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Rising Anti-Semitism, Ultra-nationalism in Ukraine Raises Concerns – Newsmax

Non-governmental organizations, civil libertarians, and business leaders warn that Ukraine appears to be sliding toward an increasingly nationalistic, anti-Semitic era characterized by hooliganism, threats, and i,n some cases, outright violence to Jews.

The precise degree of the cultures drift toward a nationalism bordering on fascism — with a strong anti-Jewish drift — is difficult to determine. The situation there has been clouded by Russias recent invasion and annexation of Crimea, an act that has drawn support for the Kiev government across Europe and the United States.

But the Simon Wiesenthal Center has complained about the growing anti-Semitism in Ukraine and filed several protests in recent months over the direction this nation of 42.5 million souls appears to be taking.

In May, anti-Semitic Facebook posts attributed to a retired Ukrainian general, Vasily Vovk, shook Ukrainian society and triggered alarm bells in democratic nations around the globe.

I am completely against Jews, Vovk stated. You are not Ukrainians and I will destroy you along with Rabinovich.

Rabinovitch is believed to be a reference to the respected Jewish Ukrainian businessman and politician, Vadim Rabinovich. The promise to destroy Jews generally recalled the dark era of Nazi persecution and the Holocaust.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center responded to that broadside with a letter to Ukraines ambassador to Israel, urging the Ukrainian government to send a clear message that in democratic Ukraine there will be no tolerance whatsoever for anti-Semites and bigots of any type.

The ADL joined calls for Vovk, who holds a senior reserve rank with Ukraine security forces, to be fired.

Concern over rising anti-Jewish bigotry in Ukraine escalated further with the news the Ukrainian capital of Kiev intended to name city streets after Ukrainian nationalists Stefan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych.

According to the Wiesenthal Center, Bandera was a nationalist who at one point cooperated with the Nazis. Shukhevych was a general for the WWII-era Ukrainian Insurgent Army, which has been linked to ethnic cleansing in Nazi-occupied Poland that resulted in at least 76,000 deaths.

The Weisenthal Center responded that We absolutely oppose and condemn any attempt to turn murderers in the service of the Nazis into Ukrainian heroes. Such a policy is not only an insult to the memory of their innocent victims, but an affront to human dignity and historical truth.

As with much of Europe, anti-Semitism has waxed and waned for centuries in Ukraine, where Jews have periodically suffered pogroms, assaults, and persecution.

Based on recent events, watchdogs fear Ukraine may be slipping into another phase of bitter intolerance. Among the incidents underlying those concerns:

Alan Dershowitz, the famed constitutional attorney, has strong ties to Ukraine and follows events there closely. He told Newsmax that anti-Jewish bigotry once again appears to be on the rise in Ukraine.

Ukraine was among the worst areas of anti-Semitism throughout modern history, Dershowitz tells Newsmax, particularly in the western Ukraine. It abated — there was kind of a moratorium on anti-Semitism more or less from the end of the Holocaust, to fairly recent years.

Were seeing the return of classic anti-Semitism, coupled with hyper-nationalism. With hyper-nationalism also comes denial of complicity in the Holocaust. So were seeing a lot of Holocaust denial in these areas.

Dershowitz blames the current anti-Semitic trend on the rise of nationalism and populism.

I think its dangerous, he says of the growing Ukrainian anti-Semitism. I dont think its Holocaust-dangerous. I dont think its likely to lead to the kinds of acts of silence on a broad governmental scale, because the governments today would stop that.

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The Washington Post Passes on Palestinian Incitement – Algemeiner

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On a near-daily basis, Palestinians encourage and praise violence against Israelis. And just as frequently, many major US news outletsthe Washington Postforemost among themignore it.

Calls for anti-Jewish violence permeatePalestinian society. School textbooks condone it. Mosques lionize it. Sporting clubs and street signs are named after terrorists. And its all sanctioned by the entities that govern Palestinian lifesome of which receive extensive fundingfrom the USand the European Union.

The Palestinian Authority (PA), which rules the West Bank, and is dominated by the Fatah movement, is a frequent perpetrator of these crimes. So, of course, is Hamas, the US-designated terror group that controls the Gaza Strip.

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Winston Churchill disparaged the impact of Islam on Muslims in his 1899 book, The River War: How dreadful are the curses…

The evidence of their support for terror is abundant. And tragically, so are theaftereffects.

On July 14, three Arab-Israeli citizens murdered two Israeli Druze police officers near the Temple Mount, which is Judaisms holiest and Islams third-holiest site. The terrorists were shot dead by police. Fatahs official Facebook page commemorated the murderers as martyrs, sharing pictures of them and calling for a day of rage. This was from a movementthatthe Washington Postand others have frequentlylabeledas moderate.

The Washington Postreportedon the attack, noting that Israel increased security measures at the Temple Mount and detained several members of the Jordanian Islamic Waqf, which administers the site, becausethey were suspected of aiding the three attackers or for inciting violence against Israel.The Postblandly told readers that the site is often a flash point of violence between the sides.

Yet, the paper failed to detail why this is the case.

As the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), and others have pointed out, Palestinian Arab leaders have a history of claiming that Jews wantto rid Jerusalem of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is located on the Temple Mount. As the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) noted in a lengthyreporton the subject, Al-Aqsa is in danger is a classic libel that was embroidered in the first half of the twentieth century against the Jewish people, the Zionist movement and, eventually, the State of Israel.

JCPA points out that the birthfather of this enduring libel was a Nazi collaborator, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini. In 1929, the muftihailedas a pioneer by PA President and Fatah head Mahmoud Abbasused lies alleging Jewish designs on the mosque to inflame an already organized and armed Palestinian Arab populace. His actions ledto attacks on Jerusalems Jewish neighborhoods and nearby Jewish communities, whichkilled 133 Jewish men, women and children, and wounded 339.

Use of the Al-Aqsa libel to stir violence against Jews has been repeated many times since, including during the Second Intifada (2000-05), during which more than 1,000 Israeli citizens weremurdered. On September 16, 2015, Mahmoud Abbasstatedon official PA TVthat,The Al-Aqsa is ours, and they [Jews] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem.

In August of that year, Abbasclaimedthat Jewish history in Jerusalem was a delusional myth, and that Israel had no rights over the Temple Mount.This mirrors attempts by UN agencies, such as UNESCO, to try and erase the Jewish peoples connection to their ancestral homeland.

Anti-Jewish violence, in the form of vehicular and stabbing attacks and shootings, predictably followed Abbas remarks. Many press outlets, includingthePost, referred to this as the stabbing intifada and claimed that it consisted of lone-wolf attacks. In fact, the Palestinian leadership largely incited it and has continued toincentivize terror via media praise and payments to terrorists and their familiesthe latter of which was whitewashed as social welfare payments byPostJerusalem bureau chief William Booth in a May 3, 2017,report.

In another event ignored by the Post, Abbasmetwith the families of slain terrorists in February 2016 and March 2017. One terrorist,Muhannad Shafeq Halabi, washonoredwith a posthumous law degree by the PA Bar Association, and a tree was planted in his memory by the PA Ministry of Education. Before he was killed by police, Halabimurderedtwo Israelis and stabbed a two-year-old child in Jerusalem on October 8, 2015.

