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Shocked shoppers were told the news after they discovered the Yultide selection had been put on display, and then taken down just days later
A MASSIVE row has erupted after staff at a Woolworth’s branch boasted that they would not have any Christmas decorations this year because it’s now a Muslim store.
Shocked locals in the German town of Dortmund were told the news after they discovered that the Yultide selection including tree decorations and chocolate Santas had been put on display, and then taken down just days later.
When they enquired about the reason, a staff member at the store said: “We are a Muslim business now. We do not want to sell Christmas articles.”
The branch manager Seda Capakcur, 25, told local media no Christmas articles would be sold anymore.
She said: “The Christmas articles are hardly in demand here. Already last year, everything remained unsold.”
Spokeswoman Diana Preisert said: “Woolworth is, of course, not a Muslim company. Christmas merchandise is available from September onwards and should be sold out by the end of December.
“In this branch, however, demand was too low. Therefore the goods were distributed to other branches.”
She said the reason for not selling the decorations was that there were simply no customers left in the area as Muslims had replaced most of the Christians.
The company spokeswoman added that this had created specific “local conditions” that meant low interest in Christmas items from the small number of Christians remaining in the area of Dortmund who were interested in celebrating the festival.
According to city officials, the share of Christians in the total population of Northern Dortmund where the store is located is 29.2 percent.
Over 70 percent belong to other religions or have no allegiance.
Mass immigration in the name of multiculturalism only wipes out the host culture. Coming to America soon. They are already here.
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UNHRC decision should be rejected by decent people everywhere
Rather than investigate Hamas, which is committing a double war crime by firing rockets at Israeli civilians while hiding behind Palestinian civilians, the UNHRC calls for an investigation of Israel.
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Ambassador Eviatar Manor addresses the UN Human Rights Council
Copyright: Israel Mission to the UN, Geneva
The decision today by the United Nations Human Rights Council is a travesty and should be rejected by decent people everywhere.
Rather than investigate Hamas, which is committing a double war crime by firing rockets at Israeli civilians while hiding behind Palestinian civilians, the UNHRC calls for an investigation of Israel, which has gone to unprecedented lengths to keep Palestinian civilians out of harm’s way, including by dropping leaflets, making phone calls and sending text messages.
The UNHRC should be launching an investigation into Hamas’s decision to turn hospitals into military command centers, use schools as weapons depots and place missile batteries next to playgrounds, private homes and mosques.
By failing to condemn Hamas’s systematic use of human shields and by blaming Israel for the deaths that are caused by this grotesque human shields policy, the UNHRC is sending a message to Hamas and terror organizations everywhere that using civilians as human shields is an effective strategy.
Like the investigation that led to the infamous Goldstone report, a report which was ultimately renounced by its own author, this investigation by a kangaroo court is a foregone conclusion.
The predictable result will be the libeling of Israel and even greater use of human shields in the future by Hamas. Those who will pay the price will be not only Israelis but also Palestinians who Hamas will redouble its efforts to use as human shields in the future.
It’s all so simple I don’t know if I should cry or laugh – we can either put our mind as the arbiter to truth – which of course our ego desires, or we can realize our minds are capable of rationalizing ANY EVIL (as all evil, including Hitler and the Nazis, current Arab terrorists etc. etc. did/do) and hence learn to use Judaism’s wisdom, of accepting that we have a virus, and only through listening to God’s absolute objective standards of morality, can we truly, not imaginarily, be!
BH It’s all so simple I don’t know if I should cry or laugh – we can either put our mind as the arbiter to truth – which of course our ego desires, or we can realize our minds are capable of rationalizing ANY EVIL (as all evil, including Hitler and the Nazis, current … Continue reading It’s all so simple I don’t know if I should cry or laugh ….
On the first night of the attacks from Gaza, we heard our first siren in Rehovot. There was a surreal split second when I wondered, is this really happening? Could it be an ambulance or fire truck? Or the TV?
The blaring wail brought me back, and my mind and body switched to automatic: Put shoes on – is anyone in the shower? Is the stove turned off? Grab a phone. Lock the door. Switch the staircase lights on. Ring neighbours’ doorbells on the way down the five flights of stairs.
The siren seemed louder by the time we reached the bomb shelter on the ground floor of our building. The shelter started to fill with other residents. We soon heard the telltale sign of the Iron Dome – a loud boom, then silence. The Iron Dome had successfully intercepted the rocket.
Relieved to be OK, I took a “selfie” photo to let friends and family know that we were safe and sound. In subsequent rocket attacks since that first one, I kept taking pictures and sharing them.
There is a curious custom among the Bnei Menashe (known as Manmasseh), one of the 10 lost tribes that are now returning to Israel. After the conquest of the Kingdom of Israel, they were exiled and moved eastward, and found themselves in the hills of northeast India. After a life-threatening event such as an earthquake, they would run from their homes and shout at the top of their lungs, “The children of Manmasseh are still alive!” It was a declaration of survival, of resilience and of faith that despite what was thrown at them, the tribe lived on.
