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While the IDF and many others continue to provide assistance to the people of the Philippines after the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan, the head of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee references a moment in history when Filipinos played a lifesaving role in the Jewish people’s time of greatest need:
Before World War II, we helped settle and care for Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany in Manila. The operation, hatched by a Jewish family named Frieder and approved by President Manuel L. Quezon, saved the lives of more than 1,000 people from almost certain death in the Holocaust.
While we know so well of the heroic actions of Oskar Schindler and others who harbored and rescued Jews during the Holocaust, this story may not be as well-known. Here is a preview of a recent documentary that tells how the cigar-making Frieder brothers from Cincinnati, the Filipino president Manuel Quezon, and a U.S. colonel named Dwight D. Eisenhower helped over a thousand Jews escape the Nazis and emigrate to the Philippines:
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Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 1:38 PM | Stand For Israel
Lieutenant Libby Weiss, a soldier with the IDF’s aid mission to the typhoon-decimated Philippines, gives a first-hand account of the good being done there. From the delivery of babies to the installation and use of much-needed x-ray and laboratory stations, the IDF is doing what it can to help:
It was in moments like these in which the IDF delegation’s true nature was shown – its commitment to helping, without any desire or need for a thank you. The overall feeling here is one of persistence and commitment to a cause – to do whatever is needed to help the people in need.
Continue to keep the millions of Filipinos affected by Typhoon Haiyan in your prayers, as well as the many aid workers from Israel and elsewhere who are providing medical care and other forms of relief.Comments (29) »
Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 10:58 AM | Stand For Israel
Simon Henderson, of the Gulf and Energy Policy program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, is interviewed by Voice of America and says that Saudi Arabia has been actively lobbying against a deal between Western countries and Iran over the Islamic Republic’s illicit nuclear program. But that’s not as interesting as WHO they’ve been lobbying:
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The Saudis, curiously, have much the same position as Israel. They feel threatened by Iran. They feel that they will be even more threatened by a nuclear Iran. They don’t believe Iranian protestations that their nuclear program is for civilian purposes. And they are uncertain with the position of the U.S. and are very concerned that the U.S. is going to enter into a bad deal. And so less noticeably, perhaps, than [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, but not invisibly, the Saudis have been very active in lobbying in the absence of the U.S., where they seem to have given up, they’ve certainly been lobbying the French and, one can assume, the British and other significant groups as well.
Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 8:38 AM | Stand For Israel
We’ve used the metaphor before – when discussing Iran – of the gall you would need to go before a judge after getting a speeding ticket and argue that the speed limit at the scene of your infraction be changed.
This weekend, we learned from anonymous American sources that the possible deal with Iran over its nuclear program involves easing sanctions imposed on Iran for doing a number of things they weren’t supposed to be doing anyway: ceasing work at their plutonium reactor at Arak, stopping advanced enrichment of uranium, and agreeing to “tough” inspections.
First of all, what is a “tough” inspection? Does the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conduct some other kind of inspection making the distinction necessary?
Second, every single one of those Iranian “concessions” – Arak, uranium enrichment, inspections – are required under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that Iran signed and never pulled out of. It’s black-letter international law. There is nothing to discuss. Either Iran abides by its treaty obligations, or it suffers the consequences.
That isn’t stopping Western leaders – Secretary of State John Kerry included – from negotiating with the mullahs over things that should not be negotiable. And sanctions are having a real impact. The Iranian economy is in shambles: as the rest of the world continues to recover from the economic troubles of the past few years, Iran’s economy actually suffered significant contraction last year.
What sanctions are not doing, of course, is stopping the Iranians from pursuing their nuclear program. And therein lies the other problem with these negotiations: Iran’s total lack of seriousness.
