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“They (Diaspora Jews) are Partial Jews, While I am a Complete Jew”…Award-Winning Author, A. B. Yehoshua, March, 2012Written by Marty Roberts on March 21, 2012 – 1:33 pm -
“Israel-ism” vs. “Juda-ism”…Are they really one and the same thing?
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Israeli author A. B. Yehoshua made some interesting and controversial statements in a speech delivered last week in the U.S. He seriously questions the ability for some one to be a “complete” Jew while still living in the diaspora…A secular, but very Jewish point of view.
On today’s show…
An exploration of A. B. Yehoshua’s speech…What was he saying?…What did he mean?…Why?
Why should Jews live in Israel? (other than the fact that it’s a pretty good place to live, these days)…The Torah-Commandment, religiously observant point of view vs. the purely secular, zionist argument…And what did Ramban (Nachmanides) and other talmudic sages have to say about this issue?
Plus…A. B. Yehoshua and the Holocaust…Was it an unavoidable, tragic event in history, or was the Holocaust a “Jewish failure”?
Also…some comments about the murders of innocent Israeli children and their father in France, an ongoing story…
All this and more on The Marty Roberts Show
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Criminalizing Jewish ritual circumcision (Brit Milah)…
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The newest, yet oldest form of institutionalized anti-semitism gains momentum in the United States…
Next on the list of targets will most likely be kosher meat…These people value the lives of animals more than they do those of humans…
It’s okay with them to kill unborn male children (freedom of choice), but don’t you dare mess with their penises (if they happen to make it to birth), no matter WHAT your Creator says…
The author of the San Francisco bill created these hate-filled anti-semitic comic books to further the cause of stripping Jews of their right to practice their faith in America…
The Greek-Assyrians first banned Jewish circumcision in 170 B.C.E., and it led to the story of Channukah…
Then came the Romans, the Nazis…now the liberal-progressive atheist Americans…
And…Why do states like Texas, Illinois and Florida need NEW laws to allow a Jew to hang a 2-inch long tube with a scroll inside (mezuzah) on their doorpost?…What happened to freedom of religion in America?…
Plus…Bob Simon and 60 Minutes spend a month in Tel Aviv, more Israeli technological and medical breakthroughs…
All this and more on “The Marty Roberts Show”…
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If the Jews REALLY DO Control Hollywood, the Media and the Fashion Industry…Why So Much Anti-Semitism?Written by Marty Roberts on March 4, 2011 – 12:35 pm -
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More accusations…more denials…more nonsense…as The Pope decides to let the Jews off the hook for the “Killing Jesus” thing once again…
Charlie Sheen in lets it out against his hit TV show co-creator, Chuck Lorre in a fuzzy-brained anti-Semitic tirade in Hollywood…
House of Dior’s chief designer John Galliano goes on a drunken rampage in Paris, spewing love for Hitler and leaving a trail of slurs against Jews and Asians in his wake…
As for Tommy Hilfinger…Fact or internet legend…Should the Jews destroy their Hilfinger jockey shorts?
Also…A new, censored version of the Holy Bible for Catholics, and Pope Benedict re-affirms that “all” the Jews did not Kill Jesus in HIS new book…
Plus…The Reform Jewish Movement in America gets on the forgiveness bandwagon, exonerating Glenn Beck, while Reform Jews from the former Soviet Union rebuild the Jewish community in Germany…
And…Newly Jewish-by-choice Ivanka Trump’s clothes come on aliyah to Israel…The palestinians say they will unilaterally declare a new state on Israeli soil by September of this year…with full international support…
All this and more on “The Marty Roberts Show”…
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Tags: bible, catholics, charlie sheen, fashion indusry, hollywood, jews, john galliano, marty roberts, podcast, pope benedict, thomas hilfinger
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Special Double Feature: “A Bad Week for Two Baraks” and “Wake Up, Christians, Jews and Historians…Time to Re-Claim Your History and Your Bible”Written by Marty Roberts on November 8, 2010 – 11:16 am -
Further proof of the uselessness of the United Nations…
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The US President Barak receives a strong message from American voters, while Israeli Labor Party Leader Barak receives a similar message from the leader of the Histadrut Labor Union…
Also…The United States subjects itself to a severe dressing down by that champion of Human rights, the United Nations, with Cuba, Iran and Libya leading the charge…
And…The United Nations’ UNESCO decides to accept the palestinian version of history and the Bible…They declare Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs officially as mosques…Where is the Christian outrage?…How about some historians speaking up?…
Plus…Pamela Anderson participates in the Israeli parliament, James Bond may be filming next in Israel…Life is good in the Holyland…
All this and more on “The Marty Roberts Show”…
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And, as usual, religious debate is in the air
Is there an “Anti-Christian-Anti-Religion Movement” in the U.S and the World?
