Vladimir Lenin (Jew, Real Name: Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov) may be dead, but his popularity is alive and kicking

Lenin
In 2017, about a quarter of respondents believe no one will ever try to follow in Lenin’s footsteps again. Source: Alexei Danichev/RIA Novosti
Only 14 percent of Russian citizens support the destruction of Lenin statues, the Levada Center has found, according to the Kommersant business daily (in Russian).

He is very symbolic to many Russians, sociologists say. Lenin’s role in history is viewed in a positive light by 57 percent of people who took part in this year’s poll, which is 17 percent more than 11 years ago.

Each year, an increasing number of Russians express a favorable attitude towards the late communist revolutionary, the Levada Center – which conducted the survey on Lenin’s birthday (April 22) – found.

Polls taken in 2006, 2016, and 2017 show a slight increase in Lenin’s popularity, with more people viewing him in an “entirely positive” light. On the contrary, this year 17 percent of people said Lenin played a “rather negative” role in the history of Russia, and five percent said his actions were “very negative.”

The Executive Secretary of the Russian Historical Society, Andrei Petrov, told the Kommersant newspaper that the increase in the number of citizens who believe Lenin played a positive role in history is “a completely legitimate tendency.”

“There is a decrease in the intensity of the controversy over the events of a hundred years ago. For people, Lenin remains the founder of the Soviet period of history, the first leader of the Soviet state,” he said.

This year, about a quarter of respondents believe no one will ever try to follow in Lenin’s footsteps again, while roughly the same number said he “led the country along the path of progress.” A fifth of those polled said his ideas were “distorted by his followers” and another fifth believe Lenin led the country to a “brighter future.”

A third of Russians want to keep Lenin’s body in the Mausoleum on Red Square. “Those who want to leave Lenin in the Mausoleum are always in the minority (in 2012 there were 25 percent, in 2006 – 38 percent, RBTH). The question is where to bury him,” Alexei Grazhdankin, deputy director of the Levada Center said. Volkovsky cemetery in St. Petersburg and the Kremlin are among the most popular choices for Lenin’s final resting place.

“Most often, respondents talk about the burial of Lenin at the Kremlin wall, and this corresponds to his role in representing citizens. People believe that he played a big role, his burial emphasizes this symbolic role,” Grazhdankin said.

According to the survey, only four percent of respondents absolutely agree with the statement that the monuments of Lenin should be demolished, while 10 percent “rather agree.” The large majority did not agree. According to Alexei Grazhdankin, in recent years the attitude of Russians towards the symbols of the Soviet era is improving. “Even in Moscow, the majority in one way or another supports the return of the monument to ‘Iron Felix’ (a Polish and Russian Bolshevik revolutionary),” said the sociologist.

Read more: Who is to blame for the 1917 Russian Revolution?>>>

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No Joke: U.N. Elects Saudi Arabia to Women’s Rights Commission, For 2018-2022 Term

https://www.unwatch.org/no-joke-u-n-elects-saudi-arabia-womens-rights-commission/

The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch condemned the U.N.’s election of Saudi Arabia, “the world’s most misogynistic regime,” to a 2018-2022 term on its Commission on the Status of Women, the U.N. agency “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

“Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. “It’s absurd.”

“Every Saudi woman,” said Neuer, “must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman’s life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia also bans women from driving cars.”

“I wish I could find the words to express how I feel right know. I’m ‘saudi’ and this feels like betrayal,” tweeted a self-described Saudi woman pursuing a doctorate in international human rights law in Australia.

Yet the fundamentalist monarchy is now one of 45 countries that, according to the U.N., will play an instrumental role in “promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

Saudi Arabia was elected by a secret ballot last week of the U.N.’s 54-nation Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Usually ECOSOC rubber-stamps nominations arranged behind closed doors by regional groups, however this time the U.S. forced an election, to China’s chagrin.

Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief.https://www.unwatch.org/no-joke-u-n-elects-saudi-arabia-womens-rights-commission/ 

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No Joke: U.N. Elects Saudi Arabia to Women’s Rights Commission, For 2018-2022 Term – UN Watch

The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch condemned the U.N.’s election of Saudi Arabia, “the world’s most misogynistic regime,” to a 2018-2022 term on its Commission on the Status of Women, the…

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At least 5 EU states voted FOR the Saudis.
Belgium?
Czech?
Estonia?
Finland?
France?
Germany?
Greece?
Ireland?
Italy?
Portugal?
Sweden?
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@HillelNeuer @UN_CSW @UNECOSOC I wish I could find the words to express how I feel right know. I’m ‘saudi’ and this feels like betrayal.

