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07:09: No injuries are being reported in a rocket attack to Kerem Shalom a few minutes ago. 06:27: Sirens sounded in the Shar HaNegev and S’dot Negev Regional Council an hour ago. 00:37: At least 10 Palestinians were killed Tuesday by Israeli tank shells in northern Gaza, said the head of emergency services Ashraf al-Quoudra. The bombings targete...

LIVE BLOG DAY 23: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 7:09 AM IL]

LIVE BLOG DAY 23: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 7:09 AM IL]
07:09: No injuries are being reported in a rocket attack to Kerem Shalom a few minutes ago. 06:27: Sirens sounded in the Shar HaNegev and S’dot Negev Regional Council an hour ago. 00:37: At least 10 Palestinians were killed Tuesday by Israeli tank shells in northern Gaza, said the head of emergency services Ashraf al-Quoudra. The bombings targeted the Jabalia refugee camp. According to the Palestinian health services, more than 1,200 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the Israeli offensive on July 8 in Gaza. 00:14: ...

Corruption Probe Poses NY Gov's Biggest Test

Corruption Probe Poses NY Gov's Biggest TestAllegations that his administration meddled with a state anti-corruption commission are posing the greatest political test of New York Gov. Andrew Coumo's tenure — and producing some verbal gymnastics. The New York Times reported last week that a top Cuomo aide pressured the commission to stop subpoenas to a media-buying firm that Cuomo used and to a real estate organization whose ...    Full Story »

Senate Bill Would End NSA Phone Records Collection

Senate Bill Would End NSA Phone Records CollectionSen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil liberties groups, the White House and Republicans. The bill represents the latest step in fulfilling a January promise by President Barack Obama to end the NSA's collection of ...    Full Story »

Prison Authority Cancels Release of Two Terrorists Released in Shalit Deal

Prison Authority Cancels Release of Two Terrorists Released in Shalit DealAn Israel Prison Authority parole board has decided to cancel the planned release of two terrorists released in the Shalit prisoner deal. The two received a free pass in the Shalit prisoner exchange deal. The parole board accepted the recommendations of the state attorney general based on evidence documenting they violated the terms of their release and were once again engaged in ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Midwood: NYPD Looking For Suspects In Robbery On Ave M & East 18th Street (1 opinions)

The New York City Police Department is seeking the public's assistance with the whereabouts and identity of the following individual's wanted in connection to a robbery in the confines of the 70th Precinct. The circumstances are as follows: On Sunday, July ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Hatzolah Ambulance Involved In Crash In Manhattan

PHOTOS: Hatzolah Ambulance Involved In Crash In Manhattan[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] An East Side Hatzolah ambulance was involved in an accident Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and East 77th Street, just before 6:00PM. Sources tell YWN that the ambulance had a patient onboard, and was enroute to an emergency room at the time of the crash. There were 4 people injured in the collision, but all were ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Pidyon Peter Chamor in Meron for the Success of IDF Soldiers

PHOTOS: Pidyon Peter Chamor in Meron for the Success of IDF Soldiers[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A large crowd was on hand to take part in a pidyon peter chamor (פדיון פטר חמור) in the Yeshivat Mekubalim Ohr HaRashbi. The event was dedicated to the success and safety of IDF soldiers taking part in Operation Protective Edge and security in Eretz Yisrael. Many shofaros were sounded and the tzibur recited Yud Gimmel Midos. Rosh Yeshiva ...    Full Story »

Funeral of Fallen IDF Soldier HY"D Sparks Bedouin Violence & Attacks

Funeral of Fallen IDF Soldier HYThree Bedouin youths have been arrested on Tuesday 2 Menachem Av after they threw rocks at vehicles on Route 40 near Metar. The rock attacks took place as many headed to the levaya of fallen IDF soldier Captain Liad Lavie HY”D, who fell in Operation Protective Edge. It appears the levaya sparked the Bedouin violence in the area. The violence included hurling rocks and cinderblocks ...    Full Story »

Convicted Holyland Suspects Will Not Enter Prison on September 1

Convicted Holyland Suspects Will Not Enter Prison on September 1The Supreme Court has ruled the convicted defendants in the Holyland real estate case will not begin serving their jail terms on September 1st as expected. The court ordered the defendants, including former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, will remain out of prison pending the outcome of their appeals. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan Returns Jewish American Award Over Gaza Comments (1 opinions)

Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan Returns Jewish American Award Over Gaza CommentsTurkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza. Turkey's ambassador to the U.S., Serdar Kilic, wrote to Jack Rosen, president of the American Jewish Congress, on Erdogan's behalf. Kilic said Erdogan would be glad to return ...    Full Story »

