Greta (shown below) — a 16-year-old who can pass for 12 — has become an international star for her role in the traveling production of Climate Strike, a show sponsored by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and assorted socialist non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide.
The Climate Strike, which was attended by an estimated four million people worldwide on September 20, will continue with thousands of performances scheduled in countries all over the world in the coming week.
Among the show’s organizers was climate hysteric NGO 350.org, which claimed in a press release Friday:
Today was the biggest distributed climate mobilization ever seen. Organizers estimate that over four million took to the streets today, kicking off a week of actions in which more than 5,800 events will take place in 163 countries in all corners of the globe. Over 7,370 websites shut down and around 3,000 companies closed their doors in support of the Global Climate Strikes.
And young Greta was the star of it all. She delivered her lines quite well for a young actress. In front of an estimated 250,000 in New York City’s Battery Park, Greta spoke about the dangers to the planet from global warming and her frustration at the inaction of today’s politicians.
“What is the point in educating ourselves and learning the facts when the people in power refuse to listen to the educated and pay attention to the facts?” Greta asked. “Where I come from (Sweden) things are very different from here, but when it comes to the climate and ecological emergency, and the people in power, it is pretty much the same. In fact, everywhere I’ve been, the situation is more or less the same.”
Greta’s stirring soliloquy continued: “The people in power, their beautiful words are the same, the empty promises are the same, the lies are the same, and the inaction is the same. Nowhere have I found anyone in power who dares to tell it like it is, because no matter where you are, even that burden they leave to us, us teenagers, us children.”
Later, on Twitter, Greta issued a threat to anyone who might not believe that climate change is the crisis that she insists it is. “Over 4 million on #ClimateStrike today. And counting… If you belong to the small number of people who feel threatened by us, then we have some very bad news for you: This is just the beginning. Change is coming — like it or not.”
Greta’s performance, along with the climate brainwashing that the public schools and the media have been engaged in for decades now, affected many in the crowds around the globe — especially children, many of whom were given the day off from school to attend the event. New York City even gave its 1.1 million students permission to take the day off to attend climate strike events.
Unfortunately, many children aren’t seeing the whole climate change movement as the absurdist fiction that it is. Perhaps the saddest part of the climate change charade is that real children are truly afraid that their planet is in danger. They actually believe that the world is ending due to man’s “mishandling” of the climate.
One sign in the New York City crowd was especially telling. Fifteen-year-old Peri Micheva of Ward Melville High School in Suffolk County, New York, held up a sign, which read, “Why the f*** are we studying for a future that we don’t even have?”
Young Peri’s sign is symptomatic of the Malthusian theory, which is being propagated in public schools these days. Simply stated, the theory posits that human beings are the world’s main problem. As the human population continues to grow, food will become scarce, overcrowding will lead to wars and, of course, the environment will degrade. You can understand how those teachings could lead to some surly kids.
When government schools teach climate hysteria to children, it’s somewhat true that they are creating children who are passionate, politically active, and ready to go out and shout for the governments of the world to “do something” about the theoretical menace of climate change.
Greta Thunberg is a “brainwashed” child, says Jeremy Corbyn’s brother,
But for every politically active kid they produce, they are creating dozens who just don’t care. They’re creating a generation of nihilists who justify wasting their lives on video games on the assertion that their futures look dystopian at best.
Climate-change activists, politicians, and leftist government school systems have no qualms about using children as human shields in their attempt to use junk science and fear to overturn the current social and political order. Children, after all, are not responsible for what they are taught.
But in denying children information on the other side of the climate change-argument (and, yes, there is another side to that argument), the government school systems around the world are guilty of a kind of child abuse — the denial of hope.
Greta’s Parents Pictured in Antifa Gear & She Raised Funds for Antifa-supporting Organisation in Euro
“Yesterday I posted a photo wearing a borrowed T-shirt that says I’m against fascism,” she tweeted in July. “That T-shirt can apparently to some be linked to a violent movement. I don’t support any form of violence and to avoid misunderstandings I’ve deleted the post. And of course I am against fascism.”
Thunberg went on to criticize her detractors, claiming the shirt was innocuous, “can be bought anywhere” and is only linked to violence “according to some.” In recent days, however, photos have emerged showing her parents, Svante Thunberg and Malena Ernman, wearing the exact same t-shirt, throwing her whole explanation into question.
Yesterday I posted a photo wearing a borrowed T-shirt that says I’m against fascism. That T-shirt can apparently to some be linked to a violent movement. I don’t support any form of violence and to avoid misunderstandings I’ve deleted the post. And of course I am against fascism.
these shirts must be everywhere you guys keep ‘borrowing’
“She’s been pictured wearing pro-ANTIFA clothing & raising money for ANTIFA causes in Europe,” Kirk charged.
“This is the Democrats’ star witness—a supporter of domestic terrorism?”
Trump supporter Terrence K. Williams also questioned why Thunberg’s parents allow her to wear clothing associated with Antifa, which has faced calls by members of Congress to be labeled a domestic terror group.
Terrence K. Williams
WHY EXPLOIT CHILDREN?
Greta Thunberg said the world is coming to an extinction. Why is she not at school? Why do her parents have her in a Antifa Shirt ?
Libs say we shouldn’t speak about her but they bashed the innocent covington kids.
Greta Thunberg has collected funds for Antifa-supporting organisation
The Swedish climate oracle, Greta Thunberg, has recorded a song together with the band The 1975. In a tweet she promises that all revenue from the recording will go to the extreme-left environmental organisation, Extinction Rebellion.
In April, the fundamentalist environmentalists caused trouble on the streets of London. Moreover, its Swedish Antifa-supporting key person was sentenced to four years in prison for the Gothenburg riots in 2001.
It all started a few days ago when Greta Thunberg wore a left-wing supporting T-shirt, which caused noise all over Sweden. Now, the alternative news site Samhällsnytt has dug a little deeper to find out more about why Greta Thunberg was posing in her T-shirt, which is a copy of the Converse All Stars logo, except from the text which says “Antifascist All Stars”.
It turns out that together with the band The 1975, Greta Thunberg is preaching the end of the world, in which she is stating that all solutions to the climate crisis have failed.
Tweeting money for Extinction Rebellion
After recording of the song, Greta Thunberg tweeted: “New track from the @the1975 out today and I’m in it! So happy to collaborate with these great people. All our income from this track titled The 1975 – which will be the opening track on their upcoming album – will go to #ExtincionRebellion Time to Rebel!”
The environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion caused chaos worldwide, particularly on the streets of London this spring, and launched a second attempt in June to make the capital close down its most important functions.
The Swedish section of Extinction Rebellion is led by left-wing activist, Jonathan Pye, who participated in the 2001 Gothenburg riots, when the down-town city became a battle-field after left-wing extremists protested against the visit of former US President George W Bush during the EU summit in the city.
Jonathan Pye was sentenced to four years in prison after being one of the rioteers who threw bricks and stones at the Police and set restaurant furniture on fire at the prime street of Gothenburg, Kungsportsavenyn.
“Murder is not worth it”
Back then, Pye was an active member of AFA, a Swedish Antifa section. He did not regret any of his doings, he told Sveriges Radio in 2006.
He confirmed that he consciously uses violence as a tool in the political fight. “If I commit acts of violence it is like a game of chess. Then I think coldly and tactically”, he said in the interview. He did not mind attacking police officers with bricks and stones either. Pye also stated that he could consider murder – if it would be convenient.
“It would not be worth it for the time being, not by moral grounds, mainly practical”, Jonathan Pye said.
Greta Thunberg’s tweet is now erased, and so is the image of her wearing the left-wing supporting t-shirt, since neither she nor her mother said to have been aware of the extremist connections.
Officials at the Uniklinikums Halle hospital said it was treating two more people for gunshot injuries, including a victim undergoing surgery.
The video showed the gunman spending several minutes attempting to break into the synagogue, and swearing in German repeatedly as he failed, after firing at a gate in its perimeter wall and throwing homemade grenades into the neighboring Jewish cemetery.
A female passerby could be seen shouting at the gunman as she walked past, before he shot her multiple times in the back. Several other people seen in the footage, including an elderly cyclist and passing motorists and pedestrians, were spared.
“Sorry guys … one time loser always a loser,” the gunman said as he drove away down a road that led to a junction with a kebab shop. He threw a homemade grenade at the takeaway as the people inside ran into the back.
The gunman appeared to have a problem with what he called an “improvised weapon” and cursed before shooting a man hiding behind a drinks fridge at point-blank range.
The livestream showed him leaving the takeaway and opening fire in the street, before returning to the kebab shop and shooting the same victim several times.
He then stopped his car in the road and appeared to fire randomly over its roof towards motorists, before driving away. At the nearby village of Werschen, his vehicle was rammed and he was arrested.
40% of all Welfare Claimants in Germany are Nonwhite Invader “Refugees”
At least 40% of all welfare claimants in Germany are nonwhite invaders pretending to be refugees—costing German taxpayers over €4 billion every month to support at least 2.7 million spongers, new official statistics have revealed.
The official unemployment rate for Syrian citizens was 44.2 percent in June 2018, a slight decline from the previous year’s figure of 49.6 percent—but, as the report readily admitted, this figure is deceptive because those invaders attending the state-funded “integration courses” or a “vocational language course” are not counted as unemployed, but rather as “underemployed persons.”
The Hartz IV system also pays out to these people who “earn” so little from attending these patently bogus “courses” that they cannot make a “living” out of attending those courses.
In addition to this, the report continued, the Hartz IV figures do not include all the nonwhite invaders who have recently arrived and not yet “registered” or “accepted” as “asylum seekers.” These scroungers are paid from the budget of the Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz (“Asylum Seekers Benefits Act”) and are not part of the Hartz IV statistics. At any one stage there are hundreds of thousands of these invaders “awaiting a decision” on their status.
The latest report, created by the Federal Government after an Alternative für Deutschalnd (AfD) Member of Parliament, René Springer, asked for it, showed that as of September, around 63.6 percent of all Hartz IV recipients were “German citizens.”
Given that hundreds of thousands of Turks and other “immigrants” have German citizenship, it can be taken for granted that this figure is not representative of real—that is, white—Germans. This fact is borne out by the report itself, which says that the unemployment rate of “Germans” stands at 4,7 percent in total.
On average, a Hartz IV recipient with a wife and one child receives approximately €1,500 per month cash. 40 percent of the total number of Hartz IV recipients (6,73 million) works out to around 2,7 million claimants.
At €1,500 per claimant—and many claim much more than that—this works out to over €4 billion every month.
The statistics make it clear that the mass nonwhite influx has not “created wealth” or “boosted the economy, as the race-denying liberals claimed it would.
Instead, as AfD MP Springer commented, the only “integration” that is occurring is a “systematic immigration into our social welfare systems.”
In an announcement which has panicked Jews worldwide, US President Donald Trump has defended his decision to pull American special forces out of Syria, tweeting that the “USA should never have been in Middle East”—earning him “scathing bipartisan criticism” and “mounting concern in Israel,” according to the Times of Israel.
