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Friday, 29 April 2016
America- Europe’s Jews are leaving. They are in the Bull’s-eye of Islamic Anti-Semitism
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Jerry Gordon, Senior Editor of The New English Review and co-host of The Lisa Benson Radio Show will be the principal speaker at the conclusion of The March of Remembrance commemorating Yom Ha Shoah sponsored by Rabbi Eric Tokajer,  Brit Ahm Synagogue of Pensacola, Florida. Rabbi Israel Vana of B'nai Israel Synagogue will invoke the traditional Mourner Prayer for the Six Million European Jewish Men, women and Children murdered in unspeakable ways in Hitler's Final Solution The March will start at 3:PM in downtown Pensacola at Jackson Street and terminate at the junction of Palafox and Chase Streets.  The following is Mr. Gordon's presentation at the March of Remembrance.

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The following is an excerpt from a speech given by Ze’ev Jabotinsky in Warsaw, Poland on Tisha B’Av in 1937. [Two years before the Nazis invaded Poland.]

Ze’ev Jabotinsky, founder of the Jewish Legion and Revisionist Zionism

… it is already three years that I am calling upon you, Polish Jewry, who are the crown of world Jewry. I continue to warn you incessantly that a catastrophe is coming closer. I became gray and old in these years, my heart bleeds, that you, dear brothers and sisters, do not see the volcano which will soon begin to spit it’s all consuming lava. I know that you are not seeing this because you are immersed in your daily worries. Today, however, I demand your trust. You were convinced already that my prognoses have already proven to be right. If you think differently then drive me out from your midst.

“However, if you do believe me, then listen to me in this 11th hour: In the name of G-d, Let anyone of you save himself as long as there is still time. And time there is very little.

“… and what else I would like to say to you in this day on Tisha B’Av: whoever of you will escape from the catastrophe, he or she will live to see the exalted moment of a great Jewish wedding: the rebirth and the rise of a Jewish state. I don’t know if I will be privileged to see it; my son will. I believe in this as I am sure that tomorrow morning the sun will rise.”

It was Jabotinsky’s last Tisha B’Av Message to his largest and most loyal constituency. In a short time both he and they would be gone.  Two years later World War Two started in which Six Million European Jewish men, women and children were murdered in Hitler’s Final Solution.  After the disclosures of the Holocaust the world said ‘never again’.

Fast forward to Shoah Commemorations in 2016. 2.5 million Jews see no future for themselves and their children in Europe

Surveys of Jewish Communities in France, Britain and Germany attest to the fear of Islamic terrorism and uncertainty of   continued protection by national governments of their homes, synagogues and communities:

  • 58 percent  of British  Jews surveyed  felt they might have no long-term future in Europe;
  • 45 percent felt their family was threatened by Islamist extremism;  and

40 percent of respondents said that anti-Semitism poses a serious threat to the future of Jewish life in their country in a poll of European Jewish leaders published in March 2016 by the International Center for Community Development of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Jews in Paris, Toulouse, Brussels and Copenhagen have been murdered by Muslim émigrés, Al Qaeda and Islamic State returning veterans.  Israeli and European Jews were among those targeted and injured in the March 2016 Brussels Airport attack.

Estimates drawn from several EU Surveys indicate that 150 million of the 400 million EU population harbor anti-Semitic views:

Data from the 2014 ADL Global 100 Anti-Semitism survey for Major European Jewish communities show:

  • There are 38 anti-Semites for each Jew in France;
  • 161 anti-Semites for every Jew in Germany; and,
  •  14.5 anti-Semites for every Jew in the UK.

Most troubling EU and Belgian Surveys indicate that Muslims are 8 times more likely than non-Muslims to espouse Anti-Semitism.

European Jews are leaving reflected in immigration to Israel. Amid rise in attacks, 9,880 made aliyah in 2015, including almost 8,000 from France.  Jewish Agency Director, Natan Sharansky said:  “An unprecedented number of Jews feel that Europe is no longer their home.”

Europe’s 44 million Muslim population in 2010 is estimated to grow to more than 58 million by 2030.

The Muslim population in European countries with major Jewish communities is already significant:

  • Germany and France have the largest Muslim populations among European Union member countries - 4.8 million Muslims in Germany (5.8% of the country’s population) and 4.7 million Muslims in France (7.5%).
  • The Muslim share of Europe’s total population has been increasing steadily – 4% in 1990, 6% in 2010, and 8% by 2030.

