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                                                                                                              Israel News Faxx for April 24, 2017


Israel Marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

 By DEBKAfile, Israel Hayom &


National events marking the annual Holocaust Martyrs 'and Heroes' Remembrance Day began Sunday evening with a state ceremony at the Warsaw Ghetto Square in the Yad Vashem compound, addressed by President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.


Along with other dignitaries, the event was attended by 2,500 Holocaust survivors and members of the diplomatic corps, IDF soldiers and youth leaders. The 75-minute ceremony, whose theme this year is “The Fate of the Individual,” was broadcast live on all television and radio channels and was accessible for the first time on Facebook and the Yad Vashem YouTube Channel.


Monday at 10 a.m., Israel will pause for two minutes silence, while, in Poland, the traditional March of Life takes place at the Auschwitz camp led by the IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkott. The commemoration events end later that evening with a ceremony at Kibbutz Lohamei Hagetaot, which was founded in western Galilee in 1949 by heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and fellow-survivors of the Holocaust.


As the sun set Sunday, the quotidian routine gave way to reflection as businesses and leisure venues closed to allow the nation to honor the memory of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.


The Knesset building will host a Holocaust memorial ceremony titled "Unto Every Person There is a Name." At the ceremony, scheduled to take place at the Chagall State Hall at 11 a.m., Rivlin, Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, and Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice? Elyakim Rubinstein, as well as Chief Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau, and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat will read out names of Jews who perished.


The Knesset ceremony will include the lighting of six memorial candles by six individuals who lost their families in the Holocaust: Yaakov Nahmias, born in Thessaloniki, Greece, and his niece, MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin (Zionist Union); Eti Ben-Ari, born in Triopli, and her daughter MK Merav Ben-Ari (Kulanu); former minister Yair Tsaban; Chaya Edelman of the Netherlands, who was smuggled to a gentile family by resistance fighters and whose mother perished; Brett Badihi, born in France, who was sent to a Christian family and who founded Alumim, an organization that helps French Jewish children who were hidden during the Holocaust find information about their birth families. Her grandson, Lt. Gil Badihi, was killed in Ramallah in 2002. The last memorial candle will be lighted by Eliyahu Feinsilberg, founder of the Amcha association, which provides support to Holocaust survivors and their children. Feinsilberg survived nine different concentration camps, a death march, and this year is celebrating his 100th birthday.


Israelis and Jews from all over the world are also commemorating the Holocaust where it actually took place. Thousands took part in the annual March of the Living from the Birkenau concentration camp to Auschwitz. This year, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, and a group of 75 Holocaust survivors were part of the Israeli delegation.


One of the marchers is Uri Basha, a disabled IDF veteran who lost his sight in the First Lebanon War in 1986. Basha is part of a special group taking part in the march, representing the Israeli Guide Dog Center for the Blind. Basha, a 55-year-old father of four, will march with Triton, a trained guide dog of the German shepherd breed, the breed the Nazis used to guard the death camps.


"He's a warm, loving dog, who goes up to everyone, wanting to be petted," says Basha, a social worker. And there's always this awful thought -- how they would sic dogs like these on people who had nothing. How could a dog like this be a weapon, when he gives everything from eyes to warmth, closeness and friendship?" Basha asked.


In his address, Rivlin spoke of the uniqueness of the Holocaust and of the importance of its lessons today. “The gas chambers were not built ‘as a crime against humanity’; they were built for the purpose of annihilating the Jewish People, and specifically that nation. There has been no previous historical event like this: extermination divorced from any [political] conflict, divorced from territorial issues, or from a struggle for dominance. It was a terrorizing process that gathered Jews from around the world, from different continents, Jews who did not know each other’s language, both the believers and non-believers, assimilated and orthodox Jews, With one goal: to exterminate them and their seed from the face of the earth,” he said.


“The Shoah did not happen in the ancient world, nor did it happen so long ago. It happened in the heart of Europe of enlightenment - in the heart of the Germany of Kant - the father of modern ethics. In the heart of the France of the declaration of the rights of man, the rights of the citizen. It was there, yes, there, that the greatest of horrors was planned, and was aimed at us, the members of the Jewish People.”


“We shall always undertake our own defense – the State of Israel is not compensation for the Holocaust, but the Holocaust teaches us that we must take our fate in our own hands. The Jewish People has the right and the duty for a defensive force, for national independence, for sovereignty, here in our historic homeland,” stressed Rivlin.


The President concluded his remarks with the words: “We have returned to our land, and from here we shall never get lost. May the memory of our brothers and sisters we bound up in the bond of life. Amen.”


The IDF delegation to the March of the Living, led by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, toured the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps on Sunday. They brought with them the Torah scroll that the late Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren carried to the Western Wall after Jerusalem's liberation in June, 1967.


At the Birkenau death camp, the IDF delegation offered a salute to the delegation of Holocaust survivor Mickey Goldman, who told them how he survived the war. After hearing Goldman's story, Eisenkot gave him IDF flight wings.