Trump lashed out over sharp bipartisan criticism of his decision to pull back US troops from northeastern Syria, saying he is focused on the “BIG PICTURE” that does not include American involvement in “stupid endless wars” in the Middle East.
“Fighting between various groups that has been going on for hundreds of years. USA should never have been in Middle East,” Trump said in a series of morning tweets. “The stupid endless wars, for us, are ending!”
Turkey launched its offensive Wednesday against Kurdish fighters in Syria, who have helped the US against the Islamic State. Turkey views the Syrian Kurdish fighters as terrorists, and Trump’s decision to pull back US troops leaves them vulnerable to the military onslaught.
Trump’s decision is being condemned by some of his staunchest Republican allies.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a close Trump ally, stepped up his criticism of the president Wednesday, telling “Fox & Friends” that if Trump “follows through with this, it would be the biggest mistake of his presidency.”
Graham on Monday had warned of the consequences for Israel, saying “The US now has no leverage and Syria will eventually become a nightmare for Israel.” And former Israeli ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, told the New York Times on Tuesday that he was no longer sure Israel could “bank on” on the US, under Trump, to come to Israel’s aid at a time of serious war.
Trump defended his unpopular decision, arguing on Twitter that “GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY!” He said the US went to war under a “false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. There were NONE!”
Trump said he is “slowly & carefully” bringing home “our great soldiers & military,” in line with his campaign promise to do so. He added: “Our focus is on the BIG PICTURE! THE USA IS GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!”
Trump also claimed the US has spent $8 trillion “fighting and policing” in the Middle East, up from the $7 trillion figure he has cited numerous times.
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While the Washington press corps obsessed over Hillary Clinton’s e-mails at the State Department, reporters were missing a far more important story about government secrets. After five decades of pretending otherwise, the Pentagon has reluctantly confirmed that Israel does indeed possess nuclear bombs, as well as awesome weapons technology similar to America’s.
Early last month the Department of Defense released a secret report done in 1987 by the Pentagon-funded Institute for Defense Analysis that essentially confirms the existence of Israel’s nukes. DOD was responding to a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by Grant Smith, an investigative reporter and author who heads the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy. Smith said he thinks this is the first time the US government has ever provided official recognition of the long-standing reality.
It’s not exactly news. Policy elites and every president from LBJ to Obama have known that Israel has the bomb. But American authorities have cooperated in the secrecy and prohibited federal employees from sharing the truth with the people. When the White House reporter Helen Thomas asked the question of Barack Obama back in 2009, the president ducked. “With respect to nuclear weapons, you know, I don’t want to speculate,” Obama said. That was an awkward fib. Obama certainly knows better, and so do nearly two-thirds of the American people, according to opinion polls. TOP ARTICLES1/5READ MORE‘We Will Not Sit Back and Let Transit Workers BeTreated Like Cannon Fodder’
In my previous blog, “What about Israel’s Nuclear Bomb?” I observed that the news media focused solely on Iran’s nuclear ambitions but generally failed to note that Israel already had nukes. That produced a tip about the Pentagon release in early February.
Yet the confirmation of this poorly kept secret opens a troublesome can of worms for both the US government and our closest ally in the Middle East. Official acknowledgement poses questions and contradictions that cry out for closer inspection. For many years, the United States collaborated with Israel’s development of critical technology needed for advanced armaments. Yet Washington pushed other nations to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which requires international inspections to discourage the spread of nuclear arms. Israel has never signed the NPT and therefore does not have to submit to inspections.
Washington knew all along what the inspectors would find in Israel. Furthermore, as far back as the 1960s, the US Foreign Assistance Act was amended by concerned senators to prohibit any foreign aid for countries developing their own nukes. Smith asserts that the exception made for Israel was a violation of the US law but it was shrouded by the official secrecy. Since Israel is a major recipient of US aid, American presidents had good reason not to reveal the truth.
The newly released report—“Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations”—describes Israel’s nuclear infrastructure in broad terms, but the dimensions are awesome. Israel’s nuclear research labs, the IDA researchers reported, “are equivalent to our Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.” Indeed, the investigators observed that Israel’s facilities are “an almost exact parallel of the capability currently existing at our National Laboratories.”
The IDA team visited Israeli labs, factories, private companies and government research centers in Israel and relevant NATO nations (details on NATO allies were redacted from the released version). On Israel, the tone of the report was both admiring and collegial. “The SOREQ center,” it said, for instance, “runs the full nuclear gamut of activities from engineering, administration and non-destructive testing for electro-optics, pulsed power, process engineering and chemistry and nuclear research and safety. This is the technology base required for nuclear weapons design and fabrication.”
The IDA team added: “It should be noted that the Israelis are developing the kind of codes which will enable them to make hydrogen bombs. That is, codes which detail fission and fusion processes on a microscopic and macroscopic level.” So far, The IDA estimated, Israel scientists were about where the US had been in the 1950s in understanding fission and fusion processes.
The report does not include a single declarative sentence that directly states the taboo—Israel has nukes—but the meaning is obvious. For many years, scholars and other experts have estimated that Israel has at least 100 to 200 bombs, possibly more.
Some of the IDA’s observations seem to hint at a copy-cat process in which the US government either actively helped or at least looked the other way while Israel borrowed or purloined technologies to establish a parallel nuclear system that looks a lot like America’s. The IDA document does not say anything, one way or the other, on the history of how this happened. But critics of Israel and advocates for banning all nuclear weapons have harbored suspicions for decades.
The Institute for Research: Middle East Policy, Smith said, is pushing another FOIA request aimed at the CIA, hoping to pry open long-secret intelligence investigations about how Israel managed to get the bomb in the first place. The institute is seeking disclosure of a CIA study that supposedly investigated how quantities of uranium were leaked or allegedly smuggled by Israeli agents from a Pennsylvania defense plant to provide seed corn for the Israel bomb.
Smith and others suspect that elements of the US government knew what happened back then or may even have assisted the stealthy transfer. That particular mystery was a hot issue back in the 1970s. It seems likely to get renewed interest now that the pretense of official ignorance has been demolished by release of the 1987 report.
However, the IDA’s most powerful message may not be what it says about Israel’s nukes but what it conveys about the US-Israel relationship. It resembles a technological marriage that over decades transformed the nature of modern warfare in numerous ways. The bulk of the report is really a detailed survey of Israel’s collaborative role in developing critical technologies—the research and industrial base that helped generate advanced armaments of all sorts. Most Americans, myself included, are used to assuming the US military-industrial complex invents and perfects the dazzling innovations, then shares some with favored allies like Israel.
That’s not altogether wrong but the IDA report suggests a more meaningful understanding. The US and Israel are more like a very sophisticated high-tech partnership that collaborates on the frontiers of physics and other sciences in order to yield the gee-whiz weaponry that now define modern warfare. Back in the 1980s, the two nations were sharing and cross-pollinating their defense research at a very advanced level.
Today we have as a result the “electronic battlefield” and many other awesome innovations. Tank commanders with small-screen maps that show where their adversaries are moving. Jet pilots who fire computer-guided bombs. Ships at sea that launch missiles over the horizon and hit targets 1,000 miles away.
I had to read the report several times before I grasped its deeper meaning. The language is densely technological and probably beyond anyone (like myself) who is not a physicist or engineer. The researchers reported on the state of play in electronic optical systems, plasma physics, laser-guided spacecraft, obscure communication innovations and many other scientific explorations that were underway circa 1987.
Finally, it dawned on me. These experts were talking in the 1980s about technological challenges that were forerunners to the dazzling innovations that are now standard. I saw some of these new war-fighting devices in the late 1990s when I wrote a short book on the post-Cold War military struggling to redefine itself when it no longer had the Soviet Union as an enemy (Fortress America: The American Military and the Consequence of Peace).
While reporting on numerous military bases—land, sea and air—I saw some of the early attempts at battlefield communications and guidance systems. A lot of the new stuff didn’t work very well. Soldiers and commanders sometimes had to put it aside or work around it. Drones at that stage were still on the drawing boards, known as UAV’s—“unmanned aerial vehicles.”
The Middle East wars became the live-fire testing ground where new systems were perfected. The consequences of peace were brushed aside by the terror of 9-11. War became America’s continuous preoccupation.
Israel participated importantly in developing groundwork for some of the wonder weapons and, as the IDA survey makes clear, Israeli physicists or engineers were sometimes a few steps ahead of their American counterparts. To be sure, the Israelis were junior partners who brought “technology based on extrapolations of US equipment and ideas.” But the report also observed: “Much Israeli fielded electronic warfare and communications [is] ahead of US fielded equipment.”
On several occasions, the research team spoke of “ingenious” or “Ingeniously clever” solutions that Israeli technologists have found for mind-bending problems of advanced physics. The IDA team also suggested opportunities for American researchers to piggy-back on what Israel had discovered or to team up with one of their R&D centers. Yale’s Office of Naval Research, IDA suggested, should collaborate with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
“Scientists at RAFAEL [another Israeli center] have come up with an ingenious way of using the properties of a glow discharge plasma to detect microwave and millimeter waves,” the report said. “The attractiveness of the project lies in the ability of the discharge to withstand nuclear weapons effects.”
This observation gave a me a chill because the earnest defense scientists have yet to find a way for human beings “to withstand nuclear weapons effects.”
It would be good to keep in mind that these extraordinary breakthroughs in technology have one purpose—fighting wars—and are intended to give still greater advantage to advanced nations like the US and Israel that dwarf more primitive adversaries. Many of the new technologies, it is true, will find commercial applications that improve everyday lives (some already have). Yet it is also true that our advances in high-tech killing power have not subdued all the enemies.
They find irregular ways to fight back. They blow the legs off our soldiers. They plant home-made bombs in crowded restaurants. They recruit children to serve as their guided missiles. They capture and slaughter innocent bystanders, while our side merely bombs the villages from high altitude. The victims do not see our way as pristine or preferable. Their suffering becomes their global recruiting.
The highly successful partnership of American and Israeli military science is one more reason it will be most difficult to disentangle from the past and turn the two countries in new directions, either together or separately. But many people are beginning to grasp that lopsided wars—contests between high-tech and primitive forms of destruction—do not necessarily lead to victory or peace. They have led the United States into more wars.
How Israel Hid Its Secret Nuclear Weapons Program
An exclusive look inside newly declassified documents shows how Israel blocked U.S. efforts to uncover its secret nuclear reactor.
Avner Cohen is a professor of nonproliferation studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and the author ofIsrael and the Bomb.
William Burr is a senior analyst at the National Security Archive, George Washington University, where he directs the Archive’s Nuclear Documentation Project and edits its special Web page, The Nuclear Vault.
For decades, the world has known that the massive Israeli facility near Dimona, in the Negev Desert, was the key to its secret nuclear project. Yet, for decades, the world—and Israel—knew that Israel had once misleadingly referred to it as a “textile factory.” Until now, though, we’ve never known how that myth began—and how quickly the United States saw through it. The answers, as it turns out, are part of a fascinating tale that played out in the closing weeks of the Eisenhower administration—a story that begins with the father of Secretary of State John Kerry and a familiar charge that the U.S. intelligence community failed to “connect the dots.”
