Heather Heyer was killed this weekend when a car driven by an attendee of the so-called “Unite the Right” white supremacist protest rammed into a crowd of anti-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Nineteen others were injured in what police say may be investigated as a domestic terrorist attack. Two police officers also lost their lives over the weekend when a helicopter monitoring the crowds crashed.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- In the wake of the events in Virginia, officials in Colorado Springs are responding to a wave of anti-Semitic vandalism incidents. Some Jewish temples and cars in the parking lots were defaced with drawings of Nazi swastikas and racial slurs.
- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has threatened to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal if the U.S. moves forward with additional sanctions. The sanctions were authorized after Iran performed ballistic missile tests in violation of the Iran deal.
- The Fellowship is helping support Bat Melech, which operates the only two shelters in Israel specifically for Orthodox Jewish women, suffering from abuse. Women coming to the shelter receive meals, job training, legal advice, and emotional support that is in keeping with their religious needs and beliefs.
- The world’s oldest man, Yisrael Kristal, passed away in Israel, just shy of his 114th birthday. Kristal had lived through two world wars and was the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on a call for standing against hatred based on race, religion, or political affiliation.