Lets jail everybody with a working brain: ‘YouTuber Alison Chabloz guilty over anti-Semitic songs’

Alison Chabloz

JONATHAN BRADY/ PA, Alison Chabloz had claimed the prosecution was an attempt to limit her free speech

By BBC.com

A blogger has been found guilty of broadcasting anti-Semitic songs on YouTube.
Alison Chabloz, 54, from Glossop, Derbyshire, wrote and performed three songs about Nazi persecution, including one about the young diarist Anne Frank.
She claimed the Holocaust was “just a bunch of lies” in her songs.
Chabloz was convicted of two counts of sending an offensive, indecent or menacing message through a public communications network.
She was further convicted of posting a third song on YouTube.
District Judge John Zani, sitting at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, said the offences were serious and “the custody threshold may well have been passed.”
When the verdict was given supporters of Chabloz shouted “shame” from the public gallery.
Judge Zani adjourned the trial for sentencing.
Alison Chabloz in a video posted on YouTubeImage copyright YOUTUBE, Alison Chabloz previously told the court she wanted put across her “political, artistic, creative point”
The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism initially brought a private prosecution against Chabloz, before the Crown Prosecution Service took over.
Gideon Falter, the group’s chairman said: “Alison Chabloz has dedicated herself over the course of years to inciting others to hate Jews, principally by claiming that the Holocaust was a hoax perpetrated by Jews to defraud the world.
“She is now a convicted criminal. This verdict sends a strong message that in Britain Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories will not be tolerated.”
Chabloz, who describes herself as a Holocaust revisionist, said her music was “satire” and had previously told the court there was “no proof” gas chambers were used to kill Jewish people in World War Two.
However, prosecutors said three of Chabloz’s songs, including one which referred to the notorious Nazi death camp Auschwitz as a “theme park”, were criminally offensive.
Another song included a section set to the tune of a popular Jewish song Hava Nagila.
The defence had told Judge Zani his ruling would set a precedent on the exercise of free speech.
Chabloz had claimed many Jewish people found her songs funny and that no-one was forced to listen to them.


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Understanding ‘Genetic Diseases’ in the Context of German New Medicine


By Caroline Markolin, Ph.D.

The theory of the genetic origin of diseases is one of the most firmly upheld doctrines of today’s medicine.
Medical science claims that cancer is brought on by “mistakes in DNA replication”, causing cells to gradually change from normal to “abnormal” and eventually to “malignant” cells. The mapping of cancer genes is thus one of modern medicine’s latest ventures. 
Modeled after the Human Genome Project, the International Cancer Genome Consortium has been created to coordinate cancer genome sequencing on a large scale. The objective, as clearly stated by Dr. Mike Stratton from the Cancer Genome Project (the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute), is that “by identifying all the cancer genes we will be able to develop new drugs that target the specific mutated genes and work out which patients will benefit from these novel treatments” .
Recently, British Scientists found 23,000 mutations in lung cancer cases. Curiously, they also found that not all of these mutations cause cancer! Mutations in the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 are said to increase a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer. Within the next five years, the Consortium plans to map the genomes of yet another 1,500 different breast cancers. “The more breast cancer genomes they map, the better an idea we have of the disease’s causes”, says Dr. Reis-Filho of the Institute of Cancer Research in London (Los Angeles Times, December 24, 2009).
Under the guise of “good science”, “prophylactic” measures such as “preventive mastectomies” are recommended “to reduce the chance of developing cancer”. Another “preventive” measure is the “zapping” of the tagged cancer cells, “because a cancer cell is like a person and we must kill it to live”, argues Dana Blankenhorn (Rethinking Health Care).
The medical consensus on the genetic origin of diseases also serves as justification for the screening of embryos for “abnormal” genes. Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) involves taking a cell from an embryo at the eight-cell stage of development and testing it. Doctors then “select an embryo free from rogue genes to continue the pregnancy, and discard any whose genetic profile points to future problems. Using PGD is to ensure a baby does not carry an altered gene.” (BBC News, January 8, 2008)
All too often, medicine takes it upon itself to “improve”  human beings – here again, in spite of the lack of evidence that “defective genes” are necessarily the cause of cancer and a very limited knowledge as to precisely why the genetic changes occur in the first place.
Studies in the science of Epigenetics show that genes are by no means ‘set in stone’ but that they can alter themselves in response to a person’s environment. In short, the DNA and thus the biology of an organism are constantly adjusting themselves to signals from outside the cells, including energetic information arising from thoughts and beliefs.
Based on this new model, Epigeneticists are of the view that diseases such as cancer are not caused by defective genes, as claimed by mainstream geneticists, but rather by non-genetic factors that alter the expression of genes withoutchanging the DNA sequence.
Furthermore, proponents of the theory suggest that ancestral emotions and life experiences have an enduring effect on subsequent generations. The onset of a present day illness is believed to be triggered by tapping into the “transgenerational memory” of a forbearer. This idea is based on observations that “the paternal (but not maternal) grandsons of Swedish boys who were exposed during preadolescence to famine in the 19th century were less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. The opposite effect was observed for females; the paternal (but not maternal) granddaughters of women who experienced famine while in the womb (and their eggs were being formed) lived shorter lives on average.” (Ghost in Your Genes, Marcus Pembrey, University College London, BBC 2006)
Total Biology (Claude Sabbah), Biogenealogy (Christian Freche), and Biodecoding (Marie-Anne Boularand) follow a similar philosophy. Ironically, these modalities are based on a bizarre distortion of Dr. Hamer’s scientific discoveries. “Biological conflicts”, for instance, are construed as “seeds sown in the life of the individual’s ancestors, who inject a distressful memory into the family tree that silently leaps from generation to generation, where it is transmuted into illness” (Patrick Obissier). Hence, “freedom from the Ancestor Syndrome” (Ancelin Schutzenberger) is the prime objective of the “therapy”, which aims to release the descendant from the genetic programming, so that he, in turn, is spared from inflicting diseases upon future generations.
The notion that a current illness has its origin in the distressing life experience of an ancestor cannot be substantiated. This relegates the notion of the transgenerational causes of diseases to the realm of myths, in this case myths steeped in fear and in guilt. The same applies to the staged dramas of Bert Hellinger’s “Family Constellations”-therapy, whose objective is to “cure” an individual’s ailment by invoking unresolved issues of or with members of the clan, both of the past and the present.
“The Biology of Belief”
The studies of Bruce Lipton, presented in “The Biology of Belief” (2005), are refreshingly science-based. Dr. Lipton, a trained cell biologist, demonstrates through scientific experimentation that the behavior of cells and the epigenetic expression of genes are indeed influenced by a person’s beliefs and perception of the world. This translates into a profound shift from being controlled by our genes to the control over our genes. “From Victim to Master” quickly became the slogan of Epigeneticists.  “brain” 
Dr. Joe Dispenza (“Evolve Your Brain”, 2006) introduces the “Biology of Change” by drawing on intriguing research from the emerging field of neuroplasticity. In accordance with the discoveries of the new physics of quantum mechanics, both Lipton’s and Dispenza’s findings corroborate, whether on the cellular or neurological level, that the mind is a powerful co-creator of our reality. 
On the principle “the mind controls the genes” and “thoughts change the biology” both researchers conclude that beliefs and thoughts must also be the underlying cause of diseases. “A negative belief can make you sick” (Lipton) and “thoughts create disease” (Dispenza), they argue. At first glance, this seems reasonable. However, the beliefs-and-thoughts-cause-disease theory fails to explain why a person develops a very specific disease; why a heart condition such as angina pectoris, why a certain type of cancer (lung cancerliver cancerprostate cancer), why a muscle disorder, why a skin rash, or simply a common cold. The theory is unable to explain why, for example, a woman develops breast cancer in the breast glands (glandular breast cancer) or in the milk-ducts (intra-ductal breast cancer), why the cancer is in her right or in her left breast, why the tumor grows fast or more slowly, and, furthermore, why not every woman who “believes” in breast cancer, rather who is indoctrinated with the fear of breast cancer, which is the vast majority of women, ends up getting the cancer. The claim that an illness is the result of a person’s beliefs or thoughts does not account for the fact that non-congenital diseases, such as hepatitis, occur already in newborns. Furthermore, mammals and other species also develop illnesses, including many different types of cancers.
“Nature never deceives us. It is we who deceive ourselves.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
All medical theories, whether conventional or “alternative”, past or current, are based on the concept that diseases are “malfunctions” of the organism. Diseases are thought to be caused by pathogenic microbesmalignant cancer cells, defective gene mutations, a weak immune systemenvironmental toxins, electromagnetic pollutants, geopathic radiation, carcinogenssmoking, a poor diet, obesity, nutritional deficiencies, imbalanced pH-levels, hormones, root canals, stress, negative beliefs, and the list goes on.
Dr. Hamer’s ground-breaking discovery that diseases are not senseless “disorders” but in reality meaningful biological processes trying to save an organism rather than to destroy it, and his findings that diseases are not “errors” of Nature but instead Significant Biological Special Programs of Nature created to support an individual during emotional distress, turn medicine as we know it entirely on its head. German New Medicine is the biggest challenge medical science and medicine as a whole has ever faced.  
“The differentiation between the psyche, the brain, and the body is purely academic. In reality they are one.”
Ryke Geerd Hamer
Dr. Hamer is the first to investigate the cause of diseases by taking the brain into close account. The brain controls all processes in the body. By comparing his patients’ brain CT scan with their medical records and their personal histories, he found that an emotional trauma or “conflict shock” (DHS as he termed it) leaves a visible mark in precisely the same area of the brain that controls the disease process. Based on the study of tens of thousands of cases, he discovered that the psyche, the brain and the body constitute a biological unit, encoded with Biological Special Programs to secure survival. Dr. Hamer established that the brain acts as a mediator between the psyche and the body, with both receiving and transmitting functions. He identified the brain as the biological control station from where these age-old emergency programs are directed and coordinated.
Every Biological Special Program has two phases: a conflict-active phase and, provided the conflict can be resolved, a healing phase.
During the conflict-active phase, the whole organism is engaged in facilitating a conflict resolution. Beginning at the very moment of the DHS, the autonomic nervous system switches into a state of stress (sympathicotonia), causing “sleep disturbances”, while the psyche shifts into a compulsive thinking mode. The purpose of the extra waking hours and intense focus on the conflict is to find a resolution to the conflict as soon as possible. Simultaneously, in unison with the psyche and the nervous system, the conflict-related organ responds with functional changes to assist the individual on the physical level during the unexpected distress. These well-coordinated processes are initiated and controlled from the precise brain relay that corresponds both to the particular type of conflict as well as to the corresponding organ.
On a brain CT, the activity of a Biological Special Program is visible as a set of concentric rings.
In GNM, the ring-configuration seen on a brain CT is called a Hamer Focus or HH.
Every so often the HH is also visible on an organ CT, which makes the brain-organ correlation strikingly evident.