In its final months, even as the Kennedy-Nixon presidential race captivated the country, the Eisenhower administration faced a series of crises involving Cuba and Laos. Yet, as the fall of 1960 progressed, President Dwight D. Eisenhower encountered a significant and unexpected problem of a new kind—U.S. diplomats learned and U.S. intelligence soon confirmed that Israel was building, with French aid, a secret nuclear reactor in the Negev Desert. Soon concluding that the Israelis were likely seeking an eventual nuclear weapons capability, the administration saw a threat to strategic stability in the Middle East and a nuclear proliferation threat. Adding fuel to the fire was the perception that Israel was deceitful, or had not “come clean,” as CIA director Allen Dulles put it. Once the Americans started asking questions about Dimona, the site of Israel’s nuclear complex, the Israelis gave evasive and implausible cover stories.
A little anecdote about an occurrence sometime in September 1960 sheds light on the development of U.S. perceptions that Israel was being less than honest about Dimona. That month, Addy Cohen, then the young director of the Foreign Aid Office at the Israeli Finance Ministry, hosted U.S. ambassador to Israel Ogden Reid and some of his senior staff for a tour of the Dead Sea Works—a large Israeli potash plant in Sdom, on the Dead Sea coast of Israel. The Israeli Air Force provided a Sikorsky S-58 helicopter to fly the American group from Tel Aviv to Sdom. As they were returning on the helicopter, near the new town of Dimona, Reid pointed to a huge industrial site under heavy construction and asked what it was.
Ambassador Reid’s question may not have been that innocent. A few months earlier, the U.S. embassy at Tel Aviv had already heard rumors—which it reported back to Washington—about a secret nuclear complex under construction in the Negev. This was a good opportunity to ask questions to an Israeli official who might know. As it happened, Cohen, a close aide to Finance Minister Levi Eshkol, was indeed the right person. He knew about the secret project because Dimona “was discussed in one of the Treasury Ministry executive meetings under Eshkol.” Cohen also knew that he could not share what he knew with his American friends.
“I was not prepared to Ambassador Reid’s question” about the Dimona site, recalls Cohen, who is now 87 and lives in Israel, so “I ad-libbed by referring to Trostler, the Jerusalemite architect [a relative of his wife], who actually designed a textile plant there” at Dimona.
“Why, that’s a textile plant,” Cohen responded to the question. Cohen’s answer was not completely false, but it was surely evasive. Looking back, Cohen told us this month, “It may have transpired that I was the first one who referred to the project as a ‘textile plant,’ but I can assure you that it was not planned.”
Over the years, the “textile factory” story has been cited often as Israel’s official early cover story and it acquired legendary status, but exactly when the story came about has been a mystery. Cohen’s new statement, paired with recently unearthed U.S. government documents, clarifies for the first time this historical puzzle and sheds new light on how Washington missed warning signs about Dimona, how it belatedly discovered the reactor and, later, how it reacted to the finding. It’s a particularly fascinating story set against the backdrop of the modern-day international negotiations over Iran’s budding nuclear ambition and the secrets its program holds.
The Eisenhower administration’s “discovery” of Dimona was belated indeed, more than five years after Israel had made a secret national commitment to create a nuclear program aimed at providing an option to produce nuclear weapons; more than three years after Israel had signed a secret comprehensive nuclear bargain with France; and two years or more after Israel had begun the vast excavation and construction work at the Dimona site. It was clearly a major blunder of American intelligence. In comparative terms, it was probably as severe as the failures to anticipate the Indian nuclear tests of 1974 and 1998.
What was a breakdown of U.S. intelligence was a tremendous counterintelligence success for Israel, providing precious time for the highly vulnerable Dimona project. Had the United States discovered Dimona two years earlier—even a year earlier—the young and fragile undertaking might not have survived the weight of U.S. and world pressure generally.
This article, recounting the Dimona discovery and its implications, is based on a special collection of declassified documents published on Wednesday by the National Security Archive, the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California.
The Israeli Decision and Lapses in U.S. Intelligence
The Americans were truly surprised by the audacity of the Israeli nuclear project. Soon after Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion came to power in 1955, he launched a secret initiative to determine whether, and how, Israel could build a nuclear infrastructure to support a national program aimed at producing nuclear explosives. A senior defense official named Shimon Peres took charge of the project. Within three years, he did the almost impossible—transforming the idea of a national nuclear program from a vague vision into a real technological achievement. Unlike the chairman of the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission, professor David Ernst Bergmann, who preached self-reliance, Peres believed that Israel must not and could not reinvent the wheel—it had to focus on finding a foreign supplier who could provide the most comprehensive nuclear package possible suited for a weapons-oriented program.
By 1958, Peres had drawn up the project’s master plan: France would be the primary foreign supplier of the reactor and related technology, Norway would provide the heavy water and possibly be the backup plan, and the United States, through a small peaceful package gathered under Eisenhower’s “Atoms of Peace” program, would serve as the camouflage for the whole project—mostly as a way to conceal the Dimona project from the United States itself. The camouflage was the U.S. “Atoms for Peace”-financed 1 MW light water “swimming pool” reactor at Nachal Soreq.
This brings us to secrecy, because Dimona is the story of a huge secret. Secrecy was essential to shield and insulate the highly vulnerable, newly born project from hostile outsiders. At the very core, of course, it was an Israeli secret—the largest, most awesome and longest-held secret that Israel has ever generated. But it was more than just an Israeli secret; Israel’s partners France and Norway also wanted secrecy.
In a sense, the secrecy surrounding Dimona was aimed primarily at the United States. Of all the powers, Washington posed the greatest threat. Since the time of the Baruch Plan in 1946, the United States was on the record as an opponent of the spread of nuclear weapons. Moreover, Washington helped create the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 1957, the very same year the French-Israeli deal was signed, and since then it had promoted the establishment of an international safeguards system. Should the Dimona secret have been compromised, the United States would have likely exercised pressure on France and Israel either to terminate the project altogether or at least to submit it to international safeguards.
Yet the United States had inklings that Israel was up to something. In 1958, a U.S. diplomat in Tel Aviv learned from a conversation with Bergmann that the Israelis had a reactor project underway. But no one followed this up. The next year, in mid-1959, Richard Kerry (father of future Secretary of State John Kerry), a political officer at the U.S. embassy in Oslo, learned that Norway was selling to Israel 20 tons of heavy water, a key ingredient for the Dimona reactor. As the United Kingdom had an excess stock of Norwegian-supplied heavy water, the British secretly shipped it directly to Israel. This permitted the Norwegian company NORATOM to make the product available without needing political clearance from top levels of the Norwegian government. Kerry’s report back to Washington went to the mid-levels of the Atomic Energy Commission and the State Department. Although the Israelis pledged peaceful use for the heavy water, there is no record that the report circulated at high levels, let alone that it raised questions by Secretary of State Christian Herter about what the Israelis would be doing with heavy water and a new reactor.
Why these 1958 and 1959 reports were buried in obscurity at the time remains a mystery. It remains an open question whether some people in the U.S. intelligence community or the State Department were sympathetic to the Israelis and deliberately concealed or bypassed certain information. According to Dino Brugioni, an analyst who served at the CIA Photographic Intelligence Center, the U-2 program was generating photographs of the Dimona construction site, plainly indicating a nuclear project. That intelligence, Brugioni told one of us years ago, was presented to President Eisenhower by Brugioni’s boss, Arthur C. Lundahl. Yet, when Eisenhower learned about those findings, his attitude was apparently one of indifference.
So how did Washington finally discover Dimona, and why was the attitude one of great concern? The story that we reconstruct here, which is based upon newly unearthed, hitherto obscure primary sources, is still incomplete and fragmentary. Much of the record is still classified at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, not only in State Department files but also in the records of the Atomic Energy Commission. Indeed, over 100 documents from 1960-61 still remain classified at NARA until a pending declassification request sets them free. Yet, based on the available declassified record, it is possible to tell a fascinating story, much of which is novel.
The first report that Israel was secretly building a large nuclear reactor with French assistance came to the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv through an American source. In late July 1960, David Anderson, an employee of American Machine and Foundry Atomics—the company that installed the Atoms for Peace reactor at Nachal Soreq—informed U.S. Embassy officials that he had heard that French personnel were constructing “a 60 megawatt atomic power reactor” in the Beersheba area. His source was an Israeli oil company director who told Anderson that the French nationals were working on a project described to him as “gas cooled power reactor capable of producing approximately 60 megawatts of electrical power.” Anderson’s understanding was that the project had been underway for “about two years,” with the completion date two years off. This report is the first and earliest available U.S. document that makes explicit reference to the Dimona project as it was actually underway.
When the U.S intelligence community got wind of the embassy report, it took time to digest it; U.S. officials realized that more information was needed, given that they had no independent sources to corroborate the report. The CIA formulated a list of questions about French-Israeli collaboration, including the organizations involved in the project, reactor specifications and plans for spent fuel, e.g., whether the Israelis were building a chemical separation plant. Only in October 1960 did the State Department send the CIA questions as an “Instruction” to the U.S. embassy in Israel, with the embassy in Paris and the U.S. mission to the IAEA also receiving copies. The request for information did not get high priority; it had a “Routine collection priority.”
If the U.S. embassy in Israel sent back a formal response, it is still unknown. But U.S. military attachés in Israel started collecting information and taking photographs as surreptitiously as they could. One attempt to ferret out information is known. In November 1958, John Rouleau, the AEC’s representative in Paris, tried unsuccessfully, meeting with complete denial from an unnamed official of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). That official “stated flatly that the French CEA was not collaborating with the Israelis in the construction of a nuclear power reactor.” In retrospect, it is impossible to say whether the CEA interlocutor really knew nothing about Dimona—the deal was highly compartmentalized and secret within the CEA—or whether he made a deliberate effort to mislead the United States. Strictly speaking, of course, his statement was not a lie since the Dimona reactor was not a power reactor.
The French denial did little to knock Washington off the scent, as the U.S. government was beginning to use its own sources, including British intelligence. In late November 1960, Secretary of State Herter, who was greatly concerned about nuclear proliferation, brought up the matter directly with British Ambassador Harold Caccia: Washington had unconfirmed reports that a “plutonium-producing reactor may be being built in Israel with French aid.” Furthermore, France may be giving the Israelis the “know how” to build “crude atomic bombs.”
Finally, that same month, a unique human source came forward: Flying to Ann Arbor on his way back from Israel, professor Henry Gomberg, from the faculty of the University of Michigan’s nuclear engineering department, briefly stopped in Paris and met with Roleau. As a guest of the Israeli AEC—a consultant on nuclear education matters—Gomberg had picked up some “urgent and secret” pieces of information (and suspicions) about a large classified Israeli nuclear program that he wanted to share with U.S. government officials. Several days later, on December 1, Gomberg came to Washington for a full joint debriefing of AEC and State Department officials. The CIA also debriefed him. Gomberg had reasons to be convinced that Dimona closely resembled France’s Marcoule reactor, which was part of France’s weapons program. Certainly, he believed, the Israelis were creating a much larger and more thorough nuclear training program than was needed by their own declared activities. One of his sources provided unexpected information: Some Israeli technicians expected to be working with gram-size quantities of plutonium and curie quantities of polonium. The plutonium issue clearly had nuclear weapons implications.
