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Brooklyn D.A. Says No Bias Crime Charges For Crown Heights Shmira Member

Brooklyn D.A. Says No Bias Crime Charges For Crown Heights Shmira Member
Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) had the highest praise for Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson following the announcement today of a resolution in the case of Yitzchok Shuchat. In 2008, Shuchat, a member of the Crown Heights Shmira patrol, responded to a call for help from a local female resident which led to a confrontation with another male. Shuchat was then accused of assault following the confrontation but saw the additional charge of bias crime added to his charges over a year later by former D.A. Charles Hynes after Shuchat ...

US Not Fully Prepared For Nuclear Terrorist Attack

US Not Fully Prepared For Nuclear Terrorist AttackThe U.S. government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe, lacks effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found. The report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, obtained by The Associated Press before ...    Full Story »

Greenfield Yeshiva Security Bill Gains Super-Majority Support in NYC Council @NYCGreenfield

Greenfield Yeshiva Security Bill Gains Super-Majority Support in NYC Council @NYCGreenfieldBrooklyn - Since taking office in 2010 Councilman Greenfield has been working on legislation to ensure that non-public schools would receive the same security as public schools. That security, provided by the NYPD, comes in the form of a NYPD School Safety Agent. Greenfield's bill, Introduction 65, has passed a critical threshold: as of this week 45 of the 51 members of the Council have ...    Full Story »

No Word Yet From Fidel Amid Historic US-Cuba Shift

No Word Yet From Fidel Amid Historic US-Cuba ShiftAmid the excitement over the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, one person has been conspicuously absent: Fidel Castro. The former Cuban president hasn't made any public comment about the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will restore diplomatic relations after more than 50 years of hostility. Fidel Castro periodically has weighed in on world events in newspaper columns since he left ...    Full Story »

Israel and Germany Mark 50th Jubilee of Relations

Israel and Germany Mark 50th Jubilee of RelationsOn Wednesday 25 Kislev, in Berlin, the Israel Foreign Ministry officially launched the events marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany. The event took place in the residence of Israel Ambassador Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, with the participation of German President Joachim Gauck, who joined the ambassador in lighting the Hanukkah candles. This event ...    Full Story »

Woodmere: 3 Firefighters Injured, 1 Critically in House Fire - 200 Firefighters Battle Blaze

Woodmere: 3 Firefighters Injured, 1 Critically in House Fire - 200 Firefighters Battle BlazeA firefighter is in critical but stable condition and two others were injured in an enormous Woodmere house fire Friday morning, according to Nassau County Police. The Arson Bomb Squad tells YWN that the fire started at 3:56am on Friday, December 19, 2014 in Woodmere. According to Detectives, personnel responded to a house fire that occurred in an empty residence located on ...    Full Story »

Speaker Invites Obama for State of the Union

Speaker Invites Obama for State of the UnionSpeaker John Boehner has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Jan. 20. The House Republican leader sent a letter to Obama on Friday formally inviting him to deliver the prime-time speech. Obama will face an all-Republican Congress next month as the GOP takes charge of both the House and Senate for the final two years of the ...    Full Story »

Jew Arrested for Shouting 'Hashem Hu Elokim' on Har Habayis

Jew Arrested for Shouting 'Hashem Hu Elokim' on Har HabayisFour Jewish youths were arrested on Thursday morning 26 Kislev on Har Habayis in two different incidents, Honenu reports. In the first incident as visitors were leaving the Holy Site. According to members of that group an Arab jumped on one of them and began attacking the person. A confrontation broke out and two Jews and one Arab were arrested. As another group was visiting the ...    Full Story »

Stern Feels Bennett Still Hasn't Come Around on Religion & State Issues (2 opinions)

Stern Feels Bennett Still Hasn't Come Around on Religion & State IssuesMK (The Movement) Elazar Stern, who was a leading force in pushing legislation deemed unacceptable by poskim feels that Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett has still not changed enough regarding issues of religion and state. Just this week Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Dovid Lau Shlita exclaimed that in the past two years, the outgoing administration was responsible for a great deal of ...    Full Story »

