Aktuelles vom 11. Februar 2017 – 15. Schwat 5777 – Tu Bischwat; Beschalach; Schabbat Schira

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Salam Fajad:

Amerika lehnt ehemaligen palästinensischen Regierungschef als UN-Gesandten ab

Die Vereinigten Staaten haben die Ernennung des früheren palästinensische Regierungschefs Salam Fajad zum neuen UN-Sondergesandten für Libyen blockiert. „Die Vereinigten Staaten erkennen einen palästinensischen Staat nicht an und unterstützten nicht das Signal, das diese Nominierung senden würde“, sagte am Freitag die amerikanische Botschafterin bei den Vereinten Nationen, Nikki Haley….


Nahost:

USA verhindern Palästinenser als UN-Gesandten für Libyen

Die USA haben die geplante Ernennung des früheren Ministerpräsidenten der Palästinensischen Autonomiebehörde zum Leiter der UN-Mission in Libyen blockiert. Der Schritt sei als Unterstützung des Verbündeten Israel zu verstehen, teilte die neue amerikanische UN-Botschafterin Nikki Haley mit….


Israels neues Siedlungsgesetz verärgert die Welt:

Rote Linie überschritten

Nach hitziger Debatte verabschiedete Israel Montagnacht ein heftig umstrittenes Gesetz zur nachträglichen Legalisierung von Siedlungen und Außenposten auf privatem palästinensischen Land. Seither reißt die internationale Kritik an Israel und seiner Haltung in Sachen Siedlungsbau und Zweistaatenlösung nicht ab. Mit der Gesetzgebung habe Israel eine „sehr dicke rote Linie“ überschritten, äußerte sich etwa der UN-Sonderkoordinator für den Nahen Osten, Nickolay Mladenov. Mehrere Länder forderten Israel auf, das Gesetz unverzüglich zurückzunehmen….


Vielstimmigkeit im Judentum:

„Der Zweifel ist konstitutiv fürs Judentum“

Die „Vielstimmigkeit im Judentum sichert seine Existenz“, sagte der Publizist Günther Bernd Ginzel im Deutschlandfunk. Dieses Ringen im Judentum könnte auch Muslime in Europa inspirieren. Juden und Muslime müssten als Minderheit die Frage beantworten: Wie kann ich das Land, in dem ich lebe, als mein Land akzeptieren, ohne meine eigene Identität aufzugeben?….


Gestern:  (mit Video)

Terror in Petach Tikva

Der gestrige Terroranschlag in Petach Tikva ist zum Glück relativ glimpflich ausgegangen. Gegen 16:35 Uhr Ortszeit eröffnete der Terrorist, ein 18-jähriger aus der Gegend von Nablus, der sich ohne Erlaubnis in Israel aufhielt, das Feuer auf Passanten am Eingang zum Markt. Dann rannte er weiter und schoss auf einen Linienbus….


Tabgha:

Brotvermehrungskirche in Israel wird neu eingeweiht

Die nach einem Brandanschlag reparierte Brotvermehrungskirche im israelischen Tabgha am See Genezareth soll am Sonntag im Beisein zahlreicher Gäste neu eingeweiht werden. Die Zeremonie wird der Präsident des Deutschen Vereins vom Heiligen Lande, der Kölner Kardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, im Anschluss an die Messe leiten. Israels Staatspräsident Reuven Rivlin kündigte dem deutschen Benediktinerkloster sein Kommen an. Rivlin hatte unmittelbar nach dem Brandanschlag im Juni 2015 seine Solidarität mit den Christen in Israel erklärt und die Tat scharf verurteilt. Israel sei verpflichtet, die heiligen Stätten aller Glaubensrichtungen zu schützen und zu erhalten, erklärte Rivlin damals. Jüdische Extremisten hatten in der Nacht Feuer gelegt, das nahezu den gesamten Südflügel des Klosters zerstörte….


Besuch in der Synagoge:

Einblicke von Bar Mizwa bis Mazzot

Im Religionsunterricht der Klasse 6 der Winfriedschule wurde das Thema Judentum behandelt. Die wichtigsten Informationen zur ältesten monotheistischen Religion, wurden von den Schülerinnen und Schülern erarbeitet und in Gestalt eines Info-Plakates präsentiert. Einer der Mitschüler wird demnächst seine „Bar Mizwa“ feiern, ein Fest der Mündigkeit im Glauben, vergleichbar mit der Firmung bzw. Konfirmation im Christentum. Dies ist der willkommene Anlass, mit dieser Klasse die Synagoge in Fulda zu besuchen. Solche Begegnungen knüpfen an die Projekte an, die die Winfriedschule als Schule des „Trialogs der Kulturen“, gefördert von der Herbert Quandt-Stiftung, durchgeführt hat….


