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Israel Railways Resumes Service on the Sderot Line

Israel Railways Resumes Service on the Sderot Line
With the ceasefire with Hamas being honored, Israel Railways has announced the resumption of service on the Sderot line. The first trains departed from Ashkelon on Thursday 2 Elul at 16:52. Train service was interrupted during Operation Protective Edge for fear of a rocket striking a train. Minister of Transported Yisrael Katz consulted with IDF Homefront Command and other officials before giving the order to resume rail service. Service was halted on August 17th. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Soldier Wounded In Mt. Scopus Attack Is 'Born Anew'

Soldier Wounded In Mt. Scopus Attack Is 'Born Anew'B’chasdei Hashem, 25 days after being seriously wounded by terrorist gunfire in a Mr. Scopus, Yerushalayim terror attack, IDF soldier Sgt. Chen Schwartz was released from Hadassah Mt. Scopus Hospital on erev Shabbos 3 Elul. ...    Full Story »

Ethiopian Community Loses its Shul to Shas

Ethiopian Community Loses its Shul to ShasWhen the heads of the shul serving the Ethiopian community of Kiryat Gat returned from Operation Protective Edge they were shocked to learn their beis Knesses was given away to a chareidi nonprofit. The shul leaders were among the tens of thousands called up to emergency military service and when they returned it became clear to them that they lost their shul. According to a Srugim ...    Full Story »

Italian Airline Crew Refuses to Remain in Israel Due to Costs

Italian Airline Crew Refuses to Remain in Israel Due to CostsTwo hundred Israeli vacationers enjoying time abroad was faced with a dilemma when the crew of Italy’s Meridiana Air Lines refused to spend time in Israel. The flight departed from Milano on erev Shabbos 3 Elul, headed for Ben-Gurion International Airport. The plane however did an about face after the crew refused to remain in Israel. As a result, the Israeli passengers were ...    Full Story »

Report: Gaza Rehab Will Take 20 Years

Report: Gaza Rehab Will Take 20 YearsAccording to the international Shelter Cluster organization, it will take twenty years to rehabilitate Gaza. International media organizations report that a post conflict look at Gaza signals the reconstruction of the area will take two decades. The report released on Friday 3 Elul states 17,000 buildings have been destroyed or sustained significant damage and 5,000 buildings require ...    Full Story »

Another IDF Soldier Dies of Injuries Sustained in Operation Protective Edge

Another IDF Soldier Dies of Injuries Sustained in Operation Protective EdgeIDF Sgt. Shachar Shalev HY”D, 20, from Alonei HaBashan, became the 72nd fatality of Operation Protective Shield. Shalev was a member of the IDF paratroopers. He was injured by a bomb blast in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza on 25 Tammuz. He was hospitalized in Rambam Medical Center in Haifa since being wounded. He was niftar on Sunday, 5 Elul 5774. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

PM Netanyahu Under Fire Following Announced Budget Cuts

PM Netanyahu Under Fire Following Announced Budget CutsPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is under fire from the left and right-wing following announced budget cuts following Operation Protective Edge. MK (Yahadut Hatorah) Moshe Gafne accuses Finance Minister Yair Lapid of operating in the dark. To cover the cost of the counter-terrorism operation in Gaza the cabinet will be approving a 2% cut in the budget of all government ministries. ...    Full Story »
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3 NYPD Officers Hurt By Thrown Objects

3 NYPD Officers Hurt By Thrown ObjectsPolice say three officers were hurt by objects that appeared to be thrown from a Manhattan rooftop. A spokeswoman says they're being treated Saturday night at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. She says the officers were hit around 10:30 p.m. near Edgecombe Avenue and West 163rd Street. (AP)

UN Peacemakers Flee to Israel for Safety

UN Peacemakers Flee to Israel for SafetyIsrael opened its border crossing on Shabbos to permit tens of Pilipino members of the UN peacekeeping force in Syria to enter the country to flee the rebel forces that took them hostage earlier. The border near the Quneitra Crossing is the location of ongoing fighting between rebels and Syrian government troops. The UN force was taken into custody on Thursday. They were not harmed ...    Full Story »

Main Memorial Event for Maran Highlights Shas' Split

Main Memorial Event for Maran Highlights Shas' SplitThe event marking one year since the petira of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L held on Thursday night in Binyanei Ha’uma only attracted a few thousand participants. At best, the event, which was intended to display achdus and growth, highlighted the split in the party between the Deri and Yishai factions. The event held on the eve of 3 Elul was one of 70 marking the first ...    Full Story »

