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Posted by Tip Staff - March 02, 2018

Four Arab Teens Arrested for Assaulting Jewish Boy in Paris Suburb
When "Never Again" Has No Meaning
Women's March Organizer Again Attends Farrakhan Speech
Israeli Rescue Organization Trains Guatemalan First Responders in UN-Sponsored Program

Four Arab Teens Arrested for Assaulting Jewish Boy in Paris Suburb

French authorities arrested four Arab teenagers, who are suspected of beating a 14-year-old Jewish boy with a stick and taking away his kippah outside a synagogue in Montmagny, north of Paris.

JTA reported that the suspects were detained Wednesday night, after they had attacked their victim around 8 p.m. outside the suburban synagogue, where the holiday of Purim was being celebrated.

French police are treating the assault as an anti-Semitic incident. The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, praised the police for their “swift and effective” action.

The 14 and 15-year-old assailants called the Jewish boy, his sister and brother “dirty Jews” at the park where they were playing. The Jewish children were lighting firecrackers, a Purim custom in some Jewish neighborhoods in Europe.

It is unclear if the boy sustained injuries, but the attackers smashed his sunglasses, took away his kippah and verbally abused him.

According to BNVCA, all four suspects are of Arab descent. French media reported that the group are believed to have waited for their victim while he attended service at a nearby synagogue and assaulted him after he exited.

Two other attacks on Jewish children have been recorded in the suburb of Sarcelles near Paris since the start of this year.

France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, denounced the attack on Jewish children as “heinous” and said that any attack on a citizen over their religious identity is an attack on France.

When "Never Again" Has No Meaning

The two words "never again" have a powerful meaning. They speak to a commitment to prevent another Holocaust. Whether it is meant specifically to prevent another wholesale slaughter of Jews, or generally any ethnic group, the two words speak to a commitment.

But however powerful that commitment is, history has shown us that, without the will to enforce that commitment, they are just words. Two news items this week show the degree to which the commitment of "never again" has been erased from the phrase.

The ongoing assault on the neighborhood of Eastern Ghouta, just outside of Damascus, despite a United Nations declared ceasefire shows how powerless the world is if it chooses not to confront a determined enemy.

An open letter published earlier this week, signed by over 200 activists and academics, called on the world to act to prevent further destruction in Syria.

The letter faults the United Nations Security Council for failing to prevent "what UN war crimes investigators have themselves labeled the 'crime of extermination.'”

The world has become a "passive enabler" of the destruction wreaked by the Assad regime "aided by local and foreign militias, by Iranian strategic and financial aid, by Russian airpower and mercenaries."

While the letter offers no specific recommendation for ending the slaughter in Syria, it stands as a testament to the fact "never again" is nothing without a will to act. To read the complete essay, please click here.

Women's March Organizer Again Attends Farrakhan Speech

On Sunday, February 25, Nation of Islam leader, Rev. Louis Farrakhan, gave his annual Saviours’ Day address in Chicago, an event attended by the co-president of the Women’s March, Tamika D. Mallory, The Forward reported Wednesday.

At the rally, Farrakhan made a number of incendiary comments. He claimed that “the powerful Jews are my enemy,” and “the Jews have control over agencies of those agencies of government” like the FBI. He also charged that Jews are “the mother and father of apartheid,” and Jews are responsible for “degenerate behavior in Hollywood turning men into women and women into men.”

This isn’t Farrakhan’s first foray into anti-Semitism. The Anti-Defamation League has called him “the leading anti-Semite in America.” The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the Nation of Islam a hate group and stated, “Farrakhan is an anti-Semite who routinely accuses Jews of manipulating the U.S. government and controlling the levers of world power.”

Despite the abundance of anti-Semitism in Farrakhan’s speeches, Tamika D. Mallory, one of four presidents of the Women’s March, participated in the rally. Mallory has on multiple occasions posted on her social media platforms about attending events with Farrakhan, posing for a photo with him in 2015, and sharing the stage with him in 2016.

Israeli Rescue Organization Trains Guatemalan First Responders in UN-Sponsored Program

In Guatemala, 45 volunteers from different local community and emergency organizations came together to participate in a light search-and-rescue training course by Israeli ZAKA International Rescue Unit.

The three-day course, sponsored by the United Nations’ International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), was led by ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav and ZAKA International Rescue Unit Chief Officer Mati Goldstein.

The course is designed to give local volunteers the necessary skills to offer immediate assistance to emergency forces in the event of a mass casualty incident in their communities or regions.

“Light search and rescue is going to make a big difference in the next disaster, with trained locals working in the rubble to try to find people and save lives,” explained Goldstein. “ZAKA is here in Guatemala and around the world to make sure that in the next disaster we will have more and more people saving lives, going under the rubble, taking care of the remains of the people that were killed.”

The initiative to train a ZAKA International Rescue Unit in Guatemala was led by the Jewish and Evangelical Christian communities in Guatemala together with the Israeli ambassador and the rabbi of Guatemala, Yosef Garmon.

Guatemala’s Chief of Staff Erick Servando Cano Zamora expressed gratitude for ZAKA’s initiative and accepted a ZAKA medal from Meshi-Zahav, who in turn was presented with the city medal from Guatemala City Mayor Alvaro Arzu.

(via Israel21c)

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