prime minister – Jews For Morality http://www.jewsformorality.org/ Sun, 20 Mar 2022 20:44:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://www.jewsformorality.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-09T151402.937-150x150.png prime minister – Jews For Morality http://www.jewsformorality.org/ 32 32 Half a million mourners attend funeral of rabbi in Israel http://www.jewsformorality.org/half-a-million-mourners-attend-funeral-of-rabbi-in-israel/ Sun, 20 Mar 2022 20:44:00 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/half-a-million-mourners-attend-funeral-of-rabbi-in-israel/ The Sunday funeral of a revered rabbi in Israel drew half a million mourners dressed in traditional ultra-Orthodox clothing, turning the streets of a religious suburb of Tel Aviv into a sea of ​​black. The roads of Bnei Brak were filled with men and boys in black suits – one of the largest gatherings in […]]]>

The Sunday funeral of a revered rabbi in Israel drew half a million mourners dressed in traditional ultra-Orthodox clothing, turning the streets of a religious suburb of Tel Aviv into a sea of ​​black.

The roads of Bnei Brak were filled with men and boys in black suits – one of the largest gatherings in Israel’s history – mourning Chaim Kanievsky, of Belarusian origin, who died Friday at the age of 94 .

Breaking up the huge crowd, dozens of police formed a phalanx around the van carrying the rabbi’s body as the vehicle drove towards the Bnei Brak cemetery.

“[Kanievsky’s] death is a huge loss for the Jewish people,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett wrote on Twitter.

Police estimated the crowd at around half a million people – one of the largest gatherings in Israel’s history.

Kanievsky, born in what is now Belarus, was the de facto leader of what is commonly known as the Lithuanian branch of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, and his knowledge of Jewish law was so revered that his rulings were said to demand full compliance within his community.

Rabbi Charedi Chaim Kanievsky died at the age of 94 on March 18, 2022.
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To some followers he was known as “our master, the prince of the Torah”, understanding the laws and traditions of the religion. Benjamin Brown, professor of Jewish thought at Hebrew University, told AFP that Kanievsky “became an authority figure almost against his will”.

“I cried when I heard he was dead,” said Shlomo Lugassi, 41, who had previously tried unsuccessfully to push his way through the crowds to reach the late rabbi’s apartment.

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Jewish groups condemn Latvian parade honoring Nazis, warn it could be used for Russian propaganda http://www.jewsformorality.org/jewish-groups-condemn-latvian-parade-honoring-nazis-warn-it-could-be-used-for-russian-propaganda/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 23:18:01 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/jewish-groups-condemn-latvian-parade-honoring-nazis-warn-it-could-be-used-for-russian-propaganda/ Breadcrumb Links News defense watch The march in honor of the Latvian SS Legion has been a controversial annual event, but pandemic health restrictions have forced the celebration to be canceled for the past two years. Latvian TV reported it was back this year with several hundred people taking part in the parade in Riga […]]]>

The march in honor of the Latvian SS Legion has been a controversial annual event, but pandemic health restrictions have forced the celebration to be canceled for the past two years. Latvian TV reported it was back this year with several hundred people taking part in the parade in Riga on Wednesday.

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Jewish groups condemn a parade in Latvia to celebrate members of Adolf Hitler’s SS, warning that the continued glorification of the Nazis is not only wrong but could also be used for Russian propaganda.

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The march in honor of the Latvian SS Legion has been a controversial annual event, but pandemic health restrictions have forced the celebration to be canceled for the past two years. Latvian TV reported it was back this year with several hundred people taking part in the parade in Riga on Wednesday.

For decades, Jewish groups have condemned the celebration and what they say is Latvia’s continued glorification of those who supported Hitler or took part in the Holocaust. There were also fears the parade could give Russian leader Vladimir Putin another example to drive home his propaganda message that NATO countries and Ukraine are harboring Nazis. Putin has already claimed that his army needed to invade Ukraine to “denazify” that country.

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Marvin Rotrand, national director of B’nai Brith Canada, said Latvia continued to ignore calls for the parade to be closed. “They honor an SS unit whose members were involved in atrocities, Rotrand said. “This year, in particular, there is an incredible lack of understanding of the damage that a march like this does to NATO unity and to nations that stand up for democracy.”

Over the years, Eastern European countries have erected monuments to nationalist leaders who fought against the Soviet Union in World War II, but many of those same leaders were Nazi collaborators and some actively participated. to the Holocaust. The Nazis also created SS units made up of men in Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine and Estonia.

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This World War II photo shows Latvian SS members.
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Holocaust scholars and Jewish groups note that the easiest way for Eastern European governments to counter Putin’s claims that they support Nazism would be to end such celebrations and remove monuments to collaborators.

But Latvian officials have redoubled their praise for the SS and say members of the legion are heroes who fought the Russians and have nothing to do with the Holocaust.

In 2019 Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks called SS members “the pride of the Latvian people and the state”. Pabriks also called out those who condemned the parade, adding, “It is our duty to honor these Latvian patriots from the depths of our souls.”

Canadian government and military officials have refused to condemn Pabriks’ statements.

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In early 2019, however, Global Affairs Canada denounced the annual March 16 parade. Amy Mills, spokeswoman for the department, said Canada was “firmly opposed to the glorification of Nazism and all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance and extremism”. This is why we condemn the parade commemorating the Latvian SS brigade held in Latvia on March 16.

This year, Global Affairs Canada has taken a less strident approach. He did not mention the Nazis, or specifically denounce the parade. “Canada has always supported the freedom and independence of Latvia and condemns those who would appropriate these sentiments to promote hatred, extremism and division,” ministry spokesman James Emmanuel Wanki said Thursday. , in an email. “To our knowledge, these events are neither sanctioned nor monitored by the Latvian government.”

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The Canadian Forces have approximately 540 soldiers in Latvia as part of a NATO mission. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently concluded a visit to Latvia and announced a further extension of the mission. His office noted that “the relationship between Canada and Latvia is rooted in our shared values.”

The Latvian SS Legion was made up of diehard Nazi collaborators who had taken part in the Holocaust as well as conscripts. Among the Legion officers was Viktors Arajs, the anti-Semite who liked to call himself “Arajs, the Latvian Jew-killer”.