It might seem oddthat the Postand many other media outlets routinely ignore a precursor of anti-Jewish violence and other forms of Palestinian incitement. A July 1, 2017,tweetby Jerusalem bureau chief Booth might provide an explanation for this.In the tweet, Boothdecried that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed Trump a video alleging Abbas incitement [of terror] in order to stoke the American presidents emotions. In other words, Israelby providing evidence thatthe PA encouragesterrorwas the party truly responsible for incitement.

The writer is a senior research analyst for CAMERA, the 65,000-member, Boston-based Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. His views are his own.

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Musings on the dangers of ‘the new new anti-Semitism’ and America’s current preoccupation with ‘all things Russian’ – Jewish Journal

As an aging historian of anti-Semitism, I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Indeed, my friends sometimes caution me that I see a centipede with ever-trod shoe leather when there may be none! Even so, I am not exactly alone in my concerns.

According to a new Rasmussen poll, around two thirds of American voters consider anti-Semitism at least a somewhat serious problem including one fourth who believe its a very serious problem. It could just be that, in the current climate of national hyper-political polarization, ordinary Americans are on to something here!

The last time that our national angst spilled over into a spike of anti-Semitism was during and after the 2007-2008 Financial Meltdown. This was an echo of prior episodes in which Americans, both right and left, became wildly fearful over the Rothschild banking family taking over the world and America. In 2008, high-profile members of Goldman Sachs but extending to others including financier George Soros were equated with a Jewish to conspiracy to engineer a global economic collapse. Readership on line and off reached unprecedented levels of that hoary anti-Semitic hoax, propagated a century ago by the Russian secret police: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Currently in 2017, no new playbook has yet emerged to galvanize a new wave of politically-inspired anti-Semitism in America. But this is not for the lack of trying by the likes former Grand Wizard David Duke and Neo-Nazi web sites like the Daily Stormer.

The first time in American history when a combined political-economic crisis sparked a national wave of political anti-Jewish conspiracy mongering was just before 1900. In 1896, during a depressed decade also marked by global economic anxieties and Middle American job losses, the Democrats nominated for the presidency William Jennings Bryan who promised to save the nation from being crucified on a cross of gold. Bryan and his party were by no means motivated by anti-Semitism, but Jew haters ran as fast and far as they could toward the political goal line with fiery anti-Semitic cross-of-hate imagery. The presidential election of 1896 (which Democrat Bryan lost) occurred exactly 120 years before the 2016 presidential election which Republican Donald Trump won.

Lets look at the latest revelations about alleged collusion between the Russians and the Trump Campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election. One eye of a potentially anti-Semitic new political firestorm storm centered around British-born, Jewish tabloid journalist turned music promoter Rob Goldstone. Goldstones clients include Emin Agalarov, the son Aras Agalarov, a Russian-Azerbaijani oligarch closely connected to Vladimir Putin who in 2013 helped Donald Trump promote that years Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow. Goldstone wrote the emails to Donald Trump Jr. resulting in the invitation to the 25th Floor of Trump Tower extended to the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last June 2016 in the heat of the presidential campaign. The lure offered Trump Jr. to make the invitation was damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government that (according to Goldstone) meant to show its support for Mr. Trump. Responding in an email to this proffer that I love it, Donald Trump Jr. attended the meeting with his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then campaign manager, Paul Manafort, in tow.

It will now be up to Congressional Committees and Special Counsel Robert Mueller to sort through conflicting accounts to decide what exactly happened around that ill-advised meeting and what comes of it. But David Duke and the Daily Stormer are already hawking anti-Semitic conspiracy theories featuring the flamboyant Goldstone.

As reported in the Forward, Goldstone says that he is not defined by Judaism. My mum was from a religious family, my dad less so. . . . I like the traditions and spirituality of my religion, but I am not defined by it.

Potentially more troubling and explosive is the Jew haters increasing focus on Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Donald Trump. We can see the beginnings of a grotesque caricature of Kushner as an Arch-Jewish Conspiriarch or a modern-day Svengali (a famous fictional Jewish villain who bewitched good Christian girls) or Goldstein (the political villain manipulated by Big Brother in George Orwells 1984).

It is hard to imagine anti-Semites even trying to resist the temptation to accuse Kushner of setting up his brother-in-law Trump Jr. to also bring down his father-in-law Trump Sr. in some sort of Elders of Zion-style conspiracy. Indeed, in a bizarre Freudian twist, Jared Kushner is already being pictured as repeating at the expense of his brother-in-law, Donald Trump Jr., the Kushners own family tragedy. Jared Kushners father, Charles Kushner, went to jail for attempting to blackmail his own brother-in-law, William Schulder.

David Duke is already pillorying Jared Kushner for giving large sums of money to Chabad Lubavicha Zionist hate organization. The Daily Stormer blames the Trumps woes on the fat Jew Goldstone and Kushner as the Missing Link in the Russian Kookspiracy illustrated with this cartoon:

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The danger to be fearedand guarded againstis that warped minds will merge the odd Rob Goldstone with the controversial Jared Kushner into some sort of twenty-first century Judas stereotype. The Lord protect us if a brilliant anti-Semitic rabble rouser starts peddling an image combining Iago in Shakespeares Othello and Shylock in Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice into the core image of a new Jewish global conspiracy theory!

Unintentionally, President Trump made matters worse by offering these paternal apologetics to a gaggle of reporters on Air Force One: When they say treason you know what treason is? Thats Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for giving the atomic bomb, okay? (See Gabriela Geselowitzs recent essay in the Tablet.) Trump apologist Jeffrey Lord has also chimed in on CNN with the reminder that, in 1980, Jimmy Carter allegedly unleashed Armin Hammer to convince Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin to get the Kremlin to release Refuseniks to emigrate to Israel in order to influence the Jewish vote in key states. The Kremlin did nothing.

The new new anti-Semitism meme is also being advanced, no doubt also unintentionally, by some on the left. On MSNBC, Lawrence ODonnell devoted most of one program to what, filtered through an anti-Semitic lens not shared by ODonnell, could be viewed as an inverted Purim narrative. King Ahasuerus figures as President Trump. His evil viceroy Haman figures as Jared Kushner. Hamans antagonist Mordecai figures as Donald Juniorwho refuses to bow down to him. All we need to complete this perverted inversion is an anti-Jewish Esther: perhaps a divorced Ivanka wising up her Dad to the nefarious ways of the Jareds tribe!

Maybe my fears of a new-new anti-Semitic revival may seem overdrawn, but stranger things have happened in the history of anti-Semitism. It is incumbent among decent Americans of all political persuasions to unite now to make sure that current national polarization about Trump Era political scandals does not escalate into a new American tragedy scapegoating Jews.

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Evangelical Trump Supporters Hark Back to the ‘Good Old Days’ – Sojourners

I am constantly asked why, in last years presidential election, 81 percent of white conservative Christians voted for Donald Trump, a thrice-married, self-proclaimed womanizer whose personal behavior, religious practices, and lifestyle are far different than the majority of evangelical churchgoers. The answer is not hard to find.

Trumps winning mantra Make America Great Again was congruent with a wishful return to the Protestant hegemony that once existed in the United States, back in the Eden-like good old days.

