Daily Briefing: WEDNESDAYS :NEWS OF THE WEEK IN REVIEW

 

cropped image of John A. Macdonald, Prime Minister of Canada, ca. 1875 by George Lancefield
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Bombshell: Amit Segal Exposes Massive Corruption among Police, Prosecution in Netanyahu Investigations: Jewish Press, Sept. 8, 2020 — For the past few years, Netanyahu has repeatedly complained about leaks and false information, and has insisted fake criminal cases were being built up against him and his wife Sara by the prosecution and investigators.
 

   WEEKLY QUOTES

“The Prophet had mortgaged his shield to a Jew when he died, he had shared harvest from the land of the Jews of Khaybar among two. The excellence he showed to his Jewish neighbor led the latter to Islam. … We must clean and purify Islam from the doubt and superstition that has stuck to it,” — said Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, the Imam of the Grand Mosque. During his Friday sermon, the Saudi Arabia cleric called  out intolerance for other religions espoused by radical schools of Islam. (WIN, Sept. 6, 2020)“All the kvelling about the Israeli-UAE flight does nothing to change the oppressive, discriminatory ‘one-state reality’ for occupied Palestinians. Only equal rights will do that,” – tweeted Kenneth Roth, executive director of the notoriously anti-Israel NGO Human Rights WatchUNWatch Executive Director Hillel Neuer quickly responded.  “Ken reveals he loves peace like the harlot revealed her love for the baby she asked King Solomon to cut in 2. He uses a Yiddish word to mock Jews celebrating the Israel-UAE peace accord. Ken never makes positive Jewish references. He’s uncomfortable with his identity.” (WIN,Sept. 2, 2020)

”… why this lie, right now? The alleged incident took place in November 2018—22 months ago. What makes it breaking news in September 2020? The answer, obviously, is the election. And more to the point, Democratic attempts to get around the election by saying in advance that Trump is going to “lose” and then refuse to leave office. Many elite luminaries, up to and including Joe Biden himself, are urging the military, when the time comes, to “escort [Trump] from the White House with great dispatch” (to use Biden’s words). Apparently, they’re not confident the military will go along. … In a way, this disgusting affair should give us hope. It suggests that the coup plotters may not be in quite as strong a position as they pretend to be,” – writes Michael Anton, former head of communications at the National Security Council.  In his op-ed he explains why The Atlantic’s smear on the president as disrespectful of fallen soldiers does not hold up. (American Greatness, Sept. 6, 2020)

“This does not excuse the dumb and dumber exchange we were all subjected to. But it does reveal in the left’s alliance with Islamism — whether Muslim Islamist sympathizers or a recognized far-left political commentator — how it demeans and devalues Muslims everywhere. To Reid and Omar I say: shame on you both!” – writes Dr. Quanta A. Ahmed.  She criticized MSNBC host Joy Reid’s claim that “the president has radicalized his supporters in the same way that “Muslims act,”  and U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar who sharply criticized Reid and demanded an apology for her Islamophobia. (Fox News, Sept. 5, 2020)

“A crowd of about 200 cheered as a few men removed Sir John A. from his pedestal on Saturday under the nose of police who stood and watched, while a crime against public property was taking place. How is that acceptable?… These ignorant thugs didn’t have a mandate from the people to rid the city of Sir John A. Macdonald’s likeness.” – writes columnist Lise Ravary on the toppling and decapitation of the statue of Canadian Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald in Montreal.  (Montreal Gazette, Aug. 31, 2020)

“Those kinds of acts of vandalism are not advancing the path towards greater justice and equality in this country,” – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said regarding the toppling and decapitation of Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald’s statue.  “We must fight racism, but destroying parts of our history is not the solution,” wrote Montreal Mayor Valerie Legault on Twitter in French. “Vandalism has no place in our democracy and the statue must be restored.” Alberta Premier Jason Kenney also leapt to offer the Alberta legislature as a home for the statue if Montreal opted not to reinstall it. “He was an immigrant who suffered unimaginable personal trauma throughout his life, which he overcame to forge an enormous country out of divided factions. It’s right to debate his legacy and life. But it is wrong to allow roving bands of thugs to vandalize our history with impunity,” Kenney tweeted. The new Conservative Party of Canada leader, Erin O’Toole also weighed in: “Canada wouldn’t exist without Sir John A. Macdonald. Canada is a great county (sic), and one we should be proud of. We will not build a better future by defacing our past. It’s time politicians grow a backbone and stand up for our country.” … Academics have entered the debate about what the destruction of statues does to the understanding of history. “The past is not a melodrama but more often a tragedy,” writes Victor David Hanson, a conservative historian, in National Review, a conservative publication. “Destroying history will not make you feel good about the present. Studying and learning from it might.” (National Post, Sept. 1, 2020)

