Dagelijkse archieven: 19 augustus 2017


Opperrabbijn van Barcelona: ‘Europa is verloren’

Aangeleverd door: Jan Smelt

 

Opperrabbijn van Barcelona: ‘Europa is verloren’

De opperrabbijn van Barcelona, Meir Bar-Hen (foto), heeft de Joden in Barcelona na de aanslag van afgelopen donderdag opgeroepen het land te verlaten. Zoals de The Times of Israel bericht, zei de rabbijn tegen JTA (Jewish Telegraph Agency) dat de Joden in Spanje niet de fout van de Joden in Algerije of in Venezuela zouden mogen herhalen: “Ga liever op tijd weg dan te laat.” Bar-Hen riep de Joden van Spanje op grond in Israël te kopen en te emigreren: “Ik zeg tegen mijn gemeente: wij zijn voor de ondergang bestemd. Europa is verloren.

Spanje zou al jaren een “middelpunt voor terroristen voor heel Europa” zijn geworden. Het probleem zou zijn dat er een grote groep “radicale randfiguren” in Spanje zou bestaan: “en deze wordt steeds sterker.” Het zou moeilijk zijn om deze weer kwijt te raken. Dat zou ook voor heel Europa gelden.

Bar-Hen zei dat hij niet zou kunnen deelnemen aan de demonstratie tegen de aanslagen waartoe burgemeester Colau Ballano had opgeroepen, omdat de veiligheidsautoriteiten tegen hem hadden gezegd de komende dagen openbare plaatsen te mijden, omdat hij herkenbaar zou zijn als Jood. Bar-Hen zei dat de politici in Europa het gevaar van de terreur niet zouden begrijpen.

Bar-Hen benadrukte als privépersoon te spreken en niet in naam van zijn hele gemeente. De Vereniging van Joodse Gemeenten in Spanje ziet de situatie niet zo dramatisch als de opperrabbijn van Barcelona. Ze zou “het volste vertrouwen in de veiligheidskrachten hebben, die er dagelijks aan werken om te verhinderen dat fanatici en radicale moslims leed en chaos in onze steden verbreiden”, deelt de vereniging volgens JTA mee.

De vicieuze cirkel van de wegkijkers [Gerard de Boer-bron]

door Yossi Aloni



Air Force Chief: Israel Has Attacked Syrian Arms Convoys Nearly 100 Times in 5 Years. Brags That Many of Israel’s Attacks Go ‘Under the Radar’

Posted on August 16, 2017Categories NewsTags

Providing the most specific details yet on Israel’s ongoing series of military strikes inside war-torn Syria, Air Force Chief Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel revealed today that Israel has carried out nearly 100 distinct military actions over the last five years specifically related to what they believed were Hezbollah-bound arms convoys.

This comes less than a month after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was caught on an open microphone admitting to “dozens” of strikes in Syria, though obviously this is far greater, because many Israel strikes on Syria clearly were not Hezbollah related.

Indeed, recently reported Israeli strikes in Syria have almost always been the result of stray artillery shells landing in empty territory inside the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, and Israel responding by attacking Syrian military bases in the area.

Maj. Gen. Eshel appeared to offer a hint at this discrepancy, bragging that many of Israel’s strikes had managed to “go under the radar,” and while he insisted Israel acts “irrespective of the risks,” he also appeared quite keen on Israel carrying out such attacks without getting into an overt war over them.


“Colossal Fraud”: Lawsuit Accuses Poland Spring Of Selling Groundwater

“Colossal Fraud”: Lawsuit Accuses Poland Spring Of Selling Groundwater

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Ever wonder if that bottled mineral water you just spent several dollars on is really mineral water? According to a bombshell new lawsuit filed this week, at least in the case of one company it isn’t.

A group of bottled water drinkers has brought a class action lawsuit against Nestle, the company which owns Poland Spring, alleging that the Maine business has long deceived consumers by mislabeling common groundwater. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in a Connecticut federal court and accuses Nestle Waters North America Inc. of a “colossal fraud perpetrated against American consumers” the Bangor Daily News reports.

The plaintiffs claim that falsely labeling its “groundwater” product as pure spring water allowed Nestle to sell Poland Spring water at a premium; as a result the consumers who brought the legal action are seeking at least $5 million in monetary damages for a national class and several state subclasses. They requested a jury trial. The civil suit was brought by 11 people from the Northeast who collectively spent thousands of dollars on Poland Spring brand water in recent years. It seeks millions of dollars in damages for a nationwide class and hinges on whether the sources of Poland Spring water meet the Food and Drug Administration’s definition of a spring.

The 325-page lawsuit, which was filed by lawyers from four firms, claims that none of the company’s Maine water sources meets the federal definition for spring water and that the company has “politically compromised” state regulators. Rather than spring water, Nestle Waters is actually purifying and bottling groundwater, some of which comes from sites near waste and garbage dumps, the suit claims. The legal challenge comes as Nestle is looking to expand its operations in Maine.

For instance, the suit claims that the company’s wells in Poland, Maine, have never been scientifically proven to be connected to a spring and draw in surface water, which cannot legally be called spring water. It further alleges that the company has put water from some of these wells through a purification process that disqualifies it as spring water under federal regulations.

The suit makes similar claims about Poland Spring water sources in Hollis, Fryeburg, Denmark, Dallas Plantation, Pierce Pond Township and Kingfield.

Poland Spring has gotten away with this deception for years, the suit claims, by co-opting state regulators and interweaving its interests with those of state government. Since 1998 the company has generated millions of dollars for Maine through licensing agreements, and since 2003 it has had an executive on the governor-appointed body that oversees the state drinking-water regulation enforcement agency, the suit states.

The court complaint further says that the Maine Drinking Water Program scientist who approved many of the company’s spring water permits spent a decade working with this executive at a private engineering firm and that the agency failed to get independent proof of the springs’ existence.