Tuesday, February 07, 2023

From Ian:

Each Holocaust Victim Was Just Like Us
I recently gave an address to students at Westminster Abbey about Holocaust Memorial Day; the theme for this year was “ordinary people.”

During my speech, I asked everyone in the audience, myself included, to imagine being in the middle of our ordinary, daily routine, doing your homework or preparing for a test, when suddenly you’re told that you and your family are about to be deported — segregated from the rest of the population, sent to a ghetto that will ultimately be a place of starvation, forced labor and mass shootings.

I find it hard to imagine this scenario, and it seems almost impossible. Yet this was the fate for so many young Jewish people, along with their families, not so long ago.

The perpetrators of the Holocaust intended for Jews to think of what we would eventually become to much of the world — six million Jewish victims as a nameless, faceless mass, dressed in striped pajamas, unworthy of life. But we must resist this and remember every single victim as an individual, like you and me. We should think of their hopes and dreams; what they liked to do after a long day of classes; what they found pleasure in; what joy brought to others, or the good they could have done for society.

One of these individuals was my relative, Leah. Along with the rest of her large family, Leah was uprooted and sent to a ghetto in Latvia. Leah was a doctor, and one day, after visiting a patient, she came home to find that her family, including her parents, her many brothers and sisters, her husband, and her only young daughter, gone. They had been taken to the nearby forest, shot, and dumped in a ditch.

After the war, when the mass graves were finally opened, Leah found the remains of her daughter — identified by her brightly-colored doll found next to her that the little one was never parted from. Leah kept this doll until her last day, and was one of the very few people who ever got out of the ghetto alive. Leah spent the rest of her life alone.

Another relative, my great-grandfather, was an artist in the Soviet Union. When the Russians allowed Jews to live in big cities, he moved to Leningrad, while many of those who stayed in his birthplace of a little Jewish town in Ukraine were killed. Like Leah, he survived where others did not. Much later in his life, he made a lithograph depicting a woman in front of a gravestone engraved with Russian and Yiddish text that mourns her loss.
Boycotts not protected speech in US, new research argues
If it looks and quacks like speech, don’t let that fool you. It may be a boycott.

The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether to hear Arkansas Times v. Waldrip, which hinges on a question that is slipperier than it sounds: Is there a constitutional right to boycott?

More specifically, did Arkansas violate the rights of a Little Rock monthly when the state dangled the possibility of public-funded advertisements if and only if the newspaper signed an agreement refusing to boycott Israel?

Josh Halpern, an academic fellow and lecturer at Harvard Law School, and Lavi Ben Dor, a D.C. attorney, argue in a forthcoming paper that boycotts are not speech, and thus the state did not violate the paper’s rights.

The chances are good the Supreme Court will defer hearing the case with a decision to that effect likely coming this month, Halpern told JNS. Active litigation is pending in several appeals courts, including in Texas and Georgia. “Why not wait and see what those courts do?” he said.

A federal appeals court ruled last that Arkansas law does not violate First Amendment rights by requiring state contractors to forswear, for the duration of the contract, boycotting Israel or entities that do business with Israel.

The Arkansas paper has not stated that it supports boycotting Israel, but a state college has advertised in the paper, which placed the latter in the position of having to decide whether to sign the agreement.

BDS opponents should not necessarily start celebrating, however. If boycott is not protected speech, then boycotting boycotts could also remain unprotected. In a different political climate, a state might require entities that want its business to sign agreements stating that they will boycott Israel.
David Singer: Jerusalem's holy sites under a' Hashemite Kingdom of Palestine'
King Abdullah needed Netanyahu‘s assurance that Israel would support Jordan’s Hashemite rulers retaining custodianship of the Islamic holy sites - if Abdullah was to show support for implementing the Saudi Solution.

The Palace communique gave Abdullah an exit strategy:
“The King reaffirmed Jordan’s steadfast position in support of the two-state solution, which guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 4 June 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side with Israel in peace and security.”

This was indeed King Abdullah’s position prior to publication of the Saudi Solution which trashed the two-state solution – consigning it to the garbage bin of history unimplemented - after being proposed by the Arab Peace Initiative in 2002.

Abdullah has not mentioned the two-state solution once since publication of the Saudi Solution. He is appearing to signal re-supporting the failed two-state solution – should Israel seek during the implementation of the Saudi Solution to renegotiate the current terms of custodianship on terms unacceptable to King Abdullah.

