Egyptian "expert" pushes Passover blood libel. Sponsored by Visa.
MEMRI translates an article from Egyptian magazine El Kibar by Firnas Hafzi, a supposed expert on Hebrew who also writes about fashion, beauty and health.
The article breaks new ground in the classic Passover blood libel, recycling the historic medieval blood libels as fact and adding new accusations against Jews.
The article, along with illustrations from antisemitic and even Nazi sources, is online.
In another stage of the Passover celebrations, [the Jews] combined the preparation of matzas and the offering up of sacrifices with their enmity towards non-Jews, especially Christians, and mixed the blood of one of their victims into the matza [dough. This was done] especially on Passover, Purim and circumcision rituals. They also used blood in acts of sorcery and witchcraft…
…The draining of the victims’ blood is done in [several ways. One method is] by means of a barrel lined with needles. This is a barrel the size of the victim’s body, with sharp needles that stick into all his limbs when he is placed in it, so that his blood slowly trickles down from every part of his body. This entails excruciating torment, which gives pleasure to the Jews who become drunk with joy at the sight of the blood dripping from the victim’s [body] to the bottom of the barrel and into a container placed there to collect it. [Another method] is to slaughter the victim like a sheep and collecting his blood in a vessel, or else slashing the victim’s veins in numerous places so that the blood flows from the wounds into the vessels. Then the blood is handed to a rabbi who prepares a matza laced with human blood in order to please the Jewish god, Jehovah, who thirsts for blood.
The Jews can rejoice in their holidays only if they eat matza laced with the blood of non-Jews.
Based on this false [narrative] in the Torah and this barbaric behavior anchored in delusions, we can understand what motivates the Zionist leaders to kill Arab children in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir once said, insolently, ‘whenever I hear of the birth of an Arab child I cannot sleep at night.’
…The Jewish crimes which came to light throughout history and which were investigated and tried are a drop in the ocean compared to the Jewish crimes that no one knows about. The thousands of children and others who vanish around the world are probably victims of Jewish rituals. Their blood surely lies in Jewish stomachs along with the holiday matzas.
The Jews have tried denying that they drain the blood of non-Jews and use it in their holiday matzas, and they continue to deny it. Rabbi Moussa Abu ‘Afia [one of the Jews implicated in the 1840 Damascus blood libel] converted to Islam during the investigation into the [murder] of Father Toma in order to escape punishment. He gave important testimony regarding the Talmud and the directions it contains that hint at crimes and barbarity.
As part of the efforts to deny [the Jewish crimes], Jewish Americans wrote stories about vampires in the 1970s, in order to disassociate themselves from the accusation of sucking human blood and deceive [the mechanisms of] justice. During that period they spent millions on Dracula films, in order to deceive world public opinion. They claimed that those who slaughter children and adults and suck their blood are lunatics and that all this has nothing to do with them and their religious rituals. On February 14, 1964, the [Egyptian] magazine Al-Musawwar published a story about vampires in Colombia after many [Colombian] children had been slaughtered to shed their blood. Neither the magazine nor the investigators in Colombia dreamed that the vampires might be Jews, rather than [people who] sell blood to hospitals.
Out of hundreds of millions of Arabs, I cannot find a single one denouncing these lies and incitement.
We know from past experience that such naked antisemitism in Arab media cannot be solved by merely publicizing it. Most Arabs are not even aware that there is anything offensive about describing Jews as murderous bloodsuckers.
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Quinoa Is More Kosher Than the Labor Practices That Produce It
Orthodox Rabbi Champions Exploited Peruvian Farmers
Unlikely Champion: Rabbi Shoshan Ghoori stands surrounded by Andean villagers and children.
When Rabbi Shoshan Ghoori of the Orthodox Union first traveled to La Rinconada, Peru, the world’s highest city, the air was so thin that he needed an oxygen tank just to stay conscious. But the lack of air did not deter him from his peculiar mission: deciding whether quinoa should be kosher for Passover.
Over the next two years, Ghoori would return to the Andean highlands on nearly 10 fact-finding missions. Though he set out to discover only the food’s kosher status, he would become an unlikely champion of exploited Peruvian farmers, helping them export their goods for a fair price.
Before Ghoori undertook his quest, a competing kosher certification agency had ruled that the grain could be kosher for Passover. But the O.U., the nation’s largest kosher certification agency, had refused to give its stamp of approval.
The plant is not among the five grains — wheat, spelt, oats, barley and rye — prohibited on Passover by Jewish law. In fact, quinoa is not a grain at all; it’s a member of the goosefoot family, related to spinach and beets.
