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Skim the News for Jews–July 24, Tammuz 18

Be informed, be a smart Jew in 5 minutes.  Here’s the news being talked about by Jews today…

yiddish_worldToday’s Skim of the News for Jews

- Today is the fast of the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, known as Shivah Asar B’Tammuz (delayed because of Shabbos).  It the start of a three-week mourning period for the destruction of Jerusalem and the two Holy Temples.  The fast actually commemorates five tragic events that occurred on this date.

- A retired Saudi general visited Israel last week for a series of meetings, in what is the latest sign of increasing dialogue, public appearances, and quiet cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Israel.  Public conversations between Israeli and Saudi figures have been increasingly frequent and visible in recent months. 

- Argentine Federal Judge Wants Iran's Former Foreign Minister Arrested Over Jewish Center Bombing. On July 18, 1994, the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) building in Buenos Aires—the country’s largest Jewish organization—was bombed, killing 85 and wounded hundreds more.  To this day, no one has been formally convicted in connection with the attack. Fingers have pointed at Hezbollah, which allegedly executed the attack “at the will of the Tehran government.”

- A federal judge in Mississippi, USA issued an injunction preventing a religious-liberty law from going into effect. The law preserves the right of those with “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction” about same-gender marriage to refrain from participating in or validating such marriages, provided their actions do not impede the ability of same-gender couples to marry.

- Another Mass Murder, this time in a mall in Germany.  9 dead, 27 wounded, mostly teenagers.  18 year old Islamic German immigrant from Iran.  But “this had nothing to do with Islam, he was just fixated on mass murder.”  Ooooook.

- Turkish leader purging everyone who disagrees with him following the attempted coup.  Purged by Turkey: 15 universities, 19 unions, 35 medical clinics, 1,043 schools, 1,229 charities.  UN Human Rights Council urgent sessions: 0, resolutions: 0.  Last days of secular Turkey?

…and that’s the news of interest to Jews today.


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