Trump to Visit US Holocaust Museum



President Donald Trump will visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and then deliver public remarks as part of the museum’s annual Days of Remembrance Ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Tuesday in the Capitol Rotunda, a day after Holocaust Memorial Day is observed in Israel.


The week-long Days of Remembrance was first held in 1979 and then later established by Congress as the nation’s commemoration of the Holocaust. This year’s Days of Remembrance is observed from Sunday, April 23 through Sunday April 29, the Museum said in a statement. Every president since the museum opened in 1993 has participated in the ceremony.


The Trump administration came under fire in January for the statement it issued in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which omitted a specific mention of Jews, which raised hackles in the Jewish community in the United States and around the world.


Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and her Jewish father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Seryl Kushner, took a private tour of the museum last month. Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his wife and two other family members visited the museum.


Earlier this month, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologized for saying that Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons in a discussion of Syrian leader Bashar Assad, and called Nazi concentration camps “Holocaust centers.”



Stabbing Attack Inside Tel Aviv Hotel



An 18-year old Arab terrorist from Nablus in the Palestinian Authority stabbed four people in north Tel Aviv Sunday in a terror attack targeting one of Israel’s most popular tourist venues. The terrorist began his rampage inside the Leonardo Hotel, before proceeding outside to a nearby beachfront, where he continued his attack.


The victims included three men, two in their 50s and one in his early 70s, and a woman in her early 50s. The four were treated on the scene by United Hatzalah and MDA paramedics before being evacuated to Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. The injuries sustained by all four victims have been listed as light.


The suspect acknowledged his crimes during interrogation, and claimed the attack was nationalistically motivated, confirmed suspicions the incident was indeed a terror attack.


The terrorist had entered pre-1967 Israel legally with an entrance permit secured by a left-wing NGO, authorities revealed. He received the entry permit, which was issued by the Defense Ministry’s department for Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) at the request of the leftist Natural Peace Tour organization, for a one-day tour of Israel.


Natural Peace Tour is one of several leftist groups which bring Palestinian Authority residents into Israel for vacations, ‘peace tours’, and meetings with Israeli youths. Rather than take a tour, however, the terrorist used the entry permit to carry out Sunday’s attack at the Leonardo Hotel and on a nearby beachfront. Since the attack and the discovery of the terrorist’s use of an entry permit, authorities have frozen all existing visitation permits.



 Israel Refuses to Extradite JCC Bomb Suspect to US



 Israel’s Justice Ministry reportedly has denied a U.S. Justice Department request to extradite the Israeli-American teen charged with making threats against Jewish community centers throughout the United States.


The State Attorney’s Office in Israel told its American counterpart that though the 18-year-old computer hacker has committed crimes in 10 different countries, he will be tried in Israel, Israel’s Channel 2 first reported Sunday. The report added that the U.S. has not backed off its request and that Israel’s denial has not caused a rift in the relationship.


The teen from Ashkelon in southern Israel, who was arrested in Israel last month for making more than 100 threats against Jewish sites in the U.S., has been named in the United States, but cannot be named in reports originating from Israel.


Israel’s State Prosecutor’s Office is expected to file a serious indictment against the teen on Monday, Channel 2 reported, including charges of extortion with threats, causing panic and money laundering.  Channel 2 News reported Saturday night that the teen said during interrogations in Israel that he had offered his “threat services” for payment.


The Justice Department said on Friday that it was charging the teen with 28 counts of making threatening calls to JCCs in Florida, conveying false information to the police and cyberstalking. “Today’s charges into these violent threats to Jewish community centers and others represent this department’s commitment to fighting all forms of violent crime,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement issued Friday. The teen’s parents and attorney have said he has a benign brain tumor that affects his behavior.


The Jewish state has complied with requests to extradite Israelis since the 1990s, given that those sentenced to serve in prison can do so in Israel, according to Haaretz.


 Israel to Bring in Thousands of Chinese Construction Workers



Israel signed an agreement with China on Sunday to bring in 6,000 Chinese construction workers as the country seeks to address a housing shortage contributing to high property prices. However, Israeli media reports said Israel had acceded to Chinese demands that the laborers not work in Judea and Samaria.


Israeli officials did not comment directly on the report, saying only that the two sides had agreed on locations where the laborers would work. The agreement was signed in Jerusalem by Israeli Housing Minister Yoav Galant and Chinese International Trade Representative and Vice Minister of Commerce Fu Ziying, a spokesman for the minister said. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had reached agreements on broad outlines of the deal during a visit to China last month, the spokesman said.


Growing housing costs have become an important issue in Israel, provoking a wave of protests in 2011. Labor shortages have exacerbated the problem, and several thousand foreign laborers have already been brought in to increase manpower.




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 Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost

By Don Canaan (Commentary)

This year marked the 34th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.

Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.

Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.

Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.

Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.

The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.

Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."

April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.

That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.

Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."

The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.



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