During a recent tour of America, she met with community leaders in New York and California, stating: “We have a vast Jewish heritage and a very ancient and profound connection to Jewish communities, with evidence of a Jewish presence in Portugal since 390 AD. We identified as a priority the promoting of the Jewish Legacy in Portugal…It is quite interesting to remember that in the 15th century, circa 20% of the Portuguese population was Jewish, so we always say that every Portuguese may have a Jewish origin.”
The Inquisition is a very shameful chapter in Spanish/Portuguese history. Most surprising of all, it wasn’t officially ended until 1821! (It started back in the late 1400’s.) The first post-Inquisition synagogue was not founded until 1836 and today, in 2018, the estimated Portuguese Jewish population is less than 2,000 individuals.
Current governments are not responsible for the actions of their predecessors, of course, and I am genuinely impressed that Portugal is willing to make an effort with the Jewish community. The Tourism Secretary has gone to great lengths to reach out and that’s admirable.
Jews of Sephardic descent whose ancestors were persecuted and exiled during the Spanish Inquisition and/or subsequent Portuguese Inquisition have been able to acquire Portuguese citizenship since 2013. A few thousand have chosen to do so, but there isn’t a huge interest for obvious reasons.
Personally, I’d be willing to visit Portugal. Living there, however, would be a different story. I’m not convinced it’s a safe area for Jews, given the complicated history of the region. That said, anyone who wants relocate should have the opportunity and I’m glad the Portuguese government has made that an option.
Even though she had visited Dachau concentration camp as a 12-year-old girl, she denied the Holocaust ever occurred, and devoted her adult life to helping Nazi war criminals.
Interviewed only once in 1959, she retreated from public life and spent her evil days and wicked nights working for a group called “Stille Hilfe,” (Silent Help) that raised money to assist former Nazis in Europe and those who fled to South America. Many of these criminals were never brought to justice because of such efforts.
It’s hard for me to believe that any woman could live on this earth for 88 years and remain so brainwashed. To deny the atrocities that occurred during WW2 is just plain foolish, with the amount of historical accounts and evidence available. More likely, she knew and didn’t care, or possibly even approved, which shows how truly heartless she was.
None of us can pick our parents and she is not responsible for her father’s unbelievably cruel conduct. She is, however, responsible for her own, and to remain loyal to him and his sick, demented way of life shows that she is just as immoral.
Anyone who says that the Holocaust is no longer relevant and Nazism is no longer a threat, needs to understand that there is a group of very deranged individuals who dream of starting a Fourth Reich that could destroy everything the rest of us hold dear. We can not ignore this threat—however minor it may be—or we could end up living through the hell of the 30’s and 40’s all over again.
It’s illegal to deny the Holocaust in Germany. It’s illegal to aid war criminals everywhere. Why this woman wasn’t brought to justice decades ago is beyond me. We can not let these monsters fall through the cracks. I don’t care how many decades have passed. The victims deserve justice and society must provide it, to the best of our ability.
Gudrun Burwitz may have escaped earthly justice and that is a tragedy, but nobody escapes God’s judgment in the afterlife. She is surely paying for it now.
The city, which has a Jewish population of 50,000, overwhelmingly supported Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo. A scientist by profession, she previously served as Environmental Secretary. She has promised to battle the rampant crime and government corruption that have plagued Mexico for decades.
It’s amazing how Jewish ladies continue to break barriers that benefit the lives and career opportunities for all women.
Marisa Papan describes her way of life as “a naked form of freedom where masks are torn off and thrown in the ocean.” (Whatever that means…) She is no stranger to controversy and was jailed in Egypt for a similar stunt at the Luxor pyramid, demonstrating a troubling pattern of behavior.
If someone wants to make their living by posing nude, I don’t care, but there are limitations. We have decency standards for a reason. Rabbi Rabinovich, who is in charge of the Wall, summed it up best: “This is an embarrassing incident, grave and lamentable, which offends the sanctity of the site.”
Another interesting aspect of the controversy is that the Al-Aqsa mosque, which is adjacent to the Wall and often visible in photos of the Wall, is entirely absent in her shot. Some say that is no accident and she is pandering to Muslims. I don’t think that’s the case, due the Egypt arrest, but who knows?
Whatever her motivations, it’s inappropriate. Nudity and religious sites do not mix.
The purpose of their trip is to observe, assist, and peacefully protest this terrible situation that involves over 2,000 children. Since the policy of breaking up families at the border has been recently changed, I’m hopeful things will turn around for the better.
We have a huge immigration problem, that’s for sure, but we must take a compassionate approach to fixing it. It is a felony to enter the country illegally and we can’t continue to have such chaos; however, we also need to provide safe haven when appropriate to refugees and others who are truly in fear for their lives.