Arajs once regaled guests at a dinner party in Riga with his views on the best method of killing Jewish babies, according to the book The Holocaust in Latvia. Arajs told his dinner attendees that he would throw the children in the air and then shoot them. This way he avoided the ricochets that could occur if he killed the babies on the ground.

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Latvian television reported that the government had stepped up police presence at this year’s parade and that there were no incidents. Government officials have rejected a request to allow a counter-protest by those who oppose Nazi glorification.

The Latvian government and its supporters say those speaking out against the parade have been duped by “Russian disinformation”. The right-wing Macdonald Laurier Institute in Ottawa, which received funding from the Latvian Ministry of Defence, also claimed that some press articles depicting Latvian participation in the Holocaust and support for Hitler “essentially reproduced tailor-made narratives from the Kremlin”.

But Jewish groups have raised concerns that such statements aim to whitewash the Holocaust.

Dovid Katz, editor of Defending History, a journal devoted to Holocaust studies and the fight against Nazi glorification, said it was “utterly sad” that the parade had resumed in Riga. “That they receive the historic center of the capital again this year is madness fraught with poor judgment and even poorer ethics in an act of de facto state facilitation of a pathetic cult of Hitlerism” , did he declare.

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The Queen praises the Commonwealth for being ‘ever bigger’ in her annual message http://www.jewsformorality.org/the-queen-praises-the-commonwealth-for-being-ever-bigger-in-her-annual-message/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 18:49:06 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/the-queen-praises-the-commonwealth-for-being-ever-bigger-in-her-annual-message/ The Queen said she hoped people across the Commonwealth “could draw strength and inspiration from what we share” during these “testing times”. The head of state’s comments were made in his annual message to the ‘family of nations’ issued on Commonwealth Day, as many countries continued to battle Covid-19 and the invasion of Ukraine by […]]]>

The Queen said she hoped people across the Commonwealth “could draw strength and inspiration from what we share” during these “testing times”.

The head of state’s comments were made in his annual message to the ‘family of nations’ issued on Commonwealth Day, as many countries continued to battle Covid-19 and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia threatened world peace and economic stability.

Now in the 70th year of her reign, the 95-year-old monarch said it made her happy in her Platinum Jubilee year to reaffirm the pledge she made in 1947 at the age 21 years of devoting his life to service. to the nation and the Commonwealth.

The Queen issued a positive note, extolling the virtues of the Commonwealth which “continues to be a point of connection, cooperation and friendship”.

His message to the family of the country’s 2.5 billion citizens was released just before a Westminster Abbey service marking Commonwealth Day, with guests including the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and hundreds of dignitaries. and young people.

Missing was the Queen who recently recovered from a bout of Covid and asked Charles to represent her after deciding not to attend following discussions with her family over arrangements for the event.

While the monarch now regularly uses a staff and recently told two senior officers at a reception at Windsor Castle “Well, as you can see I can’t move” when asked how she was going, the decision is interpreted as a mobility problem rather than a new health problem.

The Queen is due to celebrate her 96th birthday in less than six weeks and maintaining her comfort is a consideration and it is understood she has paced herself, although the Head of State has been keen to do all the work that she could during her Covid fight.

The Prince of Wales represented the Queen at the Commonwealth Day service (Adrian Dennis/PA)

In her written message, the Queen said: ‘In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, it gives me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947, that my life will always be dedicated to service.

“Today it is gratifying to witness a modern, vibrant and connected Commonwealth that combines a wealth of history and tradition with the great social, cultural and technological advances of our time. May the Commonwealth grow is an honor for all who have been involved.

The Head of State went on to say, “Our family of nations continues to be a point of connection, cooperation and friendship.

“It is a place to come together to pursue common goals and the common good, offering everyone the opportunity to serve and benefit.

“During these difficult times, I hope you can draw strength and inspiration from what we share, as we work together towards a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future for all.”

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Top Senate Republican says Wendy Rogers could be censured for speaking to white nationalists http://www.jewsformorality.org/top-senate-republican-says-wendy-rogers-could-be-censured-for-speaking-to-white-nationalists/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 02:01:18 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/top-senate-republican-says-wendy-rogers-could-be-censured-for-speaking-to-white-nationalists/ Republican State Senator Wendy Rogers speaking January 15, 2022 at a rally for former President Donald Trump in Florence. Photo of Gage Skidmore (modified) | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 Discussions are underway in the Arizona Senate about the possibility of censoring Senator Wendy Rogers for her recent inflammatory comments and speech at a white nationalist conference […]]]>

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Discussions are underway in the Arizona Senate about the possibility of censoring Senator Wendy Rogers for her recent inflammatory comments and speech at a white nationalist conference this weekend, according to the second house Republican.

“We talk about this. We discuss it. I think it’s best to consolidate what we’re going to do before we start talking to the media about what we’re going to do,” Senate Majority Leader Senator Rick Gray told reporters on Monday.

Rogers blasted the idea Monday night, write on social media that she “will not apologize for being white. Hit me as much as you want.

She continued“I will personally destroy the career of any Republican who participates in gaslighting simply because of the color of my skin or my opinion of a war I don’t want to send our children to die in.”

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The America First Political Action Conference, as the event is known, is an annual white nationalist rally. In a speech at the conference On Friday in Orlando, Rogers, a Republican from Flagstaff, called for the construction of a gallows to hang “high profile criminals” and “traitors who have betrayed our country.”

Wendy Rogers said white nationalists are ‘patriots’ and called for political enemies to be hanged

Rogers also praised event organizer Nick Fuentes, a known Holocaust denier who has made racist and anti-Semitic remarks. In a speech at the conference, Fuentes said people compare Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler, “like that’s not a good thing.” Fuentes is a leader of the “groyper” movement which seeks to push the Republican Party further toward white nationalism. Rogers on Friday called him “America’s most persecuted man.”

Gray, a Sun City Republican, said he had “serious concerns” about clips he saw of Rogers’ comments to AFPAC, as the event is known. His commentary on building gallows was “disappointing”, he said.

“I can say that I do not reflect his point of view. It’s not where I stand,” Gray said.

Rogers also raised eyebrows over the weekend with inflammatory social media posts about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, some of which included entrenched anti-Semitic tropes. She said Ukrainian President Volodimyr Zelensky, who has become the global face of resistance to Putin’s invasion, “is a globalist puppet” for George Soros and the Clintons. She added that he, French President Emmanuel Macron, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “all report to the same satanic masters”.

