‘Now I can die quietly’: Greek woman who risked her life to save Jewish family from the Nazis is overcome with emotion as they’re reunited and she meets the children they went on to have

By: Sophie Law – Mail Online & Associated Press; dailymail.co.uk

  • Melpomeni Dina, 92, wiped away tears during memorial to Jews at the Hall of Names in Jerusalem on Sunday
  • She was reunited with 40 family members of the siblings she hid, fed and protected during the Holocaust 
  • The descendants, from Israel, hugged Ms Dina to whom they owe their existence on Sunday during reunion

A Greek woman who risked her life to hide a Jewish family from the Nazis during the war says she can now ‘die quietly’ after an emotional reunion with the children they went on to have. 

Melpomeni Dina, 92, wiped away tears as she clutched the hands of the family she saved during World War II in a memorial to Jews at the Hall of Names in Jerusalem on Sunday. 

The emotional encounter was the first time she had been reunited with the Israeli family of the Jewish siblings that she hid, fed and protected during the Holocaust as a teenager more than 75 years ago. 

One by one, the 40 descendants leaned down and hugged Ms Dina to whom they owe their very existence on Sunday, as she sat in her wheelchair and as tears streaked down her wrinkled face.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7644969/In-fading-ritual-WWII-rescuer-reunites-Jews-saved.html

Official Palestinian Daily Likens Jihad Terrorist to Christ on the Cross

By: Christine Douglass-Williams – Jihad Watch; jihadwatch.org

Palestinians have long declared that Jesus was a Palestinian. So has Rep. Ilhan Omar.

In exploring some of the roots of how and where Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) came to be deemed a Palestinian, the Israeli monitoring agency Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) exposed a Palestinian Authority TV interview in which author Samih Ghanadreh from Nazareth was asked about his new book Christianity and its Connection to Islam. Ghanadeh stated that he personally heard Yasser Arafat several times affirm that Jesus was the first Palestinian martyr, and the TV host replied: “Jesus was a Palestinian, no one denies that.”

Florida High School Principal Fired after Not Recognizing Holocaust as Fact

Jewish News Syndicate; jns.org

The board voted on Wednesday, 5-2, with “just cause” to terminate Spanish River Community High School principal William Latson’s employment, effective Nov. 21.

The principal of a high school in the heavily Jewish-populated Florida city of Boca Raton has been fired by the school board in Palm Beach County after he declined to recognize that the Holocaust occurred.

The board voted on Wednesday, 5-2, with “just cause” to terminate Spanish River Community High School principal William Latson’s employment, effective Nov. 21, according to minutes of the meeting.

https://www.jns.org/florida-high-school-principal-fired-after-not-recognizing-holocaust-as-fact/

‘Washington Post’ Calls Dead ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi an ‘Austere Religious Scholar’

By: Sean Durns – Jewish News Syndicate; jns.org

“The Washington Post” quickly changed its headline following backlash, acknowledging that it “should never have read that way,” but the real problem here goes deeper than a headline.

On Oct. 27, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The terrorist leader reportedly detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and three of his children, when U.S. Special Forces raided his hideout in Idlib, Syria. The 48-year-old led a terrorist organization that was responsible for genocide in the Middle East and mass murder abroad.

But the headline for The Washington Post’s obituary initially described the terror chieftain as merely “an austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State.” The newspaper subsequently changed it to read “extremist leader of Islamic State.” Oddly, the first version of the Post’s Baghdadi obituary described him as the “Islamic State’s terrorist-in-chief,” according to a Washington Examiner report.

https://www.jns.org/opinion/wapo-calls-dead-isis-leader-al-baghdadi-an-austere-religious-scholar/

Public Memorial for Victims of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Calls to ‘Remember. Repair. Together.’

By: Marcy Oster – Jewish Telegraphic Agency; jta.org

(JTA) — Eleven memorial candles stood on a table at the start of the public memorial service for the attack one year ago on the Tree of Life synagogue building.

