Intermountain Jewish News

Jul 30th


A preview of coming horrors

We should consider it a preview of coming horrors.

In Libya, terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State shot and beheaded groups of Ethiopian Christians, echoing a similar atrocity earlier this year committed against Egyptian Christians in Libya.

In African schools, Boko Haram murderers question students about their religion. If they reply “Christian,” or prove unable to answer questions about the Koran, they are murdered in cold blood.


The legacy of Lincoln

The great president, leader, liberator and orator was cruelly cut down 150 years ago this week. We still need to complete his work. One hundred and fifty years ago this week, an assassin crept into the presidential box in a Washington theater and put an end to the life of a man who almost immediately became an American saint. Christians were fond of comparing Abraham Lincoln to Jesus, while Jews did not hesitate to compare him to his namesake, the father of their own people, or even to Moses...

Silence on Saudi Arabia’s civilian casualties

Obama is silent. So, too, the UN. And assorted human rights groups from Turkey to American college campuses for whom civilian casualties in a defensive war waged by Israel are deemed criminal, while civilian casualties in an offensive war by Saudi Arabia are deemed. . . nothing. Silence. The double standard is deafening.

Yom HaShoah: Every name

On April 16, on Yom HaShoah, names of Holocaust victims will be recited from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (Israel time) at a ceremony at Yad Vashem’s Hall of Remembrance in Jerusalem. For 25 years, the Unto Every Person There is a Name project has been assiduously fulfilling its difficult and demanding task of collecting the name of each and every Holocaust victim. The names of the victims are recited at the ceremony. This year, the public is invited to submit the names of Holocaust victims online....

Hollow words

If Iran ‘messes with Israel,’ President Obama says he’ll come to Israel’s defense. But it was Obama’s taking a credible military threat off the table that led to his compromised deal with Iran to begin with. “Trust me,” President Obama in effect says to Israel in light of his flawed deal with Iran. It’s flawed because it violates Obama’s own goals going in. That was when sanctions were first imposed — when the goal was to close down Iran’s nuclear program. Everyone knew t...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

At Berlin’s European Maccabi Games, the past is ever-present

Gabrielle Birkner Survival — and thriving in the face of tragedy — was a theme that ran through the opening ceremony of the massive Jewish sporting event held in a city that once was the Nazi capital. ... [Link]

6 marchers stabbed at Jerusalem gay pride parade

Marcy Oster Three of the victims were seriously injured. The alleged assailant stabbed three people at the parade in 2005 and reportedly was released from prison two weeks ago. ... [Link]

Earthquake centered on Dead Sea shakes Israel

Marcy Oster The quake, which measured a 4.4 magnitude, also was felt in areas of Jordan. ... [Link]

N.Y. congresswoman, a Democrat, comes out against Iran deal

Ron Kampeas Grace Meng, who represents a heavily Jewish district in Queens, confronted Secretary of State John Kerry with questions during congressional hearings on the agreement. ... [Link]

Emerging GOP debate on Iran deal: To Huckabee or not to Huckabee?

Ami Eden United against the deal, the Republican presidential candidates are sparring over how far is too far in criticizing it. ... [Link]

Third suspect indicted in arson attack on historic church

Marcy Oster The indictment of a 24-year-old from Bnei Brak comes a day after two other suspects, ages 19 and 20, were charged in the attack on the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. ... [Link]

Israel said to have turned off blacks in Congress, and other Iran deal news

Ron Kampeas And the White House spokesman fields a question about whether Obama is worried about congressional Jews who have yet to declare. ... [Link]

200 protesting squatters removed from former West Bank settlement

Marcy Oster The protesters, including families that were evicted from the settlement during the 2005 Gaza disengagement, had vowed to remain at the site. ... [Link]

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