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JNS BRIEFS 5-1-12

Click photo to download. Caption: Johan Galtung. Credit: Seadart.Anti-Israel ‘peace’ professor suggests link between Norway massacre and Mossad

Professor Johan Galtung, a Norwegian sociologist with a history of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks, has suggested a possible connection between Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik and the Israeli spy agency Mossad, Israel Hayom reported.

Galtung, 82, is a founder of the international Institute of Peace Research in Oslo.

According to reports, he believes Breivik chose July 22, 2011, to carry out the bombing of a government building in Oslo that killed eight people and the subsequent shooting attack at a youth camp in Utoya that left 69 people dead because it was the same date on which Jerusalem was liberated by the Templars in 1099. He said that on the same date in 1946, “Jewish terrorists” from the Irgun bombed the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, and that some of those involved later became Israeli prime ministers. Galtung—who in the past has recommended that people read the forged “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” added that he thinks the Mossad may have given Breivik his orders.

—JointMedia News Service

Click photo to download. Caption: Toni Morrison. Credit: Angela Radulescu.Author Toni Morrison, who has accused Israel of genocide, to receive presidential medal

Novelist Toni Morrison, recently announced by Barack Obama as one of 13 recipients of the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom, once signed a letter accusing Israel of being an apartheid state that commits genocide against the Palestinians.

Morrison, ironically, will receive the Medal of Freedom on the same day the U.S. bestows that honor on Israeli President Shimon Peres. 

According to the open letter published by Morrison and 17 other writers in 2006, Israel’s aim “is nothing less than the liquidation of the Palestinian nation.” The letter lamented public “outrage” over Hamas’s kidnapping of Gilad Shalit while there were “approximately 10,000 [Palestinians] in Israeli jails.” 

“That this ‘kidnapping’ was considered an outrage, whereas the illegal military occupation of the West Bank and the systematic appropriation of its natural resources—most particularly that of water—by the Israeli Defense (!) Forces is considered a regrettable but realistic fact of life, is typical of the double standards repeatedly employed by the West in face of what has befallen the Palestinians, on the land allotted to them by international agreements, during the last 70 years,” the letter signed by Morrison stated.

—JointMedia News Service

Click photo to download. Caption: President Barack Obama reflects. Credit: White House.Report: Obama willing to concede to Iran on uranium enrichment 

President Barack Obama would allow Iran to have 5 percent-enriched uranium if the Islamic Republic takes “other steps” to curb its nuclear efforts, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

According to the report, “other steps” include a United Nations inspection. Five percent would be the upper end of the enrichment range for most civilian uses of uranium, experts say.

Israel National News reported that Iran is already producing 20 percent-enriched uranium. Ninety-percent enrichment is needed to create sufficient fuel for a nuclear bomb. However, 20 percent enrichment is enough to halve the necessary time to enrich to levels above 90 percent.

In contrast to Obama’s willingness to concede enrichment of up to 5 percent, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in April that Iran must “stop all enrichment.”

—JointMedia News Service

Palestinian professor calls Egypt exodus ‘Palestinian liberation,’ distorts Quran 

A professor who appeared on Palestinian national television has claimed that Moses was a Muslim who delivered “the Muslims of the Children of Israel out of Egypt.” He then referred to the return of the Children of Israel to Canaan as the “first Palestinian liberation... of Palestine.” 

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported that the professor’s claims are a distortion not only of the Hebrew bible, but also of the Quran. “The Quran refers to the ‘Children of Israel’ in their land in many chapters (e.g., Sura 5), but it never refers to them or anyone else as ‘Palestinians,’” according to PMW.

The professor also did not refer to the fact that Islam did not evolve until after the 7th century A.D., centuries after the events of the Hebrew bible.

—JointMedia News Service 

Islamists suspected of killing 16 Christians in Nigeria

Gunmen from the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram are suspected of killing at least 16 people at a Christian church service in northern Nigeria on Sunday morning, according to reports.

In what was the latest in a string of attacks on Christians in the mostly Muslim region of Nigeria, motorcyclists reportedly entered Bayero University’s school theater in the city of Kano, proceeding to throw explosives and shoot at churchgoers. 

