Daily Briefing: Wednesdays News of The Week In Review (July 22,2020)

                 

Tucker Carlson speaking with attendees at the 2018 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Gage Skidmore, Wikipedia)

                     WEEKLY QUOTES

Tucker Carlson: New York Times Is Planning On Revealing Where My Family Lives To ‘Injure My Wife And Kids’:  Daily Wire News, July 20, 2020 — Fox News host Tucker Carlson revealed on Monday night that The New York Times is planning to publish a report on where his family lives after they had to move due to an attack on their home by Antifa and due to repeated death threats that they have received.
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“I’ve seen a rise in antisemitism…specifically over the last week that has been frightening and really disgraceful. And I’ve seen it from people in a position who should know better and who have the ability to really send messages to a large swath of people who I would imagine can benefit from such greater messaging than intolerance, at a time when there is so much intolerance,” – said 39-year-old  Frozen star Josh Gad in a video uploaded onto Instagram. Gad, the co-creator and star of Apple TV’s “Central Park,” titled his video “Enough,” and began by telling his over 1 million followers that he wanted to have an honest conversation about something “startling, scary, disheartening, insidious” and “ugly.” (Algemeiner, July 17, 2020)

“As expressed by Turkish journalist Cemal Göktaş, the first thing to be done during the first Friday prayer recited in Hagia Sophia after the announcement will be a reading of the Fatiha sura—which is recited at the end of the Muslim burial service—for secularism in Turkey,” – writes Dr. Efrat Aviv.  He was referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan July decision to convert the Greek Orthodox cathedral back into a mosque. In 1934, the government of the Turkish republic—which had been established the preceding decade by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk—converted the mosque into a museum in line with its secularist policy. “To Turks who do not support Erdoğan, his turning the Hagia Sophia museum back into a mosque constitutes a flagrant rebuff of Atatürk and his secularist legacy.”  (BESA, July 16, 2020)

“There is a spirit of ferocious intellectual intolerance sweeping [Canada and the United States] and much of the journalistic establishment with it [NYT columnist Bret Stephens wrote]. Contrary opinions aren’t just wrong, but unworthy of discussion. The range of political views deemed morally unfit for publication seems to grow ever wider.’… Here at the National Post internal reaction to Rex Murphy’s piece on whether Canada is or is not a racist country has prompted similar discussion,” – writes columnist Terence Corcoran.  (Financial Post, July 14, 2020)

“Part of George Orwell’s genius lay in his insight that manipulation of language was essential to the revolutionary project. If you can command popular compliance with a lexicon that reorders—or even inverts—the widely understood meaning of political terms, you can remake society as much as you can with any law, mandate or act of force. Thought is constrained by the limits of language, and so language becomes a vital tool for placing limits on thought. We don’t have a Ministry of Truth in America. But our political and cultural institutions have no shortage of eager propagandists creating a new glossary,” – writes Gerard Baker.  He notes how the words “freedom” “racism” “violence” and “black” are representative of the new “Newspeak” that is intended to reshape the way we talk and think in order to “ to re-educate Americans in service of a radical ideological agenda.”  (WSJ, July 20, 2020)

“The federal government cannot allow anarchists and insurrectionists to destroy federal courthouses, federal buildings, or other federal property. These insurrectionists in the streets of Portland are a little different from the insurrectionists who seceded from the Union in 1861 in South Carolina and tried to take over Fort Sumter. And just like President Lincoln wouldn’t stand for that, the federal government today cannot stand for the vandalism, the firebombing, or any attacks on federal property. It is right to send federal law enforcement in to defend federal property and federal facilities,” — Sen. Tom Cotton (R- AK) told Fox & Friends. (Real Clear Politics, July 21, 2020)
 

  SHORT TAKES

ISRAEL’S COVID-19 CASES NEAR 50,000 (Jerusalem) — The number of coronavirus cases in Israel is rapidly approaching 50,000. Some 1,595 people were diagnosed with the virus between Saturday and Sunday, bringing the tally to 49,575 confirmed cases. COVID-19 has so far claimed the lives of 406 Israelis, while 21,440 have recovered from the virus. The ministry noted that 25,033 tests were performed over the weekend, with 8.1 percent coming back with positive results. The number of hospitalized coronavirus patients reached a three-month record of 649 — reminiscent of the heights of the first outbreak in March and April, when 783 Israelis were hospitalized. (Jewish Press, July 19, 2020)

HEBREW U: DRUG COULD TURN COVID-19 INTO COMMON COLD (Jerusalem) — An FDA-approved treatment for cholesterol could be effective in dramatically easing the symptoms of Covid-19, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem reports. Prof. Yaakov Nahmias, founding director of the Alexander Grass Center for Bioengineering, in collaboration with Dr. Benjamin tenOever of New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center, has found that the drug Fenofibrate (called Ticor commercially) could inhibit Covid-19’s ability to reproduce in lung cells. In the researchers’ study in the Hebrew University’s MicroTissue Lab, the drug was found to be effective in treating infected human tissue. Its effectiveness will now have to be proven in human clinical trials. (Globes, July 15, 2020)

