Danger: Jews are building homes

Top News on Google Middle East: Jews are building homes

Editors Note:  On January 30, 2015, we searched for Middle East News on Google News.  The following stories came up.  The first item was that Israelis are planning to build 450 housing units in four small settlements not far from Jerusalem.  This was condemned by the  “internationally community”.  The items below that which reported Islamic violence and intolerance were not as significant and did not draw international condemnation.

UK condemns Israeli government plan for more housing tenders in West Bank

Jerusalem Post Israel News
– ‎18 minutes ago‎

The United Kingdom on Friday condemned the Israeli government’s decision to issue new tenders for 450 housing units in areas that lie beyond the 1967 Green Line.

Opinion:Israel issues tenders for new settler homes ahead of electionThe Star Online

In Depth:US says Israeli settlement unit tenders will ‘inflame tensions’Haaretz


UN asks Iran help restore calm in Lebanon

Tehran Times
– ‎1 hour ago‎

TEHRAN – The UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag called on Iran to contribute to the restoration of peace to Lebanon after an Israeli airstrike on a Hezbollah convoy sparked …

Over 50 killed in Pakistan Shia mosque attack (Roundup)

Business Standard
– ‎1 hour ago‎

More than 50 people were killed and around 50 others injured Friday when a suicide bomber ripped through a Shia mosque in Pakistan’s Shikarpur district, media reports said.


Two children killed in clashes in Sinai a day after bombs kill 30

– ‎23 minutes ago‎

Two children were killed in the crossfire on Friday as the Egyptian army fought an insurgency in northern Sinai against militants loyal to Islamic State.


Proof is in the footage: Iran’s missiles destined for Eastern Seaboard?

– ‎13 minutes ago‎

Verifying what conservatives in Washington have been saying all along, a video recently acquired by an Israeli news agency is being used as proof that Iran is more than on its way to developing and delivering a nuclear warhead with the Eastern Seaboard’s …


The Return of Anti-Semitism

Wall Street Journal
– ‎2 hours ago‎

Last Tuesday, a group of Holocaust survivors, by now gaunt and frail, made their way back to Auschwitz, the West’s symbol of evil—back to the slave-labor side of the vast complex, with its mocking inscription Arbeit Macht Frei (“Work makes you free”), and …


Top officer killed as Iraq Kurds repel major IS attack

Zee News
– ‎3 hours ago‎

Kirkuk: Iraqi Kurdish forces repelled a major attack by the Islamic State group in Kirkuk province that killed a top officer Friday, while violence elsewhere left at least 19 dead.


Analysis – Yemen: Downhill Rapidly

– ‎23 minutes ago‎

Of the more than 70 Al Qaeda franchises, the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been one of the most effective.


Next round of Syria talks in Moscow in a month: Delegate

Ahram Online
– ‎23 minutes ago‎

The next meeting between some Syrian opposition figures and the Damascus government in Moscow will take place in about a month, Qadri Jamil, a participant in this week’s consultations, said on Friday.


Jihadists Secretly Join Exodus to Europe Amid Syrian Humanitarian Crisis

Sputnik International
– ‎5 hours ago‎

Jihadists are taking advantage of the humanitarian crisis in Syria and its porous 899-kilometer border with Turkey to travel to Europe alongside refugees fleeing the conflict.

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Hezbollah endangers Jews and Arabs

Wounded Syrians: Eliminate Hezbollah

Syrians wounded in country’s fighting, admitted to Israeli hospitals, share horrors of war, point to Hezbollah as responsible for situation.

Hassan Shaalan. YNet News, January 30, 2015

Dozens of Syrians wounded in their country’s civil war and currently hospitalized in the Ziv Medical Center in Safed are blaming Hezbollah for the current crisis in their home country. The patients say that Israel must act against sources in Syria in order to take out the Assad regime and Hezbollah. "There is chaos in Syria, no one knows who’s up against whom," one said, a week after Hezbollah commander Jihad Mughniyeh and a number of other members of the group were killed in a strike on the Syrian border, allegedly undertaken earlier this month by Israel.

Hussam, a 27-year-old from Damscus, worked as an electrician in Quneitra. He was on his way home when a rocket exploded next to him, severely wounding him. "It’s all a big mess in Syria. Every time the rebels approach a certain area, Assad’s army begins to attack all the areas controlled by the rebels," he says. "Hezbollah causes us more problems than solutions. We will achieve peace only if Hezbollah pulls back. Since the beginning of the war, they have been engaging in acts of crime and assassinating men on the ground."

