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On the Jews and Their Lies – Wikipedia

On the Jews and Their Lies (German: Von den Jden und iren Lgen; in modern spelling Von den Juden und ihren Lgen) is a 65,000-word anti-semitic treatise written in 1543 by the German Reformation leader Martin Luther.

Luther’s attitude toward the Jews took different forms during his lifetime. In his earlier period, until 1537 or not much earlier, he wanted to convert Jews to Christianity, but failed. In his later period when he wrote this particular treatise, he denounced them and urged their persecution.[1]

In the treatise, he argues that Jewish synagogues and schools be set on fire, their prayer books destroyed, rabbis forbidden to preach, homes burned, and property and money confiscated. They should be shown no mercy or kindness,[2] afforded no legal protection,[3] and “these poisonous envenomed worms” should be drafted into forced labor or expelled for all time.[4] He also seems to advocate their murder, writing “[W]e are at fault in not slaying them”.[5]

In the treatise, Luther describes Jews as a “base, whoring people, that is, no people of God, and their boast of lineage, circumcision, and law must be accounted as filth.”[6] Luther wrote that they are “full of the devil’s feces … which they wallow in like swine,”[7] and the synagogue is an “incorrigible whore and an evil slut”.[8]

In the first ten sections of the treatise, Luther expounds, at considerable length, upon his views concerning Jews and Judaism and how these compare to Christians and Christianity. Following the exposition, Section XI of the treatise advises Christians to carry out seven remedial actions. These are

Early in his life, Luther had argued that the Jews had been prevented from converting to Christianity by the proclamation of what he believed to be an impure gospel by the Catholic Church, and he believed they would respond favorably to the evangelical message if it were presented to them gently. He expressed concern for the poor conditions in which they were forced to live, and insisted that anyone denying that Jesus was born a Jew was committing heresy.[10]

Luther’s first known comment about the Jews is in a letter written to Reverend Spalatin in 1514:

In 1519, Luther challenged the doctrine Servitus Judaeorum (“Servitude of the Jews”), established in Corpus Juris Civilis by Justinian I in 529. He wrote: “Absurd theologians defend hatred for the Jews. … What Jew would consent to enter our ranks when he sees the cruelty and enmity we wreak on themthat in our behavior towards them we less resemble Christians than beasts?” [12]

In his commentary on the Magnificat, Luther is critical of the emphasis Judaism places on the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament. He states that they “undertook to keep the law by their own strength, and failed to learn from it their needy and cursed state.”[13] Yet, he concludes that God’s grace will continue for Jews as Abraham’s descendants for all time, since they may always become Christians.[14] “We ought… not to treat the Jews in so unkindly a spirit, for there are future Christians among them.”[15]

In his 1523 essay That Jesus Christ Was Born a Jew, Luther condemned the inhuman treatment of the Jews and urged Christians to treat them kindly. Luther’s fervent desire was that Jews would hear the Gospel proclaimed clearly and be moved to convert to Christianity. Thus he argued:

In August 1536, Luther’s prince, Elector of Saxony John Frederick, issued a mandate that prohibited Jews from inhabiting, engaging in business in, or passing through his realm. An Alsatian shtadlan, Rabbi Josel of Rosheim, asked a reformer, Wolfgang Capito, to approach Luther in order to obtain an audience with the prince, but Luther refused every intercession.[17] In response to Josel, Luther referred to his unsuccessful attempts to convert the Jews: “… I would willingly do my best for your people but I will not contribute to your [Jewish] obstinacy by my own kind actions. You must find another intermediary with my good lord.”[18]Heiko Oberman notes this event as significant in Luther’s attitude toward the Jews: “Even today this refusal is often judged to be the decisive turning point in Luther’s career from friendliness to hostility toward the Jews;”[19] yet, Oberman contends that Luther would have denied any such “turning point”. Rather he felt that Jews were to be treated in a “friendly way” in order to avoid placing unnecessary obstacles in their path to Christian conversion, a genuine concern of Luther.[20]

Paul Johnson writes that “Luther was not content with verbal abuse. Even before he wrote his anti-Semitic pamphlet, he got Jews expelled from Saxony in 1537, and in the 1540s he drove them from many German towns; he tried unsuccessfully to get the elector to expel them from Brandenburg in 1543.”[21]

Michael Berenbaum writes that Luther’s reliance on the Bible as the sole source of Christian authority fed his later fury toward Jews over their rejection of Jesus as the messiah.[10] For Luther, salvation depended on the belief that Jesus was the Son of God, a belief that adherents of Judaism do not share. Graham Noble writes that Luther wanted to save Jews, in his own terms, not exterminate them, but beneath his apparent reasonableness toward them, there was a “biting intolerance”, which produced “ever more furious demands for their conversion to his own brand of Christianity”. (Noble, 1-2) When they failed to convert, he turned on them.[22]