Since 2009, Boko Haram “has been blamed for killing more than 1,000 people” in a bid to “overthrow Nigeria’s secular government and establish Islamic sharia law nationwide,” a report in The Christian Science Monitor said. 

—JointMedia News Service

Dutch chief rabbi honored by queen

The Queen of Holland has dubbed Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs an Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau, an honor typically bestowed on royals, diplomats, artists and others. Jacobs has been the chief rabbi of the Netherlands for 30 years and has been lauded for his activism in interfaith relations in the country. 

“The award given to Rabbi Jacobs is an honor for all the Jews in Holland. It gives our community great pride and we thank God and congratulate Rabbi Jacobs and his wife on this great honor,” said Dr. Benoit Wesly, chairman of the Dutch Jewish community in Limburg and Honorary Consul of Israel to the Netherlands, according to Israel National News.

—JointMedia News Service

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Benzion Netanyahu, prime minister’s father, dies at 102

Benzion Netanyahu, historian, Zionist activist and influential father of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, died Monday in his Jerusalem home. He was 102.

Prime Minister Netanyahu managed to visit him one last time on Sunday night.

Click photo to download. Caption: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) with his father Benzion Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Benzion Netanyahu, born Milikovsky, died in Jerusalem on April 30 at the age of 102. Credit: EPA/Israeli Government Press Office.Benzion Netanyahu was born Benzion Mileikowsky on March 25, 1910, in Warsaw, Poland. His father, Nathan, a rabbi, moved the family to Palestine in 1920 and changed its name to Netanyahu.

Professor Netanyahu was among the great historians of the Jewish people. In his research, he focused on the history of the medieval Spanish Jewish community and the history of Zionism. Among his books are a biography of Don Isaac Abravanel, a history of the Spanish Marranos (forced converts to Christianity who secretly continued to practice Judaism) and his major work, “The Origins of the Inquisition in 15th Century Spain,” which received global acclaim. He also authored “The Founding Fathers of Zionism” about the lives of the founders of political Zionism—Leon Pinsker, Theodor Herzl, Max Nordau, Israel Zangwill and Ze’ev Jabotinsky.

Netanyahu was also an expert on anti-Semitism and a great supporter of Revisionist Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky, who advocated Jewish military strength and the establishment of a Jewish state on both sides of the Jordan River. During his decades-long career, Netanyahu also edited the “Encyclopedia Judaica,” “The World History of the Jewish People” and the “Encyclopedia Hebraica.”

—JointMedia News Service

Obama overrides Congress, lifts hold on $192 million in Palestinian aid

President Barack Obama signed a waiver on April 27 eliminating Congress’s freeze of $192 million in aid to the Palestinian authority, Agence France-Presse reported.

In a memo, Obama said the Palestinian aid in question is “important to the security interests of the United States.” According to White House spokesman Tommy Vietor, the funds were meant to ensure “the continued viability of the moderate PA government under the leadership of president Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.” 

Section 3 of Congress’s Palestinian Accountability Act for 2012 stipulates the following: “No funds available to any United States Government department or agency … may be obligated or expended with respect to providing funds to the Palestinian Authority.” 

—JointMedia News Service 

Arabs target 20 Jewish children in Hebron

Arabs attacked 20 Jewish children in a Hebron playground Saturday night using rocks and large building blocks, Israel National News reported.

The children escaped without being injured, but the attackers also got away before security forces arrived on scene. An area resident noted “a sharp escalation in the size of the blocks thrown” at the children, compared to similar incidents over the past several years in Hebron.

—JointMedia News Service 

Click photo to download. Caption: Abe Foxman. Credit: PD.Jacobs to ADL: Stop ignoring radical Islam

While FBI statistics show that hate crimes against Jews in America are eight times the number of crimes against Muslims, fewer than 8 percent of Anti-Defamation League (ADL) press releases address Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism and terrorism, according to a study by Charles Jacobs, president of the American Anti-Slavery Group and Americans for Peace and Tolerance.

“As the [Islamic] problem grows, ADL generates even fewer press releases on the matter,” Jacobs wrote in a recent letter to ADL head Abraham Foxman.

