Today’s Skim of the News for Jews – Be a Smart Aleck!
- UN Security Council takes up Aleppo, Syria massacres, US & EU accuses Russia then walks out. The US accused Russia of supporting “barbarism” over the bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo. The accusation says Russian and Syrian forces were “laying waste to what is left of an iconic Middle Eastern city”. US, UK and French ambassadors later walked out. The allegations against Russia include claims the Kremlin was condoning war crimes. Syrian government forces, with Russian help, appear emboldened despite the international condemnation of the devastation in Aleppo. Strongly worded letters have reached their diplomatic limits. In the meantime civilians die en masse.
- Chinese shut down Jewish center in Kaifeng as thousands with Jewish ancestry move towards active Judaism. Chinese authorities have gradually closed down the few Jewish organizations in the city of Kaifeng, and those who claim Jewish ancestry reportedly have been forced to celebrate, learn and pray in private. China has five authorized state religions: Buddhism, Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism and Taoism. However, since the 1980s Judaism was unofficially tolerated. For some unknown reason, this quiet acceptance has been revoked. The study center has been closed, all public signs of Jewish history in the city have been removed, international Jewish organizations have been stifled, and an ancient well, which is believed to be the last remnant of an ancient Synagogue, has been buried under rubble. This is a tricky issue. Direct pressure always generates a backlash with the Chinese, as they take it as disrespect. Quiet diplomacy tends to be the path to effectiveness. Given the active Jewish presence in business in China, there is a path to impact.
- What do you do with a 13 year old terrorist murderer? Ahmed Mansara was 13 years old when he tried to murder a 13 year old Jewish boy and a 21 year old man in an attempt to become a 'shahid' – an Islamic martyr in Jerusalem, Israel. (He’s 14 now.) He carried out the attack with his cousin after the two were discussing the "situation" in al-Aqsa mosque and in Gaza after school. The two decided to become martyrs and carry out an attack. They went to one of their parents' bedrooms, took a 6 inch knife from the closet, and went to the main shopping area in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev, stabbing 2 before being shot by security… The prosecutor has requested 12 years in prison. If only those who created the propaganda environment that brainwashed this boy were receiving the sentence.
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