The European Jewish Congress warns that some
Jewish comunities in Europe are.idque,teetering on the brink,rdque due
to national endorsement of neglect of Anti-Semitizm.
The ESC maintains that a recent wawe of anti-semitzm some of which was
official sanctioned,has left some Jewish communities in grave danger.ESC
President Dr.Moshe Kantorsums up,ldquo,we are entering a very dark
period for Jews in Europe,rdquo.Recent intances of official
anti-semitizm include a grave incident that occured in Antwerpen
Belgium.A respected governement funded Catholic Scholl,The college of
the Sacred Heart,hosted a,quot,Palestina Day,quot,replete with
anti-semitic referances and activities for yongsters.One stall al the
event has entitled.ldquo,Throw the soldiers in to the sea,rdquo,and
children were invited to throw replicas of Israeli soldiers into two
large tanks of water.
Last weekend,en event organized for Jewish Children in Malmo,Sweden,was
attacked by a gang of thungs who shouted ldquo,Heil Hitler,rdquo and
aldquo,Jewish pigs,rdquo;The gang entered the site of event and damaged
property.This incident occured only a few weeks after Malmo Major Ilmar
Reeplu,ndash,known for having expressed understanding for anti-semitic
violance,ndash was reelected,idquo;we acccept neither Zionism nor
anti-semitizm,rdquo;Reepllau said of the time,equating-Jewish national
self-determination with hate racism.
The ESC also reports that in recent ,former German Bundesbank board
member Thilo Sarrasin(Who has since apologized and stepped down),European
Commisioner for trade Karel De Guht,and Spanish MEP Emilo Menendez del
valle have all made comments perceived as anti-semitic.ldquo;These
events occuring soon after the semitic comments of Sarrazin is at best
actively prometed and of worst ignored,by some officials in Europe,rdquo;said
EJC President Kantor.ldquo;Due to this intolerable situation,small
Jewish communities like Malmo are teetering on the brink of extinction,rdquo.
ldquo,small Jewish communities are facing a situation where they are
being phisically,verbally and pshcologically threatend by fundamantalist
elements and thir extreme left-wing cohorts on one side and the right
neo nazis on the other,rdquo;If they can.rsque:t receive protection or
respite from mainstream officials,then we are entering a very dark
period for the Jews in Europe,rdquo.
CALLING ON EUROPE.
The ESC,the democratically elected represantative umbrella organisation
of European Jewry,annoced.
That it calls on European governements and the European Union to launch
a campaign against intolerance and anti-semitizm .It smilarly wants them
to remind European citizens and the New Europe was estabilished after
world War 2 on the concept of ldquo,never again,rdquo.
Source: 15/10/2010 A7 News/Hillel Fendel
Greek F.M:Region only gains from blooming
Dimitris Droutsas to Post:"We ara writing new pages in the history of
Greek-IsrealRelations";arrives for one day visit.
Israeli-Greek tises have improved over the past few months at about the
some page Israeli-Turkish ties haxe deteriorated,but Greek foreign
minister Droutsas believes the two sets of relationship are unrelated.
Droutsas told The Jarusalem Post in an exclusive e-mail interviev just
before his arrival on sunday nigth,that the recent bloom in Jarusalem,s
relations with Athens"categorially" has no connection to the
International relations are not"a competitive game" he said.
"We don,t see any competitive dimension between the relationship we are
devoloping with Israel and our relationship with Turkey,"Droutsas said:"This
is because each of these relationship has its own dynamic and its own
What are doing is writing new pages in the history of Greek -Israeli
Droutsas arrived sunday night as part of regional trip that will also
take him to Jordan,the Palestinian Authority,Egypt and Lebanon.
Has visit comes about a year after George Papendreu Center-left Pan
hellenic Sosyalist Movement(PASOK) come into power.Initially,there were
concerns in Jarusalem about this governement,since Jarusalem generally
Conservative gouvernements in Europe,and since Papendreu,s father
Andreas,was known for pro-palestinian,anti-Israel learning when he was
Greece:s Prime minister from 1981-1989 and from 1993-1996.
But those concerns evaporated as the younger Papendreau altered his
conutry,s relationship with israel for the better.
For many years visits by Greek ministers were few and far between,but
since a visit here by Papendreau in July,his tourism minister,minister
of state,deputy foreign minister have all visited.
Israeli officials have also been visiting Athens with greater frequancy;Prime
Minister Benyamin Netanyahu went to Greece in August,and Amos Gilad,head
of Defence Ministry,s diplomatic-military breau,was there earlier this
month.Last week the Israeli and Greek forces carried out a joint
In addition,the foreign ministry,acknowledging the change in the time
from Athens,named as its new ambassador to Greek one of senior diplomats.
Arjeh Makel,who served in the past as freign policy adviser to Yitzak
Shamir,director general of the broadcast Authority,and consul general in
Atlanta and New-York.
Makel according to diplomatic officials,has in only a short time been
able to estabilish a clase working relationship with the high echelons
in the Greek governement.
The follawing are excerpts from rhe interwiev with Droutsas.
Source:18/10/2010 Herb Kirnon/Jarusalem Post
MESSAGE TO WORLD: JERUSALEM GETS
TOP-PRIORITY DEVELOPMENT STATUS
by Hillel Fendel
The ministerial committee for legislation approved a bill that will
grant special benefits to the capital, including incentives for
construction in western, eastern and northern Jerusalem.
The committees approval means the bill will have official government
support when it comes up for its Knesset votes. Some 45 MKs are signed
on the proposal, which should have no trouble passing in the Knesset.
