Torah Reading for Week of Mar 3-9, 2013 – Adar 21-27, 5773
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Moshe Feiglin’s Knesset Speech on Pollard
Click here for the video of the speech, with English and all language subtitles.
Honorable Chairman, my friends, Knesset Members,
First, I would like to thank Knesset Member Braverman who openly told us that at least during a certain time period, Jonathan Pollard remained imprisoned because that was also the will of people here, in Israel.
This is a very important statement, which was said in an offhand way. But in my opinion, it is certainly possible that this problem still exists.
Jonathan Pollard is not a traitor. We have to look at Jonathan Pollard through Jewish, Israeli, Zionist eyes. Jonathan Pollard is an Israeli agent. He performed a service for us. It is unthinkable that we should look at Jonathan through American eyes.
Jonathan Pollard is a hero; he is a hero of Israel. He is a hero who risked his life for us. And who knows how many of us he literally saved.
I have no intention of signing the petition for Jonathan Pollard. It is just meaningless words. It is lip-service. I have no intention of being dragged once again into processes that have nothing behind them. Similarly, in my evaluation, this petition will fade away when US President Barack Obama arrives here if we, the MKs do not take tangible action – and I intend to propose just such an action. With it, our loyalty to the person who we sent to risk his life for us will be put to the test.
Our brother, Jonathan, who risked his life for us as our envoy, was not the only one who ran to the Israeli embassy for protection on that bitter day 28 years ago.
His direct handler, Colonel Aviem Selah, also ran to the embassy with him.
The US forcefully demanded that both men – the Jew and the Israeli – be handed over to them.
We betrayed the Jew, and handed him over to his captors – the FBI agents waiting outside.
As far as the Israeli – we proved that when Israel wants something, it can certainly stand firm. Aviem Selah was not handed over – and a way was even found to bring him back to Israel.
On that day I understood that the State of Israel is not really the State of the Jews. Israel is the State of the Israelis. And from this denial of its identity and its foundations, my friends, Knesset Members, Israel is progressively losing the legitimacy for its very right to exist.
I have visited my brother, Jonathan, many times. When I saw him for the first time, I couldn’t stop my tears. It was awkward: He was the inmate, who, despite the terrible torture that he had endured, and that in order to maintain his honor, I will not describe here at the podium – he remained peaceful and calm, while I, a free lark, was crying like a baby.
Since then, Jonathan’s picture is on the front door of my house. One cannot enter the Feiglin Family home without remembering our brother, Jonathan.
The betrayal of Pollard continues until today. It is hard to believe, but the simple fact is that the prime minister then, the person who authorized the extradition and today serves as President of the State of Israel, until recently never officially requested Jonathan’s release. We often hear that Israel is doing its utmost. We heard that and we will continue to hear it. We will sign petitions. But an official request was never presented – until Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu did so after 20 years.
But the resolve is still missing. Our body language – and I am referring to the body language of the regime – not of the Nation of Israel and not of the Knesset Members, but the body language of those responsible, still says to the Americans, “Keep Pollard to yourselves, we don’t really want him here.”
The type of spying that Pollard conducted is carried out by US agents in Israel as a matter of course and is public information. Israel has the ability to demand and receive our brother Jonathan, if it wants. If we want.
In another two weeks, the President of the US will arrive in Israel and he will want to speak from this podium. Welcome to Israel, US President Barack Obama – with my brother, Jonathan Pollard.
But if you continue to imprison my brother Jonathan, you will have to speak to my empty chair. And I hope that more Knesset chairs than just mine will be empty.
I call upon all the members of the Knesset to take similar action and to prove that a new generation has risen in Israel; a generation that is not willing to continue betraying Jonathan, under the guise of meaningless diplomatic chatter. A generation of solidarity with every Jew. A generation that gives true meaning to the concept ‘the State of the Jews’ – the Jewish State.
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A new alliance of on-campus ‘Palestine’ solidarity groups has been launched in Canada.
