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Izrael narodził się w Polsce

Szewach Weiss / Foto: PAP, Grzegorz Michałowski

Izrael narodził się w Polsce

Piotr Zychowicz

Plus Minus: W Warszawie budowane jest Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich. Kto to jest polski Żyd?

Szewach Weiss: Na to pytanie nie ma prostej odpowiedzi. Mówimy bowiem o wędrującym narodzie, żyjącym w kraju, który zmieniał granice. Nie możemy narzucić komuś tożsamości polskiego Żyda, gdy on sam jej nie ma. Trudno też odbierać mu ją, skoro on się czuje polskim Żydem, chociaż urodził się daleko od granic dzisiejszej Polski.

Polski o znacznie mniejszym terytorium niż kiedyś.

Dokładnie. Weźmy czterech premierów Izraela. David Ben Gurion, legendarny twórca państwa żydowskiego. Każdy wie, że pochodził z Płońska. Ale on sam mawiał, że jest z Rosji. Żył bowiem pod zaborem rosyjskim. Mówił po polsku, ale również po rosyjsku. Trzeba spróbować to zrozumieć. Wielu Żydów mówiących jidysz, pytanych, skąd pochodzą, nie odpowiadało, że są z Polski. Stwierdzali: jestem z Płońska, jestem z Warszawy, jestem z Krakowa, jestem z Lublina, jestem z Wilna, jestem ze Lwowa. Żyd był związany ze swoją małą ojczyzną. I nie bardzo obchodziło go, kto rządzi na danym terytorium – byle tylko dano mu spokój. On był patriotą lokalnym swojej gminy. Nie był oczywiście wrogiem Polski.

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1st Jerusalem terror attack victims named as couple who ran to help those shot

1st Jerusalem terror attack victims named as couple who ran to help those shot


Eli, 48, and Natali Mizrahi, 45, were married for just 2 years; Eli’s father says they were eating dinner when they heard gunfire, went to help; 5 other fatalities not yet named” Eli and Natali Mizrahi, killed in Jerusalem terror attack on January 27, 2023 (Courtesy)

Two of the seven people shot and killed in a terror shooting attack in Jerusalem’s Neve Ya’akov neighborhood were named Saturday as couple Eli and Natali Mizrahi.

Eli’s father, Shimon, said the pair had gone outside to try and help those who had been shot, and were killed by the terrorist at point-blank range.

Eli, 48, and 45-year-old Natali had been married for just two years.

“We were in the middle of our meal, and there were several shots and my son jumped up. We yelled at him, ‘Don’t go anywhere,’” Shimon said.

“It seems that he was speaking with the terrorist, who pulled out a gun and killed him. [Eli] and his wife were murdered,” Shimon said. ‘[The terrorist] was standing next to his car and he shot them. He got into the car and fled.”

The other five victims killed when the terrorist opened fire on Friday evening were not immediately named.

Members of Zaka Rescue and Recovery team check a body after a terror shooting attack near a synagogue in Jerusalem, Jan. 27, 2023 (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

At least three others were wounded — Hadassah’s Mount Scopus Hospital said Saturday morning that a 15-year-old boy injured in the attack was now fully conscious and his condition defined as moderate.

However, a 24-year-old remained sedated on a ventilator. His condition was serious but stable. In addition, a 60-year-woman was also in moderate condition.

Police said Saturday that 42 people were arrested in connection with the attack, many of them relatives or acquaintances of the terrorist, Alqam Khayri, 21, a resident of East Jerusalem with no prior terror-related offenses.

Palestinian media said the gunman’s father was among those summoned by police for questioning.

21-year-old Alqam Khayri, the suspected gunman in a Jerusalem terror shooting January 27, 2023, that killed seven people, is seen in an undated photo at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque (Social media)

Police said Saturday that the national alert level was raised to the highest level, as security forces were bolstered across Israel and the West Bank in the wake of the attack.

IDF chief Herzi Halevi issued instructions to increase forces in the West Bank and along its security barrier, and to prepare for a potential escalation in the region.

Senior police officials told the Kan public broadcaster they would increase forces across the country, especially in Jerusalem.

Police have also said they were concerned about possible “price tag” revenge attacks against Arabs.

According to police, Khayri arrived by car at 8:13 p.m. at a synagogue in the East Jerusalem neighborhood and opened fire at people outside the building and other passersby.

He is believed to have waited outside the synagogue and opened fire on worshipers as they walked out.

He then fled the scene by car toward the Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina — several hundred meters away — where, about five minutes later, he encountered officers who were called to the scene.

Police said Khayri was shot dead after he exited the car and opened fire on the officers while trying to escape on foot.

A handgun used in the attack was seized.

The gun used by a terrorist in a shooting attack in Jerusalem’s Neve Yaakov neighborhood, January 27, 2023. (Israel Police)

Security officials told the Walla news site on Saturday that Khayri had shown relatively advanced shooting skills during the attack, and an investigation was underway to examine whether he had received weapons training, and if others had therefore known about the attack in advance.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, police commissioner Kobi Shabtai said the attack was one of the worst Israel had seen in years.

