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TABLE-Israel industrial output -0.8 pct in July

Sept 21 (Reuters) – Israel's industrial production fell by a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent in July after a 0.5 percent drop in June, the Central Bureau of Statistics said on Sunday. Production declined at an annual rate of 6.7 percent based on trend data between May and July. (Manufacturing production) (In percent; month-on-month change; seasonally adjusted) July 2014 June 2014* July 2013 …

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Witness to Genocide: Israel/Palestine: A Journey to Peace to be shown Friday

PUTNEY — “Witness to Genocide: Israel/Palestine: A Journey to Peace” will be performed in Putney at the Friends Meeting House on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. This is a multimedia performance on the narrative of the Jewish Diaspora, the Palestinian people, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine (West Bank and Gaza.)

The performance combines stories, music, poetry, photography, and art based on Namayas story of living and working in Yemen, Morocco, and his travels through Palestine, Israel, and the Islamic world. Namaya also speaks of his Jewish familys journey out of Eastern Europe through such stories as “LChaim” and of Jewish life during the Diaspora.

Namaya said, “I tell this story out of necessity. In witnessing the destruction of our Jewish communities through pogroms and the holocaust, having touched the walls of Prague and Budapest with the names of my extended family who perished, and also seeing the present inhumane occupation of Palestine I am obligated to tell this story and hope to create an opportunity for peace.”

Ayman Nijim, a Gazan, and well known speaker on human rights and Palestine will also perform and help to facilitate a discussion about the future for Palestine and Israel. There is an opportunity for all to join in this discussion in the spirit of compassionate listening.

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Film focuses on Righteous ones

Published: Saturday, 9/20/2014 – Updated: 35 seconds ago


Israel’s Yad Vashem national museum of the Holocaust lists only four Americans among more than 25,000 non-Jewish people declared to be Righteous Among the Nations by the Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, which recognizes people for rescuing Jews from Nazi terror during the Holocaust. Two of the four Americans, the Rev. Waitstill Sharp (1902-1984) and his first wife, social worker Martha Sharp (1905-1999), have a Toledo connection, and it was that tie that led Toledo researcher Naomi Twining to begin the documentation process Yad Vashem requires for finding stories from people who were rescued by the Sharps.

Varian Fry, with whom the Sharps worked, and Lois Gunden, a Mennonite, are the other Righteous Americans.

In 1947 when First Unitarian Church of Toledo’s minister at the time, the Rev. Arthur Olsen, was involved in Unitarian work at the national level in Boston, Rev. Sharp, then of Wellesley, Mass., served as visiting minister in Toledo. It’s just a matter of months; I don’t think they were even here a year, Ms. Twining said, but Rev. Sharp made some prominent contributions here by officiating at the memorial service for Philip Nash, who died while serving as president of the University of Toledo Mr. Nash was a member of First Unitarian and was moderator of the American Unitarian Association from 1941 to 1944 and by being influential in the formation of northwest Ohio’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which happened in the early 1950s. Ms. Twining later served as First Unitarian’s secretary while Rev. Olsen was still the minister, and she learned some of the Sharps’ story from her church involvement and by having access to church records.

Ms. Twining, 91, who does not have a computer and still uses a typewriter, is the author of They Fought for Civil Liberties: Genesis of the ACLU of Northwest Ohio, which includes a chapter on the Sharps, and is finishing the final chapter of ACLU: Faces of Dissent. That chapter was begun when a typist helping her had a 4-year-old girl, who’s now graduated from college, Ms. Twining said, so it’s been a while.

Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War, a documentary film made by a Sharp grandson, Artemis Joukowsky III of Sherborne, Mass., will be shown by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and the Library Legacy Foundation Monday at 6 p.m. at the McMaster Center in the Main Library, 325 Michigan St. A Skype-enabled audience discussion with Mr. Joukowsky will follow the free screening. From Ms. Twinings research and resources, I have things that the family doesn’t have, she said, and she has been in contact with Mr. Joukowsky and other Sharp family members.

It was in 1939 and 1940 that the Sharps worked for people’s liberation from Nazi occupation, first in Czechoslovakia and later based in Lisbon, Portugal. Yad Vashem made note of the Sharps getting the German author Lion Feuchtwanger from France, through Spain, to Portugal and then to New York City in 1940. Yad Vashem also praised Martha Sharp’s work leading a group of 27 children and 10 adults escaping from France to the U.S. in November and December 1940.

After World War II, Rev. Sharp worked in Cairo for the United Nations Relief Agency and in Chicago for the Council Against Discrimination as well as for other Jewish rescue and Middle Eastern settlement efforts, and he resumed parish ministry, mostly in New England but for part of 1947 in Toledo. Martha Sharp continued as a liberator, traveling to Morocco in 1947 and Iraq in 1951 to help Jewish children get to Israel. The Sharps divorced in 1950, both later had second marriages, and Martha Sharp Corgan served in Washington, D.C., in the Truman administration.

The Sharps’ work laid the foundation for what is today the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

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Sovereign Palestine a must for Mideast peace

Backing the two-state solution that envisages an independent state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, French Sen. Nathalie Goulet said a sovereign Palestinian state will bring peace in the Middle East. Speaking to Arab News in an exclusive interview after the conference on Arabian Gulf and regional challenges, which concluded here on Wednesday, Goulet asserted: I think its time that Palestine has its own flag, national anthem, currency and territories with safe borders as a sovereign country. She added that this is absolutely essential in order to restore peace in the region. Palestinians should be allowed sovereignty to make way for peace in the region, she said. The French parliamentarian also advocated for Jerusalem as the joint capital for Palestine and Israel with separate areas under their control. Commenting on the Israeli threat to peace in the region, she said: Israel is a bigger threat than Iran and what is worrying is Americas unconditional support for Israel. Lambasting the Israeli argument of self-defense for the attacks on Gaza, she said: Disproportionate forces and the use of weapons on innocent civilians are not acceptable and Israels self-defense theory is certainly not acceptable because the effect and causes are all mixed up; rockets used as a consequence of the occupation is not correct. When asked, if the heavy Israeli military offensive on Gaza amid worldwide condemnation and calls to stop the bloody onslaught which claimed the lives of nearly 2,000 people constitutes a war crime, the French senator said: I think there is an international inquiry on the subject. Some 500 children were killed and this is a serious problem, not only from outside Israel but within Israel as well. There are people lodging protests against this atrocity and there are some court cases. In reply to a question on the regional challenges for the Arabian Gulf and the role of Saudi Arabia, Goulet pointed out that cooperation among Arab countries is important: The Arab world is not united. There is chaos, bloodshed, humiliation and violence in several Arab world countries. I think it will need another generation to create this unity; it will take time to end all the violence and make way for security and stability in the region. She pointed that a sound society cannot be achieved without assessing failures and making efforts to resolve problems. Answering a question about how far the UN Security Council is committed to playing its role for peace in the Middle East, she said: As long as the United States continues to use its veto, the UNSC will not play its role. On combating terrorism in the region, Goulet applauded the Gulf countries for joining the international coalition against terrorism. It is important that everyone fights together against Daesh and other challenges, she said, referring to Islamic State by its Arabic acronym.

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Child prisoners remembered in World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel

This Sunday, 21 September, marks the beginning of the World Week for Peace inPalestine & Israel and Pax Christi members and other Christians networkswill mark the week with vigils, services and meetings on the plight ofprisoners, and in particular child prisoners, in Palestine and Israel.

Each year 500-700 Palestinian children from the West Bank are prosecutedin Israeli military courts after being arrested, interrogated anddetailed by the Israeli army or police.

In marking the week in the UK, the situation of young Israelis too willbe remembered, those who choose to be conscientious objectors and refuseto serve in the Israeli Defence Force.

In his message for the week, Rev Dr Olav FykseTveit, General Secretaryof the World Council of Churches ( of which the Week is a project) said: “It is often easier to look the other way when prisoners are mentioned.As Christians we must remember that Jesus identified himself withprisoners (Matt 25.36), that he proclaimed release to the prisoners (Lk4.18), and that the earliest followers of Jesus often found themselvesin prison (Acts 12.7). The plight of prisoners is a central concern forthe global Body of Christ.

