Passover is not over – Jews have an exodus reminder every year and here’s why

April 19, 2019



An unbelievable Passover story of how an estranged Jewish-South Sudanese-Ethiopian family reunited in Israel.

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An unbelievable Passover story of how an estranged Jewish-South Sudanese-Ethiopian family reunited in Israel.

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A.Y. KATSOF with Piath Aguar and her two children, Ayen and Bior, celebrating their new life

A.Y. Katsof stood at passport control in Addis Ababa, a short, white Jewish man with two black kids. He held his breath as the airport official looked him up and down. An Israeli flag metal lapel pin shone from his jacket collar.

“Are these your children?” the airport official asked in suspicion, glaring down at the stoic seven- and 11-year-old children.


“These are the children of Israel,” Katsof responded. “I’m taking them home.”

Click. Click.

“The God of Israel is great,” the airport official said, as he placed the passports into Katsof’s hand.

The unlikely threesome sprinted to their gate and onto the plane. They made it.

“And I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment” (Exodus 6:6). Jews around the world will read this passage on Friday night, as they tell the story of how God brought the Jews out from slavery in Egypt, to bring them into the Holy Land that He had promised them.

It is believed that the Jews were helped on their journey by God, who parted the Red Sea to help them escape and helped in many other ways until they reached Mount Sinai, received their eternal covenant and finally entered Israel.

Katsof is a mix between Moses and Indiana Jones, traveling for the past month across Africa to reunite an estranged Jewish South Sudanese-Ethiopian family and help bring them to Israel.

This week, they landed at Ben-Gurion Airport. An identity card and a Jewish Agency representative holding a sign that read “Welcome Home” was waiting for mother Piath Aguar at the exit. Her two children, Ayen and Bior, traveling on tourists visas, will soon become citizens, too. Their grandmother, Tewabech Tashu, landed a few days later with more of the extended family.

The family is Jewish and returned to Israel via the Law of Return.
HOWEVER, JUST like the Israelites, who wandered the wilderness for 40 years before entering Israel, this family’s journey started 36 years ago.

Tashu’s family members were living in Ethiopia, and they, like many Ethiopian Jews, longed for Jerusalem. Her older brothers independently walked across the Sudanese desert to Israel. She stayed back with her father, who ultimately died waiting.

Then, Tashu also tried to cross the desert. But she was arrested and thrown into a Sudanese jail. Pretty, young and vulnerable, the prison warden took a liking to her. He released Tashu, married her, and they put her Jewish past behind. When the couple had their first daughter, they named her Piath, which means “good.”

Several years later, the prison warden took the couple’s children and moved to South Sudan, while Tashu continued her life in northern Sudan. In 2015, she saw a newscast of a group of Ethiopian-Israeli Jews who were visiting Africa as tourists, and she realized that her brothers’ dreams must have come true. She hunted down the group, begged an Israeli couple to take a video of her to share with any Ethiopians they knew back in the Holy Land.

Within months, Tashu’s brothers, Yaakov Alamo, a resident of Ofra in the West Bank, and Uri Ben-Baruch, a resident of Kibbutz Lavi up north, discovered their long-lost sister.

That’s when Katsof met her, too.

Katsof runs The Heart of Israel, a program of the Binyamin Fund, which raises money to bring the last Jews of Ethiopia back to Israel and resettle them in the biblical heartland. After meeting Tashu on a visit to Ethiopia, Katsof helped facilitate the DNA test that led to her acceptance as a Jew. Her DNA matched 100% with her brothers’, and the Interior Ministry granted her permission to come to Israel.

But Tashu wanted to return with her children. However, Piath said she could not leave without her own children, who were in the custody of their father in South Sudan. She feared that he, like Pharaoh, would not let them go.

Katsof would not allow the family’s aliyah to fail, so he flew to Uganda, which borders South Sudan, determined to help get the children to Israel.

South Sudan is a war-torn country. Citizens – those who survive – live through an endless litany of almost unimaginable horrors and human rights abuses. A report by the United Nations found that 60% of the population experience food insecurity.

