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U.S. Now Requires Labels on Judea - Samaria Goods
Jan 29th, 2016
Daily News
Virtual Jerusalem
Categories: The Nation Of Israel

Mail from U.S. Customs reveals products from Judea and Samaria are not to be labeled as just being from 'Israel,' on pain of sanctions.

A mail from the Cargo Systems Messaging Service of the US Customs and Border Protection dated to this Saturday, and revealed by Channel 1's "Mabat" show on Thursday, shows the US is now requiring products from Judea and Samaria to be labeled differently.

In new instructions on marking requirements sent out to American importers, goods from Judea and Samaria are not to be marked "Israel." Those who do not comply are to be sanctioned.

"West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirements," reads the title of the mail, which begins by clarifying that "the purpose of this message is to provide guidance to the trade community regarding the country of origin marking requirements for goods that are manufactured in the West Bank."

"Goods produced in the West Bank or Gaza Strip shall be marked as originating from 'West Bank,' 'Gaza,' 'Gaza Strip,' 'West Bank/Gaza,' 'West Bank/Gaza Strip,' 'West Bank and Gaza,' or 'West Bank and Gaza Strip.'"

"It is not acceptable to mark the aforementioned goods with the words 'Israel,' 'Made in Israel,' 'Occupied Territories-Israel,' or any variation thereof," warned the mail. It threatened that such goods that are marked as products of Israel "will be subject to an enforcement action carried out by U.S. Customs and Border Protection."

The instructions were published on Saturday, apparently due to complaints by Palestinian Arabs and leftist organizations in the US, who claimed there is no enforcement of the 1995 American law on marking goods from the region.

The US State Department confirmed the details of the mail, and explained that the labeling does not distinguish between Jewish and Arab goods from the region, instead simply defining the entire area as not part of "Israel."

New Madrid Earthquake Could Shake Foundations of America
Jan 29th, 2016
Daily News
Michael Snyder
Categories: Warning

Most Americans expect the next great earthquake in the United States to come on the West Coast.  But what if it strikes right down the middle of the country instead?  
The New Madrid fault zone is six times larger than the San Andreas fault zone in California and it covers portions of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.  Back in 1811 and 1812, a series of absolutely devastating earthquakes along the New Madrid fault zone opened very deep fissures in the ground, caused the Mississippi River to run backwards in some places, and were reportedly felt as far away as Washington D.C. and Boston.  

They were the strongest earthquakes ever recorded east of the Rocky Mountains, and scientists tell us that it is only a matter of time before we experience similar quakes.  In fact, the U.S. Geological Survey has admitted that the New Madrid fault zone has the potential for larger and more powerful quakes than previously thought", and the number of significant earthquakes in the middle part of the country has more than quintupled in recent years.  

Someday, perhaps without any warning, an absolutely massive earthquake will strike the New Madrid fault.  Thousands of Americans will die, tens of thousands of structures will be completely destroyed, and millions of people will find themselves homeless.

Unlike on the west coast, buildings within the New Madrid fault zone are typically not constructed to withstand major earthquakes.  If we were to see the type of earthquake that we saw a little over two centuries ago, it would be a disaster unlike anything that any of us have ever known.  The following comes from WKRN, and it describes what those earthquakes back in 1811 and 1812 were like...

Can you believe that in the winter of 1811-1812 a series of earthquakes in northwest Tennessee shook the ground so hard that church bells rang on the East Coast and sidewalks cracked in Washington D.C?

The sitting president, James Madison, was even awakened in the middle of the night by the shaking of the White House.

In Tennessee, and surrounding states, the early settlers and Native American Indians were terrified by the shaking. Large fissures opened up in the ground, and some witnessed the Mississippi River appearing to flow backwards.

It is believed that those quakes shook an area ten times larger than that impacted by the 7.8 San Francisco earthquake of 1906.  Some of the giant cracks that opened up in the ground were up to five miles long, and the stench of fire and brimstone hung in the air for months afterwards.

Fortunately, the middle of the country was not heavily populated in 1811 and 1812, so the overall amount of damage was not that great.  The following comes from

The Midwest was sparsely populated, and deaths were few. But 8-year-old Godfrey Lesieur saw the ground "rolling in waves." Michael Braunm observed the river suddenly rise up "like a great loaf of bread to the height of many feet." Sections of riverbed below the Mississippi rose so high that part of the river ran backward. Thousands of fissures ripped open fields, and geysers burst from the earth, spewing sand, water, mud and coal high into the air.