But some rabbinic authorities feared that quinoa could be a kind of kitniyot, a group of grains and legumes that could be cross-contaminated with the five forbidden Passover grains. Ashkenazi Jews of European origin follow a centuries-old prohibition against eating kitniyot, which includes staples like rice, corn, chickpeas and sometimes peanuts.
The question of quinoa’s Passover status had been nagging at Ghoori for years. “People would ask me, ‘Is quinoa kosher for Passover?’” he said. “I didn’t have a completely informed answer, and neither did the OU. We all needed more information.”
Ghoori, director of client relations for the O.U.’s Latin American operations, raised the issue with the agency’s top Jewish legal experts in 2012. They dispatched him to the highlands of Peru and Bolivia to study how the local population grew and cooked quinoa.
Ghoori visited with farmers and villagers throughout the Andes, and his findings were encouraging. “I saw how the natives were using the quinoa, and it wasn’t to make bread,” he said. “It was put in soups, in their teas and sprinkled on everything [as] a good vitamin.”
Worries about regular cross-contamination with grains like wheat also proved groundless. “Quinoa is grown, planted and harvested with nothing else next to it,” he said. “People are not producing quinoa and wheat and corn.”
Convinced by Ghoori’s research, the O.U. announced in December 2013 that it would begin certifying quinoa kosher for Passover. Ghoori estimates that 110 tons of O.U.-certified quinoa will make it onto Passover tables this year, all of which is sold by Pereg Gourmet and Goldbaums.
But not all of Ghoori’s discoveries were as reassuring. Though he was able to offer a definitive stamp of approval as far as quinoa’s kosher status, Ghoori felt the farmers themselves were being exploited unfairly. “The farmers were making bubkes, and the exporters were making all the money on it,” Ghoori said. “Although quinoa was kosher, I felt that something not so kosher was going on.”
The quinoa growers he encountered lived in deep poverty, far from the modern comforts of Lima, Peru’s capital. To survive, some turn to illegally growing the valuable coca plant, which is used to make cocaine. Many others enter the dangerous gold mines that have drawn Peruvians since the days of the Incas. There they endure the threat of mine collapses and the toxic presence of mercury, which is used to extract the gold from rock.
“Just imagine a family of seven [in] one house that measures about 12 feet by 6–7 feet, [with] no electricity, no running water,” said Sandro Monteblanco, a Lima-based attorney who conducts business for foreign food exporters in Peru. “The kids are forced to go into these pits that are full of mercury. Maybe when you go back a year later, two of those kids have already died of cancer. Or maybe somebody offered them $35 to take their 13-year-old into town to sell them into a brothel.”
Growing quinoa has not provided a way out of poverty. Quinoa’s price has skyrocketed in recent years, as foreign consumers have learned more about the health benefits of this superfood, which is gluten-free and contains all the essential amino acids.
But middlemen based in Lima buy the product from growers for a low price and sell it to exporters who — after processing the grain and removing its bitter shell — sell it on the international market for a hefty profit.
“I would see folks with bags of 100 pounds come back with $2.50,” Monteblanco said. “They had a gold mine on their backs, but it wasn’t for them.”
Just as Ghoori was becoming concerned about the quinoa growers, he met Julianna and Pablo Lopez, a socially conscious wife and husband working in Lima’s quinoa industry. They wanted quinoa farmers to earn higher profits by exporting directly to international markets.
Ghoori joined their effort, leveraging his contacts in the kosher food industry to find buyers for the farmers’ exports. Ghoori said that at his prodding, a local investor signed on and in 2013 opened the Bio-Andes processing plant high in Puno, an Andean town. At this plant, local farmers are able to prepare their quinoa for purchase without selling to a middleman, and so they earn a much higher profit.
“Shoshan was the one who opened the floor to us to export to the U.S.,” said Julianna Lopez, founder of Dual Peru Exports, which also directly exports quinoa on behalf of local farmers. “The idea was to help these farmers, to open the market.”
Ghoori met with local leaders and growers and claims he opened their eyes to the real value of their crop and helped convince them to use the new processing facility.
Today, Ghoori and Monteblanco believe that the direct export model is spreading. Four new farmer-run companies have opened in the Andes, and farmers expect higher prices for their grain.
As part of Good Deeds Day, 50 students from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance gathered at Jerusalem’s first railway station for a surprise Tchaikovsky concert. The resulting public delight is captured on this video, and is something we feel is worth passing on to the world.