The United Nations, the media and its analysts, and independent analysts have totally ignored the Saudi Solution’s existence since its publication in the Saudi government-controlled Al Arabiya News on 8 June 2022.

None has considered the Saudi Solution newsworthy enough to report on or analyze. It’s time they did.

Netanyahu’s visit to King Abdullah indicates the Saudi Solution may be on the way to being implemented on the way to hopefully becoming a reality.


Ilhan Omar: She's smart, savvy, dangerous, hates Jews and Israel - opinion
REPRESENTATIVE Omar must think that we, the Jewish people, are morons, Neanderthals, nitwits, nincompoops, half-wits, blockheads, dunces. For someone who claims that she knows nothing about anti-Jewish tropes, she is very adroit at delivering them.

Nobody uses the expression “It’s all about the Benjamins” when speaking about Israel and thinks that they are giving the Jews a compliment. To the uninitiated, the reference is to the image of Benjamin Franklin, which appears on every $100 bill. Nancy Pelosi, then speaker of the House, justified Omar’s statements saying that Omar did not understand “the weight of her words.”

It seems beyond belief that Rep. Omar is so unaware – even after numerous conversations that were supposed to enlighten her as to the nature of Jew-hatred – that the tropes of Jews and money never came up... not once.

Nobody tweets, as Ilhan Omar did in 2012, that “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel” without knowing exactly what they are saying.

When asked in an interview about the tweet, and if she understood that it might be offensive, she responded: “I don’t know how my comments would be offensive to Jewish Americans. My comments precisely are addressing what was happening during the Gaza war and I’m clearly speaking about the way the Israeli regime was conducting itself in that war.”

I wish that Ilhan Omar would own her statements. I wish that Ilhan Omar would own up and accept the title of “Purveyor of Jew-Hatred.” But she won’t do it.

And because she is a member of the US Congress, her words, even when explained away, carry weight. She lends credence to others who share her vehement hatred of Jews and Israel. She teaches them how to couch their hatred in a more acceptable way. Do as I do, say as I say, and what you say becomes more acceptable. And if you get called on it, simply reply, “I did not know that these words were a problem.”

In other words, the attack against Jews and Israel is valid; it’s only the words that were used that are wrong. Ilhan Omar is smart and she’s savvy and she is very dangerous and she clearly hates Jews and Israel.


Joe Rogan: Idea that Jewish people aren't into money is 'ridiculous'
Joe Rogan, the host of The Joe Rogan Experience, the largest podcast in the world with an average of 11 million listeners per episode, has received backlash after he said the idea that Jewish people aren’t into money is “ridiculous”.

The comment was made in an episode that aired Saturday, during a discussion about Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar being removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a 2019 Tweet of hers in which she implied American support for Israel has been “All about the Benjamins baby”, alluding to the $100 bill.

Mr Rogan said: “[Omar] apologising for talking about 'It’s all about the Benjamins', which is just about money - she’s talking about money.

“That’s not an antisemitic statement, I don’t think that is. Benjamins are money. The idea that Jewish people are not into money is ridiculous. That’s like saying Italians aren’t into pizza, it’s f***ing stupid. It’s f***ing stupid.”

Rep. Omar’s removal from the House Foreign Affairs Committee by Republicans last week had reportedly been due to her alleged history of making antisemitic comments and employing antisemitic tropes.

In response to the comments, David Baddiel, author of Jews Don’t Count, Tweeted: “I actually want to stop banging the Jews Don’t Count drum at some point but hard to do when a racist myth about Jews is just… said, breezily, on one of the biggest podcasts in the world and no-one gives a f**k.”

Mr Rogan’s guests on the episode were Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, political commentators and hosts of the podcast “Breaking Points”.

Ms Ball, a former Democratic Party nominee for Congress in Virginia, is a political commentator and television host at MSNBC. She has also appeared on television networks such as CNN, CNBC and Fox News.
‘Antisemitic to Your Rotten Core’: Roger Waters Accused of Antisemitism by Former Pink Floyd Bandmate, Lyricist
Musician Roger Waters is facing a barrage of criticism from his former bandmate and lyricist after comparing Israel to Nazi Germany in an interview with the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung last week.

“The Israelis are committing genocide,” the former Pink Floyd frontman told Berliner Zeitung, according to an English translation of the interview that Waters shared on his website. “Just like Great Britain did during our colonial period … We believed ourselves to be inherently superior to the indigenous people, just as the Israelis do in Palestine. Well, we weren’t and neither are the Israeli Jews.”