Again, my sisters and brothers, I appeal to you to promote participation in this years WWPPI.I pray that you will be strengthened in your solidarity and thatpractical steps will soon be taken for the establishment of a just peacein Palestine and Israel.”

Pat Gaffney of Pax Christi said: “It is encouraging to see that so manypeople are making the time to organise events and so highlight thisimportant issue within their church community. In addition to thevarious events we have circulated 15,000 prayer cards for the week.

Some of the events taking place:

– Prayers every evening, St Thomas the Apostle RC Church, Nunhead.

– Saturday 20 September 6pm: Special Mass at Holy Apostles, Pimlico at 6pm for Peace Sunday, to mark the UN International Day of Peace.

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Israel believes Syria kept 'significant' chemical munitions

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday. Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates that were previously not disclosed to avoid undermining the Syrians' surrender of their declared …

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Israel not to tolerate 'drizzle' of rockets: PM

Jetusalem, Sep 19 (IANS) Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Hamas knows well that Israel will not tolerate a “drizzle” of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, according to a statement released by the PM’s office.

Addressing an assembly of local council leaders ahead of the Jewish New Year, Netanyahu said that Israel’s military operation in Gaza over the summer had dealt Hamas “the worst blow” since the Islamist group’s establishment in the late 1980s, Xinhua reported.

“We hit Hamas in a way it never expected. We struck the breeders of terrorism and its commanders, and destroyed the terror tunnels they used to carry out mass-casualty attacks against Israeli civilians. This is our policy, and it is strong and stable,” he added.

Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon echoed Netanyahu’s remarks, vowing that the government will not allow intermittent rocket and mortar fire to become routine again.

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Dear Fellow Liberals: Im Done Apologizing for Israel

TIME Ideas foreign affairs Dear Fellow Liberals: Im Done Apologizing for Israel Overview of a tunnel built underground by Hamas militants leading from the Gaza Strip into Southern Israel, seen on August 4, 2014 near the Israeli Gaza border, Israel. Ilia YefimovichGetty Images

Jennifer Moses is a writer and painter.

Some years ago, I was seated at dinner next to a British law professor, whom my husband, also a law professor, had invited to a conference that hed organized. The conversation soon turned, as conversation often does among professional intellectuals, to Israel, specifically to the then-recent conflict between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters in the West Bank town of Jenin, which my dinner partner (and much of the European press) referred to as the massacre of Jenin.

Oopsforgot about it already? Heres a refresher: in 2002, the IDF went into Jenin during the Second Intifada, after Israel determined that the town served as a launching pad for missile and rocket attacks against Israeli civilians. The 10-day operation claimed the lives of around 50 Palestinian gunmen, and 23 Israeli soldiers. My acquaintance, after repeating Palestinian claims of atrocities committed by Israeli forcesclaims that had already been roundly debunkedcapped off his assessment by saying, What happened in Jenin was no more and no less than another Holocaust.


As a liberal American Jew, Im tired of apologizing for Israels actions regarding its own security, and as of last month, Im done with it. Im done for the following two reasons: my eldest child, Sam, motivated by a desire to do something more meaningful than argue about religion, policy and politics, is currently serving as a lone soldier in the IDF, and he spent much of July in Gaza, as part of a team dismantling terror tunnels. In New Jersey, where the rest of his family lives, we didnt know, from one day to the next, if wed ever see him again. The second reason is that Israel, despite its highly imperfect record (unlike that of, say, America or France or England or Pakistan or Kenya or Argentina) is the worlds sole guarantee against another frenzy of murderous hatred against my people, a hatred that is once again raising its voice, and fists, not only among the dispossessed Muslim residents of Europe, but, most especially, in the official organs of the chattering, and highly influential, classesso much so that the off-hand remarks of my long-ago dinner companion seem almost reasonable.

Facts are such nifty things, so solid, so sure. Yet we as a species dont seem to cotton to them, especially when it comes to Jews.

In Pakistan, one human rights group estimates that 1,000 women are murdered in honor killings by their families every year. In Nigeria, Islamic militants have killed more than 1,500 people in 2014, according to Amnesty International. And the death toll from the slaughter in Syriajust spitting distance from Israeladds up to a robust 191,000. But the worldor at least the world as personified by the British law professor with his fondness for exaggerationdoesnt pay a lot of attention to these Muslim but non-Palestinian corpses. Nope: youve got to be a dead person in Gaza or Hebron to claim the worlds sympathy. Merely being an Arab, or a Muslim, doesnt cut the mustard, because when Muslims are murdering other Muslimslike more than 2,400 Iraqis killed by other Iraqis in June of this year. The civilized world, or at least the chattering classes, does little more than shrug.

Instead, from the Telegram we get this Gaza conflict causing PTSD in children after seeing dead bodies and witnessing heavy shelling. From the Times: UN demands halt to Gaza incursion as tanks smash hospital. A simple Google search will net you hundreds of like-minded headlines. By the way, guess how many citizens were killed during the second half of last year in Egypt? According to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: 3,143.

But its more satisfying to focus on Israel, that miniscule sliver of desert with an equally miniscule population (some 6 million Jews and 1.7 million primarily Muslim Arabs), hemmed in on one side by hostile Arab countries whose Muslim populations add up to a healthy 320 million, give or take, and the other by the Mediterranean Sea. Because Israel isnt just any other imperfect Democracy, with a host of domestic and international problems of its own. Oh no. Not to put too fine a point on it, but were talking a whole country filled primarily with Jews. So the whole place is only as big as the State of New Jersey, while the rest of the Middle East is about the size of 90 percent of the contiguous United States? So what?

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Pope Francis to Jews: We're all under attack now

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Christians are suffering the same “savage attacks” once suffered by Jews, Pope Francis told a delegation ofprominent Jewish leaders, according to the head of the World Jewish Congress.

Ronald S. Lauderled a delegation of 40 Jewish leaders who met Francis at his Santa Marta residence late Wednesday to markRosh Hashanah, the upcoming Jewish New Year.

Lauder told reporters on Thursdaythat the WJC and the pope were “in absolute agreement” in condemning militant attackson Christians in the Middle East and said the pope had compared the persecution to attacks on the Jews.

“Francis told us privately that he believes we are in World War III, but unlike the first two world wars, instead of happening all at once, this war is coming in stages,” Lauder said.

“He said first it was your turn and now it is our turn. In other words, first Jews suffered savage attacks that were met with the world’s silence and now it is Christians who are being annihilated and the world is silent.”

Lauder said he was surprised atthe mutedglobal reaction to the slaughter and persecution ofChristians in countries such asIraq and Syria.

“The question is: Why doesn’t the world react? There has been a tremendous focus on Israel when it defended itself, as any country would, when thousands of rockets were fired on it by terrorists, but not a word for the thousands of Christians in Iraq, Syria and the Middle East.”

“There is one country in the Middle East where Christians are safe, and that country is Israel.There is only one country in the Middle East where the Christian population is growing, and that country is Israel. Today the world does not have the luxury of remaining silent.”

Lauder said he had first met the Argentine pope when he was still living and working in Buenos Aires and stressed he had done “a fantastic job” bringing Jews and Christians together.

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Gas chambers discovered at Sobibor: Holocaust researchers find exact location of building at Nazi death camp

Polish and Israeli archaeologists have found remains of the building An estimated 250,000 Jews from across Europe died at the death camp Thousands of personal items have also been found, including gold teeth Finding will shed light on ‘what the Jews went through until they were murdered’, said a historian

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Published: 11:39 EST, 18 September 2014 | Updated: 15:06 EST, 18 September 2014

Polish and Israeli Holocaust researchers say they have discovered the exact location of the building that housed gas chambers at Sobibor, one of the death camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.

Israel’s Yad Vashem and the Majdanek State Museum in Poland, which oversees Sobibor, announced the finding Wednesday, calling it an important discovery in the field of Holocaust research.

Historians already knew that the Germans operated the gas chambers at Sobibor from April 1942 to October 1943, killing an estimated 250,000 Jews brought from across Europe.

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Archaeologists have finally found the exact site of Sobibor death camp after eight years of searching

Thousands of personal items were also recovered, including gold teeth and jewellery

Gas chambers discovered at Nazi death camp Sobibor

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