Monday, August 08, 2016

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Skim of the News for Smart Jews–Aug 8, Av 4

Avoid SHTUSS OVERLOAD yet be an informed smart Jew in under 5 minutes!  Here’s the news being talked about by smart Jews today…

imageToday’s Skim of the News for Smart Jews

- UK Anti-Semitic Hate Crime Spikes in first half of 2016.  Anti-Jew hate incidents jumped this year as the Jewish community was targeted three times every day in the UK.  557 hate incidents were reported, an 11% increase compared to the last year.

- After Making the News, Anti-Semitic Course at Hawk University, Germany is dropped (after 10 years).  The college, who’s course had been accusing Israel of genocide for 10 years, said “We are appalled (by threats received after people heard about this)… it was very bad, and the critique is not appropriate. We are not an anti-Semitic college.”  In their statement, the university said it would no longer offer the paired seminars on “Prospects of Social Work in Israel” and “On the Social Situation of Young People in Palestine.”  A local legislator said the decision was “overdue,” but “better late than never.”  “The seminar was unscientific, one-sided and hair-raisingly anti-Israel.”

- As ISIS pushed back in Iraq, towns found destroyed as ISIS follows scorched earth policy and sets booby traps.  “The intent is to harm a population and destroy their hope by erasing their cultural landmarks.  In one home, peshmerga removed 14 bombs; in one area, ISIS collapsed 20 family homes.”

- New mantra to deny Islamic attacks are due to Islamic extremism, “it’s mental illness”.  Authorities have ascribed jihad terror to mental illness on numerous occasions.”   In the case of a Tennessee attack, it took the FBI five months to decide that it was a jihadist and not a mentally disturbed young man who suddenly snapped before shooting to death five unarmed U.S. servicemen.  In the recent attack in London, an online profile of the Norwegian Somali showed an interest in Islamic theology, yet British police remain baffled. They continue to “investigate the motives” for the attack and Scotland Yard’s first impulse was to say the attacker was “mentally unstable.”   Experts add: “What could account for this global outbreak of mental illness? Authorities should start asking themselves why so many mentally ill people embrace Islamic jihad violence.”

- US Election Insanity: US Communist Party endorses Hillary Clinton, US Nazi Party likes Donald Trump.  If the US presidential candidates are to be judged by their supporters, both candidates have a problem. US communists and US nazis?

…and that’s the news of interest to Jews today.     (our skim is ethnically focused, but we’re thrilled for every reader)

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