Are the Evangelicals succeeding in their efforts to “Christianize” the free Western World?
Marty shares his views, as well as those of some listeners…
Also…Anti-Judaism in Israel?..Amongst JEWS no less!
Can this really be?…
Plus…Christmas hits Israel, and the status quo…
Tags: anti-religion, christmas, evangelicals, hannukah, holiday season, israel, jews, marty roberts, podcast, radio
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This is How Palestinian TV Indoctrinates Children to Hate Jews…Peace Partners, Indeed (click headline to view video)Written by Marty Roberts on June 27, 2010 – 3:16 pm -
How can there be ANY hope of peace whatsoever with the palestinians if they continue to indoctrinate their people…including children…to mindlessly hate Jews?
…And I challenge you to show me anything comparable being done by Israelis to breed hatred for palestinians…
Tags: hate, jews, Palestinians, tv, video
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Especially with some serious clouds of war hanging over the Middle East…
Massive efforts to bring Barbara Streisand to Israel, but Elton John delivers the goods…BIG time…
Then there’s Jon Voight…supporter of Israel extraordinaire…
Plus…The Prophet Ezekiel foretells massive oil spills in the oceans preceding the Messiah…First, America’s East Coast…Now, Egypt is being “slimed out” by oil spills”…
And…The threat of war looms over Israel from all sides…North, South, East and West…Reports of Israeli military in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan ..American, Israeli and German warships move through the Suez Canal on their way to the Persian Gulf, as Iran declares “state of war” on its northwestern border…
All this and more on “The Marty Roberts Show”…
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Tags: barbara streisand, control, hollywood, Iran, israel, jews, jon voight, marty roberts, Middle East, oil spill, podcast, war
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The Marty Roberts Perspective…
The Jerusalem Post has published their list of most influential Jews just in time for the Shavuot Holiday. The list IS a bit thin in places, but quite interesting, nevertheless.
Leaders of nations, international economic leaders, philanthropists, artists, jurists, you name it, the Jews are leading the world at it.
International conspiracy? I don’t think so. Really smart Jewish People? You betcha…
You’ve come a long way, Jew-Boy (and -Girl) Marty Roberts dissects the list…
(We apologize for the technical problems with audio quality in today’s podcast)
The 50 most influential Jews in the world
The Jerusalem Post’s first annual list of those who are shaping the future
Reprinted from Jpost.com Steve Linde…Click to read article
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Palestinian Authority Cleric Warns Parents “Don’t Threaten Kids With Jews…It Might Make Them Cowardly”Written by Marty Roberts on May 2, 2010 – 9:19 am -
In this video, a palestinian cleric warns parents that it’s not good to threaten your children with Jews or demons or other scary things…it will cause their child to grow up as a coward…
Good child-rearing advice from the “religion of peace”…
Palestinian cleric on PA TV:
Threatening kids with monsters,
demons and Jews creates cowards
Reprinted from Palestinian Media Watch Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
A Palestinian Authority cleric has warned Palestinian parents that they shouldn’t instill fear in their children by threatening them with such evils as monsters, thieves, demons and Jews.
In a sermon broadcast on official PA television, the cleric lists a number of threats that parents use to stop their children from crying, including threatening them with “a Jew.”
He warns them that deliberately panicking their children with frightening images is not a good parenting strategy, because “Then the child grows up as a coward.”
