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Why Does Donald Trump Keep Dissing Jews? – New York Times

Then there was an initial, strange silence from Trump and his aides about a rash of anti-Semitic vandalism and bomb threats around the country in January and February.

In May, in Israel, Trump insisted on a much shorter stop at Yad Vashem, an important Holocaust memorial and museum, than either Barack Obama or George W. Bush had made, and he stuck to that plan even as many Israelis and American Jews cried foul. The tone-deaf breeziness of his approach was accentuated by the message he left in the visitors book: It is a great honor to be here with all of my friends so amazing & will never forget! As Yair Rosenberg of the Jewish magazine Tablet tweeted, it was basically just what teenagers write in each others high school yearbooks.

Ivanka Trump went to the Warsaw memorial in her fathers stead, though Trump softened that blow somewhat by mentioning, in his big Warsaw speech, that the Nazis systematically murdered millions of Polands Jewish citizens.

Ivanka converted to Judaism to marry Jared Kushner, and the couples key roles in the White House mean that Trump has observant Jews at the very core of his presidency and of his life.

But that didnt stop him from making remarks to Jewish Republican donors in December 2015 that seemed to play into an anti-Semitic stereotype. Im a negotiator like you folks, he said, later adding: Is there anybody that doesnt renegotiate deals in this room? Perhaps more than any room Ive ever spoken to.

During his presidential campaign, he embraced the favor of groups and people who trafficked in white supremacy. He re-tweeted material from proudly anti-Semitic Twitter feeds, and prompted a furor by promoting an image that placed Hillary Clintons face atop a pile of cash and beside a six-pointed star on which most corrupt candidate ever was written.

The website PolitiFact concluded that it was unlikely that the Trump campaign intended to put out a Star of David image. In fact, the campaign moved to replace the star with a circle when the image gained attention. Even so, PolitiFact noted, Trump had an unusual habit of using social media to broadcast material that comes from sources with a history of spreading racism, anti-Semitism or white supremacy.

Im not convinced that Trump is much of an anti-Semite, any more than Im convinced that hes much of a homophobe. (Racism and sexism are another matter.) But I think hes so thirsty for, and intoxicated by, whatever love comes his way that hes loath to rebuff the sources of it.

A prominent Jewish Republican put it well. I think Trump is such a pathological narcissist that the act of telling people who love you that you reject them he cant get around that, he told me, interpreting Trumps reasoning this way: What can be wrong with them? Theyre for me!

Trump is disinclined to denounce any constituency or tactics that elevate him to the throne, where hes sure that he belongs. The outcome validates even the ugliest and most divisive ascent.

I dont think hes goading these people or associating with them because he shares their views, the Republican added. I do think that hes so insensitive about the presidency about the responsibilities of the leader of the free world that he doesnt realize its not enough to say, once or twice, I dont agree with them. He doesnt realize that you have to be very clear. And he doesnt realize or care that hes validating and encouraging them.

He doesnt understand the message of zipping through Yad Vashem when predecessors lingered, because hes less concerned with the weight of his office than with the whims and convenience of Donald Trump. Its all about him, always and if hes sure in his own heart that hes good with Jews, then he shouldnt have to prove it.

Go back to his mini-tantrum during a White House news conference in February, when a reporter for a Jewish magazine tried to ask him whether he was paying proper heed to the anti-Semitic bomb threats. Trump interpreted the question as an indictment not of his behavior but of his being I am the least anti-Semitic person that youve ever seen in your entire life! he trumpeted and turned the discussion toward the big, bad media. Forget about any persecution of Jews. Lets talk about the persecution of Trump.

You can be only so considerate to others when you never stop considering yourself. And the flamboyantly nonconformist culture of Trumps presidency has downsides. This administration shrugs off and throws away some rituals and niceties that do matter to people, estranging them in the process.

Gay Pride Month came and went without even a banal word of recognition from the White House. So while Trump likes to crow, in a hallucinatory fashion, that gays love him, we made do in June with a tweet from his outsourced conscience, by which of course I mean Ivanka.

Some of this is Steve Bannon and his ilk. Their idea of nationalism is chilly to the recognition of subgroups, including Jewish Americans.

Some of it boils down to an absent professionalism. Trump isnt matching the respectful choreography of other presidents because theres no one in his inner circle familiar with the dance. Kushner, Bannon, Stephen Miller and Reince Priebus are all new to this kind and level of work. They lack institutional memory, along with any awareness of how easily those blind spots become insensitivity.

I cant know definitively how Trump feels about Jews or gays or a whole lot else. But I can see clearly his sloppiness and self-absorption, and theyre cause enough for alarm.

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North Carolina Pride organizers promise ‘solution’ so Jews can … – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Revelers enjoying the annual New York Gay Pride Parade, June 25, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(JTA) Organizers of North Carolinas gay pride parade and festival said they wouldfind a solution following complaints from the Jewish community about the event being scheduled for Yom Kippur.

Were going to solve that no matter what it takes, organizer John Shorttold The Herald-Sun on Thursday. Exactly how well solve that we dont know.

Short said the Durham Pride parades volunteer organizingcommittee had Jewish members but it still had notrealized the scheduling conflict. He added thatall the Jewish community will be able to attend the event.

Well develop a solution that will be able to be carried over in the future, Short said.

Organizers had apologized for scheduling the parade for Sept. 30 but did not change the date. They said the parade has been held on the last Saturday of September for the past 17 years.

The Jewish community had expressed disappointment and anger at the scheduling of the parade for Yom Kippur.

Its another example of our calendar not being respected, said Adam Organ, executive director of the Raleigh-Cary Jewish Community Center. There are about 15,000 Jewish households in the Raleigh area.

Several Jewish groups have marched in the parade in recent years.

Carolina Jews for Justice said in a statement: No group of people, Jewish or otherwise, should have to choose between our LGBTQ identities and the other identities that are important to us and shape our lives.

The conflict comes on the heels of an incidentlast month at the Chicago Dyke march in which three Jewish women were asked to leave over their Jewish Pride flags, which include a Star of David in the center of a rainbow flag. Organizers said that the stars could be interpreted as support for Zionism, which they reject.

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Stories of welfare fraud that (gasp!) don’t involve Orthodox Jews – New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

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Yes Virginia, there are actually people besides Jews who commit welfare fraud!

The reason I bring this up is not to defend the Lakewood Jews arrested for allegedly defrauding the system, but to show you how rampant this crime actually is and how easily bilked the system is.

Even more Lakewood fraud cases 26 residents now facing charges

That might not seem clear when the some written media outlets breathlessly cover these arrests as though theyve never happened before. And delighted as they are to report them, please understand that some newspapers have a long-standing journalistic love affair with stories that involve orthodox Jews. Rare are the stories of this groups charity, community service, or hard work, though. Some papers just have penchant for front-page, bold-type, above-the-fold Bad News About Jews (Hey, kind of a catchy slogan, guys! You ever think about that?).

Now, Id loveto give the aforementioned media outlets the benefit of the doubt right now and assume its just because their readership or viewership findsJews who look differently, dress differently and act differently just downright intriguing! But alas, my gut instinct tells me that its a little more than that from some newspapers past reporting of stories that involve Jews Doing Bad Things, its obvious that theyre kind of enjoying seeing Jews reflected in this very bad light.

Sickening displays of anti-Semitism after welfare fraud arrests in Lakewood

But who can blame them? Lakewood Jews (mostly Orthodox, by the way, notHasidic) are a tough group to find anything wrong with (their mere Jewishness notwithstanding). So the usual cries of Theyre trying to buy my house! or They have so many kids! orTheir clothes are so weird! never quite had the teeth that readers were so desperately seeking. Breaking the law, on the other hand? Now you got em!!

So as long as the arrests keep coming, youll see the unrelenting barrage of some newspapersarticles not just reporting the news, but reveling in it. Enjoy!