“The terrorist shot at everyone he encountered. He got out of the car and began a murderous rampage with a handgun,” Shabtai said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking after visiting the scene, called the attack “one of the most severe we have known in years.”

“Our hearts are with the families. I commend the police officers who took action so quickly,” Netanyahu said. “We must act with determination and composure. I call on people not to take the law into their own hands.”

He said the cabinet would convene later on Saturday, adding, “We have decided on several immediate steps that will begin tonight.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the scene of a deadly terror shooting attack in Neve Yaakov, Jerusalem, January 27, 2023. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, who is in charge of police, arrived at the scene of the attack, was briefed by police officers, and later accompanied Netanyahu when the prime minister arrived. Citizens at the scene shouted various comments at the minister; some called out “Death to terrorists.”

“It’s on your watch!” one man cried. “Let’s see what you do now.”

Celebrations were held by some in the Gaza Strip and in several Palestinian cities in the West Bank following the deadly attack.

With seven killed, the shooting in Jerusalem was the deadliest terror attack since 2011, when terrorists crossed into Israel from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing eight Israelis. It was the deadliest Palestinian terror attack since 2008, when a gunman from East Jerusalem killed eight Israeli students at the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in the capital.

Friday’s deadly attack came following days of violence in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Tensions have increased dramatically since Thursday morning, when an Israel Defense Forces raid in the West Bank against a terrorist cell left nine Palestinians dead — most of them gunmen and members of the cell, though at least one civilian was also killed.

The IDF said Thursday’s operation in the Jenin refugee camp was necessary to foil imminent attack plans by a local Islamic Jihad terror cell. The group had primed explosives and firearms, according to the IDF.

Hamas praised Friday’s attack as a response to Thursday’s IDF operation, but no terror group took responsibility for it.

Thursday overnight saw rocket fire from Palestinian terror groups in Gaza and Israeli retaliatory air strikes, though both sides appeared intent on avoiding an escalation into a full-scale war.

Tensions were also high in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount on Friday, though Muslim prayers proceeded without issue.

AFP contributed to this report.

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‘You Are Vermin’: London’s Orthodox Jews Targeted in Latest Wave of Antisemitic Hate Crimes

‘You Are Vermin’: London’s Orthodox Jews Targeted in Latest Wave of Antisemitic Hate Crimes

Dion J. Pierre

18 year old arrested for menacing Jewish Londoners. Photo: Twitter.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in London has arrested a Tik Tok user who filmed himself staging a series of menacing pranks against the Orthodox Jewish community.

According to Shomrim Stamford Hill, a Jewish community defense group, the 18 year old male went on a “1 man hate spree,” blocking a car being driven by an Orthodox Jewish man, jumping on the back of a Jewish teenager, and faking a robbery on a Jewish man whom he accosted and told, “you’re under arrest, give me what you have.” He also filmed himself wearing a fedora while saying, “Guys, I’m a f***king Jew.”

The male was arrested on Wednesday and in is police custody.

In another incident that took place on a Transportation for London (TFL) bus, a “deranged male” verbally abused a Jewish mother and her three-year-old child, calling them “vermin” and “bad people.”

“TFL bus driver sadly took no action,” Shomrim said.

A group known as the “Web Estate Gang” has also been harassing a Jewish family for several months, the group reported in another update. The group of men has stolen a bicycle belonging to them, pounded on their windows and doors, and trespassed on their property.

A total of 3,211 antisemitic hate crimes have been recorded in London since 2018, with incidents peaking in 2021, when there were 853. In Dec., incidents, of which there were 44, rose slightly from the preceding month, when there were 43.

The new year has already witnessed a fresh wave of attacks on the Orthodox Jewish community in London, one of the largest in Europe. On Jan. 3, Shomrim, reported that a man entered a Jewish bakery and attempted to assault a Jewish woman after asking, “Are you Jewish?”

Such crimes represented a persistent threat to quality of life throughout 2022, according to community groups.

In December, a man in the Stamford Hill stalked and assaulted an Orthodox Jewish woman. He followed her, shouting “Dirty Jew,” and then snatched her shopping bag, “spilling her shopping onto the pavement whilst laughing.”

In August, a woman wielding a wooden stick approached a Jewish woman near the Seven Sisters area and declared “I am doing it because you are Jew,” while striking her over the head and pouring liquid on her.The next day, the same woman — described by an eyewitness as a “serial racist” — chased a mother and her baby with a wooden stick after spraying a liquid on the baby, and that same week, three people accosted a Jewish teenager and knocked his hat off his head while yelling “f****** Jew.”

Convictions of those who commit antisemitic hate crimes are scarce, with “too few cases” being brought before the courts, Dave Rich, Head of Policy at Community Security Trust (CST) wrote last February.

“The wheels of justice seem to be stuck,” he added.

Follow reporter Dion J. Pierre at @DionJPierre.

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