Following is the transcript of the sermon excerpt:
“Bringing up children with fear, anxiety and panic, scaring them when they cry -once by mentioning a monster, another time a scarecrow or a thief, and some other time a Jew, a demon, or the sound of the wind and other things, in order to silence them. Then the child grows up as a coward.”
[PA TV (Fatah), April 23, 2010]
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Another warning about the growing influence of Islam in the United States…this time Jewish students face the threat of violence on American University campuses.
As militant, anti-semitic, anti-Israel Moslem organizations gain strength on U.S. campuses, their ongoing incitement to violence against Jewish students becomes more and more dangerous for the Jews studying there.
What will it take for a wake-up call?
When will common-sense prevail over the need for “PC-political correctness” and so-called “religious tolerance” towards the “religion of peace”, which has, time after time, proven to be NOT!
If I were a Jew in America, I might read the handwriting on the wall…By the way, it’s really nice for Jews in Israel these days…
Two University of California professors warn that Jewish students face greater dangers as Muslim extremist organizations grow in campus influence.
Reprinted from Israelnationalnews.com Hillel Fendel
In an article on AmericanThinker.com, Leila Beckwith and Tammi Rossman-Benjamin – Professor Emeritus at the UCLA and Lecturer at the University of California Santa Cruz, respectively – write of the growth of Al-Awda, the presence of the Muslim Students Association or Muslim Student Union in nearly 600 North American colleges and universities, the activities of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and more.
“Many of the activities of these groups specifically harass and intimidate Jewish students,” they write, and “it is not inconceivable that these groups’ anti-Semitic discourse and hostility could escalate into incidents of physical violence. Nevertheless, California administrators have been unwilling to respond to, or even acknowledge, the threats that Jewish students face on their campuses.”
Al-Awda, for instance, is an organization that opposes Israel’s right to exist, supports foreign terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hizbullah, organizes strongly anti-Israel rallies and events, and often features virulently anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic speakers and films at its events.
“Al-Awda has also made significant inroads on college and university campuses in North America,” the professors write, “by partnering with dozens of Muslim and pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel student groups. The first four of Al-Awda’s seven annual international conventions were held on university campuses (University of Toronto, Hunter College, UCLA, and San Francisco State University),” and its conventions and regional conferences are invariably sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the Muslim Student Association (MSA).
In California alone, SJP and MSA groups from more than ten California public colleges and universities have collaborated with Al Awda in hosting events.
Speaker Boasts at Success in Silencing Israeli
A sample Al-Awda event was reported on by undercover reporter Lee Kaplan this past February. One speaker, Dr. Jess Ghannam, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences at UC San Francisco and Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies at SFSU, gloated at the successful disruption of Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s speech at UC Irvine MSU. “Now, every single Israeli military official and politician will be afraid to speak publicly,” Ghannam said. “It’s huge!”
The MSA, founded by the extremist Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, has had speakers on college campuses who justify suicide bombers and jihad and/or have acted in support of Hamas. Both the MSA and the SJP have repeatedly promoted anti-Israel events that at times become openly anti-Semitic and voice support for suicide bombers. At UC Irvine, for example, the professors write, “the MSA has been involved in acts of physical aggression, harassment, and intimidation of Jewish students; has produced posters equating the Star of David with the swastika; and hosts speakers who compare Jews to Nazis and praise terrorism.”
Chancellors Condemn – But Only in Principle
The response of university officials has been weak, to say the least. For example, Beckwith and Rossman-Benjamin write that “all ten University of California Chancellors recently signed a statement condemning ‘all acts of racism, intolerance and incivility’ … Nevertheless, not one UC Chancellor has condemned the MSA/MSU or SJP groups on his or her campus for the hateful, anti-Semitic programs they mount, or the hostile and intimidating environment they create for Jewish students.”
At a special three-hour UC Regents meeting last month devoted to addressing recent acts of intolerance and bigotry on UC campuses, the discussion focused almost entirely on African-American students and other under-represented minorities. The “longstanding and intolerable harassment and intimidation of Jewish students by members of the Muslim and pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel student groups were not mentioned even once,” the professors write.