The prevailing scholarly view since the Second World War is that the treatise exercised a major and persistent influence on Germany’s attitude toward its Jewish citizens in the centuries between the Reformation and the Holocaust.[23] Four hundred years after it was written, the Nazis displayed On the Jews and Their Lies during Nuremberg rallies, and the city of Nuremberg presented a first edition to Julius Streicher, Roman Catholic editor of the Nazi newspaper Der Strmer, the newspaper describing it, on Streicher’s first encounter with the treatise in 1937, as the most radically antisemitic tract ever published.[24] Against this view, theologian Johannes Wallmann writes that the treatise had no continuity of influence in Germany, and was in fact largely ignored during the 18th and 19th centuries.[25] Hans Hillerbrand argues that to focus on Luther’s role in the development of German antisemitism is to underestimate the “larger peculiarities of German history.”[26]

Since the 1980s, some Lutheran church bodies have formally denounced and dissociated themselves from Luther’s vitriol about the Jews. In November 1998, on the 60th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria issued a statement: “It is imperative for the Lutheran Church, which knows itself to be indebted to the work and tradition of Martin Luther, to take seriously also his anti-Jewish utterances, to acknowledge their theological function, and to reflect on their consequences. It has to distance itself from every [expression of] anti-Judaism in Lutheran theology.”[27]

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Jews Flee Paris Suburbs over Rising Tide of Islamist Anti …

The Paris commuter newspaper 20 Minutesdocuments an internal exodus during 2017 of Jews from the Seine-Saint-Denis department, saying it is emblematic of broader concerns that French Jews, like their brothers and sisters across Europe, are finding it increasingly difficult to reconcile their faith with the changing demographics of the continent.

The paper reports that Jews are leaving their homes on the northeastern fringe of Paris to escape the open hostility that French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Sunday condemned as well-rooted.The newspaper reports:

This internal exodus is difficult to quantify, but it is clear that many synagogues of Seine-Saint-Denis have closed, for lack of people. In Pierrefitte, the rabbi has recorded a 50 percent decline in the congregations since his arrival thirteen years ago. A similar story is told in (nearby)Bondy, where attendance on Yom Kippur (the holiest day of the Jewish calendar) has fallen from about 800 to 400 in the last decade.

The Bondy synagogue president saw a deteriorating climate of the last15 years as driving the exodus, Its hard to explain, its provocations, its looks, he lamented. There are places where we do not feel welcome.

His observations mimic those made 12 months before innearby Raincy, where local Rabbi Moshe Lewin said he feared he could be one of the last Jewish leaders in Seine-Saint-Denis.

What upsets me is that in some areas of France, Jews can no longer live peacefully, and that just five minutes from my home, some are forced to hide their kippas (skullcaps) or their Star of David, hesaid.

The sensation of not feeling welcome is nothing new to French Jews.In 2015, journalist Zvika Klein recorded the reaction to his taking to the streets of Paris wearing a traditional kippa. See the result for yourself below:

Klein laterpoints out the irony that Paristoday is a city wherekeffiyeh-wearing men and veiled women speak Arabic on every street corner but where soldiers are walking every street that houses a Jewish institution.

Sammy Ghozlan, the president of the Jewish communal security organization BNCVA, told 20 Minutes that it was vitalnot to underestimate the antisemitism we experience on a daily basis.

For a long time, Jews were targeted through their symbols today, people themselves are targeted directly, Ghozlan said.

As Breitbart Jerusalem has reported, the experience of Jews in Paris ismuch the same across the rest of the country. More and more are feeling so unsafe that they now feel they have no other choice but to move to Israel for safety.

They arecontinuing a trend that has seen tens of thousands of Jews quit the countryin the past decade.

More than 5,000 departures were recorded in 2016 on top of the record 7,900 who left in 2015 and 7,231 in 2014. In total, 40,000 French Jews have emigrated since 2006, according to figurescited by AFP.

On the evidence, that number will not be falling anytime soon.

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The Uncomfortable Truth About Swedish Anti-Semitism

Today, entering a synagogue anywhere in Sweden usually requires going through security checks, including airport-like questioning. At times of high alert, police officers with machine guns guard Jewish schools. Children at the Jewish kindergarten in Malmo play behind bulletproof glass. Not even funerals are safe from harassment.

