'Pres. Trump's administration is ending America's gravy-train to enemies of the Jewish people' - Pres. Trump in Jewish New Year greeting call


‘Iran fighting to survive,’ Trump says on Rosh Hashanah greeting call J.T.A. 9/7/18


The U.S. pullout from the nuclear deal with Iran triggered a European desertion of that country that is threatening its regime’s survival, President Donald Trump said. 
Trump spoke about the issue Thursday during a Rosh Hashanah phone call with rabbis and Jewish leaders (play audio above). Taking part in the 20-minute call were his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner; U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman; the attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz; and former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota.
Trump did not invite questions from listeners, although Coleman and Dershowitz both asked questions. 
Regarding Rosh Hashanah, Trump said: “I send my warmest wishes to the Jewish people in the United States and around the world as we approach the High Holy Days. I want to express my deep admiration and gratitude for the extraordinary contributions of the Jewish people to the United States and to the world.”
Over the centuries, he said, “The Jewish people have suffered unthinkable persecution, yet you have not only endured, you have thrived and flourished as an example of humankind.”
His own “connection to Judaism is also personal,” Trump said. “I am the very proud father of a Jewish daughter, Ivanka, and my son-in-law, who I’m very proud of also — I will say that very loudly — Jared, and my several Jewish grandchildren, namely three beautiful Jewish grandchildren that I love.”

Israel's 70th attracts record tourism, El Al Israel's Yoram Elgrabli reveals service attractions


Israel set an annual record of (an estimated) 3.6 million tourists visiting her holy sites and sandy beaches in 2017. But t
his 70th anniversary of Israel's independence may exceed that. From January to June of 2018, about 2.1 million tourist entries were recorded - an increase of 19 percent over the same period in 2017 (1.74 million) and 26 percent more than in 2016. 

The United States remains the largest source country for incoming tourists, with 470,200 tourist entries in 2018, 17% more than in 2017. More Canadians than ever are also traveling to Israel with a 14% visitor increase in 2018 compared to 2017.  (Source: Travel Daily News Int'l.

An estimated 2.9 million people entered Israel by air and 373,000 crossed over the land borders with Egypt and Jordan. Between January and November 2017,

Only about a fifth to a fourth of all tourists were Jewish, with the remainder comprised of other faiths or being non-affiliated. 54% of incoming tourists were Christian (a plurality of whom were Catholic, and 25% visiting as pilgrims).

The top five countries of origin for tourists to Israel were the US, Russia, France, Germany and the UK. 



Jerusalem March of the Nations, 2014 (photo: Int'l Christian Embassy in Jerusalem)


Besides summertime, Jewish tourism increases around religious holidays, like  Passover and the High Holidays season (Rosh Hashana through Simchat Torah). Many Christians visit for events around Sukkot, such as the annual March of the Nations (pictured above, courtesy ICEJ). But Israel's home airline, El Al also competes for business and secular travelers making their way to and from the Far East and Africa. 

We spoke with Yoram Elgrabli, who manages El Al's operations in The Americas, at Israeli Tourism Ministry's pavilion at the primarily Christian, NRB Proclaim Convention in Nashville. Mr. Elgrabli discusses the market and airline's improvements and expanded offerings for flyers.

 


Q: How much a part of Israeli tourism does Christian tourism comprise? 


A: "So in terms of figures and number we are facing this year an extraordinary year. All what concerned, the traffic from North America to Israel this year, we will reach the number of six, or 700,000 Americans who go from Israel."

Q: Who goes from North America to Israel?

A: "I can say that about 30 percent of them are Christian evangelicals who are going to make a pilgrimage tour in Israel, and those numbers are growing more and more, day by day."

Q: How do people decide which airline they will fly? For instance, of the tour groups do you market to get the tour groups to choose El Al?

A: "Of course we have very good relations with the travel agents that their profession is the pilgrim market. We are in a very good contact with them and as for North America we are generating about 60% from the number of seats to Israel nonstop flight. We are operating from Toronto Canada we are operating from Los Angeles we started the operating from Miami, Miami, Boston, in New York - from both Newark AND JFK. And as of November 18, we are going to open a new route from San Francisco - nonstop flight to Tel Aviv. "


El Al's North and Central American operations chief, Yoram Elgrabli at Israeli Tourism booth at Proclaim '18 in Nashville


Q: What's the connection between Israel and San Francisco / Silicon Valley?