Saudi Arabia was also recently re-elected to the U.N. Human Rights Council where it enjoys the right to vote on, influence and oversee numerous mechanisms, resolutions and initiatives affecting the rights of women worldwide, including:

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The latest ECOSOC vote is reported in a U.N. press release:

Commission on the Status of Women:The Council elected by secret ballot 13 members to four-year terms, beginning at the first meeting of the Commission’s sixty-third session in 2018 and expiring at the close of the sixty-sixth session in 2022:  Algeria, Comoros, Congo, Ghana and Kenya (African States); Iraq, Japan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan (Asia-Pacific States); and Ecuador, Haiti and Nicaragua (Latin American and Caribbean States).

The only good news: thanks to the U.S. calling a vote — breaking with the Obama Administration policy which in 2014 allowed Iran to be elected by acclamation — Saudi Arabia was not elected by acclamation, but instead received the least votes of any other country: 47 out of 54 votes cast, even though there was no competition given that there was an equal amount of competitors for available seats.

Here were the results of the elections, with all 54 ECOSOC members voting:

African States
Algeria: 54
Comoros: 53
Congo: 53
Ghana: 53
Kenya: 53

Asian & Pacific States
Iraq: 54
Japan: 53
Republic of Korea: 54
Saudi Arabia: 47
Turkmenistan: 53

Latin American States
Ecuador: 54
Haiti: 54
Nicaragua: 52

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It was a secret ballot, but the math tells us that at least 15 of the following democratic member states of the U.N. Economic and Social Council voted to elect Saudi Arabia to the U.N.’s women’s rights commission:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Republic of Korea
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • UK
  • USA

 

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen Advance in French Election

 

PARIS — In France’s most consequential election in recent history, voters on Sunday chose Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen to go to a runoff to determine the next president, official returns showed. One is a political novice, the other a far-right firebrand — both outsiders, but with starkly different visions for the country.

The result was a full-throated rebuke of France’s traditional mainstream parties, setting the country on an uncertain path in an election that could also decide the future of the European Union.

It is the first time in the nearly 59-year history of France’s Fifth Republic that both of the final candidates are from outside the traditional left-right party structure. Together, they drew less than half the total votes cast in a highly fractured election.

Even before the official tallies were announced, the political establishment was rallying behind Mr. Macron, warning of the dangers of a victory by Ms. Le Pen’s far-right National Front, though few analysts give her much of a chance of winning the May 7 runoff.

Mr. Macron, a former investment banker, abandoned traditional parties a year ago to form his own movement with an eclectic blend of left and right policies. He campaigned on a pro-European Union platform, coupled with calls to overhaul the rules governing the French economy.

“The French people have decided to put me at the top in the first round of the vote,” Mr. Macron told jubilant supporters at a rally in Paris. “I’m aware of the honor and the responsibility that rest on my shoulders.”

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How the Election Split France

Detailed maps show sharp differences between the bases of support for Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron.

Ms. Le Pen’s success was a victory for people who oppose the European Union and for those who want to see more “France first” policies to restrict immigration, protect French industry and limit public signs of Muslim faith, including the wearing of head scarves.

“The great debate will finally take place,” Ms. Le Pen said on Twitter. “French citizens need to seize this historic opportunity.”

Political experts said the vote showed a new, profound cleavage in French politics around globalization, as well as France’s relationship with the European Union.

“Fundamentally, this shows that France is going through deep political tensions: clashes over the global economy, the integration of France into the global economy and into Europe,” said Bruno Cautrès, a political analyst and public opinion specialist at the Center for Political Research at Sciences Po, the institute of political studies in Paris.

It is not that the left-right divide no longer matters — after all, voters gave roughly 40 percent of the vote to various versions of the traditional left and right — but that it is now complicated by the crosscutting politics of globalization versus anti-globalization.

With 97 percent of the vote counted, Mr. Macron had 23.9 percent, Ms. Le Pen had 21.5 percent, the mainstream right candidate François Fillon had nearly 20 percent, and the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon had 19.6 percent.

When Ms. Le Pen spoke to supporters in the small town of Hénin-Beaumont in northern France, although the results were not yet definitive, she sounded victorious.

She not only made it to the second round for the first time, but also got a higher percentage of votes than she did in 2012, and a higher percentage than her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, did in 2002, when he made it to the second round as the National Front candidate and faced Jacques Chirac.

Ms. Le Pen said the outcome was “an act of French pride, that of a people who are raising up their heads, that of a people sure of their values and confident of the future.”

That future would be a perilous one under the National Front, others warned. Bernard Cazeneuve, the sitting Socialist prime minister, called Ms. Le Pen’s project “dangerous and sectarian” and said it would “impoverish, isolate and divide” the country.