Jewish schoolteachers have reported hiding their identity. A teacher who wouldnt even share the city where she teaches for fear of her safety told a Swedish news outlet: I hear students shouting in the hallway about killing Jews. Henryk Grynfeld, a teacher at a high school in a mostly immigrant neighborhood in Malmo, was told by a student: Were going to kill all Jews. He said other students yell yahoud, the Arabic word for Jew, at him.

A spokesman for Malmos Jewish community put the situation starkly. You dont want to display the Star of David around your neck, he said. Or as spokesman for the Goteborg synagogue put it, Its a constant battle to live a normal life, and not to give in to the threats, but still be able to feel safe.

The question that has dogged Jews throughout the centuries is now an urgent one for Swedens Jewish community. Is it time to leave?

Some are answering yes. One reason is the nature of the current threat.

Historically, anti-Semitism in Sweden could mainly be attributed to right-wing extremists. While this problem persists, a study from 2013 showed that 51 percent of anti-Semitic incidents in Sweden were attributed to Muslim extremists. Only 5 percent were carried out by right-wing extremists; 25 percent were perpetrated by left-wing extremists.

Swedish politicians have no problem condemning anti-Semitism carried out by right-wingers. When neo-Nazis planned a march that would go past the Goteborg synagogue on Yom Kippur this September, for example, it stirred up outrage across the political spectrum. A court ruled that the demonstrators had to change their route.

There is, however, tremendous hesitation to speak out against hate crimes committed by members of another minority group in a country that prides itself on welcoming minorities and immigrants. In 2015, Sweden was second only to Germany in the number of Syrian refugees it welcomed. Yet the three men arrested in the Molotov cocktail attack were newly arrived immigrants, two Syrians and a Palestinian.

The fear of being accused of intolerance has paralyzed Swedens leaders from properly addressing deep-seated intolerance.

Some of the countrys leaders have even used Israel as a convenient boogeyman to explain violence. After the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, Swedens foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, explained radicalism among European Muslims with reference to Israel: Here, once again, we are brought back to situations like the one in the Middle East, where not least, the Palestinians see that there isnt a future. We must either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence.

In an interview in June, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was asked whether Sweden had been nave about the link between immigration and anti-Semitism. His response was typical of the way in which leading politicians have avoided giving straight answers about the threat against the countrys Jews: We have a problem in Sweden with anti-Semitism, and it doesnt matter who expresses it, its still as darn wrong.

But the problem has grown so dire that it finally forced Mr. Lofven to admit in an interview this month: We will not ignore the fact that many people have come here from the Middle East, where anti-Semitism is a widespread idea, almost part of the ideology. We must become even clearer, dare to talk more about it.

Hes right. Unfortunately, the countrys news media is often unable to speak plainly about the issue.

Two years ago, Swedens biggest newspaper, Aftonbladet, published a column that ridiculed the notion that Jews were talking of leaving the country because of anti-Semitism, dismissing it as lying and hysteria, and scoffing at the especially cool machine guns that police officers use when protecting Jewish schools. The same newspaper accused Israel of harvesting Palestinian organs in 2009 the modern equivalent of the blood libel.

On Dec. 6, Swedens state TV attributed President Trumps announcement on Jerusalem to the supposed extreme strength of the so-called Jewish lobby in the United States. The channel later apologized. TT, Swedens leading news agency, cited influential Jewish donors in its analysis of the move. Attack against synagogue linked to Trump, was the headline chosen by Swedish Metro to explain the fire bomb attack in Goteborg.

There are many areas in which Israel deserves criticism, but the Swedish press often crosses the line into vilification of the Jewish state and regularly insinuates that events in the Middle East are directed by powerful Jews in the West. This risks stoking already dangerously high anti-Jewish sentiment.

What can be done?

For starters, there are growing demands from Swedens Jewish organizations for the state to do more to protect them. These days, Jewish institutions rely heavily on member fees and their own security organizations for protection. But keeping citizens safe is a basic job of the government.

It is also vital for Sweden to adopt a coherent strategy to combat radical Islamism. The country has become one of Europes richest recruiting grounds for Islamic State fighters. Five people were killed in an Islamist attack in downtown Stockholm in April, and Swedish Islamists have been involved in other deadly attacks in Europe, including in Paris and Brussels.

One aspect of this strategy must be for the authorities to regain control over immigrant neighborhoods, where organized crime is rampant. In addition, Sweden has had a laissez-faire attitude toward religious schools, tax-funded through a voucher system. This has allowed extremists to exert influence over the minds of young people. Taxpayers shouldnt have to fund radicalization.

