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Why to appreciate the reunification of Jerusalem under Israeli governance

Former Israel UN Amb. Dore Gold authored "The Fight for Jerusalem"
In The Fight for Jerusalem, bestselling author and former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold explained why radical Islamists seek to divide and conquer Jerusalem and raze sites holy for Christians, Jews, and Muslims. With the United Nations untrustworthy and global jihad making waves, the city is a ticking time bomb. Amb. Gold shows why only Israel can preserve its sanctuaries for different religions and why uncovering Jerusalem's past and biblical truths prove crucial to saving it.

Excerpt from “The Fight for Jerusalem” in David Suissa's Opinion article in the Jewish Journal
“After seizing East Jerusalem in 1948, Jordan’s Arab Legion completely evicted the Jewish population from the Old City. The Jewish Quarter was set aflame, its homes were looted, and dozens of synagogues were destroyed or vandalized. Tombstones from the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives were converted into latrines.

“For the following nineteen years, Jews were prevented from praying at their holy sites, including the Western Wall. The Jordanians also barred Christian institutions from buying land and otherwise restricted the rights of Jerusalem’s Christian population, which dropped by over 50 percent during the period of Jordanian rule.”

Now compare those 19 years to what followed: “Upon capturing the Old City in 1967, Israel decided on a new approach to governing the city — it adopted a law protecting the holy sites of all religions and guaranteeing their free access to all worshippers.”

In other words, the Jewish connection to Jerusalem is not just good for the Jews, it’s good for the whole world. Ambassador Gold, who leads the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, addressed the subject in this 2007 talk at Nessah Synagogue in Los Angeles.

Mr. Gold was subsequently selected as political adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in December 2013.

Celebrating Israeli Pride under sequestering - inside & outside of Israel

Yaakov Kirschen cartoon courtesy 246mag


Lieutenant Colonel (res.) Shimon Deri seen at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem,
where the official national celebrations were held in honor of Israel's
72nd independence day. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 courtesy: Times of Israel)
With Israeli Independence Day events limited or canceled amid coronavirus pandemic, the IDF’s Home Front Command invites parents and kids to recreate part of traditional festivities at home on video to air nationally on television. 

Read more in  "Army calls on families to film home foot drills for Independence Day." The Times of Israel, 25 April 2020.

The good news is that Israel's vigilance against the Wuhan Virus has resulted in keeping her mortality rate lower than in China, the United Kingdom, or the United States.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued this video statement - praising the Israeli public for its patience - and looking forward to more interpersonal conditions in the near future.



According to the Hebrew calendar, Israeli Independence Day (also known as Yom ha Atzma'ut) falls on the 5th of Iyar, which results on a different Gregorian calendar date each year. In 1948 it coincided with May 14th, which is the date it's popularly known for. But in 2020, in falling April 29th rather than later, the absence of celebrations on this date have been anti-climactic.
 
So without outdoor celebrations in N. America this year, let's revisit some of the interesting lovers of Israel we met at last year's outdoor Celebrate Israel Festival in Los Angeles:

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti tells Celebrate Israel Fest of his experiences and
views upon returning from AJC's Project Interchange in Israel
At the Celebrate Israel Fair, L.A. Mayor Garcetti recounted his experience returning from Israel on bi-a partisan, AJC Project Interchange organized trip (led by AJC CEO David Harris) with four other American mayors. They met with Israeli officials and Palestinian civic and business leaders in Judea and Samaria. They also attended the Eurovision song competition in Tel Aviv.


L.A. Councilman Paul Koretz contests mainstream L.A. media's smearing Mayor Eric Garcetti over his support for President Trump's moving the US Embassy to Israel's capital - Jerusalem:



L.A. Councilmember Paul Koretz praises L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's endorsement of the USA relocating her embassy to Jerusalem, Israel's capital- which the L.A. Times reported Friday 17 May - with criticism from two anti-Israel organizations, C.A.I.R., and the "Jewish Voice for Peace."


During the German occupation of France, the SS arrested French Jew, Marc Wiesenfeld, 88, on three separate occasions.



Marc Wiesenfeld, 88, explains what he went through during the Nazification of France - and how, after abandoning his identity to survive among Christian antisemitism, he finds a sense of security from the Jewish autonomy and sovereignty in the Holy Land.



