Holocaust Hits India
they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.—Exodus 1:11
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"I’m so very happy right now I can hardly express it in words. Not only has this been my dream since I was born, but it has been my peoples' dream for thousands of years and now it has finally come true," said Singsit. The fact that this Jewish community has a well-documented beginning in 1951, makes her statement a bit bizarre, at least if you stick to conventional arithmetics. She, her parents, and the other newcomers joined the other Bnei Menashe already living in Israel. The last Bnei Menashe to arrive in Israel were 230 in 2007, and 219 in 2006. The reason for the delay of the current event was that they do not meet the conditions stated by Israel's Law of Return, which awards automatic citizenship to every Jew landing in Israel. Specifically, Jewish Halakha does not recognize them as Jews. Ethnically, they are Tibeto-Burmans who practiced animism until the 19th century, when they converted to Christianity. In 1951, a Pentecostalist called Chalianthanga or Mela Chala from Buallawn village dreamt that God instructed him to direct his people to return to their pre-Christian religion, which he determined to be Judaism. The fact that this people were notorious headhunters until their conversion makes this claim doubtful, to say the least.
On April 1, 2005, Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar, one of Israel's two chief rabbis, accepted the Bnei Menashe's claim because of their new devotion to Judaism. His decision is significant because it paves the way for all Bnei Menashe to enter Israel under Israel's Law of Return; yet, it was only a partial recognition. In October 2012, the Israeli cabinet passed a unanimous decision which formally restarted the Bnei Menashe aliyah after a five-year hiatus, granting Shavei Israel permission to bring an initial group of 275 Bnei Menashe to Israel. This decision bypassed rabbinical considerations, and young Mirna found herself in Israel, being honored as the 2,000th member of her tribe living in the Zionist dream.
In the land of their dreams, a festive treat awaits them. They are allowed to settle in Jerusalem, Ma’alot, Carmiel, Nitzan and Kiryat Arba. The latter is the most extremist Jewish settlement in the West Bank, and the only one placed at the heart of a Palestinian city, Hebron. Nitzan is a new town next to kibbutz Nitzanim; next to Gaza. Ma’alot and Carmiel are Jewish towns in the Western Galilee, set amidst Palestinian towns. Finally, Jerusalem is also the frontline between the states of Israel and Palestine. Is transforming a welcomed guest into cannon fodder a sign of civilization? Of course, in the long run, Bnei Menashe are more than cannon fodder. Israel acquired a significant asset: people with Indian citizenship. Moreover, former headhunters have useful military qualities. "Interesting," the Mossad Director mumbled.
The Ministry decide to invite educators from India, and other countries to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, in order to indoctrinate them on this crucial topic through the Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies. Involved in the initiative was also the Consulate General of Israel in Mumbai; in exchange for their expenses, participants are expected to give a testimony of Jewish suffering once they return to their countries. It works, in Bolivia there are several who went to Israel on similar programs and became Zionists to the extent of being unable to assess facts disturbing their dreams. The budget of the current event was courtesy of Israel Foreign Ministry's Department for Combating Anti-Semitism, and targeted mainly the largest independent educational network in India, which educates more than two million students. Beyond all logic, Gideon Bachar, head of that department, said on the issue, "This goes to show just how many people in the world are interested in the subject of the Holocaust." "Many people in Asia are not aware of what happened in Europe. Unfortunately, many think that Hitler was a hero rather than a monster, and that's why it is important for us to reinforce Holocaust education," he added.
India is sleeping. It didn't realize yet that it will be forced to pay dear for its barring IMI. Israel has decided that India is anti-Semitic. This will be the undeniable truth on mainstream Hebrew and Jewish media until the country renews its businesses with Israel. In Gold They Trust.
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