The government should also do more to counter attempts by foreign clerics to radicalize its Muslim community with a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, including the insidious idea that the Holocaust is a lie. In Sweden, as in other European countries, radicalization of Muslims is often funded and organized by foreign entities.

None of these efforts can be successful, however, without openly acknowledging the nature of modern anti-Semitism in Sweden.

During his state visit to Sweden in 2013, President Barack Obama didnt hesitate to call out the countrys anti-Semitism problem. Speaking at Stockholms main synagogue, he included a subtle but unmistakable criticism of the attitude among Swedish politicians: We will stand against anti-Semitism and hatred, in all its forms. Swedish leaders should heed his words.

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Jew | Definition of Jew by Merriam-Webster

1 : a person belonging to a continuation through descent or conversion of the ancient Jewish people

2 : one whose religion is Judaism

3 a : a member of the tribe of Judah

4 : a member of a nation existing in Palestine from the sixth century b.c. to the first century a.d.

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The Mystery of the Jews – YouTube

Who are the Jews? What impact have the Jews had on the world? A powerful short film that reveals the real story behind “The Mystery of the Jews”. With remarkable insights by renowned historians, world leaders and perceptive authors. “The Mystery of the Jews” challenges the normative conception of human history. http://simpletoremember.com/

” “”EL MISTERIO DE LOS JUDOS”” “”LE MYSTRE DES JUIFS””O MISTRIO DOS JUDEUS”” “

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Jews – definition of jews by The Free Dictionary

Haughty English, lively French, sober Germans, handsome Spaniards, ugly Russians, meek Jews, free-and-easy Americans, all drive, sit, or saunter here, chatting over the news, and criticzing the latest celebrity who has arrived–Ristori or Dickens, Victor Emmanuel or the Queen of the Sandwich Islands.So to the Jews old Canaan stood, While Jordan rolled between.One would think you had taken lessons of the Jews, coming at a fellow soThose are kind and gentle old Jews, but they ain’t any fonder of kissing the emotional highlights of Brooklyn than you be.This I learned from her benefactress; from the pious and charitable lady who adopted her in her orphan state, reared her as her own daughter, and whose kindness, whose generosity the unhappy girl repaid by an ingratitude so bad, so dreadful, that at last her excellent patroness was obliged to separate her from her own young ones, fearful lest her vicious example should contaminate their purity: she has sent her here to be healed, even as the Jews of old sent their diseased to the troubled pool of Bethesda; and, teachers, superintendent, I beg of you not to allow the waters to stagnate round her.Micawber, ‘Bills – a convenience to the mercantile world, for which, I believe, we are originally indebted to the Jews, who appear to me to have had a devilish deal too much to do with them ever since – because they are negotiable.Our ancestors were not more distinct from us, surely, than Jews are from Christians; they had “eyes, hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions;” were “fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer,” as ourselves.The provinces are inhabited by Moors, Pagans, Jews, and Christians: the last is the reigning and established religion.In the one community of Brownsville, for example, settled several years ago by an overflow of Russian Jews from the East Side of New York, there are now as many telephones as in the kingdom of Greece.And yet, on the faith of an honest man, I never spoke ill of any enchanter, and I am not so well off that I am to be envied; to be sure, I am rather sly, and I have a certain spice of the rogue in me; but all is covered by the great cloak of my simplicity, always natural and never acted; and if I had no other merit save that I believe, as I always do, firmly and truly in God, and all the holy Roman Catholic Church holds and believes, and that I am a mortal enemy of the Jews, the historians ought to have mercy on me and treat me well in their writings.So the poor fond pair laid by their wages, and loved each other silently, waiting, hoping for mademoiselle’s own marriage, as the Jews are waiting for the Messiah.Fogg returned on board to resume his former habits; while Passepartout, according to custom, sauntered about among the mixed population of Somanlis, Banyans, Parsees, Jews, Arabs, and Europeans who comprise the twenty-five thousand inhabitants of Aden.

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WATCH: Armed Suspect Walks into Convenience Store, Flees amid Barrage of Bullets

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Report: Officials Say Decertifying Iran Deal Has ‘Little Downside’

President Donald Trump arrives to speak about Iran from the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Trump says Iran is not living up to the
Voice of America reported on Thursday that “some U.S. officials see little downside to decertifying the Iran nuclear deal,” but the tenor of those quoted in the piece might be better described as, “decertifying the deal is not a big deal.”