“It will inevitably lead to the end of Europe and of the euro, and, eventually, to France’s relegation,” he said. “The National Front cannot be the future of our country.”

For now, voters narrowly embraced Mr. Macron’s centrist calls for change over more strident appeals from the far left and the far right for France to fortify itself against immigration and globalization.

His success also suggests that despite multiple terrorist attacks in France recently, a message of outreach to immigrants and acceptance of Muslims, as well as of ethnic diversity, has some currency. Ms. Le Pen campaigned stridently against Muslims and immigration, linking both to security threats, and she may have benefited from a final surge of support after a terrorist attack in Paris on Thursday.

In contrast, Mr. Macron, in his address to supporters as the returns were still being tabulated Sunday night, emphasized that he wanted to be the president of all of France. He promised “to bring together the French people,” clearly recognizing that if he wins the runoff, as is expected, he will have to lead a politically fractured country.

Four candidates with markedly different views came within a few points of one another in the vote on Sunday, suggesting that the fight about what vision of France will dominate the future is far from over.

Both Mr. Macron’s supporters and those of Ms. Le Pen were cheering madly at their respective candidates’ headquarters, with Ms. Le Pen’s loyalists dancing in the street outside the place where she was speaking in Hénin-Beaumont.

The two finalists could hardly be more different on the big questions facing France: globalization, immigration and French identity. Beyond that, they represent completely different faces of France.

Ms. Le Pen’s voters want a government that protects them from the vicissitudes of the marketplace and closes its borders to outsiders, re-establishing the frontiers that have been largely erased by the European Union.

Voters at a polling station in Paris on Sunday during the first round of the French presidential elections.CreditJerome Delay/Associated Press

Although Ms. Le Pen has younger, more high-tech voters, she also represents the France that feels left behind: the workers whose jobs have moved to cheaper countries, such as those in Eastern Europe and Asia.

She represents young people who have to go to work early in life to help support their families, and who do not have the advanced degrees that afford them a good income. And she represents people who feel threatened by the immigrants thronging to Europe.

Marine will fight for the young people — for their future, for their freedom, for their job, for their family,” said Aurore Lahondes, a resident of the central-west city of Angers. She called Mr. Macron, a onetime investment banker at Rothschild & Company, “the candidate who is the most far away from the people.”

“He is the candidate of the financial part of the world,” Ms. Lahondes, 19, said in an interview at a bar that had been rented out by the local National Front federation. “He is the candidate of the European Union.”

Mr. Macron represents a more educated and cosmopolitan France. His voters are not all privileged by any means, but they believe that looking beyond the country’s borders will enrich them in every way, economically and culturally. Mr. Macron’s challenge will be to convince more of the French that globalism has as many rewards as it does costs.

“Globalism has positive effects, but it also increases precariousness and inequalities,” said Thomas Guénolé, a political-science professor at Sciences Po.

French soldiers patrolling near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Sunday.CreditLudovic Marin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The vote on Sunday came after a bruising campaign in which the public repeatedly rejected candidates who were expected to be winners. In the mainstream right primary, the mayor of Bordeaux, Alain Juppé, was expected to handily best Mr. Fillon. Instead, Mr. Fillon trounced him.

The left suffered similar upheaval, with the expected winner of the Socialist primary, former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, losing to Benoît Hamon. Mr. Hamon floundered during the campaign and received less than 7 percent of the vote, a cratering of support for his party.

On the right, Mr. Fillon initially looked like a potential winner, but a nepotism scandal — in which he was accused of embezzling public funds by paying his wife and children to work as his assistants, although they appear to have done little work — defeated his efforts to make it to the second round.

“The obstacles put on my path were too numerous, too cruel,” he said, conceding defeat Sunday night.

In the meantime, Mr. Macron appears to have been in the right place at the right time, with mainstream candidates falling on either side and a far-right candidate whom many in France cannot imagine having represent the country.

That does not mean that people favor him, but rather that he was the “least worst” vote: an especially weak position for a candidate with no real party base behind him.

“I chose a ‘useful vote’ for the first round, and it really breaks my heart — it’s the first time I’m doing this,” said Monica Craignou, 40, who works in digital development in Paris.

Others saw in Mr. Macron the possibility for France to keep up with global changes. “We need someone young,” said Karine Filhoulaud, a 45-year-old web editor, who was at Mr. Macron’s victory party and danced alone long after the crowds had left. “He lives the transition: the environmental one, the digital one, the societal one.”

Australian piercing shop posts sign saying ‘No Israelis served here’

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) — A body piercing shop in the Australian North Queensland city of Cairns displayed a sign saying “No Israelis served here.”

