The Oporto Jewish community welcomed seven hostage families, pledging relentless support.

February 8, 2024

We commend our partner in Portugal for their unwavering dedication. The Oporto Jewish community welcomed seven hostage families, pledging relentless support. Here’s an excerpt from Gabriel Senderowicz Mold’s speech:

Our tireless efforts to assist the hostages:

First to alert the President & media about Portuguese citizens among hostages, urging Qatar’s aid.
Advocated for broader diplomatic ties to secure freedom for Portuguese citizens.
Expedited nationality certification for those with Sephardic roots.
Urged prompt action from the Registry Office.
Applied pressure on Portuguese authorities through media channels.
Took legal action when registry decisions fell short.

The battle continues: We’re still in court fighting for the rights of the late Ravid Katz’s family.

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״קונספירציות סביב המלחמה באוקראינה הן השלב החדש באנטישמיות״

עשרות נציגי ממשלות וחברי פרלמנטים מרחבי אירופה השתתפו היום (שלישי) בטכס אזכרה לקורבנות השואה, שנערך באתר מחנה טרזין (טרזיינשטאט) בצ׳כיה. הטכס נערך לקראת יום השואה הבינלאומי ביוזמת איגוד הארגונים היהודיים באירופה ובמסגרת כנס כלל-אירופי שדן בסוגיית המאבק בתיאוריות קונספירציה אנטישמיות ברשתות החברתיות, בתקשורת ובאוניברסיטאות.

הבחירה לקיים הטכס במחנה טרזין, שהיווה מחנה מעבר למחנות ההשמדה עבור יהודים ממדינות מרכז ומערב אירופה, נבעה מהשימוש שעשו הנאצים במחנה כ״גטו ראווה״ יצוגי, כדי לרמות את דעת הקהל העולמית באשר להשמדתם של יהודי אירופה בגטאות ובמחנות ההשמדה.

״מחנה הריכוז טרזין ׳שווק׳ ע”י הנאצים כ׳התיישבות יהודים׳ רגילה״, הדגיש בכנס יו”ר איגוד הארגונים היהודים באירופה (EJA), הרב מנחם מרגולין,״אך בניגוד מוחלט ל’פייק ניוז’ הזה כ-120,000 מתוך 160,000 היהודים שנאסרו בו נספו בשואה, בהם כ-13,000 ילדים. חלקם נשלחו לתאי הגזים באושוויץ, רבים מתו מרעב. גם היום הפייק ניוז מהווה סכנה מוחשית לשלומם של היהודים ברחבי אירופה, כלי שטנה שמועצם לצערנו ע”י הרשתות החברתיות ומלבה תיאוריות קונספירציה נגד יהודים. עשרות המנהיגים האירופים שנענו לקריאתנו להגיע לקראת יום השנה הבינלאומי לשואה, דווקא לכאן, לטרזין, התחייבו להיאבק בפייק ניוז המעודד אנטישמיות ולהטמיע תוכניות חינוכיות למיגורה”.

הרב מרגולין הדגיש את תיאוריות הקונספירציה שהאשימו את היהודים בהפצת מגיפת הקורונה וכן בפרוץ המלחמה באוקראינה כדוגמאות העכשוויות ביותר למסורת הפצת תיאוריות קונספירציה אנטישמיות, שתוצאותיהן עלולות להיות קטלניות כבעבר.

במהלך הטכס בטרזין נשא דברים גדעון לב, ניצול שואה מהמחנה, שבשנים האחרונות הפך “לכוכב טיקטוק” הנלחם באנטישמיות. לב שרד את השהות במחנה עם אמו. סבו נפטר ממחלות בטרזין. אביו נשלח לאושוויץ, ומת בדרך מאושוויץ לברגן-בחזן. ״כשהנאצים השתלטו על צ’כיה, זה היה סופם של היהודים במדינה״, העיד לב, בן ה-87, ״יהודים לא יכלו להישאר בחוץ בלילה, לא יכלו להחזיק במכשירי רדיו ועד מהרה הועברנו כולנו למחנה טרזין שנקרא ׳מחנה יישוב מחדש׳, אבל הוא היה רחוק מזה. הכניסו אותנו לצריפים צפופים מאוד, לא היה מקום, נשים וילדים לא יכלו לראות את בעליהם, אלא אם כן מבעד לחלונות צועדים בשתיקה. המשפט “Arbeit Macht Frei” (“העבודה משחררת”) הוא אחד מהזוועות הנאציות הציניות ביותר: אתה חופשי כשאתה מת. איני זוכר במדויק כיצד שרדתי כילד את החיים כאן. ילדים רוצים לחיות;ילדים אינם רוצים למות. המאבק באנטישמיות ומאבק בשנאה נגד יהודים וכל מיעוט אחר הוא משהו שכולנו יכולים וצריכים לעשות”.