Gomberg’s information probably reinforced the thinking of intelligence community officials who already had underway a Special National Intelligence Estimate (SNIE) on Dimona, titled “Implications of the Acquisition by Israel of a Nuclear Weapons Capability.” On December 8, CIA Director Dulles signed off on the SNIE, which concluded that “on the basis of all available evidence” plutonium production for nuclear weapons “is at least one major purpose of this effort.” The “surrounding” secrecy and Dimona’s remote location were strong evidence of the military purposes. Moreover, Israel would be able to “produce some weapons grade plutonium in 1963-64 and possibly as early as 1962.” Such a development could cause “consternation” in the Arab world, which would put blame both on Paris and Washington for Dimona; moreover, it could simultaneously reduce “inhibitions” worldwide against nuclear proliferation and create international pressures to reverse the spread of nuclear weapons. That same day, Dulles briefed Eisenhower and the National Security Council on the estimate and passed around the photographs of the Dimona site.
The SNIE was only the first cut; more needed to be known about Dimona, and some old information would soon be rediscovered, such as the 1959 reports from Richard Kerry about the heavy water from Norway. Herter had an opportunity in mid-December to find out more when he was in Paris for a NATO meeting. There he saw his French counterpart, Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville, who acknowledged the secret French-Israeli deal to build a “replica of [the] Marcoule plant.” Under the agreement, Couve de Murville added, France would supply Israel the raw materials and receive any plutonium produced by the plant. The Israelis would not make any public statement without first consulting the French government. In reply to Herter’s question about how the plant was financed, Couve stated that he “assumed the money came from” you. Herter understood Couve’s comment to mean that the project was financed by the “diversion of U.S. government or private [American] aid.”
A few days later, on December 19, press stories—based on leaks by AEC director John McCone—were appearing, and Eisenhower met with top advisers for an in-depth discussion of the Israeli nuclear program. Some were convinced that it was a military project and that there was a plan for a secret reprocessing plant to produce plutonium. Top officials were deeply concerned by the role of U.S. tax-exempt funds in underwriting the secret project, a problem that potentially could have raised difficult domestic political questions.
Dilemmas for U.S. Policy
But Eisenhower’s preferred diplomatic solution to the Dimona challenge was also challenging. IAEA had been founded as an institution that would develop capabilities to safeguard nuclear reactors and prevent diversion of resources into military uses. Therefore, Eisenhower believed that Israel should “forthwith open the plants,” not only to IAEA inspections but also to visits by U.S. expert scientists. Above all, however, Eisenhower and his advisers wanted Israel to be forthcoming privately and publicly about exactly what it was doing in the Negev.
Thus, the Eisenhower administration—which had only a month left in office—was circumspect in its reaction to the discovery. A diplomatic confrontation would have been politically impossible. The newly found documents indicate that a huge gap existed between what senior U.S. officials said to each other about Dimona and what they said to the Israelis. While they recognized clear weapons intentions that posed a significant proliferation risk, when talking to the Israelis they masked their irritation and suspicion. Opting for a cautious approach, they avoided a quarrel and confined themselves—first, to seeking answers about Dimona and Israel’s intentions, and, second, to encouraging Israel to accept visits by U.S. scientists and IAEA safeguards as ways to constrain Israeli freedom of action.
On December 22, Ben-Gurion gave a statement in the Knesset on the matter of Dimona—the only such statement ever given—pledging that the reactor was solely for peaceful purposes, a statement welcomed by the State Department. Two days later, Reid, the U.S. ambassador, finally had a long discussion with Ben-Gurion. The latter was plainly irritated about the questions and the press reports: “Why in [the] States is everything being told [by] everybody?” Yet his account of the Dimona project consisted of the same story that he had told the Knesset: The project was for the economic development of Israel and of the Negev in particular; electric power was a badly needed resource. Yet when Reid asked if the reactor would be producing power, Ben-Gurion said no; it was for research and training.
Truly candid, however, was the Finance Ministry’s Cohen, the man who three months earlier had referred to the site as a “textile factory.” In discussions with embassy and foreign aid officials, he gave the impression that the reactor would “eventually be used for weapons purposes” as a “‘deterrent’ to Arab action against Israel.” Cohen further admitted that the government of Israel had “been misbehaving a little,” no doubt a reference to the cover stories and perhaps also to the improper use of U.S.-supplied funds. Indeed, Cohen worried that Washington would cut aid or delay promised funds, but that did not happen, although U.S. officials did discuss such delays.
Cohen’s frankness and Ben-Gurion’s non-answers made U.S. government officials annoyed that the Israelis had been trying to pull the wool over their eyes. Assistant Secretary of State Lewis worried about what he saw as “intemperate” reactions by U.S. officials but recognized the widespread impression that “the Israelis have inexcusably duped us.” To the State Department, Ben-Gurion’s replies about Dimona “appear evasive.” The “clearly apparent lack of candor” was “difficult to reconcile with [the] confidence which had traditionally characterized U.S.-Israel relations.” The department continued to press for more candid answers from the Israelis about Dimona, especially whether they had a nuclear weapons program in mind.
In early January 1960, Ambassador Reid brought these questions up in another meeting with Ben-Gurion. The telegram itself remains classified, but a summary is available. The essence of the matter, according to Ben-Gurion, was that: (1) Israel “has no plans for producing nuclear weapons”; (2) Israel had no plutonium, but “as far as we know” returning the plutonium produced by the reactor was a “condition” imposed by the country (France) that sold the uranium; and (3) it would not accept IAEA inspection, especially if Russians were involved, or international safeguards “until all reactors are treated as equals.” The implication was that Israel would not accept international safeguards and inspections until they applied to every reactor around the world. Ben-Gurion, however, did allow for the possibility of visits by representatives of “friendly power,” an offer that the incoming Kennedy administration would pursue. How State Department officials interpreted these statements remains unknown, but they probably saw the answer about nuclear weapons as evasive.
More answers would come from the French, who asserted that plutonium produced in the reactor would be returned to France, that France and Israel had agreed that the reactor was for “exclusively peaceful use” and that French inspectors would be visiting the reactor. Yet what mechanisms were in place to assure that the French took the plutonium and to assure that Israel kept its pledges remained unclear.
Sometime in late January 1961, days after John F. Kennedy was sworn in, the U.S. Joint Atomic Energy Intelligence Committee prepared a “post-mortem” study on the SNIE on Dimona. This document is one of the most intriguing documents in the collection. Its aim was to explain why the U.S. intelligence community had failed to detect in real time the Israeli nuclear project, and, indeed, how late it was in making that determination. It provides an account of what was known, and when, about the Israeli nuclear program, concluding that Washington might have seen through Israeli “secrecy or deception” and better understood Israeli intentions at least a year earlier if the “atomic energy intelligence community had properly interpreted” the available information. In essence, the overall conclusion was that the root cause of the delay was not so much the absence of information as that some important reports and items of information had been lost in the shuffle and the dots not properly connected.
As the classification of this document is only “secret,” and the document is relatively brief and deliberately vague about the intelligence means and sources employed in the final determination (e.g., it does not refer explicitly to the U-2 flights), it is quite possible that the intelligence community had more sensitive information that it excluded from this version of the post-mortem or that a more thorough report on the subject existed with higher classification.
Ultimately, the challenge of Dimona was too big for Eisenhower to resolve; it had to fall in the lap of his newly elected successor. Ben-Gurion would tell Kennedy the very same cover story and make sure that U.S. visitors to Dimona learned very little. Israel continued to refuse IAEA safeguards on Dimona. And Washington would discover that France had little power to ensure that Israeli kept its promises.
The dilemma the Eisenhower administration faced after the discovery of Dimona in December 1960-January 1961 would endure for the entire decade. From then on, three successive U.S. administrations—under presidents Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon—would have to deal with it as well. Kennedy chose the toughest path of struggle and confrontation in his effort to check the program; Johnson realized that the U.S. had limited leverage on the issue and planted the seeds of compromise and looked the other way; finally, in a bargain with Prime Minister Golda Meir, Nixon accepted the Israel’s de facto nuclear status as long as it stayed secret—a controversial and unacknowledged deal that remains in place effectively through the current day.
West Germany ‘secretly funded Israel’s nuclear bomb’, despite Israel denials
Former chancellor Konrad Adenauer has long been accused of secretly channelling hundreds of millions of dollars into Israel’s nuclear programme in the 1960s
Israel’s top secret nuclear facility in the southern Israeli town of Dimona Photo: Channel 10/AP
By Justin Huggler, Berlin
4:35PM BST 14 Apr 2015
West Germany secretly funded the development of Israel’s nuclear weapons, a German newspaper has claimed, despite Israeli denials.
Welt newspaper repeated long-standing allegations that the government of former chancellor Konrad Adenauer secretly channelled hundreds of millions of dollars into Israel’s nuclear programme in the 1960s.
Konrad Adenauer West German chancellor pictured in the 1950s (INTERFOTO /Alamy)
Sir Keir Starmer: I will judge my success at tackling Labour antisemitism by the return of Jewish members
In first act as party’s new leader, Jeremy Corbyn’s replacement apologises ‘on behalf of the Labour Party’ for ‘poison’ of anti-Jewish hate
The Jewish Chronicle
New Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has vowed to “tear out the poison” of antisemitism with his party “by its roots”.
In a speech, pre-recorded ahead of Saturday’s confirmation that he had been elected to replace Jeremy Corbyn, Sir Keir, a former director of public prosecutions, also said that anti-Jewish racism had “been a stain on our party.”
He added: “I have seen the grief it’s brought to so many Jewish communities. On behalf of the Labour Party, I am sorry.”
Sir Keir, who was elected on the first ballot with 56.2 per cent of the vote, said he would ”judge success by the return of Jewish members”.Keir Starmer✔@Keir_Starmer
It’s the honour and privilege of my life to be elected as Leader of the Labour Party.
I will lead this great party into a new era, with confidence and hope, so that when the time comes, we can serve our country again – in government.
Rebecca Long-Bailey, who was forced to deny she was a “continuity Corbyn” candidate, got 28 per cent of the vote, while Lisa Nandy received 16 per cent.
Sir Keir made antisemitism – alongside a vow to “engage constructively with the government” over the current Covid-19 emergency and a vow to to improve the pay and conditions faced by NHS workers – one of main messages of his victory speech.
The Jewish Labour Movement’s parliamentary chair Dame Margaret Hodge offered congratulations to the new Labour leader adding she wanted to “work with Keir so Labour can demonstrate zero tolerance and rid ourselves of the scourge of antisemtism.”
