"I agree that we must continue to draw upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust and make sure young people understand the consequences of hatred and apathy. As a result, our board is honoured to join with other school boards in Ontario and with the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center in this important work."
- Brian Beal, Director Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District
School Board, explaining why his Board joined Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center's January 27th Initiative to commemorate the Holocaust in schools across Ontario.
Intelligence Brief: March 6th, 2017
1. President Trump Signed New Travel Ban Earlier Today
CNBC reports President Donald Trump signed a new executive order earlier today which temporarily bans immigration and travel to the United States from six Muslim-majority nations: Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Iran, Syria, and Libya. The executive order is a revised version of an earlier executive order signed by Trump in January which sought to temporarily ban immigration and travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, including the six already mentioned, plus Iraq. That executive order caused widespread global outrage, spurred protests at airports across the United States, and was successfully challenged in court by the state of Washington. Following that original order, the Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a press release saying there should be no blanket ban on entry to the United States based on nationality, religion, or ethnicity.
2. Israeli and Palestinian Blood on Saudi Hands
A report released in late February by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) includes the alarming revelation showing Saudi Arabia and the Arab League are responsible for shedding both Israeli and Palestinian blood. The report quotes former Palestinian Foreign Minister and chief negotiator Nabil Shaath saying former Saudi King Abdullah (then the Saudi Crown Prince) gave the Palestinians a billion dollars to finance the second Intifadah in 2000. Speaking on Egyptian TV, Shaath said he met the Crown Prince in Jordan and was promised Saudi Arabia would give half of the money and the Arab League the other half. "That was the money that enabled us to survive in the three years of the Intifada," Shaath explained, in a damning statement that proves the Saudis' sponsorship of global terror.
3. Iran Tests Advanced Russian Anti-Aircraft Missile System
State-media in Iran reports the Iranian military has successfully tested its new advanced aerial defense system, the S-300, which was delivered by Russia last fall. The test reportedly included a variety of artificial targets, mirroring both enemy aircraft as well as enemy cruise missile systems. The proven functionality of the new S-300 system is thought to significantly increase Iran's self-defence capabilities, and has the potential to increase the risk to foreign pilots during potential pre-emptive strikes against Iran's nuclear program by foreign powers such as the United States or Israel. Despite Israel's efforts to dissuade Russia from selling the technology to Iran, the system was eventually sold in full late last year.
4. Netanyahu: Iran Responsible for More Than 80% of Israel's Security Concerns
Citing information from Israel's intelligence community, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today told media that Iran is responsible for more than 80% of the Jewish State's security concerns, noting "since the attack in Argentina, Israel has gotten much stronger. Iran initiated and planned it, and Hezbollah, which does what it [Iran] says, carried it out." Netanyahu also mentioned Iran's activity in the Golan Heights, observing, "Iran is the greatest generator of terrorism in the world" and that Israel's "red-lines are thick and clear, and we do not hesitate to act in order to preserve them."
5. Embassies in Israel a Diplomatic Double-Standard
Israeli news anchor and political commentator Eylon Aslan-Levy has penned an incredible piece published in this month's edition of Tower Magazine highlighting the global hypocrisy regarding locating foreign embassies to Israel in Jerusalem. Although no major Western powers hosts an embassy in the city, Levy notes all of those same major Western powers have consulates in Jerusalem which deal directly with the Palestinian Authority. In effect, their de-facto embassies to the Palestinians are located in Jerusalem, while they refuse to do the same for Israel - a double-standard at the highest of levels. Levy concludes ". . . Palestinians enjoy the privilege of diplomatic missions in the very same city, without any qualms in the international community about the effective hypocrisy."
6. FSWC at Work
During a Tour for Humanity presentation of the 'Global Perspectives workshop' at a Peterborough high school on Friday, a serious discussion ensued concerning the brutality and inhumanity of the Pol Pot regime and the Cambodian genocide in the late 1970s. FSWC educators explained the similarities between Pol Pot's recruitment tactics, primarily among young Cambodians, and the propaganda techniques employed by the Nazis with the Hitler Youth Program during WWII. Visit www.tourforhumanity.com to learn more about the human rights-based programs offered to schools on FSWC's award-winning mobile tolerance classroom across Ontario.
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