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    Raul Castro celebrates Hanukkah with Cuban Jews

    Raul Castro celebrates Hanukkah with Cuban JewsRaul Castro celebrates Hanukkah with Cuban Jews

    By PAUL HAVEN
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    December 5, 2010 7:50 p.m. PT



    Cuba's President Raul Castro lights a Hanukkah candle during a ceremony at the Bet Shalom synagogue in Havana, Cuba, Sunday Dec. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Prensa Latina)

    HAVANA -- President Raul Castro celebrated Hanukkah on Sunday with Cuba's tiny Jewish community, a heavily symbolic act at a time when his government is holding a Jewish-American subcontractor on suspicion of spying.
    That is Raul Castro in the picture above, wearing a yarmulke and given the honor of lighting the first candle of the menorah.. He is an evil and murderous dictator which has shed the blood of tens of thousands of Cubans.

    Raul Castro said he hoped to have more time on another occasion to come and talk about "the Hebrew community in Cuba and the fabulous history of the Hebrew people."

    This is the same guy whose statement was published by the regime official press: “On January 7, 2009 General Raul Castro hosted in Havana Iranian Special Envoy, Ali Akbar Mehrabian. Gen. Castro reiterated Cuba’s condemnation of the treacherous aggression against Gaza.” Granma, January 8, 2009. Granma is the official newspaper of Cuba’s Communist Party; Cuba’s ruling and only party.

    This is what Fidel Castro said in a statement issued at the United Nations on June 14, 2010: ``The hatred felt by the state of Israel against the Palestinians is such that they would not hesitate to send the 1 ˝ million men, women and children of that country to the crematoria where millions of Jews of all ages were exterminated by the Nazis,'' Castro said. ``It would seem that the Fuehrer's swastika is today Israel's banner,'' he said, referencing Adolf Hitler.

    These Castro brothers are the guys who lashed out against the State of Israel, amoral and compulsory liars, Machiavelli’s characters.

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    Re: Raul Castro celebrates Hanukkah with Cuban Jews

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandokan View Post
    That is Raul Castro in the picture above, wearing a yarmulke and given the honor of lighting the first candle of the menorah.. He is an evil and murderous dictator which has shed the blood of tens of thousands of Cubans.

    Raul Castro said he hoped to have more time on another occasion to come and talk about "the Hebrew community in Cuba and the fabulous history of the Hebrew people."

    This is the same guy whose statement was published by the regime official press: “On January 7, 2009 General Raul Castro hosted in Havana Iranian Special Envoy, Ali Akbar Mehrabian. Gen. Castro reiterated Cuba’s condemnation of the treacherous aggression against Gaza.” Granma, January 8, 2009. Granma is the official newspaper of Cuba’s Communist Party; Cuba’s ruling and only party.

    This is what Fidel Castro said in a statement issued at the United Nations on June 14, 2010: ``The hatred felt by the state of Israel against the Palestinians is such that they would not hesitate to send the 1 ˝ million men, women and children of that country to the crematoria where millions of Jews of all ages were exterminated by the Nazis,'' Castro said. ``It would seem that the Fuehrer's swastika is today Israel's banner,'' he said, referencing Adolf Hitler.

    These Castro brothers are the guys who lashed out against the State of Israel, amoral and compulsory liars, Machiavelli’s characters.
    They only want Jewish money.

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    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat, said this about Fidel Castro statement at the United Nations on June 14, 2010: “These aren't just the comments of some doddering anti-Semite who is losing his faculties. These malicious comments were officially distributed by Cuba's government. They should be seen as what they are -- an official position of the Cuban government and endorsement of hateful anti-Semitism.''

    Of course he is a full-fledged anti-Semite. Of the 15,000 Jews living in the island in 1959, only 1,500 remain. 90% left after the regime took away their business and properties, and banned all religions.

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    Re: Raul Castro celebrates Hanukkah with Cuban Jews

    seems like a reasonable guy. rocking the island with the jewish community.


    what's with the sanctions? what did Cuba ever do?
    There's plenty for all.

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    Re: Raul Castro celebrates Hanukkah with Cuban Jews

    Based on events in history, the only place of shelter available to the oppressed in their own country has been in many instances churches and synagogues. Religious leaders in Cuba have let down their followers and pact with the regime, jeopardizing the shelter that those places of worship offer to the Cubans. Sure, there are pastors, priests and rabbis in the island who will protect their followers from the regime, but every day their battle turn more difficult, since they have to confront those leaders which betrayed them for a few prerogatives.

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    Re: Raul Castro celebrates Hanukkah with Cuban Jews

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandokan View Post
    That is Raul Castro in the picture above, wearing a yarmulke and given the honor of lighting the first candle of the menorah.. He is an evil and murderous dictator which has shed the blood of tens of thousands of Cubans.
    I would be curious about where you are getting your stats from here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by commy View Post
    what's with the sanctions? what did Cuba ever do?
    Got a few Russian ICBM's back in the '60's.
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    The support of the people in the free world should be behind the courageous clerics who defy the Castros’ dictatorship and their dishonest religious leaders in complicity with the regime. More than ever they need our support against an atheistic regime to keep it at bay. If those who supposedly represent a theistic doctrine collaborate with the regime, who is left to help them? We live in dark times and this is an indication of how dark things have become.

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    Re: Raul Castro celebrates Hanukkah with Cuban Jews

    The MSM will jump up at the opportunity to spin this event and say something nice about Raul statement. It doesn’t matter that the island Jewish community is small due to the fact that the vast majority of the Jewish community has to leave Cuba because the Castro brothers ruined this prosperous community with the expropriation of their businesses, big and small, by the limits imposed to freedom of religion, and the hatred unleashed in part of the population as a result of their pro-Arabs and anti-Zionists proclamations.

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    Re: Raul Castro celebrates Hanukkah with Cuban Jews

    Raul’s stratagem, since the current Jewish population is tiny, is basically for foreign consumption and getting benefits from them. The target population may react to it by not taking the bait, or by swallowing it from self serving interest. No doubt that at this stage of the game, those who don’t get is because they don’t want to.

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