Residents of Nachal Ohz: We Hope Ministers Will be True to their Word

Residents of Nachal Ohz: We Hope Ministers Will be True to their WordResidents of Kibbutz Nachal Ohz, a Gaza border community, have decided that following fifty days of round-the-clock rocket fire and warfare, and the death of a 4-year-old resident by rocket fire, they would remain in Kibbutz Orim in the northern Negev for an additional week. They admit that they are hopeful to return this week and hope to enjoy the upcoming Shabbos meal in their home ...    Full Story »

Eida Elders Protest the Draft & Serving in the IDF

Eida Elders Protest the Draft & Serving in the IDFThere are a growing number of protests taking place in response to the incarceration to chareidi talmidim who refuse to report to IDF induction centers. One of the protests involved 70 elders of the Eida Chareidis, who gathered to protest the government’s actions. They recited Tehillim and displayed signs against IDF service. They reaffirmed their willingness to be moser nefesh to ...    Full Story »

Report Faults New York's Anti-Smoking Plan

Report Faults New York's Anti-Smoking PlanA new report from the American Cancer Society says New York state needs to do more to prevent smoking. The Cancer Action Network at the American Cancer Society analyzed the state's efforts to combat cancer through screenings, tobacco taxes, smoking bans and restrictions on tanning booths. While the state won high marks for breast and cervical cancer screening programs and ...    Full Story »

IDF Homefront Command Cancels All Special Regulations (1 opinions)

IDF Homefront Command Cancels All Special RegulationsFollowing the declaration of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and subsequently a number of days without rocket attacks, the IDF Homefront Command has canceled all special regulations pertaining to Operation Protective Edge. This means all public shelters in cities and municipalities within 80km (48 miles) of the Gaza border may be closed. If one does hear a siren, one is to seek ...    Full Story »

Al-Qaida-Linked Group Releases 5 Lebanese Troops

Al-Qaida-Linked Group Releases 5 Lebanese TroopsAn al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group has released five members of the Lebanese security forces captured earlier this month in a cross-border raid, Lebanon's military said Sunday. The men were taken hostage when militants from Syria took over the Lebanese border town of Arsal for five days before withdrawing toward the Syrian frontier, taking with them Lebanese soldiers and policemen ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu: I Didn't Want Death or Soldiers Being Abducted (2 opinions)

PM Netanyahu: I Didn't Want Death or Soldiers Being AbductedSpeaking to Channel 2 News, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu explained that he decided to accept the ceasefire because he did not want to see a rising death toll or soldiers being abducted by Hamas. He added that he believes there are members of his cabinet who are secretly pleased that he did not bringing the matter of accepting the ceasefire to a cabinet vote. He emphasized that ...    Full Story »

Putin to Ukraine: Begin Immediate Talks on East (1 opinions)

Putin to Ukraine: Begin Immediate Talks on EastRussian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Putin's comment, made to national TV network Channel 1 and reported by Russian news agencies after they were broadcast in Russia's Far East, said Ukraine should "hold substantive, meaningful talks, not about technical issues but about the ...    Full Story »

Three Border Policemen Injured Making Arrests in Eastern Yerushalayim

Three Border Policemen Injured Making Arrests in Eastern YerushalayimThree border policemen sustained light injuries while operating in predominately Arab-occupied eastern Yerushalayim. They were making arrests in Abu Tor when they were attacked with stones and rioting. In addition to the three, a fourth suspect was taken into custody in connection to the rock-throwing attacks. In another item involving Arab attacks against police in the capital, on ...    Full Story »

Brace Yourselves: Campaign Cash Buying Tons of Ads (2 opinions)

Brace Yourselves: Campaign Cash Buying Tons of AdsIowa's airwaves are already jammed with ads, most of them negative, in one of the Senate races nationwide that will decide which party claims the majority. The ads come one after another in an onslaught of spin that galls voters. "In Iowa you see a lot of ads. You learn to identify the ones that are trying to feed you full of garbage," said 62-year-old Mike Vincent of Keota, a ...    Full Story »

Jerusalem Home Targeted in a Firebomb Attack

Jerusalem Home Targeted in a Firebomb AttackA terrorist hurled a firebomb at a home in the City of David shortly after candle lighting on Friday night. The firebomb struck a home and a Jewish resident sustained burns to his head. B’chasdei Hashem his injuries are not described as serious. The 45-year-old victim, a resident of Beit Meyuchas, was taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital with first and second degree ...    Full Story »

Islamist Militia Group Says It Has 'Secured' A US Embassy (2 opinions)

Islamist Militia Group Says It Has 'Secured' A US EmbassyAn Islamist-allied militia group “secured” a U.S. Embassy residential compound in Libya’s capital, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting, one of its commanders said Sunday. An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Dawn of Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers ...    Full Story »

Senator: Obama May Be Too Cautious With Militants (4 opinions)

Senator: Obama May Be Too Cautious With MilitantsDemocratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein says President Barack Obama may be too cautious in his approach to dealing with Islamic State militants. The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Feinstein told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the Defense and State departments have been putting together a response to the threat. The California Democrat says she has seen nothing to compare to the ...    Full Story »

