Canadian Institute for Jewish Research
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Strength of Israel will not lie

Month: April 2015

CIJR GALA-CONFERENCE 2015! CELEBRATE WITH US CIJR’S 27 YEARS OF DEDICATED & EFFECTIVE PRO-ISRAEL ADVOCACY

We welcome your comments to this and any other CIJR publication. Please address your response to:  Rob Coles, Publications Chairman, Canadian Institute for Jewish Research, PO Box 175, Station  H, Montreal QC H3G 2K7 

 

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APRIL 29TH “ISRAEL’S MIRACLE” CONFERENCE-GALA  PICKS UP STEAM IN FINAL DAYS!! —(Montreal) —The Canadian Institute for Jewish Research’s unique “Israel’s High-Tech Miracle & Canada: Innovation for Humanity” Gala-Conference boasts several dynamic new dimensions making it the “must” event of the season!

 

AT THE UNIQUE DAY-LONG CONFERENCE: Israel’s distinguished Space Agency Director, Isaac Ben-Israel, will kick off the proceedings as A.M. Keynoter, and Rafael Barak, Israel’s Ambassador to Canada, will be our lunch Keynoter. All aspects of high-tech research and applications, from nanotechnology and water to advanced IT and agricultural initiatives, from start-up capital ventures and economic opportunities to the latest military and security innovations, will be illuminated by outstanding specialists and practitioners in panels, round-tables, and exhibits.

 

AT THE EVENING GALA DINNER:  the Mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, will kick things off with a cameo appearance, our distinguished Keynote speaker will be the Hon. Ed Fast, Federal Minister of International Trade. Several superb videos will illuminate Israel’s high-tech achievement; CIJR’s founder and President for 27 years, Prof. Frederick Krantz, will be honored, and “Theodor Herzl” will cap off the dynamic evening with a brilliant review of modern Israel’s development and achievements.

 

FOR REGISTRATION and INFORMATION, go to http://www.israconf.com or call 1-855-303-5544/514-486-5544 or e-mail yunna@isranet.org.

 

The Story of CIJR: Prof. Frederick Krantz, CIJR, Apr. 28, 2015 — The story of CIJR’s rise to international recognition as Canada’s leading pro-Israel academic research center began in 1987-88 with a small, predominantly (but not exclusively) academic group.

Message From the National Board Chairman: Jack Kincler, CIJR, Apr. 28, 2015 — I would like to begin my letter this year by saluting our very special 2015 CIJR 27th Anniversary Gala Honoree, our indefatigable and dedicated founder, Director and President for 27 years running, Prof. Frederick Krantz.

CIJR Celebrates 27 Years!: Baruch Cohen, CIJR, Apr. 28, 2015 — I am proud and profoundly happy to add a few words about my very modest contribution to this great Jewish organization , as it celebrates its 27th anniversary.

"Emergency" Colloquium on Gaza War; Experts Speak Out: Doris Strub Epstein, Shalom Toronto, Aug. 13, 2015— Hama's best weapon in it's war to destroy Israel, is not rockets or tunnels.

 

On Topic Links

 

At 95, Baruch Cohen Still a CIJR Stalwart: Janice Arnold, Canadian Jewish News, Nov. 6, 2014

Seminar Highly Critical of Iran Deal: David Lazarus, Canadian Jewish News, Nov. 28, 2013

The “Other” Israel: Charles Bybelezer, CIJR, Apr. 15, 2015

Ryan Bellerose at CIJR (Video): Youtube, Mar. 21, 2015

         

                                                

THE STORY OF CIJR                                                                                                         

Prof. Frederick Krantz                                                                                                                          

CIJR, Apr. 28, 2015

 

The story of CIJR’s rise to international recognition as Canada’s leading pro-Israel academic research center began in 1987-88 with a small, predominantly (but not exclusively) academic group. We responded spontaneously to the first 1987-88 intifada, and its negative reflection in the media. Indeed, two of our current most important publications, the quarterly Israfax print magazine and our students’ journal, Dateline: Middle East, were born at the same time, 1989, and have been published in an unbroken series ever since.

 

This group, meeting initially in my living room, reacted to a becalmed organized community, in a state of shock over, and at a loss at how to respond to, the sudden, negative reversal of media Israel imagery. We began writing letters and articles, and speaking at community groups and synagogues.

 

The internationally-popular Isranet Daily Briefing email journal, our key current publication (now at Vol.XI, No.3,530 and reaching over 30,000 recipients daily), awaited the invention of the Internet (and our mastery of the computer). Today it is paralleled by the French-language weekly e-mail Communiqué Isranet, by our website’s Israzine monthly, and by an active Facebook and Twitter social media outreach.

 

When, given the unexpectedly enthusiastic community response, we sought the use of an office and copy-machine (computers were just emerging), not a single Jewish organization responded positively. We had begun receiving contributions, couldn’t receive the monies personally, and so had to decide: disband or incorporate. Choosing the latter, we secured in 1988 a legal charter as a non-profit Canadian educational endowment.

 

Over time, more academics and laymen joined in CIJR’s work, our International Board grew, and in the late 1990s, we established an active Toronto chapter. Several years ago we forged affiliations with Daniel Pipes’ Middle East Forum, in Philadelphia, and with the prestigious Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in Israel, and we will soon be setting up Calgary and Vancouver chapters. Finally, CIJR’s independent sister institution, the American Institute for Jewish Research, head-office in Washington, D.C. received IRS approval in late 2014.

 

Still, for several years, before we located in a one-room office (lent by the Canadian Zionist Federation), CIJR remained in my Hampstead basement. And then it was another few years until—under the guidance of a wonderful community leader who identified with us, Clara Balinsky, z”l—we formed a supporting Board of Directors.

 

CIJR’s survival and broad development have not been easy. We had to make our own way, and find our own supporters and funding. We could not have succeeded without the many good people who became academic Fellows, joined our Boards, or proved stalwart and reliable funders and supporters.

 

Our earliest academic supporters included Professors Hal Waller, Julien Bauer, Ira Robinson, Brian Smith, and Emil Fackenheim, z”l. Baruch Cohen (still at his desk at 95) was one of the first laymen to come aboard. Early supporters, who would later become Board stalwarts, included Richard Golick z”l, Ed Winant z”l, and Charles Lazarus (our first Board chairman), followed by the late Irwin Beutel (our beloved and long-term second Board Chairman), Gisela Tamler z”l, Jack and Maureen, and Frieda, Dym, Evie Bloomfield Schachter, Thomas Hecht, Milton and Joyce Shier (in Toronto), Lillian and Bryant Shiller, Gerald N.E. Charness z”l, Joyce and Meyer Deitcher, Emil and Lucia Kroo, Aaron Remer, Louise Roskies Goldstein and Gustava Weiner.

 

Today, as we celebrate CIJR’s 27th anniversary and, finally, begin building a much-needed Endowment, I want to recognize the key work over the years of our wonderful Research Chairman, Baruch Cohen, and the tireless efforts of our current, brilliant Chairman, my good friend Jack Kincler, to whom we largely owe this year’s superb “Israeli High-Tech Miracle” Conference.

 

It has been my privilege to work for twenty-seven years with a truly remarkable group of academics and lay volunteers in building CIJR into Canada’s unique pro-Israel academic think-tank, a dedicated and resourceful organization speaking directly to the public, Jewish and non-Jewish, while working closely with students, on- and off-campus.

 

I want too to thank all the wonderful women and men of our current Academic Council and National Board: without you—people like, inter alia, Machla Abramowitz, Professor David Bensoussan, Sabina Citron, (Jerusalem), Gail Asper (Winnipeg) Herbert Feifer, and Barbara Kay; and Prof. Sally Zerker, David Sherman and Alan Herman (all in our Toronto Chapter), and many others—we could neither have built, nor maintained, our proud, respected activist institution (see Program Book endorsements!) without them.

 

The founder of Zionism, Thedor Herzl, famously said, “If you will it, it will be”. After 27 years, CIJR today plays, and in the future will continue to play—through its unique publications, conferences, and work with students—a key part in defending Israel and the Jewish People. It is only by ensuring Jewish- and Zionist consciousness and continuity, that there can be meaningful Israel advocacy.

 

                                    Prof. Frederick Krantz, President and Director of CIJR,

                                    is Editor of the Isranet Daily Briefing and Israfax

 

                                                                       

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MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL BOARD CHAIRMAN                                                                

Jack Kincler                                                                                                                  

CIJR, Apr. 28, 2015

 

Dear friends and supporters, I would like to begin my letter this year by saluting our very special 2015 CIJR 27th Anniversary Gala Honoree, our indefatigable and dedicated founder, Director and President for 27 years running, Prof. Frederick Krantz. A recognition long overdue and well deserved. Prof. Krantz has been the driving force and the “dynamo” behind the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR) from day one of its founding 27 years ago. The long hours of hard work and total devotion to the cause of educating and informing the outside world and students about Israel and the Jewish people, even as he was a full-time professor of history at Concordia U., is a trademark of “Prof. K.”, or Fred, as we call him. A true defender of the Jewish people and Israel with his boundless energy and knowledge. Whoever has been privileged to get to know Fred a bit closer is guaranteed to benefit from his inspiring brilliance and store of information on almost every topic.

 

Fred, being a full-time History Professor in Concordia U. and the founder there of the innovative and renowned Liberal Arts College, could not have built CIJR without the solid help and support of Lenore (also Professor Krantz), his beloved wife—whom we’ll also be honoring this year for all the work and long hours she has dedicated over the years to CIJR. The world is a better place with people such as Fred and Lenore. We wish both Professors K. many more years of good health, many joyous family occasions, and continuing indispensable contributions to CIJR.

 

Besides the fundraising annual evening Gala dinner, we added this year, on the same day, 29 April 2015, a major International Conference which took many months and a great deal of effort to put together. Entitled “Israel’s High-Tech Miracle and Canada: Innovation for Humanity”, and held at the Gelber Conference Center in Montreal, it will have transpired, and we are sure have been a great success, by the time you read this. (You can still consult the special web site set up for the conference located at www.israconf.com.) This event was meant to provide an insight into Israel’s vibrant economic landscape and its amazing innovative and creative technological activity, which benefits all of humanity. In a world that is hungry for some good news, Israel is a remarkable success story, one told by the High-Tech Miracle conference.

 

The Keynote speeches and panel discussions included topics on: Defense and Security, Pharmaceutical and Medical Research, Investment Opportunities, How to Establish Subsidiaries in Israel, Opportunities for Joint Academic Research and Cooperation, and more. This demonstration of Israel’s remarkable creativity was a deliberate effort to provide a true counter-narrative to the toxic BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) and IAW (Israel Apartheid Week) hate propaganda intensifying on campuses and elsewhere. Our answer to our enemies and detractors is to show all the good things that Israel does for the benefit of humankind.

The Conference had an impressive roaster of speakers from Israel and Canada. Among others, the opening plenary Keynote speaker was Prof. Itzhak Ben Israel, Chairman of the Israel Space Agency and of the National Council for R&D in the Ministry of Science. Rafael Barak, the Israeli Ambassador to Canada, delivered the lunch Keynote…

 

All this could not have happened without the generosity of our sponsors and donors. Every bit of needed financial assistance we receive is deeply appreciated. And this year Sponsors also enabled student or young community activists from across the country to attend the Conference and Gala. These young people, who have the potential of becoming soldiers in the battle against toxic anti-Israel and anti-Jewish propaganda, will become pro-active in combatting the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) and IAW (Israel Apartheid Week) campaigns. They will receive materials from our publications and informational Database, and are eligible to participate in periodic CIJR training sessions and follow-up.

 

Our dedicated Montreal office colleagues—Rob Coles, Langdon Conway, Melina Ghio and Yunna Shapira—always looking to improve methods and processes, have done a great job. Our wonderful Research Chairman, Baruch Cohen, now 95 and, like Prof. K and myself, an unpaid full-time volunteer, deserves a special yasher koach! And a heartfelt Thank you is due all our volunteers in Montreal and Toronto for your help and dedication! And thanks too to our wonderful and generous Board and Academic Council members, and to our friends, donors, and supporters across Canada, the U.S., Israel and the world. My best personal wishes to you and yours, and may there be peace in Israel and around the world.

 

Jack Kincler is CIJR’s National Board Chairman

                                                                       

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CIJR CELEBRATES 27 YEARS!                                                                                                                          

Baruch Cohen                                                                                           

CIJR, Apr. 28, 2015

 

 

I am proud and profoundly happy to add a few words about my very modest contribution to this great Jewish organization , as it celebrates its 27th anniversary. CIJR is Professor Fred Krantz’ creation. We feel it as we read its print and on-line publications—we know that every line and every page carries the imprint of Prof. Krantz’s unique “flair”.

 

I was there at the beginning. Across 27 years of daily studying, learning and working with Prof. Krantz, it gives me great pleasure to have reached this Gala celebration of his steady stewardship. CIJR, under Prof. Krantz’s direction, is well-known and respected internationally. Its publications, seminars, conferences and work with students express full support for the State of Israel and the idea of Zionism, and are suffused with a true Yiddishkeit.

 

I wish Prof. Krantz—Fred—, and my friend Jack Kincler, Chairman, National Board, good health and continued success at the helm of this unique Jewish organization. It has been, and continues to be, a great honour for me to learn from, and to contribute to, our joint work. Thank you, and all the wonderful members of CIJR’s Aademic Council and Boards, deeply, and from my heart!

                       

(Baruch Cohen, CIJR’s outstanding Research Chairman for 27 years,                                                               

is also a member of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center)

                                                           

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"EMERGENCY" COLLOQUIUM ON GAZA WAR; EXPERTS SPEAK OUT                                                     

Doris Strub Epstein                                                                                              

Shalom Toronto, Aug. 13, 2014

 

Hama's best weapon in it's war to destroy Israel, is not rockets or tunnels. It was the pictures of dead civilians, especially children, allegedly targeted by Israel. The truth has been obscured by Palestinian propaganda, allegations of Israeli genocide, moral equivalency reportage. In a colloquium organized by the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research, CIJR, to combat the Palestinian propaganda that resulted in Orwellian media bias against Israel, a stellar group of academics gathered Sunday morning at the Lodzer Shul for a colloquium titled, Israel, Hamas and the Third Gazan War.

Professor Aurel Braun pointed out Hamas's successful use of propaganda and control of the media was so coercive, there was no objective reporting. A "pornography of war" he called it. Casualty numbers were inflated and most of them were men of military age. Gaza was an "open air prison", they said. No mention was made of the shopping malls, hotels. luxury homes, hospitals – the over 600 millionaires with their air conditioned bunkers. "If Israel would have targeted civilians the war would have been over in hours," he said. Nor was it reported that Israel provides medical care and food, sending technicians into life threatening situations so that Gazans can continue to have free electricity.

