By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency
New York — May 22, 2016 … Where does one find a Mossad director, an IDF Chief of Staff, both UN and Washington Israeli ambassadors joining Michael Douglas, Dr. Ruth and the “Son of Hamas” under one roof?
Former Jerusalem Post Editor in Chief Steve Linde and the newly appointed Editor in Chief Yaakov Katz teamed up on this Sunday to bring a who’s who crowd to 42nd Street. The political and celebrity entertainment at the Jerusalem Post 5th Annual New York Conference overshadowed every nearby Broadway show!
Here are some highlights from a day that many of us will cherish for years to come.
Michael Douglas: “For my entire life, I believed that I was not Jewish,
I was consistently told by Jews, ‘You’re not Jewish. Your mother’s not Jewish …
But I wanted to be a part of this tribe. I love the values. I really do.”
Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon: “When we heard things from crackpots
on the streets we didn’t say anything, but now it comes from diplomats in the
parliament of nations. We can’t let anti-Semitism become the official language of the UN.”
Israel Ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer: “World powers supporting an initiative by France to outline parameters for peace between Israel and the Palestinians are ignoring the will of the free people who live in the most endangered democracy on Earth. These powers, albeit
with the best of intentions, will only encourage the Palestinians to continue
their 100 year campaign to destroy the one and only Jewish state.”
Jerusalem Post Senior Editor Caroline Glick told over 1,500 participants that Barack Obama and his foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes had lied to the American people in selling an Iranian nuclear deal that threatens the very survival of Israel and destabilizes the Middle East. Obama
paid JStreet over a half million dollars to sell a false narrative on the Iran Deal.
By Israel News Agency Staff
May 19, 2016 — New York, NY … Mossab Hassan Yousef, also known as the ‘Green Prince,’ will join several Israeli and American officials and Jewish community leaders at the upcoming Fifth Annual Jerusalem Post Conference on Sunday, May 22 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.
The son of Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef, Yousef lived a double life for many years. From 1997 to 2007 he operated as an Israeli undercover agent, all while being groomed by the Hamas leadership to take over the terror organization’s Political Wing. He has been hailed as one of the most valuable Israeli intelligence assets, thwarting countless terror attacks. His life story, which has been published as a bestselling autobiographical book in 2010, will be the topic of his talk at the conference.
Yousef will be joining a list of distinguished speakers including U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, Israel Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan, Israel Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, Knesset Member and former Israel Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Israel Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, former Israel Defense Forces Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and former Mossad Director Efraim Halevy.
The conference is expected to draw more than 1,500 participants to discuss the key issues and challenges facing Israel and the Jewish world today.
Ronit Hesin Hochman, the CEO of the Jerusalem Post Group, said that “the conference this year is expected to be more dynamic than ever before because the debate will focus, among other things, on global terrorism, the U.S. presidential elections and strained relations between the two countries. We will continue to generate headlines and provoke the international debate on the State of Israel.”
For more information about the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference, and to register, please
By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency
Jerusalem, Israel — May 17, 2016 … The following was communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office to the Israel News Agency.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today commented as follows on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s remarks:
“I welcome Egyptian President El-Sisi’s remarks and his willingness to make every effort to advance a future of peace and security between us and the Palestinians and the peoples of the region. Israel is ready to participate with Egypt and other Arab states in advancing both the diplomatic process and stability in the region.”
Netanyahu added: “I appreciate President El-Sisi’s work and also draw encouragement from his leadership on this important issue.”
Israel was responding to el-Sisi following a resolution passed by the United Nations cultural body UNESCO last month that failed to acknowledge Jewish ties to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
What The Torah Says About Jewish Values
Edited for English by the Israel News Agency
The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.
“‘Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the Lord your God.
“‘Do not turn to idols or make metal gods for yourselves. I am the Lord your God.
“‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest.
Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.
“‘Do not steal.
“‘Do not lie.
“‘Do not deceive one another.
“‘Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.
“‘Do not defraud or rob your neighbor.