Israeli tourist Mohr Wenger posted a photo of the sign Saturday on Facebook. Wenger wrote in the post that she and a friend with whom she was traveling around Australia entered Cold Steel Piercing Friday to have their noses pierced only to be told by the owner that he would not serve them because they were from Israel.

“At that moment that guy said he can’t pierce our nose because he doesn’t serve Israelis out of principal [sic]. He said he doesn’t agree with what our government does and there for we are not welcomed in his shop,” she wrote. “He even pointed out a sign that we missed saying ‘No Israelis served here.’”

“A sign that means ‘I don’t want to listen, I don’t care who you are but if you are from Israel go away.’ That’s sugarcoating anti-Semitism. That’s sugarcoating racism,” she added.

Wenger also wrote: “I remember learning about such things in history class but I never thought I would be in such a situation myself. Not alone at the other end of the world in the land of ‘no worries.’ By the way, when we left the shop he told us ‘no worries.’ Well I didn’t, before I met you.”

Fairfax Media reported that Cold Steel Piercing in Cairns did not respond to interview requests. Since the Facebook post on Saturday, more than 100 negative reviews of the business have appeared online, including one calling for people to boycott the shop.

Cairns-based Rabbi Ari Ruben told JTA: “Mohr is one of the Israelis that came to our Seder. A couple of Israelis here saw the sign and want to go tomorrow to confront him … and we’ll see if it’s still there tomorrow.”

Russian chief rabbi says Jews should leave France if Marine Le Pen elected

(JTA) — Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar called on French Jews to leave their country if the far-right politician Marine Le Pen is elected president next month.

Lazar, a Chabad rabbi who was born in Italy and has lived in Russia for 25 years, made the remark on Friday while attending a conference on Jewish learning near Moscow organized by the Limmud FSU association.

“If Marine Le Pen is elected president of France, the Jews must leave,” Lazar said, according to a transcript of his address at the conference provided by Limmud FSU. Lazar was a keynote speaker at the event, which drew 2,500 participants — a record attendance since Limmud FSU began holding conferences across the former Soviet Union.

Polls ahead of Sunday’s first round of the presidential elections suggested the centrist independent candidate Emmanuel Macron is in a tight race for the lead with Le Pen, leader of the National Front party and the daughter of its founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has multiple convictions for Holocaust denial and incitement of racial hatred against Jews. Macron and Le Pen each have about 22 percent of the vote in an Ifop poll from April 19.

Le Pen recently called for banning the wearing of the kippah in public and for making it illegal for French nationals to also have an Israeli passport — steps she said were necessary because of the principle of equality in order to facilitate similar limitations on Muslims.

Le Pen has said radical Islam is a “threat on French culture” and has called on Jews to make certain “sacrifices” in order to fight jihadism. She has softened the rhetoric of her party after taking over from her father in 2011 and has kicked out of the party dozens of members over anti-Semitic rhetoric — including her father.

National Front’s best showing in a presidential election was in 2002, when Jean-Marie Le Pen made it to the second round and received 18 percent of the vote in it, losing to Jacques Chirac. In France, the winner of the first round of voting runs against the second-place candidate in the second and final round.

Many French Jews regard Marine Le Pen as dangerous, and the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities has called her and the far-left communist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon “candidates of hatred.” CRIF President Francis Kalifat on Friday said that Le Pen and Melenchon’s growing popularity is “a real danger to our country’s democracy.”

Melenchon has risen from fifth place in the polls in February with 9 percent of the vote to third with 19 percent. Francois Fillon, the center-right candidate of the party of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, has 19 percent. In 2014, during a speech about the Gaza Strip, Melenchon condemned French Jews who support Israel, saying: “France is the opposite of aggressive minorities that lecture to the rest of the country.”

Lazar during his address at Limmud FSU said: “The situation there [in France] is very worrying. Not only because of immigrants, but also because the general population is heading toward radicalization. The best example of this is the rise of extreme-right parties.”

Lazar’s analysis of the situation in Western Europe echoes previous statements by Kremlin officials that sought to discredit European governments critical of the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, including the outlawing of literature on homosexuality, the abuse of judiciary for the elimination of political rivals and the introduction of severe limitations of free speech. Under Putin, Lazar’s Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia has become the largest Jewish organization in Russia.

Lazar praised Putin during his address Friday, saying: “Putin was the first president to publicly speak out against anti-Semitism and did the most for the Jews in Russia. There is no institutional anti-Semitism in Russia.”