Jacobs criticized ADL for devoting Jewish funds to fighting Islamophobia, quoting Foxman as saying “You can’t fight the fight against anti-Semitism without fighting against bigotry” and “You cannot ask people to stand with you unless you are ready to stand with them.”

“Today more than ever, Jews need an effective and assertive ADL, with strong leadership that can fulfill the organization’s mission and commitment to its donors and constituents,” Jacobs wrote. “There are many reasons to vacillate, to temporize, to appease. None of them are ever any good.”

—JointMedia News Service

Click photo to download. Caption: Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz speaks at the first annual Jerusalem Post Conference on Sunday in New York. Credit: Maxine Dovere.Dershowitz: Israel has legal and moral right to unilaterally strike Iran

NEW YORK—Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz said Sunday that Israel has both the legal and moral right to unilaterally strike Iran, and that such a strike would be “reactive” rather than “preventive.”

Dershowitz, speaking in New York at the first annual Jerusalem Post Conference, said Israel’s moral and legal right stems from the fact that Iran is already “in a state of war” and has a history of attacking Israeli targets.

However, Dershowitz stressed that when it comes to “existential” decisions surrounding matters like the Iranian nuclear threat, “only the people of Israel and their elected officials can make those decisions.”

“No country can ever leave its destiny in the hands of another nation,” he said,

American Jews should not hesitate to advise Israel, but should not “dictate to Israel,” Dershowitz said, because as a democracy Israel has the right “to make decisions and bear the consequences.”

—JointMedia News Service 

Former IDF chief of staff on Arab Spring: ‘We didn’t see it coming’

NEW YORK—Gabi Ashkenazi, former chief of staff for the Israel Defense Forces, said in New York that the so-called Arab Spring is an “Islamic storm” and that “we didn’t see it coming.”

Israel must “be ready, in the future, for an event we can’t predict,” Ashkenazi said at the first annual Jerusalem Post Conference.

Though former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak “was not a Zionist,” he was “an anchor of stability” in the Middle East, Ashkenazi said. A more beneficial regime change for Israel would come in Syria, according to Ashkenazi, where the toppling of Bashar al-Assad would strip Iran of its only ally in the region—and by consequence, strip Iran-funded Hezbollah of weapons it uses against the Jewish state.

The international community’s response to Assad gives him a “license to kill,” Ashkenazi said.

Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick, following Ashkenazi’s remarks, said that she in fact did see the Arab Spring coming because “rather than relying on intelligence information, we were listening to what people were saying in Egypt,” specifically that the Muslim Brotherhood was gaining momentum well before the Arab Spring began.

—JointMedia News Service

Click photo to download. Caption: Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection Gilad Erdan speaks at Sunday's Jerusalem Post Conference, where he called for the release of Jonathan Pollard. Credit: Maxine Dovere.Leaders call for Pollard’s release at New York conference

NEW YORK— Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection Gilad Erdan closed his address at the Jerusalem Post conference on Sunday by calling on President Barack Obama to grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard, who is serving his 27th year in U.S. prison after being convicted of spying for Israel.

Following Erdan’s remarks on Pollard, Jerusalem Post Editor in Chief Steve Linde said, “We certainly echo and support his appeal.”

Pollard’s advocates in the Jewish community, the U.S. government and elsewhere say his life sentence is disproportionate to his crime. At the conference, Isi Leibler—a Jerusalem Post columnist and former head of the Australian Jewish community—said at the conference, “It is one of the greatest scandals of Diaspora Jewry that Pollard is still in jail.” 

“It is an absolutely unspeakable situation… we’ve got to shout more and more and more, [that] this man should be released, yesterday,” Leibler said.

—JointMedia News Service

Click photo to download. Caption: Caroline Glick. Credit: Caroline Glick.Jerusalem Post columnist explains why most Israelis say Obama is not pro-Israel

NEW YORK—While 78 percent of Jewish Americans voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 election, 75 percent of Israelis do not believe Obama is pro-Israel, according to a Jerusalem Post survey. Those numbers should not come as a surprise, said Caroline Glick, the newspaper’s popular columnist.