Neuer Betrugs-Trick:

40 000 Euro für Freikauf vom Militärdienst?

40 000 Euro sollte es kosten, um sich vom Militärdienst in Israel freizukaufen: Auf diese Lügengeschichte ist eine 83 Jahre alte Frau in Braunschweig hereingefallen. Zwei Männer im Alter von 22 und 40 Jahren hatten sie überredet, ihnen das Geld zu übergeben. Sie wollten damit verhindern, dass der Jüngere von ihnen zum Militär nach Israel eingezogen wird. Der Betrug fiel jedoch nach Polizeiangaben vom Freitag durch wachsame Mitarbeiter eines Geldinstitutes auf….(Es gibt nichts, was es nicht gibt!! WD)


Juden pflanzen Bäume

Israel geht in vielen Bereichen gegen den Trend. Einer davon ist der Baumbestand: Heute hat der jüdische Staat – im Gegensatz zu den allermeisten anderen Ländern – mehr Bäume als vor 100 Jahren. Dazu trägt sicher auch das „Neujahrsfest der Bäume“, „TU BiSchvat“, bei. Der Name bezieht sich auf das jüdische Datum: Im hebräischen Alphabet hat jeder Buchstabe gleichzeitig einen Zahlenwert. „Tet“ entspricht der 9 und „Waw“ der 6. Gemeinsam stehen die beiden Buchstaben für 15. Ihre Kombination wird als „TU“ ausgesprochen. Deshalb ist „TU BiSchvat“ der 15. Tag des Monats Schvat. In diesem Jahr fällt er auf den 11. Februar….


Orthodoxe Juden demonstrieren:  

Auseinandersetzungen mit Polizei

Gestern (Donnerstag) ist es an zahlreichen Straßenkreuzungen in Israel zu Demonstrationen von orthodoxen der litauischen Strömung angehörigen Juden gekommen. Sie demonstrieren gegen die Verhaftung eines jungen orthodoxen Juden durch die israelische Militärpolizei. Er wird als Deserteur angesehen, da er die Aufforderungen, sich an der Rekrutierungsstelle der Armee zu melden, ignoriert. Daher wurde er zu einer zehntägigen Freiheitsstrafe verurteilt. Die Demonstranten forderten seine sofortige Freilassung….


Video des Tages:

Koexistenz in Westgaliläa

Das heutige Video zeigt uns, dass Juden und Araber friedlich zusammen und miteinander leben können. Besonders in Westgaliläa, im Nordwesten Israels, gibt es dafür viele Beispiele….

Hier das Video!


Abtreibung:

UNWANTED PREGNANCIES AND WOMEN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE IN ISRAEL

A few weeks ago, Knesset Members Yehudah Glick (Likud) and Abdel-Hakim Haj Yahya (Joint List) came together in an unusual cooperation between coalition and opposition to push forward a new initiative. They proposed that all abortion committee meetings, held across the country whenever a woman applies to end her unwanted pregnancy, should include a cleric of that woman’s religion, something that has led to many objections, but perhaps most interestingly has reawakened the subject of unwanted pregnancies in Israel and how the state relates to them. ACCORDING TO estimates, more than 20,000 induced abortions (including illegal ones) are performed in Israel every year….


Veröffentlichung verschoben:

UN SET TO DEFER REPORT ON COMPANIES WITH ISRAELI SETTLEMENT TIES

A United Nations report on establishing a database of companies with business interests in Israeli settlements in the West Bank is set to be delayed until later this year, diplomats and activists said on Friday. The UN human rights office had been due to present its first report on the politically charged issue at a session that opens on Feb. 27, which Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is also due to address….(Leuchtendes Beispiel für „Neutralität“!! WD)


ANALYSE:

UNEASY NEIGHBORS

In late January, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh was in Cairo at the head of an impressive delegation to see what could be done to mend the organization’s rift with Egypt. He met with the head of the General Intelligence Directorate, Khaled Fawzi, and this was followed shortly by a session with a second delegation, composed of security experts. Hamas is desperate for the Egyptian blockade of its Gaza border to be lifted. Egypt wants that border to be secure and demands an end to the cooperation between Hamas and terrorists from Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, an organization that pledged allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2015 and now calls itself “the Sinai Province of Islamic State.” This is the main stumbling block to a rapprochement between Cairo and Hamas….