In the recollections of many evangelicals, America was then a tranquil, moral land deeply rooted in a specific set of traditional Christian values: the shining city on the hill, an idyllic small-town nation dominated by a white male leadership group.

It is a vision that offered Trump voters a fuzzy feel-good moment about a history that never happened. Those who believe such an America actually existed suffer from historical amnesia because the reality was far different.

Cruel child labor and exploited immigrant workers constituted much of the work force required to build and maintain an expanding economy. It was an America that actively engaged in a vicious system of human slavery the countrys original sin only to be followed after a bloody Civil War by legally sanctioned racial segregation, discrimination, and persecution.

During those blissful years when America was great, women could not vote, and factory and railroad workers, miners, and other laborers had no recourse to collective bargaining or economic rights. There was widespread anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, and anti-Asian bigotry.

In the 19th century, Catholic churches were burned, and in 1913 Leo Frank, a Jew, was lynched near Atlanta, brutally killed for a crime he did not commit. At the same time, there was widespread fear of the Yellow Peril.

American Indians may have unwittingly provided America with a host of geographical place names the Dakotas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and many other appellations but they were denied the right to vote in some states until the 1950s. Many tribes were victims of a U.S. policy that forcibly moved Indians into government-built reservations that were degrading and stifling. One result of the forced confinements of the tribes was a high incidence of unemployment, alcoholism, and other maladies.

It was an America in which millions of its citizens, including many public officials, were members of the racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klan. And there were a host of other social, economic, political, and cultural problems.

But no matter.

In the 2016 election, that mythical time of pristine, American greatness was invoked for millions of voters, many of them evangelical Christians who believed America had been stolen from them. They voted to take back America, and the past ills, inequities, and wretched economic conditions were conveniently erased from their collective memories. In place of historical reality was a hazy image of a lost innocent America, and a desperate craving to make our nation great again.

Many members of Trumps political base have not come to terms with the challenges of the modern world: rapid scientific advances, especially in bioethics; growing religious indifference among millions of fellow Americans; the rapidly changing ethnic, racial, and religious demographics in the U.S.; and, of course, the reality of climate change.

Many evangelical voters suffer a sense of political bereavement, the death of a once great Christian America. When the mourning for a lost America is combined with religious rage and spiritual certitude, it is a potent combination that astute politicians like Donald Trump can harness to their electoral advantage.

That is why many white evangelicals resonate with coded language about the dreaded others in todays America: immigrants, Muslims, Hispanics, LGBTQ, secular humanists, elites out of the American mainstream, globalists, and the privileged media are regularly pilloried to garner evangelical votes.

A warning: Political and religious leaders who fail to recognize that perceived sense of traumatic loss are doomed to suffer electoral failures and the steady decline of mainline Protestant church membership.

The hope for a restoration, while not based on historical reality, cannot be minimized or disregarded because those feelings constitute the linchpin of Trumps conservative Christian base.

As evangelicals feel themselves beleaguered and belittled in what was once their America, shrewd politicians will fine-tune their messages and continue to gain election victories.

The 2016 campaign was not a quirk or a fluke. Fasten your seat belts; Americas bumpy electoral ride is certain to continue.

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Now that’s vision! – The Observer

Recently I heard the story of a retired railway worker who at some point in his career obtained glasses. As the train was going down the tracks he asked his buddy an astounding question: When did they put gravel along the tracks?

The thought struck me that in spiritual matters we would do well to have our inner eyes checked. Our deficiencies at seeing what lies within hinders us from fulfilling the destiny God may have planned for us.

An amazing story is the soul challenging Etty Hillesum diaries of the anti-Jewish persecution that took her life in 1943. Unlike Anne Frank, Etty chose to go to Westerbork, a Nazi concentration camp, to be a balm to all wounds of others.

“Those two months behind barbed wire have been the two richest and most intense months of my life, in which my highest values were so deeply confirmed. I have learnt to love Westerbork”.

Of her time at Westerbork Etty writes, “The sky is full of birds; the purple lupins stand up so regally and peacefully; two little old women have sat down for a chat; the sun is shining on my face – and right before our eyes, mass murder… The whole thing is simply beyond comprehension.” (Wikipedia)

Sr. Jean-Marie Dwyer invites us to a deeper insight into the soul vision of Esther Hillesum. In The Unfolding Journey: The God Within: Etty Hillesum & Meister Eckhart, Dwyer explores how grace helped Etty to a clearer vision of Gods plan.

At the heart of Ettys clear vision is humility: I have to make myself let it go, must have the courage to be alone with my weakness, to be that small bundle of exhausted and not very inspired humanity I happen to be at the moment and nothing more. (Etty, 378)

The light of the Spirit gradually reveals what needs healing. God loves us because we are loveable, though imperfect. A sense of our human fragility is often the starting point of a deeper spiritual awareness, says Dwyer.

In her diary Etty writes of the need to, understand ones various states of mind, to keep a grip on them and to put them in perspective instead of mistaking them for absolutes. (Etty, 374)

Etty goes on to say a sense of shame and her inhibitions keep her from letting go, from allowing things to pour out of her. Inside she feels like a tightly wound ball of twinenothing more or less than a miserable, frightened creature despite the clarity with which I can express myself.

And we have to take everything that comes: the bad with the good, which does not mean we cannot devote our life to curing the bad. But we must know what motives inspire our struggle, and we must begin with ourselves, every day anew. (Etty 463)

Dwyer leads us to a conclusion: we are all sinners, no matter how far we progress. Even the great saints were aware of their sinfulness and imperfection. The closer we come to God, the more this awareness is intensified, but it does not produce despair at our deficiencies rather, grateful humility at Gods great and merciful love.

One customer reviewer writes: If Etty loved and trusted God in circumstances that are so horrible we cannot fathom, then I can develop a long lasting connection with God again and want to talk to Him everyday.

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Do not let Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria be 21st century ghettos – Arutz Sheva

These are the three words and phrases of infamy. Disengagement; Building Freeze; Land for Peace.

They denote shame. They have reinstated ghastlyghetto realities which have shackled Jewish honor and pride in the reconstituted Jewish state since the crime ofOslo.

Disengagement is the stepchild of that odious decision by Ariel Sharon toexpel thousands of Jews from their homes and farms in Gaza, and by Ehud Baraks equally odious choiceto hastily retreatfrom the security zone in southern Lebanon. Both decisions havepredictably broughtexistential peril to the security and even survival of Israel.

Land for Peace and Building Freeze are the stepchildren of Binyamin Netanyahus early and baleful decision to give away Hebron to the hate filled Muslim Arabs.

It was on January 20, 1997, that the reprehensible Hebron Accords, were signed during Netanyahus first term as Prime Minister. The bitter result was that Hebron, one of the four holy Jewish cities, King Davids first capital and the burial site of the Jewish Patriarchs and all but one of the Matriarchs, was mostly abandoned to the arch terrorist, Yasser Arafat.

The Arabs received 97% of the city and it essentially becamejudenreinsave for a tiny and embattled Jewish ghetto.The malevolent and malignant consequence20 years laterhas been the recent resolution by UNESCO to proclaim Hebron to be a Palestinian heritage site.

Building Freezehas echoed remorselessly and tragically down the long years since the Oslo Peace Accords became in realty the OsloWar with hundreds of Israelis killed and thousands maimed.

