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Netanyahu: Israel 'Will Do Everything' to Prevent Iran Deal
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the issue of Iran's nuclear program on
Sunday, at the start of his weekly Cabinet meeting. "The major powers and Iran are
galloping toward an agreement that will enable Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons,
which will endanger the existence of the State of Israel," Netanyahu stated.
"The American Secretary of State and the Iranian Foreign Minister held talks over the
weekend," he added, referring to John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
"They announced that they intend to complete a framework agreement by the end of
"From this stems the urgency of our efforts to try and block this bad and dangerous
agreement," he continued. "We will continue to take action and to lead the international
effort against Iran's arming itself with nuclear weapons. We will do everything and will
take any action to foil this bad and dangerous agreement that will place a heavy cloud
over the future of the State of Israel and its security."
PA Cleric on TV Calls Jews 'Apes and Pigs, Slaves of Deities'
While the Palestinian Authority is commonly touted in international circles as a
"moderate" alternative to its unity partner Hamas, a PA cleric's sermon broadcast on
official PA TV last Friday put any doubts about the organization's virulent Islamic
anti-Semitism to rest.
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) exposed and translated the sermon made on the Muslim day of rest, in which the cleric demonized Jews as "apes and pigs" in classic Muslim anti-Semitic trope, and likewise called them the "slaves of deities." See http://youtu.be/fqUgw-B5ZWo
"Many Muslims are being harmed these days by a group whose hearts were sealed by Allah.
'He made of them (Jews) apes and pigs and slaves of deities,'" the cleric can be seen
saying, quoting the Koran (5:60). He added "they are harming the livelihood of the
believers (Muslims)...they withhold their (Palestinian Arabs') money and collect interest
PMW points out that in no less than three places (Suras 2:65, 5:60 and 7:166) the Koran
says Allah turned Jews into apes and/or pigs. In the first instance, the text reads "and
you had already known about those who transgressed among you concerning the Sabbath, and
We said to them, 'be apes, despised.'"
The cleric also claimed that Jews' "hearts were sealed by Allah," an anti-Semitic slur
likewise taken from the Koran (Surah 2:7). That verse does not specifically refer to Jews
but rather to non-believers, notes PMW, and says they cannot improve because their "evil
nature" has been "sealed."
"Indeed, those who disbelieve - it is all the same for them whether you warn them or do
not warn them - they will not believe. Allah has set a seal upon their hearts and upon
their hearing, and over their vision is a veil. And for them is a great punishment," reads
the verse (2:6- 2:7). In short, by applying the verse to Jews the PA cleric said Jews have
a "sealed evil nature" and cannot improve, and are destined for "great punishment" as
explained in the Koran.
It may come as no surprise that the PA has frequently employed similar Muslim
anti-Semitic invective, with a poem read on PA TV last September calling Jews the "most
evil among creations," "barbaric monkeys" and "wretched pigs." Likewise the PA Mufti
Sheikh Muhammad Hussein has said Muslims are in a religious war against the Jews - calling
them the "descendants of apes and pigs."
Muslim Radicalization from 'Crazy Stuff' Alarms Prince Charles
Britain's Prince Charles said the numbers of vulnerable young Muslims being radicalized
by "crazy stuff" on the Internet was "frightening", in an interview broadcast Sunday. The
heir to the throne also voiced concern about Christians fleeing the Middle East in droves,
saying the situation might end with very few left in the cradle of the religion.
In the BBC radio interview, excerpts of which were quoted by AFP, Prince Charles said
radicalization was "one of the greatest worries" and the issue could not be simply "swept
under the carpet. "It's the extent which this is happening is the alarming part," the
Speaking of "the values we hold dear", Charles added, "You'd think that the people who
have come here, born here, go to school here would abide by those values and outlooks.
"But, the frightening part is that people can be so radicalized either through contact
with somebody else or through the Internet and the extraordinary amount of crazy stuff
which is on the Internet," he added."Some aspect of this radicalization is a search for
adventure and excitement at a particular age," he said.