"Cycle of violence", "the ceasefire broke down" – the moral equivalence expressed in reporting the Hamas war is widespread in most publications. including the New York Times. "You can't tell the difference between the fireman and the arsonist," he told the audience. Their propaganda made Israel a Goliath and Palestinians a David in the eyes of the world. "Since when did Israel become Goliath," Prof. Braun retorts, "surrounded by 400 million Arab enemies with untold wealth."

Professor Sally Zerker explains why when given Gaza in 2005, Hamas squandered an opportunity to have a flourishing country and chose instead to create a terrorist infrastructure with goal of killing as many Jews as possible. "The manifestation of genocidal anti-Semitism" Irwin Cotler called it, as expressed in their Charter. Money goes into the leaders' pockets and into building armament arsenals, not into building the economy, she said. "A number of Hamas leaders became extremely wealthy; UNWRA money, donations, taking 20 percent of all goods sold." Unemployment stood at 40 percent; 38 percent lived in poverty.

Their honour as Arab Muslims are shamed by the success of the Jews, dhimmis – inferior even to Christians, who won the 1948 war against Muslims and have a flourishing State on "Muslim" land. "This is impossible for the Arab mentality to accept. The war against the Jews can never end until there is Arab victory." The honour/shame analysis explains why they would sooner die than make peace. "Given their ideology, a continuing war till the Jews are defeated, they are not mad," she said, "they are in the grip of a mad ideology that perpetuates the misery within."

"But it is not Hamas that is the existential threat looming over Israel, it's Iran," said highly regarded journalist Lawrence Solomon. "Netanyahu looks at everything through the prism of Iran and it could happen later this year." He is reluctant to retake the 5000 tunnels – Solomon calls the tunnels Israel's "blind spot" -endanger soldiers – an undertaking that could take years.

He sees the tide turning with public opinion more with Israel as more and more evidence of Hamas's ruthless aggression and brutal treatment of its own people is revealed. One hundred and sixty children died while working on the tunnels. Scores of diggers were killed in recent weeks out of fear they would talk to Israeli security forces. For the first time the moderate Arab world is on its side against Hamas, also to counter Iran.

Both Zerker and Braun decried the lack of leadership from the Jewish community, especially CIJA with its "sha shtil aproach" which doesn't work says Braun. "It's all about exercising our rights as citizens. Israel Apartheid week, which is on 150 campuses now is hate mongering. There is a limit to free speech." "Sha shtill comes from CIJA," declared Zerker. "It's supposed to represent us ,it represents nobody. It's a small group that were never even voted in."

Professor Renan Levine attested to the fallout Jewish students felt from the anti-Israel invective on campuses especially leaving the cocoon of Bathurst St. "Cowardice in leadership," said Prof. Braun. IAW goes unopposed. Even lecturers at the Faculty of Medicine under the guise of health, bash Israel. He was outraged to see a picture in the U of T newspaper during Pink Hijab week, of the President of Hillel posing in a pink hijab. "I don't see them much on campus and when they are they are not effective."

CIJR is an Israel and Middle East focused academic research centre, whose Academic Councils include professors from Canada, the U.S. and Israel. In the coming year they will be presenting Israel Learning Seminars for Torontonians. The seminars aim to counter the delegitimization of Israel and the rising tide of anti-Semitism.

 

No Daily Briefing Will be Published on Wednesday.

Please Join us at the Gelber Centre in Montreal for CIJR’s International Conference and 27th Anniversary Gala. For more information and to register: http://www.israconf.com/ —Ed.

 

 

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On Topic

 

At 95, Baruch Cohen Still a CIJR Stalwart: Janice Arnold, Canadian Jewish News, Nov. 6, 2014—At 95, Baruch Cohen still comes in almost every day to the downtown office of the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR) and puts in several hours poring over the latest news and opinions on the Middle East and the Jewish world.

Seminar Highly Critical of Iran Deal: David Lazarus, Canadian Jewish News, Nov. 28, 2013 — The United States clearly betrayed Israel in Geneva in signing on to the interim “P5+1” deal with Iran, a country that remains intent on producing nuclear weapons.

The “Other” Israel: Charles Bybelezer, CIJR, Apr. 15, 2015 — In some ways, Israel is indeed what many have been conditioned to see: A conflict zone.

Ryan Bellerose at CIJR (Video): Youtube, Mar. 21, 2015 — Ryan Bellerose discusses the parallels between the indigenous struggles in North America and Israel.

 

 

 

                                                                    

               

 

 

 

                      

                

                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baruch Cohen: CIJR Celebrates 27 Years!

 

 

 

 

I am proud and profoundly happy to add a few words about my very modest contribution to this great Jewish organization , as it celebrates its 27th anniversary. CIJR is Professor Fred Krantz’ creation. We feel it as we read its print and on-line publications—we know that every line and every page carries the imprint of Prof. Krantz’s unique “flair”.

I was there at the beginning. Across 27 years of daily studying, learning and working with Prof. Krantz, it gives me great pleasure to have reached this Gala celebration of his steady stewardship. CIJR, under Prof. Krantz’s direction, is well-known and respected internationally. Its publications, seminars, conferences and work with students express full support for the State of Israel and the idea of Zionism, and are suffused with a true Yiddishkeit.

I wish Prof. Krantz—Fred—, and my friend Jack Kincler, Chairman, National Board, good health and continued success at the helm of this unique Jewish organization. It has been, and continues to be, a great honour for me to learn from, and to contribute to, our joint work. Thank you, and all the wonderful members of CIJR’s Aademic Council and Boards, deeply, and from my heart!

(Baruch Cohen, CIJR’s outstanding Research Chairman for 27 years, is also a member of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center)

Jack Kincler: Message from the National Board Chairman

 

 

 

Dear friends and supporters,

I would like to begin my letter this year by saluting our very special 2015 CIJR 27th Anniversary Gala Honoree, our indefatigable and dedicated founder, Director and President for 27 years running, Prof. Frederick Krantz. A recognition long overdue and well deserved. Prof. Krantz has been the driving force and the “dynamo” behind the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR) from day one of its founding 27 years ago. The long hours of hard work and total devotion to the cause of educating and informing the outside world and students about Israel and the Jewish people, even as he was a full-time professor of history at Concordia U., is a trademark of “Prof. K.”, or Fred, as we call him. A true defender of the Jewish people and Israel with his boundless energy and knowledge. Whoever has been privileged to get to know Fred a bit closer is guaranteed to benefit from his inspiring brilliance and store of information on almost every topic.

Fred, being a full-time History Professor in Concordia U. and the founder there of the innovative and renowned Liberal Arts College, could not have built CIJR without the solid help and support of Lenore (also Professor Krantz), his beloved wife—whom we’ll also be honoring this year for all the work and long hours she has dedicated over the years to CIJR. The world is a better place with people such as Fred and Lenore. We wish both Professors K. many more years of good health, many joyous family occasions, and continuing indispensable contributions to CIJR.

Besides the fundraising annual evening Gala dinner, we added this year, on the same day, 29 April 2015, a major International Conference which took many months and a great deal of effort to put together. Entitled “Israel’s High-Tech Miracle and Canada: Innovation for Humanity”, and held at the Gelber Conference Center in Montreal, it will have transpired, and we are sure have been a great success, by the time you read this. (You can still consult the special web site set up for the conference located at www.israconf.com.) This event was meant to provide an insight into Israel’s vibrant economic landscape and its amazing innovative and creative technological activity, which benefits all of humanity. In a world that is hungry for some good news, Israel is a remarkable success story, one told by the High-Tech Miracle conference.

The Keynote speeches and panel discussions included topics on: Defense and Security, Pharmaceutical and Medical Research, Investment Opportunities, How to Establish Subsidiaries in Israel, Opportunities for Joint Academic Research and Cooperation, and more. This demonstration of Israel’s remarkable creativity was a deliberate effort to provide a true counter-narrative to the toxic BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) and IAW (Israel Apartheid Week) hate propaganda intensifying on campuses and elsewhere. Our answer to our enemies and detractors is to show all the good things that Israel does for the benefit of humankind.

The Conference had an impressive roaster of speakers from Israel and Canada. Among others, the opening plenary Keynote speaker was Prof. Itzhak Ben Israel, Chairman of the Israel Space Agency and of the National Council for R&D in the Ministry of Science. Rafael Barak, the Israeli Ambassador to Canada, delivered the lunch Keynote…

All this could not have happened without the generosity of our sponsors and donors. Every bit of needed financial assistance we receive is deeply appreciated. And this year Sponsors also enabled student or young community activists from across the country to attend the Conference and Gala. These young people, who have the potential of becoming soldiers in the battle against toxic anti-Israel and anti-Jewish propaganda, will become pro-active in combatting the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) and IAW (Israel Apartheid Week) campaigns. They will receive materials from our publications and informational Database, and are eligible to participate in periodic CIJR training sessions and follow-up.

Our dedicated Montreal office colleagues—Rob Coles, Langdon Conway, Melina Ghio and Yunna Shapira—always looking to improve methods and processes, have done a great job. Our wonderful Research Chairman, Baruch Cohen, now 95 and, like Prof. K and myself, an unpaid full-time volunteer, deserves a special yasher koach! And a heartfelt Thank you is due all our volunteers in Montreal and Toronto for your help and dedication! And thanks too to our wonderful and generous Board and Academic Council members, and to our friends, donors, and supporters across Canada, the U.S., Israel and the world.

My best personal wishes to you and yours, and may there be peace in Israel and around the world.

Jack Kincler
National Board Chairman

Frederick Krantz: The Story of CIJR

 

 

 

 

 

The story of CIJR’s rise to international recognition as Canada’s leading pro-Israel academic research center began in 1987-88 with a small, predominantly (but not exclusively) academic group. We responded spontaneously to the first 1987-88 intifada, and its negative reflection in the media.  

            Indeed, two of our current most important publications, the quarterly Israfax print magazine and our students’ journal, Dateline: Middle East, were born at the same time, 1989, and have been published in an unbroken series ever since.

            This group, meeting initially in my living room, reacted to a becalmed organized community, in a state of shock over, and at a loss at how to respond to, the sudden, negative reversal of media Israel imagery. We began writing letters and articles, and speaking at community groups and synagogues.

            The internationally-popular Isranet Daily Briefing email journal, our key current publication (now at Vol.XI, No.3,530 and reaching over 30,000 recipients daily), awaited the invention of the Internet (and our mastery of the computer). Today it is paralleled by the French-language weekly e-mail Communiqué Isranet, by our website’s Israzine monthly, and by an active Facebook and Twitter social media outreach.

            When, given the unexpectedly enthusiastic community response, we sought the use of an office and copy-machine (computers were just emerging), not a single Jewish organization responded positively. We had begun receiving contributions, couldn’t receive the monies personally, and so had to decide: disband or incorporate. Choosing the latter, we secured in 1988 a legal charter as a non-profit Canadian educational endowment.

            Over time, more academics and laymen joined in CIJR’s work, our International Board grew, and in the late 1990s, we established an active Toronto chapter. Several years ago we forged affiliations with Daniel Pipes’ Middle East Forum, in Philadelphia, and with the prestigious Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in Israel, and we will soon be setting up Calgary and Vancouver chapters. Finally, CIJR’s independent sister institution, the American Institute for Jewish Research, head-office in Washington, D.C. received IRS approval in late 2014.

            Still, for several years, before we located in a one-room office (lent by the Canadian Zionist Federation), CIJR remained in my Hampstead basement. And then it was another few years until—under the guidance of a wonderful community leader who identified with us, Clara Balinsky, z”l—we formed a supporting Board of Directors.

            CIJR’s survival and broad development have not been easy. We had to make our own way, and find our own supporters and funding. We could not have succeeded without the many good people who became academic Fellows, joined our Boards, or proved stalwart and reliable funders and supporters.

            Our earliest academic supporters included Professors Hal Waller, Julien Bauer, Ira Robinson, Brian Smith, and Emil Fackenheim, z”l. Baruch Cohen (still at his desk at 95) was one of the first laymen to come aboard. Early supporters, who would later become Board stalwarts, included Richard Golick z”l, Ed Winant z”l, and Charles Lazarus (our first Board chairman), followed by the late Irwin Beutel (our beloved and long-term

second Board Chairman), Gisela Tamler z”l, Jack and Maureen, and Frieda, Dym, Evie Bloomfield Schachter,

Thomas Hecht, Milton and Joyce Shier (in Toronto), Gerald N.E. Charness z”l, Joyce and Meyer Deitcher, Emil and Lucia Kroo, Aaron Remer, Louise Roskies Goldstein and Gustava Weiner.

            Today, as we celebrate CIJR’s 27th anniversary and, finally, begin building a much-needed Endowment, I want to recognize the key work over the years of our wonderful Research Chairman, Baruch Cohen, and the tireless efforts of our current, brilliant Chairman, my good friend Jack Kincler, to whom we largely owe this year’s superb “Israeli High-Tech Miracle” Conference.

            It has been my privilege to work for twenty-seven years with a truly remarkable group of academics and lay volunteers in building CIJR into Canada’s unique pro-Israel academic think-tank, speaking directly to the public, Jewish and non-Jewish, while working closely with students, on- and off-campus.

            I want too to thank all the wonderful women and men of our current Academic Council and National Board: without you—people like, inter alia, Machla Abramowitz, Professor David Bensoussan, Sabina Citron, (Jerusalem), Gail Asper (Winnipeg) Herbert Feifer, and Barbara Kay; and Prof. Sally Zerker, David Sherman and Alan Herman (all in our Toronto Chapter), and many others—we could neither have built, nor maintained, our proud, respected activist institution (see Book endorsements!) without them.

            The founder of ZIonism, Thedor Herzl, famously said, “If you will it, it will be”. CIJR, today, after 27 years, and in the future, plays—through its unique publications, conferences, and work with students—a key part in defending Israel and the Jewish People, and in ensuring Jewish- and Zionist consciousness, without which there can be no meaningful Israel advocacy.