In the country’s eight short years of independence, it has been submerged in a suffocating civil war. Though a ceasefire was signed between the warring parties, violence continues.

Katsof reached out to Come True, a project of the Become organization. Come True was founded in 2012, one year after the declaration of the independence of South Sudan, when the South Sudanese community was deported from Israel to their young country.

It is a small community of around 700 members, 500 of whom are children, who like the rest of South Sudanese residents, face illness, hunger and extreme poverty. Moreover, the schools are ill-equipped and few children attend. A group of Israelis are working to take children out of the country and provide them with an education.

Katsof told Aguar’s story to Come True’s Saiba Jacob Berry, who committed to calling Ayen and Bior’s father and asking him to allow his children to study in Israel.

“He calls the father and tells him about the opportunity, expecting to get turned down,” Katsof told The Jerusalem Post. Instead, the father replied, “I am a Christian, and I believe in God. If God wants my children to have a better future, I’ll take it. The alternative is to let them die in South Sudan.”

The father took his children by bus to Uganda, where Come True has a base. He signed the necessary paperwork to allow his children to be taken in by Come True and eventually come to Israel. Katsof met the children and their father in Uganda and took the children from there.

Ayen (left) and Bior

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Together, they traveled from Uganda to Kenya, thinking they were on the first leg of their journey to Israel. But when they arrived in Kenya, police discovered that one of the children’s paperwork was wrong, and Kenya’s authorities accused Katsof of kidnapping the children. They were apprehended.

Katsof called a friend back in the West Bank who he knew had connections in Africa. That friend, in turn, connected Katsof with Pastor Dennis Nthumbi, a local politician and lover of Israel, who was willing to advocate for Katsof and help him navigate the corrupt Kenyan system. “These children don’t exist in a computer anywhere,” explained Katsof. “They made me fly their father into Kenya, who was then drilled before the South Sudanese ambassador to Kenya for 20 minutes until he had proved he was the father.”

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Katsof said the authorities tried to convince the dad not to relinquish his children, but “by grace of God, he stood firm, saying, ‘My father used to tell me how the Jews left Egypt for the Promised Land. I want that for my children, too.’”
They were freed.

Katsof and the children, now accompanied by Nthumbi, continued on to Gondar. But the journey was not over yet. When they arrived in Ethiopia, they learned that the children did not have the necessary documentation again – this time for immigration to Israel. The only way to get it would be to send the children back to their father in South Sudan and ask him to procure the paperwork.

“This could take weeks,” said Katsof. “It meant sending them back to the mercy of a father who could easily change his mind.

“I cried like a baby that night,” he continued. “We had come so far, but I was convinced we had lost them.”

Nthumbi, however, would not let Katsof lose hope. He told the Post, “The matter looked dangerous and hopeless, but my first response to danger is courage and hope. A.Y. is the kindest man on earth, and he was willing to put his life on the line for others,” so Nthumbi said he believed God would help.

Nthumbi called a bishop, who called a pastor he knew back in South Sudan, who held the father’s hand through the whole process, ensuring he did not deflect. And one week later, a photo of the needed documentation arrived to Katsof’s phone with a message, “The God of Israel is mighty.”

“I now knew it would be OK,” Katsof said.

It took another week, more travels, more paperwork, bureaucracy, lots of sweat and tears, until, on Sunday, Katsof, the kids and Aguar arrived at the airport to board their flight. Aguar went ahead and Katsof accompanied the kids to passport control, as per the plan.

Now, the family is living with Katsof in the West Bank, and they were reunited with their relatives in Ofra and Kibbutz Lavi, who themselves arrived on a Jewish Agency flight from Ethiopia on April 17.

Sources close to the Jewish Agency corroborated the details of Katsof’s story.

“I believe in miracles,” Aguar told the Post two days after her arrival. “I just want to thank Israel for taking me back. In Sudan, everyone is out for themselves. Here, the people are one.”

BUT THE reality is that not everyone in Israel feels like Aguar.

While in her first days in Israel she’s seen acceptance, the religious status of many Ethiopian Jews who cannot as easily prove their Jewish roots is fraught with controversy. Unlike the Beta Israel, of which Aguar is one, some 8,000 Falash Mura have waited decades to come to the Holy Land.