Just to put things into perspective though, and to try to paint a more balanced picture of what really goes on in this country in terms of defrauding government programs meant to help the less fortunate, feast your eyes upon some of these recent stories. Again, they wont be as juicy and wont be presented with the usual bloodlust that underscores some reporting, because these dont involve Jews. But still, heres a (very) small sampling.

Fraud: How a Florida Mother and Daughter Stole $20 Million From Medicare (Newsweek)

State charges 68 with welfare fraud; two from Lehigh Valley (The Morning Call)

PA Welfare Fraud Crackdown: 344 Charged, $1.78M In Stolen Benefits In 2017, Officials Say (Newtown, PA Patch)

23 charged in Orange County welfare fraud sweep(Recordonline.com)

Judi Lakewood Mall controversy has Jew-haters out in full force

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Jay-Z lyric plays into Jewish stereotypes, Anti-Defamation League says – Washington Post

Jay-Zs newest album 4:44 may be a critical and commercial smash, but not everyone is pleased with it.

The Anti-Defamation League criticized the rapper for a couple of lyrics it considered anti-Semitic soon after its release last Friday.

In the song The Story of O.J., he rapped, You wanna know whats more important than throwin away money at a strip club? Credit/ You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This how they did it.

A spokesperson from the ADL told Rolling Stone that whilethe organization doesnt believe Jay-Z meant to promoteanti-Semitism, the lyric isconcerning.

The lyric does seem to play into deep-seated anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews and money. The idea that Jews own all the property in this country and have used credit to financially get ahead are odious and false. Yet, such notions have lingered in society for decades, and we are concerned that this lyric could feed into preconceived notions about Jews and alleged Jewish control of the banks and finance.

The statement comes after some fans reacted negatively to the lyrics on social media, as the album shotto platinum status.

Jay-Zexplains that the antisemitic theory of Jewish owning all the property in America is the result of smart business practices, tweetedone user.

Though the rapper himself hasnt commented on the controversy, several notable members of themusic community rushed to Jay-Zs defense.

Guy Oseary, the Jerusalem-born manager to acts like Madonna and U2, posted a photo of himself with Jay-Z to Instagram.

If you read the lyrics out of context I can understand why people are jumping to that conclusion, he wrote in the posts caption. But if you listen to the song in its entirety you will hear that the whole of the song is based on exaggerated stereotypes to make a point.

In fact, Oseary said, the rapper was trying toshowcase a community of people that are thought to have made wise business decisions. As an example of what is possible and achievable.

In my opinion, Jay is giving the Jewish community a compliment, he concluded.

In a series of tweets, meanwhile, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons said, First, let me state that mischief makers would like to take Jays statements about theculture and practices that exist within some parts of the Jewish community (notice I say some). The fact is this culture that promotesgood business and financial well being is and has been a guiding light to the black and specifically the hip-hop community.

Jay-Zs lyrics being met with simultaneous praise and criticism is par for the course at this point.

Since his 1996 debut record Reasonable Doubt, theres been a strange dichotomy to his work. On one hand, hes long been praised for being one of the earliest (and loudest) voices in a liberating genre, one that gave black artists a mainstream voice in music. On the other hand, critics say, his lyrics have often been tinged with misogyny, homophobia and now anti-Semitism.

Given that Jay-Z has released albums now for more than two decades, the examples are plentiful.

In his early work, for example, Jay-Z used the word faggot with some regularity, always seemingly meant as an insult. [An example from Heart of the City (Aint No Love): Faggots hate when you gettin money like athletes.] Years later, though, he came out in support of gay marriage. On his newest record, in fact, his mother Gloria Carter came out as a lesbian.

By Jay-Zs own accounts, his life experiences have informed some of his lyrical changes. After he and wife Beyonc had their daughter Blue Ivy Carter in 2012, the rapper said he would no longer use the word bitch in his songs. By that point, though, he had used the word in 109 out of his 217 songs, according to Time, which added, Thats 50.2% of Jay-Zs entire lyrical output.

Jay-Zs involvement with politics, though, arguably sparked the most criticism of his former lyrics. The rapper publicly supported both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, endorsements which launched a thousand opinion pieces focusing on his past lyrics.

[Obama describes his bond with Jay-Z]

President Barack Obama celebrates Jay-Z and elicits his support, yet it is difficult to believe POTUS the parent would ever want his adolescent daughters exposed to Jay-Zs serial characterization of women as bitches and hos,’ wrotecolumnist Norman Chad in 2013.

Jay Z repeatedly drops n-word, f-bomb during concert for Hillary Clinton, read a 2016 Business Insider headline.

[For artists of color, President Obama leaves a musical legacy, too]

Even Donald Trump, as a presidential candidate, brought up Jay-Zs lyrics.

I actually like Jay-Z, but you know the language last night, Trumpsaid during a 2016 campaign event. I was just thinking maybe I should just try it, should I use that language for one event? Can you imagine if I said that? So he used every word in the book. I wont even use the initials, because Ill get in trouble, theyll get me in trouble. He used every word in the book last night.

On the other hand, though, Obama quoted Jay-Z in a speech on the 50th anniversary of Alabama state troopers attacking nonviolent, mostly blackprotesters marching from Selma to Montgomery. Recently, in fact, the former president helped induct Jay-Z into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, calling hima true American original.

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In Holland, the Nazis built a luxury camp to lull the Jews before murdering them – The Times of Israel

WESTERBORK, Netherlands (JTA) Nothing about the footage that Rudolf Breslauer filmed here on May 30, 1944, suggests that it was taken inside one of Europes largest Nazi concentration camps.

In the film by Breslauer, a German-Jewish inmate of the Westerbork camp in Hollands northeast, prisoners are seen playing soccer enthusiastically in team uniforms, complete with a referee in a special outfit.

A middle-aged man wearing a suit and a boy who may have been his grandson stroll cheerfully in the sun past spectators. In other segments, inmates are seen putting on theater performances, working in modern factories and even going to church an activity undertaken by many German Jews before the Holocaust, including some who had converted to Christianity just before or during the Holocaust in a vain effort to escape persecution by the Nazis.

The film is one of only two cinematic works known to have been produced inside a functioning concentration camp for Jews the other was in Theresienstadt.

Commissioned by Westerborks commanders for propaganda purposes, Breslauers film is a rare documentation of the sophisticated facade employed by the Nazis at the camp, where 75 years ago they began carrying out the systematic murder of three quarters of Dutch Jewry the highest death rate in Nazi-occupied Western Europe. Westerbork served as a so-called transit camp from which 100,000 Dutch Jews were shipped to Nazi death camps in Poland.

The subterfuge maintained the illusion that the camps inmates were sent to work camps, giving them hope and an incentive to comply with orders that helped ensure Westerborks deadly efficiency, according to Johannes Houwink ten Cate of the University of Amsterdam, who is among the worlds foremost experts on the Holocaust in the Netherlands.

According to ten Cate, the deceit extended far beyond the possibly staged scenes that Breslauer captured with his camera (Breslauer was sent to Auschwitz with his wife and three children in 1944. Only their daughter Chanita survived the war).

The size of Camp Westerborks hospital, which was one of the best and largest hospitals of its kind, symbolizes the Nazi lie that Jews were going to be put to work further east, ten Cate told JTA in an interview last week ahead of the 75th anniversary of the first death transport out of the camp, which took place on July 15, 1942.

It was one of a great many German efforts focused at making sure that Jews did not understand what the Nazis were up to, he added.

In Amsterdam, a Holocaust memorial was erected in the former theater where 80,000 Dutch Jews were incarcerated before deportation to Nazi transit camps such as Westerbork, January 15, 2017 (Matt Lebovic/The Times of Israel)

These efforts paid off, according to Henny Dormits, 87, a Holocaust survivor who lived in the camp with her family for two years before they were sent to Theresienstadt.