 

Sincerely,

Frederick Krantz

President and Director

Canadian Institute for Jewish Research

Manfred Gerstenfeld: GENOCIDE PROMOTERS, THE EXISTENTIAL THREATS TO ISRAEL AND THE FALSE-PARANOIA LOBBY

 

 

 

 

The framework of the recent agreement between the six major nations and Iran regarding its nuclear program has led Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to say that this agreement could endangers Israel’s existence, once it is completed.[1] One rarely finds other nations’ leaders claiming that there is a possibility that their country may not survive. Some commentators thus claim that Israel is acting paranoid.[2]

 

This fear of its future destruction, however, is far from being a fallacious Israeli claim. Palestinian and other Arab leaders have a lengthy record of promoting and announcing the genocide of the Jews in Israel and in British Mandatory Palestine. For many years, the leader of the Palestinian so-called “moderates” was Jerusalem mayor Ragheb bey al-Nashashibi. After the 1929 riots, the non-Jewish French writer Albert Londres asked the mayor why the Arabs had murdered the pious old Jews in Hebron and Safed, with whom they had no quarrel. The mayor answered, “In a way you behave like in a war. You don’t kill what you want. You kill what you find. Next time, they will all be killed, young and old.” Later on, Londres spoke to the mayor again and tested him by saying ironically, “You cannot kill all the Jews. There are 150,000 of them.” Nashashibi answered “in a soft voice, ‘Oh no, it’ll take two days.[3]’” The hard-line Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al Husseini, during the Second World War, developed plans for a Palestinian Auschwitz-like crematorium to kill Jews near Nablus.[4]

 

Such statements and events reflect a much broader genocidal Arab mindset. Azzam Pasha, secretary of the Arab League, succinctly said during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, “This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.”[5]    

 

Nowadays, the Iranian leaders are prominent among those who proclaim a new Holocaust. Its first Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini said about Israel, "This regime that is occupying Quds must be eliminated from the pages of history."[6] The current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has said that, “Israel is a cancerous tumor which must be uprooted from the region.”[7]

 

Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a 2008 speech, “In the Middle East, they [the global powers] have created a black and filthy microbe called the Zionist regime, so they could use it to attack the peoples of the region, and by using this excuse, they want to advance their schemes for the Middle East.”[8]

 

In 2005, Ahmadinejad said, "We are in the process of an historical war between the World of Arrogance [i.e., the West] and the Islamic world," adding that, "a world without America and Zionism" is "attainable."[9]

 

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in 2002, "If one day…the world of Islam comes to possess the weapons currently in Israel's possession [meaning nuclear weapons] – on that day this method of global arrogance would come to a dead end. This…is because the use of a nuclear bomb in Israel will leave nothing on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam."[10]

 

Hamas has taken all this hatred further by promoting the extermination of all Jews in its charter.[11]

 

In October 2012, a video showed then-Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, answering “Amen” to an imam who made a genocidal prayer request: “Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters.”[12]

 

There are also many examples of such hatred emanating from the West. One incident occurred in 2009, when anti-Israeli demonstrators in Amsterdam shouted, “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas.” Two Dutch parliamentarians of the left-wing Socialist Party, who had participated in the demonstration, claimed that they had not heard these slogans. They did admit, however, that they had shouted, “Intifada, Intifada, Palestine must be free.[13]

 

Against such a background, which is but a small selection of the existential threats against Israel, it is not surprising that many Israelis have always seen Israel’s future as precarious. This reaction has been explicitly expressed by several of its leaders. Nahum Goldmann, who was the longstanding President of the World Jewish Congress, recounts in his biography how Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, said to him shortly before his seventieth birthday in 1955:

 

When you, Nahum, ask me whether I will live in a Jewish state and be buried in it, I rather believe that. How long can I live? Ten or twelve years – until then, there will certainly be a Jewish state. If you ask me whether my son Amos…will have the opportunity to die in a Jewish state and be buried there, I would say, at best, 50%.[14]

 

The late Amos Ben-Gurion, who died in 2008, was indeed buried in Israel.

The late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin told Israeli Ambassador Yehuda Avner, who was a close staff member, why he was in favor of the Oslo Accords. Rabin said that without some kind of peace, there was no way to guarantee Israel’s continued existence. Rabin also pointed out that Israel was the only country whose existence was still publicly debated.[15]

Current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has, for several years, expressed concern about the country’s survival. In 2011 he already said that “Iran is developing nuclear weapons and poses the greatest threat to our existence since the War of Independence. Iran’s terror wings surround us from the north and south.”[16]

 

Existential threats to Israel are an integral part of the ideology of important factions of Islam. Those who whitewash these threats and call the Israeli reactions “paranoid” are indirect allies and supporters of these genocide promoters.

 



[1] Peter Beaumont, “Israel will not accept Iran nuclear deal, says Binyamin Netanyahu,” The Guardian, 3 April 2015.

[2] Gidi Weitz, “Netanyahu is cheap, petty, paranoid – but coated in Teflon,” Haaretz, 18 February 2015.

[3] Albert Londres, Le Juif Errant Est Arrivé (Paris: Arléa, 1997), 209. [French]

[4] Manfred Gerstenfeld, interview with Nadav Shragai, “Libel: Israel Intends to Destroy the Al-Aksa Mosque,” Israel National News, 16 October 2013.

 

[5] Howard M. Sachar, A History of Israel (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979), 333.

[6] "Iranian President at Teheran Conference: 'Very Soon, This Stain of Disgrace [Israel] Will Be Purged from the Center of the Islamic World – and This is Attainable,'" Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) Special Dispatch Series, No. 1013, 28 October 2005.

[7]  Greg Tepper, “Israel is a cancerous tumor and Middle East’s biggest problem, Iranian supreme leader says,” Times of Israel, 19 August 2012.

[8] Joshua Teitelbaum, “What Iranian Leaders Really Say about Doing Away with Israel,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2008.

[9] "A World Without America," MEMRI Report, 2 November 2005.

[10] "Former Iranian President Rafsanjani on Using a Nuclear Bomb Against Israel," MEMRI Special Dispatch Series, No. 325, 3 January 2002.

[11] “Hamas Covenant 1988,” Yale Law School, 18 August 1988.

[12] Morsi answers amen to imam’s prayers for destruction of Jews,” JTA, 22 October 2012.

[13] Manfred Gerstenfeld, “Dutch Islamo-Nazism, Where Did It Come From?,” Israel National News, 18 September 2014.

[14] Nahum Goldmann, Mein Leben, USA, Europa, Israel (Frankfurt: Ullstein, 1984), 213. [German]

[15] Yehuda Yaetz, “Ish HaTzlalim,” Mishpacha, March 24, 2011. [Hebrew]

[16] James Hider, “Binyamin Netanyahu warns of Iranian nuclear threat,” The Times, February 21, 2011.

 

CIJR GALA-CONFERENCE 2015! MAJOR INVESTMENTS BY INTEL & TEVA ILLUSTRATE ISRAEL’S HIGH-TECH AND START-UP LEADERSHIP

We welcome your comments to this and any other CIJR publication. Please address your response to:  Rob Coles, Publications Chairman, Canadian Institute for Jewish Research, PO Box 175, Station  H, Montreal QC H3G 2K7 

 

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APRIL 29TH “ISRAEL’S MIRACLE” CONFERENCE-GALA  PICKS UP STEAM IN FINAL DAYS!! —(Montreal) —The Canadian Institute for Jewish Research’s unique “Israel’s High-Tech Miracle & Canada: Innovation for Humanity” Gala-Conference boasts several dynamic new dimensions making it the “must” event of the season!

 

AT THE UNIQUE DAY-LONG CONFERENCE: Israel’s distinguished Space Agency Director, Isaac Ben-Israel, will kick off the proceedings as A.M. Keynoter, and Rafael Barak, Israel’s Ambassador to Canada, will be our lunch Keynoter. All aspects of high-tech research and applications, from nanotechnology and water to advanced IT and agricultural initiatives, from start-up capital ventures and economic opportunities to the latest military and security innovations, will be illuminated by outstanding specialists and practitioners in panels, round-tables, and exhibits.

 

AT THE EVENING GALA DINNER:  the Mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, will kick things off with a cameo appearance, our distinguished Keynote speaker will be the Hon. Ed Fast, Federal Minister of International Trade. Several superb videos will illuminate Israel’s high-tech achievement; CIJR’s founder and President for 27 years, Prof. Frederick Krantz, will be honored, and “Theodor Herzl” will cap off the dynamic evening with a brilliant review of modern Israel’s development and achievements.

 

FOR REGISTRATION and INFORMATION, go to http://www.israconf.com or call 1-855-303-5544/514-486-5544 or e-mail yunna@isranet.org.

 

How Intel Came to be Israel’s Best Tech Friend: David Shamah, Times of Israel, Apr. 23, 2015 — For Intel, the country’s largest single tech employer, a strong relationship with Israel was always in the cards – or rather, in the chips.

Teva’s Deal for Mylan Shows Corporate Israel’s M&A Hunger: Nicholas Casey & Orr Hirschauge, Wall Street Journal, Apr. 21, 2015 — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. ’s $40 billion offer for Mylan NV marks corporate Israel’s biggest foreign foray and caps years of hand-wringing about the inability of the country to nurture big multinationals, analysts say.

Obama’s Nixon Doctrine: Anointing Iran: Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post, Apr. 23, 2015— In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.”

The Democrats Own Iran: Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal, Apr. 22, 2015— The Democrats now own Iran—lock, stock and smoking centrifuges.

 

 

On Topic Links

 

Are You Serious?! Bill Gates Said That About Israel?: Israel Video Network, 2015

Seven Start-Ups From Israel That You May Want To Watch: Giovanni Rodriguez, Forbes, Apr. 14, 2015

Israel’s Drip Irrigation Pioneer Says His Tech Feeds a Billion People: David Shamah, Times of Israel, Apr. 21, 2015

Inside Obama’s Meeting With Jewish Leaders: Lee Smith, Tablet, Apr . 16, 2015

         

                   

HOW INTEL CAME TO BE ISRAEL’S BEST TECH FRIEND                                                            

David Shamah                                                                                                                                        

Times of Israel, Apr. 23, 2015

 

For Intel, the country’s largest single tech employer, a strong relationship with Israel was always in the cards – or rather, in the chips. Although few remember now, nearly fifty years on, it was an Israeli engineer working for Intel in California, Dov Frohman, who in 1972 paved the way for computing as we know it when he invented the EPROM, the ultra-violet light, erasable, read-only memory chip that eventually led to the creation of flash memory.

 

Frohman’s accomplishment, as well as other important Intel Israel milestones, now live again, with the collation of a large number of photographs that lay out the history of the company – from its first Israeli office, opened in 1974 (with Intel hoping to find more Frohmans), until today, when the company has nearly 10,000 workers in half a dozen development centers and fabrication plants around the country. The photos were collated by Intel Israel’s public relations department in honor of Independence Day.

 

Intel’s presence in Israel is set to get even bigger than ever, with the signing of a deal between the company and the Finance Ministry last September. Under the deal, Intel committed to refurbishing its Kiryat Gat chip fabrication plant to produce the company’s newest generation of chips, in return for substantial tax breaks. What would Israeli tech look like without Intel? It’s impossible to know, of course, but chances are the picture would be dramatically different.

 

Speaking at a recent Intel Israel event marking the company’s 40th year in Israel, outgoing Intel Vice-President Mooly Eden cited research conducted by Intel that shows the impact of the company on the Israeli economy. “If Israel is the Start-Up Nation, it’s Intel that had a major role in getting it there,” said Eden, citing a list of a list of hundreds of companies, large and small, that were led by entrepreneurs and developers who got their start at Intel. The study shows that some 10,000 former Intel workers have gone on to help establish 30 new high-tech companies every year – creating 250 new jobs.

 

Intel Israel is also a prolific exporter. “One billion chips can’t be wrong,” Eden said, citing the estimated number of microprocessors and processor components Intel Israel has manufactured at its chip fabrication plants – mostly at its two Kiryat Gat facilities – over the past 40 years. “Intel is Israel’s ‘smart chip.’ We have had 40 great years together and are looking forward to the next 40. For four decades, Intel has spearheaded Israeli high tech, conceiving and developing novel technologies which have placed Israel on the global high tech map and enhancing the strategic leadership of Intel Corporation. The combination of Israel’s capabilities, Intel’s global innovation and ongoing investment in human capital resulted in an unprecedented success story which will continue to unfold in coming years,” said Eden.

 

Five years after it gambled on an Israeli operation, Intel’s investment paid off – big-time – as the team developed the 8088 processor, which was the heart of the IBM PC, the first computer to use Microsoft DOS (Disk Operating System) for an operating system. Because so many were sold, all three parties to the PC – Intel, Microsoft, and IBM – made huge sums of money, but it also cemented at least two of those companies to the future success of what would eventually become Windows-based computing. Only IBM fell behind, as commodity computer manufacturers in the Far East built computers mostly based on the 8088, using a generic copy of DOS instead of PC-DOS, which only the more expensive IBM computers needed. From the 8088 it was a short developmental leap to the creation of the MMX chip (which powered the Pentium II computers), and the MMX’s modern descendants – Banias, Marom, Yonah, Centrino, and Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, the processors used in most desktop and laptop computers today.

 

After signing a new deal with the government last year, Intel is set to produce its latest generation of chips and processors in Israel. Under the deal, Intel will be making the biggest-ever one-time investment in Israel, spending $6 billion to upgrade its Kiryat Gat plant for the production of next-generation computer chips. In return, Intel will get grants of up to $600 million over the next five years, as well as a major tax break through 2023. More valuable for Intel is likely to be the fact that it will have to pay a corporate tax of only 5% through 2023 (the standard rate of company tax in Israel in 2014 was 26.5%). In return, Intel committed to hiring at least 1,000 new employees, at least half of whom will be residents of communities in southern Israel. In addition, the company promised to spend a total of at least $550 million over the period.

 

While some might point out that Intel is basically committing to spend what it is getting from the government in direct grants, Economics Ministry officials were enthusiastic about the benefits of the deal to the Israeli economy. “This arrangement will have a very positive effect on hundreds of small businesses and suppliers,” said Ziva Eiger, director of investments at the Industrial Cooperation Authority. “Offset agreements such as this are platforms for leveraging public expenditures for the benefit of the Israeli economy, both for training and encouraging further expansion of small suppliers for the local and world market, and to enhance Israel’s brand as an attractive place for foreign investment,” Eiger added. As a result of this agreement, Israelis can look forward to thousands of more jobs being available. It is a model for offset agreements that can provide benefits to all sides.”

 

Besides, said Eden, such deals are very common among countries – like Israel and Ireland, which competed for the new Intel upgrade. “The government here, like governments everywhere, knows how the game is played,” and the jobs that are generated by investments in development centers are well worth it for Israel – especially when it comes to Intel, Eden said in a recent interview. “Over the years Intel has invested $10.8 billion in Israel. Last year, Intel Israel was responsible for more than 9% of Israel’s tech exports, which account for half of overall exports, except for diamonds.”

 

Regardless, the deal is done, said Maxine Fassberg, General Manager of Intel Israel, and for Intel – as well as for Israel – it delineates the beginning of a new era of even greater cooperation between the company and the country. She called it “a clear expression of Intel’s further contribution to Israel’s economy, and to the development of new technology products in Israel, many of which Intel has assisted in.”       

                                                                       

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TEVA’S DEAL FOR MYLAN SHOWS CORPORATE ISRAEL’S M&A HUNGER                                              

Nicholas Casey & Orr Hirschauge                                                                                 

Wall Street Journal, Apr. 21, 2015

 

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. ’s $40 billion offer for Mylan NV marks corporate Israel’s biggest foreign foray and caps years of hand-wringing about the inability of the country to nurture big multinationals, analysts say. Israel, the self-proclaimed “Start-up Nation,” has built a reputation as a hub of tech and biotech companies, quickly assembled and sold to foreign firms looking to grow. Recent success stories have included Annapurna Labs Ltd., sold to Amazon.com Inc., and CyActive Ltd., sold to eBay Inc. ’s PayPal, this year.