And from this universal need to say, “We are still alive,” my wife Alison started a Facebook group on the night of that first rocket to Rehovot. It’s called “Bomb Shelter Selfies,” (https://www.facebook.com/groups/bombshelterselfies). The group invites Israelis to “send us your selfies taken in the bomb shelter. Make the best of a bad situation. Upload your photos to show the world that we’re strong and hanging in.”
To date, more than 1,600 people have joined the group, with hundreds of comments and images posted.
The pictures offer a glimpse into the lives of Israelis who try and carry on living while a storm of rockets rains down on the country. The parks are empty as parents keep children close to home. Some restaurant and bars are nearing bankruptcy as patrons avoid public places and hover closer to bomb shelters and protected rooms.
The tension is palpable and the rockets and the Iron Dome are the subject of conversation when people meet. One of the ways people have of communicating and expressing what’s going on is through social media and the images they share.
The attacks come without warning and without a pattern. One day we had three attacks, none the next and three within an hour the next day.
Everything becomes a calculation: I know how long it takes to get to the shelter. Can I take a shower? Is there enough time to rinse out the shampoo, put on clothes or just a robe or towel, and get down five flights of stairs? Even walking down the street to the grocery store involves calculations. I scan the street for possible buildings to run to should an attack happen.
Every area of the country is divided into zones, and each zone has a time for a rocket to reach from Gaza. We’re lucky. We have 90 seconds to take cover. Residents of southern communities have 30 seconds or less, barely enough time to rouse children or turn off the oven. They just run.
All these moments have been shared on Facebook since the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge started. The group is a way for Israelis to capture and share what happened when the siren started and how everyday life is interrupted while we all dive for safety.
A quick scan of the group shows posts and pictures describing everyday events that have been interrupted by the rocket attacks:
• While shopping at IKEA, shoppers quickly learned the location of the closest shelter.
• An attack occurred during a college final exam. Ironically, the essay question was about tensions between Gaza and Israel.
• A family paying a shivah call and having to run to the shelter shows that even the mourning still have to worry about the living.
• A young man, calling on his date at her home for the first time, forced to share moments together in a safe room in a way that was not planned.
• Driving on the highway and hearing that there is an attack forces drivers to the curb, abandoning their cars, while diving for cover and assuming the well-known position of lying on the ground with hands covering the head to protect against shrapnel.
• A woman who decided to pamper herself with a facial mask was caught in a raid and had to face the lens of an amused family member.
• Families that thought they could escape the tension of the conflict by attending a movie had to flee the theatre to find shelter. (The theatre operators rewound part of the movie after they were given the all-clear.)
• A mother and her son running to a shelter at the swimming pool. They were there for his first swimming lesson.
The pictures show children – lots of children in pajamas, smiling, and ones who had to be woken from their peaceful sleep to be carried to safety by their parents.
Each rocket attack is like an earthquake, and we run to our bomb shelters, safe rooms and stairwells. When it’s all over, we take our pictures and post them for the world to see, our declaration of survival, resilience and faith that despite what’s being thrown at us, our tribe lives on and we declare: “The Children of Israel are still alive!”
I moved to Quebec in March 2012, six months before the last provincial election. Falling right within the 6-month residency requirement, I registered and voted without any problem. Last election I lived and voted in the district of Sainte-Marie Saint-Jacques, I now live in Westmount St-Louis.
Amid massive media hysteria around out-of-province voters, I went to the Quebec electoral offices this morning to change my address and riding. Arriving at the offices, everyone was friendly and kind. As soon as I sat down, I was asked to provide a Quebec driver’s licence or health card. I have neither. I have Hydro-Quebec bills, T4s, letters from Revenue Quebec (I pay Quebec taxes) and a Montreal lease. I am currently trying to find an articling position in Montreal so that I can join the Quebec bar in 2016.
I was not asked to provide any of that evidence or asked if I…
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Three Seconds to Shoot Down a Missile and Save Hundreds of Lives
Published on: October 27, 2013
In the face of the constant threat of rockets and missiles, the IDF has been at the forefront of developing and operating air defense systems. What does it take to be an officer in this crucial field?
Imagine what an attack against Israel might look like in the not-too-distant future. In the opening salvo, a missile hits the heart of Tel Aviv, followed by precise rocket strikes on Israel from the Galilee to Eilat. Think this is an impossibility? Think again. Hezbollah alone has thousands of missiles aimed at major Israeli population centers. Their missiles can reach every single part of the country.
2013/10/27/three-seconds-shoot-missile-save-hundreds-lives/#.Um1LR50VSWM.wordpress’>Three Seconds to Shoot Down a Missile and Save Hundreds of Lives.