While Jews in many other parts of Europe were subjected to violence, torture, abuse and murder in camps, in Westerbork, people were not abused, they were treated correctly, she said during an interview for Dutch television in 2011. She spoke at the former living quarters of Albert Gemmeker, the Nazi commander of Westerbork, which is the only part of the camp that still exists today.

Everyone assumed wed be going to another work camp

The Germans did everything possible to keep people calm here so no one was afraid, Dormits recalled. And so when people were shipped off in cattle carts, everyone assumed wed be going to another work camp.

Westerbork included many amenities that Jewish concentration camp inmates elsewhere could only dream of, including permits to leave camp without supervision given exclusively to people with family still inside the camp, so they would not escape and cabaret productions with musical instruments.

But it was the quality of medical treatment in Westerbork that clinched the illusion, according to Dormits.

Thousands of stones with Stars of David on them memorialize 100,000 Jews who came through the Westerbork transit camp in the Netherlands on their way to Nazi death camps (Vanrijnr/Wikimedia Commons)

People were operated on here by the best doctors, they would be hospitalized for entire weeks as they healed, and when they were all better they were put on a transport, she recalled in the documentary. This was the make-believe world in which we lived.

This form of deception was extremely effective, according to Dirk Mulder, the director of the Camp Westerbork Memorial Center, a nongovernmental organization with state funding that is responsible for commemoration and educational work in the former camp.

The message of the hospital was, We Germans have the best intentions for you, get better in this large hospital so we can put you to work elsewhere, Mulder said in the Dutch documentary.

Still, not everyone was duped. Gemmeker, who had a friendly relationship with the Jewish filmmaker Breslauer, once told the cameraman something that made Breslauer realize the transports were a one-way ticket, according to Chanita Moses, Breslauers daughter. Her father did not say exactly what Gemmeker told him, she told the Dutch television film crew.

Cheider spokesman Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs with non-Jewish Dutch students at the site of the Westerbork concentration camp, July 2013. (Courtesy of the office of Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs and Ome Joops Tour/JTA)

Philip Mechanicus, a Dutch Jewish Holocaust victim who secretly chronicled his stay in Westerbork before he was murdered, wrote about his tremendous fear of when he would be shipped out.

On September 13, 1943, a 65-year-old woman in Mechanicus barracks committed suicide, he wrote. She was put on a list of deportees to Theresienstadt, prompting her daughter to volunteer to leave with her mother. The mother killed herself to prevent her daughter from making the sacrifice, wrote Mechanicus, who died in 2005.

Camp Westerbork originally was set up in 1939 as a detainment facility by the Dutch government in a remote, rural area of the country for fewer than 2,000 Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany. Two years after the Germans invaded in 1940, they took over the space and massively increased its capacity. They treated the first German inmates as a preferred prisoner population. And they set up am unarmed Jewish policing unit that was responsible for taking people to the trains to be shipped off to death camps in the east.

The original barracks and facilities of Westerbork were used for housing refugees from Indonesia in the 1970s until the facilities were stripped for wood

Today, what used to be the camp grounds in a grassy flatland borders a large radio observatory. A memorial area contains informational plaques and several monuments, including a German cattle car of the sort used to transport Jews and a statue featuring railway tracks that curl up heavenwards.

Whereas elsewhere in Europe former Nazi camps were preserved and used as educational exhibits about the Holocaust, the original barracks and facilities of Westerbork were used for housing refugees from Indonesia in the 1970s until the facilities were stripped for wood.

The failure to preserve Westerbork was part of a greater reluctance in the Netherlands, where many non-Jews felt victim to the Nazi occupation, to acknowledge the uniqueness of the Jewish tragedy, according to ten Cate. He said the Dutch also were reluctant to look at the role of ordinary Dutchmen, including police officers who rounded up Jews.

This began to change in the 1990s, making way for a wave of renewed interest in the Holocaust in recent years. But the belated timing means that Amsterdam is one of Europes very last capital cities to receive a Holocaust museum: It opened last years and is still in its infancy stages, ten Cate noted.

Back in Westerbork, Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomon Jacobs, whose parents survived the Holocaust in hiding and who often speaks about the genocide at the former camp to schoolchildren, told JTA in April that the camps story is a constant reminder against giving in to wishful thinking.

When disaster happens slowly, in installments, people have a tendency to accept each installment, said Jacobs, who in 2014 shocked many Dutchmen when he said that anti-Semitism in the Netherlands means he would advise his congregants to live in Israel or the United States. This is what happened here. So I think we cannot afford to stay silent and just hope for the best.

Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomon Jacobs’ parents survived the Holocaust in hiding, and he often speaks about the genocide at Westerbork to schoolchildren. (Cnaan Lipshiz/JTA)

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Netanyahu to mark 75th anniversary of roundup of French Jews – Arutz Sheva

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will visit Paris on July 16 for the 75th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv roundup, where more than 13,000 Jews were arrested and sent to extermination camps.

“On this occasion, there will be a working meeting” between French President Emmanuel Macron and Netanyahu, the French presidency said of the visit, the first by Netanyahyu since Macron’s election.

The Velodrome d’Hiver was an indoor cycle track not far from the Eiffel Tower.

On July 16 and 17, 1942, authorities in occupied France rounded up in a Nazi-directed raid a total of 13,152 men, women and children in the Vel d’Hiv.

They were kept there under inhuman conditions with almost no food or water or proper sanitation for four days before being sent to Auschwitz and other camps.

Only about a 100 of those rounded up at Vel d’Hiv survived.

A total of 42,000 Jews were sent to Auschwitz from France during World War II.

During the recent presidential election campaign in France, far-right leader Marine Le Pen said she did not “think France is responsible for the Vel d’Hiv”.

The Israeli government condemned her remark as “contrary to the historical truth, which has been expressed by French presidents who have recognized the country’s responsibility for the fate of French Jews who died in the Holocaust.”

President Reuven Rivlin criticized Le Pen as well, warning that she was promoting a new, dangerous form of Holocaust denial disregarding European responsibility for the World War II murder of Jews.

AFP contributed to this report.

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Hungarian Jews ask PM Orban to end ‘bad dream’ of anti-Semitism – Reuters

By Marton Dunai | BUDAPEST

BUDAPEST Hungarian Jews said on Thursday Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s billboard campaign against migration and foreign influence, using the image of U.S. financier George Soros, was a proxy for anti-Semitism.

They urged the nationalist Orban to halt the campaign. “Please make sure this bad dream ends as soon as possible,” Andras Heisler, chairman of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Federations (Mazsihisz), said in an emailed statement.

Orban’s spokesman said the campaign had nothing to do with anti-Semitism but rather sought only to counter what he called Soros’s attempts to unduly change immigration policies in Hungary.

Orban has locked horns with fellow European Union members in the west of the bloc over his opposition to immigration and liberal values and has criticized Soros – a major supporter of democracy and human rights causes – in increasingly sharp tones.

Orban, who faces elections next year, long proclaimed zero tolerance for anti-Semitism though has more recently risked angering Israel and Jews with remarks apparently meant to court far right voters.

His government has conducted a “national consultation” on issues of foreign influence and mass immigration, asking people if they were open to allowing either. Voters who responded rejected both and Orban launched a massive follow-up campaign.

The campaign focuses on Soros, 86, a Hungarian Jew who emigrated after World War Two, made a fortune in the United States and has long been heavily involved with groups promoting liberal democratic and open-border values in post-Communist eastern Europe, a cause at odds with Orban’s world view.

Billboards around Hungary and full-page ads in media across the central European country depict Soros grinning contentedly against a blue background with the inscription: “Don’t let George Soros have the last laugh.”

Some Soros billboards have been defaced with the words “stinking Jew” in magic marker. Around 100,000 Jews live in Hungary.

“IMAGERY FROM WORLD WAR TWO”

“This campaign, while not openly anti-Semitic, clearly has the potential to ignite uncontrolled emotions, including anti-Semitism,” the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Congregations (Mazsihisz) said in an emailed statement.