Israel's former National Security Advisor, (ret.) Brig Gen. Jacob Nagel, negotiated the 2015 Memorandum of Understanding with Pres. Barack Obama's administration. Here in 2019, he lauds praise on President Donald Trump's benevolence towards the Jewish state.



Brig. Gen. Nagel is currently a visiting fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and visiting professor at the aerospace faculty at the Technion in Haifa. He is also a former head of Israel’s National Security Council and national security advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He led the Israeli experts' team working with the international teams negotiating with Iran on the JCPOA (Iranian nuclear program). He led the negotiations with US on the ten- year, "Memorandum of Understanding," and signed the agreement. While Israeli Brig. Gen. Nagel did secure Obama's negotiators to guarantee 10-years of military aid to Israel, the Democrat administration took away longstanding conditions on for Israel to spend any of the subsidy in its domestic defense industry.


Israeli-American entrepreneur and  Naty Saidoff, on international support for Israel (and Israelis) on their 71st year of independence.


Festival impressario, Naty Saidoff with the Israeli-American Council, discusses views as an Israeli-American riding along with the visiting, Israeli Bicycle Racing Team.


How Jewish-American songwriter, Sam Glaser, reacts to daughter, 19, making her life in Israel?


Performer and producer, Sam Glaser, discusses and describes his experiences in Israel and at the fair - and encourages American support for Western civilization's outpost in the Middle East.


L.A. Jewish Journal publisher, David Suissa, discussed his perspectives on the evolution of Celebrate Israel Fest:


When public gatherings were free and unfettered, in 2018, publisher of Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, David Suissa, remarked on the successful evolution of celebrating Israel's independence in L.A. - during varying conditions for Jews - and certainly for the expression of Israeli pride in public. He expresses how the ability to hold such non-denominational fairs across America is a compliment to how our country has been a largely tolerant refuge for our Jewish-American citizens.


Israeli-Americans, Israel Discount Bank executive Mr. Gal ben Naim and photographer, Orly HaLevy.


Israeli-Americans, Mr. Gal ben Naim of IDB (Israel Discount Bank) and photographer Orly HaLevy, comment on Israel's Independence Day at the Celebrate Israel Fest in L.A. 2019. Mr. ben Naim discusses sending his American kids to learn there - and why int'l citizens should respect Israel. Ms. HaLevy offers kudos to the I.A.C. Israeli American Council and JooTube.TV.


How might a physician's religiousity influence a patient's perception and relationship? Orthodox, Persian-American anesthesiologist:


Dr. Isaac Kourosh Noormand, an orthodox Jewish, Persian-American discusses life as a kippah/yarmulke-wearing anesthesiologist / pain-manager. How would you feel if - in entering a hospital procedure, you encounter a technician, nurse, or doctor wearing an open religious display? Such as a Christian cross pendant? Or a hijab or niqab? How would it vary based on your religion and the medical-provider's religion, such as a Christian patient being treated by a Jewish doctor? What role does the practitioner's orthodoxy or devotion play?

Pastor Rich Escobedo: Celebrate Israel - Christianity's first-line of defense from worldwide jihadism!


Hispanic-American Pastor Richard Escobedo of Compton, Los Angeles (introduced by I.A.C.'s Miri Shepher) interprets why he feels it essential that Christians stand by Israel (and Pres. Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson) for America's supporting her).

Heydon Morales, a Protestant, Latino-American political science student: Why I admire Israel - also what I don't like: - 


The Episcopalian, Latino-American, volunteering at the Fair, considers Jerusalem the capital of the world and believes that Jews should continue managing the reunited city. He voices support for Pres. Trump's Middle East policies, particularly in support of Israel and Saudi Arabia against Iran, despite Saudi Arabia's limitations on Christianity and Judaism. The political science student recognizes the need for a strong US - Israel relationship to protect liberty from fascism, Socialism, and Communism around the world.  

Though Israel held no local Yom ha Atzmaut celebrations outdoors in 2020, here's what Israeli audiences got to see on the annual broadcast television event:


(Live English translation courtesy of i24 News)

Passover & Mimouna - the journey to Israel, America, and now seders via teleconference

Israeli Pres. Reuven Rivlin attends a Moroccan Mimouna dinner in 2017
(Photo: Flash90 courtesy BreakingIsraelNews.com)
Mimouna, the traditional festival celebrated by North African Jews on the last day of Passover, is often overlooked when discussing that Jewish holiday of liberation.


