“O Lord, you took up my case; you redeemed my life. You have seen, O Lord the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause! You have seen the depths of their vengeance, all their plots against me…. Pay them back what they deserve, O Lord.” Lam. 3:58, 59, 60, 64
ISRAEL MARKS HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY: Israel on Wed. 1 May 2019 marked Holocaust Remembrance Day with ceremonies taking place throughout the country from 8 pm. A two-minute air-raid siren sounded on Thurs. 2 May 2019 at 10 am throughout Israel, calling people to a standstill, including all pedestrians and drivers, for a time of reflection and mourning for six million Jewish people who were brutally murdered during the Holocaust. The Holocaust refers to the period from 30 January 1933, when Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, to 8 May 1945 the end of the war in Europe. Millions of Jewish men, women, and children were murdered by Hitler and his brutal cohorts during this time. While it is impossible to ascertain the exact number of Jewish victims, six million is the round figure. Auschwitz was a network of concentration and death camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. Buchenwald was a German Nazi concentration camp established near Weimar, Germany, in July 1937, one of the first and largest of the concentration camps on German soil. It was in holes such as these that Jewish victims were starved, tortured, subjected to slave labor, beatings, inhumane medical experiments and murdered in gas chambers by the millions. Elderly Holocaust survivors in Israel suffer mental and physical torments to this day. Their children in many cases bear traumatic scars as a result of being raised by such emotionally and physically shattered parents. (JNN)
ISRAELI ENVOY CALLS FOR CRIMINALIZING ANTI-SEMITISM AFTER NEW YORK TIMES CARTOON: The only way to stop anti-Semitism is to criminalize it, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told reporters in New York on Mon. 29 April 2019. “The time for talking and having a conversation is over,” Danon said. “What Israel and the Jewish community around the world demand is action – and now.” Danon said that those who engage in anti-Semitism “must be punished. Whether it is carried by political leaders, editors, policy pundits or college professors, it does not matter. Anti-Semitism should have no place in our society,” he continued. “Until it becomes criminal, this bigotry will persist; it will fester. It is only a matter of time until it erupts again in violence and bloodshed.”Danon spoke shortly after a shooter killed one Jewish worshiper and wounded three others at the Chabad synagogue in Poway California. That same weekend, The New York Times published a cartoon widely held to be classically anti-Semitic. Danon linked the two events with a shooting that occurred at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in October, in which 11 worshipers were killed.
“From the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh to the Chabad synagogue in Poway California, anti-Semitism is no longer fringe bigotry in the USA,” Danon said. “Then, as now, all the right people are saying all the right things. They express their sympathies and call for an end to this violence and bigotry. It seems that we have learned nothing from the Pittsburgh attack, and we are likely to continue to do nothing following the attack in San Diego,” Danon continued. He added that since October, members of Congress have openly exposed themselves as anti-Semites, and that the NYT cartoon “could have been taken from the pages of Der Stürmer, the Nazi propaganda paper. And yet, these actions have gone unpunished,” Danon said. (J.Post)
POWAY SHOOTER HAD 50 UNFIRED BULLETS: John Earnest, the man accused of attacking the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Southern California this past Shabbat fired less than 10 of the roughly 60 bullets he had before his weapon jammed, prosecutors said Tues. 30 April 2019. Earnest, 19, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder in the shooting in which one woman was killed and three people wounded, including the synagogue’s rabbi. The suspect’s parents said their son and five siblings were raised in a family that “rejected hate and taught that love must be the motive for all we do. To our great shame, he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries”. (INN)
ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS SPIKE, KILLING MORE JEWS THAN HAS HAPPENED IN DECADES: Assaults targeting Jews rose 13% in 2018, according to Tel Aviv University researchers. They recorded nearly 400 cases worldwide, with more than a quarter of the major violent cases taking place in the USA. In Germany, there was a 70% increase in anti-Semitic violence. “There is an increasing sense of emergency among Jews in many countries around the world,” said Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress. “It is now clear that anti-Semitism is no longer limited to the far-left, far-right and radical Islamist’s triangle – it has become mainstream and often accepted by civil society.” (Miami Herald)