The campaign uses “imagery that evokes memories of the Nazi posters during the Second World War showing ‘the laughing Jew’,” Human Rights Watch campaigner Lydia Gall told Reuters. “The campaign encourages anti-Semitism.”

Soros, who rarely addresses personal attacks against him, was not immediately available for comment through a spokesman.

Soros has called Orban’s rule a “mafia regime” and has funded groups in Hungary that promote democratic transparency, human rights and a positive approach to immigration.

Orban’s government fortified Hungary’s southern border in 2015 against a large influx of migrants from the Middle East and Africa into the EU that year and has rejected a quota scheme agreed by EU leaders to distribute migrants among member states.

Heisler said Orban was using Soros as a scapegoat and that carried serious risks.

“Graffiti has appeared on the posters on the streets of Budapest and other cities reminding us of a dark era in Hungary’s history, but the invisible social damage is probably already worse than that,” Heisler wrote.

Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said Orban met with Jewish organizations on Thursday and told them the billboard campaign was only calling attention to what he said was Soros’s undue interference in Budapest’s migration policies.

“The campaign has nothing to do with the heritage of George Soros or anyone else,” Kovacs said.

Orban, who expects a visit from Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu later this month, said last week he expected confrontations over anti-Semitism.

“Let us be vigilant: our opponents use the anti-Semitism card. We reject that,” he told an event of his Fidesz party.

“Those who charge us with anti-Semitism bring tens of thousands of anti-Semites into Europe through migration. So our migrant policies serve the interests of European Jewish communities even if they don’t stand up for their own interests, and quietly tolerate the unfair attacks that Hungarians receive as they protect them too.”

(Reporting by Marton Dunai; editing by Mark Heinrich)

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Joyous Indian Jews hail PM Modi’s OCI move – Times of India

TEL AVIV: Indians in Israel, specially Jews, have expressed “joy” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi “surpassing” their expectations in addressing some of their key concerns and making them feel proud of their roots.

“I was almost in tears. We knew that Prime Minister Modi has tried to invigorate the Indian diaspora across the world and make them feel proud of their roots. He has connected so well with them everywhere he has gone and has not forgotten to reach out to them,” Yona Maliker, who immigrated from Seoni, a place near Nagpur, 33 years ago, said.

“It was joy beyond belief to hear at the way he passionately talked about our connection with our motherland. It is a historic visit the Indian Jews will remember for a long time,” Maliker said.

Modi “touched the nerve” of all Indian communities living in Israel by bringing up stories that they could relate to.

“He had something cheerful to say about the Bene Israel, the Cochinis, the Baghdadis, the Bnei Menashe but also did not disappoint Indian students and a small group of caregivers who work in Israel,” Brajesh, a student from Bihar at the Hebrew University noted.

“Extending the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards to all Indians in Israel, irrespective of their army service, is the ‘biggest gift’ I think he could give us and he didn’t disappoint,” Sybil Ezekiel, who immigrated to Israel from Kolkata in 1970 where she studied at Jewish Girls School, he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced yesterday that people of Indian origin in Israel will get the OCI cards even if they have undergone the compulsory army service in the country.

“I want my children and my nephews and nieces, who all take pride in their Indian descent to stay connected to our roots. Everybody in Israel has to serve in the army and that cannot be the reason for denying them OCI. The prime minister touched our hearts with the words he used while extending us this gift,” she said.

Sam Satamkar, a 70-year-old Indian Jew of Bene Israel, who came all the way from Beersheva in southern Israel said that the Indian Premier “surpassed” all expectations by even going ahead to make an announcement regarding opening of an Indian Cultural Centre in Israel.

Noah Massil, who was the founder President of Organisation of Indian Jews in Israel and the editor of a Marathi journal, Maiboli, a magazine that was referred by Modi in his speech, was “overwhelmed” at the announcement regarding the Indian cultural centre.

“We have reached out to Indian and Israeli authorities regarding the creation of such a thing and pursued it for many years. Prime Minister Modi has fulfilled a long cherished dream which will help keep our next generation engaged with our motherland,” Massil said.

A lot of Indian Jews, who attended Prime Minister Modi’s event yesterday, said the way the Indian premier went around talking about the Indian Jews has helped “raise their stature” and “made them feel proud”.

“We always took pride in our roots. We always tried to tell everybody that ours was the only country that never discriminated against the Jews. Our ancestors lived there in harmony with respect,” David Nagani, a bus driver in Jerusalem from the Bene Israel community, said

“But people hardly listened to us because India never came out in the open so strongly regarding its ties with Israel and the diplomatic relations were established so late,” he said.

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New Study: Europe’s Rising Antisemitism Forcing Jews to Leave or Hide – Algemeiner

The kosher supermarket in Paris where four Jews were killed in a terrorist attack in January 2015. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org Why do half of French Jews want to leave France? Because the recent rise of violent antisemitism has made French Jews justifiably concerned about their personal safety.

A University of Oslostudypublished in June is one of the most methodologically sophisticated and comprehensive reports exploringthe growth of Europes antisemitism problem.

Authored by Dr. Johannes Due Enstad of the Center for Research on Extremism, the study documents violent antisemitism from 2005-2015, analyzing seven countries: France, the UK, Germany,Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Russia.

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According to the study, many European Jewsfeel unsafe as a direct consequence of violent antisemitism, and as a result one in five Jews in Sweden and the UK, one in four in Germany, and half of the Jews in France have considered emigrating. In 2015, 10,000 Western European Jews departed for a new life in Israelthe largest number leaving Europe since 1948.

The study found that there has been aconsistently elevated level of antisemitism in Europe during the last two decades as compared to the 1990s.

French Jews are more likely than German, Swedish and British Jews to have personally experienced a violent attack in the final five years covered by the study. Although the incidence of antisemitism inFrance is the highest, reportsabout personal attacks during the studys final five years inSwedish and German Jews is not far behind. The largest gap in antisemitism is between British Jews and Jews living in Norway, Denmark and Russia.

According to the report, Jews in France and Sweden are more likely to not attend Jewish events or visit Jewish sites because they do not feel safe. More than half of the Jews in France and Sweden avoid wearing, carrying or displaying things that would cause others to recognize them as Jews, according to the study. This behavior does not rise to the same levels in Germany and the UK, but substantial numbers of Jews in those countries also avoid doing things in public that would label them as Jews out of fear for their safety.

Among French Jews, the elevated level of fear probably comes from France having experienced more violent, dramatic and fatal antisemitic incidents than other European countries. The barbarous attack on a Jewish school in 2012 inToulousewhere three Jewish children and a rabbi were killed undoubtedly contributed greatly to the insecurity of Frances Jews. Mohammed Merah, the 23-year-old terrorist who carried out the Toulouse attack, said he wanted to kill Jews because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

More recently, the head of theJewish community of MarseilleFrances second-largest citytold his fellow community members not to appear in public in any way that would identify them as Jews.

And who is responsible for the attacks on Jews in Europe? In every country studied, except for Russia, the perpetrators are disproportionately of Muslim background. A British study cited in the University of Oslo report notes that the proportion of Muslim perpetrators often increases in the wake of trigger events in the Middle East.

In what might be considered a clumsy attempt to downplay antisemitism there, German authorities do not classify anti-Israeli incidents as antisemitism. This results in absurdity. If any country should know better, it should be Germany.

The only country in the study where antisemitic incidents are not disproportionately perpetrated by Muslims is Russia, and according to the study Jews do not fear to express their Jewish identity when appearing in public there. This appears to perplex the studys author, as Russia contains both large Jewish and Muslim populations.

Yet, in my view, the issue is easily resolved. In Russia, the large Muslim and Jewish populations live in the same country, but are generally separated by a vast expanse of land. Most Muslims live in the Eurasian Caucasus region, while most Jews live in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. This isnt the case in the other European countries profiled in the Oslo report.