A: "You are well aware that we call Israel today, there it has been branded "Start-up Nation." We we have a lot of engineers who work for Silicon Valley and we are there for them. We look forward to expanding our activity, too, in San Francisco. Both for Israelis to come to San Francisco and for sure for Israelis or American who come from San Francisco to do their business in Israel. "

Q: What sort of American high-tech companies have a presence in Israel?

A: "I think that every high-tech American company has a ever presence in Israel. You can call it Apple, their R&D - they are sitting in Herzliya. Intel, Google, Microsoft, Facebook - every every high-tech company thaty I the company that counts itself as a serious one - I think have a an office in Israel or a representative in Israel and I know that of course (how you call this company - okay, never mind). "

Q: For business travelers who are going towards the Middle East . . . many people because of the marketing of the Emirates or other Arab Airlines - but if someone is going beyond Israel, would El Al also be an option?

A: "El Al will be an option beyond Israel if you want to go to South Africa or maybe to the Far East. So we are operating to - Johannesburg, we are operating to Hong Kong, Beijing, Bombay, and Hong Kong - so these business travelers they have a high standard they expect a high standard in business class, for instance, even in coach."

Spacious, Premium Economy seating on El Al's Boeing 787 Dreamliners
Q: How does El Al compare with the competition of the American Airlines which are flying that direction or British Airways, for instance, for the business traveler?

A: "So just to let you know that we started now to get our brand new Dreamliners! We have both made an acquisition of 16 Dreamliner with the addition for additional 13. We already have 4 in our fleet! And every quarter, every trimester we are going to get another one and those Dreamliners are going to serve first - first of all the North America routes. "




"Today we are operating from New York on a daily basis with a Dreamliner. The Dreamliner is a state-of-the-art aircraft with a very Premium Class say that is, I think we have a nice and cozy Business Class. We have the only company from North America that is operating with this class . . . A state-of-the-art Entertainment System onboard ... and you know that Israeli service at the moment that you take your first step inside our aircraft, you can feel the Israeli ambience, the food, the service, and your journey to Israel starts actually at the moment that you place your first step in our aircraft." 

Q: "In the United States, security has become even more important. But around the world people are looking to Israel toward Israel as the example for keeping safe. What is special about flying EL AL in terms of security - in-flight security and traveling to the Middle East?"

A: "So with your permission, I won't elaborate on our security system, how we are working, or what is the level of security that we are using. But it's not a secret that our company has a very good reputation in all that's concerned to security. Our clients' safety and security is above all - and we don't make any compromises in this subject. This is the only thing that I can say."


Yoram Elgrabli praises outgoing US Tourism head, Uri Steinberg,
at a ceremony at the Israel Tourism Ministry's booth in Nashville
Q: "Is El Al participating in any global mileage clubs?

A:  No, unfortunately not, we do not belong to any alliance, but we have a code-share with other airlines. Like in North America we are we have a code-share with JetBlue Airlines ... That you can get JetBlue, yes, from (I don't know whether from everywhere in North America, but almost every place every airport in North America) and connecting to our flights. And we have some other code-shares that we are using in Europe like Swiss, like Iberia, like other carriers - that allow us to operate from Tel Aviv to our hubs - and beyond."

Question: "How would Flyers find those flights where they find it through the EL AL site? Or would they go to one of the partners' and book it there with a partnership on El Al"

Answer: "It can be both! You can make it through the JetBlue, let's say, or you can buy it on our ticketing, or on Jet Blue's ticketing, or through another carrier's ticket. We have also a very important code-share with American Airlines that, eh, yeah. So we have we have a lot of variety variety of product that can serve our clients."

Question: "Which website can people reach-out to from English-speaking countries? What's the URL?

Answer: "So you can just click https://ELAL.com and you are welcome to surf and buy and to see all our product."


Mr. Elgrabli, thank you so much. Congratulations on the Israeli nation's 70th anniversary.  This should be a big year for El Al."
Visiting tourists spent an estimated N.I.Shekels 20 billion inside the country, according to a statement from the Tourism Ministry, and some 200,000 Israelis work in the industry.  
El Al will initiate regular non-stop service to and from San Francisco on Nov. 18, 2018. 

(Some info contributed from the Jerusalem Post's Max Schindler). 

