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Volume X1, No. 4,249 • Mar. 7, 2018 • March 7, 2018

Jewish World




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Full Transcript: PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at Joint Briefing with President Donald Trump (Video): Hana Levi Julian, Jewish Press, Mar. 6, 2018

Farrakhan’s Fellow Travelers: Editorial, Jerusalem Post, Mar. 4, 2018

In Italy Election, Anti-E.U. Views Pay Off for Far Right and Populists: Jason Horowitz, New York Times, March 4, 2018

More Turkish Jews Seek New Life in Israel: Sibel Ekin, Ahval, Mar. 3, 2018






“America did not make Jerusalem Israel’s capital…President Trump recognized a reality that American Presidents denied for too long…It cannot be the case that only one country in the world doesn’t get to choose its capital city, that the UN Human Rights Council has a standing agenda item for only one country, that only one set of refugees is counted in a way that causes their numbers to grow forever.” — US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, at the 2018 AIPAC Policy Conference. Haley said the key lesson she had learned at the UN over the last year “is not to be afraid of sticking to fundamental principles, even when they go against entrenched customs.” Standing up for your friends is critical, Haley said, as she excoriated the December 2016 passage of UN Security Council Resolution 2234, which strongly criticized Israel’s policies in Jerusalem and the West Bank, as “a shameful day for America…We refused to stand up for our friend when it was singled out for terrible treatment,” Haley said. “On my watch, that will never happen again.” (Algemeiner, Mar. 5, 2018)


"Remember when people spoke about Israel’s isolation? Pretty soon, the countries that don’t have relations with Israel will be isolated. The countries who talk about boycotting Israel—we’ll boycott them.” — Prime Minister Netanyahu, at AIPAC. After delivering a presentation about Israel’s technological value on the world stage and outlining his optimistic vision for his country's ability to further “change the world,” the Israeli premier said “the bad news is that bad things are getting worse. We have to deal with this challenge and I’m thinking specifically what do we do about Iran—he force behind so much of what is bad is this radical tyranny in Tehran." Iran, he said, is responsible for “darkness descending” on the Middle East by building an anti-Israel empire. "It’s also seeking to develop, to build precision guided missile factories in Syria and Lebanon against Israel. I will not let that happen. We will not let that happen. We must stop Iran. We will stop Iran," he repeated. “We will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons. No now, not in ten years, not ever.” Netanyahu then said that he "saluted" U.S. President Trump on his tough stance toward the Iranian regime and pledged Israel’s unwavering support in the event that the US announces its withdrawal from the agreement signed by the Obama administration. “Israel will be right there by America’s side, and let me tell you, so will other countries in the region,” he told the jubilant sea of Israel supporters. (Ynet, Mar. 16, 2018)


“Well to understand the significance you have to appreciate…that the Jewish people remember the Declaration of Cyrus from 2500 years ago that allowed the Jews to go back and rebuild the Second Temple. Now I don’t know if the Persian remember Cyrus, but the Jewish people remember Cyrus. This decision [by Trump] will be remembered forever for the Jewish people. The fact that the leader of the free world, the most powerful country in the world, becomes the first leader to recognize Jerusalem as our capital, is a decision that will never ever be forgotten by the Jewish people.” — Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, at AIPAC responding to the question of how he thinks Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration will advance peace. (Jewish Press, Mar. 5, 2018)


“Israel is a living testament to the power of freedom and the power of faith…To this day, we grieve the loss of the six million martyrs of the Holocaust…Just three years after walking through the valley of the shadow of death, they rose to rebuild a Jewish future and Jewish state.” — US Vice President Mike Pence at AIPAC. Pence spoke with undisguised reverence for Israel, recalling that it was “my great honor to be the first Vice President to address the Knesset in Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel.” Pledging that the US would withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran “unless it is fixed in the coming months,” Pence declared that the US “will never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.” (Algemeiner, Mar. 5, 2018)


