Israeli Flag flies at half-mast in solidarity with the people of Guatemala after the eruption of Volcan de Fuego
Israel Ambassador to Guatemala Matty Cohen has ordered the flag of the Jewish State to be lowered to half-mast at the headquarters of the Israel Embassy as a sign of solidarity with the people of Guatemala in the wake of Sunday’s deadly eruption of the Fuego volcano. The flag joins with that of Guatemala, also lowered to half mast as ordered by President Jimmy Morales.
“On behalf of the government of Israel I would like to express our solidarity with the people and Government of Guatemala over the damage caused by the eruption of Volcan de Fuego, the ‘Fire Volcano.’ My condolences to the families of the victims. May God bless Guatemala,” Cohen wrote in a separate tweet.
Guatemala immediately followed the United States as the second nation to move its embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, last month.
Entire villages were buried knee-deep in boiling ash, rocks, and mud. Ash from the volcano reached the international airport in Guatemala City, forcing it to close.
The pyroclastic density currents were as devastating as the hot lava flows seen in the eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea, if not more so, because one can usually run away from lava, according to University of Hull geology department head Rebecca Williams, who spoke with The Daily Beast. William said pyroclastic density currents — sometimes called pyroclastic flow — are the volcanic version of an avalanche, comprised of toxic chemicals at a temperature of 1,000 degrees Centigrade with various gases, rocks and ash. “They … travel faster than a car, so you can’t outdrive them.”
The cloud of ash that was blown from the volcano rose 10 kilometers into the air, eventually landing as far as 40 kilometers away, inland. The “river of lava” that flowed through the villages raced down the slope of the volcano at a speed of 700 miles per hour — the speed of an airliner, as a CNN meteorologist put it — giving nearby residents of El Rodeo at the foot of Volcan de Fuego no chance at all to evacuate.
The search and rescue crews fought desperately to pull people — some still alive, and those already dead — from the ash, some of it piled as high as the street signs. One reporter likened the scene to that of Pompeii, only 30 miles southwest of the capital. Guatemala police miraculously pulled a baby from the ash in one instance.
The heat from the ground is still reported to be so intense that in some cases it can “melt the soles of your shoes,” said a CBS reporter. The once-densely vegetated terrain around the volcano is now coated with thick, grey, smoking ash.
At least 69 people were confirmed dead by Tuesday, with the death toll expected to rise as more bodies are pulled from the ash. Soldiers wearing protective masks and heavy-soled boots continued to rescue as many people as they could, helping to evacuate them by helicopter from areas threatened by the still-erupting volcano. More than 3,000 were evacuated in the first 48 hours of the conflagration, with nearly two million people affected by the volcano’s eruption. Hundreds more were injured.
Netanyahu’s support for the settlement enterprise, is believed to have been reigned by former democratic US president Barack Obama who was in office from January 2009 to January 2017.
A man photographs a woman as she stands next to a mural depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and Is
Spending on West Bank settlements spiked by 39% in 2017, the first year US President Donald Trump was in office, the left-wing group Peace Now reported on Tuesday.
Weekend work permits for Eurovision complicate Netanyahu’s coalition bargaining with ultra-Orthodox parties
Israeli singer and past Eurovision winner Dana International at the Orange Carpet event in Tel Aviv, May 13, 2019.
Israeli singer and past Eurovision winner Dana International at the Orange Carpet event in Tel Aviv, May 13, 2019.Tomer Appelbaum
Seeking to quell ultra-Orthodox anger over holding the Eurovision Song Contest’s final in Tel Aviv on Saturday, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday it was an “individual international event” not sponsored by the state, and that the government doesn’t want to violate the Sabbath.
French Holocaust denier Alain Soral. Photo: Egalite et Réconciliation.
The mayor of one of southern France’s most picturesque towns expressed fury on Tuesday after learning that a group of right-wing activists and conspiracy theorists — including convicted Holocaust denier Alain Soral — were planning to hold a “summer school” there at the end of August.
“I say it clearly, Soral is not welcome here,” Alexandre Reynal — mayor of the town of Amelie-les-Bain in the spectacular Pyrénées-Orientales region — told a local news outlet on Tuesday.
I urge all visitors to join me in a conspiracy to violate the UN Security Council Resolution…Obama, himself, engineered the Resolution. He pushed it through the Security Council despite some reservations by other members, including Egypt, which believed that the Resolution itself could become a barrier to a negotiated two-state solution. After all, if Israel’s control over Judaism’s holiest site is deemed illegal, then Israel would have to negotiate its legality with the Palestinians.
The ruling Law and Justice Party views Poland as a victim of World War II, and that therefore Poland should not be required to pay damages to other victims.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki reacts after receiving his nomination during a government s
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki reacts after receiving his nomination during a government swearing-in ceremony in Warsaw, Poland, December 11, 2017..
Only three-quarters of a century after Der Stürmer incentivized the mass murder of Jews by dehumanizing them, we see a revival of such bigoted caricatures.
I do not believe in free speech for me, but not for thee. But I do believe in condemning those who hide behind the First Amendment to express anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, homophobic, sexist or racist views.
One of the most influential newspapers in the world, the Jewish-owned New York Times decided to present the Jews with a gift in honor of the last day of Passover – a major Jewish holiday – an antisemitic caricature. The controversial cartoon shows US President Donald Trump as a blind man with a skullcap on his head, being led by a dog that looks like Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And to make sure the reader knows it is indeed the Israeli premier, the dog has a Star of David dangling from its collar.
Last week, Jared Kushner, one of the administration’s point men on the Middle East, dispensed with the term “two-state solution” in its impending peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians. “The two-state solution has failed,” he said.
The “two-state solution” does not appear in the 1993 Oslo Accords, which called only for “interim self-government” for the Palestinians. The goal was a negotiated final status agreement, in which independence was not specified.
Religious fervor always picks up before the Jewish holidays. Not surprisingly, Israeli undercover police arrested Jewish activists from the Hozrim L’Har (Returning to the Mount) organization early Friday afternoon, just before the onset of the Passover holiday, after an apparent attempt to bring a young goat on to the Temple Mount for a self-proclaimed sacrificial rite. Indeed, this drama plays itself out every year, but according to Jerusalem police, this year a record of at least twelve members of the organization were arrested throughout the course of the day on counts of disturbing the peace.
Every year when Passover eve arrives, I do my best not to think about that night; to allow the joy of cherished rituals meant to renew our family’s tribal history and faith envelop us in its warm glow as whoever among the kids and grandkids it’s our turn to host partake of the matzoh, bitter herbs, and wine. Often – actually most often – I succeed.