The bill calls for an annual government grant to Jerusalem, as well as
an upgrade of its status for the encouragement of investments in
education, housing, and employment. Jerusalem will now enjoy the
highest-priority classification in the country, with the goal of
stopping the recent exodus of young couples and strengthening the
citys Israeli status.
The upgrade in Jerusalem's city status was initiated by MK Uri Ariel (National
Union), who said, The true message given by the passage of this bill is
the governments change of direction regarding Jerusalem, and a signal
that construction in the city will soon be unfrozen.
The bill, which is a set of changes and emendations to the existing
Jerusalem Law, specifically encourages the construction of affordable
housing complexes, to be accomplished by simplifying the planning and
approval processes. Many of the citys reserves for future housing lie
in neighborhoods such as Pisgat Zeev, Gilo, Ramot, Nvei Yaakov and Har
Homa which were liberated in the Six Day War in 1967 and therefore
some international condemnation of the bill is expected.
Jerusalem, Complete and United
Though visitors to the city can detect no difference between the
built-up neighborhoods that were always part of Jerusalem and those that
joined 43 years ago, many in the international community still regard
the latter as settlements. However, Israels "Basic Law: Jerusalem,
Capital of Israel, passed in 1980, begins with these words: Jerusalem,
complete and united, is the capital of Israel.
Mayor Nir Barkat, who worked hard for the bills passage, thanked the
ministerial committee for legislation, and said, The Knessets and
governments formal recognition of the need to strengthen Jerusalem is
critical for the citys future and continued growth. This decision will
help Jerusalem to continue to be attractive to the young, to tourists,
and to investors.
This is a first step towards returning Jerusalem to the map of Israel,
MK Ariel said, in terms of young couples and small and medium
businesses. It will encourage housing starts in the capital; until now
the policy has been to freeze and neglect Jerusalem, and this will
hopefully signal a turnaround and new construction in the capital.
Communications Minister Moshe Kachlon of the Likud said, Whoever among
the Palestinians and the world expects the present Government of Israel
to recognize foreign claims of sovereignty in our capital is mistaken
The following document was presented
by Eli Hertz at the meeting of the Board of Governors of the
American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists on December 3,
2009 in Washington D.C.
Have you ever asked yourself why during the period between 1917 and
1947 hundreds of thousands of Jews throughout the world woke up one
morning and decided to leave their homes and go to Palestine? The
majority did this because they heard that a future National Home for
the Jewish people was being established in Palestine, on the basis
of the League of Nations' obligation under the "Mandate for
Palestine." This historical document laid down the Jewish legal
right to settle anywhere in western Palestine, the area between the
Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, an entitlement unaltered in
The "Mandate for Palestine" was not a naïve vision briefly embraced
by the international community. Fifty-one member countries - the
entire League of Nations - unanimously declared on July 24, 1922:
"Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of
the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for
reconstituting their national home in that country."
American Support for a Jewish National Home:
On June 30, 1922, a joint resolution (the Lodge Fish Resolution) of
both Houses of Congress of the United States unanimously endorsed
the "establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish
people," confirming the irrevocable right of Jews to settle in the
area of Palestine anywhere between the Jordan River and the
"Favoring the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the
"Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled. That the United States of
America favors the establishment in Palestine of a national home for
the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be
done which should prejudice the civil and religious rights of
Christian and all other non-Jewish communities in Palestine, and
that the holy places and religious buildings and sites in Palestine
shall be adequately protected." [italics in the original]
On September 21, 1922, President Warren G. Harding signed the
Lodge-Fish Resolution, endorsing the Balfour Declaration and the
establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
The U.S. Government (not a member of the League of Nations)
maintained that her participation in WWI and her contribution to the
defeat of Germany and the defeat of her Allies, entitled the United
States to be consulted as to the terms of the "Mandate for Palestine."
The outcome of this request was a "Convention [Treaty] between the
United States of America and the United Kingdom with respect to the
rights of the two governments and their nationals in Palestine," a
relationship governed by international law. The Convention contains
the entire text of the "Mandate for Palestine" including the
preamble and was concluded and signed by their respective
plenipotentiaries in London on December 3, 1924; Ratification
advised by the Senate, February 20, 1925; Ratified by President
Calvin Coolidge, March 2, 1925; Ratified by Great Britain, March 18,
1925; Ratifications exchanged at London, December 3, 1925;
Proclaimed, December 5, 1925.
In ratifying the Convention, the United States of America formally
recognized the terms of the "Mandate for Palestine" and the
historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the
grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.
Any attempt to negate the Jewish people's right to Palestine -
Eretz-Israel - and to deny them access and control in the area
designated for the Jewish people by the League of Nations is an
actionable infringement of both international law and the Supremacy
Clause (Article VI, paragraph 2 of the United States Constitution),
which dictates that Treaties "shall be the supreme Law of the Land".
We collectively and individually must do all we can to support the
Jewish people and the state of Israel. There is no more crucial time
than today, and I believe that this body has the capacity to help
defeat the "Occupation" mantra by insisting that the land of Israel
has been given to the Jewish people as of right, and in accordance
with existing international law.
Eli E. Hertz
Me di vê belavokê de
çareserîya pirsa kurd û Kurdîstanê danîye ber çavan. Em bang û gazî li
kes, sazî, rêxistin, rewşenbîr, tezgeh û tendensên sîyasî, demokrat û
humanîst dikin ko piştgirîya banga me bikin.