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Jewish groups slam PA over Temple Mount violence – The Jerusalem Post

A Palestinian woman argues with an Israeli border policeman at the entrance to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City . (photo credit:AMMAR AWAD / REUTERS)

The World Jewish Congress called on the Palestinian Authority to take immediate action to curb incitement, following the bloody terror attack on Friday night which killed three Israelis eating dinner in their home in the Halamish settlement.

The World Jewish Congress unequivocally condemns the heinous and horrific attack in the settlement of Halamish tonight which took the lives of three innocent Israelis sitting down for Shabbat dinner,” the organization said in a statement. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, and with Israelis and Jewish people around the world. We demand that the Palestinian Authority take immediate measures to crack down on the incitement that led to this attack and make every effort to prevent such an atrocity from happening again.

Anti-Defamation league CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said he was “heartbroken” by the attack, adding that “such heinous crimes are amoral and inexcusable in the name of any faith.”

Addressing the riots which erupted after metal detectors were placed at an entrance to the Temple Mount complex, Greenblatt said that “all should have access to holy sites but violent riots are not a reasonable response to security measures intended to prevent violence.” He also criticized PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s announcement that he was freezing all contacts with Israel until it removes the new security measures, saying: “at time of intense tensions when we need cooperation, leaders should work together, not cease all contact.”

Meanwhile, the Simon Wiesenthal Center directed its criticism at the the World Council of Churches, which demanded a return to the status quo on the Temple Mount.

“Rather than decry the desecration of both human life and a holy site by jihadi murderers, the World Council of Churches (WCC) joined the chorus of voices in the Muslim world up in arms because Israel has introduced metal detectors to increase security for Muslims, Christians, and Jews,” the center said.

The response by the WCC is perfectly consistent with the WCCs decades-long animus against the Jewish State, remarked Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Associate Dean of the Center and its Director of Global Social Action. In the years prior to the 1967 war, Jordan administered Jerusalems holy sites, desecrated every synagogue in the Old City, and barred Jews entirely from the Western Wall. The WCC never, ever protested. Yet they are prepared today to work in the name of the status quo against the installation of metal detectors, delighting jihadist groups who dream of igniting regional or global war by suicide attacks launched from Al-Aqsa, he continued.

The installation of metal detectors is taken for granted at the Vatican, at government offices, at every airport around the globe, added Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, the Wiesenthal Centers Director of Interfaith Affairs. They were first made necessary when Palestinians internationalized terrorism decades ago.

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ADL raps Jewish pro-BDS group over anti-Israel ‘radicalism’ – The Jerusalem Post

Anti-Defamation League National Director Jonathan Greenblatt . (photo credit:Courtesy)

NEW YORK – The Anti-Defamation league has released a report criticizing the left-wing group Jewish Voice for Peace for taking increasingly radical positions and employing questionable tactics in pursuit of its mission to diminish support for Israel in recent months.

Among its concerns regarding the controversial pro-BDS organization, the ADL mentioned JVPs recent expressions of support for convicted Palestinian terrorists such as Rasmea Odeh and Marwan Barghouti.

Odeh made headlines earlier this year when she was invited to speak at JVPs conference back in April. Despite much criticism from the Jewish community, the group defended her participation, describing her as a feminist leader and a deeply respected Palestinian organizer. Odeh was sentenced to life in prison by an Israeli military court for planting the explosives used in two 1969 Jerusalem bombings, which killed two students. She was later released as part of a prisoner exchange.

In its zeal to condemn Israel at every opportunity, JVP has celebrated figures who have been convicted of engaging in terrorism. the ADL wrote.

According to the ADL, the group has also recently ramped up efforts to break down longstanding programs that allow members of American and Israeli police and defense communities to train together and share best practices for fighting terrorism.

This refers to JVPs new campaign titled Deadly Exchange, calling for action against joint training programs between Israeli and American security forces.

According to the organization, the Anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and anti-Black policies escalating in the Trump era have their roots in longstanding US and Israel policy.

In these exchange programs, JVP claims, American law enforcement officials are inculcated with disrespect for minorities and violence by their Israeli counterparts.

A recent promotional video for the Deadly Exchange campaign also points fingers at US Jewish organizations, including the ADL, for running many of the joint programs.

In a statement to The Jerusalem Post, JVP reacted to the ADL report, saying that it appears that JVP’s Deadly Exchange campaign has hit a nerve.

The ADL’s law enforcement exchange programs promote the exchange of violent and discriminatory police practices between the U.S. and Israel, the group wrote. Why is a self-described liberal civil rights organization facilitating these exchanges?

Another accusation on the ADLs list referred to harassment of Jewish LGBT groups, mentioning an incident that took place during the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York in June where JVP members disrupted the LGBTQ contingent, cutting their microphones and blocking them from marching.

According to reports, JVP also supported the expulsion of the Jewish group, A Wider Bridge, from the Chicago Dyke March on the grounds that they carried rainbow flags which resembled Israeli flags, the ADL wrote. One of JVPs longtime tactics has been to allege that Israels proud record of support for LGBTQ rights is merely a way of directing attention away from its mistreatment of Palestinians.

In addition, the ADL stated that although JVP pays lip service to the importance of dialogue and discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in practice JVP members have shouted down and interrupted campus speeches by guests whom they consider too Zionist.

Jewish Voice for Peace did not provide an answer to these accusations, despite inquiries from The Jerusalem Post.

Israel has strengths and weaknesses, things to teach and things to learn, like any country in the world. It is perfectly legitimate to criticize Israeli policies, the ADL concluded. But JVPs single-minded desire to paint Israel as a source of racism and violence has led it far beyond legitimate criticism of Israel.

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What ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Means to Me – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com (blog)

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My grandmother, a survivor of several Nazi camps, made it clear that she would never step foot back in Europe. She would always tell us, They murdered us, they kicked us out, I am not stepping foot back in that land!

Over the past couple of years I was invited several times to travel with students to see the concentration camps and I have always refused. There are many reasons I refused to visit countries that attempted to wipe out my nation. One of those reasons is I am scared to witness anti-Semitism.

It is not that I am scared of the anti-Semitic remarks or violence that might occur, I am nervous as to how I would react.

See, I am a very proud religious, Zionist Jew and I am allergic to pictures of Jewish victims from the Holocaust who were forced into a state of hopelessness with their hands up in fear as Nazis pointed their guns at us.

I am allergic because the words never again are a way of life for me rather than a slogan to be hash tagged on Facebook.

Hitler attempted to break and destroy the Jewish people and my grandmother used to tell us that we, her Jewish grandsons, are her sweetest revenge.

First and foremost, Never Again means to me that I must make sure my children grow up as proud religious Jews.

WE must make sure our children know who they are and that they should never hesitate to be proud. Never hide your Judaism! NEVER! There is another aspect of never again for me that some people might cringe at.

Never Again means NEVER becoming a victim again. Be proactive! No more picking up our arms as we stare down the barrel of some anti-Semitic rifle. I am not judging those who faced the nightmares of the past, I am talking about us, who are living in the present and the lessons we need to learn from the past.

Never Again means letting those who are thinking about attacking us know, we are no longer the ghetto Jew they so easily beat up and murdered 75 years ago. You come at us now and we will be charging at you with everything we got.

This past week I visited Europe for the first time in my life. I visited the Netherlands after being invited by a pro Israel group.

I went to speak about Israel, the IDF and of course to raise funds for the different Standing Together IDF support projects.

The evening was amazing, but there was a repetitive warning my wife and I kept hearing from our amazing hosts, Maybe wear a hat and definitely put in your Tzizit when you go to Amsterdam.

It was unfathomable to think that Jews cannot walk around Holland in 2017 without hiding who we are. My wife asked if Muslims can walk around in Hijabs and of course the answer was yes. We looked at people as simply said, This is ridiculous!

Our hosts agreed with us and then told us of Jews who were beaten up for wearing their Kipa. They told me to at least consider tucking in my Tzizit My reaction?

WE ARE DONE HIDING! NEVER AGAIN IS NOW!

The people at the pro Israel event also discussed the anti Semitic situation with my wife and told her to maybe ask me to take off my kipa. She smiled and said, not a chance!

Thursday morning we made it to Amsterdam with my kipa on my head and my Tzizit out proudly blowing in the Dutch wind. Were we scared? No. Were we alert? Absolutely.

We walked proudly through the streets of Amsterdam with our heads held high. With every step we took on the dark stone floor, our hearts felt the millions of Jews who were lead to their death on these same streets just 75 years ago. Every time our foot hit the stones we heard echoes thought the streets. Here we are! Two Jews bringing up a Jewish family in the Land of Israel, The ultimate revenge towards anyone who wishes for our destruction. This time the echo was not one of fear or hopelessness, this time the echo was loud and clear and it sounded like this:

WE ARE HERE AND WE WILL NOT HIDE! NEVER AGAIN!

The irony was the fact that while I was proudly walking down the streets of Amsterdam, my government, the Jewish State of Israel was closing the Temple Mount for Jews.