CT tomogram of the 4th lumbar spine
Dr. Hamer: “When a biological conflict occurs in our psyche and the Biological Special Program is set into motion, a corresponding process takes place in the brain as well as on the corresponding organ. This we know for sure. We also know that there is an “organ brain”, which vibrates at the same frequency as the head-brain, which is why we see the ring-formed ripples both in the conflict-related brain relay and on the correlating organ. This suggests that it is these small organ cell “brains”, which cause the afflicted organ and the corresponding HH to vibrate at the same frequency!”

The remarkable resemblance of the target ring configuration to energy-transferring(“shock”) waves, vividly illustrates that both the head-brain and the organ-brain are able to boost the body’s energy level, should this be required due to a DHS.


“In some way or other we are part of a single all-embracing psyche.”
Carl Gustav Jung 
Dr. Hamer’s research reveals that the psyche is an integral part of the human biology. It is the ‘organ’, so to speak, that instinctively recognizes dangers that could threaten our survival (“existence conflicts”, “death-fright conflicts”, “attack conflicts”, “starvation conflicts”), the safety of our domain or home (“territorial conflicts”), the bond with members of our group (“loss conflict”, “separation conflicts”, “abandonment conflicts”), or the survival of the group itself (“sexual conflicts”, “nest-worry conflicts”). Human beings share these conflicts with all species.
As human beings are capable of symbolic thought, we are able to experience these conflicts also in a figurative sense. For us, a “starvation conflict” can be initiated by the loss of a workplace and a fear of not knowing how to provide for ourselves. A “sexual conflict” can be caused by the distress that our partner is “mating” with someone else; an “abandonment conflict” by feeling excluded or left behind. “Territorial anger” can be triggered at home, at work, or at school.
Biological conflicts differ from stress (even extreme stress) insofar as they occur unexpectedly and engage the wholeorganism, of which the psyche is one component. From a biological point of view, “unexpected” implies that the individual was caught off guard, and that this unpreparedness can have detrimental consequences. In order to support the individual during this unforeseen crisis, a Significant Biological Special Program, created for the exact situation, is instantly set into motion.
At the very instant of the conflict, the psyche associates a specific biological conflict theme with the event. This association is entirely subconscious. It remains unknown to the person who suffered the DHS until symptoms arise and reveal what exactly the subconscious mind associated with the particular conflict situation. For example, the unexpected loss of a loved one is not necessarily experienced as a biological “loss conflict”. It can also be subjectively perceived as a “separation” (from a mate or offspring), as an “abandonment” (from the pack), or as a “fright” (in the nest or the territory), all manifesting different physical symptoms on the corresponding organ.
In nature these conflicts are generally quickly resolved. Because we humans alienated ourselves from Nature, and have moved away from living in accordance with It, we experience “territorial conflicts”, “attack conflicts”, “sexual conflicts”, “separation conflicts”, “abandonment conflicts”, or “loss conflicts” much more frequently and typically the conflicts last for longer periods of time. This is why the complexity and severity of diseases seen in human beings, specifically the increase in cancer incidence, is not found to the same extent in the natural world.  
The biological conflict experience is innate. It is controlled from the very same brain relay that coordinates the emergency response to the particular conflict. How the psyche perceives a conflict is thus determined by the biological reading of the situation. It goes without saying that our beliefs, our values, our social and cultural conditioning, our knowledge, our expectations, our vulnerabilities, and many other factors, contribute greatly to the subjective perception and interpretation of the conflict situation. However, beliefs alone, independent of a conflict shock experience, are not able to activate a Biological Special Program, especially because “diseases” are not “dysfunctions” (Lipton) but are always meaningful.
A positive attitude, letting go of anger, feelings of trust and forgiveness can significantly reduce the intensity and duration of a conflict and therefore the “disease”-symptom(s). The New Medicine shifts or rather elevates “prevention” and “healing” to a level where the biology of human beings can be understood as intimately connected with spirituality and a chance for spiritual growth. GNM draws our attention to the meaning of the psyche as the “seat of the soul”, the true master of our lives.
“The secret of medicine is to distract the patient, while Nature heals itself.”
Beginning at the moment of the conflict resolution, the entire organism becomes mobilized to restore the affected organ to its original function. Tissue loss generated during the conflict-active phase is refilled and replenished; additional cells that are no longer needed are removed. The autonomic nervous system switches into a state of prolonged vagotonia, forcing the organism to rest, ‘while Nature heals itself’.