In addition, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education has refused to afford Jewish students the same protections against harassment and intimidation as it grants to every African-American, Latino, and Arab student. This policy is an above-board feature of Obama administration policy, said Kenneth Marcus, former director of the OCR, who quoted Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali as indicating that the Obama administration would not pursue cases of harassment against Jewish students.
Raising the Alarm
“The MSA/MSU and SJP chapters on many California campuses are unlike other official student groups,” the two professors conclude. “Their affiliations with organizations that support terror and seek to wage Islamic jihad make them a threat to every member of the campus community, but especially to Jewish students. The refusal of university and government officials to afford protections to Jewish students on California campuses is absolutely unconscionable and should be protested loudly and clearly by parents, donors, and taxpayers across the state and across the nation.”
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Is the Next Step a Commercial Sponsor for the Nazi Death Camp Memorial?
Who paid how much to whom to have an individual memorialized at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp Memorial?
Also…Tel-Aviv…Now one of the world’s top ten party destinations
And…The Russians are replacing Americans as top tourists to Israel
Plus…Monkeys playing Jews in the Russian circus…and the local Jews don’t seem to care……All this and more on “The Marty Roberts Show”…Listen to the show below…
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Palestinians Let Their Humanitarian-Aid-Provided Meat Go Rotten..Then They Try and Sell It to the JewsWritten by Marty Roberts on April 9, 2010 – 10:26 am -
First, taxpayers’ money is used to supply “aid” to the supposedly hungry palestinians. Next, those in charge of seeing to it that the “aid” gets to those that need it botch the job…the meat designated for the hungry palestinians goes rotten. Not wanting to miss an opportunity to put their foreign aid to good use, not to mention an opportunity for corrupt palestinian officials to pocket a few bucks, the palestinians brilliantly decide to try and sell the rotten meat to the Jews. If we can’t eat it, at least it might make some Jews REALLY sick!! What more could you ask for?
A palestinian dream come true…
Unfortunately for said palestinian creeps…BUSTED!!! (by the Jews)
Poultry Council inspectors seize van carrying 1.5 tons of rotten beef from Palestinian Authority on eve of Passover. Meat originally transferred to Palestinians as humanitarian gesture from Brazil
Reprinted from Ynetnews.com Sharon Roffe-Ofir
The Poultry Council’s enforcement unit this week thwarted the smuggling of 1.5 tons of rotten meat from the Palestinian Authority into Israel. The beef was transferred to the Palestinians as a humanitarian gesture from Brazil, but after it went bad, they decided to try to market it in Israel.
The stale meat was seized Saturday night, after Poultry Council inspectors spotted a Toyota van making its way from Umm Reihan to Barta’a in the Wadi Ara region.
The inspectors, who were waiting to catch egg smugglers, realized that the vehicle was making its way to northern Israel with goods from the territories. “The vehicle appeared to be sinking as the merchandise was so heavy,” said Tomer Rahamim of the enforcement unit.
‘Gastric trouble avoided’
The inspectors ordered the driver to stop near a Border Guard base in Harish, and found 70 boxes inside the vehicle, carrying 24 kilograms of meat each.
The van’s driver said he was asked to transfer the goods from a truck which came from the territories to a truck on Highway 65 in Wadi Ara. According to Rahamim, “The driver said the truck waiting for him on the road was to market the meat in the northern region.”
The driver, a resident of the Arab town of Tayibe, was detained for questioning and will be indicted in the coming days. The rotten meat was handed over to the Agriculture Ministry and was destroyed. An examination revealed that it was transferred to the PA from Brazil.
“They took the good meat, and tried to market the meat that went bad. They replaced the old stickers with a new expiry date,” said Rahamim. “This meat is kept and transported without any veterinary conditions, and when it reaches restaurants and stores the buyer has no idea where it came from. I assume that had the meat reached its destination, many people would have suffered from gastric trouble during Passover.”
Members of the Poultry Council’s enforcement unit are working day and night to prevent the smuggling of eggs from the PA into Israel. Some 6,000 eggs caught on three different occasions this week have been destroyed.
