GERMANY: 100 000 SUBSIDIZED ‘JOBS’ AT EURO AN HR FOR MUSLIM SETTLERS…….

Yeah, subsidized slave labor that will not only invigorate the German economy, but maintain its socialist welfare state as well. 

What a bunch of asshats.

German Government To ‘Create’ 100,000 Subsidised Migrant Jobs That ‘Pay’ Just €1 An Hour

The German government pressing ahead with plans to spend nearly half a billion Euros to ‘create’ 100,000 heavily subsidised jobs for unemployed migrants.

Desperate to better integrate the millions of migrants that have already arrived, and continue to roll into Europe in droves through the migrant crisis, socialist workforce minister Andrea Nahles has been working on the plan since last year. But now the so-called refugee jobs have been criticised by economists who say paying companies €450,000,000 to employ migrants is nothing more than a short term fix.

The German government is presently negotiating over the 2017 budget, but politicians are already calling for significant extra funding to be found for migrants in 2016.

Instead of requiring migrants to perform simple work in return for their state handouts, which includes housing, food, and pocket money, the new plan asks private companies to pay migrants €1 an hour for their labour, reports Welt. although exact plans have yet to be released, the wage would be likely topped up to the €8.50 minimum wage by government subsidy — a programme that is being called “occupational therapy” in Germany.

While German economists applauded efforts to integrate migrants into the job market as quickly as possible Marcel Fratzscher, head of the German Institute for Economic Research said “publicly funded job opportunities do not appear to be the right way to bring refugees to work”, reports Rheinische Post.

More here. H/T: Kumitonttu

SPORTS JIHAD: MUSLIM NHL PLAYER MAKES SLASHING THROAT SIGN AT OPPOSING TEAM PLAYER……

They just can’t help themselves from resorting to their nature. now can they?

This is the same clown who voiced condemnation over Trump’s signaling a willingness to temporarily suspend muslim immigration to the country until they (the government) can figure out what’s going on in their immigration bureaucracy.

NOTE: Aren’t you sick of these people?

Muslim NHL player makes throat-slashing gesture after a hit on the ice

By Thomas Lifson

Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward Nazem Kadri has been fined US$ 5000 for making a throat-slashing gesture after taking a hit in a game in Calgary last Tuesday.

The fine, for making “inappropriate gestures” in the direction of Flames defenceman Mark Giordano, was the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement.

Kadri was rocked by a big open-ice hit from Giordano and was slow to get up off the ice. Once he staggered back to the bench, he started yelling in Giordano’s general direction and then made a throat-slashing gesture.

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FRANCE: PARIS MOVING TO PULL PLUG ON MUSLIM SETTLER SWILL HOLE IN CALAIS……

Most importantly, it should be leading them to a confined area where they’ll be sent back to where they came from, with all monetary possessions confiscated to play for their fare home.

France says it’s time to move migrants from Calais camp

France says it's time to move migrants from Calais camp

Photo: AFP

Published: 12 Feb 2016 12:41 GMT+01:00

French authorities announced on Friday a plan to clear around 1,000 migrants out of the squalid camp known as “the jungle”.

The Pas-de-Calais prefect Fabienne Buccio said that they plan to evacuate around half of the migrant camp on the outskirts of the northern port town.

“The time has come to move on, no one must live in the southern part of the camp, everyone must leave this section,” said Buccio, the national’s government local representative, estimating some 800 to 1,000 migrants would be affected.

Aid associations believe around 2,000 migrants live in the southern part of the camp.

Buccio said officials will visit migrants in that part of the camp next week to explain to them what was planned.

“We’ll give them a week to get their belongings together and take up a place that has been put at their disposal,” said Buccio.

More here. H/T: Fjordman

UK: PUB LANDLORD IN UNION JACK JACKET TOLD TO REMOVE IT BY CITY OFFICIALS…….

I would tell the officials first and foremost, that they are unpatriotic jerks, and then go play in the center of moving traffic.

Pub landlord ‘told by council officers to remove Union Jack jacket because it might offend people’  

Pub landlord Jason Mawer in his Union Jack jacket outside his Barnsley pub

Pub landlord Jason Mawer in his Union Jack jacket outside his Barnsley pub

  • Jason Mawer has been warned twice to remove his one-off jacket
  • Mawer runs a pub near the centre of Barnsley, South Yorkshire
  • The unique Mod-style jacket was made for a Who convention in London

Pub landlord Jason Mawer has twice been asked in public to remove his treasured Union Jack jacket – for risk of it being ‘offensive’.