“‘Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.
“‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord.
“‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.
“‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people.
“‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the Lord.
“‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.
“‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
“‘Keep my decrees.
“‘Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed.
In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord. But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased. I am the Lord your God.
“‘Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it.
“‘Do not practice divination or seek omens.
“‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.
“‘Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness.
“‘Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord.
“‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.
“‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord.
“‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
“‘Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah[d]and an honest hin.[e] I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt.
“‘Keep all my decrees and all my laws and follow them. I am the Lord.’”
By Herb Brandon
Israel News Agency
New York — May 5, 2016 … In an interview with Wolf Blitzer yesterday, Donald Trump refused to condemn death threats that his supporters hurled at Jewish journalist Julia Ioffe.
Ioffe received calls from “people playing Hitler speeches” and was told that she “should be burned in an oven, told she should be shot in the head, received a call inquiring about overnight casket delivery, and sent Photoshopped images of her in a Nazi concentration camp uniform.”
Trump said that he didn’t read Ioffe’s article, but nevertheless attacked it as “nasty” and claimed that it portrayed his wife as a “party person” — when, in fact, it described her as a “homebody.”
Trump went on to say that journalists “shouldn’t be doing that with wives,” which is an absurd statement coming from the candidate who threatened to “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz and attacked her appearance.
When CNN’s Blitzer asked him if he would condemn the “anti-Semitic death threats” from his fans, Trump said he wouldn’t condemn them.
“I don’t have a message to the fans,” he said, before once again criticizing Ioffe about an article that he never read.
On the same day that Trump said he wouldn’t condemn his fans for hurling anti-Semitic threats at a journalist, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke hailed Trump as a “white knight” for his white nationalist cause, saying that it is now up to his fellow white nationalists to “give Trump the space” to eventually begin attacking the “Jewish supremacists” who Duke believes control American society.
Today, the Anti-Defamation League released a statement saying that Trump “can and should speak up now” against Duke. “If not, his silence will speak volumes.”
His silence on the Ioffe incident, however, already has.
In response to remarks by white supremacist David Duke that opposition to Donald Trump shows that “Jewish supremacists” are “the real problem” — as well as a barrage of anti-Semitic comments by a minority of Trump supporters on social media, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on Mr. Trump to make unequivocally clear anti-Semitism has no place in presidential politics or American society.
“David Duke’s latest remarks – smearing Jews and Jewish Republicans specifically – are as unsurprising as they are hateful. The onus is now on Donald Trump to make unequivocally clear he rejects those sentiments and that there is no room for Duke and anti-Semitism in his campaign and in society,” said ADL Director Jonathan Greenblatt. “Mr. Trump can and should speak up now. If not, his silence will speak volumes.”
A former KKK Grand Wizard and one of the nation’s most recognizable white supremacists, Duke previously expressed support for the Trump campaign, saying to his white listeners that a vote against Trump was “treason to your heritage.”
Yesterday on his radio program David Duke went a step further, blaming Republican Jews for attempting to block him from becoming the nominee, and expostulated: “I think these Jewish extremists have made a terribly crazy miscalculation, because all they’re going to be doing by doing a ‘Never Trump’ movement is exposing their alien, their anti-American, anti-American majority position. They’re going to push people more into an awareness that the neocons are the problem, that these Jewish supremacists who control our country are the real problem, and the reason why America is not great.”
By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency
Bergen-Belsen — May 4 2016 … “The horrors of Bergen-Belsen and the Holocaust have bequeathed a responsibility to later generations to ensure that the Jewish people would never again be helpless.”
Following is the address by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General Dr. Dore Gold today at the Holocaust Memorial Day memorial service at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp:
“Some seventy years ago, Bergen-Belsen emerged as one of the key concentration camps established by the Nazi regime for the purpose of exterminating the Jews of Europe. Bergen-Belsen had no gas chambers or crematoria like the Nazi-run death camps at Auschwitz and Treblinka in Poland. Yet thousands died in Bergen-Belsen – from disease, starvation, exposure, and sheer exhaustion, especially after the death marches in the winter of 1944-45 from the evacuated camps in the East. Typhus and typhoid fever were rampant.