Obama: Muslims Built the Fabric of our Nation (44 opinions)

Obama: Muslims Built the Fabric of our Nation On Sunday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle released a statement thanking Muslim Americans for their many “achievements and contributions… to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” The comments were made to mark the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr, a time of spiritual renewal for Muslims which comes at the end of the month-long ...    Full Story »

REPORT: Damaging Conversation Between Obama & Netanyahu Is Leaked By Channel 1 (21 opinions)

REPORT: Damaging Conversation Between Obama & Netanyahu Is Leaked By Channel 1An alleged conversation between President Obama and PM Netanyahu has been leaked, and is causing quite a stir. According to Channel 1 in Israel which leaked the conversation, the phone call was between President Obama and PM Netanyahu where the President was demanding an immediate ceasefire to IDF operations in Gaza. The conversation, if true, would show a hostile Obama towards ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Bostoner Rebbe Yerushalayim Visits With IDF Soldiers Serving In Gaza (7 opinions)

PHOTOS: Bostoner Rebbe Yerushalayim Visits With IDF Soldiers Serving In Gaza[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] On Sunday, Erev Rosh Chodesh Av, the Bostoner Rebbe Shlita went to the visit the soldiers near the battlefront at the army bases of Yiftach and Zikim, just north of Gaza. The Rebbe talked to the soldiers and spoke words of encouragement, singing along with them the song "Ein K'Lokeinu" with a melody he composed. The soldiers were very surprised by this ...    Full Story »

Lakewood: LCSW Gives Tips and Precautions to Protect Your Home While You are Away

Lakewood: LCSW Gives Tips and Precautions to Protect Your Home While You are AwayBein Hazemanim is upon us, a time when many hardworking Lakewood families take a well-deserved break from routine to refresh and invigorate themselves ahead of the new zeman. If you are one of those who will be leaving your home for an extended vacation, make sure to follow proper safety protocol to ensure that your home is not vulnerable to burglars or unwanted visitors. It is ...    Full Story »

LIVE BLOG DAY 22: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 10:52 PM IL] (26 opinions)

LIVE BLOG DAY 22: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 10:52 PM IL]22:52: Red alerts now in the Ashkelon coast area. 22:21: Numerous explosions over Central israel moments ago - indicating successful interceptions by the Iron Dome. 22:16: Red alerts in Gush Dan area (Tel Aviv, Bnei Brak, Petach Tikvah) as well as in Ashdod, Ashkelon and many other areas. 21:47: Chile and Peru have recalled their ambassador from Israel in response to ...    Full Story »

STAR-K's 11th Annual Kashrus Training Program Features NYS Kosher Enforcement Director Rabbi Aaron Metzger

STAR-K's 11th Annual Kashrus Training Program Features NYS Kosher Enforcement Director Rabbi Aaron MetzgerThe Eleventh Annual STAR-K Kashrus Training Program attracted attendees from the Catskill Mountains to Indianapolis, IN. This year, in addition to the STAR-K Kashrus Administrators who delivered presentations on everything from Foodservice Challenges to the Halachic issues of Appliances, Rabbi Aaron Metzger, director of the NY State Kosher Enforcement Bureau, addressed the participants. ...    Full Story »

Arrest Made in the Assault Against an IDF Reservist in Beit Shemesh (8 opinions)

Arrest Made in the Assault Against an IDF Reservist in Beit ShemeshPolice report an arrest has been made in the Monday night assault against an IDF reservist by a chareidi male in Beit Shemesh. A 22-year-old man is in custody, suspected of attacking the soldier and damaging his ...    Full Story »

Miami Unites for Israel Rally 07/31/2014 (3 opinions)

Miami Unites for Israel Rally 07/31/2014In a collaborative effort to unite ALL of South Florida's communities together at one MASSIVE solidarity event in support of Israel's right to defend itself Miami Unites for Israel was conceptualized & created to orchestrate an unforgettable & moving experience for everyone in attendance. SHARE, LIKE, ATTEND! Make sure to spread the word & Be There !! - To volunteer ...    Full Story »

Governments Seek To Dismiss NYC Tax Challenge (1 opinions)

Governments Seek To Dismiss NYC Tax ChallengeNew York City and the state want the courts to dismiss a challenge to the city's property-tax system. A lawsuit filed in February alleges the city's property tax system discriminates against blacks and Hispanics living in rental buildings. It says the system favors owners of co-ops, condos and single-family homes, where the residents are more likely to be white. According to ...    Full Story »