“You shall not turn to the worthless idols, nor shall you make molten deities for yourselves. I am the Lord, your God. When you slaughter a peace offering to the Lord, you shall slaughter it for your acceptance.” (Leviticus 19:4-5)
Matza Photo: REUTERS
The Passover Seder we have just celebrated is an evening dedicated first and foremost to the relationship between the generations, to parents communicating to their children the agony and the ecstasy of Egyptian enslavement and exodus – that seminal biblical drama which most profoundly forged our Israeli identity and traditions. Indeed, the masterful booklet that tells the tale and structures (“seder” means order) the entire evening is called the Haggada (literally, telling), from the biblical verse “And you shall tell your children [vehigadeta] on that day” (Exodus 13:3). But what if your children – or one of your children – is not interested in hearing? What if he or she is willing to participate in the meal, but is totally tuned out of and turned off to the ritual that surrounds and informs the meal? How are we, the parents, teachers and communicators, supposed to respond in such a case? The Haggada is not only a text of the Egyptian experience; it is also a masterful guide to the art of effectively parenting-communicating the message of our mesora (tradition). By its very place as the centerpiece of a much-anticipated evening dedicated to the performance of many commandments – commandments that parents are to experience together with their children – we learn that we can only successfully impart a value that we ourselves believe in and act out; children will learn not by what we say, but by how we perform.
Moreover, our children-students must feel that they are the prime focus of the evening, and not mere adjuncts to an adult happening; and the message must be molded in such a way as to respond to their questions and concerns (Maggid begins with the “Four Questions”). Each individual must be given the opportunity to ask his/her questions and to receive answers appropriate to both question and questioner (note the “four children” of the Seder). Finally, the atmosphere around the table must be more experiential than cerebral, punctuated by familial stories and the fun of games (hide-the-afikoman), and warmed by wine, food and love. Such is the Haggada’s formula for effective communication between parents and children – not just one evening a year, but every single day of every year.
But what of the apathetic, uninterested child? One of the four prototypical children of the Seder is the “wicked child,” whom the author of the Haggada designates as such because of the biblical question ascribed to him: “What is this service [avoda] to you?” (Exodus 12:26) Why does the Haggada assume a negative attitude on the part of this child, who is merely seeking a relevant explanation for a ritual he doesn’t understand? The Haggada’s answer to this child also seems unduly harsh. “‘What is this service to you’ – and not to him. And because he took himself out of the historic Jewish community, he denied the basic principle. And so you must set his teeth on edge [hak’heh], and tell him, ‘It is because of this [ritual] that God did for me [so many wonders] in taking me out of Egypt’ (Exodus 13:8). ‘God did for me’ and not for him! Had he been there, he would not have been redeemed.”
It is incredible what political simpletons Jews are. They shut their eyes to one of the most elementary rules of life, that you must not “meet halfway” those who do not want to meet you. — Ze’ev Jabotinsky
It is too painful to write these stories, so I will let you read the details here.
It still isn’t clear whether Baruch Mizrachi, a man who had devoted his life to protecting the Jewish people in their land, was targeted because of his job, or simply murdered because he was a Jew. It doesn’t matter. The question is, when is enough enough? When does the State of Israel decide that the Palestinian Arabs are a hostile enemy and start treating them as such (my guess is that the people of Israel already understand this)?
The police will be looking very seriously for the murderers, at least the ones that waited by the side of the road and pulled the trigger. When they find them, will they be hanged as justice demands? Or will they be jailed for a few years where they can take college courses and receive generous pensions from the Palestinian Authority, until they are released either as part of a ransom agreement or because of pressure from the anti-Jewish administration of Barack Obama?
When will the State of Israel begin to act on the fact, which everyone knows to be true, that the Palestinian Arab leadership as well as the average Palestinian in the street, is dedicated to the Palestinian Cause of removing the Jewish presence from ‘their’ land, which includes everything from the river to the sea?
When will Israelis understand that the Land of Israel, all of it, belongs to the Jewish people, both by historical right and international law? When will they take concrete steps to realize this? When will they stop internalizing the lies of the Arabs and the Jew-hating Europeans and allowing the inappropriate and neurotic guilt of the Left to paralyze them?
Ze’ev Jabotinsky explained it 90 years ago. Menachem Begin always understood it.
How many families will suffer like the Mizrachis until we finally get it?
This leaflet, distributed to the Jews of Ukrainian city of Donetsk* by people alleged to be Russian separatists and requesting that Donetsk Jews register with some ill-defined pro-Russian local authority, has all the telltale signs of a crude provocation. On the face of it, this is a fake intended to present the pro-Russian forces in Donetsk as a dark antisemitic power with the worst intentions.