Thus Bergen-Belsen’s role grew as a central hub of the concentration camp system after the Red Army crushed the Wehrmacht along the Eastern Front and the Germans transferred their surviving Jewish prisoners to camps within the borders of the German state.
Jews from all over the Nazi Empire were forced into Bergen-Belsen – from Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, the Netherlands, France, as well as North African states, like Libya and Tunisia. The commandant of Bergen-Belsen at the end of 1944, Josef Kramer, was an SS officer who previously had been in charge of the main killing center at Auschwitz.
On a personal note, my own mother-in-law, Dina Sherman, was also relocated from Auschwitz to Bergen-Belsen along with her sister, Esther, who died in her arms in this place. This was also where Anne Frank died with her sister, Margot, after they were moved from Auschwitz, along with tens of thousands of others.
Five days after the British army liberated Bergen-Belsen on April 15, 1945 a BBC reporter, Richard Dimbleby, entered the camp and made a tape recording of the former Jewish prisoners congregating on a Friday night, rising up with their frail bodies, and breaking into a Hebrew song, “Hatikvah”, which means “the Hope.” It was to become Israel’s national anthem.
That very moment in time forged a link between the horrors of the concentration camps and the restoration of Israel just a few years later. By choosing Hatikva, the Jews at Bergen-Belsen were also reminding the world that theirs was a 2,000 year old hope that dated back to when the Jews lived as a free people in their own land. They were also saying that it was time to go back home.
What has the modern state of Israel learned from the horrors of Bergen-Belsen, and the Holocaust, more generally? Chaim Herzog served as an officer in the British forces that entered Bergen-Belsen in 1945. In April 1987 he came back, as Israel’s sixth president, and directed his words to the victims in their graves. He declared that they bequeathed a responsibility to later generations to ensure that the Jewish people would never again be helpless. That meant, first, that we will never allow anyone to do this to us again.
In present times, there is a new anti-Semitic wind blowing across Europe, reviving memories of what transpired on this continent decades ago. And even the physical threat to the Jewish people remains, emanating most recently from the Islamic Republic of Iran. It parades nearly every year a missile in Tehran, called the Shahab-3, and fastens to its launcher the words, “Israel must be wiped off the map.”
Iran’s leaders do not leave a shred to doubt as to what their missiles are intended for. The reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since 2011 have added that Iran aspires to remove the conventional warhead from the very same Shahab-3 and replace it with a “spherical nuclear payload.”
Iranian intentions have not changed.
The same slogan calling for wiping Israel out was also brazenly written in Farsi and in Hebrew on a more advanced Qadr-H missile, when it was test-fired this year on March 9, 2016. This despite the agreement recently signed between Iran and the Western powers. It is therefore no wonder that Israel feels it must do everything in its power to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. This is not an obsession but a sacred trust handed to us by the people buried here.
The legacy for Israel and the Jewish people from Bergen-Belsen is not only a particularistic imperative. Since the end of the Second World War, Jewish judges and lawyers stood at the forefront of the international struggle against genocide in any form, in any context. It was a Jewish jurist named Raphael Lemkin who in fact invented the term. It was another scholar, Renee Cassin who had a pivotal role in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Shabtai Rosenne fought for the creation of an International Criminal Court (ICC), though it became, tragically, corrupted by states that sought to politicize it shortly after it was founded.
Despite these and similar legal efforts, genocide has persisted since the Second World War: in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia,and across the Middle East. Israel is a small state. But Israeli diplomacy must do everything in its power to recognize the warning signs and the threats of genocide and then to mobilize and press states to prevent it. That is an enormous responsibility, but as the survivors of the greatest crime in human history, we must bear that burden and undertake to banish this threat from the family of nations.”