“Not only can we return to the past situation, but we can also return to a situation much better than the past. If we want to enrich uranium to the 20 percent level, we can do it in less than 48 hours. We can increase the speed of enrichment given the new machines that we use.” — Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI). Kamalvandi stated that his country has the capability to resume the enrichment of nuclear-weapons-grade uranium, bringing into the question the effectiveness of the 2015 nuclear deal. Kamalvandi said the Islamic Republic is capable of reviving its 20-percent uranium enrichment capability in less than two days if the nuclear deal is discarded by the US. He explained that Iran has developed IR8 centrifuge machines with a power 24-folded of its previous counterpart. “Therefore, we can develop a situation which is much better than the past and they [the world powers] know the meaning of this word,” Kamalvandi said. (World Israel News, Mar. 6, 2018)


“I have said in the past — and afterward — that I will not end my life as a traitor. [The US] can announce the deal whenever and wherever they want, but nothing will happen against our will…No one in the whole world would be able to impose on us something that we don’t want.” — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Amid rumors of his deteriorating health, Abbas rejected the Trump administration’s proposed peace deal and told members of the ruling Fatah party last week that he will not end his life as a “traitor.” Abbas made the comment to express his strong opposition to the yet-to-be announced peace initiative of the Trump administration, which Trump has touted as the “deal of the century.” During the terms of Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama, Abbas derailed the administration’s two biggest pushes for Israeli-Palestinian peace. And in 2015, Abbas admitted that he rejected a peace offer from then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in 2008. (Tower, Mar. 5, 2018)


"Turkey is not Pakistan yet, but if it continues on the trajectory that Erdogan has put it on, there is a prospect it could become like Pakistan." — Former U.S. ambassador to Turkey, Eric Edelman. Turkish President Erdogan has crushed peaceful protests at home and abroad, closed newspapers, threatened U.S. soldiers, and collectively scapegoated Kurds. But over the weekend, Erdogan managed to go even lower. At a rally, the Turkish leader brought a trembling 6-year-old girl on stage dressed in military garb and told her she would be honored if she died as a martyr. Turkey, according to observers, is beginning to resemble Pakistan, a perpetually failing state whose military leadership has tolerated and advanced a vision of political Islam deeply hostile to Western interests. (Bloomberg, Mar. 2, 2018)


“Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out, turning men into women and women into men…White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled a cover off of that Satanic Jew, and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.” — Rev. Louis Farrakhan, at a Saviours’ Day 2018 Address on Sunday. Farrakhan is the Nation of Islam leader that then-Sen. Barack Obama took a photo with at a 2005 Congressional Black Caucus meeting. (Washington Examiner, Feb. 28, 2018)


“On Sunday, Rev. Farrakhan gave his Saviours' Day 2018 Address, attended by thousands including one of the co-founders of the Women's March…This is who Farrakhan is. It's why folks are legitimately so offended when they found out that then-Sen. Obama and members of the CBC met with him in 2005…The difference between Farrakhan and some members of the alt-reich whose heinous bigotry has received a lot of attention this past year: Farrakhan has a much larger following and elected officials meet with him openly.” — CNN's Jake Tapper. Women's March co-chair Tamika Mallory was in attendance when Farrakhan spoke on Sunday, Tapper pointed out on Twitter, after she shared an image from the event on Instagram. The Nation of Islam is a designated hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its "deeply racist, antisemitic and anti-LGBT rhetoric," and its primary teaching promotes black racial superiority. Rep. Keith Ellison faced scrutiny during his bid for Democratic National Committee chair over his past ties with the group, and a previous CNN review revealed the Minnesota Democrat had a decade-long involvement with NOI. (CNN, Feb. 28, 2018)


“Jeremy Corbyn promised a meeting of Jewish Labour party members that there was ‘zero tolerance’ of antisemitism within the Labour party. Now Mr. Corbyn must make good on that promise and carry out a full and transparent investigation. If it is found that the reports are true then Mr. MacDonald must be removed from his post and the Labour party. There can be no place for anyone with these views in the Labour party.” — Euan Philipps, spokesperson for the group Labour Against Antisemitism.  The British Labour party has been hit with yet another antisemitism scandal, with calls to fire a “key aide” of leader Jeremy Corbyn for newly-revealed virulent anti-Israel statements. Joss MacDonald, a speechwriter for the party, reportedly went on an “online tirade” in 2014 in which he called Israel an “apartheid state” that is treated leniently “because of the Holocaust.” According to a report, he also accused Israel of committing “genocide.” Four years earlier, MacDonald went on a similar rant, lambasting Israel for “killing the two state solution.” (Algemeiner, Mar. 4, 2018)


