The Children of the Holocaust

(Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Muzej Revolucije Narodnosti Jugoslavije)

(Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Muzej Revolucije Narodnosti Jugoslavije)

The Holocaust affected not only the Jewish people, but the entire world – men, women, children, people of all nationalities and backgrounds. But, this powerful piece from The Jewish Journal shows, Jewish children were impacted disproportionately by this, the darkest chapter in history:

Everyone knows about the 6 million…

“Perhaps what is lesser known is that 1.5 million children were killed — that there were roughly 150,000 children left,” she said. “About 90 percent of Jewish children were murdered.”

Those who remain share unique stories that reveal much not just about the state of Europe before World War II, but of those who made survival possible. Three such survivors — Peter Daniels, Marie Kaufman and Eva Katz Brettler — spoke about their experiences during the event sponsored by the CSUN Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Kaufman, 74, was born in 1941 and made it through the war hidden in a tiny village in the south of France. Among those who protected her were five teenagers from two families.

“It was their parents who told them, ‘Here is this little girl, and here are these people, and we have to take care of them,’ ” Kaufman told an audience of about 50 people. “Imagine being 13 and being told, ‘You are responsible, and you have to watch this child.’ ”

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 9:41 AM  | Stand for Israel

Two IDF Soldiers Stabbed by Terrorist in West Bank

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Today, two IDF soldiers were stabbed by a terrorist in the West Bank. Haaretz reports on the attack and the IDF’s response:

Two Israeli soldiers were wounded on Wednesday morning in a stabbing attack at the Shiloh Junction in the northern West Bank. One of the victims was seriously wounded in his upper body and the other sustained light injuries to his back. The assailant was shot and killed on the spot.

The soldiers, both around 20 years old, were attacked on Route 60, near the entrance to the Ma’ale Levona settlement and the Palestinian village of Sinjil, just after 10 A.M. They were initially treated by medics on site and then transferred to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

The two soldiers both serve in the Tavor Battalion of the Home Front Command. They were sitting in an ambulance at the time of the attack, called to the area to reinforce the security guards manning the Shiloh area roads over the Passover holiday.

The assailant approached the ambulance and stabbed one of the soldiers, a medic, lightly wounding him. The assailant then stabbed a paramedic in his neck, inflicting serious wounds.

The lightly wounded medic opened fire on the assailant and killed him.

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 9:19 AM  | Stand for Israel

Where Terrorists Thrive and Why

(Photo: flickr/albanyassociates)

(Photo: flickr/albanyassociates)

Last week’s attack at a college in Kenya – where the Islamist gunmen targeted Christians – left 146 students dead. It was just the latest in an ever-increasing series of attacks by extremist terrorists that have been launched against Christians, Jews, and those who long to live in a free, democratic society. Commentary’s Max Boot takes a look at where – and why – such terror is thriving today:

Amid the big news of the last week regarding the “framework” agreement with Iran and the ouster of ISIS forces from Tikrit, it’s easy to lose sight of another piece of big news—the terrible slaughter carried out by Shabab militants at a university in Kenya. A small team of just four gunmen armed with nothing more than assault rifles systematically slaughtered 146 students after trying to separate out the Christians from the Muslims. As the New York Times notes, this is but the latest slaughter carried out by the Somali-based Islamist terror group in next-door Kenya: Since 2012, Shabab’s terrorists have killed more than 600 people on Kenyan soil, including a mass murder in 2013 in Nairobi’s posh Westgate mall…

There is not, to put it mildly, an obvious fix that the U.S. can administer to any of these problems. But as a general matter the lesson I would draw is that U.S. aid should be focused on improving the effectiveness of local government—not merely on hunting down individual terrorists who can be replaced all too easily if the territory in which they operate remains ungoverned. This is a lesson that runs counter to the preferred Obama strategy of sending drones and occasionally Special Operations Forces to take out bad guys, including Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of Shabab, who was killed in an American airstrike last fall. Unfortunately his death has not eliminated the Shabab threat, any more than the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi eliminated al-Qaeda in Iraq (now renamed ISIS) or the death of Osama bin Laden eliminated al-Qaeda.