And all these self-inflicted wounds imposed upon the Jewish state byJewish politiciansthemselves merely reinstates previous calamities that were inflicted respectively by the Church and the Mosque upon the hapless and stateless Jews living in Europe and throughout the world of Islam.

What a hostile world calls settlements, – be they neighborhoods in parts of Jerusalem such as Pisgat Zeev, or towns such as Maaleh Adumim or Ariel throughout Area C in Judea and Samaria – are in danger ofbecoming in realitynothing more than 21stcentury versions of the medieval European Ghettos and North African Mellahs. Why?

Because these were places in which Jews lived, isolated from their gentile neighborsandforbidden, upon pain of death, to live outside of these restricted and walled inghettos.

Similarly, just imagine what horrible fate awaits Israeli Jews who try to live outside their so-called settlements among the hate filled Muslim Arabs,those whocall themselves Palestinians and who occupy large swathes of the Biblical and ancestral Jewish heartland!

The internationally imposed building freeze is in reality a return tothe Christianand Islamic prohibitionsupon Jewish life banningJewsfrom living outside of theghettos.

As we know, any limited construction beyond the so-called Green line can take placeandONLYwithin those settlements. Thisis an imposed anti-Jewish crime in the here and now;just as the Jews were treated during those dark days of exile in Europe and Araby.

Thus new Jewish villages or townsthroughout Judea and Samaria are prevented from being builtoutsideof the existing Jewish communities. The only new homes that are allowed can only be constructedwithinthe existing Jewish villages andtowns, known pejoratively as the settlement blocs. This parallels what are in fact 21stcentury versions of those earlier imposed ghettos.

This is not only a grievous indictment of complicity, dishonor and shame by successive Israeli governments against Jewish sovereignty in its land, but is an appalling return to the time of the infamous ghetto itself.

It was in 1555 that Cardinal Giovanni Pietro Caraffa ascended the Papal throne of St. Peter and took the name Paul IV. Soon after, he published a vile and vicious bull whose first words were, Cum nimis absurdum.

This Papal bull forced the Jews to be evicted from their homes and forcibly relocated into walled-in neighborhoods from which they were forbidden to leave at night and must return during the day while remaining isolated from their erstwhile Catholic neighbors.

Certainly Paul IV was aware thatthe Lateran Councils of 1179 and 1215 already had advocated for the segregation of Jews. The Nazis eagerly reinstated the ghetto and the attendant horrors it ushered in.

Confinement and humiliation of the ghetto experience was to become acharacteristic of the life of Jews for centuries in Catholic Europe and indeed proved to be no better for many long years in the Protestant lands. Luthers brutal anti-Jewish invective scarcely tended to bring about a regime of tolerance and humanity towards the Jews.

Successive Israeli governments have foolishly embraced international pressures to restrict Jewish villages and towns throughout the ancestral and Biblical Jewishheartland, known to most of that hostile world as the West Bank. And limited building throughout Judea and Samaria occurs only in those still relatively few Jewishcommunities that do exist.

The internationally imposed freeze is in reality a return to the earlier prohibition upon Jewish life, banning them from living outside of the ghettos.This was then, and is now, animposed anti-Jewish crime.

Thus, any new construction beyond the so-called Green line can take place ONLY within those settlements – and by the way, that pejorative word, settlements,which denotes a foreign or alien presence, is long overdue in being excised from the Jewish and Israeli lexicon. They are villages and towns, not settlements. Jews are not settlers in their own ancestral and Biblical heartland!

Successive Israeli governmentshave permitted these ghastly capitulations.And they havetried tocamouflage this abhorrent shame withthesewords and phrases of infamy:

Victor Sharpe is a prolific freelance writer and published author, His book of short stories is titledThe Blue Hourand his acclaimed trilogy is called,Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state. He is currently working on two additional volumes. All books are available in print and e-booksfromwww.Amazon.com

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Rabbis Dispute ADL’s Alt-Right List, Issue Own List of the Far-Left – Algemeiner

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JNS.org The Anti-Defamation Leagues (ADL) new hate list of top alt-right figures gives a free pass to antisemitism coming from left-wing activists, a rabbinical group is asserting.

The Coalition for Jewish Values, which represents 200 Orthodox rabbis in the US and Canada, also charged that political motives were behind the ADLs inclusion of Corey Stewart, a prominent Virginia conservative who is seeking the Republican nomination to oppose Senator Tim Kaine.

The Coalition countered the ADLs list by releasing a top 10 list of left-wing activists who, it says, are far more guilty of anti-Jewish defamatory speech than those named by the ADL. The Coalitions list includes Linda Sarsour, the feminist activist and BDS promoter; Hatem Bazian, founder of Students for Justice in Palestine, arguably the most active anti-Israel group on college campuses; Rachel Gilmer, co-author of the Black Lives Matter platform, which accused Israel of genocide; and Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director the anti-Zionist organization Jewish Voice for Peace.

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New Study: Pupils of Hardline Islamic Background Behind Rise in Antisemitism at Berlin’s Schools – Algemeiner

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The results of a survey released this week in Berlin assertedthat the citys schools haveseen the rise of widespread antisemitism, often instigated by students following an ultra-conservative form of Islam, the German news site Deutsche Welle (DW) reported.

The small-scale study claimed that pupils of Turkish and Arabic migrant background whoadhere toSalafism frequently take to hurling insults at female, homosexual and secular Muslim students, particularly by using the word Jew as an insult.

The study wasconducted by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and based on responses to a questionnaire from 27 teachers at 21 Berlin schools collected in fall 2015 and spring 2016.

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Whileresearchers reportedly recognized that the surveywas notcomprehensive, theymaintainedthat it indicated a worrying trend thatschools needed to take notice of.

On Wednesday, GermanysRBB 24broadcast an interview about the report withDeidre Berger, director of the AJCsBerlin office, in which she explained that theschoolyard incidents had to be understood as not just isolatedcases.

Berger added that many teachers have been avoiding having the classroom discussionsnecessary to stop students fromperpetuating antisemitic conspiracy theories and using anti-Jewish language.

According to theDW report, Israeli-Arab psychologistAhmad Mansour theprogram directorat the Brussels-based European Foundation for Democracy and a specialist in antisemitism prevention called on Germany to take across-the-board measures, especially within schools, to addresssuch topicsand to make it clear to such young people that such opinions have nothing to do with democracy.

How many studies do we still need so that we finally start to address the problem?, Mansour added.

The AJC conducted the study in conjunction with a Berlin project called,Strengthen Democracy Active Against Anti-Semitism and Neo-Salafism.

Earlier this year, reports emerged of a Jewish studentin the German capitalleaving hispublic school because of sustained antisemitic abuse by Muslim classmates.

