The ties that bind: Filipinos and Jews, the Philippines and Israel - Features - Jerusalem Post
The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, landed in Israel on president since the two countries established diplomatic relations in . the United States and the Philippines until Donald Trump took office. MANILA - Israel has so much to thank the Philippines for that it is the tie- breaker at the United Nations to separate Israel from Palestine. MANILA - Israel and the Philippines have a long history of cooperation and The Philippines also cast a crucial vote in a United Nations (UN).
In its view, what is happening is but an unfortunate contest between equally intransigent sides, as initiated by Hamas, rather than the latest instance of aggression by an occupying power against an occupied people. This despite the fact that, contrary to the Israeli spin, it was Israel that yet again fired the first shot: As UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk has pointed out, Hamas had been complying with the ceasefire which began in Juneand even offered to extend it.
Israel, for its part, repeatedly undermined it by turning Gaza into a ghetto. Then last November, Israel killed ten Palestinians, effectively ending the truce, and forcing Hamas to react.
It is a solution which more Israelis are also coming to embrace, but which Zionists continue to fear and reject. What Israel is doing is therefore not self-defense but a continuation of the Zionist dream to solve the problem posed by Palestinians: As this solution is imposed, the Philippines can continue its complicity, just as it did in when it supported the disastrous UN partition.
Or it could do something decent, just as it did in the s when — even as most other countries turned away desperate Jews fleeing from the Holocaust — the Philippines opened its doors to them.
Miguel Brockman has pointed to one concrete proposal: This campaign understandably raises a lot of questions but discussion is better than silence — the silence of those who look aside and of those who disappear. Small numbers of Marranos, or crypto-Jews, fleeing the Spanish Inquisition during the 16thth centuries, were followed in the 19th century by both Alsatian Jews fleeing the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War and Syrian Jews fleeing persecution in Damascus.
An ornate synagogue was built on William Howard Taft Avenue in - the first in the South Pacific - and a cemetery was consecrated a year later. Far from their old lives marked by poverty and anti-Semitism, the Jews of the Philippines were free to build new lives blessed with peace and prosperity.
In the years leading up to World War II, members of the Jewish community were responsible for establishing the Philippines' first modern department stores; its first automobile dealership; thriving embroidery, clothing and tobacco industries, as well as the country's first commercial radio station.
A US "possession" run by a series of American colonial governors, the Philippines was granted Commonwealth status inwith most administrative functions placed in the hands of an elected native government led by President Manuel Quezon.
Israel-Philippines relations | The Times of Israel
At the same time, half a world away, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime were enacting the Nuremburg Laws and intensifying the persecution of Germany's Jews. As German rule spread to Austria inand to the Sudetenland and Czechoslovakia inJews from these countries began to find their way out of Europe, across Asia, and to the Philippines. With the outbreak of war following Hitler's invasion of Poland in Septemberthe trickle became a torrent.
The newly inaugurated President Quezon announced his willingness to issue an immediate 10, visas to Jewish refugees, and proposed to settle even larger numbers of Europe's Jews on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.
Thus, while countries all over the world were turning Jewish refugees away, this small tropical island nation - not yet even fully independent from the US - was eager to admit and absorb them. Slightly more than 1, Jews managed to find their way to the Philippines before the islands were invaded and occupied in by Japan, a World War II ally of Nazi Germany.
The ferocious battle to liberate Manila from the Japanese in February left the city almost totally destroyed, with more thanFilipino civilians dead. The US returned only briefly at the war's end, granting the Philippines full independence on July 4, A year later, still emerging from the utter devastation of four years of occupation and war, the fledgling country was nonetheless able to participate in the United Nations debate on the partition of Palestine.
In the epochal vote on November 29,the Philippines was one of 33 countries - and the only nation in Asia - to vote in favor of partition and the creation of a Jewish state. With only limited resources for the creation of a foreign service, overseas embassies and a diplomatic corps, the Philippines still managed to establish a diplomatic presence in Israel in with the appointment of an honorary consul.
History of Philippine-Israel Relations | Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
Full diplomatic relations were established on May 13, Among the first high-ranking Israeli officials to visit the Philippines was then-Foreign Minister Golda Meir, who received an honorary degree from Ateneo de Manila University in The Jewish community of the Philippines, meanwhile, began to rebuild itself in the years following the war.
The synagogue, destroyed like the rest of Manila inwas rebuilt. While most of the refugees left for other countries - including the new State of Israel - other Jews arrived, mostly involved with business. Today, the Philippines is home to a small but thriving Jewish community of roughly members.
Filipinos in Israel There are believed to be roughly 40, Filipinos living in Israel. The overwhelming majority of them are young, female, and working here as caregivers - caring for our elderly, sick and severely handicapped.
Among this group of caregivers are a smaller number of young men.
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At any given hour of the day or night, they seem to be all around us, pushing old folks around in wheelchairs, gently helping them on and off buses, or patiently keeping them company on park benches in every Israeli city from Metulla to Eilat.
Allowed one day off each week, from early Saturday evening to the same time on Sunday, they virtually own Tel Aviv's Central Bus Station on Saturday nights. One can wander through the building's lower floors and see nothing but young Filipinos, moving joyfully around a "Little Manila" of Filipino shops, grocery stores, travel agencies, Internet cafes, restaurants, nightclubs and discos - and hear such languages as Tagalog, Cebuano, Kapampangan and Ilocano.
There are, in addition, two competing weekly magazines, Manila-Tel Aviv and Focal, which cater specifically to the Filipino community in Israel.How The Philippines Saved 1200 Jews During The Holocaust
Glossy, well-produced and published in Tel Aviv, both magazines offer an entertaining mix of local human interest stories, articles on foreign workers' rights, a bit of gossip, and news and entertainment features from back home. Many of the young women and men who comprise this community are college and university graduates. A surprising number were professionals at home in the Philippines - nurses, school teachers, social workers and so on.
All have been forced to leave parents, siblings, spouses and children by a Philippine economy variously characterized as either "slow-growth" or "no-growth.
The ties that bind: Filipinos and Jews, the Philippines and Israel
The term is probably not meant to be derogatory, but imagine the outcry here in Israel if we were to learn that the word for "lawyer" in some other exotic language was "jew" with a small "j. We gladly allow them into our homes to take care of our elderly parents, and we treat them well or badly, depending mostly on the nature of our own individual personalities and the quality of our characters.
Many caregivers are able to say that they are treated as a "member of the family" by their Israeli employers, while a few return to the Philippines with their own personal horror stories of mistreatment, withheld wages, and emotional and physical abuse. Yet not all of the Filipinos in this country are caregivers.