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Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

January 27 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. 

In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD), an annual day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Nazi era.

From 1940 to 1945, more than 1.1 million men, women and children were killed in the Auschwitz concentration camp. 90% of them were Jews. All were innocent. Today, we remember

Never Again.

No dead Israelis today, so the US media doesn’t give a damn what’s happening. The “calm” is back in place, so it’s ok to ignore undercover occupiers abducting a 10 year old Palestinian child, the shooting of a Palestinian teen in the West Bank, the firing at farmers in Gaza, and the confiscation of land in Hebron. When an Israeli dies, Palestinians are further reminded just how little the West cares about the brutalization and loss of Palestinian life

“As a young girl, I lived through the Holocaust in the Netherlands, and later in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.

At the age of 12, I returned to the Netherlands with my mother and two older siblings. My father did not survive Bergen-Belsen.

It was clear to me that I would move to Israel, and at the age of twenty I did just that. I met and married Aki, who is originally from South Africa, we settled in Kibbutz Tzora, where we still live today, and we started to build our family.

Our five children all served in the IDF and I was proud of every one of them, especially Ran, who was a pilot in the Air Force. He was grievously killed in a helicopter accident.

Our children raised beautiful families, and now, five of our grandchildren serve in the IDF.

It is a special feeling, knowing the there is continuity. They are my personal victory!”

— 

Mirjam Lapid-Andriesse was born on April 17, 1933, in Deventer, Netherlands. The Nazis invaded the Netherlands when Mirjam was seven, and in a short time, laws restricting the Jews were put into place and forced upon them. They had to wear a yellow star, were isolated from public life and eventually, Jewish children, including Mirjam, were not allowed to attend school.

Mirjam was the only Jewish child at her school, and when the Nazis came to take Jewish children out of class, Mirjam’s principal tried to protect her, and was beaten up by the German soldiers. For the next two years, Mirjam studied in a makeshift class that was established by the Jewish community.

In 1943, Mirjam and her family were taken to the Ghetto in Amsterdam. In July of the same year, they were deported to the Westerbork concentration camp. In January 1944, Mirjam and her family were transported to Bergen-Belsen. Of the 3,000 dutch Jews sent to the concentration camp, only 600 survived.

Mirjam’s father died in the camp, but she survived along with her mother and two older siblings. The four of them were liberated in April 1945. In 1953, Mirjam arrived in Israel, where she met her husband, Aki, and started her family.

The One Time I Have Been Embarrassed To Be Canadian While Travelling Abroad

I am very proud to be Canadian.

I proudly display my Canadian flag on the outside of my pack when I travel. I am happy to tell people where I am from and encourage them to visit Canada because I believe it is a great place everyone should see. I am Canadian, totally.

However, there was one moment a few years ago while I was living in Oslo, Norway that made me feel ashamed of my Canadian citizenship and the decisions that my country made on my behalf.

While attending the International Summer School at the University of Oslo (a gathering of hundreds of people from nearly 100 different countries for 6 weeks of international learning), I was sitting at a cafeteria table for lunch with another Canadian, a Brit, a Russian, an Italian, two Americans, and 3 women from Palestine.

At one point, the Palestinian women were asked how they felt after the recent UN vote to formally recognize Palestine, and they expressed some of their excitements, but then mentioned some of their disappointments with the fact that not every country voted to recognize Palestine as a country.

And here is where my embarrassment came in.

Canada, represented by our foreign minister John Baird, was one of only 9 countries to vote against recognizing Palestine in the UN. 

The other 8 joining Canada in voting no? Czech Republic, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama, Israel, and the United States.

It is a decision I strongly disagree with now as much as I did when it happened in 2012. That decision in 2012 even inspired me to write a paper for one of my Sociology classes about the historically unfair and unlawful subjugation of Palestine by Israel and the Western powers.

Then recently, 2.5 years after voting to deny Palestine the right to be recognized as a legitimate country, John Baird went to visit Israel where he further condemned Palestine.

My anger and disgust towards the actions of my federal government were rising.

But then this happened last week…

And it got even better…

I don’t want to say he had it coming, but when you deny legitimacy to an entire nation, you sort of had it coming.

Well done Palestine. I am sorry you have been treated this way by my government. We get to vote for a new government this fall and I will do my best to vote for someone who will right the wrongs that have been made. But you throwing eggs at John Baird made me smile.

We Will Never Forget…

The man in the much publicized Shoah photo has been only recently identified as Rabbi Moshe Hegerman, the Rabbi of Olkusz in Poland.

The Rabbi that you see in the picture was about to be shot by the nazis (yemach shmem), but he asked to read the Kaddish prayer for all the Jews, who were still alive next time him, which is forbidden in Jewish Law. You can see the despicable nazi soldiers smiling behind him as he awaits his fate. If you look at his tefillin it has also been desecrated, so they could mock and humiliate the Rabbi further. This is pure evil that you are looking at, there is nothing else to say.

THEY NEVER BROKE HIM!

anonymous asked:

I'm an American Jew and I do my best to spread information on the plight of your people and support your independence from your oppressors. Biji Kurdistan from New Jersey ✊. Thank you for fighting against the enemies of democracy.