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Why Does Donald Trump Keep Dissing Jews? – New York Times

Then there was an initial, strange silence from Trump and his aides about a rash of anti-Semitic vandalism and bomb threats around the country in January and February. In May, in Israel, Trump insisted on a much shorter stop at Yad Vashem, an important Holocaust memorial and museum, than either Barack Obama or George W. Bush had made, and he stuck to that plan even as many Israelis and American Jews cried foul. The tone-deaf breeziness of his approach was accentuated by the message he left in the visitors book: It is a great honor to be here with all of my friends so amazing & will never forget! As Yair Rosenberg of the Jewish magazine Tablet tweeted, it was basically just what teenagers write in each others high school yearbooks. Ivanka Trump went to the Warsaw memorial in her fathers stead, though Trump softened that blow somewhat by mentioning, in his big Warsaw speech, that the Nazis systematically murdered millions of Polands Jewish citizens. Ivanka converted to Judaism to marry Jared Kushner, and the couples key roles in the White House mean that Trump has observant Jews at the very core of his presidency and of his life. But that didnt stop him from making remarks to Jewish Republican donors in December 2015 that seemed to play into an anti-Semitic stereotype. Im a negotiator like you folks, he said, later adding: Is there anybody that doesnt renegotiate deals in this room? Perhaps more than any room Ive ever spoken to. During his presidential campaign, he embraced the favor of groups and people who trafficked in white supremacy. He re-tweeted material from proudly anti-Semitic Twitter feeds, and prompted a furor by promoting an image that placed Hillary Clintons face atop a pile of cash and beside a six-pointed star on which most corrupt candidate ever was written. The website PolitiFact concluded that it was unlikely that the Trump campaign intended to put out a Star of David image. In fact, the campaign moved to replace the star with a circle when the image gained attention. Even so, PolitiFact noted, Trump had an unusual habit of using social media to broadcast material that comes from sources with a history of spreading racism, anti-Semitism or white supremacy. Im not convinced that Trump is much of an anti-Semite, any more than Im convinced that hes much of a homophobe. (Racism and sexism are another matter.) But I think hes so thirsty for, and intoxicated by, whatever love comes his way that hes loath to rebuff the sources of it. A prominent Jewish Republican put it well. I think Trump is such a pathological narcissist that the act of telling people who love you that you reject them he cant get around that, he told me, interpreting Trumps reasoning this way: What can be wrong with them? Theyre for me! Trump is disinclined to denounce any constituency or tactics that elevate him to the throne, where hes sure that he belongs. The outcome validates even the ugliest and most divisive ascent. I dont think hes goading these people or associating with them because he shares their views, the Republican added. I do think that hes so insensitive about the presidency about the responsibilities of the leader of the free world that he doesnt realize its not enough to say, once or twice, I dont agree with them. He doesnt realize that you have to be very clear. And he doesnt realize or care that hes validating and encouraging them. He doesnt understand the message of zipping through Yad Vashem when predecessors lingered, because hes less concerned with the weight of his office than with the whims and convenience of Donald Trump. Its all about him, always and if hes sure in his own heart that hes good with Jews, then he shouldnt have to prove it. Go back to his mini-tantrum during a White House news conference in February, when a reporter for a Jewish magazine tried to ask him whether he was paying proper heed to the anti-Semitic bomb threats. Trump interpreted the question as an indictment not of his behavior but of his being I am the least anti-Semitic person that youve ever seen in your entire life! he trumpeted and turned the discussion toward the big, bad media. Forget about any persecution of Jews. Lets talk about the persecution of Trump. You can be only so considerate to others when you never stop considering yourself. And the flamboyantly nonconformist culture of Trumps presidency has downsides. This administration shrugs off and throws away some rituals and niceties that do matter to people, estranging them in the process. Gay Pride Month came and went without even a banal word of recognition from the White House. So while Trump likes to crow, in a hallucinatory fashion, that gays love him, we made do in June with a tweet from his outsourced conscience, by which of course I mean Ivanka. Some of this is Steve Bannon and his ilk. Their idea of nationalism is chilly to the recognition of subgroups, including Jewish Americans. Some of it boils down to an absent professionalism. Trump isnt matching the respectful choreography of other presidents because theres no one in his inner circle familiar with the dance. Kushner, Bannon, Stephen Miller and Reince Priebus are all new to this kind and level of work. They lack institutional memory, along with any awareness of how easily those blind spots become insensitivity. I cant know definitively how Trump feels about Jews or gays or a whole lot else. But I can see clearly his sloppiness and self-absorption, and theyre cause enough for alarm.

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North Carolina Pride organizers promise ‘solution’ so Jews can … – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Revelers enjoying the annual New York Gay Pride Parade, June 25, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) (JTA) Organizers of North Carolinas gay pride parade and festival said they wouldfind a solution following complaints from the Jewish community about the event being scheduled for Yom Kippur. Were going to solve that no matter what it takes, organizer John Shorttold The Herald-Sun on Thursday. Exactly how well solve that we dont know. Short said the Durham Pride parades volunteer organizingcommittee had Jewish members but it still had notrealized the scheduling conflict. He added thatall the Jewish community will be able to attend the event. Well develop a solution that will be able to be carried over in the future, Short said. Organizers had apologized for scheduling the parade for Sept. 30 but did not change the date. They said the parade has been held on the last Saturday of September for the past 17 years. The Jewish community had expressed disappointment and anger at the scheduling of the parade for Yom Kippur. Its another example of our calendar not being respected, said Adam Organ, executive director of the Raleigh-Cary Jewish Community Center. There are about 15,000 Jewish households in the Raleigh area. Several Jewish groups have marched in the parade in recent years. Carolina Jews for Justice said in a statement: No group of people, Jewish or otherwise, should have to choose between our LGBTQ identities and the other identities that are important to us and shape our lives. The conflict comes on the heels of an incidentlast month at the Chicago Dyke march in which three Jewish women were asked to leave over their Jewish Pride flags, which include a Star of David in the center of a rainbow flag. Organizers said that the stars could be interpreted as support for Zionism, which they reject.

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Stories of welfare fraud that (gasp!) don’t involve Orthodox Jews – New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

Subscribe to New Jersey 101.5 FM on Yes Virginia, there are actually people besides Jews who commit welfare fraud! The reason I bring this up is not to defend the Lakewood Jews arrested for allegedly defrauding the system, but to show you how rampant this crime actually is and how easily bilked the system is. Even more Lakewood fraud cases 26 residents now facing charges That might not seem clear when the some written media outlets breathlessly cover these arrests as though theyve never happened before. And delighted as they are to report them, please understand that some newspapers have a long-standing journalistic love affair with stories that involve orthodox Jews. Rare are the stories of this groups charity, community service, or hard work, though. Some papers just have penchant for front-page, bold-type, above-the-fold Bad News About Jews (Hey, kind of a catchy slogan, guys! You ever think about that?). Now, Id loveto give the aforementioned media outlets the benefit of the doubt right now and assume its just because their readership or viewership findsJews who look differently, dress differently and act differently just downright intriguing! But alas, my gut instinct tells me that its a little more than that from some newspapers past reporting of stories that involve Jews Doing Bad Things, its obvious that theyre kind of enjoying seeing Jews reflected in this very bad light. Sickening displays of anti-Semitism after welfare fraud arrests in Lakewood But who can blame them? Lakewood Jews (mostly Orthodox, by the way, notHasidic) are a tough group to find anything wrong with (their mere Jewishness notwithstanding). So the usual cries of Theyre trying to buy my house! or They have so many kids! orTheir clothes are so weird! never quite had the teeth that readers were so desperately seeking. Breaking the law, on the other hand? Now you got em!! So as long as the arrests keep coming, youll see the unrelenting barrage of some newspapersarticles not just reporting the news, but reveling in it. Enjoy! Just to put things into perspective though, and to try to paint a more balanced picture of what really goes on in this country in terms of defrauding government programs meant to help the less fortunate, feast your eyes upon some of these recent stories. Again, they wont be as juicy and wont be presented with the usual bloodlust that underscores some reporting, because these dont involve Jews. But still, heres a (very) small sampling. Fraud: How a Florida Mother and Daughter Stole $20 Million From Medicare (Newsweek) State charges 68 with welfare fraud; two from Lehigh Valley (The Morning Call) PA Welfare Fraud Crackdown: 344 Charged, $1.78M In Stolen Benefits In 2017, Officials Say (Newtown, PA Patch) 23 charged in Orange County welfare fraud sweep(Recordonline.com) Judi Lakewood Mall controversy has Jew-haters out in full force More from New Jersey 101.5: Subscribe to New Jersey 101.5 FM on