Why were they closing it for Jews? Because they heard many people say dont walk through Amsterdam with your Kipa on your head and instead of saying NEVER AGAIN, my government picked up their hands hopeless in the face of radical Islamic terrorism.

We allow the holiest place for the Jewish people to be ruled by those who openly talk about annihilating the Jewish people. We send police up to watch with hawkish eyes to make sure the JEW does not whisper a prayer on our holiest sitehave we lost out mind!

Can you imagine if the Dutch police would have followed me into a synagogue to make sure I, a Jew, not dare whisper a prayer!

How fast would my government of Israel be charging the Dutch government with anti-Semitism? Would we accept the claim of we dont want to offend those who want to murder Jews from them?

So, we put up metal detectors to make sure Muslim terrorists are no longer able to bring weapons on to the Temple Mount and the Muslims get violent over these security measures and what does my country do?

My government closes the Temple Mount for Jews?!

Have we lost our minds!

This morning I hear the Israeli secret service suggested taking down the metal detectors in order to calm the situation? We get murdered and we have to appease the feelings of those murdering us?

HAVE WE LOST OUR MINDS?

The Arabs are violently demonstrating because they are offended by the metal detectors and are demanding we dont check them for weapons and we are considering giving in to their demands?

HAVE WE LOST OUR MINDS?!

Someone should let the Israeli government know that we are no longer in the ghettos. If the people in charge are not able to muster up the courage and strength to live by the words of our anthem and they should make room for someone who will not give in to demands by those who call for our annihilation. Make room for someone who understands our existence and survival is dependent on who we are as a nation and a religion. Make room for someone who understands the importance of implementing policy that will make sure NEVER AGAIN means NEVER AGAIN! Forget Amsterdam!

Its time we walk proudly with our Kipa and Tzizit and in all our Jewish glory right here in Jerusalem! (YES! I am including the Temple Mount)

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The Friday Boys: Spreading love in the local Jewish community – Detroit Free Press

Ashley Zlatopolsky, Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 10:39 p.m. ET July 22, 2017

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Detroit, 1967: 50 years later

From left to right, Yeshiva student Yehudah Polter, 14, of Oak Park, Rabbi Mendel Stein of Southfield and Yeshiva student Chaim Polter of Oak Park, visit accountant Charles Kessler of West Bloomfield at Kessler’s Farmington Hills office on Friday, July 21, 2017. Kessler has a tefillin, a small box containing a torah verse, on his arm. (Photo: Sean Work, Special to the Free Press)

Every Friday afternoon, pairs of metro Detroit Hasidic Jewish teens take to the streets to encourage fellow community members to partake in Jewish rituals.

Temperatures soared past 90 degrees on their most recent outing, but the Friday Boys as theyre known about town had a goal to meet.

By next Friday, they want tefillin a sacred pair of black leather boxes containing Hebrew parchment scrolls inscribed with verses from the Torah wrapped around men in the local Jewish community 1,500 times.

So far, over the course of a rigorous, eight-weekcampaign, the 70-plus Hasidic Jewish boys, ages 13-16 and students of Lubavitch Yeshiva Jewish Day School in Oak Park, have surpassed 1,350 for the tefillin challenge.

This week,theyll go out full force to achieve their goal.

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As part of a leadership training program, the Friday Boys go to areas where there are large Jewish populations and connect with people. They go office-to-office, door-to-door and do a mitzvah a good deed or just say hello. Throughout the year, they organize similar campaigns.

The community engagement program has been ongoing for 15 years, said Lubavitch Yeshiva Jewish Day School development director Rabbi Mendel Stein. Judaism is never meant to be limited to a place of worship, he described. Our main (concern)is what we do outside of synagogue.

By educating Jewish people to dedicate their lives to Chabad, a worldwide movement within Jewish tradition where people strive to reach every Jew with love, the students are taught to think less about what they need and to think more about the spiritual and material needs of others.

Thanks in part to the influence of this program, 90% of the schools alumni have wound up in leadership positions around the world, with a person in leadership in every state in the United States.

Their latest effort connects with an international tefillin campaign for the Jewish world that was launched 50 years ago by Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, a leader in the Chabad movement. It has reached millions of Jews worldwide since its start in 1967.

Historically, Chabad leaders were imprisoned and persecuted for leading the continuation of Torah Judaism. Now, there are more than 3,500 Chabad institutions in more than 85 countries around the world.

The Lubavitch Yeshiva Jewish Day School students are celebrating the 50-year milestone by walking 25 different routes around metro Detroit every Friday in pairs.

Lubavitch Yeshiva student Chaim Polter, left, of Oak Park speaks with jewelry store co-owner Robert Weinberger of Oak Park in the back room of Emery Creative Jewelers in Farmington Hills on Friday, July 21, 2017. Polter visits Jewish business owners on Friday to perform mitzvahs, wrap tefillin and say prayers.(Photo: Sean Work, Special to the Free Press)

They take four to five hours out of their school day to educate community members about tefillin and say prayers with them.

In Judaism, the Torah commands that tefillin which are placed on the upper arm with the strap wrapped around the arm, hand and fingersand also above the forehead should be worn as a sign and remembrance of God bringing children of Israel out of Egypt.

They also provide a spiritual safety, said Stein. Putting on tefillin adds security to the Jewish people, he explained.

The students provide training for wrapping tefillin, but many of the people they visit each week are regulars. Some, like Rob Weinberger, co-owner of Emerys Creative Jewelers in Farmington Hills, have been getting visits from the Friday Boys for 15 years.

In the back of the jewelry store, Weinberger wrapped his own set of tefillin (hes left-handed) and said a prayer with 14-year-old Yehuda Polter of Oak Park and his 22-year-old cousin Chaim Polter, an older student who is serving as his mentor.

Together, they recited and discussed the lesson for this weeks parashah the weekly Torah portion. It was a brief break in Weinbergers busy day to practice his religion.

Charles Kessler of West Bloomfield wraps a tefillin, a small box containing a torah verse, to his arm at his office in Farmington Hills on Friday, July 21, 2017. Members of Orthodox Jewish movement Chabad visited Kessler on Fridays to do outreach.(Photo: Sean Work, Special to the Free Press)

Next, the students went off to visit Sheldon Satovsky at his office in Farmington Hills. Satovsky was the former Mens Club president of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, a conservative synagogue in Southfield.

There, they repeated the ritual and gave more insight on this weeks Torah portion. The Friday Boys are great, said Satovsky. Theyre very knowledgeable and always have a positive attitude.

The Friday Boys have been visiting his office for at least seven years. I always look forward to it, Satovsky continued. This is a good thing in the world.

Ashley Zlatopolsky is a Detroit-based writer. Follow her on Twitter at @ashley_detroit.

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Chechnya’s Jewish community is angry at Israel but doesn’t seem to exist – The Times of Israel

JTA While Russias mainstream Jewish leaders in Moscow firmly backed Israels actions in clashes this week with Palestinians at Jerusalems Temple Mount, the small Jewish community of Chechnya broke ranks with them and condemned the Jewish states provocations against Muslims in the holy city.

At least that was the story reported in Chechen national and local media, including the Echo of Moscow radio station and Chechnya Today the most popular news site in the predominantly Muslim Russian republic.

There was just one problem with the news item: Chechnya apparently has no organized Jewish community, and according to some Jewish people who were born there, also next to no Jews.

The reports about where Chechen Jews stand on the issue of Jerusalem, where police and Palestinians clashed Thursday night and Friday over Israels decision to place metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount compound near Al-Aqsa mosque, relied on a video message published Tuesday by a man called Mosei Yunayev.

Claiming to speak for the Jewish community of Chechnya, he joined Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov in condemning Israels actions at the Temple Mount, where the mosque is situated. Chechen Jews, Yunayev said, wholeheartedly support the sharp-worded rebuke of Israel by Kadyrov.

Nonsense, I doubt there are even any Jews left in Chechnya, let alone an organized Jewish community, Tamara Rafailova Kahlon, an Israeli who was born in the Chechen capital of Grozny, told JTA on Friday. Her father, Rafoi Rafailov, heads an association of Chechen Jews in the city of Pyatigorsk, situated 150 miles west of Grozny in the North Caucasian Federal District. They all left, I dont know who this man speaks for, she said.

Muslims pray in front of metal detectors placed outside the Temple Mount, in Jerusalems Old City, July 16, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

On July 15, Kadyrov called Israels heightened security precautions on the Temple Mount, where the previous day three Arab-Israeli terrorists killed two police officers before they were shot to death, deliberate provocation to foment riots. He described as violent Israels detention of the grand mufti of Jerusalem, who was called in for questioning after he urged worshippers to ignore a temporary closure of the compound immediately following the attack.

In response to the shooting, Israel for the first time placed metal detectors in gateways leading to the Haram al Sharif compound, which contains the Al-Aqsa mosque. Thousands of troops were deployed Friday following riots; three Palestinians were killed in the clashes.

Security checks are a provocation that invites resistance by Muslims, Kadyrov said.