After 13-years of the de-occupied Palestine "experiment," A.F.S.I. rekindles Jabotinsky's legacy: Jews must protect ourselves

In August 2005, Israel withdrew 9,000 members of Jewish communities plus civil administration from Gaza
During the week commemorating Israel's 2005 voluntary withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, Americans for a Safe Israel honored Zionist pioneer, Ze'ev Jabotinsky's life's work that Jews fortify Israel as their sanctuary from religious and political enemies.  


AFSI co-dir., Helen Freedman at Park East Syn. in Manhattan
Mr. Aaron Klein, Israeli radio journalist and editor of Breitbart's "Big Jerusalem" section joined, Ron Edelstein, Helen and Judy Freedman in  addressing A.F.S.I.'s Ceremony in NYC on the Ze'ev Jabotinsky's 78th Yahrzeit (Memorial) Ceremony at the Park East Synagogue in Manhattan.

What have the Muslim Palestinians done with their autonomy? Continued the Islamist Hamas campaign to elicit abscondable humanitarian aid by waging a terror war against the Zionist state.

Thirty five months of terror – 13 September 2015 to the present (source Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Since September 2015, Israel has experienced a wave of terror perpetrated by individuals, many of them very young, inspired by vicious incitement in Palestinian social and traditional media and urged on by the Palestinian leadership.
The newest form of terrorism is "arson terror", to which the Gazans attach incendiary material and send over the border to the Israeli side. Since 30 March, about 800 such kites and helium balloons have been launched (over 600 of them intercepted), causing over 450 fires.  To date, more than 2,600 hectares of agricultural fields and forests (6,424 acres) have been damaged by the fires. The loss to the farmers is estimated at 7-8 million shekels (about $2 million). But the real cost is much higher: the entire eco-system of the western Negev has been affected. Trees that have stood for generations – preventing soil erosion, improving the carbon footprint and providing a habitat for birds and animals – have been destroyed. Experts estimate that it will take decades for the area to recover.  
Recently, there has been a massive renewal of rockets and mortar bombs launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory, to date numbering a total of about 672.


On 14 July, about 190 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. One rocket fell in the yard of a house in Sderot, in southern Israel. Four family members were treated for shrapnel/glass shard injuries.
On 8-9 August, more than 150 rockets were launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip. Two Thai workers were injured, one seriously. A number of Israeli civilians were injured and some were treated for panic/anxiety attacks.
 "Arson terror" continues. Objects such as kites and helium balloons with incendiary material attached to them, blown by the wind to the Israeli side of the border, have caused about 1,316 fires since March 30, and thousands of acres of forests, nature reserves and agricultural lands have been destroyed, at an estimated cost of $3 million. Experts estimate that it will take decades for the area to recover. 

AFSI member, Ron Edelstein, honored Jabotinsky and Betar in keynote address
At A.F.S.I.'s Park East Synagogue event on August 8th, Ron Edelstein, an alumnus of Jabotinsky's Betar-movement summer-camp, delivered this impassioned speech, co-authored by Betar alumnus, Fern Sidman, editor of The Jewish Voice of New York newspaper and news-site:

"... Jabotinsky's legacy is that of a brilliant orator, journalist, statesman and intrepid leader of his people, but his lasting legacy is one of remarkable prescience. As the winds of war stirred in Europe, he traveled to cities, towns and hamlets, warning Jews to leave the Diaspora before the Diaspora vanquishes you. 


He knew that a revolutionary spirit must be imparted to the Jew. A spirit that would carry him through the darkest days of all human kind.
As most of you have at least on occasion, I have often thought about what Jabotinsky would say had he lived in contemporary times. Today, we are witnesses to a horrific upsurge of the most egregious forms of anti-Semitism. There is not a day that passes that we don't hear about Europe exploding in visceral Jew hatred. Jews murdered in France, Germany, the UK, - any European country you can think of. But let's speak the truth here and the truth is that Europe can now be aptly called Eurabia - as the massive influx of Muslims and their bellicose belief system has shattered any remaining vestiges of the Europe of yesteryear.

Synagogues, yeshivos and community centers have been targeted and armed guards are an ever present site. 
Not only would Jabotinsky launch an emergency aliyah campaign, but I truly believe that he was a realist by nature and knew that many Jews would be reluctant to leave their countries of origin.

