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Yomtov Stabbing Attack Prevented in Shomron

Yomtov Stabbing Attack Prevented in Shomron
A suspicious Arab male stopped for inspection near Tapuach Junction in Shomron on the first day of Pesach admitted he planned to stab a soldier. After the man was checked he was found to be concealing a knife, which he admitted he planned to use to stab a soldier stationed at the area checkpoint. B’chasdei Hashem he was stopped in time and there were no injuries to security forces. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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Rabbi Marc Schneier Meets With Mahmoud Abbas

Rabbi Marc Schneier Meets With Mahmoud Abbas
Amidst increasing tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority over stalled peace negotiations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met on Sunday with Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the New York based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU.) In the meeting, Rabbi Schneier urged the PA President to be more vocal in his support for expanding global relations between the Muslim and Jewish communities. In particular, President Abbas agreed to join with the FFEU in speaking ...
(6 opinions  |   April 23 )

Bashtag: NYPD Twitter Campaign Backfires

Bashtag: NYPD Twitter Campaign Backfires
To put it in social media terms, the New York Police Department got trolled. The nation's largest police force learned the hard way that there are legions online devoted to short-circuiting even the best-intentioned public relations campaign — in this case, the NYPD's Twitter invitation to people to post feel-good photos of themselves posing with New York's Finest. What #myNYPD got instead was a montage of hundreds of news images of baton-wielding cops arresting protesters, pulling ...
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Councilman King Worked to Shut Down Arab Bread Carts in Old City

Councilman King Worked to Shut Down Arab Bread Carts in Old City
Speaking with Kol Berama Radio, Jerusalem Councilman Aryeh King confirmed that he sent municipal inspectors to enforce the law prohibiting public display of chametz during yomtov. King explained they he received emails as well as residents posting photos of violations on the city’s Facebook page. He explains this included the tens of wagons and stands manned by Arabs at the entrances to the Old City of Yerushalayim. Kol Berama: Why do the carts bother you? After all they belong to ...
(2 opinions  |   April 23 )

Tech Tips: Add 2nd Layer Of Protection Online

Tech Tips: Add 2nd Layer Of Protection Online
If the Heartbleed security threat teaches us anything, it's that passwords don't offer total protection. Browsers are supposed to keep passwords and other sensitive data safe, but a technical flaw in a widely used padlock security technology allows hackers to grab the information anyway. Even without this latest discovery, there have been countless disclosures of hackers breaking in to grab usernames and passwords, plus credit card numbers and more. That's why many security experts ...
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Israeli Tourists Injured in Bus Accident in Argentina

Israeli Tourists Injured in Bus Accident in Argentina
A bus carrying Israeli tourists in Argentina flipped over resulting in ten injured passengers, one reported in serious condition. The injured were transported to a local hospital. All of the passengers on board the bus were Israelis. Most sustained only bruises and soft tissue injuries. Passengers interviewed following the accident reported the driver was speeding and many of them feared for the safety during the trip. They added that at one point there was a sharp turn and it appears he ...
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Statement By Rabbi David Niederman Of UJO / Satmar Williamsburg On Today's Arrests In Beating Of Taj Patterson

Statement By Rabbi David Niederman Of UJO / Satmar Williamsburg On Today's Arrests In Beating Of Taj Patterson
As was reported, five​ individuals were arrested this morning in connection to the assault on Taj Patterson in Williamsburg on December 1, 2013. The bedrock of the Williamsburg community is tolerance for one and ​an​other. Any act of violence by any individual ​, against anyone,​ for whatever reason ​,​ is condemned in the strongest possible terms. We will continue to build bridges between all communities, as we have done in the past, to create a better Williamsburg for ​all of ...
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Beit El: Firemen Attacked While Responding to Emergency Call

Beit El: Firemen Attacked While Responding to Emergency Call
In a bizarre and disgraceful event, two residents of Beit El were taken into custody after allegedly attacking firemen responding to an emergency call in the community on motzei yomtov. According to a Kikar Shabbos report, the truck was responding to a blaze involving garbage that when up in flames. Two youths allegedly attacked firemen with metallic rods. When police arrived on Monday, 21 Nissan 5774 at about 23:00, they took the two into custody. When asked why they attacked the firemen, ...
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Anti-Sephardi Graffiti Found On Elad Shul