These terrorist groups are…

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 8:44 AM  | Stand for Israel

Iran’s Goal Is Middle East Hegemony

(Photo: wikicommons/ Farzaaaad2000)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Farzaaaad2000)

As we note in today’s Daily Dispatch, Iranian news reports that Tehran will begin using its fastest centrifuges as soon as the ill-conceived nuclear deal with the West takes effect. But Iran’s nuclear program is only a means to an end, writes the always insightful Michael J. Totten. The Islamic Republic’s ultimate goal is to become the predominant power in the Middle East:

The chattering class has spent the last couple of days pontificating on and bickering about the so-called nuclear “deal” with Iran, but largely missing from the conversation is a recognition of the Iranian government’s ultimate goal—to become the regional hegemon. Its nuclear weapons program is simply a means to that end…

…but one thing at least should be clear: the Iranian government is and will continue to be a pernicious force in the region regardless of any agreement. Even with a good deal from our point of view, replacing a rapid expansion of Iran’s nuclear weapons program with sanctions relief and economic growth will at best be a wash.

Many in Washington seem unbothered by Iran’s ultimate ambitions and are only concerned with Iranian nukes. In an interview on NPR in December, President Barack Obama said a deal could break Iran’s isolation and enable the country to become, as he put it, “a successful regional power.”

Iran, though, is already a successful regional power…

Zoom out and look at the rest of the region. One Middle Eastern state after another has disintegrated into schismatic abstractions controlled by rival armed groups. Iraq, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, and Yemen are all, as scholar and analyst Jonathan Spyer put it, “living in the time of the militias,” many of which moonlight as international terrorist organizations.

Iran backs armed factions in four out of five of those countries—Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria, undisciplined Shia militias in Iraq, and the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The only reason it has no footprint in Libya is because Libya has no natural Shia constituency for Iran to throw its weight and…

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 8:25 AM  | Stand for Israel

“The Day That I Lost My Childhood”

(Photo: wikicommons/JoJan)

(Photo: wikicommons/JoJan)

Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, will be remembered on April 16. In the time leading up to this day that honors the 6 million who died during the Holocaust, as well as those who survived, we will be bringing you stories like this one, from Daniel Goldsmith, who survived the Nazis by escaping a moving train and through the kindness of a Christian family:

Goldsmith was 11 years old and living in Antwerp, Belgium, when his father was sent to a labor camp by the Nazis in 1942. When Goldsmith’s father said goodbye at the train station, he said to his son, “You’re the little man in the house now, and you have to take care of your mother and sister until I come back.”

“I told him I would,” Goldsmith said. “And really, this was the day that I lost my childhood.”

Later that year, when the street where the Goldsmith’s lived was raided by the Nazis, Goldsmith’s mother hid with her children on the roof of their home, then took the children to a convent to stay where it was safe. After hiding in a few different convents and orphanages, Goldsmith was captured by the Nazis and sent to prison.

He escaped transportation on a freight train by jumping with several other boys from the train as it slowed to take a sharp curve. After they hid in the woods for a few days, one of the older boys went to seek help from a local priest who helped them to find families to stay with. Goldsmith hid in a Catholic family’s attic for more than a year.

In the fall of 1944, the town where Goldsmith was living was liberated by American soldiers, and he was reunited with his mother and sister, but he learned from his mother that his father had died in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

“You are the last generation that will see a live Holocaust survivor,” Goldsmith told the students, encouraging them to be righteous…

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 12:31 PM  | Stand for Israel

Skeptical Canada Won’t Lift Its Iran Sanctions

(Photo: DoD)

(Photo: DoD)

In today’s Daily Dispatch, we again raised concerns over the impending nuclear deal that the U.S. and other Western powers seem determined to make with Iran. One Western nation is not so enthralled with the idea of a nuclear Iran, however. Arutz Sheva reports that the United States’ neighbor to the north is skeptical of the deal, and will not lift its sanctions against the Islamic Republic:

The Canadian government has not shared US President Barack Obama’s enthusiasm over the deal reached with Iran over its nuclear program last Thursday, by which the Islamic regime continues enriching uranium at reduced levels in exchange for the removal of sanctions.