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נשיאת הפרלמנט האירופי: "מזעזע שבתי כנסת באירופה מאובטחים כמו מבצר"

נשיאת הפרלמנט האירופי, רוברטה מצולה קיבלה הערב (יום חמישי) אות כבוד מטעם איגוד הארגונים של יהודי אירופה (EJA) בשל פעילות “יוצאת דופן” למען הקהילות היהודיות ביבשת. מצולה, שדיברה במהלך הטקס, הודתה כי “אנחנו לא עושים מספיק כדי להילחם באנטישמיות”. היא קראה לשמר את אורחות החיים של היהודים באירופה – כמו למשל שחיטה כשרה – והוסיפה כי היא “מזועזעת לראות כיצד בתי כנסת באירופה מאובטחים כמו מבצר”.

בשבוע שבו מציינים 84 שנים לליל הבדולח, ביקרה מצולה גם במחנה ההשמדה באושוויץ. “זו חובתי ואחריותי להגן על יהודי אירופה מפני אנטישמיות”, אמרה שם. “עלינו להילחם בתעמולה האנטישמית שמשתוללת במדינות אירופה. על מנת לנצח במשימה, אנו זקוקים ליותר מרק אסטרטגיה – אלא לנקיטת יוזמה ופעולה. לא נשכח ולא ניתן לזה לקרות שוב”.

מלבד מצולה הגיעו לכנס המנהיגים השנתי למאבק באנטישמיות של ה-EJA גם נציב האיחוד האירופי אוליבר ורהלי, מזכירת הפרלמנט הצרפתי קרולין ז’נביר, נשיאת הפרלמנט הצ’כי מרקטה פקרובה, ראש ממשלת מונטנגרו דריטן אברזוביץ’, נשיא הקונגרס היהודי האירו- אסייתי אלכסנדר משקביץ, שגריר ישראל למוסדות האיחוד האירופי חיים רגב, שרים ממדינות אירופה ועשרות פרלמנטרים בכירים מרחבי היבשת.

נציב האיחוד האירופי אוליבר ורהלי, שאחראי על היחסים עם המדינות הגובלות באיחוד, הדגיש כי זו חובתו לבוא לאושוויץ. “אני באמת חושש שמה שקרה כאן יכול לקרות שוב”, אמר. “הדרך הטובה ביותר להילחם באנטישמיות היא לקדם חיים יהודיים ברחבי אירופה. לא מספיק להגיד לעולם לא שוב, אנחנו חייבים לעשות משהו. המסר שלי לאירופים: יש רק ניצחון אחד על המוות והוא החיים”.

Board letter to Ministers of Interior of the United Kingdom, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Hungary, and the Netherlands

United Kingdom:

Dear Rt. Hon. Secretary of State Ms Braverman,

Re: Granting Citizenship to Hostages held by Hamas in Gaza

We, Jewish Leaders, write with an urgent request that could – quite literally – save the lives of the hostages being held by Hamas.

You are doubtless aware that Hamas has released a trickle of hostages from the over 200 abducted following their inhuman massacre in Israel on October 7th. The taken include babies, toddlers, children, the elderly and the infirm.

We ask you, as part of a European wide effort with fellow Ministers in other Member States, to take responsibility for a number of hostages by granting them citizenship, even if temporary.

We would be happy to provide you with a list of names and details.

The granting of citizenship and the protections afforded by such citizenship would undoubtedly save lives and avoid a despicable spectacle last witnessed in the death camps: a selection of Jews.

We cannot allow this to happen. We implore you to do all that you can to free the hostages by granting them citizenship of your country.

We stand ready to help, day or night.