I think if Jabotinsky were alive today, he would make it his mission to teach Jews to defend themselves, he would attempt to stem the tide of assimilation among Jews which has morphed into a spiritual Holocaust, the likes of which we have never seen. I believe Jabotinsky would battle the hellacious propaganda of the political left both in the Western world and in Israel and would take on the insidious BDS movement.  (Read more).

Dennis Prager: Can an accused playboy serve as champion for the pious?

Playboy model Karen McDougal seeks to break her contract of confidentiality
"Trump, Adultery, Morality" by Dennis Prager, Town Hall - Opinion, 3/27/18
"I have considerably more moral contempt for the media's and the left's obsession with Stormy Daniels than I do for Donald Trump for his alleged night of sinful sex with her. That "60 Minutes" correspondent Anderson Cooper and many in our country found it acceptable to ask a woman, "Did he use a condom?" on national TV is a far graver reflection of America's moral malaise than a man having a one-night affair 12 years ago.
Gloria Allred and Summer Zervos, a former "TheApprentice"
contestant accused Donald Trump of defamation in Jan '17

It should be clear that this whole preoccupation with Trump's past sex life has nothing to do with morality and everything to do with humiliating Trump -- and, thereby, hopefully weakening the Trump presidency -- the raison d'etre of the media since he was elected. Here's one proof: The media rightly celebrate, as we all do, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as one of the moral greats of the 20th century despite reports of his having committed adultery on numerous occasions."

Following one of his appearances at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville in March, we asked Dennis Prager how religious voters could trust our leaders targeted by opposition's campaign of challenges over propriety and dalliances?



"And, by the way, if sexual infidelity invalidates the character and, therefore, the worthiness of a politician, why doesn't it invalidate the character and worthiness of an editor at The New York Times or The Washington Post? Why aren't their sex lives investigated? They have, after all, more influence than almost any politician. 


Women who have accused ex-Pres. Bill Clinton of sexual abuse: Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, Kathleen Willey

So, dear anti-Trump conservatives, please tone down the moral horror at Donald Trump's character, and the suggestions that it overshadows the good he has done and continues to do for America and the world. 



The fact is it is none of my business and none of my concern whether a politician ever had an extramarital affair. To cite just one of many examples, a president's attitude toward the genocide-advocating Islamic tyrants in Tehran is incomparably more morally significant. That is just one of many reasons -- on moral grounds alone -- I far prefer the current president to the faithful-to-his-wife previous president."  Read more.

Dennis Prager will address the Christians United for Israel Summit in Washington on July 23-24, 2018.

 

LAX "Independence Day from Jihad on Jews" Memorial spotlights need to overcome political-correctness on Islamic anti-Semitism

July 4th, 2018, Vicky Hen monument at LAX is decorated for
16th Memorial Ceremony. Rabbi Moshe Parry leads Kaddish with
father, Avi and brother Udi Hen for 30 attendees, behind-camera 
You might assume that after 15-years of hosting a July 4th public memorial ceremony at L.A.X, the Israeli-American family of Islamist-slain, El Al customer-service agent Vicky Hen would feel proud of how their family's sacrifice has helped awaken Jewish (and Christian) citizens to the threat Islamism poses to Jewish and Israel-supportive individuals. 

With the absence of presence (or publicity support by) the Israeli Consulate,  fewer people attend, and the press no longer report on the phenomenon of Islamist bigotry against Jews- a contributing factor to the Muslim intolerance of a Jewish State in the Mid-East. The Hen family takes no solace in witnessing Jewish-Americans less-informed, placing more importance on avoiding recognizing Islam's threat to Jews, instead of standing-up in our own defense - under the banner of the sacrificed Vicky Hen and Yakov Aminov as proof of the need to for authorities to recognize this and protect Jews in the diaspora.

During Independence Day week, just thirty minutes from the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, a Shia-Iranian-affiliated Muslim Congress hosted speakers who stoke and justify anti-Semitism among their Muslim-American attendees.