“The University of Chicago and its president, Robert J. Zimmer, certainly stand out in today’s academy for their insistence on free speech on campus. The “conversation” which his students hope to have in March with former presidential adviser Steve Bannon reminded me of a controversial speaker I heard at the university in 2009. “Conversations with the Honorable Ehud Olmert, former prime minister of the State of Israel” was to be about Israel’s efforts to achieve peace with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Efforts had been made to prevent the talk, and some 150 protesters gathered outside the auditorium…there was virtually nonstop heckling from start to finish during the…program. The moderator interrupted the bedlam after some 30 minutes to proclaim: “This is not an honorable way to behave, and you should be ashamed,” which made not the slightest impact on the disrupters. It wasn’t until an hour into the program that Mr. Olmert was able to deliver his message, and by then a photo-op with him had been canceled, 31 attendees had been forcibly ejected, a fight had broken out and nearly half of the 425 people admitted to the hall were gone.” — Douglas Wertheimer, Editor, Chicago Jewish Star. (Wall Street Journal, Feb. 28, 2018)







GUATEMALA TO MOVE EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM IN MAY (Washington) — Guatemala’s president told the AIPAC Policy Conference on Sunday night that he will move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem in May, and that the relocation will take place two days after the United States moves its embassy to the holy city, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding. In 1959, Guatemala was the first country to open its embassy in Jerusalem, but later moved it to Tel Aviv following international rejection of Israeli claims to East Jerusalem. US President Donald Trump bucked decades of US foreign policy by formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last December and setting in motion plans to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. Earlier this month, the US said the move would take place to coincide with Israel’s 70th birthday. (Times of Israel, Mar. 5, 2018)


RAMMING-TERROR ATTACK IN ACCO (Acco) — A terrorist drove his car into a Border Policeman near the Acco (Acre) shuk (market) on Sunday. The driver then continued on and hit two soldiers near the Acco train station. A fourth person, age 51, was also wounded in the leg. The Israeli-Arab driver was shot by a bystander and neutralized. He is in serious condition. Police have confirmed that this was a terrorist attack, and the driver deliberately was targeting people in uniform. The police said the terrorist is not a resident of Acco, but did not say where he is from. (Jewish Press, Mar. 4, 2018)


PA INCREASES PAYMENTS TO TERRORISTS (Jerusalem) — The PA increased its payments to terrorists and their families by nearly $56 million, Knesset Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Avi Dichter said, when a bill to discourage the practice passed a first reading. Dichter pointed out that there is a PA law that says 7% of each budget must go to paying terrorists, or to their families, if they’re killed in the act. The PA paid terrorists and their families more than $347m. in 2017. Terrorists who have been sentenced to three to five years in Israeli prisons receive the average income of a Palestinian, about $580 per month. The families of those who committed more severe crimes and were involved in killing Israelis receive five times that each month for the rest of their lives. (Jerusalem Post, Mar. 6, 2018)


DEADLY ATTACKS IN BURKINA FASO (Ouagadougou) — Terrorists carried out simultaneous attacks on Friday on the military headquarters of Burkina Faso and the French Embassy in the nation’s capital. At least eight members of the security forces, as well as eight assailants, died in the attacks. Officials did not assign specific blame for the gunfire and explosions that erupted in Ouagadougou, the capital, but the focus fell on jihadists that have attacked the city in the past. The attackers reportedly shouted “God is great” in Arabic. In 2016 and again last year, jihadists attacked civilian sites that were popular with Westerners, killing a total of 49 people. (New York Times, Mar. 2, 2018)


RUSSIAN CARGO PLANE CRASHES IN SYRIA, KILLING 39 (Damascus) — A Russian military transport plane crashed in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 39 people aboard, an incident that sharply raises the death toll from the Kremlin's Syria operation. Russia’s Defence Ministry was cited as saying that the plane, a Soviet-designed An-26, crashed at a Russian airbase in Latakia Province and that the crash may have been caused by a technical fault. Russian state TV said the aircraft had not been brought down by enemy fire. According to a Reuters, before Tuesday's crash 44 Russian service personnel have died in Syria since the operation started in September 2015. (CBC, Mar. 6, 2018)