Like a person who gets that speeding ticket and tries to negotiate with the judge, the West is confronted with an Iranian regime that wants to pretend there’s room for discussion. There is not. We should have the courage to say so.Comments (7) »
Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 8:32 AM | Stand For Israel
But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless. (Psalm 10:14)
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan’s immense destruction in the Philippines, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is carrying out “Operation Islands of Hope” to aid the many affected. Here medical staff decorate the children’s wing of the IDF field hospital. Remember the victims in your prayers this weekend, as well as those helping them. Shabbat shalom, friends.Comments (0) »
Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 2:37 PM | Stand For Israel
Reporting on the IDF’s relief efforts in the Philippines after the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, The Times of Israel writes about the first baby delivered in the IDF’s field hospital:
“It’s a boy!” wrote IDF Spokesman Peter Lerner on Friday, “amazing news coming out of the IDF field hospital. First baby delivered. The thankful mum named him Israel.”
Continue to pray for the thousands who perished, the hundreds of thousands left homeless, and the millions affected by the disaster, as well as the many — like the IDF — who are providing timely and compassionate aid to the victims.Comments (2) »
Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 11:26 AM | Stand For Israel
Jonathan Tobin, writing in Commentary magazine, tells us that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had a rough day with Senators of both parties. The pro-Israel movement has strong, bipartisan support on Capitol Hill and Kerry had the tough assignment to go convince them to believe him and not the Israeli government:
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Throwing down the gauntlet on Israel in this fashion in a Congress where a wall-to-wall bipartisan coalition in support for the Jewish state exists may have been a stunning miscalculation. Kerry has dared the Senate to call him out for a campaign of feckless diplomacy that seems motivated more by a desire to achieve détente with the Islamist tyrants of Tehran and resentment of Israel than concern about the dangers of a nuclear Iran.
Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 8:42 AM | Stand For Israel
Josh Rogin and Eli Lake, writing at The Daily Beast, examine the Iran strategy of President Obama and shed light on the bipartisan concern over the Administration’s handling of what could in the end turn out to be the most significant foreign policy issue since the end of the Cold War:
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Several GOP Senators compared the Obama administration’s strategy towards Iran to the Clinton administration’s strategy towards North Korea, in which Sherman herself was involved. A 1994 framework agreement with Pyongyang was hailed at the time but was later scuttled due to North Korean cheating. North Korea subsequently tested a nuclear device on three separate occasions.
Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 8:41 AM | Stand For Israel
After high-ranking officials from the U.S., Russia, China, and other world powers failed to reach a deal with Iran on curtailing its nuclear ambitions, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was grateful. According to Netanyahu, the proposed deal would have allowed Iran to stay capable of building nuclear weapons.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
• U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. and its allies were being tough on Iran and that they would not have made a deal unless it was good for all concerned.
• Meanwhile, Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said Israel is not fooled by Iran and is convinced that the Iranians are building a nuclear bomb.
• A year ago this week, terrorist factions in the Gaza Strip fired rockets on Israel, prompting an eight-day military campaign, called Operation Pillar of Defense. Since that campaign, Israeli officials are saying this has been the calmest year in decades.
• A 19-year-old Israeli soldier was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist on a bus.
• Israel says Palestinian claims that Yasser Arafat was poisoned by Israelis are baseless accusations.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on the futility of negotiating with Iran.
Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 7:52 PM | firstname.lastname@example.org
Even the world of children’s books isn’t exempt from Israel-related controversy. CAMERA brings us the tale of Israel being, quite literally, left off the map:
Scholastic, a publisher of children’s books, will revise and reprint a book with a map of the Middle East that did not include Israel, the West Bank or Gaza Strip.
The Times of Israel, which broke the story, reported that “While Sudan, Libya and Saudi Arabia appear clearly on the map, the territory of Israel is completely covered by Jordan, painted red.”
Responding to the error, Scholastic, to its credit, has apologized and stopped shipment on the book. But the question remains: How did such a glaring error make it into the book in the first place?Comments (2) »
Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 2:41 PM | Stand For Israel