It orders all Jews aged over 16 years old to register before the government building, which has been occupied by pro-Russian insurgents in defiance of Kiev rule.
Jews would also have to pay a registration fee of $50 (£30) before 3 May and list all real estate and vehicles owned.
The registration and the fee are due because the Jewish leaders “supported the nationalist junta of [Stepan] Bandera in Kiev” and are hostile “to Orthodox Donetsk republic and its citizens.
"In case of failure to register, the perpetrators will be stripped of their citizenship and deported forcibly outside the country with confiscation of property."
To the people with even a smidgen of knowledge of Jewish history this leaflet can’t fail to remind a leaflet distributed in 1942 by occupying German army in Kiev, ordering the Jews to present themselves to “authorities” with all their valuables…
Of course, the knowledge that, according to the reports, the leaflet was distributed by “three unidentified men wearing balaclavas and carrying the flag of the Russian Federation”, strengthens the suggestion that this act was an intentional (and crude) provocation by the Ukrainian side of the conflict, aimed to paint the Russian separatists in the dirtiest colors.
And of course, the bloody history of the region’s political upheavals frequently included Jews as bystander victims, where all sides of almost every conflict felt free to slaughter as many as their mood dictated. From Bohdan Khmelnytsky and up.
The only question is: was that specific provocation a fruit of Ukrainian inventiveness or, taking another step into conspiracy twilight, an even more complicated maneuver by the Moscow tacticians of the dirty tricks? But one can play this game forever, without getting to a firm conclusion.
Meanwhile the Jews of Donetsk will not sleep well…
(*) Donetsk, a Ukraine province with 4.3 million people - 10 percent of Ukraine’s population - and 17,000 Jews, is home to much of the country’s heavy industry, and is thus the biggest prize of the eastern regions where pro-Russian separatists have captured government buildings in the past week.
Mayor of Kansas shooter’s hometown: I agree with his views
Dan Clevenger, who once called himself a friend of Frazier Miller, accuses Jews of destroying country
The mayor of Marionville, Missouri, hometown of the suspect in the weekend’s fatal shootings outside two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City, said this week that he agreed with some of Frazier Miller’s views on Jews.
“There’s some things going on in this country that’s destroying us,” said Clevenger, who also owns a repair shop in Marionville. “We’ve got a false economy. And it’s some of those corporations, are run by Jews, cause the names are there.”
“I’m a friend of Frazier Miller helping to spread his warning,” he wrote in an October 26, 2004 letter to the Aurora Advertiser.
“The Jew-run medical industry has succeeded in destroying the United States work force,” Clevenger continued. “That is why our factories left.”
He added that the medical industry “made a few Jews rich by killin’ us off.”
Miller, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, is a 73-year-old Vietnam War veteran from southwest Missouri who founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in his native North Carolina and later the White Patriot Party.
Miller remained jailed Wednesday. It was unclear when formal charges would be filed against Miller, who shouted “Heil Hitler” at television cameras as he was arrested. Officials said Monday that a federal grand jury is expected to consider what investigators are calling a hate crime.
Middle East Education through Technology (MEET) brings together ambitious teens from diverse Israeli sectors and nurtures their entrepreneurship.
Yishai Cohen, 18, and Ahmed Shawish, 19, are bright, ambitious Jerusalem teens. Both are high-tech entrepreneurs despite their tender age. They may never have met if not for the Middle East Education through Technology (MEET) program in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
This selective program, started 10 years ago, uses technology and business to bring together Palestinian and Israeli youth from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Mevasseret Zion, Nazareth and Beit Shemesh, 30 to each cohort. They meet weekly during the school year and intensively during summer vacation for three years.
In addition to MIT faculty, mentors from the Hebrew University, Google Israel and other institutions work with the kids in small, mixed groups to devise a business plan for an app or website. The atmosphere fosters friendship and collaboration.
Israeli researcher Dr. Regina Golan-Gertsl was already researching cancer, but when she lost her mother to brain cancer – she focused her efforts to find a cure and has now made a breakthrough discovery.
Often the biggest leaps forward in human medicine come as the result personal tragedies. An Israeli researcher at the Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine, whose mother passed away of brain cancer, has found a genetic protein that is directly implicated in the development of the most widespread brain cancer, glioblastoma.
World-class experts from Israel and New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center explore new frontiers in research and treatment.