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Rising Anti-Semitism, Ultra-nationalism in Ukraine Raises Concerns – Newsmax

Non-governmental organizations, civil libertarians, and business leaders warn that Ukraine appears to be sliding toward an increasingly nationalistic, anti-Semitic era characterized by hooliganism, threats, and i,n some cases, outright violence to Jews. The precise degree of the cultures drift toward a nationalism bordering on fascism — with a strong anti-Jewish drift — is difficult to determine. The situation there has been clouded by Russias recent invasion and annexation of Crimea, an act that has drawn support for the Kiev government across Europe and the United States. But the Simon Wiesenthal Center has complained about the growing anti-Semitism in Ukraine and filed several protests in recent months over the direction this nation of 42.5 million souls appears to be taking. In May, anti-Semitic Facebook posts attributed to a retired Ukrainian general, Vasily Vovk, shook Ukrainian society and triggered alarm bells in democratic nations around the globe. I am completely against Jews, Vovk stated. You are not Ukrainians and I will destroy you along with Rabinovich. Rabinovitch is believed to be a reference to the respected Jewish Ukrainian businessman and politician, Vadim Rabinovich. The promise to destroy Jews generally recalled the dark era of Nazi persecution and the Holocaust. The Simon Wiesenthal Center responded to that broadside with a letter to Ukraines ambassador to Israel, urging the Ukrainian government to send a clear message that in democratic Ukraine there will be no tolerance whatsoever for anti-Semites and bigots of any type. The ADL joined calls for Vovk, who holds a senior reserve rank with Ukraine security forces, to be fired. Concern over rising anti-Jewish bigotry in Ukraine escalated further with the news the Ukrainian capital of Kiev intended to name city streets after Ukrainian nationalists Stefan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych. According to the Wiesenthal Center, Bandera was a nationalist who at one point cooperated with the Nazis. Shukhevych was a general for the WWII-era Ukrainian Insurgent Army, which has been linked to ethnic cleansing in Nazi-occupied Poland that resulted in at least 76,000 deaths. The Weisenthal Center responded that We absolutely oppose and condemn any attempt to turn murderers in the service of the Nazis into Ukrainian heroes. Such a policy is not only an insult to the memory of their innocent victims, but an affront to human dignity and historical truth. As with much of Europe, anti-Semitism has waxed and waned for centuries in Ukraine, where Jews have periodically suffered pogroms, assaults, and persecution. Based on recent events, watchdogs fear Ukraine may be slipping into another phase of bitter intolerance. Among the incidents underlying those concerns: Alan Dershowitz, the famed constitutional attorney, has strong ties to Ukraine and follows events there closely. He told Newsmax that anti-Jewish bigotry once again appears to be on the rise in Ukraine. Ukraine was among the worst areas of anti-Semitism throughout modern history, Dershowitz tells Newsmax, particularly in the western Ukraine. It abated — there was kind of a moratorium on anti-Semitism more or less from the end of the Holocaust, to fairly recent years. Were seeing the return of classic anti-Semitism, coupled with hyper-nationalism. With hyper-nationalism also comes denial of complicity in the Holocaust. So were seeing a lot of Holocaust denial in these areas. Dershowitz blames the current anti-Semitic trend on the rise of nationalism and populism. I think its dangerous, he says of the growing Ukrainian anti-Semitism. I dont think its Holocaust-dangerous. I dont think its likely to lead to the kinds of acts of silence on a broad governmental scale, because the governments today would stop that. 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

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The Washington Post Passes on Palestinian Incitement – Algemeiner

Email a copy of “The Washington Post Passes on Palestinian Incitement” to a friend The old Washington Post building in Washington, DC. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. On a near-daily basis, Palestinians encourage and praise violence against Israelis. And just as frequently, many major US news outletsthe Washington Postforemost among themignore it. Calls for anti-Jewish violence permeatePalestinian society. School textbooks condone it. Mosques lionize it. Sporting clubs and street signs are named after terrorists. And its all sanctioned by the entities that govern Palestinian lifesome of which receive extensive fundingfrom the USand the European Union. The Palestinian Authority (PA), which rules the West Bank, and is dominated by the Fatah movement, is a frequent perpetrator of these crimes. So, of course, is Hamas, the US-designated terror group that controls the Gaza Strip. July 25, 2017 1:09 pm Winston Churchill disparaged the impact of Islam on Muslims in his 1899 book, The River War: How dreadful are the curses… The evidence of their support for terror is abundant. And tragically, so are theaftereffects. On July 14, three Arab-Israeli citizens murdered two Israeli Druze police officers near the Temple Mount, which is Judaisms holiest and Islams third-holiest site. The terrorists were shot dead by police. Fatahs official Facebook page commemorated the murderers as martyrs, sharing pictures of them and calling for a day of rage. This was from a movementthatthe Washington Postand others have frequentlylabeledas moderate. The Washington Postreportedon the attack, noting that Israel increased security measures at the Temple Mount and detained several members of the Jordanian Islamic Waqf, which administers the site, becausethey were suspected of aiding the three attackers or for inciting violence against Israel.The Postblandly told readers that the site is often a flash point of violence between the sides. Yet, the paper failed to detail why this is the case. As the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), and others have pointed out, Palestinian Arab leaders have a history of claiming that Jews wantto rid Jerusalem of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is located on the Temple Mount. As the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) noted in a lengthyreporton the subject, Al-Aqsa is in danger is a classic libel that was embroidered in the first half of the twentieth century against the Jewish people, the Zionist movement and, eventually, the State of Israel. JCPA points out that the birthfather of this enduring libel was a Nazi collaborator, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini. In 1929, the muftihailedas a pioneer by PA President and Fatah head Mahmoud Abbasused lies alleging Jewish designs on the mosque to inflame an already organized and armed Palestinian Arab populace. His actions ledto attacks on Jerusalems Jewish neighborhoods and nearby Jewish communities, whichkilled 133 Jewish men, women and children, and wounded 339. Use of the Al-Aqsa libel to stir violence against Jews has been repeated many times since, including during the Second Intifada (2000-05), during which more than 1,000 Israeli citizens weremurdered. On September 16, 2015, Mahmoud Abbasstatedon official PA TVthat,The Al-Aqsa is ours, and they [Jews] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem. In August of that year, Abbasclaimedthat Jewish history in Jerusalem was a delusional myth, and that Israel had no rights over the Temple Mount.This mirrors attempts by UN agencies, such as UNESCO, to try and erase the Jewish peoples connection to their ancestral homeland. Anti-Jewish violence, in the form of vehicular and stabbing attacks and shootings, predictably followed Abbas remarks. Many press outlets, includingthePost, referred to this as the stabbing intifada and claimed that it consisted of lone-wolf attacks. In fact, the Palestinian leadership largely incited it and has continued toincentivize terror via media praise and payments to terrorists and their familiesthe latter of which was whitewashed as social welfare payments byPostJerusalem bureau chief William Booth in a May 3, 2017,report. In another event ignored by the Post, Abbasmetwith the families of slain terrorists in February 2016 and March 2017. One terrorist,Muhannad Shafeq Halabi, washonoredwith a posthumous law degree by the PA Bar Association, and a tree was planted in his memory by the PA Ministry of Education. Before he was killed by police, Halabimurderedtwo Israelis and stabbed a two-year-old child in Jerusalem on October 8, 2015. It might seem oddthat the Postand many other media outlets routinely ignore a precursor of anti-Jewish violence and other forms of Palestinian incitement. A July 1, 2017,tweetby Jerusalem bureau chief Booth might provide an explanation for this.In the tweet, Boothdecried that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed Trump a video alleging Abbas incitement [of terror] in order to stoke the American presidents emotions. In other words, Israelby providing evidence thatthe PA encouragesterrorwas the party truly responsible for incitement. The writer is a senior research analyst for CAMERA, the 65,000-member, Boston-based Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. 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Musings on the dangers of ‘the new new anti-Semitism’ and America’s current preoccupation with ‘all things Russian’ – Jewish Journal