 

Less noticed, however, are the public companies in Israel that have been hungry for foreign acquisitions. Teva alone has made more than a dozen deals in recent years, including a $3.5 billion pending deal for U.S.-based Auspex Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced on March 30. “I would say there’s been quite a trend over here in Israel for companies to acquire,” said Jonathan Kreizman, a pharmaceuticals analyst at Clal Finance a nonbank financial group in Israel. Just as Israel’s small size has made it a good incubator for small firms, it means mature companies must go looking abroad for sources of growth, Mr. Kreizman said.

 

Teva’s precursor, a drug wholesaler called Salomon, Levin and Elstein, was founded in Jerusalem in 1901.

It became known as Teva—a Hebrew name meaning “Nature”—in the 1930s not long before the modern state of Israel was established. Teva is a source of pride in Israel today, now the largest company by market capitalization on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and a big employer domestically, with 7,000 employees in Israel and more than 40,000 employees world-wide. “By all parameters Teva is the biggest Israel-based commercial company. It also has a symbolic importance showing that a company that has its headquarters in Israel and most of its research and development done in the country can become a dominant global player in its field,” said Israeli economist Manuel Trajtenberg, a former head of the Israeli National Economic Council, and a current member of the Israeli parliament.

 

Ronny Gal, an analyst at Sanford Bernstein, said recent public offerings could mean that more Israeli companies may follow in Teva’s footsteps. “The fact that many Israeli companies have gone public in the last two years does suggest that more Israeli companies will become acquirers,” he said. Mr. Gal said one problem in the past was that Israel was thin on seasoned managers needed to shepherd acquisitions. But that is changing, he said, “Now you see serious managers in Israel that are much more confident and have much more international experience.”                 

 

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OBAMA’S NIXON DOCTRINE: ANOINTING IRAN                                                                                 

Charles Krauthammer                                                                                       

Washington Post, Apr. 23, 2015

 

In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality. Consider:

 

Gulf of Aden: Iran sends a flotilla of warships and weapons-carrying freighters to reinforce the rebels in Yemen — a noncontiguous, non-Persian, nonthreatening (to Iran) Arabian state — asserting its new status as regional bully and arbiter. The Obama administration sends an aircraft carrier group, apparently to prevent this gross breach of the U.N. weapons embargo on Yemen. Instead, the administration announces that it has no intention of doing anything. Meanwhile, it exerts pressure on Saudi Arabia to halt its air war over Yemen and agree to negotiate a political settlement involving Iran.

 

Russia: After a five-year suspension, Russia announces the sale of advanced surface-to-air missiles to Iran, which will render its nuclear facilities nearly invulnerable to attack. Obama’s reaction? Criticism, threats, sanctions? No. A pat on the back for Vladimir Putin: “I’m, frankly, surprised that [the embargo] held this long.” Iran: Last week, Obama preemptively caved on the long-standing U.S. condition that there be no immediate sanctions relief in any Iranian nuclear deal. He casually dismissed this red line, declaring that what is really important is whether sanctions can be reimposed if Iran cheats. And it doesn’t stop there. The Wall Street Journal reports that Obama is offering Tehran a $30 billion to $50 billion signing bonus (drawn from frozen Iranian assets) — around 10 percent of Iranian GDP.

 

Syria: After insisting for years that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria “step aside,” the U.S. has adopted a hands-off policy toward a regime described by our own secretary of state as an Iranian puppet. Iraq: Iran’s Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani, director of Shiite militias that killed hundreds of Americans during the Iraq War and were ultimately defeated by the 2007-2008 U.S. surge, operates freely throughout Iraq flaunting his country’s dominance. In March, he was directing the same Iraqi militias, this time against the Islamic State — with the help of U.S. air cover.

 

This is the new Middle East. Its strategic reality is clear to everyone: Iran rising, assisted, astonishingly, by the United States. Obama’s initial Middle East strategy was simply withdrawal. He would enter history as the ultimate peace president, ushering in a new era in which “the tide of war is receding.” The subsequent vacuum having been filled, unfortunately and predictably, by various enemies, adversaries and irredeemables, Obama lighted upon a new idea: We don’t just withdraw, we hand the baton. To Iran. Obama may not even be aware that he is recapitulating the Nixon doctrine, but with a fatal twist. Nixon’s main focus was to get the Vietnamese to take over that war from us. But the doctrine evolved and was generalized to deputize various smaller powers to police their regions on our behalf. In the Persian Gulf, our principal proxy was Iran.

 

The only problem with Obama’s version of the Nixon doctrine is that Iran today is not the Westernized, secular, pro-American regional power it was under the shah. It is radical, clerical, rabidly anti-imperialist, deeply anti-Western. The regime’s ultimate — and openly declared — strategic purpose is to drive the American infidel from the region and either subordinate or annihilate America’s Middle Eastern allies. Which has those allies in an understandable panic. Can an American president really believe that appeasing Iran — territorially, economically, militarily and by conferring nuclear legitimacy — will moderate its behavior and ideology, adherence to which despite all odds is now yielding undreamed of success?

 

Iran went into the nuclear negotiations heavily sanctioned, isolated internationally, hemorrhaging financially — and this was even before the collapse of oil prices. The premise of these talks was that the mullahs would have six months to give up their nuclear program or they would be additionally squeezed with even more devastating sanctions. After 17 months of serial American concessions, the Iranian economy is growing again, its forces and proxies are on the march through the Arab Middle East and it is on the verge of having its nuclear defiance rewarded and legitimized.

 

The Saudis are resisting being broken to Iranian dominance. They have resumed their war in Yemen. They are resisting being forced into Yemen negotiations with Iran, a country that is, in the words of the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., “part of the problem, not part of the solution.” Obama appears undeterred. He’s determined to make his Iran-first inverted Nixon doctrine a reality. Our friends in the region, who for decades have relied on us to protect them from Iran, look on astonished.                                   

                                                           

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THE DEMOCRATS OWN IRAN                                                                                        

Daniel Henninger                                                                                                

Wall Street Journal, Apr. 22, 2015

 

The Democrats now own Iran—lock, stock and smoking centrifuges. It isn’t just the Senate compromise on the Corker bill that made the Iran nuclear deal the party’s exclusive political property. The Democrats own Iran’s entire penetration in the region—Yemen, the Gulf of Aden, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon—pretty much anywhere Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wants to take them. Senate Democrats, attempting a magical illusion on American voters, say the Iran nuclear threat and the Iran terror threat are separate realities. Before the Senate’s recent “compromise” vote on Sen. Bob Corker’s Iran review bill, Delaware Sen. Chris Coons and other Senate Democrats, at the White House’s insistence, said while they abhorred Iran’s support for terrorism, it had to be separated from the historic arms deal.

 

Meanwhile Ayatollah Khamenei, a more unitary thinker, has been surging Iran’s military across the Middle East. With the U.S. on the doorstep of a presidential election, Iran is beginning to look like the Democrats’ Bermuda Triangle. The last time the party’s fortunes went missing in Iran was during what history generally describes as “Jimmy Carter’s hostage crisis.” After the Iranian hostage crisis had ground through the news for nearly a year, with 52 Americans held in Tehran, Mr. Carter’s competence as president became a campaign issue, which naturally Ronald Reagan exploited. Reagan won 489 electoral votes to President Carter’s 49 in 1980. A Who’s Who of famous Senate Democrats got wiped out: George McGovern, Frank Church, Herman Talmadge, Mike Gravel, Birch Bayh, Gaylord Nelson, Warren Magnuson. Let it be noted that the Iran hostage analogy is unfair to Jimmy Carter. Back then, the Iranians grabbed the Americans. This time, the U.S., or at least its president, has grabbed the Iranians and won’t let them go.

 

Until recently, the Democrats at least could argue that because Mr. Obama ended George Bush’s war in Iraq, he immunized them from direct political blame for the region’s troubles. That the decision to reduce the U.S.’s postwar presence in Iraq to zero allowed Islamic State to metastasize unimpeded was a morass they could push off into the ethers of the “hopeless” Middle East. Except that the Democratic president erected a steel cable connecting himself directly to Tehran. This being Barack Obama, history had ordained that only he could take on Planet Iran and persuade its population of fanatic Shiite ayatollahs to change their worldview. In the years since Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini presided over the American hostages, taking down a U.S. presidency, Iran’s Islamic Republic has had just one other Supreme Leader—today’s Ayatollah Khamenei, the man at the other end of the steel cable tethered to the White House.

 

It is now generally understood that completing a major nuclear-arms agreement with Iran was an obsession of Mr. Obama’s from early in his presidency. Up to a point, the Democrats’ normal instincts for self-preservation prevailed. Sufficient numbers of Senate Democrats—Mr. Coons, Bob Menendez, Ben Cardin, Tim Kaine, Chuck Schumer—raised enough questions of substance about the deal to credibly put space between them and a president assembling a major arms-control agreement out of his own head. The risks for Democrats were obvious.

 

But starting about two weeks ago, the Democrats’ Iran hedge collapsed. The compromise on the Corker bill virtually ensures that whatever agreement John Kerry outputs in Switzerland—a deal that increasingly looks built on sand—will pass unimpeded through the Senate. It looks a lot like ObamaCare, with congressional Democrats once again doing a pass-it-to-find-out-what’s-in-it for another Obama legacy. But Saudi Arabia isn’t the American Hospital Association, and Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani isn’t Nancy Pelosi. The religious and military forces in motion in the Middle East now are powerful and volatile. Vladimir Putin’s decision amid all this to ship the sophisticated S-300 air-defense system to Iran was a thunderclap event. The ever-omniscient president dismissed it as no surprise.

 

We assume Barack Obama and John Kerry are telling Senate Democrats that if something blows, they’ll handle it, the way Mr. Obama could command Kathleen Sebelius and HHS to “fix” the ObamaCare glitches. The Iran framework’s fix is the assurance of “snapback” sanctions, a word with no meaning whatsoever. The Senate Democrats’ initial hedge on Iran was smart politics. As was letting New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez run point for them. Mr. Obama’s implicit charge in January at the Senate’s Maryland retreat that their Jewish donors had too much influence should have convinced them they needed political cover from the president’s overreaching on the nuclear deal.

 

But now the Holder Justice Department has indicted Sen. Menendez into oblivion. And now the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the guided missile cruiser USS Normandy are in the Gulf of Aden, cat-and-mousing with an Iranian naval flotilla. The Democrats have no inoculation anymore. The party’s calculation that Hillary Clinton’s candidacy would bring home the presidency and Senate control after defeating vulnerable Republicans has a big fly in the goo: For the next 19 months, Iran is theirs.

 

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On Topic

 

Are You Serious?! Bill Gates Said That About Israel?: Israel Video Network, 2015 —What makes Israel a technological superpower?

Seven Start-Ups From Israel That You May Want To Watch: Giovanni Rodriguez, Forbes, Apr. 14, 2015 —If you’ve been following this column over the past two weeks, no doubt you are wondering, “OK, which start-ups from Israel – Start-up Nation – do you actually like?”

Israel’s Drip Irrigation Pioneer Says His Tech Feeds a Billion People: David Shamah, Times of Israel, Apr. 21, 2015—As the world’s population grows, governments around the world are questioning how the billions of new mouths will be fed.

Inside Obama’s Meeting With Jewish Leaders: Lee Smith, Tablet, Apr . 16, 2015 —Imagine if at the height of Apartheid madness in South Africa, the president of the United States had decided to partner with the racist white regime in Pretoria, lift sanctions, and put that country’s illegal nuclear program on a glide path toward obtaining a nuclear bomb.

 

 

                                                                    

               

 

 

 

                      

                

                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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O’S DANGEROUS POLICIES THREATEN ISRAELI SECURITY, WHILE EU CONFRONTS PAST, & PRESENT, ANTISEMITISM

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Israel Alone: Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal, Apr. 20, 2015 — Recent conversations with senior Israeli officials are shot through with a sense of incredulity. They can’t understand what’s become of U.S. foreign policy.

In France, There’s No Hatred For Any Group Equivalent to That of Jew Hatred: Barbara Kay, National Post, Apr. 21, 2015 — France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls has announced an action plan that will make the battle against hatred into “a great national cause,”…

Former SS Member, on Trial in Germany, Says He Was ‘Morally Complicit’ at Auschwitz: Alison Smale, New York Times, Apr. 21, 2015— Seven decades after the liberation of Auschwitz, a 93-year-old former SS member at the Nazi death camp shuffled into a German court on Tuesday to answer charges of complicity in the murders of 300,000 mostly Hungarian Jews in two months during the summer of 1944.

An Open Letter to Cornel West: Judea Pearl, Jewish Journal, Apr. 21, 2015— Dear Professor West, This is a humble request sent to you from a rank-and-file Jewish professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, where you are scheduled to deliver a keynote address in honor of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, titled “Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity.”

 

On Topic Links

 

Charles Krauthammer on His Distinguished Career in Writing and Ideas: Youtube, Apr. 12, 2015

Washington-Lausanne-Munich?: Martin Sherman, Jerusalem Post, Apr. 23, 2015

Taking Jihad to School – French Programs Emphasize Secularism: Abigail R. Esman, IPT News, Apr. 22, 2015

Former SS Guard: ‘Couldn’t Imagine’ Jews Surviving Auschwitz: Times of Israel, Apr . 23, 2015

On College Campuses, Saving Democracy From Itself: Noah Beck, Algemeiner, Apr. 20, 2015

         

                                                

ISRAEL ALONE                                                                                                           

Bret Stephens                                                                                                                                          

Wall Street Journal, Apr. 20, 2015

 

Recent conversations with senior Israeli officials are shot through with a sense of incredulity. They can’t understand what’s become of U.S. foreign policy.

 

They don’t know how to square Barack Obama’s promises with his policies. They fail to grasp how a president who pledged to work toward the abolition of nuclear weapons is pushing an accord with Tehran that guarantees their proliferation. They are astonished by the nonchalance with which the administration acquiesces in Iran’s regional power plays, or in al Qaeda’s gains in Yemen, or in the Assad regime’s continued use of chemical weapons, or in the battlefield successes of ISIS, or in Russia’s decision to sell advanced missiles to Tehran. They wonder why the president has so much solicitude for Ali Khamenei’s political needs, and so little for Benjamin Netanyahu’s.

 

In a word, the Israelis haven’t yet figured out that what America is isn’t what America was. They need to start thinking about what comes next. The most tempting approach is to wait Mr. Obama out and hope for better days with his successor. Israel and the U.S. have gone through bad patches before—under Ford in the 1970s, Reagan in the early ’80s, Bush in the early ’90s, Clinton in the late ’90s. The partnership always survived the officeholders.

 

So why should it be different this time? Seventy percent of Americans see Israel in a favorable light, according to a February Gallup poll. The presidential candidates from both parties all profess unswerving friendship with the Jewish state, and the Republican candidates actually believe it. Mr. Obama’s foreign policy is broadly unpopular and likely to become more so as the fiascoes continue to roll in.