Ivanka Trump (White Feminist, White Slut, Race Traitor) plans to “mourn Holocaust victims”–but not Russian or Palestinian victims

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/04/22/ivanka-plans-to-mourn-holocaust-victims-but-not-russian-or-palestinian-victims/

 

“Civilian casualties from airstrikes grow in Iraq and Syria. But few are ever investigated. A recent airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq is believed to have caused more than 270 civilian deaths…”

…by Jonas E. Alexis

 

Ivanka is planning to take a trip to Germany. She probably has not been to the concentration camp in Gaza; she almost certainly has not seen mass graves in Russia, despite the fact that the real Holocaust during World War II arguably happened there. Ivanka is going to Germany for worship.[1]

Yes, you’ve read that correctly—and she is going to bow down to the only Holocaust in human history. Forget about Palestinian women and babies who are being tortured and liquidated by the Israeli regime almost every day. Forget about the concentration camp known as Gaza.

Ivanka has to make a pilgrimage to the only sacred place in the universe. Why? Well, because the Holocaust, as Israel Shamir points out, “replaces Christ with Israel, Golgotha with Auschwitz, and the Resurrection with the creation of the Jewish state.”[2] Gilad Atzmon likewise declares: “To a certain extent, we are all subject to [the Holocaust] religion; some of us are worshipers, others are just subject to its power.” The Atlantic declared last year that “Ivanka joined a distinctive Jewish world” in 2009,[3] so she obviously has to go all the way.

Charles Krauthammer has also acknowledged that “it has become increasingly common for American Jews to locate their identity in the Holocaust.”[4] For Krauthammer, “the Holocaust forms an ineradicable element of my own Jewish consciousness.”[5] For this reason, Krauthammer tells us that everyone ought to know about the Holocaust:

“We must of course remain dedicated to keeping alive the memory and the truth of the Holocaust, particularly when they are under assault from so many quarters. Which is why, though I initially opposed having a Holocaust museum as the sole representation of the Jewish experience in the center of Washington, I came to see the virtue of having so sacred yet vulnerable a legacy placed at the monumental core of — and thus entrusted to the protection of — the most tolerant and open nation on earth.”[6]

Is that really fair? Krauthammer understands that there is something called double standard, but he cannot apply a consistent standard because the so-called Holocaust morally and intellectually cripples him. For example, he knows that more than forty million people were executed by the Bolshevik or Stalinist regime. He knows that the regime was overwhelmingly Jewish, and he knows that there has not been a single museum in the Western world dedicated to those people. But Krauthammer and the rest are telling us all that “the Holocaust” is unique.

Moreover, Krauthammer and his brethren know that there is a Holocaust going on in the Middle East, particularly in Gaza. But that again is immaterial because, as the late Ovadiah Yosef told us, the Goyim are just donkeys or jackasses whose existential purpose is to serve The Chosen. Even the LA Times has recently reported: “Civilian casualties from airstrikes grow in Iraq and Syria. But few are ever investigated.”[7]

Why should there be an investigation when those people aren’t that important? Who cares about their existence? “A recent airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq is believed to have caused more than 270 civilian deaths…the uproar over the March 17 deaths in the Jadidah neighborhood of Mosul masks a grim reality: Hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of other civilians have died in hundreds of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria during the war against Islamic State, and it appears likely that the vast majority of those deaths were never investigated by the U.S. military or its coalition partners.”[8]

Can you imagine a bomb being detonated in a place like Paris and then just 10 people happen to be dead? What would the entire world say? Terrorism, right? But when we carpet-bomb one village after another in the Middle East, then it is justified because we are fighting terrorism. We are the good guys!

What’s so funny about all this is that some mush-heads will get into the political platform and say really dumb things such as “they hate us because of our freedom.” Well, ethnic cleansing is real; concentration camps in Gaza are real. And until we stop fooling ourselves, we will always pay the consequences.


[1] Nikki Schwab, “Ivanka is officially ‘First Daughter’ as White House reveals full plans for German trip where she will mourn Holocaust victims,” Daily Mail, April 21, 2016.

[2] Israel Shamir, Cabbala of Power (Charleston, SC: BookSurge, 2007), 92.

[3] Emma Green “What Should American Jews Make of Ivanka Trump?,” Atlantic, September 4, 2016.

[4] Charles Krauthammer, “The Holocaust and Jewish identity,” Washington Post, March 10, 2016.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Molly Hennssy-Fiske and W. J. Hennigan, “Civilian casualties from airstrikes grow in Iraq and Syria. But few are ever investigated,” LA Times, April 21, 2017.

[8] Ibid.

LOST EVIDENCE OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE DISCOVERED IN JERUSALEM ARCHIVE

 

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Lost-evidence-of-Armenian-Genocide-discovered-in-Jerusalem-archive-488694

 

Lost evidence was recently recovered in a Jerusalem archive that researchers have dubbed as “smoking gun” proof of the Armenian Genocide by Ottoman Turkey.