Activated from the brain, microbes such as fungi and bacteria begin the work assigned to them. For example, staphylococcus bacteriafacilitate the reconstruction of bone tissue lost during bone cancer. TB bacteria and fungi such as candida albicans, on the other hand, are set to decompose tumors in the breastkidneycolonliverpancreasuterus, or prostate. The fact that tubercular bacteria and fungi remove tumors clearly shows that cancers are reversible! However, if a person does not carry the helpful microbes because of an overuse of antibiotics for example, the tumor simply stays in place and encapsulates. Thoughts or beliefs (positive or negative) cannot cause a tumor to do this.
During their activity, microbes require an acidic milieu, which is suitably provided through the vagotonic nervous system, dominant during any healing phase. The vagotonic nervous system regulates digestion and excretion, which is why acidity levels are naturally elevated during normal nighttime hours. The theory that a low pH level causes cancer or any other disease is invalid. The exact opposite is in fact the case. It is the low pH level which provides the ideal environment in which an organ heals. However, since the degree of the healing symptoms is always determined by the intensity of the conflict-active phase, an intense healing process can lower the pH level to a serious degree. In this instance, the situation must be addressed preferably with natural remedies, including an alkaline-based diet.  
Yet it is important to consider that the discharge produced by fungi and TB-bacteria contains high amounts of protein which is eliminated through the stool, the urine, and other passageways. Eating foods rich in protein to replenish its loss is therefore also vital during healing. A balanced diet, ideally from organic sources, greatly supports the healing process that is already under way. However, foods alone cannot heal cancer. Given that the cancer is already healing naturally, the concept of “cancer fighting foods” is redundant; it is a contradiction in itself.
Healing involves many biological processes. White blood cells (lymphocytes, macrophages, etc.) and antibodies, all participate in healing. Consequently, the so-called “immune system”, envisioned as a defense system against “disease”-causing agents (microbes, cancer cells, toxins), is in reality a support system created to aid a speedy recovery! The word “anti”-bodies is meaningless, as there is essentially no “body” to “fight against”.
Symptoms in the conflict-active phase are rare, because during the stress period the organ function is in fact improved.This is why, for example, cancers that develop during conflict activity are only detected during a routine check-up or follow-up examination.
The vast majority of symptoms, including certain cancers, are healing symptoms
and an indication that the related conflict has been resolved.
Typical healing symptoms are: swelling (because healing always occurs in a fluid environment), pain (caused by the swelling), fever and inflammation (due to the increased blood flow into the healing tissue), discharge (to expel the remnants and by-products of the healing process) potentially mixed with blood (during the reconstruction of tissue the capillaries break easily), night sweats (when TB bacteria are involved), headaches (due to the swelling of the brain edema in the organ-related brain area), and fatigue (as the autonomic nervous system is in a prolonged state of vagotonia).  
Since “diseases” are either functional improvements of an organ (conflict-active phase) or healing symptoms (restitution phase) and therefore always meaningful, many of the established theories need to be re-evaluated. Based on the science of GNM, claims that environmental and dietary toxins, imbalanced pH-levels, pathogenic microbes, faulty genes, a weak immune system, root canals, negative thoughts and beliefs and the like cause diseases are no longer tenable as they are built on false premises.
Of course a poor diet, smoking, exposure to electromagnetic pollutants, dental amalgams, negative thoughts, a pessimistic outlook and other adverse factors deplete the organisms of energy. All influences that drain the body’s vitality make recovery much more difficult and might even contribute to serious complications, specifically during the healing crisis. Owing to their high toxicity, most pharmaceutical drugs brutally interrupt the natural healing process, and even cause death, as we see in the extremely high number of chemo-treatment victims.
Conversely, a diet rich in organic nutrients, the clearing of geopathic stress zones, the practice of yoga and meditation, and so forth, can accelerate the recovery process immensely. It has long been recognized that positive thoughts, as well as very specific sounds and colors, raise the vibrational frequency of the body and contribute immensely to healing. This increase in energy explains “spontaneous remission”. It accounts for the healing power of love and prayers and of sacred sites. It is the basis on which placebos (from the Latin placebo “I shall please”) affect the patient.
Last, but not least, the understanding of GNM and the Five Biological Laws has in itself a healing effect as it liberates the mind from fear and inspires trust in the creative wisdom of Mother Nature.
“We are not separate from the rest of the living world;  
we are part of it down to our bones and to our genes.”
Neil Shubin
Dr. Hamer’s findings are firmly anchored in the science of embryology. Taking into account the growth and development of the human organism, he discovered that the correlation between the psyche, the brain, and the corresponding organ – which he had already firmly established – was closely connected to the embryonic germ layers, from which all organs and tissues of the body derive. It was the brain-CT studies that tied everything together.


By comparing the location of the brain relays from where the Biological Special Programs are controlled with the embryonic development of the fetus, Dr. Hamer recognized that all organs that derive from the same germ layer are also controlled from the same part of the brain (see GNM diagram).
Because of the innate connection to the psyche, the cells of each germ layer basically “know” how to respond to a conflict in order to facilitate a resolution. Thus, endodermal lung alveoli cells, for example, start to proliferate at the very moment a “death-fright conflict” occurs. The additional cells, that is, the “cancer cells”, improve the capacity of the lungs in order to assist the individual during the life-threatening distress.  
This is why cancers have existed since the beginning of human life.
An example:
The biological conflict linked to the breast glands is a “nest-worry conflict”. The breast glands are of mesodermal origin and controlled from a very specific area in the cerebellum (see diagrams below). Just as endodermal lung alveoli cells are programmed to proliferate in the event of a death-fright, the mesodermal breast gland cells start to multiply as soon as a female suffers an unexpected “worry conflict” about the well-being of a “nest”-member. The purpose of the production of more breast gland cells is to allow the female to provide more milk, that is, nutrition, for the one who is in need. Even if a woman is not breastfeeding, this innate process is still activated, because in biological terms the female breast is synonymous with caring and nurturing. If the conflict lasts over a longer period of time, the cell proliferation creates a tumor or glandular breast cancer. However, the cancer is by no means a “malignant growth” but rather an age-old meaningful biological process inherent in every woman. This process is entirely independent of environmental factors or beliefs; especially since this life-securing natural response is the same in female mammals.
On this brain CT, the small red arrow pointing to the right side of the cerebellum shows the brain relay from where the Biological Special Program of glandular breast cancer is controlled. Since there is a cross-over correlation from the brain to the organ, the location of the Hamer Focusindicates that the left breast is involved.
A woman doesn’t get breast cancer without a reason, nor is it accidental whether the cancer involves her right or left breast. Whether the cancer is in the right or left breast is determined by a woman’s handednessIf, for example, aright-handed woman suffers a “worry conflict over her child, her left breast will be affected, as she biologically associates her child with the left side of the body. This is the side where she naturally holds her baby, leaving her dominant hand free to maneuver. In left-handed women the situation is reversed. Neither genetic nor non-genetic factors can change this biological principle.
Why diseases “run in families”
Since families share the same cultural and social conditioning, the same indoctrinations, the same beliefs, and so forth, they often experience the same type of conflicts, causing the same “diseases”.
Family Dispute
anger conflicts” // self-devaluation conflicts” // separation conflicts” // abandonment conflicts