At the newspaper’s conference in New York on Sunday, Glick said Israeli attitudes about Obama stem from decisions such as his recent move to unfreeze $192 million in U.S. aid to Palestinians and saying in a June 2009 speech in Cairo that Israel’s right to exist is anchored in the Holocaust. Glick called Obama’s 2009 Cairo remarks a “complete negation” of Zionism and the basis for the Jewish state.

Obama early in his term demanded that Israel freeze all Jewish building beyond the 1949 armistice lines, Glick noted, adding that his administration asked Israel to apologize to Turkey for the Gaza flotilla incident.

“This is not a credible statement of someone who says he has Israel’s back,” Glick said.

—JointMedia News Service

Federation trip to Israel biggest in 10 years

More than 700 Jews from South Florida visited Israel through a trip sponsored by the local Jewish federation, the largest such trip in more than a decade.

The group toured the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, commemorated Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron) and celebrated Independence Day with Israelis. Participants visited Jerusalem, hiked Masada and listened to speeches from leading figures such as Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

“This mission offers people a meaningful experience where they know they are going to see the sights of Israel in a way that really experiences the power of a community,’’ said Jacob Solomon, the Miami Jewish federation’s president and CEO, according to the Miami Herald. “In a mega mission, there is the grandeur of seeing 711 participants together expressing their love and solidarity with Israel.”

—JointMedia News Service

Click photo to download. Caption: Madeleine Albright. Credit: World Economic Forum.Madeleine Albright details Jewish roots in new book

Former Secretary of State and UN ambassador Madeleine Albright has written a new book, Prague Winter, in which she describes her discovery of her family’s Jewish roots.

Albright, the daughter of a Czech diplomat, was born in Prague in 1937. The family fled after the Nazi invasion in 1939, eventually immigrating to the United States. Albright was raised Catholic and eventually joined the Episcopal Church after her marriage to journalist Joseph Medill Patterson Albright. She was the first woman to be appointed U.S. Secretary of State in 1996 under President Bill Clinton.

In the 1990s, she began receiving letters from people who knew her family in Czechoslovakia and identified them as Jewish. She was never told by her parents of her Jewish heritage or of the fact that they chose to convert to Catholicism. She also wasn’t told that she had 25 relatives who had died in the Holocaust. Her new book uses this discovery to discuss the tumultuous period between 1937 and 1948.

JointMedia News Service

Palestinian group defaces Jewish stall at UK conference

A Union of Jewish Students stall at the National Union of Students (UJS) annual conference in Sheffield, England was defaced with stickers and graffiti calling for a boycott of Israel. The anti-Israel symbols also covered the group’s Star of David logo.

Members of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) allegedly committed the vandalism. “The deliberate defacing of the Star of David, a sacred symbol of Judaism and of the State of Israel, was an indication of the increasingly blurred line between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism,” said Britain’s Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, according to the Jerusalem Post.

PSC also released a statement saying that the use of its stickers was unacceptable, and they were swiftly removed. “PSC condemns the defacing of the UJS stall,” the statement said. “The PSC opposes all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.”

—JointMedia News Service

Israel lowers sales tax on clean energy cars

The Israeli government is offering tax breaks to consumers who purchase electric cars in an effort to promote clean energy transportation. The sales tax has been lowered from 10 to 8 percent for such buyers. In addition, the government decided not to raise the sales tax on hybrid vehicles.

Hybrid vehicles, which use several sources for power, have become increasingly popular in Israel, according to Israel National News. Models sold in Israel include the Honda Civic Hybrid and the Toyota Prius. The Israeli start-up company Better Place is also building a network of charging stations for fully electric vehicles throughout the country.

—JointMedia News Service

Iranian deported from India for spying on Jews

An Iranian student was deported from India after authorities discovered he was spying on local Jewish and Israeli targets.

He was also discovered to be receiving payment from Iranian intelligence, reported Israel National News. Despite reportedly pursuing a PhD at the University of Pune (UoP), he reportedly had no research or student visa.

“He came to India under the pretext of being a student but was keeping a close eye on the Jewish centres in Pune,” police said. “He had collected information about visitors’ movements at the Chabad House and the Synagogue which he forwarded to intelligence officials in Tehran."