Boehner Calls Impeachment Talk Democratic 'Scam'

Boehner Calls Impeachment Talk Democratic 'Scam'House Speaker John Boehner says the House has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama. He says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House. Boehner says Democrats are trying to rally their supporters ahead of November’s mid-term elections to give money and show up to vote. Some Republicans have said Obama would open the door to impeachment if he takes ...    Full Story »

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Appears in Rome Amid Turmoil

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Appears in Rome Amid TurmoilRome's mayor has denounced anti-Semitic graffiti and swastikas that have appeared across Rome and ordered them removed. Some of the graffiti referred to the escalating violence in Gaza and included taunts such as "Jews, the end is near." Mayor Ignazio Marino offered his solidarity with Rome's Jewish community and said the graffiti, which appeared near Jewish-owned businesses, was ...    Full Story »

Americans In Debt: 35 Percent Have Unpaid Bills & Facing Debt Collectors

Americans In Debt: 35 Percent Have Unpaid Bills & Facing Debt CollectorsMore than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute. These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees or cellphone contracts can end up with a collection ...    Full Story »

US Negotiator Gives No Hard Deadline for Iran Deal

US Negotiator Gives No Hard Deadline for Iran DealThe Obama administration's chief nuclear negotiator refused Tuesday to provide a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. She vowed to consult with Congress before suspending more economic sanctions on Tehran, but said the administration won't necessarily seek lawmakers' approval. The testimony by the State Department's Wendy Sherman ...    Full Story »

Kerry Shrugs off Israeli Criticism (5 opinions)

Kerry Shrugs off Israeli CriticismSecretary of State John Kerry says he's not concerned about widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and will continue to work toward that goal. Kerry said he was convinced that a humanitarian cease-fire followed by negotiations to resolve the underlying causes of the conflict is "more appropriate" than "a tit-for-tat of violence that will ...    Full Story »
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MAILBAG: YWN Readers Are 'Most Self Hated Jews In Today's Time' (31 opinions)

MAILBAG: YWN Readers Are 'Most Self Hated Jews In Today's Time'The following is a non-edited letter, published in its entirety, as received by YWN: Hi Gentlemen, just want to let you know that you guys @ YWN are the most self hated jews in todays time... By supporting bloodshed in Palestine (by giving Chizuk to the army to fight enemies which will never end till Mushiach arrives)and young innocent boys being killed for no good reason just for ...    Full Story »

Chareidi MKs Condemn Attack Against a Soldier in Beit Shemesh (7 opinions)

Chareidi MKs Condemn Attack Against a Soldier in Beit ShemeshChareidi MKs expressed anger and outrage over an attack that took place in Beit Shemesh. A chareidi soldier wished to join a minyan for maariv but extremists ousted him from the beis medrash. Shas leader MK Aryeh Deri decried “the extremist elements’ that prohibited a soldier from taking part in tefilos in a shul. He called for dealing with these extremists in the same faction ...    Full Story »

Mr. Ofir Shaar: It is Simply Sad (2 opinions)

Mr. Ofir Shaar: It is Simply SadSpeaking with Channel 2 News on Monday night the eve of 2 Menachem Av, Mr. Ofir Shaar, the father of Gilad HY”D explained “it is simply sad that it takes such painful event like the kidnapping of the three boys to achieve achdus. Why can’t we be this way all the time? I hope the achdus that exists at present continues”. Mr. Shaar explains that while he and his wife have ...    Full Story »

WATCH LIVE NOW: Let's Grow Together With Rabbi Mordechai Weinberger LCSW

WATCH LIVE NOW: Let's Grow Together With Rabbi Mordechai Weinberger LCSWMordechai Weinberger is an experienced therapist for many years, and currently hosts a free phone line of various psychological programs that combine Torah and psychology. To submit your questions which may be asked live on the air, you can call in during the show at 718-683-5858, or text your question to 347-927-8398. You can also submit your question in the comments section ...    Full Story »

86.5 Percent Of Israelis Say 'No' To A Ceasefire In Gaza (3 opinions)

86.5 Percent Of Israelis Say 'No' To A Ceasefire In GazaThe overwhelming majority of Israelis, 86.5% feel that for as long as Hamas tunnels are not all destroyed and the terror organization can fire rockets into Israel, there can be no ceasefire. The poll was taken last weekend to determine the public’s view on the ongoing military operation. 504 people representing a cross-section of the population were questioned. If a ceasefire is ...    Full Story »


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