This video from Amsterdam in the Netherlands says about itself:
Anne Frank takes us behind the movable bookcase
22 September 2015
To read an article related to the video, visit here.
Thank you to the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam, which supplies this and other educational materials at www.AnneFrank.org.
From daily The Independent in Britain today:
‘People risked their lives to save Jews and we as a country are now saying we don’t want to risk the tiniest demographic shift’
Measures announced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this month, will see African asylum seekers presented with the option of either accepting $3,500 (£2,500) and a plane ticket to an undefined country or taking an indefinite jail sentence.
The majority of asylum seekers in Israel are from Eritrea (73 per cent) and Sudan (19 per cent) and an average of only 0.15 per cent of people filling in asylum claims are recognised as refugees, according to the Hotline for Refugees.
“Who here would be willing to house people?” asked Rabbi Susan Silverman at a gathering of rabbis and educators in Jerusalem.
All 130 or so people in the room immediately raised her hands, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.
Rabbi Silverman, who immigrated from Boston to Israel in 2006, said her idea to physically hide refugees in Israeli homes was inspired by US sanctuary cities and states, which are used to fight the deportation of immigrants who entered the US illegally.
Anne Frank has also inspired the programme. The teenager became one of the most famous Jewish victims of the Holocaust after her diary of her life as a German Jew in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in World War Two was published in 1947.
She died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp when she was 15-years-old.
As well sheltering asylum seekers, Rabbis for Human Rights said its members also intend to accompany asylum seekers on tours to the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem – Israel’s Holocaust museum and memorial. The Righteous Among the Nations were non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.
The group hopes to “wake up the Jewish world” according to an internal memo.
“People risked their lives to save Jews and we as a country are now saying we don’t want to risk the tiniest demographic shift”, Rabbi Silverman told Haaretz.
“We have a prime minister who is quoting Pharaoh when he says [of the asylum seekers] that their numbers will grow.”
African asylum seekers have crossed the continent in the past decade and entered Israel at its southern border in a bid to seek better lives and in some cases seek refuge from wars. Only ten have ever been recognised by the state as refugees, according to the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees – eight Eritreans and two Sudanese.
The Rabbis for Human Rights group said it is also considering protesting the offices of airlines willing to transport deportees to Africa and also launch a large-scale social media campaign labelling Israel’s leaders and ministers as racists.
See also here.
As Israel threatens to deport African migrants, some US Jews push back. Joey Low, a son of Holocaust-era refugees who has given millions to Israeli causes, insists ’you can’t do something like this in the name of Jews and Israel’: here.
Jewish Groups Denounce Israel’s Plans to Deport 40,000 African Asylum Seekers: here.
Israelis Offer Shabbat Meals And Sanctuary To African Asylum-Seekers: here.
The Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel called black people “monkeys” during his weekly sermon on Saturday evening: here.
One group that this emergency will have a catastrophic impact on are the approximately 30,000 asylum seekers in Israel. Predominantly from Eritrea and Sudan, this community works almost exclusively in the now shut-down hospitality industry. But unlike their Israeli colleagues who are eligible for government unemployment support, asylum seekers are not. And they have been left out in the cold: here.
Sintayehu Shifaraw, 18, will be the first-ever Ethiopian to participate in the International Bible Contest, but he’ll have to return [from Israel] to Addis Ababa after the event ends because his Falashmura community is not officially recognized as Jewish: here.