Sundown: Passenger Protection
Stamps of approval, Spanish hard-liners, and celebrating like an Egyptian
• A cab driver in Montreal is fighting multiple citations that he violated regulations by displaying, among other knickknacks, Jewish items such as mezuzahs in his vehicle; suspiciously, he began getting ticketed “only days after speaking out in the media in 2006 to complain that the taxi bureau was failing to crack down on unlicensed cabs.” [Globe and Mail]
• If you’re looking to imbue your bill-paying with a sense of pride and history, you can now order postage stamps honoring Supreme Court justices including Louis Brandeis and Felix Frankfurter. [USPS]
• Bulgarian diplomat Irina Bokova beat Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni as the next head of UNESCO, perhaps in part because Hosni previously threatened to “personally burn any Israeli book he found in Egypt’s famed Library of Alexandria,” as Ynet puts it. [Ynet]
• Which may also shed some light on a tale of Rosh Hashanah in Cairo with “the last Jewish women of a vanished society”—apparently there are only ten Jews left in the city, all female.
• Spain has disqualified Ariel University from participating in an architecture competition because the school is located on “occupied territory” in the West Bank. [Ynet]
• An action which, just or not, will likely contribute to the European nation’s reputation for displaying an increasing “acceptance of virulent anti-Jewish attitudes,” as reported by the Anti-Defamation League (although the Spanish National Court has indicted three alleged former Nazi guards). [JPost]