ANTI-SEMITISM IN CANADA RISES TO ‘NEW NORMAL’: Anti-Semitic incidents in Canada rose to a record high for the third consecutive year, according to an annual audit by B’nai Brith Canada released this week. The audit showed 2,041 anti-Semitic incidents recorded last year in Canada – 16.5% more than the 1,752 incidents in 2017. “To put that in stark perspective, this represents the third straight record-breaking year for anti-Semitism in Canada, reflecting a ‘new normal’ regarding the landscape of anti-Semitism here,” said Ran Ukashi, director of B’nai Brith Canada. The group said the surge was fueled by social media and was a worldwide trend. Specific incidents included lit fireworks being thrown at Hasidic Jews in Quebec and two students in Saskatchewan province being beaten. (INN)
CORBYN AGAIN UNDER FIRE FOR ENDORSING ANTI-SEMITIC BOOK: British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is again under fire after he was found to have endorsed a book which argued that Europe’s banks and press were controlled by Jews. Corbyn wrote a foreword to the new edition of a 1902 book, “Imperialism: A Study” by JA Hobson, that spread conspiracy theories about the Rothschild family, and described it as a “great tome.” Hobson wrote in the original book that finance was controlled by “men of a single and peculiar race.” The author insisted this financial might was behind the imperialism and military policies pursued by Britain and the West. In his foreword to the new edition of the book, Corbyn praised Hobson’s “brilliant” analysis. He went on to argue that the war on terror at the time was driven by economic interests. Furious critics pointed out Labour activists had been suspended for re-tweeting conspiracy theories about the Rothschilds – and demanded an apology. Labour Against Anti-Semitism said the revelation proved Jeremy Corbyn “shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near Downing Street.” It said the foreword was as “damaging” as his support in 2012 for an “offensive” mural that featured anti-Semitic tropes. “Decent people will be sickened to see him describing as ‘brilliant’ a book by someone who pushed deeply and clearly racist theories about Jewish people controlling banks, newspapers, governments, and wars to further their financial interests. Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership has poisoned the Labour Party,” the group said. (Arutz-7)
TRUMP WANTS TO DESIGNATE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD A TERROR GROUP: President Trump is pushing on designating the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization, according to media reports on Tue 30 April 2019. The Muslim Brotherhood has been designated a terrorist organization by countries such as Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. According to reports, the Trump administration directed national security and diplomatic officials to come up with ways to slap sanctions on the Islamist political movement. This comes after Trump met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has long decried the Muslim Brotherhood that has opposed his rule in the country. By designating the movement as a terror group, it would immediately become the target of American sanctions and restrictions, including travel bans and other limits on economic activity. It would become a criminal act for Americans to fund the group, ban banks from processing money for it, bar those with ties to the group from coming to the United States and make it easier to deport immigrants who have worked with the organization. While John Bolton, the national security adviser, and Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state support the move, some officials within the Pentagon oppose the designation and instead are working to come up with a more moderate compromise. (Fox)
GERMAN CHRISTIANS TO PRESENT 265-POUND GOLDEN MENORAH TO JERUSALEM: A group of 11 pro-Israel German Christians left on a boat for Israel Mon. 29 April 2019, bringing with them a 5-foot, 265-pound gilded menorah. A life-size replica of the Temple lamp, the menorah is traveling from Germany via Rome to the port of Haifa. It will arrive on 5 May 2019 and be presented to the public on 9 May 2019 at a special ceremony in Jerusalem. The group of independent Germans, who call themselves simply “The Menorah Project,” said they have been working on the piece for a year and a half. They raised 120,000 euros in private donations to fund the initiative. “The seven-branched menorah is a symbol of the State of Israel,” said Luca-Elias Hezel, who initiated the project. He said the menorah, modeled after the menorah at the Titus Gate in Rome, is being given to the Jewish people with “a broad heart and in solidarity” and as a gift on Israel’s 71st Independence Day.
Today, in Rome, one can still see a replica of the menorah at the Arch of Titus, which serves as a reminder of the Roman Empire’s triumph over the Jews in Judea and their conquest of Jerusalem. The Romans destroyed the Jewish Temple in 70 A.D. The robbery according to the website, symbolically stands for the distance between the early church and its Jewish roots, which ultimately led to what is known as Replacement theology: the idea that God replaced Israel with the Church. Replacement theology is often blamed as the root cause of anti-Semitism, including the Holocaust.“The church never returned the holy instruments to the Jewish people,” the Menorah Project explained. “Instead, the church saw itself as the new spiritual Israel. We want to set a statement. It is a public statement towards the Jewish people and an act of asking for forgiveness as well,” said the project leaders. (J.Post)
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