Needless to say, if such a disaster happened today the damage would be absolutely catastrophic.

This is something that government officials have studied, and their conclusions are rather sobering&

In a report filed in November 2008, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that a serious earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone could result in "the highest economic losses due to a natural disaster in the United States," further predicting widespread and catastrophic damage across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and particularly Tennessee, where a 7.7 magnitude quake or greater would cause damage to tens of thousands of structures affecting water distribution, transportation systems, and other vital infrastructure.

Do you remember how traumatized people were when a few thousand Americans were killed on 9/11?

Well, how would the country react to a disaster that killed 100,000 Americans instantly?

A few years ago, the federal government held a major five day simulation known as "National Level Exercise 11" that attempted to portray what a major New Madrid earthquake would look like...

In May, the federal government simulated an earthquake so massive, it killed 100,000 Midwesterners instantly, and forced more than 7 million people out of their homes. At the time, National Level Exercise 11 went largely unnoticed; the scenario seemed too far-fetched  states like Illinois and Missouri are in the middle of a tectonic plate, not at the edge of one. A major quake happens there once every several generations.

Could you imagine what that would mean for our nation?

In addition to the human toll, financial markets would completely collapse, key infrastructure throughout the region would be totally destroyed, and transportation on and across the Mississippi River would be brought to a standstill.  According to international insurance giant Swiss Re, if the 1811 and 1812 New Madrid earthquakes were to happen today, the economic losses alone would be in the hundreds of billions of dollars...
A series of big shakes  of the sort last seen in 1811 and 1812  would cause about $300 billion in damage, Swiss Re says. The cost would be double the damage from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005.

Houses  especially brick ones  would collapse. Buildings would sink sideways into liquefying earth. Bridges might tumble into the rivers. The route of the Mississippi River could change  as it did in the last big quake.

People would die, perhaps by the thousands. Being mainly a property reinsurer, Swiss Re didnt estimate the human toll.

It is also important to remember that there are 15 nuclear reactors along the New Madrid fault zone.

If a major earthquake did hit the area, we could be looking at Fukushima times 15.

Scientists tell us that there is a very deep "scar" in the earth in this region that makes the New Madrid fault zone "mechanically weaker than much of the rest of North America".  The following comes from Wikipedia...

The faults responsible for the New Madrid Seismic Zone are embedded in a subsurface geological feature known as the Reelfoot Rift that formed during the breakup of the supercontinent Rodinia in the Neoproterozoic Era (about 750 million years ago). The resulting rift system failed to split the continent, but has remained as an aulacogen (a scar or zone of weakness) deep underground, and its ancient faults appear to have made the Earths crust in the New Madrid area mechanically weaker than much of the rest of North America.

This relative weakness is important, because it would allow the relatively small east-west compressive forces associated with the continuing continental drift of the North American plate to reactivate old faults around New Madrid, making the area unusually prone to earthquakes in spite of it being far from the nearest tectonic plate boundary.

I believe that a major New Madrid earthquake is coming.  That is one of the reasons why I included such an earthquake in my novel.  Those that choose to live in that region are literally sitting on top of a ticking time bomb, and at some point it is going to blow.

Of course I wouldnt want to be living on the west coast right now either.  The shaking of our planet continues to intensify, and this is going to cause great tragedies in the United States during the years ahead.

The warning signs are all around us.  In 2015, the state of Oklahoma shattered their all-time record for earthquakes in a single year, and volcanoes that were thought to be totally dormant are now erupting again all over the planet.

A great shaking is coming to America very soon.

I hope that you are ready. 

Let the Headlines Speak
Jan 29th, 2016
Daily News
From the Internet
Categories: Today's Headlines

Jewish group predicts Obama will head U.N. after he leaves presidency
The editorial staff of The Jewish Voice predicts that Barack Obama will lead the United Nations after he finishes his current term as president of the United States. “We bet our bottom dollar Barack Obama will get his next paycheck (from the U.N.) when he retires from his present job in 2017,” the editorial states.  

Zika virus transmitted through sex in 2 possible cases – US health authority
There are two recorded cases when the highly dangerous Zika virus may have been transmitted through sexual intercourse, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The WHO says between 3 and 4 million people may have been infected this year alone. A test revealed high levels of the virus in his semen even after it had been no longer present in his blood samples, the New York Times reported.  

ISIS wants own sea power to carry out attacks in Mediterranean – NATO naval chief
Islamic State militants want to build their own maritime force to carry out terror attacks on cruise or commercial ships in the Mediterranean Sea using sophisticated sea-based weapons, NATO’s naval commander warns.  