The Falash Mura are not considered Jewish by Jewish law, as they converted – albeit not through any formal means, in most cases – to Christianity in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 2002, the late Sephardi chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ruled that the Falash Mura had converted to Christianity because of fear and persecution.

A few years later, another Sephardi chief rabbi, Shlomo Amar, concluded that the Falash Mura are, “beyond a doubt, Jewish.”

Nonetheless, any Falash Mura who move to Israel undergo a formal conversion process, and even those who have converted sometimes still face religious persecution in the Jewish state.

Special government decisions have granted these Ethiopians permission to come to Israel in waves over the past decades – but not all of them.

Israel made two landmark rulings in 2003 and 2010, tasking the Jewish Agency with bringing thousands of Falash Mura to Israel. The 2010 cabinet decision delineated three criteria for Falash Mura making aliyah: that an individual has Jewish lineage from his mother’s side; that the individual apply from Ethiopia; and that his family in Israel also submit a request. Only those who met these criteria were brought to Israel in 2013.

Facing political pressure from Knesset Immigration and Absorption Committee head Avraham Neguise (Likud), in November 2015, the government made a formal decision to bring the remainder of the Falash Mura to Israel, based on family reunification. The decision was not, however, made in conjunction with a budgetary allocation to cover its costs, so its implementation was stalled. In 2017, the government budgeted for the immigration of 1,300 people, who arrived during that year.

Another 1,000 are slated to come this year, some of whom have already arrived.

But there are no plans yet for the remaining Ethiopian Jews.

Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog has said that the government should quickly bring all those still left behind, and that the agency would be ready to absorb them at any time.

“There is no reason for suspicion and various excuses to prevent the completion of this process,” he said at an event earlier this year, noting that all the immigrants would undergo a conversion process during their absorption in Israel, as ruled by “my late grandfather Rabbi Yitzhak Halevi Herzog, and the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.”

A source at the agency said that Ayen and Bior coming on tourist visas would not hinder the aliyah process, and that many children of Ethiopian immigrants have to go through this procedure, ultimately taking a DNA test to prove their heritage.

Israel Gantz, head of the Benjamin Regional Council, played a strategic role in the success of the mission, too. He said The Heart of Israel and Katsof together spent close to $25,000 to save this family, mostly raised from private donors.

“When I found out that this family was the family of one of our residents in Ofra, I knew we had to do all we could to help,” Gantz told the Post. “I consider it saving a life.

“At the Passover Seder, we say, ‘Next year in Jerusalem,’” Gantz continued. “All of these people are waiting to come to Israel and be reunited with their families. We, as Jews, have a responsibility for one another. I welcome them with open arms.”

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In honor of the DEAD for their undying memory and sacrifice – Memorial Day 2011

May 28, 2011




Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping” by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication “To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead” (Source: Duke University’s Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860’s tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

General John A. Logan
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [LC-B8172- 6403 DLC (b&w film neg.)]

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms.Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.

Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

There are a few notable exceptions. Since the late 50’s on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye’s Heights (the Luminaria Program). And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.


<Some masons that I know, here in Austin, take the time to visit their local cemeteries and find the graves of soldiers and place them at those.  They use their own money to do that.  I don’t know any church or synagogue that does it.  The city and town councils sure don’t.  Shameful!>



To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”

The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day. What is needed is a full return to the original day of observance. Set aside one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country.

But what may be needed to return the solemn, and even sacred, spirit back to Memorial Day is for a return to its traditional day of observance. Many feel that when Congress made the day into a three-day weekend in with the National Holiday Act of 1971, it made it all the easier for people to be distracted from the spirit and meaning of the day. As the VFW stated in its 2002 Memorial Day address: “Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public’s nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.”


On January 19, 1999 Senator Inouye introduced bill S 189 to the Senate which proposes to restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day back to May 30th instead of “the last Monday in May”. On April 19, 1999 Representative Gibbons introduced the bill to the House (H.R. 1474). The bills were referred the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Government Reform.