Wounded Syrian receives treatment in Israeli hospital (Archive photo: Elad Gershgoren)
Wounded Syrian receives treatment in Israeli hospital (Archive photo: Elad Gershgoren)

One of the wounded, who had no contact with his family since his arrival to Israel, said: "I want to go to Syria to tell them about the amazing treatment I received in Israel. The doctors are treating us just as they treat Israeli patients," he said.

"It made me change my mind about Israel and wish for peace," he added. "We were taught that Israel is the enemy of Syria and all Arab countries. Now that I stayed here, I believe the opposite is true; Israel is better than other Arab countries, which don’t admit wounded people. I want to thank the Israeli government for its help."

Hussam also spoke about the brutal treatment of women in Syria. "The Assad regime arrests women and the soldiers rape them. The soldiers do as they please because they know no one will hold them accountable," he claims. "Female prisoners are forced to clean while completely naked."

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Never again is now

Do we really mean ‘never again’?

Jew-hatred is back, recapitulating the past with impressive zeal…The threat to the Jewish future lies not in Europe but in the Muslim Middle East, today the heart of global anti-Semitism, a veritable factory of anti-Jewish literature, films, blood libels and calls for violence, indeed for another genocide.

Candles burn by a memorial plaque at the Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, after the official remembrance ceremony. (Alik Keplicz/AP)

Charles Krauthammer   Reprinted from Washington Post

By Charles Krauthammer, Opinion writer, January 29, 2015

Amid the ritual expressions of regret and the pledges of “never again” on Tuesday’s 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a bitter irony was noted: Anti-Semitism has returned to Europe. With a vengeance.

It has become routine. If the kosher-grocery massacre in Paris hadn’t happened in conjunction with Charlie Hebdo, how much worldwide notice would it have received? As little as did the murder of a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse. As little as did the terror attack that killed four at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

The rise of European anti-Semitism is, in reality, just a return to the norm. For a millennium, virulent Jew-hatred — persecution, expulsions, massacres — was the norm in Europe until the shame of the Holocaust created a temporary anomaly wherein anti-Semitism became socially unacceptable.

The hiatus is over. Jew-hatred is back, recapitulating the past with impressive zeal. Italians protesting Gaza handed out leaflets calling for a boycott of Jewish merchants. As in the 1930s. A widely popular French comedian has introduced a variant of the Nazi salute. In Berlin, Gaza brought out a mob chanting, “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone!” Berlin, mind you.

European anti-Semitism is not a Jewish problem, however. It’s a European problem, a stain, a disease of which Europe is congenitally unable to rid itself.

From the Jewish point of view, European anti-Semitism is a sideshow. The story of European Jewry is over. It died at Auschwitz. Europe’s place as the center and fulcrum of the Jewish world has been inherited by Israel. Not only is it the first independent Jewish commonwealth in 2,000 years. It is, also for the first time in 2,000 years, the largest Jewish community on the planet.

The threat to the Jewish future lies not in Europe but in the Muslim Middle East, today the heart of global anti-Semitism, a veritable factory of anti-Jewish literature, films, blood libels and calls for violence, indeed for another genocide.

The founding charter of Hamas calls not just for the eradication of Israel but for the killing of Jews everywhere. Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah welcomes Jewish emigration to Israel — because it makes the killing easier: “If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.’’ And, of course, Iran openly declares as its sacred mission the annihilation of Israel.

For America, Europe and the moderate Arabs, there are powerful reasons having nothing to do with Israel for trying to prevent an apocalyptic, fanatically anti-Western clerical regime in Tehran from getting the bomb: Iranian hegemony, nuclear proliferation (including to terror groups) and elemental national security.

For Israel, however, the threat is of a different order. Direct, immediate and mortal.

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Rivlin remembers Holocaust

President Rivlin addresses UN General Assembly: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

28 Jan 2015

On this day we must ask ourselves honestly, is our struggle, the struggle of this Assembly, against genocide, effective enough? Was it effective enough then in Bosnia? Was it effective in preventing the killing in Khojaly? Of Afghans by the Taliban? Is it effective enough today in Syria? Or in the face of the atrocities of Boko Haram in Nigeria? Are we shedding too many tears, and taking too little action?