NOAA forecasters have boosted the odds of an M-class flare today to 25%. The probable source would be sunspot AR2488, which has developed an unstable 'beta-gamma' magnetic field with pent-up energy for strong explosions. Any M-flares today could produce minor shortwave radio blackouts.  

Magnitude 3.5 earthquake strikes San Andreas Fault off Calif. coast
While quakes in the Ferndale-Eureka area are very common, the region has been more active recently with a 4.9 magnitude quake hitting a connected fault line a few hundred miles north, and 21 other quakes above magnitude 2.5 hitting that area in the past 30 days. The largest was a 4.4 centered south of Eureka on the San Andreas Fault.  

Ape-to-human, pig-to-human blood donations: Could xenotransfusions work?
Xenotransfusion research currently focusses on pigs, not apes, and it’s not just because pigs are abundant. They’re blood actually is quite similar to human blood. The size of red blood cells is similar. So is the typical red blood cell life span, the hemoglobin content and structure, and other factors, plus pigs can be genetically modified to produce red blood cells that are equivalent to human type O negative.  

The Arab War Against the Resurrection of the Dead
One of the main targets for Arab vandalism is the Mount of Olives and the thousands of Jewish gravesites located there. The Mount of Olives has messianic and religious significance in addition to being an ancient burial site. It is referred to in the book of Zechariah, when he prophesied that the mountain will play an essential part in the Messiah, splitting in two (14:4), with one half shifting south.  

US issues guidelines on labeling West Bank products
US Customs passed recently issued a reminder notice to importers in the US to not label products that come from the West Bank as "Made in Israel"... This is not a new guideline...An Israeli official said that "it is hard to believe that customs officials would randomly decide to publish a notice...It's convenient for them to present it as being a technical issue but in the US things never happen just by chance."  

Russian Fighter Conducts Dangerous Intercept of U.S. Recon Jet
A Russian Su-27 jet fighter came within 20 feet of a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea on Monday in Moscow’s latest military provocation involving dangerous aerial encounters. “On Jan. 25 an RC-135 aircraft flying a routine route in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” Navy Capt. Daniel Hernandez, chief spokesman for the U.S. European Command...  

HIV becoming resistant to key drug, study finds
Strains of HIV are becoming resistant to an antiretroviral drug commonly used to prevent and fight the virus, research has suggested. HIV was resistant to the drug Tenofovir in 60% of cases in several African countries, according to the study, covering the period from 1998 to 2015. The research, led by University College London, looked at around 2,000 HIV patients worldwide.  

Ancient Babylonians 'first to use geometry'
Sophisticated geometry - the branch of mathematics that deals with shapes - was being used at least 1,400 years earlier than previously thought, a study suggests. Research shows that the Ancient Babylonians were using geometrical calculations to track Jupiter across the night sky. Previously, the origins of this technique had been traced to the 14th Century.  

Central African Republic children 'abused by EU troops' - UN
The UN says it has new allegations of child sex abuse by European troops in the Central African Republic (CAR). A number of girls aged between 14 and 16 have alleged they were raped by Georgian members of the EU's operation Eufor, the UN says. Meanwhile a seven-year-old girl and a nine-year-old boy said they were abused by French troops.  

Report: US, UK intelligence hacked into Israeli drones under operation 'Anarchist'
The United States and British intelligence services hacked into Israeli drones in order to monitor their activity under a classified program code-named "Anarchist,"... The UK's...Governments Communication Headquarters (GCHQ)...with the National Security Agency (NSA)...surveyed Israeli collect information on military operations in Gaza, watch out for potential strikes on Iran, and monitor drone technology...  

France, Iran, and the Affair of the Lunch Wine
The news that the French President, François Hollande, cancelled a lunch today in Paris with the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in town on an official visit, because the Iranians insisted that no wine be served at lunch, is generally being treated in the spirit of what I used to call the Sacre Bleu! Division of the Ooh-La-La! School of Foreign Reporting from France. Oh, those adorable Frenchmen—no wine at lunch, and they won’t sit down to dine at all.  

North Korea may have tested components of a hydrogen bomb
The U.S. now believes North Korea might have attempted to test components of a hydrogen bomb on January 6, after further review and analysis of the latest intelligence information. A U.S. official directly familiar with the latest U.S. assessment said there may have been a partial, failed test of some type of components associated with a hydrogen bomb.  