 

Yet it’s different this time. For two reasons, mainly. First, the administration’s Mideast abdications are creating a set of irreversible realities for which there are no ready U.S. answers. Maybe there were things an American president could have done to help rescue Libya in 2011, Syria in 2013, and Yemen last year. That was before it was too late. But what exactly can any president do about the chaos unfolding now? Shakespeare wrote that there was a tide in the affairs of men “which taken at the flood, leads men on to fortune.” Barack Obama always missed the flood.

 

Now the president is marching us past the point of no return on a nuclear Iran and thence a nuclear Middle East. When that happens, how many Americans will be eager to have their president intervene in somebody else’s nuclear duel? Americans may love Israel, but partly that’s because not a single U.S. soldier has ever died fighting on its behalf. In other words, Mr. Obama is bequeathing not just a more dangerous Middle East but also one the next president will want to touch only with a barge pole. That leaves Israel alone to deal as best as it can with a broadening array of threats: thousands more missiles for Hezbollah, paid for by sanctions relief for Tehran; ISIS on the Golan Heights; an Iran safe, thanks to Russian missiles, from any conceivable Israeli strike.

 

The second reason follows from the first. Previous quarrels between Washington and Jerusalem were mainly about differing Mideast perceptions. Now the main issue is how the U.S. perceives itself. Beginning with Franklin Roosevelt, every U.S. president took the view that strength abroad and strength at home were mutually reinforcing; that global security made us more prosperous, and that prosperity made us more secure.  Then along came Mr. Obama with his mantra of “nation building at home” and his notion that an activist foreign policy is a threat to the social democracy he seeks to build. Under his administration, domestic and foreign policy have been treated as a zero-sum game: If you want more of the former, do less of the latter. The result is a world of disorder, and an Israel that, for the first time in its history, must seek its security with an America that, say what it will, has nobody’s back but its own.

 

How does it do this? By recalling what it was able to do for the first 19 years of its existence, another period when the U.S. was an ambivalent and often suspicious friend and Israel was more upstart state than start-up nation. That was an Israel that was prepared to take strategic gambles because it knew it couldn’t afford to wait on events. It did not consider “international legitimacy” to be a prerequisite for action because it also knew how little such legitimacy was worth. It understood the value of territory and terrain, not least because it had so little of it. It built its deterrent power by constantly taking the military initiative, not constructing defensive wonder-weapons such as Iron Dome. It didn’t mind acting as a foreign policy freelancer, and sometimes even a rogue, as circumstances demanded. “Plucky little Israel” earned the world’s respect and didn’t care, much less beg, for its moral approval.

 

Perhaps the next American president will rescue Israel from having to learn again what it once knew. Israelis would be wise not to count on it.

                                                                       

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IN FRANCE, THERE’S NO HATRED FOR ANY GROUP

EQUIVALENT TO THAT OF JEW HATRED                                                                                       

Barbara Kay                                                                                                        

National Post, Apr. 21, 2015

 

France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls has announced an action plan that will make the battle against hatred into “a great national cause,” a plan that will include awareness programs and enhanced punishment for online hate speech, with stiffer prison sentences for hatred-based crimes. The superficially admirable plan springs from honest outrage on Valls’ part — but outrage that has undergone a disquieting sea change since it was first expressed.

 

After the Charlie Hebdo and kosher-supermarket massacres in January, you may recall, Valls delivered a passionate, widely circulated speech on anti-Semitism in France, declaring the problem of Jewish flight so serious the French Republic must be judged a failure if Jews left en masse. Then, Valls pulled no punches regarding the source of the crisis: “We are at war with terrorism, jihadism and Islamist radicalism.”

 

That January cri du coeur offered truths that were the gift of spontaneity. With time for second thoughts (and who knows what political pressure), the message Valls now delivers is quite different. Last week the prime minister told suburban high school students: “Racism, anti-Semitism, hatred of Muslims, of foreigners and homophobia are increasing in an unbearable manner in our country.” He added, “French Jews should no longer be afraid of being Jewish and French Muslims should no longer be ashamed of being Muslims. Valls’ capitulation to France’s pre-Hebdo default of moral relativism is sad to behold. Valls’ outrage now sees anti-Semitism not as a singular problem, rather as only one of multiple hatreds, and no more distressing than hatred of foreigners (who?), gays and — of course — Muslims.

 

The truth, which Valls understood very well in January, is that there is no hatred for any group in France equivalent to that of Jew hatred, routinely expressed in virulent hate speech, vandalism, beatings and murder. Foreigners, gays and Muslims are not fleeing France. The institutions of foreigners, gays and Muslims are not being guarded around the clock. Fifty-five per cent of hate-driven acts are not happening to foreigners, gays and Muslims, but to Jews (1% of the population). Social and employment-related discrimination are problems for French Muslims, but discrimination is not hatred, and has been historically overcome by many immigrant communities everywhere on the road to integration. Most disturbingly, Valls’ likening of actual Jewish victimhood and legitimate collective Jewish fear of Islamist terrorism to some Muslims’ feelings of shame regarding Islamist terrorism is an offensively false analogy.

 

The only true hate crisis in France is anti-Semitism. In November, 2014, a French poll revealed disturbing levels of anti-Semitism amongst French Muslims, as well as “tolerance for violence targeting Jews among a rather significant percent of the population.” According to Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, Paris-based head of the American Jewish Committee, most Muslims are anti-Semitic, a sentiment that rises in tandem with religious orthodoxy, but which crosses all lines of age, socio-economic status, levels of education and districts. In February, Rodan-Benzaquen confessed herself frankly pessimistic regarding Muslim Judeophobia in France: “It is possible that it is too late,” meaning too late for France to ensure Jewish safety.

 

Seven thousand Jews left France in 2014. France is reaping what she sowed. For many years, pro-Arab French politicians and media willfully misread the normative anti-Semitism of all Arab societies as a by-product of the Middle East conflict. Intent on relativizing what has always been a one-way hatred, French elites demoted Jews from their appropriate status of French nationals, as Ashkenazi Jews have been for more than 200 years, into a “community of immigration,” falsely accusing them of “communautarisme” (disloyalty to French republicanism), and shamelessly mischaracterizing Muslim anti-Semitism as a problem of “the two communities,” both in need of “inter-religious dialogue.”

 

Post-Second World War anti-Semitism has been a serious problem in France since the 1980s, when it was imported from North Africa, where it was endemic. Yet it was, until a few years ago, actually a government policy, in collaboration with France’s pusillanimous media, to ignore hundreds of acts of anti-Semitism so as not to “throw oil on the fire” of Muslim rage. Valls’ nuanced reframing tells us France is not prepared to tackle the root cause of its only existential hate crisis. So French Jews can choose: a continuing siege existence in a nation whose fear of its alienated Muslims trumps solidarity with its integrated Jews; or a new home in Israel, under external siege to be sure, but a nation where Jewish lives are privileged over political correctness. French Jews at least have a choice. The rulers who created the conditions that are forcing the choice don’t. They’re stuck in France. Who will be better off in the end?

                                             

   Barbara Kay is a CIJR Academic Fellow

 

                                                                       

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FORMER SS MEMBER, ON TRIAL IN GERMANY,

SAYS HE WAS ‘MORALLY COMPLICIT’ AT AUSCHWITZ                                                                                       

Alison Smale                                                                                            

New York Times, Apr. 21, 2015

 

Seven decades after the liberation of Auschwitz, a 93-year-old former SS member at the Nazi death camp shuffled into a German court on Tuesday to answer charges of complicity in the murders of 300,000 mostly Hungarian Jews in two months during the summer of 1944. With Holocaust survivors looking on, the former SS soldier, Oskar Gröning, certainly one of the last Nazis called to account, read a chilling but clear account of his life. It focused on the autumn of 1942 to the autumn of 1944, when he served in the SS at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

 

The tardiness of the case against Mr. Gröning, a widower who lives in this small town in northern Germany, did nothing to reduce the tension in the makeshift courtroom, normally an assembly hall. He and his accusers can expect to spend much of the next three months here, measuring the march of 20th-century history through the lives of Nazis and their victims.

 

Unlike those tried decades ago, Mr. Gröning does not deny that he was at Auschwitz and that he saw terrible things. The case turns on whether he is not only morally but also criminally responsible for what happened there. After the state prosecutor, Jens Lehmann, read the charges, Mr. Gröning spoke for an hour, then turned to Judge Franz Kompisch and said: “It is beyond question that I am morally complicit. This moral guilt I acknowledge here, before the victims, with regret and humility.” He asked for forgiveness. “As concerns guilt before the law,” he told the judge, “you must decide.”

 

His words riveted dozens of journalists, spectators, relatives of victims and some of the 65 plaintiffs who have joined state prosecutors in the case. After a break for lunch, the judge spent an hour questioning Mr. Gröning, who took his listeners back through decades to the rise and fall of Adolf Hitler. Mr. Gröning said he had been a bank accountant who was conscripted in the fall of 1940 and volunteered for the SS because it seemed “always to be out front” and came back “covered in glory” from the swift Nazi successes in Poland and France, sealing Hitler’s grip on Europe.

 

The defendant, who was lucid almost throughout, said his first doubts about Hitler arose with the invasion of the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941, which Mr. Gröning said he considered unwise, given Russian tenacity and might. He said that he was responsible for collecting cash belonging to arriving prisoners at Auschwitz, as state prosecutors have charged, but that he also witnessed atrocities. He suggested that his doubts grew almost immediately upon his arrival at Auschwitz, when drunken guards talked of “getting rid of” prisoners.

 

The atrocities he witnessed, he said, included one night in December 1942 when he was roused from bed to help hunt down fleeing prisoners. In the process, he told the court, he saw prisoners herded into a farmhouse and an SS superior tip gas out of a can into an opening. The screams of the prisoners inside “grew louder and more desperate, and after a short time became quieter and then stopped completely,” Mr. Gröning said. “That was the only time I saw a complete gassing,” he said, emphasizing, “I did not take part.”

 

Reading his account with occasional guidance from his two lawyers, Mr. Gröning recalled minute details of his life in the SS, down to the imposing marble and wood carving in the hall where he and his comrades learned of their assignment to Auschwitz. It was presented, he said, as “a duty that will demand more from you than the front” and that had to be kept secret, even from family, but that was vital “to achieving the Final Solution” of eliminating Jews.

 

In November 1942, he recalled, a crying baby was found amid trash discarded by arriving prisoners. The baby’s mother had evidently abandoned it in hopes that she would then be chosen for a work crew and not sent to the gas chamber. A fellow SS member, angered by the cries, beat the infant to death, Mr. Gröning said, adding that he complained to a superior but that no action was taken. The recollections of both the gassing and the dead baby figured prominently in the two lengthy interviews Mr. Gröning gave a decade ago to the BBC and the newsmagazine Der Spiegel. The events notably occurred outside the period in 1944 for which he is being prosecuted.

 

Mr. Gröning’s case not only revives searing questions about individual guilt for Nazi crimes but also highlights the decades of legal inaction over Auschwitz, where an estimated 1.1 million people were killed. About 6,500 members of the SS worked at the camp; only 49 have been convicted of war crimes. Mr. Gröning first started talking about Auschwitz with associates and his two sons after a fellow collector at his stamp club fiercely denied the Holocaust. His case also illustrates how perceptions of the Holocaust and Nazi crimes have shifted over the decades. In 1945, Lüneburg, then in the British Allied sector of Germany, was the site of one of the first trials of former guards at the Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz-Birkenau camps. Eleven of those on trial were executed in December of that year.

 

But retribution swiftly gave way to the need to rebuild Germany. The crimes committed at Auschwitz were at the heart of four big trials in Frankfurt in the 1960s. Then, for decades, little happened, as German prosecutors insisted that evidence had to tie those accused of war crimes directly to atrocities. Mr. Gröning’s prosecution became possible only through the trial of John Demjanjuk, a Ukrainian who immigrated to the United States after World War II. He was eventually sentenced in 2011 in Munich to five years in prison for his involvement in the killing of 28,000 Jews at the Sobibor camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. He died in 2012, before his appeal could be heard.

 

For decades before that ruling, prosecutors in Germany had declined to charge anyone with complicity in the Holocaust. One of the people who helped pioneer the shift in German legal thinking was Thomas Walther, a former judge who went to work in 2006 for Germany’s central office for tracking Nazi war crimes, based in Ludwigsburg. He pursued the Demjanjuk case and is considered instrumental in the subsequent trial and sentencing of Mr. Demjanjuk, a former autoworker in Ohio. In Lüneburg, Mr. Walther is the leading lawyer of 11 who are representing the 65 co-plaintiffs, some of whom arrived in recent days, ready to testify.

 

Among them is Eva Fahidi, 90, of Budapest, who lost 49 relatives in the Holocaust, including her mother and sister, who were sent to the gas chambers upon arrival at Auschwitz. She was not satisfied with Mr. Gröning’s testimony and request for forgiveness. “After 70 years, he still behaves this way and is not capable of saying, ‘I am a sinner,’” Ms. Fahidi said. Another survivor, Eva Kor, 81, of Terre Haute, Ind., was also adamant that “feeling guilty doesn’t accomplish anything.” While Ms. Fahidi said she longed for a formal judgment on Mr. Gröning, Ms. Kor argued that he should go out to schools and show “how much Nazism destroyed everybody’s lives.”

 

Markus Goldbach, Ms. Kor’s lawyer, said he thought that the accused had gone further than ever before with his plea for forgiveness. “It is a surprise,” he said, and may throw a fresh light on Mr. Gröning’s claim that he made three requests to be transferred out of Auschwitz.  These perspectives will most likely be debated throughout the trial, which coincides with modern atrocities in the Middle East and the commemoration of the Armenian genocide 100 years ago. “It is an important point in looking at genocidal acts which happen today — that perpetrators perhaps do get taken to court,” Christoph Heubner, of the International Auschwitz Committee in Berlin, said in an interview before the trial. “Even when it is 70 years too late, it is a lingering, lasting signal.”  

 

            Thomas Walther Spoke about the Oskar Gröning case at the CIJR office in January—Ed.                                                                              

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AN OPEN LETTER TO CORNEL WEST                                                                                            

Judea Pearl                                                                                                                    

Jewish Journal, Apr. 21, 2015

 

Dear Professor West, This is a humble request sent to you from a rank-and-file Jewish professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, where you are scheduled to deliver a keynote address in honor of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, titled “Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity.” My request may sound odd, perhaps even audacious, but it needs to be said as we are preparing to commemorate the life and legacy of Rabbi Heschel, his moral grandeur and his spiritual audacity.

 

I will be as blunt and straightforward as possible: You should excuse yourself from delivering this lecture. My reasons are also blunt and straightforward: No matter how eloquent your speech and how crafty your words, the audience you will face at UCLA will not be able to take them too seriously in light of your recent decision to become a leading propagandist for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. You have to forgive us for being pedantic in these matters, and perhaps not as flexible and nuanced as one might hope, but our history has taught us the importance of devising crisp and visible litmus tests to distinguish friends from foes. It so happened, and you know it as well as we do, that the term BDS has become our most reliable litmus test. In other words, we have come to equate promoters of BDS ideology with those who seek the destruction of Israel, hence the demise of the Jewish people.