The Barking and Dagenham MP added: “We have to draw a line under the last four years. He will be judged by his actions not his words.”
Ilford South Labour MP Wes Streeting told the JC: “This is a remarkable result that many thought impossible – even at the start of this contest.
“We know that Keir is someone of integrity and substance. I have no doubt that when he said he will tear the poison of antisemitism out by its roots he meant it.
“I will be proud to knock on doors and recommend Keir Starmer to be our country’s next Prime Minister and I believe that through our actions we will be able to win back trust.”
Mike Katz, JLM’s national chair, added: “This change of leadership must mark a turning point for Labour in its relationship with the Jewish community.
“Nobody should be under any illusion: restoring trust will take effort, time and political will.
“We need to see strong, moral leadership on the vital task of ridding the Labour Party of antisemitism from the outset and changing a toxic culture that tolerates racism.”
In a he letter sent to all Labour MPs, Sir Keir referred to the need to make amends to the “Jewish community”, urging them to “face the future with “honesty and candour”.
He added: “That is why I used my first words as Leader to apologise to the Jewish community. It will take time to rebuild trust but with your support we can do it.”
Richard Burgon – the Leeds East MP who once said ”Zionism is the enemy of peace” – trailed in third place behind Angela Rayner in the poll for the new Labour deputy leader.
Jewish Leadership Council chair Jonathan Goldstein: “We congratulate Sir Keir Starmer on his election as Labour Leader and Angela Rayner on her election as Deputy Leader.
“We hope that this will be the beginning of a healing process between the Party and our community.
“Along with our partners, we look forward to discussions with the new leadership as to how we can all move forward and eradicate the scourge of anti-Jewish bigotry that has infected the Party.”
Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl welcomed the election of Sir Keir and Ms Rayner, noting they had both signed up to the Board’s 10 pledges to combat Labour antisemitism.
She said: “Now they must act to rid the party of the awful disease of anti-Jewish racism.
“As the Corbyn era comes to an end, it is clear that history will not look kindly on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party, where anti-Jewish racism has been allowed to run amok and some at the highest levels of the Party have appeared to collude to protect – rather than discipline – antisemites.”
Mrs van der Zyl added that the Board would now work with the party to “draw a line under this awful period in Labour’s history and that the party can begin to repair its relationship with the Jewish community in the months and years ahead”.
Sir Keir had written to the Board to say he was “saddened to learn of the particularly high death rate in the Jewish community” as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter sent to Board President on Saturday evening, Sir Keir wrote: “Please be assured of my sympathy and solidarity at this time, and if there is anything the Labour Party can do, please let me know.”
Sir Keir said he would like to hold a “video conference” with the Board, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Community Security Trust and the Jewish Labour Movement, stressing he wanted to personally write to Mrs van der Zyl on becoming leader to confirm his commitment to stamping out anti-Jewish racism in his party.
He said his office “would be in touch shortly” to organise the meeting.
Meanwhile, in the ballot for Labour’s governing body, the National Executive Committee (NEC), there were significant losses for the left-wing of the party.
Johanna Baxter and Gurinder Singh Josan were both chosen to replace the pro-Corbyn Navendu Mishra and Claudia Webbe as local party representatives on the NEC.
Meanwhile Carol Sewell was elected by Labour members as the new NEC BAME representative and will replace former MP Keith Vaz who recently stood down.
Sir Keir confirmed he had appointed Morgan McSweeny as his chief of staff, replacing Karie Murphy, who has long been criticised over her failure to stamp out antisemitism under Mr Corbyn.
General Secretary Jennie Formby is expected to also leave her current role, as reported by the JC this week.
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Anti-semitism has become “disturbingly normalised” in Europe, as almost 40 percent of the European Jewish community is considering leaving their home countries because they no longer feel safe, according to a survey by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency published on Monday (10 December).
Nearly 90 percent of respondents said that anti-semitism has been on the rise since 2013.
A billboard in Hungary on US billionaire Soros: ‘Let’s not allow him to have the last laugh’, with ‘vampire’ daubed sprayed on it (Photo: Lydia Gall/Human Rights Watch)
Some 70 years after six million Jews were murdered in Europe, Jews on the continent once again refrain from wearing their kippa, the religious cap, and hide their mezuzas, usually hung on doorposts, to protect themselves.
The EU’s Vienna-based agency surveyed almost 16,500 individuals who identify as being Jewish in 12 EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, where altogether over 96 percent of the EU’s estimated Jewish population live.
The results are “extremely worrying”, justice commissioner Vera Jourova told journalists on Monday.
Nine in 10 (89 percent) respondents feel that anti-semitism increased in their country in the last five years, more than eight in 10 (85 percent) consider it to be a serious problem and name it as their number one fear ahead of other social or political concerns.
Nine in ten also think anti-semitism is the most problematic on the internet and on social media (89 percent), while 73 percent consider it to be an issue in public spaces, in the media (71 percent) and in political life (70 percent).
Common comments Jews are faced with include: “Jews have too much power” (43 percent) and that “Jews exploit Holocaust victimhood for their own purposes” (35 percent).
People face so much anti-semitic abuse that some of the incidents they experience appear trivial to them.
Physical harassment is also an issue, with 28 percent of respondents have been harassed at least once in the past year.
From those who experienced anti-semitic harassment in the past five years, some 79 percent did not report this to the police or another organisation.
In Germany 41 percent of respondents said they had suffered anti-semitic harassment in the past year.
Seventy percent consider that efforts by EU countries to combat anti-semitism are ineffective.
Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans called anti-semitism a “disease.”
“It is slipping more and more into the political rhetoric, as those who are familiar with that rhetoric in the past are slowly passing away,” he said, calling on member states to do more.
Timmermans, who runs as the lead candidate of the socialists in next year’s European elections, also had a poke at the centre-right, whose lead candidate, Manfred Weber, often refers to Europe’s ‘Christian heritage’.
“Those who appeal all the time to ‘Christian’ values, should understand that part of the Christian values that we forever distance ourselves from anti-semitism,” Timmermans said.
“There is no Europe, if Jews don’t feel safe in Europe,” the Dutch politician added.
Warning for Orban
Asked about Hungarian government’s stance on anti-semitism, Timmermans had a warning for Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban – a hardline anti-migration politician who likes to portray himself as the defender of Christian Europe.
“Since prime minister Orban is so vocal in he wants to combat anti-semitism, and preserve our, as he calls it, Judeo-Christian heritage, I would call upon him to avoid dog-whistle words, to avoid any form of campaigning that could be seen as implicitly anti-semitic,” he said referring to a massive campaign by the Hungarian government accusing, without evidence, US billionaire George Soros, who is Jewish, of wanting to transport a million migrants into Europe.
“If that is the impression he [Orban] wants to avoid, he should be clearer how he operates, because clearly some of the campaigns he is been doing have led to anti-semitic responses in the Hungarian society,” Timmermans said.
“The campaign against George Soros, although the Hungarian authorities deny that there is any element of anti-semitism in it, the reactions to it by members of the Hungarian public are clearly, strongly anti-semitic,” he added.
Timmermans said his comments were not finger-pointing, but that he wants to highlight that there is a greater responsibility on public authorities in the face of the rise of anti-semitism.
“If identity politics is what is driving your politics, then sooner or later there will be references to minorities, and the first minority to be hit by that will always be Jewish minority,” he said.
Last week Orban refused to condemn a magazine run by one of his allies that featured a cover that has been widely considered anti-semitic.
It featured the president of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities with banknotes floating around him, accompanying an article that accused him of financial irregularities.
After the World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder called on Orban to condemn the cover, the PM responded in a letter in which he said he was surprised at what he called Lauder’s request to limit freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
Timmermans acknowledged that a new form of anti-semitism hides behind anti-zionism, criticism of Israel. But he said that does not mean that criticism of the actions of the Israeli government is illegitimate.
“Everybody has full right to criticise actions of the Israeli government that are incompatible with the values we stand for, with the position with the international community, that there should be a two-state solution, that [Israeli] settlements [on Palestinian territories] are illegal,” he said.
He also warned that other minorities should also be concerned by anti-semitism, saying if one minority is attacked, others will be attacked eventually too.
“Once the idea that you can target a minority is part of politics, all minorities are at risk,” he said, adding: “To mobilise the Jewish community against Muslim community, and vice-versa, runs counter to our principles and create problems for both communities.”
The survey showed that 72 percent of Jews are concerned about increasing intolerance towards Muslims in Europe.
However, in some 30 percent of the cases, respondents said the perpetrator of the most serious incident of anti-semitic harassment in the past five years was someone with Muslim extremist views.
The EU commission has attempted to address the issue in the past by appointing a coordinator on combating anti-semitism in 2016, and establishing in the same year an EU High-Level Group on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, and making large tech companies adheres to a code of conduct to counter illegal hate speech online.
Anti-Semitism in ‘heart of German society,’ rising in Muslim community – Jewish leader Knobloch
Follow RT onJews in Germany are under increasing threat of anti-Semitic attacks, both physical and verbal, meaning that normal community life is not possible without police protection, a Jewish community leader says.
Charlotte Knobloch, the former head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and current President of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria, believes the current sociopolitical climate in Germany is shifting in a troubling direction following the election of the far-right AfD party to the German parliament earlier this year.
“Jewish life can only take place in public under police protection and under the strictest security measures — or it has to be canceled altogether… Jewish institutions, synagogues and cemeteries are regularly vandalized, publicly accessible exhibitions and installations are willfully damaged or destroyed,” Knobloch told Heilbronner Stimme Friday.
Knobloch says that anti-Semitic attacks in Germany had become “commonplace,” especially after a three-meter high menorah was vandalized in the city of Heilbronn during the Hanukkah celebrations this year. Police are investigating whether it was a hate crime or just a random act of vandalism.RT✔@RT_com
“With the AfD, exclusion, inwardness, aggression, contempt for humanity, conspiracy theories, volkisch nationalism, neo-Nazism, violating the constitution, Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism, racism, anti-religiousness, hostility toward the media and Europe, revisionism and historical relativism move into the Bundestag and its national and international bodies,” Knobloch said.
She also raised concerns about anti-Semitism from Muslim immigrants in Germany, particularly the burning of Israeli flags following US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.RT✔@RT_com
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“Anti-Semitism, has grown on the right and the left, in the Muslim community and also in the heart of German society,” Knobloch contends.
In response to the rise in such incidents and tensions within the Jewish community and German society as a whole, German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere called for the appointment of an anti-Semitism commissioner to protect against rising hate crimes and negative sentiment towards Jews in Germany.RT✔@RT_com
“Every criminal act motivated by anti-Semitism is one too many and a shame for our country,” de Maiziere said, as cited by The Times of Israel.
“Anti-Semitism must never again take hold in Germany,” he added, highlighting a rise in “derogatory remarks, inappropriate jokes and discriminatory behavior against our Jewish citizens.”
An April report commissioned by the German parliament found that Jews in Germany were facing a rising tide of anti-Semitism, triggering fears for their safety, Deutsche Welle reports.