A view of the Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque, known as Heart of Chechnya, in the Russian republics capital, Grozny. (STR/AFP/Getty Images, via JTA)

Yunayevs support for the condemnation by Kadyrov received considerable exposure in the Chechen media and other Russian-language publications. But Russian-speaking Jews, including community leaders, journalists and immigrants from Chechnya, dismissed and ridiculed Yunayevs claim to represent a Jewish community that they said does not exist.

In an interview with Chechnya Today, Yunayev denied the assertions.

Those who claim that there are no Jews in Chechnya are far from being Jewish, he said. And he presented his credentials: I was sent to the Chechen Republic by the Council of Elders of the Jewish People to restore the Jewish community in the region. Only true believers know how right I am in my convictions.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (photo credit: AP/Mousa Sadulayev/File)

JTA could not confirm the existence of an organization by that name; its only presence online originates in Yunayevs mention in the Chechnya Today article. At other times, Yunayev presented himself as a member of the equally untraceable Congress of Jews of the North Caucasus Federal District.

Rabbi Boruch Gorin, a senior figure within the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, told JTA he is aware neither of that group nor of any other organized Jewish community active in Chechnya.

Rabbi Boruch Gorin is the editor of Knizhniki, a Moscow-based publishing house working to translate Yiddish works into Russian. (Courtesy)

Chechnya is special in that there is no Jewish community, there are no Jews there, he told the news site Open Russia on Thursday. Not in Grozny, not anywhere. Perhaps there are a few individuals, but there is no social community of ethnic Jews after the Chechen wars of the 1990s and 2000s.

Thousands died in two wars that Moscow fought to quell a Muslim rebellion in Chechnya.

Any statements from the Chechen Jewish community are made up, Gorin said.

Chechnya did have a Jewish population in the past. Grozny had a 19th-century Ashkenazi synagogue that was turned into a music school in 1937 and then destroyed during the first Chechen war of 1994-96.

But today, Chechnya has no Jews, according to the website Gorskie, the official website of the Mountain Jews Community, who have lived for centuries in the Caucasus.

After interviewing several dozen people connected with the Jewish community of Russia, as well as prominent representatives of the community of Mountain Jews, it became clear that there were no Jews left in Chechnya, and therefore there is no Chechen Jewish community, wrote the editors of Gorskie, which is affiliated with the umbrella group of Mountain Jews communities, STMEGI. Leaders of Russian Jewry and the Mountain Jews community were unfamiliar with the man calling himself Yunayev, Gorskie reported.

Mountain Jews believe that protests against the use of metal detectors have nothing to do with infringement of religious rights. Those who oppose this elementary security measure may well be recognized as collaborators of terrorists, Gorskies editors also wrote.

The Chechen authorities managed to find two Jews for the opening of the synagogue, but both refused to participate

While the existence of a Jewish community in Chechnya is questionable, there is little doubt about the presence there of the man claiming to speak for that community. Earlier this year, Yunayev established a presence on social media, where he appeared shaking hands and embracing various Chechen officials, including our highly esteemed First Deputy Minister for North Caucasus Affairs, as he described the Chechen politician Baysultanov Hasaevich.

The kindness of this man did not skip the Jewish community of the Chechen Republic, Yunayev wrote of the official. We want to express our great gratitude on behalf of our community, for the help you have always provided and are ready to render to our community and to everyone in our beautiful District! God Almighty bless you and your family!

Some prominent journalists in the Caucasus have been less skeptical of Yunayevs claims and title than his coreligionists. In March, the regional correspondent of the RIA news agency, Mukhtar Amirov, referred to Yunayev as the president of the council of Jewish communities of the Chechen Republic, noting that both he and Yunayev are descended from the Chechen village of Dorgeli.

The scarcity of Jews in Chechnya did not prevent Kadyrovs office from announcing the opening of a synagogue in Grozny in 2013. The announcement prompted some head scratching, including by the Russian politician and journalist Vadim Beriashvili, who said at the time that he doubted the existence of a Jewish community who might use the synagogue.

The Chechen authorities managed to find two Jews for the opening of the synagogue, but both refused to participate, he reported in 2013. The reasons for their refusal can only be guessed.

Mosei Yunayev speaking at the International Islamic Mission Forum in Makhachkala, Russia, March 22, 2017. (Courtesy of the International Islamic Mission)

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Deadly attack on Jewish home in West Bank follows clashes over Temple Mount – Deutsche Welle

Israel’s military said the attack on Friday evening happened at a house in Halamish, northwest of Ramallah.

“An assailant infiltrated a private home in the community of Neve Tsuf, northwest of Ramallah, and stabbedfour Israeli civilians,” the Israeliarmy said in a statement.

An Israeli military official said a grandfather and two of his children died, while the grandmother was wounded. No further details on the victims were given.

The attacker wasidentified byIsrael Radio as a 19-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank village of Khobar near Ramallah.

Eli Bin, the head of Israel’s rescue service MDA, said an off-duty soldier next door heard screams, ran to the house and shot the attacker through a window. Bin said the attacker was wounded and evacuated to hospital.

Earlier protests

Three Palestinians had beenkilled in protests in Jerusalem earlier on Friday in clashes with Israeli forcesover entry restrictions at the holy site of Haram al-Sharif, also known as Temple Mount.

The protests – over the placement of metal detectors and turnstilesat the site – turned into clashes in which the three men were shot dead, the interior ministry said. At least 400people were hospitalized, the ministry reported.

Security forces prohibited Palestinian men under the age of 50 from entering Jerusalem’s Old City for Friday Muslim prayers this week,. Theyhave allowed access to women of all ages.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is to ‘freeze’ all contacts with Israel because of the Temple Mount security changes

Abbas suspends contacts with Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Friday that he would suspend all contacts with Israel because of the new security measures. He alsourged the United Statesto intervene with Israel to drop thesecurity changes.

The dispute

Israeli-Palestinian tensions over theHoly Land’s most revered shrine are severe.

Disputes over the 37-acre(15-hectare) walled, hilltop platform in Jerusalem’s Old City have triggered several major confrontations in the past.

Israel began installing metal detectorsat the gates of the compound, saying extra measures were needed to prevent further attacks.

Since 1967, Israel has increasingly cut off east Jerusalem from its West Bank hinterland.

Under the post-1967 arrangements, Muslims administer the compound, while Jews can visit, but not pray there. This arrangement held for decades – in large part because leading rabbis, citing religious purity laws, banned Jews from entering.

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Jews and Food – Jewish Journal

Whats up with Jews and food? joked probably more than one Borscht Belt comedian in the middle of the last century.

I found myself asking this same question just last week. And I wasnt wondering about impressive Jewish chefs like the culinary peacemaker Yotam Ottolenghi, co-author of a cookbook you can give to your son and his Muslim fianc; or Jessica Koslow, the force behind the uber-hip restaurant Sqirl; or even Sammy Friedman, the original owner of the Jewish soul food palace Sammys Roumanian in New York City. How could we ever forget that place? I know I cant. Im still burping up garlic from when my parents took me there in 1980.

Its not Jewish innovation with food thats on my mind in these searing hot days of summer, when the only appropriate clothing is none and the only food that makes any sense to eat is ice cream by the gallon. What I find exhausting, I mean intriguing, is how many of us seem to be forever struggling to tame outsized appetites that if left unchecked lead to outsized bodies.

Like many of my fellow Jews, I, too, have a love-hate relationship with eating. Except for those few years in the 90s when I made a lame attempt at anorexia, so it was more hate-hate, but in that way that you hate the ex who dumped you, broke your heart, ruined your life, and you never want anything to do with him again. Except that you still love him more than anything.

Food enthusiasts of the extreme variety know that even the most pious and generous human inevitably will disappoint in a way that a Salt & Straw double scoop of cinnamon snickerdoodle and chocolate gooey brownie served up in a waffle cone never will. In-N-Out always delivers what it promises, right?

But I digress. I dont have any double-blind studies to back me up, and you could argue that I have spent most of my life on the coasts, where a lot of Jewish people settle, but I have met a very large number of Jews in diet programs and eating disorder support groups over the past 25 years. Even outside of these rooms, I have noticed that when Jews run out of conversation, they almost reflexively fall into either a debate about where to get the best fill-in-the-blank delicacy, or the latest diet on which they are determined to finally lose the weight to meet their future skinnier sister-in-law, attend their sons bar mitzvah or emcee their kids wedding.

I have total compassion for this preoccupation, as I come by it honestly, if not genetically. I remember my grandmother looking eerily like a mosquito, with a head disproportionately larger than her tiny body. She raised my mother with a piece of wisdom she would have said rivaled anything from Maimonides if she had known who he was. To wit: You can never be too rich or too thin.

To make sure this map for life didnt skip a generation, my mother taught it to me. And this is how you get a daughter with an eating disorder whos terrified of spending money. And a comedian who tours the country performing a show called, Two Thin. Because whats funnier than anorexia and bulimia?

The late Lionel Blue, a popular British rabbi, author and broadcaster said, Jews are like everyone else, only more so. So heres my latest theory on the segment of the Jewish population that eats Szechuan beef while reading Shape magazine, and bear in mind its not something we would ever say out loud.