To date, there has been no further developments on the bill. Please write your Representative and yourSenators, urging them to support these bills. You can also contact Mr. Inouye to let him know of your support.

Washington crosses Delaware - vintage art clip

Visit our Help Restore the Traditional Day of Observance page for more information on this issue, and for more ways you can help.

To see what day Memorial Day falls on for the next 10 years, visit the Memorial Day Calendar page.











Happy Passover – my post from Pesach 2011 – revisited in 2019

April 19, 2011

Today begins Passover2019

Most Christians and many Jews don’t connect that Easter is Easter BECAUSE of Passover.

This is how closely WE in America are connected.  Christianity without Judaism is like a tree without roots.

We should be mindful of what we worship, because a birth of something is not always good – just like change.  Unless we direct change toward what is moral, then we give lea way to that which is it’s opposite.

Easter and Passover are like mini end of times.  A sort of mini Revelations.  When god passes over and it’s us who must re-affirm  our devotion to god.  There is blood spilled, figuratively, so that we remember what it means to spill real blood.  Just like the lamb of god who’s blood was spilled for mans sin.

We must embrace uncomfortable thoughts and come to affirm our convictions as a culture.  Lest, a Passover of world proportion becomes the Revelation that SOME wish for.

Post from 2011 —

This Passover is extremely symbolic

It almost DOES feel like the exodus.  The emotions within the society and our freedoms and laws used to ENslave us and not set us free.

The book of KINGS had examples of such “rulers”.  They put themselves above the people.  There were others that chose to even put themselves above G-D.

Pharaoh was an UNFAIR taskmaster. The idea that Jews would never have their own governance is why the Exodus occurred.

We seem to have a similar heavy heart.  It’s that which is hearkening to the Exodus time.  This is also why it may be more understood today then at some recently past years.


The seder plate:

The Seder Plate contains symbolic foods: Zeroa is the roasted shank bone or roasted wing of a fowl, representing the sacrifice of the Paschal lamb.

-Today was are told that we must sacrifice and “do without” so that we give our proper share to PHARAOH, who chooses to be frivolous with our WORK.  We toil for the silver, which is used to buy our families the things they want and need.  It is OUR LABOR that is reduced to  a hourly quantifiable sum.  The “government,” which is no longer OF the PEOPLE, now demands, with the threat of JAIL (at gun point) to GIVE of our LABOR to PHARAOH, who “distributes” some of the money, but also takes a TAX for the honor of stealing our LABOR.  This is our sacrifice still today.  How many have forgone having another child or something similar, because they would not be able to “sustain” themselves?  These are our lambs.

Beitza is roasted hard-cooked eggs, symbolizing the festival offering brought to the temple.

-Today the EGG is the same symbol.  Hope for the future.  Hope through our CHILDREN.  The same hope that is sometimes the lamb, which is sacrificed as the bone shank above.

Moror is horseradish, the bitter herbs that represent the bitterness of slavery.

-Today the sting of horseradish is just as sharp.  The bitterness that jabs at us, as we leave our families to go the “work” for a taskmaster.  The bitterness that is repeated and is made heavier with the notion that we are “educating” our kids to become the best little slaves that they can be.  The “government” is all knowing and good?  That sort of brainwashing.  You can’t rebel against the government.  The governments job is to isolate individuals so that they could never come together against the task master and revolt.  But these things do happen.  But to revolt without knowing what the revolution is fighting FOR, is asking for an even harsher taskmaster, because the one that comes after will not be at all lenient and freedoms will be limited.

Karpas is parsley or celery, used to symbolize spring, which brings rebirth and redemption.

-Today even the sprig of HOPE is an elusive concept.  There is NO symbol of HOPE that we have right now.  Israel and America seem to be the only blood left and that blood is turning fast.

These leaves are dipped in salt water to recall the sweat and tears of slavery.

Today – Salt water is used as a cleaning agent.  The greenpeace people have even enslaved SALT.

Chazereth is another form of bitter herbs, such as a piece of horseradish root or watercress. Charoset is a mixture of nuts, fruits, wine and spices that represents the mortar used by the Hebrews in making bricks while they were slaves in Egypt.