David Suissa, editor-in-chief of the Jewish Journal (of L.A.) writes of this year's Mimouna in the context of coronavirus sequestration:
On Thursday night, as sundown falls on the holiday of Passover, Sephardic Jews everywhere will celebrate the centuries-old tradition of Mimouna. This is the night when Jews open their doors to their neighbors, offering tables lavish with sweets to usher in a year of sweetness and good fortune. If there’s a Jewish ritual that calls for maximum social connection, Mimouna is it.
As I wrote in a column years ago, “Mimouna represented the love and intimacy of a neighborhood. There’s nothing like popping in to see 10, 20, 30 different neighbors on the same night, most of whom you see all the time.” This year, after centuries of continuity, Mimouna parties around the world will come to a stop, conquered by a tiny virus.
  . . .
As with so many other areas of our lives, the pandemic times are forcing us to accept a new reality.
Laurie Wolf (left) and her family celebrate in a screen shot from a Zoom seder she hosted.
(Photo courtesy: Alaska Public Media)



Avihu Median was hosted by the I.A.C.
Six years ago,  Israeli singer/songwriter Avihu Medina performed at Los Angeles' The Mark venue for the Israeli American Council on Mimouna

The son of a cantor (chazan), Avihu has composed more than 401 Mizrachi (Oriental) songs. As of 2007, he had released nine albums. Mr. Medina is considered by some to be the best-known Oriental singer. He has composed many songs performed by Zohar Argov, considered the King of Mizrahi music. 
 
In this JewTube exclusive video series, Mr. Medina and some of his fans shared their views about the occasion- and about the Moroccan and Yemenite Jewish experience.  Enjoy:


   


Avihu Medina entertains at The Mark in Los Angeles, 2014
While Mr. Medina was pleased that he found so many fans of his music there, he expressed joking regret that conditions are such that so many Israelis have recreated their culture outside of the country, and not contributing to benefit the country.
 


Jewish communities outside of North Africa would also celebrate the end of Passover with similar traditions: the Iraqis customarily went out into nature and took a dip in the Tigris. The Persians also went out into nature. In Egypt, Israel and Turkey, the Jews celebrated the opening of a new year. "- "Ten things you didn't know about Mimouna" by Cafe Gibraltar, +972, April 10, 2015 


How did so many Jewish citizens of predominantly Muslim societies come to Israel?  The Jewish exodus from Arab and Muslim countries, or Jewish exodus from Arab countries, was the departure, flight, expulsion, evacuation and migration of 850,000 Jews, primarily of Sephardi and Mizrahi background, from Arab countries and the Muslim world, mainly from 1948 to the early 1970s. The last major migration wave took place from Iran in 1979–80, as a consequence of the Iranian Revolution.


SILENT EXODUS from Pierre Rehov on Vimeo.

One Israel Fund & Young Jewish Conservatives address issues AIPAC wouldn't touch with press

Viraj sports t-shirt "Herutnik:
Unapologetic Zionist" at
One Israel Fund event on
Judea & Samaria's future

In Washington on Feb 28-29th weekend, the Conservative Convention, CPAC attracted a number of Jewish-Americans, some of whom would be attending AIPAC Policy Conference just days afterwards, but also some not going - disappointed at the absence of sessions which present the argument against a Palestinian State. 



How well are conservative Jewish concerns regarding the Trump administration's establishing a Palestinian State in Judea and Samaria addressed at AIPAC? 


The Young Jewish Conservatives held a Shabbaton concomitant to CPAC which featured speakers such as Rabbis Aryeh Spero, Daniel Lappin, and BlazeTV (and syndicated radio hosts) Mark Levin and Glenn Beck.

Listen to the perspectives of Rabbi Aryeh Spero who appeared at Young Jewish Conservatives' Shabbaton (was filmed after Shabbat):













Scott Feltman, Exec. V.P. at One Israel Fund, introduces and moderates the group's event on the future of Judea and Samaria under the President's "Deal of the Century."

Speakers were (from left to right) Dr. Harold Rhode, Eve Harow (Judean-based tour-guide and radio hostess), and Sarah Stern of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, a thinktank and lobbying group in Washington. 








What former, Pentagon-advisor on Islamic culture, Dr. Harold Rhode, reveals as the root obstacle to Arabs offering permanent peace with Israel.



One Israel Fund's Security Director, Mark Prowisor: How do Israelis regard outside proposals for a 2-State Solution? 