 

Thus, as much as we might try to separate the words you would be saying in honor of Rabbi Heschel from those you uttered in a Feb. 25 interview with David Palumbo-Liu at Stanford (published in Salon), in which you took great pride in promoting cultural and academic boycotts of Israel, our minds will resist the separation. Our minds will be warning us, again and again, that the person speaking before us wants our destruction.

 

The human mind is a funny machine, Professor West, unlike for politicians and entertainers, our mind seeks consistency and coherence in everything that we see and hear. This stubborn mind will therefore not allow us to forget that in your Aug. 12, 2014, interview with Sean Hannity, you could not find even one historical link between the Jewish people and the land of Israel. None! Nada! Blank! Not one word of empathy for a multiethnic society of immigrants who’ve fought 67 years of besiegement and hostility. None! Nada! Blank! Thus, Professor West, you will have to forgive those stubborn minds if they remind your audience that the keynote speaker at the Heschel memorial conference does not represent the ecumenical legacy of Rabbi Heschel (1907-72), but the moral deformity of BDS.

 

I believe your UCLA hosts, and certainly your UCLA audience, will accept your apologies if you decide to cancel your engagement. They would understand.

CIJR Wishes All Our Friends & Supporters: Shabbat Shalom!

 

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On Topic

 

Charles Krauthammer on His Distinguished Career in Writing and Ideas: Youtube, Apr. 12, 2015

Washington-Lausanne-Munich?: Martin Sherman, Jerusalem Post, Apr. 23, 2015 —As more and more details emerge, one thing is chillingly clear. Only the dogmatic, the delusional or the disingenuous could deny the deadly dangers that pursuit of Barack Obama’s Iran initiative will almost certainly usher in.

Taking Jihad to School – French Programs Emphasize Secularism: Abigail R. Esman, IPT News, Apr. 22, 2015 —On a street in Paris's popular 6th Arrondissement, men in camouflage wielding Famas assault rifles patiently stand guard throughout the day.

Former SS Guard: ‘Couldn’t Imagine’ Jews Surviving Auschwitz: Times of Israel, Apr . 23, 2015 —A former Auschwitz guard being tried on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder has testified that it was clear to him Jews were not expected to leave the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland alive.

On College Campuses, Saving Democracy From Itself: Noah Beck, Algemeiner, Apr. 20, 2015 —Every democracy must defend itself against those who exploit its liberties to destroy it from within.

 

 

                                                                    

               

 

 

 

                      

                

                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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YOM HA’ATZMAUT 5775: HAPPY 67th BIRTHDAY ISRAEL!

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Yom Ha’atzmaut 5775: Am Israel Chai!: Baruch Cohen, CIJR, Apr. 23, 2015 — Jewish history is an unending story which comes down to us across the centuries.

Israel at 67 — A Booming Economy, But Chaos All Around: Rafael Barak, National Post, Apr. 22, 2015 — Sixty-seven years ago today, David Ben Gurion proclaimed Israel’s independence, restoring Jewish sovereignty to our ancient homeland.

Independence Day: We Have Reason to Rejoice: Isi Leibler, Candidly Speaking, Apr. 21, 2015— The Bible quotes Balaam describing the Jews as “a people that dwells alone and is not counted among the nations”.

At 67, Israel Exudes Long-Term Optimism: Yoram Ettinger, Israel Hayom, Apr. 22, 2015— Sixty-seven years ago, upon Israel's declaration of independence, Life magazine noted (May ‎‎31, 1948) the odds facing the 600,000 Jews of the newly born economy-‎starved and militarily embargoed Jewish state…

 

On Topic Links

 

Netanyahu's Independence Day Greeting From Jerusalem: Jerusalem Post, Apr. 23, 2015

A Great Moment For The World: Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel: Israel Video Network, Apr. 23, 2015

Israeli Envoy Prosor Recites 'Hatikva' at UN in Memory of Israel's Fallen: Jerusalem Post, Apr. 21, 2015

Happy Birthday Israel: Drybones, Apr . 22, 2015

         

                             

YOM HA’ATZMAUT 5775: AM ISRAEL CHAI!                                                                                              

Baruch Cohen                                                                                                                                         

CIJR, Apr. 23, 2015

 

                                                                                          “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,

                                                                                          And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest”

                                                                                           —Isaiah 62:1

                                                           

Jewish history is an unending story which comes down to us across the centuries.

 

There are several concentric circles of history: First is the circle of preservation. How did our people manage to preserve its identity in diaspora and exile, without a territorial base or political organization, in conditions under which no other people succeeded?

 

Second is the circle of power, reflection, and prolonged resonance. Third is the circle of suffering: a history that passeth all understanding. Fourth is the circle of renewal, the ability to take a language, land and people, separated for centuries, and revive them together, to forge a new nation and an independent life.

 

We, the Jewish People, stand as we have often stood, returned to our Land, though some be still dispersed, vulnerable, yet all inspired by an old, powerful dream: our restored home! We are today inspired by a continuing vision: AM ISRAEL CHAI!

 

Today, the State of Israel is a dream, a miracle come true. AM ISRAEL, the State of Israel, is center, and vanguard, of the entire Jewish People.

 

AM ISRAEL CHAI V’KAYAM! A joyous Independence Day to all CIJR’s friends and supporters!

 

(Baruch Cohen is CIJR’s Research Chairman and a Member

of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center)

 

                                                                       

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ISRAEL AT 67 — A BOOMING ECONOMY, BUT CHAOS ALL AROUND                                                                   

Rafael Barak                                                                                                       

National Post, Apr. 22, 2015

 

Sixty-seven years ago today, David Ben Gurion proclaimed Israel’s independence, restoring Jewish sovereignty to our ancient homeland. Israel began as a doubt in the world’s eye. Surrounded by enemies, we had to fight six wars in six decades. With a territory two-thirds the size of Vancouver Island and few resources, other than the ingenuity of our people, we transformed ourselves from a developing country into a high-tech economy, taking our seat alongside other industrial nations of the OECD. Over the span of less than seven decades, we grew 10-fold in population and 50-fold in gross domestic product.

 

As Israel celebrates 67 years, to quote Charles Dickens, Israelis find themselves living in both “the best of times and the worst of times.” On the one hand, the future has never seemed so bright. Our economy is prospering, with consistent growth of at least 3 per cent, our culture is thriving, with Israeli cuisine being served in the world’s top restaurants, and our democracy is thriving, as evidenced by the 85 per cent of citizens living in Israel who cast their ballot in last month’s election. On the other, we live in a region that is full of surprises, instability and violence.

 

The Jewish people intimately understand the link between rhetoric and action. When Israelis hear the ayatollahs call for our destruction and we see an Iranian regime, which has no qualms oppressing its own people, arming itself with nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, we can be excused if we have cause for concern. We also take pause when the world’s superpowers negotiate an agreement that leaves Iran with its nuclear capabilities intact.

 

In the middle of the Middle East, Israelis wake up every morning in one of the world’s darkest regions. Each day, we learn about a new civil war, another border being wiped out, women and minorities being persecuted, the destruction of archaeological remains of past civilizations, barrel bombings of civilians and beheadings of infidels. We witness this turmoil not from the comfort of our living rooms, but directly with our own eyes. In fact, on a clear day, we can see the fighting in Damascus from our northern border.

Despite the storm raging around us, Israel is an island of stability. The 3.5 million tourists who visited Israel last year arrived to a country that has never been a more vibrant, a more dynamic and, frankly, a more fun place to be. A renewed spirit of creativity has sparked a renaissance in a variety of sectors from the arts to science and academia to business.

 

Israel boasts one of the world’s most innovative economies with the highest ratio of startups per capita, the second-largest venture-capital industry and more than half of our exports deriving from the high-tech sector. In 2014, we witnessed approximately 75 acquisitions or public offerings by large multinationals worth about $15 billion. More than 350 multinationals — including Intel, Apple, Facebook and Google — have established R&D centres, most following the acquisition of an Israeli startup. Just this week, Canada’s BlackBerry purchased the Israeli file-sharing security company, WatchDox, and announced plans to establish a new security-focused R&D centre in Israel.

 

Our expertise in innovation also extends to the academic field, where Israel has a particular knack for the commercialization of knowledge. Each year, the technology transfer organizations of Israel’s seven universities and five medical schools generate a total of $360 million in royalties and licence 150 new technologies.

 

In addition, a place that the Bible calls the “Land of Milk and Honey” has just discovered significant natural-gas reserves off its coast. One thousand billion cubic metres of gas brings the promise of energy security for many years to come and an opportunity for economic co-operation with our Arab neighbours, including last month’s $1.2 billion agreement to send gas to Egypt and similar deals with Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.

 

As we mark our independence at a time of both promise and peril, we are emboldened by the strong multiparty support of Canada and our deep people-to-people connections. We have seen our ties reach new heights with greater collaboration in areas from security to development, research to commerce, and innovation to culture. Above all else, it is the moral courage of Canadian leaders who have the self-confidence to stand up for what is right, which serves as a pillar of strength for all Israelis. At a time when few have the courage to confront the darkness in our region and beyond, Israel extends a heartfelt thanks to Canada for not only its words but also its actions.

 

Rafael Barak, Ambassador of Israel to Canada, Will be Speaking at CIJR’s 27th Anniversary Gala-Conference.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY: WE HAVE REASON TO REJOICE                                                                            

Isi Leibler                                                                                                  

Candidly Speaking, Apr. 21, 2015

 

The Bible quotes Balaam describing the Jews as “a people that dwells alone and is not counted among the nations”. Alas, that aptly describes the status of the Jewish state on the 67th anniversary of its rebirth. Yet despite enormous challenges confronting us, we have every reason to celebrate.

 

Yes, Israel is the only country in the world whose right to exist and defend itself is continuously challenged. We have neighbors who still dream of driving us into the sea; we face an ongoing global tsunami of viral anti-Semitism; the world judges us by double standards; Israel is an oasis in a region in which primitive barbarism reigns as hundreds of thousands of people are butchered as a matter of routine.

 

But despite this, by any benchmark Israel unquestionably represents the greatest national success story of all time. Exiled and scattered throughout the world for 2000 years and suffering endless cycles of persecution and mass murder climaxing with the Shoah, the Jews miraculously resurrected a nation state.  Since the late 19th century, Jewish idealists have been returning to their homeland and transforming deserts into gardens. In 1947 the world was astonished when incredibly for a brief moment, both the U.S. and the Soviet Union unprecedentedly agreed to endorse the creation of a Jewish state.

 

There were only 600,000 Jews in Palestine when the State of Israel was declared. Yet against all odds and despite inadequate armaments and lack of military training, fighters from the fledgling state successfully vanquished the combined military forces of its Arab neighbors, determined to destroy us. Victory was not achieved without painful sacrifice and 24 hours before rejoicing on Independence Day, we pay tribute to over 20,000 Jews those who gave up their lives to defend our Jewish state.

 

Our miniscule state enabled an ingathering of exiles from all corners of the world, providing a haven for survivors of the Shoah, refugees from Arab persecution, Jews from underdeveloped countries like Ethiopia and over a million from the former Soviet Union. Out of this melting pot Israel has created one of the most vibrant and resilient societies in the world. Today we boast a thriving nation of over 8 million citizens and represent the largest Jewish community in the world.

 

Israel has become a veritable economic power house, emerging as the second largest country (after the U.S.) in high tech and startup facilities. We overcame our water problems by an extraordinary desalinization program. And now we are effectively energy self-sufficient and will even be exporting surplus gas resources. Whilst there is room for improvement, our social welfare structure and in particular the medical system provides outstanding services for all Israeli citizens without discrimination.

 

Culturally, we are a pulsating country in which our ancient and sacred language has been renewed as the lingua franca for Jews coming from totally different cultures. There has been a dramatic revival of Torah learning with more Jews familiar with the texts and teachings of Judaism than at any time in our history. Despite external threats and terror, we remain a democratic oasis in a regional cauldron of barbarism, providing the right to vote to all citizens and guaranteeing genuine freedom of religion and freedom of expression.

 

But the most incredible transformation is that after 2000 years as a subjugated and persecuted people, we have become a regional military superpower. The empowerment of the Jewish nation, the success of our people’s army and its ability deter the combined force of all its enemies is mind boggling. As we face tough challenges such as the threat of a nuclear Iran, even the mullahs realize that an attack on us would lead to their decimation.

 

Although the American people and Congress remain strongly supportive, as long as the Obama Administration remains in office, Israel may soon be denied the U.S. diplomatic umbrella at the United Nations and the Europeans may well be hatching further schemes to sanction us. Yet, it is mind boggling that our Prime Minister was invited three times to address Congress and on each occasion received standing ovations. That Winston Churchill was the only other leader honored in this manner says it all.

 

Lessons from our bitter history have taught us that when the chips are down, we can only rely on ourselves. We were initially perceived as the unfortunate underdogs. Today, we are accused of being too powerful. Most of us concur that if the price for being strong and independent obliges us to lose favor with confused bleeding heart liberals, so be it. The reality is that we are stronger today and better able to withstand political and military pressures than ever before.

 

In Europe, popular anti-Semitism has again transformed Jews into pariahs. Yet Jewish communities will always remain and Israel must encourage efforts to strengthen their Jewish identity and support their struggle against anti-Semitism. Diaspora Jews are fortunate knowing that if their world collapses, Israel provides them with a haven. But many will not wish to see their children grow up in an environment in which they feel obliged to conceal their Jewish identity and have military personnel guarding schools and synagogues. Increasing numbers are therefore likely to make aliyah or at least encourage their children to do so.

 

In the United States, aliyah will attract those Jews concerned about t their grandchildren remaining Jewish in an open society – where currently 80% of non-orthodox are marrying out. Committed Jews are also increasingly attracted to the the opportunity of living in a pulsating Jewish state which provides a cost-free Jewish education, in which the Hebrew language, culture and national holidays create a unique Jewish lifestyle which they can never experience in the Diaspora. We must surely appreciate the privilege of living in a Jewish state and not facing the painful Jewish identity issues confronting our diaspora kinsmen.

 

So despite the challenges facing us, we should dismiss the purveyors of doom and gloom who transform self-criticism into masochism and continuously whine about our failings and reject the highly vocal fringe elements who disparage our achievements, mock Zionism and challenge the merits of statehood. Of course, many aspects of Israeli society, as with any other, require attention. These include issues of growing inequality between rich and poor and the ongoing irritants in relationship between the state and organized religion. Not to mention the dysfunctional political system.

 

Alas, the dream of peace with our neighbors remains just a dream. But we should exult in the realization that we are stronger today than in the past when we overcame far greater challenges and genuinely faced annihilation. Opinion polls indicate that we rank amongst the happiest and most contented people in the world. However many young Israelis now take Jewish statehood for granted,  never having undergone the chilling experience of European Jews in the 1930s as they desperately sought entry visas to countries to avoid the impending Shoah. Nor can they appreciate the devastating impact of living in an anti-Semitic environment where Jews are considered pariahs.