Today – We have the bankers that have removed our hope, brick by brick.  We are universally under attack by a few that will enslave the many.

May passover 2011 bring about the true change that will set a righteous course.

Let us look at each other with HOPE in our eyes.

Let us not leap to CHANGE that we have not set a specific course to.

Let us have a PLAN and a MISSION.  True HOPE comes from understanding the end goal and Change should be approached with great head.

G-d Bless everyone.

Obama’s Birth certificate issue – Investigative reporter received notification of being “marked” – Alex Jones records that Madsen is NOT suicidal

April 18, 2011

The main stream media is not investigating.

The reason is because the government is covering this up.

Wow!  Is this soviet Russia?

Are we really living in a free country?

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Passover in Israel – Jewish Ethiopians welcomed and will celebrate the Passover seder – 5500 in 16 centers.

April 13, 2011


Obama held a seder begrudgingly last year:

Passover (Pesach) is celebrated by Jews and Muslims celebrate Ashura

Later citing how wonderful Muslims and Jews had lived together.  LIE!

Unfortunately, Tantawi’s antisemitic formulations are well-grounded in classical, mainstream Islamic theology. However, understanding and acknowledging the Koranic origins of Islamic antisemitism is not a justification for the unreformed, unrepentant modern endorsement of these hateful motifs by Tantawi—with predictably murderous consequences. Within days of the Netanya homicide bombing massacre on a Passover seder night, March 27, 2002, for example, Sheikh Tantawi issued an abhorrent sanction (April 4, 2002) of so-called “martyrdom operations,” even when directed at Israeli civilians.

Lets not forget the Maccabees and the first Temple.

Lets not forget all the wars between Jews and the Exodus!

Celebrate passover!  Even if your Christian.  Celebrate Passover, because without passover, there would be NO Christians.

This doesn’t hold true for Muslims.  Muslims were said to be the bastard children of Abraham – they were already a separate people.  The people that later became Muslim.  The people which created the Pedophile, Murderer,  Sociopath, Conqueror and all around criminal,  Mohammad.



Ethiopians to hold large seders in Israel

April 13, 2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Some 5,500 Ethiopian immigrants will celebrate the seder together in 16 absorption centers throughout Israel.

Even though the hard boiled or roasted egg that is placed on the Passover seder plate is symbolic of mourning and destruction of the Beit Hamikdash in Jerusalem, Jewish Hostesses worldwide can still beautify their seder plates by using this unique idea from Apartment Therapy’s thekitchn. Hop on over to thekitchn to create your own unique Passover seder patterns that may even impress Eliyahu Hanavi!


About 1,000 of the new Ethiopian immigrants have arrived in recent months and will celebrate their first Passover in Israel, according to the Jewish Agency for Israel.

The large seders are organized by the Jewish Agency and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

March 27, 2010 - -Some 200 new immigrants from Ethiopia attended a model seder Thursday at the Jewish Agency Absorption Center in Mevasseret Zion outside Jerusalem, in preparation for their first Passover in Israel. “I am committed to bring the rest of the Falash Mura community to Israel,” said Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, who attended the model seder.

At a model seder Thursday, some of the new immigrants will learn about Passover holiday customs and practice the holiday songs at a model seder at the Jewish Agency`s Mevasseret Zion Absorption Center. They will be joined by Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive; Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews; and Sofia Landver, Israel’s minister of immigrant absorption.


The Suicide of the WEST part 2- Main Stream Media’s “Al Jazeera” and the Government support of the Global Jihad -Kincaid, Kenney, and Timmons, clear the confusion.

April 8, 2011




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Illinois – Berkeley – Muslim fired for seeking Religious PRIVILEGE and the JUSTICE DEPARTMENT seeks to ESTABLISH ISLAM as America’s religious doctrine

March 24, 2011

She should have made her decision prior to the start of the year.  She should sub for that year, when time comes for hajj, then there wouldn’t be any problems to take time off.

