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Valley Jewish organizations respond to recent violence on eve of Trump visit – Jewish News of Greater Phoenix

Posted By on August 24, 2017

In response to the recent violence, racism and anti-Semitism on display at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Anti-Defamation League of Arizona hosted a meeting of Jewish communal leaders to discuss the current environment in the state.

Although the Monday gathering was held the day before President Donald Trumps visit to Phoenix, Carlos Galindo-Elvira, director of the ADLs Arizona region, emphasized that the meeting was not meant to be political.

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Valley Jewish organizations respond to recent violence on eve of Trump visit – Jewish News of Greater Phoenix

Jews argue whether Zionism is racism in the Forward! – Mondoweiss

Posted By on August 23, 2017

This is good news. Remember that monolith of Jewish opinion? The days when the leading Jewish organizations dictated the pro-Israel line and all other Jewish groups fell into line lest they undermine the security of the Jewish state, with Wolf Blitzer and Jeffrey Goldberg running shotgun? Well that orthodoxy is at last coming to an end.

Charlottesville has been a depth charge. The Israeli right was loath to condemn the white nationalists at the fringe of Trumps base, and this has sent a shock through the American Jewish community. There is open argument about Israel; and its not going to end.

The best news is that the Forward, Americas leading liberal Jewish publication, published a piece by Naomi Dann of Jewish Voice for Peacelast week equating Zionism with racism.Thats revolutionary. Time was when that argument was made by Arabs at the United Nations and then stifled as supposed anti-Semitism. Now its in the Forward, from the mouth of a Jew!

Dann says that white nationalist Richard Spencer was right when he expressed common cause with Israel, saying its an ethnocracy that discriminates in favor of a privileged group.

Richard Spencer, whose racist views are rightfully abhorred by the majority of the Jewish community, is holding a mirror up to Zionism and the reflection isnt pretty.

Looking at Israel today, we can see a state premised on the privileging of one group, and all too often perpetuating the erasure and displacement of another. We also see an obsession with demographics and the maintenance of an ethnic majority.

Jane Eisner, from Jewish Boston

Its a marvel that this piece even ran. Forward editor Jane Eisner then responded angrily to Naomi Dann, denouncing her as a member of the radical group Jewish Voice for Peace spreading untruths about Israel. Ouch! Hats off to Eisner for allowing the debate to happen. Even if she says its all lies.

We work hard to reflect a range of American Jewish opinion, which is why the piece andreaction to itwas published. The free flow of ideas is to be cherished. But when a Jew even hints at comparing Israel to Nazis, it must be denounced.

The argument that Zionism is akin to Nazism is not new, and its never been correct. Its related equation that Zionism is racism was codified by the United Nations when it passedResolution 3379in 1975. Though hardly Israels best friend, the international body later came to its senses and overwhelmingly rescinded the resolution in 1991.

Eisner is an ardent Zionist. She believes that ideology is necessary to Jewish survival and that the current Israeli government is undoing Zionism (not expressing it) with its discriminatory policies and the occupation and denial of Palestinian sovereignty.

That such policies are done in the name of Zionism is painful, a perversion of the Zionist ideal. It is something that all Jews must reckon with. But the imperfections of reality do not negate the underlying fact that Zionism is not inherently racist and can and, in fact, does exist side-by-side with democracy.

Its great that the Forward is hosting this conversation, because people can argue openly about whether Zionism is necessary. Thats all Ive asked for; I believe the answer (No its an anachronism) will change US Jewry and crumble the Israel lobby. Norman Finkelstein once mocked the idea that Americans could or should argue about Zionism because Zionism might as well be the name of a hairspray to Americans. Good joke; but he was always wrong about this. People can argue about any idea thats important, once its identified. And this toothpaste is not going back in the tube.