EGYPT'S CYBER-OPS AGAINST I.S. JAMS ISRAELI CELLULAR NETWORKS (Cairo) — The Egyptian campaign against I.S. in Sinai is jamming Israeli cellular networks. The Israeli military said that the cellular blackouts that have affected Israel's south in recent weeks are caused by electronic warfare waged by the Egyptian military in its campaign against I.S. As part of the campaign, the Egyptian air force uses specialized intelligence planes that take off from Cairo and fly for hours and around the clock near Israel's Sinai border. These planes carry out ISR operations (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) and operate advanced electronic systems. (Ha’aretz, Mar. 7, 2018)


CONGRESSMEN ASK JUSTICE DEP'T TO WEIGH AL JAZEERA AS FOREIGN AGENT (Washington) — A bipartisan group of US congressmen has asked the Justice Department to examine whether Al Jazeera, a media organization based in Doha, operates as a foreign agent for Qatar in the U.S. The letter notes that the State Department has “indicated” Al Jazeera “is state-controlled,” and that it often features “favorable coverage of US State Department-designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, including Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria.”  The letter references reports that Al Jazeera directed agents to pose as volunteers for US-based Jewish and Israel advocacy organizations in order to spy on their activities. (Jerusalem Post, Mar. 6, 2018)


TOP POLISH EDUCATOR BLAMES JEWS FOR COMMUNIST ATROCITIES (Warsaw) — A leading Polish educator engaged in a Facebook rant about alleged Jewish responsibility for Soviet atrocities against Polish citizens, amid deepening anger in Poland over international objections to new legislation that criminalizes public discussion of collusion between Poles and the Nazis during World War II. “Young Jews should finally understand where the unhealed wounds of the Poles are!” wrote Ryszard Nowak – the director of the highly-regarded Lyceum XII public high school in the city of Krakow. Claiming that Jews dominated the court system in communist Poland after “your Holocaust,” Nowak named several communist officials as responsible for the 1953 execution of Polish General Emil August Fieldorf by the Soviet NKVD secret police, highlighting their Jewish origins. (Algemeiner, Mar. 5, 2018)


POLISH GROUP SUING WEBSITE FOR VIOLATING HOLOCAUST LAW (Warsaw) — The Polish Anti-Defamation League (RDI) is suing an Argentinian website over an article about the Jedwabne massacre, which the RDI claims included a picture of a group of partisans who fought against the Soviet-supported Polish government and died in 1950. The Jedwabne pogrom was committed by at least 40 Poles in 1941, and resulted in the murder of at least 340 Polish Jews, who were locked in a barn and set on fire. The RDI insists that the website’s connecting the pogrom with communist-era independence fighters is “manipulation” and “against the Polish nation and the good name of Polish soldiers.” RDI accused the website of an attempt to “confirm Polish anti-Semitism to its readers” and, while at it, demonstrated “huge ignorance about history, for which it should officially apologize to all Poles.” (Jewish Press, Mar. 3, 2018)


ARGENTINA EX-LEADER ON TRIAL FOR ALLEGED COVER-UP IN BOMBING (Buenos Aires) — Former President Cristina Fernandez will face trial on charges she covered up the role of Iranians in a 1994 terrorist bombing at a Jewish center in Argentina's capital. Eleven other former officials and people close to Fernandez will also be tried on charges of cover-up and abuse of power. Fernandez, who was president in 2007-2015, denies any wrongdoing or involvement in any cover-up involving Argentina's worst terror attack. The 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association center in Buenos Aires killed 85 people and wounded hundreds. Iran denies any involvement. (ABC News, Mar. 5, 2018)


ANTI-MIGRANT LEADER CLAIMS VICTORY IN ITALIAN ELECTION (Rome) — Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s anti-migrant, euroskeptic League party, says the center-right coalition has won “the right and the duty to govern” Italy. Salvini said Monday the result indicates a center-right coalition will lead the next government and that his party would lead the center-right, after eclipsing coalition partner Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia in the vote. The League jumped from 4 percent of the vote five years ago to nearly 18 percent in Sunday’s vote, ahead of Forza Italia, which had nearly 14 percent. Salvini also indicated he was not interested in what he called “strange coalitions,” such as having the League join in a government with the populist 5-Star Movement. (New York Post, Mar. 5, 2018)