In response, Polly Samson, a lyricist for Pink Floyd and wife of band-member David Gilmour, wrote on Twitter: “You are antisemitic to your rotten core. Also a Putin apologist and a lying, thieving, hypocritical, tax-avoiding, lip-synching, misogynistic, sick-with-envy, megalomaniac. Enough of your nonsense.”

Samson wrote lyrics for Pink Floyd’s 1994 album The Division Bell. Gilmour, who has had a rift with Waters for decades, then re-shared Samson’s tweet and added that “every word [is] demonstrably true.”

Waters, 79, called the accusations “incendiary and wildly inaccurate” in a statement that he released on Twitter, adding that he denies the allegations “entirely.”

Waters — who is an avid support of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement — further claimed that Israel has a right to exist “as long as it is a true democracy, as long as no group, religious or ethnic, enjoys more human rights than any other. But unfortunately that is exactly what is happening in Israel and Palestine. The government says that only Jewish people should enjoy certain rights. So it can’t be described as democratic.”

He also said that accusing Israel of genocide and apartheid “accurately describe[s] the reality in the occupied territory. I see that more and more clearly since I’ve been part of the BDS movement.” He told Berliner Zeitung later in the interview that he denies being antisemitic but also talked about his efforts to convince others in the music industry not to perform in Israel in support of the BDS movement.

The musician has for years advocated for a boycott of Israel, including Israeli sporting teams and the country’s prestigious cultural awards.

During the interview, Waters also voiced his continued support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and said he found it “really, really sad” that his former Pink Floyd bandmates released the benefit song Hey Hey Rise Up last year, featuring Ukrainian musician Andriy Khlyvnyuk, that helped raised funds for humanitarian aid given to those affected by the Russian-Ukraine war.
US university that fired teacher who reported antisemitism settles with him for $1m
A university in Oregon that fired a Jewish professor after he reported several incidents, including purported antisemitic remarks made by the school’s president, has settled with the professor.

Linfield University, a private school in McMinnville, will pay $1 million to English professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner for his wrongful termination in 2021.

Pollack-Pelzner had accused the school’s president, Miles K. Davis, of making antisemitic remarks in front of him, including jokes about gas chambers and comments on the size of Jewish noses.

He was fired shortly after he went public with these and other accusations, including some regarding allegations of sexual harassment directed at members of the school’s board of trustees.

After his termination, Pollack-Pelzner, who was tenured, sued the school for $4 million. A report on his firing last year by the American Association of University Professors found that Linfield had violated Pollack-Pelzner’s academic freedom and right to due process.

The settlement shields the university from further legal action by Pollack-Pelzner, but does not prevent him from talking about the case. A spokesperson for Pollack-Pelzner’s law firm told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency the settlement does not include details about any particular claims he made against the university, nor does it require the school to apologize to him.

Several people affiliated with Linfield left the university in solidarity with Pollack-Pelzner in the wake of his firing, including the trustee who had endowed the professor’s chair in the English department, and the director of the school’s vaunted wine studies program.

Linfield is affiliated with American Baptist Churches.


BBC gives last word in Parliament apology story to fringe political activists
Notably, the BBC – which, as regular readers will be aware, has repeatedly and uncritically amplified that politically motivated smear from Amnesty International and others – did not bother to inform its audiences why Johnson’s description was not only “insensitive” but also inaccurate.

Interestingly, the BBC chose to give the last word in this report to the far-Left fringe group ‘Momentum’ and to introduce the unrelated topic of the former Labour leader:
“However, the spokesman’s decision to denounce Ms Johnson’s language was criticised by Momentum, the Corbyn-supporting left-wing pressure group.

The group accused Sir Keir of an “outrageous abuse of power,” and wanting to “silence wholly legitimate criticism of the Israeli government”.

Momentum is calling for the reinstatement of Mr Corbyn, whom Sir Keir suspended as a Labour MP in 2020 after a long running row about antisemitism.

Mr Corbyn was suspended for saying the scale of antisemitism within Labour had been “dramatically overstated” by opponents, in his reaction to a watchdog’s report on how the party had handled allegations of anti-Jewish prejudice within the party.”


