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Israel Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem

editor 25 May 2017

By JCPA.. Would somebody dare saying that Mecca is not connected to the Muslim religion? That Rome is not connected to Christianity?  Nobody would dare, but UNESCO went down to the lowest point of its history by denying the Jerusalem connection to the Jewish people. It’s a ridiculous disgusting lie.  The UN resolution is shameful, simply put it erases three millennia of archaeological, historical, and religious documentation which is backed by history and archaeology in Jewish, Christian, and even Muslim sources. (more…)

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Opening Ceremony Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem

editor 24 May 2017

By PM Benjamin Netanyahu.. The Honorable President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, and his wife, Nechama,
Ministers, Members of Knesset, Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat and his wife, Ambassadors, including the Ambassador of Israel to the United States, Ron Dermer, and the Ambassador of the United States to Israel, David Friedman. This is the first time a U.S. ambassador has joined us on Jerusalem Day. Mr. Ambassador, with a name like David – and your middle name is Melech, so David Melech, you are the right man with the right name at the right time in the right place– in King David’s city, in Jerusalem. (more…)

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Himmler’s Boost for al-Husaini

editor 19 May 2017

By Wolfgang G. Schwanitz.. The SS-Leader’s Anti-Balfour Cable to the Grand Mufti

In March the National Israeli Library blogged Himmler’s re-discovered telegram to the grand mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husaini. Contrary to the comment there that Nazi Germany did not declare its support for the Arab independence, I argue, it did. This cable further recognized the Islamist movement of the cleric who lived from 1941 to 1945 in Berlin. He realized with the Axis powers his main goals against the Jews and Allies, also in the Mideast. (more…)

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Who Owns The Holy City? The Jerusalem Question

editor 16 May 2017

By Carl Hoffman.. Hint: It’s not who you probably think. ‘In Jerusalem’ delves into the ‘church land’ issue. Would it surprise you to learn that the Knesset – our governing body, symbol of sovereignty, and hub of national political power – sits on land that the State of Israel does not in fact own? Would you also be taken aback to discover that the same thing can be said about the Prime Minister’s Residence? [Photo top right: A panorama of early 20th-century Jerusalem, showing the city walls, the Dome of the Rock and the Aksa Mosque. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)].  (more…)

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Hitler’s British death island

editor 13 May 2017

By Colonel Richard Kemp and John Weigold.. Astonishing story of how the Nazis murdered 40,000 people in Channel Island concentration camps – and planned to blitz the South Coast with chemical weapons. On a spring afternoon, the grassy headland is bursting with a joy that lifts the soul. Sunshine, blue sea and sky; splashes of golden gorse catch the light and bluebells sway in the breeze; larks float on air currents while gannets in their thousands swoop and screech on a rocky island below. This is the southern tip of Alderney, smallest of the three main Channel Islands. Across the water, Guernsey, Sark and Jersey glisten. It has to be one of the most beautiful, tranquil and inspiring sights in the whole of Britain. But close your eyes, take your mind back 75 years . . . and this idyll is a scene of sheer horror. [Photo top right: Gorse]. (more…)

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Israel Unveils Archaeological Garden In Jerusalem’s Old City

editor 13 May 2017

By Daniel K. Eisenbud.. “Everything we are doing in Jerusalem is in order to reassure and confirm our existence here.” Construction Minister Yoav Galant on Monday (May 8, 2017) reiterated the unbreakable bond between the Jewish people and Jerusalem at the unveiling of the Davidson Center’s Archeological Garden of Jerusalem, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the capital’s reunification. [Photo top right: Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant tours the Old City’s new archeological garden 8/5/2017.. (photo credit:MEIR ELIPOUR)] (more…)

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In a Ukraine forest, terrible events of 75 years ago given resonance by handful of survivors

editor 10 May 2017

By Sue Surkes.. Uman, Ukraine — As veterans across Europe turned out this week (May 5 – 9, 2017) for annual ceremonies to commemorate the end of World War ll, some 70 Christians and Jews gathered Monday (May 8, 201) in a forest clearing in central Ukraine to unveil a memorial to 1,000 Jewish children murdered by the Nazis in April 1942. The event – on the outskirts of the city of Uman — was an ode to reconciliation. A German pastor from Heidelberg, Johannes Zink, asked forgiveness on behalf of “fathers and grandfathers who may have been involved” in Nazi atrocities. A Jerusalem rabbi, Chaim Eisen, spoke about the importance of building bridges. [Photo top right: Memorial next to newly covered grave of Jewish kids shot by Nazis in 1942. The mass grave was decorated with children’s toys for the ceremony on May 9, 2017. (Sue Surkes)]. (more…)

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March of the Living Through Concentration Camps Is Solemn Triumph of Holocaust Survival

editor 28 April 2017

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “I have remembered Thy name, O Hashem, in the night, and have observed Thy law.” Psalms 119:55. More than 10,000 people participated in the 29th annual March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau in Poland on Monday (April 24, 2017) commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day. The March is held on Holocaust Memorial Day to contrast the forced marches the inmates made to their deaths. It also contrasts with Israel Independence Day celebrated in one week. [Photo top right: Holocaust survivor with his granddaughter and a Torah saved from the Holocaust (Photo Flash90)]
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An Unexpected Family Reunion, Seven Decades After The Holocaust

editor 28 April 2017

By Jennifer Medelsohn.. My husband’s grandmother’s family was decimated by the Nazis. But at 95, she discovered relatives she never knew. I hardly thought it was a life-changing question. We were driving home from a family gathering one evening this past May with my husband’s 95-year-old grandmother, Frieda, a Holocaust survivor from a small town outside Warsaw. I told her I’d been spending a lot of time on genealogy websites, immersed in tracing the trajectories of my immigrant relatives, most of whom—lured by the promise of America—had left Eastern Europe long before World War II. [Photo top right: Bessie and Rachel. (Courtesy of the author)] (more…)

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Grandpa’s Secret Shoah

editor 26 April 2017

By Aaron Wolfe.. To read more Tablet in Warsaw coverage, click here.

When my grandfather Leszek was alive, he’d tell stories of his life in Krakow before the war. About how he’d sneak out of his ultra-Orthodox yeshiva to attend the Zionist gymnasium down the road. Or the times he played soccer with his grandmother’s neighbor, a boy named Karol who would eventually become Pope John Paul II. Or how he courted the beautiful older daughter of the famous Karmel family, a girl who was Jewish royalty in Krakow but somehow was convinced to love him back. [Photo top right: The author and his grandfather in his Riverdale living room, 1977.(Courtesy of the author)] (more…)

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