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On the Jews and Their Lies – Wikipedia

On the Jews and Their Lies (German: Von den Jden und iren Lgen; in modern spelling Von den Juden und ihren Lgen) is a 65,000-word anti-semitic treatise written in 1543 by the German Reformation leader Martin Luther. Luther’s attitude toward the Jews took different forms during his lifetime. In his earlier period, until 1537 or not much earlier, he wanted to convert Jews to Christianity, but failed. In his later period when he wrote this particular treatise, he denounced them and urged their persecution.[1] In the treatise, he argues that Jewish synagogues and schools be set on fire, their prayer books destroyed, rabbis forbidden to preach, homes burned, and property and money confiscated. They should be shown no mercy or kindness,[2] afforded no legal protection,[3] and “these poisonous envenomed worms” should be drafted into forced labor or expelled for all time.[4] He also seems to advocate their murder, writing “[W]e are at fault in not slaying them”.[5] In the treatise, Luther describes Jews as a “base, whoring people, that is, no people of God, and their boast of lineage, circumcision, and law must be accounted as filth.”[6] Luther wrote that they are “full of the devil’s feces … which they wallow in like swine,”[7] and the synagogue is an “incorrigible whore and an evil slut”.[8] In the first ten sections of the treatise, Luther expounds, at considerable length, upon his views concerning Jews and Judaism and how these compare to Christians and Christianity. Following the exposition, Section XI of the treatise advises Christians to carry out seven remedial actions. These are Early in his life, Luther had argued that the Jews had been prevented from converting to Christianity by the proclamation of what he believed to be an impure gospel by the Catholic Church, and he believed they would respond favorably to the evangelical message if it were presented to them gently. He expressed concern for the poor conditions in which they were forced to live, and insisted that anyone denying that Jesus was born a Jew was committing heresy.[10] Luther’s first known comment about the Jews is in a letter written to Reverend Spalatin in 1514: In 1519, Luther challenged the doctrine Servitus Judaeorum (“Servitude of the Jews”), established in Corpus Juris Civilis by Justinian I in 529. He wrote: “Absurd theologians defend hatred for the Jews. … What Jew would consent to enter our ranks when he sees the cruelty and enmity we wreak on themthat in our behavior towards them we less resemble Christians than beasts?” [12] In his commentary on the Magnificat, Luther is critical of the emphasis Judaism places on the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament. He states that they “undertook to keep the law by their own strength, and failed to learn from it their needy and cursed state.”[13] Yet, he concludes that God’s grace will continue for Jews as Abraham’s descendants for all time, since they may always become Christians.[14] “We ought… not to treat the Jews in so unkindly a spirit, for there are future Christians among them.”[15] In his 1523 essay That Jesus Christ Was Born a Jew, Luther condemned the inhuman treatment of the Jews and urged Christians to treat them kindly. Luther’s fervent desire was that Jews would hear the Gospel proclaimed clearly and be moved to convert to Christianity. Thus he argued: In August 1536, Luther’s prince, Elector of Saxony John Frederick, issued a mandate that prohibited Jews from inhabiting, engaging in business in, or passing through his realm. An Alsatian shtadlan, Rabbi Josel of Rosheim, asked a reformer, Wolfgang Capito, to approach Luther in order to obtain an audience with the prince, but Luther refused every intercession.[17] In response to Josel, Luther referred to his unsuccessful attempts to convert the Jews: “… I would willingly do my best for your people but I will not contribute to your [Jewish] obstinacy by my own kind actions. You must find another intermediary with my good lord.”[18]Heiko Oberman notes this event as significant in Luther’s attitude toward the Jews: “Even today this refusal is often judged to be the decisive turning point in Luther’s career from friendliness to hostility toward the Jews;”[19] yet, Oberman contends that Luther would have denied any such “turning point”. Rather he felt that Jews were to be treated in a “friendly way” in order to avoid placing unnecessary obstacles in their path to Christian conversion, a genuine concern of Luther.[20] Paul Johnson writes that “Luther was not content with verbal abuse. Even before he wrote his anti-Semitic pamphlet, he got Jews expelled from Saxony in 1537, and in the 1540s he drove them from many German towns; he tried unsuccessfully to get the elector to expel them from Brandenburg in 1543.”[21] Michael Berenbaum writes that Luther’s reliance on the Bible as the sole source of Christian authority fed his later fury toward Jews over their rejection of Jesus as the messiah.[10] For Luther, salvation depended on the belief that Jesus was the Son of God, a belief that adherents of Judaism do not share. Graham Noble writes that Luther wanted to save Jews, in his own terms, not exterminate them, but beneath his apparent reasonableness toward them, there was a “biting intolerance”, which produced “ever more furious demands for their conversion to his own brand of Christianity”. (Noble, 1-2) When they failed to convert, he turned on them.[22] The prevailing scholarly view since the Second World War is that the treatise exercised a major and persistent influence on Germany’s attitude toward its Jewish citizens in the centuries between the Reformation and the Holocaust.[23] Four hundred years after it was written, the Nazis displayed On the Jews and Their Lies during Nuremberg rallies, and the city of Nuremberg presented a first edition to Julius Streicher, Roman Catholic editor of the Nazi newspaper Der Strmer, the newspaper describing it, on Streicher’s first encounter with the treatise in 1937, as the most radically antisemitic tract ever published.[24] Against this view, theologian Johannes Wallmann writes that the treatise had no continuity of influence in Germany, and was in fact largely ignored during the 18th and 19th centuries.[25] Hans Hillerbrand argues that to focus on Luther’s role in the development of German antisemitism is to underestimate the “larger peculiarities of German history.”[26] Since the 1980s, some Lutheran church bodies have formally denounced and dissociated themselves from Luther’s vitriol about the Jews. In November 1998, on the 60th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria issued a statement: “It is imperative for the Lutheran Church, which knows itself to be indebted to the work and tradition of Martin Luther, to take seriously also his anti-Jewish utterances, to acknowledge their theological function, and to reflect on their consequences. It has to distance itself from every [expression of] anti-Judaism in Lutheran theology.”[27]