Thanking you in advance for your urgent consideration and attention and very much look forward to hearing from your office.

With most respectful regards

Yours sincerely,

_________________________________________________________________________________________

Austria:

Your Excellency Minister of Interior Dr. Karner,

Re: Granting Citizenship to Hostages held by Hamas in Gaza

We, Jewish Leaders, write with an urgent request that could – quite literally – save the lives of the hostages being held by Hamas.

You are doubtless aware that Hamas has released a trickle of hostages from the over 200 abducted following their inhuman massacre in Israel on October 7th. The taken include babies, toddlers, children, the elderly and the infirm.

We ask you, as part of a European wide effort with fellow Ministers in other Member States, to take responsibility for a number of hostages by granting them citizenship, even if temporary.

We would be happy to provide you with a list of names and details.

The granting of citizenship and the protections afforded by such citizenship would undoubtedly save lives and avoid a despicable spectacle last witnessed in the death camps: a selection of Jews.

We cannot allow this to happen. We implore you to do all that you can to free the hostages by granting them citizenship of your country.

We stand ready to help, day or night.

Thanking you in advance for your urgent consideration and attention and very much look forward to hearing from your office.

With most respectful regards

Yours sincerely,

_________________________________________________________________________________________

Poland:

Your Excellency Minister of the Interior Dr. Kamiński,

Re: Granting Citizenship to Hostages held by Hamas in Gaza

We, Jewish Leaders, write with an urgent request that could – quite literally – save the lives of the hostages being held by Hamas.

You are doubtless aware that Hamas has released a trickle of hostages from the over 200 abducted following their inhuman massacre in Israel on October 7th. The taken include babies, toddlers, children, the elderly and the infirm.

We ask you, as part of a European wide effort with fellow Ministers in other Member States, to take responsibility for a number of hostages by granting them citizenship, even if temporary.

We would be happy to provide you with a list of names and details.

The granting of citizenship and the protections afforded by such citizenship would undoubtedly save lives and avoid a despicable spectacle last witnessed in the death camps: a selection of Jews.

We cannot allow this to happen. We implore you to do all that you can to free the hostages by granting them citizenship of your country.

We stand ready to help, day or night.

Thanking you in advance for your urgent consideration and attention and very much look forward to hearing from your office.

With most respectful regards

Yours sincerely,

_________________________________________________________________________________________

Czech Republic:

Your Excellency Minister of Interior Dr. Rakušan,

Re: Granting Citizenship to Hostages held by Hamas in Gaza

We, Jewish Leaders, write with an urgent request that could – quite literally – save the lives of the hostages being held by Hamas.

You are doubtless aware that Hamas has released a trickle of hostages from the over 200 abducted following their inhuman massacre in Israel on October 7th. The taken include babies, toddlers, children, the elderly and the infirm.

We ask you, as part of a European wide effort with fellow Ministers in other Member States, to take responsibility for a number of hostages by granting them citizenship, even if temporary.

We would be happy to provide you with a list of names and details.

The granting of citizenship and the protections afforded by such citizenship would undoubtedly save lives and avoid a despicable spectacle last witnessed in the death camps: a selection of Jews.

We cannot allow this to happen. We implore you to do all that you can to free the hostages by granting them citizenship of your country.

We stand ready to help, day or night.

Thanking you in advance for your urgent consideration and attention and very much look forward to hearing from your office.

With most respectful regards

Yours sincerely,

_________________________________________________________________________________________

Germany:

Your Excellency Minister of the Interior Dr. Faeser,

Re: Granting Citizenship to Hostages held by Hamas in Gaza

Her Excellency Madam Nancy Faeser Federal Minister of the Interior and Community Federal Republic of Germany

We, Jewish Leaders, write with an urgent request that could – quite literally – save the lives of the hostages being held by Hamas.

You are doubtless aware that Hamas has released a trickle of hostages from the over 200 abducted following their inhuman massacre in Israel on October 7th. The taken include babies, toddlers, children, the elderly and the infirm.

We ask you, as part of a European wide effort with fellow Ministers in other Member States, to take responsibility for a number of hostages by granting them citizenship, even if temporary.

We would be happy to provide you with a list of names and details.

The granting of citizenship and the protections afforded by such citizenship would undoubtedly save lives and avoid a despicable spectacle last witnessed in the death camps: a selection of Jews.