Everyone that enters illegally is entitled to a hearing. That is only fair. Some detainees languish for years before the court can even see them. There are numerous cases of children being abused and assaulted as they wait, without any adult to care for them. Allowing children to stay with a relative in a family detention center is a much safer and more humane option and the cost is no greater. I would also like to see more care being provided for the disabled and special needs individuals.
Those of us who are lucky enough to be born American citizens should never take that privilege for granted. Our ancestors struggled so we could have a better life. All of my great grandparents and one of my grandmothers was an immigrant. My family has been here since the early 1900’s and I am so grateful every single day.
I can certainly understand why other people are willing to risk their lives and their children’s lives to get here. I try to put myself in their shoes and consider how they’re feeling before condemning them. America is the best place on earth; a lot want to be here. Can we take everyone? Unfortunately, no, but we do have room for legal immigrants, especially ones who can benefit the country with their skills. (Obviously, there must be a vetting process to keep out criminals and terrorists, but there is nothing wrong with bringing in good families.)
There is no quick fix to illegal immigration. Pretending it will magically go away is foolish. We can enforce the law without being cruel. We must take a biblical approach, focused on the God-given humanity of every person, rather than a hard-hearted one of extreme punishment and separation.
Along with their typical Anti-Semitic and Anti-Zionist propaganda, JVP spread a rumor that the Durham police were training in Israel because it “helps the police terrorize Black and Brown communities here in the U.S.” (I don’t understand what that’s supposed to mean, because Israel is NOT racist at all, but whatever.)
6 of the 7 City Council members, who should be aware of what’s happening in their own city, signed a petition to ban training in Israel. One big problem: the training never happened. Talk about uniformed and lazy officials who don’t even bother to fact check before voting.
Durham’s Mayor fast-tracked the petition before summer vacation, pandering to college students who are puppets of JVP, when he should’ve been more concerned with full-time residents and with following standard city procedure.
The main goal of all this insanity was, of course, to push Durham to adopt a BDS resolution—something I am sad to say has happened. It so tragic, so unnecessary and so shameful that the BDS terror campaign continues, despite tons of real and honest coverage that proves BDS is nothing more than an anti-Israel hate campaign designed to bankrupt the country and its citizens.
I’m eager to read the rest of the series and encourage everyone else to follow along. We can not allow city and state governments to be hoodwinked by radical fringe groups whose only goal is to create chaos and bitterness.
Jewish Voice for Peace is NOT a Jewish group. I’ve said it before and I will say it again: they are a sick bunch of lunatics who must be legally stopped from spreading their poison.
Chairwoman Carinne Sjoberg said that everyone in the community, who are mostly Israelis connected to the university, is terrified, adding: “My mother and father are Holocaust survivors…it was like stepping into their shoes in the 1930’s.”
Think about how surreal it must be for that poor lady! The child of survivors, literally in fear for her life, that it could happen all over again. Just sickening and so unjust!
The rest of the world, particularly America and Israel, needs to put serious pressure on these governments to take action now. Victims are being blamed instead of criminals, told that they should just move away. That is not the answer! Let the ones responsible go to jail, rather than telling good citizens to leave their own country. We are supposed to be a society of human rights, a fair legal system, and protection from discrimination. In Scandinavia, none of those basic freedoms exist anymore, and that is a crying shame.
Riding a NYC subway can be an unpleasant experience, particularly when it’s overcrowded. One angry lady’s rant, over a lack of seating, was so unhinged, it went viral on Twitter.
The lady, who happens to be black, took offense when another black lady with 3 children were forced to stand because other riders didn’t offer them a seat. An Orthodox Jewish man asked her to stop and that’s when it got nasty.
Full details can be found here. In a nutshell, she claimed that if a Jewish family had needed a seat, it would’ve been provided, but the black family was being denied due to racism. (Clearly, not the case.) Towards the end of her outburst, she claimed that “your people treat my people differently in our community,” meaning that she feels Jews discriminate against blacks in their shared neighborhoods.
While I find her behavior horrendous and totally unnecessary, it’s the last part that really worries me because it demonstrates that tension between the two groups continues to persist. I’m old enough to remember the 1991 riots in Crown Heights that were sparked by a Jewish man accidently running over a black child with his van. The amount of violence and hatred that was sparked from that one incident, decades ago, is still simmering and a lot of folks don’t want to talk about the deep wounds that never healed.
In Brooklyn and the Bronx, where the Orthodox and blacks live together, they are in close proximity, but rarely mix. It’s terrible to see such fear and anger, on both sides. I’m truly afraid that somebody could be seriously injured or killed from this feud that just will not end.