Britain, Austria, Romania and, as of September, Germany, have all formally accepted the working definition of anti-Semitism proposed by the International Alliance for Holocaust Remembrance, which states that, “targeting all Jews as a proxy for Israel, denying Jews the right to a homeland and using historical anti-Semitic images to tarnish all Israelis,” are now forms of anti-Semitism in addition to previously defined hate crimes against Jews.
The door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg on which Martin Luther is thought to have posted his 95 Theses. Photo: DPAA bitter row over a medieval anti-Semitic carving on a church wall risks overshadowing Germany’s celebrations on Tuesday to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the seismic theological shift started by German theologian Martin Luther.
The bas relief sculpture at the heart of the dispute dates from around 1300 and is one of Germany’s last remaining examples of vulgar anti-Jewish folk art that was common in Europe during that era.
The graphic stone image shows Jews suckling the teats of a sow as a rabbi looks intently under its leg and tail. The hateful symbolism is that Jews obtain their sustenance and scripture from an unclean animal.
Many churches in the Middle Ages had similar “Judensau” (Jewish pig) sculptures, which were also aimed at sending the stark message that Jews were not welcome in their communities.
However its prominence on the facade of the Stadtkirche (Town Church) in the eastern German town of Wittenberg derives from the importance of the building, where Luther, himself a notorious anti-Semite, preached two centuries later.
It was in Wittenberg that Luther is said to have nailed his 95 theses to another church’s door in 1517, leading to a split with the Roman Catholic Church and the birth of Protestantism.
The theologian argued that Christians could not buy or earn their way into heaven but only entered by the grace of God, marking a turning point in Christian thinking.
But Luther also came to be linked to Germany’s darkest history, as his later sermons and writings were marked by anti-Semitism — something that the Nazis would later use to justify their brutal persecution of the Jews.
‘Dark side of past’
Marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, herself the daughter of a Protestant pastor, said it was essential that Luther’s anti-Semitism never be scrubbed from his theological legacy.
“That is, for me, the comprehensive historical reckoning that we need,” she said in her weekly video podcast on Saturday.
Tens of thousands of Christians from around the world have descended in recent months on Wittenberg, the town of 47,000 inhabitants 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of Berlin.
Meanwhile a loose coalition of activists has seized on the anniversary to argue that the sculpture in its current location, where Luther first preached in German, remains a dangerous symbol of intolerance.
A petition started by British theologian Richard Harvey calls for the sculpture to be removed from the public sphere and displayed in a museum.
“It’s so outrageous, obscene, insulting, fear-making — it is something that I protest in the strongest possible terms and if there’s any way — human, physical, spiritual or whatever — to change it, let’s do it,” Harvey, a self-described Messianic Jew, said in a video posted online.
The appeal has collected more than 8,000 signatures so far.
However the Wittenberg church’s own congregation and the city council argue that it should be maintained and adopted a resolution to that effect in June.
They note that a bronze plaque laid in 1988 in the pavement next to the church points to the horrific legacy of virulent anti-Jewish sentiment, making the ensemble a vital historical relic.
“We are convinced that history means not forgetting the dark side of the past but confronting it,” the church’s pastor Johannes Block told ZDF public television.
“It would be historically incorrect to remove the sculpture,” agreed professor of education Micha Brumlik, who is leading a local movement to maintain the image.
He told AFP the best solution would be to expand the adjacent memorial against anti-Semitism, which was installed under communism, to more fully place the “Judensau” sculpture in context.
“Out of respect for what happened later to the Jews, you have to provide a more complete explanation,” he said.
To call attention to their cause, Brumlik and fellow activists have held rallies on Wittenberg’s main square and read out anti-Semitic texts penned by Luther.
The protest followed silent weekly gatherings at the same site in Wittenberg over the past year in which participants held up signs against the sculpture including one reading: “After Auschwitz, is it necessary to have the ‘Judensau’?”
While similar sculptures have gradually vanished in Europe, “Judensau” remains a common anti-Semitic slur used by neo-Nazis in Germany.
The controversy comes against the backdrop of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) winning nearly 13 percent of the vote in last month’s general election and entering parliament for the first time.
The Islamophobic and anti-immigration party’s local branch has seized on the debate to advance its own agenda.
In its own petition calling for the status quo to be maintained, the AfD wrote that “those who have a problem with Jews today” are primarily people “of Arab-Muslim origin”.
A joint statement issued by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS) on March 20 reveals that the Vatican is attempting to exploit the current COVID-19 ‘crisis’ to further erase national borders, while promoting the Rothschild’s ‘green’ New World Order:
Under the heading “Responding to the Pandemic, Lessons for Future Actions and Changing Priorities,” the scientific bodies attached to the Catholic Church reveal much of their globalist mindset while remaining totally silent with regard to the Catholic faith.
There is not a single mention of Jesus-Christ, nor even of God – whose existence is known through the observation of our senses and the use of our reason – in the 1,400-word statement.
Also of interest is the list of signatories, which includes several names well-known in the scientific community that believes global warming exists due to human activity and that one way of fighting is to check or curb the total global population, seen as nature’s prime enemy.
While chaos reigns in a number of countries – such as Italy, Spain, and parts of France – where the coronavirus revealed the insufficient amount of ICU units to meet the needs of many victims who fell gravely ill in a relatively short period of time, others have responded in a way that has prevented the Chinese virus from doing the same kind of harm, such as Taiwan South Korea, Germany, and Portugal.
But instead of giving a reasoned perspective based on experience and best practices in these countries, the PAS and PASS focus on compliance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations’ globalist health division.
It was WHO that congratulated Communist China for its model management of the coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan.
The WHO also rejected widespread use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 positive patients, although in Marseille, France, where Dr Didier Raoult and his specialized unit in infectiology is obtaining good results with the molecule in combination with antibiotics. There are spectacularly fewer deaths linked to the coronavirus in Marseille than in the rest of France, where his protocol is only being sparsely applied.
…The statement called on papal expressions to justify a supranational response to the coronavirus crisis:
“We are concerned about the selfishness and shortsightedness of uncoordinated national responses. This is the time to prove that the ‘Family of Nations’ (Paul VI and John Paul II) or the ‘Family of Peoples’ (Pope Francis) are communities of values with a common origin and shared destiny.”
The simple fact is the Catholic Church isn’t Christian, and hasn’t been, not merely since ‘Vatican II’ when it was ostensibly ‘judaized’, but very likely from its very foundations.
Next stop, Jerusalem where our diluted Noahide ‘Christianity’ will be proclaimed to ‘all nations’ from the Third Temple.
The Coming One World Religion: Reasons Not to Follow Pope Francis
Pope Francis, who leads the Roman Catholic church, is loved by most, including many public figures. Some consider him the “people’s Pope” because of his obvious loose adherence to the Word of God, changing the rules as he goes to be a more inclusive Pope. The problem with this is that no man has rights to change the written Word of God, not even the self-proclaimed “Vicar of Christ”, who in reality, is anything but…
Antipope Francis Practices Judaism
Anti-BDS Pope Francis Greenlights Vatican Investment in Israel
The Vatican itself has come down firmly on the side of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as Pope Francis has approved investing Church funds in Israeli start-ups:
A representative of the Vatican’s investment fund, Dickson Doll, spoke earlier this month at the Axis Tel Aviv investors’ conference, and discussed investment opportunities with a number of Israeli companies.
Doll was one of the main speakers at the conference, which invested many investors from around the world who are interested in partnering with Israeli technology firms.
Among the local start-ups approached by the Vatican was Air Doctor Ltd., which has developed an online platform enabling users to access professional medical assistance wherever they might be traveling. Also on the list were FruitSpec, which helps farmers to accurately predict crop yields, and EyeControl, which has developed a system to enable people suffering from ALS and other debilitative conditions to communicate with loved ones.
On face value, this seems like it could be a serious conflict of interest at the very least — an apparent “Christian” organization investing in a country populated by people who have been anti-Christ for the last 2,000 years. If the Church were to become beholden to the Jews financially, then the Jews would have the power to start dictating to The Church what its policies and doctrines will be vis a vis The Jews and any other groups. And this is exactly what we have seen as each successive Pope becomes more and more liberal.
But the reality is that the Rothschilds were given control of the finances of The Vatican back in the 19th century. This fact was briefly mentioned in one of the first biographies of the Rothschilds titled 5 Men of Frankfurt: The Story of the Rothschilds. This should surprise no one, as all the richest families in Europe were investing their fortunes with Rothschild. But this investment gave them leverage over The Church, a leverage that culminated in the subversion of Vatican II when Zionist agents such as Malachi Martin steered the Vatican away from officially blaming the Jews for the murder of Christ.
Passover is a hebrew holiday that is all about celebrating how Egyptian newborns were mass murdered by a psychopathic god, and how hebrew babies were spared because their parents smeared lamb’s blood on their doors so YHVH would know where his chosen lived and “pass over” their houses.
The Israelites are instructed to bring a “Passover offering” to G‑d: a lamb or kid is to be slaughtered and its blood sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel of every Israelite home, so that G‑d should pass over these homes when He comes to kill the Egyptian firstborn” – Chabad.org
How stupid are Christians to celebrate Passover as their own sacred day?
Not only is the slaughter of the Egyptian firstborn the means God used to release His people from slavery, it is the angel of the Lord who smote the firstborn. In other words, while we can refer to the deaths occasioned by the other plagues as “acts of God” (meaning that some natural disaster occurred), this 10th plague is very literally an “act of God” for God Himself slew the firstborn of Egypt (Exod. 11:4-8; 12:29).” – Bible.org
Why would an all-powerful, all-knowing god not already know who his chosen people were? Why would he need a bloody door to let him know where he shouldn’t go killing babies? And what kind of “good” god would be murdering innocent babies anyway?
Not only are innocent children slaughtered by God here, but the occasion is the basis for an annual celebration by Israel, one that is to be carried on forever (Exod. 12:14, etc.)” – Bible.org
What most people do not seem to realize is that it was not YHVH killing babies in the first place, if this story has any validity whatsoever. The ancient hebrews planned to terrorize the Egyptians into “letting them go” by murdering their babies and pretending their god had done it. They passed their secret message to each other so that they would know to paint their doors with the sacrificial blood so that the hebrew murderers would not kill any of their own.
This should also let us know that there is more to the story than we are being told about the hebrew “enslavement” in Egypt. If the Hebrews needed to distinguish their houses from Egyptian houses, then this means they were intermingled. Why would Egyptians be livings amongst their slaves?
Another thing Christians do not seem to grasp is that their Easter celebration is just a cannibalistic version of the Hebrew holiday, wherein the lamb of God is sacrificed and then eaten (Communion).
I guess it’s hard for people to think clearly when they have been infected with the contagious virus of christ-insanity.
