Surviver of the Holocaust, in November 2010 she will be 107.
Archive for October, 2010
Pope urged to denounce archbishop’s ‘political stunt’
Jewish groups call on Benedict XVI to condemn remarks denying Jews’ link to Land of Israel. ‘These latest moves will damage interfaith relations and embolden anti-Semites and terrorists,’ Simon Wiesenthal Center says
| The Simon Wiesenthal Center is urging Pope Benedict XVI to immediately denounce a statement by Melkite Catholic Archbishop Cyrille Salim Bustros at a Vatican Synod on the Middle East wherein he denied the Jewish people’s link to the Land of Israel.
The archbishop asserted, “We Christians cannot speak about the promised land for the Jewish people. There is no longer a chosen people. All men and women of all countries have become the chosen people. The concept of the promised land cannot be used as a base for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians.”
He added that “the justification of Israel’s occupation of the land of Palestine cannot be based on sacred scriptures.”
“This political stunt, wrapped in theological garb, not only insults every Jew but flies in the face of the statements and actions of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, both who have visited Israel and expressed solidarity with her people,” charged Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, dean and founder and associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, respectively, who have had audiences with both Pontiffs.
“The archbishop’s statement comes at the end of the conference wherein the so-called ‘Palestine Kairos Document’ – which openly denies the right of Israel to be a Jewish state – was presented at the Vatican for the first time.
“These developments demand immediate action by the Pope. Hopes for peace in the Middle East will only come when both sides recognize the rights of the others. These latest moves, left unchallenged, will damage interfaith relations and embolden anti-Semites and terrorists,” they concluded.
Another Jewish group, B’nai B’rith International, said it was deeply concerned that the just-concluded Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops indicates unsettling views regarding Jews and Israel among Catholic clergy and laity in the Arab world.
B’nai B’rith said it was greatly disappointed that rather than promoting reconciliation and self-reflection in the region, the assembly focused on amplifying Arab political positions and narratives on the Jewish state.
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We’ll never lose our Tikvah (=hope)
Never give up!!!!
by Daniel Pipes
October 16, 2010
Cross-posted from National Review Online
There has always been one reason to expect that the criminal case would fail against Geert Wilders, the influential Dutch politician accused of “hate speech” due to his negative views on Islam. That’s because the prosecutors tasked with bringing charges against him never wanted to do so.
Already in 2008, the prosecution service turned down requests that it indict Wilders. Appeals court judges in 2009 insisted that he stand trial, forcing the prosecution to indict him. With the case underway in an Amsterdam district court, Public Prosecutor Birgit van Roessel has just asked for the dismissal of all five charges against Wilders. “Criticism [of religion] is allowed. Wilders makes his utterances as a politician. We believe the fact that he made his statements within the context of public debate removes any punishable element.” Even if Wilders’ anti-Islamic statements hurt Muslim sensibilities, she added, “the wounding of … religious feelings” has no legal standing.
This robust assertion of a core Western principle gives hope that the Rushdie Rules will not be applied to Wilders and that the Dutch can defy Islamic laws. Wilders proclaimed himself “very happy” and Radio Netherlands deems the trial “as good as over.” But the case, in fact, is actually not over until the “lunatic judges” (as Andy McCarthy calls them) do accept the prosecutors’ recommendation. Their verdict is expected on Nov. 5. (October 16, 2010)
Television producers face flak for false report, say “not customary to pressure people to produce conversion documents before interviews.”
“Edith Lutz is definitely a Jew, like a smoked pork chop is kosher,” reporter Henryk M.Broder wrote.
The Irene, organized by the British NGO Jews for Justice for Palestinians, supposedly carried a total of nine passengers and crew members, all Jews, to show that not all Jews supported Israel’s Gaza policies. The Israel Navy diverted it to Ashdod Port.
According to the Tagesspiegel report, the German Jewish psychologist Dr. Rolf Verleger asked Lutz if she formally converted to Judaism, and she “did not dispel the suspicion” that she is not Jewish.
The German television program ARD-Magazin Monitor broadcast a widely-seen report in June, in which Lutz was named as a representative of “Jews from Germany”, and as part of a group of Germans Jews who want to show that “they are not in agreement with the policies of Israel.”