Georgia Russia War

death-fright conflicts” // nest-worry conflicts” // attack conflicts” // existence conflicts
Orthodox medicine views Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) and Huntington Disease (HD) as “genetic disorders” that are passed on through the generations. According to Dr. Hamer’s discoveries, the biological conflict linked to the muscles is “not being able to escape”, “feeling tied down”, or “feeling stuck”, resulting in muscle paralysis during the conflict-active phase. The biological significance of the paralysis is a “fake-dead”-reflex, because in nature a predator often attacks a prey only when it tries to escape. The instinctive response is: “Since I can’t escape, I play dead”, causing paralysis until the danger is over.
However, it is the diagnosis and prognosis shock and the scary wheelchair image (“feeling stuck” that prolong the conflict, exacerbating the condition. Of course the fear instilled by the widely held belief that the “disease” could have a “genetic cause” only adds to the individual’s vulnerability. A daughter or son of a parent with such a muscle “disorder” is naturally much more susceptible to experience a “stuck”-conflict. We must also keep in mind that any conflict shock can be experienced with or for another person, particularly when the distress concerns a close loved one.
Nonetheless, even if members of a family or generations of families experience the same type of conflicts, the conflict shock itself (the DHS) is still a highly personal event which in that instant involves solely the brain, or rather the brain relay, of the person suffering the conflict at that particular time. This is why diseases cannot be passed on to future generations nor can they be genetically inherited from a family member or ancestor, either genetically or epigenetically.
According to the standard theory, cancer genes are “faulty” mutations of normal cells. As soon as we tune into the science of GNM, we realize that nothing in nature is “faulty” or “abnormal”.
In the mid 1990s, Dr. Hamer wrote in his German publication Vermächtnis einer Neuen Medizin (Legacy of a New Medicine): “We already know, for instance, that adenoid breast gland cancer cells, produced for one-time use only, are genetically different from the original breast gland cells. During the healing phase, after the conflict has been resolved, TB bacteria remove exclusively the cancer cells that are no longer required, but leave the original cells intact. The genetic difference is obviously the feature that allows the microbes to recognize which cells can be removed and which have to stay.” Another attribute that allows microbes to recognize cancer cells is that tumor cells differ in size and in shape from the “normal cells, which is why conventional medicine labels them, or rather interprets them, as “malignant”.
Dr. Hamer explains the genetic difference between cancer cells and “normal” cells with the fact that cancer cells have a specific, specialized, temporary function during any Biological Special Program. Hence, genetic changes occur with every cancer and with every so-called disease!
Genetic changes cannot take place without the involvement of the brain. Thus, the brain relay that controls the “disease” process also controls the genetic alterations in the conflict-related organ cells (the original “organ brain”).
Dr. Hamer’s research reveals that the Biological Special Programs of Nature are encoded in every cell and are thus inscribed in the genetic code. The meaningful nature of the emergency programs rebuts the theory that diseases, and cancer in particular, are caused by “defective genes”. It proves the doctrine of the genetic origin of diseases to be wrong.
In 1998, Anna, born with Down syndrome, overcame this “genetic disorder” through the application of German New Medicine
Left picture: Anna at the age of four and a half. Right picture: Anna three months after GNM Therapy
Prior to her GNM Therapy, Anna was considered broadly incapacitated, both physically as well as mentally. Doctors had diagnosed her to be as much as 60 percent physically defective. This included partial paralysis of her legs. At the age of four and a half, her mental development and verbal skills were at the one-year-old level. Anna’s parents had embraced all officially recognized treatments for special-needs children, but these had failed to produce results.
In 1998, Anna’s mother, a physician herself, contacted Dr. Hamer for advice.
Dr. Hamer: “It behooves a researcher to be modest. We must therefore guard ourselves against claiming that we could cure Down’s, even more so as only the patients themselves, supported by their family, would be able to do that. What we can say, however, is that we recognize in all the symptoms of Down’s Biological Special Programs we know how to work with. That is to say, if we get the Biological Programs into the healing phase, this would result in every single case in a normalization and thus in a healing of Down’s.” (Vermächtnis einer Neuen Medizin)
The first step was to analyze Anna’s brain scan in order to identify what type of conflicts were involved. Among several others, the brain CT revealed two “hearing conflicts” (“I don’t want to hear this!”), visible as Hamer Fociin the areas of the cerebral cortex that control the right and left inner ear.

The two hearing conflicts had put Anna into a “schizophrenic constellation”. In GNM terms, a “schizophrenic constellation” refers to conflict activity involving both the right and the left side of the brain (see diagram).
Whether a conflict impacts on the right or left side of the cerebral cortex is determined by the person’s handedness and whether the conflict is mother/child or partner-related. – There is also a cross-over correlation from the brain to the organ.