Ignore Stocks, the REAL Crisis is Far Bigger and Far Worse
Investors today are focusing on the wrong asset class. Stocks started off the year with one of the worst drops in recent memory. As of this morning the S&P 500 was down over 7% for the year thus far.  

'Affluenza' Teen Ethan Couch Deported From Mexico, Returns To Texas
The Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck arrived at a Texas airport following his deportation from Mexico on Thursday, more than a month after he and his mother fled the U.S. as prosecutors investigated whether he had violated his probation.  

Germany Moves to Cut Migration by Declaring Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia ‘Safe’
Germany will stop accepting the majority of asylum seekers who come from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, as the country looks to reduce the number of migrants it accepts.  

Bank of Japan adopts negative interest rate policy
The Bank of Japan adopted negative interest rates for the first time at the end of its two-day policy review on Friday, buckling under pressure to ease concerns about the health of the world's third-largest economy.  

North Korea activity points to possible space launch: U.S. officials
The United States has seen increased activity around a North Korean missile site, suggesting preparations for a possible space launch in the near future, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday. 

Largest Bank in Norway Calls for the Elimination of Cash
Jan 29th, 2016
Largest Bank In Norway Calls For The Elimination Of Cash
Michael Snyder
Categories: World Government

The biggest bank in Norway is calling for the complete and total elimination of cash. Many local bank branches in Norway already don't deal in cash, but that is not good enough for DNB.

They want a blanket ban on the use of cash, and they are selling this as a way to crack down on criminals and money launderers. But in the end, the truth is that they want to be able to force everyone in society to use the banks and it would enable them to collect fees on almost every transaction. 

It is an agenda that is being driven by greed, but it could also open the door for great tyranny. Unfortunately, we are not just seeing aggressive movement toward a cashless society in Norway. It is also happening in Sweden, in Denmark and in many other nations all around the globe. The Beast system is rising, and yet very few people out there even seem alarmed by this.

When I first learned about what was happening in Norway, I was absolutely stunned. I have ancestors that came over to America from over there, and I had no idea that this was happening. The following comes from the International Business Times...

The largest bank in Norway has called for the country to stop using cash, the Local reported Friday. This comes as the latest move in a country that has been leading the global charge toward electronic money in recent years, with several banks already not offering cash in their branch offices and some industries seeking to cut back on paper currency.

Of course this idea is being sold as something that will be really good for Norwegian society. DNB promises that eliminating cash will help authorities crack down on criminal activity and money laundering. Here is more from the International Business Times...

"Today, there is approximately 50 billion kroner in circulation and the country's central bank Norges Bank can only account for 40 percent of its use. That means that 60 percent of money usage is outside of any control. We believe that is due to under-the-table money and laundering," Trond Bentestuen, a DNB executive, told Norwegian website VG, the Local reported.

"There are so many dangers and disadvantages associated with cash, we have concluded that it should be phased out," he added.

But in addition to catching more criminals, there are many other reasons why governments really like the idea of a cashless society. It would also mean that no financial transaction would escape taxation, and it would also enable them to watch, track and monitor everything that we do much more closely.

And banks would be absolutely thrilled with a cashless society. Every member of society would be forced to use the system, bank runs would be eliminated, and every time we swipe our cards they would collect a fee.

In addition, there would be absolutely no escaping the bank bail-ins that are coming in Europe. If there was no way to pull your money out of the system, there would be no way to avoid the kind of theft that has now been institutionalized by European authorities. I covered the brand new bail-in rules that went into effect in Europe on January 1st, 2016 in a previous article...

If you have a bank account anywhere in Europe, you need to read this article. On January 1st, 2016, a new bail-in system will go into effect for all European banks. This new system is based on the Cyprus bank bail-ins that we witnessed a few years ago. If you will remember, money was grabbed from anyone that had more than 100,000 euros in their bank accounts in order to bail out the banks. Now the exact same principles that were used in Cyprus are going to apply to all of Europe.

 Sadly, we are now witnessing a major push toward a cashless society all over the planet.

It is happening in China, in India, and all over Europe. In fact, some nations in Europe have already banned cash transactions over a certain level. Here are just a couple of examples&

As I have written about previously, cash transactions of more than 2,500 euros have already been banned in Spain, and France and Italy have both banned all cash transactions of more than 1,000 euros.

Little by little, cash is being eradicated, and what we have seen so far is just the beginning. 417 billion cashless transactions were conducted in 2014, and the final number for 2015 is projected to be much higher.