“I stand with Christians everywhere, not with the world bankers who are shoving ungodliness and degeneracy in our faces,” Rogers wrote on Twitter.

“Globalist” is a common code word used by anti-Semites to denigrate Jews. Soros and Zelensky are Jews.

They are disgusting. They have no place in politics, in civil society. They are ridiculous.

– Senator Paul Boyer, R-Glendale

Senate Speaker Karen Fann was more restrained in her response. She noted that she and other Senate Republican leaders issued a statement strongly supporting Ukraine in its war against Russia, but would not comment on Rogers’ other statements or his participation in AFPAC.

“We have a First Amendment right and anyone is allowed to say what they want. That doesn’t mean that we, as an organ of the Senate, agree with that,” said Fann, a Republican from Prescott.

Fann noted that some members of the Senate “are having conversations about the rest of the statements that have been made.” She wouldn’t comment on Gray’s claim that possible censorship might be in the works, saying only, “We’re not even there yet.” She said the Senate would issue additional statements and take action “as needed.”

She added that some senators were still unaware or unaware of Rogers’ recent statements.

“There are a lot of people who don’t follow Twitter and don’t follow the other stuff. I can tell you that I have members who are not even aware of the things that were said over the weekend. That’s why I said we needed some time for people to catch up on everything that’s happened so they can make their decisions on how best to handle it,” said Fann.

Some Republican senators, such as Sonny Borrelli and David Livingston, said they were unaware of Rogers’ statements and declined to comment. Republican Senators Sine Kerr and Tyler Pace also declined to comment.

Others have been forceful in their denunciation of Rogers. Senator Paul Boyer, a Republican from Glendale who has found himself at odds with much of his party over his refusal to embrace false conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, of which Rogers is a strong supporter, or the so-called “audit” that Fann commissioned of the election in Maricopa County, was the loudest voice among Senate Republicans.

“They are disgusting. They have no place in politics, in civil society. They are ridiculous,” Boyer said.

Boyer said Rogers’ comments were “specifically” anti-Semitic. When asked if he thought Rogers was a white nationalist, Boyer said she associated with white nationalists, spoke their language and appealed to them. He wondered if a censure would have an effect, but said other Republicans should speak out against her and expressed hope that voters would remove her from office this year. He also took issue with her invoking Christ and the gospels in her speech.

Boyer also said he disagreed with Governor Doug Ducey’s claim that Rogers is still better than the Democrat she defeated to win office in 2020. Ducey’s political action committee spent about $500,000 to help him defeat Democrat Felicia French. Boyer said he would prefer a Democrat, even if it would rob Senate Republicans of their 16th deciding vote.

Ducey: GOP senator with white nationalist ties is ‘even better than a’ Democrat

“I think we would still have to make some compelling arguments about the merits of any given policy,” Boyer said. “That kind of…rhetoric is beyond pale.”

Senator TJ Shope, R-Coolidge, has also been highly critical of Rogers’ rhetoric and his participation in AFPAC. In one Tweeter On Monday, Shope called Rogers’ comments about Ukraine “bullshit.”

“It’s completely, completely weird. I don’t even know where it comes from. Talk about something that just doesn’t seem rational at all, as far as thinking goes. Nothing positive to say, that’s for sure,” he told reporters on Monday.

Shope wouldn’t go so far as to say he’d rather have a Democrat than Rogers, but said: ‘I’d rather have someone in that seat without having to explain to me on a daily basis. ”

Shope would not comment on how he would vote on a hypothetical no-confidence motion against Rogers. He noted that he was the chairman of the House Ethics Committee and had “tremendous respect” for the process. He said he would have to consider all the information presented to him and that he didn’t want to “get out of his way”.

Rogers, who boasted in her AFPAC speech that she was not running away from criticismwould not speak to reporters on the Senate floor on Monday.

I would prefer someone to occupy this seat without having to explain myself to me on a daily basis.

– Senator TJ Shope, R-Coolidge

Arizona Republicans were largely silent on Rogers Monday. But GOP members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, who are ridiculed by Rogers’ wing of the party for false election conspiracy theories and debunked “audit” claims, have been highly critical.

Bill Gates, the chairman of the board, and Clint Hickman, its vice chairman, released a joint statement on Monday slamming Rogers for defending Putin, saying “anyone who doesn’t support his conspiracy theories is a puppet of Soros, a traitor or a communist”. ” – Rogers directed similar criticism at the Arizona Mirror — and for adopting “anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic rhetoric.”

“The United States of America has always been a beacon of hope for those who believe in self-determination and self-government. At this critical time, we need the world to see that we are not just preaching American values ​​to others, but living them ourselves,” Gates and Hickman said. “Wendy Rogers does not represent American values ​​or interests. I hope other business, community and political leaders will publicly condemn his hateful, dangerous, paranoid and un-American rhetoric.

Republican Supervisor Tom Galvin tweeted that Rogers is “spreading anti-Semitic tropes to defend Putin” and wrote“AFPAC morons are not conservatives and I’m all for canceling white supremacists, Nazi sympathizers and Putin suckers.”

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry also condemned Rogers for his statements.

“We hope it goes without saying that the House vehemently condemns the anti-Semitic views held by AFPAC and its supporters. Elected officials who spread this kind of hateful and divisive rhetoric will have to answer to voters,” House spokeswoman Annie Vogt said in a statement provided to the shimmer.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce helped fund Ducey’s campaign to boost Rogers in 2020. The chamber and a PAC it controls donated $140,000 to the governor’s PAC, which spent nearly $3.4 million dollars to elect Republican legislators.

Nationally, several prominent Republicans have targeted two GOP members of Congress who spoke at AFPAC, Paul Gosar of Arizona and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.

Asked about Gosar and Greene, US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “There is no place in the Republican Party for white supremacists or anti-Semitism.” His House counterpart, Californian Kevin McCarthy, said it was “appalling and wrong” for Gosar and Greene to appear at AFPAC, and said he would talk to them.

US Senator Mitt Romney, R-Utah, called them “cretins.” And Wyoming GOP Congresswoman Liz Cheney criticized members of his own party for not speaking against them, saying “the silence of Republican Party leaders is deafening and empowering.” Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois said Gosar and Greene should be kicked out of the GOP.