MK Zoabi Takes Part in a Gaza Victory Event (4 opinions)

MK Zoabi Takes Part in a Gaza Victory EventOnce again Arab MK Hanin Zoabi is in the media, having angered her Knesset colleagues by attending a Gaza victory event on erev Shabbos Parshas Shoftim 5774. The event attended by the Balad party MK was hosted in the village of Qabul in the Galil. Other Arab MKs taking part in the event were Basel Ghattas, Jamal Zahalka, Ibrahim Tzartzur and Masud Ganaim. Foreign Minister Avigdor ...    Full Story »

Syrian Drone Shot Down by the IAF in Northern Israel (1 opinions)

Syrian Drone Shot Down by the IAF in Northern IsraelAmid mounting tensions along the northern border due to rockets and gunfire spilling over from Syria, the Israel Air Force on Sunday afternoon 5 Elul shot down a drone pilotless aircraft that originated in Syria. The drone crossed over the border near Quneitra, downed by an IAF surface-to-air missile. According to a statement released to the media in English by IDF spokesman Peter ...    Full Story »

NYC Union: NYPD Officers Not To Blame For Drugged-Out Death

NYC Union: NYPD Officers Not To Blame For Drugged-Out DeathOfficers shouldn't be held responsible for the death of a drugged-out man in police custody, the head of a police union said Saturday. The New York Police Department said Friday it was being investigated by Manhattan prosecutors for the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton. The 45-year-old was high on PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, and had been acting erratic in a taxi when officers ...    Full Story »

German Security Official Warns of Terror Threat

German Security Official Warns of Terror ThreatGermany's domestic intelligence agency expects that Islamic extremists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq will return and commit terror attacks. Unlike Britain, Germany hasn't raised its national threat level for terrorism recently. But Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that there was an ...    Full Story »

Conn. Police Take Suspect In Possible Obama Threat

Conn. Police Take Suspect In Possible Obama ThreatHamden police say a vehicle believed to be driven by someone who may have threatened President Barack Obama has been located and a person involved was taken into custody. Hamden police, Connecticut State Police and Secret Service converged on the car outside an ice rink on Friday night. The Secret Service took an unidentified suspect into custody for questioning after tracking his ...    Full Story »
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Ferguson's Flashpoint Sparks National Outrage

Ferguson's Flashpoint Sparks National OutrageThey were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart. Another died after being placed in a chokehold. All died at the hands of police and all have been united by one thing: the killing of Michael Brown. Details may differ, circumstances of their deaths may remain unknown, but the outrage that erupted after the Aug. 9 fatal ...    Full Story »

Detroit Raced Toward This Week's Bankruptcy Trial

Detroit Raced Toward This Week's Bankruptcy TrialIt took decades of mismanagement, malfeasance and meltdowns in its bread-and-butter manufacturing sector for Detroit to hit fiscal rock bottom. The path to exit bankruptcy could take less than a year and a half. After some delays, the confirmation trial for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history is scheduled to start Tuesday. Massive debt, thousands of creditors and ...    Full Story »

B'chasdei Hashem - Two Terror Attacks without Fatalities or Injuries (1 opinions)

B'chasdei Hashem - Two Terror Attacks without Fatalities or InjuriesOnce again Yad Hashem is visible to all as there were no fatalities or injuries in two separate terror attacks in Shomron on Sunday 5 Elul. In one attack a bomb was placed at a bus stop in at Tapuach Junction, an extremely busy area bus stop and hitchhiking post. In the second attack two pipe bombs were hurled a Gat Junction near the northern Shomron community of Kedumim. There is ...    Full Story »

Wounded IDF Soldiers Dies of Injuries Becoming the 71st Victim of Operation Protective Edge

Wounded IDF Soldiers Dies of Injuries Becoming the 71st Victim of Operation Protective EdgeIDF Sgt. Netanel Maimon HY”D, 22, from Gan Yavne, became the 71st victim of Operation Protective edge. He died of his massive injuries sustained in a rocket attack in Gan Yavne on erev Shabbos 26, Menachem Av. http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/255500/soldier-critically-wounded-in-rocket-attack-in-gan-yavne.html He was involved in the Gaza fighting but ...    Full Story »

Sen. Booker Statement on Death of Aharon Sofer Z"L

Sen. Booker Statement on Death of Aharon Sofer ZU.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) released the following statement today about the death of Aharon Sofer, a Yeshiva student from Lakewood who went missing Friday on a hike with a friend outside Jerusalem. “I was deeply saddened to learn of Aharon Sofer's passing. Since Aharon was reported missing, hundreds joined in an around-the-clock search with the hope of finding Aharon and ...    Full Story »


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