Anna’s first hearing conflict was caused by the constant noise of jack hammers in the building where her mother was working throughout her pregnancy. Since Anna is left-handed, her first mother-related conflict impacted on the left brain hemisphere, involving her right ear.
Her second hearing conflict was triggered by the screeching noise of circular saws from tree-cutting around the house. These noises persisted through the pregnancy and for some months beyond. In addition, Anna’s father, a church-organ builder, often used a circular saw in his workshop adjoining the house. This father-related hearing conflict impacted on the hearing-relay on the right side of the brain, involving the left ear.
If the conflicts are intense, the hearing-constellation causes extreme noise sensitivity and almost unbearable “hearing pain”, particularly when the individual is repetitively exposed to the sound wave frequencies of the conflict-related noise (in GNM we speak of conflict tracks). For example, when Anna heard any loud noises, she would clap her hands to her ears. She reacted even more intensely to the noise of circular saws.
In GNM we also know that, if a child is “in constellation” while still developing, the maturity of the child typically stops at the age when the second conflict impacts in the other brain hemisphere. However, the maturation is only put on hold. Once one of the two brain hemispheres is conflict free, so to speak, the child is able to catch up in its development very quickly. This was the case with Anna.
Based on his comprehensive research, Dr. Hamer has established that the symptoms of Down syndrome result from biological conflict shocks suffered by the fetus in the course of the embryonic development, specifically during the first trimester of pregnancy.
In the human psyche, “hearing conflicts” correlate to age-old biological codes signalizing potential dangers or threats. During pregnancy a fetus can suffer biological conflicts just as much as any newborn, infant, child, or adult. Intra-uterine “hearing conflicts” can be caused by ear-piercing music, lawn mowers, noisy machines such as drilling tools held close to the belly, constant loud street noise particularly from trucks, motor cycles and car racing, or noise from saws or jack hammers, as in Anna’s case. Yelling and screaming in the immediate environment can also provoke the conflict. In the womb, any such noises are perceived particularly loudly because the fluid in the amniotic sac is a much stronger sound conductor than air is.
Naturally, every child is different, which is why loud noises do not automatically cause “hearing conflicts” or any other conflicts per se in every unborn child. Some are more sensitive than others. If conflicts should occur however, it is the subjective experience that determines what symptoms manifest as a result of the particular shock. This explains why each child with Down syndrome has its own set of symptoms.
Research into fetal development leaves little doubt that during gestation a fetus feels and behaves no differently from a newborn. This includes the response of the fetus to noise. Pregnant women often feel a jerk or sudden kick from the fetus following a sudden loud noise, like a door slam for example. Thus the sound the fetus hears in the uterus during ultrasound procedures might well be far more harmful than we think. Dr. Fatemi of the Mayo Foundation’s Ultrasound Research Laboratory in Rochester, Minnesota, discovered that during ultrasound exams, the “fetuses are actually in an agitated state due to the loud noises they are hearing”, and that “ultrasound vibrations sound like the high tones of a piano, at about the same volume as an approaching subway train.” (Ultra Hearing Fetus ACF NEWSOURCE)
Since it is conventionally assumed that a woman’s risk of having a child with Down syndrome rises sharply after 35 years of age, older mothers tend to undergo more ultrasound exams than women who are younger. Repetitive ultrasound procedures might therefore be the real reason why women of this age group are more likely to give birth to a Down syndrome child.
Together with hearing conflicts, a fetus can suffer one or several additional biological conflicts.
For example:
  • Motor conflicts. The fetus can perceive loud noises, including the ultrasound noise, as a threat, experienced as “not being able to escape” and “feeling stuck”, resulting in muscle atrophy and motor paralysis. Anna, for example, had a clumsy gait and often fell, because of the partial paralysis of both legs.  
  • Separation conflicts. Since in gestation, an unborn child is unable to differentiate between ‘harmless’ noises, such as chain saws or jack hammers, and noises which pose potential danger to himself or to his mother, the fetus can suffer an extreme fear of separation from the mother, particularly when the overwhelming noise drowns out the comforting sound of her heart beat. Separation conflicts involve either the periosteum (skin that covers the bones) causing sensory paralysis (numbness) at the location where the separation was experienced, or the epidermis, resulting in neurodermatitis and other skin disorders.
  • Scare-Fright conflicts affecting the bronchi or the larynx, including the speech centre that controls the ability to speak.
If the umbilical cord is wrapped around the neck, the baby can suffer a “fear of suffocation”. This specific type of conflict involves the goblet cells of the bronchi. In embryology, goblet cells are considered residual intestinal cells. During growth and development of the respiratory system, the (endodermal) lung alveoli cells, created to process oxygen, form from the endodermal cells of the intestinal mucosa. The function of the goblet cells is to produce fluid in the bronchi, equivalent to the production of digestive juices in the intestines. Just as the intestinal cells proliferate with a biological conflict related to a “food morsel”, the goblet islet cells immediately increase in number in response to the shock of not getting enough air. The biological purpose of the additional goblet cells is to increase the fluid production in the bronchi so that the “air morsel” can be more quickly “digested”. During the healing phase, the goblet cells are broken down with the help of TB bacteria. However, if the healing process is continuously interrupted by conflict relapses, this causes mucoviscidosis in the bronchi or so-called cystic fibrosis. The same can occur when the umbilical cord is cut too early, because the lungs of the newborn need a certain amount of time to get used to independent breathing.
A common conflict triggered during a difficult delivery or by the way the newborn is handled, is a territorial anger conflict, involving the bile ducts of the liver with hepatitis in the healing phase.
Dr. Hamer: “In German New Medicine, we have a very clear understanding of how to deal with biological conflicts. However, during my 40 years as a physician, I have seen hundreds of children with Down syndrome. I am by no means suggesting that treating a child with Down’s is an easy task. We also need to take into account that the therapy requires, first and foremost, the teamwork of the entire family, particularly of the mother. Also, we don’t know yet which symptoms are reversible and which ones are not. But at least we know now where to start, even if there is still a great deal of work ahead – both for the family and the assisting therapist – in order to get such a little person back on the right course. On the one hand, this seems almost impossible. On the other hand, the well-founded hope that there is now a real therapy available and that Down’s does no longer have to be considered “incurable”, can empower the family immensely.” (Vermächtnis einer Neuen Medizin)
In order to help Anna resolve her hearing conflicts, the parents made every effort to remove her from all loud noises in her immediate environment, particularly from the screeching noise of circular saws. This was indeed a big challenge for her father, whose very job as an organ-builder required the use of saws.
The parents were richly rewarded. Within a few months, Anna’s physical and mental development improved tremendously. She grew a full 10 cm, she walked normally, she was able to speak complete sentences, and her fear of loud noises was gone. She started to go to kindergarten, where she was fully integrated as a ‘normal’ child.
Until then, such a remarkable recovery had been considered impossible. For Anna’s parents it was a 100% validation of the accuracy of Dr. Hamer’s discoveries.  
Trisomy 21
As all children with Down syndrome have a third chromosome attached to the 21st gene pair, medical researchers concluded that the additional chromosome 21 was the cause of Down’s and responsible for its distinct symptoms. The most common type is the so-called “Free Trisomy 21” in which every cell in a person with Down’s contains 47 chromosomes instead of 46. Anna was diagnosed with this chromosome type.
In the fall of 2009 the English translation of an article about Anna’s story from the Swiss magazine Zeitenschrift was posted on this website. Shortly afterwards, we contacted Anna’s mother to request an update on Anna’s well-being, inquiring particularly whether any follow-up tests had revealed the status of the Trisomy 21. On October 19, 2009, we received, with much gratitude, a response.
Below is an excerpt from the letter. To protect the family, we will not disclose Anna’s mother’s name.
Dear Dr. Markolin,
I am very happy, indeed, to be able to tell you about our Anna and her most pleasing development.
Anna is now 15 years old and is attending regular high school, assisted by a tutor. She can read and write (albeit with mistakes), and is quite good on the computer and calculator. Her social integration in school is going beautifully. Anna is a dear, sweet, open and communicative girl, who is very deft in handling the daily tasks of her life. As far as her appearance is concerned, many people don’t see at all that she has Down syndrome.
This brings me to the matter of the genes. A check-up two years ago revealed, to the astonishment of everyone involved, that Anna still has the complete Free Trisomy 21.
This is revolutionary! The fact that Anna has improved so remarkably even though she still has the third 21st chromosome is a strong indication that the actual symptoms of Down syndrome are not caused by the Trisomy 21 but by biological conflicts experienced before birth. It shows, above all, that the symptoms of Downs are reversible if the related conflicts are given a chance to heal.
Anna at the age of 15 

Silicon Valley’s biggest ever tech bubble about to burst

Silicon Valley's biggest ever tech bubble about to burst

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The excessive speculation in internet-based companies is worse today than during the peak of the dot-com bubble at the turn of the millennium, warns Keith Wright, a professor at the Villanova School of Business.
“It’s going to be all downhill from here,” he wrote in an opinion piece for CNBC. “Massive losses are coming in venture capital-funded start-ups that are, in some cases, as much as 50 percent overvalued.” 
The peak in the tech unicorn bubble has already been reached, he said, referring to unicorns as defined by venture capitalist Aileen Lee. The term unicorn, which was created in 2013, refers to privately-held startups valued at over $1 billion.
According to a recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, unicorns on average are roughly 50 percent overvalued. The research examined 135 unicorns and found that nearly half of them should be more fairly valued at less than $1 billion.
Analysts say that while most unicorn companies are not producing billions of dollars in revenue, up to 80 percent of them are set to fail within two years. The highest-valued private technology company Uber, which has rapidly growing revenue, still remains highly unprofitable. The firm’s revenue was $6.5 billion as of 2016 but still it registered a net loss of $2.8 billion.
“We are now officially in a tech bubble larger than March of 2000,” said Wright.
Some 76 percent of the companies that went public in 2017 were unprofitable on a per-share basis in the year leading up to their initial offerings, data compiled by Jay Ritter, a professor at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business, has shown. It’s the largest number since the peak of the dot-com boom in 2000, when 81 percent of newly-public companies were unprofitable.
The number of IPOs filed in the United States has dropped to the lowest since 2012. Some 275 IPOs have been filed in 2014; the figure fell to 105 in 2016. There were just a few successes in the 2017 IPO market.
Several high-profile billion-dollar start-ups such as BuzzFeed missed their 2017 year-end revenue targets, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“If you intend to invest in a unicorn IPO anytime soon, think twice,” Wright warned. “And if you haven’t taken a close look at your 401(k) or IRA retirement plan investments, check to see what those mutual funds have been dabbling in.”


The Island Within an Island: Cuba’s Jewish History

December 20, 2017

“To Be Cuban and to be Jewish is to be twice survivors.”
—Maritza Corrales, 
The Chosen Island
My visit to Cuba in March of 2017 led to a remarkable personal discovery that went against everything I read before the trip. Today, the Jews of Cuba, once called a remnant of the 15,000-strong community, demonstrate a phenomenon of rebirth and reinvention. The tiny community of 1,000 on the island of 11 million people is robust, has a strong sense of identity—and is very different from the Jewish community before the 1959 revolution.