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The view of Budapest | Opinion http://www.jewsformorality.org/the-view-of-budapest-opinion/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 11:00:01 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/the-view-of-budapest-opinion/ I am writing to you from Budapest, the beautiful Hungarian capital that spans the Danube. Hungary, although a remote and modest country both in terms of size and population, has played a disproportionate role at the American curator consciousness For the past half decade or. After only a few days, it’s not hard to see […]]]>

I am writing to you from Budapest, the beautiful Hungarian capital that spans the Danube. Hungary, although a remote and modest country both in terms of size and population, has played a disproportionate role at the American curator consciousness For the past half decade or. After only a few days, it’s not hard to see why. Hungary, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his ruling party, Fidesz, is a real experience of government within a framework of “national conservatismThe lessons for American conservatives are clear and legion.

Western media typically cover Orbán hysterically, accusing him of autocracy, crypto-fascism, or outright brutality. It’s hard to believe any of these leftist keyboard warriors have ever met Orbán, let alone spent time with him. I spent a few hours standing straight next to him earlier this week when he met with a small group of visiting media, think tanks and other types of public figures. This meeting was enlightening.

From first-hand experience, I can attest that the Prime Minister has nothing to do with the caricature portrayed in the media. He’s personally quite funny, gregarious and engaging, and he handled even critical questions with aplomb. Perhaps most surprisingly to the blue-checked Twitterati types who view him as a barbaric, power-hungry European dictator, he is also a genuinely conservative intellectual. Orbán has spent time in Oxford and he dedicates one day a week to reading and immersing himself in substantive political reading. To borrow a popular online phrase, he “did the reading.”

When we met, Balazs Orban (no relation), the Prime Minister’s political director, expressly referred to the Hungarian government’s philosophical thread as national conservatism, even checking the name of one of the main intellectual architects of national conservatism, Yoram Hazony (full disclosure: my colleague at the Edmund Burke Foundation). In the past, Prime Minister Orbán has also embraced the mantle of “illiberal democracy”. This may sound rhetorically shocking to overly sensitized Western ears, but it amounts to the same critique of the liberal order that is being aired by Americans. national curators and “postliberals.”

Hungary under Orbán rejects the illusion of liberal neutrality, recognizing, as this column has already put it, “that a values-neutral liberal order amounts to a one-way cultural ratchet” toward leftism and progressivism. As Eurosceptic Hungary and other like-minded Central and Eastern European countries such as Poland have learned all too well, it is powerless to make a defensive case for “live and let live” style tolerance on the part of imperious liberal lords of the European Union in Berlin and Brussels. On the contrary, the only way for traditionalist nations like Hungary and Poland to push back against the EU’s progressive and globalist vision of the good, the true and the beautiful is to offer an affirmative counter-argument in the form of its own conservative and nationalist view of the good. , the true and the beautiful.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gives a joint press conference with the Brazilian President on February 17, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary
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Hungary’s border control is notoriously strict, as Fox News host Tucker Carlson himself witnessed in a highly publicized helicopter flight with Orbán when he was here last year. Hungary, which, like Poland and other countries in this part of Europe, was invaded in the past by various totalitarian empires, now prioritizes strict cultural assimilation and national preservation at the expense of the neoliberal absolutism and delusions of open borders à la George Soros. The Hungarian government under Fidesz is not “neutral”, moreover, on the fundamental questions of sexual morality and the Judeo-Christian tradition: gender ideology is kept out of schools, marriage is vigorously defended as the exclusive union of one man and one woman, and Christianity is woven into the very fabric of society and politics.

Fidesz has no appetite for police chambers – and Budapest has its annual “Pride” parade – but the state is resolutely putting its thumbs up in favor of traditional Christian ethics. There’s no “hours of drag queen story” outrage innocent children here. On the contrary, the government’s public defense of European Christianity and the “illiberal” nature in which its policies favor traditional religious ethics over alternative lifestyles represent a kind of “ecumenical integralism”—summed up by the fact that Orbán himself is a Calvinist, while his wife is a Catholic. Popular, elaborate and much-discussed Hungary family policy measures also succeeded in increasing the national birth rate.

The combination here of nationalism, public Christianity and the bashing of Soros leads many Western media outlets to brand Orbán and Fidesz as anti-Semites. Nothing could be further from the truth. Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the oldest leader in the history of the Jewish state, considered Orbán his best european ally. Hungary regularly supports Israel at the United Nations and in its invariable border disputes with Hamas and Hezbollah. Moreover, Jewish life itself in Budapest is thriving (at least based on the grim baseline of European Jewry after World War II). I spent half a day visiting many beautiful synagogues, walking around the historic Jewish ghetto, and having dinner at a very good kosher meat restaurant. (The goulash was delicious.) And unlike countries in Western and Northern Europe, which have taken a diametrically opposed stance on the issue of Islamic migration, the Jews of Hungary are safe. Armed guards outside synagogues are far from ubiquitous here, unlike in, say, Paris or Brussels.

The view of Budapest is therefore good. That’s not to say that everything here is perfect; like much of the rest of post-Soviet Central and Eastern Europe, corruption remains a real problem. But American statesmen and legislators can still find much to admire and perhaps emulate here, at least in principle; the nitty-gritty political details, especially in the context of the US constitutional structure, will be fleshed out not in the realm of principle but of caution. But Hungary under Fidesz, to use another expression popular among the online right, “knows what time it is”. The era is one of a declining neutral liberal order and a greater imperative to wield state power to promote good and crush evil.

The April elections here will reveal whether the Hungarian electorate agrees.

Josh Hammer is Newsweek opinion writer, host of “The Josh Hammer Show“, syndicated columnist and researcher at the Edmund Burke Foundation. Twitter: @josh_hammer.

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Jewish refugee aid group prepares for possible humanitarian crisis in Ukraine http://www.jewsformorality.org/jewish-refugee-aid-group-prepares-for-possible-humanitarian-crisis-in-ukraine/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 21:57:03 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/jewish-refugee-aid-group-prepares-for-possible-humanitarian-crisis-in-ukraine/ The Jewish-American refugee agency HIAS and its Ukrainian partner are preparing for a possible humanitarian crisis if Russian troops invade Eastern Europe. A Russian incursion or occupation could result in the mass displacement of millions of civilians, who will need basic services and support after fleeing the fighting for their safety in Ukraine and neighboring […]]]>

The Jewish-American refugee agency HIAS and its Ukrainian partner are preparing for a possible humanitarian crisis if Russian troops invade Eastern Europe.