Hajj is required for those are ABLE to make it.That means both financially and regarding any other issues.  So, it’s a LIE or (takiyyah / Taqiyya,) to say that it’s a MUST obligation.

Burqa clad female uses taqiyah lies ( taqiyya, takiyah, takiyya, takiya) to accuse officer of being RACIST. Carnita Matthews sentenced to 6 months for lies.

This administration is catering to the Muslims.  They are in essence not adhering to the Religious Establishment clause.  They are setting Muslims up as a privileged Religion.  THAT is not constitutional.

Why is it that it’s been 2 or 3 days since this came out and this is NOT a bigger story?

Where are all the LIBERALS and even the Progressives?  To defend us against this RELIGIOUS tyranny?

They even admit that they are “reaching out” on purpose. This administration is as corrupt as they can be.

How outrageous that the Justice Department should be pursuing this.



Would any Muslim country allow this if it was regarding Judaism?  Then, this is completely unacceptable.  America has decided that it would bow to Shariah?  What did the forefathers create this country for? Islam is not inclusive.  To close ones eyes to that fact is TREASONOUS to this country, because it posses a threat.  Islam is EXCLUSIVE and if it is allowed to do this, then the rest of the RELIGIONS will be extinguished one way or another.  To choose Islam is to choose EXCLUSIVITY.  THAT IS NOT AMERICAN



U.S. lawsuit backs teacher denied leave for hajj

Jerry Markon, Washington Post


(03-23) 04:00 PDT Berkeley, Ill.

Safoorah Khan had taught middle school math for only nine months in this tiny Chicago suburb when she made an unusual request. She wanted three weeks off for a pilgrimage to Mecca.

The school district, faced with losing its only math lab instructor during the end-of-semester marking period, said no. Khan, a devout Muslim, resigned and made the trip anyway.

Justice Department lawyers examined the same set of facts and reached a different conclusion – that the school district’s decision amounted to outright discrimination against Khan. They filed an unusual lawsuit, accusing the district of violating her civil rights by forcing her to choose between her job and her faith.

As the case moves forward in federal court in Chicago, it has triggered debate over whether the Justice Department was following a purely legal path or whether suing on Khan’s behalf was part of a broader Obama administration campaign to reach out to Muslims.

The decision to take on a small-town school board has drawn criticism from conservatives and Berkeley officials, who say the government should not stand behind a teacher who wanted to leave her students.

The lawsuit may test the boundaries of how far employers must go to accommodate workers’ religious practices – a key issue as the nation grows more multicultural and the Muslim population increases.

But it also raises legal questions. Experts say the government may have difficulty prevailing because the 19-day leave Khan requested goes beyond what courts have considered.

“It sounds like a very dubious judgment and a real legal reach,” said Michael Mukasey, who was attorney general during the George W. Bush administration.

His successors in the Obama administration say they are upholding a sacred principle – the right of every American to be free of religious bias in the workplace.

“This was a profoundly personal request by a person of faith,” said Tom Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights, who compared the case to protecting “the religious liberty that our forefathers came to this country for.”

Berkeley, a blue-collar village west of Chicago with about 5,000 people, rail yards, strip malls and ranch-style homes, is majority African American and Hispanic, and about 75 percent of its voters cast their ballots for Barack Obama.

Khan, 29, was happy in the job, said her lawyer, Kamran Memon. But she longed to make the hajj, one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith, which Muslims are obligated to do once. It would not have fallen on her summer break for about nine years.

In August 2008, Khan requested an unpaid leave for the first three weeks of December that year. The district said the leave was unrelated to Khan’s job, according to court documents. Khan resigned in a letter to the school board.

In November 2008, Khan filed a religious discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which found cause for discrimination and referred the case to the Justice Department.

Justice lawyers sued in December. The suit argued that the district violated the Civil Rights Act by failing to accommodate Khan’s religious beliefs. By “compelling” Khan to choose between her job and religion, the lawsuit says, the district forced her discharge.

A trial date has not been set. Berkeley school officials declined to comment but said in court papers that Khan’s request would have imposed an “undue hardship.”

This article appeared on page A – 12 of the San Francisco Chronicle

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