By Ryan Jones.. In an article published in a local Israeli newspaper around the time of Israel’s 65th Independence Day, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Har-Noy puzzled over the fact that there are still so many Bible-believing Jews who refuse to celebrate the Jewish state’s modern rebirth. Read more »
By Aviel Scheider.. After two Israeli professors living in the US won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year, it begs the question: Why have Jews been so successful in this realm, despite their proportionately small population? Approximately 20 percent or 1 in 5 of Nobel Prize laureates are Jews, yet Jews make up less than 0.2 percent of the world’s population. Read more »
By JTA.. Joachim Gauck is the first president to attend the annual conference of the German Jewish community. German President Joachim Gauck in an address to a Jewish community conference in Berlin marveled at the fact that Jews want to live in his country. Gauck’s appearance Sunday (November 24, 2013) was the first time a German president attended the annual conference hosted by the Central Council of Jews in Germany, the main umbrella organization representing some 105,000 official members of Jewish communities throughout the country. Read more »
By WJC.. In the Banská Bystrica Region of Slovakia, a far-right leader with a history of racist statements and acts won 55.6 percent of the popular vote in a run-off. Marian Kotleba will become the region’s governor. Beating the opposition candidate of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) Kotleba had advanced into the November second round with 21 percent of the vote. Read more »
By JTA.. Jewish immigration from France to Israel has increased by 49 percent in the first nine months of 2013 compared to last year. Through September, 2,185 French Jews have immigrated to Israel, compared to 1,469 immigrants during the same time frame in 2012, according to Jewish Agency for Israel figures.
The number of immigrants who arrived from France to Israel during the whole of 2012 was 1,907. On average, Jewish immigration to Israel from the rest of the world under the Law of Return showed an increase of 1 percent during the first nine months of 2013. In total, 13,905 people immigrated, or made aliyah, this year, according to the Jewish Agency. Read more »
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Breakfast costs Dov Jakobovitz $2. Lunch costs him $2.25. Both are served in the public old-age home in south Tel Aviv where he lives. But the food is not to his liking.
Jakobovitz longs for the dishes he ate as a child in Transylvania — gefilte fish, goulash, chicken wings — rather than the rice-and-salad fare more typical of the Israeli diet. A restaurant he enjoys in the center of the city serves such Ashkenazi fare, but he can’t afford it. For dinner, he eats leftovers from lunch. Read more »
Fatah publicizes threats to kidnap, kill, and bomb Israelis by terror organization Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades – the military wing of Fatah
By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik.. ”Death is in your cup – make them [Israelis] drink” ”We are preparing to kidnap Zionist soldiers,” is part of a promise made by the terror organization Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades – the military wing of Fatah, and published in a video on Fatah’s official “Main Page” on Facebook.
In the video, a masked terrorist sitting among dozens of rockets states that the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades is preparing to kidnap Israeli soldiers in order to “empty out the Zionist prisons.” This is a warning that Fatah terrorists plan to follow the precedent set by Hamas, who kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and held him hostage for five years until Israel released over 1,000 terrorists including many murderers, to enable Shalit’s release:
“We are preparing to kidnap Zionist soldiers to settle accounts with the Zionist enemy properly, in order to empty out the Zionist prisons.” Read more »
By Harold Staff.. Argentine and Iranian officials held bilateral talks last week (November 18-22, 2013) in Zurich to “negotiate the terms” of the Memorandum of Understanding reached earlier this year to jointly probe the bombing of the AMIA Jewish community centre in 1994, Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman revealed late last night (November 26, 2013).
The meeting was agreed upon “by foreign ministers of both countries” last September in the UN headquarters in New York, Timerman said during a brief speech at the House of Government. Read more »
By Rev Willem J.J.Glashouwer.. The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through [or: in] you.” (Genesis 12:1-3) Read more »
By Silvia Westall and Jonathan Saul.. (Reuters) – Jewish books and documents found by U.S. soldiers in the flooded headquarters of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and sent to the United States for restoration have touched off a dispute between Baghdad and Iraqi Jews who fled the country.
After a $3 million restoration, the collection has been put on display at the Washington-based National Archives. But bowing to demands from Iraq’s Shi’ite Muslim-led government, the United States says it will return the collection next summer. Some of the artifacts date to the 16th century. Read more »