A Russian incursion or occupation could result in the mass displacement of millions of civilians, who will need basic services and support after fleeing the fighting for their safety in Ukraine and neighboring countries.

HIAS and its Ukrainian sister group, Right to Protection, prepared plans and assistance for a potential war, using more than two decades of experience in the country.

“We are of course extremely concerned that any conflict that escalates will result in the displacement of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people,” said Rachel Levitan, vice president of policy and international relations at HIAS.

According to American estimates, a Russian invasion could kill up to 50,000 civilians and cause an influx of refugees of 1 to 5 million people.

On Thursday, NATO allies dismissed Russian claims that it was withdrawing troops from exercises that had fueled fears of an attack, rekindling fears of an imminent war. Russia is said to have built up some 150,000 military forces around Ukraine’s borders.

Concerns have grown in the West about what exactly Russia is doing with these troops – including about 60% of all Russian ground forces. The Kremlin insists it has no intention of invading, but it has long viewed Ukraine as part of its sphere of influence and NATO’s eastward expansion as an existential threat.

HIAS has worked in Ukraine since 2001, initially focusing on helping the country’s Jews. After most of the Ukrainian Jews who wanted to leave had settled in the United States or Israel, HIAS began working with the small number of asylum seekers from elsewhere who had settled in Ukraine.

Its Ukraine branch, Right to Protection, spun off to become an independent organization in 2013. The two groups still cooperate closely and share resources.

Russian army tanks are loaded onto railway platforms to return to their permanent base after exercises in Russia on February 16, 2022. (Russian Defense Ministry News Service via AP)

During the fighting in eastern Ukraine in 2014, HIAS and Right to Protection used their experience working with refugees to help internally displaced Ukrainians, primarily with legal assistance and humanitarian aid. Some 14,000 people have been killed in the fighting with the Russian-backed separatists, which has been simmering for nearly eight years.

The fighting has forcibly displaced more than 2 million Ukrainians and 3 million are in need of humanitarian assistance due to the conflict, according to the United Nations.

Last year, the UN said 734,000 people were considered internally displaced in Ukraine. There are also around 36,000 stateless people and nearly 5,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Ukraine.

Even without an attack, Russia’s sustained pressure on Ukraine has further hampered its faltering economy and left an entire nation under constant pressure.

Right to Protection has 10 offices across the country and employs 160 people, about half of whom are on the eastern border. The services they provide include helping people access government benefits, securing basic services in places that have been affected by conflict, and providing mental health support.

“We are working in partnership with Right to Protection to ensure that they are positioned so that in the event of an escalation of violence leading to displacement, they are able to help respond. There are a number of different scenarios they are planning for,” Levitan said.

Russian forces are stationed on multiple borders of Ukraine, meaning an invasion can come from multiple directions, so the organization is unable to direct resources to a specific area to prepare.

A Ukrainian border guard patrols the border with Russia in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, February 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

“If violence were to come to Kyiv, which has over 3 million people, then you could see people moving west and potentially crossing into Poland or elsewhere,” Levitan said. “It will really depend on if, and then how, any kind of conflict arises to determine what the answer would be.”

People usually first flee to other parts of their country in the event of conflict, then cross borders if they have to. Those who can will fly out of the country, and others will move in with family members in other areas. It all depends on the resources people have, the resources available, and the scale of the violence and the threat, Levitan said.

The elderly, people with disabilities, female-headed households and children are particularly vulnerable in the current crisis, HIAS said. Older people can be cut off from government benefits in Ukraine if they move to a new area, so they often move in with a family who can support them.

In the event of a crisis, Right to Protection would deploy humanitarian assistance including cash, food and non-food items, transport assistance, protection monitoring and legal advice.

Levitan said the threat of war should be a call to action for European leaders, who should consider how they would respond to an influx of refugees from Ukraine and other similar crises.

“This is one of many potential examples of conflict that will continue to drive displacement to Europe. This is a situation that member states will continue to have to deal with,” she said.

HIAS said it stands ready to partner with other international Jewish groups to help Jews in Ukraine if needed.

Ukraine borders European Union member states Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland, as well as non-member Russia, Belarus, and Moldova. Ukraine is not a member of the EU.

Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train near Kiev, Ukraine, Feb. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Some of Ukraine’s neighbors have warned of a potential refugee crisis.

Hungarian nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said a Russian invasion could send hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing to his country.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said his country was preparing for an influx of refugees.

“We have to prepare for the worst,” he said.

Local Polish authorities near the border, including city mayors and the Interior Ministry, have made plans and prepared to receive refugees. Plans include housing refugees in hostels, dormitories, sports facilities and other places.

Romania, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia also discussed the preparation of Ukrainian refugees.

Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad said those fleeing a war would receive refugee status.

“From the perspective of the European continent, the current situation is the most dangerous since World War II,” Nad said.

European officials expect Russia and its allies to exploit a refugee crisis for political gain to sow divisions in Europe, US officials told NBC.

Israeli officials have repeatedly implored Israelis in Ukraine to leave the country and discussed the evacuation of non-Israeli Jewish Ukrainians.

Army Radio said Thursday that 110 Ukrainian Jews are expected to arrive in Israel on Sunday as new immigrants, half of whom are under the age of 35.

HIAS, founded in 1881 as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, was established in the United States to provide resources and assistance to waves of newly arrived Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Later he worked to resettle Holocaust survivors and Soviet Jewish refugees.

In the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, HIAS shortened its name to an acronym and focused on resettling non-Jewish refugees and mobilizing the American Jewish community around the defense of immigrants and immigrants. refugees.

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Time is on Israel’s side http://www.jewsformorality.org/time-is-on-israels-side/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 12:30:17 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/time-is-on-israels-side/ (February 9, 2022 / JNS) Positive momentum is underway in Israel’s regional position, as evidenced by visits by senior Israeli officials – including its previous and current prime minister, and foreign and defense ministers – to Saudi Arabia, the Emirates Arab States, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain and Morocco, and the visit of a military delegation to […]]]>

Positive momentum is underway in Israel’s regional position, as evidenced by visits by senior Israeli officials – including its previous and current prime minister, and foreign and defense ministers – to Saudi Arabia, the Emirates Arab States, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain and Morocco, and the visit of a military delegation to Sudan, as well as a military flight over Saudi airspace.