The LAX Independence Day jihad attack was executed by Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, an Egyptian Muslim immigrant to the Los Angeles metropolis. Egyptian authorities had
Attacker, Hesham Hadayet
left a suicide by terror note
on his front-door "Read the
Koran" (photo: BBC)
accused and arrested him of being a member of the Islamic Group, Gama'a al-Islamiyya (IG), which is on the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Terrorist Organizations list. 
He applied for asylum in 1992. Hadayet's asylum request was denied by the INS and he was placed in removal proceedings. However, after Hadayet "did not receive the notice of his immigration hearing date due to an incorrect mailing address, the EOIR terminated the proceeding." 

Over the past years, several former Muslims have appeared at the Memorial for the victims to confirm Islamism's (cloaked in pro-Palestinianism) threat to Jews and Christian Zionists. Klaus Benamy Hackel, El Al's German-born station-chief at L.A.X. on July 4, 2002, moved to L.A. to escape the terror-risk after a number of years working at Israel's Ben Gurion airport.

 
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This video playlist is compiled from this and several years past of "LAX Independence from Jihad on Jews" Memorials features this years and past years speakers, including several former Muslims who address Islam's special threat against Jews. 

This playlist also includes 2 clips from an Islamo-Leftist rally at LAX in 2017 which protested the Trump administrations restrictions on terrorist-supportive countries unable to properly vet travelers, such as Hesham Mohamed Hadayet.

Independence Day memorial at L.A.X. reminds of Islamist threat to Jews and Zionistic Christians


Vicky Hen's family decorates her memorial her at L.A.X.
Terminal 7 annually on Independence Day since 2003
The first jihad attack on North America's West Coast, when a Muslim airport-shuttle driver attempted to massacre people at the El Al Airlines check-in line at Los Angeles Int'l Airport ("L.A.X.") International Terminal on a peaceful July 4th, 2002.






Hesham Hadayet, 41, an

Egyptian-Muslim airport

van-driver affiliated with
al-Qaeda attempted to 
massacre people at the
El Al check-in area
Before Egyptian-immigrant limo-driver, Hesham Hadayet (who aligned with al-Qaeda) could be subdued by El Al security, he had shot 6 people, killing Israeli-Americans Vicky Hen, 24,  and Yakov Aminov, 46.

In addition to the death of Yakov Aminov, 46, and Vicky Hen, 25 who were killed, at least 4 more were wounded: Haim Sapir, the El Al security guard whose bullets ultimately stopped the attacker; Sarah Philips, a then 61-year old traveler from Canada; Arie Golan, then 54, who suffered superficial stab wounds; and an anonymous El Al security guard. Noteworthy of mention is Dr. David Parkus, a trauma surgeon from Beaumont, Texas who jumped in to wrestle the shooter.

Vicky's surviving parents, Avi and Rachel, organize an annual ceremony at the time she was killed at L.A.X.

In this video, El Al's L.A.X. manager at that time, Klaus Hackel, recounts how suppressed memories of the massacre's trauma, but recalls Vicky fondly, praising her professionalism, kindness, and vitality.

El Al L.A 2002 manager, Klaus ben-Ami Hakel,
father Avi and mother Rachel Hen; Gerardo; Esther and 
Dror ben-Ami Hakel; Rabbi Nachum Shifren

L.A.'s Rabbi Nachum Shifren mourned both Vicky's passing and chides what he sees as the weakness of the Jewish establishment to promote awareness of (and protections against) Islam's enmity and violence  towards Jews.



PLO-leader Yasser Arafat had acknowledged that Palestinian-ism is merely a step towards the pan-Muslim re-conquest of Jewish autonomy in Israel.

Rabbi Nachum Shifren says that the Palestinian issue is a distraction enabling mollifying the metastasis of imperialist, supremacist Islam throughout the West. IslamoMarxist hatred for "Zionists" is merely a subset of the jihad to conquer the secular and non-Muslim world.

The Hen Family hold this ceremony annually on July 4th at 11 am at L.A.X.- outside the Terminal 7 parking lot exit, underneath the Arches restaurant

"Families of Lone Soldiers" shows volunteers' advocacy at I.A.C.'s Celebrate Israel Festival in L.A.

A British-Jewish veteran volunteer in the Israeli Air Force, Dr. Jason Fenton, discusses the history of overseas volunteers in Israel's defense, beginning with her Independence War.  Recorded at the Israel Independence Day Fair in Los Angeles, 2012 (today known as Celebrate Israel Festival).



