August 7, 2018
I often feel as though Jews are playing a game: “how far can we maintain the idea that we are victims of everyone on earth, while maintaining a position as the most powerful people on earth?”
There is zero chance that these Jews couldn’t either pay their rent with their own money they are claiming not to have or get any one of the dozens of local and hundreds of international Jewish groups to pay it for them, or buy the building outright.
They want to move, and are using this situation as an opportunity to evoke victimhood.
Four years ago, Tom Furstenberg proudly carried into his synagogue its first Torah scroll since the Holocaust, when local Nazis destroyed the building’s interior.
The scroll’s introduction in 2014 was an important moment for the Beth Shoshana Masorti community that Furstenberg helped establish in 2010 in this city of nearly 100,000 residents, located 60 miles east of the capital Amsterdam.
After all, it was proof that Jewish life had finally returned to a place where it had been uprooted and destroyed.
“I felt that this was it, nothing could reverse our presence as part of this city,” Furstenberg, a 49-year-old teacher and chairman of Deventer’s Jewish community, told JTA on Monday.
Furstenberg had been overly optimistic.
On Monday, he and a dozen other members of their congregation of 35 had to take away the scroll and all the other ritual possessions and load them into a white van.
The building housing the Great Synagogue of Deventer was sold in January by the church that had owned it for decades. The developers, a Dutch-Turkish restaurant owner and his associate, then evicted the congregants amid a legal fight over the owners’ plan to turn the place into an eatery.
Turning your holy place into a kebab shop!
For Deventer, the eviction meant “the end of a Jewish presence in this city,” Sanne Terlouw, a founding member of Beth Shoshana and a renowned author, told JTA with tears in her eyes on the day of the move.
Maurice Swirc, the former editor in chief of NIW, called the synagogue’s sale “a scandal” and found it “very painful.” Dutch authorities, he said, “were partially responsible for the fact that Deventer does not have enough Jews to maintain the synagogue. The least they could do is help preserve it.”
The affair prompted intense interest internationally. JTA’s video report of the community leaving the synagogue has been viewed more than 200,000 times on Facebook.
This Jewish community in Holland just got evicted. Read more on this story here: http://bit.ly/2LJjXex
Gepostet von JTA News am Montag, 30. Juli 2018
Ronny Naftaniel, a founder of The Hague Jewish Heritage group, said the synagogue’s sale is unusual “for a city such as Deventer, where authorities have a high awareness for heritage.” Deventer, where wealthy Jewish cattle dealers left an indelible mark and where a part of Naftaniel’s family lived before the Holocaust, “could have set aside this space,” he said.
Until recently, Furstenberg’s community was able to hold on to its synagogue thanks to the Christian Reformed Churches group.
But the church had to sell the building this year. The highest bidder was Ayhan Sahin, the Dutch-Turkish developer, and his associate, Carlus Lenferink.
This summer, the entrepreneurs announced their plan to turn the synagogue into a restaurant. Furstenberg objected and the city declined to approve the plan.
Amid negotiations with the Jewish community, Sahin was quoted as saying: “If need be, I’ll turn it into a mosque,” according to De Stentor regional daily. He later said he would allow the Jewish community to stay, “but only if they pay full rent” – an unlikely prospect for the small congregation, which has no sources of income and could barely afford maintenance fees when it rented the synagogue at a subsidized price from the church.
Losing the synagogue is “a failure and a major step back for the city,” Furstenberg said, his voice echoing in the tall and now empty space where his congregation would gather once every three weeks and on Jewish holidays. “Once again, the city is looking on as its synagogue is being destroyed.”
Furstenberg’s j’accuse, spoken in Dutch in the presence of local reporters, was a reference to the unusual and painful wartime history of the building. Unlike most Dutch synagogues, the one in Deventer was not confiscated in the orderly and methodical Nazi manner. Instead it was ransacked by a rabble belonging to the Dutch Nazi party, NSB, on July 25, 1941.
“I remember all of them,” said Roelof de Vries, 86, a carpenter whose family worked as caretakers at the synagogue before the Holocaust.
“Even if this place becomes a restaurant, I’ll never forget my friend Bubi, whom they gassed along with so many others,” he said, weeping.
Referring to the genocide, Furstenberg said “This is the reason there are not enough Jews to afford this place.”
The reason your synagogue is getting turned into a kebab stand is that Hitler gassed all your friends with insecticide in a fake shower room seven decades ago.
Keep telling that story, kikes.
Maybe it will gain you sympathy from the goyim forever.
But I doubt it.