Following the signing of the Abraham Accords, the legitimization of ties between Israel and Arab states shifted from being barely justifiable, and only in return for the return of lands captured in 1967, to the opposite pole of close defense ties and Israel’s use of force, credibility and capability as an important component of Arab national security. The ties and normalization offered in the “Arab Peace Initiative” as a reward for Arab and Palestinian territorial and political dictates are now seen as an Israeli contribution to Arab defense and welfare.

Deep-rooted, multi-generational national conflicts with a highly emotional cultural component are examined through the prism of a key historical component concerning parties’ perceptions of who has time on their side: which side has the upper hand in the cumulative historical trend of power relations; that gets stronger over time; and which loses important elements of its bargaining power.

The crucial point is the motivation to continue the struggle. The party that sees its optimal expectations reinforced suddenly draws the resilience necessary to take a resolute position. The party that experiences constant failures loses its ability to persuade the public to bear the cost of continued mobilization.

The radical forces that have operated over the past 100 years to mobilize the Arab public “since the [Atlantic] Ocean to the [Arab] Gulf” to fight Israel, succeeded for many years, despite Israel’s impressive achievements, in maintaining the hopes of an Arab victory, relying on the historical dimension. They relied primarily on the huge resource gap between the parties and entrenched the deep-rooted perception of the Arabs as a people who from time immemorial had been “destined for greatness”.

From their point of view, even if the Jews had succeeded in establishing a state in 1948, in defending it in 1967, in maintaining its conquest of “Palestine” and Jerusalem and in building a modern and developed state, its resources were still pitiful when compared to those of the hundreds of millions of Arabs around it, when the Jewish state was vulnerable and its survival was short-lived. The Arabs not only possessed oil and international status; above all, they had an unlimited ability to absorb blows and possessed boundless determination.

Over time, Israel would not be able to withstand the tenacity of the Arabs to boycott it in the region, the violent threats against the lives of its citizens and its ability to survive in the face of its delegitimization on the international scene and among Western democracies.

The Arab struggle had many operational successes. The radicals have indeed succeeded in mobilizing Arab countries to boycott Israel for generations. This lasted decades after the groundbreaking peace agreement with Egypt and the agreements with Jordan.

Arab oil resources succeeded, mainly in the 1970s, in sabotaging important Israeli interests. Repeated wars, ongoing terrorism, and the recognition that existential and everyday threats were a permanent fixture have harmed Israel’s society and economy.

Delegitimization in international organizations has been a challenge and is getting worse. The senseless vilification of Israel has found a receptive audience among the mainstream in Europe, and even among groups no longer on the fringes in the United States.

But these operational successes paradoxically highlight the depth of the strategic failure. Israel’s regional isolation is dissipating before our eyes in the Gulf and Morocco, and relations with Egypt and Jordan are improving markedly.

The main Arab oil producers are de facto members of a coalition with Israel. The great wars are over. The Iranian threat is serious, but it mainly threatens the Arabs and brings them closer to Israel.

In the ultimate terrorist war (the “Second Intifada”), it was the Palestinians who initiated it who broke out. Isolation in international organizations has not shaken Israel’s firm position among countries that set the tone on the international stage, and the effects of vilification among Western democracies are limited.

Above all, Israel is, in the eyes of its people, in the eyes of the world’s leading countries and, increasingly among the Arabs themselves, an exceptional achievement that constantly proves its ability to face enormous challenges.

Time is therefore on Israel’s side.

Dan Schueftan is Director of the International National Security Graduate Program at the Center for National Security Studies at the University of Haifa.

This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.

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A prisoner of the sheriffs http://www.jewsformorality.org/a-prisoner-of-the-sheriffs/ Sun, 30 Jan 2022 01:00:00 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/a-prisoner-of-the-sheriffs/ There’s this Urdu couplet that comes to mind whenever I hear Prime Minister Imran Khan ranting about his favorite topic of corruption and accountability. Although I am unable to translate the metaphorical allusions of Urdu poetry into English, let me put it in plain words: “Do not strive so hard to bring me into custody […]]]>

There’s this Urdu couplet that comes to mind whenever I hear Prime Minister Imran Khan ranting about his favorite topic of corruption and accountability. Although I am unable to translate the metaphorical allusions of Urdu poetry into English, let me put it in plain words: “Do not strive so hard to bring me into custody / Lest you be considered as my prisoner.

Yes, that would call for an explanation. The passion with which Imran Khan focuses on the corruption of Nawaz Sharif makes me feel like he has become, in the proverbial sense, a prisoner of Nawaz – or the family, for Shahbaz Sharif has also been a sharp target lately. days.

Looking at this in a larger context, it is a fact that a crusade against corruption is central to Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). And in a country that has been ravaged by the corruption of its ruling elite, including politicians, that makes perfect sense. A charismatic leader who can mobilize young people in his pursuit of accountability and justice would be God’s gift to Pakistan.

And so it seemed to many when the forces were organized in the political arena ahead of the 2018 national elections. But something happened along the way when Imran Khan stepped into the citadel of power. What was trumpeted as the Herculean mission of cleaning the stables of corruption has been gradually reduced to a partisan enterprise. A number of suspects were able to join the winning team.

We have compelling evidence this week that Imran Khan’s strategy to tackle corruption in high places has not been very successful. What went wrong? One inference stands out clearly. This government’s accountability process is very selective. And Imran Khan’s obsession with the Sharif family certainly didn’t help.

Two developments providentially juxtaposed to highlight the dilemma of holding the corrupt accountable and recovering from them the billions they are supposed to have hidden at home and abroad. (Remember Murad Saeed who threw before the nation the tantalizing prospect of amassing billions of dollars from the hidden treasures of corrupt politicians such as the sheriffs?)

PTI Accountability Czar Mirza Shahzad Akbar announced his resignation on Monday. As the Prime Minister’s adviser on accountability and head of the Asset Recovery Unit, he had frantically pursued corruption and money laundering cases against the leadership of the PML-N and also the PPP. When he was appointed in July 2020, he had pledged to recover more than 700 billion rupees which he said was hidden in offshore banks.

