Obama To Russia: More Sanctions Are 'Teed Up'

Obama To Russia: More Sanctions Are 'Teed Up'
Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up" — even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to influence Vladimir Putin's handling of the crisis in Ukraine. Obama's frank pessimism underscored the limits of Washington's ability to prevent Russia from stirring up instability in Ukraine's east and exerting influence over elections scheduled for next month in the former Soviet republic. A diplomatic ...

FDA Proposes First Regulations For E-Cigarettes

FDA Proposes First Regulations For E-CigarettesThe federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. While the proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette ...    Full Story »

Family Members Miss Har HaZeisim Levaya Due to Rock Attack (1 opinions)

Family Members Miss Har HaZeisim Levaya Due to Rock AttackTova Richler, 59, a resident of New York, never imagined that she would miss the levaya of her father. On erev Shabbos 18 Nissan 5774 she was driving towards Har HaZeisim with a number of relatives in the vehicle to attend the levaya. Some ten masked Arabs waited on the side and began pelting the vehicle with rocks and cement blocks. Tova was in shock as the vehicle was bombarded, ...    Full Story »

Negev Area Organ Trafficking Operation Uncovered

Negev Area Organ Trafficking Operation UncoveredPolice believe that in an effort to earn badly needed funds; young women were taken advantage of as they were persuaded to sell organs for cash. Police report arresting suspects in what appears to be a Negev area organ trafficking ring. A gag order has been placed on details of the case. Police however revealed that two women, ages 18 and 20, are believed to have sold a kidney, each ...    Full Story »

Pita Bakery Loses its Hashgacha for Opening Too Soon

Pita Bakery Loses its Hashgacha for Opening Too SoonThe Chief Rabbinate of Israel Kashrus Division revoked its hashgacha from a Petach Tikvah pita bakery on motzei Pesach. When the mashgiach arrived at the bakery not too long after motzei yomtov, the owner was not able to adequately explain how he got pitot ready in the short time period since yomtov ended. When it became clear the owner was incapable of explaining events, the ...    Full Story »
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Minister Katz: If Abbas Dismantles the PA, He Will Be Viewed as an Enemy (2 opinions)

Minister Katz: If Abbas Dismantles the PA, He Will Be Viewed as an EnemyTransportation Minister Yisrael Katz commented on threats from PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) to dismantle the PA (Palestinian Authority) and return control of the autonomous areas to Israel. “Now, the moment of truth it is apparent that Abu Mazen is confused”” Katz wrote earlier in the day. “Not willing to make concessions, addressing the United Nations and ran to hug ...    Full Story »

Police Attacked Responding to Routine Disturbance Call Involving Arabs

Police Attacked Responding to Routine Disturbance Call Involving ArabsA violent clash between Arab clans ended in an attack against police in the A-Tor area of the capital. The attack against police involved rocks and bottles. A police vehicle was damaged as well. A number of Arabs were injured, one stabbed. They were transported to Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus. B”H police escaped without injuries. Two people were arrested for assaulting ...    Full Story »

Israel: Counterfeit Passport Operation Uncovered

Israel: Counterfeit Passport Operation UncoveredPolice arrested three suspects near the Druse community of Majdal Shams in northern Israel in connection with a large counterfeit operation producing passports and identity cards. The arrests were made on Wednesday, 23 Nissan 5774. They report the suspects earned over a million shekels in the counterfeit operation. In some cases the suspects used forged identity cards and submitted ...    Full Story »

Homefront Affairs Minister Calls to Dismantle the Ministry

Homefront Affairs Minister Calls to Dismantle the MinistryMinister of Homefront Affairs Gilad Erdan has submitted his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, effective December 31, 2014. Colleagues of Erdan praised his decision, which they call atypical for a politician, willingly giving up a cabinet post to stand on principle. Erdan suggests that the prime minister shuts the ministry, which he reports is not functioning as ...    Full Story »
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NYC Mayor Proposes Tax Relief For Sandy Victims

NYC Mayor Proposes Tax Relief For Sandy VictimsNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he's proposing tax legislation to help homeowners whose property was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. De Blasio's legislation would provide property tax relief to New York City residents who rebuilt or repaired their homes as a result of the hurricane. The Democrat says Wednesday that homeowners who put money into their homes because of storm ...    Full Story »

DM Ya'alon is Getting Tough with Extremist Yishuvim (1 opinions)

DM Ya'alon is Getting Tough with Extremist YishuvimIn response to recent confrontation involving residents of Yishuv Yitzhar, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has instructed police to raze illegal structures in confrontational communities, Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) reports. According to the report, IDF Central District Commander Major-General Nitzan Alon briefed leaders of yishuvim of the policy decision before Pesach. The policy was ...    Full Story »