He was told to take off his valuable Mod-style Barbour jacket – designed in honour of legendary rock band The Who – by officials who appeared to be council enforcement officers.

On the second occasion the female official warned him: ‘Would you mind removing your coat it might offend somebody.’

Jason, who runs a pub near the centre of Barnsley, South Yorkshire said: ‘It’s definitely political correctness gone mad. It’s an overused phrase but I think it definitely applies.’

He was walking through the town centre on his way to the bank when a woman in a high-visibility jacket tried to stop him.

He said: ‘She was polite enough and came alongside me before asking me to remove my jacket. She didn’t say who it might offend.

‘To be honest I was in a hurry and I was walking along as she asked me to take it off. In the end I just said, “No I’m not taking it off,” and carried on.

‘I thought it was ridiculous to be honest. What’s offensive about the Union Jack? I only had a T-shirt on underneath and it was raining so I would have got really wet.

‘It was an insult to be asked to take it off. It is my pride and joy. I’m a big fan of The Who and the Mod era and have all the gear.’

A different officer challenged him again last Saturday afternoon.

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GERMANY: HOW DARE THE GERMAN TEAM LOOK, ACTUALLY BE, GERMAN……..

These open borders people are freaking idiots…..

They’re racist bigots (the naysayers), all in the name of the highly vaunted ”diversity”. Also, take note of the usage of ”ayran”, a bogus label that’s a leftover from the Nazi years, that’s what they’re calling these athletes and the organizers of the team. Disgusting.

NOTE: It’s high time we call out the jackasses who are making these claims/insinuations and hold them up for ridicule. Screw these people.

Found To Comprise Entirely Of ‘Nordic Aryan’ Germans

Germany’s national handball team has been mired in controversy just days after they took the European title because every player on the squad is a ‘Nordic Aryan’ ethnic German.

The team has been compared unfavourably to Germany’s Alternative Fur Deutschland (AfD) party — which is itself compared to Britain’s UKIP Eurosceptic party — for their all-white line-up by a left-wing academic. The criticism came from a guest column in Germany’s Zeit by the editor of Philosophy Magazine and so-called football expert Wolfram Eilenberger, who pointed out “the successful team does not have one player with dark skin or even a Mediterranean complexion.

“It is moreover, a team without any migration background… We list the named of the players: Hendrick, Finn, Erik, Christian, Steffen, Jannick, Niclas, Steffen, Fabian, Simon, Tobias, Johannes, Carsten, Andreas, Rune, Martin. This must be [hard to achieve] in 2016 in this country.

“Apparently this sport has remained socially stuck somewhere from 30 years ago”.

Dr. Eilenberger conceded there was one person on the squad who wasn’t a German citizen, but they didn’t play. The team coach is a from Iceland and, he complains, “fits perfectly into the Nordic Aryan image”. The football fan praised football for being like chancellor Merkel — diverse — and scorned handball for being like Mrs. Petry, the AfD leader.

More here.

CSP’S FRANK GAFFNEY: SPLC ACTING AS SURROGATE GROUP FOR ISLAMIC SUPREMACISTS……..

The leftist-Islamic nexus for all to see…..

Frank Gaffney: Southern Poverty Law Center Is Acting As A Surrogate Group For Islamic Supremacists

Frank Gaffney, the founder and president of the Center For Security Policy, tells One America News Network that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is attempting to silence him for speaking out about the threat posed by radical Islam.

He appeared on Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler this week, defending his organization against the assault from the left wing SPLC.

Gaffney said that the SPLC used to be a legitimate civil rights organization, but now the group is a militant left wing outfit that targets pro-freedom groups.

“These days … It seems as though the Southern Poverty Law Center is now mostly about trying to suppress freedom of speech by people like us and others they disagree with politically,” he explained.

More here.

NETHERLANDS: PRO-ISRAEL STORES HIGHLIGHT GOODS FROM SAMARIA AND JUDEA IN PROTEST OF EU…….

Good for them!

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Dutch Zionist store owners highlight settlement goods to protest EU

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EU Commission approves Israeli ‘settlement’ product guidelines (Illustrative picture)‏. (photo credit:REUTERS,JPOST STAFF)

A store owned by Dutch Christian Zionists advertised to its customers products from Israeli settlements to protest an EU requirement that they be labeled separately.

