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Mon. Oct 17, 2016 News from Israel

  • French extreme right wing leader Marie Le Pen calls to prohibit wearing kippahs
  • Thousands of fighters participate in the battle to liberate Mosul from ISIS
  • Hundreds of thousands of Israelis enjoy the great weather celebrating Sukkot in Nature

French right wing political leader Marie Le Pen stated that she wishes to ban kippah-wearing within France. In the past, Le Pen has voiced her opinion against Muslim head coverings such as the hijab. However, this is the first time that she has addressed the Jewish skullcap. “It is clear that if a veil is prohibited, then the kippah should also be prohibited within the public domain,” Le Pen stated. “It is clear that kippahs are not the issue within our country. But for the sake of equality, they should be prohibited,” Le Pen added. “If I requested to ban solely Muslim attire, people would slam me for hating Muslims.” As anticipated, the French Jewish community furiously responded to her statement while senior level rabbis called Le Pen despicable.

Since Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s announcement regarding the launch of the operation to liberate Mosul, large-scale military forces have been making their way toward the city. The Iraqi forces are accompanied by Kurdish and Shiite militias and backed by the US and its allies against the murderous terrorist organization. Iraqi media outlets are reporting that the forces are working to destroy the first line of defense that ISIS set up in order to thwart the invasion. Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, is considered the most important ISIS stronghold in the country. According to many Western assessments, if the operation to liberate the city, which has been under the control of ISIS for more than two years, succeeds, the murderous terrorist organization will significantly weaken.

 

A US Republican Party headquarters was vandalized with graffiti and severely damaged by a flammable material thrown through the front window Sunday night. No one was injured but the damage to the building was substantial. On the back of an adjacent building, the message "Nazi Republicans leave town or else" was sprayed on the wall with spray paint along with a swastika.


The comfortable weather had thousands of Israelis outside their homes celebrating Sukkot in the forests, national parks and beaches. The Israel Nature and Parks Authority reported that on Monday, about 150,000 people enjoyed various outdoor locations in Israel. All the major national parks were full and the Sea of Galilee beaches were reported to be very crowded.

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