Jews around the world less safe in 2013 (Second Coming Watch Update #468)

Jews around the world less safe in 2013 (Second Coming Watch Update #468)

Released: January 28, 2014 By: Daniel Whyte III

1. According to The Times of Israel, Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett released the Israeli government's annual report on anti-Semitism. Overall, the report pointed to a deterioration in the security situation of Jews around the world, amid widening concerns about anti-Semitism. The report called the growth of anti-Semitic salutes and other trends "the new anti-Semitism, that hides behind so-called legitimate criticism of Israel and Zionism."

2. According to Reuters, Chinese authorities have confirmed the second human case of a new strain of bird flu which was contracted by a woman who is in critical condition in a hospital. The 55-year-old woman was hospitalized after complaining of a sore throat and dizziness. The first victim of this flu strain died in December.

3. According to the Times of Israel, loud explosions were reported to have rocked the coastal Syrian city of La-ta-kia late Sunday night, with reports of a possible airstrike on the government stronghold. Palestinian media reported on Monday that Israeli planes carried out the attack on a warehouse of S-300 missiles.

4. According to The Jerusalem Post, Prime Minister Netanyahu said on Sunday that no permanent agreement with Iran over its nuclear program will be possible if Tehran continues to insist it will not dismantle a single centrifuge. His comments, made at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting, came less than a week after the interim