As an aging historian of anti-Semitism, I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Indeed, my friends sometimes caution me that I see a centipede with ever-trod shoe leather when there may be none! Even so, I am not exactly alone in my concerns. According to a new Rasmussen poll, around two thirds of American voters consider anti-Semitism at least a somewhat serious problem including one fourth who believe its a very serious problem. It could just be that, in the current climate of national hyper-political polarization, ordinary Americans are on to something here! The last time that our national angst spilled over into a spike of anti-Semitism was during and after the 2007-2008 Financial Meltdown. This was an echo of prior episodes in which Americans, both right and left, became wildly fearful over the Rothschild banking family taking over the world and America. In 2008, high-profile members of Goldman Sachs but extending to others including financier George Soros were equated with a Jewish to conspiracy to engineer a global economic collapse. Readership on line and off reached unprecedented levels of that hoary anti-Semitic hoax, propagated a century ago by the Russian secret police: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Currently in 2017, no new playbook has yet emerged to galvanize a new wave of politically-inspired anti-Semitism in America. But this is not for the lack of trying by the likes former Grand Wizard David Duke and Neo-Nazi web sites like the Daily Stormer. The first time in American history when a combined political-economic crisis sparked a national wave of political anti-Jewish conspiracy mongering was just before 1900. In 1896, during a depressed decade also marked by global economic anxieties and Middle American job losses, the Democrats nominated for the presidency William Jennings Bryan who promised to save the nation from being crucified on a cross of gold. Bryan and his party were by no means motivated by anti-Semitism, but Jew haters ran as fast and far as they could toward the political goal line with fiery anti-Semitic cross-of-hate imagery. The presidential election of 1896 (which Democrat Bryan lost) occurred exactly 120 years before the 2016 presidential election which Republican Donald Trump won. Lets look at the latest revelations about alleged collusion between the Russians and the Trump Campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election. One eye of a potentially anti-Semitic new political firestorm storm centered around British-born, Jewish tabloid journalist turned music promoter Rob Goldstone. Goldstones clients include Emin Agalarov, the son Aras Agalarov, a Russian-Azerbaijani oligarch closely connected to Vladimir Putin who in 2013 helped Donald Trump promote that years Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow. Goldstone wrote the emails to Donald Trump Jr. resulting in the invitation to the 25th Floor of Trump Tower extended to the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last June 2016 in the heat of the presidential campaign. The lure offered Trump Jr. to make the invitation was damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government that (according to Goldstone) meant to show its support for Mr. Trump. Responding in an email to this proffer that I love it, Donald Trump Jr. attended the meeting with his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then campaign manager, Paul Manafort, in tow. It will now be up to Congressional Committees and Special Counsel Robert Mueller to sort through conflicting accounts to decide what exactly happened around that ill-advised meeting and what comes of it. But David Duke and the Daily Stormer are already hawking anti-Semitic conspiracy theories featuring the flamboyant Goldstone. As reported in the Forward, Goldstone says that he is not defined by Judaism. My mum was from a religious family, my dad less so. . . . I like the traditions and spirituality of my religion, but I am not defined by it. Potentially more troubling and explosive is the Jew haters increasing focus on Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Donald Trump. We can see the beginnings of a grotesque caricature of Kushner as an Arch-Jewish Conspiriarch or a modern-day Svengali (a famous fictional Jewish villain who bewitched good Christian girls) or Goldstein (the political villain manipulated by Big Brother in George Orwells 1984). It is hard to imagine anti-Semites even trying to resist the temptation to accuse Kushner of setting up his brother-in-law Trump Jr. to also bring down his father-in-law Trump Sr. in some sort of Elders of Zion-style conspiracy. Indeed, in a bizarre Freudian twist, Jared Kushner is already being pictured as repeating at the expense of his brother-in-law, Donald Trump Jr., the Kushners own family tragedy. Jared Kushners father, Charles Kushner, went to jail for attempting to blackmail his own brother-in-law, William Schulder. David Duke is already pillorying Jared Kushner for giving large sums of money to Chabad Lubavicha Zionist hate organization. The Daily Stormer blames the Trumps woes on the fat Jew Goldstone and Kushner as the Missing Link in the Russian Kookspiracy illustrated with this cartoon: (https://www.dailystormer.com/tag/jared-kushner/) The danger to be fearedand guarded againstis that warped minds will merge the odd Rob Goldstone with the controversial Jared Kushner into some sort of twenty-first century Judas stereotype. The Lord protect us if a brilliant anti-Semitic rabble rouser starts peddling an image combining Iago in Shakespeares Othello and Shylock in Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice into the core image of a new Jewish global conspiracy theory! Unintentionally, President Trump made matters worse by offering these paternal apologetics to a gaggle of reporters on Air Force One: When they say treason you know what treason is? Thats Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for giving the atomic bomb, okay? (See Gabriela Geselowitzs recent essay in the Tablet.) Trump apologist Jeffrey Lord has also chimed in on CNN with the reminder that, in 1980, Jimmy Carter allegedly unleashed Armin Hammer to convince Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin to get the Kremlin to release Refuseniks to emigrate to Israel in order to influence the Jewish vote in key states. The Kremlin did nothing. The new new anti-Semitism meme is also being advanced, no doubt also unintentionally, by some on the left. On MSNBC, Lawrence ODonnell devoted most of one program to what, filtered through an anti-Semitic lens not shared by ODonnell, could be viewed as an inverted Purim narrative. King Ahasuerus figures as President Trump. His evil viceroy Haman figures as Jared Kushner. Hamans antagonist Mordecai figures as Donald Juniorwho refuses to bow down to him. All we need to complete this perverted inversion is an anti-Jewish Esther: perhaps a divorced Ivanka wising up her Dad to the nefarious ways of the Jareds tribe! Maybe my fears of a new-new anti-Semitic revival may seem overdrawn, but stranger things have happened in the history of anti-Semitism. It is incumbent among decent Americans of all political persuasions to unite now to make sure that current national polarization about Trump Era political scandals does not escalate into a new American tragedy scapegoating Jews.