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It is SUCH a pain in the tush (butt) for a Jew to keep kosher…the Jewish dietary laws mandated by the Torah. So many yummy foods that a Jew may not eat…seafood, bacon, not to mention cheeseburgers and meat with a creamy French sauce.
Then there’s all the trouble you have to go through to make sure that your meat is slaughtered properly, even if it IS of a kosher species, and that, of course, makes it much more expensive. Now, once you have your properly slaughtered kosher meat, you’ve got to go through the long process of ridding it of blood…salting and on and on. And do NOT get me started on liver…hardly worth the trouble required by the Torah to prepare just to enjoy a little chopped liver.
Oh, yeah, and then, since Jewish dietary law forbids mixing milk and meat, you have to have two sets of everything…dishes, utensils, pots, pans, dishwashers, sinks…talk about burdensome! Not to mention that you have to wait six hours after eating meat before you can eat a dairy product. What, am I expected to go around with a stopwatch? What did they do before every watch had a digital timer on board? And it sure would be nice if I could eat in any old restaurant that my non-Jewish or non-religiously observant friends choose for our night out, or that required attendance business lunch.
So, why bother? Why do I, just because I was born Jewish, have to jump through all these hoops just to have a little nosh? And don’t give me that “health” answer…no pork because of trichinosis centuries ago, it’s more healthy, yadda yadda yadda…none of which is true OR the reason we Jews have to keep kosher.
Bottom line is…Jews have to observe the dietary laws of kashrut (kosher) because G-d said to…period…
But if maybe this is not enough for you, my thinking friends, there is a whole world of spiritual reasons, none of which make any rational sense, as to why a Jew may not eat certain foods or certain mixtures of foods, and on and on with the minutiae of kashrut…their is something special about the Jewish “Soul”, or Spirit, that which turns our body from a lifeless blob of flesh into a living, talking, thinking human being…This special Soul is damaged by taking in non-kosher food. Non-kosher food is spiritually unhealthy for a Jewish Soul…but there is absolutely NO way that you can understand this on a rational level.
I did, however, run into something interesting as I was studying the Torah reading for this Sabbath, the portion of Shemini, where, among other topics, the basis for the Jewish dietary laws is laid out.
On the verse that tells us, “these are the living things that you may eat”, the medieval Torah commentator, Rashi explains the following…To what can this idea be compared? (the idea of dietary laws that limit and proscribe what a Jew may or may not eat and how)
Rashi says, it is like a doctor who tells a sick person to go ahead and eat whatever he wants…it doesn’t matter anyway…your case is hopeless…nothing can save you anyway, so you might as well enjoy it while you can…as opposed to the OTHER sick person, who DOES have hope of being saved…cured of his illness…HE is ordered by the same doctor to partake of a strictly controlled diet, only eating certain foods and mixtures of foods, consuming certain special medicines and avoiding at all cost other, harmful foods…all in the interest of restoring and preserving good health…
Jewish dietary laws…kosher…Mandatory universal Jewish health insurance…THAT is how G-d is insuring the spiritual health of his Chosen People, the Jews…
Food for thought…
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Anti-semitism is on the rise around the world. Why are the Jews in Berlin, Germany surprised that there is increasing Jew-hatred in Germany? Especially given the rising number of Muslims everywhere in Europe and their increasing muscle-flexing in whatever country they are found.
Then again,why any Jew would want to live in Germany, of all places, is beyond me…
“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”…Santana
Berlin Jews alarmed by spate of anti-Semitic attacks
Jewish Community in Berlin warns of ‘alarming’ rise in anti-Semitic violence by Arab, Turkish immigrants following reports of two attacks against Jews over the weekend
Reprinted from Ynetnews.com
Germany’s Jewish community on Monday warned of an “alarming” rise in anti-Semitic violence by Arab and Turkish immigrants after Berlin police reported two unrelated attacks against Jews at the weekend.
“There’s an urgent need to fight the roots of anti-Semitism, especially coming from young Turks and Arabs, and to effectively counter it,” the Jewish Community in Berlin said in a statement.