The Israel Products Center in Nijkerk, a town situated 20 miles east of the Dutch capital, advertised the products in question specifically in a letter dated Feb. 10 by Pieter van Oordt, the store’s director, to its database of thousands of clients.

Among the products he recommended because they were made in Israeli settlements were wines made by the Jerusalem Hills and Zion Noblesse wineries, dates and a new shipment of olive products by the Shilo brand, which the store is expecting in May.

In the past, the store made no distinction between settlement products and ones from inside Israel’s internationally-recognized borders but Van Oordt wrote that the decision to highlight the former follows the adoption in November by the European Commission of regulations that require separate labeling for products that originate from Israeli settlements in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

More here.

TURKEY-ECUADOR: WHY DID ERDOGAN’S BODYGUARDS BEAT UP ECUADORIAN WOMEN…….?

I’ll tell you why Erdogan’s men roughed up the protesters, because muslims believe you can’t criticize muslim leaders, let alone Islam.

Now just think back to when Bush Jr. was attacked with a shoe, he just ducked and told a joke.

For Turkish audiences, the real surprise was that a government that came to power with the slogan “zero problems with neighbors” has not only managed to increase friction and conflict with almost all neighbors simultaneously, but also for the first time in Turkish history managed to generate a diplomatic crisis between Ecuador and Turkey. One tweet put it succinctly: “If he [Erdogan] manages to be a problem in Ecuador, no wonder he is a problem in Syria.” In a humorous approach, most Turks were asking if the Ecuadorian protesters were Kurds or Gulenists, and what kind of traitors were they that they failed to respect the “world leader.”

Why did Erdogan’s bodyguards beat up these Ecuadorian women?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2nd L) and Ecuador’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ricardo Patino (L) attend a diplomatic ceremony in front of Carondelet Palace in Quito, Ecuador, Feb. 4, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Guillermo Granja)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan embarked on a Latin America trip between Jan. 31 and Feb. 4. The main goal of his trip was to expand trade relations with Chile, Peru and Ecuador. On Feb. 4, Erdogan gave a speech at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales (National Higher Studies Institute) in Ecuador’s capital, Quito. During his speech, a group of female protesters were heard screaming “Fuera Ecuador Erdogan” (“Get out of Ecuador, Erdogan”) and “Asesino” (“Murderer”).

Some of the protesters had “asesino” written on their hands as well. Their protest lasted less than a minute before they were brutally attacked by Erdogan’s Turkish bodyguards. The women were forcefully removed from the room and claimed to have been assaulted; the bodyguards punched their heads, vaginas and breasts. As the female protesters were being dragged out of the auditorium, Erdogan said, “As we see now, there are sometimes disrespectful characters as well. Appropriate responses will always be taken to handle these disrespectful people.”

Read more: H/T: TS

A FAIR QUESTION TO ASK TED CRUZ: PLEASE SHOW US YOUR CRBA……

And those who ask that question do not deserve the pejorative of kook, ‘birther’ or a-hole either.

I happen to be a Cruz supporter, very much so. That said, I do feel that it’s an entirely legitimate question to ask, as well as to explore, the validity of his birth as a US citizen. One way to alleviate concerns would be for Mr.Cruz to release his CRBA, (Consular Report of Birth Abroad), and truthfully, and thoughtfully answer all the questions pertaining to eligibility and be done with it.

NOTE: I really do hope for his nomination to run for US president, and that he’s elected, for all the reasons I’ve stated before on this blog, but I do want some answers on this question. If his parents never acquired one, we are duty bound to explore the ramifications of it.

The Post-Constitutional Election, Pt. 4: “Did Ted Cruz Enter the US Illegally in 1974?”

Part 3 is here.

It’s an unanswered question.

Lawrence Sellin takes the prize for cogent thinking and also courage for asking it and other unanswered questions concerning Sen. Ted Cruz’s eligibility for the presidency, as stipulated by the U.S. Constitution.

Writing at Family Security Matters, Sellin highlights the contradictions around what we might think of as Sen. Cruz’s own “pathway to citizenship.” Sellin also notes the senator’s continuing failure to release a Consular Report of Birth Abroad.

Above is a picture of one such document, as provided by Ken Sikorski, an American whose children were…

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EU SPLIT OVER SCHMERKEL’S REFUGEE PLAN WITH THE TURKS……

Turk and German government have aligned together in the past, WWI, smart minds won’t overlook that.

