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21:32: Eshkol mortar attack wounded rises to eight 21:29: Chris Gunness who runs the UNRWA operations in Gaza was asked how he would suggest Israel respond to being attacked by a terror group that terrorizes its people and uses locals as human shields, he replied: “Make peace the only way forward.” 20:06: Palestinian shot in leg after trying to...

Chief Rabbinate of Israel Issues Ruling That Soldiers Fighting Are Exempted From Tisha B'Av Fast

Chief Rabbinate of Israel Issues Ruling That Soldiers Fighting Are Exempted From Tisha B'Av Fast The Chief Rabbinate of Israel released a psak halacha that all soldiers in the fighting are exempt from fasting on Tisha B’Av and all the customs and halachos of aveilus. The Rabbinate psak mentions the mesirus nefesh of the soldiers. (YWN Israel Desk - Jerusalem)

Turkish PM Slams Israeli 'Hitler-Like Fascism'

Turkish PM Slams Israeli 'Hitler-Like Fascism'Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused Israel of showing "Hitler-like fascism" against the Palestinians. Speaking at a mass rally in eastern Turkey to promote his candidacy in presidential elections, Erdogan said he was happy to give back an award that was bestowed upon him by an American Jewish Group in 2004. The American Jewish Congress wants the ...    Full Story »

LIVE BLOG DAY 24: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 8:32PM IL] (7 opinions)

LIVE BLOG DAY 24: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 8:32PM IL]21:32: Eshkol mortar attack wounded rises to eight 21:29: Chris Gunness who runs the UNRWA operations in Gaza was asked how he would suggest Israel respond to being attacked by a terror group that terrorizes its people and uses locals as human shields, he replied: “Make peace the only way forward.” 20:06: Palestinian shot in leg after trying to stab soldier in ...    Full Story »

Soldier's Home Destroyed By The IDF As They Fought In Jenin

Soldier's Home Destroyed By The IDF As They Fought In JeninOn the morning of Wednesday, 3 Menachem Av the IDF and Israeli Police forces destroyed several structures, including homes, in a hilltop community near Tapuach. Several wooden shacks were destroyed and a vehicle which was serving as a residence was impounded. The forces also destroyed a cinder block house in its final stages of construction. The house was being constructed by the ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor: Too Busy To Heed State Corruption Probe (1 opinions)

NYC Mayor: Too Busy To Heed State Corruption ProbeMayor Bill de Blasio says he has not been following accusations that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration interfered with a state anti-corruption commission. Cuomo has been fielding questions about a top aide’s efforts to stop the commission from issuing subpoenas to groups linked to the governor. Cuomo says the now-disbanded commission’s decision to ignore mere suggestions by ...    Full Story »

'Go to Gaza' Doctor Refuses to Help 90 Year Old Jewish Woman Suffering from Rib Fracture (2 opinions)

'Go to Gaza' Doctor Refuses to Help 90 Year Old Jewish Woman Suffering from Rib Fracture A Flemish doctor Wednesday night on the telephone manned as a duty of physicians refused to provide medical help to a 90-year-old Jewish woman who had suffered a rib fracture. “I will not come! Send her to Gaza for a few hours, then she will not feel pain anymore,” was the reply. The doctor said shortly after the story became known that this was done in an “emotional frenzy.” ...    Full Story »

Los Angeles: Suspicious Package Forces Evacuation At Shuls; LAPD Bomb Squad On Scene [UPDATED 1:07 PM ET]

Los Angeles: Suspicious Package Forces Evacuation At Shuls; LAPD Bomb Squad On Scene [UPDATED 1:07 PM ET]A person came in to Congregation Bais Tefila in Valley Village, CA this morning, dropped off a backpack and left the building which is located at Chandler and Whitsett. Anti-Semitic material was found with the backpack. The LAPD was called and they evacuated the shul and neighboring buildings including Valley Torah High School. The bomb squad is currently en route. Shacharis ...    Full Story »

Mailbag: What One Store Owner Did L'Kovid Shabbos for the Soldiers in Gaza (6 opinions)

Mailbag: What One Store Owner Did L'Kovid Shabbos for the Soldiers in GazaThe father of a Chayal (soldier) who is now in Gaza told how his son was informed on Friday that his unit will not be going home for Shabbos, which was a problem because they did not have any provisions for Shabbos. The father ran to the supermarket to buy some things, as much dips and salads as he could, then he stopped at the schwarma place in Petach Tikva. He asked for a portion ...    Full Story »
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Israel Disappointed with El Salvador, Peru & Chile for Recalling their Ambassadors