“I am 100% ANTIFA all the way! I am willing to fight for my brothers and sisters! Even if some of them are too ignorant to realize what Antifa truly stands for. … We are currently living through a crucial point in Humanities evolution. We truly have an opportunity right now to fix everything. But it will be a fight like no other! It will be a war and like all wars there will be casualties,” – Antifa “activist” Michael Forest Reinoehl posted on Instagram. He was shot to death by police on Sept. 3, 2020. (Hot Air, Aug. 31, 2020)

“Silence supports [those who commit antisemitic offenses], indifference feeds them,” — Bishop Luc Ravel, the Catholic Archbishop of Strasbourg said in his message on Friday. Ravel was moved to speak out by the recent assault in Strasbourg on Raphael Nisand, a Jewish graphic artist. Nisand was accosted by two people who showered him with antisemitic abuse while he was working on a project commissioned by the City Council.  (Algemeiner, Sept. 4, 2020)

“Rooted in a firm commitment to halakha, all aspects of this machzor are the fruit of serious research, which can be seen in this document. We pray that this machzor empowers communities that will be conducting multiple minyanim; helps those who will need to pray outdoors in the heat; and allows people to develop their relationship with God while wearing a mask and socially distancing,” writes Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, president and dean of Yeshiva Ohr Torah Stone, and Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein, Director of Training and Placement at Ohr Torah Stone’s Straus-Amiel Rabbinical Emissary Program. They were referring to a condensed version of the Rosh Hashanah machzor that they compiled to keep people safe while Covid 19 is around.   (Jewish Press, Sept. 6, 2020)
 

  SHORT TAKES
 

$4 BILLION A YEAR: UAE-ISRAELI TRADE PROMISES HUGE GAINS (Jerusalem) — “The economic potential  [of the Accords]– beyond the importance of security – with the UAE is that within three to five years I estimate the trade with the UAE will reach $4 billion, something that will generate 15,000 jobs in Israel,” Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said in a Reshet Bet radio interview. The two countries are looking to cooperate in the fields of defense, energy, medicine, tourism, technology and financial investment as well as working together in the war on terrorism to shut down the financial channels used to fund terror groups. (United With Israel, Sept. 7, 2020)

NEW PRESIDENT: MALAWI WILL ESTABLISH EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM (Malawi) — President Dr Lazarus Chakwera, a theologian and politician who became President of Malawi in June, says Malawi will establish a diplomatic mission with Israel in Jerusalem. According to President Chakwera, this is part of reforming his country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry and its Missions abroad so that Malawi’s embassies can deliver on the ambitious objectives of promoting Malawi’s national interests globally. (Jewish Press, Sept. 6, 2020)

SERBIA, KOSOVO TO OPEN JERUSALEM EMBASSIES, MALAWI TO LAUNCH DIPLOMATIC OFFICE IN ISRAELI CAPITAL (Belgrade) — Serbia has announced the relocation of its embassy to Jerusalem, being the first European country to do so, followed by Muslim-majority Kosovo’s statement that it will open its Israel embassy in Jerusalem. The two historic announcements were made as part of a normalization agreement between Serbia and Kosovo brokered by US President Donald Trump and signed at the White House on Friday. The next day, Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera announced plans to open a diplomatic office in Jerusalem. (United With Israel, Sept. 6, 2020)

NEW BAHRAIN POLICY TO ALLOW FLIGHTS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND UAE TO CROSS ITS AIRSPACE (Manama) — Flights between Israel and the United Arab Emirates will be able to fly over Bahrain after the kingdom on Thursday said all services to and from the UAE can cross its airspace. The decision, which the kingdom’s aviation authority said came at the request of the UAE, follows a historic agreement last month between Abu Dhabi and Israel to normalize ties. (Algemeiner, Sept. 4, 2020)

ARYEH DERI: NATIONAL LOCKDOWN WILL BE DECLARED SOON (Jerusalem) — As Israel passed 1,000 deaths caused by the coronavirus, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) warned that a national lockdown would be decided on and implemented soon. (Jerusalem Post, Sept. 6, 2020)

FIRST ISRAELI BASEBALL PLAYER IN MAJOR LEAGUE GETS FIRST WIN(Baltimore) — Dean Kremer, the first Israeli to be drafted by a Major League Baseball team, made a stunning debut on Sunday for the Orioles by dominating the Yankees in Baltimore for the first win of his career. Kremer outdueled New York’s two-time All-Star Masahiro Tanaka for 6 innings, giving up only one hit and one run while recording 7 strikeouts. (Jerusalem Post, Sept. 7, 2020)

