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Large numbers of Ukrainian Jews wanting to make Aliyah .

When we brought the last Olim (Hebrew for immigrants) to the airport on Monday 31 December (see article: Aliyah Continues) we had hoped for a few days of rest, but we were wrong.  The requests started coming in rapidly on the 1st of January, which surprised us. Families want to come …

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Season’s greetings to all readers.

Thanking you all for supporting Jews Down Under this year. For those who celebrate Christmas we wish you a joyous and peaceful one. In the time honoured Christmas message.. On earth peace, good will toward men To all A Very Happy New Year in good health.   New Zealand police, …

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UN Watch Director Visits Hezbollah Terror Tunnels Ahead of Tomorrow’s Security Council Meeting.

Hi, It’s Hillel Neuer from UN Watch. I’ve come here straight from the United Nations to witness what’s happening here at the Israeli border with Lebanon, ahead of tomorrow’s Security Council meeting on what’s just been discovered right behind me. What you’re looking at are Israeli equipment that is finding …

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Poverty Amongst Jews in Ukraine.

“Your visit gives me proof that there are still good people out there”, says 82-year-old Katia, when she opens the door of her creaky house. This Jewish lady lives a lonely life in the vast countryside of the Ukraine.“I prayed for your coming. Thank you for looking after me. I …

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A note from an old friend.

I have a buddy from high school who was always a bit of an intellectual rebel.  He is of Irish descent and I am, of course, of Jewish descent.    We were not trying to burn anything down or bully other people.  We were not Antifa-like “fascist anti-fascists” beating the …

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Why is the story of the Jewish refugees so little known?

The question of Arab and Islamist anti-Jewish hatred goes to the heart of the conflict with Israel. So why have Jewish refugees been so neglected? Seventy years ago, the newly-established State of Israel opened the floodgates to hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees. Many were Holocaust survivors from the displaced …

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Killing Children!

On International Children’s Day Nov.20, the British-based group, Campaign4Truth   held an event at Golders Green,  commemorating the Israeli children murdered or maimed by Arab terror since 1920.  I was asked by the organizers to compose a short message for the event.  This is what I wrote: Terrorism is always heinous—but …

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#FakeNews Main stream media colludes in promoting Jew hatred & anti-Zionism.

In the aftermath of the murder of eleven Jews at prayer on the Sabbath in their synagogue, there was much sturm and drang about the cause/causes. We are all aware of the well-known Jew hatred from the far right-the white supremacists, the KKK the Neo-Nazis. Bless them. They don’t hide …

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Linda Sarsour: Divide the Jews and Conquer.

Linda Sarsour, who refers to herself as a Palestinian refugee, has learned her lessons well from history. Divide and Conquer. She is taking advantage of the divide between Jews in the diaspora and Jews in Israel: “between their allegiance to universal concepts of social justice and Tikkun Olam versus the well-being of …

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From Israel: Eyes Ahead! part 2.

Yesterday I moved to get a posting out without delay, in order to begin to provide perspective on the election. But of course there is more. ~~~~~~~~~~ Before I proceed with that election perspective, and related issues, I want to simply express my horror at the Wednesday night killing of …

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Journal of a special trip by Chief Rabbi Jacobs of the Netherlands to the Ukraine. pt3.

Journal of a special trip by Rabbi Benjamin Jacobs Chief Rabbi of Holland, to the Ukraine. After a night’s sleep in Chernigov, a lecture, morning service and breakfast with the rabbi, his wife and some members of the Jewish community, we visit the Jewish school and then get a tour …

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From Israel: Eyes Ahead and Moving Past It!

I am, clearly, not happy about the Democratic win in the House. But I do not see this as indicative of a “blue wave” that signals a crisis for the Republicans now or for Trump in 2020. Traditionally, the party that does not control the White House gains seats in …

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From Israel: Stand Against Hysteria!

I was not going to post again before the midterm election tomorrow, but I must. For today I was directly exposed to some of the virulent, irrational fury sometimes directed at supporters of Trump by people on the left. It is very nasty. Not only have I been exposed to …

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A tragedy that became normal – Journal of a visit by Chief Rabbi Jacobs,Ukraine.

Journal of a special trip by Chief Rabbi Jacobs in Ukraine – Last night I tried to go to bed in time, to get rested for our journey today. But something troubled me; I could not break free of the extreme poverty I had seen that day. Very expensive medicines, …

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Democrats and Jews (Part 2)

In my recent piece, Democrats and Jews, I asked the following question at Israel Thrives: Why is it that of all the minority constituencies of the Democratic Party only the Jewish minority is thought to be morally obligated to sacrifice the well-being of their own children in deference to that …

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Into the fray: Trump, Pittsburgh and US Jewry – A view from Israel.

Trump is the creation of Obama. The divisions in American society he is accused of exacerbating are ones largely precipitated by his predecessor’s policies and prejudices.  Why does it seem to a growing number of people that an [Obama] administration professing…to understand Jewish anxieties about the consequences of antisemitism in the Middle …

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The Jerusalem of Ukraine.

Journal of a special trip by Chief Rabbi Jacobs in Ukraine – Around midnight we arrive at our first destination in Ukraine, after a journey of more than five hours in a kind of driving washing machine, along roads full of deep potholes, in a van without normal suspension, but …

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From Israel: The Heart Breaks for Many Reasons.

Yesterday, my heart broke over the senseless, antisemitic attack in Squirrel Hill that took the lives of 11 Jews, during Shabbat, while they were in synagogue. I had prayed for healing for the mourners and for the community, and I will continue to pray. But I have scant hope that …

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The Pittsburgh Massacre: No Answers, Just Choices.

Pittsburgh was my home for 2 years. Although, it was very different from anything I’ve ever experienced in Moscow − from architecture, food, weather, lifestyle to the stubborn foreign language − one thing that stood out was its people. See, people are nice in Pittsburgh. And by nice I mean …

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From Israel: Appalled and Grieving!

On Shabbat, in the city of Pittsburgh, as surely all of my readers know, eleven Jews – eight men and three women, but, thank Heavens, no children – were killed in what is being described as the worst antisemitic attack to ever take place in the US. The identities of …

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