Israel Disappointed with El Salvador, Peru & Chile for Recalling their AmbassadorsThe following announcement was released by the spokesman for the Foreign Ministry: Israel expresses its deep disappointment with the hasty decision of the governments of El Salvador, Peru and Chile to recall their ambassadors for consultations. This step constitutes encouragement for Hamas, a group recognized as a terror organization by many countries around the world. Israel ...    Full Story »

Bias Crime In Williamsburg: Mezuzah Ripped Off Door & Stolen At 75 Wilson Street (1 opinions)

Bias Crime In Williamsburg: Mezuzah Ripped Off Door & Stolen At 75 Wilson StreetThe NYPD is investigating a hate crime in Williamsburg, after a Mezuzah was ripped off a door. Sources tell YWN that Shomrim (WSPU) had received a phone call on Wednesday evening reporting the incident at 75 Wilson Street at the Taylor-Wythe Houses. Police arrived as well, and confirmed that a Mezuzah was in fact stolen. The NYPD Bias Crimes Unit was called to investigate. Council ...    Full Story »

Videos & Photos: Shema Kolainu Legislative Breakfast Hears the Voices

Videos & Photos: Shema Kolainu Legislative Breakfast Hears the VoicesBy: Nora Gutekanst Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices hosted its 12th Annual Legislative Breakfast celebrating advocacy efforts that resulted in the historic agreement announced in ...    Full Story »

FEMA Chief Questioned Over Sandy Claims

FEMA Chief Questioned Over Sandy ClaimsThe head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked an independent watchdog to examine whether the flood-insurance program is shortchanging Superstorm Sandy victims. Administrator Craig Fugate testified before a subcommittee chaired by Sen. Robert Menendez on Wednesday. The Record newspaper reports the New Jersey Democrat and other lawmakers told Fugate they've received ...    Full Story »

3 Hurt When Glass Falls From NYC Office Tower

3 Hurt When Glass Falls From NYC Office TowerThree people are reported hurt after glass fell from a midtown Manhattan office tower. FDNY, FDNY EMS, and NYPD were all on the scene at 40 West 57th Street and 6th Avenue, for falling glass from the 25th floor of a 36 story commercial office building. CBS New York says one person was taken to a hospital following the 9:00 AM incident. It says a window appears to have shattered ...    Full Story »

Texas Governor Rick Perry: America Must End 'Ambivalence' On Israel (2 opinions)

Texas Governor Rick Perry: America Must End 'Ambivalence' On Israel  Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday criticized an American "policy of calculated ambivalence" toward Israel, a nod toward conservative voters as he considers a second run for president. The retiring Republican governor spoke at a pro-Israel rally outside Dallas' city hall. Perry mostly refrained from attacking American policy in a five-minute speech, but said America must continue ...    Full Story »

Givati Commander: I Try to Daven with More Kavona (7 opinions)

Givati Commander: I Try to Daven with More KavonaGivati Brigade Commander Colonel Ofir Winter is calling on the tzibur to learn Torah for the success of the IDF operation. In an interview with Mishpacha, the colonel explains that he spoke with Gedolei Yisrael Shlita, asking them to be mispallel for the safety of the soldiers. Winter, who is shomer Shabbos, is among the first graduates of the Bnei David IDF Preparatory Yeshiva in ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the Start of the Cabinet Meeting (4 opinions)

PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the Start of the Cabinet MeetingPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, today, Thursday, 4 Menachem Av, made the following remarks at the start of the Cabinet meeting: "The IDF is continuing to act with full force across Gaza. IDF soldiers are completing the neutralization of the terrorist tunnels. These tunnels would have enabled Hamas to abduct and murder civilians and IDF soldiers via simultaneous attacks from many ...    Full Story »

IDF Southern Commander: Over 1,000 Hamas Terrorists Have Been Killed (2 opinions)

IDF Southern Commander: Over 1,000 Hamas Terrorists Have Been KilledIDF Southern Commander Major-General Sami Turgeman: Over 1,000 terrorists have been killed. Hundreds of terrorists were killed in Shajaia alone”. The senior commander added “Hamas has been hit hard. That is not to say it is not still capable to striking but it was hit hard nonetheless. We hit 1,500 targets connected to rocket attacks. Today rocket fire is down considerably, ...    Full Story »

Soldiers Killed on Wednesday HY”D Due to Explosion & Building Collapse (5 opinions)