In 1967, in anticipation of the Six-Day War, world Jewry sent thousands of Zionistic volunteers to Israel, that the Jewish Agency hoped to immigrate. Some did immigrate, while s
ince that time, many Israelis emigrated.  Still today, a number of army-age teens Israelis from those families, along with diaspora-Jewish families, elect to enlist to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Because they haven't local family support in Israel for weekends, holidays, or "leave time," they are known as Lone Soldiers  The overseas enlistees comprise about 45% of the 6,300 I.D.F.'s total lone soldiers.  A support group was founded to serve as a liason between the service-members, their families back home, and the I.D.F. 


Pictured (l to r) at their booth at the Celebrate Israel Festival in L.A.: co-founders/c0-chairs Eli Fitlovitz and Dr. Lawrence Plattphilanthropic supporters Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson; Evie and Stuart Steinberg, parents who lost their son, Max, as a Lone Soldier in the I.D.F.
The Families of Lone Soldiers' group was founded in Los Angeles, as a result of the number of families from here whose children elect to serve. The group is now international. Their website describes their association as: "We are families who are united together to support each other while our children are serving or have completed their service in the IDF. It started out by connecting parents with each other and to the state of Israel and the government of Israel while their children are serving as lone soldiers in the IDF as well as to help families obtain resources. We support their families during the time of service and after. Assisting and supporting parents in this challenging time both in the United States and Israel."

Some of the leaders of the Families of Lone Soldiers' spoke with us at their booth at the Celebrate Israel Festival in Los Angeles. 



Video (above) includes 
co-founder/c0-chair Eli Fitlovitz; are co-founder/c0-chair Dr. Lawrence PlattStuart Steinberg, the father of Max (a Lone Soldier from L.A. who gave his life for Israel), and Israeli-American philanthropist, Dr. Miriam Adelson, who praised the Friends of Lone Soldiers booth at I.A.C.'s Celebrate Israel Fest as "Great!"


Israeli-American veterans of I.D.F. lone soldier enlistment, (pictured left to right) Mr. Adi Lerner, Danielle Tubul, and Sharon Marciano discuss their motivations and attitudes on upheaving their lives to relocate to the Israeli Army.

What did they do and learn in the country's national service for young people?

Veteran lone soldier, Jonathan ("Yoni") Cohen explains his motivations y he served to protect modern civilization - and what Israel's security means for the world.


In video below, Evie and Stuart Steinberg address an L.A. community gathering in memory of late son, Max, at Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theater, August 2014.


More info is available on the Families of Lone Soldiers' website

This 77th anniversary of Iraq' "Farhud" pogrom - when the Holocaust migrated to the Middle East

"It was Iraq's Kristallnacht," says Edwin Black on the Farhud: the Holocaust-era pogrom against Baghdad's Jews on Shavuot of 1941, 77-years ago.
The Farhud (Photo: London Jewish Museum)

As Edwin Black wrote in, "When the Holocaust Came to the Middle East," on History News Network, May 30, 2018:

Haj Amin al-Husseini greets Bosnian Waffen-SS volunteers with a Nazi salute, November 1943.
"Farhud means violent dispossession. The Farhud was the first bloody step along the tormented path to the ultimate expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Jews from across the Arab world. That systematic expulsion ended centuries of Jewish existence and stature in those lands."
Jews had thrived in Iraq for 2,700 years, a thousand years before Mohammad. But all that came to end when the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, led the broad Arab-Nazi alliance in the Holocaust that produced a military, economic, political, and ideological common cause with Hitler. 
Although Husseini spearheaded an international pro-Nazi, anti-Jewish Islamic movement from India to Central Europe to the Middle East, it was in Baghdad—a 1,000-kilometer drive from Jerusalem— that he launched his robust coordination with the Third Reich.



Edwin Black
The Arabs, led by Husseini, wanted the Jews out of Palestine and Europe’s persecuted Jews kept away from the Middle East. Indeed, Husseini persuasively argued to Hitler that Jews should not be expelled to Palestine but rather to “Poland,” where “they will be under active control.” Translation: Send Jews to the concentration camps. Husseini had visited concentration camps, where he had been hosted by the architect of the genocide, Heinrich Himmler. The Mufti considered Shoah engineer Adolf Eichmann not only a great friend, but a “diamond” among men. 
Nazi lust for oil and Arab hatred of Jews combined synergistically June 1–2, 1941 burning the Farhud into history. Arab soldiers, police, and hooligans, swearing allegiance to the Mufti and Hitler, bolstered by fascist coup plotters known as the Golden Square, ran wild in the streets, raping, shooting, burning, dismembering, and decapitating. Jewish blood flowed through those streets and their screams created echoes that have never faded." Read more:

Iraqi-Jewish refugee, Joseph Samuels recounts how the Nazi connection with the Muslim leaders turned Muslims violently against their neighbors. But Jews like Joe had nowhere to safely flee to until Palestine, beginning 1947. He tells how he migrated to Israel and ultimately to America.