BIBI DOLING OUT 6 BILLION SHEKELS ONLY TO ISRAELIS MAKING UNDER 640,000 A YEAR (Jerusalem) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with DM and Alternate PM Benny Gantz, Finance Minister Yisrael Katz, and Economy Minister Amir Peretz, to discuss a model for allocating the emergency grants to the citizens of Israel. The PM describes these grants as a kickstarter to the ailing Israeli economy, and urged everyone to go out and spend, spend, spend, to get the chain-wheels of the economy moving.. (Jewish Press, July 20, 2020)

ISRAEL APPROVES EASTMED PIPELINE DEAL TO TRANSPORT NATURAL GAS TO EUROPE (Jerusalem) — Israel approved a deal on Sunday with Cyprus, Greece and Italy for the EastMed pipeline to transport natural gas to Europe.  According to the report, the four countries are scheduled to reach a final decision by 2022 to have the €6 billion ($6.86 billion) pipeline built by 2025. The report says that a land and sea survey is currently underway to determine the route of the 1,900-km (1,200-mile) pipeline. The European Union and IGI Poseidon, which owns the pipeline, each has invested €35 million ($40 million) in the planning stage. IGI Poseidon is a joint venture between Greek company DEPA and Italian energy group Edison. (Jewish Press, July 20, 2020)

ISRAELI STARTUP’S SYNTHETIC CORNEA COULD RESTORE SIGHT TO MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD (Jerusalem) — The Israeli startup CorNeat Vision has received approval to conduct clinical trials of a synthetic cornea that bio-integrates with the human eye. The Health Ministry-approved trial of the CorNeat KPro will be run at Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva on 10 patients suffering from corneal blindness who are either not candidates for or have experienced one or more failed cornea transplants. The CorNeat KPro implant is designed to replace deformed, scarred or opacified corneas and restore the vision of corneal blind patients immediately following implantation. The lens of the device is designed to integrate with ocular tissue using a patented synthetic non-degradable nanofabric skirt, which is placed under the conjunctiva. (Algemeiner, July 19, 2020)

ISRAELIS TURN ULTRASOUND INTO POWERFUL CANCER-FIGHTING WEAPON (Tel Aviv) — A Tel Aviv-based research team has developed a method to fight cancer by shooting microbubbles at cancer cells and then blowing them up using ultrasound. The microbubbles explode like targeted smart warheads, creating holes in cancer cells’ membranes and enabling gene therapy delivery with tests showing that up to 80 percent of the tumor cells are killed, says Dr. Tali Ilovitsh from the Biomedical Engineering Department at Tel Aviv University. (United With Israel, July 21, 2020)

ISRAEL NABS TERRORISTS LINKED TO IRAN, HEZBOLLAH (Jerusalem) –– Israel’s Shin Bet security service said that 10 members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group were arrested after they were discovered to be planning attacks throughout Israel. The 10 were divided into two terror cells that received funding and training from Iran and the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon that is armed, funded and trained by Iran. The Israel Security Agency said the cells intended to hit Jewish targets, “including an attack in the town of Harish and kidnapping a soldier to use as leverage to get prisoners released from Israeli prison.” (United With Israel, July 21, 2020)

ARI FULD’S KILLER SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON (Jerusalem) — Khalil Jabarin, the terrorist who stabbed Ari Fuld to death south of Jerusalem two years ago, was sentenced to life imprisonment by an IDF court at Ofer Prison, west of Jerusalem. In addition to the life sentence, the court ordered Jabarin pay damages to the Fuld family. Fuld, a 45-year-old American-born father of four, was stabbed to death by Jabarin outside of a shopping center in Gush Etzion on September 16th, 2018. (Israel National News, July 21, 2020)

IRAN ANNOUNCES EXECUTION OF ‘SPY’ FOR CIA, MOSSAD (Tehran) — The Iranian judiciary announced that Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd had provided the CIA and the Mossad information on the movements of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated by an American drone in January. The report also said, however, that the judiciary denies Soleimani’s killing was the impetus for Mousavi-Majd’s execution. This follows the Iranian judiciary’s announcement in mid-July that it had executed a former defense ministry staffer who sold information to the CIA. (Jewish Press, July 20, 2020)

IRANIAN SPIES ACCIDENTALLY LEAKED VIDEOS OF THEMSELVES HACKING (Tehran) — Researchers at IBM’s X-Force security team revealed that they’ve obtained roughly five hours of video footage that appears to have been recorded directly from the screens of hackers working for a group IBM calls ITG18, and which other security firms refer to as APT35 or Charming Kitten. It’s one of the most active state-sponsored espionage teams linked to the government of Iran. The leaked videos were found among 40 gigabytes of data that the hackers had apparently stolen from victim accounts, including US and Greek military personnel. Other clues in the data suggest that the hackers targeted US State Department staff and an unnamed Iranian-American philanthropist. (Wired, July 16, 2020)