The New York Times reported on Saturday that Taner Akcam, a Turkish historian at Clark University in Worcester, MA, has come upon an original telegram from the military tribunals that initially convicted the genocide’s planners. This key evidence has long been missing, and the lack of original documents, the Times said, is the foundation of the Turkish narrative of denying the genocide.

“Until recently, the smoking gun was missing,” Akcam told the Times. “This is the smoking gun.”

 

The telegram, in code, is from Behaeddin Shakir, a high ranking Ottomoan official, to a colleague, inquiring about specifics regarding the deportation and murder of Armenians in eastern Anatolia. A copy of this telegram was used in Shakir’s conviction, shortly before almost all original documents and testimony went missing, forcing scholars to rely on secondary sources for their research on the topic.

According to the Times, Armenian leadership in Istanbul shipped 24 boxes of records to England when Turkish nationalists were seizing control of the country in 1922. The documents then made their way to France in the care of a bishop and finally to the archive of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, where they’ve remained since the 1930s, inaccessible to scholars “for reasons that are not entirely clear.”

Akcam came upon photographs of the original telegram in New York, in the possession of the nephew of a now-dead Armenian monk.

Last year, the Israeli Knesset Education, Culture and Sports Committee announced that it recognized the Armenian Genocide.

“It is our moral obligation to recognize the Holocaust of the Armenian nation,” committee chairman MK Ya’acov Margi (Shas) said.

Georgette Avakian, chairwoman of the Armenian National Committee in Jerusalem, told the Knesset committee that after 101 years, the time had come for the Knesset to join parliaments around the world and the 31 countries who have already recognized the Armenian Genocide.

MK Zehava Gal-On (Meretz) who initiated the committee meeting, said that “each year we instill false hope in the people who are sitting here.”

“It dishonors the Knesset to continue to go on and on about this issue, year after year, without reaching a decision that the State of Israel and the Israeli legislature recognize the genocide of the Armenian people.”

Lidar Grave-Lazi and Herb Keinon contributed to this report.

POPE FRANCIS LIKENS MIGRANT HOLDING CENTERS TO ‘CONCENTRATION CAMPS’

 

ROME – Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centers, saying many had become “concentration camps.”

During a visit to a Rome basilica, where he met migrants, Francis told of his visit to a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year.

 

There he met a Muslim refugee from the Middle East who told him how “terrorists came to our country.” Islamists had slit the throat of the man’s Christian wife because she refused to throw her crucifix the ground.

“I don’t know if he managed to leave that concentration camp, because refugee camps, many of them, are of concentration (type) because of the great number of people left there inside them,” the pope said.

Francis praised countries helping refugees and thanked them for “bearing this extra burden, because it seems that international accords are more important than human rights.”

He did not elaborate but appeared to be referring to agreements that keep migrants from crossing borders.

In February, the European Union pledged to finance migrant camps in Libya as part of a wider European Union drive to stem immigration from Africa.

Humanitarian groups have criticized efforts to stop migrants in Libya, where – according to a UN report last December – they suffer arbitrary detention, forced labor, rape and torture.

Last year the EU and Turkey reached a deal to send back irregular migrants from the Greek Aegean islands to Turkey in exchange for political and financial rewards for Ankara. The agreement was criticized by rights groups.

The pope urged people in northern Italy, home to an anti-immigrant party, to take more migrants, hoping that the generosity of southern Italy could “infect the north a bit.”

Noting that Italy had one of the world’s lowest birth rates, he said: “If we also close the door to migrants, this is called suicide.”

The basilica of St Bartholomew is a shine to Christians killed for their faith in the 20th and 21st century.

It contains a prayer book used by Father Jacques Hamel, the 85-year-old French priest killed by Islamist militants who stormed into a church in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray last year, forced Hamel to his knees, and slit his throat while they chanted in Arabic. His sister Roselyne attended the service.

NEW APP ALLOWS PEOPLE WORLDWIDE TO “STAND STILL” IN MEMORY OF HOLOCAUST VICTIMS (LOL…..)

 

A new application, Standing Still, allows Diaspora Jews and Israel supporters to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day by listening to the siren sound in Israel in real time anywhere in the world.

The application was developed by Israelis Amir Zwickel and his wife Rotem Lev Zwickel in collaboration with The Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel and the Lone Soldier Center – in memory of Michael Levin.

 

Zwickel and his wife relocated from Israel to New York over a year ago, just after Holocaust Memorial Day and just before Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Terror Victims (Yom HaZikaron)- two days on which a siren sounds in commemoration of Holocaust victims and fallen soldiers, respectively.

Zwickel recalled listening to the siren in real time on YouTube on his computer from his NY apartment.

