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Yazidi Commemoration: Operation Ezra, an ongoing initiative to commemorate the Yazidis suffering in Iraq under ISIS, is being led “by a number of Winnipeg Jewish community organizations”. The program has so far raised close to $500,000 and brought seven Yazidi families (41 individuals) to Winnipeg.
Tapper Tantrum?: CNN’s Jake Tapper said in an interview in Rolling Stone that the media treated Obama differently than Trump:
Congratulating Kim: The Palestinian Authority’s President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his admiration for North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un for the country’s Liberation Day celebration. Abbas wrote that the Korean people made, “the greatest sacrifices for the sake of its freedom and dignity,” according to an official PA news site.
Swiss Hospitality: A sign was posted at a hotel in Switzerland directing “Jewish guests” to shower before swimming. The anti-Semitic sign drew an official complaint from the Foreign Ministry of Israel.
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) August 15, 2017
Column of the Day
We’ve Been Here Before: Nathan Englander’s recent Op-Ed in the New York Times is prescient. Entitled “What Jewish Children Learned From Charlottesville,” Englander portrays an America grappling with tremendous internal strife: