Archive for December 2nd, 2008

Mourners Bury Israelis Tortured Before Mumbai Executions

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

New information concerning the Jews killed in Mumbai, India by Islamic terrorist, indicates they were tortured before they were killed. This is the normal behavior of the Muslim terrorist. You see, their holy book, the Koran, tells them to do this.
‘The Hour [of Resurrection] will not arrive until you fight the Jews and the rock and the tree will say: O Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!’

Thousands of Orthodox Jewish mourners prayed and wept Tuesday before the shrouded bodies of Israeli victims of the Mumbai carnage, vowing the tragedy will only strengthen their beliefs and fuel the efforts to spread their teachings around the world.

The ceremony was broadcast on TV and attended by Israeli leaders, adding to the atmosphere of national mourning as the country buried the six Jews killed in the assault on a Jewish center in the distant Indian city.

Jewish victims made up a disproportionate number of the foreigners killed after 10 Muslim fanatics stormed a series of sites in the Indian financial capital, torturing their captors before they were bound together and killed, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The six died when gunmen struck Chabad House, the Mumbai headquarters of the Jewish Chabad-Lubavitch movement, last Wednesday. After a two-day standoff and an Indian commando raid, four Israelis, an American Jew and a Mexican woman lay dead.

A crowd gathered at Kfar Chabad, the movement’s Israel headquarters, to mourn Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg, 29, and his 28-year-old wife, Rivka. The two were outreach envoys dispatched to Mumbai as part of the movement’s attempt to bring its brand of Judaism to Jews across the world, running an open house aimed mainly at Jewish travelers and merchants.

The couple left a 2-year-old son, Moshe, who was rescued by his Indian nanny. Rivka was six months pregnant when she was killed, a Chabad spokesman, Avraham Berkowitz, said Tuesday.

The condition of bodies recovered from the Nariman Building, which housed the Orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch retreat, horrified doctors, the Telegraph reported.

“I have seen so many dead bodies in my life, and was traumatized,” a mortician told the Telegraph. “It was apparent that most of the dead were tortured. What shocked me were the telltale signs showing clearly how the hostages were executed in cold blood.”

Some were found with their throats slit and others were executed in a line with a bullet to the forehead.

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“THE TENACITY OF THE JEWISH SOUL” A Book Review By Fern Sidman

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

A Holocaust survivor’s will to remain Jewish

Title: “Throw Your Feet Over Your Shoulders” – Beyond the Kindertransport
Author: Frieda Stolzberg Korobkin
Publisher: Devora Publishers
Date of Publication: November 2008
Pages: 182
ISBN: 978-1934440261

BY: FERN SIDMAN

The corpus of modern Jewish literature is replete with a veritable multitude of Holocaust memoirs; each one personally adding a unique dimension to the tragic, unspeakable horror of the event that defined the 20th century. Some are stories of hope, faith and courage against all odds while others offer graphic depictions of the depravity of modern civilization. “Throw Your Feet Over Your Shoulders – Beyond the Kindertransport” (Devora Publishers) by Frieda Korobkin is a poignant account of the Holocaust years and beyond and one that speaks to the heart and soul of a young and frightened child separated from her family.

Mrs. Korobkin presents a compelling, powerful and vividly described odyssey of her life as a six year old child who had been sent by her parents at age six, along with her siblings, from their home in Vienna, Austria to the relative safety of England. What follows will surely arouse a panoply of emotions while simultaneously serving as a true testament to the strength of the Jewish soul. It is clear that the trajectory of her life was not orchestrated by a fortuitous confluence of events, but rather by the hand of the G-d that her family so tightly embraced..

In the aftermath of the Nazi anschluss, the devoutly Orthodox Stolzberg family struggled to survive, as the grip of Nazi oppression could be felt ever more acutely with each passing day. Despite the tremendous financial hardships and the emotional strain that her family endured, Friedl (as she is called) is nurtured adoringly by her loving parents, Yocheved and Nissan and her beloved grandparents, Oma Blima and Opa Shmuel. Her father is an accomplished Torah scholar, a graduate of the Vizhnitz yeshiva and a man of true faith and trust in G-d. Of her father she says, “Papa’s favorite saying was Gott wird helfen, ‘God will help.’ When Opa Shmuel lost all his money and was no longer able to help his children, Papa said, Gott wird helfen. When Mama miscarried her first few pregnancies, he said, Gott wird helfen. When Hitler’s rumblings were heard in the early thirties and the family’s economic situation became ever more dire, Papa continued to say Gott wird helfen. And Papa was right.”

It is December of 1938, and with great anguish, Friedl’s parents make the heart wrenching decision to send her and her siblings; older sisters Mriram and Erika and brother Ephraim on a kinder transport to England organized by Rabbi Solomon Schonfeld. Her parents tell her that with G-d’s help they will all be reunited after the war. Upon her arrival in Holland, Friedl sees Rabbi Schonfeld for the first time. Frightened by her journey and intimidated by strangers, Friedl is overcome by diffidence. She would soon find out that the man with the undulating voice was indeed an innocuous soul whose gentleness, sensitivity, care and concern would sustain Friedl throughout the course of her life..When Rabbi Schonfeld queries her as to whether she speaks Yiddish, she is afraid to reply, yet suddenly blurts out “Throw your feet over your shoulders and run away!” Rabbi Schonfeld laughs heartily and draws her gently to his side. The eternal bond had been forged.

Being separated from her sister and brother, Friedl lives with a barely observant Jewish family in London. It is there that she is forced to desecrate Shabbos for the first time, while living with an adopted mother who coerces Friedl to call her “aunty” and excoriates her publicly for falling asleep during a movie. After the British government issues an edict that all children must be evacuated from London due to the impending Nazi threat to bomb the city, Friedl is then adopted by a kindly non-Jewish couple; Mrs. Whyte-Smith and her husband; a retired Colonel. She now lives in a stately home in the English country side; a village in Surrey called Thorpe.

While Mrs. Whyte-Smith and her housekeeper Annie lovingly raise Friedl, they also take her to church on a weekly basis, celebrate Christmas with her and teach her gentile prayers to recite. Despite the pervasive non-Jewish culture that is being thrust upon her, young Friedl continues to recite the bedtime Shema Yisroel prayer that her parents taught her years ago. When Annie gets called up to serve her country during war time, Friedl is told by Mrs. Whyte-Smith that she can no longer care for her without Annie’s help. Friedl is once again transferred to a new gentile home.

She resides there but a brief time before she is reunited with her sister Miriam and brother Ephraim. She now lives in the Cardiff hostel where her brother had been living with other Jewish boys. Rabbi Schonfeld is thrilled that she is here and she is once again surrounded by other Orthodox Jews and is taken under the wing of the hostel matron and her husband. She attends the Cardiff school for girls; a secular institution in which she and only two other girls are Jewish. She again experiences anti-Semitic taunts and innuendo as she had while attending school in Thorpe, but takes comfort in returning to the hostel each day to be with her siblings and to spend Shabbos with the other children. When the hostel closes in 1943, Rabbi Schonfeld sends her to the village of Shefford in Bedfordshire to attend his Jewish Secondary School. It is at JSS where Friedl extricates herself from the shell she had been trapped in and excels in both academics and sports. She flourishes in an genuinely observant Jewish environment, yet, as the war winds down she still has no clue as to whether her parents are still alive.

Mrs. Korobkin’s lively description of her formative years at JSS resonate with gladness as speaks of her teachers and fellow students with the similitude of beloved family members. Rabbi Schonfeld is a surrogate father of sorts to Friedl as he makes sure she has everything she needs and listens with deep concern when she needs to share her feelings. He is cognizant of the fact that Friedl is a child who vehemently clung to her Jewish faith in spite of the enormous non–Jewish influence in her life and without the benefit of encouragement and support from her parents. Subsequent to her graduation from JSS, Friedl decides to move to Israel and her excitement upon seeing the Holy Land remains one of her greatest moments. She eventually moves to the United States where marries and raises three children in a strictly Orthodox home.

In 1973, the author learns the fate of her beloved parents. A mass grave had been uncovered in Brko, Yugoslavia. The Nazis had kept lists of those they murdered and amongst the names of 200 Viennese Jews on this list were the names of her parents and her grandmother. The remains were transferred to the Jewish cemetery in Vienna and given a proper Jewish burial by the Vienna Chevra Kadisha (Jewish burial society).

It is abundantly clear that the author of this heartwarming book faced innumerable struggles and challenges throughout her life. Yet and still, the faith in G-d that her father had inculcated in her as a very young child served as a beacon of light and hope during the dense darkness of those nightmarish years. This book is a real page turner; a captivating true tale that will leave you inspired and moved. The resilience of the Jewish soul; the indomitable “Pintele Yid” leaps forth from these pages and in to your heart.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

Woman Sues After Being Fired for Saying ‘Gay’ Not the Same as Being Black

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

A woman is suing the university where she worked for firing her over a privately written newspaper commentary expressing her Christian views on homosexuality.

Crystal Dixon, the former associate vice president of human resources at the University of Toledo, was fired in May after she objected to an opinion article in the Toledo Free Press that compared striving for “gay rights” with the civil rights struggles of black Americans.

Dixon responded with a Free Press editorial of her own, written not in her capacity as a university employee but as a private citizen.