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Jay-Z lyric plays into Jewish stereotypes, Anti-Defamation League says – Washington Post

Jay-Zs newest album 4:44 may be a critical and commercial smash, but not everyone is pleased with it. The Anti-Defamation League criticized the rapper for a couple of lyrics it considered anti-Semitic soon after its release last Friday. In the song The Story of O.J., he rapped, You wanna know whats more important than throwin away money at a strip club? Credit/ You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This how they did it. A spokesperson from the ADL told Rolling Stone that whilethe organization doesnt believe Jay-Z meant to promoteanti-Semitism, the lyric isconcerning. The lyric does seem to play into deep-seated anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews and money. The idea that Jews own all the property in this country and have used credit to financially get ahead are odious and false. Yet, such notions have lingered in society for decades, and we are concerned that this lyric could feed into preconceived notions about Jews and alleged Jewish control of the banks and finance. The statement comes after some fans reacted negatively to the lyrics on social media, as the album shotto platinum status. Jay-Zexplains that the antisemitic theory of Jewish owning all the property in America is the result of smart business practices, tweetedone user. Though the rapper himself hasnt commented on the controversy, several notable members of themusic community rushed to Jay-Zs defense. Guy Oseary, the Jerusalem-born manager to acts like Madonna and U2, posted a photo of himself with Jay-Z to Instagram. If you read the lyrics out of context I can understand why people are jumping to that conclusion, he wrote in the posts caption. But if you listen to the song in its entirety you will hear that the whole of the song is based on exaggerated stereotypes to make a point. In fact, Oseary said, the rapper was trying toshowcase a community of people that are thought to have made wise business decisions. As an example of what is possible and achievable. In my opinion, Jay is giving the Jewish community a compliment, he concluded. In a series of tweets, meanwhile, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons said, First, let me state that mischief makers would like to take Jays statements about theculture and practices that exist within some parts of the Jewish community (notice I say some). The fact is this culture that promotesgood business and financial well being is and has been a guiding light to the black and specifically the hip-hop community. Jay-Zs lyrics being met with simultaneous praise and criticism is par for the course at this point. Since his 1996 debut record Reasonable Doubt, theres been a strange dichotomy to his work. On one hand, hes long been praised for being one of the earliest (and loudest) voices in a liberating genre, one that gave black artists a mainstream voice in music. On the other hand, critics say, his lyrics have often been tinged with misogyny, homophobia and now anti-Semitism. Given that Jay-Z has released albums now for more than two decades, the examples are plentiful. In his early work, for example, Jay-Z used the word faggot with some regularity, always seemingly meant as an insult. [An example from Heart of the City (Aint No Love): Faggots hate when you gettin money like athletes.] Years later, though, he came out in support of gay marriage. On his newest record, in fact, his mother Gloria Carter came out as a lesbian. By Jay-Zs own accounts, his life experiences have informed some of his lyrical changes. After he and wife Beyonc had their daughter Blue Ivy Carter in 2012, the rapper said he would no longer use the word bitch in his songs. By that point, though, he had used the word in 109 out of his 217 songs, according to Time, which added, Thats 50.2% of Jay-Zs entire lyrical output. Jay-Zs involvement with politics, though, arguably sparked the most criticism of his former lyrics. The rapper publicly supported both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, endorsements which launched a thousand opinion pieces focusing on his past lyrics. [Obama describes his bond with Jay-Z] President Barack Obama celebrates Jay-Z and elicits his support, yet it is difficult to believe POTUS the parent would ever want his adolescent daughters exposed to Jay-Zs serial characterization of women as bitches and hos,’ wrotecolumnist Norman Chad in 2013. Jay Z repeatedly drops n-word, f-bomb during concert for Hillary Clinton, read a 2016 Business Insider headline. [For artists of color, President Obama leaves a musical legacy, too] Even Donald Trump, as a presidential candidate, brought up Jay-Zs lyrics. I actually like Jay-Z, but you know the language last night, Trumpsaid during a 2016 campaign event. I was just thinking maybe I should just try it, should I use that language for one event? Can you imagine if I said that? So he used every word in the book. I wont even use the initials, because Ill get in trouble, theyll get me in trouble. He used every word in the book last night. On the other hand, though, Obama quoted Jay-Z in a speech on the 50th anniversary of Alabama state troopers attacking nonviolent, mostly blackprotesters marching from Selma to Montgomery. Recently, in fact, the former president helped induct Jay-Z into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, calling hima true American original. More from Morning Mix Delta says passenger attacked flight attendant, forcing flight to turn back Did Lena Dunham invent story of her abused dog Lamby? Animal shelter says yes. 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In Holland, the Nazis built a luxury camp to lull the Jews before murdering them – The Times of Israel