Eisner clearly believes that Jews are unsafe in America, and thats why we need Zionism:

For Dann to write that Spencer is holding a mirror up to Zionism and the reflection isnt pretty is especially perilous in the current political climate. The intimidating display of Nazi slogans and symbols in Charlottesville, Virginia, legitimized by the shocking statements of President Trump, are a chilling reminder that even in America, Jews are at risk simply because we are Jews.

We need to recognize our shared vulnerability and strengthen our sense of solidarity, Eisner says. Back to the monolith! Palestinian vulnerability just gets passing mention.

Also addressing the idea of Jewish vulnerability arewriters Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon.Last week they published an open letter to our fellow Jews, in the U.S., Israel, and around the world declaring that Trump is an anti-Semite who is endangering Jews and its time for all Jews to denounce him.

Now hes coming after you. The question is: what are you going to do about it? If you dont feel, or cant show, any concern, pain or understanding for the persecution and demonization of others, at least show a little self-interest. At least show a littlesechel. At the very least, show a little self-respect.

To Steven Mnuchin, Gary Cohn, and our other fellow Jews currently serving under this odious regime: We call upon you to resign; and to the Presidents lawyer, Michael D. Cohen: Fire your client.

To Sheldon Adelson and our other fellow Jews still engaged in making the repugnant calculation that a hater of Arabs must be a lover of Jews, or that money trumps hate, or that a million dollars worth of access can protect you from one boot heel at the door: Wise up.

Boot heel at the door is a Gestapo reference. In another traditional phrasing, the writers warn Trumps Jewish family members Ivanka and Jared Kushner that if they dont act, Youre dead to us.

To Jared Kushner: You have one minute to do whatever it takes to keep the history of your people from looking back on you as among its greatest traitors, and greatest fools; that minute is nearly past. To Ivanka Trump: Allow us to teach you an ancient and venerable phrase, long employed by Jewish parents and children to one another at such moments of family crisis:Ill sit shiva for you. Try it out on your father; see how it goes.

Among all the bleak and violent truths that found confirmation or came slouching into view amid the torchlight of Charlottesville is this:Any Jew, anywhere, who does not act to oppose President Donald Trump and his administration acts in favor of anti-Semitism; any Jew who does not condemn the President, directly and by name, for his racism, white supremacism, intolerance and Jew hatred, condones all of those things.

Waldman and Chabon deserve a lot of respect because of their anti-occupation book Kingdom of Olives and Ashes,which contains anti- and non-Zionist voices. I disagree with them about the vulnerability of Jews in the United States. I dont think history repeats itself; I think that chapter in the west is over and the belief in its endurance is atavistic. But Im glad to have the debate; especially because that question is at the heart of Zionism.

Finally, here is Chemi Shalev in Haaretz, who ismore in the Jane Eisner camp, warning that the Israeli right has shattered American Jewish solidarity with Israel by siding with the enemies of American Jews.

Rash Embrace of Trump Accelerates the Jewish Schism is the headline. Shalev says Netanyahus animosity toward liberal, cosmopolitan, universalist Jews is reminiscent of the kind of anti-Jewish bile spouted by Jew-haters around the world, from David Duke to Viktor Orban.

The delineation between the two opposing Jewish camps has never seemed clearer. On one side we have Netanyahu, many of his colleagues, the pro-settler lobby, an unfortunate proportion of Orthodox Jews, supporters of Jewish settlements, Obama-and/or Muslim-hating Israelis along with hyper-hawks and ultranationalists such as Sheldon Adelson. On the other side there are Israeli doves along with American Jewish liberals, Reform and Conservative Jews and other Trump-haters. And increasingly it seems that never the twain shall meet.

Israels willingness to embrace Trump above and beyond the call of duty is alienating large chunks of the American Jewish community. Those that supported Israel wholeheartedly are beginning to question themselves, those who had been harboring doubts all along have reached a guilty verdict and those who are sitting on the wall certainly wont come down in Israels favor now or anytime in the future.

