Iranian Sells Kosher Food

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Yisroel Markov

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Mar 15, 2016, 4:46:40 PM3/15/16
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Like they say: war is war, and trade is trade :-)
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COLOGNE, Germany — In Germany’s fourth-biggest city, the only person
providing Jews with kosher products is a Muslim from Iran.

Out of his small convenience store around the corner from Cologne’s
Roonstrasse synagogue, Tehran native Kambiz Alizadeh sells frozen
poultry and red meat, wines, cakes, pickles, olives, gefilte fish,
crackers, cakes, soup nuts and many other items bearing kosher
certifications. In the kind of fridge usually reserved for beer and
soft drinks, he stores fresh goods such as hummus, eggplant and tomato
spread, and a variety of soft and hard cheeses. [...]

It is tempting to view the fact that the devout Jews of Cologne depend
on a secular Iranian Muslim to properly fulfill their religious
obligations as a beautiful illustration of peaceful coexistence. The
uncomplicated relationship between Alizadeh and the Jewish community
is hard to imagine in other parts of the world, certainly the Middle
East. And yet, even this story has its warts.

Because running a kosher shop in Germany apparently is still not
without risks, there is no sign in the storefront indicating that
kosher products are sold here. From the outside, Getränkemarkt
Beethoven looks like any other convenience store. No Star of David, no
menorah, not even the word “kosher” can be seen from the outside. This
inconspicuousness is certainly intentional — but it was not Alizadeh’s
idea. While he has never been attacked or even threatened, the
security guards responsible for the Roonstrasse Synagogue — which is
100 meters from his store — advised him against announcing his kosher
section in the shop window. A nearby pharmacy that had several flags
in its storefront, including the Israeli one, was constantly
vandalized, he was told.

Full article at
http://www.timesofisrael.com/want-kosher-gefilte-fish-in-cologne-go-to-that-nice-iranian-muslim/
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Yisroel "Godwrestler Warriorson" Markov - Boston, MA Member
www.reason.com -- for a sober analysis of the world DNRC
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Beach Runner

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Mar 18, 2016, 2:45:38 PM3/18/16
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On Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 1:46:40 PM UTC-7, Yisroel Markov wrote:
> Like they say: war is war, and trade is trade :-)
> ----------------------------------------
>
> COLOGNE, Germany -- In Germany's fourth-biggest city, the only person
> providing Jews with kosher products is a Muslim from Iran.
>
> Out of his small convenience store around the corner from Cologne's
> Roonstrasse synagogue, Tehran native Kambiz Alizadeh sells frozen
> poultry and red meat, wines, cakes, pickles, olives, gefilte fish,
> crackers, cakes, soup nuts and many other items bearing kosher
> certifications. In the kind of fridge usually reserved for beer and
> soft drinks, he stores fresh goods such as hummus, eggplant and tomato
> spread, and a variety of soft and hard cheeses. [...]
>
> It is tempting to view the fact that the devout Jews of Cologne depend
> on a secular Iranian Muslim to properly fulfill their religious
> obligations as a beautiful illustration of peaceful coexistence. The
> uncomplicated relationship between Alizadeh and the Jewish community
> is hard to imagine in other parts of the world, certainly the Middle
> East. And yet, even this story has its warts.
>
> Because running a kosher shop in Germany apparently is still not
> without risks, there is no sign in the storefront indicating that
> kosher products are sold here. From the outside, Getränkemarkt
> Beethoven looks like any other convenience store. No Star of David, no
> menorah, not even the word "kosher" can be seen from the outside. This
> inconspicuousness is certainly intentional -- but it was not Alizadeh's
> idea. While he has never been attacked or even threatened, the
> security guards responsible for the Roonstrasse Synagogue -- which is
> 100 meters from his store -- advised him against announcing his kosher
> section in the shop window. A nearby pharmacy that had several flags
> in its storefront, including the Israeli one, was constantly
> vandalized, he was told.
>
> Full article at
> http://www.timesofisrael.com/want-kosher-gefilte-fish-in-cologne-go-to-that-nice-iranian-muslim/
> --
> Yisroel "Godwrestler Warriorson" Markov - Boston, MA Member
> www.reason.com -- for a sober analysis of the world DNRC
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
> "Judge, and be prepared to be judged" -- Ayn Rand

Before the revolution, and for thousands of years Persia was a great country
for Jews. Remember the Shah was a tyrant, and he invoked a reaction,
but the revolution promised democracy, prosperity, and instead became
what it became.
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