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Jews Flee Paris Suburbs over Rising Tide of Islamist Anti …

The Paris commuter newspaper 20 Minutesdocuments an internal exodus during 2017 of Jews from the Seine-Saint-Denis department, saying it is emblematic of broader concerns that French Jews, like their brothers and sisters across Europe, are finding it increasingly difficult to reconcile their faith with the changing demographics of the continent. The paper reports that Jews are leaving their homes on the northeastern fringe of Paris to escape the open hostility that French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Sunday condemned as well-rooted.The newspaper reports: This internal exodus is difficult to quantify, but it is clear that many synagogues of Seine-Saint-Denis have closed, for lack of people. In Pierrefitte, the rabbi has recorded a 50 percent decline in the congregations since his arrival thirteen years ago. A similar story is told in (nearby)Bondy, where attendance on Yom Kippur (the holiest day of the Jewish calendar) has fallen from about 800 to 400 in the last decade. The Bondy synagogue president saw a deteriorating climate of the last15 years as driving the exodus, Its hard to explain, its provocations, its looks, he lamented. There are places where we do not feel welcome. His observations mimic those made 12 months before innearby Raincy, where local Rabbi Moshe Lewin said he feared he could be one of the last Jewish leaders in Seine-Saint-Denis. What upsets me is that in some areas of France, Jews can no longer live peacefully, and that just five minutes from my home, some are forced to hide their kippas (skullcaps) or their Star of David, hesaid. The sensation of not feeling welcome is nothing new to French Jews.In 2015, journalist Zvika Klein recorded the reaction to his taking to the streets of Paris wearing a traditional kippa. See the result for yourself below: Klein laterpoints out the irony that Paristoday is a city wherekeffiyeh-wearing men and veiled women speak Arabic on every street corner but where soldiers are walking every street that houses a Jewish institution. Sammy Ghozlan, the president of the Jewish communal security organization BNCVA, told 20 Minutes that it was vitalnot to underestimate the antisemitism we experience on a daily basis. For a long time, Jews were targeted through their symbols today, people themselves are targeted directly, Ghozlan said. As Breitbart Jerusalem has reported, the experience of Jews in Paris ismuch the same across the rest of the country. More and more are feeling so unsafe that they now feel they have no other choice but to move to Israel for safety. They arecontinuing a trend that has seen tens of thousands of Jews quit the countryin the past decade. More than 5,000 departures were recorded in 2016 on top of the record 7,900 who left in 2015 and 7,231 in 2014. In total, 40,000 French Jews have emigrated since 2006, according to figurescited by AFP. On the evidence, that number will not be falling anytime soon.