Emotions run high in times of conflict. When people fear for their country or for their wellbeing or for the safety of their love ones, there is scant room for moderation and nuance. In the era of Trump, the main question on the minds of his critics is the one Joshua asked when he met Gods emissary: Are you with us or with our enemies? By standing so firmly and so recklessly with Trump, Israel is telling American Jews exactly where it stands: With their enemy.

Again, Id insist on the existence of broader strains of belief here. Neither Eisner nor Shalev is a universalist. Universalist cosmopolitan Jews can include anti-Zionist Jews, anti-racist Jews, and those of us who do not see the haters of Charlottesville as a real threat to our place in the west.

Thanks to Annie Robbins.

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Zionism, terrorism pose major threats to Islamic World – Mehr News Agency – English Version

Posted By on August 23, 2017

Irans Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari made the remarks at a meeting with Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, the Grand Mufti of Lebanon, on the third day of his visit to Beirut.

He underlined that clerics shouldered a weighty responsibility in confronting Zionism and terrorism as two major hazards to the Islamic world.

Lebanons Derian, for his part, confirmed Jaberi Ansaris comments asserting both threats can be eliminated through unity and integration of all Islamic religions and neighboring countries. He added that at a time when Muslim brothers and sisters are victims of non-humane attacks by the Zionist regime while Islamic states are sadly involved with internal disputes.

The Lebanese Grand Mufti said terrorist and Takfiri groups are abolitionist ones who seek to remove and reject others.

Also on Wednesday morning, the Iranian deputy FM met and talked with former President of Lebanon, Amine Pierre Gemayel.

At the joint session, Gemayel described Iran as a major country playing an outstanding role inside the region and stressed the need for close and friendly relations with Iran. He went on to add that the Islamic Republic of Iran acted as an older brother for the Lebanese by backing establishment of security and stability in Lebanon.

Referring to the current difficult situation in the region and the danger of fragmentation and collapse, the former Lebanese president emphasized the need for a practical initiative for regional security.

Jaberi Ansari also referred to the political and tribal diversity of Lebanon pointing out that the approach of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Lebanon involved a comprehensive approach and balanced relations with all components of the Lebanese community.

The Iranian deputy minister of foreign affairs, welcoming the idea of the regional security initiative, referred to the plan drawn up by Irans FM Zarif to form regional dialogue and highlighted that the main objective pursued by Dr. Zarifs project was to promote regional security.

At the end of the meeting, the two sides stressed the necessity of expanding and deepening relations between Lebanon and Iran.


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What Are the Most Important Values in Judaism? – Cape May County Herald

Posted By on August 23, 2017

I recently received a question on my Ask the Rabbi website regarding Judaisms most important values. There are so many good ones to choose from, but several that especially resonate with me as can be found in the Talmudic tractate of Yevamot 79a. The Talmud is part of Judaisms so-called rabbinic oral tradition and here is the verse from the Talmud:

The (Jewish) people are recognized by three qualities: they are compassionate, they are modest, and they perform deeds of lovingkindness.

I see this as a combination of a historical judgment and an ideal. The sage that wrote this is saying that Jewish tradition asks us to try to emulate these three qualities as much and as often as possible.

First and foremost, notice that there is no ritual performance in this list of qualities that a person must live up to. They are all moral and ethical qualities.

Compassion is a trait that covers a multitude of moral and honorable qualities. A person who is compassionate is caring, empathetic and loving.

A person who is compassionate is generally slow to anger, patient, and focused on how to help. In the Jewish heritage, action is primary. Compassion must include a strong component of reaching out and doing concrete acts of caring and helping, not just feeling good thoughts in ones heart.

Modesty refers to behavior that is reserved rather than boisterous or loud. It refers to a behavior of humility and being unpresumptuous. Too often we act out with attention-seeking behavior and lose sight of these qualities.

This Talmudic statement might serve as a useful corrective for modern societys looseness and laxity in these matters.

Acts of lovingkindness include a wide range of behaviors. Included in what is often considered the Rabbinic interpretation of Gods Top Ten acts of kindness are:

Showing hospitality to strangers

Offering consolation to the bereaved

Making peace between people

There is a special society in many Jewish communities known by the Hebrew abbreviation Gemachan abbreviation of the Hebrew words gemilut chasadimwhose mission it is to perform such acts.

