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.
Members of Students for Justice in Palestine speak at the “Palestine Without Borders” session at the 2018 United We Dream National Congress. Photo: Youth Empowerment Alliance.
A pro-Israel group on Thursday denounced an “antisemitic” session recently hosted by an immigrant youth organization, which compared Israel with Nazi Germany and equated the movement for Jewish self-determination with white supremacy and genocide.
69% of progressives are ashamed to be Americans, but 63% are proud of their political ideology instead. The majority don’t attend religious services, but 73% list politics as their preoccupation.
Numbers from one poll showed that, “religiously unaffiliated Democrats were more than twice as likely to have attended a rally within the past 12 months compared with their religious peers” and were “significantly more likely to have contacted an elected official or to have donated to a candidate or cause” or “bought or boycotted a product for political reasons or posted political opinions online”.
Campus Week: A guide for Jewish students and their elders
Anti-Zionism ghettoizes Jews from the rest of the justice movement, putting a wall around us that separates us from other marginalized people. It cannot be reconciled with any movement striving for inclusivity. It denies us access to solidarity-based movements which should be fighting for equality, for historically oppressed peoples. As American Jewish students return to campus, they should prepare to be challenged academically and intellectually, and should also prepare to challenge movements that don’t respect Zionism and their Jewish heritage.
The Jerusalem Post reviewed a video showing two speakers who called for the “liberation of all of Palestine 48” and “we must take a stand and boycott Israel. BDS.” The slogan to “liberate all of Palestine” reverts to the founding of the Jewish state in 1948 and is widely considered a euphemism to cleanse Israel of Jews.
The German Middle East expert Thomas von der Osten-Sacken wrote an article on the website of the Austrian-based think tank Mena-Watch, with the headline “Speaker at indivisible demonstration calls for Israel’s destruction.” The protest was called #unteilbar (indivisible) by its organizers.
From 1998 to 2008, 5.4 million Congolese died as a result of civil war. Most of the Congolese asylum seekers in Israel came during this period.
It is now the turn of hundreds of asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to be deported back to their country. The Foreign Ministry has implied that the conditions that justified collective protection to Congolese asylum seekers no longer prevail and that there is nothing to prevent them from returning home safely. The Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) has given them 90 days to leave the country.
With its decades-old track record of murder and mayhem, Hamas has already secured itself a place in the annals of infamy.
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“In the Hadith, the Day of Judgment will never happen until you fight the Jews,” Hatem Bazian reportedly declared, “until the trees and stones will say, oh Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him!”
That was in 1999.
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