—JointMedia News Service

Click photo to download. Caption: Former Hamas captive Gilad Shalit. Credit: IDF.Kidnap Israelis to exchange for prisoners, Islamists say

Islamist leaders say that militants should kidnap Israeli citizens in order to bargain for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. In 2011, Israel freed more than 1,000 prisoners in exchange for the return of kidnapped Israel soldier Gilad Shalit.

“I say to all armed factions, the way to free the prisoners is through swaps ... An arrest for an arrest, and freedom for freedom. This is the way,” said Khaled Al-Batsh, a senior member of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, according to the Jerusalem Post. 

—JointMedia News Service

Israel third-hottest housing market 

A CNBC survey showed that Israel is the third-hottest housing market in the world, behind Hong Kong and China. Israeli housing prices grew more than 21 percent in 2009 and 16 percent in 2010.

Property prices seemed to have fallen slightly after demonstrators took to the Israeli streets in the summer of 2011, asking the government to make housing more affordable. However, since then housing demand seems to be growing, “with new mortgages issued by banks jumping by more than 14 percent in March compared to the two pervious months,” according to Globes.

—JointMedia News Service

Click photo to download. Caption: Israel's Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations H.E. Ron Prosor speaks to members of the Diplomatic Corps, Jewish leaders, and guests during an Israel Independence Day reception he hosted April 25 in the Ambassador's View Tent at the United Nations. Credit: Maxine Dovere.Politics set aside as UN fetes Israel’s birthday

NEW YORK—Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Ron Prosor, invited a few hundred friends and associates to join him at a reception honoring the 64th anniversary of Israel’s independence on April 25.

Representatives from every continent came together to congratulate the Jewish State at the Ambassador’s Tent on the UN’s North Lawn. As the reflection of the sunset gleamed on the waters of New York’s East River, politics were set aside for an evening of camaraderie, good music, and a traditional light buffet of Israeli specialties. 

Highlighting the evening was the humorous greeting by the usually serious ambassador, Prosor. Noting that there were perhaps fewer “lords and ladies” than might have populated such a gathering at his previous assignment for Israel, the United Kingdom’s Court of St. James, Prosor’s wry humor encouraged many a diplomatic giggle. At this gathering, his references to the “West Bank” (of the East River, that is) were received with laughter. 

—JointMedia News Service

Jordanian critic slams Saudi TV for showing Holocaust movies

Jordanian television director and critic Amer Gharaibeh has criticized the Saudi TV channel MBC2 for airing programming about the Holocaust, thus empathizing with the Jewish people.

“The question whether the [Holocaust] happened or not does not concern us. What concerns us is that this movie … is a primitive but powerful attempt to evoke the viewer's empathy towards the Jews,” Gharaibeh wrote, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

“What troubles us here is that Hollywood is controlled by Jewish capital, which strongly promotes its own agenda [and works to] spread this culture and create empathy towards the Jews throughout the world,” He specifically criticized the airing of Roman Polanski’s movie “The Pianist.” Such movies, he claimed, harm “our Arab and Islamic [identity] and promote the agenda of others." 

—JointMedia News Service

Secret ballot kicks off Hamas leadership vote

Hamas has secretly chosen new leaders for Gaza, starting movement-wide elections that could determine whether the Islamic militants will moderate or maintain an alliance with longtime patron Iran instead, Hamas officials said on April 26.

The secretive Hamas did not announce the Gaza election results, but several members said that among those chosen were previously sidelined pragmatists, younger activists and a pair of prisoners recently released by Israel.

“Hamas [in Gaza] will be more realistic, more moderate after the election,” said a senior Hamas member, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid censure from his colleagues. Others said the new faces did not necessarily mean a change in direction.

Hamas traditionally keeps much of its leadership structure secret to avoid exposing it to attacks by Israel, which has killed several top Hamas officials in the past.

—Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JointMedia News Service

Record number of babies born in Israel over past year

Israel’s population stood 7,881,000 people for Independence Day this year, according to statistics published by the Central Bureau of Statistics April 24. That is 9.77 times the size of the country’s population on Israel’s first birthday in 1948, when it was home to 806,000 people.

There are 5,931,000 Jews living in Israel today, accounting for 75.3 percent of the overall population, and 1,623,000 Arabs living in the country, which is 20.6 percent of the overall population. New immigrants and their offspring who are not registered by the Interior Ministry as Jews include 327,000 people, which is 4.1% of the general population.