WESTERBORK, Netherlands (JTA) Nothing about the footage that Rudolf Breslauer filmed here on May 30, 1944, suggests that it was taken inside one of Europes largest Nazi concentration camps. In the film by Breslauer, a German-Jewish inmate of the Westerbork camp in Hollands northeast, prisoners are seen playing soccer enthusiastically in team uniforms, complete with a referee in a special outfit. A middle-aged man wearing a suit and a boy who may have been his grandson stroll cheerfully in the sun past spectators. In other segments, inmates are seen putting on theater performances, working in modern factories and even going to church an activity undertaken by many German Jews before the Holocaust, including some who had converted to Christianity just before or during the Holocaust in a vain effort to escape persecution by the Nazis. The film is one of only two cinematic works known to have been produced inside a functioning concentration camp for Jews the other was in Theresienstadt. Commissioned by Westerborks commanders for propaganda purposes, Breslauers film is a rare documentation of the sophisticated facade employed by the Nazis at the camp, where 75 years ago they began carrying out the systematic murder of three quarters of Dutch Jewry the highest death rate in Nazi-occupied Western Europe. Westerbork served as a so-called transit camp from which 100,000 Dutch Jews were shipped to Nazi death camps in Poland. The subterfuge maintained the illusion that the camps inmates were sent to work camps, giving them hope and an incentive to comply with orders that helped ensure Westerborks deadly efficiency, according to Johannes Houwink ten Cate of the University of Amsterdam, who is among the worlds foremost experts on the Holocaust in the Netherlands. According to ten Cate, the deceit extended far beyond the possibly staged scenes that Breslauer captured with his camera (Breslauer was sent to Auschwitz with his wife and three children in 1944. Only their daughter Chanita survived the war). The size of Camp Westerborks hospital, which was one of the best and largest hospitals of its kind, symbolizes the Nazi lie that Jews were going to be put to work further east, ten Cate told JTA in an interview last week ahead of the 75th anniversary of the first death transport out of the camp, which took place on July 15, 1942. It was one of a great many German efforts focused at making sure that Jews did not understand what the Nazis were up to, he added. In Amsterdam, a Holocaust memorial was erected in the former theater where 80,000 Dutch Jews were incarcerated before deportation to Nazi transit camps such as Westerbork, January 15, 2017 (Matt Lebovic/The Times of Israel) These efforts paid off, according to Henny Dormits, 87, a Holocaust survivor who lived in the camp with her family for two years before they were sent to Theresienstadt. While Jews in many other parts of Europe were subjected to violence, torture, abuse and murder in camps, in Westerbork, people were not abused, they were treated correctly, she said during an interview for Dutch television in 2011. She spoke at the former living quarters of Albert Gemmeker, the Nazi commander of Westerbork, which is the only part of the camp that still exists today. Everyone assumed wed be going to another work camp The Germans did everything possible to keep people calm here so no one was afraid, Dormits recalled. And so when people were shipped off in cattle carts, everyone assumed wed be going to another work camp. Westerbork included many amenities that Jewish concentration camp inmates elsewhere could only dream of, including permits to leave camp without supervision given exclusively to people with family still inside the camp, so they would not escape and cabaret productions with musical instruments. But it was the quality of medical treatment in Westerbork that clinched the illusion, according to Dormits. Thousands of stones with Stars of David on them memorialize 100,000 Jews who came through the Westerbork transit camp in the Netherlands on their way to Nazi death camps (Vanrijnr/Wikimedia Commons) People were operated on here by the best doctors, they would be hospitalized for entire weeks as they healed, and when they were all better they were put on a transport, she recalled in the documentary. This was the make-believe world in which we lived. This form of deception was extremely effective, according to Dirk Mulder, the director of the Camp Westerbork Memorial Center, a nongovernmental organization with state funding that is responsible for commemoration and educational work in the former camp. The message of the hospital was, We Germans have the best intentions for you, get better in this large hospital so we can put you to work elsewhere, Mulder said in the Dutch documentary. Still, not everyone was duped. Gemmeker, who had a friendly relationship with the Jewish filmmaker Breslauer, once told the cameraman something that made Breslauer realize the transports were a one-way ticket, according to Chanita Moses, Breslauers daughter. Her father did not say exactly what Gemmeker told him, she told the Dutch television film crew. Cheider spokesman Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs with non-Jewish Dutch students at the site of the Westerbork concentration camp, July 2013. (Courtesy of the office of Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs and Ome Joops Tour/JTA) Philip Mechanicus, a Dutch Jewish Holocaust victim who secretly chronicled his stay in Westerbork before he was murdered, wrote about his tremendous fear of when he would be shipped out. On September 13, 1943, a 65-year-old woman in Mechanicus barracks committed suicide, he wrote. She was put on a list of deportees to Theresienstadt, prompting her daughter to volunteer to leave with her mother. The mother killed herself to prevent her daughter from making the sacrifice, wrote Mechanicus, who died in 2005. Camp Westerbork originally was set up in 1939 as a detainment facility by the Dutch government in a remote, rural area of the country for fewer than 2,000 Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany. Two years after the Germans invaded in 1940, they took over the space and massively increased its capacity. They treated the first German inmates as a preferred prisoner population. And they set up am unarmed Jewish policing unit that was responsible for taking people to the trains to be shipped off to death camps in the east. The original barracks and facilities of Westerbork were used for housing refugees from Indonesia in the 1970s until the facilities were stripped for wood Today, what used to be the camp grounds in a grassy flatland borders a large radio observatory. A memorial area contains informational plaques and several monuments, including a German cattle car of the sort used to transport Jews and a statue featuring railway tracks that curl up heavenwards. Whereas elsewhere in Europe former Nazi camps were preserved and used as educational exhibits about the Holocaust, the original barracks and facilities of Westerbork were used for housing refugees from Indonesia in the 1970s until the facilities were stripped for wood. The failure to preserve Westerbork was part of a greater reluctance in the Netherlands, where many non-Jews felt victim to the Nazi occupation, to acknowledge the uniqueness of the Jewish tragedy, according to ten Cate. He said the Dutch also were reluctant to look at the role of ordinary Dutchmen, including police officers who rounded up Jews. This began to change in the 1990s, making way for a wave of renewed interest in the Holocaust in recent years. But the belated timing means that Amsterdam is one of Europes very last capital cities to receive a Holocaust museum: It opened last years and is still in its infancy stages, ten Cate noted. Back in Westerbork, Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomon Jacobs, whose parents survived the Holocaust in hiding and who often speaks about the genocide at the former camp to schoolchildren, told JTA in April that the camps story is a constant reminder against giving in to wishful thinking. When disaster happens slowly, in installments, people have a tendency to accept each installment, said Jacobs, who in 2014 shocked many Dutchmen when he said that anti-Semitism in the Netherlands means he would advise his congregants to live in Israel or the United States. This is what happened here. So I think we cannot afford to stay silent and just hope for the best. Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomon Jacobs’ parents survived the Holocaust in hiding, and he often speaks about the genocide at Westerbork to schoolchildren. (Cnaan Lipshiz/JTA)

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Netanyahu to mark 75th anniversary of roundup of French Jews – Arutz Sheva

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will visit Paris on July 16 for the 75th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv roundup, where more than 13,000 Jews were arrested and sent to extermination camps. “On this occasion, there will be a working meeting” between French President Emmanuel Macron and Netanyahu, the French presidency said of the visit, the first by Netanyahyu since Macron’s election. The Velodrome d’Hiver was an indoor cycle track not far from the Eiffel Tower. On July 16 and 17, 1942, authorities in occupied France rounded up in a Nazi-directed raid a total of 13,152 men, women and children in the Vel d’Hiv. They were kept there under inhuman conditions with almost no food or water or proper sanitation for four days before being sent to Auschwitz and other camps. Only about a 100 of those rounded up at Vel d’Hiv survived. A total of 42,000 Jews were sent to Auschwitz from France during World War II. During the recent presidential election campaign in France, far-right leader Marine Le Pen said she did not “think France is responsible for the Vel d’Hiv”. The Israeli government condemned her remark as “contrary to the historical truth, which has been expressed by French presidents who have recognized the country’s responsibility for the fate of French Jews who died in the Holocaust.” President Reuven Rivlin criticized Le Pen as well, warning that she was promoting a new, dangerous form of Holocaust denial disregarding European responsibility for the World War II murder of Jews. AFP contributed to this report.

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Hungarian Jews ask PM Orban to end ‘bad dream’ of anti-Semitism – Reuters

By Marton Dunai | BUDAPEST BUDAPEST Hungarian Jews said on Thursday Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s billboard campaign against migration and foreign influence, using the image of U.S. financier George Soros, was a proxy for anti-Semitism. They urged the nationalist Orban to halt the campaign. “Please make sure this bad dream ends as soon as possible,” Andras Heisler, chairman of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Federations (Mazsihisz), said in an emailed statement. Orban’s spokesman said the campaign had nothing to do with anti-Semitism but rather sought only to counter what he called Soros’s attempts to unduly change immigration policies in Hungary. Orban has locked horns with fellow European Union members in the west of the bloc over his opposition to immigration and liberal values and has criticized Soros – a major supporter of democracy and human rights causes – in increasingly sharp tones. Orban, who faces elections next year, long proclaimed zero tolerance for anti-Semitism though has more recently risked angering Israel and Jews with remarks apparently meant to court far right voters. His government has conducted a “national consultation” on issues of foreign influence and mass immigration, asking people if they were open to allowing either. Voters who responded rejected both and Orban launched a massive follow-up campaign. The campaign focuses on Soros, 86, a Hungarian Jew who emigrated after World War Two, made a fortune in the United States and has long been heavily involved with groups promoting liberal democratic and open-border values in post-Communist eastern Europe, a cause at odds with Orban’s world view. Billboards around Hungary and full-page ads in media across the central European country depict Soros grinning contentedly against a blue background with the inscription: “Don’t let George Soros have the last laugh.” Some Soros billboards have been defaced with the words “stinking Jew” in magic marker. Around 100,000 Jews live in Hungary. “IMAGERY FROM WORLD WAR TWO” “This campaign, while not openly anti-Semitic, clearly has the potential to ignite uncontrolled emotions, including anti-Semitism,” the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Congregations (Mazsihisz) said in an emailed statement. The campaign uses “imagery that evokes memories of the Nazi posters during the Second World War showing ‘the laughing Jew’,” Human Rights Watch campaigner Lydia Gall told Reuters. “The campaign encourages anti-Semitism.” Soros, who rarely addresses personal attacks against him, was not immediately available for comment through a spokesman. Soros has called Orban’s rule a “mafia regime” and has funded groups in Hungary that promote democratic transparency, human rights and a positive approach to immigration. Orban’s government fortified Hungary’s southern border in 2015 against a large influx of migrants from the Middle East and Africa into the EU that year and has rejected a quota scheme agreed by EU leaders to distribute migrants among member states. Heisler said Orban was using Soros as a scapegoat and that carried serious risks. “Graffiti has appeared on the posters on the streets of Budapest and other cities reminding us of a dark era in Hungary’s history, but the invisible social damage is probably already worse than that,” Heisler wrote. Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said Orban met with Jewish organizations on Thursday and told them the billboard campaign was only calling attention to what he said was Soros’s undue interference in Budapest’s migration policies. “The campaign has nothing to do with the heritage of George Soros or anyone else,” Kovacs said. Orban, who expects a visit from Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu later this month, said last week he expected confrontations over anti-Semitism. “Let us be vigilant: our opponents use the anti-Semitism card. We reject that,” he told an event of his Fidesz party. “Those who charge us with anti-Semitism bring tens of thousands of anti-Semites into Europe through migration. So our migrant policies serve the interests of European Jewish communities even if they don’t stand up for their own interests, and quietly tolerate the unfair attacks that Hungarians receive as they protect them too.” (Reporting by Marton Dunai; editing by Mark Heinrich) HAMBURG U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to size each other up in person for the first time on Friday in what promises to be the most highly anticipated meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit. BANGKOK Thailand’s former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrived at a Bangkok court to shouts of encouragement from her supporters on Friday, two weeks before the final stages of a case about her involvement in a ruinously expensive state rice subsidy scheme.