We do have a problem with prejudice in America; I’m willing to recognize that. Racism and anti-Semitism are both awful and nobody should be discriminated against. But we need to be reasonable and look at the circumstances before accusing someone else of being hateful. Preferring to sit down instead of stand on a subway has nothing to do with prejudice and everything to do with comfort. Sure, it would’ve been courteous to offer up a seat, but it’s not a legal requirement. Unfortunately, the days of chivalry are behind us and it seems like even pregnant ladies, the elderly, and small kids aren’t accommodated.
The man who taped this incident now says he regrets posting it. I think it’s a good lesson for everyone to remember that there is no privacy in a public place. We need to be careful about the words we choose. Any conversation can become a viral video and that’s a double-edged sword. Perhaps the lady who started all this nonsense will do some soul searching within her own heart, rather than pretending she knows what’s inside the heart of another. Calling someone a racist is a very serious charge and it should never be made lightly.
If you are a mother who has a daughter, please find out if she is reading “Teen Vogue.” Do it and do it now, because this dangerous magazine is not safe for youngsters due to its offensive content.
Many of you will recall last year’s boycott that was prompted by an outrageous article that featured a graphic, step-by-step instruction manual that not only taught teenagers what sodomy was, but actually encouraged them to try it.
Let’s not even get into the morality issue about that. As for the health issue, it’s been proven that sodomy is physically harmful and diseases are much more likely to be spread with that kind of contact.
Also, “Teen Vogue” neglects to mention that many of the girls who read their publication are under the age of consent and should not be engaging in any sexual activity, regardless of type.
For those who think I am a prude or against sex education, that is not the case. I am in favor of teaching young ladies and young men about basic anatomy, biology, and reproduction. But I am not ok with obscene material being written specifically for an audience under the age of 18.
Topping the sodomy article would be tough, yet they’ve done it again and it’s equally awful. The latest piece of trash is entitled: I Am a Jewish Teen and I Support the Palestinian Cause. It features a 19-year-old college student who rails about how she’s “ashamed at being brainwashed by Zionists adults” and claims to be “terrified” about the Jerusalem Embassy move because it’s the “most anti-peace decision in decades.”
Such views coming from a Jew are not only odd, they are at odds with reality. However, when the writer mentions her affiliation with If Not Now, her delusion becomes obvious.
Like Jewish Voice for Peace, If Not Now is supposedly a Jewish group, yet it exists for only one reason: to encourage Jews to act against their own interest. These vile groups promote an anti-Israel bias, defend Hamas terrorists, spread lies, and seek to poison muddled minds with false statements about how Jews are evil and Arabs are wonderful.
“Teen Vogue” is supposed to be a beauty and style publication, yet they devote a large portion of content to other categories, with only one point of view being allowed. Where is the space for young ladies that love Israel? They certainly exist, but if you read most magazines that fact is omitted and it’s done on purpose.
There is nothing wrong with politically geared magazines and books. Both the liberal and conservative ideology attract many members. Individuals should have the opportunity to read about different mindsets before they make up their own. What I don’t like is a fringe agenda being packaged as a beauty magazine that’s written for the youngest members of society who truly have no experience and no way of knowing what’s up.
Adults must take the time to reach out to their kids, and when appropriate, other kids. The schools and pop culture may be teaching them things that are contrary to our values. Until we make an effort to balance the scales, nothing is going to change.
Israel is 70 years young. Its future is not guaranteed and should never be taken for granted. Each generation must do what they can to ensure it continues. “Teen Vogue” is on a mission to undermine that and it’s not anything I want in my home.
Guatemala has become the second country, after the United States, to open an Embassy in Jerusalem. Such an act of solidarity with the Jewish people is truly incredible and my heart is bursting with love.
Unlike many other countries, who are siding with Hamas terrorists and blaming Israel for the current chaos, Guatemala is smart enough and brave enough to challenge popular opinion.
Here in the New England area, over 30,000 Guatemalans live in Massachusetts. I have met some, and I can honestly say that these are wonderful people, who are very family oriented and contribute a lot to the country when they immigrate (legally, of course). Even with cultural differences and a language barrier, friendship can flourish and I support them.
In addition to Guatemala and the US, I’ve heard that Paraguay is intending to move their embassy as well, which is tremendously exciting! Obviously, I want everyone to embrace Jerusalem. Unfortunately, that will not happen, but if we can get a majority, that alone would be a miracle.
Israel’s existence should never be taken for granted, but She continues to grow stronger, year by year, providing a safe haven for Jews and a hotbed for innovation that benefits the entire world.