Seeing as the BBC elected to promote this report not only to domestic audiences but also on its ‘Middle East’ page, it would clearly have been helpful had it been clarified that the MP who is the topic of this report is a Corbyn supporter and a member of the Socialist Campaign Group, which is linked to ‘Momentum’.

Readers around the world would obviously also have benefitted from being informed that Corbyn’s claim concerning “the scale of antisemitism within Labour” was shown to be baseless by the Forde Report. As we have previously documented on these pages – the BBC has similarly avoided clarifying that issue in the past.

In short, while the BBC is able to inform its audiences on the topic of “Israel’s hardline new government”, “Israel’s most right-wing government” and “the ultranationalist far-right”, it is remarkably less forthcoming about applying comparable labels to politicians and political groups on the other side of the map in its own domestic arena.
Vox Offers Masterclass in How to Blame Everyone But the Palestinians for Palestinian Problems
Known for its so-called “explanatory journalism,” news and opinion site Vox promises to empower its readers with the “insight needed to understand and shape our world,” which apparently involves taking each reader on a “journey from curiosity to understanding, adding context and clarity to the events and issues swirling around [them].”

Only then, Vox contends, can one “truly understand the problems we face.”

However, it appears Vox’s lofty aim of taking hoi polloi on a journey of truth and understanding does not apply when it comes to Israel.

For, this week the outlet published a lengthy piece in which Vox staffer Jonathan Guyer attempted to explain why the elusive two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has so far not been actualized and who’s at fault for this. Spoiler: everyone but the Palestinians is to blame.

Headlined, ‘The US’s empty commitment to a two-state solution,’ the article runs to more than 2,000 words and yet still manages to omit the most critical facts that would actually explain why hopes for a two-state solution are moribund.

Civilians vs. Terrorists
Guyer opens the piece with a lamentation that now is a “particularly dangerous moment for Israel and Palestine (sic),” and references the violent incidents that occurred very recently — namely, the Jenin raid and the Jerusalem synagogue terror attack.

Guyer notes that the “terrorist attack in East Jerusalem (sic) killed seven Israelis and an Israeli raid on the refugee camp of Jenin killed nine Palestinians, culminating a month in which Palestinians experienced the highest level of killings at the hands of Israeli forces and Israeli settlers in more than a decade.”

What Guyer fails to tell readers, though, is that at least seven of the Palestinians killed in the Jenin raid were militants belonging to the terrorist group Islamic Jihad and they were planning an imminent terror attack on Israeli soil.

Contrast this with the fact that every single one of the seven Israelis who were murdered while exiting a synagogue in Neve Yakov on Shabbat was an innocent civilian.
La Presse & ICI Alberta Fail To Mention That 5 Palestinians Killed By IDF Were Hamas Gunmen
On February 6, two major French-language Canadian media outlets, ICI Alberta and La Presse, produced news coverage that wrongly depicted Israeli counter-terror operations as killing 5 presumably innocent Palestinian civilians, when in fact, the fatalities were all armed gunmen from the Hamas terror group.

The headlines of the news reports by ICI Alberta and La Presse respectively read, “Cinq Palestiniens tués lors d’un raid” and “Cinq Palestiniens tués lors d’un raid des forces israéliennes.”

These headlines and the 38-second ICI Alberta report itself, failed to mention a crucial aspect of the story, the fact that the five Palestinians killed were all gunmen and members of Hamas, a Canadian-designated terrorist group.

Watch ICI Alberta’s full report
No mention of Iran and Palestinian antisemitism in Germany’s strategy to fight Jew-hatred
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stands accused of whitewashing the world’s top state-sponsor of Jew-hatred and Holocaust denial, Iran’s regime, and Palestinian antisemitism, in the first signs of blowback against his national strategy report on combating the oldest hatred.

JNS’s examination of the German-language “National Strategy against Antisemitism and for Jewish Life” found glaring omissions concerning some of the most dangerous states and terrorist organizations targeting German Jews and Israel.

Brig. Gen. (res.) Amir Avivi, chairman and founder of the Israel Defense and Security Forum (IDSF), told JNS, “While I commend the German government for publishing its first comprehensive plan to ‘combat antisemitism and promote Jewish life in Germany,’ I find it very disturbing that two of the vilest modern-day proponents of Jew-hatred and violence against Jews on German soil are not named and shamed in the report even once: the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Palestinian Authority.