What if our always wanting to be thinner is a function of Blues point? Is it a conscious or unconscious attempt to tame the more so aspect of us? That part of what we aspire to when we diet, in addition to not looking like an outdoor sofa cushion when wearing prints, is to look the opposite of more so, which is to say, less Jewish? And, yes, there is a chance I am speaking only to female coastal cultural elites. But I dont think so.

This flattening out of ourselves, which began with our noses, then moved to the curls in our hair and finally to our round bodies, feels like the last vestiges of assimilation. Its our final stabs at obliterating any physical manifestations of our more so -ness. The longer I live, the more uncomfortable this makes me.

Unless youre living under Schwartz Bakery (and lucky you if you are), you know theres been a recent uptick of anti-Semitism, so Im no longer interested in being less so. Am I just giving myself socio-political justification to enjoy muffins the size of a babys head? Why, yes, I am.

To be clear, I am not advocating that we all eat cheese until our arteries explode, because then the terrorists really will have won. I think my new Jewish acceptance approach is starting to work for me. The other day, I left the house with a waistband that was a little too tight, an unkempt mane of curly, even frizzy hair, and I laughed really loudly at something my friend said. Just like other women do. Only more so.

Dani Klein Modisett is a comic and writer, most recently of the book Take My Spouse, Please.

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Hartford Jewish Cemeteries Vandalized – Hartford Courant – Hartford Courant

Sixty monuments in three of the city’s oldest Jewish cemeteries near Garden Street were knocked over sometime this week, police said Friday.

There was no evidence that this was a hate crime, because no anti-Semitic phrases or symbols were found at the cemeteries, which are on FD Oates Avenue in the city’s North End.

“It appears to be a random desecration, a cowardly act of vandalism,” Howard Sovronsky, head of the Greater Hartford Jewish Federation, said Friday afternoon.

Some of the toppled headstones broke, Sovronsky said, and the cost of repairing the damage on what he called “legacy cemeteries” is still being calculated. The federation helps maintain dozens of Jewish cemeteries in Hartford.

In a press release, Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said a woman who checked on the cemetery Friday discovered the damage. She told police she last visited the cemeteries on Monday and saw no damage then.

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Mort Weinstein of Weinstein Mortuary in Hartford said Friday that the vandalized cemeteries were founded decades ago.

“The cemetery is our lineage,” he said. “This is very disturbing, to say the least.”

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Why Jews from Libya are worried about the fate of the country’s Jewish artifacts – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

A hotel can be seen behind the abandoned Dar Bishi synagogue in Tripoli, Libya, Sept. 28, 2011. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) Gina Waldman was forced to flee her native Libya in 1967 as anti-Jewish mobs took to the streets of Tripoli, burning down her fathers warehouse.

Waldman, like thousands of other Libyan Jews who left the country amid public and state-sponsored anti-Semitism in the 20th century, was forced to leave behind both personal belongings she was only allowed to bring a single suitcase with her and a rich cultural heritage that testified to over 2,000 years of Jewish presence in the North African country. Today no Jews remain in Libya.

That heritage including synagogues, cemeteries and ritual objects has long been under threat. But now an additional obstacle is coming from an unlikely place, said Waldman, president and co-founder of the group Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa, or JIMENA.

The threat stems from a memorandum of understanding request by the Libyan government currently under consideration by the State Department that would prohibit artifacts dated 1911 and earlier, including Jewish ritual objects, from being brought into the United States from Libya.

That would mean that anyone attempting to bring in antique Torah scrolls, tombstones, books and other ritual objects would be stopped at the U.S. border, and the objects would be confiscated and sent back to Libya.

Waldman, who lives in San Francisco, called the measure very, very offensive to the Jewish community. She said the memorandum would block people from removing Jewish artifacts when the very government itself has destroyed every single synagogue, every single [Jewish] cemetery.

Waldman said she is not aware of anyone having attempted to take Jewish artifacts out of Libya, or of any plans to do so. But she worries that the memorandum would affect any future efforts to recover those materials.

The State Departments Cultural Property Advisory Committee convened this week to discuss and consider the request, which Libya submitted in June. It has not announced a decision. The State Department, replying to a JTA request for comment, said it could not respond before deadline.

Libya claims that the request is necessary for curbing black market sales of artifacts from the country.

Libyas patrimony is now under severe and continuing threat of pillage due to ongoing conflict and the rise of violent extremist groups, according to a State Department summary of the request. (The original request is not available publicly.)

In addition to mentioning threats to Islamic and Berber materials, the summary specifically refers to Jewish sites being pillaged.

Many of the old Jewish cemeteries and sites are being looted for antiquities to export where there is an active transit or ultimate market for these objects, it says, later adding that some Jewish materials are sold in Israel.

Critics say the request is illegitimate and allows for Libya to claim ownership of various artifacts, including those that belong to its exiled Jewish community.

Kate Fitz Gibbon, a lawyer who served on theCultural Property Advisory Committeein 2002-03, spoke harshly of the memorandum.

I was terrifically offended at this idea that a Middle Eastern country that has forcibly expelled all of its Jewish population should have whatever is left, she told JTA. This is the opposite of Holocaust repatriation. This is telling the survivors that they should give whats left back to the oppressors.

Fitz Gibbon added that there was no proof in the State Department summary that Jewish artifacts were in fact being taken out of Libya.

On Wednesday, she spoke in opposition to the memorandum on behalf oftheAntique Tribal Art Dealers Association at a public open session organized by the State Department.

In addition to sharing objections on behalf of Jewish critics, Fitz Gibbon also said that Libya was not capable of properly preserving artifacts. The country, which has been in disarray following the 2011 fighting that toppled dictator Moammar Ghadafi, is currently under the rule of a provisional government and violent clashes continue to break out.

Libya, which has no museums they have 24 museums, they are all closed no tourism, has never done cultural exchange, and in this actual request said were not going to do any cultural exchange because we dont have the money or time of the ability, there is no question that Libya doesnt even meet one of these criteria for an MOU, Fitz Gibbon said.

Libyas request is not unprecedented. The U.S. has similar agreements with 17 countries, including one reached recently with Egypt. Congress also has passed emergency laws restricting artifacts from Iraq and Syria from entering the country. Such laws draw ona 1970 UNESCO convention thatallows for the placing of import and export restrictions in cases where a countrys patrimony is under threat of pillaging and its artifacts in danger of entering the black market.

A similar battle is playing out with an Iraqi Jewish archive uncovered by U.S. troops in 2003 in Baghdad. The artifacts were on tour in the U.S. in 2014 and were supposed to be returned to Iraq, but Jewish groups objected, saying they should bein the custody of the Iraqi Jewish community, which is living outside of the country after being driven out. The case of those artifacts remains unresolved.

Marc Lubin, a lawyerassisting Waldmans group, said efforts to keep Jewish artifacts in Libya or Iraq do not guarantee the preservation of the objects.

As was the case with the Iraqi Jewish artifacts, the Libyan MOU legitimizes Libyas confiscation of the property of fleeing Jews by recognizing the Libyan governments legal claim to that property, Lubin told JTA in an email. It gives a green light to future desecration by prohibiting the removal of sacred items from Libya for safe-keeping. It requires Libyan Jewrys heritage remain in place as a target for fanatics, all in the name of preservation.

Critics say Libyan-Jewish artifacts arent the only thing at stake.Granting the memorandum could set a precedent.

JIMENA is fighting this MOU because it sets a precedent to all of the Muslim, mostly Arab countries who have desecrated and impounded all of our antiquities, all of our heritage, Waldman said.

Fitz Gibbon echoed Waldmans concerns.

There was recently an MOU granted for Egypt, and the past pattern for MOUs has been that one nation, then two nations, then all nations within a specific region were covered, Fitz Gibbon said.

Waldman said that JIMENA is not concerned with the artifacts monetary value but rather with establishing the fact that the objects belong to the exiled Jewish community.

Theyve already taken private property, and now they are going after community property and our heritage, she said. It isnt money value that we are fighting for, but it is the right to know we are the rightful owners they are not.

