British Jews: Corbyn Meeting Was 'Disappointing'

“’All who devour you will be devoured; all your enemies will go into exile. Those who plunder you will be plundered; all who make spoil of you I will despoil. But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’declares the Lord,‘ because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.’” Jer. 30: 16-17

BRITISH JEWS: CORBYN MEETING WAS ‘DISAPPOINTING’: Representatives of Britain’s Jewish community emerged on Tues. evening, 24 April 2018, frustrated with their long-awaited meeting with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over repeated incidents of anti-Semitism in the party. The talks between Corbyn and the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council, which lasted more than two hours, focused on their requests to take action against anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. “Our meeting with Jeremy Corbyn today was a disappointing missed opportunity regarding the problem of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party,” said a joint statement issued by the groups. “Words in letters and newspaper articles will never be enough,” they added. “We welcome the fact that Mr. Corbyn’s words have changed, but it is action by which the Jewish community will judge him and the Labour Party.” According to a report, the Jewish groups’ demands for strong Labour action against members accused of anti-Semitism received a bland response about the need to follow due process. "We will see whether he and the Labour Party have committed to the action we need against anti-Semitism,” the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council said in a joint statement. Last week, British members of Parliament from both sides of the Conservative-Labour political divide directed their anger at Corbyn in a highly charged debate on anti-Semitism – the first of its kind in the House of Commons. Much of the fiercest criticism regarding Corbyn’s leadership came from his own party’s benches. (J.Post) Pray that Jeremy Corbyn’s repeated anti-Semitic actions and words, along with members of like mind in the Labour party, will continue to be exposed, resulting in either a sincere change of actions or complete loss of political power.

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250 FRENCH INTELLECTUALS PEN LETTER DEMANDING ACTION ON ANTI-SEMITISM: A manifesto this week was penned by 250 French signatories calling on the government to make the fight against anti-Semitism a national cause. Notable signers of the letter include former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, singer Carla Bruni, former French prime minister Manuel Valls, author Bernard Henri-Levy, actor Gerard Depardieu and Philippe Val, the former director of Charlie Hebdo, among others. France, the authors wrote, has "become a theater of murderous anti-Semitism.” The letter notes that in recent history, 11 French Jews have been murdered because of their religion. In March 2018 alone, two French Jews were killed: Mireille Knoll and Jeremy Dahan. Knoll, a Holocaust survivor, was 85 years old when she was stabbed to death and set on fire in her Paris apartment. Knoll's murder came 11 months after the killing of Sarah Halimi, a 65-year-old Jewish woman who was beaten to death and thrown off the balcony of her Paris apartment in 2017. The authors place blame largely on radicalized Muslims in France, as well as on silence from the media. The letter includes several calls to action. The writers concluded the letter: "We ask that the fight against the democratic weakness that is anti-Semitism will become a national cause before it is too late. Before France is no longer France." (J.Post) 

BERLIN JEWISH COMMUNITY CALLS ON RESIDENTS TO SHOW SOLIDARITY IN ‘WEAR A KIPPA’ RALLY: Leaders of Berlin's Jewish community called on all residents of the German capital to wear a kippa and join them in a mass rally against anti-Semitism and intolerance on Wed. 25 April, 2018. The call for Berliners to show solidarity with the Jewish followed a violent anti-Semitic street attack last week in the city during which two men wearing kippas were harassed by a man who struck them with a belt. The perpetrator repeatedly shouted "Jew" in Arabic during the attack, which was filmed by one of the victims and shared on social media. German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the incident, saying the nation must win the battle against anti-Semitism. Nearly 100 groups and senior figures in German society lent their support to Wednesday's rally, including the Anne Frank Center, German Red Cross and German Institute for Human Rights. More than 2,000 people — Jews, Christians and Muslims — put on kippas in a show of solidarity in Berlin. And both men and women cheered when Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller told them, “Today, we all wear kippa. Today, Berlin is wearing kippa.” Jewish community leaders said it was the biggest such display in public since before World War II. (J.Post) Pray there will be growing co-operation within European nations, both among leaders and citizens, to defeat spiraling, and increasingly violent, anti-Semitism. Intercede also that many Jews, especially in France, Germany and the UK will act to make their homes in Israel.

ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS RISE TO RECORD LEVEL IN CANADA: Canada had a record number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2017, B’nai Brith Canada reported in its annual audit. There were 752 incidents of harassment, vandalism and violence, a 1.4 percent increase over the record 1,728 last year, according to the Audit of Antisemitic Incidents released 24 April 2018.The vast majority of the incidents took place in Canada’s two largest provinces. Ontario recorded nearly half the total, with 808, while Quebec had 474. The rest were scattered among the nation’s eight other provinces. Acts of anti-Semitic vandalism doubled to 322 from 158 — the audit called it a “whopping national increase.” It also saw as a “disturbing anti-Semitic trend” a rise in anti-Semitism from both the far right and far left of the political spectrum. (INN)

ORTHODOX JEWISH MAN CRITICALLY WOUNDED IN MANHATTAN STABBING: An Orthodox Jewish man is in critical condition after being stabbed repeatedly during an exchange in midtown Manhattan Monday afternoon 23 April 2018. Twenty-eight-year-old Jack Gindi was stabbed near the Empire State Building by 22-year-old Tyquan Bailey, a resident of Orange, New Jersey. Police say the stabbing was the apparent result of an argument between Gindi and Bailey, which may have been provoked simply by the two men accidentally bumping into each other as they walked down the street. Bailey, a deliveryman for FedEx, reportedly punched Gindi, knocking him to the ground, then proceeded to stab him repeatedly in the torso. Gindi was initially treated by emergency medics, then evacuated to Bellevue Hospital. Police apprehended Bailey, and took him into custody for the stabbing. Hospital officials said Gindi was critically wounded, but later said his condition was stable he is expected to survive. (INN) Pray for the full recovery and the comforting of Jack Gindi after such a brutal assault.

LIEBERMAN WARNS: ‘IF RUSSIAN S-300s ARE USED AGAINST US, WE’LL ACT AGAINST THEM’: Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tues. 24 April 2018 that his country would attack Russian S-300 air defense systems in Syria if they were used against Israeli targets. His remarks came a day after Russian media outlets reported that Moscow could soon start to deliver S-300 systems to its ally Damascus, and cited a source as warning of "catastrophic" consequences if they were attacked. "What's important to us is that the defensive weapons the Russians are giving Syria won't be used against us," said Lieberman. "If they're used against us, we'll act against them." Russia and Syria signed an accord in 2010 for the S-300 system but the missiles have not been delivered because of Israeli pressure, according to Russian sources.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier this month that no decision had yet been taken on the S-300 missiles. The Russians have deployed the S-300 around their own Tartus naval base on Syria's Mediterranean coast and the more advanced S-400 at their Hmeimim air base in western Syria. Israel and Syria are still technically at war, though the armistice line on the sector of the Golan Heights which the Jewish state seized from its Arab neighbor in 1967 was largely quiet for decades until the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011. The Israeli side of the Golan has since seen regular spillover fire, and Israel has allegedly carried out dozens of air strikes on Syrian armed forces and their allies. Israel says its strikes aim to stop advanced weapons deliveries to Hezbollah, a Lebanese terrorist group allied to the Syrian government and with which the Jewish state fought a devastating war in 2006. (Arutz-7)

WORLD’S LARGEST BICYCLE MARATHON COMES TO JERUSALEM: One of the most prestigious cycling events in the world will be taking place this Friday 27 April 2018. GFNY, the largest global cycling marathon series, will hold its first ever marathon in Israel, offering "a chance to race through the most historic city in the world" and "history’s most iconic landmarks dating back more than 3,000 years." Some 2,000 participants are expected to take part in the event, including 400 from overseas. The cyclists will enjoy riding along major historical sites such as the Old City, the Tower of David, the Jaffa Gate, Mount Scopus, the Hebrew University, the Judean Hills, the Knesset and Ein Kerem. Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze'ev Elkin called the event: " another step in transforming Jerusalem into an international tourist destination as well as a sporting one." (Arutz-7)

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