Israel, The Holocaust in DLSU Manila

Do you know that Philippine passport holders could actually travel to Israel without any visa? That’s because the Philippines is the only country that accepted Jewish refugees within the World War II period. This is the gift that Israel gave to the Philippines… well, in my point of view.

Side Note: To Aziz Natour, I think your country’s awesome! No joke about it.

Israel: The Holy Land

Photo by me|Mr. Yaniv Revach, the guest speaker (side note: Moritz Bleibtreu’s look-alike!).

Israel is a very rich country, and most of the technology is all thanks to Israelis.

Truth is, Israel is a very young nation, compared to other well-known countries is probably because the Jews were widespread, just before the state of Israel was established after the disastrous, traumatic World War II. It’s only the Philippines that is the only country that voted for the establishment of the state of Israel.

History of Israel prior to its independence

Israel is a country of immigrant Jews who came from all over the world, from across Asia to Europe, and from Europe to Africa, then to the Americas. During the first fifteen years after the establishment of the state of Israel, it refused to start diplomatic ties with Germany due to the traumatic Holocaust (the burning of the Jews via concentration camps, gas chambers and cremation). However, if you want to move on, according to Mr. Revach, you have to move on. Today, Germany is one of Israel’s closest and strongest allies.

Immigration has been helpful to Israel… well, what I mean is, immigration from Israel to other countries simply because of learning new things from other cultures, and it turns out; when the ethnic Jews came back to Israel (Law of Return, I think), they started to share their learning experience from other countries and not only that; they created their own technologies such as warfare weapons and useful devices. Israel is therefore, a melting pot of different races, be it black, white or Semitic.

Today, Israel’s one of the richest countries in the world, and Tel-Aviv is the gay capital. It is also somehow the sister city of Makati.

The Holocaust

The Holocaust is one of the most tremendous extreme ways of racism in history. It’s like ethnic cleansing of the “Aryan” race. The Jews were humiliated and exhausted by the Nazi government is because they’re the ones controlling and ruling the businesses in Germany which Hitler believed that it would put the German economy down. Well, this is according to what I heard before. Why eliminate all the Jews in Germany during Hitler’s time? Let’s say that Hitler is a charismatic leader, but he pushed his own limits, like killing all the Jews because they put the “Aryan” race down. He doesn’t spare anyone, not even the Slavs, the homosexuals and the disabled. He thinks that the “perfect” race should exist.

Remembering the Diary of Anne Frank, it is one of the most remarkable literary works wherein the horrors of the war were discussed. I haven’t read the book yet but somehow, it’s like something worth to read if you want to know the history of Germany during the Third Reich.

People in the concentration camps were actually tattooed with numbers on their forearms, and guess what? Prisoners couldn’t use their names. What they did is to call someone by their number, and use “Israel” if that’s a man, and “Sarah” if it’s a girl. Sounds creepy and disturbing, eh?|This is one example of a tattooed number on a former concentration camp prisoner.

Anne Frank is not an exemption. She was also tattooed with a number on her arm, when she was a prisoner in a concentration camp, and just so you know, she died there of sickness. Just imagine yourself being a victim of the extreme-right wing dictatorship of Hitler, you are a “dalit” if you’re a Jew. Well, Hitler may not be a Hindu, but taking a look at his leadership style, he had his own caste system. Take note: Caste system.

Modern-day Israel and its influence towards the world

Like what I said, Israel is a country of immigrant Jews. Right now, it has a very friendly diplomatic ties with the Philippines, and the synagogue in the Philippines is located in Makati. Also, Germany is one of Israel’s strongest allies. This is synonymous to Japan-Philippines relations today.

In Israel, there are a number of famous people, like for instance, model Bar Refaeli (Hebrew: בר רפאלי). Another example of a celebrity is no other than Hollywood-famous Natalie Portman (bad thing her photo wasn’t displayed on the PowerPoint! HAHA!). Lastly, my favorite Israeli-American celebrity — Shirly Brener (Hebrew: שירלי ברנר). Although not as famous as Natalie Portman, Shirly is a multi-tasking Hollywood actress. She is well known not only for her acting skills, but she’s also an athlete, a mother, a wife, everything. Shirly is one of the Israeli-born people who was raised multi-culturally in the UK and the US, where she currently resides.

Fun facts

Most Israelis speak English. No wonder, even French-Israeli actor Yvan Attal spoke English in Rush Hour 3!

Of course, most Christians learn Israel. It’s because it is the homeland of Jesus Christ. Hebrew was the sacred language, and during the time of Jesus, it is equivalent to Sanskrit (no, not even Jesus used Hebrew, and it’s like the language of religion during His time). When the state of Israel was established after the WWII, Hebrew (or Ivrit) became the national language.

The Yiddish language is a Germanic language that uses the Hebrew alphabet, and native speakers are usually overseas Jews.

Likewise, the Hebrew language is actually Semitic. Its alphabet is in abjad form, and normally, abjads are only consonants, no vowels, unless it’s placed with an accent mark or dot, which represents vowels. Usually, Semitic languages are written from right to left.


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Posted on February 9, 2012, in Asia, Continental Talks, Israel, Philippines, States and Nations of the World, The Diplomacy Analyst and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. i enjoyed reading this post! hehe makes me want to travel to israel too… ^^

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