In the first Aliyah from the ancient Chinese Jewish community of Kaifeng in the last seven years, five women from the community are scheduled to arrive in Israel next Monday, returning to the Jewish homeland after thousands of years of exile.I think it's great to have descendants from communities like theirs here. This is very impressive news.
The women, Gao Yichen (“Weiwei”), Yue Ting, Li Jing, Li Yuan, and Li Chengjin (“Lulu”), have been intensively studying Hebrew and Judaism for the last several years in Kaifeng to reconnect to their Jewish roots, and are now being brought back home by the Jerusalem-based nonprofit Shavei Israel.
[...] "Kaifeng’s Jewish descendants are a living link between China and the Jewish people," said Freund, who after several years of struggling with Israeli bureaucracy managed to obtain the required permission to bring the five Chinese Jews on Aliyah.
Friday, February 26, 2016
Five Chinese women with Jewish ancestry of the Kaifeng community are coming to live in Israel:
Posted by Avi Green at 9:28 AM
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Some justice has been served as two houses belonging to jihadists were leveled:
The West Bank home of Raid Khalil bin Mahmoud, 36, who murdered two Israelis and moderately wounded a third during a rampage in a southern Tel Aviv office building on November 19, was destroyed in the first operation of the evening.Everything right down to the very concrete floor foundation should be obliterated. And family members who refused to report/prevent their actions should be charged for failing to do so.
Afterwards, the home of Muhammad al-Haroub, who killed three, including 18-year-old American student Ezra Schwartz, and wounded seven others, in a shooting attack in Gush Etzion, also on November 19, was torn down.
Also early Tuesday, security forces arrested 19 Palestinian suspects in West Bank raids, including seven who are suspected of taking part in disturbances and unorganized terrorism, the IDF said.
Posted by Avi Green at 12:02 AM
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
A Swedish girl was saved by Kurdish Iraqi forces from Islamic State:
The statement said the girl is a 16-year-old from the town of Boras who "was misled" by an IS member in Sweden to travel to Syria and later to Mosul.Actually, she was, in a way. She was basically indoctrinated, and not given any proper protection by her own parents from bad influence even among Sweden's own educational curriculum. I hope she's glad to be rescued from such repulsive excuses for human beings, and will never associate herself with Islamofascism ever again.
It said Swedish authorities and the teenager's family had contacted the Iraqi Kurdish government and asked for help in locating and rescuing the girl.
The young woman is in Iraqi Kurdish territory and is being "provided the care afforded to her under international law", the statement said, adding that she will be "transferred to Swedish authorities to return home once necessary arrangements" are made.
The statement provided no details on the rescue operation and did not say whether the teenager was mistreated by IS.
Posted by Avi Green at 9:29 AM
The Jewish Press has an interesting article all about Felix Salten, the children's author who wrote Bambi and Perri, both of which were turned into animated movies by Walt Disney, and how Salten was one of the early Zionists whom guys like Theodore Herzl got inspiration from.
Posted by Avi Green at 12:34 AM
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
State president Reuven Rivlin, of all people, made a fool of himself by opposing a bill that could allow expulsion of Knesset members who support terrorists. So now, the prime minister's had to defend the bill:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to criticism of the suspension bill during a Likud faction meeting on Monday, listing various democratic countries that allow for the expulsion of parliament members through a government vote.And if they can do so, then Israel can too. Those who only run for Knesset to disrespect the country have no business drawing monstrosities, if they intend to continue that way.
The suspension process as described in the bill would begin with a request signed by 61 MKs, which would have to be approved by at least three-quarters of the Knesset House Committee’s members, and then brought to the plenum where at least 90 lawmakers would have to vote in its favor for it to take effect.
"In the United States, this issue is enshrined in the Constitution," explained Netanyahu. "Congress can impeach a member due to misconduct with a two-thirds majority vote."
"In England, a member of Parliament can be suspended for violating the rules of Parliament or for standing in contempt of Parliament with a simple majority vote," said Netanyahu.
"Additionally, a member of the lower house can be dismissed permanently from his position without the right to appeal with a simple majority if the majority of the members of the house believe him to be unfit for the job, and in Canada, the lower house can expel a member due to misconduct," he continued.
Posted by Avi Green at 12:04 AM
Monday, February 22, 2016
The Canadian parliament looks like it'll do something right:
The Canadian parliament is set to pass a bipartisan bill that would condemn any efforts to support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel.Given how questionable newly elected premier Justin Trudeau is, that's why this is good news.
"We must fight anti-Semitism in all its forms," said Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion. "We must oppose the boycott, divest, sanctions campaign in our communities and continue to speak out forcefully against them."
The bill was introduced by two Conservative Party lawmakers, and the Liberal Party majority has indicated that it will support the motion. According to Canadian media reports, the vote will take place on Monday.
Posted by Avi Green at 12:06 AM