“That the violence from the immigrant community is being increasingly aimed at Jews or people they assume are Jews is alarming,” it added. A sensitive issue in Germany because of its Nazi past, even relatively minor reports of anti-Semitic violence make the news.
Police reported at the weekend that two women and a man were beaten, struck on the head with beer bottles and insulted by a gang of immigrants in an underground station.
Local media reports said the three were first asked if they were Jewish. The attack started after they said yes. Police said they were searching for the assailants.
In a separate incident, a 61-year-old German was detained after shouting anti-Semitic slogans at two 10-year-old girls at a train station. He threatened to beat a 28-year-old man who tried to protect them with a beer bottle.
He was detained and faces charges of inciting racial hatred and attempted bodily harm.
Tags: Anti-Semitism, attacks, germany, jews, muslims
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More anti-semitism in Europe…So what else is new?
It would seem to me that it is obvious that the time has come for the Jews still in exile to come home. The Creator cannot make it TOO much clearer without it getting REALLY painful, and He would prefer NOT to do that to his Chosen People.
But, if there is no other way for the Jews to get the message (we Jews can be a bit on the stubborn side…you know, stiff-necked and all…), our Father in Heaven has been known to turn up the heat on His children.
You can choose the easy way, or do it the hard way…
Budapest: Stones thrown at rabbi’s house during seder
Rabbi Shmuel Raskin’s home in Hungarian capital pelted with stones three times during holiday meal. ‘The rabbi was saved by a double window. Police came, but were indifferent,’ says one of guests present. Jewish Agency representative expresses concerns over rise of extreme Right in Hungary
Reprinted from Ynetnews.com Anat Shalev
Sitting around Rabbi Shmuel Raskin’s table for the second seder in Budapest and singing Passover songs, holiday celebrators were shocked when stones suddenly crashed against the windows. Ynet learned of the threatening incident, which members of the local Jewish community are attributing to the rise of the radical Right in Hungary.
Sitting next to Rabbi Raskin was Eran Elbar, a Jewish Agency representative in eastern Europe. “At around 11 pm, stones were thrown at the window behind the rabbi and myself. We didn’t make a big deal about it. We closed the shutters a bit and continued. A half hour later, we opened the shutters again, and another stone was thrown,” said Elbar.
The second incident prompted the seder guests to call the police. Police officers stationed themselves along the street, but that apparently did not deter the stone-throwers.
The rabbi himself could not be reached for comment because the holiday is not yet over in Hungary.
“Afterwards, at midnight, what seemed to be a rubber bullet from a slingshot or some primitive weapon was fired at the window. The police are still looking into the weapon. The hole made looks like a gunshot,” Elbar explained.
Another guest, a photographer working in Hungary who has attended the Raskin seder for the past few years, said that the double window installed for extra insulation against the cold apparently protected the participants from harm.
“The interior window in essence stopped the bullet from hurting the rabbi, and this is how he was miraculously saved,” explained the photographer. According to him, the improvised rubber bullet fired after midnight passed “right over the rabbi’s head.”
‘The Right growing stronger’
The photographer claimed that the police addressed the incident poorly: “They didn’t see that there was a rubber bullet and insisted that only stones were thrown. They told us, ‘We’re not going to go knocking on all the doors now to find who threw a stone at you.’ I understood they were going to do anything, so I ordered the security from the embassy to the site, and they arrived quickly.”
The photographer was deeply shaken by the evening’s events. “I couldn’t fall asleep all night. The rabbi is like my father and the Chabad House is like my second home even though I’m not religious. The Right is growing stronger here, and now there are concerns that there will be legitimacy granted to hurting foreigners. I am worried by the situation we have reached. I have lived and worked here for a few years and collaborate with Hungarians. What is going to happen now?”
Jewish Agency representative Elbar also said the incident affected the seder guests. “Even though no one was hurt, we all felt like this was a significant event. There is a sense that Jews need to lower their heads in light of strengthening of the extreme Right that could make headway in the upcoming elections. There are pamphlets everywhere for the party against the Jews,” said Elbar.
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