Of course the epicenter for the transition to a cashless society continues to be northern Europe.

Denmark intends to entirely eradicate cash by the year 2030, and the transition to a cashless society in Sweden is now almost complete&

Did you know that 95 percent of all retail sales in Sweden are cashless? And did you know that the government of Denmark has a stated goal of eradicating cash by the year 2030? 

All over the world, we are seeing a relentless march toward a cashless society, and nowhere is this more true than in northern Europe. In Sweden, hundreds of bank branches no longer accept or dispense cash, and thousands of ATM machines have been permanently removed. 

At this point, bills and coins only account for just 2 percent of the Swedish economy, and many stores no longer take cash at all. The notion of a truly "cashless society" was once considered to be science fiction, but now we are being told that it is inevitable, and authorities insist that it will enable them to thwart criminals, terrorists, drug runners, money launderers and tax evaders. But what will we give up in the process?

The potential for tyranny is what has me concerned more than anything.

Just imagine a world where you could not buy, sell, get a job or open a bank account without participating in "the system".

If you chose to opt out, how would you and your family survive?

And it would be way too easy for the government to set requirements for participation in the system. For example, they could make it illegal to sell to anyone without the proper government-issued form of identification, or they could require some form of loyalty oath as a pre-condition for enrollment.

The war on cash is a direct assault on the fundamental liberties and freedoms that we enjoy today. They may promise us that a cashless society will make our lives better right now, but tomorrow I am afraid that it could open the door to tyranny on a level that most of us would have never even imagined.


Emerging Trends - Worship in America
Jan 29th, 2016
Daily News
Tom Alago
Categories: Contemporary Issues

Recent research has shown that there are some significant patterns or trends emerging in how American churches conduct their worship services. 

More traditional elements such as organs, bulletins, and choirs seem to be giving way to more modern and youthful expressions such as spoken amens, raising hands during worship, and using projection equipment for song lyrics and sermon notes.
These and many other findings were included in the latest National Congregations Study (NCS) covering all religious congregations. The study also suggested a trend away from the decades-old emphasis on belief and doctrine and toward an emphasis on experience, emotion, and less general denominational bias.

Sarah Zylstras report on these findings was recently published in Christianity Today and described as the 'waning of the worship wars'. Findings are as follows in three categories  Dropped trends, rising ones and those remaining steady:

Dropped - traditional service elements.

" Using organs, bulletins, and choirs  by 10 percent. It is noteworthy that the use of organs decreased significantly only among evangelical congregations while fewer choirs were experienced only in evangelical and mainline Protestant congregations that were generally larger.

" The numbers of worship services held to accommodate different worship styles. Churches are nowadays less likely to separate their services by traditional and contemporary worship styles. The current differences seem to be restricted to levels of formality and styles of music.

" Congregations that arent affiliated with a denomination  by about 6 percent.

Up - more informal elements are on the rise. 

" Saying amen spontaneously in the worship service - 6 percent

" Speaking in tongues  mainly in charismatic churches  6 percent

" Hearing testimony from members - 7 percent

" Jumping or shouting  - 8 percent

" Applause - 10 percent

" Raising hands and using drums - 14 percent. It is noteworthy that more raising of hands happened only in evangelical and mainline Protestant congregations.

" Use of projection equipment - 23 percent.

Steady  no significant change.

" The use of electric guitars has remained steady, according to a new survey from Faith Communities Today (FCT) - nearly 35 percent.

In Zylstras opinion, a wider acceptance of Pentecostal-style worship is what is giving praise bands and informal practices the upper hand. She also supposes that it could otherwise be the decline of mainline and Catholic congregations which is now shrinking the number of more formally-worshiping congregations. 

An additional and more likely factor is the general comfort with informality in church settings where congregants tend to feel less constrained to act formally than in official setting such as work and business.

Peter Smith, in a recent article for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, would likely agree with the view that many churches are informal in style and approach to worship. He recalls  a couple of recent services in which each featured high-energy, guitar-led worship with lyrics projected on screens, and each was using a rented space originally designed for entertainment.

Observations made by Smith would perhaps explain what has replaced the NCS-noted trend in which multiple services with different styles of worship are dropping:  These multiple services have been replaced at least in part by single services - but spread instead throughout various church branches. 

Smith quotes a recent survey which found that nearly two-thirds of Americas largest churches now call more than one address home. More congregations are opting not to build bigger buildings but to do multisite, said one of the researchers, Scott Thumma, at the Hartford Institute for Religion Research in Connecticut.