Since Independence Day last year, 161,000 babies have been born, an all-time record for the country.

—Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JointMedia News Service

Click photo to download. Caption: Debbie Rademacher. Credit: Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.Soccer champ to enter Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

A U.S. women’s World Cup winner will be admitted to the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Debbie Rademacher, who played for the winning American team during the World Cup of 1991 in China, will be inducted to the Hall of Fame April 29 in Commack, N.Y. Rademacher was also the women’s soccer head coach at Fairfield University and the University of Michigan, which she led to the Big Ten conference title in 1997.

JointMedia News Service

 


Click photo to download. Caption: Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Sheik Abdul Aziz al-Asheik, considered one of the Islamic world’s highest religious authorities, said in March that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.” Credit: Kamtanoli375.Amid ‘60 Minutes’ segment on Christians in Israel, persecution in Arab countries

While the CBS program “60 Minutes” comes under fire for a recent segment on Christian Palestinians allegedly leaving historically Christian areas like Nazareth and Bethlehem due to Israeli security policies, persecution of Christians in Arab countries persists.

Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Sheik Abdul Aziz al-Asheik, considered one of the Islamic world’s highest religious authorities, said in March that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.” The same month, a Christian man accused of insulting the prophet Muhammad in Egypt was sentenced to six years in prison, noted Raymond Ibrahim in a column for the Gatestone Institute.

Additionally, recently in Pakistan, a 60-year-old Christian woman who converted to Islam but converted back to Christianity six months later received threats from Islamic clerics. In Bethlehem, the Palestinian Authority itself declared a Baptist church illegal, yet “60 Minutes” focused on the alleged plight of Christian Palestinians.

—JointMedia News Service 

Click photo to download. Caption: IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.IDF chief of staff says Islamic fundamentalism is what makes Iran ‘dangerous’

Benny Gantz, chief of staff for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), said April 25 that Islamic fundamentalism in Iran is a “dangerous” factor when coupled with the country’s development of nuclear capability.  

Gantz called Iran’s leadership “rational” in an interview with Haaretz, saying he believes Ayatollah Ali Khamenei most likely realizes that building a nuclear bomb would be “a mistake” and doubting that Khamenei would “go the extra mile” past developing nuclear capability.

However, Gantz said that, “such a capability, in the hands of Islamic fundamentalists who at particular moments could make different calculations, is dangerous.”

—JointMedia News Service 

Survey: 93% of Israelis proud, 80% wouldn’t live anywhere else

It might be hard to believe when you look at recent newspaper headlines, but 93 percent of Israelis are proud to be Israeli, and the majority, 70 percent, even describe themselves as “very proud.”

These facts and more emerge from a special poll Israel Hayom conducted in honor of Independence Day, in cooperation with The New Wave Research institute. The poll surveyed a representative sample of 500 Israelis, with a margin of error of 4.5 percent.

Other data from the poll also paint a picture of prevailing optimism in 2012. For example, more than 80 percent of respondents say they prefer to live in Israel over any other place in the world, and only 9 percent would rather live abroad. About 83 percent intend to display their national pride by flying a flag outside their house or on their car.

—JointMedia News Service

Click photo to download. Caption: Steven Schwager, JDC's CEO. Credit: JDC.JDC earns Charity Navigator’s highest rating

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has again earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating, receiving four out of a possible four stars. The ratings evaluate U.S. charities based on how efficiently they manage their finances.

JDC has a presence in Jewish communities in more than 70 countries, helping people in need and reconnecting people to Jewish culture. 

“In an uncertain world still plagued by economic strife, war, and natural disasters, w’'re proud that JDC has been lauded by Charity Navigator for both its financial dependability and its critical role in providing life-saving humanitarian relief to Jews and others in need overseas,” said JDC’s CEO, Steven Schwager.

—JointMedia News Service


Click photo to download. Caption: Mahmoud Abbas. Credit: World Economic Forum.PA censors websites critical of Abbas

The Palestinian Authority is reportedly blocking websites that are critical of President Mahmoud Abbas. The Ma’an News Agency reports that more than eight online news sources have become unavailable in the West Bank, signaling a significant move toward Internet censorship in the region. 