Anytime you wonder what it means to be a good person; this Talmudic statement provides an answer that is sound, traditional and fulfilling.

I invite you to Cape Mays fourth annual Shabbat on the Beach prayer experience which will take place Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. in Cape May on the beach directly across from the Montreal Beach Resort.

People of all faiths are welcome to attend.

This musical experience in song and worship will include lots of singing with accompaniment of guitar, melodica (featuring the musical talents of composer and pianist Barry Miles) and the rhythm accompaniment of drums and tambourines.

Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs.

Looking forward to greeting you for a spiritual, musical experience.

I want to thank those who have e mailed me with questions or comments about my articles. If you have a question or comment, do be in touch.

With blessings of shalom,

ED. NOTE: Rabbi Isaacs is the interim rabbi at Beth Judah Temple, Wildwood. He invites questions emailed to his website

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Window on a changing world: Synagogue to be razed but star will … – Worcester Telegram

Posted By on August 23, 2017

Paula J. Owen Correspondent @PaulaOwenTG

GARDNER – The stained-glass Jewish star on a building near City Hall on Main Street has been an important reminder of Gardner’s Jewish heritage, so when news spread that the synagogue building had been sold, people contacted the bank that purchased it to urge the buyer to somehow maintain its history.

Jonathan A. Dudley, who moved to Gardner in 2014, said he noticed the former synagogue, which had closed in the 1990s, and wondered about it.

Nothing made me sure it was a synagogue other than the Star of David, Mr. Dudley said. I read about immigrant stories in Gardner in the exhibit at (the now closed) Heritage State Park Visitors Center and started talking to the archivist at the library. We researched it in old city directories, but I didnt know anything else about it.

Then, about a week ago, he said, he read in the local paper that Workers Credit Union on Main Street had purchased the building at 152 Pleasant St. for just $500 and planned to demolish it and turn the parcel into a parking lot. The synagogue, built in 1912, was home to Congregation Ohave Shalom for much of the 20th century.

Concerned, Mr. Dudley emailed Doug Petersen, the banks chief executive officer, in the hopes the bank would at least preserve the stained-glass star.

When I read that Workers Credit Union had bought the historic synagogue on (Pleasant) Street I hoped that the building would be renovated in a way that celebrated the contributions of Gardner’s Jewish residents, Mr. Dudley wrote in his letter, dated Aug. 17. I was deeply saddened to learn that instead Workers planned on tearing the building down for yet another parking lot. I hope that Workers will incorporate some historic marker or other feature to communicate to passers-by that the site was once home to a Jewish congregation and honor Gardner’s Jewish heritage.

Mr. Dudley also contacted former U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Liebermans wife, Hadassah Lieberman, after he learned that she grew up in Gardner and that her father, Rabbi Samuel Freilich, was the rabbi at the synagogue for many years.

Monday evening, Mr. Dudley received a response from the bank.

You have helped to deepen our understanding of the place this building holds in the hearts of the people of Gardner, wrote Sandra Sagehorn Elliott, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Workers Credit Union.

The bank plans to commemorate the site with a marker and donate the stained-glass star to the Gardner Museum to maintain the citys Jewish heritage, the letter says. The building is close to the old courthouse and City Hall, where other memorials stand.

I was really glad to get a response, Mr. Dudley said. It has kind of felt constant that buildings come down here, and all of them mean something to someone. It was nice to see that it mattered to people and it made me realize that it is important, if things like this matter to us, to at least make some effort to make our concerns register.

I wonder, with the reality all over the news of Nazis marching in the streets, that it even made it more pressing to Workers Credit Union and made them more responsive, he continued. It seems the time is extra vigilant for how we celebrate different groups of people who make up our community. Its an intense time and certainly wasnt a time that I wanted to be imagining the Jewish heritage in Gardner would be erased.