“As a Black woman,” Dixon wrote, “I take great I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are ‘civil rights victims.’ Here’s why. I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a black woman. I am genetically and biologically a black woman and very pleased to be so as my Creator intended.”

University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs immediately suspended Dixon and condemned her statements. Within days, Dixon was fired.

Now, with the help of the Thomas More Law Center, a not-for-profit law firm dedicated to the defense and promotion of the religious freedom of Christians, Dixon has today filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court claiming violations of her constitutional rights of free speech.

“Crystal Dixon has a constitutional right to privately express her personal opinions,” said Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Law Center, in a statement.

“This particular opinion represents the view of a majority of Christian Americans,” Thompson continued. “Essentially she was fired for being a Christian.”

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Imaging Expert: Released Obama Birth Certificate a Fake

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

A computer imaging expert, who examined the “Certification of Live Birth” Barack Obama’s campaign posted online to rebut charges he is ineligible to be president due to the Constitution’s “natural born citizen” requirement, says it’s a fake, and further, that such fraud is criminal.

The Obama campaign has told WND such allegations are “garbage,” but Dr. Ron Polarik, who holds a Ph.D. in instructional media and is a “guru” on computer technology such as printers, scanners and digital imaging, disagrees. His analyses have been posted online in a YouTube video, which also is embedded here:

He explained to WND there are several “giveaways” on the image itself. For example, the document has gray between the lettering, not green pixels as the rest of the background document, suggesting someone cut-and-pasted or typed new information that was embedded on top of the background.

Where’s the proof Barack Obama was born in the U.S. and thus a “natural born American” as required by Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution? If you still want to see it, sign WND’s petition demanding the release of his birth certificate.

Also, Polarik said although the Obama form has a border and seal from 2008, it purportedly was obtained in 2007.

In Polarik’s view, there has to be a significant reason for a political candidate and campaign to go to such lengths.

“Obviously, there’s something very critical to hide, or they wouldn’t have spent the million dollars in legal fees to prevent the release of his original birth certificate,” Polarik told WND.

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Another Medical Breakthrough with Adult Stem Cells

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Another nail in the coffin of abortion on demand…

Dr. David Stevens of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) says knee injuries have, until now, been limited to surgical treatments such as removal of torn tissue and transplantation. However, he believes this new medical success could make knee and hip replacements obsolete.

“What they’re doing with this living bandage is actually creating a collagen framework, putting adult stem cells from the bone marrow directly on that and using it as a patch in the leg, in the knee joint,” Stevens explains. “And what happens is that it grows in and heals a tear that usually is unhealable in many patients.”

He adds that researchers have made discovery after discovery for successfully treating illness through adult stem-cell therapies, even at a time when doors are getting ready to open for federal funding of research on human embryos, which are tiny human beings.

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“The Rabbi and the Terrorists” by Dennis Prager

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

It was obvious to observers around the world that one of the designated targets of the Pakistani Islamist terrorists was the Mumbai Chabad House, the one Jewish center in Mumbai. The 10 Islamic terrorists who came from Pakistan to India chose their targets with great care.

If one assumes that the terrorists primary goals were to destabilize India, weaken growing Indian-Pakistani cooperation in fighting terrorism, and greatly increase Indian-Pakistani tension, hopefully to the point of military war between the two countries, every one of the targets made strategic sense. Slaughtering as many people as possible in Indias major economic center, including as many foreign tourists as possible at Mumbais finest hotels, also made sense.

But one target seemed to make little sense. In fact, until the attack was over people were uncertain whether the terrorists attack on the Jewish center known as the Chabad House was part of the original plan or chosen spontaneously. Only when the lone terrorist who was captured told his interrogators that the Chabad House was planned a year earlier was it indisputable that killing the Rabbi, his wife, their children and any other Jews present was part of the plan.

The question is why?

Why would a terrorist group of Islamists from Pakistan whose primary goal is to have Pakistan gain control of the third of Kashmir that belongs to India and therefore aimed to destabilize Indias major city devote so much of its efforts — 20 percent of its force of 10 gunmen whose stated goal was to kill 5,000 — to killing a rabbi and any Jews with him?

The question echoes one from World War II: Why did Hitler devote so much time, money, and manpower in order to murder every Jewish man, woman, and child in every country the Nazis occupied? Why did Hitler — as documented by the late historian Lucy Dawidowicz in her aptly named book The War against the Jews — weaken the Nazi war effort by diverting money, troops, and military vehicles from fighting the Allies to rounding up Jews and shipping them to death camps?

From the perspective of political scientists, historians, and contemporary journalists, the answer to these questions is not rational. But the non-rationality of an answer is not synonymous with its non-validity.