Muslim population  in major European cities far exceeds national representation:

  • Amsterdam   24.0%
  • Antwerp         16.9%
  • Berlin                9.0%
  • Brussels          25.5%
  • London           13.1%
  • Marseilles      25.0%
  • Milan              10.0%
  • Paris                15.0%
  • Rotterdam     25.0%
  • Stockholm     20.0%
  • Vienna            10.0%
     

Jewish synagogues throughout Europe have been the subject of fire bombings, anti-Semitic graffiti defacing synagogues and members attacked by rioters.  Today it is common for synagogues throughout Europe to be protected by machine gun toting security police or military. Observant Jewish men and youths are fearful of wearing kippots in public. Young girls cover their necklaces with Mogen David stars.   The insurgent far right AfD Party (Alternative for Germany, Alternative für Deutschland) has proposed banning Schechita Jewish humane ritual slaughter of animals and Brit Millah, Circumcision for male babies.

European Jewish Congress President, Dr. Moshe Kantor and Franz Timmermans, EU vice president say:

"If hundreds of thousands of Jews leave the European Union, which is becoming a very strong possibility, then it will be judged a failure," Kantor said in Brussels.

"Over the past few years, tens of thousands of Jews have left Europe to seek a safer home elsewhere, and today, one-third of Europe’s nearly 2.5 million Jews are considering emigration. Whole areas of Europe are being emptied of Jews and not enough is being done.”

“In the last couple of years we have seen this age-old monster come up again in Europe, which is anti-Semitism,” said Frans Timmermans. “We Europeans, whenever we are in trouble, when there is a crisis, we look for people to blame and throughout the ages Jews have been on the receiving end.”

What does this mean for American Jews?

  • Consider  launching programs to make American Jewish communities  aware of likely  immigration consequences of  admitting Muslim refugees who may harbor deep rooted religious and ethnic hatreds;
  • Consider fund raising for American sponsored absorption programs for European Jews seeking aliyah  to Israel and immigration to the US; and,
  • Establish joint American /Israeli programs for young Jewish adults as Shaliach, “emissaries” to meet with European Jewish community leaders and peers to assess problems and develop constructive programs to facilitate absorption of those European Jews who wish to emigrate.
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Posted on 04/29/2016 3:37 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Friday, 29 April 2016
Trump Campaign Dismisses America First Controversy
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Trump at Center for National Interest, March 27, 2016
Source: AP

George Santayana’s careworn expression may be invoked yet again over the meme adopted in Trump’s first Foreign Policy speech delivered at the Center for National Interest (CNI) in Washington, DC on Wednesday April 27, 2016. America First.  Santayana said: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Trump in his CNI speech issued his emphatic clarion call to the remaining primary voters across America:

It’s time to shake the rust off America’s foreign policy. It’s time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold, something we have to do. The direction I will outline today will also return us to a timeless principle. My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security above all else. It has to be first. Has to be.That will be the foundation of every single decision that I will make. America First will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.

He did have this welcomed comment on Israel:

Israel, our great friend and the one true democracy in the Middle East has been snubbed and criticized by an administration that lacks moral clarity. Just a few days ago, Vice President Biden again criticized Israel, a force for justice and peace, for acting as an impatient peace area in the region.

That gave rise to criticism by the ADL’s Greenblatt cited in a Ha’aretz article:

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) urged Trump to reconsider the phrase Thursday citing its "anti-Semitic use in the months before Pearl Harbor by a group of prominent Americans seeking to keep the nation out of World War II."

According to a statement released by the Jewish watchdog, the most prominent leader of the “America First Committee” was Charles Lindbergh, who "sympathized with the Nazis and whose rhetoric was characterized by anti-Semitism and offensive stereotypes, including assertions that Jews posed a threat to the U.S. because of their influence in motion pictures, radio, the press, and the government."

Nonetheless, ADL chief Jonathan A. Greenblatt said “the undercurrents of anti-Semitism and bigotry that characterized the America First movement ... are fortunately not a major concern today.”

“However, for many Americans, the term ‘America First’ will always be associated with and tainted by this history," he said, adding that "in a political season that already has prompted a national conversation about civility and tolerance, choosing a call to action historically associated with incivility and intolerance seems ill-advised.”

For those of us old enough to have some knowledge of the isolationist anti-Semitic American First movement championed by Hitler admirer, Charles Lindbergh, who was given a personal award by Der Fuhrer for his aviation exploits, Trump’s use of it was jarring.