The Ringworm Children testing of large radiation doses on humans
Yemenite children used to teach anatomy with organs marked on their stomachs
The Israeli Knesset has, after sixty years of cover-up, exposed one of the most lurid scandals in the history of Israeli medicine. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, inspired by Ben Gurion’s philosophy that Israel must populate itself via Jewish immigration to compete with the Arabs, Israel airlifted tens of thousands of Yemenite Jews and resettled them. It was celebrated as a great humanitarian operation in which the Yemenites were “saved” from a life of destitution and anti-Semitic victimhood in their native land.
Within months of their arrival, reports began circulating of babies who disappeared from hospitals and medical clinics. The final count amounted to hundreds, perhaps even thousands of babies who were purportedly kidnapped from their parents or even killed. The grieving parents received no word about what had happened; no death certificate; no explanation. Even decades later, after three separate boards of inquiry spanning thirty years, the results of the investigations were sealed and victims learned nothing. The State refused to accept responsibility nor did it compensate the victims for their personal losses. It is perhaps the greatest medical scandal in Israeli history, ranking right up there with the Tuskegee syphilis experiment in its deviousness and lethality.
Lead headline in Israel HaYom. Caption: “[Medical] Experiments on Yemenite Children Exposed”
Lead headline in Israel HaYom. Caption: “[Medical] Experiments on Yemenite Children Exposed”In addition, the scandal also involved the U.S. National Institutes of Health, which paid Israeli hospitals nearly $1-million (in current value; then it was 160,000 Israeli lira) to provide fetuses of dead Yemenite babies and corpses of adults which were used in medical experiments to determine why Yemenites did not develop heart disease. One doctor sought to prove that Yemenites were of African descent. To do so, he tested the blood of dead Yemenites to determine if they had sickle-cell anemia. He even wrote a medical paper about his claims. In their testimony, the doctor who reported on this arrangement said they had called the Yemenites kushim, which is roughly equivalent to “darkie” or “N****r.”
Israel HaYom, which first broke the story, sought comment from an NIH spokesperson who responded that it could not release information without a FOIA request. I am exploring doing so now. It’s extremely important to expose whatever role U.S. doctors or researchers played in this disaster.
Living children were also used in anatomy demonstrations in which parts of their bodies were outlined in ink with the names of various organs. Presumably, this was meant to serve as a live demonstration for students who could see where the organs were located on a living body.
In none of these experiments were the parents of the children asked for permission. Researchers simply used the Yemenites, living or dead, for the benefit of medicine, which was deemed more critical than the feelings of the mourning parents.
The new report explains why so many Yemenite children died: since none of the Israeli medical staff spoke Yemenite and the patients didn’t speak Hebrew, staff could not learn the names of the children. Instead, they numbered them. The numbering system often broke down and patients’ numbers were often switched, misplaced or lost, which led to the wrong medicines being taken and wrong treatments offered. As a result many died. The medical staff decided that it should make the best of the opportunity by whisking the bodies off for autopsies or post-mortem experimentation.
Yemenite babies treated by Israeli nurses: note suspicious glance cast by mother on right
One of the most ghoulish reports concerns four babies who were hospitalized because they were malnourished. Though they were in stable condition, doctors decided to inject them with “dry protein.” In the ‘understated’ words of the chief of staff of the Rosh HaAyin hospital:
Mendel said, “I remember one or two cases in which Dr. Matot gave instructions to give an injection of dry protein that we would separate. Serum, dry plasma … and the results were not good.”
The protocol includes a letter from Dr. Kalman Jacob Mann, deputy medical director of the hospital, to Mendel, dated Nov. 21, 1949, saying: “I visited our hospital in Rosh Haayin, and found that that morning four babies who had received active treatment had died. These babies were in more or less balanced condition according to their physio-pathological condition, but after they were injected with various solutions, the balance was upset and they died.”
The Likud MK leading the current investigation called such acts “murder.”
In further testimony, the lawyer on behalf of the board of inquiry questioned Dr. Mendel about the practice of using dead fetuses for experimentation:
When Nahmani-Roth [the lawyer] asked him whether the unapproved autopsies had caused problems with the parents who wanted to see their children’s bodies, Mendel replied, “I don’t think so, since after the autopsies we’d fix up the baby, so they [the parents] could see its face, so it looked undamaged … but it was completely legal. There were no problems.”
The lawyer shot back: “Not legally, but morally, and out of a sense of the parents’ feelings. Isn’t it possible that consistently, you would conduct autopsies on children and then not show the bodies to their parents?”
Mendel also told the committee that all the testing had been meticulously documented, but that he had heard rumors that “someone destroyed them [the records] seven years later.”
In a number of cases, medical staff simply adopted babies as their own. The parents, again, were never told a thing other than that the baby had died. The tragedy in this case is not just that of the parents, but of the children raised by Ashkenazi parents who could or would never tell them how they came to be their parents. Many of these children grew up to sense they were victims of this disastrous experiment. But the State offered them nothing, which made things even worse.
A corollary to this tragedy is the Ringworm Affair, in which Israeli doctors treated Yemenite children with radiation against ringworm. They did so without realizing at the time that the dosage they were giving the children was toxic, even lethal, and would later cause cancer in many of them. The State similarly denied any culpability for this disastrous medical treatment.
In this age of roaring hate, it’s important to put this story in proper perspective. There are those who will attempt to compare these experiments with Nazi medical experiments on Jewish children and adults. There will always be those who seek to prove that Israelis are no different from Nazis. That’s why it’s important to note that such outrageous medical practices happened around the world including here in the U.S. They were the result certainly of racism and heartlessness. But the Israeli experiments, while immoral, were not conducted within a framework of genocide as the Nazi ones were.
However, that in no way lessens the horror of what Israeli medicine did. It in no way lessens Israeli government culpability for these crimes. As the MK leading this inquiry noted: this was outright murder. The fact that Israel has suppressed this story for as long as it has is a dark stain on the nation. It is yet another reminder of the profound racism at the heart of the Zionist enterprise. At the very beginning of the State, Yemenite babies were treated as the equivalent of cannon fodder. Alive, they were meant to fill in the population gaps of Israeli Jews in the demographic battle against the Arabs. Dead, they were used for the “good” of medical science. Israel’s doctors and politicians treated the Yemenites as disposable, interchangeable objects to be manipulated for the good of the State.
Jew: to “look in their own doorstep” over the many causes of antisemitism – Jewish Occupation Force in Palestine
“If [the Jews] had the power to do to us what we are able to do to them, not one of us would live for an hour. But since they lack the power to do this publicly, they remain our daily murderers and bloodthirsty foes in their hearts.” – Martin Luther (1483-1546): “On The Jews and Their Lies”
Millions perished in the Holocaust, but a group of survivors will now be able to live on, at least via real-time video conversations about their experiences and perspectives, forever. In an innovative attempt to harness the artificial intelligence technologies of the present and the future to keep alive the stories of the past, Holocaust survivors may be the first people ever to be able to continue carrying on conversations (virtually, at least) even after their deaths. Lesley Stahl reports on this fascinating project on the next edition of 60 Minutes, Sunday, April 5 at 7 p.m., ET/PT on CBS.
Heather Maio had worked for years on Holocaust-related exhibits and knew that “Schindler’s List” director Steven Spielberg had created the Shoah Foundation to record the testimonies of thousands of Holocaust survivors. But Maio wanted to create something more interactive. “I wanted to talk to a Holocaust survivor like I would today, with that person sitting right in front of me,” she told Stahl. Maio believed that artificial intelligence technology could make her notion realizable, so she pitched her idea to Stephen Smith, the executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles, and now her husband.
Smith was intrigued, but some of his colleagues initially feared it could cheapen, or “Disney-fy” the Holocaust. “We had a lot of pushback on this project,” Smith said. “‘Is it the right thing to do… Are we trying to keep them alive beyond their deaths?’ Everyone had questions except for one group of people, the survivors themselves, who said, ‘Where do I sign up?’”
So far, more than 20 interviews, including one with a 93-year-old U.S. Army veteran who helped liberate a concentration camp, have been recorded. Each subject spends a full five days answering questions in an attempt to record responses to every question conceivable. The questions are then logged and alternative questions are entered into the database. Each interview is recorded with more than 20 cameras so that as technology advances and 3D, hologram-type display becomes the norm, all required angles will be available.
In the future, every school will have a Holocaust Survivor Hologram that will tell the tale of the Holocaust to its goyim disciples.
Jokes aside, they are actually doing this, in real life.
There’ll be virtual reality devices for people to meet these Holocaust survivors, and there’ll even be Holocaust survivor androids walking around and telling people about the Germans’ legendary efficiency at the crematorium.
Holohoax Tales – Jared Kushner’s Grandma Digs 1000 ft Escape Tunnel with Spoons
Jared Kushner’s grandma, Rae Kushner claims to have helped dig a 1000 foot escape tunnel out of the ghetto with bits of wood and spoons. The escapees hid the dirt under beds, killed a loudmouth who was putting their plans at risk. The nazis threw bombs down the tunnel after they all escaped.
Tova Ringer, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor, wins the “Miss Holocaust Survivor” beauty pageant in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, on October 14, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Holocaust survivors seen backstage as they participate in a beauty pageant in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, on October 14, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Holocaust survivors participate in a beauty pageant, in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, on October 14, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Tova Ringer, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor, wins the “Miss Holocaust Survivor” beauty pageant in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, on October 14, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Holocaust survivors participate in a beauty pageant, in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, on October 14, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Holocaust survivors participate in a beauty pageant, in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, on October 14, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
A 93-year-old woman who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II was crowned “Miss Holocaust Survivor” on Sunday in a special beauty pageant in the northern city of Haifa.
Tova Ringer, a great-grandmother who was born in Poland and now lives in Haifa, was chosen out of 12 contestants at the 2018 installation of the annual Israeli event.
“I’m very happy,” Ringer, who lost parents, four sisters and her grandmother during the Nazi genocide, said after her win, according to the Reuters news agency. “It’s something special. I wouldn’t believe that at my age I would be a beauty.”
Runners-up included 85-year-old Rita Kasimow Brown, 74-year-old Madeleine Schwartz and 81-year-old Tamara Weitzman.
Thousands of people were in the crowd, including ministers, Knesset members and other public figures, along with hundreds of survivors of Nazi death camps who came to cheer their fellow Holocaust survivors.Tova Ringer, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor, wins the “Miss Holocaust Survivor” beauty pageant in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, on October 14, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
The annual competition is organized by Yad Ezer L’Haver, or Helping Hand, an organization dedicated to assisting needy Holocaust survivors in Israel.
Before the winners were announced there were shows by veteran Israeli artists Hana Laszlo and Sassi Keshet, and a performance by a choir of Holocaust survivors whose average age was 90, who sang songs about surviving the ghettos of Europe during the Holocaust.
There were also spectators from abroad. Calling it “a wonderful celebration,” Jan Fischer, 52, from Germany was quoted by Reuters as saying that “it is very important for my generation to know the history of the Holocaust, of the Shoah, and it is important for me to support these people.”
Nazi Germany’s slaughter of 6 million European Jews during World War II plays a unique role in Israeli society. Israel gained independence in the wake of the Holocaust, serving as a refuge for hundreds of thousands of Jews who survived the Nazi genocide. Today, fewer than 200,000 aging Holocaust survivors live in Israel.