The Prince of Wales said much of his own work with young people in deprived areas had
been aimed at finding "constructive paths" for people to channel their energies. "There
are some really interesting examples of how people can be de-radicalized once they become
radicalized because I think sometimes they find they are horrified by what it leads to,"
he told BBC radio. He said more people now realized they had to address prevention,
adding, "You can't just sweep it under the carpet."
Charles said the numbers of Christians in the Middle East was going "dramatically
down", with people "intimidated to a degree you can't believe" where the Islamic State
jihadist group has taken control in northern Iraq.
"There is a danger that there is going to be very, very few left," he warned.
"Christians have been in the Middle East for 2,000 years. Before Islam came in the 8th
century. And have contributed an enormous amount, as many Muslims and others would agree.
"So that makes it an even greater tragedy," said Prince Charles, who is visiting Jordan,
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates from Saturday to Thursday.
Holocaust Survivor Adopts Grandson of Auschwitz Commander
At the age of 80, Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes agreed to adopt Rainer Höss, the
grandson of the SS commander of Auschwitz during the time Mozes was imprisoned there. The
call is part of Mozes' mission to forgive those who wronged her during the dark days when
she was a victim of cruel experiments by Nazi doctors, including the infamous Dr. Joseph
Mozes' difficult story and ultimate path to forgiveness was featured in a report on
VICE news in which Mozes described the unimaginable experimentation she endured and how,
to this day, she does not know where she found the will to survive.
Eva Mozes and her sister Miriam were part of a group of more than 1,000 twins used for
experiments in Auschwitz at the hands of Mengele widely known as the SS "Angel of
Eva received an email from Höss last year which stated that he sought to meet her
in person and give her a hug, according to VICE. Eva first thought that the man must be an
imposter. She could not apprehend that a Nazi's grandson would be capable of speaking out
against his own grandfather. However, Höss sent a second email requesting Eva to
become his adoptive grandmother.
They met last July at Auschwitz and, according to VICE, Eva was immediately fascinated
by the man's intelligence and bravery. She was impressed that despite Höss growing up
surrounded by evil, he'd managed to turn out a decent human being, Eva told VICE. Eva
decided to accept Höss' offer, and adopted him as her own grandson. "I admire and
love him. He had the need of love from a family he never had."
Höss severed relations with his family in 1985 and is especially angry with his
grandfather for the crimes he committed during the Holocaust. Yet, just as Eva forgave
those who acted cruelly against her, she urged Höss to forgive his father and
"I do argue with him, as I don't always agree with everything he does. But I definitely
love him," she said. "There is a real camaraderie and emotional understanding. People from
different places who call each other grandma and grandson can give a sign of hope," Eva
said to VICE.
Born in Romania in 1934 to a family of Jewish farmers, Mozes came to know the pain of
discrimination at a very early age. When she was just six-years-old her village was
occupied by Hungarian Nazis. According to the VICE report, young kids in the village were
encouraged to call Mozes and her sister "dirty Jews."
In 1944, the Mozes family was taken to a Jewish ghetto and in May of that year they
were taken to Auschwitz in a cattle car, stuffed like sardines and malnourished during the
long journey. Mozes described to VICE the first moments when she arrived at the notorious
Nazi concentration camp.
"When we arrived at Auschwitz we asked for water, but instead we got Germans yelling
orders. I looked around and, just like that, my father and two older sisters (Edit and
Aliz) disappeared in the crowd. I held onto my mother for dear life. I thought she could
protect us," said Mozes to VICE.
A German officer then approached Mozes' mother Jaffa and asked if her daughters were
twins. When she confirmed that they were, the two young girls were taken away by the
officer. This was the last time Eva saw her mother. "We were both crying, and mother's
hands were spread in despair," said Eva to VICE. "We never got to say goodbye. I had the
best mother on the face of this Earth."
This was just beginning of a series of traumatic experience Eva endured. After being
separated from her mother, Eva and her sister Miriam were taken to a room where they were
stripped, had their heads shaved, and tattooed. Eva fought the guards so passionately that
it took four of them to hold her down while her flesh was permanently inscribed with the
Eva and her sister were experimented on six days a week, according to the VICE report.