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Jewish groups slam PA over Temple Mount violence – The Jerusalem Post

A Palestinian woman argues with an Israeli border policeman at the entrance to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City . (photo credit:AMMAR AWAD / REUTERS) The World Jewish Congress called on the Palestinian Authority to take immediate action to curb incitement, following the bloody terror attack on Friday night which killed three Israelis eating dinner in their home in the Halamish settlement. The World Jewish Congress unequivocally condemns the heinous and horrific attack in the settlement of Halamish tonight which took the lives of three innocent Israelis sitting down for Shabbat dinner,” the organization said in a statement. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, and with Israelis and Jewish people around the world. We demand that the Palestinian Authority take immediate measures to crack down on the incitement that led to this attack and make every effort to prevent such an atrocity from happening again. Anti-Defamation league CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said he was “heartbroken” by the attack, adding that “such heinous crimes are amoral and inexcusable in the name of any faith.” Addressing the riots which erupted after metal detectors were placed at an entrance to the Temple Mount complex, Greenblatt said that “all should have access to holy sites but violent riots are not a reasonable response to security measures intended to prevent violence.” He also criticized PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s announcement that he was freezing all contacts with Israel until it removes the new security measures, saying: “at time of intense tensions when we need cooperation, leaders should work together, not cease all contact.” Meanwhile, the Simon Wiesenthal Center directed its criticism at the the World Council of Churches, which demanded a return to the status quo on the Temple Mount. “Rather than decry the desecration of both human life and a holy site by jihadi murderers, the World Council of Churches (WCC) joined the chorus of voices in the Muslim world up in arms because Israel has introduced metal detectors to increase security for Muslims, Christians, and Jews,” the center said. The response by the WCC is perfectly consistent with the WCCs decades-long animus against the Jewish State, remarked Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Associate Dean of the Center and its Director of Global Social Action. In the years prior to the 1967 war, Jordan administered Jerusalems holy sites, desecrated every synagogue in the Old City, and barred Jews entirely from the Western Wall. The WCC never, ever protested. Yet they are prepared today to work in the name of the status quo against the installation of metal detectors, delighting jihadist groups who dream of igniting regional or global war by suicide attacks launched from Al-Aqsa, he continued. The installation of metal detectors is taken for granted at the Vatican, at government offices, at every airport around the globe, added Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, the Wiesenthal Centers Director of Interfaith Affairs. They were first made necessary when Palestinians internationalized terrorism decades ago. Share on facebook

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ADL raps Jewish pro-BDS group over anti-Israel ‘radicalism’ – The Jerusalem Post

Anti-Defamation League National Director Jonathan Greenblatt . (photo credit:Courtesy) NEW YORK – The Anti-Defamation league has released a report criticizing the left-wing group Jewish Voice for Peace for taking increasingly radical positions and employing questionable tactics in pursuit of its mission to diminish support for Israel in recent months. Among its concerns regarding the controversial pro-BDS organization, the ADL mentioned JVPs recent expressions of support for convicted Palestinian terrorists such as Rasmea Odeh and Marwan Barghouti. Odeh made headlines earlier this year when she was invited to speak at JVPs conference back in April. Despite much criticism from the Jewish community, the group defended her participation, describing her as a feminist leader and a deeply respected Palestinian organizer. Odeh was sentenced to life in prison by an Israeli military court for planting the explosives used in two 1969 Jerusalem bombings, which killed two students. She was later released as part of a prisoner exchange. In its zeal to condemn Israel at every opportunity, JVP has celebrated figures who have been convicted of engaging in terrorism. the ADL wrote. According to the ADL, the group has also recently ramped up efforts to break down longstanding programs that allow members of American and Israeli police and defense communities to train together and share best practices for fighting terrorism. This refers to JVPs new campaign titled Deadly Exchange, calling for action against joint training programs between Israeli and American security forces. According to the organization, the Anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and anti-Black policies escalating in the Trump era have their roots in longstanding US and Israel policy. In these exchange programs, JVP claims, American law enforcement officials are inculcated with disrespect for minorities and violence by their Israeli counterparts. A recent promotional video for the Deadly Exchange campaign also points fingers at US Jewish organizations, including the ADL, for running many of the joint programs. In a statement to The Jerusalem Post, JVP reacted to the ADL report, saying that it appears that JVP’s Deadly Exchange campaign has hit a nerve. The ADL’s law enforcement exchange programs promote the exchange of violent and discriminatory police practices between the U.S. and Israel, the group wrote. Why is a self-described liberal civil rights organization facilitating these exchanges? Another accusation on the ADLs list referred to harassment of Jewish LGBT groups, mentioning an incident that took place during the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York in June where JVP members disrupted the LGBTQ contingent, cutting their microphones and blocking them from marching. According to reports, JVP also supported the expulsion of the Jewish group, A Wider Bridge, from the Chicago Dyke March on the grounds that they carried rainbow flags which resembled Israeli flags, the ADL wrote. One of JVPs longtime tactics has been to allege that Israels proud record of support for LGBTQ rights is merely a way of directing attention away from its mistreatment of Palestinians. In addition, the ADL stated that although JVP pays lip service to the importance of dialogue and discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in practice JVP members have shouted down and interrupted campus speeches by guests whom they consider too Zionist. Jewish Voice for Peace did not provide an answer to these accusations, despite inquiries from The Jerusalem Post. Israel has strengths and weaknesses, things to teach and things to learn, like any country in the world. It is perfectly legitimate to criticize Israeli policies, the ADL concluded. But JVPs single-minded desire to paint Israel as a source of racism and violence has led it far beyond legitimate criticism of Israel. Share on facebook

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What ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Means to Me – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com (blog)

Photo Credit: Ari Fuld My grandmother, a survivor of several Nazi camps, made it clear that she would never step foot back in Europe. She would always tell us, They murdered us, they kicked us out, I am not stepping foot back in that land! Over the past couple of years I was invited several times to travel with students to see the concentration camps and I have always refused. There are many reasons I refused to visit countries that attempted to wipe out my nation. One of those reasons is I am scared to witness anti-Semitism. It is not that I am scared of the anti-Semitic remarks or violence that might occur, I am nervous as to how I would react. See, I am a very proud religious, Zionist Jew and I am allergic to pictures of Jewish victims from the Holocaust who were forced into a state of hopelessness with their hands up in fear as Nazis pointed their guns at us. I am allergic because the words never again are a way of life for me rather than a slogan to be hash tagged on Facebook. Hitler attempted to break and destroy the Jewish people and my grandmother used to tell us that we, her Jewish grandsons, are her sweetest revenge. First and foremost, Never Again means to me that I must make sure my children grow up as proud religious Jews. WE must make sure our children know who they are and that they should never hesitate to be proud. Never hide your Judaism! NEVER! There is another aspect of never again for me that some people might cringe at. Never Again means NEVER becoming a victim again. Be proactive! No more picking up our arms as we stare down the barrel of some anti-Semitic rifle. I am not judging those who faced the nightmares of the past, I am talking about us, who are living in the present and the lessons we need to learn from the past. Never Again means letting those who are thinking about attacking us know, we are no longer the ghetto Jew they so easily beat up and murdered 75 years ago. You come at us now and we will be charging at you with everything we got. This past week I visited Europe for the first time in my life. I visited the Netherlands after being invited by a pro Israel group. I went to speak about Israel, the IDF and of course to raise funds for the different Standing Together IDF support projects. The evening was amazing, but there was a repetitive warning my wife and I kept hearing from our amazing hosts, Maybe wear a hat and definitely put in your Tzizit when you go to Amsterdam. It was unfathomable to think that Jews cannot walk around Holland in 2017 without hiding who we are. My wife asked if Muslims can walk around in Hijabs and of course the answer was yes. We looked at people as simply said, This is ridiculous! Our hosts agreed with us and then told us of Jews who were beaten up for wearing their Kipa. They told me to at least consider tucking in my Tzizit My reaction? WE ARE DONE HIDING! NEVER AGAIN IS NOW! The people at the pro Israel event also discussed the anti Semitic situation with my wife and told her to maybe ask me to take off my kipa. She smiled and said, not a chance! Thursday morning we made it to Amsterdam with my kipa on my head and my Tzizit out proudly blowing in the Dutch wind. Were we scared? No. Were we alert? Absolutely. We walked proudly through the streets of Amsterdam with our heads held high. With every step we took on the dark stone floor, our hearts felt the millions of Jews who were lead to their death on these same streets just 75 years ago. Every time our foot hit the stones we heard echoes thought the streets. Here we are! Two Jews bringing up a Jewish family in the Land of Israel, The ultimate revenge towards anyone who wishes for our destruction. This time the echo was not one of fear or hopelessness, this time the echo was loud and clear and it sounded like this: WE ARE HERE AND WE WILL NOT HIDE! NEVER AGAIN! The irony was the fact that while I was proudly walking down the streets of Amsterdam, my government, the Jewish State of Israel was closing the Temple Mount for Jews. Why were they closing it for Jews? Because they heard many people say dont walk through Amsterdam with your Kipa on your head and instead of saying NEVER AGAIN, my government picked up their hands hopeless in the face of radical Islamic terrorism. We allow the holiest place for the Jewish people to be ruled by those who openly talk about annihilating the Jewish people. We send police up to watch with hawkish eyes to make sure the JEW does not whisper a prayer on our holiest sitehave we lost out mind! Can you imagine if the Dutch police would have followed me into a synagogue to make sure I, a Jew, not dare whisper a prayer! How fast would my government of Israel be charging the Dutch government with anti-Semitism? Would we accept the claim of we dont want to offend those who want to murder Jews from them? So, we put up metal detectors to make sure Muslim terrorists are no longer able to bring weapons on to the Temple Mount and the Muslims get violent over these security measures and what does my country do? My government closes the Temple Mount for Jews?! Have we lost our minds! This morning I hear the Israeli secret service suggested taking down the metal detectors in order to calm the situation? We get murdered and we have to appease the feelings of those murdering us? HAVE WE LOST OUR MINDS? The Arabs are violently demonstrating because they are offended by the metal detectors and are demanding we dont check them for weapons and we are considering giving in to their demands? HAVE WE LOST OUR MINDS?! Someone should let the Israeli government know that we are no longer in the ghettos. If the people in charge are not able to muster up the courage and strength to live by the words of our anthem and they should make room for someone who will not give in to demands by those who call for our annihilation. Make room for someone who understands our existence and survival is dependent on who we are as a nation and a religion. Make room for someone who understands the importance of implementing policy that will make sure NEVER AGAIN means NEVER AGAIN! Forget Amsterdam! Its time we walk proudly with our Kipa and Tzizit and in all our Jewish glory right here in Jerusalem! (YES! I am including the Temple Mount)