Turkish-German Pact: EU Split by Merkel’s Refugee Plan

By Horand Knaup, Peter Müller, René Pfister and Christoph Schult

Photo Gallery: Merkel's Crucible

Angela Merkel has held six meetings with the Turkish government in the hopes of forging a solution to the refugee crisis. But with most of the leverage in Ankara, progress has been slow. Worse yet, Berlin’s plan has split the EU into two rival camps.

On a recent windy Saturday morning, António Rocha heads out to sea off the north end of the Greek island of Lesbos in accordance with his mission: securing the maritime border between Greece and Turkey. Rocha, a 52-year-old officer with the Portuguese coast guard, steers his ship, the Tejo, into the meter-high waves with the two 350-horsepower engines whining in protest. Rocha stands at the helm, legs spread wide for balance, and scans the sea for inflatable rafts full of refugees. “Only a lunatic would head out today,” Rocha says. Lunatics or, to be more precise, the desperate. And there are plenty of those these days.

Rocha and his three crewmembers have only been active in the area for a few weeks, patrolling on behalf of the European border protection agency Frontex, but the things they have seen in that short amount of time have already proven emotionally challenging. On one occasion, Rocha stopped a drastically overloaded inflatable raft with desperate mothers holding their babies over the gunwale so that they might be saved first.

One thing, though, that Rocha and his shipmates haven’t yet seen is a boat being turned back by the Turkish coast guard. “Sometimes they motor around the refugee rafts and tell them they should turn around,” says the Greek liaison officer onboard the Tejo. “But when nothing happens, the Turkish boats just leave.”

That isn’t good news for the German chancellor, who is heading to Brussels next Thursday to meet with her European partners and with Turkey to discuss possible solutions to the refugee crisis. Ankara is the most important building block in Angela Merkel’s strategy, which is why Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Dovutoglu has been invited to the summit of European leaders.

More here.

FAILURE AT BOX OFFICE CLOONEY TRIES HAND AT DICTATING REFUGEE POLICY……..

We are under no moral imperative to import tens of thousands of American/western loathing antisemites.

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Do we really need to take advice from lefty blowhards like Looney? No.

George Clooney: U.S. Not Taking in Enough Syrian Refugees, We Need to ‘Do More’

Thursday night at the Berlin film festival premiere of “Hail, Caesar!” actor George Clooney told Sky News the United States is not doing “enough” to help with the Syrian refugee crisis.

Friday morning Clooney had a meeting with Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, to discuss what more Hollywood could do to help.

Clooney said, “The United States needs to do more as we know, 10,000 refugees a year is not enough, that’s clear.”

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H/T: Sheik Yer ‘Mami: “Clooney rhymes with looney. He parrots whatever his Afghan Muslim wife whispers in his ears”

NOTE: Warren Raymond says: Here are some fast facts on Amal Alamuddin:

1. Alamuddin, 36, was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and studied law at Oxford University and the New York University School of Law, according to a bio posted by NYU. Now based in London, she is fluent in French, Arabic and English.

2. In 2011 she began to represent WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his fight against extradition by Sweden.

3. Amal has been appointed to numerous U.N. commissions and is an adviser to former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Syria.

4. Alamuddin worked as a student law clerk for now-Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was then a judge at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

5. Her mother, Baria, 66, is the foreign editor of Arab newspaper al-Hayat. Her father Ramzi, a retired professor of business studies at the American University of Beirut, returned to Lebanon in 1991.

6. Alamuddin has been appointed to a number of UN commissions including as adviser to Special Envoy Kofi Annan on Syria, and as Counsel to the Inquiry launched by UN human rights rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC into the use of drones in counter-terrorism operations. She has been involved in many high-profile cases, representing the state of Cambodia, the former Libyan intelligence chief Abdallah Al Senussi, Yulia Tymoshenko and Julian Assange.

7. She is an adviser to the King of Bahrain in connection with the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry.

Bottom line is this: Alamuddin may have the beauty and the brains but she is deeply connected in a way that America should be paying attention to this whirlwind romance that has swept one of the most eligible bachelors in history off his feet and into a super fast engagement. When someone influential in Hollyweird marries someone with these connections, a flag in your head should go up.

FRANCE CALAIS: INDIGENOUS PUSHBACK AGAINST MUSLIM INVADERS……LATTER SCREAMS VICTIMHOOD

Let’s see here, the entire countryside has been terrorized by these illegal muslim invaders, and they dare cry victimhood when people have said enough?