We cannot allow this to happen. We implore you to do all that you can to free the hostages by granting them citizenship of your country.

We stand ready to help, day or night.

Thanking you in advance for your urgent consideration and attention and very much look forward to hearing from your office.

With most respectful regards

Yours sincerely,

_________________________________________________________________________________________

France:

Your Excellency Minister of the Interior Mr. Darmanin,

Re: Granting Citizenship to Hostages held by Hamas in Gaza

We, Jewish Leaders, write with an urgent request that could – quite literally – save the lives of the hostages being held by Hamas.

You are doubtless aware that Hamas has released a trickle of hostages from the over 200 abducted following their inhuman massacre in Israel on October 7th. The taken include babies, toddlers, children, the elderly and the infirm.

We ask you, as part of a European wide effort with fellow Ministers in other Member States, to take responsibility for a number of hostages by granting them citizenship, even if temporary.

We would be happy to provide you with a list of names and details.

The granting of citizenship and the protections afforded by such citizenship would undoubtedly save lives and avoid a despicable spectacle last witnessed in the death camps: a selection of Jews.

We cannot allow this to happen. We implore you to do all that you can to free the hostages by granting them citizenship of your country.

We stand ready to help, day or night.

Thanking you in advance for your urgent consideration and attention and very much look forward to hearing from your office.

With most respectful regards

Yours sincerely,

_________________________________________________________________________________________

Hungary:

Your Excellency Minister of Interior Dr. Pintér,

Re: Granting Citizenship to Hostages held by Hamas in Gaza

We, Jewish Leaders, write with an urgent request that could – quite literally – save the lives of the hostages being held by Hamas.

You are doubtless aware that Hamas has released a trickle of hostages from the over 200 abducted following their inhuman massacre in Israel on October 7th. The taken include babies, toddlers, children, the elderly and the infirm.

We ask you, as part of a European wide effort with fellow Ministers in other Member States, to take responsibility for a number of hostages by granting them citizenship, even if temporary.

We would be happy to provide you with a list of names and details.

The granting of citizenship and the protections afforded by such citizenship would undoubtedly save lives and avoid a despicable spectacle last witnessed in the death camps: a selection of Jews.

We cannot allow this to happen. We implore you to do all that you can to free the hostages by granting them citizenship of your country.

We stand ready to help, day or night.

Thanking you in advance for your urgent consideration and attention and very much look forward to hearing from your office.

With most respectful regards

Yours sincerely,

_________________________________________________________________________________________The Netherlands:

Your Excellency Minister of the Interior Dr. de Jonge,

Re: Granting Citizenship to Hostages held by Hamas in Gaza

H.E. Mr Hugo de Jonge Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations The Netherlands

We, Jewish Leaders, write with an urgent request that could – quite literally – save the lives of the hostages being held by Hamas.

You are doubtless aware that Hamas has released a trickle of hostages from the over 200 abducted following their inhuman massacre in Israel on October 7th. The taken include babies, toddlers, children, the elderly and the infirm.

We ask you, as part of a European wide effort with fellow Ministers in other Member States, to take responsibility for a number of hostages by granting them citizenship, even if temporary.

We would be happy to provide you with a list of names and details.

The granting of citizenship and the protections afforded by such citizenship would undoubtedly save lives and avoid a despicable spectacle last witnessed in the death camps: a selection of Jews.

We cannot allow this to happen. We implore you to do all that you can to free the hostages by granting them citizenship of your country.

We stand ready to help, day or night.

Thanking you in advance for your urgent consideration and attention and very much look forward to hearing from your office.

With most respectful regards

Yours sincerely,

 

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks ת.נ.צ.ב.ה

EJA chairman Rabbi Menachem Margolin said this evening:
“It is with profound sadness that we learn of the passing of Rabbi Sacks.
An incredible human being, full of light, warmth and wisdom. There has seldom been such a well known, well respected and active Chief Rabbi in Europe.
His tireless work and commitment to the Jewish people meant that when he spoke, people listened.
When he pulled an alarm cord, people responded.
And when he explained the wisdom and beauty of our Holy texts, people understood.
Few of us will ever be fortunate to leave behind us such a legacy. May his memory be a blessing.”
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