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Avoid the SHTUSS yet be an informed smart Jew while standing on one leg! Here’s the news being talked about by Jews today…
Today’s Skim of the News for Jews – Be a Smart Aleck!
- UCLA Student Body President Leaves UCLA Law School for NYU Due to Anti-Israel Harassment – He’s Indian-Hindu-American. The former president was bullied and harassed by members of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement after he refused to distribute student funding to them after judging them to be a discriminatory harassing bulling organization – making it illegal to fund them per University of California rules. Yet a local campus policy requires financial allocations to be made without regard to the viewpoint of any registered campus organizations (harassment, discrimination and advocating genocide are ok). Not content to simply win a hearing for their funding, they subsequently hounded him off campus.
- The Jews were blamed for the tuberculosis outbreak of 1890, echos in current Zika outbreak. Exactly 100 years ago New York City was hit by one of the worst epidemics ever: polio. It was a terrifying illness. Most victims were toddlers. Initially, they didn’t even look terribly ill; they woke up feverish and cranky, saying their necks hurt. Soon they were able only to drag themselves along the floor, legs flopping behind. Within a few hours, they would struggle to breathe, and then die. Many lashed out at immigrants. In the 1840s, the Irish were blamed for cholera, and in the 1890s, the Jews for tuberculosis. The first child to be paralyzed lived in a modest Italian neighborhood.
- At least 6,000 U.S. troops deployed to Iraq and Syria. Kurdish forces retook a swath of northern Iraq and days later American forces appeared in the area, the latest sign of increasing U.S. military activity in the country. The U.S. troops were still there supervising Iraqi army engineers repairing a bridge to help local forces cross the Great Zab river in their push towards Mosul. Obama’s war has led to the confusing situation of U.S. forces directly support Iranian forces in Iraq.
- Shots fired from Gaza targeting Israeli patrols in Israel. Shots were fired from northern Gaza at IDF forces across the border in Israel. The IDF responded with a volley of shells targeting a Hamas post in Gaza. Multiple cross-border attacks have come out of Gaza over the last 2 weeks, including shots at Israeli patrol boats offshore.
- Political Argument over Train Infrastructure Work on Shabbos in Israel shuts down Israeli train system on Sunday workday. Some 150 train departures on the Haifa-Tel Aviv route, the country’s busiest, were canceled for Sunday, affecting an estimated 150,000 travelers and commuters. Work on Shabbos is prohibited in Judaism and therefore a delicate subject in Israel. Israel’s train system has been doing infrastructure upgrades on Shabbos, when the trains don’t run – but when the religious parliamentarians became aware of it, they demanded it be stopped. This week the train system rushed to get work going so they couldn’t be ordered to be stopped, then came the government order to stop work for Shabbos – with tracks left half disassembled. The result – the train system down for the Sunday commute.
…and that’s the news of interest to Jews today. (our skim is ethnically focused, but we’re thrilled for every reader)