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Evangelical Trump Supporters Hark Back to the ‘Good Old Days’ – Sojourners

I am constantly asked why, in last years presidential election, 81 percent of white conservative Christians voted for Donald Trump, a thrice-married, self-proclaimed womanizer whose personal behavior, religious practices, and lifestyle are far different than the majority of evangelical churchgoers. The answer is not hard to find. Trumps winning mantra Make America Great Again was congruent with a wishful return to the Protestant hegemony that once existed in the United States, back in the Eden-like good old days. In the recollections of many evangelicals, America was then a tranquil, moral land deeply rooted in a specific set of traditional Christian values: the shining city on the hill, an idyllic small-town nation dominated by a white male leadership group. It is a vision that offered Trump voters a fuzzy feel-good moment about a history that never happened. Those who believe such an America actually existed suffer from historical amnesia because the reality was far different. Cruel child labor and exploited immigrant workers constituted much of the work force required to build and maintain an expanding economy. It was an America that actively engaged in a vicious system of human slavery the countrys original sin only to be followed after a bloody Civil War by legally sanctioned racial segregation, discrimination, and persecution. During those blissful years when America was great, women could not vote, and factory and railroad workers, miners, and other laborers had no recourse to collective bargaining or economic rights. There was widespread anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, and anti-Asian bigotry. In the 19th century, Catholic churches were burned, and in 1913 Leo Frank, a Jew, was lynched near Atlanta, brutally killed for a crime he did not commit. At the same time, there was widespread fear of the Yellow Peril. American Indians may have unwittingly provided America with a host of geographical place names the Dakotas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and many other appellations but they were denied the right to vote in some states until the 1950s. Many tribes were victims of a U.S. policy that forcibly moved Indians into government-built reservations that were degrading and stifling. One result of the forced confinements of the tribes was a high incidence of unemployment, alcoholism, and other maladies. It was an America in which millions of its citizens, including many public officials, were members of the racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klan. And there were a host of other social, economic, political, and cultural problems. But no matter. In the 2016 election, that mythical time of pristine, American greatness was invoked for millions of voters, many of them evangelical Christians who believed America had been stolen from them. They voted to take back America, and the past ills, inequities, and wretched economic conditions were conveniently erased from their collective memories. In place of historical reality was a hazy image of a lost innocent America, and a desperate craving to make our nation great again. Many members of Trumps political base have not come to terms with the challenges of the modern world: rapid scientific advances, especially in bioethics; growing religious indifference among millions of fellow Americans; the rapidly changing ethnic, racial, and religious demographics in the U.S.; and, of course, the reality of climate change. Many evangelical voters suffer a sense of political bereavement, the death of a once great Christian America. When the mourning for a lost America is combined with religious rage and spiritual certitude, it is a potent combination that astute politicians like Donald Trump can harness to their electoral advantage. That is why many white evangelicals resonate with coded language about the dreaded others in todays America: immigrants, Muslims, Hispanics, LGBTQ, secular humanists, elites out of the American mainstream, globalists, and the privileged media are regularly pilloried to garner evangelical votes. A warning: Political and religious leaders who fail to recognize that perceived sense of traumatic loss are doomed to suffer electoral failures and the steady decline of mainline Protestant church membership. The hope for a restoration, while not based on historical reality, cannot be minimized or disregarded because those feelings constitute the linchpin of Trumps conservative Christian base. As evangelicals feel themselves beleaguered and belittled in what was once their America, shrewd politicians will fine-tune their messages and continue to gain election victories. The 2016 campaign was not a quirk or a fluke. Fasten your seat belts; Americas bumpy electoral ride is certain to continue. Via Religion News Service.

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Now that’s vision! – The Observer

Recently I heard the story of a retired railway worker who at some point in his career obtained glasses. As the train was going down the tracks he asked his buddy an astounding question: When did they put gravel along the tracks? The thought struck me that in spiritual matters we would do well to have our inner eyes checked. Our deficiencies at seeing what lies within hinders us from fulfilling the destiny God may have planned for us. An amazing story is the soul challenging Etty Hillesum diaries of the anti-Jewish persecution that took her life in 1943. Unlike Anne Frank, Etty chose to go to Westerbork, a Nazi concentration camp, to be a balm to all wounds of others. “Those two months behind barbed wire have been the two richest and most intense months of my life, in which my highest values were so deeply confirmed. I have learnt to love Westerbork”. Of her time at Westerbork Etty writes, “The sky is full of birds; the purple lupins stand up so regally and peacefully; two little old women have sat down for a chat; the sun is shining on my face – and right before our eyes, mass murder… The whole thing is simply beyond comprehension.” (Wikipedia) Sr. Jean-Marie Dwyer invites us to a deeper insight into the soul vision of Esther Hillesum. In The Unfolding Journey: The God Within: Etty Hillesum & Meister Eckhart, Dwyer explores how grace helped Etty to a clearer vision of Gods plan. At the heart of Ettys clear vision is humility: I have to make myself let it go, must have the courage to be alone with my weakness, to be that small bundle of exhausted and not very inspired humanity I happen to be at the moment and nothing more. (Etty, 378) The light of the Spirit gradually reveals what needs healing. God loves us because we are loveable, though imperfect. A sense of our human fragility is often the starting point of a deeper spiritual awareness, says Dwyer. In her diary Etty writes of the need to, understand ones various states of mind, to keep a grip on them and to put them in perspective instead of mistaking them for absolutes. (Etty, 374) Etty goes on to say a sense of shame and her inhibitions keep her from letting go, from allowing things to pour out of her. Inside she feels like a tightly wound ball of twinenothing more or less than a miserable, frightened creature despite the clarity with which I can express myself. And we have to take everything that comes: the bad with the good, which does not mean we cannot devote our life to curing the bad. But we must know what motives inspire our struggle, and we must begin with ourselves, every day anew. (Etty 463) Dwyer leads us to a conclusion: we are all sinners, no matter how far we progress. Even the great saints were aware of their sinfulness and imperfection. The closer we come to God, the more this awareness is intensified, but it does not produce despair at our deficiencies rather, grateful humility at Gods great and merciful love. One customer reviewer writes: If Etty loved and trusted God in circumstances that are so horrible we cannot fathom, then I can develop a long lasting connection with God again and want to talk to Him everyday.

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Do not let Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria be 21st century ghettos – Arutz Sheva