This is almost like a western. A town is held under a full grip of terror by violent desperado invaders, and then the townspeople learn to defend themselves.

Calais Jungle refugees targeted by armed far-right militia in brutal campaign of violence

Exclusive: Migrants accuse local police of failing to protect them from the beatings – and carrying out their own assaults

Members of an armed far-right militia are attacking Calais migrants in an unprecedented, brutal campaign of violence, according to evidence seen by this newspaper. In a series of incidents in recent weeks, refugees living at the Jungle camp claim to have been targeted by organised thugs – sometimes in uniforms.

The Independent was told of one attack in which young male refugees were taken by van to a field where they were stripped naked and had their hands cuffed behind their back. They were then made to watch as their abductors – a group of unidentified men – beat them individually.

Migrants accuse local French police of failing to protect them from the beatings – and also carrying out their own assaults.

More here.

US ‘ALLIES’ IN SYRIA NOW FIGHTING CIA-BACKED REBELS…….

There are no good sides in this war.

LONG KNIIVES

All the more need to have left both sides alone in the fight, and wait to see who’s left standing. Then after the fighting has ended, take them out, and install a faction that will pose no threat to the West, and with a not so subtle warning, behave or else.

Exclusive: U.S. Allies Now Fighting CIA-Backed Rebels


Not long ago, U.S. jets and Shia militias worked together to battle ISIS. Today, those militias are trying to take down American proxies in Syria.

Iraqi militias who once fought ISIS with U.S. help are now working with Russian and Iranian forces to crush American-backed rebels in the strategic Syrian city of Aleppo, two defense officials have told The Daily Beast.

At least three Shia militias involved in successful battles against ISIS in Iraq—the Badr Brigade, Kata’ib Hezbollah, and the League of the Righteous—have acknowledged taking casualties in fighting in south and southeast Aleppo province. U.S. defense officials confirmed to The Daily Beast that they believe “at least one” unit of the Badr Brigade is fighting in southern Aleppo alongside other Iraqi militia groups. Those groups are backed by Russian airpower and Iranian troops—and all of whom are bolstering President Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian Arab Army.

Reports on social media say the Iraqi militias in Syria are armed with U.S. tanks and small arms they procured on the Iraqi side of the border. Those reports could not be independently confirmed.

More here.

SWEDEN: MUSLIM WHO MURDERED 22 Y/O AID WORKER IN YOUTH ASYLUM CENTER AN ADULT…….

Another fact we know, is that minus Sweden’s open borders policy, Alexandra Mezher would be very much alive today.

The hapless murdered woman was already on record about her suspicions on the ages of these ‘youths’ she was aiding, and after a number of denials by the state and lackey media, the truth is out, the muslim who brutally murdered Alexandra Mezher, was an adult.

’15-year-old’ who ‘killed’ refugee worker is an adult

'15-year-old' who 'killed' refugee worker is an adult

Alexandra Mezher (left) and candles left outside the home in Mölndal last month. Photos: Private/Adam Ihse/TT

Published: 12 Feb 2016 07:53 GMT+01:00

Sweden’s Migration Agency has told The Local that the suspect accused of killing Alexandra Mezher at a home for unaccompanied refugee children is actually over 18.

When police arrested the suspect last month, it was widely reported that he was born in 2000. But Sweden’s Migration Agency has now suggested that he is at least three years older.

Johanna Måhlen, a press spokesperson for the agency told The Local that “the applicant did not make it probable that he was under 18” when he applied for asylum in the Nordic nation, despite ending up at accommodation for refugee children.

Regional newspaper Göteborgs-Posten first reported on the discrepancy, suggesting that the suspect, who was previously understood to be 15, had applied for a work permit in Sweden, where pupils don’t typically leave school until they are at least 18.

More here.

LYING RUSSIAN PM: WE CAN’T STOP MUSLIM MIGRANTS HEADING TO FINLAND, BUT WE’LL INSURE WON’T BE ‘EXCESSIVE’…..

This is ruse, a Russian ruse……

As I have reported before, the traffick of muslim settlers heading to Finland from Russia, is state sanctioned. The Kremlin skims cash from the mafia in exchange for allowing them to operate. There is no reason as to why Finns should allow any of these people to claim ”asylum”, simply turn them around and send them packing.

NOTE: During the height of the Cold War, Finns has a disgusting agreement with the Soviets, in that anyone seeking asylum from the communist state, had to be repatriated. And as far as I know, they did so without exception. Time to stop dancing to their tune and reject their pressure.