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The Uncomfortable Truth About Swedish Anti-Semitism

Today, entering a synagogue anywhere in Sweden usually requires going through security checks, including airport-like questioning. At times of high alert, police officers with machine guns guard Jewish schools. Children at the Jewish kindergarten in Malmo play behind bulletproof glass. Not even funerals are safe from harassment. Jewish schoolteachers have reported hiding their identity. A teacher who wouldnt even share the city where she teaches for fear of her safety told a Swedish news outlet: I hear students shouting in the hallway about killing Jews. Henryk Grynfeld, a teacher at a high school in a mostly immigrant neighborhood in Malmo, was told by a student: Were going to kill all Jews. He said other students yell yahoud, the Arabic word for Jew, at him. A spokesman for Malmos Jewish community put the situation starkly. You dont want to display the Star of David around your neck, he said. Or as spokesman for the Goteborg synagogue put it, Its a constant battle to live a normal life, and not to give in to the threats, but still be able to feel safe. The question that has dogged Jews throughout the centuries is now an urgent one for Swedens Jewish community. Is it time to leave? Some are answering yes. One reason is the nature of the current threat. Historically, anti-Semitism in Sweden could mainly be attributed to right-wing extremists. While this problem persists, a study from 2013 showed that 51 percent of anti-Semitic incidents in Sweden were attributed to Muslim extremists. Only 5 percent were carried out by right-wing extremists; 25 percent were perpetrated by left-wing extremists. Swedish politicians have no problem condemning anti-Semitism carried out by right-wingers. When neo-Nazis planned a march that would go past the Goteborg synagogue on Yom Kippur this September, for example, it stirred up outrage across the political spectrum. A court ruled that the demonstrators had to change their route. There is, however, tremendous hesitation to speak out against hate crimes committed by members of another minority group in a country that prides itself on welcoming minorities and immigrants. In 2015, Sweden was second only to Germany in the number of Syrian refugees it welcomed. Yet the three men arrested in the Molotov cocktail attack were newly arrived immigrants, two Syrians and a Palestinian. The fear of being accused of intolerance has paralyzed Swedens leaders from properly addressing deep-seated intolerance. Some of the countrys leaders have even used Israel as a convenient boogeyman to explain violence. After the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, Swedens foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, explained radicalism among European Muslims with reference to Israel: Here, once again, we are brought back to situations like the one in the Middle East, where not least, the Palestinians see that there isnt a future. We must either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence. In an interview in June, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was asked whether Sweden had been nave about the link between immigration and anti-Semitism. His response was typical of the way in which leading politicians have avoided giving straight answers about the threat against the countrys Jews: We have a problem in Sweden with anti-Semitism, and it doesnt matter who expresses it, its still as darn wrong. But the problem has grown so dire that it finally forced Mr. Lofven to admit in an interview this month: We will not ignore the fact that many people have come here from the Middle East, where anti-Semitism is a widespread idea, almost part of the ideology. We must become even clearer, dare to talk more about it. Hes right. Unfortunately, the countrys news media is often unable to speak plainly about the issue. Two years ago, Swedens biggest newspaper, Aftonbladet, published a column that ridiculed the notion that Jews were talking of leaving the country because of anti-Semitism, dismissing it as lying and hysteria, and scoffing at the especially cool machine guns that police officers use when protecting Jewish schools. The same newspaper accused Israel of harvesting Palestinian organs in 2009 the modern equivalent of the blood libel. On Dec. 6, Swedens state TV attributed President Trumps announcement on Jerusalem to the supposed extreme strength of the so-called Jewish lobby in the United States. The channel later apologized. TT, Swedens leading news agency, cited influential Jewish donors in its analysis of the move. Attack against synagogue linked to Trump, was the headline chosen by Swedish Metro to explain the fire bomb attack in Goteborg. There are many areas in which Israel deserves criticism, but the Swedish press often crosses the line into vilification of the Jewish state and regularly insinuates that events in the Middle East are directed by powerful Jews in the West. This risks stoking already dangerously high anti-Jewish sentiment. What can be done? For starters, there are growing demands from Swedens Jewish organizations for the state to do more to protect them. These days, Jewish institutions rely heavily on member fees and their own security organizations for protection. But keeping citizens safe is a basic job of the government. It is also vital for Sweden to adopt a coherent strategy to combat radical Islamism. The country has become one of Europes richest recruiting grounds for Islamic State fighters. Five people were killed in an Islamist attack in downtown Stockholm in April, and Swedish Islamists have been involved in other deadly attacks in Europe, including in Paris and Brussels. One aspect of this strategy must be for the authorities to regain control over immigrant neighborhoods, where organized crime is rampant. In addition, Sweden has had a laissez-faire attitude toward religious schools, tax-funded through a voucher system. This has allowed extremists to exert influence over the minds of young people. Taxpayers shouldnt have to fund radicalization. The government should also do more to counter attempts by foreign clerics to radicalize its Muslim community with a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, including the insidious idea that the Holocaust is a lie. In Sweden, as in other European countries, radicalization of Muslims is often funded and organized by foreign entities. None of these efforts can be successful, however, without openly acknowledging the nature of modern anti-Semitism in Sweden. During his state visit to Sweden in 2013, President Barack Obama didnt hesitate to call out the countrys anti-Semitism problem. Speaking at Stockholms main synagogue, he included a subtle but unmistakable criticism of the attitude among Swedish politicians: We will stand against anti-Semitism and hatred, in all its forms. Swedish leaders should heed his words.