 

Today, on our 67th anniversary, we should give thanks to the Almighty for enabling us to be the blessed Jewish generation, privileged to live in freedom in our resurrected ancient homeland. We should continually remind ourselves that our success defies rationality and by any benchmark must be deemed miraculous. Chag Sameach.                                                  

                                                                       

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AT 67, ISRAEL EXUDES LONG-TERM OPTIMISM                                                                         

Yoram Ettinger                                                                                                    

Israel Hayom, Apr. 22, 2015

 

Sixty-seven years ago, upon Israel's declaration of independence, Life magazine noted (May ‎‎31, 1948) the odds facing the 600,000 Jews of the newly born economy-‎starved and militarily embargoed Jewish state:

 

"King Abdullah of Transjordan sent ‎his Arab Legion against Jerusalem. … Egypt's planes repeatedly bombed Tel Aviv. ‎Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia pitched in. … The Arabs cut off Jerusalem from ‎the coast by blocking the road to Tel Aviv. … The old walled city came under artillery ‎fire. … A three-pronged attack was compressing the [Jewish] defenders into the ‎Jewish Quarter of the Old City. … King Abdullah's Arab Legion was spearheading ‎the Arabs' land offensive. … The Jews had little but light anti-aircraft to fight off these ‎attacks. … A country the size of Connecticut is ringed by hostile neighbors. … Time and ‎geography favor the Arabs, and England, which does not recognize Israel, is sending ‎the Arab states arms, [while] Israel's friends in the U.S. aim to lift our embargo on ‎arms. … Can Israel survive?" ‎

 

In defiance of the jagged cutting edge of the Middle East and the world at large, and ‎in spite of boycotts, sanctions, embargoes, condemnations, wars, terrorism and ‎diplomatic adversity, the Jewish state has catapulted from the Holocaust, ‎and the near-destruction during its War of Independence, to world-class ‎stellar performance in the areas of economy, technology, science, medicine, health, ‎agriculture, irrigation, first responding, military and counterterrorism, and sharing ‎its exceptional achievements with the Third World, the West, and especially with the ‎U.S. ‎

 

At 67, Israel reaffirms a historic fact: Pressuring the Jewish olive produces superb oil.‎ At 67, against all odds, and beyond the wildest expectations, Israel demonstrates that ‎principle-driven, highly motivated and defiant societies are capable of transforming ‎tough times into challenges and opportunities, while surging to new heights. ‎

 

At 67, Israel enjoys splendid integration into the global economy and Israel's ‎economy is praised by the International Monetary Fund and the three leading rating ‎companies, Standard & Poor's, Moody's and Fitch Ratings. Israel's gross domestic product and industrial ‎exports total $300 billion and $47 billion, respectively, compared to $1.5 billion and $5 million, ‎respectively, in 1948. Israel's GDP growth (3%) is similar to the U.S. and higher than ‎Canada (1.9%), Britain (1.6%), Germany (1.1%) and the OECD average (1.3%). ‎Israel's unemployment rate (6%) is lower than the OECD average (7.5%). Israel's ‎debt-to-GDP ratio (67% and declining) is lower than the U.S. (106%), the Euro bloc ‎‎(108%), the G-20 (97%), Britain (92%) and Germany (75%). Israel has the largest (per ‎capita) number of startup companies in the world, the highest (per capita) ratio of ‎university degrees, the highest ratio of research and development personnel (140 per ‎‎10,000 workers), and is a research and development hub of some 250 U.S. high ‎technology companies. Overseas investment in Israel is at a record level and trade ‎with India and China is skyrocketing. ‎

 

At 67, Israel is facing a potential wave of aliyah (Jewish immigration), which could be ‎the most effective engine of growth, attracting more investment to Israel, enhancing ‎Israel's Jewish demography, and bolstering Israel's posture of deterrence in a ‎dramatic manner. A proactive aliyah policy could generate 500,000 immigrants — in the next five years — from France, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Britain, Argentina and ‎the U.S., due to the relative strength of Israel's economy, the rise of global anti-‎Semitism, the gradual Islamification of Europe, and the expansion of Jewish/Zionist ‎education in major Jewish communities. ‎

 

‎At 67, Israel is — in contrast to the tumultuous, unpredictable, unreliable, violent and ‎generally anti-U.S. Arab street — the only stable, predictable, reliable, capable, willing, ‎democratic and unconditional ally of the U.S., regionally and globally. In 1969 and ‎‎1978, the revolutions that installed Muammar Gadhafi ‎and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini transformed Libya and Iran, respectively, from pro- ‎to anti-U.S. regimes. In 2003, the rise of Erdoğan changed Turkey from a pro-U.S. to ‎an anti-U.S. Islamic orientation. In 2012, the pro-U.S. Egyptian military regime was ‎replaced by the anti-U.S. Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization. A regime change ‎in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States would trigger a similar anti-U.S. shift. On ‎the other hand, Israel's Right and Left, hawks and doves are inherent and unfailing ‎allies of the U.S. ‎

 

‎At 67, Israel is increasingly involved in mutually beneficial, two-way street, win-‎win ties with the U.S., providing the U.S. with critical intelligence on Islamic terrorism, ‎exceeding intelligence received by the U.S. from all NATO countries combined. ‎Moreover, Israel is the most battle-tested, cost-effective laboratory of the U.S. defense ‎industries, sharing with U.S. manufacturers thousands of upgrades and modifications, ‎enhancing the U.S. global competitiveness, exports, research and development and ‎employment. Israel is to the U.S. defense industry what triple-A tenants are to ‎shopping malls: increasing value and drawing clients — a mega-billion dollar bonanza. ‎

 

At 67, Israel's robust demography leads birth rates in the free world with more than three births ‎per Jewish woman, providing a tailwind to Israel's economy and national security. In ‎‎1995, there were 2.3 Jewish births per each Arab birth; in 2014 — 3.4 Jewish births. ‎The number of Jewish births surged from 80,400 in 1995 to 136,000 in 2014 — a 69% ‎increase — while the annual number of Arab births has stabilized over the years. ‎From 600,000 Jews in 1948, Israel's Jewish population has grown to 6.5 million, ‎benefitting from a robust tailwind of fertility (especially among secular Jewish ‎women!) and net immigration, while Arabs have experienced an unprecedented ‎modernity-driven decline in fertility, in addition to net emigration.‎

 

Against the backdrop of the last stormy 67 years, one may conclude that the ‎sustained wars, terrorism and diplomatic adversity have been merely bumps on the ‎road of unprecedented growth and development, benefitting the Jewish state, the ‎U.S. and the rest of the world.‎

 

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On Topic

 

Netanyahu's Independence Day Greeting From Jerusalem: Jerusalem Post, Apr. 23, 2015

A Great Moment For The World: Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel: Israel Video Network, Apr. 23, 2015

Israeli Envoy Prosor Recites 'Hatikva' at UN in Memory of Israel's Fallen: Jerusalem Post, Apr. 21, 2015 — Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor recited the opening words of Israel's national anthem "Hatikva" during a meeting on the Middle East at the UN Security Council on Tuesday, as a way of honoring the memory of Israel's fallen soldiers on the occasion of Remembrance Day.

Happy Birthday Israel: Drybones, Apr . 22, 2015

 

                                                                    

               

 

 

 

                      

                

                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baruch Cohen: YOM HA’ATZMAUT 5775: AM ISRAEL CHAI!

 

                                                                                                                                                               “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
                                                                                                                                                               And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest”
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Jewish history is an unending story which comes down to us across the centuries.

 

There are several concentric circles of history: First is the circle of preservation. How did our people manage to preserve its identity in diaspora and exile, without a territorial base or political organization, in conditions under which no other people succeeded?

Second is the circle of power, reflection, and prolonged resonance. Third is the realm of suffering: a history that passeth all understanding. Fourth is the circle of renewal, the ability to take a language, land and people separated for centuries and to revive together, to forge a new nation and an independent life.

 

We, the Jewish People, stand as we have often stood, restored to our Land, small and still dispersed, vulnerable, yet inspired by an old, powerful dream: our restored home! We are today, still, inspired by a large, powerful dream, a vision: AM ISRAEL CHAI!

 

Today, the State of Israel is a dream come true. AM ISRAEL, the State of Israel, is center, and vanguard, of the entire Jewish People.

 

AM ISRAEL CHAI V’KAYAM! A joyous Independence Day to all CIJR’s friends and supporters!

 

(Baruch Cohen is CIJR’s Research Chairman and a Member of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center)

 

Wednesday’s “News in Review” Round-Up

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Contents:  Weekly Quotes |  Short Takes On Topic Links

 

 

MEDIA-OCRITY OF THE WEEK: “We made important progress in Switzerland earlier this month. With the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, we agreed on parameters to remove any doubt about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program and to lift international sanctions against Iran. But to seal the anticipated nuclear deal, more political will is required…With courageous leadership and the audacity to make the right decisions, we can and should put this manufactured crisis to rest and move on to much more important work. The wider Persian Gulf region is in turmoil. It is not a question of governments rising and falling: the social, cultural and religious fabrics of entire countries are being torn to shreds…Iran has been clear: The purview of our constructive engagement extends far beyond nuclear negotiations. Good relations with Iran’s neighbors are our top priority,” — Op-Ed by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (New York Times, Apr. 20, 2015)

 

On Topic Links 

 

Netanyahu’s Remarks to the Bereaved Families of Israel: Breaking Israel News, Apr. 22, 2015

As Israel Silently Fights Terror, PA Quietly Condones It: Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn, Algemeiner, Apr. 21, 2015

Israeli Envoy Prosor Recites 'Hatikva' at UN in Memory of Israel's Fallen: Jerusalem Post, Apr. 21, 2015

Taking Jihad to School – French Programs Emphasize Secularism: Abigail R. Esman, IPT News, Apr. 22, 2015

 

 

WEEKLY QUOTES

 

"As the threats from our enemies to destroy our homeland grow, our determination to defend our homeland grows…We saw this last summer during Operation Protective Edge, such courage, unity and sacrifice…We saw also lone soldiers who came from the Diaspora to serve in the IDF and were killed in the war. They left family and a comfortable life abroad and chose to join fighting units. They said this is our home and we came to defend it," —Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, mourning the loss of Israel's fallen soldiers in Jerusalem Wednesday. "When it hurts and your grief is painful, take solace in the fact that your sons and daughters fell to ensure the existence of the nation. There is no future for the Jewish people without the state of Israel…We salute the heroism of the fallen," Netanyahu said, before laying a wreathe in memory of the soldiers. (Jerusalem Post, Apr. 21, 2015)

 

“How sanctions are lessened, how we snap back sanctions if there’s a violation, there are a lot of different mechanisms and ways to do that,” —U.S. President Barack Obama. The negotiators, Obama said, need to “find formulas that get to our main concerns while allowing the other side to make a presentation to their body politic that is more acceptable…Our main concern here is making sure that if Iran doesn’t abide by its agreement, that we don’t have to jump through a whole bunch of hoops in order to reinstate sanctions…That’s our main concern.” Iranian leaders have insisted in recent days that sanctions be lifted as soon as a written accord is signed. Obama did not repeat past U.S. assertions that sanctions would be removed only in phases as Tehran follows through on obligations to scale back its nuclear facilities.  Instead, he suggested that negotiators seek a solution that would seem “more acceptable” to Iran’s political constituencies, while preserving leverage to force the government to abide by the deal. The timing of sanctions relief is the main sticking point in nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 that resumed this week in Vienna. (New York Times, Apr. 17, 2015)

 

“I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in hell this framework will get approved by Congress after review…It is so weak in a time we need to be strong,” — Republican Senator, and presidential hopeful, Lindsey Graham. “I don’t think any Republican or Democrat is going to allow that to become final,” he added.  Graham said the agreement lacked “anytime, anywhere” atomic inspections and more restrictions on Iran’s nuclear reactors. “At the end of the day, you can’t lift sanctions until the behavior of Iran changes,” he added. (Jerusalem Post, Apr. 19, 2015)

 

“Our lesson from Holocaust Day is a persistent battle against Iran…The free world failed confronting Germany. We won’t let it fail against Iran. Betar will keep standing upright against any murderous enemy and remind the world  of its role. The battle for Jerusalem is also the battle for Paris free of terror.” — Neria Meir, the leader of Betar World Movement. Members of Betar in Paris marked Holocaust Memorial Day protesting in front of the Iranian embassy in France, blocking the entrance to the building holding the Israeli flag and signs against the nuclear deal crystallizing between the world powers and Iran, calling: “Never Again.” (Jerusalem Online, Apr. 17, 2015)

 

“The jihadist terrorists who proclaimed a so-called caliphate in the Middle East have declared war on Canada and Canadians by name…In response, we have taken up the fight both overseas and here at home,” — Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver, while presenting the budget to the House of Commons on Tuesday. The Conservative government expects to spend more than $360 million on Canada’s fight against the Islamic State over the next 12 months. That is on top of the $122 million already spent on the war, bringing the total to nearly half a billion dollars. The revelation is contained in the federal budget, making the war against I.S. Canada’s most expensive military mission since Afghanistan. (Ottawa Citizen, Apr. 21, 2015)

 

“We don’t have months and months…The double risk of an advance of the Islamic State group in Libya and the waves of migrants means we are in a race against the clock,” —Paolo Gentiloni, the Italian foreign minister. At least nine Christian refugees drowned in the Mediterranean when they were thrown overboard by Muslim migrants on a boat sailing from Libya to Italy. Fifteen Muslim migrants, believed to be from Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and Guinea Bissau, were arrested by police, accused of having thrown the Christians from Ghana and Nigeria into the sea after the fight broke out. Gentiloni said it might be necessary to take military action against I.S., which was worsening the security situation in parts of Libya. Gentiloni raised the prospect of “targeted anti-terrorist strikes” against I.S., as well as action against people smuggling gangs. (National Post, Apr. 17, 2015)

 

"The anti-Semitic trend as well as certain acts of hatred and violence in Europe are alarming…Every Christian must be firm in condemning all forms of anti-Semitism," —Pope Francis, at a meeting with a delegation of ten rabbis from the Conference of European Rabbis (CER). Referring to the Nostra Aetate, a Vatican document that was published 50 years ago and which expresses respect for other religions including Judaism, the pontiff stressed that interfaith dialogue has progressed "systematically for nearly half a century…Both Jews and Christians have a responsibility to help keep mankind and society's religious sense – which demonstrates the sanctity of human life – alive," he said. The pope also paid tribute to the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Elio Toaff, who passed away Sunday at the age of 99 in Rome. (I24, Apr. 20, 2015)

 