Arthur E. Rome, 66, of Leominster, whose family has owned Rome Furniture on Main Street in Gardner for 72 years, attended services at the synagogue for decades with his mother, Sylvia Rome.

Mr. Rome, who was born and raised in Gardner, said his family had dual membership at the synagogues in Gardner and Leominster. Mr. Rome said he received his Hebrew school training in Gardner and attended temple with other Jewish families in Gardner, including the Cohen, Garbose, Goldstein and Rose families, and also with Hyman Sandrof, who donated the land for the synagogue.

It was very emotional when it closed, Mr. Rome said. Through all my youth and early manhood, I have a fond remembrance of temple and the people there.

He said, he too, contacted bank officials about maintaining the history.

On Monday night, he said, the bank’s COO gave him complete assurance the Star of David would be taken down gracefully and delivered to the Gardner Museum, where other artifacts from the temple are on display, and that the bank would incorporate green space and a memorial into the parking lot.

That is a comfort to me, Mr. Rome said. It is comforting to hear they plan to take those pains and ensure the history is never forgotten here and will not be overlooked.

Rabbi Yehoshua E. Azehvi, from Congregation Agudat Achim in Leominster, said the synagogue there absorbed most of Gardners members when it closed, and memorial plaques and family records were transferred there.

I think it is very emotional and difficult when members have to transition to another area synagogue, Rabbi Azehvi said. But there does come a time, if the community is shrinking or changing, that they need to sell the building. For them (members), it can feel like the memory and history in the community is being erased, but it needs to be understood the building needs to be sold.

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Window on a changing world: Synagogue to be razed but star will … – Worcester Telegram

Fear, resolve and more security at Charlottesville synagogue – Religion News Service

Posted By on August 23, 2017

anti-Semitism By Ben Finley | August 20, 2017

Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) For Diane Gartner Hillman, the new reality of being Jewish in Charlottesville sank in when she had to leave Congregation Beth Israel through the back door.

On any other Saturday, worshippers at the citys lone synagogue would have left through the front and walked without fear to their cars, parked near the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park.

But now, men wearing white shirts and khaki pants and other white supremacists carrying semi-automatic rifles were streaming past their sanctuary, taunting Beth Israel with phony Brooklyn accents and mocking Yiddish expressions, such as oy gevalt.

We were in a different world than where we had been previously, Hillman, 69, said Friday (Aug. 18), as a stream of people entered the synagogue, now guarded by three police officers out front and several more in the park. We just dont know where things are going to go from here.

The presence of hundreds of white nationalists and the loss of three lives last weekend have members of the synagogue confronting new levels of anxiety, and summoning their resolve.

Anti-Semitic vitriol and violence has been on the rise in the United States, according to the Anti-Defamation League and other organizations that monitor hate groups. But the dynamic in Charlottesville showed an intensity of bigotry rarely seen out in the open.

Writing for the website of the Union of Reform Judaism, Beth Israel President Alan Zimmerman said Nazi websites had called for the temple to be burned.

Fortunately, it was just talk but we had already deemed such an attack within the realm of possibilities, taking the precautionary step of removing our Torahs, including a Holocaust scroll, from the premises, he wrote.

Beth Israel hired an armed security guard for the first time last Saturday and plans to increase security, according to the congregations Facebook page. One Beth Israel member was injured by the terrorist who used his car as a weapon, but is recovering at a local medical center and is expected to do so fully, that post said.

As much as the show of hatred increased fears, it also boosted a sense of community in this normally quiet college town.

Cale Jaffe, a University of Virginia law professor, watched as the white nationalists marched past with guns, helmets and body armor, explicitly with the intent of intimidation and to create violence, and for the first time, felt anxious about walking into his synagogue, he said.

But it has crystalized for me why its so important to push through that anxiety and step inside the sanctuary, said Jaffe, 44. It made it clear thats a place I need to be. And many people in Charlottesville who arent Jewish have come to Beth Israel to show their solidarity, Jaffe said.