TRUMP POPS TO 52%: ‘BEST JOB APPROVAL RATING ON RECORD,’ UP WITH BLACKS, EVEN DEMOCRATS(Washington) -Buoyed by blacks and independent voters, as well as urban dwellers shocked by the Black Lives Matter protest violence raging in some cities, President Trump’s approval rating has hit a new high, according to a survey heavy with minority voters. The latest Zogby Poll had Trump’s approval at 52%. “The president has recorded his best job approval rating on record,” said pollster Jonathan Zogby. What’s more, his approval rating among minorities was solid and, in the case of African Americans, shockingly high. Zogby said 36% of blacks approve of the president, as do 37% of Hispanics and 35% of Asians. (Washington Examiner, Aug. 26, 2020)

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CHARGES 2 WITH PLOTTING TO SUPPORT HAMAS, SHOOT COPS IN MINNESOTA (Minnesota) — Two American citizens with ties to a far-right extremist group have been charged with trying to support Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist group, and plotting violent attacks in Minnesota. Michael Robert Solomon, 30 and Benjamin Ryan Teeter, 22, were taken into custody in Minneapolis, the Justice Department said. Prosecutors say the men are members of a group called the Boogaloo Bois, a faction of a subgroup known as the Boojahideen. They were allegedly conspiring with Hamas to sow discord amid racial justice protests in Minnesota by shooting cops, blowing up a courthouse and killing politicians. (Fox News, Sept. 6, 2020)

WHITE HOUSE MEMO CALLS FOR BAN ON FEDERAL AGENCIES CONDUCTING TRAINING ON “CRITICAL RACE THEORY,” “WHITE PRIVILEGE” WITH TAXPAYER DOLLARS (Washington) — President Trump is ordering federal agencies to stop funding training on topics including “critical race theory” and “white privilege” with taxpayer dollars, according to a memorandum from the Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought that was released.  Citing press reports that agencies have conducted training where employees are told that “virtually all white people contribute to racism” or that racism is “embedded in the belief that America is the land of opportunity,” Vought said trainings of that nature “run counter to the fundamental beliefs for which our nation has stood since its inception.” (CBS News, Sept. 4, 2020)

WHITE GWU PROFESSOR ADMITS SHE FALSELY CLAIMED BLACK IDENTITY (Washington) — The post from the author, identified as Jessica A. Krug, said she has deceived friends and colleagues by falsely claiming several identities, including “North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness,” according to the blog post on Medium. Krug, whose areas of expertise include African American history, Africa and Latin America, is actually White and Jewish, the post said. Krug has taught history courses at GWU since 2012, including classes about the African diaspora and African history, according to the university’s website. (MSN News, Sept. 4, 2020)

IRAN CONTINUES TO STOCKPILE ENRICHED URANIUM, VIOLATE DEAL, UN WATCHDOG SAYS (Tehran) — Iran signed the nuclear deal in 2015 with the United States, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia. Known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, it allows Iran only to keep a stockpile of 202.8 kilograms. The IAEA reported that Iran has also been continuing to enrich uranium to a purity of up to 4.5 per cent, higher than the 3.67 per cent allowed under the JCPOA. It said Iran’s stockpile of heavy water – which helps cool nuclear reactors – had decreased, however, and is now back within the JCPOA limits. (Globe and Mail, Sept. 5, 2020)

U.S. PLACES SANCTIONS ON ICC CHIEF PROSECUTOR AND AIDE(Washington) — The Trump administration-imposed sanctions on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and one of her top aides for continuing to investigate war crimes allegations against Americans. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the moves as part of the administration’s pushback against the tribunal, based in The Hague, for investigations into the United States and its allies. The sanctions include a freeze on assets held in the U.S. or subject to U.S. law and target prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and the court’s head of jurisdiction, Phakiso Mochochoko. He said the court, to which the United States has never been a party, was “a thoroughly broken and corrupt institution.” (The Globe and Mail, Sept. 3, 2020)
 

FOR FURTHER REFERENCE
 

The Dumb as Dirt Jewish BLM Supporters:  Alan Bergstein, Thinkmate, Aug. 30, 2020 — What is the Jewish street terminology for those who give support and comfort to their enemies? One word…..”schmucks!”

Kamala Harris: Rioters ‘Aren’t Going To Let Up, and They Should Not’ Arutz Sheva, Aug. 31, 2020 — This is the Democrat nominee for VP instigating violent riots that have left multiple Americans dead: “Everyone beware. They’re not gonna stop before election day in November, and they’re not gonna stop after election day… They’re not gonna let up and they should not.”

Dubai Deputy Police Chief: Iran and Turkey, Not Israel, Threaten Gulf States Jewish Press, Sept. 6, 2020 — Dubai Deputy Police Chief Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim said Tuesday (Sept.1) that the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is good for regional stability and security.

Nasrallah, Haniyeh, Discuss Stemming Tide of Pro-Israel Sentiment in Arab Nations:  David Israel, Jewish Press, Sept. 6, 2020 –– The head of Hamas’ political bureau Ismael Haniyeh met on Sunday with Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to discuss ways to resist US President Donald Trump’s ongoing campaign promoting normalization with Israel, The Daily Star of Lebanon reported.