“Both of these entities officially promote institutionalized Holocaust denial at all levels of government and poison their students with hate-filled incitement against Jews and the Jewish state, and their senior leaders openly call for the annihilation of Israel.”

He continued, “If the German government indeed aspires to protect Jews from the dangers of hatred and violence, it must be truthful about the state and political entity that today spread antisemitism and violence, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Palestinian Authority. Subscribe to The JNS Daily Syndicate by email and never miss our top stories

“Germany, given its unique historical role, should condition its generous financial aid to the Palestinian Authority as well as its extensive trade with the Islamic Republic of Iran on an immediate change of policy by the two when it comes to Jew-hatred and incitement against Israel.

“Anything short of that is whitewashing and an insult to the memory of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust and to their descendants today, many of whom live in Israel,” Avivi said.


Israeli show ‘Chanshi’ explores complexity of American immigration to Israel
It’s easy to assume that films and television shows come together through a series of ingenious decisions, perhaps informed by dizzying datasets. But that is decidedly not how Henry Winkler–famous for playing Arthur ‘Fonzie’ Fonzarelli in “Happy Days” in the 1970s and ’80s, among other more recent roles–came to play the Jewish father “Tatty” in the new Israeli show “Chanshi.”

Winkler, 77, grew up in a Conservative Jewish home with parents who fled the Nazis in Berlin in 1939. But none of this informed his selection for the role of Chanshi’s dad, Aaron Geva, co-director of the show, said on a panel at its Feb. 2 New York premiere at Manhattan’s Sutton Place Synagogue.

It’s hard to find actors in Israel who truly speak English well, Geva said. “I just made a list of American Jews the right age,” he said. Narrowing the list by eliminating those whom he said hated Israel, he was left with five actors to consider. Winkler was his first choice, which worked out, he told the audience.

Ironically, the actor chosen for his English struggled to pronounce his on-screen daughter Chanshi’s name, Winkler told Kveller. (Another nugget in that piece: Winkler’s schedule required turning down a role in “Fauda,” but he had the latter’s star Lior Raz over on Yom Kippur.)

Israeli films and television shows have been making the rounds of late. “Shtisel” (2013-21) found its way onto Netflix. So did “Fauda,” which began in 2015 and released its fourth season earlier this year. “Srugim” (2008-12) is available on Amazon Prime. Lesser known stateside are the highly amusing shows “Shababnikim”—which also answers to “The New Black”—which opened in 2017 and is reportedly working on a third season, and “Checkout” (or “Cash Register”), which began in 2018 and can be seen on ChaiFlicks.

“Chanshi,” which is completing its 10-episode run in Israel, offers a different sort of comedic storytelling, driven by an actress. Aleeza Chanowitz wrote the show and stars in the title role as an American woman in Israel whose wandering eye cannot stay focused on her fiancé Mendy (Dov Gvirtsman), no matter how kind and attractive he is. (He is both.)
Kosovo’s tiny Jewish community aims to punch above its size
It has been almost 15 years to the day since Kosovo, a landlocked country of 1.95 million north of Greece, declared independence on Feb. 17, 2008. Its Jewish community numbers just 35 to 50 people, but its leadership remains optimistic that Judaism can thrive in a nation that is almost 93% ethnic Albanian, with a Sunni Muslim majority and Christian minority.

“We live in harmony for the most part, and there isn’t much antisemitism,” Dr. Hysen Hyseni, a physician and chairman of the Jewish community, told JNS. “Jewish life will keep getting better.”

Most of Kosovo’s Jews live in one of two cities, the capital Pristina and Prizren. Expatriate Jews have moved in recently.

One of the world’s youngest countries, Kosovo, which is not part of the United Nations, declared independence following the breakup of Yugoslavia, after the fall of communism and a 1998-99 civil war. In September 2020, Israel became the 101st country to recognize Kosovo.

Kosovo opened an embassy in Jerusalem in 2021 and has the distinction of being the first Muslim-majority state to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Outback’s Jewish Museum
An isolated town surrounded by desert and red earth in the middle of Australian outback, some 715 miles west of Sydney—was put on the map in the late 1800s as one of the country’s top mining towns. Huge deposits of iron ore, silver, and zinc were discovered there at the end of the 19th century, leading to a flurry of migration. The town is the ancestral home of the Broken Hill Proprietary Company, which today is still one of the world’s largest mining companies.