Havana street scene. (Photo by Alex Shaland)
The contemporary Cuban Jewish narrative depicts a fascinating trajectory. First, a descent from vibrancy and prosperity to near oblivion after the mass exodus of the 1960s and years of imposed atheism. Then, a recent sudden ascent to becoming a “Celebrity of Tropical Diaspora,” arguably the most visited and photographed of the world’s Jewish communities. The Cuban Jewish story reflects not a single community but rather a mosaic of several, varied greatly in their languages and cultures, and which was built by five distinctly different waves of Crypto-Jewish and Jewish immigrants. 

Conversos Arrive

Cuba has been a welcoming refuge for the Jews since 1492, when conversos sought a safe haven from the Spanish Inquisition. There is no documented evidence proving the arrival of the first Crypto-Jews to Cuba. However, supposedly the first European settler in Cuba was the converso Luis de Torres, born Yosef ben Levy Ha-Ivri. An explorer and translator, he sailed with Columbus on the Santa Maria, and is credited with being the first person of Jewish descent settling on the island. Moreover, de Torres is often proclaimed the first Jew to set foot in the Americas! The Luis de Torres Synagogue in Freeport Bahamas was named after him. Many conversos settled in Cuba following de Torres, but little is known about them and their Jewish ancestry. The West Indies’ Inquisition records contain lists of suspected Judaizers. One of those maranos, Hernando de Castro, built the first sugar mill near Santiago and is considered the pioneer of the sugar industry on the island. The Inquisition records also show details of several trials and executions of Cuban Judaizers, such as the 1613 burning of a rich landowner Francisco Gomez de Leon. The Holy Office in the Spanish colonies was abolished only in the early years of the 19th century, and until the end of the Spanish-American War of 1898, only Catholic religious services were allowed. What the Cuban settlers of Jewish descent wanted was to blend with the Spaniards and “disappear” into Cuba.
And they did.

The Most Famous Crypto-Jew of Cuba Was…

…Fidel Castro himself, who admitted on a few occasions that his own ancestors were of Jewish descent. Patrick Symmes, in his remarkable study of Cuba, The Boys from Dolores (2008), quoted Castro’s classmates who remembered young Fidel stating that—though many young people in the 1930s were fascinated with Hitler, Franco or Mussolini—he could never do so because those leaders were anti-Semitic. And, as Fidel explained, he could not be “against the Jews” since he, Fidel, was one himself: He descended through his grandmothers from the Jews of Spanish Galicia and Canary Islands.

Fidel Castro’s memorial in the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery. He grew up in the nearby sugarcane plantation outside Santiago and studied in the elite Jesuit school, Colegio Dolores, in the city. The legendary dictator admitted on a few occasions that his own ancestors were of Jewish descent. (Photo by Alex Shaland)

The 20th-Century Jewish Story Prior to Castro’s Revolution

Our first stop in Cuba was Santiago, the city that brings history pilgrims to the very roots of Cuban and Jewish history. Columbus landed in 1492 about 200 kilometers to the east of what is today Santiago, which became one of the first Spanish settlements on the island. In July 1898, Theodore Roosevelt’s cavalry attacked the San Juan Hill and captured the city, ending Spanish domination in Cuba and brining final victory in both Spanish-American War and the Cuban War for Independence. The American Jews began arriving shortly after. They were the first “real” Jews to settle on the island as part of the much larger and fast-growing American expat community. Attracted by the opportunities of investment and the promise of wealth, they saw themselves as first and foremost Americans, and they sought to replicate their American environment in Cuba. In 1904, they founded the first synagogue in Havana, a reformed Union Hebrew Congregation, and in 1906 they acquired a plot for a Jewish cemetery. These two events are often considered the official beginning of the Cuban Jewish community, an English-speaking Cuban-American Jewish community to be precise. An American island within the island of Cuba came into being. And American Jews created their own comfortable corner within it.
Sephardic Jews arrived next, mostly refugees from Turkey. Speaking Ladino, they did not have the same language or cultural barriers as did the other Jewish immigrant groups, and so they had an easier time acclimating to their new home. The largest group settled in Havana. In 1914, the Sephardi established their own communal organization Chevet Ahim to provide Orthodox religious services to the entire Sephardic community of Cuba. They built their own secure corner within the “Jewish island” of Cuba, firmly rooted in strict traditions and religion.
Escaping the escalation of rabid anti-Semitism and violent pogroms in Russia and Poland, Ashkenazi Jews began to arrive in Cuba in the beginning of the 20th century through the late 1920s. The locals called them “Polacos” (Poles) even though many were not from Poland. Unlike Sephardim, the Ashkenazim saw their time on the island as only a brief stopover before entering the United States. They called Cuba the Akhsanie Kuba (“Hotel Cuba” in Yiddish). In 1924, when U.S. immigration laws stiffened, the Cuban loophole was closed. The Jewish Cuban “hotel” had to become a home.
Nationalism and the tragic story of St. Luis
With the economic decline of the late 1920s came a nationalist revival focused on returning to the Cubans their rights over their own country. Anti-Semitism came naturally along. Instigated by the Cuban nationalists in cooperation with the Nazi German Embassy in Havana, hostility toward Jewish immigrants from Europe fueled both anti-Semitism and xenophobia. These attitudes played a significant role in the infamous tragic case of the transatlantic liner St. Luis, when this ship with its 937 passengers on board, most refugees from the Third Reich, was not allowed to disembark in Havana and forced to return to Europe.
Escaping the Holocaust
The fifth and last wave of Jewish immigrants to Cuba brought European refugees and survivors of the camps prior to, during and after World War II. In spite of the anti-Semitic attitudes and tightening of the immigration laws in Cuba, more than 10,000 Jewish refugees managed to slip into the country between 1933 and 1944. After the war, less than 15 percent of them remained in Cuba.
Community of communities
Cuban Jewry remained divided into three large sectors: Americans, other Ashkenazi Jews (mostly of Eastern European descent) and Sephardim. Each community kept on as a separate entity in their secure corner of a larger “Jewish island” within the island of Cuba; each comfortable with its own cemeteries and services, needs and desires, attitudes and expectations.
Cuba took them all with tolerance and acceptance, for the most part. The actions of various Cuban dictators, like the infamous Batista, did not affect Jewish communities: Most Cuban Jews stayed away from the dangerous politics in their home-island. They were well off and content, and they wanted their tiny secure “islands” to last for eternity. But Castro’s revolution of 1959 had entirely destroyed their world, and it seemed forever.