“And then we thought of the idea, why not develop a simple application that could allow Israelis, Jews, or supporters of Israel who are temporarily or permanently abroad, to connect to what is happening in Israel during these important moments and hear the siren that is so deeply etched in our Israeliness, at the same time that it is happening in Israel,” he said.

“It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of the connection between Jews in the Diaspora to the Israeli present and reality for the future of Israel,” he added.

The application aims to share “the most Israeli days” with the world and invites users to “be a part of our community” and to “feel just like in Israel, even if only for two minutes.”

Users can download the application onto their phones and schedule to hear the siren either in real time or schedule an alternative time to stand still in remembrance.

“Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoa) and Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Terror Victims (Yom Hazikaron) are engraved in the Israeli DNA, and are a significant part of our culture,” the application states.

“We welcome you to stand with us for the memory of the 6 million who are not here with us, for the ones who fought and gave their lives to protect us, for the survivors who stand tall and proud until this day, and for the ones who are risking their lives so we can live free.”

Additionally, the application allows Diaspora Jews and Israel supporters to donate to Holocaust survivors and lone soldiers in need via The Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel and the Lone Soldier Center.

“We were impressed with the sacred work these two bodies do and the wonderful people who volunteer there that we were privileged to meet,” said Zwickel.

Former Likud Minister Limor Livnat, who serves as the volunteer chairwoman of the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel said in a statement to The Jerusalem Post that she sees “great importance” in collaborating with initiatives, such as the application, that facilitate Holocaust remembrance to world Jewry.

“We must all pay a moral debt to the some 200,000 Holocaust survivors, living among us, who have gone through horrors that we will never really understand,” she said. “Each and every one of us has an obligation to act so that Holocaust survivors living among us will be able to live their lives with dignity.” Livnat said she views this is a “sacred mission” and the reason she chose to head The Foundation on a voluntary basis.

“The life story of these heroes must be engraved in our hearts and burned into the national and international consciousness,” she said.

To support The Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel on Holocaust Remembrance Day via the application Standing Still or via: http://www.k-shoa.org

ISRAELI-FRENCH VOTERS EXPECTED TO OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT FILLON

 

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Israeli-French-voters-expected-to-overwhelmingly-support-Fillon-488686

 

As voting in the first round of the French presidential election began outside of France on Saturday, French citizens in Israel also prepared to go to the polls, with observers saying the local voting trend will be very different than that in France.

Just as in 2012, when the vast majority of French voters in Israel chose Nicolas Sarkozy, they’re expected to once again mostly vote for the conservative candidate, this time François Fillon of the Republicans.

 

Yet in recent polls of the French electorate, Fillon usually comes in third in a field of 11, after center-left candidate Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front, and, in some polls, fourth, after far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Only two candidates can make it into the runoff in two weeks.

The attendance at two campaign events held in Israel in the last week seemed to show which way the French-Israeli electorate was trending: About 60 people showed support for Macron on Tuesday, while Fillon backers nearly filled an auditorium in the Tel Aviv Art Museum that seats 450 on Thursday evening. There are some Le Pen backers in the mix, but they’ve kept their expressions of support on social media and didn’t organize anything official in Israel.

“Most French Jews are conservative,” a French journalist living in Israel, who asked to remain anonymous, observed. “They’re traditional Jews who lived among Muslims in North Africa, and don’t trust [Muslims].”

The pro-Fillon evening was organized by Meyer Habib, a deputy in the French National Assembly representing citizens in Israel, Greece, Italy and other Mediterranean countries who is up for reelection this year, and a personal friend of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel has more registered French voters than all the other seven countries in Habib’s constituency combined, coming in at close to 80,000, though there are well over 200,000 French citizens living in Israel.

The pro-Fillon event included a four-minute video message from the candidate, which praised Jewish contributions to French society since Rashi in the 11th century. The attendees, most of them middle-aged or older, heard speeches centered on fighting antisemitism and Islamist terrorism.

“We saw what happened on the Champs-Elysees yesterday,” Habib said on Friday, the morning after a shooting left a policeman dead in Paris. “Fillon is the only one who understands radical Islam and has the force and determination to fight it.”

Habib said Fillon is surrounded by pro-Israel figures, and, in general, that the French Right is more supportive of Israel.

“The Left says they’re not antisemitic, they’re anti-Zionist, but that’s just the new antisemitism. They voted for the UNESCO decision that declared the Temple Mount and Western Wall a Muslim site [leaving out the Jewish connection to the Mount]. In Israel, we are in a war about values, not just land, and I think Fillon understands that. Israel’s security is of utmost importance, and he won’t compromise on that,” Habib said.

According to Habib, Fillon understands that “Israel and France share the same values, like human rights and rights for women.”

The downside of supporting Fillon, Habib said, is that “he thinks we can talk with Iran to soften them, but many think that in France.”