Soldiers Killed on Wednesday HY”D Due to Explosion & Building Collapse Three soldiers of the elite Maglan Unit in the Paratroops Brigade were killed in Gaza fighting on Wednesday, 3 Menachem Av when a powerful explosion resulted in the collapse of the building they were in, a booby-trapped structure. As the elite force was operating in the Khan Yunis area of Gaza they entered a building in which they found a shaft leading to one of the Hamas tunnels. ...    Full Story »

Anti-Jewish Slogans Return to the Streets in Germany (3 opinions)

Anti-Jewish Slogans Return to the Streets in Germany Before the start of a pro-Palestinian rally — one of the scores being staged almost daily here since Israel launched its offensive in Gaza — an organizer on a bullhorn yelled out the do’s and don’ts as ordered last week by the Berlin police. No burning the Israeli flag. No shouts of “Death to Israel.” And absolutely no repeating the slogan “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come ...    Full Story »

32 Nations Back Yom Kippur As UN Holiday (3 opinions)

32 Nations Back Yom Kippur As UN HolidayThirty-two countries have written to a U.N. General Assembly committee asking the United Nations to recognize Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur, as an official holiday. The letter to the assembly's Committee on Conferences, circulated on Wednesday, says the U.N. "recognizes the major festivals of many of the world's main religions, yet Judaism is not represented." "We believe that ...    Full Story »

Suing Obama: GOP-Led House Gives The Go-Ahead (4 opinions)

Suing Obama: GOP-Led House Gives The Go-AheadA sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters. Just a day before lawmakers were to begin a five-week summer recess, ...    Full Story »

Canadian PM Harper: Hamas Is To Blame For Gaza Deaths And Destruction (10 opinions)

Canadian PM Harper: Hamas Is To Blame For Gaza Deaths And DestructionPrime Minister Stephen Harper is reiterating his government’s hard line against Hamas, saying it is solely responsible for the death and destruction in Gaza. Harper said that while no one likes to see the suffering and loss that is occurring in the Middle East, Hamas is to blame. The prime minister said Hamas started the war because the terrorist organization wants to destroy ...    Full Story »

Secretary of Defense Hagel Speaks With Israeli Defense Minister Ya'alon (5 opinions)

Secretary of Defense Hagel Speaks With Israeli Defense Minister Ya'alonPress Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following to YWN: Earlier today, Secretary Hagel spoke with Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon regarding the situation in Gaza. Minister Ya'alon thanked Secretary Hagel for his support for the defense of Israel, particularly Iron Dome which is continuing to save countless Israeli lives. Secretary Hagel reiterated the United ...    Full Story »
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VIDEO & PHOTOS: 335 Riders On Route To Camp Simcha With Bike4Chai - Over $4 Million Raised For Sick Children (3 opinions)

VIDEO & PHOTOS: 335 Riders On Route To Camp Simcha With Bike4Chai - Over $4 Million Raised For Sick Children[VIDEO & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The sun shone on 335 blue and yellow bike shirts early this morning as the 2014 Bike4Chai ride began from Piscataway, New Jersey. The two-day event culminates in a joyous and inspiring ride into Camp Simcha Special, Chai Lifeline’s overnight camp for children with chronic illnesses, early afternoon tomorrow. “This is clearly the largest ...    Full Story »

Teen Pleads Guilty in 1 World Trade Center Climb

Teen Pleads Guilty in 1 World Trade Center ClimbA teenage daredevil who sneaked to the top of the 1 World Trade Center tower pleaded guilty Wednesday in an escapade that fanned concerns about security at the nation's tallest building. Justin Casquejo admitted breaking a city misdemeanor law against scaling tall buildings without permission. He's expecting a sentence of 23 days of community service for his March climb, which came ...    Full Story »

NY Gov. Cuomo Faces Corruption Probe Queries

NY Gov. Cuomo Faces Corruption Probe QueriesNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to move past allegations that his administration meddled with an anti-corruption commission but questions about his office's involvement aren't going away. The Democratic governor traveled to Long Island on Wednesday to discuss help for homeowners rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy. But he ended up fielding questions about the political storm ...    Full Story »

Jerusalem: Three Youths Remanded in Suspected Hate Crime (5 opinions)

Jerusalem: Three Youths Remanded in Suspected Hate CrimeThe Jerusalem Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 3 Menachem Avi, extended the remand of three Jewish youths suspected in an attack against two Arab males. The suspects are being detained for three additional days as the investigation moves ahead. The case refers to a     Full Story »


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