Revolution and the ‘Triumph”

Castro reinvented the history and the calendar. The year of 1959 became the Year of the Revolution and years that followed were called the Epoch of Triumph. For the Jews of Cuba, these events fueled a true exodus, and by the early 1960s, the Jewish community of Cuba ceased to exist. In the words of Ruth Behar, a renowned anthropologist from the University of Michigan and a Cuban Jew whose family fled to the U.S., “the dissolution of the community was swift like a lit candle snuffed by the wind” (An Island Called Home, 2007). Castro’s policies were never anti-Semitic; rather it was his socialistic destruction of the middle class that included many Jews who chose to flee. Out of nearly 15,000 Jews, less than 1,000 stayed. The new Constitution stated that any religion was illegal as a manifestation of counter-revolutionary attitudes and actions. Most synagogues and Jewish schools were closed or abandoned. The totalitarian state came into being, and the Jews had to—once again—assimilate and adopt. They were not Jews anymore, but Cuban citizens and comrades. Like other Cubans, they had to get used to poverty and rations, revolutionary atheism and fear of political persecution. They also faced with ferocious anti-Israeli attitudes and rhetoric after Castro broke up with Israel in 1973.
However, the island’s Jewish story defies rationalization. How would one explain the fact that the remaining Jews were singled out to be the “chosen people” for a rare luxury? During our conversation with the vice president of the Beth Shalom Synagogue in Havana, we learned about…

The Kosher Butcher Shop

Protected by a 1962 personal letter from Fidel Castro, this tiny shop survived through the years of government actions to extinguish any religious observances. The store is located in the heart of the former Jewish neighborhood on Calle Cuba, around the corner from the only Orthodox synagogue in Havana: Adath Israel. We learned that the shop never stopped supplying kosher beef to the Jews of Havana.
Our guide told us that beef is a precious rarity and is allotted to schoolchildren only as part of their free lunch. Cows are considered the property of the state. To slaughter a cow without special permission is a federal crime. The government decides not only where and how people live and work but also what and how much food they consume. The libreta, or a ration book, allows each person to receive every month six pounds of rice, two liters of oil and 20 ounces of grains. When meat is available to libreta holders (or now, to those who have dollars), it is pork. Why was Fidel sympathetic to the Jewish dietary law? Was it because he wanted to demonstrate good will to the few Jews that remained? Or was it because of his acknowledged Jewish ancestry?

Miracle of Rebirth: The 21st-Century Story

The Special Period
The Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s, sending the Cuban economy into a tailspin. Fidel’s “triumph” transitioned into what he labeled the Special Period in the Time of Peace. In reality, that was a deep economic crisis defined by a near-total breakdown of the transportation and agriculture. One of our Cuban guides shared that her baby boy died during the Special Period, possibly from starvation: Milk disappeared. Other guides explained to us that the traffic was light because gasoline and diesel fuel were hard to find and very expensive. Since 1959, Cubans learned what the Jews had known for 2,000 years: what it takes to stay afloat. Life went on and everyone in Cuba, including the Jews, had to adapt to survive.
Christmas is back
In 1992, Castro created a miracle: To turn the economy from dependency on the Soviets to dependency on tourism, especially American tourism, he used magic words amending the Constitution. Cuba became a “secular” as opposed to the former “atheist” state. Then, the “enemies of the people” who immigrated after 1959 became the “community in the exterior.” A new law permitted even the Communist Party members to participate in religious observances. Going to a synagogue or church was not punished with severe repercussions anymore. Cuban people got their Christmas back, and Cuban Jews could again become Jews.

Entering Jewish Cuba

The synagogue of Santiago. Founded by the Sephardim in 1924, it was closed sometime after the revolution, and reopened again in 1996 to service its community of 90 or so members. But in March 2017, the doors were locked again: the last family, we were told, left for Israel. (Photo by Alex Shaland)
The first Cuban synagogue we visited was in Santiago. Founded by the Sephardim in 1924, it was closed after the revolution, and reopened again in 1996 to service its community of around 90. The sanctuary was locked, but the communal hall was nicely kept, and seeing the photos of former congregants on the wall was a strange, bittersweet experience. The Cuban Jews are alive and well—just not in Cuba. Havana, however, presented us with an entirely different story.
Our entry into Jewish Havana began in a rather unusual place: a Jewish hotel! The last occupant of that beautiful Art Nouveau building was the office of the Food Industry, and then in 1970s, it fell into disrepair. But with the government placing stakes on growing tourism, especially that of U.S. Jewish groups, it was reborn as a beautifully restored hotel now named after the matriarch from the Bible: Raquel. The building’s interior resembles an art museum: Jewish symbols interwoven seamlessly and tastefully with the exquisite Art Nouveau elements. Every room is named after a heroine of the Bible, and the restaurant serves gefilte fish and blintzes.

Hotel Raquel’s interior: Jewish symbols interwoven seamlessly and tastefully with the exquisite Art Nouveau elements. Every room is named after a heroine of the Bible and the restaurant serves Jewish dishes like gefilte fish or blintzes. (Photo by Alex Shaland)
To meet the Cuban Jews of today, we left Old Havana and headed to Vedado, a formally upscale neighborhood to visit the beautiful Beth Shalom synagogue. Built in the early 1950s by the rich Jews of Cuba or “patrons” (the second name for the synagogue is “Patronato”), Beth Shalom was restored to its formal grandeur in the early 1990s by the American Joint Distribution Committee and Miami Jewish Federation. The complex takes up almost an entire block.

Learning About the Jews of Today

We met with the vice president of Patronato, David Prinstein, who showed us around the synagogue and shared some of the synagogue’s—and his family’s—history. His grandfather arrived from Poland; his parents became founding members of the Cuban Communist Party, passionate revolutionaries. When religion was considered a crime, David told us, the majority of Jews, like other Cubans, separated themselves from religion. Many were born into mixed marriages and often married non-Jews. David’s second wife Marlen is not Jewish by birth. But even then, Jewish life was kept afloat by surviving family memories and by older people coming to their dilapidated synagogues. Three synagogues survived in Havana after the revolution: Adas Israel (an Orthodox congregation), Centro Sephardico and the largest in Havana: Patronato (a conservative congregation).

David Prinstein, the Vice President of Beth Shalom. (Photo by Alex Shaland)
An assimilated Jew, David returned to his roots in the 1990s, through study and participation in the synagogue’s life, eventually rising to become its leader. His family practically lives in Patronato. All his children had bar and bat mitzvahs there and are very involved in the synagogue’s life. Marlen, who converted to Judaism, often leads Shabbat services on Saturday. She also teaches Hebrew at Sunday school. For most of around 800 members, Patronato is a second home. The Jewish community has become a place to go, to study, to pray, to celebrate, to eat and to get medicine. Beth Shalom is supported by the American Joint Committee (“the Joint”) and receives numerous donations, including medical supplies, from various groups.
There is no rabbi in Cuba, but the Joint supports regular visits of the rabbi from Chile. Rabbis also come often from Miami and New York. David estimates that there are 1,200 Jews in Cuba today, most living in Havana. Jewishness is defined differently in Cuba: With supposedly only 20-25 full-blooded Jews in the country (born from two Jewish parents), the rest are those who have some Jewish ancestry or, like Marlen Prinstein, become Jews by choice. Most came from a minimal knowledge of Judaism, but all are committed to intense study and building a vibrant Jewish life.

We returned to the lobby and looked at the photographs of Fidel Castro at Beth Shalom. There are numerous photographs of the Cuban leader, who visited the Patronato after Adela Dworin, then vice president of the Jewish community, invited him. “Why you never visited our synagogue?” she once asked during a meeting with the government officials. “You never asked me,” joked Fidel. So in 1998, Castro communicated to the world his support of the religious revival by attending the Beth Shalom during what he called a “revolutionary holiday” of Hanukkah and lighting a menorah.

Prominently displayed in the Beth Shalom lobby is this photo of Fidel Castro and Adela Dworin, one of the key leaders of the Cuban Jewish community. In 1998 Castro communicated to the world his support of the religious revival by attending the Beth Shalom during what he called a “revolutionary holiday” of Hanukkah and lighting a menorah. (Photo by Alex Shaland)
We also visited Centro Hebreo Sefaradi, which has a small exhibit dedicated to the Holocaust. Centro Hebreo is the only remaining institution preserving the legacy of Cuban Sephardim. Their old synagogue, Chevet Ahim, has been closed for years and is in ruins. The third synagogue of Havana is the small Orthodox shul Adath Israel, which maintains the only mikveh in Cuba and supervises the kosher butcher shop. Neither Centro Hebreo nor Adath Israel receive the same attention from the touring Jewish groups, but both are thriving nevertheless.