Argentinian filmmaker depicts Jewish culture at the time of Iran's bombing of Buenos Aires' AMIA Jewish Center

Argentina is home to a Jewish community of 230,000, the largest in Latin America and sixth largest in the world, outside of Israel. 

To commemorate the Iran-directed, Hezbollah bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina / Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center, which injured  300 people and killed 85 people on 18 July 1994, The L.A. Jewish Film Festival 2016 held a screening of "The Tenth Man," a drama set in the wake of the event



Argentinian film director, Daniel Burman, explains the  making of the film and responds to audience questions at the Laemmle Royal Theater in West Los Angeles, 18 July 2016. LAJFF Executive Director, Hilary Helstein, moderates the conversation, translated by Argentinian-American, Laura Grosz.
 
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For Int'l Holocaust Remembrance Week - the 75th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz

"Netanyahu: Allies could have saved 4 million Jews if they’d bombed death camps in 1942" The Times of Israel, 4/24/17
 
Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu condemned int'l complacency
to earlier intel of Nazi's mass murdering of Jewish people 
at Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance ceremony 
"In bitter Holocaust Remembrance Day speech citing new UN documents, Israel's PM castigates global indifference 75 years ago, says it persists today.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday launched a blistering assault on Allied policy during World War II, saying world powers’ failure to bomb the Nazi concentration camps from 1942 cost the lives of four million Jews and millions of others.

Citing recently released UN documents
that show the Allies were aware of the scale of the Holocaust in 1942, some two years earlier than previously assumed, Netanyahu said in a speech marking Holocaust Remembrance Day that this new research assumed “a terrible significance.”
Film stills from "What the Allies Knew" by Virginie Linhart,
produced by Fabienne Servan-Schreiber and Cinétévé

“If the powers in 1942 had acted against the death camps — and all that was needed was repeated bombing of the camps — had they acted then, they could have saved 4 million Jews and millions of other people,” he said at the official state ceremony marking the start of the memorial day.
Allies declined bombinb railways leading to genocide camps 

“The powers knew, and they did not act,” he told the audience at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. “When terrible crimes were being committed against the Jews, when our brothers and sisters were being sent to the furnaces,” he went on, “the powers knew and did not act.”

In a bleak and bitter address, the Israeli prime minister said that the Holocaust was enabled by three factors: the vast hatred of the Jews, global indifference to the horrors, and “the terrible weakness of our people in the Diaspora.”
Iran's "World without Zionism" (photo: BlazingCatFur)
Anti-Semitism had not disappeared, and “it would be naive to think” that it would do so in the foreseeable future, he said. It was being exacerbated by “hatred from the East,” led by Iran and the Islamic State, he added.

"Bombing Auschwitz" 75th Anniversary Preview: The Great Moral Dilemma of the 20th Century
In May 1944, Rabbi Michael Weissmandl sent the Auschwitz Protocol, along with a plea for help and a demand for Allied air forces to bomb Auschwitz, to Roswell McClelland at the War Refugee Board in Switzerland.

Should the Allies have risked killing Auschwitz prisoners and bombed the camp to stop future atrocities? Join historians, survivors and experts as they consider one of the great moral dilemmas of the 20th century.
 
Watch Secrets of the Dead on PBS SoCal Tue, Jan 21 @ 9:00 PM, Wed, Jan 22 @ 2:00 AM, Thu, Jan 30 @ 11:00 PM. Check your local PBS listings.

D-Day to V-E Day: World War II continued for almost 11 months after the successful Normandy landings in France on June 6, 1944, commonly known as D-Day.
American troops liberating Dachau Concentration Camp

At "The Liberators" documentary screening by the Zachor Foundation, Holocaust survivors, Ben Lesser and Joshua Kaufman discuss their reunions with the Yankee soldiers who liberated them from Dachau Concentration Camp.

   

Roumanian Holocaust survivor, Amram Deutsch, recounts his experiences in Nazi camps.

 

Czech Republic's Consul General Pavel Sepelak and Prof. Abraham Sion of Ariel University in Samaria discuss the Allies' mistake of sacrificing Czechoslovakia to delay war with Nazi Germany.