What gives me hope going forward is knowing so many people in the larger Charlottesville community feel that way and are there with us.

(AP National Religion Writer Rachel Zoll contributed from New York)

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Clark Synagogue Expands Hebrew School Offerings –

Posted By on August 23, 2017

Temple Beth Or Beth Torah is adding new classes beginning in September of 2017. A Kton Group will welcome 4 and 5 year olds to a monthly Sunday two hour class in music, Bible stories, introduction to Hebrew and Jewish customs. An intimate setting will ensure attention to the individual needs of each student.

In addition to Sunday classes, older students have various options that include a midweek afternoon session, online tutorials, and one on one tutoring with Cantor Steven Stern.

The synagogues Bar and Bat Mitzvah program is highly acclaimed and serves the needs of families of diverse backgrounds.

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The Beth Or Beth Torah Religious School has served the educational needs of Union and surrounding communities for over 50 years and prides itself in inculcating Jewish values and creating a strong identity in its students from pre-K to post Bar/Bat Mitzvah age in an enjoyable, safe and welcoming environment.

The tuition is very affordable. Registration is now in progress for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information or to arrange a meeting, contact Cantor Stern at 732-381-8403 or at

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Trump official once called defender of Holocaust deniers a ‘national treasure’ – The Times of Israel

Posted By on August 23, 2017

WASHINGTON The person US President Donald Trump chose to lead federal family-planning programs once referred to a defender of Holocaust deniers as a national treasure.

Teresa Manning, Trumps pick for deputy assistant secretary for population affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services is known for her history as a fierce anti-abortion activist and former lobbyist with the National Right to Life Committee.

She also has a history defending and praising Joe Sobran, a former columnist and editor for the conservative magazine National Review until its then editor William Buckley fired him for writings he considered contextually anti-Semitic.

Mother Jones was first to report Mannings history with Sobran, who died in 2010.

Joseph Sobran (Wike Media)

During a January 2003 event promoting her book Back to The Drawing Board: The Future of the Pro-Life Movement, Manning introduced Sobran, who was a speaker, and said of him: He has been called the finest columnist of his generation as well as a national treasure. I wholeheartedly agree with both statements.

In fact, it was Pat Buchanan, who himself has doubted the death toll of the Holocaust and who the Anti-Defamation League has called an unrepentant bigot, who was responsible for the former quote.

During the years between Sobrans unceremonious 1993 departure from the National Review and Mannings introduction, he repeatedly defended an organization that denies the Holocaust while also churning out his own writings containing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

Teresa Manning (Screenshot/YouTube)

Through columns and speeches, Sobran has spoken fondly of the Institute for Historical Review (IHR), an organization best known for publishing articles and books denying the Holocaust and that scholars consider one of the leading vehicles for the international Holocaust denial movement.

The Southern Poverty Law Center refers to the IHR as a pseudo-academic organization that claims to seek truth and accuracy in history, but whose real purpose is to promote Holocaust denial and defend Nazism.

Indeed, one article published in the think-tanks magazine referred to Kristallnacht as quite extraordinary.

The author, Ingrid Weckert, said it was a radical aberration from the normal pattern of daily life. The outburst was not in keeping with either the official National Socialist Jewish policy nor with the general German attitude towards the Jews. The Germans were no more anti-Semitic than any other people.

Holocaust denier David Irving (photo credit: public domain via wikipedia)

Furthermore, at its conferences, IHR has hosted former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke and the British Holocaust-denier David Irving.

Sobran, in defending this organization and its magazine The Journal for Historical Review, once wrote that, Charges that the IHR is anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi are belied by the Journals calm and reasonable tone, in contrast to the shrillness and violence of its enemies. And I do mean enemies.

He went on, Jewish groups, especially Zionist organizations, are forever reviling the IHR and trying to interfere with its activities.

In other writings, Sobran has not quite explicitly denied the Holocaust, but has said that questioning facts surrounding that historical event was not anti-Semitic.