Canadian Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson responded to the deal, warning that the Islamic regime may still be able to obtain a nuclear weapon even with the agreement.

“We have to make every possible diplomatic effort to ensure that Iran will never be able to achieve the ability to develop a nuclear weapon,” said Nicholson, noting such a development could spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

The foreign minister added that “Iran’s track record is not one that encourages trust.”

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 11:42 AM  | Stand for Israel

Between North Korea and Iran

(Photo: wikicommons/Suzuki)

(Photo: wikicommons/Suzuki)

Iran is desperate to have the capacity for nuclear weapons – and the West should be desperate to prevent it from obtaining such capabilities. This same scenario has already occurred with another menacing nation. Writing at Israel Hayom, Michael Tuchfeld likens what is occurring with the Iranian nuclear talks with previous agreements made with North Korea:

One day in October 2013, researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s U.S.-Korea Institute who were examining satellite images of the North Korean Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center saw vapor rising and water flowing out from the reactor’s cooling system — a sign that the reactor was, suddenly, in operation. The reactor, which produced plutonium for nuclear bombs, was closed following a February 2007 deal with six world powers, after the United States agreed to unfreeze $25 million in North Korean bank accounts and to provide food shipments. The reactor’s cooling tower was dismantled over several months, and the process was broadcast on international television. The United States was praised for the accomplishment, and the president declared that the efforts to stop the North Korean nuclear program had borne fruit.

Less than two weeks after the first discovery, the researchers saw that construction was underway at Sohae Satellite Launching Station to adapt the facility for the use of long-range ballistic missiles. The initial agreement to dismantle the Yongbyon facility was signed in 1994. In return, the Koreans were promised that they could build two nuclear reactors to provide electricity. It became clear to everyone that the regime in Pyongyang was making a mockery of all the agreements signed in recent years and that the North Korean nuclear program was in its heyday. So far, the Koreans have carried out three nuclear tests, two of them while U.S. President Barack Obama has been in office.

You don’t need to be particularly clever to make the comparison between the North Korean nuclear issue and that of Iran…

The Iranians, just…

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 8:48 AM  | Stand For Israel

The West’s Romance with Iran and Islamists

(Photo: flickr/stephenmelkisethian)

(Photo: flickr/stephenmelkisethian)

Those of us who stand for Israel and for freedom have been appalled at the West’s seeming inability to stand up against Iran during the ongoing nuclear talks. But, perhaps this lack of fortitude in the face of extremism and evil should not be so surprising, writes Gatestone Institute’s Uzay Bulut, as many in the West have lost the capacity and will to criticize Islamist terror:

In the eyes of most Islamists — whether or Sunni or Shia — nothing is cheaper or more worthless than human life. It can be seen in the accelerating rate of executions in Iran since the “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani arrived on the scene, and in the ghoulish slaughters committed by ISIS.

As terrorists throughout the Muslim world lay down their own lives to bring death, the U.S. and Europe silently watch Islamic terrorism in Sudan, in Pakistan, in Iraq and Syria by ISIS, in Nigeria by Boko Haram and especially in Iran by the Mullahs’ regime, which the P5+1 (the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) deludedly still seem to think will turn nuclear warheads into plowshares.

U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers continue talks past deadline after deadline to give Iran — one of the most corrupt, repressive and genocidal countries on the planet – a nuclear weapons capability to threaten the rest of the Middle East, the U.S. and Europe. Granting nuclear capability is seen as a reward for lying, cheating and breaking treaty after treaty. What a brilliant precedent for everyone else.

The West seems to have lost the will to criticize political Islam. Not speaking out or taking action against Islamists is a sickness not only of the current U.S. government; many intellectuals also seem to suffer from it…

Why then is Hamas a “more acceptable” terrorist group than ISIS? Because it targets Jews? How can Hamas’ Western sympathizers be so sure that the same extreme Islamic jihadist groups will not target them, “the infidels,” in the future, as they say they will?