These are the three words and phrases of infamy. Disengagement; Building Freeze; Land for Peace. They denote shame. They have reinstated ghastlyghetto realities which have shackled Jewish honor and pride in the reconstituted Jewish state since the crime ofOslo. Disengagement is the stepchild of that odious decision by Ariel Sharon toexpel thousands of Jews from their homes and farms in Gaza, and by Ehud Baraks equally odious choiceto hastily retreatfrom the security zone in southern Lebanon. Both decisions havepredictably broughtexistential peril to the security and even survival of Israel. Land for Peace and Building Freeze are the stepchildren of Binyamin Netanyahus early and baleful decision to give away Hebron to the hate filled Muslim Arabs. It was on January 20, 1997, that the reprehensible Hebron Accords, were signed during Netanyahus first term as Prime Minister. The bitter result was that Hebron, one of the four holy Jewish cities, King Davids first capital and the burial site of the Jewish Patriarchs and all but one of the Matriarchs, was mostly abandoned to the arch terrorist, Yasser Arafat. The Arabs received 97% of the city and it essentially becamejudenreinsave for a tiny and embattled Jewish ghetto.The malevolent and malignant consequence20 years laterhas been the recent resolution by UNESCO to proclaim Hebron to be a Palestinian heritage site. Building Freezehas echoed remorselessly and tragically down the long years since the Oslo Peace Accords became in realty the OsloWar with hundreds of Israelis killed and thousands maimed. And all these self-inflicted wounds imposed upon the Jewish state byJewish politiciansthemselves merely reinstates previous calamities that were inflicted respectively by the Church and the Mosque upon the hapless and stateless Jews living in Europe and throughout the world of Islam. What a hostile world calls settlements, – be they neighborhoods in parts of Jerusalem such as Pisgat Zeev, or towns such as Maaleh Adumim or Ariel throughout Area C in Judea and Samaria – are in danger ofbecoming in realitynothing more than 21stcentury versions of the medieval European Ghettos and North African Mellahs. Why? Because these were places in which Jews lived, isolated from their gentile neighborsandforbidden, upon pain of death, to live outside of these restricted and walled inghettos. Similarly, just imagine what horrible fate awaits Israeli Jews who try to live outside their so-called settlements among the hate filled Muslim Arabs,those whocall themselves Palestinians and who occupy large swathes of the Biblical and ancestral Jewish heartland! The internationally imposed building freeze is in reality a return tothe Christianand Islamic prohibitionsupon Jewish life banningJewsfrom living outside of theghettos. As we know, any limited construction beyond the so-called Green line can take placeandONLYwithin those settlements. Thisis an imposed anti-Jewish crime in the here and now;just as the Jews were treated during those dark days of exile in Europe and Araby. Thus new Jewish villages or townsthroughout Judea and Samaria are prevented from being builtoutsideof the existing Jewish communities. The only new homes that are allowed can only be constructedwithinthe existing Jewish villages andtowns, known pejoratively as the settlement blocs. This parallels what are in fact 21stcentury versions of those earlier imposed ghettos. This is not only a grievous indictment of complicity, dishonor and shame by successive Israeli governments against Jewish sovereignty in its land, but is an appalling return to the time of the infamous ghetto itself. It was in 1555 that Cardinal Giovanni Pietro Caraffa ascended the Papal throne of St. Peter and took the name Paul IV. Soon after, he published a vile and vicious bull whose first words were, Cum nimis absurdum. This Papal bull forced the Jews to be evicted from their homes and forcibly relocated into walled-in neighborhoods from which they were forbidden to leave at night and must return during the day while remaining isolated from their erstwhile Catholic neighbors. Certainly Paul IV was aware thatthe Lateran Councils of 1179 and 1215 already had advocated for the segregation of Jews. The Nazis eagerly reinstated the ghetto and the attendant horrors it ushered in. Confinement and humiliation of the ghetto experience was to become acharacteristic of the life of Jews for centuries in Catholic Europe and indeed proved to be no better for many long years in the Protestant lands. Luthers brutal anti-Jewish invective scarcely tended to bring about a regime of tolerance and humanity towards the Jews. Successive Israeli governments have foolishly embraced international pressures to restrict Jewish villages and towns throughout the ancestral and Biblical Jewishheartland, known to most of that hostile world as the West Bank. And limited building throughout Judea and Samaria occurs only in those still relatively few Jewishcommunities that do exist. The internationally imposed freeze is in reality a return to the earlier prohibition upon Jewish life, banning them from living outside of the ghettos.This was then, and is now, animposed anti-Jewish crime. Thus, any new construction beyond the so-called Green line can take place ONLY within those settlements – and by the way, that pejorative word, settlements,which denotes a foreign or alien presence, is long overdue in being excised from the Jewish and Israeli lexicon. They are villages and towns, not settlements. Jews are not settlers in their own ancestral and Biblical heartland! Successive Israeli governmentshave permitted these ghastly capitulations.And they havetried tocamouflage this abhorrent shame withthesewords and phrases of infamy: Victor Sharpe is a prolific freelance writer and published author, His book of short stories is titledThe Blue Hourand his acclaimed trilogy is called,Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state. He is currently working on two additional volumes. All books are available in print and e-booksfromwww.Amazon.com

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Rabbis Dispute ADL’s Alt-Right List, Issue Own List of the Far-Left – Algemeiner

Email a copy of “Rabbis Dispute ADLs Alt-Right List, Issue Own List of the Far-Left” to a friend Linda Sarsour (right). Photo: Screenshot. JNS.org The Anti-Defamation Leagues (ADL) new hate list of top alt-right figures gives a free pass to antisemitism coming from left-wing activists, a rabbinical group is asserting. The Coalition for Jewish Values, which represents 200 Orthodox rabbis in the US and Canada, also charged that political motives were behind the ADLs inclusion of Corey Stewart, a prominent Virginia conservative who is seeking the Republican nomination to oppose Senator Tim Kaine. The Coalition countered the ADLs list by releasing a top 10 list of left-wing activists who, it says, are far more guilty of anti-Jewish defamatory speech than those named by the ADL. The Coalitions list includes Linda Sarsour, the feminist activist and BDS promoter; Hatem Bazian, founder of Students for Justice in Palestine, arguably the most active anti-Israel group on college campuses; Rachel Gilmer, co-author of the Black Lives Matter platform, which accused Israel of genocide; and Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director the anti-Zionist organization Jewish Voice for Peace. July 21, 2017 4:37 pm

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New Study: Pupils of Hardline Islamic Background Behind Rise in Antisemitism at Berlin’s Schools – Algemeiner

Email a copy of “New Study: Pupils of Hardline Islamic Background Behind Rise in Antisemitism at Berlins Schools” to a friend Illustrative. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. The results of a survey released this week in Berlin assertedthat the citys schools haveseen the rise of widespread antisemitism, often instigated by students following an ultra-conservative form of Islam, the German news site Deutsche Welle (DW) reported. The small-scale study claimed that pupils of Turkish and Arabic migrant background whoadhere toSalafism frequently take to hurling insults at female, homosexual and secular Muslim students, particularly by using the word Jew as an insult. The study wasconducted by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and based on responses to a questionnaire from 27 teachers at 21 Berlin schools collected in fall 2015 and spring 2016. July 21, 2017 4:37 pm Whileresearchers reportedly recognized that the surveywas notcomprehensive, theymaintainedthat it indicated a worrying trend thatschools needed to take notice of. On Wednesday, GermanysRBB 24broadcast an interview about the report withDeidre Berger, director of the AJCsBerlin office, in which she explained that theschoolyard incidents had to be understood as not just isolatedcases. Berger added that many teachers have been avoiding having the classroom discussionsnecessary to stop students fromperpetuating antisemitic conspiracy theories and using anti-Jewish language. According to theDW report, Israeli-Arab psychologistAhmad Mansour theprogram directorat the Brussels-based European Foundation for Democracy and a specialist in antisemitism prevention called on Germany to take across-the-board measures, especially within schools, to addresssuch topicsand to make it clear to such young people that such opinions have nothing to do with democracy. How many studies do we still need so that we finally start to address the problem?, Mansour added. The AJC conducted the study in conjunction with a Berlin project called,Strengthen Democracy Active Against Anti-Semitism and Neo-Salafism. Earlier this year, reports emerged of a Jewish studentin the German capitalleaving hispublic school because of sustained antisemitic abuse by Muslim classmates.

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Macron indulges his audiences – Jewish Chronicle

Jewish Chronicle Macron indulges his audiences Jewish Chronicle The police, who had failed to respond to the pleas by Halimi's family to do something about Traore because they feared being accused of anti-Muslim prejudice, have refused to acknowledge this was an anti-Jewish crime. So it was good to hear Macron call … 'Anti-Zionism Is New Form of Anti-Semitism,' French Leader Says Jewish Link of Bronx, Westchester and Connecticut Excerpts From The Times's Interview With Trump New York Times all 112 news articles »

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"Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phono-records or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  • (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for or nonprofit educational purposes,
  • (2) the nature of the copyrighted work,
  • (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, and
  • (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."