Why on earth is it anti-Jewish to conclude from the evidence that the standard numbers of Jews murdered are inaccurate, or that the Hitler regime, bad as it was in many ways, was not infact, intent on extermination? he asked.

Sobrans commentary provoked strong response from leading Holocaust historian and anti-Semitic expert Deborah Lipstadt, who took exception with The New York Times obituary for Sobran saying he took a skeptical line on the Holocaust.

Deborah Lipstadt (Emory University)

Mr. Sobran may not have been an unequivocal denier, she said, but he gave support and comfort to the worst of them.

Additionally, Sobran had in the past blamed US policies, particularly regarding its anti-terrorism measures after the September 11 attacks, as being dictated by the Jewish-Zionist powers that be in the United States.

What began as a war on terror is morphing into a war to crush Israels enemies. And naturally so, he said. The 9/11 attacks would never have occurred except for the US Governments Middle East policies, which are pretty much dictated by the Jewish-Zionist powers that be in the United Staes. The Zionists boast privately of their power, but they dont want the gentiles talking about it. Readers of Orwell will recognize the principle of Doublethink.

Manning did not respond to a request for comment.

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Hasidic Nonprofit In Crown Heights Busted For Running Illegal Hotel – Forward

Posted By on August 23, 2017

An Hasidic charity whose stated mission is to help the impoverished has been operating an illegal hotel in Brooklyn and charging up to $300 a night.

The Chabad Lubavitch Hospitality Center was issued violations for illegal transient use on July 21 by the Mayors Office of Special Enforcement, according to a report on the local news website DNAinfo.

The manager of the center said that they operate as a religious accommodation house for the needy but also rent rooms. The center has more than 35 reviews online under the name Eshel Hotel, and includes rooms that sleep up to six people, despite not being permitted to operate as a hotel.

They are not supposed to operate as a hotel, the mayors spokesman told DNAinfo.

The center is located on Kingston Avenue, which is the main thoroughfare in the Hasidic neighborhood of Crown Heights.

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Fleischmanns Hasidic hotel owners in feud with residents –

Posted By on August 23, 2017

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A verbal altercation in Fleischmanns last week Wednesday between the owners of two Hasidic hotels and a local resident made a video splash on Facebook and drew lots of local attention.

In recent years, the Mendelowitz family purchased two hotels in Fleischmanns, the Flagstone Inn and the Northland Hotel, which were recently renovated and are currently used by Hasidic vacationers.

The hotel owners have erected an eruv (an urban area enclosed by a wire boundary that symbolically extends the private domain of Jewish households into public areas, permitting activities within it that are normally forbidden in public on Sabbath) around their properties. Some say the altercation started over a damaged eruv string on the hotel property that Mendelowitz believes long time resident Dr. Kranz had something to do with.

Dr. Kranz has been a resident of Fleischmanns for over 30 years. In 2011 his fence was destroyed due to the effects of Hurricane Irene.

Going through proper channels, the village board approved an application by Dr. Kranz to build a six-foot fence on his property. Village law permits a three-foot fence between properties, however he was approved to rebuild a six-foot fence that was there originally.

Fred Woller, the deputy mayor of Fleischmanns, and a member of the village board of trustees, says the Mendelowitz family is upset about the fence because it would block views of the creek on the opposite side of the road. People walk on Dr. Kranzs private property regularly to access the creek and many times park on his property.

The confrontation was filmed by local resident and wife of Fred Woller, Nancy Green Madia. It can be seen on SatmarStripClub Facebook page. In the video you can see the doctor being calm while members of the Mendelowitz family are shouting expletive language at him during the Sabbath.

Woller told the News that Dr. Kranz is a well respected and gentle man who has lived in Fleischmanns for over 30 years.

Woller went on to say, For people who are supposed to be religious to shout profanity on a Saturday, especially during the Sabbath, is preposterous, disrespectful, and disgusting. Representing themselves as religious is misleading.

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