Ignored by the international media: Alexander Levlovitz, 64, from Mevesseret, a town west of Jerusalem, died after his car was pelted with rocks by Palestinians as he drove home from a Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) celebration dinner on Sunday night. There are many similar stoning incidents, dismissed by some “human rights” groups as “not amounting to terrorism”. “My dad was murdered,” Levlovitz’s son Nir said, before departing from New York yesterday to return to Israel for his father’s funeral.
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1. Israeli aid workers rescue Syrian refugees off Greek coast
2. UK Muslim leader: Grand Mosque collapse “a blessing in disguise for those killed”
3. Saudis ban National Geographic for running a photo of the Pope
4. Hungarian Muslim leader’s Friday sermon: “Homosexuals are the filthiest creatures”
5. Iranian female soccer captain prevented by husband from traveling to matches
6. Anti-Semitic UNRWA is one of the “best bits of the UN,” says The Guardian
7. Anti-Semitic tweets follow Corbyn victory
[Notes below by Tom Gross]
ISRAELI AID WORKERS RESCUE SYRIAN REFUGEES OFF GREEK COAST
This is the kind of story that most anti-Israel Western media would never report.
On Sunday, Israeli aid workers in Greece were hailed as heroes both by Syrian refugees and local Greeks as they bravely plunged into the stormy waters to rescue drowning refugees.
Aid workers from the Israeli charity IsraAid were the first to react while others reportedly hesitated to risk their lives, when a boat full of refugees overturned after its engine exploded off the Greek coast, leaving many refugees, including young children and babies, stranded in the water and unable to swim.
IsraAid is funded both by the Israeli government and by Diaspora Jewish communities.
As I have reported previously on this list, IsraAid is among one of the Israeli charities that also provided substantial help after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka and the huge 2007 earthquake in Peru – as well as this year’s earthquake in Nepal.
In a separate incident on Sunday, the Athens News Agency (ANA) reported that 34 refugees, including four babies and 11 young children, died when their overcrowded boat capsized in high winds off the Greek coast.
Israel is one of the only countries to have consistently helped those worst off victims of the Syrian civil war. Israeli doctors have saved the lives of over a thousand injured Syrians including dozens of children, since the start of the war.
Among past dispatches on this, please see:
* The National Post of Canada has also acknowledged this weblist’s work in highlighting this, paragraphs 10 and 11 here.
UK MUSLIM LEADER: GRAND MOSQUE COLLAPSE “A BLESSING IN DISGUISE FOR THOSE KILLED”
A British Muslim leader has said that the collapse of a crane operated by the Saudi government at the Grand Mosque in Mecca on Friday was “a blessing in disguise” for the 107 people killed. It was a “great honor from God” to die on the annual hajj pilgrimage, he said, reports the British left-leaning paper The Independent.
Dr Hojjat Ramzy, who made the remarks, is an imam and the director of the Oxford Islamic Information Centre, which many Oxford University students attend.
The accident with the crane happened during a fierce thunderstorm.
Official figures reveal that so far about one million pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia in advance of this year’s pilgrimage season, which begins on September 22.
One pilgrim from Egypt, Mohammed Ibrahim, told the AFP news agency: “I wish I had died in the crane accident, as it happened at a holy hour and in a holy place.”
SAUDIS BAN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FOR RUNNING A PHOTO OF THE POPE
Saudi authorities have censored the Arabic version of the August issue of National Geographic magazine, which featured a cover photo of Pope Francis.
In a Twitter message, the editors of the Arabic version of National Geographic said the edition was being banned, report Asia News and other Riyadh-based media.
HUNGARIAN MUSLIM LEADER IN FRIDAY SERMON: “HOMOSEXUALS ARE THE FILTHIEST CREATURES”
The research website MEMRI has translated the Friday sermon by Imam Ahmed Miklós Kovács, Vice President of the Hungarian Muslim Community, on July 10, 2015, in which he tells worshippers that homosexuals are “the filthiest of Allah’s creatures,” and that Muslims “must never accept this disease.”
He said: “My dear brothers, as you know, wickedness has become widespread in these times. Sinning has become widespread, and moral values have become rare worldwide. Things that were considered beautiful in the past have become ugly in the eyes of some people, and things that were considered ugly have become beautiful in the eyes of some. One of these things is homosexuality, may Allah protect us from it. These days [homosexuals] are celebrating their disease. Effeminate homosexuals are the filthiest of Allah’s creatures. They are sick, and a Muslim must never accept this ugly thing. [Homosexuals] are destroying sound moral values and societies. This filthy thing is not accepted by this country’s society, and is forbidden.” (Video in Hungarian here.)
Tom Gross adds: While the New York Times has repeatedly run front page stories about Judaism’s supposed intolerance to homosexuality, stories that are based almost exclusively on the criminal actions of a single mentally-deranged orthodox Jew at this year’s Jerusalem Gay pride parade, they have next to nothing to say about the hate preached towards gays in an EU and NATO member country like Hungary.
IRANIAN FEMALE SOCCER CAPTAIN PREVENTED BY HUSBAND FROM TRAVELING TO MATCHES
Iran’s leading female soccer player, Niloufar Ardalan, known as “Lady Goal” for her achievements in international women’s Islamic tournaments, has been banned by her husband from travelling to further international matches.
Ardalan will not be able to compete in the upcoming Asian Football Confederation’s women’s championship in Malaysia because her husband has refused to grant her permission to travel abroad as required by Islamic laws enforced in Iran.
Ardalan, 30, was set to captain the Iranian team in the tournament from September 21-26.
In Iran (as in Saudi Arabia), married women need the consent of their husbands to leave the country and can be banned from traveling abroad if their spouses do not sign the required documents.
Ardalan’s husband is a sports journalist and television presenter.
The frustrated soccer star told the news site Nasimonline.ir that she had trained hard for weeks to compete in the games and make her country proud.
Many western feminists, while berating Israel and America (both of whom have among the best records for women’s rights in the world) have little to say about the fact women can be kept as virtual prisoners by their husbands in countries such as Iran.
ANTI-SEMITIC UNRWA IS ONE OF THE “BEST BITS OF THE UN,” SAYS THE GUARDIAN
Many times over the years I have highlighted the shortfalls of UNRWA, a UN agency with a track record of supporting violence against Jews and promoting anti-Semitism. (Many would also say it perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem and deliberately makes it impossible for the Palestinians to agree to a two state solution with Israel.)
For example, there were these anti-Semitic cartoons last month, here.
It is perhaps not a surprise then that the (often) fiercely anti-Israel paper The Guardian, as part of its series celebrating the 70th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations, has declared UNRWA to be one of the “best bits of the UN”.
UNRWA’s teachers in Jordan talk about “the so-called ‘Holocaust’” instilling doubt in pupils that it happened, while at the same time, other UNRWA employees have praised Hitler’s actions.
UNRWA allowed its schools to be used as rocket storing and rocket-firing facilities by Hamas in last year’s war with Israel.
Western governments continue to provide the bulk of funding for UNRWA.
ANTI-SEMITIC TWEETS FOLLOW CORBYN VICTORY
While people that know him say that the newly elected leader of the British opposition Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, is not anti-Semitic, his extreme anti-Israeli record has attracted many anti-Semites in Britain to profess support for him.
Following his victory on Saturday, one of those who Corbyn sacked from Labour’s front bench team was Ivan Lewis, who is a Jewish member of the Labour party.
These are the kind of tweets that followed:
[Notes above by Tom Gross]