The city has “turn[ed] a tragedy into triumph,” the director of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, Dan Prinzing, told the Idaho Statesman on Wednesday.
“Two weeks ago hate walked into the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial,” Prinzing said. “It came under the cover of darkness. It came in the form of words. Words that were both vile and vicious. They were words that attacked members of our community. The question is how does one react when confronted with hate?”
Among those who responded was the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, a New York-based nonprofit, which brought its play “Letters from Anne and Martin,” about the lives of Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr., to Boise at no cost.
“This a major thing that Boise is going through,” Boise High School junior Ana Rowe said. “We usually are a pretty mild city. So something like this has been a big shock.”
“We recognized that one single act that targeted the memorial is not us,” Prinzing said. “It is not our community. We are actually defined by the overwhelming support that has come about after the act occurred.”
(JTA) — The Nevada Assembly unanimously passed legislation that would ban state government entities from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.
The Assembly passed the legislation on Wednesday. It had passed the state Senate last month by a vote of 19-2.
The bill advances to Gov. Brian Sandoval for his signature.
Sandoval led a delegation of businessmen from the state in 2013 to strengthen economic ties between Israel and Nevada. Since 2003, Israeli firms have invested $1.7 billion and created over 6,500 jobs in Nevada, according to the Israeli-American Coalition for Action, which advocated for the legislation.
Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison proposed the bill and shepherded it though the state Senate and Assembly, according to The Israel Project.
The legislation also applies to local governments, including Las Vegas.
Nevada will become the 20th state with laws or executive orders banning state business with companies that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, against Israel.
Donald Trump likes to surround himself with people he knows and trust. His son-in-law and daughter serve as close aides, his former bodyguard manages the Oval Office operation, and even, as BuzzFeed reported, a Mar-a-Lago reception director arranged his trip to the G-7 summit.
Heather Rinkus, guest reception manager at Trump’s Florida estate, is now part of the presidential advance team preparing for his visit to Taormina, Italy, where leaders of the world’s top 7 industrial nations will gather. Rinkus, who has no previous experience with government work, is equipped, according to the report, with a White House email address and a government-issued phone.
The choice of Rinkus to work on Trump’s team raised eyebrows not only because of her day job at the president’s private Golf resort, but also because of her husband’s history.
Ari Rinkus is a twice-convicted felon and as Buzzfeed reported, he has been know for bragging to investors and business partners about his wife’s access to President Trump.
Editor’s Note: On May 16, 2017, Scribe featured piece by Jacob Frommer asking a simple question: Why Are Most Kosher Restaurants So Terrible? The piece has since sparked many heated and thoughtful discussions online. In the coming days, we’ll be featuring several responses from readers and Jewish communal leaders alike.
My wife and I are fans of kosher food. We are Sunni Muslim and whenever we can’t get Halal food, we search for kosher, which is permitted by our dietary restrictions. I was on business in Cleveland and discovered a great kosher restaurant — I must have put on 10 lbs! The best road to peace in the world is through the stomach.
— Dan and Hassania Fuller
Falls Church, VA
Two Michigan doctors being prosecuted for performing and aiding the female circumcision of two girls are defending themselves against federal prosecutors with a religious liberty defense.
The medical professionals, Dr. Jumana Nargarwala and Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, are said to have cooperated in the performance of FGM on two young girls brought to Michigan for the procedure. Dr. Nargarwala did the deed, while Dr. Attar provided Dr. Nargarwala the space in his clinic to to do so. His wife Farida, who allegedly held the girls down during the procedure, was also charged.
The accusations included conspiracy, female genital mutilation and aiding and abetting. The defendants claim that the procedure did not entail major damage to the girls’ vaginas, aside from a nick.
The defendants all belong to the Dawoodi Bohra Islamic sect in India, which has long practiced female genital mutilation. The defense lawyers claim the defendants’ actions are protected under the First Amendment and that they are being persecuted for their faith.
FGM can implicate a range of procedures, but almost all of them involve amputating the clitoris and amount to a form of child abuse. Female circumcision is practiced in select areas of Asia and Africa, though the practice is on the decline thanks to public health education.
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