Internet providers reportedly created the block, though no one will admit it and many

Palestinians are not even aware that the Internet is censored.

“Even at private Internet companies, employees fear losing their jobs or worse if they discuss the program. [The employees say] ‘Sorry, but I’m not going to jail,’” said one Palestinian Communication Co. (PalTel) technician, when asked for a list of the websites. 

—JointMedia News Service

Click photo to download. Caption: Tami Hausner Raveh, daughter of Eichmann Trial prosecutor Gideon Hausner, is greeted by Ambassador Dr. Peter Wittig, Permanent Representative of Germany at the United Nations, during the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Trial of Adolf Eichmann. Credit: Maxine Dovere.A moment in time: Eichmann prosecutor’s daughter meets German UN ambassador

NEW YORK—Tami Hausner Raveh—daughter of Gideon Hausner, Adolf Eichmann’s prosecutor—recently came full circle by meeting Ambassador Dr. Peter Wittig, Permanent Representative of Germany at the United Nations.

Wittig greeted Raveh at the UN during a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Eichmann’s trial April 19.

The Nazi mastermind Eichmann was spotted in Argentina in 1957 living quietly as Ricardo Klement, a member of the German “expat” community. Put on trial in Jerusalem and hanged in Ramla, Eichmann remained unrepentant, telling a friend that he wished the Nazis “had finished the job.” Raveh was 14 years old during Eichmann’s 1961 trial.

At the UN April 19, a panel discussion was held on the trial and its implications for international justice. Knesset member Yossi Peled announced the inauguration of new Israeli government-funded scholarships to support Holocaust studies. On the topic of Eichmann’s arrest, famed humanitarian Elie Wiesel said, “I wanted to dance—I who had never danced in my life.”

—JointMedia News Service

Israeli military saves Palestinian baby in West Bank 

Israeli soldiers saved the life of a Palestinian baby, evacuating the 10-day-old infant for hospital treatment on April 23, Ynet reported.

The baby girl’s mother came to the soldiers from a village near Halamish in the West Bank, where they were stationed, and the soldiers immediately called their battalion’s physician.

“The baby suffered from severe respiratory distress and was vomiting,” said Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Michael Findlar. “We immediately began administering first aid and stabilized her condition.” 

“This was the third such incident in two weeks,” Findlar added. “[Palestinians] know we have a regimental infirmary and a military ambulance. Last time, one of the paramedics on guard treated a young girl suffering from meningitis, and during the third incident, I treated a girl who had severe jaundice. In both incidents, the patients were transferred to an Israeli hospital for additional medical care.”

—JointMedia News Service

Click photo to download. Caption: The logo for Viva Palestina. Credit: Viva Palestina.‘Right of Return Convoy’ travels from UK to Gaza

Viva Palestina Arabia (VPA) on April 22 sent its sixth “Right of Return Convoy” from the United Kingdom to Gaza.

VPA is an affiliate of British-based Viva Palestina (VP), which has delivered millions of dollars to the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip, according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism. VP founder George Galloway, a member of parliament, also supports terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The convoy promotes “the right of Palestinians to return and returning our attention to this central issue by contributing to the construction, the rebuilding, of a Palestine for all Palestinians, with Jerusalem recognized as its capital,” the VPA website says.

—JointMedia News Service

Click photo to download. Caption: Jerusalem. Credit: Berthold Werner.Israel’s capital is Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, British newspaper rules

It’s not only Arabic newspapers that refer to Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital, or dateline their stories from “The Zionist Entity” or “Occupied Jerusalem.”

The British paper The Guardian does not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state either, and has decided to anoint Tel Aviv as the capital of the State of Israel. In its “Corrections and Clarifications” section on Sunday, April 22, the newspaper published the following “correction”:

“The caption on a photograph featuring passengers on a tram in Jerusalem observing a two-minute silence for Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance for the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust, wrongly referred to the city as the Israeli capital. The Guardian style guide states: ‘Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel; Tel Aviv is’ (Eyewitness, 20 April, page 24).”

Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JointMedia News Service

Posted on May 1, 2012 and filed under Briefs, Israel, U.S., World.