President Rivlin addresses the UN General Assembly - International Holocaust Remembrance Day

President Rivlin addresses the UN General Assembly – International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Copyright: GPO/Mark Neiman

Your Excellency, Secretary General of the United Nations, Honorable members of the General Assembly, Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen.

I stand before you, at a time of great tension in our region. My heart and my thoughts, are with my people in Israel. Terrorism does not distinguish between blood. In this war, all of us, all the nations united, countries of the free world, must form a united front. Today we are marking the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. It is seventy years since the Red Army threw open the gates of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Now in its tenth year, this day was established in the calendar of the United Nations, at the initiative of the former Israeli Foreign Minister, Silvan Shalom, and each  year since then, this Assembly has marked this day, with the commitment to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.
Paul Celan, the great Jewish poet of the 20th century, himself a prisoner in a Nazi work camp, once said, “Only in one’s mother tongue can one speak one’s own truth. In a foreign tongue, the poet lies.”  My friends, I am no poet, but I must agree, that there are truths, there are prayers, and there is pain, deep pain, that one can only express in one’s mother tongue. Therefore, on this important day, I have chosen to stand before you, and speak in the language of my mother, my father, in the ancient language of my forefathers, the same language that my grandchildren speak today.
This is the same language in which my fellow Jews cried “Shema Yisrael” Hear O’ Israel, as they were marched to the gas chambers. The language of my brothers and sisters, whose memory we honor today.
“Oh that my head was water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! . . . For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the pastures of the wilderness a lamentation.”  [Jeremiah, chapters 8,9]
Ladies and Gentlemen. In 1915, when the members of the Armenian nation were being massacred, Avshalom Feinberg, a leading member of Nili, the Jewish underground which cooperated with  the Allies during the First World War, wrote the following and I quote, “My teeth have been ground down with worry, whose turn is next? When I walked on the blessed and holy ground on my way up to Jerusalem, I asked myself if we are living in our modern era, in 1915, or in the days of Titus or Nebuchadnezzar? Did I, a Jew, forget that I am a Jew? I also asked myself if I have the right to weep ‘over the tragedy of my people’ only, and whether the Prophet Jeremiah did not shed tears of blood for the Armenians as well? “
Avshalom Feinberg wrote that exactly one hundred years ago, one hundred years of hesitation and denial. But in the Land of Israel of that time, in the Jerusalem in which I was born, no one denied the massacre that had taken place. The residents of Jerusalem, my parents and the members of my family, saw the Armenian refugees arriving by the thousands – starving, piteous survivors of calamity. In Jerusalem they found shelter and their descendents continue to live there to this day.
There were two questions reverberating then, whose turn is it next? And will we Jews weep tears of blood for the tragedy of others too?

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Lessons of Auschwitz forgotten

On Auschwitz Anniversary, Leader Warns Jews Again Targets

"Once again, young Jewish boys are afraid to wear yarmulkes on the streets of Paris and Budapest and London. Once again, Jewish businesses are targeted. And once again, Jewish families are fleeing Europe."

BRZEZINKA, Poland — Jan 27, 2015, 2:17 PM ET

By VANESSA GERA Associated Press

Reprinted from ABC News

A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis’ most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz, warning of a rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews fearful of walking the streets, and is causing many to flee Europe.

Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, made his bleak assessment on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, speaking next to the gate and the railroad tracks that marked the last journey for more than a million people murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

He said his speech was shaped by the recent terrorist attacks in France that targeted Jews and newspaper satirists.

"For a time, we thought that the hatred of Jews had finally been eradicated. But slowly the demonization of Jews started to come back," Lauder said. "Once again, young Jewish boys are afraid to wear yarmulkes on the streets of Paris and Budapest and London. Once again, Jewish businesses are targeted. And once again, Jewish families are fleeing Europe."

The recent attack in Paris, in which four Jews were killed in a kosher supermarket, is not the first deadly attack on Jews in recent years. Last May a shooting killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels and in 2012 a rabbi and three children were murdered in the French city of Toulouse.

Europe also saw a spasm of anti-Semitism last summer during the war in Gaza, with protests in Paris turning violent and other hostility across the continent.