  • “Assisted by Russian officials” [He took along two Indian men and the Russian man, who got out about 100 kilometres from the border. At the Russian passport control on January 17, two African men also got into the car. They were being assisted by people whom the driver believed to be Russian officials]

Medvedev: Russia won’t send “excessive numbers” of asylum seekers to Finland

Ahead of a Friday evening meeting with Finnish President Niinistö, the Russian PM is quoted as saying that Moscow cannot stop asylum seekers from crossing into Finland.

Presidentti Sauli Niinistö ja Venäjän pääministeri Dmitri Medvedev.
President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev Image: Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva ja Yekaterina Shtukina / AFP

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö meets with Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev on Friday evening on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. The two are likely to discuss the migrant situation along the countries’ mutual border, where the number of arriving asylum seekers has been surging in recent weeks.

Medvedev was earlier in the day quoted as saying that Russia does not intend to prevent asylum seekers’ movement toward the Finnish border.

The quote was posted on the Russian government website as part of its version of the premier’s interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt – although the business daily’s published interview does not include any mention of Finland. In the official transcript, Medvedev says that Russia cannot stop asylum seekers from crossing into Finland.

“No legal grounds” to stop migrants

He is also quoted as saying that Niinistö and Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä are very concerned about the situation, but that Russia does not have any legal grounds to stop those heading west into Finland. Medvedev met with Sipilä in St Petersburg in late January.

Medvedev notes that Russia is a party to the European Convention on Human Rights. He insisted that Russia has no bad intentions and does not plan to send excessive numbers of asylum seekers into Finland.

Finland’s 1340-kilometre border with Russia is the EU’s longest.

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DR.MANFRED GERSTENFELD: JEWISH LIFE IN POST-WAR WESTERN EUROPE, HIGHS AND LOWS……..

This article by Dr.Gerstenfeld about Jewish Life in post-war Europe, was originally published in the American publication Jewish Word and republished here with the author’s permission.

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Jewish Life in Post-War Western Europe – Highs and Lows

By Manfred Gerstenfeld

After the Second World War, the Jewish communities in Europe had great difficulty in re-establishing themselves. Soon major differences emerged between the Western European democracies and the Middle and Eastern European countries under Soviet dominance. Many aspects of this are described in the book Postwar Jewish Displacement and Rebirth 1945-1967, edited by Francoise S. Ouzan and myself.

Even among Western European countries themselves, significant differences appeared. Almost all Danish Jews were saved, largely by fleeing to Sweden. About three-quarters of the 140,000 Jews living in the Netherlands at the time of the German occupation in May 1940 were murdered. French post-war Jewry was greatly strengthened by a major influx of North African Jews, and numbers more Jews than all other Western European continental countries combined. The number of Jews in Germany also increased significantly over time, due to the arrival of Jewish immigrants, mainly from Russia. Smaller numbers of Jews arrived in Italy from countries such as Libya, Lebanon and Iran.

The increasing affluence of Western European countries had a considerable impact on the development of their Jewish communities. Furthermore, the related increase in leisure time created new opportunities for culture and sports, alongside religious activities. These newer activities often enabled the inclusion of those who, although of Jewish origin, were not considered halachically Jewish (according to Jewish law).

Individual Jews have played prominent roles in general society, often on opposing sides of political and social debate, representing differing views and positions. Their importance, for the most part, was disproportionate to the percentage of Jewish citizens in each country. A variety of Jews occupied prominent functions in politics, business, the media, art, popular culture and other sectors of society. While the socialist Léon Blum was the only Jew to serve as Prime Minister of France prior to the Second World War, postwar France has had three Jewish Prime Ministers – Blum, René Mayer, and Pierre Mendès-France. In Gibraltar, Sir Joshua Hassan became the first Jewish Chief Minister, serving two terms in this position.

In Austria, the socialist Jewish self-hater, Bruno Kreisky, became Prime Minister, and in Belgium, Jean Gol was appointed Deputy Prime Minister. Ministers of Jewish origin served in governments in France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland. Over the years, several Jews chaired Parliaments and there were many Jewish parliamentarians.

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ABE LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY………

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Second Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln

SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 1865

Fellow-Countrymen:

At this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.

On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war–seeking to dissolve the Union and divide effects by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.

One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union even by war, while the Government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.” If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.