Among the mining frenzy that began in the late 1800s, a small group of Jewish settlers, mainly from Europe and Russia, began to make their way to the town. A Jewish cemetery was consecrated in 1891 and a foundation stone for the Broken Hill Synagogue was placed at 165 Wolfram St. on Nov. 30, 1910. In its heyday from the 1910s to the 1960s, the synagogue served the approximately 200 members of the Jewish community.

Today, Broken Hill remains isolated: This town of 17,000 is a three-hour drive from the next town of more than 1,000 people. These days, there is no active Jewish community. The synagogue still stands, but in 1991 it was converted to the Synagogue of the Outback Museum, which is owned and maintained by the Broken Hill Historical Society. Behind a stone façade, the building comprises the former rabbi’s residence and the synagogue, which includes the original pews, lectern, and ark, as well as a replica Torah on display. The museum is open three days a week; approximately 40 people visit each week, including the occasional school or Jewish group. And this April, the museum will hold a special Shabbat service—only the second such service at this location since the 1960s.
Over 40 years after the original, here comes History of the World, Part II
Over 40 years after Mel Brooks' History of the World, Part I graced movie theaters with a hilarious romp of historical events, fans will finally receive the much-awaited sequel: History of the World, Part II.

At the end of History of the World, Part I viewers were promised a sequel featuring "Hitler on Ice" and "Jews in Space," but up until now, the promised sequel was nowhere in sight

But on March 6, the sequel will finally arrive in an eight-episode mini-series of humorous sketches on Hulu written by Brooks, now 96 years old.

“I can’t wait to once more tell the real truth about all the phony baloney stories the world has been conned into believing are History!” said Brooks in a statement when the series was first announced in 2021.

"Roll it," says Brooks as he introduces the trailer for the new, star-studded series.

History of the World, Part II to feature star-studded cast
While much of the original cast has passed away since Part I premiered in 1981, the sequel will host a long list of top comedians and actors, including Wanda Sykes, Jack Black, Danny DeVito, Seth Rogen, Taika Waititi and Nick Kroll, among many others.

The new series will feature a slew of famous figures, including Harriet Tubman, Sigmund Freud, William Shakespeare, Alexander Graham Bell, Amelia Earhart, Jesus and Noah. (And yes, Jews in Space does appear to be in the works as well, as a character in a Star Trek-type costume with a Star of David can be seen in the trailer)

History of the World Part II will be available on the Hulu streaming service starting on March 6, with two new episodes added each day and the finale releasing on March 9.


Israel's Sheba children’s hospital among most advanced in world
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Prof. Yitshak Kreiss, chief executive of Israel’s Sheba Medical Center in central Israel, inaugurated the futuristic Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital on Monday.

The new medical center will be among the most technologically advanced children’s hospitals in the world. Along with the new medical technology, the hospital will highlight unique early genetic tests and the detection and treatment of rare diseases.

Tens of thousands of Israeli children are treated at Sheba’s already-existing children’s hospital, as well as hundreds of seriously ill children from the West Bank and Gaza each year, many of whom suffer from rare genetic diseases.

“Building the new children’s hospital is a huge accomplishment and a great mitzvah (good deed) to help these young people,” said Netanyahu at the inauguration ceremony in central Israel. “I am sure you will do this with a great sense of pride and success. I have great faith in you to heal the children of Israel,” he told Kreiss.

In response, Kreiss touted the benefits that will materialize from the new center.

"The futuristic new Safra Children's Hospital will feature many new and unique divisions like you've never seen before, including a burn unit, an eating disorder division, and special treatments for young people with genetic diseases," he said.

“Most importantly, we are a hospital of peace and a beacon of hope not only for the children of Israel, but also for the children of the region, including young people from the West Bank, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco, which we are already dealing with. This is the DNA of Sheba.”

According to Newsweek rankings, Sheba Medical Center is among the top 10 hospitals in the world.
Arthur Szyk, the Fighting Artist of the Jews
Born in the city of Łódź in Russian Poland in 1894, Arthur Szyk would become one of the outstanding Jewish painters and illustrators of the 20th century. Seeing himself as a “fighting artist,” Szyk used his work to call attention to the dangers faced by European Jewry in the 1930s and 40s, the evils of Nazism, and the Zionist struggle for Jewish independence. The Times of London called his lavishly illustrated 1940 Haggadah “among the most beautiful of books that the hand of man has ever produced.” Irvin Ungar discusses Szyk’s life and the meaning of his art.






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