Police: Man Hid Gun Parts In Luggage At JFK Airport

Police: Man Hid Gun Parts In Luggage At JFK AirportPolice say a New York City man has been arrested at Kennedy International Airport after TSA agents found handgun parts hidden in his luggage. Port Authority Police Department spokesman Joe Pentangelo says that Oscar Ramirez was arrested Wednesday attempting to board a plane to Mexico City. Pentangelo says agents found pieces of a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun hidden inside a ...    Full Story »

Prominent Yesha Leaders Abandoning PM Netanyahu

Prominent Yesha Leaders Abandoning PM NetanyahuIn past elections Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu enjoyed the backing of leaders of communities throughout Yehuda and Shomron, however it appears this will not be the case in the upcoming elections despite the fact most of these officials are aligned with Likud. As the left-wing seems to be growing in the political arena and the announcement by MK Moshe Feiglin that he is dropping ...    Full Story »

Fires In Queens, Brooklyn Destroy Buildings (1 opinions)

Fires In Queens, Brooklyn Destroy BuildingsSeparate fires ravaged buildings in Queens and Brooklyn. A blaze at a structure on 97th Street in Queens went to five alarms Thursday afternoon, sending flames through the residential building and forcing the evacuation of multiple families. On Thursday night, fire broke out at a building on Stillwell Avenue in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. The Fire Department requested a ...    Full Story »

Shul Rabbi was Allegedly Aware of the Fashion Show in the Tel Aviv Shul

Shul Rabbi was Allegedly Aware of the Fashion Show in the Tel Aviv ShulYWN-ISRAEL reported earlier that the rabbi of the Tel Aviv shul that decided to host an immodest fashion show was unaware of the event, as per the rav’s response to media reports. What has ...    Full Story »

Companies' Data Security in Question After Sony Hack

Companies' Data Security in Question After Sony HackCompanies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could ...    Full Story »

Feiglin Withdraws from Party Leadership Race

Feiglin Withdraws from Party Leadership RaceLikud MK Moshe Feiglin, who heads the Manhigut Yehudit faction, has announced he is dropping out of the party’s leadership race. Feiglin’s announcement followed the verdict handed down by the Likud Court, which heard the appeal from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, that the party’s primaries will be held on December 31, 2014 as Mr. Netanyahu wishes. Feiglin explains he does ...    Full Story »

Hope and Some Fear in Cuba Amid Thaw With US

Hope and Some Fear in Cuba Amid Thaw With USThe restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings. On the first full day after the surprise announcement Thursday, many Cubans expressed hope that it will mean greater access to jobs and the creature comforts ...    Full Story »

NY Electronics Recycling Law Starts Jan. 1

NY Electronics Recycling Law Starts Jan. 1The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding New Yorkers that as of January 1, old electronic equipment must be recycled, not thrown in the trash. That includes computers, cell phones, televisions, stereos and other devices that plug in or run on batteries. On DEC’s electronics recycling web page, consumers will find the brand of equipment they wish to ...    Full Story »

Likud Court Rules in Favor of PM Netanyahu

Likud Court Rules in Favor of PM NetanyahuLast week, the Likud Central Committee voted to move up the party’s primaries to December 31, 2014 and permit the party leader, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lock in two slots on the ticket to fill with his selections. The ruling was challenged in the party’s court by MY Moshe Feiglin, with the case heard by a three-justice panel, which disqualified the ruling. The ...    Full Story »

FM Liberman: Security Council Should Deal with World Threats, Not PA Gimmicks

FM Liberman: Security Council Should Deal with World Threats, Not PA GimmicksForeign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says that the submission of the PA (Palestinian Authority) draft resolution to the UN Security Council is another act of aggression on their part. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is adopting measures whose sole aim is to attack Israel, with no benefit for the Palestinians. On the contrary, they can only further exacerbate the conflict and worsen the ...    Full Story »

SHOCKING PHOTO: Aron Wieder Receives Doctored Photo Of Himself Being Beheaded By ISIS (4 opinions)

SHOCKING PHOTO: Aron Wieder Receives Doctored Photo Of Himself Being Beheaded By ISISAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) responded immediately to a threat today against Aron Wieder. Wieder, the only Hasidic member of the Rockland County NY Legislature, received, via email, a doctored photo of himself being beheaded by an ISIS terrorist. “We don't know who did this but we’re going to find out,” said Hikind, who immediately phoned Wieder upon hearing the news. ...    Full Story »