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The Friday Boys: Spreading love in the local Jewish community – Detroit Free Press

Ashley Zlatopolsky, Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 10:39 p.m. ET July 22, 2017 Drugged driving in Michigan and across the country is on the rise. Detroit Free Press 1 of 11 In an effort to expand its delivery network in the Midwest and shorten the time it takes to get packages to customers, Amazon.com is building a cluster of large and small distribution centers in southeast Michigan. Frank Witsil/Detroit Free Press 2 of 11 The Tuxedo Project, an endeavor to reimagine my abandoned, stripped west-side childhood home as a writers residence and literary center, had its first, tentative opening just a day before the 50th anniversary of the uprising. Detroit Free Press 3 of 11 This is a house for someone whod love the sound of waves slapping a seawall, a neighborhood full of fellow boaters and access to the Great Lakes waterways. Detroit Free Press 4 of 11 Detroit Police Chief James Craig talks about his father and becoming a police officer. Romain Blanquart/Detroit Free Press 5 of 11 Nicholas Castellanos leads the AL in triples. Other Tigers of the past 60 years to lead the AL. Video by Ryan Ford/DFP Wochit 6 of 11 This July marks the 50th anniversary of the civil disturbance and unrest that erupted in Detroit. Detroit Free Press 7 of 11 Engineer Sanjay Dhall is building a flying car in suburban Detroit and hopes to test-fly it next summer. John Gallagher, Detrot Free Press 8 of 11 Ethan Kranig is 9-years-old and suffers from a rare disease. When he was sworn into the Wildwood, NJ police department, Ethan was no longer a sick kid. He was living out his dream of being an honorary police officer. USA TODAY 9 of 11 Nissan pushes further into the semi-autonomous driving space with its ProPilot Assist, an adaptive cruise and lane control program that will be available in the U.S. later this year on the new version of the Japanese automaker’s all-electric Leaf. Journalists tried out the system during a drive starting from the company’s Technical Center in Farmington Hills on July 18. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press 10 of 11 Mike Thompson’s animated look at the 50th anniversary of the Detroit uprising. Mike Thompson/Detroit Free Press 11 of 11 Drugged driving in Michigan is on the rise Amazon building distribution centers in Michigan How to rebuild Detroit? One block at a time Boater’s paradise has Great Lakes access DPD Chief James Craig explains father’s influence on his career as cop Tigers and triples: A brief history Detroit 1967: We remember the riot Making flying car a reality Police grant wish of little boy with rare disease Nissan shows off ProPilot Assist Detroit, 1967: 50 years later From left to right, Yeshiva student Yehudah Polter, 14, of Oak Park, Rabbi Mendel Stein of Southfield and Yeshiva student Chaim Polter of Oak Park, visit accountant Charles Kessler of West Bloomfield at Kessler’s Farmington Hills office on Friday, July 21, 2017. Kessler has a tefillin, a small box containing a torah verse, on his arm. (Photo: Sean Work, Special to the Free Press) Every Friday afternoon, pairs of metro Detroit Hasidic Jewish teens take to the streets to encourage fellow community members to partake in Jewish rituals. Temperatures soared past 90 degrees on their most recent outing, but the Friday Boys as theyre known about town had a goal to meet. By next Friday, they want tefillin a sacred pair of black leather boxes containing Hebrew parchment scrolls inscribed with verses from the Torah wrapped around men in the local Jewish community 1,500 times. So far, over the course of a rigorous, eight-weekcampaign, the 70-plus Hasidic Jewish boys, ages 13-16 and students of Lubavitch Yeshiva Jewish Day School in Oak Park, have surpassed 1,350 for the tefillin challenge. This week,theyll go out full force to achieve their goal. Read more: Fired Jewish paramedic sues over supervisor’s ‘Anne’s Franks’ comments Married to Jesus: Metro Detroit women make lifelong virginity pledge As part of a leadership training program, the Friday Boys go to areas where there are large Jewish populations and connect with people. They go office-to-office, door-to-door and do a mitzvah a good deed or just say hello. Throughout the year, they organize similar campaigns. The community engagement program has been ongoing for 15 years, said Lubavitch Yeshiva Jewish Day School development director Rabbi Mendel Stein. Judaism is never meant to be limited to a place of worship, he described. Our main (concern)is what we do outside of synagogue. By educating Jewish people to dedicate their lives to Chabad, a worldwide movement within Jewish tradition where people strive to reach every Jew with love, the students are taught to think less about what they need and to think more about the spiritual and material needs of others. Thanks in part to the influence of this program, 90% of the schools alumni have wound up in leadership positions around the world, with a person in leadership in every state in the United States. Their latest effort connects with an international tefillin campaign for the Jewish world that was launched 50 years ago by Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, a leader in the Chabad movement. It has reached millions of Jews worldwide since its start in 1967. Historically, Chabad leaders were imprisoned and persecuted for leading the continuation of Torah Judaism. Now, there are more than 3,500 Chabad institutions in more than 85 countries around the world. The Lubavitch Yeshiva Jewish Day School students are celebrating the 50-year milestone by walking 25 different routes around metro Detroit every Friday in pairs. Lubavitch Yeshiva student Chaim Polter, left, of Oak Park speaks with jewelry store co-owner Robert Weinberger of Oak Park in the back room of Emery Creative Jewelers in Farmington Hills on Friday, July 21, 2017. Polter visits Jewish business owners on Friday to perform mitzvahs, wrap tefillin and say prayers.(Photo: Sean Work, Special to the Free Press) They take four to five hours out of their school day to educate community members about tefillin and say prayers with them. In Judaism, the Torah commands that tefillin which are placed on the upper arm with the strap wrapped around the arm, hand and fingersand also above the forehead should be worn as a sign and remembrance of God bringing children of Israel out of Egypt. They also provide a spiritual safety, said Stein. Putting on tefillin adds security to the Jewish people, he explained. The students provide training for wrapping tefillin, but many of the people they visit each week are regulars. Some, like Rob Weinberger, co-owner of Emerys Creative Jewelers in Farmington Hills, have been getting visits from the Friday Boys for 15 years. In the back of the jewelry store, Weinberger wrapped his own set of tefillin (hes left-handed) and said a prayer with 14-year-old Yehuda Polter of Oak Park and his 22-year-old cousin Chaim Polter, an older student who is serving as his mentor. Together, they recited and discussed the lesson for this weeks parashah the weekly Torah portion. It was a brief break in Weinbergers busy day to practice his religion. Charles Kessler of West Bloomfield wraps a tefillin, a small box containing a torah verse, to his arm at his office in Farmington Hills on Friday, July 21, 2017. Members of Orthodox Jewish movement Chabad visited Kessler on Fridays to do outreach.(Photo: Sean Work, Special to the Free Press) Next, the students went off to visit Sheldon Satovsky at his office in Farmington Hills. Satovsky was the former Mens Club president of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, a conservative synagogue in Southfield. There, they repeated the ritual and gave more insight on this weeks Torah portion. The Friday Boys are great, said Satovsky. Theyre very knowledgeable and always have a positive attitude. The Friday Boys have been visiting his office for at least seven years. I always look forward to it, Satovsky continued. This is a good thing in the world. Ashley Zlatopolsky is a Detroit-based writer. Follow her on Twitter at @ashley_detroit. 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Chechnya’s Jewish community is angry at Israel but doesn’t seem to exist – The Times of Israel

