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Despite a lawsuit by the Chassidic movement, Russia will not turn over a library of Chabad-Lubavitch documents to the group’s headquarters in Brooklyn, New York City; and a U.S. district judge has upheld the Russian’s plea.
The library, collected since 1772 and comprising over 12,000 volumes and 381 manuscripts was originally seized by the Red Army in Nazi Germany as war loot. The Foreign Ministry of the former center of the Soviet Union said that the ruling – that is to hand over the documents to the United States was a “rude violation” of international law. The ruling claimed that because the Rebbe, Joseph Isaac Scheersohn, who was forced in 1927 to leave Russia, had no heirs, that the library was nationalized.
The Russian ministry claims that the library is available for scientific study and worship. Spokesmen of Chabad-Lubavitch in Brooklyn fear that some of the manuscripts in the library could be for sale on the black market.
Another possibility for the future of the library, one which was not mentioned in the proceedings, would be to hand over the manuscripts to the Israeli government since it is the National body of the Jewish people.
For towns such as Kfar Chabad (founded in 1948), Nachalat Har Chabad (founded in 1969) and Kiryat Chabad (founded in 1979), Israel has become a welcome homeland for the Chassidic Movement.
American district Judge Royce Lamberth said the plaintiffs can sue to recover more than 25,000 pages of manuscripts and letters, which properly belong to the Scheersohns. The lawsuit was originally filed in 2004 in California against the Russian Ministry of Culture, the Russian State Library and the Russian State Military Archive.
All of the documents were originally taken to Latvia and then Poland after the Rebbe left Russia in 1927. The Russians seized the library after the outbreak of the Second World War when the Rebbe left for Brooklyn. Since then, they have been filed in a Russian Military Archive.
via onejerusalem.comRussia disgusts me
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UPDATE: Other interesting polls reveal that Obama is at a new low for handling the US economy, that a Growing Number of Americans Say Obama is a Muslim (the survey was completed before Obama's comments about the Ground Zero mosque) and that the Majority of Americans Oppose the Ground Zero Mosque and that Many of them Distrust Muslims. Are people finally waking up over there and acknowledging the menace of Islam?
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Democrats seem to be having a bit of trouble figuring out a winning strategy for November’s elections.
They can’t campaign on TARP. ObamaCare is a campaign loser. And unemployment sucks. But there is one area in which President Obama has surpassed all previous presidents – his administration is now the most secretive in history.
Of course, that’s the same rap Candidate Obama laid on President Bush. But now that he’s president and while claiming to run the Most Transparentest Administration Ever, Obama has actually added extra levels of secrecy that the Bush administration had never dreamed of.
An article at Townhall.com refers to an Obama memo that promised an increased response to Freedom of Information requests and instructed government agencies to react accordingly.
“In fact,” Townhall states, “according to a March 2010 Associated Press analysis of FOIA responses at 17 major agencies, 466,872 FOIA denials were issued during the Obama administration’s first year in office – a 50 percent increase over the previous year. Also, a March 2010 study by George Washington University’s National Security Archive found that two-thirds of federal agencies ignored Obama’s memo and made no changes whatsoever to their FOIA policy.”
Beyond denying more FOIA requests than the secretive Bush administration, “Obama has refused to call for an audit of the secret Federal Reserve Bank and rescinded Bush-era disclosure requirements for labor union leaders – the same union bosses who provided over $100 million (and nearly half a million volunteers) for Obama and Democratic Congressional candidates in 2008.”
Throw in what Townhall refers to as the “…draconian new financial regulations Obama and his Congressional allies are imposing on the private sector” which make the Security and Exchange Commission virtually immune from FOIA requests and there you have it – the Democrats can honestly claim that they are less transparent than the least transparent administration in history.
We can’t wait to see the first campaign ads trumpeting this historic achievement.
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