A much louder explosion, in truth a bombshell, was heard the next day when we learned that the perception of corruption in Pakistan, as measured by Transparency International, had risen significantly – and that drop was marked for the third year. consecutive. The irony of this trend would obviously be hard to stomach for a regime that sees its fight against corruption as a divine obligation.

As usual, government ministers give their opinion on Transparency International’s rankings. Their position holier than you has apparently been carefully cultivated. It is possible that Imran Khan held more meetings of his spokespersons than of any other group of people reporting to him.

According to reports, he wants the focus to remain on the corruption of opposition leaders, with the sheriffs being his main opponents. The passion he invests in fighting the corruption of, say, Nawaz and Shahbaz, is the highlight of his speeches, whatever the occasion. And his ministers and spokesmen dutifully amplify the voice of their master. The tone and tenor of these statements are generally angry and incivil.

Of course, corruption is a serious matter and a government should take steps to bring the culprits to justice. But this must be done objectively and judiciously. This is clearly not the case. Nor would it be an easy task, given the current situation. After all, it is the same Transparency International, playing by the same rules, whose findings in the past have been vigorously applauded by Imran Khan himself.

So, has the corruption situation really gotten that bad in Pakistan under the watch of the PTI? We understand why the Prime Minister was so disappointed by the performance of Shahzad Akbar. He might find some time to review his own approach to this formidable challenge.

Imran Khan’s fixation on the corruption of the sheriffs may have diverted him from many of the urgent tasks that fall to the prime minister in troubled times. For example, it is difficult to agree with the Prime Minister’s desire not to dialogue with the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly. In truth, it is a challenge to democratic norms. A big mistake, if democracy is also a gentleman’s game.

Now I’ve found endorsement of what I’m trying to say from a rather unlikely source. Chaudhry Shujaat Husain, who heads the PML-Q, is a seasoned old politician who knows all about the virtues of opportunism. His party is an essential part of the ruling coalition.

In a statement he made on Thursday, reported in the press, he “reprimanded the PTI government for spending more money on Nawaz Sharif’s case than he wanted to get back from him”. He also advised the PTI government to “get out of its only dream of getting Nawaz Sharif back and instead pay attention to solving public problems”.

There is more to this statement that provides grist for the rumor mill in the context of the different versions that are being traded about the moves that are being made in the halls of power in Islamabad. We have Sheikh Rashid to reassure us that the “same page” is intact. Where is it?

Anyway, here is the Urdu couplet that I relied on initially. “Itni koshish to na kar meri aseeri key liye / Tu kahin mera giriftar na samjha jayey”.

The author is a seasoned journalist. He can be contacted at: ghazi_salahuddin@hotmail.com

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Prime Minister Imran Khan is wrong about the real evils of the Muslim world http://www.jewsformorality.org/prime-minister-imran-khan-is-wrong-about-the-real-evils-of-the-muslim-world/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:18:05 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/prime-minister-imran-khan-is-wrong-about-the-real-evils-of-the-muslim-world/ Prime Minister Imran Khan recently organized a dialogue among several prominent Muslim scholars around the world under the aegis of the new Rehmatul-Lil-Aalameen Authority. The theme was “Islam, Society and Ethical Values”, and all participants stressed the importance of inculcating fundamental values ​​in Muslim society as defined by the Holy Prophet (PBUH). However, none of […]]]>

Prime Minister Imran Khan recently organized a dialogue among several prominent Muslim scholars around the world under the aegis of the new Rehmatul-Lil-Aalameen Authority. The theme was “Islam, Society and Ethical Values”, and all participants stressed the importance of inculcating fundamental values ​​in Muslim society as defined by the Holy Prophet (PBUH). However, none of them had a practical solution to arrest the downfall of morality and ethics in all Muslim nations of the world.

Renowned participants of this dialogue with the Prime Minister were George Washington University, Professor of Islamic Studies Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasir, President of Zaytun College Hamza Yousuf, Dean of Cambridge Muslim College Dr Timothy Winter/Abdal Hakim Murad, Malaysian thinker Dr Chandra Muzaffar, University of Malaya, Malaysia Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Religion Osman Bakar, Ibn Haldun University, Rector of Turkey, Dr Recep Senturk, and Chairman of the UAE Fatwa Council, Abdullah bin Bayyah.

Imran Khan believed that corruption and sexual crimes are the main social evils in the Muslim world and that we need the will and the means to fight these evils in our Muslim society. He said he was worried about social media’s invasion of faith, religious and ethical values. And that he wants to protect young people from the obscenity and pornography so readily available on the Internet. Scholars agreed with his assertion that young Muslims should be protected and taught to deal with these evils in society.

Imran Khan, with his dreams of establishing another Riasat-i-Madina, seemed rather vague and out of step with the realities of modern society and seemed utterly unaware of the gravity of the problems facing the Muslim nations of the world. His remarks and questions to the panel were based on a very narrow perspective and lacked in-depth knowledge about the causes of backwardness in Muslim countries. The fundamental problem facing the Muslim world, according to Turkish scholar Mustafa Alyol, is the “reopening of Muslim minds”. It is about returning to reason, logic, freedom, tolerance and enlightenment.

The discussion with prominent Muslim scholars did not address the real reasons and causes for the downfall of Muslim nations and their poor performance in academics, research, economics and politics. The Muslim world today is a world of young people, who constitute the majority of all Muslim countries. These young people in the Muslim world need democracy, education, human rights and freedom of expression and speech. Muslim scholars need to look into the causes of the absence of democracy and renowned academic institutions in the Muslim world. Muslim countries are plagued by obscurantism and religious extremism. There is more freedom of religion in non-Muslim countries than in Muslim countries. Muslim countries lag behind in social and economic development indicators. Muslim nations produce very few scientists, engineers, technicians and social scientists compared to the non-Muslim world. Muslims now make up nearly twenty-five percent of the world’s population and many Muslim countries are rich in natural resources, such as oil and gas, but Muslim countries suffer from the scourge of poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, fanaticism and religious sectarianism. The Muslim world today lags far behind Western democracies in economics, education, industry, agriculture and human rights.