JTA While Russias mainstream Jewish leaders in Moscow firmly backed Israels actions in clashes this week with Palestinians at Jerusalems Temple Mount, the small Jewish community of Chechnya broke ranks with them and condemned the Jewish states provocations against Muslims in the holy city. At least that was the story reported in Chechen national and local media, including the Echo of Moscow radio station and Chechnya Today the most popular news site in the predominantly Muslim Russian republic. There was just one problem with the news item: Chechnya apparently has no organized Jewish community, and according to some Jewish people who were born there, also next to no Jews. The reports about where Chechen Jews stand on the issue of Jerusalem, where police and Palestinians clashed Thursday night and Friday over Israels decision to place metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount compound near Al-Aqsa mosque, relied on a video message published Tuesday by a man called Mosei Yunayev. Claiming to speak for the Jewish community of Chechnya, he joined Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov in condemning Israels actions at the Temple Mount, where the mosque is situated. Chechen Jews, Yunayev said, wholeheartedly support the sharp-worded rebuke of Israel by Kadyrov. Nonsense, I doubt there are even any Jews left in Chechnya, let alone an organized Jewish community, Tamara Rafailova Kahlon, an Israeli who was born in the Chechen capital of Grozny, told JTA on Friday. Her father, Rafoi Rafailov, heads an association of Chechen Jews in the city of Pyatigorsk, situated 150 miles west of Grozny in the North Caucasian Federal District. They all left, I dont know who this man speaks for, she said. Muslims pray in front of metal detectors placed outside the Temple Mount, in Jerusalems Old City, July 16, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) On July 15, Kadyrov called Israels heightened security precautions on the Temple Mount, where the previous day three Arab-Israeli terrorists killed two police officers before they were shot to death, deliberate provocation to foment riots. He described as violent Israels detention of the grand mufti of Jerusalem, who was called in for questioning after he urged worshippers to ignore a temporary closure of the compound immediately following the attack. In response to the shooting, Israel for the first time placed metal detectors in gateways leading to the Haram al Sharif compound, which contains the Al-Aqsa mosque. Thousands of troops were deployed Friday following riots; three Palestinians were killed in the clashes. Security checks are a provocation that invites resistance by Muslims, Kadyrov said. A view of the Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque, known as Heart of Chechnya, in the Russian republics capital, Grozny. (STR/AFP/Getty Images, via JTA) Yunayevs support for the condemnation by Kadyrov received considerable exposure in the Chechen media and other Russian-language publications. But Russian-speaking Jews, including community leaders, journalists and immigrants from Chechnya, dismissed and ridiculed Yunayevs claim to represent a Jewish community that they said does not exist. In an interview with Chechnya Today, Yunayev denied the assertions. Those who claim that there are no Jews in Chechnya are far from being Jewish, he said. And he presented his credentials: I was sent to the Chechen Republic by the Council of Elders of the Jewish People to restore the Jewish community in the region. Only true believers know how right I am in my convictions. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (photo credit: AP/Mousa Sadulayev/File) JTA could not confirm the existence of an organization by that name; its only presence online originates in Yunayevs mention in the Chechnya Today article. At other times, Yunayev presented himself as a member of the equally untraceable Congress of Jews of the North Caucasus Federal District. Rabbi Boruch Gorin, a senior figure within the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, told JTA he is aware neither of that group nor of any other organized Jewish community active in Chechnya. Rabbi Boruch Gorin is the editor of Knizhniki, a Moscow-based publishing house working to translate Yiddish works into Russian. (Courtesy) Chechnya is special in that there is no Jewish community, there are no Jews there, he told the news site Open Russia on Thursday. Not in Grozny, not anywhere. Perhaps there are a few individuals, but there is no social community of ethnic Jews after the Chechen wars of the 1990s and 2000s. Thousands died in two wars that Moscow fought to quell a Muslim rebellion in Chechnya. Any statements from the Chechen Jewish community are made up, Gorin said. Chechnya did have a Jewish population in the past. Grozny had a 19th-century Ashkenazi synagogue that was turned into a music school in 1937 and then destroyed during the first Chechen war of 1994-96. But today, Chechnya has no Jews, according to the website Gorskie, the official website of the Mountain Jews Community, who have lived for centuries in the Caucasus. After interviewing several dozen people connected with the Jewish community of Russia, as well as prominent representatives of the community of Mountain Jews, it became clear that there were no Jews left in Chechnya, and therefore there is no Chechen Jewish community, wrote the editors of Gorskie, which is affiliated with the umbrella group of Mountain Jews communities, STMEGI. Leaders of Russian Jewry and the Mountain Jews community were unfamiliar with the man calling himself Yunayev, Gorskie reported. Mountain Jews believe that protests against the use of metal detectors have nothing to do with infringement of religious rights. Those who oppose this elementary security measure may well be recognized as collaborators of terrorists, Gorskies editors also wrote. The Chechen authorities managed to find two Jews for the opening of the synagogue, but both refused to participate While the existence of a Jewish community in Chechnya is questionable, there is little doubt about the presence there of the man claiming to speak for that community. Earlier this year, Yunayev established a presence on social media, where he appeared shaking hands and embracing various Chechen officials, including our highly esteemed First Deputy Minister for North Caucasus Affairs, as he described the Chechen politician Baysultanov Hasaevich. The kindness of this man did not skip the Jewish community of the Chechen Republic, Yunayev wrote of the official. We want to express our great gratitude on behalf of our community, for the help you have always provided and are ready to render to our community and to everyone in our beautiful District! God Almighty bless you and your family! Some prominent journalists in the Caucasus have been less skeptical of Yunayevs claims and title than his coreligionists. In March, the regional correspondent of the RIA news agency, Mukhtar Amirov, referred to Yunayev as the president of the council of Jewish communities of the Chechen Republic, noting that both he and Yunayev are descended from the Chechen village of Dorgeli. The scarcity of Jews in Chechnya did not prevent Kadyrovs office from announcing the opening of a synagogue in Grozny in 2013. The announcement prompted some head scratching, including by the Russian politician and journalist Vadim Beriashvili, who said at the time that he doubted the existence of a Jewish community who might use the synagogue. The Chechen authorities managed to find two Jews for the opening of the synagogue, but both refused to participate, he reported in 2013. The reasons for their refusal can only be guessed. Mosei Yunayev speaking at the International Islamic Mission Forum in Makhachkala, Russia, March 22, 2017. (Courtesy of the International Islamic Mission)

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Deadly attack on Jewish home in West Bank follows clashes over Temple Mount – Deutsche Welle

Israel’s military said the attack on Friday evening happened at a house in Halamish, northwest of Ramallah. “An assailant infiltrated a private home in the community of Neve Tsuf, northwest of Ramallah, and stabbedfour Israeli civilians,” the Israeliarmy said in a statement. An Israeli military official said a grandfather and two of his children died, while the grandmother was wounded. No further details on the victims were given. The attacker wasidentified byIsrael Radio as a 19-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank village of Khobar near Ramallah. Eli Bin, the head of Israel’s rescue service MDA, said an off-duty soldier next door heard screams, ran to the house and shot the attacker through a window. Bin said the attacker was wounded and evacuated to hospital. Earlier protests Three Palestinians had beenkilled in protests in Jerusalem earlier on Friday in clashes with Israeli forcesover entry restrictions at the holy site of Haram al-Sharif, also known as Temple Mount. The protests – over the placement of metal detectors and turnstilesat the site – turned into clashes in which the three men were shot dead, the interior ministry said. At least 400people were hospitalized, the ministry reported. Security forces prohibited Palestinian men under the age of 50 from entering Jerusalem’s Old City for Friday Muslim prayers this week,. Theyhave allowed access to women of all ages. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is to ‘freeze’ all contacts with Israel because of the Temple Mount security changes Abbas suspends contacts with Israel Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Friday that he would suspend all contacts with Israel because of the new security measures. He alsourged the United Statesto intervene with Israel to drop thesecurity changes. The dispute Israeli-Palestinian tensions over theHoly Land’s most revered shrine are severe. Disputes over the 37-acre(15-hectare) walled, hilltop platform in Jerusalem’s Old City have triggered several major confrontations in the past. Israel began installing metal detectorsat the gates of the compound, saying extra measures were needed to prevent further attacks. Since 1967, Israel has increasingly cut off east Jerusalem from its West Bank hinterland. Under the post-1967 arrangements, Muslims administer the compound, while Jews can visit, but not pray there. This arrangement held for decades – in large part because leading rabbis, citing religious purity laws, banned Jews from entering. jbh/jm (Reuters, AFP)

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Jews and Food – Jewish Journal