Family members of the 11 people killed in the attack walked around the table holding hands as a string ensemble played in the background. They then lit the candles, wiping their eyes and hugging each other.

The Jewish community was joined at Sunday’s ceremony by members of the Christian and Muslim faith communities, as well as city and state officials. The ceremony was held under the banner of “Remember. Repair. Together.”

Public memorial for victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting calls to ‘Remember. Repair. Together.’

From Congress to Clasrooms: Reframing the Israel Narrative

By: Melanie Phillips – melaniephillips.com

Concern about resurgent antisemitism has been at fever-pitch among Diaspora Jews for years.

In Britain, the veteran Jewish Labour MP Dame Louise Ellman resigned this week from the party to which she has belonged for more than half a century.

A leaked Labour headquarters report on her Liverpool Riverside constituency party showed that in 2017, there was a “worrying amount of antisemitism” and a “toxic atmosphere” with members fearing for their physical safety.

Pro-Israel Evangelical Group Categorized as “Hate Group” by Southern Poverty Law Center

By: BIN Staff – Breaking Israel News; breakingisraelnews.com

Proclaiming Justice to The Nations (PJTN) has recently been placed on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate groups, which is ironic since PJTN exists to fight the world’s oldest hatred – antisemitism. PJTN has gained wide international media acclaim as it encourages state legislators to act against antisemitism and BDS. However, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) seems to believe that being pro-Israel and against antisemitism is now a hate crime.

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/138690/pro-israel-evangelical-group-categorized-as-hate-group-by-southern-poverty-law-center/

China Destroys 3,000-Seat Church, Detains Pastors

By: Michael Gryboski – The Christian Post; christianpost.com

The People’s Republic of China destroyed a church that reportedly could seat 3,000 people and detained its pastors, according to a human rights organization.

China Aid, an international nonprofit Christian human rights group based in Texas, reported the incident in a statement released Saturday. According to the group, Chinese authorities provided no legal papers to justify the demolition.

The church was located in Funan, Anhui province. Its pastors, Geng Yimin and Sun Yongyao, were detained under suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order.”

https://www.christianpost.com/news/china-destroys-3000-seat-church-detains-pastors.html

Amazon Launches Series on Hi-Tech, with Focus on Israel’s Startup Nation

By: Nadine Wojakovski – The Times of Israel; timesofisrael.com

Released October 18, ‘TechTalk’ gives inside look at over 50 startups across the Jewish state, and is hosted by Anglo-Israelis Jonny Caplan and Jessy Katz of Israel’s ‘The Voice’

Over 50 cutting-edge Israeli tech companies are featured in the first season of a new series released on Amazon Prime Video on October 18 called “TechTalk.” Season two features startups in New York, and season three hits Los Angeles.

The show’s creator is co-founder of Tech Talk Media, Jonny Caplan. He’s a British-born entrepreneur who moved from England to Israel in 2013 to explore the Startup Nation’s “multipotential” tech scene.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/amazon-launches-series-on-hi-tech-with-focus-on-israels-startup-nation/

5,000 Christians Show Their Support for Israel at Jerusalem’s 64th Sukkot March

By: Eliana Rudee – Jewish News Syndicate; jns.org

“The whole world is learning that the gentiles can come celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles with the people of Israel,” said spokesman David Parsons of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

This year, more than 5,000 Christians from all parts of the world gathered on Thursday for the city’s annual Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) festive march around Israel’s capital, which saw 10,000 participants in total.

The Jerusalem municipality organized and funded the march and entertainment events, with participants coming to Israel from 100 nations. The arrival of the Christian pilgrims, who come annually to Israel for Sukkot, was facilitated in part by ICEJ (International Christian Embassy Jerusalem), which connects Christians around the world to Israel based on the biblical significance of Jerusalem and in support of its connection to the Jewish people.

https://www.jns.org/5000-christians-show-their-support-for-israel-at-jerusalems-64th-sukkot-march/