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dinsdag 18 aug 2015
Bron:  De Morgen / Times of Israel - foto: Zanger Matisyahu is niet welkom op een festival in Spanje maar is dat wel in Brussel [PHOTO NEWS]

Matisyahu is niet welkom op een festival in Spanje maar is dat wel in Brussel. ©PHOTO NEWSDe joods-Amerikaanse reggaezanger Matisyahu mag niet optreden op een festival in Spanje. De organisatoren van Rototom Sunsplash hebben zijn show geschrapt, omdat hij niet wil zeggen hoe hij over de situatie in het Midden-Oosten denkt. "Verschrikkelijk en beledigend'', zegt Matisyahu op zijn Facebookpagina. Matisyahu treedt in ons land op tijdens het Brussels Summer Festival.

Matisyahu, die in het echt Matthew Paul Miller heet, zou komende zaterdag optreden op het festival tussen Valencia en Barcelona. Een anti-Israëlische organisatie had opgeroepen het optreden te schrappen vanwege de situatie in het Midden-Oosten. 'Als enige openlijk joodse artiest probeerden ze me te dwingen tot politieke uitspraken. Moesten de andere artiesten zich ook uitspreken om te mogen optreden?', schrijft Matisyahu. ..

maandag 17 aug 2015
Bron: / Daily Mail - foto: luchfoto van aanvallen vanuit Gaza [IDF]

'Misfired Hamas rockets' killed children in Gaza - The Times UK - Abeer Ayyoub and Tom Coghlan - March 26 2015

A rocket salvo that killed 11 Gazan children and hit a hospital on a Muslim religious holiday was the work of Palestinian militants hitting their own people, a report has found, in a damning indictment of Hamas's conduct during last summer's war with Israel.

The explosion at the Al-Shati refugee camp on July 28, which killed the children buying sweets on the first day of Eid ul Fitr, was the result of misfired rockets by Hamas, Amnesty International concluded.

Hamas blamed Israel for the bombing at the time, but a relation of one of dead child said that Palestinian militants went to the scene and tried to hide the evidence of their involvement.

"I saw the body of the rocket [and] I knew it was a local one," the family member told The Times. "Some people came and hid it on the spot — however, it was really hot."

He said that he held Hamas, as governors of Gaza, responsible but that no one from the group had ever visited the family or apologised. Two adults also died and another 19 were injured. ...

zondag 19 jul 2015

Sir Nicholas WintonHet idee werd gelanceerd om het Centraal station van Praag te hernoemen naar Sir Nicholas Winton (de Britse "Schindler"), die onlangs op 106 jarige leeftijd overleed. Uiteraard moet zijn familie hiervoor de goedkeuring geven aan de Tsjechische regering.
Het Forum der Joodse Organisaties steunt dit initiatief en zal zich actief inzetten om dit voorstel te helpen concretiseren.

Hierbij het artikel gepubliceerd op 8/7/2015 in The Jewish Chronicle:

"Proposal to rename Prague station after Sir Nicholas Winton" - The 

Prague's main railway station could be named after Sir Nicholas Winton, the "British Schindler" who saved the lives of 669 Jewish Czech children from the Nazis during the Second World War.

Sir Nicholas died aged 106 last week. He was responsible for rescuing the children before they were sent to concentration camps.


woensdag 15 jul 2015
Bron:  Het Nieuwsblad - foto: De "Boekhouder van Auschwitz" Oskar Groening [AP]
De "Boekhouder van Auschwitz" Oskar GroeningEen rechtbank in het Duitse Lüneburg heeft de gewezen SS'er Oskar Gröning, ook wel omschreven als de 'boekhouder van Auschwitz', veroordeeld tot vier jaar cel. De 94-jarige man is medeplichtig aan moord in 300.000 gevallen, oordeelde het gerecht woensdag. Of de man met zijn mindere gezondheid daadwerkelijk in de cel zal moeten, zal het openbaar ministerie controleren eens het vonnis geldig is.

Gröning stond sinds 21 april terecht voor medeplichtigheid aan moord in minstens 300.000 gevallen in 1944. In het proces gaf Gröning zijn deelname en morele schuld aan de Holocaust toe. Hij gaf toe uit de bagage van opgepakte Joden kostbare bezittingen en geld te hebben gehaald en dat doorgespeeld te hebben aan de SS. Hij zei ook twee tot drie keer op het perron dienst te hebben gehad, om bagage te bewaken. ...

donderdag 9 jul 2015
Bron:  JPost - Youtube - foto: BDS in Ierland - screenshot uit Youtube video

BDS in Ierland - screenshot uit Youtube video

"BDS in Ireland: Shops nix Israeli goods, but fine with N. Korean, Iranian products" - 30 Jun 2015

Ami Horowitz, an American Jewish satirist, released a video on Tuesday of a report from Ireland, "ground zero" of the BDS movement.

What happens when Irish store owners are faced with a choice between engaging in commerce with Israel or doing business with regimes like North Korea, Iran, and Sudan?

Ami Horowitz, an American Jewish satirist, released a video on Tuesday of a report from Ireland, "ground zero" of the BDS movement, in which the locals are adamant about not carrying Israeli products but are perfectly agreeable to help the economies of despotic regimes.

"The boycotting of Israel is an insidious, noxious movement that needs to be fully exposed to the public," Horowitz told Fox News commentator Sean Hannity. "BDS supporters are less human rights advocates and more anti-Israel bigots. I wanted to give them an opportunity to showcase that bigotry on a global platform." ...

donderdag 9 jul 2015
Bron:  The Times of Israel / Slippeddisc - foto: Violist Nathan Braude [Screenshot YouTube]- The Times of Israel

Nathan Braude. (Screen capture: YouTube)"Israeli-Belgian musician pushed to back Israel boycott" -  The Times of Israel

Brussels Philharmonic chief violist Nathan Braude says receiving request to join BDS initiative 'feels horrible'

Belgian-Israeli musician says he was pressured to sign an open letter declaring he supported the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. He refused to do so.

According to an entry Monday in the Slipped Disc blog, Nathan Braude, principal viola player for the Brussels Philharmonic and professor of viola at the Royal Conservatory Ghent, was sent a request to sign the letter in support of the boycott initiative by a professor at Ghent University, along with a list of those who had already signed.

Braude told "Slipped Disc" in an email: "I read your blogs regarding the Israel boycott very seriously; today I had a personal encounter with this. And trust me, it feels horrible."

I received an email on my Conservatory email address from a colleague, asking me to join the boycott against Israel. . ...

woensdag 8 jul 2015

"The U.N.'s Gaza Report Is Flawed and Dangerous" By RICHARD KEMP - JUNE 25, 2015 - New York Times

LONDON — AS a British officer who had more than his share of fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Balkans, it pains me greatly to see words and actions from the United Nations that can only provoke further violence and loss of life. The United Nations Human Rights Council report on last summer's conflict in Gaza, prepared by Judge Mary McGowan Davis, and published on Monday, will do just that.

The report starts by attributing responsibility for the conflict to Israel's "protracted occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip," as well as the blockade of Gaza. Israel withdrew from Gaza 10 years ago. In 2007 it imposed a selective blockade only in response to attacks by Hamas and the import of munitions and military matériel from Iran. The conflict last summer, which began with a dramatic escalation in rocket attacks targeting Israeli civilians, was a continuation of Hamas's war of aggression. ...


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