World AM News Briefs For Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Hello Australia!! - No bond for the Melbourne educator accused of abusing students - Israel's attempt at building new bridges implodes - The Brexit causes political chaos, but not where you might think - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
An Israeli court denied bail to Malka Liefer, the former Melbourne girls' school principal accused of 74 counts of child sex abuse stemming from her time as head of the Orthodox Adass Israel school. Judge Ram Winograd didn't buy the defense's contention that Ms. Liefer's life would be in danger from poor health if she remained in prison. She has another health assessment scheduled before her deportation hearing on 6 March.
The row between Israel and Poland got a whole lot worse, after the acting Israeli FM said that Poles "collaborated with the nazis" during World War II and "sucked anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk". Yow! Tell us what you really think, Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz! This came days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu basically said the same thing last Thursday, albeit in somewhat softer language. Which was odd, because Netanyahu planned to host a summit of the Visegrad Group, a quartet of former SSRs that now make up the European Union's conservative eastern flank, of which Poland is the largest and most important member. One does not expect a nation attempting to build new alliances to say, "Hey, look at our new friends! BTW they're anti-Semites and collaborators." Especially on the eve of what was supposed to be a showcase summit.
Insulted, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki denounced Mr. Katz' comments as "racist" and "absolutely unacceptable". The Foreign Ministry in Warsaw has also summoned the Israeli ambassador, Anna Azari, to demand a second set of clarifications in recent days. Poland has now completely pulled out of the event, leaving Israel scrambling to salvage it by downgrading it to individual bilateral summits with Hungary, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
The facts are that Poland was nazi-occupied and never had a collaborationist government. Even as some villagers and local officials enthusiastically assisted the nazis in carrying the holocaust, thousands of Poland's resistance risked their lives to help Jews while the government-in-exile struggled to warn the world about the mass killing of Jews - and it would take years for the world to heed the warning. While 6 million of the 11 million people killed in the Holocaust were Jews, Poland counts many of them as part of its own staggering losses.
With UK Prime Minister Theresa May getting weaker every day and unable to secure a deal to avoid the expected economic chaos of the UK crashing out of the European Union in a few weeks, what's Labour to do? Form a circular firing squad, of course. Seven MPs quit UK Labour accusing it of botching its response to the Brexit and of failing to tamp out alleged anti-Semitism. While party officials are urging colleagues not to brand the seven centrists as "traitors", shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said the "honourable thing for them to do" would be to stand down as MPs and stand for by-elections. Supporters of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the seven of consistently trying to undermine him and accuse them of trying to return to the "Blair years program of privatisation, tax cuts for the rich, and deregulation of the banks".
Honda is reportedly pulling out of its manufacturing plant in Swindon, UK, and workers are blaming the Brexit, PM Theresa May, and local Tory MP and Brexiteer Justin Tomlinson. The town voted 55 percent to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum, and now stands to lose 3,550 jobs by 2022. Here some more numbers - Honda built 160,000 Civic Automobiles at the plant last year, and 90 percent were exported to Europe through the EU free trade atmosphere the Brexiteers for some reason want to give up.
The trial of two pilots accused of running a cocaine smuggling ring has begun in France. Former French Air Force fliers Pascal Fauret and Bruno Odos face up to 30 years in prison. Six years ago, authorities found 26 suitcases stuffed with cocaine in their airplane in the Dominican Republic. The pair fled to the French Antilles, but were returned to France for trial.