When I read the transcript of his speech, I asked a source in the Trump campaign about Dr. Walid Phares, one of Trump’s foreign policy advisers, who I knew personally from a decade of interaction including co-hosting radio shows on common subjects dealing with the Middle East, Israel and Jihad. I asked whether he had written Trump’s  America First speech. The answer was,” no.”  instead  I was directed to Phares’  Fox News opinion article that purports to lay out Trump’s foreign policy vision. There was no America First meme presented in his discussion. Lots of suggestions on changes in the traditional Americans alliances, prevention of Iran getting the nuclear weapon, that it may already possess, getting our allies in the NATO alliance to ante up the required annual defense budget allotments, dealing with ISIS and its global affiliates and the Muslim Brotherhood both here and abroad. Phares’ ringing conclusion:

A new popular majority is sweeping the country during these primary elections and another greater national current will legitimize these new principles with the election of Donald Trump as president in November. These new foreign policy directions will have a deeply informed public backing them, so that President Trump can muster the energies of the American people to create a sustainable defense, encompassing clear objectives coupled with a strong international presence.

Now more than ever, confident American leadership is vital for a world in disarray.

The meme of new policy directions figured prominently in a PBS News Hour  discussion on the merits of Trump’s Foreign Policy speech with Phares and former State Department official, now Hoover Institute scholar, Nicholas Burns. Burns found what he deemed lots of contradictions in Trump’s CNI speech. Phares demurred saying it was really about replacing old worn out failed policies with new ones.  Watch the PBS News Hour interview with Phares and Burns.

Phares was interviewed by Steve Inskeep of NPR’s Morning Edition. I have to issue a disclaimer on my part. I had found NPR’s news biased against Israel back in 2003. I participated in coordinating a national one day protest against NPR local affiliates in more than 40 locations, including the one I led in Connecticut. That led to a series of abrupt exchanges with the VP for News at the DC headquarters for several weeks following that protest. Notwithstanding, my attention was drawn to the transcript of NPR interview with Phares. Inskeep of NPR pressed  Phares on what Trump’s speech was all about with alleged contradictions upending the old policies in favor of new directions.  Phares pushed back on that until the inevitable occurred. Inskeep asked him about the American First meme as it brought memories of the pre-WWII American Firster isolationists led by Lindbergh. Here is the transcript exchange:

INSKEEP: Dr. Phares, one other thing. And we've just got about 30 seconds here. He uses this phrase, America First. It's got a particular historical resonance. He's borrowing a phrase that was used by people who opposed U.S. Involvement against Germany in World War II - 1939, 1940, 1941. Very, very briefly, is there a message here?

PHARES: If you are criticizing Mr. Trump, you will find all the bad connections.  He is very optimistic, and he is very positive none of these sentences that he pronounces go back to dark ages or go back to negative aspects at all.

I returned to the Campaign source and asked about that history. The response:

“America First” is a simple phrase that Mr. Trump uses to describe his approach to all aspects of American relations with the world, including trade, immigration and national defense. Under President Trump, the interests of the American people will be paramount. Putting it in the old category of the isolationists of the past who fought against American involvement in WWII is a mistake.

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Posted on 04/29/2016 9:25 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Friday, 29 April 2016
Birmingham men suspected of giving £3,000 to 'man in the hat' before Brussels bombing appear in court
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Mohammed Ali Ahmed and Zakaria Boufassil, both 26, appeared before Westminster Magistrates charged with supplying £3,000 for terrorism activities on or before July 7 last year.

Mr Ahmed is also accused with Mr Boufassil’s sister Soumaya Boufassil, 29, of collecting money for terrorist purposes between January 1 2015 and April 8 this year.

The three defendants are all from the Small Heath area of Birmingham and have links to Belgium, Turkey and Morocco. They had a French interpreter to help them understand proceedings in court, but all spoke good English as they confirmed their names and dates of birth.

Mother-of-two Mrs Boufassi, a Belgian national, is also accused of taking £16,000 from three bank accounts as part of a plan to travel to Syria. A fourth man, Fazal Sajjad Younis Khan, 40, also from Small Heath, has been charged with possession of CS spray.

The three defendants will next appear in court at the Old Bailey on May 13.

According to the radio report Mrs Boufassi turned up with her face covered, and instead of demanding that she showed respect for the court by showing her face the District Judge merely asked the lawyers to confirm that they were satisfied that the woman under the tent was indeed Mrs Boufassi. She is a Belgian national. She would not have been allowed to wear that cover in public anywhere in Belgium where the full face veil is banned.  But she is permitted to show her contempt for the English court! 

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Posted on 04/29/2016 8:32 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 29 April 2016
The Ghomeshi Verdict - TFF Episode 35
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Posted on 04/29/2016 8:30 AM by David Solway