"I have not always gone out with an Israeli flag but this last Saturday we did. We met many people from Israel and spoke with them and also informed many others of the facts regarding the land of Israel…So many people believe the lies and propaganda they are being fed about Israel. This is why I go out with my Israeli flag, to encourage Jewish and Israeli people, and to speak with others [who] will listen about the truth in regards to Israel," —Stan Kamps, a Canadian-born pastor of an English-language Baptist church in the Dutch city of Almere. Last Saturday, Kamps took to the busy Amsterdam streets with members of his church and a large Israeli flag. On April 8, the European Jewish Association launched a solidarity campaign to fight antisemitism in Europe. The campaign, headed by Rabbi Menachem Margolin in Brussels, calls on non-Jewish Europeans to wear Jewish symbols to show their opposition to rising antisemitism. (Jerusalem Post, Apr. 21, 2015)

 

"War has never been the choice of the state of Israel. Our choice is, as it always was, the path of peace. But when war and terror are forced upon us, we will not surrender and we will not back down. For nearly 2,000 years, we were stateless and powerless in the face of hatred and indifference. Those days are no more, the Israeli envoy vowed…On Thursday Israel will celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut (Independence Day), our 67th anniversary as a free and independent Jewish state. With great joy, with heads held up high, we will celebrate the realization of the words of our national anthem "Hatikva," —Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor. Prosor recited the opening words of Israel's national anthem "Hatikva" during a meeting on the Middle East at the UN Security Council on Tuesday, as a way of honoring the memory of Israel's fallen soldiers on the occasion of Remembrance Day. (Jerusalem Post, Apr. 21, 2015)

 

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SHORT TAKES

 

IN MEMORIAM – REMEMBERING THE FALLEN HEROES OF THE IDF (Jerusalem) — Every year on Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, the country commemorates its fallen victims of terrorism and war. Counting from the year 1860, when Jews were first allowed to live outside of the Old City walls of Jerusalem, Israel commemorates 23,320 casualties of war and terror. Since the last Yom Hazikaron, 116 people have died, 67 of them in Operation Protective Edge. According to statistics released by the IDF ahead of Yom Hazikaron, 131 parents, 11 widows, and 187 siblings lost a loved one this past year. 16,760 “bereaved families” are mourning the loss of a loved one this year, with 9,753 parents mourning their children, 4,958 widows mourning their husbands, and 2,049 orphans mourning their parents, all of whom fell in action protecting Israel. (Breaking Israel News, Apr. 22, 2015)
 

TERRORIST CONFESSES TO DELIBERATELY TARGETING JEWS WITH CAR (Jerusalem) — “I wanted to murder Jews,” 37-year-old Arab man Khaled Koutineh, who drove his car into a bus stop in Jerusalem’s French Hill junction last week, reportedly told the Shin Bet security agency. The Shin Bet had suspected that the April 16 incident, which killed Shalom Yohai Sherki, 26, and seriously injured Shira Klein, 20, was a terrorist attack, but also pursued leads suggesting an accident. Koutineh, who holds an Israeli ID card, told investigators that he was driving around Jerusalem in his car “looking to murder Jews” over what he called his “miserable life,” saying he and several of his relatives had been detained at a security checkpoint in eastern Jerusalem. (JNS, Apr. 21, 2015)

 

PA MINISTERS LEAVE GAZA AFTER HAMAS PLACED THEM ON HOUSE ARREST (Gaza City) —PA ministers who arrived in the Gaza Strip earlier this week returned to the West Bank after Hamas imposed severe restrictions on their movements and contacts. Palestinian sources said Hamas had placed the ministers under house arrest in their hotel, preventing them from receiving or talking to anyone. The ten ministers were dispatched to the Gaza Strip as part of the Palestinian Authority government’s effort to solve the problem of thousands of public employees who have not received their salaries for several months. (Jerusalem Post, Apr. 20, 2015)

 

ISRAEL AND THE PA REACH TAX DEAL (Jerusalem) —  Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached an agreement to resolve a months-long dispute over the transfer of tax revenue Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinians. Israel said it would transfer about $470 million collected over the last four months, after deductions to help cover Palestinian debts to Israeli utility companies. The money had accrued since Israel suspended the payments in January in response to the Palestinian move to join the International Criminal Court. Israel announced in March that it would release three months of tax revenue amid fears that the impoundment of the money was undermining stability and endangering Israel’s well-being. (New York Times, Apr. 18, 2015)

 

SAUDIS WILL SCALE BACK ITS MILITARY CAMPAIGN IN YEMEN (Riyadh) —Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it is scaling back its military intervention in Yemen, after more than three weeks of punishing airstrikes failed to drive back the Shiite rebels that have plunged the Arabian Peninsula nation into chaos. Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri announced that the coalition led by Saudi Arabia would begin a new operation in Yemen that focuses on addressing a worsening humanitarian crisis, combating terrorism and finding a political solution to the fighting. The change in direction comes amid rising doubts among Riyadh’s allies over the objectives and fallout of the conflict, which has further destabilized Yemen, helping radical groups such as al-Qaeda expand their influence there. (Washington Post, Apr. 21, 2015)

 

I.S. OFFSHOOT POSES NEW SECURITY THREAT IN AFGHANISTAN (Kabul) — Even by the grim standards of Afghanistan, the attack was shocking: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vest in a crowd of people at a bank. The bombing on Saturday in Jalalabad killed 35 people in what appeared to be the first major operation claimed by militants in Afghanistan loyal to I.S. Until recently, these terrorists largely limited their efforts to recruitment and propaganda. Saturday’s attack marked a shift to carrying out terrorist attacks in the region. The pro-Islamic State group that claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack called itself the Province of Khorasan, following a pattern of other offshoot groups that have recently cropped up calling themselves the Province of Tripoli in Libya or the Province of Sinai in the Egyptian desert peninsula. (Wall Street Journal, Apr. 19, 2015)

 

I.S. MURDERS 30 ETHIOPIAN CHRISTIANS IN LIBYA (Tripoli) —Islamic State has released a video apparently showing the murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The footage bears chilling echoes of an earlier mass murder by the group, in which at least 20 Egyptian Christians were beheaded on Libya’s northern shore. The video said the victims were Christians belonging to “the hostile Ethiopian Church”. I.S. gained a foothold in Libya last year. It has declared the establishment of three branches in the North African country, uniting disparate groups of Islamists under its banner. The group’s latest video ends with a warning that Christians will not be safe unless they embrace Islam or pay protection money. (Telegraph, Apr. 20, 2015)

 

EX-PRESIDENT MORSI SENTENCED BY EGYPT COURT TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON (Cairo) — An Egyptian court sentenced ousted President Mohamed Morsi to 20 years in prison without parole on Tuesday for the killing of protesters in December 2012. The fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011 paved the way for what was unthinkable for decades – the Brotherhood ruling the most populous Arab country. However, Morsi's handpicked army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, toppled him in 2013, bringing Egypt's secular-nationalist state security apparatus and intelligence service back to power. Prosecutors argue that Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders had encouraged the violence and so are responsible for the bloodshed. Morsi and his co-defendants deny the charges. (Jerusalem Post, Apr. 21, 2015)

 

'KING OF CLUBS' IZZAT AL-DOURI REPORTEDLY KILLED IN IRAQ (Baghdad) — One of Saddam Hussein’s last surviving henchmen has been killed near the northern city of Tikrit after helping to mastermind Iraq’s insurgency, officials said. The body of Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who spent 24 years as Saddam’s deputy on the Revolutionary Command Council, was discovered on a battlefield after he was killed by Iraqi soldiers and allied Shia militiamen, according to Raed al-Jubouri, the governor of Salahuddin province. Douri, 72, was one of “12 terrorists” who died, added Mr Jubouri. Douri evaded capture for 12 years after Saddam’s downfall, reinventing himself as the leader of the Naqshbandi Order, one of Iraq’s main Sunni insurgent groups dedicating to fighting the Shia-led government. More recently, Douri allied with the terrorists of the Islamic State. (Telegraph, Apr. 17, 2015)

 

MAJOR IRANIAN NEWS OUTLETS PUBLISH UPDATED ANTISEMITIC BLOOD LIBEL (Teheran) — Over the past two weeks, many Iranian websites have reproduced a long article accusing Jews of murdering gentile children in their synagogues, draining their blood and mixing it in their matzoh for Passover. Perhaps the most prominent site was news site Alef, under the title “What group has been the biggest criminals in the history of mankind?” It goes through many countries and lists every Jewish blood libel. It claims that the reason Jews were expelled from Spain was because of their habits of murdering Christian babies. The article even reproduces a cover of Der Sturmer from 1939 showing the Nazi paper accusing Jews of ritual murder as evidence that it must be true. (Algemeiner, Apr. 19, 2015)

 

OSKAR GROENING, FORMER AUSCHWITZ GUARD, TELLS TRIAL HE SHARES MORAL GUILT  (Munich) — A former Auschwitz guard acknowledged Tuesday that he bears a share of the moral guilt for atrocities at the camp, but told judges at the opening of his trial that it is up to them to decide whether he deserves to be convicted as an accessory to murder. Oskar Groening, 93, acknowledged having helped collect and tally money as part of his job dealing with the belongings stolen from people arriving at Auschwitz. That earned him the moniker "Accountant of Auschwitz." Groening faces 300,000 counts of accessory to murder at the trial. Attorney Thomas Walther, who represents Auschwitz survivors and their families, spoke about the Oskar Groening trial at CIJR on Jan. 27, 2015. (CBC, Apr. 21, 2015)

 

NAZI CHANTS AT DUTCH SOCCER GAME (Utrecht) — It was a beautiful day for soccer in the Dutch town of Utrecht as the local team, FC Utrecht, kicked off against Ajax Amsterdam. As the game slowly played out on the field, however, things in the stands quickly got ugly. “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas,” sang a section of the home supporters towards the fans visiting from Amsterdam, a city historic in part for its Jewish community. “My father was in the commandos, my mother was in the SS, together they burned Jews, because Jews burn the best!” FC Utrecht issued an apology as Jewish organizations demanded action by soccer authorities. A study by Kick It Out, a British organization devoted to combating racism, revealed that there were 59 reported instances of antisemitism during the first half of this season. That was more than during the entire previous season. (Washington Post, Apr. 10, 2015)

 

SECRET MEETING OF HOLOCAUST DENIERS CONVENES IN HEART OF LONDON (London) — A large international conference of Holocaust deniers recently took place in the heart of London, Britain's Daily Mail reported. The event was held under a veil of secrecy at London's Grosvenor Hotel.  Nazi Pedro Varela, 57, was described by the paper as the star speaker of the event. According to the report, Varela was arrested in Austria in 1992 for praising Hitler, and on the dictator's centenary he declared to a supportive crowd in Madrid that, "There were never any gas chambers in Auschwitz." On Saturday the Mail said there were calls from Jewish community leaders for police to investigate the group for race hate crimes. (Jerusalem Post, Apr. 19, 2015)  

 

ELIO TOAFF, SPIRITUAL LEADER OF ITALIAN JEWS, DIES AT 99 (Rome) —Elio Toaff, the chief rabbi of Rome for half a century, who as a leader of Italian Jewry during its revival after World War II helped forge more amicable relations between Jews and the Vatican, died on Sunday in Rome. He was 99. Born on April 30, 1915, in Livorno, Toaff was the son of Livorno’s chief rabbi. A fighter in the Italian resistance during World War II, he helped hide Jews after the Germans occupied northern and central Italy in 1943 and began mass deportations to concentration camps. Rabbi Toaff was at one point captured by the Nazis and sentenced to die by firing squad but he managed to escape. After the war he served as chief rabbi of Venice, and he was chosen as spiritual leader of the Jews of Rome in 1951. Toaff is perhaps best known for the invitation to Pope John Paul II to pray with him in Rome’s central synagogue, an act that cemented his international legacy. (New York Times, Apr. 20, 2015)

 

TEVA PROPOSES $40 BILLION ACQUISITION OF COMPETITOR MYLAN  (Tel Aviv) — Israeli generic pharmaceuticals giant Teva on Tuesday offered to buy its competitor Mylan for roughly $40 billion, but the deal is by no means guaranteed to move forward. Teva offered to buy all outstanding Mylan shares for $82, some 48 percent above its March 10 price, in a half-cash, half-stock deal that it said would lead to $2b. in cost savings. Scooping up the 489.4 million shares of the NASDAQ-traded company that were outstanding as of Tuesday would put the deal at $40.13b. It would be the company’s largest acquisition by far and, according to The Wall Street Journal, the largest US acquisition of 2015. (Jerusalem Post, Apr. 22, 2015)

 

BIDEN TO ATTEND ISRAELI INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENT AT EMBASSY (Washington) — US Vice President Joe Biden will attend the main event in celebration of Israel’s 67th Independence Day at the Israeli Embassy in Washington on April 23rd, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer announced on Thursday. The visit will be the first time in the past seven years that the Vice President of the United States will be participating in the annual event at the Embassy. In light of the recent tensions between Israel and the U.S. Biden’s attendance carries extra significance, particularly in light of allegations that Amb. Dermer played a role in heightening tensions. When Prime Minister Netanyahu was invited to address Congress last month, officials in Washington attacked Dermer, blaming him for the invitation and for failing to give the White House ample notice. (Algemeiner, Apr. 16, 2015)

 

AT 67, ISRAEL HOME TO 8.3 MILLION PEOPLE (Tel Aviv) — On the eve of its 67th Independence Day, Israel’s population stands at 8.34 million people. The 6.25 million Jewish residents of Israel represent 74.9 percent of the population, while the 1.73 million Arabs make up 20.7% of the population. Residents without any official religious affiliation and members of other religions make up 4.4% of the population. In 2014, 75% of the Jewish residents were born in Israel, as compared with 35% in 1948. When the State of Israel was established in 1948, the population numbered 806,000, and Tel Aviv-Jaffa was the only city with more than 100,000 inhabitants. There are now 14 such cities, six of which are home to more than 200,000 people: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Haifa, Rishon Lezion, Ashdod and Petah Tikva. (Times of Israel, Apr. 21, 2015)

 

On Topic Links 

 

Netanyahu’s Remarks to the Bereaved Families of Israel: Breaking Israel News, Apr. 22, 2015 —Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks to the bereaved families on the occasion of Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars (Yom Hazikaron).

As Israel Silently Fights Terror, PA Quietly Condones It: Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn, Algemeiner, Apr. 21, 2015 —Three quiet anti-terror actions by Israeli security forces last week shed more light on the Israeli-Palestinian situation than all the speeches, diplomatic pronouncements, and “expert” opinions that fill our airwaves daily.

Israeli Envoy Prosor Recites 'Hatikva' at UN in Memory of Israel's Fallen: Jerusalem Post, Apr. 21, 2015 —Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor recited the opening words of Israel's national anthem "Hatikva" during a meeting on the Middle East at the UN Security Council on Tuesday, as a way of honoring the memory of Israel's fallen soldiers on the occasion of Remembrance Day.

Taking Jihad to School – French Programs Emphasize Secularism: Abigail R. Esman, IPT News, Apr. 22, 2015 —On a street in Paris's popular 6th Arrondissement, men in camouflage wielding Famas assault rifles patiently stand guard throughout the day.

 

 

 

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