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.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

IS Training Fighters to Carry Out Attacks in West; Fighters Now Prepare for Suicide Bombings in UK

A captured Islamic State (IS) fighter has revealed that the terrorist group is training fighters to carry out attacks in the United Kingdom (UK) and other western countries, the Christian Headlines website reports today (August 8, 2017).

The IS fighter was captured by Kurdish forces in Syria and revealed that the jihadists have attacks planned in Europe.

The jihadis-in-training are being put through a rigorous program which prepares them to carry out suicide bombings in the UK.

They are also being indoctrinated in IS ideology.

Monday, August 7, 2017

At Least 11 Killed in Nigerian Church Shooting; May Be Due to Dispute between Area Members

At least 11 people have been killed and 18 wounded in a shooting spree in a church in southeastern Nigeria, the Euro News website reports today (August 7, 2017).

It is believed a dispute between members of the local community was behind the attack in the Catholic church in Ozubulu in the state of Anambra.

Willie Obiano, the Governor of Anambra, visited the scene and spoke to the crowds of people gathered outside.

"What has transpired here that led to the killing of very innocent people, and in all places a holy place inside the church, is very sacrilegious," Obiano said.

N. Korea Blasts Latest Sanctions Imposed by UN; Says They Violate Its Rights,Vows to Take Action

North Korea denounced the United Nations' latest sanctions imposed on it, saying they infringe on its sovereignty, and vowed to take "righteous action" -- including a "thousand-fold revenge" against the United States -- the Reuters website reports today (August 7, 2017).

The government statement reiterated Pyongyang's stance that it will never place its nuclear program on the negotiating table as long as the U.S. maintains a hostile policy against the North.

It did not specify what action it will take, but said it will continue to test long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

"There is no bigger mistake than the United States believing that its land is safe across the [Pacific] ocean," the statement emphasized.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Explosive Hurled in Window of Minn. Mosque; FBI Leads Investigation on Bloomington Attack

An improvised explosive device (IED) was hurled through a window into the office of the imam at a mosque near Minneapolis, Minnesota early yesterday morning, the Jewish Press website reports today (August 6, 2017).

Some 15 to 20 people were inside the mosque when the bomb exploded, but were not injured by the blast, which occurred at around 5 a.m. at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The FBI is leading the investigation into the attack.

In a statement condemning the attack, Minn. Governor Mark Dayton said, "Every place of worship, for all Minnesotans of every faith and culture, must be sacred and safe."

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Christians Believe Poverty Is Person's Own Fault; Non-Christians Say Poverty Due to Circumstances

A new poll shows that white evangelical Christians are far more likely to believe than the average U.S. citizen that being poor is one's own fault, the Christian Today website reports.

The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family found that religion is a significant predictor of how Americans perceive poverty.

The poll found that 46 percent of all Christians said a lack of effort was generally to blame for someone being poor, compared to 29 percent of all non-Christians.

Non-religious Americans say difficult circumstances are more to blame, rather than lack of effort at 65 to 31 percent.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Bibi Checked for Bribes,Fraud,Breach of Trust; Israeli Police Confirm He Is Being Investigated

Israeli police confirmed today ( August 4, 2017) that Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is being investigated for "fraud, breach of trust, and bribes," according to The Daily Beast website.

Netanyahu's former chief of staff, Ari Harow, reached a deal with prosecutors today to become a state's witness in the corruption case against Netanyahu, thus preventing himself to be found guilty of any charges in the case.

Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and calls the investigation a "witch-hunt."

His wife, Sara, also was interviewed by police this week in a separate investigation.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

First Christian Woman Elected Mayor in Iraq; Lara Zara Is Mayor of Algosh in Nineveh Plain

The small Iraqi town of Algosh on the war-torn Nineveh Plain has elected a female Christian as mayor, in a first for that country, the Christian Today website reports today (August 3, 2017).

Lara Yussif Zara, a Catholic, was the unanimous choice of the municipal council on July 27.

Zara replaces another Iraqi Christian, Abdul Micha, who was dismissed from the post after charges of corruption.

She has become the first ever Christian woman to be elected as a mayor in Iraq.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Trump Seriously Considering Bombing N. Korea; Said Bombing to Occur If Its Missile Tests Persist

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said President Donald Trump told him that if North Korea continues its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests there will be a war "to destroy  North Korea's program and North Korea itself, the Breitbart website reports today (August 2, 2017).

Graham said, "President Trump has said I will not allow them to get an ICBM with a nuclear weapon on top to hit America. They are headed that way..."

Graham continued, "He [President Trump] is not going to allow the ability of this madman [Kim Jong Un] to have a missile to hit America."

"If there's going to be a war to stop him, it will be over there. If thousands die, they're going to die over there. They're not going to die here..."

Trump DOJ Sues Colleges on Affirmative Action; Says Affirmative Action Denies Rights of Whites

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is preparing a concerted campaign against affirmative action policies in higher education, the Daily Caller website reports today (August 2, 2017).

The New York Times has obtained an internal announcement circulated within DOJ's civil rights division, a department unit which enforces anti-discrimination laws.

The report claims that the purpose of the DOJ effort is to identify and litigate against policies which disadvantage white college applicants.

Several U.S. colleges and universities discriminate against white students -- a policy often called "discrimination in reverse" -- by denying whites admission while accepting black students and other minorities who are less qualified in their grades and other admission criteria.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Jordan Repeals "Marry the Rapist Victim" Law; Rapist No Longer Set Free for Marrying Victim

Jordan's parliament today (August 1, 2017) scrapped a provision in the kingdom's penal code that had allowed a rapist to escape punishment if he married his victim, according to the AP News website.

Cheers and applause erupted from a packed spectators' gallery as legislators voted to repeal the provision.

The vote was hailed as a major step forward for women in the conservative kingdom.

"This is a major victory for the women's movement and human rights movement in Jordan," said Salma Nims, the secretary general of the Jordanian National Commission for Women.