For the Islamists, as for the Nazis, the destruction of the Jews — and since 1948, the Jewish state — is central to their worldview.

If anyone has a better explanation for why Pakistani terrorists, preoccupied with destabilizing India, would expend so much effort at finding the one Jewish center in a country that is essentially devoid of Jews, I would like to hear it.

With all the Pakistani Islamists hatred of Hindus, they did not attack one Hindu temple in Indias major city.

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Strategic Motivations for the Mumbai Attack

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

The Stratfor Geopolitical Weekly newsletter, penned this week by George Friedman, lends credence to what I thought from the beginning; an attempt Pakistan to escalate the conflict between them and India. Or stated another way, to force India’s hand.
This will further destabilize an already unstable region and possibly cause a formal war between two nuclear powers.

Last Wednesday evening, a group of Islamist operatives carried out a complex terror operation in the Indian city of Mumbai. The attack was not complex because of the weapons used or its size, but in the apparent training, multiple methods of approaching the city and excellent operational security and discipline in the final phases of the operation, when the last remaining attackers held out in the Taj Mahal hotel for several days. The operational goal of the attack clearly was to cause as many casualties as possible, particularly among Jews and well-to-do guests of five-star hotels. But attacks on various other targets, from railroad stations to hospitals, indicate that the more general purpose was to spread terror in a major Indian city.

While it is not clear precisely who carried out the Mumbai attack, two separate units apparently were involved. One group, possibly consisting of Indian Muslims, was established in Mumbai ahead of the attacks. The second group appears to have just arrived. It traveled via ship from Karachi, Pakistan, later hijacked a small Indian vessel to get past Indian coastal patrols, and ultimately landed near Mumbai.

Extensive preparations apparently had been made, including surveillance of the targets. So while the precise number of attackers remains unclear, the attack clearly was well-planned and well-executed.

Evidence and logic suggest that radical Pakistani Islamists carried out the attack. These groups have a highly complex and deliberately amorphous structure. Rather than being centrally controlled, ad hoc teams are created with links to one or more groups. Conceivably, they might have lacked links to any group, but this is hard to believe. Too much planning and training were involved in this attack for it to have been conceived by a bunch of guys in a garage. While precisely which radical Pakistani Islamist group or groups were involved is unknown, the Mumbai attack appears to have originated in Pakistan. It could have been linked to al Qaeda prime or its various franchises and/or to Kashmiri insurgents.

More important than the question of the exact group that carried out the attack, however, is the attackers’ strategic end. There is a tendency to regard terror attacks as ends in themselves, carried out simply for the sake of spreading terror. In the highly politicized atmosphere of Pakistan’s radical Islamist factions, however, terror frequently has a more sophisticated and strategic purpose. Whoever invested the time and took the risk in organizing this attack had a reason to do so. Let’s work backward to that reason by examining the logical outcomes following this attack.

An End to New Delhi’s Restraint

The most striking aspect of the Mumbai attack is the challenge it presents to the Indian government — a challenge almost impossible for New Delhi to ignore. A December 2001 Islamist attack on the Indian parliament triggered an intense confrontation between India and Pakistan. Since then, New Delhi has not responded in a dramatic fashion to numerous Islamist attacks against India that were traceable to Pakistan. The Mumbai attack, by contrast, aimed to force a response from New Delhi by being so grievous that any Indian government showing only a muted reaction to it would fall.

India’s restrained response to Islamist attacks (even those originating in Pakistan) in recent years has come about because New Delhi has understood that, for a host of reasons, Islamabad has been unable to control radical Pakistani Islamist groups. India did not want war with Pakistan; it felt it had more important issues to deal with. New Delhi therefore accepted Islamabad’s assurances that Pakistan would do its best to curb terror attacks, and after suitable posturing, allowed tensions originating from Islamist attacks to pass.

This time, however, the attackers struck in such a way that New Delhi couldn’t allow the incident to pass. As one might expect, public opinion in India is shifting from stunned to furious. India’s Congress party-led government is politically weak and nearing the end of its life span. It lacks the political power to ignore the attack, even if it were inclined to do so. If it ignored the attack, it would fall, and a more intensely nationalist government would take its place. It is therefore very difficult to imagine circumstances under which the Indians could respond to this attack in the same manner they have to recent Islamist attacks.

What the Indians actually will do is not clear. In 2001-2002, New Delhi responded to the attack on the Indian parliament by moving forces close to the Pakistani border and the Line of Control that separates Indian- and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, engaging in artillery duels along the front, and bringing its nuclear forces to a high level of alert. The Pakistanis made a similar response. Whether India ever actually intended to attack Pakistan remains unclear, but either way, New Delhi created an intense crisis in Pakistan.

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