Genesis-Preisträger:

A SHINING SCULPTOR

Sir Anish Kapoor was visibly moved by his visit to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan in November 2014. After talking about art to a large group of children in the camp, home to some 80,000 Syrian refugees, the prominent British sculptor and human rights activist asked how he could help them. The children suggested building a Syrian garden, to remind them of home. Kapoor proceeded to work with the children and make clay models of Syrian gardens, but upon his return home to the UK, he wondered how he could do something more meaningful. It’s a question Kapoor may be asking himself again after being selected on Monday as the winner of the milliondollar 2017 Genesis Prize….


Umwelt:

BUILDING FRUSTRATION IN THE WILD, WILD EAST

Those of us living in the Land of Milk and Honey can count many blessings, but as far as sheer size and spaciousness go, our slender country seems to have been somewhat left out by the powers that be. As its population steadily grows and its cities ceaselessly expand, it is thus imperative for Israel to preserve our natural landscapes at least as piously as we do the Western Wall. The Eila Valley is one such gem this country was endowed with – a green lung hidden between Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv metropolis – yet today it is thoughtlessly being ravaged by rampant and shortsighted development demonstrating complete disregard for the outcry of local residents….


ISRAEL-TOURISMUS:

GREAT POTENTIAL AND WHAT TO DO WITH IT

Israel is no longer the barren tourism backwater that your grandparents used to visit out of a sense of duty. During the first few decades of its existence, busy fighting for its survival and subsisting on a seemingly endless array of white dairy products of every consistency and percentage, there wasn’t much thought, money or time to develop an Israeli tourism industry. The only steady stream of tourism derived from American Jews, who probably would rather have been lounging poolside at a Bahamas resort….


TU Bischwat:

IDF SOLDIERS WITH DISABILITIES CELEBRATE

A tree may be divided into three parts: (a) roots; (b) trunk, branches and leaves; and (c) fruit. Though the roots of a tree are not visible, they serve two vital functions: they support the tree, enabling it to withstand strong winds, and they deliver most of its nourishment. The trunk, branches and leaves constitute the bulk of the tree’s body, reflect its growth, and make the tree attractive to the onlooker — but they are not its ultimate purpose. It is the fruit that benefits others and contains the seeds which bear the species’ promise for posterity….


SINAI-HALBINSEL:

ELIMINATING TERROR GROUPS IN SINAI A KEY PRIORITY FOR EGYPT

The Apache attack helicopter has become a symbol of Egypt’s war on terror in Sinai. Local politicians speak glowingly of the American-made war machine. In 2014 the US delivered ten of the helicopters to Cairo and since then they have a played a key role in fighting extremists in Sinai and securing the country. On Wednesday night three rockets fired from Sinai were intercepted by Iron Dome near the coastal city of Eilat. A fourth fell in an open area. According to reports an ISIS-affiliate in Sinai took responsibility for the attacks. This once again sheds light on the ability of Islamist groups to operate from the peninsula. For Egypt, the destruction of these groups, who often target Egyptian security forces, has been a priority for years….


Entschuldigung:

MICHIGAN STUDENT GROUP APOLOGIZES FOR HITLER VALENTINE’S CARD

The College Republicans at Central Michigan University apologized for a Valentine’s Day card with a photo of Adolf Hitler. On Wednesday, a student at the public college in Mount Pleasant posted a photo to Facebook of the card she received at a College Republicans Valentine’s Day party. The card had the caption “my love 4 u burns like 6,000 Jews”….


ITALIENISCHER RICHTER:

SOCCER CHANTS ABOUT JEWS NOT HATE SPEECH

An Italian judge sparked anger by ruling that soccer fans chanting a slogan featuring the word “Jews” was not hate speech. In a letter to Italy’s Justice Minister Andrea Orlando, the president of the Rome Jewish community, Ruth Dureghello called the ruling earlier this month “undoubtedly an alarming precedent for justice” in Italy that “in essence legitimizes the use of the adjective Jew in a derogatory and racist form and in any case a tool of derision during sporting events”….


Sicherheit:

TIVON STUDENTS DEVELOP WEAPONS DETECTION SYSTEM

Israeli students have developed a system meant to prevent registered firearms being stolen from their law-abiding owners without being detected and to help recover the weapon if it is taken. The WISDome system, conceived, developed and built by Yuval Maimon and Gabriel Mishmal, students of the ORT engineering school under the Gabriel Kapach and Yuval Fuchs program, was designed to protect individuals against the rising trend of stolen firearms….


Tu Bishvat Dinner Menü:

Celebrating the Species of Biblical Israel in Three Colorful Dishes

Tu Bishvat marks the beginning of a new year for the trees. In Israel, this is the time of year when almond trees start blooming in pink and white. Jews in the Diaspora would remember the Holy Land by feasting on special produce from Israel, mainly the seven species of the land of Israel as they appear in the bible: wheat, barley, grape, fig, date, olive and pomegranate….