"This vilification of Israel, the only Jewish state on earth, quickly became an opportunity to attack Jews," Lauder said. "Much of this came from the Middle East, but it has found fertile ground throughout the world."

One Holocaust survivor, Roman Kent, became emotional as he issued a plea to world leaders to remember the atrocities and fight for tolerance.

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Israeli engineering students volunteer in Africa

Tel Aviv Engineering Students Bring Clean Water Solution To Tanzania

By NoCamels Team January 21, 2015

Reprinted from No Camels

Like many good stories, this one began with food. A group of students at TAU’s Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering organized a campus beer and bratwurst sale to kickstart fundraising for a volunteering project in Africa. Many sausages later, and with a lead donation from Arison Group’s Shikun & Binui construction company, a TAU team arrived in Tanzania to build a system that would provide hundreds of students at a local high school with clean drinking water.

Leading the TAU delegation was electrical engineering student Eran Roll, the director of TAU’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), which initiated and supervised the project. EWB is an international organization dedicated to bringing engineering solutions to disadvantaged communities.


Roll explained that the project’s genesis went back to 2007, when engineering alumnus Itai Perry saw the hardship caused by contaminated water during a TAU-affiliated volunteer trip to the northern Tanzanian village of Minjingu. The residents’ drinking water was saturated with exceptionally high levels of fluoride, causing skeletal deformities and severe dental problems among the local children. Seven years later, Roll and four others came to Minjingu to build and install a 48,000-liter rainwater harvesting and advanced filtration system that would allow the 400 students and staff members at Nkaiti Secondary School – the only high school in the region – to drink and cook with clean, safe water. They also trained school officials and volunteers on how to operate and maintain the system, and they kept in touch with local residents to ensure that any bugs would be worked out. The team created the system with the help of Israeli rainwater harvesting expert Amir Yechieli.

      SEE ALSO: Award-Winning NGO Brings Israeli Innovation To Africa

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Israeli startups in demand

Amazon Buys Stealthy Israeli Chip Startup Annapurna Labs

by Jason Verge on January 23, 2015

Reprinted from Data Center Knowledge

Amazon has acquired Israeli startup Annapurna Labs for an estimated $350-$400 million, according to The Wall Street Journal and other sources. The semiconductor development firm has been in stealth mode since 2011, so not much is known about the company. It develops networking chips and designs to make data centers run efficiently and has close to a hundred employees.

Amazon Web Services, the company’s public cloud infrastructure services business, aims to run as efficiently as possible leveraging economies of scale and in-house engineering. One potential reason for the acquisition could be to further improve data center efficiency.

AWS revenue is in the billions (cloud revenue isn’t broken out in earnings). With increasing cloud pricing pressure from the likes of Google and Microsoft, Annapurna’s technology might help Amazon stay a step ahead by improving margins.

The cloud war is dependent on the data center. Google is known to be investing deeply in the data center, which recently prompted Fidelity Contrafund to cut its stake in the Internet giant.

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Muslim who saved Jews is honored

Grocery worker hailed a hero during Paris attacks is made a French citizen

Published on Jan 21, 2015 3:23 AM

Reprinted from The Straits Times

Lassana Bathily, a man of Malian origin described as a “hero” after he helped hostages at a Jewish supermarket hide during last week’s Paris attacks, holds his French passport following a ceremony on Jan 20, 2015 at which was awarded French nationality in Paris. — PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (REUTERS) – The Malian grocery worker hailed as a hero for saving hostages’ lives when an Islamist militant attacked a kosher supermarket in Paris this month was made a French citizen on Tuesday.

Lassana Bathily, 24, was joined by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Prime Minister Manuel Valls in a packed naturalisation ceremony.

“I am so happy to get dual nationality,” said a smiling Bathily, who also received a medal for his actions.

“Long live freedom, long live solidarity, long live France.”

Bathily, who arrived in France from Mali in 2006 and received his working papers five years later, has been credited with saving many lives in the Jan 9 attack that killed four people at the kosher store in eastern Paris.

Previous militant attacks that week killed 13 others, most of them at the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper.

Hailed by Cazeneuve and Valls as a model of decency and Republican values, Bathily tried for years to obtain French nationality and was even turned down in 2011 before he was handed his passport by Valls.

The inventory worker was in a storage room in the rear of the market when Amedy Coulibaly, the Islamist militant later killed by police, burst into the store.

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