Watch acclaimed, "Son of Saul," drama here (since TV programmers omit the Oscar-winner this Holocaust Remembrance Week)


Auschwitz Nazi commands Son of Saul's Géza Röhrig
(Updated 1/23/20) Golden Globe and Academy Award winner, Son of Saul, depicts Hungarian-Jewish volunteers  participating in the National Socialists' genocide of Jewish Europeans at Auschwitz concentration camp. It may be the most realistic depiction of the worst genocide in the civilized world. Why, during the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, aren't staffs at TV channels showing it?

October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer (portrayed by Géza Röhrig) is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners removed from prison duty for electing to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son.



Mr. Rohrig's portrayal of the leading role in 2015 Holocaust drama "Son of Saul" helped earn the graphic Hungarian, Holocaust re-creation Best Foreign Language Film recognition from both Hollywood's Golden Globes and the Academy Awards in 2016.



Review of "Son of Saul-  A stunning, excoriating Holocaust drama" Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian 28 April '16:

Laslo Nemes on JooTube.TV
The experience of evil and the experience of being in hell are what are offered by this devastating and terrifying film by László Nemes, set in the Auschwitz II-Birkenau death camp in 1944.
Saul, played by the 48-year-old Hungarian actor Géza Röhrig, is a Jewish prisoner who has been made part of the Sonderkommando, inmates given tiny, temporary privileges in return for policing their own extermination. They must manage the day-to-day business of herding bewildered prisoners out of the trains and up to the very doors of the gas chambers and then removing the bodies, the chief task being to pacify the victims in advance with their simple presence, silently shoring up the Nazi soldiers’ reassuring lies about these being simply showers. They are bit-part players in a theatre of horror.

More than 40 dignitaries gathered in Jerusalem today to attend the World Holocaust Forum during International Holocaust Remembrance Week which culminates on Monday 27 January - commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
 

All US TV network affiliates in Los Angeles found it fit to pre-empt regular programming to air hours of the Senate's hearing to impeach the pro-Jewish President Donald Trump. The prosecution is being spearheaded by liberal Jewish Congressmen Adam Schiff and Jerome Nadler, supported by Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Despite Son of Saul's lauded, educational depiction of the conditions under European, National Socialist (Nazi) rule, just 4-years after winning the Oscar, no TV programmer in the US is telecasting Son of Saul. Why not?

  
For an International Holocaust Remembrance Day program in 2017, L.A. Museum of the Holocaust's Paul Nussbaum, and fellow, Hungarian-Jewish American immigrant, Steven Geiger, (founder of the Mensch Foundation) presented the film's screening, accompanied by a talk with Hungarian-Jewish actor Geza Rohrig, who portrayed "Son of Saul" Auslander.


Academy Award winning actor, Geza Rohrig ("Son of Saul") answered audience questions at L.A. Museum of the Holocaust's screening of Son of Saul on the weekend of Int'l Holocaust Remembrance Day in Los Angeles. Moderated by Paul S. Nussbaum, L.A. MotH's President.


Following the discussion with Son of Saul's Geza Rohrig and L.A. Museum of Holocaust's Paul Nussbaum, Mensch Foundation founder, Steven Geiger, introduces Tamas Szeles, Hungarian Consul General in Los Angeles.



"Son of Saul" spurs Mensch Foundation's Steven Geiger to offer an exposition of the history of Jewry and anti-Semitism in Hungary. 

Watch Son of Saul for $4 via YouTube pay-per-rental:


If you'd like to watch it on your big-screen O.T.T., though it is not on Netflix, it is on Amazon Prime Video here.

How director Laszlo Nemes' Hungarian-Jewish identity contributed to Son of Saul's winning Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Then Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Laszlo Nemes, reveals to JooTube his own Jewish identity- and responds to the dilemma of Jewish-centric questions in producing the film.

Following a Hollywood screening, Hungarian, anti-Semitism expert and author, Mrs. Susanne Reyto, reacts to the movie.

Mrs. Reyto explains how Arab countries adopted their Nazi-allies' political antisemitism to unify pan-Arab populations against. Under the guidance of Jerusalem Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini and Egypt's President Nasser, they Islamized Germany's propaganda experts to politicize existing Muslim Jew-hatred - to oppose the legal sanctuary for Jews in Palestine. 


They continued the expulsion of Jewish citizens from Arab countries, which started in Iraq in 1941. By Israel's statehood in 1948, Muslims had expelled approximately 900,000 Jewish citizens and appropriated their homes, property, possessions, savings, and businesses - in the Nazi-style.