Anti-Sephardi Graffiti Found On Elad Shul
Elad residents on isru chag Pesach were shocked to see anti-Sephardi graffiti on the walls of the Maor David Shul in Elad. Elad police have been notified and an investigation has been launched. The Sephardi shul is located on HaMeiri Street in the chareidi community. Rabbi Eliyahu Fadidah is the mora d’asra. Mispallalim revealed the graffiti when they arrived for minyan. The rav stated that he is confident the incident is not the result of machlokes between Ashkenazim and Sephardim but ...
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HaGaon HaRav Cohen Shlita Meets with President Peres

HaGaon HaRav Cohen Shlita Meets with President Peres
Head of Shas’ Council of Torah Sages HaGaon Harav Shalom Cohen Shlita met with President Shimon Peres. During the motzei yomtov Maimouna event in the Har Nof home of Aryeh Deri, Rav Cohen expressed words of praise for Peres, questioning why he decided to step down at the end of his term in July 2014. Also present at the event were Rishon L’Tzion HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef Shlita, HaGaon HaRav David Yosef Shlita, HaMekubal Rav Binayahu Shmueli Shlita, Kosel Rav Shmuel Rabinowitz, ...
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Alan Gross: I Will Leave Cuba This Year Dead Or Alive

Alan Gross: I Will Leave Cuba This Year Dead Or Alive
The lawyer for a U.S. man jailed for nearly five years in Cuba says he is determined to go home in the next year, be it alive or dead. Scott Gilbert is the attorney for Alan Gross. He says Gross is suffering a number of ailments. On May 2, Gross will turn 65 years old. Gilbert says Gross is hopeful his case can be resolved by his 66th birthday, but if not, “he will come home dead.” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday that U.S. officials are “extremely ...
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Brooklyn DA Announces Indictment Of 5 Members The Williamsburg Neighborhood Watch Patrol for Gang Assault

The following was released to YWN by the DA: Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson today announced the indictment of five defendants for their participation in the brutal gang assault of Taj Patterson, a 23-year-old Fort Greene resident. The defendants, who are associated with the Williamsburg Safety Patrol Unit, a civilian neighborhood watch group, face multiple charges for allegedly beating Patterson in the early morning hours of December 1, 2013. The District Attorney said that ...
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Terrorists Apprehended, Preventing An Attack Against Israelis In Bangkok

Terrorists Apprehended, Preventing An Attack Against Israelis In Bangkok
Israeli security officials passed intelligence information to local authorities, preventing an attack against Israelis in Bangkok. According to the report appearing in the Bangkok Post, the Hizbullah terrorists were apprehended last week. Two Lebanese nationals with French and Filipino passports were taken into custody. They were planning to strike a central entertainment location that is frequented by Israelis. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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Yitzhar Resident Was Giving Out Soda to Soldiers

Yitzhar Resident Was Giving Out Soda to Soldiers
It has been close to two weeks since a company of border policemen moved into a Yishuv Yitzhar yeshiva building, searching for suspects in a vandalism attack against an IDF outpost adjacent to the community. On erev the 7th day of Pesach, Jerusalem Magistrate Court Justice Eitan Kornhauser ordered the release of a community resident who allegedly was involved in that attack. The court rejected a police request to extend his remand for five additional days. The youth was picked out of a ...
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Airport Security Vulnerabilities Not Uncommon

Airport Security Vulnerabilities Not Uncommon
For all the tens of billions of dollars that the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes themselves. As the case of the San Jose stowaway shows, it did not take a sophisticated plan for a 15-year-old boy to spend about seven hours in what is supposed to be a secure area of Silicon Valley's main airport — much of it in a wheel well of the jet that took the teen to Hawaii. Aviation security experts say that ...
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Westchester, NY: County Executive Astorino Under Fire For Firing Jewish Employee 'An Hour Before Passover'

Westchester, NY: County Executive Astorino Under Fire For Firing Jewish Employee 'An Hour Before Passover'
Westchester County Executive and Republican gubernatorial candidate, Rob Astorino came under fire last week for removing a Democratic County employee from his job moments before the Jewish holiday of Passover came in. According to reports, Astorino terminated Bruce Berger—an appointee of former country executive Andy Spano, who Astorino defeated—to move in one of his own people, according to Westchester County sources. On Thursday night, after Astorino spoke at NYU to the ...
(6 opinions  |   April 23 )