What are the connections between breast cancer and bone health, breast cancer and heredity, and obesity and cancer risk? Top Israeli and American experts gathered at Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva on April 2 to share new frontiers in cancer research and therapy that are changing our understanding of the disease dramatically.
The Israeli venue for a major meeting of medical minds was an obvious choice, according to conference co-chair Dr. Larry Norton, medical director of the Evelyn Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Israel space project gets $16 million boost from casino mogul Adelson
April 10, 2014
(Reuters) – SpaceIL, a nonprofit organization aiming to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon, said on Wednesday it has received a $16.4 million grant from the foundation of U.S. casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.
With a budget estimated at $36 million, the Israeli scientists and engineers building the shuttle – temporarily named “Sparrow” – believe it will land on the moon by the end of 2015, a feat only the United States, Russia and China have managed so far.
SpaceIL, which is backed mainly by philanthropists, was founded to compete for Google’s LunarX Prize, unveiled in 2007. The $20 million prize will go to the first team to land a spacecraft on the moon, make it jump 500 meters and transmit images and video back to earth.
Thirty-three teams started out in the running and they are now down to 18, including competitors from the United States, Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Canada, India and Chile.
SpaceIL said it aims to show that space exploration is no longer limited to global superpowers with vast space programmes. It also hopes its technological breakthroughs spur a new wave of commercial space-related industries in Israel.
“As an entrepreneur, nothing is as thrilling as supporting a group of people who have been told that their dreams cannot be realized,” Adelson said.
While modern medicine might still be far from curing cancer altogether, major breakthroughs are being made on a daily basis for curing some forms of it. An Israeli doctor says that curing breast cancer is “not a fantasy.”
Curing cancer is a lofty goal — and has proven a very difficult one to attain. But when it comes to breast cancer, at least, some Negev physicians and researchers don’t think developing a cure is an impossible task.
“Certainly, it is an attainable goal to cure every case of breast cancer,” said David Geffen, M.D., chief of Breast Oncology Services at the Soroka Medical Center. “Right now, it’s not a fantasy in the sky.”
See, my cousin came over and she said “it’s not worth it to eat Pesachdik cookies, just go straight for the chocolate so you’re not disappointed”.
Well, that was a challenge. I said, “just wait 20 minutes and then tell me if it’s really not worth it…”
And this is what I made: Preheat oven to 175 C Line a cookie sheet with parchment/baking paper
2 T. ground flaxseed + 1/2 c. hot water OR 2 eggs 1/4 c. oil 1 tsp vanilla 1.5 - 2 c. sugar (yes, that’s a lot. you can cut back if you like) 1 cup “cake meal” (finely ground matzah meal) 1 cup potato starch 1 cup ground coconut 1/2 cup ground nuts pinch of salt 1/2 tsp baking soda chocolate chips (I splurged and used almost a whole bag)
Mix flaxseed and water and let stand 10 min, or beat the eggs together. Add oil, vanilla and sugar, and mix really well Add dry ingredients and mix well with a spoon. Fold in chocolate chips
Police, Troops on Alert at Kotel After Arab Temple Mount Riots
Thousands of police and IDF troops will be on duty Thursday at the Kotel in the wake of Arab rioting on the Temple Mount Wednesday.
Thousands of police and IDF troops will be on duty Thursday, as tens of thousands of Jews arrive at the Kotel (Western Wall) for the Birkat Cohanim (Blessing of the Cohanim) ceremony, a special feature of the Jewish festivals. Troops will be on special alert following the unrest on the Temple Mount Wednesday.
Police will be stationed along all paths to the Kotel, with shuttle buses depositing worshippers outside the Dung Gate adjacent to the Kotel. Private cars are banned in the Old City Thursday, and the public is asked to use public transportation only. Leading the ceremony will be Chief Rabbis Yiztchak Yosef and David Lau.
On Wednesday, Muslims rioters hurled flares and rocks at police forces on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site. One police officer was reportedly slightly injured. The Temple Mount was closed to Jews Wednesday, and is expected to remain closed Thursday.
Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Dov Kalmanovitz, the Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, demanded that the Israeli Police to close the Temple Mount to Arab visitors. On Thursday, when Birkat Cohanim is conducted, “the Chief Rabbis will visit the Western Wall and thousands will flood the Jewish quarter. It is inconceivable that the Israeli Police prevents Jews, who want to ascend the Temple Mount, from entering, and allows Arabs - who riot - to continue to respect the mosques there and throw stones,” he added. Kalmanovitz then called on police “to maintain security” at the Mount - “either by allowing Jews to ascend to the Mount or by closing it completely.”