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Joyous Indian Jews hail PM Modi’s OCI move – Times of India

TEL AVIV: Indians in Israel, specially Jews, have expressed “joy” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi “surpassing” their expectations in addressing some of their key concerns and making them feel proud of their roots. “I was almost in tears. We knew that Prime Minister Modi has tried to invigorate the Indian diaspora across the world and make them feel proud of their roots. He has connected so well with them everywhere he has gone and has not forgotten to reach out to them,” Yona Maliker, who immigrated from Seoni, a place near Nagpur, 33 years ago, said. “It was joy beyond belief to hear at the way he passionately talked about our connection with our motherland. It is a historic visit the Indian Jews will remember for a long time,” Maliker said. Modi “touched the nerve” of all Indian communities living in Israel by bringing up stories that they could relate to. “He had something cheerful to say about the Bene Israel, the Cochinis, the Baghdadis, the Bnei Menashe but also did not disappoint Indian students and a small group of caregivers who work in Israel,” Brajesh, a student from Bihar at the Hebrew University noted. “Extending the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards to all Indians in Israel, irrespective of their army service, is the ‘biggest gift’ I think he could give us and he didn’t disappoint,” Sybil Ezekiel, who immigrated to Israel from Kolkata in 1970 where she studied at Jewish Girls School, he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced yesterday that people of Indian origin in Israel will get the OCI cards even if they have undergone the compulsory army service in the country. “I want my children and my nephews and nieces, who all take pride in their Indian descent to stay connected to our roots. Everybody in Israel has to serve in the army and that cannot be the reason for denying them OCI. The prime minister touched our hearts with the words he used while extending us this gift,” she said. Sam Satamkar, a 70-year-old Indian Jew of Bene Israel, who came all the way from Beersheva in southern Israel said that the Indian Premier “surpassed” all expectations by even going ahead to make an announcement regarding opening of an Indian Cultural Centre in Israel. Noah Massil, who was the founder President of Organisation of Indian Jews in Israel and the editor of a Marathi journal, Maiboli, a magazine that was referred by Modi in his speech, was “overwhelmed” at the announcement regarding the Indian cultural centre. “We have reached out to Indian and Israeli authorities regarding the creation of such a thing and pursued it for many years. Prime Minister Modi has fulfilled a long cherished dream which will help keep our next generation engaged with our motherland,” Massil said. A lot of Indian Jews, who attended Prime Minister Modi’s event yesterday, said the way the Indian premier went around talking about the Indian Jews has helped “raise their stature” and “made them feel proud”. “We always took pride in our roots. We always tried to tell everybody that ours was the only country that never discriminated against the Jews. Our ancestors lived there in harmony with respect,” David Nagani, a bus driver in Jerusalem from the Bene Israel community, said “But people hardly listened to us because India never came out in the open so strongly regarding its ties with Israel and the diplomatic relations were established so late,” he said.

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New Study: Europe’s Rising Antisemitism Forcing Jews to Leave or Hide – Algemeiner

The kosher supermarket in Paris where four Jews were killed in a terrorist attack in January 2015. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. JNS.org Why do half of French Jews want to leave France? Because the recent rise of violent antisemitism has made French Jews justifiably concerned about their personal safety. A University of Oslostudypublished in June is one of the most methodologically sophisticated and comprehensive reports exploringthe growth of Europes antisemitism problem. Authored by Dr. Johannes Due Enstad of the Center for Research on Extremism, the study documents violent antisemitism from 2005-2015, analyzing seven countries: France, the UK, Germany,Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Russia. July 6, 2017 3:02 pm According to the study, many European Jewsfeel unsafe as a direct consequence of violent antisemitism, and as a result one in five Jews in Sweden and the UK, one in four in Germany, and half of the Jews in France have considered emigrating. In 2015, 10,000 Western European Jews departed for a new life in Israelthe largest number leaving Europe since 1948. The study found that there has been aconsistently elevated level of antisemitism in Europe during the last two decades as compared to the 1990s. French Jews are more likely than German, Swedish and British Jews to have personally experienced a violent attack in the final five years covered by the study. Although the incidence of antisemitism inFrance is the highest, reportsabout personal attacks during the studys final five years inSwedish and German Jews is not far behind. The largest gap in antisemitism is between British Jews and Jews living in Norway, Denmark and Russia. According to the report, Jews in France and Sweden are more likely to not attend Jewish events or visit Jewish sites because they do not feel safe. More than half of the Jews in France and Sweden avoid wearing, carrying or displaying things that would cause others to recognize them as Jews, according to the study. This behavior does not rise to the same levels in Germany and the UK, but substantial numbers of Jews in those countries also avoid doing things in public that would label them as Jews out of fear for their safety. Among French Jews, the elevated level of fear probably comes from France having experienced more violent, dramatic and fatal antisemitic incidents than other European countries. The barbarous attack on a Jewish school in 2012 inToulousewhere three Jewish children and a rabbi were killed undoubtedly contributed greatly to the insecurity of Frances Jews. Mohammed Merah, the 23-year-old terrorist who carried out the Toulouse attack, said he wanted to kill Jews because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. More recently, the head of theJewish community of MarseilleFrances second-largest citytold his fellow community members not to appear in public in any way that would identify them as Jews. And who is responsible for the attacks on Jews in Europe? In every country studied, except for Russia, the perpetrators are disproportionately of Muslim background. A British study cited in the University of Oslo report notes that the proportion of Muslim perpetrators often increases in the wake of trigger events in the Middle East. In what might be considered a clumsy attempt to downplay antisemitism there, German authorities do not classify anti-Israeli incidents as antisemitism. This results in absurdity. If any country should know better, it should be Germany. The only country in the study where antisemitic incidents are not disproportionately perpetrated by Muslims is Russia, and according to the study Jews do not fear to express their Jewish identity when appearing in public there. This appears to perplex the studys author, as Russia contains both large Jewish and Muslim populations. Yet, in my view, the issue is easily resolved. In Russia, the large Muslim and Jewish populations live in the same country, but are generally separated by a vast expanse of land. Most Muslims live in the Eurasian Caucasus region, while most Jews live in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. This isnt the case in the other European countries profiled in the Oslo report.

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