The leaders of the Western world reacted in similar fashion. Pope Francis, British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron all criticized Trump’s announcement. Meanwhile, the patriarchs and heads of the local churches in Jerusalem sent a letter to President Trump warning that the transfer of the embassy “will yield increased hatred, conflict, violence, and suffering in Jerusalem.”
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will conduct a major survey in 2018 to investigate discrimination and hate crime against Jews in EU countries, the agency announced Wednesday.
“Antisemitism remains a grave worry across Europe despite repeated efforts to stamp out these age-old prejudices,” said FRA director Michael O’Flaherty.
This is the agency’s second survey of discrimination and hate crime toward Jews and is set to be more extensive than the last. Jews in 13 EU member states will be invited to take part in the survey from mid-2018. The countries slated to be involved are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
“This repeat survey gives Jews in Europe the chance to share their concerns, and policy-makers valuable feedback on how their efforts to curb antisemitism have progressed and importantly what still remains to be done,” said O’Flaherty.
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the British Labour party, says he doesn't support BDS but backs targeted action against "settlements".
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the British Labour party, said Wednesday he does not support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, but does back targeted action against Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.
Corbyn’s spokesman clarified the Labour leader’s position after a cabinet split emerged over the issue when Kate Osamor, the shadow development secretary, publicly backed BDS, according to a report in The Guardian.
A tweet from Osamor this week said BDS “works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians”. The statement provoked a row with the Labour Friends of Israel group.
Asked about the dispute, Corbyn’s spokesman said supporting BDS was not Labour party policy but argued Osamor should not be disciplined over the matter.
“Jeremy is not in favour of a comprehensive or blanket boycott,” he stressed, according to The Guardian. “He doesn’t support BDS. He does support targeted action aimed at illegal settlements and occupied territories.”
The city of Mülheim in northwestern Germany cancelled its official Hanukkah festivities, citing ‘security concerns,’ German newspaper Bild Zeitung reported. All the outdoor Hanukkah events due to take place in Mülheim and the adjoining region have also been cancelled, the head of the local Jewish community confirmed.
The German state of North-Rhine Westphalia, where Mülheim is located, has seen an upsurge of antisemitic attacks in the recent years. In the nearby city of Bochum, the Jewish community leaders have urged Jews to stop wearing kippah, the traditional Jewish skullcap that identifies them as Jews, in public. Last month, the local broadcaster Radio Bochum reported that Jews “routinely faced with insults on public streets when they are recognized as Jews.” The broadcaster identified the perpetrators as “Muslim youths.”
A study published by the Berlin branch of American Jewish Committee (AJC) today points to “widespread antisemitism among Arab refugees in Germany.”
A key Labour ally of Jeremy Corbyn looks set to keep her shadow cabinet post despite an apparent show of support for a boycott of Israeli goods – something which is against party policy.
Shadow international development secretary Kate Osamor posted a message on Twitter relating to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement which urges consumers not to buy Israeli goods and pressures firms and institutions to pull money out of the country.
A Labour spokesman insisted it was not the party’s policy to support BDS and Corbyn was “not in favour of a comprehensive or blanket boycott”.
But while refusing to say whether Corbyn was comfortable with Osamor’s message “I’m not saying he is uncomfortable with the tweet either”.
Parents at a middle school in Gurnee, Illinois, are upset after their kids received a controversial Hitler-themed assignment.
One mother said she was “flabbergasted” after she found SpongeBob SquarePants with swastikas in her son’s language arts homework online, Fox 43 reported.
Kelly Masterton told WGN her eighth-grade son, Michael, was given the assignment at Woodland Middle School last week called “If You Give Hitler a Country” modeled after the children’s book, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” The assignment had a cartoon-like “My Little Pony” in a Nazi uniform saluting over a map of Europe.
The students were instructed to “create a comic strip for little kids that exemplifies Europe’s appeasement towards Hitler,” using “fun and colorful” pictures.
When President Donald Trump announced that the United States would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Muslim world reacted with outrage and threats. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned of “dangerous consequences.” The spokesman for Turkish president Erdogan warned that the move was a “grave mistake” because “Jerusalem is our red line.” Bekir Bozdag, the Deputy Prime Minister, said the move would plunge the world “into a fire with no end in sight.” And Saudi Arabia’s King Salman warned that the move “would constitute a flagrant provocation of Muslims all over the world.”
First dates can be so awkward! What if you’re really into jazz and your date digs Phish? Or if you’re a vegan and your date dreams of Big Macs? Or if your date believes the Jewish state alone, out of all the world’s nations, ought to be singled out for sanctions, and you aren’t an anti-Semite?
According to a newly published column in Everyday Feminism, a super-popular progressive blog that enjoys more than 4.5 million visitors a month from 150 countries, support for BDS is essential if you’re hoping to impress the woke person sitting across from you at the gluten-free coffee shop into a second date.
Just as one must now cheer for sex work (it’s not a horrible, degrading, and exploitative line of work we should strive to curb, thunders the column’s author, Lara Witt, but a way of somehow sticking it to the patriarchy) and oppose Capitalism in all its filthy forms, having an irrational hatred of Israel is necessary to pass off as sexy with the smart set.
US Vice President Mike Pence is delaying his visit to Israel due to tax reform issues in Congress, the Knesset confirmed to The Jerusalem Post Thursday. He is now scheduled to arrive in Israel on Wednesday, three days later than originally planned so that he can be in the US to participate if necessary in Senate votes on tax reform.
Rather than arriving on Sunday, Pence is now expected to fly in from Egypt on Wednesday evening.
He is scheduled to be welcomed Thursday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office, address the Knesset in a special Thursday session and then hold a meeting with Netanyahu in the evening at his residence. On Friday the vice president is expected to meet with President Reuven Rivlin, and visit Yad Vashem, before flying back to Washington.
Sixth-grade girls Maya Sontz and Rebecca Weinberg spearhead -- and win -- fight for inclusivity in their Christmas-bedecked public school.
The Vancouver School Board has apologized to two Jewish 6th grade girls and their families after their principal prohibited them from bringing Hanukkah symbols into their public school — even though Christmas decorations already decked school halls.
Last week, Maya Sontz and Rebecca Weinberg and their parents turned to the media after the girls’ requests to set up a Hanukkah display alongside General Gordon Elementary‘s Christmas decorations were denied by the school’s administration. The principal, Hope Sterling, also refused to allow any Hanukkah songs to be sung in the school’s winter holidays concert.
Now that it seems that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is again on the agenda, I am concerned that there will be undue pressure on Israel, as a follow-up to the evolution in US policies in reference to Jerusalem. But people who would like to see better times ahead, must do whatever they can to avoid relinquishing their freedom or part of it, for an uncertain future.
Even a superficial look into the dynamics in the Middle East will give the objective observer, a lot of reasons to be concerned.
We know that there are too many countries and entities with conflicting interests who are trying to establish paths toward establishing their own agendas in the region.