While a growing number of Jewish families, especially young people, make aliyah to Israel, the overall size of the community stays somewhat the same: More and more people stop by the synagogue office to find out what steps they need to take to become Jews by choice or to talk about their Jewish ancestry. Are they attracted by a promise of a nice meal a few times a week in a country of empty stores, access to medicine when even an aspirin is a rarity and access to computers in a city without abundant internet connections? Perhaps. But mostly what brings people to Beth Shalom is an idea of belonging to something bigger than oneself: a robust community, which is more secular than religious, with a proud sense of identity and strong leaders.
By the first decade of the 21st century, the Jewish community of Cuba was not only reborn but had completely reinvented itself. The Jews of Cuba, the tiniest of the tiny minorities on that island, have become what they had never been: a unified entity. They also unintentionally turned into a key attraction in Havana for numerous Jewish tours; there is hardly a synagogue or a Jewish federation in the U.S. that does not organize Jewish heritage-themed travel to Cuba on an almost annual basis.
The Jews of Cuba, having survived the Inquisition and Castro’s revolution, are now a powerful community—not in numbers, but in spirit.

Deutschland will den Friedensvertrag! Germany wants a Peace Treaty!

By change.org

Deutschland hat nach über 100 Jahren Krieg immer noch keinen Friedensvertrag. Seit dem 01.08.1914 steht die Welt mit Deutschland im Krieg oder im Waffenstillstand. Der Weltkrieg wurde völkerrechtlich niemals beendet, weshalb es möglich ist, dass betroffene Staaten auch untereinander nahezu weltweit ohne Kriegserklärungen in Konflikte verwickelt werden können und damit Millionen Menschen durch Flucht und Vertreibung ihre Heimat verlieren. Bitte stimmen Sie für den Friedensvertrag und unterstützen Sie aktiv, durch einmal unterzeichnen und zweimal teilen, diese Initiative für den Weltfrieden.
Germany still has no Peace Treaty after more than 100 years of war. Since August 1st, 1914 the whole world stands in war or truce with Germany. The World War was never ended under international law, which is why it is possible that affected states can be involved in conflicts with each other nearly worldwide without war declarations and this is why millions of people lose their homes through flight and expulsion. Please vote for this Peace Treaty and support actively by signing once and sharing twice, this first step for World Peace.



Files on Tamil Tigers and MI5 in Sri Lanka erased at Foreign Office

Soldiers of the LTTE, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, celebrating Tamil Women’s Day in October 2002.

Soldiers of the LTTE, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, celebrating Tamil Women’s Day in October 2002. Photograph: Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi/Reuters


Destruction of 1978-1980 files means there is no record of UK government’s work at the time
Britain’s Foreign Office destroyed almost 200 files on Sri Lanka dating from the start of a Tamil Tiger uprising during which MI5 and the SAS secretly advised the country’s security forces, it has emerged.
The loss of the files means that there is almost no record of the British government’s work with the Sri Lankan authorities at the start of a famously brutal civil war.
The destruction of the files raises fresh concerns about the Foreign Office’s attitude towards handling historic files on sensitive subjects. An official review in 2012 found that the department had destroyed thousands of documents detailing British counter-insurgency operations in Kenya and other colonies as the empire came to an end.
Under the Public Records Act 1958 government departments are obliged to preserve historic records. But, in response to a Freedom of Information request from the Guardian asking for information about the destruction of the files, the Foreign Office stated that it was not required to preserve the documents. It said the files’ content “may be of a policy nature but might also be administrative or ephemeral”.
The Foreign Office has now confirmed that it destroyed 195 files on Sri Lanka, dating from 1978 to 1980, three decades after the country became independent from Britain. The department would not say exactly when, where, or how the destruction occurred.
“Files not selected for permanent preservation would have been destroyed offsite by the company contracted by the FCO for this purpose,” it said. “We understand the files would have been destroyed in line with the FCO’s paper and file destruction contract in force at the time.”

Rachel Seoighe, a criminologist and Sri Lanka expert, at Middlesex University, said: “This discovery is very concerning given the lack of public information available about British involvement in Sri Lankan security practices at the beginning of the civil war.” She has filed a complaint with Unesco, the international body that protects world heritage.

She added: “We know from other contexts, such as Kenya, that official files have been deliberately destroyed to conceal and deny abuse. The public has a right to know the extent to which Britain assisted Sri Lankan preparations for a war that was defined by disappearances, torture and mass atrocity.”

The Foreign Office kept a list of file titles, showing that the destroyed papers would have covered a range of important subjects, from security co-operation and arms sales, to foreign aid and “requests for political asylum in the UK”.

The scale of destruction is such that only three files have survived from 1978, compared to 38 files from the previous year.

The loss of these records is a blow for Tamil historians, who struggled to safeguard records throughout the Sri Lankan civil war. The famous Jaffna library was burnt down in 1981 by anti-Tamil groups, incinerating almost 100,000 documents including irreplaceable ancient texts.

Sri Lankan military image taken near Mullaittivu, 2009. Victory over the separatist Tamil Tigers was declared by the Sri Lankan president that year.

Sri Lankan military image taken near Mullaittivu, 2009. Victory over the separatist Tamil Tigers was declared by the Sri Lankan president that year. Photograph: HO/Reuters
“The Tamil community is taking strenuous efforts to collect and preserve records on history and the human rights situation in post-independence Sri Lanka,” said Vairamuttu Varadakumar, executive secretary of the Tamil Information Centre, in Kingston, London. “We are horrified to learn that the UK’s Foreign Office has destroyed vital information on the British government’s training and arming of Sri Lankan security forces, which were involved in widespread human rights violations against the Tamils.”

The Foreign Office claim that the information contained in the files was insignificant has caused dismay among Tamil experts. Varadakumar said: “It is improper for the UK government to deceive the public, who have the right to know. It appears that the Foreign Office’s action is designed to cover up the involvement of the SAS and MI5 in the training of Sri Lankan security forces that might be potentially embarrassing to her majesty’s government.”
The Special Air Service visit to Sri Lanka is only mentioned in a handful of surviving files at the National Archives, which were preserved by the Ministry of Defence. Their contents have never been reported on before.
One MoD file reveals that late in 1978 Sri Lanka’s right-wing president, Junius Richard Jayewardene, asked the Foreign Office for a British security expert to visit his country to help counter Tamil militants who were demanding an independent state of their own. However, a Foreign Office file called Sri Lanka: Security Assessment 1978, which could have shed light on the president’s request, was destroyed.
From the surviving defence files, it emerges that an MI5 director, who held racist views, made two advisory visits to Sri Lanka in 1979, under both Jim Callaghan’s Labour government and Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative administration. The full facts of these visits are hard to establish because the Foreign Office destroyed a 1979 file named Sri Lanka: Defence Visits from UK.
The MI5 officer was John Percival Morton CMG OBE, better known as Jack Morton, a former colonial police chief in India who had spied on the independence movement there and once wrote that Indians were “a sort of immature, backward and needy people whom it was the natural British function to govern and administer”. He later became a director at MI5 and held various security positions inside Whitehall.
According to a defence file it was on Morton’s recommendation that an SAS team visited Sri Lanka in 1980 to train a new army commando unit. Among the files destroyed by the Foreign Office was one entitled UK military assistance to Sri Lanka, 1980. The SAS visit occurred weeks after Britain’s premier special forces regiment staged the Iranian embassy siege. For the next four months the SAS team secretly trained Sri Lankan army commandos, selecting 60 members to form an elite anti-terrorist force.
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: “The FCO, as with all government departments, reviews all its files in line with the requirements of the Public Records Act before making a decision on permanent preservation.

“The FCO’s recommendations for the preservation or destruction of records take place under the guidance and supervision of the National Archives. FCO decisions are informed by the National Archive’s records collection policy and existing FCO policy.”