Pomegranate and eggplant soup

Papaya, pecan and bulgar salad

Spicy beef, candied pistachio and spinach salad


Syrienhilfe:

Syrian Women Who Fled Civil War Find Refuge at Center Opened by U.K. Jewish Group in Turkey

Since settling in a camp for refugees of Syria’s civil war in the Turkish town of Islahiye, 70 miles north of Aleppo, Samiyeh Hilo has been spending most of her time at home. She felt unsafe in a region populated by half a million refugees and the predators they attract. Hilo, an English teacher in her 30s and a mother of an infant, has been in the camp since she was smuggled out of her besieged city of Hama in 2011….


„Gute Beziehungen“:

Trump warns Iran president he ‘better be careful’

Donald Trump dialed up the rhetoric against Iran on Friday, warning the country’s president he “better be careful” about his words. The war-of-words between Tehran and Washington escalated as President Hassan Rouhani and Trump traded threats and warnings. Rouhani told a crowd of hundreds of thousands marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that “the Iranian people must be spoken to with respect”….(Aber die Iranischen Mullahs dürfen das?? WD)


Gar nicht erfreut:

French Israelis fume at Le Pen’s plan to ban dual citizenship

An organization representing French Israelis on Friday criticized far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen for saying she would seek to bar French citizens from holding a dual citizenship with non-European countries such as Israel. Ariel Kandel, director of Qualita — an umbrella organization representing French immigrants to Israel — said “These propositions are unacceptable to the Jews of France.“….


Durchgesickert:

Leaks show Egypt consulted Israel over transfer of Red Sea islands

Egyptian media have played taped conversations between the Egyptian foreign minister with an Israeli envoy, apparently confirming the close coordination with between Cairo and Jerusalem ahead of the controversial Egyptian transfer of the Red Sea islands of Sanafir and Tiran to Saudi Arabia. Israel has previously said that it gave written approval for the move because the two Red Sea islands figure prominently in the Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement signed in 1979….


Beziehungen heruntergestuft:

Israel permanently downgrades its ties to New Zealand, Senegal

Israel is permanently downgrading its diplomatic ties with New Zealand and Senegal, punishing these countries for co-sponsoring an anti-settlement resolution in the United Nations Security Council last year, The Times of Israel has learned. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided this week not to return Israel’s ambassadors to Wellington and Dakar, who had been recalled after Resolution 2334 passed on December 23, according to a senior source intimately familiar with the issue….


Oscar nominierter Film:

Try not to cry during this Oscar-nominated film about a survivor and his violin

Filmmaker Kahane Cooperman hasn’t written an Oscars acceptance speech yet, but she likely will before the Academy Awards ceremony on February 28. Not to jinx things or appear overconfident, Cooperman told JTA in a telephone interview, but “on the chance it happens, for fear of leaving someone out”. Her film, “Joe’s Violin,” is up for an award for short documentary — a category typically ignored by viewers more interested in what Emma Stone is wearing. It’s a 24-minute, five-handkerchief weeper; a joyous paean to the human spirit and a testimony of how simple acts of kindness can have important and far-reaching implications….


Hilfe abgestraft:

Orthodox soup kitchen loses donors after director helps Yemeni neighbors

Alexander Rapaport, a Brooklyn Hasid, says his experience being the victim of anti-Semitism forces him to call out hatred against others. So Rapaport, who runs a network of kosher soup kitchens, helped organize a communal show of support last week for a local Yemeni-owned bodega in reaction to President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. Not everyone was happy about the gesture. “I received your solicitation letter in the mail along with this phone number,” read a text message he received Wednesday. “After seeing, though, that you protested President Trump’s executive order, and thus shamefully sided with those who are putting American lives in danger, I am no longer able to donate to your organization.”….


Seltsames Urteil:

Jerusalem rabbinical court says spousal abuse not grounds for divorce

An Israeli woman who was denied a divorce by a rabbinic court on the grounds of documented domestic violence has appealed to the state’s attorney general. The woman’s lawyers made the unusual appeal Thursday following the Jerusalem Rabbinic Court’s rejection of her divorce motion. Her husband had been convicted and imprisoned for 75 days for assaulting his wife last year….


Meinung:

Why do peace organizations rely on ‘alternative facts’?

Last week, I was invited to speak on Al Jazeera about the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran. What I found in my research for the show shocked me. I learned from Haaretz that Umm al-Hiran’s residents were transferred there by the IDF in 1956. Yet, according to prominent Israeli human rights organisation Adalah, over 60 years later, Israel doesn’t recognise this village, and is looking to relocate the Bedouin, demolish the buildings and build a “Jewish town” in its place….