Lists of Jews had already been compiled. Jewish homes had been marked in advance with a blood-red palm prints. The text announcing the mass murder sourcewas already prepared and scheduled for radio broadcast. Suddenly, the Jews were viciously attacked with knives and axes. Several were hacked to death right then and there on the bridge. The planned systematic extermination, now foiled, broke down into a spontaneous citywidthe slaughter.  (source: Winston-Salem JournalNow

Iraqi Muslima dentist apologizes for Farhud against Jews, searches for former neighbors.


Dr. Bushra Qader, a dentist, living in Dearborn, Michigan was jailed and tortured under Saddam Hussein's regime for speaking truths. She tells the story of her family's Jewish neighbors, whom Muslim leaders expelled for not converting to Islam- and one who did.

Veterans of US and Israel share fascinating details at shul's Memorial Day recognizing them

US Air Force Lt. Col. Dena Delucia (left) approaches
Harvey Keenan (right) behind Rabbi Ed Feinstein leading
tribute to women veterans at Valley Beth Shalom ceremony

Los Angeles synagogue Valley Beth Shalom held it's sixth Memorial Day commemoration salute to living, as well as fallen veterans. Honoring veterans of all religious denominations, Rabbi Ed Feinstein and organizer Harvey Keenan welcomed veterans from the 1940's through the 2010's. A number of airmen came from (and their colleagues) from "Wings over Wendy's," a Chatsworth veterans' group which has a number of Jewish War Veteran members. 



From "After three tours of duty in the Middle East, for this veteran, service still comes from the heart" L.A. Daily News May 24, '18
For the first time, many (younger people) are seeing and hearing veterans tell their stories in person about self sacrifice and serving one's country – a big part of the whole American story, Rabbi Feinstein says. “It’s become a nice thing that we clap for people serving now, but I remember when I was a kid, and the folks coming home from Vietnam were just not treated with respect,” he said. It’s a small token, but an important one.  
At the ceremony, veteran Robert Donovan, who served two tours in Vietnam with an air rescue team, will receive a special pin of respect honoring his service from Stephanie Stone, chief deputy director of the LA County office of Military and Veterans Affairs. 
The emphasis this year, though, is on women in the military, and the keynote speaker is 19-year US Air Force Lt. Col. Dena Delucia, who has already served three tours of duty in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq, and this September she leaves for her fourth — back to Iraq where she works in civil affairs. 


Harvey Keenan has performed years of service in veterans' welfare activism in excess of his Korean War military service (had he not been deferred due to family hardship). He discusses his organized annual, Memorial Day recognition ceremony outside Valley Beth Shalom in Encino California.

Air rescue pilot First Lieutenant Warren Weinstein discusses his experience and perspectives on veterans and liberal-biased curriculum in public school history education. 

Both Jewish and Israeli veterans participated in the recognition ceremony. Some of the veterans, such as Mark Thurston and Bob Donovan, also participated at the Memorial Day ceremony at L.A. National Cemetery on Monday.

WWII Airman, Art Sherman, at 2012
Wings over Wendy's meeting
Bob Donovan volunteers with aging and impoverished veterans, as well as arranging external support through Operation Gratitude C.A.R.E.-type packages and letters from home. 

In the 2nd half of this clip, meet Lee Levitan, a Jewish, World War II bombardier who dropped bombs from European-launched US B-26's on Nazi occupied Europe.

Arthur Sherman, another World War II USAF veteran, for years led the Wings over Wendy's Veterans group activities and educational endeavors.

100-year old Col. Nathan Jaffee, another veteran of WWII, who participated in, among other things, the Allies' invasion of France on the beach and the Battle of the Bulge - offers a look back and a look forward.

Members of Wings over Wendy's posed before their 16-year meeting place in February prior to relocating.