The twins were placed in an observation lab every Monday, Wednesday and Friday they
were undressed and had their body parts examined for up to eight hours. "They would spend
three hours on my ear lobe it was unbelievably demeaning. They treated me like I
was nothing, like I was a piece of meat," Eva told VICE.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays Eva and the other twins were further tortured
during "blood labs" where, according to VICE, doctors injected her with five large needles
in her right arm while simultaneously taking blood from the other arm.
Eva did not know what she was being injected with. The tests eventually landed Eva in
the hospital for a couple of weeks. Eva told VICE that it was during her time in the
hospital, where she suffered a dangerously high fever that she decided she would overcome
the illness no matter what and reunite with her sister.
Eva's will to live also saved her sister Miriam's life. The Nazi doctors had planned
to kill Miriam after Eva died so that Mengele would be able to cross examine their
Eva and Miriam escaped that dreadful fate and managed to pull through until January
18th, 1945 when the Nazis ordered all the prisoners to march away from the camps with
those who were unable to shot and killed.
After the Holocaust, Eva and Miriam returned to Romania to live with their aunt. The
girls eventually moved to Israel in 1950 where Eva said she "slept for the first time
without the fear of persecution because I was Jewish," she told VICE.
After studying at an agricultural school and joining the IDF's engineering corps, she
married fellow Holocaust survivor Michael Kor in 1960 and they moved to the United States
where they had two children, Alex and Rina. After settling into their new country of
residence, Eva began a long process of forgiveness 1978 so that she could be set free from
her feeling of victimization.
Eva and her sister found 80 other pairs of twins within a week and later on they found
42 others, according to VICE. In 1984, the Mozes sister founded the CANDLES (Children of
Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors) foundation to spread the message that
there is always hope after despair.
After meeting Dr. Hans Munch, a former Nazi doctor, and reading his witness statement
over 50 years after the liberation from Auschwitz, Eva decided to write a later in which
she personally forgave all the Nazis for their crimes.
It took Eva four months to work through the pain, according to VICE, but she said:
"When I finished, I realized that the guinea pig had the power to forgive the God of
Auschwitz." "I had the power to forgive. No one could give me the power, or take it away
from me. I refused to be a victim, and now I am free," Eva said to VICE.
Tel Aviv Thieves' Big 'Take': Outdated 40-Year-Old 'Liras'
Two Tel Aviv thieves thought they hit the jackpot when they broke into an apartment and
absconded with wads of cash and they would have hit the jackpot, if this was still
Unfortunately for them, the wad of cash they stole had no shekels but consisted
of liras, the Israeli pound currency that was retired and replaced in 1980. Even though
the "cash" they stole was worthless, the two thieves, ages 23 and 61, were arrested by
police for breaking and entering.
The incident occurred Saturday afternoon, as the thieves combed through a Tel Aviv
apartment building looking for empty apartments. Finding one, they managed to get its door
open, and rifled through closets, drawers, and other typical hiding places. They didn't
find gold or jewels as they had hoped, but a moment before leaving the apartment they
noticed a bag of what looked like money.
Grabbing it, they ran out and ran into the apartment's owner, who immediately
called police. Fortunately for him, two cops were just a block away, and they rushed over
after getting the call just in time to catch the thieves red-handed, as they tried
to hide their booty in a garbage can next to the building.
Police arrested them and dug out the wad of bills from its hiding place with the
two showing considerable embarrassment that all they could show for their efforts was a
stash of currency that has not been in use for more than 40 years. The pair claimed that
they had nothing to do with the theft, and that even if they had, what they stole had zero
value but police arrested them anyway.
The lira, Israel's official currency in since the establishment of the state in 1948,
was replaced by the shekel in 1980 by then Prime Minister Menachem Begin as part of the
country's economic reforms, at a rate of 10 lira: one shekel. The shekel did not do well,
falling victim to hyper-inflation in Israel in the early 1980s, and was replaced by the
New Israeli Shekel (NIS) on January 1, 1986, at a rate of 1000 shekels: 1 NIS.
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