The discussion with prominent Muslim scholars did not address the real reasons and causes for the downfall of Muslim nations and their poor performance in academics, research, economics and politics.

Imran Khan and respected Muslim scholars should have discussed and deepened the causes of such low level of science education in Muslim countries. Today, the world’s Muslim population exceeds two billion. According to a study conducted a few years ago, forty-six Muslim countries together contributed only one percent of the world’s scientific literature. India alone has contributed more to world scientific literature than these Muslim countries put together. A lack of interest and investment in scientific disciplines is one of the major reasons for this descent into ignorance and backwardness in the Muslim world. Ironically, when such blatant examples of ignorance and backwardness are presented by eminent scholars and educators, like Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoye, they are insulted and vilified and even called agents of the Western and Jewish lobby.

Close-mindedness, ignorance, religious extremism and a powerful mixture of state and religion are the real causes of poverty and backwardness. Imran Khan must understand that the negative impact of social media is not the cause of our problems. The obscurantist mindset of our rulers cannot think past its religious nose. This is evident in the new education policy and the new single national curriculum. The honorable Prime Minister should not waste his time in theological and dogmatic discussions and devote more time to encouraging the scientific, logical and empirical thinking of our young people and scholars.

Today we face the great danger of religious scholars determining what should or should not be taught in our colleges and universities and this policy seems to have the Prime Minister’s blessing. The newly established Rahmatul-lil-Aalameen Authority has been tasked with overseeing the education system and the media and ensuring that they conform to the requirements of an Islamic system. This raised many questions about the aims of this authority, headed by a highly controversial person with rather dubious credentials as a scholar. There is certainly a need for a constructive dialogue with Muslim scholars and their councils, but they should focus on determining the real causes of decline in the Muslim world and not just on a regressive interpretation of religious thought.

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Women Sovereigns, Goddesses and Activists on Coins: A Brief History http://www.jewsformorality.org/women-sovereigns-goddesses-and-activists-on-coins-a-brief-history/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 10:08:31 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/women-sovereigns-goddesses-and-activists-on-coins-a-brief-history/ Maya Angelou fought alongside civil rights activist Martin Luther King for equal rights for black people in the United States. Today a quarter dollar coin was minted in honor of the American who died in 2014, making her the first African American woman to receive such a tribute. The coin is the first in a […]]]>

Maya Angelou fought alongside civil rights activist Martin Luther King for equal rights for black people in the United States. Today a quarter dollar coin was minted in honor of the American who died in 2014, making her the first African American woman to receive such a tribute. The coin is the first in a special series of mintages – the American Women Quarters Program – of 20 performances honoring women’s achievements that will be completed by the US Mint by 2025.

The image in the piece references activist, poet and author Angelou’s 1969 autobiographical book, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,” in which she recounts her life growing up in the United States during segregation. There are a host of milestones in the series: astronaut Sally Ride is the first lesbian woman to be portrayed on American money; civil rights activist Nina Otero-Warren is the first Hispanic woman; so was Wilma Mankiller, the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Women depicted on coins for 2,500 years

The decision to depict minorities on the 25-cent coins shows that the United States “has developed an awareness of the diversity of society, for which America can only be commended”, says Bernhard Weisser of the Numismatic Collection of the National Museums of Berlin. That minorities like Maya Angelou are represented on coins is a historical novelty, he adds.

Historically, coins have been used by leaders to transmit their “ideals and virtues to users, that is to say their population and their soldiers”, underlines the expert. Female figures on coins, on the other hand, have been around since minting. From ancient goddesses to Renaissance rulers to modern-day leaders, many female figures have been immortalized on coins.

But the oldest known coins depicting real people looked like a man. “From 525 BC. BC, the king of Persia was depicted on coins,” says Weisser. Yet women were also involved in the image from the start. “In preparation for the first performance of a female leader, we are heading to Africa,” says Weisser. One of the first women of historical prominence to be immortalized by coinage was the Ptolemaic queen Arsinoe II of Egypt in the 3rd century BC.

Coins minted as a symbol of power

Since then, women have been depicted on many national coins, either during their lifetime or posthumously. The female figures depicted in silver have, to this day, been primarily female political leaders: from Cleopatra VII (69-30 BC) to Queen Naganika, who was one of the first women from the history of India to directing the affairs of a state in the 1st century BC, to the Empress of the Holy Roman Empire Maria Theresa (1717-1780) – all issued coins to their effigy. The latter “created a thaler that enjoyed great popularity in Africa,” Weisser said. “This thaler was reissued in Vienna until the 20th century.”

Female rulers, like their male counterparts, wanted to use their images on coins to legitimize their rule and assert their influence over nations and empires. Probably the best-known example is the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, which still appears on many Commonwealth coins today.

Goddesses on coins

But not only real women had their faces stamped on the coins of their empires. Ancient empires, such as Greece or the Kushans in Central Asia, were the first to depict female deities on their coins. As Greek rulers sought to portray the goddess Athena in various poses, the Kushans imprinted the goddesses Lakshmi and Ardochsho on their coins. In India, the goddess Lakshmi has long been the most frequently depicted deity on coins. Goddesses are rarely found on coins today, but other female figures that serve as allegorical personifications appear – think of the French Marianne, the Peruvian Madre Patria, and Lady Liberty in the United States.

Strong women on modern currency

Since the 20th century, there has been a trend to recognize women for their contribution to society. Examples include the popular former first lady of Argentina, Eva Peron (1919-1952), whose portrait is still in circulation today on a special peso coin, and former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi (1917- 1984). Both were depicted posthumously on national coins. These coins were meant to commemorate women’s political leadership roles and cement their place in their country’s history.

In recent years, however, governments have also begun to recognize women beyond the political sphere. Lady Diana, Princess of Wales had a range of pieces dedicated to her. More and more women are also being recognized for their contributions to the arts and sciences. Moreover, as in the case of Maya Angelou, states are increasingly recognizing the role of women activists, reflecting changes in society. “More recently, the women who received a tribute on the coinage were, for example, active in the charitable sector or were involved in raising children. But these were rather one-sided representations of women – this is gradually changing” , explains Weisser. .

Thus, the new series of American Women Quarters Program coins is in tune with the times. However, the women artists, activists and scientists represented there must always share the room with a man. On the “face” of the coin, the first president of the United States George Washington (1732-1799) is always represented.

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