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Monday, April 25, 2016

Poland protecting its interests

Prime Minister Beata Szydło visiting in the U.S. this past week at Doylestown, Pennsylvania (known as the American Częstochowa) in the US told about 2,000 members of the Polish diaspora that :  the only reason behind a recent wave of criticism against her ruling Party is that Poland is 'finally beginning to protect its interests.'

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło

The comments from the PM who belongs to the Euro-skeptic PiS Party come ten days after the European Parliament passed a resolution warning that the rule of law, democracy and human rights were endangered in Poland.

The main reason for the trip to the US was to sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement on Friday in New York. In her comments Szydło said her cabinet would continue to protect national interests with determination, stressing that “the Polish nation and state have the right to be treated in the same way as other nations and to put forward their own conditions on a par with others”.

She also spoke about her government’s commitment to foster closer bonds with Polish communities abroad and about her cabinet’s efforts to support Polish families.

The prime minister was given an enthusiastic welcome, with chants of Beata” and ”Polonia kocha polski rząd” (the Polish diaspora loves the Polish government) and bidding farewell with the traditional Polish song ”Sto lat” (May she live 100 years).

The Main Church in Doylestown was dedicated on 16 October 1966 as a votive offering for the millennium of Christianity in Poland, with US President Lyndon Johnson among those attending the ceremony. In 1984 the sanctuary was visited by President Ronald Reagan. Archbishop Karol Wojtyła, future Pope John Paul II, visited the place in 1969 and 1976.

On Saturday Prime Minster Beata Szydło also placed flowers at the Katyń Memorial in Jersey City which is dedicated to Polish officers killed by Stalin’s NKVD police at Katyń Forest in 1940. It is a bronze statue of a Polish soldier, impaled in the back by a Soviet bayoneted rifle.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Check the circumcision

When someone sees a man wearing a beard and payots (those curly sideburns) they immediately assume him to be an Orthodox Jew. And, when he leads prayers in Hebrew, people assume he is a Rabbi.

Jacek Niszczota, Fake Rabbi

Jacek Niszczota who for years served as a community rabbi in the Polish town of Poznań was in fact a Polish Catholic and previously  a cook from Ciechanow, a town in north-central Poland.

The impostor presented himself to the community as Yaakav Ben Nistell from Haifa, Israel. His deceit was exposed recently when people in his hometown saw him on television taking part in ecumenical observances with Catholic and Muslim religious leaders. They then informed local journalists about the hoax. But, now he has disappeared into thin air.

The ‘rabbi’ had conducted Jewish related activities for youth in the local community for several years, and took part in ecumenical prayer services with Polish bishops. He also allegedly carried out interfaith meetings with priests and imams.

The Poznań community has posted a warning on its website saying Niszczota "deceived not only the community members but also other people with whom he co-operated on behalf of the Poznan Jewish Community."

As a volunteer, Niszczota who learned Hebrew and Jewish prayers by listening to Israeli radio, was not obliged to prove his identity, and his activities raised no suspicion.

He won the trust of the Jewish community with the good things he was doing: he baked challahs (bread) for Israel Independence Day ceremonies, he helped with maintenance of Jewish cemeteries and he had the right cultural knowledge. He also led prayers and gave lectures on Jewish tradition, that were all correct, and did not protest when people from outside the community occasionally addressed him "rabbi.

Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich said he met the man a few times and always found him to be "very sweet and smiley."

While it's not good that Niszczota misrepresented himself, the incident is indicative of a growing interest in Poland and in its once-large Jewish community, which was nearly destroyed by Nazi Germany in the Holocaust during WWII.

Who 30 years ago in Poland would have pretended to be a rabbi, to say nothing of 70 years ago?

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Friday, April 22, 2016

No other place better for Jews in EU

Matthew Tymand posted on Breitbart-London : Despite the Western narrative that suggests Polish anti-Semitism is rampant, Poland is one of the best – if not the best – nations in Europe in which to be Jewish today. This is also true for Tartar Muslims as can be seen in this previous post

For hundreds of years while Jews were placed in ghettos or expelled from places like Spain, Italy and other European countries, they found refuge in a pluralistic and welcoming Poland.

Nazi atrocities  killed both 3 million Jews and 3 million Catholic Poles during their brutal occupation of Poland. Many Catholic Poles were executed for harboring and hiding Jews during World War II. Gentiles who hid or saved Jews during World War II from Nazi genocide are recognized by Israel’s Yad Vashem institute as “Righteous Among the Nations”.  More than 6,600 Poles have been honored with the title - outnumbering any other nationality.  See this post on the topic

The author goes on to say: "When looking at contemporary Europe – as now currently dominated by the European Union (EU) leviathan – the most obvious point of distinction as to why being Jewish in Poland is a delight versus say, in France or in Belgium, is that Poland is filled with Poles who have successfully co-existed with Jews for centuries in a commonwealth of openness. This is as opposed to most other EU nations, especially from Germany westward, that have welcomed into their borders a culturally suicidal mass migration of Muslims from third world, theocratic states whose foundational tenet is anti-Semitism....  in a nation of 40 million it is intellectually dishonest and mathematically fraudulent to suggest the numbers prove that systemic and institutionalised anti-Semitism was a policy of Poles; the suggestion that anti-Semitism was always the rule and never the exception is usually being made by those looking to further a political agenda."

Read the entire article: 

Poland Is Now One Of The Best Nations In Which To Be Jewish

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The night they drove ol' Dixie down

The post-bellum lyrics from the Joan Baez song from the 1960s. Now, it is popular to remove all symbols of the Confederacy from every corner of America.

In Poland, the government plans to demolish about 500 Soviet monuments throughout the country. This is really pissing off the Russians.

Lukasz Kaminsky of the the Institute of National Remembrance - whose institute is responsible for investigating crimes against the Polish nation - said that plans for the demolition of the monuments, would be sent to local authorities in the coming weeks.

Poland tearing down, removing, demolishing, destroying Russian war monuments on Polish soil. Liberals and progressives have a problem with this. Not so much with symbols of Dixie. The hypocrisy of this and many other stances and beliefs border on mental disease.
To be consistent let's destroy every vestige of Roman Imperial dominance including the word Roman from the Holy ____ Catholic Church.

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Thou Shall Not Kill (Abort)

Some people see Abortion as a reactive birth control method for folks who can't keep their hormones in control. 

Gun killings can't hold a candle to abortion procedures

The very conservative PiS Party elected last year has induced thousands to protest all over Poland protesting against a call for a complete ban on abortion.  Besides the government  the Church supports the measure as well. There have been reports of people walking out during Mass.

A number of groups have spoken out against a total ban. They cite a fragile compromise on abortion that was reached in Poland 16 years ago. Poland's current abortion laws are among the most stringent in Europe. Even birth control pills were smuggled into the country.

Rafał Grupiński, of the opposition Civic Platform (PO) party, said: "We will defend the compromise that was made in the nineties. Launching another civil war is absurd, even more so because the tide could turn the other way in a couple of years. I am really surprised that the episcopate wants to destroy the fragile balance.”

While PiS, holding a majority in parliament, Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin said that “each MP will vote as their conscience dictates.”

The Polish Episcopate has argued that there cannot be a compromise. Bishops cited the sixth of the Ten Commandments, which states: 'Thou shalt not kill.'

With the birth rate in Poland in serious decline and one of the lowest in the EU perhaps outlawing abortion will reverse the trend and halt the economic and social decay that comes with a dwindling population. 

 PiS in addition is set to give government money to couples for each individual child more than one as a way to induce population growth.