Obama Calls in to Massachusetts Governor's Show

Obama Calls in to Massachusetts Governor's ShowMassachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. But this call was one of a kind. "Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville," the caller began Thursday. "I've got a few complaints about service in and around the neighborhood, but I've moved down South since that time." The president was ...    Full Story »

IRS Head Says Budget Cuts Could Delay Tax Refunds (1 opinions)

IRS Head Says Budget Cuts Could Delay Tax RefundsIRS Commissioner John Koskinen says budget cuts just enacted by Congress could delay tax refunds next year. At a news conference Thursday, Koskinen said taxpayer services will be hurt, and fewer agents will be auditing returns. He said about half the people who call the agency for assistance won't be able to get through to a person. Congress cut the IRS budget by $346 million for ...    Full Story »

Cuomo Gets Kudos, Scorn for New York Fracking Ban (2 opinions)

Cuomo Gets Kudos, Scorn for New York Fracking BanNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his. Residents statewide remain almost evenly split on the issue, and the divisions are clear, pollsters said Thursday. The decision announced Wednesday followed Cuomo's ...    Full Story »

EJA Director Slams 'Foolish Decision' to Remove EU Terrorist Designation from Hamas

EJA Director Slams 'Foolish Decision' to Remove EU Terrorist Designation from HamasRabbi Menachem Margolin, of the European Jewish Association, slammed the decision by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg to remove Hamas from its list of designated terror organizations. The General Director of the Brussels-based organization issued a statement Wednesday criticizing the "foolish decision" that essentially legitimizes the group, which was outlawed by the EU in ...    Full Story »

Q&A: Drones Might Help Explain How Tornadoes Form

Q&A: Drones Might Help Explain How Tornadoes FormResearchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form. Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can't reach, and they can do it at less cost and with less danger than piloted planes, the ...    Full Story »

WATCH: YWN Captures Chanukah Party at The White House - VIDEO (6 opinions)

WATCH: YWN Captures Chanukah Party at The White House - VIDEO[SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO] In what has become a White House tradition since the administration of President George H.W. Bush back in the 90's, a ceremony is held to honor the Jewish community by inviting leading Jewish communal leaders, and individuals who interact with the administration on various levels helping and impacting the community. PHOTO CAPTION: President Obama and Ezra ...    Full Story »
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Poll: NYC Mayor's Rating Dips After Garner Decision (3 opinions)

Poll: NYC Mayor's Rating Dips After Garner DecisionA new poll finds Mayor Bill de Blasio's approval rating is slipping in the wake of protests surrounding the Eric Garner grand jury decision. A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday said that 47 percent of New Yorkers approve of his job as mayor while 38 percent do not. His job approval was 49 percent last month. Fifty-six percent of those polled disapprove of the way ...    Full Story »

One of Seven Wanted in Connection With NYPD Lieutenant Assault Turns Self In

One of Seven Wanted in Connection With NYPD Lieutenant Assault Turns Self InOne of the men wanted for assaulting two police lieutenants over the weekend has turned himself in. Police say one of the seven people they were looking for in connection to the assault on the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday night is now in police custody. They haven't charged the individual and details on his role in the assault are not yet known. Police say three women interfered ...    Full Story »

NYC: Clergy, Others Hold 'Die-In' Grand Jury Protest

NYC: Clergy, Others Hold 'Die-In' Grand Jury ProtestDozens of religious leaders and others have briefly blocked a New York intersection with a peaceful 'die-in.' The protests Thursday are the latest demonstrations against grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of a Missouri's Michael Brown and New York's Eric Garner. Many prominent members of the clergy from New York and Ferguson, Mo., were led in song by ...    Full Story »

U.S. Official: 'Chabad Plays a Big Part in the Ties that Bind the US & Israel'

U.S. Official: 'Chabad Plays a Big Part in the Ties that Bind the US  & Israel'Hundreds of residents and tourists came to Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv to take part in the traditional lighting of the central Chabad Menorah in in the city. The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s shaliach Rabbi Joseph Gerlitzky first invited Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir to usher in the Chanukah festival in Tel Aviv by lighting the first Chanukah candle. He was followed by the spokesman for ...    Full Story »

