February 17, 2012
Taking baptisms too far Re "Mormon Church apologizes," Feb. 15 I am insulted to my core by the Mormon Church's posthumous baptism of Jews, including the parents of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. My father's family was totally decimated by the Nazis, and so was part of my mother's family. Are we living in the 21st century or in the Dark Ages? This is cynicism at its highest form. It also exposes the Mormon Church as a lying entity. In the past, the church promised that this ghoulish practice of baptizing Jewish Holocaust victims would stop, but it didn't.
April 22, 2011 |
Fifty years ago this month, Israel seemed to grind to a halt as people huddled around radios, listening to testimony in the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Captured by Israeli secret service agents in Argentina in 1960, Eichmann was tried, and eventually executed, as a chief architect of the Holocaust, in which 6 million European Jews were killed. The trial became a social and political turning point for the young nation. Even Eichmann's iconic glass witness booth has been preserved in an Israeli museum.
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June 17, 2005 |
Robert F. Maguire Jr., the commercial pilot from Oregon who was dubbed the "Irish Moses" for helping fly tens of thousands of Jewish refugees through hostile territory from Yemen to Israel in 1949, has died. He was 94. Maguire died of natural causes June 10 at his home in Northridge, his family said.
June 12, 2001 |
Israel's first Arab Cabinet minister has called on the Education Ministry to make Arabic studies mandatory for every Jewish high school student, in a letter that has stirred lively debate here. Officially, Israel has two national languages: Hebrew and Arabic. All Arab students study Hebrew from the third grade on and can receive a high school diploma only after demonstrating fluency in the language.
May 12, 2001 |
Bowing to protests from Holocaust survivors, an Israeli music festival decided Friday to ask conductor Daniel Barenboim to drop music by Hitler's favorite composer, Richard Wagner, from his program at the festival. Barenboim is scheduled to conduct the first act of Wagner's opera "The Valkyrie" with the Berliner Staatskapelle and solo singers July 7 at the Israel Festival in Jerusalem.
March 4, 2001 |
David Mercier, 52, is a religious Jew who lives in Elon Moreh, a conservative Jewish settlement in the West Bank where residents sometimes talk about expelling Palestinians from Israel. His half-brother Munther Hafnay, 44, lives a few minutes away in Palestinian-ruled Nablus and is an activist in Hamas, a radical Muslim group bent on the destruction of the Jewish state. Despite their diametrically opposite beliefs, Mercier and Hafnay are close.