08 January 2007

Blooming Jewbans?

Patronato Synagogue in Havana

Sometimes the sugar coating and fluff that accompany articles on Cuba make you want to say

Oy Vei!

Here's the name of the Article:

Jewish community blooming as Cuba eases restrictions

Wow! those nice totalitarians, how magnanimous and open mindedly liberal of them.

then you read this , halfway into the article ...

By the time World War II ended in 1945, up to 25,000 Jews lived in Cuba, placing the island among the largest safe havens for Jews per-capita during the Holocaust, Dworin and other Jewish community leaders say.

But many Jews left Cuba after World War II, mainly to the United States or Argentina. The community numbered about 15,000, when Fidel Castro and his rebels toppled the U.S.-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in 1959 and ushered in socialism, leaders say.

By the late 1960s, up to 90 percent of those remaining left, after the government seized their businesses or banned their private professional practices, leaders say. Appel said nearly all her family left, most to the United States, but she stayed to care for her aging mother and aunt.

Blossoming?!? I'd say barely surviving after being sprayed with Round-Up.

Oy Vei!

Of course, the article doesn't mention how the communist regime of Cuba has considered Israel an enemy and been a staunch supporter of the PLO terrorists going as far as providing training and equipment.

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