If these…

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 8:32 AM  | Stand For Israel

A New Exodus? The Reality of Being Jewish in Europe Today

(Photo: Olivier Fitoussi)

(Photo: Olivier Fitoussi)

Already this year, anti-Semitic attacks have occurred all over Europe – in France, in Belgium, and elsewhere. The Guardian reports that the Jewish hatred rampant across the continent has caused many European Jews to question what the future holds, with seven of them providing firsthand accounts from France to Turkey:

Jean-Francois Bensahel, 51, Paris, president of the Israeli Reform Union at the synagogue in Paris where in October 1980 a bomb exploded, killing four people

The rise in antisemitism is a European phenomenon, but it was in France that the assassins’ bullets started. The strong republican state that imposes shared values cements our society, but over the past 40 years secularism and assimilation have given way to multiculturalism and ghettoisation, and we are suffering the consequences.

The Charlie Hebdo attacks in January showed that the “Jewish question” is also the “French question”. Now lots of people are saying they have to leave because it’s too dangerous in France, and they’re afraid of being attacked in the street for wearing a kippah or a Star of David. More and more people believe their identity can be summed up by their religion.

The French didn’t react to antisemitic killings in the past, and for the past 30 to 40 years they have made excuses about the radicalisation of Muslims, blaming their social and economic situation and seeing it as an extension of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…

Dalia Golda, 33, Bucharest, founder of Gan Eden Kindergarten, a Jewish kindergarten and after-school center in the Romanian capital, where Jews are a tiny majority of the population

There are very few Jews in the whole of Romania – officially 7,000. We were wiped out [during the Second World War]. It is important to have places like the Holocaust Memorial, which opened in 2009, in order to remember, but we also need to educate. When I used to work for the Jewish Cultural Centre I received hundreds of phone calls in the middle of…

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Monday, April 6th, 2015 at 9:00 AM  | Stand For Israel

The Iran Deal and Anti-Semitism

(Photo: wikicommons/ Farzaaaad2000)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Farzaaaad2000)

Stand for Israel has kept you updated regarding the impending nuclear deal with Iran – the dangers it creates, the questions that have arisen, and the need to ward off a “bad deal” that will leave Israel, the U.S., and the free world at risk. Writing at The Times of Israel’s blog, Dr. Jeffrey Herf says that these discussions are very important, but the Iranian regime’s anti-Semitism must also be dealt with:

In the coming weeks, debate about the P5+1 deal with Iran will focus, as it must, on the details of the deal itself and whether, as President Obama claims, it will prevent Iran from getting the bomb or rather, as Prime Minister Netanyahu has warned, it paves Iran’s way to the bomb and poses a threat to Israel’s security and survival. But behind that debate, I suggest that there should be another one, a conversation about anti-Semitism and the way the United States has responded to the anti-Semitic regime in Tehran.

The case against the agreement has been made well by David Horovitz. He and others have pointed out that the agreement leaves the infrastructure of Iran’s nuclear weapons program intact. Mark Dubowitz and Reuel Marc Gerecht, two well-informed experts on Iran’s nuclear program and the sanctions regime affiliated with the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, described the deal in an April 3, 2015, the Wall Street Journal essay as “Iran’s Negotiating Triumph Over Obama and America.” They point out that the Obama administration “has never adequately explained” why Ayatollah Khamenei “would sell out a three-decade effort to develop nuclear weapons…”

In an interview this weekend with The New York Times, Obama tried to reassure Israelis. After six years of speaking rarely about Iranian anti-Semitism he acknowledged that ”the activities that they [the Iranian leaders] engage in, the rhetoric, both anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, is deeply disturbing.” He then said “what we’ve also seen is that there is a practical streak to the Iranian regime. I think…

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Monday, April 6th, 2015 at 8:34 AM  | Stand For Israel

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