Despite the NCS findings, another independent research finding suggests that despite the changes in many of Americas worship services, many more churches view adaptation much more skeptically. This view is espoused by Jeff Brumley in a recent account published for  

Brumley made reference to David A. Roozens Hartford Institute for Religion Research survey titled "American Congregations 2015: Thriving and Surviving" that was released early January. Brumley quoted George Bullard, a church consultant and strategic coordinator of the Columbia Partnership in South Carolina whose view on at least one aspect of the report was positive.

Bullard's view is that that the willingness to innovate in worship can be the kick-starter for improvements in a churchs spiritual health and its numeric increase, allowing them a way "to not be like every other church on the block". "Worship innovation leads to spiritual growth" and "discipleship growth will influence and inspire worship", added Bullard.

All indications remain that these trends will be good and positive for Christian worship services  as long as Biblical belief, doctrine and standard are not compromised, but rather form the scriptural basis for all worship styles and approaches in all denominations. 

Canada Turns Its Back on Israel
Jan 29th, 2016
Daily News
Categories: The Nation Of Israel

The official statement released by the Canadian prime minister on International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust on Wednesday is causing a storm on social media for its omission of Jews in reference to the Nazi genocide.

Posted on Facebook by such figures as London-based Middle East analyst Jonathan Sacerdoti, Christians United for Israel (Canada) CEO Frank Dimant and i24 News producer Dvora Charness  to point out what they see as a travesty  Justin Trudeaus statement is garnering hundreds of comments from furious followers.

Sacerdoti prefaced his post with: "Dear Mr Trudeau, Jew. Jews. Jewish. Judaism. Antisemitism. Regards, Jonathan."

Dimant wrote above his own posting of Trudeaus statement: No mention of Six Million Jews murdered by the Nazis. Also interesting to note no reference to antisemitism sweeping Europe and the Islamist world.

Charness, a Canadian, wrote: "This is what happens when you elect a 5 year old as Prime Minister... Missing words : Jew/Jewish/antisemitism *#disgustedcanadian."

Indeed, Trudeaus very short statement mentions the Holocaust, the Nazis and the danger of allowing hatred to spread, but hides the identity of the victims. It reads as follows:

On this day, we pay tribute to the memory of the millions of victims murdered during the Holocaust. We honour those who survived atrocities at the hands of the Nazi regime, and welcome their courageous stories of hope and perseverance.

The Holocaust is a stark reminder of the dangers and risks of allowing hate, prejudice, and discrimination to spread unchallenged. It also reminds us that silence must never be an option when humanity is threatened.

As we pause to educate ourselves and our families on the bitter lessons of the Holocaust, we also strengthen our resolve to work with domestic and international partners to continue defending human rights and condemning intolerance.

Disgusted responses were quick to ensue, especially  though not exclusively  from Canadians (and former Canadians) expressing "shame" over their countrys new government, which was elected three months ago.

Among the many responses were the following:

Stuart Lewis : "We have a eunuch for a PM. This statement is deeply troubling."

Dinah Kutner : "Why do we expect any different from this Prime Minister?"

Inna Rogatchi: "It tells crystal clear who [Trudeau] actually is. Any further questions?"

Olivier Cohen: "It's definitely a very 'vanilla' statement. Considering the impact the holocaust had on the Jewish people, and the size and clout of the Jewish community in Canada, he could have probably done well to mention them. Maybe this is part of the new Liberal "don't offend the Muslims" line of political agenda. 25000 potential new liberal voters coming in live, gotta snatch every last one! Can't afford to lose any over some messy Holocaust statement!"

Natalie Erlich: "The question of who were the victims is hardly debatable  unless of course you are Khamenei."

Bernie Berel Shuster: "I am very afraid that we are in for a long hard road with this PM. Where are the prominent Jews that helped get him elected, with money and advice."

Trudeau's statement comes three days after Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion issued a warning to the Jewish state.

"As a steadfast ally and friend to Israel, Canada calls for all efforts to be made to reduce violence and incitement and to help build the conditions for a return to the negotiating table," Dion wrote on Sunday, eliciting harsh reactions on the part of people interpreting this to be putting Israeli policy and Palestinian terrorism on a moral par.

On Monday, Dions spokesman, Joe Pickerill, answered critics by saying, "We're not necessarily equating the violence by any means on both sides. But there have been issues, and we need to be in a position to point that out. He also said that a longer "tough message" would soon be delivered to Israel.


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