The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during March did not spare Palestinians from Israel’s violations of their rights.
There were 134 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip as of 1 April.
The sole fatality reported by Palestinian authorities in those territories was a woman in the West Bank village of Biddu, who was infected by her son who works in Israel.
A large number of the Palestinians who tested positive for the coronavirus “were infected during work in Israel or Israeli settlements in the West Bank,” according to Euro-Med Monitor.
Twelve coronavirus patients were in quarantine in Gaza as of 31 March and there has been no reports of community spread among the general population so far.
“The capacity of the Palestinian health system to cope with an expected increase in patients remains severely impaired by longstanding challenges and critical shortages, particularly in the Gaza Strip,” the UN humanitarian coordination agency OCHA said.
Human rights groups also warned of the potential spread of COVID-19 among the more than 4,500 Palestinians held in overcrowded Israeli prisons and detention centers.
The Palestinian human rights group Addameer stated on 1 April that a former Palestinian prisoner who was arrested by Israel on 18 March, held at Ofer prison in the West Bank, and released on 31 March tested positive for the coronavirus.
Israel has reported more than 5,100 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 21 deaths. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has consolidated his control as the country reels from the outbreak.
There have been more than 823,600 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in 205 countries, areas or territories worldwide and some 40,600 deaths.
According to the UN humanitarian coordination agency OCHA, the relatively low number of confirmed cases in the Palestinian territories “may reflect the limited testing capacity.”
Palestinians killed in West Bank
Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in the West Bank during the month amid the pandemic.
Muhammad Abdelrahim Hamayel, 15, died after he was shot in the head with live ammunition fired by Israeli soldiers in Beita village near the city of Nablus on 11 March.
The teenager was injured in the early morning hours as villagers confronted Israeli forces accompanying a group of Israeli settlers touring a nearby archaeological site.
He is the second Palestinian child killed by Israeli forces so far this year.
The second Palestinian killed during the month, Sufian Khawaja, was shot in the head in the West Bank village of Nilin on 22 March. The Israeli army claimed that Khawaja was hurling stones at vehicles when he was shot dead.
Israel is withholding Khawaja’s body.
Israeli forces continued to raid Palestinian communities in the West Bank as they struggled to hold back the threat from the coronavirus pandemic.
Israeli soldiers invaded, late on Saturday evening, the town of Kufur Qaddoum, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and caused dozens of Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation during ensuing protests.
The Coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, Morad Eshteiwi, stated that several army jeeps invaded the town, leading to protests.
He added that the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs, in addition to concussion grenades, live rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters, and surrounding homes.
Eshteiwi stated that dozens of residents, including many in their own homes, suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, before receiving the needed treatment by the local medics.
It is worth mentioning that the soldiers smashed the doors of many homes before breaking into them, and conducted violent searches of the properties while inspecting the ID cards of the Palestinians and interrogating many of them.
Eshteiwi denounced the Israeli military escalation against the unarmed Palestinian population in several parts of the occupied territory and said that Israel is taking advantage of the fact that the entire world is busy in dealing with the spreading Coronavirus, by escalating its invasions and serious violations.
On Friday, the soldiers injured one Palestinian youth with fragments of a concussion grenade, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation in Kufur Qaddoum.
Palestinian Governor of East Jerusalem Issues a Passover Warning
The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Governorate for the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem, issued a warning, Saturday, for Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, against buying Jewish-owned property during the Passover holidays.
The governorate’s statement, ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover, came in the context of the rapidly-spreading coronavirus, in many Israeli areas.
The governorate warned Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem against buying Jewish-owned property. Passover’s rituals include selling old property and replacing the old with the new, according to the statement.
In his statement, PA’s governor of East Jerusalem, Mr. Adnan Gheith, said that all Palestinian inhabitants are strongly advised not to purchase properties, such as furniture or clothes from Israelis for the time being.
The statement explained that buying such properties could bring health risks, as the spread of Coronavirus, which has so far left around 5,000 Israelis affected and caused the death of dozens of others.
According to health warnings issued by local and international health bodies, the Coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is highly infectious and can be spread by contact with surfaces, including furniture.
Recently, Israeli media has reported that religious communities, inside Israel, have recorded the highest rates of Coronavirus cases.
Killed: Palestinian civilians, women and children alike.
Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge”—is it any wonder that Palestinians are driven mad with revenge?
In this part of our ailing world, like everywhere else, Palestinians count theirs and Israelis theirs, as the number of those infected with the new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, continues to rise.
But it is not at all clear whose statistics I would boost should I be unlucky enough to contract the virus.
Why? I am a Palestinian of uncertain status living in occupied East Jerusalem.
Like everyone else on this planet right now, I am trying to ride out this wave as safely as possible for myself and my family.
And yet, while I follow all the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and governments (both Israeli and Palestinian) to wash hands, physically isolate and work from home, my situation is uniquely precarious.
I do all this from my little home in the Old City of Jerusalem, tucked cosily away in the heart of the Muslim Quarter. And while I may sometimes feel as if I were the only one in my situation, I am surely not. There are tens of thousands of people just like me.
Here is our problem: Without permits from the Israeli authorities to stay in Jerusalem – where we have families, or property, or work, or where we are from – we have no health insurance and are at risk of being “returned” to the West Bank.
Now, I hold both Palestinian and American citizenship. However, for the purpose of this article, I will disregard my red, white and blue identity given it offers me absolutely no protection against the whims of Israeli military rule.
I have lived for over two decades in this Old City home with my husband and two children, but have no legal residency rights. For the first 11 years, I was living here “illegally” in Jerusalem because of the lag in Israel’s processing of family reunification applications for Palestinians in Jerusalem.
Permits and population control
For the past 10 years, the Israeli interior ministry did issue me such a permit – annually renewed and contingent upon a plethora of papers proving my place of residency – just so I can live in my house without fear of being arrested or deported.
Kafkaesque bureaucracy aside, in those 10 years, I had started to get comfortable with my status in Jerusalem. I was not a citizen of Israel, not even a permanent resident of the city like my husband and kids, but at least I was something of a legal tenant, if you will.
I could ride the bus (though not drive anything), cross checkpoints and actually sleep in my own bed without worrying about a knock at the door from an Israeli officer who would inform me I was being deported to the West Bank for “illegally” living in the city.
Recently however, I have been unwittingly caught in limbo. That is, I have not been refused a family reunification permit per se, but neither has it been renewed, ostensibly pending Israeli police – and now court – approval.
What that means in real terms is that my permit allowing me to travel within Jerusalem and to and from the West Bank has not been issued. What’s more, and more worrying under the circumstances, my Israeli health insurance has been revoked.
Hence, the precariousness of my current situation.
Let’s say I contract the novel coronavirus and become gravely ill with COVID-19. As the occupying authority in Jerusalem, Israel is in control of medical services in the city. So, if I were to go to an Israeli hospital, I would have to show my ID card and – if I did not want to pay through the nose – my health insurance card.
Let me just add: Israel has one of the best health systems in the world. I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed the sense of security during those few years I had insurance.
Well, not anymore, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Since my ID is issued in the West Bank, this effectively excludes me from any rights in Jerusalem.
Not only would I risk being turned away at an Israeli hospital, I would open a can of administrative/punitive worms with the Israeli authorities – which have not been shy of continuing their oppressive measures against Palestinians during this pandemic – as to why I have not moved back to the West Bank, even though my case is still pending.
Why not move to the West Bank? Well for one, I have no medical insurance there. But, much more importantly, my family isn’t there. Once in the West Bank I would not be allowed to see them. What if one of them contracted the virus and was hospitalized? How would I be able to reach them?
Fear and contagion
So, adopting a “best of two evils” philosophy, I’ve opted to sit it out in Jerusalem, in the confines of my home and in the hope that all my rigorous hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing will pay off in the end and I and my family will come out the other side relatively unscathed.
When I do venture out, it is only to buy groceries and I always take my “legal resident” husband with me for backup just in case we get stopped and questioned. These days Israeli police are patrolling the streets more than ever, on the lookout for feverish citizens or wayward individuals who defy their quarantine.
Mine is an unsettling existence. I’ve fallen between the cracks of a discriminatory and segregationist system. But I am hardly an anomaly. Being a Palestinian resident in Jerusalem – “legal” or “illegal” – already relegates one to second-class status, including in the provision of health care.
In this new pandemic world we live in, Palestinian Jerusalemites still have to deal with police and army raids, arrests and harassment in addition to the concern of a coronavirus outbreak in their community.
Just the other night, Israeli police stormed our neighborhood, arrested a young man from his house and sprayed us all with pepper spray.
The residents of the neighborhood rushed to the man’s rescue, scuffling with the police, pushing, shoving and yelling. These types of raids are traumatic enough in normal times much less now when there is the threat of a lethal virus looming over us.
Needless to say, there was no physical distancing that night, what with the young man’s family, friends and neighbors all trying to rescue him from the clutches of ungloved, unmasked Israeli police, brandishing pepper spray, guns and nightsticks in our equally unmasked faces.
Thus my latest worry is that one or more of the people pushed up against one another that night from either side of the political divide is carrying the virus (whether they know it or not) and that an unknown number of us has contracted it as a result.
I covered my mouth and nose, both from the sting of the pepper spray and from any invisible virus-laden particles that might have been hovering in the atmosphere. Only the coming several days will tell if that was enough.
J. Ahmad lives in Jerusalem. She is writing under a pseudonym.
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OPEC and non-OPEC states held consultations in Vienna on Friday, but failed to reach an agreement on additional oil cuts despite concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, which created an “unprecedented situation.”
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Yemeni militants loyal to the country’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi ride a tank past a destroyed building in Ta’izz on 30 May 2019 (AFP)
The former governor of Yemen’s southwestern Ta’izz province has said that the United Arab Emirates is manipulating the demographic composition of the province to weaken pro-Saudi forces, exposing further rift in the Saudi-led coalition.
“Forces affiliated to the UAE have rented certain homes in the coastal areas of Tai’zz and are financially supporting certain individuals who seek to overthrow the [Saudi-installed] government,” Ali al-Moamari was cited by Al-Jazeera as saying on Friday.
“By providing money and arms to certain coastal populations, the UAE is seeking to prepare them to attack forces loyal to [Saudi-allied] Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi,” he said.
“The coasts of this province are no longer under the control of forces loyal to Mansur Hadi and it is now the UAE which reigns over the area,” Moamari added.
The UAE joined Saudi Arabia in 2015 in the war seeking to install the pro-Saudi former president Hadi and crush the Yemeni popular Ansarullah movement.
However, with the Saudi-led campaign being brought to a standstill due to the Yemeni resistance, increasing rifts have emerged between Saudi-led mercenaries loyal to Hadi and UAE-affiliated forces.
Tensions reached a climax last summer, when months of bloody infighting broke out, resulting in heavy casualties between the two sides before a power-sharing settlement was signed in November.