Whats up with Jews and food? joked probably more than one Borscht Belt comedian in the middle of the last century. I found myself asking this same question just last week. And I wasnt wondering about impressive Jewish chefs like the culinary peacemaker Yotam Ottolenghi, co-author of a cookbook you can give to your son and his Muslim fianc; or Jessica Koslow, the force behind the uber-hip restaurant Sqirl; or even Sammy Friedman, the original owner of the Jewish soul food palace Sammys Roumanian in New York City. How could we ever forget that place? I know I cant. Im still burping up garlic from when my parents took me there in 1980. Its not Jewish innovation with food thats on my mind in these searing hot days of summer, when the only appropriate clothing is none and the only food that makes any sense to eat is ice cream by the gallon. What I find exhausting, I mean intriguing, is how many of us seem to be forever struggling to tame outsized appetites that if left unchecked lead to outsized bodies. Like many of my fellow Jews, I, too, have a love-hate relationship with eating. Except for those few years in the 90s when I made a lame attempt at anorexia, so it was more hate-hate, but in that way that you hate the ex who dumped you, broke your heart, ruined your life, and you never want anything to do with him again. Except that you still love him more than anything. Food enthusiasts of the extreme variety know that even the most pious and generous human inevitably will disappoint in a way that a Salt & Straw double scoop of cinnamon snickerdoodle and chocolate gooey brownie served up in a waffle cone never will. In-N-Out always delivers what it promises, right? But I digress. I dont have any double-blind studies to back me up, and you could argue that I have spent most of my life on the coasts, where a lot of Jewish people settle, but I have met a very large number of Jews in diet programs and eating disorder support groups over the past 25 years. Even outside of these rooms, I have noticed that when Jews run out of conversation, they almost reflexively fall into either a debate about where to get the best fill-in-the-blank delicacy, or the latest diet on which they are determined to finally lose the weight to meet their future skinnier sister-in-law, attend their sons bar mitzvah or emcee their kids wedding. I have total compassion for this preoccupation, as I come by it honestly, if not genetically. I remember my grandmother looking eerily like a mosquito, with a head disproportionately larger than her tiny body. She raised my mother with a piece of wisdom she would have said rivaled anything from Maimonides if she had known who he was. To wit: You can never be too rich or too thin. To make sure this map for life didnt skip a generation, my mother taught it to me. And this is how you get a daughter with an eating disorder whos terrified of spending money. And a comedian who tours the country performing a show called, Two Thin. Because whats funnier than anorexia and bulimia? The late Lionel Blue, a popular British rabbi, author and broadcaster said, Jews are like everyone else, only more so. So heres my latest theory on the segment of the Jewish population that eats Szechuan beef while reading Shape magazine, and bear in mind its not something we would ever say out loud. What if our always wanting to be thinner is a function of Blues point? Is it a conscious or unconscious attempt to tame the more so aspect of us? That part of what we aspire to when we diet, in addition to not looking like an outdoor sofa cushion when wearing prints, is to look the opposite of more so, which is to say, less Jewish? And, yes, there is a chance I am speaking only to female coastal cultural elites. But I dont think so. This flattening out of ourselves, which began with our noses, then moved to the curls in our hair and finally to our round bodies, feels like the last vestiges of assimilation. Its our final stabs at obliterating any physical manifestations of our more so -ness. The longer I live, the more uncomfortable this makes me. Unless youre living under Schwartz Bakery (and lucky you if you are), you know theres been a recent uptick of anti-Semitism, so Im no longer interested in being less so. Am I just giving myself socio-political justification to enjoy muffins the size of a babys head? Why, yes, I am. To be clear, I am not advocating that we all eat cheese until our arteries explode, because then the terrorists really will have won. I think my new Jewish acceptance approach is starting to work for me. The other day, I left the house with a waistband that was a little too tight, an unkempt mane of curly, even frizzy hair, and I laughed really loudly at something my friend said. Just like other women do. Only more so. Dani Klein Modisett is a comic and writer, most recently of the book Take My Spouse, Please.

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Hartford Jewish Cemeteries Vandalized – Hartford Courant – Hartford Courant

Sixty monuments in three of the city’s oldest Jewish cemeteries near Garden Street were knocked over sometime this week, police said Friday. There was no evidence that this was a hate crime, because no anti-Semitic phrases or symbols were found at the cemeteries, which are on FD Oates Avenue in the city’s North End. “It appears to be a random desecration, a cowardly act of vandalism,” Howard Sovronsky, head of the Greater Hartford Jewish Federation, said Friday afternoon. Some of the toppled headstones broke, Sovronsky said, and the cost of repairing the damage on what he called “legacy cemeteries” is still being calculated. The federation helps maintain dozens of Jewish cemeteries in Hartford. In a press release, Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said a woman who checked on the cemetery Friday discovered the damage. She told police she last visited the cemeteries on Monday and saw no damage then. Deputy Chief Brian Foley Deputy Chief Brian Foley Mort Weinstein of Weinstein Mortuary in Hartford said Friday that the vandalized cemeteries were founded decades ago. “The cemetery is our lineage,” he said. “This is very disturbing, to say the least.”

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Why Jews from Libya are worried about the fate of the country’s Jewish artifacts – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

A hotel can be seen behind the abandoned Dar Bishi synagogue in Tripoli, Libya, Sept. 28, 2011. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images) (JTA) Gina Waldman was forced to flee her native Libya in 1967 as anti-Jewish mobs took to the streets of Tripoli, burning down her fathers warehouse. Waldman, like thousands of other Libyan Jews who left the country amid public and state-sponsored anti-Semitism in the 20th century, was forced to leave behind both personal belongings she was only allowed to bring a single suitcase with her and a rich cultural heritage that testified to over 2,000 years of Jewish presence in the North African country. Today no Jews remain in Libya. That heritage including synagogues, cemeteries and ritual objects has long been under threat. But now an additional obstacle is coming from an unlikely place, said Waldman, president and co-founder of the group Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa, or JIMENA. The threat stems from a memorandum of understanding request by the Libyan government currently under consideration by the State Department that would prohibit artifacts dated 1911 and earlier, including Jewish ritual objects, from being brought into the United States from Libya. That would mean that anyone attempting to bring in antique Torah scrolls, tombstones, books and other ritual objects would be stopped at the U.S. border, and the objects would be confiscated and sent back to Libya. Waldman, who lives in San Francisco, called the measure very, very offensive to the Jewish community. She said the memorandum would block people from removing Jewish artifacts when the very government itself has destroyed every single synagogue, every single [Jewish] cemetery. Waldman said she is not aware of anyone having attempted to take Jewish artifacts out of Libya, or of any plans to do so. But she worries that the memorandum would affect any future efforts to recover those materials. The State Departments Cultural Property Advisory Committee convened this week to discuss and consider the request, which Libya submitted in June. It has not announced a decision. The State Department, replying to a JTA request for comment, said it could not respond before deadline. Libya claims that the request is necessary for curbing black market sales of artifacts from the country. Libyas patrimony is now under severe and continuing threat of pillage due to ongoing conflict and the rise of violent extremist groups, according to a State Department summary of the request. (The original request is not available publicly.) In addition to mentioning threats to Islamic and Berber materials, the summary specifically refers to Jewish sites being pillaged. Many of the old Jewish cemeteries and sites are being looted for antiquities to export where there is an active transit or ultimate market for these objects, it says, later adding that some Jewish materials are sold in Israel. Critics say the request is illegitimate and allows for Libya to claim ownership of various artifacts, including those that belong to its exiled Jewish community. Kate Fitz Gibbon, a lawyer who served on theCultural Property Advisory Committeein 2002-03, spoke harshly of the memorandum. I was terrifically offended at this idea that a Middle Eastern country that has forcibly expelled all of its Jewish population should have whatever is left, she told JTA. This is the opposite of Holocaust repatriation. This is telling the survivors that they should give whats left back to the oppressors. Fitz Gibbon added that there was no proof in the State Department summary that Jewish artifacts were in fact being taken out of Libya. On Wednesday, she spoke in opposition to the memorandum on behalf oftheAntique Tribal Art Dealers Association at a public open session organized by the State Department. In addition to sharing objections on behalf of Jewish critics, Fitz Gibbon also said that Libya was not capable of properly preserving artifacts. The country, which has been in disarray following the 2011 fighting that toppled dictator Moammar Ghadafi, is currently under the rule of a provisional government and violent clashes continue to break out. Libya, which has no museums they have 24 museums, they are all closed no tourism, has never done cultural exchange, and in this actual request said were not going to do any cultural exchange because we dont have the money or time of the ability, there is no question that Libya doesnt even meet one of these criteria for an MOU, Fitz Gibbon said. Libyas request is not unprecedented. The U.S. has similar agreements with 17 countries, including one reached recently with Egypt. Congress also has passed emergency laws restricting artifacts from Iraq and Syria from entering the country. Such laws draw ona 1970 UNESCO convention thatallows for the placing of import and export restrictions in cases where a countrys patrimony is under threat of pillaging and its artifacts in danger of entering the black market. A similar battle is playing out with an Iraqi Jewish archive uncovered by U.S. troops in 2003 in Baghdad. The artifacts were on tour in the U.S. in 2014 and were supposed to be returned to Iraq, but Jewish groups objected, saying they should bein the custody of the Iraqi Jewish community, which is living outside of the country after being driven out. The case of those artifacts remains unresolved. Marc Lubin, a lawyerassisting Waldmans group, said efforts to keep Jewish artifacts in Libya or Iraq do not guarantee the preservation of the objects. As was the case with the Iraqi Jewish artifacts, the Libyan MOU legitimizes Libyas confiscation of the property of fleeing Jews by recognizing the Libyan governments legal claim to that property, Lubin told JTA in an email. It gives a green light to future desecration by prohibiting the removal of sacred items from Libya for safe-keeping. It requires Libyan Jewrys heritage remain in place as a target for fanatics, all in the name of preservation. Critics say Libyan-Jewish artifacts arent the only thing at stake.Granting the memorandum could set a precedent. JIMENA is fighting this MOU because it sets a precedent to all of the Muslim, mostly Arab countries who have desecrated and impounded all of our antiquities, all of our heritage, Waldman said. Fitz Gibbon echoed Waldmans concerns. There was recently an MOU granted for Egypt, and the past pattern for MOUs has been that one nation, then two nations, then all nations within a specific region were covered, Fitz Gibbon said. Waldman said that JIMENA is not concerned with the artifacts monetary value but rather with establishing the fact that the objects belong to the exiled Jewish community. Theyve already taken private property, and now they are going after community property and our heritage, she said. It isnt money value that we are fighting for, but it is the right to know we are the rightful owners they are not.

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