Report: Secret Service Needs Outsider as Leader

Report: Secret Service Needs Outsider as LeaderAn external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency. The Homeland Security Department released an executive summary of the assessment on Thursday. The review was led by four former officials, two who served under President Barack Obama and two from the administration of former President George W. Bush. It was launched ...    Full Story »

Yishai Family Receiving Threats - Arrests Begin (3 opinions)

Yishai Family Receiving Threats - Arrests BeginSince holding his press conference and announcing the launch of his new political party,MK Eli Yishai and his wife report they are receiving threats. Mrs. Yishai told the media that B”H most of the calls they receive are from well-wishers, but nevertheless there are threats and police are involved. On Thursday morning 26 Kislev police arrested a 25-year-old chareidi male who is ...    Full Story »

President Signs Legislation Ending Nazi Benefit Checks

President Signs Legislation Ending Nazi Benefit ChecksPresident Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits. AP's investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of dollars in retirement ...    Full Story »

Dow Soars 400 Points, Led by Rally in Tech Secto

Dow Soars 400 Points, Led by Rally in Tech SectoThe Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest day in three years, soaring more than 400 points as the stock market extended a rally into a second day. The Dow closed up 421 points, or 2.4 percent, to 17,778 Thursday, its largest gain since December 2011. The Standard & Poor's 500 gained 48 points, or 2.4 percent, to 2,061. The Nasdaq composite climbed 104 points, or 2.2 ...    Full Story »

Police Raid Otzma Yehudit Office (2 opinions)

Police Raid Otzma Yehudit OfficeThe ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet) and police are continuing their investigations into the activities of the Lehava organization after some of its members were arrested earlier in the week. While most of the suspects have been released on bail, ...    Full Story »

NY Proposes Rules For Medical Marijuana

NY Proposes Rules For Medical MarijuanaNew York officials have proposed regulations for a medical marijuana program expected to start in 2016. The rules, expected to be posted online Thursday by the health department and published Dec. 31 in the state Register, will be subject to 45 days of public comments and possible amendments. The Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo authorized the program under a law signed in ...    Full Story »

Shas Torah Council Divided on How to Deal with Eli Yishai (7 opinions)

Shas Torah Council Divided on How to Deal with Eli YishaiThere is disagreement among rabbonim of the Shas party Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael regarding how to deal with Eli Yishai, who this week announced he is leaving Shas and has since launched his own political party. In a nationally televised media event Yishai earlier in the week announced his party. Some of the rabbonim are of the opinion that they should simply ignore Yishai while others ...    Full Story »

AP Analysis: US Was At Odds With World Over Cuba Policy (4 opinions)

AP Analysis: US Was At Odds With World Over Cuba PolicyPresident Barack Obama's decision to pursue new relations with Cuba was driven in part by a stinging realization: Longstanding U.S. policies aimed at isolating Cuba had instead put Washington at odds with the rest of the world. The American economic embargo on Cuba drove a wedge between the U.S. and Latin American nations. In an annual diplomatic embarrassment, the United Nations ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Addresses the Foreign Press Corps

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Addresses the Foreign Press Corps[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday 25 Kislev addressed members of the foreign press corps in Israel. Following is Mr. Netanyahu’s address. Ladies and Gentlemen, Today we witnessed a series of examples of European naivety, and may I add, hypocrisy: the decision of the European court in Luxembourg on Hamas, the resolution of the EU ...    Full Story »

Federica Mogherini : 'Anti-Semitism Across Europe is Rising & Needs to be Fought Against'

Federica Mogherini : 'Anti-Semitism Across Europe is Rising & Needs to be Fought Against'High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, hosted the annual Chanukah event arranged by the European Jewish Community Center (EJCC), led by Avi and Nechama Tawil, a member organization of the European Jewish Association in the European Commission Wednesday, 25 Kislev 5775. The event, which took ...    Full Story »

Israel Foreign Ministry Comments on Geneva Conference

Israel Foreign Ministry Comments on Geneva ConferenceIsrael Foreign Ministry officials responded to the conference convened in Geneva on Wednesday 25 Kislev. Following is the ministry’s statement. The conference convened today (17 December) in Geneva is another example of a multilateral mechanism falling victim to an anti-Israel agenda, moving the parties away from negotiations and undermining the universality and integrity of the ...    Full Story »


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