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Jew | Definition of Jew by Merriam-Webster

1 : a person belonging to a continuation through descent or conversion of the ancient Jewish people 2 : one whose religion is Judaism 3 a : a member of the tribe of Judah 4 : a member of a nation existing in Palestine from the sixth century b.c. to the first century a.d.

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The Mystery of the Jews – YouTube

Who are the Jews? What impact have the Jews had on the world? A powerful short film that reveals the real story behind “The Mystery of the Jews”. With remarkable insights by renowned historians, world leaders and perceptive authors. “The Mystery of the Jews” challenges the normative conception of human history. http://simpletoremember.com/ ” “”EL MISTERIO DE LOS JUDOS”” “”LE MYSTRE DES JUIFS””O MISTRIO DOS JUDEUS”” ”

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Shalom. | Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta

Welcome to your Federation helping you care for Jews in need and build a strong Jewish community. Through Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, you make a difference in the lives of your family, friends, and other Jews in Atlanta, Israel, and around the world. Powered by volunteers and financial support from individuals, Federation uses an impartial process to plan, allocate, and evaluate how to best meet todays and tomorrows needs while making the greatest possible impact. We invite you to get to know us. Get involved. Give.

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Jews – definition of jews by The Free Dictionary

Haughty English, lively French, sober Germans, handsome Spaniards, ugly Russians, meek Jews, free-and-easy Americans, all drive, sit, or saunter here, chatting over the news, and criticzing the latest celebrity who has arrived–Ristori or Dickens, Victor Emmanuel or the Queen of the Sandwich Islands.So to the Jews old Canaan stood, While Jordan rolled between.One would think you had taken lessons of the Jews, coming at a fellow soThose are kind and gentle old Jews, but they ain’t any fonder of kissing the emotional highlights of Brooklyn than you be.This I learned from her benefactress; from the pious and charitable lady who adopted her in her orphan state, reared her as her own daughter, and whose kindness, whose generosity the unhappy girl repaid by an ingratitude so bad, so dreadful, that at last her excellent patroness was obliged to separate her from her own young ones, fearful lest her vicious example should contaminate their purity: she has sent her here to be healed, even as the Jews of old sent their diseased to the troubled pool of Bethesda; and, teachers, superintendent, I beg of you not to allow the waters to stagnate round her.Micawber, ‘Bills – a convenience to the mercantile world, for which, I believe, we are originally indebted to the Jews, who appear to me to have had a devilish deal too much to do with them ever since – because they are negotiable.Our ancestors were not more distinct from us, surely, than Jews are from Christians; they had “eyes, hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions;” were “fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer,” as ourselves.The provinces are inhabited by Moors, Pagans, Jews, and Christians: the last is the reigning and established religion.In the one community of Brownsville, for example, settled several years ago by an overflow of Russian Jews from the East Side of New York, there are now as many telephones as in the kingdom of Greece.And yet, on the faith of an honest man, I never spoke ill of any enchanter, and I am not so well off that I am to be envied; to be sure, I am rather sly, and I have a certain spice of the rogue in me; but all is covered by the great cloak of my simplicity, always natural and never acted; and if I had no other merit save that I believe, as I always do, firmly and truly in God, and all the holy Roman Catholic Church holds and believes, and that I am a mortal enemy of the Jews, the historians ought to have mercy on me and treat me well in their writings.So the poor fond pair laid by their wages, and loved each other silently, waiting, hoping for mademoiselle’s own marriage, as the Jews are waiting for the Messiah.Fogg returned on board to resume his former habits; while Passepartout, according to custom, sauntered about among the mixed population of Somanlis, Banyans, Parsees, Jews, Arabs, and Europeans who comprise the twenty-five thousand inhabitants of Aden.

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WATCH: Armed Suspect Walks into Convenience Store, Flees amid Barrage of Bullets

Suspect enters convenience store with a gun and shoots at the clerk, only to flee amid a barrage of bullets when the clerk returns fire.

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Report: Officials Say Decertifying Iran Deal Has ‘Little Downside’

Voice of America reported on Thursday that “some U.S. officials see little downside to decertifying the Iran nuclear deal,” but the tenor of those quoted in the piece might be better described as, “decertifying the deal is not a big deal.”

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