The Canadian Student Coalition for Palestine is hoping to build on recent triumphs by the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Its formation follows votes by seven student unions in Canadian universities — including two campuses in the University of Toronto — to support the BDS call over the past year.
“There are Palestinian solidarity groups across Canadian universities, and though each group is fighting almost identical battles, we are each fighting alone, and now we have the opportunity to come together under a collective coalition,” said Sabrina Azraq, co-president of Toronto Students for Justice in Palestine.
Having launched the alliance at a conference in London, Ontario last month, organizers are already planning a follow-up assembly in Toronto toward the end of the year
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‘Hitler should have killed all Jews’
Dutch TV airs shock interview with Muslim immigrants
Published: 24 hours ago
(The Blaze) A Dutch researcher was visibly exasperated during an interview he conducted with a group of Turkish Muslim immigrant teenagers when they repeatedly and unabashedly expressed to him on camera their hatred of Jews and admiration for Hitler.
During the interview that aired on Nederland 2 last month which has now been subtitled in English, the Muslim boys proudly describe how they feel about Jews, even though none appears to know any members of the Jewish faith. One even says, “Hitler should have killed all Jews.”
Their words are particularly troubling considering the majority of the country’s Jews were deported to concentrations camps during the Nazi occupation of Holland. The interviewer asks the boys what they know about Anne Frank, the Dutch Jewish girl famous for the diary she kept describing her life while hiding from the Nazis for two years in Amsterdam. At least one of the boys knew she died of typhus in a Nazi concentration camp.
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The conference was very successful. Video will be posted next week. Two Rabbis from Hamilton boycotted the conference. Len Rudner from CIJA did attend to his credit. I spoke ad received a standing ovation. As Iran moves closer to building a nuclear bomb and Iran’s proxies continue to grow and take over the leadership in many Islamic communities, we have no time to waste. The two Rabbis from Hamilton are an indication of a huge problem. We must have people that are ready to step up to the plate. This is not a game. The mullah’s from Iran dream of pushing the button and destroying Israel.
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We have to fight and never ever again allow a weak leadership to go unchecked.
The JDL speaks with an understanding of the facts. And we lead by example.
With Love of Israel,
Meir Weinstein, National Director
Jewish Defence League of Canada
Comment by Blog Administrator:
Zach Paikin spoke at Israel Truth Week about McGill University and how he worked to solve the problems on campus and concluded the “Israeli Apartheid Week” is no longer a concern at McGill or anywhere else.
Zach Paikin, we understand the dangers of those like you who stand before the ignorant with boastful false claims, platitudes and pandering to garner the vote.
Examples of 2012 Jew Hate Programs at McGill and beyond
Photo Below taken on York University Campus on November 2012
Israeli Apartheid Week is a 365 day Jew Hate Campaign on all campuses in Canada and Beyond.
Aysha Syed Civil disobedience. — with Hammam Farah, Zain Haneef, Anes Rachid, Arshia Lakhani, Aaliya Khan, Mona Ayyoub and Natalie Katrina.
Huma Shafiq Are you there Aysha?? Props to all of those who set this up!!
Sarah Hassanein Hellllll ya !
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Aisha R. Awesome.
Aminna Syed They were threatening to arrest you for this?
Aaliya Khan Aminna Syed we were spread out throughout Vari Hall. So people were yelling out from everywhere. It was surreal.
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Kulsoom Kazim You gooooo girl
Louise Noyb Palestinian Homeland and Peace in the middle east. Lofty goals.
Fatima Khan Aysha Syed! you forgot to tag me
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Fatima Khan lol no worries aaliya
Wajahat Ali Great Job!
Zain Haneef We won the battle today folks. now we’re off to win the WAR!
Mona Ayyoub WOOOO!
Fadia H. Ghazal love this!
Roxanna Monfaredi thanks for tagging me! I wouldn’t actually call it mine though. This looks great! (:
Zach NoCameco Ruiter I am so proud of this