man wearing spectacles, tails, and a six-button waistcoat, “perhaps a pharmacist or a schoolteacher,” holds another Jew by the throat and is about to hit him with a stick.].  Read more »

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#EnoughisEnough

editor 20 April 2018

By J-Wire Newsdesk.. Malcolm Green says that this is the film he wishes he never made. Anti-semitism in the UK.

Or rather, the film I wish I’d never had to make. However, in the UK today, in some ‘pockets’ of our political system (rather large pockets it has to be said), antisemitism is making itself felt with a vengeance.

And whilst there is a lot of handwringing and tut-tutting going on, there is very little action to send this hatred back to the fringes and beyond. Read more »

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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (18) – Chapter 3 – The Sons of Abraham

editor 19 April 2018

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book “Israel: Covenants & Kingdom”

Zechariah 13
Some people think that the continuous fighting of the Muslim world against the Jewish people and the State of Israel will ultimately lead to the total annihilation of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. In the ‘great tribulation’ Israel will become one big ‘Auschwitz’, so they say. And they refer to a passage in the book of Zechariah, which we will look at more closely. The misconception seems to be the sad result of a wrong translation of one Hebrew word into ‘land’ instead of into ‘earth’ or ‘world’. [Photo top right: Zechariah as depicted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel | Michelangelo].  Read more »

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Israel70 | Celebrating the argument

editor 19 April 2018

By Einat Wilf with Shany Mor.. Zionism and the State of Israel are unique examples of a movement of national liberation, and a state, established as ongoing debates, claim Einat Wilf with Shany Mor. Democratic debate about the character and future of the state has been at once a necessity, a virtue, a strength and a saving grace; in fact it has defined who we are. Here’s to the next 70 years of the argument. [Photo top right: Dr. Einat Wilf].  Read more »

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Israel at 70: Flourishing against All Odds (+Video)

editor 18 April 2018

By Ambassador Dore Gold.. Israel is celebrating 70 years of national independence, and there’s a huge irony in that number. For it was in the year 70 that the last Jewish Commonwealth was destroyed by the Roman Empire, and the Temple, the center of gravity of the Jewish people, was destroyed. The rebirth of Israel is nothing short of a miracle. It involved dedication, commitment of a national movement that began with the establishment of Zionism, which is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people. Read more »

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Yom HaAtzma’ut 2018 / 5778 יום העצמאות

editor 18 April 2018

By Christians for Israel International.. Israeli Independence Day. Commemorates the declaration of independence of Israel in 1948. Note that Hebcal displays modern holidays like Yom HaAtzma’ut according to the Israeli schedule. Although Yom HaAtzma’ut is normally observed on the 5th of Iyyar, it may be moved earlier or postponed if observance of the holiday (or Yom HaZikaron, which always preceeds it) would conflict with Shabbat. Yom HaAtzma’ut begins at sundown on Wed, 18 April 2018. Read more »

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Yom HaZikaron 2018 /5778 יום הזכרון

editor 17 April 2018

By Christians for Israel International.. Israeli Memorial Day. Note that Hebcal displays modern holidays like Yom HaZikaron according to the Israeli schedule. Although Yom Hazikaron is normally observed on the 4th of Iyyar, it may be moved earlier or postponed if observance of the holiday (or Yom HaAtzma’ut, which always follows it) would conflict with Shabbat.

Yom HaZikaron begins at sundown on Tuesday, 17 April 2018. [Photo top right: A young Israeli soldier places a rose among the names of those soldiers who have fallen for the State of Israel, on the Memorial Day Ceremony at Latrun Armoured Corps Museum, 2003. (Sharon Perry/Flash90)].  Read more »

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Myths and facts about Gaza’s ‘march of return’

editor 17 April 2018

By Tzvi Fleischer.. The Strategist – 17 April 2018

The demonstrations along the Israel–Gaza border dubbed the ‘Great March of Return’ are a calculated and desperate propaganda move, largely organised and funded by Hamas alongside other terrorist organisations. Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, is designated in part or entirely a terrorist organisation by the United States, the European Union and Australia. It’s using the campaign to respond to its own international isolation, recent Arab–Israeli rapprochement and more overt American support for Israel’s position, such as the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. [Photo top right: Palestinians youth collect tires to burn them during demonstrations in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 4, 2018. The death toll from March 30 violence along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel rose to 17 on Monday when the health ministry in the enclave confirmed another Palestinian had died from his wounds. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90]. Read more »
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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (17) – Chapter 3 – The Sons of Abraham

editor 17 April 2018

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book “Israel: Covenants & Kingdom”

The Covenant about the Promised Land
In Psalm 105:7-11 we read about the Covenant contract that God made with Abraham about the Promised Land: “…He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He remembers His Covenant forever, the word He commanded, for a thousand generations, the Covenant He made with Abraham, the oath He swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting Covenant: ‘To you will I give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit’…” Read more »

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Gaza Transport Ministry Complains: Israel Won’t Give Us More Tires

editor 16 April 2018

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “Woe to the wicked man, for he shall fare ill; As his hands have dealt, so shall it be done to him.” Isaiah 3:11. Just two days after Palestinians burned thousands of tires on the Israeli border with Gaza in violent protests, a spokesman for the Palestinian Transport Ministry complained of a shortage of tires, demanding that Israel supply more. As part of the Hamas-led ‘March of Return’ protest, Gazans answered calls on social media to burn 10,000 tires on Friday in an attempt to obscure the vision of IDF troops preventing infiltrators from crossing the security fence separating Israel from Gaza. [Photo top right:Prelude to 10,000 burning tires in Gaza (Photo via Twitter Ofir Gendelman)]. 
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