US TRIES TO SEIZE FOUR IRANIAN TANKERS SAILING TOWARDS VENEZUELA (DC) — US federal prosecutors are seeking to seize four tankers sailing towards Venezuela with gasoline supplied by Iran, the latest attempt to disrupt ever-closer trade ties between the two heavily-sanctioned anti-US allies. The civil-forfeiture complaint filed in the District of Columbia federal court alleges the sale was arranged by a businessman, Mahmoud Madanipour, with ties to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, a US-designated foreign terrorist organisation. (Al Jazeera, July 2, 2020)

OUTGOING CHIEF OF UNIVERSITY HEADS QUESTIONS REJECTION OF ARIEL U IN SAMARIA (Haifa) –– The outgoing chairman of Israel’s Association of University Heads (VERA), and President of Haifa University, Prof. Ron Theodore Robin, who resigned last week, said in a closed conversation that failing to accept Ariel University into VERA is begging for an explanation. VERA is a voluntary body comprising of the presidents, rectors, and directors-general from Israel’s research universities excluding Ariel University aimed to “promote and to improve the management of aspects of common interest to all the universities.” In 2012, VERA worked unsuccessfully to torpedo the recognition of Ariel University as a fully accredited university. Similarly, in 2018, VERA unsuccessfully lobbied against the establishment of Ariel University’s School of Medicine. (Jewish Press, July 20, 2020)

TROUBLE BREWING FOR ISRAEL? OMAR, ELLISON ENDORSE BIDEN IN ‘MILLION MUSLIM VOTE’ PUSH (Washington) — Several prominent Muslim American elected officials endorsed Joe Biden for president in a letter organized by Emgage Action ahead of an online summit that starts Monday and features the presumptive Democratic nominee. Among those signing the letter are Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, all Democrats. The Emgage letter coincides with an online summit that Emgage Action has titled “Million Muslim Votes,” underscoring its emphasis on boosting Muslim turnout in November.  (WIN, July 21, 2020)

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS ANTI-BDS BILL INTO LAW (Missouri) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill that requires companies entering into a contract with the state to certify that they are not, and will not, engage in a boycott of Israel. The law, which applies to companies worth over $100,000 with 10 or more employees, comes after pro-Israel lawmakers and advocates tried repeatedly in recent years to pass anti-boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement legislation in the state, but previous attempts have failed in part because of opposition from lawmakers concerned that it violates people’s rights to free speech. (STL Jewish Light, July 17, 2020)

JUSTICE STILL BEING SOUGHT FOR VICTIMS OF BUENOS AIRES JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER BOMBING, 26 YEARS LATER (Buenos Aires) — Saturday marked the 26th anniversary of the deadly bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in which 85 people were murdered. The July 18, 1994 attack at the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) building was perpetrated by Hezbollah on behalf of its backer, Iran. Major Jewish groups around the world commemorated the atrocity with social media posts. (Algemeiner, July 17, 2020)

THOUSANDS TO WALK OFF JOBS IN ‘STRIKE FOR BLACK LIVES’ (USA) — On Monday, thousands of workers across the United States plan to walk off the job to participate in the “Strike for Black Lives,” which will protest against “systemic racism and economic inequality.” “Labor unions, along with social and racial justice organizations from New York City to Los Angeles, will participate in a range of planned actions. Where work stoppages are not possible for a full day, participants will either picket during a lunch break or observe moments of silence to honor Black lives lost to police violence. Among the strikers will be essential workers: nursing home employees, janitors and delivery men and women. Fast food, ride-share and airport workers are also expected to take part in planned events.” (Daily Wire, July 20, 2020)

THE RAID ON REMDESIVIR (Washington) –– As coronavirus cases have spread through the South and West, the good news is the lower death toll than in New York and East Coast states in the spring. One reason is better treatments such as Gilead’s anti-viral drug Remdesivir, but powerful progressives now want the government to set prices for and even confiscate the Covid-19 treatment. Six Senate Democrats including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders said in a letter last week to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar that the Trump Administration “acquired its supply of Remdesivir at an exorbitant cost” in a deal that allows Gilead Sciences to reap “windfall revenues” that are paid “by increased premiums for American families.” Their complaint is false. But it’s worth dissecting in some detail because it shows the left’s sweeping plan for the government to control drug prices and even pharmaceutical manufacturing. (WSJ, July 21, 2020)
 

FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

Leftist Slavery Was Worse Than Southern Slavery Daniel Greenfield, Jewish Press, July 19, 2020 Under 400,000 slaves were brought to America. Those enslaved African people represented only 3.6% of the transatlantic slave trade. By the Civil War, there were under 4 million black slaves in America. Over 20 million people were imprisoned by Soviet leftists in the gulag system.

The Alignment of BDS and Black Lives Matter: Implications for Israel and Diaspora Jewry:  Dan Diker, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, July 16, 2020 –The murder of George Floyd, a Black American who was killed on May 25, 2020, while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, triggered the most widespread racially charged protests in the United States and Europe since the 1960s.

U.S. Religious Battles Need Not Be Winner-Take-All:  William J. Haun, National Post, July 15, 2020 — Religious organizations perform crucial public services — educating children, caring for the sick, sheltering the homeless. Yet changing mores have led governments to increasingly demand that these organizations subordinate their beliefs as a condition of continuing these missions.