Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Boston Holocaust Memorial Vandalized 2nd Time; Anti-Semitism Is Alive and Well in City of Boston

A pane of glass was shattered last night at the New England Holocaust Memorial -- the second time in less than two months the Boston memorial was vandalized -- the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (August 15, 2017).

A 17-year-old male suspected of the vandalism is in custody, a spokesman for the Boston Police Department said.

In a post on Twitter, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said, "I'm saddened to see such despicable action in this great city."

The same memorial was also damaged just six weeks ago in a previous anti-Semitic hate crime.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Turkey Policeman Killed by Islamic State Brute; Stabbed by Suspect While Escorting Him to Cell

A policeman has been stabbed to death in Istanbul, Turkey by a suspected Islamist militant who was in custody, the Euro News website reports today (August 14, 2017).

The state news agency Anadolu said the aggressor had been driven to police headquarters and was being taken to his cell when he struck.

He was immediately shot dead by security forces.

The man -- suspected of having links to the Islamic State (IS) -- had been detained because he was suspected of preparing a terrorist attack.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Greek Orth. Church Aims to Block Land Sale; Appeals to Israel Supreme Court to Get Land

The Greek Orthodox patriarch in the Holy Land announced yesterday that the Greek Orthodox Church will appeal an Israeli court decision that approved the sale of prime church property to companies representing Jews seeking to expand their presence in Jerusalem's Old City, the Times of Israel website reports today (August 13, 2017).

The Jerusalem District Court upheld the deal two weeks ago.

Patriarch Theophilos III claimed yesterday that the lower court ruling was "politically motivated" and said the church would appeal to Israel's Supreme Court.

The Greek Orthodox Church is one of the largest property owners in the Holy Land, including a large amount of land in Jerusalem's Old City.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

US Asks Iraq's Kurds to Postpone Vote on Ind.; Turkey, Iran, Syria, Iraq Oppose Ind. Kurdistan

The U.S. has asked Iraq's Kurds to postpone a referendum on the independence of their autonomous Kurdish region -- planned for September 25 -- the VOA News website reports today (August 12, 2017).

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made the request today, during a phone call to the president of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government, Massoud Barzani.

The U.S. State Department is concerned that the referendum will distract from "more urgent priorities" such as the defeat of the Islamic State (IS) militants. Kurdish fighters are playing a significant role -- backed by U.S. military advisers and equipment -- in helping to defeat the IS in Iraq and Syria.

Turkey, Iran, Syria, and Iraq -- which have large Kurdish populations -- are all opposed to the establishment of an independent Kurdish state.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pastor:God Endows Trump Authority to Kill Kim; Bible Empowers Rulers to Wage War to End Evil

Rev. Robert Jeffress -- one of the president's key Christian advisers -- asserted God has given President Trump the "authority to take out [North Korean tyrant] Kim Jong-Un," the Religion News website reports today (August 10, 2017).

Jeffress' statement follows Trump's deadly warning this week that North Korea would "be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen," if it continues to threaten the U.S.

The Texas preacher -- who leads a congregation of more than 10,000 people at First Baptist Church in Dallas -- is a strong Trump supporter.

Jeffress explained that the Bible makes it clear that "God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary -- including war -- to stop evil."

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Youth Holocaust Memorial in France Smashed; Plaque in Lyon Had Names of 44 Kids, 7 Adults

A French memorial to young victims of the Holocaust has been vandalized, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (August 9, 2017).

The memorial -- a plaque in Lyon bearing the names of 44 children and seven adults who were deported in 1944 from the children's home of Izieu -- was knocked off its base in a public garden and smashed.

Most of the children were killed in Auschwitz.

Jean Levy, head of a charity committed to preserving the memory of the deported children, said "We are horrified but we won't give up. We'll rebuild it."

Six Soldiers Wounded by Car in Paris Suburb; Police Shoot, Arrest Suspect for Terror Attack

French authorities shot and arrested a suspect of a vehicle attack today (August 9, 2017) on a group of French soldiers in Paris, according to the UPI website.

Six soldiers were injured when they were struck by a car this morning -- an incident officials are regarding as an act of terrorism.

The soldiers left a building at around 8 a.m. and were knocked down by a BMW near the city hall of Lavallois-Perret, a Paris suburb.

The suspect was shot by police and arrested on a highway leading from Paris. He was not identified by police.