New York City Council Unveils Budget Proposal

New York City Council Unveils Budget ProposalThe City Council unveiled its budget recommendations on Wednesday, asking for 1,000 new police officers, free school lunches, more money to fight homelessness and a commission designed to overhaul the city's property tax system. Democratic Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who unveiled the plan at City Hall, said the new programs would cost approximately $257 million, a tiny fraction of ...    Full Story »

Police Investigating Hate Graffiti in Bat Ayin

Police Investigating Hate Graffiti in Bat AyinPolice were called to investigate hate graffiti found in Yishuv Bat Ayin on Wednesday morning, 23 Nissan. Graffiti included “death to Arabs” and “Police prohibited from entering”. Similar occurrences have taken place in the community in the past and while most residents have spoken out clearly opposing such actions, authorities view the community as one of an extremist ...    Full Story »
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Yomtov Stabbing Attack Prevented in Shomron

Yomtov Stabbing Attack Prevented in ShomronA 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 ...    Full Story »

Rabbi Marc Schneier Meets With Mahmoud Abbas (5 opinions)

Rabbi Marc Schneier Meets With Mahmoud AbbasAmidst 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 ...    Full Story »

Bashtag: NYPD Twitter Campaign Backfires (1 opinions)

Bashtag: NYPD Twitter Campaign BackfiresTo 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 ...    Full Story »
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Councilman King Worked to Shut Down Arab Bread Carts in Old City (2 opinions)

Councilman King Worked to Shut Down Arab Bread Carts in Old CitySpeaking 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 ...    Full Story »

Tech Tips: Add 2nd Layer Of Protection Online

Tech Tips: Add 2nd Layer Of Protection OnlineIf 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 ...    Full Story »

Israeli Tourists Injured in Bus Accident in Argentina

Israeli Tourists Injured in Bus Accident in ArgentinaA 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 ...    Full Story »

Statement By Rabbi David Niederman Of UJO / Satmar Williamsburg On Today's Arrests In Beating Of Taj Patterson (1 opinions)

Statement By Rabbi David Niederman Of UJO / Satmar Williamsburg On Today's Arrests In Beating Of Taj PattersonAs 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 ...    Full Story »

Beit El: Firemen Attacked While Responding to Emergency Call

Beit El: Firemen Attacked While Responding to Emergency CallIn 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 ...    Full Story »

Anti-Sephardi Graffiti Found On Elad Shul

Anti-Sephardi Graffiti Found On Elad ShulElad 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 ...    Full Story »

HaGaon HaRav Cohen Shlita Meets with President Peres (1 opinions)

HaGaon HaRav Cohen Shlita Meets with President PeresHead 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 ...    Full Story »

Alan Gross: I Will Leave Cuba This Year Dead Or Alive

Alan Gross: I Will Leave Cuba This Year Dead Or AliveThe 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 ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn DA Announces Indictment Of 5 Members The Williamsburg Neighborhood Watch Patrol for Gang Assault (9 opinions)

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 ...    Full Story »

Terrorists Apprehended, Preventing An Attack Against Israelis In Bangkok

Terrorists Apprehended, Preventing An Attack Against Israelis In BangkokIsraeli 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 ...    Full Story »
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Yitzhar Resident Was Giving Out Soda to Soldiers

Yitzhar Resident Was Giving Out Soda to SoldiersIt 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 ...    Full Story »

Airport Security Vulnerabilities Not Uncommon

Airport Security Vulnerabilities Not UncommonFor 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 ...    Full Story »

Westchester, NY: County Executive Astorino Under Fire For Firing Jewish Employee 'An Hour Before Passover' (6 opinions)

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     Full Story »

Rav Yosef Zaritzky Furious Over Comments from Rishon L'Tzion (7 opinions)

Rav Yosef Zaritzky Furious Over Comments from Rishon L'TzionRishon L’Tzion HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef Shlita recently stated that many of the wines sold in Eretz Yisrael are not suited for making kiddush and these wines have a bracha of “Shehakol” and not “Borei Pri HaGafen”. Responding is noted kashrus expert Rabbi Yosef Zaritzky Shlita, who asks rhetorically which wineries the Rishon L’Tzion visited to make such a comment. Rav ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu Cancels Planned Meeting with the PA

PM Netanyahu Cancels Planned Meeting with the PAAfter the announcement that Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered negotiators not to attend a meeting planned for Wednesday night, 23 Nissan 5774. The prime minister stated that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has made his position crystal clear, that he prefers to sign an agreement with Hamas than Israel. Foreign Minister Avigdor ...    Full Story »


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