As for the fact that Fillon met with Hezbollah officials in 2013, and in 2015 said the terrorist organization, which vows to destroy Israel, should be part of the coalition fighting ISIS, Habib said he explained the problem with his statements, and that Fillon hasn’t repeated them.

“Fillon now knows that Sunni and Shi’ite terrorism are two branches of the same tree,” he said.

The nepotism scandal that led to the former French prime minister’s drop in the polls seemed to be the furthest thing from the minds of the hundreds of attendees at Thursday’s event.

In fact, Emmanuel Navon, an expert in international relations who teaches at Tel Aviv University and who grew up and studied in France before making aliya and completing his PhD in Israel, said that the reports that Fillon put his wife and children on his payroll were inflated by the media, which he posited support Macron, and that the electorate “is not stupid” and won’t fall for it.

Navon also spoke in favor of Fillon at the event, focusing on other issues: “I think he’s the only one with the stature and economic program that can put an end to France’s decline in Europe and chronic budget deficits.”

Habib expressed certainty that Fillon will come in first place in Israel, saying he’d be willing to bet money on it, but conceded that Macron will likely get some votes as well.

According to the journalist, French-Israeli Macron supporters are people who tend to vote for the Left in Israeli elections.

“The one Macron supporter I know in Israel lives on a kibbutz and votes Labor,” she said.

Navon said that Macron is “full of hot air,” and that his economic plans are “BS,” but that he may attract some Jewish voters who liked Sarkozy but are turned off by Fillon’s conservative Catholic background.

“Some are attracted to Macron, because he’s young and good-looking,” Navon said.

“Macron is obsessed with settlements, like all of the Left, and called them a crime against humanity,” Habib lamented. “A Jew cannot be an occupier in Jerusalem or Judea and Samaria, because one cannot be an occupier in his own land. I said that in parliament.”

Habib also took issue with Macron’s comments on Jews in France, pointing specifically to a comment that French Jewish schools are not at the level of secular schools, which the Israeli- French lawmaker said is simply untrue.

Still, if the runoff comes down to Macron and Le Pen, Habib would choose the former.

“Macron is not a monster,” Habib said. “I even supported some of his economic policies.”

Le Pen, however, would be an immoral choice, according to the lawmaker, who estimated that her support among Jews will be under 10%.

The journalist cited a poll that said 3% of French Jews will support Le Pen, “which is small, but the fact that she gets any Jewish votes is crazy.”

Habib said: “There is Jew-hatred in her blood. Her father is a Holocaust denier… Le Pen is not a moral answer for Jews, nor is the far Left.”

According to Navon, “some French Jews are just sick of being attacked in synagogues and Jewish schools by radical Islamists, and since she’s the toughest on immigration and radical Islam, that attracts voters… I think they’re making a huge mistake. Even though she’s trying to hide her party’s antisemitic past, it’s still the same party. And her economics is nonsense and would cause the collapse of the French economy.

“Fillon is also very tough on immigration and terrorism. It’s not that he’s soft; not at all,” Navon added.

Similarly, Habib said Fillon is the only one who knows how to fight terrorism without resorting to racism.

While the consensus seems to be that Fillon is the candidate with the most support in Israel by far, whether it’ll be expressed in votes is unclear. Unlike in the US election or in the Brexit referendum, French citizens abroad can’t vote from home, they must go to the nearest French consulate or embassy, and many can’t be bothered to do it.

“Many won’t vote, I’m sure,” Habib said. “It’s too complicated, unfortunately. They canceled electronic voting for citizens outside of France. It’s terrible. Fillon wants to bring it back.”

Navon said he never votes in French elections, because he feels he is Israeli.

And the journalist, a young working mother, said she doesn’t have the time.

Technical issues aren’t the only ones keeping some French-Israelis away from the polls.

The journalist said, “Many French people in Israel don’t want to hear about France. They feel like France betrayed them, especially after all the terrorist attacks. When there was the attack in Toulouse [in 2012], only Jews took part in demonstrations, but when it was Charlie Hebdo [in 2015], many people went… Somehow the cruel murder of [Jewish] schoolchildren was more acceptable. That was a slap in the face.

“Because of the feeling that France betrayed them, they don’t want to invest in what’s happening,” she added.

Habib disagreed, saying, “Most French olim are very connected. We’re in Israel, but we know what’s happening in France, we watch the news, and we love France.”

The parliamentarian expressed hope that most French citizens in Israel don’t feel the way the journalist described, and said he made aliya for ideological reasons and not because he needed to escape France, adding that Israel’s economy is growing, as opposed to Europe’s.

Still, Habib added, “Israel is the insurance policy of the Jewish people.”