Many thanks my friend. Kurds & Israelis and Yezidis & Jews have suffered a lot in their histories.On this special day, the day when the Red Army liberated the Jews in Auschwitz, we want to show our compassion and solidarity with you.

I never knew this, but there where hundreds of Yezidi Soldiers & Lieutenants in the ranks of the Red Army and where involved in the liberation of the Jews. The Yezidi Lieutenant Colonel Semend Elî Siyabandov received the highest award of the Soviet Union and was declared a national hero.Celile Shekro also Colonel, received for his courage in a tank battle numerous medals and awards.Cemal Cangoyan, Ûsivê Teyar Nhoyan, Sîvîkê Elî Sloyan, Çeçoyê Temo Koçoyan, Keremê Keleş Asadyan, Rizayê Emo Mendikî and many more Yezidis fought for the Soviet Union against the Nazis.

In the Piicture: Lieutenant Colonel Semend Elî Siyabandov (left) and Colonel Celile Shekro

Holocaust Memorial Day - take a minute to read

Today is the international Holocaust Memorial day, a set to remind everyone around the world about the terrible things happened back there, in Europe, 70 years ago.

Lately people ask for more proves, the concentration and extermination camps, all the stories, pictures and the videos aren’t enough for some people.
But I, I don’t need any proof. My families’ stories, my family friends’ stories, my friends families’ stories, my teachers parents’ stories, my nation’s stories, are my proof.
Every year I hear tens of new stories about people who survived the horror, or died in there. Every year my heart breaks again, to another story.

6 million6 MILLION.

over 6 million people who died because the things they believe in. Millions others were killed becuase they love “the wrong gender” or because they helped Jews…

Just think about it- over 6 million people, from them were more than 1.5 kids

REMEMBER AND NEVER FORGET

RIP over 6 milion Jews and millions others.

Obama's 2012 campaign manager goes to Israel to run campaign to defeat Netanyahu

If you thought the squabble between Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama was just a war of words, think again.  Team Obama is actively working to defeat Netanyahu in the upcoming Israeli elections. 

from PJ Media:

Caroline Glick picked up on one article the Israeli left-wing paper Ha’aretz didn’t bother translating into English that details Obama’s involvement in the upcoming Israeli elections. A summary of the article is provided by IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis):

Haaretz reporter Roi Arad revealed in an article in the Hebrew edition today [January 26] that the foreign funded organization, “One Voice”, is bankrolling the V-2015 campaign to defeat Binyamin Netanyahu’s national camp in the March 2015 Knesset Elections.

One indication of the generous financing is that it has now flown in a team of five American campaign experts (including Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign’s national field director) who will run the campaign out of offices taking up the ground floor of a Tel Aviv office building.

V-2015 is careful not to support a specific party – rather “just not Bibi”. As such, the foreign funds pouring into the campaign are not subject to Israel’s campaign finance laws.

Glick commented via Facebook:

Obama won’t meet Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington when he addresses the Joint Houses of Congress in March because of Netanyahu’s visit’s proximity to the Israeli elections. And Obama, of course believes in protocol and propriety which is why he won’t get involved. No, he’s not getting involved at all. He’s just sending his 2012 field campaign manager to Israel to run a campaign to defeat Netanyahu. That’s all. No interference whatsoever.

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Obama’s campaign wing is not only helping to bankroll Netanyahu’s defeat, they’re on the ground running the show. There’s no way Jeremy Bird is over in Israel without Obama’s direction.

"While so attuned to the welfare of wildflowers and little foxes, Israel treated Palestinian children as less worthy, even disposable, creatures. Professionally trained sharpshooters fatally targeted them in minor stone-throwing incidences. Medical sources and human rights organizations, including Physicians for Humans Rights, have documented in the first stage of the current Palestinian intifada a pattern of targeting the eyes and knees of Palestinian children with "clear intention" to harm. The late Tel Aviv University professor Tanya Reinhart wrote, "A common practice [among sharpshooters] is shooting a rubber-coated metal bullet straight in the eye—a little game of well-trained soldiers, which requires maximum precision." 

And when there was no stone-throwing incident to hide behind, Israeli soldiers had to provoke one. The veteran American journalist Chris Hedges exposed how Israeli troops in Gaza had methodically provoked Palestinian children playing in the dunes of Southern Gaza in order to shoot them. While the kids were playing soccer, a voice would bellow out from Israeli army Jeeps: “Come on, dogs…Where are all the dogs of Khan Younis? Come! Come!… Son of a bitch!” Relating how the scheme would then unfold, Hedges writes: 

The boys—most no more than ten or eleven years old—dart in small packs up the sloping dunes to the electric fence that separates the camp from the Jewish settlement. They lob rocks toward two armored jeeps parked on top of the dune and mounted with loud-speakers… A percussion grenade explodes. The boys… scatter,running clumsily across the heavy sand. They descend out of sight behind a sandbank in front of me. There are no sounds of gunfire. The soldiers shoot with silencers. The bullets from the M-16 rifles would tumble end over end through the children’s slight bodies. Later, in the hospital, I will see the destruction: the stomachs ripped out, the gaping holes in limbs and torsos. 

Yesterday at this spot the Israelis shot eight [boys]…. Children have been shot in other conflicts I have covered… but I have never before watched soldiers entice children like mice into a trap and murder them for sport.”

— Omar Barghouti, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights 

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