Monitor’s producers have been accused of sloppy journalism for failing to diligently factcheck Lutz’s credentials as a converted Jew, and turning her into a representative of Germany’s 106,000 Jews.
The conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily on Wednesday termed the Monitor report “embarrassing” and noted that many German news organizations have paraded Lutz as a “prominent spokesperson for the organization ‘Jews for a Just Peace in the Middle East’ – and she is not a Jew.”
Sonia Seymour Mikich, the editor-in-chief of Monitor, seemed to duck the criticisms in a statement on why the program presented a woman masquerading as a converted Jew.
It “is not customary for Monitor to pressure people to produce baptismal and conversion documents in order to conduct interviews”, she wrote.
Mikich further noted that Lutz wishes to “continue to protect her private life.”
Many German journalists devote a great deal of coverage to fringe Jews who bash the Jewish state.
The popular pro-Israeli blogger website Lizas Welt wrote on Tuesday that Lutz’s tirades against Israel are “what the majority in Germany wants to hear.”
Lizas Welt slammed Lutz’s “verbal attacks on Israel” as including equating the Jewish state’s actions with those of the Nazis.
Lutz has stated that the Israeli government issued her passport without a “deportation stamp.” The word “deportation” in a German context carries a Nazi-era connotation from the time when Europe’s Jews were deported to extermination camps.
Nathan Gelbart, the Berlin-based attorney who heads the German branch of Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that “over 7 million people live in Israel’s democracy, which, in contrast to their more than 30 million Arab neighbors, are allowed to openly discuss the controversy surrounding the appropriateness of the sea blockade of Gaza. And Israelis openly discuss the blockade.
“Edith Lutz, whether Jew or non-Jew, is needed in Israel as much as her three backpacks that she sought to bring to Gaza – that is to say, not at all.”
According to a report from Ulrich Sahm, a veteran journalist in Israel, Lutz brought three backpacks that contained stuffed animals, second hand toys and musical instruments on the Irene.
|AOL buys its fifth Israeli start-up|
In its fifth acquisition in Israel, US Internet giant AOL is buying Israeli start-up 5min Media. AOL confirmed the acquisition, which was reported in the technology blog All Things Digital.While the value of the deal was not reported it is estimated at up to $65 million.
AOL chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong said, “… AOL is building a video ecosystem for the next decade. 5min Media is the perfect complement to our powerful video capabilities – it provides a missing piece in the AOL value chain that completes our end-to-end video offering from content creation through syndication and distribution to the consumer experience and monetization.”
5min Media was founded in 2007 by Ran Harnevo, who serves as chairman; Tal Simantov, chief marketing officer; and Hanan Laschover, chief technology officer. It’s a platform for instructional videos in a variety of fields that enables people to share their knowledge by uploading videos lasting up to five minutes.
The company has raised $13 million to date, reportedly from venture capital funds Spark Capital and Globespan Capital, along with private investors. The private investors include Nehama Karpol, Ofer Lazovski, and advertising agency Adler Chomsky’s Grey Interactive Israel.
This latest AOL acquisition in Israel follows ICQ-developer Mirabilis, Relegence, Yedda and Quigo.
Scandinavian country tells German company building submarines for Israel it can no longer test them in its territory; local media say measure from Israeli Navy’s role in enforcing Gaza blockade
| Norway has informed German shipbuilding company Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) that it will no longer be allowed to test Israel-bound submarines in its territorial waters as part of the country’s ban on security exports to Israel, local media reported this week.
Reports said the decision stems from the Israeli navy’s role in enforcing the blockade of Gaza.
According to an agreement signed in 2006, in early 2011 the Israeli navy is due to receive one improved Dolphin submarine built by HDW, which is based in the German city of Kiel. Israel is scheduled to receive another one in 2012.
HDW leases a Norwegian submarine base to test its new submarines.
The Israeli navy has been using three Dolphin submarines for the past decade. The submarines were built in Germany in the late 1990s.
Apart from their surveillance and intelligence gathering capabilities, Dolphin submarines can sink enemy vessels using torpedoes and Harpoon missiles.
In addition, foreign media report that the submarines are equipped with strategic cruise missiles with a range of 1,500 kilometers (about 932 miles), and can also be armed with nuclear warheads.