U OF W HELD ANTISEMITIC EVENT (Winnipeg) — B’nai Brith Canada lashed out at the University of Winnipeg for what they called the university’s support for a “one-sided, anti-Israel event” held at the U of W during Purim. The event was sponsored by several local groups holding anti-Israel positions, including the Canadian Arab Association of Manitoba and the Mennonite Central Committee. B’nai Brith took issue with several of the panelists at the event, including Fadi Ennab and Idris Elbakri, two local Palestinian figures. In November, the U of W suspended a weekly radio show  on its campus radio station, after a guest on the program promoted antisemitic conspiracy theories. (Winnipeg Sun, Mar. 2, 2018)


AIR INDIA SIGNS DEAL TO FLY OVER SAUDI ARABIA TO TEL AVIV (Mumbai) — Air India has received authorization from Saudi Arabia to fly over the country on its way to and from Tel Aviv. The direct flight between Tel Aviv and Mumbai will take about five and a half hours. The competition from Air India is likely to bite into El Al’s profits unless Saudi Arabia is willing to extend the same privilege to the Israeli carrier as well. Up to this point, the Israeli national carrier, El Al has been the only airline flying the direct route; however, because airlines flying to and from Israel have until now been barred from Saudi airspace, the flight has taken an extra two hours. (Jewish Press, Mar. 6, 2018)


CONFERENCE: REFORMING UNRWA (Tel Aviv) — The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and the Middle East Forum are presenting an international conference: Reforming UNRWA, Sunday, March 18, 2018. Location: Senate Hall, Feldman Conference Center (Building 301), Bar-Ilan University. Conference participants include: Dr. Alex Joffe and Dr. Asaf Romirowsky (CIJR and Middle East Forum), Prof. Efraim Karsh (BESA), Dr. Einat Wilf, former Knesset Member, Dr. Arnon Groisse, independent researcher, Yossi Melman (Maariv), Dr. Daniel Pipes (Middle East Forum), Maj. Gen. (res.) Eitan Dangot (BESA). (BESA, Mar. 5, 2018)


On Topic Links


Full Transcript: PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at Joint Briefing with President Donald Trump (Video): Hana Levi Julian, Jewish Press, Mar. 6, 2018 — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the joint statement with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday, March 5 2018.

Farrakhan’s Fellow Travelers: Editorial, Jerusalem Post, Mar. 4, 2018—Louis Farrakhan, the 84-year-old leader of the black separatist movement, the Nation of Islam, has certainly lost a lot of the relevance he once possessed in the 1980s. But he hasn’t dropped any of the antisemitic tropes for which he became famous.

In Italy Election, Anti-E.U. Views Pay Off for Far Right and Populists: Jason Horowitz, New York Times, March 4, 2018—Italians registered their dismay with the European political establishment on Sunday, handing a majority of votes in a national election to hard-right and populist forces that ran a campaign fueled by anti-immigrant anger.

More Turkish Jews Seek New Life in Israel: Sibel Ekin, Ahval, Mar. 3, 2018 —One Sunday evening, I learned that my Jewish friend, Izak, had left Istanbul to settle in Israel. So I messaged him on his anonymous social media account. He immediately asked me to delete the message, which included his name, and contacted me through another account, explaining that he had been receiving threats for his posts on Jewish issues, and that it could be dangerous for him if hackers found a way into his account and learned his name.


Prof. Frederick Krantz, Director Prof. Frederick Krantz, Director (Canadian Institute for Jewish Research)

Prof. Harold Waller Prof. Harold Waller (McGill University)

Prof. Ira Robinson, Associate Chairman Prof. Ira Robinson, Associate Chairman (Department of Religion, Concordia University)

Baruch Cohen, Research Chairman Baruch Cohen, Research Chairman (Canadian Institute for Jewish Research)

Rob Coles (Canadian Institute for Jewish Research) Rob Coles (Canadian Institute for Jewish Research)

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